My gram has never been one to watch much television. However, when Only Fools and Horses premiered, there was just something about it that struck her fancy. She never missed an episode, and she has seen the entire series at least five times if not more. Her favorite character is Del Boy, and I can see the appeal myself, having seen so much of the series while visiting her. For her 80th birthday party, I decided to see if I could find a Del Boy lookalike to surprise her with.
We already knew that we were having a huge party for her because getting to 80 is something to seriously celebrate. Also, she is so well loved not just by our family but all of her friends too, so a great party was only fitting. I knew from previous work parties that there is a company that provides just about any kind of entertainment that a person could want, so I started with them. This company is actually the reason why I even came up with this idea, because they had other lookalikes at one of the events I had gone to through with my work.
When I looked at their website, it was easy to find exactly what I wanted. I was happy to see that they did offer this type of lookalike because I just knew that there was no other one that would please my grandmother as much as a Del Boy lookalike would. The day of her party, we were all celebrating. When it came time to do some toasts, the lookalike came out and gave the first one. I am so glad we have my gram’s reaction recorded because it is just priceless! Needless to say, she is looking forward to her next party to see how we can top this one.
I have never had a problem with bugs in all the time I have been living in New York City until a few months ago. I know people probably think of New York City having just apartment buildings and skyscrapers, but I actually have about half an acre of land with my house. I recently moved where I was storing firewood for my fireplace, and that is how I found out that I have termites. I knew that I was going to have to find a termite company in NYC before the problem got out of hand.
While the termites were just on the firewood, I knew that meant they could be in the house too. I had seen no evidence of termites at all, but I was not taking any chances. Continue reading
When a coworker invited me over for dinner, I graciously accepted the invitation. We had been getting friendlier with one another, and we both had kids around the same age. It was the first time I had been at her house, and I fell in love with her decorating style as soon as I saw it. She took me on a tour, and her dining room was my favorite by far. I asked about the glass that she had on her table, and she told me that she had contacted a mirror installer in Brooklyn about refinishing an antique mirror she had, and she ended up getting more than just that done.
She showed me the mirror, and it is definitely gorgeous, but I really liked the idea of the glass tabletop on her dining room table. Continue reading
While checking on the bitcoin trader app last week, I saw that bitcoin prices had gone down, and I started to panic. I had put a lot of money into bitcoin, and if the prices went down far enough, I would be at a severe loss. I kept checking the prices to see if they would go back up, but they went further down and I was really scared. I was close to selling the bitcoin I had to save as much money as I could, but I remembered that my best moments on the bitcoin market have come from me holding onto what I had.
The urge to sell when prices dip is one that is always strong for me. I No one likes to lose money, and when you invest a lot into something, you really want to do everything in your power to make sure that you can still walk away with enough money. Continue reading
During a gathering at the Sloane Residences in Singapore, I met a few people who love to play pool. I’ve been playing the game since I was a kid, when my father taught me how to play on our pool table. He showed me how to make all kinds of shots, and I eventually became better at the game than him. The people who I talked to wanted to have a game, so we decided to go back to one condo, where one of them had a pool table set up. I didn’t bring a table with me, and hadn’t had the chance to purchase one, so I was a bit out of practice.
Even though I hadn’t played the game in a while, I was still able to make some good shots and win some games. The other people were really impressed with my pool skills. We decided that we should hang out more often and watch the pool competitions when they air on television. When the next pool competition happened, everyone met at my condo to watch it. I had food and drinks all set up, and it was like watching a football match.
Watching all of that pool put us in the mood to play a couple of games ourselves, so we went back to the other condo to play on the table. The other guys had gotten better since the last time I played with them. I think that they were a little worried that they wouldn’t be able to beat me since playing with me, so they decided to put in some work and enhance their skills. Still, I was able to win a lot of games, even with their improved skills. I’d love to get my father in on one of these games the next time he visits me.
My husband had cancer, and I was his caretaker for two years. When he finally passed away, I could no longer bare to stay in the same apartment that we lived in. I was telling a friend about it, and she said to look at http://www.thenewfuturacondo.com.sg because she lives at the condos found at that website. It looked like a really posh place, so I told her that it was out of my league. She told me how much she pays each month, and I was pretty surprised that it was much lower in cost than I thought it would be. She told me to come by and she would give me a tour to see if I would be interested in living there.
When my husband was ill, he fought hard to stay alive. In my mind, there was no way that he would succumb to cancer because he was doing so well. The chemo and radiation shrunk the two tumors, and we thought he had beat that dreaded disease. However, he went back for a checkup and we learned that the tumors grew again after his chemo ended. We also learned that the tumors had spread. We were both devastated. Continue reading
My husband has always been a bit clueless when it comes to keeping things to himself. He says what he feels, and that’s what he did on the day that he pointed out the age lines that have appeared on my face. I quickly found an aesthetic and laser clinic for Singapore locals because I knew that not doing something to help my skin would have caused him to go on and on about me being too young to have lines or wrinkles yet. Don’t feel sorry for me because there’s no need for that. He just believes in looking your best, and I have been really lazy about that. He always does what he can to look good for me, and I have been far too lax about doing the same for him.
Neither myself or my husband cares much about brand names or being super wealthy. We have, however, worked hard to make sure that there’s nothing that we will ever need to struggle to pay for. We buy nice clothes, but name brands are not something we care about. We both dye our hair to keep the grey hair away, but we do not spend hundreds of dollars for just one hair appointment. Continue reading
There was a clause in my rental agreement that I had to have my apartment cleaned before I move out. I had no problem with that, because it was in excellent shape when I moved in. I came in fully expecting to have to clean out the cupboards and shampoo the carpets, but everything looked great in the apartment. That is why I did not mind having to do post tenancy cleaning in Singapore, because the next person who lives where I called home for the last few years deserves to have a nice place to walk into for the first time too.
I already knew that I was not going to do the cleaning myself. Continue reading
I brought Physics tuition into the picture recently in order to help a troubled student in one of my classes reach his full potential. I’ve done this before when I notice someone who is bright and a hard worker struggle mightily with the material. Make no mistake about it: Physics is a tough field. Many people fear the class and they’re right to do so. I don’t pull any punches teaching the material and students who don’t work hard will not pass them. I see it as preparing them for life because life is not a series of easily passed tests.
Still, I understand my teaching style doesn’t mesh well with everyone, even very smart individuals. Many teachers just shrug and let their kids sink or swim and then move on to the next year of classes. Continue reading
When I was in school it was just a matter of getting through by passing the tests. It was like a whirlwind. I was not convinced I actually learned anything except how to pass tests. I would rather have actually learned something that I could apply and use later. I think tutoring would have helped me in some subjects to really get a more solid grasp of the material. This is why my wife and I are using the physics tutoring of Tony Chee at https://physicstuitionsg.com for our children. I really want them to know more about physics than just how to pass exams to get good grades.
I have seen a lot of tutoring that just gives you material to pass the tests. Coaching to just pass tests is not really learning a subject. I want them to understand things about atoms and electrons on a fundamental level that they can build on as they move forward into advanced education. Continue reading
When I first opened my office, my wife was my part-time secretary. Together, we would clean the office every evening to be ready to greet clients the next day. As we grew, we added a couple more staff people. We offloaded the chore of office cleaning to them. We did not think anything about it, because we did whatever it took to keep our business going on that shoestring budget we started with. Now that there was success, we hired cleaning services in Singapore to clean our offices. The employees we had brought it to our attention that their salaries would be better spent by us to have them do the main jobs they were hired for.
We thought about that for ourselves too. We should have hired cleaning services in Singapore long before we did. Continue reading
By the time I got in to see the chiropractor in Bakersfield, I’d been dealing with a serious skiing related injury for about two days. My husband and I flew off to Colorado for a weekend of hitting the slopes, only I almost ended up hitting a tree. I tried to tackle a slope that was far beyond my abilities and the next thing I knew I was careening off the beaten path and heading for the woods. I purposely tried to slide into a quick landing to avoid killing myself, but I felt something go in my hip as I slid across the snow pack.
To be honest I thought I’d broken my hip bone. The pain was excruciating and I got very afraid that I’d need extensive surgery or that I might not even make it to the hospital. They had to have a crew come out and take me back to the lodge. Continue reading
When I graduated from school, I got a great job close to where my parents live. They offered me my old bedroom back, and I took advantage of their generosity since it meant I would be able to pay off my school loans quicker. Three years later, I met the woman of my dreams, and I knew that I would ask her one day to become my wife. That day happened just a few weeks ago, and we have just made some major decisions. The first is that we are going to move to New Futura in Singapore when it is ready.
While we will not live together until we are married, we need a place rather quickly because we did not want to have a long engagement. Both of us work, so we had to make sure that the place we move to is good for both of us. As soon as we looked at New Futura, we knew that it was the one for us because of a few different reasons. Continue reading
When I was younger, my folks told me that I was always singing and dancing. The dancing has slowed down a good bit, but I still love to sing. I also love to write music and different musical arrangements. It is no surprise that when I had to decide what I wanted to do with my life, I ended up getting a diploma in music from Orita Sinclair School of Design and Music. It was always a given I would go into the music industry, but I was not sure how I was going to go about that.
That all changed when I looked at one of the electronic brochures from the school. I liked that I was able to look at the different modules and get a lot of information from each one. I did not want to waste four years of my life by going to a university where I would have to learn things I was not interested in, simply to get the degree I want. That is not the case with Orita Sinclair. Continue reading
It’s always good to spread information to other people. I learned about gel manicure in Singapore from a friend, and she learned about it from a friend, who also learned about it from another friend. Who knows how far back the chain of friends goes, but I’m glad I learned about it. This method of manicuring is a bit different from the old method, but I like it better than the old method. The great thing about this new method is that it introduces more people to manicures who wouldn’t normally get them, with one of them being my brother.
My brother likes to act like the typical manly man. He often goes to the gym, he watches sports whenever he has free time, and he likes to drink and rough house with the guys. Continue reading
Spring is my favorite season of the year. I just love the bright colors of everything coming back to life, and it just gives me a new energy that was seeped out of me during the winter months. I guess that is why spring cleaning in Singapore is so popular, because everyone else feels the same way too. For me, I love everything about spring cleaning. It is a time for me to get rid of the old and bring in the new. I go through all of my closets and cupboards at this time.
If I have not used something in the last year, then I donate it to a local charity. Continue reading
My husband and I have purchased a new house in Singapore. We are both extremely excited about this new chapter in our lives and are looking forward to the day we move into our new home. The only problem we have is that we both have very demanding jobs and don’t know when we’ll have the time to clean it before move in day. My sister suggested a cleaning company that she used to work for that provides pre moving in cleaning for Singapore. She told us that this is a very trustworthy company and their work is impeccable and then gave us a contact name and number if we wanted to go this route.
That afternoon I called them and was very pleased with the level of professionalism they portrayed over the phone. We discussed what cleaning was to be included with this service. The lady on the phone said that they clean all windows, kitchen cabinets and drawers, fans as well as the cleanup of the refrigerator. Since this company was so highly recommended by my sister I went ahead and hired them to perform the move in cleaning service.
This was a huge weight lifted off of our shoulders so that we could now concentrate on the closing of the sale and preparing our belongings to be boxed up for moving. It is going to be so nice to not have to worry about cleaning before unpacking and putting away our contents in the new house. I also had the idea that if I’m pleased with their work that I might go ahead and hire them to come in two or three times a month to help with some general cleaning since my husband and I are so busy with our jobs. This would allow us to enjoy what little time off from work that we have.
I was rushing around to help my husband get ready for one of his business trips when I hurt myself. When he got back home from that business trip and learned that I was still having trouble, he pointed out that I should get myself to a Vancouver chiropractor before the problem became much worse than it already had become. He promised that he would make the appointment for me, drive me there and back and help me with whatever I need during the time that I needed for recuperation.
My husband is always so helpful. The day that I was getting his things together for his trip, he was busy working a list of things that I had put together for him to work on. He was rushing around inside and outside of our house doing a lot of the things that I felt that I should not do because I have a bad back. Continue reading
I would have never considered myself a tad bit spoiled until my husband told me he wanted me to look at an apartment in Charlotte. We are going to be moving there at the end of the year, which gave me plenty of time to look at different houses there. When he told me to look at the website for an luxury apartment complex that will be completed right before we move there, I honestly could not picture myself living in one. My mom and I had lived in a so-called luxury apartment when I was in high school, and I honestly did not want to repeat that experience.
When he asked me to at least look at the website and if I did not like what I saw, then he would agree to getting a house there, I decided to humor him. I am actually the one who was surprised though by my reaction to it, because he obviously knew that I was really going to like what I saw there. Continue reading
Finding apartments for rent in Kingsport Tennessee proved far more difficult than I thought when I first started seriously looking into moving out of my parents home. I’m enrolled in a branch campus of Milligan College here in Kingsport, and really I could have just spent the next few years living at home rent free, but I felt it was important to strike out on my own. Also my mother and father have a tendency to helicopter parent and I really wanted to get away from that situation. So I had to find a place that was affordable.
I also have a cat and there was no possibility that I would leave her behind so I needed living arrangements that allowed for pets. That proved more of a challenge than anything. Continue reading