Monday, December 07, 2009

Come sailing with me...

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Come sailing with me on a journey that is my PhD studies and my wedding planning. Some people said if you want to complicate your PhD, you should get married. And I'm going to do just that. ^^

I haven't been blogging much as I've been pretty much occupied with my studies... I'm happy to say I did make my debut as a research during a conference late last month. While it was nerve wrecking, I must admit, I actually did feel like a real researcher. I guess after at least a year of being an assistant, it feels different to be able to present as the lead author. I think I will continue to be nervous when faced with such situations, but I'll persist. ^^

Weddings...weddings... I must admit at the moment the whole wedding things have been fun. I guess it's because T is the type of guy who enjoys the process of planning a wedding, so he's very involved. Which is nice, because at times I can get him to do stuff, while he lets me do all the fun bits like trying on dresses, colours etc...

I just hope things continue to look up the next year. Can you believe it? It's already December.

Saturday, November 07, 2009


I must admit I have not been blogging much. While the creative mind is still engaged with such pieces shown above (Hana Brooch), I've been occupied with weddings.

But I will aim to blog more. If anything else, maybe I should blog about my wedding planning adventures.

Friday, April 24, 2009

quick update - new look!

I've just changed the way my blog looks. Apologies for those people whose links momentarily disappeared. But it's all back now....^^

Monday, April 06, 2009

knitting night & a new project!

We return to our usual programming... knitting!

In January, Anuja had a brilliant idea of hosting a knitting night for a couple of her girlfriends. So we gathered, each brought a dish and we created a monthly tradition! Projects that was started/continued on the first night; a blanket and 5 scarves!

In February, I finished my long-awaited KIP!

Then March, I hosted it in my house. :)

Projects started: 3 scarves, 1 garment
Project continued: 2 scarves
Project completed: 1 scarf and 1 blanket

Anuja finished her blanket. ^^

Breanna completed one scarf and started another. ^^

Roopa continued on her multi-coloured, recycled silk scarf. ^^

And after much knitting hiatus, I've started on Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knit - Puffed Sleeved Feminine Cardigan. This whole piece is knitted in one, except for a little pick-up around the front edges for the button bands.

Even though the original is in red, I've done mine in a pink-ish red Zara. I'm quite excited by it, though there are some bits about the pattern that I worry about... :P

Anyway, wish me luck! At least with knitting nights continuing every month, I get some motivation to finish this. ^^

Friday, March 27, 2009


I guess when one chapter of one's life closes a reflection is in order. Today is my last day of work from the place where I've worked for the past 1 year and 3 months. There were highs and lows during the working period, but's just part of working. :)

There were little perks of course, that I enjoyed. For example, the whole "my office" idea. Although it was of little importance (I love sitting with people, but some people might have found me too chatty), it was nice when I really just want silence to do my work. Working in uni, I love the opportunity to learn and being able to do courses I want, it was good too. Then the people. I said today in my thank you speech (whoever leaves get morning tea), I was indeed sincere in saying that one of the things I'll miss the most is the people. However, that being said, it is nice to say that some people are my friends, and not just my colleagues.

Now....the things to look forward now that I'm not working in this job.... no wait. I better clarify what is going on next. I'm actually starting my phd and working 1 day a week at an old department where I used to work when I first graduated in.


OTHER than the actual studying and minimum (or maximum...;;^^) work....

I want to be able to:
1. Knit more!
2. Knit more!
3. Knit more!
4. Do more of my jewellery.
5. Learn more of things I want to learn eg. Japanese, more jewellery making stuff etc...
6. Clean my study...seriously. :P
7. Maybe revamp my room a bit to make it look nicer?
8. Get involved more with networking opportunities...
9. Just be nicer in general, ie. because I don't have work pressure, maybe I won't get annoyed so easily? Maybe I should just knit more to destress... :)

I'm sure there are a whole heaps of things I want to do... but I guess they'll come to me later. ^^

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day! (and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal)

Happy Valentine's Day from me to u! ^^


On a more serious note, please support the
Victorian Bushfire Appeal on

All proceeds of items sold goes to the Australian Red Cross.

me.u is donating something there, but irregardless, I think this is a worthy cause that should be supported. :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Photowalk - 7th February 2009

I went on a photowalk trip around Melbourne city on the 7th Feb 2009. It was a hot 43 deg, but I thought I should go on as I've already planned my day and I had some other things to do in the city anyway.

What made it all really interesting was the sights of Melbourne I had never seen before, of course, the people I met were great too and I picked up some photography tips too. :)

To see the whole set of photos, click here.

I will be posting stuff about my knitting night soon...meanwhile enjoy the photos! ^^


In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine's Day... and inspired by Shanwen's post, here's my take on the perfect Valentine's outfit. Simple, chic, casual with a touch of colour. ^^

Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day - by nyaan on

Friday, January 30, 2009

Revelations & Resolutions

The new year, my birthday and Chinese new year has come and gone and finally the last day of January. January was certainly full of revelations. One thing for sure is that I'm really blessed to have so many friends who celebrated my birthday and this year I actually had 4 birthday cakes! And the pressie (though not important) it's like a psychic thing. I got things that I really wanted even from my bf who usually has trouble finding the right gift. However, my point is, as I had my final round of birthday celebrations I realised that not everyone is fortunate enough to have so many great and fantastic friends. ^^ So thank you.

Then there was the round of 40 deg. days in Melbourne. Why is this a revelation? Well let's just say I actually appreciate my parents even more. ;;^^ Thank goodness for air-conditioning. Enough said. ;;^^

So what's the resolutions?

Well, I'm going to be starting on phd this year. I'm not sure how the journey will turn out but I've enrolled. :P I guess it'll be a LONG 3 years. -_-
But I'll bear with it. ^^

I'm going to be more organised with health (ie. watch what I'm eating and exercise more!!!) and money. I haven't been the best person in these two areas, but inspired by April, I've decided to restart my spending diary and food diary. I realised there's actually a correlation between my spending and my eating. :P I spend money on too much food!!! I guess at least these two things are tied together... phew.

Then finally I want to read more. Books I mean. I've realised how much I've missed reading when I'm hooked into the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I'm at Eclipse now (YAY!). I'm going to go back to my Betsie the Queen of Vampire series by MaryJanice Davidson after I finish Breaking Dawn. ^^ And I miss talking about books with April!!! ^^

I guess finally I need to be more patient. Bf's tutoring sometimes annoy me because it impacts our dating life. But I guess at the end of the day, that's what he loves to do. And I cannot stomp on his happiness for my happiness.

To be more pro-active with me.u! ^^ Above is a birthday present I made for my friend Evie. ^^

Anyway... that's all I can think of for now. :P

But tonight there will be a knitting night at A's house. So I better prepare as to what project I want to do... a new one or a KIP?

Maybe I should add in another resolution... to complete all my KIP. -_-

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Another one of those new year things I do....

... is finish my me.u website. ^^ So now the new website is officially located at:

To commemorate the new website, here's a promo video that was done for the website. Jittralada made this video for me. Thanks Jittralada! ^^