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Sep-28-10

Lea’s Ark

posted by constance

Lea is set to build the world. She loves playing with legos and can just sit and build all sorts of stuff for hours on end.

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Here… my invention!

The other day, she built her own vehicle. Well, I do not really know if it was a big truck, a ship or anything else but she is claiming that this ‘thingy’ is similar to the Singapore Duck tour vehicle, a big vehicle with wheels and that also floats and propels on water. You can take these little city tour from the Suntec City that will bring you to around the city region then it goes into the Singapore river.. Mind you, as it goes down the steps, it can get a big bumpy.. Both my girls have taken these rides via their kindy/school excursions but not me… perhaps I shall one day.

And so, a Lego vehicle it shall be. Oh and did I mention that this is also a transportation of some kind for her farm animals.. so it is also a Noah’s Ark Vehicle, all rolled up in 1!

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Them animals are taking a ride too! Taking a breather, windows and stepping up to view the world…

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Not too cosy inside but one animal each is fine… Donkey, Giraffey, Zebry and Horsey

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Sep-24-10

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

posted by constance

Lea wailed her eyes out on Tuesday late afternoon on the phone with me. “Mummy, you have not bought any lantern for me to bring over to school tomorrow for the lantern festival!! waaahhh”.. sigh.. I had totally forgotten about it, really. I had been so busy at work and all other stuffs on my mind that I didn’t think that the lantern festival date was going to be the following day. After all, I thought I would be off on that day but she told me it will be too late because her lantern festival is in the morning and I would be at work. As a matter of fact, when she called me up, I was also at work.. How and what am I going to do.

I asked the helper to dig out the ‘old’ lanterns but she would not hear of it.. “Mummy, the teacher will punish me because the lantern has no light and the music is dead…waaaahhh..” I told her, why not use the free lanterns that the supermarket gave me the other week, the one sponsored by Resort World.. It’s paper and you could light it up the traditional way… “Mummy… the teachers said no candles and if this is paper, all the other children’s lantern will squash and flatten mine in minutes..waaahhhh”

The other alternative.. call daddy up. “I’m almost reaching work.. is it urgent?” I told him… i’ve stalled the customers by another half hour, anyway. “Please stop by the kids store to get her the lantern I promised.. please… ” And so he did, dropped it at home and Lea was so happy.. phew.

The following day, she was chosen to be on stage with a few others because her lantern was among the interesting ones and many praised her for it… well, lucky thing.. That night on lantern festival, we brought them to the nearby Park by the Reservoir and new Sports Complex for them to show off the lanterns…

Ready to join them? Let’s Go!!

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Yippeee… lets be angels and fairies amidst the smokey air..

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Posing with lanterns Daddy bought at the last minute yesterday.

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Funny thing was, there weren’t many kids with lanterns but there were MANY young adults playing with candles and lighting them all over the park!!

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Sep-24-10

Horsey or Party for Real

posted by constance

I saw an advert inviting ladies for a ladies night at the Turf Club. I think there is something like that also for the family and one that has live entertainment of some Symphony Ochestra init. I’ve never been to the Turf Club nor any of their activities and special dinner.. I have always wondered what does the diners do there and if they include horse watching in there. And with such dinner, does one need to be proper attired in dinner smart clothes or must one be attired in some kind of equestrian gear or something.. I know when they hold family type of carnivals and dinners, they even have face painting, balloon scupting, goody bags and that sort for kids so this sounds like fun too.

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Sep-24-10

Wedding Month for Many

posted by constance

I can’t believe how time flies..It is the September month and I received several wedding invitations recently. Yes, September is a month favourable for many people to get married. The Chinese likes it because it is an auspicious month, the 8th Moon. September is also a favourable month for many of my friends in other countries too. There are many wedding seminars advertised on the papers too. And new shops selling wedding paraphernalia have sprung up in the malls. Even the gigantic store in Paya Lebar selling jewellery are doing brisk business in wedding rings… If this is such an auspicious month, I wonder if it will be just as auspicious for me to get lucky in business and numbers? I’m just wishing, and dreaming empty..

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Sep-22-10

Stadium is just Beckoning

posted by constance

Yippeee, the new sports stadium near home is finally up! The soft opening was few weeks ago and I heard from a neighbour that it is a wonderful place. Tennis, badminton courts, olympic sized pool, kids pool and more! There is also a gym in there so you have everything within your reach in the estate without going out for that club pool which is always so packed with members and their guests! I do so want to check out that gym since it is new and everything in the gym must be really absolutely new and spotless! So those who are on some creatine powders perhaps have more reason to supplement with lots of gym and sport activities for a good build up. Now the other thing is, to rekindle that passion of playing tennis from my two young kids! Or I’ll have to go without a partner and end up playing with a machine!

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Sep-22-10

A New Host or Not

posted by constance

I haven’t shop for a new webhost. I wanted to do that a few months ago but then I thought about the hassles of it. The current one is alright, just that… I thought I might want to change to a new platform. I have yet to upgrade my wordpress and I still have problems uploading pix, which is the reason why I don’t upload many pix here. The fix that worked last time do not work now. Clicking on my upload button doesn’t prompt any reaction. That means I have to rely on my photobucket account to transfer my pix, subsequently then to my wordpress. Aaahhh all that horrible troubleshooting will just drive me crazy. That is why I thought maybe get everything new again, new webhost and new domains… I need to check out more information at www.webhostingservice.net to see if there are any good reviews first. Basically, all I wanted is to fix my photo upload problem and then get to upgrade my wordpress.. without hassles, of course.

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Sep-22-10

All in Ones

posted by constance

My facial foam supply has ended. What do I mean? Well, I had a whole year’s supply of Shokubutsu facial foam, all mini tubes that I have used for a whole year (more, actually). I was down to my last tube and now they are all gone. It is time to change and perhaps shop for a new or different brand of facial wash. I browzed the toiletry department and found many bigger tubes but I just couldn’t make up my mind which one to use. I have my own moisturiser which I find is very good, with Thanakha. I just need to get a facial foam or wash but I am always rushing for time and miss out on the toning part. Then I found this 3-in-1 facial foam that says that it is suitable for those with a busy lifestyle. It is one with the cleanser, toner as well as moisturiser, all built in one. Should I use that? It is such a temptation although I have friends who tell me that don’t ever use any type of 2 in 1 or 3 in 1 stuffs. Good or not I have yet to discover, but I dropped one into my shopping trolley anyway. Maybe they should also invent one that includes a composition with acne treatment in the same tube too. That would be a gem of a find, for busy busy people who just want to be quick in everything they do!

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Sep-22-10

Measure Away

posted by constance

I bought a measuring tape few days ago. What a useful thing it is, I just discovered. Country bumpkin or not, I have never owned a measuring tape before. I recently got one for only 40 cents, a great find… and I didn’t have to go search for it in Daiso which costs $2 each item. This one was from the local ‘dollar store’ in the heartlands. Imagine years ago, I had wanted to know how much I gain or lose weight, I never used a measuring tape but just the weighing machine… If you have taken those diet pills, you won’t know if you are actually losing weight in terms of water, fat or gaining muscle weights. I am sure a measuring tape is far more useful because you should also want to know the different measurements of your bust, waist, hips and perhaps thighs too. And for once, I actually measure my daughters’ head circumferance, waist, etc.. great when you want to buy them clothes and you know their waist and hip sizes. Oh and the length of their leg.

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Sep-22-10

Info on Acne

posted by constance

“Stop picking at your acne!”.. that was what this lady who sternly told her daughter, maybe about the age of puberty, no more than 15. I remember at that age when many of my school friends had pimples, (lucky me, I didn’t have that problem at that age) and how they hated it. The pimple creams only made it worst. My sis applied one from a tube and the next morning got alarmed when her face showed a bad reaction and was so red and inflamed! Nowadays, kids and teenagers have no problems with acne and what it is. An example is this website: www.acnescarremoval.org one that educates and recommends one what products to use.

In my time, we didn’t have such information on our fingertips because we weren’t of the internet age and era. We relied on our parents and relatives and the local medical hall physician for their expertise. And what was unwelcoming were those cosmetic sales persons who didn’t care if it suits your skin but they just want to make a quick buck selling their products to meet their objectives. The current generation sure have it lucky to be able to find many things about products and everything about acne.

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Sep-20-10

Sales Everywhere

posted by constance

School is in, after a week long vacation.. not really a vacation because right after the girls go back to school in a month or less, final term exams will follow.. How stressful.. guess this vacation is a time for them to do some revision.. Yet, there are many sales going on in that week alone.. retails all trying to make a quick sale and clear their stuff before new stock comes in just in time for all to do their Christmas shopping. Besides these brick and mortar holding sales and promotions, you can get lots of special offers online, such as the redenvelope cyber Monday sale a friend recommended some good offers she got. Tomorrow is Monday, does that mean there are going to be a good sale tomorrow? Perhaps I should just check it tomorrow to make sure… I hope I remember!

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