Utterly Indiscreet

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Orange Trees

I bought my first ever orange tree. It's massive. Has tons of cute oranges hanging down too. Never realized how busy garden centres are during Chinese New Year. Tons of people. Was kind of invigorating seeing so many people buying plants and flowers. My parents never got into decorating for CNY.

Not sure how to take care of the orange tree. It didn't come with instructions. Hope it survives past CNY.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Spam on Blogs

I hate it when I get comments on my blog which compliment me and then try to sell something. I always delete them. It's like spam emails. Hate them. Stop doing it.

Any suggestions on how to deal with these ads?

And no, don't try to answer by advertising your anti-spam services!

I promise that they will be deleted by me. Delete....delete....delete.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Suitcase Chaos

I have this problem every time I go on a trip. How much to pack?

So I have decided to start packing a few days earlier so I don't forget anything. Then I will still have time to throw stuff in or take stuff out if I change my mind.

What are the things that you can't do without on a trip? Book, camera, favorite shirt, or what?

But I must leave a bit of space for souvenirs etc.

Hmm....hope my suitcase doesn't explode coming back....

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Sun is Back

It's been sunny two days in a row! Hooray!! Was tired of rain everyday. Makes me feel good to see the sun again.

Too much rain makes me feel depressed. And then I don't want to go out and just end up staying at home all the time. Though I do have a ton of paperwork and a huge stack of DVDs to watch.....

Saturday, January 14, 2006

The Wife Can't Cook

Met up with a recently married friend for lunch. I had imagined that his wife made him a nice breakfast this morning. Hmm....am I being sexist? He laughed and said no. His wife can't cook! He says he can cook more than she does.

Is it terrible to say this....but WTF? Why don't parents or schools teach their kids to cook? My parents taught me when I was around twelve.

Don't they have home economics in this country? I learned how to make simple meals and sew when I was thirteen in home ec class at school. The boys had to learn as well.

Anyways, cooking is a life skill. I think everyone should learn how to do it.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Open Society

Lots of news about how Singapore should be a more "open society." What does that mean? More freedom of expression? Allowing gay parties? No censorship of movies and TV shows?

The government keeps saying that the conservative majority are not ready for those kinds of changes. But I think people will adapt to change. Would total chaos really break out if there was more freedom of expression? Not likely.

Besides there is too much security for anything like that to happen here. Heh heh.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

My Increasing Vanity

Okay....I am getting older and more skin conscious. For the last two years, I have been getting facials every month or so. But haven't noticed much difference.

My doctor removed a couple of blemishes from my face for me in her office today.

It was damn fast. She used radiowaves. She gave me a couple of shots first. There's no cutting. Just the smell of burning skin from the radiowaves touching my skin. Should be all healed in a week. Amazing techonology! So that got me thinking.

What else can I have done? The sun and my progressing age is taking its toll. Am I getting more vain as I get older? Yes, though I still look good for my age. Should I try botox? No, I don't like the idea of something being injected into my face. Should I start wearing makeup regularly? Maybe, but I am a bit too lazy to bother with that.

Decisions, decisions....

Monday, January 09, 2006

Blind Dates

Went on two blind dates recently. Set up by friends who thought they knew me very well. Decided to give the two guys a shot. Here is the conversation with the friends afterwards. Both candidates failed to connect with me.

Conversation about Guy A:

Friend: He is really nice and I have known him for long time. So how was it?

Me: We don't have anything in common and he isn't very outgoing. He didn't talk much. (Subtext: I am not interested and not attracted to him.)

Friend: But maybe you need to get to know him better!

Me: That's not the point. I know myself very well. (Subtext: You don't know what kind of person I like and I am not 20 years old so I know what works for me.)

Conversation about Guy B:

Friend: How did the date go?

Me: We don't have anything in common and he doesn't do anything except work. (Subtext: He's not interesting and doesn't seem to go out much. Geek!)

Friend: I have known him since middle school.

Me: That's nice, but when was the last time you really talked to him? (Subtext: How can you set me up with someone who you don't really know anymore?)

Friend: Two years ago.

Me: What! (Subtext: Are you crazy? He could have been a psycho or something. Plus he is going bald too.)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Family Dynamics

Been visiting my relatives overseas and have to say that they are the most fun and functional family I know. My aunt and uncle have 5 kids. They are all older than me, but they all get along amazingly well. Most are married now and have their own lives. Some even have kids.

But every day they call their parents to see what is going on. They are always meeting each other for lunch or dinner etc. It's really nice. No one fights or argues. They help each other out with errands etc. Hmmm....aren't too many families who are like that anymore. Very admirable.