went to cafetables at haji lane with my good old friends. found a nice drawing on the wall.
sin's anticipating eagerly for his drink to be served.
i didn't pay attention to what they were chatting about because obviously i was playing with my camera.
kuan's acting busy and i was trying to get attention from behind.
we're in a nice ambience but my chamomile tea was too sour.

beautiful tea packaging

i just couldn't resist from buying these when i saw them at mark & spencer! and what's more they taste good!

hector & the search for happiness.

"A charming parable about modern life that has touched the hearts of more than two million readers worldwide"

This is a book which you can finish in one breathe because you just can't stop reading it. Let me share with you some bits of the parable:

...this made Hector think. Charles and he were sitting in the identical seats, and had been offered the same champagne, but Hector was much happier because he wasn't used to it. There was another difference: Charles had been expecting to fly business class, whereas for Hector it had been a pleasant surprise.

It was the first small pleasure of his trip so far, but looking at Charles, Hector began worrying. What if the next time he flew economy class he regretted not being in business class, like Charles no regretted not being in the first class? Hector told himself that he'd just learnt his first lesson. He took out the little notebook he'd bought especially and wrote:

Lesson #1: making comparisons can spoil your happiness.

He thought that this wasn't a very positive first lesson, so he tried to find another. He drank some more champagne and wrote:

Lesson #2:Happiness often comes when least expected.


and Hector learned along his journey from Paris to China to Africa to the United States and here are the rest of his notes:

Lesson #3: Many people see happiness only in their future.

Lesson #4: Many people think that happiness comes from having more power and more money.

Lesson #5: Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.

Lesson #6: Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains.
                  (take time to observe the beauty of the world)

Lesson #7: It's mistake to think that happiness is the goal.

Lesson #8: Happiness is being with the people you love.

Lesson #9: Happiness is knowing your family lacks for nothing.

Lesson #10: Happiness is doing a job you love.

Lesson #11: Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own.

Lesson #12: It's harder to be happy in a country run by bad people.

Lesson #13: Happiness is feeling useful to others.

Lesson #14: Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are.

Lesson #15: Happiness comes when you feel truly alive.

Lesson #16: Happiness is knowing how to celebrate.

Lesson #17: Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love.

Lesson #18: Happiness is not attaching too much importance to what other people think.

Lesson #19: The sun and the sea make everybody happy.

Lesson #20: Happiness is a certain way of seeing things.

Lesson #21: Rivalry poisons happiness.

Lesson #22: Women care more than men about making others happy.

Lesson #23: Happiness means making sure that those around you are happy.


i love deco tapes.

it's tape and it's stripes and polka dots! very convenient to decorate anything you want.
V for victory! this is my 2nd d.i.y. calendar organiser. to me, a good organiser marks a good start of the year.
you can even use it for tabbing.


what are you grateful for today?

lovely pix by stephanie.
"this week weather is so unpredictable. we have rain, we have sunshine, we have gloomy and then we have snow. today, i am grateful that i am able to see all these beautiful snowy trees, branches, streets... etc. what are you grateful for today?" - stephanie.

today i'm grateful that:
• i made an impromptu decision to watch Hereafter.
• i decided to walk a long way home because the taxi queue was too long and along the way i found a gigolo shop. haha! no, it's not about that, it just reminded me that if i didn't choose to walk home (which i don't usually do), i wouldn't have found something i didn't know about. and thus it stroke me that i need a restart.


tree for karen lee.

saw this heart-shaped tree in Fritzroy Garden, Melbourne Victoria, then i thought i understand better why you love tree.














found this in the common kitchen during my stay in NZ. never thought that vege itself can be arranged in such beautiful way.
wild flower bouquet by my aunt.
tiny little flowers from my aunt.


a trip i couldn't have made it by myself - dunedin

my first fishing trip! though it was super cloudy and foggy, we still set off with worries about my grandma whether if she could take the rocky wave (yes! at the age of 78, she went on board with us) . Karitane Charter, the boat we hired. Captain Alan and his 21-year-old super good looking son was serving us.
seriously foggy! the clouds were really low.
it's summer yet so cold!
my cousin's first attempt of fishing failed. booooo it's only fresh seaweed. then...finally hooked! this species of fish looks very cool! but i forgot its name.
tahdahhh... the cute captain's young son! his sense of balancing is superb! standing on the edge of a rocky boat like that, he didn't even need to hold on to anything.
crazy sea gulls following us! they are beautiful yet very aggressive animal.
captain sokki in the house!
grandma found it warm in the fake fur blanket offered by the captain. she did a good job staying calm and cool! i was so impressed by her!