Friday, January 5, 2018

Books vs Film

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours!

Richard Bach, Illusions
Which is better? Books or films?

Readers of books would argue that books are better. Books can soar to new heights. You are limited only by your imagination. But in order to lose yourself in the book, you would need an active imagination and patience to read the words. Especially if the book involves a long, long, long and detailed narrative. But once you lose yourself in the book, there's nothing to stop you. And that's the best part about reading a book.

Moviegoers would argue that movies are better. Especially if the movie is based on a book. Especially if the book is a required reading for the semester! Movies are colourful (literally and figuratively!), sometimes very loud and you are not required to use your imagination...much. You just sit there and get ready for a ride. It's a nice way of passing the time and spending time with friends and loved ones. Fun as movies are, they have limitations. Like budgets and other stuffs. But it encourages the moviemakers to be creative. Getting around and moving beyond the limitation, often produces unbelievable results.

I love them both.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ancala Country Club

Discover luxury living in Ancala Country Club, a beautiful community nestled at the foothills of McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bask in the breathtaking desert view of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley right in your backyard. Ancala is home to the Ancala Country Club, a Dye Design 18-hole golf course recently voted Scottsdale's best and most challenging 18th hole. If golf is your passion, then the golf course will surely test your skill and keep you on your toes.

Homes in Ancala include custom homes and casita homes. Casita homes usually has another smaller home or a room on the same property with its own separate entrance. Ancala Country Club is a gate-guarded community, a must have security feature for luxury homes. Prices range from mid $50ok to $6 mil, small price to pay for luxury, peaceful living. The area is quiet, secluded, perfect for relieving the stress of everyday life.

From what I can see, the homes are really beautiful, well-equipped and well-furnished with breathtaking view of the desert. The Holmes Group represents both buyer and seller in throughout Ancala, and at present, if you are looking to buy or rent property in the Ancala area, the homes are available at well below market price. The Ancala private Country Club provides indoor and outdoor amenities. If you like outdoor activities, there's golf of course, hiking and tennis courts. If you like indoor activities, there's swimming pool, fitness centre, and of course, shopping. Greater Phoenix is only minutes away, so you won't lack anything.

Ancala Country Club is perfect for residents of all ages. Families with schoolgoing children need not worry, Scotsdale provides prefect environment for children to learn and grow. With easy access to nearby schools, restaurants and medical services, what more could you ask for?

If money is no object to you, try Ancala Country Club!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


New post. That took a long, long, long time to get posted. Hehe.

I've taken up knitting since, oh, 1989?, I think. I've never been very good at it, but I've managed to knit a few things, Dickens's Christmas mice (pictures will be posted as soon as I can find the darn things), sugarmice, some skirts and sweaters - all from Women's Weekly (British Ed.), a few knick knacks.
I found some books on knitting, some I downloaded from Project Gutenberg (FREE e-books here!), some I bought, others hand-me-downs.
I found a few good (at least to me!) sites on knitting and free knitting pattern. Let me list them here:

This is my main reference site (free patterns and all). However, not all patterns are free, some you have to buy. But this site does provide loads of useful links. And by the way, some of the patterns are patented, so consider yourself warned!

2. New MagKnits at
I've yet to explore this site, but a nice website from what I can see. Loads of pattern and other useful stuff

Nice designs, but rather time consuming (for lazy people like me)

I found some nice patterns here. They do provide instructions and techniques for beginners and refresher course for lapse knitters like me ;-) They do have loads of link to designer patterns...

From what I can see, they give you ideas of what to do with your leftover yarns. They sell a book that you can order online. They do give out free sample pattern, though.

These sites are merely the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of good sites and books out there. Hey, if it's free patterns you want, google it and they will come....

Happy Knitting!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Internet Marketing Myth

Hi, I’m back.
I just finished perusing my collection of e-books and softwares, trying to decide which one to do first. Before I begin, I’ll say this. As a rule, I try to avoid buying if I have to. Hey, free stuff is the way to go, right? Well, sometimes.

I’ve been scammed more times than I care to remember. I’ve spent thousands on worthless programmes, e-books, what-nots, from the so-called ‘gurus’ on the internet. When I first stumbled on Internet Marketing, I had no one and nothing to guide me. I bought into the hype of easy money. “Sit-back-and- do-nothing-and-your-business-will-grow” kind of thing. Hogwash. Utter nonsense. No such thing. If only I knew then what I know now. (Sigh!)

Nohing I can do about it now. I simply accept it as part of my learning process and move on. Enough said. On to the report.

I’ve finished reading Dan B. Cauthron’s Internet Marketing Myth Exposed. It was a real eye opener. The report exposed most of the pitfalls that Internet Marketeers (especially newbies!) fall into. Like making money without having to study and read first. The keywords that all of us should be looking at are research, study, analyse. Don’t fall into the trap of ‘if you build it, they will come’. As Dan puts it, it’s not Hollywood. Building a website is only the first step. The next step is to promote, promote and promote. Now that takes work.

Who to promote to? That’s where the mailing list comes in. He doesn’t recommend buying a mailing list, because in a lot of cases, genuine Internet Marketeers have been accused of spamming. He doesn’t tell you how to build a mailing list, though. (I think I have an e-book on that, I’ll have to search in my book drawer for that one). A public forum and FFA (Free For All) Ads don’t work, either. I’ve personally tested the FFA, and it’s true, they don’t work. What it does is increase the amount of spam e-mails that flood in my inbox, though. A public forum is just that, a forum. A meeting place to discuss ideas, not to advertise.

Also, it’s best to develop your people skills. A lot of people think that simply because Internet Marketing doesn’t involve actual meeting and talking to people, you can take people skills out of the equation. Not true. What you write reflect on the person that you are. People can actually tell from your writing. Some people think that being a jerk is a good thing. I think it’s in bad taste. You can formulate your own opinion.

After reading right through the end, I come to the conclusion that marketing on the internet involves a lot of hard work, research, reading and studying. More often than not, you will fail before you succeed. Persevere and you’ll make it. When you start marketing, you will hear a lot of success stories, what you don’t hear as often are the failures and hard work that precedes that success.

And on that note, HAPPY READING!