Mar 18 2014

Song for the soul

Published by under Kids Activity

Like all mothers, I have always encouraged my precious one to sing whenever she feels like it (subject to reasonable times of the day, we don’t want to annoy the neighbours), as singing makes a person happy and good for the soul. More so now that she plays the piano. Singing along only makes it more fun to play.

As a mum, I love listening to her sing and play on the piano. I wonder if she would be ecstatic to receive a shure from guitar center so she sing along while playing on the piano? I would probably need a sound proof home studio after that.

Perhaps I should make that an incentive for her to finish her homework everyday? What do you think?

Mar 15 2014

Not much shopping

Published by under Real Estate

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

Published by under Real Estate

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 27 2014

School music lesson

Published by under Kids Activity

I was just talking to a mommy friend before school pick up yesterday, about the new school music lesson which her son has enrolled for. She was telling me she spent the weekend shopping for tuba cases at guitar center as it is a requirement that those learning tubas, to have the cases with them as well. I guess this is to avoid damage as the kids bring them to school.

She said the price does not come cheap. She will still need to look around for a cheaper one as her son is only just starting his lesson, there is no telling when he will give up. So just in case he calls it quits soon after, at least she won’t feel that she’s spent too much on a hobby that is short lived. I know exactly how she feels.

Feb 19 2014

Me and my umbrella

Published by under Health/Beauty

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

Published by under DIY & Decor

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 31 2014

2013 a big blur

Published by under Shopping

I must say that 2013 was the blurriest year for me as I made so many blunders concerning dates, events, items, etc and it’s not funny. I think for the first time in my life I had made so many errors, it really goes to show when you have too much on your mind, you tend to forget things. Friends who know me well were shocked that I could get mixed up or forgot about events, things and days because I’m more known as one who is usually on track of things. Perhaps it’s time I lose that reputation *LOL*

The last blunder I made back in December was that I bought the wrong music books for DD. She is taking up music and have been using something that is close to a line 6 keyboard for now, might have to upgrade to something else pretty soon. Anyway, I only realized that when she was about to start on her next level! And all along I thought I was efficient in purchasing the books a month earlier before she actually needed them.

So we quickly went to the nearest music store last weekend and got her the correct level, paying double the price of what I got the others for from an online bookstore overseas. I guess since I already have the next level up, it’ll save me the effort of having to buy new levels for some time yet.

Jan 29 2014

New school year

Published by under Mumblings

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 27 2014

Celebration at the park

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The local community at the neighbouring suburb often have celebrations open to the public on special occasions. The last one being yesterday itself. They had music and a free outdoor Bollywood movie! I must say the sound system was quite loud but had lots of interference as well as static sounds. Perhaps they should have used a quality crate amp instead. Nevertheless, that did not dampen the crowd’s spirit.

Everyone had a jolly good time playing some games, enjoying some BBQ and some dancing. The weather was perfect with nice winds and cloudy as opposed to the hot sunny days we have had prior to yesterday. We look forward to the next celebration, which might be the Easter celebrations.

Jan 26 2014

Back to school

Published by under Mumblings

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 23 2014

Second instrument

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I might have mentioned before that the school is bringing back the school band this year with many excited parents and students eager to pick up a new instrument and to join the school band. The popular instruments seem to be guitars and drums. I am unsure if DD would be interested but I reckon clarinets might probably be best for her since her little fingers could get sore from pressing onto guitar and violin strings.

We shall see how it goes. Hopefully there will be other schoolmates of hers joining the band so she will have a buddy or buddies to go with. Kids nowadays do get so busy with all these school activities but it’s all good and healthy for their minds and spirits.

Jan 18 2014

No sense of direction

Published by under Mumblings

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

Published by under Movies/TV Series

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.

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