Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Nail Art Printer

After waiting for one and a half month, my nail printer finally reached my doorstep!




It comes with seven colours and six plates with different designs I can play around with.


I had silver colour on my nail for a week. I know I should remove it and paint fresh base coat before trying the nail print but I was so impatient...=D so please ignore the slightly chipped silver coating on my nail ...


I tried the cherry ones first...


So Christmassy~


Blue footprints ^_^ again, please ignore the dry skin and chipped nail polish on my thumb Haha...can't believe how lazy I am..

I will try new prints and post some up soon!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I Cut My Brother's Hair

Last week I cut my own hair...this week, it's my brother's.. LoL

I'm still not very good at this..I should practise more =)

The BEFORE look...

Front...


Side...

and....AFTER...


The Back...


The Side


The front...LoL




Tada...!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ang Ku Kueh

My first attempt at making ang ku kueh (glutinous rice cake with mung bean filling) with limited resources =P





No ang ku kueh mould...


...so I used fork instead LoL




No banana leaves... substitute?..baking paper =)





Yummy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I Cut My Own Hair

My hair has grew so long, it's becoming harder to maintain and when I sleep at night, my hair is all over my neck. I wanted to go to the hair salon but (1) I don't know how to explain the simple hairstyle I want (2) I don't want the hairdresser to mess it up.

So, after watching some how-to videos (hooray for Youtube!), I'm finally ready to cut my own hair. Excited and nervous at the same time but hey, if it's a disaster I can always go back to the hair salon anytime. =)

Well, here are some pictures of the before and after..please note I just woke up so I looked tired..=P


See how long my hair was...I still love the curls so I probably curl it when I go back to Kuching next year


First, I wet my hair and comb them straight


Then, I tie half of my hair up so I can start cutting from the bottom half...I do not want layers on my hair so it's just a simple straight cut...bye bye curls~ sob sob


I tie half of the half just now and using the bottom half as a guideline and cut the rest off.


Okay, I'm done with the rest of my hair, except for the front. So, I comb my hair and and leave the front hair out..


=) I took this photo from my point of view...measuring how long I should cut it off...chop chop..


To cut the layer in front, I divided the bangs into half from the middle. Holding one side of it, I gently pull the hair towards the opposite side and simply cut it off, like the photo above. Do the same for the other side. 


Then, I look at my hair again and repeat the whole process to clean up some strays...and straighten it.


 LoL!


R.I.P.


I wash my hair and I'm done...!


I'm so happy now I'm ready for girls' night out...


This is me later in the evening going out soon to Fridays with my housemate and a few friends.


Will I cut my own hair again? Yes of course! I saved a lot of money,I don't have to worry that my hairdresser will mess my hair up and I'm happy with the results. All thanks to Youtube..(you can learn almost everything on Youtube, isn't it great?)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Five Regrets of the Dying

I just read a forwarded email from my younger brother about "Five Regrets of the Dying" written by a Palliative Care Worker which I would like to share.

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Five Regrets of the Dying
By Bronnie Ware Platinum Quality Author

For many years I worked in palliative care.
My patients were those who had gone home to die.
Some incredibly special times were shared.
I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.
I learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth.
Some changes were phenomenal.
Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance.
Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
 
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.
Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all.
When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.
Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
 
It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way.
From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late.
Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn't work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed.
They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship.
Women also spoke of this regret.
But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners.
All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do.
And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.
As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.
Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others.
However, people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, but in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level.
Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life.
Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down.
Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years.
There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved.
Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. 
But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away.
People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible.
But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them.
They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love.
Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task.
It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end.
That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one.
Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice.
They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.
The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives.
Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to themselves, that they were content. 
When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind.
How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice.
It is YOUR life.
Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.

Choose happiness.

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I have been thinking about a lot of things lately and this email has helped a lot. I know it's nothing new. I always know what I want in life, but once in a while I feel lost. I feel like I am standing at a crossroad deciding which road to take and wondering what will it bring me to. Each time when I feel this way, articles like this really help.

This is why I posted this so it may be helpful to anybody out there. Remember, no matter what you decided to do, the most important thing is still your happiness and your family. NOT career, money or fame. What will you think about when you are just few seconds away from dying? The faces of those you love, the jobs you have not finished at the office, the CEO position you are waiting for, or the money you have not spent?

No matter how hard you work for your company, when you leave, you are replaced immediately and within a few weeks you are forgotten. The more money you save, when you leave, you can't bring them with you. But family, they will always be there. You will be in their heart and mind even when you are no longer in this world.

It is your life. Do not make decisions you will regret when you are on your deathbed. Live life knowing that even if you are gone tomorrow, you have lived a full life and there is nothing left unsaid and undone.

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