Sunday, February 27, 2011

snow + horses = pure bliss

Did I mention that my sister lives there?!
As in, she can step out of the front door and that's what she sees.
If, that is, she is capable of walking. ;)

Friday, February 25, 2011

random and etc.

EmilyAnnaMary Claire, and Grace
omg, prettiest and cutest identical quadruplets ever. :)
click here

Evidently, my fellow girls enjoyed yesterday as much as I did. Read what Sarah said here, and Raquel's new blogspot here. If Bee had a blog, her post would have said, "Today was so funny. hahahahahahahahhaha." Or like, "IT'S NOT FAIR ZAC BROKE UP WITH VANESSA." So that's pretty much why she doesn't have a blog in the first place. Imagine all her one-liner posts.

So generally, I don't update the blog so often, but it's like, I have SO much to say. So why try to hinder my words when I could fill a page with my beautiful words. :) So here goes. Warning: be prepared for very random, incoherent topics.

- number 1, today was pretty depressing in a way. Simply because all I got done was a Math LPT which took from 9.30 to 12pm to complete, and even then, I'm not sure I'll pass. =X and to top it all off, the room was like one of those walk-in freezers, and thus forth, my brain froze as well.

- number 2, you have no idea whatsoever how very glad I am that it's FRIDAY. :) So much to do this weekend though, finish the science book, go for "training", and apply for Honor's College at ACU.

- number 3, I still have the long Psalm 51 to memorize. No complaints though, it's one of my favorite Psalms and a constant reminder to have such a repentant and honest heart as David did. Recently listened to one of Pastor Jeff's sermons which was based on this Psalm.

- number 4, cause You're the best thing that has happened to me, and the world will never take, the world will never take You away. ♥

Have a great weekend everyone. :]

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Moments like this

It's times like this, raindrops falling on the rooftop, when I'm so grateful for life. Not that I live a fairytale life - far from it - but my blessings are far more outstanding than my problems.

Just a few days ago, as I was helping my beloved Bee in her Math, she suddenly asked me, "Hazel, are you happy to be leaving?" I thought about it before I answered her, "It's kind of like a bittersweet thing. I mean, I'm really excited but at the same time, scared." I always thought high-school would last for what seems like forever. The future is like a big uncertain territory.

The thing is, I love where I am right now. The friends I have, the openness, the community, and the faith we share. I love it when we go to parties and pray for the birthday girl as well as gather together as a body of Christ to pray for someone. I love being able to talk about issues from a Christian point of view with my peers. I love the unconditional love they have for me, and I for them. I love the simple moments that make me laugh.

Moments like today. Going to PE and playing captain's ball. (Speaking of PE, my team beat 'em flat, I scored a million goals, fell on my butt, and wished I was a guy so I could join the soccer game.) Walking to 7-11 in the rain, drinking slurpees, and overreacting over the news that Zac Efron hooked up with some girl who's OLDER THAN HIM. Having conversations about undergarments and beer bellies. Getting texts from my gals which made me LOL. :) Even doing my horrible Math is a moment I wouldn't change.. ever. Or coming home to a stack of work so high, I'm surprise I have time to blog this. But the thing is, I'm grateful for my life just as it is. Yes, with all the imperfections too.

To sum it all up, I'm glad that I, like Paul said, have learned the secret of being content. You might say, "It's different for you, you're in an easy position and life is going fine for you." but that's not true. Sure, I don't have your problems, but I have my fair share of problems as well. Not complaining, just stating. But despite it all, at the end of the day, I can smile and say, "Today was a good day. I'm happy with my life." Because, truly, I am.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 20th babies

Okay, so evidently June is a popular month and all the babies come out on the 20th of February. HAHA. So today is such a special day for so many people, that I had to have a special post just for it. (Or more like, for one special person.)

Anyway, so happy birthday to all you 20th February babies: Marcus, Mercedes, Nathaniel Sanjeevi, Wendy, JACKIE ♥, and of course...


What can I say? I've known you for almost 5 years, we've spent our teen years together, watching each other grow up spiritually and physically. (If we did even grow. HAHA.) You know me the best. I can't hide anything from you. You have the loudest voice ever, the most addictive laugh, and the biggest smile.

So anyway, this post is a big thank you for being the best friend I could ever wish for. I could list the amount of things we've been through together, but that would disrupt the secretiveness. :P Just thinking of them makes me smile and laugh out loud. 10 years down the road, I'm pretty sure our "Remember when" conversations would go on forever.

I hope you have a blast of a birthday and don't go bumping into any glass doors, or knocking down glass cups, or dealing with anything made of glass, my dear bimbo. HAHA, I love youu. :)
EDIT: There's a new edition to the ever growing big family. Yesterday, my cousin gave birth to a girl, making her my second cousin once removed. (Or something like that.) So welcome into the world, baby Qistina Anees. :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

coloring my attitude

"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up."
says Allen Klein

Monday, February 14, 2011

the littlest bits that make up life

We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19

Biggest regret on this year's 14th day of February? I'm no longer in elementary school collecting my little valentine's day cards in my handmade mailbox made for that specific purpose. I'm no longer laboring over a handful of valentines, making sure I spelled V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E correctly and that the candy is taped on the card at the perfect angle. There's no candy necklace around my neck to sneakily eat a little piece of it every five minutes. But the thing I miss most is not the candy or the cards. I miss being that carefree young girl who only knew love as the only thing it's meant to be: pure, true, and honest.

"Those were the days" makes me feel anciently old, like I'm hitting the age of 40. But truly, those were the days. Turning 17 this year makes me feel so old, and I catch myself often thinking about my good old childhood days. I'd do anything if I could relive them again. The times when I would bike around my backyard with the sister, draw our dream house on the driveway with a box full of chalk, chew on sweet grass, and talk to our imaginary sisters. The times when we'd go out and play in the snow for hours, sledding and making igloos, like there wasn't a care in the world.

My little word of advice to you is to treasure every moment you have now, because tomorrow you'll be a day older. Don't want to grow up. Instead, want to remain young. And learn to have the heart of a child once again. Learn to be thankful for the little things that makes life special. Learn to be carefree and trust your heavenly Father to care for you, just like when you were eight you trusted your parents to protect you. Learn to be so taken by the small bits of life. And always ask questions.

My biggest regret on February 14th, 2011? That I've grown up. That we've all grown up. That we overlooked the little bits that make life great. That we've lost the heart of a child. And that, maybe, just sometimes, we twist up the meaning of love. We make it way more complicated then it was meant to be. Because, simply, love is loving because He first loved. Period.

Happy Valentine's Day. :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

we'll pull through together

"The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can."
says Robert Cushing

Monday, February 7, 2011

of SuperBowls, Torres, and BlueRidgeMountains

So the Packers won, and I'm pretty surprised I lasted all the way until like 6pm before actually knowing the results. The thing with Malaysians is that NO ONE, okay I take that back, the majority doesn't even follow the Super Bowl. I completely understand if you don't follow the NFL, but this is the SUPER BOWL for goodness sakes. Even a person as clueless as me about football follows the Super Bowl.

Well yea, I go to school and no one even knows that the Super Bowl is taking place as we speak. Or at least, no one mentioned it?

I find it ironic how different cultures are. I mean, in America, everyone's probably watching the game, fan or no fan, but here people are ignorant of such a big event and are working - or still sleeping - OR caught up with Chinese New Year. I think cultures are very interesting.

Other than the Super Bowl, Chelsea played Liverpool yesterday night, and GUESS WHO WON? In my very honest opinion, I think $50million is just way TOO MUCH for a player even as great and as handsome as Torres is. So I'm pretty glad Liverpool won; it only proves that Liverpool can still survive without Torres. :p

Received my admission package from ASU today, thanks to old and faithful Fedex. :) Looks like coming Fall I may be taking a picture in front of Hazel Mountain of the Appalachians like I did 10 years ago.

Just finished Even Now by Karen Kingsbury which only strengthens my opinion that Karen is the best Christian fiction author of all times. Her books are so touching and so real. She illustrates such reality into her plots, yet there's always God the forgiver and miracles. :)

It's been a great day, and to add to the joy, I got 98% and 100% on my Math and History LPT, respectively. Gotta do some Science now, after wasting a few hours doing some very fast novel reading. ;)

Toodles. :]

Friday, February 4, 2011

what I should have said

Hello to all my faithful readers,

Well, I'm back to blogger. Got tired and irritated with WordPress, and even if it is in some ways better than Blogger, I think I'll stick to old and faithful Google. Manged to map my domain to this site, which I couldn't do for my WordPress. So in the end, it's a win-win situation.

I'm forever grateful for this Chinese New Year break; I'm loving every break from school I can get. Been lazing around, EATING, and doing work. :) Reunion dinner on the eve was nice - smoked salmon, shark fin soup, and spring chicken that are so adorably small.

It's been a slow start to the new year with so many uncertainties hanging from the ceiling. I'm the sort of girl who needs to know exactly what's gonna happen, or what's the agenda, or have everything sorted out in a very orderly manner. Slowly, I'm learning to take it by the moment and trust God to work in His perfect timing. Just a little something to ponder on. Till later! :D

Colbie Caillat - I Never Told You

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

bric et de broc


School's been quiet the last two days. I love it when it's so quiet and empty - less body heat and you can smell everyone's distinct smell. HAHAHA. It so happens that I can never accomplish work during school hours nowadays. I sit at Mr. Nicholas' desk for half the day doing a handful of Math questions and helping the others with work. Thus, the labor really begins when I get home.

You gotta love 901 sentence diagramming , people who can't write essays about Theodore Roosevelt, and 10th grade Math. Therefore, no valid complains except inverse trigonometry and polar equations. -.- Seriously, spare me. Physics makes no sense either.


Other than my amusing unproductive hours of the school day, I'm pretty glad it's CNY with all the angpaos and eating that comes with it. :) Hopefully I gain some weight. ;P The other day Sarah's like:

Haz, do you realize that we haven't grown since we met each other?!

Thankfully she's blonde and definitely got that wrong. At least, I hope so.


Well, I'm really glad for the 5-day-long weekend. Brought back 3 lifepac tests to complete. Hoo, hee. Speaking of that, I gotta prep for my dreadfully hard and tedious Math test. =X