Monday, June 25, 2012

Couple of links...

21 Pictures that Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.

Useful Everyday Objects.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Things I'm Afraid To Tell You...

Sometime ago, blogger Jess Constable created the first list of "Things I'm Afraid To Tell You". Other bloggers started to read, share, tweet and support it. Since then it has become like a movement in the blogosphere. Here is an article about it.

I thought this would be a good time to share mine. Well, it's not really a list but a feeling that swept over me intensely for 2 days. Or 3. And it happened this week.

*Once in a long while, I wish I live alone*

This is a nasty mean thought. I truly love my husband and boys with every fibre and cells in my body, but there are a few times I wish I'm just me. Just for a day. I'm afraid to say it because I don't want this wish to come true. But for just one day, I would like to spend the day being just me.

I don't have to rush home to my kids (think crazy traffic).

I get to choose what I want to have for dinner, whatever, whenever, wherever I want. A little fancy meal in town with a good book or a bowl of plain instant noodle in front of the TV.

I get to watch TV. Any channels I want, any movies I want, and how long I want to leave the TV on.

I get to go shopping after work.

And come home as late as I want.

I get to craft FOREVER.

I get to redecorate every room however I want.

I get to blast out classical music while I shower.

I get to sleep early if I want to.

These are now luxuries to me. I can only wait till the boys are much older I guess. I'm wondering if I'm preparing myself way in advance for the future that holds for me. Seriously, it is reality now for many women. My husband would be out playing golf for the rest of his life, my boys would live their own lives and be out of the house most of the time, and I would have all these luxuries then!

18 years countdown...

*deep breath* There, I've said it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crazy About the VW Campervan

Print by stefanierenee.

Printed moleskin notebook by rainydaystory.

Another cute print by christinamccall.

And this cute personalized wall name plaque by ShopLittles.

It gets better... These are portable speaker with AM/FM radio and clock made by Japanese folks Zumreed. AHHHHHHHRRRRRRRGGGH!! CANNOT TAHAN ALREADY!

I couldn't resist... I HAD to buy something VW camper bus! These 4 napkins are screenprinted by ohlittlerabbit.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rawa Island Revisited!

I must say, after 3.5 years, Rawa beach hasn't changed! And it's a good thing. The sand is still powdery white, the shore is still azure and the facilities are well maintained, in fact there is a new little shop selling beachwear and other necessity, and a snorkel rental counter.

The jetty.
That mega orange slide is a new addition, but it's not complete yet. The smaller blue slide is still there. You slide from the jetty platform down to the sea. How awesome is that.

The entrance to the main facility; the restaurant. Food is second in priority here because all that playing in the beach makes you really hungry. The food is considerably good for a simple beach resort like this. Lunches are buffet style. They serve rice (but of course), an assortment of pasta, some finger food like nuggets and fries, fancier main dishes like beef stroganoff, chicken and mackerel in sauce names I can't remember because by then my eyes were already blinded by the white sand, ladies finger in sambal sauce (wah this one I like), fruits, local pandan cake, and many others. You play hard and eat hard. Saturday nights are BBQ nights.

Our beachfront chalet.

This unit comes with a double bed and single bed. The others have two single beds. Thank goodness I managed to get this one. The wall hanging sucks big time but who cares...

...because the view from the bed is LIKE.THIS.
Ok this picture not so good but you can imagine the view. OH.

Basic furniture. A dresser, two chairs we never sat on coz what's the point, the beach is out there! And a closet big enough to fit clothes for one month.


The bar. Alcoholics welcomed here.

The ping pong table is still around. Good fun.

TV lounge area. The couches are pretty worn out but no big deal, the beach is beautiful. There is ASTRO so the boys could watch their cartoons at night.

Quite a number of picnic tables and benches along the beachfront area. And hammocks too, they are clean and NOT torn, and I find that amazing.

OK, get ready. THE BEACH!!

Just can't get enough.

Further along the beach. Another resort, more rugged and basic.

My boys having fun.

Darren is a wanderlust. He has the tendency to wander off by himself. He just keeps walking without looking back, and considering this is a safe beach, I find this so adorable. There he is, playing by himself.

The husband doing a single somersault dive. I never knew he could do this!

Under the jetty. Many folks hang around the shore close to the jetty because there are many fishes and small crabs there.

The father and son kayaking.

The swing in front of our chalet.

The resident peacock. We saw a white one too, absolutely stunning, but I couldn't take a picture in time.

The happy and contented beach lovers.

I am impressed how well maintained the beach and the facilities are. Didn't change much compared to our first Rawa Island trip back in October 2008. The only big difference was the tides. Back then, the tide went very low in the evening that it was impossible to swim. Now, the tide is pretty consistent. In the late evening, the tide went down just a little bit, and you can still swim. Now we know!

Definitely will go back!

For bookings, go here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stay-At-Home Mom

Josie, my trusty helper was back to her Philippines hometown for two weeks. So I got to be a stay-home mom. And I enjoyed it frankly speaking! It was such a fresh change and it felt fulfilling looking after my home and family. Morever it was the school holidays so, we went places too! Nowhere far and fancy, just nearby, here and there, and it was the best arrangement this way with a toddler in tow. We get to travel and yet get close to home. Short trips are less stressful and tiring! (next up, pictures of our little trips!)

While I was at home doing housewifey stuff, I started a list of things to make for my home. Crafter's disease, what can I say. And I managed to complete a few, so now I have 56 more projects to go. Yikes, better make that 5 to 6 instead. Pictures soon!