Joyful 阅

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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I Don’t Know Babies Burp

*Burp*     “Excuse me.”

“It’s ok. Everyone burps, even babies.”

“I don’t know babies burp.”

It was the conversation between me and an 11-year-old girl who just burped.

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Before I was pregnant, I told my future baby that I am ready for him or her, physically, mentally, physiologically, psychologically, financially, you name it. I read up books on pregnancy, articles on how to raise a child, save money, exercise to keep myself fit and healthy, etc. Yes, I thought I was ready. But I was wrong. The labour was a horror even though I had attended the antenatal class and learnt how to “push”. Despite knowing that breast milk is little but sufficient for baby on first few weeks, my baby keeps crying for milk every hour, 24 hours everyday. Three months after the labour, things slowly get better with an exhausted mum, thinking how arrogant I was when I said I was ready.


Preparation for baby

You can never be ready enough. Self-confidence is good. But over-confidence will take you by surprise. Even if you have studied diligently and done all the homework, you still need to do revision before the examination. For students who are in Primary 5 this year, it is never too early to start preparing for PSLE next year. Happy preparing and getting ready!

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Let’s Learn Mathematics (Primary Level) — Model Method 4

Continuation from Let’s Learn Mathematics (Primary Level) — Model Method 3

Here is another example on comparison model to compare two or more items.

Question: 8 similar dictionaries and 12 similar assessment books cost S$196. Each assessment book costs S$2 less than each dictionary. How much does each dictionary cost?

First, draw the model based on the question.


Comparison model based on the question

Each assessment book costs S$2 less than each dictionary, thus 8 similar dictionaries cost S$16 more than 12 similar assessment books.

S$2 x 8 = S$16

From the model, we can see that the total cost is 8 units of dictionaries, 12 units of assessment books and S$16. To find the cost of a single unit, we subtract S$16 from the total cost.

S$196 − S$ 16 = S$180

Total units = 8 + 12

= 20 units

S$180 ÷ 20 = S$9

The cost of a single unit is S$9. The question asks for the cost of each dictionary, thus we need to add S$2 to get the final answer.

S$9 + S$2 = S$11

Each dictionary costs S$11.

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Disclaimer: The Mathematics questions are purely created for discussion purpose. Any resemblance to actual questions from books or schools is coincidental.

It is November Again

This is my 201st post and it marks another year of blogging for me. The writing has slowed down because I wish to enjoy my pregnancy journey rather than rush through it. I have not decided whether I will change the writing style, I would like to continue to write about language learning and education with added experience in becoming a new mother.

I have an uncompleted task to share my Japanese language learning experience from last year. Thus, there is no new item this year. My wish is to have a happy and healthy baby while maintaining my blog until November 2015 and further.

Wish me all the best! I hope to see you along the way to my next double anniversary.


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Book Review — 小王子

The Little Prince is a famous book, but it has never been in my bucket list because of my education background. During school, we have a long list of Chinese story books and novels to read that I have never thought of reading The Little Prince.

One day, my friend lends me the book. Maybe it is time for me to read the book?

小 = little, small

王子 = prince


作者:Antoine de Saint-Exupéry




The Little Prince

This is a bilingual book. I read the Chinese language section while referring to the English language section once in a while. After reading the book, the impression I have on The Little Prince is only one word: sad.

The Little Prince, whom we do not know his age, has his own views on the universe. He seems pessimistic at times, but he is optimistic at other times. I believe people at different ages read with different perspectives and gets different conclusions. As a mum-to-be, I think about my child’s future while thinking about the philosophy that I would teach my child in future.

I like the words from a three-petals flower the most:

“They have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult.”


Literally, the flower is happy that she has roots that help her not to be blown away by the wind. On the other hand, we can think of roots as our traditions and cultures that define us. I start thinking about what types of “roots” to give to my child.

Have you read The Little Prince? If no, please have a thought at reading it, at least once. If yes, please consider to read it the second time or the third time or the n time. The simple story is sure to give you some surprises even you have read it before.

For children, I would recommend this book to be read as a story book to learn new vocabulary and learn two languages at the same time. For the philosophy part, we leave it to the adults.

Happy reading!


When Help Comes with Conditions

Two different encounters, two different responses. I do not know whether I have done the right thing, but I know I will not regret.

1. Will you pay for me?

As my husband and I were queuing to pay for the groceries at the supermarket, a woman in her 50s approached us and asked us to pay for a bottle of 1.5l Coke. My first response was to reject her. My husband, on the other hand, pitied her and asked why she wanted us to pay. She said her mother wanted to drink and she was unable to pay because she was jobless.

As I was the one who was paying for the groceries, my husband had to reject her no matter how much he pitied her. My husband asked her to ask other people instead. When we had done shopping, we took a glance at her and she was still asking around but no one wanted to pay for her.

Later, my husband told me her mother looked like a retarded person. I did not see her mother. Still, based on the following reasons, I insist that I will not pay for her:

(a) Coke is not healthy food. If she wanted to buy a loaf of bread, a tin of biscuits or a packet of noodles, I would consider paying.

(b) Coke is for drinking. I would buy food for someone so that he or she would not get hungry but not drinks. Singapore pipe water is safe for drinking, so a person can always get free water. OK, maybe I am too harsh… I would consider buying the person a bottle of mineral water.

(c) The woman can always go to Ministry of Social and Family Development to get some help. If she does not know where to start, she can always go to any community centre to ask.

(d) There are too many con people out there and I do not trust the woman.

2. Can you give us 10 cents?

I was taking the lift down and saw my neighbour’s boy and two other children at the lift door. He asked me for 10 cents. Before I could ask further, he said he wanted to buy ice cream. There were two boys and a girl. I know the two boys, they live at my block. I asked whether 10 cents was enough. The girl showed me that she had 45 cents and she was short of 10 cents to buy an ice cream. The other boy said they (the two boys) needed 50 cents each.

So, I gave the two boys 50 cents each and the girl 10 cents. The girl said thank you happily while my neighbour’s boy teased her, “She is my neighbour, not yours.”

I laughed inside my heart at the boy’s comment. I like girls more than boys, and since they are together, they must be friends, though she is not my neighbour. I won’t tell the little boy that I would rather pay for the girl. I walked away happily.

Why I pay for the children?

(a) I know the two boys.

(b) I like the girl.

(c) I have always wanted to help the old ice cream vendor but I cannot eat ice cream and other cold food. I do not want to pay the ice cream vendor without getting the ice cream because he may think that I pity him. This is just a good chance for me to help the old vendor indirectly.

(d) I feel happy when I help them.


In both situations, I use logical facts to analyze. Of course, the second situation has an advantage because I know the boys and the old ice cream vendor sells ice cream daily nearby my neighbourhood.

Do you help with a condition? Please share your views. Thanks.

Sponge Time

Being hospitalized and bedridden is not a fun experience. Nevertheless, we should always look at things with a different perspective.

I was worried when the doctor told me that I might have a miscarriage. Still, now that I am discharged, I would like the readers and myself to have a good memory of my hospitalization.

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1. “We will sponge you.”

I was shocked when two nursing students came to me at 7 a.m. and told me that they were going to sponge me.

I was hospitalized on the day before with vaginal bleeding and threatened miscarriage. All I worried about was the baby and I did not think much about how I was going to take a shower. My husband had brought my toothbrush and toothpaste but I was not thinking about cleaning myself at 7 a.m.

Sponge means freshen the patient on the bed. The two nursing students wiped my whole body, except my hair, with wet wipes and changed my hospital clothes. That’s how I started my second day at the hospital.

I was looking forward to the sponge time on the third day morning. It was the first time I was bedridden, For me, sponge means cleaning the dishes or the kitchen top. I am sure on the second day of hospitalization, I do not need any “sponging”. But it was a new experience for me and I enjoyed it. Thank you, nursing students. I hope you will be great nurses when you graduate.


2. “Have you cut your hair?”

On the third day morning after my sponge time, a nursing student asked whether I had had my hair cut. Again, I was shocked. I was bedridden even when I was sent to the ultrasound scanning room, how was I supposed to get a hair cut?

Later, I figure out that when the nursing student saw me on the first two days, I was worried and sad, my head was down near the shoulder and thus it looked as if I had shoulder-length hair. I had the ultrasound scanning done on the second day afternoon. The baby was OK and the bleeding had lessened. So, when she saw me on the third day morning, I have had my sponge time and cleared my worries, I must have looked more cheerful and have lifted up my head a little.


3. “It’s OK. My BP is always low.”

The nurses check every patient’s temperature and blood pressure (BP) every four hours. It should not be a problem as these two are the basic indicators to show that the patient is on the right track to recovery.

The problem arises when I have a low BP by nature. Other patients only need to take one BP reading while I need to take two or more. Every time, I inform the nurse that I have low BP and there is nothing to worry about. Nonetheless, all the nurses are responsible; they will take the BP reading for the second or third time, in different ways, to confirm that my BP reading is OK. Thus, during the three-day stay at the hospital, I have tried electronics BP machine and the manual BP method. Furthermore, I have tried, for the first time, to have my BP reading taken from my legs.

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Learning is not from books alone. The hospitalization has made me more knowledgeable on my condition and how the hospital operates. I even asked the patient beside me on the discharge procedure. “Enjoy” the experience, it may be once-in-a-lifetime experience.