Aug 27, 2013

STOP with the packages already.

It's irritating to get pushed and nagged into signing for packages. You just want to relax after your hair styling or after a manicure or a massage instead you get stressed at the end of it.

I'm not sure if it's done in the US and other places but here in Singapore this happens very often almost everywhere. Thank goodness they haven't started doing it at McDonalds.

Unfortunately we're women.. we need more accessories, we need more beauty and skincare services and such to keep us going..... and take away the blues  or we could live like drabs!

I understand it's business, there's savings for you... but there is a limit. If I have already committed something to the establishment, then leave me in peace to complete it at least and then start the sales push.

Sometimes you just want to indulge ONCE...but you get weary knowing what's waiting at the end of the session.

But now, before I can even get to the last round, you've got 3-4 more visits to go and still they attempt to push you with discounts to  renew for earlier early bird sign ups etc . It's got to a point where I almost dread going in for the last 3 sessions.... .

And they don't accept NO NO NO... my credit card is full, loaded closed.. finito.....  . One young lady even suggested I use cash (got Nets !!!)

That's the only response I can think of,  besides not going back once you're done...  

Any other ideas ?

Aug 24, 2013

Dad's Card

It's tough to make non-girlie looking cards for the guys.. I think I need to stock up on some suitable like stamps or I'll end up with the same few ...

This was what I made for Dad using my Hero Arts owl and Sizzix Flip its..
The embossed words are from "Just Because Phrases Embossing Folder Borders from Darice '


Aug 18, 2013

Happy flowers...bloom for me please.

Everyday, I can't help but fiddle with a leaf or two or three...  Watching nature is not supposed to be stressful but sometimes I find myself wishing they would grow faster !!! .. ..oh well... I'll learn to switch to nature's time soon.

My jasmine plant  (either the Arabian or Indian variety) is finally blooming.
After trimming and moving it to the morning sun area.. ..I'm doing the happy dance cos it means I'm doing something right.  If you read my previous post you'll know there's a lot of adjustment given wind, sun, facing, heat and space.


Kind of small, I hope you can see the buds.
...Jasmine flower pix here..

Added two more sweet flowering plants to the collection..While they are termed 'wild' by some, I don't have wide open spaces so they are not going to be able to grow wild, I'll be happy if they grow and continue to flower in whatever space they are.  I may try a trough if they work out ...

For now I'm keeping them where the morning sun can get them..., I'm still researching these two. Their common names are the Butter Daisy and Tickseed .

Butter Daisy or Melampodium

Melampodium or the Butter Daisy, I think there's a few varieties of this one as well as for the Coreopsis below. I had just turned it inwards, hence you see the proliferation of flowers on the sun facing side. I'm thinking that the leaves are grown much, much bigger too..It must be really happy in this place
. I may need to repot. 

Coreopsis (Lanceleaf) or Tickseed

Aug 15, 2013

How Old am I ?

Call it birthday blues.., I started to think about maturing.
I don’t feel mature or old for my age. Of course you are only as old as you feel.  And anyway you are only old if you are 70 and above these days. (sorry dad don’t take offence if you read this).

I have to act it because of the kids but inside I don’t always feel 'adult', except when the bones and joints remind me otherwise. Feels more like a cloak of responsibility not so much as my skin. I wear it more often than I would like to, it comes with duty and having kids.

So what does that mean Dr Freud,...  perhaps I didn’t sufficiently experience my immaturity in the immature phase of life and therefore long for it. !!!

I do have the urge to stick my tongue out at persons who seem lame and annoyingly ‘dumb’ , I have the urge to eat fries for lunch out of the blue or gobble down a pack of M&Ms and at times I dream about dropping the cares and worries and dropping out of the rat race to enjoy doing nothing or something that makes me happy.

The best part of my brithday day, is I share it with my Dad

Aug 9, 2013

Reading - the right and wrong time .. is there one !

I finished reading Kate Morton's 'Secret Keeper' a while back and then I thought I should not have started reading it at the time I did. Certain types of writing require more restfulness than others to be able to enjoy all of the book.

The story that unfolds is the type that one should read in the right frame of mind - when you are less harried by other pressing stuff of daily routines.  I find myself going over many parts of the book again at different times. The story was intriguing, so much so that I wanted to know how it ended instead of also enjoying( reflecting on)  the prose and the many sentiments of life as was depicted of the young and old. The story essentially spans almost 70 years from the war to recent 2011. 

I wanted to share one of the parts that had me reflecting.
A passage that gave me pause was about the sick, aging mother, and the daughter's(Laurel) thoughts about why her mother did not feel  surprise...."Her mother didn't ask why, and Laurel wondered whether perhaps a person reached an age when so much was kept from them, so many details of life discussed and decided elsewhere, misheard or misunderstood, that to be surprised was no longer disconcerting. She wondered whether she, too, would find one day that absolute clarity was neither possible nor desirable."

  .... is this what part of mellowing means...

If you like a good book with an unexpected twist this is one of them.

Aug 7, 2013

Eavesdropping ...the things you don't need to hear ..

I can't help it, it's forced on me literally. These loud conversations are distractions when all I want to do is read my book

When I take public transport whether it's the bus or the MRT somebody is always on their phone not too far (worse next to) from me,  and doling out their problems or lifestory or gossip and NOT in a SOFT TONE. If'it's packed you cannot move away. I think these people don't care who hears them.

The worse one I remember was one I could not understand throughout my entire 1/2 hour journey. She spoke in really harsh Chinese dialect, I couldn't tell if she was angry or scolding someone or it was just the way of the language she used ! You can imagine my ears were ringing when I got off and continued to do so for some time.

Another conversation I recall was a mother (I presume) complaining about going home to cook for a son who was fussy, doesn't want to eat and always complaining about whatever was put before him. In my mind I thought,  '..don't cook lah' why spend energy when it's not appreciated by an ungrateful child... let him starve!.

There are bits of nonsense from teenagers about ''she so bad'  behaviours of their peers  and from wives complaining of useless husbands, office workers 'talking'about their co-workers and boss. There was one from a lady chatting about how she hides her credit card spending, gets extra cash 'by fiddling with 'marketing money, then she went on to talk about shopping and how she had to hide new items when ever she gets home after shopping ... .. how her husband goes on about her wasting money etc etc.....

Worst topic to hear in public, a conversation by a lady to her friend about  meeting a man friend who has a terrible wife and how she(person on phone) is the opposite of his wife ( he says ..).

Life moves along in all forms, doesn't it.


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