Senin, 30 Juni 2008

0 10 Useful Apps To Reduce Your Dependency On Google Products

Written on 6/30/2008 by Abhijeet Mukherjee, of Jeet Blog.

If you have anything to do with the internet, I'm sure you are aware of the ubiquity and omnipresence of Google. Google's everywhere. It just dominates the internet (not an exaggeration!). Just sit and think about the products or applications that you rely on everyday. You'll find at least one product (if not several) which is directly or indirectly associated with the Google brand.

Google has revolutionized the way we interact on the net and it's a great company, no doubt. However, as a hedge against putting all of my data in one place, I decided to list some apps which help to reduce your heavy dependency on Google products. I say reduce and not remove or eliminate because it is tough to find exact matches on most applications. However, they are worth being familiar with so that you can avoid a crisis situation when you cannot access a Google product for some reason.
  1. Yahoo or Ask.com
    I know you love Google search. But do you know that there are things which Yahoo search can do but Google cannot? Also, recently I came across some more useful features of Yahoo search. Ask.com is another nice search engine with some nice features.

  2. Thunderbird or Outlook
    I don't think any other web based email compares with Gmail. If you are using something else, then immediately set up a POP3 or IMAP account and use it with the desktop clients like Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird.

    I personally prefer Thunderbird because it's open-source and has a nice portable edition which lets you use it through a USB thumb drive.

  3. Zoho
    If you haven't heard about Zoho, it's time to give it a shot. It's an awesome collection of free apps which can easily give Google Docs and Google Notebook a run for their money. I've tried it and highly recommend it.

  4. Flickr
    Flickr is no doubt the most popular photo uploading and sharing site. If you've been using Google Picasa to upload photos then you can shift to Flickr and mark your photos as private if you don't want to share them.

  5. Windows Live Photo Gallery
    Google Picasa also comes with a free desktop version to manage your photo collection. To replace that, you can use Windows Live Photo Gallery, which is equally good and let's you manage your pictures with ease.

  6. 30 Boxes
    The only advantage which Google Calendar has over 30 Boxes is it's Gmail integration. Otherwise 30 boxes is an awesome calendar app which can easily replace GCal.

  7. Bloglines
    Bloglines is a nice web-based RSS reader which was revamped sometime back to include new features and a nice interface. It could prove as a worthy replacement to Google Reader.

  8. FeedDemon
    If you are too addicted to Google Reader and just can't use any other web based feed reader, then consider trying FeedDemon, a desktop based RSS reader which was recently made free to use. It's very popular and easily the best desktop reader available.

  9. Yahoo Alerts
    Yahoo Alerts is a service similar to Google Alerts and helps you stay updated with what's happening in the web world, based on keywords of your choice.

  10. Live Search Maps
    Microsoft Live Search Maps may not be as popular as Google Maps, but it's worth exploring and it's got some very nice features.
As I mentioned, some of these apps are clearly not as good as the Google alternative. However, if you are someone that likes diversity and is uneasy about putting 100% of your online experience with a single company, then checking out a few of these may be in order for you.

I'd love to know what tools and apps you use which can prove as good alternatives to Google products. Let me know in the comments!

Abhijeet

0 BLDGBLOG's 4th of July Live Interview Marathon in London

I'm in London – in fact, I'm sitting at a table in the basement of the Building Centre – with some great things lined up for the week. One event, in particular, though, seems worthy of mention here.
This Friday, on the 4th of July, I will be moderating an all-day series of live interviews hosted at the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Pop Up London venue in the Exhibition Road, South Kensington, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

[Image: The Storefront for Art and Architecture's Pop Up space in London].

Surrounded by architectural models installed by the Bjarke Ingels Group, I will be in back-to-back conversations with:I'm unbelievably excited about this, in fact, not least because I will finally be meeting in person so many people with whom I've long been in email contact – but also because I can hardly think of a better list of people with whom I'd rather spend the day here in London.
The interviews are live, free, and open to the public – but bear in mind that the space is quite small, and BIG's models are, yes, quite big, and so there will be very little room for a comfortable audience. We're thus downplaying the live nature of these discussions, but we are videotaping all of them for later posting on the Storefront's website. I also hope that these will be transcribed for later publication. I really can't wait, actually.
So if you are in London, please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself, whether you're a reader of BLDGBLOG or not. You'll be able to ask your own questions of the interviewees – and, who knows, maybe even get them to autograph a book or two.
And I hope to be posting at an acceptable pace this week, as well.
Finally, here is a map.

Minggu, 29 Juni 2008

0 How to Really Become the Boss of Your Life

Written on 6/30/2008 by Alex Shalman, creator of the Practical Personal Development blog.


It is of utmost importance for you to be the determining force of how you live your life. That's why the first thing you should probably do is stop reading this article, because it will influence your mind. However, if you do choose to keep reading, you're going to discover the power of personal freedom.

In this life I am free. How is that possible? How can that be when the laws of government and gravity, and the need for food, love, and oxygen bind me? The freedom lives in a place called my mind - boy doesn't that sound weird?
"Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change." ~Stephen R. Covey
Free Yourself In Seven Ways

1. Freedom from food. Delectable pastries, succulent flavors, and savory foods of all kinds keep us at their mercy. Even the ones that don't taste so good, but are necessary for our survival, induce us into a slave-like dependence. It doesn't have to be so.

Solution: Great men by the likes of Gandhi and Buddha were masters of the fast. They would be able to go days, weeks, and even months without food. One time, Gandhi changed the course of peace in India, and the history of the world as we know it, because his mind allowed his body to endure a fast. He was free.

2. Freedom from money.
Clothes, cars, houses, jewelry, and gadgets are all interesting little items that people are willing to directly exchange for their freedom. Credit cards expedite this process by holding us accountable, and thus slaves, to the money that we've spend before we had.

Solution: Buy only that which is essential. Better yet, live off of the land. When you stop desiring and consuming, and you start living and producing, you quickly lose money as a personal oppressor and begin to use it, instead of it using you. Being a valuable person, and creating value for the world will take you far.

3. Freedom from government.
They can control our education system, our taxes, and our economy, but it is our choice if we hand our freedom over to them - our government.

Solution:
One solution would be not to vote, but it would be more useful if it were a unanimous decision. One in which each person decided to do what's right, live in harmony, peace, and use their natural-born-morals to govern themselves. Another solution? Let your voice be heard. The written word is more powerful than any government in the land.

4. Freedom from love. Love can really put a choke hold on an individual. Most people have experienced, or have seen a clingy relationship in their life. One where one person "cannot live" without the other. Bards have sung songs as such, and epic battles have been fought for such love.

Solution: Freedom from love comes when we let ourselves truly experience and accept it. It is as natural as drinking water, and when we allow ourselves to love another human being, truly, and to love ourselves, truly, we disregard our capability to be a slave to love. Instead, we become a vehicle of love, and love itself.

5. Freedom from guilt. This powerful emotion can lead us to do just about anything. Guilt has been known to create marriages and break them. Seen to make people overeat, do drugs, and become violent. In the worst of times man has taken his own life due to feelings of guilt.

Solution: It's going to take you feeling the pain of the guilt, fully embracing it, and then letting it go in order to rip of the shackles of this emotion. It's helpful to concentrate on what you can do right now, versus what has happened and what is not an option for you.

6. Freedom from oxygen. The need for oxygen, and our subsequent lack of freedom due to our dependence on it, is based on the concept that we are afraid to die. Death is an integral, unavoidable, and lasting part of our life cycle.

Solution: Freedom comes when we embrace that death will come. Accept it, and live our life to the fullest while it is still within our ability to do so.

7. Freedom from ignorance. Perhaps the worst restraints that we can experience in life are those imposed on us by our own mind. The only thing holding us back in life, really, is that which we know. Those opinions and viewpoints that we have established at some moment define how we think and the methods that we use to interpret what we experience.

Solution: Educate yourself. Pick up as many books as you can, read them all, and don't believe a word of it.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be."~Voltaire
Freedom: Is it practical?

Is freedom practical? No, not if we're looking through the eyes of society, our consumerist group-think collective. Society would have trained you to think that what I am saying is wrong, ludicrous, or even disgusting.

Such is expected. By being a mindless drone of the collective, one is suppressing their ability to think freely, consciously, and individually. That's fine, I accept that for you, and you can too. However, if you choose to be a proactive person of freedom, liberty, and justice - both for yourself and for all - then perhaps putting your self-thinking-cap on will be the greatest gift you can ever give yourself.

"To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom"~Andre Gide
-Alex

Jumat, 27 Juni 2008

0 Martian Garden

[Image: Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona].

The soil chemistry on Mars is apparently just right for growing turnips. After digging up soil in a region of the Red Planet nicknamed Wonderland, the Phoenix rover "found trace levels of nutrients like magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride," which is "the same basic chemistry as garden soil." These soil samples are also "fairly alkaline," we read, "with a pH of 8 or 9. This level of alkalinity is common for many Earth soils, and myriad bacteria and plants, including vegetables like asparagus and turnips, can thrive at such a pH."
So could we develop Mars gardens in our landscape architecture classes – pre-emptive landscape grafts that we'll export off-world for future planting?

0 London is swimming

[Image: Photo by Gigi Cifali; view larger].

There was an interesting overlap the other week between Time Out London's cover story, "Swim City," about London's "best pools, ponds and lidos," and Polar Inertia's newest issue featuring beautiful photographs of abandoned swimming pools throughout the greater London area.

[Image: Photo by Gigi Cifali; view larger].

"Great pools?" Time Out asked. "From marble-clad baths dripping in history to modern leisure centres echoing with lifeguards' whistles, London is swimming in them."
Except, of course, many of its pools are also drained and forgotten.

[Image: Photo by Gigi Cifali; view larger].

The photos here are all by Gigi Cifali, who originally trained as a topographer, from a series called "Absence of Water." The images document the disused pools of London – and there are many more of these photos to be seen over at Polar Inertia or on Cifali's own website.

[Images: Photos by Gigi Cifali; view larger: top and bottom].

I'm reminded, though, of a great line from J.G. Ballard's novel Empire of the Sun:
    Jim watched Mr. Maxted sway along the tiled verge of the empty swimming pool, curious to see if he would fall in. If Mr. Maxted was always accidentally falling into swimming pools, as indeed he always was, why did he only fall into them when they were filled with water?
Why, indeed.

(All photos by Gigi Cifali).

0 10 Steps To Rejuvenate Your Messy Home-Office

Written on 6/27/2008 by Abhijeet Mukherjee, of Jeet Blog.


If you work from home, your home office is the place where you spend majority of your time during the day. If this space is a complete mess with all kinds of stuff piled up on your desk, you know that it's doing nothing more than hurting your productivity.

Do you enjoy hunting for things under piles of paper? Aren't you tired of torturing yourself when you can't find that tiny but very important thumb drive because it's buried? Most of us go crazy when we can't find things and such craziness could be an everyday routine for a person working from a messy and cluttered home office.

I know you've been thinking about cleaning it up but have been constantly overpowered by fear, laziness and of course, procrastination. So it's time to pull up your socks and get set to rejuvenate your messy home office.
  1. Identify your needs
    The first step should be to identify what are the most essential materials for your work. For example, a USB thumb drive or a microphone could be more important to you than that bulky printer sitting on your desk. So take a pen and paper and make a note of just the "very essential" things. Those are the things that will get placement on your desk (i.e. in plain view).

  2. Start with an empty room
    It will be wise to start by completely removing all your belongings from the room. Once you've got an empty room you can get an idea of the vacant space and then plan the placement of different objects. You've already sorted out the most essential objects so you can start by placing them first, nearest to your desk.

  3. Go wireless
    Wires or cords are the most prominent contributor to clutter in a home office. Hence going wireless should take care of most of that mess. You should start by investing in a wireless keyboard and mouse and then plan to get rid of more cords or at least group them together in a way that they look neat. LifeHacker's Adam Pash has a nice article on setting up a cordless workspace.

  4. Keep the desk clean
    You should try and keep the desk as clean as possible and devoid from any clutter. Organize your filing cabinet and put all the important papers and files in that. Don't let the printer or fax machine sit on your desk. Instead allocate them space below your desk . For other important stuff like thumb drives, I am hoping that your desk has a drawer attached to it and it's time to make use of it. Don't let these small things occupy space on your desk, when you already have a separate space for them.

  5. Go paperless
    Yes, this had to be the next obvious option. If you are dealing with lots of paper everyday then your home office is bound to turn messy again. Hence it's better to go paperless and make use of the unending world of tools and apps available on the internet. What and why are you printing? Can you receive electronic bills or invoices instead of paper ones?

  6. Use the wall space
    You could make use of the wall space beside your desk by putting things like a calendar and a small wall clock on it. Apart from making your work space look attractive, it also makes sure that you don't keep these on your desk and add to the clutter.

  7. Get the perfect chair
    A quality chair plays an important role in the ergonomics of your home office, helps you maintain good posture, and also helps you to stay away from common health problems like back pain. Hence if you are not satisfied with your chair, you should invest some time and money and make the purchase. Read on as Jeff Atwood explains you more about workstation ergonomics.

  8. Improve the lighting
    Make way for some more sunlight to pass into your room during the day so you can keep the other lights switched off. It's healthy, energizing and also saves electricity.

  9. Go green
    Well, you've already gone green by allowing more sun light and saving electricity during the day time. Now add some real plants to your home office and water them every day. Your room will always have a fresh odor and hence improve the work environment.

  10. Keep it fresh !...always !
    Okay, so we're done. We have completely removed the clutter and given a new and fresh look to our beloved home office. Now, you gotta swear that you'll never make a mess out of it again and keep it clean and fresh. Always ! :-)
Hope the above tips help you in improving your personal workspace. Do you have any more suggestions ? Do share them in comments.

Cheers,

Abhijeet

Kamis, 26 Juni 2008

0 5 Unexpected Ways To Clean With Vinegar

Written on 6/27/2008 by Garrett Whelan who writes about cooking for men or anyone trying to kick the fast food habit at FatBastardEats.com.


My girlfriend had gotten some marinade recipe off the internet and among it's ingredient list was vinegar. Not cider vinegar, not white wine vinegar, just vinegar. So she reached under the sink and pulled out the gallon jug of white vinegar. She might as well have soaked the meat in kerosene.

When I found out what she did I was a little peeved. Vinegar is a great ingredient that can add a lot of versatility and depth to food, I'd never suggest you shy away from vinegar as a whole. But not white vinegar, that is not a food product.

I really can't blame her though, not her fault. It's those lazy grocery stores. They're the ones who've decided to store the white vinegar with the food grade vinegars for some reason. You know where should they be storing the white vinegar? In the cleaning section.

That's right, white vinegar is the original miracle cleaning product. It's cheap, you can buy it in bulk, it's not particularly harsh and it works on almost anything. To prove it to you (or so you can prove it to yourself) here are 5 unexpected ways to clean with vinegar:
  1. Throw a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water into a spray bottle and you've got a substitute general purpose cleaner. You won't have to worry about the dog licking it or ruining fabrics because it's less harsh than bleach. It also cuts through grease better and handles foul odors.

  2. Mix a half cup of vinegar with 2 tablespoons of salt and you've got a nice metal polish. It's great for everything from silverware to bathroom fixtures. And if you've got some really tough hard water stains this works too. Just soak a paper towel with the mixture and leave it on whatever needs cleaning for about 5 minutes. Then wipe it off and the calcium deposits will come right off.

  3. If your shower pressure is getting so bad that you'd be better off dribbling on yourself, try taking your shower head apart and soaking the pieces in a bowl of vinegar. After about 20 minutes, rinse, wipe and put back together. It's like getting a brand new one.

  4. If your microwave looks like that scene from gremlins, try heating a bowl of 50/50 vinegar and water on high for 3 minutes. Then wait 3 more minutes for everything to soak in and wipe with a wet sponge. Everything comes off like it was never there and even the burned popcorn smell will disappear. By the way, this also works in the oven if you use a metal bowl.

  5. If your white plastic bowls are looking a bit yellow in the bottom and still smell like garlic from last weeks spaghetti you're not alone. Plastic has a tendency to allow oil and fat particles to 'stick' to it on a molecular level that won't wash off. Try pouring a cup of vinegar in there and then fill the bowl with water. Let it sit overnight and by morning your bowls should be good as new.
I like white vinegar. It has a place, just not on my plate. So I hope this list helps you put it in perspective and next time you need to add vinegar to a poorly written marinade recipe you'll choose something with more flavor and less scouring power.

Note: Here is a pdf from the Vinegar Institute that lists dozens of additional uses for vinegar.

-Garrett

0 For whom the bell tolls

[Image: Diagram of Taipei 101's earthquake ball via the Long Now Foundation].

Earlier this week, the Long Now Foundation looked at earthquake dampers inside skyscrapers, focusing specifically on Taipei 101 – a building whose unanticipated seismic side-effects (the building's construction might have reopened an ancient tectonic fault) are quite close to my heart.
As it happens, Taipei 101 includes a 728-ton sphere locked in a net of thick steel cables hung way up toward the top of the building. This secret, Piranesian moment of inner geometry effectively acts as a pendulum or counterweight – a damper – for the motions of earthquakes.

[Image: The 728-ton damper in Taipei 101, photographed by ~Wei~].

As earthquake waves pass up through the structure, the ball remains all but stationary; its inertia helps to counteract the movements of the building around it, thus "dampening" the earthquake.
It is a mobile center, loose amidst the grid that contains it.

[Image: Animated GIF via Wikipedia].

However, there's something about discovering a gigantic pendulum inside a skyscraper that makes my imagination reel. It's as if the whole structure is a grandfather clock, or some kind of avant-garde metronome for a musical form that hasn't been invented yet. As if, down there in the bedrock, or perhaps a few miles out at sea inside a submarine, every few seconds you hear the tolling of a massive church bell – but it's not a bell, it's the 728-ton spherical damper inside Taipei 101 knocking loose against its structure.
Or it's like an alternate plot for Ghostbusters: instead of finding out that Sigourney Weaver's New York high-rise is literally an antenna for the supernatural, they realize that it's some strange form of architectural clock, with a massive pendulum inside – a great damper – its cables hidden behind closet walls and elevator shafts covered in dust; but, at three minutes to midnight on the final Halloween of the millennium, a deep and terrifying bell inside the building starts to toll.
The city goes dark. The tolling gets louder. In all the region's cemeteries, the soil starts to quake.

(Thanks to Kevin Wade Shaw for the link!)

Rabu, 25 Juni 2008

0 14 Simple Ways to Super Charge Your Brain

Have you ever felt exasperated when you bumped into someone at the store but absolutely couldn't remember their name? Sure, it happens to all of us.

Despite being the strongest computer on the planet, our brains do lapse. It's hard to blame them really. As humans, we spend much of or existence stuffing our brains with stuff. Some stuff is worthless, some of it's meaningful, some of it, well, it's just stuff and there is an endless amount of it.

No matter how powerful our brains are, they need recuperation time, to be kept in shape, and even an occasional charge. Think of it as a tune up for your brain. Skipping brain maintenance is as silly as the person wandering the parking garage because they forgot where they parked. Is that you? Are you that person? Sure. We all are at some point. No worries, there is hope.

Now I am not a brain surgeon and I am not going to suggest you do anything surgical or dangerous. I am however an astute student of human behavior, so I always look for simple ways to super charge my brain.

Here are some things you can begin doing as soon as today to begin the great brain tune up.
  1. Eat Almonds
    Almond is believed to improve memory. If a combination of almond oil and milk is taken together before going to bed or after getting up at morning, it strengthens our memory power. Almond milk is prepared by crushing the almonds without the outer cover and adding water and sugar to it.

  2. Drink Apple Juice
    Research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) indicates that apple juice increases the production of the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain, resulting in an increased memory power.

  3. Sleep well
    Research indicates that the long-term memory is consolidated during sleep by replaying the images of the experiences of the day. These repeated playbacks program the subconscious mind to store these images and other related information.

  4. Enjoy simple Pleasures
    Stress drains our brainpower. A stress-ridden mind consumes much of our memory resources to leave us with a feeble mind. Make a habit to engage yourself in few simple pleasures everyday to dissolve stress from your mind. Some of these simple pleasures are good for your mind, body and soul.

    • Enjoy music you love
    • Play with your children
    • Hug a stranger
    • Appreciate others
    • Run few miles a day, bike or swim
    • Start a blog
    • Take a yoga class or Total Wellness routine

  5. Fast for a day
    Fasting cleans and detoxifies our body. It is known fact that heavy food not only causes stress on our digestive system but also drains our brainpower. Fasting relieves toxic emotions such as anger, grief, worry, and fears - before they accumulate and cause disease. By cleansing toxic emotions, fasting strengthens metal clarity with increases memory, concentration, creativity and insight.

  6. Exercise your mind
    Just as physical exercise is essential for a strong body, mental exercise is equally essential for a sharp and agile mind. Have you noticed that children have far superior brainpower than an adult does? Children have playful minds. A playful mind exhibits superior memory power. Engage in some of the activities that require your mind to remain active and playful.

    • Play scrabble or crossword puzzle
    • Volunteer
    • Interact with others
    • Start a new hobby such as blogging, reading, painting, bird watching
    • Learn new skill or a language

  7. Practice Yoga or Meditation
    Yoga or Meditation relives stress. Stress is a known memory buster. With less stress, lower blood pressure, slower respiration, slower metabolism, and released muscle tension follows. All of these factors contribute significantly towards increases in our brainpower.

  8. Reduce Sugar intake
    Sugar is a non-food. It’s a form of carbohydrate that offers illusionary energy, only to cause a downhill slump once the initial burst has been worn off. Excess intake of sugar results in neurotic symptoms. Excess sugar is known to cause claustrophobia, memory loss and other neurotic disorders. Eat food without adding sugar. Stay away from sweet drinks or excess consumption of caffeine with sugar.

  9. Eat whole wheat
    The whole wheat germs contain lecithin. Lecithin helps ease the problem of the hardening of the arteries, which often impairs brain functioning.

  10. Eat a light meal in the night
    A heavy meal at night causes tossing and turning and a prolonged emotional stress while at sleep. It’s wise to eat heavy meal during the day when our body is in motion to consume the heavy in-take. Eating a light meal with some fruits allows us to sleep well. A good night sleep strengthens our brainpower.

  11. Develop imagination
    Greeks mastered the principle of imagination and association to memorize everything. This technique requires one to develop a vivid and colorful imagination that can be linked to a known object. If you involve all your senses - touching, feeling, smelling, hearing and seeing in the imagination process, you can remember greater details of the event.

  12. Sex
    Our sexual imagination often empowers our ability to daydream, which strengthens our brainpower with greater imagination, visualization and association.

  13. Control your temper
    Bleached food, excess of starch or excess of white bread can lead to nerve grating effect. This results in a violent and some time depressive behavior. Eat fresh vegetables. Drink lots of water and meditate or practice yoga to relieve these toxic emotions of temper and violent mood swings.

  14. Take Vitamin B-complex
    Vitamin B-complex strengthens memory power. Eat food and vegetables high in Vitamin B-complex. Stay away from the starch food or white bread, which depletes the Vitamin B-complex necessary for a healthy mind.
I don't believe these are that tough. If you find yourself increasing stumped, give a couple of these a try.

-Shilpan

Written on 6/25/2008 by Shilpan Patel of Success Soul.

0 The Tiger Woods Rulebook To Being A Huge Success

Written on 6/25/2008 by Alex Shalman, creator of the Practical Personal Development blog.


If you believe in evolution, you know there wasn't some superstar golfer caveman from which Tiger Woods evolved centuries later. His talent and subsequent success were not a genetic lottery win -- let's take a look at 12 factors that we can adapt from this legendary golfer.

Even if Tiger Woods was somehow physically superior, all that gossip could be laid to rest, when Tiger Woods won this years U.S. Open playing with a bum knee. Ok, so maybe a knee isn't that crucial to a golfer, but walking on it while experiencing a great deal of pain and keeping the focus does prove that there's more to this man than his stroke.

12 Rules for Success From Tiger Woods

1. Constant and Never Ending Improvement

"No matter how good you get you can always get better and that's the exciting part"~Tiger Woods
Never settle for good enough, not when you know you could always be better tomorrow than you were today. That's how Tiger keeps himself excited, into the game, and appreciating his life on a daily basis. Each day he practices his technique and improves a little bit. You can be sure he takes this principle out of the game and into life.

2. A Bigger Plan
"I think it's an honor to be a role model to one person or maybe more than that. If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about."~Tiger Woods

Tiger looks at the big picture, which is usually bigger than his own success and accomplishments. One thing he does is mentor individuals, both in Golf and in life. The kind of impact he has on these people will extend past his network, past what he could do himself, and he knows this.

3. Embrace Defeat
"I'm trying as hard as I can, and sometimes things don't go your way, and that's the way things go."~Tiger Woods
Defeat will come from time to time but it's much better to accept it and move on instead of sticking your claws into it and not letting go. This includes wallowing in your own misery, feeling sorry for yourself, and gossiping about your opponent. The quicker that you can pick yourself up and start training for the next challenge the more prepared and successful you will be.

4. Take Life Lightly
"If you can't laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?"~Tiger Woods
Not every moment has to be spent with a serious face on your mug. It's perfectly okay to laugh, even in the face of tragedy. Realistically speaking we don't ever know if we'll be here tomorrow, so we might as well make the best of today. Even if we were guaranteed tomorrow, it doesn't mean we shouldn't extract every morsel of pleasure out of whatever we've committed our life to at the moment.

5. Don't Stop
"Tiger may have used his golf club as a cane, but he refused to use his injury as a crutch." ~Brian Clark
Tiger faced serious post surgery trauma during his last game. It hurt like hell. Despite his injury Tiger did not complain. He did not want to even consider using his injury as an excuse and instead focused all his energy on winning. Less talking, no stopping, more winning.

6. Live Your Own Expectations
"One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it." ~Tiger Woods
The moment we start allowing ourselves to live the way other people want us to live we become average. We become this culmination of wants, needs, expectations -- and none of them belong to us. Not Tiger. Tiger lives his life by his self-made rules. Be the best he told himself, and then he defined what the best was.

7. Do What You Love
"I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love."~Tiger Woods
When you're doing what you love it doesn't even matter if you're getting paid.When you think about it, you spend more time working than you do with your family or your place of worship. You might as well take pleasure in the time you spend 'on the clock' or in Tiger's case on the field.

8. Focus
"My main focus is on my game."~Tiger Woods
Having one solid goal which you can devote all your focus into pools together all your available resources. You begin to enroll other people into your vision and they start to believe in you. This will give you access to new tools, mentors, and even more resources to get to your goal faster and better.

9. Pay It Forward

"My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works."~Tiger Woods

You don't know how much money you have until you give it away. I'm sure you've heard that before many times. The same thing goes for our talents, skills, and other opportunities. When we can empower people by giving a piece of ourselves to them we can leave a legacy or live on through them. Besides we're programmed to feel good when we are kind to others.

10. Learn From All Mistakes
"The only thing you can do is take a learning experience from it, positives and negatives, and apply them to the future. What did you do right, what did you do wrong, and I did a lot of things right this week" ~Tiger Woods
You can subscribe to the idea that everything is put into our life as a challenge. When things are going bad it is our challenge to over come them. When things are going great it is our challenge to remain grounded and humble. It's all there so that we can learn from it and grow, so there's no point getting hung up on or experiencing a huge grief over a bad mistake. Be happy that you learned a valuable lesson.

11. Celebrate Your Victories

"It's been a lot of fun to see some fruits of my hard labor."~Tiger Woods
No matter how many times Tiger wins he treats each win as if it is special. This provides a constant positive reinforcement to keep him interested in giving the game his best. Perhaps if he only celebrated once a year, after the final stats were in and he saw he was still the best, he wouldn't be living so much in the moment. If Tiger wasn't living in the present, or at least one game at a time, there is no way he would be as happy as he could be.

12. Pay No Attention To Naysayers
"You know, all the nay-sayers said that I was doing the wrong things. They can understand why now I made those changes."~Tiger Woods
Had Tiger payed attention to the first critic that told him he wouldn't make it he would have given up when he started golfing at the age of 5. If he gave up the second time he wouldn't be here either. During Tigers career there have been thousands upon thousands of people commenting and gossiping that this game wouldn't be his game, and even if it is he still won't win it all. Nonsense. By going for his goals despite the nay-sayers Tiger made it all happen.Practical Application.

By now I hope you realized that Tiger Woods is both an amazing athlete and an incredible person. While you may not be a golfer, or if you are you may not be as good as Tiger, you can see how his wisdom could be applied to your every day life. Be the Tiger Woods of whatever you are passionate about. Don't stop, don't listen to anybody except your own expectations, and achieve your bigger plan.

-Alex

Selasa, 24 Juni 2008

0 Pretty nails = Sure sign of a slut

I'm sure some of you have seen THIS article.

It sort of picked up on my iPhone review and the issue of how people with long nails can't use the iphone, and and... it was featured on the front page of Yahoo.com today!

I was even quoted! Madness. Now I HAVE to buy the t-shirt with my awesome quote on it.

I didn't know I am such a genius at creating quotable quotes!

When I die, I'd be like Woody Allen with tons of websites just there for the sole purpose of passing on my nuggets of wisdom.

I'm trying to think up one good quote right now but I can't think of any!

Hmmm... How about, "People who die doing dangerous activities (such as attempting to climb Mount Everest as a double amputee/motorbike through 5 fire hoops) totally deserve it." Nope... Too long, too obvious. Maybe next time!

I know! How about, "Females with long fingernails are whores"?

That's like catchy, and totally true, isn't it?

It has got to be, because I read through like 400 of the 3,000 comments (and counting! I'm startled) and I NEVER HAD ANY IDEA SO MANY PEOPLE HATED LONG FINGERNAILS!

You would think girls who spend up to $250 doing up their long acrylic nails have been going around scratching people on their eyeballs and murdering little puppies all the time, just by reading how intense these people are in their united hatred for long nails.

Almost all of the comments were stating the same, retarded points, stated by mostly angry men:


1) CHOP OFF YOUR DAMN NAILS IF YOU WANNA USE THE IPHONE! NODODY IS FORCING YOU TO USE OUR LOVELY HOLY PHONE!


Well, it just so happens that maybe, for some unfathomable reason, girls who have longer nails also want to use the iphone?

They made laptops smaller and lighter for us, and they made pink ipods for us. I don't see why it's not a legitimate complain, or a legitimate expectation for Apple to come up with a product to suit this market, no?

The logic of "If you don't like it you either change to suit the product, or don't buy the product" is completely and utterly RETARDED, not to mention flawed.

Going by that logic, no product would ever have been invented.

Don't like walking long distances? Well, either get healthier or don't walk! Please!! DO NOT INVENT CARS!

It is APPLE that has to improve to fit its consumers, not the other way round.

How many nail palours are there and how many Apple shops are there? You do the math and let me know if this is a good enough market for them.

Just so you know, people who spend money on doing nails also have quite a bit of disposable income. Surely this is a better crowd to target than filthy self-righteous hippies?


2) Girls with long fingernails are high maintenance filthy (and don't forget stupid) whores.


Really?



3) Yes. And nobody likes whores.


You know, it amazes me everytime people hate sluts. I call these girls, including myself, a slut, for the lack of a better word.


WHY THE FUCK WOULD ANYONE HATE SLUTS? I have a good theory about this, but it involves a long explanation.


Really, this is a very simple logic:

Girls who put effort in maintaining their looks are prettier, right? And therefore, since they are prettier and attract more attention, they get more suitors.

When they get more suitors, they fall for more boys (it's proportion and math) than say, AN UGLY GIRL WHO DOESN'T SHAVE HER ARMPITS.


In a typical situation,

Pretty girl - 100 suitors - likes 10% and sleeps with 10.

Ugly girl - 0 suitors - likes people who don't sleep with her.


Therefore, in contrast, who's the slut?

That's not to say that the ugly chick is definitely a Madonna - who's to say she won't have slept with the 100 suitors of the pretty chick if the men wanted to sleep with her?!

Why do people keep saying Paris Hilton is a slut? Besides the fact she wears slutty clothes, has a sex tape and flashes her vagina (I say this is attention-seeking and certainly unabashed, but it is not strictly "slutty" as it has nothing to do with her actually having sex), she only dates pretty ok-looking guys who are like shipping heirs (or singers, whatever). (Source from tabloids)

Would YOU have sex with a good-looking filthy rich shipping heir/rock god? I would (if I were single), and I am not ashamed to say it!

Women find power in men attractive, and if I have my pick of shipping heirs, I think I'd be certainly inclined to sleep with at least some of them!

Ok, maybe my example of Paris is not really appropriate, but what I'm saying is, Would Paris Hilton sleep with a different dirty trucker daily?

Most probably not.

She (I'm guessing) sleeps with eligible cute models often, because they want her! And who can resist cute model-types?


Honestly


My point is, it's much more easy for a pretty girl to be inclined to have sex than an ugly girl, because the pretty girl's choices are way more attractive!!!!!!

Logical what!

Therefore pretty girls can either be prudes or sluts! There's no in between!

And can or should pretty girls be blamed and crucified for fucking attractive men? I SAY NO! WE (yes, included myself) ARE MERELY ACTING ON OUR INSTINCT TO POPULATE THE WORLD WITH GOOD-LOOKING HUMANS!

Can ugly people even begin to UNDERSTAND how difficult it is to resist potential very good-looking sex partners?

Since it is irrefutable that most of them don't know how that feels like, then they have NO RIGHTS to call ANYONE a slut in a derogatory manner.

So now that we have defined what a slut is (ie all girls who put effort into their appearance and have an active sex life), we can further discuss why people hate sluts.

And by discuss I mean I tell you, because I am wise beyond my years.

This is of course with the exception of home-wrecking/boyfriend-stealing/cheating sluts, who are a different breed altogether.


Everyone should love a slut, because sluts are supposed to be easy to get to bed with.


Men are most certainly more than happy to do that, and I don't hear them complaining about the nails especially if they happen to grow on a gorgeous girl's hands and are scratching his back in a toe-curling orgasm.

So the slutty girls don't hate sluts, and the men don't hate sluts. Then who hates sluts?

1) Ineligible men.
The rest of the men whom even the sluts don't wanna sleep with. Bitter, and utterly jealous, they learn to relate things this way:

Chick with elaborate nails -> probably outgoing, gonna have suitors -> Not going to sleep with me -> Remembers past humiliation of being rejected by such girls -> HATE HER! -> I don't want her anyway, she's a dirty whore (lie).



2) Lazy women. I say lazy women because at this time and age, being ugly for females is no longer a birthright. You wanna have babies, you better pluck your hairs and squeeze your blackheads!

With a little bit of determination, money and plastic surgery, ugliness can surely be eliminated!

I'm talking about physical beauty btw. People who refer to inner beauty are retarded because that's truly subjective.

I, for one, find people who do charity and keep asking others to do the same (ie Angelina Jolie. Self-righteous HOMEWRECKING SLUT! But I digress) to not have inner beauty, although most people would say she's saintly. Hilter approves of jew-hating people... Bin Laden approves of self-sacrificing bombers... etc!

God I'd love to see Jolie get leposy. Since she is so goddamn unselfish she can suffer together with poor people... Haha! OMG did I say that out loud? I don't mean it.

So yup, lazy women hate sluts, because these vain girls "spoil the market" for them. They are suddenly made to look even more unattractive than they already are!

PARDON ME FOR LIKING TO LOOK MY BEST!

Not to mention they aren't getting any so it makes them practically hate everyone.


3) The slut's parents.



Yup, so that's the end of my slut rant. I guess it can be summarized into one awesome quote:

"People call us sluts because, being ugly, they have no idea how difficult it is to resist fucking good-looking people."


(Btw I know I am not ultra gorgeous or anything, but for controversy's sake let's pretend I do think I am.)


Pictures to further drive the point home:





Without flash


Close-up.
A glittery pink base with purple and pink crystals!


Chio? These are my own nails - not acrylic! I know it doesn't look very nice on pictures but in real life they are ultra bling!

For the first time I did my own bling nail art! All these years of having crystals lying around and not doing it!

I never bothered because I thought without acrylic, the crystals will fall off very easily, but Shuyin taught me a secret!

I'm passing it on to you: The secret is to diligently put a new coat of clear polish on EVERYDAY.

So far, after 5 days, only 3 large purple ones dropped out. I promptly replaced them!

In total I spent about 1 hour doing this set. Obviously took a little longer for the right hand...

In case most of you don't know, a set of nails like this would cost about $200 at a nail parlour!

Nail salons mostly charge $1 for 1 crystal. That is, obviously, LUDICROUS.

I'd NEVER spend $200 on nails. NEVER! The most I spent was $135 and that's because the woman refused to tell me the charge from the start and I was duped into it. Never again!

Guess what? I calculated, and this is how much it cost to DIY:


150 crystals on nails: Roughly $12

Bus + MRT ride to Arab street to buy the crystals: $3?

Bottle of OPI nail polish: $10 (if you buy from Transdesign.com, including shipping)

Your willingness to give $250 to manicurists: Priceless



Girl with long (assumed fake) nails: High maintenance whore


Since some of you asked to see my hair and piercing, I shall oblige!



Bling on my chio hair!



New extensions!
Blonde mixed with my own colour, and tinsel strands




About 100 gold and pink (Yes, I am damn hardcore. Most people put like 5 glitter strands.

How pretty are they?! They remind me of My Little Pony's tail. :D

These strands are crazily amazing ok!! Not only do they never fall off (mixed into the extensions), they can withstand washing, blow-drying, and best of all, TONGING!! They do not melt!



The awesome girls at City Plaza added crystals on my hair for me! I think Swarovski endorse me lor, I got so many of their products on myself daily...

It's really simple... They just use the clip they use for clipping extensions, and they stick a gem on it! Clever hor? It's been around 3 weeks and none dropped (anyway I got all these colours so I can stick them back on if they did, HAHAHA!! Hardcore!)



Girls with tongue piercings = Sluts who will give a blowjob to random people at the drop of a hat

Gotta love stereotypes


Totally swollen

Just pierced my helix!

It is PAINFUL LIKE HELL.

I've got a high tolerance of pain, and I have got to say that piercing the Helix is the worst of all!

I've pierced it before, but I couldn't stand sleeping on one side anymore so I let it close.

Anyway, as I was saying... Painful!

I had it pierced at 77 Street for $5 bucks... The piercing itself is not painful, but the healing process is agony!

Later on, sick of having the sharp end of the earring tangling my hair and poking me, I decided to put a standard ring on it instead.

Needless to say this CANNOT be done at home and you need a professional to help you do it.

So I chose my ring from Primitive Art at Queensway ($35! Gold with pink gem) and the nice girl there helped me put it through.

The piercing is straight and the ring is curved (and thick), so it took nearly 15 minutes to poke it through!! The process was almost intolerably painful and I took a glimpse at the mirror to see my ear bleeding like crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But it's chio! Anyway, helix piercings are really common, but now I have new-found respect for the people who didn't let it close. It's much easier to maintain with a ring (or barbell) though, so if you wanna do it I suggest using needle instead of gun!

I think my favourite piercing is still my tongue! Tongue piercings are really comfortable after maybe 4 days of annoying pain. After that it totally won't bother you anymore and you can change a stud everyday to match your clothes!

I just spent USD$80 at bodycandy.com on many, many multi-coloured tongue studs. Hahaha!

Change topic!



That day I sat on a most amazing cab!!

Got shitloads of stuff on it! See if you can spot them.


On the rearview:

- Goggles (Uncle: I use that to swim every morning)

- V strong flashlight

- Exercise hand muscle squeezing thing... I don't know what it's called (Uncle: I drive 16 hours so I squeeze that to keep me awake)

- Some sort of perfume?!

- A baton!? To hit non-paying customers with, I presume


On the steering:

- Calculator
- Phone
- Two balled up lumps of cloth which I notice he grasps to drive?!

On the top flaps:

- Back scratcher (I suppose even Cabbies get itchy sometimes)

- Paintbrush (???)

- About 300 talismans and clips

- Biggest signboard saying "Pasir Ris" and "City" I've ever seen



I had a lot of fun looking at his stuff. :D I wanna have a car so I put shitloads of gadgets on it too!

Ok, this blog post shall end abruptly here.

0 5 Steps To Get Help Around The House (or with anything!)

Written on 6/24/2008 by Garrett Whelan who writes about cooking for men or anyone trying to kick the fast food habit at FatBastardEats.com.


Have you ever gone to passive aggressive notes before? It's addictive. Tons of letters left by people critically disappointed in the behavior of others, and while it's funny to read, I can't help but feel sorry for them. Every note is a plea for change that's going to go unanswered. Why? Because change is hard.

We all want to mow the lawn or take out the garbage on Tuesday but we forget or life gets in the way. That's no consolation to the person who eventually has to do the job but it's the truth. So what can we do to make those we love (or are forced to tolerate) keep up their end of the domestic bargain?

We can make the task as easy as possible. We do that by removing the biggest obstacle for anything getting done. David Allen, creator of GTD, has often remarked at how thought is the antithesis of work. The more we think about doing something, the more excuses we have to not do it. So if you want to get people to do their chores, remove that obstacles. Here are 5 steps I've used in the past to do just that:
  1. Think of what tools are needed, and buy them ahead of time. Not having the tools for the job is the easiest excuse. One of my peeves is my roomies leaving water all over the bathroom sink. Once I started buying paper towels and making sure they were right there, people started wiping up after themselves. Which leads me to...

  2. Place those tools right at the scene. If someone has to look for bottle of spray cleaner guess what, it's not getting clean. In each room I have the appropriate cleaners in a plainly visible and accessible place. They're never more than 5 steps from a mess.

  3. Do any prep work you can ahead of time. Multiple steps is another mental block that can stop people from pitching in. If you want your wife to start dinner as soon as she gets home, try separating and labeling the vegetables, pasta and meat the night before. The more automated you can make the process the better. Along those lines remember to...

  4. Break things down. Big, complicated tasks are intimidating. The smaller you can make the steps the more likely someone is to do the job. Instead of saying "Clean up the garage" list all the smaller tasks, from sweeping the floor to putting tools on the pegboard, that go into it. It's much easier to say "I don't have time to clean the garage tonight" than "I don't have time to sweep the floor."

  5. Frequent accountability. Tasks need to be done on a daily basis and people need to be held accountable for doing them or it just won't stay in their heads. If your real goal is to have someone take out the trash once a week, try setting up a 'chore time' every night and schedule the garbage in for the right night. That way it's not something that sneaks up on them weekly, it's just another night.
Let me tell you my experience. I was unhappy at being the only one in the house to clean the bathroom and I knew that snide notes weren't going to help. The problem was that nothing else helped either. We'd all agree to clean it at certain times and then it would just go untouched until my turn came around. It was easier to clean it myself then police everyone.

Then I decided to make it as easy as possible to clean the bathroom. I bought all the supplies, I laid them out in the most convenient place possible and I broke down the cleaning process into 4 'micro-chores.' Then I asked everyone to do one micro-chore a day and initial it on a list I printed. It's an extra 30 seconds after you shower with no thought involved and our bathroom has been sparkling ever since.

So if you want someone to start picking up the slack, don't waste your energy confronting them. Use that energy to take all the thought out of the equation. I won't tell you that the extra steps are fair, but I will tell you that they work. Now it's up to you..

-Garrett

0 Get Back to Healthy Eating: 8 Easy Steps to Post-Vacation Recovery

Written on 6/24/2008 by Ali Hale who blogs about healthy living for busy people at The Office Diet. You can grab the RSS feed here.


You went on a dream vacation – enjoying gorgeous weather, lazy days by the pool, fun with family and friends, and, of course, lots of indulgent meals, snacks and drinks. But now you’ve returned home to find the dream fast becoming a nightmare – starting with the moment you step on the bathroom scale.

You need a post-vacation recovery plan, to make sure you don’t pile on any more pounds – and to lose that weight you gained quickly and easily. Here’s my eight top ways to get back on the dieting wagon:
  1. Prep the Fridge
    As you struggle home with your luggage, dinner is probably the last thing on your mind. But arriving to an empty fridge often leads to ringing the nearest pizza joint. Instead, leave a key with a friend, and ask them to pick up a few basics for you on the day you’re due back (and promise to reciprocate the favor when they go on vacation!). You’ll have the makings of a healthy meal ready on your return.

  2. Hide those holiday treats
    Chances are, you (or your kids) have picked up a few goodies whilst on holiday: boxes of fudge, biscuits, chocolates and candy are all great little vacation souvenirs. However, an extra few inches round your waist isn’t! Put the treats out of sight, at least for a week or two.

    Another option is to take a boxful of vacation yummies to work, Church or school, and offer them round: it’s a nice way to share some of the fun you’ve had!

  3. Get straight back into your usual routine
    It’s often tempting to stick in “vacation mode” for just a few extra days. Whether it’s ordering takeout for dinner, having sticky pastries for breakfast, skipping your gym session, etc., The indulgences you enjoyed on vacation can quickly become bad habits.

    Be firm with yourself and get stuck into your normal routine as quickly as possible. That might mean dragging yourself to the gym for your usual Monday workout, or reminding the family that only Friday is “takeout day” – not every night of the week!

  4. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
    Going back to the basics of healthy eating really helps. Have plenty of light, simple meals incorporating lots of fruit and veggies. If you’ve been suffering any digestive problems as a result of changing your eating patterns during your vacation, upping your fruit and veg intake can help get everything moving smoothly again.

    And, if you’re like most of us, the figure on your bank balance post-vacation may have been as horrifying as the number on the scales. Easy, healthy meals – perhaps going meat-free a few days of the week – can also help you recover financially…

  5. Keep a food diary for a couple of weeks
    It’s easy whilst on vacation to lose track of what you’ve eaten over the course of the day – meals might be at odd times, and you often end up eating a series of constant snacks.

    Don’t let this carry on once you’re home. Grab a small diary or notebook, or open up a new spreadsheet on your computer and write down what you eat and when. If you’ve never kept a food diary before, you’ll be amazed how much easier it is to turn down that tempting cookie when you know you’ll have to write it in your notebook…

  6. Cook with some new ingredients
    It’s likely that you tried a few new foods, or whole dishes, whilst on holiday. Did you find any new favorites? Why not get a recipe book, and try recreating them at home – some may need adapting to make them a little healthier, but you might just have discovered a great new addition to your diet.

    Broadening the range of foods you eat is usually beneficial, helping you get plenty of nutrients in your diet for optimal health – and ensuring that you enjoy lots of variety, so that you don’t get bored. Plus, every time you cook your new meal, you’ll be reminded of the great vacation you had.

  7. Carry on with the new activities you tried
    Vacations are often a great chance to try out some new things. Perhaps you’d always wanted to water-ski, learn to fence, take an aerobics class, or swim every morning before breakfast … but you never got round to trying it till your vacation.

    If you found a type of exercise that you really enjoyed, why not make it a regular part of your life? Look for a club nearby that offers beginners’ sessions, and sign up. You might soon have a whole new hobby.

  8. Have a few days alcohol-free
    If you drink alcohol, you probably indulged a little (or a lot) more than usual whilst on vacation. Knowing that you don’t have to drag yourself to work in the morning may have meant drinking every night, rather than just at the weekend. And local specialties, or vacation treats such as cocktails, may have tempted you into having a bit more than usual.

    Declare the first few days or week after you come home as an “alcohol free zone”. It’ll help you get your wallet and your waist back into a healthier shape – and you’ll be better able to focus when it comes to digging through that inevitable pile of emails…
The main thing to remember is not to panic about having gained a few pounds during your vacation. Giving up on healthy eating entirely is not a good option, but neither is crash dieting. Getting straight back into good routines and habits will see those pounds drop off easily – and you’ll be left with just the happy memories, rather than unwanted weight, from your vacation.

Have you ever put on a lot of weight during a vacation? How did you deal with it? Add any of your tips in the comments below … and hopefully we’ll all learn how to have a wonderful summer!

-Ali

Jumat, 20 Juni 2008

0 GSS - now funny as well as awesome!

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I love the Great Singapore Sale!

The words itself sparks a joy in me when I think of all the discounted pink stuff I can add to my collection! Haha! Sometimes I am even willing to buy stuff at their original price only to find out later it is on 50% off --- that's got to be the shioking feeling in the world man!

Digressing, I've just managed to buy my dream luggage at 20% off. It's $180 after discount I think!

How can people have a dream luggage, you ask.

WHY NOT?

As of all dream items with me, it's a shiny patent baby pink, and very, very sleek:



Outside. The wheels are super smooth and the locks are so well-made!





Inside... It's obviously a girl's luggage. No more numerous little pouches for make-up and toiletries! Now my luggage comes with many little convenient compartments!



Me, very tan, with dream luggage!!!!!



Chioness!!



What I DIDN'T manage to buy though, is this:



Fendi bangle in baby pink!!!!!!! You can go as far as calling it my dream bangle, hahaha!

I first saw it when I was in Isetan with Wong, and I saw the bangle, did a double take and took two steps towards the beacon of shiny pink bangle.

Then, I saw, distractedly, on my left... A purple Fendi spy bag!

"Chio..." I thought, "but not as chio as the one I'm carrying..."

AND THEN I REALISED!

I was carrying an "inspired" Fendi spy bag too!!

I've heard many stories about sales people in branded stores calling the cops on people with fake products lor! (Although my "fendi" bag is actually not fake per se coz it has no logos on it la, but still...)

So I hastily jumped out of the store and instructed Wong to check out the price for me.

Bloody $295!!!

Needless to say I didn't buy it on the spot coz it is bloody expensive! (And I am not rich, despite what you hear from newspapers and unreliable bloggers)

For the next few days I kept dwelling on it and finally decided to get it --- but to my dismay it is sold out!!!!!!! Oh god! You mean there are other people who find $295 a justified price for a bangle?!?!

And just in case you are wondering why the pic of the bangle looks a little weird, it is because the only pic I am able to find online is the blue one, and I had to photoshop it pink.



Gah!!

Anyway, where was I? Right, GSS is awesome!

You know what else is awesome besides shopping? Funny videos, and laughing out loud! AND... Getting free stuff!

THE GREAT SINGAPORE SALE NOW HAS A SENSE OF HUMOUR!!


You can get all three of those by logging on to www.laughoutloud.com.sg, and watch spoof of the NETS videos!

Go check it out, the site is full of videos of the adventures of an Ah Beng (complete with cringeworthy "kim" hair) and Ah Lian. It's slapstick but entertaining enough.

You can also download icons and wallpapers there of your favourite icon, under "Support LOL".

My favourite is of course the pink one la...



Seow Chio Bu
(Pronounced Xiao-Chio-Boo)

Meaning: Little Beauty

The flower amidst the thorns, she’s the pretty little
thing that’s oh-so-adorable. Makes the boys go gaga.


Haha so cute.

You can also try the 2D game and win prizes such as PSPs and Nintendo DS Lites! Or make a face, take a photo, and stand to win a year's supply of Heaven and Earth Green tea!!!

I'm so gonna take part in that man. A year's supply? How do they gauge how much is a year's supply? I'd drink Heaven and Earth broke lor, confirm. I LOVE THEIR GREEN TEA!!!!

0 How to Strip 10 Years Off Your Age in Just 10 Days


Aging is fact of life that is beyond our control. However, our reaction to aging is something that every one of us can change. We all know people who are in their forties, fifties, or beyond - and who still retain a certain youthfulness.

Here’s an inspiring example of reverse aging. Bob Hayes took up running when he was 60. After a little while, he decided to enter a 5km fun-run and his son gave him his first pair of trainers. He said afterwards,

“I wasn't feeling as fit as I would have liked to. Perhaps age is catching up on me?”

So far there is nothing out of the ordinary about Bob, right?

But look at Bob twenty years later:

Now at age 80, Bob has just completed his tenth 50-mile ultra-marathon in Montana and has made running history.

Bob now says: “I’m in the best shape of my life.”

It’s extraordinary that Bob is fitter at 80 than he was at 60 and can endure feats of running that most 20 year olds wouldn’t survive! What’s his secret? It is his indomitable spirit and it's something that we can all conjure up. I want to help you to tap into this hidden wellspring in order to strip 10 years off your age in just 10 days.

Here are the 10 steps of rejuvenation:

Take stock
Sit down and complete this sentence: “I would feel younger if I …..”

Simple right? Well, make sure that you focus on positive goals and that the result is measurable. Examples of measurable goals are: “I would feel younger if I could run for half a mile without stopping,” or “I would feel younger if I could fit into size 14.”

Boost motivation and commitment
In order to commit to change, we need encouragement. Tell your best friend about your 10-day plan and ask her or him to contact you each day and cheer you on.

Start Exercising
Exercise has huge benefits. Focus on getting your body back into gear. Your goals are to get fitter, more flexible, and to lose weight. Plan to attend at least two exercise classes. These exercise classes could be yoga, tai chi, aerobics, martial arts or anything else that you might enjoy. As well, go for a brisk walk each day. Start with a 10 minute walk on day 1. Then add 5 minutes each day until you reach 30 minutes.

Drop weight
Are you overweight? Shed some weight in these 10 days and you will look and feel better. Losing weight fast is the jumpstart many people need to begin and continue a diet. Remember that slimming down completely is a long-term project. Read this post for inspiration and guidance.

Change your look
Go to a beauty salon and have your eyebrows tidied and maybe indulge in a facial - yes, even if you are a male! Learn to apply makeup. If you don’t feel confident about that, get some advice from a pharmacist or a beautician about what to use. Go to a trendy hair salon and get a new hairstyle. Ask for a young hairstylist to attend to you and ask him or her for advice on what styles are cool at the moment. Be daring!

Buy some new clothes
Ask a young friend to accompany you on a style mission. (My best style advisors are 11 and 13 respectively!). Forget about the style and colors you usually wear. Try something new and cool. If you have budget constraints, go and shop in a second-hand clothes shop. Flaunt the New You!

Get your creative juices flowing
Being creative makes us feel alive and dynamic. Attend one creative class in these 10 days. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn potting? Or painting? Or wood-working? Or writing? Now is the time to start! ( Here’s a video by Deepek Chopra on creativity).

Meditate
Take up meditation to rejuvenate body and spirit. Check out these 10 important tips on how to start meditating.

Have fun
Laughter and enjoyment peel back the years. Maybe you could host a dress-up dinner or take up dancing. Why not try salsa, belly dancing, hip hop, or Argentine tango?

Improve your posture
How is your posture? Here is a simple exercise to improve posture. Stand about one foot away from a wall. Place your hands on the wall beside your shoulders. Slowly bend your arms and try to touch the wall with your chest bone. Striving to do so will straighten your spine. Do this exercise a few times each day for a regal posture!

If you follow this program for 10 days, you will find a new, younger person smiling at you in the mirror. You will feel deeply alive and ready to experience life at its best.

Written on 6/20/2008 by Mary Jaksch. Enjoy more posts by Mary on Goodlife ZEN where you can find practical inspiration for a happier life. Article Republished on 12/19/2009.
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