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Review of January 2016

Helloooooo! Is there anyone out there?

Anyway, with an audience or without, I’ve decided; I’m going to sweep the dust off this ol’ blog of mine and start blogging regularly again.

Why? Well… I’ve started to notice I’m no longer as eloquent as I used to be (ahem), maybe because due to the lack of thought processing/formulation and articulating those thoughts. I want to record my observations of the world that I’m living in, to journal down the changes I’m going through, to keep a digital record of my life here, and to share whatever I’m liking and enjoying so far.

So this year (as with any other year with the same aim at bettering myself), I’m going to make it a point to blog, at least once a month, to share what I’ve been up to for the month and so on so forth. So what’s up in January?

I went to Bangkok with Kevin on 1 Jan (immediately after counting down at JL’s place)! Our early morning flight saw me make use of the Snooze Lounge at the transit area at Changi Airport (for the first time!) to catch forty winks. I didn’t sleep particularly well because:

  1. The area was still too bright for me (I need pitch darkness to sleep)
  2. The security did a good job to make sure to check that passengers who are arriving in Singapore do not overstay in the transit area (hence they woke me up) and
  3. I was feeling cold, I had worn shorts and not my long comfy pants that I usually wear for red-eye flights. #ichosepoorly

It’s been at least a good 3 years since we’ve been there and on top of the usual places we usually visit (like Platinum Mall, Chatuchak Market, MBK, etc), we checked out new places like Asiatique, Em Quartier, Terminal 21, Talad Rot Fai Ratchada (also known as Train Market) and cafes such as Audrey Cafe & Bistro and Karmakamet. Ahh, too many cafes on my list to check out, but too little time! I love Bangkok, but I think… I’ve may have outgrown it? =\ It no longer thrills me to score a bargain like when I was still a poly student (things are already so cheap to begin with!!) so I no longer try to haggle with shopkeepers.

I’ve also begun exercising more! I’m hoping that I can keep this routine up as the year progresses 🙂 I no longer have to leave home at 7am for work, so I use that time in the morning to get a run or workout in, read while having breakfast before prepping for work. Which brings me to the next point…..

I’ve just started on a new job this month! I know, I know, you may say that it’s still too early to tell it’s the job for me, that I’m still the honeymoon phase, but honestly if you ask me? I know I’m in my sweet spot, doing what I do best, surrounded by people who simply want to do good work. I enjoy being creative, I appreciate it when my opinions are valued, and I enjoy the work I’m assigned to do (with the occasional cup of coffee on the house, hehehehe). Which brings me to the next point…

Sometimes you can only connect the dots when you look back. Last year was a difficult year for me career-wise (though my natural eyes saw it as a restoration of finances), but it’s a journey I needed to take. The past year saw the breaking of my pride (which I didn’t know even know existed), the changing of my mindset (to stop comparing myself to others) and really knowing my identity in Christ. There were several occasions where I felt unvalued and my hard work unappreciated but these experiences are needed. Now with the benefit of hindsight, I see that if I don’t live by the men’s praises, I wouldn’t die by their criticism. I now know that my Daddy God’s heart for me is good and He will not bless others at my expense. I shouldn’t be comparing my behind-the-scenes to people’s highlight reels because everyone runs a different course. If this job had come up any earlier, I wouldn’t be as thankful as I am now. Well, this job was most definitely a door opened by Daddy God for me, so praise Jesus!

And so, that’s my January and I’m looking forward to an awesome February where I get to travel for work! 😀

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#highlightsof2015

What a year 2015 had been! I’m thankful that by the grace of God I’m still alive (something we take for granted), for the experiences I’ve gained this year and here are some of the best things that happened this year:

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I took a bite of the Big Apple. We were greeted by buildings blanketed with snow upon our arrival despite it being spring and I didn’t take as much pictures as I wanted as my fingers were freezing (hello, -2 degrees). Nevertheless, I had a good time with Kevin, who acted as my compass/GPS in the city. 🙂 We visited museums, Hell’s Kitchen flea market,stood in Times Square, got a bird’s eye view from the top of Empire State Building and Top of The Rock, cycled in Central Park, experienced falling snow (!!!) and even visited the flower market!

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Daddy God has been so good to me this year, I was blessed with a pair of tickets to catch Hillsong’s No Other Name concert by a friend.

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I’m so happy that this year I got to show Kevin around the place where I called home and studied for 1.5 years as he’s never been to Brisbane/Gold Coast/Queensland before! This is the first trip that Kev didn’t need to plan. =P We even made time to meet up with Adila for dinner! Btw, it was the coldest winter I’ve ever felt while we were there. We went to the regular haunts that I used to visit and places that I bring friends to when they come to Brisbane. Oh yes, I saw so many rainbows while we were there, Daddy God knows what really makes me happy! On this trip, we made an impromptu decision to rent a car and drive up to Springbrook National Park to hike.

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One of the major highlights of the year would be attending Hillsong Conference 2015! It was awesome, with many qarah moments that only Daddy God can orchestrate 🙂 We learnt from our first Hillsong Conference experience and we packed our own meals for the Conference. It was really nice going with friends too!

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This year also marks another milestone in my Rock Kidz journey, where I’ve also taken up the role of a pulpit teacher. I feel thankful that Daddy God entrusts me with His little sheep to take care of and to preach the gospel to, it really is a privilege. Nothing gets me quite as excited as seeing little hands raised wanting to invite Jesus into their hearts 🙂

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Birthday Wishlist

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November is my favourite month of the year because… it’s my birthday month! Now I’ll be glad if any of these items make its way into my possession… 😉

  1. Calfskin Messenger Bag in Burgundy, JCOS STUDIOS
  2. iPhone Slim Case in Marble, Society6
  3. Love Style Life by Garance Dore, OpenTrolley
  4. Pocket Tote – Black, TheDailyEdited (love the monogram!)

Wanderlust dreams

This world is such an amazing place, filled with countless of cities and places that I wish to visit in my lifetime and these are on my dream list (it’s not exhaustive hahaha):

Lake Hillier, Western Australia

Northern Lights, Norway

Hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Dead Sea (Jordan’s side)

Snorkeling in the Gulf of Aqaba

Lavender fields, Provence

Santorini, Greece

Being transported in time in Kyoto

Sleeping in a PurePod glasshouse under an open sky in New Zealand.

Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria

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*Images are all from Google.

Saturday: Selah

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After a week of work, a day of rest is absolutely welcome.

Everyone’s definition of rest varies but here’s mine: I like to be awakened naturally, though it means I rarely get up past eight in the morning. I like to get moving, not out of restlessness but rather out of my desire to head out for a bout of activity or fresh air.

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So this morning while Kev is off to work, I met up with Kelda for a run. I cycled over to meet her and I got in quite a workout. We jogged for a short while and wound up taking an idyllic walk in the Chinese and Japanese Gardens. As we chatted about everything under the sun while walking through the gardens, we spotted quite a few birds like kingfishers, waterhens and even saw a heron wading in the stream for its breakfast. We also spotted some herons roosting at the top of a tree.

This has turned out to be quite a nice walk and I wonder why we don’t do it as often as we should when it’s so good for our souls, to just break away from digital devices and revel in nature.

Hillsong Colour Conference 2014 – London

How do I even begin? I’ve been to Hillsong Conference in 2012, and having seen some Brisbane girls enjoying themselves at Colour Conference Sydney in 2013, I had this desire to experience it for myself. I never shared this desire with Kevin because all I was thinking was about how selfish it would be to leave Kevin alone when I’m enjoying myself. But Kevin knows how much my spiritual man needs to be nourished and he booked me a ticket to Colour Conference London because the Colour Conference Sydney was sold out. I just felt so loved by Daddy God through Kevin. T.T

This was the reason why we went back to Paris and London last year so soon again after our honeymoon, but I’m not complaining!

Before flying over, I had emailed to let them know that I’m coming to the conference alone and would like to be part of the Meeting Place to meet other girls. Hannah from Hillsong London church emailed me and offered to host me so that I wouldn’t be alone, she also updated me on the weather in London so I can pack sufficient warm clothing for the trip. I was psyched!

It was a rainy Friday on the first day. We queued up to get our wrist tags, and I see guy volunteers holding out umbrellas to shelter the ladies who were in the queue. It was such a nice gesture and I love the spirit of honour for women carried out in this little act.

I met Hannah soon after, and she’s helping out during the conference with other girls. I met this other girl Nathalie, who happened to have worked in Singapore before, in the same company as my sister’s friend, and she attended New Creation Church in Singapore. Oh my, it’s such a God thing, half way across the world Daddy God set me up with people whom I would feel comfortable around!

As with all Hillsong Conferences, I expected creative, beautiful opening performances and they never failed my expectations. This year’s Colour Conference opener took influences from the film noir and silent film era and it was like a mini-film and you can watch it here. I see Daddy God’s heart of love and devotion towards me, that He’s always there waiting for me patiently,  to turn back to Him if I ever strayed away from Him. I know nothing can fill the depths of my soul and heart like Daddy God’s love can, because He is Love personified.


On the first night, we were all gifted a Sisterhood edition bible and nothing is as precious as sowing God’s word into people’s lives. It’s currently my favourite now because it’s an NIV version and it’s really easy to read.


Priscilla Shirer and Lisa Bevere were the speakers at Colour Conference and they were such dynamic, on-fire women of God. I love how they shared that we are all loved uniquely by our Daddy God and reminded me to experience the intricacies of His love for me myself, and watch Him become flesh/real to me, instead of just knowing what He is.

The openers for the sessions of the other two days were just as great, it’s such a positive and fun environment to be in. 🙂

Oh, one amazing thing happened. I decided to go earlier so I can buy the Colour Conference merchandise and while I was browsing through the stuff, I heard a familiar accent. I turned around and I saw a group of girls who looked like students, checking the merchandise out too. Then I was emboldened and decided to approach them, asking if they were Singaporeans and they were! The icing on top of the cake – they were from New Creation too! Upon knowing that I’m alone, they invited me to join them. The girl who put her arm around me to join them, her name was Hannah. In Hebrew, Hannah means favour or grace. And I can’t begin to say… how good Daddy God is, to show me that He has given me twice the favour and grace for the Conference.

Oh I also met friends from Indonesia and even Korea, those 2.5 days were such an amazing time!

There were activities going on outside the stadium – there was a photowall station, inside the stadium there were other photo-taking areas for selfie opportunities too, an area for people to lounge around and even a manicure station! It was so cool 🙂

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Here’s us at the photowall in the stadium! 😀

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The morning of the last day of Colour Conference. I sat down at one of the chairs as I arrived and started writing out notes for the amazing people that I’ve met during this short period of time.


One main highlight that I had observed about Colour Conferences is the 500 Project and I was curious about it. You can read more about it and watch the video here.

In 2014, instead of a small tin can that the previous Conference goers received, we received a can the size of a paint tin! Bobbie shared that it is her heart that we colour the world with love. The $500 project is a way that we as individuals, or with friends can contribute collectively. $500 can buy us a lot of things, but if we use it to bless someone, it can make a whole world of difference to that person.

There were a few projects that one can choose from, but what really got me was the Dignity with Love project in Ethiopia when I watched the video. I actually cried and felt deeply for this cause. The women who suffered from obstetric fistula due to obstructed labour had to deal with incontinence, shame, social segregation and other health problems and I just felt that this is not how things were supposed to be; Labour should end up with rejoicing and not shame, and so I made this my personal project. I know I may never meet the person I’m helping out on this side of Heaven, but I know my help (no matter how small) can change her current and future situation and restore dignity to her and this will be my way of showing the love that Daddy God had first shown me.

Ok, this is getting a bit too heavy so let’s go back to the reminiscing.

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So, the weather was bloody brilliant on the last day. It was sunny, yet chilly and it was perfect for us girls to hang out in the sun in between sessions. Many girls also went to the nearby London Designer Outlet and sat on the grass, chatting and enjoying the wonderful sunshine.

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Hannah blessed us with coffee! I really love how we never ran out of conversation. We were all able to share freely and endlessly how amazing Daddy God has been in our lives.


They ended the last session of the Conference on such a high too. I was just a little bummed as I had to leave early to catch a flight back to Singapore, though I wasn’t the only one leaving early. Some other girls had to catch their train back to their respective unis and I’m really glad I had such a good time with them (and I bumped into some of them in Singapore!). Some of them actually even signed up for the 2015 Colour Conference then and I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome one. 🙂

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Less than a month to go (so exciting!!), I’ll see you soon NYC! ❤