10 things you didn’t know about me

and probably not care, but I am going to blog about them anyway.

1 ) I harbour a (not anymore) secret ambition to be an archeologist.

2 ) I have lost my toenails thrice in my life, as of today.

3 ) I have 3 wisdom teeth, all still in the process of growing.

4 ) I used to write weekly essays for the Tamil Murasu from 9 to 12 years of age, now I can’t even speak in Tamil to save my life!

5 ) I can’t swim, I can’t skate, I can’t cycle, I can’t blade. Oh, and I can’t see/draw straight lines.

6) I use Twitter, I go by my company’s name @littleredbus. I still don’t know if that makes me a Twitterer, Tweeter, or a Twit.

7 ) I quite learning IT in poly and chose to learn teaching instead because it bored me. Today I design my own websites by learning online.

8 ) I do not eat beansprouts.

9 ) My mother screened all my phonecalls til I was 21 years old. She still tries to.

and now for the shocker…

10) I used to do freelance modelling (quickly, get over your shock), till I realized that high heels just aren’t my thing!!

June 6, 2009. Lists. Leave a comment.

The Knot List

Planning your wedding? It’s probably the most expensive event of your life in Singapore, other than purchasing your nest. Or perhaps your funeral, but you’re not around to fund that event.

I began planning mine early this year, and found myself wishing, and hoping, and praying for a smaller family tree. The older generation really should not have multiplied this much! And we wonder why we’re all scrogged up in tiny high-rise apartments (applicable to the non-millionaire population).

Bridal Showers
Anyone planning on throwing me one?

Beauty
How about I sponsor my face for a trainee’s portfolio?

Gowns
I know you put lotta fabric on them, but really, you could not have spent $3000.00 on that dress!

Entertainment
*clears throat*

Favours Don’t we usually toss these things away? The next wedding favours I receive are for keepers for sure!

Registries
Do these things work in Singapore? Or are we still very asian-fied?

Invitations
What’s Facebook for?!

Wedding Planners
It’s my wedding, not yours!

Transportation
Government urges us to ditch the roads and head for the trains. Not the tracks though.

Reception Sites
I need more friends with huge backyards.

Florists
I come from a clean and green city.

Cakes
Diabetes has been on the rise, let’s practice healthy eating habits.

Caterers
I thought we just covered that?

Photographers
No complaints here, except, any budding photographer need a wedding portfolio? 😛

June 3, 2009. Lists. Leave a comment.

Stocking up the 1st-Aid Kit

I don’t know if it’s the influence of working in an early childhood setting for almost 6 years that prompted me to want to have a “proper” 1st-aid kit. It definitely is not the benefit of my upbringing. We were lucky if mom had panadols in the house, somewhere.

The following products are currently on my To-Buy list. While I’m yet to hunt them down at the local pharmacy, there a few sites that provide the comfort of shopping online for purchasing most of these products.

Medicines, Re-hydration fluids, and Poison Antidotes

Products in this list probably have to be kept after being prescribed by your pediatrician.

  • Fever reducer
    Used to relieve pain and fever caused by teething, illness or immunization reactions.

    • Infant Tylenol
  • Decongestant
    Help dry up stuffy, runny noses.
  • Antihistamine
    Relieve itching and swelling from bug bites or allergic reactions.
  • Cough Suppressant
    Calms a persistent, nagging cough
  • Saline Eye Drops
    Wash foreign bodies out of the eye.

Lotions, Ointments, and Soaps

  • Anti-bacterial Ointments
    Treat cuts or scrapes which reduces the possibility of infections

    • Neosporin First-Aid Antibiotic Ointment
    • Polysporin First-Aid Antibiotic Ointment
  • Topical Calamine Lotion
    For insect bites and itchy rashes
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
    Also for cuts and scrapes

    • Hydrogen Peroxide Solution by Rite Aid
  • Rubbing Alcohol
    Use to clean thermometers, tweezers, and other instruments

    • Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
  • Child-Safe Insect Repellent
    • Baby Bug Block, by Little Forest
      Uses an effective blend of ingredients that wards off insects without the use of chemical agents that may be harmful to baby’s skin.

    • Citronella Bug Blend Repellent Lotion, by California Baby
      Non-toxic, DEET free, non-chemical, hypoallergenic formula repels bugs while it soothes existing bites and hydrates the skin.
      Visit them @: www.californiababy.com
      Psst… if you’re in Singapore, there’s a quaint lil site I chanced upon selling this!

Other Necessities for First-Aid Kit

  • Calibrated Medicine Dispenser
    Used for measuring and administering the proper  dose of medications. Although I suppose you get these free from the clinics here, so I’d probably wipe this off my list.

  • Tweezers
    To remove splinter and ticks.

    • Clear View Tweezers and Nail Clipper, by Safety 1st.
      This one has a magnifier that makes removing splinters and trimming baby’s nails easier!
  • Assortment of Adhesive Bandage Strips

  • Gauze Rolls & Pads, and the Adhesive Tape (really?)
  • Sterile Cotton Balls & Swabs
    To clean wounds, apply lotions, creams, or ointments.
  • First-Aid Cold Packs
    Relieve pain and swelling.

March 27, 2009. Lists. Leave a comment.

Packing for the Hospital

To give myself plenty of time, I decided to start packing for birth by my 32nd week. Being a newbie, I probably would have left out a few necessities/luxuries, or might have added things I’d not really need. Drop me a comment if I missed anything important!

Labour & Deliver Bag

  • Pre-registration paperwork
    I’m assuming I’d be receiving some pre-admission form closer to the delivery date.
  • Slippers
    No issues here, I’m always in slippers.
  • Socks
    In case my feet get cold?
  • Scrunchies & Bobby Pins
    Because daddy never seems to fathom the essential female hair accessories
  • Mints & plastic bags
    Nauseousness?
  • Loose change
    For the countless vending machines, might be the only source of food for daddy.
  • Camera
    Although I hate being photographed looking the worst I probably have in this lifetime.

Post-Partum Bag

  • Something to wear that makes nursing easy.
    Although word is that the hospital provides pretty handy and comfy ones.
  • Nursing Bras
    For support and prevention of stretch marks? Plus I feel really uncomfy facing people with twin peaks un-protected.
  • Comfy panties
    I REFUSE to wear disposable ones. Never have I met more uncomfy undies!!
  • Going home outfit
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush & paste
    • Shower gel
    • Deodorant
    • Lotion
    • Sanitary pads
  • Gifts for nurses

Baby’s Bag

  • Receiving blanket
  • Going home outfit
    • booties
    • hat
    • mittens
    • clothes

March 27, 2009. Lists. 2 comments.