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January 21, 2012

The Unachievable Goals + Faith

Filed under: Snippets Of The Piquant Life — lv @ 11:55 pm
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i looked back at my old post on my goals that i’ve listed for 2011 and i cant believe that i’ve listed so many. a total of TEN goals! are you kidding me?!! now let’s check one by one whether i’ve achieve any of them.

1. to not skip my tithe. WoohoOO!!
2. maintain my weight.
3. complete my holi-year. (8 out of 9 planned trips and 1 impromptu trip)
4. to be less a procrastinator. (errrr……)
5. manage my financial to last me the whole year. (i said the whole 2011, right? not for the next 100 year, right? hehe…..)
6. to be less emo and control my temper. (still emo but i’ve lowered my temper. i think.)
7. plan and organise things with patience. (argghh!!! i screwed up on this!)
8. travel solo. (*cries in corner*)
9. to blog more often. (FAIL!!)
10. to take risks. (my life is at risk whenever i step my feet offshore! ceh! ok that doesnt count cos it is work. what about taking whole lot of annual leaves until nil and had to go unpaid risking my career advancement or worst got sacked?! i still feel i didnt do really fully push my limit on this one but for 2011 i can say that it was so-so. that explained the half-sentence scratched :p)

at least five out of 10 were achieved! what about the unachievable ones? should i bring them to my this year’s goal? some yes. some no. because i’m realistic like that. i will still try to blog often, i will try to plan and organize things properly and i still wish silently i have a chance to travel solo. as for being a world class procrastinator and an emo girl, i guess i’ll just have to be myself!

i dont have resolution this year. just like any other years before this. but i have plans! i have my own personal projects! and i have some goals!

Plans:
1. Paris/Europe Trip
2. Cambodia Trip
3. Two very important events

Personal Projects:
1. take vain picture of what i wear. #whatiwear
2. to frame all some paintings that i bought from my travels. *sweats*
3. develop new blogsite.
4. paint on canvas.
5. 50cents piggy bank.
6. learn to cook laksa and chicken curry for goodness sake!! me!!!

Goals:
1. push my career to the next level. IT’S TIME!! i can do this!! *tepuk semangat*
2. attend a photography workshop.
3. book at least ten five photo assignment (weddings, engagement, portrait. no event please.) knowing my hectic work schedule for this year i doubt i can handle 10 shoots -__- so i lowered my number. *timid
4. to blog all my travels last year. *sweats*

hmm…. that sounds a lot. i dont expect to achieve all of them. even if i fail to achieve any of them by the end of this year i know i’ll learn some valuable lessons and grow through it all. just like all previous years. i believe you’ve grown and become the person you are today because of what you’ve went through the whole year too, right? like they always say, it’s not about the destination, it’s more about the journey towards it.

in the midst of everything that going around in my life in this short 21 days, i’ve also experienced beautiful and indescribable encounter /feelings spiritually. i have ASKED!!! and i RECEIVED IMMEDIATELY!!! i have CHALLENGED His presence. and i was NUDGED for being of little faith. padan muka! The Holy Spirit work their way on me and always left my in peace for The Lord says – trust in Me! 🙂

For we walk by faith, not by sight ~ 2 Cor 5:7

aaahh!!! i caught you yawning!! *throw peanuts* wake up!! i guess in a nutshell (pun not intended) i just want to encourage us to believe in our ability to success / achieving our goals. there will always people / situations that may deter us along the way and want to give up but it is always our CHOICE to whether just brush them off the shoulder like a speck of dust or suck it until it hurt us. always choose the positive side!! and remember God always provide.

i want to leave you with my fav tweet recently.

Start with an idea or a dream. Then ACT on it. U may struggle; overcome it. Cry. Smile. Be GRATEFUL. And don’t let go of His hands. ~Sidney Mohede

be blessed, friends!

xoxo

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October 25, 2011

Tuesday Selective Photograph(y)c Thought

just came back from my weekend back home yesterday where my sole purpose was to attend two weddings in a row. saturday was a fren’s (Jess) wedding where he requested my help to document some little scenes of the event. and sunday was a cousin’s (Jessica) where i was a guest but couldnt resist to capture some photos when possible. and i just noticed how their names are almost the same. haha!!

while i was unpacking my petty and humble gears last night i remembered how it all started. from a hobby of taking random pictures with my point and shoot, to stalking photography blogs, lusting at all the beautiful pictures as i browse, teared at photos that touched and moved me, until i finally got my hands on my own first dslr. that was the end of October 2008.

my very first task came less than two months after that, THIS wedding which i did FOC of course. duh!! then some events (mostly church activities) came along. then i received ‘ang pow’ for taking ppl’s weddings. OMG! i got paid!! and one day a more seasoned photog friend suggested me to charge for my service. i went ‘HUH?! how can i charge people when i am not a pro?! i’m just a girl with a big ass camera who know nuts about photography jargon! i dont even know what is White Balance for goodness sake! and what the heck is f-stop and brackets??!!’ my friend shook his head. o.O but i am so glad that i have such wonderful friends who are willing to teach and coach me till today. sometimes we do tutorials via YM or MSN!!! i heart my photog friends la…. seriously. why are they so good?!! *proud* so by the end of 2009 i started to charge *shy* because after few weddings and events i realized how it is not easy to stand (on heels) and carry heavy big ass dslr for long hours. it is a pain!!! not to mention the editing/processing hours after that. but i never really complain because it is what i love to do 🙂 in fact i always eager and look forward to take and edit the photos. at one point i feel that i do my photography stuff more diligently than i do my day job :p sorry boss! seeing beautiful photos make my day!! #truestory

but unlike other more diligent free-lancer, i don’t really ‘market’ myself. as long as i take beautiful photos (to my eyes) i’m good. if there’s a task, i’ll take. as long as it wont clash with my other schedules. sadly this year i had to turn down three potential extra mulah due to such clashing times T___T but i am still happy for them that they found better option. i never pester people to pick me. it is because i know where i stand in this rapidly budding industry. i am no match to other seasoned pro and no better than vastly talented fellow enthusiasts or newbies *low self esteem*. that is why i make sure i never charge as/ higher than those full timer. for me, every person has their own source of income. this industry is their pot of rice. blood and sweat for photography. i honor, respect and appreciate their work and passion. if this is their source of living so be it. i have mine. it’s sufficient. i’m grateful. i’ll remain as i am, a low-keyed free-lance. as long as my ‘client’ is happy with what they see, i’ll be the happiest girl in the world.

on the other hand, i have a personal project that i’m planning to materialize soon. it’s time to take a leap in what i do and to be ready for future plan. stay tune for it 🙂

cheers, peeps!

xoxo

July 5, 2011

Inspired

Filed under: General — lv @ 4:05 pm
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by this.

i hope you do too.

*i so like the way he speaks out all the facts so articulately without any hesitation eg; errmm…, what d’you cal that?, hmmm…. etc. etc. respect lah!

Happy Monday!!

January 8, 2011

2010, in my heart

Filed under: General,Snippets Of The Piquant Life — lv @ 11:21 pm
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I KNOW…. it’s already the 8th day of 2011. but i didnt get the time to pen down my goodbye to 2010 last week so here it is.

well… well… time is a thief!!!!!

they lied. it didnt fly. it rocketed!!!!

and just as fast as the lighting hit the soil of the football field, 2011 will definitely gone in just a blink. believe me. or at least for me. because this year — is gonna be my very super duper mega ultra BUSY year!! *cries* i am nervous but i choose not to think too much of what’s in store although at the back of my head is a jumble of chaotic miles and miles of things-to-do-list!!!!! OMG!!!! how can i cope with it??!!! OK OK…. before i whine any further i just wanna recap the highlight of 2010. well, not so much of any highlight. just…. things / events i want to remember. just so that when people around me talk about it i know it happened in 2010. and some might not be mentioned here. they are always tucked somewhere in that small space of my heart. forever.

i want to remember…
-the sleepless night i thought about my relocation.
-the difficulties of hunting for a room.
-the feeling of driving thunder for the first time and felt the pinch the first time i had to pay for 2 liabilities.
-the depression and disappointment that i’ve been through over mistakes that i’ve made.
-the love (so much love) that i received from people i heart.
-that distance does make the hearts grow fonder (that’s why i receive so much love. they missed me! so do i)
-the kindness of people around me. i am forever thankful.
-the feeling of lying on my own bed whenever i return home.
-the friendships i’ve made. owh… you awesome people just made my 2010 a better year.
-the day i’ve been Gotcha-ed and ridiculed by JJ and Ean of hitz.fm. listening to my own voice on radio was weird.
-feeling down and feeling left out after my 2 fav girls finally tied the knot. pls dont get me wrong i was happy for them ok it’s just a phase.
-the many roadtrips that i had. joyrides with people i adore.
-the night when yien’s toenail came off during our holiday in kk and the rush to the clinic.
-the day we celebrated The Bf’s birthday.
-how obsessed i was with running.
-those shy walks at botanical park with boring work related topics.
-that special camaraderie that made sms a new addiction.
-my 1st vacation with my bestest lady boss in the whole wide world.
-the nervouseness of touching the kangaroos.
-the slumber party for the cousin’s hen’s night!!
-how hectic and stressful it can be being your cousin’s wedding coordinator.
-the slow walk of being a bride’s maid.
-my birthday came early!! haha…
-every single minutes spent with the family. families.
-every laugthers, perasan-ness, cries, yells during every family gatherings.
-lying on the street witnessing the fireworks at taipei 101 with the bestie. the darling.
-YOUR love. who took time to drop by and took courage to comment. i read and appreciate every single of it.
-the utmost important of all. My God is awesome!! He is the only reason that everything was possible throughout 2010.

i just want to remember….. the good. the bad. the ups. the downs of downs. big ones. small ones. ALL of it.

i’m not the one who list resolution for fear i could not keep up with my own words but as i said earlier i do have miles and miles of lists of things-to-do this year that i need to accomplish. let us strive for better than best in everything we do. count every blessings. love more. give more. live fully.

because a post is so dull without any image so here’s me and taipei 101 wishing everyone Happy 8th day of 2011!!

be blessed, peeps!

August 4, 2010

Wednesday Reflection

Filed under: Snippets Of The Piquant Life — lv @ 5:55 pm
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the stormy rain will stop.....

i stumbled upon this poem from my old blog. just feel like posting for some encouragement to nourish the tired soul…..

“I’m too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed.
I refuse to be discouraged, to be sad or to cry.
I refuse to be down hearted and here’s the reason why:
I have a God who is almighty; who is sovereign and supreme.
I have a God who loves me — and I am on His team.
He is all wise and powerful; Jesus is His name.
Though everything else is changeable, My God remains the same.
I refuse to be beaten or defeated.
My eyes are on my God.
He has promised to be with me, as through this life I trod.
I am looking past my circumstances, to heaven’s throne above.
My prayers have reached the heart of God and I am resting in His love.
I give thanks to Him in everything.
My eyes are on His face.
The battle is His; the victory is mine; He will help me win the race.
I repeat!
I’m too blessed to be stressed!”
(Author unknown)

“as you face the storms of life, face them with God at your side knowing that He is Lord of the rocking boat and Keeper of the waves. He rides upon the storm clouds of life, flinging peace into the tempest filled heart. He is Peace! When we know Him as God, as Lord – we will know Peace!”

most of the times we feel like we are not able or streghtless to go on with our dreams or goals. life is never easy. paths are bumpy and slippery at times and we feel like giving up. i had that very moment in certain phase of my life too. where all my hope seems bleak and fruitless. anger, agony, hopeless, depressed, defeated… all kinds of mixture feelings in one flesh. but with faith, we could move mountain. He listens to that desparate prayers which blended with tears and sighs. i am a hard hearted child, i want the things that i want. i want love that i love. and i believe He will one day answers. i know. i m forever grateful for wat i have at present. n now i realised that worldly materials and status are not seen when we come the Father. as naked as we came to this earth, that’s how we gonna come back to Him also.

“as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” -Psalm 103:2

be blessed, ppl!!

♥ cilipadi

July 5, 2010

His Promises Never Fail

Filed under: Matter Of The Heart — lv @ 6:03 pm
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but WHAT IS YOUR PROMISE TO HIM?!

have you fulfill them??!

or do you even remember about it at all?!

or do you pretend to forget about it all?!

T______________________T

*deep in thought and emo max and teary*

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15

be blessed, ppl!

♥ cilipadi

November 13, 2009

No Deal!

Filed under: Matter Of The Heart,On The ROCK!! — lv @ 11:47 pm
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i am running out of title so i just use the title of today’s daily bread.
the daily bread booklet used to be my guidance during my daily devotion.
which i am shamelessly declaring now that a routine i’ve missed for so long now T__T
i dunno why. let just say laziness wins everytime!!

It is written, “man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word of God.” Luke 4:4
this message seems so appropriate today.

God knows what’s in my heart atm.
it is a jumble of stress and depression.
i can’t wait for all this mess to end.
really. pls!

just came back from the corporate prayer meeting.
one sharing touched my heart.

the three generations.

oh Lord, forgive us for sinning against our elderly, the authority above us, the GENERATION BEFORE US. forgive us for not obeying and honoring them the way we should and should have been.

oh Lord, forgive us for sinning against our CURRENT GENERATION. forgive us for not caring about the things going around us. for not loving enough. for not taking chances. for taking things for granted. for letting our own friends slip away T__T

oh Lord, forgive us for sinning against our FUTURE GENERATION that we do not set the excellent examples for the young ones. for not creating legacy to last for generations.

dear Lord, forgive us. forgive ME.

be blessed, ppl!

i live to learn and i learn to live with it

August 18, 2009

why do we yell in anger?

Filed under: General,Snippets Of The Piquant Life — lv @ 11:04 pm
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A sage asked his disciples, ‘Why do people yell at each other when
they are upset?’

The men thought for a while,’Because we lose our calm’ said one.’we
yell for that.’

‘But, why to yell when the other person is just next to you?’ asked
the sage. ‘ Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft
voice? Why do you yell at a person when you’re angry?’

The men gave some other answers but none satisfied the sage. Finally
he explained, ‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts
distance a lot. To cover that distance they must yell, to be able to
hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to
yell to hear each other through that great distance.’

Then the sage asked, What happens when two people fall in love? They
do not yell at each other but talk softly, why? Their hearts are very
close. The distance between them is very small…

The sage continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens?
They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other
in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at
each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they
love each other.’

Then the sage said, ‘When you argue do not let your hearts get
distant, do not say words that distance each other more, else there
will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find
the path to return.

found this article somewhere some times ago. i went all the way to track it back just to post here and it still speaks to me as it used to then. just feel like sharing it here cos it really hit me hard on the forehead when i first read it. cos i yell too much :p

“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, Ephesians 4:26

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (more…)

August 16, 2009

Fireproof

Filed under: On The ROCK!!,So Peppery Random — lv @ 11:30 pm
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Fireproof doesn’t mean the fire will never come. It means when the fire comes that you will be able to withstand it. by Michael Simmons from the movie Fireproof

Catherine Holt: So, what day are you on?
Caleb Holt: Uh… 43.
Catherine Holt: There’s only 40.
Caleb Holt: Who says I have to stop?
from the movie Fireproof

had a long day today. but i am not complaining because i know it was all worthwhile. so i have the priviledge to join the Putri (The Women Section) on their this week’s activity – movie! (was assigned as their dvd cum lcd controller) a movie called Fireproof. a truly inspiring movie. especially for the married ones. many memorable quotes and verses from the movie that really moving but the above two were ones i totally can relate to. maybe because i am still unmarried so i didnt really take good attention to the other quotes. but at least i learned something.

like my own quote,

i live to learn and i learn to live with it

Be blessed, people!!

August 7, 2009

simple joy makes me smile

Filed under: Snippets Of The Piquant Life — lv @ 11:21 pm
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two days ago an accident happended at mlng3 with one sad fatality. i was just working ‘next door’. the location i worked that day was just a fence away from mlng3. me and my col even had a time to snap some pictures of mlng from where we stood in bcot.

after the incident i received sms-es from ppl close to me and one unexpected one asking bout my condition. whether i was in mlng. thank God i wasnt. those sms-es sent smiles to my face. i’m blessed that i am so loved and cared 🙂 i am so easy to please!!

yesterday, The Grandparents came down to town from their outskirts place (fyi, i am in Btu) upon knowing i was around. we had lunch. seeing The Grandma laughed with delight eventhough she couldnt chew the kailan with her false teeth sent warmth to my heart. i knew they felt the same way to see me too 🙂 The Grandparents are so easy to please!!

then i sent TheYoungBro to his tuition centre. he asked for money sometimes. sometimes RM10 but i gave RM5. he didnt ask last night, just a ride to the tuition centre and not be late, that’s all. TheYoungBro is so easy to please!!

The Sister bought Big Apple for anybody at home. Especially for The Mother and TheYoungbro. i knew The Mother was elated. it showed through her eyes and smiles. The Mother is so easy to please!!

had dinner with a friend. he picked me up form the terminal in the afternoon. just a free meal he said. hmm…. my friend is so easy to please!!

those were the simple joy i had for the passed few days. what’s yours?!

sometimes we look at the big picture much too often that we overlooked the little details that make the big picture looks the way it is.

and talking about picture, here’s a scenic photo from my sg. collection :p

palawan beach, sg

palawan beach, sg

Be blessed, people!!

l live to learn and i learn to live with it

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