Monday, August 25, 2008

Twelve Full Months

Time flies when you ain't counting.

A year has passed since my baby niece joined our small family. Within the short 12 months duration, I have seen her as an infant who lacks the strength to support herself but yet has a pair of immensely powerful lungs to scream for everyone's attention.

She then progressed to melt everyone's heart with that charming smile of hers. At times of anger, everyone would be on their feets scrambling to fulfil her needs. So, she's still the master of the family.

She soon learnt to prop herself on the bed by flipping on her stomach, probably to try to get a view from a different perspective...

As her curiosity grew, it was no longer satisfying to be carried around on her adventure trip around the house. Mustering all her strength, she was fast to use her hands and knees to support her body. Now, she might just be the fastest crawling baby in the entire estate!

Her chubbly feet has since been only a suckling alterntive to her fingers. "Maybe I could try to imitate how the others are using them to move around?" she thought to herself one day .... With the support from a nearby sofa or low table, she was quick to stand up and for the first time, we saw how tall she grew.

She is always fascinated with advertisements. Now that she's on her wobbly feet, her hip simply sways whenever a catchy tune is blaring from the television speaker. But for now, this can be tiring for her as she drops on her diaper support and scrambles away after the poor dog...

And a year later, we gathered together to celebrate her achievements so far. She was shy at first but soon, warmed to the crowd and began the proud display of all she has learned since.

Of course, a birthday party could not be complete without the glorious food! For baby Alicia, it's just strawberries and milk for now. :)

Finger Food - Nachos with Cheese Dip

Sweets for the toothsie...

Tempura Prawns - doesn't taste as good as it looks...

Siew Mai - I gobbled up four, have to leave some for the others....

Artistic view of the fried fish slices

Mixed vegetables

Fried Mee Hoon

Fried Rice - it's actually quite nice!

Longan Almond Jelly - The longan is fine, but the almond jelly can be better!

Cake #1 - Winnie the Pooh theme layered cake

Cake #1 - It is also layered on the inside. The chocolate sponge layer is really dense!

Cake #2 - Winner the Pooh Agar-Agar. Really nice and not too sweet!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What Is The Best Investment In Singapore?

Seriously, do you know what is the best investment in Singapore?

With the prices of almost everything heading skyward, it's not exactly a good time to invest. You'll never know when Singapore will be hit by the sluggish US economy. The job market is slowing down. Mergers, acquisitions, headcount freezes, retrenchments....the list goes on and on.

For an average Singaporean like me, I was almost drowned in the sea of uncertainties until I realized that there's still one good investment worth making the leap for. Just a tiny leap, with minimal investment capital.

This is not an advertising gimmick.

Answer: The Straits Times - Saturday issue

And the reason you may ask.

It's costs only 80 cents per copy. There's the "World" news section for those expatriates who's interested to catch up on home news, the "Home" news section for the true Singaporeans who's concerned with issues close to their heart, the "Life" leisure section where there's the most updated movie listings, the "Sports" section for those Olympic fanatics, the "Recruit" section where it's filled with OPPORTUNITIES for a better tomorrow...and many more sections to cater to the different interest of all individuals.

But what do I do with it after the news expires the next day? Well, this is where it comes in handy for those with pets at home. It's user friendly material to dispose off animal waste. :)