Scarf

i have a couple of scraves..and i want new ways to tie them… soooooooo i did a search on youtube and i found her…

SUPER CHIO!

her website

her videos

i should have cut my hair short 🙁 keke.. can i be 1/2 like her????

Love Honour Cherish

yesterday, BH went out with his family.. he excitedly came back with some scrapbooking materials and a rice cooker cum steamer! wah… we finally have a rice cooker – kindly sponsored by BH’s family.. thank you so much! so he was like ” let’s spend Vday scrapbooking!” (i think he forgt to add ‘and eating rice!’) hmm.. nt my idea of a romantic Vday but still.. it’s better than no plans…

well… i was looking at the stickers he bought for our ‘Vday project’ and a particular sticker stuck me – ‘Love Honour Cherish’ … it’s 3 simple words but it seems so complex…i don’t really understand what it means… and i THINK it was in the vows which we made on 6eptember… i woke up this morning and i began my search online… no concrete answers..

then i realised… i got married w/o knowing its true meaning… i said the vows w/o understanding…

What is love?

Why should we honour each other?

How can we cherish our relationship?

1st CNY in Seattle

hardly anyone celebrates CNY here.. duh! it’s an angmo place.. haha.. so.. there’s little CNY mood… shops are all open.. i guess the closest to the CNY celebration is at Chinatown? the in-laws are here.. we went to chinatown and were greeted by Lion and Dragon dance.. haha.. nice.. but mood still nt there? nt loud enuff?

this CNY is the BUSIEST for me so far.. hmm… usually, my mum prepares the food… i juz look on and ‘help out’ as much as i can… this year, i did most of the marketing and food prepartion… except for last night, MIL made ngo hiang and fried vege.. i made bak kut teh for dinner… after dinner, need to clean the kitchen and wash the dishes… so… it’s very busy… oh well.. i feel so grown up man.. last time my mum do all these, i juz sat down and eat… like i’m a ‘ thousand dollar small sister’ (translate in chinese) hee

this CNY is the PLAINEST for me as well… i nv do my hair.. nv buy new clothes… nv dress up.. nv go out… so many things tt i didn’t do… i come here be ‘cow’.. who say come here and be ‘tai-tai’!! argh …tt’s coz i didn’t thnk HARD enuff to mk this decision…

BH and i are very exhausted.. not from sex.. (man.. the weather is tooooooo cold for anything) but from entertaining our guests who came all the way from sg…

oh well.. so what i did on the 1st day of new yr, i went to the gym and i cooked, wash and clean… so auntie right? 🙁

i’m sure all of u have a very good time with ur family.. i can only talk to my family online and view the delicious food tt my mum prepared on webcam… festive times like this only mk me miss my family more… i’m so jealous of BH whose family is here now 🙁

sidetrack:

1) it snowed again.. nt heavy n the weather is still ultra cold…

2) windows 7 is very cool! design is very nice.. and the beta version can be downloaded! here’s the site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx

Happy Chinese New Year to all!

we moved in.. juz gt our own internet and cable tv. Over in the US, if u do not subscribe to cable, you have no programmes to watch… so now.. we have 100+ channels… watch till u siao! but i don’t really like 2watch tv..

i have started to go to the gym at least 3X a week.. 1 hr for each session. Now i burn an average of 400cals a week! nice.. it’s like a meal here.. i m also taking less carbo and eating mostly vege and white meat.. as for BH, i cook different stuff for him – like i try to cook pork and beef so tt he cld gain some mass…and ensure tt he eats every single grain of rice and every piece of meat! haha

the past few weeks, we have been trying to clean up the house and make it as neat and nice as possible… however, the cable guy came ysterday, walked all over our house WITHOUT removing his shoes.. so i gt to do the vaccuming and mopping again!

some of u had alr known tt i havent been slping well ever since i moved in.. hmmm… i have no idea y.. is it coz the house is *ahem*? i don’t think so.. we are facing a church! the church bell will ring at 8am and 6pm everyday… haha.. good alarm! well..maybe i m juz getting used to the hse? last night was the FIRST time i slept well.. feels so good to have a pleasant night of sleep..

i ought to upload some pics of our place… they are all on our camera.. maybe will do so later…

i have been feeling quite homesick… i miss my mum’s food…my sis talking non-stop… driving to work.. accompanying my mum to the market… being angry with the kids… being bz with the marking… scolding till my throat hurts…being independent… spending my own money freely..

it’s weird to be human – when u do not have something, u want it.. when u have it, you think it’s no big deal after all…i’m contented but not happy..

Have a Happy Lunar New Year!

changes

if anyone tells u tt after marriage, things are still the same.. they are juz bullshitting

EVERYTHING changes after marriage

nah.. not tt i had an arguement with BH or BH is treating me bad.. but i feel tt things are not the same anymore.. i prefer us to be juz best friends.. really

Before marriage, he lends u a listening ear. After marriage, “Amanda, I am doing work now”

Before marriage, he does not mind doing things for u. After marriage, “What are you doing everyday!”

Before marriage, he thinks you are the prettiest. After marriage, “You should go to the gym and exercise.. fatty fatty pom pom”

Before marriage, he tells you that he miss you. After marriage, “What are we eating for dinner? Are you preparing lunch for me?”

Before marriage, he holds your hand when we are walking along the streets. After marriage, he walks before you, forgetting that u are catching up with him.

Before marriage, he would apologise even if its not his mistake, just to humour you. After marriage, “Why is it so difficult for you to apologise?”

Before marriage, he plays the songs you like on his ipod (when u r listening with him). After marriage, he plays the songs he likes and mks u get a headache.

Before marriage, we go shopping at departmental stores. After marriage, we go shopping at supermarkets.

Before marriage, we spend weekends going out. After marriage, “Amanda we need to clean up the house.”

Things do change…

i rem Felicia told me tt i think too much.. i should juz do it.. BUT i regretted not thinking hard enough..

damn sian

moving house is sooooooo tiring…. our bodies are aching like siao.. and nt everything is in place..

we have been living in dirt for the past week.. and the vaccum cleaner juz arrived last night at 8.30pm! it’s by UPS – they really delivers! (hmm or is it fedex tt uses tt slogan)

well.. we have been purchasing hsehold items online.. coz it’s cheaper than we buy in-store (surprising??!!) and it has FREE shipping (no need to carry)

oh well… everything can come through mails… if only Fedex or UPS or USPS could deliver my mum’s food to me 🙁 if only my mum was here, she could help me with these mess

and we have no internet of our own (don’t ask how i got online) …juz bought a tv but no cables and cable.. so we really ‘watch tv’ not the programmes… ahhhhhhhh…..

Happy New Year! Binghuan’s Perspective

Happy New Year! What a year… so many things have happened this year for me… let’s do a recap first…

1) Married the most wonderful companion I could asked for.
2) Got to work in the company that I dream of when I was young
3) Seeing snow for the first time!
4) Purchasing my first car
5) Renting a loft!

Most of it seems to be related to my new job which I am sort of enjoying at the moment, just hate the commute to work sometimes, but I have great colleagues so there isn’t much more then I could ask for out of my job.

And it was this year where I truly realise what a wonderful cook my wife is! It is a relief that at the end of a tiring day, I have hot readymade dinner waiting for me at home. All thanks to my love 🙂

Snow was nothing actually, it was just cold and icy. And the roads will be blocked if there is heavy snow which traps us at home. That sucks although I really like to work from home. lol, hopefully our Earth gets better and there will be less snow here…

I wished I had a better car but decided to save some money and get a car within my means. Not that a Honda Fit is a bad car, but I *might* change a car next year… have to build a good credit history before changing…

The loft is the exciting part! Can you imagine a loft? Something we will not have back in Singapore. At least I don’t think I would pay a huge amount to get it back at Singapore. Then the problem is we need to get some stylo milo furniture and deco to make the loft look cool. Sigh. think we will have to do that slowly…

So that was roughly the exciting year for me, resolutions? Hmmm I hope that I can contribute to my work significantly and hopefully be able to get promoted at the end of year? Quite hard but I will try. Think I need to work hard now especially with the economy looking so gloomy everywhere…

I hope to be able to just enjoy couple hood life with Amanda. Like we are here, with nothing much to worry about and just enjoy our time here like its honeymoon every weekend. More specifically, there are places which we must visit! San Diego Zoo, Disney Land, Yellowstone, San Fran, Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii. Lol mainly all the attractions in the state and even Mexico or South America cities like Argentina or Brazil sounds exciting to me.

I am not going to ask for too much next year as time seems to pass so fast nowadays, I hope my friends and family will still remember me even though I may seem to have neglected them. Been just too tired everyday and the timezone difference is certainly not helping. Just want to tell you (if any of them comes) that I miss everyone back in Singapore.

May all of us have a good year ahead of us and that the world becomes a better place. 🙂

Happy New Year! (amanda’s perspective)

it’s interesting how fast 2008 flies by.. it’s definitely the year which impacted my life the most

1) a real form teacher for a P4 class.. deal with all the sh*t… the boys are notorious… some girls are siao… and one particular girl, S, made my life upside down.. and affected my mental health as well… i’m so glad i didn’t end up in the mental hospital

2) did some ‘projects’ for the school and zonal level.. which means more work on top of teaching.. at least i was appreciated for outstanding effort!

3) Big career switch for BH which resulted in us getting married earlier… well… it feels like i’m getting married to my best friend… and the bonus for this is…… unlimted spending power and holiday for 2 years in a foreign land

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guess the above are the 3 main events… it’s simple to jot down in afew words but the process was unbelievably hard and difficult…

i wanna thank these people for making my 2008 so wonderful: (NOT written according to importance)

Family – My father, my mother and my sister for giving me all the help and support i needed. Giving me wonderful suggestions and advice, caring and helping me all the time.. Thank you very much! and i miss u all… esp. mama’s food 🙁

Binghuan – For planning surprises which did not surprise me! For making the BEST choice in his life by getting married with his best friend.. and for planning and organising most of the wedding details ( from the bridal studio to the honeymoon) Thank you very much for being a wonderful companion and partner!

Friends – Caryn, Felica, YM, Zhihui + many others for your help during the wedding preparations and actual day. Collegues from my *workplace* who had helped and guided me throughout the year.. 🙂 Thank you!

Last but not least, i wanna thank God for overseeing everything that we do.. esp. through our wedding preparations and helping BH through his career advancement… without God’s help, all these would not be possible… Thank you for showing us the “impossible” 🙂

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In 2009, I ..

1)DO NOT want to get pregnant

2)DO NOT want to get fat

3)WANT to exercise at least 2X a week

4)WANT to travel around the states(whale watching, san diego zoo, pier 13 sealions)

5)WANT to make better use of my time ( dunno what can i do yet… furthering my studies is just too expensive .. haiz)

5) WANT to cook even better food so that Bh can gain more weight and do even better in his work! (haha… so life-giving!)

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2009 must be the happiest year for me! my resolutions seems sooooo ez-going… it’s like I have nothing SOLID to do.. for the 1st time, i feel relaxedl!!! wah!!! i think i’ll find happiness finally… oh well.. even if i were to die today, i will not regret! i have done nearly everything i would have done if i’m alive! and BH and i will be surviving in a foreign land for a full one year! how exciting! 🙂

“i don’t wanna go to school” –> my family will not hear this phrase from me for at least 1 year! haha

Happy New Year to all! Stay healthy and be as happy as a lark! keke.. so primary school!