The Only Thing I Want for Christmas


Tall Christmas tree in a mall

Merry Christmas folks!

When the department stores are decked out with pine trees and snowy trinkets, the weather didn’t get any colder — because it’s a tropical country here — yet what it signified was, the end of year is near.

As I gathered my thoughts for a review of 2016 and plans for 2017, I wanted to share something I’ve learned for the past few days, and also some pretty photos I’ve snapped.

This Christmas I learned that instead of gifting physical gifts, why don’t we do something for a change and start to gift “experience”.


Glittering red baubles

Let’s give our loved ones something they can remember us by, gifts like preparing a home cook meal, a dinner for two, spa indulgence time, watch a comedy together, be healthy and exercise together, pick up the phone and call someone you’ve been missing or just spending time chatting with closed ones over a pot of tea.

These “experiences” helped create unique memories together with the people who matter most in the festive season and what could be better than receiving gift items that we sometimes may not want, right? 🙂


Pretty shining gold baubles

How would you spend your Christmas with your loved ones?

Write a List

Here’s a list of 5 things that I can struck off from my bucket list:

  1. Passed my piano grade 8 practical exam!!! I’ve been wanting to tell this 😀
  2. All the way to Shanghai to get a book I really want… actually… it’s on the way 😛
  3. Bought an FFVII game soundtrack when I travelled ❤ (game soundtracks are non-existent in my country 😦 )
  4. Attended Jacky Cheung concert, no regrets.
  5. Attended Yundi Li piano recital, die with no regrets.

Don’t really have a fixed list but that’s a gist of what I like to do!

I Write Because . . .

At some point in life I resort to writing as an outlet for my expressive soul.

There are many ways to express oneself — through art.

I could draw a picture of characters whom I loved.

I could sing a song which is a mirror of my soul.

I could play a melody which carved the strongest emotions of memories.

I could compose a music where my creative energy flowed.

And I could write imaginative stories brewing in my head.

I could write the bizarre dreams I had.

I won’t stop at one, and I will stop at none.

Back To Blogging

I am glad to say that my piano practical exam is over 😀

Crossed my fingers and hope I will pass and graduate.

It took some time to sink in, the fact that I don’t have to practice hard everyday and keep pushing other stuff aside, because I’m freeeeeee now!

Well not exactly… I still have another theory paper to complete the whole course but then again writing exam isn’t as scary as practicals.

Now that I don’t have to worry about exams I could read, start blogging again and so much more!

It’s nice to be back ❤

5 Things In My House That Makes It Home Sweet Home

Nothing beats coming home after a tiring day out, to rest on the beckoning couch after a day’s work or simply waking up on a lazy Sunday to the comfort of our home.

What makes my home, a home? Here are the 5 things that makes it homely:

  1. My bed and comforter. It’s so cozy to snuggle in. Oh and the cat plush toy who resides there.
  2. My piano. May it be practice or playing for fun, this black beauty is my life.
  3. My kitchen. Ever since I got a new kitchen to myself, it’s a pleasure having to learn to cook, bake and cook up something I’ve never done before.
  4. My couch. Sitting there reading, doze off, watch TV, listen to music, it’s a relaxation spot.
  5. My books and reading corner. I’m slowly filling up my bookcase and a reading spot alternating between my couch and the beanbag with a small table for my cup of tea.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Home Turf.”

* Picture from

Temperamental Magic


Peeking behind clouds,
Welcoming sun glowed warmly,
Sunlight, shining rays.


Lake shore lines lower,
Remaining water, ebbing,
Draught caught on early.


Quiet tower loomed,
Clock hands stopped ages ago,
Under gloomy day.


Sky, raindrops falling,
Drip, slick, slide, pelting away,
Down into puddle.


Time passed silently,
Eternal changing weather,

My first attempt on Haiku, I’ve read about the syllable rules and thought of painting the weather with words. Any critiques/comments/feedback is very appreciated, please let me know what you think 🙂

In response to this week’s Stellar and Lunar Challenge Roundup #17 (Sep 10) with the prompt: Magic. This week we come back from space travel to appreciate the uniqueness of our planet Earth ❤

Stellar and Lunar Challenge is hosted by Sarah once a week every Thursday on her blog tuckedintoacorner.