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2013 Reading List


What’s in your reading list this year? The books I ordered through Amazon finally arrived last December. I have read 3 so far since the start of the year and looking forward to reading the other books. Getting inspired. Getting motivated. Acquiring the necessary skills.

What’s your reading list? What do you like to get out of it?

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Articles, My Simple Life


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Warren’s Circus themed Tickets

Thought I’d share a few inspirations for Warren’s circus themed party. We wanted to have something to entertain the guests while we have not yet arrived at the party. Warren’s water baptism was at 11AM and the time I put in the invitation for the party was at 11AM. Since we had a circus themed party, I had a few vintage games put in to entertain the kids – Dart the Balloon, Pachingko and Spin the wheel. They were given out corresponding fake money prizes that they can use to redeem for toys they like at the redemption booth.

We gave all the kids game tickets at the entrance. Here were a few inspirations for the ticket designs. These were taken from Pinterest boards of various individuals. This app is really saving me tons of time and helping me organize my ideas.






This is our final ticket design and print. A kid gets a tape of tickets with 4 game tickets and a loot bag ticket. What do you think of our design?


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What is Anencephaly?

Thought I’d digress from my usual post of food, travels and stuff. I was touched by the story of the Walker family which is all around Facebook right now (Facebook initially deleted Baby Grayson James’ photo and banned Heather’s account for 24 hours. They later apologized to the family). Heather gave birth to Baby Grayson James. Baby Grayson James suffered from Anencephaly.What is Anencephaly?

Anencephaly is a defect in the closure of the neural tube during fetal development. The neural tube is a narrow channel that folds and closes between the 3rd and 4th weeks of pregnancy to form the brain and spinal cord of the embryo. Anencephaly occurs when the “cephalic” or head end of the neural tube fails to close, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Infants with this disorder are born without a forebrain (the front part of the brain) and a cerebrum (the thinking and coordinating part of the brain). The remaining brain tissue is often exposed–not covered by bone or skin. A baby born with anencephaly is usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain. Although some individuals with anencephaly may be born with a rudimentary brain stem, the lack of a functioning cerebrum permanently rules out the possibility of ever gaining consciousness. Reflex actions such as breathing and responses to sound or touch may occur.

Despite knowing that Baby Grayson suffered from Anencephaly early on in her pregnancy, she and her husband decided to push through with the pregnancy. Despite knowing that Baby Grayson would just live a short time, she still decided to bring him to life. The courage to push through and the faith in God are just some values I truly admire in the story of this family.

Check out her blog and her and her family’s journey during the pregnancy and after.



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Happy Mother’s Day!


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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Articles



Today’s Word Inspiration


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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Articles, My Simple Life


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Simple Life: The Most Important Job on Earth


Been currently engrossed reading Alexander Green’s Beyond Wealth: The Road Map to a Rich Life. It was part of a magazines must read list for 2011 so thought I’d grab a copy of it at Fully Booked. It’s not the type of book that you’d be able to read straight and not put it down. It’s a book that requires thought after reading. It requires you to absorb the things and the teachings it is putting forward. Been learning a lot though from it and it’s a book I’d definitely recommend for everyone to read.

One of the chapters of the book talks about the most important job on earth, the job of that of a parent. It puts forth a list of core values that the author thinks must be taught to all kids. Each one of us would have an opinion on the things that needed to be taught, hence, write it down in the comment so I can add it on. Sometimes, if you don’t write it down, you tend to forget about it. At least, if its written, its something that you can revisit and remind yourself.

1. Respect your elders
2. Two ears, one mouth: Listen twice as much as you talk.
3. When you give your word, keep it. Always.
4. Look people in the eye when you talk to them.
5. Stand up for yourself.
6. Smile – it doesn’t cost anything.
7. If you don’t have the time to do it right, how will you find the time to do it over?
8. Spend less than what you earn. Save and invest the difference.
9. Always say “please” and “thank you,” “yes sir,” and “no ma’am”
10. Understand that the workplace is a hierarchy, not a democracy.
11. If you borrow something, return it in better condition that you got it.
12. Learn to think for yourself.
13. If you don’t know something, look it up.
14. Cigarettes don’t make you cool. They make you look dumb.
15. Drugs deliver short-term highs and lifelong lows.
16. Sex is great, but unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases are not.
17. When you need help, ask for it. When others need help, give it.
18. Doing the right thing always has its reward.
19. If you mess up, apologize
20. Anything worth having is worth working for.
21. Do what you love and the money will follow.
22. You don’t need someone to complete you. Complete yourself.
23. Successful people make a habit of doing the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do.
24. Hold the door for people – men and women alike.
25. Accept responsibility for yourself.
26. If you face a difficult decision, ask “How will this make me feel about myself?”
27. And never forget: illegitimi non carborundum (That’s mock Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”)


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Today’s Word Inspiration: Blogger’s Manifesto

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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Articles, Inspirations