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What seemed like a terrible start to 2012…

Published February 27, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, Hope this post finds you all well. Sorry I haven’t been writing lately been super busy with things. What’s happening in my world..well, unfortunately Pandabear’s mum passed away on 16th March – it was indeed a very sad day for all of us having seen my mother in law deteriorating in hospital was one of the most difficult thing to go through. I’m thankful to God for allowing me to go through this experience again as it made me realised that I was able to cope better with losing a loved one again. I was also thankful that Pandabear’s mum was surrounded by her husband, inlaws, children and grandchildren what a blessing it is…

After the funeral, Pandabear’s relatives came and stayed with us for just over a week. I have never had so many people living in our house – There’s like 8 people in our house (including Pandabear and myself) and nearly every night we had Pandabear’s siblings coming over for a meal…really thank God for giving me the strength to cook,clean and prepare all sorts of things – without God we indeed can do nothing… 🙂 The relatives left on Saturday and can I say how I really appreciate my ‘alone time’!! Some peace and quiet in our house and some personal space things that I have taken for granted and made me realised that this is indeed what’s going to be when we have kids….chaos and noise!!

Though it seemed like a terrible start to the year 2012, I am ever thankful to our Lord for giving me the strength to carry on with my long 4.5 hours weekly saturdays Japanese class. I have also purchased a digital piano – yay 🙂 and I have found a nice male piano teacher – his name is called Eugene…I’ll be having my first piano lesson when I come back from my overseas trip…how exciting I’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano…

Baking and cooking wise, I have been experimenting quite a few recipes – successful ones includes lemonade scones, orange cake, chiffon cake and my hokkaido milk loaf…sorry one of these days I shall post some photos…I have been actively using my thermie as well which is great there are still so many recipes to go through but so little time…I hope I can resume back to more cooking when I get back…

Till then take care…

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Mid Life Crisis??

Published February 22, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy readers…most of you would have noticed by now I have been very slack in uploading any photos. Sorry 😦 I guess the novelty of blogging has worn out on me. But I’ll still try my best to update from time to time. Okies why this post’s subject is mid life crisis?? Well, I’m finding myself wanting to join up things and do things that I absolutely have no time for. For instance, I joined myself up for Japanese course that runs every Saturday for 4.5hours – which basically takes up most of my Saturdays and now I’m looking into investing myself into a digital piano so that I can learn piano. I’m in the hunt for piano teacher…I think I’m going through a phase of mid life crisis…

I know I really shouldn’t overload myself with all these random commitments but it’s something that I really want to pick up and I guess now is the right time…I’m still enjoying gardening (growing fresh fruits, vegies and herbs) but there’s just something missing – musical 🙂 I’ve always admire people who can just read musical notes and play the piano. It’s just so graceful and so um…cool to be able to play the piano…I guess it’s never too late to learn things it’ll probably help me with choir as well 🙂 Since I have friday off, I’m planning to check out the keyboard. I found a nice piano teacher on gum tree and he has given me some tips on what to buy. I shall let you know how I go 🙂

take care bloggy readers…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Published February 14, 2012 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. I haven’t had the time to write lately. For those who celebrates valentine’s day – Happy Valentines day. Pandabear and I don’t celebrate Valentines day, but I’ll cook him a nice meal tonight. What’s been happening around my world. Well, I’ve started my Japanese course which was really fun. But man, 4 hours of sitting in class is a huge commitment on Saturdays considering that I’m always short for time. Anyways, Pandabear’s mum been admitted to ICU last week, so it’s been a difficult week for the family. But Thank God, she’s slowly recovering… Baking wise – haven’t had much time to bake but with my new addition to the family – Thermomix named Thermie I’ve been wanting to try out different recipes…Anyways, will update and let you know how it’s going…

My vegie garden patch is doing really well – though I reckon I need to put more manure into the garden. I’ve just harvested 4 snake beans. I love them – they’re delicious different to the usual green beans – they are crunchy and I eat them raw. Pandabear thinks I’m crazy eating them raw but I just love them so fresh and sweet. My herbs are doing really well, I haven’t been using them much and others are slowly getting there 🙂 Anyways, I’ve been thinking of tidying up the garden abit cos it’s looking a little messy. Maybe I’ll do that today since I finish work early.

Jamie’s cook book challenge is on hold..haven’t got the time and my spiritual walk (Quiet time) – I’ve been listening to Jim Berg’s series of Quieting a Noisy Soul sermons. It’s really great, I listen to it nearly every day but I need to go back to my bible reading more regularly.

Weight wise – I’ve been constantly gaining weight 😦 It’s bad, it’s too hot to exercise so I’ve decided no more excuses I’m going to wake up early in the morning (6am!) and go for a bike ride around the foreshore area. It requires great determination but it’s easier than doing exercise after work. So far – it’s day 2 challenge for me…I need to lose at least 5kg before I go on my holidays. I’m really excited – haven’t been back to Taiwan for nearly 3 years. This time I’ll be going to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan. I’ve had to get rid of Japan cos we physically can’t fit them in. So there will be a separate trip for Japan next time 🙂

Okies, so that’s whats happening around my world at the moment…

take care Bloggy readers…till next time…