Friday, September 04, 2015

My 2 cents.

This year would be my 2nd time voting.


I am not very good with words but I still want to write out about what I think and comment on some issues floating around these few days..


There are many young adults who find the elections really overwhelming, many doesn't know who to vote for and are looking to their friends for answers.. I hope this post will help those who are a little lost?


1. Catch the rallies if you can (can watch online no need to go all the way down haha), from there you will know what the parties are offering. Do keep in mind that if something is too good to be true it usually is.  Eg having more benefits now means someone else is going to pay for it later. Think far, think of your kids future.



2. If the rallies are too difficult to understand. How about think of in whose hands would you leave your kids with?
The grandparent who spoils the child or the grandparent who tries to make things work and help the child who is willing to help himself?



3. Here are a few issues people often complain about and what I think of them..

10 years ago MRT was great but past few years MRT often breakdown.
If you buy an electronic item how long can it last before it gets cranky? 10 years ago how old is MRT? How many times did MRT breakdown in the past 12 months?



Our cars are so expensive, our neighbours are laughing at us for paying more.
Land size issue. If everyone of us own a car, all the roads will be congested all the time and carparks will be same height as our hdb flats.



Our houses are so expensive, 10 years ago our 5 room flats used to cost less, now I can't afford it at all. The quality of our houses are also not very good.
I do agree that our houses are not cheap but if you don't earn so much can buy a smaller flat? I do appreciate that our houses gets upgradings and paint works often, been to overseas and saw how poorly maintained their flats are. In Singapore, the flats gets new paint every few years (at least that's what I can see) and most of the flats looks new and nice even if it's build more than 10 years ago.



Our medical is so expensive, even after subsidies we are still paying a lot!
Medical is expensive everywhere, do name me a place that have affordable and good quality medical without their citizens paying high taxes? Other than subsidies, MediShield and Medisave covers partial of the bills too unless it's private hospital or patient choses class B1/A ward? In cases that families could not afford the bills they can speak with hospital for financial counselling, assistance in application for Medifund.

(Just to update I have seen people paying $2+ and even ZERO cents for their visit to polyclinic, I am on long term follow up with polyclinic and often accidentally hear/saw people's bills..)



There are so many old people 50-70yo that are still working and they are so poor thing. How many meals a day can they have with $1,000 a month when food is at least $5 per meal?
Let's not say that it's an assumption that all old folks who work are working are needy, have no savings etc, let's just do some calculation..

CPF contribution rates for age 50 to age 65 and above ranges from 19% to 5%, which means it's not right to use 20% to calculate but it's okay let's just use 20%..

$1,000 * 80% = $800.

Transport (concession pass depending on age/types ranges from $40-$120)

If he/she owns a house no need to pay rental but paying utilities approximate $80? (If only 2 old folks I don't think the utilities will be very high, if staying with kids would expect the kids to pay for the utilities so $80 is a rough estimate.)

Food say $5 per meal * 3 meals a day for 30 days = $450

$800-$120-$80-$450 = leftover $150 a month to pay for other items.

Liveable? I would like to think so.



10 years ago everything is peaceful, neighbours are more friendly but now more FT comes here and now a lot of crimes, murder cases, molest cases, etc..
These kind of things happens last time too, just that it's not publicised much 10 years ago because mobile phones, social media was not that good then. With social media, bad news travels even faster now. Today, I don't dare to say I am very close to my neighbours (just moved here 3 years back) but they are all quite nice people.

Pressing lift doors for me, share news about upgrading ongoing in our estate, offer me seats on the bus/trains (just to add somehow 99% of the time my kid's seats on the MRT and buses are offered to me by non Singaporeans).



We import so many talents for our sports teams that other countries are laughing at us.
Talents are everywhere but to be able to spot and keep talents is as important. People can laugh at our "imports" but when our imports beat them who have the last laugh? We train these talents and they did us proud by achieving medals, putting our name out to the world. Even when they don't win anything, having good training partners is good for us too. Without good training partners how can our own people grow?



10 years ago it is easy to travel to JB for short getaway but now there is all these charges for foreign cars to enter here and for our cars to go in.
There are other modes of transport if you really must go into JB for short getaway. If there is a better way to stop too many cars going in and out of JB I'm sure they would have used that. If this in not in place how many cars will be coming into our tiny Singapore everyday causing jams to our roads? For the other side that is charging Singapore cars money, that I do not really know why but I don't think our government could control that? Do you think any other elected party can stop another country from implementing new laws?




10 years ago our old folks often sits around at void decks to relax but now all of them are collecting cardboards and drink cans, no time to relax at all.
Did you join the Sunday Qigong Exercise? Once a month walk organised by CC/RC? Dance, Zumba, singing classes? Ever went to coffeeshop to take a look? My block downstairs still lots of old folks chit chatting everyday! At a nearby CC, lots of old folks go there to read newspaper everyday too! Bringing my girl to school I meet many grandmas and grandpas sending their grandchild to school and after that went to coffeeshop to sit and talk or go to the market. Did you speak with any of these working old folks? Isn't it an assumption that if they are working they must be poor and needy?

I am actually proud when I see our pioneers working. Those who are working depends on themselves instead of waiting for welfare, also businesses are willing to hire older generations due to certain policies/benefits too! Not everyone scavenging for cardboards are needy and if you actually bother to spend time to speak with them you may understand them more. My house area has a few folks collecting cardboards and when I do have cardboard I will bring it to them, they are not needy people.



Our hospitals are filled with doctors and nurses from other counties! They don't even speak our dialects and there was even a case a nurse gave wrong medication and cased death.Many of our own doctors does private practice so lesser local doctors in national hospitals. In order to make sure there are doctors and nurses in national hospital so that citizens can see doctor at subsidised rate they have to bring in people from other countries too. Or you would rather they don't bring in any and only use local doctors and nurses. If that's the case then we would expect waiting time to see doctor to be even longer. Do you know in some countries waiting time to see GP is 2 weeks? Yes normal GP for flu and cold!

Human error is everywhere does it mean locals doesn't make mistakes at all? Xenophobic.




Whatever your choice is, your vote is secret. Let no one peer pressure you into voting carelessly.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Last 2 days to enjoy VIP discounts + Free shipping + Free gift*! (Code : TBC541)

As a busy SAHM (yes I am busy one okay..) I shop online a lot.. The awesome thing about shopping online is that your items are usually shipped/delivered straight to your doorstep so you don't have to spend time queuing up to pay for items and then carry the heavy load home!


I've blogged about this site before but I'm blogging again today to share the news  that they are currently having a special promotion for this month (yes I know left 2 days!!), ALL Customers get to enjoy the discounts of the VIP Discount Program!

5% off any order less than $40
8% off any order $40.01 to $49.99
9% off any order $50.00 to $59.99
10% off any order $60 or more
This discount is on top of their usual discounted prices and volume discount!


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You may think that shipping from the US must be very expensive or takes very long to be delivered to you right?

Wrong! Shipping by Singpost (with Tracking!) for orders below usd40 is only usd4!
and now if you purchase above usd40 shipping is FREE!!!!

I don't know how long will the free shipping promo last but it's super worth it I tell yah! Free shipping for 6kg worth of items from the US leh! and and.. It only takes 4-8 business days to be delivered! (Usually receive the items in a week.)


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New customers will save $10 on purchases of $40 or more. Or $5 on orders under $40.


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Even though the website name has the word Herb on it, they sell lots of other items too!

Items usually purchased by mummies : 
Supplements (Vitamins are cheaper here!)
Groceries (Organic food! Yummy cookies! Cheaper Chia Seeds, Nuts!)
For Kids/Babies/Toddlers (From Snacks to Baby Bath items to Herbal Remedies)
Home Care (Top of my must-buy list Household Cleaners !)


Not sure what to get?
Here's a List of Brands available: HERE.


These are what I bought previously : ❤ 2nd Order, ❤ 3rd Order.
4th Order is on it's way to me and I'm most probably going to make my 5th order before this special VIP discount ends!

Hope you save as much as I did! :D

Friday, August 28, 2015

Toys Sale Isetan Westgate B1 Event Hall (21 Aug - 3rd Sept)

Was at Jurong East because I wanted to buy some stuffs at the supermarket. Decide to walk around the area and I saw a poster outside Isetan saying that there's Toys Sale at their event hall.


Even though I think we have way too many toys at home I still couldn't resist and went in to take a look. :p


Price Range :
From $3, Sale stated as up to 50% off but some of the items have more than 50% discount.

Range: Even though the event hall is not huge there are still a wide range of toys.
Disney (Monster Inc.), some plastic dolls, soft toys, robot cars?, Shopkins?, card games, Hello Kitty, trains, road construction set?, bags, cars, loom bands, play dough, etc..

Is it a must-go Sale? :
In my opinion? Nah.. I don't have many kids to buy toys for and some of the toys are a few seasons old so I don't think it's very good as gifts lah haha.
That said, if I happen to be in the area I would probably check them out again cause I did snag a few items yesterday. :P



These look like toys that I would play. LOL.

There are 2 different hair braiding sets and I was really tempted to get it cause I'm really terrible at braiding hair. I didn't get them in the end but if you're interested the prices are from $9.90-$13.90. Worth it if your child's a fan of WinX.


These are the cuties that went home with me. :D
Total Damage : $20.

4 Hello Kitty Bowls - $3
4 Hello Kitty Plates - $3
1 Hello Kitty Water Jug + 4 Hello Kitty Cups - $9
4 mini motorbike toy - $5


Were you there in the past week?
Snagged any good deals? :)

Simple Art Activity : Paper Monster/Alien

When you need a quick activity with your child and you do not have time for much preparation work.. This activity is really simple and easy! Minimal materials needed and minimal items to prepare too. :D


Materials :
  • Coloured Paper (I am using origami paper from Daiso 24 colours/180 sheets)
  • Glue
  • Pom pom balls (optional)

Steps for Preparation and Activity :
1. Leave 2 pieces of the coloured paper as "base/body" and cut up the remaining coloured paper into different shapes and sizes.

2. After telling my little one that we are going to make monsters for activity, I got her to choose some poms poms for eyes. If you don't have poms poms you can use hold puncher to punch some holes on coloured paper to be used as eyes, or you can draw dots on paper to be used as eyes.

3. Starting with the eyes, slowly glue on features of the monster/alien.



As you do this activity together with your kid you will notice many things about him/her.
  • He/She may get ideas from what you are doing, sometimes attempting to do exactly the same thing. 
  • Sometimes he/she may get animated and starts telling you stories about the monster.
  • Sometimes he/she may have certain ideas about his/her artwork but couldn't do it due to skill. 
  • Sometimes you may notice he/she likes playing with glue more.
  • Sometimes you may realise he/she is actually more arty (creative) than you are...


These are our monsters.
I'm not very creative but it looks cute right? *self praise*


The thing about Monster/Alien is that there's no "form" that you must comply with.. so you can just paste it anyway you like. It's your monster and only you can judge if it's done "right".


Any simple craft you've done with your kid this week? :)

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Gross Motor Skill : Stacking Game + Knock Down Cup

Using the Beans Shaker Cups we made in the previous post, we did a few more fun activities.


Materials :
  • Beans Shaker Cups
  • Tennis Ball / Bean Bag


Steps for Stacking Game :
1. Stacking the beans shaker cups. This is not difficult but it the cups are on a table and the child have to reach to place the top few cups it's actually quite a challenge.

2. Try different ways to stack them.

3. You can every make it into a memory game for the older kids by stacking differently and get them to stack according to what you had done!






Steps for Knock Down Cup :
1. Stack cups into a triangle shape. E.g. from bottom to top (3:2:1).

2. Get toddler to roll a ball or throw a bean bag to knock them down.

3. It's not that easy to knock all of them down at 1 go actually. :P






Love it when a last min activity produces more activities.

Now I'm tempted to do a few more special shakers with my little one. :D
Items I may try next : Pom poms, sequins, straws (cut up), uncooked pasta?

Fine Motor Skill : Beans Sorting for Plastic Cup Shaker

I needed some time to clean up the house, finding some leftover party cups I decide to let my little one do a little activity, this also acts as a quiet time activity.

We did a few more actives with this Beans shaker. Details in the next post.

*If you have a toddler that still puts small objects in his/her mouth, do change the beans to edible stuffs like cereals?


Materials :
  • 6 Plastic Cups
  • 6 Different types of Beans
  • Paper
  • Scotch Tape


Steps :
1. Place handfuls of different type of beans into a small container. Just some beans will do as too many beans may put the kid off and he/she may not want to complete the task.

2. Demonstrate how to sort the beans.

3. Leave kid to sort the beans. Or if you are free you can have a mini "competition" to see who sorts faster? :D

4. After sorting, make a cover for the cup using paper and scotch tapes.


Looks a little like a caterpillar. :P



All beans sorted and cups covered !


Not very nicely done but the beans looks very cute in the cups no? haha


Take note! Doing this project will make your house really noisy for the next week days.. :P