About

Hi everyone and welcome to my space.

This is where I’ll share my stories through pictures and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do creating them.

Alvina

What I Post on My Facebook

I love my social media channels.

I don’t have too many, and the ones I have are frequently accessed.

I love my blog website. I have had a few others over the years but I couldn’t find my main motivation to maintain those blogs. But this current blog has been a channel for me to find my voice, explore my mind and express my creativity.

What else? Hmm, I have Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and each one has it’s own strengths and weaknesses. 

I post photos on Instagram.

I look for ideas and inspirations from Pinterest.

And I post updates on Facebook.

Do I like what I see on my social media accounts is the question that I would like to answer today. I will only refer to my Facebook account since that is where all the actions are.

Well there are days when my feed is fun and exciting. Some days though they are bearable. I don’t like reading swearing status updates. I understand that they only need an outlet to express their frustrations but if you want to do it on Facebook and it’s set to public, then be prepared for a backlash. Not from me though. I don’t give a hoot. Unless you’re a close friend or family member, then I’ll ask how’s your day been. 

Having said that, I only post my blog updates on my blog’s Facebook page, and once in a while posting updates on the goings-on in my life plus a photo or two.

Over the years though, Facebook has not been as exciting as it used to be. Maybe because I’m a lot older now. Or I’m just over that quick, meaningless ramblings status updates.

How I see Facebook now is it is an exclusive, member only bulletin board.

Get rich quick business opportunities. Cheaper political stage. Real or fake news. Food to eat to achieve long life. Places to visit before you die. 

I welcome all cat photos and videos. They really make my day.

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A Tale of Love and Modern Witches

Today I am going to talk about a summer Korean drama that I am half way watching.

Witch’s Love
Image Source : MBN

It is called Witch’s Love and like most other summer K-dramas, it has a simple and light story line, packaged in 12 episodes. Let me tell you that even for a 12 episodes drama, the kissing scenes are too many to count and it actually surpasses past K-dramas with more high profile actors.

For those who are planning to watch this drama and have yet started, please stop reading because what I’m about to say will contain spoilers.

So we know that ChoHong lost her powers and in order to get it back, she has to kiss her fated man.

The moment she heard the ringing bells while wearing the elf looking ears, she was on the phone with JaeWook and Director Ma was tapping her shoulder at the same time. Who is the ringing bells meant for?

When she got to kiss Director Ma, the rose sign on her chest flickered. What does that mean? She hasn’t gotten her powers back yet at that time, and she was supposed to get her powers back instantly after getting the kiss from her fated man, but she did not.

And we know later on when she fainted and JaeWook gave her CPR, she got her powers back when she was at the emergency department. 

What was the flickering rose all about?

Maybe JaeWook wasn’t her fated man but Director Ma is, and when her powers came back to her while she was at the emergency department it was really a delayed reaction kinda thing?

I don’t know and I can’t wait to find out the conclusion.

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How I Think Religion Affects Us

I am not a very spiritual or religious person. Growing up I joined religious activities because it was expected of me and I feel that I never fully understood why I did what I did back then. It was either you do or you don’t.

Despite all that, I have had experiences where my faith and belief were tested and I would say that if I did not have my basic religious knowledge, it may have been rather difficult to overcome them.

I’m not here to talk about any religions. 

I am here to share about how I see the role a religion plays in our lives.

I see a religion as a concept that can be all powerful in terms of how it drives people to act in a prescribed law.

I see religion as a code of conduct. 

I believe religions are good.

But the people who choose to believe those religions may not always be good.

There are people who choose to leave their religion for all sorts of reasons.

There are also people who choose not to be affiliated to any form of doctrine.

When I was younger, I felt that religion wasn’t that important. Nice to have, but it did not have to be relevant.

As I am much more older now and I live in a place where not everyone has a religion, I could see how lives could be improved upon if only they have some sort of moral conduct or a spiritual compass.

I think human beings are ambitious creatures. Creative thinkers. Adaptable.

As they grow older, their personalities are shaped based on their life-long experiences. Some may have had a lot of successes in their life. Some may not. And as they get much much older, some may have some level of resentment towards other people just because their situation is not as what they expected it to be.

Now I feel that if you have some sort of spiritual awareness, you would know that we can’t have everything in life. We are all gifted with different abilities and they are all blessed upon us. If we could just look at what we have and count them as a blessing, wouldn’t we all lead at least a fulfilling life?

This is where I believe that religion keeps you grounded and thus giving you a peace of mind. Even if someone does not believe in a spiritual deity, being aware of the fact that there is such a thing as a circle of life means nothing lasts forever.

What goes up must come down

Isaac Newton

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On Losing A Tooth and Counting My Blessings

I meant to put up 2 posts every week on my website but last week was an exception of only 1.

It wasn’t because I was running out of idea. Rather it was because I had the impending tooth extraction procedure and the whole week was a rather lousy week for me.

Suffice to say that I have and have had a rather bad luck when it comes to having a medical procedure done. Things don’t always go smoothly or there is that bit of a complication. The extraction was not an exception.

A procedure that was meant for an hour ended up being 5 hours (with breaks in between). I came out alive (and also battered, bloodied and bruised). As horrifying as it was made out to be, I was comforted that the professionals really tried their very best out of a rather messy situation.

A swollen cheek and 3 stitches later (and a still 0.2mm root bit left that can’t be taken out at all), I am hopeful that this experience may have made my life more meaningful. I would rather count my blessings than dwell on the “it could have been…” situations.

As the dentists (yeap, 2 of them worked on my tooth) and the rest of the staff that day commended me on my bravery during the grueling 5 hours, I would like to think that I had no other way but to be brave despite the anxiety and uncertainty that engulfed my mind during certain periods.

And I say to myself every single morning, to always count my blessings.

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The Tooth Conclusion

If you’ve followed my tooth journey here, here and here, you would know that by now I should have ended my journey and a conclusion of some sort should have happened.

Sadly, it ended with a disappointment as the root canal treatment could not be completed successfully.

By that I mean the dentist could not get as deep as they want to in one of my four canals. If I choose to seal the tooth up without really clearing up the last bit of canal, there is a chance that it might flare up in the future.

Disappointing. I was slightly depressed and sad for a few days after my last appointment.

So I opted for an extraction because I just want to get rid of the problematic tooth if it can’t be saved.

Then guess what..to extract the tooth will require more time just because of the crooked root.

Yes, that crooked root has been the bane of my misery. It was because of that root that I couldn’t get the root canal treatment completed successfully. Extracting it won’t be easy either.

Can I be annoyed any further because of this tooth of mine???

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