god’s love notes

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI haven’t blogged in a year but this post really inspired me. At first, I was going to add it on to my special commitments for Lent, but then I realised – why not just make it a permanent feature of not just my wall, but my life.

The idea is beautiful: If someone were to leave you a trail of sticky notes to find throughout the day, wouldn’t you be delighted and grateful for each one you found? I would probably be posting each one on instagram or facebook to share the joy that it brought me. And the truth is, it’s the same with God. He leaves us little notes throughout each day to tell us He loves us and to remind us that He’s thinking of us – through our conversations, a sudden breath of wind, or a passing moment of peace. But most of the time, we don’t notice or give much thought to the love notes He leaves for us to find – let alone celebrate them as they deserve to be celebrated!

I hope that by the end of this semester, this wall will be filled and that this Lent (and beyond), my eyes will be opened to the love that God wants to shower me with each day. :-)

And if you’d like to join me – send me pictures of your own love note walls or journals or whatever mode of documentation you decide on!!

love,
denise

What do you dream about?

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sad things, happy things
hopes and wishes and magical things that aren’t real (or are they?)

i dream about love and finding someone who loves the me that no one sees
about adventures and exploring the world and the universe and soaring through skies and oceans and tiptoeing so i don’t scare kittens away

i dream about places that i’ve never been to,
palaces and kingdoms created in my head
big scary numbers eating me alive and fairy lights binding me
and swinging me from tree branches
leaves of gold, and jewelled blossoms

candy coloured houses, each one identical to the next with candy coloured people wearing candy coloured clothes and carrying candy coloured babies

i dream of the space between dreaming and reality
the tiny line between sleep and dreams

Cards and kittens

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If you like cats and stationery, you will LOVE this shop. Hidden in the dreary looking Bras Basah Complex, Cat Socrates is a tiny shop full of treasure.

2013-06-06 16.42.33 2013-06-06 16.40.22 2013-06-06 16.43.08 2013-06-06 16.40.16The exterior of the shop is vintage, homey and just plain pretty. I love how they have so many tiny details, yet manage not to be overly cluttered. Also, look at all those exhibition/performance posters – perfect for inspiring the bored soul. :)

2013-06-06 16.39.28 2013-06-06 16.28.42 2013-06-06 16.39.07Their cashier/counter is just cray cray, but omg I could spend hours just looking at all the pretty photographs and decorations. And look! WASHI TAPE. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you’d know that if there’s one thing I’m crazy for, it’s tape. Tape and stickers.

2013-06-06 16.23.37 2013-06-06 16.33.17 2013-06-06 16.33.12 2013-06-06 16.25.05 2013-06-06 16.24.23They also have a super huge collection of pretty cards and postcards, and they’re really affordable from as low as $1 for a postcard. If I could, I would probably have bought a whole ton of these hehe. Plus, there are so many styles and designs to choose that there’s definitely something perfect for everyone (unless you’re someone who only likes ugly things booo).

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2013-06-06 16.27.16 2013-06-06 16.26.59Of course, as with every gift/stationery/cool shop, they also had a lovely selection of notebooks, diaries and planners.

2013-06-06 16.27.56And oh my gosh, super adorable cups. I love the one with triangles! I can totally imagine having some lemonade or apple juice in it. Yum.

2013-06-06 16.26.29 2013-06-06 16.25.41They really sell tons of knick knacks. Basically anything pretty, cool or artsy. :)

2013-06-06 16.26.01And oh, ribbons! The next best thing after tape and stickers. And these were cotton ribbons, soooooo gorge.

2013-06-06 16.25.22 2013-06-06 16.25.51Lastly, they also have lots of pretty posters. Paper AND cloth! With wisdom and wisecracks to beautify your home.

And my favourite part of all…

2013-06-06 16.37.09 2013-06-06 16.37.33ADSLKFHD;LSH LOOK AT THE SHOP CAT. His eyes are just. Wow. Beautiful. And he was so friendly too! (Well, I think it’s a guy. Not sure. Oops.)

2013-06-06 16.43.24If you want to drop by and give your eyes a feast, Cat Socrates is located at  #02-25 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street, Singapore 180231. You can also check out their website here!

Explorer by day, explorer by night

So I was cleaning up the files on my computer and I came across the essays I wrote for my ync application… and well, I decided to share them! So here’s the first one, about something that inspires me:

When I was 16, a book changed my life completely. In that moment of tearing away the plastic covering the book and reading the first few pages of my new treasure, I felt something change inside me.

I never knew my heart had eyes or that my eyes could do much more than just see. The world was the same, and yet I’d never really looked at it before. All of a sudden, I saw the same world I had always seen – and a whole lot more. This magical, mystical creature that the book seemed to be, was also called ‘How to be an Explorer of the World’ by Keri Smith. And within those humble pages, was a collection of the most valuable treasures in the universe.

The first was the idea that everything is interesting (look closer), and quickly, this beautiful idea became my greatest belief. I began the endless search of finding something beautiful, something interesting in every single thing around me. I don’t just see things; I look at them.

The second was a license to create my own reality. With the help of the missions and lists of inventive ideas in the book, I have indeed become an explorer of the world around me. I change my course often, never stopping and settling for too long. I am more observant. I notice things (both tiny and huge). I document my findings in different ways. I question. I do research for the sake of curiosity and the desire to learn more. I use all my senses to appreciate and explore. I am never bored.

The third was the true definition of what a mistake is: Happenings or occurrences by which the creator does not have complete control over the final outcome that result in conclusions the creator did not predict. I lost my fear of making mistakes; instead choosing to work with whatever result I got. In fact, mistakes make life even more interesting. Mistakes are the result of answering that question at the back of your head that stops you from falling asleep (What if…?). If the predicted outcome is always supported, there isn’t much to learn from doing research. Yes, it feels good to be right and to know the ‘correct’ answers. But sometimes, it feels even better to be wrong and to learn something amazing in the process. I have done so many research papers and experiments, and the one observation that I cling to is this: A non-significant result is still a result, and the disproof of a hypothesis is still a finding – no more, no less.

This book holds countless treasures, and I would never be able to list them all. It has made me challenge convention, and the greatest treasure it holds is the realisation that someone – Keri Smith – is willing to share her wonderful ideas, for the pure joy of seeing other people also find beauty in the world around them.

I want to do that too.

exploreroftheworld

p.s.k. (the reveal)

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If you’ve come here before, you might have seen this post, with a teaser for my project: P.S.K. Did you manage to guess what it stands for? Pesky sock kids, peanuts so kewt, princesses sewing kites… The possibilities are endless!

But today, right now, here, is the reveal of what it really means. The socks were a total decoy, btw. I just thought they were cute. :D

psk 2One of the tasks in Keri Smith’s Finish This Book, is to create your P.S.K., or Portable Sleuthing Kit. This involves gathering all the tools and materials you might need to conduct any investigations or sleuthing. But… Instead of using actual items, I decided to create some of the things myself. More fun, right? :D

psk 3So here’s my P.S.K.! It includes:

  1. Magnifying glass
  2. Notebook
  3. Flashlight
  4. Fingerprint template
  5. Pen
  6. Chalk
  7. Ruler
  8. Ink pad
  9. Decoding wheel
  10. Compass

I created the magnifying glass, flashlight and compass out of cardboard, construction paper and washi tape.

psk 4 psk 5And then my little brother spotted me taking pictures of my kit, and wanted to play too. How could I say no?

psk 6 psk 7Here’s to many exciting adventures with the best tools a detective could ever hope to have. :)

xoxo