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Happy New You!

So 2013 has begun. Each new year brings hope and new opportunities.

In this new year, what’s new for you? What do you intend to do that is different from the years before? The changes could be in the areas of work, finance, lifestyle, relationship, time management, wardrobe, spiritual matters, living quarters, sports, eating habits … the list goes on.

Will you be stepping out of your comfort zone? What do your envision the new you to look like, sound like or feel like? How do you know when the new you is taking shape?

Think about what you will do make that difference in your life. Let the positive changes take place in you. May 2013 be different.

Happy New Year! Happy New You!


laughter the best medicine

When was the last time you had such a good laugh? As the saying goes, Laughter is the Best Medicine. When did you have a hearty laugh? I hope it was as recent as today.

This week amidst a busy schedule, I had three sessions of training, all of which were termed as a jolly good time. We laughed from start to end. When we allow some humour in our lives, the load lightens. We enjoy ourselves more and time seems to fly. It no longer is work but fun.

This evening, I laughed till I was bending and my cheeks ached. When we laughed as group, the rapport deepens and there is a common bond. It was good to let go and be ourselves, laughing to our hearts’ content. The whole room exploded with “Ha,ha,ha … Ho, ho, ho …” and the outside world ceased to exist.

The next time you get the chance to laugh out loud, seize the opportunity to do so. You feel lighter, consumed in happiness. Be forewarned though, your cheeks might ache, too! : )


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


Containing ourselves

There was a piece of news in the papers that drew my attention after my business partner mentioned it. There was an incident where a young man died due to a gang setting on him. What a tragedy! What sparked off was a staring incident and something so minor as that has set off the chase and fight as reported in the newspapers.

My heart goes out to his parents. For nineteen years they bring him up and he was smart enough to qualify into  tertiary education only to meet his death in the such a senseless manner. What were they (the assailants) thinking of? Could they not channel their energies into something more constructive? The dynamics of the team was so strong to go bash up someone for trivial matters? Egos at stake when there is not enough ego-strength to contain them?

When we reflect back, there may also be moments where we demonstrate our anger in less constructive and supportive ways. It could be a harsh word, a sarcastic remark, an insult, a mean look, or worse screaming and yelling, cutting people down to size. In physical forms we witness road rage, slammed doors, stomping, destructive behaviour … Mmmmm.

In the age where we want instant results, instant gratification, when thing start to slow down and not go at our pace, we feel frustrated. Patience is really a virtue today. If we could exercise a bit of that and control our anger, take hold our temper and see things in perspective, we contribute to a better world.

For now, I think of the boy who died in such horrendous circumstances and advocate we do away with violence, especially when young minds get imprints from the violence they see on TV shows/movies, the internet or worse partake in violent video games with sadistic outcomes. These scenes play on in young minds and what do they grow up to be? If we could curb these, we do them a favour. What a waste to a young life lost forever!


Celebrating Children’s Day

Tomorrow is Children’s Day. My son is with me on this trip back to Singapore. Yet I have work commitments and am unable to spend time with him on Children’s Day. So we decided to do it a day earlier. My children have always celebrated Mother’s Day for me, so naturally I would also plan something nice for them on Children’s Day. Some years back, we would spend a day outdoors, another time we had a surprise pizza lunch and so on. These are wonderful memories for both the children and myself.

This year we wanted something simple and settled for a light lunch in the heart of Orchard Road. We eat leisurely and chatted just about anything under the sun. We went shopping browsing at merchandise and it was fun, being together. We took pictures together and laughed quite a bit.

When I had to drop him off to go for an assignment, he gave me a big smile and looked really happy. I said, “Happy Children’s Day, son!” and he waved as he walked away. Time well spent and nothing will replace these special moments. My, how fast the children have grown. I am already of thinking of creating another special time together this weekend. It’s great to be with loved ones. So you planning anything soon?


Up Dandenong Ranges

It would have been another lazy Saturday afternoon doing the usual weekend humdrum. Last Saturday was extra-ordinary. It was decided that my family would do something different. We planned to drive to the Dandenong Ranges which was about half an hour’s drive from our suburb. With packed lunch and excited children, we were finally off to do something fun as a family.

The drive was pleasant and the sights were breath-taking. I particularly liked the rainforest with such tall tress and serene comfort. The lookout points had picturesque  scenaries that photo taking was a must.  There were a number of picnic grounds but we chose to eat our pizza and sandwiches in the car, not wanting to brave the cold weather.

We stopped by Olinda Village to explore some local shops. The shops are interesting and quintessential with many great finds. We felt like tourists visiting. It was fun. If not for the time factor, we would have stayed a while longer for tea in one of those inviting cozy cafes. A hot beverage would have been nice.

It was a really memorable day trip though we have not explored the place fully. Looks like we will come visit again very soon. After all,  it is only a stone’s throw away.


Treasured Memories

Two weekends ago when I ran a stall selling second-hand children’s books, it was an experience more than I bargained for.  Though it was something of a necessity, an opportunity to rid the house of out-grown books, the letting go of them was painful. Each of those books meant something to me or my family, especially my children.

When I was packing the books for the stall, I painstakingly made the effort to wipe clean each one and savour the memories behind them. I can remember why that particular book was bought, when it was read and to whom it was read to. Seeing the worn out pages, the beautiful illustrations, the paper flaps, the 3D pop-ups … I reminisced the times when the books were enjoyed. Those treasured moments were deeply etched in my mind. They were shared memories with my children and a time of old fashion bonding.

As I put my sales pitch across to each customer, I was surprised that I was able to relate personal anecdotes on the books and how  they were used or how they affected us. Though it was emotional to let go of these so-called mementos, I finally have to part with them and allow another family or other children to enjoy and benefit from them. There was also a spirit of renewal, when the old gives way to the new, expecting another chapter to begin.

With the exception of a few books as keepsakes, I am now ready for a brand new page and will move on to create new memories, continuing  to read books. The journey never ends and realised that by letting go of material things, no matter how precious they are, we should instead just cling on to the memories and appreciate the people who helped create them.