Monday, November 13, 2017

Expedia Silver+ Special amenities Sharing: Luxe Manor Hong Kong



I stayed in Luxe Manor Hong Kong from 2017/11/12-2017/11/13 for only one night. This is unique boutique hotel and the overall experience is "excellent" at this price level.

I am only silver+ member of Expedia, the amenities is limited.
1. 150 HKD voucher for foods and drinks.
2. 15% off foods and drinks.

The 2nd item is not an amenities at all since every hotel guest will have this. At least for me, because I also bought the TOUCH package, which also includes this discount.

As to 150 HKD, in my TOUCH package, I already received 500HKD voucher. I thought this is great value but actually it is not as good as it is. There are only one restaurant FIND and one lounge bar. The foods at FIND is good but over-priced. It is difficult to spend less than 650HKD at FIND. Probably you can only order two main courses and that's all. So, 150HKD does have some values but you may spend more than that amount like I did.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Best-To-Be Childcare Center in Singapore



Finding a good preschool in Singapore is one of the first and most important steps you will need to take for your child. Preschool ages are the most important time for the brain development of your kid and for this reason the preschool you choose should not only provide lots of fun; it should also care, stimulate and encourage to satisfy his or her curiosity.

When looking for a child care or preschool in Singapore, you should look at many aspects like the curriculum, the experience and the qualification of both management and the teachers, teacher-child ratio, environment, teaching material and even the food the preschool provides. 

If you are looking for Singapore preschool and child care, Emile Preschool may just be the right choice. Founded by National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) professors, Dr Ke-Wei Huang and Dr Pei-Wen Tzuo.  Dr Ke-Wei Huang is an NUS professor and holds a PhD in Information Systems. Dr Pei-Wen Tzuo is a former assistant professor on early childhood education at NTU. Emile Preschool uses latest research findings and international best practices to provide one of the best preschool education in Singapore today.

In Emile Preschool, most trustworthy, research-proven discoveries and materials in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, and education are combined into a curriculum which foster children’s abilities in thinking, resolving problems, acquisition of knowledge and building a strong motivation for learning from an early age. The educators in Emile Preschool acknowledge that every child is gifted in a different area and focus to recognize, develop and nurture the strengths and talents of the children.

The preschool also recognizes that the environment is the 3rd teacher and provides a high quality and orderly environment where reputable and high-quality learning material is used such as National Geography Kids and Oxford Reading Trees.

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) teaching principles adopted in Emile Preschool is designed to integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and the art of design in education. It is usually believed that exposure to STEAM subjects from an early age would help to build various thinking skills and lay a strong academic and intellectual foundation. 

Emile Preschool offers Playgroup, Nursery 1, Nursery 2, Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2 programmes starting from 18 months old to 6 years old. Curriculum includes English Language and Literacy, Chinese Language and Literacy, Speech and Drama, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), Drawing, Painting, Arts and Crafts, Music and Movement, Gymnastics and Thematic Activities. All programmes have a low teacher-child ratio to ensure children get quality care and attention. The preschool aims to increase the confidence and skills in speech and presentation are nurtured and strengthened since young

All these programmes and curriculum is designed to nurture the minds of young ones. Emile Preschool also puts emphasizes of physical nurturing so provides best quality and healthy meals. Various well-balanced meals approved by a professional nutritionist for the children are provided to help them thrive and grow. All organic vegetables and other products are provided from safe and reputable sources. The preschool has utmost care on details like only a paediatrician-recommended shower cleanser soap that is paraben- and phthalate-free is used.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Experience from Like4Like.org

The objective of this site is very similar AddMeFast.com. There are pros and cons after I tried this site. In short, I still likeAddMeFast.com much better than this site.

Pros:
1. AddMeFast has problems in several SNS features. There are very few FB likes on my Fan page, very few Pinterest repins, and no Google shares. Like4Like.org can provide me these 3 audience.

2. It seems technically, this site is slightly better than AddMeFast.com, I mean a bit faster and more stable.

Cons:
1. Like4Like.org make it more difficult to use bot to click. Also, it makes it more difficult for human being to click too. On AddMeFast.com, we can easily use iMacro to automate a lot of things.
2. More expensive in the sense that very few free points given out everyday.
3. Also, Like4Like.org is quite expensive for users to spend credits on SNS actions.
4. The worst thing I cannot tolerate is somehow there are still bots on this site. For example, I use my credits mostly on Google share because that is my weakness and not available on ViralContentBuzz and AddMeFast. However, half of the points are taken by fake accounts that share my Google article and delete it immediately. As a a result, my credits are spent and I gained nothing...Hopefully Like4Like.org can find a solution of this problem.

Also, a very important caveat is: Facebook is very strict in removing artificial likes. I have 300 likes on my Facebook business page and then very soon it drops to 70.  At first, I thought it is also the bad users on these two sites. But because it happens several times and it drops sharply. So after I google, I found that is Facebook's algorithm. Anyone knows how to work around Facebook's algorithm to get artificial likes by any method?

Friday, January 22, 2016

First Day Experience about AddMeFast.com

Roughly speaking, AddMeFast.com's usage is almost the same as ViralContentBuzz.com. However, AddMeFast covers more SNS sites and more SNS actions. For example, you can get  points by share, like, follow an account on Facebook. At the same time, you also get points by sharing or like posts on Facebook. On ViralContentBuzz, only sharing is covered. Also, it seems there are many users on AddMeFast.com. As a result, my first day's experience shows that AMF is much better than VCB. The number of likes/shares/followers and whatsever are 100 times more than what I can get on VCB. Since both are free (freemium), I will use both in the future.

In short, AddMeFast.com is much more recommended than VCB.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Two Social Sharing Sites

ViralConentBuzz is a website that facilitate the users to help each other share articles via Social Networking Sites. I have started to use this site for about one month. It seems the marketing of this site on the Internet is very successful. So originally I have high expectation about this site. After trying it for one month, I would recommend this site even it does not help me much so far.

First of all, it is quite user-friendly and easy to use. The idea is also simple, you need to share other user's articles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Stumbleupon to earn credits. After you accumulate enough credits, you can spend on your own articles to ask other users to share your articles on those SNS platform.

There are several good things about this site.
(1) The best thing is that the service is 100% free.

(2) They also have a moderating process; they actually have a person to go through the article that you want to share and they may reject it!!! I get rejected several times because (a) not enough contents on one page (b) the page must be an article, they don't share non-article page, (c) once I got rejected also because I used Clicksor ads with pop-under.

(3) Because of the moderating process, some articles for you to share are really interesting and thus when you share on your own page, it can more or less help attract some followers.

(4) I believe the number of shares on each site can still increase the authority and has few SEO benefits on each page.

The number one disadvantage about this site is somehow even there are quite a number of people (maybe like 20+) shared my pages across all 4 platforms, very limited traffic was generated (I believe less than 30 visitors). It could be most of the profiles are not the real person's own profile, and some users just share like spam messages, and thus the performance is poor.

Today, I started to sign up another similar service http://addmefast.com/. This time I do not have that high expectation. But hopefully it can still promote my site a bit. My experience will be shared later.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Experience from Fiverr --- Episode 2: writing 2 articles for $5

I bought two gigs that are almost identical. Both have around 250 reviews. One has close to 5 ratings and the other has about 4.8 ratings. Both gigs claim to help me write two articles for $5 in 2-3 days.

In the end, the 5 ratings gig is perfect. He replied right after I submitted my order to confirm this transaction. He did deliver on time. These two articles are quite good and better than my expectation. I will definitely buy again. I happily gave him all 5 star ratings.

The other one is an extreme case. After I submitted my transaction, she never replied. So after the deadline, Fiverr allows me to cancel the order with one click and Fiverr gives her default rating 1 start with default comment. Actually I saw that kind of negative comment before I submitted my transaction.

Now I learned two things: I found one good writer to help me. Also, for negative comments not delivered on time, that is created by default Fiverr program. We should pay attention to avoid this kind of gig. But the good thing is the refund progress at Fiverr is really simple and smooth... although Paypal deducted my 0.5 fee.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

My Experience with Fiverr --- Episode 1

Fiverr is an interesting site to hire someone to do various things for you at $5. There are many attractive deals about SEO. After reading some blog articles about it, I still decided to experiment some of it.

Social Marketing: SNS Shouting to X million Followers

My first trial is about its social marketing section, there are so many sellers claim that they have millions of followers on various SNS site. I picked one with very high rating and also top level seller.
After I paid, he immediately replied and the service started the next day. However, the traffic to my site are clearly bots with 100% bounce rate; those fake users only visited the my home page and left immediately. Those traffic are roughly 50% from Facebook and 50% from Twitter and the source location is mostly in USA, but also including those from other countries. I asked for refund after 1-2 days. The seller pretends to ask dumb question. I asked for refund at Fiverr.com directly. It seems the seller replies YES/Agree very fast and I got my $5 dollor back. But because I paid by Paypal, it seems my 0.5 processing fee is not refunded? In short, this experiment teaches me all these kinds of gigs are probably scams.

I am not sure when the seller claims they have tens of thousands of followers, will it be true? But I also tried ViralContentBuzz.com, which is a real deal.  On that site, even a user with 5000 (irrelevant) followers really shout for me, the benefit is very very limited; probably only 1-2 visitors will be generated.

Keyword Reseach

The second trial is about keyword research. Some blogs suggested this is one type of service that worthes and money. I picked one seller with high rating and top level. He replied fast and delivered on time. In the report, there are close to 2000 keywords related to my site. Also, there are several columns about the comeptiveness of each keyword. That is expressed in an easy-to-understand way. There are also PPC information. I would say the seller did his job. But this is a bit different from what I thought in two ways. I was expecting something like https://www.semrush.com/. Also, although there are 2000 keywords, but they centered around few themes. In the end, I would say the seller deliver something promised in the ads but it is not as useful as I expected and it does not worth my $5. I gave him a high rating still but I won't come back again for that service even for my other new sites.

In conclusion, I will try more gigs at Fiverr in the near future and post my experience. Hopefully some will be more useful. Also, I hope Fiverr can provide the statistics about refund rate of each gig to stop those scams...