Living Each Single Day

Hey, welcome to my little online space. I would say this is a blog of sorts, to help me sort out my thoughts. I also present beauty, health & fitness tips and many others in bite size pieces to help people who are like me go through life in an easier way. Basically, Life isn't easy, everyone knows that. While we are at it, don't forget to live life to the fullest :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Friend's Birthday High Tea at TWG 2014

This was a birthday high tea which almost got cancelled but me and my other friend persuaded the birthday girl to just carry on with the plan in a bid to cheer her up. She has been through a lot lately and we thought a little birthday celebration at the place she recommended would be perfect. Of course we had a small gift for her as well and overall, it was good to see her smile and for once, forget her troubles.

Speaking of troubles, it's always good to share what is troubling you with other people by talking them out because the more we hold them inside, the more depressed we can get. No doubt there are people who can either render help or they can just offer a listening ear but ultimately, by talking it out, probably other people can give their side of opinions and help us to think clearly and even think of solutions. When we're troubled, it can be a daunting task to think of all the possible solutions so hence, it's really good to share.

So back to the celebration. After letting her share to us her frustrations, another friend of mine dropped a bomb on us by telling us the situation that she went through during her work and that now she's feeling better. Although she still carries feeling of uneasiness because she has never gone through such stage before, I told her it's just a matter of time and that whatever decisions my two friends have made, I know it's just for the best for them.

Life is like that. What is life without its set of challenges. Even those people whom we think are already financially secured with their well paying job and a working environment in the city, have their own frustrations. We can't totally find happiness but we can show our appreciation for what we already have and the things that keep us going and looking forward to in the future.

My side of story is that work has been rather frustrating lately because of my boss sudden obsession with stats especially with late payment percentages. Now she's having expectations that are just getting too sky high that if I don't reach that standard, she says things that are pretty mean. I'm just trying to tolerate and I'm so SO thankful for having fun and supportive colleagues. I would want to explore other working place right after my diploma and hopefully, fingers crossed, I get to finally go back to the place where I had started my first job.

So we had lunch at TWG and my goodness, I've never seen such a plethora of different combination of tea! And ooooh the price. For someone who thinks that coffee bean is expensive, TWG is like a well, insane! haha...

I wanted to buy the cheapest set but it wasn't suitable for me and I tried to keep the total price for myself as low as possible, haha. It was also because me and my friend decided to treat the birthday girl as part of our bid to cheer her up. But well, TWG being TWG with its high tea, we were taken aback by the final bill, haha. Oh well.

Enjoy the pics below! 

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Aiming for a Good Life

 My two friends were recently unemployed and while one has since found a job, the other has yet to find one. But to her, it's simply not trying to find a job that will help pay the bills, but a job that will satisfy her and feed her soul. Who wants to work in a job where the boss is practically screaming at you every time you do very very very minor mistakes and get agitated every now and then because her expectations are just getting too high. I know, super annoying and that's what I am going through right now. Eurgh.

That's why I'm taking baby steps in wanting to achieve a good life. Many of those successful people, including the big shots and those girls who practically carved our a career for themselves worked super hard before getting to where they are now. Sure, it's not all easy breezy for them yet up to where they are now and they continually to work hard simply because their heart and soul are in it. It's not like someone forces them at gunpoint. 

It's not easy and it's also a constant reminder to myself that I have to get up and do the things that I want to do if I ever want to achieve the goals in life. Still, at the end of the day, we're still human beings who need time to rest and recuperate not because we're lazy but because we have to gear ourselves up for something better. 

Recently, I've read two articles, one on a famous person in Singapore who has always made it a point to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle but unfortunately, stress got to him and he's in stage 4 of cancer. Another article I read mentioned that stress is one of the key factors in the activation of cancer cells in our body. Yes, we all have to work hard whether for ourselves or for our family, but for the sake of continued living in good health and good life, we have to also take it easy. 

So now, I believe a good life is a life where we're pretty much satisfied with what we have achieved in life, experiencing financial freedom and also being closer to God. If our idea of a good life is having a family of our own with chidren and a loving husband or wife who love us unconditionally, then it's time to make it happen by being more open minded and more sociable. If our idea is to experience financial freedom, then take the steps to pay off any debts, cut down unnecessary expenses and making additional income. Take further upgrading classes to improve our skills in life, be more loving and caring and most importantly, love ourselves too by not underestimating ourselves because we are capable of doing better than we already are.

Here's to a good life!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

National Day Celebrations 2014 - First & Last Time at the Marina Floating Bay

Slightly more than a month ago, we actually got the chance (for the first time in our life..yayness!) to watch the nations's birthday in all its glory right at the heart of it! To know that it would be the last time that they would have the performance there since next year onwards, they would hold it at the Sports Hub, we were truly blessed indeed. 

Of course, this being a national event, we had to go through a very thorough security check even before we could go the platform itself. I am glad that I didn't bring a lot of things but yeah, I think I would say that I'm pretty embarrassed about the things I bring, hehe.I also had to be 'scanned' by a female officer in case I bring in anything suspicious. 

After that, it was another walk to the floating platform but first, we collected the fun bag. It was crowded as expected but they were super efficient and they kept emphasizing that there is NO choosing of colours. I mean you're managing thousands of people and seriously, I would be embarrassed carrying such multi coloured bag in such bright colours, haha. So I don't care. Apparently the person infront of me cared about it holding the line as he sorta refused to move because he was trying to get the colour he wanted. 

While everything was organized, the hilarious moment came when we went to the designated area to go to our seat (finally!) but the signages sorta stopped halfway. It didn't point that we should be going up the stair case and instead it pointed right which, uhm, were the rows of mobile toilets. But oh well, we saw some confused people but then decided to follow a family which were obviously smarter than us clowns and lo and behold, many many stairs!

Once we reached our seats, we had to be ushered and yet again, no choosing of seats and basically had to fill up the front rows first all the way. The whole process deserved us to be digging right straight into the fun bag for some snacks, haha.

It was awesome when they displayed all the war machines and telling us some cool very interesting facts about them. Also, first time seeing seasoned army parachuters coming down from the sky and landing safely. Talk about the war machines, I think the coolest thing to know is that one of the drivers for the tank is a female! Yes, clearly the announcer made sure we heard 'SHE' to emphasize that it's a female driver in a male dominated industry. Wow, she must have had a very very impressive career in the army. Oh, one of the parachuters is also a female. Hah, who says we ain't tough.

Then while we can't see with our own eyes the important political leaders of Singapore but through the screen, we cheered for them when they came in. For some time already, they wore red and white ensemble, our national colours, instead of all white which is the colour of choice for the dominant political group.

Oh, and the show begins! We were treated to a kaleidoscope of colours, songs to sing-a-long too (terribly, but oh well..) and performances after performances.

The weather was so kind except it drizzled a bit  initially but they must have done something to stop the rain? I don't know. But it sure worked!

What a great way to end off the performances with what everybody had practically been waiting for.....FIREWORKS!!! 

Ultimately, we had fun. So now that we won the tickets using our mum's IC number, now we have to rely on our own numbers then. Oh fingers crossed for another of this spectacular even, but at the new Sports Hub.

Enjoy the pics below! (Please click for larger view)


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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Singapore Garden Festival 2014

I got myself a pair of free tickets to the Singapore Garden Festival held at the Flower Dome. Okay, honestly I would rather stay home and revise but then studying all the time, can be so dull. I did bring my book along though, to occupy myself during the bus and train journey.

It was impressive but found that people seem to be more attracted to the exhibits with the most decorated settings to complement the flowers, including yours truly ;p but hey, I love me some little cute cacti too! 

There were also many award winning orchid plants by people with obvious patience and green thumb. They were most certainly beautiful and I could imagine their owners must be beaming  proud like it's their own pride and joy. 

From the last picture below, you may have the same impression as me that it looked like an ice tower from Frozen. Okay, my family may be the only family who had not watched the movie. Oh dear, while others might have watched it like 544050556th time.

Enjoy the pics below and click for a larger view! Except maybe the first one, because I'm in it, haha.


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I'm Back!!! And I Missed Writing

Gosh, do you miss me? Haha..I haven't been writing for a long while. I've gotten so busy that the last thing I want to do is to blog. I just want to surf the net, watch re-runs of my favourite you tube video clips (more on that) and also to just chill on the bed as and when I want to.

I've also not studied as much I have recently, not even during the O level and even the A level. Why? Simply because money is involved and I don't wish to repeat because you have to pay the full fees, without any subsidies, which totally sucked. Oh, and also because I hardly have time to study when I'm working and also running the online shop so I spend time as and when reading the lecture notes and studying the tutorials.

I guess that's the other reason why I tried to put in my best effort. I didn't want to do badly and then I may have to re-think on whether running the shop when I'm already tied up with a full time job and a part-time studies. But what kept me going is that I thought that there are people out there juggling with way more things than me and they're doing just fine. Yes, they sometimes need to sacrifice their sleep and some of their own personal leisure time. But they do what they have to do to secure a better future. 

I've harboured dreams of going to the SIM University, and while I do not know yet what degree I would like to pursue, just the thought of studying to get a degree gets me thinking that it shouldn't be an impossible thing to do. I was just thinking if I couldn't cope with my current diploma course, how can I ever think about going to a university? 

The papers were pretty tough and for the first paper, I struggled trying to complete because I wasted time doing a question which I didn't quite have the proper foundation. It's one of the topics which I just touch-and-go. But let's say I thought I could handle the questions. I actually rushed through the last few questions, though still being careful in trying to answer as accurate as possible and not just because I wanted to finish the papers.

I would say most people were struggling through the Econs paper, and so did yours truly. Though I managed to complete the papers, some of my classmates totally left out some questions because they couldn't answer them at all. I can't blame them though. We were like banking on answering the questions with formula but the paper turned out to be mostly theoretical. Oh dear. I have been praying that I get to pass the paper. I seriously don't want to re-take the paper. Don't wish to prolong the graduation year and mostly because I don't want to pay the full fund. Eurgh..

Life in general, I would say it's ok. Of course, I'm forever trying my best to save some money but it's been getting extremely difficult because my mum has been quite demanding with food takeaways. She's been feeling lazy and also assuming that I'm making quite a lot of side income, which alas, goes through the cracks to spending for the family on unnecessary food takeaways. I don't mind spending on groceries but defo nod takeaways. Let's face it, they're expensive and not as good as home cooked food.

I've also had trouble coping with the orders. And I came to a point one of the customers talked trash about me calling me names including being unprofessional, which trust me isn't true, simply because the postal delivery was delayed by one day. I would say that I'm partly at fault. I've been so busy that I actually couldn't give myself a grace period of at least two days to anticipate such delays.

From this month onwards, I will be careful and I've also got myself a new planner. I don't want life to past by in a whiz and then I asked myself, what have I done? I've not accomplished anything major. I'm always hoping life will be better for me and that I hope to experience financial freedom from my debt. I have been paying (honest!) and while I can't turn back time and alter my mistakes, I'm almost down to two cards which I'm hoping to do so by year end.

I wanna be like my good friend whose very secured financially. While people her age and status would be spending their time indulging themselves in good food and material goods, she actually trawled the neighbourhood shops and a shoe shop (where their brand is notorious for their 'buy and throw away' nickname) for a roomy bag that looks classy and chic, minus the heavy price tag.

I'm giving myself two years to clear all my debt. By age 35, I would have no more of this nonsense financial burden. 

Okay, I'm on a roll! I would be doing more blog posts, and this time with pictures which chronicle my life with friends and of course, the brother.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

All the Sadness Around Us

There's so much depression going on around the world but it's not our right to determine which is worse off. What can be compared when the bottom line is that many innocent lives are lost out of green and power. One minute you're just playing on the beach or listening to the music in the plane, and then next're gone.

Despite the catastrophes that are happening around us, many are still spreading hate around like as though we don't need enough hate already. We can say that we're lucky we're not in a war zone country but who are we to say that we are lucky or even safe. Many also still choose to turn a blind eye over the things that are happening around them because they're not affected. Who would expect the Malaysians from our neighbouring country, to lose their lives travelling above a war zone area declared as 'safe' for travelling. When I first heard the news on facebook merely lesss than an hour after the disaster, I was in disbelief. I was thinking this must be a hoax. How can a land missile just shoot a plane carrying civilians in the sky just like that.

When I checked the television, it was breaking news but the news were so new that they were probably scrambling behind the scenes before they cover the media. 

What is even sadder when I read comments and there are still people who don't seem to understand the seriousness of what is going on around the world, choosing to be some kind of keyboard warriors. We need to start opening our eyes and imagining what if this happen to our loved ones. It's time for us to take stock of what we have and how thankful we are that we are not caught in those war zone countries where every day to live is a blessing. And how we're not on their plane. While anything can happen, it's not up to us to judge which event is more serious. Just think about  the innocent lives lost and dreams are broken, and how they are just like you and me but caught in an undesirable situation.

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Sunday, July 06, 2014

1st Week of Ramadhan 2014 & 1st Iftar with Classmates

Today marked the second week of the Ramadhan week where the majority of Muslim people fast for one month, prior to the celebration of Hari Raya. This month is rather different because it's the first time I actually spend my time at school when breaking fast. But the school was kind enough to remind the lecturers to give us time to break fast just about 15 minutes prior to coming to class as the class starts at 7pm.

The first day went alright but on the second day, I was hit by quite a bad headache and although I could still function as normal, the headache was annoying. When I got back home from school about 11 plus at night, I ate some food and then quickly took a nap. The second day it got better and I just a slight headache but it was fine. Now I'm okay. So much so, I can stand for one and half hour for cupcakes..sigh..go figure. I learn to NOT go to the cakeshop during the fasting month, haha. It's really terrible! The queue was one thing, but the volume of cupcakes they bought, my goodness. Never ever! haha..

Oh yes, I also had my first iftar (break fast meal) with my classmates :)

They're a really friendly and helpful bunch and I'm glad to be their classmates. Thank God for them.

So now after writing this post, will be going out to buy some cookies for my aunt and maybe one or two bottles for ourselves. 

If you're a fellow Muslim, have a good Ramadhan.

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My Second Promotion Ceremony!

It was such great news when I went to office and then my colleague and my manager was all like so excited and I hadn't even time to put down the bag and they asked me to go over to them.

I couldn't believe my ears when I got news that I would be promoted..again! I've talked about this in my previous post so this is a follow up posts with some pictures during the ceremony.

So happy! Will continue to work hard..and hopefully get less earful from my manager too, haha.

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