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Jun-16-10

Waterfront Living, literally

posted by constance

I read about the most expensive property sold in Sentosa Island the other day. Bought by a buyer from China, it is by far the highest paid ever in Singapore alone, at $36m! I wonder what the buyer does for a living.. To buy a property in Sentosa, one has to meet many strict regulations of course. A waterfront living is a dream come true for many of us and Sentosa has really nice view that has the sea meeting the sky.

In Singapore alone, one can’t really get a nice view of the sea because the place is just so saturated with tall buildings. The other option of course is to buy a nice little yacht or boat that you can lived in. Of course you also need a parking space, for the boat to berth in. Several marina clubs offer this facility. I know two friends who do not own flats nor any property because they live on their boats. After a day of work in the city, she comes home to her boat house, not a small one but like a nice 4 bedroom apartment sort. In the weekend, they sometimes sail to nearby island, so wonderful, don’t you think so? Doesn’t this option sound attractive? If I had an option to buy a property in my next life, I’d buy a boat instead of an apartment. Not sure if banks offer mortgage loan for such but this website, www.goodsamfinancecenter.com offers many FAQs regarding such financing which you may find useful while shopping for a right loan. Can you visualize breakfast in the sunrise, romantic dinner at sunset and lots of fishing trips hopping other islands in your weekends? I can… almost hear the water lapping on my door front already.

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Jun-12-10

There’s more to it than a cute dog

posted by constance

Dogs are cute. Maybe I should rephrase it. Other people’s dogs are cute. My kids just love dogs by my neighbours, their schoolmates and those who are walking their dogs in the neighbourhood. They just do not know the full commitment one has to bear should they get a dog. I know cos I grew up with a half a dozen, more than allowed required numbers.. I adored them too but it gets harder to maintain them, feed and all the things you need to do like doctors visits and yearly vaccination or care for them when they get sick. And when they are not with you, you get miserable big time cos they are part of the family too. That was why I didn’t really encourage my girls to get a pet dog. Firstly, we do not have a garden because we live in an apartment. And we simply do not have time to bring the dog for walks as we are out for work most part of the day. It may be cute to see a dog all dolled up or dressed in tuxedo walking past us but there’s a lot more than that. Perhaps when they are much much older and will want to bear the responsibility themselves, then I’ll allow it. I know if we get a dog now, it will be my responsibility…

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Jun-12-10

Pocket Money

posted by constance

I am thinking of ways to earn extra pocket money. I do not have the time to go out to work since I am already out most of the time. I was thinking more about home based business actually. But does it have to be internet based? I know some friends do coordination like tuition or as rental room agents. They all work from home. But these type will need one to be around to answer the phone during office hours or at least to be on standby and available on the phone. Not quite suitable for me. Should I go into retail like my friends? So much limitations. Gosh, got me thinking hard. What is in or what do people want? So many retail business out there. Any great ideas? No tupperwares nor pot selling for me please.

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Jun-11-10

Knots

posted by constance

I remembered how mom used to snuff at rings that come in Silver. Well, she is very traditional and she somehow associates silver rings as prayer offerings for the dead. Of course at one time when Silver was so popular, many of my friends faced with the same issue with their old fashioned parents too. What can we do, unless we are rich and have lots of budget, gold or diamond rings are perfect and what our moms want for their daughters in a marriage. Not only young couples have a budget, they also sometimes prefer not to involve their parents as it my hinder their own special wedding. Just bring yourself on time and feast. Diamond wedding rings can wait.

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Jun-11-10

School Holiday is in, but..

posted by constance

It is the school holidays now. Not that we are going anywhere. The food business is keeping us busy so the kids are bored. I try to call them up on the phone every now and then to check up on them but it’s not the same, I know. My friend’s photographs of her Orlando vacation is tempting but we just cannot afford them of course. My girl also pesters us to bring her to Universal Studios but how do I find the time now. Our new branch at the new place will keep us busier. I brought the girls to the library nearby so that they can borrow as much as they wanted to kill time. If only we have an aunt, uncle or some relative nearby who could help organize some activities.. Guess I will have to make up to them when I get my off days on Wednesdays.

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Jun-11-10

Not Just Any Gift

posted by constance

Father’s day is a day where it is celebrated in a smaller way, compared with Mother’s day. Don’t you agree? We do tend to spoil our mom a little more than dad. Frankly, each of our parent is just as special. It is easier getting gifts for mom, than dad but then again, we sometimes find there is more challenge to get dad’s present, especially Father’s day. Bored with cups, wallets and office desktop stuff, sometimes it can be a headache too. No worries, there is this interesting father’s day gift guide reviews website. I’m sure one can find a perfect gift for dad here or even one for the family for all occasions too. Wish I had known internet when I was growing up cos there are just so much to offer online which I didn’t know of. Any special ideas for your dad this Father’s Day?

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Jun-11-10

Plastic Money can be convenient too

posted by constance

I really don’t understand why some supermarkets do not accept commonly used credit cards for payment. Such is the case with the local supermart I go to everyday. Although I prefer to pay my stuff with cash, I sometimes do want to use my credit card for ease, convenient and to fully account for each cent I spent on grocery shopping. However, it is apparent that this local supermart only accepts Diners… I don’t have Diners and do not really wish to apply for it since I already have other bank’s credit card already. If only I can use them but this supermart are just so selective and not even using the common ones in the market..  My friend commented that maybe I should just avoid going to shop for my groceries here… I am still thinking about it. I might listen to her after all. Would you have gone elsewhere too?

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Jun-11-10

Need an idiot manual for mp3 player

posted by constance

My first mp3 after so many donkey years.. Not mine, actually. Rae pestered me for the past two years for an ipod or something close.. but those thingy are just not in my budget. I decided that I would get her the kube or cube that is being sold in 7-eleven stores. It is supposed to be a very small mp3 player costing no more than $50. I popped by the store last week to get some Slurppy and I saw a limited edition Magnum mp3 on promotion if you get a Magnum ice cream bar… I remember I got a unique Magnum thumbdrive a year ago so I thought this would be nice and unique for Rae. Less than $35, very cheap. I decided to get one for her and perhaps load some of her music/songs first and give it on her birthday. But guess what? I do not know how to drive an Mp3 nor understand it…sigh. It took me so much trouble just to insert the very tiny micro sd into the thumdrive looking usb thingy firstly. I must really be getting old since I am so not very ‘smart’ about these stuff! hrmmmphhhh

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Jun-6-10

Crows Feet Woes

posted by constance

When you start to notice the changes in aging, it can be a little disappointing. I am so busy that I hardly have time to care about my skin recently. Although I buy those home masks, when I get home, I just want to take a hot shower, and get to sleep soon. No time to do all those stuff like filing and doing up your nails, brush your hair till it shines, apply moisturiser in every possible spot except the T Zone and all the things one does when one has too much time. LOL. So in the morning, I only have time to apply my day moisturizer quickly after my morning shower before I head to work in the wee hours. Tired, sleepy and not registering what I see is what my morning is like. So you can imagine how shocking when you finally get to view yourself in a fully lighted mirror that you have crows’ feet at the end of your eyes! Can someone recommend me a good wrinkle remover that can be erased almost immediately? Eye gel or moisturizer? Which is better or are they the same? Help..

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Jun-6-10

Correct English Please

posted by constance

English. Can be confusing, especially to Singaporeans and Malaysians. We were brought up learning English Language. Not American English. But much of the American English is being exposed to us because of the television which, incidently has more American movies and American sitcoms on it. So, sometimes we pick up a different, though not entirely wrong, pronounciation. In my school, my teachers belong to the generation where they learnt English and impart everything they could to us, their students. But when one is exposed to so much American, one does not realised how different such a simple language can be.

I went to the hardware shop wanting to buy a paint based marker. I asked for a permanent marker that can be written on melamine (meh-la-mean). The sales assistant arrogantly told me that he does not know what I meant. He then corrected me, he knows what is melamine (meh-la-myme) and acts like I do not know how to speak English. Hmm… it was frustrating for me because each time I said ‘meh la mean’ he said ‘meh la myne’. Almost bursting with anger, I just bought what I needed, left the shop and not long later, I called up my journalist friend who specialized in English, asking and he told me ‘meh la mean’ is the spoken word although the spelling is melamine. So I was right after all, and some people can be just too sure of what they think they know. Maybe he spoke it the American way? How about other words like phentramine, calamine or relumine? Whatever it is, make sure you KNOW the correct way to speak it before you decide to correct another. Tsk Tsk

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