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….

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.

Kpops, K songs, K drama – anyone?

Ask me about CN Blue, Super Junior, Lee Min Ho, … I can have endless chat with you.

Ask me about CN Blue, Super Junior, Lee Min Ho,  … I can have endless chat with you.

Talk to me about k drama – City Hunter, Heartstrings, Secret Garden … I can do a quick recap of the story for you immediately.

Need help which web to visit for the latest kpop news? Ask me – I have a few links in my favourite.

K songs? No problem …. Love Girl, Mr Simple, You Are So Beautiful, JoJo, Gee .. Just to name a few … Need the lyrics? Sure !

Amazing hah… Well, thanks to my 11 year-old Genzkid who is so ” in” to those k dramas, k songs and kpop that I have to keep myself up to-date so I can have common topic with him. Guess what, I am now so into these that I am enjoying myself too. Now, I’m even considering having my own k blog!

But most importantly, I am my Genzkid’s idol cos his mom is so “hip”!

Anyone out there like me to introduce some nice k drama?????

Planning Your First Holiday as a Parent

As a new parent, each and every day holds an exciting experience. From the first time your baby clasps onto your finger, to their very first Christmas, each day adds to the wonder of being a mom or dad.

As a new parent, each and every day holds an exciting experience. From the first time your baby clasps onto your finger, to their very first Christmas, each day adds to the wonder of being a mom or dad. Clearly, you want to make your first holiday season as a parent run as smoothly as possible.

Follow the tips below to plan your first holiday as a new family without a hitch:

1. Intimate or traditional? As a new parent, it’s well within your rights to want to spend your first holidays as a new family alone. If you plan to go this route, be prepared to explain to the grandparents why you’re choosing to exclude them from your holiday plans this year.

* Keep in mind that this holiday is special for others in your family, too. If you’re planning to spend a holiday alone with your new family, consider spending a few days before the actual holiday with both sets of grandparents to satisfy their wishes.

* If you’re being pushed into attending your parents’ traditional dinner, firmly stand your ground. Be as respectful as possible, but lovingly remind your family that this holiday is about you, your spouse, and your baby making your mark as a family.

2. Religious differences. Even if you’re already married, cultural and religious differences can often come into play for the very first time when the baby’s first holiday is near. If you and your spouse are clearly on the same page, this is much easier. However, if you believe differently, have a sit-down chat about what compromises you’re both willing to make.

* If you’re aware that your family and spouse’s family have differences in cultural and religious beliefs, consider incorporating both traditions into the holiday as much as you can.

3. Banish guilt. You are now a parent. And, as a parent, you make the decisions as to what is considered best for your child.

* Avoid feeling guilty for wanting to start your own holiday tradition this year. As a family, your own special traditions are a wonderful part of your family’s story. If people are truly upset that you are marching to your own drum, continue to keep your focus on the bigger picture.

* Remember that every member of your family that has children has dealt with family guilt when they attempt to start their own holiday traditions. Ask others for advice. You’ll ease your guilt and gain support at the same time.

4. Relieve the stress. Your new baby is too young to care whether you hung the garland correctly, burned the ham, or put too much mayonnaise in the potato salad. Stop stressing over the small details and just enjoy your first holiday as a parent.

* Many new parents feel as if they must do everything themselves in order to appear put together. But you’ll enjoy your holiday more if you ask for help!

* Chances are that your parents needed the help of their parents in your early childhood. And they’re likely waiting to blissfully lend a helping hand in your early stages of parenthood. Ask and you shall receive!

Clearly, your first holiday season as a parent is important. But if it’s laden with stress, it’s also important to take a step back, analyze the situation, and tame the source of your stress. This is a time for joy, love, and family. And, most importantly, it’s a time for snuggling with your little peanut!

Enjoy this holiday season as a new parent. After all, you only get to experience this once in a lifetime.

Shopping Trip – Ho Chi Minh City

I’ve just returned from a 3 days shopping trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Here’s my review of the trip on airline, hotel, shopping spots, some recommendations on food, safety, etc. Hope you find the information useful.

I’ve just returned from a 3 days shopping trip from Ho Chi Minh City.  Here’s my review of the trip:

Airlines – Tiger Airways (http://www.tigerairways.com/).  SGD 220 for return tickets. No frills flight and seats were not in good condition and rather uncomfortable.  Little leg space too.   Acceptable as a budget airline.   However, may not be suitable if you bring along small children.

Budget Terminal at Singapore – I like the fast clearance when I returned to Singapore.  As compared to Terminals 1, 2 & 3, took less than half hour to collect luggage and check out from the custom.

Hotel at HCM City – Liberty Central Hotel (http://www.libertycentralhotel.com/) at District 1.  Relatively new 4 start hotel.  3 minutes to Benh Then Market.  Lots of perks like free transfer to hotel from airport, free laundry, free welcome fruit basket.  The staff are very helpful and polite.  Room is very comfortable and cosy.  For triple sharing, it costs USD105++

Shopping – Benh Thanh Market, west end of Le Loi, is like Chinatown Market in Singapore.  Lots of small shops selling similar products.  Bargain needed, prices are usually marked up by the stall owner.  The market is closed at around 5 pm.  After which, there will be night market around the market which sell similar products.

Another shopping hit spot is Saigon Square (not Saigon Centre) at 77 – 89, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1.  It’s less cramp than Benh Than Market and ventilation is better.  Varity is lesser as compared to Benh Thanh Market. However, worth the visit.  Some of the stuff there, you can’t find at Benh Thanh Market.

Tax Department Store at Tax Shopping Centre – get your regular local products at the supermarket. It’s much cheaper than those small store near the hotels.

Le Loi Street – lots of small shops.  Tailored made clothes are cheap as compared to Singapore.  A dinner dress costs about USD55 (100% silk).  The tailor usually needs a day to make the dress, you can go for fitting the next day and they would do alteration for you, thereafter deliver the dress to your hotel free of charge the very same day or the day after.

Some recommendation:

1) Embroidery Shop – Ninh Khuong Embroidery at 44 Le Loi Ave, District 1 (http://www.ninhkhuong.vn/).  Good quality of embroidery cloths (though some designs can be found at Benh Thanh Market / Saigon Square but quality is definitely different!)

2) Tailor – Anh Silk Boutique at 151 Dong Khoi Street, District 1. 

3) Food –  (1) Quan Nam Giao at 136-15 Le Thanh Ton, District 1 (small alley – opposite Liberty Central Hotel); (2) Ngon, 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia (near the Reunification Palace); and (3) Pho 24.  23-25 Tran Nhat Duat St | Tan Dinh Ward, District 1 (must try – beef noodles).

Some tips:

1) Taxi – Go for those company registered taxi with metered-fare (the drivers wear uniform and tie).  If you are leaving from hotel to airport, get the concierge to help hail a taxi and pre-negotiate the price for you.

2) Safety – The traffic is chaotic there.  Lots and lots of motorcycles!  When you cross the road, be care of your belongings, hold them close to you.  Cross the road one step at a time, maintain eye contact and move forward slowly.  Don’t move backwards.

3) Currency – accept both Dong & US dollars.  If you want to change Dong, you can do so at the airport or at the money changer near Liberty Central Hotel.  The rates are pretty good! Remember to compare rates.

Enjoy!

Ants on an Apple

I like this phonics song. It’s catchy and easy to remember. You can even change the wordings to something that your child likes in order to catch their attention. It goes like this

Ants on an Apple, “a” “a” “a”
Ants on an Apple, “a” “a” “a”
Ants on an Apple, “a” “a” “a”
“a” is the sound of “A”

I like this phonics song.  It’s catchy and easy to remember.  You can even change the wordings to something that your child likes in order to catch their attention.  It goes like this

Ants on an Apple, “a” “a” “a”

Ants on an Apple, “a” “a” “a”

Ants on an Apple, “a” “a” “a”

“a” is the sound of “A”

Balls are bouncing, “b” “b” “b”

Balls are bouncing, “b” “b” “b”

Balls are bouncing, “b” “b” “b”

“b” is the sound of “B”

Caterpillar is  crawling, “c” “c” “c”

Caterpillar is crawling, “c” “c” “c”

Caterpillar is crawling, “c” “c” “c”

“c” is the sound of “C”

(in the video, it’s Caterpillar coughing, “c” “c” “c”)

Dogs are digging, “d” “d” “d”

Dogs are digging, “d” “d” “d”

Dogs are digging, “d” “d” “d”

“d” is the sound of “D”

(in the video, it’s Dolls are dancing, “d” “d” “d”)

See what I mean, it’s a fun and entertaining way for young children to learn their phonics.

Link to the Phonics Song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFFyS3PrjZk

An IQ Question

Now exam is over and school seems to be in a more “relax” mode, my 9 year old Genz Kid asked me an IQ question today.

Now exam is over and school seems to be in a more “relax” mode, my 9 year old Genz Kid asked me an IQ question today.  

The Question:

Each bottle of soft drink costs $1.  With 3 empty bottles, you can exchange for 1 bottle of soft drinks.  If you have $10, how many bottles of soft drinks can you have?

The answer

…….  15