Ever since I am 10,000 miles away from home, there is a fear that has been bugging me. This morning, I got a call from my best mate from Singapore. It is not usual and I know something must have happened. It turned out that one of our very close friend’s mum just passed away. I felt very sorry for what had happened but at the same time I was relieved. I am not ready to face matters of life and death yet. I have serious problems handling babies and at the other extreme, I don’t think I can handle if any of my family members passed away.Sometimes I do wonder what truly happens when one dies. Are there really spirits? How do you know for sure if you have not experienced it yourself. I am not a religious person. If I am at all religious, it will only be scientifically religious. That’s probably related to my education background and the fact that I have more questions than all the faiths I ever have in anything. Even when faith exists, it’s based on my past experience and logics. To have so much trusts in something that cannot be proven in any way is, to me, an alien concept.I don’t even know whether I should give my friend a call. I am not particularly good in handling situations like these and I don’t even know what to say. I mean, all I can think of to say is, be strong, take good care. It just sounds so superficial and to be honest, there IS really no best words to use.I can’t help but to relate sickness to our lifestyle. Honestly, it doesn’t cost much to be healthy. Ever since I start taking care of my diet and staying active, I feel rejuvenated and refreshed everyday. All you need is a few fruits and some salad everyday. It doesn’t take much preparation. Well, I have to agree that it may sound bland to some, but with a bit of ideas, it does actually spice up your food and health too! With a bit more time, I will probably share my ideas. But for now, it’s time to take my bubble bath.p/s: You might find some meal ideas at eDiets 🙂
I remember laughing at an advertisement sticked on a bus persuading people to get themselves registered on the electoral roll in return for better credit ratings. Not so funny anymore when I found out that the two credit ratings agencies – equifax and experian really do use the electoral roll information when they compile my credit histories. So this time I was quick to reply to the council when I realised that my name wasn’t registered to vote on this new property that I recently moved into. Basically equifax and experian use the information on the electoral register as a source for your name and address. So if you weren’t on the register, you have one less source in your credit report to back that you are living in your current address.I used to think that if i didn’t owe any companies any money, or didn’t have any bad debts, I should have good credit history (having mentioned that, it’s probably worth spending £2 to get a copy of your credit history from equifax and experian, just to make sure that the credit history that they compiled reflects your actual position. If they weren’t you should definitely inform them). However, it appears that it doesn’t quite work like that (sounds like it’s coming from the stupid Nationwide advertisement) :). In fact it’ll do your credit history some good by owing banks (say loan or mortgage) or credit card companies some money, but do remember to make repayments (with some interest) on time. By doing so, it shows that you are a good debtor, not running away from debts, and making repayments promptly :)But why is it necessary to build a good credit history? Well, it depends. For me, I want my credit history to work for me when I need to borrow a large amount of money, especially in the case where the amount is much more than my earning power.
What should normally take 5 minutes to set up ended up taking me days! To be fair to wordpress, if you are using a third party web hosting service, it shouldn’t really take you much time to get wordpress installed and there you can start blogging. I know I should shoulder some blame as well, as I tried to host this website on my home machine, which wasn’t equipped with php and mysql initially. But to later find out that it was actually a simple mistake in the wordpress package that was preventing me from getting this done sooner was absolutely deflating. That closing php tag, which was one short in the install script, was costly because it confused me into thinking, for days, that my web server wasn’t configured to work as required by wordpress, which uses php and mysql. But on a positive note, much was learnt during the process, as is always the case when you play with Linux. Avoid using pre-compiled binaries if you have multiple packages that you want to link together. Compile from source always gives you control over what you want and don’t want.