Friday, September 16, 2011

[065] Inflation Woes 通貨膨脹的恐怖

I got the shock of my life after returning to Singapore for vacation. Houses were 30% more expensive than when I'd left less that 2 years ago! Looks like my dream of buying a small studio is popping into bubbles... Meanwhile, it looks like inflation in US and in China is not any better, only Japan is suffering from deflation. Oh heck, with Japan living costs getting cheaper and Singapore getting more expensive, I wonder if we'll end up the same eventually? Hmm...


Friday, September 9, 2011

[062] How to end a conversation with a Japanese 如何於日本人結束聊天

I had to attend many events that has interaction with Japanese. I found that pretty often after introducing my country and the languages I speak, the Japanese usually express their awe, followed by an awkward beat of silence. Yes, I had found the best way to end a conversation with a Japanese!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

[061] Chewing Improves Your Memory! 咀嚼多次可讓記憶力進步!

I watched a Japanese health variety show some time ago and it was about the miracle benefits of chewing many times! If you chew more than 30 times per bite, it'll not just make you fuller, but also improves your memory and prevents cancer! Then the show presented this case study of a bedridden near-senile old man, who suddenly became alert and was walking around, after only undergoing a few months of "biting" therapy. Amazing!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Singapore Mooncakes 新加坡月餅

In 5 days time, we will be celebrating our Mid Autumn Festival, a much celebrated festival by the Chinese. It is the 8th month 15th day on the lunar calendar when the moon is at its roundest form. Thousands of years had passed, but our lunar calendar never fails to nail down the date for the roundest moon. On this day, families come together, much like Chinese New Year, to eat mooncakes and admire the bright moon. It is also a custom to give mooncakes between relatives or business associates to wish them have a happy reunion with their families.

Mooncakes are traditionally baked with lotus paste filling and sometimes with yolk. These are usually favored by the older generation. However for younger people like me, snowskin mooncakes are appealing too, such as the ones shown above.

[060] NASA's Last Mission: Mid-Autumn Festival NASA最後的出發:中秋特輯

I liked Astronomy when I was a kid. Too bad NASA will not be getting money to fly anymore. Meanwhile, it's our Chinese Mid Autumn Festival! I'll talk about more in my next post!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shopping Strategy at Borders Clearance Sale

Just returned from the Borders Sale at Expo with 50% discount off all books. The original price tag was way too expensive, no wonder they're going out of business in Singapore. In fact, you might find some paperback version cheaper in Amazon than the 50% discounted hardcover versions found there.

I arrived at 11am and spent 1.5 hours browsing and selecting my books. By the time I join the queue, it was already incredibly long and I had to drag my basket of books for 2.5 hours before reaching a cashier. When I was done, it was already 3pm, too tired and famished to "cheong" (battle) the John Little Sale at Hall 3.

Here are some shopping strategies to share when you go to a "clearance" sale:
  • Just grab the things that you're interested in, if you're having a hard decision, just grab and go.
  • By the time you're done scavenging, the queue would have been really long. So if you're going with a friend or family member, a good strategy is to have one person queue up while the rest hunt for their kill, then alternate positions.
  • Along the way, there would be other shoppers' unwanted box of stuff that they dump after having second thoughts. You can dump yours there too or pick up new ones. I picked up 2 books that way.
Most people came with their friends or family. There were even frequent "missing parents" announcements when they left their kids to hunt or dumped them at the queue. If you're bringing your kids, make sure your partner is there to help.

The sale will end on 6th Sep and I believe the discount will get steeper and steeper to clear off those less popular books. Good luck to your hunt! :P

My New Samsung Netbook NP-NC110

Introducing my brand new netbook bought from the COMEX IT fair at Suntec City, Singapore. Yes, I'd been saving up for a netbook so that I won't have to carry my 2.5kg MCP to school everyday!


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