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Birthday Morning

Birthday morning at tiong bahruI woke up an excited kid like it was Christmas morning and with some incredulous self-restraint I managed to not snoop around the house looking for my birthday present from hubs. It was bright and cheery outside the window and although it took a bit of squabbling to decide where to go for breakfast, we decided on visiting Tiong Bahru for its quaint cafes and laid back feel. Most cafes and eateries are closed on Mondays, but lucky for us Flock Café at Moh Guan Terrace was open. I love their crossaints, although it is quite overpriced! We spent $36 for 2 sets of sandwiches and coffee. I don’t have much to say about the coffee served – hubs had a cappucino and I had an iced flat white and we were not impressed by the bland concoction. There was a lot of people traffic for a Monday morn’, but they were mostly expats. After breakfast we went for a short stroll.

What a nice surprise it was when we stumbled upon Books Actually just around the corner up along No.9 Yong Siak Street. Hubs bought me two books, and I plan on passing on the Yes! book to a friend whom it might come in handy for. The Art of Persuasion… very essential for sales!

In the later part of day we did a little shopping in Bugis+. My new favorite gloss, Dandelion by Benefit. A faint whiff of peach, no taste and incredibly smooth.

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Hubs encouraged me to try the Clarisonic Mia because his lady boss swears by it. It is essentially a facial cleansing brush that oscillates and does its job much better than lathering with your bare hands. According to thousands of reviews online, it’s a miracle worker that helps to clear up 30-40% of acne in less than 2 weeks. Perfect for the skin conscious in you! I am blessed with the average combination skin with little to no acne at all, so what I really need is something that helps to remove makeup thoroughly. After a week of the Clarisonic Mia, I must admit that the skin does feel cleaner and smoother. Only downside for me is that even with the sensitive brush, if I’m not careful my skin will dry out if I go at it a little too long with the Mia. See the recommended cleansing suggestion below.

Clarisonic Mia

Family Life Love

Happy birthday to me

Hubs loving note

It feels like a foreign idea to be celebrating birthdays again after a long hiatus. I turn 25 this year and although it has never been a habit to blow out candles on a cake or open fancy presents on the anniversary of my birth, I suggested to Hubs that this year I feel like I deserve to, well, enjoy my birthday and call it a celebration.

Tonight I look back on my life’s journey – the people I’ve met, the people who left, and the ones I have left behind. Feeling nostalgic becomes commonplace when we grow old, and though it feels nice to reminisce I firmly believe that it is absolutely important that we keep moving forward and create new adventures and open up all possibilities that life has to offer.

Today, I am a mother of a 2 year old. 2013 marks our 3rd year as man and wife, although it felt like it has only been our first. I strive to grow closer to my mom and brother, whom I have neglected when I was busy building walls to cope emotionally. I have not put in my 100% academically when I was younger, but I now invest 100% of effort in my career and skills. I was rusty with social skills, and now I am getting warm again. I am beginning to develop an interest in cycling. I cut my long hair short frequently, and I don’t have internal conflicts over it. We bought a house, and I am drafting a design plan which includes an indoor garden and french doors. I plan to visit Europe in 2015, and learn to speak 2 new languages by 2016. I hope my plans are not too big for me to wear.

For once, I can say I am where I want to be. And I’d like to celebrate this moment, this feeling of joy and peace inside.

Happy Birthday to me.

2008 Love

Different, somehow

“What happens in the heart simply happens” – Ted Hughes

It’s been a while, a while since fruit tea simmered on the stove, books given attention they so deserve yet lack, dusting off the dearth of literary bountifulness. Sometimes the most urgent thing you could do is take a complete rest, but awaking from an overdose of sabbatical is ironically, quite wearisome.

At least i have you. You are the windmill of my mind. You pull the lonesome off the shelf, make dreaming of impossibles almost attainable.

You are a masochist for falling for me, that’s what you are.