Archive for the ‘General Thoughts and Fun Topics’ Category

24 Hours Straight To Raise Money For Charity

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by

I am probably going to be one tired individual after today as I am going to literally be playing video games for 24 hours to try and raise money for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. It sounded like a fun and interesting concept when I was first told about it. At the same time, it’s for a good cause so why not? I never actually done anything like this before either.

If anyone reading this wishes to support the charity I will be playing for you can donate by visiting https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.participant&participantID=105611 . If you actually want to see me go through this marathon, simply visit http://www.twitch.tv/alanjhyu . Just as a bonus, if anyone donates as a result of reading this blog post, please let me know in the message box when you make a donation. Include any other details such as if you also own a site or blog where I can give shout outs to. :D

The Attack On Canada

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

Imagine turning onto the news and looking to see a title saying “Canada Under Attack.” I must say, a lot of confusion was running through my mind.

canada news

As I listened to the reports I started to learn that at a War memorial in Ottawa Canada a masked gunman had shot a Canadian soldier point blank. Of course with all the world news in general about wars this has created heightened security petty much throughout the country. This video seems to be the most prevalent so far.

And here today I thought it would be a normal day where I would do my final entry for the food challenge. This just isn’t the type of stuff you would imagine that would happen in your home country. Kind of puts things in perspective too where usually we worry a lot about things like money and one event like this makes everyone put that on pause. Hope everyone remains safe.

Happy Thanksgiving In Canada

Monday, October 13th, 2014 by

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadian visitors out there. I am fully expecting every supermarket here tomorrow to have things like cranberry related items on deep discounts. I was actually thinking of visiting various grocery places tomorrow too as research for that grocery spending test. Either way, have a great holiday everyone.

My Nephew’s Stolen Nintendo 3DS Story

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by

A few weeks ago I was told that my nephew brought his Nintendo 3DS system to school. Upon arriving home, apparently it was realized that it had either been misplaced or stolen. It was unfortunate too as I know just a few weeks ago his dad bought some digital titles for it too. He actually wasn’t supposed to bring it to school either so as you can imagine it made things worst.

My first suggestion was that maybe they should somehow let the teacher or the parents of the children in the classroom know where if any of them see a child all of a sudden with a gaming system then there is a high chance it’s not theirs. But to my surprise, the first comment I got back was that it was hopeless as people don’t generally care too much if the situation doesn’t involve them. As a result, I was then thinking maybe that is what I should get him for Christmas if no one was willing do anything.

I was told today that he was able to get his system back through a rather interesting scenario. Apparently while in school he noticed that one of his friend was playing a Nintendo 3DS system and his immediate comment was he told his friend “Hey, that looks like the same color as mine.” If anything, it was just a coincident in his mind. I was told too that if you look at the software installed it didn’t have all of the items that he remembered.

Then a short while later the friend goes up to my nephew and gives him the 3DS saying something like he could have it if he wants. My nephew did take it. Upon inspection, apparently the system had all the personal data deleted such as photos. As well, the serial number sticker on the bottom had been tampered with where it’s apparent that whoever took it clearly went out of their way to try and cover up whoever was the original owner of it.

The thing about this situation is you can’t outright say the friend took it even though all the signs may be there and I don’t think parents would want to push the issue. If you were the parent though would you actually go out of your way to really find out if it was the friend that stole it so that you can teach your child how when you have valued items you never know who may try to take it from you?

You may be wondering how this relates to money or finance. In many ways, it’s no different as an adult where I feel one of the biggest factors in losing money is that the sad reality is even people close to us can often do dumb things like steal from you too if they are desperate enough and the situation presents itself. But as a child we are usually only taught that strangers could do such a thing. Kind of makes me wonder why we are always taught to never take candy from a stranger yet we aren’t taught things like this is possible too. Usually it’s only through things like movies or real-life experience where we learn about scenarios like these.

Strange Solutions You Learn In Trying To Be Thrifty

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by

I was recently asked if I knew of any way to get rid of a kitchen cupboard smell that seems like it was from all the glue as a result of it being newly installed. As you can imagine, the smell is so strong that all the dishes that sit in it pretty much has a strong odor afterwards too. As usual I try to find cheap and economical solution for things and in this case it was kind of surprising.

Apparently one thing that people do is use ground up coffee beans as apparently that is a good way to neutralize odors. Upon further reading some people even use it for things like a shoe. With all of the more expensive options you have it sure is awkward when you read things like this. You almost feel silly paying for expensive chemical solutions when you read stuff like this. Being thrifty can sure be educational at the same time.