Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The "Anytime" Blues

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I am left with one more day's worth of medication..... (This is for tomorrow)

I am so not PREPARED AT ALL!!! I am thinking of all sorts of worst case scenarios that will happen to me, followed by the pain relief methods that will most probably fail once more.

Despite not having any real success with the damn Epidural, 

First baby: Water bag broke at midnight. Bathed and checked into hospital by 1am. The doc must have done a bad job because I felt no pain relief at all, except my legs were all numb! I screamed for 11 hours and lost my voice for a week. It was insanity.

Second baby: Mild menstrual cramps every 10mins, slowly checked into hospital with no pain. By the time I cleared my bowels, I dilated to 10cm within 30mins and delivered without ANY PAIN RELIEF WAGHHHHH!!!!! I could even feel every single stitch below and I twitched in so much pain the nurse had to hold me down zzzz. I remember the nurse telling me off that I'm scaring everyone else in the labour ward with my screaming. Lost my voice for a week as well. 

Third baby:
I have a BAD FEELING...........
Extreme Anxiety. 

You know how everyone says epidural is so cool you get to enjoy the birth painless and bla bla bla.... I don't have any faith in getting to the hospital on time. I won't forget the pain, and there is nothing brave or proud about doing it without any pain relief. Oh my God I can't believe I actually agreed to have a third baby waghh!!!! I hope I don't kill my HubBear in the delivery suite. 

Hysteria. 
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Trimester 3: Week 37

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- checked into Gynae's today at 80.5kg, my heaviest in this lifetime of mine urgh

- I have extremely swollen gums this 10th month, brushing teeth is bloody

- Gynae says baby will come out anytime now and to reminded us to standby for any bleeding, contractions, or bursting of water bag

- Baby is estimated 2.9kg today although I feel he is at least a 3kg already 

- walking long distance is almost impossible with the extreme pressure at my pelvic area, makes me uncomfortable and frustrated, which then brings about the contractions.. 

- I hope our baby can "dong" for another 19 more days? That way he will remember my birthday forever WAHAHAHAHA 

- my meds will last me until this Thursday and then it's paranoia time.... I'm worried I won't make it to the hospital on time, I'm worried I won't be able to take the epidural on time, I'm worried about the crazy pain!!!! Omg

- keeping myself occupied with full month plans. The husband now says he wants to do a buffet at home, hmmmm should we or should we not? Which catering services hmmm.... What about the full month cakes, should we still get them? So many considerations, makes me busy. 
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lucky Draw Baby Luck

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Since being hospitalized late in July with pre-term labour contractions, thereafter ordered complete bedrest to prevent early labour, I was a little depressed and extraordinarily bored. 

I didn't really watch TV or dramas. I was always on my laptop, my iPad and my mobile phone. Time passed really slowly, it was really unbearable. It so happen that there were several contests on Facebook and Twitter because of the National Day in August so I took part in some out of boredom. There is only 'so much' chatter online that I even know the peak and non peak publishing period of certain individuals and even brand pages lol! 

I decided to keep myself occupied by finding contests on Facebook and Twitter to take part in. I think I joined almost all the contests I could find... Well unfortunately, there were some brands and even govt pages who didn't honor the contest with no prize announcements because nobody except ME took part in it like duh~ they just pretended the contest never took place and hoped I forgot about it. I didn't. Just kept quiet and took note of some pages. Could have just awarded me even if only I took part ma... I don't forget k. 

Here are the goodies I have won: 

1) Lovis Diamonds 
https://www.facebook.com/lovisdiamonds
was invited to take part in one of their contests which was subsequently withdrawn. However they still sent me a wine set as a gift in appreciation for fanship and enthusiasm! It was so sweet of them!!! I love their custom made diamond rings hehehe, who knows I might just become their loyal customer one day, especially since I love shopping for Gold so much ��

2) Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts
https://www.facebook.com/InterContinental.AMEA
took part in guessing the names of the hotels they would post a pic of every Thursday. Contest is ongoing until 21 October 2014. 

This was the post where I guessed and won 100,000 points!!!! 

When the winner was announced, I couldn't jump in my condition but was exhilirated!!!! After weeks of mulling where to travel to, we've kind of decided we will be visiting Italy (because Ducati is there in Bologna) BUT my childhood friend who lives there will be in Singapore this coming January, before our wedding anniversary.

So we will shelve these plans since the points won't expire anyway, until further notice because we will be visiting USA in November 2015 hehehe! Got to save up for my factory outlet SPREE!!! One baby is not easy to travel around with long distance! 

Which means I have to rethink how to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.... (With a baby)

3) Ascott The Residence
https://www.facebook.com/Ascott.The.Residence
They held a photo contest in an app where you can upload several images of your friends and family, which would then be re-generated into a mini trailer with music. I submitted 3 different sets and was so surprised when they emailed me and informed me that I've won!!!! They couriered a Recipe book and a Game Set which consisted of 5 stones, pick up sticks and the game Snap. It was a very nice prize hehehe!!! 

Smith ran a contest on his fan page to give away David Blaine's tickets. All I had to do was to comment on why I deserve the tickets - Every one needs a little magic!

And I won! So happy because David is a magnificent magician. HubBear and I loved to watch his magic shows on TV. The performance was extraordinary, left us in awe because it was Real yet is it? Mixed and amazed. We love magic!!! So grateful to watch him Live! 

4) Sealy Singapore
Twitter contest: @SealySingapore

took part in the Twitter contest to share Sealy Sleep Tips. Here's my winning entry:


Woo~~ so happy! We haven't collected the prize yet hehehe! I'm a huge fan of Sealy, I love our Sealy Bed. Right now, they are running a contest on their Facebook and giving away a Sealy bed!!!

hope I win the bed for my family hehe!

took part in the naming my Favourite flower contest which would put a smile on my face - Sunflower �� and I won a pair of tickets to the Singapore Flower Festival. 

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Despite the boredom and frustration both physically and mentally, this awfully anxious experience with total bedrest and limited mobility because of the pregnancy, I guess our baby boy didn't let his momma stay painfully at home in vain. Hmmm I haven't won big sweep's first prize yet lol!!!~~~ 
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Trimester 3: The 10th Month

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A little information on the final Term:

Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term.
Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. 
41 weeks is late term.
Babies born after 42 are post-term.
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

SingTel meets customer demand for more data with Asia’s first WiFi-integrated mobile plans

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SingTel unveiled a range of mobile plans that are fully integrated with a new premium high-speed WiFi network that it is rolling out at crowded locations and underground MRT stations.

The Combo plans are designed to meet consumers’ fast growing mobile data needs by offering high-speed WiFi usage in addition to 4G data bundles. As a launch promotion, customers will enjoy unlimited WiFi usage until 31 July 2015. Subsequently, all Combo plans will come with 2GB1 of WiFi data allowances.

Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, said: “Customers tell us that they want faster speeds and more generous data allowances. Our new premium WiFi network complements our 4G network and boosts network capacity in crowded, congestion- prone locations. It enables us to provide customers with an optimal mobile data experience where they need it most.”

Combo plan customers will be able to switch automatically between the 3G, 4G and SingTel WiFi network without a manual password login. To ensure that customers always enjoy a high-speed and seamless experience, SingTel has permanently waived the 4G value-added service subscription charges.

 The Combo plans provide customers with better value for money than existing plans. They offer up to 200 minutes more local talktime and up to 500 more SMS messages.

From 19 August 2014, the Combo plans will replace SingTel’s existing plans for customers who renew their contracts or subscribe to new lines.

SingTel premium WiFi network

Unlike free public WiFi networks, SingTel’s WiFi network is fully managed to ensure high quality performance. It can provide connectivity that is five times faster than typical free public WiFi services. (Average typical speeds of SingTel WiFi range from 4 to 10Mbps.)

At launch, coverage will be available at more than 100 hotspots at 11 locations, including popular shopping malls such as Raffles City, Plaza Singapura, Junction 8, Funan DigitalMall, Bugis+, The Atrium and Changi City Point. SingTel will progressively roll out the network to all CapitaMall shopping centres.

Hotspots will also be installed in Singapore’s busiest underground MRT stations and major bus interchanges. Customers can enjoy coverage at Orchard, City Hall and Raffles Place stations from 22 August 2014. The service will be progressively rolled out to 16 MRT stations on the North-East Line, as well as eight other stations with high commuter traffic over the next nine months. (Please refer to Annexe 1 for the list of MRT stations.)

By March 2015, approximately 1,000 hotspots at more than 100 locations across the island will have been deployed. These numbers are expected to double by March 2016.

For the full list of SingTel WiFi hotspot locations, please visit www.singtel.com/stwifi

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

MANDARIN ORIENTAL TO OPEN A LUXURY URBAN RESORT IN DUBAI

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has today announced that it will manage a luxurious urban resort in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, which is currently under development and due to open in 2017.

Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will be located on Jumeirah Beach Road, with direct access to the golden sands of JumeirahBeach – one of the most sought-after waterfront locations in the city.

 

The resort’s 200 luxurious rooms and suites will include 12 spacious and exclusive over-the-water villas, accessible via a private bridge. Each villa will have its own infinity edge pool and a private swim platform, allowing for direct access into the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf.

 

All accommodation will be imaginatively and stylishly designed, taking full advantage of the resort’s outstanding vistas of the Arabian Gulf. Design elements will be influenced by the local area’s culture and the Group’s oriental heritage, with Mandarin Oriental’s exacting attention to detail. All rooms, villas and suites will also incorporate the Group’s guest-centred technology and entertainment systems.

 

Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will be centred around a variety of infinity edged pools leading down towards the beachfront. The innovative design will blur the line between interior and exterior spaces with the extensive use of glass walls, shady cabanas and clever exterior landscaping.

 

Offering the finest dining in the region, Mandarin Oriental, Dubai will feature nine dynamic restaurants and bars including a signature pier-top restaurant with dedicated docking facilities, allowing for access by private yacht guests.


Further dining venues include a poolside restaurant, two livelybars including a sunset pier bar, a lobby lounge and a signature Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop. The resort will also offer a variety of multi-purpose function rooms, including aspectacular 525 square metre ballroom with glass walls opening onto a landscaped beachfront terrace – ideal for social and business events.

 

An all-inclusive Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments in the region. Spa goers will enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s award winning signature programmes as well as specially developed treatments inspired by local traditions and customs. The 2,800 square metre Spa will feature 12 spacious and restful treatment rooms, including three couples suites and a private VIP suite with its own discreet entrance and thermal experiences. Further facilities include significant heat and water therapies, a vitality pool, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an extensive fitness centre. In addition, a dedicated Beach Club on Jumeirah Beach, will provide a range of water sports activities.

 

The project is owned by Dubai Real Estate Corporation(DREC) and developed by wasl Hospitality LLC. JeffreyWilkes, is the appointed interior designer.

 

Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental said, “We are delighted to bring Mandarin Oriental’s renowned levels of hospitality to Dubai, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and we look forward to creating a luxurious urban resort on the desirable location of Jumeirah Beach. The exclusive and creative design and all-encompassing luxury facilities of Mandarin Oriental, Dubai, underpinned by our legendary award-winning service, will provide an outstanding destination for future guests.”


We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create a hotel that will set new standards in terms of elegance and sophistication in Dubai. wasl Hospitality has a strong reputation in partnering with the best international hospitality management organisations and our new relationship with Mandarin Oriental reflects this commitment to excellence.” said Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group. “It is vital that the hospitality market in Dubai grows in the build up to Expo 2020 and wasl is delighted to add Mandarin Oriental, Dubai to its ever increasing portfolio of hospitality projects across the city”, he added.

 

Mandarin Oriental, Dubai is located on Jumeirah Beach Road,which has a variety of retail and al fresco dining outlets and high end residences. The hotel is within easy reach of the city’s two airports, being 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport and 45 minutes from Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport.

 

Over the last decade Dubai has emerged as a regional and global tourism destination offering a range of attractions including miles of sandy beaches, the famed Gold Souk, Ski Dubai, Palm Island and the Desert Safari. Known as a retail hub, the city has many shopping options, including Dubai Mall, which is one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world. Dubai is also renowned as a centre for world class architecture, with buildings such as Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest manmade structure.


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