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Name: modgurl
Location: Singapore

New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

Dear Blogger,

How's the new look for my blogspot? Pink is out. Bright blooms are in. Maybe I'm a little late to celebrate summer. So what? With the floods we've been having, God knows that traditional seasons are no longer relevant.

Been busy recently sorting out my finances, again. I've been doing that more frequently haven't I? Anyway, I've been looking into my health coverage. Previously, I was only covered for accidental deaths. That is obviously not enough. So after tidying up my finances, I've freed up some resources to spend on health and a little wealth accumulation.

Being prepared has always been one of my strengths. I want to be financially prepared if bad luck falls on me. Basically, I don't want end up like my dad. My coverage isn't high but at least I'm covered. The glass half full is always better than half empty.

Now that I'm in my 30s, stabiity is important to me. Gone are the days of experimentation. Now I just want grow gracefully with my husband and watch our children grow up to be the best that they can be. What more can I ask for? Sure, occassionally I want a little spark in my love life but at least I still have a love life. There are many others whose love lives have gone down the toilet bowl.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

Dear Blogger,

For the last 2 weekends, I have spent hours till the wee morning doing my Primary 6 student's Maths revision papers. These were no ordinary revision papers. These were past years preliminary exam papers from top schools in Singapore.

Granted that PSLE-taking students should start doing mock test and exam papers by now, but aren't giving the average student very challenging papers to start with seems a bit too harsh and may I say, desperate? I thought the whole idea of primary school education is to learn, not to punish them? If 6 years of primary education has taught our children to loath learning and fear exams and tests instead, then there's definitely something wrong with our education system isn't it?

Hasn't anyone realised that despite having a world-class education we so proudly claimed, our nation is still lacking in innovation and forerunners in almost every major discipline. Sure, Singapore students excel in Olympiads all over the world, but what does that tell us? We are just damn good in test-taking!

As a tutor, I feel very sad most of the time when students are not given the chance to enjoy learning. Most of the time, students are taught to study for their tests and exams. Even then, proper study skills are not taught. If they were, why are there loads of books on study skills in the market?

What is even sadder and frustrating is all these so-called "creative initiatives" by MOE and schools to foster creativity in students. What they basically do is take too much time from teachers and students from the original objectives and when crunch time comes, teachers speed through the syllabus faster than a bullet train and weaker to moderate students suffer from lack of understanding of the material. If students can't grasp even the foundation of a subject material, how are they expected to do well in advanced materials?

I am not against initiatives that promote soft skills, but shouldn't all these be working with the syllabus? Not against? I still think CCAs should fit the students' personality. CCAs which claimed that they will change a student for the better is a load of BS. If the CCA takes too much of the student's personal time and the only results produce are falling grades and additional stress, than that CCA isn't effective for the student.

My student is slightly below average. My priority right now is to just get him to pass the PSLE. He hasn't been passing his exams for several already. He has improved his grades since I've been tutoring but they are still below the passing mark. So you can understand my frustration when I have to explain abstract working solutions to challenging questions to someone who is still struggling with his foundations. If I have the luxury of time, I would love to go through the foundations with him. With only 3 hours a week, time is something both of us do not have.

This blog from a "narcissistic mom" has some questions from a Raffles Girls' Primary Maths Prelim paper which I have just completed for my student. (http://wrongsideofthirty.blogspot.com/2009/04/singapore-math-rgps-prelim-2008.html)

Look at the questions and the working solutions. Do they look like Primary 6 working solutions to you? Unfortunately, that was the only way to work out the questions.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

Dear Blogger,

Sarah's birthday party went reasonably well. We were worried that it was going to rain the whole day but it ceased about noon. It so happened that the rain which started about 3am in the east, was the most rain we received in many years! It flooded several areas and caused more damaged than the one that happened last month!

By the time we checked-in at Costa Sands resort, the sun was partially out. We managed to fit everything into the car, thus saving us multiple trips. We even had time to have a quiet lunch. By 5pm, Ipy tried setting up the BBQ pit. It was his first BBQ as a host, so he was at a lost at how to start the grill burning. After 2 hours manipulating the charcoal and firestarters, he actually managed to get the grill up and running! Here's a tip to virgin BBQ hosts: Good quality charcoal is important. Saving a few bucks isn't worth the frustration and time wasted.

By 6.30pm, guests were streaming in. We only invited close family members and friends and they were already plenty. The raw food were cooking brilliantly on the grill, so no one had to wait long for the chicken mid-joints, otah and satay to be ready for consumption. At 7.30pm, Sarah blew out her first candle. She was overwhelmed with everything but became excited with all the presents that her generous guests had bestowed upon her. Guess getting presents at any age is always exciting.

The BBQ ended at close to midnight. By then, we felt raindrops on our heads. Perfect timing! Ipy and I were exhausted. My back was aching from the prolonged standing. With the aircon and the slight rain beating outside our deluxe plus chalet unit, it was no wonder Ipy said I snored all night.

The next day, we didn't go out much because it rained on and off. But we had the whole day to ourselves. Thankfully at Downtown East, there were plenty of things to do. We didn't get to use the complimentary tickets to the theme parks because of the rain, but they were due several weeks later.

I thought it was a good event and we pulled it off quite well. Ipy agreed but he won't do it again. I can't expect much from a person who has almost everything done for him almost all his life. Maybe for our son's first birthday, we'll have it at McDonald's.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

Dear Blogger,

This coming Saturday, Sarah is turning 1. Gosh! Where did the time go? Has it been almost a year since I've given birth to my first child? Guess time just went woosh as one gets older.

I am someone who believes in celebrating birthdays because it's a celebration of life! The bigger the better! I don't understand why some people shy away from it especially as one gets older. There's nothing to be ashamed in aging. Everyone goes through it. I feel sad when a person's birthday goes by without any form of celebration.

Unfortunately, my husband is one of those people. He doesn't think birthdays are important. More so now that he's turning 40. Fine! I can't change the man but doesn't mean I have to share his belief. If he doesn't want to celebrate his birthdays, then it's his choice. But please don't dampen my joy of birthdays.

So I shouldn't be surprised and upset when I ended up doing most of the preparation work for Sarah's first birthday. Still... It's OUR daughter's 1st birthday! Show some enthusiasm will you! It's not like she'll be one year old forever!

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010 @ 12:13 am

Dear Blogger,

I am patiently typing this entry on my Nokia N97mini. It's not easy I tell you but it just needs some getting used to that's all. I know everybody else is using an iPhone these days. Why should I join the masses right? Nokia has served me well for over 10 years already. Besides, somebody should be in the minority.

Last week, we had a detailed gynae scan that finally confirmed the baby's gender. At first, it was thought to be a girl. Remember that I said Ipy preferred daughters to sons? Well, he was ecstatic. That was shortlived because a boy was suspected a few weeks later. Even though now that it's confirmed that the baby is growing a little willy, he is denial and still wishes for another daughter. I don't know if I feel disappointed or sad with his reactions.

So... Now the World Cup has reached the semis. I don't think I'm that excited anymore. Even though Italy fell so pathetically in the group stages, I was still looking forward to an Argentina-Brazil final. That's not going to happen now is it? What's up with the traditionally strong teams dropping like flies in this World Cup?

Here's my theory. Many of the players in these teams play in international giant clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona. So when these superstars put on the national jerseys, they don't know how to put aside their individualistic egos and play as a team. By the way, has anyone noticed that many superstars who played for Chelsea is MIA due to injury?

Many said it's Germany's year this year. I'm not a fan of Germany. Never has. So I guess I'll be rooting for any team playing against Germany.

Back to my pregnancy. I've been having erotic dreams more frequently these days. Is that normal? Not that I've not been getting any action lately but how satisfactory can sex be when I'm pregnant. It's hard to feel sexy and in the mood when I feel and look fat! I nkow there are many real women out there who feel the way I do. That's why I don't envy celebrities like Giselle Bundchen qho get back their already ridiculous pre-pregnancy bodies within weeks. They're not even good role models to begin with!

Big girls of the world, UNITE!!!

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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