Things that I’ve learnt in school that’s actually useful for work/life

When I was younger, I would wonder what the heck was algebra. Why would I need to know “toa cah soh” (for the uninitiated, it’s a Singlish way to make us remember trigonometry formulas)? As I grew older, I realise there were some things that I learnt in school that were actually useful and essential for work and in daily life.

So if you think you want to focus your energies on learning important things that are useful, you may want to make reference to this post! But here’s a disclaimer — these things are what I personally find useful for life and my job in general.

Primary school

– Mathematics – Percentages (to know proportion, how significant are certain changes and not just rely on absolute numbers)

– English – how to write numbers in words (to write cheques)

Secondary school

– English – Summary skills (you will have to read tons of information for work and condense the critical information for your bosses or clients)

– Social studies – Cross-referencing skills (to know how to differentiate fake news, to not be easily swayed by popular opinions but know that every message has an agenda)

– Mathematics – Probability (to know whether to take a risk on a certain decision or whether you should buy certain insurance)

Junior college

– Economics – Demand & Supply concept, Return of Investment

University

– Communications fundamentals – know how to communicate to different stakeholders. Tailor your message to different audience through different medium. One topic that would be useful at work is “strategic ambiguity” :p

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How I wanted to announce my pregnancy – The Baker and the Bun

Except for a couple of scares, my pregnancy has generally been smooth-sailing, which I am really thankful to the Lord for. But these two scary episodes (with one involving going to KK Hospital) were enough to make me have reservations about sharing my pregnancy early to big groups of people on social media.

So when I was ready to share, I was planning to do so with a short story instead of posting a run-of-the-mill ultrasound picture… but after reading the story to DR, he found it strange to announce it this way, and so I withheld this story. Now that little E is already out and turning 12 weeks tomorrow, I decided to share this exclusively here. Haha.. presenting to you, “The Baker and the Bun”!

THE BAKER AND THE BUN

One fine day, the Baker decided to make a bun. He wanted the bun to be life-giving to those who would have it. So he personally rolled it, kneaded it, shaped it. He wanted to make sure the aroma of the baked bun would bring big smiles and satisfaction. He then placed the bun in Esther’s oven. He will bake it for about 9 months. De Ren, the Baker’s assistant is thrilled and looks forward to seeing the Baker’s masterpiece in January 2018!

~The End~

I dreamt of my baby

It’s the last month before life changes forever next month. And this morning, I had the first dream of my baby.

In my dream, I was frantic and was wondering what I had missed out. Then I realise I have a baby.. and she’s out. She was sleeping soundly in a cot, in the room where DR and I were in when we were still staying with my parents. I peeked into the cot, and she was sucking her pacifier, sleeping soundly. Mom was also standing near me.

“She looks like me when I was a baby,” I thought in my dream.

Then I woke up… and I felt God assuring me that my baby will be out to see us soon… counting down to end Jan 2018!

Things you need in your fridge

Realise this was in the draft. Since I am now on WordPress, let’s get this published!

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DR and I enjoy grocery shopping together. After staying on our own for slightly more than 1 year (oh my goodness… Where did time go??), these are the things we buy most often/need minimally in stock at home to survive:
1. Carrots

2. Eggs

3. Cheese

4. Garlic

5. Seasonings (e.g. salt, sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce)

6. Navel oranges (because they are sweet and easy to eat as fruits)

7. Apples (only NZ’s Pacific Rose apples allowed in the house… They are the best!)

8. Greenfields milk

9. Rice

10. Nissin and Myojo instant noodles

11. Yakult 

12. Fruit juice 

What skincare/cosmetic products to buy in Korea?

After my trip to Korea just this July, I’ve been wearing a little bit more make-up. I bought some products to try since they were relatively cheaper than many cosmetic brands from the US or those distributed in Singapore.

Mantra to Korea trippers – when in Korea, buy their skincare products!

So I googled and found a list of skincare products people buy when they head there. It was useful to guide me when I was tearing down Myeongdong in a race against time. Don’t judge – I only had 1 to 2 hours left to shop all the cosmetics I wanted to get for myself and others before the shops close! So I needed to get the essentials!

Anyway, here’s a picture of my loot first! It’s everything I’ve bought for friends, colleagues and family.

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Here’s my list of things cosmetics/skincare products you may wish to buy/stock up when in South Korea! Like buying clothes wholesale, the more you buy, the more discounts and exclusive freebie sets you get at these Korean cosmetic shops.
1. Banila Co’s Clean It Zero Make-up remover (the pink box at the extreme right of the picture)
2. Laneige’s Water Sleeping pack. It costs about SGD$25 when you get it from this shop called Aritaum. I also bought one at the airport before I flew back to Singapore. I thought it would be way more expensive but surprisingly, it only costs me about SGD$27 when I paid with my credit card! They give more discounts if you buy 8 of them! Still not too pricey considering the price it’s selling at in Singapore.
3. Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Pore Mask; quite helpful in stripping dead skin cells.
4. Banila Co. Primer; cheaper than Benefit’s (it costs about SGD$24 if I’m not wrong) but has almost the same effect!
5. Tony Moly snail masks; I hear people raving about it so I’ll just add this on my list. On a side note, ever since I discovered My Beauty Diary masks, I’ve decided they are more effective than Korean masks. Hehe…
6. Étude House’s lip tints; cheap and good… They cost about SGD$4 for a handy tub.
7. Skin Food’s Black Sugar mask which is actually more like a scrub.
8. Laneige or Innisfree BB cushion
9. Pink lipsticks! From places like Banila Co., or The Face Shop.

Leave me a comment if you know of any skincare or cosmetic product one must definitely get when in Korea! I’m keen to know (:

Feeling September

September – with summer almost over and autumn drawing near, feels like a month of reflection. I can’t believe that we are now only left with 3 months to the end of 2014!

I am turning 27 this month, and I am exceptionally pensive. While I feel old, my Director kept telling me that I am still young. Being 27 is actually a good place to be at to make changes as I have yet to carry the full load of responsibilities of an adult (e.g. kids + management of staff at work + elderly parents), and there seems to be still a little bit more time before you hit the big-and-very-mature-sounding “30”. 

Okay, enough of emo-ing! Sometimes, I realise I think too much, imagine too much that I’ve failed to enjoy my present life and realise that I have so many things to learn from my current experiences. I think one thing I have learned this year is to live in the present, and stop fretting about what would happen in the future or whether I am fulfilling my calling, or whatever. While I remember my calling, I believe also that each step I take, no matter how illogical it may seem to me, is always within God’s plan. Calling or no calling, the important thing I should seek is having God in my everyday. 

Anyway, I would like to share with you all about my new hobby – reading up about house renovation! I want to arm myself with as much information I can so that I don’t become some ID/Contractor’s “carrot”. Also, I am starting to research on how our home would be like – Scandinavian/industrial/resort style? I see so many people going for the Scandinavian style… which I think in layman terms, is the Ikea style lah… hahaha. 

I also amazed myself by coming up with a rather decent house planning spreadsheet. This Excel spreadsheet provides me a reference for my budget, decor ideas, a list of IDs/contractors to consider, and useful links to take note that could help me in appliance/furnishing shopping/renovation! I used to be so frightened of using Excel. But because of my work, I guess Excel doesn’t seem too daunting in the end 🙂 Yup, I’ve grown professionally! Heh. 

Quirky household items I want

DR and I were browsing kitchen ware and products at Tangs, after walking past the absurd, snaking queue for fried dough at the newly open Krispy Kreme. Similar to Krispy Kreme, there were a lot of products over there that were more of a “want” than a “need”.  Nespresso machines, honey syrup spoons, Le Creuset pots…. etc. I have always been a strong advocate for buying “need” products. On the other hand, I find some “want” products quirky, fascinating… and wouldn’t mind having them at our new place –  if only I can convince myself that they are worth it.

Presenting you the top 3 household items that I want:

1) Sodastream – It allows you to carbonate beverages (yes, if you want to carbonate milk, you can do so, though I doubt people like fizzy milk… *yucks*). We saw the demonstration by the sales lady and it was incredible. Without batteries and electricity, you get to fizz up your drink with a help of a carbonator (a slim, pressurised can of carbon dioxide). Each carbonator allows us to fizz up to 60 litres of water. When it finishes, you can buy refills either from Tangs or Taka.

Imagine a cooling, fizzy ribena or lemon tea or juice drinks, any time at home! Sparkling water every day, if you like!

2) Yonanas – Touting itself as a healthy dessert maker, this could be a must-have for many when one feels like having ice-cream on a humid day but don’t want the fats that come from the milk. Basically, what you do is freeze the fruits (works best with bananas and berries), place the frozen fruit in the small machine, pull the lever down and voila, frozen fruit soft serve – minus the fats!  I may get this for our new place. It is good for entertaining guests (:

3) Vintage tea cups – I will feel like a princess when I drink from vintage tea cups! Look at the picture below. Isn’t it lovely? Now it needs some hot scones and jam at the side.

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