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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Market

I have always wanted to visit a christmas market and its something that's been on my mind for years but somehow, our travel plans didn't quite make it!

and so when i arrived here in june, i know that this year will be the year my "dream" comes through.... hehehe.

there are so many beautiful german christmas markets ....really spoilt for choice!

this year, decided to take the easy way out by going to the nearest :) mebbe next year, will plan for visits to further ones ;)

today we visited the Aachen christmas and 2 weeks from now, will be visiting the monschau one. and thank God for a relatively good weather today! no rain, no snow, not much wind... perfect for strolling and browsing. and time passed so quickly!

must say that i think we were both kind of excited by our first visit to a christmas market that we didn't take alot of pictures!! was too focused browsing all the beautiful stuff and checking out the food and drinks ;p

next visit, will remember to take more pictures!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

These are uncertain times ......

Philips to lay off 1600 workers

this is very close to "home" ..... but thank God so far He has preserved hubbie's job. however, changes and restructuring are the "norm" in this challenging economic situation so we are praying.

Everything is in His hands.

On the practical side, i guess we juz have to "count our pennies" and be good stewards of our resources and be as frugal as we can be!

aaaaaarghh..... i hate to be in such a situation! hehehehe .... reminds me of some 10 years ago when we were really tight financially after we bought the apartment and i have to think long and hard (and many times over) whether i should buy this book that i wanted to buy. and after a long time....... i had to put the book back onto the shelf! have no wish to be in that situation ever again! ;)

Once again, i have to remind myself with this passage from Matthew 6 : 25 -34

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

its snowing ....

on saturday, the first snow of the season came. it was light. here's our garden :

and today, we had heavier snow fall!! look @ our back garden now :

some pictures of our front garden :

Christmas is coming indeed!! *brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr*



Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Bundle of Joy. The Beauty of God's creation.

That's Kaira and she turns ONE on the 21st Nov!!

The last one year has really been a journey of discovery for me and also a time of learning to rely on the Lord for strength and wisdom as i take care of her everyday.

It was tough, especially the first 6 months. There was just so much adjustments to be made ..... and looking back, i can see so many areas that i can improve on but there is no turning back of the clock and I can only look forward! :)

Everyday as she grows, it really does get better and more fun! [in spite of how tired I am at the end of the day. ;)]

Thank God for the privilege of being able to be @ home with her everyday (even though, i will say this again, i think i am better @ work than @ home!). i know many who would trade places with me.

Here's juz a glimpse of how she's has grown in the last one year.

May you continue to bring joy to the people around you. And may you blossom in God's hands....for you are indeed God's beautiful creation.

We love you much.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Her First Time .....

spending 1 hour away from her parents in Sunday School!!!

Praise the Lord that it went really well and she's was a "good" gal and enjoyed herself whilst mummie and papa finally sat through the entire sunday service together!

and today, she was such an angel welcoming people to the service together with mummie and papa @ the front door! and even shaking hands with some (note : not all! cos it depends on her mood....hehehe)

back to the sunday school thingie.

all these while i will have to keep her company in the play room and initially she will stick to me and only move around "me". slowly she became "braver" and will move around in the playroom on her own, playing with the toys or watching the other kids. so i thought, maybe it is time for her to be there alone (like most of the other children). and yesterday and this morning, before we went to church i kind of "prep" her and told her that i will leave her in the playroom with the aunties and other babies etc etc.

and when i brought her to the playroom, let her get acquainted with the sunday school helper and stood up to leave, she didn't even looked for me! :) :) my baby is really growing up.

and to think i was so afraid that she will cry and kick up a fuss! nothing of that sort! hallelujah praise the Lord!

Monday, November 10, 2008

First Time on the Carousel

A couple of weeks back brought her to the Centrum where there's a carousel..... think she enjoyed her first time! altho as usual, she has her "stone" face .... always like that when she's trying out new things...hehehe....very serious look ;)

The Elusive "Flying Kiss"

recently taught her the "flying kiss" and she did it!

however, when i tried to video her and asked her to do it, she simply refuse. once i put away the video, she does it again! *grrrrrr*

managed to capture this one ..... which isn't that clear... hope to be able to catch her doing it again soon.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Weekend @ The Hague

Never thought i'd be so HAPPY to be eating DIM SUM!!!!

when we were living in hkg and having dim sum so often....i often thought to myself that i've had enough dim sum to last me a lifetime!!!!! hehehe. never thought i'd miss it.... until we came over to eindhoven. =P

today we went to The Hague, and when we saw a Dim Sum restaurant, I was like, I WANT TO EAT DIM SUM!!!!! about slapping oneself ;p and so we headed to Chinatown and found a bustling restaurant, Kee Lun and really, had the BEST MEAL since i landed here in the Netherlands ... hahahaha....ok ok, maybe its an exaggeration but i really enjoyed the lunch even though we ordered like 2 dim sum items only and 1 plate of beef hor fun **yum yum**.

we really wanted to order more for the variety but honestly, how to finish the food between the 2 of us?? so the practical side of us took over :) i muz say that these days we are more sensible...hahaha.... i think in the past, i would have juz ordered MORE items for variety sake.... =P

and so here's a picture for memory sake :)