Jun 26, 2011

Delete that late-night emailing habit

I saw a great article today and like to share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy it.
Extracted from The Office, The Age:
It is NOT acceptable to be sending business emails at 11.52pm. Ever. Perhaps it’s job insecurity or perhaps some people just feel validated by compulsively pressing the send button but I for one have had enough and would like to formalise the hours in which we’re emailing before we all go insane. It’s Darwinism at its finest.
Survival of the fittest is no longer about who’s the last one blearily staring at their screen in the office at night. It’s about who’s last to send an email.
What better way to show the boss how hard you’re working – just CC the boss in on an email to a major client at 1am – hello pay rise!
No one knows you watched MasterChef and Grey’s Anatomy, called your friend in New York on Skype, took a bubble bath and then composed an “urgent” email just before bed. It’s genius, right?

Got Milk?

Confused when buying milk in the supermarket? Check out this article by CHOICE:
It’s no longer simply a matter of reaching for full-cream, light or skim milk; nowadays you have to navigate labels claiming everything from high calcium to low saturated fat and from added omega-3 to A2 proteins – not to mention the growing organic milk market. They all cost more than the generic brands of regular or low-fat milk, but are they worth the extra money?
CHOICE has skimmed off the marketing hype and found that generic brands of milk are much the same as the equivalent big national brands. What’s more, the generic brands can be half the price of branded milk.
Trawling the major supermarkets in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, we found more than 80 different brands and types of milk – an amazing number considering that milk production is dominated by just two big multinationals, Parmalat (based in Italy) and National Foods/Dairy Farmers (owned by Japanese brewing giant Kirin) – and that doesn’t include products such as flavoured milk, goat’s milk or soy milk.

Kickstarter – new way to do fund-raising

Want to find a way to fund your project and short of money. This may be the answer for you.
=> Kickstarter.com
Here is the FAQ of the idea:

What is Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a new way to fund ideas and endeavors.
We believe that…
  • A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.
  • A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.

The great super debate

One must-read article:

The great super debate

John Collett | September 9 2009 | The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age
After seeing a quarter of their retirement nest egg wiped out between November 2007 and March this year, super fund members were jolted out of their complacency. Funds had sustained their biggest losses since compulsory super was introduced in 1992 and bewildered members were forced to pay attention.
And while some of the losses have since been clawed back, it has been a massive blow for those near the end of their working life.
How, then, do ordinary members of the public judge whether their super fund is any good?
Most of the information and comparison tables that consumers see are the work of a few research houses. But consumers only get half the story because bad performers are seldom mentioned. Researchers generally prefer to deal in the good news.
Currently, there are only voluntary industry standards as to how funds should report their returns and fees. There is no single way laid down as to how funds should value, and how frequently they should value, their unlisted investments, such as infrastructure and property.
The regulator, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), offers guidelines on best practice but there are no regulations forcing funds to report the data in the same way. And, each of the researchers takes a different view of how performances should be measured.

On top of this, research firms cannot compel funds to provide their figures.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival


the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

FLOWER POWER

Sept 13 to Oct 9 2012




Time: Open daily 10am to 5pm

Prices: Adults $18, Concession $15, Under 16 free
           Groups of 10 or more $15 each person.


Address: Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Road Silvan, Victoria 3795
               Melway Map 123 B5

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Singapore

This iteration is a enjoyable guide for everyone who wants to know more about local culture and foods in Singapore. It was planed by myself when I visited Singapore in 2009. It contains step-by-step on how I managed to travel among this beautiful city within 2 days/2 nights.

Visiting Singapore – Day 1

On the first day, the plan is to visit all famous major attractions, Singapore Flyer, Merlion, Fountain of Wealth, etc.

7:30am – Arrive Singapore

7:40am – Purchase ez-link and take the train to downtown

8:00am – Check-in hotel

9:00am – Go to City Hall statation

10:00am – Visit Merlion Park

11:00am – Esplanade/Singapore Flyer

12:00pm – Lunch at Suntec City

13:00pm – Fountain of Wealth

14:00 – Raffles Hotel

15:00 – Orchard Road

17:00 – Vivo Mall

18:00 – Sentosa

19:30 – Song of the Sea

21:00 – Back to hotel


Visiting Singapore – Day 2

On the second day, it’s culture experience. Singapore is in the center of Southeast Asia. It has a mix of many cultures in this tiny city. Little India, Bugis Village, Arab Street, etc are my top choices. It’s also my “food” day. I managed to go though famous food stalls in various hawking centers.

8:00 – Little India

9:30 – Bugis Street

10:30 – Arab Street

11:30 – Golden Mile Food

12:30 – MRT (Lavender) Raffles Place

1:30 – Lau Pa Sat Hawker’s Center

14:00 – Chinatown

15:30 – Maxwell Food Center

16:00 – Chinatown

19:30 – Clark Quay

21:00 – Back to Hotel

The Zebra Plant (Haworthia Fasciata)

  • Compact slow growing.
  • Heads to 8cm across, forming numerous offsets when mature.
  • Plant in well drained soil.
  • Outdoors in pots or garden.
  • Indoors in any well lit position, very hardy.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Partial sun or any shaded position.
  • Water when almost dry in summer, less often in winter.
  • Drought Tolerant.
  • Will tolerate frosts.
  • Tall stems appear with small stiped blue flowers over growing season.
  • Can be grown in the garden in many shaded positions.