31 May, 2007
Has anyone felt this way before? How do you deal with such thought? You run? You hide? You talk about it? You pray? Or you sleep it away?
I'm not one of those who believe that you should sleep over your problem though I do feel better the next morning on black days. But the truth is you still need to face your problem squarely and openly.
Please don't ask me anything more... it's just one of those moments when no words should ever be said...
The noble objective of this network seeks to aid those who are looking for help and care in their desperate situation. I am impressed with the related articles and news addiction programs, drug treatments, alcohol treatments and much more.
The network stands out with two added features for those conducting research in this area as it is linked to selected medical journal and government websites. Also, it is linked to many 12-Step sites which helps to motivate and support those undergoing a recovery program in finding long term care and help.
So I tested him and asked, 'do you want to go to Auntie Tracy's house?' His eyes lit up and he said 'yes'. Suddenly, I realized that my 2.5 yo was able to make simple decisions and choose his preferences.
He is growing up. So I called Tracy and she graciously agreed. Thank God for friends like her and David...
He was going through some years of challenges of running a bakery franchise then so was looking for another business to turn things around. At that time, I had doubts about this move as we were financially tight, after being married for only a year, and completing our new home. By it was too late to say more as the contract had been signed.
The restaurant was set up within 3 months and as expected, things didn't go as planned. Along the way, the rental was killing our business and after September 11, it went downhill, with a whole lot of employee problems etc. During that time, he was desperate and resorted to applying for an overdraft from a bank. We had bills to pay and salaries to settle every month and the sales weren't enough to cover.
I was worried about the business, paying the loans and naturally it added much strain to our marriage. Looking back, I am so glad this episode of our lives is over and am thankful each day to be freed from those financial, mental and physical burdens of running a restaurant.
If you need some good reads of loans such as difference between a loan and overdraft or what is a mortgage, check out the links above.
I used to collect vases, particularly those that are unique, rare, simple, elegant, clean lines, modern and creative. I saw in this made in design store and it attracted me right away.
Check out this cool wire flower vase. The manufacturing process both preserves the artistic, handmade, almost sketch-like flavour of the concept. The visual space and form presents a sense of lightness and modernism. This Wire flower Vase is in Anodized Aluminium and the recipient is in Thermoplastic resin. Nice huh!
30 May, 2007
Apply clear bleach free liquid detergent on the stained area and rub in with your fingers. Use a scrub brush if needed.
Hand wash in the hottest water possible for the type of fabric that you are washing and let air-dry.
If you find that you still have a stain remaining from the tea, use a half-cup of vinegar and a cup of hot water, pour this over the stain and let it sit for about half an hour.
Rinse with hot water and let air dry.
If you find that the tough tea stain still remains in the fabric, use bleach or color safe bleach if the fabric instructions allow you and soak the material and then rinse with hot water and air dry. Repeat as needed to lighten the stain before drying in the dyer.
This is for the interest of ALL WOMEN readers.
Want eyes that appear 10 years younger? Give yourself a 'lift' with high brow...a brow lifting and defining pencil. Tried and tested by many women including celebrities and models, this matte linen-pink cream works on all complexions beautifully and makes eyes and brows look younger and sexier...and isn't that what we're all after? *wink*
Tips and tricks: Draw a light, thin line in one sweep directly under your brow. Lightly blend...don't over blend, we want the linen-pink to linger!
Autotropolis is a fully interactive site helps you find the car of your choice. Selections include family vehicle, value buyer, performance driver, safety, long distance use, style, second car... etc. All you need to do is check the boxes of what fits you and the Vehicle Selector Aid will choose the right car for you!
The site also has a Dealership Locator where you can find new car dealers by entering your zip code. It saves you time and trouble from searching in directories and most of the time, you may not even know where to begin your search.
Ok.. I'm going to try out this cool tool... it looks fun searching for my ideal car in this manner. It is truly a useful tool for anyone who is looking for a new car.
29 May, 2007
I love visting display homes. Love those nice layouts, comfy settees, stainless steel kitchen tops, granite finish island, walk-in wardrobes, sleek designer appliances, built-in ovens, lovely finishes, freshly-painted walls... I can almost end up in fantasy in a display home!
The problem with most builders is that the price of the property does not include all the extras such as bathroom, cooktops, built-in cabinets etc. I often wish that builders will display the 'all inclusive' price in the homes, instead of putting a low price and then offer a higher price when all the extras are included.
Well, there is one Australian home builder who believes in the WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) concept, which spells honesty and openness in conducting business. Adding to that, buyers choose Resident Home Builders for the professional service rendered and quality homes at affordable prices. Read for yourself:
Press Release:What You See Is What You Get
Wouldn’t it be great if things in life were more as they first seemed? The hotel pictures advertised online, the top models in magazines, the diet shake ads. No tricks, no gimmicks, no false advertising. That’s how Resident Home Builders thinks life should be: WYSIWYG.
Resident Home Builders works by an “as displayed price” philosophy. This ensures that all the features people love about Resident homes are included: from stainless steel ovens and cooktops, lofty windows, to high ceilings and big spacious bathrooms. All of which are constructed with contemporary urban finishes and materials.
Resident’s team of professionals include experienced architects, interior designers, construction managers, quality assurance specialists and project managers. All of who work to make sure you get the most out of your new home, with all the extras included.
In short, Resident truly offers quality homes at affordable prices, refreshing isn’t it?
For further information visit www.residenthomebuilders.com.
I found this pair of red dolphin earrings today at LuLu's Fashion Lounge, she's got one of the coolest fashion. Love those dresses, shoes and tops! I have spent the past hour browsing through the dresses and other collection.
What do you enjoy doing?
I have no idea how CDs and DVDs are printed until I come across this website that specializes on CD/DVD Printer, CD/DVD Publisher and CD/DVD Duplicator. With the XInt Idea Nexis 100AP Printer, 50 discs can be printed easily with a simple operation. This is great for churches, schools, internet marketers and training companies. with this compact desktop printer, you can save on supplier mark ups and waiting time. Moreover, the inkjet cartridges are easily available.
I thought children who attended Montessori classes were supposed to learn independence and know how to play by themselves. What happened?
Interestingly, I seem to have more friends who are fans of Bollywood than Hollywood. It sounds funny but it is true. And in case you think Indian Videos are favoured only by Indians, you are wrong!
My friend, Dexter loves Bollywood and actually, my husband loves watching Indian dance. I must definitely point Dexter to this niche youtube style of Indian video site. The videos in the collection include bollywood, music video, people, places and more. Like youtube, you can capture your own video, upload it and share it with family and friends. Actually, you may stand a chance to win a FREE iPod if your uploaded video becomes the most popular among the viewers.
You can embed it into your blog, post a link or choose your favourites. I took a quick look on the comedy videos and this one called Babby Drummer stood and it was cute!
A visit to a new restaurant that opens up... SOHO serves Chinese-Shanghainese culinary delights with a twist of modernity mixed with tradition. Dim Sum is good and the dishes are delectable, a nice gathering place for family and friends. I was enticed by the decor, interiors, concept, the theme, the setting, the upholstery on the chairs, the menu... the food!
Hide me now, under your wings
Cover me within your mighty hand
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God
Find rest my soul in Christ alone
Know his power in quietness and trust
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with you above the storm
Father you are king over the flood
I will be still and know you are God
Thanks, Tracy... appreciate it. This is actually one of my favourites.
There is something to win for USA Bloggers! Remember the song "Roxanne"? Anyway, there was my favourite when I was a teenager. Oh yes, the band who sang this song was The Police, a 3 piece rock band who became popular during the rock and punk music era.
With a reunion of the band this year, The Police will be going on a worldwide tour! I know someone who will be thrilled and excited to know about this, that is my close girl friend who uesd to go head over heels over the lead singer in the band, Sting.
There is only one reason why I want the police cd, that is for her cos she is a true fan who listened to their music everytime she went on board overseas, in her companion The Sony Walkman.
*this is not a sponsored post simply because I'm not a US blogger:)
28 May, 2007
Today is Clayton's first day of a 2-week long holiday. When we found out about this last week, we were thinking hard on what to do with him. We figured that we would be stressed about having him at home FULL day for 2 weeks!
The first day is over and he's fast asleep. I am glad the first day turns out alright... he was a little restless but it was still within limits. One day down and 13 more days to go... so glad that my good friend, Tracy, has volunteered to take him for a day. He is looking forward to see Auntie Tracy and Uncle David... and Max, the Golden Retriever!
To my surprise, she told me that my card fees remained the same as my current Classic - and did I say YES to the offer? You bet! Having a Platinum card means a credit limit increase and most importantly, better privileges and perks. The only person who wasn't excited was my dh (*wink*) cos he was afraid that I would go wild with my spending!
But like I always say, it is important to spend within your limits and buy only things you can afford. That is the reason why I haven't accepted any 12-months 0% interest payment schemes. I prefer to only save up to buy something or not buy at all. These days, it is so easy to end up in credit card debts.
If you like to read some informative articles relating to credit cards, here is one that talks about choosing the right card and the other is on the types of cards available in the marketplace.
Taking rye, millet, rice and yellow cornmeal are four reducing whole cereal grains that can help you meet your need for carbohydrates but will not add weight. Wheat puts on fat and rye, on muscle.
But I must say I like the author's hairstyle cos it resembles that of my husband :) This is a blog where the author shares about his family, friends, events, news around the web and some paid reviews. Being a long time blogger, you can learn much from the affiliated badges on the sidebar of the blog. I will be checking some of them out and perhaps link to some community sites and directories recommended. There is definitely lots to learn from someone who has been blogging for 8 years!!
I'm not a Kiasu parent so when Clayton's kindy has a parent-teacher conference session, I didn't show up :)
So I received a few books from his class, plus his report card and I roared in laughter when I read the bold sentence in italics:
"Clayton is a cute boy and is well liked by everyone. He enjoys working with apparatus. He keeps himself busy by revising his phonics, numbers, colours and shapes daily. He does not like artwork as he is afraid of getting his hands messy. I noticed that he likes to walk around the class and mingles with his friends. Currently, Clayton's attention span is very short but with much guidance and encouragement, he should be better in the next semester."
Oh dear... I'm shopping again!
I had a chat with Tracy on msn the other day and we were talking about will and guardianship. I don't usually like to think about Death insurance but honestly, if anything were to happen to Alex and myself, I would like a good guardian to take care of Clayton, and I just realized we didn't list that in our wills.
I know some people don't like to think of negatives like these things but it is good to be realistic about life - that it is unpredictable and we should not assume that things are always fine and dandy. If you are a parent, have you thought about who will be guardian of your child should anything happen to you?
27 May, 2007
All women love a flat tummy. And don't be surprised to know that men too. A flat tummy means more dressing options for us women - some of us feel funny or uncomfortable with a a tummy protruding when we wear a body hugging dress, top, low waist pants or skirt. Having a flat tummy means moving around in confidence in our swim wear too.
Tummy tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty is a popular surgery that helps to remove excess fats from the abdomen areas and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Though this procedure has helped many to get rid of a protruding abdomen, it may leave behind a permanent scar. It is necessary to understand the entire procedure by consulting a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon before deciding on the surgery, says Los Angeles tummy tuck surgeon, Dr Lloyd Krieger. As with any plastic surgery, not all candidates may be suitable, it requires an evaluation of the candidate's physical and health condition. Ladies who are considering pregnancy should avoid the surgery as the tightened vertical muscles in the abdomen during surgery can be detached during pregnancy.
All plastic surgeries carry a certain level of risks and complications, thus, it is important to follow the surgeon's instructions before and after surgery. If you like to find out more, the website of Rodeo Drive's only plastic surgery center has all the necessary information you need on tummy tuck. Find out more about California tummy tuck at Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Center.
Let's drift back a little - what are you goals for 2007? Have you forgotten them? What have you done to achieve them? Would you like a FREE software to help you achieve those set goals in the next 6 months before the year comes to a close? If your answer is a keen YES, then download your FREE copy of motivation software which has won positive reviews from real life users. The software allows you to program personal messages to remind you of your goals and dreams.
Ready to go? Download your FREE copy now.
Well, this means we must start looking into some home furniture again, and I'm also thinking about a bean bag for our living room. I enjoy shopping for furniture, only if the old ones be rid off and place somewhere or else the house will become cluttered, which is a big no-no.
It's Sunday tomorrow so we may do some shopping for the house and Clayton's new bed.
26 May, 2007
My mind switched off automatically on weekends. I feel more relaxed and less anxious, it is more psychological than anything. I tend to remind myself that it's weekends and Clayton deserves more time and attention from me.
We had lunch at a new restaurant at One U called SOHO. They appeared in the press some weeks back so it called for a review from us too. The interiors was an immediate attraction for anyone passing by SOHO... minimalist, clean, spacious, white furniture with black accents, black and white graphics, friendly hosts, high ceilings... nice!
SOHO is a Shanghainese Tim Sum restaurant that serves up authentic Shanghainese dishes with a modern twist. The interiors was nicely conceptualized, along with everything else like the menu, cutlery and chairs. Every other chair has a silhoutte of a graphic stylized portrait, very much like the cover of the menu.
I chose a seat by the clear glass windows that looked out to the recreational area of the mall. Reports on the food in another post... I'm getting sleepy.. *yawn*
Tell me about Florida and the first thing that sprung into my mind would be Florida Orange Juice! Known for its growing agricultural industry and freshness in produce and the gourmet, raking in 87 billion for the state, something new is happening in this sunny place. Florida is making a big buzz in the coming racing fun in REV IT UP! Enjoy the video!
Since becoming parents 3 years ago, we have preferred not to stay in a hotel as we prefer more space and a home-away-from-home feel. Besides, I like the flexibility of cooking our own meals as it can get quite boring after eating out for few weeks. Staying in a vacation home or apartment means more space to move around, a living area to relax and wind down and it usually a better value for money.
I would definitely like a Hawaii luxury vacation where I could wake up to spot sunrise or sipping margaritas by the patio. Villas for great for bigger groups but for a small family of three, a self-contained resort or a fully-equipped condo would be ideal. I spotted the Kona Village Resort and was captured by the dramatic sunsets and enchanting beauty but it came with a price tag of $1,000 a night. Most of the luxury options featured in Hawaiian Beach Rentals are the best I have ever seen, how about the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel?
Let me captivate you with the tropical beauty of Hawaii with these awesome photos...
24 May, 2007
Like more website traffic? I can hear everyone shouting "YES"! Well, here's a website optimization firm that helps small businesses to increase website presence and search engine rankings via updated techniques away from the traditional SEO style. Blog marketing is the hot topic these days and that's what Think Big Sites does. Like to know more, head down to thinkbigsites.com
I just came to know about Kimberly Sayer's skincare products and this product helps to tighten skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and protect your skin against any environmental damage. It also enhances the skin to hold moisture. It combats the effects of aging and promotes the youthful look in your skin.
Suitable for all skin types and esp dry and mature skins.
Check out the other Organic Beauty Products at
I just read an interesting article on the shopping habits of British women and was shocked by some facts. According to the article, half a million of British women had secretly put their shopping bills on their partners' credit cards and about 2 in 5 lied about their shopping habits... oh no!
Umm, I felt a bit guilty after reading this, not that I'm one of those who need a shopping fix every week but I prefer to keep my shopping spending to myself, especially my credit card bills. With the easy payment of credit cards and the ease of buying online, it is not difficult to end up in credit card debts if you are not careful. Moreover, credit card companies are always extending promotions and rewards that can be tempting, thus increasing your spending, not to mention that 0% Credit Cards are common these days.
If you are a big user of credit cards, it is important to know about how to keep yourself safe from credit card fraud. With online buying on the rise, it is better to take precautions and ensure that your password is kept personal at all times. Always keep a copy of the receipt of your purchase for verifications purposes.
23 May, 2007
the little fish swim in the water....
I know some of my friends would spend money to buy their desired car number plates. Among the Chinese, the number '8' spells prosperity and good fortune. It is common for luxury cars to come with 'lucky' numbers such as '88', '888', '2888'.. etc, well, and these 'prosperity' numbers come with a big price tag too. This is a popular tradition among the Chinese businessman. And many would stay away from the number '4' which means 'dead' in Cantonese dialect.
Now, if you need to search private number plates of your choice, Northumbria Numbers is the leader in selling all sorts of car number plates including those old ones, cherished ones and hard-to-find ones. You can do a quick search in the website by names, car types, car registrations and prefix type registration numbers. Besides providing the platform for search and sale of private car plates, you can leave all the paperwork to the company. It is practically hassle-free!
The website also allows you to make your own private number plate - prefix or current style - at the convenience of your home.
They are both 'bald'.. oops, it's in the genes!
My brother in law's vacation in Kuala Lumpur ended 3 days ago. I believe this must be one of the fruitful vacations for me - diving in Sipadan for one entire week. Can you see the tan on his face?
Clayton had a great time getting to know Uncle Seng. He would wait outside his door in the morning as Seng slept is his playroom. He couldn't wait to play with Uncle Seng. He could say very clearly that Uncles Seng had gone back to America and we assured him that he would see uncle Seng this Christmas.
He hadn't stopped saying he liked airport since we got back from sending Seng off... here were some shots to share with you...
The subject on website traffic continues to spark interest amongst business owners who are concerned about creating more buzz on their products and services. Whether it is an offline or online product/service, more website traffic means more awareness, an increased in being found in search engines and ultimately, more leads/sales for the business.
The idea of tapping on the web2.0 technology is not new with different website marketing companies focusing on diverse strategies. But all are working towards the common goals of helping clients increase page rankings, develop a stronger branding, achieve SEO results and creating successful campaigns in the web.
A website optimization firm like Think Big Sites was form to help small businesses to achieve more presence in the web via a complete blend of marketing strategies (offline and online) involving blog marketing, email campaigns, ppc, well designed websites, seo and inbound linking. I am impressed with the seo results page which presents a snapshots of companies who attain successful results with the strategies implemented by TBS including some who have achieved Google Top Ten rankings. Those of us who know a little about seo can appreciate how important this means.
The team in TBS provides expertise not only in website optimization but also in graphic design, web development, programming and consulting.
Though it seems new to me, taking a loan from a bank that is based on strong ethical values and business practices sounds logical, acceptable and responsible. It means that the company does not engage in activities that is conflicting with human rights, environmental issues and other ethical matters. Customers are required to fill in questionaire forms to declare how the loan would be used for, as well as a business profile evaluation before an approval is granted.
Well, if you have heard about affiliate marketing and have some knowledge about it, then you will not think that what I'm about to tell you is baloney.
This blog post jumps straight at me:AdensBlog.com - Made 2500 In 2 Weeks! Wow.. sounds crazy? Any affiliate marketer knows this is possible but only if you know the traits to it. The author spends a year learning about affiliate marketing before earning his $2500 paycheck so if you are new in internet marketing, just keep in mind that this is not rocket science. It does require time, efforts and dedication. My dear husband has been spending the last six months learning more about affiliate marketing and he can tell you it is not ABC.
But on the positive note, Aden has done it, so can you:)
the server is slow
I have to think too hard on what to write
I have other priorities
I have to fix bugs on the computer
I am unfamiliar with HTML and scripts
I talk crap
Uhh.. what about you? When is blogging a waste of time for you?
Here's another travel resource site that provides Hotel Accommodation in the UK. It is a fairly user-friendly site with lots of useful information for anyone planning on a vacation to the UK. They specialize in providing last minute short breaks, bargain hunts, last minute hotel accommodations, luxury getaways and more. I was doing a quick browse and this luxurious bed and breakfast in England's historic heartland, Coombe Abbey Hotel is awesome. I love the architecture and the picturesque setting of the hotel.
So if you are thinking about a visit to the UK, bookmark this site for your guide.
We promised him we would take him there and we delivered. The smiles on his face on that day were so rewarding... I felt so blessed to have an active boy who loved nature and the simple things of life...
Now, you can apply and buy a motor insurance online with CIS. The selling points of the company: it is efficient, provides good customer support from geting a quote to starting a claim, affordable, easy and hassle-free! With two perks attached to the product, there is the No Claim discount and Introductory discount and another extra 10% discount if you buy online.
Some key benefits include a free 24-hour Emergency Helpline in the event of a breakdown, free legal advice helpline and a courtesy car, to name a few. Besides, getting a quote is just a click away, that's how convenient it is.
We did something crazy during our recent Singapore trip. On the last day before we headed home, DH intentionally dropped Clayton and myself at Toa Payoh MRT station so that we could fulfill Clayton's wish to 'take a train'.
He had been echoing this desire since my last trip with him in April. Since, he would tell me (everyday) - "Clayton likes MRT"; "Clayton likes train". So I kept assuring him that I would take him and he didn't forget.
Well, I don't know the depths of my love for my boy til I experience little things like this. I don't want to disappoint him. I just want to put a smile on his face and small things like taking a train delights him so much.
There is so much we can learn from a child...
Waiting for the train door to open.. in anticipation!