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I absolutely love. . . .

Posted in all things beautiful, Inspiring, Random but yet significant, the things i think of before i sleep on May 7, 2011 by jiunnli

1. Solitude sol·i·tude/ˈsäləˌt(y)o͞od/

The state or situation of being alone.

We are in a fastmoving world, where it is almost difficult to find time for yourself. I sometimes see solitude as a luxury.  It is among the weirdest feelings one can experience. Bitter sweet I called it and I absolutely love it.

The best part of being alone is that, well. . . .you are alone. You allow your mind to wander into the impossible, you hold on to your favourite book and read for hours, you take off your shoes and walk in the rain or even just spending quiet moments with God. We can be in awe of the beauty of the living world He has created for us.  How can one not appreciate their time alone? Go on, try for yourself =)

2. Cupcakes plural of cup·cake

I wish I could bake. Well, I can bake, but wait, I don’t think I can. A standard cupcake uses the same basic ingredients as standard-sized cakes such as butter, eggs, sugar and flour. Add abit of colour, a touch of your favourite flavour, a hint of joy and all things nice and all your sorrows will seem so far away. It is the little things that content me. Or least I want to be.  Give me a cupcake, you will know that you have added some sunshine into my day =)

My all time favourite? Red velvet cupcakes =)

3. Shop·ping/ˈSHäpiNG/

Shopping is one of my greatest pleasure and they never fail to cheer me up! Its the smell of the malls and how all the pretty things are laid on the shelf. Its that feeling you get when the lady pass you your shopping bag, gosh, it is so exciting. Each time after shopping I also enjoy thinking about the combination of the clothes I bought with the ones I’ve already got and how it would go with this and that and and and . . .  I can’t resist pretty dresses and shoes!

You know what absolutely works for me? Shopping retailing.  Doesn’t matter what and where, so long there is bargain… even better =)

4. Travelling present participle of trav·el /ˈtræv əl/ Show Spelled [trav-uh l]

I absolutely LOVE to fly. Traveling to someplace I’ve not been before is one of my favorite things to do though I am not exactly adventurous, as some of friends who has traveled with me before would claim. I love the airport and the planes. I absolutely love the feeling of stepping off the plane. I don’t know. All I could feel is freedom and the excitement, as you begin to wander where your feet takes you.

Furthest I’ve traveled was Australia. I am not surprised if I said thats my favourite place to be. Hoping to go to the States so that I can do what the things I love doing in no. 3 &5. I do think I would wanna do England one winter. Who wants a white christmas?I know I do!  Oh oh, not forgetting Italy- the vatican city, the Colosseum, the Trevi fountain where I am dying to throw a coin to make a wish, more museums, galleries, the historical buildings, theater, music, great restaurants, streets fun to roam. AAaaaaah! STOP!

So, where would you like to travel to next? Go see the world, don’t limit yourself. No matter how many places you have been in this world, you’ll find another and another and another still waiting to be explored.

5. Photography pho·tog·ra·phy/fəˈtägrəfē/

Don’t know much about editing and all the terms used in photography. I don’t know which angle gives the most light, or what aperture means. I don’t know which lens does what, and all I know I just wanna click away, taking photos of details, people, life, memories, creation and all the beauty I can possibly capture in my camera.

6. Dancing present participle of dance

I am naturally not a dancer. In my childhood, I took up music lessons. I play the piano. Mum gave us the best by sending us to the best piano teacher in the state. She did not see dance as how my sis and I see it. However, we were still very much blessed as it was equally amazing plus music is very closely tied to dancing. It was only recently that I took up dancing and why I love dancing? You learn to love your body and feel good about yourself. It sure is another form of therapy for you girls out there=)

7. Seven is a perfect number no?

How can I enjoy all these without my friend and loved ones, who stood by you through rain and shine.They are the reason why we go through life each day=)

So tell me, whats are the 7 things you absolutely love?

Photos : Google Images

Lulu is thankful

Posted in Blessings♥, music & lyrics, My God, my all, Random but yet significant on October 6, 2010 by jiunnli

Its truly a blessing being where I am right now. I have a dad who calls me several times a day, a mum who does everything for me, no siblings rivalry, surrounded by friends who matters, studying something that I don’t really like but know it ain’t that bad, a church and ministry that I adore,  working on expanding Joie Lorraine and a future that I am looking forward to. Knowing that I am not worthy and far from deserving all these but above all things, I thank God I found you.

I hope they found you to0.

So much difference it would make.

“Lord, You have searched me
And know when I sleep and when I rise
You’re familiar with all my ways
Even the darkness will shine
Like the day
When you look into my heart

Like a flower in the rain”.


stay tuned! A short update on Raf's birthday dinner up soon =)

With all these, I thank You, from the bottom of my heart. You gave it all and I am grateful.

A short update

Posted in Random but yet significant on September 22, 2010 by jiunnli

Since I have so much time, let me tell you something about myself this week before I get to my work.

1. I am working on two thank you cards for this client of mine. Honestly speaking I am thrilled but at the same time, I just feel that I am not giving my best yet. No good inspiration but at the same time, trust that our God of creativity will inspire me when the time is right. Thanks again for engaging in my service, S. Its truly an honor to serve a client who happens to be a close friend of mine as well.

2. This week seems like pretty easy week for me in terms of Uni and workload because I just realised this morning that I dont have tutorials and lecture for this two subjects; Qualitative Method in Business and Business & Marketing Planning Principles. So yeah, I’m left with only tomorrow and my weekend end begins!=)

3. I always thought my life is significantly deprived of birthday parties. Really. The last two birthday parties I managed to attend was because I was invited by friends, who were actually the official guests (not me). How sad? Feeling really unnecessary sometimes, I just thought it would be nice to attend some birthday parties where I am the official guest. Just as I was sulking and thinking about this, I was invited to 2 birthday parties on that same sat!!! i then decided I should attend both! ah, how desperate! =)

4. I’m now on Twitter, not that I just have them NOW. I have them long time ago and I just went back to its website and revived it yesterday night. Had fun choosing the template designs and I am good to go. Number of followers? 10! haha! nah, no worries, I will eventually be enthralled by the wonders of twittering. Let me know who else I should be following =)

5. I was very busy with worship conference last week and when you thought no one knew what you were up to, you are wrong. With Facebook, everyone knows everything that you are doing. So, yeah. I am impressed that sometimes you don’t have to actually publicly announce where you’re going or what you are doing. Ppl just know.

6. I am going to be real busy starting tonight. Worship practice today and dance practice tomorrow for this weekend. I love being busy because I tend to forgot how it feels like to be busy in serving God. Although sometimes, worship leading and dancing can be mistaken as performing or something, but after yesterday’s quiet time, I rest assured that God will help me to focus on Him. Performing how? you would ask. When we perform, we rely on our skills and our abilities, making sure we gave a good show, making people feel good, engaging in the audience but not working in their lives. But when we serve with our heart and our soul, because we love God and we want to see His name be lifted high, it becomes a personal offering, an intimate worship. I pray I’ll always be reminded that it is His will to be done and not mine, each time I hit the stage.

7. Also, Its not easy to be a good friend. I am trying to be one =)

8. Readings from 1 Samuel yesterday. Hannah’s Prayer of Praise. Powerful. Very powerful.

9.  Erm, not more. Thats all. Going back to my tutorials. Have a great day ahead ppl! =)

It is well with my soul.

Posted in Random but yet significant on April 10, 2010 by jiunnli

I wanted to ask God so many things. There may not be an answer to all my questions and albeit, there were times where things are obvious, it took me awhile to come to the same conclusion. For someone who has good navigation skill, I kinda suck, working with God,  on deciding in my life’s direction.

And then I come across a photo. I realized a photo is all you need to bring back a flood of memories and the overwhelming feelings of yesteryears. I took a good look again at the picture, going back to the time we took it. I’ve seen how I’ve grown. I’ve seen how things have changed. My smile was different. I looked different. I was  quickly reminded also of the good times and the bad. And I’ve come to accept, that girl was me. No matter how hard I try, I cannot change what has been done.

This is when I ask myself. . .this is painful but is it well with my soul?

and the answer, yes, indeed it is. . . if nothing else, knowing it is all in my God’s control.

Standing on the terracotta tile

Posted in Random but yet significant on April 6, 2010 by jiunnli

Staring blankly at the screen, I was reminded why I’ve stopped blogging for months. No inspiration. Nothing. Well I do have a million of things to say. Looking at my blogstats,  I am impressed and  evenmore encouraged to write something now. The fact that some of you guys out there are still visiting my blog (despite months of not updating them.).Let me see if I can come up with something really interesting or at least entertaining for you guys. Hmmm, how am i going to do that.

Things have been crazie for me eversince  I ended my internship early Feb. I’ve been busy till today! ( Actually, truth be told, I wasn’t supposed to blog because I am in the midst of a few major assignments, ALL DUE NEXT WEEK!). I’ve had the aweseome-mest of the awesome-mest CNY celebration this year at home. I don’t know why it was such good times for most of us. I guess as we grow older, our priorities shifted and we began to appreciate the time we have with each other. Family of friends, none of these will go wrong.

Friends. I spend a great deal of time with my friends in this season of my life. Endless lunch and dinner appointments. Birthdays after birthdays. Great time versus Bad times. Love, hate and all that matters. You know who you are. Thank you for being just there for me and give to me endlessly. I just don’t know what I’ll do without you guys. Godsent ‘pillars’ of support that have been nothing but of great encouragement. Although I have very different cliques of friends, but do know that I love each and everyone of you very much.

I agreed to a wedding project. A friend of a friend saw my blog and she loved my creation and wanted to engage in my services. I was pleased of course! I mean, someone out there actually trusted me with her wedding card invitation and before I could agree, I vowed to myself that I am going come up with something totally out of the world for her. It was tough I tell you, to start finalizing all the details because the sky is my limit. I almost gave up as I come up with several mock designs. I am so glad the bride is very particular with particulars! This means, when she finally like a design I did, I know she truly truly loves it!(Amazing girl she is). Anyway, fast forward it all, I finished about 70 cards last sunday! I was on the roll mann. . . and gosh, the feeling was huuuuuuuuge! Seeing all the cards all arranged in a row,  tied with pretty pink ribbons and their embellishments, wow, I din know someone could actually feel this contented!

Despite my neckache, every part of me is itching to dance again ( I am finally scheduled to serve in May. Woot! ) and again, DESPITE my neckache, I agreed to a netball tournament end of this month. sigh.I don’t know what else I want to do because there are just too many things in life that I want to get my hands on. I wanna travel ( gosh this is so generic but yes i will do abit of travelling this july. . .hint: australia?), I want to adopt a puppy (equally generic), and I want to have my own business (hey, this is new) but bottom line is, I really wanted to do so much more than I thought I could.

. . . . .I paused and took another deep breath and ponder abit about the purpose of me getting so busy in life. I know there is more to this as I look forward to each day, everytime I wake up from my bed. I have long thought that the very best insight into what it means to feel all these is to simply consider what is God’s purpose for me and getting to know what is it in His heart. Having saying all these, I just wanna thank Him for all the opportunities that come by my life. The good and the bad, the great and the not-so-great, the pain and the gain, I will always be reminded to praise Him. There are some things that I cannot change and I have to learn to embrace it. I know my past is part of me and sometimes it is not a bad thing. . . sometimes it is really not.

This, I have to accept.

I am a promise of all that’s to come.

Of brownies and cupcakes. . .

Posted in all things beautiful, Blessings♥, My God, my all, Random but yet significant on December 23, 2009 by jiunnli

Holiday season. . .tired. . .out of breath. . .

My to do list for this week is preeeety manic.

At work-I am so flustered everything I come home from work. In fact, all I want to do is just retire to my bed and pray for a good night rest. Not that I havent been sleeping, its just that, every morning I wake up to some really intense pain in my back and around my neck area. Must be the pillows. Anyway, work is crazy. I am just doing my internship. I cannot imagine how things are going to be like when I actually step into the working world. I decided I should forgo all my dreams and marry an old fat rich man, stay home and live happily ever after in one of the little suburb in Sydney. . . . .JUST KIDDING! =D

At homeLaundry needs help. Need to stock up on groceries. I wanna eat french toast! A friend just taught me how! Maybe I will try making it under the supervision of my mum when i go back this weekend! YES! I am going home this weekend! Can’t wait to taste that christmas butter cookies my mum has baked ( I think she did). We used to bake together all the time and this has been the tradition since until I left for KL.

My finances– I don’t know where and how I’ve spent my money. All i know is that, I keep spending and spending on things I hardly see. Btw, do you know that I eat alot? I think I spend too much on food! I am getting fatter by the day judging from how uncomfortable I feel when I wear my tight jeans. Well, they are getting really tight right now. I think my other problem is that I cannot resist food.  I need to do some running. Looking at my working hours,  it is even more impossible to exercise.

My closet-Just bought a very stylish casual blazer from Kit Min. Check out her new online webpage here at  3cups of Love. When I come back to KL after christmas, I will probably invest in a very nice grey pants that comes with a grey vest (very much inspired by Angela) and a black skirt =).

In my craft world-to be honest, I havent actually started doing my christmas cards. I am too tired to even lift up a scissors. I need to be inspired. This is bad. Anyway, as much as I am ‘wasted’, I will come up with some thing for your viewing pleasure. Its probably easier than I think. Perhaps I just have to make the first cut but do check out my other website, Joielorraine, from time to time =). Oh yeah, my brother just made my day when he told me how much he likes my new website!

my friends- I finally met a very close friend of mine who came back to do his internship in PWC. We’ve been friends for ages (last 7-8years) but this is the first time that we actually spend time together. Thank for you the cupcakes and the brownies and also the early christmas present. I like it.

Last sunday, I came to realised that God has really big plans for me as He places  different people in my life  for the past few months. It is truly a blessing seeing how God works through the care  and love my friends have displayed. I realised, indeed, this is something to be so thankful for. It is your friendship that makes life even more beautiful. You guys have made loads of differences in my life from the very start. Lets have more lunch and dinner appointments. I’ve always enjoyed making making lunch or dinner plans.

My walk with God- Working takes up so much of my time and energy that I spend so little time with God and the bible. Will work on the momentum.

Looking back at these 12 months, this year was and is very special to me because where I’ve found my first love in God again. Lots of heartaches but it is all worth it. Lots of pain, but without its existence, I will never come to know God’s joy and peace.

So many times I failed as His daughter, but His love is so amazing and so impossible to grasp that I sometimes cannot believe that I have a God who loves me THISSSSS MUCH! *expanding both my hands way from each other in the air*

In my ministry-Had an awesome time worshiping God last weekend togther with the worship team. Love that song that I was assigned to choreograph, ‘Glorious One’. Its such a powerful song that I sometime think that it is quite an honor to take up the task of choreographing this song. Oh btw, did i mention that this song is one of the 7 songs that have been written by our very own people in DUMC. Isn’t that amazing? and we are going to launch our new album on our 30th Anniversary this 31st Decemeber during watchnight to acknowledge how God has been faithful to His church and His people. Thank YOU for everything =)

In all your ways (in every single area of your life), acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

Proverbs 3;5-6

Happy tuesday!

Merry Christmas! thanks OJ and Lisa. (Its not just the packaging that is classy 😉

The things I need to do (updated)

Posted in Random but yet significant on November 18, 2009 by jiunnli

1. Finalize all the stuff and start making nametags for YLDP.

2. Work on my session with Rachel. Our very first time handling a workshop.

3. Serving 4x next month. Can’t wait for Christmas and Watchnight service.

4. Pray harder for internship openings while waiting for replies.

5. Come up with sponsorship & budget and continue to refine my ideas for UWE Charity Night’s entry passes.

6. HSBC proposal for business plan competition.

7. Report and Presentation for Loreal Brandstorm.

8. A business proposal and registration.

9. Go to Ikea, Sunflower and Papier.

10. Search for inspiration for N’s wedding card.

11. Think of a range of Christmas card designs. Theme colour?

12. Spend more time with God.

13. Finish my finals?

(striking off means done! =)