Thursday, December 31, 2009

Stressed????? My last entry for 2009

Is there any other word which could describe my mental state at the moment apart from stressed? I am not sure. Well how would you feel if you're parents are in town and suddenly your MIL and BIL decided to also come over and decided to put at your place. Husband's Uncle family and Aunty family being in town doesn't make things any better. 

Seems this is the first New Year's Eve ever that I don't look forward to. I wanted to have a peace and quiet New Year eve and yeah! it is so not going to happen.

I'm a little bit confused if I should get myself a Nano or a hang bag as a gift for myself. I so deserve it. Don't I? 

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

3 more days to 2010 and the resolutions...

Be a more cheerful person.
Be more positive about life.
Run 10K by December 2010
Kick some bad habits :)
Save money
Be more patience.

So there, that's my 2010 resolutions. Have you got any? 

Monday, December 28, 2009

Looking back to 2009

2009 has been such a mad rush year. We sure did a lot of things. 

  • Moved back to Singapore (January)
  • Rented a place (February)
  • Started my new job (March)
  • Started my "Journal of a Journey" (May) 
  • Joined Sky Fitness (June)
  • Started to enjoy running (July)
  • We adopted Tinker Bell (July)
  • Started to experiment cooking (August)
  • Bought our very first house! (September)
  • Went to Bogor for Vikram's 2 years old birthday (September)
  • Passed my Certified IT Project Management course exam (Octorber)
  • My Grandma turned 90!!! (October)
  • Bought our very first TV (November)
  • My brother got married (December)
I do somewhat feel good to see these but I know I could have done better. So watch out for my resolutions for 2010. 

Christmas is Over and Where is my holidays?

Woah, my last entry was on the 4th of December and I didn't even realise that. So a little quick update on the past weeks events:

9th December - Hubby and I left for YGN
11th December - My brother's wedding reception
13th December - Arrived back in SG
14th December - Completed the first appointment at HDB for the house.
16th December - Applied for the extension of Mom's Long stay visa
17th December - Mom and Dad arrived to SG
18th - 20th December - Rented a car for the weekend and took Mom and Dad to see Orchard road Christmas lights, Changi Village, Science Cetre, Body World, Upper Thomson Road Prata Shop, Ang Mo Kio HDB Hub, Novena Square, Sims Ave, Seng Kang, Sungei Kadut, IMM. Oh yes, we made sure we used the car to the fullest. 
22nd December - Accompanied Mom to extend the visit visa as the long term extension was still pending.
24th December - Half day at work and accompanied Mom to formalised the long term passed. Went to Cold Storage to get Turkey and Pork for roasting for the 25th.
Christmas Day - We had Aud and Lionel, Leena and Sandeep and Ko ZWH over for lunch. Mom made, stuffings, turkey and I made roast pork.
26th December - Took Mom and Dad to Smith street Dim Sum place. Took Mom to Arab street and she had a blast buying materials for relatives. Dad went to AutoBecs with Ko ZWH. Hubby went to his relatives place. The living room's light blew off and the switch tripped. 
27th December - Mom went to her friends place and me and hubby took Dad to watch Sherlock Holmes at Cineleisure and went to hubby's relatives' place. 

So there. As for photos, will upload them soon.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Those little annoying things.

I forgot to mention what happened at dinner time yesterday evening. We went to Vivo for dinner as it was a Thursday and I was somewhat craving for the food court stall food. As we waited for the server to come back out to the counter so he could serve us another guy came beside us and kept yelling out for the server. I got a tad annoyed with him but didn't say anything. Then finally the guy came out and this other guy who was standing beside us just somewhat grabbed him and starting talk to him and gave him the money. Hubby got so annoyed (yes, we were starving people and not very in good mood) and told him that there was a line/queue and this other guy kept staring at hubby as though he wanted to start a fight. Then he told hubby that yes, I know what a line is and ya da ya da and then suddenly he said, I am only paying. Yes, I know this does not sound like it is a such a big thing BUT trust me the attitude that guy was giving to us was as though he just going to start punching hubby. Sigh, people, why can't you just say even before that sorry, I am just here to pay the money. So no one would have any misunderstanding and cause all this hatred. This is another thing which I notice with people over here. Its like its such a bad thing to talk to other person especially a stranger. They would just give you this "Wanna fight" stare. 

OH btw, this is what I am having right now in office:)

What the hey, its Friday....

Yesterday I had such a bad sneezing fit which was actually good because I managed to leave work early and managed to run some errands. Picked up my outfit for the wedding. I will take a picture of it and post later tonight. Also, I managed to pick up hubby's passport for the travel agent and shopped a bit of Burmese food stuff. I always enjoy buying all these things which reminds me of my childhood and now that I have become a wife and a cook I am always thinking of how to impress hubby with all these gorgeous Burmese dishes. Only thing was that the invitations were not here yet but they called today so I will pick them up later today. 

Then last night, we were just about to fall asleep and I heard my phone ringing. It was Kanu sounding upset and worried. Apparently she couldn't get hold of Jit. It was that Jiten's phone's battery was flat and they managed to contact each other it was around 11:30. Then Tinki was being so hyper and jumping around that both hubby and I were woken up a few times. 

Hubby did get up around 6:30 and got ready for the gym but I was just too tired and told him that I would not go and he decided to curl back but apparently poor thing he didn't manage to sleep again. 

From the look of it, seems its going to be nice and cold evening as it has been raining whole day but its going to be such a hectic evening though. 

Oh, I am planning of cooking Ohn No Kauk Swaye tomorrow. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Things to do in December

I always have this thing with December. For some reasons December always bring me some joy and happiness. May be it got to do a lot with my childhood memories. December is when Winter/cold season really starts in Burma and also we have school holidays. Not only that my parents would have a great Christmas party at home and just remembering those times make me happy once again. 

The only sad part is that this December I am so busy with work that will not have that much time relaxing or taking things easy or even not sure if we can throw a party. Despite the work, there are tons of things happening this month and so is my to do list.

  • New Moon released :) (3rd December today and of cuz I have watched it!)
  • Preeti and Vikram stopping for 1 day in Singapore (5th December)
  • Travel to Burma for Brother's wedding (9th December - 13th December)
  • Finalise and confirm the contractor ( Sometime after 14th December)
  • First appointment with HDB for our house (14th December)
  • Mom and Dad coming to Singapore (18th December till ....)
  • Hubby's Mamu's family coming to Singapore (sometime around 18th I believe)
  • Christmas Holidays (25th December I so hope I would get to enjoy the long weekend)
  • Arrange with the contractors to see the house for final quotation (Sometime after the 14th )
  • Shop for Year End sales for the items we need for the house. 

    To do list for the month of December:
    • Christmas shopping and shopping for MIL's list (4th December)
    • Fill up my CITPM certification form and yes I will have to pay late fees. How nasty! (4th December)
    • Post Christmas Cards and Brother's wedding invitation cards to the relatives and friends ( 5th December)
    • Pick up and drop off Vikram and Preeti from airport (5th December)
    • Spring clean and decorate house for Christmas (6th December)
    • Make shopping list and shop for Burma trip (6th December)
    • Leave for Burma (9th December)
    • Arrive back from Burma and prepare for the first appointment (13th December)
    • Go for the first appointment for 10:30 (14th December)
    • Do a financial planning for 2010 ( House, Renovation and to access if any possibility of getting an Accord?)
    • Do up a New Year Resolution list :)
    Oh and I'm at work now sipping on my last ELMA/ APPLE tea. I must admit I fell in love with this tea. I should go and look for more. 

    I will come back later...

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    After a week and half break, we're back to Gym

    Hubby woke me up this morning to drag me to the gym. 

    Duration : 31.04 minutes
    Distance : 3.76 km

    Calories burned : 207
    Sweat level : Pretty darn good!

    I realised that I did better than my last run. Also, I was still feeling so sleepy after the workout and took a cat nap in the cab. 

    Long weekend and yet still not enough

    We had a long weekend for Hari Raya (Muslim Religion holiday) holiday but I didn't feel like as though its enough. Well I am sure I wasn't the only one. Saturday we went and did some window shopping for electrical items for the house.

    We both quite like this fridge by LG but still require a lot of decision. A few more items we looked at that day but I couldn't seem to be able to find the pictures online so I will post them again soon.

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Under one condition......"will you marry me"

    YES YES YES!!! I just watched Twilight, The new moon!! and I'm in love again. It was so unexpected. We were just simply doing some shopping at Orchard and it started to rain. So we decided might as well go up to the cinema and see what movies are available. That's when we realised that New Moon sneak preview has been showing!!! We thought we'd go up and buy the tickets off the counter but boy oh boy, the line has minimum of 30 people in it. So as I always am the quick thinking one, I asked hubby to call Jit to ask to buy the tickets off the internet and viola!! it all just happened. The movie starts at 4:20 and we were there at 3:45. It was all meant to be. We got the tickets and the rest was just history. I am not going to do any spoiler to other fans like myself. All I can say is that it was so worth the wait and it was just nicely done and just simply gorgeous. I just love love love the movie. I can't wait the blue ray to be out and I am so buying the discs. 

    Hubby managed to get some pants shopping done and I'm happy he finally managed to buy some new pants. He so needed them. Trust me. 

    Also, I managed to apply for my Dad's visa and they'll be here on the 18th. It will be nice for Mom and Dad to come and relax over the holidays. 

    Happy holidays everyone. 

    Thursday, November 26, 2009

    Do you...

    Do you ever feel like your whole back is in pain and that you didn't feel like you really fall asleep when you wake up in the morning? Sometimes, I feel that way. I need more rest! yes.

    Last night, hubby bought dinner back. I was thinking of cooking but I know his tummy is still not 100% so I told him to buy something back. 

    Then we watched .45. We didn't quite like it. Anyways. That's much about it. 

    We woke up quite early today so we both got in to work quiet early. Quite nice. 

    Another update later tonight.

    Wednesday, November 25, 2009

    Hubby's birthday celebration weekend

    I am so sorry I did not post anything for the past few days. A few of my excuses :

    1. Busy celebrating hubby's birthday
    2. Didn't have the time
    3. No workouts to post
    4. Just being lazy
    So here is a quick recap of Friday - Tuesday.

    Friday the 20th Nov.

    Work was not too bad and in the evening, we had to go for dinner and drinks at The Queen and Mangosteen at Vivo City. Despite the price, I always enjoy their mini burgers! Just delish. Have I told you my new love is Merlot? Yes, probably I already have. I had 2 glasses of Merlot and 2 shots which husband's friends bought for husband but he is not a big fan of shots. We got home around 11ish and went to bed around 1. My head was pounding. 

    Saturday 21st Nov.

    We got up around 10ish and believe me this is the Saturday for us. I started cooking masala chicken from 10:30 till around 12:00 and during that time hubby cleaned and mobbed the house. After that we went for grocery shopping. Came back home and after putting things away, I started to call prawn and pumpkin curry. Mean while hubby made Sangria. Hubby also made Rajma (kidney beans in Indian style in pressure cooker). While making that, I cooked Pae Gyi ( big lentils) for soup. While all of those were on the stoves, I started to cut lady's fingers and it was around 3:30. During that madness, hubby and I managed to eat something in between. Can't really remember what we ate. 

    Then Audrey and Lionel came over and made blue berry cheese cake for hubby. Lovely friends aren't they? When ever thing was done and all of us finally sat down it was about 6 and we thought we'd watch Twilight while waiting for other 2 couples. And that's when I realised I totally am in love with Twilight.

    Over all, the night went really well I guess. There was very little left over and I was quite happy to see all the guests loved my cooking. Here are some of them for you to enjoy. 

    Masala Chicken Curry

    Prawn and Pumpkin

    Lady's Finger stir fry

    Hubby's birthday blue berry cheese cake by Audrey and Lionel

    We watched 2012 after guests went back and it was quite bad movie and went to bed. Oh, sorry no pictures of Sangria and hubby's Kidney beans. Bad photographer!!! (ha ha)

    Sunday 22nd November,

    The moment we woke up we were so pooped. So we/I decided to finish watching Twilight and then both of us did the dishes because our helper, Enu didn't come. Boy, I believe we used us every plates and spoons and forks we have. 

    Then we had left overs for lunch and watched Bedtime Stories and District 9. Didn't quite like the District 9 but quite enjoyed the Bedtime stories. At night, we watched Jennifer's Body. Crappy show. Yes, it seems like we had a movie marathon that day didn't we? In the evening, we decided to get out of the house and went to East Coast park and have Hoegarden and Stakes for dinner. It was a lovely evening out. 

    Monday 23rd November (Hubby's Birthday)

    We took a break from the gym and also we didn't go anywhere. Hubby was having a bit of tummy pain and decided to just stay at home and finish up the left overs. Happy Birthday Hubby. ( I think I said that like nearly 50 times).

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    a good workout hence a good morning

    This week we didn't manage to keep our challenge. Last night we had Komala's at Peninsular Plaza since we were there to try the fitting for my outfit. We went to meet my tailor and strangely, the place where she was the lights had gone off. So sadly, I couldn't really see clearly but hubby said it looks really nice. I should be picking it up over the weekend. The materials feel really nice though.

    Ok, I'm quite happy with my work out today. Why? here's why.

    Duration : 31.36 minutes
    Distance : 3.78 km

    Calories burned : 205
    Sweat level : Pretty darn good!

    Today, hubby and I did a bet on which lift would open and I lost! So breakfast was on me but I was lucky because I managed to claim some free burgers! ha ha.

    Oh and we watched Bring it on, Fight to the finish. Loved it! Well not for you  macho guys :)

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Nothing exciting

    Yesterday evening was not very exciting I guess. Went home and its raining again so it was nice and cold. We made dinner together. Brown rice, minced beef with long beans, left over kidney beans. Sorry, didn't take any pictures. 

    Last night I slept not too bad but in the middle of the night, Tinki came on and walked all over me and woke me up. 

    Today being Thursday, we didn't go to the gym. 

    Will talk to you soon.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    Shall I ice or have cold shower

    Last night we watched Blood, the last vampire. Good entertainment and time past but nothing that great and Hubby made brown rice fried rice and I made stir fry green peppers for dinner. I think we'll be able to pull together a 5 days home cook dinner again. 
    One funny thing happened yesterday. Since I was at home, I thought why not go downstairs and walk home with hubby. I went and waited and waited till the rain started to fall and I was wondering why was he taking so long. After a while I called again and he's already at the house! I just realised that he came back from the other direction and there I was waiting for him to walk home. So no choice, I just came back walking in the rain and he managed to escape the rain. Silly me!

    We did hit the gym today but I took it easy and only ran for 20 minutes.

    Duration : 21.23 minutes
    Distance : 2.57 km

    Calories burned : 143

    Sweat level : Pretty good!

    For some reasons, today as soon as I started my run my whole thighs and legs started to hurt. I should have probably taken a break but I didn't do too much and I do feel good.
    After gym we hit KFC for our breakfast and I was happy that I finished my whole wrap. Boss messaged to tell me that I could go in the meeting at 11 from home instead of having to go in to office. So! woo hoo, I'm home now!

    Today's note : Let it out and be open about how you feel.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Strange pain

    I had this really weird pain yesterday evening and this morning but still we managed to hit the gym. We didn't manage to get our usual machines. We really hated the machines today. It was harder and weird. Here's what I managed today.

    Duration : 30.00 minutes

    Distance : 3.47 km

    Calories burned : 173

    Sweat level : Pretty ok!

    Also, I didn't go to work today. Well I did go for the meetings I was supposed to go and I went to see the doctor and came back home. Doctor said, it seems I have irritable bowel syndrome. So he gave me some medicines. Let's see if it helps.

    Monday, November 16, 2009


    I just thought of putting up some Tinki's pictures which we took yesterday. While we were watching The Mist, Tinki was sleeping beside us on her favourite chair. We just couldn't resist how cute she looks when she was sleeping so we took some pictures and here they are. 


    Woah! another day with a ton of things lining up

    Yesterday evening turned out to be  a nice one unexpectedly. Hubby and I went to Ikea to find out about the kitchen ideas and cam back home around 6. That was after watching The Mist, another of Stephen King's novel. It was somewhat predictable and just a so so movie. However, good entertainment. 

    Hubby also got a call from his school friend to meet up for dinner for a few times and finally we met up yesterday. We took them to Inle (a Burmese restaurant) and it was a hit! I am someone who is not very keen on suggesting or proposing of what to eat or where to eat. Except to my hubby. I find that everyone has their own individual likes and dislikes and how can I know one would like what I like. 

    Anyhoo, we got back around 10:20 and decided that we would not go to the gym so ended up watching tele till mid night. 

    So we didn't go to they gym today and here I am now at work with a pile of things to take care of.

    Today's note : Always think positive for your own happiness.

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Gym, Lunch, Shopping, Movie and Dinner with Friends

    That's what happened on Saturday. We hit the gym in the morning and I had a good run.

    Duration : 32.34 minutes
    Distance : 3.84 km
    Calories burned : 206
    Sweat level : Pretty good!

    I had a really good run on the treadmill despite the fact that I forgot to bring the water bottle. After gym, we went over to hubby's Aunt and Uncle's place for yummy lunch. I was feeling really dehydrated due to not enough water and I should remember to take my water bottle every time whenever I go to gym. Checklist!

    MIL sent back my engagement ring which was re-sized and also a little gift. Which is a dainty gold flower bracelet. 

    Then went to Arab street to meet my tailor which was so sweet to meet us and help to buy the outfit materials for my brother's wedding reception. We ended up choosing a baby pink. I hope it'll look nice on me. After that shopping, we were pretty done for the day and came back home and watched The Proposal. IT'S A GREAT MOVIE!!!! I just love it. I will definitely watch it again.

    After the movie we went out to meet with Audrey and Lionel for dinner at Brewerkz at Clarke Quaye. We had a good time catching up. Finally! I had anchovies pizza and a glass of Merlot. I also had one glass before we left. I thought it was a nice evening. I haven't had this little party feeling inside of me for the longest time.

    We dragged Audrey and Lionel back home after dinner because Audrey needed some big plastic bags for her JUNKs! Yes, Aud. You go gal! Its about time you spring clean. We got home and we made them watch Blood and Bone and they liked it! Or were they being just nice? :)

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Its going to be a busy busy day

    YES! we did it. We got a record of cooking at home for the whole of 5 weekdays. Here's what I made last night  for dinner.

    1. Tamarine pork curry (Recipe from Hsaba Cook Book)
    2. Really messy tomato salad 
    3. Rice

    I couldn't believe how quick this meal is as well. I enjoy cooking however, I still need to find a way to make my life easy when chopping onions. :( Yes, I still cry miserably. Last night I had a glass of Lindemans with some kisses.

    I really enjoyed this wine as its half body and smooth. Hubby did a good job buying this and I am pretty sure will be buying this again. We went to bed rather early for a Saturday night, 10:30 without doing the dishes :)

    So, morning came and hubby did the dishes and also made a cup of tea for me. How nice?

    I've got a few items lining up for the day.

    1. Meeting with my tailor to get a blouse and longyi/skirt made for my brother's wedding at Arab's street to buy the material.

    2. We have also been invited for lunch at hubby's Aunt's place.

    3. Planning to do a scrap book for the house. Now that we are pretty much settled on what we want to do with the house I think we should document it down properly.

    4. Gym (If I can squeeze in the time for)

    5. Laundry

    6. Grocery shopping.

    So, I'm going to get ready now. I'm leaving you with a few shots of Tinki which I took yesterday.

    Have a good weekend everyone.