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Numbers in a blood pressure reading

Posted by tamages on 6 August, 2008

Blood pressure is “a measurement of the force applied against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. The pressure is determined by the force and amount of blood pumped and the size and flexibility of the arteries.” A reading consists of two numbers, for example: 112/77, which is read as “112 over 77.”
The first number, systolic blood pressure, measures the maximum pressure exerted as the heart contracts, while the lower number indicates diastolic pressure, a measurement taken between beats, when the heart is at rest.
According to high blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), numbers under 140/90 and over 90/60 are generally considered normal in adults.
For greater accuracy, measure blood pressure while in a seated position with your arm at the same level as your heart, after you have been at rest for five minutes or more. Baselines vary considerably from one individual to the next.
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Top 10 Tips for Hong Kong Disneyland

Posted by tamages on 4 August, 2008

1 Do try to arrive right at the opening, and go deep into the park immediately to take a couple of the rides you’re really looking forward to. This is standard advice for amusement parks, but it really paid off for us, as a couple of the Fantasyland rides we walked right onto first thing in the morning had hour-long queues just a little later.
2 Don’t waste time taking photos with the characters that greet you at the gate as the park opens (see point 1!), unless getting such photos is one of your top priorities. If so, you’re not reading the right set of tips. Okay, okay, I aim to please: if you’re committed to posing with Mickey, have at it right away, although you’ll have lots of company. You might also consider heading straight for the ‘Fantasy Gardens’ section of ‘Fantasyland’ when you arrive, where you can pose to your heart’s content.
3 Don’t bother trying to ‘stick to a plan’ for working your way through the park. It’s so small you can change your mind anytime you want, and walk right across the place in five or ten minutes. This is actually a blessing if you’ve got small children in tow, and when you’re off to get ‘fastpasses’, which we’ll discuss next.
4 Do make use of the ‘fastpass’ system. A fastpass is a pre-booking you can make on any of five popular attractions. You put your park admission ticket into a machine, and are issued another ticket with a time range on it. During that period, you can turn up at the attraction and get right on it, ahead of the normal queue. You can only hold one fastpass at a time, and it has to have expired before you can get another one.
5 Don’t bother tying up a fastpass on the Lion King stage show, though. Although those with fastpasses were indeed cordoned off into a ‘special’ waiting area when we visited, they were admitted into the show right along with us ordinary-queue proletarians in a single stampede.
6 Do take advantage of the ‘Single riders’ option at Space Mountain if you are a couple with small kids, or if you and your companions don’t mind riding alone. Using this ‘queue’, Mrs Tall and I rode twice each and waited a total of about three minutes.
7 Do use sunscreen and wear hats if it’s sunny. Sounds obvious, but although most waiting areas were at least partially shaded, on the day we visited there were still hundreds of painfully red faces and shoulders around, proving that some of us need little reminders.
8 Do buy orange juice. There are plastic bottles of fresh orange juice on sale all over the place for HKD15. That’s not bad, given the general range of prices around the park, and it’s delicious.
9 Don’t expect to ride all the way around the park on the little train if the park’s busy. The train has two stops: at the entrance, and at the opposite side of the park in Fantasyland. We found out that when the park gets crowded, you can only go from one stop to the next one, where you then have to get off.
10 Don’t go crazy trying to get a good spot to see the fireworks. We saw people staking out positions to watch them almost an hour and a half in advance. This is surely not worth it. We waited till the last minute, and still were able to squeeze into the main plaza in front of the castle where the show is centered. We had a tree branch obscuring a bit of our view, but it was still fine.

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Morning run with L + Natas fair at Expo

Posted by tamages on 3 August, 2008

Wake up at 6.40am, eat some Weetameal with Ayam Brand Tuna topping, went to dispose some yesterday toxic, having a cool morning bath….time 7.05am, get dress and msg L to see whether he was out or not, was “aeroplaned” 2 weeks ago, almost run myself …so this time must test water first before heading to MRT meeting point.
The weather today was nice, no hot burning sun like 2 weeks ago.
Must run more in the morning. Good for health.
Go to makan roti telur bawang after the run to replenish some lost fat. Bad for health…have a cup of coffee cum some gossip.
Back home take shower and head to Expo Natas fair, that was one big fat liar exhibition fair.

All the quoted big bargain, price crashes, super offer are some big super big bullshit, none of them are the true offer…wasting my time, money and trust to those organiser.

Here is the prove…see below what stated here in the pic…
The highlight “THE ORGANISER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES SOLD OR PROVIDED BY EXBIBITORS.”

So now I will book the Hong Kong tour myself thru Zuji or otherwise…kanna con this time and this is my last time to the next “Nabeh” Fair.

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Installation of Fanco 42" Ceiling fan. Bad service cum bad fan performance

Posted by tamages on 3 August, 2008

Bought a Fanco brand, model F318 M5 42″ ceiling fan from Kessler Home Furnishing at Causeway Point on 29th Jul 08, installation was done at 3.30pm on 2nd Aug 08. The fan was working fine until 9.30pm when it triggered power trip. This fan cost me $260 with installation and 3 lights. I found out later that this is very much overpriced.

Called Roy the saleman from Kessler to highlight the problem, I guessed he probably have an idea of this particular problem, the 1st question he asked was “is the light pulp is normal type or the power saving type?” It was the normal yellow round type with power rating of 40w, 3pcs needed for the fan.

He offered to ask the insallation guy to give me a call to verify the problem. He was very reluctant saying that it must be other source that triggered the trip rather than his installation work for the fan that trigger. But it was a very logical thinking that the fan was the only changes made yesterday, so far in 3 years, I have none power trip happened in this house except after the fan installed.

anyway, the problem was due to some unknown root cause which I think the guy also blur like sotong why there was electric leaking. His service was like shit that he don’t bother to explain, i guess maybe he know shit about what happened or he like to sabo us to believe that his installation has no problem. Hell no…it was his lausy skills that causing my family surfered the 2 hours without electricity.

And some thought about the Fanco 42″ fan, honestly speaking I am dissappointed by the performance of this 42″ fan which you only feel the breexe when you sit directly underneath or else hardly feel any wind…the main reason I bought this fan is to substitude the 7 yrs old KDK table fan which in turn to replace the living room Philip table fan which was given to me by L few years back. I was so excited about the ceiling fan and with full of hopes that it would easily replace what it can do, but too bad to my expetation. Pui…

Will call Roy the saleman to complain the low level servicing work by his contractor.
will update the picture of the fan later…

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Aromatherapy for sensitive nose.

Posted by tamages on 1 August, 2008

Eucalyptus essential oil information
Eucalyptus essential oil is extracted from Eucalyptus globulus of the Myrtaceae family and is also known as Tasmanian blue gum or blue gum.
In aromatherapy, this essential oil helps to clear the mind and focus concentration, while reducing swelling in the mucus membranes. It is very valuable in fighting respiratory problems, fighting inflammation and sore muscles, rheumatism, headaches and nervous exhaustion, while boosting wound and ulcer healing and soothing skin eruptions.

Oil properties
Eucalyptus has a clear, sharp, fresh and very distinctive smell, is pale yellow in color and watery in viscosity.

Origin of eucalyptus oil
The Australian Blue-gum can sometimes reaches a height of 100 meters (300 feet), making it one of the highest trees in the world. There are over 500 species of Eucalyptus trees, with tough long and narrow blue-green leaves, creamy white flowers and smooth pale bark.
The ‘eu’ and ‘kalypto’ means ‘well’ and ‘covered’ in Greek, referring to the cup-like membrane that covers the flower bud, which is thrown off as the flower expands.
The Australian Aborigines calls it ‘kino’ and they use the leaves to cover serious wounds. Eucalyptus oil was introduced to Europe in 1788, and the first oil exported to England was called ‘Sydney peppermint’. It was extracted from Eucalyptus peperita which is a more industrial type of oil.
The tree uses a lot of water while growing and has been used to clear water-logged land, draining the water from swamps where malaria mosquito may be found. The tree was thought to prevent malaria in the past, due to this draining action.

Extraction
Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the fresh or partially dried leaves and young twigs.
Chemical composition
The main chemical components of eucalyptus oil are a-pinene, b-pinene, a-phellandrene, 1,8-cineole, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone and globulol.

Precautions
Eucalyptus oil should be used with care and people with high blood pressure and epilepsy should avoid it. Excessive use of this oil may cause headaches.

Therapeutic properties
The therapeutic properties of eucalyptus oil are analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, rubefacient, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary.

Uses
Eucalyptus oil has a cooling and deodorizing effect on the body, helping with fevers, migraine and malaria. For the respiratory tract, it helps with coughs, asthma, throat infections, sinusitis and catarrhal conditions. It soothes inflammation and eases mucus, clearing the head from the stuffiness of colds and hay fever.
Eucalyptus oil is useful as a warming oil when used for muscular aches and pains, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains and poor circulation.
In skin care it can be used for burns, blisters, herpes, cuts, wounds, skin infections and insect bites. It can furthermore boost the immune system and is helpful in cases of chicken pox, colds, flu and measles.

Summary
Eucalyptus oil is very helpful when used for headaches, fevers, ailments of the respiratory tract, muscular aches and pains and in skin care. It has a soothing and calming effect on the whole body and helps with the immune system.

The oil is also effective against bacteria – especially staphylococci, and has a refreshing and stimulating action on the mind, helping to improve concentration.
Burners and vaporizers
In vapor therapy, eucalyptus oil may be used for: frequent sneezing, hay fever, flu, respiratory problems, as an insect repellant, headaches and for helping to improve concentration.

  • Blended massage oil or in the bath
    Eucalyptus oil can be used in blended massage oil, or diluted in the bath, to assist with arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, mucous congestion, colds, headaches, rheumatism, sinusitis, catarrh, fatigue and muscular aches and pains.
  • In a cream or lotion
    Apart from giving pain relief to muscular spasms and rheumatism, eucalyptus oil can also help speed up the healing of slow healing wounds and ulcers, calm skin eruptions and clear congested skin.
  • Used neat or dab on with a bud
    Eucalyptus oil can be used neat on the skin for insect bites or wounds, but care should be taken when doing so.
  • Gargle
    When very diluted eucalyptus oil is added to a gargle, so it can be used for soothing a sore throat.

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MyShoes

Posted by tamages on 30 July, 2008

Adidas Trekker
Caterpillar Boots Shoe

Dr.Martens 1460 8 Eye Boot

Puma Football Boots
Timberland Talus Moc Chukka

Adidas Goodyear Tuscany

Adidas

Adidas acubPRO

Adidas Daroga Mesh

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My Boss is an Idiot

Posted by tamages on 30 July, 2008

Working hard and being extremely competent in what you do is not the key to getting a promotion. Not when you have an idiot and a fool as a boss, supervisor or manager. All of us may at one time or other work with bosses who belong to that “no-brain,no-skill” category, and our favorite happy-hour conversations always center upon how these bosses got to that position ofpower in the first place. It is anybody’s guess, from the boot-licker theory to the sleeping-with-the-right-person theory. Whatever it may be, we can’t sack our bosses. All is not lost though, because we can do certain things to turn the situation to our advantage.

Story: The Ass in the Lion’s Skin

[Illus by Milo Winter]

An Ass found a Lion’s skin left in the forest by a hunter. He dressed himself in it, and amused himself by hiding in a thicket and rushing out suddenly at the animals who passed that way. All took to their heels the moment they saw him. The Ass was so pleased to see the animals running away from him, just as if he were King Lion himself, that he could not keep from expressing his delight by a loud, harsh bray.

A Fox, who ran with the rest, stopped short as soon as he heard the voice. Approaching the Ass, he said with a laugh: “If you had kept your mouth shut you might have frightened me, too. But you gave yourself away with that silly bray.”

Moral: Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool. A fool may deceive by his dress and appearance, but his words will soon show what he really is. No disguise will hide one’s true character.

Lessons in life: Does your boss look like a Lion but is actually an Ass? It is easyto recognize a fool. This person boasts of many years of working experience and has the paper qualifications to prove his worth. However, when he speaks, you begin to wonder if he had been sleeping on his job or had bought his degree through an auction. His knowledge can at best pass off for a first-year trainee and his senseless decisions are often proven wrong. You keep your ears to the ground and true enough, it is an opinion shared by many other colleagues and people of average qualification and training.

One word to describe your boss –“stupid”. How can you possibly work for an idiot boss? The answer lies in what you intend to accomplish at this workplace.

One: be a Hero, challenge every foolish decision and expose the stupidity. Good luck to you. You are one step away from the exit door.

Two: be a Survivor like those you see on the reality TV show. Learn the Outwit, Ouplay and Outlast strategy.

Stick to your career planand don’t let anybody stand in your way. The first type of personality, a hero exposing villains, leads to career suicide. Even if you manage to successfully topple one employer, subsequent employers would think twice about employing you for fear that you might do the same to them. Better to be a Survivor. Here are some points to think about when working for idiots: -Give boss the benefit of doubt.

Under old management styles, employees are promoted based on seniority. The longer you are on the job, the higher you climb. Even if the person is aware of his limitations, he cannot help but move up the ranks. The alternative is to remain behind while peers and cohorts surge ahead. Perhaps the boss was one such pathetic soul, caught in the tide, and his position of power wasn’t something he asked for and yet was something nobody in the right mind would refuse.

Respect the position and not the person

From a psychological angle, it is easier to accept that we are taking instructions from the Head Office even though the CEO sitting in that office was the one issuing them. Think about it -“The management wants this to be done” versus “Mr X wants this to be done.” When a name is behind the order, it gets personal and we start to attach to it our feelings and emotions. We are unlikely to do a good job knowing that we are helping a person we do not respect. However, if we consider ourselves doing the task for the company which has been paying us the salary, we are more likely to obey and perform to the best of our ability. It sounds subtle but in our opinion, it does help to cast aside the ill feelings when getting a job done.

Do not be a threat

Out do or out smart others, but not the boss. Humans and animals are alike; when they sense a threat, they put up all their defenses and prepare to spring counter-attacks at the appropriate moments. At meetings or in the public, avoid posing difficult questions which you know the boss will not be able to answer. Do not challenge his views openly and make him look silly. Be modest about yourself. If word gets to the boss or if he senses that you are more suited to sit in his chair, he may stifle your promotion. Such bosses always feel insecure. Put all your intellect into producing outstanding work, but in the presence of your boss, let him think that you are not as clever as he is.

We mentioned about being modest, but that was about not letting your boss or colleagues know exactly how clever or smart you are. When it comes to achievements, be explicit, put your name on every assignment or project. A boss who is not smart and not sharp cannot read between the lines or take hints. Unless you tell him what you have done, he may not realize the extent of your contributions to the organization. It is always good to remind the boss of the deals you have closed, the profits you have added to the bottom line, the projects that are successfully completed. When you rope in new clients, be sure to introduce them to your boss. The clients feel a sense of importance and the boss remembers it better than a mere memo informing him about the new accounts. When you receive praises and commendation letters pertaining to your service, arrange for them to be circulated or copied to your boss. In short, be visible and get noticed.

Help boss meet goals

One key task is to erode the boss’s power over you. The best way to do that is understand the boss’s plans and help him meet his goals. That’s right, help him, not impede him. By doing that, you gain his trust and confidence. In getting higher profile jobs and major projects, you take away his dominant control over you. He can do less harm knowing that your role is crucial in enhancing his career.

Be patient

The more foolish the boss is, the more indispensable you would be. The company needs you to get the job done and if you play your cards right, the boss will want to keep you by his side.He is only the front, you are the doer. Knowing that will motivate you if you have sufficient patience. In a crisis situation, the boss will have to come to you for help, and thatis when you can expect better rewards and enjoy a better bargaining position. Be patient, learn as much as you can, excel in your field of work and the day will come when you are invaluable to the company.

Live and let live

No matter how good we are, there are others who are better. The old wisdom applies – “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.” There is a tendency to let everyone in the office know how you feel about your boss and do things to spite him or make him look bad. Think how it would be like should a brighter person come along and feel the same way about you. A lot of relationship problems can be resolved just by putting yourself in the shoes of the other party. If you simply cannot resist throwing an insult, quote other people instead

e.g., Jamie Lee Curtis: “To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I’ve known sheep that could outwit you. I’ve worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you’re an intellectual, don’t you, ape?”

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Asics GT2110

Posted by tamages on 29 July, 2008

My GT2110 had been with me since somewhen mid june 2005 till today…but to my surprise it still perform as well to my expectation.

Asics had never cross my mind before this GT, the only sports shoe brand that I would consider were either Nike or Adidas, but now Asics had taken their place.

Remembered the first time I walk into the store at Asics concept store at Marina Square, the friendly staff there really know their product well and gave me professional advice for choosing a right running shoe. When comes to serious running (although I am not).

“Chioness” is the last thing to consider, suitability/fitability/comfortability is stand above everything (when money is no concern). But at that point of time, I had already bought an not so good but ok Adidas running shoe which I think it was 1/2 size small for my feet. Those days with it was torturing to my toes. So left not much for this $180 + GT.

I wanted to have one Kayano at that time, I think it was Kayano 12 then, but due to my wide flat feet, I have to go for this GT 2E version which is wider in the sole.

On the wishlist now is Asics Kayano 14.

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Vintage Gold Digital Watch

Posted by tamages on 28 July, 2008

Recently spotted quit a number of gold vintage casio digital watch.
So decided to buy one for my wife birthday as a present.
The watch look great on her wrist but makes me looks like a jerk when its on my wrist.
One thing that I surprise about this watch is it has the laudest alarm of all my digital watch, somehow comparable to some digital alram clock…

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Illegal parking spotted.

Posted by tamages on 28 July, 2008

Three parking lots, one bike, one ugly act.

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