Short Review on my Rebook Zquick Running Shoes

My birthday pressie from my hubby was a pair of Rebook Zquick running shoes. The reviews on Rebook Zqucik were generally positive, so eager to find out the performance of my Rebook Zquick, I went for a test run.

I must admit the start of the run was great. Rebook Zquick are light weighted and I seemed to be able to cover extra distance without putting in extra effort. Who doesn’t like it, right ?

However the real test comes after running for near 3 km. I started feeling pain at the bottom of my feet. It’s as if my feet were hitting the ground while I am running. Naturally, I slowed down. At the end of my 5 km run, my feet were sore and they hurt. The soreness continued for the next few days.

The verdict …. I guess I will stick with my Nike Picasus which provide great cushioning for my 5 km run, and keep my Rebook Zquick for walking and 2.4 km run.

Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert

Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert was a series of mathematics books I had bought on impulse 9 years ago when my genzkid was 5 years old.

I was approached by a sales representative at the road show who started telling me how good this series was.

Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert was a series of mathematics books I had bought on impulse 9 years ago when my genzkid was 5 years old.

I was approached by a sales representative at the road show who started telling me how good this series was.

As a first time mom then, I just wanted to get the best for my then 5 years old genzkid and persuaded by her on the great advantages my genzkid would gain (e.g. how he would grasp maths skills at a young age after using the series, how mother would always want the best for their kids and how my genzkid would thank me for doing what’s the best for him when he grew up) if I had this series of mathematics books complete with accessories, and not forgetting that she promised that she will make a trip to my house to teach my genzkid how to use the books and the accessories, I ended up paying near $1k for
Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert.

I waited for days and the sales rep never called for arrangement to my house which she promised she would. I called the company and request for a demo, I was told no such service was provided. I tried to use the set with my genzkid then but he was not keen so I gave up. “Never mind, I can keep this for my 2nd child.” I tried to comfort myself. And yes, I had my 2nd genzkid and today she is 7 years old and sadly, my Time Life – Learning Maths with Albert series are still as good as new save for the accessories which my 2nd genzkid played with.

You may ask, it was so many years ago and you remembered the incident so clearly? Yes I did because I totally regretted my action – acting on impulse and buy something which if I had thought twice, I would not have buy.

Today, do I still buy things on impulse? Unfortunately I still do occasionally especially if the stuff are for my kids but I think I have improved. At least I am deferring my desire to purchase the Osim massage chair and an chinese educational device which sales rep claimed my 2nd genzkid would pass her chinese with flying colors …..

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree a simple yet meaningful story. The tree unconditionally showered its love to the “little boy” who then became a man but still a “little boy” in its eyes. When the boy was young, he simply enjoyed the company of the tree. As time passed by, the little boy grew up and the tree aged. The “little boy”started making demands to the tree, who in turn fulfilled all his demands without hesitation – the apples, the branches, and the trunks. At the end of the story, the little boy (now a old man) was tired and only wants a quiet place to rest … The selfless tree left with its stump readily obliged. The tree was happy. Doesn’t this reflective of the unconditional love parents have for their children? Parents’ love for their children is perpetual no matter how old they are. These children might be the parents of their own kids, but in the parents’ eyes, they are still “their little kids”. Parents provide for their children unconditionally, not asking for any return. Yes, that’s how parents love their children. However, parents….. we may need to pause and think, is this “no boundary” love the right way of expressing our love for our children. In the story, the little boy never appreciated what the tree had done for him. He took the tree for granted and show no empathy and gratitude for what the tree had done and sacrificed for him. While we love our children, wouldn’t it be wrong for us to just shower them with love But isn’t right for us to just shower them with love, without teaching them what they need to know ? Aren’t we doing them harm if we as parents overly protect our children – when they make mistakes, we cover for them; when they face with difficulties in life, we clear the hurdens for them; when they face a problem, we readily solve it for them? Is this type of unconditional love right? Shouldn’t we as parents teach them what they need to learn in life while showering them with our love at the same time. Gratitude, empathy, respect, integrity, honesty, perseverance are some of the values we as parents should teach the kids … This is the way, I feel, as parents should do to show their unconditional love for their children. For we love you, we want to teach you well so you can stand up straight and be proud of yourself and live your life with no regrets.

My little giant…

I remembered the day when you were born
I say hi little angel welcome to the world
You answered with your loudest cry like saying I prefer to stay inside

Day goes by and how much you have grown
From my little angel to my little man and now my little giant
Almost as tall as I am, I no longer got the strength to carry

Just remember my little giant
We love you for who you are
Today, tomorrow and forever …..

Haze rings the registers for some business

The recent haze started our shopping spree… First the surgical masks, then the N95, next the air purifier.

This shopping spree is no fun (trust me). Everything that used to be readily available seems to be running out of stock soon. Much tries, we managed to get the masks… but the real challenge was finding an air purifier.

Air purifier seems to be an essential item in any household. Freaky out, I tried to shop for one last weekend but I left the malls empty handed….. “Due to overwhelming response, all air purifiers are temporary out of stock.”

So yes, we do not have an air purifier at home … Not yet. Just today, my friend showed me a pic of the dirty filter of her air purifier … For only 2 weeks, the filter was filled with dirt !!!! My god, I was shocked !!!! She told me, “see, I told you right… You need an air purifier especially if you have kids at home.”

This weekend, I will be out hunting for a purifier again… Some told me Honeywell is the best, some said Novita while others said Sharp. So what’s your recommendation ???

Thanks to Genzkid, I love CN Blue….

 

I get to know CN Blue because of Jung Yong Hwa.  He was Kang Shin Woo in a popular K idol-drama then – You’re Beautiful.    I was mesmerized by his cool yet caring character in the drama.  That’s when I found out he is the leader, the main guitarist  and vocalist of boy band CN Blue.  Okay, I wasn’t a k fan then so this is it until one day, my genzkid asked me if I know CN Blue and I said ya. He continued if I know the song “I am a loner”.    Trying to be “in” and have a common topic with him, I started googling news on CN Blue.   That’s when I started my new love …. CN Blue – and all thanks to my genzkid.

What do I have to say about these boys …. Well, I think they are hardworking, energetic,  humble, fun loving and of course … cute and handsome !  It is a joy watching them.   They never failed to have fun when they are together.  They never failed to shown their support for their other members when either of them appeared in dramas.

Have you watched Heartstrings ? That’s when I realized that Kang Min Hyuk, the drummer, is not only good at his drums…  oh boy, he can sing too!  You should listen to his “Star”.    Btw, he is my genzkid’s bias because of the way he plays his drum …COOL is the word he used to describe Min Hyuk.

Okie, Yong Hwa never disappoints me in Heartstrings…  Not so much the acting (though i must admit i love watching him on screen) but more his songs … If you love Yong Hwa, you should read Klaritia’s blog.  I read her blog by chance and yes, I am certain she  is a huge fan of Yong Hwa. (http://klaritia.wordpress.com/)

Lee Jung Shin is the rapper and bassist.  I noticed him because he is the tallest in the group.  He is also the shyest in my opinion.  I like to see his cute shy smile.    He is currently in drama series – My Daughter Seo Young.  Watch the drama if you like his cuteness.

Lastly, my bias –  Lee Jong Hyun, the lead guitarist and vocalist.  Between Yong Hwa and Jong Hyun, I prefer Jong Hyun’s voice (sorry Klaritia).   It is so deep and soothing.  Oh..  did I mention that I love his dimples and when he smiles, his eyes brighten up instantly .  Catch him on A Gentleman’s Dignity and his solo – My Love is really good.  Go to you tube and listen to his version of I’m Yours (Jason Marz)  – thumbs up!

And thanks to my genzkid, I am more a CN Blue fan than he is now….

非常班级 – 月亮"亲吻"地球之Girl Girl,Go Go!

A chinese book review done by my genzkid …

非常班级 – 月亮"亲吻"地球之Girl Girl,Go Go!

作者 – 伍美珍

主人物 – 晓豆

哓豆的班有两个歌唱组合。 一个是 "E girl", 另外一个是 "帅 boy"。  "E gi r l "是他们的死对头,都叫"帅 boy"为"衰boy"。

晓豆,唐阿祺,严若琳和敏魏依是"E gi r l "的组员。  一天,敏魏依求晓豆写多一点歌,因为"帅 boy"已完成了两首歌了。在讨论该怎么办时,她们碰到了"帅boy"的两大"美男"。他们对"E girl"投来冰冷的眼神。若琳气得马上喊到:"站住!两头。。。。猪!"晓豆接着说:"他们也可以做豪猪,花猪,笨猪,白猪,野猪,等等。。。。"这可气坏了两位"美男"但"E girl"可乐得象盛开的花。这一战暂时看来是"E girl"赢了。

一天下课后,由于晓豆的父母亲要补度蜜月,她怕一个人在家,所以晓豆哀求其他"E girl"的成员去她家住一个星期。成员们回家问了各自的父母亲,都得到了他们的同意。这个天大的喜讯乐坏了晓豆和组员们。一个"无家长"的日子就快开始了。。。。一个早上,"E girl” 成员除了阿祺一起从晓豆家去学校。到了学校却怎么样都没见到阿祺。难道阿祺失踪了?要是让阿祺的家长知道了,那还得了!放学后大家都决定去找她,可一到家就见到了阿祺。大家都请她好好解释到底是怎么回事。原来当阿祺一早到学校时就被叫去校长室。校长告诉她一个好消息和坏消息。好消息就是校长决定让她们在学校的艺术节开幕之前上台演出。坏消息就是。。。"”帅boy” 也会参加演出。"若琳抢答道。阿祺因为太兴奋所以在校长的同意下去每个”E girl” 的家把这消息告诉她们的家长。

表演当天,帅 boy 客气的让 “E girl” 先表演。当到 “帅 boy” 时,他们每个人的手里都拿着一个装满了小布娃娃的篮子。原来他们准备了超可爱的手机链送给大家。可恶!”E girl” 们都气得说不出话来。当其中一名 “帅boy” 的成员不小心被电线绊倒时,”E girl” 们都乐得哈哈大笑.不过帅boy卖力和精彩的演出却不得不让”E girl” 们佩服。

时间过得很快,班上又要举行班会了。作为总策划员的晓豆在头痛应不应该让 “帅boy” 参加表演。如果不让他们参加,他们一定会向老师告壮她公报私仇。但如果让他们参加又有点对不起自己。晓豆最后还是让他们加入因为他们上一次的表演还真的很不赖。"帅boy"这次表演的节目是刘心武的"话堵话"。他们的演出不但精彩,有趣还非常搞笑。表演在欢乐的笑声中结束。大家都对晓豆投以欣赏的眼神。那眼神好象是对晓豆伟大的决策表示肯定。

我觉得这是一本好书。作者把故事写得又详细又好笑。这个故事也告诉了我做人不可以记仇,应该看大局和有一颗宽容的心。这样才能让自己和周围的人快乐。我一定会把这本书介绍给大家。

My top 5 2012 K drama so far …

Afrer my genzkid finished his PSLE, I finally have time to catch up my K drama, and here’s what I like so far …

1. Rooftop Prince – Micky Yoochun & Han Ji Min. Synopsis: When Crown Prince Lee Gak is transported 300 years into the future to present day Seoul along with his three retainers, they believe that it is their duty to solve the murder case of the Crown Princess in order to return to Joseon. They land in the rooftop apartment of Park Ha, a cheerful woman in her mid-20s, who eventually believes the odd quartet’s predicament and becomes their guardian. As Park Ha educates the four on life in the 21st century, Lee Gak comes across Hong Se Na, who seems to be the reincarnation of his wife. Taking on the identity of Yong Tae Yong, Lee Gak slowly begins to unravel the murder of Yong Tae Yong and in turn moves closer to solving the murder case of the Crown Princess. As he finds himself in love with Park Ha, he figures that maybe the Crown Princess was not so perfect after all…

2. Ghost (aka Phantom) – So Ji-Sub & Lee Yeon-hee. Synopsis – the story of the cyber investigation squad fights against the cyber crimes. Kim Woo Hyun (So Ji Sub) is the only son of a high ranking police officer. He entered the police academy ranked first and graduated from the academy ranked first. As a detective, he then joins the cyber investigation department together with Yoo Gang Mi (Lee Yeon Hee). Woo Hyun then works to reveal the secrets of those that hide within the cyber world.

3. The Moon That Embraces the Sun – Kim Soo Hyun, Han Ga In & Jung Il Woo. Synopsis – “The Moon Embracing The Sun” tells a love story between King Lee Hwon and a female shaman named Wol. Wol was born from a noble family and became the crown princess, but she was entrapped and faced execution. Finally, she lived as a shaman.

4. Panda & Hedgehog – Lee Dong Hae & Yoon Seung Ah. Synopsis – Go Seung Ji (Lee Dong Hae) is a patissier who has been an orphan since childhood and has a gruff and prickly personality that matches his nickname of “Hedgehog (Goseumdochi).” He meets the easygoing and sweet-natured Pan Da Yang (Yoon Seung Ah), better known as “Panda,” who hires him as the new patissier of Café Panda. Together, the two work to make Café Panda a success while fending off competition from the Saint Honoré bakery franchise.

5. To the Beautiful You – Choi Min-Ho, Sulli Choi & Lee Hyun-woo. Synopsis – The series centers on Goo Jae Hee, a Korean girl who lives in the United States. One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Kang Tae Joon. She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Korea to attend the same school that Tae Joon attends after he suffers an accident that could potentially end his career. There is a catch, however: Tae Joon attends an all-boys high school and Jae Hee must disguise herself as a boy to enter.