Friday, July 31, 2009

Lan & Indonesian *language*

In our little family, Lan & I communicate in English. Simply because I am most comfortable with English and Lan is practising to be more fluent. There are those times where we just completely misunderstand each other and that, sadly enough, sometimes triggers fight between us. But, to communicate using his or my mother language is just impossible at the moment... We are both still trying to learn.
I pick up the Mandarin much faster because I learnt a bit before and, in addition, I hear him chatting with his parents in Mandarin almost every Saturday. But Lan does not really hear me talking in Indonesian, simply because I don't talk to my parents in weekly basis like him. I guess I don't feel that homesick any more. I've lived apart from my family for almost 10 years now... gosh a decade!
Anyhow, lately, since we are closer to the time we are going to Bali, he has been asking to teach me a few words, not that it'll help him communicate with my parents hugely, but it was fun! The words that he learns are cantik (beautiful), duit (money, LOL!), cinta (love) and sayang (love as well). The funny thing is that sometimes it is hard for him to pronounce those words without messing it up or making it sounds like a Mandarin word! Sometimes, it just makes me laugh so hard to the point of aching my stomach hehehe...
For example, the word sayang, the first time he tried to pronounced it, it was san-nyang *LOL!*... so here is my trick, I try to pick up - with my limited Mandarin's vocabulary - Mandarin words that sound the closest to the pronunciation. So for this particular word I said to him to say sa (which could mean 'kill' if translated from the Mandarin to English) and yang (which means 'goat' from Mandarin to English). So to make sure he remembers the word I say to him 'kill the goat'! Hahaha... We just laughed so hard about all these things, but it's fun. He actually and eventually remembers those words. :) And I am happy that he is making progress! I know learning language is not his best ability, but I am grateful that at least he makes effort to learn.
And now, he can - sort of - flatter my Mum by saying 'Mami cantik'! Hehehe... :)

Ps 1. Today, we received our visa to enter Dubai. Praise the Lord for that!!! I am so happy and I can't wait to get on the plane and start our vacation!
Ps 2. Tomorrow, Lan's leaving to Montreal, Canada until next Sunday. I sure am missing him already... I don't know how I'll cope being alone without him. Yes, although I've been there and done that, living my life alone for 8 years, but after I marry him, 2 years living and attached to him, things will never be the same... And although I never say it as many times as I want to, I am so grateful that he completes me. :)

Have a great weekend, friends! God bless!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Missing my blog + freebie

Lately, I haven't blogged as much as I used to... Kinda missing my blog now! But, since life becomes so uniform, I feel as if there is nothing interesting to tell about. Anyhow, I hope to get back into my blogging mood soon :)
Today I am not so well... The weather has been very unpredictable lately, one day it rains one day the sun shines. Not so good for my tired body. So, today I feel kinda rough, sick with cold and some fever. My tongue feels bitter. It's a condition I don't really want to be in! I hope I recover soon :)
By this day next week, Lan will already be in Montreal attending CADE conference and workshop. I am both excited and anxious about it. I am happy he gets to go to Canada and already passed the state where I'm jealous about it, but I am anxious about him leaving me for a week. It's gonna be lonely for me being by myself in this flat. I get so used to have him around me everyday. All in all, I will keep a prayer for him every moment of time, for a safe trip there and back, for the 2 presentations he is going to have to give and for having fun time in Canada. I'll miss him for sure, terribly, but I'll get myself excited counting for the day he returns back to me.

Time really flies! Can't believe it's almost August already... Gosh! I am glad! We are going home on 17th of August, arriving on 20th in Jakarta, simply because we are spending two nights in Dubai. Oh I can't wait for that!

Onto digi-scrapping, Rena has a new kit coming on Monday (tomorrow). It's called Holiday Memories. It's kinda a beachy type of kit. Perfect for your beach holiday/summer holiday.

Do you like it? I love it! Full of gorgeousness! If you want to snag this kit, you can get it HERE or HERE on MONDAY.

That's all for now, peeps! I hope you have a great Sunday! Take care and God bless!

Ps. OK, Rena told me it's OK to offer a QP freebie for you... so I've made my very first layout (yes the blue one up there) as a quick page, where you just need to insert your image in the correct place. Click HERE to and download it!
Enjoy! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shiny Happy People

Today, I received a PM from Joy, she offered me to have a play with her new kit Shiny Happy People, which looks like the preview below.

This kit is full of cute doodly happy faces! I had fun playing with it, it is perfect to scrap with your happy moments with your kids or even just your own fun moments! If you are interested and like to purchase the kit, you can click the preview, it will take you to the shop, where she sells it.
I made two different LOs (layouts) with this kit. One is with the photo of my little sister, Grace, and the second one is Our (Lan's and my) happy moments together!
Oh, also, you should visit Joy's blog, she has plenty of gorgeous freebies in offer, here is her blog address:

Additional credit: Cutie Patootie font from Matahati Designs

Last, but not least, thanks a lot, Joy, for the opportunity to play with your new cute kit! I had fun with it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My Love

Time for a new kit from Rena Design... 'My Love' is a beautiful kit with fantastic red colored elements in it. Have a look at the preview below, isn't it fantastic? I had fun playing with it... You can snag it from Scrap-dreams or digi-shoppe. These are a couple of LO I made with it. :) Have a great day!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Our 2nd Anniversary Celebration

I've been procrastinating in posting about our 2nd anniversary celebration... Well, I have actually written it in the scrapbook journal above, so I don't even feel like saying it all over again. However, I'd like to keep a record of it.
So on that Thursday *last week*, we decided to have lunch at Las Iguanas , a Latin Restaurant in Liverpool One. Food was tasty but can be better if the portion is bigger! After that, we went to see Ice Age 3 (3D), which is very enjoyable although it wasn't so worth it for the 3D part... still, we had a good laugh during the movie. The unplanned thing that happened was window-shopping! LOL! Apparently, the summer sale has started, so we looked around the shops and bought some gifts for our family, it's a great way of saving 'souvenir' until the time we go home!
Phew, time flew and it was time for dinner! Guess what we had? All-you-can-eat Chinese buffet (Buffet Star)! Great choice, bad for our diet! We enjoyed it though!

We were happy that day... it might not be fancy celebration, but spending time with each other was the best gift of all time! :)

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Seriously Scrapbooking!

Hi friends! I've decided to seriously 'dive' into the digital scrapbooking world! I am so glad to announce that I am accepted to be one of the creative team (CT) member of Rena Designs! I am so excited to be able to create layouts for her beautiful kits!

And so, here is the first kit of hers that I got to play with...

The name is Pink Dream. It's so beautiful and pinky (as the name suggests!). You can get it from HERE for $5.90.
Here is some layouts that I made with it:

Hope you like it! :)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Honey!

These several years have been such a wonderful journey! My days are much colorful with you by my side... Our ups and downs together are beautiful in each of their own ways. Watching your peaceful slumber, how your eyes sparkles when you smile at me, counting your everlasting kindness make me can’t be thankful enough to our Jesus Christ! He truly gave me my one and only soulmate.
What’s passed, I will keep them as a sweet bitter memory. What’s yet to come, I believe is promising. What’s happening now is that I fall in love with you again and again each and everyday!

Kit: Meadow Story by Kimla Design
Paint splatter from Strawberry field by Redju Design (recolored by me)
Alpha: Silver twilight from Amber Gray Design
Font: Passion Conflict ROB