Day 10 – 1st June – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Bedside table

What I like most about this table is how unexpectedly well the white onyx top goes with the rest of this barn-inspired design. It certainly elevates the simple, laid back look with some elegant polish.

The onyx is so pretty, with an almost mystical quality to it. 😍 I love it.

The base design, hmm, it looks lovely but to be honest I’m not crazy about furniture parts other than the legs touching the floor. Why? Because I want to easily do my weekly cleaning of the floor (sweep, vacuum, mop) without having to move the furniture.

And I suppose it’s drawerless for the crate look, for the barn feel or shabby chic idea or whatever, but I would give it a drawer. In wicker. Or, to match, the material already in use at the open wardrobe.

Yes that’s the one. The bottom one.

It looks bigger than its 45x45cm (approx.18″) size. In a layout drawing, that size would look squeezy and might be cause for concern, but as I’ve seen and experienced here myself, it’s really comfortably big enough.


Day 2 – 24th May – Quarantine Room Design Notes – Filtered Drinking Water Tap

There’s an extra tap on my vanity counter.

The sign, enlarged below, explains it is to do away with bottled water that was usually provided to guests, a practice that has been the norm for many years.

Cynical me can’t help rolling my eyes hard. But even if the primary motivation was really to cut costs and safe money from not providing bottled water to guests, I still think it’s really cool that so many fewer disposable plastic bottles are choking our planet because of this initiative.

Below are some pictures of the filtration used and how it’s connected.

Tap water in Singapore is already perfectly potable. But I guess most visitors would be hesitant and expect bottled water. (Heck, even some of us locals prefer to boil our tap water first before drinking it, out of an abundance of caution. Old habits die hard.) Hence this special extra filtration.


The remarkably brave and kind grandma and her kind family

I just saw this video earlier. It’s actually a week old, so probably considered ancient by online news standards. Sorry about that. I’ve been having a hard time coping with circumstances and been dipping back under my rock for long periods every so often. What happened to this grandma really affected me. Her crying at the end of this short video was just so heartwrenching that I cried a little too.

Imagine just minding your own business waiting to cross the street and out of the blue and for no reason somebody just takes a whack at your face. It’s bad and incomprehensible enough if you’re young, but to happen to an older lady of 75, it’s downright devastating and so hurtful. You just don’t expect the world to be so cruel and senseless.

I’m so happy she got over her shock quickly enough to whack the guy back. She must had been so enraged. She got over her shock and grief real quick and fought back. Good for her. Guess who ended up on a stretcher? Not grandma!

My God, the bruise and blood on her face in the video. That looks really painful. And not to mention the pain in her heart, which I can’t see but can hear in her cries at the end. I wept along with her. Poor lady. I feel so hurt for her but at the same time I have so much respect and admiration for her.

Her name is Xie Xiaozhen. From China, she is 75 years old.

I read in an article from NY Daily News, that there was a second elderly Asian victim, or rather the first as he was attacked first. His name is Ngoc Pham, and he is an 83-year-old man from Vietnam. From the South China Morning Post, I gathered that after Mr. Ngoc Pham was attacked, a security guard chased the assailant who then punched Ms. Xie as he was fleeing.

Mr. Ngoc Pham fell and suffered cuts and bruises on his head as well as fractures to his nose and possibly his neck.


The assailant’s name is Steven Jenkins, 39, and according to he faces six charges including two counts of elder abuse.


What makes Ms. Xie even more remarkable is that she, her husband and family have decided to donate all the money raised in a GoFundMe to the Asian American community to combat racism. According to SG News Yahoo, the GoFundMe with a goal of $50,000 had been set up by her grandson John Chen, asking for donations to cover her medical expenses. The figure has soared to over $900,000, and they are donating all of it.

In an update on the GoFundMe, Mr.Chen wrote that his grandmother said “We must not submit to racism and we must fight to the death if necessary. She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than her.”


Just a thought I had, a light-hearted take on a word I came across a few times.

It means the experience of pleasure or satisfaction at seeing the misfortune of others. That’s terrible, but sad to say part of human nature and not uncommon.


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Racism is downright stupid

When I come across racism, whether it’s my own personal experience or hearing about other people’s experiences or reading about it somewhere, there is always a sense of incredulity that I feel besides sadness. Because it just doesn’t make sense. A person’s actions is always about the individual, it’s never about his or her race (or nationality, or religious faith, etc).

I’ve put the thought in these words “Racism is downright stupid”. Simple words 😄 but simple words are best for the simple truth.

Rescued cats for adoption in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

UPDATE: Grigia has been adopted by a lovely couple on Monday 24th August. Her remaining 5 siblings/cousins are still awaiting adoption into loving homes with other loving families/persons.


Please help spread the word. Rescued cats for adoption to loving homes. Location: Horizon Hills, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. My name is Halim. To contact me:

Email me your contact details like name and phone number at / Or: Leave me your email address in the comments here / Or: Message me your details at my Instagram / Or: Message me your details at my Facebook. Thank you.

First time I’m trying to get cats we’ve rescued adopted, trying with Instagram and Facebook, here and other Social Media. We already have 2 of our own. You can read more about how we came to be present carers for these cats at my earlier post here.

Click photos below to enlarge.

Introduce Yourself (suggests WordPress)

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

I’d just like a new space to jot down or outline, to express, my thoughts, opinion, ideas, feelings.

Does it have to be today? I have to go pee, I have to make myself a quick sandwich, then right away I have to get ready to go out. I have plans today.

Why do this? Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?

I don’t know know why readers should read my blog

Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

I don’t have any ideas or plans on what to do with it. I just thought it’d be nice to have a place to express my thoughts in writing.

Maybe I’ll post some pictures or videos of my cats too, maybe.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

Manifesto. Wow. That’s some serious shit there. Mission statement.

Hmmm… let’s see. I’m not particularly interesting. But I still just want to write sometimes. That’s ok, right?

Thanks for the ideas. I’ll think about them.

To help you get started, here are a few questions: Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal? What topics do you think you’ll write about? Who would you love to connect with via your blog? If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Oh my God, this is serious stuff. So many things to think about. I don’t know. I don’t know what the answers are to these questions. I’ll have to give them some serious thought. Hmm, ok, let me try the first one.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

Oh God, I don’t know. I guess I’m an attention whore? I don’t know. I just realised it now. Does that mean I’m not the introvert I’ve always thought I am for years now? That’s quite the revelation. Oh my God, what’s happening.

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Oh, thank God. I was about to cry. Do you have a tissue? So, there’s no pressure, right? Maybe I’ll revisit this interrogation, err, questions I mean, again next time.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

That’s a great idea. Thanks. Send my regards to Anne?

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Ok, will do. It’s always nice to be loved or cared for, even for introverts. I’ll give those tags you just suggested some serious thought. Thanks again. I have to go pee now.