Thursday, November 1, 2018


To realize The value of a sister Ask someone Who doesn't have one.
To realize The value of ten years: Ask a newly Divorced couple.
To realize The value of four years: Ask a graduate.
To realize The value of one year: Ask a student who Has failed a final exam.
To realize The value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.
To realize The value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize The value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize The value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to Meet.
To realize The value of one minute: Ask a person Who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize The value of one-second: Ask a person Who has survived an accident.
To realize The value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
To realize the value of a friend: Lose one.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.


Have been toying with the idea of giving a fresh look on the label of my favourite waste of time, yeah the MandyNikko Collection Handmade Fashion Accessories. Have not been doing it for quite awhile as was besieged by mental-block with nil creativity. 

My creative partner in crime who used to share this hobby ie my daughter has flown out of the nest for greener pastures and am left bereft of creative juice whatsoever.. lol!  Sweetie, mum misses you... Ah, but of course as she not only took care of the quality of each creation but was also instrumental in coding and writing the description of every item which I deem so tedious.  

some of the items that we did.

Only just recently, I opened the now dusty tinker box that contained the beads and whatnots.  Then I gingerly absentmindedly with eyes still on the dang addictive Korean drama series, tried making a simple earring and then came another one and another. Seems the passion that I used to have is slowly coming back, at least for now hopefully it lasts.. haha.. Have been sending them to a rent-a -box in one of the shops in town. Rent'a-box apparently is the current rage, so why not. The response is at snail-paced but at least they do not lay idle in the tinker box at home.

So have designed a few labels but could not decide on one. 

Monday, December 25, 2017


My eldest expression meeting her old folks for the first time in almost a! We visiting her at the big city where she resides with her family.

Kiddos and their grand old man last minute shopping.

Yours truly with friends at Christmas dinner where I pigged myself silly with all the delicious arrays of food.

Have a blessed Christmas, be safe, be happy. May this Christmas bring good tidings, prosperity, peace, hope and love.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Throwback pictures with friends, of a charming scenery for an unforgettable evening. The North Borneo Cruise was a 2-hour scenic cruise past the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu and down the central coast gliding along the city's famous Waterfront. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Sharing these prayers received from a friend... thank you and may God bless you too..

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Monday, July 31, 2017


Just sharing this beautiful message received from a friend through WhatsApp which I think also received from someone. Guess it has been around but I feel it is too pretty not to share here.

...Many years ago, after I got married I was sitting on a couch on a hot, humid day, sipping frozen juice during a visit to my father.

As I talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, my father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look at me.

"Never forget your friends," he advised, "they will become more important as you get older."

"Regardless of how much you love your family and the children you happen to have, you will always need friends. 

Remember to go out with them occasionally, do activities with them, call them ..."

"What strange advice!" I Thought. "I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life."

Yet I obeyed him; Kept in touch with my friends and annually increased their number. Over the years, I became aware that my father knew what he was talking about.

In as much as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends were the bulwarks of his life.

After 50 years of life, here is what I learned:

Time passes.
Life goes on.
The distance separates.
Children grow up.

Children cease to be children and become independent. 

And to the parents it breaks the heart but the children are separated of the parents.

Jobs come and go.

Illusions, desires, attraction, ....weaken.

People do not do what they should do.

The heart breaks.
The parents die.
Colleagues forget the favors.
The races are over.

But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles they are.

A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, barring you, intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or blessing your life.

When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. 

We did not know how much we would need from each other. Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends. Dialogue with them but do not impose your criteria. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017


After a lifetime of working, raising families, contributing to the success of the Nation in many ways, Senior Citizens deserve to retire with dignity.

The Charity Visit to Holy Family, Kg Purak, Papar, home for Senior Citizens, handing some small CNY goodies and cheers from us was a humbling experience. Thinking that these inmates were once young beautiful, healthy, energetic, running here and there for their families and it jolted me that one day, I too, soon, will grow as old, God willing, if am fortunate enough or unfortunate. 

My wish is that I would not live too long to outlive my loved ones and become a burden. God willing...

Sister tending to the wounds of an inmate, Ms Tina Rimmer who has made this home 6 months ago. She will be 100 years old this year. More about this remarkable British lady here

Ms Joanna Datuk Kitingan, our Chairman and Miss Sherry-Anne, the State Level Unduk Ngadau 2016 posing for the camera with Ms Tina Rimmer.

Homeward bound - I was drawn to the surreal looking cloud formation and I couldn't resist taking a shot through the screen of our moving car.


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