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The small things in life in a few paragraphs and snapshots

Hello Again!

Hello! Hello! πŸ˜€

I haven’t written for a while, have I? How is everyone doing? I hope all is well and everybody is having a good start of the year. I miss you guys! A few of you wrote to me and share some photos. I was happy to read them and enjoyed the photos!

On my part, I am well. I had a nice christmas time and started the year determined to make my resolutions come true πŸ˜€ My home improvement project is still on-going. I am now working on the back part of my house. The construction guys are now working on installing a sliding door that will allow view of the backyard from inside the house. They are digging the ground too so that the patio floor will be about 30 cm lower than the house. My plan is that the floor (just the floor) looks something like this:

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Another resolution is to read 1 book a month. I had a poor reading record last year: only 8 books a year! So, I am going to improve that to at least 12. In January 2014 alone, I have managed to finish 3 books: a novel, an autobiography and a poem book. I am reading non-fiction right now, a management book on Collaboration. I have been getting sidetracked a bit, because of a new hobby I found: collecting slow cooking recipes.

Yes, I am now cooking my own lunch, a result of my gaining weight getting out of control. So, I am trying to eat healthy food now and the only way I can do that is by cooking my own meals. So far, I have managed to relatively successfully cooked Italian Chicken & Potato, Sweet & Spicy Chicken and Honey Mustard Chicken. Yeah, all chicken πŸ˜€ I love chicken. And well, I bought more than I needed last week πŸ˜€ For next week, I am going to try one of my favourite dishes: Tom Yum Seafood Soup. Ideally, it will look like this:

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You have to understand though, that I am not a willing cook, so you can’t ask me yet to try to cook for other people πŸ˜€

Anyways, how about you? What are your resolutions this year? Share them with me, if you want to. They say that if you share your goals with other people, it helps to achieve them because those people will help remind you.

Well, I am going to end this note here. Have a great weekend and Happy Lunar Year to my Chinese friends πŸ™‚

Cheers,
Grace

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Cheerful Giving Day

Hello πŸ˜€

How are you all doing? I hope you are all well and happy. If you’ve had a tough week, then I hope this weekend you get to rest and unwind. Do fun things with your loved ones. Switch off and recharge.

By the way, this Friday, I joined a small party at the office, arranged by my colleagues from Finance Department. We exchanged gifts, with a couple of ground rules: wrap it with newspaper and it cannot worth more than $5. I got a teddy-bear lamp and an umbrella! πŸ˜€ It was fun. I am pretty new to the company, so, it felt as quite a warm welcome. The thing I always prayed for whenever I crossed over to another side was that I found good friends. And so far, that has always been the case.

So, what about you? Have you marked your calendar for a christmas or year-end party yet? Well, I hope you will have a wonderful time ending this year. It has been sort of a turbulent year for me. But, no regrets πŸ™‚

I’m gonna share with you snapshots from the office party. Share yours too if you have some πŸ™‚ Happy weekend!

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Cheers,
Grace

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Sunsets In Jakarta

Hello πŸ˜€

I hope everyone has had a great week and you are now enjoying your weekend. I had an interesting week and as I write this note, I am at one of the cinemas in Jakarta, enjoying Jakarta International Film Festival. I just finished one movie, titled “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” starring Emma Watson. It is a very good movie. I enjoyed it. I still have two movies to watch, “Ilo Ilo”, a Singaporean film, and “12 Years A Slave”. I am taking a lunch break before the second movie, so, I thought I could use the time to write to you guys.

By the way, we’ve had a few days of scenic sunset in Jakarta this week. My friends on social media have posted some beautiful sunset and sky photos of Jakarta. I took a few myself, with my smartphones. As hopeless as it seems with the traffic and infrastructure and pollution, to me, Jakarta still has one of the most beautiful evening skies in the world. So, I am going to share my photos with you. If you haven’t had time to enjoy similar view, make time. Life is short. Don’t spend it all in one place πŸ™‚

Have a great week ahead!

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Cheers,
Grace

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