Sorry for the lack of update. Life has been busy. Just a short post today and I’ll be back next week (hopefully). Knowing that the March term break is around the corner really delights me to no end.
I’m inspired by my friend CY to start blogging about the development of our new apartment. CY started blogging about the development of his new apartment since three years ago, and recently, he has received the keys for his unit.
It’s such a delight to follow-up on his posts about The Minton. And so, I’ve decided to start writing about Bartley Residences too. I’m sure when I read back two years later, I’ll be instantly reminded of how the development has progressed every month since 2014.
I took some pictures of the construction site two days ago after I sent the boy to school. And it looks like this:
Most of the blocks are up now. I think our block is the second from the right. Yes, I said “I think” because I can’t really remember (my memory fails me again!). We bought the unit exactly two years ago, and the construction only started in early 2013. It’s expected to be ready end next year.
I regret not taking any pictures of the model in the showroom. Now, I can vaguely remember its location. The block that we’ve chosen is not directly facing the Bartley Road because we were concerned about the noise level.
There is only one block of 3BR that is facing the pool, and hence, that’s the block that we’ve chosen. We were one of the first few buyers of this development. Truth be told, we’ve been eyeing for it even before it was officially launched.
Main reason is because of its close proximity to my parents-in-law’s house, my office and our boy’s school, as well as its walking distance to MRT. I personally think that any development that is near MRT is highly demanded and will enjoy good price.
Above pictures are taken with my Samsung Galaxy. Will drop-by next month with my zoom lens, hopefully I can capture more detailed pictures.
By Guest Blogger N.C.E
Working in the technology industry, I’ve always been a watcher of tech trends, especially those related to personal computing and consumer electronics. One of the biggest questions that has baffled me is the success of Apple to market most of their products at significant price premiums. As a techie (I consider this term a compliment), I’ve wondered whether it was purely due to their marketing finesse that has contributed to the ‘premiumness’ of the brand, or was there other explanation from technical point-of-view?
Some time back, I have considered purchasing a Mac Mini as a foray into the world of Mac OS. But after some consideration, I find it hard to even convince myself to go ahead because it violates my personal quest for maximizing bang-for-the-buck. It’s hardly a crusade of any kind, but rather the basic tenet of getting the most value out of every purchase. And for this consideration alone, it certainly doesn’t make sense to pay more than double what the hardware actually cost.
As a case in point, consider the spec sheets for these two identically-priced systems: Apple Mac Mini and HP Pavilion (Figure 1). Both systems pack an Intel Core i5 processor, but the Pavilion’s one is 71% faster than the Mac Mini according to CPU Mark benchmark chart (Figure 2). In addition, the Pavilion has twice the storage space in terms of hard disk, while also having a DVD burner and a discrete graphics card. So it’s clear that from hardware point of view, the Mac Mini is priced at a significant premium.
Some might argue that the operating system itself is worth the extra bucks. Admittedly, the MS Windows OS is fraught with viruses and malwares of all sorts, frequent crashes, security loopholes that hackers could exploit and the list goes on. Therefore, Mac OS, owing to its UNIX lineage, proves to be a good alternative for its superiority in these aspects. However, a little known fact is that one can actually get a stable and secure OS for free, if he or she is willing to make the switch to Linux OS, which belongs to the same UNIX family.
Or perhaps the visually stunning interface is the reason Mac OS was able to captivate its users? But then again, if one so desires, the customizability of Linux OS enables one to skin and configure an Ubuntu Linux into something that very closely resembles the MacOS interface (http://www.noobslab.com/2013/05/mac-os-x-theme-for-ubuntu-1304-raring.html or google for ‘Macbuntu’). Besides, I have found the KDE Plasma Desktop interface of Kubuntu Linux to be equally stunning, if not more. It has now become my primary choice of OS.
From whichever way I look at it, there isn’t much that I couldn’t do with a generic PC installed with Linux OS compared to a Mac. The former costs only a fraction of the price for the same computing power.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Apple’s products have actually achieved some kind of cult status. Clever marketing is certainly one of the significant factors for this success, if not the most important one. It’s not unusual to see people brandishing their new iGadgets on social networks. Something which happened at noticeably lower occurrence for those who chose the alternative brands.
Could this be a clue that we may find the answers from social identity theory instead of analyzing their product design? Perhaps their supporters are clamouring for the perception of belonging to an exclusive social group? One which embraces the ‘cool’ factor? Is Apple’s success more of a social engineering effort, akin to what DeBeers has done with diamonds (more on this in the next post) rather than product engineering?
Any Apple loyalists out there who could enlighten yours truly behind your unwavering support for their products?
One of the most frequently asked questions from my blog readers is which Phonics class that Little Edison attended during his kindergarten. So, I thought I’ll share it in a blog post today.
He attended Jan & Elly Phonics program since the beginning of K1 and completed the 3 courses (Phonics Readiness, Phonics Intermediate and Phonics Advanced) by the end of K2. Now, he’s continuing with Creative Writing and Composition in P1.
For the Phonics program, the class duration is one hour per week. The class is fun, full of activities and very well structured. Edison looks forward to his English class every week, and I’m happy to see that he enjoys his lessons too.
I’d like to take this opportunity today to inform you about a very interesting pop-up class that is happening at Jan & Elly this coming term break. This is a totally new event. If you have a preschooler and are considering a Phonics program for them, you should check this out.
The pop-up class will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 10am – 12pm. Details are as follow:
The Picnic – A pop-up class by Jan & Elly
The Picnic is the first of a series of pop-up classes by Jan & Elly. Kids between the ages of 5-6 years preparing for Primary One can sign up for an outdoor picnic-themed class where they will be learning Phonics in Jan & Elly’s signature fun style.
Parents unsure of what level their kid is at need not worry as we’ll be doing free assessments on-site at the event as well. Our director and founder, Ms Elly Sim, will also be there to talk to parents and share some tips on getting both parents and the little ones ready for the school years ahead.
Where: Labrador Seafood, No. 8 Port Road, Singapore 117540
When: 22 March 2014, Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $10 per child
Contact: +65 6481 8892 or email@example.com