We Needed to Have Some Trees Cut Down

My husband and I bought an older house a few months ago. We were able to get it at an incredible price, and we knew that it had a lot of potential to it. Since we did get it so cheap, we knew that we had plenty of room in our budget to get things fixed up. One of the first things that we did was contact a tree service in Long Island because there were some trees right up against the house that did not look very healthy at all.

I had a feeling that one of the reasons why we were able to get the house for such a low price is because no one else wanted to deal how awful it looked on the outside. Continue reading We Needed to Have Some Trees Cut Down

Competing on the Mobile Market

For the promotion of a smartphone app that I developed, I hired the Big 3 Singapore production company to create a video that would be used for advertisement. The app is a game that allows multiple users to connect to a network and play competitive matches against each other using a selection of characters that they can choose. Competitive gaming has become really popular here over the last few years, and I wanted to jump on the trend while it was still generating good business. In order to have more people flock to my game, I needed to have something that would make it stand out from the others.

The production company created a funny ad that featured a man facing off against one of the characters in the game. The man gets beaten fairly easily, but then transforms into a character from the game and then defeats the other character. The app is free to download and features a set of starter characters, but more can be purchased for a low price, or if the player has enough time and patience, they can unlock them using currency that they earn in the game through regular play with other people in matches.

The advertisement had a positive effect on the reception of the game. The download numbers for the game have been way beyond what I expected them to be. The game has become so popular that I’ve gotten a few inquiries from companies that want to expand the game into a franchise. They want to have toys, t-shirts, and even an animated series made from the game. I have to think about these offers carefully, because I can’t just have anyone handling my IP and doing whatever they want with it. I want anything associated with the game to be of the highest quality.

I Am Saving Up My Money

I have to figure out exactly what I am going to do, because I clearly need more money than I have before I go off to University. In fact I have been working a number of jobs and doing some things on the side. Today I picked up a little money doing flyer distribution in Singapore, which seems to be something that would embarrass some of my friends. I had to laugh at them acting as though this would bring shame to their families. It is a job, plain and simple. Obviously it is not the job that you would pick if you had the ability to choose from all of the jobs in the world, but they pay you and I need the money. So it does not bother me a bit. Of course for the most part people act as though you have the plague. Many of them take the flyers and throw them away without ever even looking at them, but it is not my job to make them read the things. Continue reading I Am Saving Up My Money

When Your Child Has His First Bad Toothache, You Find a Dentist Fast

I would say that it would be rare for a kid to go through childhood without a toothache. I would say it is especially true with all the sugars in the foods kids typically eat. Can you imagine that cereal is advertised as being healthy, and sugar is almost always the second or third ingredient? Well, we go easy on the breakfast cereals, but we still have a kid that got his first bad toothache. We had just moved within the last few weeks, and we found ourselves looking for a good dentist for Denver CO. When you have a child with a toothache, you need an appointment in a hurry.

I am very happy they were able to see us right away. I have been in the situation of having a terrible toothache and having to wait days for a dental appointment. I actually ended up in the ER once with the pain from an abscess. Even though they said I had a bad infection and they gave me IV antibiotics and injected painkillers, they still did not take out the tooth. Continue reading When Your Child Has His First Bad Toothache, You Find a Dentist Fast

Replacing an Employee with a Company

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, last month I had to fire one of my employees. This employee was one of my best, but he made a terrible mistake that cost him his job. He was in charge of doing Microsoft Excel programming in VBA, and without him, I had to find someone to quickly fill his role. One of my employees suggested that while I’m looking, I can hire an outside company to handle the necessary programming tasks. I was in a real bind, so I went with the idea and was able to find a company in less time than it took me to find the replacement.

The company and I were able to work together to get the programming work done, and I was quite pleased with their results. Continue reading Replacing an Employee with a Company

She Wants to Dance Like a Ballerina

My daughter is sometimes influenced by the things that she sees when watching television. Whenever she sees something in a movie that looks cool or fun to her, she just has to try it. One day I was watching a movie with her about a girl who becomes a ballerina and performs a famous dance number in a ballet. After seeing that movie, she wanted to take ballet classes in Toronto. Although my daughter sees fun things that she has to try, she doesn’t always stick with them. Just last year she was taking tennis lessons but gave up after she became tired of it. Continue reading She Wants to Dance Like a Ballerina

Our Dream Home That Isn’t Even Ready Yet

My wife told me that she wants us to invest in the Boulevard 88 Condo development. I had to chuckle because we had just moved to this condo that we are living in now a few years ago. We both knew that we were going to move again into a bigger one, but I just did not think that it would be this soon. She then told me that it is still in the development stage, so I had plenty of time to get used to the idea. She just wanted us to get signed up for the updated detail notifications that go out.

I saw no harm in that, so I told her to go ahead and get that ready for us. She went to the site where she had learned about Boulevard 88, and curiousity got the better of me. I knew that I had to look at the details with her because something had caught her interest very strongly on this. As I looked at the details that were given so far on the site, I found myself smiling at the possibilities. Continue reading Our Dream Home That Isn’t Even Ready Yet

Where to Find Information Before Purchasing a Guitar

I have been playing acoustic guitar in a band for over 20 years now and love what I do. A friend of mine approached me the other day wanting advice on buying a guitar for his son. He told me that his son is starting to show an interest in playing an electric guitar. I told him that I have limited knowledge about electric guitars and he should refer to Guitar Junky for the advice he is looking for. I let him know that their website has a lot of useful information for purchasing various instruments for beginners.

I went on to tell him that there are buying guides for the different categories of instruments that will show him the differences in specifications, materials used to build them along with a wide variety of price ranges. If he couldn’t find enough information in the buying guide there are also a lot of reviews that can assist him in making the right decision for not only his son’s abilities but also his budget. Continue reading Where to Find Information Before Purchasing a Guitar

I Love Buying Eccentric Items

I wanted to get a new phone case for my phone because my other one was starting to show its age. I looked at a few different sites, but it was not until I started looking at Harajuku Fever that I knew I had found the one that I wanted to get. There were so many different cool ones on that site, and I knew as soon as I saw the Sailor Moon phone cases that I was going to go ahead and buy one of them. Not only were they super cool and cute looking, but the prices were a lot cheaper than others that I had seen on the different websites.

I also liked this website for another reason too. While I had initially started looking at phone cases, I saw that they have so many other things on the site that interested me too. They have bags, shoes, clothing, and more. Continue reading I Love Buying Eccentric Items

Science and Tech for Kids

As a kid, I was always fascinated by the idea of robots. I wanted to build my own robot, but I didnt’ know anything about programming, and I couldn’t afford to buy any parts for a robot. Now that I’m older, I actually know about robots and how to make them. I made a prototype for a robot that kids could easily build on their own and program, but I wanted it to work with an app. I’m not that great at app making, so I found a mobile apps developer in Singapore that would be able to help me make one.

The app needed to be able to direct the actions of the robot beyond simply telling to go left and right. Continue reading Science and Tech for Kids

We Are Meant to Live Here

There is one reason that I wanted to look at the New Futura condo development. It is in the perfect location, and I knew that if the condos and exterior features were what I was imagining, that it would become my next home. I have a good imagination, but what I saw when I finally looked at some pictures and layouts of the condos really went above and beyond. Even if this development would have been in a different location, I would have fallen in love with what I saw there and chose it anyway.

My husband and I have three grown children, and they have blessed us with seven grandchildren between all of them. They all have their own homes, but the grandkids do come and stay with us for days at a time when they are able to. Continue reading We Are Meant to Live Here

My Dad Needed Help with His Cleaning Duties

My dad is probably the most stubborn man I know. I know how to deal with him though because I am probably the second most stubborn man I know. When his doctor told him to slow down so he could recuperate properly after a major illness, he was concerned enough to involve me in the conversation. Obviously, Dad’s doctor knows him well too! He told me that even basic things like bending over to clean the floor could hurt him, so I knew that I was going to contact a company that does cleaning services in Singapore.

I also knew that my dad was not going to be happy with this, but that was just tough. Even though he is stubborn and frustrating, I love him beyond words. Continue reading My Dad Needed Help with His Cleaning Duties

My Son is Even More Committed Now

While it is ideal for only enthusiastic people to go into the teaching field, it is not always the case. I know when I was in school, I did best in the classes where I knew the teacher was interested in actually having the class learn the material rather than just do enough to get by. My son has been lucky up until this last year in having teachers like that as well. His physics teacher was on the dull side though, which can make learning hard! I looked into physics tuition as soon as he told me that he was struggling in her class because I knew that this was a course that he needed to excel in.

The world has always used physics, but it is even more important today because of technology, space travel, and so much more. I knew that my son was going to use physics in the career choice he wanted, so it was important to help him have a solid foundation in it. Continue reading My Son is Even More Committed Now

I Make a Good Living at Doing What I Love to Do

I loved my job as a part time helper for Singapore citizens. I am really social, and I enjoy meeting new people all of the time. I found that I often ended up working for seniors because they always need an extra hand around their homes when getting things done becomes harder for them. Due to their age, a lot of them are retired. This means that they were often home when I went over to their house to get work done. Over time, I had really gotten to know quite a few of them quite well. I would say that they are all my friends. Then, one day, one of them hired me to help her out full time.

I do not do well as a loner. I love to get energy from other people, and I really like having the ability to do the same for other people as well. Continue reading I Make a Good Living at Doing What I Love to Do

I Am Looking for an Online School

The plan is pretty easy when you just say it. I am going to look for a jc physics tuition, on the web and keep working in the day time while I work on an associate’s degree at night. I figure that it could be done rather quickly if I was dedicated. Of course it is just a matter of whether or not you are willing to do the work that has to be done or not. You bear down and get it done as quickly as possible and then you have the degree. My boss will give me a good raise once I finish this part of it and that is the true objective. Of course my current job is just a way station in my mind. Continue reading I Am Looking for an Online School

We Should Respect the Office of the President of the United States

People today really seem to enjoy any sort of scandal. It could be something mild or serious. I call them “Springers” because they really do remind me of the audience of shows on TV like the Jerry Springer show. What is it that has us wanting to mind other people’s business so much? Our president seems to enjoy participating in some of these things, and the nation certainly hangs on every little bit of Trump news that comes out. There is an old saying how even bad publicity is good, but I cannot really buy into that. My upbringing tells me that we should not hang out dirty laundry or be nosy about our neighbors personal lives.

Politics has always been interesting as far as arguing, backbiting and backstabbing goes. Pretty much every American is familiar with the term “mudslinging” when it comes to politicians and elections. Continue reading We Should Respect the Office of the President of the United States

My Spouse Found a Great Way to Treat Her Back During a Very Trying Time

When my wife received a cancer diagnosis from her doctor, we were stunned at the amount of medication she needed to start taking. All of them were very important, so that wasn’t a problem. It is just a bit startling to go from not needing any prescriptions to suddenly needed many. It is for this reason that she chose to go to a chiropractor in Bakersfield CA when she suddenly began having issues with her back during that time of her life. She said that she felt more comfortable not adding any type of pain pills to the prescription regimen that she was already following for her treatment.

My wife and I are both lucky that she is cancer-free now. We are very aware of how many other people are not so lucky. I deem myself lucky because I certainly was not ready to lose my wife. Continue reading My Spouse Found a Great Way to Treat Her Back During a Very Trying Time

I Found a Much Better Apartment

Of course this was not the sort of place that I was looking for and the truth is that it does not seem to me as though it is going to be very long until a property developer comes along and runs me off. There is one going around this area buying up the local properties and then the first thing they do is try to run off the tenants. The place I live at has a TCM clinic on one corner of the ground floor and there are a number of shops and restaurants as well. Above that there are three stories and most of the flats are occupied by the same families that run the businesses on the ground floor. They apparently own a part of the building too, enough of it so that they can veto the deal to sell the place unless they really like it. The old guy that showed me the place told me as much at the time. He did not make me sign a lease and he told me there was a reason that he did not. Continue reading I Found a Much Better Apartment

I Met a Really Sweet Girl

I have been here in Singapore for about one and a half months at this date, already things have been going really well. I somehow got a girlfriend a couple of weeks ago, though it was not through any skill of my own. I met the girl at this New Futura condo, a brand new high rise building where I was doing some inspections. At any rate she was one of the sales girls who shows off the condos and at first she believed that I was there to look at condos. I was working there for about a week and I ran into her about four or five times before she asked me out. Continue reading I Met a Really Sweet Girl

Our Little Girl is Growing Up Way Too Fast

My wife and our little girl went to get their nails done today. It was a mommy and daughter day. I say little girl, but she is a teenager now. She came back with watermelons painted on her fingernails, and my wife got the French nail design. They go to a place that paints designs, uses decals and even does acrylic nails in Singapore. It was one of those dad moments when I saw our young teenager with watermelon nails. It had the cute factor that reminded me of when she was younger, but her hair and features now were losing that little girl look. I was having a hard time even considering that our little girl was becoming a woman. That is a freaky time for dads everywhere. My mind was jumping ahead to when she would be married and bringing home a little girl of her own. Continue reading Our Little Girl is Growing Up Way Too Fast

The Pros Do It Better

Sometimes I like to hire a one time cleaning service in Singapore because I just relax for a while. It’s nice to have someone take over the reins of cleaning a house. I don’t really need a special occasion for it to happen. Any time I feel like I’m out of energy and don’t want to do anything, I’ll just hire the service and they’ll take care of the rest of it with no questions asked. It’s amazing that we live in a time period where this is easy to do. There are an abundance of cleaning services, but I think I’ve hired the best one.

I didn’t always have a service to clean my home. I used to have to do it all myself and it was so tedious. Continue reading The Pros Do It Better

Dad Needs Help Cleaning His Place

I wanted to get someone to help my dad with cleaning his house. My mom used to take care of all that, but she has temporarily moved to England to help care for her sick mum. She plans on being there for at least two or three months, and I knew that my dad just did not have the time nor the inclination to keep the house the same way my mom does. I knew he would balk if the house cleaning prices were too high, so I started comparing the different companies that offer this service to see which one was the most reasonable. Continue reading Dad Needs Help Cleaning His Place