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Oct-21-11

Anything including the Kitchen Sink!

posted by constance

I read that many people nowadays get on the internet not just for games alone. More people are doing online shopping. From the local florists, gift websites, you also get the usually local grocery shopping. I like to browze our local telecommunication webstores for their latest handphone models and attractive price when you buy them online. The discounts are great and value for money. In fact you can buy anything you fancy, really. Including the Kitchen Sink, just select your model or call for more specifications or enquiries. Mostly the kind of stuff my friends get are computer parts which is a steal. Usually after you have done your research, read reviews from many sources and users, you can search for the best price online. Whether you shop online for a network cable tester or for just checking out prices, the internet is a great place because you don’t even need to leave home!

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Oct-21-11

A Little Fairy Tale

posted by constance

My friend went for a trip to Korea and told me about how wonderful it is enjoying snow. I, myself – have not had the fortunate experience to feel nor touch this much talked about beautiful soft snow falling down like infinity. What made her trip seemed like a dream come true was when she kept talking and praising about her crescent moon snowshoes. Like some country bumpkin, I ‘oohed and aaahed’ with her thinking that those are fairy tale shoes for small feet (like hers) just like for pixies or elves in the woods. Oh but I was wrong. Very wrong… Those were actually her athletic snow shoes in a reputable brand by the name of Crescent Moon. Oh well… don’t look at me like that. I’m sure you didn’t know that too, RIGHT?

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Oct-21-11

When the Car Fails

posted by constance

It was a ‘drama’ Wednesday, yesterday. As we were driving home after a day out at the mall in town, something very wrong happened to the car. Ah Boy said the car just couldn’t accelerate no matter how much he stepped on the pedal. And what made it worst? We were driving on the highway, that was also heavy on traffic.. Our car had slowed down drastically and looked like it’s going to be stalled in the middle of the highway. He quickly steered to the road shoulder for safety and changed to a lower gear and the car moved, in turtle’s pace. We continued driving despite the honkings and hoped the car would continue and not stop totally. It was also drizzling and the kids and my helper were all sitting in the back… How terrible.. We managed to finally exit the highway, stopped at the petrol station. The attendants refueled and added water but still we do not know for what reason it happened. After the stop, the car managed ok but started stalling after less than 5 mins of driving, again broke out our cold sweat… Quickly we drove home in this slow pace and parked the car.. What relief. This afternoon, we sent the car to Autobacs for a diagnostic checks… seems like there are many things that needed to be fixed..sigh. Although they didn’t give the detail how much exactly the mechanic who spoke to us, very much like as if he had some auto estimating software in his brain worked out to an amount of 2k max for us…Guess we might have to reconsider our end of the year holiday now.

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Oct-6-11

Thank You Steve Jobs

posted by constance

A little more than a month ago, I spent precious time packing for the ‘Big Move’. We had to pack everything at home in 3 days. Yes, we had such a short time to do it because of the nature of our work.. There was no way we could find pockets of time packing before that because we were at work most of the time. Three full days were all we had to pack everything before the movers came. In the midst of packing, I found lots of precious old stuff, in a box where Ah Boy’s cutting tools were, among them was my first mouse, that I had kept with me for years. It was the tool that helped to establish my career in my 20s. It was an old Apple mouse.

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And sad to say, today our Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs had passed on. He will be someone greatly missed by all of us in the creative industry. Without the Apple, we would have to do things slower, less creative and probably be backwards in technology, not knowing much about computers. Apple were instrumental to the designers. It gave us interesting insight, heightened our passion for art as we could mix colours and all be pc savvy.. I’m sorry, perhaps I should say Mac Savvy. The Apple was an icon and a reason we lived for. We all patiently wait for the ‘next’ launch of Apple computers and the forever new Operating Systems that Always had something new and interesting for us to ‘play’ with.

I will miss you, Steve. Most of all, I will miss going to see your enthusiasm in your product launches. How I have enjoyed them. MacWorld will not be the same, without you. The World will not be the same without you.

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Oct-6-11

Moisturizer

posted by constance

A friend once complained how she couldn’t wear any swimming wear anymore. It wasn’t that she was overweight at all. She just had the problems most women had. Stretch marks that wouldn’t go away, after childbirth. What made it worst was that she had twins, so the marks were worst than what you would normally get in a single childbirth. In many cases, I’ve heard that many moms would use either cocoa butter or shea butter as a moisturizer before the marks become visible. Some women claimed that it worked whilst others (though minimal) complained it did nothing for them. I think Shea butter is a good product and I read that it is also used widely in other cosmetic products. It helped my cracked heel healed completely. Have you ever tried them? No worries, Shea is a plant product, not of any animal origin. The Shea tree produces Shea nut, which is then processed into Shea butter and other products. Try them. Great stuff.

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Oct-6-11

If It’s Your Health

posted by constance

I remember there was a time where people wore a pendant that was suppose to help them improve their health and balance in their body. I wasn’t sure what it was but pretty soon, it came in other sorts of wearable stuff, like wrist chain and a belt too. Mom once handed me a round pendant, dark in colour but it was light, not like those that you saw in some shops where the metal was heavier. And there was once a friend told me about those that were made into cups for you to put water in them and drink for some health benefits. Do these things work and how does it work.. is it some kind of metal that we need to have in our body that eventually gets absorbed into our blood stream and then it sort of goes into our vessels? If it were made of titanium as some had told me, do they have titanium earrings because they would look really good if you were wearing some fashionable trend for a hard rock party. And if it can help in terms of health benefits, then it would be a great item to wear.

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