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Name: modgurl
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New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 7:46 am

Dear Blogger,

Been busy knitting. Really busy. Knit as much as I can, whenever I can. Why? Because I actually have orders for my hats! Yeay! So the ones I've made before were not knitted but crocheted, but so what? I'm selling them cheap!

Not forever cheap of course. Just at introductory price. Knitters would know that knitting takes far longer to complete than crocheting. Or maybe I'm just a slow knitter. Whatever it it, I'm actually selling my own hand-produced stuff!

Have I given birth yet? Not yet. Everyone's waiting for the prince to make himself known to the world. Only mommy knows he's not ready yet. He's comfortable being in the protective womb of his mommy.

So am I ready for labour? Surprisingly no. Even though this will be my second delivery, I still have jitters about the unknowns. It feels like it's my first time! In fact, I don't even remember feeling this jittery the last time! Maybe it was because Sarah was an easier pregnancy. Didn't have much distractions going on except for the pregnancy.

Ipy has already set his mind to send his son to religious school and hope that he becomes an ustaz (religious scholar). As much as I want all my children to receive a secular education balanced with religious knowledge, I didn't have the heart to rain on Ipy's expectations. I'll just be patient and see which directions my children will head and I think this will be the best for them.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

Dear Blogger,

Yesteday, we collected baby son's Quinny Zapp at Spring Maternity, Vivocity. Deep down, we knew that we didn't need another baby stroller because Sarah already had 2. But it was selling at such a good price that Ipy couldn't resist!

Besides, he has been having "stroller envy" ever since Sarah could crawl. I think if he could afford it, he would have wanted to buy the thousand over dollar stroller.

For parents-to-be or parents thinking of buying a new stroller, here are my tips:
  • Set a budget and stick to it! Don't feel guilty because you can't afford to buy the most advanced, fanciest baby stroller.
  • Know your requirements. It could be safety, comfort, mobility, weight, etc. Just remember that even though you're the one pushing the stroller around, it's the baby who's going to lie/sit in there.
  • Try out as many strollers as you can. Just like you'd go on test drives when buying a new car, do the same for strollers. Is it flexible enough to move around tight corners? Is it easy enough to open and close the stroller?
  • It's good to wait for the best deal. Sometimes, you feel like you must buy it there and then. Be patient. Listen to your gut instinct.
Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

Dear Blogger,

I've completed the compulsory "Foreign Domestic Worker Employer's Orientation Programme (FDW-EOP)" conducted by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and endorsed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). It wasn't so bad or tough. I did it online so it only took less than 90 minutes to complete the course. After completing the course, I could print the certificate of attendance almost instantaneously! It would have been nice to have received the certificate printed on better paper or with more officialism though.

So what's next? We still have several maid agencies to visit. I don't know if we can do it this weekend. Ipy has a date with his father this Saturday, so three-quarters of the day will already be gone. Sunday feels like a lazy day and most maid agencies don't open on Sundays unless by appointment.

With the pregnancy almost at its peak, I don't know if we can do this maid research thing in time. I think I'm starting to feel contractions. I still don't know how contractions should feel like despite this being my second pregnancy. We still haven't confirmed a name for this little boy. Boys' names are generally harder to give, aren't they? With Sarah, I just knew what to name her even before her third trimester!

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

Dear Blogger,

Who knew getting a domestic helper was like buying a new car or a house? So much research to do. So many people to talk to. So many agencies to visit. We've only gone to 2 agencies, but we're already exhausted thinking about what we needed to do next.

Actually, we don't really need a domestic helper. Officially, I'm a stay-at-home mom so there was no reason for a helper. Unofficially, I still tutor students in need, so leaving Sarah at my sister-in-law's for a few hours has become an issue with some people.

Ipy gets very touchy when people start raising issues like this. We have also made it a point not to trouble anyone with our home matters. So, the need for a domestic helper.

Once we do get a helper, I hope to take up some short courses, like Conversational Arab or Certificate in Early Education. Maybe I'll have more time to put my crochet and knitting skills into business opportunity!

I don't know. These are just semi-plans of mine. As I've said in my previous entry, I don't really have the perseverance to study part-time for years and years.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

Dear Blogger,

PSLE is just tomorrow, and I'm sick. I don't know why I'm sick but I feel sick. My doctor said it was a viral infection. I think I'm just sick of working.

Exam time is a stressful time for any parent, student and educator. Unfortunately for me, how I performed depends on how my students perform in their exams. More unfortunately, my students don't seem to take their exams seriously. Sigh.

Lately, I've been thinking whether I should study again. Why I should study again is a defining question. A part of me wants to join the rat race again. The other part of me wants to use study as another form of escapism. Sigh.

Will I be able to study with 2 kids in tow? Will I be able to persevere through years of part-time study? The answer is an outstanding NO. So there it is. So let's forget about getting those papers.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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