Fireflies in the garden

It’s not very often that you get to say, “my friend produced a movie that stars Julia Roberts”, so I’m saying my friend produced this movie that stars Julia Roberts (and Willem Dafoe et al) which will be screened at the Singapore Film Festival on 25th April.

According to her (my friend, not Julia Roberts), this means Singapore audiences will get to see it before U.S. ones. Which is, like, you know, yay!

Go catch it.

Baby UnFair

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They say becoming a parent makes you do things you never thought yourself capable of. Like driving miles to Singapore Expo, parking illegally anyhowly, and then joining the first hour crowds at the Mother and Baby Babycare Festival 2009.

If you’re in two minds about checking it out, let me take one mind off you and tell you it’s not worth the trouble.

I’m not saying it’s a crap event, but there is a car dealership stall as well as a property investment company stall so’s you can buy the car that goes with the baby car seat and then the time-share property that has a garage that you can park your car in.

There was also a spa company selling coupons for treatments which Naomi and I declined as politely as we could before making a break for it and going home after purchasing stuff from two brands we’ve been eyeing for a while, and which we coulda bought from downtown.

So if you’re into giving up your contact details to mailing list compilers, and the goodie bag that’s given to the first 1,000 queuers daily, by all means, make the trek there and join the crowd – you might pick up one or two things you need.

If you really have time on your hands – maybe you’ll want to listen to the property investment company’s spiel on their ‘baby property package’.

Kitting out baby

I’ve not been too busy to blog, and I blame Twitter.

Even then, I’ve not been twittering properly either. But with that out of the way, we have been busy getting the house ready for our still nameless baby, who arrives in 7 weeks.

We’ve been shopping around but not necessarily buying, and putting things on gift registries so our friends can buy stuff for us that we’ll use.

It’s bewildering (and tiring) for first time parents – the slew of baby monitors, thermometers, carriers, slings, sacks, sleeping bags, full body suits and other gear you wouldn’t expect a newborn baby to need. But they do.

We even saw what I think is a baby astronaut trainer. I could be wrong though – I think I saw buttons for spin dry and gentle washes:


Baby Astronaut Trainer from Benjamin Lee on Vimeo.

No, my ingterneck didn’t essprode

Signal too strong!

I feel I have to say something about the Starhub Maxonline technical problem I twittered yesterday about the ‘signal being too strong’.

Apparently, there is a optimum range for the transmission signal strength, and for some reason, the signal coming in to our apartment had gone beyond that. And the guy thought that was causing my modem to fail.

So, they sent a very patient (he tried to explain everything) tech contractor over the next morning to fix the problem, which involves putting a dongle thing in the cable connecting the modem to the cable point. I was told this thing slows down the signal.

So it did slow down the signal, and everything worked ok for the next fifteen minutes before my modem reset itself again.

Turns out it was the modem, like I suspected all along.

Thing is, the modem was past its warranty, and these days, Starhub makes you pay for your modem if you don’t sign up on a 2 year contract.

So, the ingterneck didn’t essprode, but my wallet got lighter by $100. Sianz.