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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Wrote 2 short articles today

I have just submitted my 2 shorts articles for a blog of 300 words each. It only pays USD 1 cent per word, so you can calculate how much 300 words will bring in. Christmas is just over but the Yuletide spirit still lingers on. And I was in bed almost the whole day to recuperate from my stubborn flu after taking 2 rounds of anti-biotics for the last 1 month. As I felt better today, I decided to work a little by writing articles for income. My mind is clearer now and no longer drowsy from the medication and cough mixture. And Belated Christmas to my readers!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Earning Money Writing Articles

I have been paid about USD250 for November's work in writing articles for a US company. It pays about 1.4 cents per word for a 4 star rating and 1 cent per word for a 3 star rating. However, my rating has dropped from 4 star to 3 star this month. But the money comes in handy for Christmas and I intend to save it up for rainy days. No more lavish spending or impromptu buyings on impulse while window shopping. Need to save up for hard times as the economy is not so good with global recession looming in 2009. I just have to tell myself to work hard for such times. But it is nice to take a break now and then from work and remember the carefree days as a student without worries about savings and expenditure.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hairy Crabs for a Meal

This Thursday, my mum has booked a table of 5 for the family, each paying for his or her own meal at RM100 to enjoy the seasonal hairy crabs with 6 other dishes in Dragon-i Restaurant in Queensbay Mall. Hairy crabs are very expensive because they are rare and only comes around during this time of the year, around October to November. My second sister in Suchou received 12 hairy crabs from her student whose father obviously sells seafood. She brought them to the restaurant, had them cooked and share with her friends. Such lucky gal! The only difference between hairy crabs and the normal ones are that hairy crabs have much hair on the bottom of their pincers and are smaller too. Now I am looking forward to this Thursday, dinner time.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

James Bond : Quantum of Solace



Unlike Casino Royale, which was as direct as a bullet from a gun, QoS spends a sizeable chunk of it's running time meandering aimlessly. Firstly though, the intro car chase is in the style of an agitated, edit-obsessed director which means the entire scene is viewed in short random bursts from a multitude of angles - Fine, if that's your bag.

What follows is a series of action set pieces which are at turns exciting, manic and messy, but after which the film becomes flat and a little direction-less. That's not to say that there is little in the way of bullets and babes but the simple facts are that the set pieces are really not very exciting, and worse still the characters are pretty bland, in comparison to those in Casino Royale.

You'll struggle to think of a main bond villain that is less interesting than Dominic Greene, and agent Fields is utterly pointless in every aspect other than brief eye-candy. As is mentioned in other reviews it is Judy Dench and Daniel Craig that keep this movie from leaving the tracks entirely but it doesn't bode well for future outings if this is to be the new template. In short Casino Royale rejuvenated the franchise but Quantum Of Solace has gone some way to spoiling it's success.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama - the first black US President

After months of non-stop campaigning in various states in USA and much money being spend on advertisements online and for air time on telly, Obama has finally made history by being the first black US president. This is unprecedented. But it is a pity that his closest relative and care-giver, his maternal grandmother did not live long enough to witness this eventful occasion. She passed away a few days ago battling cancer for some time in Hawaii. Let's hope Obama will succeed in bringing about change that is much needed after the Bush administration and revive the beleaguered economy and create new jobs for thousands of laid off workers in USA. Obama is a skillful orator after beating Hillary Clinton to be the Democrate nominee for the US presidential election. Congratulations, Obama!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tropic Thunder Trailer



"Tropic Thunder is a film that understands biting satire. It sets out to villainize the very people that made the film possible. It understands parody and it understands good comedy and delivers consistent laughs throughout. It starts out with a promising bang and from there, continues to revel in its absurdity and wit. The script is sharp and provides a great basis for the humor that spurs the film on, however, it's truly the actors that take it to the next level. Robert Downey Jr's performance as the lost Australian actor is perhaps one of the most standout performances in a comedy. Not only that, but Tom Cruise's Les may just be the engine that brings this film home. Its both ridiculous and a furnace of hilarity. But in all truth, the chemistry within the rest of the cast is undeniable. I would have to caution viewers, this film may not be what you're expecting. Ben Stiller's previous films and even his own written "Zoolander" are quite different from the tone and the visuals of Tropic Thunder. And its not just in the profanity or utter gore, its within the concepts behind the film. It dares to go into areas that are politically incorrect and what say may even find on the offensive side. Its not afraid to traverse the areas outside of hands-off comedy. If you're a fan of balls- to-wall, brazen comedy that isn't afraid of the lines, this will be your cup of tea. You'll be laughing from start to finish and reveling in the ride. It's fresh and that originality carries it somewhere great.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Prepare for a Recession

Every day, we have been bombarded with news of gloomy economic outlook in the US with looming global recession on the cards. It is about time that we change our spending habits and not to buy on impulse. We have to watch our savings as thousands of jobs are lost in the US. Wall Street employees are performing new tricks on the roads to earn money in their business suits. Dow Jones, Hang Send Index, KLCI and all major share markets are reporting bear run these past few days. Goverments are injecting billions of US dollars into the failing banks in the hope of containing the economic rot. With thousands of jobless people and financial crisis that is spreading globally, we should now be prepared for the worst before any economic recovery is seen, not anytime soon.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Using Google Alerts to find work online

I am using Google Alerts to keep me informed of new job offers by searching for some specific keywords that I have typed in. And I am in the midst of discussion with a potential client from Canada for an ebook rewrite, format and convertion to pdf from Microsoft Word. If everything works out well, this could mean constant work for me from this client. Each day, I will check out my Google Alerts for the searched keyterms and checking them out. It has kept me busy for a while as I continue to surf the internet for information and to pass time. It is a gold mine out there.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Looking for Work online is not easy

If you are looking for high paying work online, I must admit it is not easy. But there are plenty of writing work that pays a meagre amount like from 0.55 cent to 0.7 cent per word. It does not even constitute 1 cent per word making USD1 per 100 words. That's because there are too many freelancers especially from India and Philippines or parts of Russia willing to work at this rate bringing the price down for article writing. Then, there are those that pays 1.5 cents per word but then they require at least 3 articles per day or something like that. It is not easy to get freelance work that pays well but if I have the luck, it may come one day.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Raining Heavily

I just came back from breakfast in one of the local eatery for 'dim sum' when it started pouring heavily. It was raining cats and dogs and of all days, I forgot to put the umbrella back into the car. So I had to dash for the car in the rain in this monsoon season. With a wet weather like this, it is better to stay indoors and do some light reading or update my blog as what I am doing right now. Luckily, there is no thunder and lightning, otherwise my external modem will be 'fried' and rendered useless. One tip that I have learnt is that never turn on the modem when there is lightning which may cause short circuit delivering powerful electricity to the modem.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You Don't Mess with The Zohan



Well given that I am a huge fan of Sandler but an even bigger fan of Star Wars, imagine my surprise when I chose this over the Clone Wars! Well I wasn't let down! Once again we are given a (kind of slapstick) comedy from Adam Sandler that has enough heart to make you care about the characters, and enough story that you feel that the movie is going somewhere.

While there was plenty of material to entertain adults and the like i.e. sex jokes, references to other movies and politics, there was also enough visual comedy to keep younger viewers entertained e.g. silly fight scenes and animal jokes.

While the cinema was mixed with very different ages, I disapproved with parents taking very young children to see this movie, as the sex humour was very raunchy, funny, but not for young kids.

Would be a good date movie! Otherwise, it's just a great night out at the flicks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Paralympic Sports Beijing



In this YouTube, you can watch paralympic sports in China just after Beijing Olympics. It is held at the same place in the bird's nest stadium. My heart goes out to the handicapped sportsmen who display true sportsmanship by trying their best to win despite their condition. They don't look themselves as disabled but with fervent desire and motivation, they hope for the best to win in the paralympic sports just like any other ordirnary men and women. It is heartwarming to see the video and it will lift you up from your blues or petulant nature. The part where they played basketball in their wheel chairs was soemthing new and interesting to me.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Cost of Living Keeps Increasing

The cost of living keeps increasing. And Japan may be in recession. USA was in recession a few months ago. We have to brace ourselves for bad times and tighten our belt. The inflation rate is more than our earnings in Fixed Deposits interest rates. For some, they have to take 2-3 jobs just to get by. With the skyrocketing prices of gas and fuel plus food prices, we have to be more conscious of our spending and bargain at all times. Don't let your hard earn savings be splurge on luxury items. Are they a necessity in the first place? Well, for me, I guess I will have to save more money for rainy days. You never know what's next.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Selling on eBay

I plan to sell my almost new jade pendant which I hardly wear and used stamps through eBay. I have been reading up on eBay and how to sell successfully. There are even some templates for eBay that you can use such as Z-templates. Some are free but you have to search around. I discovered that there are powersellers at bronze level selling at least $1,000 per month for 3 months while the highest level is titanium powersellers selling stuffs amounting to a whopping $150,000 per month. This will take plenty of time taking photos of the stamps, processing the photo and listing them on eBay. After you get a sale or enquiry, you need to post them through the post office. There are options of whether you intend to sell locally or worldwide and need to estimate the shipping price.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Christian the Lion



This is a must watch video showing a tamed lion being rehabilitated in the wild in Africa reuniting with its former care givers. He even introduced them his wife! Friendship knows no bounds and transcends human beings to animals. Imagine the long distance travel to Africa and the difficulty the couple encountered in finding their lion again. It is a touching story with a happy ending.

Monday, August 25, 2008

How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop



Above is a Photoshop technique to whiten teeth on digital photos. This is a useful skill to learn and how to touch up your photos. As an aside, I have yellowish teeth due to tetracycline stains. When I was young, I fell sick and the doctor gave me a banned drug tetracycline, an antibiotic that should not be prescribed to kids under the age of ten. It not only caused stains to the teeth but to all the bones as well. I have tried other methods of whitening my teeth such as buying expensive teeth whitener with retainer to apply for at least 1 hour without much improvement. So, now if I were to have my photos taken, I don't show my teeth.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Synchronized Swimming at Beijing Olympics 2008

I was watching the group synchronized swimming in Beijing Olympics life on television just now. They are beautifully choreographed and almost every team did a splendid routine. When I was watching a bit later, team Canada was performing and ranked first. This was followed by Japan which unfortunately has a synchronized swimmer suffering leg cramps at the end of the routine and was ranked second. The came team China with marvellous styles and unique sequence. It overtook Canada and took first spot.

After that was the team from Spain. Though their costumes were not a groovy as other teams, they managed to clinged first place displacing China to second and Japan to third. The final team from Russia came and did great heights, the highest so far comparatively. Russia has been getting medals in the last olympics in Athens and prior to that as well. When the team finished their routines, they were ranked first with a perfect score of 50 for style. So it finally came to Russia to win the gold medal for synchronized swimming. The life telecast was entertaining and I stayed glued to the telly for a while.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

China Olympics 2008

I was watching the television today and China has accummulated 44 goal medals while USA has 26 goal medals. China is indeed a sports superpower with many capable world-class athletics. I loved watching synchronised swimming seeing the very colorful and beautifully designed costumes. Micheal Phelps is a swimming phenomenon and he does not have to work one day in his life anymore. Just earn from the money sponsorships of advertisements and he can retire young and rich. While we don't have the swimming ability of Phelps, most of us need to work the usual route to earn our living. Some resort to blogging part time while others prefer to stay in the office. Well, different strokes for different folks. So, which do you choose? I know what I want.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hello World!

This is my first post from blogger.com. I am happy that Blogger is a free platform to create blogs of various designs. The templates are ready made and it can be selected in a jiffy. At the moment, it is in the late afternoon and I am working from my new laptop. I hope to justify the money spent on the laptop by blogging and hopefully earn some allowance using Google Adsense but this will take some time. I am happy with the status quo and hope to post some interesting material for my repeat visitors. In the meantime, do come back often and check out for updates.
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