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Nov-30-08

Results for Top Commentator ending 30th November

posted by constance

The moment that you have been waiting for! At 10.30pm Singapore time is when I took down the names of the Top 4 Commentators on my blog. The figures on the list of commentators are BEFORE deducting the first 7 days of comments. Remember the post  when the contest was officially started? 

Here is what I captured at 10.30pm (before deducting the figures on 7th November).

 

So the results for the November Contest are finally being calculated.
Here are the results of the WINNERS after deducting figures on 7th November:

1. MUMMY GWEN TOPS THE LIST (253 – 1 = 252 COMMENTS!)

2. MUMMY MOON
(234 COMMENTS)

3. RYAN MAMI (235 – 6 =  229 COMMENTS)

4. DORA
(155 – 9  =  146 COMMENTS)

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!


Congratulations to these top 4 bloggers. Now that you are the prize winners, please send your name and address information to me at cghconstance@hotmail.com and I will send you the gifts soon!

 

I also want to thank those of you who have supported this contest and coming to this blog as well to comment, even though you didn’t make it to the Top 4. Thanks also to the bloggers who have also been faithfully dropping by my blog!

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Nov-29-08

You Are Being Watched

posted by constance

I know many of my friends get online during working hours and chat with their personal pals, spouses and do other things. Did you know that some employers deploy certain tactics to investigate what their employees do during this time. A hidden surveilance camera is one way. The other is the use of a keylogger. A keylogger is a device that can be plugged into the back of the computer to monitor keystrokes on that specific keyboard. It can be also downloaded like a spywared into the particular computer as in a program.

This is useful for parents who wants to monitor activities of their children on the computer. But somehow it can be an invasion of privacy for adults especially at work. There should be an authorized use of keyloggers so that it does not end up being abuse in a criminal offense, like stealing of passwords and identity.

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Nov-29-08

One More Day

posted by constance

Feeling anxious? Suspense building up? LOL

The November contest is coming to an end! November 30th at 10.30pm (Singapore/Malaysia time). Who is going to be the winner? Any unpredictable sudden blogger who all of a sudden would come in an top the Commentators’ List?

We will soon know by tomorrow at 10.30pm. Don’t forget the true numbers of comments will be counted after deducting the first 7 days of comments in November. Read here for information.

Good Luck everyone!

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Nov-28-08

Unpredictable

posted by constance

In my grandparents’ time, it was taboo to mention the word insurance. Not sure if it was culture influence but the mention of it and topics around it meant that you are playing with death wishes before one comes to an old age. So many people would just leave the thought alone. Perhaps that is why those who made claims from matured policies then are not a many as current years.

Some parents who had enough money and had bought their kids policies in those days are seeing their fruits of labour now. The money from maturing policies help to send the kids to universities or help when they were caught in a spot of emergencies that needed some cash for medical and others.

Lately, there has been many who are troubled by the current economy crisis. This is a global issue. Some of the policy holders have decided to surrender their policies before it is matured, preferring to hold on to cash than leave it to the end of maturity. Those are because the policies they bought are intended for a nest egg purpose.

A cheaper policy does not mean any less better. It has a different benefits. It is important to understand that  term life insurance rates are reasonably affordable and give you a peace of mind for an unpredictable event. We buy insurance so that in the event of anything that happens, our family is not left in the lurch to cope with stress and yet defend for themselves.

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Nov-27-08

Can’t Stop Eating

posted by constance

Pizza, Pasta, KFC, Ice Cream and Cakes! Gosh, I had a good look at my posts lately. These are some of the comfort food that I love. And the past two days, I made detours to the local bazaar (Pasar Malam) just to buy some of that yummy Taiwan Chicken Chops. They have Spicy, Honey, Sesame Chicken Chops. I love the honeyed ones. And they do taste so good. I think pretty soon I may have to find a way to lose weight or my daughter’s friends might think I’m in the role for Mrs Santa Claus! She’s going to be going to some Kids’ Christmas Party for kids and parents will all be there. What am I going to wear? It’s so stressful for overweight parents!

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Nov-27-08

Thin Crust Pizza for Me

posted by constance

I saw this cute Vespa by Pasta Mania outside their store recently. Pasta Mania is one of my favourite fast food restaurants. Their first stall started in a food court and their fast food concept was so good that they extended to other food courts and later into their own little restaurants. I heard that they also have branches in Malaysia so they really must be doing something right. Back then when they first started out, everyone thought that it will be just another pasta stall in the food court.

They also extended business to pizza and pasta delivery and had been promoting their delivery menus more competitively since there are so many pizza delivery now. We have California, Rocky, PizzaHut, Dominos and few others including a Japanese pizza. Since my daughter had her DIY Pizza at Globetrotters two weeks ago, she had been pestering for pizza almost daily! She wakes up each morning asking for Pizza for breakfast and in the evening, asks daddy to order pizza!

Which is your favourite pizza? Mine is Rocky and California and it has to be the extra thin type.. I dislike Pizzahut’s because the dough taste terrible!

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Nov-26-08

Save Energy

posted by constance

We had a shock last night when hubby said our electricity bill was so high. I suppose it could be because the new tariffs for the final quarter was reported to be an increase of 25% for however little amount you used due to the petrol hike 3 months ago. Electricity tariffs do not fluctuate as fast as they are being set on quarterly basis. The new rate will only be effective when we get the January bill so we have to bite the bullet for the meantime. The other reason that I think our bill is high is because of the air conditioning compressor of ours. As we have an older version that was intalled many years ago, it certainly is not optimized for energy saving. Perhaps we should look into those that our government had recommended to purchase. The ones that has energy saving feature.

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Nov-26-08

Middlemen Services

posted by constance

With the current economy slump, many people are defaulting on their loans and mortgage so it is no surprise to have banks or financial institutions chasing after these debters. Compared to those loan sharks, collecting payments are conducted in a more peaceful manner without any threats, violence, haggling and all that noise. Defaulters should always negotiate with the banks if they find themselves in a spot paying up loans. It works both ways too. Banks do not engage their own employees to collect from these debters. As a matter of fact they engage the services of debt collection agencies for a small fee to help them collect any checks or monies due. Some landlord renting out apartments also do that too. It makes sense for a little bit of convenience and for others, stay anonymous.

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Nov-25-08

Tailors are Diminishing

posted by constance

When I was growing up, tailored clothes were very in. My mom would bring my sister and I, 6 months before the festive occasions to get measurements for clothes. We’d be there about once a month for the next two months to try and let the tailor fine-tune and make any other adjustments, if neccessary, before she adds the finishing touches. And we get our tailored clothes usually few months before our festive occassions.

Nowadays, many do not go to the tailor as often. There are many ready made clothes in all sizes and fits for all. When I passed by an old tailor shop, I miss the fuss of the measuring tape that was used. Many tailors are getting old and the new ones who can sew aren’t interested. Those who are, are moving into glamourous jobs like merchandising, designing and image consultants for branded clothing.

The other day, hubby wanted to alter his pair of trousers he wears for work. This is his 3rd pair he had request altering in the last few months. Gosh, his waist and hip size is definitely growing. I suggest he better watch his weight and take some Orovo detox or do some exercise. Otherwise he might not be able to buy from his favourite retail store in future. Then I would have to bring him over to have his trousers tailor-made!

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Nov-24-08

If I Could Live in the Library…

posted by constance

Last Friday, I brought my girls to the library in Choa Chu Kang. The library there had been closed for renovation and the Friday was when it was going to be reopened and is about 30% bigger than the previous one. It is still in the same location, in Lot One Shopping Mall but moved to one floor higher. Since it was the school holidays and I don’t think I can ever buy all the collections of Tiara Club story books, I brought the girls to borrow the ones there.

I was totally impressed with the new library. It was so big and there was so much books. I had always thought that libraries at Orchard or National Library had the most collection but apparently this one is very very impressive. There were more sitting areas, sofa seats, proper tables and chairs, lots of OPAC stations (for searching of titles) and also lots of multimedia stations. The magazine area is to die for!

The novels shelvings got me excited (all the Sidney Sheldons so welcoming) and the books where the cookbooks are made my heart beat so fast I had to breathe harder! Yes! Yes! it was wonderful just so wonderful! I could live in this library with my laptop only coming out for food and loo if I had no kids! The power points were all there so no need to worry about your battery dying out. One could surf and chat privately on your own msn of course.

Well, the kids actually had the best time too. The children’s area was amazing. There were so many books, story books for all kids’ ages. There was also an area where you can go to for reading out loud in the farthest corner so as not to disturb readers who like peace and quiet. The activity/story book room looked set for holiday activities for kids.

What is wonderful is that many of the books here are brand new! I saw many people carrying as many as 8 books/novels and they are all in ‘OH SO NEW’ mint condition. Since it is the school holidays, we can borrow double the amount of books. My girl borrowed 10 Tiara Club story books, Lea borrowed 4 for nursery level and I got 2 cookery books. Altogether we have 16 books, using just two library cards. I am just delirious!

I wanted to take pictures but not allowed to. But if you are in Singapore anytime, do visit our libraries. They are really great! There’s one in every estate.

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