Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Poor manners and having help.

I was flipping through Facebook when I saw a friend's rant this morning.

He was on the train to the airport when he noticed a family sitting across from him. The family decided to bring the helper along on vacation to look after the 2 kids so that everyone could enjoy the trip and not spend the entire time looking after the children. The parents were talking rather loudly, whining and complaining about the cost of bring the helper on their family vacation, the inconvenience of applying for travel visa for the helper and of course, the entire train heard them.


 -- So not the place to have any private conversation

It was not pleasant, I gathered. It is never polite and plainly offensive to everyone when a person complains about the hassle of being around another person in the person's face. It's like throwing a party for your nearest and dearest, and you whine about the cost of feeding the entire party to the guests' faces. It's downright mean. What kind of example are the parents setting for their children?



-- Image from Amy Atlas.


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Baby's first book - Where is the green sheep by Mem Fox.

Ever since our little bundle of joy came into our lives, we've been reading to the little one.

His favourite? "Where is the green sheep" by Mem Fox. We received this as a gift from our aussie family when baby boo was just 3 weeks old!


He loves this book. His eyes just open wide and his face lights up with excitement every time we show him the book, or just mention "green sheep".

I like this version I found on Amazon as well!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Little accident and major downer.

I was in a minor car accident in September. I was engaging in reverse gear, trying to park when a car came flying round the corner and hit me.

It was a small accident, boo boo in baby speak and we verbally agreed to fix our own cars.

To my shock and horror, I received a legal letter from the guy for compensation! The. Gall.

The insurance people is working on it and this has been a major bump and downer for me. Bahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

:(


Thursday, October 09, 2014

iMessage problems on iOS 8.0.2.

I'm an Apple user. iMac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Time Machine. My home runs on the Apple ecosystem and everything just works.

Till the iPhone 6+ came along.



I got the new iPhone 6+ for J as an anniversary present and he's over the moon with the new toy phone. I took over his iPhone 5S because surprise, surprise, I was still using my iPhone 4S from yonks ago. Popped in my sim card on Saturday (Day 1) and expected things to magically work like always.

iMessage did not work.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Words that irritate me - Part 1.

The topic of misused words has been discussed so many times but the same mistakes keep popping up everywhere. I hate to rant but they just drive me nuts. Family, friends and even trusted (?) newspapers are using them. My skin crawls when I read them. I can't really yell at any of them so here I am, yelling into the great void that is the interweb.

1. Irregardless.

So you disagree with something. You disagree regarding the mistreatment of animals/words/people. The suffix of "-less" provides the negation you need with regard to the subject. Adding "ir-" as a prefix does not oppose the subject like you have hoped for. It just turns the word into a non-existent word. Adding "ir" doesn't do anything. So just stop.

"Irregardless" is not a word, regardless of what you say.

See what I did there?

I know "irregardless" has been accepted as a word. This doesn't mean it's correct. Accepting it as a word because hordes of people use it incorrectly is just bowing to pressure. If I can get half the population on earth to say that 1 + 1 = 5, does that make it right? It must, since half the world thinks so.


Accepting it as a word means we've lost the war on standard English. If people think the word "irregardless" is valid, I dare them to use it in college essays, exams, business presentations and marketing brochures. Let's see what happens.


2. "Creme a la creme"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lipstick, mismatch and a whole waste of time and money.

What would you do when you finally decided to try something new, and when you did, it was all wrong for you?

I tried the nude lipstick. Of course it went downhill.

Enter the Letdown: Revlon ColorBurst in Soft Nude.

-- I didn't even take this picture because I was too disappointed to go near it ever again.

It looks beautiful, but it's just all sorts of wrong when it's on me.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bringing home baby and bringing up baby - Part 1.

During my pregnancy, J and I had many discussions on how we are going to take care of the baby once he arrives. We both live away from family, and J still goes to sea so it is tricky for us as a new family.

-- Not a photo of our baby

We thought about infant care centres but I just feel so guilty and sad for our baby. Just barely 4 months old (that's how long maternity leave goes if I take everything at one go) and shipped off to daycare while J and I return to work. The thought of placing him in the care of complete strangers just doesn't sit well with us.

Since we ruled out infant care centres completely, some friends actually suggested that we leave the baby with my parents, who live in another country, while I rejoin the workforce. I bit my tongue at the idea, because what's the point of having a baby if we are going to send it to another country and only see him on the weekends for a few hours? J and I deeply oppose this suggestion as well.

The only other option we had was to hire a helper/nanny.




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