Twitter Notebook

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Did you know that all the tweets you have publicly posted is archived at the Library of Congress in the US?

I may not post twitter updates much but whenever I am online I open a tab for my twitter feed to see how everyone and everything is doing. As the micro-blogging site has had pretty much a significant impact on lives this decade, I decided to purchase this small, thin notebook that says twitter on the cover one time I was checking out the stationery section of a department store. (Hey, people buy lego notebooks.) It was sealed in plastic and there was no unwrapped sample notebook lying around. But I was curious as to why a notebook would have the word twitter emblazoned on it.

Does each page resemble a twitter feed? Does one write in tiny rectangles inside where only 140 characters can fit?

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The notebook is half the size of a normal notebook. The pages are stapled together and has a cardboard cover.

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Sadly, it does not have any of the gimmicks I was thinking. It’s just a notebook. Planner if you count the planner pages good for eleven weeks scattered all over.  It could be a planner for summer vacation when school’s out, if one is to disregard the calendar. Almost right at the middle of the notebook is a calendar which does not have any indication of the year. Found out upon checking on the internet that it is for the year 2011. Sheesh. If I were to really use this, I’d rather just keep notes in it.

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There’s hardly anything in the notebook to remind one of twitter. No twitter bird, no twitter themes. Sure, there are illustrations of a kid using a computer and a laptop, even a profile pic but those could just as well represent other social networking sites. Posting “micro-blogging complex” several times throughout does not do anything for me as well. Because all these things don’t really tell anyone what twitter is. Of course, I don’t understand what the Chinese characters worked into the illustrations meant.

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That’s what this notebook has going for it. How cute the illustrations are. Love the earthy tones too. And I am a sucker for watercolor prints. Almost all the pages have those and the prints get repeated only one other time.  But then the notebook only has a few pages, less than 50. Like a tweet that has come up short leaving the reader wanting more.

Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash

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My skin has become uber-sensitive lately that mere insect bites (mosquito, ants) have ended up swelling, ultimately resulting into skin rashes before fading down to dark spots. Hence products one would normally see in baby hampers have made their way into my bathroom and dresser. It’s weird but I’m still grateful that my face has been spared from this sudden change in my skin’s condition.

We have run out of Cetaphil but there was this 400 ml pouch of Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash already in our house’s stock cabinet so I got that for myself. I thought that since babies use it, that it’s mild enough for their skin, it would be mild enough for mine. I have been using it for a month now and even if I still get rashes from insect bites, at least my skin has not reacted adversely when I use this. I don’t turn beet red or anything.

Ingredients: water, PEG-80 sorbitan laurate, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, PEG-150 distearate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, tetrasodium EDTA, citric acid, fragrance, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone

It’s colorless, shower-gel like. I expected white cream since I have been accustomed to Johnson’s Body Washes. The scent does not last long. Not a fan of the scent really. Too chemically. It foams a lot once it meets water. Curiously, skin feels as if I used soap after I have washed it off. None of the slickness body washes and shower gels tend to impart while skin is still damp. And when I dry off, there’s that taut feeling of having used soap. (Something to think about when using this on baby’s skin.) Nonetheless, skin feels soft after some time. It does not seem to dry my skin and it does a good job of making it easy for me to get rid of grime using a wash cloth.

I have also been using this as a shampoo. Not taking chances with suds on my back when rinsing. Johnson’s Baby Top-To-Toe Wash keeps its promise of no more tears as it does not sting the eyes. It is unable to moisturize the ends of my hair (still crunchy) though and while it is able to relatively tame my hair, there are still a strays that refuse to submit.

Nevertheless, I think that’s what’s nice about Johnson’s Baby Top-to-Toe Wash. I can use it as both a body wash and shampoo and I don’t have to worry that it will exacerbate the rashes I’ve been getting, much less aggravate my skin on its own.

Food Loot from SG Part Three: Kaya Spread and Crackers

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These would go quite well with the Nescafe Menu Ipoh White Coffee I mentioned in this post.

The first time I tasted Oat Krunch was in 2011. I received a box from a classmate who visited Malaysia. She handed them to me when we met up in SG. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that Oat Krunch are also available in NTUC Fair Price, a supermarket chain in SG.

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I have always regarded crackers as those flat, crisp biscuits which I could top with some spread preferably cheese. That is unless they have a filling. Oat Krunch felt more of a cookie to me because of its shape. Kidding. Well, because they’re somewhat like oatmeal cookies if a bit smaller and thinner than most. It’s being marketed towards health conscious individuals (the word “healthy” appears seven times on their webpage.) and tastes far less sweeter than most cookies. The Strawberry and Blackcurrant variant is not overrun by berries, there’s just bits of them.

Kaya Toast is kaya spread and butter or margarine on toast, served with a side of soft-boiled egg seasoned with special soy sauce and ground white pepper. It’s a staple in kopitiams and from my limited stay there, I believe you can usually get them at the stall selling beverages for kopitiams (what Filipinos would refer to as food court) found in malls. I’m not a fan of soft boiled egg on bread, even soft boiled egg eaten with bread so I never really got into kaya toast dipped in seasoned soft-boiled egg (They’re not fried after dipping unlike French toast), unlike my sister who absolutely loved it. I like soft-boiled egg on rice with another viand though.

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And I’m alright with just kaya spread on bread. Kaya spread is made of coconut milk, sugar and eggs. What makes it different from coconut jam from the Philippines is that it uses eggs. It’s because of the lack of eggs that the coconut jam from the Philippines is denser and smoother in consistency. Still, kaya spread is not so egg-y tasting at all.

There are essentially two kinds of kaya spread, Hainanese Kaya and Nonya Kaya. The former bears a brown color while the latter has a greenish tinge which may be attributed to Pandan leaves (and sometimes food coloring).

In Singapore, there’s an abundance of bottled kaya spreads and since the ones available at Fair Price NTUC are the mos accessible, those are what we are familiar with. For those who would rather make their own or who could not find kaya spreads at retail stores near them, there are several blogs sharing recipes for these . We haven’t tried making some ourselves. Maybe once our loot has dwindled down we will.