Monthly Archives: March 2016

Behind The Wheel

For some people getting a driving a license is easy. In fact, when I was in high school, I remember my mum getting her driving license without learning how to drive!

Where I live, not everyone is fortunate enough to pass their final road test for the first time. Unless you are an experienced driver, the chances of you passing the test is very slim. I had to take 40 classes because I didn’t have any experience driving as opposed to 20 classes for experienced students. If you fail, you have to take 8 classes more before you can take the test again.

When I failed the first time, I felt really sad and disappointed because I knew how to control the car and all the traffic rules, but because I was very nervous and worried that I might fail, as soon as I got out from the parking lot, I made a mistake by going into the wrong lane. You are normally allowed to make 11 mistakes, however in my case it was considered a serious enough mistake for an immediate fail.

I felt pretty bad because I thought the decision was unjust. However, on my way home the bus driver from the driving institute asked me why I failed. I told him about being nervous and he then asked me, “Why?? Are you scared of the examiner? What is she gonna do with you? Is she going to kill you?”  It made me realize that the examiner was just doing her job to keep us safe and I should be thankful. Even if I knew how to drive, if I was not a safe driver, she made the right decision to fail me and I should not feel bad about it. I realized that it would take a lot more practice before I became confident on the road, and if taking more than 40 classes is what it would take to keep myself, my loved ones and other people away from danger, so be it.

After another 8 classes I tried again. I calmed myself and thought that I should focus on driving safely than thinking about the “what ifs” and lo, and behold! I passed! ♥

What it felt like at that moment

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Three Years Late

I have been away for quite a while, so let me start again by sharing with you some DIY crafts I made as gifts for my colleagues for Christmas 2013. I know it’s long overdue (my last entry was for Christmas 2012–oh no!). I’ve been away for more than 3 years, but that is because I was busy with my studies, work, completing my 30 before 30 list, playing video games and managing this page.

So enough excuses and back to the project. I had 30 colleagues at that time so I chose a budget-friendly gift that couldn’t be disliked by anyone–chocolates!

I created Christmas-themed wrappers for these chocolates using photo paper. There was Santa Claus, Snowman, The Elf, Angel and Rudolph.

I also used StarBucks bottles to put Maltesers Chocolates to serve as Rudolph’s poop, and Hershey Kisses as Santa’s kisses.

Make sure to wash the bottle properly and soak it in boiling water to sterilize it. Doing that will also help peel off the StarBucks sticker.

To remove the remaining adhesive from the sticker and get rid off the expiry date imprinted on to the bottle, rub it with a scour brush–I used a Scotch Brite dish pad.

I hid the StarBucks logo in the cap with an image I got from the web. I altered the size to fit the caps, printed and glued it.

Starbucks Bottle Gift

Unfortunately, not everyone is allowed to have sweets. So I made The Grinch Pills using a small bottle I got from Daiso and put in some green M&Ms.

Grinch Pills

As always, my husband helped me a lot with this project. I had to make wraps for thirty people in a limited time so I asked for his help. Luckily, he is always ready to assist me.

My favorite part in this project was when I needed to drop the gifts off. I remember we finished it around 1 AM (I was to fly out on vacation the next day) and went to the office to drop it off. It was so cold and quiet. We put the chocolates on everyone’s desks. I feel like I was Santa dropping gifts off so that everyone would have a good morning!

Of course, my second favorite part was that my colleagues loved it. It was nice to make 30 people smile using an inexpensive gift and letting them know that you remembered them.

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I hope this post inspires you to create more personalized gifts for your loved ones. ♥


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