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Tilting teapot- filtering position
This teapot looks weird and wrong but I love it. It reminds me of the one in Beauty and the Beast, except this one actually can make me a cup of tea. Its comic looks actually comes with a functional design.

Tilting teapot- brewing position
When it lies horizontally, it is at brewing position (photo above) – tea leaves are mixed with hot water. When the brewing time is up, I then put the teapot in its tilted position (top photo). The built-in filter inside separates the leaves from the tea (photo below). The tea leaves are kept clear from the tea, so your tea does not stew. Continue reading >>

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Who does not want a good deal, especially for big items like gas and electricity? I recently discovered that UK’s popular price comparison site uSwitch is not that accurate when it comes to domestic gas and electricity. Here are my tips in finding the best deal:

1. ONLY use uSwitch for initial search as it compares prices based on general average consumption pattern. It is not accurate enough.

uSwitch ask you for your post code, current supplier names, current method of payment for the bills, current plan names, your usage in the form of the cost of your last bill for example, how you heat your home (by gas or electricity?) and what you cook with. They then give you a list of companies and tell you how much you will save if you switch. 

However, uSwitch do not analyse how big your property is and nor do they analyse your energy throughout the year. This makes a big difference, especially when your case is not the same as an average household in your area, which uSwitch has assumed you to be in its analysis. e.g In my case I live in a flat but my area is dominated by 4 bedroom family houses. Through calculation, I discovered that uSwitch recommended the wrong plan and provider for me.

Hence I recommend you Continue reading about my tips to find the best gas and electricity supplier>>

Shuffling of Mah Jong could be fun sometimes but it is also noisy and time consuming. Automatic Mah Jong shuffle table was invented a few years ago but the initial version was a little primitive and slow. This version is far quieter, smoother and faster. 2 sets of tiles are needed per table. The first set of tiles are shuffled while the players are using the second set. All the players need to do is to press 2 buttons at the same time (new security feature- just in case one button gets pressed accidentally and messes up the game) to trigger a little platform to move up, push the tiles into the hole and press the buttons again. A set of tiles will be lift ‘delivered’ from the bottom of the table, ready for the 4 players to use. If James Bond ever plays Mah Jong, no doubt that would be his gadget! The technology has evolved to include dice tossing as well.  This means busy bees can fit in even more rounds of games in one go. Fantastic invention!

Glam rock Hello Kitty

Just when cute and innocent Hello Kitty started to get popular in the UK, (they are now sold in trendy Topshop and even Harrods– the famous luxury store!), Japan and Hong Kong, where the cats have been popular for over 30 years, are now celebrating Christmas with the Glam rock version.

Sticking to the original Hello Kitty spirit, they still have no mouth…..

I had to share a room with a close relative (I dare not to say who as she might read this) while we were on holiday. She snores and I am a light sleeper so it was a recipe for disaster. I decided to get many different types of ear plugs to test which one actually worked on me. I know it sounds geeky. But I am sure someone out there might find this information useful as well. Here comes the ear plugs road test results!

There are 3 types of ear plugs currently in the market: foam, silicone (yes, like those used in breast implants, I think!) and wax

Foam
It is designed to be used inside the ear canal. They are generally specified according to the amount of dB it can reduce. It can be as efficient as 34dB. Users are supposed to ‘roll’ them first before putting it in. It took me a whole year to perfect the skill of ‘rolling’. Basically, this involves twisting the ear plug until it gets thinner and more elongated. Then put it straight into the ear canal. The foam expands inside the ear canal and stops the sound from going through.

If you do not complete this procedure properly, the ear plugs will fall out in your sleep as you move around. Some people, especially ladies, have small ear canals. Thus, it could be difficult for them to put the ear plugs in. There are websites like Snorestore which sell smaller ear plugs for ladies.


The pink pair above is called Dreamgirl Earplugs 30dB. The cross indentation in the middle helps the ear plug to reduce in size during the ‘rolling’ process. It fits into small ear canals. Continue reading >>

Hmmm. How can I review a designer orange peeler gadget? I can write I think it’s very clever, very simple and works brilliantly, or I can just show you in a video:

I peel an orange everyday, and after peeling around 100 with the Apostrophe I can certainly say I’d hate to go back to using a regular knife to do it. The only bad thing about it, is it shows up how messy your kitchen is, it’s so small it can hide anywhere!

The Alessi promotional material shows people carving intricate designs into their oranges, I’ve given it a go, and it didn’t really float my boat.

So in summary: good at peeling oranges, as way of decorating your oranges: why would you?!!

By Gerald

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Colours used in winter fashion are generally a bit dull. Sometimes, I spend a while mixing and matching just to make sure that I do not look like I am going to a funeral. (!) 

Not any more! I am very tempted to get the tights shown above, designed by Les Queues de Sardines. They look cute! Simple but with great a sense of humor! They are all screen printed by hand in limited qualities. Continue reading >>

It is getting cold. Are you ready to keep warm?

Installing central heating, improving heat insulation and draft exclusion of your property of course will certainly help you to stay warm. However, it could be costly to start and to run. Instead of turning on the central heating on for the whole house, you can set to heat up the room you are in only. A quick economical solution is to use portable plug-in heaters. You heat up the room you are in that way.

There are so many heaters in the market. It could be hard to choose! To me, an ideal heater should Continue reading >>

This Italian exercise bike by Ciclotte is not one that just sits in the room and remains unnoticed. On the contrary, it is designed to be looked at! And this was exactly what I did when I first walked past it- I stopped and stared. What a curious object! It is a simple ring with 2 bunny ears (handle bars), saddle, pedals and 2 bunny feet (stablisers). It looks like it is going to hop around in any second.

How is it as an exercise bike? Continue reading >>

Everyone needs a pair of wellies.

On a depressing gloomy rainy day,  a nice pair of wellies that complement my outfit can certainly cheer me up.  Have a look at the recent addition to my collection- yellow boots! Instead of avoiding puddles like most ‘grown up’ do, I can jump into them! Instead of wearing any old pair of shoes, or rushing to A to B like most people, I can look good and enjoy my moments in the rain. I am surprised that not that many people do that!

I have a pair of Burberry black short wellies with 2 inche white  heels, white fold down details and side buckles. I love them! They are smart and formal. I even wear them to Client meetings! Who said wellies are only for festivals and in the countryside?!

Hunter, famous British wellymaker, paired up with glamourous shoe designer Jimmy Choo to create a collection of boots in black (photo below, left, taken from Hunter’s official site) and other striking colours like bright yellow and silver.

Wedgewelly created a similar look (photo above, right, photo taken from  Wedgewelly’s official site) at a fraction of the price, and you will look taller in wedges! Continue reading about Wellies >>