Food analyser: raman spectrometer scans your Ramen

Last Revised: Sunday, December 29, 2013

Coupled with a PC, Spectrometers used in any analytical laboratory are often bulky and large.
Even though there are numerous handheld spectrometers sold in the market, none of them look like this!
Most handheld Raman spectrometer have the rugged look and needs to be held close to the target in order to get a good detection of the scattered photons.

Look! It's a Food scanner. It's a Handheld Spectrometer. It's TellSpec~!

Food composition analysis has never been done easier! Simply wave this beam emitting gizmo over your Ramen and within seconds you will be able to find out the nutritional data of your favourite noodles. Is that even possible?!

How to add 'Click to Tweet' promote your business on twitter

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ever wondered why No one tweets your article?

Well actually there is a way to make a tweet work.
All you need to do is to make tweeting easier and interesting.
Most people find tweeting a hassle. That is because they'll need a good amount of time to login to their twitter account, come out with a catchy phrase to go with the tweet, key in those words and copy the link back to the article.
That's a lot of work for just a single tweet. Don't you think so?

5 Advantages Why make your site mobile responsive?

Last Revised: Monday, December 9, 2013

Like the new design of this site? Some of you might have already noticed that I have changed the layout of this site to mobile responsive last week.
Try viewing this page with your favourite mobile device. Notice any difference?
If not, you can test out the responsive web design of this blog simply by minimizing the browser. Notice that by shortening and lengthening the width of your browser window will cause the web design layout to change.

Yes, the site you are looking at now has the capability of adapting to different screen sizes.

20 Cool and Unique usb flash drives

Last Revised: Friday, December 6, 2013

Heavy rainfalls.. water ponding.. zzz.
Dang.. my usb thumb drive got drenched! and now it's dead. Considered myself lucky as I was not given any holiday assignments. If not, I'll be having a hard time recovering the files.
yeah whatever~ is time to look for a new stick.

In the past, a decent portable storage drive would probably cost around 20 bucks at least. A good working flash drive now would only costs you 10 bucks or even less. Although the primary uses of a usb flash drive is for backup, files transfer and data storage but these days the design of this little guy seems to be getting more and more flashy.
Well, I guess it has got some aesthetic function to serve as well since everyone is carrying it around with them wherever they go~
So lets take a look at some of these interesting personal usb flash drives that I found on-line.

Google when you are super bored during holidays

Last Revised: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Google, the search engine giant that has loads of hidden gems.
Some of which you might have already came across, some maybe not.
Whatever it is, I'll be sharing with you a few that I find amusing /useful.

Of course, if you know of any other hidden Google eggs or useful tools such as these below feel free to share it with us in the comment area.

Chai Tow Kueh Fried Carrot Cake Recipe

Last Revised: Saturday, November 30, 2013

Carrot Cake! Fried not baked? Recipe calls for rice flour, radish and egg but no orange carrot ? Huh?

If you ever lived in the South-east Asian countries, particularly in Singapore or Malaysia,  you would probably know what kind of carrot cake I am talking about. Yes! the one we had for our breakfast.

Fried cake here is very different from the awesome birthday cake you had during your celebrations.
So why do we call it carrot cake when it's not baked and it does not contain any carrot?
Carrot Cake Fried not baked

The Xun Chinese vessel flute is not an Ocarina

Another post about music instruments
Can you guess what this is?

Xun Chinese vessel flute

Click the mysterious pandora's box to open it.

How to repair a stuck sliding glass door by changing the wheel parts

Last Revised: Friday, November 22, 2013

Is your patio sliding door getting cranky?

My bathroom sliding glass door got sticky recently.
Having a door that sticks is frustrating so I decided to fix it myself.
Of course there are various reason to why a sliding doors screech.

Below are the 4 major reasons.
  • dirty rollers and dirty tracks 
  • rollers and tracks not lubricated/smooth 
  • the wheels not aligning properly to the track 
  • rusty rollers, corroded rollers 
Bathroom sliding door
Bathroom sliding door

Smartphone, Dumbphone & Xperia V went for diving

Yosh! I am back! haha.
Yeah  have been busy lately with my exams and report writing -_-" ...
Got myself a new handset few months back for re-contracting my plan .

Usually I would go for a white phone but the white Xperia V only had its back cover white. (front remains black) :(
Long story short -  I prefer phones with uniform colour and a sleek/clean design.

This is not Where to eat in Singapore app. This is Eat What arh app.

Last Revised: Monday, September 23, 2013

Hungry? Don't know what to eat in Singapore?
If you cant make up your mind on what to eat today. Just ask Mr Durian!

This cute little green round spiky ball will reply all your requests in full Singlish.

To ask Mr Durian press the Big yellow button!

You can speak better Singlish than me? Drop me some ideas in the comment!

New dieting techniques? Draw your comfort food

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

When we are feeling down or stressed out with life, we often crave for some food that will help us feel happy. More often these "comforting" food are flavourful and unhealthy.

The yellow glowing macaroni and cheese that you prepared from the magical little blue box.
The respawning chocolate chips cookie crumbs that was left in your cookie jar.  
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Have you ever wondered why do we feel happy after consuming such unhealthy food ? 

How to find where a picture was taken? Identify it.

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Have you ever wondered where a particular picture came from?
Wouldn't it be nice if you were able to find out the exact place of where a photo was taken just by doing a similarity image search on your computer??
Just like what you saw the other day on the CSI show or perhaps some Japanese mystery drama?  huh. huh.. have you? lol!

Well~ In actual fact. You can!
There is a reverse image search service by Google and it has been around for a while.
However not everyone knows about this tool. Needless to say, how to go about using it.

How to Show your face picture on google search result

Last Revised: Monday, September 9, 2013

Wondering how to get your profile picture to show up on search engine?  or
Are you searching for ways to improve your search engine click through rates (CTR)?
i.e. you hunger for Google's organic traffic?

Well.. Claiming of authorship is definitely one of  the best and simplest way to drive organic traffic to your site.

Make widgets contents appear or hide in specific pages of blogger

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

If you are a follower of my blog you might have already noticed it. I've hidden parts of my blog sections which they will appear only on my homepage and static pages.

In this post I am going to present you the various conditional tags code. You can utilise them in blogger template to show or hide your widget/section or ad in the specific pages. Of course, to implement these code you'll need to have a bit of coding knowledge.

And there maybe plenty of reasons to why some of you want to have selective display of widgets in blog posts or homepage.
But if you are looking for ways to optimise your blog loading speed, then look no further!
Believe me all you need to do is.. Just hide your widgets when is not required!
This is a simple solution to improve your page speed performance.

15 Creative Graphic Design Resume examples

Last Revised: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Resume is the most important self advertising tools used when applying for a job, not to mention much needed for entrance to a graduate school.
Is the very first document your employers would see before flipping though your portfolio.
In order to stand out from the crowd, your resume will need to be one of a kind.

And there's no better place to look at except designers' resumes if you are seeking for some inspiring and innovative resume ideas. Of course not all employers are willing to accept bold resumes like these. Most businesses still prefer a simple black and white resume. These resumes are much well suited for design job applications.

Below are my favourite 15 picks of graphic design resumes. Some of them are from Singapore~ :D
Can you spot them?

Social Media Outlets You should make use of in marketing.

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In the Web 2.0 era, web sites today no longer contain content that is static. Everyone here is constantly generating/commenting and sharing content online.

That is where our Word wide web is heading! ~ towards interactive, real time updates and social sharing. Is a global phenomenon which results in the rapid growth of various social networking sites.

Everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon of advertising on Social Media platforms. Large companies searching for social media experts. Advertising agencies turned to social media marketing as their primary marketing strategy.

So Why? Why is everyone using social media?
Simply because it is cheap, effective and is a targeted marketing strategy. If execute correctly anyone make a big splash in just a short time, especially beneficial for a small business company . And that's why everyone is using it.

Free Photo collage maker no download required

Last Revised: Sunday, August 11, 2013

I've always been fascinated with collage artwork. Be it text (word collage) or pictures.
Long gone are the days where we need to do all the manual cutting and pasting.
Now most photos were digitally edited and kept as a digital photo book.

Some of you may be wondering how your friends are able make these wonderful photo montage on Facebook or Photobucket? How were they able to put several pictures into one image? Did they use some kind of digital photo editing software like Aperture or Photoshop?
Well, I doubt they did~ Because using such programs to create image collage requires a good amount time and skills. You'd probably need to read though a few photo editing tutorials before you can do anything.

The easier method is to use an online collage maker software.
Not only it allows you to piece multiple photos together and create wonderful shapes of images, they often include a few customizable collage templates which you can play around with.
Best of all~ no download and installation is required from any of them.
Saving up every little memory space of your sluggish pc.

How to make your website searchable on google?

Last Revised: Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hi hi! this must be your first time creating a blog or a website? Am I right?
You did a Google search, but to no avail. You just cant seem to find your site.
So where is your site? you are wondering.. 
I had the same experience when I started my first blog.

Free flash card software for studying Language and Formulas

Flash card, possibly one of the most useful learning tools around.
Don't you agree?
Remember the time when you were just a little toddler..
your parents waved these weird big animal/fruits picture cards in front of you.

Yes! that is flashcard learning.
See I even have my own "flesh" card example to show you lol

Bet you'll never forget how a mangosteen and durian looks like.

Mangosteen  Flashcard
 Durian  Flashcard

Free turnitin? 5 free Online Plagiarism checker tool

Last Revised: Thursday, August 8, 2013

As some of you know my school term has already started. Has been always a pain for me even just to draft up my research papers outline. Afraid that the articles I wrote couldn't pass the authenticity check. No. I don't I cut and paste. However sometimes is really difficult to churn out a 100 percent original assignment when there are already so many well written papers out there.

Some schools and universities are using paid popular software like turnitin for plagiarism detection. What about some of us, students or maybe even teachers, who cant afford to pay for software?
How to check our papers for originality? Are there any other free alternative tools?

Google Takes Street View to A new Hike at Gardens by the Bay

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Have you seen Google mounted cars roving around Singapore before?
We are actually the first Southeast-Asian country to get street view in 2009. 
By dragging little yellow "Pegman" icon you can virtually fly though any street featured on the Google map. Especially useful tool for people like me with a poor sense of direction. 
Wee~ Pegman Flying 

Best Free Link building Software services For Better SEO

Last Revised: Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hey you there! Stop hopping around sites to search for Free backlink building software or tools.
Before you start using these free tool why not ask yourself:" Will I be able to handle the risk of getting my blog/site blacklisted?"

If you can't. Dont try it! These back links builder or services would probably cause you more harm than do you any good. How much trust can you actually put into these site?
The most you can get out from them is a bunch of cheap useless links. 

MK Restaurant in Singapore 313@Somerset

Last Revised: Friday, August 2, 2013

Row, row, row your boat Gently Down the steam.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream~

Singaporeans love eating steamboat don't ya think so? Well ~ At lest I do.
If you've been following the food trend in Singapore, you will find more and more steamBoat restaurants rowing their way here.
And this time round I will be dipping my chopsticks into the renowned Thai Suki chain
MK Restaurants~

Science Buskers Festival 2013 at Scape

Last Revised: Monday, July 29, 2013

Science Buskers Festival 2013
Science Buskers Festival 2013

In conjunction with this year Singapore Mini Maker Faire, they have 
Science Buskers Festival!!!!
Science Buskers
Science Buskers

Organised by A*STAR and Singapore Science Centre, Science Buskers Festival is a competitive event that encourage the development of an individual's communication skills through science.
At the same time to generate public interest and awareness in general science.

First visit to Second Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013

Oh yeah!~ manage to visit this year's Singapore Mini Maker Faire~
Minimaker Faire
Minimaker Faire
(Missed the first one because I wasn't aware that Singapore had one in 2012:( awww~)
Although this is the second year Singapore held their own Maker Faire
I believe for most of you, it is your first time hearing about this faire.

If Not!!
You are most likely a person who loves to create things!
Or perhaps you own a shelf of MAKE magazine keepsakes??
Perhaps you always hide yourself away in the secret basement just to
work on your little Arduino projects...

Best Free SEO tool addon for browsers SEO Quake

Last Revised: Saturday, July 27, 2013

You only need ONE powerful addon to understand the SEO metrics of a ranking site.
And SEO Quake is the #1 choice that comes to my mind.
Doesn't matter if you are newbie or an expert in SEO.

This tool is very useful for anyone who is doing competitive SEO research, it gives a good guide of where your competitors are actually standing.
Best of all, it's Free.

I'll just briefly go through some of the features that SEOquake offers:

Google and their dongle The Chromecast wave

Last Revised: Friday, July 26, 2013

Google unveiled Chromecast few days back web users from around the world seems to be eyeing on it and hope to get their hands on this little stick.

I cant understand why some people here got so hyped up over this particular product.. when they very well know netflix is not available in Singapore. So what can you do with it? stream youtube videos?
You might as well get an Xbox.

How to fix Galaxy Tab 10.1 boot loop

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Bad day..
This morning, I was browsing though the net with my Samsung 10.1 Tab..
Was one of the best tablet when it first came out..  any way
my internet browser suddenly got frozen.. thinking that it was the usual problem
I went on to restart my device..
Happily waited.. saw the animated stars flew round the logo
Then! It just hang there with the glowing Samsung logo -_-...
Ohhhh~.. My "wonderful" tab just went into a bootloop.

Adsense Parser tool Converting html to xml

Last Revised: Friday, July 19, 2013

In order to put your code in the blogger XML template you have to parse your adsense code to XML.
Use the online Adsense Parser tool below.
This is a online html escape Parser tool for parsing any html code to xml format.
You can use this to parse other ads codes too!
That include, but not limited to the follwing: Chitika, Adbrite, Infolink..
Find this online html parser useful? Just Bookmark it! (Ctrl+D) 

Cool games for bored people

First off, Hurray to Singapore! First time a Singaporean won championship at Evo.
Awesome game! I managed to watch the whole game replay. Even though I am not a gamer haha. 

Anyway.. the games I am introducing here are very different from your Classic SEGA Sonic game or even the addicting candy crush game that you play everyday during your office hours. 

What is Off Page SEO and On Page SEO

Last Revised: Thursday, July 18, 2013

Before reading this article you should already have basic understanding of what SEO is about. If not, you can always refer to our previous post on What is Search Engine Optimization?  

Nature vs Nurture babySEO can be categorised into two sub groups Off page SEO and On page SEO.
This is how I look at Off page and On Page SEO...
The context is pretty much similar to that of a human behavioural psychology theory.
Nature vs Nurture.
How it affects the development of
human or in this case a website.

On Page SEO is similar to "Nature"
while Off Page SEO is similar to "Nurture"

Let me explain further...

Some said that Off page SEO is 30% responsible for the overall SEO process.
In my opinion both On page and Off page are mutually responsible for a site to achieve #1 ranking.

Back to school shopping for text books and pens

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

While folks from certain parts of the world are enjoying their summer vacation at the beach, mine ends this week. :(
Why do Holidays always seem so short?

White Spinach pizza with Garlic Recipes

Last Revised: Friday, July 12, 2013

As usual a little introduction about the food that I am going to cook.
Hmmm... What exactly is a white pizza? 
Is it a must to have white sauce (roux made from butter and flour) as the toppings? 
Even I myself wasn't sure about the real definition of it either..
So I did some extensive research on the variations.
And I found out that the only difference between a red and a white pizza is white doesn't use tomato sauce.
A white pizza can be made simply from only just cheese and herbs. 

Anyway without further ado
Lets start me cooking show! Popeye is hungry!

Healthy White Spinach Pizza 45 min

Homemade pizza dough base from scratch

Last Revised: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Homemade Pizza Dough

Time:1 hour
Been a long long time since I had a decent handmade pizza.
So Today I decided to make one myself!
No. I am not going eat those off-shelf factory frozen pizza.
Most of them taste disgusting in my opinion.

Instead of buying processed food, why not learn how to make your own pizza dough from scratch?

Make your own fresh pizza!

Top Best Free Blogging Platform for Beginners

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I remember when I first started my blogging it was 10 over years ago.
Till this day the blogosphere is still expanding. More and more people are blogging and which is why you are here to start your own!

For me, blog is just like a diary and notebook.
I only write down memories that I choose to remember, express my own personal thoughts, useful information and personal experiences.
Some people like to write about their gloomy life while others may blog about serious news..
Basically, you can write just about anything on a blog.

And if you are searching for a free blogging platform then this article is written for you!

These three, in my opinion, are my top recommended blogging sites for beginners. Best of all is! they are free! and they are much less likely to face the shut down threat.

Singapore Responds To Hail Storm

Last Revised: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Oh yeah we dont have Kapooya Kapooya but we have dropping ice grapes .

Chef Gordon Ramsay accepts Singapore's Hawker Heroes Challenge

Last Revised: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In the early June, a cooking challange was issued to Chef Ramsay by SingTel and a group of well known food bloggers in Singapore.

How did all this happen?
Is actually the result of debates among Singapore food bloggers whether or not if Singapore hawkers are Michelin-worthy?

N95 Masks market price and other things you should know

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Busy scrambling around Singapore looking for a cheap respirator mask?

Surgical Mask
Surgical Mask
Anyway there are a few points Mr Durian expect you to know before getting your self-defense mask.

Hazy Crazy Burning and The Mask. Smokin

Last Revised: Friday, June 21, 2013

For the past few days this tiny island, I am living on, has been enveloped by thick choking smoke.

Due to illegal forest burning on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, Singapore is now covered with haze.
Deforestation in Indonesia
This is not the first time Singapore got hit by the particulate air. 
Earlier this noon the highest PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) record of 266 in 1997 was broken. 
I cant believe it.. Singapore's PSI hits 401! 

Revival of the old pong computer game with adsense

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Good old classic Pong Game

Well how many of you remember playing this classic old game on your green computer screen?  I do.
Yeh! this is the game that kick-start the whole video game industry. 

Casual Card Game Saboteur Fun

Last Revised: Friday, June 14, 2013

Saboteur? Sabotage?

Mr Durian writing a card game review? Are you serious? YES! We played this game throughout the night of my birthday haha and we had great fun!

Yeah. I seldom play games but that doesn't mean I don't play them.. Most games bore me after a while..

But if you are looking for a good casual card game for a group of people, I strongly suggest you getting Saboteur. I got mine from Amazon.
Anyway, this game has been out for quite a while and I have been playing it ever since. Is arguably one of the top rated casual game. Even as a non-gamer, I enjoyed playing this card game very much.

This game revolves around a crew of gold-digging dwarves and the saboteurs.
The good dwarves win when the gold is found . Meanwhile the saboteurs will sabotage the good dwarves from getting to their gold.

Role will be assigned at the start of each round through card picking and will only be disclosed to others when the round ends. Then each players take turns to either lay an action card/path card or discard the card. Each round lasts about 30 minutes or more and each game consist of 3 rounds.

Hoshi Japanese Restaurant at IMM

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

OPERATION: Hoshi Japanese Restaurant (imm)Deployment Area: 2 Jurong East Street 21, #03-01, IMM Building
Operation Time: 11.30 am-10pm (Daily)
Price to Pay:
Adults SGD 33.5+ Children SGD 18.5+ (Price for Buffet)
Adults SGD 38.5+ Children SGD 22.5+ (Dinner on Fri- Sun and Eve of holidays)
Mode of Transport: FREE Shuttle service from Jcube (Route March 15-20 mins)
Other information:

Is durian season. To celebrate Mr Durian's birthday.. (the day he fell from a durian tree)
We decided to have our dinner at Hoshi Japanese Restaurant!

Hot and Steamy Pork Ribs with Soybean Paste

Last Revised: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's Time for another Mr Durian's cooking show.
Today we will be learning how to cook the Steamed Spicy Pork Ribs with Fermented Soybean Paste.
This is one of my "comfort food".. Basically, I can eat this everyday and never get tired of it.

The feelings I have for this dish is like how Taiwanese would crave for their (卤肉饭 lu rou fan) braised pork rice.
Imagine Pork Ribs with Soybean Paste
Mmm~ Let my Imagination run wild 
Sitting on top of the white steamy rice is the rich flavourful spicy cooked meat, covered by a layer of glistening oil. Mmm...The smell - The soybean paste gravy - The umami flavour!
I am already starting to salivate.

Hiring a SEO Firm to write your blog?

Last Revised: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Going to hire a SEO company to rank your blog?
Only SEO
Only SEO word collage
Whether you are building your own personal blog or corporate blog.
Believe me is much more effective to rank your own blog then to hire someone else to write it for you. Take a look around and you'll notice that most successful bloggers write their own blogs.
No one knows about you (your company) better than yourself.

10 commandments to successful SEO

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Oh yeah. This marks the beginning of my blogger SEO guide.

Even if you are not a blogger these 10 golden rules still serve as a basis for you to succeed in optimizing your website.

And if you managed to follow what is being engraved on the stones I created, you are on the right path to White Hat SEO.
Some must be thinking.. Why? Why should I stick with White Hat and not go Black Hat?

Reason is very simple.. Google's search algorithm is always changing for the better. Why?
To wipe out all the black hat spams and low quality sites! Of course!

If you choose to venture into the dark side.. Be prepared to get your ass slapped by some black/white animal someday.

Therefore to create a true everlasting successful website/blog .. My advice is ..
To follow the 10 Commandments!

How to switch or change image in blog post when clicked

Last Revised: Friday, May 24, 2013

Mr Durian is back! woo~
Someone wrote in a comment the other day requesting for a tutorial on How to make the revealing evolving picture in my mini point click game "The Mysterious Letter".
So here I am doing my little coding session again. ~

This should be very easy if you have some knowledge in coding. The code I use down here is straight forward and simple to understand.

But first let me show you another example of what the code does. Click on the picture below and you will see our cute Pikachu evolve. Pika!

Free admission to Singapore museums Starting Today!

Last Revised: Saturday, May 18, 2013

Today is 18 May International Museum Day!
Which means Free entry to Singapore's museum and heritage all year round starts today!

Just earlier March this year an announcement was made in Parliament by our Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Lawrence Wong. Admission to all national museums and heritage institutions will be free for all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.

Peranakan Museum
@ Peranakan Museum
Parliament Singapore

Singaporeans & PRs NDP 2013 ticket online Balloting has started

Last Revised: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Short Post!
Hurry hurry! Online Application for ticket balloting to this year's National Day Parade and preview show (August 3 Sat) has already started.  The application will end on May 20.

Take note: Successful applicant in NDP 2012 will not be qualified for this balloting round. 

This year's theme & Logo.. Many Stories.. One Singapore!
Extracted from

Hopefully I can get this year's tickets. :D
For more information visit
Get your golden tickets now! Get ready to celebrate our nation's 48th Birthday! Good luck! lols.

Malaysia Boleh @ Jurong Point and Black Bak Kut Teh

Last Revised: Sunday, May 12, 2013

This is a black week. If you know what am I referring to..
Anyway Malaysia Boleh!

For your info "Malaysia Boleh" means Malaysia can do it!
This fooding place is at level 3 of Jurong Point Shopping Centre. It has a street style kind of setting.

Perhaps you who loves malaysia's street food and doesnt want to travel all the way to Malayasia..

You can come here just to get your little cravings satisfied.
Is a pity that there are no halal-certified stalls here.

Malaysia Boleh! Shop Front
Malaysia Boleh! Shop Front @ JP

Google Plus + Comments on Blogger Yeah or Ney?

Last Revised: Friday, April 19, 2013

Apart from the revenue you make online.. the most rewarding part of blogging is when your readers comment on your blog.
It indicates that people are reading your blog seriously and they would like to engage with you.

Google has recently launched a new comment system which was just only yesterday...
Now we can integrate Google+ comments to our Blogspot blogs comments..

Yeah... or Nay?

What is SEO? The really basic definition

Last Revised: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I've been talking about SEO on my blog for quite a long time but some are still unsure of what SEO exactly is about..
So for the benefits of those beginners who wants to know more about web page ranking or want to gain more traffics to your blog/site. This is something that you will want to know.

The word "SEO" is an acronym that stands for Search Engine Optimization.  

First let's breakup the words into two segments and understand what each of them means.

Top paying ad networks and alternatives to adsense?

Last Revised: Friday, April 5, 2013

Find out which is the best paid advertising services out there!Open Research Project! Data presented here can be used by anyone but please help us by making your poll too.

Bill Gates Is Giving You $5,000 Share this Photo on Facebook

Last Revised: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hey Durians! good stuff! I am sharing this with your because you deserve it!
Bill Gates is giving out $5,000 to you if you shared this picture on your facebook!

Bill Gates If you click that share link, I will give you $5,000
As some of you may know, I'm Bill Gates. If you click that share link, I will give you $5,000.

Hold your horses!! People! How about reading and sharing the next picture instead!

Ok Google! Google Nose Beta actually works!

Last Revised: Monday, April 1, 2013

Google Nose
Google Nose Beta
Google is testing out their new projects! And is now live on Google~
Check out the latest smell search engine!

Get your free SAFRA Membership Card and NS45 voucher

If you have not seen my previous post
A mysterious letter from Singapore Government? What can it be?You should go take a look at it before reading this..
The answer/walk through of the mini game will be revealed at the bottom section of this post.

A mysterious letter from Singapore Government? What can it be?

Last Revised: Friday, March 29, 2013

Look a letter from the government?
It has got this NS 45 thingy on it..
Call back? Ippt? ICT? Should you open it?


The arrival of the mysterious letter?

What should you do with this letter?
Hint:You should be able to know what is in the letter without leaving this page

Answer: Will be out on my next blog post!

Finally Got my Adsense Account in Asia! Application Approved!

Last Revised: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hey Spidey Can you sense it? Can you sense my happiness?
Just a few days back my blog got approved by Google Adsense.
Have been blogging hard for the past few months for this day to come (And of course I will continue to do so. :D)

For those applicants living in Asian countries such as Singapore would probably understand how I felt waiting anxiously for our accounts to be approved because of the irritating 6 months rule that was implemented by Google adsense few years back.

If you got your Adsense account before they implement this rule Lucky for you.
Now if you are applying Adsense from India, China, Singapore or some other parts of Asia, your running/active site must clock a certain domain age in order to get in.

Although is stated clearly in their site that 6 months is the minimum required criteria. However if your website has high traffic is still plausible to get your account approved in less than 6 months. I got approved in slightly less than 6 months. What I want to say is.. if your site content is unique and start bringing in a good amount traffic you can try out your luck and apply for it. You need not wait for the full six months.

Is difficult but is possible.. Mr Durian has done it so can you!

This is my take if you need to get your adsense account approved in asia..
  1. There is really no other shorter route or  for you to get your adsense account approved
    I noticed that there are people out there who sells adsense account.. Why buy when you can get it approved for free? Besides you dont even know if the seller is reliable and sooner or later  you'll only get yourself banned from adsense. 
  2. Read and follow their guidelines and policies 
  3. Continue working on your site! keep writing!
  4. Get your page indexed in the major search engines 
  5. Learn about Search Engine Optimisation what it does.
  6. Write original content for people to read 
  7. Harness the power of social media.. make your blog known to people
  8. If you really can't wait for the 6 months signup for another advertising service Eg. Nuffnang..
  9. Stop fantasizing! Google Adsense account approval trick within hours is impossible!
    You need to work for it!
The route to making money online can be slow..
If you try, you are one step closer.
If you choose to give up, you are nowhere near.

How to get rid of tension headache without Medicine and Pills

Last Revised: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Just the other day I was helping someone out at Yahoo answers..

Someone posted a similar question to this.. What can I do if I am having a tension headache or migraine?
Yes!  Alot A lot of us have this problem ..
The alot monster from Hyperbole and a Half created by Allie Brosh

Especially when you are a student or a white collar worker.. Someone who has to sit in front of the liquid crystal display and stare at the hypnotic light that it emmitted for hours...
Oh man.. We all know it! We all have experienced that before! It was such a pain in the ass when migraine starts knocking on our head.. I hate it!

What to do During Earth Hour??

Last Revised: Friday, March 22, 2013

Earth Hour What Mr Durian Did..
.Every Hour Is Earth Hour

Homemade Tempeh veggie burgers

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Patties are usually made from ground meat packed together with large amount of salt and seasonings. Sometimes eggs are added in as binder agent to keep the mixture from falling apart.

The grounded mixture will then be shaped into flat round cake for cooking or storage.

In the modern days patties are often served sandwiched between split buns. As fast food companies started incorporating burgers into their menu. It then quickly became a popular global food .

And who knows what junk has gone into making these fast food meat patties.

Perhaps connective tissues and cartilages?

Selected for Nuffnang CPUV Campaign

Last Revised: Friday, March 15, 2013

Oh yeah.. This is a squeal post to Why am I not selected for CPUV Campaign?

Visit the above link if you are still not sure of what are the criteria in enrolling to their CPUV campaign or maybe you've forgotten about our Nufffnang baby member?

Yup he has worked hard and hard work does pay off.. Finally he manage to get into one Campaign yeah... lolz

CPUV Campaigns For Sound@venture
CPUV Campaigns For Sound@venture

Knowing that some of you out there are just like me, still very curious about the required unique visitors figures. Especially if you are an engineer you want quantitative data lol.

What is SEO content writing and its Biggest secret

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Knowledge is Power Content is King
Knowledge is Power Content is King 
The major traffic of a website mostly are from search engines which is why SEO content writing is very important for a web master and blogger.
A rich well-written content article are often the ones that will get more views and shares.

Make blogger blogspot embedded YouTube auto play on start

Last Revised: Sunday, March 10, 2013

Had you read my blog posts you'll realised that I love to embed videos.. a picture speaks a thousand words. A moving picture speaks a whole lot more..
And what's even better a Music Video lol..

Make Chinese chilli paste to Chicken rice Chilli sauce to Belachan

Last Revised: Friday, March 8, 2013

Facing heaven pepper or skyward-pointing chili pepper 指天椒
Facing heaven pepper or skyward-pointing chili pepper 指天椒 

We are running out of chilli again!. Is time to make some chilli dipping sauce.

3rd March Is Girls' Day Its time for Hinamatsuri

Last Revised: Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lolz.. Short post. You must be thinking why am I writing about Japanese Doll Festival or Girls' Day when I am not even a girl.. but whatever...

Since today is March 3 Hinamatsuri
I just want to share with you a Japanese cultural video that I find it interesting and entertaining..

Mushroom Soup Recipe Without Cream

Last Revised: Friday, March 1, 2013

Warning: NO I am not making Chicken Soup for your Soul so this is not a collection of inspirational stories..
However you will be inspired by how Easy it is to make Mushroom Soup for your Creamless Soul

Mushroom Soup For The Soul
Mushroom Soup For The Soul
Just finish my heart warming soup and I am sharing this recipe with your now.
I love to drink soup of all kinds from western chowder to asian herbal soup...

and I believe most of you are too! which is why you are here to find out how to cook your own Mushroom soup..

Stop buying those processed/canned soup they are full of addictives and MSG..
Fresh Swiss Brown Mushrooms
Fresh Swiss Brown Mushrooms
start off your day with a warm and healthy soup made from fresh mushrooms..

What is This Green green Profile Picture About

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Some of you may be wondering why your friends' profile pictures are becoming green on social network platform ..facebook, twitter or may be some others..
This is not some technical glitch.. This is an ongoing protest to show support for the special effect VFX industry.

Talk to your Google Glasses: Ok glass! Google Mr Durian!

Last Revised: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Eye Glasses
Eye Glasses
If you have been following Google closely last year you would have heard about the Project Glass. Yesh they are back and the glasses will be released to the consumers in the last quarter of 2013.
Although I didn't get to try out these glasses but I am already feeling very excited about what these Google glasses can do in the near future.

Ceramic knives the advantages and disadvantages

Last Revised: Friday, February 22, 2013

Ceramic knife IKEA BAGIG
Ceramic knife
Oh yeah.. I finally get to try them out.. the knives I have here are from Ikea
Yup Ikea do sell ceramic knife.. they are much cheaper compared to the high ends one..
In any way they still do the same thing.. which is cutting

So what is ceramic knife?

Nikon 1 J2 the Colour Full

Last Revised: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Who doesn't want to have their wonderful epic moments captured. I do.
Especially when I am a lifestyle blogger

~Pictures of you Pictures of me Hung up on my blog For the world to see~
(This is not Kim Jong Il nor his son looking at things)
This is...
Simon looking at things
Looking at Darth Vader Helmet 
The Grainy Image
The Very Grainy Image 
Some have noticed about the "high resolution" pictures on my blog
Most appear grainy specifically the one on your left :P noisy noisy
Yup They were all taken with camera phones ... pretty sad lah huh.. Cant do much with these images ..

Which is why I need a appropriate camera
However I am hesitant to lug a weighted black camera over my shoulder. (DSLR eeyer orh lulu certainly not for point and shoot) Imagine carrying a block of coal around with you..
It doesn't help in bringing out any character
Hey! We have headphones as fashion accessories so why not a camera!

Play snake on youtube In the year of snake

Last Revised: Sunday, February 10, 2013

新年快乐!Ok I am feeling so bored that I decided to make this post.. on the first day of snake year.
Chinatown Boxy Snake
Chinatown Boxy Snake

Snake is a very old game.. it came out in the 1970s..  became quite popular in the late 90s. you'll know why if you happened to own a Nokia phone in the 90s haha.. aww memories.. and the bounce ball game

Any way now if you feel bored.. you can play snake on youtube. This is me playing snake on the happy new year song I composed..

Youtube Snake
Random stranger: Show me how you play leh??

Mr Durain: Iyah Simple lah.. Just press left and up arrow keys at the same time.. while you watch me rock lo..

Lolz.. Guess I am too bored.. please do not blame me for being so lame..

Traditional Recipe: Asian Pork Oyster Crépinette 客家年菜:酿蚝豉

Last Revised: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Good things 酿蚝豉
Good Stuff 酿蚝豉
蚝豉 (Oyster Crépinette) pronounced as haosi(好事) which can also means "good things" is a Traditional Chinese New Year dish of the Hakka Clan. Since my mum is a hakka chinese she would make this dish for reunion dinner every year.
I can tell you that this dish is not something you'll want to make and eat every day.. reason is.. it requires alot of hard work + time... and not very healthy cause it uses caul fat ..

How to Prepare Caul Fat What is this fatty membrane

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Caul Fat
First! I believe most of you dont know what is Caul fat? They are use for wrapping meat like a sausage wrapper keeping the moisture in while cooking. They usually melts away after frying or baking leaving a silky smooth texture on the outside. This might not be a common cooking ingredient that you'll see in your everyday cooking show. Even if you have seen one you might not know what is it called. Needless to say, which part of the animal did it came from.

Mustafa Centre and Chinese New Year Shopping

Last Revised: Monday, February 4, 2013

Slithering Snake spotted in Chinatown
Slithering Snake spotted in Chinatown

Shopping for CNY Shoes
Shopping for Shoes
Chinese New Year is just around the corner. The year of Snake is coming time to say good bye to the ferocious dragon... but the mood of new year seems to be gradually dying off every year.. wonder if any of your felt the same..

Interesting keyboard Slippers
Interesting keyboard Slippers
Anyway me just went to Mustafa Centre and did my shopping .. and Thanks bro for sponsoring me the top

Normal people like to go china town to get their 年货 (new year goodies) but abnormal people like me like to go Mustafa Centre to shop.. and is great to see more and more Chinese shopping there haha..

They sells all sorts of things... household appliances.. clothes.. food...

who knows maybe you'll find some interesting stuff over there..  --->

Happy shopping people!! at the same time dont forget to do your spring cleaning at home..
Spring Cleaning Looks clean
Spring Cleaning Looks clean?


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