26 February 2010

CNY craziness

I had not had fun since the day I fell down the stairs...most of the day was spent at home. So today was a blast! We gathered at Mr Ong's house for his CNY open house. We started out drinking a lot of packet drinks and goodies, while waiting for the food (or rather 'halal' food - pizza and kfc chicken) to arrive. Mr Ong didn't really have to entertain us much coz we 'self-serviced' by entertaining ourselves.

The 5 of us managed to squeeze into his sofa, which should only seat 4 persons comfortably. So with 5 of us, it meant squeezy. Not that the guys wanted anyway, I myself squeezed in...they were complaining haha : ) I wanted some soft backing to rest my shoulder on. We became photo-crazy and attempted to try multiple shots, which mostly turned out disastrous and blurry.

There were laughter - with Dexter relating some funny stories and also with us laughing at the photo shots that were taken. Fun fun fun....and full full full


25 February 2010

Clinic B

Yesterday's visit to the specialist clinic, was an eyesore. I cannot stand it when people are simply impatient. Like as though, they are the only ones whose time is super precious. My appointment was scheduled for 4pm but I was not even attended to at 5pm. She only waited for half an hour, and already started complaining. As she walked back to her seat, I caught her eye and gave her the disgusting look and mumbled to myself (trying to immitate her), which she saw of course.

On my way to the xray room, another patient was complaining inside the lift. "The wait here so long la...private better, should have gone there."......I so feel like blurting out......"Then waiting for what? Go lah! NATO!".....

There are other scenes which I watched throughout my wait there.

In the end, I was the last one to leave the clinic. *bummer*

So......Second diagnosis from the orthopaedic doctor, after the second x-ray......no hairline crack noted. She said that there could have been a misalignment of my shoulder joints, thus the pain. With that, I was given 2 weeks of mc, which is good for me and bad for the team.


19 February 2010

Jatuh macam nangka busuk

19th February 2010, 0625hrs -I slipped and fell...walking down the staircase, while on the way to work. I fell on my upper back on the steps but I managed to stop myself from tumbling down the stairs.

How or why that happened? I don't know. All I know is that, at one time, I was walking down the stairs, the next it went 'gedebak'. Of all days, it had to happen when hubz was doing 'tango' and had already gone to work earlier.

I sat on the steps with my back and shoulder hurting like hell. The fall made my already hurting shoulder hurts double. Go work or go doctor? I walked to my car...sat inside for sometime then... wtf see doctor lah what else, still must think ar.

Went to cgh and the x-ray showed a fine line, which doc said could be a crack. Can't confirm until my specialist appointment in a week's time. In the mean time, I have to use the arm sling, just to play safe and in order not to aggravate the injury. No hard work, no carrying of heavy items = no housework for a week!!!!!!

MC till 26th Feb, arm sling for a week... and I escaped my First Aid Recertification..! Maybe you all can pratice on me instead : )


12 February 2010

Baby Girl

Mum called me earlier in the day and said that Mira is expecting a girl! I knew it....I already said so....

Well, my basis for comparison is lame. Seriously lame. This is how I came to the conclusion that my sister in law is expecting a baby girl.

Grandchildren of Tok Jalil:
1st - Daughter (Shamirah)
2nd - Son (Khalid)
3rd - Daughter (Me!)

Great-Grandchildren of Tok Jalil:
1st - Daughter (Qistina)
2nd - Son (Afif)
3rd - Daughter (???)

I told Mum that whoever is getting pregnant next (i.e 4th great grandchildren), will most likely get a son..... : P

Yayness...the baby is going to be tall coz the parents are both tall. If she turns out to be short, she must have taken over me instead...hehe.

Let's just wait wait and wait...*tick tock tick tock*


07 February 2010


*In loving memory of Nek Hindon, our late grandmother (07.02.2007).
Maybe, we did not cherish you as much as we should while you were still alive.
Maybe, we had taken you for granted and assumed that you would have lived longer that you did.
Maybe, we should have taken the opportunity to express our love and gratitude to you, for the love that you have showered us.
Maybe, just maybe, if we could only turn back the hands of time to that day, maybe, we would have done what we should have done.


Something to ponder about

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me, please" was my reply.
He said, "Please, excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."
We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home, a different story is told.
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me still.
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way, "I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realise how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use,
But the children you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise.
You never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.
I quietly went and knelt by his bed,
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.
"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found them, out by the tree.
I picked them because they are pretty like you.
I knew you'd like them, especially the blue."
I said, "Son, I am very sorry for the way I acted today.
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh Mom, that's okay. I love you anyway."
I said, "Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers especially the blue."

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow,
The company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family.
So what is behind the story?

(F) ather (A)nd (M)other (I) (L)ove (Y)ou

source: email dated 09.07.2003


04 February 2010

Fengshui in Singapore

I received this email back in 2003...Authenticity unknown...

Why plant trees?

Ever wonder why Singapore is known as a Garden City. Why would Singapore go around planting trees? After all, maintaining a Garden City is very expensive.

Well, here's the answer - if you were to look at Singapore from the top, Singapore resembles a crab, with its mouth the Singapore river and its back facing Malaysia. We all know that cooked crabs (that means dead crabs) are red, the colour of barren ground. But a live crab is basically a dark shade of green. So, by planting trees, you make Singapore look green and not red, and therefore alive.

Two prominent districts

Lee Kuan Yew runs Tanjong Pagar while Goh Chok Tong is in Marine Parade. If you look at Singapore as a crab again, these 2 locations are situated at the positions where the claws of a crab will be. We know the strongest parts of a crab are its claws, so there they are.

How Singapore was conquered

To kill a crab, you stick the chopstick at the side of the crab, which is exactly where the Japanese attacked and conquered Singapore.

Kallang River Clean-Up

Why clean up a river that spells different memories for many Singaporeans and was one of the reasons for our prosperity in the early years?

During the 80's recession, we had just completed the Benjamin Sheares bridge, which happens ti suspend over the Singapore river, the mouth of the crab. This is as good as tying the mouth of the crab, thus choking it, which explains the recession. In order to get out of it, one way was to clean up the river so that the mouth is clean and wealth can flow in without obstruction.

Sounds unbelievable? But it seems logical, doesn't it?

Here's another thing for you to think about whether you believe it or not.

Please reach into your pocket and search for a one-dollar coin, and take a good look at it. It is round, no doubt, but it also has a unique octagonal design - which is an important symbol in Chinese geomancy or fengshui.

This is where the story of this coin begins. On the island of Singapore, lived a very influential man named Lee. He is very particular about fengshui (ie the men's balance with nature).

There is a particular day and also time of day to inaugurate any important event. There is also a particular colour of dress, when it comes to important occasions, and so on. He has a fengshui mentor - a famous monk, a particular Venerable, who died recently. Lee would seek the advice of this Venerable, whenever he had to make an important decision.

The one-dollar coin came into circulation at the time of the MRT construction on the island (check the date if you don't believe me). The story goes that the Venerable had advised Lee that MRT tunnelling work would be bad for the fengshui of the island, its prosperity etc.

Firm however on pushing ahead with the project, Lee asked if there was anything that could be done to circumvent the bad fengshui. "Yes", replied the Venerable, "but it may be impossible to implement". Said Lee to the Venerable,"please speak". The Venerable then said that EVERY household on this island must have or must display a 'pak kwa' or a symbolic octagonal (8-sided) object. Or not, there would be definitely be racial riots. How could lee force every household to have a 'pak kwa' then at home?

"Hehehe"...said the wise Lee - "I have an idea. I know how to make EVERYBODY like to have as many 'pak kwas' as possible, and so, our one-dollar coin was born.

Next Chapter

But then, the economy didn't do quite as well as expected after the circulation of the one-dollar coin. Remember the '85/86 recession? So the Honorary Venerable was consulted again. He said that whilst the one-dollar coin did symbolise the 'pak kwa', it was of no use if everyone had it in his pocket and failed to display it. So the next idea was born - the road tax label - if you recall, it used to be round and now it is octagonal and it is DISPLAYED. Maybe now, you think this explains the many years of booming economy Singapore had been experiencing.

However, with the recent turmoil in the region and now that the Venerable** is no longer around, what shall we do next? Know any fengshui experts?

**By the way, the monk mentioned is the ex-head of a temple. When he passed away several years ago, Bishan Park was born because his temple was not allowed to be blocked by any HDB flats..


02 February 2010

Tips and home remedy

I have been clearing loads of paper, bills, bank, insurance, income tax and cpf statements since few days back. Just needed to organise my full of nonsense and cluttered closet.

I found some stuff which I wanted to dispose off but they could be rather useful for reference purposes. So I have decided to have them posted on my blog site instead.

One of which - tips... home remedy etc...I am not sure how effective these are though.

  1. If you have a problem with dry, scaly elbows, cut 2 lemon into half and squeeze out the juice. Place your elbow into a lemon half and gently rub for about 5 minutes. This helps to soften the skin and smoothen rough skin areas.

  2. Instead of cleaning the inside of a glass bottle with detergent, use crushed egg shells. Put the eggs shells and some water into the bottle and shake well. After 10 seconds, discard the shells and water then rinse the bottle with clean water. It will emerge spotless.

  3. Tiny dried up paint drops on your window grilles or floor skirting can be an eyesore. To remove them, simply rub the affected areas using a soft sponge and some medicated oil. The paint will come off easily. Then wash with soap and water to remove the smell of oil.

  4. Having a cold? Effective home remedy - boil 2 cans of cola with 8 slices of ginger and 3 slices of lemon for 10 minutes over a low flame. Let the mixture cool slightly then drink for soothing relief.

  5. To stop your coloured clothes from fading, soak them overnight in a pail of water with 2 teaspoons of salt. The next day, wash and dry as usual. Your clothes will look brighter and new even after repeated washing.

  6. To treat insect bites, try applying a mixture of cornstarch and water. This paste is non-irritable and can help your child's diaper rash too.

  7. To remove coffee stains in cups, scrub them with 1 to 2 tablespoons of table salt. Your cups will emerge clean.

  8. Soap bars left on soap dishes can go soft and slimy when wet. To prevent this, keep your soap bar on a little sponge. It will absorb water so your soap stays dry.

  9. Here is an easy way to peel oranges and get rid of all the pith. Soak the oranges in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then peel as usual. The pith will come off along with the peel and the fruit will look perfect.

  10. Notice some black stains on your iron that make ironing difficult? Simply iron on a banana leaf to remove the stains and get your iron working smoothly again.

  11. Want to know how to prevent that burning sensation you experience each time you cut green chillies? Apply some cooking oil to your fingers and palm before cutting them

  12. To remove stains from home electrical appliances like the microwave oven, fridge and coffee maker, apply some baking powder to a wet cloth and wipe the surface of your appliances. Your electrical items will look like new again and won't turn yellow easily.

  13. To keep ants and other insects out of your kitchen cabinets, place some cloves in each drawer. The smell of the spice will keep the ants away. Change once a month.

  14. To protect your carpets from insects during storage, sprinkle a handful of dried chillies all over the carpet. Break a few allowing the seeds to spill out. Then roll the carpet tightly and cover the 2 ends with large plastic bags.

  15. To prevent potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

  16. Can't get rid of coffee stains/tea stains from your mug? Drop a baby steriliser tablet into the mug, fill it with water. Leave for a few hours and you'll be greeted by a sparking clean mug.

  17. To prevent oil from splattering when frying, put 1/2 teaspoon of cornflour into the hot oil before throwing in whatever you intend to cook.

  18. To help with weight loss, drink a glass of warm water mixed with the juice of 1 medium lemon and a tablespoon of honey first thing in the morning.

  19. If the kitchen sink gets clogged, pour some baking soda into it and leave overnight. Wash the sink with water the next morning.

  20. For a squeaky clean toilet, pour a can of soda into the toilet bowl and leave for 1 hour before flushing clean. The citric acid in the soda removes stains from vitreous china.

  21. To reduce the 'ouch' factor when removing plaster, rub a little baby oil or olive oil all over the plaster and it will come off easily.

  22. To clean your oven rack, wrap it will foil - dull side out. Heat it on high for 10 to 12 minutes. When it is cool, remove the foil. All the burnt grease and food will fall out and the rack will be spotless.

  23. To remove stubborn stains from your clothes, squeeze juice of a lime into the stain and leave it for a few minutes before washing the clothes as usual.

  24. To prevent your fresh shredded coconut from going sour too easily, try placing a red chilli in the bag of the shredded coconut and store in the refrigerator. The coconut will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

  25. To remove foot calluses - make a paste using 5 or 6 crushed aspirin tablets and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply the paste to the calluses, wrap a warm towel over a bag. Leave it for 10 minutes, then unwrap the foot and gently rub the callus off with a pumice stone.

  26. Want your prized silver to stay in pristine condition? Try tucking a few sticks of chalk into the storage where you keep your silver. Chalk absorbs moisture and helps to keep silver from tarnishing quickly.

  27. To remove the lingering smell of fish from your cooking utensils and cutlery, try adding a teaspoon of vinegar to the water during the final rinse when washing.

  28. Place some pandan leaves in your car, especially under the car seats to keep the cockroaches away.

  29. Add a cup of salt to the water when washing new towels. The salt helps set the colour so that your towels won't fade so quickly.

  30. Hot vinegar is an easy way to remove stubborn paint stains from windows and other glass surfaces.

  31. Say goodbye to dandruff. Simply cut a kaffir lime into half and rub the lime on your scalp. Rinse off after 10 minutes. Do this 2 times a week. It cleanses your scalp and clears the dandruff.

  32. If you have difficulty opening a tight bottle cap, just tie 1 or 2 rubber bands around the cap. It will come off with just one twist.

  33. Those who have oily skin can try this to even skin tone. Beat 1 egg white with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply onto skin. Leave till the mixture dries and rinse off.

  34. To stop cut apples from turning brown, simply brush the slices with lemon juice.

  35. Do your glossy photos get stuck together? Use a hair dryer on a low setting to take the photos apart without destroying them.

  36. Do you find that your lady's fingers often get soggy and slimy after cooking? To get crispy lady's fingers, simply add a few drops of lemon juice while cooking.

  37. To stop bleeding gums and bad breath, try brushing your teeth with equal mixture of salt and soda of bicarbonate.

  38. Are you having trouble zipping up your skirt or pants? Get and old candle and rub it over the zip to reduce the friction so that the zip will be easier to pull up and down.

  39. In order not to crack the icing on the cake, warm the knife in boiling water for a while before cutting the cake.

  40. When your tube of mascara appears to have run out or dried up, immerse it in a cup pf hot water for a few minutes.

  41. To cook potatoes faster, add a few drops of cooking oil into the boiling water.

  42. To get rid of smell on your fingers after cutting fish, cut a lime into half and wash your hands with the pieces under running water. Use the same lime to wipe over the knife to get rid of any bad odour.

  43. Beans and cabbages will cook to tender perfection if cooked without salt which causes it to lose water and go limp. Salt can be added to the veggies after cooking.

  44. Too much oil floating in your gravy or soup? Throw in a piece of raw lettuce into your pot of soup and the oil will cling into the lettuce after a few seconds.

  45. To make linen whiter, before laundering, soak the linen in the washing machine of hot water with slices of lemon for an hour.

  46. To remove burnt marks on cooking pots, fill them with water and detergent and leave to simmer on the stove. After about 15 minutes, wash as usual. The pots will emerge spotless.

  47. To prevent your hands from smelling after handling garlic, rub them on a stainless steel brown immediately. It works well to get rid of pungent odour.

  48. To remove perfume stains from your clothes, soak some cotton wool in a mixture of vinegar and alcohol. Use it gently to rub the stains - they will disappear gradually - then do the laundry as usual.

  49. To soften dried mushroom before cooking, soak them in water sprinkled with some sugar for about 15 minutes. The sugar actually cuts in half the time it takes to soften the mushroom and they will taste better too.

  50. To get rid of bad breath, gargle a teaspoonful of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning and your breath will stay fresh throughout the day.

  51. To keep your fridge smelling fresh, place a slice of bread inside to absorb any lingering food odours. Replace the bread every month.

  52. Problems with body odour? Cut a small piece of ginger into thin slices and immerse in the water. Use the water to wash your underarms once a week.

  53. To clean your chopping board - scrub the surface of the board with salt. Rinse off with warm water
  54. To remove the smell of bleach from your hands, rub a little vinegar or lemon juice between your hands and rinse.
  55. To iron out a stubborn wrinkle on your shirt, wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth and rub it over the wrinkle just before ironing.
  56. To ensure freshness in an opened milk powder tin, lay a piece of aluminium foil under the plastic cover. This would ensure that the tin is air tight while keeping out ants and other insects.
  57. To remove candle wax from a candle stand, place the candle stand in a deep freezer for one hour. This will allow the wax to chip off more easily.
  58. To undo a stuck pants zipper, rub the stuck zip of the pants with a bar of soap or spray with shaving cream. The zip will open easily thereafter.
  59. Try soaking the toothbrush in salt water before first use to prolong the life of the toothbrush.
  60. To rid the refrigerator of any lingering durian smell, place one potato in the fridge.
  61. To prevent houseflies from hovering around your food, pour some sesame oil or sprinkle pepper on a small bowl and put it on your table. The smell will deter the houseflies from coming near.
  62. Sharpen old scissors by cutting across the neck of a glass bottle.
  63. To remove rust from knives and forks, stick them into an onion and rub them against the onion before washing.
  64. To soften brown sugar, place a slice of apple into the hardened brown sugar.