I Moved Closer to My Work

When my mother died, I knew that it was time for me to make a change. She had been ill for some time, so I had moved home to help care for her when I was not working. I had three wonderful years being her caretaker for the most part, but she made me promise her that I would move back to the city once she had passed. Since the commute was longer than I liked, I agreed with her. The first place I looked at was the Treasure at Tampines development.

It is a newer development that is just a mile from where I work, and I knew that would be the best option for me as far as not losing 90 minutes a day in commute time. I looked on the internet to get more information about the development, and I was thrilled with everything that I read and saw. Continue reading “I Moved Closer to My Work”

I Am Not a Fan of Stretch Marks

Every woman I know wants to feel beautiful. I think for the most part, most of us do. However, there are certain things with each of our bodies that we are probably not pleased with. For me, it was the stretch marks that I had after having my second child a few years ago. I know a lot of women consider them an honor to have, but I am not one of them. I wanted to have my old body back, so I did a search for aesthetic Singapore so I could find a clinic that helps people get rid of their stretch marks.

I know that probably makes me vain to some people, but I am only concerned with how I feel when it comes to my own body. If getting rid of stretch marks is going to make me feel better about myself, then I don’t see anything wrong with it. Continue reading “I Am Not a Fan of Stretch Marks”

Benefits of installing a Cell Phone or Wi-Fi signal booster

Having bought a brand new phone I couldn’t wait to  call my friends and tell them that I too was now in possession of an iPhone and could use it for all the things that we did when we got together. But first of all I had to get to my den because this was my special place and I had gone to a lot of trouble to have it done the way I wanted to spend my leisure time watching TV, listening to music or chatting with my friends.  But as luck would have it, I couldn’t use the phone since there was no signal in the den which was in the basement of my home.

You can imagine my rage and frustration since having gone to all that trouble to have my own place set up, I simply couldn’t use my cell phone because it was acting up when I wanted it most.  It just wasn’t funny having to go up every time I wanted to call someone; so I decided to speak to a technology geek I knew to ask what I should do.

At first of course he had to laugh at my stupidity and ask me whether I was so brainless not to have anticipated this problem because apparently it was very common.  Most cell phones it seems acted up in basements and tunnels because of weak signals  in such places.  High walls, tall buildings and other barriers were the main reason for the obstruction of a clear and powerful signal coming to our phones and it was my knowledgeable friend’s idea that I should get a signal booster to overcome the issue.  He went on to explain that a cell phone signal booster was a very useful device which  in fact is a tiny magnetic chip that when attached to the back of the phone would do the trick.

There I was learning something new and understanding that the cell phone which we considered the most useful device was completely useless  if it couldn’t get a strong enough signal  that could be sent and received in order to connect and carry on a conversation. In spite of its size, a cell signal booster can pack quite a punch which I discovered to my great relief  since the signal booster I bought not only helped in reducing the number of dropped calls due to a weak signal but was also able to extend the reception range of my cell phone.

It was during this time that my friend taught me how I could enhance my experience in watching moving online by having a Wi-Fi signal booster installed as otherwise I would be experiencing the same problem when I started watching movies in the basement. According to him, a wireless signal booster  would increase the Wi-Fi signal range to enable me to stream videos to my wireless device instead of having to wait until the online video was fully buffered.  Something else I learnt  was the benefit of having a Wi-Fi access point installed to establish a wireless communication to a local network.   This, I was told would   enable a faster connection by the simple process of providing a better bandwidth over existing networks.

Having your home and family secured through videosurveillence

It’s the nature of human beings to get excited when a daring robbery or murder takes place in the neighborhood and make plans to take precautions against the same thing happening to them. But as time passes, everything is forgotten and all plans for extra security is shelved until the next criminal act takes place.  The fact that you could be the next victim never dawns until it happens and its only then that you start thinking how different it would have been if you had acted sooner and put into place a security surveillance system to safeguard your home.

Once you have decided to install a camera de videosurveillence in your home, you have to take many factors into consideration such as the design of your house, how many entrances and exists you want covered, and most importantly your budget. Some home owners prefer to have their videosurveillence unit hidden while others want it to be visible which they hope will be a deterrent to those who are thinking of breaking and entering. A hidden unit is installed when the occupants want to observe the movements of a known suspect whom they hope to catch unawares. It is also a great system to have if you wish to keep an eye on your children when you’re away from home.

In certain countries there are rules that bar anyone from installing hidden cameras through which a person’s movements are tracked while he or she’s unaware of being monitored. Therefore it’s important to check the legalities involved as well when you plan to install videosurveillence.  There’s no problem however in having a CCTV home security system set in place since this is the most popular type of camera  installed today even in public places such as airports and supermarkets.  CCTV or closed circuit Television cameras are usually monitored by trained law enforcement personnel and work just like a regular television set with the only difference being that the signal is broadcast only to the authorized monitors they are connected to.

This form of camera de videosurveillence makes it possible for those manning the station to watch out for suspicious activities taking place or people acting in a manner that needs further investigations. The present day security cameras are a far cry from those earlier devices that produced such bad pictures it was never possible to know if what they saw on the TV monitor was a human or animal let alone identify the suspect or location. When installing the system, it’s important to place the CCTV camera in the right position and only to cover your home and garden and never as a spy hole to pry on your neighbors.

Apart from the usefulness provided by having videosurveillence installed to protect your home and property from within, it’s also possible to have a remote CCTV surveillance system fixed to monitor your home from outside. This is usually done with the help of a web camera using the internet for the purpose of transmitting signals.  If you think that camera de videosurveillence is beyond your budget, there’s no need to worry because there are many other security cameras that can be bought even over the counter to secure your home from thieves and criminals.

Why I always prefer to buy my computer accessories from an Online Computer Store

Long before online shopping became popular, I had to go to the city to buy any type of computer software or accessory I needed. Traveling to the city itself was such a nightmare that I used to keep postponing the trip until I couldn’t delay any longer. The journey was bad enough and so was my shopping trip because I could never find exactly what I needed even after making queries from the sales staff over and over again. They would always come up with the wrong component or accessory or offer me an item of poor quality which if I was foolish enough to buy would not last even 2 weeks from the date of purchase.

But that was then and things are so different now. With the advent of the online computer store my miseries are at an end. This however does not mean that every store that sells computers and accessories online are pillars of virtue because most are not and you can get thoroughly scammed by some of them. But then that’s your fault for not doing your research properly and for not taking the time to read reviews and comments left by previous clients who have made purchases from that particular   computer store.

This is a cardinal rule whenever you do your shopping online. The only way to know how genuine a store is by going through the website and reading the reviews posted by buyers.  When it’s an online computer store your task is easier because simply by browsing the particular site and visiting each department you can see what type of store they have. Do they have a range of computers and components? Do they stock the better known name brands as well as the least known ones and what are their pricing structures and return policies.

You have only to do a simple Google search to come across thousands of links that leads you to a computer part store of one type or other. Some sites are well laid out and easy to browse to search for the components you need while others take a long time loading or looks fishy for some reason or other and you should move away from them as fast as your mouse takes you.  A well laid out computer accessories storewill display everything they have brand wise, price wise and size wise if relevant, so that you will not have any problem finding what you’re looking for.  Ask questions if you’re not sure of your product and see what sort of service you get.

From the day I found my own favorite online computer store I never had to look anywhere else because they have offered me the best in service while their return policy is nothing short of amazing. I was once sent a component which was not up to mark; and on informing them by e-mail, I received a prompt reply requesting me to return it. What was even better was that they shipped a superior version of the product immediately so that I was able to receive it long before they got my returned product.  These are things that sets apart one computer store from another and also marks the difference between a good computer parts store and a brilliant one any day.

How I had my old and damaged photos restored through detourage photo

While going through an old antique box recently, I came across a bunch of photographs that had definitely seen better days. They were sepia colored and some were in such a state of ruin that it was difficult to identify the faces of some of the people in those photographs. But from the ones I could, it was with a sense of shock and amazement that I realized they were photos of my great grand parents and that too only because I was able to read the dates written on the back.

What was even more interesting was there were images of my grandma in her young days taken in group photographs and single portraits of her in stiff poses and elaborate attire complete with hat and stockings. This was a great discovery for me since I had no living relative by then although it did worry me as to whether I would be able to have these ruined photos restored to their former glory so that I could display them in my living room.

My thoughts went to a photographer friend who was an expert at his job and on making inquiries I realized he was even more excited than I was at the prospect of retouche photo that had seen worse for wear. The problems with these photos was, not only were they terribly faded but they also had tiny holes in them with certain areas peeling and cracking. But my friend’s excitement was highly contagious because he was quite sure that he could restore my precious photographs to look good as new.

His explanation was succinct and very interesting to listen to. He had, he said amazing software that he had bought for this specific purpose and with a great deal of effort and skill he was sure he would be able to bring those faded images back to life. Being not very technologically savvy, I wasn’t able to understand everything he said, but I did understand that he would be using Adobe Photoshop software to bring out the lost images and also close up the holes and missing areas through the skillful use of detourage photo.

From the photos in which the images were clear I was amused to see that many had their eyes closed which my talented friend said could be easily fixed by cutting out the eyes from one picture and superimposing them over the eyes that were closed. Clever, I thought, what modern retouch photo can do. Wherever backgrounds were not discernible, he was planning to replace them with new backgrounds which he said was not difficult because my sepia photos had mono colored backgrounds.

Advancements in technology have made it possible to edit and enhance photographs to suit anyone’s requirements. Creativity also plays a major role in photo editing since you have to know what will look good and what will not, in order to bring out the best in a picture. Detourage photo is an advanced skill that takes a lot of learning and experience; but once you get the hang of it there’s nothing you cannot do. As for my retouch photo project, I was to say the least delighted with the final result and has recommended my friend to many who needed their photographs edited as well.

Install Videosurveillence in your home and be safe than sorry

It was as recently as in June this year that a mass protest took place in Marseille, France against the installation of surveillance cameras, calling it an invasion of privacy. The same issue cropped up in Chicago, USA and the irony is that both these cities are known for high rates in crime, and a cry for increased public safety.  The question here is where to draw the line between invasion of privacy and the safety of the public.  While the public as a whole are becoming immune to street crime, they are definitely becoming more aware of personal safety and the growing threats of robberies and gruesome attacks of murder that are increasingly apparent with the necessity of installing security systems more essential than ever.

Even though this is the reality, most people are hesitant to set up a surveillance system due to their fear of having to invest a great deal money for this purpose. This is far from the truth because it’s within anyone’s budget to buy a videosurveillence camera over the counter from any store and it would not make a noticeable dent in the bank balance. Its only the high end camera de videosurveillence bought from a specialist store that would set one back more than a couple of hundred dollars in view of such systems being highly complex and set to provide comprehensive security cover to all areas of the home and garden.

If you have some knowledge in digital technology you will not find it too much of a problem to set up a camera de videosurvellience in your own home provided you have a camera, a computer and a web cam along with the relevant software which can be set up to cover the important entrances and exists in the house. Having such a system also means that you can monitor your home remotely from another computer outside your home and it will not cost you anything more than $100 for the complete security system.

For someone with a limited budget, installing a wireless camera de videosurveillence can be a good choice. A wireless system is not only inexpensive it’s also easy to install and is portable as well. This type of camera has to be connected to a VCR or DVR to record activities and is quite successful in preventing crime and also to identify the perpetrators after a robbery has taken place.

How successful any of these systems are, can be gauged by the fact that many crimes have been prevented from taking place even in places where fake videosurveillence has been set up. Although the cameras that have been fixed do not really record anything, they look sufficiently realistic to deter criminals from attempting anything. Fake systems however are not recommended because they do not provide real security for your home.

Safety and security of your home and family should be given pride of place in a background of high crime rates and installing a camera de videosurvellience is the best way to prevent any unauthorized or criminal acts from taking place. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and anyone that values his life and property will lose no time in taking action to provide a suitable system of videosurveillance for his home.

How successful will the ethylotest obligatoirebe in France?

As recently as on 1st July 2012 abreathalyzer was made mandatory by the French Government and a grace period up to November 2012 was given for all vehicle drivers to keep in their vehicles the necessary equipment for anethylotest. This has been made compulsory due to the high rate of drink driving accidents that are taking place and a rule that already prevails in many countries around the world.

However, there are various practical problems involved in implementing the ethylotestwhich has made it difficult for law enforcement authorities. Being not a truly scientific method of testing the levels of alcohol in blood,  it is possible to argue in court that an arrest is illegal and a clever fast talking lawyer can always get his client released. Many argue that the devices used for the breathalyzer test does not always conform and are varied to a great extent.

Most arguments are based on the instances of ethykitest obligatoire being taken right after an accident which lawyers says cannot give out a correct reading. It is their stand any person hauled out of a vehicle by the police would be confused, scared and worried which itself is enough for an erratic heart beat that would more often than not be sufficient to affect breathing patterns in some individuals. This has found to be true even in cases where no accident has taken place although the arrival of police on the scene has caused even the calmest of drivers to become flustered resulting in the ethylotestbeing regarded as being unfair.

In some countries it’s permitted to refuse the breathalyzer especially if the individual is aware that his blood alcohol level is above the allowed limit. This however might prove to be counter productive where such refusal can be regarded as an admission of guilt. But everything depends on the state laws and whether the ethylotest obligatoire or not. If it’s not, refusing to take the test cannot be used as evidence against that person in a court of law.

Wherever it has been   decreed that anethylotest obligatoire such as in France,it’s in the best interest of its citizens to get used to facing the test or face the consequences of refusing to do so which will be considered a misdemeanor by the police from November 2012 onwards.Knowing the situation, its best to be ready with a breathalyzer kit that is properly calibrated to provide at least a near correct reading of the alcohol content in blood.

There are many companies that now make available to drivers ethylotest kits that can help them check their own blood alcohol levels before they get behind the wheel. Breathalyzers are said to be inexpensive and most drug stores and retailers stock them and buying them from a certified manufacturer might be necessary once the rule is legally implemented

While carrying out a ethylotest obligatoire is seen as a good piece of legislation to reduce accidents that take place due to drunk driving, how far it will be successful is yet to be seen when you consider the various loop holes that can be used by drivers and lawyers to avoid being charged in a court of law resulting in no one adhering to it in the end.

A Baby Nursing Pillow Is No Less Than A Blessing For Nursing Mothers

baby nursing pillow is indeed a great invention for the nursing mothers. A nursing pillow makes breastfeeding easier particularly for the new mothers who have little or no experience with breastfeeding. Nursing pillow is in fact a need of every feeding mother because feeding a baby is a sensitive issue and no mother can take risk with nutrition of her baby. Breastfeeding becomes quite difficult during shopping and travelling as mothers have to take extra care of their babies while being outdoor and feeding the baby at a place which is not comfortable like home is somehow risky.

Baby nursing pillows are available in different shapes, sizes and styles. They have been designed according to needs of people for different situations. For working women, nursing pillow is no less than a blessing because women mostly have to wear dress which makes breastfeeding difficult. Here, nursing pillows with a bra shape are the best because they cover the breasts as well as the baby during breastfeeding. Women can easily pull out the breast out of their shirt without getting exposed and hence can feed the baby with comfort and ease.

Wearable nursing pillow is great addition to the nursing pillows collection. Women can wear them around their neck and do their work and feed the baby at the same time. Since these nursing pillows have been designed and developed by experts after an extensive research so there is no need to worry about their side-effects. The various designs and styles of baby nursing pillow available in the market vary in their stuff, finishing and brands. These nursing pillows are so useful that they have become one of the most hot-selling products all over the world.

The mothers who have adopted the use of baby nursing pillow feel happy with its features and breastfeeding has become a comforting and pleasurable activity for them. Breastfeeding had been a great problem for women during travelling and shopping and research reveals that in-comfortable breastfeeding poses threats to the health of the mother as well as the baby. Women all over the world are developing awareness about the advantages of nursing pillows and that’s why these baby nursing pillows are selling like hot cakes.

It is quite possible that your local store may not have a wide variety of the latest and most stylish baby nursing pillows and those which are available may cause a decline in your interest in this product. Your local store is not the last corner of the world, just log on the internet and you’ll be able to explore a wide range of eye-catching nursing pillows with great features and latest designs.  You can also learn about their prices and compare them with the prices of nursing pillows available at your local store. Moreover, another advantage of this online search is that you can be able to learn about different features and use of different baby nursing pillows and thus you can make their best use your baby and yourself.

Is it permitted to refuse an ethylotest?

We hear and read about so many instances where drivers are charged with drunk driving that have caused accidents; sometime fatal ones. A driver who is found with an over the legal limit of alcohol in his blood is charged in a court of law and if found guilty, remanded, fined or sent to prison depending on the seriousness of the accident. But how do the police find how drunk they are is the question and this is where the breathalyzer comes in.

A breathalyzer or ethylotest as it is called in France is a device that is used to analyze the breath of an individual who is suspected of having over the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.  It is usually done by law enforcement officers that arrive on the scene after an accident or stop you on the highway on suspicion of drunk or erratic driving.  The results of any ethylotest are supposed to determine the levels of intoxication and if over the limit you can be arrested for drunk driving and remanded.

While anethylotest obligatoire in certain countries, it’s not so in others, resulting in many drunken drivers getting away with it by having lawyers that can argue about the procedure. There’s no doubt that it is crucial for other road users to be safe from drunk drivers, but there are many circumstances that play a major role in determining how guilty or innocent a driver is and a thin line can be drawn between the two. Among the various arguments that take place are situations where the equipment used for the ethylotest is faulty or the reading itself is not a true barometer of the percentage of alcohol in blood.

How successful a defendant is will rest mostly on his defense lawyer who will no doubt question the results of the test, Accuracy of the ethylotest device, how well maintained it was and in what circumstances the police officers stopped the driver for questioning and testing his blood alcohol levels. Other defense arguments could include your driving record if it has been spotless for a long time and also your mentality at the time of being tested; such as being overwhelmed and stressed, all of which impact on the ethylotest resulting in high readings that could be a result of your anxiety.

Devices that are used for the breathalyzer is varied according to each country, but it’s always a case of blowing into the box, balloon or some sort of apparatus where the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in your blood is checked from the breathing sample you provide. Anyone over the legal limit of 0.8 of blood alcohol would be considered guilty and arrested forthwith.

While it is important for drunken drivers to be taken off the roads, there can be extenuating circumstances that makes a person not guilty, and if so;no time must be wasted incontacting a DUI lawyer to represent you. Although it’s possible for anyone to refuse the ethylotest, its better not to do so since this might be taken as an admission of guilt. In countries where ethylotest obligatoire, you cannot refuse the test which will put you in hot water in view of such countries already having their rules in place to arrest drunken drivers;  no mater what the circumstances are.

Why you need a neck pillow

pillow is a large cushion that you put under your head mostly when you are in bed. A pillow is very beneficial to you and you ought to have one. Many people use a pillow but most of them are not aware that there are different types of pillows. There are throw pillows, knee pillows, body pillows, travel pillows, donut pillows, lower back support pillows and neck pillows. I will focus on the neck pillow.

neck pillow is a contoured pillow that fills the spaces under the head and neck. This is very essential for people who are experiencing neck pains. Neck pillows come in different shapes and sizes. They are also made of different materials and are of different colors too. There are numerous uses of a neck pillow.

neck pillow is very useful for keeping the neck in alignment with the spinal cord. This will help to prevent neck pains and straining and also improve your posture. This pillow is orthopedic. It also helps to reduce chances of you snoring. Snoring is a very annoying habit and embarrassing habit and it is important to find ways to stop it. This is why you need a neck pillow. It is used to reduce snoring and with time, you will completely stop. This pillow is also used to reduce neck pain and headaches. This is possible by the fact that it supports your head well and will get rid of any possible strains hence keeping you safe from headaches and frequent neck pains.

neck pillow is very important as you have seen. But how do you use it? First of all, you need one that has the right material inside. A pillow of this type which is so stuffed inside and hard is not the right one for you. It might hurt. You need to use one with the correct material inside; not very hard and not too soft. This pillow is to be placed right below your head. This is the best position for a neck pillow. Efficient support is guaranteed. You also need to note that bad positioning of the pillow does more harm than good. It is similar to not using one at all or maybe worse depending on where you have placed it.

Neck pillows are the solution to insomnia and numbness. When you are sleeping in the wrong position and having the wrong support, you risk numbness and insomnia. When your body is not comfortable enough, you will definitely lack sleep. You will spend time on your bed trying to find the correct position to no avail and before you know it, it will be morning already and you will be numb too.

Finally, ensure that you use a suitable neck pillow for you. It should be the right size. A wrong size can make you uncomfortable and render you prone to back and neck pains. A neck pillow is what you need for a good orthopedic therapy for your neck.

Keeping a ethylotest kit in your vehicle for everyones safety

Most people don’t have a clue as to how much drinking is too much and imagine that having just another beer would not cause any harm or create any problems while driving. This however is wrong because everyone does not have the same tolerance levels and various factors such as age, weight and how quickly you become inebriated can make the difference between life and death. Since each person reacts in different ways to alcohol, it’s never alright to take chances and whether you’re a light drinker or heavy drinker it’s always better to check your own levels by using a breathalyzer.

Using an ethylotest or breathalyzer should not only be to keep the law away but also for reasons of safety; yours and other road users as well because it takes only a seconds indecision to cause an accident that could very well cause death. This is mainly the reason for France to decree a law which makes ethylotest obligatoire by November 2012 making it mandatory for every vehicle to have a breathalyzer in it. Although many people are up in arms about the new law, people should be happy that it has now become mandatory for them to test their alcohol levels before getting behind the wheel.

There are many instances where people drive home after a diner or get together regardless of how   intoxicated they are,  believing they are able to drive safely.  Maybe nine out of ten times they will be lucky but that one occasion is enough to let their guard slip which can result in a horrendous accident that can cause life and limb. Forget accidents; think of being pulled over by a policeman who suspects you’ve been drinking and driving? An ethylotest would have prevented a lot of woe where you wouldn’t have put yourself at risk.

In many countries the legal standard for drinking is 0.8 and anything above is considered being drunk. What anethylotest does is check the level of alcohol in blood by making the suspect blow into an apparatus.  It is believed that any alcohol in the blood goes straight to the brain and impacts on the person’s cognitive functions such as not being able to think clearly, or drive his vehicle skillfully resulting in accidents and injury.

In most states in the USA talented DUI lawyers are able to get their clients released from all charges by arguing about the state of the apparatus, accuracy of the reading and how legal it was to stop a person who was not involved in an accident. While this might be a relief to those who has been charged, it only means they will go on making the same mistake of drunk driving without bothering to take a ethylotest  that would keep them and other road users safe.

In the circumstances, the law passed by the French making the ethylotest obligatoire should be lauded because now at least the French drivers will be more cautious when they get on to the road and ensure they have their ethylotest device for any eventuality. There are different types of devices based on various methods that can be bought from most pharmacies with prices ranging from a couple of dollars for a disposable ethylotest kit to a portable handheld device that can run to hundreds of dollars.  If the law doesn’t state what type of device should be used, buying the least expensive ethylotest apparatus could serve just as well.