Married Life?

There’s one question that I get posed quite often – “how’s married life?”.  I seriously don’t know what sort of answers these people are expecting.  I mean, married or not, life goes on right?  I don’t think a couple’s life will have any major adjustments till a kid comes along – and for the record, I still find kids very dirty and unhygienic.

While in the shower tonight, I thought about this question “how’s married life” again, after an ex-colleague sent an sms asking me earlier this evening.  I guess there’ll always be some quirks that need adjusting to but that’s about it.  The quirks can be quite funny though!

For example, I have an obsession with keeping the bedroom doors closed.  This is because I switch on the aircon every night and thus I’m very paranoid about leaking the cool air out.  I also worry about condensation forming on the airconditioning unit and therefore I keep my bedroom doors shut even after the aircon is switched off.  Lastly, I recall my dad’s teaching that if you can keep the cool air in the room as much as possible, the next time you switch on the aircon, it wouldn’t have to work so hard to cool down the room, thus saving energy.

Iceman, however, having been used to not sleeping in an airconditioned room, tends to leave the doors ajar sometimes.  Sometimes it’s ‘cos he’s only going out of the bedroom to get something, sometimes the door just didn’t get shut tight.  As a result, I always end up closing all the doors (i.e. our 2 bedroom doors & 1 toilet door) that I find open.  I found this troublesome initially but have concluded that since I’m the one with the obsession, I should be the one taking action.

Iceman’s quirk relates to electricity usage.  He likes to switch off the mains of our TV, Mio player, Starhub box, broadband modem, etc.  His reasoning is that this helps avoid vampire electricity usage and thus saves on electrical bills.  While I totally agree that cutting down the electricity bill is good, I find it too troublesome to switch off and on these mains on a daily basis because we use these appliances every day!  Anyway, Iceman doesn’t bug me about switching the mains off and he does it so I guess that works out ok too.

Heh. So that’s the main adjustments I guess… nothing major.. just kind of amusing.  🙂

From A to B

I used to nag a lot at Iceman’s driving – don’t brake so late, don’t reverse so fast, signal before you turn, etc.  Thankfully, Iceman didn’t complain about my nagging and I eventually found myself sounding very irritating so I stopped.  I also figured that like what happened to me, one will learn to drive more gently after a few knocks to the car. 

I had my fair share of knocks during my first year of driving.  My dad’s poor old Audi A6 suffered a bad scratch across the front left bumper and 2 knocks from me parking the car at I can’t remember which carpark now.  I also suffered a few near misses on the AYE (nearly kissed the backside of the car in front) and that sure taught me to not tailgate!  Since then, I’ve driven 2 of my dad’s Volkswagen Passats (past & present car), my own Nissan Sunny and our current Latio & Kia Rio and there hasn’t been one incident in the last 9 years to boot!  I thus concluded that if Iceman’s handling of the car were really as risky as I felt it was, a couple of knocks to the Latio would rectify it.

We’ve owned the Latio for close to a year now and I’m happy to share that it’s been kept in a relatively pristine condition.  Iceman has taken over as the regular driver of the Latio since our wedding last Aug and apart from scratching the metal part of the wheel (the axle?) from parking too close to the kerb and reversing into our first floor neighbour’s laundry stand (albeit no damage sustained), there have been no other incidents – till today.  We went to Margaret Drive for dinner and Iceman parked the car front in.  I was waiting by the pavement while Iceman adjusted the car to be properly within the lot when I suddenly saw the car sort of surge forward a little too quickly.  The front bumper of the car knocked into the kerb and plant holder close to it, and sustained some scratches (not that serious).

I was pretty ok about it but Iceman was quite upset (he takes very good car of the car – vacuuming it, taking it for regular polishing, etc).  He said he didn’t understand how it happened ‘cos he didn’t step on the accelerator and the car sort of just sped forward.  He later said he could have been distracted by the car next to him but I guess everything happened too quickly to be absolutely certain.  In any case, I asked Iceman during dinner if it might help if he parked a little slower.  Iceman, however, said that this incident was an anomaly and so changing his driving / parking style would not help.  He reiterated that the passenger will always feel that the driver is driving too fast ‘cos the passenger is unaware of the driver’s intentions, i.e. when he intends to brake, turn, etc.  I suppose Iceman has a point though I thought my clean driving / parking track record also lends some weight to my theory about toning down the speed.

Whatever the case, a car, to me, is just a vehicle to get you from point A to point B.  As long as the driver and passengers are safe, what’s a couple of knocks right?

LinkWithin

I just installed a new plugin called LinkWithin.  It’s supposed to recommended related posts under each blog entry.  The recommendations don’t seem very accurate – but a note on the site mentioned that it’ll get better once Linkwithin has the chance to trawl through the blog and this may take a few hours.

So… let’s see how it goes.  If you think it’s really bad, let me know… and I’ll consider removing it.

Side note – my webmaster as well as 2 friends (Booze Queen & Piano Player) mentioned to me that my blog may be inaccessible at times.  Anyone else experiencing this?

Happily Married!

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The youngest member of our cellgroup, MY, got married yesterday.  Considering that he was 19 and about to enter the army when he first joined us 9-10 years ago, I feel really old!  Anyway, we had great fun at the wedding.  Congratulations Mingyao and Qiaoyun!  May the Lord bless your marriage with endless love and joy.

Pissed off with Neighbour

I am really pissed off with my neighbour – the one from the next block that leashed their dog outside the flat.  The woman who stays there is a horrible driver.  She can NEVER park her car straight and the car will always cross into the lot on the left.  Totally inconsiderate.  In the last 2 weeks that our 2nd car, the Kia Rio, was parked next to theirs, our poor Rio has suffered numerous dents, of which there’re 3 spots where the paint chipped off, and another 2 where the light blue paint from the offending car was left on ours!  What the fark man.  I’m sure it’s more than pure coincidence that our idiotic neighbour’s car is light blue – the same shade as the paint left on our doors.  I really wonder if our neighbour purposely opened the car doors so hard that it slammed and left marks all over our car.  Imagine this, the Rio is only 1 month old, but it has more dents than our Latio that’s about 1 year old!

Sadly, there’s nothing much I can do except park at a further lot so I’m still damn pissed off about it.  Du lan… then it suddenly occurred to me – this same stupid idiotic moron of a neighbour always leaves a big tub of water outside their flat.  Don’t know what the heck for.  I see it as a potential mosquito breeding ground.  After all the advertisements on TV about not having stagnant water lying around, you still have this sort of idiots who do it.  I mean, if they want their whole family to die of dengue fever, then so be it… but don’t drag your neighbours down with you right?  Anyway, I’m not one to complain without doing anything.  I’ve reported them to the National Environment Agency, who said they’ll send someone over to check on this.  I hope they get fined big time.  Grr… really pissed off.

Taipei 17-21 Apr 2010 (Part 4 – Jiufen & Wufenpu)

Jiufen’s an old mining town with lots of shops selling local specialties & tea houses.

 

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To get to Jiufen, we took the MRT to Taipei Main Station, then changed to an express train to Ruifang.

 

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Here’s a pic of the train station at Ruifang.

 

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You can get lots of snacks at Jiufen.

 

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As well as shops selling curios!

 

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This looked so yummy while it was steamed…

 

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It turned out to be not so yummy vegetarian I don’t know what you call it.  Thankfully, we only ordered 1 bowl!

 

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Climbing stairs is a must.

 

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A really old movie billboard & a 100-year old wheel.

 

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A teahouse

 

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Lemon w/ kumquat & lime and tea jelly

 

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There’s this really good “zi char” place called Chang Wang near Wufenpu.  Food was CHEAP & good!

 

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Kangkong cost only SGD3.60 (and it was good!)

 

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The beancurd wasn’t too bad either.

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Sweet & sour pork was normal tasting but cheap.  Costs around SGD5.

 

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This “3-Cup chicken” was the best of the best!  *Slurp*

 

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My shopping in Taipei!  😀

Taipei 17-21 Apr 2010 (Part 3 – Danshui & Ximending)

Booze Queen, AK and I didn’t join the day tour organised by Chan Brothers.  Instead, we visited Danshui and Jiufen on our own.  Danshui was quite a nice place to relax and pig out.  The smell of salt was so strong!  I don’t think the water would’ve been 淡 at all!

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Smelly Toufu can be easily found in Taipei. 

 

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I wonder which is smellier to the locals – smelly toufu or fried durian?  Haha.

 

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The fried sotong (very common too) was sooooooooooooooooo yummy.  Salted & seasoned with chilli powder, it was sooo addictive.

 

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We tried to eat at stalls that have been around for a long time…

 

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I can’t remember the name of this anymore but it’s nice.  The pinkish soup tastes like fermented beancurd (“lam yu” in Cantonese) and the taupok skin absorbs all the flavour of the meat & seasoning.  I liked this.

 

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The pau was also tasty.  The pork filling was really good though the skin of the pau could’ve been softer.

 

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Found this store selling snacks and toys from my childhood days.

 

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Cam-whoring at Danshui

 

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Lady belting out Hokkien songs

 

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Ximending!

 

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Ah Zhong’s mee sua – the best mee sua I’ve had in my life

 

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People in Taipei love to bring their dogs out.  I saw more dogs than kids!

 

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I really love mala steamboat!

 

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It was gooooooooooood!