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Ok I have been missing from my blog for many years! Partly cos busy looking after my hyperactive baby/toddler and also cos it’s troublesome to blog here. It feels v tough and long winded for me to upload my pics onto flickr before copying the link to the pics here.

Anyway I still blog on this app called dayre quite frequently, since Nov last year. My dayre account name is @bevtan or u can view web version at http://dayre.me/bevtan.

And in case u would be happy to share my joy, I would also like to say I am pregnant now! In fact delivering in a day’s time on May 22 (csection). Haha ok Thanks in advance for any congratulations! It’s a baby boy this time. My girl is currently 30 mths old already:)

bye! Gonna try zzz now tho baby is turning my stomach upside down now. Having fun perhaps!

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Picture taken about 1 year after testing. The 2 lines have become even more faint. 🙂

Yesterday’s episode of 康熙来了 had a few pregnant or previously pregnant TW artistes/wives to talk about their pregnancy experience. One of them said that she tested 10 different pregnancy test kits before her husband and her finally believed that she was pregnant. Sounds crazy but I can imagine the disbelief because I have been through it.

I used to go for monthly Brazilian IPL sessions before my pregnancy and would always do a pregnancy test (on the kit) before the appointment (we were not supposed to do any IPL if we were pregnancy). That fateful day, a Friday, coincidentally both of us were on leave and he wanted to send me to the place to have my IPL done. So after peeing in the toilet and doing the test, I was shocked to see 2 faint lines on the kit. I seriously doubted the results because it was a Watsons brand test kit (too cheap what!) and I just had my period 4 weeks ago, so how could the results be so clear so early?! Anyway being the panicky me, I ran out of the toilet to tell Yh about it and he was also in disbelief. I remember him being very calm and quiet about it, didn’t look happy or sad, probably he was just too shocked. Hahaha. I quickly cancelled the IPL appointment and went to the nearest Watsons to buy another test kit. This time, it was a professional looking one, I forgot the brand, but it costs twice as much as the Watsons brand one and it says something like “very-sensitive-test-kit”. Basically, I wanted a reliable test kit that could test for one’s pregnancy as early as 4 weeks gestation.

OMG even the expensive test kit was quite unpro and had 2 faint lines. But there were really 2 lines. That marked the end of my “fun” (I didn’t test any further) and I resigned to fate that Bernice was coming to my world to torture me. Hahaha…

There, she has just woken up and shouting for me again, as if shouting for her palace maid. Ciao!

Picture taken when she was 6 weeks old 

This is my first post about my baby ever since she was born. She is 3 months old now. Life has been hectic, stressful and yet fruitful so far. Instead of focussing on the hair-pulling aspects of motherhood, I would rather share with you what I am fond of, with regard to my baby, Bernice.

1) I enjoy cutting her finger and toe nails. It’s so delightful seeing mini-sized nails, the feeling is something like opening up polly pockets and playing with the mini-sized characters. Besides, after cutting her fingernails, I know the likelihood of her scratching her owm face is largely reduced.

2) I love tickling her, however torturous it may appear to onlookers. Sometimes she responds with a wide grin, sometimes no response at all.

3) I like changing her diapers, even if it is soiled with a lot of smelly poo. At least this tells me she doesn’t have constipation and she will feel clean wearing a new diaper.

4) I like her crying and screaming for attention from me, although it can get stressful when I am expressing milk or having my meals. After her 2nd month’s vaccination. she was feeling so upset with the pain and had a slight fever, thus making her lethargic and grumpy for days. Seeing her with the cooling plaster on her forehead makes my heart pain, and how I wished she would come disturb me with her usual crying and screaming.

5) My most favourite activity now is playing with her, as she always smiles so happily when I do so! 🙂

6) I love kissing her cheeks and head, guess all parents would find their children the most adorable in the world and can’t resist kissing them too!

7) I enjoy taking pictures of her using my Iphone, because that is my way of recording her growth and not missing out on her facial changes.

8) It’s heartwarming to hear her snore, although it sounds v piggy. She snores like her father and I know she is sound asleep when she starts snoring.

9) I like her cooing sounds, especially when I play or talk to her. At least she sounds as if she is trying to tell me something, and I feel connected with her.

Hopefully, I find more enjoyable things of motherhood and that Bernice can read these stuffs her mother wrote about her, say 20 years later? 🙂

Refreshing Coke Mixture

Yh mixed an innovative Coke drink recently and we both love it cos it’s so refreshing!! Basically it consists of Coke, water and ………
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Yuzu!!! You can buy the yuzu from Korean mini-supermarts. It comes in a big bottle and for this Coke mixture, you just need prob a small teaspoon or so.. Try it yourself!!!

Pregnancy isn’t exactly smoothsailing for me.  I mentioned before that I have had to deal with diarrhoea, an extremely long period of nasal congestion/cough, giddy spells (always a nightmare and still is!) as well as breathlessness (in the third trimester, after eating or when I have poo inside me)… Putting all these aside, I think pregnancy is still a great experience as there are definitely happy things that you can look forward to throughout the 9-10 months! 🙂 So, what am I happy about? Hee hee…

1) I can do or eat anything I like.

I no longer need to do any laundry and the only housework I do is magic-cleaning the floor. It is fun and definitely a good form of exercise since I so seldom walk nowadays. 🙂 As for eating, I just need to blame it on my baby making me have cravings and I get my way! This is the only time when I get to eat so much birds’ nest in my life, it seems to be of unlimited supply.

2) I have no period now.

Yay! Although having periods make a woman continue looking youthful and be able to conceive, I definitely don’t like the mess associated with it. Men won’t understand that feeling.

3) I get to see specialists instead of the GPs for the slightest illness.

The feeling of being protected and taken care of by a specialist definitely feels good. My respiratory specialist is always concerned about me, not just whether my cough is getting better, but also about my pregnancy and my giddy/breathlessnesss problem. She is very detailed when she asks me questions and does very detailed tests/checks just to ensure I am ok. Feels good having all that attention from someone you can trust on.

4) I can see baby move/dance inside my stomach.

Tell you, I think this is the HAPPIEST thing about being pregnant. Since the end of the second trimester, I could feel and see my baby moving inside my stomach. The bad thing is, each time she moves, I feel like pee-ing. But I don’t mind that as I get to know she is actively moving inside. I have captured many videos of my stomach bobbling up and down (and left to right or vice versus) but unfortunately can’t share with you all ‘cos there is too much of my bare skin in the videos (*shy*)… Hee hee.. I also like feeling her presence, which is in the form of some hard “object” pressing against the inner walls of my stomach. The hard “object” will move away after a few seconds, so I’ve got to catch her while I can. The hide-and-seek is really fun and satisfying.

5) I get to buy cute baby stuffs, esp. clothes!

Having a baby girl means I get to choose and buy pretty clothes for my daughter, and dress her up like a little princess. I don’t care if Yh and I dress sloppily and look more like her servants, but I would want her to look like a royalty. Hahaha. Most of the clothes I have chosen for her are mainly white and pink (nope, I don’t even like yellow or purple colours) and the joy of buying pretty baby clothes is similar to me buying Rosebullet clothes for myself. Can’t wait to let her wear them! Unfortunately I often have giddy spells, so I can’t spend too much time outside shopping for her clothes. Often have to rely on my family and close friends to do the shopping for me :(… Thank goodness I have these personal shoppers to support me during this while.

Baby, we are all waiting for you to come out! 🙂

I am crazy over cute pencils/pens.

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Actually I am crazy over collecting many other things too.

For instance, when I was young, I used to collect batteries. Not really the different types of batteries, but I loved to collect a huge quantity of AA batteries because I listened to the walkman often then. Collecting the batteries gave me a sense of security.

Then, I started collecting pens and highlighters as well, as I used them often in school and I just loved to see my textbooks and assessment books looking colourful. During the study periods before exams, I would pester my aunt to drive me to the nearby stationery shop near our house to buy the different coloured pens and highlighters, even if I’d already had 20 of the same pilot/pentel pens at home. That was my way of de-stressing myself. My poor ATM, aka my mother/aunts. Haha.

As I grew older, I started writing lecture notes and paper became my new obsession. Till today, as I have been taking Japanese language lessons, I still collect different types of papers, notebooks and post-it pads for writing the notes. My latest collection revolves round those ring-binded papers aka loose leaf papers. They just give me the very Japanese feeling.

Since my uni days, I have also grown into a maniac over skincare and cosmetics products. Even if I already have an unused bottle of toner/moisturizer at home, I will still buy a second bottle just to give myself added security. Yes, I am that insecure about the things I use.

Some other unusual things that I still collect today or used to collect are – towels (I have many Disney ones), glass bowls and cups (mainly Sanrio types ‘cos they look very exquisite and cute), cute letterpads and stickers (oh!!! I used to collect many cute letterpads but I have no more use for them now. Who can I write to? I also have no secret lover/penpal. Hahaha. Sometimes I still collect stickers when I am feeling moody, because I always dream of pasting them all over my iphone, to the dismay of my act-macho hubby), and medicine (I fell sick often pre-pregnancy and have tons of medicine for all illnesses. My family liked to treat me as their pharmacist when they are lazy to go downstairs to the clinic.

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Anyway, today’s topic is the cute pencils/pens and they are mostly from Japan (Disneyland/Disneysea/Disney Store/Sanrio Puroland/Sanrio shops/Universal Studios Japan/Tokyu Hands/Kiddyland). Some are from Singapore (random push carts/Isetan or Taka Sanrio corners/A’n’BC). I think I have neglected them recently and it’s time to give them some attention on this blog, as well as make myself happy just by admiring them. Serious. I feel so happy just pouring them out and playing with them. The 3 guidelines I stick to when buying them are:

1) As far as possible, buy the mechanical pencil version instead of the pen version. This ensures that they last longer. The ink in pens dry up over time if left unused. However, exceptions are when the pen version looks too different from the mechanical pencil version and when the design is simply so cute that I need to buy both versions even if there are only slight differences. In such cases, yes, I would buy the mechanical pencil version AND the pen version.

2) 宁可杀错,不可放过 (lit. translation: I’d rather kill wrongly than to let go of any). This is really my mentality when I am overseas. I do not want to return to Singapore feeling regretful for not buying any of the pencils (like how I am feeling now as I look through my collection, as I seem to have missed out buying some of the characters’ pencils. Sad.). This often leads to me buying 5-6 different characters’ pencils from the same series in Disneyland, or ending up buying 2 same pencils as I sometimes forget what I have bought earlier on. Anyway, just buy first and worry later lah! 🙂

3) Winnie the Pooh is my favourite character (actually I have many “favourite characters” but that yellow bear is my top favourite), hence as far as possible, buy ALL Winnie The Pooh pencils even if they don’t look very nice. My favourite shop in Disneyland is Pooh’s Corner located at the exit of the ride, Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. I would always take a shopping basket and start sweeping all the cute Pooh mechanical pencils. I really mean it. ALL.

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Please join me in admiring my humble collection (Sigh, wish I have bought more).

The ikea box used for storing them. Cannot even close the box as it is too full. Haha

Oops, really filled over the brim..

The heap of rubbish pencils/pens. Rubbish to you, but precious to me 🙂

From here onwards, I will just show some of the more special/memorable ones…

From left: (1) One of my first few cute pencils since primary school days. Loved it hence used it very often. (2) This Minnie pencil was given by a beloved Japanese Uncle (my mom’s old colleague who had passed away years ago) about 20 years ago. He also gave me a Mickey one but I don’t know where it has gone to! 😦 This set of Mickey and Minnie pencils sparked off my interest in Disneyland stuffs. (3) Minna no Tabo (I loved this character when young as he looks so cute with his mouth always open. Another Sanrio character that is rarely seen today) (4) Hello Kitty type of pen (just showing you all that this type of pens is worth buying because it uses the Pilot Hi-Tec-C refill.)

This Keroppi pencil was also very much loved and used by me. You can de-stress by playing with its mechanism to open/close the flower petals and peek at Keroppi! This pencil made me hunt for other pencils of such mechanism.

See what I mean? More of Keroppi-like mechanism pencils, mainly manufactured by Sanrio.

Big-head pencils!!! Most of them have some cute functions such as the characters nodding their heads or opening their mouths. The third one from the right is Mickey and Minnie riding a horse when you press the lever down.

Kaleidoscope series of mechanical pencils. All were from Disneyland except the far right one I think. That one is Pixar-collection and has the various Pixar cartoon characters on it.

This is The Incredibles Kaleidoscope pencil. Look through the peephole and you will see the image on the right. Sorry, unable to get a better shot of it. I love Jack Jack so much btw!!! It is so hard to find The Incredibles products in Disneyland, so when I see any, I just grab them, even if they are useless items.

The bulky series of mechanical pencils. These usually have some monkeys moving up/down some rod inside. Showing you all the Hello Kitty one for e.g.

Rare characters’ pencils. Must buy! In Disneyland, it’s easy to find Mickey, Minnie, Pooh and Marie characters’ items, but not these. The 2 pencils (collaboration between Kewpie and Disney) on the far left were probably bought from Tokyu Hands. The one on the far right is The Mummy, from Universal Studios Japan. Cute right?

These 2 are the funniest pencils in my collection. Bought from Tokyu Hands. Press the lever down and Cupid pees! You can even control the amount he pees! Haha.

Some cute pens/pencils bought in Singapore. For snacks lovers.

Ok, that’s all. Can’t show you every single item in that pink box. As you can see, I don’t have that many right! Time to go Japan and stock up soon (i.e. after baby is out)! Bye!

Many expats have the impression that Singapore is a safe and wonderful place to live in. Yes, about the “wonders” part (in a negative sense).

There is one thing I cannot stand about – I simply cannot leave anything outside my house, even if the item is something cheap! For instance, I have heard of ppl stealing plants (that is the most commonly stolen item), and you are especially susceptible to such acts if you grow plants that are useful, e.g. pandan leaves and pomelo leaves! My mum was so protective of my pomelo leaves plant that she once suggested buying a lock to lock my plant, those kind that you use to lock bicycles. I actually went to a hardware shop and asked the assistant if there was such a lock and my then-colleagues ended up laughing at my silliness. Sigh. Things that got stolen outside my house included slippers and a large water bottle (those 2litre-types) for washing feet etc. It’s not that I feel the pinch over the monetary loss (these are such cheap items) but I feel so irritated that I have to go buy replacements, thanks to these cheapskates!!!!

What do I deem as “safe” then? I think Japan is safer than Singapore (at least there are less cheapskates there). Should you lose your wallet in the public area, the likelihood of finding it at the same spot would be higher than that in Singapore. Somehow, I don’t feel safe in my own country! 😦

**Update of myself: My baby will be out of my tummy in less than 6 weeks’ time! Yay yay yay!