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A Shopping Guide

To many, there is nothing more exhilarating than the thrill of driving down the open road with the top down, hair blowing in the wind, listening to the sheer roar of engine power. With the increasing popularity of convertibles, many manufacturers have adapted some of their basic sedans and now offer them with a convertible option. The biggest problem that this poses is making the convertible safe to drive, without the strength of the roof struts etc, especially if involved in roll-over accidents, when the roof plays an important part in the rigidity of the body.

Many manufacturers have embraced the problem and come up with innovative safety ideas, including using stronger materials in the body and floor to absorb more of the shock if there is an accident. Some are manufactured with an extra strong frame around the windshield which acts as a kind of safety roll bar. A rear fitted roll bar is also sometimes evident to help protect passengers in the rear of the car.

Many convertibles have extremely innovative and stylish designs with state of the art retractable hard tops, or alternatively can be purchased with traditional soft cloth top versions. What could be more convenient or classy than to turn your cozy sedan into a sporty convertible at the push of a single button? Long gone are the days when it took an entire team an age to struggle to put the roof up just as the rain started, many times the shower had passed by the time you have achieved your mission.

If you are in the market for a new convertible, it is worth doing your homework and checking out the latest designs and safety techniques used. A good shopping guide is to use the Internet, all of this information is available on manufacturers own websites, and whether you are buying a new or a used convertible, you will still find lots of invaluable information to help you make your final decision.

Whether you fancy driving around in a converted Volkswagen Beetle, or you feel that a Mustang is more your style, there is sure to be something which perfectly fits with you and your budget. There really is nothing nicer than to drive around on a beautiful sunny day with the wind in your hair and the air rushing across your face. The whole driving experience just gets a whole heap better.

Laptops Shopping Guide

The decision to buy a new laptop comes with numerous challenges. Technology is always advancing and a machine that might seem dazzling one year can be become obsolete within a few years.

In addition, with the high number of laptops been released into the market, picking one can prove to be an uphill task. A laptop is a prized possession and precisely for this reason, laptops shopping guide can be quite helpful when shopping for one.

1. Mac or a PC

The first thing you need to do is decide whether to buy a Mac or a PC. Both models are good for different things. For instance, a Mac is a smart choice if you want to edit videos, use Photoshop or run simulations while a PC is ideal if you want a computer that is gaming friendly and easy to work with.

2. Touchscreen or Traditional Screen

The decision on whether to buy a traditional or touchscreen laptop can pose numerous challenges. Touchscreens were recently introduced in the market and they have user friendly features.

However, for majority of users not accustomed to touch manipulation, this might not be a smart idea. The price of touchscreen laptops is also higher compared to that of a traditional screen. Your choice should be based on the kind of budget you have and the ease with which you can use the laptop.

3. Convertible or Non-convertible

Decide whether to settle for a convertible or non-convertible laptop. Convertible laptops are ideal for those who want to buy touchscreen laptops as it makes it easy to operate.

Non-convertible laptops on the other hand have a keyboard that cannot be detached easily. Note that currently, convertible laptops are more trendy and in high demand. However, you should settle for one that strikes your fancy.

4. New or Refurbished

Your budget plays an important role in determining whether you settle for a brand new or refurbished laptop. Refurbished laptops are cheaper compared to new ones and they have a limited warranty.

5. Types

Laptops are created differently and you need to find one that meets your needs. You are supposed to look at the computing power, price, entertainment capability and mobility of the laptop before making your purchase.

Some of the laptop options you have to choose from include Ultrabooks, Notebooks, Business laptops, gaming laptops and desktop replacements. Each of these laptops has special features and it is advisable to weigh them all first before making your investment.

This is the only way to increase your chances of buying a laptop that compliments your needs.

Guide to Help With Weight Loss and Lower Blood Sugars

One of the hardest parts of the diet plan for a person with Type 2 diabetes, is knowing just what foods to buy. For years you have known exactly how to shop for your groceries… you didn’t even need to make a shopping list. So you had no idea you would need to look at relearning your shopping skills; that you would need a shopping guide!

All of a sudden you are hearing about low-glycemic (low-GI) foods, and being told to read food labels. You had no idea how many processed and high-glycemic carbohydrates are found in what you thought were innocent foods.

It is usually a good idea to:

  • shop for groceries after you have eaten either a snack or a meal… every little step helps you to chose the “right” foods
  • plan your meals a week ahead
  • make a shopping list and only buy what is on your list

Type 2 diabetics are advised to eat carbohydrates following the low-GI scale. Foods on the low-GI scale offer you wholesome and delicious foods that are readily available and highly satisfying. Low-GI foods generally fit into several categories:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • dairy
  • grains

Grocery Stores:

1. Buy most of your foods from the outside aisles: Grocery stores are usually laid out with certain items that are safe for people with Type 2 diabetes… fresh produce (fruit and vegetables), dairy products, meat and grains… in the outside isles. You will usually find refined foods such as crackers, cookies, cereals, etc., in the inside aisles.

2. Buy low fat protein: Choose chicken or turkey rather than high fat meats such as beef and pork. Skinless, white chicken and turkey breasts are ideal… they contain less calories. Ground turkey is a good substitute for recipes that call for ground beef.

3. Be wary of frozen foods: Frozen foods can be misleading… sometimes packages are marked “lite” and “reduced calorie”… this can be confusing. You will often find these foods contain a high amount of sugar and sodium. Of course, there are some healthy frozen foods… vegetables that are frozen fresh (in other words they have no added sauces), are ideal.

4. Watch out for marketing traps: Remember that food companies are very clever at promoting their products:

  • lite or light does not always mean low fat or low sugar
  • sugar free… this often means sucrose free or contains no table sugar. Other sugars to look for include maltose, fructose, corn syrup and honey. These can even be found in diabetic cookies
  • cholesterol free… a cookie label may say it’s cholesterol free. This means there are no animal fats used in the processing but it doesn’t mean it’s a healthy choice
  • a certain percentage fat-free… when a product claims to be a certain percentage fat-free its referring to the product’s total weight, not the percentage of fat calories per serving
  • dietetic… this means that one or more ingredients have been altered in some fashion. It does not mean there is a reduction in calories

Knowing some of the marketing traps to watch out for will help you choose foods to help you lose weight and have lower blood sugar levels.

Hong Kong’s Best Shopping Guide

A big question on everybody’s mind when they get to Hong Kong: Where should I buy cheap electronics. Now this is a difficult one. People come here expecting to find the latest and greatest, and that at cheap prices. Sad thing is that people often leave here with inferior products and on top of that have been cheated on the price, often paying way more than what the product is worth.

What you should do:

What I have learned over the last couple of years here, is that if you want any electronic items, go to the official stores. Why, you ask me?

1) All the products are official products, with full warranty.

2) They will be honest and tell you if any device is region locked or sim locked, and suggest models that do not have these restrictions.

3) Their prices are LOWER. Yes LOWER than the street shops. Also they will often automatically give you a discount and free gifts (screen protectors, cables, carry cases, etc).

4) You will not waste time haggling and trying to get the model you want. If they have it in stock, you get it. If not, move on to the next store, and try there.

Now where are these official stores, you ask me?

You can check out these stores:

– Broadway – A chain located all around Hong Kong

– Fortress – A chain located all around Hong Kong

– Star House – A lot of electronics stores located in there, including Apple shops

– All official Apple stores

– Sham Shui Po – Even though this seems like a street market, they sell official items at good, decent prices.

– Sino Centre – A good place in Mong Kok for all video game related purchases.