Guide to Transporting Your Pet

~ Posted on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 10:33 AM ~

Planning to move house across the country and you want to know how to prepare your furry friend for the move?  Pets are family and moving with them across the country can be an adventure.  How well they transition during the moving experience is extremely important. Moving long distance requires a lot of thought and planning, not just for your belongings, but for the well being of all family members.

As pets have an instinctive fear of new environment, pet owners want to help them adjust quickly. Pre-planning for the transfer of your pet, as well as for your household goods, should start as soon as you know you are going to move.  A long distance move can be a stressful time for anyone, pets included. If you are moving to a new city or state, you are likely to be worried about your pet's wellbeing. Do not let this cause additional stress.

Do scroll down for some tips on moving with our pet safely and make it an enjoyable experience.

 

Laws and regulations

Be sure you understand all rules and regulations related to animals for your new state, city, apartment complex, etc.  Health certificate from a veterinarian is required in several states as well as up-to-date vaccinations.  Certain breed is ban too so you will need to be aware of that. Exotic pets, reptiles and rodents may have additional requirements.

 

Schedule a vet visit

Bring your pets to the veterinarian for a general health checkup and to get the necessary documentation, vaccinations or medication.  Ask your vet for recommendations for a peaceful travel if your pet gets motion sickness or extreme anxiety in the car.

 

Ground Transportation for Pets

If you are unable to drive your pet to your new home on your moving day, you can use a ground transportation service. This service is typically more expensive than the other options but you can expect your animal family member to receive top-quality care and attention.

 

Choosing the right moving service

When there are pets involved, it is important to think about the moving service you use. Depending on the service you choose, your furry member may travel alone or with animals. All ground transportation services offer a fast and safe ride.  Finding the right shipping company for moving your pet should not be difficult with Shiply, an online shipping platform.  Shiply has a range of rated pet transport services that can send personalized quotes for your job and allows you to make comparison in one place.

To choose the best ground transportation for moving with pets across country, remember to find out if the companies provide insurance or you will need to purchase it, ensure that the business is properly licensed, and do research the company online.

 

The Cost Of Pet Transport

The cost of moving your pet can are based on a variety of factors such as distance, pet size, timing,  location for pick-up and delivery as well as the time of the year. These services can be costly, but if a pet is a cherished part of your family, no effort or expense should be spared to ensure that your pet is comfortable and safely transported to your new home.

How to Clean Your Electric Bicycle

~ Posted on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 2:47 PM ~

Electric Bicycle

How to Clean Your Electric Bicycle

During the current pandemic, it is crucial to maintain clean and healthy environments. You wash your hands and sanitize your home, but how often do you think about cleaning electric bikes? COVID-19 is a mysterious illness, but the one thing that remains consistent is that regular washing can prevent infection. Therefore, to limit the risk of bicycle contamination, consider washing your bicycle. The process is straightforward, but it does require some equipment and caution.

 

Equipment and Tool Needs

Before you dive into cleaning your bike, make sure you have all the necessary tools. When washing a women electric bike or a men's bicycle, you will need at least eight items.


1.    Dish soap

2.    Sponges

3.    Shop rags

4.    Garden hose

5.    Two buckets

6.    Scrub brushes

7.    Bottle brushes

8.    Soft, square head brush

Beyond the above tools, you may find the addition of a bike stand, chain keeper and degreaser useful. The stand is especially helpful, but it is also expensive, so you can make do without.


The 3 Don'ts

Whether you ride some of the best electric tricycles for adults or depend on an affordable hybrid, there are certain practices that you should not use or rely on when washing your bike. First, do not use abrasive sponges or brushes on your frame because they will scratch the finish, which can result in rust. Second, do not mix rags, buckets or tools. Using the same rag you used on your drivetrain will only cover the frame in grease. Finally, as tempting as it is to use a pressure washer to speed up the cleaning process, do not. High-pressure systems can force water and debris into your bikes bearing and sensitive components, which will lead to degradation.


The Process

Now that you have all the tools ready, it is time to dive into the washing of your bicycle. The process involves three distinct steps, and depending on your experience, you may finish washing your bike in about 15 to 30 minutes.
1.    Setup: Before you can start washing your bike, you first need to fill your two buckets with soap and water. Make sure to add a generous amount of soap. You will then need to mount your bike to the optional stand or find a way to prop the bike up for the wash. Then, remove the wheels and use the chain keeper to maintain tension. Finally, lay out your tools near you for easy access.
2.    Wash: To wash the bike, you want to focus on four sections: the chain, drivetrain, frame and wheels. It is best to use a degreaser on the chain, spraying it and letting it sit for ten minutes before rinsing. Then, use the first bucket of water and a stiff-bristled brush to clean the drivetrain. Finally, use a soft sponge to thoroughly coat the frame and wheels with the soap mixture from the second bucket. Get every nook before rinsing.
3.    Finish: To finish the wash, dry everything, and reattach all components. Also, lube the chains and give it a few cranks to ensure it is working.
Cleaning your bike, like cleaning everything else in the current pandemic, is crucial. If you would like more information about washing or sanitizing your bike, contact a local shop.

Reading Changes Everything...

~ Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:56 PM ~

I've been so so so busy with my family... you see,  yours truly have given birth to her 5th kiddo (recently turned 4 months old!) and I'm now slowly getting back into the swing of my old self so for my regular fans who have not been reading much updates on my blog here, do check out my Facebook page as I'm still very much active there as it is easier to just share interesting articles on FB.

Every now and then I do order take-away foods especially when I'm just too overwhelmed and caught up with my work as I need to help hubby in the administration side of the business since Nov 2018 when our admin staff broke her arm and is currently on long medical leave. Anyway, I was really surprised when we received free books in our Happy Meal order early this year.

Turns out McDonald’s is using its Scale for Good approach to instil a passion for reading and to provide a moment of closeness for families. How nice is that?! I think this idea is so cool and beneficial and I'm very happy to know the books we got for free was authored by Cressida Cowell, who is well known for her bestselling ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ books.

Happy Meal Readers Programme

As we live in Malaysia, I think it is cool to know that the books are available in both English and Bahasa Malaysia which caters specifically for the Malaysian market. I like that each book comes with a fun fact page about the dinosaur featured in the book.

Happy Meal Readers Programme

For those tech-savvy parents, there are also digital versions of the books which you can find through the Happy Studio app that can be downloaded on both the Google Play Store and Apple Store. My 2 older kiddos (between 7 to 10 years old) seems to prefer the app and enjoyed playing the games and activities in the app.

I believe that reading changes my children's lives positively, that knowledge is key and never harm anyone if we read up more and know more. Every time I stumbled into books that are age-appropriate for my kiddos, I snapped them up and am very encouraged to see my kiddos getting all excited to read the new books in our collection. If the books are a bit advanced for any of my kiddo, I will either read together with them or read aloud before their bedtime. That way, they get to hear the right pronunciation and the way sentences sound as we read along.

I remembered reading an article on what reading aloud to your children does to their brain. Excerpt from article below:

"When parents read to their children the difference shows in children's behaviour and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activity. The researchers saw that, when the young children were being told a story, a number of regions in the left part of the brain became active. These are the areas involved in understanding the meaning of words and concepts and also in memory. These same brain regions have been found to be active when older children listen to stories or read. 

The brain develops rapidly from zero to six years of age, and the more exposure, the more you enrich and nurture these brain networks that are related to social and academic ability, the more the kid will gain the future."

Happy Meal Readers Programme

There are benefits of parents reading to their children beyond the child's performance, too. "It's one of the most pleasurable activities that you do with your child -- there's physical closeness but it's probably the most unhurried time that children have with their parent and it is focused on them."

Reading helps in spelling, grammar and pronunciation, the benefits multiplied many times more if we as parents are there to guide our children as they read along. Even our 4th kiddo learns by observing his elder brother and sisters reading most of the time and tried to emulate them as well.

Although he is just 2 years old, that does not mean we should stop him from reading. At this age, what I usually do is teach him about colours, shapes, naming of objects, anything interesting for his age right now. It is up to our creativity to know how to make use of the reading materials in our kiddos' lives.

Happy Meal Readers Programme

As McDonald’s will be releasing one book every month throughout the year 2019, please don't miss out on these books since they come free with the Happy Meal. We have this poster of Dr. Seuss's quote which said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.


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