Grateful for What We Have

grateful for what we have is a very important mental state, it opens our hearts, makes us appreciative, caring, generous, see the positives about ourselves & others & not stifled by negative emotions.

even though i am not a christian, i enjoy very much the company of my many great christian friends, and especially the practice of saying grace before a meal, and before some events (as when 1 of my very dear dentist friend led a christian + dental mission to siantan pontianak to care for the children of an orphanage there. my youngest daughter, the only christian in the family had joined that mission). 🙂

saying thanks in earnest & humility for all the things that happen in our lives help us to appreciate, treasure & cherish what we have, instead of constantly chasing after what we do not have & missing out on every single moment of joy, happiness & peace that we have. it is of course easier said than done as we are swarmed by negative emotions every minute of the day & this is the same constant reminder to myself to awake to the joy of the moment, here & now, as spoken in an earlier post on live to eat. 🙂

so, thank you to my family, my friends and to Singapore! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Why I Blog & My Guidelines & Perspectives

i set myself a few guidelines (like to call it perspectives) when i started this blog-

  1. privacy – my blog is primarily for my personal enjoyment, recollections, relishing & sharing moments of joy & get-togethers/fellowship with family & friends. thus all posts/photos/stories/gossips on people are private & password protected.
  2. sharing with public – internet/youtube/facebook & social media have empowered us. i have gained tremendously from shared knowledge of friends & strangers alike, and if my posts can be of use or enjoyment to anyone, then super! thus i am happy to share my recipes, food reviews, travel posts & also photos of food & scenery with public.
  3. only things worth sharing – of my many food reviews, perhaps only 2 are negative. first, i try to be very selective if i am the one choosing the places to dine. second, for myself, i do not find any motivation to spend time posting reviews of places i didn’t like & won’t go back – doesn’t quite make sense to me though i can see there is some value in alerting other diners. still i get more kick sharing joy & things i like than things i don’t. 🙂 likewise for sharing good & successful recipes. i do share though on facebook bad dining experience & recipe failures. 

It’s a Joy to Receive!


received my first old age pensioner’s allowance from my daughter today. 🙂 what a joy! 😮

my eldest daughter started work almost a month now & this was her first pay cheque. we had the first conversation on this in my post Happy to Give & Receive when we were in Tokyo. 🙂

the work is tough, stressful, & very long hours. my daughter though is quite a workaholic, and she seems to enjoy her work challenges and also getting along well with her colleagues. those are what counts!

I am sure it must feel “shiok” (elated) to have a sense of financial independence and to be able to give, though it is just as important & joyful to receive. 🙂

my lovely daughter – I wish her all the best in life!

c.h.e.f andy