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Let the pictures talk

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I’m starting to write a journal. Yep. But you know what handwritten journals can’t do? They can’t give you the visual aspects to my life (unless I print the pictures all out!). So here it is. The past few months of my life.

Hello, balance sheet, we meet again.

the Monday-thought-was-Tuesday gelare ice-cream waffle

a nice book with a sucky ending.

Tidied up my desk! But it’s all messy now. heh!

first time hushing the toddlers to nap. there’s something very peaceful about it all.

cute sleeping baby’s cute sleeping feet. cuuuuuuuuuute!

10,000 rice dumplings for charity!

behind the scenes of it all.

A morning walk with the divaaaaaaaaa!

And then I spotted a rainbow on my doorstep(:

Ice-cream burger thing from Bakerzin on Shuhui’s birthday! ***FOODPORNFOODPORNFOODPORN***

And baskin robbins with Fiza and Yana on the last day of our elearning break! i meant week! ***FOODPORNFOODPORNFOODPORN***

Mom’s new recipe: mini tofu patties! ***FOODPORNFOODPORNFOODPORN***

And the fire drill. where I got to try on the most awesome baby carrier ever! lots of baby cuddling and swaying and being in the centre of attraction during evacuation for this event!


And of course how could we forget a cake for Xinying’s birthday! Bakerzin’s warm chocolate cake. reminded me of DA OOZE from TCC! ***FOODPORNFOODPORNFOODPORN***

And to sum the evening off. Best one I’ve had in a while!

Went to the National Skin Centre with aunt, and got the Starbucks breakfast! NYUM NYUM NYUMNOMNOM ***FOODPORNFOODPORNFOODPORN***

and then we got some veggie sushi rolls;D ***FOODPORNFOODPORNFOODPORN***

And now here I am, hoping for more gatherings with old friends, more time with my babies, more ***FOODPORNFOODPORNFOODPORN***, more travelling around Singapore and hopefully OUT of Singapore… and less assignments.

4 more to go, to be completed within slightly less than a week’s time. Can I do it? HOPEFULLY! Then it’s HELLOOOOOOO to the holidays!


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August 2, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Perth: Our first dinner and a funny man.

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We met this fiesty westerner when he decided to pop right behind my aunt when I was trying to take a photo of her. It. scared. me. shitless. This was the second attempt of him trying to re-enact the epic scene that got me jumping out of my seat. Hahaha!

He came up to us on several attempts to snap pictures and be funny, showing us how to take ‘party shots’ and had us laughing and giggling over dinner.

Definitely made my first dining experience in Perth interesting and unforgettable. Thank you, Bernard!

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October 4, 2011 at 12:29 AM


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Well good news, folks! I can finally stop worrying and go on with my plans for my lessons and supervision! Much thanks to my mentor for giving me the much awaited green light to carry on, if not I would have to replan and brainstorm EVERYTHING ALL OVER AGAIN!

I’m happy, people, so happy. After people and of course myself giving me doubts and all that, I can finally say my gut is the real deal. Luckily I was stubborn enough to follow it. LOLS, I think I sound too confident now! Cannot cannot! But hopefully everything will go well from now on.

Thursday the BITCHES celebrated Shuhui’s 18th birthday with a blast! I really think we could do this for each other every year man! No matter how busy we are, where we are, I hope we’ll still be able to come together at least 5 times a year(or maybe 10 times including the brainstorm and card-making session) to celebrate each of our birthdays TOGETHER!

I think I will be doing a video… because of one hilarious footage I’ve taken, but it will take a while! Meanwhile here’s the pictures!

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July 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

‘horns’ at the back of my head.

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Tying messy baby hair on a hot and sunny day?

Chicken feet! Try saying “don’t move or you won’t be pretty.” and “look in front and feed your hungry kungfu panda.”

So glad I could enjoy my short 2 week term break at ahma’s! Jovianne’s getting cheekier and cheekier each day,never failing to crack me up with weird but cute antics of her. And my aunt said she had that cheeky garfield smirk and the posture of liang po po when she grooves to hi5??

Well this also means I’m trying to put the upcoming assignments and lesson plans out of my head. Gotta make up my mind on which to focus on when and when to focus on which so that I won’t spend my play time worrying about school stuff and wasting time distracted to play when it’s time to do school work.

Those who couldn’t understand put your hands up.

Or maybe I should just prop my legs up and enjoy my much awaited break instead? HMMS.

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June 15, 2011 at 11:50 PM

new love

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Sorry, Nikon I know I cheated your feelings when I decided to spend hundreds of dollars on this brand new Canon Ixus 220 HS .

Tough decision to make on the purchase, to be honest. I thought about the cost, my savings, pros and cons and whatsoever, til one fine day I decide it’s gonna be worth it to have a handy-dandy pocket sized camera with me all the time, I bought it with no qualms or other thoughts.

Then that night I struggled if I had made the right decision. Luckily Mom seemed pretty calm after I came clear with her, but other than my aunt who accompanied me and Hafiza, I told no one else about it. 18 years of living in good ol’ Earth and I’m so proud to tell you this is the first time I’ve ever bought something WITHOUT Mom’s acknowledgement or consent first. That clearly explains moments of regrets and chiding I did to myself the night after I bought it.

But all’s well and I finally got to spend some time with my new love yesterday when school ended at 1. Oh my, the more I played with it, the deeper I fall in love with it. Is this normal? Hehehehe!

So I’m just gonna share some things that I like and don’t like about the new camera!!! It’s like confessing your love BUT.

What I like about my new Canon (oh yeah!):

  • The size! Almost as thick as my iPhone, and a little bigger than the size of my ID. Absolutely LOVE the fact that I can bring this little guy ANTWHERE and EVERYWHERE!
  • The super fast shutter speed in lighted areas! That’s one of Mawar’s favourite and shocking findings just now too!
  • Full 1080p HD video recording WITH ZOOM! This is one of the many reasons why I wanted this camera, it fills the hole in my heart, since my D5000 wasn’t able to take FULL HD videos.
  • BLACK. haven’t you heard black is the new gold? Cool colour for a cool camera!
  • The matt surface, available only in black. Although it feels a little too rough, at least scratches and fingerprints and gross oily surfaces won’t be visible EVER AGAIN!
  • Super slow-mo videos that can do WONDERS in 240fps(or something like that)!
  • Individual ‘record’ button for fast recording! Just one touch of the button and you’re off recording videos in 1080p.
  • NEWEST THING IN TOWN! A 4-second video before taking a picture! Cool or what!?

BUT on the other hand…

  • This little guy should do better in focusing. It takes quite a while for the camera to focus, especially when it’s recording.
  • The placement of the flash! Sometimes the flash gets blocked out my the lens and what happens are those dark corners surfacing in pictures.:(
  • Quite literally, NOTHING ELSE.

Well, here’s my impromptu and roughly thought out review of the new Ixus 220 HS. Which, thanks to Google, is also known as the Canon Powershot Elph 300 HS in the States. And maybe other parts of the world as well. Why not call it a Powershot here in Singapore as well? Why Ixus? Weird. They should have the same names INTERNATIONALLY, you know. Cos’ who knows what a Canon Rebel T2i is when it’s called the Canon 550D in their area?! Haven’t you studied the LAw of Standardisation?! Okay, maybe there isn’t one law like this out yet, BUT STILL!!!

Okay, enough of rants and what-nots. Here’s some sample pictures I took yesterday, and Mawar today:

That’s it for now, TOOTLES!!!

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June 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Weekly Photo Challenge: Old

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Old… and young – in both spirits and heart. (Okay, sometimes not the mentality, but I can live with that;D)

Grandpa’s facial contours and his beautifully imperfect facial hairs never fail to unfaze me in many ways. At age 75 he’s still managing the household so adequately, never fail to replenish food supplies and go around the vicinity for the best buys, saving the cents and dollars to support the whole family ever since Mom was young. A skilled carpenter, I remember. He collects potential furnitures and stuffs that are thrown away by people, and reuses them, or make them into cabinets and racks. I remembered him making a whiteboard stand for me when I was young, and even painting them in vibrant colours. Even when he was still in his sixties, he repaints the whole house every lunar new year.

Been living with my grandparents for the most of my nearly 2 months worth of vacation, and I really loved it there. The love they give is different in every single way and there’s always something to laugh about and tease of.

Thank god for grandparents. Although they were the reason I don’t want to work and earn the ‘potential’ extra pocket money during the vacations, what I get in return is priceless.

Living in the moment, that’s what I call it.

Although I bet I’ll spend ALOT of time missing the days and the people here when I go back home… and school.

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April 14, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Protected: Exploring ‘Jovianne Photography’!

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March 30, 2011 at 7:06 PM

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