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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Happy 75th Birthday, Father/ Grandfather

Happy 75th Birthday, Father/ Grandfather! 
May you enjoy good health and good life! 

We brought my father for dinner at Red House Seafood Restaurant as he mentioned that he hasn't had pepper crab for a long time. Red House used to one of the childhood restaurants that my family used to visit. My father enjoyed his seafood birthday dinner very much! 
Pepper Crab!
Thank you to everyone who sent their birthday wishes to my father via my Facebook! I really appreciate everyone's lovely gesture. My father is really happy to hear from all.

Friday, 29 April 2016

School Visit

My colleague/friend and I visited the school to brief the participant teachers about our research and the data collection process. Being in school and being able to interact with teachers (and students soon) give me a deep sense of satisfaction and happiness. :) 
Maybe that is also why I could never stop my counselling in school. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Birth Order Predictor

You Are Likely a First Born
At your darkest moments, you feel guilty.
At work and school, you do best when you're researching.
When you love someone, you tend to agree with them often.

In friendship, you are considerate and compromising.
Your ideal careers are: business, research, counseling, promotion, and speaking.
You will leave your mark on the world with discoveries, new information, and teaching people to dream.

Well, it's accurate because it predicted that I am the first born and I am. As for ideal careers, I am currently in research and in counselling. :)

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What's the Appeal of Descendants of the Sun?

I am seriously wondering why are so many people watching the K-drama, "Descendants of the Sun". What is its appeal? Is it really that good a drama?
I am asking because I recently found out a male colleague is actually watching it! He is someone has confessed to NEVER EVER watching Asian drama! And he is watching it.... :O
Someone, please explain to me, what is the appeal of "Descendants of the Sun"?   

Tuesday, 26 April 2016


Wow, this must be the fastest approval ever! I only put in my SDL application yesterday and it has been approved today! I am right. When no money is involved to be paid out, it is so much easier to approve. :P 

Monday, 25 April 2016


I almost forgot to apply for Staff Development Leave (SDL) for my overseas conference in June. It must be applied 4-5 weeks before the conference. I figured that since I am not seeking for financial assistance (yes, I am paying for myself as my presentation is not project-related but on my research niche), it would be relatively easy to approve. 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Long Tomorrow

I will have a long day tomorrow, packed with 4 meetings with the first one starting from 9am and the last one ending at 5pm. :(

Saturday, 23 April 2016


I bought a replacement notebook for my current ASUS which I have been using since March 2011. The current ASUS heats up very quickly when I am using it. I think the fan is probably gone after 5 years of use.   

Friday, 22 April 2016


Based on the colours that I have chosen for this Blogthings quiz, I am Caring.
Your Colors Say You Are Caring
When you are at peace, you are:

Deeply stable

When you are moved to act, you are:

Giving and warm

When you are inspired, you are:

Creative and productive

When your life is perfectly balanced, you are:

Light hearted and funny

Your life's purpose is:

To find contentment

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Facebook Requests

All of a sudden, I received numerous Facebook requests to be Friends over the last week. Most are names unfamiliar to me. Who are they?! As a habit, I am very careful who I confirm as friends as I don't want my Facebook to be filled with people I dont even know! To me, having a HUGE number of "Friends" on Facebook is not meaningful to me if I don't even know them. 
I finally found out that they are mostly relatives and family from both my paternal and maternal side of the family who have connected with my mother on Facebook. Oh gosh. What am I supposed to do? Confirm?

Wednesday, 20 April 2016


I was sent to represent a colleague at a meeting yesterday morning to report on the progress of our work. But the chair of the meeting decided to talk about something else not on the agenda and never got to the progress reporting. Never have I been so lost in a meeting. :P 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016


My house guest returned to Taiwan today. I can sleep on my own bed, and sleep in my room again. Although it is only four days, I never knew that I would miss my bed and my room so much! :D I will treasure you (my room and my bed) better now. 

Monday, 18 April 2016

Tourist at Home

My mother hardly visits attractions in Singapore, except for the Botanic Gardens for her daily walks. However when her friend is in Singapore, she would become a "tourist" and accompany her friend. It is good that she gets out and enjoy herself. Today, they went to S.E.A. Aquarium at Sentosa. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

First Month's Celebration

It has been a while since we have family or friends who have babies. :) It is such a pleasure to receive the first month celebration box from the son and daughter-in-law of a close family friend. 

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Friends from Afar

Tonight, we had the honour of having Robyn and David Peat over for dinner at my place! It has been 11 years since we last met! Robyn and David were then returning to Canada. My parents were delighted to see them again after so many years. We all had a wonderful evening! 
Robyn and David, we always welcome you back to Singapore!!
We hope to see you soon again!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome

My mother's friend, Aunty Pang arrived from Taiwan this afternoon and she will be staying with us until Tuesday. It is her first visit to Singapore. My mother and I took her to visit Gardens by the Bay. It is also our first visit! :)
We decided to visit the Flower Dome where Tulipmania is on display now. I am surprised to learn that tulips originated in the ancient Ottoman Empire (which is present-day Turkey). Always wonderful to learn something new. :)
We are really lucky to catch the last of the cherry blossoms from the last display. This is the first time I see cherry blossoms. They are so pretty. 
We had dinner before walking along the bay towards Marina Bay Sands. It was a nice walk after dinner. We managed to show Aunty Pang Marina Bay Sands, Art Science Museum, the Fullerton Hotel and the Financial Centre on the opposite bank.
Singapore does have some beautiful night scenes. 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Visitor Coming

My mother's friend from Taiwan is coming for a short visit over the weekend. She will arrive tomorrow Friday 15 April and returns to Taiwan on Tuesday 19 April. For convenience, my mother has invited her to stay with us and she will be staying in my bedroom. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Life's Simple Pleasures - Wall of Cheers

Simple pleasures of life - this Wall of Cheers never fail to cheer me up when I read the notes of encouragement written by students to other students who are participating in competition, PSLE, or some major event. The students can post notes for anyone, need not just be for friends and classmates that they know! I love my counselling school for encouraging her students to care for each other. A simple note can mean a lot! 
This is one school that has its values and character building on the right track. :)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

My Mother is on Facebook II

It feels really strange to have my mother on Facebook. I am someone who prefer to have my own space when needed and I treat Facebook as such a space that I can retreat to at times. As such, even though my daughters are also on Facebook, I have never requested for them to add me as their friends. I want to respect their space. However, when they requested to be my friend, I did not add them either haha. I needed my space from them! :P 

Monday, 11 April 2016

My Mother is on Facebook!

My mother is finally on Facebook! All thanks to my younger daughter who helped my mother to set up a Facebook account on her new handphone. 
I have no choice but to accept my mother's request to be Friends on Facebook. I feel as if my mother is monitoring me. Lol. 

Sunday, 10 April 2016


I finally went ahead and register for the overseas conference. I will find a way to sort out the matters in May/June.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

"Under One Roof" SCGS Family Carnival

It's a family outing for my girls and I, attending the SCGS Family Carnival. However, upon reaching SCGS at 9:45am, my girls abandoned me as they went off with their friends. 
Marieann as she went off with her friend
With Juliane before she ran off with her friends too
It's ok, I met several of my former SCGS colleagues. ALWAYS a blast catching up with them! They never fail to make me miss my teaching days. :)
Juliane is horrified that I took a photo with Mrs Lim, her form teacher haha
Marieann, her friend, Mun Ling with Ms Koh, their P6 form teacher
I also met some of my classmates and my former students, Yvette and Michelle who are both teaching in SCGS!
My 1998 4P student, Yvette
I taught Michell when I was doing long term relief teaching in SCGS
What's carnival without buying home goodies! Hahaha
We really enjoyed ourselves, catching with friends. 
Once an SC girl, always an SC girl! :)