Wednesday, September 29, 2010

.: The Room I Wanted, But Never Had :.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

.: T Minus 95 Days :.

I believe there is some truth to this saying:

A woman marries a man hoping to change him and more often than not, he won't.
A man marries a woman hoping she won't change and more often than not, she does.

The thing is I don’t think I wouldn’t wanna change JC once we are married – so the only way is to start now. And I got like about 3 months plus. Teehee.

My life has been pretty much mundane recently (not that it was that upbeat and interesting to begin with, but you get my drift). It’s either bout work, the house renovation or the wedding preparation. Blogging, photography and baking have taken the back seat as the more ‘serious’ stuff takes over the wheel. Sometimes, it can be very overwhelming. But as I look back at the 9 months of this year, I realize that I have accomplished so much; much more than I thought I could possibly manage. I never thought I survive thru the financial year end deadlines of this new company I am working with, but I did – with a few battle scars of course, but still survived nonetheless. I never thought renovation of our house (yes, I've became the “US people” according to Yin) would even start; but not only did it did, but it’s almost done now. I never thought that I would ever plan, organize and manage my own wedding without troubling others much and turning to this legand-wait-for-it-dary Bridezilla; but with the grace of God and favor upon my side; I did (with only a couple of Bridezilla appearance).
It has been a really challenging journey. No one knows all the frustrations and disappointments that I had to endure, the sweat and tears, heartache, anger, frustration all bundle up into one. The moments that I lost it and just broke down and cried for no direct reason.

The only thing that has kept me sane and going is (as cliché as it may sound) the support and love of people around me. Now, it’s T minus 95 days to go before I regain my (almost) normal life back again!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

.: Twentyone Tables + Terrace :.

Went to Twentyone Tables + Terrace in Bangsar Shopping Mall today for lunch with the family.

The six of us had the MyDeal Lunch Promo Set (will explain more MyDeal in the next couple of post) consisting of start me (starters), fill me up (main course) & finish me off (desserts).
After placing our order, we were served some almond slice bread and some capers in between two slices of bread.

First, the started arrived. The six of us ended up ordering ALL the five choices of starters they have in their menu (and a repetition of Spicy Chicken), which are;

 Twentyone’s Salad with Strawberries, Leaves, Grapes & Lemon Dressing
 Salad Of Marinated Tomato & Mozzarella & Basil Coulis
  King Prawn Spring Rolls with a Sweet Chilli & Tamarind Dipping
 Spicy Chicken, Papaya, Tempura Spring Onion & Sesame Seed
 Deep Fried Potato Salad With Anchovie Aioli & Cured Salmon.

We unanimously agreed that the Spicy Chicken was absolutely tasty, with the different texture of the chicken bits, fried spring onion, crunchy unripe papaya slices and a delightful tinge of sourish sauce (no regrets of repeat order for this dish). We also love the Prawn Spring Roll, especially it’s tangy and spicy dipping sauce. The Fried Potato Salad & Mozzarella Salad is also equally good and generous in portion, but we felt that the humble TwentyOne salad is quite a let down.
Next, comes the fill-me-ups.
 The Malfadine Pasta with Mushroom Sauce, Braised Beef & Cherry Tomato was again unanimously agreed as the best dish served.

 I personally find the Penne Tubes with Pesto Chicken & Tempura Eggplant lovely, especially the texture of the crispy tempura.

The Prawn Risotto with Basil, Tomato Salsa with Red Curry Sauce is also delish, with generous portion of big, fresh prawns.

The Spaghetti Aglio Olio Beef Bacon with Garlic Mushroom, however is nothing to shout about, perhaps this simple dish is being overshadowed but the other more flavourful and textureful main courses we tried today.

Aside from this, there are another two items on the menu that we didn’t order (since none of us wanted to have sandwiches) which is the Chicken Sandwich Wrapped with Tortilla & served with Shoe String Fried and Sandwich of Hake Fish Tempura with Cheddar Cheese & Tartare Sauce. But from the looks of this dish served to our neighbouring table, we reckon that it would be worth a try the next time.

And finally, we came to my favourite part – DESSERTS!

With only three desserts to choose from, we had two of each;
 Passion Fruit Mousse with Mixed Berries & Caramel
  Dark Chocolate Ganache with Dark Chocolate Cream, Lemon Curd & Chocolate Soil
Mango Puree topped with White & Dark Chocolate Foam.

Being a person with sweet-tooth and a chocolate addict, it would be bias for me to say that the two chocolate dessert is my favourite. But I am still going to say it. The Passion fruit dessert however, is a tad bit to sourish for my sweet-seeking tongue, but this chilled dessert is definitely refreshing.

With a freee choice of coke, sprite or ice lemon tea accompanying this three course lunch meal, the cost end up to be RM45++ per person.
But with coupons purchased from MyDeal, it only cost RM26 nett per pax.

Worth it no?
Anyways, the family enjoyed today's late lunch, with nice cosy ambiance overlooking the city of KL from the third floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC), I reckon this place which is also a bar comes night, would have a beautiful night skyline of KL city.

Also, we were served by two very polite waiters and I was particularly impressed with the level of service provided.

Should you be interested to have lunch (or after office drinks) here, the address is as below

Twentyone Tables + Terrace

Level 3 Bangsar Shopping Centre
285, Jalan Maarof
Bukit Bandaraya, Kuala Lumpur
T: 03 2287 0021

Thursday, September 23, 2010

.: A Man, Son & Donkey :.

Aesop's Fables or Aesopica refers to a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. His fables are some of the most well known in the world. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today.

When I was descibing to JC the other day over the issue of consulting various parties of the Chinese wedding traditions, I said "To follow each and every comments/ideas they have is like likewhat of the story of the Man, Son and Donkey."

"The Man, and-what?, and-what?" replied the somewhat childhood-deprived (he doesn't seem to know any cartoon, nursery rhymes, etc) husband-to-be of mine.

So I enlighten him with the below story:

A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: "You fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?"
So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: "See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides."
So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn't gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other: "Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along."
Well, the Man didn't know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the Donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: "Aren't you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours and your hulking son?"
The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey's feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.
"That will teach you," said an old man who had followed them:
"Please all, and you will please none."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

.: Giveaways In September :.

Another round of giveaways that I am gonna enter!

Don’t you all just love generous giveaway-ers! :)

Blog : Pink Dolly @ 
Deadline : When reach 100 followers
*I am so liking the cute pink bow*

Blog : MaquilageMasstige @
Deadline : 1st October 2010
*totally MASSIVE giveaway!*

Blog : FunnyFaceBeauty @
Deadline : 10th October 2010
*I am excited to get naked, erm, I meant "Urban Decay's Naked Palette"*

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

.: The Art Of Persuasion :.

Everyone has little tactics for getting what he or she wants. Some use seduction, others beg, while there are those who use plain-old intimidation. But you don't have to resort to unseemly methods to get your way.  The power of persuasion rests on getting people to do what you want willingly, resulting in a win-win scenario for everyone involved."Can't get your employees to meet deadlines or your husband to walk the dog? Then these 10 secrets are for you.

1. Start things off on their behalf. People are more likely to be persuaded to complete a task if it's already been started for them,. Next time the dishes need to get done, try cleaning the silverware, then asking if your partner wouldn't mind finishing the job.

2. Use the magic word “imagine.” I know it'll be a late night, but can you imagine how relieved we'll be if we get the job done before going home? This tactic paints a vivid picture in the person's mind of the pleasure if she/he does—or the pain if she/he doesn't—do what you asked, says Lee.

3. Stress their losses. Can't pry your hubby away from Sunday sports for a trip to the beach? No problem. Rather than guilting him into it with complaints about needing more "quality time" together, remind him that he's passing on one of the last days of summer. We’re more persuaded by the thought of losing something than the thought of gaining.

4. Be the first to give. People are psychologically conditioned to return a favor. And, instinctually, we've known this one all along—i.e., if you buy the first round of drinks, they'll buy the second. So think of doing the initial good deed as an investment. In turn, people will feel compelled to do things for you.

5. Ask for more than you need. People feel a sense of guilt when they refuse a request. If the second request (a.k.a. the real request) is something they can afford to comply with, then they'll grab the opportunity. This is a tactic kids know well: Can we go to Six Flags? No? OK, so how about the pool? The second request gives freedom of choice, like an escape route. They'll feel relieved, and you get what you want.

6. Make them laugh. If you want to be more persuasive, work on your sense of humor. And, if I can persuade you to laugh at a particular point that I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge it as true: People generally laugh at things when, for one reason or another, they identify with them.

7. Drop the “I” for “we.” Studies have shown that the reassurance of 'we' is more productive in persuading people to compromise than other approaches, including the threatening approach (If you don’t do this, I will) and the rational approach (You should do this for the following reasons). The use of "we" immediately conveys a sense of belonging, commonality and support: We've worked through this before; we can work through it again.

8. Rely on the majority. Energy reduction studies show that households are more likely to reduce their energy consumption if they see their more energy-efficient neighbors’ utility bills. When persuading, point to evidence of what others like the person you are trying to persuade are doing. After all, when making decisions on our own, he explains, we likely survey the scene for reassurance anyway.

9. Use the positive labeling technique. “You did a fantastic job with this—I’m sure you'll do even better next time.” One of the most powerful principles of persuasion rests on a person's need to remain consistent with his past actions. People are more likely to be persuaded to behave in certain ways if they have acted that way before—and it has been noticed.

10. Time your request. People are most persuadable immediately after thanking someone, and at their most persuasive after being thanked, so it's the perfect time to ask for a favor: My pleasure. In fact, I was hoping you might be able to help me out with something, too.

Modified from Woman's Day

Friday, September 17, 2010

.: Happiness Doubled, Sorrow Halved :.

When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow.
- Romans 12 : 15 -

Thank you Lord for unravelling this passage today; that I finally understood why was I made to feel this way.  I humbly ask that as I continue to share the world's joy & (especially) sorrow, let this not become a burden that I have to carry alone. Lord, let this be by Your strength, Your grace & Your wisdom to use me as a tool, in small measure, to enter into worldwide suffering through my continueous prayers, givings and involvement. Allow me, O Lord, not be easily discouraged and distracted from serving You with my giftings in this area.

All this in Jesus precious name I pray, Amen

(Peter Pithy Pointers 2)

.: Kids Say The Darndest Things :.

Today, I accompanied JC to his piano practice at church. The SS14 cell was having a potbless there and Uncle Jimmy & Aunty Jaime's kids was around.

And since Uncle Jack was worship leading this Sunday, he& his whole family came along.

Judith (Jimmy & Jaime's youngest daughter) was showing me off her Mr & Mrs Potatohead  *absolutely fun stuff*. She was just so adorable, having innocent, naive conversations with me. And when it was time to go back, I made her pack back Mr & Mrs Potatohead by saying "JuJu, faster go pack your toys. If you leave it lying around, Aunty Nancy (our church administrator) will pack and bring back home." She quickly packed it nicely into their own individual box, and looked at me with those innocent eyes "Ok, pack already. I will bring back so Aunty Nancy cannot bring back." *lol* Well, I wasn't technically lying to her, coz if she didn't pack up & if Aunty Nancy won't bring 'em home, I will so be glad to bring 'em home for myself.

Samuel, Jack & Angie's younger son was also another adorable creature to watch. He was so enthusiastic in playing his invisible guitar/drum and so full of energy as the worship team practice. And when Uncle Jack suddenly stop the team, to check what key they were playing, lil Samuel stopped instantaneously (like musical statue!) and looked around innocently and confused.

Lateron, when the energy ran out (finally) he snacked on a piece of biscuit (his fav food as I ALWAYS, without fail see him with a piece of biscuit every Sunday when he is around). He was carrying a bright yellow Ikea saucer. And when it was time to lock up the church & leave, mummy asked Samuel "Samuel, where is the plate?" He gave a very confused looked.

Trying to be more clear, mummy asked again, "Where is peng peng (biscuit in Cantonese)?"

Again, a confused look, slowly replace with a grin as he pointed with both hands to his mouth.

We both laugh as mummy said "Yes, I know peng peng in your stomach, but where is the plate?"

Anyways, if anyone finds a bright yellow saucer at some nook and corner of SLS, please let Samuel know that his peng peng plate is found! :)

Words cannot describe the joy and delights in spending time with these lil kids.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

.: Giveaway : Makeup :.

Looking for fantastic giveaways that you just can't resist?

Try this out, blogger Dutchess Roz is having her very own first giveaway to celebrate the fact that she has hit 300 followers! Click to find out more! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

.: Weekend Wedding :.

I attended my high school friend’s wedding during the raya holidays. It was my (unfortunately) first time being a ji mui. But fret not, unlike the bridesmaid, who’s role is usually entrusted to an unmarried relative of friend, there is no such ruling for ji muis. Means plenty of chance for me! :) Having said that, I have witness a married friend who became the bridesmaid for her best friend, so heck with conventionalism! *I have NOT been a bridesmaid before, still waiting for my best friends/cousins to get married and invite me to be theirs*

Her wedding turned out well, for most of the parts, but I felt that it could have been more organized.

I have taken notes, and here are a few tips that I would like to share to all brides-to-be:

1) Ensure that your ji muis arrive on time. To do that, make sure
i) give them a wake up call on the day itself (an much earlier for those who would take longer time to bath, make-up, dress-up, put on shoes, you get my drift)
ii) always give them a time 30 mins earlier than when you expect them to be there. with such, even if they are late for 30 minutes, they are still ‘on time’ according to your schedule

2) Ensure that you inform you aunties-uncles who are involved in the tea-serving (“chum cha”) ceremony to also come on time. Again, refer to 1) ii).

3) Ensure that you have enough fuel in your bridal car. Nothing worse that to drive you car all decorated and looking wedding-sy to a petrol kiosk. And to make your whole bridal entourage to wait at that. Tsk,tsk,tsk

4) Entrust someone to do the final run on the wedding day itself. It’s a day for the bride to sit back and relax and enjoy the moment and for her trusted friends/family to do all the worrying and running. I have yet to identify the trusted someone, but to not overburden anyone, I will divide into three – one at the tea ceremony, one at church and finally one at dinner.

5) Always apologize the next day, for there may be some parties that may feel offended for you may have accidentally ignored them, and things to that line. Not many may understand the stress that you are undergoing and to not greet, talk, smile, take picture, etc with each and everyone of them does not mean that you’re being arrogant or something to that line.

6) Always expect the unexpected. No matter how much you plan, how down to the nitty-gritty of things, it will never completely work out they way you have planned! *a note to myself coz I am having problem letting go and feel that I will most likely be running about in my wedding dress & shoes doing the last min touch up here and there, but I know I shouldn’t*

So let’s just see other brides to be attending my wedding make such notes too :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

.: Project Castle : We're Nearly Home :.

We are (almost) there!

We are now finalising the selection of the paint colour. Am so happy with the tilling workmanship when we drop by last weekend (except for a few ones which required rectification)! PTL that all went so smoothly & there wasn't a budget overrun as much as I have anticipated!

My parents house (wow, I have to use "parents" coz I already have my own *so proud*) is now filled with all the misc items I have bought over couple of warehouse sales. I have my Kenwood mixer (bought from Harvey Norman warehouse sales in Atria), my Tefal pots & pans (from Tefal warehouse sales in Atria) and my Rubbermate tupperwares & such (from DKSH warehouse sales).

Most likely can start furnishin it in a week or two from now!
*happy feet does a happy dance*

Thursday, September 9, 2010

.: Katherine Hepburn Brownies :.

A mini break from my self-impose hiatus from baking after much abstinence (I really can't help it anymore)!

I've decided to try out (yet) another recipe in search for the perfect brownies recipe. And this one looks quite promising as I patiently wait for it and upload the recipe here in my blog.

This recipe is adapted from my immediate boss sister in law's food blog Sugar & Everthing Nice

Katherine Hepburn Brownies


4 oz bittersweet chocolate (113gram)
1/2 cup cocoa powder (60gram)
1/4 lb unsalted butter (4 oz or 113gram)
1 cup brown sugar (110gram)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 ts vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (30gram)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Handful of lightly roasted & crushed walnuts (optional)

1) Preheat the oven to 325 F (or 162 C).
2) Butter baking pan
3) In a heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate with the butter over low heat, stirring until completely melted ala Bain Marie method or you alternatively, you may opt to use the microwave.
4) Next, stir in the sugar, coffee, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
5) Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk well.
6) Stir in the flour and salt and mix well.
7) Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes

Let's cross our fingers (and toes) and see how it turns out.

The texture of the brownies of this recipe is not as chewy & chocolatey as how I would like my ideal brownies to be. It was moist, but abit crumbly, plus there was way to much cocoa powder in this recipe. Nonetheless, the smell was absolutely lovely, and it just brings back the nostalgic joy of baking.

I am going to cheat a lil and bake a couple of more stuff. Starting with the basic cupcakes, and the challange is to perfect the topping recipe as well as the piping technique.

Or perhaps try another brownie recipe posted in my friend's blog.

Or perhaps both! :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

.: Song About Cebu :.

One of the reasons I heart teaching Sunday School, aside from the joy & love the kids bring, I get to watch VeggieTales.

It is so entertaining for the children (with positive message behind each story, some with biblical reference) and for the adults alike. I personally think the adults will enjoy it more, with silly rhymes (like the Silly Songs with Larry), subliminal jokes (like a family of grapes that are foul & nasty - know as Sour Grapes *lol*), etc

Well, my church pastor, Ps Peter was laughing at me & my cousin as we sat on the children's stool, watching this episod, laughing our heads off! :)

A good breather from the emo encounter on Saturday.

And, a song for your entertainment....


What is a Cebu?

Well, you will just have to watch to find out! *wink*

Saturday, September 4, 2010

.: Defeated :.

I don’t remember the usually bitter red pill tasting as sweet as it did today. Promised myself that I shall not revert to my old ways, but somewhat the temptation is too strong. The offer for an easy way out to slowly numb myself and temporary halt the over capacitated neurons is far too good to resist. They often say that the truth hurts, but what hurts even more is unravelling the truth behind those lies. Am not sure if I am living in two parallel worlds, to a point where I fail to objectively distinguish between reality and imagination. Obviously one have to be truth, and the other just a lie, a vision, a dream, a fantasy. Eventually, it is my entire fault that I allow myself to fool myself into being delusional. Where buried deep down inside, flimsily locked away somewhere in my conscience, I know that it is not.

What is real? What is The Truth? Am I really a conscious decision? Or merely a second choice? Is it really forever? Or just a temporary solution?

I’ve battled darkness like this before. It was a long and exhausting fight but somewhat I manage to claim victory. But I know that this is only a temporary victory as one day I will be back into the battlefield and facing my mortal enemy once again . Today was that day. I fought hard in today’s battle but only to be crushed, trampled and defeated as the spiral of darkness took over.

Tomorrow is another battle altogether. But tonight, I have no choice but to drift away from the light and let darkness and void blanket me into a deep slumber.

Friday, September 3, 2010

.: Project Castle : Home Is Where The Heart Is :.

We are nearly at the tail-end of Project Castle. The kitchen extended, walls hacked, repiping done, rewiring done, the installation of alarm wires & air cond wires done, plaster ceiling up.

Now its for the retiling of the whole entire house, plus a fresh coat of paint, plus the built-in cabinets and we are nearly there.

Throw in a bed, a couch, a TV, a dining table, some knick-knacks here and there and I would have myself a cosy, lil place I soon to call home.

Again, I wanna give all thanks & praises to God for overseeing this whole project. It is only in His mighty hands that this process when on relatively smoothly with just a few minor but managable hiccups along the way.

Can't wait to have a place I could call MY HOME!

.: White? Or Black? :.

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"

"Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life."

The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So why is the groom wearing black?"

.: Catch Of A Lifetime :.

There was once an 11-year-old who went fishing every chance he got from the dock at his family's cabin on an island in the middle of a New Hampshire lake.

On the day before bass season opened, he and his father were fishing early in the evening, catching sunfish and perch with worms. Then he tied on a small silver lure and practiced casting. The lure struck the water and caused colored ripples in the sunset, then silver ripples as the moon rose over the lake.

When his pole doubled over, he knew something huge was on the other end. His father watched with admiration as the boy skillfully worked the fish alongside the dock. Finally he very gingerly lifted the exhausted fish from the water. It was the largest one he had ever seen, but it was a bass.

The boy and his father looked at the handsome fish, gills playing back and forth in the moonlight. The father lit a match and looked at his watch. It was 10 p.m. -- two hours before the season opened. He looked at the fish, then at the boy. "You'll have to put it back, son," he said.

"Dad!" cried the boy. "There will be other fish," said his father. "Not as big as this one," cried the boy. He looked around the lake. No other fishermen or boats were anywhere around in the moonlight. He looked again at his father.

Even though no one had seen them, nor could anyone ever know what time he caught the fish, the boy could tell by the clarity of his father's voice that the decision was not negotiable. He slowly worked the hook out of the lip of the huge bass, and lowered it into the black water.

The creature swished its powerful body and disappeared. The boy suspected that he would never again see such a great fish.

That was 34 years ago. Today the boy is a successful architect in New York City. His father's cabin is still there on the lake. He takes his own son and daughters fishing from the same dock.

And he was right. He has never again caught such a magnificent fish as the one he landed that night long ago. But he does see that same fish...again and again...every time he comes up against a question of ethics. For, as his father taught him, ethics are simple matters of right and wrong. It is only the practice of ethics that is difficult.

- James P. Lenfesty -

Thursday, September 2, 2010

.: A Traditional Chinese Wedding - More Updates :.

I am trying to gather as much info as I can on Chinese Weddings & Customs.

As much as I am a Christian, I am also a Chinese, hence I should include some of the Chinese customs & traditions (as long as it does not conflict with the Christian principles).

Below are some sites which I was referring to, perhaps to serve as a reference for those who are planning to get married soon. *hint*hint* :)

+ Complete Wedding Guide For Your Chinese Wedding
+ Chinese Wedding Culture, Custom & Tradition
+ Chinese Wedding Planning
+ Traditional Chinese Wedding Custom
+ Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka, Hokkien & Haianese Customs
+ Wedding Rituals

.: Investment Banker :.

Now you know what JC does as an investment banker! :)

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."

The American then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The American then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?" To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years." "But what then?" asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said that's the best part. "When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions?...Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire, move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

.: Letting Go :.

Here's a story of a little girl.

One fine day, she went to a market with her mum. She saw a very beautiful plastic pearl necklace that she really really liked it very much. She begged her mum to buy it for her but her mum told this little girl to buy this plastic pearl necklace with her savings. And she went home determined to buy this plastic pearl necklace so much. Day by day, she will not spend a single penny of the pocket money that her mum gave it to her, she put in a great effort to save money.

After a week, she managed to save enough money and happily, she bought the plastic pearl necklace by herself without the help from her mum.

She was so proud and happy that she wears the plastic pearl necklace to everywhere she goes. It was such a joyous moment for her that she could never stop smiling when she looks at herself with this plastic pearl necklace. Every night before she sleeps, she will make sure she takes it out and put it safely and nicely under her pillow.

One night, her father got home from work and went into her room.
He asked, "Darling, can I see your pearl necklace, please?"
And the little girl proudly took it and showed it to her father.
Then the father asked, "Girl, can I have your pearl necklace?"
And in split seconds, she took her plastic pearl necklace back and said,
"But dad. I like my necklace so much, please don't take it away from me. Please."
The little girl was almost in tears.

The next night, her father came into her room again.
Again he asked, "Darling, can I see your pearl necklace?"
With a little reluctance, the little girl took out her plastic pearl necklace and showed it to her father.
Once again her father asked, "Sweetheart, can I have your pearl necklace please?"
Sobbing, the little girl replied, "But daddy, why do you want to have my necklace? I really like it a lot. Please please please don't take it away from me."
With a smile, the father left the room.

On the third night, the little girl's father came into her room.
And gently he asked, "Darling, can I see your pearl necklace?"
Tears rolling down her cheek, the little girl took out the pearl necklace and showed it to her father.
Her father asked, "Baby girl, can you please give me your pearl necklace?"
The little girl began to cry to hard and so helplessly, she said, " my.....pearl neck...lace a lot...PLEASE...DON'T...TAKE...IT...AWAY...PLEASE!!!"

Finally on the last night, she sat up on her bed with the pearl necklace in her hands.
Crying and sobbing so hard, staring at her plastic pearl necklace, waiting for her father to come.
When her father did come into her room, she said with tears all over her cheeks,
"Daddy, here is my pearl necklace." Her heart ached with pain.
Her father smiled gently at his little girl. He took the plastic pearl necklace with his left hand.
And with his right hand, put into his pocket.
Her father took out from his pocket a real, genuine pearl necklace and wore it on for his baby girl. She looked so beautiful and the necklace shines on her.

In life, it is very often that we find it very hard to let go of the things that we liked and loved so much. But this little girl, she let go one of the things that she loves with so much pain and sorrow in her heart. Let go all your worries, submit them to God. It's never a walk in a park. But then, God always give us the best in our lives. Our greatest treasures are stored in the heaven, waiting for us.

And all I have to do is to put all my trust in Him
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