Another 2.5month whizz past since I last updated.
Would like to thank God for watching after my mom throughout her surgery and healing.
Just thought I would share my first life 'shattering' experience.
I consider it a masterpiece.
When I showed it to 3 different stores at Bukit Merah (my workplace) the shopkeepers all had the appalled look. Their expressions were even worse than my Hubs. Anyway, $150 poorer w a good-as-new screen.
All 3 stores had claimed that their screen-parts are original and does not void apple warranty. I had prices from $200 (1st shop) and $180 (3rd shop). The 4th shop did not even bother to quote a price, saying no stock.
Went to the 2nd shop since it quoted the least at $150. It was the lowest I had heard so far even through online google searches.
I have learnt my lesson, to always have protective casing. I just changed my casing to one that does not cover the corners, and phone cracked at first drop. Previously when I was using iPhone 4 and previous covers, no damage despite dropping a couple of times. Yup!
Half of 2013 whizzed past at the blink of an eye.
Nothing much changed in the last 6 months... Oh wait...
Something impactful did happened.
For one, my mom got hospitalised due to a broken valve in the left side of her heart. Now I am actually glad that I studied pure Bio for O level and understood how this broken valve could harm her heart and cause it to fail in time to come. I am just simply thankful that my mom agreed to go through the heart surgery to repair (less damaged one) and replace (damaged) the valves.
Knowing her character, I actually thought I need to do a presentation to her to convince her for the surgery. However, I just told her over a phone call to know the risks involved in doing and not doing the surgery. Both decisions will carry certain risks and if you are to subject yourself to any risks, you know to know WHY u decided to subject yourself to that! I also told her to think about it carefully and you can make whatever decisions. Eventually it took her one day to come back to my sis and I that she will do it (in a reluctant tone).
So now I am kinda putting my life on hold so that I can be available for her in this period b4 and even after the surgery.
Yesterday at service, Ps Weelong preached about "Touching where it hurts" which teaches on healing and casting out demons. I responded to the altar call to claim healing for my mom even before she undergo the surgery.
The next big thing what that I finally went to Taiwan after wanting to go for it for the last few years. I can't remember when it started but I had this list of "Places I want to visit". Taiwan and Japan are on this list. Called it dream fulfilled?
After our Vietnam trip last November, i did not expect myself to go on a trip so soon. But Kenny was saying this is the only slot he has (He is not confident of year end as work also heightens up). Kenny was supposed to plan for this one becos I planned Krabi for our 1st trip and Vietnam for the 2nd trip. About 2 weeks before the dates I asked him for plans and found that he has none and he couldn't come out wiht anything.
So took over I did and almost caused myself to turn blind due to the excessive amount of staring at the screen and intensive research of where I want to visit. Although I was thrown this task last minute, I wasn't a wee bit angry, upset or disappointed. Knowing that Kenny is not a person who likes to travel, and yet he indulges in me like that. I would probably come up with another entry loaded with pics regarding the trip. Hope I wouldn't procrastinate too much.
Ending off with a picture of my 'newly' packed work desk. Thank God for Youth Day!
OK, I CHEATED.
This is how the other half of the table looks like now, and yup... THAT is how it usually is and worse...
Back to packing the other half and the other tables I have invaded b4 6pm!
On my way to work I witnessed 2 scenarios.
In a crowded MRT train, a high pitched child voice was heard whining that he cannot hit. 打不到，打不到 in a whiny tantrum tone.
From time to time, audible voice was heard from said child throughout the 20min train journey. Mid journey, the child's handheld game player volume was increased, so he was playing Angry Birds.
As the train empties itself at Dhoby Ghaut, I moved to cleared space and happened to be right in front of child. Child was sitting in a weird position, facing inwards where the backing is. Child's guardian (could be father or grandpa) held his hand across the back of child so that child would not fall back and be hurt. Although adult man said to child not to sit this way, he did not insist that he sits properly. The child then deliberately leaned back onto arm a few times, to test the 'back support'.
As I alighted, I stole a glance at adult man and he was looking conscious of others glares and could do nothing. I left shaking my head.
Mom and child crossing a small road at Chinatown. I think the mom just put the child down and child stumbled a little, in the direction towards the main road w moderate traffic.
Mom saw kid moved towards traffic (to me looked like stumbled), grabbed kid up and slap her thighs 3-4 times. Kid cries out loud. I dun think she knows why she is being punished. I walked past said mom and overheard her speaking in Cantonese. Not local.
I shook my head again.
I duno what made me want to write down this 2 accounts but I see 2 vastly different ways of parenting. Senario 1 is "The child is king". Senario 2 is "Punishment w/o explaining what was wrong behaviour". I don't subscribe to both.
I am no expert, I just hope I wld do a good job when it is my turn.
PS: the 2nd scenario actually resembles my mom's style of parenting,