Wednesday, 31 December 2008

The year has come to an end...

Time really flies when you need it so much. We're left with 2hrs before 2008 leaves us forever.

Looking back, this year has been quite a roller coaster year. I'm not referring to the financial markets. Within our household, there's been enough ups and downs, tears and joy. Glad that things are kinda calmed down now.

Have been blogging for a year now. It has given me an avenue to let off steam and relieve the stress that's weighing me down. It has also acted as a connector with my friends to keep them updated of what's going on in my life when I couldn't catch up in person. It has kind of become my 'only' link with the 'outside world'. haha.... I believe i'll still continue to blog till I've run out of words, or till the day comes when I've given up talking about my feelings.

Adios 2008!

Another wedding...


Spent the last 3 days in Klang for cousin's wedding. Had the luxury of time to roam a little bit in KL and tried some nice and cheap food there. Other than that, it was more of catching up with our cousins, whom we hardly meet but are close like siblings.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

He's been posted

Got the sms when I switched on my hp this morning. MOE systems are so efficient these days. The message came in as early as 6:45am, even before I woke up leh!

He's not extremely excited about the new school that he's been posted to. But I guess that's one of the best of whatever choices we had. Let's hope that he'll grow to like the school when he starts there.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Feeling so weak...

Have been sick for the past 1 week. Guess it was the cold before the Vietnam trip that didn't fully recover. And when it hits again, it's real hard and completely drains my energy out. Feel so weak...

Look around the house, so many things to sort out, so many issues to settle, but so little energy. Got to wait till my strength is back again.

Think age has got something to do with it too. Can feel my body losing the ability to sustain late nights, common cold/cough and not as strong as before. Got to really do something about it. Seriously.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Wedded bliss...

It's been wonderful (and some pain too) seeing you grow up,
and today as you are all set for a new life ahead...
Here's wishing you love, joy and happiness!
I'm so happy for you both!

Friday, 5 December 2008


We spent the last 5 days in Vietnam. Planned a pretty different trip for the family this time round. Made the boys take budget airline for the very first time and they were complaining so much. The next 'adventure' was a 1hr flight on a propeller plane fm HCMC to Phu Quoc Island, south of Vietnam.

The island is about 600sq km, with a population of around 100,000. Fishing being one of the main livelihood, fresh seafood was readily available. The island is also the biggest fish sauce producer in Vietnam. Pepper is also widely farmed on the island.

As tourism is quite new to the island, the few 'resorts' available are not those 5-star standard. But we find the rooms, facilities and beach quite clean and nice. The boys love the beach and clear sea water. They spent so much time lazing on the beach and 'snorkelling' in the water.

We also had a one-day tour around the island and visited the local wet market, fishing village, pepper plantation and fish sauce factory. It was an experience for the kids as they've never been on such guided tour.

We had a Mekong River Delta tour arranged upon our return to HCMC. It took a 3hr drive fm HCMC airport to the Mekong river delta. Luckily I gave the kids motion sickness medicine in advance. Our tour guide was throwing up like crazy on the way!!

The sight of the Mekong river delta was nothing to boast about. River was murky and there's nothing interesting to see except for lots of fishing and cargo boats/vessels. But it is interesting to know that the river has provided so much resources to the people of 4(or was it 5?) countries before 'retiring' into the ocean. We had a very authentic Vietnamese lunch by the river bank which included the famous 'elephant's ear fish'! We also visited a small fruit plantation, handmade coconut candy factory, and a local village. The kids had their very first horse-cart and sampan boat ride here too. Overall, it was an interesting experience for them.

As for me, my biggest joy on this trip was the opportunity to try out my new toy, the Canon SX10IS. Have snapped easily 700+ pictures, but still learning to 'tweak' the functions and all. Here's sharing a picture of the beautiful sunset taken on Phu Quoc Island.