Thursday, 31 August 2017

People in photos

1) Mr & Mrs Tony Tan

Image source: Yahoo news
President Tony Tan Keng Yam will leave office on 31 August 2017 as head of state after 6 years in office.  Thank you for your great service to Singapore, Mr and Mrs Tony Tan.


2) France President Emmanuel Macron


France President Emmanuel Macron has spent US$31,000 to keep looking young since taking office.
Personal grooming is not part of a job description. He should use his own money instead of the state's.


3) Tearful bowler pay tribute to late mentor Henry Tan after gold win


Cherie Tan:
"The atmosphere of the team is sombre because Henry just died...We told ourselves that we were going to bowl for Henry and we are doing this for him."


4) SEA Games female police officer


Amid the intense sporting competition at the SEA Games 2017, Malaysian netizens have found themselves gripped by another type of buzz: a female police officer who has set hearts aflutter online.


5) Osaka homestay bans all Malaysians


Osaka homestay bans all Malaysians following trio's hooliganism to their lodge for act of vandalising, defecating in the shower and threatening its caretaker.
Don't be a disgrace when you are travelling abroad as you act as an ambassador to your country.


6) Gao Jisheng

Image source: thepaper.cn
The self-made Chinese millionaire, who bought an 80% stake in Southampton was once a farmer, spent his formative years in the armed police and fancies himself as a poet.
Believe in yourself and you will be great one day.


7)  Toastmasters International World champion


Mr Mr Manoj Vasudevan's speech on what it takes to make a marriage work won the judges over, making him Toastmasters Int World champion 2017. It is 2 years in a row that a Singaporean has won the title.

Last year, Darren Tay, 28, won the championship in Washington DC.

Happy Teachers' Day 2017


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Scam warning: Beware of e-mail scams


Email impersonation scams, which affect companies that correspond with other companies via email to transact and transfer funds, were flagged by the police yesterday in its release of mid-year crime statistics.

Scammers posed as company's client in an e-mail to company and added purchase order (PO) to client's original e-mail. The company, without confirming with client, transferred the money to scammers. When subsequently confirmed with client that there is no such PO issued by them, it will be too late.

There were 160 such cases in the first half of this year, an increase of about 29% from the same period last year. The total amount that was swindled also grew by 25.9%, from S$17.4 million in the first half of last year to S$21.9 million this year.

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/plot-hackers-cheat-firm-s101000-foiled-bank

Exceptional people: Negative blood donors shore up national stockpile, more donors needed

Blood donors Eddy Tho and Paul S. Nef have Rhesus negative blood types and make up only 1.5 per cent of the donor population. Image source: tnp
He donated blood as a teenager in Taiwan in the early 70s after his friend was hit by a vehicle while cycling.

After moving to Singapore in 1995, Mr Paul S. Nef, 64, who has the rare A-negative blood type, continues donating blood every 3 months.

Sales manager Eddy Tho, 39, has the rarest type O-negative blood, which is known as the "universal donor" type because it can be donated to anyone, especially in emergencies when the patient's blood cannot be determined in time.

Mr Tho has been donating blood three to four times a year.


The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) hopes people with rare blood types can donate more to increase the pool as donors with rare blood type makes up only 1.5% of the donor population.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/negative-blood-donors-needed-shore-national-stockpile

World's first diabetes app will be able to check glucose levels without drawing a drop of blood

The world's first health app could monitor people's glucose levels without breaking the skin - a development which has been described as the 'holy grail' in diabetes care.

Image for illustration only
Users will only have to place one fingertip over the camera lens of their smartphone, the London-based firm has stated. A series of close-up images are taken which accurately show information about the user's blood flow.

These are then sent to the cloud for analysis and can provide feedback on all kinds of vital information - from heart rate to temperature to blood pressure.

Developers say the app will be available to download - free of charge - on Android smartphone devices and iOS at the end of this year.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4817080/First-health-app-checks-glucose-levels-without-blood.html

News: Free fitness classes at Kranji MRT Plaza

A community mass walk event at the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji. Image for illustration only. Source: tnp
Every Tuesday from next week, FREE complimentary fitness sessions, led by professional personal trainers and include the likes of Bolly Dazz, Hip Hop, Kpop X Fitness, Zumba, will be held at the Kranji MRT Plaza, courtesy of the Singapore Turf Club (STC).

The action-packed classes will be held between 5.30pm and 6.45pm at the STC - Kranji MRT Plaza.

Bottled water will be provided for all participants.

Pre-registration is not required. The public can simply walk in to join.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/sports/racing/free-fitness-classes-kranji-mrt-plaza

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Forum: Encourage table sharing, not confrontation


Ms Inderjit Kaur's suggestion that foodcourt patrons ignore the objects placed by others to "chope" seats is not only impractical, but could also be interpreted as a provocative act that could lead to volatile situations between diners (Don't put up with 'choping'; Aug 26).

Visit a foodcourt during peak lunch and dinner hours, and one can be wandering around with a tray of hot food and not find a seat, which explains why people use items to reserve seats.

I wonder if Ms Kaur's tactic actually works.

The solution is not to encourage confrontation but to cultivate civic-mindedness and table sharing.

Hong Kong is much more densely populated than Singapore, but people there have learnt that sharing a table is mandatory and a single diner occupying one table alone is unacceptable.

It may not be comfortable having to eat at the same table with several strangers, but it's a matter of getting used to such a practice. I think nothing of it when visiting Hong Kong.

Ignoring or removing items placed by others to reserve their seats does not foster the kind of gracious society we try so hard to build.

However, if such a measure is deemed necessary to compel table sharing, at least at the start, then perhaps the foodcourt staff should do that, not the customers themselves.

Foodcourt operators should also encourage diners to eat and go, instead of hogging a table for longer than necessary.

Those who wish to linger and chat can be politely persuaded by foodcourt staff to patronise other establishments designed for customers to do so.

Michael Loh Toon Seng (Dr)

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/encourage-table-sharing-not-confrontation

More men in Singapore reaping benefits of yoga

From right: Mr Dev Kapil, director of One Wellness Fitness Club, Alex Lau and Andy Teo. Image source: ST
The leg cramps suffered by Mr Andy Teo, 48, while running marathons went away, while Mr Alex Lau, 43, was able to quit smoking - all because of this mind-body practice.

Mr Teo no longer suffers from cramps, and just one hour of yoga a week is enough to keep them away. There were other benefits. Yoga helped the 1.8m-tall man stop hunching and to stand straight, and it strengthened his shoulder joints, which were prone to dislocation.

They are among the increasing number of men in Singapore who are turning to yoga for health and fitness, although it is a realm still mainly inhabited by women.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/more-men-in-singapore-reaping-benefits-of-yoga

Exceptional people: RSAF clinches two awards at US air combat exercise

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) weapons systems officer Chia Chi Yu, 32, planned and led a multinational team in a simulated mission in a two-week exercise in Nevada, US. The mission was to take out a ground target in enemy territory, while fending off adversarial air forces and threats on the ground.

The exercise involved 70 of the most advanced fighter jets in the world, such as the US Air Force's (USAF) F-22s and Royal Saudi Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoons.

Mr Chia was recognised as the top performer out of 19 mission commanders as he was named the Overall Outstanding Mission Commander at this year's Exercise Red Flag - Nellis, hosted by the USAF from Aug 14 to last Friday.

F15 aircraft. Image source: http://www.imandystorm.com/2011/06/rsaf-open-house.html

The Singapore team was also recognised as the Outstanding Aircraft Maintenance Unit at the exercise at Nellis Air Force Base. The Singapore detachment deployed eight F-15SG fighter aircraft and more than 100 personnel.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/rsaf-clinches-two-awards-at-us-air-combat-exercise

Correct portion of food to eat is in your hands

Image from youtube video
While some feel like they should eat until they are full, this is not the case. because over-eating until you get that full feeling can leave you sluggish, uncomfortable and lacking in energy.

According to personal trainer and fitness guru, Belinda Norton-Smith,'Our best gauge is actually on our body and it's our hands.

'When we clasp our hands together, it shows us the exact amount of food we should be eating for every single meal, up to 6 times per day.'

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4826768/Are-eating-correct-portion-size.html

Monday, 28 August 2017

Scam warning: Singapore Airlines is NOT giving away free tickets?


If you have received an e-mail telling you that Singapore Airlines is giving away free tickets for its 70th anniversary, be on your guard.

Scammers have been phishing for users' personal data this way since Thursday (Aug 24), an SIA spokesman told The Straits Times on Saturday.

SIA advised customers to exercise discretion when revealing personal data to unverified sources.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-airlines-giving-away-free-tickets-its-a-phishing-scam-sia-warns

Food that are good and bad for nursing

It goes without saying that your top priority is to stay healthy if you are breastfeeding.

Dr Christopher Chong, Ob-Gyn at Gleneagles Hospital has some advice: Get enough rest, keep yourself hydrated and eat a balanced diet. The good news is, you will feel hungrier than usual as your body will be burning about 300 to 500 more calories a day.

Food to avoid
  • Diuretic food will affect the quality and quantity of milk supply like coffee, tea, parsley
  • Food that will affect the supply of breast milk like peppermint, menthol, oregano
  • Alcohol
  • Shellfish, swordfish, king mackerel, crustaceans because they may contain mercury and other contaminants

Food to eat
  • Food that can increase breast milk supply like carrots, oatmeal, fenugreek
  • Food high in calcium and protein good for child's bone, teeth and muscle development like dairy products, eggs
  • Salmon
  • Spinach is a good source of folic acid, a deficiency can give rise to anemia in babies.

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/nursing-6-foods-to-eat-6-to-avoid-9141916

Vegetarian diets really DO lower your cholesterol



Plant-based diets really do lower cholesterol, according to a review of nearly 50 studies.

Vegetarians generally eat more greens, fruits and nuts which means they have a lower intake of saturated fat, researchers found.

These foods are naturally rich in components such as soluble fibre, soy protein, and plant sterols (a cholesterol found in plants), all of which lower cholesterol.

High cholesterol is particularly dangerous as it often goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated. It is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, strokes and vascular diseases.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4812532/Vegetarian-diets-really-lower-cholesterol.html

I actually talked to my family...because Facebook is down


When Facebook and Instagram sites go DOWN for hours.....

I actually talked to my family

- this is the sad state of the world, thanks to lazy and bad parenting.

Fall in sperm counts no cause for alarm - quality matters too


According to an international team of researchers from the United States, Europe, South America and Israel, sperm counts worldwide dropped from an average of about 93 million sperm per ml of semen in 1973 to 66 million per ml in 2011. In North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, they fell more than 50% over that period.

Besides virility, sperm counts are an indicator of general health in men and a low count could indicate poor health.

Dr Lim Kok Bin, a urologist at Raffles Urology Centre, noted that according to the World Health Organisation, 15 million sperm per millilitre in humans is normal and is enough for conception without medical aid.

He added that even though the quantity is low, the quality may still be there as good quality sperm has high motility - the ability to swim briskly and for long distances to reach the egg.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/fall-in-sperm-counts-no-cause-for-alarm-quality-matters-too

Heart diseases kill more men at earlier age than women


Cardiovascular disease, which encompasses a range of problems from heart failure to congested blood vessels and stroke, has recently been found to kill more men than women for a variety of reasons.

A 2015 United States study published in the journal Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences found that cardiovascular disease was mainly responsible for men having a shorter life expectancy than women.

Dr Calvin Chin, a consultant at NHCS, said that not only do more men develop cardiovascular diseases than women, but women here also develop the diseases about 10 years later than men.

The reasons for the difference are complex, he said, which may include
  • male and female hormones like oestrogen and testosterone
  • hesitancy to seek medical help for men
  • more male smokers than female smokers
  • physical stress
  • men carrying more fat in their bodies than women

Ref: 
1) http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/heart-diseases-kill-more-men-at-earlier-age-than-women
2) http://www.livestrong.com/article/25322-men-prone-heart-disease-women/

Saturday, 26 August 2017

News: A mountain named after Ong Teng Cheong


Mountaineers (from left) Shani Tan, David Lim and Wilfred Tok first ascended the mountain, which is located in south-eastern Kazakhstan, on July 29, 2005, along with mountaineer Muhammad Rozani Maarof. They named it after Mr Ong Teng Cheong, who was the patron of Singapore's first Everest expedition in 1995 when he was president.

On why naming the peak after Mr Ong, David Lim say: "He believed in us. He worked behind the scenes to tie us up with major sponsors so that we could raise funds for training, equipment, airfare and the expedition itself. The peak was thus named in honour of him."

Kazakhstan gives a person the privilege of naming a mountain if he was the first to scale it, and has submitted documents such as a report of its exact geographical location and the climbing route for approval.


An adjacent virgin peak, scaled by  the late president's two sons Tze Boon and Tze Guan, along with Mr Lim Kim Boon and Mr Leow Kah Shin, had applied it to be named after Mr Ong's wife, their mother Ong Siew May.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/a-mountain-named-after-ong-teng-cheong?login=true

Keep open mind about value of alternative medicine


Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as a form of complementary alternative medicine (CAM), is a unique system of medicine based on more than 2,000 years of clinical application.

While modern science cannot explain the mechanism of TCM treatment modalities, clinical studies have supported its efficacy in many diseases. And so we disagree with the report (Traditional health practices: More harm than good; Aug 15).

As stated in the report, the fact that "not many people know that rheumatoid arthritis can be treated" and that it is often equated with rheumatism shows the lack of public awareness of the illness. In both studies mentioned in the report, the use of CAM included self-administration of vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) TCM drugs. This reflects the prevalence of cases where patients self-medicate in the absence of professional advice, which could result in adverse reactions to the drugs. Rather than discrediting CAM, we see opportunities for CAM and conventional medicine to work together through effective healthcare communication and education. Likewise, seemingly harmless CAM like vitamins, supplements and herbal medicines, should also be taken under the advice of certified professionals.

Mr Chee Hong Tat, in his Aug 2 speech at the Convocation of the Nanyang Technological University-Beijing University of Chinese Medicine Double Degree Programme, encouraged doctors and scientists to keep an open mind to the potential value of TCM. We urge the media and general public to keep an open mind to the potential value of CAM.

Ho Chin Ee (Ms)

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/keep-open-mind-about-value-of-alternative-medicine

Friday, 25 August 2017

NParks warns public after crocodile spotted at Changi Beach


The National Parks Board (NParks) has put up warning signs at Changi Beach Park following reports of a crocodile in the area.

One eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said that he had seen a crocodile near Changi Point Ferry Terminal for the past four days, including near the boardwalk area close to the ferry terminal.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/warning-signs-put-up-after-crocodile-spotted-at-changi-beach-9149566

SG Bike: Singapore’s 4th bike-sharing operator


SG Bike, a local start-up formed by leisure bicycle operator in East Coast and Pasir Ris, Park Cosco Recreation, and estate upgrading and town improvement company ISOTeam, launched its services to become the fourth player after ofooBike and Mobike.

Currently available only in Bukit Panjang Town, it will have 300 of its bicycles available at all Housing and Development Board (HDB) blocks, bus-stops, LRT and MRT stations by end of August.

To target indiscriminate parking, the bikes can be found only in 305 Geostations, marked by yellow boxes, installed in designated parking areas as part of a trial with the town council. Riders have to park at specific locations equipped with a Geostation or face a penalty charge.

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapores-4th-bike-sharing-operator-targets-indiscriminate-parking-alarms-rfid-technology

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Soft drink producers have been cutting sugar from products ‘over the years

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Major soft drinks producers said that they have been cutting down their products’ sugar content over the years, and only a handful of products currently exceed the 12-per-cent sugar cap that the industry will commit to by 2020.

F&N Foods general manager Jennifer See said that over the last 12 years, the company has slashed the sugar content of its products by 29%. Among other things, it rolled out healthier options including sugar-free, reduced-sugar and low-fat variants, as well as beverages with low Glycemic Index, which measures the impact of foods on blood sugar.

At Pokka, more than 40% of its drinks contain 6% or less sugar, Pokka International chief executive Alain Ong said.

Read how other soft drink manufacturers are cutting on sugar  @ http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/soft-drink-producers-have-been-cutting-sugar-products-over-years

You may want to read 
1) Low-sugar drinks alone won’t help if not combined with other diet choices: Experts
2) 7 major soft drinks manufacturers in Singapore to reduce sugar content in drinks

Voices: 24-hour food outlets, delivery services a challenge to healthy eating

I agree with the writer that food sellers or providers are among the key stakeholders to help people lead a healthy lifestyle. (“Time to work together on plans for a healthy lifestyle”; Aug 22).


Still, there are challenges when we try to eat healthily and eat less, particularly when food is within easy reach. In Singapore, we have quite a number of 24-hour food outlets or supper spots, and one can hardly go to bed hungry.

A sample study in the past by a university here showed that poor eating patterns among children might have contributed to high obesity levels, leading to serious diseases, including diabetes, in the later stage of their lives. The research also touched on the easy access of food shops when people eat out.

I am not against having such conveniences, but the authorities may need to review if we are having too many of such eateries outside of tourist spots or industrial zones.

I believe tourists and shift workers will need to eat at odd hours of the day and having such eateries makes sense.

For the rest of the population, are they really necessary?

Now we do not even have to leave home for food, as we can use our smartphones or computers to take advantage of food delivery services. This just means that people will risk becoming less active physically.

JAMES POH

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/voices/24-hour-food-outlets-delivery-services-challenge-healthy-eating

Forum: Time to make choping an offence


The couple that abused the elderly man at a hawker centre - Mr Chow Chuin Yee and Ms Tay Puay Leng - have been punished by the court and society (Public backlash 'making us live like fugitives'; Aug 13).

They have regretted their follies and apologised. No one is infallible. It is time for us to give them a second chance and allow them to move on with their private lives.

Now that matters have cooled down, it is time for the authorities to decide if the act of "choping" seats should be allowed to carry on unabated.

This matter should not be treated frivolously or brushed aside.

The choping of seats using tissue paper, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, newspapers, magazines and so forth is very common in hawker centres, foodcourts and other public eateries.

In some instances, a table meant for four would be choped by two people. This is selfish.

Sadly, over the years, this has become an accepted culture here.

However, this should not be the case. In public eateries, getting seats should be on a first come, first served basis. No one has an inalienable right to a seat just because he has placed an object on the table.

This chope culture is not confined to eateries - MRT trains and buses also suffer from this, when young people brazenly occupy seats reserved for the infirm, pregnant women and the elderly (Don't tolerate decline of civility and disrespect of the aged, by Mr John Driscoll; Aug 16).

Singapore is a First World nation and is held in high esteem internationally. Let us not let this choping culture destroy our hard-earned image.

I urge the authorities to intervene and pass a law to make choping an offence, and take to task those who violate the rules.

Pavithran Vidyadharan

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/time-to-make-choping-an-offence

Exceptional people: From 90kg to 50kg, thanks to exercise, zumba


Zumba instructor Sim Hui Churn is a healthy 50kg now, but four years ago, she tipped the scales at almost 90kg.

She had been too tired from work to make healthy lifestyle changes, and instead tried a slimming programme in 2011. She lost more than 30kg - but she gained back the weight within a year.

She realised she needed a bigger change. She signed up in 2013 for the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) Lose To Win programme and other exercise classes concurrently.

Within three months, she lost 20kg after exercising every day, but that was only the start. She also chanced upon a new passion - zumba - after signing up for her company's eight- week programme and is a full-time zumba instructor now.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/from-90kg-to-50kg-thanks-to-exercise-zumba

Teenagers put their lives on the edge of 16th-storey ledge

Image source: tnp

A group of lower secondary students were seen flirting with danger on a 16th-storey ledge at Riversound Residence in Sengkang on Monday.

Lesson to be learnt:
A resident said the teenagers should be educated about how they are risking their lives by doing dangerous acts.

"The right approach could prevent these kids from committing silly acts that could result in death," he said.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/teenagers-put-their-lives-edge-16th-storey-ledge

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A low-calorie diet IS the key to youth

A low-calorie diet may be key to youth, scientists claim after finding the link between the body's biological clock and aging.

Researchers at the University of California found a low-calorie diet was the best thing to keep the cells' energy-regulation process 'humming', keeping the body younger.

Lead author Dr Paolo Sassone-Corsi said the study presents a 'molecular holy grail' that clearly shows the cellular pathway that controls aging.

The clock-controlled circuit that directly connects to the process of aging is based on the cells efficient metabolism of energy.

Read the full article @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4778798/A-low-calorie-diet-key-youth-scientists-claim.html

You may want to read Health tip: Dr Mahathir Mohamad shares his secret to looking young

Dr Mahathir is already in his nineties, yet he is still working like a young man. His secret? Diet and weight. (Image source: Dr Mahathir blog) 

Health tip: Honey and Cirrhosis


It has been recently discovered that honey contains an active protein named royalactin.

Ingestion of this protein is the cause of differentiation of queens and workers instead of genetics as it was thought before. Lots of research has been done concerning this protein. It is very active against apoptosis which is a mechanism of liver damage.

In theory royalactin, thus honneybee, may be beneficial for chronic liver disease, nevertheless, it has never been cleared. It is a matter of research.

Ref: https://www.researchgate.net/post/What_is_the_best_diet_for_cirrhosis_and_how_much_grams_of_bee_honey_to_be_adivisable_for_patients_per_day

You may want to read Sugarcane juice can help treating jaundice and diabetes

Health tip: Seborrheic keratoses, skin tags and TCM

One may find the result of decades of dampness in the body by searching the skin and finding the following lesions: white or dark colored patchy and rough raised splotches around the eyes due to cholesterol deposits, skin tags due to toxic damp-heat in the skin and seborrheic keratoses due to chronic damp-heat in the skin.

white or dark colored patchy and rough splotches under eyes

seborrheic keratoses

skin tags

The author has found that the daily drinking of a decoction (tea) made from dried flowers (seed pods) of the Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) and Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum flower) is very effective in drying up these type of lesions.

One must make the tea very concentrated for it to be effective. Results may not become visible for as long as a year and longer due to the number of years the condition has been building. If the tea is too weak, there is no affect. If the tea is too strong it may cause constipation. Each person will need to determine their effective dose for themselves through trial and error.

Of course, one may ask a doctor to remove these unsightly skin surgically.

Ref: http://www.diamondhead.net/dampness.htm

Foods that stay edible for years

Honey

The durability is due to its low water content and high in sugar, bacteria cannot thrive in it. Honey also contains small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which inhibits the growth of microbes. Honey will never get spoiled, theoretically.


Dried pulses


Drying pulses increases the pulses' sugar concentration and lowers the water content, which makes it hard for bacteria and molds to grow on them.


Soya sauce



Combination of salt and fermentation process result in soya sauce has the potential to last at least 3 years.


Vinegar



Its acidic nature, traditionally achieved using Acetobacter bacteria to ferment it, means other bacteria struggle to grow in it, and so it can last a very long time.


White rice

Low temperature and a lack of oxygen appear to be important for white rice to be stored many years in tight containers. Brown rice, which contains unsaturated fats, can turn rancid much quicker, hence shorter shelf-life.


Sugar and salt



A preservative is a substance or a chemical that is added to products such as food or beverages to prevent decomposition by microbial growth or by undesirable chemical changes.

Sugar and salt are good preservatives. Hence they are added to many food products to extend their shelf-life. Sugar and salt draw water out of the food so that bacteria cannot grow on the food.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/foods-that-stay-edible-for-years

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Ghost Month

Today is the beginning of the Ghost Month in Singapore (Lunar July 1st).

The spirits jailed in the Hell are called ghosts.

The folklore says the ghosts have one-month parole and will travel to the towns in the 7th lunar month every year.

They may play trick-or-treat game on human beings, so people will feast them and make them happy during this time.

So expect a smokey and noisy month as a lot of incense papers and offerings will be offered and burnt everywhere (BE CAREFUL) and gei tai (live concert-performances) held almost every night.

Seats are reserved for the BROS! (Image source https://sanaakosirickylee.wordpress.com/tag/hungry-ghost-festival/

Offerings can be found almost everywhere, so BE CAREFUL. (Image source: http://iammrsbernabe.blogspot.sg/2012/08/hungry-ghost-month-in-singapore.html)

Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Diabetes

Mr Lee noted that it was because many people did not take diabetes seriously, that it has become a serious problem.

His concerns:
  • Singaporeans have one of the world’s longest life expectancy at 82 years, they also experience an average of eight years of ill health in old age
  • Obesity is one of the causes of diabetes. Diabetes is an 'invisible disease'
  • 1 in 9 Singaporeans has diabetes
  • 3 in 10 Singaporeans over the age of 60 has diabetes
  • 17% of Malays in Singapore have diabetes
  • An average of about 1,200 diabetics undergo amputation every year in Singapore
  • Among five-year-olds, one in 10 is overweight
  • More diabetes cases among young people as well, including children
Why are more Singaporeans putting weight?

PM Lee also suggested eating less and healthier, cutting back on soft drinks and doing more exercises. Singaporeans are putting on weight partly because they are eating more, he said.

Two decades ago, Singaporeans were eating 2,100 calories every day, about the right amount. By 2004, it went up to 2,400 calories a day, equivalent to two extra scoops of ice cream a day. By 2010, this number went up to 2,600, amounting to an extra scoop of ice cream with topping.

His advice: 

Eat less white rice (or other processed carbohydrates like mee, mee hoon, roti prata, food made from flour, etc).

“White rice may not taste sweet, but the effect is almost like eating sugar. When you eat white rice, your blood sugar will shoot up,” he said.

My 2 cents: Follow the Healthy Plate by NHB.



Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/national-day-rally-1-in-9-singaporeans-has-diabetes-problem-very-9140176

The perks of drinking coffee


That cup of coffee you grab every morning actually has positive effects on learning and decision-making.

"Individuals who are habitual consumers of coffee and tea have been shown to perform better on various tests of cognitive performance such as reaction time and visual-spatial skills," said Dr Ooi Yau Wei, cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Found naturally in tea, coffee, cocoa products, or added to beverages such as energy drinks and carbonated beverages, caffeine works by affecting our central nervous system, specifically adenosine. By blocking adenosine results in greater alertness, mental energy and concentration,

It is a hormone that is responsible for slowing the nervous system and relaxing the body, said Ms Natalie Goh, chief dietitian at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/perks-drinking-coffee

Bad habits cause varicose veins


Varicose veins are nothing to panic about, but they can be annoying and may lead to health issues down the road.

Some surprising everyday habits people are guilty of that lead to the formation of those lumpy blue lines include:
  • Crossing legs
  • Wearing high heels
  • Forgetting to exfoliate and moisturise legs
  • Not building and maintaining muscles
  • Sitting all day at desk
  • Shaving too quickly
  • Extra Salty diet
  • Standing for long period of time
  • Smoking
  • High impact running.
Read the full article @ http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/bad-habits-cause-varicose-veins

Monday, 21 August 2017

Malaysia Amanah leader: Singapore Malays successful because not spoon fed

The Malay community in Singapore were taught by the republic's founding father to fend for themselves, said Amanah's Salahuddin Ayub.

“This is how Singapore taught their people, by giving them the rod to fish and not supply the fish every time their people needed to cook on their homes,” said the Amanah deputy president.

Lee made it so that Singaporeans had to compete based on merit rather than race, Salahuddin said before adding that many young Malays in Singapore were now in key positions in vital sectors including the military and the government.

“They are fighting to seek merits and not become a race which needs to be shown sympathy or a subsidy race, which is the practice here,” he said in his speech at the Wanita Amanah Convention here.

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/news/amanah-leader-singapore-malays-successful-because-not-spoonfed-065800706.html

Celery


Celery, which has the scientific name Apium graveolens, is a vegetable in the plant family called Apiaceae, is a direct descendant of wild celery.

Celery provides dietary fibre that boosts digestion and weight loss. In addition, celery’s high percentage of water and electrolytes can prevent dehydration, and special compounds help celery to act as a diuretic and reduce bloating.
  
Benefits of celery include its ability to improve liver, skin, eye and cognitive health. But one third of its nutrients will be lost if celery is boiled or dipped in boiling water.

Celery supplements are mainly made with celery oil and seeds.

Inflammation
Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that are known to act as anti-inflammatories, especially flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants. 

This makes celery useful for treating a wide range of conditions that are made worse by inflammation: joint pain (such as from arthritis), gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.

Liver protection
When researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Helwan University in Egypt fed rats celery (along with chicory and barley), these rats experienced a reduction in the amount of dangerous fat buildup within the liver.

Blood pressure
Celery seed extracts have anti-hypertensive properties that help reduce high blood pressure. It is believed that celery relaxes the muscles and improving blood flow with with calcium and potassium.

Weight loss
Celery is sometimes called a negative-calorie vegetable. What this means is that celery is extremely low in calories and to digest the vege, our body uses more calories to do so.

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People in photos and video

1) Not every Ang Mo in Singapore works in the office

Mr Phillip George Laskaris (right), from Australia, teamed up with Mr Marc Ashley to open Yu Lian, which specialises in Thai durian.

SBS Transit bus captain Daniel Jacobus Ellis came from South Africa

2) Common Goal

http://www.common-goal.org/
Juan Mata (left) is being joined by Mats Hummels in donating one per cent of his salary to chairty for Common Goal project.

Common Goal is the brainchild of Mata who wanted a team of soccer players and institutions to donate 1% or more of their salary to charity that supports soccer.


3) He wants to look older

Pawel Ladziak is an Instagram fitness star. Little do people know that he is actually 35 years old. Some people are adamant that he is in his 60s.

4) Adults in China behaving like children when having injection




5) People fainted when they are too scared

Guy Faints in Hospital after pain shot


Girl Passes out on rollercoaster