Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Weird Food Combinations

You know how certain food combinations taste great together but sound totally weird? I haven’t tried anything drastic, but here’s a lists of foods which I’ve tried and tastes pretty good(to me at least):

  • · Ice-cream(preferably vanilla) with piping hot fries (that’s a common one I think)
  • · Mashed potatoes and coleslaw
  • · Macdonald’s harsh browns and maple syrup
  • · Sometimes adding ketchup to mashed potatoes
  • · Or ketchup with fried rice
  • · Eating cold vegetarian pizza out from the fridge
That's about it I guess, nothing that exciting. =)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Life's Equation

Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to them.

How true that is. After all if we had 80% or more events happening to us throughout our lifetimes' we would be pretty high-strung people. And we definitely would not be able to take the time to enjoy life. Whatever happens to us, good or bad, how we react to them determines the outcome of the situations. One bad choice can make even a good situation go awry, and a good choice might be able to turn a bad situation around.

What it all boils down to is our attitude towards life. How we see ourselves and the way in which we respond to the challenges thrown at us in life determines our growth as a person and; affecting our emotional, social and physical health. According to dictionary.com attitude is "a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways". How can such a simple thing affect our lives? Well, in more ways then one. If we are happy doing something, at least it would get by faster and we don't feel miserable; we would be happy and face it being happy is better than feeling miserable. Isn't it?

On the other hand, if we do something we don't like that much, and simply have a bad attitude while doing it, it not only affects our mood but the people around us as well. If life was to be lived to the fullest, why not live life to the fullest happily no matter the situation instead of being pessimistic with a bad attitude and being miserable?

It's easy to feel miserable, but it’s more challenging to stay happy and remember all the good things that have happened to us. It doesn't have to be anything on a large scale in order to make us happy - perfect weather, good times spent with family and friends, having a job or even having shelter over our heads can allow us a reason to simply be happy. I'm sure if we think really; all the happy precious moments would emerge from our memories. Our brain has the funny innate ability to remember all the unfortunate things that have happened to us, it takes effort to remember the happy times in our moments of despair.

Sometimes it’s having a good attitude that can prevent us from spiraling into the abyss of depression. The more we obsess about our state of desperation, the more desperate we become. When we fall the faster we pick our selves up the quicker we can get to our destination: mopping around all does is not going to get us anywhere. It's not impossible to be or stay happy; it’s just difficult to maintain it.

Having a good attitude towards life is more than just conditioning our mind to think a certain way; it’s a way of life.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Between Education & Experience

It is common knowledge that education will get you somewhere in life, but there are times when it not always the case. Getting a good education is essential in getting that perfect job, but that is as far as it will get you; unless you are planning to work in a more specialized field such as engineering, law or medical. What makes you able to stay in the job or get an even better one is your experience which you have gained overtime. That degree is a ticket in which you are able to access better jobs with better prospects, as compared to those who do not hold that coveted piece of paper.

There are the majority who firmly believe that education is what matters more than experience, and there are the minority who think that experience is all they need. Education acts as a base from which we are able to propel ourselves into the working world, while experience enhances the package: making people with both education and experience more valuable then those with only one of the two.

As time goes by, the emphasis of what is important in education and getting that job has changed over the years. It used to be common that all you needed was to have graduated from high school to be able to work (Phase 1), than the emphasis shifted to having to have a Diploma or Certificate (Phase 2), and finally you have to get that Degree (Phase 3). It is good that we aim, or rather society, "forces" us to upgrade ourselves. But there is also a disadvantage. The shift from Phase 1 to Phase 2 aided in the retrenchment and downsizing processes of companies - putting people with experience but no qualified paper to proof otherwise, at a disadvantage. Companies would rather hire fresh graduates to replace these experienced ones. One of the rationale being that fresh graduated cost less, and usually those experienced staff would be unwilling to take a cut in their pay.

And now in the midst of Phase 2 and Phase 3, more and more fresh graduates are being hired based on their qualifications alone. Without the required experience it makes it difficult to get the job done at times, and it can be frustrating. I have heard of stories where fresh graduates did not do their job well because they were not instructed to do so. It is not always the case, but it does happen.

Thus, this has resulted in many people going back to school out of necessity, or just simply taking part-time courses to complement their working experience. It is unavoidable, that piece of paper is an important "accessory" in our lives, without it we would not be heading that far. However, it is difficult to find a job after graduation that pays well and does not require experience. As it is difficult to attain these two attributes concurrently, especially for those who have yet to figure out which path in life to take, ultimately, the ones who determine what matters the most is ourselves. Although factors like time and money do play a part in our decisions, there is no right or wrong. What matters is the choices we make, what we want out of life, the opportunities given and how best we make use of them. The most important thing is to look ahead and never regret your choices in this aspect.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Time is a wonder

Life has a funny way of throwing things at you when you least expect, and that is what makes life interesting. At first I thought I'd just continue studying for a degree and what not, but that did not happen in a way... I ended up working and then after 2 years I finally got to study, only for the school to close down after opening for less than half a year.

Disappointed? Most definitely not. Time has an amazing power to seem to change a person's perspective - from wanting to studying overseas to wanting to study locally, and than from studying full-time or part time.

There's no right or wrong, just what you want. No definite answer till you've tried it out... But one thing I do know, and that is I am in good hands. =)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Max, the adorable golden retriever

Was just browsing computer when I came across long forgotten photos of my adorable golden retriever, Max. Ah... those were the days....
Here he is enjoying himself on the chair, before he ruined it. lol

And look at him now after 2 years....

How he looks like after a bath... hee doesn't he look all brown and golden? He has the shiny look lol


With all that is available on the internet, its not hard to find a bunch of websites about information on insurance, especially those that give you the opportunity for reduce premiums and saving money on insurance. The internet is a big marketplace filled with information about all kinds of insurances, each to suit an individual's need. You'll be able to find out all about insurance plans pros and cons.

You don't need to look that hard to be able to find family insurance or even cheap smoker insurance rates, if those are what you are looking for. There are even online insurance policies, which allow you to get an insurance within a matter of minutes; no more waiting for ages for the paperwork to be complete. All the paperwork is basically done by yourself behind that computer. And that is very convenient.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Business online

Recently, e-business seems to be growing contributing to the increase in e-commerce: more and more websites are offering services and products online which can be purchased via directly accepting Credit Cards on websites or through systems like paypal.

Due to the ease and convenience with which credit cards can be used, many websites have started to accept Credit Cards as a form of payment. Even when traveling to other countries, credit cards like Visa or Mastercard are accepted almost everywhere - one of the perks of technology.

Of course nothing is free in this world, so there would be some charges. Naturally it would be best for retailers to get the lowest rate billing payment solutions to keep everybody happy.


Doodle, according to dictionary.com, can mean "small pile of hay; haystack", "To scribble aimlessly, especially when preoccupied". But I bet you didn't know that a cross between a poodle and a golden retriever/Labrador is also called a doodle.

A New Chapter

People have been asking me what do I want to do now - to study or work, full-time or part-time. The answer is simple I still want to study, but I doubt I'll be taking that offer to go over to Australia to study. Not because I don't want to to, its just that I don't feel like it. If I had no other alternatives, I would have taken up the offer. And since I do have a choice now, I want to go over because I want to not because it's some handout provided by the school due to the circumstances.

I guess it depends on how an individual sees it. There have been some who tell me that I should take up the offer, since its better than nothing and at least they're offering some money. Just a little topping up the amount would be alright, depending on your lifestyle when you get there. To them its an opportunity. It true when you go out of the country to study you'll learn to be more independent and gain a new living experience. Nothing wrong with that, its just that I don't feel the same way. For now, I like it here and have no intention of moving anywhere. There will be other opportunities later on if I do want to study overseas. That's how I see it anyways.

After all, the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence. But in life sometimes looks can be deceiving and we won't really know the outcome until later on with life. So for now, I'll just stick with my decision to study here and we'll see a couple of years down the road how it all turns out. It's nice to have someone up there who looks out for me. It's times like these that I feel loved. =) lol I know that everything will turn out perfectly fine.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Was just surfing around and came across, Blogvertise - a pretty interesting site to visit and sign up for if you are interested in reviewing internet sites and weblogs. And while doing all that you even get paid too. I just signed up and now I'm just waiting for approval and hopefully soon I'll be on my way to reviewing sites and having a little extra cash paid to my paypal account.

Dogs dogs dogs and more dogs

So many kinds, shapes, sizes and colours. There are cute ones and there are ugly ones, even one to suit a certain lifestyle; all of which originated from wolves. You either love then or hate them, but one thing is for certain they are here to stay. People keep them, love them, abuse them and even eat them in certain places.

As the livelihood of people in well-developed countries get better, they can afford more things and with that they pick up other activities such as keeping dogs. There's nothing wrong with that; what is amusing is the way some owners pamper their dogs. With more and more owners wanting their dogs to enjoy life, the market for dog services seems to be lucrative. From dog spas to bakeries, hotels to eateries, transport services and even dog cleaning up services, and the list goes on. A simple search in Google for the types of dog services is mind blowing, and probably was what led me to type this...

There are some pretty practical services like dog transport services, bakeries and places for them to stay when the owners go for a holiday. While there are meaningful and practical services, there are also those really wacky ones.

For one, I never quite can understand some services such as dog weddings. Just the idea of people getting their dogs married - with ceremony and all, seems a bit over the top - the costs are not cheap either.They dress the dogs, take photos with the ceremony and all that. Money can and should be spent on better things, I mean its not the dogs who appreciate it, its just the owners, its not like the dogs have a say in it, even if they did can owner speak "dog" to truly understand what the dog wants? I guess that one of the reasons why there are services such as this, for owners to imagine life as a dog.

As for the the rest of the world might think its just plain ridiculous.The only thing that is good for is people earning off money people who really have money but don't know what to do with it.

Ramblings about a dog

I never thought I would be I would be a dog owner. I meant, I've dreamt about it when I was a child but I was never really into it because playing with a dog is one thing and looking after it is a totally different issue. That was before we got our golden retriever, Max.

It was my dad's idea to get a dog and everyone else was not as keen. Initially, I assumed he was just kidding, but still I did all the necessary research and "played" along - all the while thinking he wasn't serious about it. We went around pet shops, looked at puppies and asked around. I never really did believe my dad would actually go get one, I mean he didn't even discuss it with the whole family. He brought me to a pet shop and asked to view the puppies, when he suddenly asked if we should get one and before I could really reply, he already paid a deposit for the puppy. What more could I have said?

In my opinion I feel that he did it on a whim then - we did not have a schedule who was to walk, feed the dog etc. And needless to say I was not happy. Initially for the first 2 weeks, it was pure torture and I really did not like having the dog around. My dad took the "honour" of training the dog and he was pretty tired out. However, little did I expect that Max would grow on me - being the lovable creature that he is. And now I simply adore him; not to the extreme extent as some other dog owners would though.

Max is a golden retriever who is around 2 and a half years old. He's an intelligent, energetic and adorable dog. When he was brought home at the age of 4 months, he was toilet-trained, taught to sit and give paw, within two weeks.

Initially, he was fed on dry food, but somehow or the other as time went by his diet changed from dry food to cooked food; no preservatives of course. He gets to eat chicken, pork, beef, fish(with no bones)! Even my friends commented that he has a pampered life.

For a dog, especially a golden, he can be pretty lazy and stubborn. But as with his breed, he loves his food and can be finicky about it at times.And apparently he has a temper too, which rarely surfaces. Once when he was told he could play with a mini cushion, he walked past us and simply threw the cushion in his mouth in our direction! And when he goes out for walks, if the sun happens to be a little too hot for him, he'll either walk in the shade and refuse to move, or simply walk behind the shadow of the person bringing him out for a walk.