Abigail’s Baptism

December 14, 2014

A special day for a very special girl.

Abigail was baptised on December 14, 2014 at St John’s Cathedral surrounded by her family. Baptised alongside a few other young children, the ceremony was performed by The Very Reverend Dr Peter Catt (Dean of Brisbane), The Reverend Dr Ann Solari, and The Reverend Canon Dr Nigel Leaves.

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Michael and I were incredibly honoured when Kristen and Matt asked us to be Abigail’s godparents. We were thrilled to accept… to love her, guide her, and be a part of her life. Just a little sad that we are now living in Rockhampton so not able to see and spend time with the Gibson family as often!

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Abigail was dressed in a super cute white dress with her hair clipped back. Shoes eventually became non-mandatory as she was more comfortable barefoot.

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With a love for water, Abigail waited as patiently as she could to be baptised…

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But see how incredibly happy she was to be blessed!

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She even made the congregation chuckle as she found a friend with a similar interest in water

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Unfortunately, our camera died so we don’t have many photos to share!

Happy and proud parents!

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Bright outside, and hungry!

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Abigail’s baptism was followed by lunch with Matt and Kristen’s families, as well as Christine and her mom, at Il Centro.

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Tried their infamous sand crab lasagne with creamed crustacean sauce – so rich and delicious!

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And also enjoyed the potato gnocchiette with seared scallops and roasted chestnuts – yum!

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It was also really nice to meet and spend time with both sides of their family 🙂 Thank you so much Matt and Kristen for not only letting us be a part of Abigail’s special day, but also her life!

Fam in Brisbane: Beach getaway at The Sanctuary

December 06-13, 2014

The day my mom, Mike and I got back from our Singapore/Malaysia trip coincided with the arrival of Mike’s family to Brisbane.

For a week of relaxation and to spend time together, we booked a holiday home at Noosa (Sunshine Coast). The house was large, beautiful, and comfortable. Tucked away giving privacy and tranquility.

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Spacious kitchen, even a deck and BBQ.

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The only downfall? The Sanctuary is located on Upper Hastings Drive (not mentioned in the listing) which required a hike up 200 steep stairs. Good exercise for Michael and I, but a little difficult to enjoy for the rest of our group.

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The view was nice though!

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We spent every day at the beach, often with a 6am morning swim before breakfast.

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My mom was amazing. She marinated numerous types of Vietnamese meats and we had delicious BBQs almost every night. We also did go out for a few meals, including this cozy and yummy breakfast at Gaston!

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My mom showing us one of the activities she enjoyed as a kid – making butterflies from flowers

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Sunshine, the ocean, good food, board games, catching up on books, talks and laughs… vacation always seems to pass too quickly!

SIN/KL 2014: The remainder of our trip

Dec 03-05, 2015

As many bloggers would agree, a lot of time and effort goes into writing our posts. For me, the process often starts by first sorting, choosing, and editing (limitedly, because I don’t really have editing skills) which photos to share. Next, I sit and often spend hours drafting my story with lots of fact checking to accompany the photos I’ve taken. This is especially true of my travel posts. Not only do I want to want to (accurately) share my adventures, but they are also a record for me to look back on. In a few years, I might not remember the name of a certain restaurant I ate at or the significance of a certain monument I visited. The hours I spend writing the posts are an investment in order to look back on my memories in the future.

Imagine the frustration when a post you spent so much time writing is lost and you can’t recover it.

That’s exactly what happened over 2 months ago when I was trying play catch up on my posts of our trip to Singapore and Malaysia, and lost a draft I had spent a significant amount of time on.

Although it has happened numerous times in the past, I was so fed up I couldn’t even think about blogging for days. And then things got hectic and I continued putting blogging aside. I’ve always had a personal rule to blog chronologically, even if I was behind. To me, it simply made sense to write down your stories in order of occurrence.

But now, I have decided to change my own rules. I will write whatever I want, in whatever order I want, whenever I want 🙂

So… I will revisit the remainder of our trip to Singapore and Malaysia in the future when I feel like it and share them with you more extensively then.

For now, please feel free to take a look at my photo album of our Singapore & Malaysia trip HERE

Thanks for reading and until next time!

I’m back!

Hello friends,

It’s hard for me to believe that it has already been over 2 months since my last post. And even that one was written one month retrospectively! Sandra and the Works has never experienced such a long absence!

In addition to being extremely busy these past few months, the recent changes in my life have made me think long and hard about continuing my blog. Should I continue writing and if so, what should I write about and how should I share it?

I have now decided that I definitely want to continue blogging. It was a hobby I enjoyed immensely for the past five years… why should I stop now?

There have been a number of exciting and fun events that have happened since my last post for Dec 02, 2014 – that I really can’t wait to get back to sharing with you!

Stay tuned!