With Joy, With Best Wishes and With Love,
Thursday, July 30, 2009
With Joy, With Best Wishes and With Love,
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Vinegar has been used in folk remedies since ancient times. In recent years, research has suggested that acetic acid, the organic chemical in vinegar which gives it its sour taste, can help control blood pressure and blood sugar.
The Japanese researchers, led by DR Tomoo Kondo from the Central Research Institute of the Mizkan group Corporation, found that vinegar could influence genes linked to fatty acid oxidation and heat-generating (energy-burning) proteins.
They fed mice a high-fat diet. One group of mice was given vinegar through a stomach tube. Another group was given a lower dose – vinegar diluted with water – and a third group was not given vinegar.
The experiment showed that all the vinegar-fed mice developed a lot less body fat (up to 10% less) than mice which did not receive the vinegar compound. The amount of food eaten by the mice was not affected.
The research suggests that vinegar might help a person lose weight or fight obesity. The findings were published in the Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry this week.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Although we have heard this refrain many times before over the past few years, we are very certain that this time around it is going to be for real. I feel that we have done all we can to walk them as far as we could walk them, allowing them to be gainfully employed these past few years, and stretching our Human Resource Department to its limit, in keeping these uncles for as long as we could. It is time to cut the strings that bind us together as working colleagues.
Sad though this may be, we are assured that the bonds of friendship cannot be broken, unless we choose to. We will always remember both Uncle Peng and Uncle Chong for the rest of our lives. We will always cherish the memories of their friendship, through their laughter, their jokes and their commitment to making our working environment a better place for all to enjoy. They are a part of our family and will always be.
As we look back at all these wonderful memories, we might want to take stock of where our own path is leading to and what legacy we will be leaving behind for our future successors. There are so many positives we can extract from our interaction with both these wonderful uncles over the years we have been so privileged to have worked alongside them. This is the legacy they are leaving behind for us to emulate. We must therefore do justice to their friendships and the lessons they have imparted to us.
As we bid farewell to both Uncle Peng and Uncle Chong, we ought to give consideration to the one VIP friend they will be leaving behind, Uncle Teo. It is going to be a difficult transition for all three but more so for Uncle Teo, as he will have to plod on without the company of his two most closest colleagues. Uncle Teo’s contract goes on for the next few months and this will be a telling period for him. Let us not forget to lend him a hand, a listening ear and an embracing heart, to help him in this transition.
As we move on with life without these almost permanent structures which we have come to expect to see every single day, we will forever cherish these wonderful memories we have with them, and each time we remember them, we will say a prayer for their continued well-being. Let this be our pledge.
Let us come together to give them the sending-off only friends like them deserve. I won’t say it cannot come at a better time because there can never be a good time to leaving your job. But I will say that it is a good time for us as it coincides with our mid-year bonus payout. Perhaps we can be a little extra generous this year than previous years and come together to give them a rousing VIP send off.
Adios! Adieu! And Farewell! To our Friends.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The finding that continuous paternal depression appears associated with increased risk of colic among infants might inspire future fathers with depressive symptoms to seek treatment, Dr Mike P can den Berg of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam said. He and his colleagues assessed symptoms of depression in several thousand sets of parents when the mother were 20 weeks pregnant. They found that about 12% of the fathers and 11% of the mothers showed signs of depression.
For example, they answered positively to questions about feeling lonely, blue, hopeless, or worthless, having no interest in things, or having thoughts of ending life, the researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics.
The researches assessed parental reports of excessive crying later, when the infants of these parents had reached two months of age.
Overall, 4.1% of depressed fathers, compared with 2.2% of non-depressed fathers, had infants who cried for at least three hours daily on three or more days in the previous week. Corresponding figures among depressed and non-depressed mothers were 4.8 and 2.2 percent respectively.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Never substitute car-washing products for dishwashing liquid or household cleaners. The latter are likely to be too harsh and contain harmful detergents, abrasives and additives that can strip off the wax and damage the paintwork.
Wash your car in a shaded area or in the cooler parts of the day. Washing in the hot sun may cause uneven drying, which can leave residue and streaks on your car. After the final rinse, wipe away excess water with a clean terry cloth to prevent watermarks from forming.
Wax your car at least twice a year to protect it from damage and to maintain colour and shine. Waxing helps remove paint oxidation and surface dirt, while adding a protective coating. It can play down or remove minor damage such as surface scratches and light contamination, and provide a high-lustre finish.
TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America .
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?'
TEACHER: No, that's wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD: H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O.
TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't
have ten years ago.
TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.
TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I.'
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.'
MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'
TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry
tree, but also admitted it.
Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.
TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as
your brother's. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It's the same dog.
TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when
people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher
Friday, July 3, 2009
Visit Suntec City’s Fountain of Wealth on any given day and you will meet fortune seekers. Not that you will find money spurting from the 72 nozzles that line its upper ring. Neither is there a pot of gold waiting to be discovered. In fact, if you walk around its 57m perimeter, you will fond nothing to make sense of its given name.
Still, tourists and locals alike will circle the fountain three times in a clockwise direction while reaching out to touch the “lucky water” with their right hand. This ritual is believed to bring good fortune. But is there truth to its so-called powers, or is the fountain merely a clever gimmick to lure tourists? After all, it is listed as the World’s Largest Fountain in The Guinness Book of Records and attracts an average of 100,000 visitors a year.
A check with Suntec City found that the answer could lie in its construction and location. The complex, Which occupies 65,0321 sq m, was built by Hong Kong investors in phases and completed in 1997. The Fountain of Wealth was complete in early 1996. The water feature constitutes the “palm” of the structure, with the development’s five surrounding towers forming the “fingers”.
Fengshui enthusiasts believe the fountain brings prosperity to Suntec City’s stakeholders as it is smack in the middle of the five towers. Fengshui, which literally means “wind and water” in Chinese, is an ancient Chinese form of geomancy which studies both natural and manmade environments.
The fountain design was developed by an American company called CMS Collaboratives and overseen by renowned American design firm, Tsao & McKown.
Suntec City could not confirm if fengshui experts had a hand in the design, although it did not rule out the possibility. A spokesperson said: “Since the fountain is in the middle of the five towers, it is seen as wealth in the palm of a hand, which gives prosperity and wealth to the stakeholders.”
The sprawling fountain takes up 1,683 sq m. It was built at a cost of $6M and sports four 13.8m-tall bronze legs, which support a huge bronze ring with a diameter of 21m.
It is not just visitors who subscribe to its powers. Some of those who run the more than 30 eateries circling the fountain do, too. For example, a Japanese restaurant which opened in 1997 reports a dip in earnings of at least 20% each time the fountain is switched off. This happens about four or five times a year either for maintenance of when events such as concerts are held there.
But skeptics dismissed this as hogwash. Some have heard of the myths but refuse to believe in them, questioning how a fountain could create wealth.
Geomancers like Mr huang Hong Jian, 45, however, said there is basis to the claims. The fountain’s fengshui powers are governed by how the towers are positioned, he said. Water symbolizes wealth and the towers are regarded in fengshui terms as ‘mountains’, which is good. Fengshui, he explained, is influenced by the integration of two metaphysical schools – visibility and energy, or ‘qi’ in Chinese.
Visibility refers to how well the body of water can be seen from another location. In this case, the view from the surrounding towers is ‘good, with no blockage’, he said.
Qi is determined by the alignment of the planets. In Suntec City’s case, he said the criteria is met. But individual tenants should note other factors important for good fengshui. These include how the office furniture is arranged, where the door is positioned and whether the ‘right person’ is running the place.
As if Suntec City is not already awash in good fortune, other stories tell of how it has another secret weapon to boost its store of luck.
An imposing black wall in front of Millenia Walk, which is opposite Suntec City, is said to prevent its good fortune from leaking. Office workers in the vicinity are familiar with this urban legend. The granite wall was built by Suntec City’s owners at about the same time as the fountain. Standing at abut 5m tall and 15m wide, it sits across the road from Temasek Boulavard, which encircles the fountain.
But checks have shown that the wall serves more practical than superstitious purposes. It doubles as both a water feature and a housing for air vents, which expel cooking fumes from the eateries around the fountain. The air vents face the front of Millenia Walk.
The other side of the wall, which has water flowing down from 6pm to 9pm daily, faces Temasek Boulavard. A flight of staircase on either side of the wall leads to an underground walkway linking Millenia and Suntec City.
Geomancer Adelina Pang, 39, said the wall probably has nothing to do with Millenia Walk and could have been erected merely to “retain Suntec City’s own qi”. In fengshui, water is used not only to attain wealth, but also to collect good qi, which could explain why the black wall also function as a water feature.
For those who disapprove of the wall’s black hue – a colour the Chinese associate with gloom and mourning - Ms Pang has some good news. In fengshui, blue and black represent the element of water, she said. The wall already functions as a water feature, so there’s no reason for it to be black. It was probably chosen for aesthetic reasons.
Two other factors apart from good fengshui – also referred to as Earth Luck – harness nature’s energy, she added. Believers call it the “trinity of luck”. Only when fengshui is aligned with Heaven Luck (one’s fate) – and Man Luck (One’s deeds and actions) – can good fortune be assured.
So then, good fengshui alone does not guarantee blessings. The only thing that is certain, we supposes, is the constant stream of tall tales.
2. The Stiletto Strut The way you walk in heels actually plays a big role in foot pain and possible risk of injury. By engaging the abdominals and lifting so you are light on your feet, you'll get the perfect Stiletto strut. You want to step one foot in front of the other aiming for the ball of the foot when stepping. Try to keep your heels in line with the toes and avoid turning out and walking like a duck.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
July is THE birthday month with a number of our colleagues celebrating their entry to life in this wonderful planet called Earth.
Some of those on the list are Suryani Taib, Ali Hassan, Schneider Wong (now with Kaizen Office), Lee Ching, Chen Yi and Fadzidah Ahmad.
A Very Happy Birthday Wish To All!
July is also:
4 July: US Independence Day.
27 July 1858: The first use of fingerprints as a means of identification.
Other famous celebrities whose birthdays fall in July are:
Liv Tyler, Ruud Van Nistelroy, Pam Anderson, Princess Diana, Carl Lewis, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, 50 cent, Sylvester Stallone, Dalai Lama, Nancy Reagan, Tom Hanks, Jessica Simpson, Rembrandt, Nelson Mandela, Gisele Bundchen, Carlos Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Arnold Schwarzenegger, JK Rowling,
We also have a good mix of titles, ranging from local favourites like 'The Red Cheongsam & Home and Away' to adventure ones like 'Harry Potter, Troll Blood and Atherton’. Adding to the spice are popular novels like ‘The Shadow Of The Wind, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, The Namesake and The Alchemist’. For those planning to get married in the very near future, there is a ‘Wedding Planner’ to choose from while those who gun for excitement can take home a read like ‘Flying High In A Competitive Industry’.
Even those with special interest are not left out. If you like Japanese living lifestyles, you can look up the book titled ‘Japanese Design’, or if you have an interest in Peranakan culture, you can pick up ‘The Straits Chinese House’.
If these are not enough, we also have a collection of Malay, Indian and Chinese Novels. Small though the library may be, it does pack a solid punch with such a diverse mix of interesting books. Come and take a look for yourself.
Borrowing is easy. Just select the book you like (limit to a maximum of three at a time), record your name on the booklist provided and that’s it. We will leave it to you to decide when you want to return it. We trust that you will keep in mind that you will return the books as soon as you are done reading so that others may have a chance to enjoy what you have enjoyed.
Come then and pick up a book today. Do not delay, it’s first come, first serve.