Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Literally :S

This picture describes my day today..
:) for Australian Day Fireworks and Shawn coming back from singapore in about 1 hour time
:( for my sister going to Melbourne in about 3 and a half hours

Monday, January 24, 2011

utter shock.

I cannot believe this is happening. Well here was the plan... Our whole family (for the first time) will be going back to Indonesia for 2 weeks to celebrate my parents wedding anniversary and my grandma's 92nd birthday. We would go to Bali, Bandung, Jakarta.. It would be the epic family holiday since the Eurotrip 2 years ago!

However, this morning my dad told me that mum got an email saying that Yvonne my sister is accepted in Dentistry in University of Melbourne. What does this mean? Well let me say that my mum have ALWAYS had a dream that Yvonne would be a doctor one day. She would push my sister to do UMAT, GAMSAT, go to Sydney to do Medical Science, etc etc. And even after my sister already finished Med Science, my mum is never backing down on not pushing her daughter to become a doctor. So this offer means A LOT for our family. This is because my mum is pretty much the main decision maker of the family. And she is also known to be the "maker of sudden changes" woman. And so, my sister is going to Melbourne first thing this Monday with my mum because the uni starts already on that day. Crazy? hah... I'm pretty much shocked.. Cos number one, the Indo holiday would not be the whole family, number two, my sister is moving to Melbourne for 4 years starting next week.. :S

What does this mean for the church? Well, my sister is the leader of our Youth Camp this year which will be held in March. We've nearly finished all the preparations of the camp. And all of a sudden, we would need to find a new leader. Secondly, she is a sunday school teacher.. So the Sunday School would lose 1 scarce resource. Number three: I cannot imagine her living apart from her boyfriend for another 4 years after 3 years of separation when she was in Sydney.

So yeah. :S This is shocking. Great cos finally my mum reach her dreams. Sad cos.. well... it's sad for me...... :'( *teary*

Goodbye again to Shaki's Big Momma..
:( :( :(

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I wanna be the loving, cheerful grandmother!

There are two types of old people in this world: 
1) The cheerful, beaming, loved-by-everyone old man/old woman
2) The bitter, grumpy, suspicious-of-the-world old man/old woman

A recent news about my grandma in Indo who has dementia made me want to write a blog post about this. And also I've met a lot of senior customers in the pharmacy and other places. Let's start by telling you about some of them..

Type no 1: The Cheerful Senior
There is this old chap who always hums and sings as he comes into the pharmacy. Despite his completely white hair, I can't believe he's 70 with his 19th century styled golf cap. He would greet us the pharmacy assitants: "Hello little ones! How are you today? I'm here to see my old friend (the pharmacist) up there!" Then he will walk up to where the dispensary is and greet any customers on the way. Such a lovely old man isn't he! He would definitely brighten everyone's day just for coming into the pharmacy to get his scripts filled in. There is also this old lady who used to come to Chooks with her husband. She has dementia (she doesn't remember anything), sometimes she even ask her husband "Who are you?". Some old people who have dementia would get scared all the time because they don't know where they are etc etc. But this woman is different, she would come into the store with her husband saying "Oh what a lovely store!! I love the colours here, they're all so bright!". Do you see what I'm getting at? :)

Type no 2: The bitter old "Boggis, Bunce, and Bean"
NB: For those who haven't watch Fantastic Mr Fox would have no idea who Boggis, Bunce, and Bean are. I was referring to scary old men who are not very friendly.
Some old customers that come into the pharmacy doesn't talk much and they always frown when they hand in the script.. Sometimes it makes me wonder if I did/say anything wrong, and sometimes I feel guilty for being too cheerful in case it's annoying to them. Maybe it's because they're in pain or tired I don't know.. But it's the complete opposite of the previous two I mentioned. Some are not completely "Boggis, Bunce, and Bean" but they are suspicious of the people around them, especially those whom they discriminate (e.g. if they see customers of other races, etc). Some fight with their children all the time. Some are afraid of change. All these unhappy characteristics which I'm sure is somehow caused by the things that they encounter in the past (wars, etc) or how other people treat them. 

These people who didn't have a very good past life was very unfortunate. But for the rest of us, so far we haven't been in any war situations, especially my generation. Our countries have been pretty peaceful compared to the wars in the Middle East and African countries. So let us all be grateful for that, and do so by being more cheerful about every single thing. If I get dementia when I grow older, I would want the good memories to be kept and hence become the loving happy grandmother of Type no 1 to my grandkids. So maybe if I start being cheerful about every single thing in my life now, accept everyone no matter who they are, and share compassion, my brain would be accustomed to being like that till the end of my life :) What about you?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Money doesn't buy happiness"

Oh that cliché! Haven't we all heard of it? A lot of people somewhat disagree, but I couldn't agree more :)

People would then add statements like "Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys THINGS to MAKE you happy" or "Whoever said money doesn't make you happy, obviously doesn't know where to shop" xD

Well truth is, those are all somewhat true. And money really is important in our lives. But even if you had an unlimited amount of money, can you really be truly happy?

Okay, imagine this scenario. You just got your week's pay yesterday, you were so happy that you can finally buy that dress you've always wanted! But then, now that you've bought that dress.. Are you truly satisfied and happy? I don't think so, I'm sure you would think of thousands of other things you wish you could buy, and would soon start saving up from your work money to buy other stuff after you get bored of that dress! So the statement above to me sounds more like: "Money doesn't buy you happiness, but it buys THINGS to MAKE you happy TEMPORARILY"

I believe that true happiness comes from being content and grateful. When you start to be thankful of your life, you'll be happy because you feel blessed with all these things that you already have. I know this because I grew up in Indonesia with my maids and babysitters. They were not that well off, and they had so much less money than my family, but then they were not like SAD. They were just content, thankful that they have a job, thankful that they can earn money for their families back home, thankful that they have a house to live in, thankful that they're not out there in the streets as beggars! They always seem so happy and me and my sister love to play with their kids and just chilling out at the back with our maids..

In contrast, in a general view, there are a lot of celebrities who are just filthy rich, but they end up in jails, getting drunk, got involved with drugs, in and out of rehabs, and numerous love scandals. Celebrity splits are not rare and those who remain married are so rare these days. Would that be called a happy life? Are they any happier than me, you, my maids back in indo, or those hobos on the streets?

I'll leave you to decide :)


"Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumblebee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams." - Ashley Smith
 "Let us acknowledge all good, all delight that the world holds, and be content." - George MacDonald
"To have everything is happiness. All the things I already have is everything to me. Therefore, I have everything already." - Forgot where I heard it from :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Skin Care for Eczema

I feel like doing something different so thought about doing a skin care routine! :D These products have been helping me to control my eczema and so far it's been pretty good. The last time I use my prescription Cortisone creams would probably middle of last year. From then on till now, I've only been using these products and some others but I've put here my favourite. For those with problem, sensitive, and dry skin, I really recommend these. For those with acne, I recommend the Tea Tree Oil too! :)

loving: Olay Moisturising Lotion, Tea Tree Oil, Bio Oil
wanting to try: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser

loving Dermaveen Lotion and Curash Anti-Rash Powder
wanting to try Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Cream with Cooling Menthol

face wash
loving Dermeze Soap Free Wash, St Ives Apricot Scrub

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Blind Side

I just watched this movie called The Blind Side. Ended up crying in the middle of the movie and tears run down like a river towards the end! Lols.

Here is the synapsis of the movie from Rotten Tomatoes:
"Synopsis: The Blind Side depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle. Based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis"

But the amazing thing about this movie is, you really realise how random acts of kindness not only can give a person a blessing for that one time, but it can also change his/her whole future into a better one. I realised this towards the end, when the mother of the family read a newspaper article about this African-American boy from a broken home, the same as Michael Oher (her son), who died in gang shooting or something like that. And that's when she realised that that boy could have been anyone, he could have been Michael. But their act of kindness had changed Michael's future, so that he didn't become like that.

And that's why I was so inspired, and let us all do the same. Do random acts of kindness. We never know how that may change that persons life! :)

We should also pray for those who are in the Queensland floods. Especially families who had lost their loved ones in the disaster. And may we all be more thankful that we are all still alive today and safe from natural disasters.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Someone told me I look like her:


Is it true? What do you think??
or vote the :) box if you think yes
or the :( box if you think no

Saturday, January 8, 2011


will update soon! :)

On another note, PBS medications that used to cost us $5.40 has now gone up to $5.60! It keeps going up doesn't it?!

Friday, January 7, 2011


Got this from Cass' blog.. thought I'd do the q's too! :)

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
- Translate for the girls and Shawn who has limited English at PPR (Church Youth)
- Did the dispensing at the pharmacy
- heaps of other things which I cbb writing haha

2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
- well generally, to study hard and I think I did pretty good this year :) Especially 2nd semester
- also to be more helpful at church and to the people around me.. I hope I achieved that.. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not really.. My cousin did.. 

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit?
Australia haha

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
More confidence and to be able to be less sensitive

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
18th February 2010 because ;)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Introducing my hun to Jesus Christ :) which off course was not done by me alone, but by the works from above..

9. What was your biggest failure?
Failed to be a good friend to one of my best friends

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Um, sort of.. Would cataracts be considered illness/injury?

11. What was the best thing someone bought you?
Their kindness, selflessness, and honesty.
Oh, wait, is this materialistic wise? Hm... Probably the dog necklace Shawn gave me but was chosen by my bro and sis lols!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
- Du Vinh for his enthusiasm in serving the Lord and leading Focus
- My pharmacy friend Sarah for her kindness and helpfulness to the friends around her :)
- My grandma for her strong-will and strength in undergoing the 2nd knee replacement surgery
- Shawn for putting up with my crazy talks and numerous breakdowns during the year :)

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and/or depressed?
There are always dissapointments when you have relationships with people. All I do is to try to forgive them for the behaviours and to think of the other numerous goodwill they've done in the past. After all, I'm not myself perfect. 

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, drinks, and skincare :D 

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Was going to Indo with Shawn, but my dad didn't allow him to lols..

16. What songs will always remind of 2010?
Jay Sean DOWN lols.. wait.. was that 2009?
Otherwise it would be Bruno Mars - Just the way you are

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder?
Happier in general

b) fatter or skinnier?
haha definitely FATTER

c) richer or poorer?
Richer both financially, happiness and friendship wise :)

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Being able to spend more time with my best friend, who somehow I never get time for because of uni and other stuff going on..

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Studying. LOL but I have to study anyway..

20. How do you plan to spend Christmas?
That's past already.. and didn't do much.. Went to church, home, and got ready to say goodbye to bro and sis who went to exmouth the next day!

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Yes lol

22. How many one night stands?

23. What was your favourite TV programme?
It's still The Simpsons :)

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not really.. Only 1 guy lol.. but thats for a reason I don't even know why.. Should probably stop..

25. What was the best book you read?
Hm... good point.. Didn't read any lols..

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I can actually kinda sing! lol..

27. What did you want and get?
There are heaps! Can't remember..

28. What did you want and not get?
To be able to maintain my close friendships but it didn't really work.. 

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Harry potter, Despicable me. Harry Potter was really good though!

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Worked hahah... Was so tired and then got woken up at 12am in a cold, windy night to blow a freezing Ice Cream cake lols! That was good still...

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Hm.. no idea... I think it was satisfying already..

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Definitely dresses! They're so easy and comfy to wear :D 

33. What kept you sane?
Shawn and Shaki lol

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Barack Obama for his ability to lead and his eloquence. He also gave hope to open the minds of a lot of Indonesians that anyone can be a big thing in the future. I especially thought about those who are less fortunate and I hope that they can be inspired to strive to be better by hardwork and determination.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Hmm.. I'd rather not say to the anonymous net world but you could probably guess...

36. Who do you miss?
Mr Shawn Tan who left me for singapore for 1 month!

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Hm.. not sure...

38. What was the best thing you ate?
Hm.. I'll get back to that.. ahhaha.. maybe macaroons? But I've tasted that in 2009..

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010?
The world can be a depressing place, where all your hopes and dreams can get crushed so easily.. There are so many issues that I worry about currently happening in the world.. But I learned that I should at least start with the people around me to bring about change. And I also learn to always look out for those people who continue to inspire me in my goals.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Jeremy Camp - There Will be a Day , which was a song that constantly encouraged me to keep going with my studies, problems, etc :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

HOT weather = lazy

yeaph.. pretty much! Especially if the aircon is Evaporative, not Refrigerative ones.. they simply don't work in humid weather sigh.. So today was pretty much boring and i cbb doing anything.. I finished the novel I bought yesterday, it's called Hands Me Down World by Lloyd Jones. I bought it using a Dymocks gift card I got 4 years ago from ESL because I was the best ESL student for that semester/year (cant remember) hahah.. But never ended up spending it and I somehow lost it. My mum found it last year under the carpet of our car in Indonesia. LOL weird right? I think she must have put it in her wallet and then accidentally drop it while in Indo. So despite all the scratches and the ancient looks of the card, I still manage to redeem it yay! :D

The lesson here is that, if you have a gift card that's already expired, ask the counter if you can still use it.. Maybe you can :)

On another note, I've been pretty unenthusiastic about becoming a retail pharmacist, because it doesn't seem that good with all the dodgy customers who aren't grateful for your work and advice.. But then this week has been a good week! Been meeting nice customers and I'm beginning to be able to give advice with more confidence.. The owner also gives me tips and things that I should watch out for if one day I own a pharmacy.. So it's all good.. Maybe I will own a pharmacy in the future if I have enough money... :Hopefully ones with the automatic dispenser and chutes going down from upstairs like this one :D :

Saturday, January 1, 2011

You think I'm pretty without any make up on...

Heard of those lyrics? Yes, it's from Katy Perry's song called Teenage Dream.. which is a pretty good song! Isn't that an amazing thing these days? If a guy likes us girls even if we don't use make up? In a world dominated by make up and vanity, it seems that some people cannot live without it. As I saw in this reality show, which I can't remember the name of, a mum tried to tame her daughter by threatening her that she would take the daughter's make up if she didn't do what the mum wants. And so, the daughter gave in. I'm thankful that if my mum ever confiscate my make up, it wouldn't be a big deal for me.

I'm not against make up, it's actually pretty fun to apply hehe, I'm just thankful that I'm not dependant on it, I very rarely use makeup. But I do worry about the future, like I'd be sad if my daughter would feel insecure without make up because the rest of the world demands the use of it. We all need to feel confident in our own skin don't we?

I got thinking to writing this post after seeing this article: Brand tweets pic of Perry without make-up. Katy Perry's husband took a picture of her without make up, and we can see how different she looks. But she still is beautiful, but off-course in the entertainment industry and even in the eyes of a lot of people in our world, the no make up look will be frowned upon, if not mocked.

So, I'd like to encourage the girls out there, to try to be comfortable in your own skin. I've been through a phase when I had reallyyyyy bad skin because of eczema, and I couldn't put any makeup on it because it will aggravate the skin even more. But it's amazing how my crush at the time ended up liking me even at those moments. Also, Jessica Simpson had a magazine photo shoot without any make up on. I'm sure that we can all do that too right? :)