Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pregnancy milestone

For the first time today, 7th May 2017, I saw my belly move from the baby's kicking!

Upcoming milestone - 14th May 2017 - my first Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Placenta brain

Had a blonde moment today which I think is attributed to the "placenta brain" symptom of being pregnant. :D
Don't know what got into me last night but I was so certain that this weekend was Mother's Day. As I had not bought Mom a gift (yet), I frantically searched the Internet for online flower delivery services and hastily made an order for a nice big bouquet of flowers to be delivered to Mom today. I thought it would be nice to surprise her with flowers while she's at BB in church with all the kids. Even rushed to compose a sweet note so that it can be included with the bouquet. I was so pleased at myself Friday night for being able to make such a last minute arrangement work. 
Saturday afternoon came and while on the drive home from the market, it suddenly hit me that Mother's Day is always on the second Sunday of the month! My supposedly sweet surprise is 1 week too early! How could you be so silly, Ally??!!
I can't believe I only realized it 15 hours later....

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Gold Award & BB Juniors' Canteen Day

A day of BB good news. :)

Found out that the Gold Award applications for the 6 kids that I coached and submitted last year got approved, with no rework required. Phew! A BB record for sure - of the highest number of Gold Badge recipients per batch since company inception in 2001.

Then, found out that Squad 1 (my squad) won first place for the BB Juniors Canteen Day!

So proud of them kids.

The nooooodle stall  

The girls' masterpiece

Kai Wern's masterpiece - so impressed with his 3-dimensional pepperoni spaghetti idea and mock-up!

Goofing around before the competitive sale begins

Sales pitch in progress....

Young entrepreneurs and hagglers ;p

These are the little things I'll miss about BB when I start my sabbatical leave. :(

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The frailty of life

It is not the years in our lives that count, but the life in our years.
It is not the duration of our lives that count, but the donation of our lives.
Thank you, Sir Loh - for investing in me; for seeing the potential in me when no one else did, for always pushing me to conquer my fears and insecurities when I was a teen. Thanks to you, I had the opportunity and confidence to deliver my first public speaking at the age of 16. Thanks to you, I had the exposure and opportunity to worship lead in BB and in church. Thanks to you, I had my first taste of event planning and management at the tender age of 16. Because of you, I had my first missions exposure to Cambodia. Because of you, my teenage life was enjoyable and memorable. And that has made all the difference.
It broke my heart to watch you laying lifeless when I've always known and seen you to be so full of life.
It is a privilege to have known you and be mentored by you. You've changed my life. I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for your mentorship, faith and encouragement. Your memories and legacies will live on through the lives of those you've so faithfully mentored.
May you rest in peace.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

So weird how this sponsored ad popped up on my feed.
This is one shirt worth getting. Hahaha!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Baby bump @ 16weeks

Prior to being pregnant, I have always had idealistic expectations of what my pregnancy journey would be, being the planner and perfectionist I am. I'd imagine myself taking baby bump shots every month, every trimester, documenting everything well within a photo journal, early shopping for pretty maternity wear and monthly progress on the purchase of baby items.
Life's been so hectic (maybe too hectic than it should be) that I've only had time to take my first baby bump shot at 16 weeks, and that, an amateur selfie shot!
Note to self: Get it together, Mayyi! Being a mother requires lots of discipline - to pump, to feed, to cook, to pick-up the baby on time etc. There's no room to slack! Stop working late hours and stop putting work first - get your priorities right! Be the supermom the baby deserves.

On a side note, I now appreciate how skinny I used to be, as I start to put away the clothes I can no longer fit. The saying's'll never truly appreciate what you have until it's gone. Not just size, but every other component of life....

Friday, February 10, 2017

happy birthday.
i wish you knew how much i still think about you every day.

be happy.

Friday, December 30, 2016

And He keeps giving....

A greater work opportunity, answered prayers, a new chapter in life ....

Thank you, God - for being real to me, for blessing me with so much more than I deserve.

18122016 - confirmation day!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Would you take that leap of faith?

Questions I ask myself every time I get to "crossroad" moments in life - "What is my purpose? What are His plans for me?" I find myself asking these questions again today, being at a crossroad; undecided on the path that I should take next; for two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both, knowing how way leads on to way, being a traveller, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth. O the wise and timeless words of Robert Frost.

There's been an internal opening for the position Asset Commercial Lead. I was asked today if I was keen in applying for the role or to be included in the list of candidates as they are in the midst of shortlisting potential candidates for the role and apparently a few people have brought up my name in the conversations as a good candidate and that the role could possibly be of interest to me.

Commercial exposure/experience would definitely be a means of meeting the long-term goal. But it's a stiff competition. There are other potential candidates being considered and I have zero commercial experience or knowledge. Plus, there's just a tonne of things to do in aviation safety next year and how could I give up my cosy doorless corner office? It was only wise to consult the Boss with my dilemma. "I may not be selected at the end, but should I just give it a try? Would you encourage and support me to try/test my luck?" Yes he said, along with a dose of encouragement and optimism, that I stand a very good chance at it.

Would you take that leap of faith? of thrusting yourself into the unknown, letting adrenaline to solely be the driver? Why must the thrill of soaring begin with the fear of falling?

But fear, I shall not.

Beginner's luck

3rd December 2016; 5pm - a first to remember. My first dart game in 30 years of my life and winning! And hitting the inner bullseye! Victory never tasted so sweet. A major miracle (or beginner's luck) considering how bad my aim was/is. 

Proof I ain't lying!