Saturday, December 17, 2011

the perfect gift

dear readers,

i'm not sure who reads my blog, but im thankful for this outlet where i can share about God's goodness to me.

anyway, Christmas is coming! are you excited? many will probably be partying, enjoying the festivities, and gift-giving! aah. i confess, I LOVE GIFTS. i love receiving gifts, heh. when PP and i were still young (think awkward 15-16 year old teenagers), we would meet very briefly, in church, every year, to pass each other a Christmas gift :)

don't you think there's something special about a gift?

1. it comes free!

2. you can tell at one glance if the person knows you well by buying you a meaningful gift you will use!

3. a gift makes you feel loved. ♥

Rounded Corners

today, i would like to share with you about a gift that the God of this world has given. yes. the almighty Creator, Sustainer of this earth and Lord of this world has a gift for puny men like us. Can you comprehend? But first of all, can you accept that there is a God of this world? Just look at His creation.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3: 16

God gave this gift out of love. By right, we as men are in no way on the same level as God. yes, sometimes we think we are the gods of our life.... but when you sit down and seriously think about it, how many things are really within our control? how many times are we been tossed up and down, in our circumstances, emotions, relationships? this world is upside down.

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3: 23

We have sinned against God, whether intentional or not. Our wrongdoings, the things we regret doing, will one day be brought up again as judgment against us. It's fair, isn't it? we do what we deem right, and we hold accountability for our actions. despite this knowledge, we still sin against our conscience and cling onto selfishness, lies, pride, anger. the list of our sins is endless. and we ought to be punished for these sins we commit. God saw our need, He loved us, and He sent His Son. It is a perfect plan! Only the son of God, can be a perfect substitute for the sins of man.

Dear friends,

God presents us with 2 options. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6: 23. What do you choose? This gift that God presents to us is free, something we need, and definitely, out of the infinite love of God. Will you accept it? Because if you do not accept a gift, you cannot count it as yours. And you can be sure that this gift is beyond any other gift on this earth, for it allows us to be counted as God's children, to be under His care, and no matter what happens, God's love and presence transcends all the miseries of this life.

How to accept it, then? John 3: 16 (above) has already stated that whosoever believeth in him and puts their faith in Christ Jesus, should not perish, but have everlasting life. Will you accept this gift?

I would like to warmly invite you to come to my church to find out more...

Christmas Praise cum Baptismal Service
“Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne”
24 Dec, Sat, 5 pm
Speaker: Rev Dennis Kwok

Christmas Sunday Service
“Joy to the World”
25 Dec, 2 pm
Speaker: Pr Joshua Yong

Come! You'll be blessed.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

great ocean road part 2

thank God that in spite of the rain, we could still catch a glimpse of God's creation and the well-known and all-famous rock formations at Great Ocean Road :) honestly, i really would wonder what the big deal all these are, if i did not know the Designer and Creator behind all these. i'm also glad to have studied abit of geography, so i could know about how weathering might have played a part. of course, many will attribute the gigantic rock movements and drastic changes to the millions of years the earth has undergone. well, let me tell you, it's the work of God, through a flood. read it in the Bible: Genesis chapter 6, and chapter 7.

Do you believe it? i cannot help but believe. i'm convicted of my belief that there is a Creator of this world, everywhere i look, no matter where i turn. look at the clouds! the beautiful parchment on which God painted with clouds. look at the sea! the vastness and depth that no man can grasp. indeed, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. " Psa 19: 1

these are the last of the 12 apostles...




our view on a sunnier day... :)



love the sound of waves, especially as they crash against the solid rocks. No wonder there are so many beautiful hymns with depiction of rocks. For example, "He hideth my Soul in the cleft of the rock", "Rock of Ages", A Shelter in a Time of Storm", "It is Well with my Soul", the list goes on....


The Arch


The Grotto



Rocks and a Lonely Boatman


Monday, December 12, 2011

scrapbooking adventures

i'm not an experienced scrapbooker, but i must admit that i have succumbed many times when i walk into scrapbook shops. oh, the possibilities! i have lost count of how often i wished the paper were fabric.

my weak spot is definitely craft punchers. so far, i have accumulated (blame the sales lah) a fair collection of punchers, mostly Martha Stewart. I'm happy to share my collection with you and to show you the possibilities :) anyone can do something crafty! if you get the right tools and use them in the right ways. it's all about experimentation ;) if you are a friend and you would like to borrow these, i'll be happy to oblige as well :) make my investment even more worthwhile please, heehee.

meet my number one cutter :)

IMG 5546 copy

my first and most favourite cutter that is worthy of mention is the rounded corner cutter. looks simple and unassuming, but it's definitely a worthy buy. cutting the corners of the photo or card can do wonders and "up it one level" immediately! that is why PP and i invested in a few (i.e. three) to cut the corners of our 1000 wedding cards (here's a peek of what it looks like). thank God for joyful and loving hands of those who helped us! there was no brand on the cutter, but PP and i got ours from Popular Bookstore and Art Friend. p.s. the large size makes nice, wider, rounder corners :)

next, you can probably tell i really like birds :)

IMG 5538 copy

IMG 5539 copy

these are my two investments, which i find very useful in embellishing cards. the second cutter is really nifty! the sides can be opened up, with markings that you can use as reference. So, if you use it to cut the border of the card, you can follow the markings so the pattern runs on continuously :) here are some cards that i've done up, using the above-mentioned.

IMG 0165copy

IMG 0178 copy

IMG 0204copyIMG 0167

my sister taught me a simple technique called distressing, easily achieved with a stamp-pad (i used a brown ink-pad) and a sponge! super easy! simply take a sponge, dab it on the ink-pad, and go over the edges. immediately, an awesome vintage effect is created, putting all the different elements together very nicely :)

another cutter that i use very very often is my Martha Stewart Lace Scalloped Heart Punch.

IMG 5535 copy

This has served me very well! simply because i do not only use it for scrapbooking, but also for packaging as well :)

IMG 5525

IMG 5520

PTM Storyboard Web Template

lastly, two punchers that i find very useful for making bases are my EK Success Scallop Circle Punch and Paper Shapers 2.75" Extra Large Nesting Punch.

Untitled 1

The latter is really really useful in making very pretty bunting :)

DSC 0762 2 copy

it can be used for packaging as well :)

IMG 0207 copy

hope my experiments have inspired you somewhat :) thank God for opportunities to work on this like these :)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

great ocean road part 1

aah, time to continue to my posts on australia! it's been a while since i last posted anything on it :/

anyway, PP and i spent a few days driving Great Ocean Road. the drive was long so truly thank God for safety! shortly after we left GOR, a portion of it was closed due to landslides and floods.

I must say i was pleasantly surprised around the way, with the beautiful sights and sounds. not just of nature, but of the ambience. love travelling and soaking up the feel of the particular city/town. although the weather was gloomy and rainy, but it was an experience not to forget!

Aussies are incredible! it was soooo cold, with absolute strong winds, i was wearing two layers of warm kit, and still shivering. yet,  the Aussies were happily surfing amidst the freezing weather! 真是好佩服 :)

DSC07964 square

see the white specks? they were pretty parrots (i think) taking shelter from the rain :) we visited the city centres at various stops....saw interesting eateries..


and quirky shops! i believe these were at Lorne...







and very, very adorable surfer wannabes :)

DSC07978bw vintage


DSC07976 vintage


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

daily scoop!

have you ever tried the chá (earl grey) ice cream from daily scoop?

daily scoop is located in sunset way and holland village. and the earl grey ice cream there is ♥ ♥ ♥ LOVELY :)

Untitled 1

my favourite combination is pairing it with a chocolate-coated ice cream cone. mmmmm :)

seats at daily scoop (especially the sunset way outlet) can be rather limited so my suggestion is to pack a pint of it and bring it home. that way, you get to eat more in one sitting hee hee ;)

oh yes! and did you know that they offer an online ordering service, with delivery too? check it out here :)

p.s. chá ice cream seems extremely rare and is not available every night! be sure to call if you are visiting the place specially for it :)


The Daily Scoop Singapore

41 Sunset Way #01-04 Clementi Arcade Singapore Tel: +65 6463 3365

Blk 43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-78 Chip Bee Gardens Singapore Tel: +65 6475 3128

Thursday, November 24, 2011

all your anxiety

perhaps this blog paints a rosy picture of my life, depicting that all is well and struggle-free. well, i can only say that God is good and i'm learning to count my blessings each day. i DO struggle, every day, with sin, with worries, with fears. things are sometimes not easy, but thank God that He is gracious to me. recently God has sent a few occasions which show me clearly just how weak i am and how much i need Him.

when PP came back from australia, he shared this meaningful hymn with me which i would like to share with you.

Is there a heart o'er-bound by sorrow?

Is there a life weighed down by care?

Come to the cross -- each burden bearing,

All your anxiety - leave it there.

Refrain: All your anxiety, all your care,

Bring to the mercy seat--leave it there;

Never a burden He cannot bear,

Never a friend like Jesus.

No other friend so keen to help you,

No other friend so quick to hear;

No other place to leave your burden,

No other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once--delay no longer!

Heed His entreaty kind and sweet;

You need not fear a disappointment--

You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

keep quiet


as a teacher, i do find myself saying this alot, haha!

after several meet-ups with my friends recently, i do realise how blessed i am to have groups of beloved close ones whom i can be so comfortable with :) from these times, i have realised something...

it is all right to keep quiet sometimes.

when a friend shares, sometimes all she needs is a listening ear. im glad our friendship has gotten to a level where we can stay quiet and just enjoy the company :)

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:28



Tuesday, November 01, 2011

children's day 2011 - part 2

of course, we wanted the bags to be slightly different for our sunday school children :) we did almost the same things for one side, with the bicycle and their names. as for the other side, i decided to use fabric markers instead :) here's how it turned out :)

IMG 5009

IMG 5013

and since we did not fill it up with anything else, we could fold the bags and tie them up nicely with my favourite brown string (also from SKP). i love how nicely they could be bundled together! :)

IMG 5021 copy

IMG 5026 copy

IMG 5029 copy

thank God for the opportunity and time to work on these :) such joy and so much more meaningful than creating things to sell :) :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

children's day 2011 - part 1

i must say that i (maybe PP too!) regretted many times after we embarked on this project. it was TOUGH! on top of the fact we had to juggle several things to. nonetheless, it was a small gesture on our part to show our love to our students. hope they liked it!

important things you need to embark on this project:

1) do it with a smile :)


2) a nifty pretty stamp - bought or carved by a dear one like PP :)


IMG 4963 copy

3) alphabet stamps (i got mine from Kikki K!)

IMG 4965 copy

4) it's always nice to have someone to stand by you in the projects you do :)

IMG 4966 copy

PP and i purchased canvas bags in bulk. thank God for leading us to a reasonable source, where we managed to get them for less than $3 a bag :)

thereafter, stamp, stamp, stamp and stamp somemore...! and this is what you should get :)

IMG 4979 copy

as for the other side of the bag, we created a design, and printed it on iron-on fabric transfer paper (i have used them here and here before)

IMG 5006 copy

here's the end result :)

PTM Before and After Frames BlogVERT

we packed it with cheezels (i promise you this is a must), snacks and stationery. did the kids like it? i think so. one of my favourite students, E, declared, "I'm going to keep this until it grows mould! awww <3



Thursday, October 27, 2011

im one half


as a pastor has said before, marriage is a time when "two become one". and if separated after that, each individual is not longer one, but half. PP has been away for one and a half weeks thus far, and more than ever, i feel like im one half :/ im not moping of course. separation is a good time of quietness for myself, to think, reflect...and also to channel the time to my other friends and loved ones :) so thank God, for His perfect timing, for His sustenance, for His goodness and blessings. of course, i miss him a lot, resorting to even sleeping on his side of the bed. im definitely looking forward to his return, and it's a comfort to receive support through him in his little creative ways :)

Photo 2


to the dear ones who ask of me and support me in little ways, thank u too..