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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Are you a good father or mother?

Dedicating more time to the ones you love can feel like you’re compromising the work you’re passionate about like for instance managing your own business. It's always a struggle for most parents, especially those who are more career-minded. It will naturally be on your mind 24/7. But while striking the right balance might not be easy, however it is possible.

It depends on how one defines 'good'. Everyone has 24h a day. If your work take you away from your family for a good 14 or 16h, then the quality time spent together with your family, especially the young ones is very precious. This may not be the case for daily interaction, so weekends are precious too.

If weekends are away to meet clients or work, then phone calls are important. The young ones needs positive role models and motivation, someone who can play and have fun with, and at the same time, be there for them physically when they grow, fall and learn or receive their prize.

There are some intrinsic morals and values which we may like to teach our children such as positive mindset, compassion, honesty and filial piety. And to accept failure. Just like how my 3yo came home from Childcare one day saying, 'Good failure'. I honestly like it, and once awhile, will use it when the time comes. Or what my friend call a 'Happy problem'.

Every parent yearns to be the best father/mother they want to be, and at same time have a great career. Find your balance. Life is all about Yin and Yang. It has its Ups and Downs. When you at the deepest bottom, you know that Lady Luck is on the way as you'll be going up soon. I'm still learning. Good luck!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The wonders of organic apple cider vinegar

Raw organic apple cider vinegar truly is nature’s perfect miracle food—and should never be confused with regular clear vinegar. Clear vinegar has none of the health properties of ACV and can actually be harmful.

ACV is traditionally used to ease digestion, aid in flu prevention, reduce inflammation, regulate pH balance, ease nausea and heartburn, as a staple in detox regimens, and for a number of skin conditions—including reducing acne and smoothing wrinkles!

Some of the most beneficial nutrients in raw, organic ACV include:

    Potassium: essential for normal heart, kidney and other organ and cellular function
    Iron: important for blood health
    Magnesium: vital to heart health
    Enzymes: boost chemical reactions in the body
    Malic acid: protects vinegar from viruses, bacteria and fungus
    Acetic acid: slows the digestion of starch and inhibits bacterial growth
    Calcium: builds strong bones and teeth
    Pectin: helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol
    Ash: maintains a healthy alkaline state in the body

Plus, ACV provides vitamins and antioxidants including vitamin A, B6, C, E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, beta-carotene and lycopene!

Monday, January 4, 2016

My Boy says today's breakfast is delicious..

Mother: What was the breakfast today you were trying to tell me this morning when I stood outside the classroom? Was it raisin?
Child: No..
Mother: Was it coco crunch?
Child: No..but it's not what we usually have..something very delicious. Special. Like hamburger.
Mother: Mm..really?

Monday, December 28, 2015

My children's first Christmas gift exchange in Childcare or Christmas gift contribution

Good news! Recently my blog attracted alot of attention. Bad news. I don't quite enjoy being in the 'limelight'. Coincidently, when I bumped into the cleaner as usual on my way to Childcare, she didn't return my greeting after making eye contact briefly. Teacher greeted another child & parent and chose to ignore us again this morning at the door as she made her way out.

The other time I had to greet her again, she may not have heard me, so I specifically asked my child to greet Teacher's name before Teacher greeted my child. I was in a rush that morning so I told Teacher the school Uniform is in my child's school bag, as I usually & obediently put on for my child myself outside the Childcare (while waiting for Teacher to open the door if we were early).

Teacher told me students must put on school Uniform, as instructed from above, and I have to put on myself. My child miss me and cried at the door, and I hurriedly left after I excused myself politely. Surely, putting on school Uniform over my child's pyjamas shouldn't take much effort or cause any unpleasant feelings, or at least, that's how I feel, correct me if wrong.

So I guess it's bad news if we're not in the 'popular' list. Anyone we know or met on the street or bus would praise our children to be obedient and well-behaved, even offered little treats even though we've not met before. We were not officially awarded 'Best Parent and Child of the Year', but we were kind of close.

I went to check the prices for the box of 6 Oreo wafer sticks in the supermarkets and minimarts, but to no avail. No stock. No longer on the shelves. A salesgirl offered a suggestion that the mart is going to order CNY goodies, so no more Oreo wafer sticks. I accepted with a pinch of salt and bid her thanks.

I found it unbelievable that a box of Oreo wafer sticks costs more than S$5. I was feeling down and hungry so I took one packet last night. That didn't help much. Only much later did I chanced upon another major supermarket selling at promotional rate 3 for $3.

That was what my child received at the recent Christmas gift exchange in Childcare. Another child didn't get anything at all. We had prepared 2 sets of gifts worth more than the minimum amount stated.

We received gifts of love from my children's teacher. Thank you, Teacher. We don't have pricey brandy gifts, but we had gifts for everyone for the whole lot of people whom we love and respect, of course, some would return and reject the gift saying they don't need or not suitable, but we understand.

Have a great post Christmas Monday! I met an old neighbour this morning and she treated me to a small loaf of bread or loti after a small chat before we both went on our separate ways to our busy day. Thank you and may you be healthy and happy!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Some foods that have key nutrients to fuel your baby's growth and development

Are you struggling and thinking of what to feed your vegatarian baby? What are some foods that have key nutrients to fuel your baby's growth and development, especially his brain and eyes?

These foods are Carrot, Broccoli, Spinach and egg yolk. You can feed him every day, with slight variation in the combination of other foods to make it look different every time. For instance, you can add a little brown rice, small rice, flaxseed powder etc.

Carrot is rich in beta-carotene (an antioxidant) which turns into vitamin A in your baby's body.
Broccoli is packed with antioxidants and nutrients such as folate, potassium and choline.
Spinach contains an abundance of nutrients including iron, folate and lutein.
Egg yolk is a good source of nutrients such as proteins, choline, lutein, vitamins A, D, E, B12 and phosphorous.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Remedy for sore throat and headache (2)

Heard of the benefits of Aloe Vera Gel and peppermint oil? Try it to test the effects. Share with us your success stories!

Drink Aloe Vera Gel and Honey. It's very good! Can apply Peppermint oil at throat and temple areas. Inhale peppermint oil by mouth can help too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Remedy for sore throat and headache (1)

Heard of the benefits of lemon juice? Try it to test the effects. Share with us your success stories!

Drink honey mixed with lemon juice.
Place hot towel over your eyes.
Close your eyes and rest for 20 minutes.

Relax & focus on breathing.
You will feel better. Continue to drink warm plain water.
Your pain will go.