When The Internet Makes Us Faceless

Recently I’ve just published an article with Scary Mommy. It could be said that this is my first article being published to a very large audience. Within a few hours, the post had received 275 shares and 1.7k reactions on Facebook. Fortunately, there were many positive reactions.

That being said, there were comments in there that seem like some people are really out there to make their point and argue with anyone. It’s just hilarious that an article – meant solely to be an expression of the writer’s opinion – had become a source of argument for Internet users and became a reason for people who does not even know her to call her a “dumb whore” or say “if her husband was so needy she shouldn’t have had any kids”. Wow. Thanks. It’s just so amusing to me that people feel they need to put in so much emotion in commenting on an article on the Internet.

I understand that by posting to the public, our articles are open to scrutiny. However, what is the need to be so harsh? What is the need to push the writer down, form camps against other Internet users and make a very strong point that you’re sticking to your view? Who cares?

What are you teaching your children when you exhibit this kind of attitude? Are you teaching them to be accepting of the many differences and opinions that surround our Earth? Or are you teaching them to be judgemental and segregating and non-inclusive?

Fortunately I am not affected by the negative responses. I understand that everybody has their own opinions on the subject I wrote about. It just got me thinking that people are more mean and think less (or not at all) before they write something out there. It’s a very real thing happening and it’s a sad trend. What will become of human relations in a few decades if this is how the world is going to communicate?

What’s worse, what will become of our kids? Who will they turn out to be? Whom will they be attacked by? This is my concern.

I wrote an article about Raising Kids Who Care precisely because I know the Internet is changing our humanity. Sadly so many mothers are on the wrong track themselves.

I know, I’m waiting for your comments =) You’re entitled to them and I promise I will read every single one of them without any hard feelings.

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Me-Time for Mums in Singapore: 6 Workshops To Guarantee Fun

We work too hard y’all. We work too hard. And we think of ourselves last. Almost always!

So today I’m here to remind you that YOU DESERVE to have FUN and that YOU DESERVE to spend a little bit on learning NEW SKILLS. You don’t always have to spend on your kids’ Frozen Dress or the latest McQueen toy car. It’s okay to spend for your own sanity once in a while. Here’s a line-up of some of the most engaging workshops in Singapore for you to indulge in the coming weeks and months.

1. Floral Arranging Workshop

Do it with Hello Flowers for a small-group workshop. (Image above)

Check out The Floral Atelier. They have a few classes for you to express your interest in and you will be informed when the next session is open for registration.

Let that womanly-love-for-flowers side of you be happy in these floral arrangement workshops. It’s a one-off session so you only have to commit 2-3 hours.

2. Art Jamming

Check out boulevart for a $30 art jamming session! It’s so affordable you should just pamper yourself once and for all this time round! Do it mommas! You deserve the fun!

If you are unsure of your artistic skill then Art Jam Studio might be for you. They have a guided session for you at only $50 per session.

3. Make Your Own Terrarium

The Green Capsule is open for walk-in from 11am-7:30pm on weekdays and appointments on weekends. Their $35 workshop includes all materials and 1 figurine.

4. Make Your Own Clay Necklace

Book your slot with Average Jo and have fun!

5. Try Pottery

“Find Your Center” Clay Workshop at $95 with Center Pottery

6. PaperMarket Workshops

Check out PaperMarket for workshops to quench your crafty and creative thirst all-year-round.

 

3 Comfort Items EVERY Mum Deserves To Own

Eye-mask

My husband’s colleague gave me what could have been the best gift I received this year. She gave me my very first eye-mask! I fell in love with it the first time I tried it. The pressure on my eyes when it’s closed – it’s just heavenly and relaxing. She gave me the type that has an insert that could be cooled in the fridge. Super duper love it!

A recliner

What could beat a place to lie down and stretch your back? Personally I do not like to lie on the bed unless it’s bedtime. So a recliner is the perfect choice. We all deserve this y’all. Now lean back and stretch your legs!

A good playlist

Music soothes, music enlivens. Have yourself a ready playlist for different times of the day. Doing mundane housework like mopping and washing dishes? Listen to your favourite songs. At the end of the day after all the kids have gone to bed? Listen to another list of your favourite songs. Add some mood and rhythm into your life!

These are my top 3 must-have items to help me recharge and be available for myself and my family the next day. What are your go-to self-care routine? Share your secrets in the comments!

6 Shades of Lipstick That Will Bring Back Your Confidence

NYX Matte Lipstick, Perfect Red

 

 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Nude Attitude

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm Pop, 430 Fiery Red

Mac Lipstick- RELENTLESSLY RED From Retro Matte Fall 2013 Collection

Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Lipstick, Wild Orchid 457

Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines

8 Movies For Your Inner Diva

Here’s a list of movies that you can prop yourself into your sofa and watch when everyone in the house is asleep. I know you love a solo movie night every now and then. Moms need to enjoy some solitude time and remember to enjoy life like she used to before her husband and kids came along! And watching movies is one of those things!

So here’s my list of 8 movies every woman needs to watch:

The Devil Wears Prada

Andy (Anne Hathaway) is a recent college graduate with big dreams. Upon landing a job at prestigious Runway magazine, she finds herself the assistant to diabolical editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Andy questions her ability to survive her grim tour as Miranda’s whipping girl without getting scorched.

Coco Before Chanel

Young Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou) works as a seamstress by day and a cabaret entertainer by night, then she meets a wealthy heir (Benoît Poelvoorde) and becomes his lover and fashion consultant. Tired of the flowery hats, tight corsets and yards of lace that define women’s fashion, Coco uses her lover’s clothing as a starting point to distil an elegant and sophisticated line of women’s clothing that propels her to the top of Parisian haute couture.

Dear John

When soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) meets an idealistic college student, Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), it’s the beginning of a strong romance. Over the next seven tumultuous years and separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployment, the lovers stay in touch through their letters, meeting in person only rarely. However, their correspondence triggers consequences that neither could foresee.

Million Dollar Baby

Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm’s length, except his old friend and associate Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris (Morgan Freeman). When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) arrives in Frankie’s gym seeking his expertise, he is reluctant to train the young woman, a transplant from working-class Missouri. Eventually, he relents, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both.

Amélie (2001)

“Amélie” is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Delicatessen”; “The City of Lost Children”) invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue.

Black Swan

Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company’s artistic director decides to replace his prima-ballerina for their opening production of “Swan Lake,” Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina’s dark side begins to emerge.

Cracks

Jealousy flares after the headmistress (Eva Green) of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student (María Valverde).

Gone with the wind

Epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh). Starting with her idyllic on a sprawling plantation, the film traces her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).

Enjoy!