Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Popcorn machines

We’ve finally got our little home theatre done. Now we can stay home instead of going out to the movies. Our home theatre has all the latest equipments like overhead projector, surround sound and reclining seats. All we need are popcorn machines so we can have all the pop corns we want while we watch our favourite movies. No more lining up in a queue at the cinemas or putting up with noisy kids in the theatres.

Growing apples

Apples are not hard to grow – if your climate is suited to them – and modern apple breeders have made things even easier for you by producing slimline ‘Ballerina’ apples and new grafted dwarf types for smaller spaces.

Cool climates suit apples, and for some varieties (such as the famous Cox’s Orange Pippin), the cooler the better, especially here in Australia, where even our coldest winters are mild by European standards. So, anywhere in the mountains, Tassie, Victoria or frosty inland areas are suitable. Cooler, elevated and inland areas of Sydney and the NSW South Coast are worth a try, but don’t expect marvellous crops every year.

Name tags

Our little circle of friends has grown from a measly five ten years ago to about fifty these days. Every month we would have a gathering to share our experiences and to just chill out. It’s getting to a point where we’re getting hard remembering everybody’s names. We may have to get name tags for everyone! A simple name written on a sticky tape that’s stuck on your left chest may be all we need for our next meeting.

Growing feverfew

Feverfew is a lovely perennial herb that has white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and soft, light green serrated leaves. Plants grow from 9 to 24 inches high and produce single or double flowers for most of the summer and early fall. Feverfew is useful for planting between stones or pavers on walkways and paths. In addition to its attractive appearance, it possesses many significant medicinal properties.

Feverfew will grow in almost any soil. It should be started from seeds sown directly in the ground in spring or from cuttings taken in the summer. Plans will self-sow and flowers should be removed as needed to focus energy on leaf production. Feverfew is considered a short-lived perennial, so plant in succession to maintain a supply of new plants. Let a few seed heads remain in the garden in early fall and you may get new seedlings the following spring. Feverfew also grows well in containers.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Auto tracker

Back in the days when gps or auto tracker wasn’t around we had to rely on our street directories to get around. It was good because we learn to navigate around the streets and we built up a sense of directions in all of us old timer drivers.

Sadly it’s a totally different story nowadays. With gps or auto tracker in almost every car the young drivers wouldn’t know how to navigate their way around town should something happen to their trackers. They are too reliable on them for their own good. It’s a bit like driving auto or manual cars; the other generations had to learn to drive with manual cars so by the time we got our licenses we were driving manual cars of all sizes. Nowadays the younger generation gets to choose what car they drive in; manual or the more popular auto transmission cars. So now we’ve created a generation of young drivers who claim to be able to drive as long as the car is not manual transmission!

So getting back to the auto tracker, I admit I do have one in my car but I only need it when I’m in unfamiliar territories like a new city or in the outer suburbs. Most of the time I rely on my experience or the old trusty street directories.

Growing cosmos

Cosmos are adaptable to almost any kind of soil, but they do need moisture to germinate. In dry, hot climates, Shepherd recommends placing a shade cloth over the bed until the seedlings begin to sprout. This happens roughly five to 10 days after planting.

Cosmos blooms continuously until the first frost. With its distinguished forms and vibrant colors, it's no wonder why so many gardeners are over the moon for cosmos, even those with small yards.

While compact Cosmos sulphureus are great for containers, Cosmos bipinnatus reaches six feet or higher with a tendency to topple over. Fortunately, Shepherd has a way to keep them from drooping. She has created a low-maintenance cosmos support system from garden netting attached to wood stakes. These stakes secure to notched metal posts that stretch over the entire bed. As the plants grow, the netting practically disappears.

Briggs and stratton

Okay I must admit I’m no handyman when it comes to mechanical repairs. So when my 10 year old briggs and stratton lawn mower broke down the other week I had to take it down to the local repair shop. I though it was going to cost me a bomb but I was quite surprised that it was quite reasonable. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to charge me too much because then it’d be cheaper for me to go buy a new one. After the repair it was like a brand new mower that is going to last me another 10 years or more.

Growing beetroots

Beetroot should not be sowed until after the last frost. Sowing can be brought forward a few weeks if you use a poly tunnel or cloche. Soak your beetroot seeds for a few hours before sowing. Each seed cluster actually contains one to four seeds. You can sow the seeds in seedling pots and then transplant the seedlings into the final growing position but some find higher success rates if sowing directly into the soil.

If sowing in rows then leave around 30cm between rows. Sow the seeds at around 1 inch depth and cover with soil. Sow seed clusters around 5cm apart.

After sowing make sure the soil remains damp until the seeds have germinated and you can see the emerging seedlings.

Beetroot can also be grown in containers. Fill a pot 30cm in diameter with potting compost and sow about 6 seed clusters at 2.5cm depth. Thin the seed cluster seedlings as described above.

Car insurance

So after that horrific quote from my insurance company I’ve decided to ditch them and went hunting for a better deal for my car insurance. There are many insurers out there in the market and all wanting your business so you can afford to shop around and get the best deal available. Plus because I’ve been a good driver all my driving life coupled with no claimants I should be able to get a real steal.

Growing watermelon

Growing watermelons requires lots of space, lots of sun, lots of water and lots of nutrients. Watermelons do not cope well with extreme heat or the humid, soggy conditions of our wet season/summer. Fungal diseases and bugs will wipe them out in no time. Watermelons are grown from seed. You may be tempted to use seed out of a melon you bought, but don't waste your time. It is almost guaranteed to be a hybrid. Watermelon seed germinates easily and quickly, within a few days. Watermelon plants outgrow the seedling stage very quickly, and they don't like transplanting. You don't save much time and you end up with a weaker plant.

Insurance quote

I received my car insurance quote last week. I nearly fell off my seat! I’ve been a loyal customer with my insurance company for as long as I can remember and instead of rewarding me they slug me with a gigantic premium! Whatever happens to loyalty nowadays? If this is how they want to play the game then they better prepare for me to away to a better deal and believe you me, there are plenty out there.

Growing turnips

Turnip prefer full sun with a soil pH of 6.5. Turnip are moderate feeders; require a deep, loose cultivated soil with medium water retention. Apply generously, compost and well rotted manure prior to planting. Turnips benefit from regular feedings with a compost tea or fertilizer with higher amounts of phosphorous and potassium for good root development. Boron is a key trace element for the prevention of Brown Heart (water core). (Boron may also be applied separately as a spray 4-6 weeks after planting).

Sow turnip thinly ¼-½” deep. Space young turnip plants to 4-6” apart in rows 24-30” apart. Sow turnip seed as early as the soil can be worked to mature crop for early market. For the main storage crop, plant turnips in late June or early July, so that roots can develop in the warmer weather. Late plantings are less susceptible to turnip root maggot damage.

Barcode scanner

It started out as a small humble stall selling home grown vegetables. That was 10 years ago but look at it now; its 2 shops joined together to form one huge fruits and veggies store! I’m talking about the little stall by the supermarket where I used to go shopping in my old neighbourhood. I’ve moved away from the area but last week I went down there and I couldn’t believe my eyes; the owner has turned the old stall into a giant store with all the whiz bangs like POS machines with barcode scanner. I am most impressed, what would it become in another 10 years?

Growing swedes

Swedes prefer a medium soil which contains lots of nutrients although they will be happy growing in most soil types. They are unfortunately prone to club root so make sure the soil is not too acidic. Acid soils encourage club root. The ideal pH for swedes is somewhere between 7.0 and 7.4. If the soil is short of nutrients then add some well-rotted manure a month or so prior to sowing seed. If manure is not available then add a long lasting fertiliser such as bonemeal or similar.

Swedes don't like being waterlogged. If your soil is not free draining then either dig in some well-rotted compost or grow them on a ridge so that the water drains away.

Wireless routers

I hate cables, back in the days when everything is connected via cables I have messy cables running all around the house making the place a messy sight and dangerous. Thank goodness for Wi-Fi! Now I can have a cable free home and still be able to network all my PCs and media players together, thanks to wireless routers. I wonder what’s in store for us in the near future?

Growing radishes

The radish is essentially a cool-season crop. It grows best in the spring and autumn and will tolerate light winter frosts. The high temperatures of summer cause the plant to develop small tops, and roots rapidly become pithy and strongly pungent after reaching maturity. For this reason producing quality radishes during midsummer can be difficult.

Radishes do best on the lighter, sandy, well-drained soils. This allows for even root development and ease of washing after harvest. Liberal applications of animal manure are normally used for growing radishes. Apply a good quality fowl manure at the rate of 15 t/ha (1.5 kg/m2) two to three weeks before planting. Prior to sowing, broadcast 100 g/m2 of 5:5:5 N:P:K fertiliser. This ensures that the young seedlings have a ready supply of major elements immediately after germination. This is important for radishes, as they have such a short growing period.

Radishes will tolerate slightly acid soil, but the pH should not be allowed to fall below 5.5. To avoid using excessive fertiliser, apply fertiliser according to a soil analysis.

Beads for jewelry making

During our trip to Kuching, Malaysia a few years back we found ourselves in a maze of old shops that sell all sorts of colourful stuff like those beads for jewelry making which Terese found really delightful. Might I add she couldn’t get enough of them and have to settle for less than what she really wanted because we wouldn’t be able to take them all back with us. As for me I just enjoyed strolling along the old shops, it was quite an eye opener.

Growing onions

In general, plant onions in autumn – early spring 10-15 cm apart in well drained soil. Plant in a different place each year, preferably on a 5 year rotation around the garden or the patch. Onions like a limed soil, so if you haven’t limed the area in the last year or so, sprinkle around some dolomite or garden lime. If you sow onions from seed they should come up within 2-3 weeks. Seed germinates readily between 2 and 27 deg C. Be careful not to overwater!

It’s best to not fertilise onions at planting, rather to plant them in soil that was fertilised for the last vegie crop. Too much manure or blood and bone in the soil can encourage maggots and rot, not very yummy! It’s ok to add some wood ash or potash though.

If this doesn’t happen, too much fertiliser can result in loose and soft bulbs which won’t keep for very long. Salad onions, like white Spanish, are grown to eat fresh rather than store so a bit more fertiliser is OK for them.

Growing garden cress

Garden Cress seeds will germinate in as soon as 2 days and as far out as 6, in order you’ll be able to see they develop quickly. Backyard cress likes the soil’s neutral pH to be as close to impartial (7.zero) as possible. Check your soil with a home testing package, out there from any garden or home middle for just a couple of dollars. Follow the directions that come with the kit to lift or decrease your soil’s pH degree as needed.

It likes full solar so pick a spot that receives probably the most sunlight and if you have an indoor herb backyard, make sure you pick a window sill that receives daylight very first thing in the morning. As for watering, garden cress doesn’t need much. Just preserve the soil moist with moderate watering and you may be ok.

Adidas response

I had a sneak peek into my son’s letter to Santa the other day. He wants some fancy shoes, something calls addidas response? I’m an old dad so what do I know about fancy shoes right? What ever happens to plain old runners or sneakers? Nowadays there are too many types of footwear it’s never easy to stay on top of them all. I hope Santa does!

Growing cabbages

Cabbages do best in a reasonably firm soil, so leave it for several months between digging and planting. Like all brassica varieties dig in plenty of well rotted manure or compost in the autumn - don't dig in the manure close to planting time. If the soil is acid then apply lime during the preparation, acid soil discourages growth and encourages that dreaded affliction of brassicas, club root... aim at pH 6.5 - 7.0.

Cover the bed with sifted mature compost if you have some - the bed may be small enough to purchase a bag or two from your garden centre, especially if you're just beginning your adventure in growing cabbage, you might not have the organic matter to compost.


Its that time of the year when I tend to let go a bit and go overboard with all the yummy food we serve during the festive season. Which is all good except by mid January I’ll be packing on a whole lot more weight than my ideal weight. That’s when my all reliable Lipofuze comes to rescue me, it never fails every year.

Growing chives

Chives will grow in almost all soils, the ideal one being well-dug with the addition of well-rotted compost or organic material. Work in a handful or two of bonemeal per square metre (yard). Chives are not greedy feeders, so it is not necessary to feed throughout the year if the soil has been prepared as described.

Full sun or partial shade suit them equally well, and although they are fairly tolerant of drought, don't plant them in very dry places. Chives are perennial evergreen plants, and keep their leaves in most winters. In colder winters, the leaves may die back completely, but don't despair - their roots are still alive and they will begin new growth next spring.

Urban clothes

I got a call from a friend who wanted my help in setting up her market stall on the weekends. She’ll be selling clothing mainly jeans, t-shirts and urban clothes. Mainly clothes she gets from factory seconds and she likes me to help her in the first couple of weeks. I’m happy to help, it’ll give me an excuse to get out there early each morning to meet new people and the fresh air will do me good.

Growing brussel sprouts

Brussels are a cool weather crop that grow best at around 60-65 deg F. They will grow well in temperatures up to 75 deg F. Warm temperatures will cause the sprouts to open up and lose their firmness. Warm weather also causes the flavour of the sprout to be more intense.

Brussel Sprouts have a shallow root system and so care must be taken not to damage the roots when maintaining the soil and weeds. A nitrogen fertiliser should be applied to the soil every 3 weeks through the growing season. Brussel Sprouts need a large amount of water but do not like standing water. Lighter soils will require more frequent waterings than heavier soils. Ensure to water the crop adequately during the growing season as the plants require water for growth and sprout development. Removing the growing tip of the plant about a month before the harvesting date will result in greater yields as the plant will divert energy from leaf growth into developing the Brussel Sprouts.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Custom laptops

When buying a desktop computer we can customize the configuration of the computer according to our budget and choice. A faster cpu here, more memory, better graphic card..the choices are endless. Pity there’s not the case when buying laptops because I’m yet to find custom laptops selling anywhere. You can probably have a choice of cpu, memory and hard disk space. Then you’re stuck with it because you won’t be able to change these components in the future.

Growing chillies

Chillies are grown in full sun, but in Adelaide the climate is very harsh, and the sun can be fierce. Growing them under trees, in the shade house and even in a glasshouse has proved to be successful. Chillies are shallow-rooted plants and when they are grown in a container their roots will remain warmer in winter than if they were grown in the ground. There are likely to be more failures through dieback and death of the plants in the ground than in pots, which have the other advantage of being able to be easily moved to another location if they are not happy in the one where they are growing. A 20 cm pot is adequate for growing most chilli plants. They are very hardy and even have the ability to recover from leaf drop as a result of drying out. They can be pruned back in winter and will re-shoot with fresh new growth. For economical use of space, it is possible to grow three different varieties in one larger 30 cm pot. Containers with a water-well in the bottom will only need to be watered about once a month.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Term life insurance rate

Some insurance are useless; they’re money wasters that don’t have any benefit for you. But there are some insurance that are a must for any family like term life insurance. We all think nothing bad will ever happen to us when we have all the good things in life but it doesn’t take much for our lives to turn and if it does we can rest easy that we have something to fall back on. So find the best term life insurance rate that suits your family and live your life to the fullest.

Growing blueberries

Growing blueberries of your own will give you one of the most delicious tasting fruits around and will be far superior to the commercially grown types. These have probably been picked too early, to arrive in the supermarkets hopefully almost ripe, but by then they have probably lost most of their vitamin C & E values for which they are noted. The fruit is also renowned for containing fructose, fiber, and antioxidants, which researchers say is a great health benefit. So with this in mind, why not grow your own.

Containers can be used very successfully for growing blueberries and this is a good option if you cannot provide the right type of soil in your garden beds. The Dwarf Northsky Blueberry is a great choice for container growing with an attractive compact mounding habit. Another option is using raised garden beds where again you can add the specific type of soil required for growing blueberries. Gurney’s Blueberry Food is made from plant and animal by-products and enhanced with minerals and natural trace elements to help maintain acid pH.

Mens ties

I have a few clients that I think I should get some Christmas presents for. Problem is I don’t know what to get them. The accountant said alcohol is out because I wouldn’t be able to claim them so maybe food hampers? Or mens ties for the guys and flowers for the ladies? This is a dilemma, I think they’d prefer alcohol but that’s going to be a problem.

Growing pennyroyal

Pennyroyal is not a culinary herb, but it is worth growing for several other reasons. Mainly, it is one of the best natural insect repellents, and it smells better than many commercial insect repellents. It is a durable plant which will survive periods of neglect.

Plant pennyroyal in a dedicated spot in the garden. Pennyroyal is an aggressive spreading herb which sends shoots out from its roots from which new plants pop up. It takes over its surrounding space, so plant in dedicated beds or grow it in pots. If growing in pots, choose at least an 8-inch pot. Grow pennyroyal in full sun or partial shade. Pennyroyal is adaptable to many light conditions, but does not thrive in full shade.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Anti aging wrinkle creams

Time waits for no one and sooner or later old age will catch up to every one of us. But you can give old age a run for its money and one way of doing this is finding anti aging wrinkle creams to smooth out those wrinkles and going to the gym to tone up those muscles. Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise more and have a great attitude to life!

Growing pumpkins

Pumpkin vines need fertile, compost-rich, well-drained soil in full sun and are most easily grown as ground-cover plants. Bushy varieties, like Golden Nugget, can be container-grown, but most are too vigorous for pots. Vines can be trained over frames provided they can support the weight of the heavy fruit.

In frost-free tropical and subtropical gardens, pumpkins can be grown all year round. In temperate Australia plant or sow outside after the last frost. In cold climates sow pumpkins indoors or in a glasshouse so they can be planted immediately after the last frost to gain the full benefit of short summers.

Does MD Clear work?

Being a guy with some success battling acne problems during my younger years I get asked by friends on advises with their acne problems. A lot of my friends are bombarded with remedies and cures available on the market claiming to cure acne in no time, which they’re just confused as to which product they should go for. A very popular question I get asked is does md clear work? There is no simple answer to that; it could work for some but not for others. You just have to give it a go.

Growing nasturtiums

Nasturtiums plants grow very full, with spots of brightly colored blossoms poking out of masses of foliage. Leaves are rounded, like a water lily. The flowers are an open funnel shape with a curious little claw or spur on the underside. They are most often seen in rich shades of yellow, orange, , pink, red and mahogany but there are also varieties in subdued shades of butter yellow and cream. The ‘Alaska’ Series and the climbing ‘Jewel of Africa’ have variegated leaves.

Nasturtiums are usually started from seed, so you won’t often find them available as plants, at nurseries. However, the seed germinate quickly and the plants will be up and blooming in little time. Seeds can be sow directly in the garden, when the soil has warmed, or started indoors about 2-4 weeks earlier. Nasturtiums don’t especially like being transplanted, so starting indoor seedlings in peat pots will reduce transplant shock. Once planted, they tend to take care of themselves.

The best way to lose weight

I get asked this question all the time; what is the best way to lose weight. Sorry guys but I’m no expert but maybe it’s because of how much weight I lost last summer and now everyone thinks I’m some weight loss expert which is further from the truth. All I did was eating healthy and exercise more and I do it diligently and the weight is fell off me! That’s how easy it was.

Growing potatoes

To grow potatoes, you will need to deeply dig the garden bed to ensure the soil is loose. Chicken manure or blood and bone should be dug through the bed as potatoes need a lot of phosphorus but not too much nitrogen. Too much nitrogen will cause the potatoes to create too much leafy growth rather than potatoes. Ensure that the potatoes are planted into the soil to about 10cm depth for adequate soil coverage. Seed potatoes should be planted about 50cm apart.

As the potatoes grow, it is important to keep them well covered, either by mounding the soil or heavily mulching. If sunlight reaches the potatoes as they are growing, they will turn green and become inedible. Keep the potatoes watered moderately as potatoes will rot in soil that is too wet.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The cottage

Well I would say our little country retreat is almost done. The painters are finishing off the final touches and the landscapers are filling up the backyard with lots of plants and flowers.

What it needs now is an address plague to finish off our beautiful little cottage in the country. All the years of hard work is finally paying off, we are going to enjoy our little retreat for years to come.

While we were looking for our address sign we were pleasantly surprised that there are so many to choose from. We were spoiled for choice what with the hundreds of address plaques and numbers available. But we finally found the right one for our little cottage and now it is complete.

Growing calendula

Calendula is in the same family as daisies and chrysanthemums and the resemblance can be seen in their daisy-like flowers. The plants will bloom throughout the season. The leaves are slightly fussy and not the most attractive part of the plants. Although the petals have a lightly bitter flavor, they have no fragrance. They’re used in all kinds of recipes, from butter to wine, but they are mostly favored for their intense color.

Calendula can be direct seeded in the spring or even summer or they can be started indoors as transplants. They’re very easy maintenance and once established in your garden, they will self-seed, but they don’t generally become a nusiance.

Rich soil and a full sun location will keep your calendula blooming, although they will adapt to most any soil conditions. Calendula will slow down in extreme heat and warmer climates will have more success growing them as fall or early spring flowers. In more temperate areas, watering regularly will help keep them going in the peak of summer and your calendula will bloom until frost.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Video game consoles have come a long way since the days of Atari. It used to be that video games were making our kids unhealthy; however the new wii console is the first of its kind of game consoles that not only is fun but gets you exercising before you even know it! I never knew I would be saying good things about a game console but the wii is the best game console on the market and I’d have no problem letting my kids play on it all day long.

Growing choko

The choko (Sechium edule) is a vigorous, perennial vine which is easy to grow in mild, frost-free climates. It can be propagated from a single sprouting fruit in late winter and spring. Plants will bear fruit in autumn and winter, when other fresh vegies are scarce. If you don't have room for a vine, chokoes can be bought cheaply at the fruit market. Chokoes contain fibre, vitamin C, they're low in fat and they can even taste good!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Colon cleansers

After the celebrations of drinking and feasting I think I need to do some major detoxing. I’ve never done it before but I’ve had friends who’s done it and recommended it. So now I’m looking for colon cleansers on the net, there are so many available out there and it’s hard to pick the right one for me. I wish I had a fairy godmother who can show me the way.

Growing leeks

The leek is a great vegetable for cooler climates, it's easy to grow, useful and very versatile. The white elongated bulb at the base of the leaves, makes a very tasty, fresh vegetable, either on its own or in stews or casseroles. The green leafy tops of leek is excellent for flavouring soups and stews. They are also very nutritious and very rich in vitamin A. The leek is a member of the onion family, but is far easier to grow than the onion. The are able to grow in varied soil conditions, so long as it is not waterlogged.

Dermapril review

Some one told me about this new skin care treatment called dermaril which until today I’ve never heard of. I’m a rather sceptical person therefore I need to do a fair bit of research into this before I would even contemplate trying it out. Reading a dermapril review on a reputable site last night has convinced me to give it a go. It might just be the treatment I’ve been looking for all these years.

Growing vietnamese mint

Vietnamese mint can be planted straight into the garden. Just take a cutting from the parent plant that's got lots of little roots on it. Dig it into a nice, moist soil. It loves soil that's got lots of manure in it and it likes to be cut back all the time, to keep it growing vigorously. Both of these plants will be ready for harvesting in about a month. Fertilise tropical herbs twice a month during the wet season and once a month during the dry.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Motorhome insurance

Okay so we’ve finally bought that RV we’ve been talking about all these years. Finally we can just jump in and go anywhere we like for holidays. But before we do that we had to make sure it’s insured and my car insurer doesn’t do that! I have to look for an insurer that provides for motorhome insurance and we didn’t know where to start. A good place to start is on the net and we were surprised there are lots to choose from there.

Growing catmints

Catmint is easy to grow. They thrive in sun or partial shade. They prefer average, well drained soil . Plants are drougt and heat tolerant. They grow well with little attention, and will withstand crowding. Fertilizer is not usually required, except in the poorest of soils. We always recommend a little fertilizer at planting time, and a couple of times a year to promote maximum growth.

After the plants have grown a few inches, pinch back the shoots to promote bushy growth. It will first bloom in mid summer. After harvest, trim back the plants again. With luck, you will get three harvests in a season.

Catmint are aggressive growers, crowding out other plants if given the chance. Give them plenty of space away from other plants in your garden. Or, better still, surround it with a border edging.

Harvest leaves as the flowers begin to bloom. Cut off the top leaves, stems and flowers. They can be used fresh, dried , or frozen. Spread leaves out to dry in a cool and ventilated area.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tech jobs

When I graduated from my IT course years ago I was really pumped and charged up. Very eager to put my new found skills to good use so I was looking for tech jobs with great enthusiasm. I soon found out that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, even though I was an IT graduate there are a lot of graduates like me looking for work also. And a lot of them were much qualified than me. That’s why I decided to eat humble pie and start from the bottom in an IT retail store. The rest is history.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Best anti aging products

Alright I get it; we all grow old some days but if I could slow down the ageing process I would try my best. I’m having too much fun living my life and old age is just going to slow me down. That’s why I’m always on the look out for the best anti aging products that money can buy. Together with sensible eating and regular exercise I can live a long and happy life.

Growing papayas

To grow good papayas you need a frost free climate, lots of sunlight, lots of water and very good soil. If you can supply all of the above you can pretty much stick some papaya seeds in the ground at any time of the year, and six to ten months later they will start fruiting.

Papayas are fast growing, single stem plants. The trunk is soft and does not have a bark, and papayas don't have branches. The leaves are huge and don't last long. Usually you have a tall trunk with a crown of leaves at the top of it. The overall appearance is a bit like a palm tree. If a papaya loses the growing tip or is cut back it can develop multiple trunks. The fruit grows on the trunk, and since papayas continue to grow up and up the fruit is harder and harder to get to as the papaya plant gets older...

Hair loss shampoos

I think someone told me once that I’ll loose more hair if I wash my hair too often. Is that even true? I never quite believe it then and not even more now that I’ve heard of hair loss shampoos that help restore your hair and not loose it! I must give them a go since I’m loosing more hair than I can grow them. Anything to slow down the ageing process will be good.

Summer & winter squashes

Summer squashes are large, bushy plants. The fruit of summer squash are harvested when they are immature and have soft skins. Fruit can be stored for 1 to 2 weeks. There are several types of summer squash. These include zucchini (cylindrical, club-shaped fruit), crookneck (long, tapered fruit with curved necks), straightneck (bottle-shaped fruit with straight necks), and scallop (flattened, roundish fruit with scalloped edges).

Most winter squashes are large, vining plants. (Several semi-bush varieties are available to individuals with small gardens.) Fruit are harvested when they are mature and have hard rinds. Winter squash fruit can be stored in a cool, dry location for 1 to 6 months. Various sizes, shapes, and colors of winter squash are available. These include acorn, buttercup, butternut, and hubbard.

Treatment for arthritis

My mother is having some pain in her hands and joints and the doctor said its arthritis. Well she is at that age of her life when arthritis can strike. She’s asked me to help her find a treatment for arthritis on the internet. Needless to say I found so many treatments out there all claiming to do wonder to relieve you. I supposed you have to find the right one that suits you. Not all treatments are suited to everybody; you just have to find the one that suits you.

Growing zucchini

Zucchini is another vegetable originally brought back from the Americas (along with chillies, tomatoes, potatoes and chocolate) by the Spanish Conquistadors. These are fast-growing, warmth-loving plants, and spring is the ideal time to plant seeds or seedlings. In subtropical zones, you can sow seed from July through to March. In temperate zones (eg, Sydney) sow from September to January. In cold climates (eg, Tassie and mountains) sow from October to December.

Plant zucchinis in a very sunny spot, in soil enriched with plenty of aged manure (eg, Dynamic Lifter) and compost. Mulch around plants to a depth of about 3-4cm, to preserve soil moisture and suppress weeds. Zucchini need a steady water supply, so keep plants well-watered. To keep plants growing rapidly, give them monthly liquid feeds as well, or apply some more Dynamic Lifter around the base of plants each month.

Nikon binoculars

The new property we bought recently overlooks across the bay and on a beautiful clear day you can see for miles and the view is breathtaking. Now I’m contemplating getting a binocular because I get some pretty interesting people coming to the bay. A friend of ours recommend the Nikon binoculars, I though Nikon only does cameras but looks like they’ve widened their field of expertise. I’m sure they are good because I have used Nikon cameras all my life and never had any problems with them.

The sunflower

The sunflower has a tall and thick stem crowned by what seems like a single giant flower. Interestingly, this flower is no flower at all but a constellation made up of hundreds of small flowers called the head. Although the sunflower head resembles a huge flower with yellow petals and a brown centre, it is actually the brown that is the constellation of flowers, with the yellow leaves acting more as a protectant to the flowers during the flowering and seed development phases. A sunflower can grow to become well over 10 feet (3 meters) tall and the head can become quite wide.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blackheads on nose

Let me tell you a funny story; I used to get very bad blackheads on my nose. You can physically see the big ugly black dots sticking out of my pores and I used to squeeze my nose till it bleeds! Then I got into that sticker thingy that you stick onto your nose and then peel it off that also pulls out all the nasty blackheads. That was disgusting. But now there are easier remedies for removing blackheads on nose and there’re so many to choose from.

Growing carrots

Carrots are one of the best vegies you can get kids started with in the garden. They don't take up much space, either, so even if you have only a small patch of sunny ground available, you can get a small crop of carrots growing.

Preparing the soil before planting is important, as carrots need deep, well-drained soil that is free of rocks, stones, old roots or anything else that could get in their way. Dig the patch over really well down to the depth of a spade (about 30cm), until the soil is fine and crumbly. Add some compost and well-rotted manure, and mix that in well with the soil.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Next time I buy memory

Note to self; next time I buy memory for my PCs, don’t just go for the cheapest ones. There’s a good reason why they’re cheap usually it has to do with the quality of the components that the chips are made from. I had a bad experience buying cheap memory from a local computer shop, sure it was cheap but the grief it gave me was enough to smash my PC to bits. Luckily I was able to exchange it for better ones. They cost me a little more but now I have no more grief.

Growing sweetcorn

When growing sweet corn, it is important to have plenty of space in your vegetable garden. The most important parts about growing corn are, correct planting, adequate soil moisture and nutrients, and harvesting at the right time.

The time to plant the corn is after every chance of frost is over, and the soil has reached at least 10 degrees Celsius for normal sweet corn and 17C for the other types. Make sure the seed is fungicide treated if you plant the corn in cool wet soil, since these conditions favor the growth of fungi which can rapidly rot the seed. Plant the seeds about 20-30 cm apart (2-3 seeds at each spot), in rows about 30-40 cm apart, about 3-4cm deep, except for the super-sweet variety which should be planted only 2cm deep. Water them thoroughly and wait for the seedling to come out. If more then one seedling grows our of one spot, weed out the weaker or poorer seedling, further increasing your chances of a great harvest. Make sure the corn leaves don't curl up which is a sign of lack of water, and if they do water the corn immediately. Usually once the corn reaches a height of 50cm it isn't necessary to water it anymore unless the leaves curl up, and you should fertilize the plant at this time. Proper weeding also increases the chances of a good harvest.

Growing chillies

Chillies are the hot fruits of a range of capsicum species that originally came from the warm northern regions of South America. In the past 500 years they have been traded across the warm areas of the globe, and today chillies are an integral ingredient in many different cuisines around the world.

Chillies thrive in alkaline soils, with the exception of Capsicum chinense ‘Rocotillo’, which has a rating of 8 and likes acidic soil, but chillies are generally very adaptable to a variety of soil types. They are also ideal for growing in containers.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Life insurance medical exam

I saw on TV one day an ad selling life insurance. Now that’s nothing unusual about it except the ad claims you don’t require a life insurance medical exam to apply! Now that can’t be right, can it? I mean how can you insure someone without knowledge of his health? It’s just not responsible on the part of the insurer because the insured could be riddled with all kind of health problems which the insurer will have to pay which will eventually be paid for by other members of the insurance company! Now that’s just wrong.

Growing daffodils

Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) are planted in autumn, to flower in winter and spring. They grow in full sun to semi-shade but do best in a position with sun during winter and spring, when they bloom. Daffodils also need plenty of sun when they’ve just finished flowering, as this is when the bulbs are taking in energy for the following year’s display. They are an ideal choice as an underplanting for deciduous trees that are bare-stemmed in winter. Some varieties need a drop in temperature to induce flowering.

Well-drained soil is vital for longevity of bulbs. They may rot if soil becomes waterlogged, especially during summer, when they are dormant. As daffodils and other narcissus grow and flower in winter and spring, bulbs generally survive on rainfall alone, especially in areas with reliable winter rainfall, such as southern parts of Australia. In regions with dry winters, or where bulbs are grown in pots, additional watering may be needed during the growing season but, generally, daffodils are waterwise garden plants.

Friday, September 24, 2010

My year in Los Angeles

When I was living in Los Angeles last year I bought myself a second hand Honda Civic so I could get around mainly from home to work and the occasional trips to the beach. The reason I bought a second hand car instead of a new car was because I was only expecting to be there for a year so a new car would depreciate in value too much.

The right choice was a second hand car but the problem with second hand cars is they tend to break down quite unexpectedly. Fortunately for me it was quite easy to find a Los Angeles auto repair shop near my place. The worst case scenario for me was when the head gasket blew up on me on the way to work one morning. Luckily for me I didn’t have to go too far to get it fixed but I did have to take the morning off work. I had a very understanding boss, I wish to go back to LA to work for him again soon. Hopefully next year unless I renew my contract with my present work.


Camellias have glossy, mid- to dark green, toothed leaves and bear short-stalked flowers that bloom during the colder months, many in mid-winter when the plants are semi-dormant. Of the many cultivars, most adopt a formal, upright, shrubby stance, though smaller, bushy, less formal cultivars are becoming increasingly popular. There are a number of flower forms and sizes, and the general color range is white, cream, yellow, and pink to red-purple.

Camellias can be quite frost hardy, but since many are winter- or early spring-blooming, prolonged winters can damage the flowers. Shaded or semi-shaded positions, acid to neutral soils, dry winters, and wet summers suit the majority. A freely draining site and purpose-designed potting mixes are essential for all species. When planting camellias, be mindful that they are long-lived; allow adequate room for their growth. Propagation is by grafting, or from cuttings taken in late summer to winter.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Diet pills for women

A lot of my women friends ask me what kind of diet pills I would recommend since they need something that is natural and wouldn’t be too expensive. Hello! Like I’m an expert in women dieting? Well maybe I am since I blog on and on about diet and weight loss and stuff like that. Well I tell them to keep reading my blog because whenever I come across good diet pills for women that work I always blog about them.


Roses are arguably the most beloved flowers in the world. They symbolize love, friendship, and sympathy with an elegant beauty. They're also known for being one of the most fragile and time-consuming flowers you can attempt to grow on your own. They can catch diseases like they can sway in the wind, right? So why take the time to learn to grow these beautiful, elegant flowers? Because they are beautiful elegant flowers! Plus the rumors are not all true - any gardening enthusiast can successfully grow gorgeous, healthy roses with just some reliable information...and a little tender loving care as well.

Indoor tanning lotion

We’ve all known for years that tanning ourselves under the hot sun is bad but nowadays they’ve since discovered that indoor sun tanning under UV light is also a health hazard. So what be a safe alternative to great looking skin tone? The solution might just be the indoor tanning lotion that makes our skin darker without the harmful UV rays that causes skin disease. All’s not lost, we can still look good.


Hippeastrums are big, bold, voluptuous and brassy and their strong colours work particularly well in our bright Australian light. Wild species grow in South America, but the varieties sold today are the result of years of intensive hybridising. Blooms are now large, flared trumpets in a dazzling range of colours. Plant hippies in clumps, en masse or in pots and you'll be rewarded with a flamboyant display that will bring cheer and happiness to your garden.

Phentermine review

Someone told me about a diet pill called phentermine that is supposed to be very good with weight loss. However I have never heard of this name until today so I will need to do a bit of homework before I give it a go. I mean I’m all for diet pills that are safe and work but I will need to read up more on the phentermine review from an independent source.


Cumquats grow and fruit well in pots they are suitable for topiary, standards, hedging or specimens the plants have attractive dark green foliage and fragrant white flowers the fruit can be eaten fresh, or used to make marmalade and preserves or cumquat brandy.

A position in full sun is best. Keep trees well watered when the fruit is forming in spring and early summer. Trees growing in the ground should be fertilised in August and February. Complete Citrus Food alternating with Dynamic Lifter would be suitable. Feed citrus growing in pots every six to eight weeks. Once again alternate Complete Citrus Food with Dynamic Lifter, or use 3-4 month Osmocote applied in spring and early summer. Water well before and after fertilising. Keep the area beneath your trees free of grass and weeds. Mulch with compost or other organic material, but make sure that the mulch does not touch the trunk of the tree.

Vitamins for weight loss

I know I should really start to take supplements like vitamins instead of relying totally on my diet. But then again I heard about these vitamins for weight loss that one can get these days. Instead of just getting normal vitamins I can get these special vitamins that not only help me with my health but also help me loose some kilos! That’s killing two birds with one stone.

The tomato story Part 2

"What are you doing?” I asked. My friend looked bewildered. "You’re not growing tomatoes my friend, you’re growing leaves.” To his protest, I quickly found a pair of gloves and some cutters. I spent an hour in his garden and chopped all the leaves off his tomato plants. When I was done, there was nothing left. Where there were sprouting bushes of green leaves before, were now bare skinny stems, as if winter had come and took everything off in an hour. He came back and yelped in horror at what he saw, "Stan! What have you done to my tomato plants? You cut everything off! It looks horrible! They’re going to die.” I told him to wait and see. In 3 weeks, when I was back at home, he called me all the way from Florida to say "Stan, I can’t believe it, I have so many tomatoes! I’ve started giving them away to the neighbors; I don’t know what to do with all of them. ”Told you so!”

Women's apparel

Even though my webpage is quite straight forward I still get people asking me exactly what we do. Some people think we are designers and some think we sell patterns. I always have to explain to them that we make patterns instead of designing them; any patterns we can make from women's apparel to kid’s clothing. Still we keep getting people asking us the same questions again. I seriously think most people don’t bother reading the text on the webpages.

The tomato story Part 1

About 20 years ago I was visiting a friend in Florida. He lived far away from the city where there were a lot of crops and lots of fertile land. When I got to his house, he quickly took me to the garden to show me his tomato plants. When he took me to the garden, I shrieked! Where I expected to see tomato plants, I saw instead, my worst nightmare as an experienced tomato producer. Tomato Plants WITH Leaves!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Free credit score

Going through life one of the most important score we need to build up is our credit score. It determines whether we can get the all important mortgage when we want to purchase our first homes and also if the financial institutes would lend us money for personal or commercially for our businesses sometimes in the future. So whatever we do in life be sure to build a good credit score and from time to time take advantage of the free credit score to see how far you’ve come.

Spring is here!

Spring is here! Time to put away the winter coats, snow boots, and mittens. Take out the dustpan, mops, and buckets for a little spring cleaning as well. Time to clean out those cobwebs. Time to take out the gardening tools and start planting those seeds…

Maybe it’s also time to think about awakening some new ideas for your business. Or maybe it’s time to think about starting your own business. There are seeds for new ideas and innovation all around us.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mortgage life insurance

Times are tough, no doubt about it. If you are employed then thank your lucky star because a lot of people loose their jobs and their homes. Then again life is unpredictable because although you may be alright right now, things could change so to protect your family and home it’s best to have a mortgage life insurance so that when the inevitable does happens, you’re ok.

Growing gerberas

Gerberas are perennials and do best in full sun, in well-drained soil. They will grow in most parts of Australia but are happiest in a warm climate. In cool or moist areas plants need excellent drainage and shelter from the cold. If your soil is poorly drained, grow the plants in a raised garden bed. If you experience wet autumns and winters plant gerberas where they will keep dry during the colder months.

Monday, September 06, 2010


My dear friend whom we have known since childhood had a major accident that renders him disabled. He needs help from wherever he can gets it; from the government as well as family and friends. He has no clue on how to go about organizing his ssdi claims and I must admit I’m not too sure as well. I’m sure there are people that can help him with his dilemma. If only I have a guide from above.

Bring it on

Talk about the drought in Victoria..we just had the biggest downpour of rain the state has seen in a long time. Now most parts of the state is under water and the SES is working overtime just to keep up with the demand of people stranded and houses under threat. We need the water badly but not in one go for goodness sake. Bring it on a bit at a time will'ya Mother Nature?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Door locks

There was a burglary attempt on the holiday house last weekend. They almost made it into the house but I think the neighbour’s dog scared them off. I went to check it out this morning after the neighbour called me and found the lock had been badly damaged by the attempt. So I spent the whole morning getting a locksmith down there to change the door locks including all the other external doors of the house. I had better locks put it just to be extra secure.

Growing egg plants in Australia

Eggplants require a position in full sun and a long, warm growing season. In warm, frost-free zones (for example the tropical and subtropical parts of the Northern Territory and coastal areas of north Queensland) they can be grown all year round. In temperate climates (coastal and near coastal districts of southern Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia) seed can be planted from August to December. In cool to cold climates (southern Australia, mountain and frost-prone inland districts), delay planting until September and make last plantings by the end of November.


I must admit years ago I was obsessed with wearing tights. Yes, thinking back now it can be funny but I had the figure and legs for it then. I was able to get away with almost any kind of pants like tight jeans, leggings and breeches too. But not now though, not leggings and tight jeans anymore but breeches are still okay. Speaking of which I want to get some more.

Growing okra

Okra is a tropical plant that is grown as an annual vegetable. The seed pods are especially useful for thickening stews because of their gummy mucilage. Okra plants are extremely drought and heat resistant and okra is a popular vegetable in many countries with difficult growing conditions. Okra seeds are large and easy to handle. Some gardeners like to pre-soak their seeds the night before planting, but you should get good germination if you keep the soil moist until the plants break through. Okra can be direct sown or started indoors and transplanted. Starting seedlings in peat pots will lessen transplant shock. Start indoor seeds 6-8 weeks before transplant date.

Monday, August 23, 2010


The best thing I’ve done for my business is putting it out there in the internet. My business got a huge exposure to more potential clients than it ever did before. When I first started I was a bit apprehensive about it mainly because of price. But then I realized that it wasn’t that costly after all. All I needed was some good web hosting guide that I can research on the internet.

I did need some help setting up my website and hosting it though. Fortunately for me one of my blogging friends is in the web hosting industry and he was able to help me set up my website, host it on his server and all I had to do was organise the online ad campaign. Quick and simple and the business has never been better and will continue to do so into the future as long as I keep up the webhosting.

Hung parliament

So we've just had our federal election on the weekend but we still haven't got a government yet. The country is pretty much split into half over who should be the government and we won't know for another week or two for the rest of the votes to be counted. It would be most embarrassing for the current government to loose this election; there hasn't been a one term government since 1945. They have no one else to blame but themselves for their mishandling of everything that went went during their governance.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Computer memory

I still remember years ago when I had my first computers that cost thousands of dollars and parts like computer memory will cost an arm when you upgrade. Nowadays just about everybody can afford which used to be luxury items. I think it’s a good thing; technology should be made affordable and available to all concerned, that’s why it’s called progress! I can only imagine what technology is going to be like in the near future.

Harvesting garlic

Once the tops of your garlic plants start to die back, you know it’s time to harvest. Most of us plant our garlic in the fall and then sit back and wait. Growing garlic is an act of faith, since you won’t know how things are going until the moment of truth. At least potatoes let you peek around the edges and sneak a few baby potatoes early.

Growing sweet pea

Sweet peas are usually direct seeded. To assist germination, seeds should be nicked or soaked in water for several hours, to soften the seed coating. Seed can be started outdoors, as soon as the ground has warmed to about 50 degrees F. and is not too wet. At about 3-6", pinch the seedlings to encourage strong side shoots. Seed can be started earlier indoors, in pots. Pinch off all flowers and buds when transplanting seedlings, to encourage root development.

Baby announcements

We had a pleasant surprise from our friends whom we haven’t seen for quite some time. It was a baby announcement informing us about their new born baby! Looks like they’ve been busy all these times. So immediately we called them up congratulating them and we’ll be catching up with them for lunch this weekend. Sounded like they’ve been sending baby announcements to everybody so we just might have a big baby shower instead!

My gardens in winter

There are so many jobs to do in the garden but I'm over the cold. I can totally understand why animals hibernate. That's just what I feel like doing but we're half way through winter so onwards and upwards! One thing I've decided to do is remove the lilac tree next to the magnolia. Even though I adore the spring flowers the tree didn’t look much good for the rest of the year, having suffered due to the last few years of drought. And the trunk and branches had split quite badly so best to remove it.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Prenatal vitamins

I think my sister and her husband are planning a family. The other day I saw her buying prenatal vitamins. I’m happy for them but heard nothing from her about their plan just yet. I supposed they want to keep this a secret until the big day to announce it to the family. I can’t wait, everyone will be thrilled.

My ongoing war with possums

Possums are commonly found in suburban areas, where they are often considered pests owing to their habit of eating fruit, vegetables, flowers and tender young shoots from gardens, and nesting in roofs. The loud hissing, crackling territorial call of the male common brushtail may also be a problem for suburban residents. Natural deterrents, which play upon the possum's acute sense of smell, are often employed to discourage them. These include cloves of garlic, camphor or naphthalene. As a native species in Australia, possums are protected by Australian regulations, even when they reside in urban neighbourhoods, and cannot be baited. If captured, regulations stipulate that they must be released within a small radius of the capture site, as they are territorial creatures. Preventative measures such as blocking off their access to the roof spaces or building a possum nesting box for an alternative home are instead recommended.

Diets that work

This is impossible; I’ve tried everything under the sun but to no avail. I’m talking about going on diet and losing that extra weight. I just want diets that work and not promise of turning your life around and giving you that celebrity bodies we all adore from Hollywood. There has to be a diet that is just right for me and I can’t wait to find it.

I hate cleaning my fish tank

Fish tank cleaning can be made easier with the help of a few tools. You can ask about these tools when you purchase your tank. First off, be sure to buy tank tongs. These are long, claw-like bars that allow you to clean and get at the bottom of the tank. If fish tank cleaning is new to you, you are probably not aware of how difficult it is to get to the bottom of the tank. These tongs will surely make this job much easier. Also, do not forget to pick up a net. A net will come in handy whenever you need to scoop something out of the water that may be causing a problem or to scoop up a fish for thorough tank cleaning.

Steel building

After the devastating bush fire the communities are slowly rebuilding their lives and townships. With lessons learned from the fire most people are opting for steel building dwellings instead of the traditional timber and concrete buildings. I think this is a great idea because it will definitely save life and to an extent properties as well. The only problem the communities are facing now is bureaucratic red tapes.

Thing to do in July

July is the month when most roses are pruned, although there are some exceptions. For example, it’s not yet time to prune those roses that have one single massed flowering in spring. This group includes some of the old-fashioned roses, as well as banksias and many weeping standards, all of which should be pruned after flowering. Most climbing roses, too, should be left until after blooming before you think about cutting them back. And, in cold districts, you might like to wait until later and prune when there’s no risk of new growth being damaged by frost.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Window boxes

It’s no surprise to people who know me that one of my favourite past times is gardening. I have been gardening for many years and my enthusiasm is stronger today than it was when I first started so many years ago. Of course back then when I was learning I had to make my own window boxes from scrap timber because there were no commercial window boxes planters on the market.

Nowadays I can buy window flower boxes everywhere and there’s no limit to the designs. The reason why I’m talking about window plant boxes is because I’ll soon be moving into an apartment so the best way to have a garden is to use window box gardening. There are a variety of garden window boxes I can pick from.

My all time favorite fruit

My all time favorite fruit is the durian. The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae. Widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.

Online tutor

Back in my schooling days I had the misfortune of not able to get some help on my subjects especially math help. Nowadays kids are spoilt for choice as there are so many online tutor sites to suit everyone, some even provide free online tutoring if you are tight with cash.

Only if I was born later then I would be able to get all the math tutors online now. Instead all my parents could afford for me was a math tutor from the neighbourhood who wasn’t much of a math problem solver himself. So parents, if you want your kids to do well in class then invest a small amount of money in an online math tutor. It’ll pay off in the end.

Where I can from

I came from a place few people know about. Sarawak is one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Known as Bumi Kenyalang ("Land of the Hornbills"), it is situated on the north-west of the island. It is the largest state in Malaysia; the second largest, Sabah, lies to the northeast.

The administrative capital is Kuching which has a population of 579,900 (2006 census; Kuching City South - 143,500; Kuching City North - 133,600; Padawan- 3rd Mile/ 7th Mile/ 10th Mile - 302,800). Major cities and towns also include Sibu (pop. 254,000), Miri (pop. 263,000) and Bintulu (pop. 176,800). As of last census (December 31, 2006), the state population was 2,357,500.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Nuphedragen reviews

I heard someone talking about this so called nuphedragen pills, a kind of diet pills that is supposed to revolutionize the weigh loss industry. I’ve always been the sceptical type so I need to read more on as much nuphedragen reviews as I can before making a decision. I’m all for diet pills that work but they must also be safe too.

Too much to do

Its the weekend again so what's in store for the next two days? Well there are heaps of things I have to do but didn't have the chance to do them so I'm hoping to get them done this weekend. There's more pruning to do in the gardens, lawns to mow, vegie patch to tend to and I also need to do some housework too. Then maybe, just maybe I can go get a haircut! Too much to do for one weekend.

Earn a degree online

I’m well into middle age now and looking back on my life I have only one regret; I should have done better in school, go to college and get a degree to start off my life on the right foot. Not to worry because like most mature age students I can now earn a degree online with BestOnlineDegrees.org so I can realise my lifetime dream of getting a good education.

Too cold to garden

I've been neglecting my gardens; the roses need pruning, the lawns need mowing and the perenials all need attention but I've been procrastinating! Well you can't really blame me when the weather is so bad; it's cold, wet and did I mention bitterly cold? I'm also busy with work so I can only have the weekends to get stuck into them but when the weekend is wet and cold I give up!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Need lockers

Never in my wildest dream that when we set up the gardening club three years ago that we would have so many members as we have today. It’s getting to a point that we need to cater to our members when they come for their volunteering work.

At the moment they have to put their bags and stuff all over the place and it’s not safe especially if they have to store their valuables. I was thinking of providing lockers for everyone, like the school lockers or the gym lockers but I don’t want to spend too much money on them since we run on a strict budget. Therefore I’m constantly looking for lockers for sale at the local traders and just asking our members to keep their eyes out for a good buy. Let me know if you see a good bargain will’ya?


We have a new Prime Minister in Australia, actually we have our first female Prime Minister to be exact. Events like this is rare so usually it would be a case for celebration but because of how it came to be that is a worrying sign. The first female Prime Minister got to the top job by betrayal and stabbing her predeccessor in the back so it is not a honorable thing according to me. The Labor Party is in a very bad way at the moment.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sleeping pills

I guess I’m lucky because I don’t have this problem of not being able to fall asleep at night. I do know some people who can’t sleep at night so they’re always tired at work during the day and need sleeping pills when the problem gets really bad. I don’t know why but the older I get the easier I can fall asleep; I mean I can fall asleep just sitting down and watching TV!

The new iPad

The long awaited iPad is on sale today. There's long queues outside Apple stores eager to get their hands on this new technology that will set you back around $800. Not surprisingly there are all men. What is it with men and their gadgets? I'm just as guilty; I like new technology and anything new but I don't think I want an iPad though..what am I going to do with it?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Joint supplement

As I grow older I think it’s just a matter of time before I’ll start getting joint pain. Such is life and old age. All I can do is look after myself better; exercise and take joint supplement to keep my bones strong and active. The quickest way of getting old is doing nothing and I don’t think I want to be old yet.

Stop whingeing

I'm very busy at the moment; there's lots of work to be done. Lots of cardboards needing cutting and I only have a week to do them all! I hope I can finish in time, looks like I'll be working on the weekends and late into the nights as well. Oh stop whingeing! It's all income for me!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I have a little transistor radio that I plug into my ears everyday to listen to my daily talk back radio shows. It's great because I get to listen to my radio and not disturb people around me like my wife who hates talk back radio. She prefers to listen to her music so she has an iPod that she plugs into her ears. Happily we can work together without interrupting each other. LOL!


I must admit, I am an ex-smoker. I pick up this stupid habit when I was very young when my friend started smoking. I can be classified as a moderate smoker; going through a packet of 30 cigarettes in two days. Some of my friends smoke cigars which I never pick up. I tried it once but couldn’t stand the taste and aroma of a cigar. Too strong for me so I stuck with cigarettes until years later when I gave it up for good.

Websites down

Damnit! Both my business and personal websites are down. Well maybe not completely down but I can't get in them. Funny how my friends in Malaysia can still get in to both of them. I tried resetting my modem but that didn't help. It is possible that the server which the two websites reside is blocking my ip address. But why though? I'm getting Bryan my webhoster to help oin fix this problem.

Entertainment centers

Nowadays with big screen TV and home entertainment systems getting cheaper every day, more and more households are setting up their own entertainment centers. If you’re buying a new house the builder would probably has built a special home theatre room just for this purpose. Soon everyone will be staying home instead of going to the movies. Then the cinemas would be up in arms calling for the stop of home theatre sales!

What the heck

Heck! I couldn't stand it anymore; I've been putting up with the earphone of my transistor radio working on one side for the last few days. First I thought of getting a new radio because to get a new earphone costs $7 while I can probably get a new radio for a few dollars more. But the radio I have still works fine, just the earphone's no good. So this morning when I was at the supermarket I just bought the earphone, to hell with a new radio.


A friend of ours just bought a new TV for his house and it’s a stunner! It’s a big step up from his old one; I think it’s a Samsung plasma 50 inch. I went along to help carry it back from his house the other weekend. He also got a bench for it to sit on so we got everything done on the same day. Once it’s all installed and we turned on the TV we were blown away by the sheer size and clarity of it.

I don't miss it

It's such a drag running my own business; I have to keep chasing up my clients for payment on a daily basis. In an ideal world I wouldn't have to worry about it and they'll just pay me on time. Wouldn't that be terrific? But unfortunately I don't live in an ideal world and I have to keep chasing after my clients for money because if I don't they think I don't miss it!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Insurance blog

Insurance is the one thing in life that we all need but hate to take out. Sure it costs us a fortune but without it we might find ourselves in deep financial hole when misfortune finds us. There are so many type of insurance I need in my life like health, house and car. And to find out what money I can save on my insurance I found a nifty insurance blog that is full of resources and information on the topic. Just what I need.

Flirt your way out

If you're a woman then do you flirt to get yourself out of trouble? Like if you got pulled over by a cop for speeding do you try to get out of it by flirting with the cop? Of course you can't actually use this if you're past your use by date. Just look in the mirror to see if you can go this way. Fear not if you are because there's another way; cry. That's right, shed a tear and that usually work.


One thing all women hate about their bodies is cellulite. It seems to be the most dreadful thing that can happen to every woman. There are many so called remedies and cures for cellulite but I doubt if they’re any use at all. To take the first step in tackling this problem every woman should visit www.cellulitecures.net to learn more about this problem and learn how to reduce or prevent it.

Waiting for my BAS

I hope the accountant would send me the amended BAS today because the dealine is drawing near. I got the BAS from the accountant about 2 weeks ago but the figures don't match so I've emailed the accountant and called twice. I hope he'll get it fixed for me before my dealine or I'll be in trouble with the Tax Office!

One a day vitamin

Even with the balance diet we eat on a daily basis our bodies still need supplements like vitamins which can be lacking in our food. Therefore it is good practise to take regular multivitamins to keep ourselves in tip top condition. Unfortunately for me I’m too lazy to take multiple vitamins throughout the day, I prefer a one a day vitamin so I don’t have to worry about it again. I’m too busy to worry about taking my vitamins.

I wish

I'm back from doing some delivery down to a client in Prahran. Took around an hour for the round trip which is good. Normally it would have taken an hour and a half with the traffic but somehow today's traffic is quite good. Why that is so I don't know. I thought Friday's traffic is usually bad but today is obviously an exception. How I wish everyday's like today.

Betastax side effects

There are so many diet pills on the market that claim to help you lose weight. Somehow I’m a bit concerned about what side effects they can have if you take them regularly. Betastax is a popular choice at the moment but I’m sure you will get betastax side effects also. If it’s a pill it will have some kind of side effect whether slight or serious.

Boring yeah?

Its coming up to the weekend again. The week's gone by quick. That's what happens when you're busy. So what's on for the weekend? Nothing at the moment, I hope to get some house work done like the mopping up and scrbbing the toilets. Been putting them off for a while but I really need to do those chores. Dinner with Heng and his family on Sunday night, that's all we got in out weekend schedule. Boring yeah?

Ab workouts

Years ago when I was a skinny young lad I didn’t need to work out to have a six pack. I was so skinny that I had a six pack naturally! But now that I’m older and put on some weight I have a fat tummy and gone is my six pack. I miss my six pack and I want it back and the only way to get it back is ab workouts which I think will be too hard for a couch potato like me.

Winter around the corner

With winter just around the corner there's less need for me to water the gardens. Therefore there's also less need for me to collect more rain water. My rain water tanks are all full and during the warmer months I used to collect the water in buckets after the tanks were filled. Now that watering is not needed as much I don't have to anymore because I wouldn't be able to use up all the water now, unlike in summer.

Fish food

Most of you would’ve known for years that I keep goldfish for pets. I have an indoor fish tank and a half wine barrel pond outdoor. When I started I had quite a number of fish and feeding them was tedious; I used to buy special fish food for them like pellets, live shrimps and even ground up peas! Now after many disappointments and deaths with just a handful left I’m losing my enthusiasm in choosing their food.

They're back

They're back; those nasty caterpillars. I found them yesterday on my brocoli chewing away on the lease leaving pin holes all over the leaves. They're tiny and hiding under the leaves so are hard to find. I thought I had eradicated most of them but I don't think I can get rid of them completely and I would have to keep an eye on them from time to time.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


My most successful DIY story is the potting table I built myself a few years back. I didn’t have to spend too much money on the material; just some timber frames and an old kitchen sink I pick up from the side of the road that someone threw out. The sink serves as the table top with the sunken section for potting mix. Its great!

100% success rate

Growing your own vegies is great, I do it and so do a lot of people. But gardeners are always facing the problems of pest and diseases that devastate your crops constantly. A good way around this problem is setting up a green or glass house and growing your crops inside it. This way you control the weather, keep the nasties out and have 100% success rate everytime you grow!

Quick weight loss

There are a lot of people wanting to lose weight fast just to fit into a dress or to show off to their old classmates on that all important reunion day. I’m sceptical about losing weight too fast; I don’t think that’s a good way of doing it. It might have an adverse effect on your health or you might just put that weight back on as fast as you lost it. So no quick weight loss program for me thank you.

Dreaming of Malaysia

Its been a few years since I last went back to Malaysia. I've been wanting to go back again but never seems to find time to go. My mother and others keep asking me to go back but I just don't have any time to do it since we've started this business. If we go one holidays there's no one to look after the business and we might loose our customers if we send them elsewhere when we're on holidays. Running your own business is damn hard.

Best acne treatment

I’m not one that gets bad acne but every now and then I would get a couple here and there. The best acne treatment I found is actually something not made for it. It’s Vicks vapourup! Yes I couldn’t believe it at first but after the first try I’m a believer. Terese put me up to it and now whenever I have an acne I go for my Vicks vapourup.

Goodness me

I bought a Japanese Iris in summer which I put in my wine barrel pond. It was doing well until now when the cold weather has settled in. The leaves are turning yellow and flopping over and I don't know what could've done that. So I did some searches on the net for this plant and I found that you're supposed to take them out of the water in autumn and winter or else the roots will rot! Goodness me, glad I found out about it now so I've take it out of the pond.

RV repair

Thinking of getting an rv so we can go fishing on long weekends and do other things with the convenient of sleeping in our rv than booking into expensive accommodations. I saw a second hand one which looks quite enticing but it does need a little work. Just a little rv repair and I think she’ll be right. I think I’ll go see the owner tomorrow and see how much he wants for it.

We shall see

I need a haircut again, it's been 6 weeks already since I had my last haircut? Anyway I need another one now and I was hoping to get it done today but we're busy with work and I'm not sure I can do it. I might, see how it goes. I may have to go there myself. Usually Terese comes with me so she can go to the library there. We shall see.

Unique gifts for her

I drag Terese’s birthday, anniversary or any other days when I have to find a gift for her. You see she’s very fuzzy with her gifts; I can never get her the gifts she likes. She’s very hard to please and sometimes she’s not even happy with what she buys herself! The I found this place where I think I can get unique gifts for her that she would definitely like.

Office makeover

We've just had an office makeover; we changed all our computers to the new ones and changed the settings and moved the furniture around. Its finished now and it looks good, Terese calls it an office makeover but more importantly it has to be easy for us to work in. I think it is and I think it is efficient use of space. I think we will keep it this way for a while.


When I finished school I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. Back then we didn’t have help like we do now where you can go for help on finding the choices of careers school leavers have. My grade wasn’t good enough to go to University and I didn’t have the guidance to choose a trade that I could use for the rest of my career life. But I’m glad my life turned up quite good I must say.

Good business

Well its the weekend again but it won't be much of a weekend for us because work has pick up again after a fairly quiet month. Its a good thing but it also mean we're going to have to work long hours and right into the weekends just to keep up. Don't want to risk a burnout but on the other hand its good business.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Most effective diet pills

Seems like I’m forever looking for that miracle pills that would magically zap my fat away and give me a body to be envious by others. But so far I have no luck finding ones that work. Where can I find the most effective diet pills out there? There’re so many on the market all claiming to help you but how can I be absolutely sure?

Last day of training.

Well today's the last day of training. I hope the instructor turns up though, she does have a habit of forgetting her appointments and postponing them. We agreed on today last week so I just hope she put it down in her diary. It's been a long time since we started training and I just want to get it over and done with. Beside training she also need to bring the license and installation disc for the older version of the programs so I can install them on my new PC. Now I'm just waiting for her to show up.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Best fat burning exercise

Some people like exercising vigorously. I’m no such people, in fact I’ll work up a sweat just looking at people exercising! Yes I know I’m bad at it, I need to get off my butt and work out more. Got to get rid of some of this extra fat around my waist. I need to know the best fat burning exercise so I can just concentrate on that and forget about the rest. Would that be enough for me to keep fit?