Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013 - Hello 2014!

It's Goodbye 2013 today and Hello 2014 tomorrow!

To borrow from a cute greeting that came in an email..

Have a Great End of 2013!
2013 is finally coming to a close, and I didn't want it to end
without wishing you all the best for the upcoming year.

So here it is, in 2014...
May you always make the right move.

 May your cup runneth over with love.

 May you always find shelter during the storm.

 May you remain good looking and looking good.

 May you find the perfect diet for your body and your soul

 May you find perfect balance in the company you keep.

 May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop.

 May you manage to make time for time Out!

 May all the new folks you meet be interesting and kind.

 May you always know when to walk away... and       when to RUN!

and may your friends & family always bring you joy...

Yes,  H A P P Y    N E W   Y E A R !

Monday, December 30, 2013

Yes, It's Party time!

This being the holiday season and all, the Dictionary has aptly drawn up a list of 8 Party Words for us to revel in.

After the 10 Words for Happiness, I couldn't resist sharing this set of yet another list of 'happy' words, words that are most appropriate for this time of the year. 

So, happy partying whichever revelry or merry-making you will be partaking in. 

1. Masquerade [mas-kuh-reyd]
A masquerade is a festive gathering of people wearing masks or other disguises, often elegant, historical or fantastic in nature. Writers have been dazzled by masquerade balls since the term entered English in the late 1500s ultimately from the Italian mascherata. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the "star-crossed lovers" meet at a masquerade.

2. Fete [feyt, fet]
A fete is a festive celebration. It comes from the French word of the same spelling, meaning "feast." It’s counterpart in Spanish is fiesta. Fetes sometimes have religious associations, but not always.

3. Shindig [shin-dig]
A shindig is a large party, usually with dancing. An Americanism that emerged in the mid-1800s, it might be influenced by the earlier terms shindy and shinty. Shindig is a portmanteau of shin and dig, no doubt referring to the movements of the legs while dancing.

4. Salon [suh-lon]

During the Enlightenment, it became popular for leading thinkers of society, from artists and musicians to philosophers and politicians, to gather together in the home of an intellectual for an afternoon or evening of lively conversation. Salon comes from the French term meaning "lounge." In the late 1600s, salon began to refer to a well-furnished room in a home, designed for entertaining guests.

5. Wing-ding [wing-ding]
Though less common than shindig, wing-ding is another term to describe a party. A rhyming reduplication of wing, this term evokes the flapping motion of a bird’s wing. When it first entered English in the 1920s, it was an Americanism to describe a fit of rage, though by the 1940s, it could also refer to a wild party.

6. Clambake [klam-beyk]
When English speakers started using the term clambake in the 1830s, they were referring to an outdoor party in which clams were cooked, traditionally on hot stones. Over time, the word took on a more general sense of a "picnic"--no clams required. By the 1930s, clambake could be extended to refer to any type of lively social gathering, even one that didn't feature food as a focal point.

7. Prom [prom]
In the United States, a prom is a formal dance held at the end of high school, usually for seniors. It was first used in English in the late 1800s, and is a shortening of the word promenade, which comes from the French meaning "a leisurely stroll." A promenade could also refer to the march of guests into a ballroom during a formal ball. In the UK, prom is used to refer to promenade concerts in which some of the audience stands.

8. Soiree [swah-rey]
A soiree is a party held in the evening, especially one held for a particular purpose. English speakers have been holding soirees since the late 18th century, when the term entered the language from the French soir meaning "evening." Soiree ultimately comes from the Latin sērus meaning "late."

Saturday, December 28, 2013

TC Helicon Mic Mechanic

If you are in the business of making music, a sound engineer is an important part of your setup. How would you like to have your own personal sound engineer with you at every gig? Now you can with a tc helicon mic mechanic.

TC Helicon's top quality Mic Mechanic is an astounding vocal effects pedal, with the ability to shape your vocals as if you had your own personal sound engineer with you at every gig.   With Mic Mechanic, you can always sound your best with its time-tested tone and effects you can take anywhere.

Some key features include:

* 8 high quality Reverb and Echo presets
* Separate Reverb (Room, Studio, Hall) and Delay (Tap and Slap), with combinations of both
* Footswitch tapping can match echoes to song tempo
* Tone button for Adaptive EQ, Compression, De-essing and Gating
* Auto Chromatic Pitch Correction
* Easy connection between standard mic and mixer

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Frolics - The Present Wrapping Oracle

Trust you are having a rocking holiday season filled with lots of love and joy, wishes coming true, good food, great company, lots of everything else good that comes with a wonderful holiday. Presents too, of course.

And speaking of presents, let's take a quiz on present wrapping and see what it says about us. Psst, it does tell on you.

Happy Friday everyone! We are enjoying great weather here in Kuala Lumpur. Hope you are having the same wherever you are.

You Are Confident

You go all out when you give gifts. You want to give a present that will wow, even if it's a little over the top.

You are spontaneous and impulsive. You tend to do things quickly, and you're quite impatient.

You are very organized and together. No one would ever accuse you of being a slob.

Your style of dress is classic and chic. The clothes you wear will never go out of style.

Last Week's Quiz: What Kind of Christmas Card Are You?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Looking for a Fender Custom guitar?

If you are looking for a guitar, say a Fender Custom, you would probably go online looking for the best guitar you can find - best both in price and its match to what you are looking for.

Fender Custom Time Machine Stratocasters are easily available online at many reputable sites. Of course, one has to be somewhat well-versed on these musical instruments to be able to tell the better versions of such guitars.

The site I happened to stumble upon, has a number of great reviews on the Fender guitar shown here. Just a quick one, this reviewer said the following:

This is the finest Strat I have ever played. The combination of the quartersawn neck, the hand wound Abby 69 pickups, and the resonant body, make this guitar incredible. I wouldn't sell it for 5x what I paid brand new.It's funny and very obvious that all the haters posting in regard to this guitar have never owned one, and clearly don't get it. If you are comparing a MIJ guitar with parts to this CS 68, you haven't got a clue.

Well, whatever you are looking for, I hope you get what you want. Happy shopping!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Frolics - What Kind of Christmas Card Are You?

Yay, Christmas is just days away! For you who are celebrating this holiday, this must be a busy week running around to ensure you get everything you need. Sent out your cards yet?

Speaking of cards, let's do a Christmas card quiz this week, shall we? This will be the last Christmas-related quiz before this holiday is over. Take the quiz to find out what kind of Christmas Card you are.

Happy Friday!
Merry Christmas!

You Are a Cute Christmas Card

You love the holidays, and it's hard for you to feel any sort of seasonal burnout.

You're the person who thinks the holidays don't start soon enough. You have your Christmas cards picked out months in advance.

The holidays make you feel happy and content. You're tickled by every gift you receive and every old friend you reconnect with.

You are a thoughtful gift giver, and you take the time to make each object you give unique and special. You like to see someone's eyes light up when they open your present.

Last Week's Quiz: The Ugly Christmas Sweater Test
The Week Before: What's Your Holiday Personality

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Frolics - The Ugly Christmas Sweater Test

Have you heard of this thing called the 'ugly Christmas sweater'? But there is and there's even a quiz about it, which we shall do today, this week. Pick your choice of the 'ugly Christmas sweater' and see what it says about you.

Happy Christmas shopping!

You Are Self-Reliant

You like to live life on your own terms. Above all else, you value your independence.

You enjoy spending time alone and observing the world around you. You love the solitude of being alone with your thoughts.

You like the freedom to do whatever you choose. You don't plan, and you prefer to be as spontaneous as possible.

You prefer to walk alone, but you do enjoy the company of others, as long as they are happy with you being you.

Last Week's Quiz: What's Your Holiday Personality?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What does the 11th lunar month hold for you?

Ever wondered why some months life is easier but at other times not so smooth? Yes, the forces around us are constantly at work. Like karma, we don't see it but without a doubt, we are feeling the influence it has on our life whether we like it or not.

We are now in the beginning of the 11th lunar month, two months shy of the new lunar year. There is good news for this month as this 11th lunar month which began on 3 December ending on 31 Dec, looks set to be a good month. Read on..

The festive season has officially arrived! We will be entering into the 11th Lunar month which will be from the 3rd Dec to the 31st Dec 2013. Many will be celebrating Winter solstice (22nd Dec), Christmas and New Year. During this festive month, individuals will be busy running errands, traveling or even moving house. Despite the hectic schedule, many will squeeze in time in pursuing a quality lifestyle. Beautiful things, branded goods and glamorous experiences will be simply irresistible. Many will not hesitate to spend huge sums of money to indulge in these. If you are in the hospitality line or businesses that sell luxury items and experiences, this will be a great month to tap on.

This lunar month will be a highly energized one where individuals who have leadership qualities will rise in their respective areas, particularly in the social, political, military, medical and spiritual arena. These individuals will influence and lead a large number of people to make huge changes. There will be movements and even revolution.

All levels of transformation will be completed this month. In other words, ideas that have been formed will mature and take shape. To illustrate this, many ideas thought about or discussed previously may die off and their corresponding plans will be aborted. However, many ideas will be supported, the necessary actions will be carried out and they will materialize in this lunar month. The Law of attraction will be very effective at this time. This will be a fantastic month to make your dreams come true. However, a word of caution: be careful of what you wish for.

We will expect this month to be a joyous one with heavy indulgences. It will be advantageous for us to develop intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Let there be light.

For those who need to cleanse their crystals or have been using their crystals actively, you might want to use the moonlight of the 18th December 2013 to do so.

Jmine Consulting

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10 words for Happiness

10 Words for Happiness - just the thing for a happy surfer's blog, don't you think? Found this on the Dictionary's homepage today.

Let's go through the slideshow, shall we?

Word #1 is, of course, Happiness
- Defined as pleasure derived from attaining what you consider to be good, the term happiness comes from the Old Norse root happ, which literally means “chance” or “good luck.” The noun happiness entered English in the 16th century, though the adjective happy predates this noun by 200 years.

#2 - Mirth
- Jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter.

#3 - Joy
- The emotion of great delight caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.

#4 - Bliss
- Supreme happiness, often associated with the joy of heaven.

#5 - Elation
- A feeling of great joy or pride, or of exultant gladness.

#6 - Glee
- Open delight or pleasure. This term has had musical associations since around 1000 when the noun glee could be used to refer to entertainment of the harmonious variety. The meaning of delight came about 100 years later. By the 17th century, glee was considered obsolete or comic by various dictionary editors, only to reemerge in common usage in the late 18th century.

#7 - Exultation
- Lively or triumphant joy, generally over success or victory.

#8 - Euphoria
- A state of intense happiness and self-confidence. The term is sometimes used in pathology to describe the state of patients. This term has existed in English since the late 1600s and comes from the Greek euphoria meaning “a state of well-being.”

#9 - Jubilation
- A feeling or loud expression of joy, or a festive celebration.

#10 - Rapture
- Ecstatic delight or joyful ecstasy.

Well, what more can I say but Best wishes for a Happy Day of blue skies and all things nice!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Frolics - What's Your Holiday Personality

Yes, Christmas decorations are up everywhere and school is out, so there's a lot more buzz around.  Last week, we did a Pie Quiz. Let's continue the holiday vibe with yet another holiday quiz this week and find out what sort of Holiday Personality have we got.

Happy Friday, nevermind the overcast weather here in Kuala Lumpur and probably the whole of Malaysia - with flooding to boot. Make your own sunshine and don't forget that smile! :D

Your Holiday Personality is Spiritual

It doesn't matter if you're religious or not... the holidays carry deep spiritual meaning for you.You like to take this time to reflect on your life.

You act deliberately and conscientiously during every day of the year - and even more so during the holidays.

While you like giving and getting gifts as much as anyone else, you do your best not to overspend or overconsume.

You also take time to connect with the natural world during the holidays- whether that means playing in the snow or planting your Christmas tree.

Last week's Personality Quiz: What Holiday Pie Matches Your Personality?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A gadget for songwriters - TASCAM DP-006 Digital 6-Track Pocketstudio

If you are a songwriter, this lightweight, portable 6-track digital multitrack recorder is definitely one to check out. This excellent tascam dp-006 comes with two built-in high-quality stereo condenser microphones built directly in the front of the unit allowing you to record vocals or acoustic guitar anytime without the need for extra equipment or set-up time.

The DP-006 is designed for on-the-spot recording. It's not called Pocketstudio for nothing. It's touted as the simplestt-to-use songwriting scratchpad on the market. If you are a songwriter, this could be what you've been looking for all this time. With such a handy professional sounding multi-track recorder, you can be ready whenever creativity strikes.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Homeloq.my is a Home services site to bookmark

Now, here is a website you would want close at hand and I mean really close because it provides solutions that could make your life a lot easier, a lot less stressful and more enjoyable.

Homeloq.my is an online home services agency in Malaysia with a range of services that could and will improve your quality of life. Simple issues like air-conditioning,  plumbing or other home nitty-gritty stuff can be fixed in no time by experts that are just ready with their expertise. Need a new alarm system for your new home or office, or some handiwork around the house, or even cleaning services, you can find them all here.

Services listed include from airconditioning to autogate, alarms and locks; from flooring, home renovation and plumbing to pest control; from computers to maids and tuition teacher for your kids as well.

Practically everything you need help on for your home can be found listed here.  This is more like a one-stop center for everything for the home from moving house to fixing it up with renovations, garden landscaping, plumbing, cabinetry, furnishing with carpets and curtains, lighting, even art can be found here.  How cool is that!  See what I mean?  Everything for the home can be found here, there is no need to look any further.

I find this site straight-forward and easy to navigate with services listed in alphabetical order and the number of service providers shown in parenthesis to give you an idea. Another good thing about such a directory kind of site is that it makes comparing rates so much easier as you don't have to search for similar sites like you would normally have to. Homeloq.my has them all at their site and obtaining a quote is just a mouse-click away.

I know my expat co-workers in the office would appreciate this website. At least they now have some leads to common services they might need in future. Frankly, every homeowner, expat or local, would do well to have Homeloq bookmarked because it will come in handy, I'm sure.  A working home is a happy home, right?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Frolics - What Holiday Pie Matches Your Personality?

Just as readers here are reading this, people in the US and Canada and some other countries are celebrating Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

In line with this holiday, let's do a Thanksgiving personality quiz this week. Most of us do not celebrate Thanksgiving but we could replace the holiday with a major holiday or celebration in our culture, to answer the questions. Give it a shot and see which pie fits your personality.

Happy Thanksgiving again and Happy Friday!

You Are Pecan Pie

You love to open up your home during the holidays. You are all about generosity and hospitality.

You are the perfect holiday host, and even if you aren't hosting, you do your part to pitch in and help.

You really get into the spirit of the season without thinking about what you get out of it. For you, the holidays are about other people.

Whether you're baking homemade pies or picking out amazing gifts, you do what you can to put a smile on loved ones' faces.

Last week's quiz: What Kind of Soul Are You?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Chinese simple life-saving tips

Sometime ago, there was an email that was going around suggesting a tip to quickly react to someone who is suffering from a stroke to reverse the effects. The other day, I received an email with the same tip plus a few others - good to know, actually.

Apparently, these are traditional Chinese health tips. Four situations are covered as per below. Take a look. They are worth a try just to prove that the tips work, if nothing else.

I'm posting it verbatim from the email and it's in both Chinese and English translation - but no source indicated, so whoever compiled this, thank you.

A disclaimer though: do it at your own risk, but pass on the information, anyway.

Subject: Fwd: FW: 4 Important Tips & 3 Saving a life three therapeutic methods To Know-- 四个重要的 简单知识


四个重要的 简单知识

1 Choked While Eating 噎到东西
2、Getting A Stiff Neck 落枕
3、Foot Cramp 脚抽筋
4、Foot Numb 脚麻了

Everybody try to pass on these knowledge, may teach the others, may save life !

Method share that saving a life:

1. Treatment for choked----"Raise Up Your Hands" Or "Hands Up"

2. You get out of bed by chance in the morning and discover getting a stiff neck? Is neck ache.
What to do once gets a stiff neck you should lifts your foot!
Slowly massage your big toes counter clockwise and clockwise .

3. 脚抽筋时
3. When the left leg cramps holding up high right hand, right foot cramp holding up high left hand, recover immediately

4. 脚麻了
4. If the left foot has been numb, swing your right hand palm. If the right foot has been numb, swing your left palm.

Writes certainly down for our father our mother [Saving a life three therapeutic methods]

First, is paralyzed ( no matter cerebral hemorrhage or embolism), the mouth & eye is crooked, takes the sewing needle to puncture the patient double earlobe most under spot immediately, squeezes out a drop of blood respectively, the patient cures immediately, moreover, does not have any side effect .

Second, after heart disease sudden death occurred, takes off the patient sock immediately, punctures its ten foot tiptoes with the sewing needle respectively, squeezes out a drop of blood respectively, having finish punctures ten foot tiptoes, the patient wake up .

Third, no matter asthma acute laryngitis and so on, discovered that the patient cannot breathe , hurry up to puncture its tip of the nose with the sewing needle, squeezes out two drops of black blood to recover.

The above three methods: there is no any danger, feel relieved about operation please equally, is effective all within 10 seconds. A love toward parents, I have sent my [Loving heart]

Friday, November 22, 2013

Luna Guitars Maluhia Concert Ukulele Mahogany with Satin Finish

Looking to buy a ukulele? How about this beautiful Maluhia Concert Ukulele? This sweet sounding uke comes in mahogany with satin finish and, for a limited time only, you can own one for $129, a 33% saving and with stocks available, it is ready to ship.

With the following features, you know you'll be getting a steal:

Laser-etched "Peace"
Design by Alex Morgan
Body: 21" Concert
Top: Select Mahogany
Back/Sides: Mahogany
Neck: Nato/ Mahogany
Fretboard/Bridge: Rosewood
Open Style Tuners
Aquila Strings
Preamp: none
Nut: 1 5⁄16"
Finish: Satin
24" x 8 1⁄8" x 2 3⁄4"
Gig bag included

Here's where you can place your order or get more information about it -- buy luna guitars maluhia concert ukulel. Happy shopping!

Best Interactive Google doodle - in honour of Doctor Who

Quick, check out the Google homepage for its interesting interactive doodle to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. Doctor Who?

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien known as the Doctor.

Yes, prepare to lose all productivity today as you can get hooked to this 8-bit platform game in which you play the Doctor through all his 11 incarnations. Google's best doodle yet. Enjoy!

Friday Frolics - What Kind of Soul Are You?

Surprise yourself this week with this quiz. Thought-provoking questions too.

Happy Friday, everyone!

You Are a Newborn Soul

You are tolerant, accepting, and willing to give anyone a chance.

On the flip side, you're easy to read and easily influenced by others.

You have a fresh perspective on life, and you can be very creative.

Nonconformist and nontraditional, you've never met anyone who's like you.

Inventive and artistic, you like to be a trendsetter.

You have an upbeat spirit and you like almost everything.

You make friends easily and often have long standing friendships.

Impulsive and trusting, you fall in love a little too easily.

Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul

Last Week's Quiz: What's Your Money Type?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Today is Universal Children's Day

An outing outdoors in Kuala Lumpur today would be nice because it's not a hot day outside though somewhat overcast.

We are seeing more rain these past few days which could be due to the upcoming northeasterly monsoon season. East coast states are on the alert for floods which normally come with this weather pattern.

Today, November 20, is Universal Children's Day by United Nations recommendation.

I've lost touch with when Children's Day is here in Malaysia but according to Wikipedia, In Malaysia, Children's Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of November annually. Primary school pupils normally go to school on the Friday before the event to celebrate Children's Day. The schools that are involved would also organize numerous activities for their pupils.

Google celebrates this day with a nice Google doodle..

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Who has come visiting?

Sometimes I do wonder what were people looking for when they were directed here by the search engines. If you are one who looks at your blog statistics, you would have an idea what post(s) of yours are bringing in traffic, albeit just a one-time visit thingy maybe.

I've had people arriving here looking for 'sex partner in KL'.  My bad, it must have been a few supposedly 'sexy' jokes I posted.  And then there is the occasional visitor hoping to find KL rehab information, i.e., availability of rehab centers in KL.  I wish I have that information though I've written a few times about rehab centers in the U.S. either for oxycodone rehab or for other problems that may need some professional attention.

What's the most unusual keyword or keywords that you have encountered on your blog stats? Or you don't care?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Frolics - What's Your Money Type?

Money, money, money, always funny, in a rich man's world.

I know, talking about money is kinda tacky but let's talk about it anyway, but more in an investment/financial sort of way. This week's quiz can tell you the Money Type you are. Take the quiz to find out more about yourself.

Happy Friday, everyone!

You Are a Planner

You are a master when it comes to finances. You are big on making your money work for you.

You feel comfortable making big financial decisions for the future. You love to crunch numbers.

Spending money in the here and now is not as easy for you. You need to see the big picture of every decision.

You will be fine in the long run, so make present day spending part of your plan. You can buy things without ruining your future.

Last week's quiz: What Do You Need Most?

Modern day multitrack recorders

Multitrack recorders have come a long way but you already knew that if you have been recording music for many years now.

A tape machine used to cost around $3,500 in the '70s. Not only are recorders expensive, they were also bulky, not exactly portable. These days, multitrack recorders can be just the size of a paperback book which makes them lightweight and mobile and don't take up much space.

One such analog multitrack recorder is the TASCAM DP-006 which is less than $200 and has built-in microphones. Other multitrack recorders available in the market include Fostex, Zoom and Boss.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Expat in KL shares her story

I admit being a blogger in Kuala Lumpur, what I've written about the city leaves much to be desired. My bad, I shall try to do better. Nevertheless it is comforting to know that this little blog at least has a regular reader, a nice lady from Portugal.

Being an expatriate here since August and loving it so much in KL, Marta Velez emailed me as to whether she could guest-post and share her pleasant experiences as KL is surprising her so much. I couldn't pass up on this wonderful offer, could I? So, read on for Marta's insights on her stay in Kuala Lumpur which would give you an idea of what to expect if you're planning on visiting Kuala Lumpur.


Marta (in red shorts) and friend in front of the Petronas Twin Towers
Hello! My name is Marta I am from Portugal (yes, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best one!!) and I have been living in Kuala Lumpur for three months now, planning to stay a couple of months more (or more, who knows?).

Why Malaysia? Honestly the right question is: Why Not Malaysia?! Kuala Lumpur would not be the obvious choice for a Portuguese girl looking for an adventure abroad. But obvious is boring right?!!

I came here by luck, as I found a really interesting working opportunity. I have to admit that before coming here my knowledge about Malaysia was pretty inexistent and Google was my best friend when it came to create some kind of expectations about what my life would be like here. The truth is that this country totally overcomes all my expectations and I totally fell in love with Malaysia and especially Kuala Lumpur.

First of all, being an Expat here is actually pretty easy. Local people are super available and open; they all speak English which is a huge advantage! Besides this there is a huge community of expats in KL which makes the adaptation process easier (you know that we are over 100 Portuguese people in KL? It is actually a really close community as we are all part of a Facebook group where we trade tips and make plans!!).

One of my main concerns was the weather. While I was picturing this almost unbearable hot and humid weather I had a pleasant surprise when I arrived here and you know what? It is not that bad. Actually it is perfect for me as I deal better with high temperatures than lower ones. One thing everyone can point out is that spending Christmas without snow and cold will be strange, sure, but I guess I’ll survive!

Nasi lemak
Talking about food (one of my favorite topics!!), I had super high expectations regarding the food… and I was not disappointed! I always loved Chinese and Indian food and in here, comparing to Europe, it taste waaay better! Naan bread? It is AMAZING! One of my other favorites is without a doubt Nasi Lemak, the local dish, especially when it comes wrapped in the banana leaf. To be honest at the beginning I was going to the same places all the time but once I got settled I started looking further. There are so many websites like VibeHero (among others others) or even Facebook groups to help you. I discovered and tried so many different types of food and restaurants so far and I am sure that KL has so much more to offer! Looking forward to keep discovering!

KL Tower
Last but not least: the lifestyle! I didn’t know what to expect concerning how people live their lives here. After overcoming less positive points like all the dirtiness, the constant energy really amazed me. With my Latin background I am used to see people in the streets, day and night, as Latin people are known to be extremely social. In that sense I totally identify with people around here! 24h/7 open restaurants and supermarkets help! (Nothing like having a naan after a night out). The night life is also pretty interesting close enough to what I have in Lisbon: nice bars to chilled nights and nice clubs to go a bit crazier (Don’t ask me why but I always seem to end up at Zouk!)! One of the other things that I simply love about Kuala Lumpur is that I am a few hours away from amazing islands, mesmerizing jungles or even other countries like Singapore or Thailand!

Concluding, Kuala Lumpur is my new addiction!


Marta, thank you very much for this interesting article. Good to know that you are having a wonderful time here in Malaysia, particularly in Kuala Lumpur. Best wishes for continued happy times. We look forward to your next update.

If you are a visitor to Kuala Lumpur and would like to guest-post here to share your experiences, feel free to write me.

All images are courtesy of Marta Velez

Fasterners and Hardware and more..

One of the corners of a department store that I often gravitate to is the hardware section. Even though the supply there is nowhere near Reid Supply, you can still pick up some useful items like some S-hooks that I came away with the other day. Wish they have more size choices though. That's where shopping online has that advantage. There are more choices shopping online in terms of sizes and variety.

In case you may be wondering, Reid Supply serves manufacturers and businesses with easy sourcing of knobs, handles, hand wheels, clamps, tooling components, fasteners, hardware and much more.

Monday, November 11, 2013

How to Choose Diamond Jewelry Based on the Cs

Diamonds and women have some kind of a love affair. Every woman dreams of having at least one piece of diamond jewelry. If you are looking for any kind of diamond jewelry, a good guide is to start with the 4Cs when choosing your diamond. The 4 Cs are Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut. Choosing the right diamond jewelry can be daunting to some but with an understanding of the 4 Cs, you can make an informed purchase.

Carat is the standard and objective measurement of diamonds. If you are looking forward to saving on your purchase, you can avoid the magic sizes (e.g. 0.5, 0.75, or 1). For instance, instead of buying a .5 carat diamond, you can save more with a .48 stone. Diamond jewelry is appraised and the carat weight is usually an estimate based on the outside dimensions of the stone. Always keep in mind that diamonds with more weight will also cost more. Engagement rings are sold in .5 to 1 carat, and once again, don’t hit the full magic size to save on your purchase of any diamond jewelry.

Colour. In diamonds, it is hard to find perfectly colorless stones. This is because natural diamonds tend to have brown or yellow tints, but look more icy white. Diamond jewelry with noticeable color (light yellow) are rated ‘Z’ while the colorless ones have a ‘D’ to ‘F’ rating. Diamonds with G to J rating is near colorless, K to M has a faint yellow color, and the N to R rating comes with extremely light yellow color.

Clearness is synonymous with clarity. The natural stones have internal inclusions and external blemishes, as well as other imperfections. Clarity is the measurement of these impurities. It is rare to find flawless diamonds, and since imperfections can only be seen under magnification, the clarity rating will serve as the buyer’s basis. This is the general rule - the higher the number, the lesser is the value of the stone. F1 pertains to flawless diamonds, IF is for internally flawless stones, VVS1 and VVS2 have minute inclusions, while the VS1 and VS2 have minor inclusions. SI1 and SI2 have inclusions that are visible from under the stone, while diamonds with a rating of I1, I2, and I3 have visible and obvious inclusions.

Cut is one of the most important characteristics of the diamond. Cut makes diamond jewelry sparkle and this is what amazes people. The sharpness and cleanest cut is hard to achieve, and it can have a tremendous effect on light refraction and light performance of the diamond. Finely cut diamonds are fiery and clear.

Now that you know the different Cs, you can make the right choice. Picking diamond jewelry is a personal decision. It depends on the personal taste and financial capability of the buyer. Follow the recommendations above, and you can buy the best diamond in the market.

Wait, there is the fifth C which is the diamond certificate. It is sometimes called the grading report because this contains a complete evaluation of your diamond that has been performed by a qualified professional. Listed on the certificate is the recognizable, individual characteristics that each stone bears.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A new Blog platform to check out

Malaysia has been reported to have a high percentage of bloggers vis-a-vis it's population. We sure have much to talk about. LOL. Most of us are using a free platform such as Blogger or Wordpress, which are just as good as having your own domain. Methinks.

Here's yet another new blog platform to try out, imcreator.com. If you are not yet a blogger or is already one and are looking to set up a new blog, why not give this a try. I surely will check it out, when I get time.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Frolics - What Do You Need Most?

I've been absent for a while, here and at yours, I apologise. Have been really busy lately, but, never too busy to give you that Friday dose of quiz fun. This week's personality quiz is interesting, even the questions will make you think a little, so, enjoy and find out What Do You Need Most and surprise yourself.

Happy Friday, everyone!

You Need Acceptance

You aren't truly happy in life unless you are able to accept yourself, flaws and all.

You also need to be accepted by other people. You like feeling you belong and that you're not being judged.

You are a welcoming and open minded person. It's not hard for you to accept others for who they are.

You believe that everyone is happiest when we live without judgement or prejudice. And you're doing your part to make that happen.

Last Week's Quiz: What Halloween Character Are You?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano

If you are looking for a keyboard that has the touch of an acoustic piano the
kawai piano may be what you are looking for.

People who already own a Kawai MP6 Professional Stage Piano are giving it rave reviews for it being easy to use and good value for money among other good points including:

- Great looks
- Realistic Action
- Realistic Sound
- Responsive / Good Action
- Tone Variety
- Touch Sensitive Keys

Features include:

Keyboard: 88 weighted keys with Ivory Touch key surfaces
Action: Responsive Hammer action with Let-off
Sound Source: Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)
Zones: 4 x internal, 4 x external (MIDI)
No. of Sounds: 256
and more.

This Kawai piano is suitable to be used for accompaniment, chamber music, concerts, electronic music and for learning.  Great for gigs as it is not too heavy to lug around. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Frolics - What Halloween Character Are You?

Did you all have fun last night, being Halloween and all?  Here's a spillover Halloween quiz for you this week.  Now you'll get to find out what Halloween character are you.  Enjoy!

Me, quirky? Hmm..

Your turn..

You Are a Skeleton

You are totally goofy and entertaining. You are simply charming.

You know how to have fun, and you're happy to be part of a group or crowd.

You can be a bit dark in your thinking sometimes, though other people don't see it.

You tend to develop strange obsessions and offbeat interests. You are delightfully quirky.

Last Week's Quiz: What Personality Disorder Are You?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween 2013

Here in Malaysia, Halloween is not celebrated like in some countries in the West. However, there is still a demand for Halloween-related paraphernalia. People buy them for fun. This curio shop in a shopping complex was seen with this dressy Halloween shopfront as far back as a month ago. If you are looking for Halloween products, a wider choice could be found at Toys r Us.

"Happy Halloween" to you if you are celebrating this yearly festival which according to many scholars, is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. (Wikipedia)

Like all celebrations, a greeting card is in order. Here's a pretty card for Halloween from 123Greetings..

I hope you'll have the best Halloween ever!

Check out Google's interactive doodle for Halloween this year. Here is last year's Google doodle.

Have fun!