Wedding Project

My niece will be getting married in 2 weeks time ….. the first niece to be married within the family and all of us are slowly being pulled to be involve in the preparations.

My role is to prepare goodies for the little guests …. as per request by the bride-to-be, there will be a table allocated for kids to come and collect their goodies. My daughters has been assign to look after the kiddy corner.

So far I have bought dinosaur egg capsules with little dinosaurs in the egg capsules …. this will be the surprise toy in the goodie bags and will be made available to the first 100 kids. The little dinosaurs in the capsule are actually erasers 🙂

 

Dino Egg Capsules

 

Little dinsosaurs in the capsule

I have also bought sweets and jellies. These I bought while I was over at JB last weekend. The next items to be purchase are packets of crackers. Most likely I will do so by next weekend.

Its exciting to be involve in the preparation for the wedding. Its been years since we were all involved in one.

So now all of us are counting down … waiting for the time to officially welcome our newest member to the family 🙂

Khalas!

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Moments

Phew!! The past few days I have been experiencing moments of … hmm let’s say a bit of shocked, panic attack, sad, angry etc. and the best would be happy ???

I’m sure everyone has heard of stories of people got scammed, their accounts got hacked etc.

When I was reading these stories, I sympathised with the victims and yet I never thought it will happen to me. Lol and behold! Last Wednesday, it did happened! My account with Uber got hacked and somebody somewhere in Europe used my account to have jolly good “free” rides (many rides okay) with me paying for the trips. In total after conversion it was about $500 plus.

The hacker started using my account since Monday. Luckily since I frequently checked my account, I noticed these unauthorised deductions by Wednesday. I quickly went down to my bank and reported this abuse to Uber.

Within one hour, everything got settled. Uber thankfully responded to my report within half an hour and stopped all transactions and reimbursed me.

My bank cancelled my card and issue a new one to me while at the same time, filed my report.

Within 2 days, I got my money back. Alhamdulillah!!! Phew!!!

Lesson learnt from the above experience? It would be good for banks to allow us to have a card just for online transaction whereby we only transfer money to it when we need to pay for our online transaction. Unfortunately, right now all cards issued, the balance in the account must either be above $500 or $1000 if not there will be a service charged.

It will be good if this can be done …. if not then the alternative would be to be very careful not to keep your account in any online company.

Ok the experience above was my moment of panic, angry and frustration.

Then there was the moment of incredulous …. as I said I am now more of a silent reader than an active contributer to the ASK chat group. I pity my hubby …. I don’t see why he should be treated that way but as I said before all things bad or good that happened to us … in one way or another there are blessings. From the things that recently happened, at least we can see how other people perceive him, how they hold him in their eyes …. it’s a pity really but its a reality that most of us are ruled by our feelings and when the feelings are negative we forget to be kind to those we dislike… and its truly sad when kindness could not be extended to one’s sibling especially one that’s older.

Hubby actually pulled himself out of the chat group …. and when one of the cousin asked “why he left” … the youngest bro told her he will talk with his brother (and which of course he did not …. it was just for show this impression of being concern). No one from his side of the family bothers to ask him why? As per say, “actions speaks louder than words”. It also showed the lack of open communication between them. The only thing that happened was one of the other brother (who’s one of the admin for the group) just added him back. Hubby was not happy but he decided to leave things alone. No privacy there, it’s like one is not given the choice to decide whether one wants to be in the group or not.

A cousin PM hubby asking him if he accidentally deleted himself out but hubby chose not to answer that question.

I feel sad for him …. I can understand that as he grows older he is more sensitive. He is a very patience person and for him to take such an action means he has reached his limit.

Anyway, that’s between him and his brothers. It takes all kind of people …. so what’s important is we be aware of our own actions, words (and when I said words, it include those we typed as we chat online) …. only we are responsible for what we do and act …. life is really about action and reaction. One’s negative action will bring about another person’s negative reaction. It’s a vicious cycle and we must learn to know when to cut off this negativity and always remember not to do to others what we do not want others to do to us.

A reminder that always needed to be reminded …. and that’s why I think the less active in the social world the better. Anyway that’s my motto 🙂

Okay that’s enough of the negative moments …. I am happy to say that within the same week, I received news that my maknae passed her exam and has been promoted to Sec 4. Alhamdulillah! Even though she did not score well in the marks but I am just grateful and happy that she continues to move on to the next level of her academic journey. Jiayou WQ! 🙂

I am also very happy that I was able to attend my second learning journey class with Zan’s Treats. The class on learning to bake layered cakes was great! It was fun and we learnt a lot of tips and techniques. It was also very very tiring. Doing the layering bit by bit was time consuming and by the end of the day I was “bushed”. Both my feet were in agony hahaha…. but it was worth it and rewarding when I saw how my kids and hubby enjoyed what I baked 🙂

Lapis learning journey … two types of layered cake in one day

Alhamdulillah Ya Rabb! For all things that happened to us all. Alhamdulillah was letting us experience the up and down of life.

Khalas!

Hot and bothered

Whoa!!! The heat is back and with a vengeance. The humidity level can be unbearable at times. Due to the hot weather during the past week and as well as coming days, I think my water bill will increase cos of the frequent showers taken at home hehee

I’m just glad to be inside the office these days …. so much cooler thanks to the air-con. It is times like this that I wish I could afford to install air-con at home.

Ok enough talk of the weather ….

I need to let out my inner thoughts ….

I have chosen to withdraw from too much social life for the past 2 years … and I find comfort in it.

Then last month, I was pulled back to become active again …. pulled by the draw of family bond, thanks to my hubby’s cousins.

Yet, an incident happened during the chat when different people gave different views. To me it’s ok to agree to disagree but nevertheless it was uncomfortable to read these negativity.

Luckily, few of the cousins were very good at keeping things easy and jovial to deflect the awkwardness that happened.

These happenings makes me want to withdraw again …. but before I do that …. today I went in to share what gems I found during my research on the family. It will be the few last things I will share with them …. they deserve to know cos it’s their rights as these were about their ancestors.

I will not go on further ….. it will be up to them to do so if they’re interested in the archival project. Though from what I see now, many are not interested and this is of no surprise. Family history are very dry subjects … .especially if its about people who are no longer in the living world.

I’m closing the book on this and unless I feel the need to answer or the need to contribute …. I will henceforth be a silent reader.

I miss my solitude and shall withdraw into my shell for the moment …. I am afterall by nature an introvert …. its just that I learn to become an extrovert.

Going back to be active in the social world just makes me realise that I can’t do it for long term …. I need a breather after a short stint …. I need my “me time” and my solitude.

I need to focus back on what is essential to me.

Khalas!

Spring cleaning

It takes me 2 days to spring clean my blog as well as my private collections of stuff in my PC. I think I must make a habit of spring cleaning them more often rather than wait 2-3 years.

I have this urge to clear my stuff and settle personal matters before my departure. Hoping to right matters so that my children will know what to do while I’m not around.

I am also hoping that after the Fest next week, office matters will settle down.

The weather has turn cool these days …. more rainy days that it feels almost like spring has come to Singapore 🙂

Maybe that’s why I’m having the mood to do spring cleaning hahaha …. 😛

The only place I do not have the mood to clean is my house ….. when I look at my store room, I feel faint huhu …. such a mess. Gonna leave that to my husband. Hoping he can spare some time in future to do so.

Ok time to rest …. the energy level has become almost zilch now.

Khalas!

Of stress and chats

Hah! ….. this week is just one of those weeks when my kids decided to throw out unexpected aches on me 😦

fening fening kefaler arr … huhu

I think one of the most hazardous jobs …. at least to the emotional side is being a mother ….. Mother with the middle name being Stress! 😛

Though I have moments of relief …. have to thank the new chat group that sprung just a few days ago. Woke up in the middle of the night and when I checked the time on my hp, was surprise to see the new group and my name in it. Reading the funny chats among hubby relatives was a stress reliever and the photos shared are like precious gems 🙂

I am really an old soul hahaha….. I love anything old …. to me they are more valuable and so very very precious. I think this is something I get by being a librarian for more than 25 years 😉

So yeah this week has been stressful and I think it's time to take a long break and go jalan-jalan …… time to plan for one 😉

Look-See Look-see ….. where should I go and when????

🙂

Fire!!!

I was woken up at pre-dawn by sounds of heavy running and shouting. At first I thought there was a fight somewhere nearby …. I quickly got up and look out of the window but could see nothing. Still hearing those sounds, I made my way to the living room and look out of the balcony. What I saw shocked me for a team of fire-fighters were all busy putting up water hoses ….. it was then I realised that there was a fire nearby.


I looked further down and thought it was the block opposite my house but then I realised more and more people were gathering at the void deck at the opposite block and looking at my block.

I went to open my front door and that was when I saw the smoke coming out from the 7th storey. A neighbour’s flat was on fire 😦

Praying and hoping no one was injured, I continued to watch as the fire was put out.

Alhamdulillah …. within moments the fire was out and everything was silent again. Kuddos to the firemen for their hard work. As for my neighbour, I hope everything could be settle as soon as possible and that no one was injured during the breakout.