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30 March 2008

How it feels to have a stroke

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor's brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness ...

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk.

She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before.

In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right.

From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the "Singin' Scientist."









Thanks for Mun2 to share this ;p

Appreciate




Relaxing Day

Wake up at 8 something
Ate breakfast, surfing the net, reorganize tons of pictureS
Ate lunch with my dear friends, went back home and still dont want to study~
Wondering around
Take a nap which took me 2 hours and only wake up by the weird phonecall
At night, after dinner
The "Earth Hour" has been started (8 P.M. - 9 P.M.)
Observing the city if there is anyone switching off the light like us
After that,lastly got some mood to study.
BUT still letting myself be free for whole day by just chatting on MSN
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Althought I did nothing that I should do today, I still feel it is okay with me
Haha!
Maybe Im way thinking too positive~
Anyway, today is a good day for me ^@^



29 March 2008

Ampang Look-Out Point

On 29th of March, after we all finishing the FYP presentation, finish group photo taking
(Alot & alot!)


We went to
*~Ampang Look-Out Point~*
Here is the dusk view


and...Here is the Night View~! (pleasing & touching)



When we are enjoying the nightview, suddenly someone said got Firefly
then we searching for it
and...
YES we really saw it ^@^
Thanks Pick San~

Here are my dear friends which went to Look-out Point!





This is the 17 people at the Look-out point
I will remember this moment forever ;p

Appreciate






27 March 2008

Health Tips: Getting your nap on

NAP is not just for toddlers. Napping makes great sense for adults, whether or not it puts you in touch with your inner child. When adults napped between 2 and 4 p.m., one recent study showed, they performed better on tests and had no problems falling asleep at night.

NASA found that military pilots and astronauts who took a 40-minute nap improved alertness by 100 percent and performance by 34 percent, and recent Harvard University research also revealed that college students who napped between tasks performed better than those who stayed awake.

How does napping work its brain magic? "It may protect brain circuits from overuse until those neurons can consolidate what's been learned about a procedure," says Robert Stickgold, Ph.D., coauthor of the Harvard study.

Unless you know the correct way to conduct a daytime doze, however, you could snooze and lose. "Napping can steal the drive for nighttime sleep, so you need to be cautious," says David Neubauer, M.D., associate director of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center. "The key is to nap early and short."

By early he means daylight hours, at least five hours before you plan on going to sleep that night (between 2 and 4 p.m. is prime). Any later and your circadian rhythms will kick in, possibly making you feel disoriented upon waking and likely preventing you from conking out come your regular bedtime. As for short, keep your naps to less than an hour; 20 to 30 minutes is enough for most people to get the benefits.

To help stick to this nap-plan, stay out of the sack -- likely not a problem at the office -- since you associate your bed with long periods of rest. Find a quiet couch or carpeted floor where you can lie down. Even shutting your eyes in your office chair for 20 minutes will relax and refresh you. (That's if you can stifle your phone; if not, find an unused conference room.)

Home or work, you'll find that -- just like in kindergarten -- after a nice restorative nap, you'll play much better with others.

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Quote for a good night sleep: "I can handle the disruption and still feel rested"

Please sleep well everyone ^@^



21 March 2008

Gatsby Moving Rubber

I know Gatsby new "Moving Rubber" has been existed for a long time.
And the variety do makes me confused.
BUT lastly I choose to buy the Pink one.

When I first using it, I figured out it was so hard to be washed off.
And I wonder if there is any good way to wash off these "rubber" without pushing too much stress on your scalp.

Anyway, for those who using Gatsby moving rubber must spread the "rubber" on the tips of your hair and NOT scalp.
This is always an important thing to be noticed !

Anyhow, looking forward for the clues of using Gatsby Moving Rubber ;p




19 March 2008

Health warning signs -By Gabrielle Fagan

Two top diet doctors share their head-to-toe guide to warning signs. Our body is constantly talking to us - yet many of us ignore its messages and suffer unnecessary illness as a result. Small symptoms like bloodshot eyes, dry skin, thinning hair or even weak, brittle nails can be early warnings that our system is under stress or we're experiencing a deficiency that could eventually damage our general health and wellbeing.
Dr Wendy Denning and nutritionist Vicki Edgson, authors of The Diet Doctors Inside And Out, both believe that learning to read the body's signs paves the way not just to better health but to a better life."In general, people are ignoring the early warning signs that their body sends out often because they don't understand what they mean," Denning says.
"Basically our body sends out subtle early signs when things are not quite right. If nothing is done these increase to stronger signals and if you neglect those you may be hit by a big warning such as a major symptom or illness that literally cannot be ignored."Heeding those minor symptoms, making simple lifestyle changes or seeking medical advice early could mean avoiding more serious health troubles such as thyroid or even heart problems, she adds. "Many minor problems can be cleared up in a couple of months by making even small improvements in diet, drinking more water or finding ways to ease stress. "Of course if you're concerned about any of your symptoms, check them out with a doctor. Getting early treatment can prevent them developing further."
Use this head-to-toe guide to help read your body's signals:
Skin
"The skin is directly or indirectly linked to almost every organ and a major organ of elimination in the body - the others are the colon, the kidney and the lungs," Denning says. So if those organs are struggling to get rid of waste and toxins, more toxins will show up on the skin in the form of oiliness, excess sweating and rashes.
  • PALE: you could be anaemic, have low iron or an under active thyroid.
  • DRY SKIN: can be caused by a deficient intake of water and essential fatty acids, omega-3, 6 and 9. It's also associated with deficiencies in vitamin A and B vitamins and aggravated by drinking too much coffee, tea and alcohol. In addition, dry skin is closely related to hormones, menopause and an under active thyroid.
  • GREY: seen in smokers and those pushing the body too hard, or suffering a sluggish liver. Alternatively, it can indicate an underlying cardiovascular disease or other serious illness.Solutions: In general, increase water intake to eight glasses a day, stop smoking, and keep up your intake of essential fatty acids by eating more oily fish such as salmon and mackerel and taking pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Keep up your zinc intake with turkey, eggs, almonds and peas. Check with your doctor who may recommend further tests or appropriate treatment.
Eyes
" Not only are the eyes the window to the soul, but they're also the window to much of what is going on in different parts of the body, particularly the liver," Denning says.



  • BLOODSHOT: small blood vessels on the surface of the eye become inflamed and congested with blood, and this can be caused by eyestrain, fatigue and excess alcohol. It can also be due to a deficiency of vitamins B2 and B6 or amino acids that come from protein in the diet.Solution: Get more sleep, reduce alcohol intake and spend less time at the computer. Taking a B-complex vitamin, milk thistle and more protein in the diet may help.
  • DARK CIRCLES: often due to lack of sleep, but they can run in families, or may indicate a problem with your digestive system - particularly the colon or an overloaded liver.Solution: Check first that you are getting enough sleep. Then check for food intolerances, constipation, or a sluggish liver.
  • BAGS UNDER EYES: Associated with excess salt intake, lack of sleep, smoking and food sensitivities. In older people it can be due to a sluggish thyroid or a kidney problem.Solution: Reduce salt intake, get more sleep, stop smoking and don't drink fluids before going to bed. Check for food sensitivities or check with a doctor to rule out more serious issues.
Hair
" Hair can be a surprisingly good indicator of overall good health. Hair is made of protein, keratin and minerals and depends for its condition on the amount of nutrients it receives. So a good diet and digestive system are essential," Denning says.

  • THINNING HAIR: hair loss is determined by genes and hormones. Women rarely go bald in the same way as men, but hair thins with age. Thinning may be brought on sooner by childbirth or a shock such as divorce or bereavement. Stress, poor diet, lack of iron and sudden weight loss are other factors.
  • DRY HAIR: it may be associated with inadequate protein intake, essential fatty acid deficiency, thyroid disease and menopause or chemicals used on your hair.
  • GREY HAIR: commonly associated with ageing, but can sometimes be brought on by a major shock or by anaemia and thyroid problems. A doctor can help with the last two problems.Solutions: in general, eat enough protein and chew food well so you absorb all its nutrients. Ensure you are not mineral deficient and correct deficiencies of iron, zinc and selenium as they boost the thyroid. Take a multivitamin and mineral designed for the hair, and flaxseed oil to maintain levels of omega-3 and 6.
Nails
" Checking your nails can be a good way to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies or other health issues. A fingernail takes about four months to grow out, and a toenail at least six months. If your nails are growing slowly and are discoloured, suspect a fungal infection, and if they're not, suspect a nutritional deficiency," Denning says.


  • WHITE SPOTS: associated with zinc and/or calcium deficiency.
  • RED SKIN AROUND CUTICLES: could be due to insufficient essential fatty acids (omega-3 and 6).
  • CRACKING PEELING NAILS: may be due to lack of Vitamin A, calcium, silica and other minerals, insufficient stomach acid and protein. Around 50% of the population is deficient in zinc. Solutions: In general, eat six to eight portions of fruit and vegetables daily to strengthen nails. Eat more seeds and nuts for essential fatty acids, zinc and protein. Take silica and hemp seed oil - highly effective supplements to strengthen nails.

[Acquired from http://www.roundtownnews.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9191&Itemid=31]



My turn


Today went to KTAR for a swim. HUGE number of people were crowding the swimming pool. I think this is due to new semester for all KTAR students and a very nice weather (after rain) to swim. Fortunately the swimming pool is big enough to suit all of us and they all know the "traffic" rules in the swimming pool.




KTAR swimming pool
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Now is my turn to be a busy person.
Almost everyone is going to finish their presentation tomorrow and the remaining people please keep work hard ar! Pushing myself to be hardworking...

Im not sure if I should drop by to support them who going to present tomorrow until 5 p.m. as Im sure I will be more tired. Besides, I still got alot more things to do and prepare...(Running away)
Hmm, see first, I will try support you all if I don't really feel tired tomorrow la, kay? ;p

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Only sports that could make you tired means you did exercise.
So I think it is time to sleep now as tomorrow will be a long day.
G'night! Z.Z...


感恩



16 March 2008

曹格-奈斯男孩 (Nice Guy)


曹格-奈斯男孩



有一种毒药让人上瘾 别人无法卖你

叫作自信
眼神里透露神秘讯息
谁看了都会着迷 怪我的基因

苦苦涩涩的一种魅力就像是杯Martini的香气

左边口袋装满了幸运
右手解开了封印的爱情
I'm not a nice guy

女孩们都只爱男人坏坏坏
你别再装乖整天叹气无奈没人爱



你坏不坏?





15 March 2008

Life After Death by PowerPoint

For those who are going to do a presentation, please do spend a few minutes to watch a movie clip about what to, and what not to do ;p
It is funny though useful.
Enjoy!


Life After Death by PowerPoint

Here is another site which provide tips on making an "effective" slides

http://stevenbeelen.be/blog_070815.htm




13 March 2008

PRE-Graduation day

On 11th of March, all student of Biotechnology of Y3S2 (2008) has prepared to take a group photo as remembrance. All students were required to wear white collor formal shirts for their individual graduation photo taking session. However, there will be people which want to be noticed, then wear clothes with colour others than white ;p.
Below here is only 1/5 portion of the member of the whole courses ;p ! Happy smiling~Group 1 member! :)


Preparation (Can observe their natural expression from here)


Normal posing

Posing with more emoticon
which is
"V" ONLY

The "M"



And the "F"
PS: Please looking forward for other groups' pictures~ ^@^




ACNE (PIMPLES)

Acne is a common problem faced by almost all teenagers and youth. What is acne and why do we get them. Acne is actually caused because of hormone imbalance. Your skin breaks out because of a hormone called testosterone. Both men and women have testosterone in their systems. In fact, did you know that in order to make testosterone, boys bodies have to make female hormones first? If you have acne, you haven't got abnormal levels of testosterone. You've got skin that reacts abnormally to this hormone. You start producing testosterone around the time you start sprouting body hair. Testosterone tells glands in your skin, called sebaceous glands, to produce oily stuff called sebum. To add to the problem the inside of the tubes that hold each hair become gummy and get partially blocked - giving you blackheads. Put together if sebum blocks the tubes --- you have big acne.
So go to your pharmacist or doctor to get your acne treated. Here are a few tips that will help you know how to treat acne at home.


1. If you have red angry looking acne, don't touch it.
If you squeeze now, all you'll do is force the contents deeper into the skin that will make matters worst. And all you'll end up with is redder, angrier acne than you had before. Don't do it.


2. If you have a yellow custard top? Go for it.
These beauties CAN be squeezed but there's an art to it. Here's how. Wash your hands thoroughly to avoid trouble and infection. Put a tissue over your finger. Why? Because you want the contents of the spot on the tissue, not splattered all over the mirror. Using the side of your thumb and the end of your finger, very gently start to squeeze. Don't whatever you do, use your nails as this will damage your skin. Stop when you're applying a lot of pressure and nothing is happening and you see clear fluid, rather than yellow grotty stuff and the spot begins to bleed. When you've finished dab it with antiseptic. Once the custard bit is out, the spot will heal more quickly than an unsqueezed yellow top would, providing that you now leave it well alone. Now wash your hands again.


3. Whiteheads and blackheads.
If acne is left untreated they may cause this problem. Here the rule is if they're black, squeeze but if they're small, white raised lumps leave them alone. All that stuff about clean hands, tissues and stopping if nothing is happening or you see blood, apply here too.



Tips for acne treatment
1. DON'T TRY TO WASH IT AWAY
Acne isn't caused by dirt. In fact people with oily skin have cleaner skin than average because they wash it more often. But it's a fact that washing too much can make acne worse because it makes the skin dry and sore. So, wash no more than twice a day, using mild soap and water. If you have patches of dry skin, don't worry about putting moisturizer on. It won't make your acne worse. If you're still concerned, use an oil free moisturizer.


2. DON'T NUKE 'EM
There are lots of over the counter creams, gels, lotions and potions. Most contain a powerful bleaching agent called benzoyl peroxide. You'll find the strength written on the label. You might be tempted to go straight for the highest sort, working on the 'let's nuke 'em principle. The likely result is that you'll irritate your skin like mad. It may also go all dry and scaly on you. But if you still are willing to bleach then use the mild one.


3. MAKE A DATE - THE TWO MONTH RULE
If you have been using over the counter remedies for two months and there is no real improvement in your spots, this is the moment to go and make an appointment with your doc.


4. YOUR DOCTOR - THE TWO MONTH RULE
The thing you are most likely to be given by the doctor is a prescription for antibiotics. These will either be topical (which means something you put on your skin) or tablets you have to take every day. Whatever treatment your doctor or pharmacist recommends, follow the instructions carefully and keep using for at least two months. There should be a noticeable improvement by this time. If not, go back to discuss other possible treatments Antibiotics are perfectly safe to take. You should take them for at least two months and then go back to your doc. If they seem to be working, he will probably tell you to keep taking them and give you some more. If they aren't doing their stuff, don't despair - he has loads of other spot busters in his black bag.


5. YOU ARE NOT AN ALIEN - BUT JUST BE PATIENT
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers seek help for acne. You are not alone. You are not an alien. And if people really care about you, they don't even notice your acne, however bad you think they are. But you will need to be patient. Most treatments take time to work. At least two months. And some treatments, like antibiotics will work well but may have to be taken for months, or even years.


6. THE MONTHLY CURSE... OR EXAMS
Acne does tend to get worse just before a period. It's because there is a surge in hormone levels at this time. But boys don't get away lightly either. Being hot and sweaty (particularly after sports like football) makes acne worse. And for everyone, stress - particularly at exam times - is a cue for a mega breakout. This is normal - and of course, even more reason for feeling stressed. Go chill. They'll get better - promise.


7. WATCH WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN AND HAIR
Some beauty products are big no-nos. These include pomades and defrizzing agents for hair that tend to cause an outcrop of blackheads along the hairline and some of the heavier cosmetics. And be wary of suntan oils. Not all will make you break out, but some may. Try a friend's first before you buy. By the way, the sun might dry up acne and a tan might hide them, but your skin is still vulnerable in the sun and needs protection.


8. CARRY ON KISSING
You can't catch acne during kissing - go for it!


9. CARRY ON EATING CHOCOLATE
It's a myth that eating chocolate and fried foods causes acne. However, eating a good diet improves your general well-being and this is reflected in your skin.


Common Questions asked about acne problem
  • Does wearing make up cause acne?
    It is not necessary that wearing make up causes acne. Acne is caused because of hormonal imbalance mostly during puberty. But you have to take special care while you apply make up and thereafter if you have acne. Make sure you wash any make up tools, including sponges and brushes as often as possible as these become a breeding ground for bugs which can cause your spots to pop up. Stop wearing make up if you have too many spots and you can resume after you have treated them. Don't forget to clean the make up after you come home and and make sure you cleanse your face properly each night.

  • Do skin toner and moisturizer cure acne?
    One thing that you need to know is acne is not caused by dirt, so no amount of cleaning and toning is going to get rid of them. So for treating acne you must consult your doctor and eat lots of healthy food and drink lots of water. That is the natural way to keep you face spot free.
    Is it ok to do facial?It can be a real treat to have the facial done, as they can be very relaxing and make you feel properly pampered. However, you should be aware that they should not be used to help 'treat' spots, as this can be quite dangerous if the beauty therapist is not trained. Sometimes a beauty therapist will also squeeze out any spots and blackheads that if it's not done properly, may cause a bigger problem than before.
  • What is the best way to cover up spots?
    Foundation is okay to use and may give you more confidence if you've got a hot date, but remember to look for oil-free one. Whatever you use to put on your skin, wash your hands or sponge before applying foundation.



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    Retrived from: http://gleez.com/articles/health-beauty/how-to-get-rid-of-acne-pimples



09 March 2008

Before and After


Yesterday just cut a new hair-style and try to adapt with it as fast as possible!
Look at the brightside!


















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