Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Life's lessons.. so far

Always be true to yourself.
It's your life, don't let anyone else live it for you. Deep down, you know what YOU want.

You can overcome your fears.
Fear is what stops me from achieving my best. Once it is conquered, I realize I can do wonders.

True friends stab you in the front.
I've made many mistakes and I appreciate the friends who are brutally honest with me, even at times when I don't want to hear it. Those are the ones whom I can rely on, and majority of the time, they are right. They give me my sanity check.

The greatest form of love lies in your family.
I love my family. I'm so glad that I've got a relatively big family, and wherever they are, I know I can always rely on them. There is no greater comfort knowing that my family will stand by me no matter what.

A true friendship is one that has gone through conflict only to come out stronger.
I've had falling outs with 2 of my closest friends before, and I'm so glad that our friendships have grown stronger, even though it took time. I learnt not to take these friends for granted, they are like family to me. Thanks for being understanding and forgiving me for my shortcomings. Love you guys heaps.

Forgiveness is a higher form of love.
One of my colleagues told me this, and how true it is...both to receive and offer forgiveness. God has forgiven us for our many sins, so who are we not to forgive others? If you bury the anger within, the one to suffer is yourself. Forgive first, then try to forget.

The mind is the most powerful tool you own, use it wisely.
It's all in the mind. Happiness is a state of mind.

Let yourself go once in a while, go CRAZY!
Life is short. Live it to the fullest! Don't keep planning, EXECUTE!

Believe in yourself and you will go far.
I have this issue. People believe in me more than I believe in myself. I have exceeded my own expectations by taking initiative and believing in my own abilities.

Who will stand beside you when your whole world crumbles? Those are your true friends.
It's not the number of friends you have that are important. You need to know who are the ones who will be there when you are stripped of everything. I don't believe that anyone can have "too many friends".

A true friend will not think of you any less, despite your mistakes.
I've had a few friends who have confided in me and told me that they hope I won't think of them as silly for their actions. Trust me, I don't... coz I've had my fair share of silliness.

Don't be a surface person. Stop making judgments of people before getting to know them.
I can be guilty of this as well. Everyone has their stories to share, never judge people by outward appearances.

Selfishness is the worst act one can perform to others.
Nuff said.

Honesty and integrity are the values I admire most.
I hate to be lied to. Trust is something not to be taken lightly.

Always say sorry before making excuses.
I read about this a long time ago, and it works like magic! Sorry - a simple word, but often hard to verbalize.

Words cut more than a sword. Think before you speak.
The power of the tongue cannot be underestimated. I always believe if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it.

The One I cannot live without: God.
I tried to run away from Him, but He has never left me nor forsaken me. What would I do without Him?

A summary of what I've learnt so far in this half a year. Maybe I'm getting old, but I've definitely learnt a lot ;)

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Monday, June 27, 2005

Craziest weekend of my life!

I had such a BLAST!! It was my company trip at Pangkor Island. I'm still aching from the activities but highlights are that we won the best performance for our Austin Powers dance!! I'm so proud of my team. 2 weeks ago when I was asked to help lead the team to perform something for all new hires, I was quivering at the thought. I've not written any scripts, I don't do these things, I don't like dancing/acting/singing ..well, at least not in public. But I really learnt so much that teamwork can do! My group members were the best, extremely helpful and innovative. They helped to craft the dance steps, organized the costumes, there were just so much cooperation considering we just finalized the script 1 hour before the dinner, and taught another the dance steps in that short 45 minutes practice too! Love you guys!!

Other crazy things - I was thrown off the banana boat!! Woo hoo.. and I don't know how to swim. I really didn't expect that I'd fall, thought I'd just hold on really tight but guess I was wrong! :) Swallowed a gulp of salt water, and first thing that came to my mind was "Oh no, I am underwater, will I float?? Am I the only one?"... I slowly bobbed out of the water *phew* and saw the rest of them floating in the ocean too! It was hilarious!! Then I was thrown into the pool too, everyone had to be thrown at least once in this trip... was trying to avoid that the whole night but was carried from my seat right into the pool! The problem with being small framed - you need less manpower to get you thrown in!

Hahaha.. I love my firm. The people are nuts, they work hard, play even harder! I probably embarrassed myself heaps but oh well, hopefully it will be forgotten.. I was just having fun!! :D

I'm now stuck with a sprained ankle, from missing a step on the staircase.... what a dramatic weekend ;)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Overwhelmed, but strengthened I am... ;)

This was exactly what I needed to read with my overwhelming responsibilities lately.
Thanks Lisa for sending it to me. :)

A Scottish athlete in the 19th century made an iron discus based on a description he read in a book. What he didnt know was that the discus used in the official competition was made of wood with only an outer rim of iron.His was solid metal and weighed three or four times as much as those being used by other discus throwers.

According to author John Eldredge, the man marked out the record distance in a field near his home and trained day and night to match it. For years he laboured until he could break the record. Then he took his iron discus to England for his first competition.

When he arrived at the games, he was handed the official discus. He easily set a new record, a distance far beyond those of his competitors. He remained the uncontested champion for many years. This man trained under a heavy burden and became better for it.

When we are given a heavy burden to bear, we need to learn to bear it in Jesus' strength and for His sake. Whatever the burden or suffering, God will use it to "perfect, establish, strengthen and settle" us as 1 Peter 5:10 says.

Our burdens can make us better than we ever imagined- stronger, more patient, more courageous, more gentle and more loving than we could otherwise be.

Today's burdens can strengthen you for tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Dr Phil's test - I've got 37 points ;)

My result from Dr. Phil's test... haha I'm such a sucker for personality tests ;)

"Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful and practical. They see you as clever, gifted or talented but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expect the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends but equally that it takes a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken."

I think it's rather true in a way. Those close friends that I trust are very dear to my heart. And those who have breached my trust - it will definitely take me a lot of time to undo the damage and even then, there'd always be a wall between us. In time, perhaps the wall will crumble bit by bit. I read that there will always be people who will hurt you, just be careful of who u trust.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Simply divine!

A few weeks ago, I met up with an old friend that I've not seen for 10 years. How we established contact was via Friendster. I was slightly worried bout what I was gonna say, u know after 10 years, a lot of things have changed - we have lived different lives, she was in NZ, I was in Australia, studied different courses, met different friends etc.

Met up at Starbucks and she told me that I SMS-ed her at the exact moment when she picked up her phone to SMS me to meet up. For others, this may seem like a coincidence but this was someone I've not met for so long... that to me, it was more than coincidence. And she was also thinking "what am I gonna talk to her about?" but when we started talking over coffee, it was even more amazing. She was going through the exact same things that I was. In fact so similar that we surprised ourselves. And from not knowing what to talk about, we had the deepest conversation and just felt so much better than someone else understands exactly what's in our minds. It felt like God wanted us to meet up for a reason, seriously. She's alone working in KL while her family is still in NZ and was worried about making new friends here etc.

Since then, she has sent me short emails every single morning on workdays, with bible verses to encourage me. What a blessing!!! :D Thanks Raina!!

"Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work,
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!"
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Gym junkie?

Surprise surprise, Miss Unfit has decided to take action for her 4 years New Year's Resolution to "get fit" :) Yup, that's me!

Yes, I'm proud to say that I've finally succumbed to paying for gym membership to force myself to exercise. It's great I must say though a lot of my people (including myself) lacked faith in my consistency to the gym :) Hahaha.. Anyway today is my first day that I'm going to gym after work. Did cycling for 25 mins, and cross-training thingy for 20 mins and that was it. What motivates me is the TV... focus on the TV, you don't feel the strain. Awesome! :) What a concept!

Anyway I love the aerobic classes too... probably check them out on the weekends. It was highly embarrassing that before I joined, the gym guy asked me: 'When was the last time u exercised?' and I was like "Urm, last year??". "Where was the gym that you went to?".... "Downstairs from my apartment..". "How often did you go?"... "Once every 3-4 months". *Shocked look on gym guy's face* . Ok so all that must change now. Keeping fit is definitely in my agenda :D

Friday, June 03, 2005


Yes, I have a confession. I'm going to Singapore tomorrow for the Great Singapore Sales! And everyone's like, didn't you just come back from Bangkok?? Oh yea, I forgot to blog about Bangkok. IT ROCKS!!! I've never really had a shopping holiday (my first!) and it really really rockssss! Everything's nice and cheap and petite which is greattt for me. Plus I had the company of 3 crazy, no-self-control girls who have the greatest taste in clothes, shoes and bags, and earrings. I wouldn't trade them for anyone else... we had the best times in our short 3 days trip (30 april-1 may).

So here I am again, after saying "I'm so broke from shopping"... and going to Singapore, despite my lack of sleep, work to do etc. and confessing that I have way too many shoes (7 pairs of work shoes 3 months in my career??) but I'm gonna say that "I won't buy any more shoes in Singapore UNLESS it's nice". I'm obsessed with shoes!!! All the result of being in Melbourne for too long and not being able to afford the nice shoes or more like, no opportunity to wear nice uncomfortable shoes when u're walking 90% of the time. ;)

But on the noble side, I've actually started to track my finances ... after wondering where all my pay goes. .. the usual "first wage earners" syndrome I suppose. Was just arguing with my colleague that financial planning does not work. . coz something always crops up that eats up ur savings. At most, it will work the 1st month u try.. so we shall see. I gotta have some SELF CONTROL somewhere. ;) ... right?