Black Friday

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Since Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday may be as early as the 23rd and as late as the 29th of November. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many employers give the day off, increasing the number of potential shoppers. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open very early (typically 5 am or even earlier) and offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores.

When I was studying in US last time, I used to go shopping during black Friday with my friends. I was eyeing one particular leather jacket that can burn a hole in my pocket. Thanks to Black Friday shopping I could get it cheaper, although lots of efforts went into it (including kicking, elbowing, cursing, etc).

Now, you don’t have to go through all those. This site let people purchase thanksgiving deals online without the hassle of having to stand in line at the store at 5am. This site also offers email alerts that let you know when new black friday ads have been posted.

I see a lot of things that I want to grab this year, specially from BabiesRUs. I need to buy a lot of baby things for my new born.


Caesarean or Normal Delivery?

I just delivered my second daughter. This time by normal birth. I tell you that I prefer C-Section method. The first baby, actually I want to try normal delivery, however since her position was faced up and I could not dillated fully for 12 hours, finally my gynea decided to do C-section.

The after-math, both are as painful. The different is, normal delivery, sitting is painful. Because I have stitches in my perinium. And because of the pushing during delivery, all my bone now is aching.


Survey: A Quest for Health Care Excellence 2007

DDI is looking to increase response rate to a survey targeted at executives in health care. At the end of the survey, participants will be asked to provide their e-mail address and contact information. DDI will randomly select one winner from the participants who complete the survey.

As DDI begins its annual business planning, they appreciate having your ideas and opinions to help keep them focused on your needs. This survey should take about 10 minutes. All information is kept confidential. If you would like to go into their drawing for an iPod nano, please provide your name, organization and email. The survey closes, Sunday, June 22, 2008. The drawing will be held on Monday, June 23, 2008.

To take the survey, click here.
Thank you for your participation in annual "Quest for Health Care Excellence" survey.

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I like to eat rice with chili. In fact I can't have good appetite to eat if I don't put chili on my rice. I think this is the habit that start since I was small.

I still remember when I was small, my grandmother always put chili on my rice when I didn't have any appetite to eat. Then later, I can't eat without one.

Research in humans found that "after adding chili to the diet, the LDL, or bad cholesterol, actually resisted oxidation for a longer period of time, (delaying) the development of a major risk for cardiovascular disease".


Police Gear

L.A. Police Gear, Inc. was founded by Los Angeles area Police Officers. The business has grown and changed greatly over the years and now serves the general public, military personnel, security professionals, and of course police officers (or anyone else who would like to buy from them)

5.11 Tactical Series creates superior products that enhance the safety, accuracy, speed and performance of law enforcement, military and firefighting professionals. Built on a foundation of durability, quality and value, 5.11 Tactical gear leads the industry by delivering functionally innovative gear, head to toe.

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Price Increase

Now everything is gone up in price. A few months ago I still managed to buy milk for Lauri for RM 60 something per can, now already RM 70 something. However, salary no increase at all. What to do? I think we must cut out our spending. Reduce eat out, reduce unnecessary cost. If possible I also want to increase my income, since in another week or so, I will have another family member. Yes! my baby girl is due in 10 more days!


Dangerous Feeding Bottle?

I hear this from my friend. It seems that a lot of feeding bottle for baby that is made from plastic is not safe for baby. The reason is because it contained BPA or Bisphenol A.

Researchers tested 19 baby bottles purchased in nine U.S. states and Canada. Bottle brands included Avent, Dr. Brown, Evenflo, Disney, Gerber and Playtex. When the bottles were heated to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C), every one of them leached bisphenol A at about 5 to 7 parts per billion. The report also suggested that because of the chemical makeup of bisphenol A, it may leach more in fatty or acidic liquids, such as milk or apple juice, than in water.

Three URLs below has great info on BPA.,8599,1711398,00.html?imw=Y

I think it is best to use glass milk bottle.


The New Media Expo: Brings Together Podcasters and Bloggers

Have you attending an EXPO before? I did. Many times. Today I found out that there is EXPO for online audio and video creators that brings together podcasters and bloggers from around the USA and the World!

This year, the 4th Annual New Media Expo 2008 is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on August 14-16. Already, attendees from 35 states and 22 countries have registered to attend.

The approx. 3,000 attendees that come to the Expo each year consist of four main groups:

1. Individual media creators who are producing content for the web for their own ventures, as freelancers or as hobbyists - and are coming to learn how to create better blogs, podcasts and online video.

2. Corporate content creators and marketers attend to learn how to create audio and video content for marketing or internal training and get educated on strategies for advertising within online content that will resonate with their customers and prospects.

3. Media buyers, public relations firms and advertising agencies attend to learn about the latest trends and develop partnerships with groups 1 and 2.

4. Educators, universities and institutions attend to learn how to best extend the classroom and use audio and video as an e-learning tool.

This Expo is a hands-on, exciting, "how-to" event with practical conference sessions about how to produce high-quality online content, grow a loyal audience, and market or monetize that content in creative ways.

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I love gold. I always like to buy gold jewelry.

When I started to work and earned my own money, after pay-day, I always went shopping to buy gold bracelet, or necklace, or ring.

My parent always encourage this hobby of mine. They always said that buying gold is a good habit. Better than spend the money to buy clothes or bag or shoes. If you need money, you can always sell your gold.

Now, gold price is crazy. See table below. How I wish that I bought more gold.


Buying House in Penang

Buying house is always my obsession. I don't like to rent house. I prefer my own house. My logic is rather than pay the rent better use the money to pay the installment. If you rent, in the end of the day, you ended up with nothing.

However, I find that landed property in Penang is very very expensive. I think it's because Penang is a small island, so land is limited. I also notice that the price of landed property here is always increase and never decrease. It's a good investment if you can afford it.

Here, I found some interesting discussion about penang property.


My New Camera

In the end, I got Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 camera. Not Canon. The reason is because hubby got Minolta SLR camera, and we still can use his old lens. I still haven't read the manual yet, and hubby still busy playing with it the whole day. Thus, I have to wait my turn to learn to use it.

If you want to see the review, here it is.