Jul 19 2014

Movie Nights

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As I mentioned before, we had been so busy that it is only now ie 3 months after moving in, that we finally have time to actually sit down and enjoy our home theatre. We are loving it but occasionally I do think about whether we should have gone for the tv projector system but then we wouldn’t be able to have 3D on that.

Anyway, it’s great what we have now. I prefer to have a 3D screen that a nice big projector screen. And so we have been enjoying watching 3D movies in an enclosed home theatre in the comfort of our home. The only thing I’m not so comfortable with is the sound that might be too loud for the neighbours.

Perhaps we should look into having egg crate sound proofing installed to our home theatre walls. Then I don’t have to worry when DH watches his movies on high volume. Another thing to write on our neverending To Do list for this home.

Meanwhile we are continuing to enjoy our family Friday movie nights with take out dinner and snacks thereafter; especially in this cold wintery nights.

Jul 15 2014

Dry skin

Published by under Health/Beauty

The only thing I hate about the cold season is how my skin gets dry and that crawling feeling on my back. This year seems to be the worst for me. Even the joints on the skin of my fingers feel like they’re cracking/peeling and it’s painful if I don’t apply enough moisturiser to it. As for the feet, needless to say – ugly, flaky and dry!

Can’t wait for this season to be over, I used to dread Summer but I think for the first time, I am eager to welcome the warmer season due to the fact that we now have better ventilation in our place.

Jul 10 2014

Super Busy!

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Someone ought to come up with a new song titled “Super Busy!”- I’m sure it will be an instant chart topper. The past 12 months had been a roller coaster and whirlwind. We are still busy but things are starting to slow down a bit. We get our weekends and school holidays back.

I reckon we will not be fully settled until just before Christmas which is fine. Meanwhile, there are several major things to do in a few week’s time. Sometimes I wonder how we managed to survive through the stress and careless planning on our part. However, we count our blessings. Thank the Lord for His blessings and may we use His blessings to bless others.

Mar 15 2014

Not much shopping

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Come to think of it, I have not been doing my usual bargain hunt or window shopping for over a year now. I mean, yes I occasionally buy a thing or two but not as frequent anymore. Mainly due to lack of time as well as having an extra tight budget for quite some time now.

Hopefully we could snap something that we’d need during the coming mid EOFY sale which won’t be too far away. Oh my, time is moving too fast for my liking. Anyway, so busy lately, can’t wait for things to settle. The past 12 months have been an interesting journey, full of challenges but we could only learn from mistakes.

One thing I will always remember is that, in time, things could only move FORWARD. So hang in there.

Mar 11 2014

A place to call your own

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Just like every other couple, we once thought owning a home is almost an impossible feat for us, especially being new to the country and DH being fresh out from uni. We rented for several years moving between several suburbs before we were finally able to own a home which I was so thankful for and still do.

I feel sorry for young couples nowadays. Prices have skyrocketed so much that chasing their dream homes is beyond many young couples’ reach. More so if you plan to start a family at the same time. It is a sad scenario. This country is a land of plenty yet people have to pay a premium to live in small dwellings.

Mar 04 2014

Bed bug bites

Published by under Health/Beauty

I had some terrible insect bites on my left arm two weeks ago. At first I thought I reacted to something. The bite marks were bizarre, unlike the usual mozzie or ant bites of small red lumps spreaded like 3 or 5 at the max, all spreaded out.

The marks I had (unfortunately I did not take a photo, which I should have!), were like 3 or 4 red dots in a straight line but different directions and there was more than 25 red dots or tiny lumps on a concentrated area of my arm. They itch terribly too.

So I googled and found that the bite patterns matched those images of bed bug bites. According to google, the pattern is usually 4 or 5 bites in a straight line, here and there. I knew where I got it from (not my bed or house fortunately) but from someone’s old wooden couch with jacquard fabric cushions. It was sitting there that I felt the itch and was horrified at the sight of the dots/lumps.

When I got home I quickly had a shower and applied cortisone cream and Betadine to prevent possible infection. The next day, the lumps subsided a little bit. It took a whole week for the lumps to be gone and not red anymore. That’s the worst bites I have ever had.

Feb 19 2014

Me and my umbrella

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Since late last year, I braved myself from stares and opted to use a big umbrella on sunny afternoons where I have to walk 200 – 300 metres from the car to the school gate. Previously I was embarrassed to be the only one seen with an umbrella on a sunny day. Surely people would think I was insane. I mean, in this part of the world, who wouldn’t like a tan?

I used to ignore the scorching heat and walked without an umbrella almost everywhere I went.   Thus I am prolly the most tanned I have ever been in my life.  Anyway, I decided that I could no longer bear the sting on my skin due to the burning sun as well as getting sun burnt several times even in the mornings like 9am to 11am. No kidding.  I no longer care if people think I’m weird or afraid of getting dark. I’m just tired of the burning sensation on my skin. It feels so much more comfortable (and no stinging on the skin anymore) walking with a huge umbrella!

I am beginning to suspect that maybe our type of skin is less tolerant to the sun? How could others not get sun burnt even without sunscreen?

Feb 14 2014

Furnishings

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We have been on the lookout for home related items just as we will soon be needing them. Although we would take our own sweet time on the big items such as furniture as we are contented with what we have at the moment.

However, we might need to get some new linens especially table cloths. Now that we foresee ourselves doing a bit more entertaining, I’m looking to buy crinkle taffeta for my round table. Perhaps one with some tiny rose motifs would be awesome. I love the shabby chic look when I have my friends come around for tea.

I guess we need more soft furnishing. I have all the cushions I need which had been kept in the linen cupboard for several years as we didn’t find it practical to have when DD was still a toddler. I’m glad I’ll finally be able to use them soon. Not sure about getting curtains though as I dread the thought of having to take them down and put them up again after a wash and also due to allergy problems in my household. We shall see how it goes but will definitely take things slow.

Feb 05 2014

Higher density

Published by under Surroundings

When I first moved into my current suburb, some called it living in the “sticks” ie to live in the country, far away from any major city or urban center or basically sticks mean woods, ie living in the forest. That is not very nice but some people actually referred to this region as the sticks. Others call it the “whoop whoop” (The Australian saying, “Whoop-Whoop” meaning some place far away in the bush/countryside).

Well I guess whoever said that ought to eat their words. I am loving where I live as it is thriving and because everything has only recently been expanding at such alarming rate, everything is new and modern, new houses, new amenities, new sports complexes & courts, new malls, clean new suburbs, new playgrounds, new schools, etc. Needless to say the population has grown by leaps and bounds. The crowd here is also very good.

I only realized recently that the local mall used to be packed only in peak hours ie morning and after 5pm but these days, it is packed at all times! I used to be able to pick my parking spot at the adjacent leisure centre but now, there is not many spots left.

What I love best is the lifestyle here. Also, IKEA and Costco will be built quite near very soon! Hurray for that, no longer would we have to drive closer to the CBD for them. Loving it!!

Jan 29 2014

New school year

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Today marks the first day of the new school year for DD. Everything is back to the old routine. Will need to get to school earlier in the next two days as there are more cars than usual due to the fact that parents who normally drop their kids off, would stay and see their kids settled in line until the bell rings.

Might have to go even earlier next week as that is when the Kindy kids starts school, meaning more parents will be staying till the bell rings. That reminds me, I’ll have to go find my parking spot earlier after school today and up till end of next week also. No big deal, just a reminder to myself.

Jan 26 2014

Back to school

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I am not ready for back to school yet. Will be super duper busy again this coming weeks. Gosh, can’t wait for the busy and stressful days to end. As such, I don’t even have time to think about CNY and certainly not baking any cookies.

That reminds me, I have to label her books soon! Talk about last minute. Forgot to order waterproof name labels too. I certainly hope the rest of this year will be more settled for me. Last year was terrible for me in terms of remembering dates, events and things to do.

Jan 18 2014

No sense of direction

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Friends who know me would hardly believe I have almost zero sense of direction. I can’t believe it myself either. No wonder I could never recognize maps and locations when studying Geography. Give me a map now and I get a headache. As such, I have no confidence in driving to the city nor anywhere else besides the daily school and supermarket trips. Embarassing I know.

Even when I have passed the same route a hundred times while DH drove, put me behind the steering wheel and I’d get lost, geez! Can you imagine? I’d only remember a route if I drove on it myself 3 times at least but not without taking wrong turns to begin with, no kidding. Well, I googled about people without sense of direction, it has to do with one side of the brain or something, am glad I am not the only one who suffers from this.

And because of this, there are certain computer games which I could not play because I kept forgetting which direction I came from – they all look the same to me, duh! Let’s simply put it as I lose my bearings very easily, even in a shopping mall if I have not been there a hundred times already.

Jan 16 2014

Documentary

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Watching documentaries is one of my favourite past times, especially industrial and manufacturing ones. It is always interesting to see how things that we use daily, are actually made. Recently I watched one of how the most expensive brand of cars (RR) are manufactured and assembled. There are so many precision machinery used for all various parts of the car. Some of which you can look it up at machinetools.com for milling machines to give you an idea of what I am talking about.

Now I understand why it takes up to six months for a car to be ready for a client once an order is placed. There are so many processes. Even sewing of the seat covers is all to precision, using only the finest leather. And the most amazing fact of the whole documentary is that the line across the sides of the car is handpainted with a brush by only one single specialist and he is the only one at the manufacturing plant who could do it. After watching this documentary I now understand better why this luxury car beyond most people’s reach in terms of price.

Jan 15 2014

Playdates

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I am feeling tired at the end of each day after taking DD for playdates three consecutive days with different friends. I don’t know how others do it but I feel so sleepy after coming home. You see, it is very difficult to pry DD off her playdate once she gets started *rolls eyes*. So we usually ended up staying for 3 hours at least and today up to 5 hours, oh my goodness! Good thing I know the mom well.

The thing is I can’t leave DD on her own on playdates at friends’ houses because I do not feel comfortable due to DD’s allergies. Therefore, I would always go to playdates with her (but I only go to those whose moms are also my friends). Anyway, I need to recuperate. It is hard to get anything done at home when we spend half the day out.

Jan 13 2014

Corporate gifts

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It is almost middle of January 2014 now. Is there a pause or slow motion button to press? I am scared that the clock ticks too quickly because I am inefficient and got nothing much achieved. DH has gone back to work (poor him) and I hope he’d be able to adjust to the norm of things easily.

Speaking of which, now that it is the new year, I wonder if his company will give its employees leftovers souvenirs like those mugs and promos here which I find handy to have. In previous years when he was with another division, he often got freebies like the latest movies merchandize, company caps, t-shirts, rugby league tickets, all cool stuff. However ever since he’s been working for another division the past two years, he has not got this sort of freebies.

So maybe a mug at least for this year, to keep his tea warm? We shall see!

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