Thursday, November 24, 2011

Free Standing Tub

Don't you think there's just something about a clawfoot tub that adds romanticism and glamour to a bathroom? I really love freestanding clawfoot tubs and was very excited to see one in the Mauritius resort we stayed in. While it was really fun soaking in the tub, I certainly did not envy the hotel maids who had to clean up the bathroom after that! A clawfoot bath looks good but water usually ends up spilling over the sides which will make it a nightmare to have in our own house! So for now, I'll just enjoy it in the hotels :)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Building A Dream Kitchen

I've been listening to my colleagues talking about house renovation for almost a month already. Two of them have recently bought new houses and are well in the thick of their renovation, including some really tough renovation woes for one. I was just telling them I had never experienced a full blown renovation like what they are doing as we have never started building nor renovating a whole house from scratch. If I could, one of the areas I would love to do up the most is the kitchen. I'd really love an island complete with pretty kitchen spice racks on the walls. A hanging wall spice rack will look really nice as well and once they are filled up with spices, will add a whimsical yet colourful touch to the kitchen. Best of all, these spice racks are useful too in the cooking! Someday, when we have found our house to settle in long term, I'll have my dream spice rack too!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reading E-Books

My iPad seems to be a bit of a white elephant right now. I use it mainly only to watch downloaded movies although I have been told that downloading of electronic book are really easy as well. I have not tried downloading any yet as nothing beats the feel and smell of a physical book for me. I still enjoy turning the pages and taking my time to enjoy the book. Somehow the digital form of an electronic book just doesn't have that same feel. Do you feel the same?

Gift Business Ideas

I was hunting around for a farewell gift for my boss who is leaving soon and was surprised to see the number of gift types available for every occasion. Today, you can find gifts for just about anything, from just because gifts to someone whom you are thinking of to innovative birthday and farewell gifts. Gifts today are just getting more and more creative and special and is a multi-million business now. Perhaps a business idea to think about!

Advantages of a Small House

One advantage of staying in a small place like I currently do is the ease of cleaning and reaching for stuff. My ceiling is quite low so most of my things are all easily accessible by standing on a stool. I don't even need a two step stool to reach my items in the higher cupboards. Of course it comes with some downside as my ceiling is too low for a ceiling fan so I need to make do with stand fans which naturally don't provide as much wind or cooling effect as I like!

Successful Business

A friend has recently quit the rat race to set up a web hosting company. He now runs a web host for big sites and has amassed quite a fortune as his clients like the stability and reliability his webhosting services offer. That's the amazing thing with the world can make a successful business out of just anything and in any form, whether physical or online.

Proper Web Host

I've been reading of many people having trouble with their webhosting companies. In some cases, some of their blogs disappear! If you are running a website or a blog as part of your income, it is always important to go with a reliable and proper web hosting company to ensure your site is always available to everyone and you do not lost income from downtime. There are many companies around but do ensure you do your homework, research and select the best possible one for your budget.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Keeping The Place Clean

I don't really like mess around my work area so I was pretty pleased when my new laptop came with a set of cable covers to hide all the unsightly wires away from view. My IT set it up last week and finally, I have a clean desk now to work off! Funny how particular I can be about loose wires lying around when my house is so messy with letters and envelopes.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Christmas Shopping Made Easy

I read in the papers yesterday that Britain had started a Christmas in July sale to capture the summer shoppers and people were actually buying their decorations and gifts early! If you are one of those who tend to leave your Christmas shopping too late, fret not, because you can now find gifts for everyone from gifting solutions for all occasions! Imagine finding the perfect gift for your old grandaunt or young niece! They simply have everything covered so Christmas shopping can no longer be a headache!

Technological Leaps

One really can't keep up with technology. I just had the chance to see someone's Galaxy Tab yesterday and was really impressed with the sharpness and photo quality for something so small. I also played with a friend's Kindle and have to say I was very impressed by how easy it made reading. Next thing will probably be funky gadgets such as Epson TM-T88V or new roll-up TVs. The world is moving at such a fast pace you'll get left behind if you don't keep up!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Learning Mandarin

I'm currently taking Mandarin classes and am honestly finding it quite a challenge as it is a very difficult language to learn. I've asked around and it seems like there is no easier way to learn Mandarin short of memorizing! Perhaps I should start looking at franklin speaking language master tools or guides to help me improve my Mandarin. Hopefully, after a few more months of pain, I will be able to hold a decent conversation and recognise more characters!

Insurance Coverage

A friend has started dabbling in insurance and has been calling me up to go over some buy sell agreements and suggested insurance plans with her. While I would like to support her new career, I do have quite a number of insurance policies already and with my financial status a little uncertain in the long run, I would prefer not to commit to a long-term expenditure such as large annual premiums. However, if you do not have insurance yet, you definitely should consider purchasing a minimal plan to prepare for all unforeseen circumstances.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spoilt LAN Line

Did you know that your network cable can actually spoil quite easily if you always take it in and out? I didn't and used to think that the culprit was my home internet modem whenever I had connection problems. It turned out that my network cable was getting spoilt because I constantly changed it from the desktop to my laptop. So, if you use a network cable or a LAN line, try to use it only for one device and not swap it around too often.

Giving Gifts During Business Dealings

In my old job, I had the chance to do some work with a Japanese businessman. I had heard so much about their hospitality and I certainly was impressed at our first meeting. The businessman came with a beautifully wrapped box of Japanese biscuits that I'm sure must have cost a bomb in Japan! He even took the trouble to look for suitable Men's Business & Office Gifts for my male colleague to ensure it will be something useful for him. Very impressive and it certainly goes a long way in ensuring a good business relationship. The Westerners have a lot to learn.

Retiring At An Early Age

A friend has a brother in law who lives in a nice luxury condo in KL, drives a comfortable Volvo, invests in the top range audio equipment for his home and doesn't need to work a single day for all these! How is that possible, you wonder? Well, I don't know if you would consider it lucky or unlucky but he got into some industrial accident while working in the oil and gas sector and was given a big social security disability payout as a result. Hence, his retirement is pretty much covered for life! That's the benefit of buying social security to protect you at your workplace.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yoga class

I kinda miss my yoga sessions. I enjoyed them very much as my teacher had a small group and was really passionate about yoga. So she would spend time correcting our poses and ensuring we did everything correctly. Now, my yoga mats are just languishing in a corner of the room and my body has terrible muscle tone. Maybe I should just join a class here though I dislike the thought of big classes and lower attention. Either that or a pilates class.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Keep Investments Well

The world economy is in a bit of turmoil right now. I recently read that world food prices are expected to shoot through the roof in the next few years as the major agricultural countries of the world battle natural disasters and drought. Whatever it is, I hope we will all never fall to a level so low where we need to resort to Selling Gold Jewelry to survive. At the rate the gold prices are hitting the sky, it is always best to continue to keep it for investment purposes.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fancy Dress Parties

I was wandering about one of the neighbourhood malls recently and was surprised to see costume shops in Singapore starting to spring up. It seems that costume parties here have become hugely popular in recent times for both children and adult parties. Funnily enough, one of the most popular costume for adult parties is the nursing uniforms costumes! I've never been for a costume party before, have you? I'm sure it must be loads of fun especially if the identities of the people are not revealed beforehand!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Home Printer

Singapore has been having lots of great electronic fairs recently. One that was held over the May Day weekend say really good prices on laser printers and computers. If DH hadn't gotten the printer we now have, I would have seriously considered getting a laser printer at home, simply for the quality of the printing and the clarity of the printouts. Do you have a laser printer? Don't you find it better than a bubble jet one?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Flowers For Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you're still looking for a gift for Mom, why not consider a lovely bunch of flowers? It makes an especially good gift if you are not based in the same town or country as she is. There are many good online florists with free delivery but ProFlowers offers one of the best services and even have a ProFlowers discount code on their site if you order soon! So start clicking and send Mom your love.

Growing Sideways

I've been feeling quite pudgy recently and I'm not very sure why as I haven't been eating a tremendous more. Perhaps my metabolism is really slowing down or maybe it is due to the outside meals I've been having in the past few weeks as I didn't cook. I don't think it's time for lipozene yet but I certainly need to make sure I control my weight!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Keeping Good Relationships

DH went to Bangkok not long after he joined his new job and much to his surprise, his booth in the Exhibition was right next to the Tradeshow booth of his old company! Luckily he left in good terms and actually had a good time catching up with his old colleagues over dinner and breaktime. It's always important to leave every company with good blood and ties maintained. The world is just too small and you never know when you might bump into them again.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Credit Card Promotions

Singapore's credit card scene is incredibly competitive. Almost every card offers freebies in the form of gift vouchers, meal discount vouchers and free gifts. However, I've found that most of the vouchers are often less useful as they require you to spend some amount of money first or it may simply not fit into your lifestyle. As an example, I received some health vouchers for hgh supplements and upon reading the hgh reviews online, I didn't use them as it didn't fit into my lifestyle. Perhaps, instead of offering useless vouchers, credit card companies should just offer cash back deals.

Health Irony

People nowadays are very concerned with health, judging by the number of health food stores that have sprung up all over the place. They start their days with protein shakes, have a light but protein rich lunch and have healthy snacks like apples throughout the day. Some even read up secratatropin hgh reviews and invest in these expensive supplements to provide them with the health they want. Ironically though, the number of health problems seem to increase amongst the young with incidences of heart attacks and diabetes at an all time high. I wonder what has gone wrong.

Cell Booster

I was in the pharmacy the other day and was really intrigued by a new product called the cellular booster that the sales person was promoting. Basically, it provides a much needed boost to our body's cells which are mainly cellular structures. Perhaps it might help my dropping hair! Have you tried such a product before and did it work for you?

Pishing Sites

Technology is good and it has definitely taken the world over by storm with everyone having smart phones and smart PCs. Because everything is so easily accessible, people actually forget the need for security nowadays is even more important as information is so readily gleaned by pishing sites and other electronic pickpocketing sites. All they need to do is gain access to your account and from there, you can actually end up losing tangible amounts of money. Hence, when doing electronic transactions, especially banking, always do it with care and ensure your passwords and logins are never freely revealed.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Major Changes Ahead

There have been lots of changes in my life recently, hence the temporary disappearance from blogsphere. There will be bigger changes to come as hubs has accepted a new job that will require a relocation to somewhere I never thought we will end up in!

There are a lot of concerns I have as to my own career path and what I should do there if I don't have the necessary language skills. I've even considered a change in career paths, nothing as drastic as dabbling in
micrometers but I was seriously considering teaching English to school children. Unfortunately, most places do want some form of paper qualification to certify you are fit to teach. I really need to seriously start looking at what I should do in that foreign land.

Wooden Feel

I have always personally loved having laminate floor surfaces or wooden floors. I believe it adds a certain warmth and charm to the house and makes it easy to clean as well. An architect once told me nothing beats the feel of timber flooring under your feet but considering the cost and maintenance timber flooring comes with, laminate floors are possibly a better and cheaper suggestion! What do you think?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Online Gambling

I recently read an article in the newspapers that the current Resorts World Casino and Marina Bay Sands Casino were all the casinos Singapore was planning to invest in. They must have realised that their people were still frequenting the casinos despite the steep levies imposed on its citizens. However, do you think this will really reduce the number of gamblers or will people just turn towards online casino games instead which are so easily available online and free of levies!