Friday, 15 February 2019

Create Happy Moments


My usually quiet house turned chaotic during the recent one-week school break. The girls were here, my four grandgirls. Having them around can be hectic but fun.

Eat. Play. Sleep.

Extras for me. Cook. Bake. Wash. Clean.

They seemed awkward trying to catch up with my whizzing way of doing things. I appreciate but I would rather do them myself.

I am pleased if they too have the love for plants and flowers and all things nature, but what a pity they don't have trees and hibiscus plant of their own . . . you get deprived over certain things when you live in a condo . . .

The day before they arrived I baked and decorated a cake. A simple one but took hours to its completion. It was a struggle to get the desired result of having thin icing coating without the cake crumb showing. 

You see, I don't want to feed them with too much sugar and fats . . .

The birthday girl was more excited over the Rapunzel than the cake itself. That ear to ear smile showed how pleased she was - " this's my best birthday ever "-  very clever to make hearts melt . . .

Then there's the beach which is always calling. 

Everybody likes to go to the beach, why it's because of the freedom one feels amidst the waves and the breeze. That expanse of blue water is always luring.

Okay then, to the beach!

It is difficult to put in words the feeling of seeing them rushing towards the water with bursts of excitement. A beach is a happy place.

Meintheswim doing freestyle

So you soak and swim there until satisfied or until the skin on your fingers and toes turn wrinkly and white. 

At the beach getting part of your body buried in the nice but carrying back the sand to the house is a no-no.

So more splashing and spraying and enjoy making rainbows before getting into the house.

I should give credit to myself for being able to juggle the different activities to entertain and to provide to their needs. I whizzed through in the kitchen while still in my swimming attire to prepare food. Even simple food tastes great if you are hungry.

Quiet. Good nap, everyone. Recharge for the evening jog.


Good sleep in the night.

Capture those happy moments; store them in your memory box!


Sunday, 3 February 2019

Two In One

Hi everyone

Got this hibiscus plant in the garden for a long time. I have been waiting and waiting. At last, it comes.

As you can see there are like two blooms joined by a structure I do not know what to call it :) What part of the flower is that?

The second one hanging on to the first. Must be heavy for the stalk to hold I think that makes the whole bloom to face downwards.

Peach double bloom hibiscus

The picture below is the bud of the bloom earlier on. The bud was pointing upwards,  well only straight.

The aphids are attacking the plant even before the bud opened up. Looks like I have to cut away the stem and may have to sacrifice future blooms and for the sake of its health. Or should I wait for all the buds to open?

At the time of writing, alas the stem was already cut off. the condition was too bad.

Happy gardening.

Meet again at next entry.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

A Happy Encounter

It is not always possible to sight many of our avian friends if we remain static and don't travel a great deal to find their sanctuary. And that is me, only hoping for a chance encounter in the vicinity of home. 

Judging from the sound you hear, that is if you recognize them, you know they are around, but the creatures are nowhere to be seen.

Perhaps when they make a show you are too busy with your many other chores and so you miss them. It is usually the case.

Or it may be that they come out at the hours when your vision and the visibility are not at their best, eg at dusk.

Or maybe we are just walking like the zombies, straight ahead and blurred whereas the birds are perched high up at the top of trees. How could we see them?

The other day I caught a glimpse of the elusive one. I really thought so. I was not sure. I was under the tree,  the foliage over my head was quite dense.

Surprised and unexpected. On the next day as I opened the kitchen door, I saw someone was tapping on the cempaka trunk. It was just there. So near.

So my mind was not playing tricks on me the other day. It was really the woodpecker. Maybe there is a nest somewhere.

Maybe she? he? had separated from friends and got lost. And coincidently found a way into my humble blog.

Woodpeckers from afar (Pic taken last year)

Cheers and happy birding.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

What Makes Me Happy

Hi friends

Life as a retiree can be monotonous, quiet and unchallenging. Worst is when you feel unuseful and people regard you as a spent force. You won't be happy. You sulk.

You could uplift your spirit by joining the pensioners club or the local women's club where you can meet people and make friends, mix around and can do things together. I did that when I first retired but later found it to be quite demanding and furthermore, there is the family duty. You somewhat do not have control over your own time which I think defeats the very purpose of retiring. How could you be happy?

Happiness is when your life is not being dictated by whatever. Happiness is doing things on your own accord. Your choice. Your wants, your likes, be it something serious or light and frivolous like hobbies and pastimes. Every little moment of happiness you experience will add up and extend to lifetime happiness.

Besides if you are happy you make others around you happy too.

What I do to keep me happy . . . let's share a thing or two.

Play tennis

What happiness can playing tennis bring to you except the heartache of losing? Hey, I am not a professional player okay. Just a recreational player playing in the evening. Winning or losing is not the matter though winning can make you feel swell haha. 

What is there to be happy about hitting and slapping the ball with the racket? Of course, there is. You can vent your restlessness and boredom and discharge all your bad mood from your system. What matters at the moment is tha-a-a-t ball. Concentrate. Stay focussed. If you hit a winner after a grueling rally you will be hysterically happy. That's the joy of tennis.

You are also happy to be among friends who are ever so polite to you. Whenever you say oh sorry, my silly shot; its okay, comes the reply. . . what they muttered under their breath, you don't hear, alright.

After a satisfying game, the feel-good factor lingers and carries over to your home. 

Play tennis and stay happy (picture by G)


Swimming always makes me hungry but not making me feel guilty to gobble up foods I like and therefore swimming makes me happy :))

I don't get distracted by a younger swimmer in the next lane. I pretend not to get disheartened if a kaypoh asks the obvious, why I swim so slow :/ You are not competing, right?  You are just relaxing and enjoying the water.  Be calm and stay floating.

A good swim can put me in a good mood. Good mood is contagious. 

That's me "sleeping" on water 


When out of favor in the workplace, people are forced to go on garden leave. There you go, only fit to work in the garden. How sad is that?

Hey, I am not in that situation, you know, it's my choice, I like to garden. I like to tinker around in my small yard garden. I like the challenge of reviving a half dead plant. How can you not be happy to see a miserably small aglaonema grows into a beauty after a few months under your care?

Baking and cake decorating

If you think this is hard work despite just being a hobby, yes, I agree. 

The baking is not so time-consuming but the decorating is. But this is the most enjoyable part. Get creative with the fondant and frostings, feel like a child playing with plasticine or squishy :)) You can do what you like. If there are no roses in your garden have them on the cake :)

My decorating the cakes can take hours and brings confusion to the whole kitchen. It may cause stress but if I can successfully fulfill a promise to friends on time I would be overly happy to hear their ooh and aah . . . despite the imperfections, I know they pretend not to see :)


Blogging is like a chat time with friends, talking and storytelling and sometimes a little bragging and sometimes trying to be a little poetic and philosophical haha.

Whether what I write readers appreciate or not I am not sure but I hope you dear readers, feel entertained and don't feel wasting time reading them.

So far I have happily posted two hundred over entries since I started and wanting to write more. Usually, it is the photographs that spark ideas in me. I like shooting photography and I have quite a big collection of images in my picture file.

Of course, I know what kind of pictures I produce, quality wise. Frankly, I do not know much about photography. If there is no digital thingy and we still using Kodak films like in the old days I would be wasting a lot of films. And I have stopped trying to use my old DSLR camera, rarely used anyway. Susah-lah. Thanks to my Superzoom Nikon Coolpix 900, a souvenir from Japan I received more than two years ago from daughter. I can take pictures of a subject from a distance without much fumbling.

Ha ha hah do you dare to get closer?

As for the writing, I try my best to use correct words to express my thoughts but; oh my English! I hope you understand :)  and that would make me happy.

   Ok friends will stop here. happy blogging, we meet again in the next entry.

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too"
- Anne Frank