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Name: modgurl
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New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 11:33 am

Dear Blogger,

Baby is doing well despite me feeling sickly lately. It's growing arms and legs as we speak. Poor baby. Mommy's feeling all stressed out and sick, and it's not its fault! How mommy wishes to have a stress-free pregnancy but it's almost impossible with grandma around.

Anyway, Ipy treated me to dinner at Straits Kitchen last Sunday. I knew he wanted to make me feel better, what with the stress at home and my aching tooth. The last time we came here was when Ipy's company treated its long-serving staff.

Unlike Carousel which was always full, Straits Kitchen was pretty relaxed. We didn't even need to make a reservation, but we did anyway. Some people would scoff at paying so much for local food that can be found almost anywhere in Singapore. But if you think about it, $45++ is really affordable for unlimited servings of over 40 different dishes. Most dishes at food courts these days cost an average of $4 per plate!

Straits Kitchen had one of the best carrot cake I've ever tasted. There aren't that many halal carrot cakes around and most can be found at Banquet food courts. The dishes at the Indian station were also delicious. I couldn't remember any of their names though. Hard to remember foreign names.

We ate there for about 3 hours. I wouldn't say we really "ate". It was more like nibbling the dishes. Tasted a bit here and there. One can never really "eat" at a buffet. If you ask me, this isn't the place to bring rowdy family and friends. You know what I mean. People who are better suited at dining at coffeeshops. I would never bring my extended family here. I'd die of embarrassment.

The next day, my toothache was getting to my nerves. So I made an appointment with my dentist. I told him, if he didn't want to extract it, find me someone else who would do it. It wasn't that he was not skilled. It was just that he was concern about the risk of x-ray exposure on pregnant women. I told him it was fine if you take the necessary precaution.

He didn't take an x-ray, but he did extract my wisdom tooth. The upper one, not the lower one. It didn't cost me much. Only $90 because it was just an "extraction", not a surgery. I said whatever. I don't know much about wisdom teeth but I suspect they are as useless as the appendix, and equally painful.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

Dear Blogger,

My father was discharged yesterday, but since I was still sick, I instructed my brother to fetch him. Then I got all worried if my dumb brother didn't get all the necessary information from the doctor. I know I should have more faith in people but if you really have my family as family, Mount Everest seems easier to climb than having faith in these people.

Now that my father's back at my place, I've become more tired and worried than ever. With this second pregnancy and a very active Sarah, I've a feeling my sanity is going to give way sooner than ever. Not to mention there's my mom to tolerate. That's really asking too much from me.

I told Ipy that I may not be able to cope with all of these when my pregnancy gets even more demanding. He asked if I wanted to engage a domestic helper. We've asked ourselves that for months now. Every time I thought getting extra help would be a good idea, I get negative feedback about domestic help from friends and relatives. Not really a confidence booster.

I've mentioned my experience with domestic helpers before. I haven't forgotten the agony of that experience. Of course there's the fact that naturally, I'm fiercely independent. I find the thought of paying a person to do chores that I can do is simply degrading.

Maybe times have changed. I need to change my mentality too. I do need help if I want to manage 2 babies, a sick father, an intolerable mother, a 158sqm home, a doting but just-like-another-baby husband and my tuition work. My choices are simple. Either I be a fully stay-at-home mom (i.e. give up tuition) or get domestic help.

What shall I do??? Need advice on domestic helpers.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

Dear Blogger,

Weekend gone without doing anything productive. I spent 2 days in bed with a viral infection. Twice already this year! I seem to get it when I spend a lot of time at the hospital.

My father has been in hospital for 2 weeks now. He should be better after the "catheter realignment" surgery. I don't know what's keeping him there.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Thursday, April 01, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

Dear Blogger,

My dad was admitted to hospital again 2 days ago. I was no longer surprised by this development. The doctor had warned that from time to time, he will need inpatient attention.

He was admitted for constipation. I didn't know it could do that. I guess for sickly and elderly people, constipation can be very serious. I never knew shit could be deadly.

Here's a better news. I'm pregnant! Definitely not planned but I'm thrilled all the same! No one else shared my excitement though. Ipy's worried about how I will cope with 2 babies and my dad. My mom's worried about who's going to take care of my dad now.

I'm not going to worry about all that because I've made it very clear before that my first and foremost priority is my children. Who's going to take care of my children if not their parents???

For now, let's enjoy the rollercoaster ride all over again!

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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