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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Spending Less on Your Move

Most people will move several times throughout their lives, with the first usually when you head off to college. Once you get married and start to raise a family you may move two to three times more due to a growing family or a change of job. Whatever your reasons for the move, there are many ways that you can make it more affordable. 

Create a Budget

Your first instinct may be to contact movers immediately to secure the date. While that's very important, the first step you need to take is to createa plan and a budget. The budget needs to include the move as well as the costs involved once you reach your destination. This includes turning on lights, water, gas and scheduling an appointment for cable or satellite television. Make sure to include everything down to the packing supplies. Once you have an educated estimate you'll know the amount you need in order to make it happen. 

Deciding Whether to Use Movers or Rent a Truck

There are pros and cons to renting a truck and hiring movers. Weigh them carefully by cost, time and the amount of labor you need to do. If you have very little time and you are moving across the country hiring professional movers such as AlliedMoving Company, may prove to be the best option. First, you won't have to drive on busy highways with a truck loaded to the gills. Second, you won't have to load and unload it either.  And, if you factor in that you will more than likely need to stop and spend a night in a hotel the costs can add up quickly. The downside to hiring movers is that you can't change the date once scheduled unless of course, you want to wait several weeks longer.  Overall, the costs when you add up your additional expenses and time and labor, are just about equal. 

Move Off Season

Just like department stores and restaurants have peaks seasons, so do moving companies. If you can control the date you leave, schedule your move during the fall or winter when the volume is lower. If you must move during the summer, aim for the middle of the month and during the week. These times are cheaper than weekends and the beginning and end of each month.

Pack Your Own Boxes

Moving companies charge a lot of extra money to use their boxes. This can really inflate your bill by hundreds or more. Instead, pay nothing at all for boxes. It's easier than you might imagine. Check your local liquor store or corner deli, ask friends who recently moved and ask people on the job to save them for you. In addition to free boxes, you can also cut costs on your packing supplies by using items around the home to wrap collectibles, glasses, and dishes. Towels, sheets, and pillowcases add a layer of protection that keeps them secure and prevents clanking. Newspaper and coffee filters are also useful for smaller items. All you really need to purchase is high-quality packing tape. 

Declutter and Downsize

When you move everything you bring along increases the amount of the final cost for your move. It's in your best interest to use this opportunity to get rid of unwanteditems. Set things aside that you are not sure about and then go through them again the next day. If at that time, you still can't make a firm decision, it's best to leave it behind. Remember that once you get to your new place you will need a space to put these items too. With the things, you decide not to bring you have several options. If they are still in good condition you could list them in the paper or online or have a garage sale. No matter which method you choose, the extra money you make you can use to reduce the overall cost of your move. 

Moving is expensive and if you don't create a budget ahead of time you may end up borrowing from places just to settle in. However, if you are willing to plan ahead, to some of the work yourself, you can make any move more affordable. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Recap Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2018-3km Kids Dash

 Am back again. Earlier this month I join SCKLM Kids Dash.

This year it's for 3km.

Wah lau eh.... no training... close two eyes and simply run-lah. Mamarazzi said if cannot run then walk. If cannot walk then crawl. ....but I bounce pulak.

This year was a bit different from previous years. It's the 10th Anniversary of SCKLM. This year they separated the Kids Dash day from the actual run day.

It was a cloudy Saturday . Mamarazzi and me took the train to town. Luckily it didn't rain. We had  The orgniser gave out balloons, and have clowns there to entertain us.

As usual, the kids that are doing 1km goes first followed by us who are doing 3km 

And there we go... 

Mamarazzi waited and wait and waited.... hmmm... mushrooms growing liao

Finally saw me "boucing" back. Why so slow one..... ? Fast fast run to get my medal goodies bag. Uiks!? where is the banana? This year no banana geh... Previous years they give isotonic drink with banana. Maybe this year replaced with mineral water gua as I found mineral water in the bag

Photo credit to SCKLM website

Mamarazzi  did not get to snap photo of me bouncing back but this year SCKLM had installed new apps. Don't know how they do it but they can detect photo. snap by their media people and post up on their website for us to download. Maybe based on the chip stucked to our  bib or based on  bib number? 

                                            Photo credit to Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura FB 

Bumped into Auntie Lina on our way back. Hey! she is one of the official media person there. She snapped this nice photo of me.

And of my medal. 

showing off my hard earned Medal in the train . Got 1 Kor Kor gave me the thumbs up sign.

And also my stinky ketiak(armpit) 

Result of the Dash? I polished off 2 double cheeseburger and 5 pieces of nugget. ! Thank you to Uncle Sherman for notifying us on this promotion. 

Supposed to be one burger for Mamarazzi and one for me but  but but I was famished she didn't want hers. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Bukit Jelutong Plant Exchange #7(BJPE) and Flea Market on 5th May 2018

Everyone is excited about Polling Day on the 9th of May? Well, here is one more event for you to be excited about. 

Yup! The ever "keras kerja"(hardworking- yea... direct translate from English . Really no eyes see) BJ Green Ranger had done it again. 

The 7th Bukit Jelutong Plant Exchange /Adoption Programme will be held  on 5th of May 2018. Time and Venue as above. 

The Waze location is :

On that day , there will be Flea Market too selling all sorts of stuff.

Do drop by and adopt a plant . It's FOC. 

List of Plants pledges as of 23rd April  for BJPE( May 5) are as below and the list is getting longer as the date grows nearer:

1.  KT - yam(edible)
2. KT - Brazilian Snap Dragon (flower)
3. KT - variegated tapioca plant (edible)
4. KT - portuluca(flower)
5. KT - purple leaves sweet potatoes plant
6. KT - white lily (flower)
7. balsam- kc
8. Fire cracker flower-kc 
9. Bird plant-kc
10.spider plant-kc
11. Grand duke jasmine-kc
13.hoya-kc moss-kc
15. Java ginseng-kc
16. Mint-kc
17green cincau-kc
19. Taiwan goji vege-kc
21. Brazilian spinach-kc
22-rerama hijau
23.misai kucing-kc
24. Pandan-kc
25. Tembaga sausa-kc
27. Serai acheh-kc
28. Rain lily-kc
29. Bunga  tonkin-kc
30. Turkey Promegranate-BO
31. Iresine - kc
32. White peace lily-kc
33. Ruealia-kc
34. Japanese rose -kc
35. Sabah snake grass -cL 
36.  Aloe Vera - cl
37.  Double petaled Bunga Telang seeds - cl
38. Spider plants - AP
39. Red shiso - AP
40. Serai Aceh - AP
41. Japanese rose - AP
42. Pirandai  cuttings - AP
43. Beijing Grass - AP
44. Aloe Vera - AP
45. Rerama Hijau - AP
46. Serai wangi - AP
47. Sambung Nyawa(Purple)-AP
48. Mugwort - AP
49.Dwarf yellow papaya DS
50. Custard apple-DS
51.Bamboo orchid- DS
52. Spider plant-DS
53.Peace Lily-DS
54.  Orange Canna-DS
55. Marigolds-DS
56. Vinsa -DS
57. Anthurium- DS
58. Cock's Comb-DS
59. Elephants Ears -DS
60. Snake Plant- DS
61.Red Aglaoneme- DS
62. Coleus- DS
63. Ruealia- DS
64. Betel leaf- DS
65. Kantan -kc
66. Melon - RM
67.  Mint - WMY
68.  Curry leaf - WMY
69. Brazilian snap dragon(decorative)-kc
70. Wandering jew(decorative)-kc
71. Duck feet coleus-kc
72. Black sesame plant-kc
73. Decorative pineapple-kc
74. Turnera-kc
75. Bird nest fern-KT
76. Plantain - KT
77. Bunga telang ( single petal)- YL
78. Sawtooth corainders,-SC
79. Indonesian dills-SC
80. Variate Indian borage-SC
81. Variagted spider liliy-SC
82. Papaya -FC
83. Chili padi -FC
84. beijing grass- RM
85. pumpkin-RM
86. chillis (gerunong)-RM
87. Chillis (lada solok)-RM
88. Moringa Plants -CN
89. Holy Basil-CN
90. Setawar-CN
91. Bromeliad-CN
92. Rangoon Creeper-CN
93. Red Shiso-CN
94. Green Cincau-CN
95. Red ginger plants- SVA
96. Dark pink adenium- SVA
97. Bakawali - LY
98. Dragon fruit plant - LY 
99. Dessert rose - LY
100. Black sugarcane -Z
101. Avocado - CC
102. Mango - CC
103. Bunga telang - CC
104. Ulam Raja - CC
105. Daun Kadok - CC
106. Oregano - CC

Do drop by and adopt a plant . It's FOC. 

Will update more when we get more information

Sunday, 26 November 2017

An Eventful Week(Butt Kicking Week)

It was an eventful week indeed. Papa and Mamarazzi went and collected our BBW  Preview passes. Just in time for me to pass to my friend before school holidays begins.

Got the Best Improvement  Award for the term final examination.  Didn't get the top places in the school but at least registered good improvement when compared to the first half year where i got hooked on a computer game. Got my butt kicked by Papa. This just shows that I can really do well if I am forced  wanted to.

Popped over to Popular Book Fair at Viva Home after the award ceremony and got a box of books. Guess what books?

Boo hoo books for Primary 4. 

Actually, I have started to do some of the Primary 4 workbook in exchange for computer time. Am not the brightest bulb in the box. So I have to work harder lo.

 But Don't worry la. Mamarazzi did buy some of my favourite comic for me to de-stress.

The rest, she said wait for BBW. Am looking forward to it. 

This morning pulak, I had Karate tournament.  Earlier on I told Mamarazzi better to cancel my Monday school trip lo coz I worried that I might be beaten up till blue black. But Coach said not to worry. No fighting yet. This is just a friendly tournament for me to gain experience.

Woke up 5.30m to go to the venue as the tournament supposed to start 8am . But following Malaysian Time, we started after 9am. 

Around 11am had a break as VIP arrived to officiate the opening ceremony and also prize giving for those who had finished their event before the arrival of VIP

Our lunch packs also arrived similar time to the VIP arrival. Luckily it's not fried bihun. It's mixed rice. Got my favourite chicken wings, fried eggs and cabbage. Hey! How did they know these are my favourite dishes?

Finally my turn. I was so nervous by the time ... I missed some steps.  Didn't win. Well, it's still a good experience. There was a group of senior that fought really well. From the very beginning can see that they're going to win .

Well, that's all for now. No more "battery". Tomorrow will be another exciting trip!!!

Monday, 20 November 2017

July and August 2017 Recap

July and August were pretty quiet months.  Nothing much in July . Only went for a wedding. But end of August was pretty hectic as shown in the following slide show.

Mamarazzi won a pair of tickets to The Great Britain Circus. The circus is no longer like the old days. No more animal show. Still I enjoy it very much especially the clown acts and the motorbike show. Although ours were standard seats, it was still very close to the stage.

Here is a short clip of the Motorbikes in action. Don;t try it at home. If The Great Britain Circus reach your place, do go and watch. It certainly worth it.

The next "morning"(errr....3am counted as morning?) Mamarazzi kick my butt woke me up. Said it's time to start our journey to Ah Mah's house.

Had a great time visiting Chinatown there as they were having Peranakan Festival. There wasn't much  of anything to see on the first night as it was raining.

The second night we went again. Lots of things to see.

Got caught in a street performance. The man asked me to help him. Really chicken and duck talk as he speaks cantonese while I speak English and Mandarin. Hope you enjoy this short clip

This is where I learn to do the shake pet pet fried rice. Don't laugh ya. If laugh, don't roll on the floor ya. If roll on the floor, make sure the floor is clean ya.

So now you know how to shake pet pet yet?  *LOL *

Friday, 17 November 2017

May & June 2017 Recap

Another two busy month and a very BIG event. Yes! the Big Bad Box Sale. 

In May, I learn to cook more. This time learnt how to fry chicken. Yes, you heard it correctly. Fry chicken. Then there is Teacher's Day. Just a simple do. 

Next major event was Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017.  A very busy two days . Went for my basketball practise then zoomed over to KLCC to collect my race kit. Afternoon zoom to KLPAC for Dr Balloon show and zoom back home just in time for tuition. 

Next morning woke up early to go for the Kids Dash but on the way home, it rained. Started to feel unwell in the LRT Station coz it was hot and "cold" at the same time. All trains going to the direction that we were heading to were fully packed. Mamarazzi finally brought me to take train heading towards the opposite direction. Disembarked at station that had less people waiting before boarding train to then correct direction. Started to fever  and had it bad at night.

This year BIG BAD BOX sale was the BEST among all the years. Books were nicely arranged and a large variety to choice from. For the first time in history, we bought 3 boxes of books. Previous sale we only managed to  fill one box as the choice were pretty limited. 

Another month , another story.. change of taste buds... lost a tooth..a trip..and presenting...the video of my life for May and June 2017.....

And YAY! Mamarazzi found how to add music to the video  and have done so for all the 3 recap videos

Thank you , Auntie Claire for alerting us that don't know why sometimes readers have to go to Youtube only can view the video. Can't view in blog. Errr... Mamarazzi had yet to figure out how to fix this issue. Any tips? Coz at the Video Manager in Youtube the following icon remains grey no matter what Mamarazzi clicked. 

  • Make this video available on all platforms

Hopefully can solve this issue soon. Meantime, please bear with me for a bit ya. Thank you.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

ATTN! Post-Singles Day Shopping Events to Lookout For

If you’re no stranger to the art of hunting for bargains on the internet, then I’m most definitely sure that you spent the weekend of 11 November glued to your laptop or mobile phone in anticipation of all the crazy promotions brought about by the recently passed Singles’ Day.

As many already know, Singles’ Day is one of Asia’s biggest online shopping events that initially started out in China as a fun and tongue-in-cheek festival meant to celebrate the many perks of the single life. The chosen date November 11 (11/11) was selected as the number “1” aptly represents single-hood. Since its initiation, the festival has evolved into one of the most prominent online shoppings carnivals in the world with massive discounts from your favourite online retail platforms.

For those of you who happened to miss it this year, fret not as there there are still several upcoming online sales periods for you to look forward to this 2017. And with the holiday season just around the corner, what better way to end the year than with the best savings the internet has to offer!

Check out our short but sweet list below of upcoming sales events to anticipate in Malaysia and remember to checkout Saleduck to stayon top of these promotions the second they go live!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday
When: 24 and 27 November 2017
Falling on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, Black Friday started out as an annual shopping date whereby retailers would offer huge promotions in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas shopping. In recent years, it was grown into a worldwide sales event with major participation from both offline and online retailers. The following Monday after that is referred to as Cyber Monday as has proven to be a key player in the realm of online sales events. During this period, shoppers can expect to find swoon worthy savings on everything from tech to fashion, making this the perfect time to get a head-start on gift-giving season. So if you’ve been saving up for that smartphone or designer jacket, this is probably the best time for you to get your hands on them.

Lazada 12.12 Online Revolution
When: 12 December 2017
Marking the end of Lazada’s month-long onlinerevolution campaign, the 12th of December is the final day for online shoppers across Southeast Asia to take advantage of the online marketplace’s shopping fiesta. Lauded as the biggest sale of the year, shoppers can anticipate price slashes of up to 90% off on popular categories such as electronics, home appliances and fashion, exclusive brand promotions, flash sales, surprise giveaways, bundle deals, free shipping promos and more.

Holiday Sales
When: 28 November 2017 to 1 January 2018
Not an official sales event per se but the days leading up to the New Year tend to come along with some great savings opportunities that online shoppers can take advantage off. From post-Christmas discounts to pre-New Year promos, online retailers nationwide definitely don’t fall short when it comes to spoiling shoppers across Malaysia with attractive holiday season discounts. Keep an eye out on your favourite retailers during this entire period and you’re bound to stumble upon some fantastic bargains.

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