You Cheer Me Up

Every Chinese New Year, I will buy a few pots of flowers to cheer up the house for festive mood. For this year CNY, coincidently, both boys had birthday parties to attend on the Saturday before CNY. After dropping them off, I drove to Sg Buloh nurseries.

I bought these 2 pots of flowers, pink and purple, either from Lot 43 or Lot 44 of Sg Buloh nursery. Cant really remember which one as I was walking to a few of them. I chose a bigger pot for $15 each. The florist told me to water once a day and the flowers should last for a few months.

When the boys came home from birthday parties, Jaden said these flowers make the house looks cool, exciting and happy. I’ve been doing these for many, many years. I thought it’s only me. Didn’t know the boys love them too.

On the 14th day of CNY, I was on leave with another day of hospital and clinic for the two boys. It was a tiring and stressful day. When I came home and saw this blossom flowers, they cheered me up and made my day.

心想事成。Hope dreams come true.

So pretty. I like the happy feeling that these flowers bring.

Thanks to those bird shit from roof above. My sister swapped the pots to balance the nutrients for the flowers.

Today, a lady rang on my door bell, someone that I don’t know. I walked out to the gate and the lady said “Sorry to disturb you. May I know where did you buy these 2 pots of flowers? They are really, really nice. Everyday I jog passed your house, I always admire them”.

That’s so nice to hear. Yes, I love them too.

She told me she had taken photos of my pots of flowers and showed it to the nursery that she went. However, the nursery didn’t have the same type of flowers. He told her “This owner must has green fingers. Can grow the flowers so nice”. She was disappointed.

I gave her the leaf just so she can get the same type of flowers. She was so happy.

I bought these 2 pots of flowers cause they were so pretty and now they have grown gorgeous. Everyday when I drive in and out of the house, I always stop and admire them.

I have taken lots of photos of these flowers. Every now and then, I’ll stop and smell the flowers and capture them in my phone.

A few of our guests thought they are fake ones 😃 

My best $30 investment.

Thank you for cheering me up!

Hitman David Foster & Friends Asia Tour 2015 Concert

After 4 months of waiting, the day is finally here. This morning, I’ve been listening to David Foster’s music. Feeling really excited. Tonight is the night.

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With so many international artistes, Jackie Evancho, Ruben Studdard, Peter Cetera, Natalie Cole and Boyz II Men, the tickets for the concert are not cheap. It took me a while to decide if I should buy PS1 or PS2 tickets. But with 4 concerts and all the tickets that I bought in Apr 15, I chose PS2 instead. The seats were quite high up.

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The happy Me … when there’s music.

The opening song for the concert was Winter Games.

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Seeing the familiar fingers on the piano and hearing “Winter Games” live were unbelievable.

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The first artist that sang was Jackie Evancho, the runner up of the 5th season of America’s Got Talent. She was 10 years old when I first watched her on the talent show.

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She has grown up so much now. She’s 15 years old.

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Yesterday, Jackie sang 3 songs. One of which was Music of the Night.

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The second singer was Ruben Studdard, the American Idol Season Two winner. I’ve forgotten about him for awhile until I watched him singing again yesterday. The first song that he sang was I Swear.

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I Swear by the moon and the stars in the sky. I’ll be there.

Rubben also sang Home which was produced by David Foster for Michael Bubble, who wrote the song together with David Foster’s daughter.

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And I know just why you could not come along with me. Let Me Go Home.

Other than David Foster, I was really looking forward to listen to Peter Cetera, the Chicago singer-turned-solo artiste.

The funny thing he said when came out to stage was he saw Kenny Roger’s fried chicken in Malaysia. Then, David Foster mentioned he wrote “Hard to say I’m Sorry” for Kenny Roger but Kenny Roger rejected it and finally made popular by Chicago and Kenny Rogers sells fried chicken.

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Hold me now, It’s hard for me to say I’m sorry. I just want you to stay.

Peter Cetera sang Hard to say I’m Sorry, You’re the Inspiration and Glory of Love. Age is catching up and he couldn’t sing the high notes as well. I’m glad that I watched him performed now before he stop singing.

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You’re the meaning in my life. You’re the Inspiration

Natalie Cole … somehow she looked pretty frail on that night. When she sang Miss You Like Crazy, I was worried if she could pull through the chorus and high notes. Hope everything is ok with Natalie Cole.

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I remember the things that we used to do. Miss You Like Crazy.

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Unforgettable. How the thought of you does things to me

Natalie Cole also sang Unbelievable, with her late father, Nat King Cole’s voice and video played on the screen.

The last song she sang was This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) which usually light up the room when she sings this song. It did on this concert night but not as much energy from Natalie.

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The last artiste that performed was Boyz II Men, the reason most people went for the concert. The first song they sang was Water Runs Dry.

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Let’s not wait till the Water Runs Dry, we might watch our whole lives pass us by.

When the group sang I’ll Make Love to You, we just could not help but sang along. It’s such a lovely and nice song to sing along.

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I’ll Make Love to You … Close your eyes, make a wish!

Really, really like Boyz II Men. The last song that they sang was End of the Road. The next time they are in town, I would like to go for their concert.

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Although we’ve come to the End of the Road, still I cant let you go.

The show ended with all the musical guests reuniting onstage to perform The Beatles’ Hey Dude

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Hey Dude

David Foster took the opportunity to acknowledge a few Malaysian. One of which is Jimmy Choo who came to his concert and was sitting somewhere. His wife loves Jimmy Choo, for his shoes must be. David Foster also mentioned that he has recently became the ambassador for Air Asia.

For encore, David Foster played Love Theme from St Elmo’s Fire.

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The concert ended at about 11.30pm. Wish I can watch the concert again. The following day concert is a private concert held in conjunction with Genting’s 50th anniversary

David Foster, THANK YOU for the beautiful music and songs that you composed.

Found “treasured memories”

Last week, I received an email from my friend, Betti.

She reminded me that we are approaching another magical day of 12.12.12 which will not be repeated for another 100 years. This kind of numbers will be the last in this year as there is no 13th month. For the most of us, this will be the last year with same number for date, month and year in our life time!

To my biggest surprise, she attached these with her email. She found this in her collections!

Flash back to the date 9.9.99, I made this book mark for her and a few other friends to remember this very special date and day. This Winnie the Pooh picture was cut from McDonald’s promotion material, if I’m not mistaken, and I laminated it.

I am so touched that she still keep this simple book mark made by me, after more than 13 years! For this, I dedicate this post to you, Bettina. You are still in my thought, always. I’m glad we are friends and we will still be friends for many, many years to come.

So long, farewell 09.09.09 and welcome 12.12.12 … for a better future to all of us and the universe!

Mark your diary … 12.12.12 … in less than 30 days.