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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Knowledge

Is it a trend or what, I notice that a lot of young generations have little or no interest in intellectual topics like history, geography, politics, etc. Many of them prefer to indulge in their endless shopping sprees and splurges than to spend a minute or two reading the latest current affairs or the important world events. Take some examples. A cousin of mine was completely oblivious to the notorious decapitations of hostages in Iraq which became headlines across the globe until I told her about it years later. *shock* One friend of mine didn't even know that Italy is a European country and that Rome is its capital. *double shock* Another friend once told me that the national election was none of his business because no matter what the outcome was, he'd not get affected. *triple shock*

Oh... Really?

Look... I'm not trying to laugh at their ignorance, but I'm actually saddened at the fact that they don't even bother to know or learn about the world that we're living in. Knowledge is not limited to those learned in school and textbooks. We should look beyond that. Even if we live to be 100, how much knowledge do you think we would be able to accumulate? Negligible!

Do you love history? I bet most of us don't. I particular hate the versions taught in school. But history is an important and inseparable element in the development of human race. Without history, we have no present. Without present, we have no future. Humans won't progress if they don't learn from their past and mistakes. And if we look closely at today's persisting main issues, many of them have some connections with events that happened in the past. Some can even trace back to centuries earlier!

Here's an animated video clip on the rise of the world's first empires to the fall of colonial imperialism in the 20th century within the span of 5000 years. Though the empires were mainly those centred around Europe and the Middle East and not all empires are included, it's still an interesting thing to watch.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Getting a new pair of eyeglasses?

I've been thinking of changing to a new pair of spectacles lately since the one I have with me is at least 2 years old, not to mention the paint on its frame has already faded. With the arrival of Christmas in just a month, don't you think now is the best time to hunt for a brand new pair? Oh do say yes! :D

Then I happened to chance upon ZenniOptical.com which sells high quality yet affordable eyeglasses. I think I'm in luck! Now I can buy another pair for my mum too as a Christmas gift. She'll be glad to receive her gift earlier this year! :D

And you know what, ZenniOptical.com's stylish prescription glasses are available from as low as US$8! *gasp* Seriously, have you ever heard of glasses this cheap? No, right? Then this is certainly a great bargain for all of us! These glasses come with high quality stylish frame, thin and light 1.57 index lens, anti-scratch coating, full UV protection, and more. Besides, you'll get full guarantee for each pair of glasses you buy!

On ZenniOptical.com, there are also a wide range of frames and lens available, namely single vision lens, sunsensor/photochromic lens, tinted sunglasses lens, bifocal lens, and progressive lens. With all these selections, I'm sure you'll find one pair that suit you perfectly.

In case you need more assurance, here's an article from the prestigious Chicago Tribune which writes about these prescription eyeglasses:

Price ranges for glasses prove real eye-opener

Prescription eyeglasses are part medical product and part fashion accessory for the two-thirds of American adults who wear them at least occasionally. But no matter why you're buying a pair of specs, you're probably overpaying.

Americans spend $28.7 billion annually on vision products and services, according to the Vision Council of America. Eyeglass frames and lenses make up the largest portion, about $16 billion.

Many of the 147 million adult eyeglass wearers probably don't know they could be getting a better price because few shop around. Prices vary widely. People can pay more than $1,000 for a pair of glasses, while at least one Internet provider promises a pair for $8. An identical pair of eyeglasses costs from $178 to $390, depending on the optician or optometrist, according to research in seven U.S. cities by Consumers' Checkbook, a consumer information guide.

"There is big price variation from outlet to outlet for exactly the same lenses and frames," said Robert Krughoff, president of Consumers' Checkbook, found online at Checkbook.org. Moreover, service at some low-cost suppliers was rated quite good, he said.

The single most important consumer tip for buying eyeglasses is to relax. Inexpensive glasses pose no health risk to your eyes. Even a bad pair of glasses -- lenses, specifically -- won't give you an eye infection or permanently damage your eyes, although they could cause headaches until they are fixed.

So you should consider comparison shopping, as opposed to simply buying whatever your eye doctor has to sell. In fact, a 1978 Federal Trade Commission ruling called the Ophthalmic Practices Rules says you have a right to take your prescription anywhere to buy glasses. So you're not locked in to buying from your doctor, where prices are likely to be highest.

Still, it's true that people receive the best service from their neighborhood optician or medical-center eye doctor, according to a survey of 92,000 readers of Consumer Reports magazine.

The decision about buying glasses generally comes down to where you buy them. You should decide based on four criteria: price, service, selection and speed of delivery. The simpler your prescription, with normal measurements and no bifocals and trifocals, the better luck you're likely to have buying from a cheaper source, said Gregory Good, professor of clinical optometry at Ohio State University. As with most products, you'll want to know about warranties and return policies.

Here are categories of eyewear outlets, with tips for buying glasses. Next week, we'll talk about saving money on contact lenses.

DOCTORS AND INDEPENDENTS. If you're willing to pay more for glasses in return for good service, buy from your eye doctor or an independent optical shop. They are also likely to carry brand-name frames, which is largely a personal fashion choice.

But the secret about name-brand frames is companies such as Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren don't make the frames, Consumer Reports said. They just license their names to a regular frame manufacturer.

"You can eliminate the ultrahigh-cost frame by looking for a stylish frame that doesn't have a brand name attached to it," said money-saving expert Clark Howard, an Atlanta author and radio-show host.

Buying eyewear could include a trust factor that might be higher with your doctor or a neighborhood optician.

CHAIN STORES. If you're willing to pay to have glasses quickly, try a chain store, such a LensCrafters, which promises glasses in about an hour. "The advantage is you walk in and an hour later you walk out with your glasses," Howard said. "A lot of people will pay for convenience."

Be sure to receive the discounts you're eligible for. For example, a discount with AAA membership might be more valuable than using your employer vision insurance. If you're in no hurry, wait for discount specials that run during the Christmas holiday season when few people are looking to buy new eyeglasses, Howard said in his book "Clark's Big Book of Bargains: Clark Howard Teaches You How to Get the Best Deals."

WAREHOUSE CLUBS. If price is important, try a warehouse club. Costco Wholesale Corp. scored very high with Consumer Reports readers and Consumers' Checkbook findings. BJ's Optical, found in Eastern states, also scored well. For some warehouse clubs, you don't need a membership to buy glasses.

ONLINE. If price is paramount, try an Internet merchant. Howard recently bought glasses from Zenni Optical, where you can buy glasses online for $8. Howard had a few add-ons that raised the total price to $41, which is still a bargain. He wears the glasses daily. "I don't know how these people do it, but it's a steal," Howard said. "The glasses are perfect. And the feedback I've gotten from [radio] listeners is they have good customer service."

One advantage of ultracheap glasses is that even if everything goes badly with your transaction, you're not out a lot of money. Of course, you won't have an optician to adjust the frames so they're comfortable and to ensure bifocals are aligned properly with your eyes. Reviews of some online retailers are available at EyeglassRetailerReviews.com and GlassyEyes.blogspot.com.

You could also try a hybrid plan, where you buy frames online and take them to an optician to have lenses inserted. You'll have to judge whether the hassle is worth the savings.

No matter where you buy eyeglasses, view lens add-ons skeptically. You'll be offered a variety of lens materials and coatings.

For add-ons that you can test out, ask to see samples of glasses with and without the feature to determine whether it's worthwhile.
So how's it? Have you been persuaded? Go get yourself a brand new pair for a refreshing new look this holiday season! ;)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Some MVs to share...

Beyoncé ~ Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
[She's hot as always, and the diamond ring she flashes at the end of the MV is her actual wedding ring!]

Mariah Carey ~ Bye Bye
[My favourite from her album, E=MC².]

Elton John ~ Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
[A timeless tune. Brings back all those memories from the awesome Disney animated film, The Lion King.]

Elton John ~ Candle in the Wind
[A tribute to the legendary Marilyn Monroe. Another superb hit from one of music world's greatest icons.]

Friday, November 21, 2008

Balik kampung

I'm goin' home for my semester break tomorrow. This means yummy home-cooked food, free WiFi, comfortable bed, and what else? Ah... Can't wait for it.

Have a nice weekend guys!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Treadmills Guide

How many of you have been doing your regular runs or jogs on treadmills?

If you're one health-conscious individual who exercises regularly for the sake of health and appearance, good for you. But if you're one of those who have had plans to shed those extra layers of fat, investing in a good treadmill is probably the way to go. Consumers these days are truly spoilt for choice. There are so many treadmills that come in all shapes and sizes. But the problem is, how to make a choice?

Fret not, my dear friends. With treadmills review, you can safely ditch your headaches aside. All reviews on the site are categorized according to price tags, so you can narrow down your list and look for the ones that fall into your budget. Nifty, ain't it?

So guys... Let's go joggin'!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mum's best

Campus food sux. Not to mention expensive. For 1 whole month, I've had Gardenia bread with sandwich spread for my everyday lunch. 10 pieces in one go. How I miss my mum's cookin'...

Homecooked meal

What did you guys have for lunch today?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Troika . Sandy Island

One is a state-of-the-art luxury condominium designed by world-renowned British architect, Norman Foster. The best thing is, it's located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, offering magnificent views of the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL skyline as a whole. Its beautiful internal courtyard is shielded from the eyes of outsiders, and it also has a skybridge, just like the Twin Towers!


The other is a construction project consisting of 18 beautiful waterfront villas on a man-made island in our neighbour down south, Singapore. Nestled within a lush tropical setting designed by multi-award winning Australian landscape designer Jamie Durie, you can now turn your eyes away from Dubai's overwhelming madness. And oh, I love the contemporary design of the villas. Simple and elegant, yet fit for a king. Me likes!

Ah... If only I were a billionaire...

Links:
The Troika (Do watch the video presentation! It's totally breathtaking!)

I see the shore!

2 subjects down, 2 more to go. So far I've survived my finals quite well. Even better than my expectations. At least I did manage to complete all the questions despite my last-minute efforts, as always. I don't really care whether my answers were right or wrong, but this is really something that's worth celebrating. At least for me.

Next paper is on November 18th ~ Spanish. Dang! Hope I won't screw up my essay part by then. *fingers crossed*