Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Shocking Sight

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I was about to get to bed last nite when my mum woke up shivering badly suddenly. She had been ill since Sat but she insisted on going for class and work till yesterday, when she saw a doctor in the morning. This was the first time I seen this. I fed her with her medication and messaged my friend, who is a nurse for help. I am glad that she was able to provide me with some timely advice about getting things done.

In fact, my friend tried calling me twice after a while, but my phone went low batt. I thanked her via sms this morning. If not for her timely advice I wondered what will happen. She asked me to take care of my mum. I think it is really nice of her to do this although I have not known her long enough.

Just wish to thank her again.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Financial Management

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Dad was saying that I was spending too much money, in fact much more than him. I beg to differ. Even though the credit card statement shows that I spend much more than him, it is only slightly more than him this month.The reason being I had to pay for my ICPAS and ACCA fees which took up a substantial portion of the bill.

I didn't want to tell him off as he is after all my elder. Being single has its perks. I am not against marriage though as I feel that I am of the view that a person should have his own family to be complete. Right now,I am just happy that I got this job that has enabled me to save a fair bit in just during the short time frame I have been working here. In fact, although I was being cheated a certain sum of my money, I was still able to assist my aunt with her financial diffcuities recently with a substantial sum. Mum was certainly surprised that I was able to fork that amount on short notice.

Besides savings, I can be proud of myself that I have continously given my mum a monthly allowance which makes up a quarter of my net pay. I don't think some people can even do that.

What can I say about my dad? He went to sign those timeshare agreements blindly. He could spend about 65% of his net pay himself. This is the reason why the monthly allowance is managed by my mum. Because I believe she is the best person to manage the family finances.

I think he is trying to hint something about the finances if I am settling down. I am not going to get a single cent of sponsorship from him if I am settling down.

I felt like telling him I save better than he do as I study accounts and I managed by my expenditure wisely. But some words are best left unsaid as he is my elder. We must respect the elder in an Asian society.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Are You Ready for 2009?

Mum was asking me if I managed to achieve my goals for this year, which is ending in about 3 1/2 days. I am pleased to say that I have achieved what I set out to achieve in 2008, except for the targets which she set for me for my exams and getting a girlfriend, which came very close this year. I still believe such things should let nature takes its course. Let's hope my mum don't try those "Parents matchmaking session" as televised on TV. Hahaha.

Therefore I am looking forward to 2009. Even as I am still planning what goals I am setting myself this year. I have learnt not to be greedy and set too many goals and overtax myself.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Nice Songs To Ease Sadness

心動心痛--劉畊宏&許慧欣

阿信 & 丁噹 - 走火入魔

Came across these two songs after they were recommended by my friends from the KTV group. I thought it was nice, so I decided to share with you all.

I feel disappointed to see scenes from the movie, Money No Enough 2 playing in my extended family again. I just wonder is it good to cast an elder aside after her wealth is shared with her children. The child who has profited most from this does not wish to take care of his old, sickly mum. The other 2 children who has taken care of her long enough feel that its time to let the other children do the job, but does not consult the rest in a friendly manner. The good hearted child in the family, with his son doted on by the elder, is always the default choice to take care of the elder. Why is it that this kind hearted family always get its unfair share of the cake, taken advantage of by other family members? Is it because of a suggestion to hire a maid didn't go down well with the rest, & they know want to push the responsibility of taking care of the elder to this family?

Everyone has a family to feed, except for the 2 unmarried children. We understand the plight that these 2 children are going through, but to cast aside your mum and ask others to take care without consultation is totally selfish act. It does show how you care about your mum.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas To All My Friends

 

I just to take the the opportunity to wish my friends a Merry Christmas. I guess on everyone's mind, the thoughts are on when will our economy be well again. Everyone is hoping that Santa is going to give something to stimulate the economy. But I guess the more important things besides the economy are , Love, Peace & Joy. I think these are 3 important things that will keep people postive about living.

Therefore, in this glommy Christmas season, I just want to wish my friends have a Merry Christmas. May you get what you wish for from Santa this Christmas!!!

May hope, peace joy & love be with all my friends and blog readers this Christmas Season.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

Signing off with my 2 favourite Christmas tunes by Kenny G & Mariah Carey.

Also thanks to all my friends who have sent me Christmas cards & sms messages since early this week to wish me a Merry Christmas. I think you know who you are. Thank you for remembering me!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Nice Nice Cards

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I received several nice birthday and Christmas cards from my friends. I thought that these two cards from Darling and Kaka mei were very nice.

Just wish to thank them for the cards and the words they wrote. Especially, Darling, the card was really filled with words. I am truly touched.

U all can guess which card is from Darling? Which one is from Kaka mei ?

A Friendly And Helpful Bus Driver

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A bus captain made my day today as he saw me boarding his bus, Service 54 (SBS 8371) today. As the bus was crowded, I was expecting to stand throughout the journey. The bus captain, on seeing my difficuity in walking, stopped his bus and got a fellow commuter to give up her seat to me. He ensured that I have settled down on my seat before resuming his bus journey.

I am really pleased to have meet this bus driver. His kind act really make my day.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bonus Day

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I had been anticipating this day since the day I had been cheated of my money. I was not expecting too much though since the economy is in recession, but a check with my manager some days before proved good.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of bonus that I have got, as I have not served a full year in the company. I was rewarded with a good performance bonus which I did not expect as well. This was something that my boss asked me to keep to myself as some of the audit and accounts dept staff did not receive any bonus this year. This was something that her PA was not aware as only the dept heads are aware of the bonus that are handed out. I was asked to keep up my good performance. She is encouraged that despite my physical disability, I am still able to live life happily and to the fullest.

I feel truly appreciated by what was given. Even though, I was a little angry by the lack of study leave, I know that my hard work and good performance on the job did not go unnoticed.

I strive to keep up the good work and look forward to the second part of the bonus in the mid of next year.

Let's hope the ecomony recovers soon and I am looking forward to scale to greater heights in my job.

Birthday Messages

Through SMS

Happy birthday to u,

Happy birthday to u,

Happy birthday to Paul,

Happy birthday to u.

Angela 12.07am

 

One of the first few to wish you many happy returns!

Happy Birthday!

Malcolm 1.03am

 

.... Happy birthday to u pal.

Darling 7.57am

 

Happy birthday to u. Jia you on your work and good morning

Jean 8.05am

 

Happy birthday!!!

Michelle 9.30am

Jolene 10.52am

Mum 11:19am

 

Happy birthday Paul

YC Ho 5.48pm

 

Happy birthday to u. May u enjoy your day with your loved one, friends and family. Wish u all the best in whatever u do. Wish you pink of health always. Happy birthday to u once again.:-)

Germaine 8.23pm

Through Phone

Jonathan Teo

Jane Ng

Lawerence Sum

YC

Through Facebook

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December 18 at 9:21am

Happy Birthday To U. May your birthday wish come true :)
Best Wishes
From June Low

Catherine Chong wrote at 2:15am

Happy Birthday in Advance to U! Hope you enjoy last night's celebration. :-)

Lennard Chan wrote at 12:26pm

Joyeux anniversaire!
Buon compleanno!
Feliz cumpleaños!
Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
Hartelijk gefeliciteerd!
С днем рождения!
Doğum günün kutlu olsun!
Selamat ulang tahun!
Maligayang kaarawan!
생일축하합니다!
お誕生日おめでとうございます!
Chúc mừng sinh nhật!
สุขสันต์วันเกิด!
祝你生日快樂,心想事成!
Happy Birthday Paul!
Wishing you happiness and
may all your dreams come true! :)
Cheers,
Lennard

Kimmy Lim wrote at 6:43am

Happy Birthday In Advance >.<

Anita Fiander wrote at 8:49pm

Happy Birthday a day early!
Hope you have a great day!!
Be Well,
Anita

Nicole Ooi wrote at 11:08pm

Happy Birthday Paul

Jonathan Teo wrote at 10:18pm

Hey bro!
Happy Birthday!

 

Stephen Lin sent a So happy to you using Onion Head for you. 11:37pm

Planning to wait till midnight, but I am getting sleepy. Hi Paul~! 25 minutes, you are one year older, hohoho. Happy Birthday to you wo. Gong Hei Li H\Gong Hei Li. New year, new hope, hmm... december baby. very young young wo... Younger than me that is. Wish you have a great result for the ACCA. :)

 

Phua Irene wrote at 12:28am

Happy Birthday Paul.......................

 

David Lee Fu Nang wrote at 1:28am

Happi B-day Bingfeng ~~ haaa, used to calling u by ur old name : )

 

Corrine Teo wrote at 1:52am

Happy bday to u too

 

Erni Susan Tan wrote at 9:57am

Happy bday, Paul :)

Melvin Loy wrote at 10:38am

happy birthday!!

Karen Yap wrote at 1:13pm

happy birthday.....

 

Kang Zhi Wei wrote at 1:27pm

Happy birthday.....may all ur wishes come true.

Curry Egg wrote at 1:38pm

Happy birthday to you..
Happy birthday to you..
Happy birthday to Paul kor..
Happy birthday to you... :D

 

Coleen Au sent a Crystal Snowman to Paul Lee. 5:25pm

Send a Crystal Snowman back to Coleen Au or add a Crystal Snowman to your own profile!
Happy birthday!

Jane Ng wrote at 6:47pm

Happy birthday 2 u (^_^)

 

Maggie Meiqi wrote at 10:05pm

happy birthday Paul. may all your dreams come true :-)

 

Birthday Card

Thanks to my HSBC insurance agent, Candy for her birthday card.

 

Thanks for all the wishes!!!

My Birthday

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18 Dec 2008, 29 years before, I was brought to this world by my mum. I must say this year, my birthday is one of the most interesting ones, even though I had to work for the 2nd year in running. I had no more leave this year, as I had only joined the company in March.

If you guys have been following my blog, this was the year where the celebration started very early. In fact, it started on 29 Nov. Thanks to Germaine and her friends, together with most of my new friends from the Singing @ K Group, Libraboys Outing Group & Singapore Facebook Singles who did a joint celebration for me at the picnic.

The 2nd celebration was the KTV session on 13 Dec with the Singing @ K Group. I guess I would keep this in my memory for a long time as this was the 1st time I had to make a speech to 30 people in a conference room styled KTV room. I really like to thank the chairman, Lawerence, for asking KBox to make the special arrangement. Also to the people, who shares my cake, Rain, Jasmin, Karen Low, Jonathan Lim, Jeremy, Yan Ling, CK, John and Thomas. I know I have selected the most expensive cake, but I just want to thank you guys for the cake. Not forgetting the rest of them, who were part of the celebration.

Little did I expect a 3rd celebration on the actual day itself. Angela had asked me out for dinner. She is so nice as she said that the celebration on the KTV day didn't count and must celebrate for me on the actual day. She actually treated me dinner and a cake and paid for my cab fare home. I felt bad about it, as dinner was at Big O cafe at Wheelock Place and I knew she just started her job. Not only that, I knew her just not too long from Facebook. Therefore, I was okay with paying for her drinks at Harry's Bar at the ground level of my office when she asked for it.

This was the 1st time I had celebrated with a gal on a singles date. I know she tried her best to ask Jane, Jonathan Teo & YC to join us, but I guess they were too busy with their stuff. I must say I enjoyed the celebration very much.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Congrats To Caifeng

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I was surprised and pleased to receive the MMS from my long time poly friend, Caifeng on Tuesday late morning that she had given birth to a baby gal. The photo of the baby is cute, but I guess with due respect given to the baby's parents, Kelvin & Caifeng, I don't think I will post the baby gal's photo here.

I have shared gift with Darling as the baby's welcome gift for the couple. Thanks Darling for agreeing to share with me the gift on short notice.

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Colleague With No Heart & A Colleague With A Heart

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My boss had hired a cleaning company to shampoo the carpet for us on Sat. According to my manager, it is always a yearly affair before CNY that my boss would hire the company to shampoo the carpet. Its just that this year was a bit early as I guess my boss got the other cleaning company to do it. The reason should be a lower cost and it covered more areas as my office is big.

Having been warned that our chairs would be strewn around by our senior colleagues, I decided to get in to office early today. Anyway, it was raining so I took a cab into office.

I was glad that my chair was at its place, but my partner's chair was not. To prevent my partner having to search for her chair and push through the narrow space if I were to sit down, I decided to find for her and help her push in her chair before settling down on my seat.

Just as when I found the chair, a senior colleague passed by. She kept hurrying me to hurry up to push the chair in instead of helping me. The receptionist heard that she was shouting at me and decided to shout back at her by saying " He is not as fast as you, you keep asking people to be fast fast." I kept holding back my anger as I certainly don't want my Monday to be spoiled by certain people, nor I don't want to be reported to my bosses for showing bad attitude to senior staff as my bonus is coming soon. I don't want to jepordise my bonus & record because of this.

Wish to thank the colleague who came to my rescue and the colleague without a heart, I just wish to say, I don't know what to say about you. Really.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

KTV Session @ Clementi KBox Cum Biggest Birthday Celebration For Paul

I met up with the Singing @ K Group members for our usual monthly session last evening. I have to thank these guys for celebrating my birthday in advance for me yesterday as well.

This session, organised by Joanathan Lim & Karen Low attracted 31 participants, which was a new record for our group. I feel that they have done a good job in the organising and co-ordination, despite this was their first time doing it. I only helped out at the last minute to do up the attendance list as Jonathan was mobilised back to the army camp in the early afternoon.

Dinner was at Blk 325 Kopitiam. Some of us had Botak Jones (Western Food), while the rest of us had pizza as we felt that the queue for Botak Jones was too long.

We were split into 3 rooms. At first, we were not given rooms side by side, despite Karen's and my request to put the members in side by side rooms. Luckily for us, our chairman of the group, Lawerence was able to ask the management to give us the rooms after 15 mins of haggling.

I was glad and surprised that several of the "pioneer members"from our first 3 sessions turned up for this session as well. "Pioneer members", a term coined by Maggie has Paul, Lawerence, Jonathan Teo, Jonathan Lim, Karen Hu, Johnie, Maggie, Jasline and Evelyn. I was quite surprised to see Johnie and Karen as they told me that they had a Christmas party to attend last night, but after hearing that they are celebrating my birthday, they came by to join us and wish me a happy birthday instead of going to the party. Lawerence was a surprise too, as he was only able to confirm with me the early sat morning that he was coming.

Another surprise was my JC 3 month course friend, David came by and joined our group gathering for the first time. It has been 10 years since I last saw him and I am glad to have found him through Facebook through one of my Singapore Facebook Singles Group friend, June. He said I am still very much the same after 10 years. Maybe I should be like Alan Tam and say that I am Forever 25. Haha. I also told him the same thing as he looks like how he was 10 years ago and still sings as good as 10 years ago, especially the Jacky Cheung songs.

The cake cutting ceremony was held at the big room meant for 30 people. Thanks to chairman for asking KBox to make this special arrangement for me. I was quite nervous that I had to make a trip to the washroom before addressing the 30 people. This was my first time, addressing the big group in a big room for about 5-7 mins.

The main points of the speech is summarised below. The speech was made without draft. Haha.

Hi, good evening everyone,

Thank you for coming. I hope all of you are enjoying yourself today. Although today is an advance birthday celebration for me, I also know that there are another 2 members, Kok Leong & Wendy whose birthday are also in this month, so it is not only me. It is for the people whose birthday are in Dec as well. I also like to take the opportunity to say that I am happy today as I managed to find my 10 year long-lost friend, David, who is here today. Also would like to thank Lawerence for being here and also my other friend, YC who is here specially from Malaysia.

I hope all of you continue to enjoy yourself tonight. Thank you.

It was fortunate that we didn't take the big room as the screen is pretty small, and I think the group wants to sing within a short time & not wait too long. It was lucky that we didn't fall for the gimmick, we still sang till 3am. It is the longest session that I had so far with this group.

Would like to thank the following people for coming yesterday.

New Members Members Pioneer Team
Linda Catherine Jonathan Lim
Rain Yan Ling Maggie Meiqi
Kok Leong Karen Low Lawerence Yaoxiang
David Jasmin Johnie Chng
Jane Jeremy Karen Hu
Tracy John  
Ken Lawerence Sum  
Edmon Thomas  
Kennis Lena  
Angela Serene  
Corrine    
YC    
Wendy    
Chu Muk    

I missed out 2 names, who could some of their friends' friends. I would like to thank them as well.

Till the next session on Christmas Eve and our monthly session at a new location at a cheaper price the 2nd week of January.

 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Visit of Grandma

I paid a visit to grandma at SGH last nite after my work. She was looking better, in fact much fresher than Saturday when I saw her at the nursing home.

The swelling on her right foot might have been caused by a nurse who mishandled her wheelchair when they were pushing her for her meals. Fortunately, the swelling has since subsided. I heard some bad news about her condition too. She can't afford to fall down again as her ageing body is giving way.

I just hope that the advanced medical technology can help my grandma further.

Bus Captain With Bad Attitude

I had boarded this Service 105 today from outside my office, to get home. However, I think this was one of the worst bus captains I have met for quite a while.

As the bus was crowded, it was almost impossible to move to the rear of the bus, so I stood near the ticket issuing machine. Although the bus was crowded, the bus captain behaved like he was Lewis Hamiliton, causing some of us to sway about as he applied the brakes.

He actually accused me of spoiling the ticket issuing machine when the machine actually went out of order after he applied brakes at one of the junctions. I noticed that the machine was already tied with a rubber band when I boarded the bus, an indication that the ticket machine was not in a good condition.

He accused another group of rowdy teenagers of pressing the "Bus Stopping" bell repeatedly when they were not standing close to the bell.

I am wondering if the bus captain needs an eyesight test or a refresher course for his driving. The new Scania Bus mechanism needs to be looked into as well. The bells and ticketing machine can't be spoiled after just 2 months of in service for this bus.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Careless Me & A 路不拾遗的巴士车长

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I had finished my paper and had wanted to go to Changi Airport to take Service 27 home, instead of Service 24 as I knew that it was going to be rather crowded. Little did I know I had to take Service 24 again as I dropped my Season Pass and credit cards on the bus.

Lucky the bus captain was really alert, he picked up my cards and handed it over to Ms Susan Hoon of Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange. I really thank the uncle who drove Service 24 (SBS 8453A), who did such a good deed.

I must tell myself never to let it happen again. I can't be so careless again.

Grandma In Hospital

Received news from my aunt that grandma has been warded in SGH last night due to her swollen right foot.

Hope that all is well.

****Prays hard****

Today is the day of my paper. Hopefully I can clear this paper, which I think I can as there is not much distractions this round, unlike last round, except for the loud TV and amplifier blaring as I was studying yesterday.

Hopefully can do well at an old location @ Singapore Expo Hall 1.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Need To Learn These Duets

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元若藍&安東尼-99分的幸福

- 蔡卓妍(charlene choi) &林俊杰(JJ Lin) MV

After my exam tomorrow, I have been requested by someone from my group to learn these 3 duets so that I can sing with her for our coming marathon session on 13 Dec 2008 at Clementi KBox. I wonder if I can do it within 4 days. I will try not to disappoint the requestor!! Haha!!!

Anyway, I have to thank these guys as well, as they will be doing a mini birthday celebration for me. Actually it is not considered as mini as the number of people attending the event. One of them actually told me that they will be there as Paul has been a Mr Nice Guy, as Paul has treated us well  therefore it is not a surprise that many people who had joined us actually liked what they saw and continued to join us. This is definitely a big compliment to me and my fellow committee members, since being opted in to take charge in August. Close friendship has been builit since then.

It is good to see that people are appreciating what we have done for them.

If you guys wish to join us, you are welcome to do so. In fact, we are having a session on Christmas Eve, so if you have no programs for that evening and you enjoy singing, you are most welcome to join us. The details are at this link. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=53030450750&ref=nf

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Happy Birthday To Dalicia

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Although I have been busy studying for my exam coming up on Tuesday, I have not forgotten that it is one of my long-time net friend, Dalicia's birthday tomorrow.

May I take the opportunity to wish her, a Happy birthday & whatever she wishes for come true for her. Hope she likes the above cake from Secret Recipe.

Plus, this MTV by her favourite Heavenly King, Andy Lau.

Hope she likes this!!!

Hopefully, we get to see Dalicia in Singapore soon!!!

Visiting Grandma

Today was out with mum for the usual weekly weekend praying session at SSA Tampines. We were not there for 2 weekends already as the weather was always raining as we wanted to step out of the house. My mum & my mind were also on the cheating case. It is quite fortunate that it is coming to an end soon.

Mum asked me to join her today to pray for the success of my exam paper on Tuesday, which I did. I wonder why i was so tired today, maybe due to the questions that I did on Deferred Tax, Consolidated Profit & Loss, Cash Flow Statement, Share Based Payments, Financial Instruments. I did and redo the questions that my lecturer went through in class. Hopefully it helps.

Thanks to my friends who sent me sms messages wishing me good luck for Tuesday's paper.

After that, I went to visit my grandma with my mum. My grandma has been warded in a nursing home after suffering a pelvic fracture after falling off her bed as she was trying to sit down. It is a sad sight to see her in pain, as she tried to move her right hand. But the good thing was she was still positive and did some simple excercises at our encouragement. She is also still able to recognise all of us. The worry I have about her now is her swollen right foot. I hope it is nothing serious.

******Prays Hard**********

Friday, December 05, 2008

Photos for Karen's Birthday

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I received these photos from Karen & Jean through Facebook yesterday. I thought it was nicely done. What do you think?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Update On Timeshare Cheating Case

I went down with my mum and 2 of my friends from my Singing @ K Group to sign the cancellation agreement as per the advice of CASE yesterday. Mum's worries were unfounded as everything went quite smoothly. I guess there were no delays as I have brought up the matter to CASE. I really like to thank my friends, especially to some of you, whom I only knew for a few months for your words of encouragement and support for me during this tough period of mine. According to them, I should get back my money in about 2 months time.

This has made me realise that it does not matter on whether how long you know a person. So long as you treat a person well, most of the time, most people will know it and appreciate what you done for them. It has also made me realise who my true friends are.

I guess words cannot be used to describe how I am feeling now, but still the two words below describe my gratitude to you guys.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Good Luck & Update on Cheating Case

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I hereby wish all my friends who are taking their ACCA exams or any other exams this week, good luck for your papers. May what u wish for come out and the questions that came out you are able to do so and do it well.

Received a phone call from the CASE officer who was handling my case. She advised me to go down to the company and sign their agreement, otherwise I may have problems cancelling the agreement that I have signed. Will be doing so tonight. I will be there with my friend & mum. Thanks JS for agreeing to help on short notice. Also to some of you whom I called for help but are not able to accompany me. Thanks for your advices and support. I guess you guys know who you are. Will defintely update you on the progress.

Let's hope nothing funny happens tonight.

A Happy Mothers’ Day to All Mums Out There

A Happy Mothers’ Day to All Mums Out There It has once again been a while since I last blogged as I was a little busy with my work and other...