A Dreamy Way of Saying…


As I was searching for a photo needed for my post “Never…Never…Part 3” inside the Dropbox folder, I found this buried inside the “Unsorted Folder” :

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Well, obviously this belongs to one of the posts in 2014 (Share with Us @ Clouds N Cups) before moving over to this blog. If you lovely souls are interested in reading my past posts in that blog, don’t hesitate to click the link.

Phew! How time flies and when time is flying by so quickly, we may tend to lose track on what we’ve done in the past.  Ahh…I do miss those prolific blogging days when I first started Clouds N Cups.

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As defined by Vocabulary.com:

Reminisce is a dreamy way of saying “remember the past”. It is all about happy recollections and thinking back to stories from the past.

What a beautiful definition if you ask me.

This is just a short sharing with all you lovely souls out there — a blast from the past — and since I am strong believer of “Everything happens for a reason.”, I might just take this opportunity to reinstate my initial intent when comes to blogging.

Have a great day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Never, Never…Part 2


When I was around thirteen or fourteen, Lovable Mom needed some crochet items which my Godmother knew how to make.

With this rather-than-giving-you-a-fish-I-am-giving-you-the-rod mindset in her head, Lovable Mom asked me to learn crocheting from my Godmother instead of asking her to make it.

WELL…

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HMM…

Since I’ve had bad experiences with using two needles, perhaps I might just do better with one needle.

SO…I TOOK THE CHALLENGE…

…AND…

I MANAGED TO FINISH IT!

…*yippee*…

Although I had finished crocheting the item that Lovable Mom wanted, it was never up to her expectation(s).

“Tsk..Tsk…Tsk….your stitches are too tight.” 

“The ruffle edges are supposed feel softer, just like the ones we had before.”

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Despite getting all the steps correct, I was not able to control the tension of the yarn during crocheting.

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I had become that very angry girl, once again!

It seemed that my brain and my fingers were not able to understand the word ‘consistency’ and this had proven to be a big problem for me.

Although Lovable Mom was very disappointed with the end products, I did try crocheting a few more sets over those years, thinking that perhaps more practices might just perfect my crocheting skill. Alas, all of them ended up having disappointing results.

Thus, I decided to stop crocheting and never to touch a piece of yarn again even when Lovable Mom asked me to make a few more during years later.

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…*sob*sob*…Those ‘tension-filled’ crocheting experiences of mine…*sob*sob*…

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(To be continued…)

Never, Never…Part 1


I remembered learning knitting at the age of nine or ten and during that time, my mother had to look for those shops selling yarns in order to buy a set of yarns+needles for around $70++ meant for a sweater pattern.

Then I had to visit the shop every week to receive new instructions and assistance for the sweater…

WELL…

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HMM…

I…GAVE…UP…

I never even made it to finishing the base rows of the sweater!!

*SIGH*

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I was very angry, but mostly frustrated because it seemed that I just couldn’t get those stitches correct and when I FINALLY gotten those stitches correct, it was the problem with the tension of my stitches.

Every time I brought the finished piece back to the shop for further instructions, I was asked to redo the rows again and again…so many times until I decided to stop going.

id-100235409Well, my mother was really mad at me for wasting $70++ on this unfinished project…and even after years later…when she spotted those untouched yarns during one of those annual spring cleaning…I would get nagged again…*sigh*….

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(To be continued…)

Jack, Would You Like A Slice of Pumpkin Pie?


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The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon which is Greek for “large melon”. The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word that is used today, pumpkin.

The term pumpkin has no agreed upon botanical or scientific meaning and is used interchangeably with “squash” and “winter squash” in some areas.

Although pumpkin, like other squash, are thought to have originated in North America; the oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BC, was actually being found in Mexico.

As one of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds (680,000,000 kilograms or 680,000 tonnes) of pumpkins are produced each year.

In the United States, pumpkins go hand in hand with the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving and they are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o’-lanterns for the Halloween season and pumpkin pies are commonly included in Thanksgiving meals.

The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns” comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. According to the story, Stingy Jack had tricked the devil and yet managed to refrain the devil from claiming his soul.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell.

He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

The Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America; discovered pumpkin as a new substitute and thus it became an integral part of Halloween festivities. In 1900, an article on Thanksgiving entertaining recommended a lit jack-o’-lantern as part of the festivities that encourage kids and families to join together to make their own jack-o’-lantern.

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afterthoughts

In another two days, it would be Halloween but I don’t really celebrate it. Nevertheless, I’ve always enjoyed watching parents dressing up their children for the ‘trick-or-treat’ and making the Jack-‘o-lanterns in Halloween related dramas or movies.

Quoting what Judy Gold said, “Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.” 

Got to know this song from my baby Sis and loved the tune immediately. I think the tune and the MTV is quite suitable for this Halloween related post so decided to share with all you lovely souls out there.

” If we see trouble as a friend instead of a foe,

we might be able to obtain a solution to every trouble we encountered,

since we are a friend who knows it and loves it just the same.”

Have a wonderful day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

We Will Get There


“A guy is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door.

He opens the door and sees a snail on the porch.

He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can.

Three years later there’s a knock on the door.

He opens it and sees the same snail.

The snail says: ‘What the hell was that all about?’

(This joke is extracted from: Shortlist.com)

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Snails and slugs are both Gastropods. They are closely related, regardless the fact that slugs lack a protective shell.

Gastropods are able to adapt to a variety of living conditions and they don’t require large amounts of food thus enabling them to continually evolve and survive the conditions around them which many researchers find to be very fascinating.

Snails move at an incredible slow speed and the average adult moves at a speed of 1 millimeter per second.

(Information extracted from: Snail-World)

Although the snail has traditionally been seen as a symbol of laziness due to its slowness; rather than slowness, I see it as a form of determination instead.

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Laziness or determination? What do you think?

May this short post about snails bring a smile on the faces of all you beautiful souls out there!

Have a great day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

Be Quoted…Part 2


19 more days to Christmas and 25 days to the Year 2016…

How time flies and I seem to be resting more than working during this year; time does go faster when you are in resting mode.

I don’t think I am able to re-open my online store by the end of this year since there are still many things in my to-do list not getting a tick in the box.

Nevertheless, as long as I am still feeling hopeful, I am sure things will get done eventually, no matter how long they will take me.

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Lovable Mom has been giving free flower arrangement lessons at my house for the past 3 months and since I was assigned to take photos during lessons, I was surrounded by beautiful flowers and laughter coming from all those lovely ladies who were enjoying the art of flower arrangement.

Since most of them are working, they would come directly from work and some didn’t even have time for dinner. I can still see their happy and satisfied faces at the end of each lesson no matter how tired or hungry they already were at that moment. Those happy faces are the only factor that keeps Lovable Mom and I going on and on and on…

Thus, when I see this quote shared by lovely Robin, I can totally understand what she meant.

There are a lot of lovely things out there to give us joy and hope for the future, directly or indirectly, and all we have to do is to slow down our pace a little in order to realize and appreciate their presences.

Here’s a BIG THANK YOU to Robin for sharing her wisdom with us in our comment section and making this post possible.

Christmas is coming and just like what I’ve done in the past years, I am sharing my favourite Christmas carol, Jingle Bell Rocks, with all you lovely souls out there.

Although I am not sure if I can do any YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG post this year, I don’t really mind to know what your favourite Christmas song is.

Hope you all enjoy this song as much as I do.

Have a great day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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afterthoughts

WHAT I HAVE BEEN UP TO LATELY…

Baby Sis has been asking me to open up an Instagram account for Clouds N Cups.

Handling social media(s) for our shop has always been a big challenge for me and as you can see that there isn’t many activity from our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (Hmm…Did I even mention that we have an Pinterest account?)

I decided to register and see how we shall go about in the near future. If you lovely souls are interested to follow us at Instagram or Facebook, your companionship(s) will be very much appreciated. Cheers!! 😀

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