Be Your Own Handy Man

How many times did you have to call a handy man for small, odd job like fixing the door knobs, loosening a screw, repairing the radio, installing a tile—and you always pay quite a hefty amount every single time. Sometimes, you may have wondered, what if I can do all that and be my own handyman? What you now realize is that jobs like repair and home maintenance are life-long skills that you should have learned when you were younger. But of course you were busy learning other things then. However, it is never too late to educate yourself. How much money could you have saved if only you knew certain hacks , methods, techniques, and processes of fixing or restoring things around your own home?

Mr. Ariel Velasco from Singapore shared how he always have his hozan tools and kit with him, “Cutters, pliers, screw drivers, strippers—name it and I have them. If it is just a simple chore like fixing the wire of the cloth hanger of my wife, or simply tying in cables of my sons’ toys, replacing screw of frames of the master’s bedroom, I can do it myself. Just the other day, I bought some arcol resistors in this big hardware store I frequent in downtown Singapore as I plan to replace some inactive resistors of some of our electronic equipment here in the house. I thought some experimentation is in order and I might as well teach myself these things so I won’t need to hire someone to do the job when there is a need for it. I find simple pleasures in these little skills, and  I think I learn something new and I get smarter every single time. Not everyone learn pragmatic things like this in school.” Continue reading “Be Your Own Handy Man”


What You Need to Know About Pre-owned Watches


So what is all this rave on 2nd hand watches all about? Why would anyone in their right might buy something that may be perceived as obsolete and irrelevant at contemporary times?

Oops! Wait. Obsolete and irrelevant are two adjectives that you should never mistakenly associate with vintage, mechanical watches. “While buying watches requires money, selling them can potentially make you some. The watch industry is mostly concerned with selling you new things, and sometimes more interesting parts of the business are ignored. The traditional view of selling watches was that it was done via auction, perhaps to a retailer, or possibly to a friend or fellow watch lover.

The internet opened up resources such as eBay, and watch trading sites, which really only changes the ease of selling, not necessarily who you are selling to. Today, new businesses are popping up that mostly buy watches. Their profit model is derived from buying timepieces in a convenient manner and selling them on the back-end to a range of dealers and other resources. It is a legitimately needed resource for many people who aren’t interested in taking the time to find and qualify buyers of potentially valuable watches. And it is one that is granted little media attention,” wrote Ariel Adams for in the article titled Watches Worth the Most to Sell.   Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Pre-owned Watches”

Food Nationalism

Originally posted on What an Amazing World!:
Penang-Style Otak-Otak (Steamed Fish Cake) Chapter 5, Part 6 Several years ago, the headlines of Indonesian media suddenly flared up with nationalistic fervor against Malaysia following their claims (both official and not) over some cultural items that Indonesians are so dearly and emotionally attached to. Like sibling rivalry,… Continue reading Food Nationalism