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Name: modgurl
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New mom. New woman. Born in Singapore. Raised in the World Wide Web.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 @ 9:06 pm
Goodbye 2013 Hello 2014

Dear Blogger,

It's the last day of 2013. I'm rushing to write the last blog entry of 2013. I know I haven't been blogging a lot, in the last few years. So my goal for next year (refused to use the word "resolution"!) is to blog at least twice a week. Hopefully by then, Blogger will come up with a blogging app in iOS.

I have to say that 2013 hasn't been my favourite year. I could remember more unpleasant events than good ones. In the country, there were so many changes socially, politically and physically that it's giving me metathesiophobia. What's that you ask? Metathesiophobia is the fear of change.

Socially, more and more people have become cam whores when they posted their selfies. Yes, selfie is now a legitimate word in the dictionary. Not only that. It's this need for fame and glory that people have become selfish in their pursuits. There could be an incident that warrants help but what do Singaporeans do? They whip out their smartphones (we don't call it handphones anymore... sigh) and record every nasty detail about the incident.

Politically, PAP has lost some major seats in several by-elections. Overall, it's still the dominant political party but when once the parliament house was all-white, it's now peppered with clowns.

Physically, now this is what I hate most about 2014. The opening of the Marine Coastal Expressway (MCE). When news first released that the MCE was being built, we all though, or at least I thought, it was going to be another optional route to the west of Singapore. But when it was later revealed that it was going to replace the East Coast Parkway Expressway (ECP) to get to Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), I was appalled.

What?! No more views of the sea and Singapore skyline?! We have to drive in a tunnel that's undersea with no view to get to the other side??? It's like a part of me had been ripped off.

The MCE officially opened on Sunday but the impact was felt yesterday. Mostly negative. The MCE was badly designed and executed! I don't think the engineers who designed this expressway actually drove because if they did, they wouldn't have designed the exits with just 2 lanes!

I wonder if this is the result of the gifted and scholar programme in our education system. Singapore is famous for being book smart, but really stupid in real-life application. If the whole country has a blackout, nobody would know what to do and we'd just wait for somebody to save us. That's how stupid we are.

On a personal level, I gave birth (again!). I also enrolled in UniSIM, taking a long course in Early Childhood Education. Still thinking if I'll be in this industry for long though, because it's a tough underpaid vocation. My husband has gone back to the field after several years grounded in the office.

Anyway, let's welcome the new year with hope for peace and goodness. 2014, I welcome you with open arms!


Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013 @ 11:10 pm
Merry Merry Quite Contrary

Dear Blogger,

Christmas has come and gone. Not much of a festive spirit is it? I'm beginning to think Singaporeans are more interested in going on holidays than celebrating holidays. I noticed it on Chinese New Year from some years back. Then this year, Hari Raya too, which I thought was unthinkable. Now Christmas???

What happened to us? Sooner or later, we'll forget how to party too. I think cultural holidays should be celebrated at home, with family. We shouldn't be running away from friends and family on special days like these. We have the rest of the year to do that.

On Christmas, I've received "reminders" in my Facebook not to say "Merry Christmas" because as Muslims, we shouldn't acknowledge such things. Apparently, when we greet "Merry Christmas", we accept that Jesus Christ was born on this day.

Now, I've never claimed to be a theology specialist but where is the logic in that? How are the words "merry" and "Christmas" defined to be confirmation of anything? The common dictionary defined merry as "full of cheerfulness or gaiety" or "joyfulness". No where in that definition did it say blasphemy to Muslims.

What's next? I can't say "Gong Xi Fa Cai" too because it emphasised prosperity rather than thankfulness?  Or "Happy Deepavali" because it's a Hindu festival? Why stop there? Let's declare National Day a sin too!

Sometimes I wonder if these Muslim clerics are the real deceivers. They're zealots who confused their own oppression with religious zeal. Why are we so obsessed with sin and hell anyway? Why can't we focus more on good deeds and heaven? I want to embrace my faith wholeheartedly by all this negativity is a turn-off.

On a totally different note, I have what seems like a boil on the right cheek of my buttocks. At first, it was painful to sit as it swelled to the size of a mini doughnut. Then after 2 days of hot compression, it popped with pus oozing like lava. Now it's itchy and there's still a lump with blood that oozes every now and then. Do I need to go surgery to clear the abscess?


Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
I Heart My IPhone

Dear Blogger,

It has been a hectic few days. Not just because it's Christmas week and the malls were jam-packed with last minute shoppers and eager deal opportunists, it's the week when a dubious app wrecked havoc on my iPhone and I have back-to-back weddings to attend.

You know how freaked out I get when any of my devices break down. I'll walk to the ends of earth just to get it fixed! So when my iPhone went bonkers, I had to send it, of all places, to Paragon. Why? Because the phone was still contracted to the telco. Christmas crowd not withstanding, I went to Paragon as early as the mall would allow me.

After all the waiting for parking, I was given a new set without so much of an analysis done on the bonkers set. I had a new iPhone. That's all that matters. I was eager to go home and sync my iPhone back to its former glory.

Happy ending? Not yet. Guess what? The new phone went bonkers after syncing! The thing about phones with touchscreen is that they're worthless when the screen doesn't work. They're as good as an overpriced rubbish. With much dread, I had to return to Paragon before the service centre closed. This time, I had to bring the whole army.

To make my story short, I was given another new set. I deleted suspicious apps in my iTunes before I sync. It worked and I'm happy as a bee. Some people have been telling me to dump my iPhone and move on to Android but I'm a loyalist. Foolish? Maybe. As long as Apple doesn't screw up so much as to mess my life, I'm ok with my Apple devices.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Friday, December 20, 2013 @ 7:20 pm
Bedok Finally Has A Mall!

Dear Blogger,

Today, I brought the children to the library at Bedok, in an excuse to check out the new Bedok Mall too. Not that I don't like to go libraries. I DO love libraries. I've not been to libraries in other countries, but I think our public libraries are one of the best! It's collection is constantly improving and I'm so glad to see it invest more on multimedia these days.

My children love to borrow the children's DVDs to watch at home. My son is crazy about Bob the Builder while my eldest daughter fancies Angelina Ballerina. My younger daughter just enjoys taking the DVDs out of their cases and play hide and seek with them.

Back to the mall! I parked my car at the mall. I thought since the mall's by CapitaMall, parking should be reasonable. From 10.30am to 2.30pm thereabouts, parking cost me $6.50. Expensive? I thought so. It didn't cost this much at Tampines Mall. The parking was spacious though with sensors which I like in new carparks. I think it has about 3 levels of parking. There were several entrances to the mall from the carpark, which is really good for families with young children like mine. We don't have to walk far to escape incoming cars. As you can see, carpark quality and quantity is important to me.

Inside the mall, at first glance, it looks just like any other mall. It has the usual mix of tenants which you can find in most malls in Singapore. I was looking for something unique, a new boutique or a special service provided by the mall, but nope. Didn't find any. Then I realised that the unique thing about this mall is that the shops start at Level 1 and then goes down to Basement 3! It's an underground mall! But why doesn't it link up with the adjacent MRT station?

Dining wise, I think for Muslims, they have better luck and tastes at the nearby food centres. The mall only offers Swensens, Pizza Hut and KFC for Muslims, the last doesn't even count as a restaurant. There are some new and interesting restaurants for the non-Muslims though that I don't see in other malls.

The mall only excited me for awhile because it's a new mall. I probably won't visit it as regularly as I visit the malls in my neighbourhood. I'm glad though that the Bedokians finally have a mall to call their own. For almost all my life, people living in Bedok go to Tampines for their shopping (and cinema) fix. Sorry I don't have any photos. Too busy window-shopping and minding the children.

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 11:57 pm
Sew Gurl Sew!

Dear Blogger,

I'm on a sewing frenzy. Last weekend, I sewed slip covers for my dining chairs. Today, I've sewed a lace top. Even now when everyone's asleep, I'm googling sewing tutorials! What shall I make next? Pants? Dress? Skirt?




Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
The Madness of Queen M

Dear Blogger,

Two of my eldest weren't in child care today because one had fever and colds, the other has cough and runny nose. So I took them to their paediatrician in the morning. Surprisingly, the clinic wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be. It usually is. Probably most of the patients are on holiday.

The paediatrician isn't cheap but her medicines are effective, especially for my eldest son. We came home with a big bag of bottled medicine and a big hole in my pocket. The medicines are the usual; Augmentin (antibiotic), Salbutamol (runny nose), Promethazine (cough) and Walesolone (wheezing cough). If there's one medicine that my children need, it's a good dose of sedative. Kidding! But it wouldn't hurt...

I am just going bonkers with all my children in the house in daytime. Night time isn't so bad because there's always bedtime to look forward to. But in the day, time is much longer. All my ECE (early childhood education) training doesn't prepare me for the chaos that my children produce and I suspect, relish. Sometimes I think they are purposely trying to set me off to the cuckoo nest.

It is said that orderliness is by nature and can also be nurtured. I am orderly by nature. I am seriously puzzled as to why none of my children inherited that trait from me! They all seem to have inherited the disorganised, messy, I-don't-need-to-clean-up trait from their father! I've lost already. My stress level is permanently high in this family.


Sincerely,
modgurl.

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Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 11:44 pm
Children and Contraceptives

Dear Blogger,

You thought I had forgotten about you huh? I haven't. Blogging has been at the back of my mind since the last update in when? April this year? Work has been taking up a lot of my mind.

Now that I've delivered my fourth child (yes, fourth! In a span of 5 years), I can finally sit down and continue where I left off. Does it surprise you that I only have the time and energy to blog when I'm on maternity leave. Don't think so.

Blogger should come up with a mobile version because everyone is on social media via mobile devices. Blogger, do you hear me? Oh wait! It does. It's basically posting a blog by email through your mobile device. That's not what I want. Oh wait again! There's Blogger for iPhone? That's a crappy app.

Anyway, today I went to see my gynaecologist hopefully for the last time. The last time for pregnancy issues that is. Everything's OK in there. Once again, I had to endure her emphasis on contraceptives. Not that I don't care. I just feel like why should I be the one to have something up my uterus or in my blood system as birth control? All men have to do is put on a rubber sock! Why can't women have it that simple?

So what does it feel to be mother of four children? It's not for the faint-hearted I tell you. You need to be really secure and stable to put up with the madness. The environment has to be good and safe too to raise these children. I wouldn't dream of having children at all if I don't have any of these. It just would not be fair to the children!

I don't know how some couples planned to have children either. Hubby and I didn't have time to plan. All of our children just... happened. Not to call them accidents. I think family planning has its downside. Its success depends on one important factor, HIM. You know, the one almighty. It doesn't matter if you're an atheist. No science can explain why some women conceive, while other similarly capable ones don't.

I don't know how many children God intended for us. I would like to be positive and say that I've done my part. Let others get their blessings too.

My precious youngest

Sincerely,
modgurl.

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