Sep 27, 2012

11 Habits That Exude Success

Consider this: You can polish your mind with knowledge until it is a blinding shine, but if you don't externalize it, no one will recognize it. Success is all about being noticed. You get noticed by showing the goods.

By adopting the following habits, you'll televise your qualities to the world (discreetly, of course). Just watch how people react to you.

1- Brag discreetly

I cannot emphasize the word discreetly enough. If you trumpet all your achievements and pricey possessions, you will lose everyone's respect. You want people to know that you're making it without coming off as a boaster; slip things into conversation casually. State your accomplishments as matter-of-factly as possible without the detailed trimmings, or slip them into stories.

For instance, say: "I went to New Zealand on vacation. I had some extra money from the bonus I got for increasing our sales one year." This presentation allows you to stick to the facts and incorporate an achievement into a pertinent story.

But don't make it all about you. Give credit where credit is due. By recognizing success in your peers, you invite praise to be reciprocated in the future.

2- Be a good communicator

The one-minute cleaning rule that will change your life

I HAVE spent the majority of my life being uber-organised so that I could fit more STUFF into my days.

But it is only in the last year or so that I have come to my senses and instead chosen to use my free time to look after myself better, rather than squeezing more and more commitments into my days.

So I want to share with you with my most favourite tip in the world for creating more me-time, but before I do, let me tell you that back in the day I was a pile-a-holic:
* I had a pile of papers (bills, statements etc) in an in-tray in the study.
* I had piles of clothing on top of the dresser in my cupboard.
* There was a pile of unused DVDs on top of the DVD player.
* There was a pile of books on the counter top.
* There was a pile of magazines on the floor in the toilet.
* There was a pile of newspaper all neatly stacked in the corner.

They were all very neat these piles, but they were everywhere I looked and every single one of them did my head in because I was thinking about them all the time.

The smaller piles were irritations - a form of mental as well as physical clutter. The larger piles were yokes around my neck - the bigger they got, the more time it was going to take to sort them out, so the less inclined I was to tackle them.

Inevitably a day would come where I would wipe out an entire weekend day to do a year's worth of filing. Or I'd lose a whole morning to going through the pile of clothes on my dresser to determine what could be hung up and what had to be washed or taken to the dry cleaner. Often, instead of sitting for 10 minutes with a cup of coffee I'd decide that ‘no, I simply can't relax with all these piles around me' and instead spend that 10 minutes dealing with the piles instead of chilling out.

This is where the one-minute rule comes in

Sep 23, 2012

How To Transfer Files Between Your Android Tablet and Mac

I am an iMac for a few years now.  Last year, I bought an iPad2 and it was working "perfectly" with iTune.  (BTW, Good Reader is actually an excellent pdf reader for iPad.  It can transfer files in between without using iTune.)

Anyway, I purchased an Asus Transformer TF300 to test out Android OS.  When I connected it to my iMac, iMac did nothing.  It did not recognised my Android as an external drive.  Why?

Don't worry.  Here is the step to get it working:

1. Download the Android File Transfer Program and save it to your computer.
2. Double click the .dmg file
3. Drag the Android File Transfer application into the Applications folder.
4. Now, plug in the Android Tablet via USB cable to your Mac.
5. The first time you connect your device via USB you will have to manually open the Android File Transfer application (after that, it will automatically open whenever you plug it in).
6. You will then be greeted by your Android Tablet’s file system and can now drag and drop files back and forth between them up to 4GB at a time.

Straits Cafe - Malaysian Cuisine

Straits Cafe

(03) 9848 1605
694 Doncaster Road, Doncaster VIC 3108

Cost: $10~$15 per person

Tuesday - Sunday     11:00am - 2:30pm

Tuesday - Saturday    5:00pm - 9:00pm

The best Char Kueh Teow in town!

Sometimes, there is oyster pancake available.  Take the rare opportunity to to try it out.  You will want to eat more.

Sep 19, 2012

Seriously? Sticky Specials (by Woolworths)

Woolworths Sticky Specials are the easy way to save a packet on the things you love. Simply stick your stickers on selected products from 12 – 25 September and you'll save the amount shown on the stickers - even on existing specials. It's easy peasy! To learn more about shopping online with Sticky Specials CLICK HERE.

Sep 17, 2012

Developmental milestones: self-care (from BabyCenter)


As your child gets older, she'll learn to do more things for herself — from taking off her clothes to getting her own bowl of cereal in the morning. While watching your baby's growing independence can be bittersweet, learning to take care of herself is an important part of your child's personal and social development.

When self-care develops

Your child will probably start doing things for herself soon after her first birthday. Advances come fast and furiously at around 18 months. Children still need lots of help and attention for years to come, but most will have the basics of self-care — dressing, brushing their teeth, washing their hands, feeding themselves and going to the toilet on their own — mastered by around their fourth birthday.

How self-care develops

Although your child won't make significant progress in self-care until her toddler year, you'll see the first stirrings fairly early on. At about eight months, your baby will begin to understand how objects relate to one another and may begin using them for their intended function — brushing her hair, babbling on her play phone, and so on. A few weeks later, she'll start learning how to drink out of a cup, and in a few months she'll be able to hold the cup herself. (To begin with she'll use two hands; the one-handed grip will come at about 24 months). At 11 months, she'll even start holding out her arm or leg to help you dress her.

Sep 8, 2012

Walnut Cake


Cake Mixture

5 eggs, separated
1.5 cups grated walnuts
1 cup grated almonds
1 cup castor sugar
250 unsalted butter
0.5 tsp vanilla
0.5 tsp cinnamon powder
0.5 tsp cloves powder
2 cups self-raising flour                                              


2 cups water
2 cups castor sugar
4 pieces of cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 slice of lemon with its peel


Cake Mixture