Merry Christmas!!

Happy holidays! I hope everyone will be enjoying some time off from work, and spending time with family and friends. I’ve been very fortunate this year with a lot of things. Started my full-time career as a graphic designer, better health, upgrades to furniture and home, spending time with friends and loved ones.

I would like to thank all those that follow my blog, and also to those that take the time to ‘like’ my post. It’s very encouraging – especially since my audience is still very small. It’s an odd feeling to know that somewhere out there in the world, someone is actually taking the time to read what I want to share.

THANK YOU for all the support! I appreciate it very much. Wishing you all a happy holiday and enjoy the last week of 2012!! 😀

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New Pet Betta Fish at Office~

So I got myself a fish. It may come as a shock to a lot of people but this is officially my first pet of any kind! Before I dive into getting something like a dog or cat, I thought I’d start of small to see how things go.

So, I’ve heard that betta fish were the most easiest fish to look after. I got a blue one from a pet store (Pet Habitat) in Metrotown mall. I didn’t know if it was a male or female, but later on, I realized that it was a male after I had seen some bubbles always floating on the surface in a clump. When I googled what that might be, it turned out the male will build a bubble nest for the eggs from a female.

Things you’ll need:

  • betta fish (only one in the tank, as putting another one will make them fight till death!) $7
  • tank (do NOT put them in a little cup as they do at the pet store! this is not ideal – they only do this at the store because of space shortage)
  • frozen bloodworms
  • real plants (do not get plastic ones that can tear the fins!) $4
  • gravel (no sharp ones as this can rip the fins/tails) $8
  • calcium block
  • water treatment
  • heater $15

I didn’t think a fish would be as interesting as it has been. Usually, I see fish in tanks just swimming around minding its own business. But Mina (the name for my betta fish: origin of the name in German means ‘love – it also has meanings of ”small’ ‘fish’ and ‘sky’ in other languages) has quite a character. When I arrive at to the office every morning, it will start swimming against the glass, twitching is body back and forth happy to see me, like a dog would wag it’s tail when they see their owner return. I feed him frozen blood worms, as apparently, these betta fish are from Thailand, and aren’t trained or use to eating pellet food. The blood worms need to be thawed, and I leave it by the tank. Sometimes I see Mina by the food, just staring at it hehe. Once it’s thawed, I come over. I feed it using chopsticks and he goes crazy just seeing them. He gets super excited.

For a little fish, he’s got some power. I’ll sometimes hold onto the worms with the chopsticks and we’ll play a little tug-of-war. If I hold the worm above the surface of the water, he’ll make the effort to jump out and snatch it, kind of like a dolphin. I feed him about 5-7 worms in the morning, and another at 4pm. I was worried in how I would be able to feed him over the weekend, but it turns out that they can go on without food for a week or two.

The tank needs to be cleaned out once every week. You need to keep about half or so of the old water, and add new water that’s been treated. Normal water coming out of the tap may not do anything to us humans, but it can be deadly to our little fishy. Also, don’t use cleaning products like soap or detergents! If you ever do, remember to wash it thoroughly before placing it back into the tank. Any small traces can be poisonous!

At first, the tank was sitting by the window. Shortly after, some algae started to grow in the corners. I quickly cleaned them out and moved it away from sunlight. Later, Mina started suffering some fin infections. They were starting to rot, and it was annoying him to the point that he would bite and tear it off. By next day, the tails and fins had considerably receded, so I went to the pet store to get some remedy for the water to help with the infection.  It helped for a while, but now I noticed some holes. I just hope the treatments work. I’m finding that it’s not easy to take care of a pet – even a pet like a fish! However, even though you can’t take it for walks, or cuddle with it on the couch, it’s been pretty rewarding and happy to have a pet like Mina 🙂

Pinterest

I heard about Pinterest an year ago from a friend who was really into photography. I also knew he was also into a lot of the social media stuff. At first, I didn’t really understand the purpose of Pinterest. Why pin photos from the web? Well, I guess there are some images you want to keep for reference later on. Previously, I would copy it and keep it in a folder on my computer. But after using different computers at home, work, school, and backing up files, it all gets really disorganized. So why not keep it all in one place? There is already an online bookmark for all your sites you want to keep a record of (Delicious.com), so why not for all your images?

When I met up with this friend a month ago, he told me that his last several months of rent has been paid off by the earnings he gets from Pinterest!! I was shocked!!! But I knew that he has over 1 million followers, and because the photos links back to the site it is from, businesses are taking interest in Pinterest as a way of marketing their service/products, and paying those who have many followers for every new followers and sign ups. What’s great for the user is that it’s completely free like Facebook and Twitter – so no loss for us!

I’ve also recently started using Pinterest, but I am no where near the million followers mark, and not sure if I ever will. But, I figured that it’d be good to know how to use it at least. It may come in handy later on, and doesn’t hurt to have an archive of all the images I’ve liked. I also recently found out that you can also pin videos too!

You can check out and follow my IDEA rabbit Pinterest album

Kitchen Appliances

Now that we have a new TV, it’s now time to hunt for bargains on a dishwasher cuz my current old one is broken. Since we’re going to be replacing one appliance, I figured it’s the right timing to replace the old not-really working stove and old, doesn’t-close-properly fridge as well.

I’ve found three places so far on the web. Red Door Warehouse, Richmond Whole Sale Appliance, and Appliance Outlet. 

All seem to have a good variety of appliances with good prices. I’ll have to measure my old appliances, and the space available, and actually go to each one and see what they have. I am thinking all stainless steel.

Let the search and hunt begin!

Let the Blogging begin once again!

So I’ve decided to get back into blogging again after being absent from it for 6 months. This time, instead of just focusing on design and creative stuff, I’ve decided to blog about pretty much everything that I think are important to share.

Topics might include the latest shopping purchase, or hunting for something, travel, health, cooking, restaurants, trends, technology, etc. I’ll try and blog something everyday – at least on weekdays!! 🙂

I hope you’ll enjoy them, and please feel free to leave comments!

That’s my post for today hehe.