Thursday, July 31, 2008
Do you know what are stem cells? Did you know that stem cells are the genesis of our lives? We all started from a stem cell. Yes, from the moment of conception, a single stem cell is created. This then multiplies into hundreds of millions of cells during pregnancy and continues after birth right through to our adults lives.
Why are stem cells so important? They serve as a vital source of cell regeneration and repair thoughout our lifetime. This means that stem cells have the potential to be used to possibly treat major diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's. These are diseases that many are battling all over the world. In my own family as well, there has been a history of heart disease and diabetes and so far, only conventional treatments and preventative measures have been available.
There has been a lot of buzz on stem cell research in the past few years. Perhaps most widely heard of are the collection of umbilical blood stem cells from new born babies. Now the company C'elle has come up with an exclusive and revolutionary stem cell technology that enables women to safely and easily collect stem cells found in menstrual blood. Sounds icky? And why menstrual blood, you might ask? Scientific studies by C'elle has shown that stem cells found naturally in menstrual blood have the ability to differentiate into other cell types which equals potential developments and ability to save lives from the above mentioned diseases. Not only can it save your own life but the stems cells could also match first degree relatives who are in need - your siblings, your parents, your children.
So the next time you have your monthly cycle, think of what that blood actually can do. To find out more About the Science behind this, visit C'elle and view their C'elle Client Testimonial about the procedure and its benefits. C'elle is currently running a 'Caring is Sharing' promotion whereby if you purchase one kit, you will receive one free - a great gift for your bestfriend or loved one.
By the way, a number of other important things are happening in November: there's the birthdays of the two people in my life, there's I Am Agel event in PD and there's also Toastmasters Convention in Bali (no more directs flights from KK??). The first two definitely will happen..the other two..I want to go but don't know yet...we'll see..
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
You know, there are people who like to squeeze from the bottom end, some squeeze in the middle, some from the top. Does it matter? Well, apparently, this is one of the things that newly wed couples usually first argue about - their different squeezing preferences.
My friend admitted that she is the kind that likes to squeeze from the bottom end. And she likes that the toothpaste tube itself is nicely shaped when she squeezes from the bottom. So it drove her absolutely crazy when her then newly wedded husband squeezed from the middle and the top and wherever he pleased. She would reshape the toothpaste tube every day so that it is to her liking. I think they have managed to resolve this toothpaste issue now.. at least I hope so!
Anyway, I want to share this story about another couple. It is the husband that likes to squeeze from the bottom. And one day when he saw his wife squeeze from the middle he finally couldn't take it and hollered, 'Why do you do that?? You should squeeze from the bottom! Here, let me show you how to do it!' And the wife, her reply was simply, 'Why? Will it make your teeth any cleaner if I do that??'
Hmm...there are two things to note here. Firstly, sometimes..many times actually, things are just too trivial to argue about. We can spend so much time and energy arguing about stuff that just doesn't really matter in the end. Like the wife said, will it make the teeth any cleaner? Will it really make a difference?
Secondly, well... life's all about compromises. So, if it's really important to the other person, you compromise, you make way, you do something and make that person just a little happier. And in other times, they will do the same for you too. Then everyone will be happy.
That's the story for today. Now..I have to go reshape that toothpaste tube.....
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Do you know if you are financially fit? To find out, check out Bills IQ. This site provides a free financial health check up where you will be able to learn your BillsIQ, get tips to improve your financial stability and Consolidate debt with additional offers to help save more money.
My score was 73%. I don't fully know what this means or how it is calculated but on the surface it looks like an OK number, right? However, when I did a comparison of my score with other women around my age and similar educational background, my score is actually lower than average. Especially now that I am self employed, it is more important than ever for me to learn how to manage my Credit card debt and to learn about Debt consolidation and Debt relief. It is scary to see so many people, even young ones who file for Bankruptcy just because they aren't able to manage their finances properly and get proper Debt help and Credit counseling.
BillsIQ is an excellent site as it also offers practical advice and tips on financial fitness that can be applied by everyone. These days, it's not just physical fitness we have to take care of, with the price of goods and cost of living rising every year, it's ever so important to be financially fit as well. It might be a daunting thing to do a financial health check but it's definitely advisable. Good luck!
Yasmin and I were at home alone last Saturday. Hubby was out enjoying a movie and some brotherly bonding time. We were in the bedroom, getting ready for bedtime when Yasmin managed to grab a hold of her daddy's camera. And she was snapping away! We were both amused and laughed together. In my mind, nasib baik lah camera digital! No need to worry Kodak habis..hehe...
So here are some of her shots..what do you think?
Friday, July 25, 2008
I would be first to admit that I am no whiz when it comes to computers. I have never undergone any official training and my ability extends to the use of common software and applications and surfing the web. Does online chatting and online shopping count as well? Even when I was lecturing, I sometimes turned to my students when I had problems setting up the computer and projector for our classes. The students would save me and win hands down with better knowledge and experience when it comes to information technology (IT). This is partly due to the fact that they have grown up in this time where computers, softwares, applications are abound. There is also the fact that their curriculum in school, college and university has been designed to include elements of IT to cater for the future working environment. I guess there’s also the fact that they are more naturally curious and many tend to be self taught when it comes to computers and IT, which is really good.
I have heard about Cisco before from my former colleagues in the IT department but never realized its importance. I knew that many of the IT students in the department were actually undergoing Cisco training and certification. The certification program starts from the entry/associate level right up to expert level with specializations in various areas such as routing and switching, security and LAN certifications. It just shows that it is never too early or too late to start building up technical know how and qualification. This is definitely an added bonus alongside the black and white academic content learnt at university level. I'm sure that those students really benefited from the training and were able to use this certification to buff up their resumes. And indeed, many of been able to secure jobs with reputable companies locally and internationally. Personally, I always tried to instill the want for self development amongst my students and would definitely encourage them to go for these type of real world training programs if they had the opportunity to do so. If you know of any IT professionals ready to take their career to the next level, point them to Cisco!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Anyway, I was asked to meet with a nutritionist and consultant on my last visit. They did a body analysis and well, no surprise to me that I had gained weight. My water level was not nearly enough and my percentage body fat was a scary 45%! The nutritionist advised me to keep a record of food I eat daily for one week. And so, that is when I started with the 'go healthy' eating. For one, tidak mau juga my daily intake list is an arm's length and filled with yummy, fatty foods. And also, I guess it was about time I do something anyway.
Along with the food record was attached a list of foods that I could and shouldn't take. The first column was labeled 'Do Not Take' and were all foods with high% of fat including Fried Mee and its likes, Roti Telur, Nasi Lemak, Nasi Beriyani, Satay Sauce, even Nasi Ayam! There goes my favourite Nasi Goreng down the drain. The next column was labeled Take Moderately, in this section there's foods like Soto, Fried Meehoon, etc. I was told to drink at least 3 litres of water through out the day (the amount equivalent to 2 large bottles of mineral water). I have tried to drink more but I think it's still less than 3 litres. The only thing is, I find myself running to the loo every so often! Also, I was told to eat dinner before 7 pm, to not have fruits at night time and to not drink too much before bedtime.
So for the past two weeks, I have stopped taking Fried Rice and Fried Mee, deep fried foods, buns, cakes and pastries and even my favourite Teh Ping and Teh Tarik. I realised that it is possible to make healthier choices. I do order Chicken Rice but I ask to have it with plain rice instead. I started eating Meehoon Soup and Soto, which I normally never eat in restaurants because it makes me heaty and sweaty. But in the name of healthier eating, I opted for these instead of my usual Nasi Goreng. We went for buffet at Hyatt and I am proud to say that I managed to forego all the deep fried dimsum and all the scrumptious desserts! I gobbled up two large plates of green salad and topped it with roasted lamb and chicken and had fruits for dessert instead.
So far, I have not made it to have dinner before 7pm. By the time I finish bathing and taking care of the girl and having my own bath, it's well after 7. I try not to eat rice for dinner or if I'm really hungry, I take in small amount only.
Yesterday though, I was a bit cross when I ordered my lunch at GracePoint. I specifically told the girl there that I wanted plain rice with my steamed chicken instead of the chicken rice. I told her twice and she said yes. But when she delivered my order, I saw that it looked like chicken rice. I asked her and then only she said that the plain rice wasn't cooked yet! And she quicky walked away! Yesterday also, I had a smidgeon of a bite of the cupcake Josie bought. Shhhh..... What was that Rin? Makan banyak sekali sekala better than sikit2 selalu selalu?? Yang selalu selalu tu yang takut jadi out of control tu!!
Well, as of today, if the scale is not lying to me, it looks like I have lost over 1 kg. So hopefully, I can continue with the healthy eating habits to get the results I want. I do have an ulterior motive to lose weight :) A lot of people have been asking when 'the second one' will be coming. I do want a second one. But I want to get healthier first. I know that the weight will start piling again during pregnancy but at least it will be good to have a healthier start to begin with. So wish me luck! And if you see me near any cakes or pastries, just yell Oiiii!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Please help me out. I'm looking...for people who are looking to
1. Promote their business or events
As most of you know, I am doing a publication called Coffee News here in KK. It's a cool and FREE weekly publication with really interesting and light reading materials that people can look through as they are having their meals or as they wait for their orders or wait for their friends, etc. I am looking for more advertisers for the paper. Our rates are low compared to newspapers, etc. The only thing is we don't accept advertising from food outlets, everyone and everything else is welcome - beauty salons, spas, tuition, sports, photographers, etc.. semua boleh! If you have friends with businesses or know anyone who might benefit from effective and low cost advertising, please refer them to me!
PS..if your referral signs up, you will be rewarded with some gift certs from us!
2. Make more money!
Yeah, I joined this really cool network marketing company with cool health and beauty products. The company is called Agel. Google or Yahoo it.
Now before you think network marketing = direct selling = pedaling products from door to door, weekly RA RA meetings and quotas to meet..let me share with you, network marketing is really the way to make PASSIVE income. Network marketing essentially means that you enrol people under you and they enrol people and so on and as the network builds, you start earning money from all these people you don't even know, that you've never met, who could be half way around the world from you!
If you are open to this opportunity or know someone who might be, tell me!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Question 1: What were you doing 5 years ago?
Talking in front of a group of kids who would periodically nod to pretend that they understood what I was yabbering about, preparing notes, marking gazillion assignments, tests and exam papers, devising experiments, attending way too long meetings and presentations, blogging, chatting and going out for long lunches during workhours. Going out on dates with then 'boyfriend', wondering when la he will propose....
Question 2: What were the 5 things on your to do list today?
1. Send stuff to recycling center
2. Drink lots of water
3. Check e-mail
4. Do up next week's Coffee News
5. Meet Agnes at 6pm
Question 3: What are 5 snacks that you enjoy?
1. Roti Kawin
3. Maggi Mee Goreng
4. Jeruk Mangga
(Note: with exception to no. 4, all are currently forbidden)
Question 4: What are 5 things that you would do if you were a billionaire?
1. Pay off debts
2. Buy a semiD or banglo
3. Take multiple vacations each year
4. Invest to make even more money
5. Go shopping, baybeh!
Question 5: What are 5 jobs you've had?
5. Volunteer - volunteered for special kids program, to become a lab rat in a psych experiment, to be a student guide all back in uni days
let's pass this tag to... Izzy, Maizura, Misako, Fran and Aza.
The NLP training was the best course I have attended so far, very dynamic, very meaningful, with a lot of A-HA moments along the way. I must mention, ehemm.. that both Jared and I scored full marks in the test that was conducted after the course. Yes, there was a test and yes, first time ever I got full marks in a test since primary 2!
The poem encompasses the essential principles behind NLP. I love it cause it's so simple and meaningful. Have a read....
Shoot for The Moon
As they say: personal best, nothing less
And then you can shine above the rest.
And know that what you get is what you give
And it's not how long you live but how you live.
It's never too late to make
Your own happy childhood cake.
Dance with your fear, don't you resist.
If you do, it will only persist.
Just remember when you are the batter,
If there is no mind, there is no matter.
Nothing in life has any meaning
Except the meaning to which you are leaning.
There is no failure, it's only feedback
And that's simply an information pack.
People are more than their actions can tell.
People aren't broken; they work perfectly well.
And certainty is created inside;
Your environment doesn't decide.
In the moments of final decision,
Your destiny is shaped with precision.
So just go and shoot for the moon
And don't worry if you fall too soon.
By the time you realise where you are
You'll have created a bright new star!
by Jared Abdul Rahman
Linachu's note: I love the bit - there's no failure, only feedback. And also the bit about how people are more than their actions can tell...it's so true... you can never assume to know what another person is going through.. but at the same time..people can never be broken..you work perfectly well, you just need to iron out the kinks along the way... Also, it's never too late to make your childhood cake - in other words..it's never too late to do what you've always dreamt of doing!
Hope you enjoyed the poem..and can take away something from it.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Bought the egg mould at the Japan Home Center in Kompleks Asia City. Sandra told me there are more available at Daiso (the 5 ringgit shop) in OneBorneo but haven't had a chance to go there yet.
Upon surfing through a few more mommy blogs, I found that many are already addicted to this - what they call Bento-ing - packing nicely shaped, decorated food into lovely container arrangements. There are even many other knick knacks and accessories such as cutters for veggies, fruits and sandwiches, cute little containers for sauces, food picks, rice moulds, etc. And there are plenty of different shapes and designs - Hello Kitty, Pooh and gang etc. Just try and search on e-bay or check here. This blog also has more pictures of bento sets prepared for kids.
I think it's a great idea to do up food for kids in this way. Make it nice and all so that they will enjoy and actually eat. Yasmin ate up almost both of those eggs! We also tried cutting up bread and pancakes using the bottom part of the mould. And it's fun preparing it!
Anyway...must ask LabPapa if all this is available at his place and what the pricing is like..
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Who shall I pass this tag to? I think most of y'all sudah kena tag...whoever wants to do it lah!
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Wouldn't it be just wonderful to be able to work from home, raise your children and make some money at the same time? Well, amazingly, many people are doing just that!! Freelance work, data entry, online businesses, monetizing websites, blogging. Blog, blogs, blogging. I do so love those words. And I thank the heavens for the person who thought up this wonderful media!
Here's something to check out: SocialSpark. For you mommy bloggers who are looking to make some extra money, here's your answer. Have a look through the site, sign up for their mailing list or better else, sign up as a blogger to start making money as you please. Mommies are one of the most creative bunch of people I know! I guess you have to be, when dealing with little munchkins and management issues on the homefront. So why not put that creativity to use, share your views and stories with the rest of the blogging world and make some dough at the same time! Daddies, no need to feel left out..I'm sure daddy bloggers are needed too!
Monday, July 07, 2008
I previously wrote about how we were planning a mutiny on our Toastmasters club. Our proposal to shut down the club was veto-ed by the higher powers, citing the club is 'important' and pledging their utmost support for the club.
Just came back from the club meeting tonight, our first after our so called mutiny-ndak-jadi plans. And surprise surprise... suddenly there's the institute's branch chairman, a guest engineer, members that have been missing all this while, turning up for the meeting. Our usual comfy and cosy meeting room was filled up to the brink.
As usual, I enjoyed the meeting. The energy was high, there was laughter and camaraderie and good learning too. I knew I should've left early though. Before talk about appointing the new committee began. I was surprised to find out that two of our ex committee members will be moving outside of KK for new jobs. Which left myself and Weelee in the spotlight.
I absolutely dislike it when people start to point fingers and appoint who should take up what role. Weelee was suggested to be the president and myself as one of the vice presidents (the one that has the most duties to do). We've both taken the roles before. Both of us remained quiet during this process where 'they' simultaneously nominated, then seconded, then agreed on everyone's behalf that we were the best to take up the roles. In fact, I tried to utter my disagreement, that I didn't want to take it up anymore but I doubt anyone listened. They just congratulated themselves on supposedly fixing our problem saying stuff like 'Should be OK..', 'You can do it..', 'Easy bah..' Senang cakap saja. DANG IT. Back to square one.
The whole purpose of the mutiny was to get THEM to take responsibility and take up roles in the committee. Now it's being shoved back to us. Weelee is more willing and diplomatic than I am. I think he sees that this could be a starting point to revive the club, what with mr chairman promising more members and support. The operative word being could.
Man...I'm perplexed. I haven't agreed to anything. How lah?
Saturday, July 05, 2008
For you ladies that are into Cloth Diapering, and I know quite a few of you are...please check out this promotion from miabambina.com
For KK ladies...
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Where to find Coffee News? Ask me!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
We had seen The Fish Spa featured on tv and did say beforehand that we MUST give it a go when we're in KL. The Fish Spa is this place where you soak your feet in a pool of fish that will eat the dead skin off your feet. We first went in just to enquire, we dilly-dallied undecided then continued walking around. But later, hubby mentioned that bila lagi mau cuba? So we went back and signed in!
At first, it was rather scary to intentionally put the feet in there to be baham-ed! The initial 5 minutes or so was spent just cracking up the nerve to actually put the feet in. Hehe. FYI, it's RM38 per person for half an hour. Kids above 4 are charged half of that and kids under 4 go in free. Yes, it's safe for kids as well.
There are two (public) pools at the spa, the inner pool has little fishies and the outer one has larger ones. The inner pool was initially full of people so we had to go for the outer one with the larger more vicious fishies. And it's not just one or two that come feeding at your feet, it's a school of them all at once!
What did it feel like? Geli juga oh. Slightly ticklish at the start but once you got used to it, it was rather pleasant! Eat away!! Yasmin even had a go. She put in her feet for a while and immediately screamed and laughed at the same time! Hehehe. There was this group of tourists who were screaming and squirming loudly as well.
Was really glad we went. It was really therapeutic and will definitely go again the next time we are there!
Next, it was off to Aquaria at the KL Convention Centre, just 5 minutes walk from The Pavilion. We wanted to go because we thought Yasmin would enjoy it. Entrance is RM28 per person, with MYKAD and little kiddies like Yasmin go in free.
Initially, there were exhibits of little fishes, reptiles like snakes, lizards and frogs, insects... and I was rather dissapointed. I didn't want to see all that.
Later though, we came to larger tanks with sharks, stingrays, turtles and..err, bigger fishes. That was more like it.
Then...we came to the main attraction called The Living Ocean. This is a 90 metre moving walkway underwater tunnel, a simulated ocean environment complete with a shipwreck. Wow! Amazing. Soothing. Harmonious. It's worth it to go to Aquaria just to see this feature!
That's one huge and scary looking fella. The eye seems to stare right at ya! Wonder what he's thinking..hehe...
So there you go, our fishy adventure! Twas fun... After that, we met up with Mae at KLCC for a bit and chatted about her upcoming special event. Yasmin had fun running around, searching for rides... and look who she found.. :)
By the time we walked back to the hotel it was past 7 but still bright out ... The little girl, who hadn't had her usual afternoon nap was all poofed out...
During the trip, we did manage to meet up with Diane, who drove us to Ikea where we were met by her Emil. Didn't buy a lot this time round but managed to enjoy the Swedish Meatballs and yummy Chocolate Balls! My sister and kids came to see us at the hotel and also, we bumped into Ani Surianty (Facebook pal) on our first outing to The Pavilion which was a nice surprise. By the way, most of the shops there are really high end. There is a huge and really nice Times Bookstore though. Have more pics to share...the next post la ya..
This morning, decided to just make a drive of it to JPJ in the dreaded, Jalan Bundusan. Jauh bah tu and the traffic...atukuii. Got there and guess what?? Tiada karan pulak!! OMG (slap forehead). Was beginning to think I was destined to just be a rogue driver. I waited it out for about 10 minutes and then there was..eureka! Electricity! What followed was rather ugly though. I couldn't believe how unprofessional the personnel there were. They were so loud during the blackout and even more after it came back on. Mayhem. Sikit-sikit they will say 'SOT'... karan sot, computer sot, server sot, kipas pun sot...one thing they forgot..pekerja sot!
They had this big sign which said, 'Harap maaf, sistem luar talian (OFFLINE)' I would think that they should have a system whereby even if there was no electricity or the system was offline, they should still be able to process applications and renewals manually. Then they can do the keying in after. Rather than having people to wait and listen to their moans and groans! Anyway, am a legal driver again..hurrah??