She is a Blo-ga-a-ho-lic

Just a HDB budget Tai Tai who wants to live her life to the fullest

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Haze is here again…

It’s the most unbearable time of the year again. The PSI hits very unhealthy level in all areas, air purifiers and masks are flying off the shelf much faster than I thought. I am always slow in action, my preferred air purifier model is oos and I got another one for now. I am thankful I still manage to get one fairly good ones at reasonable price. Thanks to my siblings who did extensive research on some models. For years I didn’t want to get a portable air purifier, thinking so long I stay indoor, I would do just fine. This year, my eyes sore, my existing throat infection prolongs recovery, my breathing is affected, I would be a pig if I still couldn’t tell how serious and damaging the haze can do to our health. Hence, I decided to get one for home use. No one could imagine what my husband texted me.

Which I really did and spend $40 on Daiso products. It was my 4th visit in 5 days and I went again on the following day.

On the next day, we met our neighbour and Nikki heard us leaving the house in the morning and handed Asher a goodies bag she collected on his behalf at the party a night before. What a shame, I totally missed the date, there was a celebration for residents and the kids were all having fun walking around our gated compound with lanterns in hand. Poor Nikki was looking for us and came door knocking too. We thanked them for their kind gestures. Late night, Asher left her a note and some masks. Yes, during the bad time, we look out for each other too.

We go out in style too. Thanks and no thanks to the haze, I don’t have to apply make up these days. The N95 masks are so freaking expensive, luckily I still keep some at home and as for Asher, he is quite cooperative when come to donning these uncomfortable masks.

Thanks to my dearest sis who bought him a reusable pm2.5 mask. She is so thoughtful and care for the kids at home.

At the age of 6, he is officially introduced to the haze. Why is it here? Where does it come from? How does it affect our daily lives? He used to draw when he was younger, this is the first time he wrote some notes, he also learns to check PSI readings on my phone and NEA website.   

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First incisor fall out !

Now looking back at the chart, the first incisor erupted in June 2010 has dropped! Asher complained about pain on the 1st August 2015 and about a month later, it fell. He was having mixed feeling over it, he knew most friends experienced it while he was still having all baby teeth intact, he wanted to know how it felt like (now he is experiencing) but he still very much in love with those very small teeth. Well, we can’t stop them from falling, he is learning how to cope with these “changes” and more to come.


Chinese Cupping

For the first time in my life, I went for moving/gliding cupping. Honestly, it was not as painful as it claimed, maybe I was already aching all over. I first asked for tuina, my stiff shoulders and lower backache were so painful and the masseur then suggested cupping. I first thought it was going to be stationary cupping but it turned out to be moving cupping. I was glad I didn’t say no as it indeed covered a larger area more quickly than stationary cupping and I felt better, almost instantly. With the plastic cup method, the masseur uses a pump on top of the cup to suck out the air and create a partial vacuum effect. I was quite impressed with the result, my feet no longer swollen too. I would say cupping is good for relieving tension and I wouldn’t mind the bruises.


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Back to the Pool

Not him but me. If I remember correctly, August ’14 was the last time I dipped into the pool, then admitted to nuh for an 🔪operation, recuperated💆, fully recovery, holidays ✈️ and totally forgotten about the pool until early this year. Still I did not go swimming as I was trying to avoid the cold pool, yes, it can be really cold ❄️that heater is not needed for showering after that. 🔫 (so many excuses)

So, what’s bring me back? 

  • Girls start whining when they couldn’t fit into the clothes 👗they like. I’m one of them.
  • Moreover, the weather these days, it’s either ⛅️wet and warm or ☀️hot and warm, I am literally sweating the moment I turn off the tap🚿, what can be better than dipping and swimming🏊? 
  • I just have my hair trimmed💇, about 3/4 inches, no treatment done, so this is the best time for me to swim without any worries. 👌
  • Asher has started full day care, I’m available from 9am-5pm daily. I am SERIOUS. (Ask me out🙋 if you wanna buy me lunch.)

I’m grateful to have a soulmate who is all supportive when I need some moment for myself, be it shopping or exercising.  

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Poor Rt Little Toe

 It was about 9am, I was busy packing stuff and daddy was busy grooming himself, we were about to leave the house and this ever ready boy was too bored to wait around decided to play with his bike. I saw him playing, I didn’t stop him, well, why trouble trouble when trouble didn’t trouble you? I was so wrong, before I knew it, it fell on his toe and that was it! Blood stained the floor and he gripped his injured toe.We spent another 30 minutes at home as I need to do a simple dressing. Guess he was too comfy with the gauze, he started hopping and running with the dressing after that.   You bet, I got him to write down the incident in a few words and he obliged. 😂 I was quiet surprise when he used “wounded toe” in his sentence, he also asked me a lot of questions on wound healing process and I explained to him in simple words, then allowed him to watch video re: wound healing process on YouTube.(youtube is the best! )

Not sure if it is the essential oil or kids just heal faster than adults, his wounded toe recovered in 5 days! 

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A bad cut

Way past sleeping time, instead of lying on the bed, he went to mommy’s garden with daddy. Before I knew it, I heard his hysterical cries and I ran out as quick as possible to check out what had happened.

What a nasty cut! Just right above his left brow. EO lavender applied after I clean his wound. He was pretty upset after he saw the cut, walked into his room and sobbed. I consoled him and assured him the wound will heal in no time and true enough, there was barely a scar after a few days. 

From this incident, he learnt not to push the gate but pull it gently. I told him, “just like everything, when you go against the way it should be and push it too hard, it bounces back and hit you hard, sometimes even harder than you can imagine. So, think twice before you act/say anything.”