No Habits and Perserverance 30 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Dear2, Slice of Life.
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If you’ve recalled, Dear1 and Dear2 were celebrating the accomplishment of our goal last month, when finally after 4 – 5 months of constant daily hard work, Dear1 and Dear2 finally manage to fulfill one full month of daily posts. Viola.
It was a busy weekend for Dear1 and Dear2, and we totally forgot about having to write a post that Saturday and Sunday. It was only after the clock struck twelve, that Dear1 remembered that we have not submitted the post for the day. Well, no choice, it was a post-missed day for that day.
The next time Dear1 and Dear2 forgot to write the post, it was because we were so busy and preoccupied with work to take note of the inadequacy in equipment in our Bukit Batok home. Well, no choice then.
The third time Dear1 and Dear2 did not write a post, we both remembered at 11.30pm, but hack care, since the month of April is already inadequate with a few missing days. Oh well.
What happened to the habits and perserverance we talked about previously? Have they flew out of the window?
One really needs strong determination and discipline to maintain those good habits and perserverance. It will be a constant struggle, to have to ride against the tides and currents. Just like in swimming, once you develop that set of strong arms and thighs, and that mechanical movement of peddling, you become a swimmer. Peddle hard, swim hard, and you’ll reach the other side of the pool.
There may be circumstances that happen outside your control. Just remember, do not allow a single blemish to extend into an enlarged flaw. What’s important is that you’ve done your due diligence to control the spread.
Happy Labour Day.
My Home Living with Morries 28 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Consumer Electronics, Dear1, Shop till you drop.
Haha… when Dear2 wrote the post on Tuesday with Morries yesterday, I still thot she is going to talk about our rice cooker. Haha… Our rice cooker is a Morries brand one, a 1 litre version. I’m quite sure this Morries and that Morries are completely different. :)
When we first saw this rice cooker at Carrefour, my only impression of the Morries household electrical appliance brand is that of box fans. In fact, Morries makes one of the most durable and yet budget box fans around. U may even have 1 in ur house, it’s that popular. So when we saw their rice cooker, we were abit skeptical. But it’s going at an attractive price of $29, a discount from the usual $38, and that’s one big reason why we bought it. Compared to a Philips 1 litre rice cooker going at $57 at Harvey Norman, I say this is quite a good buy. After all, rice cooker technology is more or less the same, I guess we’re only paying extra for the big name branding, which is not worth it.
Oh, and recently, rice cookers seem to come with this added function that is the ‘Porridge’ mode. I initially thot that it’s something really useful, but it turns out to be just a simple play on existing technology, so it’s nothing more than a marketing gimmick. Simply put, ‘Porridge’ mode is just an always-on mode with lower power. When u feel that ur porridge is sufficiently cooked, u have to manually switch it off. ‘Rice’ mode has this automatic off function based on the weight of water remaining in the pot, which has been the mainstay function for rice cookers that we are all so familiar with.
Just the other day, I spotted more Morries products at NTUC in Clementi centre. There’s a 0.6L rice cooker @ $31.50, 1.8L rice cooker @ $29.90 and a 2L 2-in-1 steamboat cum hotplate @ $45. The funny thing is that the 1.8L cooker is actually cheaper than the 0.6L version. It should still be there if anyone wants to go down to get it. They didn’t have the 1L version that we bought though.
I think when it comes to these small scale household appliance like fans, toaster, rice cookers, hot water kettle, etc, there are really big competition especially amongst budget brands. So it’s really worth a look rather than to spend unnecessary money just to get a big name label.
Tuesdays with Morries 27 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Dear2, Slice of Life.
Tuesdays with Morries was a bookseller hit some time back. Dear2′s brother also bought a copy, so Dear2 borrowed it for a read. Barely after the first chapter, Dear2 concluded that the book serves as a very nice bedtime story read. A simple story.
Tuesdays with Morries tells of how a student learned the lessons of life through weekly sessions with his dying mentor. The precious last moments allowed both the mentor and student to view things from a different perspective, and to conduct their lives in different manners as well. What amazed me most was that, good lessons one can be taught and learnt when you have a mentor.
The saying ‘Learn from successful people’ aptly describes the shortcut way to learn something faster. Why thread the path of difficult learnings, when you know that a clear path was already paved for you earlier? Make use of the experience and knowledge, so that you can continue to carved deeper paths from there onwards.
All of us need a role model; not a person who you wholeheartedly believe in regardless of everything he does, but more of the way he conducts himself and his work which you can apply to, so as to help you scale the greater heights faster.
Have you got a role model or two?
email@example.com 26 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Dear2, Slice of Life.
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Dear2 has 1 Singnet account, 1 email account, 1 mail account, 1 gmail account and 1 company mail account. These 5 emails accounts, is the minimum accounts that I have, not including those additional yahoo, another gmail and other company’s business partners email accounts. How many email accounts do you have?
In today’s corporate world, you become the rare if you don’t use emails extensively. Business correspondences, leisure information, all kinds of information and data are communicated via email. Some people say emails are there to protect yourself. In a way it’s true, cos while you relied on the email you sent to fight your case, other people also claim their rights based on what you’ve written and what they’ve written. “Everything is in black and white”
Emails also serve to log down details. Can you remember the product specifications launched 2 years ago? And can you recall the minutes of the meeting held last new year? The email does remember.
Since you and I know that emails, especially those of business context, carry so much weight, today and many many years later, then why are we still replying freely away, without doing the necessary logic or expression checks? If you choose to use vague terms, intentionally or unintentionally, such that I cannot even comprehend the meaning of your explanation, then the whole purpose towards you drafting this email becomes meaningless. It is as good as telling me that you ‘bo chap’.
Before you click the next ‘send’ button, put yourself in the recipient’s perspective and see if you’ll like to receive such emails.
Shopping Singapore 25 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Dear2, Shop till you drop.
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I received some brochures from CapitalMall Card last week. In it, were some coupons for use at Cafe Cartel. Hmm… Cafe Cartel also got dining coupons? Maybe just a marketing technique. But the best thing is, the coupons are valid in March and April only. And today is already 25 Apr…. What are they doing?
Singapore recently launched this Late Night Shopping every last Friday of the month. Think this shopping campaign started last Christmas, when Singaporeans fervently shopped till you drop during the year end night sales. Dear2 haven’t been to one late night shopping before, but from the climate that friends described of last Christmas, you can really imagine (1) Good lay longs (bargains), and (2) Massive crowds.
Dear2 got hold of one pamphlet to promote the Uniquely Singapore Late Night Shopping for this Friday, 27 Apr. 20% storewide discount at Paragon’s Metro, 20% discount off fashion apparels at Centrepoint Robinsons and some good discounts off other stores along Orchard Road. My eye was on the discount at Robinsons, cos Dear1 and Dear2 are really very keen to spend our housewarming gifts on items to equip out place. Wonder if the discount applies to household items…?
2 more days to the weekend. This weekend will be semi-long. Hope Dear1 and Dear2 can find the time to go jogging.
Our Samsung Washing Machine 23 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Consumer Electronics, Dear1, Shop till you drop.
Back from a 2 day absence. Haha… I really wonder if anyone actually missed Dear1 and Dear2 writing a daily post? Hmm… Anyway, we were very busy over the weekend, going shopping, equipping our place and Dear1 is preparing for exams. So now u know why Dear1 and Dear2 went missing for 2 days. :D
We decided that it is about time we get a washing machine. Remember Dear1 talked about being self sufficient in our new house? Well, this is it. Washing capabilities. We must be able to wash our own clothes so that we do not need to bring clothes home back to wash after every chalet stay at our new house. This is a transition period, and that being said, things better start transiting. Hence, washing machine is the number 1 item on our shopping list when deciding how to prudently spend our shopping vouchers.
Now, we bought the Samsung P853 washing machine from Harvey Norman for $499, comes with $50 Aussino voucher and $30 Harvey Norman voucher (which we used to offset the $30 delivery charge). It’s a front load, fully automatic, 6.5kg, 800rpm washing machine. Dear1 and Dear2 aren’t experts when it comes to choosing washing machine, so we had to ask the opinions of the sales people. But the problem is, different people say different things and u have to decipher who to believe.
Anyway, a short search from the Internet says that, generally speaking, front load washing machines are more expensive than top loads, but is more energy efficient, water efficient, cleans clothes better and at the same time gentlier on clothes. But it requires a special type of lesser foaming detergent, hence narrowing ur choices. In the long run, the water and energy savings may be able to cover the initial startup cost. Also, 6.5kg is suitable for about a family of 4, and 800 rpm is on the lower end of the acceptable range, but this is not an issue for us since we’re going to sun our clothes anyway.
Those are just facts to consider, now let us look at our personal considerations. There are other reasons in addition to the benefits above why we chose this washing machine. Firstly, we wanted a front load washing machine so that we can make use of the space on top of it. The washing machine is place next to our kitchen cabinet with solid top, so we wanted a continous setting which would give the impression of an extended working surface. Secondly, we wanted something that can wash a king size bedsheet. Nothing about capacity relating to bedsheet can be found on the Internet, but different sales people seem to say diff things. One claimed that a 6kg is sufficient, but another claimed 8.5kg is the bare minimum. With these kind of things happening, how can we ever expect service standards in Singapore to improve? Either the salesman dun understand the item he is selling, or he is trying to rip us off buying a bigger more expensive model than we actually need. I suspect the latter. I believe 6.5kg should be sufficient to wash 1 king size bedsheet on its own in 1 wash. King size comforter is another thing altogether.
I digress a bit here to mention my utter disappointment in sales people from Harvey Norman West Mall branch. First, nobody attended to us when we were shopping for washing machines, and the shop is relatively empty. Second, sales people are eating along the walkway where all customers can see. Thirdly, sales people are impolite and were shouting across the shop to each other. Fourth, the sale person who attended to finally, after calling him many times, stink of cigarette smoke, hence disrespect for customers. And he went off, leaving us alone, to attend to a more ‘potential-buyer’ uncle. Fifth, the next sales person who attended to us and write up the invoice for us, gave a very bo chap (couldn’t care less) attitude. He even typed the price wrongly, over charging us by 90cents, until I pointed out his mistake. Overall, it’s a terrible experience purchasing from there. Won’t go back there again unless it’s really an urgent matter.
Back to our washing machine. It’s delivered last Sat, but there were some problems that we didn’t foresee and that prevented us from using our washing machine directly. The problem is with the water outlet pipe. We didn’t build a water outlet for the washing machine in our kitchen during the renovation becos we didn’t want a washing machine base, hence the outlet cannot be concealed, so we decided not to have it. Instead, we’ll do it the ‘manual’ way by dragging the outlet pipe from the washing machine directly into the toilet thru the toilet entrance since the washer is located directly outside the toilet door. However, the problem now is with the orientation. The outlet pipe from the wash emerges from the right while the toilet door is on the left, and it’s not long enough. This means that we have to go and buy a pipe-extension before we can actually use it. Oh well, luckily, the market is just downstairs.
We dunno if it is going to be good until after our first wash. Dear1 and Dear2 dun really have much experience with a washing machine before. It’s definitely something we have to learn together now that we’re starting a family of our own. Let’s do it together.
New Year Resolutions review 20 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Dear2, Slice of Life.
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Fail to plan, plan to fail.
It is now April, one third into the year. How many of us still remembers about the New Year Resolutions we set at the end of last year? Those goals that we’ve never gotten to doing, and had resolved to accomplish them within this year? Those plans that we gave ourselves this one year to fulfil, but unknowingly, one third of the year has gone by already?
As Dear2 was travelling home just now, I suddenly thought of the facial sessions that Dear1 and Dear2 resolved to attend this year. Then I went on to try to list the resolutions I’ve set for myself, and realised that I’ve forgotten the bulk of them! Our hectic schedules/laziness/uncompatible timings/various other reasons constantly reminded us that we have only exercised once this one year, versus the once a week exercise that we’ve decided. At least this goal was still remembered. And for some of the daily challenges that we face, daily, the resolutions are well kept at heart. So what remains of those goals that we’ve so ‘unwillingly’ pen down, for fear or for the forwarned strong instinct that they will not be accomplishee, which true enough, are forgotten barely four months later now?
It’s time to dig out the piece of paper where you wrote your new year resolutions. At least there’ll still be eight months for you to do what you’ve set out to do. Why wait till the last day, only to lament that the year has gone by so quickly again. Time to do some searching and review.
PS: Gotto remind Dear1 to review our new year resolutions this weekend.
Grapeseed Glossing Serum 19 April, 2007Posted by dear1dear2 in Dear2, Shop till you drop.
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When I was in JC, I used to apply oliver oil on the hair so as to smooth down the fizzy hair. Then, I discovered such a thing as hair conditioner – no more oily hair feeling after that and easy to use. Oliver oil became a thing of the past, and it was conditioner1, conditoner2, conditioner3…
As I kept my hair longer, the usage on conditioner also got faster. At ~$10 per bottle, that was an expensive daily essential for long haired girls like me. I decided to use sparingly, and so does the return of the fizziness.
A group of friends of mine are huge supporter of beauty care products. What SKII, what Lancome etc, mention any brand and they would sure have at least 1 bottle on their dressing shelves. The thrifty me was eventually ‘polluted’ a little – I have 2 bottles of The Body Shop products on my table! Lucky (really, unlucky) for me, I have sensitive skin, so products that are go on the face will undergo extreme thought before I decide the purchase. Not many products pass this test, cos past experience tells me not to waste that minimum $30 on a product which will likely conflict with my skin. That leaves the hair.
Apart from the Hi-Shine Conditioner Mist and Grapeseed Glossing Serum, there’s Sculpting Lotion, Free&Free Damage Aid and Wax on my table as well. Not to mention those that were thrown or given away cos I simply don’s use at all. Sad thing is, only the Glossing Serum gets packed into my bag daily. Small and good, this has become a daily essential that prepares me to meet people everyday. At $24.90 per bottle, I’m really hoping that it dosen’t run out soon. Light on the hair (of course provided that you don’t use like it’s free), it works wonder to tame fizzy hair into oily (looking) hair. A good buy.