Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a big problem in this country; it’s the leading cause of injury for women aged 15 to 44. The best way to help stop domestic violence or prevent it from happening to you is to remember the steps listed below and try to utilize them should the situation arise.

How can I help prevent domestic violence?

You don’t have to be a super hero in order to help prevent domestic violence. Ways you can help stop this crime include:

• Not being afraid to call the police if you suspect or witness evidence of domestic violence

• Tell your family member, friend, coworker or neighbor about a domestic violence outreach organization if you suspect that she is being abused

• Encourage your neighborhood watch program to be on the alert for domestic violence as well as more typical crimes such as burglary

• Listening to the testimonies of Christian women speakers and learning how you can support abused women.

If I’m in an abusive relationship, how do I get out?

The most important step is to make sure that you are safe. Contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or your local domestic violence crisis center can be a great first step in making sure that your escape will be safe. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to these organizations, you could discuss an escape plan with a trusted friend.

I’m scared to call the police. Should I?

If someone is harming or threatening to harm you, you don’t need to hesitate to call 911. Your abuser could face consequences for his actions including arrest and conviction for domestic violence. If you really don’t feel comfortable bringing the law into the equation, see if a friend can house you temporarily while you sort things out.

I don’t feel safe at home. What should I do?

If you have been abused recently and need to leave the home you share with your abuser at once, you should contact your local domestic violence crisis center to find out how you can enter their program or take advantage of their confidential motel voucher program.

I was able to escape from my abuser. How can I keep him from coming after me?

You should consider getting a protection order from your local court house; this will ensure that you will have legal protection if your abuser gets closer than a certain number of feet near you.

Best Travel Options When Traveling From Singapore To Kuala Lumpur

If you’re in the beautiful city of Singapore and would want to cross border to the charming capital of Malaysia, you need to consider means that will get you there comfortably and safely. The two cities are about 320 km apart and going by a personal car might take you close to 4 or 5 hours and the journey can be extremely tiring. So why not choose a cheaper and more convenient option like taking a flight, bus or train? Each of these means has its very own benefits as well as drawbacks but you can always find one that best suits your needs and budget.

Let’s take a close look at how each of the transportation routes best suit your needs.

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Travelling by bus

If you are travelling alone, and would want a straightforward and convenient travelling means, taking a bus or luxury coach can be the best option. Depending on the amount of traffic, a journey from Singapore to KL might take 5 to 7 hours. One of the best benefits about travelling in buses is that they can conveniently drop you off anywhere in the city. There are two major options to consider with bus services that are city buses and luxury buses.

Regardless of the type of buses, you can easily get a ticket via online portal at http://www.easybook.com/en-sg/bus/booking/singapore-to-kualalumpur. What differentiates a normal city bus and luxury bus is the comfort you are getting for the long journey especially when a luxury bus comes with personal TVs, Wi-Fi and even snacks. The only drawback will the hefty price tag of $40 and above as opposed to a normal bus ticket that is as cheap as $18 to $25.

 

Travelling by Flight

Taking a flight is definitely one of the quickest ways to get from Singapore to KL. A typical flight between these two places takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. However, one need to take into account of the time needed for check-in and passing the custom which might add up to another hour.

Major Singapore-to-Malaysia carriers that are budget-friendly include Jetstar, AsiaAir, and Tigerair. Prices in these airlines can go as low as $30 including fees and taxes. Be sure to check out on days these airlines offer promos for tickets. One tip will be to compare the many flight ticket prices via https://www.google.com.my/flights/.

Although you can save up the time of traveling from Singapore to Malaysia, getting to the Kuala Lumpur city center could be time consuming when the airport is situated more than 50KM away from the city. Do prepare RM 70 to RM 100 for a budget taxi to get to your destination or alternatively you can take a bus to KL Sentral too.

Do remember that there isn’t any centralized bus station in Singapore but there are multiple pick up points on the island with the likes of Lavendar, Novena, Boon Lay, Golden Mile Complex, Katong V Mall and many more. You just need to find the nearest pick up point and hop on the bus to Kuala Lumpur. It’s that simple.

 Travelling by Train

If you would want to enjoy the scenic ride from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, taking KTMB Intercity train can be a perfect choice. You can enjoy amazing view of Kampong village and palm oil plantations. Departure time for trains include 8 am and 1 pm with the overnight train leaving at 10:30 pm. A typical day train takes about 6 hours while the overnight train 8 hours with the cost of $10 for 2nd class seat, $15 for 2nd class sleeper and $40 to $45 for a 1st class deluxe sleeper that gives you a private cabin with a TV and shower.

Although it is definitely going to be the slowest among all the options until the very much anticipated High Speed Rail (HSR) starts operating in 2026, travelling by train is still preferred by most with the relatively affordable pricing and the opportunity to soak in the breathtaking view as well as having plenty of chance to get a really good nap.

Conclusion

There you have it with the numerous options that you can make use of when travelling to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore. You are definitely spoiled with choices but its best to define the urgency of the trip and your budget and put those considerations as part of your planning so that you will not make a hasty and much regretted decision. All in all, travelling by bus could still be the best option for the stability of ticket prices and the shorter journey as opposed to train. You can get your ticket easily at http://www.easybook.com/en-sg/bus/booking/singapore-to-kualalumpur.

 

ServisHero Your Online Service Hero

So let’s say your air con breaks down. Who do you go to? In situations like this most of us usually turn to family and friends for help. I recently stumbled across a company that is trying to make this process more convenient.

This company is called ServisHero. They call themselves a services marketplace. Basically you can use their app or website to hire service professionals such as aircon repairmen or cleaning services. They offer about 70 services at the moment ranging from cleaners to plumbers and even contractors for renovation services. Not a bad idea right?

My first impression is that this is quite a good service for busy people who can use ServisHero to quickly hire someone that they need. I also think that it is a good tool to find companies and prices for services that you need to hire.

It is quite simple. All you need to do is submit a request on the app or website. The service professionals on their platform will be able to see your request and send you prices. The idea is you can then compare prices and hire a suitable service provider.

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ServisHero is currently offering a promotion for customers using the promo code: HEALTHMOM25 for RM25 off ALL SERVICES.   Here are the step-by-step instructions on how you go about purchasing a service and using the promo code to get RM25 off the purchase.

What do you guys think? Might be a useful tool for us if we ever find that we need an aircon man or a washing machine guy and don’t know who to call.  Do give ServisHero a try and hopefully some of you will find them useful 🙂

 

 

Google Translate Mobile App For Education – Very Useful For Banana Parents!

Today I discovered something very, very useful for banana mummies like me who always try in vain to guide their kids in Chinese.  For someone with very, very limited knowledge of the Chinese language, I get really, really frustrated when my girls run to me and cry for help on days when the Mandarin tutor does not come.

Thanks to my good friend, Mumsgather who is ever so willing to share what she knows with us in her Facebook page, she shared this Google Translate app with us today.

I immediately downloaded this app (on my desktop computer) onto my Samsung mobile phone and within a minute, the app was successfully downloaded.

I quickly snapped a photo of one of Cass’ Chinese story books using the Google Translate app by following the very detailed step-by-step tutorial in the app itself and voila, within a minute, the page was translated from Chinese to English with Pinyin too.  Wait, there is even icing on the cake!  You can even tap on the audio to hear the translation in Chinese!!  This is too good to be true and it’s so easy and convenient to translate any reading material in any language to a language that you want! This is even better than Line Dictionary and Pleco.  I can’t wait for my girls to come home today, so that I can teach them how to use this wonderful app!

 

Hungry? Order Food Online from Foodpanda Malaysia!

Do you often find yourself too tired after a long day’s work and that the last thing you want to do is to cook?  This is actually a common problem among many busy people and they often find using a food delivery option much better than going out.  If you want to order pizza, you can use home delivery option, but what if you want to order food from a local restaurant or get a bubble drink and need to check menus and prices before ordering? Fret not for there is a solution for you now!  You can now order any food or beverage of your choice online and have them delivered to your doorstep at the click of a mouse without leaving the comforts of your home, thanks to Foodpanda Malaysia!

What is Foodpanda?
Foodpanda is one of the top online food delivery networks available not only in Malaysia, but from the entire world. They were launched in Malaysia on 26 March 2012. You can easily check out various restaurants listed there, check their menus, prices and order online in a matter of time. You can search restaurants in your area and can filter them according to your choice.  Foodpanda is operational in many countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, India, Vietnam and many more. Currently they have tie-ups with more than 600 restaurants in Malaysia.


Foodpanda cover 7 geographical areas right now which are as follows:
1. Kuala Lumpur
2. Petaling Jaya
3. Sunway – Subang Jaya – Puchong
4. Cyberjaya – Putrajaya
5. Melaka
6. Penang
7. Shah Alam – Klang

You will need to select the area and then enter the delivery area, after which you will see a list of all restaurants in that area. You can easily filter restaurants using ‘Cuisine Type’ filter at the right side of page. After you see the restaurant of your choice, you can check out interactive menu of that restaurant. Here you can add items to your order. On the right side you will see expected delivery time, total order value, delivery fee, etc.

 

 

 

You can then use ‘Order Now’ button where you will need to enter contact information and contact number. You will received a confirmation SMS to confirm the order. Easy peasy, isn’t it?

Foodpanda provides a wide range of restaurants and cuisines options. Delivery rates are fixed and depend on area. You can also choose ‘Cash on Delivery’ option.

To get discounts on your order, you can check out Foodpanda latest vouchers at Savingmart.my, which is one of the top deals websites in Malaysia.

Foodpanda is also available on app.  You can easily download it on your phone to help you to order on the go. Use Foodpanda Voucher APPME15 to get RM15 off on your first order at Foodpanda.

 

 

So from now on, if you are hungry and in absolutely no mood to cook or go out, give Foodpanda a try and enjoy the best dishes of your choice delivered to your doorstep!

 

 

FrogAsia – A one-stop shop for all your educational needs

Hear ye hear ye everyone with primary and secondary school kids in Malaysia’s public schools! Your kid(s) may have already told you about this educational website but if they or you have not already known yet, let me introduce you to FrogAsia.

FrogAsia, a YTL company, is the first company in the world to connect an entire nation through a single, cloud-based learning platform. You and your child will not be charged any data costs while accessing Frog on their network, so everyone can enjoy unlimited access to their world of learning anytime, anywhere!

Through the 1BestariNet project, FrogAsia is bringing the future of education to every student, teacher and parent in Malaysia. Combining high-speed 4G internet access, a world class learning platform and access to ‘best-in-class’ resources and technology, Malaysia is the first country in the world to bring its entire education community together on a single converged network designed specifically to meet the needs of teaching and learning.  1BestariNet is a project initiated by the Malaysian Ministry of Education in line with the government’s vision of providing quality, Internet-enabled education for all.  Over 10,000 government schools around the country will be equipped with this awesome solution, bridging the digital divide between rural and urban students.

I first got to know about Frog Asia when Alycia and Sherilyn came home from school one day some time early this year and told me that their teachers had instructed everyone to log into this website. The students were required to explore the website and try out the apps and features at www.frogasia.com.

Your child will first need to register at the FrogAsia website. For Alycia and Sherilyn, they were given a set of log in data by their school (they are in a cluster school).

The website is pretty kids friendly. It is Sherilyn, my drama queen who taught me how to navigate around the website.  And boy was I impressed with what I found in there! Everything that is available at the FrogAcademy is on the left side bar of the Frog Store from resources to documents, books, images, videos, audio, question banks and much more.

Your kids can even gain access to their school text books at the FrogAsia website! So worry not if your kid has forgotten to bring home an important text book for revision. She/he will be able to read the text book by hopping into FrogAsia.

Here is a sample of how the eText book looks like…

 

Alycia and Sherilyn have added over 50 e-books into their ‘My Library’ at the FrogAsia website. They can read them on their iPad or lappie during their free time.

 

This is how the eBook looks like…

 

They were jumping with excitement when they found Diary of a Wimpy Kid from the Fun Brain app, in eBook form!

 

 

Interesting eComics are also accessible for free!

 

Parents can buy questions for their child to work on from the FrogAcademy at a minimal cost of only a few Ringgit per subject. Since the Question Banks is still at its Beta stage, only Form 4, Form 5 and SPM questions can be purchased at the moment. But very soon, questions for primary students and other levels will be readily available for purchase. You can pay via M2U or credit card. There will soon be sample UPSR questions for purchase as well.

 

Parents can check their kid(s)’ work from the questions that they have bought from the Question Banks and monitor them, as shown below…

 

Educational videos can be added to your ‘My Library’ and they are free to view!

 

Under the Resources category, you can add flash cards, free images, free sounds, Funbrain (my girls love this category) and much more to your ‘My Library’.

 

 

FrogAsia has a partnership with Google, which means that your child can assess to a buffet of interesting education materials from FrogAsia, which will bring them over to Google Apps to assess the educational materials. So make sure you or your child has a Google Chrome account as well.

 

 

FrogAsia is probably one of the best and most comprehensive local educational websites that I have come across. If your child’s school has not been introduced to this website yet, you can help your child register now and start letting him/her explore FrogAsia today. This is definitely a must have website bookmarked in all your electronic devices!

 

 

Awesome Food Panda Food Delivery Service

One of the things that I miss the most about having a live-in maid is not having to do any cooking. Lunch and dinner would be all settled by Dyah, our previous helper, whom I miss terribly when she first left us. All I needed to do was to write out a weekly menu on what to cook for lunch and dinner and Dyah would know what to do. For over 10 years, I hardly stepped into the wet kitchen. In the initial days when she just left to return to her homeland for good, I did not know where things were kept. I did not even know how to operate the washing machine.  It took me over 1.5 years to get used to living without Dyah. It was only recently when the MIL went overseas for several months that I really learned how to be independent – how to whip up meals for the kids everyday and how to juggle my time between doing house chores, cooking, taking care of the kids’ welfare and doing my online business.

One of the things that I find very time consuming is cooking. Preparation and cooking eats up at least an hour of my time daily. And this is with preparing only easy-to-cook dishes with minimal preparation, simple cooking procedures and requires minimal washing up. On days when I am too tied down with my online store, cooking will be the last thing I want to do. On such days, I will bring the kids to the Japanese restaurant at our condo to have dinner or drive out to the nearby shops to eat. On days when we are all fed-up of the choices that we have, we will have pizza or KFC delivered to our door-step.  Recently, my friend introduced me to Food Panda, a food delivery service. With this awesome service, I will now be spoilt for choice with a WIDE range to pick from, such as Tony Roma’s, Papa John’s, Secret Recipe, DOME, A&W, Sakae Sushi, The Chicken Rice Shop, Cha Time, among others! Delivery fee is just a few Ringgit and some outlets will stipulate a minimum order requirement.

Speaking about food, I now crave for some Japanese food! This Saturday, I am all gamed up to use Food Panda’s service to order food from one of our favorite eateries. I’ll bet my girls will be excited to pick their choice of food and eatery!

 

Update – By the way, I also came to know about this website recently named CouponzGuru.  At this website you can get latest coupon codes for online food ordering websites like Foodpanda & Room Service. You can now get  Foodpanda Coupons and Room Service Coupons at this site. Check it out!

Nciku.com, The Awesome Chinese-English Website!

If you are a yellow banana who does not know a word of Chinese or only speak smattering Mandarin /can read a handful of Chinese words, you will find www.nciku.com a life saver. You will thank me profusely today for leading you to this website, just like how I am so thankful to my blogger friend Su Kim who introduced this website to me.  I was on the verge of buying Besta Electronic Chinese English pocket dictionary which cost over RM2k.  Thank God I had not bought it earlier.  Now that I have found nciku.com, I can use my mouse to write out the Chinese character to have it translated for me, complete with vocal sounds to help us on the correct pronunciation.

NCiku.com — just use your mouse to write out the Chinese character on the box on the right.  A list of possible words with similar strokes with han yu pin yin will appear on the utmost right.  You then click on the chosen Chinese character and search it for the meaning / listen to the pronunciation. You will even be taught on the correct order of the strokes.


Awesome Website For Kids To Learn ABCs, Colors, Shapes, Time-Telling, Spelling

Mumsgather recently introduced this awesome website to me. Baby has since been hooked on this website. She plays with my laptop almost everyday and now, she hops straight to Literacy Center to learn her ABCs and spelling! Literacy Center teaches toddlers and pre-schoolers ABCs, 123s, colors, shapes, time telling and much more.  It’s the next best free learning website, after Starfall.

Here Baby’s getting a helping hand from Sherilyn jie jie on how to spell the word yellow.  After a few tries, she now knows how to spell all her colors and she’s only 3YO!  Of course she does not really know it by hard. It’s by trial and error but after a few tries, she more or less knows the flow of letters for the spelling of all the colors.

During the day while I am busy on my desktop, she sits next to me and practices her spelling on the laptop!  Then, she will ask to go to You Tube to listen to her favorite songs and play her favorite Strawberry Shortcake games.  Kids these days are SO IT-savvy, aren’t they?