Tuesday, December 25, 2007


There weren't much significant activities happening except maybe for the past two days, we had some new plants for the front porch.

Two pots of the above.

My bonsai. It's a Fujian or Fukien Tea specie. I'm drawn to its overall shape and it has small white flowers.

I also planted some of these little flowering plants on the two long window ledge at the front. Hope there'll be more of them as months pass.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Now that I know what they're for..

I started out already knowing how I want my pregnancy and birthing to be. The definitive is, if so can happen, the delivery to be a natural and drug free one. I can say I psyche my mind almost everyday with this message. I'm looking at attending a HypnoBirthing course next year, hopefully to further equip myself with 100% (possible? hmm..) determination and the ability to cope with whatever I might face during labour (gosh.. the pain!) and delivery.

The other aspect I'm readying myself for motherhood is, breastfeeding. Halfway through reading the book above, my mental commitment to do so wavered. Breastfeeding is a commitment, just like most things in life but I never realise it'll be a HUGE one. A newborn breastfeeds about 12 times every 24 hours. Each feeding session can take up to an hour and that means I'll be a 24hr breastaurant.

I was a infant formula fed baby and when I asked why wasn't I given the au naturale way, my mum as a matter of fact simply put it, "Don't know how to. Nobody teach." Well, that's my mum. Before knowing much on this topic, I thought feeding a baby the motherly way is an instinct. Later I learn, it is, but just like a baby learning to walk, it takes practice. Plus some know how, plus lots of support. Plus having to endure the pain.. once again for the first few (or many) feedings if the latch-on = baby's mouth to nipple is incorrect.

Receiving support is important and I know, considering my mum doesn't "know how", I'll have to look for them myself. The husband is fully supportive for one. Whew! (Brian, don't give up before I do, k? Remind me of this post if I whine/complain/get mad.) Here's a mothers' internet forum where I know I'll gain many advice and tips on this topic: Moms 4 Moms Singapore

Here are some pros of breastfeeding or otherwise, cons of formula feeding, to convince myself that I'm making the right decision:

1) close physical bonding only mothers can have with their babies
2) The all important colostrum in the first few days after birth.
3) Formula feed = lower IQ by 5 to 10 points (Crap! I could've been a doctor!)
4) Formula fed babies see the doctors almost twice as often as breastfed babies do.
5) Breastfed babies have better eyesight. (I hate to be myopic.)
6) Breastfed babies have straighter teeth and fewer cavities. (I want straight teeth....)

I'm not giving the infant formula the complete no-no into the household as I'm just not sure how long I'm able to provide (mental + physical commitment-wise) for the child his milk naturally and eventually start weaning the baby. Giving myself a timeline is impractical at the moment. 6 months minimum? Giving the best to my child within my means is what I want to do.

Oh... speaking of reading up, I'm onto my next book now.. to take my mind off motherhood issues (for a while). A bookgift from my mum. No, I'm never mad at her for not breastfeeding me when I was a baby.

Monday, December 17, 2007

low tech

Did I mention Brian and I have an unexplained love for typewriters? The Royal above is the third we have, being "rescued" from the old office here. The first two we collected, were thrift buys from Sungei Road and are now lovingly kept at home in Singapore.

I plan to make personal name cards by using Royal. That will be the only project I can do now.


Our friend, Fred has a photo-blog at 'Days in Transit' where he has put up some idyllic looking photos taken off low-tech cameras.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


The new neighbour across is doing some renovation works before anyone moves in. The lovely winding stairs was removed and laid across their front compound. We are eyeing it. Though it's highly unlikely it's going to the dumps. We notice the locals here hold onto to their material belongings (eg. typewriters are still in use at offices) for the longest time.

and just for its sake.. a shot of Mambo at his goofiest, this morning. (yep, he's still around and according to the master, he won't be leaving...)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

In (photo) Transition

I've been back to Palembang for a week and I should have blogged many days back but I didn't. I'm sorry. I feel I'm not doing good at this journaling thing anymore. My excuse? I'm out of internet connection which left me pretty much technologically crippled. I'm not able to do much on my laptop without the internet, I realize. How pathetic!

Alas, today... I have the internet back.

I was looking through the photos which I've taken on my camera while in Singapore. Some lovely shots of my best friends and also these..

which were taken on a shopping trip at Haji Lane,

where we were pleased to find more shops carrying Independent labels as compared to the previous time we were there months ago. I like taking pictures of old buildings and wish I could capture every old world charm I find in them.

Here's a photo of a pair of lovebirds outside one of the shops along the same lane. The partner spent a good time trying to convince me that they are NOT the Olie and Snuggles I used to know.

Now, back to Palembang. Have I not shown you our new old ride? My bad. Here they are, after I sneaked out of home this afternoon with my camera.

It arrived from Jakarta by road on Brian's birthday, a little more than a month ago. I can't climb up onto our ambulance now and this will be the family car.

My favourite part of the vehicle? It has to be the steering wheel.