Tuesday, December 29, 2009

RV Repair Work

The recent interest in RV vehicles has sparked off a whole new business for those specialising in rv repair work. I recently saw a few workshops around our area which have sprung up. I've never been in an RV so I can't imagine if it is any different from a normal car. However, I would think some special skills might be required for those who specialise in this.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Two Jobs

My transfer finally got approved although most of the nitty gritty terms are still pending. It is a huge relief as it has saved me a lot of time and trouble going through the recruitment agencies and newspapers for finance job search opportunities. Now all that remains is to clear up my work at this end and try to learn as much as I can on the other end! I can't believe I'm working two jobs at year end when most people are already winding down!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What are Exam Tables?

Do you know what exam tables are? I've sat for countless exams since I was young but have never heard of exam tables! Is it something you can actually bring into your exam or is it something totally unrelated to studies?! Do let me know if you know what it is!

Designer Furniture

Do you like designer lighting such as Arco and Dolan Designs? I do especially when they are quirky pieces that add charm to a stark living room. I've been recently seeing a very popular design that seems to be in fashion today with a hanging lamp. I think I'm going to start looking at buying contemporary type pieces from now on instead of the cookie cutter type furnishings!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cigar Tradition

I'm really adverse to smokers so I never understood the tradition of handing out Black and Mild cigars at the birth of a baby! One would think that a hospital would be the last place which allows you to smoke. I guess the tradition came about as a form of celebration especially since cigars are expensive to start with. Nevertheless, I'm sure there are better and healthier ways to celebrate the joyous occasion a baby's birth brings!

Car Spring Cleaning

When I recently sold my car, I was a little surprised when all my accumulated junk in there only filled up one small paper bag! I didn't realise how empty my car was considering I had been using it for over 3 years already. Luckily I did not fill it up with too many auto accessories or personal stuff otherwise imagine the headache involved in clearing it out and ensuring that everything is removed before it goes to the next owner!

Techie Christmas Gift Ideas

I went to work recently and saw my colleague using a really cute mouse pad. It had a picture of a mouse on it running around on a pad of cheese which was just too cute for words! Just the thing to brighten up a dreary Monday morning. If you're looking for great Christmas ideas, do consider getting one of these custom mouse pads. They'll make a great gift especially for tech-lovers!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Food Galore

When I was down in Singapore I noticed that their newspapers were full of slimming and health advertisements. Every other page featured some company or another offering best weight loss products or treatments to help a weight obsesssed country. Ironically, everywhere you turn, there's always food galore at every street corner. With all those temptations, luckily one needs to walk a lot there. Hopefully it helps to burn off some fat!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Laptop Crashed

My office laptop just crashed! Just when I had tonnes of work to finish off! Worse, most of the work I was doing was saved on my personal disk space which I have no access to when using another laptop. I should have gotten a Corporate usb drive to try to save my work on but its now too late. Hopefully the IT can resolve it quickly on Monday.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shopping For Insurance

How much insurance does one really need? I've been searching around for affordable term life insurance quotes but have not been able to find any good quotes. I've been told that insurance quotes increase with each passing year of your age perhaps that's why I have not been able to find any cheap insurance quotes. Do you have any you would like to recommend?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Splurging on Sandals

I splurged quite a bit last weekend :) Bought a pair of Fitflop sandals that I had been eyeing for a while already. It costed me a pretty bomb and several weeks ago I would have flinched at having to pay so much for just a pair of sandals. I even put back a pair of funky Naot sandals because they were hundred plus and now I spent double of that on my Fitflops! :p Oh well, they say shopping is a woman's best friend and I certainly need some fun in my life after all the other stuff that's been going on!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Medical Insurance When Traveling

Have you ever purchased medical insurance when you travel? I've always wondered how important and necessary it is but sometimes things are really unpredictable and you don't really want to be slapped with a huge hospital bill when you're lying in a foreign hospital. So, I guess its good to consider travel medical insurance if you're planning a long two-week trip, just to be on the safe side. After all, the premiums are usually quite affordable.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Weight Loss Tips Wanted

I was unable to attend my yoga class last week as I had to work late. I've been so busy that exercise and good eating habits have been the furthest thing from my mind and I'm unfortunately paying for that now with some weight gain and a jelly belly! Sigh! If only there was a quick and easy way to lose belly fat! Any good methods to recommend?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Men in Suits

I have to say that I have a weak spot for men in suits or tuxedos. I recall attending a formal function once in my previous job where the men were mainly clad in tuxedo shirts complete with bow ties and dinner jackets. I have to say that I was certainly blown away by how they looked! :) However, unless you have lots of functions to attend, it might be a waste splurging lots of money on a nice tuxedo only to have it sit in your wardrobe!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Clarins Facial

I recently tried the Clarins facial and came away rather impressed with their skin analysis. They don't use any high tech machines to analyse your skin but use just their bare hands! I was also pleased when the beautician told me that I don't really need wrinkle cream at the moment, just more of hydrating products. I'll definitely be trying their facials again...it gave me nice and glowing skin after that.

Clearing Email Box

I was trying to clear my email box before the long weekend next week. Our online storage for our emails are only 5MB which gets filled up so quickly with all kinds of email messages and attachments and once its full emails will actually stop getting sent to us. I wish there was a way IT would increase our email storage facility but they seem really reluctant to do so. Time to start deleting those mails!

Accessorising Your Car

What do you think of people who put a lot of car accessories on your car? I don't know about you but I tend not to like them. To me, if you want your car to look like a sports car, save up to buy a sports car instead of adding all kinds of modifications to a normal car! Those modifications are not only expensive but can render your car dangerous as you are changing the original design, alignment and weight so I definitely wouldn't advise it!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Pressure To Be Slim

I met up with a friend for dinner two nights ago. We had a really wonderful time catching up and chatting. I've always enjoyed dinners with this friend but that night I noticed that she was not eating much. When I probed, she admitted that she thought she should be going on a diet and asked if I knew of any best weight loss supplement she could consider. I was a little surprised as although she's put on some weight, she's still very slim. Hopefully she doesn't lose too much weight as too thin people tend to look older. The pressure women have to stay slim!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Technology Boom

I've been using a really simple basic phone for a while already. It pretty much just allows me to make messages and calls. What a far cry I've come from my techy impressive phone I used to have! I was recently admiring a friend's Samsung phone and gosh, I realised that I didn't even know how to use it! I can't keep up with technology anymore! :P

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Strange Coding System

I really wonder how the barcode system works at times. I bought some fruits from the grocer the other day which were individually coded. Although they were all the same fruit, they had different codings. Some were tagged Symbol LS2208 while others had a different symbol on it. It would probably make more sense to tag them with all the same codes to avoid errors!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cleaning Inside Out

I was reading a beauty magazine the other day and saw an advertisement for a colon cleanse company. I used to read about how Princess Diana used these methods to keep herself slim and detoxified. However, I'm not sure if I can put myself through the same way. It does seem rather radical and I'm not sure if it is good for your body in the long run.

Dying Technology

I was recently at an event and noticed someone using a camcorder to record the event. That got me rather curious as I have not seen people using camcorders in a while already. Everyone seems to be using high tech digital cameras that double up as video recorders so I thought camcorders were a dying technology! Have you noticed anyone using camcorders recently?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Amazon's Shipping Ban

Have you ever tried shipping from Amazon? I heard that they didn't use to ship to Malaysia which was why I stopped considering them as an online seller. However, a friend who recently bought from them was happy with her order fulfillment despite being in Malaysia. Does anyone know if they have changed their shipping ban to Malaysia?

Monday, June 08, 2009

Happy Kids

Every mother has high hopes for their children. Some hope for their children to grow up to be brilliant doctors who discover the cure for Mesothelioma cancer or an engineer to build the biggest and highest bridges in the world. Someday if I have a kid of my own, I think I'll probably be as ambitious as all these mothers! No mother ever really wants her child to fail in life but yet they want them to be happy. I wonder if such a balance can be struck.

Diet Pills At Slimming Centres

I recently went for a free trial at a slimming centre and had to endure the worst insults in their attempt to get me to sign up for a slimming package with them! During my experience there, I was surprised to see them prescribing a fat burner pill to a client. I thought that slimming centres relied mostly on machines to help you lose your unwanted pounds not medication! It was truly an eye-opener!

Trying Diet Pills

Sometimes you get the strangest comments on blogs. Someone contacted me via my blog last week to ask if I would write about phenphedrine reviews if they sent me a sample. I was a little hesitant as I am rather wary about eating diet pills, having heard too much about their side effects. A famous Singapore actress actually had to have a liver transplant due to poisoning caused by slimming pills! Would you dare try it out?

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Buying Shoes

I love shoes but recently I have been on a bit of a shopping ban in an attempt to save some money. So it did not help at all when my colleague told me about this really nice pair of Dansko shoes she saw on sale! And it has to happen in a month where I'm sadly dry and where my shoes are falling apart too! Should I or should I not?

Wet Camera

I went for a little excursion today and unfortunately I forgot that my camera isn't waterproof! It actually got dipped in the water and now I'm worried it can't work well anymore. My latest attempt to take a photo using it just resulted in some blurry images! :( I wonder if it's time to start saving up for a new camera, preferably one with compact flash memory and built in additional memory. Anyone got any good brands to recommend?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Time Off Needed

I've been feeling terribly swamped at work and am down with the flu. Its funny but my recent leave in April, just 2 months ago already seems to be light years ago! Isn't it a terrible feeling when you just need some Vegas vacations and time away from work but can't have it due to work commitments? It really sucks!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Novelty beds

We were supposed to buy a new bed after we moved in but I guess with all the settling down, that priority seems to have become less important as we get by with the current bed. I have been noticing lots of bed sales in the papers though for all kinds of novelty and funky beds including a sleep number bed or circular waterbed! I wonder how people sleep on those comfortably!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Grocery Fun

I enjoy grocery shopping and I never failed to be thrilled by the barcode scanners that are installed in the supermarket. Its pretty exciting, for me at least, to pick up an item and scan it to see what the price is! I guess I get my kicks out of the strangest things!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Best Diet Pills?

What do you think are the best diet pills on the market at the moment? My colleague recently asked me that and I was unable to answer her as I had no clue! To me, diet pills are not exactly the best way to lose weight as they may come with some dangerous side effects. They are also not cheap and I told her she might be better off exercising instead. Hopefully she takes my advice!

Precious Collections

We tend to throw away things each time we spring-clean our houses. However, did you know that some collections can actually bring you money? I recall a friend whose old uncle used to keep a huge collection of silver coin from all types of countries. When he passed away, the family cleared the house and out of interest decided to send those coins for valuation. They were shocked to know that the coins were actually worth a tidy sum today! Especially since precious metals prices have been on the upward trend! So next time do think carefully before you throw out your collections!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sale But No Sales

Everywhere seems to be screaming sale! I was at training in town for the past 3 days and almost everywhere had banners proclaiming sales of all kinds. However, the stores still seem mostly empty and I believe despite the cheaper prices, people are just buying less to save their money.

Keeping Your Job

In my previous company, I used to have an IT person who would be sleeping most of the day in the dark and air-conditioned server room! He was so incompetent that he couldn't answer most of our questions including how to download cad drawing tools when the engineers had to perform some work. Sometimes I really wonder how people get to keep their jobs in this current competitive economy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Living Healthily

It is a scary world we live in today. There are all kinds of terminal diseases that crop up everywhere nowadays, even in young children. It seems like everything we eat or use now have potential to cause cancer such as mesothelioma or other worse terminal diseases. It does make you wonder how best we can live and have a healthy life.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Creating Space

One problem about moving into an apartment is the space constraint. I have been moving my stuff around in the storeroom to try to create more space and to avoid it looking so messy. If only we had some self storage units in the basement like my parents' condo. It will definitely create lots of additional storage space to store items that are not used often.

Suitable Wedding Gift

We've been cracking our heads to come up with a suitable present for a friend who's about to get married. Some friends suggested getting her some sexy lingerie for her honeymoon and wedding night but it does seem like a strange gift. I remember feeling rather odd when I received something like that from a wedding guest! Do you think its a suitable gift?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I never cease to be amazed by the amount of information contained in a barcode. One of the stuff I like to do while shopping is to pick up an item and take it to the barcode scanner just to see how much it costs! It always thrills me! Do you get kicks like these out of shopping too?

Gifts For A Sports Fan

I have a birthday party for a sports-mad friend coming up. This friend is so into football that he will consider buying a plane ticket to UK just to watch his favourite team play! I've been looking out for some sports gear to buy for his birthday and have been trying to decide between Football or Soccer. Thanks to the internet, I discovered a great new shopping experience at ShopWiki where I can find all kinds of sporting stuff from Volleyball to even Cheerleading requirements! Its your one-stop centre for everything sporty! Do check it out!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Sales on Rings

I recently saw some sales on engagement rings in the shopping centre. I think times are tough and hence retailers have started dropping their prices in a bid to get more sales. If you are shopping for an engagement diamond ring, now is a great time to be looking out for good deals!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Losing Weight Naturally

I thought I have been putting on weight but this morning, when I tried on my skirt that used to feel a little tight, I found that I managed to put it on quite easily. Could I have lost some weight? I certainly hope so because I don't want to resort to eating weight loss pills to lose unwanted pounds!

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Cinema Opening

I heard that a new cinema will be opening in a mall near where I leave. It is apparently quite a high end cinema wil Berkline seats flown in specially from the US to ensure total comfort while watching your movie! I wonder how much tickets will cost!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Annual Auto Insurance Renewal

Do you do your own auto insurance renewal? I usually get the help of a runner to do the necessary administration for me due to my office work hours. However, I do make sure I ask the correct auto insurance questions including the various types of additional insurances I can add on to my policy to ensure that I am always protected. You should too!

Vacation Homes

We're trying to plan a family trip and gosh, I never realised it was so hard to find accommodation for 6 people! Hotels will definitely cost too much so we decided to look for vacation homes for short term rental like Outer Banks homes or private owned apartments. Hopefully something turns up soon!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

All kinds of Lawyers

I was watching a US legal programme recently. It featured the various types of lawyers you can access in the US and the range they have there is mind-boggling! From Seattle injury lawyer to lawyers specialising in DUI cases, they seem to have every area covered! No wonder everyone wants to be a lawyer!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Franchising Opportunities

Lots of people are looking for alternative sources of income in this recent economic downturn. I was googling the Krispy Kreme franchise once and was shocked to see how stringent they were. They required at least US$1 million to purchase their franchises and strong F&B experience. Looks like there's not much chance in me owning a Krispy Kreme business anytime soon!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dieting Naturally

I heard a new diet pill is out on the market which is non harmful and very effective in assisting with weight loss. I am not sure of their medical claims but I think I would prefer trying to lose weight the natural way instead of resorting to chemicals.

CNY Feasting

Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Lots of good food and great fun with friends and family! However, it is often a time of overindulgence as people enjoy their festive delicacies. So do watch what you eat instead of resorting to diet pills after that!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wedding Invitation Cards

When planning my wedding, I was surprised to see how expensive wedding invitations can cost. Some places had gorgeous cards but they were going for more then $3 a card which seemed a little ridiculous despite the beauty as most guests would end up throwing it away. In the end, we opted to handmake ours to save costs and was truly happy with the results! Hopefully our guests were too!

Getaway to Branson

I recently read an interesting article about what people are cutting back on during the economic crisis and was surprised to see that many still place importance on their holidays. In fact, a friend is planning a trip to Branson, Missouri in the next few months with her family. I was curious as to why she was going there as I hadn't heard much of this place and was surprised to know that it was a fantastic family getaway. Branson has a theme park available called the Silver Dollar City which is guaranteed to bring much joy to children and adults plus lots of other fun activities such as museums, water rides and the ever popular shopping at its range of factory outlets. There is a whole host of accommodation available ranging from 5-star luxury hotels to comfortable family suites at their many hotels. It definitely sounds like a great place and somewhere I should consider in the future!