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Monday, 24 December 2007

Blessed Christmas

Here's wishing anyone and everyone who drops by here a Very Blessed Christmas and a wonderful year ahead!

P/s: For those who are interested in history, myths and legends, I will be blogging about these too in the near future in addition to my crafting and occasional financial planning insights :)


I've been tagged

I had to search online for the meaning of the word, meme. Eventhough I read the definition on A Keeper's Jackpot's blog (she's the one who tagged me.. :P ), I was still a bit unclear and looked up the meaning in dictionary.com.

meme (mēm) Pronunciation Key
n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

[Shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme, from Greek mimēma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate; see mimesis.]

Erm, I hope I did understand the meaning and learnt a new word *grins*

So, I'm supposed to share 7 random and/or weird things about myself :) Here goes...

1. I am addicted love coffee and can't function properly unless I have my cup of joe first thing in the morning.
2. I am rather uptight about cleanliness/neatness. My old friend from primary school calls me a neat freak tidy person :P
3. I am in love with chocolate (who doesn’t? Hehe).
4. I just love being online. Blogging, reading blogs, checking on Etsy. I’m addicted to the World Wide Web.. (aiks!)
5. French fries bought at a drive-thru can’t survive the trip home. I start munching while driving home..hehe
6. Eh-hmm, I sing-along with the radio in the car when I drive..alone.
7. I’m quite a loner. I love doing things alone. But I get energised in people’s presence too. I contradict *yeah*

That’s my 7 random things. And now I tag Moonfish, Su Chee, Wall Candy, Monaco, Titled Unnecessarily, Subu and Poco Mutts.

Here are the rules:

-Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
- Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
- Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


Sunday, 23 December 2007

This week's feature - Uniccarirus

My feature artist of the week is Uniccarrius from Etsy :) My favourite place. You can find so many talented artist of different kinds there and all things are handmade, meaning it's one of a kind and of better quality! hehe..

Let's see what our feature artist has to say and dig in the pictures. She's got an excellent eclectic collection of copper jewelry :)

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself/family and where you're from?

Well lets see, I'm 26 years old. I've been married to my husband Charles for nearly 7
years, we have one son Westley Russel, who will be 2 in feb.
Born and raised in the Central Valley of CA.

2. How & when did you started falling in love with copper and jewelry making?

I first fell in love with making jewelry about 4-5 years ago. My husband knew I loved hand made things, so he got me a Fire Mountain Gems catalog. I went crazy!! I didn't have the money to buy anything from them so I went to Michaels. I knew from that day forward that I was going to make jewelry.
My love for Copper came about quite suddenly, I had always liked wire wrapping stones. So once again my husband being so thoughtful tells me "Babe if you want some copper wire there is a whole spool outside from the old well" I almost cried when I saw how much there was. Over 100' of 3 strand copper wire!! So I started making rings, & pendants.

3. How would you define your style? What/who are your inspirations?

I would say my work is Eclectic, some might say Strange, and that is also somewhat correct. I like different, unusual, out of the ordinary!
I get my inspirations from nature, I see all the beauty around the world and try to make it fit into my jewelry.

4. Do you have any other shops besides Etsy?

I have sold on Ebay for over a year off and on (fees are too much now), I sell out of my house from time to time depending on the season.

5. How did you first discover Etsy?

Once again it was my Husband! He was looking for electronics when he came across a place to sell hand made items, and signed me up.
I would say that without him I'd be in some miserable profession!

Wow..you have read what Uniccarrius has to say about how she began her journey in jewelry making and insights to her life.
You've even seen some of the arts she's created, so go visit her shop and see what else you can find there. It's always a suprise!


Friday, 14 December 2007

B&R..what's that?

B&R or BNR is a relatively new term I learnt from Etsy :) It stands for Buy & Replace.

Here's how it works...

The post-master lists the first (original, main) list of sellers in a forum (this one, for example). Other sellers/buyers can buy from this original list of sellers, anyone of them and list their transaction link (e.g receipt link) on the forum as proof of purchase.

The shop that has been bought will be knocked off and the buyer's shop will be listed on the main list. Anyone can purchase from the list and get their shop listed up on the list. Anyone who's been bought off can buy their way back in too.. as many times as you like.

It works as a symbiosis process .. Win-win situation.

I've been bought off... time to craft more, and lurk to buy my way back in on the list :D


Thursday, 13 December 2007

Where does my future lie?

Have I actually left the crossroads I was in a year and a half ago? Or am I still stuck there... never having actually left, but I thought I did? Physically having moved on, but mentally still rooted in that place, having not chosen a path to trod on?

It has been a year and an half since I left my first job, my first industry. Since then, I've dabbled in a few (well, maybe just 2 other) industries but am feeling like I've not found my footing. Do I prefer the latter? Do I want to climb up the corporate ladder? Is money more important than status?

Questions, a sea of questions in my mind. Answers, I need answers. On top of it all, I need directions. Where does my future lie? In the corporate world? In the numbers game? In a field of daisies...?

Where, oh where does my future lie? What does it hold in secret for me? How am I to unravel the path to it? I need answers to my questions, directions for my feet... I need you, Lord but I feel so far from you.

An Interview with Abyssal Gems

Who is this Abyssalgems? :) She's a friend I found on E-force, Etsy!

Here's a piece I love from her shop. A victorian beaded chain necklace.

I had the opportunity to interview her and this is what she says :)
1) How did you get started in making jewelry & stuffs?

I originally made jewelry for my own self and then decided I wanted to make money too along the way. Doing what I love to do and what makes others happy as long as they enjoyed showing off my pieces to their friends and family.

2) Who are your inspirations?

My inspirations has to be my grandmother, my family and my boyfriend. My grandmother used to have a dress shop, where she catered to women and she also sold jewelry that she would buy from the garment district in downtown LA. My family and boyfriend are also a source of inspiration to me. They encourage me to keep trying and to not give up on what I love doing. Creating jewelry serves as a great stress reliever for me and allows my creativity to flow.

3) Do you make custom designs and how do you ship them?

I do and have done custom pieces for people, which i really love doing. It's a wonderful challenge for me and I learn new techniques as well.

As for how I ship my items, they are shipped in plastic gift bags along with my business cards and stickers and they're placed in bubble wrap mailers. I also have my packages insured, like everyone else.

4) What kind of materials do you particularly love?

Hmmm, its really hard to narrow down which material I particularly love. I love working with any material, be it swarovski crystal, gemstones, acculon, etc. I suppose if I really have to narrow it down, I'd say it would have to be swarovski crystal, its just most flashy and tends to catch the buyers eye more and intices them to want to shop more.

5) How did you first discover Etsy?

I discovered Etsy from a girl I talked to at at bead shop in Arcadia, California. I had told her I wanted a way to get more publicity and more people to notice what I do, in hopes of gaining more customers and I've been here since Jjune of this year and I love it. I love the people, the administration team.. everyone here is so very helpful and very nice.

My jewelry can also be seen on myspace at: myspace.com/abyssalgems. Not only do I sell there on myspace and here on etsy, I also sell at various events and clubs.

Everyone come check me out :-)

Come See What's in THEE Abyss
Here's another piece I love :)
Thank you very much to Abyssalgems for the interview and thank you for reading!


Monday, 10 December 2007

Treasure Trove :)

A Holiday Shopping List!

Check it out! I'm on it!! :D

*skippity-skippity hops*

Do click on the image above to enlarge it for better viewing :) My item is the handpainted photo frame on the bottom right.


Thursday, 6 December 2007

The one with the Yellow Boots

Do you know who this guy in yellow boots is?

Yes? No? Ahhhh..who?

He is Phua Chu Kang. Best is Singapore, JB and some say Batam.

Still don't know who he is? haha.. Well, he is a contractor. One of the best :P

Well, not exactly. I'm kidding. But he is a great entertainer and he makes one laugh with ease.

Phua Chu Kang is a fictional (I hope) contractor from a sitcom in Singapore. Speaks broken English (proudly known as Sing-lish) and wears his famous yellow boots:) Loves to dig his gold mine (a.k.a nose) with his long pinky fingernail. Bosses his employees around. Irritates Margret, his sister-in-law and pays for his wife, Rosie's, constant mahjong & slim wrap sessions.

The inspiration to write this? I am dreaming of yellow boots, not! And nope, I'm not Singaporean. I'm Malaysian. And proud of it. sometimes :)


Wednesday, 5 December 2007

More nightly news

Haven't been bloggin for a while. Too many things on my plate. I sometimes think I tend to bite off more than I can actually chew. Not a good idea, kids. Bad for digestion. Bad to waste food too.

I'm juggling between a few things other than my day job :) Well, I love handcrafting. I love Etsy. I'm addicted to it. What can I say? LOL

Well, what I can say is that I will be featuring some Etsyians and their shop in my blog. Very soon. Look out for it. Don't be left behind.

Catch you folks soon :D


Wednesday, 21 November 2007

How to get a man to clean the house?

Received this video at work. I know..haha. that's bad. But emails like this make one's dull day at work appear brighter and more bearable. I actually click and watch this before I start doing my work for these few days.

I find it simply hilarious. Maybe some of you will find it kinky :P

Girls, do you think there is a possibility of this happening? LOL. Hope it helps with lightening your house cleaning chores *grins*

Hope this brightens up your day too!


Monday, 19 November 2007

Time = Money

Ain't that true?

Sometimes I feel that watching tv and being online is wasting my time. My time can be better spend crafting, meeting up my prospective clients on Unit Trust investments or reading up more on the happenings of the world to be abreast with world issues.

Time does equal money and that's the truth. As with all investments, the longer your money is kept in a particular fund (share/FD, etc), and if they snowball (interest added into principal), you'll get a lot more than what you invested at the end of the day. And if the snowballing effect takes place year after year, with distributions thrown in (Unit trust), you can be rest assured of quite a good return.

Time also allows us to see our money grow steadily. Unit trust investment is unlike share market where it is highly volatile. However, you must still be wise and choose a good company with reputable consultants to assist you along the way.

Time = Money. But all investments, no matter how safe they are, comes with a little risk. But that will be another blog topic for another day. Just remember, there is no foolproof way to get returns on your investment.

There is no free lunch in the world. Unless, of course, you mean putting your money in FD, where the interest is lower than our inflation rate :)


Saturday, 17 November 2007

Queen of a Nation

I'm the Queen of one of the largest nation in this world. Don't believe it? Why not? Just cos I don't introduce myself as one doesn't mean I'm not. I'm just modest sometimes *blush*

But I've decided to come clean.

It's time.

I want all to know. To know that I'm Queen and I'm cool. hahaha.

I'm Queen of PROCRASTI-nation. Hah, fear me. Bow before me!



Gosh.. I haven't blogged in number of days. Was I that busy? Was there so much to do that I forgot about blogging? Or was I simply just too caught up with other things? ahhh... I know the answer. I think I was just LAZY.

Writer's block doesn't help and so are certain issues that I shouldn't raise in a blog where some people really do know who I am. If only I have an alter ego. Hmmm..which gets to think that having a blog where no one knows who you are is good. You can rant and rant about anything in life and no one penalizes you cos they don't know who you are :D


But I might not be that hardworking to set up another blog site. I'm LAZY.

Need to get back to crafting too. Business is slow for me on
Etsy and I've been suffering from a bout of NON-CREATIVE-itis. And LAZY-itis. Better take some antibiotics and get well soon!

Will be posting up pictures of my crafts soon! Watch this space :D


Tuesday, 6 November 2007

I want this...

I want to be carefree. Lying on a yacht. Feeling the breeze sweeping past me and the sun on my face.

I want to be enjoying the sun set. I love the array of colors.It never fails to amaze me. I want to be carefree. See how happy I was :)


Sunday, 4 November 2007

The Run

Look at the throng of people! This is just part of them. There are still many of them behind me as I took this picture :)

I'm glad to say that this year, there are many Malaysian faces. I think it's safe to say that there are more Malaysians running this year than expatriates . Which is a good sign. Our people are starting to be aware of the run that Terry Fox started so many years ago.

This is our country anyway and we should, by right. outnumber the expatriates :) Oh, there are many expatriates too. Whole families of them. It's just so cool to see a mix of cultures in the run. I'm sure Terry Fox would have been proud to see this year's turn out from heaven above :)

These are some of the shots that I took from the run today :) I was half jogging, half walking, half taking pictures. Next year, it'll be the same. I'll still take pictures..haha. Even though I heard some comments mentioning something about me taking pictures. sigh.. what's your problem. I like to take pictures. Jealous, I never take your picture, is it?

Anyway, that's besides the point. I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed the run. I enjoyed the crowd.. Wow..I actually do know quite a lot of people. I met quite a few people I know at Lake Gardens.

And you know what? Lake Gardens is actually quite quite nice. One of Kuala Lumpur's best kept secret. I like the greenery. Hmmm..planning to go for regular jogs there soon :)

Next year, I hope to see more people. I will promote cancer awareness.


Saturday, 3 November 2007

I NOT stupid

Don't think I'm really that naive. I don't believe in naivety. Because to be naive means to be stupid. Ignorant. Ignorant is not really bliss, as much as some of you will like to believe.

If you want to be ignorant, be a 'katak bawah tempurung' (frog under a coconut shell). Then your whole world is under that very shell you're under. You'll never know what's out there in the world. And the world is really a big place, no matter what you perceive it to be.

I don't mind being innocent. Not knowing what's really happening but certainly not naive.

Too many excuses. Don't give that to me. Don't do it if you're not willing. Just don't give me excuses. Do it willingly or not at all.


p/s : I made that 'Not stupid' logo myself :)

Friday, 2 November 2007

What happens if..

you planned for a second honeymoon with your wife and your parents-in-law, niece and brother-in-law wants to tag along?

Will you :

A) postpone the trip to sometime they can't make it?
B) grudgingly agree for them to tag?
C) told them you already bought the tickets?
D) pretend you're not going anymore?

I am not sure what I will do. Most likely (B). Cos I'm not very good at refusing people. It's bad. I know. I end up doing it grudgingly. Bad for health. hehe.

But this is not my scenario. My team leader planned to take his wife to Bali, Indonesia for a second honeymoon a few months back. His wife's whole family wanted to go along. Thank goodness he's quite a happy-go-lucky kind of a person. He was not too happy (who will?) but he went along with it anyway.

Worst part is that he had to arrange their tickets, transportation and hotel stay as well. haha.. What a good son-in-law.

What was supposed to be a honeymoon became, erm, totally unromantic :P Well, at least he had a good time too. It was not that bad, according to him.

I'll like to know what you would do. I've already mentioned my answer *winks*


Thursday, 1 November 2007

T-shirt Not Nice...

I got this reply, " Hi, Can I cancel my order for the Terry Fox Run t-shirt cos I just checked out the link you sent. It's not nice wor."

My blood was just about to reach boiling point when I finish reading the sentence. I think this has to be a one in a million response. It's a wonder how I could calmly think of a response that's (I think) tactful yet straight to the point.

My response, " Hi, we're doing this for charity. Not because the t-shirt is nice or otherwise. You can cancel your name from the list. No problem."

To which I receive a reply stating, "Oh, I'm sorry I forgot the real purpose of buying the t-shirt. You don't have to cancel my name off the list."

Well, up till before I left the office, the said person has not paid me. If said person still does not make a payment before cut-off time tomorrow, I will just omit said person's name. It would be futile and quite dumb of me to make payment for said person first as he/she already said the t-shirt is not nice wor (slang).

I need to get over this... Sleep. Sleep shall cure this. Just not let me find out who this person is. Plain idiotic (I'm lost for words..how should I describe this).


Really, it's Unofficial..

yes, I assure you. I didn't know what I was getting myself into.

You see, I was all charged up to go for the Terry Fox Run in KL this coming Sunday. Being all charged up like a Duracell bunny (cos Energizer's logo ain't a bunny), I decided to encourage my fellow colleagues to join the good cause.

.... And I was rejected. Hmmm, early in the morning and I was rejected. Not a good way to start the day. Excuse = Sunday is the only day I can sleep in..

"duh, same here partner, same here."

Dissappointed as I was by his response, I was still charged. You see, Duracell bunnies last REaaaL long (note:not a Duracell sponsored post..haha) and then it hit me! Another way I can raise awareness is by sending an email on the event to ALL the Klang Valley staff!! And there's plenty of us. Even with the harshest law of possibilities applied, I'm still definitely gonna get something from someone :D

So, I composed my email and took an excerpt from the Terry Fox Run website and proceeded to send out the mail.

Wow! Within minutes of pressing the 'Send' button, my phone was ringing off the hook!! But, erm, they were all asking me if they can buy the t-shirt from me. Note the word 'from' :)
I'm not even an official volunteer from the Terry Fox Run committee! Nevertheless, I'm guessing most of them responded cos in the last line of my email sent out, I wrote, "If you're too LAZY or too BUSY to run, buy a t-shirt and donate for a good cause."

Hmmm...maybe that's why they thought they can buy from me...haha. I meant it in a very general way. Go click on the hyperlink I created and find out how you can purchase from there.

Anyway, for a good cause and if I actually responded by asking them to do that, I don't think many will. So, I took up the role of the 'Unofficial Volunteer Coordinator' for this event in my office :D

Boy, it was not easy. So many phone calls and emails came pouring in. And erm, one particular one from Compliance saying I'm not suppose to use office mail for personal works. To which I politely replied that it's not my personal works. All I did was sent out an awareness email and was suddenly 'volunteered' to do it.

I think I did quite a good job so far. Preparing the spreadsheet. Making sure I double check who paid and who has not.

I will be collecting the t-shirts tomorrow from SJMC. Thank God for the arrangement. Actually, I think He arranged everything. He wanted me to do this. You see, I already took half day leave to visit a Dr in SJMC tomorrow. And the new t-shirts stock are arriving tomorrow at 2pm. There's a shortage at the moment.

Can you see how creatively HE orchestrated everything? Making sure everything laid out properly?

God is an AMAZING God and none can deny it :D He showed me to do good, be gracious and He is teaching me how to organize, coordinate and plan, even if it's the very basic.

Thank you, Lord ~Amen~


Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Will you be there?

Terry Fox Run is happening in our very own backyard in KL this coming Sunday morning on the 4th November 2007. The venue will be Lake Gardens. Time 830 am.

Do you know who Terry Fox is and what the run is for? Terry Fox was a cancer patient. He was diagnosed with bone cancer at the tender age of 18. His right leg had to be amputated 15cm above the knee.

Moved by the suffering of fellow cancer patients, especially young children, he resolved to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research. He trained for 18 months and ran with his prosthetic leg for 5,000km.

Fox started in Newfoundland on April 12, 1980, and ran about 42km (the length of a marathon) every day. He asked the Canadian Cancer Society to support his run. “I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.”

I don’t feel that this is unfair. That’s the thing about cancer. I’m not the only one, it happens all the time to people. I’m not special. This just intensifies what I did. It gives it more meaning. It’ll inspire more people. I just wish people would realise that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try.” – Terry Fox (1958-1981)

My grandfather passed away from colon cancer. But it's not solely because of him that I will be there. I will be there because I want to. I know I don't have the stamina to run the whole 6.5 km but I resolve walk till I reach the finish line. I know I can. Terry did more than that. What's 6.5 km?

No registration required. Just be at Lake Gardens at 830 am on the 4th November 2007.

I want to make a difference. Do you?


Monday, 29 October 2007

Job Position-BOSS














This post is courtesy of Enegue.

Quirky ;)

Nip Tuck

I never really followed this series until recently. I don't even know what season it is in now but in today's episode, Dr. Christian Troy is just so mean.

I mean, yeah, he's good looking and all. I used to think that since he appeared in Charmed as Cole. Haha.. funny how he's always the slightly evil character. Maybe it's his look. Bad guys always look more dashing.

Dr. Troy was lefted at the altar by the woman he loved in the previous episode. And he's heartbroken. I think he's finally loved someone and to be left by someone you truly love.... sigh. Well, but the way he tries to get over it, by humiliating others and stripping others off their self-esteem. That's just so mean.

The way he asked a girl to put a brown paper bag over her head so that he can't see her face when he makes love to her. I pity the girl. But she seems fine over it. haha..I'm not into sadomachoism. Maybe that's why I think he's mean.

But what truly disturbs me is the scene where they show Kimber being locked up, face mutilated and forced to write Christian a letter saying she chose career over him. It disturbs me to see a person who loves so much being tortured. I really wish I can jump into that fictional world and save her.

A pity I can't. But who knows, sad things like that may really be happening somewhere in our world.


Saturday, 27 October 2007

What would you do if...

Your boyfriend (or girlfriend) cheats on you? What if they have someone else out there besides you? What would you do if you do eventually find out?

Someone I know actually cheats back. Hmmm. Her rationale? Well, since he can do it, why can't I? It's only fair.

And when I asked her why not just leave him, she said she knows that eventually they will end up together. huh? What kind of thinking is that?

If a guy (or girl) can cheat on you once, they can do it again. In whichever stage of the relationship. Do you really want to share your other half with someone else? Knowingly doing so?

I don't think I can. If Dear ever has another 'relationship' outside of ours that ain't anything platonic, I would call it quits. Because I know I won't cheat on him and if he does, then he doesn't deserve my love for him anymore. Why share? This is one thing I think no one should share. And there's no point in taking 'revenge' by going out with someone else. Who feels the hurt? Is that what you really want? Moreover, on moral grounds, I don't think that's a very right thing to do too. But then again, everyone has differing opinions on what's moral and not. So, I should just shaddup and go to bed.. haha.

Well, this is purely my opinion, but if someone cheats on you, leave the relationship. It is not going to be worth it unless both are committed to each other.

Yes, I do flirt. I enjoy doing that. It is my confidence booster, sometimes :P Dear knows about this. He knows I flirt. But he also knows that's about all I will do.

Tell me, what would you do?


Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Tags, tags.. I love tags

Ooohh, I've been crafting last night. Made some tags. Not sure what kind of ribbons I wanna use yet and how I want to tie them up but I love them!

They are so pretty!

Oh, but of course I would say that they are pretty :P I'm biased. I made them. haha.. Will post up pictures later in the day and you can tell me if you think they are pretty or not. After I post them here, they will be found on my Etsy shop.

Custom orders will be welcomed. We can discuss color, size, quantity and cost. Malaysian customers who are interested, just leave me a comment. Don't be shy. I can calculate the costing for you before confirming order.

No problemo!


Tuesday, 23 October 2007


Have been feeling slightly feverish since last night... Been drinking water like a camel. Hopefully that will help with bringing down the fever.

Aaaarrrghhh.. I need more time to craft! I can't wait to upload another item *hearts*

I *heart* them so much!


Monday, 22 October 2007

I'm no Snow White

Cos I don't have Seven Dwarfs. I've got a Forever Friends teddy, a Tigger, Eeyore and Stitch :)

Lovely cuddly, happy bouncy, moody but oh-so-cute and most annoying one who found the meaning of family.

Love them to bits. But nope, I don't sleep with them.

Guess who?


Invest now, it's better than later

This is quite a good time for investment. And why do I say that?

Market has gone down slightly. It's going through another readjustment period. Which is good for new investors or investors who wants to take opportunity of lower unit prices to start investing. For existing investors, don't worry. Given time, Unit Trust will perform. But you have to give it TIME.

TIME is of the essence here.

If we compare the prices on KLCI when the index was 1345 last and now, the prices now are still higher. What this means is that the funds are performing even though it went through market readjustments.

Of course, when the KLCI went down due to subprime issues, most of the funds were reflecting 'red' growths (i.e prices slipped). But if you look at it, that was a good time to manage your investments. In investing, there's always a contingency method. Whether or not we decide to act on it is another issue.

I won't write too much about this. If you want to know more, we can talk :)


Sunday, 21 October 2007

Making my $$ work for me

I believe in working smart more than working hard. Like how we should make our money work for us and not just resort to earning more money. Instead of being a slave to money, why not make the money our slave?

Good, right? Everyone likes the idea of our money working for us while we're sleeping?

No.. I'm not talking MLM (multi-level marketing) and I'm not asking you do anything illegal. I'm talking investment.

What investment, you say? Leave me a comment stating you want to know more and I'll get back to you via email.

Let's just say that I've been thrown out of my comfort zone a year and a half ago and I've come to the realization that no matter how much I earn, I can spend it faster. And because of the situations that I've been through since then, I've started to learn more about financial freedom, managing finances and investments of sorts.

God has His reasons for putting people at crossroads and for whatever path I choose, He's been there watching me and guiding me back to the path He wants me to trod.

I've fallen to the beaten path but He's brought me back. I took the wrong turn and He held my hands, leading me back. He's so patient. If it's me, I would have given up on me...haha.. That's why He's God and I'm just me :)

I'm blessed that I discovered financial management now and not anymore later. And I'm so blessed that He's rekindling my creativity. God gives us talents but it's up to us to make us of it and flourish it. My love for crafting simmered for a long time until now. I hope He helps me grow more and more in it :)

And I pray He guides me through as I become a consultant to people on their finances.


I love snowflakes, don't you?

My first Moleskine cahier makeover :D

Moleskine is the legendary notebook used by European artists and thinkers. It has been used by Van Gogh to Picasso, from Ernest Hemingway to Bruce Chatwin.

To find out more, visit my Etsy store. Just click on the link at the sidebar to your left.



Friday, 19 October 2007

A broom, a pail & me

I dread waking up today. For a reason. My kitchen and laundry area is flooded. And the water went halfway to the living room as well as flow out from the front door. My housemate discovered it when she returned from work yesterday evening and she conveniently had to 'balik kampung' (go back to her hometown) this morning. The other one had to work and I totally understand cos of the nature of her job.

So, I have to contact the landlady, the Management and stay home waiting for them to come fix the problem. The landlady didn't bother coming but she will be tomorrow as she's not happy she has to pay the bill. She expects the Management to settle it.

Thank God the plumber came this morning. As he was checking the pipes, the water started rising again. Gasp! I cannot start to imagine the water flowing on my kitchen or living room floor again. Yuck!

They managed to unclog the pipes and the water subsided. Then he said I have to pay him RM 70 and so I called the landlady to check with her first. She is definitely not happy. They debated quite a bit on my phone (my phone bill -.-" ) and she decided that she will come over tomorrow to take a look and talk somemore with the plumber. Poor plumber. Well, poor me too. I have to standby for them.

The plumber left shortly after and I am left alone to clean up the mess. Put all the dirty, wet floor mats and clothes into the washing machine for a soak and wash. Then it's up to my trusty broom, the pail and me to wipe up the mess. Sigh.

What a way to start my day.


Double Misfortune

I texted my housemates cos I wanted to meet them tonight to inform them that I will be moving out. My aunt has a place nearby. Not too big, just cozy. And I will be staying there pretty soon. I wanted to discuss with them on the transfer of tenancy and such.

Ekin texted me back saying the house is flooded -.-" We're staying on the 1st floor, by the way. sigh. This is the second time in 2 weeks. Exactly a week apart. The first time it happened was last Friday. A day before Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Both Kerry and I were cleaning the kitchen and laundry area till late. Some way to welcome the holidays, huh?

This time the flooding was much worse. I thank God it didn't seep into my room but both Ker's and Ekin's room were slightly affected. The water reached their door. We couldn't do anything as the water has not yet subsided. Will have to wait till the morning to inform the Management. Just got off the phone with the landlady. She's rather nice. Was actually apologetic that it happened. hehe.. My heart's very soft. Like that and I think she's nice :P

So, we're all not sleeping at home tonight.

On the way to my Dear's house, there was a sudden congestion at the traffic light. Kinda unusual at this hour. Saw a police car with the siren on and the policeman directing traffic. That's when we saw the accident.

A Kelisa on top of a motorcycle. The accident victims were already removed from the scene but one can guess how bad it was. From my view, I can only assume that the Kelisa was trying to U-turn at the traffic light and the motorcyclist went too fast and crashed under it. Have to see if tomorrow's newspaper reports it.

Two unfortunate events in one night. My apartment got flooded and an accident on the road.

I can only Thank God that we left earlier. If we had left later, we could have been involved. So, yes, Amen for keeping us safe.


Thursday, 18 October 2007

Cards, Tags, Postcards,Bookmarks

I have not actively started making all these yet but if any of you would like to purchase some cards (tags, bookmarks, postcards) and would like for me to make some samples, do let me know. Just leave me a comment or two :) and I'll get back to you.

Of course, you'll have to inform me of your theme, some minimal information so that I can customize for you. When I'm done, I will take pictures of it and post it on Etsy. You can then view and order from there :)

If you have more queries, e.g cost, shipping and etc... do drop me a mail -> angelicquirk@gmail.com


Why decisions?

Why do we have to make decisions? The more mature we get (I refrain from using the word 'older') in life, the more there is for us to decide. What's with decisions? Where have the days gone where we just hop around and play without a care in the world? Ah, I've gotten more mature. That's where it has gone.With the wind.

The past year and a half has been one fraught with many decisions. Decisions that have altered my lifestyle, the way I think and so much more. I know there is no point in regretting decisions and I'm *trying* hard not to. I hope that everytime I look back, it's to gain something from it. An experience. A lesson I paid a price for.

It is that time again. For me to make a decision. Some people think that making decisions are easy. Maybe for me, I think too much. I consider the impact my decision would have on the people closest to me. But I have learned that making a decision based on that fact has caused me before. Many a times it has caused me. It's like I never learn. Once bitten, twice shy people say.

I guess I value them and place them high above on my list when I consider. And that's why I find it so hard to make my decision.

You think that you have a lot on their mind. I, too, have a lot on my mind and it's just not fair if you think by not caring, it's easier for me to decide. Well it isn't and it hurts me.


Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Hold on please...

I got irritated talking over the phone with my credit card people. What's new, right? Well, I know it's wrong of me to raise my voice at them sometimes but they can get soooooo irritating. Add that to the amount of time they always puts me on hold. Enough poison to kill a rat.. hehe.

I'm purchasing something that is kinda on a one time offer and I need the credit limit on my card increased. Nope, I didn't overspend (well, not yet..haha), I just have not cleared the amount due since it's not my due date yet. I'm one of those people who prefers the money sitting in my account rather than in some other's. Besides, it's not due yet!

At first they put me on hold for the longest time. Then they said they can't process my request because it's not an emergency. Well, to me it is! And I got so fed up. I hung up on them.

When I checked my account the next day, I noticed that the limit was increased. But they didn't inform me and I didn't make my purchase *grrrr* And when I did my purchase last night, those funny a*s has already decreased the limit. AAArrrrghhh. Can you imagine my frustration?

I just got off the phone with them AGAIN this morning and that girl raised her voice at me. I told her calmly not to do that as I have not raised mine. Supposedly she will 'assist' me to process the temporary increase. Have not seen it reflected in my account yet. Hopefully the vendor has not charged me yet. I don't want the transaction to bounce. I want my item!

and yup, I got so mad, I just paid up to clear my account WAY before the due date...


Merry Mix Wine Charms

My very first Etsy sale :D
A set of wine charms. But already I'm elated.
Blogging at the moment. Will be crafting more this weekend.
Have some new items that will be posted on Etsy very soon :)


I <3 Etsy

I heart Etsy. Absolutely totally heart Etsy. I'm already addicted to it. haha.. As is my addiction to coffee but that is kinda well known in my circle of close friends. Or maybe not. Oh well...

To those who don't know what Etsy is, Etsy is a place where people buy and sell handmade items. I had wanted to keep it my 'secret garden', treasure trove of some kind.Made it harder contemplating on whether I should *tell* the world about my latest obsession but, heck, sharing is caring? And besides, maybe some of you already know this site exists :)

I'm going to love browsing the pages, searching for items to buy as well as crafting and listing my items for sale. I need a way to release built-up tension. One of the ways I've identified to keep me happily bouncing along is to craft and draw.

And that's what I'm gonna do.



My first blogspot post

My very first post on Blogspot :) Been blogging and cataloging my life in Multiply mostly but there are certain restrictions which annoy me. I can't seem to find out how I can put up widgets and have since given up :P

I will still be blogging there, albeit in less consistency than I used to . Will still be posting photos there. Haven't tried flikr yet. Haha.. If I get addicted to flikr then maybe even less posting in Multiply? I don't even dare peek at Facebook. Received a few invites to join but, nah, I don't need that much attention.

*rolls eyes*

In my little space here, I will be blogging about the happenings in my life,
the companion whom I'm going to spend all my life with, the job that feeds me (hopefully not for long :P ), the things that tickles my funnybones, things that infuriates the h*ll out of me, my love for all things beautiful, my thirst for financial freedom, my quest to get there, pundits on local happenings, drawing, crafting and more crafting.

This is my space. You can comment but this is my outlet of expression. Not yours :)