Friday, July 5, 2013

Europe Holiday 2009

Sometime during the end of March, Sham and I went on a 3-week holiday to Europe. We spent time in the UK, Switzerland and Germany.
It was a wonderful, wonderful time (Yes, it was at this holiday that our child was conceived. We made good use of our time there, you see)
We met up with old friends, made some new ones, had a 3-day stay at the beautiful Lake District, went on a 5 day road trip to northern England, took long, leisurely walks around the lovely lakes of Geneva and tried all sorts of different delicacies at different places.
Oh we had a ball - a holiday we'll look back at with great joy in the years to come!
Here are some pictures.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAURA!!

And many happy returns of the day to you from both of us!

For those of you who didn't know, Laura, my sister, is the reason Sham and I met at all! She introduced us to each other and was instrumental in setting us up on that very fateful blind date.
Laura, thanks to you I've found the love of my life and now... there's two less lonely people in the world!

Here's wishing you sunny days and starry nights, happy days and lotsa smiles!

Cheers, sistah!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

We're Back With NEWS!

Well, it has been long. I have no excuses. Apologies all around.

Much has been happening in our lives. I'll tell of them all in stages here.
So stay tuned.
Yes, Sham and Mel are back... and we're here to stay!

The biggest news Sham and I have to share is.... we're pregnant!

I'm 14 weeks into my pregnancy now and boy what a ride it's been so far!
But I'll write more about my very eventful first trimester later on.

For now, Sham and I and our families are just delighted with the news.
Most of all, we're SO grateful to God for blessing us with this gift and we're totally looking forward to this next phase of our lives as parents.

Our baby... our firstborn (WOW!) is due late December and we just can't wait to see him/her. Watch this space!

Another Fond Farewell

Eulogy For Aunty Merle
(1953 - 2009)
12 March 2009
Church Of The
Assumption, Petaling Jaya

If I could use one word, just one word to describe Aunty Merle, it would be this – simple. It didn’t take much to make her happy. She enjoyed the simple things in life. She worked hard, kept a good home, loved her husband and daughters, Trina and Romie, deeply and devotedly and left everything else in the hands of the Lord. There was little else she needed.

I remember Aunty Merle as being a lot of fun. She was very witty, always the one with the quick come back lines, never afraid to make fun of herself, and kept us all well entertained with many, many funny, outrageous stories! I have many happy memories of the whole family, gathered around dining tables, talking and laughing, with Aunty Merle right in the middle of it all, with her great humor and big laughs. How I will miss that!

Aunty Merle loved to eat and had a great passion for hawker food, ice cream, chocolates – the lot. She was an excellent cook and loved to cook everything herself for the numerous dinner parties we had at her home. The whole extended family would go to Aunty Merle’s house, every year for New Year’s Day lunch, where after feasting on meats during the Christmas season, we would all relish her sambar, salt-fish, ikan-bilis sambal, and more. It was something we all looked forward to and she never disappointed.

Many of you will know and have personal testimonies of Aunty Merle’s famed efficiency and meticulousness. She was extremely well organized, planned everything to the minutest detail and was ALWAYS, ALWAYS punctual. She was dependable, focused, solid. In our family, Aunty Merle was indisputably recognized as the ‘mandor’ even by my older Uncles and Aunties.

But Aunty Merle reserved her best talents for the home. In her own way, quietly but constantly and persistently, Aunty Merle poured her heart and soul into loving her husband and daughters. Fiercely loyal and protective of them, nothing else was more important. She loved them, and they loved her. Her labour of love has sowed many seeds, which I know, even with her passing, will bear much fruit. She also loved to tend to the little garden at her home and would grab any opportunity to visit a plant nursery or “borrow” plant cuttings from her sister’s and sisters-in law’s garden.

Aunty Merle was a deeply spiritual person and was profoundly inspired by St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. She spent a lot of time in prayer and church related activities. She was actively involved in the communion ministry, charismatic movement and various pray groups. My aunty had a truly generous spirit. She gave freely of her time and effort, never counting the cost, asking nothing in return. Her joy was complete in simply giving.

Aunty Merle was knocked down by a car over a year ago and after a painful recovery, in December last year, it was discovered that she had a blood disorder which destroyed her red blood cells. The doctors said it was not a life threatening sickness and we all expected she would recover fully, but it was not to be. Although she fought right to the end with great courage, Jesus called her home. A few days before she died she told my dad, her brother, that she had told Jesus, that no matter what sickness or pain Jesus lets her endure, she will cling on to Him even more tightly.

What a huge loss to us, her community, her family. One we were not prepared for, one that will take a while to register and longer to overcome. Aunty Merle will be sadly missed.

Before I end, on behalf of the family, I want to offer these words of comfort Aunty Merle’s daughters, my cousins, Trina & Romie. Mummy was taken away too soon. Your young hearts may not even comprehend it yet. Life without a parent is scary, daunting, confusing. But remember that the great love of Jesus is stronger than the love of a parent. Trust in Jesus, just like Mummy did. He will see you through.

Friends and family, your presence here today is a testament of your love and fondness for Aunty Merle. On behalf of the family, I thank you being here, for your words of comfort and your prayers. They mean so very much to us.

The Lazy Wife's Dinner

If I may say so myself, I'm actually a pretty okay cook.

Granted, I may not yet know the difference between fennel and fenugreek, understand if meat and fish curry powder really does produce difference tastes, or see why I need to distinct between green & red chilies, but well, I can whip up some fairly decent Indian dishes for my husband and I.

Indian cooking is a LOT of work though and there are days when the I abhor even the thought of chopping 1 more garlic or slicing 1 more onion! And on these days, I thank God for the the genius who invented instant pizza. More specifically, the genius who invented this!

Introducing the lazy wife's easy dinner - Dr Oetker's Ristorante Pizza!

It's just great, I tell ya! They come in 6 different topping and with a thin crust, most of which we've tried and are YUMMY! And considering that it IS fast food, it's actually pretty healthy too! And filling. And DELICIOUS. And so easy to prepare. And DELICIOUS. And cooks really fast too. And SO.VERY.DELICIOUS!

It's an absolute life saver!

P.S. - Mums, if you're reading this, we have this nothing more than twice a month, I swear!

Our Langkawi Getaway

So Sham & I decided to utilize our free stay and flew to Langkawi last weekend.

I must say, the Berjaya Beach and Spa Resort, Langkawi is a great place to stay! We were lucky, it wasn't very crowded the weekend we were there. We were told, the place the place gets SO crowded sometimes, it looks like a circus!

So thank goodness for our good timing!

We were treated with excellent service the moment we arrived. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I was very impressed.

Oh and they actually upgraded our room from the already fabulous Premier Chalet on Water, to the Executive Suite on Water!

Here are some photos of our stay...

It was a short but very memorable stay... one of many, many we plan to take!

Our First Valentines


So I got flowers and a teddy bear this Valentines.

But it was my husband taking my car to the mechanic and getting my spare tyre sorted, without me asking, that totally won my heart.

That, and the pink helium baloon my brother-in-law pinched from some restaurant to give me.

It's always, always the little things that matter :)