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Archive for April, 2008


Build Your Own Bear

posted by constance


There is a nice little store in Suntec called Build Your Own Bear. My two girls go crazy in there. I also feel excited being in there and I am targeting to get a unique Bear for my girls maybe this year for their birthdays. A bear is warm and very huggable. And it certainly has sweet memories that you can bring with you till the day you are an adult. I always remember my little Bear which was given to me when I was small. I have lots of pictures about the Build Your Own Bear store but I will post them when I have finalised the good shots. For a teaser, here is the shop front.


Golden Snapper

posted by constance

It has been a long time since I hardly posted any of my marketing stuff. I hardly shop for groceries like last year. I had more time then. This year, because I blog full time, I hardly go out except taxi-ing my girls to and fro school, nursery, enrichments, tuition and co curricular activity. These trips are enough to make any mummy tired. Sometimes I get in and out as many as 16 trips a day. An average day will take me in and out about 8 trips a day, minimum. So you can imagine my petrol consumption which I am not even going to bring it up.


I love to go ‘fishing’. Well when i mean fishing, i mean marketing for seafood… hahaha Last weekend, I was in Giant and saw that the Golden Snappers were really cheap – 99 cents per 100gm (did i get it correct?) I got one large size more than a kilo at only $12.xx! That was really cheap and the whole family couldn’t finish the lovely fish which Ah Boy baked it. Yummy!


Birth Month – which month are you?

posted by constance

Lots of tags and linky going around. Which is also good because that means your blog goes around and you get to make new friends. Crissy tagged me this and she has a nice green blog to kick start her Earth Day. She is a June Baby. Check out which month is mine!

*copy from here*
Here are the rules:

1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them.
2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (see below).
3. Pick your month of birth.
4. Highlight the traits that apply to you.
5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them.
6. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve done it!

Now I’m going to pass this tag to my blogger buddies. Feel free to pass it to your friends if you have done it already :) Cheers!

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The Twelve Months

JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes.Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH: Attractive personality ( Ehem) Sexy (Ehem) Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful – Mmm,Nah! Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners.Nah! Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody. BINGO!!! Most of these traits are true for me .

APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally (love this description! lol). Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain) (hmm, not so sure about this). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck (no signs yet). Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing (not really). Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home(so untrue). Restless. Not having many children (I hope not!). Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift (in some ways).

JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

DECEMBER:Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

Yup! I’m a September Baby. I would like to know which month you were born.. this goes to ~ tausarpneah, dragon, liza, coriander dreams, SYH, and all who would like to join in the link love.


The Sweetest Smile Tag

posted by constance

Dora tagged me this. She wanted to see my smile. hahaha I wish I have some recent pictures to show. Perhaps being a mother, I have always been taking more photos of my kids then of my own. So even if I don’t have much of a sweet smile to show, I have lots of my girls. Lea, my younger one is very cheeky and would mostly pose for me. This picture that I have here was taken months back in the lavatory.. hahaha No X-rated shots because I took them at an angle so that in the near future she will not ‘juling’ mommy for exposing these to her future boyfriend.

So, there you are! The Sweetest Smile by Little Lea. Hope you liked it. I’m tagging The Sweetest Smile to Kacang, Hainam Keipui, TinTin, Sotongbin. Show me some sweet smiles, will you?



Chevy Optra Magnum CNG

posted by constance


Alpine Motors had a roadshow on green cars last week. I was there in Suntec when I saw the displays. I went WOW! Petrol cost has been escalating. My hubby is considering installing a separate tank for gas at the boot. But that means our car will have to sacrifice some part of our boot space. That will mean we have to use the third row seating behind as boot space. Not that I minded but it will be a bit hard to reach.

If I have the money, I’ll love to get this car (see picture). It’s so beautiful and sexy. I know guys love cars and treat them like Gold. But ladies do too. It’s a Chevy. Singapore has been promoting lots of hybrid cars lately. For saving the earth and curbing pollution too. Nice Car with a Nice Price to boot. I didn’t ask how much.. I can drive that, in my dreams.


Camping In Style

posted by constance

I enjoy the outdoors alot. In Singapore, there are many camp sites available and it is not expensive to book a campsite and have a barbecue with family and friends. One can book a campsite and set up just next to the barbecue pit and take shelter in by the gazebos nearby if it rains and their tents are not water resistant.


My family and I love to walk by the beach and parks and most of the time we see little campsites along the beach. Imagine how shocked we were when we saw this campsite that was built around the gazebo. These campers certainly are veterens to camping. They had not just brought the basics in camping but they had extended their tents in a larger scale. What was astonishing about this campers were that they even fix a television into it! Why would you want to watch the television ala hi tech when you are in a campsite? I think they might as well have just stayed home in their comfy home with electricals appliances or just rent a hotel room or chalet instead. I wonder how long they intended to camp there… Look at the pictures. I didn’t dare go too near to take the shot so I stood away from the campsite and pretended to take the trees nearby…  hahaha


Singapore Expo

posted by constance


The car park that’s always full / My favourite fastfood burger joint – Burger King / A car show outside the exhibit halls 

A seasoned visitor in Singapore would have probably made visits to the non-stop exhibitions that has been held in Singapore Expo or the Suntec Convention Centre. Before Singapore Expo was built, most of the exhibition were held mostly in World Trade Centre (the building that houses the cable car to Sentosa) and the Suntec Convention Centre in town. But it seemed that there were too many large and international exhibitions and shows in Singapore in a year that there were not enough space to hold large scale exhibitions.

A year would see fairs like PCs and even MacWorld, among the popular ones. Food exhibitions are also very common also but the trade ones only admit people in the business. The current one that is ongoing, is the FHA or better known as the Food and Hotel Asia which is held in conjunction with International Culinary contests bring all the Michelin Stars’ Chefs flying in for this event. It has been full house for most hotels at this time of the year and in the next few months to come. 


Entrance to the fair / Lots of baby and kids stuff / How come they can buy so much, arrr?

I was at the Singapore Expo more than a week ago for the John Little Mega-Fair of which I got some good price for Polo TShirts and some pyjamas for my girls. John Little always have very good bargains for beddings but I already have more than I need. I wanted to purchase a foldable Futon that I saw because they were really very reasonably priced but I worry that I have no place to store them.


There is always something exciting in Singapore Expo and Suntec Convention. My girls are bugging me to bring them to the Dora the Explorer, live show in May/June holidays but I have yet to decide. Tickets are selling out fast, I  KNOW!


Three Nurseries and she’s not even 4!

posted by constance

I received Lea’s photo from her previous nursery last week. Although she had not turned 4 yet, she had survived 3 nurseries from a period of 1 and half years. The current one she is attending is her third and I am so relieved that she has been able to adapt into it quickly. I retrieved her old pictures from my archived folder and saw that she had really transform into that toddler who used to be so afraid of strangers to one that bolder that she even took a solo standing singing a song in front of her class, considering that she had just been there less than a month!


Her first nursery was more like a playgroup whereby I send her for a few hours twice a week just at the daycare centre because the place had very good environment and it was a place parents could peep in anytime. She was still on diapers then and the teacher aid that was in the class happens to be someone I know and had always been smitten by Lea since birth. The second nursery was the one that Rae had been in, and before Rae graduated from Kindy, I enrolled Lea for some decent education, but little did I expect them to change hands recently due to poor business in the area. The residential area alone had about 5 centres within walking distance so they are competing for business badly. The director decided that it was too stressful keeping up with business and rental costs so decided to call it quits after almost 10 years of love and educating the young. It was quite sad because they were the most hands on and humane centres in that area.

Her current one is actually one that is established and church owned. This one follows the normal school term which is just right because when my girl is having her school holidays, Lea can also enjoy it too. I should have sent her here in the first place because they are very systematic and runs like a proper school. This is good to help her adjust to primary school in future.


Something is not right. In the recent hot news, an art major from Yale, by the name of Aliza Shwarts will be doing something she thinks is considered “ART” for an exhibition. Her displays start next tuesday. She will exhibit preserved blood from the process of miscarriages that she had induced taking abortifacient drugs herself. Before that she also artificially inseminate herself “as often as possible”. All these will documented based on the 9 months of process she had undergone and the exhibition will also feature video recordings of these abortion processes and miscarriages that she experienced in a bathroom tub!

Even as I am writing this, a feeling of nausea creeps up because as an art student myself when I was in my twenties, I could never see this happening. Her goal was to create or to spark a debate between art and the human body and it’s relationship. I somehow cannot see anything like that as a part of art. Art, by all means is provoking. But cetainly that doesn’t warrant anything like this cruel act or abuse that she set on herself just because she owns the right to her own body?

In the living world, a person who tries to commit suicide is considered as an act against the law. Would you even allow a person who commits suicide to argue and use this act as art? Insemination and then inducing miscarriage is certainly an act of abuse. Be it on herself or on the fetus, is certainly immoral. How could Yale even allow such project to be taking place. Without even the consultation of a doctor, she thinks is fine. Had she actually studied medicine or understood the body before she undertakes such a risk?

How could someone do such a thing. I really cannot digest. It’s as good as commiting a sin or some kind of cult-ish act. Art imitates Life? This is totally extreme. Totally sick. How could anything like that be allowed in her school. What if other art students were to follow her example and does all sort of harm on themselves just for the sake of art?


A Gem of a Foodcourt

posted by constance

For some of you who lived in Singapore, you may have heard of Jurong Entertainment Centre. Although I have been living here for half of my life, I have not really step foot on it before. Singapore has so many malls and shopping centres and I don’t travel to this particular shopping centre even though this area has developed into a small banking hub over the past few years. I am usually there to handle CPF and Banking transactions, as well as Insurance matters.

Few weeks ago, my family and I were in the area for the same monthly errands when we walked into the centre to look for restrooms for the girls. It was quite a surprise that this place is not really as ‘ulu’ as what I thought out to be… lol  Amidst the many shops, there is a 6-cinema complex, the one of the only two skating rinks in Singapore and, tuck on one of the floors, is the Food Court.

We found seating area and decided to have our lunch there. If you are in this food court, you should try out the Hot & Pans food stall. The food that they have is similar to the sizzling hot pans and zhu char dishes. We ordered some Stirfry Beef (cannot remember the actual name) and some noodles with stir fried chicken. They have some dishes like Tofu and mushrooms and more. I’m sorry that I don’t even have photos to show. The girls and Ah Boy were so hungry that as soon as I placed the food on the table they were already helping themselves to it. And because I had to quickly portion the rice for my hungry girls, I did not have time to take the pictures. Their prices are very cheap, because you can get these hot strifry dishes from $4 to $8. This is very reasonable and much better than what you get in those zhu char at the coffee shops. The portion is big and you can order a few dishes and share with your family members like a popular rice dinner. Even for a dish that may cost $4 for a family is certainly value for money. Frankly speaking, the malls in Singapore are all like clones (due to the same stores and shops), we’ll definitely be back for the food.


Although there are no pics of the food, I have taken the picture of the food stall. Hot & Pans is recommended. So in future if you go to Jurong Entertainment Centre (stone’s throw from Jurong East MRT) you try it out, okay? This place will be redeveloped in 2009 and will house Singapore’s First Olympic size skating rink. I think they are getting it ready for the Youth Olympics 2010. I would love to watch it here!!