Archive for February, 2007

Stormy Weather

Posted in Home Front on 28 February 2007 by Leah

It’s been raining these past few days here in Canberra. Quite rare really in this part of the world because drought has been a major concern for Australians for quite some time now. They say that the El Niño phenomenon is now over and that La Niña has taken its place.

Earlier this afternoon, we had another thunderstorm and this time, I had the awesome opportunity to witness hale coming down from the heavens. Buti na lang I was not out of the house and was just having my lunch indoors. Take a look-see! I took a photo of some that fell on our pergola. They’re actually small bits of ice, more like the size of pebbles.

Those tiny dots on the ground are also hale, by the way. (Click to enlarge)

This isn’t necessarily good news for us though. They say it’s going to be a colder winter this year. You see, winter’s not really my favorite time of the year. I hate the cold!


Getting Ready

Posted in Home Front on 23 February 2007 by Leah

Take a look at what I did today…

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Most of them were so tiny — it took me pretty much an hour just to hang them on the line!


Posted in Humor on 21 February 2007 by Leah

Ever heard of the term Chinglish? I first encountered this term last night while I was watching the late news on SBS. They were featuring it as part of China’s preparation for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Chinglish, according to Wikipedia, is “an English pseudo-dialect heavily affected by Chinese grammar and accent. It may also imply poor translation.” No offense to the Chinese, but here are a few examples. Some can be really hilarious.

Fire prevention sign at the Great Wall of China: Appreciate lovely view of the great wall, do not forget the fire is heartless!

Beijing Hotel Sign: Dear Guests, Guest rooms lenovation project may bring you in convenience. Thank you for your under standing. – Hotel Managemeat

Chinese Restaurant Sign: Smart Noshery Makes You Slobber

And last but certainly not the least…

Image swiped from Metanoiac

More Chinglish signs found here.

False Alarm

Posted in Baby Talk on 19 February 2007 by Leah

There have been changes lately in my pregnancy. It all started last Saturday night when J and I were having one of our late night conversations in bed. I had around 4-5 Braxton Hicks contractions at 10-15 minute intervals. It was a major change for me because I only had the BHC’s once or twice a night prior to Saturday. Now the episodes are more frequent and happen also during the day but are still at 10-15 minutes apart.

That’s not the only thing new these days. Yesterday after lunch and doing my thing in the toilet, I may have had my first “bloody show” (or mucous plug as they call it). I noticed my discharge had a pinkish tinge and the amount of discharge seemed quite a lot. Eeek!  I told J about it and he advised me to call the Delivery Suite immediately. I was quite hesitant to call the hospital because I was afraid to find out and confirm if it really was a sign of early labor. After some time, I was able to muster the courage to ring up the DS at the Canberra Hospital. A friendly midwife named Debbie patiently listened as I told her the entire story. She asked me a few questions as well (e.g., if it is my first baby, if baby is still active and if any amniotic fluid was leaking). She concluded that what happened was perfectly normal and she asked me to just wear a pad in case any amniotic fluid leaked. If there is any leakage, then that’s the time I should call back the delivery suite.

Phew! What a relief! That really gave us quite a scare!   Nevertheless, this prompted me to pack my bag just in case the time came for us to rush to the hospital. It is a bit too early though for me to give birth at this point so i’m trying to take it easy now and cut back on any strenuous activity. I need at least two to three more weeks to keep this baby in. I definitely don’t want to go into premature labor at this time! We’re crossing our fingers (and toes) once again.

Last Full Show

Posted in Baby Talk on 16 February 2007 by Leah

The ultrasound scan at this point in my pregnancy was not part of the routine antenatal check-up. The midwife just wanted to be sure that all is fine with the baby. Now, we can breathe a sigh of relief. Read more about this by clicking here.

Happy Hearts’ Day!

Posted in Home Front on 15 February 2007 by Leah

It’s our first Valentines day together. I mean, physically together. No kidding!

J and I just had a little quiet dinner at home. No romantic candle lights whatsoever. He was requesting for some Pinoy-style pasta. You know the one with the sweet sauce? Yeah, I whipped up something like that with meatballs and salad greens on the side. Nothing really special but he absolutely loved it!

So how did YOUR valentines day go?


Posted in Baby Talk on 7 February 2007 by Leah

Yes, that’s me. I’ve turned into one ever since I entered my 32nd week of pregnancy.  Obviously, the road ahead is not getting any easier. Why, you ask? Well, let me give you a run down of the reasons.

  • Baby is getting bigger and therefore, heavier by the day. It is now difficult for me to move about, especially in bed. J now has to offer his hand for me to be able to rise up from a supine position or he has to give me a little push and shove to allow me to roll over to one side. So finding the best and most comfortable position can be such a challenge.
  • The summer heat at night can be terrible so I get all sweaty and have to constantly dust myself with baby powder to cool my poor body. And because it’s summer time here, all these pesky insects are up and about. My tactile defensiveness is just another deterrent for me to get those precious zzz’s.
  • D Day (or delivery day) is fast approaching and I get really anxious at times whenever I think about it. All those things they taught us at the antenatal classes about labour and delivery can sometimes get to you and work your mind into knots. At night, my mind is filled with unnecessary worries and dreams.
  • Oh and did I mention about peeing? Geez, of late, I get up now to at least 2 to 3 times in the wee hours of the morning just to relieve myself.

Okay, enough said. I guess I just needed to rant a little bit. It is at this point that sometimes I do wish I can just get over being pregnant. Can’t wait to see the little bub really. But that, in itself, would entail a totally different kind of challenge. At least by then, both J and I can share in the responsibilities.