Thursday, July 23, 2009

financial education?

Adapted from this article in BBC:

The UK government is spending £11.5m to help its citizen to manage their finances better. As part of this project, local schools were visited and children were given personal finances lessons. To ascertain the level of financial knowledge these children (all aged nine) already have, some questions were asked and one of these was how much does a house in the UK cost.

A house on average cost £150,000.

One said £1,256.

Another said £3,000 for a big house.


So I decided to ask my brothers, Joshua and TT how much the house they are living in cost.

Joshua, aged 10.5, said, 'hmm..I think it's RM10m'. Then he hestitated, and finally said, 'no,'s RM100m!'

Timothy, aged 12, when asked, gave the question a deep thought. But finally he said, 'I don't know'.

'Just say any amount TT, what do you think?' I prompted.

'Hmmm...I think it's Rm160k'. He said carefully, watching my expression. 'Mummy told me before but I can't remember already'.

I know that a semi detached house in my area cost RM300k. So the house I'm living in, which is a detached house, is definitely more than that amount.

If Timothy answered that question 25 years ago, he would have got the correct answer. Haha. Seems like mummy have to update him on the prices of houses now.

Google Chrome

I saw Jon using google chrome as his internet browser a while ago and he told me that Google chrome is a much better tool to surf the internet as it doesn't use up too much of your RAM.

I did not download it until today because firefox was causing my laptop to make very loud fan noises and causing my system to hang.

So I downloaded it today because my laptop was really slow. I was worried about losing all my bookmarks but it imported my saved bookmarks from firefox automatically. So far my laptop is not making noises so I supposed it's good.

The only downside of it is that you can't have add-ons like weather forecast but I would rather trade it for greater speed for my laptop.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I'm sure there is mould growing on my hair.


dead bored that I'm sure by the time I return to UK i would be a mushroom.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I'm back in Miri.

Wanted to update this blog long time ago but the internet was down and I can't stand the horrendously slow internet.

When the internet was down for almost a week I slept for the first time (after so many years) at 10pm and woke up at 6.45am on my own.

I havent got anything else to do other than make cakes for the 3 hungry boys at home. For the past few days I have been doing some goods surveying and surprisingly (like what My Addicitions told me) Ng Sian Hup sells cheaper ingredients! But some of the ingredients here are super expensive (not surprisingly) compared to UK such as cream cheese and whipping cream. Vanilla essence is cheap though! RM2 for 25ml!!!! UK sells 1 pound for 15ml. tsk tsk tsk.

more updates should come soon. UK has got very good clothing sales now online and it takes 10 min to load a page!!! grrrr.