Being sick…sucks!

Ok…so when has being sick never sucked? It is the pits when you are sick. It always feels damn good to do something when you know jolly well that you shouldn’t. Well, this is one of those thing.

I knew I was going to suffer the consequences on Tuesday when, while experiencing one of the worst heat waves in recent times sweeping over Europe, I braved the heat and went out. I couldn’t last more than a minute before I was perspiring profusely, like I just took a shower and forgot to dry my myself. That was not the problem. The problem was, in the car. I had the aircon turned up high but not the max as I wanted to cool the car but not freeze my baby in the process. This is because there is a fixed air vent to points straight to the back where the baby seat is. Whereas, since I can move the front ones I pointed 1 of the directly at myself. Straight away, I felt the droplets of perspiration freeze in mid air. I went…oh oh…I shouldn’t have it pointed directly at me. Sure die wan! *a local Malaysian/Singaporean expression for “I am going to regret this big time!”*. So I tried to turn it away from me but as soon as I did that, I felt it trickle down my face and neck instantaneously. I kid you not! It was that hot and humid. So, I did it again. This time I left it on me. Even turning it lower but I knew that I was doomed. I could feel my forehead freeze. A slight headache was forming. It didn’t have time to fester into a great head pounding pain as thankfully my destination was near.

It was over yet. After my class, I had to make the cool journey to my in law’s for dinner which was a little further away. This time I felt the pounding albeit lightly. While there, I suffered greatly in the heat. I was all sticky and wet is the word. After all, it looked like I took a bath without drying off. So, you can imagine the drive home. Brain freeze!

True to my own predictions, the first inkling of the trouble I would be manifested itself. I got a sore throat. That was Wednesday. It was still under control. Thursday dawned and…drum rolls, please…I got a splitting headache with a very inflamed throat. On top of my very special day, the baby sitter was not free that day. There I was with my body aching all over (signs of an onslaught of a fever which I kept at bay), splitting headache, scratchy in lame throat with a bouncing bumblebee of a toddler who already decide to wake up at 7.30 thanks to M’s “light feet”. She usually sleeps till 9.30 or so. 2 hours earlier in my condition was really “heaven sent”. Sarcasm intended.

I went through the day in a splitting haze…the meds that they gave me didn’t work as well as they should. By the time 5 pm rolled by, I couldn’t take it anymore. M’s day was winding down so I called him to please take the energetic bouncing toddler with him. Which thankfully he did. In the end I decided to pop 2 panadol and crawled into bed for some shut eye. By 7, they were home again and to what better way to end the day than to have your toddler down with a fever too! Yippee!!!

Between a fussy sick toddler and a calmer less splitting headache, managed to feed her, change her and get her to bed with M’s help. The fusspot wanted only mama to put her bed but 1 hour later after her “nap” she was all ready to look for her papa. 😥😥 struggling to keep her in bed and manage my own sickness….was a challenge. Lucky for her, I didn’t have much energy. In the end, M brought her back to bed after about an hour of play time with her and within the hour she was asleep. Finally.

She was fussy the whole night. Then we woke up to a fever again at 6. I was doing better but still under the weather. As I still am, now writing this. In fact I am awake because my throat hurts so bad that it is so difficult for me to sleep. Anyway, managed to get her back to bed and thankfully she slept a little more till about 9. Just in time for her Masha and the Bear. Her favourite! I will write about that another day.

The day went by well. I had the babysitter that day. She took the bumblebee at 3. I had a few appointments I couldn’t miss but I cancelled my class. I didn’t feel I could concentrate. Luckily I did. I deteriorated as the day wore on.

The day ended in an even better way courtesy of the mosquitoes at my in laws. They left 3 new bite marks on the bumblebee. Great! We will have inflamed allergic reactions to deal with tomorrow though we have put medicine on them. Now, wasn’t that a great day? The best!

Being sick, sucks! I need to see the doc tomorrow. I think I need antibiotics and the bumblebee needs some antihistamines.

I hear thunder outside. They predicted rain. I hope it does. 2 weeks of nearly 40 degrees and high humidity has killed me. Did I ever tell you I hate summers? I do…I detest them. When is it ending?..

I should try to sleep and dream of rainy days….

Dang! My incessant coughing, even with a pillow covering my face has just woken the bumblebee. Great!

I should go…night! Toodeloos! To A cooler Saturday!

Trying out something new..

Remember when I said that I prefered to type my blog with a keyboard because I liked the feel of the keyboard under my fingers. I found a solution to this. I now do not have to bring my computer along eveytime, eventhough I have traded in my older and heavier macbook for a lighter and slimmer one. Since i now travel with a toddler in tow anything to lighten my weight is welcomed.

I have to say though that i bought this solutioneven before I was pregnant and when my Note 8 died on me, i completely forgot about this keyboard thatI got in Singapore. It took me some time to find this keyboard as most of the ones available in the market, talking about nearly 3 years ago, were only available for the Ipad. So I was extra excited when I found that could work with my Note 8 at that time.

I have thought about trying it out with my Tab S for some time now. I keep forgetting though I am constantly reminded of it when I see it almost every day on the counter top in the hall where it is stored. I finakky got round to connecting it today and am vey happily typing away on it for this blogpost. Not a very interesting post. Just wanted to share my joy of having a mini fully functionally lightweight keyboard to go with my Tab.

HopefullyI will get to use this more often and blog more since I am now freer, in theory, to blog from anywhere without having to lug around a laptop and to be more careful about leaving my laptop unattended around. My Tab fits perfectly into my bag together with this keyboard that has its own leather cover which can also hold my tab.perfect all in one!

I should add a photo here on how it looks like but am currently in semi darkness, on the bed, next to my napping bumblebee. I shall add it later on. For now, Toodeloos!!

Update: decided to take a photo in the semi darkness with my phone and add the picture to this post. However, I don’t think you can see it’s dimensions well. My Tab is a 7″. So it is small and lightweight. I like!

Found it!

Okay…have not actually found the camera but found some of the photos of things I wanted or can blog about. Had it on my phone. I haven’t been backing up my phone for some time already and just last week, I started sifting through all the items in my phone and basically did some spring cleaning. This took me over a few days to do. With a very active, courageous little explorer, I do not have enough time to sufficiently dedicate to purging my phone unwanted items taking up precious space. Even with the help of a baby sitter. I still work so between emails, meeting and running I managed to clear, sort and back up all my data over 4 days. oh, and yes, I got my ass off the couch and braved the summer heat to run outside. Been so busy that I couldn’t even make it to the gym. A waste of my money for the gym though but it is the quickest way of a getting some exercise in. Manage to always squeeze it in just before the babysitter arrives back with my little bumblebee.

What have I found? Well, I found photos of some of the places and things I have seen and thought it amazing to capture and bog about but just never got round to it. I thought I lost them all when I couldn’t find the camera. Which reminds me, I still have a missing camera. Sigh…. I guess I have to start looking around for another camera soon. Or maybe just raid M’s stash of electronics. I bet I can find something interesting there.

So to make the long story short, I found some photos and hoping to keep my promise here for more updates, I shall brave on and blog more.


Still here!

Hello everyone! Yup…I am still here. Sorry to have lost my way again. It has been busy. Though I have a baby sitter now who we have just pinned down for a more definite schedule, I was still busy tying up loose ends and doing some work and definitely slacking off whwn I don’t have Z. Previously, the baby sitter was on a need to have basis, where I call her if we need her and if she can, as she has other part time jobs which I thought was more important for her in this very volatile job market. Now we have officially hired her to take care of Z. I should have more time now for work..and for some of this. 😛

We are winding down for summer so most things are tapering off now but we have things lined up as usual for September which will be quite a rush for us as Italy closes for summer and reopens only early September till mid September. Which basically squeezes all the work that needs to be done into a very warped time deadline. But we are used to it by now.

Anyway, this is a nonsensical post to just say hi. I have been itching to post for some time now and will get round to it. I actually even have a post that I have written half way and got side tracked by clients showing up, so I saved it for another day. I might just go and finish that post up right after this.


Update: I have written a few blogposts and have scheduled them for the next few days….hopefully I can keep you coming back for more. 🙂

2 Dresses, 1 Bride

So, I was watching this reality series on Real Time called “2 Abito, Una Sposa” basically means 2 dresses, 1 bride like my title suggest. All this in Italian of course as I was in the office as they now show Real Time on the satellite channels and it was on as background sound. I couldn’t budge from where I was because Z was napping and she has a knack for waking up the moment I get up to do anything. Even if I am not touching her any way. I find that this happens more often if we are not alone. Any other person or sharp noise will wake her from her slumber and if I am not there to put her back to bed immediately, then we can forget about the rest of nap time. It will be officially over and play time is in da’ house!

I digress. I don’t understand why some mothers would insist on their children wearing their wedding dresses? I saw it a few times on the other wedding dress reality series which I don’t know their original titles. I only know their Italian titles and I couldn’t be bothered to Google them now. Z is snoring next to me and it makes me sleepy too. 😛

You will understand when you become a mum. At least that is what my mum said. I am a mother and I understand why some mothers think that way. Wait, ok, I lied. Even before becoming a mother I understood why but I don’t get it how they cannot understand their daughters? Did I confuse you there? I understood but still don’t understand?

Let me explain. I think it is great if the daughter wanted to wear the dress herself but I don’t think it should be forced onto her by playing the emotional blackmail game. It is not fair! Hey, you had your fun choosing your own dress! Had fun playing dress up and trying on all different dresses. Why can’t she have the same fun and freedom of choice? Unless, the dress has been passed down for generations and ALL the ladies wore it on their wedding day, then maybe, ONLY maybe. The choice is still hers.

Secondly, does the dress even fit her personality or body type? I mean, there are dresses that will look nice on some and really, really hideous on another. Imagine very nice low “v” neckline dress on a slim person then imagine the very same dress on someone with a double D chest fitting into that very same dress. I think it would look so inappropriate especially for a wedding but I could be wrong and some find this really nice. To each, its own.

Then, there is the fashion to think about. What could be “in” in the 80s is way out of place for now. Most find the 80s a fashion disaster era and I concur. Somethings you can get away with but a wedding dress of the 80s? hmm… >_<

The thing I like about this show is this. It combines the 2. It gives the bride a choice. It says 2 dress because you have a choice of 2 dresses. You bring your mum’s dress. Wear it to show the stylist and seamstress (I can’t think of a more glamorous name for her) and tell them what you like or don’t like about the dress and what you are looking for in a dress and the budget you have. Then the stylist will go in search of dresses for you and the seamstress will transform your mum’s dress into your vision while still trying to keep some of mum’s dress and stay in budget. You can pretty much forget about getting your dresses back intact mums! Poor mums!

Then from the stylist’s choice you choose one, of course after trying them on. Then they reveal the seamstress’ creation. After that, the choice has to be made between the 2. The seamstress is usually very creative and does an amazing job transforming mum’s dress. I have been wow-ed many times.

Conclusion is, if you have a very persistent mum, you should join this show and maybe they will be able to help you get the dress of you dreams. I pity the mums only because since they loved their wedding dresses so much, it must be hard for them at the end of it cause they will not get their dress back as it was. Worse, if the daughter decides against it and goes for the new one. oh! poor mummies!! I guess, that is the risk that they have to take when going on this show and insisting that their daughter wear their dress. 😀 😀

I am so mean… 😛

Update: Found out the American title for this series. “Something borrowed, Something new”.

Itchy backside…

I was just laughing to myself thinking that I am such a genius! If you read my last post, you would know what I mean. Did you get it? Itchy backside? Did you? Did you? 😀

I haven’t been blogging for a while and while back here, I thought I should change my theme. I like to change it every now and then which is why I never buy any themes cause I know I will tire of it and want to change it again a few months or a year. Then all the money spent will be down the drain.

I don’t know how to write any CSS codes so making my own themes is out of the question so I went theme hunting. Is it just me or is most of the themes’ backgrounds are white. I know that it is a neutral preferred colour but really? White on white on white is so bland and so glaring! Even with the brightness on my screen adjusted to almost the last button, it was still blinding me. Ok, I may be biased. I love colour!! Bright colours! Not bright blinding white though.

I took me close to 2 hours to find this new theme. Do you like it? I LOVE it!! ❤ ❤ Trying out emoticons here. It is a trial and error thing with these for me. I never know the codes behind them.

The search for this theme was long and arduous! 😛 Like I ran a marathon or something. If you don’t already know, I do have a flair for the dramatics. It was so painfully long (slow loading time didn’t help) that I wished I that I had just sucked it up and endured the old theme a little longer and do the search another time when I am in a better mood. It is doubly arduous cause I am hungry. A hungry Ann is a grumpy Ann. A saying my friend uses to describe me whenever I am grumpy. LOL!! how accurate!

Now that I found a new theme, I hope to keep it for while and that you like it as much as I do. I like the colours, their playfulness and the animals on the top. I have a baby now and I know she will love it! Though I think she would not be reading my blog any time soon. By the time she does, knowing me, I would have changed it and she will not get to see the animals. Oh well…

The itchy backside has been scratched. 😛

Goose night world!

I am back! hopefully…

Hello! It has been awhile. You still there? Lurking around somewhere? If you are, I would appreciate a comment or two. Okay…I understand that I would have t write a post for a comment to be made but I would still appreciate it if you do. Even if it is just to say hi! or Welcome back!

Why is it so hard to sit down compose a decent post after being away for a while? I swear it is like there is an invisible hand stopping me.

This post has taken almost 8 hours to compose and I am only here. Well, not true there. I wrote like 3 whole other paragraphs  in a span of say, 5 hours, but I just deleted it all. Only the first 2 paragraphs remains of the original . As usual, it took me so long to even get here because I was distracted by other blogs. They are all so interesting to read that I get lost in them. Then, my darlings came home and  had to stop till it was bedtime. Now that my little darling is asleep, and so is my other darling, I can continue to write.

I am currently stuck at home because I have hand, mouth and foot disease and I am very contagious. It is common among children and really rare that adults will get it. Lo and behold, the lucky adult who got it? Me! The full blown one too. Not the half ass one that my husband got but the full blown one. Like someone sprayed (not throw) hot water on my hands and feet. Sprayed because they are like tiny little droplet sized blister all over. Hot water because they behave like those blisters. Sensitive to touch so it makes holding or doing anything with my hands and walking painful and uncomfortable. AND, it itches to high heaven. Oh my goodness, does it itch!!

How did I even get it in the first place?? Well, that it thanks to the brilliant thinking of my BIL, but lets not get into that. It is done and it can’t be undone. The only good thing is that since my little Z got it first and then passed it on to us, she will have a high chance of NEVER getting it again unless she gets another different strand of the virus. Which is highly unlikely. I am also glad that she didn’t suffer much. She is so young that except for the fever, it didn’t really bother her otherwise. She was active and getting into all the nooks and cranny after her 1 day of fever. For that, I am thankful.

After her, M got the fever and was home bound for 2 days. The fevers were very high. For all 3 of us, it hovered around 38-39.8˚C for 24 hours. At Z’s age, she is 11+ months, it was really scary. I think because I had very little sleep while taking care of her and M, my immune system was low and it finally caved. I have been home bound too for about 10 days now. I still have about another 4 more to go.

Only me though, since Z and M have recovered and the contagious period is over for them. I don’t mind it. I get some time to myself to drive myself crazy with the itch and trying to rest. Besides the itch, I actually enjoy the time to myself. Doing mostly nothing but scratching my hands and feet to within an inch of their lives. Luckily, I just got my nails done, so they are not sharp. Gel nails actually take the pleasure out of any scratching but with it I can scratch all I want and it doesn’t tear the blisters. How great is that! I do try to resist the temptation but when I can’t, I scratch away!

Anyway, just wanted to update and try to get back into the groove of blogging. Tried to fill you in on the last year (the 3 deleted paragraphs) but decided I should just post about now and once I get going, I would probably fill you in as I go along. Letting it come naturally.

yeah, right! Who am I kidding? 🙂 we’ll see!


Life In Photos – Day 41


One of the best buys that M has made. It is a chargeable LED night light cum torchlight. It changes colour both top and bottom. Or either one could be on or off or one of them on one colour while the other changes. Then when you need a torch just lift the top part off and instantly you have a torch!

I find this so useful especially now that I have a baby. I don’t have to turn on the lights whenever I want to check in her or change her diaper. The other best buy is a glow in the dark pacifier. Trust me on this if you child uses pacifiers. Saves you time searching in the bed all over for a missing pacifier. 🙂