December 18, 2007

Potato Couch

I'm officially turning into a potato couch.

I am not exaggerating... this is true! Due to excessive amount of brain usage at work, I always came home feeling tired, restless, sleepy, hungry (don't I always?) and most of the time, with headaches. Don't get me wrong, I extremely love what I'm doing, but I'm just tired.

When I was about to go home from work (late. again!) I thought to myself, I needed to relax and unwind. What should I do...? And then my mind shifted and went "Eureka!" when I remembered what's waiting for me at home. These.

Ah... yes! I have a couple of extremely large Mangoes in my fridge. Cool, sweet and yummy. Just what I need. And with a hot green tea with honey and lemon on the side, accompanied with a magazine I just bought, it made my evening unforgettable.

Tomorrow's a new day!


December 14, 2007

Girlfriends in God

I subscribed to this daily devotional for women from Crosswalk called "Girlfriends in God". I have them sent everyday to my office email, so before I start the day I will read through it and take it all in.

This one from yesterday was really good... How many times in life that you thought you will be happy when you already achieved something? And when you did, you set yourself another 'goal' and ensure yourself that you will be happy once it's fulfilled... I know I did that sooo many times.

So I just want to share with you, what I believed is very encouraging. I need to work on this as well!

Be happy TODAY and right now! I hope this will bless you as it has blessed me :)

(and while you're at it.. feel free to browse that Crosswalk website and subscribe to a devotional or two! note: The weekly Max Lucado one is really good as well - he's my favorite author!)


I have come that they may have life,

and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 10:10

Jesus lived and died so that we can experience abundant life! "Abundant" literally means "going beyond; full or exuberant". In other words, life should be saturated - not punctuated - with joy. Yet, we postpone joy.

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another baby. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we get that promotion, when we are able to go on our dream vacation or when we retire.

The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges, dark times and trials. Understand and accept the fact that we live in a broken world but also accept that fact that because God lives, we can choose to be happy anyway. Treasure every moment that you have and remember that time waits for no one.

Stop waiting...
...until your car or home is paid off
...until you get a new car or home
...until your kids leave the house
...until you go back to school
...until you finish school
...until you lose 10 lbs.
...until you gain 10 lbs.
...until you get married
...until you have kids
...until you retire
...until summer
...until spring
...until winter
...until fall
...until you die

"There is no better time than right now to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Work like you don't need money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
And dance like no one's watching."


December 12, 2007

I have seen the light!

No, no... this posting is not about The ROCKS's last year Christmas musical which had the same title.

If you have been staying in WA in the month of December, you might know about the fact that WA held an annual Christmas Lights competition for the houses. So basically, what happen is that the houses will be decorated in Christmas lights and what-nots to compete for the best every year. At night, the lights will be on until about 10pm, for people to visit and they can vote online on which house they like the best.

Every year before everyone went back for Christmas holidays, my friends and I always circled around Perth, 'hunting' for those Christmas lights houses. We downloaded a list of the address from a website, and went searching for them. Our survival kit those nights were our maps, because most of the houses are located in the suburbs that we (sometimes) never heard of. So, it's a christmas lights hunting with a twist :P

So, I'm planning to go again this year. My must visit suburb would be Joondalup (which I reckon the best decorated ones!). I already downloaded a list from The West Australian Newspaper for the addresses of the houses. You can get it from the link below, and I also posted some pics I get from The West for your eyes' indulgement :)

Aren't they gorgeous? The only thing missing is winter... Yes Australia, keep on dreaming of a white Christmas!

Apart from their beauty, I was just wondering... how much do they spend on electric bills??


December 06, 2007

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff.

My goodness, December is already here! Time flies so fast, ey? This means that the countdown until X'mas has officially starts.

So, how've u guys been? I hope all is well with you :) As for me, I've been really really busy. The 'Heaven's Lamb' production was last week, and it was a huge success. All of us really enjoyed ourselves that night, even though we're anxious and tired. Despite the 'messy' dress rehearsal in the morning, the actual production went really smooth to our surprise. I think we all a HUGE thanks to Mr Alamin who prayed with his friend in the prayer room the whole time we were doing the production.

There was a miracle as well during the production. Sharleen, our lead ballet dancer, hurt her back during the final dress rehearsal. She accidentally fell down while she was doing a move, and strained one of her muscle on her hips. She barely couldn't stand straight and was visiting a physio on our break, and she had to use one of that wrap thingie around the waist and hips to keep it straight.

Before her dance scene, I found her in the dressing room and she was in pain. I asked her not to give it her 110% shot because I'm scared she'll get hurt even more. She said she will give her best shot. So I offered to pray together with her, that God may help her to do her best. During her dance scene, I couldn't believe it. She was smiling and could do all her dance moves perfectly.

The next day I called her to check how she was doing. She said she's still in pain but better. Then she told me that on the day, when she was waiting for her turn, her hips still felt sore. But the minute she was on stage, the pain was gone completely, and she can move freely. The minute she got off the stage, she started to feel the pain again. I also found out that Mr Alamin prayed for her before the production as well... God is good, yah? the power of prayer, the power of healing! it's true! and I hope that Sharleen will get well soon!!! :)

A lot of people had been given us a positive feedback regarding the musical. A lot of them feel blessed from it, and they also said that they could see us enjoying ourselves as well on the production. When it was all over, we felt really happy because we were enjoying ourselves even though we're tired and it went well. Great job everyone! good times yahh!!!

And now, people are starting to leave Perth for holidays. Well, I will be stuck here for December as I've got a lot of things to do at work. By the way, the new work is great and I'm enjoying every bit of it :) we're sooo busy, especially around this time because everyone wants to get something for their beloved ones for X'mas, but I feel really happy to go to work everyday and learn new things. The environment is great, my co-workers are really friendly and the boss if cool.. and not to mention the beautiful things I get to see everyday.. hehehe. Being busy at work really makes ur time flies, suddenly it's lunch time.. and then suddenly it's home time. HoHoHo ^o^

Oh btw, I just had an epiphany. Life is so much easier if you don't sweat the small things. Whining can only waste your energy upon something that's not even worth it. There's this big quote upon our wall in the office that clearly say it. Winning is not whining. Rather than using your time to whine about people, 'contemplate' about them (which I usually did) trying to analyze why did they do this and that, be all 'detective' like (sherlock holmes wannabe, i say) or even worse bitchin about things in your surroundings... you could use your precious time to actually makes your life even more worthwhile. After all, we only lived once, right?

That's about it! My random rambles for today :P I hope your week will be good and you will have a fabulous weekend as well (and btw, I have to work as well this weekend). My crew and I will have our very own Xmas celebration this weekend before we all part ways in celebrating Xmas holidays.. gosh, I'm so gonna miss them! Come back soon yah peopleeeeeeee...

Have a good one, everybody! :)