Rest In Peace…

Things have happened over the past few weeks, the biggest of which is the passing of my mother-in-law.

She passed away early on Good Friday, 30th March 2018, in Singapore. It was in a way expected, as in she had been in and out of hospital several times in the past year and had various complex health issues.

But it did happen quickly. i got the call saying she was being taken to the hospital and then an hour later, another call to say she had passed.

It was harder for my poor husband who had to hear about it the moment he got off a 10-hour flight.

We quickly got organised. i am very grateful that T’s teacher was hard working enough to be checking his emails on a holiday weekend and we got leave from his school to go to the funeral. We flew out the next day. Thank God we got seats on a very full flight.

The funeral went well, as far as one can say that of a funeral. It was a sad time, yet at the same time, there was a sense of relief because she is in a better place and would not have to be taking all those numerous meds and going to various doctors’ appointments and be going in and out of hospital.

My relationship with my mother-in-law did not start out in the best way. In the beginning, she did not think i was good enough for her son and to be part of her family. But over the years, she had come to accept me. She mellowed out and we found a way to get along.

So while we have had our difficulties, as i have found out more about her and got to know her more, i have come to respect her as a woman who had to make good of some bad situations and she handled them as best as she could, at that time. i had also come to realise that these bad experiences in her life made her a very defensive person and she also held onto some of these hurts for a long time.

Even though she had done and said things i don’t agree with, i do believe she had done her very best as a wife, a mother, a mother-in-law and a grandmother. And unusually for a woman of her generation, she was very verbally expressive of her love to family, especially to her grandsons.

So for all that, i thank her. LaiLai, rest in peace.

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!…

i have always noticed children, especially children who are different, all throughout my growing up years and more so now. i have always been attracted to these children and that has not changed.

A number of years ago, I was introduced into the heart-breaking yet amazingly loving world of special needs orphans and it was through an organisation which was started by a lady who realised that her own son who has Down Syndrome is so lucky to be born where he was because there were countries where these beautiful children were abandoned, just for having that extra chromosome.

Yet for having that extra chromosome, whatever they may lack in mental and social skills, it is truly made up for by the super-loving and caring nature of these radiant souls who carry so much love inside of them, they simply overflow with it.

Watch this video! i was so moved by the love expressed by these mothers for their brilliant children.

The children in the video are so loved but there are many more in developing countries who are not loved, not cared for as they should be. Reece’s Rainbow is an organisation which does it’s best to highlight the needs of these special needs orphans, many with Down Syndrome as well as with other needs.

Today is the last day of 21 Days of Hope fundraiser by Reece’s Rainbow to raise funds for a child of the day and for their older child adoption grant pot which goes to help families give these orphans a loving home they so deserve. Do hop over and give a little. Thank you.

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Not Made to Last…

Be warned… this is a rant.

Modern technology… it makes our lives so easy; helps us to do things faster and better, helps us to take nicer pictures with just one click, helps us to stay informed with the latest news, helps to us to stay connected always…

BUT…

…it is not made to last!

Whether it be your latest TV or kitchen gadget or mobile phone, they do not seem to last beyond a few years. One dent, one drop and they are done for… something just won’t work right anymore.

My rant today is specifically about mobile phones!

i have had my mobile phone for only 3 plus years and now i am having issues with the battery. For months now, every week there will be a day when it refuses to charge to 100%. And for the last 3 days, consecutively, it simply won’t charge to 100%. And get this, i did NOT drop it at all.

My dad is also having battery issues with his mobile phone. He is usually careful with his phone.

notmadetolast20180302My boy had accidentally thrown his previous phone (which had a clear plastic cover) onto his bed (a soft surface) and it rebounded against the wall, and that made it stop working. Recently, he dropped his current phone on the street and now that is not working. In this case, i understand, it was quite a forceful drop (the edge of the glass cracked) and it was without a cover. But the previous cases???

When i took it back to the shop to see if i could get it repaired, the customer service person informed me that it was not worth the repair costs. He also told me that i should always buy insurance on mobile phones because such repairs are costly and with insurance, i get a replacement phone almost immediately after filing a report.

i never had to insure a gadget before. We have a couple of antique phones at home, and i know if we plug those in, they will still work. My pestle and mortar most definitely still works compared to the modern kitchen aid which i have had to replace.

OK… maybe those are not a fair comparison but this is a rant… so i claim “rant license”.

All that said and done, my brother did point out that it does seem that these new mobile phones are made to fail in some small but annoying way so that you “need” to get a new one every few years… is this the manufacturers’ way of making money? i don’t know. But if it is, that’s not playing fair to the consumers, is it?

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