through gus' lenses

mrs yapp April 30, 2008

Filed under: work — daughterofdestiny @ 20:19
19 April 2008 – met up with an aunty, whom i got to know through the course of my work, to learn to make kuih-muih (malay cake).

it was yummy-licious. i’ve always love her cooking!

she has left kota kinabalu on the 29th april 2008, and we are not sure when we shall meet again. but til then, she will hold a special place in my heart.



uss patriot (mcm 7) April 28, 2008

Filed under: work — daughterofdestiny @ 19:44
16th april 2008 – several crew members of the uss patriot (mcm 7) and a couple of members from the rotary club of kota kinabalu, visited the palliative care associaiton of kota kinabalu on the 15th april, to help the association clear its equipment room. in turn, the very next day, the nurses and volunteers of the association were invited to visit the u.s. navy ship!


uss patriot (mcm 7) – its mission is to clear the bottom and water column of mines in coastal and offshore areas regardless of depth.


walking down gingerly




our “guide” for the day, garrett w. cecilio


i think this is mag reel… correct me if i’m wrong. a wide variety of instruments and techniques are used to find and eliminate mines. these includes mechanical cutters on stainless steel wires towed astern, magnetic and accoustic influence mechanisms, and neutralization with charges placed by the mine neutralization vehicle. goodness, who in the world places mines in the sea?


no, we did not climb in here… thankfully.


some high-tech equipment used to disarm mines.

*understandably, no pictures were allowed in their control room*




in case there’s no electricity, this old-fashion thing is used for communication.


captain’s seat. there’s only room for one.



was told to do a “titanic” pose here… yikes! more like “you jump, i watch”.


my colleague & i with garrett








the association’s administrative assistant – angela.


saw this at the port… this is for you, maya! miss u heaps!


grip of grace April 21, 2008

Filed under: blah blah blah — daughterofdestiny @ 00:06

ever want so much for your life to be like a movie?

being able to rewind to choose again, being able to replay the happy memories, being able to fast forward the pain, being able to stop/pause to think through tough decisions… to have at least the sypnosis. to know the ending, which usually is a happily-ever-after ending.
but it’s never like that. we have only one life to live… one bullet to shoot. one swing to the hole. one serve to a winning shot (you get the drift right?)

so, we need to aim well. focus right.

but.. but… but… but… what if we fall?


“Jehovah your God is mighty in your midst; He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy; He is silent in His love; He rejoices over you with joyful shout.” Zep 3:17



we will NEVER ever fall beyond His grace.


speechless April 20, 2008

Filed under: blah blah blah — daughterofdestiny @ 00:53




almost… banggi island April 17, 2008

Filed under: friends,holidays,photography — daughterofdestiny @ 21:06
over the long easter weekend, a group of us were supposed to go over to banggi island, which was about 1 hour by ferry from kudat. however, due to complicated situations, we were unable to do so. as a result, we spent our time in kudat.

eight (8) of us took this mini bus from kota kinabalu to kudat. this picture was taken at a pit stop.


in the van, waiting for the rest to come back from a pee/poo
after about 3 hours, we reached kudat at about 12.30pm. while we were dropping off a passenger somewhere in a kudat village, the tyre punctured. here, the mini bus driver was changing tyre. we helped by… erm… giving moral support.
upon arrival at the ferry terminal in kudat, we realized that the ferry service at 9am to banggi island was cancelled. therefore, the next & final ferry service at 2.30pm was full. FULL!!! ARGH!!!
after lunch, we went back to the ferry terminal, hoping to be able to board the ferry illegally, with permission. as you can see, a lot of passengers were hanging around, trying to get to banggi island. needless to say, we did not manage to board. wait, we did… but we got off again. it’s a long story.
we then decided to check ourselves into an available “hotel”. following which, we walked over to the nearby esplanade for fishing.
i was still sorely disappointed, after all the planning…

elaine’s fishing rod

georgina’s catch
trying to undo sharon c’s fishing line
although we were unable to reach banggi island, we enjoyed our time fishing. that night, after dinner, i fell fast asleep. tired from the journey and the @$*#&%# pms!!
the next morning, after i managed to wake up (translation: i overslept!), i went to the nearby market for picture taking.
i bought 2 pieces of sarong.

by noon, i took a cab back to kota kinabalu together with sharon c & meg while the rest stayed on for another day of fishing. all in all, it was a learning experience for me.

banggi island, you just wait! i will conquer you, someday!


sharon lee’s wedding April 13, 2008

Filed under: wedding — daughterofdestiny @ 18:44
sharon, whom i met 2 years ago in station of life – lahad datu, tied the knot end of last year. although i was unable to attend their wedding in singapore, i share in her joy nonetheless.
post scriptum: love the wedding gown! the lovely lace & its dainty belt!

chocolate April 10, 2008

Filed under: blah blah blah — daughterofdestiny @ 18:59

i chomped off a bar of cadbury’s top deck within 24 hours.

good thing i still have a bar of marble left for the weekend. hmm… maybe i should stock up on my favourite breakaway.