BYE 2010, BYT 2011! Happy New Year everyone!!!

I met up with a friend  just over thursday and he asked me, :”Wow girl, have you got hair extensions? Your hair’s so long!” Well, its my real hair that has grown out lol.  The one thing I could get in 2011 is a trim, but I’m kinda liking it. Well this long hair of mine has been with me since 2010 started till now, every recording, every show, every day. I am not cutting it just yet, it reminds me of what I cherish for all that happened in 2010.

2010 has been a great year.

A year that gave me the gift of meeting you through my music. I thank you for opening your hearts and letting my music into your world, for walking this road with me. It was the same year I decided to end all that juggling a day job and working on my demos till 4am in the morning days that lasted two years and embarked on that leap of faith to pursue my dreams. At the start, some days felt like I was a lone ranger at sea but my heart and love for music whispered to me to have faith and sail forward.

The path of music ain’t easy but ask me anyday and I’ll still tell you it’s the one thing I love and will keep doing.

In 2010, you brought meaning to all of this.
Thank you for your love and support. I hold this dear to my heart, meeting people from different countries, and walks of life, and being able to share my stories and music with you. You are the very reason I wanna give my very best into this.

2010 sent me guardian angels…
who have helped me in so many ways, in support, in love, in care, in friendship.

In 2010, I didn’t learn how to bake…
but my muffins (Muffinrenes, my Singapore FanClub) were formed :)

2010 makes me cherish the reason why I started writing songs, and why I love to sing
when you tell me《明知我愛你》sings of how you feel, or how 《手中線》gives you the space and courage to remember those you love that have left you.

2010 reminded me that life is short
when I lost a friend, and a relative.

2010 made me want to continue to encourage..
those who have dreams to go for it, and that we have one life so make it count.

2010…I give thanks to the wonderful things that happened.
To be a singer-songwriter was something I’ve always worked towards but didn’t know if it would come true. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get to release my debut album, your support, media support and recognition for my music in the form of two awards and four nominations for <55:38:7>. I am so thankful and encouraged, and I will continue to work hard.

2010 taught me the importance of relevance
that sometimes we’ve got to go easy on ourselves and celebrate things that matter in life. And for whatever or whoever or whichever that brings you hurt and unhappiness, leave them behind because they don’t and should never matter to you.

2010 has shown me how family and friendship gets better and better.
That we may be busy with our lives, that we may not have time for hardly anything, but family, friends, people who love you are always there for you. Cherish them.

2010…I had a chance to give
and I’ll hold close to heart how powerful the act of giving can be…there is much happening around the world, there are hungry children on the streets without a roof over their heads, that there may be people who need prayers and hope. Give.

Thank you for the great year, 2010.

We may be different, but we are same. We all experience ups and downs at different points of time in our lives, but I’ve always believed there is a fighter in each of us, and we all have the power to shine in our unique ways, and at some point, some where, some time, you have and will continue to touch someone in someway.

This year I am doing away with a string of new year resolutions.
For 2011, I am gonna live by one line:

Be Brave. Be You. Be True and Live like a Rainbow.

Happy new year, my dear friends. I wish you a happy, shinning 2011.

Merry Merry Merry! Ho Ho Ho!

Merry Christmas everyone :) This one’s for you.
I love this time of the year. I love that spirit in the air, a time to celebrate love, friendship, and the spirit of giving.
Oh, and enjoy all that food (but try not to recall what you ate haha!)
And may all we good little children be blessed a million zillion times!
Ok peeps! I’m running out now to do some serious last minute shopping! Wheeeee!

朋友们!时间过得好快!又是一年了! 昨天录音后回到家, 想亲自给大家送上祝福, 所以就开了电脑很快的录了一小段的Christmas Carol. 祝你有个幸福,快乐的圣诞节!

Letter to Santa, Barbie world domination and DIY Gift Bows

Dear Santa,
I know you will be busy raining Barbie Dolls to excited little girls around the world this time. I hope you’ll have the time to read my letter. This year, I am gonna be a good little kid, and do something for our trees. Will you give me a huge present? All I ask for is special powers to help me get rid of my insomnia. Pretty please?


Image obtained from internet

Sometimes we spend all our time searching for the right Christmas presents but when it comes to wrapping, everyone’s present is wrapped like everyone else’s present, after queuing for hours at the complimentary gift wrap counter !

Be different this year by making your own DIY gift bows, they are fun to make, look way cool, and you’ll be doing something for our environment! (p/s: This post is also a response to fans who requested to learn how to make these DIY gift bows when I presented another DIY craft on XINMSN in Jun. )

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I first learnt to make them from a site called “How About Orange”, but thought it would be Werry Merry to explain these steps in Mandarin for our friends from overseas, so I did my own a step by step with photos below.

圣诞节快来临了!你是不是在忙著为朋友和家人购买礼物呢?上次拍环保节目的时候, 有些网友给芝麻留言, 说想学如何用旧杂志制作礼物结 。今天就在这里和大家分享这个又环保,又好玩的手工。这也是第一次用华文解释手工的步骤, 所以如果写得不好,请多多原谅喔!

READY???? 開始了喔!

What you need / 材料:
1. Old magazines / 旧雜誌
2. Scissors / 剪刀
3. Double-sided tape / 双面胶贴
4. Stapler / 钉书机

STEP 1
Select 1 or 2 pages from old magazines that you would like to use for this craft.
Tips: It will be good to have a color scheme in mind, and either go for pages with minimal text or the extreme, depending on the look you want.
先翻阅旧杂志, 然后按照你想要的颜色搭配,把适合的几页撕出来。

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STEP 2
Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, each 2cm wide
接著把旧杂志剪成九条纸条。 每条宽度是2cm.

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STEP 3
Trim the strips following dimensions provided in the diagram below.
根据以下的图和尺寸, 将各组的纸条剪好。

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STEP 4
Take a strip, form a loop at both ends as per diagram below and hold it in place using a stapler.
在纸条的两端各制作一个环, 形成 如以下图所示的8字形。 然后用钉书机固定中间 。

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STEP 5
Repeat the same step for all strips in Group A – C.
For Group D, simple shape the strip into a circle and secure it with a stapler.
为A - C 组的纸条迳行一样的步骤。将 D组 的纸条捲成一个圆圈, 然后用钉书机 固定中间 。

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STEP 6
Now, we’ll form the layers. Take the strips in Group A and lay them such that they are evenly spaced. Secure with double sided tape.
将A 组的纸条形成像图中的模型。 用 双面胶贴固定。

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STEP 7
Do the same for Group B and C. Finally stick the loop (Group D) into the center.
为B - C 组的纸条进行一样的步骤。 最后将之前为D组制作的小圆圈固定在中间。

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FINALLY!
And you have your finished product! And remember to give us a shout over here when you’ve tried it! 美丽的礼物结完成了!是不是有很大的满足感呀!试过的朋友记得在这儿跟我们分享喔!

p/s: This craft was learnt from “How About Orange“! Do check out their other lovely DIY crafts!