Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shopping and Martin clothes.

Everything is screaming "Buy me!"

-- MARTIN Clothes LLC

All classics. I am really trying very hard to fight the temptation to shop till I drop.

I'm basically surfing the net at least 10 hours a day and everything just screams "buy me". I am an impulse buyer when I'm dying of boredom so major eek for me! It really doesn't help when all the websites send me email alerts on their annual sales, which really happens THE WHOLE YEAR ROUND.

Self control. Breathe.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My dream walk-in closet.

When I caught Sex and the City 2 two week ago, I gasped in utter delight when I laid eyes on it. I want this.

I want a walk in wardrobe the size of my room with an island in the middle for all my danglies. The wardrobe will have lights on each shelf, and perhaps some kind of humidity control so all my our clothes are well kept. I will have ample room to hang almost all my clothes and I can bid farewell to fold lines.

And of course our walk-in wardrobe will lead to a bathroom with his and hers amenities. Life will be complete.

But due to the lack of space, and a greater lack of money to buy a bigger apartment to allow lustworthy walk in wardrobe, I will have to settle. I can't afford to redo the apartment. I will just occupy the wardrobe in the next room and make do with those cute white padded hangers.

-- The closest I can get to that closet.

But how can I turn the other room into a walk in wardrobe without compromising it as a study?? By adding pops of color?

Look at it in all its glory! I love colors. I sound like a babbling goon but colors work wonders on moods. Mine especially. Maybe I just want the upholstered chair.

I wonder if J will roll his eyes.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Foxconn, Apple and ethics.

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With the arrival of iPhone 4 and all the controversies that muddled the glory of phone before its debut, the Foxconn saga is probably one of the most shocking news I know.

-- Foxconn suicides

We used to root for the underdog, Apple, to one day be as successful as Microsoft. We want the awkward kid to finally succeed at something, and not let the Type A student win everything.

Then one day, the awkward kid became blind with greed and pride, essentially becoming worse and waaaaay more obnoxious than the Type A Straight A Student.

Ipod was good. Zune was nowhere near iPod's success. We cheered for Apple.
iPhone was good. Windows Mobile's marketshare was slowly being chipped away. Everyone wanted an iPhone because it's pretty.

MacBook Pro is still on my "things I really want" list.

Marketing strategy aside (damn Apple for releasing a mild upgrade every 6 months. What the hell am I going to do with all my old iPods and iPhone?), Apple has become annoying because the way it treats consumers.

Thousands of phones are lost daily. The policeman just says "Tough luck" and does nothing about it. Yet Apple managed to flex its muscle and got the police to go all SWAT team on a guy who bought it off someone who found the phone. Doors were kicked down.

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And like all major companies before it that lack moral and social responsibilities, Apple chooses to outsource its production to "affordable" labour, which we can imagine how much cost savings Apple enjoys. Foxconn then proceeds to squeeze profits by paying the workers horrendously low wages, subject them to harsh almost "militarian rule" North Korean style on production floors.

How do I say this, the factories where shiny pretty Apple products are made are sweatshops, and nowhere as pretty and inviting as the glossy Apple stores we know.

I think Apple is probably an Employer of Choice. Direct Apple employees probably have "free ice cream days" and ergonomic chairs and tables for everyone. It makes me uncomfortable that a world class company like Apple would drive outsourcer's employees to suicide because of the stress and low pay.

Taking cost savings above welfare of the employees is taking it too far. Most of the companies do this. My previous company does this and they have a bloody plaque on the wall commending them as Employer of Choice! But when people die because of how extremely unhappy they are at work, how can the companies and their boards of directors sit back and count the profits?

Social responsibility. Make that part of iPhone 4.2, Apple.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

BP killed Mario!

-- geekologie

The oil spill is still not under control. BP faces huge fines and lawsuits, and may possibly go broke since the company's shares have dropped like flies.

If we can put a man on the moon, send a SWAT team to retrieve a lost phone (stat!!), clone a sheep and grow organs out of stem cells, what can be so hard about plugging a leak underwater right?

No pressure, BP.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Green with envy - Zipper dress.

Call it green with envy, but I want a green zipper dress like Blair's!

-- gossipgirlfashion

Look at all that texture! And the yellow lunchbox bag in what looks like ostrich skin. Swoon.

The dress is by Grace Sun. Anyone knows of a similar dress I can get?

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