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  1. Hi ya'll, I'm planning to go on a road trip to M'sia . Last stop wld be KL. The plan is to just go with the flow and discover intresting places along the way. Like if We see a nice place , we might stop by and stay for the night to explore and continue the road trip the next day. I'll be using my GPS as well, and there's another couple coming with us too. So there'll be 2 drivers. I know M'sia has many beautiful places to go to and they're just not so commecial / discovered yet. Have anyone come across any intresting places while driving thru KL ? Maybe a good place to eat ? If you have , pls let me know !
  2. I did look up the legal aid. But his annual income is $12k/ annum. So he does not qualify coz to apply legal aid, his income must be $10k/annum. But i'm not too sure this amount is before or after CPF. The contact number provided does not have any operators to answer any enquries. I also did consider getting a PI, but I can't afford to pay on my own and my bro in law can't afford it as well. We just met the girl's family last night , seeking permission to take the kids home, my bro in law is also present. To keep things short , we were fooled by the in laws, who said that my bro in law already filed for divorce , so the wife has FULL custody till judge give final orders. When I asked where are the rights of the father, they told me he has NO RIGHTS! And refuse to let us take the kids , even when we provide them with our address & contact number. When I asked which law states that the father has no rights ? They are not divorced yet !! They said this is law by the women's charter ! Since We didn't want to make a scene , we left the house but did inform them that we'll be coming back on Friday to pick the kids up.
  3. You guys need to bear in mind that this is ONLY an example of rules which some of my friends or neighbours need help translating. And though Malay & Indon language sounds similiar , the meaning may not be the same. Frankly speaking , wld you allowed your maid to dye her hair, wear make up and talk to her HP with god knows who ? Some of my colleagues are facing this problem, and the maid wld sneak outta the hse when she recieves a phone call. Hence the rules depends on the situation you are in. Of coz anyone with enough common sense would know how to treat another human being. It's a matter of how they choose to treat their maids.
  4. Yup , can be used. As for the smell, there's usually no smell after the vineger dries up. If your kitchen doors are matt laminates , then it's ok, if it's hi-glosss like mine, dry blotches will appear , unless you use a dry cloth to wipe dry the area. I used to wipe my kitchen laminate doors with thinner like once a mth . Now I use rubbing alcohol. It works better and is safe for contact with the skin. It has a number of general medicinal and household uses
  5. Thought you guys might find this useful. I also use it to fix my broken eyeshadow and pressed powder. Rubbing alcohol is 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and 30 percent water, and is safe for contact with the skin. It has a number of general medicinal and household uses. This list of ideas makes having a bottle of rubbing alcohol in the house a good idea Remove hair spray and toothpaste from mirrors When you are spritzing your head with hair spray, some of it inevitably winds up on the mirror, same goes for the toothpaste ! A quick wipe with rubbing alcohol will whisk away that sticky residue and leave your mirror sparkling clean. Clean venetian blinds Rubbing alcohol does a terrific job of cleaning the slats of venetian blinds. To make quick work of the job, wrap a flat tool -- a spatula or maybe a 6-inch (15-centimeter) drywall knife -- in cloth and secure with a rubber band. Dip in alcohol and go to work. Keep windows sparkling and frost-free Do your windows frost up due to the aircon? Wash them with a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol to 1 quart (1 liter) water to prevent the frost. Polish the windows with newspaper after you wash them to make them shine. Prevent ring around the collar To prevent your neck from staining your shirt collar, wipe your neck with rubbing alcohol each morning before you dress. Feels good too. Clean your phone , laptop and keyboard Is your phone getting a bit grubby? Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol. It'll remove the grime and disinfect at the same time. One of the advantages of rubbing alcohol is that it evaporates so quickly once you apply it to something Remove ink stains Did you get ink on your favorite shirt or dress? Try soaking the spot in rubbing alcohol for a few minutes before putting the garment in the wash. Erase permanent markers Did Junior decide to decorate your countertop with a permanent marker? Don't worry, most countertops are made of a nonpermeable material such as plastic laminate or marble. Rubbing alcohol will dissolve the marker back to a liquid state so you can wipe it right off. Remove dog ticks Ticks hate the taste of rubbing alcohol as much as they love the taste of your dog. Before you pull a tick off Fido, dab the critter with rubbing alcohol to make it loosen its grip. Then grab the tick as close to the dog's skin as you can and pull it straight out. Dab again with alcohol to disinfect the wound. This works on people too. Get rid of fruit flies The next time you see fruit flies hovering in the kitchen, get out a fine-misting spray bottle and fill it with rubbing alcohol. Spraying the little flies knocks them out and makes them fall to the floor, where you can sweep them up. The alcohol is less effective than insecticide, but it's a lot safer than spraying poison around your kitchen. Make a shapeable ice pack The problem with ice packs is they won't conform to the shape of the injured body part. Make a slushy, conformable pack by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a self-closing plastic bag. The next time that sore knee acts up, wrap the bag of slush in a cloth and apply it to the area. Ahhh! Stretch tight-fitting new shoes This doesn't always work, but it sure is worth a try: If your new leather shoes are pinching your feet, try swabbing the tight spot with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Walk around in the shoes for a few minutes to see if they stretch enough to be comfortable. If not, the next step is to take them back to the shoe store. Clean bathroom fixtures Just reach into the medicine cabinet the next time you need to clean chrome bathroom fixtures. Pour some rubbing alcohol straight from the bottle onto a soft, absorbent cloth and the fixtures. No need to rinse -- the alcohol just evaporates. It does a great job of making chrome sparkle, plus it will kill any germs in its path. Minimize reactions to earrings If you take a bit of rubbing alcohol and apply it to the post of your earrings, then it will help the earring insert far more smoothly. Also, take some rubbing alcohol on a tissue and rub it around your ear. Remove Stickiness Have you ever bought a picture frame only to find that the price sticker won't come off? I mean you tried everything and the residue is still sitting right dab smack on the glass of your new frame. Soak a cotton ball in some plain rubbing alcohol and place the soaked cotton ball on the sticker. The trick is to let it sit for a minute or so until the alcohol has penetrated the sticker and sticky residue. Then rub the cotton ball over the sticker and watch it all just wipe away! Clean a Skipping CD or DVD When finger prints grace the backside of your DVD's and CD's they are likely to skip and not perform well. A neat, very inexpensive trick is to spritz the CD or DVD with some alcohol and wipe with a clean, lint free cloth. The finger prints will literally dissolve when the alcohol hits it Remove wax from carpet If you had a beeswax candle that spilled on your carpet, you can use rubbing alcohol to help remove the wax. Start by pulling the largest clumps of beeswax from the carpet. Once removed, you can dab the carpet with a paper towel soaked with rubbing alcohol to remove the remnants. Helps with mosquito bites Rubbing alcohol can actually help with mosquito bites a lot better than store-bought remedies. Just rub it on the bites and it will dry them out bringing quick relief.
  6. Hi all... I have recently draft out some rules & regulations for my maid and lots of my friends have requested from me as well. Thought I might as well share with you guys as some of you may not know how to translate the rules in Indon. I hope this will help better communicate with the maids. Translation is below Auturan 1 - Tidak di benarkan memiliki talipon bimbit ( handphone ) 2 - Kuku harus sentiasa pendek and tiada warna 3 - Di larangkan keluar tampa iizn 4 -Tidak boleh mamakai bahan solek 5- Jika memakai cincin telinga , harus yang sederhana 6 - Tidak boleh menonton telivision tampah izin 7 - Tidak boleh menguna radio tampah izin 8 - Tidak di benarkan membawa tamu di rumah 9 -Tidak boleh tidur , langkah , pijak , duduk di sofa + ranjang 10 - Rambut harus di potong pendek setiap 6 bulan and tiada warna 11 - Semua kerja rumah harus lengkap sebelum kamu tidur 12 - Tidak dibenarkan memukul , tampar atau penyalahgunaan anak Ibu 13 - Kamu akan di hantar balik jikalau ada teman laki , mencuri , bohong atau berjudi 14 - Jika mahu hubungi di Indonesia , 1 bulan sekali - 15 minuits - Call card harus di bayar sendiri 15 - Jika kamu mahu pulang sebelum kontrak selesai , kamu harus membayar tiket kamu sendiri 16 - Kamu harus kompensasi uang jumlah SGD $100 jikalau kamu mahu pulang sebelum kontrak selesai 17 - Beri tahu jika kamu keprihatinan , bingung atau ada masalah Saya , ___________________________________memahami ketentuan kondisi dan setuju untuk mematuhi aturan yang telan tertulis di atas. __________________________ __________________________ Name & Tandatangan FDW Name & Tandatangan majikan English Translation House Rules 1 You are not allowed to own a HP 2 Fingernails must be kept short & no nail polish 3 Not allowed to leave the house w/o permission 4 No using of make up 5 Simple ear ring can be worned 6 No watching TV w/o pemission 7 No listening to radio w/o pemission 8 No guest is allowed in the house 9 No sleeping , walking , stepping or sitting on the bed & sofa 10 Hair will be cut short every 6 mths and no hair dye 11 All chores must be completed before you go to sleep 12 You are not allowed to hit , slap or abuse my kid 13 You will be sent home if you hav a BF , steal , lie or gamble 14 If u wish to call home , 1 mth / once - 15 min - Call card pay yourself 15 If u wish to go home b4 ur contract ends , you pay ur own airfare 16 You must compensate me SGD$100 if u wish to leave b4 ur contract ends 17 Talk to me if you are confused ,or are having problems I , ___________________ understand the terms & condition and agree to abide to the rules stated above ____________________ _________________ Name & signature - FDW Name & signature - Employer Of coz you don't have to follow all the rules stated. This is just an example. If you need any translation in Indon , let me know. I'll try and help
  7. I use Vinegar. It can be used for : Killer of Bacteria, Mold & Germs * Grease Cutter * Floor Cleaner * Windows * Toilet Bowl Deodorizer * Fabric Softener * Furniture Cleaner * Drain Clearer * Brass Cleaner Vinegar naturally cleans like an all-purpose cleaner. Mix a solution of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar in a new store bought spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home. Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product as well as a disinfectant and deodorizer. Always test on an inconspicuous area. It is safe to use on most surfaces and has the added bonus of being incredibly cheap. Improperly diluted vinegar is acidic and can eat away at tile grout. Never use vinegar on marble surfaces. Don't worry about your home smelling like vinegar. The smell disappears when it dries. I've personally tried these and it's works , plus it's cheap and enviromentally safe ! Hope this helps
  8. Anyways...It's your house. At the end of the day, do what makes you happy ok. If you house have big windows shd not be a problem !! This is what my kitchen flooring looks like , black/greyish matt tiles ( cement screen look ), with a touch of hi gloss black tiles.
  9. Hi hi... I once did considered black tiles for my hse. But decided against it. Althought it looks sleek & nice, ALOT of maintenance is required. Firstly , dust & footprints can be seen easily, so alot of sweeping & mopping is required. Plus black tiles are highly reflective. Unless you're using matt tiles. I went to a tile showroom , place a black tile on the floor and stood over it. My panties can be seen very clearly !!! Imagine if you have a guest wearing a skirt... very embarrasing. In the end , I just placed a few black tiles...to create an intresting look..heehee My Black MBR toilet
  10. Latest update. My "friend" / tenant has moved out at the end of Aug. I started to notice that his stuff was all packed a few days ago, but he didn't tell me anything. He'll just ignore me whenever we bump into each other around the hse. Then came one morning when I left my room and my maid inform me that my friend had pass her the keys . I was kinda dumbfounded that he didn't even have the courtesy to give the keys to me personally as i was in the house. There was no note , no thank you. He didn't even sms me or my husband. He still owes us 1 mth rent , which is $300. We were very dissapointed. My hubby says, we welcomed him into our house and he left like a thief ! I'm planning to msg him and ask him when I can get my rent and I want him to come over personally with his GF and give them a piece of my mind. I am so pissed off.
  11. During my stay at my previous house, there was this auntie , always dressed like a mamasan. Regardless of time, she always switch on her TV / Radio full blast , and will open the door. Her unit is directly opposite mind. Very cialet. 1 incident that got me real mad was , after I gave birth , I was waiting for the confinement lady to come by for a massage .She never came , so I thought she forgot. I then found out she actually came , knocking and pressing my door bell, but I cldn't hear coz of the music blasting from her unit. So next day , I took ALL my speakers and place it at the front door and played " Rage against the machine " hahahhahahha I live on the 11th floor , my hubby cld hear the music from the 1st floor. After that incident , she no longer played loud music , if she does , she'll close the door. :D
  12. Have spoken to my friend / tenant regarding his arrears and he said he'll pay me end of the mth. Makes me wonder ... he has money all this time but just don't wanna pay ? Shall wait till end of mth and see how. Sometimes I do wonder , why are pple so ungrateful ! I don't owe him anything and I'm not obligated to take care or his well being. I even used to wash & fold his laundry when he 1st just moved it. Till I thought to myself, "ehh, this ain't my job" ! Things change drastically when we shifted to 4 rm & got a car. I don't know if it's envy or jealously. Pple started talking , saying we have bigger hse , got car. So we sombong already !! It's not even a luxary car !! We didn't even tell anyone we were upgradeing or buying a car. Coz It's not really a big deal to us.Anyone can have all these , but soon after that , everything change. Sigh....
  13. Oh ya..Hmmm... Maybe I'll keep his prized watches as collateral and explain to him nicely that I'll keep his watches in a safe place, until he pays me the rest of his rent , plus there no damage to any items in my house on the day he leaves. Is it too much ?
  14. Thks you guys for all the advise. I have just SMS him and told him he needs to move out coz we need to utilise the room. Thats it. He has untill Oct to find a new place. Thought of giving him till Sep , but hubby say let him have enough time, So Oct it is. He just replied " OK " , so now, I'm not bothered. It's out in the open , if he wants to bear grudges , so be it. Friends come & go and I'm willing to let this one go.