Thursday, May 31, 2012


The urge to be a little kid when stressed and an unworried tourist when busy...

Everything is amazing & Nobody is happy

This is......  ;)


Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Adore the styling that Erin Wasson modeled for Esprit S/S 2012.
Good day folks!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


My favourite jacket, most precious!

A vintage passed down from my dad.

An inspiring read that's worth your time:

Ivy League school janitor graduates with honors

Quoted from Yahoo news: For years, Gac Filipaj mopped floors, cleaned toilets and took out trash at Columbia University.
A refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia, he eked out a living working for the Ivy League school. But Sunday was payback time: The 52-year-old janitor donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor's degree in classics.

As a Columbia employee, he didn't have to pay for the classes he took. His favorite subject was the Roman philosopher and statesman Seneca, the janitor said during a break from his work at Lerner Hall, the student union building he cleans.

"I love Seneca's letters because they're written in the spirit in which I was educated in my family — not to look for fame and fortune, but to have a simple, honest, honorable life," he said.
His graduation with honors capped a dozen years of studies, including readings in ancient Latin and Greek.

"This is a man with great pride, whether he's doing custodial work or academics," said Peter Awn, dean of Columbia's School of General Studies and professor of Islamic studies. "He is immensely humble and grateful, but he's one individual who makes his own future."

Filipaj was accepted at Columbia after first learning English; his mother tongue is Albanian.
For Filipaj, the degree comes after years of studying late into the night in his Bronx apartment, where he'd open his books after a 2:30-11 p.m. shift as a "heavy cleaner" — his job title. Before exam time or to finish a paper, he'd pull all-nighters, then go to class in the morning and then to work.

On Sunday morning in the sun-drenched grassy quad of Columbia's Manhattan campus, Filipaj flashed a huge smile and a thumbs-up as he walked off the podium after a handshake from Columbia President Lee Bollinger.

Later, Filipaj got a big hug from his boss, Donald Schlosser, Columbia's assistant vice president for campus operations.

Bollinger presided over a ceremony in which General Studies students received their graduation certificates. They also can attend Wednesday's commencement of all Columbia graduates, most of whom are in their 20s.

Filipaj wasn't much older in 1992 when he left Montenegro, then a Yugoslav republic facing a brutal civil war.

An ethnic Albanian and Roman Catholic, he left his family farm in the tiny village of Donja Klezna outside the city of Ulcinj because he was about to be drafted into the Yugoslav army led by Serbs, who considered many Albanians their enemy.

He fled after almost finishing law school in Belgrade, Yugoslavia's capital, where he commuted for years by train from Montenegro.

At first in New York, his uncle in the Bronx offered him shelter while he worked as a restaurant busboy.

"I asked people, which are the best schools in New York?" he says. Since Columbia topped his list, "I went there to see if I could get a job."

Part of his $22-an-hour janitor's pay still goes back to his brother, sister-in-law and two kids in Montenegro. Filipaj has no computer, but he bought one for the family, whose income comes mostly from selling milk.

Filipaj also saves by not paying for a cellphone; he can only be reached via landline.

He wishes his father were alive to enjoy his achievement. The elder Filipaj died in April, and the son flew over for the funeral, returning three days later for work and classes.

To relax at home, he enjoys an occasional cigarette and some "grappa" brandy.

"And if I have too much, I just go to sleep," he says, laughing.

During an interview with The Associated Press in a Lerner Hall conference room, Filipaj didn't show the slightest regret or bitterness about his tough life. Instead, he cheerfully described encounters with surprised younger students who wonder why their classmate is cleaning up after them.

"They say, 'Aren't you...?'" he said with a grin.

His ambition is to get a master's degree, maybe even a Ph.D., in Roman and Greek classics. Someday, he hopes to become a teacher, while translating his favorite classics into Albanian.

For now, he's trying to get "a better job," maybe as supervisor of custodians or something similar, at Columbia if possible.

He's not interested in furthering his studies to make more money.

"The richness is in me, in my heart and in my head, not in my pockets," said Filipaj, who is now an American citizen.

Soon after, the feisty, 5-foot-4 janitor picked up a broom and dustpan and went back to work.

My friend Caroline said: "Building the temple was King David's idea. And David was God's idea."

Attending school in the midst of heavywork was Gac Filipaj's idea. 
But, Gac Filipaj was God's idea. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012


As we celebrate womanhood today, would like to share this from one of my favourite book, Lioness Arising:

"To all my lioness sisters

who feel something wild, fierce, and beautiful stirring within them.

You are stunning.

You were born for this moment.

Don't be afraid of your strengths, questions or insights.

awaken, rise up, and dare to realise

all you were created to be."

-Lisa Bevere

A good Zi Char meal > Restaurant. Anytime.

My little buy from today. Don't you love the color, intricate pattern and of course, its functionality?

Look who we found! An expectant mother of about 4 kittens (noted from my mum's kampong's experience)
Happy Mother's Day to you kitty ;) May you find strength and will to live on and nurture the lives that lies in your womb.

I'm captivated by this write-up of Charnzl Lazaro on his mother:

Although she was blind, my mother managed to raise 6 children together with my father- who is also blind. My mom, bring the heart and light of the family, instilled in our hearts and minds, the importance of God, family and education. 
Her disability never once stopped her from teaching us moral values and principles of life. 
She illustrated to us things which she herself didn't see. 
She served as the finest example to all around her.

She is the best mom to me because she taught us how to enjoy life and leave our worries to the Lord. My best memory is of her telling us that, "When everything fails, let the Lord do it for us."



I'm totally digging the photos form Greenlaundry. She posts some of the best and sincere photos.
She's from the sunny little island called Singapura too!


Blogger has changed so much (yes, for the better). The whole blogging experience is so much more enjoyable and best part of it: its free of charge.

Which brings me to the point, people, stop complaining about Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and all other social media/network that's out there.

Hey, its FREE!

Engage, enjoy and make do with what you have. I think Steven Furtick puts it aptly when he said: People who don't show gratitude are crap-machines.

Happy Mothers' Day folks!