Mall-Hopping in Singapore

Another place to add to my Asia travel wishlist!


Years ago, when Indonesia didn’t have a lot of shopping malls like it does now, a lot of people would fly to Singapore for shopping sprees. Wealthy people would go there at least once a month and splurge on luxury brands like Hermes or Chanel or Louis Vuitton (there aren’t any shortages of high-end luxury products in Singapore).

The rest of us… well, we’re not so lucky. But when we did go to Singapore and bring home our shopping bags from Singapore, we would be considered “cool.”

Those times are gone now. Major cities in Indonesia have tons of malls with many brands now. But somehow, Singapore’s malls still hold an attraction that we just can’t ignore. Maybe it’s the feeling of going from one mall to the next without ever having to go outside (because the outdoors is so passé, right?). Maybe it’s the abundance of great food…

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Sometimes Mommy needs a cocktail….

I’d like to share with you one of my favorite drinks, The Bramble.

The recipe is very simple. The result is a fruity, slightly tart drink with a smooth finish.

The Bramble.

2 parts gin. (I prefer Hendrick’s)

1 part lemon juice

1/2 part simple syrup. (I bought this for convenience, but it’s easy to make)

1/2 part Créme de Mûre (blackberry liqueur) 

Combine in a shaker and pour over ice. 



#hendricksgin #mommyneedsacocktail

New OmniPod Cases – Update.

The Girl with the Portable Pancreas

Not too long ago, I posted about new meter bags coming out specifically for the OmniPod PDM’s from Sugar Medical Supply.  Well I received mine in the mail on Friday so wanted to share with you.

Overall the size is very comparable to the original bags from Sugar.  They are a tad bit wider and a tad bit shorter.  Here is a picture to compare (the new OmniPod bag is on the left)

The inside is very similar as well, this time with a bit more room to fit both the PDM and a pod.  The clear strap that holds a meter is sized specifically for the larger PDM.  It is still adjusted by velcro which allows for more flexibility.  I use a skin for my PDM and had to try a little harder to get the strap to fit with the skin on.  But it does fit.

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Take the Travel Insurance

A favorite line of mine from The Godfather… “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

Well here’s my advice….

“Leave the uncertainty. Take the travel insurance.”

Now, I’m not a person who buys every extended warranty that I’m offered by any stretch of the imagination. I accept that stuff breaks. And if it breaks within the first 6 months, I’m bringing it back to you- and raising dignified hell about it until I’m satisfied. But I digress….

When my mother-in-law was alive, and my husband and I would travel, I ALWAYS bought travel insurance. My MIL would get very ill from time to time, and I always had a “vacation escape plan” for if we needed to interrupt (or even cancel) our vacay, and high tail it back home. 

And yes, anything can happen at anyone at anytime, but if someone has health challenges, the odds are that they could have a downturn…

We lost Nana in 2014, and after that point, I stopped buying travel insurance. Foolishly, I had tied out need for it to her situation and didn’t consider other calamities that could befall even the best laid travel plans. 

Until it happened….

We were looking forward to a trip to Mexico to celebrate a friend’s wedding. Through a series of unfortunate events, the wedding was cancelled….

This time, I didn’t purchase travel insurance…

Travel insurance provides coverage for various issues such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, trip delay, lost or damaged luggage, and even medical evacuation. 

Find your travel insurance
Most booking sites, for example, Travelocity and Expedia, will even offer it. But when I booked our trip, I declined it…

And sooooooo, I lost the deposit at our resort, and was charged a cancellation fee for each ticket with Delta Airlines.

Salt level: 

So, learn from my gaffe and save yourself the crying of real salty tears…. 

“Leave the uncertainty. Take the travel insurance.”
Best travels,

Dr. Peaches and Miss Pickles

See Something, Say Something

My whole heart is heavy. I’m treating this beautiful young sister in here for a “fall.” That’s what she told them in triage and they ran with it. 
I look at her, her lip is busted, several abrasions on her face, swollen black eye, bleeding from her ear, and she can’t really open her mouth.
So I asked her what happened. 

They were fighting and he pushed her down the stairs. He said he was sorry….
She hadn’t called the police and didn’t want to call them. 

She says she is safe at home, but moments later asking for info on a shelter. 
Her jaw is broken in 2 places and several teeth are also broken, in addition to the bruises and cuts to her face…..
So sad that she’s not in a place(mentally, spiritually) to receive help. 

Review of her chart revealed lots of “falls” and injuries in he past few years.

“Luckily” for her, she has to have the jaw surgically repaired, so she will atleast be in the hospital for the next few days… I’m so glad I didn’t have to discharge this young lady…
This is happening all over this country right now. 

Perhaps to you or to someone you know. 
Please like and share this. Not for me, but for her…All of the “hers” who are living this nightmare.
If you or someone you know needs help, here’s some info. 

800-799-SAFE (7233)



Self Care. Step 1: Awareness


We all have heard of burnout.Physician burnout, caregiver burnout… Anyone can feel the effects of burnout, but how many of us recognize the warning signs? I discussed awareness of burnout on my Periscope broadcast ( which will be available for rebroadcast on Periscope and is also available on the blog’s Facebook page). Here are a few helpful schematics that I found on the web! 


Join us next week on Periscope (@peachsandpckls) as we tackle this issue and hopefully find solutions! 
Have a great week! 

❤️Dr. Peaches