Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The end of 2014

Wow time flies. It's such a cliché but very true.

We welcomed a bouncing baby boy in 2014, and in 9 months, he's grown into such a character and so loved by everyone. We are so blessed, lucky and thankful.

I've been a stay-at-home mom for 9 months and it's been great to be present for every one of the little guy's achievement. And in 5 days' time I will leave my boy at home and return to work.

It's a bittersweet feeling, knowing that the little one is now more active and playful and he will do ok without mom and dad for most of the day. It's also a nice change for me, to be at work and having grown up conversations with people my age. 

But I'm beginning to miss him, even though I'm still home with him, and about to prepare his lunch in a few minutes. Our days have taken to a routine, preparing his morning bath, breakfast, nap, washing up his bottles, play, preparing his lunch etc. I don't think I'm ready to let go of our time together. Who will take him for his daily swim (which hasn't happened in a while because of the monsoon rain)? Who will take him to the library or supermarket for a simple outing?

"Oh why don't you become a full time mom?" Well, it's a tough choice. I'm in my early 30s and if we are lucky we may have another baby in a few years time. Our parents are getting older. To survive on a single income, raise 2 kids, feed the family, pay the mortgage, everyone's health insurance, car and maintain a certain level of lifestyle (by which I'm referring to the occasional meal out or treats for the family) is not an easy task. And all this before the kid(s) go to school and need more money for books and uniforms and music classes and art classes and maybe the odd school excursions here and there. Before we know it, we are in our 50s and the kid(s) make it to university, doing medicine or law at the most prestigious schools on earth. We need to prepare for that. We want to be able to support our kids wherever they go. It would be heartbreaking for all of us of our kids are geniuses but we can't even afford the money to the bus station, let alone fees for unis. I need to earn money while our situation still permits. I need to squirrel away every penny for the long and cold winter ahead. It would be selfish not to.

That said, if there's a chance/choice, I would gladly stay at home with the little fella.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Can't wait: Cinderella trailer 2015

I must have been a hermit for far too long because I just found this.

Cate Blanchett!
Lady Rose from Downton!
Robb Stark!

I didn't think a live action Cinderella movie would work. I mean, how do you translate the magic that is bibbidi bobbidi boo?

I guess it's possible when you wish upon a star.

Too many good movies to catch in 2015!

Link: When you wish upon a star

Can't wait: Jurassic World - Official Trailer 2015

Omg. This is really happening.

That gate.

-- Screencaps from the video. Everything belongs to Universal Pictures.

The light tinkering of the classic Jurassic Park theme we all remember from our awesome childhood. *goosebumps*

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"
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