Saturday, October 25

Go Clean Green!

My mum went to Ang Mo Kio Hub today and bought a Japanese Cleaner which uses no electricity and yet works better than an ordinary broom.

My dad doesn't like it since his Tyson Vaccum Cleaner is still the best in the world.

But nevertheless, it is very handy when there's stuff on the floor and don't want to dirty your butt when you sit on it.

I'll also bet that its lifespan is much longer than normal handheld vaccum cleaners, which we no longer buy since they spoil within months of purchase.

So a big Thank You to whoever invented the cleaner. You improved my domestic life!

video

I did this video enitrely on my Samsung phone and not on some posh Mac, so pardon the bad quality. It looked fine, but seems to be quite jerky on blogger huh? The first part shows that the cleaner can't pick up this huge wrapper on the floor and the second part shows how it pick up bits of newspapers easily.

Credits to:

Shawn Johnson, the world's top gymnast, and my favourite sportswoman in Beijing Olympics. I took that photo direct from TV. It is not mine. I repeat, NOT MINE.

Mum, the best vaccum cleaner model ever,

The main character in the video -- The Cleaner! and last but not least, my Samsung phone which did all the hard work. (Sorry phone, I must have caused you undue stress since you seemed a little slow just now.)

Sunday, October 19

3 things

"...if there are no questions, then you are all now experts on international law.... or at least, for the purpose of the next assignment."

this week, or past 3 weeks rather, i'm grateful for Professor Robert C Beckman. I think good teachers are hard to find. First a good teacher should be able to show you a glimpse of knowledge and ideas you've never seen before. That's usually not hard since teachers naturally have higher education qualifications than students. but then a good teacher should also be able to communicate those things to you in a way that is inspiring & engaging. that's difficult. so I thank prof beckman for shedding some light on the reasons behind the things that go on in the world, and always with that twinkle in his eye that makes me feel like nothing is really as serious as it seems.

am also thankful to God, for continually blessing me with good things although more often than not I behave like a complete ass to everyone and skip church and then try to justify it by telling people that im just a bad catholic. (which i am.)

and thankful for Yvonne and the phone conversation this week. just, thank you :)

Schoolfriends

oh my god yvonne I never thought I would hear a hokkien song in these three years, and I stand corrected.

Today I am grateful X 100 for the genius of La Mer moisturising gel cream. It is the best and most wonderful facial moisturizer in the world! The only bad thing about it is that you pay exactly for what you get. which is a lot. sighh.

but besides this more superficial (literally) gratefulness, I guess things are going great in school and I thus have plenty to be grateful for as well. I've found some friends/ company in school that I don't find annoying! They are a bunch of locals consisting of Phillip, Phillip (yes 2 Phillipses), James, Kenny, Jervain, and Charmaine (my cousin). I mean I wouldn't say we are FRIENDS but we hang out a lot with each other.

The thing I like about hanging out with the guys is that even it's okay that we are not close... and there is no urgent need to share deep, dark secrets, and if you don't hang out with them sometimes you can just join the group again, and everything is just fine. I like this no-commitment situation a lot because I just don't want to play the social game that so many schools and cliques have any more.

Perhaps I have grown. :D

unforgettable

i am grateful for this show and its beautiful songs which bring very, very good memories.
this show is currently aired on channel 8 4:30pm on weekdays.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7lQURxw1Jg



p.s. does anyone know how to put the first video on this blog?!?!?!

Saturday, October 11

Repent Now Before Its Too Late!

REPENT, FOLKS, REPENT!

YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHEN ITS GONNA ALL END!

REPENT!

Did you know that if you do not brush your teeth and floss it regularly, you are at a risk of contracting DISEASES, such as dental cavities, gum disease, WHICH COULD JOLLY WELL LEAD TO DEATH?!

What? You thought that I was going to write about the repentance of sins?

Haha. This entry is all about how thankful I am for my healthy, nice set of teeth and the fact that I have free access to good toothbrushes, minty toothpaste and floss.

Well you see for this past week, I've been experiencing this prolonged pain in my right lower jaw whenever I drink cold water. You might think that it is sensitive teeth that I am suffering from, but it was quite unlikely as only a specific area in my lower jaw hurts. Naturally I was quite worried as such pain usually indicate that whatever is happening to my teeth was already quite serious.

And that could mean that I would lose my tooth, or worse still my teeth! Already I had 4 teeth pulled out just so I can wear braces, so losing one or more means...
  • Ugly

  • Food getting stuck in the gaps

  • Ugly

  • Unable to enjoy food as much

  • Ugly

  • Pain! :(
I started crying.

Like non stop.

For two days before I managed to book an appointment and see a specialist, who told me I was just suffering a mild form of gum infection and gave me some antibiotics to take.

WHEW!

You can imagine how happy the dentist and I were.

But from now on, I decided that in order to show real thankfulness, I want to take certain proactive steps to keep my teeth in excellent condition as long as possible.

1. Stop swallowing my saliva too often and lick my teeth now and then (I am not joking! Unless someone can prove that it doesn't help of course!!!) I found out that saliva is able to gradually neutralise the acids in your mouth which can be damaging to your teeth. It can even cause dissolved minerals to return to the teeth and the teeth are able to start repairing themselves!

2. Brush my teeth after every meals. That means bringing my toothbrush set to school. Well you see, its not enough for the saliva to make the pH rise above critical pH as saliva is unable to penetrate plague which forms right after your meals. So it is extremely important to brush right after every meals to prevent the wee bacteria from having parties, feasting on YOUR TEETH. I recommend Systema toothbrush from Lion which has a patent for their SUPER-TAPERED SOFT AND SLIM BRISTLES. Its the best toothbrush I had so far. I feel extremely clean and comfortable after every use. Just compare the SUPER-TAPERED SOFT AND SLIM BRISTLES (right) with the bristles of a normal toothbrush (left). Just see how SUPER-TAPERED the bristles are. You practically can't see the bristles individually!!!! The price of the tooth brush is rather reasonable too. 3 for $6... reasonable right?





3. Floss my teeth at least once a day. I use to think that flossing is unnecessary and leaves small unslightly holes. And since my teeth look fabulous after braces, why would I want to make small holes between my teeth? BUT FLOSSING IS A MUST MUST MUST simply because it clears plague that even the SUPER-TAPERED SOFT AND SLIM BRISTLES can't reach. That is really important since having cavities at hard to reach places is even more serious than having cavities where the dentist can take action easily. My gum infection is the result of not flossing regularly enough. So flossing once a day is extremely important.



4. Rinising with an antiseptic mouthwash. This point is debatable. Some dentists say that it is important rinising as there are still bacteria in your mouth, like on your cheeks, gums, throat and tongue even after brushing and flossing. That explains why we all have bad breath when we wake up in the morning even though we brush and floss the night before. So its important to rinise to get rid of the bacteria and ensure that as little bacteria as possible actually bothers your teeth. On the other hand, other dentists say that by rinising too often, these bacteria actually get immuned to the mouthwash which can be disasterous. Furthermore, you are killing of all the good bacteria, called fora as well! Some dentists also say that strong antiseptic mouthwash also decreases the sensitivity of your tastebuds. So I am rinising with a gentle mouthwash once in two days in small amounts. Please advice if you know more about this!!


Me, with a beautiful set of teeth.

Thank you God!


Wednesday, October 1

why being stupid rules.

I am stupid.

Lets face it, I am am am am. I don't know whats the capital of America, nor the capital of Zimbawe. Hell, I don't even know what's Goh Chok Tong's full name.

(Sorry Goh Chok Tong. I know Singapore would short of an arm and leg if not for your wonderful leadership.)

As such I am denied of a place in a local university which is very, very embarrassing in retrospect.

I am not kidding you. I am dodging certain people just because I'm in SIM. It hell sucks. But it just says in plain: Yvonne is simply not smart enough to enter a more prestigious universitiy.

Thus, I feel as though I am a sub normal human with just an IQ of 99.

But no, I am not against SIM. In fact, if any of you reading this happen to be from SIM, I would like to declare that the school as done a big favour accepting me even though I am such a noob. SIM has so generously offered me a place even though I deserve nothing but a good tight slap in the face for not joining a polytechnic.

WHY WHY. WHY DIDN'T I GO TO A POLYTECHNIC?!

However, contrary to Singaporean beliefs, this sort of humilation is rather bearable, thanks to understanding parents, and of course, my dear sister, as well as friends who, well, are in the same position as me.

Those people who eventually moved on to better places are too focussed on their next step towards success that I am spared from their Scrutiny and despise. Thank God the world doesn't revolve around me.

Then oOf course there those who know that the Singaporean's idea of a failure may very well turn out to be opposite and I thank them for their encouragement.

But all in all, I must say that I am still very thankful that I have a well functioning brain nonetheless. That, I still have stuff to look forward to.

Like namely, to study hard for my degree and who knows. a first class honours! (Thank you debby and su hui, for not laughing at this wish of mine! :)

I guess 500 years from now, no one would really care what you got, but what you make out of it. I still desire to go to some place that is deemed "normal" but since things turned out this way, I just got to move on and take more control of what goes into my being.

God didn't groom me to be a nus graduate, but one who thinks for herself.