Monday, November 26, 2007

What's with ME?

For the last 2 months, ever since I landed in UK, I have not been 100% healthy. There is always something that keep me in bed; severe headache, painful joints and sometime problematic pain in stomach. I don't know what is really going on with me.
My supervisors and Lan are worried and keep telling me to go and see doctor, which I really am avoiding to do so simply because of the possible disappointment of long wait! However, today, I can't take it anymore! I went to book a doctor appointment. Thank God, I can see doctor tomorrow afternoon.

I have been worried about my progress, because I spent lots of time staying at home, unable to get a grip of myself. Even checking email and posting on my blog are quite an effort to make. Anyway, I pray that whatever illness I have right now, God will take it away.

Update: Been to the doctor yesterday and doctor required me to do a blood test on Friday and to come back and see her 2 weeks from now. Well, let's hope nothing terrible/critical happens.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Alone... No More.

It's my new layout! This numbered the sixth design I have made for my own blog. Hope you like it as much as I do. I loved the previous one, but I am giving a new look to my blog.
I intentionally looked for a picture of chopsticks, because chopsticks symbolize a pair/couple that cannot be separated from each other. TO eat with chopsticks, you have to use both of them, impossible to use only one. :)
Inseparable is you & me.
Having you in my life, I am alone no more...

dedicated to my one and only love, Lan.

- nie, 16 November 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

.: 23 :.

my surprise tiramisu23is officially my age now! Not as depressed as usually, simply because I have someone to be by my side all my life now...
Well, I felt better yesterday (Saturday) and was looking forward to have a special birthday dinner with my lovely husband, Lan. Let me share my story of this year's birthday.

16 Nov 2007

Friday night, Lan came home later than I expected him to be, saying that he had to mark the bachelor students' assignments and got really busy. However, I did not realise that it was his excuse to run to city centre and bought my favourite cake, tiramisu. He came home with a box of chocolate and a black forest cake, apologizing for not being able to find tiramisu. I was already very happy though. He is so caring, that I don't want to ask for more. He is simply the best.
THANK YOU, honey!We had bacons and potatoes for dinner and everything went normal. After dinner, we watched Naruto (the Japanese weekly anime) together. When we finished, he excused himself to the kitchen to cook some water (we use normal kettle to cook water to save on electricity). Several minutes later, he asked me to come to him. 'There is some problem with the stove', that is what he said. I am still not suspicious...
When I get to the kitchen, it was dark! What is it? He sang the 'happy birthday' song and hugged me. It was a SURPRISE! Oh my Jesus, he is so so so sweet! *it was 2 days before my actual birthday and he is being so nice!*

FYI: Tiramisu means 'take me with you'.

17 Nov 2007

the Italian restaurantIn the morning, as usual, we took sometime to chat with Lan's parents. I really 'fall' in love with my new papa and mama! I am really grateful that I get very nice parents in law, they love me like their own daughter, always get excited to hear me practicing my Mandarin and to communicate with me. I simply love them.
After the conversation, we went to do the weekly grocery shopping; some vegetables, eggs and snacks. The day was cold but no rain. We were happy about that, thinking and hoping that it will not rain when we are going for the dinner. Anyway, the UK weather is never predictable. As much as we hoped it will not rain, it was pouring rain when we walked down to the restaurant!
The Italian restaurant, Il Forno, is one of the best restaurants in Liverpool. When we went in, they welcomed us so warmly. The waiter was so friendly and great! He took our coat and jacket to put them in the cloak room and helped us with the order.our order These are what we ordered:
- Bruchettas and 'Il Forno' insalate (salad) for appertizers
- Main meals: Lasagna for me and pizza for Lan
- Drinks: Orange juice
- Dessert: vanila ice cream with Bailey's Irish cream and chocolate shavings on top.

All of them were very very delicious and worth the price (and they are not expensive either!). The restaurant has a warm atmosphere, but very busy, lively and vibrant. The service is excellent, the price is affordable and the food is beyond our expectation. We were really satisfied with our dinner and we went home very happy and full. We highly recommend Il Forno restaurant for those, who might visit Liverpool and expect a great Italian food! One thing though, make sure you book first! Hehehe...
After dinner, we went home to watch Stardust on the computer. It is a nice fantasy movie.

18 Nov 2007

my beloved husband!We just stayed at home and spent a lot of time talking and sharing thoughts with each other. We were going to go out, but since the weather forecast said it is cold and rainy today, we just cancelled it.
Lan cooked lunch and dinner today. He especially cooked noodle and spring onion soup for me today. It was delicious and warm.

Oh my... I am one a lucky person! I got the best husband I could get in my life! I can never thank Jesus enough for all the love that surrounds me, through my husband, family and friends! Life is wonderful, because I walk with Jesus!

Thank you.
For more pictures, visit HERE.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Birthday fever

My birthday is days to go, bt I am not feeling entirely well this whole week. Have not been to the office at all since Tuesday, fever, headaches and eczema problems and many others that are making me not myself this week. We went to do the grocery shopping on Tuesday night, thinking I was better, but I felt like fainting inside the shop, dizzy and drowsy. *sob* Then heavy rains and winds accompanied us along the way home, making us all wet. More to that, I got worse.

Well, I was excited that we are going to celebrate my birthday with a dinner in an Italian restaurant, which I already booked several days ago. Now, I lost the mood completely, but seeing Lan so excited about it, I feel that I am selfish, if I just cancel the dinner. Please pray that I feel much better tomorrow, so we can enjoy my birthday.

Special to Anita Christine:
A very HAPPY and BLESSED birthday just for you!
I pray for abundant love, peace and joy throughout your life!
May happiness follows you and your family in each path of your life!

God bless you and be with you always!

Ps. Thanks for being a great friend and sister! :)
16th November 2007

Image's credit to: ma4u4a @ deviantART

Monday, November 12, 2007

whose hands is future in?

As humans, we cannot help ourselves to think about the future. 'Where would we live for sure?', 'What would we do after we finish study/this job?', 'What kind of family we want?' and many other questions regarding our lives in 'sometime in the future' term. We have been going through this issue lately. As a new little family, often in our conversations, we cannot avoid to discuss what kind of expectation of the future we personally want. Lan, being the head of the family, somehow tries so hard to get my expectation of our family right so that, hopefully, he will be able to make it come true.
However, it is such a vague and ambiguous issue to discuss. Who knows where the future leads? Only God knows. So, as many times as we discuss about future, that many times I told him to just lead it 'flows'. I believe God knows what's best for us, He has the perfect reasons of where He will reside us at, what job He will give us to do and for all the other things, too.
Well, not as easy as saying it, trust in God is really something that I put my hope in. Through the years of experience walking with Him and being guided by Him to get to United Kingdom, finished my Master, found the best husband I could possibly have and to be married with Him, I believe God (my Lord Jesus) has a very special plan for me, even before I was born. And now, since Lan and I have become one union, I believe that God has a special and beautiful plan for our family; a plan of prosperity and not disaster.
And so, through my hope and trust in God, I continue living my days with beautiful dreams, having Him as my strength to carry on, believing He never forsakes me and will give the best for our family.
Future in Jesus' hands is the best future we could have asked for.

- nie, 12 November 2007

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Early birthday present

As some of you are aware of, my 23rd birthday is 2 weeks away. Well... like never before, I receive a birthday present very early this year. Lan bought me a bright red coat to replace my old black coat that he does not like. He keeps saying that I look old when wearing the black coat, so he had me to leave the black coat in Bali. You can see me wearing the black coat from ~here~. That means when I returned to UK, I did not have any coat with me (as I only had one coat, it is too expensive to have more than one!). Hence, I struggled with the cold weather, only by wearing jacket. So, as the weather grows colder, my beloved Lan bought me this very bright coat, which he chose and likes it very much.
We first saw it in Chester when we had a day trip there last month in a shop named 'Coast', but did not immediately buy it. Then we looked around in Liverpool for other alternatives, but he only likes that one. Tried to find it in Coast shops in Liverpool, they only have the black ones... and so, he bought it for me over the Internet and it arrived several days ago. I have to say that I am going through a 'make-over' ever since I returned to UK. Lan comments a lot on my appearance and changes it; buy me hats, bags and some jackets. I am very thankful to The Lord to have a very caring husband. He cares and thinks about me so much...

At the same time, I am thanking The Lord for giving me such kind parents-in-law. Mama and Papa (Lan's parents) sent me lots of gifts; 2 pairs of shoes, delicious food, some clothes and even some books for learning Chinese. Every weekend, we will have conversation together and I am learning Chinese bit by bit and they are really supportive. I feel so blessed!

Well, it has been a long time since the last post... Yep, I have not been in the mood to post and, last week, I had to go to a 3-days workshop, which really costed most of my energy. It was fun meeting other people and having to not sit in the office for three days, but at the same time, I really missed Lan, because I did not see him for during the day as usual. Not that it is over, I have to return to the work that I have to do...

Have a great week ahead, friends! God bless you!
I keep asking myself...
Why did I fall in love with you?
Why did I marry you?
Why do I want to spend the rest of my life with you?

And, yet, as always, I go speechless.
I question love...
But I answer nothing but love.

I love you.

- nie, 04 November 2007