Archive for July, 2009

Jul 27 2009

Cute Camera for Preschooler – Vtech Kidizoom Camera

While reading the newspaper this morning, I found out one article regarding the digital camera for kids.  This camera is called Kidizooms…What a cute name!!  Ehm..I’m thinking of grooming my 5 years old-daughter to become camera pro as well…I will have a pair of camera pro at home..

Your preschooler can start contributing to the family photo archives, thanks to this year’s lineup of Kidizoom cameras, in stores next month from Vtech.  The more expensive two-megapixel model, the Kidizoom Plus has some welcome enhancements.  For USD60 (RM215), you get 2x digital zoom, a movie mode (with sound), 256 megabytes of memory and a Secure Digital (SD) memory slot.  There’s a binocular-style optical viewfinder plus a preview screen that works with a D-Pad (direction keys) to serve up five surprisingly fun arcade-style games.

An onboard photo editor transforms photos into jigsaw puzzles, and surprisingly, the photos aren’t too bad.  The more affordable 0.3 megapixel Kidizoom (USD40) has the same features as the older Kidizoom, minus the optical viewfinder.  This is one of those times where the additional USD20 gets you a lot more features.

Both cameras include a Mac or Windows photo editor, crude auto flash, USB and AV cables to connect to your computer or TV, and run on four AA batteries.  Now the next time your preschooler lunges for your Hasselbad, you can hand him his working digital camera.

 Mum, if you are thinking of buying one for your kids, you can alternatively get it here;




Article from New Straits Times, 27 July 2009.

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Jul 17 2009

Professional Photographer in the Making….

One fine day, I was approached by salesman selling mini digital camera.  That item was so cute that I couldn’t resist to buy one for my son.  Hei..I’m about to groom a future professional photographer….


The image quality is quite acceptable, considering its price of only RM50 (about USD14).  When I handed that creature to my son, I knew from his face that he’s about to discover a new hobby…being a part time photographer….


So you see….those image are like painting…considering the price, it’s acceptable to me.  Anyway, I’m grooming my kid’s interest to shoot… That’s considered a cheap investment, RIGHT??

P.S, While surfing lately, I’ve discovered this e-book that elaborates on the way to make money online from photos.  Mums, if we share the same interest, feel free to check this out on How to Start a Profitable Photography Business.


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Jul 13 2009

I’m Sorry..MLM is Just Not Meant For Me…

Published by szanuar under Don't Insult Me

I’ve got a call from a young man… I don’t really know him personally.  He is just one of the technician from the company that I enganged to install electronic equipment at my premise.  He called me for ONE PURPOSE… to persuade me to join HIS MLM, DIRECT SELLING kind of business.  But the way he delivered things to me…I wouldn’t even give a thought to TRY… He insulted me…Maybe unintentionally, BUT STILL it broke my heart…

A YOUNG PERSON, to enthusiastic to improve his financial situation..I GUESS…So, he had no choice but to look for as many downline as possible..But YOUNG MAN, I’m not the one you should look for.

YM : Sis, how about joining me for the talk tonight?

Me : I’m sorry.  I can’t make it..I’m just unable to arrange my time for that yet

YM : Every person has only 24 hours a day.  If you keep giving excuse, it wouldn’t change anything.  One of the member that I know has given the same excuse before but after he joined, he realised he made a mistake not to join earlier..Even those successful entrepreneur has also joined this program as well ..BLA..BLA..BLA…From what you’re involved now, I know it doesn’t generate much…BLA..BLA..BLA…

At this time, I felt like I want to spit on his face…(OF COURSE, we were just ON PHONE..)  Hei, who are you to judge my conditions?  Who ask you to direct me WHAT TO DO and WHAT NOT TO DO??  I bet with this kind of approach, he wouldn’t go anywhere…Not even a single person want to join him due to his arrogant approach..

My dear, I’ve been involved in MLM and Direct Selling world much, much earlier than you yourself understand this world.  15 years back, I was also like eager to be RICH…Anybody can be rich by joining those companies, why can’t I?? That’s the mindset at that time…I’ve joined..not one but 5 MLM companies..I FAILED…Not that the companies were bad…But myself couldn’t adapt the culture and the effort needed to be successful…First and foremost, I don’t have the appealing power to persuade peoples to join…Secondly, I just couldn’t fell in love with the items that I sell…therefore, people that I approached just not convinced with the way I conveyed the message.  Thirdly,  I couldn’t stand the late night meetings, discussions, 24/7 commitments.  SORRY YOUNG MAN, YOU’VE DIALLED THE WRONG NUMBER!!! 

At this point of time in my life, money is not solely thing that I go-all-out-for.  Hei, I’ve experienced 9 to 5 working life before…FOR ALMOST 12 years before I decided to stay at home looking after the babies and some other life improvement stuff.  I was a first degree graduate and at the point when I resigned from my position, I’ve already earned 4 figures.  So, you see the point…even the office work is not for me, what else is the direct selling.  It is just doesn’t suit me due to commitment that required.  Money will only come to those who are full hearted, fulltime doing it….THAT’s NOT FOR ME…

I’m already old and full of motherhood commitment…If you think being a fulltime mother is not that hectic, you can try to be one.  I believe there are more ways to generate earning for the group of mothers rather than to focus your time day and night and leave your family aside for the sake of making money.  What’s the point of making money, if we couldn’t have a balance life??  With today’s technology, we can still find ways to make a living BUT at the same time witness the kids to grow up…

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Jul 07 2009

Influenza A (H1N1) FAQ

Published by szanuar under H1N1 Updates

Foreign tourists wearing protective masks stand in the main Zocalo plaza in downtown Mexico City, Monday. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)


What Is the A (H1N1) Influenza?

It is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. It regularly causes high flu outbreaks in pigs but with low death rates. There are four main sub-types of the virus, but the most recent isolated influenza viruses from pigs have been H1N1 viruses.


How Does It Spread?

Influenza A (H1N1) viruses do not typically infect humans though they do occur through close proximity or contact with infected pigs or contaminated areas. Cases of human-to-human spread have been documented.


What Are The Symptoms?

The symptoms are similar to those of regular flu;
- Fever
- Lethargy
- Runny nose
- Cough
- Sore throat
- Lack of appetite
- Vomiting and diarrhoea in some cases.


How Common Is The A (H1N1) Flu Infection in Humans?

In the past reports of about one human A(H1N1) flu virus infection had been received every one to two years in the United States. From December 2005 till February 2009, 12 cases have been reported.


Has This Strain of Flu Been Seen Before?

No. Flu mutates constantly, so it is common for new strains to emerge. Pigs can also be infected with both human and avian influenza, and the current circulating A (H1N1) flu strain appears to contain genetic elements from all three.


Can The A (H1N1) Flu Be Treated With Antiviral Drugs and Flu Vaccine?

The A (H1N1) flu is resistant to two common drugs – Amantadine and Rimantadine. The A (H1N1) flu viruses are very different from human H1N1 viruses. Therefore, vaccines for human seasonal flu would not provide protection. However, a “seed vaccine” has been specifically tailored to this swine flu and will be manufactured if officials deem it necessary.


Can People Catch A (H1N1) Flu By Eating Pork?

No. The A (H1N1) influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 70ºC and above kills the swine flu virus.


How Long is Someone With The A (H1N1) Flu Considered Contagious?

People with the A (H1N1) influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic; possibly for up to seven days following the onset of the illness. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.


What Can I Do to Protect Myself From The A (H1N1) Flu?

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against the A (H1N1) flu.

However, you can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza by:

  1. Covering your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the waste basket after you use it.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also helpful
  3. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. – If you get sick with influenza, stay at home and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  5. Consult your nearest healthcare facility if you think you have any of the symptoms.


What Precautions Are In Place In Malaysia?

  1. The Health Ministry’s operations room in Putrajaya has started a 24-hour monitoring of the situation. The public can call 03-8881 0200/300 for enquiries.
  2. Those returning from Latin American countries and found to have flu-like symptoms will be quarantined.
  3. Health Ministry officials are conducting health screenings on passengers arriving from the United States.
  4. Thermal scanners will be placed at international airports to speed up the screening process for A (H1N1) flu.
  5. Public and private medical practitioners have been instructed to report to the district health office any patient with influenza-like illnesses or severe pneumonia symptoms and who had travelled to the affected countries after April 17.
  6. Travel Advisory from the foreign ministry


Where Can I Get More Information?

For more information, go to the Health Ministry ( or call the Ministry’s hotline at (603) 8881-0200/300.

Useful Links:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
World Health Organization:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Homeland Security Department:
WHO A (H1N1) flu page:


The Star Online, 7 July 2009

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