Thursday, 31 July 2008
I had never fancy an expensive holiday. Stay in 5 star hotel will mean nothing to me without my camera! Why? because I won't be able to share my experience with my family back in Indonesia. That's right, my version and definition of holiday is always taking something that cheap/free, and our Canon EOS 300D had make it possible to preserve beautiful moments (not necessarily expensive) as long as...my laptop motherboard lives.Usage : of course, taking picture!
Where to find : sure you can find this in any camera shop.
Price : errmm... bought it for 150 GBP in ebay.
2. Fancy earring
Usage : I leave you to guess it
Price : 3.5 GBP
Where to find : Matalan
3. Hair clip
Usage : to hold your hair and make you look prettier by 1% (haha!!)This hair clip is a bit unusual. It made of metal, and as you can see it, the size is quite decent. Not too small that it wouldn't hold anything, or not too big that is simply fall loose every so often. In fact, I've tested it with 25mph wind in poppy field. Can you see it??
Price : 3.5 GBP @ pair
Where to find : Again... Matalan
4. Table Lamp
I bought this years ago, when I start decorating my new home. The picture really does not judge the real item as the shade looks much more luxurious. It stands about 40cm and has gold embroided leaves design on it. Judging from its look, it would cost me at least 45 GBP in Laura Ashley. However, Wilkinson sells it for 14 GBP, and the matching floor lamp for 25 GBP.
Usage : errrmm....lighting up dark room of course, or just mere as decoration.Price : 14 GBP
Where to find : Wilkinson
5. Dummy clip
This is a great invention...
Usage : to prevent your son to lost his dummy again and again...
Where to find : local pharmacy, baby shop, grocery store
Price : from 1-3 GBP depends on design. Probably 99p in Tesco.
Usage : as you can see... displaying stuff, dumping you books, etc. A great value to achieve french looking living room if you have a tight budget!Price : about 78 GBP 2 years ago.
Where to find : IKEA.
7. Thomas chair
Usage : to bribe my son to stay put during lunch and dinner time.Price : 20 GBP.
Where to find : mmm... honestly, I forgot, somewhere in Kettering.
8. Quick pitch tent
Usage : to help you survive through long day out in park or festival without getting burnt by the sun or blown by the wind. This item take 20 sec to unfold, about 1 minute to fold to a 50cm diameter flat carrier bag.Price : 21 GBP.
Where to find : ebay... if you want the cheap one.
9. Plastic Orchid
Usage : PRACTICAL LIVING! especially for a serial killer plant like me, having a forever blooming orchids that no need any maintenance is a perfect solution!Price : 1.20 GBP a stalk (the picture consists 8 of them).
Where to find : ebay, craft store.
10. Dryer ball
I just don't know how this thing work.
Usage : to make your laundry dry faster in tumble dry, thus this balls will thrift your electricity consumption.Price : about 4-10 GBP
Where to find : Wilkinson, Homebase, Wickes, and grocery store.
11. Ikea foldable dining table
Although mine wasn't exactly this model, this image only serve as an illustration.Usage : dining table which saves space! You can extend or shrunk it as you need.
Price : around 49 GBP for antique oak finish.
Where to find : IKEA.
12. Styrofoam wall lining
This going to save you from spending loads of money in winter. Works like wallpaper. In fact you just need to paste this styrofoam underneath your wallpaper, and your room will be warmer by 3-5 degree in winter.Usage : Wall insulation
Price : ermm... about 3.99GBP a roll. (Not including the effort to paste it on the wall though).
Where to find : Wickes, Homebase.
Usage : of course, to hide your eye from strong sun shine and... to make you look cool! Can also be used to pretend that you are paying attention even with eye closed.They are really cute. And since Josiah just broke my 3rd sun-glasses. I decide to get another one.
Where to find : Matalan
Price : 6 GBP each
My secret of photo editing. Believe me, the image come out from my camera doesn't look anything close to whatever I present.
Usage : photoshop everything so that it looks deceiving...
Price : FREE!!
Where to find : www.gimp.org
Usage : cheap way to entertain your children and kept your husband busy (blowing).
Price : 2-4 GBP depends on the brand and size.
Where to find : Wilkinson, Tesco, Sainsbury, Toy r'Us
But among all, I surely have 1 final best buy. That I purchase with nothing, for it is free. It's my salvation, for someone had bought me with His expensive blood.Usage : will bring your life to spend eternity in Heaven.
Price : FREE... ABSOLUTELY FREE.
Where to find : Bible, the Word of God.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
And this is when I start to realise how "bad" it is to be an embedded engineer. Put it this way, if you see a big plasma TV in front of you with sound on (not loud, but ON!), can you concentrate and listen to a meeting at the same time? Not to mention they were displaying some very interesting coverage of travel destination called "amazing architecture" across the world, and followed with some action movies "Torchwood".
If I came to think about it again, 6 month ago probably I couldn't. But, now, not just me, but all 6 of us can "tune" and listen to the man whom lecture us on how great is this debugger. Instead of watching the TV, I found myself so absorb listening to how this debugger save the world by setting hardware breakpoint!!! And enable us to find stack dump of running processes...also how to view multiple processes at the same time, or how to view register value.
The only time I find myself watching that BBC HD is the guy compile his code (which takes awhile). Even then I start to think why our set-top box doesn't have this channel on exhaustive scan(later on I find out that the service type for high definition is different). Put it this way, it's hard to enjoy watching without noticing anything...
Don't watch TV with me, or probably I will point out that your TV box use the wrong scaling or miss-aligned by 1 pixel!!!
Sunday, 20 July 2008
I'm whispering "I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.
"When I say... "I am a Christian". I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak And need His strength to carry on.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed And need God to clean my mess.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible. But, God believes I am worth it.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches. So I call upon His name.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner, who received God's good grace, somehow."
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Your Clothes -
1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes are your regular clothes.
The Baby’s Name -
1st baby: You pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favourites.
2nd baby: Someone has to name their kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.
3rd baby: You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger falls. Bimaldo? Perfect!
Preparing for the Birth -
1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.
The Layette -
1st baby: You pre-wash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?
1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
1st baby: You change your baby’s diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every 2 to 3 hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
1st baby: At the first sign of distress - a whimper, a frown - you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
Going Out -
1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.
2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
At Home -
1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Let me begin by telling my story. When I was in University in Singapore way back then, I was told (or probably read) from somewhere that there is a pension scheme held by Government. It was like you contribute 20% of your salary and your employer putting in 13% and that's made up your pension savings which you can withdraw when you are 55!!
Coming from 3-rd-world-country background, whereby there is no advance pension scheme and everyone taking care of their own butt thingy. I was sincerely think that Singapore Government doing a good deeds to start this off. When I started working, I start to join the system and gladly looking forward to pile my own pension. And then, the age limit whereby you can withdraw your money changed from 55 to 65. Which probably okay to me, as I think other country probably have the same age limit.
Today, I learn the fact that Singapore Government introducing a scheme called "annuity". What I understood is the scheme will press people to leave AT LEAST 90,000 SGD inside their pension pot. So say you have 200,000 SGD on your CPF by the time you reach 65. You can take 110,000 and leave the rest on your pension pot. Meanwhile, government will pay you an installment somewhat like 600 SGD a month of your CPF and if you reach the age of 85. If you reach the age of 85, that's great... you can get the rest of 90,000 back! What if you die at 84? It's going to be GONE. Yes... I repeat, it will be gone....probably to temasek holdings pocket!
Now, do you know how many people lived till age 85 in Singapore?
I like the following comments on other's blogger's blog :
So far, no one has proven that CPF is a systemTo me, it's no problem if UK Government impose me a 20% tax. Is a TAX and I don't entitle it back except I am fallen under certain category to ask for rebates or refund. But how bad is titling something as "pension" means "what rightfully yours" and then holding it back? Now that's a daylight robbery!
which will work—in the long term. Sure, in the last 40 years or so the belief is
that it does, because people are swayed by the "illusion" that they can actually
own property from the scheme—yes, certain results are possible in the short to
What CPF is is actually a TAX. The fact that they
give you a statement of account is total bullshit—but people fall for the ploy
because it has the "officialness" of govt backing it.
So what could possibly happen?
Emigration. It becomes more attractive to EMIGRATE—to renounce YOUR
Singapore citizenship and take ALL YOUR MONEY, and move to another country.
In fact, by doing just that (ACTION) is much more effective that signing and
submitting a poorly-worded emotive petition (WORDS) — which despite my
reservations regarding its effectiveness, I will sign anyway.Taking the idea
further: It becomes "better" to renounce one's citizenship, emigrate with family
to say, Perth (excuse my personal bias), plonk the ex-CPF loot down on a DECENT
house—i.e. a REAL upgrade from the over-priced politicised HDB shoe box, and
return to S'pore if necessary as an expat to work—on an expat salary
package.Then, offer a burnt offering, fall on one's knees, thank the PAP for
creating the opportunity ;)
Good, I choose option no.1 then!!! Don't think fall on my kness will get me anywhere thus far. And if they can justify their way of robbing 90K out of you, how difficult is to push the minimum amount to 120K in 4 years time? No one knows when they change their mind and push the limit up. According to my experience (from 55 to 65 and now to 85) this Government never going to push the standart down. Rest assure, it will increase.
The trouble with S'pore is that most people believe "the government will SAVE ME
from... myself", and so an ENTITLEMENT mentality is fostered and ingrained.
Yes, I used to believe that Singapore Government is perfect, kind towards its citizen, have a scheme that the most well thought in the world. Guess I loooove Gordon Brown now! It's quite surprising fact that none of my friends in Singapore (bear in mind I have quite a number of friends down there) highlight to me about this new "scheme"... (or rather scam). The only thing I could think of is :
1. Ones is not aware of it, probably busy piling CPF
2. Ones is aware of it, but who cares... I am just 28!
3. Ones is aware of it, but what else can I do?
4. Ones is aware of it, but hey... isn't Singapore Government know how to manage money better than us?
Read more here. In fact, I just calculated... if I am out of this system. If both me and my husband had an CPF and denounce my PR, and died at 84, this going to save me 90,000 times 2 = 180,000 SGD. Sounded like a saving of 10 solid years of life being Embedded System engineer.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
But working on computer fields which require a lot of thinking does need energy from somewhere. I mean to justify why I often goes hungry while working!Here is the fact, I just found out I've gain 2kg after about 4 month never monitoring my weight...argghh!!!So, on the brighter side, I should be able to guess where does the fat goes since I still fit in my pants and jeans. Oh well... at least that what I HOPE.
This how I would act, except that probably my figure won't be as perfect as hers
So from today I tried to : eat fruits as breakfast... eat less at lunchtime... and try to busy my mind to think other thing than EAT! The thing is, it is a tradition that we (referred to employee in the company) bring something as snack to share in office. And so, almost everyday there is something to accompany your cup of tea. Start from choc-muffins, doughnut, cream cake, eclairs, short cake, to almonds fingers (which the size is about 5x my finger!!!).
Now you tell me how can I resist that?!?!?!?!
Rapid immigration has damaged community relations in parts of England, a report by the Commons communities and local government committee says.
In three areas with high immigration - Peterborough, Burnley, and Barking and Dagenham - community cohesion is among the lowest in the country, the MPs say.
The report said there was "significant public anxiety" over issues such as pressure on public services.
Ministers said action was being taken to minimise the impact of immigration.
In their report, Community Cohesion and Migration, the MPs say many migrants make "significant contributions" to local communities - working in the NHS or other public services.
But it said there was "significant public anxiety" in some areas about immigration, which it warned "cannot simply be dismissed as expressions of racist or xenophobic sentiments".
Some concerns arose from "practical concerns" - such as overcrowded accommodation and pressure on public services - such as sharp rises in the numbers of primary school children who do not speak English well.
In the three areas visited, community cohesion - measured by how many people believe those from different backgrounds get along - is among the lowest in England, the report said.
It said public services were under pressure because government funding was being based on "flawed population data".
The committee criticised plans for a levy on migrants' normal visa fees to help fund public services like policing which it said were likely to generate "very little" money.
Press reports suggest it could be only £15m, something the committee says would be "a drop in the ocean".
Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said: "We do think it is right that newcomers are asked to pay a little bit more for public services.
"Actually we propose that the fund should raise tens of millions of pounds every year.
"This vital cash will allow us to channel money quickly to public services wherever there is a short term pressure from migration."
But the committee said it might be unfair, as not all immigrants would pay into the fund. EU citizens and anyone moving within the UK would not have to pay.
Instead the government should "immediately establish a contingency fund capable of responding effectively to the additional pressures which may be put on local government services from migration".
The Local Government Association has repeatedly called for a £250m contingency fund to be made available for under-pressure councils.
But Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, of the Institute of Public Policy Research, said he was disappointed by the committee's "negative conclusion".
"We're risking turning everything that migrants do into a problem and forgetting that they are dynamically contributing to the local economy and to the country because they are working and paying taxes," he said.
He said only better population figures and a funding system that could respond quickly would "solve the challenges".
For the Conservatives, shadow minister Baroness Warsi said the report was an "indictment" of the problems caused by the government's "failure to control the numbers of migrants coming into this country" and by their "inability to know where migrants are living and to fund local authorities accordingly".
The Conservatives say it shows annual limits on economic migration are needed to ensure communities and public services can cope.
A spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government said the government was already taking action to manage migration to "maximise the benefits and minimise the impacts".
These included a £50m "cohesion fund" to support councils and extra funding to help manage the "transitional impacts" of migration - such as £10m as for schools experiencing increases in pupil numbers.
Monday, 14 July 2008
Reason # 1--Sincere convictions regarding their doctrines, emphases, and practices
"No, it was more like 7 billion years ago..."
"Uh, well, the earth probably began about..."
"The strata may show..."
"Well, we evolutionists don't exactly agree about when, why or how the world began, but...
evolution is a fact and you are unscientific if you don't believe it!"
It is extremely interesting to me how educated fools have tricked the masses into believing in evolution. Evolution is not:
In other words, it doesn't even qualify as real science. And I'm unscientific for believing what God has clearly told me about creation? Mmmm....You'll never get me to believe a monkey is my uncle, a rat is my cousin, and that lice are my near kinsmen.
Saturday, 12 July 2008
As we promised, some poppies picture from summer this year. Self explaining picture, enjoy!!!
Note : Josiah is asleep, so he can't join us :-(
Honestly, we found this field accidently on the way to Norfolk, supposedly the home of poppies. Glad to say that we don't have to make the long journey to Norfolk for it then!
Poppies have long been used as a symbol of both sleep and death: sleep because of the opium extracted from them, and death because of their (commonly) blood-red color. In Greco-Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the dead.Poppies are used as emblems on tombstones to symbolize eternal sleep. This aspect was used, fictionally, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to create magical poppy fields, dangerous because they caused those who passed through them to sleep forever.
A second meaning for the depiction and use of poppies in Greco-Roman myths is the symbolism of the bright scarlet colour as signifying the promise of resurrection after death.
Until next year poppy fields!!!!!