Monday, March 28, 2011

Body Moisturizer Mix

A friend gave me this great idea. Most of the time, I like a specific scent from a body lotion, but sometimes it is not necessarily an effective moisturizer and/or too pricey and/or I simply don't like the texture. Can I have it all in 1 single jar? Why not! It's simple and fun.

What you need:
  • favorite fragrance body lotion/butter (choose one e.g. Philosophy, or L'Occitane, etc.)
  • favorite body moisturizer (unscented) - (choose one e.g. Jergens or Nivea, etc.)
  • empty container/jar

What to do:
  • mix both lotions/cream together, enough for 1 week application
  • ratio depends on your mood
Remarks: one week worth of mixture is good enough, as you might want to have a slightly less or more overwhelming scent, and/or lotion or cream texture the following week.

What you get:
  • 2-in-1 (great scent + effective moisturizer)
  • save $$$, by prolonging the usage of the expensive body lotion ;)
Personally, I don't recommend mixing of facial lotions. I would stick to mixing body lotions only.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Herman Miller's Aeron Chair

DH recently complained about back pains. It was a hard hit on my brains. Why haven't I thought of this before? I tried to convince DH that it's time to invest in a good ergonomic chair. Due to his work commitments, he spends more time sitting in front of the PC than anything else.

We did our research, visited several office chair showrooms, and sat on different chairs. We knew what we wanted: a Herman Miller's Aeron PostureFit with adjustable arms rests. Once you sit on it, other chairs don't feel as comfortable anymore. Sigh.

Jokingly, why not create our own DIY car seat chair? It would cost much lesser. Am I crazy to Google this out? Wow, someone really did think of it! It's called the ultimate computer chair.

Then we asked ourselves, "Can we afford one Herman Miller Aeron?". On second thought, how can we not afford it? Shouldn't it be considered as one of the most important assets for IT geeks? It's like the Maserati in chairs. There's a 15 years warranty on the Aeron too.

Okay, ONE DAY we will get one of these. It's a good goal to work towards.

One thing to remember when buying an ergonomic chair: select the size based on your height and weight. This link is for Aeron: link here.

Btw, Herman Miller is an American company... not German!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Burrito Boyz

Have you had one of these? These burritos from Burrito Boyz are delicious. I like their toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, beans, jalapenos, etc. Yum yum.



They are quite filling... looks like the portion is larger than my favorite Italian BMT from Subway.

Here's a video from Youtube (by graphracker), at the Burrito Boyz counter:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sugar And Spice's Nougat

I never thought I'd be addicted to nougat. The first time I had one, it was purchased from a Duty Free shop at the airport, and it was as hard as rock (can't remember the brand).

Then one day, a good old friend brought me a souvenir from Taiwan, nougat from Sugar And Spice.


They are irresistibly chewy with big pieces of crunchy nuts.
They are the cause of my weight gain.
But I still love them!
And so, I did what I had to do. I hid the box in the kitchen cupboard.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The past can be changed, can it?

I wonder why it should take a natural disaster to bring long lost relatives in contact again.

In the past, there were great memories of all of us together, but the end somehow drifted sour. We were too young to understand what had happened, and the only thing we remembered was that the adults have disapproved of the black sheep who left his wife and children. They couldn't stand the pain, so they too, left. We like them, but time and distance have slowly drifted us apart, as if any association to the memories would only result in pain and tears. It was not our fault, but somehow we feel shameful of what the black sheep has done to them.

We cannot change the past, or can we? I read somewhere that we can. That is, by changing the future to a brighter one, to lay off the old painful ones. We hope that their hearts are big enough to accept.


Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go to all the families in Japan.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wired In

Are you marrying a computer programmer? If you are, this is what you should be expecting.

That's right, he won't answer you if he is in his zone...

Create your own strip using:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Count on Me

I'm hooked to this song by Bruno Mars, Count on Me.

Count On Me Lyrics

If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea
I'll sail the world to find you
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can't see
I'll be the light to guide you

Find out what we're made of
What we are called to help our friends in need

You can count on me like one, two, three
I'll be there and I know when I need it
I can count on you like four, three, two
And you'll be there 'cause that's what friends
Are supposed to do, oh yeah, ooh, ooh

If you toss and you turn and you just can't fall asleep
I'll sing a song beside you
And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me
Everyday I will remind you

Find out what we're made of
What we are called to help our friends in need

You can count on me like one, two, three
I'll be there and I know when I need it
I can count on you like four, three, two
And you'll be there 'cause that's what friends
Are supposed to do, oh yeah, ooh, ooh, yeah, yeah

You'll always have my shoulder when you cry
I'll never let go, never say goodbye

You can count on me like one, two, three
I'll be there and I know when I need it
I can count on you like four, three, two
And you'll be there 'cause that's what friends
Are supposed to do, oh yeah, ooh, ooh

You can count on me 'cause I can count on you

Singapore: Moon Hotel

We got frowned by locals and taxi drivers when we mentioned to them that we stayed in Little India. Some of them asked us why we chose the area, but when they finally saw the building we stayed in, they gave a sigh of relief.

IMHO the Little India area wasn't that bad, it's clean (of course, it's Singapore), I like Indian food, and I get to see interesting shops every time I walked towards Little India MRT station. There's an interesting vitality in this area.

Moon Hotel is a new boutique hotel that stands on Dickson road, near the Church of the True Light. The nearest MRT station is Little India (7 minutes walk), or Bugis station, which is about 15 minutes walking distance. The room is cozy, and the service is good. Each room is different in design and most of them has no windows (yes, no windows). The hotel concept is a true representation of its name "Moon", from the curtain colors to the shower room walls.

I like the detail they put into welcoming their guests. A nice complete toiletry box, with slippers and shower robe. Most important, there's a safety box in the room.

We were lucky to have gotten the promotional rate of SGD155 per night, including breakfast. The only complaint I have is that the bed sinks at the bed head (one side only). The air conditioner looks large for the small room, but other than that, we enjoyed our stay.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Crisis of Credit

This is an awesome video on the crisis of credit that I watched two years ago: Crisis of Credit Visualized. It's created by Jonathan Jarvis, and the explanation was clear and easy to understand. I thought of putting the reference here, so I can refer to it again if needed.