So in love

These photos make up for last night’s scare. My glue gun caused a power trip and when we weren’t convinced, it did so by showing me a huge spark.

Thank God my home and all the crepe paper around the glue gun were unharmed.

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WHO YOU SAY I AM

I fell in love with this song when I watched several Hillsong church services on Youtube, and been obsessing with this service’s rendition:

Next to Brooke Fraser, I love this worship leader and everytime I listen, I hear a beautiful voice that brings me into loving worship of my wonderful God.

Blooming

About 2 months after I thought of a name for my paper flower brand, PaperBloomsSG, I find myself struggling to keep up with orders from my close friends. They’ve been so supportive and sweet to request paper flowers from me.

I’m still working on my production system – it’s easy to do 1 or 2 and perfect them, but in bulk, the control is more difficult to be consistent.

While that’s an ongoing challenge, here’s yesterday’s fringe flower, a bunch I tied up for a friend (who got 8 sets from me!), and the big bunch that I’ve worked out over the past few weeks. Immanuel’s guitars as props for the bunch and props for our living room.

Get my hygge on

On our recent trip to Bangkok, I saw a book at Kinokuniya (while Immanuel had the time of his life browsing through countless books, and buying a few) which talked about the Danish notion of happiness.

The author, Meik Wiking, who is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute wrote in his Litte Book of Hygge, about the concept of hygge (pronounce hoo-ga), something that some Danes think is uniquely Danish. While I’m not too concerned about whether it is unique or not, I sure want it.

He describes it as a ‘hug’, somewhat ‘intimacy’, which is generally ‘cosy’. Quite an abstract concept that many of us feel in various settings. Fireplaces and candles are the epitome of an experience that’s hyggelig. 

As we build our home in this season of our lives, Immanuel and I seek to keep our home like Kanra (Japanese minimalist), but with loads of hyggelig nooks for books and snuggles.

The Power of Introverts

As I write this, I’m listening to Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. It’s an insightful read (or listen) on how introverts can and should be valued. It strokes my ego in ways that could be totally factual. I’ve always wondered why I prefer to ‘shy away’ from crowds and prefer not to make small talk, even though I have learnt to do so.

I love people, yet hate them. I don’t like isolation but like being alone sometimes. Doing my own business at home hasn’t been entirely easy. I look forward to my scheduled social gatherings with my close friends, like never before. I make sure I don’t go overboard and yak non-stop when Immanuel comes home from work.

I’m still listening and it’s still good but does get dry at times. Introverts or extroverts – everyone is woven intricately and differently.

But one fun fact that I got was that Pixar’s campus is really cool and seems to satisfy both personality types.

K.cook

One of our weekday lunches. I’d been having a few of these since the year has been moving slowly for me. I thank God for having so much time to meet the special people in my life, and also the money to enjoy such lunch dates.

We initially wanted to try ShiLiFang steamboat at Orchard Central, but changed our minds as the queue was too long.

I walked down a little and saw a Korean BBQ place. To be sure of the spread, I asked to take a look at the meats first. The thinly sliced beef and pork got me but the spread was pretty extensive.

The lunchbox above was the cherry on top that would make me come back for more.

There was this interesting somen/meesua look alike noodle which I mixed up with the fish soup, on the right of the photo.

On the left, there was jjajang sauce but I couldn’t find the thick squishy noodles so I decided not to go for it.

As I took this photo of the many condiments available, behind me was even more – the mandatory sliced garlic, sliced onions and spring onion with the soy sauce, salads, fruit, pumpkin, more salads, lettuce and so many other cold dishes that I didn’t even get to try as I was busy filling myself up with the meats.

The meats on the left were so-so, but look at that fridge full of thinly sliced pork and beef! This place has topped the charts for a wallet friendly Korean BBQ lunch for me.

Only $20 per pax (3 for around $59). There was a time limit of 2 hours which we didn’t hit, and a last serving at 2.30pm which we didn’t need.

K.cook Korean BBQ
Address181 Orchard Road, #07-01, 238896
Mon-Thu: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Sat-Sat: 11.30am – 10pm

Sesame or dragonfruit

This trip to @ninanailsg got me some dragonfruit nails.

Even though the strange design left me feeling a little quirky, I just had to have it. The blue and pink turned out little too ‘bubblegum pop’ but with the strange dots and textured grey next to it, I became quite happy with it.

I love that A and I both have this in common: a need to venture into the uncertain art-ish future while protecting time with those we cherish.