Saturday, August 19, 2006

I have moved

I have moved to another "home" and therefore
will not be posting any more stuff on this site.
Please visit me at
There you will find personal/funny videos, my recipes,
my opinions, my photos and much much more
See you there!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Toast to our 3rd Wedding Anniversary

Exactly three years ago, on this day, we made a commitment to each other in the company of 50 closest friends and family. It was a beautiful sunny winter's day, just like today. Absolutely Perfect.

In the presence of God, our family and friends,
I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health,
in good times and in bad,
and in joy as well as in sorrow.
I promise to love you unconditionally,
to support you in your goals,
to honor and respect you,
to laugh with you and cry with you,
and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I am going Bananas...

...because

(1) Blogspot is playing up (finally allowed me to upload this luscious pic of bananas after 10 tries; yes I am persistent) and

(2) I have been deprived of bananas since Cyclone Larry ravaged all the banana plantations in Innisfail (22 hours drive north of Brisbane)!

Bananas have always been one of my favourite fruits because it tastes good, great source of energy, no fat and it is oh-so-convenient. It is great in cereals, over pancakes, in cakes, in loafs and even in curries.

It is probably one of those fruits parents enjoy giving to their children because it is fuss free except for when the child decides to squash it between his/her fingers!


Now surely, there are bananas for sale in the supermarkets and fruit markets in Brisbane you say.

Well, yes they are for sale but for the grand price of $12 per kg!

I am not calling your bluff on this one. In fact, the supermarkets and fruit markets are now selling the bananas individually (single finger) as opposed to bunches because not many people are venturing close to those bunches. My train buddy told me last week that she gave in to her taste buds and bought herself 1 small finger of banana and paid $2.50 for it! That is daylight robbery! For the love of bananas...*haiz*

Saw on the news this week that the banana plantations in Innisfail are recovering very quickly and soon, they will be local bananas for sale but to get them really cheap i.e. $3 per kg, we will have to wait another 12 months. *sob sob*

Bananas grow quickly, please....



Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Time to hit the snow fields...

Another event down over the weekend and there are 6 more to go before this office closes on 20th December for 4 weeks. I am looking forward to the EKKA Show Holiday (Queensland Show Holiday), the last public holiday until Christmas Day!

Jared told me this week that he has to clear 8 weeks of annual leave ! Didn't realise he has been so frugal with them. Considering we went away to Singapore this year, he still has 8 more weeks of leave to clear!

Goodie - I have put on my thinking hat and am planning another holiday before the end of winter (keeping fingers and toes cross). He is a very keen snow skier and I am what you would call a scream-down-the-mountain kinda gal. Jared looks like a pro on the slopes and I, on the other hand, look like a mad woman just released from the asylum with no hand-eye coordination whatsoever. You get the picture?

Despite my lack of performance on the slopes, I am still as keen as mustard to give it another shot. Last time, I had a half day group lesson and boy was it embarrassing! At the end of day 3 after a lot of falling, sliding and skis pointing up towards the sky rather than flat on the slopes, I was skiing quite alright but my lack of confidence prevented me from attempting to the next level. However, if this trip is meant to happen this year, I am determine to get it right once and for all. What does that entail? I will sign up for one-on-one private ski lessons. My objective? I want to ski down the slopes with Jared!!!!

Wish me luck, folks!

Monday, July 31, 2006

13 Differences between Women and Men

I received the following via an email and thought it best shared on this space:

1. NAMES:
If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara.

If Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut Head and Scrappy.

2. EATING OUT:
When the bill arrives, Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom will each throw in a $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want the change back.

When the women get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

3. MONEY:
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

4. BATHROOMS:
A man has five items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Marriott.

The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.

5. ARGUMENTS:
A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

6. CATS:
Women love cats.

Men say they love cats, but when women aren't looking, men kick cats.

7. FUTURE:
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

8. SUCCESS:
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

9. MARRIAGE:
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.

A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change and she does.

10. DRESSING UP:
A woman will dress up to go 4 shopping, to water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, and read the mail.

A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

11. NATURAL:
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.

Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

12. OFFSPRING:
Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.

A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

13. FINAL THOUGHT:
Any married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same
thing.

Beautiful North Queensland

I spent 3 days in Townsville (North Queensland, about 2 hours flight from Brisbane) managing a conference and had a most relaxing time.

The conference, delegates and sponsors had a great time. We had great speakers - all came away a little more enlightened. Overall, it was good.

I have only been to Townsville twice and I have to say, it is an enchanting place. It is growing very rapidly - there is construction everywhere, the people are so relaxed and the coast known as "The Strand" is most breathe-taking. That is the view from my hotel room overlooking the strand and the mountains in the background is Magnetic Island; about 40 minutes by "cat" (high speed water vessel), yes people do call that island home.

At the conclusion of the conference each day, I would put on my jogging shoes and go for a run-walk along The Strand. It replenished what that air-con had zapped out of me!

Thank you for your hospitality, Townsville!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

On the right track

What an incredible week it has been!

Yesterday evening, I was invited to a Sofitel Soiree (gathering with the largest chain of French 5 star hotels & resorts in Australia, Pacific and Polynesia) by the Chairman himself. There was only 60 of us (including the senior executives of the Sofitel group) and it was a most enchanting evening to thank "high rollers"!

There was free flow Moet champagne, various "stations" of impeccable food and dessert! I had two succulent pacific scallops cooked with butter and a splash of fresh champagne - WOW! The burst of fresh flavours was magical. Then I moved onto the Fresh Oyster station - WOW! I couldn't stop myself, I had 12 fresh oysters and they were "opened" right in front of me - it was so fresh, so very intoxicating! Next station was Dessert - I passed on the caramel soaked crepes with fresh cream and berries because it wouldn't do my health no favours. Instead, I had a 20g chocolate souffle, 1 small piece of chocolate (the size of my pinkie) and 1 small coconut and date cake (the size of my thumb). The food, service and attention to detail was incredible, to say the least. What a great night!


On the topic of health, I have kept up with my elliptical cross-trainer, kept to my food plan, etc. The result? I have lost 3 kgs to date! That equates to 1kg per week! It has been very easy - I am never hungry and what is 30 minutes of cardio-vascular when there is 24 hours in a day?!

I am off to Townsville tomorrow (2 hours flight north of Brisbane) for another event. I love regional events - they are more relaxed and intimate! North Queensland, here I come!

Yes I will be packing my running shoes with me this time...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Everything happens for a reason

To me, balance is not so much about the mechanics of what I do each day or how I divide my time, it is about how I ensure that I'm at my best so that I am able to handle all of my responsibilities. I have always had one constant belief in my life, and that is everything happens for a reason; things will always turn out the way they are meant to, and will happen at the time they are meant to - and my role is simply to stay focussed, make the most of life and enjoy the ride.

I love my life and achieve my sense of work/life balance by following nine simple rules:

RULE #1 - Honor and cherish yourself
I know that if I feel better, I am abke to be a better person and therefore a better daughter, wife, aunty, daughter-in-law, friend and businesswoman. To honor ourselves is also about acknowledging our basic needs as human beings. Key to my sense of balance is knowing that I need, deserve and should strive for: Love, Physical wellbeing, finance abundance, emotional and spiritual balance, an understanding of my life's mission and purpose, realisation of my potentialand the opportunity to inspire others to work towards theirs and continual growth through learning.

I recognise these as needs, rather than desires, then I don't feel guilty for pursuing them. As basic needs, I simply must make time for them, no excuses.

RULE #2 - Accept that there is no perfect balance
Accepting that there is never an ideal wor/life balance has made my life so much easier and helpe me to shift my focus to learning how to deal with any challenges that arise.

RULE #3 - Family
At the heart of everything. Wthout so much as a blink, when my family needs me everything stops. Nothing is more important to me. No matter what else I achieve in life, it pales into insignificance in comparison to failing my loved ones.

RULE #4 - Perspective
Unless you keep a perspective on what you are doing and why, you end up living to work. I need to be well-organised, and I do mean painfully well-organised down to what we will be eating for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner for the week. As important as it is to plan, it is just as important to be realistic with your time. Every night I do my 'to do' list for the following day, and the first thing I do when I'm finished, is halve it. Then, I look at each task and ask myself if it is in my best interests to do it, and how much it will cost me and ask whether I'd be better off delegating the work to someone else.

The balance to all this organisation and planning is in being able to tune out and just enjoy the simple things.

RULE #5 - Laughter
Keep a sense of humour and remember the power of laughter. I laugh everday, not just a giggle, but a strong belly laugh.

RULE #6 - Gratitude
I send out gratitude every day because living with gratitude creates more in my lige to give gratitude for. This is my favourite part of balance. I have a gratitude diary in which I try to write something that I am grateful for every day, it might be the beautiful weather or even when I get to the train station on time. I know that eevern those days I wish I hadn't gotten out of bed (when everything goes disastrously wrong) are still says that someone somewhere would aspire to have.

RULE #7 - Friends
I love, respect and value all my friends. They each have different attributes that I have learnt from. By keeping the company of cheerful and energetic friends, we can feed and motivate each other.

RULE #8 - Multi-task
As the traditional 'gatherers', multi-tasking is something that women can do that drive men insane because they perceive it as chaos. This is a key feature of balance that brings it all together for me and makes everything work.

RULE #9 - Let go of guilt
It is plain obvious. I know that I cannot create the life I want while I am holding onto the past or avoiding facing my dears. With everything that happens, we can choose to take either a positive or negative approach to it. I could have easily chosen to hold onto the past, but I choose to focus instead on the positive, on that fact that my life has been blessed with so many magical experiences. I have also learnt to be grateful for all the negative things that happen by placing them in a positive light. This is the only way to truly let go of the past.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What are your values and rules for yourself?