Dec 7, 2012

'Tis the Season! (and updates)

Woah. Time flies so fast and it's December already.
And I'm honesty, frankly, seriously excited about it.

Stuff I have been up to:

1. BL Conferences! I gotta post about that when I get the pictures from the photographer (: We had such an awesome time with the girls that came over from the States. They were such a BIG blessing to us! Check out their blog here.

2. Belting out random Christmas songs to get me into the Christmas mood.

3. Studying like crazy at home and wishing I was at church helping out at VBS.

4. Praying that God will help me minister to unsaved people this Christmas 

5. Finding time to update this blog--and I did! (:

6. Indulging in *occasional* snacks.

7. Practicing choir songs and loving how the front colors are so pretty <3

8. Decorating the house--making it Christmassy.

9. Looking at Prissy's (and her team's) decorated cakes and foods and loving them (;

10. Anticipating Christmas gatherings with friends and family 

And did you notice I've gotten a new blog look for this Christmassy season? And the snow? Plus that Christmas countdown at the bottom of the blog? :D
Hope you like it because I took like forreveerrr to get it right :P

have a great week. and an awesome, Christ-centered upcoming holiday <3


Nov 20, 2012

(De-)Baty Workshop

It has been a longgg time since I last posted. And yes, I'm partially ashamed of myself.
So I suppose I should do the normal thing most bloggers do and apologize for being busy over work (which is true, albeit an excuse too commonly used), etc.etc.etc. The truth was:

1. Creativity level had dropped sufficiently
2. Laziness to create a post had increased substantially

You might be interested to hear that these^ have gone in opposite directions since I realized beginning of November that this place has been rather silent-ish.

And to support my claim, we have three drafts of posts sitting there staring at me. I have been trying to keep this blog updated and such--I haven't  abandoned it ^-^

Anyways, the most interesting thing I've been up to is the Raffles Debate Academy (RDA) John Baty Debate Workshop held in Raffles Institution. 

[Another name that Mr. Baty says people call him is De-baty. Catch the pun? Or was it even one? :P]

Wheww it has been an experience, getting to know other debaters from school and all.

Yes, it's challenging and yes, it's really nerve-wrecking to hear your name called and you're like, "Um. What?" But homeschoolers have done awesome so far :)

And then there's this debate on Friday. Well, to be specific, 3 debates. 2 prepared (topic only given on maybe Thursday? >_>) and 1 impromptu (>_> x10). I'm like stressing out that I'm gonna embarrass myself, mumble and panic. Which is most likely normal for debaters, even experienced ones, so gotta overcome that :)

Praying soooo hard that these debates go well<3


Oct 3, 2012

Of Cupcakes and Icings

I just realized that it's already October. And that I haven't posted anything since um 12th Sep. So, this is the most random and photo-filled post I think I have ever done (or ever will do) that I ramble about what I did sometime ago. Be prepared. (:

We cooked/baked the other day (more like 2 weeks ago) during culinary course. For the savory dish, we killed crabs and then steamed them. It was an epic experience, although I don't really love seafood (:

But we baked! My first time baking in a really longgg time. Dark chocolate cupcakes + vanilla buttercream frosting = just awesome.

What I iced.

I had fun icing it. And although it looked cool enough, there are some other kids' cupcakes that were wayy more creative and pretty than mine (;

I think this is Sean's x)
Love this color combi :) All happy colors.

And...this is probably Noel's :)
So cleverly designed so that the eater can have the maximum amount of icing x)

And finally, the cutest cupcake I saw was this [by Natasha].
Aw. So sweet, ain't it? (;

I didn't get to take the other kids' cupcakes, but they were all equally amazing too!
And we had lots of fun. This was a fun break from school work to come and whip up a few dishes (:
*special thanks to Rachel for allowing me to use her camera  :)*

Hope your week has had a fabulous break like this!


Sep 12, 2012

School has started.

And wouldn't you believe it.
It just seemed like last week when I completed my final subject test and then danced for joy.

But summer was good(: So many enjoyable memories and epic times I had. Family outings, debate camp, DNA labs at SC, making and guzzling food, crazy meetups with friends, helping out at church...and now another school year begins. It's really overwhelming at times when I think about it.

All said and done about summer, I have I feeling that I'm gonna enjoy this school year. That is, if I work hard and keep up-to-date with all the work (: It's all about good time planning and responsibility {and all the parents say "amen" ^-^}

GOAL: to try my best, work hard and glorify God in all that I'm about to undertake. And to rest in the strength that only He provides (:

I'm praying that this new school year, will bring a new happy, epic, awesome, superb experience.

Aug 7, 2012

Ramblings and Catchups

I've been really busy of late. Not necessarily with school work, considering that it's summer break *yay*, but more with all those extracurricular activities and some summer work, and the list goes on. Can you believe that I haven't even had time to bake those delicious-looking macaroons ): sad.

Which reminds me that I have a sorta longggggg list of things that I have to complete. Oh the most fun-est one that I think I'm gonna enjoy the most has to be the apologetics speech (answersingenesis) on the human body.

First, I love the topic.
Second, it makes my job so much easier to do an apologetics speech on a topic I love.
Thirdly, I love doing powerpoint presentation.
Fourthly, I love presenting stuff when I know what I'm supposed to say. yep, I'm not too good at impromptus. my ICC (Institute for Cultural Communicators: speaking group) team can testify to that (;

So all these + the fact that I have almost a whole month (ample time) to leisurely prepare and memorize = the bestest, funest apologetics speech ever. *silent cheer*

(I think I'm getting pretty good at rambling)

Another exciting thing to look forward to is the DNA sessions we'll be having at the Science Center (: The last session we had was on forensic science and boy, it was super extremely cool. 
We worked on a real case that happened really long ago. Task was to find out who the murderer was by using the blood samples found at the crime scene. In addition, I was having a perfectly hilarious time amusing Prissy with my oversized lab coat, causing her to either have two reactions: glaring and me and telling me that she'll get in trouble for laughing too much, or stifling the squeal.

The upcoming two sessions will be on bacteria, health, protein purification, and whatnots. Sounds realllyyyyy exciting (:

As I'm doing all these science-ish stuff, it's always so interesting to relate it back to the Scripture and the awesome Creator.
For the human body apologetics speech, this verse is such a good reminder:

Jul 17, 2012

God, thank You.

God, thank You for loving me.

Thank  You for giving Your Son.
Thank You for your grace.
Thank  You for being an awesome God.
Thank You for each and every day.
Thank You for providing for all I need.
Thank You for your guidance.
Thank You for your mercy.
Thank You for my family.
Thank You for my life.
Thank You for being my life.
Thank You for rain and shine.
Thank You for being there for me.
Thank You for each breath of life.
Thank You for friends that encourage.
Thank You for nature that manifests Your power.

God, thank You for everything.

Jul 13, 2012

Time to bake

Something on my to-do list for next week. A little bit ambitious, I know, considering that I haven't baked for the longest time. But still it feels good to have a goal to work towards ;)

I'll probably try Martha Stewart's recipe, with the Swiss Meringue Buttercream or just simple raspberry filling. Those French macaroons in the picture look real yum. That's the factor that usually spurs me to bake anyways. The end reward :)

And if I do manage to bake one that looks and tastes decent enough, I'm gonna try my best to perfect it so I can bake it for special occasions. Sounds good ;)

Do you have any good French macaroon recipes, tried and proven true?

God bless your week~

Jul 12, 2012

Garden joy.

Taking photos like crazy in the garden :) And this is one of the results. Glistening dew, sunlight filtering through leaves, fresh morning breeze – one of my favorite times in the day before the busy-ness of life catches me up again. It’s so rare that I get a chance like this to photograph the flowers [in fact, I took this photo a couple months back] and I really love it when I can :)

“The earth [is] the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.”
[Psalm 24:1-2]


Jul 10, 2012

Hoo goes there?

Whoever you are, welcome to this blog, a collection of our thoughts on life, femininity, photography, music, modesty, and such :)

We really hope that you will find something on this blog that is interesting, encouraging, or fun to read for you:) And until the next post, au revoir!

[If you were one of those have read/were reading our previous clothed with scarlet blog, we just wanted to let you know that we have "re-started" the blog. Due to reasons such as the fact that it was getting really messy and stuff :)]