2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 69,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Winter Solstice festival

Not only are the Chinese families busy preparing for the winter solstices festival wich is celebreated, those who have grown to enjoy the “tang yuen” (glutinous rice balls) have also jumped on the bandwagon to celebrate the annual occasion which usually falls on either Dec 21 or 22.

I have incorporated an ingredient mostly found started off with the usual black sesame and peanuts and later moved on to stuffing gula Melaka or brown sugar. Is a traditional Chinese dishes as the festival known as “Dong Zhi” is a important one for the Chinese community.

For me, said the tang yuen is a must for me during the winter solstics festival because it is something that my family has always loved, the smell of the ginger broth boiling on the stove instantly reminds me of my late grandmother.

Supposed to post it earlier..but it take ages for me to write and keep on delaying it. One word…LAZY..:p

Tang yuen...


Exchange gifts

This year Christmas gathering with friend at KFC restaurant instead of hotel. The environment was not the same, we don’t have the christmas spirit but we just can’t help it.

Anyway, I had exchanging present at home, colleague and friends.



I hope next year i will have a nice christmas spirit and surprise as well 🙂

Self improvement

Time to Dump Negative Friends – Here’s Why

“You have the opportunity and the responsibility to choose the people in your life.”

You are a grown woman and you can and should choose who you spend your time with.

It’s important to have people in your life who you know will support you in being your best. People who are there to celebrate your highs and there to support you through your lows. People who support you in living a life that reflects your values, not values of others.

Develop your own personal quality relationships. Forget about being obligated or pressured to spend time with people who don’t support you. In the end you’ll be richly fulfilled and SO much happier.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I choose the people in my life.

Self improvement

The “Happiness” Boost You Need

“Collect happiness.”

We all experience days when we feel spiritually depleted – we feel down, uncared for, unloved. The world is not our oyster today. Yet, like many of our impressions, this too is an illusion. We are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, even though our circumstances may try to persuade otherwise.

This is when we need to the comfort of a “Happy Box.” Take the time to make one for yourself and you will reap the benefits over and over. Fill your box with items that you collect over time: a special card from a favorite relative, your child’s first attempt to write “I love you,” a photo of you and your best friend. The pretty stone you found on vacation, your child’s first tooth, the ribbon off a bunch of flowers from a caring friend; all help you to re-align your spirit and see the world as the wonder that it is.

Your “Happy Box” represents tangible items of the love and joy that are present in your world each and every day. It’s like money in the bank of happiness. Start your account today!

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: My world if full of love and joy.

Self improvement

Why Self-Acceptance is SO Hard

“Accepting yourself as you are takes courage.”

Who are you? Do you know? Take time to think about your values and goals. What do you believe in? What is important to you?

Decide that you will never compromise your integrity by trying to be or say or feel something that is not true for you. Have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as an ideal or as someone else thinks you should be.

Most of all, know that at the end of the day, you are wonderful woman capable of wonderful things.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I have the courage to never compromise my integrity.