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I have LOADS to write

But too busy at work... too lazy at home. Hehe..

I wanna write about my day at ODAC (Obstretics Day Care) where i learnt SO MUCH last Fri!!

Also how Z entertained a guy friend of mine at home.

As well as about the only 2nd birthday present i've got!


So hang in there people.

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Questions for Gynae

  1. Why does my right hand cannot close to a tight fist every morning? It gets worse when i sleep longer. I can barely brush my teeth
  2. Is it true that if we SCRATCH our body, it will make the STRETCH marks worse?
  3. I read somewhere that the best sleeping position for a pregger is to lie on her left side and prop a pillow in between the knees. I can't sleep on my sides cos my nose will get block. i find sleeping on my back with pillows to prop my feet up slightly really nice for my back. But will it affect the baby when the bump gets bigger?
  4. Is my belly button normal? Looks like its almost closing it, a bit swollen and out of shape.
  5. Why does my left rib sometimes feel funny.. like pins and needles. Esp when i try to sleep on my left or simply sitting at the desk.


Really Q 1 scares me. My left hand already got injury.. now my right hand like not functioning correctly.


Also i forgot to write that @ KK last monday, we signed up for an antenatal class. I know its veryyyyy late already. Actually recommended from when you were at week 16. Im week 27 already! and it starts 3rd week Jan. But i really wanna be armed with some knowledge to prepare for labour as well as to care for the infant. Dont wanna be caught dumbfounded when slapped with the situation, panicked and ended up having C sect or something.

But Z said im just wasting my money. He said he knows already all things. YUCKS. Hellooooo how can you possibly know already simply by watching ur aunties?? It's not the same ok just WATCHING and actually EXPERIENCING the whole ordeal.


I signed up anyways. Hopefully we will benefit from it. Ameen.

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Movie Disaster

It was close to 5:30pm when Ash and I decided to watch a movie. So i booked the tickets online.

It was as though a force was stopping me from buying the tickets because i keyed in my debit card details TWICE but the site told me the card has expired. That was impossible cos i just used it the day before. So i tried another card and it returned the same thing! I was sooo puzzled.

I then suddenly realised that in my haste, i entered the wrong exp date. I dont know what came over me. I Finally got all the card details right. But i still didnt feel good (rasa tak sedap) about something. Felt like something is still wrong, like i moved thru the site so fast. I gave it a once over and tot it was correct. Bedtime Stories, 2 tickets, 7:40pm.


Now it was 7:30pm. Ash called me to come out. I rushed and rushed and rushed like mad to walk over to Causeway POint. It was already 7:45pm when i collected my tickets. Only to be told, "YOUR TICKET IS FOR TMRW!!!!!!!!!"

OH.MY.GOD.

I can't believe it! The one thing that i didnt check was the DATE of the movie. I suppose i felt something was awry when the ticket i bought cost $10 each when it's actually a weekday night. I dismissed it thinking maybe cos its a sneak preview.

Then i recalled that i saw only one day of show timing for this movie and it said WED. I clearly saw it was WED. But what selenger me didn't realise was, Yesterday was NOT WED... it was TUESDAY! SELENGENYE JULISSAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!


Thank God Ash wasn't mad. But that is only bcos she hasnt paid for it!!! Humph :P

So i frantically sent out an sms to 5 or 6 of my contacts whom i tot might be interested and convenient for them to go to Causeway Point to buy my tickets as both me and Ash cldnt make it for that date. Nobody replied.


Luckily Ash gave me an idea. Before my class at 7:30pm, I can go to the ticket counter and approach pple to buy my tickets. Definitely they're there to buy one and as exp has it, Pple who Q to buy tickets will get very lousy seats and mine was 2nd row from the back. Surely somebody would want it.


However, very fortunately, im on half day on Xmas eve, so i decided to try my luck and ask my student if i can come over in the afternoon. This morning she replied me with a positive!

In a way, im relieved that i dont hafta approach strangers and "sell" my tickets. On the other hand, i'm $21 poorer instead of just $10.50 if i were to share with Ash. Oh well. that's the price to pay for not checking your work!

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Can I Speak to Your Mummy?

I received a call during lunch yesterday from the hospital to confirm my ODAC appointment.



She also reminded me to fast and things like that.



At 3pm, a similar no called me again.



Me: Hello



Nurse: Er... Boleh cakap dgn Maknye? (Can i speak to your mother?)



Me: *Puzzled why somebody who called my hp would wanna talk to my mother* Er... Mak kat rumah (My mum's at home)



Nurse: Oh... kat rumah? Er... Ni Julissa ke? (OH at home?... Are you Julissa?)



Me: Saya (Yes i am)



Nurse: Ohhh ingatkan anaknye tadi. (Oh i tot it was ur child just now)







HAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



??????????????????









She proceeded to ask me why i indicated vegetables as my Food taboo in the form. I told her i DO eat vege but not a wide range.. just potatoes, carrots and cabbages. She said the first 2 are diabetics' enemies. She coaxed me to try to eat whatever they serve on Fri.





After we hung up. I wanted to laugh sooooo hard so i called Ash to tell her. I could have conveyed the msg thru msn but i wanted to do some hardcore laughing and felt so relieved afterwards.



hahahahhahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha



*shake head*

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A Day of New Milestones

22/12

5min past midnight, i was just about to turn in to bed and Zubair was already asleep since 8pm (leaving me in peace to play game), when suddenly he hold out his hand and mumbled something. I took it and shook hands and asked what did u say? "Happy Birthday."

I was very very pleasantly surprised!

So that's Milestone 1: My first Bday with the husband actually around with me.

Last year, not only was he in Pakistan WITHOUT me, he also forgot the date. Not my birthdate but he tot it was still 21st when it was already end of 22nd. Bah.


It's a Mon so i had to come in to the office despite it being my bday. But its for a good reason.

Milestone 2: Went to meet a broker to train them on our eCargo system!

I feel like its a big step in my career here w current employer. For the 3 years i've been with them, I barely hafta correspond with clients except for the occasional email and phone calls and this is my first! Me being the most senior n experienced in actually using the system, it was only right that i had to conduct the meeting.

I was nervous as hell cos i dont really know the technical underwriting part of the system if they were to ask me, I only know the IT part of the process. Thankfully we have 2 new underwriters so i roped one in. She's supposed to be in charged of this system eventually, So it's also only right that she was there too.

It went brilliantly. Sure there were glitches and some customisation that the broker and Insured would want and that's exactly our job to look into it. Their office is located at Springleaf Tower. One i had wished to visit for a longgggggg time bcos of the nice building structure. You know lah me, very keen to look at other pple's office. It's quite small but very chic and organised. I LOVEEEE their filing cabinet. God so neat!!! So jakun like tt.


Milestone No 3: Check up @ KK Hospital.

I have been looking forward to start going to check up at KK to familiarise myself with them. Now, not only did i get referred earlier, the first appt also fell on my bday! Wow.

Luckily, appt is at 1.30pm. So right @ 1pm, i left office in a cab to the hosp. $6.40. As usual, Z was a bit late. So i went ahead to register myself in first and bought a light Delifrance lunch.

I feel soooo cared for at the registration counter where they set up my file. The nurse there was veryyy.... caring and sensitive.. while asking me this n that, explaining procedures and stuffs.

One of which is that no specific doctor will be attending to me during the course of my pregnancy as well as delivery but a TEAM of doctors. I'm fine with that. But the other thing is that, i might just be getting a STUDENT doctor. hmmm that i might be a bit reserved. But let's just hope that won't happen?

Bcos im from the Subsidised rate, if i were, God Forbid, be admitted for c-Sect, i'd be staying in a B2 class ward... which is a 4 bedder. A bit of downside cos my only hosp exp was at a 2 bedder ward in Mount Elizabeth. But it shld be just a short stay n somebody said that pple normally just draw the curtains anyways.


The wait to see the gynae wasn't very long. I noticed that its prolly bcos women visiting other rooms also have very short consultation. It was soooooooooooo short n sassy i cldnt help feel like she's trying to get rid of me ASAP. I totally forgot to ask a few things i had in mind like:

  1. Can i have foot massages? My feet hurt but my pedicurist said it might trigger premature delivery.
  2. Is it true I sldnt be bending down a lot. that it will hurt LATER?
  3. Which is the best stretchmark prevention cream she would recommend (Although im using one from mothercare that's @ 50% discount $9 only.. like cheap = no good?)
  4. and many many more i even forgot what are they.

The doc from Poly didn't print ALL my blood tests results so i hafta actually go back there to collect them. ERGHHHH so leceh (troublesome)!!

When checking for my medical history, i pointed out i had childhood mild asthma but that i sometimes get attacks once a year. But even then, i've never needed the ventolin puffs, just the pills, which i normally skipped anyways. I gave excuse that pple say i shldnt be taking medicines when pregnant. She scoffed off that remark saying that Ventolin is safe for pregnant women and its better to take this medicine otherwise you'll be suffocating your baby without much oxygen intake! Ok ok, i thought, dont hafta roar at me. Duh.

I was given multi vitamins to take. But i forgot to ask if that means i dont hafta take the folic acids, irons n Vit C prescribed by the polyclinic since they are all included in the multi vit??

I was also instructed to go thru ODAC (Obstetric Day Care) to do a Supervised Blood Sugar Profile. This is where i hafta "check in" at the facility at 9am... be fed 3 hospital meals with no other extra outside food then at the end of the day, they will analyse all my blood readings to see if the status' improved. If my blood's good, i'll be released at 6pm, otherwise, i may just be admitted!!! No visitors allowed. I saw a TV in there, but i doubt there's computer?? I sooo hafta visit the library and get as many books as i can!

For this, I hafta pay $341!! Thank god, payment by Medisave is allowed. (Medisave being our first line of insurance / savings deducted monthly from our salary and a portion contributed by our employer.)


Now the thing is, i tried to defer this appt till Jan cos i dont have anymore leaves and i have tons to do at work and i have been taking a lot of MCs this month for check ups! But they insist it has to be done in the same week so i chose Fri. My boss will not be in too anyways.


By the time we finished Q-ing at the pharmacy and all, it was close to 4pm. Had late lunch / early dinner at Taj.. but i wasnt really famished so i didnt really enjoy the Fish Methi properly. Then did some toiletries shopping at Mustafa and walked back to my dad's office near the hosp to get a ride home.


My feet were aching like CRAZY by then! But i felt proud when i told my dad where we've been and he said, "Wah so far u walked. Good exercise huh" Yeah i should remind myself its an exercise. It's good except that it left me no energy to go for my teaching class that night. Again, i had to cancel. I didnt go last week either cos parents not around. *guilty guilty guilty*


Shall totally make it up to them. Somehow.

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Pre-Bday Lunch

Sun 21/12

My parents, Ash and i went out at 12:30pm for Bday lunch @ Sakura International Buffet.



It was a guided move to just be sure and reserve a table. Bcos initially we wanted to go to the one at Admiralty, however, when i checked their website for phone number i discovered that that outlet was not halal!!! The halal ones are only at Downtown East, Clementi and Jurong West Stadium. We decided on JW.





Fortunately or unfortunately, Zubair gave priority to his music, so he wasn't able to join. Shan't comment on this further. But i told him to give ME a treat next time simply bcos he cldnt make it that day.


I dont know why but that day i just cldnt be bothered to pick up the hp and take pictures. Well prolly cos the batt was @ 50%, if i take pictures, it might just die soon. I tried to charge in the morning but the damn wiring in my room really irked me. I was practically slamming and tossing the cables around to unravel it. Such was the extent of my pent up anger. Ayah did take some pictures and videos but hm... havent received from him yet.


But... this is a good occasion. So im determined to enjoy it. Even tho we were late. Well not late late but just late to be able to eat MORE. Well i was nicely full by the time it finished anyways.


I had chicken satay, pizza, mushroom soup, siew mai, breaded prawn, cereal prawn, pasta salad, wedges, breaded scallop... and of course... Ice Cream! =) Ash cldn't stop herself on those raw squid and japanese green peas or something. I didnt dare to try. I cldnt imagine how somebody could actually eat RAW seafood... esp PRAWN. real GREY uncooked prawn. Er....


My parents were then off to two wedding invitations and not wanting to be subjected to same, we made our way home first by train. Found out Jurong Point has a sequel. Jurong.2 (notice how i put the Point? haha)

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5th Maternity Check Up

Last Thurs night (18/12), I was alone in my room.


It was 1:30am. Desperately sleepy but desperately wanted to wait up for Zubair. So much so i started crying thinking, "WHY HE MADE ME STAY UP TILL SO LATE??? He knows right the next day we hafta go for check up very early in the morning!!"


Before i knew it, i was spilling out vomit. But it wasn't as easy as that time exactly 10 yrs ago when i had diarrhoea. That was like a spoilt running tap. This night, it felt more like a congested tap. I truly felt like dying. I cldn't breathe. I was choking.


I wailed out loud but nobody came to my aid. Parents were away on Honeymoon, Ash in Vietnam. So i tried to compose myself and stop as much cough as i could just to be able to dial Zubair's no. Even so, i could hardly speak. I just continued crying and managed to gasp, "Come. home. quick. i'm. vomitting."


To my great disappointment, he chided me, "You're only vomitting, then why are you crying. CHUP (Quiet!)."


I hung up crying more than ever. Why doesnt he care?!?!??! Well maybe to him it IS normal for pregnant women to vomit, despite me having not vomitted twice in the whole 6 months of my pregnancy. But cldn't he see i NEEDED to be comforted, even if its NORMAL?? Surely if HE was in pain, he'd want the same? Normaly but STILL AGONISING to be DYING ok.


Also because, I had been having cough + phlegm for the past 2 weeks. it seemed to be gone already but sometimes when i breathe, i will suddenly feel something sharp in my throat and will get into a coughing fit. I had to stop myself many times from continuing to cough cos i was afraid i'd vomit.


Being an inexperienced vomitter, i spilt them on the floor! Ok maybe he made me cry, but at least he had some sense to clean up my mess for me. I left him no choice when i spent the night in my parents' room anyway, in case i need to rush to toilet to vomit.



When i started to clean myself up, i looked in the mirror and almost fainted at the HORRIFIC view.




Right Cheek



LEFT CHEEK



WHAT ARE THESE RED BLOTCHES ON MY FACE???????!!!!!!!! I was sure there's something wrong with me then. What? Chicken Pox? Diarrhoea?? WHAT??



It was 3am by then. All i could do was wait and try to get some sleep for the next 4 hours b4 im due to see the doctor. Sleep was awful. The vomit taste was lingering in my mouth and it hurt very much to even gulp saliva. But i was nicely woken up by the Hub promptly at 7am like he said he would before he went out the night before. I didnt tell him but i appreciate that gesture very much like for once, he was truly looking after me. Im tired of organising and orchestrating our dates and appointments. Really.


Guess who i met @ Wlands Poly but Sarah J!!! Fancy seeing her there. I guess she's living in Wlands now? I didnt even know she's pregnant! Soo out of touch. Sarah.. if you're reading ... sorry didnt get to catch up w u for longer. Also forgot to ask if yours is a boy/girl. Was such in a hurry to do the urine test. So it's like 4 of our classmates are pregnant w 3 of us due in Mar 09!! Synched timing!

To make long story short, the doc said i do indeed have gestational diabetes. *GASP* I asked her what i hafta do now. She said just watch your sugar intake. but as long as your weight is still below 80kg, it's still ok. If above, we hafta start you on insulin. The only two worries are: a) if your baby gets too big, it'll be diff to push him out b) you might cont to have diabetes AFTER giving birth.
Oh well... dont really sound too diff right? Except for the no chocs part. My main concern is if the baby might get the condition too which i soooo dont want. Gosh. Need to google this more.
Before i even asked, the doc said she'd refer me to KK for an early appt due to being anaemic and having this gestational diabetes. and Miraculously i got the following Monday's slot!! Monday being 22nd Dec, my bday!! WOW... Now i have excuse and no choice have to take half day. LOL

Doc prescribed me with DOUBLE dose of Iron as well as Vit C for better absorption. *faint*

Oh yeah those red blotches.. they are BURST BLOOD VESSELS from straining too much when i was throwing up. They will got away after 3 days or so. The doc didnt look too concerned. Humph! Apparently my mum and sis (who throw up often) also suffer from this phenomenon. Altho when Ash saw my left cheek, she did say it was VERY bad she never had one like tt before. And that, cornily enough, assured me somehow. That i was really sick and in pain. Unlike what somebody thought. Humph!

Total cost: $48.80

Best part was i was given MC for the whole day so i got to rest at home some. and Thankfully, Z had some consideration for me and cancelled his lunch meeting with a prospective bandmember something or other. Although, i suspect it might also give him the excuse to "rest" at home after such a tiring short night. ;) At least he was there for me. And even better, he had class in the evening, so i had some time to myself as well. So it was a nice day after a horrendous night.

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A Proper Date Finally.

Thurs. 18/12





After a few days of scrimping and trying to stretch the $, finally came the time for us to be able to go out on a date. Properly.





Didn't even care that we've lost the discount coupon for the Flyer. We just wanted to go there. DIE DIE must go - as the slang dictates. The plan got cancelled many times before when we readjusted our monetary priorities.








Met him at the Esplanade right after work.




Check out the white thingies on the water in the background.





They are New Year message balls something or other. You buy a ball with 3 size range, write a msg w a marker on it and splash in on the water. Something like tt. Dont have details.



Oh God. We took like some 10mins to walk to the Flyer from the Esplanade. My feet could barely stand walking, and the evening was only beginning! We bought the ticket at about 6:30pm. Glad there was not a long Q and we skipped thru the fake camera shot. We were hoping to witness day to night change again, but alas it was still not properly dark by the time we got off.




The customary shot that i've seen at other pple's sites lotsa times

Just before boarding.





Standing by the door is eerie ok.



Inside the allegedly biggest observatory cabin.




While waiting for the short queue in front of us, suddenly a couple got passed thru FIRST and got the entire cabin for themselves. Apparently they've bought the POWER up package. But No... they can't be doing anything naughty cos there are 2 cameras in there ;)








We asked a stranger to take our photo.

To make up for the awkward smile, i deepened my dimple.







Me cldn't stand anymore.





I like this crazy shot.




XMas lights, everybody~






Zubair the Savage Bear @ the Souvenir Shop.





Jus the Mummy to be with Xmas Tree




Inevitably, we had dinner at the foodcourt at Marina Sq. Again.




Just wanted to show you this halter neck maternity top i bought from Spring Maternity @ 50% discount. $25




We reached home AFTER 11pm.

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No, Singaporeans Are Not Lost Yet

Hopefully today is the last day of the week long Public Transport Commute for this 6.5month pregger me. My parents are coming back tmrw from "Honeymoon" *chuckles* and dad can start sending n picking me up from work pronto. (Ameen!!)


This morning, a miracle happened.

I caught a train at about 7:54am. This came about 4min after the last one (which by standard is long and wld be slightly packed). However, the priority seat just next to the 3rd door where i was standing was vacant. Unfortunately, there was another lady in front of me and she got the seat.

So i resorted to standing in front of 3 able bodied men. 1 sleeping. 1 was listening to iPod with a laptop bag on his lap. the other watching video on his PSP or something with a laptop bag also. I tried to bring on my courage and voice out to please for a seat. At the same time, i was coyly resting my hands just under my bump to make it look MORE obvious that im pregnant cos i was wearing this... wat some pple (read: the FC) call a TENT.

Suddenly, that very lady who got that priority seat rose and called me to sit. WOW. She's like in her 40s most prolly and would have wanted very much to have the seat for herself. But i imagined she was ever pregnant before and understood the pain of having to stand the whole 45min ride.

I felt very relieved and grateful that there are still some Singaporeans who are not selfish but do have that social graciousness. On the other hand, i felt a bit guilty. I shld have saved her from having to give up that seat by asking THOSE FIT GUYS to let me sit.

Oh well...

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Musical Chair

This is a journal entry about a 6 month pregnant woman's - my - feat to get a seat in the train during rush hour.

MON, 15/12

I saw the same uncle from last Thurs! I tried to make eye contact while standing in front of him but he was looking the other way and then buried behind the papers. I was hopeful that he would give me a seat again at Yishun like he did last week. But unfortunately, he didnt recognise me and i wasn't wearing a maternity top or i didnt really show, i suppose.

At the other corner, the priority seat was vacated and then filled by a Fit young man. I almost wanted to go over and claimed it but tot it was too dangerous to squeeze my way there while the training was bumping around.

So i stood. and stood. and stood some more. shaking my feet in between because it was hurting so bad. Nobody cared. Everybody closed their eyes.

30min later at Orchard, suddenly the uncle's eyes shot open and he jumped and alighted the train. I relinquished his seat most gladly. Almost too greedily. hehe.

However, it's too late. My Monday was already spoilt. I felt tired thru out the day. Had to resort to taking a nap in the toilet. twice.


TUES, 16/12

It was by some twist of luck that the train i got was fairly empty with lotsa seats. I was seated in no time at all. But i found it very difficult to catch a nap.


WED, 17/12

This morning i reached the platform at 8am. Before that i looked at the board. Train coming in 4min and next one in 6min. Actually im quite late already (by my standard) so i told myself i HAFTA get on the first train that comes.

When it did, other pple behind me overtook me to get to the door even before the train stopped properly! I made a tentative scan of the profile of pple sitting down. Mostly women, dozing men and newspaper reading guys. i cld prolly walk down the carriage till i find a suitable "candidate" to victimize but it wld be troublesome, embarassing and not to mention dangerous.

So i waited for the next one.

From the platform as the train slowed down, i could see there was a vacant seat just next to the door i was waiting. i calmly let passengers alight first and THEN went for the seat. But i saw already another middle aged guy smartly dressed with a laptop case dashed from the other door to the seat i was eyeing. I looked in his general direction with my head held high and absolutely DID NOT hesitate in any body lang TO GET THAT SEAT. He saw me and faltered.

YES! This time i won. Woohooo

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Two Things To Make Me Realise I've Gained Weight

1. I keep accidentally biting my inner cheek when chewing food

2. My "rear" cheeks dont feel comfortable when lying down on my back with the extra bulge.

Of course by then, it would be too late to take any precautionary measures.

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DNH Consultants

3 weeks ago, i called up this Consultancy company.

At first, i wanted to know if they can help me write up the Business Plan for our partnership. Apparently, they can help with the WHOLE PROCESS of foreigners setting up their businesses in Singapore. Or another way to put it: All or nothing.

Cost:

$1,000 for doing and submitting the paperworks which includes doing up the Plan as well as filling in the form for the EntrePass which will enable the foreigner to work in Singapore.

$2,500 after approval from MOM and ACRA which includes registration of the business in itself. (Cost about $100 for a foreigner to register on his own with another singaporean partner)


The kind man warned me though that if the first application was rejected, chances of appeal and/or subsequent application would be very low. In other words, its CRUCIAL to get it right the first time round.


He was very initiative though. He asked me other questions to understand more about our situation. When he gotta know that Zubair was holding a Work Permit, he said the chance might be low if we go thru the Partnership route and explored other ways to do it.

First, he suggested that we apply for PRship straight away. Traditionally, we would wait about 6 months in the same employment and then had to get the employer to sponsor the application. However, this guy said that he can help us submit a convincing application at a fee of $1,000 (irregardless of outcome) without having to wait 6 months nor getting the employer to sponsor.


Hmmm... sounds interesting to our desperate minds back then.


Then he started to look at yet another angle. He found out that im pregnant due in Mar 09. So he said just wait till the baby's here then we can submit the PR application. With 2 points of support ie Child and Spouse are Singaporeans, the chance of approval is higher.


Although in the end, the result is still the same (ie we hafta wait till the baby's born), i feel very highly satisfied having had this 8min teleconversation with a Kadir from DNH Consultants.


1. I finally got Z off my back to do the Business Plan.

Mind you, its not cos i dont care... but i feel that its soooooo difficult for ME to write something convincing about a business i dont have a passion for.

2. I spoke to somebody VERY knowledgeable and got answers ON THE SPOT.

It was a sharp highly intelligent conversation hahaha (not from my part tho). Me asking Qns, he answered promptly. I like it. Makes me feel like i can depend on them... on somebody ... anybody... in this screwed up world of complicated visas and such.

He IS right though. After getting the PRship, it would be a BREEZE to open the partnership THEN. No need to apply thru MOM for this entrepass shit, things like tt. We wont even need to hire professionals to do it, we can DIY.

The heartwarming part about this phone call is that, he very early pre-amped (is this the right word?) me that he was going to Haj for a month and will only be back in Jan 09. and also when he asked how i gotta know his company, i said from your prayer time table i pasted on my work desk, he said, "Oh that's nice." It made me feel like, "Ok.. I can certainly trust this guy."

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SCATTERGORIES FUN

RULES:

TAG 10 PEOPLE INCLUDING THE ONE THAT SENT THIS TO YOU.

- USE THE 1ST LETTER OF YOUR NAME TO ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

- THEY HAVE TO BE REAL PLACES, NAMES,THINGS. NOTHING MADE UP!

- TRY TO USE DIFFERENT ANSWERS IF THE PERSON WHO TAGGED YOU HAD THE SAME 1ST INITIAL.

- YOU CAN’T USE YOUR NAME FOR THE BOY/GIRL NAME QUESTION.



1. What is your name: Julissa

2. A 4 Letter word: Joke

3. A Boys Name: Joseph

4. A Girls Name: Joanne

5. An Occupation: Jester

6. A Color: Jade.

=> Yes it is a colour according to Wikipedia

7. Something you wear: Jewellery

8. A Beverage: JUICE!!!!

9. A Food: Jemput2

10. Something found in the bathroom: JAMBANNNNNNNN!!!!!!!! LOLLLL (Malay for the toilet bowl)

11. A place: Japan

12. A Reason for being late: Just because

13. Something you shout: JANGANNNNNNNNN!!!!!!! (Don't!!) I DO shout this often at Zubair when he tease/tickle me


Hahaha this IS fun. I initially didn't read the rules properly i tot it was lame. But when i realised that everything has to begin with the letter J from my name.... I got nervous and excited!! I even had to google for a colour starting J! Imagine if someone's name starts with X eg: Xubi or Xuxa hahhaah DIE ah.



I’M GOING TO TAG:

1. Wana


3. Ain

4. Rina

5. Fatma


Yeah man im gonna tag 5 pax only lah. But others who's interested, can do also and let me know so i can read. This is fun man!

Thanks NADIA for tagging me!

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Its a Bully or Be-Bullied World

My parents are off to M'sia for 5 days or so. That means i hafta go to work by train.

First day was Thurs. I was disappointed that when i got in the train, most of the pple seated were either ladies, or if men they were either reading newspaper or seating w their partner. So i stood in front of a Chinese uncle in his 50s. Beside him was another guy in early30s both buried themselves behind TODAY paper.

15min later, i was at Yishun and my feet started feeling sore. So i adjusted my footing. The Chinese uncle looked at me for quite a few seconds. So i braved myself. This is it. I made eye contact and promptly he asked me, "Do you want to sit?" Hahah i almost ROLLED my eyes but instead, i put on a sweet smile and said, "Yes, please."


Going back... me and Z were from having dinner and window shopping @ Plaza Singapura, as usual we went to the tail end of the train where its not as crowded. There were two 20s guys hotly concentrating on their PSPs fighting each other probably. One of them glanced at me and nudged his friend to which i think he said, "Just ignore"

My feet were already VERY SORE from walking for the past 2 hours, i didnt give up looking for a potential victim. I looked around some more and showed off my tummy... until an INdian uncle looked at me and i, again, shot the Q, "Can i have a seat, please?" He gave it up and it was heaven.

The sweet part of the journey is that... Zubair got a seat a few stations later... but soon after another pregnant lady came in and Zubair shot up to offer her his seat IMMEDIATELY. Heart warming. =)


Now this morning i was dressed to the nines for the Posh lunch. The only shoe to match is my 1.5" heeled pump shoes. I know this is gonna be bad news but i had no choice. So the plan is to KILL. Shoot my victim (metaphorically speaking ok) within the first minute of boarding the train.

I wont ever ever ever victimised another woman. Cos i know how much they treasure their seats. Besides, guys are supposed to be the tougher gender, right? So they should "EARN" it by being bullied by poor tired pregnant women like me. HA HA

Conscious consideration (i can't remember wats the suitable word) needs to be exercised when asking for a seat:

  1. Try not to ask from another woman
  2. nor Elderly
  3. nor couples
  4. Able bodied men are most suitable
  5. Esp smartly dressed ones
  6. and AWAKE
  7. With no extra or bulky baggages
  8. and Seated on the PRIORITY SEAT

So there.

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The Great John Little Sale

Fri, 5th Dec 08


Thank God Fara told me there's a John Little sale at the Expo last week.



She bought a pram @ just $99 Usual price $169.



Unfortunately, i DO think its wayyyy much too early for me to buy a pram.. but i tot i should check out other baby stuffs.. Plus Zubair needs to expand his wardrobe now that he has to wear smart to work come new year, insya'Allah. (More news on this when its confirmed)



Fortunately or unfortunately, he was late. I had a brief look first to get an idea of what's actually available then waited for him at BK for dinner.


I was told by a family member that its too early to buy baby things bcos there's no space to put. But then again, its also right that we should buy bit by bit (PLUS @ a sale!) so it wont feel too burdensome later.


We saw baby's crib going at a lil over $100.... baby bedsheet... and of cos lotsa rompers n such. In the end, we bought a Bottle Steriliser for 6 bottles @ $69 SnowBear brand, a romper and 2 booties for the baby. ALL BLUE. Decided against buying a $20 Bottle and Food Warmer and a $20+ BPump. Like maybe i should wait and see if i COULD BF in the first place, see.


We both got a pair of shoe @ less than $20each, a Sintex 360 threadcount Quilt Cover bedsheet set @ $58, Crocodile's pants x 2 + shirt totalling $80 and some misc snacks which till now still not opened.


I would say i feel satisfied at having a great deal and like a world of relief swept me over when i get to spend money like it didnt matter. hahahhaa altho it only managed to be soothing for 2 days. Then i started gasping for breath.


Then over the weekend, we managed to arrange the other half of our wardrobe and settled in the 5 tier plastic drawer for baby's toiletries and clothes and one big one for his towels and such. But it seemed messier than when we started!! Another overhaul soon.

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Hari Raya Haji 08

Felt soooooo wasted that i didnt fast the day before Eid cos it was a Sunday and i slept the whole day anyways. Totally forgot about it.


I'm very thankful that it didnt take much to persuade Zubair to go visiting with us. The Key Arguments:

  1. Only 2 houses
  2. I WANT TO EAT!!!!!!!!!

So we only went to my maternal grandpa's place and the Simei Cousin's. Just chilled. And reached home before maghrib. Now that's a first!

I actually wanted to go to my father's side - Kak Lynna's mother's place - bcos i know the food there will be MORE DELISh / more variety and i was craving for sweet malay cakes. Unfortunately, we were not really ready in time and i promised Z only 2 houses and i absolutely can't miss Simei's.. So decided to skip. =( Kak Lynna, ada belen kuih2 tak? he he he

Me & Syifaa' with matching Baju Kurung!

Just look at that cheeky Tweety Bird's Smile. GERAMMM!!!

Please excuse my red Clowny nose, i got a mosq bite just right there. Ergh!


The one and only picture i took for the whole day!! I cant believe i didnt take any pictures!! Maybe the fact that my sis nor cousins were there made me feel lazy to lah.

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Fish & Co!!!!!


Thursday 4th Dec.



I read from a friend's website about "Muslim-Friendly" restaurants in Singapore that's not necessarily certified and i was sooooooooo glad that FISH & CO is one of them!!!



There was a time when Zubair was newly here and he asked to eat at Fish & Co. Despite my whole body yearning for some of their food, i fought the urge and told him, "No, we can't. What if they fry using Pig Oil?" Lol.



My friend was quick to add how she concluded this place as Muslim Friendly:





Just to share, I personally met the founder/owner of Fish and Co at an
entrepreneurship seminar back in Uni, and he assured that strictly follows halal
requirements except for the fact that his outlets sell liquor.


He shared the Muslim market is important to him so his alternative strategy is to employ Muslim employees who can do the word-of-mouth validation for him to customers.



And its true, there’s always more than a handful of them around.
But like I said, info is only to the best of my (limited) knowledge, so you may want to get reassurance from the staff if you do decide to dine at these places. Strictly
seafood outlets like Fish n Co are necessarily foolproof all the time; I remember getting the shock of my life after 2 days of happily eating great fish n chips in San Francisco, turns out most outlets use beer-battered fish!





Ok i risk sounding country bumpkin-ish but the knife's unique! ahahah



So the very next evening, me and Zubair went to their best outlet at Park Mall, fondly called the Glasshouse. We were there pretty early and the crowd was non existent so we had EXCELLENT service attention. However, the downside was the washroom was under maintenance so i had to go to the main shopping center's facility and one level up at that. Ergh.






I wondered why they needed to have this special fish-bone placemat



I took so long to go to the loo that my soup got cold when i returned and the very proactive and sensitive waiter offered to reheat the soup. Damn. I forgot to give him a fish bone for his individual service.



We had Fish Chowder for starters. I was a bit apprehensive about having FISH Soup lah so called but to my delight, it didnt taste Fishy AT ALL!! Its just as creamy and as nice as mushroom soup only better!




I tell you i cant take a good photo nowadays with the weight im putting on

Nor can i smile like i used to - with teeth showing - it will make my nose look SO BLOODY ROUND!



Another appetiser - FRIED CALAMARI

I wanted to order the Seafood platter, but was afraid it might be too much so ordered Calamari instead. A few min later, it finally struck me that Zubair doesnt really eat squid. So we had to send them packing. Hmmm well ... its nice... but its not really the kind of calamari i like... i love with more batter. The crispier the better. But it did taste nice.


Mine - Danish Fish & Chips



They had a special $10 nett promotion for their 10th anniversary with special Fish & Chips menu. One of them being this Danish Fish & Chips with OOOOOOOOZing Mozarella cheese!!!! Now this is the Fish & Chips with cheese ive been dreaming about!!! I've only been taking the one @ Fig & Olive's with half slice of Cheddar cheese on top, so i can tell you this one is HEAVEN!





Zubair's Something Ginza Salmon.

Naturally, he'd prefer to eat them with rice and it looks yummy - the rice i mean. But when he fed me some, i felt it was tasteless. Then again i'm not a very fishy person UNLESS its deep fried. Zubair the Salmon lover enjoyed it tremendously.


After finishing the soup and fries, I cldn't finish the Fish nor the Calamari so we had to pack it. Later that night when we reheated it, it was still as nice as ever, ok!!


The following day, i described my exp to the friend who recommended me this place in the first place. Suddenly she had a craving for it, and the two of us crazy Preggers went for an impromptu lunch @ Suntec City outlet.
I'm a happy girl. ... (Or should i start considering myself as a woman?)

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Post Natal Depression

The other night i tred to explain to Zubair what Post-natal depression is.


I might have made a mistake of telling him that one of the things a depressed mother could do is to try and kill her own baby. He found this appalling, that no mother should feel that way under no circumstances.


I tried to tell him that taking care of a baby is NOT easy, very tiring and that might lead to the mother feeling that way. He was having none of this. He said that we all read too much and believe too much of what he said is a Western ideology. I kept reiterating that this is all medical research!


As his defense, he said he's never seen such cases in Pakistan. But then...

  1. Maybe he hasnt seen a lot of pregnant women. even if he does, he might not know how they feel
  2. Not everybody suffers from this depression
  3. and perhaps the ones who did didnt voice out their concerns for whatever fear they had

So i feel like the market has been spoilt for me. All im trying to tell him is that, i think i might be at high risk of getting this depression thingy and that the main thing that can help is love and support from spouse and family members. And knowing and being prepared about it helps. He didnt bat an eyelash.

While my sister won't even let me carry my shopping bags, Zubair just looked on as i painstakingly removed the heavy keyboard from the bed to the other side of the room on the floor. Wldn't have any of my whining for tiredness or whatever. He would say, "yeah it's normal. You're pregnant what" or... "It's ok.. you're only pregnant... not dying"

Ok maybe he's much better now. Like that time we were walking home hand in hand. a flight of downwards stairs approached then i gasped and squeezed his hand and he quickly got it, walked much slower and didnt let go of my hand. How nice.

He had even obliged to my request for a back massage cos my tailbone was hurting A LOT from sitting too long in the train. Hah But after that he will ask me to massage his back and legs also. Ok lah... u scratch my back i scratch yours. As long as u scratch mine properly. haha

Nowadays i reverted back to meeting my dad at Lil India to get a ride home. So when on Mon, i went home on my own by train, i was surprised to find that i got breathless when i reached home and sooo tired i cldnt go to my class. Even the prospect of a ride to class cldnt make me go.

Doesn't help that i've been coughing from last Wed and the phlegms are building up. In fact, i just vomitted for the first time in my pregnancy only just now from coughing too much. Maybe its the many cold drinks i've been having the past few weeks hehehe but also i always get these mild asthma attacks around Dec.

But which reminds me... Why is bad for pregnant women to drink hmmm carbonated drinks? I didnt know until a certain Chinese coursemate told me something about it having chemicals in it? I dont know... but i drink Light versions of Coke and/or Pepsi only. 0 calories! Woo hoo

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City of Ember

Wow. It's been a long time since ive been to a cinema with Zubair watching an ENGLISH movie.

Upon reading the synopsis and seeing the trailer, i promised Z that it would be an adventure genre which he will like, as he did with Journey to the Centre of the Earth.


While i like Period Dramas...





And had a whole new world in this movie..
I found that it was a bit slow at times not even a background music thingy. Dull.
The story and/or plot is nice though. Creative and original. But might not make sense for those who like to scrutinize the scientific details.
Even sitting comfortably in the cinema, watching them live in an underground world without having seen light made me feel suffocated and claustrophobic. Yikeness!

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I NEED A HOLIDAY!!!

OK I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!

I WANNA GO ON HOLIDAY!!!

I DON'T CARE IF I HAFTA TAKE UNPAID LEAVE

I DON'T EVEN CARE IF ZUBAIR DOESNT WANNA GO WITH ME COS HE PREFERS TO GO BACK TO PAK. (ok bedeQ. i DO care. i NEED him to come with me. haha)

I JUST WANT TIME OFF. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR??

Why this bloody visa thingy so difficult??

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What to Eat?

Short post cos im very busy at work.

The past few weeks i've been wondering what to eat at home. That is to mean snacks or light meals. I have ice cream, chocolates, cakes and what nots... but i want something savoury.

I started to vow that when i have my own house, i will stock with plenty of food. Savoury and Sweet. and prolly sour. LOL. But But But...

Here comes the question: What?!?!?!

Every single food item i think of is either processed or junk.

  1. Sausage
  2. Instant noodles
  3. potato chips
  4. Chicken Ham

bla bla bla...

What shall i stock my fridge with that's easy and fast to cook yet not so unhealthy? But hopefully doesnt require any microwaving (i believe its carcinogenic) nor frying (lazy to bring down the hanging laundry).

Hmmm

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