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Saturday, 31 January 2009

A brand new experience!

My boss has been piling loads upon loads of work on me lately that I haven’t had time for anything else, much less shopping. It occurred to me just now that I haven’t bought a new dress in almost a month, and that I have been wearing the same pair of shoes to work almost every day for half a year. It’s time for a wardrobe change, but how can I possibly do that when I can barely grab a couple of hours to spend with my friends and my husband?

At work one day, I clicked upon an online advertisement by accident, which led me to this website that sold all sorts of shoes! From casual shoes to fancy evening shoes, that online store had it all. And not only that – they also carried dresses, tops, pants, handbags, and accessories. I bookmarked that site and returned to browse through the shoes and clothes during my lunch break. By the time I had to get back to work, I just spent a couple of hundreds on a new wardrobe. And I didn’t even have to leave my office to do so!

My new clothes and shoes should be arriving within the week, and I can’t wait to try them all on when they get here. As a way to relax, maybe I’ll hold a little fashion show in my bedroom, experiment with my new clothes, and figure out how to mix and match them. I just love how the internet makes everything more convenient, even shopping for clothes!

Friday, 23 January 2009

Life with a soft heart!

My husband has a soft spot in his heart for cats and last week, he took on a stray kitten who followed him home from work. It’s the cutest little thing ever – grey with black stripes and the brightest yellow eyes. I fell in love with her instantly. We named her Missy because she was so sweet and pretty, just like a little girl. After making sure that Missy was comfortable, we went out to buy some cat food and a litter box; when we came home, the poor thing was already asleep on the couch. But she sure woke up when she smelled the cat food!
We have no idea how old Missy is and we definitely have to take her to a veterinarian soon so she can get her shots. We also need to make sure she’s in overall good health. Unfortunately, Missy is our first pet and I don’t know any veterinarians. At work the next day, I did a quick search for veterinarians in our area and sure enough, I found a small pet clinic about five minutes away from where we live. I contacted the vet through the website and he responded immediately – if I wanted to, I could take Missy for a check-up that day. I asked my boss if I could leave an hour early so I could bring Missy to the vet, and she was nice enough to say yes.
Despite being a stray cat, Missy was in perfect shape and only needed a couple of vaccines from the vet. She’s sleeping on my lap and purring as I type this…I wish you could see how adorable she is!

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

My Camera Treasure

I have a love for all things vintage, and just recently I bought an Olympus Pen EES-2 from a thrift store for a really cheap price. At the time I wasn’t very familiar with what type of camera the Olympus Pen was; all I knew was that it looked old, it felt old (the whole thing was made out of metal) and it was only selling for a couple of dollars.

The camera didn’t come with a manual but the lady at the thrift store said it should still work. A quick search on the Internet showed me a scanned manual of the Olympus Pen EES-2, with clear instructions on how to load film. I was just about to do that until I realized that the film winder of my new old camera was broken! It looks like I wouldn’t be able to take pictures with my Olympus Pen; I mean, it’s such an old camera. Who in the world could possibly repair this? And where can I find them? I’m pretty sure they don’t set up shop at malls!

I decided to try my luck on the Internet and see if I could find someone who might know a film camera repairman. And sure enough, I found a yellow page listing of this guy who collects and repairs vintage cameras as a profession and hobby. He lives not too far away from my city and he was able to repair my camera! Now my Olympus Pen works as good as new.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Exercises for your arms and wrists

I was looking for some easy but great exercises for someone that is glued to the desktop computer. I write for a living and have experienced slight numbness due to sitting in a chair all day. The rest of my body aches too, after some hours especially around the shoulders and elbows down to the wrists. I guess it’s all because when you sit and work on your desktop computer, you are in a position where your shoulders are bent forward, your back is slightly curved and elbows folded at 90 degrees closer to the body.

Spending lots of time writing for a living, you will need to find some exercise tips that are simple to do and yet give you the relief, at least to go on for a few more hours.
This is a simple exercise which will help your wrists and forearms: Hold your right arm straight out, in front of you, with your palm facing up. Use your left hand to pull your fingers back and down to the floor. Feel the stretch on the underside of your forearm and wrist. Now turn your palm round, so that it faces downwards and draw the fingers back towards the forearm, keeping them straight. Swap sides.

Another thing you can do, of course, if you have the time and can afford it, is to find your very own personal trainer. There are lots of them - many advertise online - who are dedicated to helping your achieve your goals of doing some regular moving, when you sit all day. Your body will thank you in the end.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

How I Improved my Writing

Writing has always been an immense passion for me, I love to write. I write whenever there’s something on my mind. It actually helps clear my mind especially when something is bothering me, I think maybe that is why I started to blog. To be able to write and of course to be able to share with others my views and maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to impart that knowledge and help others as well, it’s an amazing thing. Writing has always come naturally for me and I never gave it a second thought until I realize that writing, especially for an audience requires a certain amount of technical know-how. Sometimes I see my writing as babbling on and on about stuff and more often than not, I had to delete much of what I wrote since I feel I droned on.

So I checked the internet and saw tons of writing classes I can take. I can even order books online about writing, reference and inspirational materials, biographies of writers and stuff like that. The internet is really an astonishing instrument, imagine with the click of a mouse I can order them online and just wait for delivery. Another good thing is that most online stores even offer free shipping. At least I can choose the books I want in the comfort of my own home. I don’t have to go to the bookstore and find that they don’t have the book I want in stock. So ordering online really is a better deal for me.