Category Archives: home & garden

Love, Thy will be done

9th Aug 2016

Last Sunday, I was at an evening mass in a small town called Kepayan. Now, normally when I’m at that church, I’d be sitting outside since it’s pretty warm inside, but that evening, for some reason, I felt called to sit inside.

The rosary prayer has already started when I sat, so I quickly got my rosary beads out to join in the prayer. As I recite the prayer, I felt the bench jerked backward. Then it jerked again. I turned my head to look and saw the back of the head of a girl. Told myself, “It’s just a kid.” But the moving sensation goes on. That girl was slamming her back on the bench again and again. I started to get so annoyed so I turned my head to look…

And then I saw her. A girl with down syndrome…

Guilt started running inside of me. I felt like a jerk so I looked down on my feet and started asking for forgiveness.

She behaved pretty well during the whole procession. After communion, I drank the water from my bottle and I noticed that she has the same pink bottle as mine, except that mine was a Tupperware brand and hers was the cheaper version. She looked at me and I showed her my bottle to acknowledge that we have the same bottle. I think she smiled at me! Then I suddenly felt this warmth inside of me – I wanted to cry! So I looked down on my feet again, closed my eyes and tried really hard not to drop a tear.

I guess that’s how life is. We judge people too quickly, but until we have been in their shoes, we’ll never know the struggle they went through.

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

I’d like to end my post with a photo of my freshly picked pucuk ubi from my garden.

pucuk-ubi

God has been so good by providing us fresh veggies everyday. *Ü*

O, Christmas Tree

10th Dec 2015

So I put up the Christmas tree. This will be our first Christmas in our new house. *Ü*

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Chiko seems to like how the way the tree looked like, but I on the other hand didn’t quite fancy it.

I might re-do the whole deco again tonight.

bloom where you are planted

25th Jun 2015

For the past 3 days, we have been visiting my aunt Mina at her home. The old lady who has been living at the ground floor of her home had passed away 3 days ago. She was an aunt of aunt Mina’s husband. A widow who do not have a child of her own.

I remember the night when my mom and I stood next to her coffin, my mom whispered to me, “kesian juga orang yang tiada anak, kan?” (It’s just sad to see people whom are childless”. I agree with her. The old lady got married twice, and both marriage did not gave her any child.

What if the same thing happened to me? What if I was destined to be alone and not having anyone to grow old with, or worse, not having any children to take care of? Will I manage to be as strong as the old lady?

But the Lord has answered those questions for me even before I asked:

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

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On another note, today’s post title has a lot to do with the flowers my mom and I planted around the new house – well, now that we’ve been living here the past 6 months, it’s not so new anymore. *teehee* We have yellow flowers, pink, reds, white… oh, we also have pineapples, veggies, fruits etc! It’s such a pleasant view to look at from my office window with all the colorful flowers. I could just sit on the chair and do nothing on the computer but stare at them. I just wish that we have a bench or a gazebo outside at the garden so I can just sit outside with my laptop and work. Speaking of laptop, mine had unfortunately died on me. It probably needs some professional help to revive it back to life – or it probably need some TLC from Laptop Battery Express Asus Batteries.

That is something that I need to add into my ‘To-Do-List’. Oh, and a bench (or a gazebo too).

But as always, I am thankful with what I currently have. Anything more than that will be a generous blessings from the Lord above..

Sunday Morning

15th Mar 2015

Hello, again! I’m so glad to be back here after a long break. In my last post, I mentioned about moving into a new home. 3 months into the new home, we have planted veggies at the backyard, replaced the wild grasses with those that doesn’t need mowing. Even flowers have begin to bloom!

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” (Proverbs 24:3-4)

One of the best thing about living on a landed house is that the postman get to deliver parcels right at your door step (or the entrance gate) I was really pleased to find my parcels from USA delivered to my home last week, and I did not have to travel all the way to the post office to queue up and pick my parcels from the counter. That’s what ‘online shopping’ really means! *Ü*

simply-shabby-chic

Now I must stop typing and get back to my chores. Just did some house cleaning on the basement. I must now proceed at the first floor, but not until I’ve had my breakfast. Have you had yours? It’s a beautiful Sunday indeed. Go out, take your loved ones for a good lunch and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

there’s hope, afterall

16th Dec 2014

In less than a month, we’ll be moving to a brand new home and I am all excited! I’m already buying some stuff online for the new home (not so expensive stuff tho, since I am saving for wardrobes and air-conditioner. :P)

And then it dawned on me that the current floral-printed sofa set I have are pretty ugly looking now. No thanks to my mom’s pet dog who kept chewing the corners of the sofa whenever we go out (despite all the stern warnings.. ha ha) and 2 years worth of dusts. *blush* I know, I know… I should’ve cleaned them all the time but the the covers are WHITE in color and it’s really hard to get them dirts off. And no thanks to the man who custom made the sofa for us – I wanted it specifically to be a removable slipcover but he end up making a permanent one..

Anyway, about the sofa. I actually plan on throwing them away (or maybe give them away to the apartment’s gardener) when a little voice told me to Google ‘sofa slipcover DIY‘.

I did and I found this page!!

How hard can it be to DIY a slipcover, right? :P

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Upon reading her tutorial, I somehow could foresee that my floral-printed sofa will be moving to the new house with me after all. *Ü* I am not the type of person who’s good with sewing machine (although back in my high school days, I did make a baju Kedah for myself. lol) and I do not know how my DIY sofa slipcover will end up looking, but I will trust the words from Psalm 32:8.

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

I will update you the result of the sofa slipcover once it’s done.

For now, I will leave you with a picture of my dog sleeping early this afternoon. He was feeling so warm that he begged me to turn on the A/C for him. Soon as I did, he fell asleep! *Ü*

chiko-sleeping