Friday, June 30, 2006

Meet up with Jasmine

I'm so thankful that Jasmine, at my last minute notice, managed to find time to meet up with me.
It was a short chat of less than 2 hours but we had our laughs and talk about children. It's really nice to hear some interesting stories from her, cause afterall she's an experienced mummy of 3.
And you know until now, I'm still so envious of her. She still looks as gorgeous and slim as in school. 3 children and she's still looking good. One look at me, people thinks I'm a mummy of 3 instead of her.
I actually forgot to have a picture taken together, when the camera was in my bag. Argh! Next time okay Jasmine? With your permission too, I shall dig up photos of us taken many years back and post it in my blog.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Korean Red Ginseng

This picture best illustrates how I am feeling now

I needed to get new supplies of Korean Red Ginseng as my supply at home has finished. Just a trip to the Medical Hall saw me $1000 poorer. Mom seeing that I needed to get (1986) Korean Red Ginseng decided to share half with me. So we bought the whole box of it, the lady helped us sliced it and then separate it equally for us.
I know some people will buy Korean Ginseng from Korea and claim its efficacy. Well, what i heard from people is that it is very heaty. My MIL has asked me to give it to my hubby to help him with his asthma, which she claims it has helped her daughter (my SIL). I don't deny that it might work on her but it works differently on different people. If it works on you, go ahead and take it. If not.. spend more money ( I still believe in 一分钱,一分huo) to get the best.
You might be thinking why this is heaty and the ones that we bought is not heaty. Well, some knowledge that I have and would like to share is -
It takes 6 years for Ginseng to be fully grown. The ones that people buy from Korean are consumed immediately once they reached 6 years. The ones that we bought go through a process of heating etc.. and kept for many years. The older they are; the more expensive it is.

Korean ginseng is very powerful. Korean ginseng comes in red and white form.The herb,korean ginseng is one of the most widely used and acclaimed herbs in the world. Korean ginseng scientific name is Panax ginseng, which is the species from which Chinese ginseng, Korean ginseng (red, and white ginseng) are produced. Chinese and Korean ginseng are the same plant cultivated in different regions, and have slightly different properties according to Chinese medicine. White ginseng is simply the dried or powdered root of Korean ginseng, while red ginseng is the same root (korean ginseng) that is steamed and dried in heat or sunlight. Red korean ginseng is said to be slightly stronger and more stimulating in the body than white korean ginseng, according to Chinese herbalism.
Korean ginseng has had a long and illustrious history as an herb for health, and has been used for thousands of years throughout the Orient as a medicine and tonic. Early Chinese medicine texts written in the first century A.D. mention ginseng, and ginseng has long been classified by Chinese medicine as a "superior" herb. This means it is said to promote longevity and vitality. Legends around the world have touted ginseng as an aphrodisiac and sexual tonic. Researchers have found a slight connection between sex drive and consuming ginseng, although a direct link and the mechanism of action are still researched and disputed.

Korean ginseng grows on moist, shaded mountainsides in China, Korea, and Russia. It is a perennial herb that reaches heights of two or more feet, and is distinguished by its dark green leaves and red clusters of berries. The root of the plant is the part valued for its medicinal properties. The root is long and slender and sometimes resembles the shape of the human body. Asian legends claim that this "man-root" has magical powers for those lucky enough to afford or find it, and the roots bearing the closest resemblance to the human body are still the most valuable ones. The word ren shen in Chinese means roughly "the essence of the earth in the shape of a man."

Korean ginseng has historically been one of the most expensive of herbs, as it has been highly in demand in China and the Far East for centuries. Wars have been fought in Asia over lands where it grew wild. Wild Korean ginseng is now nearly extinct from many regions. Single roots of wild plants have recently been auctioned in China and New York City for sums approaching $50,000. Most of the world's supply of Korean ginseng is cultivated by farmers in Korea and China.

Both American and Siberian ginseng are considered by Chinese herbalists to be different herbs than Korean ginseng, and are said to have different effects and healing properties in the body. To add more confusion, there are eight herbs in Chinese medicine which are sometimes called ginseng, including black ginseng, purple ginseng, and prince's ginseng, some of which are not at all botanically related to Panax ginseng, so consumers should choose ginseng products with awareness.

General use
The word panax is formed from Greek roots meaning "cure-all," and Panax ginseng has long been considered to be one of the great healing and strengthening herbs in natural medicine. Ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, which is a substance that helps the body adapt to stress and balance itself without causing major side effects. Korean ginseng is used as a tonic for improving overall health and stamina, and Chinese herbalists particularly recommend it for the ill, weak, or elderly. Korean ginseng has long been asserted to have longevity, anti-senility, and memory improvement effects in the aged population. As it helps the body to adapt to stress, athletes may use ginseng as herbal support during rigorous training. Korean ginseng generally increases physical and mental energy. It is a good tonic for the adrenal glands, and is used by those suffering from exhaustion, burnout, or debilitation from chronic illness.

Traditional Chinese medicine also prescribes Korean ginseng to treat diabetes, and research has shown that it enhances the release of insulin from the pancreas and lowers blood sugar levels. Korean ginseng has been demonstrated to lower blood cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to have antioxidant effects and to increase immune system activity, which makes it a good herbal support for those suffering from cancer and AIDS and other chronic conditions that impair the immune system. Further uses of Korean ginseng in Chinese medicine include treatment of impotence, asthma, and digestive weakness.

Scientists have isolated what they believe are the primary active ingredients in ginseng, chemicals termed saponin triterpenoid glycosides, or commonly called ginsenocides. There are nearly 30 ginsenocides in Korean ginseng. Much research on Korean ginseng has been conducted in China, but controlled human experiments with it have not been easily accessible to the English-speaking world. Recent research in China was summarized by Dr. C. Lui in the February 1992 issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, where he wrote that Panax ginseng was found to contain 28 ginsenocides that "act on the central nervous system, cardiovascular system and endocrine secretion, promote immune function, and have effects on anti-aging and relieving stress."
To summarize other research, Korean ginseng has been shown in studies to have significant effects for the following.

· Physical improvement and performance enhancement for athletes: A study performed over three years in Germany showed athletes given ginseng had favorable improvement in several categories over a control group who took a placebo. Another 1982 study showed that athletes given ginseng had improved oxygen intake and faster recovery time than those given placebos.

· Mental performance improvement and mood enhancement: In general, studies show that ginseng enhances mental performance, learning time, and memory. One study of sixteen volunteers showed improvement on a wide variety of mental tests, including mathematics. Another study showed that those performing intricate and mentally demanding tasks improved performance when given Korean ginseng. Finally, a study has shown improvement of mood in depression sufferers with the use of ginseng.

· Antifatigue and antistress actions: Patients with chronic fatigue who were given ginseng showed a statistically significant improvement in physical tests and in mental attention and concentration, when compared with those given placebos.

· Lowering blood sugar: Animal studies have shown that ginseng can facilitate the release of insulin from the pancreas and increase the number of insulin receptors in the body.

· Antioxidant properties: Scientific analysis of ginseng has shown that it has antioxidant effects, similar to the effects of vitamins A, C, and E. Thus, ginseng could be beneficial in combating the negative effects of pollution, radiation, and aging.

· Cholesterol reduction: Some studies have shown that Korean ginseng reduces total cholesterol and increases levels of good cholesterol in the body.

· Anticancer effects and immune system stimulation: Several tests have shown that Korean ginseng increases immune cell activity in the body, including the activity of T-cells and lymphocytes, which are instrumental in fighting cancer and other immune system disorders like AIDS. A Korean study indicates that taking ginseng may reduce the chances of getting cancer, as a survey of more than 1,800 patients in a hospital in Seoul showed that those who did not have cancer were more likely to have taken ginseng regularly than those patients who had contracted cancer.

· Physical and mental improvement in the elderly: One study showed significant improvement in an elderly test group in visual and auditory reaction time and cardiopulmonary function when given controlled amounts of Korean ginseng. Korean ginseng has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of menopause.

· Impotence: Studies of human sexual function and Korean ginseng have been generally inconclusive, despite the wide acclaim of ginseng as a sexual tonic. Tests with lab animals and ginseng have shown some interesting results, indicating that Korean ginseng promotes the growth of male reproductive organs, increases sperm and testosterone levels, and increases sexual activity in laboratory animals. In general, scientists believe the link between ginseng and sex drive is due to ginseng's effect of strengthening overall health and balancing the hormonal system.

Korean ginseng can be purchased as whole roots, powder, liquid extracts, and tea. Roots should be sliced and boiled in water for up to 45 minutes to extract all the beneficial nutrients. One to five grams of dry root is the recommended amount for one serving of tea. Herbalists recommend that ginseng not be boiled in metal pots, to protect its antioxidant properties. Ginseng should be taken between meals for best assimilation.

Consumers should be aware of the different kinds of ginseng, and which type is best suited for them. Red Korean ginseng is considered stronger and more stimulating than white, wild ginseng is stronger than cultivated, and Korean ginseng is generally believed to be slightly stronger than Chinese. Furthermore, American and Siberian ginseng have slightly different properties than Korean ginseng, and consumers should make an informed choice as to which herb is best suited for them. Chinese herbalists do not recommend Korean ginseng for those people who have "heat" disorders in their bodies, such as ulcers, high blood pressure, tension headaches, and symptoms associated with high stress levels. Korean ginseng is generally not recommended for those with symptoms of nervousness, mental imbalance, inflammation, or fever. Korean ginseng is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, and women of childbearing age should use ginseng sparingly, as some studies imply that it can influence estrogen levels. Also, Chinese herbalists typically only prescribe ginseng to older people or the weak, as they believe that younger and stronger people do not benefit as much from it and ginseng is "wasted on the young."

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Smile, you're on the map!!

Was surprised to receive this email, less then 2 hours after I've submitted Athena's photo in.
----- Original Message -----
From: Four Million Smiles Campaign
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 7:36 PM
Subject: [Norton AntiSpam] You have successfully contributed to our Four Million Smiles!

Hi Athena Ting,

Thank you for your picture submission.

To see how it has become a vital part of our mural, click here. And while you’re at it, send a special greeting or your photo to a friend with our eCards!

See if you can spot it! It's somewhere in the Western part of Singapore

Click here to view.

If can't view, look for Page 70 of 71

Monday, June 26, 2006

Chanting for durians, durians and durians

Had a sudden craving for durian last evening. As I spoke to hubby about the superbly nice durian he bought from Carrefour weeks ago (he said the guy told him it's better than D24).
Anyway, since I had this sudden craving.. I thought a trip to the supermarket at Rivervale Mall will help me curb my craving.
But when I got there, the guy who is always asking people to buy durians is not there. In replacement, on the shelf were some persimmons. Was very disappointed and sulked to hubby "so suay.. of all days he's not here!" All hubby did was give me the smile.

I began dreaming about durians and my grandma's (now uncle's) durian plantation in Muar. Dreamt about how excited I was whenever I heard the durian drop in the night and then next morning, we have a feast.
Then I started chanting for durians . Somehow I think I sound pathetic enough for my chant to work today.
In the afternoon, dad came home with .......... YOU GUESSED IT RIGHT! I smell durians. Was happy like a cow or was it a pig? Threw whatever I was doing aside, and asked mom to open it for me. (Love to eat, but scared get pricked, So useless!)
I can't remember how many I had.. it was plentiful until I didn't have stomach for dinner.

Came back home first before hubby. Then hubby came back an hour later while I was scrubbing towels in the toilet (so we didn't see each other until later) and when I walked past the dining table to bring the towel to the kitchen, I can smell D-U-R-I-A-N. I came out from kitchen and then he told me "I bought durian, but it's not the nice one from Carrefour." What the heck man! He had the kind intention and I should be grateful.

Aricia must have enjoyed the durians. Suddenly she had so much proteins from the crazy mummy by stuffing durians. Told hubby "no need to drink milk tonight. Aricia has enough of proteins from the durians I had."

As I said that.. I felt funny in my throat. Oops!


After some emailing with my siblings and sister in-laws. We finally got the highly voted picture to be submitted for Smile 2006. Yup! Pictures of my girl cheesing out infront of camera.





And winning picture is................................ (drumroll)
Ta-dah! Looks quite blurry though coz'it was taken on mobile phone.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Brought girl out alone to Marina Square for the Young Parents Fiesta, as I wanted to enrol her for the Cute Kid Contest. But you see her picture?? How to be one of those 20 selected for voting?? She simply refuse to smile..... And to think I've chosen the wrong dress. (who would have thought the background would be green in colour too?)

For more details, you can view it from Athena's blog

Took the opportunity to renew my subscription. Girl was so sweet, asked her if she wanted to select the subsciption gift for herself or for her sister, Aricia. She said "I want to give to Aricia."So sweet of her..

Saturday, June 24, 2006

One thing off my mind

Finally have one thing off my mind - the helper is settled. We went to Hougang Greeen to look around the agencies there. Infact, we only went into 2 agencies and took up the 2nd agency.
Looks easy to choose a helper, but in reality it's not. If you're dealing with new helpers you can only look at their photo and credentials. And cross your fingers that you've made a right choice.

Our helper from Myanmar is due to arrive in mid July or third week of July. Initially there was a debate between hubby and me on when the helper should arrive. He feels that it's still early, the helper should arrive one month I'm due to pop. I feel that the helper should come in earlier than that as it gives me ample time to teach our helper how I would want her to go about cleaning the house- and most importantly the cooking skills she has to learn from my mom.

Hubby had to 'suan'me infront of stranger. Duh! When the agent asked about my requirements. I mentioned about 'ability to cook', then she said "cook.. you don't expect them to cook a big meal. You gotta teach them."
M: Yah, of course.... I don't expect a helper to cook as well as those big chefs..
Hubby: Not like you know how to cook to teach her??
Agent: (started laughing)
M: (argh!!)

Friday, June 23, 2006

Sesame Street Show

Finally the show we've been waiting for (or maybe I've been waiting for).

I usually like to buy the first row for any shows - musicals that I go to. So needless to say I booked a front row for me and my girl. We were the priviledged few where the characters were able to hug the children. (a barricade was set up to prevent other children from running forward to our row) A few of them actually hugged my girl. But then, you know what's the disadvantage of being seated infront? Being stopped for videography. Err... I've got my tricks lah!

Video 1
Video 2
Photos ready for viewing

I'm glad my girl enjoyed herself, dancing to the music and picking up confettis.(sigh..)
I look forward to the next live performance which I can bring her. No matter what! First row seating is still my favourite.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Mum says "I love my girl too much"

Mum says I love my girl too much. I think her statement is very true.

Although girl can drive me crazy at times. But I find myself laughing at her most of the time. Her little actions and words tickles me.

Things that I enjoy from her :
1. The way she runs to our main door with her schoolbag behind her back.
2. The way she comes to me when I pick her up from school. And then she starts yakking to me about what the children did etc..
3. The way she laughs (using two hands to cover her mouth, and shrugging her shoulders a little)
4. The way she talks when she's trying to get my attention.
There are so many things that I can list down but it's going to be endless.

I wish I can stop her from growing up. I believe I'll cry buckets when she marries. (probably beg her to move somewhere near us)

miss her....

Methods to sun a jaundiced baby

Had a great laugh today when mom related the story of our neighbour (in Tampines) actually brought out her few days old granddaughter to "sun" under the hot afternoon sun.
The funny part was mom said "I went out to the corridor to sun my keropok and ikan bilis. So happened they opened the door and brought out the grandson. Imagine keropok, ikan bilis one side; baby another side."
I wonder if you remember many years ago, there was a headline news of a man trying to sun his few days old baby on a plank; supported by bamboo poles. Parents in an anxiety to help their children; never think of consequences.
In the case of our neighbour, although they carried the baby in an outstretched arms. But mom said baby girl's eyes were opened. They should have covered her eyes.

I am not an expert when it comes to sunning a jaundiced baby. But this is what I found out from my PD when my girl had relatively high level of jaundice when she was born.
1. Indirect sunlight (not direct sunlight)
2. 10-15 minutes each session. Do it twice a day
3. Cover eyes
4. Don't have to let baby lie on back, can lie on the sides.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I'm a Bad & Naughty Mummy!!

I didn't follow my head but my heart today. Instead of bringing her to school today (as intended), I decided to surprise her by bringing her out with me to Orchard. Of course she was elated when I told her in the morning that she'll be with me the whole day for gai-gai. Immediately, she said "then we go to ELC." Went into her room and picked up what she wanted to wear.
After watching her Hi5, Dora and Backyardigans we had to leave home. Cheery mood she has.... was relatively obedient the whole day. What we really did can be read from her blog. I will only write in my thoughts & my childishness in mine.

Hardly had the chance to go up to Level 4- where you can get Art & Craft supplies (above Book Kinokuniya). What I first saw made my heart melt. I was so excited to see my favourite Diddl & Friends characters. Yup! I'm a mummy but I'm soft when it comes to cute things...

Of course my favourite had to be the Diddl Mouse which I first saw in Frankfurt years ago. And what I first called it before I knew its name - 'si gniao chi'(in dialect). Everytime I am in Europe, I'll be in awe of that cute little mousey.The last time I saw it was last January and I kindda miss that mousey. So I stepped into The Better Toy Store wanting to get something for myself. I'm in for a greater suprise, inside the store were toys from Europe. Familiar brands like Brio, Pintoy,HABA and Selecta Spiel were there. Very tempted to buy her everything from the shop. But in the end, I bought her this PUZZLE BLOCKS. The sales assistant offered to show me how to play the game. And you know what?!? I can't even fix a simple puzzle. After some time I managed it, girl was still struggling with it. So when I got the answer, the guy put down the two pieces for girl. She did it within 10 seconds. Umm.. I hope to make her a genius. And if that's not enough, read her blog and see what I bought for her from ELC

Brought her to Centrepoint for Playtime with Pooh. She had always wanted to go into the bouncy castle but was so scared. I can't describe the expression on her face, she seemed helpless and wanted me to hold on to her. But parents are not allowed in, so I asked her to come out.
I simply don't understand why she has this behaviour whenever she's outside. She bites her lips and holds her little finger with the other hand (as shown in the sample below picture). Is she nervous, shy or scared? I wonder if there's any way to help her. Hard to believe that she's a tyrant at home but a scardy cat outside. Would you understand if I tell you how it breaks my heart when I see other children pushing their way around her to be infront of her, and she doesn't fight back? Then she looks at me in a sad way... I wish I can protect her for life - but I can't.************************************************************************************
That crazy girl, today called me "mum" the whole day. If that did not attract the attention of strangers turning their heads to look at a child who calls her mum "mum" and not "mummy", wait till I tell you this...
She spoke funny too! Her "mum" sounded with an accent. And she even said things like "mum, can you please come here?", "mum, what is this?" , "mum, I'm talking to you." - all with an accent. It sounded like as if we've stayed in the Western part of the world before. Caucasians turned to look & smile at the charming little girl acting like a young lady. What they did not know was the moment she said those funny sentences, she started dancing and hopping in the mall. Almost drove me crazy but I decided to keep cool.... otherwise may go into early labour.
In all, although I could have gone out and enjoy time for myself, but I chose to bring her out. I am glad that every second is spent with her. It makes me think "it's so great to have a child.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Her kind intention

I'm sure you'll go "aw..." when I share with you this.

2 days ago on our outing to Suntec, I casually mentioned to girl to "buy something for daddy for Father's Day." She kept asking "daddy what you want?" when we were at Marina Square walking towards Suntec

When daddy didn't answer, she asked "daddy you want Osim?" (remembering the advertisement she saw on TV) She ran into Body Shop and picked up a pack of perfume vials, which I told her it's for girls not boys. She ran to another side and picked up a bar of soap.When I asked her "Is daddy that smelly?" She gave me a sheepish smile and put it back on the shelf.

We thought she would have forgotten about it, but she didn't. She saw Osim on the second floor and asked us to bring her up. Then she kept asking "daddy, you want Osim?" He replied "how much do you have?" " I don't have alot of money, only $4. Daddy we go Osim."

So sweet of her. Come to think of it, it's only girls who will do all these sweet-talking. I'm so glad I'll have 2 girls who will try to win their daddy's heart.

New toy

Athena skipped school today, and since she skipped school I decided that she has to go to school tomorrow (my initial intention was to bring her out with me to Orchard tomorrow). So.. brought her out for a short while as I needed to get out of the four walls.!

We were out for a mere 2 1/2 hours and I am more than $40 broke! A few days ago she saw this toy from her Princess magazine, kept staring at the toy and asked her daddy to buy her the new toy.

Today, a trip into Kiddy Palace was a wrong move. She saw the toy and stood still. Looked on at me and gave me that pitiful look smile, and said "mummy please buy for me..."

No questions were asked and I bought that for her after I picked up some Avent stuffs I need for Aricia. Athena was so cute picked up a water bottle and told me to buy that for Aricia, which I told her that Aricia would be too young to use it.

Went up to the library where she picked up some books. And I picked up one too on Breastfeeding. Hopefully I have the time to read up, and I really want to breastfeed Aricia as long as I can. I didn't have enough milk for Athena, only fed her for less than a month, tried the fish & papaya soup but it didn't help.

We left the place after our dinner.

Here she is playing with her new toy.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Greed or plain stupidity?

I'm glad that Ronald Emmanuel Emeka was arrested for cheating the innocent people.

But on the other hand, I'm aghast that people can fall into such traps
Man loses $48,000 in Nigerian e-mail scam

Is it pure greed or plain stupidity? Nothing comes free in this world, you gotta work hard to reap your results. I hope people can wise up a little, well to be wiser than tricksters!

Sample of Nigerian email scam as google searched from Internet

Idiots who don't understand the campaign

I just can't believe it - The number of idiots Singapore has!!

Train down to Orchard yesterday as would be spending more than 6 hours there.

Usually I would prefer to push the stroller up the escalator. But now that I'm pregnant, I'd not want to strain myself. So as the campaign puts it across, people who needs it more - elderly, wheelchair passengers and those with strollers- to use the lift. Then what happens when I'm there waiting for the lift? Bloody assholes who are able-bodied people made their way to the lift as well and actually went into the lift while I had the right of way. And I had to wait for the next lift.

Well, I'm a person who will speak my mind. I spoke so loudly to my girl before the lift door closes. "I just don't understand why some people are so lazy to use the escalators when WE - the people being encouraged to use lifts had to wait for the next lift."One guy was with me, well it's justifiable that he uses the lift coz' he was dragging a bag and was holding onto a garment bag and another file in his hand (looked like lawyer to me). He smiled at me when he heard what I said. And mind you he was a gentleman. He held onto the lift door for me; let me get in. And the lift buttons was so his side; held the button for me to get out. Good people deserves credit, I thanked him for his help and as usual would ask girl to thank whoever holds the door for us. Honestly speaking, I think it's the good SIA culture we have when we underwent training. We greeted everyone Good morning; afternoon etc.. and thanked people when they hold the door for us; and we hold the doors for people. Sometimes, it teaches us initiatives when we see people who needs help eg. ladies pushing strollers struggling to carry stroller up/down the steps. And you see many men walking about not helping. So I must thank SIA for this culture that was instilled in me since.

But then again, think of it. I better not say I was an SIA girl- coz' I speak my mind if I'm rather pissed.

Don't be mistaken, I'm not saying that the lifts can only be utilised by the people who needs it more. Ordinary people can use it too, but give way to those who needs it more.

Still harping on the lift issue...

In the evening was in the lift with girl (without stroller) in Plaza Singapura. Girl likes to press the button for people. So when we got in, there was this young couple with their maid and infant in stroller in it. The lift went up to the 6th floor, girl held onto the lift door. What shocked me was the lack of gentleman-ness that father has!! I wouldn't have mind if the mother and maid pushed the infant out. But that guy saw her holding onto the lift (and mind you, it was a little girl) walked out as if he deserved it. And never attempt to hold on the door.

Then the " possessed spirit" suddenly came into my body and I said "Thank you Athena for holding onto the door. It's very nice and kind of you but some people just don't appreciate it by holding the door for a small little girl. " Yup! That caught the attention of the young couple but they scared shit and walked away.

Am I being too much? I think I've mentioned about some nice people I've met along the way. But majority of Singaporeans are selfish people, they don't want to give but expect to take. And how they are suppose to show their children manners? I don't know........maybe that's why my girl tends to hear alot of "speeches" from me when I teach her the value of life. Maybe that's why I tell people that bringing up a child is not easy, but to them they find it easy.

Let me share with you what I've seen in Prague. Everytime I get onto a train, I observe what the Czechs did. An old woman or someone who needs the seat more can get to choose where she wants to sit. Why? It's not that there are designated seats in the trains. But once a person walks in You observe...... at least 5 people would stand up to give up their seats. So, can I say that the person has a choice to choose where he/she wants to sit. And not only that, I observed a 60+ standing up to give up her seat to a 70+ man. Should we feel ashamed? Singaporeans all only pretend to fall asleep in the train. Even now, they see a pregnant lady (me) they don't automatically stand up to give up their seat. Once, an old man even stood up to give in to me but I thanked and declined his offer saying that he needs it more than me. I hope I have put those people sitting around him to shame. Sad to say.... they are all so thick-skinned. By then I'm almost reaching my station.

Monday, June 12, 2006

It's nice when she's yakking... well sometimes

I kindda enjoy it when she's at the age where she's yakking away. Don't be mistaken, I do enjoy it when she was a little baby and growing up in the months thereafter.

Over the weekend, she wanted to eat Kueh Tu-tu (was quite surprised she liked the peanut filling. And she only first tasted it on Wednesday). We were at Rivervale Mall when she kept pestering me to buy her. Of course the only way to make her finish her dinner faster was to use this tactic "finish your food faster, auntie is closing stall soon..." In no time, she finished and we all quickened our speed towards the escalator.

As I took out my wallet, she told me "mummy, I have money; I pay." She digged my bag for her little purse and took out $2(remembering that I took out a purple note myself). I assured her that I'll pay but she kept insisting. The auntie found it amusing..

And when I told her that I'll let her skip school on Tuesday to bring her to meet Pooh, she told me "mummy, I have money. I bring my money and we go gai-gai okay? You no need to bring your $." I can't believe she thinks her $5.50 is so high and mighty. But then again, you're talking about a child who doesn't know the value of money.


On Sunday, she was playing her Play-Doh when she suddenly called out "Aricia" (hubby actually told her this name before I told him about Alethea). I turned around and asked her "who are you calling?"
A : 妹妹 (younger sister) lor..
M : 妹妹's name is Aricia? You like this name for 妹妹?
A : Yes (pausing for some time)...........Mummy what Aricia means
M : 妹妹's name lor...
A : I say what Aricia means
M : It means Princess
A : (eyes opened bigger; looked at me; stopped playing) No, no princess. I princess!

This morning, as I was getting her ready for school. I asked
M : So you like 妹妹's name to be Aricia or Alethea
A : I like A-th-lea (mispronouncing the name)
M : Why? You liked Aricia what??
A : No, I like A-th-lea
M : 妹妹 is princess what..........
A : No! I want to be princess (about to cry)
A : Mummy, what A-th-lea means?
M : It's even better than princess, it means Goddess
A : Huh? Monster? I like it. 妹妹 A-th-lea

:) lol


I think she got this habit from me. Usually when I'm nagging at her, I'll use this sentence "how many times do you want mummy to ....... you?"
So now, when she's talking to me and I'm not answering her. She gets frustrated; walks infront of me and speaks louder
"Mummy, how many times must I talk to you? I talk to you so many times you never answer me?"

When she asks me something and I don't answer her yes but a "umm". She'll get frustrated and say "mummy, don't say umm; say Yes!" I'll repeat the same thing and she'll get even more aggitated.

Haha! It's really funny to see her looks sometimes.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Can't believe she actually fell asleep..

I can't believe that my girl simple fell asleep on the floor; under the chair I'm sitting; holding onto the waffle she was eating (10 minutes ago).

A cute sight. Got up hoping to grab my camera, but she awoke.

Alas! Washed her hands and mouth and now she's back in her baby cot.

Friday, June 9, 2006

Overheard this

Was on the escalator in Parkway Parade when I overheard this conversation between a mom and her teenage daughter.
Mother : How is it that you know what new bags Espirit sells? You go there everyday after school is it?
Daught : No.........I tell you... It's because you sent me to an ah-lian school, where all the girls will carry the ah-lian bags
Mother : Daddy, daddy (talking to husband). Why did you send your daughter to an ah-lian school

It was rude of me, but I actually was giggling when the daughter made that original comment. Now I'm just wondering which ah-lian school is it? And if it's my old school.
And then I start wondering if my girl will argue back with me next time too!

Dinner at Paramount

It was really sweet of my ex-colleagues to ask me out for a dinner date.

Without hesitation, I asked my mom if she was able to help me babysit my girl for that few hours.

Dinner was so-so only. Although it's under the Tung Lok group, the food in Nobel House tastes much better. Apart from that, it's the company that matters alot. As usual, we were laughing our hearts out at conversations, jokes and gossips. (well, what can we say?? Corp Comms people are very noisy) Sure makes me feel "in" despite leaving the company almost a year ago.

Not forgetting a snapshot of the people who went.

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Front: Jasmine, Me, Caroline, Connie, Jean aka lao-da
Back : Mark (ex-staff left before I joined)

Thank you guys once again. Hope we'll have a chance to meet before I pop.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

The brain racking task - choosing names / Hubby thought of a name- yippee!

I had been thinking of names for my baby2 since I got to know the gender weeks ago.

As first born's name is of Greek origin; good meaning and uncommon - I thought of continuing to choose Greek Goddesses names. My friend, Marcus did ask me if I'm going to choose a name that starts with the letter "A" again. I said "maybe it's a good idea to find a Greek goddess with the letter "Z" - there's a beginning and there's an ending."

But no Greek Goddesses names starts with "Z", except for "Zeus" Ζευς, which is a male name. But then again, son will be laughed at for such names. I want an uncommon but not to be teased at names. Also a name which is easy to pronounce. Even now, I get so frustrated when a simple name like Athena Αθηνά (pronounced as a-THEE-nuh) for my girl have me correcting people when they call her a-t-nah or worst still - my hubby's friend totally changed her name to as-ti-nah. Argh!!

When you mention about Greek Goddesses, there are so many including agriculture, wine etc... Huh??

Then it came down to :
1) Aphrodite : Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty. According to The Odyssey she was the daughter of Zeus and Dione, other myths speak of her as springing from the blood of Uranus after Cronus castrated him, and floating on the sea to Greece, where she was met by the Three Graces (who will be discussed later). The latter is the more accepted version. Personally I dislike her because she is exceedingly vain and thinks only of herself. I like to laugh at her eternal beauty and loveliness because she was a great grandmother of another God, Dionysus (who she also had a child by). She was married to Hephaestus, the Smith God, but she lusted after Ares, the much disliked God of War. She was also the patron Goddess of Prostitutes. - (huh?? Prostitute??)
2) Alethea : Goddess of Truth. She was born of Zeus and Apollo's nurse.
3) Artemis : Goddess of the Hunt. She had 50 hounds and 50 Dreiads (wood nymphs) and a quiver full of painless silver arrows. She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto as well as being last of the Three Maiden Goddesses. She was also a part of the Triple Goddess. The Triple Goddess was the Moon in three forms. Artemis didn't carry the moon across the sky, yet she was still known as the moon. Although she was stunningly beautiful, she was very cold and she swore never to marry. She had only one love, a hunter named Orion (and even that's debatable). She was the Protector of Young Women. She was incredibly cool (coming from a young woman).

I like Alethea Αληθεια(uh-LEE-thee-uh) the most. I think Aphrodite and Artemis is too... more suitable for beauty salons' name.

Never mind, still have time to go through the names.


Last night hubby came back and suggested this name for our baby2 - Aricia(pronounced as AH-ree-shah)

Aricia : Princess of the royal blood of Athens

I thought it's quite nice name. And she may not be using a Goddess name but since there's a 老大- her elder sister who's a Goddess to protect her. Why not?? I only hope that when we confirm this name, nobody calls her "Alicia". Promise you, I'll start whacking that person up!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

This is what I have to do everyday... cleaning up after her

Girl took a nap in her room while I am on the laptop.
Yup! She felt hot in the morning, so decided to let her rest at home. I think it's the transition in weather that caused her fever. Anyway, at this time now, 4hrs later I'm glad there's no more fever. But I am going to have one soon....
Turned to look at her, and saw all her toys placed nicely infront of her. The display notch is left empty. Sigh............. I gotta tidy the place for her.Very tiring to keep up after her.

Monday, June 5, 2006

Our short trip

We just got back from our short trip to Bali on Sunday, after spending three nights there.

Weather was hot, the three of us (who are afraid) of heat turned lobster red on our cheeks. And we had 2 (or 3 if time permitting) showers a day, Athena asked me "mummy, why do you always wash my hair?" "Very dusty outside. I must wash you clean before we sleep." My small clothes scrub follows me wherever I go. And short trip it may be, it still helps alot!

We R & R on the day we arrived, went to Kuta beach. We didn't go into the waters, we didn't even go close to the shore.. Yup! the 3 of us feels yucky with our feet and shoes filled with sand. Had to go over to McDonalds to clean our feet. Haha! And I had to made sure that she don't put her fingers in her mouth.
2nd day - hired a van to bring us to a few places. We had a long day and the heat made us even more weary. What made the trip more educational for Athena is the rice fields that we've been passing through for most part of the journey. And it's also a good time for me to explain to her the meaning of a Tang Poem that she's just learnt in school. Plus, we have to let her know how fortunate she is to be born in Singapore; not in Bali hawking postcards and deprived of schooling.
3rd day - R & R for the first half of the day until 4pm, before we left for Uluwatu for the temple and to watch the Kecak & Fire Dance. We had a seafood dinner at Jimbaran (by the seaside). Hubby ordered lobster for me. YUMMY... I like their chilli, sedap!
4th day - depart for home.
Click for photos here (My photos aren't as nice as taken by Yvonne's husband. But Yvonne I welcome comments on how to improve on my photography)
Video: Kecak & Fire Dance 1
Video: Kecak & Fire Dance 2