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I Have a Very Interesting Neighbor

23 May

Of course my old neighbors used to think that I was a drug dealer, because they never saw me go to work in the morning and it is not a cheap place for a man to live. In fact I work on my computer writing software. I got to know her when a tree fell across her driveway. Obviously I was a lot more willing to help her since she is about 24 years old and she looks like a swimsuit model. Eventually she told me about the girlfriend experience in Utah county, which was her specialty. I would have been afraid to have asked her what it would have cost, but she told me it was quite fine if I wanted to go on with the pursuit I was involved. The smile that she gave was delightful. She asked if this bothered me and said that there was no point in keeping it a secret. In fact I thought about it and figured that it was hardly my business. I was chasing her though and I wondered if she thought I had a chance, because I had not really liked my chances before.

At any rate I soon learned that she had a degree in mathematics and she was not terribly far away from getting a minor in computer science. This was obviously my opening, because she told me that she was sure that she could not go on doing what she doing when she was too old to pass for a girlfriend. At any rate I began to show her what I was working on and let her do some of the less difficult stuff just so that she could gain experience and I told her which courses she needed to take online in order to become a real programmer like me.

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Cutting Down a Tree to Get a Better View and for Safety Reasons

16 May

We have a nice view in our back yard. Our kitchen window faces the back yard. We decided to put in a large bay window where we could have a table and seating to be able to look out while we have our breakfast. The sun comes up on that side of the house and looks great in the mornings. Before we could put in the new window, we called a Queens tree removal service to come out and take down a big oak tree that was just outside the window we were replacing. That old tree was huge and blocked the view from the window we were replacing.

After they cut down the big old oak, we kept a couple of slices of the main trunk to make tables. We had some smaller pieces we turned into clocks to have as keepsakes for the old tree that was in our back yard but blocked our kitchen window. It was kind of sad to see that big oak get cut down and the stump ground away, but the view we have from our new window is spectacular. I enjoy it every morning as I sit next to that window and have my coffee.

If the tree was not as big as it was, I would have asked about a price to move it. It was way to big to be moved. It had to be cut down. We landscaped the area where the big tree used to be. It looks nice with some smaller plants and flowers. We did not plant that tree there. It was planted by the previous owner of the house. For the type of tree that it was, it was planted too close to the house anyway. We probably should have cut it down years ago just for safety reasons.

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Moving to My First Apartment Community

13 Apr

I was checking my email the other day and noticed an interesting email from my parents. They sent me the link to an apartment community that’s located near our current home. I think they were trying to give me a subtle hint that it’s time for me to move out on my own. I opened the email, and it told me to click here for more information, so I did. When I landed on the site, as immediately greeted by large, lively images of people who were having fun in their homes. The people looked really excited, and it made me excited about the possibility of having my own place. I decided to explore the site a little more.

Before I get back, I called my mom into my room. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting a Security System Was Easy

23 May

I wanted to learn more about video surveillance. There had been a spike of home burglaries in the area, and I just wanted to find a way to protect myself as well as my family. I was not so much worried about possessions because they can be replaced, but I still did not want anyone entering my house and stealing stuff from me. I figured the best thing would be to have video surveillance, but I knew next to nothing about it. Whenever that happens to me, I just go online and get educated from reputable sites.

I looked at a lot of different options, including where I would install a system myself. I knew that I would be able to do it on my own, and the cost was not bad at all. What I did not like about it though is that I would not have anyone monitoring a system that I put in. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hospitality – Booking a Room is Just the Beginning

12 Feb

A beautiful hotel with a pool and a great location! You can’t wait to go on your next vacation at a beautiful resort like this, but it is so expensive! Where does all of that money go and who accounts for all of it? How can the hospitality industry be sure the money is going to the right placed? How can a hotel know that an employee isn’t skimming some money off the top? This is where Hospitality accountants come into play.

First let’s figure out exactly what “hospitality” means. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines hospitality as, “generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests or hospitable treatment.” So the hospitality industry is an industry that caters to this exact type of need. The industry includes a broad category of fields within the service industry and includes lodging, food and drink service, event planning, theme parks, transportation, cruise line, traveling and additional fields within the tourism industry. Obviously, this is a long list of different fields, but they all have one thing in common – each of these fields wants to make the customer happy and feel at home.

After you pay for your room, or your cruise, for example, the money you pay goes onto the hotels books. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wedding Entertainment for All Ages

12 Feb

When my boyfriend proposed to me, we both agreed that we did not want a long engagement. We are very traditional, and we wanted to be husband and wife sooner rather than later. We planned the wedding for the summer months, which gave us just over half a year to plan everything. There are a lot of kids in our family, so we did not want the traditional wedding and reception that most wedding days consist of. I did a search for entertainment hire so I could find a company that hires out the different things that we were looking for.

I wanted to have a live band for the adults, but I also wanted plenty of entertainment for the younger guests who would be there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Painting with My Son Each Day

22 Feb

My son and I were watching a show about painting while in our condo at Parc Esta, and my son thought it would be great if we could paint our own picture. I agreed, so I ordered some art supplies online. Once they arrived, we watched the video again so that we could follow along and make our own painting. The artist in the video had been making paintings for many years, and everything he did seemed like it was nothing to him, but for us, it wasn’t so simple. We had to stop and pause the video so that we could catch up.

Sometimes my son and I made mistakes while we were painting the picture, and had to either wipe away the paint, or paint over the parts that we messed up. It’s a good thing that we were using acrylic paint. While the paint does dry faster than an oil paint, the fact that you can just paint over anything is a good quality. I can get my painting just right by using any number of paint applications and I can take all day if I want.

After my son and I finished the painting, we looked at it. Although it wasn’t as good as the one that the artist had made, it was still pretty nice, and we were proud of it. We had so much fun that day that we wanted to do it again, so we loaded another video and started painting again. We got pretty messy that day from painting pictures back to back, so we had to wash the paint from our hands and clothes. I wouldn’t mind painting every day with my son, and i think we can get better at it if we do it enough times. We could even sell the paintings.

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Hats off to the Developers

18 Nov

I’m a man that likes to wear hats. From simple caps to fancy hats, I’ve worn them all. Usually when I buy a hat, I have to measure my head to make sure that the hat will fit me. I do this with a tape measure, and it’s simple enough, but I know not everyone has this, and they don’t always remember the measurement. I contacted a team that does mobile application development in Singapore, because I wanted to have an app made that would help people measure their heads for use with buying hats. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Feel Really Good Now

16 Nov

When I moved to Singapore, I knew that the culture was going to be quite different than what I was used to in Canada, which is where I was born and raised. I had a great opportunity in Singapore though, and I knew I was going to invest the next several years of my life there. I found a condo quickly, and then I started the process of finding other things like stores to shop at and transportation needs. A new friend suggested that I find a Singapore TCM clinic as well.

I have to be honest, I had no idea what he was talking about when he told me that. When he explained that it is Traditional Chinese Medicine, it really did not do much to explain it further. In Canada, I went to a primary doctor whenever I was ill or needed a regular checkup. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Road with the Church

15 Nov

My love for traveling began at an early are. I had always been curious about other places outside of my home state. At the time, I did not have a passport and could not travel overseas. I did not care where I went, I just liked to get out of the house every once in a while. My prayers were answered when my aunt invited my mom and brothers to join her on a trip to Tennessee. The church was taking a bus charter service to Ruby Falls. I was so excited about the trip because I had never been out of my state. I new this would be a big adventure for us.

The trip that we took was for only one day. We would return later that evening. We arrived at the church early one Saturday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cut the Traditional Cord from Cable

02 Aug

I know I am not the first to want to cut the cord when it comes to your regular cable company. They always talk about new programming they are going to have and they either never have it or it is such a price upgrade that it is not worth it. Yes, I know I could find some free stuff online, but I am skeptical about it because you never really know how reliable they will be when you are ready to watch your favorite television show. The website www.cablehdtvs.com was one of the first ones I saw when I started my adventure online to find a cable television alternative. I am a picky person, I know what I like and I definitely know what I don’t like. I also can spot a scam a mile away so I was always skeptical about things that are too good to be true. I want a good price on equipment that can easily be used with my television setup in both rooms. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Be the Perfect Tenant when You Are Leaving

12 Apr

No one wants to move into a dirty apartment or condo. I have moved a few times over the years going back to the time I was a kid moving with my parents. I remember Mom spending days cleaning a new place before we would move in. This is why any time I move out of a place I call a company that does moving out cleaning for Singapore to come and clean my place for the next tenant. It gets me my security deposit back, and it is just the right thing to do. I do it because my version of clean might not be the next person’s version of what clean is. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Learned So Much from This Man

11 Apr

I signed up with Physics tuition long after I quit my job. I enjoy my retirement, but wished to get back into studying topics I loved in college but never had the time to learn more about due to my demanding job in the financial sector. I recall with great fondness my love for science, especially Physics. I had some great instructors who could really teach the topic. I think that matters almost as much as just having a natural affinity for the topic. I wanted to learn more about the topic, but just reading through text books didn’t seem to make a lot of sense.

I wanted to find a great instructor who could really light the fire. At my age, that meant finding a tutor who was willing to teach to an old man. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Hire a Cleaning Company After the Twins Came Along

04 Feb

Our free time slowly diminished as life progressed. We worked extra hours to pay off our mortgage faster. Then, when the twins came along, free time evaporated on the day my wife delivered them. She had to take on a ton of extra work the same day she got home from the hospital. I did too. She had some time off from work, but her days were filled taking care of the kids. I called about regular cleaning services in Singapore to take away those extra chores from her long list of things needing done. I took up the slack as much as I could while still working 12 hours a day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Son Needed Tutored in Physics

15 Jan

When my husband suggested that we find a physics tutor for our son, I was not sure that was the right answer. He did need some help but I did not think that he was so far behind that he needed specialized one on one help. My husband told me that we did not have to get a private tutor for him though. He explained that there are tutors that teach a small group, and I did agree that might be a better fit for him. He told me about the jc physics tuition, and I went online to get more information on it.

While my husband would have the final say in it, he always respects my opinion, knowing that I will only choose something that is beneficial for our family. I looked into several different group tutoring options, and the one at Bukit Timah does seem like the best one of the group. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tedious Labor is No Longer My Burden

27 Nov

Cleaning has never been one of my favorite things. I’ll always dread having to take out the cleaning supplies every week and go over the home. It’s just so tedious to do and I never really have the energy to do it. One of my friends came up the idea of hiring someone to do the job for me. I thought it would be kind of lazy to have someone else do something that I should be doing on my own, but it did seem like a good idea. The regular cleaning services in Singapore could easily clean my home in less time than it usually takes me.

I decided to follow through my friend’s idea and hire a cleaning service. Read the rest of this entry »

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Needed Some Help Around the House

27 Nov

I needed a part time cleaner in Singapore to help around the house. I recently went to the doctor and found out that I needed a surgery that would have me laid up around the home for a couple of months. Keeping up the chores would be next to impossible, but obviously I couldn’t just let everything go. A friend offered to come over and help with meals, which I greatly appreciated, but I wasn’t going to ask her to pick up. I thought that would be a bit too much. Therefore I looked online for a part time cleaner.

I found a lot of good companies, but I also found a lot of bad reviews. Many companies will quickly accept the job, it seems, but then fail to deliver once they actually arrive to clean your home. Read the rest of this entry »

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A New Nail Salon for Me

26 Nov

I was looking for a Holland nail salon. I had recently moved into the area, and finding a salon to do my nails was actually at the top of my life, even before finding a new doctor and dentist. I was not due to have a checkup with either of those for several months, but it is rare when I go more than two weeks without a manicure. I have to look very professional with my job, and having manicured nails is just one way to ensure that I look as good as I possibly can every day.

Even beyond my job, I like looking my very best. I used to do my nails on my own, but I was hooked on professional manicures as soon as I had my first one. They have the proper tools to make sure my nails are healthy and in great shape. It is more than just clipping a nail. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Have to Get Back to Doing Nice Things for Myself

17 Nov

The past year has been so tough for me. I found out that my daughter-in-law, who did the books for my company was taking money out of the business accounts for herself. I feel like I have been through so much. Now that the situation is somewhat behind me, I wanted to find a Holland nail salon for a little bit of pampering. I have not taken care of myself over the past year, and I really felt that I needed to do something about it for my mental health.

I love going to different places to get pampered. I particularly like nail salons where other spa-like services are offered. That said, getting a manicure and a pedicure by themselves is nice. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Dog Tripped Me While Walking

09 Nov

I was walking my dog a few months ago when I had what I thought was a minor mishap. My dog got her leash wrapped around my feet when a stray dog walked by us, and I ended up falling. I thought the worst thing that had happened was my pride was a bit damaged since there were some neighbors out who witnessed it. It turns out that it was not the worst thing though. I actually ended up having to see a chiropractor in Camas because my back started hurting pretty bad a few days later.

Of course I was sore, because it was a pretty hard fall that I took right on the pavement. I knew that I was going to be sore for a few days, but the majority of the pain was spread out. It was not singled on one part of my body. That did not happen until a few days later. I woke up in a lot of pain, and I knew there was no way I was going to get through the day without seeing a medical professional about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beginning a New Chapter in My New Apartment

11 Jul

I’ve had a lot of people told me that moving can be a stressful experience. I must say that I just don’t get it. Whenever I think about moving, I get excited because it means starting a new adventure. I like being able to search for apartments online and dream about what life will be like in a new home. Whenever I see something on a website that tells me to click here to unlock my new home, it’s a thrilling moment for me.

You have to keep a positive mind and think about everything that you have ahead of you. When my roommate told me he was moving out, at first I was sad, but then I realized that this was an opportunity for the both of us to experience new things. He was definitely moving on to bigger and better things, and I was going to get to search for a new apartment. It was a win for both of us. Read the rest of this entry »

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