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Name: modgurl
Location: Singapore

New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

Dear Blogger,

It's only a few months away till delivery. Ipy and I has pretty much planned out what things the baby need. However, we still haven't sorted out what we should do after the baby is born.

It's for sure that I won't be able to do much tutoring later on. Not at least in the day. Hiring a domestic worker is out of the question because I won't be working full-time anyway. Getting family members to babysit during weekdays also seems like an impossibility. My mother is working and his dad is... well... not the babysitting kind.

We haven't decided to hire a confinement nanny because firstly, what does a confinement nanny do anyway? Secondly, is a confinement nanny really necessary? Ipy said a confinement nanny will be good to have around in the first month of delivery but he's concerned about the financial and logistic aspects.

As for me, I'm pretty blase about all these. My ancestors didn't require all these services and they've survived the first birth to keep on getting pregnant repeatedly! My mother isn't much help either. Her answers to Ipy's questions have been diplomatic to put it very nicely.

Of course it will be nice to have help around the house. Not that I'm complaining about the current load of household chores. God knows how it'll be with the baby around!

As a form of procrastination, I baked Old-fashioned Date Drop Cookies from the "Betty Crocker's Cookie Book" I've borrowed from the library. After chilling the dough for awhile, the cookies turned out like they should be, not flat and runny.


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Monday, March 23, 2009 @ 11:33 am

Dear Blogger,

People usually have their on days and their off days. Lately, I've been having more off days than I can remember. These are days when either nothing goes right for me or that I just can't lift my finger to do anything.

It all started when Manchester United lost 4-1 to Liverpool. That night, I had like-minded friends come over to watch the game. Considering that this was the first time that I had friends come over for a gathering, it was quite exciting for me. It gave me a refreshing boost to doing the household chores.

The gathering went alright, but not the game. Who would have expected Manchester United to lose against Liverpool, let alone a 4-goal defeat? Certainly not I and certainly not Ipy even though he supported Liverpool. In fact, it was so unbelievable that Ipy thought there was a conspiracy theory going on! This wasn't the Liverpool he knew. Liverpool didn't win. Manchester United lost!

Football results generally don't have much effect on me. The next day however, I was so wrought with indecision that I didn't know whether to stay in or go out! Either way, there was nothing to do. The malls were packed. Outdoor walks were drenched in heavy rain. Eateries were boring.

Ipy decided to check out some baby products at Ubi. He had heard from his friend that there were a couple of baby hyperstores at Ubi and the prices were reasonable. It was a good idea but neither of us were prepared for a deluge of baby stuff.

There were so many things to consider that my brain was already spinning from information overload 5 minutes into the store! Just looking at the rows and rows of prams and strollers was enough to send anybody into the loony bin.

I didn't have my requirements for the baby stuffs in black and white, but my general rule was that if it looked and felt good, then that's the one for me. I knew Ipy was more concerned about the financial aspect of it. What did he expect? We were no longer living in an age when choices were limited. The financial headache didn't just end after the labour you know.

The following days were unexciting, unproductive and uninspired. I couldn't get my body out of bed. I didn't have the motivation to cook and I didn't have the energy to throw my laptop out of the window after it crashed several times within the space of an hour. Right now, I'm begging Ipy to buy me a new laptop.

Then I tried baking cookies. I found a cookie bible at the library, "Betty Crocker's Cookie Book". I attempted the Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. I wasn't sure if it was just me or the recipe (I think it was just me), my cookies came out flat. It was only now that I realised that I had to chill the dough first. Anyway, Ipy finished the whole jar of cookies.

Then, I made a stab at cooking nasi minyak with Basmati rice. I have never succeeded at cooking Basmati rice. This time, it was no different. The rice became porridge. Not only that, I had to cook with a bruised and probably broken ring finger. That happened when I accidently smashed it against the sink in the bathroom.

Of course as the whole football-crazy Singapore knew by now, Manchester United lost again, to Fulham this time, with 2 players sent off. Maybe this is all karma. I'm just looking for excuses here.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @ 10:56 am

Dear Blogger,

Firstly, Happy Belated International Women's Day! According to Wikipedia, March 8 of every year is "a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women". What started as a political event has now in some countries, become somewhat of an occasion where men express their love to women.

I prefer what this day has become now. It's much better to celebrate women in our every form than just congratulate those who have achieved recognition or garnered awards for major contributions. I mean, just because the everyday woman is not an MP or hasn't won a Nobel Prize, it doesn't mean that she's invaluable.

Just like that Mediacorp commercial, without women, men would have to bear the pains of pregnancy. Without women too, the world would be a very dull place. So even if I didn't get any daisies last Sunday, I'm still proud to be a woman!

To celebrate my renewed pride in womanhood, I made a second attempt at baking cupcakes with royal icing. I saw Nigella made cupcakes in one of her cooking shows and it looked so easy! I found the recipe and damn it was really easy to make!

I can't post the recipe here because of copyright issues. So the recipe can be found at her website.

Nigella's cupcakes

What didn't come out perfect was the royal icing. Nigella made it looked so easy. So when mine turned out a little runny and took hours to harden, I searched for the answers online. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who has problems with royal icing. It's actually one of those things where practice makes perfect.

Nevertheless, my cupcakes turned out alright eventually. They're almost gone now but I'll miss those bright colours. There's just something about those bright colours that makes me feel bubbly.

My cupcakes

I wonder where I can buy those frosted flowers though...

This afternoon , Ipy and I will be at Raffles Hospital again for a special scan to check the baby's physical well-being. I know she's fine. She's very well-fed. Ipy calls her a tai-tai baby, what with the good quality food her mommy has been stuffing herself with.


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