Friday, June 27, 2014

Electronic gadgets, rampant consumerism and the pollution we bring.

These days, electronics are built to last for 2 years, tops. I'm still using J's 1st generation iPad running iOS 5 and my old iPhone 3GS is going to be my mom's training phone.

My mom is afraid of technology, like most 60 something year old grandmas. She has trouble using the Blueray dvd player at home and she refuses to turn on the computer because she's worried about "breaking it".

I gave her my old iPhone, telling her that it's ok to break it because I can always just reset back to factory settings and restore her things from iCloud and it will be all ok again. She won't break it and spend money on a new phone. So right now, she's holding on to the phone and making calls over the network and FaceTime. Good times.

See, the latest updates are meant for newer versions of iPhones and iPads. By upgrading older versions of iPhones, we are making it worse. It is now slower than EVER to load any app, and battery life seems to go out the window. Apple used to promise quality products and updates. The tagline was "it just works." Now, it just works sometimes.

It is a business strategy to make something with a short lifespan. customers will be forced to buy a new phone every 1-2 years and that keeps mobile phone companies alive. Companies will not be able to make huge profits just by selling a top notch quality phone that lasts a lifetime.




-- The unbreakable Nokia.

However this is a very environmentally unfriendly move.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My first Les Exclusifs de Chanel.

Chanel Les Exclusifs. Absolutely one of the best fragrances I bought in years.


I've always had a soft spot for all things Chanel. Makeup, fragrance, designer bag and the little black jacket. I try to walk past Chanel every time I'm in town, just to have a peek at the newest things they have on display. Just search for Chanel on this little site and you'll kind of know how much I love Chanel.

My iPhone 4S takes blurry photos.

I guess I wasn't imagining things when I thought the camera on my iPhone 4S was taking crappy photos.

Like everyone else, I take lots of photos with my phone to share my life with family and friends around the world. It's one way we break down the barrier that is distance, and keep everyone updated and involved in our lives. I know what my sister-in-law is doing on her vacation in Cairns, and J knows I am having latte with biscuits. It feels like we were never apart.



-- Mmmm coffeeeeeeeee

Then iOS 7 came along and ruined everything.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Work and hell, tomato to-mato.

Found this gem 11 months after I drafted it.

When your day sucks and people are just driving you up the wall, remember not to tell them to go to hell.






Take a deep breath, grab a cuppa and think happy thoughts. Like your next vacation destination.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Things that go out the window when you have a baby - Part 1.

  1. Hygiene.
  2. Baby comes first. It's those times when you get drool, pee and the occasional poo on you.
  3. Me time.
  4. No more spa, facials or baths. Or sleep.
  5. Gourmet meals.
  6. Or normal meals. You eat leftovers from the previous meals so you don't have to cook.
  7. Sanity.
  8. Try walking around the house for ages, comforting a wailing child. While wearing a ratty home tshirt and wishing you could have a bath.
  9. Fashion sense.
  10. While it perks me up when I get washed and dressed, I don't stay pristine, especially in my white Calvin Klein silk top for long. I'm home all day with my hair up in a banana clip. Fashion forward I'll say.
  11. Romance.
  12. Pfft who has time or mood for that. It's nappies and tears from now on.
  13. Mini Cooper or any sort of convertible.
    The car seat won't fit! My friend had to open the roof of his Mini Cooper so they could fit the car seat and somehow stuff the stroller in the boot. Goodbye wind-in-my-hair coastal drive and the dream of owning a convertible before we retire.
  14. Chic home.
    Again with the baby things all over the unit. I had this conversation last night with K. She was musing about her grandma, who has devolved from an OCD homemaker who couldn't stand a single out of place towel to one who lives like a bag lady because she has things all over the apartment within reach. Think tissue box, soothing balm and remote control on her coffee table next to her drinking glass. The odd rubber bands and paper clips next to the telephone "just in case" she needs them.

    Yeah my place looks like that now. In fact I have tissue boxes everywhere to manage the Baby's drool.

The list goes on, but this is all I can come up with my sleep deprived mind. Yawns.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Beautiful homes, practical living and home envy.

Whenever I feel blah, I browse through Flipboard, blog sites and online magazines for inspiration. It's pure escapism. Beautiful people and beautiful places. Now that we have a baby, it is hard to let go of our dream home where bring sunlight shines into the home with chic furnishing casually lying around the house.


How is this possible? Bright sun, lovely furnishing, chic pillows. I get a serious case of home envy when I chance upon beautiful home decors and diy and whatever it is that people do to make their homes look fit for a magazine shoot. Chic vignettes, candles and peonies.

See, my room doesn't look like this.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Being with the baby and J goes off to work.

It's our sixth day at home without J and boy is the house quiet, besides the occasional gurgle from The Baby.

When J was home, we always seemed busy. Coffees at caf├ęs, lunches at malls, idle strolls around the supermarkets and shops (because it's cool for the baby) and the numerous playtimes J had with The Baby. 


Now that he's at work, it is just the 2 of us.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Our first Father's Day and our papa bear.

It's Father's Day today and J flew off for work early this morning around 1am.

It is J's first Father's Day and when we knew he had to leave for work, we were extremely upset. We went out for little treats all last week and I wish we could have made it special for him. 

J has been a wonderful father to The Baby. He took long leave from work and stayed home with me since January. We went for all my checkups together and waited nervously for the little one's arrival.  He was there to snip the cord and make little one's first footprint. He stayed up at night to rock The Baby to sleep, an woke up when The Baby fussed and changed his nappy. J has been my rock.


Now that he's off to work, I feel isolated and lonely at home. It's me and The Baby, and we both miss our Papa Bear. 

Happy Father's Day, J. We love you more than anything in the world. We'll stay well for the next 5 weeks and time will pass so quickly and before we know it, you will be home with us again.

Love you.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Skin care and scaring the baby.

Now that I'm chair/baby bound most of the day, I've been thinking of upping my skincare routine.


My face has never looked clearer. I have spots but they are mostly around my jawline. The face is clear and a little dehydrated. Clear skin hasn't happened since mmm pre-puberty. It could be the readjustment of hormones post childbirth but I'll try and hang on to this for as long as I can.

(Actually at the time of this post, which is a full 2 months after I drafted it, I have full blow dry skin now. Face, arms, legs.. everywhere. So dry that I'm peeling and cracking. Ughhhhhh.)

So this brings us to the key question: can I sit around with a face mask on without scaring the baby?

Monday, June 09, 2014

Falling in love with Jo Malone again.

I love Jo Malone.


I love the power of scents and fragrance. The sense of smell is a powerful sense and often overlooked. For me, it triggers sentiment and affects my mood and behavior. It's like hugging your baby pillow, and the smell calms and comforts you. The shopping malls that understand this and add scents to their air conditioners often get my business. The smell of freshness and calm, especially in this hot and humid climate of ours, is refreshing. I instantly feel better when I step through the door, which is why I hardly frequent other malls nowadays.
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