"True love is worth searching for"

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Happy Champagne JSG Couple

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Dear Joan,

Roy and I would like to say a big Thank You to you and your colleagues at Champagne JSG.  Thanks to your introduction 3 years ago, we now have a beautiful family!

Before Roy and I signed up with Champagne JSG, each of us was already taking active steps to get to know more people through other avenues.  When we signed up with Champagne JSG, we thought it would be another “one of those” efforts we take.  However, when I first met you in 2010, I was struck by your personable service and sincere attitude to get to know me at a personal level – I felt that you treated me like a friend, rather than like a client.  This was unlike the service I got with other larger agencies.  After every meet-up, you would take my feedback seriously, and improve upon the next match.  The matches just got closer and closer each time.

In May 2011, I got a call from you asking if I would mind getting to know someone working in the same organisation as me (we worked in a very large organisation), and I said I wouldn’t mind.  That was how Roy and I met.  We clicked almost right away, as we shared many similar values, including being family-oriented.  We got married in the following year, and we now have a beautiful daughter who is turning 10 months old – 3 years after we met through you.

As we embark on our new family life, we would like to express our appreciation to Champagne JSG for helping us find a match that worked.  May many more people with the same hope find their happiness through you.

Cheers!

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April 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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ARE YOU WITH THE RIGHT PARTNER?

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During a seminar, a woman asked,” How do I know if I am with the right person?”

The author then noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so he said, “It depends. Is that your partner?”

In all seriousness, she answered “How did you know?”

“Let me answer this question because the chances are good that it’s weighing on your mind.” replied the author.

Here’s the answer:

Every relationship has a cycle… In the beginning; you fall in love with your partner. You anticipate their calls, want their touch, and like their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to DO anything. That’s why it’s called “falling” in love.

People in love sometimes say, I was swept of my feet. Picture the expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is a passive and spontaneous experience. But after a few months or years of being together, the euphoria of love fades. It’s a natural cycle of EVERY relationship.

Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, drive you nuts. The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship; you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your partner might start asking, “Am I with the right person?” And as you reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when relationships breakdown.

The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the person you found.

People blame their partners for their unhappiness and look outside for fulfillment. Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes.

Infidelity is the most common. But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances. But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your relationship. It lies within it.

I’m not saying that you couldn’t fall in love with someone else. You could. And TEMPORARILY you’d feel better. But you’d be in the same situation a few years later.

Because (listen carefully to this)

The key to succeeding in a relationship is not finding the right person; it’s learning to love the Person you found.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. You have to work on it day in and day out. It takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it demands WISDOM. You have to know WHAT TO DO to make it work. Make no mistake about it.

Love is NOT a mystery. There are specific things you can do (with or without your partner), just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships. If you know how to apply these laws, the results are predictable.

Love is therefore a “decision”. Not just a feeling.

Remember this always: the universe determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go!

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January 3, 2014 at 12:59 am

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96 Celsius

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Popularised by the Channel 8 drama, this event will offer participants an insight into coffee appreciation and coffee making. Mingle with other coffee lovers over snacks and of course a cup of coffee. You will get some hands on experience in coffee making as well.

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October 23, 2013 at 1:20 am

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Paintball Action

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Get ready for some outdoor combat and shooting! Team up with your new found friends to eliminate your enemies, save the hostages, grab the enemy flag. This is a highly adrenaline rush event not to be missed.

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October 23, 2013 at 1:17 am

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Kelong Getaway

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September 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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It takes two…and a whole lot of hard work.

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“Falling in love is easy; staying in love is the challenge.”

It felt like not too long ago when falling in and out of love was a part of my everyday life. I watched as it happened around me and I also saw how it manifested in my own life. Falling in love felt like the highest point of a rollercoaster ride- the point right before the drop- it was exhilarating yet nerve-wrecking. What came soon after was not as thrilling; it was just gut-wrenchingly painful.

One day I decided, “Enough of heartbreaks; I want to settle down.” I thought that was one of the best decisions of my life, until I realised how hard it was to achieve what seemed like a simple goal of “settling down”.

For a long time, I yearned to be part of a blissful couple- one that has been together through thick and thin, and still able to look at each other with a loving and longing gaze. The kind of couple portrayed in movies and dramas, where they would drive off into the sunset and live happily ever after.

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I wanted that but I had no idea how to get there…not till experience taught me what it took to become such a couple; effective communication and conscious effort.

Falling in love was the easy part, and the honeymoon period that came straight after made it all the more better. Conversations were filled with sweet nothings, and smiles were constantly plastered on faces. Mistakes were overlooked, and annoying habits were thought to be cute.

However, as all good things must come to an end, the honeymoon period will soon be over when small little habits that used to be adorable become the reason for arguments. This then becomes a vulnerable phase for couples, and many (my past relationships included) have failed to emerge victorious from the stormy waters.

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“How will one survive such harsh conditions?”

How does a couple pull through such difficult times then?

It all boils down to how much the couple treasures and wants the relationship to work out. Needless to say, it takes effort from both sides, because as much as it takes two to argue, it also takes two to build a happy relationship.

The key to it all is effective communication, and such communication requires conscious effort. The effort put in to keep the love boat afloat transcends to all areas of the relationship. This means in all things said and done, both parties have to consciously choose to speak and behave in a loving and patient manner.

Sounds easy? Wait till you give it a try.

Being loving and patient all the time means we have to fight back a large number of our natural tendencies.

It means not snapping at our other half because we have had a bad day. Or to yell when we think our other half is not listening or not understanding what we are trying to say. It also means that we need to patiently explain why a particular habit bothers us, instead of simply disapproving the action.

In summary, putting in conscious effort to maintain the relationship means choosing to stay even when the going gets tough. It means showing your other half that you are here to stay, and the both of you will make it through, together.

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I remember my mum telling me, “Love is a module that you will spend your entire life learning, and never graduating.” True enough, settling down and having a long-lasting, happy relationship is one that requires hard work that will last a life time…but the rewards are always a plenty.

Author Qimin, Champagne JSG

 

 

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August 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm

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LOVING MEANS LETTING GO

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To some, Love is like a monster, out to cause misery and pain but I think Love is like a friendly giant-­‐ adorable and kind but often misunderstood.

I have heard many things about Love while growing up and I am not sure which exactly are accurate and which ones are just a misled and sad person ranting in the form of quotes/statements. But one quote always stuck in my head: “If you love someone, you have to let him/her go”.

What in the world does that even mean??? If I want to be romantically involved with someone, I need to let him/her go? What? Then there will be no relationship!

…clearly I did not understand what the author of that quote meant back then but I think I have a slight inkling about it now.

Many times we think of Love as something that we give. It is a part of us, which we give, willingly, to someone because we adore them. But more often than not, we also ask to receive something in return for the love that we have given. Sounds somewhat like barter trading? Still, we do wish to receive something as reciprocation of our given love.

Other times, we seek to measure and find proofs of Love. “I love you enough to do…for you”, or “If you love me, you would…for me!” And if you are Bruno Mars, you would probably go catch a grenade or put your hand on a blade for the person that you love.

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We try to quantify Love into something that we can see and then decide for ourselves whether or not we should love that person more or less, depending on how much he/she is willing to do for us.

But that is not what Love is.

Love does not exist only when there is someone ready to accept it. It exists as long as you are willing to give it.

Love is also not represented by how many gifts you receive or how much danger a person is willing to encounter for you.

Love is also not the number of favours given. Love is a voluntary thing. Love also only seeks the benefit of the other person. Love does not care about itself…Love cares about the person who receives it.

So what does it mean when we say that we need to let go of the person we love?

I think it means freedom…the freedom to choose and make decisions. It means we cannot coerce the person into loving us or being appreciative of our love. It also means that regardless of whether or not the person acknowledges our love, it does not affect the existence of our love for him/her.

Take parents for example.

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There will always come a time when most parents will struggle with letting go or loosening their grip on their children. Most possibly this happens when their children are in their teenage years or approaching adulthood. They will struggle because they love their children…they want the best for their children but they are afraid to let their children run loose in this world.

Regardless, parents will eventually have to let go.

They will have to take the back seat and watch their children grow. They will have to be accepting when one day their children come to them and say, “Mum/Dad, I love this guy/girl so much but he/she doesn’t seem to appreciate me”, and provide comfort and advice.

They can only watch while their children fall in and out of love, and smile when their children say, “Why am I always being hurt by the people I love?”, but they cannot ask, “Then what about us, your parents?”

They will also have to grit their teeth when they see their children getting hurt by the people in this world because they know that it is all part and parcel of growing up.

They stop being a shield for their children. Instead, they become a safety net, a bomb shelter, a safe place where their children can turn to when they have grazed their knees.

And that, in my opinion, is what letting go when you love someone means.

It means being there but not taking away their freedom of choice and decision-­‐making. It means not asking to receive love but to give unconditionally. It also means continuing to love them even though they do not see or appreciate the love that they are receiving from you.

But do not be mistaken that such Love can only be found between parents and children, or lovers. The same perseverance and endurance applies whenever you love someone-­‐ as a friend, as a partner, as a sibling, or in any type of relationship.

At the end of the day, Love is that friendly giant that protects, cares, and gives only the best for the other, without ever asking for anything in return.

Qimin, Champagne JSG

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July 21, 2013 at 3:08 am

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