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Inspiration from Nick Vujicic

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I was changing at Bishan MRT station when I decided to have a dinner at Bishan so I did not have to fight to get into the train during peak hour.

After my dinner, I visited the Popular book store where I found a book Give Me a Hug by Nick Vujicic.

The book was meant for children, yet the messages are universal across ages. I love it so much and made a mental note that this is going to be one of the must-read books for my children.

I also love the illustrations on the book (by 芝麻羔Dreamergo),
the use of brown paper.

Listen to Nick and other panellists talking at the World Economic Forum

In every situation you are, there are people worse than yours.

What keeps you going? Faith

Be thankful for what you have.

Your values are not determined by how rich you are or your jobs or status.

Putting your happiness in temporary things (e.g. career) only creates temporary happiness.

80% of stories of pinnacles of Nick’s life are other people’s stories. Everyone has a story to share.

If I do not have a family, I can be a family for someone else.


After doing house chores at kitchen, I rewarded myself with freshly squeezed orange juice which is surprisingly sweet (It was the last one out of 5 oranges that I bought last Thursday, but the first 4 were sour).
We love pleasing surprise and I am grateful for today.

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August 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Let us go for food hunt in the summer 2013

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Food that I crave in the summer 2012
Bun Mam, Vietnamese stinky aubergine soup.
Crab with spicy sauce.
Creme brule.
Salmon sashimi.
coffee with milk.
green tea latte.
oxtail soup.
satay beehoon.

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July 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

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Revising my notes on how to take beautiful photographs

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I love photos because photography literally means painting with light.
When we are taking photographs, we should think it as an act of our respects to beautiful scenery created by God.
Though photography is very subjective (I do like particular photographs but not others), photography enable us to connect to people across nation, geographical, and cultural boundaries.
I strive to have the curious eyes of children, the mind of philosopher.

Here are some tips:
Photography for the very beginners.
Mini shoot.
Photo shoot session as a date (cheaper than fine dining / watching movies).
Discovery projects
Study work by others (the same goes for every field of professional pursuit, though I am not a professional, but I strive to create work of high standard). As of early 2013, I have over 6,000 photos for reference. Perhaps, I have to declutter them, to focus more on quality than quantity. Some good online places that I have used include : Flickr, Pbase, Corbis, websites of bridal studios or professional photographers, travel / photography books.

How to photograph people?
How to photograph your little ones?
I am committed to photography my little ones once every month.

How to pose for photos?
Be photogenic!
Not to forget make-up, even for gentlemen.
“The best shots reflect a relaxed simplicity."

Celebrate and take photos. I especially love to celebrate the four seasons.
Do you want to travel and take photos?
Here are interesting locations:
1. China: Beijing (warning the sky is so often polluted that I had to degrain and make the sky blue in a photo taken at the National Palace that I cherish), Yunnan, Sichuan (especially near Chengdu), Hong Kong,Taiwan.
Korea: very romantic for autumn and winter shots.
2. Malaysia : Malacca, Penang
3. Indonesia: Bali (many couples are getting married at the island of God), you can get forever summer photos here.
4. United Kingdom because I lived there. I always love the England gardens! I even love their fine porcelain mugs printed with garden flowers. Think of Alice in the Wonderland, Harry Potter, all magical things! I love England in spring and autumn.
5. France: forever ROMANTIC Paris! Imagine perfume, Lavender, Mediterranean sea of French Riviera, and beautiful delicious food.
6. Oceania : Australia (because I think I am going there more often) and New Zealand (after I finish enjoying and experiencing The Lord of the Ring as promised by my lover).

Some reflections about travel photography:
1. Always bring TRIPOD when you travel, especially on your own. Tripod can help you take photographs with slow shutter and produce magical photos that our normal eyes cannot see.
2. "When we are taking photographs, we should think that they are our love letter to our beloved ones." My love letters sent from Canada.
3. I wrote "Shangrila (Zhongdian) in Yunnan reminds me on Switzerland."
Personally, I do not like Zhongdian.
Switzerland is a better travel destination.
Friendlier people / safer environment.
Lower altitude / more oxygen.
Better experience and memory.

Although I am not considering a career in photography, I believe that my photographic skills are improving with time.
I may also earn some pocket money from my passion in beauty and photography.
If I can, so can you!

Switzerland Liechtenstein

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Found my note below prior to a visit to Liechtenstein.

capital: Vaduz.
Later comment: happy to see a white golden retriever on bus, with very beautiful eyes.

more registered companies than citizens.

4th smallest country of Europe, after Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino.
San Marino is in Italy.

grand cathedral.

Traditional Catholic country.

In summer 2010, I fulfilled my wish list:
1. Strasbourg in France (Unesco).
2. Stuttgart.
3. Liechstenstein.
4. Bernina Pass.

My bonus was to see Lake Como.

The largest lakes in Italy: Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, Lake Como.
Last scene of Casino Royale when Bond meets Mr White at Villa La Gaeta, Lake Como, San Siro.

Do you know that Como produces ~80% of European silk?

Leonardo uses to wander around Milan in search of faces to use for the Apostles.

Darling went to Lyon in summer 2010.

Thank you God for being so generous to us.

In May 2009, I obtained this brochure on ‘Switzerland and its diversity’.

Below are my humble learning notes, copied and paraphrased from the brochure.

Switzerland has just become the 190th member of UN in 2002.
A Swiss citizen, Henry Dunant founded the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) in Geneva in 1863
2/3 of Switzerland population speak Swiss-German.
7.4 million people (including 20% foreigners) live in Switzerland.
35% of households comprises 1 person.
42% of Switzerland population are Roman Catholic (that’s explain how Pope gets his Swiss army guards), 35% Protestant, 15% atheists.
72.4% of workforce in service (think the banking, insurances services and the Alps for tourism).
99% of registered companies in Switzerland are SMEs (small medium-size enterprises).
Switzerland most important ‘natural resource’ is education.
Only 10.72% of Switzerland has university education, but 14.52% has higher vocational training. This surprises me, because most Switzerland people I met at they symposium have PhD etc, as M.S. said, no PhD – can’t be an ambassador or a CEO.
17 Swiss scientists are Nobel Lau.
Helvetica = Swiss.
26 cantons. Cantons are like provinces in China or states in US.

Places we want to see and learn from in the future:
# snow covered rail viaduct in canton Graubunden.
# Red Cross HQ in Geneva.
# Vevey, Montreux.

I love Switzerland. I will bring my future children to visit Switzerland, to contribute to the tourism economy.

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July 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Buying gifts at London

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I am going home, to hug Mama for the first time since I started my PhD study in an turbulent autumn. Now, my main aim is to graduate ~ will fight for it.

This Saturday, the last day of Feb 2009, I spent shopping at London ~ I wonder when I will be a rich lady, who can spend pounds as much as I like for my family and Darling.

My day itinerary: Borough MarketSouthwark CathedralHarrodsSohoNational Gallery

Borough Market is London’s oldest food market. It was established on the south bank of the Thames when the Romans built the first London Bridge. It has occupied its present site for 250 years. Wikipedia said that one of the scenes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was filmed at the Borough Market.

I love Borough Market, very colorful for photography and there are so many free testing of food. Tried cheese (some I like, some I don’t), mushroom pate (quite tasty), wine and foie gras (I ignorantly inquired if this is a cheese, creating laughters), chilli pastes, chocolates, etc. The stalls people are very nice, I asked permission if I can take photos, they said yes. I learned that there are so many different kinds of mushrooms, I guess Borough Market is a good place to bring children to learn about food and English words. I had a French creme caramel for a pound!

Note added in 2013: the French creme caramel is actually creme brulee which has become one of my favorite desserts. I also treated Dad and Mon the same dessert at the Borough Market when I brought them to London. Thank you God for being so generous to me!

At nearby Southwark Cathedral, I saw a statue of Shakespeare – who said had worked at Southwark. I also saw the Harvard chapel, observed the two Veritas, on the ceiling and on the stained glass. A crest-like stone behind the main altar, at the left, “God is love, God is light, God with us“.

Heading to Harrods, the Jubilee line was closed, so I had to spend more time in underground. I decided not to take underground anymore for the rest of the day. Harrods is like a palace, the food there are very expensive. I was tempted to have lunch there, but not in the end. I spent almost 55 pounds at Harrods, 47 pounds solely on chocolates (less than a kg in 5 packages of different weights) for my loved ones. I bought these: Harrods Belgian, Harrods English, and Godiva. I have dreamed of buying Godiva chocolates for my Diva, since I learned about this brand in my undergraduate final year marketing course. When I was in a-day-trip to Brussel in summer 2008, I went to an area where there were so many chocolate shops, I had a iced chocolate drink from Godiva and bought a bottle of chocolate paste. I had good memories on Godiva, so my Diva must try it. Actually, I also want to buy a caviar for her to try. I did not see such a product at Borough Market, there are some in Harrods – the good quality one ranges from over 200 to over 300 pounds for 30 or 50g (beyond my budget). There are cheaper options, the salmon fish roe or trout roe, around 15 pounds, but the staff said it will not last if I travel on the plane. It will be so troublesome to request air stewardess to put on the fridge, because
first, I need to take the nightmare coach to Heathrow
second, I need to transit and change plane.
I think my Diva has never tried caviar, so I really hope she could enjoy beautiful things in life. I will look forward to this opportunity in future.

I have not done shopping yet, tomorrow I am going to M&S to buy Triple chocolate cereals, my brother’s favorite. I bought that and Thornton chocolates, to be passed over by my Hero to my Diva in the end of 2007.

I caught bus 14, 60 pence cheaper than underground, with free view of London streets. Very satisfied. I sat on top, facing the front window. I got down after I saw the Les Miserable theatre, headed to Misato to have a relatively-cheap-for-London-standard sashimi bento. It’s my lunch cum dinner at around 4.45pm, and I still can manage to take-away 1/2 the rice & other non-raw items, from my single course. I can’t believe how frugal I can be. Thanks to H.W. for introducing this restaurant to me.

Next, I went to National Gallery – passed the Leicester Square where 1/2 price musical tickets are sold. I want to watch musicals, especially Chicago, but they are so expensive. I don’t mind watching the recordings. Arrived at National Gallery 40 minutes before close, I focused on the 18th to early 20th century paintings and I managed to stare at these famous:
# Venus and Mars by Botticelli.
# Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian (Tiziano).
# Bathers at La Grenouillere by Monet.
# Bathers at Asnieres by Seurat. Asnieres is Paris suburb.
# Sunflowers by Van Gogh. Yellow means hope and friendship. I observed the use of different thickness on paintings, made the paintings very 3D if we look from far.
# Mr and Mrs Andrews by Gainsborough.
# The Stonemason’s Yard by Canaletto. He also painted a paintings where the gondolas of Venice, had comb-like structure at the end.
Yet, I love this painting most The Umbrella by Renoir at room 44, the expressions of the young woman and the little girl are so touching, striking out among the grey umbrelllas. I also like Misia Sert by Renoir (room 43), Renoir is very good in distinguishing the softness of skin and fur of clothes.

In the near future, when I have a chance to visit London, I would like to
# visit Kew garden – possible on Easter.
# take a boat out to Greenwich. DONE.
# visit the National Gallery again.
# Primrose Hill.
# try cycling in London.

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February 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

French Onion Soup

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On 18th Jan, I went to buy milk and was given a plastic of old veggies, there were 2 onion, some carrots, a parsnip, and some tomatoes inside. I kept only 1 of the 4 tomatoes, as they are damaged. Then, I got this idea why not make a French-styled onion soup on 19th Jan. We love the Winter Paris French Onion Soup very much.

My recipe is very simple.
~ Cut the onion, fry with olive oil until it softens.
~ Cut carrots.
~ Boil hot water, put 2 cubes of beef-flavor OXO
~ Put onion, carrot into the soup. Add some garlic pepper powder.
~ Heat wheat sliced bread with left-over olive oil on frying pan, put a bit of French Smiling Cow cheese on top of bread and let it melt.

It took me 1.5 hours to prepare and eat. The most time-consuming part is cutting the onion and carrots. Honestly, the taste is not as good as the one I had at Disneyland, but it’s not bad for first timer. Perhaps if I replace the water with red wine, it will taste better, and let it cook slowly to allow the aroma to get in. I also like the bread!


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January 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm

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