Creativity in a purpose driven life


Why is it such a nightmare? Though I enjoy holiday, especially the long ones, preparing for this year's CNY is a nightmare for me. What I dreaded was being sooo busy at work, and still have to think about the CNY preparation. Ya, nothing much to prep in fact, except to get the new clothings for the kids, Olive Tree and myself. Weeks back, we've settled the daddy's and the kids stuffs. As for me, I didn't think getting clothings would be a challenge for me till I really can't find clothes that I can fit and are nice!! URRRGH! Also, I soon realise that the days are getting so near to CNY and nothing was bought yet.

So yesterday, we went out for the CNY shopping. Though I very much wished I can stay at home to sleep or scrap, but I can't. We head done to one of our friend's kid's birthday at Aloha Resort before going for our shopping trip. Here's a card I've done for his birthday. teddy's card

We've gone to Parkway ParadeIt was dampening that I can't find any clothes at my usual hunt, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop. Even can't find much clothes at Isetan. End up, we've got ourselves each, a pair of Levi's jeans. I manage to get a pair of heels from Itti and Otto. Pheew....I was dead tired already after walking for so long. This little guy, was so restless that he started to fool around at Isetan. Playing and "flashing" his tummy to other kids who are also running about in the shopping centre. Olive tree tried to stop his "flashing" but was turned a deaf ear. It got Olive Tree so mad that he just walked away with Grace and I was trying out my jeans at the fitting room. Imagine when the kiddos whom Seth were playing with, were about to leave, the mommy brought Seth to the nursery room to look for Olive tree. HA! Seth could even said he wanna follow the Kor Kor and Jie Jie home! *faint*

The little guy got a tongue lashing from Olive Tree and myself while on the way back home. He was soooo tired and didn't even dare to cry. We've warned him as well, if he still disobey us when we are out, we will walk away and not look back to get him. If he get himself lost, he'll find his way home( ya, like real!) and don't cry for us. It's bad to threaten but he is getting a bit out of hand ever since he started his childcare days. seth-incar

Both Grace and him are still unwell, Seth with occasional running nose and cough. Grace with her blocked nose (guess it's the sensitive nose) and mucus. So worrying and feel so upset to see them like that. Ok, here's a couple of photo of Grace taken today.
examine toeshandsome like daddy
Ain't she boyish??!

We continued our shopping again this afternoon. Though I needed very much to work and complete my office stuffs. But the heart is so reluctant though the mind is pushing........So we went, Robinson's! Yupz, and indeed manage to get some stuffs, beddings, tops for myself. Also, we've got from Gap, Seth's pants, Grace's jeans (at 50% off after buying Seth's pants at 10% off), quite a good deal. another top and a pair of velvet jeans for myself. (yeah!!) So the mood kicks in, I went to Mango and got myself another 2 tops to go with my jeans. Viola! completed my shoppping! And totally glad with myself. But it was sooo late to even think of going back office to work. We headed home at 5plus and napped a bit. For now the kids are finally asleep, which is 11pm. 🙁 How much can I do on work???!URRRGH!

Here's what we've exchanged with the spending done at Centrepoint today.
2 set of this teacups, 2 posters and 2 packs of ang baos!
box mickeytea cups

On the gadget front, I am sooo impatient but I've got to wait PATIENTLY on the silent update of this. I hope it comes soon. I needed a new toy for a brand new CNY!!!!

Ok, here's wishing you a restful week ahead. Just as soundly rested as him
seth's asleep
*CNY-Chinese New Year aka Lunar New Year which falls on 7th & 8th Feb, this yearCNY

my {girl}

A layout that I've started at MWL's Christmas Crop and didn't manage to complete. This is a 1st layout of Grace in 12X12. I am still trying to do up the 6x8 album for Grace but sooo slack in progress. my girl
Used : RF PP, MM Chipboard Alpha, Glitter Alpha & velvet Alpha Stickers. MM flowers funky brads, KI Pop Culture Chipboard Tag, Hambly screenprints, KI Love Elsie's Zoe PP, Glitz Netz.

I love the Glitz Netz as I have seen it used on layout and love the way it looks on the layout. Finally got my hands on 2 packs when one of the forumer organised a spree. 🙂

I am tired as usual. I didn't manage to accomplish much today but I've attended the launch of office:mac 2008 at Screening Room. I had a great time chatting with Kath and also her account of Macworld Conference experience. Wish I had a chance to visit Macworld conference.

Just a short review of the experience I have on testing out the Beta Version of office:mac 2008

This is one of my fav program compared to the rest of the offerings in the office:mac 2008.

the good:
- fast launch of the application
- greater ease of use
- toolbox is useful now as compared to office:mac 2004, as it comes with more functionality at one glance and categorised in tabs
- It has a Gallery which has a wide range of customised templates for your needs ranging from business uses (invoices, budgets, Account balance) to personal usage (savings passbook record, credit card statements)
- Wider range of Charts that you can use and simply by few clicks and data entry, you'll get the professional looking charts ready for presentation
- SmartArt allows you to create flowcharts, in terms of business and also personal use.
- Functions and formulae are now easily displayed when you enter the prefix of the formulae eg. "=S" pops up a drop down list that allows you to select the formulae that you need. It display the hint of how to use the formula as well when click on.

the bad:
- I have not really found a bad thing about this. As I've been a user of both Windows and Mac Office, I must say this version meets above my expectation

the good:
- It has great publisher's interface, allowing you to do up a very professional publishing layout for business use.
- It comes with quite a fair bit of useful templates, which you allow you to get down to work on a report fast and effortless.
- Also, it has smartart graphics as well.
- It does auto text alignment (if you ever used Microsoft Publisher) before, this would be a feature which are not native to the Word in office:mac 2004 or the Microsft office 2003. So even if your graphics are placed in between the typed text, the text will be auto aligned properly

the bad:
- start up time is longer on my Powerbook G4 as compared to the previous version of Word in office:mac 2004 and also the Excel in office:mac 2008
- With the publisher's function, it is somehow lagging a lot. Especially if you are inserting high res graphics.
- Typing on the doc can be a pain at times if you have too much resources being utilised by other opened applications.

the good:
- since I've been using Entourage, I have never looked back at Thunderbird anymore. I love most of the features in the Entourage
that includes: Projects - allowing you to create the project and set the rules to link emails, documents, appointments in calendar under the project thus allowing you to quickly look into the project and view at a glance what's the outstanding, or completed tasks.

- My day: which is like a widget that's pinned onto the desktop displaying your tasks, appoitments.
- Rules categorization for your emails, it's so easy to use. Now the mails that comes in from various mailbox will be autmoatically flow to the right folder which you've assigned.

the bad:
- It's just a learning curve to get around the application so as to enjoy the functionality of the application.

- I've not tested much of the PowerPoint but the additional look and feel of presentation are great and so much more eye-candied. Once I've used, I would get back on a review on PowerPoint.

If you are keen to acquire the office:mac 2008 the SRP are as per follow:

1. Brand New
Office 2008 for Mac 2008 (S$749.00 (incl 7% GST)
Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition S$959.00 (incl of 7% GST)
Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition No upgrade price and retailed at S$269.00 (incl of 7% GST)

2. Upgrade price:
Office 2008 for Mac US$239.95 (retailed new at US$399.95)
Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition US$299.95 (retailed new at US$499.95)
Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition No upgrade price and retailed at US$149.95

It's been great to be selected by Microsoft to do the Beta Testing for offce:mac 2008. Thanks, Microsoft for the goodies bag and the Special Media Edition office:mac 2008.

LOL–this is what it means

10th Jan, this is the day that we see her chuckles so loudly. She's simply adorable.

Back to Work, Seth to School

It's so heart-wrenching to see my darling son, Seth cried so badly today. He woke up and first thing that he said, "I don't want to go to school!" We took awhile to coax him to wear his uniform and got him to calm down by giving him his favourite FreshMilk Chocolate.

When we reached the childcare centre, he starts to be so clingy to me. He wanted me to stay and I stayed with him for awhile. Attended the chinese class with him. In fact, he enjoys the learning, but at times, he'll get over to me, and said he wants to go home. Whined a bit as well. I couldn't stay with him as I need to go back office, Ed's had meeting and then Grace got to be at Marg's place. I told him I need to leave and he was pulling me so tight, clenching onto my top blouse! Refusing to let go. That moment, I wished so much to get him back home with me, I take care of him but I maintained the composure and left him with his Teacher. \\

It's really not easy to withstand the cryings, but we need to work! So Seth kinda of suffered some emotional damage Which we prayed that God's heals his emotional state soon.

Ok, I am really sleepy, need to sleep already.

Aval’s Baby Shower

Aval had her baby shower on 6th Jan. We had a totally family gathering. Meaning, my elderst sil was there at the celebration. Finally, after almost 1.2 years, we talked! hahaha! Amen! I enjoyed the day better than any other day.

here are some photos taken on that day.


This photo is so precious as we never had a photo taken like this one. All the kids with Grandma, including Jack and Jacq.
More of the photos of Aval's Baby Shower can be viewed here.

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a day in the life of SAHM

seth in class
1. Sending Seth to ChildCare Centre. Accompanying him till he settled down. Then off to the market, which is conveniently located in the same building as Seth's CC. 😀

2. Took an online course today. Since we need to employ a maid for mom and help her to take care of Grace and Aval.

cauliflower & carrot
Stir Fried Cauliflower & Carrot in Ketchup (this is the uncooked version)
spare ribs
3. Prepare the dish for tonight's dinner. I am going out for dinner. So cooked for Ed. Spare Ribs in Rootbeer and Char Siew Sauce. hA!

cloudy day
4. It's a cloudy day, and rained heavily for awhile.

5. Grace did not sleep much in the afternoon. Was juggling between cooking and entertaining her.

Grace asleep
6. and finally, she slept! I could do my cooking, get ready to pick Seth up from the CC at 5.30pm.
When I reached the CC, he was clinging to his Teacher, crying. Aiyo, His teacher told me that he was clingy today and cried a few times. *heartbreak* I am worried for Monday comes, that he refuse to go to CC all together. Pray to the Lord, that He will take care of Seth's temperament. Seth starts to display his disobedience this 2 days. Desperately wants our attention. He ate and ate so much last night. Today, he is slightly better but when he is eating, he just chew and chew but never swallow his food. Hiaz.

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1st day in school

seth in his school uniformThough it's not really a full time school that he is attending, but to us, it's a big milestone. It's the day when Seth goes to school! I woke up at 5am. After feeding Grace, I went about doing the name tag for his school bag, wanted to sew his name for his towels but I guess I am still not the expert in sewing. 🙂 Anyway, I am too excited to sleep. The task will be upon me to bring Seth to the childcare centre. If Olive Tree were to bring him there, I would bet my life that Seth would not let him go off. He is sooo clingy to his daddy!When I reached the CC(childcare centre), It was pretty chaotic, new school term, new kids on the block, crying sounds here and there. I was kinda worried Seth will get frighten of the cries but he was pretty ok. He can even remember where his shoes should be placed on the shelf.I coaxed him to go into the class (he's in class PG-A). Some of the boys were really crying. I should say that the probability of Boys crying is so much greater than Girls! HA! What has become of this world? Girl Power is in the house, I have to say.Seth was shy, as usual. In the beginning, he was reluctant to move much. He wanted to play with the toys but afraid to take the initiative to ask for them. After much coaxing, he relaxed and can tell me the stuffs in the class. I showed him where his bag will be placed, told him his teachers' names. I can't help but feeling proud about him, as he certainly has very good memory skills of all that was said. About 10am, I told him that I need to go to the toilet, he said to me, "I want Mommy go toilet." So, I did. I told the teacher that I am leaving and have informed Seth about it. So he should be ok playing in the class with his friends. So I left.I went home feeling a sense of loss. Ha! Crazy isn't it? The feeling of, my boy has grown up. The mixed emotions of him attending a childcare. The worries that the classmates are not feeling well, passing the bugs to him etc. Aiyo, it really makes me want to give up working full time and just spend my days, taking care of him and Grace. I am possessive!! URRRGH! I just want Seth to stay at this stage. He is really fun and adorable. In all the things he learnt and will be learning from, I have no doubt he will do well but just can't accept the fact so nonchalantly, HE will grow up!I thank the Lord for overseeing Seth in class, shelter him and giving him the courage, the joy in attending childcare. I pray that he learns much more and able to display his traits. Let him be the head and not the tail. Let him shine with the Lord's Glory. Amen. :)Looking forward to tomorrow's in school again.

Something about Grace

She's 4 months. She's a babe, to us. Simply adorable and so sweet.
We love her eyes, Olive Tree came out of the toilet outside, KFC, Thomson Plaza. He said,

" Ah Gal's eyes so bright and shiny!"

We love the way she coos and aahhs. She talks and talks. These days, apart from her screaming affair, she will mumble and mumble, as if complaining. She makes the most noise, to compare her with Seth. Woman's nature! hahaha!

She's able to roll over and prone steadily now.
Just today, she starts to kick her way around, the early signs of learning to crawl.
She started to grab for things in front of her. She's quick at doing that! I am amazed.
She just love you to talk and play with her.
She's always smiling, laughing. A very happy gal.
She makes mommy spends even more!! HEE! Whenever we are out, I will also browse for baby gal's stuffs. Her clothes are in a big bag, and I can still tell Olive Tree,

"oh, She hasn't got enough to wear for her age now."

<Mommy's princess

She's daddy's gal.
Daddy's gal