When I took this picture of Ethan during our recent outing to the Children’s Village, I knew right away the title I would use for this photo!!

Ethan has this fish toy which plays a tune like this “Fishes fishes where are you? Can you tell me where they are?”. He kept playing it again & again that we have to tape the speaker to reduce the volume (there’s no volume control)!! And ever since the words just registered in my head & even until today I can still sing the tune!

Thank God the fish toy is “dead”! (totally beyond repair! YES!!)

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I went for MWL crop last night & had a great time! This is the LO I scrapped last night but only managed to finish it today. I’ve been using this picture again & again but I ever get tired of it. I love this photo of us as family together!!

This LO is not really my style but nevertheless I still enjoyed scrapping it. I used brown string but I’m not sure what it’s called to make the swirl. Tedious but I love how it turned out!

This is for Pencil Lines Sketch #54 too!! My first entry! Their sketches are totally awesome!!

Thanks for looking!

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  • emelineOctober 20, 2007 - 3:17 pm

    u did it so quickly ! :) So glad to have met you last night !

  • yati (asydin)October 22, 2007 - 1:10 pm

    this is so gorgeous leena! Love everything abt it!

The raining season has just descended upon Singapore & since there’s nothing exciting going around my life lately, so I just had a sudden urge of talking about friendship.

What about friendship??

I had a fair share of friends over the years since I came to Singapore 11 years ago, not counting those in my home country Malaysia. Some I would call close friends, whom I constantly keep in touch with & the rest I would call acquaintances. I maintained a handful of close friendships, maybe 10 or lesser but to me the numbers doesn’t matters.

How do I actually “categorize” those whom I’ve known as close friends? Well, we don’t necessary call or see each other often, some I’ve only seen once every other months, some I’ve kept in touch every month & some I speak to every single day.

One of the reasons why I’ve kept only a handful of friends is, the difficulty in maintaining a friendship. I have many so-called “friends” who come & go like a tornado that stays only “minutes” even before I can even take a closer look at their face! It doesn’t really matter to me if they choose not to keep in touch any longer. On the brighter side, I have friendships that have lasted more than 2 decades & I’m more than happy to invest my time on them.

I have friends whom I have a history with them. We may have gone to school together, work together, stay together or whom I’ve met on my travel around the continents. I have 2 really close friends, one of them is Alicia whom I’ve met when we were working with SQ. We’ve been housemates for 4 years before we went our separate ways when I got married & moved to my own place but we still keep in touch very often until this day. She’s someone who you can call true friend. She has always been there for me for everything! And there’s Jan, whom I’ve met when we were in undergrad school. She was only 21 when I met her & being 7 years older than her has never prevent us from being the best of friends. Most of my close friends are younger than me but age has never been a barrier to a close friendship.

And there is Phin, my very best friend for 14 years!! Though she’s living in Malaysia & I in Singapore, we have never really lost touch. There was a time when she was away in Melbourne & we lost touch but we managed to find each other again! Whenever I’m home for a holiday, she never fails to give me her undivided attention & we’ll chat away into the nights!

Friends are always there for a reason. They’re there to support, lend a shoulder to cry on, laugh with you, share with you, respect you & most of all, to listen. We listen more than we talk & this is something many could not do it. In order to maintain a good friendship, we have to give & take. This is something that can’t be compromised or else friendships will not last.

I feel happy when I’m with them because they do not judge me, gossip about me, criticize me nor do they put me down. We do not compare how well-off we are, our education level or what do we do for a living. We are always happy for each other, accept one another for who we are.  We do not bear grudges, anger or resentment. We learn to forgive & forget. This is what makes friendships fun & long lasting.

When friends fade away, I do not cling on to them. It is best to let go & move on with life. When they’re not happy with you or everyone, they will affect you. So, it’s best to let go of the friendship that is not worth hanging on to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being cold towards them, I’m just doing them a favour by letting them find someone who they can relate to.

I have to admit I can’t live without friends but I don’t need loads of them. I definitely need friends, just a handful of them, who can make friendships & life wonderful!!

  • Sasha FarinaOctober 19, 2007 - 11:36 am

    You’re a great friend to have Na! :) *hugs* and so true..to let go… it will make everyone happy!

  • irene06October 19, 2007 - 3:27 pm

    This post is so meaningful.

  • Michelle SturgeonOctober 19, 2007 - 3:52 pm

    I agree with you…I only have a handful of close friends, whom I adore, and know I can count on!
    Then there are the people I “know”, perhaps through our mutual hobby, perhaps through work…I like these people, but would not count on them in a crisis.
    Then there are my “blog friends”. This is a tough one, cause i have never met these people in real life, however I feel as though I know them! We talk every day through our blogs.
    Friendship comes in many forms, I guess!

  • JazzOctober 20, 2007 - 1:04 am

    So true!! So true!
    We’re blessed in many ways and friends are part of it.
    *Hugz*

  • JanOctober 20, 2007 - 3:29 am

    My Dearest Leena Luv…..

    I’m so honoured to be a mini part of ur life !! Wat a meaniful post & I was just thinking abt friends of late & when I see ur post, I knew I can alwayz count on u for sound advice.
    Txs for being such a dear frd, one who’s creative & crazy wif her life, silly in ur own little way, never one to judge me for all the stupid mistakes tat I’ve made in my life…..

    From
    “Yours Truly Madly Deeply Fanatic”

  • sminnyOctober 21, 2007 - 6:13 am

    yep, it’s really a blessing to have you as a friend!
    becoz we can always depend on your for your honest-est opinion :D

  • imhereOctober 25, 2007 - 10:36 am

    u wun know if a so called gd fren speaks bad off u on ur back & appear nice and friendly to u as if nothing happens. believe me. such ppl do exist in this world n ard u

  • Nura KeifOctober 28, 2007 - 9:49 pm

    This is so meaningful. Thanks for sharing, my dear.
    My best friend is from Malaysia too:-D

I want to thank everyone who’s left many wonderful comments here in my blog! I love reading them all & your encouraging words really made my day . Sometimes when I’m having a hard day & your words just erased my worries away.

 Thank you again!!

So, here’s another LO using my favourite Hambly.

 

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I think I’m going to stop using all Hambly stuff for a while. Feeling a bit…………. yucky! Hahahahahahaha………………

  • LiaOctober 16, 2007 - 6:41 pm

    Alamak you! I’m scrapping too, and you didnt come online! ;)

    You don’t want to use Hamblys anymore? I tot you’re re-stocking on Friday? keke! ;)

    I want to do an LO on my Birks too! You LO is gorgeous darling! Love the colors!

  • Michelle SturgeonOctober 17, 2007 - 1:59 am

    Your LOs are so creative! Thank you for sharing!

  • LizaOctober 17, 2007 - 2:09 am

    WOW! Gorgeous Layout Leena! Lovely!

  • watiOctober 17, 2007 - 2:59 pm

    leena, lovely!
    u r gd with hambly…don’t stop using them :)

  • siti arnieOctober 17, 2007 - 4:58 pm

    its very nice leena … don;t stop using .them do continue so u will inspire me …. anyway i feel like doin a Lo on my birkis too

  • emelineOctober 17, 2007 - 5:25 pm

    looking great and cool with hambly ! :)

  • Leena LohOctober 18, 2007 - 2:27 am

    Thanks Ladies for your wonderful comments. I don’t think so I’ll completely stop using Hambly but maybe just add a touch of it in my projects or LO. ;)

  • wendiOctober 18, 2007 - 4:23 pm

    your work is SPECTACULAR… I love the colors, the feel and energy of your pages. I am also just thrilled to find your blog. I love finding that I am seeing greater diversity in the scrapbook world. I am encouraged by your personal blog and challenge blog.

    Hugs hugs
    wendi