I accidentally learned French thanks to my nephew. I baby sit him a few times a week for my sis. He’s got a few Barney, Sesame Street, Caillou and Dora DVDs. The DVDs have both English and French audio. After a while of watching every single episode we both got bored so I decided to opt for the French language version.
We started off with Sesame Street in French. Surprisingly, we were not as clueless as I thought we would be. Maybe because we already knew the story line and therefore we could easily gauge what was going on. It was like we knew what that characters meant although we did not know exactly what they were saying. Confused?
Anyway, after a few weeks, I found myself being able to understand and utter basic French phrases. Although, I would venture a guess that a native speaker would still say I am butchering what arguably is the most romantic language in the world.
The original application criteria is in the Malay Language as can be found on the http://gmbo.skmm.gov.my site.
The GMBO 2.0 grant qualification criteria in English is as below:
- Malaysian citizen between the age of 18 – 65 years old (priority given to women entrepreneurs)
- Have a valid Malaysian business or company registration
- Have a Malaysian bank account that is registered under the business
- Have a broadband service account or is a registered member of 1Malaysia Internet Centre
- Have a working online website with a Malaysian domain (ending with a .my)
- Annual revenue of not more than RM200,000 a year or less than 10 full time employees (priority given to micro entrepreneurs)
Thanks to http://www.cellularstatistics.com for the English translation of the criteria.
So the check for my commission comes in and the first thing I do is ask my wife what she wants. She says she can’t decide until she sees the size of the amount. Next thing I know she wants to redo the common bathroom.
I blew every cent of my last big commission on a state-of-the-art AV system so I’m all out of bargaining chips.
About a week ago, the wife shows me a brochure of a bathroom vanity set which I thought was simple and affordable - less than a grand after discount. I should have just agreed to buy it there and then but no, I had visit the website (http://www.theinteriorgallery.com/cat_modern_vanity_single_sink.cfm) of the store that sold this and poke my nose around a bit.
We ended up browsing the modern bathroom single sink category for an hour or so and decided to opt for something which costs a bit more.
My favorite part of this (Carla) set is the tempered sink. It’s just sick. It’s about the same size as the Mist set (image right at the top), 31” and 29” respectively.
We’re thinking of getting a double sink set for our bedroom bathroom. But that’s for another day.
You know, you don’t have to use themed rubber stamps like the Hawaiian rubber stamps above just for scrapbooking. There are lots of stuff you can use them for. I say, just let loose and set your imagination free.
I went overboard a few times and destroyed a couple of stamps but it was worth it.
My wife says that if it worked on me, it’ll work on any kid. It’s not the most macho thing in the world for a guy to take part in but its fun and it keeps the wife happy.
And kids, mostly, stay out of trouble when they’re into this. They get so absorbed when they let their creativity loose. Challenging projects take up lots of time so if you need to keep kids occupied for a long time, throw them a challenging project.
Don’t worry about getting materials and tools for scrapbooking. They’re easily available online as well as off line.
Why don’t more homes have wooden room dividers and screens? They’re pretty cool. I saw one in that Robert Downey Jr. movie - Sherlock Holmes. I think it was the scene in the first movie where he visits his former lover and she drugs him.
My sister has something like the one in the image above. She says it reminds her of the one my late great grandmother used to have in her house. She as it in her bedroom.
I have one in the living room to sort of create a small, semi private space to answer phone calls or gossip.
Right after I finish with my home decor project, I’m going to get on with my language learning. I’ve already borrowed a few foreign language learning books from my nephew and nieces. They’re already quite fluent so I can practice with them.
I’ll try Spanish first as I think I can pick that up pretty quick. And then I’ll give Mandarin another try. I took a 6 month Mandarin class once way back in 2006. The class was too fast for a friend and I so we dropped out.