Typhoon Emergency Kit

It’s typhoon season! I highly recommend being prepared by making your own Emergency Kit.

Watch this video to learn how!


Be Prepared for any Typhoon Emergency

Given that we are in the midst of typhoon and flood season, be prepared! Create your own OCfied Emergency Kit!

1. Make sure you have a FIRST AID KIT.

National Book Store and most drug stores already have ready-made ones. But if you have to make your own, the Red Cross recommends the following items to be included in your first aid kit:

National Book Store - Emergency Kit

· absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)

· 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)

· 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)

· 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)

· 5 antiseptic wipe packets

· 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)

· 1 blanket (space blanket)

· 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)

· 1 instant cold compress

· 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)

· 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)

· Scissors

· 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)

· 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)

· 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)

· 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)

· Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)

· 2 triangular bandages

· Tweezers

· First aid instruction booklet


I found a lunch cooler at National Book Store which I chose because it’s reflectorized. Inside I placed the following items:

National Bookstore - Emergency kit


Duplicate keys attached with Velcro strips
Rechargeable Flash Light and Extra Batteries
Neon Umbrella and Rain Coat
Extra First Aid materials (e.g. Arm Sling, Ice Pack)
Head Lamp
Water and Cookies


Place all your important documents in a clear plastic zip envelope. Add in a print out of your emergency numbers and some reserve cash.

I certainly pray that none of us ever have to use our emergency kits but let’s all try our best to be prepared. May you all stay safe during this season!

Decorating your Bedside Table

When decorating your bedside table, things tend to get cluttered as it is soooo tempting to just put all of your favorite framed photos and decorations on it. Stop right there!

Here are some bedside table decorating rules:

1.  Follow the RULE OF THREES. 

Here is the basic idea of the rule. Objects that appear in threes are more appealing, memorable and effective than other number combinations.

So I did my own version of this rule. I grouped together 3 objects that make me smile —- a photo of my daughter, a silly looking Buddha and a small vase with Lavender. I wanted them to be of the same color to keep everything in theme.

2.  PROTECT the table top from common objects you place on top of it.

I added a multi-purpose tray to protect the wood from stains that can be caused by my morning cup of coffee or a glass of water.  I also sometimes use it as a catchall for my watch, earrings, clips and other small objects.

3.  Use FELT PADS.

Now to make sure that my decoration doesn’t scratch the surface – which can sometimes happen during cleaning or simply just moving things around, I use felt pads.  Just stick them under!

I bought grey ones from National Book Store.

I also found these black ones from an Asian home store. 


Good luck with your own bedside table decorating!



When we go on vacation, the hotels we stay at usually have free bath and body items.  Now I like to bring my own toiletries so I don’t really get to use the hotel freebies.  If there are some I like, I take them home because the small bottles are put to good use in my gym bag. 

Now, how else can we make use of these freebies?

You know those free little bath soaps?

I actually use them as shoe deodorizers!  Instead of coughing up money for deodorizer balls, just slip the little soaps inside your shoes! No more smelly gym shoes!

You know those free shower caps?  You can use them as shoe protectors when you have to do a house remodelling project.

You can also use it as a shoe bag when travelling. Believe me, this saves more space than a regular shoe bag.


Got any more ideas? Share! I would love to hear from you.