Thank God!

For 10 secs, I nearly had a heart attack! I thought I lost my ipad, then I realised I left it in the cooking studio. I called the school, no one picked up. I tried to look for Rena’s phone number (my teacher tonight), only to realise I don’t have it. I wasn’t sure which other instructors are still in the studio, but I thought of Angie, so I called her. Thank goodness she was still there and found my ipad! Really  thankful to her,  and thankful to life. No matter how much bad things happen, there are still good things that we should be grateful for.

PHEW! 

#GlennChelseaWedding: Wedding of the year

This is one of the happiest things that happened to me this year, or maybe even lifetime, to attend Glenn and Chelsea’s wedding in Jakarta.

Both Glenn and Chelsea are well known celebrity couple in Indonesia. They dated for 8 years before tying the knot.

I’ve known Glenn and his family for 17 years. Glenn was still a primary school student when I knew him. I have always been close with his family in one way or another, though there was a period that we lost touch. His family used to be based in Singapore, but they have gone back to Jakarta, while Glenn’s sister is now in Australia!

One day by chance I caught up with him and his mum (Auntie Linda) again. I was so happy for this reunion, we had so much to catch up. Since then, I have flown to Jakarta a couple of times to spend time with Auntie Linda. I’ve grown very close to Auntie Linda, so much so that she’s my Indonesian mama.

Earlier this year, Auntie Linda told me Glenn was (finally) getting married. I was shameless and asked for an invite! Everyday I was counting down to 1 Oct. His church wedding was on 1 Oct, and wedding reception on 3 Oct. However due to work commitments, I had to give the church wedding a miss.

Wedding invite!

Wedding invite!

Wedding invite

I flew in to Jakarta on 1 Oct evening, straight from the office to the airport. On the way from office to the airport, I was scrolling through Instagram for their wedding photos. There were so many of them with the hashtag #GlennChelseaWedding. I had to control my tears in the cab, I was so happy for them.

Auntie Linda was so sweet, she arranged for a makeup artist to come to the hotel and help me do my makeup and hair for the wedding reception. I stayed at Hotel Century this time because it was near the wedding hotel. Room rates in Mulia were too crazy for me to afford.

Ibu Mavis!

Ibu Mavis! Dressed in my favourite Ong Shunmugam cheongsam

I was told by the makeup artist Alvania that Hotel Mulia has a huge ballroom, and the makeup can’t be too light, or I will look too pale. It’s definitely the heaviest makeup I’ve had in my life, with 2 layers of fake eyelashes!

The whole wedding was carefully planned. Everything was so fairytale like! No wonder Singapore newspapers lollipop picked up Glenn’s wedding to compare it with AngelaBaby’s one! White roses, sparkling crystals, unicorns, swans soft music, you can feel the love and romance everywhere!

Large TV screen showing their prewedding photos

Large TV screen showing their prewedding photos

Glenn Alinskie

A selfie against the romantic backdrop

A selfie against the romantic backdrop

Inside the ballroom, everything else was spectacular too. It was my first time attending a wedding in Indonesia, and I’ve learnt that it’s a buffet standing fashion. I quite like it actually, you are free to go around the place, and pick the food you like! Food stations are set up everywhere, each time you meet someone and you like to mingle, you
can just stop anywhere, grab a bite, and chat.

Inside the ballroomHot food stationFoodCakes

The tradition in Indonesia is the couple and their family will be standing on stage to receive well wishes from the guests. I queued for more than an hour to go up! Chelsea is soooo pretty!

A wefie with the couple!

A wefie with the couple!

It was a busy night for the couple and their family, however they provided good entertainment for the guests. The couple had their march in, first dance, video recap of their church wedding. Besides having a good band whom sang whole night, Chelsea sang that night too! Too bad it was in Bahasa Indonesian. I didn’t understand a single word of it.

Awesome band who sang whole night!

Awesome band who sang whole night!

Although I was in a foreign land, but I felt very much at ease. And I was really glad to find some time to catch up with the Alinskie family. I entered the family area to catch up with Quenby (Glenn’s elder sister).

Quenby and I

Quenby and I

A group shot with Quenby's family and relatives. And the little boy is Quenby's son!

A group shot with Quenby’s family and relatives. And the little boy is Quenby’s son!

Auntie Linda and I

Auntie Linda and I

Before I left, I managed to grab a photo with Auntie Linda. Although we didn’t get to talk much that night, but I am really thankful to Auntie Linda for inviting me. It’s such an honour to share their joy. Weeks later, Auntie Linda messaged me to apologise that she couldn’t talk much to me at the wedding because there were so much going on. She really didn’t have to. I am not sure when I will meet her again, but I know we always have each other in mind. Thank you for your love, my Indonesian mama.

New blog layout!

I am guilty of leaving my blog to collect dust the past few months. I’ve been using lack of time as an excuse, but I know it’s a lousy reason.

Although there was a lack of updates, but I’ve never forgotten about my blog. I’ve not forgotten my objective of having a blog again. I admit, it is a case of poor time management. I shifted my focus to other things, and sacrificed writing my blog. In the past 7 months, I have done many interesting things, so many great stories to tell.

I like to believe my stories are evergreen, and there is never too late a time to tell them. Just to share them briefly here, I’ve signed up for baking classes, did a couple of staycations, attended my godbrother’s celebrity wedding etc.

I got inspired by my friend Pei Yong to pay more attention to my blog again. Pei Yong is a geeky programmer, who is so passionate about his ROBOTS! He talks non-stop about his robots. No, it’s not your transformers robots. I am talking about your java script, html codes here. Pei Yong is the proud owner of Dimplify, a social news site providing you with the most quirky news you can find online. If you think you have interesting stories to share, feel free to collaborate with him.

Enough of advertisement airtime for Pei Yong. Back to my own story. To mark a new start, I thought a new layout would be good. My readers would have been sick of seeing the previous layout for the past 9 months. It’s not been easy to look for a template that fits my style, yet looks attractive. I prefer simple designs, with little clutter. I can’t do photoshop for nuts, which is a great pity, because I do have many photographs that can be used for good designs. These are my personal photographs which I have taken over the years, and the collection is increasing. If you think you can help me do up a bespoke blog design, please let me know. I don’t have money to pay you, but I can bake cakes and bread as rewards. :p

There will be much more interesting stuff on my blog in the coming days. I hope I can help put a smile on your face with my writing! #Celebratelife365

 

Day 41: #Celebratelife365

It’s been a while since I last spoke Japanese proper. As I was walking back to office after lunch today, 2 Japanese ladies stopped me to ask for directions. They spoke minimal English, with some Japanese. I tried my best to provide them with the information with English and my rusty Japanese, but they don’t seem to get it. Thinking it will be a small detour that I have to make if I were to bring them to their destination, I decided to walk them there. It took me another 10 mins of lunch hour.

I’m really happy to walk with them and talked along the way. I’ve always love many things Japanese, that’s why I took up the language. They also reminded me I should do some revisions to brush up on my Japanese. (Sensei don’t be mad!)

#celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 40: #Celebratelife365

Lunches recently are so much more fun. Have been meeting up with old friends for lunch. Today its with my primary school friend. We were classmates since primary 1, that makes 23 years of friendship. My primary school class is rather close knitted one, we still met up and have gatherings very often after graduation. Right now we have a group chat.

Time always passes by so quickly when you spend it with the right company. We had so much to catch up. An irony that this friend and I stay quite near each other, but we have to meet up in town because our offices are near.

I’m going to ask more friends the next time, and that can be another mini gathering.

#Celebratelife365 #Thrive

Day 39: #celebratelife365

I am now a regular of the vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown. I lunch there almost every weekday. The uncle calls me by my name.

Everyday he looks forward to sharing new dishes with me. He knows I love noodles and soups, sometimes I don’t even have to say anything, and he knows what I want.

This place feels like home to me. And the people too.

They don’t only feed me. They feed my soul too.

#Celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 38: #celebratelife365

This post is for yesterday. I missed writing.

A friend came down specially to Chinatown from Dhoby Ghaut to have lunch with me, and to my favourite vegetarian place. Friend is not a fan of vegetarian food but agreed to it nonetheless. One thing I learnt from this action, this friend is not a hi-bye type. 🙂

#celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 37: #celebratelife365

We never know how much we own until we lose something. I learnt this lesson long ago, and one of the things I want to achieve life is to have no more regrets.

I told myself I’ll never want to have another regret in life when Queena passed away. I never got to see her for the last time before she left. For months I kept delaying my visit because of school work.

Had the time and space to myself today, and I reflected. Don’t wait to show your love to your loved ones. Don’t wait to do anything and you lose the chance. Sometimes you need to wait for the best time, but don’t procrastinate when it’s the good time.

#celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 36: #Celebratelife365

It’s been a while since I last watched a play. It always bring me sweet memories of my days on stage. Those were the junior college days. I acted, I wrote scripts, I made props. I drifted from theatre after going to the university.

I was then pulled back to theatre when I worked as producer for Good Morning Singapore. There was a regular segment on arts and entertainment, and we would interview guests whenever there was a new drama performance. I got to meet many famous playwrights, and even met familiar friends such as Joanna Dong. We have a close bond, she is the daughter of my LEP teacher in NYJC. And at the same time, I got to watch nearly all of these performances, which I am truly thankful for.

In case you wonder, I watched a Chinese show today, 天門決. Tomorrow is the last day, there are 2 more shows, one in the afternoon, and the other in the evening.

Simple pleasures like these are more then sufficient to keep me happy.

Cheers!

#Celebratelife365 #Thrive

Day 34: #celebratelife365

I missed out on yesterday, so I’m making it up today. There will be 2 posts today. Writing this as I’m in the bus on my way for dinner.

Yesterday I met my love in Proximity for lunch. We were not just working partners but great friends as well. And the friendship lasted till today, even after I’ve left the place for 7 months.

It’s been a while since we last met up, our last drinks session was at least 5 months ago. Food is very important to us, we used to be on the hunt for “real” food. Cheap and good food. We went slightly atas yesterday. No terrible food court stuff (we always prefer hawker centers for the food quality), and went to a Korean restaurant. Food was alright, and they took a long time to serve. But that gave us the time to talk.

I know this woman knows me quite well. But I didn’t expect she knows me THAT well! I was really touched and made me missed the days when we were working together. We basically relied so much on each other to get work done. The late nights, the rushing of briefs, weekend whatsapp for work, we both just want to get the best work done. You want to know who your buddies are when in a war, and she is one of them. I’ll want to work with her again, if ever there’s a chance.

Very often you see and interact with your colleagues more than your family, it’s important you can enjoy the company of your colleagues. She’s one girl who definitely made my life sweeter in office. Thank you my love.

#celebratelife365 #thrive