Archive for January, 2011

It took all of 54 minutes…

… to re-format the laptop. The laptop that I’ve been using for 5 years.

The season of life changing events continue. So, today, I lost my job, technically. I left on mutual consent.

What started out as a plea for a helping hand (thanks again, Uncle H!) has ended on a somewhat happy note.

From no results, to great results, from stability to upheaval to stability again, from available mentor to fending for myself, from “refer to boss” to “the buck stops with me”, and much more…

The learning experience was wide-ranging, and the lessons, invaluable. 

Hard not to feel a sense of loss. Is it the timeframe of 5 years (not a short time), or too short a time to savour the results?

The pessimist in me should learn to focus on the gain instead of the loss. With that thought, we will start all over again next month.

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Blogging in 2010 – report from

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 83 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 107 posts. There were 81 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 4th with 32 views. The most popular post that day was Butterflies in my stomach.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for, yog commercial, nbabymakes3, thomson medical peter lim ivf singaporemotherhood, and nbabymakes3.wordpress.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Butterflies in my stomach April 2010
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Photos May 2010


Half Year Mark October 2010


How about a theme song for the blog? April 2010


Vive la France! January 2010
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A breather

There have been endless things to do in the Lim household. 4, 5 hours of sleep has been the norm these past weeks. Only last night did we manage to sleep before midnight.

So, there’s now a change of (living) environment. I’m not known for being adaptable, but I will have to learn, and learn fast. From 1200sqft to 100sqft with 10 years of  accumulated stuff is not easy, but it has to be done. Little girl may also be having some difficulties adjusting, having woken up at night for the past few nights. That just adds to our fatigue.

At the office, the environment has also become less conducive for blogging. That’s why we’ve been late with updates and 5 posts are only appearing now.

Bear with us, our readers. We will settle in. Soon, we hope.

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Busy headless chicken

39 hours without sleep, and counting…

Post Date: 20 Jan 11

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Minding your P(re-schooler)s and Q(ueue)s

There has been much talk recently about parents’ investment in their kids’ education.

Fancy paying $20,000 a year for pre-school?

Or how about queuing overnight for a brandname kindergarten, just to get on their waitlist?

I hope these parents are not thinking that by paying top dollar, they can “outsource” parenting to the schools. Yes, education is important, but parents still have a huge role to play in their children’s development. We still need to teach them values (like filial piety and respect for elders), ethics (right from wrong), be a role model for them, and most importantly, reinforce what they have learnt at school.

All said and done, I do not have spare $20k lying around, but I also do not have an aversion to queuing…

Post Date: 20 Jan 11

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First day of school

Yesterday I participated in the island-wide, once a year event, called Primary 1’s first day of school.

Looking at the little kids reminded me of my own Primary 1 days.  There was this incident where the girl sitting next to me pooed in her pants. And she kept quite still, I remember, without looking squirmish. The teacher walked past and smelled something.

“Do you need to go to the toilet”, she asked me accusingly.

With the intensive English I had picked up from 2 years of kindergarten prior, I replied in a heightened tone, 

“I no!”

Haha. In today’s parlance, that meant: “It’s not me!”

Looking around at the parents, I couldn’t help but notice some of them were genuinely concerned for their young charges, fussing over them, away from the watchful eyes of the teachers.

Had it been me, I would be beaming with pride. I so badly want to beam with pride soon, but it will be many more years from now…

Post Date: 20 Jan 11

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Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

Wow, I hardly noticed it and 2010 is already gone.

Looking back a year ago, we were still preparing little princess’ room. There was much excitement and great anticipation. I wasn’t sure if we would be good parents, and we wondered who she would take after. A year later today, we are the proud parents of a lively little girl that smiles a lot and loves to walk around supported. She makes faces, has learnt to scream and is loving her semi-solids. We continue to be amazed by her on a daily basis.

30 Dec 2010, the first time in a baby chair

On the work and personal fronts, the end of the year had been extremely hectic. It seems like most of the activities for the year were condensed into the last 2 months of 2010. There was the great leap of faith, major decisions to make, work changes, keeping personal promises and many, many errands to run.

A peaceful New Year's Eve family dinner

The pace leading into the new year is not going to let up. The level of activity will remain high, hopefully only for the first 3 months of 2011. I just hope that things will stabilise after that.

My New Year Wishes:

that little princess will grow and develop well, that CL and I can stay healthy and get more sleep, and that things will work out on the job front.

Here’s Wishing Our Family and Friends Good Health and Abundance of Happiness in the New Year!



Post Date: 20 Jan 11

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