Weekly Tweets

  • From miyagi.sg: Weekly Tweets http://tinyurl.com/cq7ghf #
  • From miyagi.sg: Weekly Tweets http://tinyurl.com/cq7ghf #
  • RT @mrbrown: http://tinyurl.com/d2grkv Twelve Major Brands That Will Disappear #
  • From miyagi.sg: Ang Ku Kueh http://tinyurl.com/c7cy4p #
  • RT @skinnylatte: Sarah Beydoun (Beiruti designer) has this crazy cool handbag with Arabic words: “travelled all about the world, all i g … #
  • RT @skinnylatte: Any woman who has publicly said “the greatest stress to marriage is when a woman is independent of her husband” CANNOT … #
  • WTF! The winds just scared the crap out of me. But Baby is sleeping through. #
  • From miyagi.sg: I wasn’t AWARE but I am now http://tinyurl.com/d8g42o #
  • RT @gssq: “SM Goh praises Singaporean designs at Milan’s international furniture fair”-What do you expect him to do, diss them? Meh. htt … #
  • RT @laremylee: Singapore’s on Boing Boing – but for all the wrong reasons: http://tinyurl.com/deqkyp #
  • From miyagi.sg: State of the nation http://tinyurl.com/d8dw4t #
  • FB RT: QianXi Teng thinks that Thio Su Mien and her posse are behaving like Talkingcock caricatures of conservative homophobic antifemin … #
  • RT @gssq: The AWARE takeover can tell us what an Opposition takeover of Singapore would be like. Secretariat = Civil Service, EOGM = Ref … #
  • From miyagi.sg: And in other news http://tinyurl.com/chrxvs #

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State of the nation

Almost every other blog post this month has been about the baby, so Naomi and I have endeavoured to keep abreast (breastfeeding pun not intended) of current news and happenings here:

1) It is heartening to note that home grown brand Cedele is spelling things as they pronounce them:


2) Just as heartening that the “Home Team” is very confident that none of these vehicles pose any security threat to the SGX building as they stop right on the No Stopping multiple zigzag lines on the lane behind it. (Makes sense – no need to sabotage a weak stock exchange):

No stopping behind SGX, or mebbe can...

3) There are monks earning $20K a month!

4) That some nominated MPs aren’t seeking another term.

And I have Naomi to thank for telling me that the Straits Times article talking about this was accurate in calling Eunice Olsen a musician. I was about to make a monkey of myself making lewd remarks about the instruments Miss Olsen might play. Apparently she plays the keyboards and is in a band.

Quite a cool band it looks like too, although I really do have a bone to pick with biographies that go, “Shahn first picked up a guitar when he was 16″, because the next logical line should be, “before that, he was only strong enough to pick up smaller objects”.

I wasn’t AWARE but I am now

Sneaky little b*@F*$s, hor? Take advantage of a lax constitution to hijack an organisation that was previously quietly plugging away for women’s rights in Singapore.

The scary thing is how the rest of us normal people haven’t until now realised the sheer number of rabid, fear mongering conservative religious zealots among our middle classes.

They’ve got their clammy hands on the nation’s pulse, but they haven’t strangled the life out of it. Yet.

So. If you’re a woman of any linguistic background, any belief, any sexuality, and are free on 2nd May between 2 and 5pm, make sure they don’t. Go:

First Choice Auditorium
3 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
#01-01 HSR Building
Singapore 319378

Other things to note:

1/ Only FEMALE members who are Singaporean & PRs above 18 years old are allowed to vote. However, men who are associate members are welcome to come and observe the proceedings.

2/ Sign up at www.aware.org.sg

3/ For those who signed up online and did not receive their membership card, please print out your confirmation email and receipt and bring it along for the EOGM.

4/ Join the Facebook group for more updates.

Weekly Tweets

  • From miyagi.sg: Living at The Meconium http://tinyurl.com/cxc2jo #
  • From miyagi.sg: Nursing angels http://tinyurl.com/dx2m4s #
  • As good as Elaine Paige: http://ping.fm/bKbvz #
  • Oh crap, I am sleepy. And baby wakes in 15 min. #
  • Dumbass: http://ping.fm/eQfdL #
  • From miyagi.sg: Confinement tips http://tinyurl.com/d3vma6 #
  • RT @kazitoshi: RT singaporenews TIGER Airways is giving away 188,000 seats to and from Singapore to celebrate its .. http://tinyurl.com/#
  • OMG. What day is it? What month is it? Wha…? #
  • FB RT: Wendy Cheng can’t wait to put ridiculous crystals all over her Lumix!!! My crystals finally arrived! Weeett!! #
  • Beautifully imperfect video: “All these years of marriage, and the only things I remember fondly are his farts and snores”. #
  • RT @brainopera: Susan Boyle better watch out. Stavros Flatly (Father/Son duo) comes completely out of the blue on Britain’s Got Talent h … #
  • FB RT: Priscilla Liu “Obama in Mexico”, misread the headline and was all “OMG, they found Osama?” #
  • FB RT: Angela May for all of you that want to adopt but want a pure breed puppy… there is a 6 month old cocker spaniel in the spca. #
  • From miyagi.sg: Ginger and Fred http://tinyurl.com/c74ozc #
  • RT @mike_elgan: New Twitter client makes Twitter look like Excel! Twitter now SFW! http://bit.ly/JzXAh #
  • Anyone know where to get Ang Koo Kueh for Baby’s Full Month Celebrations? #
  • From miyagi.sg: Market sentiments http://tinyurl.com/dkzbjs #

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Market sentiments

How about the lovely blue skies we’ve been having lately?

I don’t care if it’s just me liking the idea of spending Saturday morning shopping at the market for my family. The confinement nanny has been making me go to the market to shop for ingredients to make confinement food with.

Being a supermarket (read: cannot converse in Mandarin) kinda guy, it’s taken 3 visits to iron out the wrong purchases – like mistakenly asking for the kampong chicken to be chopped into so many pieces it might as well have been ground – and I’m starting to enjoy the market and the nonsense banter the stall holders engage in with their customers.

“Wah, today so early ah?” is a common line (even though I’ve never been later than today), as is “how much pork bones you want today?”, as if you’ve always bought pork bones.

Then there is also one Vegetable Stall Auntie who tells me everything I want is expensive, and asks if I really want to buy them. So considerate. So confusing.

Ginger and Fred

Days 10 & 11

A couple more things struck me about having a newborn – your home becomes like the opposite of a zoo. Your friends want to come visit and see the new baby, and you have to tell them, sure but not during feeding hours.

The other thing is, with the help of the confinement nanny, we have raised the price of ginger. There’s about two tonnes of ginger in our kitchen, waiting to be prepared and incorporated into such culinary delights as pork with ginger, fish with ginger, beef with ginger, vegetables with ginger, and ginger with ginger.

We’d have gone bonkers if Baby Kai wasn’t the cutest baby in the universe who doesn’t mind his parents and nanny having ginger breath.

Confinement tips

Baby Kai
With this potion, I shall be invincible…. muahahahahaha!

We’ve had lots of advice on Naomi’s recovery, ranging mostly from slight quackery (cannot drink cold water) to pure quackery (cannot drink plain water unless it’s mixed with ground eye of newt, stirred counter-clockwise, on the cusp of a partial or total eclipse of the moon).

Naomi’s also been told she has to wear socks when walking around the house, because your Caesarean wound won’t heal properly if you don’t wear socks, never mind the head trauma when you slip and fall on the tiled floor.

There’s also the no-shower rule, which, shhh… don’t tell the rellies, we’ve flouted every day since Kai was born. And then there’s the diet.

Relatives have been convening every other day to discuss the merits of eating chicken, and whether eggs are also in the same controlled substance list, and whether to follow Chapter 75 or 127 of the Book of Quackery, which has conflicting advice but no provision for arbitration.

Our Confinement Nanny, although from the School of No Chicken Means No Eggs Confinement Diet, has demonstrated herself to be more of a moderate, thankfully. She lets Naomi shower, and she cooks a mean meal – we were treated last night to home-made char siew, can you believe that?

This morning, she also gave us this gem of a tip (maybe you already know this, but we’re slow like that, see?):

Store your wet wipes upside down (with the opening at the bottom). This way, your wet wipes are always… um… more wet.