CLASSES FOR MEN

Couple of weeks ago as I prepared for my trip, I was clearing work emails and found this:-

(Women In Charge Of Everything)

Is proud to announce the opening of its
EVENING CLASSES FOR MEN!
OPEN TO MEN ONLY
ALL ARE WELCOME

Note: due to the complexity and level of difficulty, each course will accept a maximum of eight participants

The course covers two days, and topics covered in this course include:

DAY ONE

HOW TO FILL ICE CUBE TRAYS
Step by step guide with slide presentation

TOILET ROLLS- DO THEY GROW ON THE HOLDERS?
Roundtable discussion

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAUNDRY BASKET & FLOOR
Practice with laundry basket (Pictures and graphics)

DISHES & SILVERWARE;
DO THEY LEVITATE/FLY TO KITCHEN SINK
OR DISHWASH BY THEMSELVES?
Debate among a panel of experts.

REMOTE CONTROL
Losing the remote control – Help line and support groups

LEARNING HOW TO FIND THINGS
Starting with looking in the right place
Instead of turning the house upside down while screaming –
Open forum

DAY TWO

EMPTY MILK CARTONS;
DO THEY BELONG IN THE FRIDGE OR THE BIN?
Group discussion and role play

HEALTH WATCH;
BRINGING HER FLOWERS IS NOT HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
PowerPoint presentation

REAL MEN ASK FOR DIRECTIONS WHEN LOST
Real life testimonial from the one man who did

IS IT GENETICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SIT QUIETLY
AS SHE PARALLEL PARKS?
Driving simulation

LIVING WITH ADULTS;
BASIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN
YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR PARTNER
Online class and role playing

HOW TO BE THE IDEAL SHOPPING COMPANION
Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques

REMEMBERING IMPORTANT DATES
& CALLING WHEN YOU’RE GOING TO BE LATE
Bring your calendar or PDA to class

GETTING OVER IT;
LEARNING HOW TO LIVE WITH BEING WRONG ALL THE TIME
Individual counsellors available

My husband was laughing out loud when he read it … probably coz he relates to a couple of them especially the empty milk cartons one but in our household coz we don’t drink milk, so it’s empty juice cartons. Honestly though, other than that, he was made for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Namaste From Nawan Nagar

Am in town today so dropping by an internet cafe where the connection is faster and better to make a quick update post.ย  No pictures coz there isn’t anything I can connect my camera to the computer :p

India’s been good so far. The village I’m in is really conservative so I’m in a Punjabi suit all the time, got to keep my head covered and all ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of the villagers don’t even look me in the face!!ย  That’s how conservative theyย are.ย  I haven’t met another Chinese since I arrived either so needless to say, I stick out. ย Really gives you a different perspective. The villagers don’t speak any English at all soI spent most of the time with the other foreigners. So much so I don’t feel like I’m in India at all :p

I’m surviving India though.ย  I’m loving the food, learning to sleep without a heater, yes, it’s totally possible and basically enjoying myself thoroughly ๐Ÿ™‚

Till my next update, take care y’all!!!

Children and Festivities

It’s my first week in India and everyone should be getting ready to usher in the new year of the Ox.ย  It isn’t the first Chinese New Year I’ve missed.ย  Had missed a couple when I had to go back to Perth for uni but as I get older I learn to appreciate the festivities more.ย  It’s a time to hang out with family and friends … basically time to remember what counts in life ๐Ÿ™‚

Andย last Christmas showed me what really makes the festivities more fun – CHILDREN!!ย  I mean they’re the ones that gets the coolest presents and without them, what excuse would we have to play with dolls that eat and poop andย Lego trains ๐Ÿ™‚

Wonder what the year of the Ox holds for me?ย  Since I’m born in the year of the Rabbit, it’s suppose to be a stable one but we know already, my lifeย is filled withย changes happening everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚ so whether you believe in horoscopes or not, here’s my warmest wishes for the year of the Ox filled with loads of happines and children with cool pressies!!!

Off to India

I’ve been telling everyone that I’m going to Chandigarh but in fact I’ll be something like 2hours away from India’s most organised city. In an area called Nawan Nagar. You can’t find it on a map but it’s in the Panchkula, Haryana area, which you can find on the map. So it’s safe to say where I’ll be heading it’s going to be pretty rural. I’m not sure what to expect or if I’ll even last 8 weeks yet strangely, I’m terribly excited.

I haven’t done anything like that my whole life. Go outside my comfort zone and push my own limits. It is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now though. I remember having graduated from uni and wanting to do something like this but I knew my parents wouldn’t have it. Now in my 30s, my parents would prefer I wouldn’t do something like this either but they also know that I’ve gain a little bit more in the last decade or so :p It also helps that my husband is going to be with me and we actually know people where we’re going. So I was real thankful at how my calmly my parents took to my plans about going. I could sense their worry and wondered will parents ever stop worrying about their children … I think, no. That made me realise I do have the coolest parents around ๐Ÿ™‚ They didn’t appear too worried and calmly discussed the things I needed to do to get ready.

I’ll be flying off this Friday night and I’m not sure if I’ve got everything … like I said, I’ve never done anything like this before so I can only plan as far as my imagination and common sense take me to. I’m bringing my computer with me and will try and blog from there but I’m not sure what the schedule will be like and if connections in rural India are any reliable. So if you don’t hear from me from 17th January, don’t worry, I’ll be back 14th March with updates galore.

Till then, everyone take care and be safe!!

P/S: I’ve scheduled 8 random post that I’ve done up, they’ll come on every Wednesday so you, my lovely family and friends, won’t get bored when you check in ๐Ÿ™‚ See you all in 8 weeks!!

Little Black Dresses

What happens when you’ve worked together for over 2 years? Some days you come to work dressed alike. Who would have thought we’d wake up in our separate homes and feel like putting on a little black dress today?

Thanks to Mr Head of SFC who took this photo with his spanking new Panasonic camera or we wouldn’t have this picture for posterity ๐Ÿ™‚

Project Tan-MacLaughlan First Home

There’s discussion, very very initial discussions about my husband and me getting our own place. It’s the next stage of ‘growing up’ that in all honesty, I’m a tad scared of :p I have issues with long term commitments … yes, it took me a while to do the whole marriage thing so this long term mortgage with the home is a really quite scary … but that’s what grown ups do, right? So I’m sucking it up and trying to get into the swing of things ๐Ÿ™‚ By that, I mean I’m checking out what kind of dรฉcor I’d like to have, flooring, colours, themes … coz these are the things I can get excited about. More than all of these, I love researching storage spaces!!

The other thing I know is that I want mirrors, lots of mirrors and photos ๐Ÿ™‚ My partner-in-crime, Daph reckons I should be looking at houses before the interiors :p I agree, totally agree but this is what will motivate me to start looking at flats. I’m hoping for one in a quiet area, close to parks where we can take walks and possibly not too far from public transport.

So while I wait for the next HDB sale thingie that they do ever so often, I’m asking around:-

  1. What would you do differently about your home?
  2. What is the best thing you did in your home?

Daph’s advice to me is make sure I have enough storage space ๐Ÿ™‚ Totally agree with her again. No wonder we make good partners ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish Singapore had The Container Store franchise. I love how they have a storage solution for everything and I literally mean EVERYTHING. In the US, it’s one of the stores I could spend hours in. Other than storage, what’s your advice?

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Back In Tokyo

Not me but Jules, who by now should be snuggled in her bed in Tokyo since it’s all chilly over there. In about a week and a half, I’ll be freezing my little tushie off in India too. Meanwhile, here’s some warm pictures of us having dinner at Cedele (which is one of our favourite places to hang out … strangely we’re always there when it’s the 4 of us) … just us generally having fun making a fool of ourselves:-

This time we learnt how to make take-ko (think that’s hokkien for pole) Tessycat finish her meal – don’t feed her the meal before.

I’ve eaten with her numerous times now and this is the FIRST time, she’s actually finished her entire meal and even had dessert. This has NEVER happened before and all because Mr Tan aka Tessycat’s other half didn’t feed her lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

We also tried taking a picture of ourselves but when it’s 4 people, it’s not the most ideal for self shot moments.

Then there was the brilliant thought of using the self timer. It took us long to decide how to set up the camera and even longer to actually set it up.

It was pretty worth while since the picture of us came out quite nicely. Thank goodness for digital cameras, I say ๐Ÿ™‚

So till Julia’s next trip back home or till the three of us find ourselves in Tokyo, this will have to do. Write or blog soon Jules, we miss you already!!!