Monday, December 31, 2007

Nick Vujicic on Hour of Power

He encouraged me!

Nick Vujicic!

What we take for granted is actually someone's luxury...
We have all that we need. Let's maximize our FULLEST potential!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Simply Love Jogging!

Jumped off from bed for my usual Sat morng jog!

For some of u who do not know...
I simply love JOGGING!

To start off, I will do some stretchg at home. After which, I will slip into my sports attire, put on my Brooks runng shoes and set off to the tracks nearby!

In the past, I used to drive to Serangoon stadium for a jog. The distance is only a 10-min walk from home. At this point... you may go... "Wait a min Joanne! U mean D-R-I-V-E to jog? U must be JOKING.....! Y not jog over there instead? Since exercise is what u want..."

Ooooo... you're not the 1st one to pass such comment.
My parents cant understand it either.
I guess by the time I walk there, I will be tired even before I start! Ha ha...

A few months ago, the stadium was closed for "RENOVATION".
As a result, I settled at NYJC nearby which is juz a "stone's throw"
(if u throw hard enough... Hee...)

I must say... I am no PRO runner... juz simply an amateur one.
My usual no. of rounds is 4 and may hit 5 or 6+ if I feel like it!
Plugging in my MP3, I find myself jogging to the music beat.
The 1st & 2nd round is usually a breeze and after dat, comes the heat!
In the 3rd round, beads of perspiration start to trickle down yr forehead, dryness creeps into yr throat, and shortly, you find yrself gasping for air...
As I go the distance, the flesh tells me to take a rest but the uplifting music keeps me going!
Speakg abt music... it is easy for songs to pass you by durg casual listeng.
But sinking into the lyrics each time as I jog, different songs in my MP3 never fail to minister to me.

"I'm gonna beeeeee a HIS-T-O-R-Y MAKER in this place...
I'm gonna beeeeee a SPEAKER OF TRUTH to all mankind...
I'm gonna runnnnnn into Yr armmmsss.... into Yr armmmsss...."
(no matter what happens, dun run away frm God... instead

I love connectg to my soul durg jogging.
It is a time where I chuck my concerns/ worries aside, find some space, and channel all my energy into jogging. At the end of the jog, my heart feels LIGHTER, mind goes CLEARER and is able to sort out my thoughts BETTER.
This energy boost & spiritual disciplines fuel me to lead a good cgm on Sat afternoons!

Hmm... I thank God for good weather for a jog this morng.
Dunno y... The last round today seems to be more taxing than usual!
But w sheer determination, I told myself
"I'm NOT going to give up! I'm gg to complete my rounds!"
INTESITY level was HIGH!
but MY TENACITY level was HIGHER! I kept on going... runng... and HANGG ON.... Eventually, I completed my rounds!
Even though I ended up panting and perspiring all over... I felt good cos I MADE IT!!! Yipeeeeeeee!

Drawg this closer to home... In whatever we do... the last lap is usually the toughest!
But, let's FIGHT TO THE END!
Think abt it!
We hv come so far... completed 80% of race...
Another 20% more n we'll touch the FINISHG LINE!

Sun rises... sun sets...
Wake up each morng, ready to face the challenges ahead!
Share u somethg...
I depend on my hp alarm to wake me up each morning.
And if you are like me, I will press the snooze button a few times b4 I finally wake up!
Guess how I kick-start each morng?
I literally KICK to START by doing that "Superman" hand gesture and shout w gusto...
"Ok Joanne! ARiSe & SHinE!!!"

Arise & shine my frens!
The world is waitg for you to make an IMPACT! You!!! Yes!!! You're the one! :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Feasty Monday!

My Raffles colleagues and I had LUNCH at "Em by The River"- a nice & cosy restaurant @Robertson Quay.

This place is one of my AMAZING DISCOVERIES durg my random exploratory trips!
Probably you are not aware, I have a quest to explore NEW places- be it for HANG OUTs or merely just a simple deposit to my personal mind bank. :) Hee...

After a short 8-min walk from our work place, all of us HOPPED onto the big & bouncy sofa upon arrival!

Looking at menu, you can see a good assortment of dishes... Sandwiches, Pastas, Fish & Chips, Steak etc. all with a price range btw S$6-S$15.
Hot beverages like coffee & tea, soft drinks only cost ard S$5.
We ordered grilled salmon, steak, sandwiches and salads!
The sandwiches (like what u see in the pic) are really tasty & affordable!
Each only costs btw S$6-S$8! (considered very cheap for restaurant standard)

We had a nice girl's talk while savoring our food.
Enjoying ourselves so much that we STRUGGLED to get up from the sofa and get back to work. Hee...
To console ourselves, we concluded that we will return to this place.. perhaps on some Friday nights! So that we can have spend LONGER TIME with one another!

(beautiful place ya?)

XMAS DINNER with the ET LEADERS & HELPERS was at Pepperoni Pizza (behind National JC)...

Look at their GIGANTIC family-size pizza! An EYE-POPPER rite?

(compare Nic's head and the pizza)

7 of us (Garv, Lucas, Zhifu, Amber, Bernice, Michele and I) ordered a FAMILY-SIZE PIZZA and were entitled to pick any two flavours for this size. We agreed on a combination of both Hawaiian and salmon flavour.

Everyone was so excited when the pizza came! Each of us happily ate about 2-3 slices each!

After the dinner, there was a XMAS GIFT EXCHANGE.

I've got a 2GB thumbdrive from Jerb! (It is one of the items in my wish list), coupled with somethg extra from her- a pretty bracelet! Yeah!

It has been an enjoyable night with the ET leaders & helpers!
We are just like a family together.
ET zone rocks!


Friday, December 7, 2007

Breakaway Camp! (3-5 Dec' 07)

The happy faces juz
make everythg
all worth it!

Dun "play-play" w us!
Or you'll kenna our
water bombs!

Victory for Team Joshua!

ET zone rocks!

Monday, November 5, 2007

You'all Way Too Beautiful...

What causes me to blog?

Hee... Cos I simply can't contain the joy within!
My cg + rest of the powerpuff girls are juz sooooo BEAUTIFUL ppl...
They gave me a pleasant BDAE SURPRISE at 11pm+ last night!

After Lusi "tricked" me to the void deck to make a "confession"...
The "gang" suddenly appeared from behind and started singing "You're way too beautiful girl..."

("Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston)

Woo... I never expect this!
I like the song cos of the CATCHY TUNE and Johnson CREATIVELY MODIFIED the lyrics to a more POSITIVE note!
The choir team consistg of Amelia, Johnson, Pree, and the Powerpuff Girls- Diana, Leny, Lusi, Steffy & Santy SING & SWAY to the rythmn, w the accompaniment of guitar playing by Aaron and Garv!
At the end of the performance, they brought out a BIG arm-length frame, decorated w lovely photos which captured the wonderful times we had together, as a cg!

Hey!!! U guys... ROCK!

Johnson- "Rocker" of the grp
Pree- for yr "random" words of inspirations ("A step for Pree, but a LEAP for Joanne")
Aaron- owaz being there 4 me!
Garv- yr guitar skills & yr gentle, reassurg smile...
Amelia- the camera + video woman
Diana- coming all the way down after celebg yr bdae
Leny- sweet & gentle smile
Santy- yr powerful singg
Steffy- yr captivating singg and the painstaking effort to write so many "Joane" in the frame
Lusi- u made it POSSIBLE! despite it all... this week...

Powerpuff Girls- Individual is a blessing, together is a BUNDLE of JOY! Who can resist all of you?

"You'all way too BEAUTIFUL... That's y it'll always work....
You made me Edified yo... Superfied yo... when I thought it is over..."

Thanks for this special night... Star Throwers!