Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The End of Mr & Mrs Smith . The #Brangelina Break Up

I know this is pretty mean spirited of me, and rather petty bahahahaha. But the recent news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce sounds like such sweet poetic justice.
 
While he was married to Jennifer Aniston.... Anyone remember that crazy rumor that Brad Pitt was actually cheating with another woman that he co-starred in a movie with?

It turned out her name was Angelina Jolie.

They ended up together before the ink on the Aniston Vs. Pitt divorce papers got a chance to dry. Sure, the two have gone on to have a long (and often times enviable) relationship spanning 14 years, 6 children and a marriage a couple years ago. But it doesn't change the fact that cheaters will always be cheaters!

I don't like cheaters, and I especially don't like women who are (knowingly) home wreckers.

I (along with the world) felt so sorry for Jennifer Aniston then. Sure, now she is doing great. She got over him. But in my honest opinion, Jennifer didn't let him go until he'd been gone some time. And that made me sad.

Anyhoooo... the reason for the divorce, according to Angelina, are irreconcilable differences. Mainly because Brad's "Parenting style" was different from hers. I think this is just a smoke screen. He's probably been away most of the time filming his ... what? seventh movie in the last 3 years? How bad can one's parenting style be to warrant taking a parent away from the kids for good?  I suppose that's a less embarrassing reason than- someone younger and more current just did to me, what I did to my husband's ex wife 14 years ago.
Anyway, the next home wrecker is rumoured to be Marion Cotillard who plays Pitt's love interest in the up coming movie Five Seconds Of Silence. Of course, if he has really gone a wandering... he's to be blamed. But damn you woman, he's married with 6 kids, would it have killed you to keep a little distance, and keep things purely professional? In any case, I don't feel as sorry for Angelina Jolie than I did for Jennifer Aniston.

What do you think?

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

ACUVUE® Oasys® 1-Day Review (Plus $30 off!)


Last week, I went to Precious Eyes Optical at Pasir Ris Drive 6 to get new contact lenses.  I wanted to use the $30 e-voucher which I  downloaded from Acuvue online. There is a long list of Eye Care Providers where you can use your $30 e-voucher, and I chose Precious Eyes Optical because it's  conveniently located close to my mum's place and I used to go there as a teenager and in my early 20s to make my glasses. I've always found them to be patient, friendly and so helpful in meeting my needs.
Precious Eyes Optical conducted a comprehensive eye health check and personalized consultation to understand my lifestyle and vision correction needs. This included an accurate vision measurement and prescription as well as a comprehensive eye health assessment where she took a closer look at my eyeballs to see if there was any problems or signs of UV damage.

Everything was okay... (apart from I'm damn blind without glasses or contacts because of Myopia, haha). She did note that my eyes were very dry. And yes it's an issue I've had for many years... probably for as long as I've been wearing contact lenses. So I was recommended the new ACUVUE® Oasys® 1-Day contact lenses, it has Hydraluxe™ which significantly improves moisture levels. Hydraluxe™ is a tear infused design. And tears are better than water.

It costs $72 per box (30 lenses in a box). I bought 2 boxes and used my voucher for $30 off. That's a good deal! 
 
By the way, it's important to be fitted with the right lenses for you because they are not one size fits all. For ACUVUE® Oasys 1-Day, there are 2 sizes.  I really benefitted from this lens fitting experience, as I can now wear disposable lenses that fit my eyes more comfortably than before. With my previous disposable lenses (monthly and daily types) they would either be so  uncomfortably tight or keep sliding around my eye ball when I blink.
Not only do I now have disposable lenses which fit my eyes perfectly. These lenses also have many features which add to its wearability and my eye health. ACUVUE® Oasys 1-Day has the highest level of UV protection, so no worries about being out and about in the sun. The lenses itself have a smoother surface, and Hydraluxe™ technology in which tear like molecules give me outstanding comfort. It is made of hydrated silicone which make the lenses breathable and better for corneal health. It has an enlarged optic zone, making my vision clearer in low lighting situations. And an increased diameter which protects delicate limbal stem cells. 
When I first put a pair of  ACUVUE® Oasys 1-Day on at Precious Eyes Optical, I was amazed at how good they felt. My eyes felt clean... you know what I mean? It felt like a moist tear drop. Like I was not wearing any lenses, and had sharp and clear vision.
 
And now, after a week of pampering my eyes with a new pair of ACUVUE® Oasys 1-Day... daily, I can see why Acuvue says that this is “The Lens That Keeps Up With My Demanding Days” !
 
Everyday I spend many hours on the computer and on my iPhone... partly for work and also a good part of it is for fun. A lot of this is done late at night after baby sleeps, even. Whatever the demands of my lifestyle, I no longer have to deal with dry or tired eyes.
 
Perfect if you have a demanding lifestyle with long days, or if you're focused on building your career right now and spend a lot of time at work. ACUVUE® Oasys® 1-Day will keep up with those days where you spend a full day at work, looking at the computer non stop and then head out for some drinks after... you won't be that person with the red and irritated eyes.
 
Super convenient to wear too. No need to rinse or clean or store them overnight... just wear them and then remove and discard at the end of your day.
Each lens is packaged in an improved solution so when you put that len onto you eye, there's no stinging sensation... just absolute comfort... to me it feels like I'm putting a tear drop into my eye each morning! 

I'm so pleased that I no longer have to deal with my eyes feeling so dry towards the end of the day. Not only did my eyes use to feel dry and tired... but I would blink a lot and feel sensitivity and start tearing too. I would also get people pointing out to me that hey my eyes are so red.... and I would explain sheepishly that oh I'm tired, or they're dry, or it's just my contact lenses. I don't have to do this anymore!  Now at the end of the day, I get comments about how clear and bright my eyes are!

Clear vision, and bright eyes!  #seemyworld #achievementunlocked
 
If you would like to try ACUVUE® OASYS® 1-Day  (Voucher will also be valid for other key brands – Define™, MOIST® for Astigmatism, MOIST® Brand Multifocal), DOWNLOAD the $30 e-voucher and head to any participating Eyecare provider. Of course, my personal favorite is Precious Eyes Optical at Block 445, Pasir ris drive 6. They have been established there for a long time and I've always had positive experiences there since my teenage years!

 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Letters to Myla Rae - The Measure of a Man

Open when- You feel you can't find the ONE ... aka ALL MEN ARE SHIT

My Dearest Myla Rae

Nobody is perfect.

Yup, not even your daddy whom you adore very much. Even he has his  anger issues flaws.

When I was younger, I treated men like they were disposable. Your surname doesn't go well with my first name... pass. You read but didn't reply my SMS immediately... I cannot date you anymore. You looked at that pretty waitress for 5 seconds too long... bye bye. Don't like your shirt... next!

I kid you not. It was a bad (albeit rather fun and exhilarating) decade of my life.

And you know what? Actually, any one of them could have been the one. I just never stuck around long enough to find out. I held them to some impossible standard. And while I'm rather happily settled down with your father. He's not perfect. Heck, he's probably no better than the majority of men I've dated in the past.

But one thing he does have... are the rock steady qualities I wanted in a life partner. Because of who I am as a person (fickle, playful, competitive and rather entitled) it took me a long while to realize what these I qualities that I needed were. And everyone's list maybe different. You just need to figure out yours.

It didn't matter that I hated your father's Paul Smith crazy striped shirt on our first date. From that very first date, he radiated humility and a vulnerability I found honest.

It doesn't matter that he has a temper that can shoot from zero to I-need-to-smash-something over the slightest things. His temper dies down and the moment passes. But his fierce sense of loyalty and faithfulness never wavers. It is a constant. He is one of the only men I've been with where I can honestly not worry about what he's up to when I'm not around.

It doesn't matter that he is not rich. Heck, seriously honey, you should have seen some of the men I dated in the past. He doesn't say it often but I know, every day he is working, he is doing it for you (and me). He is saving every dime so that hopefully, you will never have to do without. While he is hard at work, I am here seated comfortably on the sofa with a nice roof over my head, typing on my laptop and watching you play.
I don't miss being wined and dined by men. This is not your father's style. In fact if he got me bangers and mash in the pub, I should be so lucky. But he is with me (with us) for those meals... or lack of meals lol. He is home with us every evening and every night. This security and dependability trumps any fancy meal, anywhere. (Though I quite badly miss having pan seared foie gras haha)

So you say that you can't find the ONE? Think about what you truly want and need in a person, and then look again. And don't give up looking until you find him (or her). Some of us just take a while longer to strike oil... but it's there. He's there.

Love you,
Mum.
 

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Myla Rae's Christening

Last Sunday was Myla Rae's baptism. She's wearing my christening bonnet which I wore 35 years agooooooo. But her dress is a new one I bought for 5pounds at Primark lol. I could not bear to make her wear my old christening dress (which my mom kept in prestine condition btw) because the material of that dress OMG.. made of the stiffest and most scratchy lace ever. This new lycra lace cheapo dress is much more comfortable.
Anyway, a friend sent me this meme yesterday, and I had a laugh because this is exactly what happened at Myla's christening.
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 At one point, Father Kamil poured a bit too much water on her head and it splashed all over her face. I even heard a collective gasp from the people seated in the front row. Bahahahaha... luckily she's already used to the pool, so she just held her breath (in a bit of shock, I won't lie lol) and closed her eyes. Didn't cry. I'm so proud of her.
 I feel so bad for saying this but everytime I look closely at his pic, I laugh. Hahaaa...

I hope you grow up to be a kind, generous and righteous person, Myla Rae. We will guide you as far and as much as we can.

**No babies were harmed in this baptism though she did give Father Kamil a wary look when he came to bless her after. Lol.



 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

When Strangers Steal Your Baby's Pics


A week ago, I noticed someone on Facebook had been liking my pics and statuses on Facebook... rather obsessively. I also noticed that he had commented on all of Myla Rae's photos... they were all harmless comments like "cute baby", "sweet". That sort of thing.

But as the days passed, and this same guy would be liking and commenting on everything Myla Rae, I got an uneasy feeling about it. So I decided to just click on his profile to see who this guy was. At and I was quite shocked to see a photo of my baby on his facebook page. It's a photo taken from my FB album of my baby.
 
It's not a crime, of course. But I was a bit alarmed because I didn't know this guy at all (not even an acquaintance), and I did not know what his caption said (different language). Also found it very odd that when people commented on the photo to say "nice baby" "sweet baby"... he would respond with "Thank You".
 
HUH? Even if I shared a funny baby pic or cute animal pic on my FB, if someone said something nice about the baby or animal, I wouldn't respond with "thank you".    Would you?????? So weird.
Translated... this is what his original caption for the pic he posted said. 
 
At first I thought, is he saying this is his baby but he doesn't want people asking about her because he cannot say anything about her yet??
 
A FB friend of mine, who checked out the post, said that maybe I'm over reacting and he's not saying the baby is his in any way lah. Still, it made me uneasy.
And then another FB friend of mine who went through the pics in his profile, found a few pictures of naked children. And I find that quite alarming. I don't know, maybe they are innocent in nature, but to me, instinctively I feel something is not right.
 
 
I did message to ask him why was he taking pics of my baby and posting it on his page? But no response, and I have since blocked him. I would hate to malign someone who is actually just innocently posting my baby's pic simply because it's cute. But still, she should know that it is not right and kinda creepy to do so.
 
 
Have alerted Facebook. Not made a police report (I think it's a bit of an over reaction to do so?). Plus he is a foreigner working in Singapore ( I gathered this from his profile info), I don't want to cause him to lose his job if all this is just some misunderstanding. I've blocked out his name here and deleted my post on FB (where I asked my FB friends to flag the picture).
 
I cannot view his profile any more, because I've blocked him. But my friends have gone in to check and the picture of my baby has been deleted. Either FB deleted because all my friends helped me flag it, or he just took it down himself.

So that's the story of a little scare I got seeing her pic on a stranger's FB page. I guess it would not have been as shocking if I understood the language in his caption and could ascertain that it was indeed harmless.

What's your take on all this?