Sunday, April 05, 2015

Easter 2015

Easter blessings from me to you! Painted this beautiful bible verse yesterday because I finally have one Saturday where I have no plans but to stay home so I took the time to do this even though in the back of my mind, I was thinking about my friggin' project that I need to do research on dang it. Anyway, I hope you had a good Easter celebration today. My disappearing act in this blog is not forgivable, I know haha. The month of March has been a little cray since I've got 3 assignments to submit and then this month will be the month where I've gotta hustle like there's no tomorrow in order to finish up my MAJOR project that's due on May 1st. I have so many things to write about, believe me but after cracking my head writing a lot of 'academic' papers, all my personal thoughts have been kept inside and I don't really know if I'm gonna unveil it anymore. Like I've said in my previous post, a lot of things that I am currently dealing, I've got to handle it on my own and it's been quite tough so please do bear with me. God bless, everyone!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Unconditional love

Back in January,  I was invited by a friend to attend a 'beauty clinic talk' held at her house. It was basically a talk to promote some beauty direct selling products and while I wasn't keen on getting any of the products, I got to learn something new at that time. Anyway, after that my friend's husband did a small presentation on how to earn extra income by joining this direct selling venture and again, I have no interest in joining it but it is still no harm to listen because my friend's husband has excellent presentation skills. There was this question asked my friend's husband,  something about the things that you want to achieve in the future...I heard someone answered 'stability', and another one answered 'to travel the world'. I was thinking hard on what should my answer is going to be at that time because I do know that what the others have answered are true and it was something that I wanted too but when it was my turn to give my answer, I said 'love'. Then there was a pause...

I looked at my friend's husband and he was like, "Erm...well, yeah love." After we earn more money, we could find love as well" I can't really recall the exact words that he said but it was something like that. At that same thinking, "Oh shit, did I just gave a shallow answer?" I mean, everyone was giving the if-I-have-more-money-I-can-achieve-anything type of answers while I gave an answer that's not really money related. Of course, I would be lying if I said that money is not very essential for me. It really is especially now when I am already starting to pay my study loan but I also know that money can't really buy happiness and love, well...I believe love conquers all right? I'm not just saying the love that you get from your boyfriend/girlfriend, but from all as in your family, friends, your pets, and most importantly from  God himself. That was the reason why I answered 'love', as shallow as it sounds but it was the first thing that came through my mind :)

Recently I read an article from the church bulletin  that says something about how people contributes love in different ways and it also said that not all people are meant to be married which to me was kinda disappointing to know but there's legit point there.  The article says 'We are destined to give our lives away; many do so in the form of marriage, others in the form of voluntary celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, others by living alone and yet being there for others. All human life find its meaning in love.' So the point here is that, even if you can't find love in a boyfriend/girlfriend kind of way (I know some of us, including yours truly yearns for it haha) but there are still so many ways in showing love for others. 'Someone who loves authentically is free, strong, and good; he can devote himself in love.' I also believe that the more we give and show love towards others, our hearts will be more at peace after all, the bible did mentioned that 'love is the greatest.' If we have faith in it, it will be one of the great essence that we can have. Maybe,  I can still be drawn into other 'materialistic' things to make me happy and be successful, but at the end of the day, it always a good reminder to know what's really important in your life. So even if I felt like my answer was 'shallow', I do hope that I sort-of made a point? Hehe.

Today, we remember the greatest love that we could ever have; the love that is pure and unconditional even if we have sinned so many times and yet He never gave up his love to us. This is the kind of love that no money can ever buy in this world. Blessed Good Friday.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Art challenge #1

The outcome for our first art challenge. Which one is your favourite?


In between juggling my time with work and assignments, there was this art challenge that I decided to do with some of my colleagues. The deadline was today and I only started my painting two nights ago and completed it last night while catching up with episodes of The Voice. (#TeamPharrell & #TeamXtina all the way) Yeap, as always I am 'the last minute woman' lol but I do have a legit excuse and it was because I was rushing like mad trying to finish one of my assignments to submit, which I finally did on last Saturday. Wasn't satisfied with the outcome because I really felt like I've not enough time executing the designs out *sigh* Gotta blog about this on another post. Oh well, what's done is done and there's no turning back anymore.

This art challenge is like an 'art therapy' to me cos after being swamped with work, classes and doing my own assignments, it is a nice feeling to be able to take a little break and not be worried about things. Honestly, I was so afraid that I would fall into the 'depression dungeon' again because I could felt it was creeping in slowly. Even told my cousins about it and they said it's not a good sign. But that moment when I managed to catch up with my cousins, I already felt so happy and told myself that there is just no point of bringing all these negative vibes around. I'm just thankful that I am able to keep myself calm throughout the weeks when I was rushing with my assignments. 

So this little art therapy is a good one for me. They say do what you love and love what you do. Painting is definitely one of my loves although I always wish I have more time to do it. I am also glad that my colleagues and I are able to finish our artworks within the deadline and judging from our skills, we all got it haha. Just to let you know, painting those raspberries are not so easy for me but I guess it looks alright after I added the white colour highlights. Looking forward to the next art challenge but in the meantime, I gotta finish up another group assignment for submission next week.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cookeh Monstah

Me want cookeh!

 Managed to paint this Cookie Monster character as an art trade for the Oscar the Grouch painting that was done by colleague. This Cookie Monster painting is also a birthday gift for my colleague as I gave him a Daler Rowney watercolour postcards and he asked me to paint him this using the postcard. Anyway, my colleagues and I (the 6 of us) are having an art challenge and where each of us will draw/paint a piece of artwork and probably trade it with each other. This came out of randomness but it already sounds exciting! I mean we've never done this before so I guess it will be a good practice to brush up our skills as well. The theme that we've set is 'Dessert' so we can choose any type of dessert for this art challenge. I'm thinking of painting macaroons or strawberry shortcake but I'm probably gonna stick with macaroons. Apart from my assignments, I've to do this challenge. Oh boy, what have I got myself into...will post the outcome soon and I'm flying off today...NOOOO!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CNY 2015

Lion dance under the blue sky in Penampang.
Happy Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai! 新年快乐!Celebrating CNY in KK has always been a quiet one for me unless I am in my mum's hometown Tawau, then it'll be more merrier haha. Anyway, I've been back here for a week and I'll be flying back to KL tomorrow and then work will resume on Thursday. I know I should've extend my stay here until the weekend but I have to finish my assignments ASAP so I couldn't really stay back when I'll ended up being lazy and having a snail mode internet connection here. Been trying to finish up my assignments here for the past few days...well, I tried but I still have TONS to do. Not even sure if I can submit it on time or not, but let's hope for the I always say lol.

There wasn't much to do during the first two days of CNY. I attended the first CNY mass ever held in St. Michael Church on Thursday morning. For a church that is basically dominated by Kadazandusun people, I am glad to know that there are 'changes' that has been implemented since the church ever since the new Rector priest transferred here. Not to say the previous one is bad but you know...sometimes change is good. There was also a lion dance performance right after mass and I always LOVED watching lion dance so I was a happy woman upon seeing them lions :) I know the lion dance here wasn't as awesome as the ones that in Tawau but the important point to this whole thing is how Kadazandusun people are open to embrace the Chinese culture here. #noracist 

My angpow collection this year is not so bad too since a bunch of relatives from Tawau decided to spend CNY in KK and came over to visit my mum on 初一 (CNY Day 1) so extra ang pows this year! Although I kinda feel a little awkward to still be receiving it when I am 30 years old already but it would be rude not to accept it right? Apart from that, met up with my cousins and girlfriends are a must when I am back. Oh, went to watch Kingsman with my cousins too on Thursday night. Very entertaining movie! Think James Bond with more swag hahaha. I also managed to meet up with my designer friends, the ones that I've worked with before the big move to KL. Had to conduct an interview with them for one of my assignments and thankfully everything went well. At least, one part of the assignment is done. I will have to spend my day in the public library today where I can continue my work. I just wanna get all these done and over with, so as my classes with my students...just 2 more months to go. Oh well, hope y'all did have a great CNY so far.