Tuesday, 30 November 2010

O Holy Night

my favourite Christmas carol... many divas have attempted this song but these are my favourite versions... enjoy =)



love his nice clean voice but of cos that was 10 years ago when he was 12 =)



some people find her voice annoying but i like it. I think she did this song very very well... but i don't like that the MTV made it look as though the audience were worshipping her rather than God...



a more classical version by Sandi Patty =)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Pet Remains

Some of u don't know but we had two bunnies previously who passed away. Brownie was with us for a good 5 years, he passed away due to tumours. Hiro was a sick bunny that the store sold us (we didn't know) and he was with us for only 4 weeks ='( Click on Hiro to read his story.

We keep their ashes in Waterford Wedgwood bone china sugar bowls at home... only the best for our darlings...

That day my brother asked me...

kor: eh, how long ago did brownie (our late bunny) die ha?
me: can't remember...
kor: so what did you do to the ashes?
me: at home la! didn't u see??
kor: ah yo, that time my dog died we put the ashes at home got dog smell neh!
me: ha???
kor: ya, the house got his lingering dog smell!
me: don't be gross la!
SIL: ya!! we can smell! and none of our neighbours had dogs...
kor: ya lor, the smell left only after we got rid of the ashes...
me: don't be so spooky la!
kor: really!
me: anyway, bunnies don't smell la

LOL my kor makes it sound so spooky... like as though the pet's spirit is still lingering around like that...

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Time Flies

I remember some years ago I saw an MV and thought this boy has such great potential and liked his singing so much I bought his Christmas album. The MV I saw was much cuter with him in a tuxedo and dancing. This is the only one I can find... really nice voice =)



It's been 10 years and he is 22 now!!! Golly... time flies...

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Innovative??

There is a new foodcourt near our place (beside the Sheng Siong) and chris said...

chris: dear dear, you must go and see the foodcourt.... i must take more pictures! hehehe...
me: ha? take what pictures??
chris: you will find out when you're there hehehe...

so we went and once i stepped in, i wanted to laugh... here are the stall names... so corny... u wanna make a guess what they sell? LOL

in the first picture, the leftmost one is 印象深刻










Thursday, 25 November 2010

Thanksgiving

Today is supposed to be Thanksgiving in America... There's just so much to give thanks for... Beautiful nature, abundance, good health etc... Here are my top 5 thanksgivings =)

- God
my source of strength, provider, comfort in times of need, Father. I know that even if everyone forsakes me, He will be there =) And I don't fear death because I know He is in heaven waiting (er... but I fear the way I will leave... really hope no pain =P haha)

- My family and friends =)
really, every struggle/sorrow/hardship is halved and every joy/good news/happiness multiplied when we have loved ones by your side. I am thankful for especially Chris who always loves and accepts me for who I am. His family, they are the best in-laws anyone can ever ask for =) I thank God for my mum and kor. Although my mum doesn't REALLY need me -.- (maybe she act cool only), I know she cares for me and loves me and of cos, my kor, he is the BEST kor eva!!!! And yeah, my nieces, they're the cutest (I don't care if you think your kid is the cutest, my nieces are the cutest LOL) =D

- My freedom
As a woman, I thank God that I live in a country that does not discriminate against women, where we have equal opportunities and feel protected, loved and appreciated. I also thank God that I can worship Him freely in this country, one that is stable and peaceful.

- My gifts
which I can use to bless those around me. When people come to me to say, "Hey, that song you sang really ministered to me", I really thank God. I also thank Him that I can use my skill in photography to bring so much joy to people around me. Some people say to me, "Ah yo Ann, you're always taking pictures and videos of kids, you should have your own!" I like to take photos of children not just because they're cute but because I know it brings their parents great joy to capture these precious moments. The satisfaction I feel seeing parents get so excited over their cute kids' pictures/videos is what makes me want to do it. It's not because I am yearning to have kids of my own or "my biological clock is ticking". I learnt a skill, I have the equipment, so why not use them to bless others? Otherwise the camera will just be sitting in the dry cabinet. Of course, I simply adore my nieces so I paparazzi them a lot LOL

- My job
again I thank God for giving me a gift to be able to do what I have been doing for 10 years and lately to be able to impart some of that experience to groom another. I pray that I will have the passion to continue doing the work I so love (despite my occasional grumbles =P). My colleagues (especially my dept) are a great bunch. I have never been happier in my work-life. There's such strong unity and out of it, synergy when we work together for a greater good. I salute all of them and am proud to be amongst them =)

Cooking for Two

The other day my girlfriend Pris commented...

Pris: dear, among all my girlfriends, i think you cook most frequently
me: actually i don't cook VERY frequently, maybe 1-3 times a week for dinner and more for lunch.
Pris: isn't it expensive to cook for two? i find that i spend more than if we just eat out

well, that depends on what you cook and what you compare with when eating out. For example, it costs me only about $10 to cook a meal of chicken ginseng soup, steamed pomfret and xiao bai cai. If we were to eat the same dishes at a hawker centre or restaurant, it will definitely cost more. Of cos, it's that "cheap" cos I only need to buy the fish, chicken, veg and tomato. I have the ginseng, mushroom, ginger, chilli, sauces etc at home. You can't compare your cooking one veg, one meat and one soup meal with eating a bowl of fishball noodles outside, that's not a fair comparison.

Some ways to make cooking for two more economical are:

1. Cook more frequently
The reason why some people find that cooking for two is expensive is because they cook once in a blue blue moon. You will buying many ingredients because you don't have anything at home. If you need to buy a bag of garlic, ginger, chili, mushrooms etc etc EVERY time you cook, of cos it will add up to a lot. Then before you can use the ingredients again, they'd have gone bad and you throw them away and buy new ones =(

2. Shop at a market rather than supermarket if possible
At a market, you can buy ONE carrot, ONE cucumber etc... This i find very difficult to do. I still buy from supermarts and minimarts. It's a good thing that the minimart near my house tries to pack the portions smaller. They're probably aware than my neighbourhood consists of mainly small families.

3. Try to cook the same type of cuisine
Although it's nice to be adventurous and try new things, don't be pattern more than badminton. Mon Italian, Tues French, Wed Korean, Thu Mediterranean etc... -.- 
I stick to Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Italian. For that reason, I always have important ingredients like mirin, sake, soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, olive oil, dried pasta etc. in my kitchen. That way, I don't need to buy something special just to cook it once and then never use it again. Japanese stuff are really expensive so I try to use up as much as I can (for soy sauce, sake and mirin, I always do).

4. Plan and be creative with the use of ingredients
For example, if you had to buy a bag of carrots, onions and potato for Japanese curry, you can cook carrot, onion and potato soup another day. And if you buy a pack of 3 Japanese cucumbers to make sushi, you can use them for salads and sandwiches. as for the seaweed, i try to make onigiri (rice balls wrapped in seaweed) to use them up. Very often I use the same ingredients in different ways for the day's dinner and the next day's lunch =)

5. Try to make Japanese sauces from scratch
Most Japanese sauce are made from the following main ingredients: dashi powder, soy sauce, mirin, sake, vinegar, sugar. If you have these, you can make many sauces, from soba dip to teriyaki sauce to chilled noodle dip to japanese salad dressing (needs oil too), or oyakodon (chicken and egg on rice) and gyudon (beef on rice) sauce. It's just a matter of different proportions and different combinations. You can also easily make sushi vinegar using rice vinegar, sugar and salt. That way, you won't end up buying many different sauces and not being able to finish using them. Like you buy a bottle of soba dip and use it like once then it turns bad =( but i can never remember the proportions LOL i need to refer to my cookbook =P

6. Choose recipes carefully
I try only those recipes for which I have most of the ingredients and just need to buy the main stuff. If you buy EVERY single ingredient on the list... it's gonna cost a lot more than if you just buy the finished product.


7. Improvise the recipe
If I want to try a new recipe and I don't have a particular ingredient, i will either improvise or just leave it out. chris has not tasted the real thing with that ingredient so he wouldn't know haha but this does not work as well for baking ha! haha

8. Keep it simple
If you cook something like ayam buah keluak for TWO -.- it's really not worth the effort. I find that most nonya food is very labour-intensive which is why i'd rather eat it at a restaurant. I usually just cook simple home-cooked fare like steamed fish, braised chicken, baked chicken, sauteed different kinds of veg, different kinds of soups etc. For the cheem ones, just eat at a restaurant (or mum's or mother-in-law's place if they can cook =D).

9. Have dried or frozen stuff on hand
For a quick additional dish if you need. I find that dried shiitake mushrooms are awesome. Frozen prawns and veg are great too =) By the way, your freezer works better if it's not too empty you know?

Hope this helps and motivates you to cook for your small family =)

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

O.O

this is unbelievable... but in Singapore people will ask, "woo COE boh?" LOL

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Angry Birds

hahaha... this is so funny =DD my kor must watch this... he likes to play angry birds on my i-phone

Monday, 22 November 2010

Not Again... -.-

We celebrated my FIL's birthday on Sun and he showed us a coin jar shaped like a milk bottle...

FIL: see this? i am saving up for my grandchildren...
us: O.O
FIL: you want to contribute?
chris: didn't bring money... -.-
FIL: this is for grandchildren...
me: *to chris' brother* patrick! quick! go and get married and have kids!
patrick: *shake head* no no no... hehehe

after cutting cake...

FIL: *to chris* do you know your mother wants to strap scruffy to her back and bring to market?
us: -.-??
FIL: and tell people that's her grandchild!
us: -________-|||

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Ugly (and Stupid) Singaporeans

Chris and I were at Cold Storage yesterday evening because Chris wanted Haagen Daz ice cream. We Q-ed behind this couple with a basket full of groceries and they held up the LONG (the usual weekend crowd + pre-Christmas craze) Q...

AFTER the cashier scanned everything in their basket...
woman: i want to use my points to off-set
cashier: *swipe card* but mdm, there are no points in your card
woman: have! i want to off-set with my points and pay the remaining by NETS
cashier: but... mdm, there are no points...
woman: cannot be, the bank told me i have a lot of points!
cashier: maybe you could check with the bank?
woman: the bank says i have a lot of points!

meanwhile, chris and i: -.-

senior cashier comes to help...
senior cashier: mdm, you can only directly off-set if it's citibank card, UOB cannot...
woman: *sigh* then i will pay with NETS
senior cashier: but mdm, we have already swiped your card...
woman: can you cancel? i want to pay by NETS
senior cashier: but mdm, it means we have to RE-SCAN all your purchases... *glance at long Q*

so?? what would YOU do?? Note: There's a long Q and the person behind you has two tubs of ice cream... you'd say it's ok right? but....

woman's husband: ok, can you? please...?

chris and i: *JAW DROP TO THE GROUND + STUNNED* -__________-|||

everyone else: >.<|||

woman: it's ok la it's ok la *signed credit card bill*

ah yo, what is their problem??? either way she has to pay what!!! she probably needs to redeem VOUCHERS with her points then use at CS... she thought can suka suka come and use points one ah?? aunty! your card is not citibank card neh! only citibank cards got 2% rebate... and i can't believe her husband wanted the cashier to RE-SCAN everything!!!

some singaporeans make my blood boil (and ice cream melt)...

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Christmas Party at Playschool

hahaha... kirstyn called me Gu Gu Bird today -.- my kor says he taught her "Gu Gu has rabbits" and also about birds so... -.-

Anyway, I took over my kor at the playschool today cos he had to work...

=') It's my nieces' last day at Julia Gabriel Playschool. They won't be going back next term as they'll be starting N1 (nursery) my nieces are growing up so fast if I don't capture more videos and photos of them, these moments will be gone forever =')

Here's a short video of their Christmas-cum-graduation party =') I will miss the times spent with them at their playschool =') =')

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Colour-Blind

I have two laundry bins. one for dark-coloured clothes, one for light.

so on sunday I was washing the dark-coloured load...

me: WANG JUNJIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
chris: yeah?
me: *hold up a light-blue shirt* does this look DARK-coloured to you??
chris: er... ya...
me: *hold up a yellow shirt* DOES THIS LOOK DARK-COLOURED TO YOU???!!!
chris: erm... y...ya...
me: *fuming... hold up his WHITE underwear* DOES. THIS. LOOK. DARK. COLOURED. TO. YOU???!!!
chris: hehe... y... ya... dear, who cares, just throw them in and wash la...
me: >_______<|||

when i die, his clothes are all gonna be one colour: DARK.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Inertia

is the property of a body to stay at rest or remain in motion (in a straight line) unless acted on by an external force.

Let me give you an example...

me: wa dear!! rain has stopped! let's go jogging! ^^
chris: er... but we have to go to my mum's place soon...
me: IT'S 4:30!!! (we usually leave at around 6+) -.-

so we were downstairs stretching and i noticed that the puddles of water had tiny ripples...

me: aw man... it's still drizzling????
chris: *stands outdoors* ya dear! =D since it's drizzling, we should just go home! =D
me: -.- *runs out* ah ya, just slight drizzle... let's go
chris: but but dear... you will catch a cold... no lah..
me: -.- don't be such a wuss! don't you march in the rain in the army???!!
chris: er... Cat 1 must stop... otherwise got lightning...
me: it's just a few drops!! -.-
chris: no lah dear...
me: =(
chris: the floor is slippery...
me: -.-
chris: okok, we climb stairs??
me: must go up fast ha! go up down 3 times?
chris: er... 2?

we were HALFWAY up the HDB block...

chris: DEAR! reach home already! let's go home la!
me: -.- just go! *ROAR*
chris: =(

we reached the top floor and took a lift down...

me: one more time? =D
chris: er... you're obsessed...
me: kk, we run under the blocks... void decks... got covered walkways =)
chris: -.-

we did one round and when we were reaching our block, i ran outdoors a little...

me: DEAR!! =D the rain has stopped... now we can run to [the next town]!! =D
chris: -__________-||| you are obsessed!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

I Am Not An Aunty =(

Lately I have been collecting bread wrappers... 3 Sunshine wrappers can be exchanged for a milk toast.

This morning I had to sing in church so after that I went to get lunch for chris but was running late so I SMSed him...

me: You eat some bread first. Will be late. Don't throw the plastic ha!!
chris: Yes, aunty...
me: -.-

When I came home...
chris: Hi aunty!
me: -.-
chris: so dear, are you going to start collecting those cold storage stickers to exchange for dono what?? haha...
me: -.-

=(

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Annual Staff Dinner 2010

As usual, our annual staff dinners are AWESOME!!! The organising committee rocks, the people who turn up rock... My office (especially my dept haha) RAWKS loads la...

The theme was Magical Masquerade so everyone has to wear some sort of mask...

Some of my favourite get-ups

The receptionists
SCREAM!!! This was one of the options considered by my dept but the girls veto-ed it LOL we were scared at night go toilet see the mask AAAHHH!!!! (^O^)||| haha
My dept boys... so cute!


Ah yo, must give v specific instructions for them to pose properly one neh!
Me: Converge your swords!!
Them: ??? *swords still pointing donno where*
Y: Intersection point!!
Then they finally got it... haha

Besides SCREAM and zorro, the other two considerations were The Incredibles and "We Go As One Another" i.e. print everyone's faces as masks and I go as you, you go as me LOL.
The act-cool pose...
Tailor-made capes (check out the embroidered Z logo) and custom-made masks by SW, hats bought by HM and professionally-crafted swords by ahem... me... haha... jon is serious... he brought gloves even haha... is YC the only one who guai guai wear army boots??? i realised we forgot to tuck their pants into their boots/socks!!
Awww... so sweet...
My dept chiobus! WOO HOO!! Spot me?? The most chio one last night was the one in red haha (don't tell her I said this on my blog wait she scold me haha)
These guys like a bit not enough time to dress up for dinner hor? SKII mask (with cucmber some more... not from the cold dish i hope =PP)
My bento buddy and her neighbour (where are his eyes??? LOL)
Phantom and his Christine... erm.. actually there were a few Christines after this phantom LOL
My padawan and me =)
These two are thieves I think... good-looking ones LOL
My personal favourite... the guys who have no money to buy masks they had to rob... LOL takes guts to wear something like K! Hope the stockings are new... eeeeww... actually to save money they could have bought those separate ones each one wear one side LOL
The door gifts lovingly wrapped (one-by-one) by the organising comm =)
Wa lao... I didn't win anything... but my dept won 3 out of 25 including one second prize hehe...
my dept always wins top 5 one...
Table Game: Bingo
My dept won BEST-DRESSED (Not say I want to say... I'd like to be humble and lie low but this is our second consec win muahahahah)!!!!


My awesome dept!!! I <3 you guys!!
Initially we planned to put up a skit if there's a selection for best-dressed one neh... and this was the mock-up LOL

video

But since they announced the guys as winners liao and it was running late, we skipped the skit =P

Friday, 12 November 2010

Benoît B. Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010)

Remember I shared a video link some time ago on 11 Oct 2010? Just found out that he passed away on 14 Oct 2010. Although I have only taken one module on fractals (can't even remember the module name...), I remember his name... and the Mandelbrot set...

haiz...

Monday, 8 November 2010

Taboo (Singapore) 2010

Read about Taboo 2009 here

Sheesh... sometimes when you say the wrong thing in front of your cranky colleagues, it's there to stay and it will be passed on to new colleagues who join LOL

poor VL...

so we played taboo again and someone got the card "First Class"

player: VL!! VL!!!
everyone: (unanimously) FIRST CLASS!!!!
VL: -_________-|||

then PP got "cook"...

PP: *points to SW* ann does it a lot at home, u do it some times!
SW: cook!

hehe... i was actually thinking of something else *cheeky grin* and TY read my mind so we hehehe...

someone got "spit"

player: *named a country* people always do this on the streets!
everyone: (unanimously) SPIT!!
my HOD (who is non-Singaporean): *want to slap forehead expression* HAHAHA!!

hehehe... we are v bad leh...

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Slap Forehead

Irritating Cousin #1 did this


-.-|||

then he asked my mum...

IC#1: ah gou (aunt), let's play mahjong leh...
mum: cannot la!
IC#2: can la... ask grandma... ah ma, can we play mahjong... then throw the two wooden crescent-shaped things*. she sure say ok one! haha
mum: haha...

-.-|||

* chinese throw wooden crescent-shaped things on the ground to "communicate" with the dead like ask for permission for stuff... each wooden block has two sides. so the outcome can be both same sides or different sides. can't rmb which one means "OK"...

Friday, 5 November 2010

Some Things You Just Can't Forget...

At my grandma's wake, Chris met some of my cousins he has hardly met but only heard of. the male cousins used to bully me... the female ones were really sweet and nurturing but the male ones were a nightmare...

Irritating Cousin #1: he'd shit and don't flush then ask me, "girl, you want to see big snake taking a poop? i saw one in the toilet!! quick! go and see!" being naive, i ran there and of cos there was no snake, only a toilet bowl full of his smelly shit -.- then sometimes he'd hold his stinky socks in front of me... so terrible...

Irritating Cousin #2 (elder brother of evil cousin #1): there was once an ice cream man came to grandma's house so i asked him if he could give me $1 for ice cream. he dilly dally and waited waited until ice cream man left then gave me $1. i was so happy i ran after the ice cream man but couldn't catch up... i stood there with the $1 note (last time $1 is in bill form) staring at the back view of the ice cream man... imagine the disappointment...

Irritating Cousin #3: he wound up a toy car and placed it on my head then all my long hair got caught in the spring. no matter what my mum did she couldn't untangle it from my hair so she had to cut off that part of my hair to release the car and i had a patch of really short spiky hair among the long hair.


so this is how i described them to chris when he met them... 

that's the one who made me see his shit or smell his stinky socks OR that's the one who refused to buy ice cream for me OR that's the one who made me have a bald spot...

chris: er dear... i can't believe you still rmb...
me: there are some things you just can't forget... 
chris: er what if they read your blog?
me: i don't think so but if they do... good...

Thursday, 4 November 2010

When I Die

in the car i told chris...

me: when i die, no need to cry hor...
chris: o.O??

me: If can get church sanctuary good, if not, use void deck also can...
chris: ...

me: i am going home to be with God... we will meet again...
chris: o... k...
me: just play a slideshow of me with my family, friends, colleagues and the kids I work with...
chris: ...
me: and sing a few hymns - And Can It Be, How Great Thou Art, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Amazing Grace and To God Be the Glory... the "praise the Lord praise the Lord let the earth hear his voice" one...
chris: ...
me: donate money collected to church missions, thank you...
chris: ...
me: in your eulogy, will u say i am a seikai ichi 世界第一 wife?
chris: er... ya... ya...
me: thank you.
chris: dear... you. are. very. morbid.

i thought better to say first what i want ma...

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Monday, 1 November 2010

早睡早起

身体好 is an age-old saying which means, "early rest and early rise brings good health". it can't be more true. in fact, i learnt recently that it carries with it a special meaning...

i have been watching a HK drama on a famous scholar called Tang Bo Hu and in the last episode, Tang Bo Hu wanted to leave the imperial courts to lead a simple life with the love of his life Qiu Xiang so the Emperor asked him...

Emperor: can you tell me how I can be a good emperor?
Tang Bo Hu: i give you 4 words - 早睡早起.
Emperor: 早睡早起??
Tang Bo Hu: yeah. an emperor who leads a life of debauchery getting drunk on wine and engaging in fornication will naturally not be able to wake up early and an oppressive ruler who is not just and righteous will natural not be able to go to sleep at night and sleep well. So, to be a good emperor, you have to 早睡早起.

wa, so true hor? The Emperor was very enlightened by his reply and amazed that 4 simple words 早睡早起 have such profound implications.

In the Bible, King Darius did something wrong and couldn't sleep. He listened to bad counsel and threw Daniel,  a man of God, into the lions' den and the bible records in Daniel 6:


16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!"
 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

You can read the story here


i find it true for us (commoners) too... if you have any bad habits or addictions, or if you have done something wrong, you won't be able to 早睡早起.

The Bible also says in Proverbs 3:


21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
       do not let them out of your sight;
 22 they will be life for you,
       an ornament to grace your neck.
 23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
       and your foot will not stumble;
 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
       when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.


you can read the whole passage here

King David knew this very well and he made an oath to God in Psalm 132:


3 "I will not enter my house
       or go to my bed-
 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes,
       no slumber to my eyelids,
 5 till I find a place for the LORD,
       a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."


hope everyone can 早睡早起!!