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Oct-29-10

Car Accident

posted by constance

More than a month ago, I had an accident. My car hit the bumper of another car in front, travelling at snail’s pace of probably less than 30km/h at that time in a road diversion traffic jam. Frankly, it wasn’t a hit. It was merely a nudge. The driver got out of the car and insisted that a small dent on the top part of the bumper was my doing. My registration plate couldn’t even reach the top of the bumper he pointed to. I figured this is one fella who tries to take advantage of such a situation and try to claim MORE than that. There was not a single scratch on the accident spot, none on mine either. How could this cause such an impact till the top of the bumper is affected.

A few weeks later, a lawyer’s letter came, with him wanting to claim almost about 7k of a boot job. I have no energy to fight this case, but left it to my insurance agent to handle it since they are the best people to. I had pictures for proof but what transpired between all the parties is something I just give up. Let them claim what they want. I’ve paid my insurance yearly and if the agent thinks I’m wrong then I don’t really bother. Why get an insurance policy and have to fret over too many things.. If they don’t help me proper then, I will just browze carinsurancelist.com for other companies if one can offer better service and packages that are value for money. I have no idea what my renewal insurance package will be next year and I am not sure if I want to find out now.. Perhaps I can just sell away that darn car by next year.

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Oct-29-10

Not Just Play, Jump into Play!

posted by constance

Although I’ve played the games on Xbox from my friend’s console, I do not own one. Neither do I own other games like Nintendo PSP or those cool Wii games. The only one I last purchase was of course the Sega which was like antique already… Even the game cartridges (yes.. CARTRIDGES) look so.. outdated and horribly shameful in this millenium age!

Games I play nowadays are basically online ones via internet. There are many enough and you can play them in endless fashion, with yourself, family, friends or even strangers online! However one thing that drew me to attention recently was reading about a new Xbox 360 250GB Console. Suppose to be better, leaner and faster of course, it also offer one a seamless controller free feature which is called kinect ready. This word, Kinectic, by defination is about motion. .Being kinect ready in this cool Xbox means all about letting you do cool stuffs like control your video, games at the wave of the hand! Really cool, right? A cool thing about it is, jump right into a football game with your family member! It involves sensor, motion and you are in control. It also comes with built in WiFi connectivity, a large 250GB Hard Drive, Xbox LIVE ready, which means you can connect with you Facebook friends, Twitter and more cool things.

I wonder if my local cable TV is offering such a cool device if I recontract my broadband and cable subscription… they do offer good things in a bundle with recontract, you know.

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Oct-29-10

Seasons Greetings Soon

posted by constance

Two months till Christmas and the stores are getting their exteriors and interiors dressed for the season! I can see lots of wires being put out, probably for some lightings. Stores are already stocked ready for those who may want to buy x’mas gifts early before the last minute rush. Decorations like trees, toys
and various ornaments are all ready for sale. Even my kids are already rewriting their list for Santa over and over again. There are some stores that already starting to take orders now. I may not buy much since decors are in my cupboard where the other ornamental stuffs are.

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Oct-29-10

Manik Manik

posted by constance

My daughters love to do arts and crafts. They attend the ones in school as a co-curricular activity and get to do many craftwork besides the usual paintings. Now my girls are very into stringing beads, which was also a favourie of mine. I have a large collection of beads which I bought from beading supplies back in Penang years ago, thinking that I might want to create a nice beady curtain but I never got around to finishing them… Perhaps I can get my girls to take over… Just that I am not sure if they would mess up my floor! I wouldn’t want to step on a large bead each time I am downstairs!

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Oct-29-10

Neighbouring Asians

posted by constance

Recently, I read that it will be harder to get helpers from our neighbour country, Phillipines. They need to go through some protocol and that it would take almost a month to get them in to work. I know besides the domestic sector, there are many companies that take in Filipinos because many of them are actually educated to university level except that it is much harder to get a job there. So never underestimate them and think that they are all not educated or even illiterate. If you look at the hospitals, you might see that many nurses are also from our neighbouring Asian countries. It is common to see them going for healthcare job listings whenever there are career fairs in their home country or even ours. Nurses, pharmacists are well respected jobs and you need to patience and good social skills as it involves working with people all the time.

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Oct-29-10

Warm Wood

posted by constance

I love wood furniture. They give a very cosy and warm feeling and they look natural, not like those cold coloured plastic looking types with gloss or shine. Most of those are covered with a layer of formica and even if they have wood designs, nothing beat the natural real wood feel. If I have budget, the first things to change at home would be that dread hospital looking single bed in the other room.. I’d change for all to have pine beds, for myself, kids and even my helper… how lovely that would be.. only that I’d probably wait for a very very very very long time for a miracle to happen..

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Oct-29-10

Getting Insured

posted by constance

A friend sent me an email with regards to a particular insurance. It was more like a protest because one who had been diagnose with some form of cancer did not get some justification for a certain claim.. I didn’t really read it thoroughly because I just didn’t have much interest. It was like a heads up for all who decide to purchase any kind of medical insurance to make sure we know what kind of illness or situations we are covered. Do you have any idea? In the states, I have read that there are even people in situations where they cannot purchase any kind of insurance. And there are companies that help such victims get insurance, which is called the disability insurance. They help those who have been denied insurance to get them under this plan. I wonder if our local insurance policies also practise this.

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Oct-29-10

When Suntec was like a Ghost town

posted by constance

September saw many business owners in town complaining about how poor their business is.. Well that is because, F1 was in town. Of course many people watched it – the hotels reported brisk business and high occupancy. However, business owners in Suntec City weren’t too happy about F1. Although it is an international event, it caused many road closures leading to Suntec City. Thus, the mall was virtually empty, saved for few shoppers and staffs. Business dropped drastically, even before the F1 because a month back, National Day events also saw road closures.. Many people, just like me avoided going there since there would be too many detour roads and closure and one becomes just unsure where to drive to. On the day of the F1 race, everyone cheered when a Ferrari zoomed past. Beautiful, just that I don’t think we are all rich enough to own any Ferrari, except for some Ferrari parts like knick knacks! I do wonder how it feels like to be sitting in that driver’s seat… cozy? Exciting? For now, I probably just look at those collectible toy car in the store… Would you like to own one? After all, IT IS A FERRARI too.

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Oct-27-10

End of Year Activities

posted by constance

It is only in October and many things are lined up for the end of the year.. First, you see that Christmas decorations are being sold! I have not been to Orchard but I am sure they are already working out the street theme and doing lots of work for the wonderful light up. Then there is also the holiday travel deals that you are beginning to see in the papers! And school is not out yet. Guess they need to have customers secure their holiday plans early or it will be too competitive. And I’m sure flight fares are cheaper if book in advance.. I have work and I wonder WHEN will I be able to even take a well deserved holiday break, if there is budget… not ever..

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Oct-27-10

How the Kindy Kids learn about Money

posted by constance

In the second part of kindy, the kids get to go to the supermarket because they are learning all about money. My daughter, like her elder did last time, got to visit supermarkets with their classmates during school hours to shop for things within a budget. It is not the same as going to the supermarket with mom because going with the classmates and teacher is so much fun.

I know it is fun because I see kindy kids in the supermarket very often in the second semester.. Many schools adopt this hands on method. They get to bring some money to buy something/s of their choice but they also have to do the summing up themselves.

In the classroom itself, I saw that a small section of their class is also being built into a small mini market, all complete with toy grocery products, a cashier counter and even a toy barcode scanner! Shopping trolleys and baskets (for kids) line up just outside the entrance and the kids get to play with ‘monopoly’ money and an assigned cashier child does all that packing and calculating…

How fun..

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