The Bigger Plan.

“….I believe everything happens for a reason and is all part of a bigger plan. Everything has its own time and place, and I believe I am where I should be.” – New Year’s Day 2015.

4 weeks later, I am certain that everything that has happened in my life has led me to where I am and where I am supposed to be. Along the way, I learnt many life lessons, it wasn’t an easy transition after working from home for some 8 years, in fact, I never realised that it has been so long. What have I been doing the past 8 years? What if I did things differently? What if I led a different lifestyle and I never left the F&B industry in the first place?

Questions, too many to answer but I know one thing for sure; if I had lived any differently, I probably wouldn’t have met the people I got to meet, and the one thought that makes me cringe, what if I didn’t meet Robin? Thankfully, I did.

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Us during NYE 2011

The truth is, in life you need that one person who doesn’t give up on you even when you’re close to giving up on yourself. Someone who sees your potential, someone who keeps pushing you to be a better person and doesn’t hesitate to tell you that you’re not being the best you can be. It can be hard to take in, but we need that truth.

Thank you for being that person for me, love.

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The lights at Absinthe.

All these years I took so much for granted, that I would get a job easily with my qualifications for one. It turned into a 6 month long journey before I found THE JOB I was looking for. Sure I got offers, but interview after interview, I realised those jobs wouldn’t put me in the right direction, I wouldn’t grow the way I want to, so I kept looking. I always enjoyed doing events, so I decided I would pick up where I left off. There were times when I felt lost and on the verge of falling back into complacency, but I made a decision and I was going to stick it out no matter what. I learnt not to readily accept everything that falls into my lap if it won’t help me grow, I learnt to not let people determine and tell me what I am worth. I learnt that I should never settle for comfortable, and if things get comfortable, it means that it is time for a new challenge. Today, I am in Reservations & Events for the TRE Group, handling reservations and events for Absinthe Restaurant Franςais which is located at Boat Quay.

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Absinthe’s outdoor terrace by day. It’s a lovely place to be and especially so in the evening.

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Where will this new adventure take me? Only time will tell, but I will put my best foot forward, every day. No job is easy, but having a job you enjoy waking up to and excelling at makes all the difference.

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My daily view, the office at 46 Bukit Pasoh.

Some of you may wonder, what about the store?

The store is still “operating”. Orders for in-stock items are mailed out on a daily basis since I pass a post box on the way to the office every morning. Customisations will take more time though, for custom orders please email me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com.

For those who may have missed the update, the store is now at http://jeanine-gabrielle.myshopify.com

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Mini Amineko in Mustard $32.90 (London bus not included)

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Q : Do you still customise wedding bouquets?

A : Yes I do, however due to the limited free time I have on weekends, it is advisable to order at least 6 months in advance.

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A previous custom bouquet of roses and peonies.

Since we’re on the topic of flowers and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what IS everyone up to this Valentine’s? I definitely won’t be having a Valentine’s date since Robin will be out of town but if you haven’t made plans with your significant other yet, may I suggest you join me at Absinthe Restaurant Franςais?

Full details in my next post! :)

Absinthe Restaurant Franςais is located at 72 Boat Quay. Tel : 62229068

SHOP : Mini Minions & Cosies!

Update!

I’ve slightly tweaked the Minion’s eyes and goggles and here’s how they look! A tad neater, yes? :)

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“Bye guys!”

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If you’re following me on Instagram (@jeaninegabrielle #jeaninegabrielle), you would have seen these guys popping up in my photos once in awhile, and now they’re finally ready to find forever homes! Each one is carefully handmade with lots of love in a smoke and pet-free home.

Due to the handmade nature of the products, details may vary from piece to piece.

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These guys enjoy picking strawberries once in a while.

Please note that berries and all other “props” featured in this post are sold separately.

In this post, mini Minions and cosies sized up for your cards, phones and passports!

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You’ll find the order form for these items at the end of the post, enjoy the photos! :)

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This little guy is such a cutie!

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This smaller than palm-sized minion wants to go everywhere you go! Perfect for a minion photo bomb anytime, anywhere.

Add on loop and chain and use as a bag charm at no additional cost. Please indicate when ordering.

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Looks like someone got into trouble with the pony. UH-OH.

This rainbow mane pony has been sold, will not be doing exact remakes.

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*Please note that the in-stock piece for the small sized Minion is in dark blue. Please order a remake if you want one in lighter blue.

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Double scoop ice cream bag charm sold separately, look out for it in a separate post coming up!

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What a good buddy! Squish squish squish!

It really is quite therapeutic, a good excuse to keep one on your work desk.

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Pick from three fun sizes!

Super mini minion approximately 4.5cm tall S$14 // Small minion approximately 7cm tall $18 // Medium minion approximately 10cm tall $22

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Whether you’re a frequent business traveller or planning a family trip this June holiday, why not get a new travel buddy? This bright and cheery Minion passport cosy will keep you company wherever you’re headed on your next trip!passportcosy-minion

Minion passport cosy S$32

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Minion card cosy S$18 (right)

Fed up with having to take out your EZ-link card every time you take public transport because you have too many cards that cause errors? Hold your cards separately with this adorable Minion card cosy! Top “slot” for attaching to lanyards, great for kids!

Minion phone cosy S$28 (left)

In-stock piece measures 8.5cm by 14cm. Inner width is approximately 7.8cm.

Will it fit?

If you are unsure if your phone will fit, simply add up the sum of your phone’s (width + thickness) and compare that against the inner width measurement provided. Still not sure? Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com

Additional charges apply for larger phones and tablets.

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These guys are waiting eagerly to find their new homes!

Because I turn 29 this month, all local orders above $29 will enjoy free normal postage! (Not applicable for payments made via Paypal)

To order, simply complete this form, an invoice will be sent to you within 24hours. Thank you!

On a side note, if any of you are wondering why the store @ jeaninegabrielle.com has not been updated in ages, it’s cause I have no technical access to it to make changes! Yahoo Sitebuilder runs only on Windows and I use a Mac, and since my Parallels refused to work and I haven’t been able to fix it, I’m in the midst of looking for alternative options. If any of you have good ideas on how I can move the store to another provider or how I can host my WordPress blog on my domain please do let me know, but for now all updates will be here on the blog! xx