Monday, April 30, 2007

Moral of the story?

Something to share:

An old man lived alone in Idaho. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who used to help him, was in prison.The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up gardenplot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.
Love Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Dad,
For heaven's sake, Dad, don't dig up that garden, that's where I buried theBODIES.
Love Son

At 4am the next morning, F.B.I. agents and local police showed up and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old manand left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad,
Go ahead and plant the potatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love Son

Any thoughts of the story?

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Real Hustle - Waitress Card Cloning

humans are just getting too too smart..its sometimes scary just how far can you protect yourself from all these scams!? Do this and do that to protect yourself and then just turn round the corner, another way of being scam..geeessss...So everyone just be extra extra cautious ok...

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

Saturday, April 21, 2007

What's your dream watch?

I remembered when I was young, we used to collect stamps..Sis used to have a book of stamps collection, while kiddo bro and I will help her to collect stamps too. As times goes by, I guess all of us has forgotten about this hobby thing that we used to do..

Now that we have all grown up, alot of grown ups have their own hobby. Some very expensive hobbies too such as collecting watches, pens even cars!

Watches are one of those fascinating items, so small yet so delicate, complex and classic, one tiny classic timepiece can be more expensive than a house. Now let me show you the world's most expensive watch...

At $1.6 million, Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile is touted as the world's most complex watch ever made designed as a 250th anniversary collectible. It took over 10,000 man-hours to create, has 834-parts, features an 18 carat silvered gold dial, hand-sewn alligator leather band and pink gold buckle.

My dream watch? Not this $1.6 million Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile...I'll keep you guys posted ;)

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Make Shane Bernier's wish come true

Heard on today's CTV news about a little seven year old boy, Shane Bernier who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was only five. Despite all the treatment given, last year, Shane experienced a relapse after completing 108 of 130 weeks of treatment.

His birthday is on 30th May, instead of money or toys, he will like to break the world record for the most birthday cards ever received. His goal is 350 million cards. His mother, Natalie said today on the CTV news that Till todate, he has received cards from all over the world, over 350,000; even one from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Dr.Phil and even John Travolta.

If you can spare the time to make a child's wish come true, please do send one card to him. Even if its just 3 words, "Happy Birthday Shane" that card will count as one. Send it to:

Shane Bernier
PO Box 484
Lancaster, Ontario
K0C 1N0

(the postal code is K(zero)C 1N(zero) in case its not clear)

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Pessimist and optimist

Whats the difference between a pessimist and an optimist?

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." Winston Churchill

"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose." Kahlil Gibran

Simple anology but very truthful ones. Thinking positively is the first step to whatever you face, for once you start to think positively, even if the end result falls short,you will still be happier and say, I tried my best!

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

parcels from home

2 days ago, we received a parcel from home and instantly I became a little kid anxiously, excitedly while carefully opening her Xmas gift on Christmas morning ;P examining and grinning over all the items in the parcels..inside were some Chinese DVDs specially brought by my doting sister and some other 'treasures' picked, brought and nicely packed and sent to us by our lovely family.

Whenever we received a parcel, "The One" and I will be grinning away and enjoying the 'love' sent from far away. When you are far away, as the Chinese saying goes, "108000 miles away from home", every little things warm your heart no matter how cold the weather is. There is my favourite Singapore tidbits, the chilli tapioca and mom also got "The One" some grape and strawberry filling marshmallows :) I guess as what the world known Singapore as, we are a nation of "food paradise/food heaven", food always bring back alot of memories...*dreamy eyes*

As the family always chat on MSN messenger, sis and mom will be telling me the little stories/encounters they had while buying those stuffs..Even my 3 year old nephew had a part to play in choosing one of the bag. :) Thank you all for taking the time to do all these for us, "The One" and I do appreciate and can feel the 'love' sent along with this little parcel...we are definitely taking our time to savour everything in the parcel!

When you are far away from home, what do you wish to receive most of all?

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love From PoohBear

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Neck sprain

Just one week ago, I had a neck sprain. Not sure if I was too tired or whatever, the next morning when I woke up, the neck muscle was so tensed up and I couldn't turn my neck. OUCHHHHH, "The One" tried to help by giving me a neck massage and finally, I had to turn to my trusty SALONPAS plaster for muscle ache and applied for 2 days before the neck sprain got any better..

Yesterday, "The One" had a neck sprain too! His was worst, he couldn't even move, a little turn and he will be like in great pain..geee..of course, we turn to my trusty plaster again for help. It did help to relieve a little of his pain and we went to visit the pharmacist who recommended us an analgesic cream (deep penetrating pain relief cream) coupled with muscle relaxant capsules. Now, "The One" feels better...

Anyone knows how why we get neck sprain? Our pillow too low? too flat? weather too cold, we ain't wearing warm enough or what?? Any preventive measures?

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

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Monday, April 09, 2007


Wanted to share with you guys a short film that Bryan (one of my gal friend, Janet's son) did with the NYP (Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore) final year of graduating student. The film titled, "The Letter" (just follow the link below to watch the short film.)

Life is always unpredictable. In life, you might be just so lucky to meet 'an angel', luckier if you can meet 'angels'..Friends are like angels who help to lift your feet up when your wings cannot fly. Thank you to all my friends (I'm lucky to say that in this life, I have met angels :) )and definitely to my family and "The One", who have and always are my angels; who never failed to give me their wholehearted support in whatever I do and who's always there for me through the goods and bads. I'm thankful and grateful for all that was given to me...

Enjoy the short film!

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter!

Easter, the Sunday of the Resurrection or Resurrection Day, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, which his followers believe occurred on the third day after his death by crucifixion.

Eggs are associated with Easter which symbolise new life and fertility (As with the bunny for fertility), traditionally Easter Eggs are decorated with dyes and in modern time, they have been substituted with eggs made from chocolate (hollow chocolate eggs wrapped in coloured foil), or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans. These are often hidden, supposedly by the Easter Bunny, for children to find on Easter morning.

You Are a Cadbury Creme Egg

You're the type that stole little brother's easter basket so that you could have MORE CANDY!

OK, that's a little note on Easter, Happy Easter..hope you guys have fun looking for Easter Eggs, Easter bunnies..and had lots of Easter chocolate eggs too!

P/S: kiddo bro, do you remember me ever stealing from your Easter basket huh? how untrue huh..hehehe

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

Saturday, April 07, 2007

its a Shepherd pie...Cottage pie..its ???

Shepherd Pie is another one of those something that I always wanted to try making..Off to Google in search of my Shepherd pie. From what I read and gathered so far, its just basically Minced meat topped with mashed potatoes and baked. easy neh?

OK, so shepherd pie is named coz its basically using lamb or mutton and when you change that to beef, you've got Cottage pie. As I had none except pork, what do I called it then? Hmm..who cares right, so anyway, what the heck, to the Kitchen I go! (that's my humble hmm Porkie pie that I made ;))

After some modification to a recipe I seen, there are 2 parts to making the shepherds pie: A. minced meat mixture, B. mashed potato

Here is the recipe:

Preheat Oven to 375oF

A. To make minced meat mixture:
500g Ground pork
1 onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped carrots
Few dashes of Worcestershire sauce (to own taste)
Pinch of Salt (to own taste)

1. Saute onions and carrot in butter until tender
2. Add ground pork, add salt and Worcestershire sauce, saute until no longer pink.
3. Remove and spread the cooked pork mixture in a baking dish.

B. To make Mashed Potatoes:
3-5 Potatoes
1-2 tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Milk
Pinch of Salt (to own taste)

1. Peel and cubed the potatoes, boil in water until tender.
2. Remove, drain and mash the potatoes
3. Melt butter in large frying pan (Use medium heat, do not use high heat)
4. Added mashed potatoes, mixed well
5. Add milk slowly, pinch of salt, mixed to form a smooth paste-like texture (Note: Add slowly the amount of milk to get a smooth paste like texture, you might need less/more depending on the size of the potato you use)
6. Remove and spread mashed potato over the cooked pork mixture which was previously spread in the baking dish.

Finally, put the baking dish into the preheated Oven and baked for 30-40 mins / till browned

Tatata...your Porkie pie hehehe DONE!


Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love From PoohBear

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Helicopter parenting & Strawberry generation

Was reading with interest on this article on Yahoo, "its a bird, its a plane, its helicopter parenting"

The articles talks about parents (of the baby boomers generation) who are consistently involved with their children's (Gen Y's kids) life..Parents who handed out their children's resumes at career fairs, showed up at job interviews, even calling employers to find out why their kid didn't get the job.

Dr Kerry Bernes, a psychology associate professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta mentioned, "I've seen situations where the parents insist that their child become a chartered accountant, or a physician or engineer, or whatever they think might be a prestigious or high-paying position," he says. "So you end up with bright kids who foreclose on a career decision based on what their parents want them to do, not what they themselves want to do."

Long before this, there was the labelling in Taiwan of those born between 1981 and 1991 as the "Strawberry Generation" as the generation of youth who are delicate, fragile and the inability to withstand pressure, difficulties and frustration.

If you do the calculation, those born between 1981 and 1991, they will be in the age range of 16-26 now in 2007; the age where they will be going to University and who may or have graduated and looking for jobs. With the labelling of "The Strawberry Generation" and the "Helicopter parenting", I seriously wonder how our future generation will turn out...

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

It is WINTER again, in SPRING

Yup, you read me right, It is WINTER again in APRIL when it is supposed to be Spring now. The picture is what it looks like outside our bedroom window this morning, flurries on the ground in April. Yesterday, when the weather forecast reported that there will be flurries today, "The One" and I went, 'huh? flurries?' We were out yesterday and when we were on our way back, got into our car, the flurries started to come down and temperature start to drop.

Just a few days back, "The One" and I were just starting to do some packing up of our winter wears, the winter jackets, scarfs, gloves, ear muffles etc and were airing some of those jackets before keeping. Even before I get the chance to pack them all up, this morning, we had to use them again hahaha...
This morning, the traffic on the Highways were chaotic too, alot of delays and accidents, probably the cars were driving too quickly and most of the cars will have removed their winter tires.

Temperature today will be in the minus degrees (norm at this time should be in the plus degree)and with the windchill, this morning felt like -6oC. Guess this year, Easter Bunnie (this Friday will be Good Friday and Sunday will be Easter Sunday) will need to wear ear muffles even??

Whats the world coming to? "Green" Xmas instead of "White" Xmas, "White" Easter instead of "Green" Easter??

Cheerios and Keep Smiling!
With Love from PoohBear

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

What is bridal shower?

When I was first invited to a Bridal shower, I had no idea what kind of an event will that be. After doing some 'homework' of reading up, I had a rough idea of what it will be. Bridal shower is not a custom event back home (in Sg)and recently, I attended my first bridal shower of a niece. A bridal shower is a gift giving party given for a bride before her wedding, whereby guests offer gifts for the bride and groom.

At the bridal shower, food were served, games were played (there was the 'advice game' where the ladies gave the bride-to-be advices on marriage, the 'creative game' where toilet rolls and tapes were given and with that, the ladies had to create 'paper gown' from those toilet rolls) and lastly, the bride-to-be opened the gifts that were given to her. The ladies (mostly friends, relatives such as aunties, nieces, cousins etc) from the bride and groom's family interacted, got to know each other and socialized in this event.

The event "socializes women into the hyper-feminized traditional wife role", emphasising on the future role of the bride-to-be as family cook, homemaker and sexual partner; but this role is more of a homage to the mothers and grandmothers than a reflection of how the bride-to-be will actually behave in the marriage.

Just my two cents worth of thought to the bride and groom. As a couple from different cultural background, it takes alot more work, giving and taking, tolerance and forgiveness, an open mind to the difference, patience, faith and trust to maintain your marriage than couple from similar cultural background. Congrats and best wishes to the couple.

Cheerios and keep smiling!
With Love from PoohBear
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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Happi Hatchday Angie!!

Will like to take the time today to wish a very dear gal friend that I known for a long time since my school days..we had lots of fun back then. She's a very strong gal, who has been through alot in life, who's a great singer, musically talented and a 'loyal' pal...who never failed to be there when you need her. To a friend who has taught me about life in your own way, I'm glad that in this life time, we have the chance to meet and know each other.

Just wanna say :

Dear Angie, Happi Hatchday! May all your wishes come true for you!
*muax muax*
Your Birthdate: April 1

You don't just believe in love at first site - you've experienced it.
You develop crushes pretty easily, but keeping your interest is another matter!
You are very prone to love - hate relationships.

Number of True Loves You'll Have: 2

Number of Times You'll Have Your Heart Broken: 4

You are most compatible with people born on the 1st, 10th, 19th, and 28th of the month.