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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
They pretty much spent most of the day being creative - drawing, colouring and making paly-doh figurines. I could see their handiwork when I came home from work.
Both girls have different ways of showing their creativity: Marieann with her drawings and handicrafts, and Juliane with her dancing and singing, lol. Maybe they should start getting lessons to maximise their creativity. :)
Monday, 29 September 2008
It was a flurry of action, writing, calculating, printing... I was helping out with 3 proposals. It was no easy job lol. Thanks goodness, I had friends who helped me with printing and photocopying so that I could concentrate on writing and calculating the budgets. Thanks, my friends. Really appreciated the help. :)
Finally, I managed to get 2 proposals done and thank goodness, we had an extension till Tuesday morning. At least, I could double check that I have done everything right for the 3rd proposal. :P
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Marieann got her jacket from Winter but Juliane was more fussy. But she finally got her jacket from Esprit. With my Esprit card discount and a $20 voucher, her jacket only amounted to $20+. A real bargain, lol. :P
Before we went home, we dropped by New York New York deli for a drink. I am surprised with the choices of food on their menu. Might come back here for a meal. For now, I am satisfied with sharing a waffle with peaches and ice cream ($7.90) with the girls. :)
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
As you can tell, it is a book about vampires. One of my favourite kind of read lol. It is kind of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer except the setting was in the last century, during the Victorian era. It is a refreshing read, that is if you like vampires and things supernatural and also a bit of history. I hope the second book, Rises The Night is available in the library. I can't wait to find out what awaits Victoria, the heroine, the vampire slayer or known as the Venator in the chronicles in the next book.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
No one is spared from this tainted milk fiasco. All of a sudden, we find ourselves forgoing certain food products which contained adulterated milk powder as they were pulled off the shelves, we find ourselves reading ingredient labels either for the first times in our lives or more diligently, ...
Despite the human tragedy, I think there may be something good that comes out of this fiasco. We may now be more health conscious as we examine the things we eat, especially with regards to processed food products. I am sure many of us will be looking at the ingredient labels a lot more and very carefully from now on. It is a good habit actually. :) I have been looking at ingredient labels since late last year when I found out I am pre-diabetic. You will be surprised at the things they put into some of the processed food products!
Dear Friends and Family, take care and stay healthy.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
In any case, I am most glad that some of them have contacted me because of problems they had in secondary schools, because they needed advice, and so on. It is very nice too that once in a while, they would drop me a hello too. :)
I guess I don't see my former counsellees as closed cases and to be forgotten. I see them as persons and most of them have made a lot of progress and in a way, I have grown with all of them. For me, I still care about my counsellees even after they have graduated from primary school. Maybe that is my failing as a counsellor - I care too much. :P
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
I did a Blogthings quiz about Autumn. :) See my responses in orange to the quiz result.
|Your Autumn Test Results|
Monday, 22 September 2008
Between now until 22 October, I have a couple of things to do:
1) Get my presentation slides ready and handouts too, if necessary.
2) Get the draft out for the article my PI and I are working on.
3) Get my dissertation's Results chapter final draft out.
4) Get the grant proposals and necessary forms ready.
5) Pack a separate luggage for the Korean trip.
6) Plan where to visit and shop in Korea.
I think I have plenty to do. :)
Sunday, 21 September 2008
We went to Whitebait & Kale nearby for breakfast. Juliane decided that she wanted to stay home with her grandparents. It is kind of unusual to find for one so young who would rather stay home than to go out, lol. Maybe she takes after my mother who much prefers to stay home to read, and to do stuff than go out.
Marieann had Spaghetti Napoletana sauce ($10). She really does like pasta for she walloped up everything on her plate. :)
I ordered Eggs Benedict with Dill Mustard sauce , Honey-baked Ham on Grilled Crumpets ($16). The portion was just nice. The crumpets were great in mopping up the yolk lol. :P
The girls' father had Scrambled Egg with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese on Rye Toast ($16). He was a little disappointed with the portion, which he thought was a bit small.
In the afternoon, I had a gathering with my SCGS friends. I had intended to bring Juliane with me but again she decided she would rather stay home. Oh well, I did enjoy myself better since I didn't have to divert my attention to look after her lol. :P There was the usual chatting and laughing whenever we gathered together lol. This time, no photos though as I was too busy stuffing myself with grilled chicken wings haha. :P
Saturday, 20 September 2008
In the evening, my aunt and uncle, my cousins and their spouses came over for dinner. It was nice to see them as we haven't had them over for a while. My cousin has an 18-month old daughter, Johanna. The girls were a little excited to see their cousin but because Johanna is rather young, my girls were a little apprehensive about playing with her. :P Once Johanna is a little older, I think the 3 girls will have no problem playing with each other. :)
Friday, 19 September 2008
I managed to get there about 7:10pm and was the earliest among the 4 ex-colleagues he invited. :) After signing in, I went round taking photos lol. :P I love how the old (historical building of SJI) is juxtaposed with the new (modern art pieces). Soon the others arrived and we had fun chatting, laughing and catching up with one another. The wedding at SAM is quite different from the usual wedding affair. In a way, it was more carefree and relaxed. The dinner was buffet-style, a mix of Western and Asian cuisine. I enjoyed the food lol. :P
I was pretty tickled by the professional photographer engaged by my friend for his wedding. It is pretty high tech. Once the photo is taken, it was sent wireless to the notebook to be projected on the screen and to a printer to be printed out! How cool is that! Lol. So this is the first wedding dinner that I have attended where I actually received the photos on the spot. :)
After we parted ways about 10:30pm, my good friend, Winnie and I adjourned to Coffee Bean nearby for a cuppa just to catch up further. We had a good time chatting away. I managed to get home just before 12 midnight. :)
Thursday, 18 September 2008
I am helping with the budgeting for a grant proposal. All I can say it is definitely not easy but it is also rather fun lol. I think I can see some of my friends rolling their eyes at me, hahaha. :P Kind of getting the hang of it now. Hopefully this experience will make it easier for the next few budgets that I am going to help with. :)
Hmm, not bad for someone who was begged by the Commerce tutor to drop from the stream in ACJC, hahaha. After my first 3 months, I applied and got into the Arts stream in NJC. :P
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Whenever she does it, it reminds me of this:
"Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!—One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't. —Hell is murky. —Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? Here's the smell of the blood still; all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!"
Sounds familiar?! Well, for those who have taken Literature, it is from Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act 5 Scene 1. Yes, Juliane has this peculiar "Lady Macbeth like washing of hands" habit. She would suddenly raise both hands into the air and starts to "wash her hands" as in rubbing her palms together and the back of her hands. When I tried to stop her, she would instead start to "wash" my hands. Hahaha. :P I really don't understand how, when or why she pick up this habit.
Let's hope she will grow out of this habit when she gets older. :)
Monday, 15 September 2008
I got it yesterday and after charging it for 8 hours (just a little past 12am), I started playing with it to familiarise myself with the functions. It was pretty fun and exciting having a new phone and what more a smartphone/ pda phone, lol. :P So many functions and can surf the net on a small thing like that, haha. But I think I still need a lot of practice, A LOT to use it with ease. Like today, I accidentally switched the phone off without realising it and I turned on the internet several times without realising that I did it. Hahaha. :P
I am really happy with and proud of my Treo Pro, my chosen one! Lol. Now I can't wait to get a nice, sturdy case for it and also a Treo Pro screen protector. :)
Sunday, 14 September 2008
As it is Mid-Autumn Festival today, I thought I could take the girls to the garden for their lantern walk in the evening but it was drizzling. Instead, their grandfather set up their lanterns so that they could have a lantern party in the room. I kept an eye on them as we don't want a fire happening! But at least the girls were sensible, they blew out the candles after a while. :)
Oh, by the way, before we started on our shopping spree today, I became a proud owner of Palm Treo Pro at 12pm sharp! :) And today's expenses were all paid for by the girls' father. Thanks! Lol. :)
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Juliane and I arrived at Takashimaya Square, Basement 2 around 10:30am. I realised it would have been the best time to buy mooncakes since there was hardly any crowd at all and it was so close to the Mid- Autumn Festival that most mooncakes were selling at a discount, lol. :P we managed to get two paper lanterns before we walked over to The Soup Spoon, Paragon for brunch. We shared a meal upgrade of soup and salad - I had the clam chowder while Juliane had the Waldorf salad.
After our brunch, we walked to Liat Tower where the new Esprit is. :) I had two items put on hold till tomorrow so that I can sleep on it if I should buy them, lol. I must be careful with my finance now since I have two unexpected overseas trip not budgeted for - the one to Australia and the coming one to Korea. Meanwhile, I also received an sms from a good friend about my Treo Pro being out on offer at Starhub. :) More money flying out of my pocket, haha. :P
In the evening, we went to the girls' pre-school. Each of us was given a goodie bag. The celebration started with some contests which broke the ice. Soon, the kids were having lots of fun playing games and chowing down on the food prepared by the teachers. The teachers also put on two dance items for the children and parents. Everyone went home happy, especially the children, after the lantern walk around 8pm.
The girls will do a lantern walk tomorrow, either at my estate or at the garden. I think they will like that very much. :)
Friday, 12 September 2008
It has been a while since I went overseas for a conference. The last one was in Netherlands in 2005. It's time to go for another one after such a long break. :) Going for conference is one way to see the world and not to mention you get to learn new things too, not just from the conference but from the host country too. Oh, conferences are also good for networking. :)
Come to think of it, I would have travelled overseas three times just this year - Melbourne and Sydney in March, the coming Hong Kong trip in late October and the coming Korean conference trip in late October/ early November. :)
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Now, Juliane does quite a bit of "sleepwalking" but I am not sure if I can call it sleepwalking because she does movement of another kind. She sings! For the past couple of nights, while I was working late, I observed her sitting up in bed and started to sing. The first night it happened, I thought she was pulling my leg. When I went over to ask her to sleep, I realised that her eyes were closed and she didn't respond to me at all. After she finished her song, she lay back down and continued sleeping. It happened again the night before and then last night. It is actually quite funny to hear her sing. So far, her sleepsinging occurred between 1am to 2am.
I am waiting to see if it happens again tonight. :) Hey, I welcome any break while working. Lol. :P
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
|Your Taste in Music:|
Teen Pop: Medium Influence
Country: Low Influence
Nineties: Low Influence
Pop: Low Influence
Adult Alternative: No Influence
Teen Pop?! Ok, I think maybe it is time for me to cut back on watching so much Disney movies and Disney Channel series such as Hannah Montana with the girls. :P
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Here are the songs "Gotta find you", "This is Me" (pop version) and "This is Me (acoustic version).
Monday, 8 September 2008
Yar, I think it will be a very different birthday month for me. First, I will spend my birthday in Hong Kong (although I much prefer to be somewhere else) and then immediately the next day upon my return to Singapore, I will be flying to Korea. :) Going to be hectic but I think I will manage. :P Can't wait to go on a road trip in a foreign country, lol. :) Better pick up a few useful Korean phrases. :)
Ok, no more talking. Now must work on abstract for submission to the Korean conference!!
Sunday, 7 September 2008
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. - Fran Lebowitz
Saturday, 6 September 2008
Since our movie was at 12:40pm, we have an hour to spare. We went to Sakae for a quick lunch. Both girls shared 3 plates of tamago sushi, a plate of ebiko sushi between themselves and had a chawanmushi each. Marieann also had shared some of my Chicken Katsu Don.
We walked over to Lido at 12:30pm for the movie. It was a first movie experience for Juliane. I think she might be a bit nervous in the dark because she kept reaching out for my hand, lol. Both girls enjoyed the movie as much as I did. :)
Wall-E is a movie for everyone. It has adventure, comedy, and romance (a little). What's great about the movie is that it didn't need a lot of dialogue to make itself understood and enjoyed by all. There is a great teaching/ learning opportunity with Wall-E:- stop pollution, keep our Earth clean and go green. :)
Friday, 5 September 2008
This is a heartwarming combination of clips from the Casablanca movie with the song Casablanca.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Thanks, friend for showing me that blog. It cheered me up because I was rather depressed about something. Thanks :)
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
My PI is really nice and encouraging. She would always be the one asking if I have any conferences that I want to attend or telling me about conferences that I may find interesting to go for. I am really glad for her "pushes", lol. :)
My PI and I are going to talk more about this Korea conference. We shall see if I have enough time to make it since abstract and full paper (optional but encouraged) need to be submitted by 30 September. Wish me luck. :)
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Fortunately (or unfortunately?!), I am working. If not, I think I would be glued to the tv the whole day, not that I would mind, LOL. :P
Monday, 1 September 2008
I believe everyone is a teacher. There are many things that we learn, not just from our teachers, we also learn from our parents, siblings, friends and even from strangers too. There are many things that we learn, not just in school, in university, we also learn at work, at play and even when nothing is happening.
So to everyone I know, Happy Teachers' Day. You have taught me a thing or two even though you might not have realised it. Thanks! :)