Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category


VOIP and The Promise of Free Calls

Saturday, July 4th, 2009 No Comments
Over the last several years I have been an active user of internet based phone services. Skype, Google Voice, Voice chat through Yahoo IM etc.  are the ones I have been using most frequently. There is no doubt that the ability to make calls over the Internet (free or at a low cost) has far reaching, powerful implications but these services (like most new technologies) have their share of challenges.  Here are some of my experiences with these services over ...

Cel Cab: Taxi Service in India

Friday, March 6th, 2009 1 Comment
I used the Cel Cab Taxi service in India recently and I must admit I was impressed. Here is how it works. You call up a number and tell them when you want a cab and where you need to go. They get your address and phone number. It is as simple as that. A few minutes (say about 20 minutes) before the arrival of the taxi you receive an SMS giving you the Taxi's ETA (estimated time of arrival). The ...

Is Singapore Airlines Getting Complacent?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 No Comments
I have lost count of the number of times I have flown Singapore Airlines. Many Indian expatriates living in the US (especially those on the West Coast) almost always fly via Singapore Airlines to India. The Airline has been known for its great customer service among other things. I don't consider myself as a "picky" traveler, yet I found enough issues to "blog" about Singapore Airlines. At the San Francisco airport, the ticket agents rather rudely ask you to weigh your cabin ...

Challenger School: Myths, Pros and Cons

Friday, June 13th, 2008 132 Comments
I was scouting the web for thoughts from other parents about the Challenger school system and I was surprised not to find any posts whatsoever on this topic. Schools are discussed so often in social circles so I was expecting to find at least one parent who would take the time to share their experiences. (Ok, for now, let us blame it on Google's poor search technology). I have had the opportunity to get familiar with the Challenger ...

Ten Tips To Be Better Prepared For Life-threatening Emergencies

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 2 Comments
10. Make sure you and your spouse share phone numbers of close family members and friends in your cell phone contact list. 09. It is a good idea to enable both your cell phones to make international calls especially if you have immediate relatives overseas. This service is turned off by default on most phones in the US. 08. When you go to the emergency room there is no needs to take clothes along because if you are admitted they'll ...

Hunan Chili in Mountain View

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 1 Comment
I have visited Hunan Chilli restaurant on Castro Street in Mountain View several times in the past. The most recent visit seemed no different until the day after. I was hit by food poisoning (or possibly a stomach flu). The net result was that I ended up with non-stop vomiting for an entire day! Never ever experienced anything like this ever before. Everything I ate or drank came right out. It was a dreadful experience.In general, I have liked the ...

Technology in the Skies: Airline Uses Linux

Monday, February 4th, 2008 No Comments
Singapore Airlines is now flying some new aircrafts in the SFO-Singapore sector. These aircrafts appear to be a a little more spacious and better designed. For instance, the acrobatics needed to shut the bathroom doors has been reduced significantly. At the back of the aircraft the staff has a U-shaped area where they can hang out and chit-chat with their colleagues without having to get in the way of passengers hurrying to the toilet. The passage way and the ...

New Terminal (T3) at Singapore Airport Rocks!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 No Comments
Singapore has recently added a new terminal (Terminal 3 or T3) at its Changi Airport. And boy its impressive! Its huge, grand and in keeping with the current trends "very green" with plenty of plants and natural light (and not to mention waterfalls!). It feels a lot like being in a newly built 5-star hotel.In general, I have found the Singapore airport to be very traveler friendly with plenty of information booths all over the airport. At T3, the Singapore ...

Dubai vs Singapore Stopover

Friday, January 11th, 2008 No Comments
If you had an option to chose between a 4+ hour stopover in Singapore or a similar stopover in Dubai which one would you pick? Without a doubt, I would recommend Singapore.In Dubai you are stuck in the airport, while Singapore lets you take a visa (free of charge) provided you show the boarding pass of the connection flight (and are an American green card holder). Dubai authorities on the other hand expect you to stay couped up in ...

Free Rice: Improve your vocabulary while you help the hungry!

Monday, December 3rd, 2007 No Comments
Here is an innovative use of the Internet. Visit this site to improve your English vocabulary. Thanks to sponsors every time you answer the meaning of word correctly, the site donates 20 grains of rice to the UN. Cool idea!