Simple and Beautiful Felt Roses

Monday, October 31, 2011

When one is bored, one gets crafty. Just want to pen this down for future reference. Am so so inspired!

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It's really so simple and I did it!!!! The last picture was made my me! Yeah! i can start making pweety hair accessories etc for my lil watermelon! :)

It seems to be an addiction...with the hubs constantly at meetings these days and MIL not cooking, I'm left to entertain myself with MORE crafts which isn't such a bad idea. Below is craft no. 2 of the day:

1. Cut a strip of felt 1 inch wide and 4 (to 4.5) inches long. Cut a second strip of felt that is 1 cm wide and about 1 inch long. Lastly, cut out 2 pieces that will go behind the bow.

2. Dab a little hot glue down the center of the strip. Fold over both edges and press down until the glue starts to dry. This side will be the back of the bow. Don't use too much glue or it will harden and be difficult to work with.

3. Before the glue completely dries, pinch the front middle of the bow until the glue hardens.

4. Flip the bow over and fold up the edges to give the bow little creases. Then glue the strip around the center of the bow. You may need to trim it so that none of it is visible from the front.

5. Glue the 2 ribbon-like pieces to the back of the bow. Make sure that they are the right size and shape before you attach them.

6. Ta da!

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Auspicious Dates for baby

Sunday, October 30, 2011

With hardly any fresh ingredients in my fridge, and majority of my nesting instincts satisfied, there's hardly anything to do today. Really got to find things to occupy myself before my thoughts start running wild. It's really quite a mystery as to when lil watermelon decides to make her appearance. Both daddy and mommy are anxiously anticipating as many things have to planned around that all important day. In fact, everyone's so anxious that they are asking me to get the doctor to induce labour and get baby out on 1-1-11. Nice if baby can hear me. Below is something interesting I found. some people actually choose to go C-sec due to auspicious dates. n guess what? 1-1-11 is indeed an auspicious date:

Blogging on the go

With the advent of technology, iPads iPods iPhones etc I should not take a backseat, not when I've already inherited the iphone3 fm the hubs. So I made it a pt to download blogger app so I'm able to blog on the go.. Haha no excuse for the lack of post now hopefully. Come to think of it, perhaps I can even blog whilst going through labour? A high tech form of epidural?

Moving along, a quick first update using the blogger app. Took sips of coconut water today as many swears tt the bb will come out 'cleaner' however there's another sch of thought which says that it will cause yr legs to weaken n this no strength to push. So what shld I do? Strike a balance

Tender coconut water (elaneer / nariyal pani) is one of the richest sources of electrolytes. It is high in chlorides, potassium, and magnesium and has a moderate amount of sugar, sodium and protein. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart function. Coconut water is also a good source of dietary fibre, manganese, calcium, riboflavin and Vitamin C. Coconut water is a natural diuretic and so increases the flow of urine; this helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTI) as well as reduces the incidence of kidney stones. Coconut water also helps relieve constipation, improves intestinal function and promotes digestive health -– it is often recommended to people suffering from acidity and ulcers. These are the scientific benefits of drinking coconut water. However, there is a myth saying that the baby will come out "cleaner" if the preggie mum drinks coconut water in her last tri. In actual fact, the fetus is cleaner because fernik fat (fat that covers the body of the fetus) decreases. If he was born over 36 weeks of age will be born clean. If less months fernik then there is still fat in the skin, it’s not dirty but fat protecting the fetus in the mother’s stomach.

In addition to fresh coconut, I had my 2wks crave for Bo Bo Cha Cha finally satisfied! YUMZ! it's been a while since i had it!

Check out the cool shoes this dude has!! the people at the next table all don with fashionable clothings and vogue hairstyle. Even the little boy had a lopsided haircut just like his mama. The Japanese sure know how to make a statement!

Distracting myself with Crafts

The rains and floods have dried up (for a short while only I hope!) and today is well, a relatively nice a sunny day. However, somehow, I haven't had it good for the last couple of days. Been feeling nauseous and had two bouts of vomiting spells over the last two days. It feels like I'm in the first trimester all over again. The feeling is all too familiar. Read up about it and apparently nauseousness is a sign of labour!! AHHHHH somebody quick call the ambulance!

Ok, to distract myself, I've been doing heaps of late. Firstly, I'm proud to say that after all the technical glitches and obstacles, the highly anticipated and procrastinated project of's like a baby to me launched -- JUMPSTART TUTORS!

Jumpstarttutors is dedicated to help parents get the right tutor to bring out the genius potential that lives within the heart of every child so that together we may pave the way to a better tomorrow. Being an educator for so many years, I feel it's time to help more parents cope with the whole education frenzy.

Being a very aesthetic person, the site had to be close to perfection before its launch. I won't deny but I'm no HTML guru or CSS stylesheet reader thus the whole experience was pretty exasperating especially when you know there's help just an arm's length away (the hub) but you can't get it because he's always so preoccupied. So independence worked its way and paid off! I even designed my own business card for the record! Achievement much! With all these creativity mounting, my obsession with crafts started to bloom once again. Checked out several craft sites set up by SAHMs and am inspired! If only i have the time and resources, but most importantly, can be a SAHM!!! I realise how much I can achieve, given time, but yet again, to have time, we need money! It's the hard truth. Very often I envision myself marrying my passion and work but somehow, it's just so hard.

Anyhowz, check out the crafty resources which I've pooled together and hopefully will embark on them one day soon! Afterall, Xmas is round the corner!

This is pretty manageable. I'm sure I can do something like that for my desk before the new year :) is also a necessity since memory failure is here to stay for at least 2 more years after pregnancy according to sources.

Jessie J -- Price Tag

Friday, October 28, 2011

I didn't realise my cousin is so talented. God is fair :)

As the wait begins

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It's day 7 of rest and rest I did. I surprised myself just how much I can actually sleep. Ok I don't exactly sleep all that much as I've been getting up periodically at 1am/ 3am/ 6am and finally at 8am. But the ability to get so much done during my rest days is amazing. Oh, and watch TV. I can't remember the last time I watched TV like this - lying on the couch endlessly flipping channels and spacing out. Wow, is this how most people spend their time relaxing?! (as opposed to doing 90000 things and getting oneself frustrated?!)

Well, just to share....some of the things I did over the past few days:

Met up with E sis on a Monday. Such luxury! Planned to do a mani and pedi (since I can hardly reach my toes) and decided against making and appointment thinking that no one in the right mind would be doing such a tai tai-ish thing at 12noon. WELL WRONG! apparently there are a lot of tai tais or perhaps "rich aunties" around and 3 palours I visited were full! Almost giving up, I chanced upon this place at Victoria Street (Bugis Village) called Nail Spa and decided to give them a buzz. It took them by surprise that I was coming NOW. It was a pretty good deal -- First trial: $38 for a classic mani and pedi. Service was pretty good too. Only qualm i had -- climbing up 3 levels with a basketball with me. Thereafter, we went for a good meal at Iluma. Decided to check out the Ramen festival they were having and oooo, the pork broth was excellent!!! However, somehow, no char siew in Singapore seem to meet the quality of Japan. Personally, I'm not a fan of the fats on the char siew but after my maiden trip to Japan with H, I decided to give it a chance. The ones in Tokyo simply MELTS in your mouth. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Singapore's standard.Desserts are a must these days. Ended off nicely with a Goma Cheesecake at Shokudo (dont know if I got the spelling right).
Desserts were certainly the theme for last wkend when I caught up with XL and H. More than often, meeting up with friends whom you have not seen but yet have that familiar feeling, is a basket of joy. This time, I suggested GOBI as I wanted to check out their full month cakes. Typical Singaporean attitude? I think not given that most places require 2 wks advance order. Anywayz, I was very impressed with their meticulous efforts in creating their masterpieces. They were too pretty to be eaten. Service was good as the staff, seeing that I was a potential customer, gave me a sample of the full month cake. It was a tad too sweet but more importantly, I doubt the seniors would appreciate such gifts. I'd probably come across as stingy in their minds should I be giving out only two tiny 2inch chocolate pastries, 2 ang ku kways and 2 red eggs. Will probably have to go for the typical economical kind in the market. Boo.

Had an overwhelming urge to order the "FANTASY" despite having two of the below. Shared it with XL and H in case it dawns upon you that I'm such a glutton!

Awesome apple tart. Can't remember the exact name but it was DELISH!
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake -- All time favourite!

They say that if you are having a girl, you tend to have a sweet tooth. The initial stages of my pregnancy did not show such signs but somehow, such cravings are surfacing these days. A fortunate thing as well coz if it started off too fast and furious, there may be a tendency for gestational diabetes. Which is why I've avoided the King of fruits -- DURIAN till today...ok I was guilty on two accounts, but give the woman a break!

Empress Dowager treated me to brunch the other day. It was a little Thai restuarant near her work place. I must say the food was rather decent and for the above, we paid only $17.90!! how awesome is that? Lil watermelon was probably on a Thai spree as that evening, the hub and I had another round of Thai food at Mad Thai along East Coast Road. On a semi-related note, Empress Dowager decided to throw a bomb at me: She's going on a short trip to Msia on 6 Nov which is supposedly my EDD. THanks for being there for me Mom! I constantly remind myself that I mustn't be anything like her.

The above were quite some time ago but didn't really have the time to blog. Cousin-in-law was back for a bit from Australia thus the family decided to feast on crabs. On a usual day, I would be jumping in joy, but ever since having lil watermelon, I try to avoid. According to the Chinese, eating crabs would result in the kid being very "touchy"..can't keep his/her hands to themselves. On a more scientific note, crabs feast on decaying stuff thus it wouldn't be wise to be introducing such matter to the tummy right this moment. However, the family, in particular the MIL didn't really quite understand my rationale and was busy discussing my nonsensical theory. In the end, I gave in to pressure and temptation. I'd definitely be back for more after a month or so! The BBQ crabs were decked with so much roe!! Mind you, advance booking of the exact quantity is needed. We wanted extras, but the chef told us there weren't any left at 8pm!

Been trying to clear out the fridge and treat myself better with nourishing homecook food. It has been a while since I've cooked and am so glad I haven't lost the touch. I would say that I am a B+ cook, verging on A sometimes. Cooking is always therapeutic for me and having homecooked lunch/ dinner on a weekday is such a luxury for me!! Wish such times don't have an expiry date to it.

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

~ Harriet Van Horne.

Friend W kindly lent us his DSLR in anticipation of lil watermelon's arrival. I've been in a dilemma as to whether we should get a DSLR, but have been hesitating due to its bulk and price. Thus when the hub managed to borrow it from W, I was ecstatic and tested it out on the above clothes shoot. From the looks of things, the amount of clothes that lil watermelon has is gaining on mommy! Am soooo jealous that I didn't have such adorable numbers when I was young!

Iowa Couple Married for 72 Years Dies Holding Hands, 1 Hour Apart - ABC News

Saturday, October 22, 2011



A devoted Iowa couple married for 72 years died holding hands in the hospital last week, exactly one hour apart.

The passing reflected the nature of their marriage, where, "As a rule, everything was done together," said the couple's daughter Donna Sheets, 71.

Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90, left their small town of State Center, Iowa, on Wednesday to go into town, but never made it. A car accident sent the couple to the emergency room and intensive care unit with broken bones and other injuries. But, even in the hospital, their concerns were each other.

"She was saying her chest hurt and what's wrong with Dad? Even laying there like that, she was worried about Dad," said the couple's son, Dennis Yeager, 52. "And his back was hurting and he was asking about Mom."

When it became clear that their conditions were not improving, the couple was moved into a room together in beds side-by-side where they could hold hands.

"They joined hands; his right hand, her left hand," Sheets said.

Gordon Yeager died at 3:38 p.m. He was no longer breathing, but the family was surprised by what his monitor showed.

"Someone in there said, 'Why, then, when we look at the monitor is the heart still beating?'" Sheets recalled. "The nurse said Dad was picking up Mom's heartbeat through Mom's hand."

"And we thought, 'Oh my gosh, Mom's heart is beating through him,'" Dennis Yeager said.

Norma Yeager died exactly an hour later.

"Dad used to say that a woman is always worth waiting for," Dennis Yeager said. "Dad waited an hour for her and held the door for her."

The inseparable couple was engaged and married within 12 hours in 1939 on the day Norma Yeager graduated from high school.

"She graduated from high school on May 26, 1939, at about 10 a.m., and at about 10 p.m. that night she was married to my dad at his sister's house," Sheets said.

The vibrant duo had a "very, very full life."

They worked as a team. They traveled together, they were in a bridge club together and they worked in a Chevrolet dealership, creamery and other businesses together.

"They always did everything together," Sheets said. "They weren't apart. They just weren't."

Dennis Yeager described his father as an "outgoing" and "hyper" man who was still working on the roof of his house and sitting cross-legged with no problem at age 90.

"The party didn't start until he showed up," he said. "He was the outgoing one and she supported him by being the giver. She supported Dad in everything. And he would've been lost without her."

Dennis Yeager said it is strange today to go into his parents' home and see the "two chairs side-by-side that they sat in all the time," empty. He said it was in those chairs that his parents cheered on the Arizona sports teams they loved and rarely missed an episode of "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price Is Right."

According to their obituary, besides their children, the Yeagers are survived by her sister, Virginia Kell, and his brother, Roger Yeager, as well as 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Their grandson Randy Yeager said he has been inspired in his own 13-year marriage by his grandparents' loving and lasting marriage.

"Grandpa and I were talking this summer about all of the people getting divorced for this reason or that and he mentioned that nobody stays together anymore," Randy Yeager wrote to in an email. "I told [him] that my wife Mara and I would never be getting a divorce and he said, 'That's because you're old school, like me!'

"That was one of the greatest compliments I could have ever received and one I will strive to live up to for the rest of my life," Randy Yeager said.

The couple were put in a casket together holding hands for their funeral this week, but are being cremated and will have their ashes mixed before burial.

"All their life has been together," Sheets said. "So, when it came to the funeral home, the family asked, 'Can we have them put in the casket together holding hands?' Because that's the way their life was."