The arrival of the World Expo 2010

The World Expo is taking shape. Construction work is indeed much lesser now. Thank God. I am praying hard for cleaner air from now onwards. But it has been pretty inconvenient for all the locals and foreigners living in Shanghai. With the delegates coming in from all over the world, security is at all time high. Roads are closed and the people descending on this city are getting more each day.

If you ask me if it is worth coming for the World Expo, I say "Yes". The best time to come would be Aug & Sept

With the influx of people, we are heading where? Somewhere, not the ordinary :)

These couple of weeks have been rough. I told dh that I think I am going through the most miserable time of my life. This place I am living in right now, isn't the best place to live on planet earth. BUT (big BUT) it is a land of many, many opportunties. If I can survive here, if I can walk out of here with my sanity intact, I think I can survive anywhere. Living conditions here are really nasty.

Making friends isn't very easy too. Very unlike Macungie, PA where people are warm, nice and friendly. Being a very people person, living in a 'no-friends land' is down right rotten.

But somehow God always knows....just when the blues refuse to disperse, Rick Warren, in his Purpose-driven connection sent out this message...

Surrender: Let Go and Let God Work
by Rick Warren

Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7 (GWT)
Surrendering your life means:
• Following God's lead without knowing where he's sending you;
• Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come;
• Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
• Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances.

I do not know how I will be able to face life challenges if there isn't a GOD.
Back to the basics

Well, I did the unthinkable the other day at the supermarket. I was Q-ing up at the cashier. (There were many people behind me). This local lady came up to me and spoke in Shanghainese which I do not understand but I kind of guessed what she wanted. She wanted me to pay for her packet of yoghurt. Ok, it's not alot of item but hello...there is a Q behind me. I politely told her that she should Q up like the rest and it is not fair for those behind me if I were to pay for her! She walked off after that.

I tell you, the locals here are not the best people to reason with. Every tiny bit of event can cause them to talk at the top of their voices (in other word, shouting) and soon a crowd will be formed...where did I get that courage from...only God knows.

Another day, I met the most polite cashier since arriving at Shanghai. I complimented her for her good service and thanked her. You should have looked at her a state of shock. Wondering where did this ailen come from.

We really need to learn to say 'no' to the undesirables and give credits when they are due.
Raw bacon on the run

This sight is very rare, in fact, not existing in Singapore. So, when Kai and Ann saw it for the very first time, they were very excited and amused.This sight also brought back warm memories of those days when I was a little girl, visiting my grandma who lived at the Changi village. Village life was fun and rustic. I was then only about five, six years old. My grandma used to have a big pig sty and she reared little piglets until they became, yes, fat and huge pigs, ready to be slaughtered...

Enjoy this rare sight
On your mark, get set....GO

DH and I were at Kai's sports day and he was a very happy boy.Parents, don't overlook such events in your child's life. Yes, to us, it may be some boring event and we would rather be in the cool comfort of our office doing our work than being out under the hot sun watching a bunch of kids screaming their hearts out over some sports events. But to the kids, it means alot. They have spent hours practising, training just for this day to make us proud. The least we, as parents, could do, is to be there for them.

I wish, I wish, I wish he will be a baby once again. The whole irony of motherhood. Sometimes, I wish he will just grow up, sometimes, I wish he is still the little baby, finding comfort sleeping on my chest!
We have friends...

There must be something special about our house, perhaps the warmth, the love, whatever reason it may be, one mummy cat has decided to use our garden to birth not one, not two, not three but SIX beautiful kittens

Cute, aren't they!
Mr hao hao nan ren (goodman) turns 43!

A small simple meal of roast lamb, mashed potatoes and rich chocolatey cake to celebrate pop's 43th birthday! Although, it was just the four of us, Kai and Ann made it felt like a big birthday bash...with their loud singing, dancing and frolicking.

Alright...I'm 43, so's still one happy family.