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Thank You, Mr Lee

  

Today, is the day we all mourn and say our last goodbyes to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

And coincidently, it is now raining. Many would think, even heavens is weeping for the loss of such a great man. At least, that is what I first associated the sudden big rain with.

I had contributed my tribute to the official online site, Remembering Mr Lee Kuan Yew, yesterday. It pretty much sums up the running of thoughts in my head the days after the news of Mr Lee passing away.

Here it goes:

I am born in the 80s (1983) and am currently blessed with a little girl, at 2 years old.

Usually I am not one who is really too involved in the ‘politics’ of Singapore and can be quite ignorant in this sense. I only knew you were someone who played a big part in molding Singapore to what she is today, but I never really given it much thought/attention all along until now. My parents would always tell me that the younger generation nowadays do not value what we have (are enjoying) now, and that we only know how to ‘complain’ (be uncontented/never satisfied), still (despite what we are having now). And yes indeed, I am guilty of not being able to truly appreciate what I have now in such a way as the older generation do, people of your era/generation, the pioneer generation, who actually went through the transition phase of Singapore along with you, who went through the chaos and insecurity stage of Singapore.

The media has shared much about you, your life, your values, and your love story with us these days. I start to realize you have actually played that huge and impactful part to building up Singapore to what she is today, a successful, clean, safe and comfortable place to live in, where we all call as ‘home’. When I was born, I am already “enjoying life”, as what many older folks would claim of us in comparison of what they had gone through. And my girl also is able to be living a comfortable life now.

All because of you. Your contributions. Your determination. Your hard work. Your time. Your passion. Your love for Singapore, for us, the people.

And now as I think about what I have, I truly appreciate and feel grateful for what I have now, being able to live in comfort. The security that we have compared to other countries.

I am deeply touched by your devotion to Mrs Lee as well. And I truly respect and admire her too because I believe since you have given up your ‘life’ (all) to Singapore, it surely means where time is considered, she has to ‘share’ with all of us, your precious time and attention. And she is yet your close friend and someone whom you look upon to for advice and discussion in terms of ‘work’ at the same time. She played a very important role in your life, being the woman behind you, Mr Lee, a great man.

So thank you, Mrs Lee.

Thank you, Mr Lee. Thank you for giving your all for Singapore. Thank you for loving Singapore this much. You will be very much missed and remembered, and will live in our hearts forever.

Here, with much pride, I am able to say, I am really proud to be a Singaporean. And I really appreciate and respect what you have done for Singapore.

It is a big loss for us Singaporeans on your departure, and we are all sad that you will not be able to join us for this year’s SG50 national day celebration, but I am happy and glad that you are able to reunite with Mrs Lee and that the deep hole in your heart can be mended.

I believe Singapore will keep progressing, with all of us playing our own parts well.

Bless you and your family, and also my utmost respect to Mr Lee Hsien Loong, who has been very strong having to grieve over the loss of his father, and yet still play his role well as our national leader. It is already very tough having to grieve over the loss of someone so dear to you, but he has really been juggling very well in both ways.

Finally, for one last time, thank you Mr Lee.
There. (I really want to keep this for memorance sake and of course, as a sign of respect.)

And yes, it’s weird (yet ‘amazing’) how many whom like me, do not actually know Mr Lee in person but still feel that sadness/loss in our hearts… It simply means he has somehow touched our hearts, in one way or another. And for one man, to touch this many hearts, it only shows how great a man he is.

How many great men do you ‘encounter’ in a lifetime? We did. I did. We are all lucky that we have such an efficient and ‘loving’ leader whom along with his team, built Singapore to what she is today. Many others actually envy us for having such a truly intelligent and passionate leader, how we’ve progressed and are doing so well (as a nation), and it is obvious how he loved Singapore deeply, caring for her all along.

All his life, for Singapore, for us.

So, again, for the very last time,

THANK YOU, MR LEE.

You will be missed.
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Venice is 2! (25 months old to be exact) :D

Hey yo!!! My baby’s TWOOO years old! OMG OMG how time flies!!!

She turned 2 in January 2015, and well, her birthday celebration wasn’t as ‘elaborate’ as last year’s (oops) but the fact was, she wasn’t even really that interested in the ‘celebrations’ in that sense. Eg. Singing of the birthday song, cake cutting etc. She just couldn’t really stay still there and we really thought that she would be more ‘excited’ about her cakes, especially the customized Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck one… *bah

At Po Po’s house (1st celebration):

There you go… Looking uninterested (and tired even!).

Trying to get her to be ‘excited’.

More ‘interested’ playing in the room. Couldn’t really get a decent shot of her and Po Po (despite this is still a nice candid shot :)).

Home sweet home (2nd celebration):

Fancied the idea of holding the knife.

Was more interested in the balloons.

Was Chor Chor’s actual birthday! She just couldn’t stay still there, AT ALL. LOL.

Her squirming away action.

Actual day:

And we brought her to the airport! (Intention was to let her play at the kids playground like last year, but ended up she was not interested at all.)

Played at the ‘free’ playground instead. (Also good, help Mommy and Daddy save money. Hahaha.)

Enjoying the water fountain show.

That’s it for her birthday. 🙂

For now, she pretty much just recovered from her stomach flu (no more vomitting/ diarrhea or that sort, her appetite is sort of back but still not back to her usual ‘usual’ (in terms of quantity), and she seems to be having a very bloated tummy (seems to be having a lot of discomfort – fart is super smelly and well, she hasn’t poo-ed for like, 5 days?! 😱😥 – lucky she did today, earlier in the night)). In fact, the whole family (we) actually got ‘it’ (stomach flu).

Her uncle (my brother, her Gu Gu) got it first on Monday, 23 Feb, then she got it (started vomitting) early morning around 5+am on Wednesday, 25 Feb (really all of a sudden, out of nowhere – because she was still happily shopping (late night grocery shopping on Tuesday, 24 Feb)). And man, it was really ‘painful’ (to see her suffering). She was really vomitting throughout the night till morning around 9+am at the clinic until she was sooo tired and worn out. Each time before she vomitted, I could literally hear her tummy churn out loud like a washing machine’s before she innocently (and blurly) got forced to puke all her food out, and when all her dinner and fruit were out, she even continued to throw up the acid juices from within. My poor, poor baby!

Then I GOT IT. On Friday, 27 Feb, also around 5+am, where I woke up and started feeling nausea (‘funny’). And then the vomitting and diarrhea came, together… It was ‘unbearable’, I totally didn’t know what I should do, as in, stay crouched, or sit up straight, or simply just lie down on the floor (if I could, but I was in the toilet and there were action going on so I couldn’t). It was that sucky. So I could totally imagine how worse it would be for my girl. 😦

And well, her Daddy got it too, on the very same day, but sometime starting from afternoon. Diarrhea.

Not to mention, our fevers too…

Sadly, Wai Gong (her grandpa) also caught it in the end! Thankfully, the vicious virus kind of ended with him…

Mak Mak (her grandma) also had diarrhea (on Wednesday, 25 Feb) but according to her, it was due to food poisoning.

So everyone in the house got sick, except Chor Chor (her great grandma), and SOOO THANKFUL for that, because it would really be very awful/ tough for her if she really ‘caught’ it due to her age and also her back pain and inconvenience in movement.

Venice suffered for a whole 3 days, while Mommy and Daddy for 1. We are fine now but she seemingly was still having some sort of discomfort (in terms of tummy) but we are so, so glad she managed to eventually poo yesterday! We are hoping she quickly gets well (fully recovered and recharged and back to her chirpy and energetic self).

Stomach flu. Really a nightmare. And it’s airborne (according to a friend). Super contagious, according to the pd. And yes, how true… 😞

Please, this once is enough… Haha. 😅

Now it’s 2.30am and she’s not sleeping yet (well, kind of back to her usual ‘self’/ routine versus when she was sick and so lethargic, sleeping most of the time, and unusually quiet).

Shall update again! 😋

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Oops~ (Backlog since Oct 2014)

Note: Was supposed to upload this sometime in October (last year!), but somehow didn’t get the ‘chance’ to (properly complete with the editing and then pressing ‘Post’)… So now I’m at ‘this’ again, doing the ‘touch-up’ (contents pretty much remain the same) to FINALLY get this UP.

(I personally think it’d be a ‘waste’ to just delete away this post. (Because every post is just too precious!!! Hahaha! Now that I don’t really have much time! :P))

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It’s been about 3 months since the last post (in July). (Well, deleting the WordPress app in my iPhone certainly doesn’t help in me getting on to write a new post. Kind of forgotten about this blog! *oops)

Well, I’ve been pretty busy looking after the little one. 🙂 (Well, not to mention the ‘free’ times while I play with the phone/ use the computer/ Macbook e.g. do some ‘researching’ (crazy Mama’s googling), facebooking, photos uploading etc…)

Much has happened…

My birthday… We went for a staycation…

My mum’s (her grandma aka Mak Mak’s) birthday…

And most recent… Her daddy’s birthday where he took a week’s leave.

And as for me (mentally), I’ve really been battling hard with myself and hence am feeling kind of worn out in that sense…

But otherwise, all’s good. My little angel is growing well, happy and active (and she has such a fiery temper (-.-)”). Now that she is able to walk (/ run) and understand what we are saying, as well as express her thoughts/ emotions much better (than versus she was a baby), I’d have to say this is really a very fun stage (minus the stubbornness etc (probably what they refer to as “Terrible Two”)). She does many things that really makes us laugh (so cute/ funny/ adorable) and wonder where/ how she actually learnt to do all that (especially the funny funny things/ actions that she sort of self invents). Speech-wise she is still not really willing to talk much except certain words that she may say out if she is in the mood or when being prompted e.g. “nut”, “Daddy” (pronounced as “dare-dee”), “moo”, “round” (pronounced as “rarh”) etc. Her recent favorite word for ‘everything’, “men-neh”. And that includes the Mommy, and milk milk as well.

I decided that the header picture SHOULD be updated since she’s now 21 months old and the old picture was taken when she was still a baby? – Yep, this current one with us (Mommy & Venice) ‘riding’ the ‘horse’ is the ‘new’ one. 🙂

Well, as much as I would like to update more… I think I am nearing the ‘danger’ timing where she is going to wake up and ask for milk (upon finding out I’m not sleeping right beside her – am using the computer just outside our room).

Will update another time! 🙂

So long, folks! 😉 – FYI: She DID cry for me during ‘then’. (Talk about a Mommy’s strong ‘sense’.)

P.S: Some pictures taken:

• during our staycation at Wanderlust (my birthday celebration in Aug 2014).



• on Daddy’s birthday where we went to Trick Eye Museum with her Po Po (paternal grandma) in Oct 2014.



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Teething Woes (18 Months Old)

My poor girl.

She now has 14-16 teeth I think. (Just before yesterday I kind of concluded that she had 11.)

Spotted all her incisors cut through her gums. OUCH. No wonder she’s been quite fussy and whiney lately. Crying (for no particular reason) very easily. And at times, seemingly ‘complaining’ (baby “ah-wah-wah-wah” talk) with a very sad and helpless look.

All because of the pain! 😦

Mommy wish I could help ease your pain but unfortunately I can’t really help much.

Let’s hope the pain goes away quickly and on the bright side, when your teeth are all out, you’ll be able to eat MORE stuffs! Hooray! So 加油 for now, k?

Here’s a super recent pic of her just taken yesterday, showing lotsa teeth in her mouth!

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No point bothering to explain how tiring it’s like to be a SAHM.

How true!

Have a read at what she shares:
The Stay-at-Home Mom Conspiracy Theory

She totally nailed it! People who aren’t SAHMs have NO IDEA. Most of the time, in their minds they have a much better painted picture, and tend to be unaware of the many little nitty gritty details/tasks a SAHM has to do.

They would think stuffs like, “So nice! You can sleep until so late! Rest and play (watch TV etc) with your baby/kid at home.”. YAH… (You seriously have no idea… *lol)

I do know what it’s like to be at work, though not everyONE’s work life/job is the same, but then, I do have experienced the busy deadlines, long meetings, political emails, political wars happening around in the office, OTs, waking up early, no time for lunch, stress etc. And yes, it is tiring. But I can only say, it is very much different from a SAHM’s.

And in fact, I guess my hubby STILL does not really ‘grasp’ how tired I can get. And yes, he will always say the ‘sleep’ point as his main reason somewhat to ‘prove’ that he should be more tired (in that sense – being much more sleep deprived than me).

Yes, I do sleep more than him… With my daughter’s current sleeping habits, she wakes up late (around 10am to 12pm range usually) BUT sleeps extremely late too (around 11.30pm to 2am). But yeah, YOU know… 🙂

We used to argue much over this ‘tired’ issue but now I’m trying to take it more easy since it is evident that men and women work differently… And he seems to be more ‘understanding’ as there are times he will express his ’empathy’ (*HAHA) towards me.

And he is the sole breadwinner (I guess I’m not experiencing that kind of ‘responsibility’ and stress being the only one trying to support the family), while I get to really bond more with our precious angel. So I am thankful. I really am. Thank you, hubby (even though you aren’t reading this :D). Thank you taking up the FULL responsibility of bringing the beacon home and letting me enjoy my motherhood fully.

Time for some photos!

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Recent selfie photo of us, and a super happy one (Daddy & Mommy couldn’t stop laughing seeing the pretty much unbothered/unaffected/clueless sweetie pie in the screen)

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Selfie taken just last Sunday, where we brought her to the new Punggol End for a short evening walk before heading done to 婆婆’s house

Signing out.

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Why Can’t Nursing Moms Just Cover?

A question that probably many has (though I’m not sure if in Singapore it applies since most Moms don’t really nurse in public due to our culture here)…

And yes, how I totally agree with this Mom!

http://www.mothering.com/articles/cant-just-nurse-cover-answer-photos/

Personally, I know for sure my lil’ rascal would definitely reject the nursing cover.

1) “What the…?” – She’ll probably be wondering what and why with this cover, and may think I’m playing peek-a-boo or something. Or if she truly wants a nap, I guess she wouldn’t like the idea of being ‘hidden’.

2) The Heat – I think babies/toddlers have a higher temperature than us adults (at least mine has), and my lil’ darling gets hot pretty easily (and always sweats at her head so covering her head with a cover in such a SUNNY SINGAPORE is definitely not the best idea! She’s already sweating even in air-con at times, not to mention, to cover her up!

3) Playful/Active Milktime – Since young (when she was still an infant), she has always been very playful, curious and active during milktime. She would (and still do) always unlatch and peek about, get distracted, play around etc. And now she even milks with all kinds of patterns/postures (talk about the fun having a toddler milking :D), climbing all over me even in the most “not feasible” places eg in the car. So covering her up… She will just pull away the nursing cover. No point having a cover that doesn’t cover, right? All along (I know) she isn’t a baby that would let me “cover her up” (though I know some babies/kids do quietly drink their milk despite a cover).

4) Bond-less Session? – The whole point of breastfeeding, I feel, is also the precious bond between the Mommy and baby. So when you cover up the baby… And you can’t see his/her precious little face, and vice versa, what’s the point? (Yes yes, maybe the nursing cover is only used in public, not all times… But still…) I always think that if I’m the baby, I’ll just be smelling Mama’s breast/smell but all around it’s just dark and I can’t see Mama… Which is kind of sad, I imagine…

Not that I would nurse in public (I don’t dare to do so because in Singapore, people are still not so liberal), not to mention, the chances of ‘exposure’ is super high for my case (with my girl *lol), but I’d nurse in the car now (which she definitely always requests for once we are in the car) (we got those blinds to attach to on the back windows :)), or otherwise find a nursing room to do so.

Now that she’s ‘bigger’ and she eats solids (hence her milktimes aren’t as frequent as when she was younger), the routine is I would usually be milking her “along the way” (in the car) to our destination/back home.

And I simply just love the milking sessions with her! (Glad I persisted milking her even after a year…)

Kudos to all Mommies (despite whether or not you’re breastfeeding or giving formula)! 🙂 We all just want the best for our child/children.

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Her Little Adorable Act (2 Jul 2014)

😊😊😊😊😊

That’s how I’m looking right now as I think about it. ^_^

Earlier today, at about 1pm when we woke up (yes, she is a night bird and wakes up late), I was milking her as usual, and then after she “pulled out”, she was looking/observing at her ‘tap’ and then out of nowhere (suddenly), she grabbed a piece of tissue paper (from the tissue box just right nearby us) and ‘cleaned’ her tap with it. LOL!!!

I somehow already guessed that she thought she might have seen something ‘dirty’ (she loves to use her finger(s) to touch and pick up the little ‘dirty’ stuffs lying around in the house) upon seeing her ‘look’, so I did take the initiative to explain to her (seeing her “What’s that thing over there?” look) that it is just Mommy’s mole (or pigmentation) (well, Mommy may be wrong)… But she already (quickly) grabbed the tissue and dabbed her tap with it.

I thought this little action of hers is just WAYYYYY TOOOO CUUTTEEE!!!!!!! *HUGZ HUGZ HUGZ HUGZ HUGZ!!!! (Pardon me for all these, I’m just so in love with my daughter. *hee)

Made me laugh so hard… 😝

On a side note, I’m glad I made the decision to continue breastfeeding (extended breastfeeding that’s what they call it)… Because I love admiring her (just looking at her face, seeing her features) from my view, and when she looks back to me too, those moments are simply just, AMAZING. It’s really a precious bond that we share, just the two of us. And Mommy treasures it very, very much. So apart from the pros of breastfeeding (such as convenience not having to wash and sterilize the bottles, preparing the milk etc), why not continue with it? I am lucky to have the milk (though I admit I do wonder/worry at times if there is enough milk, since I have no idea at all (up till now) how much she is actually drinking) and the chance to direct latch as and when (since I’m a SAHM) compared to many others who are facing some problems/obstacles being able to breastfeed. So yes, I am so going to stick to my decision to breastfeed till she is at least 2 years old (despite the cons too). After that? We’ll see how it goes… Who knows I may… Well, haha.

I once read that there is a reason why a woman’s breasts is located at where they are, simply because they can have the ‘perfect’ view of looking at the faces of their little one(s) during the milking process. And I thought, how true that is! 😊

And now that she is a toddler (who can run about all around the house vs. just lying/sitting/crawling about in short distances on the bed), I’m amazed at all the postures/patterns of how she drinks her milk. Really, 360 degrees, all sorts of ‘stunts’ (I call it). And it’s really fun, in a way. *hehe

Loving you, V.

And here’s a pic of her pretty recently.

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Hugging her ‘favorite’ Minnie Mouse toy

Love,
Mommy