Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Beating another round of haze..

The haze is (almost) back. It’s another helpless situation. I thought we got enough empathy to keep us good till next year. Benevolent Singapore needs to take serious actions if all this sums up to a regular, prescribed environmental dose of attacks that the other side is only too aware of.

You get a cold, you openly blow your nose and we get the residue. It’s not funny. Think of the ones with respiratory problems. It may not be life threatening but it certainly escalates the condition. And needless to say, it spoils a perfectly planned summer of swimming, garden picnics or just a simple evening walk.

Last month was a terror. But thanks to it, this time, we are sufficiently ready to lessen the effect of the haze. My top tips for a safe haze are...
  1. Keeping doors and windows shut. You can always air your house whenever you get a safe Pollutant Standards Index or PSI.
  2. People with respiratory issues should avoid outdoors and do not forget your orange puffs as preventive measures.
  3.  If you should go out, make sure you cover your mouth and nose with a mask. The N95 masks are most ideal.
  4.  Make honey a part of your before bed rituals. It’s one of the most powerful natural remedies for cough and cold. If you’re Indian add a little jaggery to the ritual.
  5. This one is really good for kids. Heat a little sesame or mustard oil and rub it with Vicks and   apply it on your child’s neck, chest and back. It really helps.
  6.   Make soups and steamed food your staple. Water, green tea are major redeemers.
  7.   Keep calm. This is the best way to contribute positively to the situation.

I’m praying the cloud seeding and water bombing goes well and we get no haze. But if we do, keep safe and enjoy being indoors. You never know,you may just be able to catch Starhub at its best!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Welcoming Ramadan 2013..

If there's any such thing as happy fasting, it is the Ramadan. All my Muslim friends look forward to this once in a year occasion. Fasting or sawn refrains Muslim not only from  eating during daylight but any ill deeds of gossiping, backbiting and best of all they can make peace with those who have wronged them (or those whom they have wronged) and strengthen ties .  They celebrate this sacred month which is observed with immense spiritual joy of getting closer to God. I'm not Muslim, but I have to admit I'm heavily influenced by this holy month.  

Last afternoon, I met this Malay elderly who works in our condo and he puts it best,” Besides everything else, fasting makes us realise how lucky we are. There are millions who starve every day. In a way, Ramadan gives an opportunity to celebrate their spirit.” With a mop in hand, his happy face showed no hint that he last ate at 5:30 in the morning. 

Here's the most beautiful picture I came across in the morning.:-)

Lots of love to all you, fasting or not. Love your God, don’t fear Him.

To all my Muslim friends who are fasting, have a blessed one.


Monday, 8 July 2013

Confession of a budding e-shopaholic

The new cool in my life is online shopping. I know I’m late on this one. But what the heck, I finally get the point of effortless shopping from the comfort of my bed and coffee table.

I've always been a big fan of cheap shopping. From chunky heels to cool accessories and casual apparels, they make every day dressing up sensible and yet versatile and confident. I always thought Forever 21 was cheap and good till I stumbled upon Dress and Such, an online site for everything that’s cool on me and my pockets.  You can get anything from $ 7 to anything under $ 30.I especially like their shoes and bags. In the next few posts, I’m going to share with you the stuff I got from this local site. Hopefully you may just find it useful.

To start with, I’m posting pics of this lovely orange clutch item that I got for only $ 11.10. But I have to warn you about the shipping time. Bags and shoes are back ordered  so they take time, between 10-14 days. And yes, Dress and Such delivers to India too. The shipping cost equals to the two way taxi fare to Atria mall from your suburbs, exclusive of the cost of gastronomic indulgence that  accompanies shopping.

You can only imagine how happy my wardrobe looks with this dash of orange!

So ladies, grab your cuppa of Starbucks and get browsing.Don't be surprised if you stumble upon something that you'll absolutely love and doesn't cost more  than that cuppa of coffee!

Cheers !