Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Rena Designs Birthday Sale!



It's Renata's birthday tomorrow, so she is having a sale at both of her shops from 1st to 3rd October!!! All her stuffs are discounted from 35% to 45%! What a great opportunity to get beautiful kits at cheaper price?! So, what are you waiting for? Get over her shops at Sunflower Scraps and CU for you, now!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Magical Violet

Back from holiday also means back to my responsibility of scrapbooking for some designers I have contract with. Well, today is the new release of Rena Designs' Magical Violet. It is now available at Sunflower Scrap for CAD5.09, which is 15% off! The kit looks like below:




I love this kit, it's stunning! Majority of white colors and some hints of violet! Truly lovely!!! Here is the LOs I made with it:

So, isn't that lovely? What you're waiting for then? Go and grab it while it's on SALE @ Sunflower Scrap!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Vacay 09 (3): Silver Anniversary Celebrations

This year my family celebrates the Silver Wedding anniversary of my parents. Well, it's the first time we ever celebrated their wedding anniversary at all! From the us, the kids, Papi and Mami only wished that the whole family can gather together for them. It means a lot for them to have us the kids gather up together... ever since I landed in UK, it was hard to have my brother Erwin and I going home for holiday at the same time, so the family was sort-of never been whole for awhile.
So, this year, we made efforts and, thank Jesus that He planned everything according to His will, my parents' wish was fulfilled! It was fun to be together again, 7 of us make us a big family, but my parents are so happy to have their children gathered up together at home. And, honestly, even that I am married and have my own family, it still feels a lot like home to be with my parents. I do like to have the time to be the little girl of my Papi Mami every now and then. :)

Well, let's briefly talk about the celebrations aka dinners.
We (Lan & I) arrived in Indonesia on 20th August (in Jakarta around 3pm, then in Denpasar around 11pm! Air Asia sucks! *Delays* is their second name!). Then, as scheduled, we (the whole family) flew to Surabaya on the 22nd August by Lion Air (Wings air -crappy- plane to be exact). And so, the culinary journey begun...
1. Surabaya Suki with Papi's family
22.08.09 In Nie's family, this year there are 3 couples celebrating their silver anniversary together (of course on different dates!). So they were my parents, Papi's oldest sister and Papi's oldest brother. (My dad is the fourth child of six children)
I think one of my aunties booked the private function, consisting of 4 round tables. She also made it like a real celebration, by having a cake and getting all of us singing some songs. The food was OK, I'd say. It was a standard Chinese hotpot kind of thing, and we were already so starving when it was the time to eat, so we didn't bother to take pictures!

2. Mango Terrace Restaurant with parents' friends
23.08.09 It's the same number of people (around 30-40). There are closed friends of the family there; Om Kim Tjeng & Tante Audrey's family, Om Tikno & Tante Lies's family, Brother Wilson, Om Wenas and many others. It was a delicious dinner too! I have to say that whoever organised and chose the menu, did a very good job!
And, special thanks to Tante Lies, for the anniversary cake! Those chocolate cupcakes were yummy; not too sweet and just right!
Here, actually, I got the time to 'trick' my parents hehe... After blowing the '25' candles, it was time to eat the cupcake. So the naughty me suggested they eat one cake at the same time. Tee-hee... I love those shy smiles on my parents' faces. I am sure they had fun!
Thanks to all the uncles and aunties for coming and celebrating my parents' anniversary together with us! It was a privilege to see how beloved my parents are to all of you! Thanks also for Brother Wilson, for coming and blessing us with a wonderful prayer!

3. Bima Restaurant with Mami's family
24.08.09 I can tell you that by this night, we were sort-of sick of crowds! LOL! But hey, it was still fun! The dinner this time was more relaxing, more a family reunion than a celebration. We got to see the new additions of Gunadi's family (aka my little baby cousins), to catch up with my uncles and aunties and cousins. We enjoyed and took our time. The food was good, too! Too bad that my second uncle's family and my fifth uncle's family could not come... (My mum is the 3rd child of 7 children consisting of 5 sons and 2 daughters). It was good to see my cousins growing up and starting University too. It's like we have more in common to talk about.

That's 3-days-in-a-row of dinners! On 25th, we just had family time - just the 7 of us - relaxing and, also, window-shopping at Galaxy Mall. We left for Bali, with Lion Air (and the crappy Wings Air plane) AGAIN, on 26th August. It's not until many days later that we had the FOURTH (and the last) dinner...

4. Telaga Naga Restaurant - Special Celebration
03.09.09 Why I call it special? Because it mainly focused on our family and because we invited very few people; people who we held dear to our family, those who are very important.
Thanks to Daddy Arifin and Mum Fifi, Daddy Philip (who specially flew down from KL for us!), Kong & Mak Gani, Kong Frans and Ko Raymond (for taking photographs for us!), and Yulia (my dear sister, who is a daughter to my parents too!). - This is the actual complete guest list!
We are so humbled that they spared their time to come and celebrate with us. Thank you for their prayers, their blessings and their presences!
The food was fabulous! Well, it has to be, since it's Hyatt Hotel's restaurant, so I did expect it to be fabulous! Totally worth the price, I'd say. After dinner, Lan and Erwin said some speech to congratulate and to thank our parents for being our parents and gave our gifts. This time, I am so proud of Erwin. As a representative of the four siblings (although I am the oldest), he said many great and true things out of his heart that I agreed I'd say to my parents. I am so proud of you, my brother! You've grown to be a great man. *Luv ya!*
And I am glad that my parents were actually surprised by our gifts; The gold coin from Lan (and his parents), the cards that the 5 of us (Lan, I, Erwin, Hans & Grace) written on and 'best Dad' 'best Mum' pins.
And, since, most of them are elderly/diabetic, we decided that it is wiser to enjoy the cake (Tiramisu that Lan & I ordered for my parents) at home. Yummy!

Well, overall, it was a very meaningful vacation for, not just for Lan & I, but also for my whole family. I do hope my parents are happy that their wish came true. And I pray that their marriage lasts forever, that we will celebrate their golden, diamond, platinum and whatever else anniversaries again and again! Amen!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Vacay 09 (2): Dubai 18 August 2009 (2)

Let's continue with our holiday story before I forget it all together... So, after having a yummy Lebanese food dinner, we went to watch the water fountain shows several time. The Dubai Mall made quite a big pool to accommodate these water fountain shows. The shows run everyday starting around 6pm for around every half hour until 10pm. Each show has different background song and different arrangement. They were all breathtakingly fantastic! No matter how many shows we watched, we seemed to never watch enough and we were always in awe... I was even having goosebumps! It's a must watch if you ever visit Dubai!


Feeling that we should move on after watching several water fountain shows, we hired a taxi for a night-city tour. We were blessed that we got a great taxi driver too! So, away from Dubai Mall, we started our journey visiting the infamous hotels in Dubai. First stop, Burj Al Arab, also known as the very first seven star hotel in the world. So famous that getting IN there without being a guest staying there, you would have to pay USD45 per person! Hence, we just took photos outside the gate, where not surprisingly many other tourists also crowding to take photos! The building is so beautiful, and even more beautiful at night where different colored lights interchanges to spotlight the hotel.
It was a dream came true for us... The first time we ever transited together in Dubai, we made a wish that one day we will visit the magnificent Burj Al Arab! We are so blessed and so thankful to Jesus for such a blessing!


Satisfied with the pictures we took there, we continued our journey to the next famous hotel The Atlantis at the famous Palm Island. Another magnificent place! Unbelievably beautiful... built on a man-made island, it was a tall-slim spectacular building! The road to and from it is right next to the sea... It's amazing how they built an island alone, but a magnificent hotel as well?! That's unbelievable!

Afterward, we went around the city, seeing the Dubai harbor before going back to our hotel, calling it a stop for the night.
The next day, we mainly stayed at the beach and the pool relaxing. One thing about their beach is that it is almost impossible to walk barefoot on the sand. It was so HOT that my feet felt burnt! Hence, we had to wear sandals... but the water was fresh and cool.
The most exciting thing for that day is that we were having a dinner-date! It was at The Observatory Restaurant, the highest restaurant in Dubai situated on the 52nd floor of our hotel. The view from the window, overlooking the marina and the city, is fabulous especially at night. The food and the service were superb; a bit expensive but worth the price. (well, it's absolutely cheap if compared to eating in a posh restaurant in the UK!) And we went back to our room feeling FULL!

It was a sad time to leave Dubai that night (our flight to Jakarta was at 4 a.m., so we left the hotel at 1 a.m.). We have not been to the desert nor some other places we'd love to visit... but that is a well-worth excuse to return to Dubai one day! We absolutely love our short holiday there! It was fun and beautiful!

Ps. More photos of our Dubai vacation are up on my facebook. Click on the pictures to see the larger versions of them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy 13th Birthday, Hans!



Today, you turned 13! Cece is totally grateful that you are getting to be a man each day!
My beloved brother, be a great son to your parents and a wonderful brother to your siblings. Above all, be an obedient son to your Father in Heaven.
God bless you!

Credits:
DeCrow Designs blueprint 16 (template)
Stitched tags from Cool Summer Add-on by Lyndsay Riches.
Background and Orange paper from Boy Meets Girl, a collab by scrappy cocoa and gettin' scrappy with Britt.
Hanging stars from Pretty Music by Maelia Designs.
Everything else from Tracie Stroud's Cake and Ice Cream.
Fonts: Big title using dirty ego, small title using Pea Steph, journal using Pea Sara Prints.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Vacay 09 (1): Dubai 18 August 2009 (1)

Our three weeks holiday this time felt so fast yet so fun and fascinating. We had great time both in Dubai and Bali! We are so blessed to be given the opportunities to visit Dubai and to have such a great family! It is indeed an unforgettable vacation for us...

We had been to Dubai for a number of time for transit only. This time, we took our chance to visit Dubai for a real holiday and we are glad that we did! We flew from Manchester to Dubai on Emirates Airlines flight no. EK020 at around 11 pm (Manchester time) after being delayed for 2.5 hours, arriving in Dubai at 10 am (Dubai time). Before going to through the immigration, we had to do the iris scan for security purpose. It did not take us long to get our passports stamped and to get hold of our luggages, everything went swiftly. I have to say that Dubai International Airport is MAGNIFICENT! Beautiful white wall that glitters and gorgeous architecture style really make the building awesome!

The heat immediately welcomed us as soon as we were out of the airport building looking for the taxi to take us to the hotel. Dubai's sky is clear of clouds, only the rays of sunshine dominate the weather. The dryness of the desert and the dusty hot winds brought our sweats out like little pearls. Truly a rough hot season! The streets are wide and structured, the attempts of making the city as green as possible can be seen from the amount of plantations that the government put here and there, the buildings are varied; from the skyscrapers, the shops, the malls and the houses. It is impressive that all those skyscrapers are of different styles, shapes and odd (in a great way)! They are all awesome and stunning, indeed awesome!

We arrived at our hotel after around 30 minutes drive. The Harbour is a 52-floors hotel situated at Dubai Marina (where the harbour is) and is very close to the Palm Island (the magnificent man-made island with the shape of palm tree). Their service is superb and beyond friendly, our studio room was very very comfortable and really worth the value! We were beyond satisfied with our choice! We were given the studio room number 212 on the second floor, but even so, we could see The Atlantis hotel from our window and the sea beyond. The room was clean and spacious, with a little convenient kitchen.

There was a little incident when we were checking in, one worth to write about hehe... Since the booking was under my name, I was to pay the down-payment using my credit card. So I confidently gave my credit card when they asked it. Then, when was asked to enter the PIN, I stood froze and panicked. I FORGOT MY PIN NUMBER! I asked Lan, he did not have a clue either because he was panicking with me. Thank God they were not suspicious, they told me "It's OK, you can sign, if you want." Phew! I got away that time...

When we got to our room, we took our time of resting from the long flight. We had a relaxing shower and took a bit of nap. We did get too comfortable that we were contemplating about going out... LOL! But, finally, we got ourselves out of the hotel and started our wonderful adventure. Our destination was Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world (and so they claim!). It is truly huge and spacious, they have from the world's top designer brands, gold souk (gold market), food court, magnificent water fountain shows, ice skating rink and huge aquarium/underwater zoo! Our aim was NOT shopping, but visiting the gold souk, the underwater zoo and watching the water fountain shows.
As a gold-producer country, UAE is really proud of their gold. Most of the jewellery that were displayed are at least 22K. There were also plenty of pearls and diamonds; all glittering and shiny! But we're not there to buy, just to feast our eyes and fascination! This indoor gold souk (gold market) is an imitation of the original gold souk, which is actually a market with jewellery shops at both sides of it, dominated by the Indians. Being indoor, of course we don't have to worry about the heat, but we cannot bargain the price, unlike in the original gold souk. But, at least, we can walk peacefully without being pulled here and there by the sellers to their shops!

After the gold souk, we went straight to the Aquarium. It is an aquarium built within the mall with the bottom being on the ground floor and it goes as high as the mall (2nd floor). We paid AED50 per person to walk through the aquarium and to get into the underwater zoo. It was a beautiful experience indeed! We can see numerous of sharks (both huge and small), stingrays, giant fishes, beautiful corals within the aquarium. We even got the opportunity to see the divers fed the sharks.
At the zoo, we saw some animals that we never had seen before! The water rats, the beavers, the penguins, jellyfish, and many others. We spent plenty of time there and was very happy to be there together.

Afterwards, we had our dinner at the food court. Our choice fell on the Lebanese restaurant 'Mashawi Express', where we ordered Kabab Mixed Grill. It was definitely yummy!

Phew! That's a long one! I shall continue my story next about our night adventure; the water fountain shows and the visits to the famous hotels! Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back from holiday

We're just back to UK from Bali! Tired and sad and missing my family so much! I finished unpacking, but gosh... we are extremely tired. We had a great holiday, praise The Lord for that!
That's it for now. Will update again later after the resting. God bless you all!