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Get Rid of Fungal Infection and White Spots

Recently I noticed that I have some dark patches and small reddish rash around my armpit area.  This is quite common and had happened to me before. So when I went to see a doctor, he would normally prescribed anti-fungal cream and sometimes anti fungal pills to be taken orally as well. Normally fungal infection and white spots would appeared on my skin about once every 2 to 3 years. I think it is because I am staying in the tropical country and also I do exercise a lot. Whenever I go for my jog which is 3 times a week, I would sweat profusely and I was told to cool down first before taking a shower.  A Chinese physician told me that if I take a shower without cooling down after jogging, it would be bad for my health and skin.

Fungal infection and white spots can spread if it is untreated. Though it is not a deadly disease, it does bring about itchiness and discomfort to the sufferer. The doctor told me to apply the anti-fungal cream 2 times a day and not to use other people’s towels or wear their clothes. This is prevent the spread of fungal infection to others; or perhaps preventing myself from getting it from other people as well. So I applied the anti-fungal cream around my armpit area after taking a shower. I avoid all those anti-deodorant stick or lotion as the chemicals in these products may irritate my skin. However I do apply baby powder if I know that I need to do some manual work for the day; and baby powder would keep my skin dry.

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Anti-Fungal Cream

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Normally after one week of applying the anti-fungal cream, the rash on my skin would be less visible. The doctor advised me to keep applying the anti-fungal cream for another one week so as to get rid of it totally. The problem is that sometimes I do forget to apply especially when my skin is no longer itchy and that is wrong. So I would normally end up applying the anti-fungal cream for 3 weeks; just to make up for the time which I forgot to apply. I don’t know whether I am doing is right or wrong; but anyway so long as the rash or white spots are gone – I am fine with it.

My friend told me that the Tea Tree oil or (Melaleuca alternifolia) can also help to get rid of fungal infection on the skin. So far I have not tried it but I think it should work because I have also heard of it before. She had also given me some Aloe Vera and told me to apply it on my skin. Aloe Vera has a very cooling effect when I apply it on my skin; and besides I loved to drink Aloe Vera juice as well. I think personal hygiene is very important. I do not share my towel or clothes with anyone. I have to keep my bed and pillow clean and dry. I have to make sure I change my socks every day and keep my feet dry. So keeping fungal and white spots away does required discipline on my part on a daily basis.

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Anti-Fungal Cream

 

 

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Food Poisoning and Diarrhoea Prevention When Travelling

The recent outbreak of E.coli in Germany, UK, Denmark, Sweden and now moving to United States is a concern especially for those who travel frequently. Food poisoning and diarrhoea are quite common illness that could happened to anyone when traveling. I feel that having this sickness is even worse than having flu. Because if I am having flu, I still could go about doing my normal activities; though there will be so discomfort such as coughing or breathing. When we are on holidays normally we are in a relaxed and off guard mood; and would liked to eat different exotic food or food prepared in many different ways.  But there are steps that we can take to prevent food poisoning and diarrhoea from happening to us when traveling in a foreign country.

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Fried Noodles with seafood that is well cooked

 

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I remembered vividly an incident of bad food poisoning happened to me.  I was down and out with vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea when I was in Jakarta. I remembered passing out liquid stools 3 times within one hour and vomiting till I have nothing left in my stomach. It was hell and at that time I thought I would collapsed from exhaustion in the hotel room. But I knew what to do as I had previous experience of food poisoning and diarrhoea before. I took the medication which is Smecta and replacement fluid – Pocari which is an isotonic drink throughout the day and night and it worked again. I was well again the next day though still in recovery mode.

Since then, I have stick to a process or best practises with regard to eating food whenever I travel; whether it is for work or leisure.  I have listed the important ones here.

a)  never to eat raw food – whether it is meat, seafood or vegetables ( salad ).

b) not to drink water from the tap.

c) buy bottled water or beverages only from established supermarkets and never buy water from street vendors.

d) eat food that is hot and cooked on the spot when ordered. If I am eating steak or meat, it must be well done.

f) when eating fruits, I would normally choose fruits with skin which I have to peel or cut off like bananas, oranges, mangoes, mangosteen or even durians. I would avoid eating water melons and papayas.

g) always wash you hands and cutlery especially when handling and eating fruits.

h) if I have a feeling that the food or drink that I am about to consume is unclean, I will not eat it – period. I would not compromise even if I have to offend that person who offered this food to me for free.

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Well cooked Fried Eggs added with prawns, mushrooms and vegetables.

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Some of my friends told me that eating fresh vegetables is safe so long as you take the steps to wash and rinse it properly. They recommended that the raw vegetables should be wash and then soak in a water added with white vinegar and salt for at least 30 minutes. Thereafter simply rinse the vegetables again with clean water. This would killed the bacteria that are in the raw vegetables. I have not tried this method yet and I am not sure whether it works. But I know that white vinegar and salt can kill bacteria – but can vinegar and salt eliminate all types of bacteria found in the vegetables – that is still questionable. Well, since this is how my friends prepare their vegetables salads all the time – I think this method should work and the raw vegetables should be safe to eat.

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Smecta Medicine

 

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I understand that there is no 100% fool proof way to prevent food poisoning and diarrhoea; which is why I always bring along medicine with me when I traveling. In case of acute diarrhoea, I would opened up 2 sachets of Smecta, mixed it with mineral water and consumed it.  If the diarrhoea still persist after 4 hours, I would consumed another 2 sachets of Smecta medicine again; otherwise I would normally take this medicine in a 6 hours interval throughout the day. Then I would drink Pocari or any isotonic drink throughout the day/night and take only small amount of dry food such as biscuits – strictly no milk, alcohol or spicy food. Drinking lots of isotonic drink would helped to prevent dehydration in our body. Taking hot rice porridge can also helped to relieve the aching pain in the stomach. Normally this method would work for me and I would recovered the next day. However, if the condition get worse, then the best option is to see the doctor. For those who are less frequent travelers or traveling with kids, it is best to consult your doctor before the overseas trips; they would normally give you the necessary advice and medicine to bring along.

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Smecta Medicine - Effective Relief of Diarrhoea

 

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Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream

I bought the Hazeline Snow Moisturising cream while shopping for other toiletries in a Watson store in Malaysia. I remembered clearly that this is the cream that my mum used to apply on her face every day many years ago. In fact, the Hazeline Snow cream was the most popular cream during my mum’s generation. The size and packing that I have bought was 100mg and if I could recalled correctly, it cost about RM$14. My friend who is a lady asked me why do a guy like me want to use the Hazeline Snow cream? Well, I have dry skin around legs and arms and it tend to get itchy when it becomes very dry. Doctors have recommended to me a few brands of moisturising cream; but these tend to have a oily effect on my skin after application. And so I decided to give Hazeline Snow cream a try and see the effect. After all, I reckon that if my mum had used it on her face daily years ago, then I could also used it on my arms and legs.

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Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream

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The new Hazeline Snow cream now comes in a round glass bottle. When I opened the cap of the bottle and used my finger to feel the cream, there was a cooling and wet feeling around my fingers. I apply the cream around my legs and arms and felt that it was relatively easy to apply and spread it around my body. The best part of it was that there was no oily effect on my skin, unlike many other moisturising cream. According to the information on the box, this cream is water based and 100% oil free. The cream has a light talcum powder smell but the smell was soon gone about half an hour after application.

After applying Hazeline Snow Cream for more than a week, the effect was that my skin around my legs and arms were well mositurised without the oily feeling unliked the previous moisturising cream which I have used. This means that immediately after applying Hazeline Snow cream I could put on my clothes; as there was no oil residual on my skin. There was no rash or irritation effect on my skin as well – so it means that this cream is suitable for me. I cannot feel whether my skin is now more smooth or supple ( as stated on the box ) – maybe I have thick skin. But I can ascertained that my skin no longer feel dry and itchy even in a dry and cold environment. By the way, the Hazeline Snow cream also have a whitening moisturising cream which is more expensive in price. I didn’t buy it as I don’t need my skin to be lighten or whiten – more suitable for ladies.

So my assessment of Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream is that it is a effective moisturising cream, it is very reasonable in price, it is totally water based which is good for me and it is very easy to apply.  Accordingly to the instruction on the box – need to place it in a cool dry place and apply twice a day. My friend told me to put it in the fridge, I just leave it on the table. No time to apply twice a day, so just apply once a day.  And I have also decided to ditch the oil based moisturising cream and used the Hazeline Snow Cream in future.

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Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream

 

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Quality Steam Iron

Among all the household chores at home, ironing clothes seems to be the most boring chore to me. So normally I would buy clothes that are with non creased fabric; but it is not possible to buy all your clothes with non creased fabric. So when it comes to ironing my clothes, I would liked to get it done easily and as quickly as possible. Having a quality steam iron had helped me to reduce the time and effort in ironing my clothes. What do I go for when choosing a good steam iron? Besides looking at the budget in which I am willing to pay; there are a few features that I would looked for when buying a steam iron. Remember the more features there are, generally it means that the steam iron will also cost more.

a) a good steam iron must be easy to use, durable, anti slip and looks good in my home.

b) the soleplate of the steam iron must be non stick and scratch resistant.

c)  the iron should be able to generate a strong steam so that creased fabric can be worked on very quickly.

d) the water tank should be large enough, preferably above 300ml in capacity.

f) the steam iron must have a long cord preferably having a 360 degrees swivel – this will make ironing easy.

g) the weight of the iron must not be too light nor too heavy. I think weight is rather subjective. So long as you are comfortable with it, that is all that matters.

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Electrolux Steam Iron

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h) auto off features. There may be times when you forget to turn off the iron, so the auto off features is a good safety feature to have; as it switch off the steam iron automatically after certain period of inactivity. The new version of steam iron even have a blink and beep indicator. The auto off feature will definitely gives you a peace of mind.

i) temperature dial for all kinds of fabric. I just simply select the fabric on the dial and the steam iron will automatically set the correct temperature.

j) anti drip and anti calc. The anti-drip function will prevent the water from dripping on the clothes when I am ironing the clothes. And the anti calc will clean the soleplate and prevent the mineral sticking inside the steam holes of the iron.

k) pilot light indicator and spray function. The spray function is useful when you are working on clothes that are heavily creased.

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Quality Steam Iron

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Recently I saw a number of cordless iron being introduced in the market. These steam iron need to be recharged periodically. Personally, I would still prefer using the corded steam iron. Because when I need to use the iron, I simply turn it on, wait for a while and then start working. And when I am done with it, I simply turn it off – it is that simple. Most steam iron will last a few years when we take good care of it. I would set a higher budget to buy a better quality steam iron as I know that it will serve me well and make this ironing chore more pleasant.

 

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My Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II Speakers

The old Creative speakers that I have bought about 3 years ago had become faulty, there was no sound coming out from the speakers. I tried to disassemble the speakers to see whether I could repaired it. But I was unable to know what actually was the fault – its the norm as I am basically a non technical person. So the next best thing to do is to buy a brand new speakers for my PC. I went to the mall to tried out a few speakers such as – Harmon Kardon, JBL, Logitech, Altec Lansing and of course the Creative speakers. After trying out the speakers and buying within my budget, I have decided to buy the Creative Gigworks T20 Series 2 speakers.

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Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II Speakers

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Incidentally I bought this Creative model speakers without even testing it out in the mall. I know from the fact that I was pleased with the performance of the previous Creative speakers – so I bought it based on the brand’s reputation, so to speak. I am not an audio fanatic and my requirement of a good speaker is simply clarity and natural sound. Anyway the technical specifications and information of the Creative Gigworks T20 Series 2 are as follows: – 14 watts RMS per channel ( 2 channels), Frequency response – 50Hz – 20 Hz, Cloth Dome Tweeter, Woven Glass Fibre Cone Driver, 2 Way Design, BasXport, Convenient front access  and with TV/Game console adaptor. I took out the speakers from the box and placed it on my table. So the first thing that comes into my mind was that it is a well designed speaker. It is compact and the controls are in front – the On/Off volume, treble, bass, Auxiliary in and Headphone out. So that makes things very convenient for me as the speakers sits on the table facing me.

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Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II Speakers

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When I turned on the speaker, I am pleased with its performance – there is clarity and the classical music that I played had sounded natural. Even when I pumped up the volume, bass and treble – the sound clarity was still good. You can in fact filled up a 500 sq feet room with clean and clear music with this speakers. I also tried playing games on my PC using this speakers, again it perform well to my expectation. I think this speakers would also paired off perfectly with my LCD TV; though I did not tried it.  Overall the Creative Gigaworks T20 Series II is a good speakers to have in my home – it is beautifully compact and yet delivered great sound. There is a one year warranty period given and I just simply registered it online.

 

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Outdoor Walking and Treadmill

A friend of mine bought a treadmill recently and was excited about the benefits of having a treadmill in his home. He felt that it would bring the benefits of exercise irregardless of the weather. A treadmill is an investment if it add considerable value to your exercise regimen and overall health. After all, the cost of buying a good treadmill is not cheap unlike buying a bicycle. A reasonable quality treadmill with all its gadgets could easily cost more than US$1000 and this is not the top of the range. I have seen treadmill with TV mounted on it at the Gym Club and it can also monitor heart beat and measure calories. I wonder what is the price of this treadmill – should be expensive.

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Walking on Treadmill

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The good thing about having a treadmill at home is that you can exercise any day irregardless of the weather outside. You can do it anytime of the day or night safely in your home. And if it is good treadmill, it allows you to keep track of your exercise performance daily with measurements on the hours, speed, distance and calories. But it takes good amount of discipline to keep track of your performance and even to exercise on the treadmill daily. I know for sure that I would not be able to do it every day because it looks more like work than having fun. I noticed that the treadmill in my friend’s home seems to take up quite a lot of space in his room; making the room looked rather cramped.

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Outdoor Walking and Treadmill

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Personally, I would prefer outdoor walking than walking on a treadmill. Outdoor walking is more fun and you get to see many things along the way. It is an activity that is not so rigid and confined like walking on a treadmill; and you get to breath the outdoor fresh air as well. I could easily complete a 10km walk happily without feeling that I am working or exercising to keep fit. At the end of the walk, I would normally sit on a bench and look at the trees and pond in the park; which I find it very relaxing. If I want to walk on the treadmill, I prefer to do it at the Gym rather than in my home. In a Gym, I can see many people exercising on different machines, and this gives me the spur or motivation to walk on treadmill without feeling bored. If I am walking on a treadmill at home, I would turn on the TV or the music so that it would not be so bored.

So at this moment, I would not be following my friend to buy a treadmill. It is because I know that I would not be discipline enough to use it every day or even once a week. It might end up sitting there in the room for years till I get rid of it. Outdoor walking is definitely my type of exercise which I truly enjoy.

 

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Hush Puppies Shoes – The Body Shoes

There are so many types and brands of shoes in the market today that people may be overwhelmed by the unlimited choices. For myself I have the tendency to stick to a few brands when it comes to buying a pair of shoes. One of my favorite brand of shoes is the Hush Puppies shoes. I have been wearing Hush Puppies shoes for many years and it has given my feet lots of comfort. There are many other brands of shoes which I have tried, it looks nice and fashionable; but my feet would feel sore if I stand for a longer period of time.

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The Body Shoe from Hush Puppies

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One of the main feature that I liked about Hush Puppies shoes is that it is absolutely light weight. So far I am not able to find another similar brand of shoes that is as light as the Hush Puppies shoes. Whenever I put the shoes, it felt as though I am not wearing any shoes at all. The light weight material in the shoes make walking a easy and comfortable task. Though the shoes are light weight, it is very durable and tough. I know it because I am someone who enjoy walking – it is my way of keeping my body fit and keep my weight in check.  So walking for 5km on a typical day is a norm to me and my Hush Puppies shoes have always provided me the comfort while walking.

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Hush Puppies - The Body Shoes

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Recently I have bought a pair of the Hush Puppies The Body Shoe. I liked it as it is light weight and after wearing it for a whole day, my feet feels comfortable, cool and dry. There is a climate control features that is built in this shoe – I have no idea what it is but it doesn’t matter. I know that when I walk or stand for a long period of time wearing The Body Shoe, my feet do not ache or feel tired. And when I have to walk in the rain, the water do not seep into the shoes. The leather of my shoes seems to repel against the water; thus keeping my feet dry.

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Hush Puppies

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Though the Hush Puppies – The Body Shoe cost more that other brands of shoes in the market, I feel that it is a worthwhile investment. After all, if my feet can stay comfortable all day despite walking and standing, then it is a health benefit. How do I take care of my shoes that takes care of me? I will let it air and dry at my balcony. Every week I would clean it with a damp cloth and thereafter apply a layer of Kiwi liquid shoe shine on the leather. It is a simple 10 minutes procedures for cleaning and nourishing my shoes which serves me well in taking good care of my feet.

Quality Stainless Steel Cutlery and Flatware

There are many types of cutlery and flatware that are available in the market. Some people will buy the cheapest cutlery set as they feel that it is not something that is worth spending on. In their view, a fork and spoon is just a fork and spoon; so long as it served its purpose, that is it. But poor quality cutlery and flatware will stain very easily and at times it will bend or break. Besides, it will give your friends or relatives a less favorable impression of you when you invite them to your home for a meal. Personally, I would buy a quality stainless steel cutlery set for my home and I know that it will last a long time and a joy to own.

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Stainless Steel Cutlery and Flatware

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One thing that I looked for when I buy a cutlery set is that there should be 18/10 number stated in the box. It simply means that the cutlery set is made of 18% chrome and 10% nickel. If the numbers are lower than this or worse still not stated at all, it means that it is of a lower quality. The higher the chrome and nickel content would translate that the cutlery and flatware will be less prone to corrosion, rust and stains. When you pick up a 18/10 spoon or fork, it look good and feel good on your hand. As far as the design goes, it really depends on your style and personality. I prefer the traditional style and design when I choose a cutlery set. And yet there are people who prefer the more contemporary or artistic design. It doesn’t matter what style so long as you feel good having it in your kitchen.

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Stainless Steel Cutlery and Flatware

To take care of the quality stainless steel cutlery set, you need to wash them thoroughly with water as soon as possible after use. This is to remove the food particles that are attached to the cutlery set. You can use warm water and mild dish washing detergent and then rinse it with hot water; thereafter just wipe it dry with a clean cloth. If the stains are still there, you can try using vinegar or lemon juice to remove it.  By using this step method of caring for your cutlery and flatware, you can rest assured that it will serve you for a long time.

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Stainless Steel Cutlery and Flatware

 

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Electrolux Washer-Dryer

I stayed in the Somerset serviced apartment during a recent trip overseas and was glad that there was a Electrolux Washer-Dryer machine in the apartment itself.  When I have the first look at this washer-dryer machine, it look beautiful but at the same time rather intimidating to me. There were buttons and symbols on the display panel that looked very unfamiliar to me. I was afraid that I may not know how to use this machine. The washer which I have at home is a simple Samsung washer which has served me well.

There is a small instruction notice pasted on the Electrolux Washer-Dryer machine by the Somerset serviced apartment to help people like me to use this machine. The first instruction was to use low sud detergent powder or liquid detergent. If you use the normal detergent, there would be lots of bubbles forming and this would reduced the cleanliness of clothes during washing.  Anyway the Somerset apartment provided a box of low sud detergent and I poured it into the detergent compartment. There was also a compartment for adding liquid softener. After placing all the clothes into the washer drum and locking it, I simply turned on the washer. Then I select the timer to 1 hour 15 minutes and it was shown on the LCD display. There were also buttons for selecting things liked extra rinse and set the temperature.  The maximum temperature that I could set was 90 degrees and that was very hot and it is used for washing of very soiled clothes.  There was also the prewash, economy and quick selection; which I am not sure what it is all about. I selected the spin level to 1200 which is the highest and I expect the clothes to be moist but dry after the wash.

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Electrolux Washer Dryer

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There is a safety locked feature which prevents the child from operating the washer-dryer without supervision. This is good as it prevent damage to the washer and/or injury to the child. On the LCD display, there are a number of symbols being displayed when the machine is operating. I guessed it is displaying the functions that I have selected for this wash. Anyway, when the washer-dryer was running, I simply leave it alone to complete the task.  After the washing was completed, I opened the drum door and touch the clothes, it was dry and moist. The spin function of 1200 which I had selected have done a good job. Even my pair of jean was dry and my synthetic fibre sport singlet was as good as you can wear it straight away.

I locked the drum door and then select the dryer function. It is the same knob as the washer except that you now turn the knob to your left. I selected the cotton and set the time to 1 hour 5 minutes. I wasn’t too sure whether my pair of jean and bermudas shorts can be dry with this setting. Anyway I left it alone to do its work and came back when I heard the beep sound coming from the washer. The instruction stated that I was supposed to wait for 10 minutes after the drying was done. The drum door was quite warm to touch and I set back the knob back to neutral which is 0 symbol. When I touched the clothes, it was very warm and dry. I was surprised that even my pair of jean was completed bone dry. As the clothes were warm, I took them to the balcony simply to cool it down for 10 minutes before putting it into the walk in wardrobe.

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Electrolux Washer Dryer

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My view of the Electrolux Washer-Dryer machine is that it is a very good machine. I really loved having one at home as it does a good job in both washing and drying. During the operation, it was relatively quieter that my Samsung washer that I have in my home. It is beautiful and solid built and do not take up space in the kitchen. The only setback is that it may take time for me to learn and understand all the functions and capabilities of this machine.  Another setback is perhaps the price which definitely cost more than the Korean washer. Perhaps I should start saving up money to buy this Electrolux Washer Dryer to replace my current Samsung washer.

Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

Just bought a new Motorola digital cordless telephone a week ago.  Opened up the box and there is one cordless phone handset and a base for charging the phone. There is also a one power adapter and 2 rechargeable batteries and a telephone line cord. Looking at the features – it can store 50 names in the phone book and also have a hands free speakerphone. I think the hands free speakerphone function is good as sometimes you get tired of holding the phone and putting it close to your ear while talking. The model number is Motorola C401 and I bought it for about US$53/- ( approx. currency conversion).

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Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

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This Motorola digital cordless phone is compact and slim and it fits in any table. I charged it for about 4 hours before trying it out. The handset is easy to hold and the buttons are also easy to press. But the dislike is the orange background light on the LCD display. I would preferred a blue or green background light for the display. The numbers that appeared on the LCD display is large but it is too thin or slim in size.  I called up my friend to try out the cordless telephone and the reception was good. My friend told me that she could hear my voice clearly. I also tried moving about to different areas in my home and still the signal was good; and I was able to have a clear conversation with my friend.

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Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

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On the manual it was stated that this digital phone can give about 12 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time on a single charge – that is on an ideal condition. I wondered what constitute an ideal condition? They should also state clearly what is the number of hours of talk time and standby time a unideal condition – that would make more sense for consumers. You can also expand this from a single handset to a maximum of 5 handsets. Though this digital cordless phone is relatively inexpensive, it is also covered under a one year warranty program.

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Motorola Digital Cordless Telephone Model C401

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Using it for about a week now, I am quite satisfied with the Motorola digital cordless telephone. But if I would to buy another cordless phone, I would want a LCD display with a blue background light, a larger and thicker font display and a more colorful handset. Most digital cordless phone last about 2 years before they becoming faulty. Not sure how long this phone will last, but if it can work well for 2 years or more, I think it is good enough for me.

Tecno Casement Window Air Conditioner – My Review

If you have read my previous blog, I have returned the EuropAce Portable Air conditioner Model EPAC 10J back to the store. Thereafter, I decided to buy the Tecno casement window air conditioner for my study room. I have chosen Tecno Model TAC 0788YRS against other brands was because I saw the energy saving label with 2 ticks attached to the air conditioner; and also it has a Splash Proof System Drainless Technology which means no hose needed to collect any water discharge from this air conditioner. For those who wants to read my review on the EuropAce Portable Air conditioner, here is the link –

Review of EuropAce Portable Air conditioner Model EPAC 10J

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Tecno Casement Air Conditioner

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I think casement window air conditioners are more commonly used as compared to the Portable air conditioners. The Tecno Model TAC 0788YRS casement window air conditioner which I have bought has a cooling capacity of 7,000 BTU or 1.88KW cooling capacity.  It has a 3 fan speed with remote control and also a 3 mode selection – cool, dry and fan. There is also a sleep timer mode included. To be honest, I was slightly worried that this air conditioner with a 7,000 BTU may not be sufficiently powerful enough to cool my small study room, but I bought it based on my observation that other similar brands such as the popular Sanyo Model SAC-88G casement window air conditioner has similar 7,000 BTU cooling capacity. The Sanyo model cost more than the Tecno brand but in terms of energy saving efficiency, the Sanyo casement window air conditioner has one tick, whereas the Tecno brand has 2 ticks – so that was another reason why I bought Tecno.

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Tecno Casement Air Conditioner

The technician came down in the afternoon to install the window casement air conditioner. The first thing that he did was to install the window frame onto the sliding window.  Once the frame was up and firmly attached to the frames of the window, he carried the air conditioner and attached it to the slot of the frame and screw it tightly with a portable drill. Upon completion of the installation, he turned on the air conditioner with the remote control. The casement window air conditioner start up and air flowed out of the duct. I noticed that this air conditioner is much quieter than the portable air conditioner; perhaps because the compressor was outside the window. It took about 3 or 4 minutes before the air became cool and more importantly I could adjust the temperature lower to say 20C; unlike the EuropAce portable air conditioner which was fixed at 24C. It took about 15 minutes for my study room to feel cool and I mean really cool. I was pleased with my purchase of Tecno casement window air conditioner as it cools my study room and it is much quieter. The disappointment for this Tecno air conditioner is the remote control which looked cheap and dull. The design of this air conditioner is not as nice and cool looking as compared to the Sanyo casement window air conditioner. For me, so long as it is cool and quiet, that is all that matters.

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Tecno Casement Air Conditioner - Cheap Looking Remote Control

Portable Air Conditioner – My Review

I have a small study room about 11o square feet; and at times it can be quite warm during the evening when there is no breeze coming in from the windows.  I have went to the electrical store to browse at portable air conditioners and there were quite a few brands and models to choose. Finally I decided to purchase the EuropAce portable air conditioner and the model is EPAC  10J.

 

 

Accordingly to the specifications stated in the brochure, the EuropAce EPAC 10J has  a cooling capacity of 10,000 BTU at 2.9kw and has air flow of 300 m3/hr. It is quite heavy with a weight of 34kg and it uses the R-410A coolant. The thing I liked about this portable air conditioner was that it has the condensation elimination system – therefore it is drainless and you don’t have to worry about draining out water daily. It comes with a rather small size remote control and has 3 level of fan speed and a 24 hours timer.

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EuropAce Model EPAC 10J Portable Air Conditioner

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The technician came during the afternoon to install the air conditioner in my room. The first thing was to fix the PVC frame on my sliding window; he secured the PVC frames with screws drilled into the window frames. Thereafter he affixed the long hose with one opening on the PVC frame with a hole slot provided in the frame; and then slot the end of the hose into the back of the portable air conditioner. And then he simply turned on the power and the air conditioner started to work. I could feel the cold air flowing out of the air outlet within a few minutes. I turned on the portable air conditioner during the night at about 9pm and noted that the sound from the compressor was actually louder that it was during the day. Probably during the night the noise was more distinct. I tried to lower the temperature to 20C but the air conditioner would still indicate the room temperature of 24C.  I realized that this EuropAce portable air conditioner could only provide a default room temperature of between 22C to 26C.  I am not able to set the temperature as it would still go back to the default room temperature. This is what I disliked about this portable air conditioner. After more than 2 hours of operation, my study room was not cool enough even though I turned on the speed of the fan to the maximum. The rubber hose which draws the hot air from the air conditioner out to the window was very warm. I wondered whether the very warm rubber hose had in fact aided in increasing the room temperature.

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EuropAce Model EPAC 10J Portable Air Conditioner

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After 2 days of use, my conclusion was that the EuropAce was not my ideal portable air conditioner. The room was not cool at all and I was unable to lower the temperature as it is always set on default of 24C. The noise level was quite distinct and loud during the night and I am not comfortable with a very warm rubber hose inside the room. As the purchase of this EuropAce air conditioner was under a no question asked return policy for a few days trial, I promptly went to the store and told them of my unhappiness with this portable air conditioner. I told the staff and he recommended a casement window unit air conditioner for my room. I took up the offer and hoped that this time it would be a better conditioner.

I have only 2 concerns – first it must be cool enough – this means that I can adjust the coolness of the air conditioner to my requirement; and secondly it should be quieter. If you want to know the outcome/review of the window casement air conditioner that was installed just a few days ago, I will post my review in another blog.

Pizza Hut – Hut’s Platter

For most of my friends who goes to Pizza Hut for lunch or dinner, the main course that they would have are pizza, chicken wings or baked rice.  I think this is the norm, I mean Pizza Hut is famous for its pizza. Sometimes I do get bored eating pizza all the time and I would looked into the other type of food that are available there.  When I am eating at Pizza Hut in Malaysia, I will normally browse the Appetizers section of the menu.  They have many selection of food at this section – garlic bread, chicken wings, cheese baked meatballs, masala spin roll and also one of my favorite which is the Hut’s Platter.

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Pizza Hut - Hut's Platter

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The Hut’s Platter is a meal consisting of Tempura King Prawns, Tempura Calamari Rings and Criss-cut Fries served with Cool Lime Mayo sauce. The cost of this meal is approx US$4.90 which I think is very reasonable.  If I would to eat the Hut’s Platter by myself, then this would be my main course because it is quite a lot of food in that platter. The Hut’s Platter would be deemed to be a unhealthy food as it is deep fried and with salt content in the prawns, fries, calamari rings and also the mayo sauce. So I make it a point not to eat it too frequently. The only complaint I have about this Hut’s Platter is the Tempura King prawns. I felt that the King prawns should be bigger in size; after all that is what been stated in the menu – KING Prawn. I noted that the size of the prawns being served were that of medium size and not King size – so it quite a disappointment in this regard. Overall I love the Hut’s Platter and I would shared it with my friends when I ordered it  – because I would not want to miss eating the delicious pizzas as well.

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Pizza Hut Malaysia - Hut Platter Meal

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How to Bow Figurines

I saw these interesting figurines when I was at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. It depict the art of bowing.  In many Asian countries, bowing is a sign of respect that you give to someone important or to the elders.  The figurines in the photographs illustrate the Asian bow.  But in real life, there is no need to tip or bend yourself so much to lower your body. Also you must make sure there is enough space between the 2 persons if that person needs to bow back; otherwise they will both get a bump on their heads.

But nowadays, it seems that not many people have the habit to bow. Perhaps the younger generation feels that there is no need to do so. Respect can also be given in other forms like a warm smile and a handshake.

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How to Bow

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I enjoy looking at interesting figurines, work of arts or anything that seems interesting. That is why is it important to bring a camera along whenever possible. I seen many people taking photos with their mobile phones with built in cameras when they are on holidays. Personally, I still prefer to take photos with a camera, as it gives me the exact shots and flexibility that I need.

In the year 2011, I will hope to put up more photos and blogs in my site. I saw that traffic stats in this new site is picking up. I would liked to express my sincere thanks for those visiting this site.

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Take a bow

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Interesting Figurine

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3 Types of Bow

Christmas Decorations at Shopping Malls

It is the time of the year again to be happy and jolly. The month of December is one of the busiest time for many shopping malls. It is the make it or break it test for retailers to draw in the crowds into their stores and ring in the cash registers. Shopping malls will spend money and effort to put up beautiful Christmas decorations in the atrium and within the mall. Beautiful Christmas decorations can in fact draw in large crowds who are keen to view the decorations and take photos.

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Christmas Decorations at Pavilion Shopping Mall KL

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Just a couple of days ago I was in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on a working trip. So on my free time I visited the Pavilion Mall situated at Bukit Bintang. The Pavilion mall is one of the newest mall in Kuala Lumpur; and new malls are been added constantly in this busy capital of Malaysia. I was happily surprised at the beautiful Christmas decorations put up at the Pavilion Mall. Obviously there was a large crowd of people taking photos of the Christmas decorations.  The tall Christmas trees, rein deers and thousands of beautiful lights had created a warm and beautiful Christmas atmosphere at this shopping mall. To see and feel the complete effect of the Christmas decorations, you have to visit the mall in the night; that is when the beautiful lights are turn on.

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Rein Deers - Christmas Decoration at Mall

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I will make time to visit more malls during the Christmas season to see more of the beautiful Christmas decorations. After all this is a once a year event and many malls will normally put up very beautiful decorations to drawn in the crowds. The best time to visit the malls is in the evening/night on a weekday. Weekends are often too crowded with people that it is difficult to take good photos of the Christmas decorations. So if you haven’t gone to the mall during this Christmas season, make some time to do so and enjoy the Christmas spirit at the shopping malls.

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Tall Christmas Tree at Pavilion Mall KL

Chinese Seafood Claypot

I enjoy eating Chinese Seafood claypot for dinner as it is a wholesome and delicious meal. Food that is cook using clay-pot taste better as it requires very little oil and the flavor of the food is seal inside the clay pot. Remember to soak the clay pot in water for about one hour before you start using it to prevent it from cracking during cooking. To wash up the clay pot, there is no need to use any liquid detergent, just scrub some salt  on the clay pot, rinse it and then soak it in hot water. Thereafter, make sure you let it dry before storing it away – this is to prevent mold from growing in the clay pot.

Now back to the Chinese Seafood clay pot – it is an easy food to prepare for the family. The ingredients that you want to add is totally flexible. I will give you my style of cooking Chinese Seafood clay pot. You can serve 5 to 6  persons which makes it a family dinner meal. You need to use a large size clay pot for this recipe.

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Chinese Seafood Claypot

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Ingredients

1)  16 large prawns, removed the shelled and de-veined.

2)  200 grams of broccoli – wash and sliced.

3)  12 button mushroom – sliced halved.

4)  10 dried mushroom – soak in water to soften.

5)  8 pieces of black fungus – wash and cut into halve

6)  carrots, snow peas, Chinese cabbage – just add in accordance to preference.

7)  200 gm of chicken meat – sliced into pieces

8)  ginger slices, chopped garlic and chopped spring onions.

9) 2 tablespoon Chinese rice wine and 1 or 2 tablespoon corn starch

10)  pepper, light and dark soy sauce and sesame oil.

1.  Season the chicken pieces with light soy sauce and small amount of pepper and let it marinate.

2.  Put some cooking oil in the clay pot and put in the ginger, chopped garlic, chopped spring onions – saute it till it is fragrant.

3.  Put in the marinate chicken and some rice wine and stir fry it for 1 to 2 minutes.

4.  Add in the rest of the ingredients – that is prawns, vegetables and mushrooms, toss and stir fry briefly.

5.  Pour in the chicken broth or just plain water and let it boil for about 15 to 20 minutes. Once it is boiling you can add the corn starch to make the broth thicken.

6.  Add some light soy sauce and pepper. If you want the broth to look darker, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of dark soy sauce.

7.  If you do not want your prawns to be overcooked. you could put in the prawns after the broth starts to boil – so that it is cooked for about 5 minutes.

8.  Add in one or 2 drop of sesame oil and it is ready to serve.

Try this recipe out and you can later improved upon it based your taste and preferences. Some people like to add slices of fish meat and squids, while others prefer more vegetables – the choice is yours. I am very sure that you will enjoy eating this meal as it is very delicious and nutritious; and you can taste that the flavors of this food is being locked in by the clay pot.

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Chinese Seafood Claypot

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Chinese Boiled Peanuts

One of the common food that you can find in a Chinese restaurant is the boiled peanuts. It is normally served as a starter dish when you eat in the Chinese restaurant. The taste of the boiled peanuts is sweet with a little salty flavor; and the texture of the peanuts is soft as it as been boiled for a couple of hours. The Chinese boiled peanuts goes well with porridge; and in fact if you go to any Chinese porridge stall, you can order this food separately. I enjoy eating boiled peanuts as it is delicious and easy on the stomach. There is no excessive oil or spices needed to enhance the flavor of this simple food and yet it has it own unique aroma and taste. Many of my friends including myself can eat this food almost non stop; casually chewing the sweet and soft peanuts with a couple of beers.

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Chinese Boiled Peanuts

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I understand from a friend that to make the Chinese boiled peanuts, you need to soak the peanuts for about 6 hours or more. Thereafter, you rinse it and put it in a cooker, pot or a pressure cooker. Add water, sugar and salt and start the cooking process. I think using the pressure cooker will make the peanut softer and reduce cooking time. If you taste the gravy of the peanut, it is light brown in color and it taste sweet and slightly salty. I think the longer you cook the peanut, the tastier it will become; as the peanut will absorb the flavors of the sugar and salt.Unlike the roasted peanuts, the Chinese boiled peanuts is not a heaty food and will not give you a sore throat if you consume too many. I saw boiled peanuts being sold in cans at many supermarkets. But those sold in the supermarkets are either too sweet or salty in taste. Normally I would drain away the light gravy and then rinse the peanuts with hot water; thereafter the peanuts will not taste too salty or sweet.

Lion Statues for Protection

I attended a house warming party of a close friend who has just moved in into his new semi-detached home in Malaysia. It is a beautiful two storey house with a beautiful manicure garden in the front and back of the house. Houses in Malaysia are very affordable as compared to the landed properties in Singapore. But for foreigners who wish to buy a property in Malaysia, they are only allowed to buy a property with price of at least RM500,000. Even with this restriction, the prices of property is still very affordable in Malaysia.  A brand new house has the feeling of clean, bright and youthful look, that is what I liked of newly built houses and condominiums.

My friend told me that he will be putting two lion statues in front of his house ( at the gate) or in addition another pair right outside the wide main door of his home. He is still shopping for the right pair of lions suitable for his home. At that time, his sister in law interrupted and she felt that putting a pair of lion statues looks so lame and old fashioned. His sister in law being a staunch christian do not believe about the old traditional Chinese beliefs of the lion statues and she felt that such a belief is nonsensical.

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Lion Statues - For Good Luck and Protection

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I told his sister in law that the lion statues is a symbol of power, good luck and a good protector. Whether any person believe in it or not, it does not matter. What matters is the owner of the house or building who feel good about having a pair of lions in their premises. I told her that if she felt that this is mere superstitious, then tell it to the HSBC bank. Asked why a giant global bank like HSBC bank insists of putting a pair of old fashioned lion statues in their HQ building? She could also posed this question to many successful companies in Asia which placed a pair of lion statues outside their spanking new buildings. A pair of lion statues represents power and prestige, period. The Chinese belief that a pair of lion statues serve as a protector against evil spirits is real. I jokingly told her that if her home is being infested with evil spirit one day and her pastors and church members are unable to help to get rid of it, then get a pair of fierce lion statues and get it blessed it by a good monk – then put it in her home. She can then see first hand the mystical power of the lions in getting rid of the evil spirits and bringing peace to her home.

I firmly believe that what we do not believe or do not know, we should not judge or ridicule. Anyway my friend had ignored his sister in law and will proceed with his plan to place the pair of lion statues in his home. I always felt that if you are down and out of luck for months or years and is unable to get out of it, you should try a different approach to alleviate this problem. Yes, we all know that we need to work hard, work smart and being discipline ( no excessive gambling, drinking, etc ) . But there are times when all that we have done right, including daily prayers have not help – that is when need additional effort to boost our luck. Never under estimate the mystical power of lion statues. You can see many lion statues in many tall buildings and beautiful homes in Asia, it is placed there for a reason and it works.

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Calming Effect of Water

Whenever I feel tired, restless and low in energy, I will do a couple of things to boost up my life. First of all, I will make sure that I get enough sleep and rest. I will also take more nutritious food and drink like ginseng, Chinese herbal soup and energy drink like Pocari. Daily exercise also help in getting my body back in fitness. Sometimes, despite all these things being done, I still have the feeling of low energy and stress. That is when I head down to the nearest place where there is plenty of water. It could be the sea, a waterfall, a reservoir/lake or even a simple beautiful man made pond. I will simply seat there for at least an hour and let the water elements work on my body.

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Water has a calming and positive effect on my body. The Chinese firmly believes in the importance of water as part of the landscape to enhance health and wealth. That is why in Asia, you can see so many beautiful buildings with water elements such as fountains and ponds incorporated in their landscape. The sound of water derived from a fountain can be a calming effect on our mind’ and it also transfer positive energy into our body. I have the habit of sitting next to a fountain or a beautiful pond with fishes whenever I am free. For best effect, I try to do this alone and not bringing friends and families with screaming kids running around. I mean how can a person focus on the sound of water and the beauty of nature ( fishes) when you have kids screaming and your friends chatting non stop? You should treat it as an important therapeutic session that you must do alone in order to gain the maximum benefits from water elements.

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Calming Effect of Water

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According to Chinese Feng Shui, water is the most important symbol of money.  This is because there is a positive chi energy generated from moving water that give us wealth and health. So if you intend to built a fountain or a pond in your home, make sure that the water is continuously moving and not stagnant. So make water therapy a part of your life and I am sure you will see the positive benefits it brings to your life.

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Fishes in the Pond

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Get Rid of TV Addiction

Many people nowadays are spending more time watching television. With cable networks, there are hundreds of programs, movies, reality TV, music videos, etc etc that a person can watch every week. In fact with this unlimited choice of programs, there are hardly enough time to watch them all. Many parents complained that their children watch too much television nowadays. Sometimes kids or even adults will spend considerable time watching television that it becomes seemingly addictive in nature. Surveys conducted have found that the average person watch about 4 hours of TV everyday. So how do we get rid of this bad behavior of watching mindless TV programs on the tube?

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First of all, we need to choose our programs on TV carefully. This involves planning your schedules with the help of a TV guide. Choose the particular programs that you want to watch and not mindlessly switching channels on the TV. Once you have selected a particular TV program, enjoy the watching it, and thereafter turn off the TV immediately thereafter. So you need to plan and monitor your TV schedules and programs on a daily basis. Doing this involves lots of discipline and it will definitely cut the amount of hours per week watching TV.

Secondly, take time off every day to engage in some form of physical activity. It can be a walk in the park, a ball game, an organized outdoor activity with friends or simply engaging in other hobbies. This will help to focus the mind and body on physical task or exercise and reinforce the right values of time and priority. For example if a person is overweight, he could make a commitment to go for a walk in the park and work out his body for 45 minutes before he is allowed to watch TV. So discipline and commitment is essential.

There is a direct link between obesity and watching TV. Many people who are obese spend hours sitting on the couch watching TV. Watching TV is a passive activity. So eating your favorite snacks while watching TV is a natural thing to do, both of these activities compliment each other perfectly. Many TV addicts find it hard to resist watching TV while in their living or bedroom. So the best way is to get themselves out of the rooms where there is TV to a place where there is no TV. I know a friend who took a part time job so that he could get rid of his TV addiction. Frankly I think it is a smart move. Not only is he getting rid of his TV addiction, he is also putting more money into his bank account every month. He told me that he is now more engaged physically and mentally with people, responsibilities and the real world. So for adults who have TV addiction, you could follow his method.

Simple Plain Porridge

Porridge is a food that can be eaten at any time of the day. To millions of Chinese, porridge is as important as eating rice.  When we eat plain porridge, it is normally served together with either sweet peanuts, salted egg, salted dried fish, pickled lettuce or century egg. There are also other variation of Chinese porridge. The commonly types available in food stalls are chicken porridge, fish porridge, pork porridge, century egg porridge and peanut porridge.  I think one of the reason why popular is so popular among the Chinese is that it is a light meal that is easy to prepare, eat and nutritious. In fact many people who are sick, especially the old folks prefer to eat porridge rather than rice.

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Simple Porridge or Congee

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When I prepare porridge, I will use Thailand white fragrance rice and wash the rice thoroughly in water. I will stir the grains with my hands until the water turns murky white in color and will rinse the water away. When the uncooked rice has been thoroughly clean, I will add water into the rice cooker pot. I use the Japanese rice cooker with a porridge function. It is very easy to use as the rice cooker is programmed to cook porridge or rice congee without any fuss. You can of course prepare porridge using the traditional stove pot or slow cooker, but you need to check on the progress to ensure that it is cook properly. There is no perfect way to cook porridge and you can actually change the texture of the porridge by the amount of water that you add ( start with less and you can later add more if you want ) and the time duration. Anyway, you simply experiment it until you get the ideal porridge that you think is right for you.

Sometimes I enjoy eating porridge with a plate of sardine, fried onion eggs and Chinese bread stick called youtiao ( you char kway). Porridge can also be a very nutritious meal for the sick and weak. I would recommend cooking porridge with mushrooms, ginger slices and chicken or fish porridge with slices of fresh fish, ginger and mushrooms. I have also seen  porridge cook with ginseng and chicken for those who needs vitality and strength.

Make $5 in 10 minutes

There is a marketplace for gigs and services that you can provide and earn some small money. Providing these gigs will not make you rich but if you have some time to spare, why not make some small change to pay for your lunch or dinner. The marketplace for this site is Fiverr Prices of gigs are priced at US$5/- and Fiverr will take $1/- as their fee.  That will leave you with a profit of US$4/.

So what can you do to provide a service for $5/-. The answer is practically anything and everything that you can think of.  For example you can read someone palms, shave your head, share a home made recipe, make someone laugh, help to upload pictures, write an essay, give out advice …….. etc. The gigs are separately into different categories so that you can put your gigs in the appropriate categories for easy search by the users or buyers. Buyers who bought gigs can provide feedback on the services that they have bought. A positive feedback on the service provider would mean that he/she is reliable and trustworthy.

To make Fiverr work for you profitably,  first check out the popularity and ranking sections and have a feel of what gigs are popular, and how other sellers market their gigs. Learn from their strategy and tuned it to make it work for you. Remember that your gig must be easy to do and deliver on your part. You do not want to spend 3 hours working on a gig or a service that pays for only $5/-.  Time is money, and you need to treat your time as a precious resource. In my opinion, you should not spend more than 30 minutes in servicing a gig. An example would be – ” Discover a easy method to get rid of pimples and have a clear skin in 7 days.” In this gig, you can write it a proven method that you can share for a clean and pimple free skin using Microsoft word document or in PDF format with added photos or a video. So when someone buys your gig, you simply attached the relevant file using Fiverr internal email system and deliver it to your buyer.  For subsequent orders of the same gig, you can served the buyers in a matter of a few clicks of the mouse. Do remember that you need to have a Pay Pal account in order to be paid by Fiverr for your services.

Start thinking what gigs you can provide; and you can make some money using only 10 minutes of your time through Fiverr

Bathroom Vanity Basins

Nowadays I notice that the vanity basins found in many new hotels are the above the counter type. Perhaps this type of bathroom vanity basin is gaining popularity because of its attractive design and layout. Of course there are still the traditional semi recessed or drop in type basins around which are equally attractive as well. Many of the basins that I see are pure white in color and this gives the impression of cleanliness and it contrast the dark or black vanity top beautifully.

My preferred choice of a vanity basin should be one that is round in shape, spacious in size and with a easy to use tap.  When choosing a vanity basin, make sure that it is durable and easy to clean. Try to choose a basin that is stain resistant and requires low maintenance. There are now basins that are made from stone composite materials; which has the natural beauty look. The size of the basin is actually limited by the size of the vanity top, which again depends on the size of the bathroom. If you have a spacious bathroom, then you have the luxury of having a spacious top and a large vanity basin.

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Bathroom Vanity Basin

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The next important item is the choice of tap for the vanity basin. I feel that the choice of tap is a very personal thing. Choosing a tap is almost like going to a clothing store to choose your personal outfit. You can ask anyone – be it your wife/husband. parents, kids or anyone sharing the home with you about the choice of taps; and you will get a different answers and selections. Each of us have our own personal liking for a particular tap for our basin. But irregardless of shapes or designs of the taps, it is important to choose a quality tap. The tap must be easy to use and be able to accommodate the water pressure in your home. Everyone hates a tap that leaks, even it is a single drop of water – so even if you have to pay a little more for a quality tap, just do it. Taps that are made in Europe are more expensive than from China. But I really love some of the European brand taps. as they are of good quality and really beautiful design.

Eating Fruits for Weight Loss

A friend of mine who is overweight had told me that he wanted to try a new diet to reduce his weight. He says that he will eat only fruits for lunch everyday. His daily meal will consists of a light breakfast, a selection of fruits for lunch and a normal dinner. Normal dinner for him consists of chicken, fish, vegetables and soup. Due to the long hours of work, he has hardly time for exercise. So does eating fruits only during lunch time for purpose of weight loss work?

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Eating Fruits for Weight Loss

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I think that eating fruits as a replacement meal may not work for the purpose of weight loss.  My reason is because many fruits contains a high level of sugar content Even though some people may argue that the sugar found in fruits are natural sugar, it is still basically sugar. Common fruits like water melon, papayas, honey dew, durians, etc have a high level of sugar content. My method will be to have a vegetable soup and a small slices of fruits for lunch if I want to lose weight. Of course, I believe that it is important to exercise everyday for at least 3 times a week. In our quest to reduce weight, we should not go overboard with one particular type of food but to look at variety of food that can bring a wholesome benefit to our overall health.

Anyway, after one month of experiment with his new method of dieting, there is hardly any reduction in weight loss, even though he claimed that he is now more healthy. Perhaps it will take many more months before he can see progress in his weight loss program; but eating fruits does bring benefits to his health so long as it is done in moderation. I did advice him to eat more vegetables, mushrooms and nuts; and eat less of fried chicken and curry. One thing I am sure is that eating too much of chicken rice, fried chicken and curry does make us fat and put on more weight. Because it happen to me about a year, and my weight increase by 5 kg because of all these delicious food. Daily exercise has helped me tremendously to maintain my optimal weight and also strengthen my muscles and body. In fact, I have found that daily exercise had helped me to become more alert and less fatigue.

Wrought Iron Gate

My friend and I were at a showroom that specializes in the installation of wrought iron gates. She wanted to install a strong and durable main gate in her new home. Nowadays, you can find many companies selling wrought iron gates. How can we ensure that we are getting value for money? After all, a good wrought iron gate can cost from a couple of hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on size, quality and design. If you insist on made to order special design gate, it will definitely cost more. The key to buying a good gate, be it iron, aluminum or wood is to visit as many dealers as possible; and ask as many questions as you want.

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Wrought Iron Gate

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Personally, a good wrought iron gate must be strong and easy to maintain. If I would to climb on top of any of the bars on the gate, it should be able to hold my weight or the weight of an average adult. The metal and joints should be rust proof and anti-corrosion as well. Metals will corrode when expose to moisture, salt, acids and oils. An anti-corrosion coating on the gate will help to prevent the occurrence of such corrosion. Certainly we do not want to see rust appearing on the gates of our homes after a few years. A good wrought iron gates must also have a good locking system. There are many companies that sells gates with a low quality locks. What is the point of installing a strong gate in our home when the lock of the gate can be picked easily be a thief. In order to cut cost, many dealers will install locking system made in China. Many of the China made and China brands of locks are inferior in quality. The lock will be worn out by a few years and you need to replace them as it becomes faulty. Most dealers are willing to install a good quality lock system made from Italy or United States if you are willing to pay more, because it will definitely cost more if the lock is a high grade type.

A good iron wrought gate will easily last more than 10 years. So it is important to pick a quality wrought iron gate with a top grade locking device for your home. Never compromise on safety and quality, even though it will be more expensive.  Because with high safety and quality gate, you will enjoy a peace of mind in your home for many years to come.