Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Accessorize your car

Posted by austenfan at 8/31/2011 09:48:00 PM 0 comments
If you own a car and would like to do something to make it look cooler and be more functional, then I suggest you take a look at this site. It sells different car accessories like lighting and wire wheels, which I'm sure you'll definitely want to get for your own automobile.

I can't say that I can relate to the car enthusiasts out there since I don't personally own a car, but I think I'd probably do my best to make my car look awesome if ever I do get the chance to own one. I've seen car owners putting a lot of effort and money to make their cars look one-of-a-kind (by painting it pink or putting on different stickers and accessories) and well, I think I'd probably do the same. I would definitely want my car to stand out!

Can you think of some more unique ways to accessorize your car and make it look a lot more different than the other vehicles? Comment away and share them to me!

Must update other blogs

Posted by austenfan at 8/31/2011 09:20:00 PM 0 comments
I guess it's understandable that I don't always get to update all my blogs due to my (somewhat) busy schedule. But as I say with all my initial blog entry, I'll definitely try my best to keep them updated. Of course, that's easier said than done. Haha.

Most of my blogs don't have a very specific niche. Now, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Does having a blog without a niche make it easier to write new entries because you don't have any restrictions whatsoever - that you can just write about anything that you want? Or does it make it more difficult for the blogger since it's hard to think of an interesting topic to write about?

For you other bloggers out there, what do you think? Do your blogs have their own niches?

Monday, August 29, 2011

So many books to read

Posted by austenfan at 8/29/2011 11:39:00 PM 0 comments
This long weekend definitely brought back my love for YA (young adult) fiction. It started with Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, which I stayed up late for just to know what will happen with the story as I turn the pages of the book. Now that I've read the preview for the third book, though, I'm feeling kind of frustrated with it. However, that's another different topic so I'll leave that for a separate blog entry.

Anyway, Nightshade left me craving for more YA books and now I'm on a hunt for more. Hopefully, I'll be able to pick the best of the latest YA releases! You might be asking yourself what's so great with YA, though. For me, it's just that things are so much more fun and interesting in the young adult setting. Maybe it's because I'm still young (or young at heart) or because I just don't want too much cynicism when it comes to my books, but YA definitely works for me. I'm not saying that I dislike the other genres, though - just that YA will always have a special place in my heart. Haha.

The varied plots is also one of the reasons why I like reading YA fiction. The story could be about a couple who met through a free dating site or a different type of love story with a hint of fantasy. The thing is, the plot is sure to be interesting (at least, most of the time it is).

What about you? What book genres do you like reading? Any favorite book titles?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Who else loves getting packages?

Posted by austenfan at 8/25/2011 11:12:00 PM 0 comments
Back when I joined book giveaways, I used to receive packages whenever I get to win the giveaway or contest hosted by the book blogs. Receiving these packages always gives me such a thrill. If the package is big, then that's even better! Imagine, using Martor USA box cutters to be able to open the package and see what's inside? Sounds fun, right? I think the fun in receiving packages lies not only in what is inside the package itself, but also in the process of opening the package and revealing its content!

All this talk is making me miss my book blog. Hmm, do you think I should update my book blog soon? Don't get me wrong. I do want to update it. It's just that with my busy schedule, it's hard to find the time to read a book and get to review it. I'm still not sure about this, though. I might be persuaded to do a bookish blog entry soon, depending on how much a certain book motivates me. :)

Excited for the long weekend!

Posted by austenfan at 8/25/2011 11:07:00 PM 0 comments
Who isn't, right? We'll all be getting a break from the stress and hectic work and/or academic life. That's definitely a good thing, don't you agree?

Now, what to do for the coming weekend? A lot of people already have plans to go on an out-of-town trip. As for me, though, I think I'll be visiting my relatives and then staying at home to relax and unwind. It's nice to be able to free my mind from all the work-related stuff that's currently going on. I'm getting all excited just thinking about it. Haha.

How about you? What are your plans for the long weekend?

Where I talk about financial matters

Posted by austenfan at 8/25/2011 10:38:00 PM 0 comments
I've realized recently that I still need to learn a lot when it comes to financial matters. I'm not familiar with the terms used in banking and investment so whenever I read business articles, I frequently find myself at a loss and end up wondering what is actually being discussed. Start talking about mutual funds and different types of loans and I'll start getting this dazed expression on my face. I even had to search the term car title loans philadelphia on the internet just to know what type of loan it is. It's not my fault, though. I didn't major in business while I was in college! Haha.

This actually makes me think enrolling myself in some sort of crash course in business or financial management. That's not definite, though. I still need to save up for some of the other things I've already planned. In the meantime, I think I just have to content myself with trying to learn things on my own - with the help of books and the world wide web, of course.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mobile banking: Is it safe?

Posted by austenfan at 8/21/2011 03:20:00 PM 0 comments
I've tried online banking, and I must say that despite my initial security concerns about using it, it's turning out to be pretty convenient and secure so far. After all, these companies would have made sure that they've added strict security measures for their clients, right?

Mobile banking, though, is an altogether different scenario. First, let me just say that I absolutely have no idea how it works, so what I say here might be (a lot) erroneous. I'm not sure of the exact reason why I'm hesitant to try it. Maybe it's because I know how easily a mobile phone could be misplaced or stolen. And then, what happens? Someone else can get access to your bank accounts? Again, I'm not sure how it works so I'm only assuming here. Feel free to correct me anytime.

Anyone out there who has tried mobile banking before? How was the experience? Will you recommend it to everyone else as a service that is safe to use?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Google+ buzz!

Posted by austenfan at 8/17/2011 08:34:00 PM 0 comments
It seems like everyone I know has received an invitation for Google+. So why don't I have my own invite yet? Haha. I tried going to the site and requesting for an invite, but up till now, I have yet to receive an e-mail from them telling me that I can now join the newest talked-about social networking site.

That means I'll have to rely on other people's opinion about the site to get to know more about it. For those of you who have already tried it: What do you think of it? Should I now switch from Facebook to Google+? How does the layout of the site look? Does it look sleek and professional or more of laid-back and inviting?

Yeah, all these questions just show how ignorant I am about Google+. Oh Google, when will my invite come? I've been a loyal Google user for years now, so I should definitely get one! Haha. Anyone out there willing to send me an invite?

Monday, August 15, 2011

How to save up?

Posted by austenfan at 8/15/2011 09:07:00 PM 0 comments
Although I don't know much when it comes to managing finances, I must say that I think I know enough to be able to tell the things that can help when you want to save up some money.

Here are a few tips that I'd recommend:

1. Know your priorities. What do you really need the money for? This should be clear on your mind so you'd know what it is you're working hard for.

2. Stay away from unnecessary expenses. You should first consider if you really need a particular thing before deciding to buy it. That doesn't mean you can't buy things that you like. If you want to buy a new ps3, together with a ps3 hdmi cable, then go ahead! Just make sure that it's within your budget.

3. Consider buying the cheaper alternatives. If you're not that particular when it comes to brand names, then you might want to look at the less expensive products. You could actually save a lot by buying locally-made products than those imported from other places.

If you're trying to save up, then how about trying to practice some of these recommendations?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Diet, diet, diet!

Posted by austenfan at 8/10/2011 09:46:00 PM 0 comments
My weighing scale says I've just gained a couple (or more) of pounds. Since I'm still on a diet, then that's really not a good news at all. I need to quickly put a stop to this steady increase in my weight. What should I do? Haha.

I know it's my fault, though. I haven't been limiting my food intake. In fact, I've been eating more and more these past weeks. Yeah, blame it on free eat-all-you-can and payday dinners! Seriously, it's hard to eat less when you're faced with all kinds of scrumptious dishes!

I guess the best way to lose these pounds I gained is to do a bit more exercise. I think it's time for me to do those much-needed curl-ups to help me get that (almost) flat stomach that I've always longed for. Any ideas on how to start doing it? I've tried doing it before, but I've always gave up in the end since I found it too difficult. Should I start by simple jogging and aerobics first, then? :)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

National Book Week

Posted by austenfan at 8/07/2011 07:41:00 PM 1 comments
I got this from Facebook.

It's the National Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the book.

Turbulent fields are characterized by two average parameters.
Well, it was the book nearest to me! Haha

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Handling your finances

Posted by austenfan at 8/06/2011 02:59:00 PM 0 comments
Recently, I've started getting fascinated with these self-help books - mostly, books about investing and budgeting your money. Before, I used to think that I could just figure out for myself how to spend and save my own money. That is still true, although I must admit that these books can be quite helpful too!

I saw this financial site just minutes ago and it gave some insightful tips on Debt counseling, saving, and investing. A couple of years ago, I would have said that I am too young to worry about these things. It's amazing how two years since then has turned me into a financially-conscious person, isn't it?

In case you're interested in learning more about these investment tips, then I suggest you try looking up some sites online. Information's free, anyway, so there's no harm in doing a little bit of research. Who knows? You might just discover a sudden passion for investing while reading some of those financial articles!
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