Monday, 31 July 2017

Food for pregnancy - in Chinese


News: Singapore McDonald's Nasi Lemak Burger vs Malaysia's Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger


Singapore McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger was launched on Jul 13 as part of a limited-time menu to celebrate Singapore’s birthday. The burger, as well as other items such as the Chendol McFlurry, sold out islandwide less than two weeks later.


Malaysia myBurgerLab's Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger is to take on Singapore McDonald's nasi lemak burger.

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, myBurgerLab explained: "(The Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang Burger) is for our National Day (on Aug 31) and also as a response to everyone who tagged us and requested for this burger to be made, because Malaysia's McDonald's didn't have it."

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-myburgerlab-unveils-rival-to-mcdonald-s-nasi-lemak-9077204

Why I walk 2 miles to the store instead of driving


Anyone who knows me knows that I love to walk nearly everywhere I go. It’s my preferred method of transportation by far. Whenever I have errands that are five or less miles away, I walk whenever I can. When I was in school I walked to and from classes — about six miles each way from my apartment — and it was a great deal of fun.

I also walk my son to and from daycare and school whenever the weather permits. His school is about half a mile from home, and his daycare is a just a few blocks down the road. So, walking him back and forth gives us both some wonderful walking time together each and every day. I cherish these walks; they’re much more fun than driving the short distance to daycare and school. Plus, I hope that doing this gives my son a lifelong love of walking, so we can do it together for many years to come.

The research is quite clear on this: if you make brisk walking a regular part of your day, you’ll very likely enjoy better health in a multitude of ways. This has definitely been true for me, so I keep on walking!

Read the full article @ http://www.thealternativedaily.com/benefits-of-walking/


My 2 cents:
Walking not only helps you physically, but mentally too, like:
  • It clears your head with fresh air so you can think better. 
  • You can smell the trees and flowers, making you forget about your depression or unhappiness. 
  • You see other people and new places when you walk that may give you inspirations or new ideas for your work or project.
  • You feel free when you walk, and appreciate life.
  • People always say they have no time to bond with their love ones. Walking to anywhere with your love ones is one way of bonding.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Higher taxi subsidies for more people with disabilities


From Aug 1, more people with disabilities travelling to school and work will be able to claim Grab or Uber fares from the Government’s Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS).

They will also get up to 35% more in overall taxi subsidies, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said.

Monthly per capita

Singaporeans with a monthly per capita household income of
  • S$700 and below will receive 80% in subsidies, up from 50% currently
  • Between S$701 and S$1,100 will get a 75% subsidy, up from 40%
  • Newly expanded households with a monthly per capita income of up to S$2,600 from current S$1,800, will be eligible for a 30% subsidy.

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/more-taxi-fares-subsidies-people-disabilities

Potatoes: Are they healthy or not?


Potatoes are an incredibly versatile root vegetable that’s consumed in a variety of dishes around the world.

There are many varieties but they belong to the nightshade family of plants.

Nevertheless, many varieties are similar in composition, consisting of a starchy flesh covered by a thin, nutrient-rich skin.

Nutrient content

The way you prepare your potatoes can influence their nutrient content.
  • Peeling the potato can remove a significant portion of the fibre and mineral content in each serving.
  • Frying potatoes can increase their fat and calorie content, compared to other cooking methods like baking or boiling.
  • Processed potato products are also less nutrient dense and contain more calories, fat and sodium than whole potatoes.

Benefits of eating potatoes
  • Potatoes are a good source of antioxidants, including specific types, such as flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids.
  • They provide resistant starch, a non-digestible food for beneficial bacteria in your gut for blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity.
  • Potato skins contain a good amount of fibre. Eating skin and starchy flesh may promote fullness and decrease hunger.

Eating potatoes may contribute to weight gain

Processed French fries and chips contain more calories and fat than potatoes that have been boiled, steamed or roasted. Excess calories, regardless of the food source, can lead to weight gain.

When eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet, it is unlikely that whole, unprocessed potatoes will lead to weight gain.

Ref: https://authoritynutrition.com/are-potatoes-healthy/

Exceptional people: Singaporean wins international award for humanitarian work


The Singaporean founder of a volunteer group providing hot meals to the poor is among this year’s six winners of the Philippines’ Magsaysay awards.

Mr Tony Tay’s Willing Hearts group distributes thousands of meals everyday in the wealthy city state, where about 10% of a population of 5.7 million live in poverty, the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation said in a statement.

The winners of the awards, widely seen as Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel prizes, will receive a sum of US$50,000 (S$67,881) at a ceremony set for late August.

Past Singaporeans winning the award were Mr Lim Kim San (1965) and Mr Goh Keng Swee (1972).

Ref:
1) http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/singaporean-wins-international-award-humanitarian-work
2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ramon_Magsaysay_Award_winners

Health tip: Honey can make you lose weight


Hibernation Diet

By consuming honey before going to bed, you are actually doing 2 important things at the same time - have a good sleep and lose weight.

Honey is a proven natural sleep aid. By consuming honey before bedtime, it restocks the liver’s glycogen supply and prevents the brain from triggering a crisis search for fuel, which can wake you up.

By stimulating your liver, it speeds up your burning fat metabolism, and easing the amount of stress hormones which are in your system. As the name implies, it helps you lose weight during hibernation.

Ref: 
1) https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/
2) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/benefits-of-honey-in-weight-loss.html

Friday, 28 July 2017

Murdered New York cop's baby born more than 2 years after his death


New York police detective WenJian Liu was ambushed and killed two and a half years ago in a murder that shocked the city. This week, his widow gave birth to his baby daughter.

Angelina was born Tuesday at Weill Cornell Hospital. Her mother, Sanny Liu, asked doctors to freeze her husband's sperm the night he died so that she could one day fulfil their dream of having children.

The night after his death, Sanny dreamt that he handed her a baby girl, police said. She got pregnant through in-vitro fertilization.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/murdered-new-york-cop-s-baby-born-more-than-2-years-after-his-9068262

Forum: It's basic courtesy to give way to emergency vehicles

Every few days while I am on my way to work on the Central Expressway, I will witness the frustrating and selfish acts of fellow motorists when they encounter an emergency vehicle.

Behaviour that I have seen includes speeding up rather than changing lanes to give way to the emergency vehicle; signalling but making no attempt to change lanes promptly; and refusing to give way to other motorists who are giving way to emergency vehicles.

I don't think this needs a public education campaign - it's basic common sense and public spiritedness.

In medical emergencies, a few minutes could make the difference between life and death.

I urge the authorities to grant ambulance drivers the right to capture on their ambulance cameras errant motorists who hog lanes or refuse to give way .

These motorists should be taken to task.

Dr Kalaiyarasi Kaliyaperumal

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/its-basic-courtesy-to-give-way-to-emergency-vehicles

You may want to read 
1) Teach motorists what to do when they see an emergency vehicle
2) Video showing Biker helps to clear the way for ambulance on highway

Playing football boosts bone development in teenage boys


Playing football can improve bone development in adolescent boys, new research has found.

Even compared to swimming and cycling, kicking a ball around led to 'significantly better bones' after one year of training.

Adolescence is the key period for bone growth – poor development at this age is linked to reduced peak bone mass. This increases risks of developing fractures and osteoporosis later in life.

Our skeleton matures around age 30.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4689426/Playing-football-boosts-bone-development-teenage-boys.html

Exceptional people: From school dropout to one of ITE's top adult learners


Studying was the least of his priorities as he dropped out of school at age 11 - until he got married in 2013 and started a family.

Now 36, he is graduating from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) with a Higher Nitec in Services - Logistics for International Trade. He is also one of ITE's top adult learners with a grade point average of 3.8 out of 4.

"I didn't have any formal qualifications... it wasn't easy to progress at work," said Mr Rizal, who works in logistics. "What pushed me was preparing for marriage and the arrival of my first son, which all needed money."

Mr Rizal, now a warehouse specialist, is earning 70 to 80% more than what he used to before gaining his ITE qualification.

He is now considering taking up a diploma in the same field at Ngee Ann Polytechnic or a private institution next year.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/from-school-dropout-to-one-of-ites-top-adult-learners

Exceptional people: From ITE to be top NTU graduates

Mr Hoong Seng Keng (right) and Mr Amos Goh, both from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering course in NTU, have secured jobs with Micron Technology and ST Electronics respectively. Image: todayonline

One student was doing so badly in his studies that he was rejected by a tuition centre, while another was prepared to drop out of school if he continued to do poorly.

But IT'S not THE END for Mr Hoong Seng Keng and Mr Amos Goh, both 27.

Defying expectations, these two former Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students are graduating with First Class Honours from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this year

Mr Hoong said: “Whatever you did wrong in the past, you can’t change it. So aim high and don’t look back.”

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/struggling-students-top-ntu-graduates

News: Amazon Prime Now in Singapore


Amazon launched its Prime Now service in Singapore, making its app available via iTunes and Google Play stores.

A quick check showed that the range of Amazon products was limited compared to what was available in other countries. This may due to testing of the system for stability and reliability before more products are added.

Customers in Singapore are given two delivery options. A two-hour delivery service will be free for customers who place orders above S$40. If customers do not meet the minimum order, they can pay S$5.99 for the two-hour delivery option, or S$9.99 for the speedier one-hour delivery option.

Should the delivery arrive later than stated, customers can reject the order. If there are missing products in the delivery, Amazon will refund the customers for the missing items, said Mr Henry Low, director of Prime Now Asia Pacific.

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/amazon-prime-now-lands-in-singapore-app-stores-9066916

Zika cluster reported at Serangoon North Avenue 1


Three cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection have been confirmed at Serangoon North Avenue 1, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (Jul 26).

All three cases are residents in the area, it added.

NEA said it was notified of the cluster on Wednesday and has started vector control operations and outreach efforts at the cluster area.

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/zika-cluster-reported-at-serangoon-north-avenue-1-9066542

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

New cancer drugs turn patients' gray hair BLACK

Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned dark while taking new immunotherapy drugs for lung cancer, a new study reveals.


While chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, the 14 patients involved in this report, some in their 70s, were all being treated with a new form of drugs called immunotherapy, which work differently and have different side effects.

Dr. Noelia Rivera, a dermatologist at Autonomous University of Barcelona, noted that the study drugs have serious side effects that make them unsafe for healthy people. But if it's confirmed that they do change hair color, a different drug could be developed to treat gray hair, she said.

The pharmaceutical industry has previously capitalized on unexpected drug side effects; examples include the male pattern baldness drug Propecia, the eyelash growing drug Latisse, and Botox anti-wrinkle injections.

Active ingredients in these drugs were initially approved to treat enlarged prostates, eye pressure problems, and eye muscle spasms.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4718576/No-dye-Cancer-patients-gray-hair-darkened-immune-drugs.html

Curry spice cured her cancer

Dieneke had been diagnosed with the blood cancer myeloma in 2007 and had undergone three rounds of chemotherapy as well as four stem cell transplants.

Yet, despite all this, ‘nothing worked: there was just too much cancer — all my options were exhausted, and there was nothing else I could do,’ she says.

Then Dieneke started a new treatment — not another high-tech, expensive drug, but a remedy based on something many of us have in our kitchen cupboards. Where all others had failed, this one worked, and five years on, Dieneke’s cancer cell count is negligible.


The treatment? Curcumin, which is a key component of the spice turmeric. Dieneke’s recovery was so extraordinary that it recently made the pages of the eminent British Medical Journal as a one-off case report of how a natural ingredient was somehow keeping cancer at bay.

"When you review her chart, there’s no alternative explanation [for her recovery] other than we’re seeing a response to curcumin," Jamie Cavenagh, professor of blood diseases at London’s Barts Hospital and co-author of the report, said.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4726136/How-curry-spice-helped-dying-woman-beat-cancer.html

9 common myths about dieting debunked by experts

MYTH: Crash diets can help you lose weight

FACT: Crash diets, or very low- calorie meal plans, are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss.

MYTH: Gluten-free foods will help with weight loss

FACT: Such food products are generally advised for people with celiac disease or who are sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye grains.

MYTH:Juicing vegetables and fruit is a good way to eat healthy and can lead to weight loss

FACT: Fruit juice, with or without added sugar, is mainly fruit sugar water without fibre.

MYTH: Lifting weights will make you "bulk up" and won't help with weight control

FACT: Lifting weights or doing other activities two or three days a week that may help you build strong muscles, such as push-ups and some types of yoga, will not bulk you up.

MYTH: Skip the carbs as they are fattening

FACT: Many people avoid bread, rice and other carbs, thinking this will help them maintain their weight. But carbohydrate-rich foods are a source of energy.

MYTH: A detox diet can help you stay healthy and lose weight

FACT: Such diets may involve eating only fruit and vegetables or a limited range of foods; or cutting out certain food categories like dairy products. They are based on the idea that toxins build up in the body and can be removed by eating - or not eating - certain things.

MYTH: Skipping meals will help you lose weight

FACT: According to the Health Promotion Board, studies show that people who skip breakfast and take less meals a day may end up putting on more weight compared to those who eat hearty breakfasts and more meals.

FACT: You can lose weight by eating just salads
Eating the right kind of salads is a good way to control your calorie intake while making you feel full at the same time. Your calorie count will remain low, as salads and green vegetables are low in calories and have almost no fat content.

MYTH: Snacking or eating at night is bad

FACT: If your body still needs the calories, there is nothing wrong with eating late at night. Your body will not process food any differently at night. The crux is how many calories your body manages to burn off. 

Read the full article @ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/common-myths-about-dieting

Forum: People with special needs do not deserve rudeness

I am a training officer with the Metta Welfare Association.

Last Friday morning, I took my clients, who have intellectual disabilities, to Woodlands Swimming Complex for our regular swimming lesson.

As we entered the complex, we passed a large group of primary school pupils. One of my clients briefly grabbed the hand of a female pupil. I told him to stop it, and he did.

While we were in the changing room, two pupils from the group came in.

One of them stuck his middle finger out at my clients while the other called them stupid. The pupils then left, only to come back and repeat their rude gesture and remarks.

I told my clients to ignore them and the pupils eventually left.

Even though my client had misbehaved towards the child, he did not deserve to be harassed.

It pains me to see people with special needs being mistreated and not shown understanding.

Schools celebrate Racial Harmony Day to commemorate harmony between people of different races.

Why can we not do the same for people with special needs?

Bryan Chong

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/people-with-special-needs-dont-deserve-rudeness

Avoid Mexico: Mexico Just Had Its Deadliest Month in 20 Years


Mexican government statistics show June was the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, with murders reaching 2,234.

The one-month total also makes 2017 the deadliest first half of a year that Mexico has seen in at least two decades.

From January to June the country recorded 12,155 homicides, nearly 31 percent higher than the same period last year. It also tops the number seen in the first half of 2011, the previous high.

Ref: 
1) http://time.com/4869087/mexico-murder-june-record-high-deadliest/
2) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/mexico-violence-peaks-2200-murders-june-170722115004326.html

You may also want to avoid going (for now) to HongKong: Deadly flu

Monday, 24 July 2017

Walk around Singapore: Toa Payoh (July 2017) - updated

Went for my usual morning walk and detoured to Toa Payoh to take some pictures of the 'new' look.

This is the overhead bridge that connects Potong Pasir to Toa Payoh
Using the overhead bridge across Central Express @ Kallang park connector, linking Potong Pasir to Toa Payoh, I reached Kim Keat Ave and started my walk from Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery Temple.

莲山双林寺




Lorong 7 Toa Payoh

Blk 1 of Toa Payoh. This is not the first block to be built in Toa Payoh. Blk 52 Lor 6 was the first block.

Lorong 6 Toa Payoh


SAFRA Toa Payoh

Toa Payoh Sports complex - track, indoor and swimming

Toa Payoh and Singapore playground icon

Lorong 5 Toa Payoh


Story of Toa Payoh can be found here

Images were etched on the stones



Quite a number of walk-up flats in Toa Payoh

Lorong 4 Toa Payoh

Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution

Swatow Seafood Restaurant, another old brand in Toa Payoh

Toa Payoh Central


Toa Payoh Central Community Building, CC and police station

Bata, the brand trusted by the older generations

Open space in front of Toa Payoh library

The old mixing with the new.....




Newly revamped pedestrian mall



The temple under the tree is still there, but the tree had been trimmed

HDB Hub

Toa Payoh MRT station

Walkway linking bus and mrt interchange/HDB Hub to Toa Payoh Town garden and Whampoa park connector