Archive for December, 2010

30
Dec
10

Ending 2010 on a High Note

This is the last day of  2010 in Australia. Another decade is gone since Y2K. How did that end for you? Mine ended on a high note.

In the past years, my family and I have never taken a break this late in the year. This year we decided to do things differently. It was almost done at the spur of the moment with minimum planning and going with the flow. It was a vacation at a seaside town. It turned out to be the best decision we have made at such a short notice.

The past few days have been great seeing nature up close, breathing in fresh air and hearty laughter. Enjoying new experiences like cherry picking, being lost in a maze, walking down the boardwalk to the pebble shore, taking pictures of sand sculptures and more. Those magical moments create happy, happy memories. What a way to end the year!

Now refreshed, waiting to face the new year with gusto.  It’s going to be another happy year. Welcome 2011!.

22
Dec
10

It’s that Time of the Year

This is my favourite time of the year. December is always a great time where families gather and work cease for some time. People at work are off for the holidays and everyone around seems to be in the holiday mood. That makes the atmosphere pretty lighthearted and joyful.

Going through the malls, seeing the Christams decorations, bumping into last-minute shoppers, listening to the Christmas carols played over the system, adds to the festivity. To add to it, the weather has been kind of chilly for this summer season, giving that cosy feeling. It’s really the time of the year.

However this year, there has been an avalanche of assignments. Unlike other years, I could relax a little, let go and enjoy the remaining days in the year. This year is an exception. Though I do enjoy what I am doing, I realised the usual fuss of gift buying and wrapping have to be done with efficiency. I am glad I started early and managed to get all the gifts purchased weeks ahead. Now what’s left is the wrapping up. That should be easy and I am determined to do it in a jiffy.

Today I am glad I am done with 2 key projects and can get a breather for the next few days, getting down to really enjoy the Christmas. I shall start on the next few projects and yet go slow, to pace myself and pick up again when next year comes. Guess, it is really the time of the year where I allow myself to rest and be me. No work, no official calls. Just enjoy the holiday season.

I hope you, too  will have time to be laid back.  We all deserve this window of relaxation. Here’s wishing you a Blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Cheers, Della

10
Dec
10

Reliving the Memories

About a week ago, my extended family had a great big reunion in a rented holiday house at a resort site. It had been ages since we did one of these things. My siblings and cousins recounted those days when we were kids and went to a holiday house, which we called “bungalow” near the sea. It was sheer fun and carefree days of swimming, eating and playing games, including indoor board games or cards. We combed the beach, seeked out sea shells and teased the salt water out of our ears! We were allowed to laze and just be ourselves. By evening, we would have a great curry dinner followed by sing-a-longs, way before those karaoke machines came on the scene. Simplicity in entertainment but nevertheless, still making  joyful noise.

This time a few cousins got together and planned for the next generation to enjoy the same family experience. Mind you, now we have 3 generations under on roof, it was sheer hard work putting everything together, not to mention the timing to suit both big and small, young and old. There was the varied menu of food for different days and evenings, the activities for the children, the sleeping arrangements and all the logistics to take care of. Of course it was made easier with people accessing their emails for smooth communication, something we did not have eons ago.

The highlight of the event was the barbecue. The guys did most of the barbecuing standing next to the hot pits and fanning away. A whiff of the barbecued chicken wings and tender beef would make one’s mouth water. The salad, sweet potatoes, garlic bread and other yummy foodstuff did all they could to whet our appetites. We even had traditional  dessert, all made with love. We really tucked in. There was a birthday celebration for 5 people who reached their 5th decade this year. The enormous cake had their visuals cleverly digitalized on marzipan. Years ago, we would have made do with the home-made butter cake topped with rich, creamy icing!

The teens put up an item or two and improvized lyrics to popular songs. When they forgot the words, they only need to whip out the iPad and viola all is well again. What a far cry from the time we cousins had to sing from painstakingly copied song sheets, with dog ears and smudged ink! The singing went on with gusto.

It was a fabulous family reunion though not quite the same as what it used to be, the spirit of a happy family remained. Would we do it again? Yes, despite the hard work and coordination, we would, I guess. It’s reliving those memories that keep us going.

Cheers/Della Ng