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Semi Digital Detox

You might have read about digital detox. You might wonder if you can do it. Can we really live without our smart phones? I have never thought that I can do it, because I rely a lot on my phone, whether it is work, leisure or family, my phone is a great assistant.

But, one night, my phone decided to quit. I could not even take a picture of my phone because it became like the picture below.


Broken LCD screen (Photo credit:

Nothing can be done, except sending the phone for repair. Another bad news is the memory of the phone will be erased when they replace a new LCD screen.

Customer service personnel: “Everything will be erased.”

Me: “Everything?”

Customer service personnel: “Yes, pictures, videos, contacts…”

While the customer service personnel was giving the list, I thought, pictures and videos were ok; I could always take new pictures. Contacts? Oh no! How could I live without my contacts? I have two new students whom addresses I have not memorized. The kind customer service personnel let me had my phone back for backup. I could not backup much as I could only view 30% of the LCD screen. What I managed to save were some of the contact numbers.

I was totally lost on the first day: no Google Maps to give me directions where to go, no shopping list to tell me what to buy, no e-Books or games to entertain me, no Calendar to tell me what to do for the day and no Duolingo to learn Japanese language.

On the second day, things were getting better; I knew I need to rely on myself and my little grey cells.

When the phone is repaired, I actually delay one day to pick it up. I welcome the semi digital detox. I have more time to watch what is outside the bus windows, more time to spend with my child and more reading on physical books. Also, I find out that my sense of directions has indeed improved!

I am grateful for

  1. An old phone that lets me communicate via sms and phone calls, instead of WeChat and WhatsApp.
  2. A chance to start anew with zero memory on the repaired phone. Previously, I had too much information in my phone waiting to be read and sorted. Now, I start from zero 🙂
  3. The understanding Samsung customer service personnel who let me copy my contacts before erasing all the memory.

Can we really live without our smart phones? Yes, we can. You will find a more beautiful world waiting for you when your view is not limited to a small LCD screen.



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A Healthy Journey

Diastasis recti

Jumping jacks




When I first heard about diastasis recti, I had to google it to find out what it is. Then, I was introduced to all the other four and more unfamiliar terms. Diastasis recti is the separation of the two parallel bands of muscles at the middle of the abdomen after giving birth.

I thought it is important for every woman to be fit after giving birth, so I signed up for a fitness programme with Kareen. Kareen is a movement specialist. The first lesson was to learn about the importance of breathing. Yes, breathing, as simple as we can do it unconsciously, is as important as the air we breathe. Subsequent sessions with Kareen has introduced me to various moves that I have not heard of or done before. Lunging, anything to do with the lungs?

The results? My body is healthier, my muscles are stronger and I feel better generally.

During a conversation with Kareen, I find out that I have a wrong concept about exercise. I thought thin people do not need exercise. I did not exercise. Walking, running, swimming and cycling are actions that I do to move my body but I have never considered them as “exercise”. The reason why I did not exercise is obvious; I am underweight even after I have given birth to a child. I had a bad experience of losing 2 kg just after a cross-country run at school years ago.

Since all the moves that are introduced by Kareen are new to me, I start to explore other options that will get me moving. I like stair-climbing. I cannot use excuses like it is raining, it is too hot, it is too far away, I have no time, etc for stair-climbing. The stair is just beside the lift that you use everyday; you just need to walk a few more steps to the stairs and start going up or down.

Now that I have started exercise, I have lost weight. No, it is not my goal to lose weight. Exercise alone might make you feel lighter but you need to eat nutrient-packed food to make sure your body has enough fuel for the exercise you do. Thus, my next step is to add nutrient-packed food to my meals.

Do you want to be healthier? Feel free to drop a message to Kareen and see how she can help you. By the way, if you are browsing her Facebook page and wondering if you are not a mum, can you still join her on the journey to a healthier you? Yes, you can. Exercise is for everyone, thin or plump, young or old, mum or non-mum.


Disclaimer: I am not financially compensated for this post. The programme with Kareen has ended last year. I continue my exercise journey and find out that exercise does make a difference. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


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When I was pregnant, I read a lot about breastfeeding. I know it is difficult for the first few months, I know the baby might not latch well, I know the supply will increase with demand. Little did I know, it is even more difficult in practical.

I am lucky to have a baby who latches well, but I am not so lucky because the supply does not increase much in the first month and I have to mix feed with formula milk. Yes, I was depressed, I was worried and I felt guilty for giving formula milk. Until one day, my friend told me: “Formula is not poison.” That really relieves me from guilt!

Later, when my baby is a toddler, I have learnt that a lot of new mummies face the same problem as me. Some have more serious depression until they need to seek medical help or worse, commit suicide.


  1. Cannot drink plain water during your confinement — You actually can. So, drink a lot of water and fluid. Warm water is preferred.
  2. Formula milk is bad — This has caused a lot of new mummies into “die die must breastfeed” mindset. Breastfeeding has its benefits, but if the supply is not sufficient, topping up with formula milk does not mean you are a bad mum or whatsoever. There are mummies who top up with formula milk until the supply catches up and fully breastfeed.
  3. Breastfeeding means the baby won’t get sick — NO! The baby will be sick when he or she is growing up whether you are feeding him or her with breast milk or formula milk. The difference is the baby who takes breast milk will recover faster.

Having said the misconceptions, I do not encourage new mummies to go for 100% formula milk by any means. Breast milk is still the best food for infants under six months old and mummies are encouraged to continue breastfeeding until the baby is two years old or as long as the breast milk is still available.

The purpose of writing this post is to ease the minds of new mummies who freak out during the first few months when the supply is low. Things will get easier after the third month and by the baby’s first birthday, you will be glad that you have not given up breastfeeding.


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Is This Depression?


The lights go out

But you’re not scared

You’ve expected this


Day by day

You live like a robot

Not interested in your

favourite game anymore


No excitement

No expectation




The feeling

won’t go away

That sad somber



You wonder

What is the meaning of life?

What is the purpose of life?

Is this depression?



You can’t give up

There is a vulnerable baby

who depends on you



a holiday?

a visit to psychiatrist?



A long long way to go

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It is humiliating

Your name is the same as the zodiac Cancer

How is that possible?

Cancer is loyal, nurturing and loving

But you are the total opposite

How can you be loyal when you attack almost anyone?

How can you be nurturing when what you bring is only suffering?

How can you be loving when what you bring to the family is fear?


Hope for the best!


What are you?

Why advanced medical technology

can’t conquer you?


Go away

We do not want you here

We want our family members and friends


Note to myself

My youngest uncle has passed away due to cancer. Before him, my neighbour and my friend’s father have passed away within this year due to cancer.

There are many others who have cancer and are still surviving. It seems that the current medical technology still cannot fully conquer cancer. Hopefully, one day, cancer will be gone for good.

Smokers Go Away

Warning: This is written by an avid smoker hater. If you love smoking, do not proceed to read this post.

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My friend’s mother’s left arm is amputated up to the elbow because of cancer. The friend stops smoking immediately. I salute him. Nonetheless, I still think it would be better if he had stopped smoking before his mother is diagnosed with cancer. Better still, if he had never smoked before.

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I hate smokers. Hate is a strong word, but, yes, I hate smokers. Not only the smokers bring health problem to themselves, they also cause health problem to all the innocent non-smokers out there. For me, smokers are selfish, self-centered, inconsiderate, weak, smelly, lack of determination… (You have been warned.)

Some people question why the tax for tobacco is only up 10% compared to 25% for liquor for Budget 2014, but it is not how much is taxed. It is the addiction problem. Another friend of mine, whose mother does not know he is smoking, is unable to quit smoking. He tried to quit, but whenever he feels stressed, the first thing he can think of is to smoke, again.

Thus, we must not depend on the government to tackle smoking problem because the decision to quit smoking or to start smoking in the first place is up to each individual. I have known some people who started as a social smoker and then become a heavy smoker.

Below is a video (my first video!) of a smoker who ignores the “NO SMOKING within 5 meters of this bus stop” sign and enjoys his cigarette leisurely. Yes, the law cannot stop him from smoking. It is him himself who can make the decision to quit smoking or at least be considerate enough to smoke at a designated place.

No matter how rich or how handsome / beautiful you are, if you are a smoker, please go away from me, as far as possible. Thank you very much.

Drink More Water

Whenever someone I know is sick, the only advice I give is: drink more water. The keyword is “more”. If you drink five glasses of water everyday, when you are sick, you need to drink more than five glasses of water.

You may have already known that benefits of drinking water. When you are sick, or you feel like you are going to fall sick, water helps your body to recover faster.

What water does to your body when you are sick?

1. Your body needs to fight the bacteria to heal. Thus, keeping your body in good working condition is important. Water is an important ingredient in digestion, absorption, circulation and transportation of nutrients. Drinking water is doing your body a favour.

2. By drinking more water, the excess water is excreted as urine, bringing the heat (for those with fever) and toxin away from your body.

3. Most probably you do not have any appetite, so drinking water is a simple way to keep you hydrated. Other fluids, such as soup, juice and milk will give you the energy.

Singapore is experiencing dry and hot weather now; drink more water to keep yourself hydrated. I have been drinking more water for the past few days due to mild fever and flu. I am also having more rest than usual and thus fewer posts published. Hopefully I recover soon.


1. Water is not medicine, if symptoms persist, please consult a doctor.

2. Drinking more water generally works for most people with mild symptoms, if you are seriously ill, please consult a doctor.

3. After so many years of using beauty products, I find out that my skin needs water, not beauty products!

Take Good Care of Your Ears

A few years ago, I went for a hearing test. During the test, I had a bad feeling because I had difficulty listening to some of the sounds. The result: my hearing test was marginally passed.

Another bad news: I read from an article in the newspaper that the harm caused by exposure to loud noise is cumulative. That means my hearing problem can only get worse, not better.

Root cause

I listened to songs using earpiece for at least six hours everyday during my school days (higher primary school and secondary school). My parents did not warn me about hearing loss at that time. When I read about hearing loss, I believe the damage has already been done.

I took some time to kick the bad habit of listening to songs using earpiece, starting from lowering down the volume, then slowly to not using earpiece. I listened to songs while doing homework. Thus, when I started working, without homework, I only listened to radio without earpiece.

A few years of peace until I got a job in a manufacturing plant where I needed to walk past the noisy production department to get to my department. No one will think that it is a big problem, since I am just walking past the area a few times in a day. So, no earplug to protect my ears. Furthermore, my ears have not been exposed to loud music for a few years, they should have “recovered”, right?

Steps to reduce the risks

No, they do not recover. My hearing test was marginally passed. What I can do now is to

1. Cover my ears whenever there is loud noise. Using earplugs to protect your ears is recommended.

2. Keep myself away from earpiece.

3. Keep every electronics device to lower volume.

4. Use speaker function on the phone if possible.

5. Avoid noisy environment if possible.

There is nothing I can do to reverse the damage done to my ears, I can only do my best not to hurt them anymore. If you read this post, please alert yourself and your loved ones on the risk of using earpiece and exposure to loud noise. Start as early as possible to protect your ears because the damage is irreversible.