Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Have you learn anything from your little one today?

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I was looking at this picture of my son trying to reach the beutiful lights at one of the hotel during our stay in Bali. He is trying very hard, looking, aiming and jumping, stacking cushion and tip toe-ing.... however refusing me to help him.

I wonder how much me, as an adult, being this persistent and have "never-say-die" attitue. Not only children learning from their parent, but parent learning from their children.
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After he managed to touch one of them.
He smiles to me in satisfaction, almost like saying "I won!".

Have you learn anything from your little one today?

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Beautiful for Thee

I am striving to be like this woman on Proverbs 31. I have seen few friends (Abbie Nicholson and Clare Lazenby) following a great example of her.



Who can find a virtuous woman?
For her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil
all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants' ships;
she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night,
and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it:
with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength,
and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:
her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle,
and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth our her hand to the poor;
yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry;
her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates,
when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it;
and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honor are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously,
but thou excellest them all.

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands;

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Monday, 29 March 2010

How a 3 year old be guilty of coveteousness?

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I wasn't even dare trying to read his mind!

Friday, 26 March 2010

Spring is FINALLY here!!!

Isn't that exciting?
Stay tune for some spring picture, including blenheim palace in spring... enchanting bluebell woods, daffodils spread, and hopefully the majestic keukenhof tulips.
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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

What happening recently.

I am on blogging strike again, let's blame it this time due to so much fun we have at home nowadays that I completely forgotten I have a blog to maintain!

On weekend, my husband and his mom rose early to pick up his dad. Yes, my father in law will have a taste of 2 weeks boring British life. To be frank, boring British life is better than boring Jakartan life whereby we are much dependent on supir (driver) and safety (can't go out late at night).
And on the way home, my poor-sleepy husband forgot to fill up the tank and our Yaris, even with excellent mpg fuel consumption, still refuse to go on with 0 fuel on it's tummy. So, he called RAC (thank God road rescue works on Sunday!) and all of them including my exhausted-jetlag-bored to death after 17 hour journey father in law.

Okay, so the line up plan will be Oxford for tomorrow, and London on Thursday.

Other side of updates is due to my current housing situation as I will be renting out our current home and move to smaller village with smaller house. I figure out it takes so much effort to clean up victorian apartment and the cost to heat it up while there only be one and a half person living in it.
But this plan consist not only one paragraph the way I like it. We would have to remortgage our current house under buy-to-let (we are not allowed to let a home with residential mortgage), and then later on to buy/rent another smaller house.

Meanwhile, I think I have to sort out meeting the letting agency, plus planning for our spring break in Europe.

Then just adding to the juice of life, working permit regulation has changed again the 5th time in my 4 years here in UK. I can see clearly that Phil Woolas is either really hard to pleased or a guy who love to change his mind. The main change is to reduce the income point so in order to qualify for working visa one need to earn much more than it used to be.
The joy of living as immigrant! Fortunately, there is a small print to say that old timer like me is not affected by the new regulation, so I can exhale in relief.

Lastly...Please pray for us, hopefully our head still be intact when we are done with them all. Thank you.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Experiencing AYANA resort, Bali.

Sorry, I did broke my promise. I have to post another forgotten pictures from our trip in Bali.
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During our stay in bali, we did a 1 night holiday in Ayana (formerly Ritz Carlton), Jimbaran. They have a excellent private beach, few great swimming pool, and few excellent restaurant. It's also a great wedding venue and has been well known to be the best spa in the world. (Note, the following 2 pictures is not mine.)

Spa on the rock... (if you willing to pay USD 300++ for 60 minutes you are most welcome here).


Below, ocean pool. The water taken from the ocean, and therefore salty!
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Ayana's private beach. However, I reckon during the high tide and monsoon season it's dangerous to swim here.
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Not very clear to me what he is doing!
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The hotel is surrounded by big pond.
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And another swimming pool.
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Ocean pool at night.
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And if you see carefully, there is a restaurant sitting above the rock, and on the tip of it (further right on the ocean) is a romantic dinner venue just a couple per night.
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Random images of the life orchid inside my bedroom.
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And if you curious how the bedroom looks like, check this out. (not my picture).


You can go to their website : http://www.ayanaresort.com/en/resort/ to check up for the latest promotion.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

In EVERYTHING give thanks!

My life recently hit a rollercoaster ride. As you seen on my previous entry, my husband accepting a job in Boston Consulting Group, one of the best consulting company to work for.

"That's sounded teriffic!".

Well, if only it is in BCG London then it will all be well. Unfortunately, my husband was offered to be sent to South East Asia region as we are the native speaker there.

At one point I was relieved to see my husband had a good job, great company (most of his colleague is christian), and I will soon be able to be a mother who picks up her children from school, coaching school work and iron the laundry. At the other point I don't know what will it be like to live abroad...alone...and having only to see my husband few times a year. God does hear my prayer, only He granted 80% thereof and not 100% as I asked.

I might never comprehend why there is something I wished for that didn't come to concrete reality. But thanks be to God, through virtual world He gave me some friends that will encourage me and reminding me what He had in store for me. Here is extracted from "Love in the Loveless World". (Thank you for the author's writting, it has blesses my heart greatly).

So, how can you be thankful in AND for everything?


1. Remember that God is God... Philippians 2:13 "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."


2. Know that God will never leave you... Hebrews 13:5 "Let your conversation be without covetuosness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."


3. Be patient... Psalm 27:14 "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the LORD."


4. Have faith that God will not waste your experience...Philippians 1:12 "But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;" Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."


5. Don't dwell on the "what if's"... Mathew 6:34 "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."


6. Remember this world is not our home... Hebrews 13:14 "For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come."


7. Remember thanksgiving isn't always meant to be easy; it's a sacrifice of praise. Hebrews 13:15 "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."


8. Pray, pray, pray... Philippians 4:6,7 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."


9. Know that God will give you what you need... II Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" Philippians 4:13, 19 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me... But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."


10. Finally, be a blessing to others, share your testimony... Hebrews 13:16 "But to do good and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."

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Monday, 15 March 2010

Winchester Cathedral

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Winchester Cathedral at Winchester in Hampshire is one of the largest cathedrals in England, with the longest nave and overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.
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It is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Swithun and is the seat of the Bishop of Winchester and centre of the Diocese of Winchester.
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Nowadays the cathedral draws many tourists as a result of its association with Jane Austen, who died in the city and is buried in the cathedral's north aisle of the nave. The original 19th century marker gave reluctant praise for her writing ability. Interestingly her gravestone makes no mention of her as a novelist, for which she is now best known. Most of her novels were published after her death. Much later a more descriptive marker about Austen's talent was placed on a nearby wall.
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Another reason for its popularity is that the cathedral was the setting for works of fiction by Anthony Trollope, for example, his novels of 19th century church life known collectively as the Chronicles of Barsetshire.
In 2005, the building was used as a film set for the The Da Vinci Code with the north transept used as the Vatican. Following this the cathedral hosted discussions and displays to debunk the book.
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The crypt (below), which frequently floods, features a statue by Antony Gormley, called "Sound II", installed in 1986, and there is a modern shrine to Saint Swithun. In addition there is a bust of William Walker, the deep-sea diver who worked underwater in the crypt between 1906 and 1911 underpinning the nave and shoring up the walls.
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Friday, 12 March 2010

Welcome to Boston Consulting Group

Reference : Vault Ranking, the most prestigious consulting company 2010.
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Reference : Vault Ranking, the best consulting company to work for 2010.
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Yes, I am very proud of my husband. Beating against all the odd, and even when the people from Oxford University career service had told him that Boston Consulting Group consultant profile does not fit him. He work hard and put his best for those nerve wrecking multiple round interview and he got his dream job!
He just accepted the offer from Boston Consulting Group will be starting this autumn. I reckon he has a lot of catching up to do with MBA's graduate, but Praise the Lord for he is GOOD.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Nammos & Jimbaran beach

Here is my picture from trip to visit Karma Kandara.
Karma Kandara Resort is a Bali holiday resort occupying a spectacular cliff top high above the Indian Ocean at the farthest extremes of an elevated limestone peninsula at Bali’s southernmost tip.
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Above, view from Karma Kandara to Nammos Beach club. You had to pay 250,000 IDR to get in if you are not their villa guest.

Karma Kandara Bali is blessed with the most exhilarating views imaginable- a seemingly limitless vista of ocean and sky, 180 degrees of blue on blue brilliance. Each Bali villa rental residence comprises two or three pavilions with roofs of alang alang grass or sirap wood tiles, framing an infinity pool and garden courtyard complete with timber deck. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom, while the living rooms of our Bali villas are open plan, comprising fully equipped kitchens, lounge and dining areas.
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After looking at Karma Kandara, it's time to induldge in seafood I've been craving for. So we head to Jimbaran Bay!
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Located on Bali's west coast - Jimbaran offers a small secluded beach area, where tranquility and peace are the perfect antidote to a stressful world. The land gently slopes away from the beach revealing exclusive celebrity haunts hidden under a canopy of leafy tropical forest.
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You can drop by to restaurant called Ramayana, it's served one of the most delicious fresh fish and chilli crab I ever eat. Finger linking good!
And after that, be rewards with the spectacular Bali's sunset.
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Hopefully this will be my last post about Bali!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Unconditional Love

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam.

He called his parents from San Francisco. "Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I've got a favor to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring with me."

"Sure," they replied, "we'd love to meet him."

"There's something you should know," the son continued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mined and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us."

"I'm sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live."

"No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us."

"Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live on his own."

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him.

A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there's someone who won't treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us!

~Author Unknown~

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Monday, 8 March 2010

Decision

People said life is full of decision, and those decision made who you are today.
I reflect on how true it was. Few days ago, my husband and our family was yet thrown into another choices. I am not complaining (even if it does sound a bit like it), if fact giving thanks that the Lord is so good for opening the door of opportunity.

When people are worried about their job, or struggling to look for one. My husband on the other hand get offered not just one or two, but three! But none of this 3 job are 100% like what we wanted, but I won't complain as the Lord knows all three are the best for my husband and our family. Inbetween the jobs there is possibility that we might need to leave our town, or even to leave UK altogether. There is so much unknown at the moment, like the future for our UK residency, what to do with our mortgage, and when exactly to leave, where will my son's school be or should we just stay put in London.

As for now, we just live for day to day, and trusting God he'll help us to make the best decision. Even when that means goodbye. It will be hard, but it will be worthed.

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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

How I wished to have a studio in my home!

Did this pictures over the weekend for christian friends of ours. After struggling so much with props and light, we finally come out with it. Thanks for the beautiful model of the day, Audrey, who is so cooperative, sweet, and inspiring!
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