Friday, 31 May 2013

The Beauty of Parents' Love.

It was Mothers' Day about three weeks back (oh my, I have not been blogging for so long).

I managed to chance upon this beautiful short clip that reminds me of this undying love from all parents. The pain that our Mothers have to go through when conceiving us, the sweat and blood that our Fathers (or both) have to sacrificed to provide us food, shelter and warmth.

I celebrated that special Sunday at home, together with my favourite friends. Together, we commemorated this exclusive day. A simple cake, few dishes, after praying session.

Kudos to all noble Mummy and Daddy! Look at how happy we were :D

My mummy was the most beautiful princess in her campus back then. I remember hearing stories about how the other suitors tried to win her heart but all failed.
How lucky is my daddy!

All these years, you have been working so hard for the family (of course daddy too).
You have been working so hard, you did not have time for yourself. I have never seen you buy any make-up materials for yourself, nor pamper yourself with any treatments like spa and all.

Thank you for giving me such a beautiful family; thank you for showering me with all your love without reserving any.
You did so much for me and little brothers; a thank you is never enough for me to return you all these that you have sacrificed.

A little reminder for myself: For that she has did so much for me, it's time to be a little more sensible. Her youth, her beauty, her time, her effort, her blood, and the never-ending list. Remember her love for you, remember you are blessed Pecky. :)

Because no one knows me better than you do, no matter what happens, you'll be there always. Thank you mummy for never giving up on me. I may not be the best daughter but you are the best mummy ever! I love you :D


Sunday, 26 May 2013

In everyday life; what do you want to see and not want to see?

This may sound silly; but it always make my day when I see children playing with their real toys instead of holding on to an electronic device. 

I hope that children today still has a childhood, sincerely. 

Have you witnessed a car accident before?
It was not my first; bit what came after was horrendous.

No, there was no one injured. Yet, how they shouted at each other and pushing blames, swearing at each other was just the worst scene ever.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

I'm still alive; give me a little more time

Before I lose all my readers, I have got to reassure you guys that I will be back soon. Probably tomorrow, I hope. I have tons of things that inspired me/ set me thinking, and of course, good stuff to share. 

It's just that I have been a little busier than usual, and a little to hook up to certain drama shows, and so I have been neglecting my site a little. Okay, maybe more than that. 

Just don't abandon me, I will be back!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

How do we prevent iron deficiency? Bloodbank Visit @ Woodlands

Finals Examinations have finally come to an end; and placement came straight after. For the better or otherwise, I will decide later.

I pay Bloodbank a visit last Sunday after Youth Group Tuition. They called me sometime last week as there was a shortage of blood for B+. Nickie had the intention to donate and so, we embarked our journey to Bloodbank. 

I was still a little nervous, maybe quite a big part of me are still scared about that thick needle. While, the standard procedure was to declare and signs all the forms before proceeding for check-up with the doctor. I had an iron-level as low as a 9. Yes, I was suffering from iron deficiency. The acceptable haemoglobin level for blood donors in Singapore is 12.5mg/dL. The haemoglobin level of blood is obtained through a finger prick that guide the suitability for donating blood. 

In case you are wondering what exactly is haemoglobin, it is basically a specialised protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues and return carbon dioxide from tissues to the lungs. Haemoglobin consists of iron groups, which are essential for the manufacture of haemoglobin and thus, the transport of oxygen.

Now that we have a better understanding of the importance of Iron, so what are the reasons that lead to Iron Deficiency?
(The following list is not exhaustive; I'm writing to the best of my knowledge):
  1. Increased physiological demand of the body for iron e.g. during pregnancy and breast feeding 
  2. Loss of blood by haemorrhage 
  3. Inadequate iron intake 
  4. Malabsorption 
  5. Menstrual Blood Loss
Apparently, I happen to fall under the 5th category and maybe a little of 3rd. 
Female loses between 0.5mg-1mg iron per day on average for the whole of the 28 days menstrual cycle. Therefore, to compensate for the loss, we women, need to consume twice the amount of male. 
I was having my period of the month and I happily went for blood donation, how smart. 

Nickie passed the test and went ahead with her donation. Then, she felt giddy. I was so worried for her then. She looked so pale, and was having cold sweat. 
Okay, basically the both of us have the most screwed biological clock ever during the Final Examinations period. We sleep in the day, and the hours barely add up to 4 hours. We have no idea if we were too stressed up or otherwise, we just couldn't sleep then. 
Yes, we are slowly adjusting now. I hope we will get better. :( 

Hell yes, we think too highly of ourselves. God did everything to deter us from donating that pack of blood because he knew that out body could not handle that. 
Wanted to loss weight too badly, and I guess this approach doesn't work out at all. Damn. 

Consume food that supplies adequate nutrients - says the doctor. I should really stop skipping meals just because it sucks to chew with braces. 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Reminder: Listen, to their story; before you judge.

The camera wanders and shows the inner lives of people around us as they do their daily tasks. Most of it is set in a hospital, where there is so much worry, sadness, some joy, bad news, good news, no news, anxiety, fear – as in real life, but perhaps magnified.

We've all BEEN there - all experienced at least one - or more! - of what these people are experiencing. Hence, the tears! It's so TRUE.

This short video is at once quiet, profound, powerful, true, simple – and so supremely human. It was produced by the Cleveland Clinic, as an example of their regard for empathy.

It’s a profound reminder: we ALL have our story. Others have theirs. We NEVER know. And to treat others with the benefit of the doubt, with courtesy, with compassion, with respect.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Glipho! The future Blogging Site

I was so humbled and thrilled when I saw the following comment from Glipho!

For the benefits of those who have yet to hear about Glipho, it is basically a brand new networking/publishing platform.
I promise it is relatively user friendly. (Except that you press Shift+Enter to do a normal Enter; otherwise with just an Enter, it will automatically publish!)

One could simply import their Tumblr/Wordpress/Blogger posts. One could share through google+, Facebook and Twitter too. Come to think about it, it does work a little like Nuffnangx, which is more well-received in Asia (I supposed). It doesn't sync every of your blog/tumblr posts automiatically though. You have to import them each time. Every post has a tag like Wellbeing, Food etc. It may be troublesome to some but it ensures that other users can find relevant information easier. It can avoid spamming of tags like a MAPOTI. :)

A plus-point for Glipho is that it does not has all those types of irritating advertisements popping up everywhere while surfing the platform. And yes, I guess this idea will ultimately dominate Blogger overtime. Yes, Blogger. One could simply comment and give an article a heart (meaning thumbs up). It is like a combination of Google+ and Blogger all together. Furthermore, it has notification button at the bottom of the site, without a need to go back to the Home Page. Yes, one could simply enjoy an article and receiving updates at the same time!

One's post has to be a minimum of 150 words though. Apparently it is for quality control to avoid spam; yet I'm not too sure how will pictures-heavy users find that rule? Maybe with additional words one could contextualise their images better! Perhaps that was their intention?

They are a new blogging site and so give it a try! I have enjoyed my stay thus far and I hope you guys will like this new idea too. Give them a chance to make a name for themselves! (Okay, I'm not paid to say this. I promise they are good!)

In any case, thank you for inviting me to join this new community. It's an honour!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Monday, 6 May 2013

Corruption made too obvious I felt ashamed for you

With the not-so-indelible ink, conjuring of ballot boxes after closure of polling times and Earth hour blackout during vote-counting, there couldn't have been any means more underhand.

The purest form of democracy came from a Greek word which means '' rule by the people", a political system that in which people lawfully govern themselves. 
There is light at the end of every dark tunnel. Yet this time, he killed all after that darkness.

I saw all these going spiral on FaceBook, and am feeling so sad for them.

Indeed, these may bring you laughter on first glance.
Then again, have you seen how many of them changed their profile pic to a pure black one? Look at how much hope YOU have killed; all dashed. Look at how much hatred you have created.

This is just too much.
You just allowed yourself to be hated by so much more; although there are so many to begin with ald.
I just felt this pain when so many were begging other country to salvage them; look at how desperate they are.

Then again, it makes us Singaporean appreciate what we have a little more.
Too many times we have heard complaints that are so minor.
And now the question, does anyone still want to take peace and order in Singapore for granted? Think. 

Lastly, this was posted too soon. LOL.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Let go of your stresses and worries; before you are paralysed

I came across a interesting article; a gentle reminder that it is never healthy to hold on to your stresses and worries.
Of course they are inevitable in life, but we have to learn to put them down. Else, sooner or later before we realised, they have caused us to be paralysed.

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ”How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

Author Unknown

On a side note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON OH. <3

Friday, 3 May 2013

Why fear the Future?

I tried as mush as possible to start off my everyday with compassionate thoughts.
I have learnt this from famous LadyGaga; a very inspiring musical icon. She mentioned that she practices this during one of her Interview.

It helps! It makes you appreciate little things in life. And it is exactly these little things that add up to make your day a whole lot better!
Afterall, happiness is your own choice. It ultimately depend on how you view things.

As much as it is a crazy thing to sleep in the day, I'm not frustrated at my biological clock no more.
I will give it some time and I'm sure it ail adjust back pretty well soon.
To embrace that, I don't have any more morning papers.
One less thing to worry at least; for that I would not feel lethargic and lose concentration during Finals. YAY. (Although I'm surviving on caffeine for some)

It's not that bad starting at night.
Well, of course I know it's unhealthy but at least I can still absorb the contents!

I have been chewing on this adorable cherry tomatoes for the past days; replacing them with unhealthy snacks. I had been gobbling too much chocolates and other sinful food for the past weeks.

This was an EMPTY DOUBLE-decker bus 96 after my SSA1208 paper on Tuesday. Life was too good that day, except for that consultation that almost forces me to cry in front of 3 TAs.
I know it sounded dumb, but I was feeling so helpless then. I couldn't do anything to salvage my D+. Thank you Xing Jun for accompanying me and fighting with/for me. I love you :)

God has been so kind to me, gracing me with such a comfortable ride home after a long day. Thank you! 

Well, I do not have exciting/happening things to share these days; in the midst of Finals. So, I have tried to find little things that I could still celebrate in this hectic week. and I certainly hope you dear readers find joy in reading it too!

I saw this video some time back. Brilliant.
There is beauty in each and everyone. 

I could die listening to this little boy sings.
He has so much soul when the melody plays.
If he had not received any musical/vocal training, he's just too amazing.
Pure talent; how beautiful!

I am so glad Ellen manages to find him and he's going on her show in a few days to come!