diy “JUST <3 MARRIED" burlap sign

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I wake up every morning telling myself… It’s X days to the U.S. trip! That’s right…I’m FINALLY going to the U.S. again but this time, not for a holiday but for my elder sister, Jessica’s wedding! We’ve all been very excited and I must say, time did pass in a blink of an eye. I still recall vividly the time when my mom announced that Donny had proposed, when we were visiting the different hotel venues in Singapore, and when she told me that she would like me to be her maid of honor.

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I can finally say I’ve done string art.

Technology has not been my friend.

I’ve been trying to create a blog post for a while now but since my photoshop trial has expired due to my utter procrastination for not submitting the relevant information to obtain the license number all of a sudden, I have not been able to edit any of the photos I’ve been wanting to post until Adobe decides to reply me. Anyways, I imported the rest of the photos into my camera to see if there were any photos decent enough to be posted as is but since my macbook was severely running out of battery, I had to run upstairs to plug it in and had no chance to check if the photos imported successfully. I then fell asleep, which like Jon would say, “I had the right to because its a public holiday!!!” and finally woke up as my mom came into the room saying “oi! 7pm already!” and here I am at my macbook again to check out the photos but… alas! Why are the photos not in the Events tab?? I frantically tried to look for the photos, praying that the photos were not all lost. Long story short, I finally found them.

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String art has been all over pinterest and I’ve always wanted to try making one myself. I must say that it is definitely easier than it looks and all it took was patience and a little of faith that it would turn out all okay. The perfect opportunity arose as I was trying to think of a good wedding present for Sheryl and Ian. I was keen to do something that they could use at their wedding and at home and thought that a string art design would be a good wedding present.

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Toffee is so photogenic!

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Taking photographs of animals can be hard, especially if they aren’t too comfortable with the camera like…Fudge. Fudge is really camera shy and sometimes, I feel like he gives his droopy unhappy face on purpose just so that I would give up. Toffee, on the other hand, commonly known as “the crazy dog” in our household, is up for anything.

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Toffee is really quite a crazy dog. He has so much energy he just spends his whole day trying to release it. He runs marathons round the house, is in love with his toys, chases small insects, chases Joy, jumps on Fudge and is just really inquisitive about the world in general. He is very outward in showing what he loves, and also in what he fears. Toffee is scared of almost anything. He’s scared of gym balls, loud sounds, cars, luggage and anything else that is large. He runs away in such fear its almost pitiful.

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Toffee also absolutely loves the human touch. He is very attention seeking and loves it when you have your full attention on him. If you sit there and just stroke his head, he gives off this “ahhhh…. I’m in heaven” face, lol. I’ve recently grown to really like taking pictures of him because he’s so enthusiastic about it. Toffee is so energetic and I strongly believe, loves the attention of being in front of the camera as well. He knows his angles (I choose to believe) and would many a time pose in front of the camera just waiting for me to capture that moment.

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Toffee loves to sit among this patch of plants. It’s actually by the driveway so every morning, he sits there and says his goodbyes. We called it “Toffee’s spot” because he sits there quite many times in a day just playing with his toy and observing what goes on outside the house.

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Toffee is actually a really cartoon and cheeky dog. Just like how I posted about 10 things I never want to forget about Fudge and Joy in the About page, here’s one for Toffee!

10 things I never want to forget about Toffee:

– Toffee LOVES food. Correction. Toffee loves anything he can swallow. He was playing with some small pebbles in his mouth and as he was happily chewing and licking, it suddenly disappeared. He swallowed it O.O We monitored him for a long time and it seems he’s still fine so I guess…he passed it out?

– As a puppy, Toffee did many many naughty things. We tried to find all sorts of ways to train him and looked up the internet for creative ways. One suggestion was to spray bittergourd in his mouth whenever he did something wrong so that he would associate “wrong” actions with a terrible bitter taste. My mom took the effort to buy bittergourd, blended it, and put it into a spray bottle. We even put it in the fridge when we weren’t on a lookout so it stayed fresh. We waited and finally, it was time to put that bittergourd spray to good use! We sprayed it in his mouth and waited for a “OMG it’s so bitter reaction”. Instead, he wagged his tail even harder, gave us a puppy smile and wanted more of it. He actually liked bittergourd!

– More on food… Coming from an Asian family, we use a lot of yellow onion, shallots and garlic and families would usually put this in a tiered basket in the kitchen. These baskets would typically sit on the floor and guess what. As supplies depleted quickly, we soon found out that Toffee has been eating whole onions and garlic.

– Still on the topic of food…I used to buy large blocks of cream cheese (1+ kg blocks) and store them in the fridge. As I was clearing my fridge, I realized that the cream cheese seemed to have dried out and decided to throw it in the bin. The next morning, we found the cream cheese wrapper all over the floor, only to realized that Toffee had swallowed all 1+ kg worth of cream cheese. It’s a miracle why he’s still so skinny!

– Toffee and Joy have an interesting relationship. Joy is actually quite weary of Toffee because he can get so excitable and since he is so much larger than her, she is probably afraid that he would pounce uncontrollably and crush her. Joy, being the smart cat she is, and Toffee, being the dog, and since cats would always be smarter than dogs, Joy would “play” with Toffee all the time. It seems that she knows Toffee always wants to get close to her. Yet, she also understands that there are places she can go but Toffee can’t. Since Toffee is not allowed upstairs, Joy would go from upstairs to downstairs, entice Toffee to chase her and just when he’s about to reach her, she would sprint upstairs. They would play this game of “try to catch me” quite often! Toffee is so goofy!

– Toffee and Joy are partners in crime. Being a cat, Joy is a natural hunter. She once caught this huge grasshopper and since she (or maybe just cats in general)is quite a sadist, she hurt the grasshopper just enough so it couldn’t move. Toffee came along, took the grasshopper in his mouth and finished it off. Imagine him going…crunch, crunch, crunch. ewwwww…

– Toffee doesn’t like seeing ants on the floor. I once saw him repeatedly tapping (maybe more like stabbing) his two front legs on the floor with so much energy and as I walked closer, I noticed it’s because there were ants running all over the floor.

– Toffee likes watching TV! There was once, my mom and I was watching a foreign film on guide dogs and Toffee just sat there and watched for at least half an hour!

– Toffee would definitely not make a good guard dog because…he sometimes uses too much energy and has to sleep. When he does, he sleeps like such a baby you would have to call him repeatedly to wake him up.

– Toffee LOVES his toys. When you say “toy”, he would happily bring his toy to you. He lovessss playing fetch too!

my canon t2i rebel is here!

*all photos in this post are not edited. 

I always had the secret desire to get a dslr. It never really made sense for me to invest in one since I don’t take photos too often but since I started this blog, I found every reason to get one. Coincidentally, my brother decided that he wanted to upgrade and I decided to buy his dslr over from him! I enjoy taking photos of things I love, but am not super interested in photography per se. I gain a lot of satisfaction in taking high resolution and clear photos, but definitely do not find much pleasure when I try to delve too much into the technology in itself.

I am a very lucky girl to be blessed with such a beautiful home and a great place to practice my photography. I enjoy taking photos of my mom’s garden as there are always flowers in full bloom.

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Not to mention, I love taking photos of the animals. I sometimes think that they are so lucky because they never really have a bad look or a bad expression. I many a time marvel at the fact that they look so perfect but I’m sure that if they could talk, they would complain about how “unglam” they look in most of the photos, just like us unsatisfied humans!

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gâteau diane recipe

To me, birthday cakes are an integral part to any birthday celebration. I am quite sticky about this, and maybe a tad too opinionated. I always feel that no matter how great a birthday celebration is, something is always missing when there is no birthday cake.

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Just as I am thinking a little more about why I feel this way, I guess what makes a birthday really special is during that couple minutes where the whole group, as one, dedicates a birthday song to that person. It is really that couple of minutes that everyone comes as one, and focuses on wanting to give joy to someone else. In a society where we many a time take things for granted and move too quickly, stopping for a couple of minutes to appreciate someone’s life really makes a difference.

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diy dog leash

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I’ve always had a really tough time buying the right leash for Fudge. Since leashes are really…nothing more than a piece of material with a snap hook to me, I don’t fancy paying $20 for a simple leash. I have walked into a pet store at least 10 times with the intention to buy a leash, only to find myself walking out without buying anything.

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a sunday picnic!

I’ve always talked about wanting to organize a picnic and I finally got down to it! We wanted to go someplace quiet and decided to go to a large grassy area behind my sister’s school. My sister and I prayed harddd the whole day hoping it won’t rain and the weather turned out perfect! Actually, we were so excited that we just spent the whole day talking about what we were going to do at the picnic, lol.

I realized that I didn’t take any pictures of our picnic set-up – how could I! I think we were more excited at eating the food and playing with the animals – yes, we brought Fudge, Toffee and Joy!

Super awesome shepherd’s pie made by Annabel (aka Bel). The picture below absolutely does no justice to the awesomeness of this dish. The 6 of us ended up finishing three-quarters of this humongous serving of shepherd’s pie! Bel also made chicken wings (see the next picture).

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