Thursday, August 28, 2008

New File Extension Library

Nowadays you can watch video using your mobiles phone. You can get the 3gp videos from the computer using a data cable, infrared or your bluetooth connection. Most 3G capable mobile phones support the playback and recording of video in 3gp format. Some newer cell phones without 3G capabilities may also playback and record in this format.

The file extension 3gp is a relatively new format that represents the Third Generation Presence. It is utilized as a container format for multimedia files in general and video files in particular. The .3gp file extension is often times referred to as the simplified counterpart of the MP4 container format, which gained prominence with the introduction of the iPod entertainment consoles from Apple, Inc. For more information about how to open and how to fix file association errors, you can click on the link.

Crocheted Bedspread

I found this image from Ravelry. The main project is a knit project. However, if you see the white bedspread under it, you can see that it is crocheted. I think it's beautiful. Someday, I want to make a white heirloom bedspread like this.

Home Music School

Although I am expert in handicrafts like crocheting, knitting, quilting and sewing, I cannot play any musical instrument. At one time, I was planning to learn to play piano. However, because of the time constrain, in the end I didn’t take the lessons.

I heard that Amadeus Home Music School provides private lessons by coming to our house. I think this is more convenience as I can arrange private lessons at a time that works best for me. They are a national organization with teachers in every state. According to the website, they follow the age old method of one-on-one instruction handed down by master musicians, while keeping in touch with the latest cutting-edge teaching methods.

Beads and Sequins

When I went shopping and I saw cute little handicraft store that sells beads and sequins, I always buy several packages. You can always attach sequins and beads on your clothes. Or, you can also attach some beads and sequins on a headband. It makes simple headband become glamorous.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Weight Loss Method

With all the nice dresses that I want to make, sometimes I am wondering whether I have the correct body figure to wear them. Sure, they look good on professional models, because they have perfect bodies. I think that is the reason why all those models are slim. So, they will look good wearing any kind of dress.

I need to exercise to tone my body and also watch my diet. I need to get rid my bulging tummy and flabby arms. With regular exercise and healthy diet, not only I can achieve my perfect body, but I also will avoid heart disease or having a stroke or chronic illnesses like diabetes, adrenal fatigue, hormonal problems, etc.

When I search in the internet about healthy diet, I came across this site. They claim that by using their method, you will notice fat loss within just 7 days of starting! Not only reduce your weight, you will also:

Experience Permanent & Lasting Weight Loss
Drastically Increase Your Energy
Eat More & Still Lose Fat
Continue to Eat Many of the Foods You Enjoy
Manipulate Your Hormones to Burn Fat Faster
Look Thinner in the Mirror in Just 10 Days
Become a Stronger, Happier, & Healthier Person

They said that low calorie diets just don’t work. You will never lose weight by starving yourself. If you eat 2,000 calories a day, your body’s metabolism sets itself to burn 2,000 calories per day. If you start a low calorie diet by eating 1,500 calories per day & start starving yourself, your body will actually adjust to start burning just 1,500 calories per day. Not only that, but because your body is actually starving it will start stealing nutrients from other portions of your body just to survive. This is very dangerous and unhealthy.

I totally agree with what they said. It is very refreshing to find a diet that will help me lose weight without have to go through the suffering of not enough to eat.

After reading some of their explanation about their fat loss method, I think is better than Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig diet.

Crochet Idea (Part 3)

Another top that I want to make. Simple yet very stylish. I like the crochet motifs and the button details. I think I have white camisole to wear inside.

Crochet Idea (Part 2)

This is another crochet dress that I would like to make. I am planning to make a shrug to go with this dress. The reason is because my upper arms are very big now. Wearing something sleeveless is not a good idea.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Auto Body Repair (Continue)

I’ve already mentioned before, that if you have been in an accident, your insurance company could not make you to bring your car to their auto body shop. It’s up to you, where do you want to bring your car to.

Make sure that the auto body shop you select meet the following criteria:

1. Written lifetime warranty
2. Customer satisfaction follow-up system
3. Minimum 95% customer satisfaction
4. Approved Business Management System
5. Dun & Bradstreet verified
6. Minimum facility requirement--CIC Shop Class A
7. Participate in Annual Audit
8. 10 years business experience

In you can find experts in the field of auto body repair. They meet all the criteria above.

Crochet Idea (Part 1)

I think this is very pretty dress. I am thinking to make one for myself using this idea. If I make one, I will change the crochet motifs to something that more solid and not so transparant. The reason is because I hate to wear another layer inside. It made me looks fat.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cute and Trendy Clothes

If you are pregnant and are on a look out for cute and trendy maternity clothes, you should check Kiki’s Fashion’s website.

Although they also offer a great selection of woman’s and junior’s clothing, their specialty is unique maternity clothing. Their price starting is as low as USD9.99,-

At this moment they have a promotion where free shipping is provided if the purchase is more than $75 (coupon code: freeship) and also 20% off your entire order (coupon code: savenow), the offer expires on the 15th of August 2008.

Snowflake Cardigan

This is Snowflake Cardigan from Anthropology. I believe this is knitted. I saw a lot of cable motifs. I am not sure whether I can copy this, but I will try it someday.


Previously, I didn’t know that there was a huge community of people that liked handy craft on the net. Whenever, I complete a handy craft project, I admire it myself before keeping it in my closet. Once in a while, I would show it to my friends, but since they are not a crafter like me, they don’t know how to appreciate the true beauty of my finished object.

Only recently, I found a forum dedicated for crafters. Whenever I post my handy-craft projects, they always have nice comments about it. It makes me feel flattered and satisfied.

Anyway, I just found out that you can host your own forum. ProphpBB provides secure, reliable and fast Free Forum Hosting for hundreds of forums at absolutely no cost. Running phpBB3 in their customized environment, you'll have access to many exciting standard and premium features.

Currently, they host many forums, and the top forum at this moment is AQQ forum.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Japanese Pattern Book

I love japanese pattern craft book. I always think that their instruction easy to understand. You don't have to understand Japanese, because all their pattern are using diagram or symbol.

When I saw this pattern book in YesAsia, I tempted to buy since I loved the pattern on the cover. However, since at that YesAsia didn't accept paypal, in the end I decided not to buy.

Recently, when I went to YesAsia site again, I saw that they accepted paypal. But, I didn't see this book anymore.

What to look for in a Advertising Agency

When it comes to choosing an advertising agency there are many factors which can dictate how you decide which one is the best for you. Once you have decided that you need an advertising agency, you might want to consider the following:

Before you work with any advertising agency it can be a good idea to look at their portfolio first. This will allow you to get an idea if their creative work is up to your level of expectation, and can also give you an opportunity to see if they have worked with any other companies that operates in a similar sector to your own.

When it comes to pricing, choosing the cheapest option is not always the best. Different agencies have different levels of skill and this can often be reflected in their price.

The most important factor when choosing an advertising agency is that the agency must demonstrate knowledge about marketing tools other that just advertising. A good Full Service Advertising Agency produces advertising that creates a desire to buy. It is not supposed to make people say, "What wonderful advertising!" or "What a nice advertising!" Instead, it is supposed to make people say, "I want to buy that product."

Why I love to Crochet

Crochet is a craft that I love the most. The reason is because I can bring along crochet project with me anywhere. All I need to bring is the yarn, a crochet hook and a scissor.

Some project need you to make small pieces before you join them together to become big piece, thus it is easier for me to carry around in my handbag.

Below dress is an example. You make smaller motifs first, then you can join them together afterward.

Patient Crafter?

Normally when people found out that I do craft, they normally said that I must be a very patience person. Actually, on the contrary, I am not a very patience person. The reason why I am crafting is because I don't have any patience to wait for something. Thus, normally I always bring along whatever I project that I am doing at that time while I am waiting for something. Like when I was waiting for my turn in the doctor.

Friday, August 8, 2008

How to Get Ahead in Recruitment

In many sectors and industries, recruiting good quality staff is a real challenge. For example, a recent survey of UK Finance Directors identified that 64% of them were finding it difficult to recruit good people. Finding good staff is difficult but retaining them is even more difficult especially in a big city like London.

The way in which you tackle recruitment has a big impact on your success at recruiting the best people. Sadly, many organizations have more rigors around petty cash expenditure than one of their biggest investment decisions.

Each company has specific requirements, and who is more appropriate to see to these requirements being met than a recruitment agency, that, specializes in both recruiting and training personnel regularly and effectively?

The most important advantage that derives from using the services of a recruitment agency is that companies can find the best staff to meet their specific requirements. The standards of each company vary according to the way in which they balance cost and quality. This leads to varied requirements, and a good recruitment agency can meet even the most demanding ones.

MKH Advertising is one of the most respected names in London Recruitment industry. Using a range of media channels including print, online, outdoor, radio and TV, we provide recruitment marketing and candidate attraction solutions driven by a single goal: to fill vacancies quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Another Craft

This is another craft that I want to try. I got the kit to make this from my brother long time ago. He got a store that sells these kind of stuff. So many design to choose. I believe I got 5 or 6 different designs. The reason I haven't started yet because I got small children. I am afraid that they pick the small parts and put them in their mouth.

Favorite Seafood

I acquired my taste for crawfish during my first trip to New Orleans almost 12 years ago. I was there with a couple of friends. We stopped at an all you can eat seafood restaurant. It was where that I saw those little critters.

Eating crawfish needs a certain technique. They are boiled in a vat of spices. To get to the sweet and spicy meat you need to break the body in half, suck out the head innards which already has absorbed all the spices, and squeeze out the meat. It's not a lot of meat, that is why I like it.

To really properly enjoy the whole process, you have to use your naked hands. After you have finished eating crawfish, your table is dirty and probably your dress is filthy, but your appetite is satisfied.

I think in the incoming Great American Seafood Cook Off, this dish would be a great contender for a Cook off. I would like to see a variation of this dish.

I am very excited to see this event, because I am a big fan of seafood dishes and I think this event brings out the positivity of domestic seafood sustainability where the source is known, where it is local and fresh.

What is your favorite seafood dish? Share it with your reader.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

White Crocheted Tunic

I found this photo in the internet quite long time ago, save it and had forgotten about it until today. I always like to crochet with white thread, thus when I saw this photo, I was thinking to make one for myself.

I think except for the lace part, everything else made from single crochet. I don't think I want to do that, since I really don't like single crochet. I will look at my stitch dictionary and choose other stitch.

Good Eyes

I have a very good vision. Even I am almost 40 years old but I don't need to wear glasses yet. I think it is because I have a good reading habit since I was small. I have never read with dim light, or read while I am laying down.

If you don't have good vision and have to wear prescribed glasses, don't worry. You still can wear glasses in style with Zenni. Sells Stylish Prescription Glasses Online from $8.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Interweave Knit Fall 2008 Issue

Interweave Knit Fall 2008 issue is up. Which one you like? I love 3 of them. Windowpane Coat, Afterthought Darts Cardigan and Far Afield Vest.

Far Afield Vest: I am not a big fan of vest. If I make this, probably I make it with 3/4 sleeves.
Windowpane Coat: I always love coat, but I am not sure whether I like the texture or not.
Afterthought Dart Cardigan: I love the color. I love bright color and I love cardigan, thus I think this is my no 1 favorite among the three. As for Far Afield Vest, I am not a big fan of vest. If I make this, probably I make it with 3/4 sleeves.

Stylish Glasses

Some people have to wear prescribed glasses. If you are among to this category, then you must wear glasses with style. If possible you can buy several different frames to match your outfit.

I saw Zenni on Fox. This company, sells stylish prescription glasses online from $8. You will find huge selection of frames, with single vision lens, sunsensor (potochromic)lens, tinted sunglasses lens, bifocal lens and progressive lens.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Interweave Crochet Summer 2008 Issue

For Interweave Crochet Summer 2008 Issue, my favorites are Santa Fee Shawl, Midsummer's Dream Camisole, and Diamond Sage Wrap.
Santa Fee Shawl is very pretty, but it doesn't seem practical. Midsummer's Dream Camisole also very pretty, but I got big upper arm, thus wearing something sleeveless doen't look good on me. Thus, most probably I will make Diamond Sage Wrap.

Stem Cell

About a year ago, my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson disease. It was quite a shock for us as just one month before she was diagnosed with the disease, she was organizing my brother’s wedding. At that time she was healthy and very energetic.

However, her condition was deteriorating even after the doctor prescribed medication for Parkinsons Disease. Therefore, we seeked a second medical opinion. To our surprise, we found out that her initial diagnosis was incorrect. Her second diagnosis results showed that she was having hyper thyroidial symtoms. After the proper treatment and medication was prescribed, her health is improving.

After doing further research on the internet, I just found out in CNNMoney that our menstrual blood is the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

This is possible because with C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future.

I think this information is very important to us. We really can not predict the future, but if we can use our menstrual blood as a potential treatment for life-threatening diseases that we might suffer in the future, I really don’t mind investing in C'elle.

Here is the press release:

Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women's Menstrual Blood

July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST

OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.

Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.

"C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way," said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. "We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings."

For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit

Friday, August 1, 2008

Yarn Sale

I just found out from Ravelry that WEBS has a summer sale. Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora for only USD 2/ball. That is cheap! However, there is only one color choice left. I love the color though. The problem is I got so much yarn already.

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