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Feb-23-10

Securikids

posted by constance

I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the girls during one of the Christmas nights during the light up week. We were in a mall, taking the lift down from the lift lobby after parking the car. The kids were excited to get to go to Orchard again.

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But look at them here.. they looked grim, right? They look like security guards, or rather, securikids… I should have don them in costumes and head gears of those English guards outside the Buckingham palace!

Well, the busy traffic makes things just a little crazy during Christmas time last year. It was hard to get a car park space and the queues were also terrible. We managed to find a spot at Lucky Plaza, one of the oldest shopping centre in Orchard once upon a time ago. I had not stepped into this place for ages! Perhaps because we prefer to go to Suntec at Marina vicnity and IMM in the west zone. Lucky Plaza is a gem, to me. The small little shops, reminisence of 70s and 80s. I didn’t like it during the 90s but why the change now? Is it a sign of aging where you try to keep the old and golden years close to your heart always?

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Feb-20-10

Headaches and Migraines

posted by constance

A man rushed out to his car this morning. But before he reached the car, he rushed back in the coffeeshop looking to borrow an umbrella.. He knew the coffeeshop people but not us… I wondered why did he rush off and rush back in just for an umbrella. It was just a drizzle so surely he can’t be afraid of a single rain drop? The ladies in the coffeeshop told me that this fella is so much different from many men.. He cannot ever get caught in the rain, thus the need to get his umbrella or even borrow one. They said that he mustn’t get a single drop of rain at all or he will get a splitting headache. There are people of this nature, very much to eveyone’s surprise. I wonder if having migraine is similar to this nature… If you want to know if you have migraine, check out this site – www.migrainetreatment.org and I’m sure you can pick up some info or two about migraine and treatments.

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Feb-20-10

Old and Aching

posted by constance

I spoke to mom last week on the phone, long distance. She just had an operation for cataract not too long ago. I wished that I had been there for her. I felt very guilty about it. As we grow older, our health is not in it’s optimum stage, thus we are besetted with health problems. She has retina tear as well and had the op done at the same time. I guess our eyes are just not the same anymore. Ah Boy has started wearing glasses lately because he cannot read fine prints anymore.. Is this a sign of aging? I bet it is.. I browzed through looking for pain relief for arthritis when I was in the phamarcy this week. But I do not know if the pain in my joints are even arthritis.. I guess I better consult a doctor first.. I know my granny and mom has it so perhaps it runs in the family?

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Feb-20-10

DIY Home Facial

posted by constance

I yawn most part of the day now.. I haven’t had much beauty sleep since I started working. Have to get up at the time when you are all in dreamland, at 4am. You probably is in your second or third stage of your sleep pattern.. read about REM if you want to know what I mean. Anyway, the Lunar New Year holidays of not working was when I caught up with some sleep. Or rather, I get to get up at 7am or around there.. that means additional 3 hours of sleep. During the few days off from work, I also got some facial masks for some DIY home facial session. I certainly needed that, at least to rejuvenate my skin and prevent aging lines that are forming.. sigh.. I also want to get some wrinkle creams that is effective during the night only because I really dislike applying oily stuff on my skin during the day when I work. Should I get essence or shoud I get lotions or creams for night… Must start surfing for information again.

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Feb-20-10

Read before buying

posted by constance

There is this lady that promotes some waist tonic at the local supermart. She seemed to be there so often and she is really absent minded. Why? Because I go there everyday and she asks me if I want to try or buy the waist tonic, without remembering that she had asked me before yesterday, the day before and everyday for the past months! In fact, sometimes I avoid walking past her because she may even ask me the same question twice in the same day! It can be irritating sometimes because I always know she will ask but then again when she is not there or on her off days, if there is, very rare indeed, I will then walk to the shelf to read about this waist tonic. Today, she is not around and I went up the shelf to read it again.. gosh talk about both of us and our weird actions! I actually wanted to read about the slimming tea that was banded free with this waist tonic product. I think it is always important to read up about any type of supplements because you never know what kind of risks it carries. I remembered how I encouraged my online friend to read up on atro phex reviews before purchase and she did. Not everyone is suitable for atro phex as this product contains a lot of caffeine so might cause some sleepness nights for some. For me, I doubt caffeine does anything for me..

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Feb-19-10

Our Teeth, till we grow old..

posted by constance

I looked at my ornate chinese snack tray, then longingly at the black and white striped sunflower seeds and the red and black kuaci, normally bought during Chinese New Year season. Why, because I can never ever have them, unless I make a drastic change to my frontal set of teeth. Ever since my two girls were born, I found that the top set of teeth has shrunk and does not meet the bottom front set to bite or grip thinly cut or sized food items. My teeth has grown far wider and I remembered that my teeth cracked when I bit on the pistachio nuts. Perhaps a good orthodontist may help me put them right as I still want to be able to use these teeth till I am growing old. I blame these condition from lacking in prenatal vitamins, especially calcium tablets which I have not really been taking since my both pregnancies as I just couldn’t stamd the terrible smell of these large hard coated tablets! Any one took lots of them dutily?

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Feb-19-10

Private number calls

posted by constance

I wonder how agents always manage to get our handphone numbers. I do not give mine freely actually, only to selective friends. What makes things worst is that I always receive private number calls by banks and other strangers who are just out to make a sale in their cold-calls marketing effort. If they caught me in a bad mood, I really do not care and just give them a good lashing.. but if they ask me when I am in a better mood, sometimes I do entertain them a little bit before giving them the thumbs down signal. I feel quite evil sometimes when I really need my time and space and I had to pick up calls like these. I would just go straight out and ask them how on earth did they get my personal number.. which I know they would not reveal.. However, some of these agents do persevere and for those that do sound honest and sounds like they are really into customer service for the longest time, I do ask them to give me an insurance quote for comparison. That is already part of the battle won – for insurance agents. Yes, they do need these encouragement, don’t they.

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Feb-16-10

Blessings for your Chinese New Year

posted by constance

To answer to all my friends.

Nope. I am not back in Penang this year for the Chinese New Year holidays. I wish I was though. It felt kinda lonely and lost being in Singapore because your relatives and family are back in Penang. Some of my childhood friends who have managed to contact me lately have also gone back to celebrate a high school reunion on the third day of Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is supposed to be a happy time for all. However, this year, we are so busy cutting costs that we have overlooked what Chinese New Year is supposed to be. I felt bad that I didn’t get my kids things I got each New Year. CNY clothes, CNY goodies. Nope. Luckily though, I’ve got Godma who sent the kids some money for Chinese New Year clothes because I myself can’t even bring myself to mention why I didn’t get them any. I’m so sorry, darlings. Perhaps one day when you read this, you will know that we have gone through a bad time from the Ox to the Tiger year. Just like I did 12 zodiac signs ago too. Uncanny but these two years seem to coincide with each other as bad years for me.. so true.

Thank you so much Godma, without you, their CNY would be so bleak.. Pathetic as it may seemed but reality is reality. We are in a bad situation, my family and I. Perhaps I didn’t mention it in my blog because I was busy trying to ‘stand-up’ and facing up to it since middle of last year, thus my going back to work. Such pathetic situation. Financial constraints have made my going back bleak this year. We can’t afford the high cost of air fares for the Chinese New Year because there are 5 of us, including the helper. She’s leaving in early March and I have to get a replacement soon unless I stop working.. I can’t stop work now, in fact I am trying a get a second job. Please don’t be shocked reading this, my friends but this is my life now. I have to face up to it bravely even though I am slogging hard, now with kids in tow.

No relatives have offered any assistance since they knew of our situation. To them, it’s only a piece of news. Bad news to them? We’ve always been generous paying through our nose for expensive dinners for them (end of dinners no one offers to pay waiting for us because we come from Sg earning Sg $), housing them when they come for holidays, money and gifts and more but when it comes to our bad situation now, we finally see some true colours, they all have gone silent and avoid contact.  Perhaps they are also trying to widen their distance when they find out, just in case we ask for something? It’s ok, we understand. Funny thing was a friend, a blogger I’d known in the last few years only offered me financial assistance. That was Nancy. We always call each other a twin because of our similar zodiac years, moles, leftie and horoscope signs. Uncanny but we clicked so well. It was a good feeling and although I didn’t accept her financial assistance, I felt blessed to have known someone who actually step forward this way. Not that I’d known her for a decade even!

Money wise, I have to deal with it myself. And some bloggers and fb friends gave me emotional support and listening shoulder. Dragon, Sue, SueSue, Kopi Soh and Evily. You all know who you are. Thank goodness for all of you. I’d have crumpled under all those pressure! Thank you so much dearests!

A friend asked me why don’t we drive back instead. The traffic jams are terrible, we can take our time no doubt.. but we cannot afford the toll charges! LOL It’s the truth. And we do not have spare money for angpows too. I know some relatives back home always expect some big red packets from us because they always think it’s Singapore dollars and everything should be more but they have forgotten that we live and SPEND in Singapore dollars. We don’t earn in SG and spend in Msia, mind you! I remembered once we gave a red packet to a close relative, she opened it up and commented why is it in RM$ instead of in SG$!!!  I was shocked.. perhaps it was rather rude to open it up in front of everyone and wave the notes and make such a comment, don’t you think so? And the amount was not that little either, it was few hundred dollars, albeit in ringgit… it’s still money.

Unless we have a motorhome, we can forget the high cost of living in Singapore and drive back to park in Msia daily and spend everything in ringgit.. This time we shall be keeping at home quiet and to ourselves for CNY. We don’t hope for the roaring Tiger year, but as long as we can survive the year’s ordeal and clear our bills, we are thankful.

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pic of Pulau Tikus, taken sometime in March last year.

But to all my lovely chinese readers and friends reading this, I do wish you a wonderful Chinese New Year and perhaps this post will remind you all to count your blessings.. like I am.

Above all, I wish you Health, Safety and Love, Happiness. Not wealth nor prosperity not fortune. Nope, not this year.

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Feb-14-10

Educate from young

posted by constance

Bumped into this old friend few days ago. We both worked part time waiting on tables while studying in our teens to earn pocket money. He was then enrolled in one of the polytechnics doing business while I was studying art. He is now working as an anti-narcotics officer, a change of industry. He was on his way to the drug rehab to meet a patient. He sometimes befriend youths and counsel them to get them on the right track. I thought that was very admirable since he was someone quiet and doesn’t talk much. His views and duty to the country to keep it drug free was spurred when he was enlisted for national service and his when serving national service duty. Singapore takes a very strict stance against drug with death by hanging as the penalty, if caught in possession. Nowadays, children in kindy and primary school are being taught about crime, drugs and even nutrition as part of their civics and moral education subjects instead of the usual academic subjects.

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Feb-12-10

Weight Loss Beverage for all

posted by constance

Queing up at the supermarket, a lady came by with some free drink samples. She insisted that I try this product. Although I didn’t want to and not interested, I still obligate myself to pick that small cup up as well to listen on her sales talk.. I told her not interested in but she won’t take no and excuse at all. She kept asking me to try a tea which I did. I looked at the box and found out that these were weight loss drinks on the shelf. I wonder if they work at all and maybe these are the type I should recommend to my friends who wanted to know how to lose weight fast!

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