Sunday, September 30, 2007

So much to write, so little time

Hi! I'm back at my desk at home for the first time after one month's deprivation. I'm currently using a wireless broadband Eugene managed to get. I think he was tired of me complaining almost daily about the difficulties of being Internet-less and having to visit seedy cafes to do my work. Despite it being broadband, it is still a bit slow as the signal is not super efficient due to our location in a condominium unit that is quite high above ground. Nevertheless, something is better than nothing for the time being while waiting for another broadband service provider to look into our application.

In the past month, we've done quite a lot which I could have written about here. Picking up from where I stopped in late August, here's an update:

We spent five days and four nights holidaying in Singapore over our extended National Day holiday weekend. Caitlin had the most fun especially at the Singapore Night Safari and Zoo. We enjoyed ourselves at the well-organised zoo with its beautiful animals who looked really well taken care of. While some may think it cruel for animals to live anywhere else other than their natural wild habitat, the animals at the zoo did not look stressed from being held 'captive'. They looked healthy, lively,clean, well-groomed and comfy in their 'territory'. There were no cages but well-landscaped areas and enclosures that gave the 'open' feeling. We had a good time meeting up with relatives and friends too and Caitlin got to meet her Singaporean cousins for the first time.

After Singapore, we've been back to our normal routine of work and school. And now with the Muslim Ramadhan month in full swing, Eugene's been skipping dinner at home pretty often, having to attend business-related 'buka puasa' (breaking of fast) dinner invitations. Before this, we had a good share of the Chinese autumn festival mooncakes with still a couple more in our fridge....

Caitlin's school organised a Lantern Festival Party and she had fun with her classmates, schoolmates, their parents and teachers parading with lanterns around the housing area where the school is located. After a wonderful potluck dinner, parents and kids participated in several fun and exciting games.

Next month, it's her school's annual dinner concert. This year, her class is acting out "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" which includes a song and dance, according to her.

My network marketing biz is also picking up and keeping me on my toes. I'm looking forward to earning more consistent income on a weekly basis soon.

Last week, we signed the agreement and paid the deposit for the purchase of our new home located about two kilometres from our present home. We should be finalising the financing arrangements with a bank by early next week. If all goes as projected by the property developer, the house should be ready for us to move in by the first quarter of next year. Although I dread the thought of packing, moving and unpacking, I look forward to more living space, a bigger kitchen and our very own car porch. For those of you living in apartments, I'm sure you can relate to the inconvenience of not having a carpark at your doorstep; more so when you have tons of groceries, a (heavy)sleeping child to carry out of the car, and plenty of baggage to unload from outstation travels.

I hope to be back on track with regular posts here as the days go by and as my Internet connection becomes more permanent again....

And since the recent posts have been pretty dull without any pictures, I hope to work on updating my album in order to post some latest pics here soon. In the meantime, here's one of the apple of my eye, a rare one where she looks really directly into the camera!


Monday, September 24, 2007

Network marketing

The network marketing industry, despite its 50-year history, and currently a billion dollar business worldwide, is still much misperceived and misunderstod by many. From its beginnings in direct selling, it has evolved tremendously with many variants and innovative models to include affiliate marketing, multi-level marketing, e-commerce, referral programms etc.

Those who are little informed, or have dabbled a little in it but have not been successful and given up early in the game, could deem it a business model that cannot work, or worse still, a con job, a scam, a get-rich-quick scheme, without having the full knowledge and understanding of this industry's concepts and what it takes to succeed in it.

Like in any business, there are of course unscrupulous players which truly tarnish the image of the industry or go all out using unethical ways to beat competitors.

And with the Internet, it's even easier to let the whole world know what you think and feel. Most times, the negatives are played up by people with grudges, disgruntled customers, unprofessional competitors and people who simply love to comment about anything and everything. Just try googling "scam Amway", or NuSkin, LampeBerger, and the thousands of other network marketing brands and you'll have a field day reading about what these people think.

What's important is to know what to believe when you read such stuff and to base your judgment rationally using proper knowledge of the industry or the particular company you have an interest in.

Research on the company's corporate background, financial standing, certifications, business affiliations, legality of its business etc would help too to ensure you are investing or participating in a genuine business.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Internet blues

Here I am once again, sitting uncomfortably in an internet cafe. At least this one is relatively quiet compared to the one I went to last week. There's just one other user who is probably watching YouTube right now. And earlier, the young girl managing this place was just two tables away watching some noisy YouTube vide.

The situation at home where Internet access is concerned still has not changed since end August. Latest news is that the ISP has gone bust. I truly think that whatever the cause, it is only proper that they inform customers one way or other and not just terminate the service, ignore phone calls and provide wishy wash untruths about the disruption. I got wind that someone at the top absconded or something....

Monday, September 10, 2007

Handicapped without Internet

Our broadband service provider is apparently suffering major equipment breakdown since August 29 and have yet to resume its service to fuming subscribers like me. That's why this blog has been sitting pretty growing mushrooms. I'm now at a sickeningly noisy Internet cafe near home, trying to get some urgent work done.

Internet cafe users here are typically gamers and totally have no consideration for other serious users like me. Their speaker volumes are turned up to maximum, they are ugly young men with awful hairstyles mainly with some dumb female sitting beside them just looking at their partners kill some monster or maim an enemy....

What is the meaning of life to them I wonder. I have to leave now. The noise is giving me a headache and I have chores to do at home.

I am definitely going to give Nasioncom (my ISP) a big earful and demand our monthly fee is waived for the period of down time when I can get through their customer service line. I think they are deliberately not answering any calls these two weeks.