February 28, 2009

life is short

I received a text from my brother this morning. He informed me that my grandma is critically ill.

In the hospital, it pains me to see her gasping for air although I wasn't close to her all these years. It's so torturing for me to witness the way she suffers.. she must be in soooo much pain. The doctor did prepared us that she is extremely weak and she can pass away any time.

Whatever plans you may have, do it quickly before it's too late.

~ Live Life Without Any Regrets ~

September 01, 2008

Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Bananas

It's September school holiday again! Connie and I did a 'project' today. We baked muffins with chocolate chips and mashed bananas. Really yummy as it is not too sweet.

1) 1½ cup flour
2) ½ cup sugar
3) 2 teaspoons baking powder
4) 1/2 teaspoon salt
5) 1 cup milk (or other liquid, such as drained pineapple juice, orange juice, etc)
6) 1/4 cup oil
7) 1 egg
8) 1½ cup fruit (or vegetable, such as 1 cup mashed bananas and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts)
You can spice your choice :)

1) Heat oven to 400F/ 200C.
2) Grease 12 muffin cups, or 24 mini muffin cups.
3) Combine dry ingredients, including dry additions (like nuts, chocolate chips, etc.) and spices.
4) Combine wet ingredients, including wet additions (like banana, berries, pineapple, etc).
5) Spoon batter into muffin cups, filing about 2/3 full (perfectly ok if you have leftover batter to fill cups to top).
6) Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Note: Instead of milk, you can also use other liquids, such as drained pineapple juice, orange juice, etc.

Started our bake of muffins in the oven

On queue to go into the oven...

Out came the first batch of muffins

The better lookings ones...

August 31, 2008

English Proverb

a joy that’s shared is a joy made double.

August 26, 2008

want to start a business?

I believe it would be some of your dreams to run your own business.

Running a business is certainly a lot of hard work, but rewarding. Being in business is the best personal development course - everything you don't know about business comes and hits you in the face. However, it also means no one can tell you how much you're going to earn.

I chanced upon the six steps to success and I would like to share with you.

1. Be passionate Love what you do and believe in it - you shouldn't be doing it otherwise.

2. Have a point of difference Ask yourself if there's a market for your product or service, then come up with ways to make it stand out.

3. Find a mentor Find an entrepreneur you admire and learn as much as you can from him. Singapore Entrepreneurs (www.sgentrepreneurs.com) is a blog for people involved in entrepreneurship and enterprise that offers great tips for setting up a business in Singapore.

4. Creat a business plan It needs to list "what I'm doing", "when I'm going to do it", "who I'll need on my team" and "what skills I need". Review it regularly to check you're on track.

5. Make goals Shoot high but be realistic by concentrating on short-term goals first, ranging from financial targets to marketing or personal goals.

6. Get educated Keep abreast of all things business that'll help you do what you want faster or better. Hope you have gained something for taking the time to read the above.

Suzi Dafnis

A nose for trouble

In the early part of Year 2006, I suffered very bad sinus problem after I returned home from Bangkok. First, it started off as a normal sore throat and cough, followed by bad runny nose. My muscus gradually turned into green thick stuff. I was having an infection. It lasted for 6 whole months! I used up almost about 170 - 200 sheets of tissue papers just in 1 day - 1.5day.

I went around scouting for many western and chinese doctors. However, their medication do not worked for me. Thereafter, I went to a government hospital, whereby the Specialist doctor, suggested that I should do an operation.

Feeling unconvinced, I consulted a second opinion, but this time, in a private hospital. Dr Huang advised that a surgery wasn't necessary for my case. He gave me some medication and there were several follow-up visits for about 6 months. 3 months prior to my visit to Dr Huang's clinic, I was on anti-oxidants from GNC as some of my friends shared that it would help my condition. Unsure if it was due to the prescribed medication by Dr Huang or the anti-oxidants from GNC, my condition improved tremendously :)

If you too have been suffering from sinus, I hope the below article that I chanced upon today will provide some good tips for you.

with love,

Changes in temperature, humidity can trigger sinus

You were feeling dandy just a while ago. Then suddenly, your nose becomes so congested you can hardly breathe. Your throat is coated in thick, viscous phlegm.

Wondering what could have caused this dramatic change in your health? Look out of your window - it could be the weather.

According to doctors TODAY spoke to, weather shifts - especially when temperatures plummet - can trigger a condition called non -allergic rhinitis (or sunus in layman-speak). Rhinitis occurs when the mucous lining of the nose becomes inflamed.

Said general practitioner Dr Lily Aw, who runs a private clinic in Pasir Ris: "Changes in temperature and humidity cause the blood vessels in the nose to dilate, resulting in nasal congestion and excessive mucous production."

Symptoms tend to show up "relatively quickly" in response to the weather changes. So, once the nasal membranes are stimulated, sinus sufferers tend to experience sneezing, a blocked or runny nose, as well as phlegm.

But don't just blame the weather. Experiencing temperature variations while moving from one place to another - for instance, returning to your freezing office from a stuffy hawker centre after lunch - cal also trigger a sinus attack.

"The cold air acts as a physical trigger. It's like when cold air triggers bronchospasm (a sudden constriction of airway muscles) wheezing in asthmatics," explained Dr Bernard Thong, head and consultant of Tan Tock Seng Hospital's rheumatology, allergy and immunology department.

"Occasionally, the food one eats may also make rhinitis worse," added Dr Thong. The "noxious stimulus of the spices" found in spicy food may cause your sinuses to act up.

Viral infeactions, such as cold or flu, can also cause an inflammation in the nose.

Dr Aw said that from experience, such cases of non-allergic rhinitis - which is commonly associated with symptoms such as body aches, tiredness, cough or fever - tend to be more common during the rainy season. That's because we tend to stay indoors more often. Windows are also closed, so ventilation is poor, making it easier to catch an infection.

Most Singaporeans also suffer from another form of rhinitis - persistent allergic rhinitis. This is triggered by certain allergens such as house dust mites or animal dander, said Dr Thong. He estimated that up to 10 per cent of the adult population suffers from this.

People prone to rhinitis include asthmatics, smokers as well as women undergoing hormonal changes such as menstruation and pregnancy.

To keep your sinuses in check, Dr Aw suggested "avoiding or reducing exposure to sudden temperature and humidty changes".

"Wearing appropriate clothing, like a sweater, when you go to a colder environment, as well as maintaining the temperature of an air-conditioned room at about 25 degree celsius can help as well," she said.

But is a stuffy nose serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor's? It depends, said Dr Thong.

If the symptoms are troublesome, persistent and affect sleep and other daily activities, see a doctor, he advised.

Also, rhinitis can sometimes lead to "complications like infection of the sinuses and middle ear when the swelling of the nasal mucosa blocks the opening of the sinuses and Eustachian tube", said Dr Aw.

In such cases, a visit to the doctor's is advised.


August 20, 2008

What size screen? Plasma or LCD?

1. Screens range from 9-inch minis to 50 inches and above. Anything over 42 inches may be overkill unless you're a zillionaire or agoraphobic cinema obsessive, though.

2. Plasmas deal well with fast movement, so are excellent for movies and sport, or movies about sport. LCDs have more detailed pictures generally, and work in a wider range of lighting conditions.

3. A 100Hz mode can mean a smoother picture, but some end up looking articficial. Try before you buy, to coin a cliche. A 60Hz mode is handy for gamers...

4. Pick a TV with at least two HDMI sockets so you can connect your Sky HD box and console at the same time. Two Scarf ports, VGA, S-video and component are also decidedly useful.

Have a great shopping experience :)