Category Archives: That’s How Mo Sees It

And If Not Now, When?

Carpe Diem – Seize the Day

Finally, this phrase means something to me.  Recently, I’ve been contemplating on changing my life’s path.  Four weeks to be exact.  In those weeks, I have pinpointed what makes me happy and what makes me crazy and borderline depressed. 

So why not change? I’m afraid of risking not being able to give Little Patch what he wants in the future.  It’s not following my dreams per se, but in order for me to be happy, there will be a  long term financial cost .  Not a loss that would put us out on the streets, but it would definitely set us back from pursuing our family goals.

I’ve always needed stability in order to feel… stable. And possibly secure.  But since having Little Patch, my priorities have changed.  Things that I thought were important, I don’t even have a mild passion for.  I just know what makes me unhappy and I’m constantly swimming in that pool of poo-poo-ness.

I just wish I have the strength to not freak out about the future and just go with the flow.  But I’m not that kind of person.

Parents Build Their Children’s Cliques

We live in a society full of cliques.  It may not necessarily be all ‘Mean Girls‘ and such but eventually your babies will have friends from daycare or even earlier.

But babies can’t start developing cliques at such an early stage, or can they?  Yes, they can.  Because of parents (especially moms) that already choose and select who their babies will have playdates with based on who mommies wants to be friends with or whether the parents fit those mommies’  judgey criterias.  Read the rest of this entry

Love Does Not Equal to Trust

Little Patch is very fortunate to have so many friends and family that loves him so much.  Many would offer to babysit him or want to spend time with him.  However, there’s a set of relatives that have offered to babysit him which I haven’t really given them a (second) chance to.  There’s a lack of trust and I’m not sure if I should  be honest and tell them why and that I would rather have the neighbourhood stray cat watch our baby instead.

I know that these relatives loves LP a lot and spoils him in so many loving ways.  But it seems to them that showing their love also translates to letting LP do whatever he wants.  And that’s where my concern is. If LP wants to play with plugs, even if he’s in their arms, they will let him.  If he wants to push buttons on a DVD player or bash a remote control, they don’t take it away from him or pull him away.  So it’s not just the concern of the chance of LP hurting himself, it’s also having him break stuff around the house and thinks it’s okay.

One loving a child may not necessarily mean that one is also a good caretaker to the child. It’s been a year since the relatives were left alone to watch Little Patch and there’were issues where instructions were not being followed.  It may not be a big deal now on how things should be dealt with a baby, but at a few months old, how much to eat, how often and other details can be crucial.   And when my instructions as a mom are not being followed, I feel disrespected as a mom and as if someone else is trying to raise my child their way.  Okay, this is where hubby would say I’m overreacting…!

Am I being too picky? Or should I just let loose like Patch and just let these relatives have him once in awhile?

Real Estate 101 on HGTV

No way I can afford this type of house in Vancouver.

After watching the HGTV for 13 months, I have learned a lot of things that would help prepare me as a real estate agent.  Not that I would want to be one since I wouldn’t be able to sell a house even if it’s already sold!  HGTV stands for Home and Garden TV but I rarely see any shows relating to Gardening.  The closest would be the new show on the block called ‘Decked Out’.

My favourite shows include Property Virgins, House Hunters and House Hunters International.  It’s actually quite infuriating to see couples complaining about how small a 300 sqft master bedroom is in the 1,500 sqft house that’s asking for $80k. I would be living like a queen in Detroit!   House Hunters International is like a quickie trip to foreign countries.  Read the rest of this entry

Twit Tweets

Many companies use Twitter to reach out to their (potential) customers with updates, news, contests and anything that could be of interest.   Some would use Twitter to address customer issues and some to retweet related news.

I like how London Drugs uses Twitter for contests, promotions and addressing customers’ concerns.  I tweeted about a poor experience at the Victoria Drive location and soon after, it was addressed on their twitter (publicly) and then I got a DM to get things sorted.  I didn’t get anything for free as some would assume (some people complain for the sake of getting free stuff or discounts but that’s not me) because I just wanted the company to be aware of such crappy service.

Rogers Wireless tries to use Twitter to address problems by even having a few designated tweeters answering tweets.  However, more than half their responses end up being “I suggest you call the rogers customer rep.”

So everyone has a different purpose with their company Twitter but it’s utterly annoying when companies use their Twitter account and rather than promoting the company, the account is used to befriend other tweeters and it becomes cliquey.  I suspect that this may be because they hired one person to take care of of the social media aspect.   I realized that some local big companies are doing this and in the end, I end up unfriending the account because it has become pointless to follow them when they go on in a banter with their internet buddies.

Products That Are Not Helping Our Much-Saving-Needed Environment

I see more household items on commercials that got me thinking dubya-tee-eff.  While we are trying to cut down on our carbon footprint, there are companies making products for wasteful consumers.  Things that doesn’t even make sense for it to become disposable.

Save your hands from the evil pump

Lysol Healthy No-Touch hand Soap – why? because your pump harnesses a lot of germ and you don’t want to touch it right before wash your hands. Really? Is that necessary in your own home?  I’ve seen women in the bathroom that rips out 2 feet long paper towels to protect their hands while turning off the tap and getting a clean sheet of paper towel to wipe their hands.

Double your waste with disposable diapers and pads

Disposable Change Pads (made by vasious companies) – re-usable change pads come in a standard size and it’s a waterproof plastic which means if the nasty happens on the pad, you can easily rinse it off.  Disposable change pads are more harmful because they are meant to be one time use, comes in a standard size and comes with a waterproof backing which is not very likely recyclable.

Because pulling a paper towel from the roll is too much work

Home Paper Towel Dispenser – this doesn’t seem too bad at first because many of us use paper towels at home, but some brands perforate the edges a lot closer along the towels so you get smaller pieces.  The thing that gets me again, is the ‘hands free’ function.

When I lived on my own, I used to save paper towels by reusing them.  I didn’t do it for the environment though, I used to leave the damp paper towel on the counter and by the time I got to throwing it away, it was  already dry and ready to be used again only to be slightly stiffer.  So I kept doing that with paper towels that I used for drying my hands.  Even though it wasn’t a conscience decision to save the planet (it was more for saving $), I still did something, so there.   And it can’t be that gross because I still have all my fingers.

I can see some paranoid ppl using the above items just because they are afraid of germs.  Here’s a tip to those ppl – these products are quite expensive and are not environmentally friendly.  So why not adopt a mexican child and have them to pump your hand soap or get paper towels?  It’s a lot cheaper.  Here’s some ideas to develop on for Johnson & Johnson, Proctor and Gamble.  A Disposable Child Robot!

Referral Links

As more people are using group buys like Groupon, Teambuy, Social Living, etc (although I doubt these sites can hold on to their clients as I see recently, the deals are just recycling through tanning services, laser treatments, gym memberships, yoga classes – how many sessions does one really need!), I see more referral links on Facebook and by email.

If you are posting on someone’s wall or sending them an email letting them know of an awesome deal using a referral link that the site has provided, I think it’s courtesy to let your friend know that you are benefiting from their purchase.  It’s not like your friend won’t use it if you told them but if you don’t, it may seem that your interest is not theirs but your own.

Welcome to Walmart! Please Leave Your Manners and Common Senses @ the Door.

Went to Walmart by Grandview for the first time.  Walmart is a supersized trailer.  Maybe because I went on a Sunday afternoon when it’s super busy, but there’s no organization, no manners, it feels like it’s a riot.  On a few occasions, I parked my cart on the side only to have another shopper park her cart next to mine, completely blocking the traffic.

I would’ve taken photos of the people of walmart but I was afraid that I would get the beats from these classy shoppers.  I ended up staying for about an hour and didn’t have a chance to browse in the other half of the store.

Here’s a website that is dedicated to the flowers of Walmart (mostly in US)…  People of Walmart. Grandview location is like that, except with more asians and east indians acting like yellow and brown trash!

Vancouver Food Carts are Great but It’s Not the Same as HK

Over the summer, I’ve been seeing more mobile restaurants and food carts around Vancouver as part of the city’s street food experiment.  I don’t know if this is a trend or a cost saving way to run a business.  But I don’t think it will be as big of a success as carts in Hong Kong (if you even consider it a success).  Here’s why.

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It’s Easy to Judge When the Shoes Don’t Fit You

Almost every conversation I’ve had with parents about parenting are usually backed with our desire to be seen as decent parents who know what we are doing.  It is not because we want to impress anyone, but rather not be seen as bad parents. If we ask our friends for advice, it is because we care and want to give what’s best for our kids.

 

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