3 Tips for Building Your Own Sauna

Tuesday 7 July 2015 @ 8:41 am

A personal sauna can be an amazing investment. Not only will it relax you after a long day at the office, but you’ll also be able to enjoy all the physical and psychological benefits of a steam room without having to make a trip to the spa. A personal sauna can even increase the property value of your home!

But what if you’ve never built something like this before? What should you know before you start laying the bricks? Here are just three tips for building your own sauna.

1. Budget, Budget, Budget

Pricing is a very important concern as you build your own stream room. It doesn’t have to break the bank, but you’ll need to be careful not to spend excessively and leave yourself without the money you need to build a safe and effective steam room. You’ll also want to practice self-discipline when it comes to unnecessary upgrades and add-ons! Draft a budget and stick to it for the duration of your project.

2. Know What You’re Doing

You’ll need to do more than just watch a how-to video on YouTube. You should have a keen understanding of all the parts, tools and labor requirements of the job before you build, so start researching several months before you actually take a hammer to anything. Learn about the tools of the trade. Research steam sauna parts and their functions.

3. Consult the Experts

There’s no shame in talking to the professionals if you aren’t 100 percent sure of what you’re doing. In fact, it’s the most prudent move you can make. A fully functional personal sauna has a lot of intricacies and complexities, so if you want to make sure it’s completely operational for years to come, it’s worth getting the advice of the experts.

These are just a few things to keep in mind as you build your own sauna. It’s definitely an investment worth making, but like all things, it should only be done with a plan. A little research today can save you a lot of headache tomorrow!





Virtual Piano Keyboards

Thursday 18 June 2015 @ 8:11 am

pianoIf you like to play the piano for fun but do not have a piano at home, you can try virtual piano keyboards. Here are some free online or Virtual Piano Keyboards you can practice on or just for fun.

Kids will enjoy these virtual pianos. Adults who love to play the piano but never had the chance to learn as a kid may like them too!

Virtual Keyboard Here is a nice virtual keyboard from BGfl.org. Apart from the virtual piano keyboard, you can toggle between organ, saxophone, flute, strings, guitar, steel drums etc.

Virtual Piano Keyboard This Virtual Piano Keyboard from Zebra Keys is great for practicing because it includes the name of the keys including sharps and flats. It will help you to memorize the keys on the piano keyboard. I like it because you can play both with the  mouse and the computer keyboard.

Flash Piano This Flash Piano from Behind the Music.com is another great virtual piano keyboard for practicing scales. You can use the mouse or the keyboard. It is up to you. You can also choose to show the key names but once you have mastered them, you can play a tune that you like.

Virtual Keyboard Game This virtual piano keyboard is a game with music demo as well as short lesson to teach you to play several pre-arranged tunes.





Which Is Better – iHelicopter or RC Helicopter?

Wednesday 17 June 2015 @ 9:54 am

iHelicopter or RC Helicopter?

ihelicopter

 

 

Recently I won an iHelicopter in a contest. The iHelicopter does not have a remote control. Instead it uses the iPhone, iPod or iPad as the remote control for the Helicopter. In addition, the iHelicopter uses gyro technology and can be flown using the motion control of the iPhone. Instead of maneuvering a remote control, all you have to do is to tilt your phone forwards, backwards, left and right.

Some models of the iHelicopter can be used on Android phones too. They all have their own apps which can be downloaded for free either on the App Store on Apples iTunes Store or on Google Play store for Android phones.

The iHelicopter that I won is from Happy Cow. It is a 3 channel helicopter for flying indoors. I have placed the iHelicopter next to my computer keyboard and mouse so you can visualize the actual size.

I Won A Gyro i-Helicopter Controlled By The iPhone, iPad or iPod

We Crashed Several Old RC Helicopters In The Past So We Were Happy To Win The Mission Impossible iHelicopter In A Contest

A few months ago, I bought the DVD of the Mission Impossible Movie Ghost Protocol. In it, was a little contest form. I saw that the 2nd prize included an i-helicopter so I sent the contest form in to the organizer. All I had to do was answer a question from the movie. I didn’t think that I would win but since it only costs me mailing cost for the letter, I decided that it was worth a try.

To my surprise, I won 2nd prize. I won a limited edition Ghost Protocol T-Shirt, 2 messenger bags, 3 note books and the i-Helicopter. What a thrill.

My husband who loves RC helicopter was happy too since we had crashed our two previous RC Helicopters.

RC Helicopter And Now iHelicopter Lovers – The iHelicopter Is A Fun New Way To Play The RC Helicopter But With An iPhone Or Android Phone App As A Control

My husband loves RC Helicopters. We had two before this one. We bought it for the kids but were keen to play with it ourselves. Our previous helicopters were remote controlled ones. One was an indoor remote controlled helicopter while the other could be used for outdoors.

Unfortunately, we’re not very good at flying the RC copters. The indoor one kept on diving into walls and ceilings and eventually its blade broke. We didn’t have the heart to throw it away so it sat on the shelf collecting dust and finally we discarded it.

The second RC helicopter we had was slightly better. It was an outdoor one so we didn’t have to worry about crashing into walls or ceilings. However, it crashed into trees and dropped into drains and soon that was discarded too.

This i-helicopter is our third one.

The Difference Between The iHelicopter and The RC Helicopter

The i-Helicopter is our third helicopter. We decided to give it a test flight before showing it to the kids. As before, we crashed into ceilings and walls and by the time we got the kids to have a look at it after giving it a second charge, it could only sit on the floor turning around and around. Unfortunately, we had damaged one of its motors during its maiden flight.

With a tweezer and some tweaks later we were finally able to fly it after a few more tries. The kids were quite thrilled with the lights on the helicopter. They switched off all the lights in the house so they can admire it better. At one point, the man had to fly the helicopter manually with his hands but after a few tweaks it can fly now and the kids managed to control it. However we have yet to feel any satisfaction from flying it.

I guess it is not the helicopter’s fault but rather from our poor piloting. We need more practice. I am glad the i-helicopter came with spare rotors in case we damage them during flight.

To me, there really isn’t much of a difference between i-helicopters and RC Helicopters.

Both have long charge times and short flight times. Both can be hard to control if you are not experienced users. Both have small parts that can damage easily upon hard impact.

However, the iHelicopter has an edge over the RC helicopter because it can be controlled by motion using gyro technology. It uses the iPhone as controls (all you have to do is plug on the transmitter) so its fun and easy and charging of both the helicopter and the transmitter is through a usb cable.

I like the rc helicopters that looks like a ufo flying ball because it protects the rotor blades. If you fly enough remote control helicopters you will realize that when the rotor blade goes, so does you helicopter so it is important to get strong, sturdy ones.

In real life, I think you will need lots of practice to fly an rc or iHelicopter really well. Younger children or even teens may require the supervision of an adult.

Verdict Or Conclusion About The iHelicopter

We Have Yet To Fly Our Helicopter Satisfactorily

I feel that the i-Helicopter is a big boy’s toy. It will make a good Christmas or birthday present for a big boy. Kids will need supervision to fly. Do expect crashes and difficulty in maneuvering and parts breaking and lots of frustration as well. This will happen unless you are an experienced flyer. They always make it look so good and easy to fly in demos. In my experience, learning to control the iHelicopter takes time and practice. I wish it would hover in the air so I can fly it forwards and back, left and right but it never does that, it seems to have a mind of its own.

My husband loves RC Helicopters and now the iHelicopter. The kids do too but it is too hard for them to control. This is the same whether you are using i-helicoptersor RC Helicopters. You need flying experience before you can control one really well. We haven’t gained enough flight experience yet and it is hard to do that on long charge times and short flight times. When you can’t control your helicopter properly, you will crash it causing damage to the parts. However, I like it that you can use the usb cable to charge up the transmitter and helicopter. The motion control is another extra if you can learn to use it well. I haven’t at this point of writing.

I think I’ll stick to RC Cars. They last a lot longer. Now they even have iPhone Controlled Cars as well.





A Perpetual Calendar Gift For Geeks

Tuesday 16 June 2015 @ 2:49 pm

I am a geek who loves gadgets and funny toys. That is why I spend a lot of time searching for just the right one. I love having gadgets around me. The more unique it is the happier I am. That is why I love this 3D Lego Jigsaw Puzzle Perpetual Calendar . You get to tear it apart and build it again each month. The fact that it is also a usb hub is a bonus. This makes it a truly awesome gift for a geek.

It’s environmental friendly too. No paper is wasted printing this calendar. Paper calendars last only for a year but you can reuse this Lego calendar year after year. That is truly awesome. This fun perpetual calendar for geeks is excellent as a gift for the geek in your life. Teenagers, guys who love gadgets or even a woman geek like me.

I love the little icons that come with it too. Icons that depict sunny days or rainy days, a happy occasion in the form of a birthday cake or the little barbells to remind the geek to exercise and not just sit behind their desks. This one should be a good gift for a geek for birthdays, Christmas and all year round. You don’t have to give this calendar only at the year end of at the beginning of the year since this DIY Lego calendar has no expiry date. It lasts a lifetime.

Besides this usb calendar, there are several other styles you can choose from. I like the more feminine Lego Friends Brick Calendar. They are not only for little girls. Even big girls like sweet stuff like that.

This DIY Puzzle calendar comes with instructions on several ways to build it but the challenge is how you can build it using your own style and still get it to show the correct days and weeks for each month.

 

Here are more fun DIY lego building block perpetual calendars for geeky boys, girls, men or women. There is something for every age. The generic table calendar is more suitable if you prefer something that does not look too childish. However, as a woman of almost 50, I can tell you that ‘childish’ is subjective. I wouldn’t mind having the Lego Friends calendar as a gift compared to the generic table calendar. I like the mini trees and garden gate that comes with it. It reminds me of my childhood days and all the fun I had playing with building blocks. Building blocks give everlasting fun and joy, just like these Lego brick calendars.

Here is a video showing you how to build a Lego Friends Brick Calendar. This calendar is not just a good gift for a young girl, it also makes a great gift for a geek teenage girl or a surprisingly unique gift for a geek and proud of it woman.

I love how this calendar is environmental friendly and lasts forever.

The Lego Brick Calendar comes with two figurines. You can rebuild this perpetual calendar every month using the 31 number bricks, 7 days and 12 months building blocks.

DIY Lego Building Block Calendars Are Everlasting. They are unique and fun for everyone.





First Smartphone For A Teen The Samsung Galaxy J1 Malaysia

Tuesday 2 June 2015 @ 4:22 pm

Is your teen or preteen hankering you for a first smartphone? Don’t know what to buy?

What’s a good first smartphone for a teen? We decided that it would be The Samsung Galaxy J1

If you are wondering what is the price of the Samsung Galaxy J1 in Malaysia? The price is around RM500.

It has all the basic features of a first smartphone a teen needs. It also has the function of being able to take selfies with a palm gesture instead of hitting the button on the screen which is really a plus point for most teens. You can post any way you want with as many friends you want, hold up the phone and then put your palm out in a stop gesture in front of the phone and the camera automatically snaps a picture without you having to touch the screen physically. This means that you don’t need one of those extendable selfie monopods to take a group selfie. I think this feature alone wins the hearts of most teens and anyone else who likes to take selfies.

Apart from that you get internet access, whatsapp and more. Between Maxis plans and Digi prepaid plans, we chose Digi because we didn’t think our teen would require that much of talk time so we wanted something that would be able to last for a year. She does not have a data plan. Only wifi but that is good enough.

The Samsung Galaxy J1 Specifications

  • Dispsamsung-galaxy-j1-lay : 4.3″
  • CPU : Dual-Core 1.2GHz
  • Memory : 512MB RAM
  • Internal Storage : 4GB ROM
  • Memory Card Slot : up to 128GB
  • Camera : Rear 5MP; Front 2MP
  • Dual SIM

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