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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

10 ways to chill out in a Heatwave

I don't know whether it's me alone being oversensitive or not; as I kept mentioning in my earlier posts but I DO really feel that this year's CNY weather is definitely HOTTER than the previous years.
I am not kidding about it; and two days ago, my doctor confirmed it when I was there for a consultation.

I've also checked the temperature readings; and read this, the highest recorded and the average was approximately 42 degrees celsius!
Now that's the temperature of the desert! (quoted from my doctor's words)
Now you tell me that I am hallucinating about it being hotter than the previous years!

Before we get our brains sucked out due to the heat, there are a few ways to try to cool our body temperature and to avoid from getting ourselves suffering from heat strokes due to the heatwave.

1. Think COOL and COLD all the time. Think ICE, Icebergs, and SNOW
(Picture yourself in the cold places; shivering and pulling your jackets/anoraks/sweaters close around you)
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(It is a little hard for this one, I know, personally as I also have a hard time believing that it is cold when I am sweating profusely and the heat just keeps getting into our head. However, this is an old mantra that our mind controls us and therefore to take control, we need to input what our minds think and manipulate it to believe that it is actually COLD)
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2. Drink LOTS and LOTS of water (this is another old ode as well)
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You probably heard this a lot of time, but water is the best companion in times of heat to prevent the body from over dehydrating itself. So keep feeding fluid to your body to ensure the balance in your system.

3. Throw in some ICE into your drinks to cool yourself/suit yourself!
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4. Take BATH; shower yourself or dampen yourself with cool water to lower down the body temperature against the external heat
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5. Go for a swim if you want; same concept with No.4 (just make sure that you are not swimming outdoors or you could end up getting heat stroke)
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6. Wear loose and comfortable clothing; cotton-based are the best.
Ladies, this is the time for those favorite tank tops and shorts and guys, well, you can go with your shorts, bermudas, singlets, t-shirt.
Think comfortable!
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7. Go to the movies, shopping malls or anywhere with air-conditioning and stay there!
(If you want to go easy on your own electrical bill, but it goes back to your wallet when you spend on movie tickets, and heave bags after hours of supposedly-window-shopping!)
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8. Splurge on an A/C unit or fan if you don't have one (highly impossible this one; in this age but I do not want to be snob)
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Otherwise, go to option no.7
Turn on the fan and fan yourself with a cardboard or paper to cool yourself down

9. This is the time for ice-blended drinks, desserts, shaved ices, etc!!
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10. Take plenty of fruits, vegetables to balance our daily nutritional intake and most importantly, these contains high content of fluid and also easily digestable!
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One more resolution; I shall seek for divine help and pray for this season to end soon....El Nino....may the temperature cease in its increment so that we can finally relax and breathe a little!
I do know the process too; after this will be a short rainy season followed by the haze and then monsoon.....gosh, our weather's getting crazy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Church for the New Year

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Another wonderful thing which awaits me; is the place where I was baptized, attended Cathecism classes, confirmation and my Sunday masses is finally ready to welcome the roaring New Year of the Tiger (or almost ready)

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This is a church which I have grown up in/with and I've watched how it was transformed from the former building to its makeoever today.
It is just so touching to see that the building is finally ready!

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Technically speaking, it was not fully ready and there was CF or anything like that yet despite the physical building all set for operation.
Nevertheless that did not stop the parish community from holding the CNY mass (one and only mass before the grand opening) on the First Day of the Lunar New Year.

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Somehow, the church reminded me of the contemporary concept blended with the Roman cathedral style in its interior design.
It looked festive with all the oriental designs to usher in the new Spring (Chinese -influenced)

We attended mass on the first day of the Lunar New Year here; and found that the whole place was just so new and still dusty.

That was not the major drawback; another was the A/C could not be turned on due to the lack of power supply.
Well, what can we expect right, since they have already pre-informed us that the building is not ready for occupancy and is only open for the CNY mass.

On the other hand, with more than 40 degrees Celsius out there, I honestly felt like I was melting...and passing out soon...

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Boxes of mandarin oranges stacked for distribution to the parish after the mass

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Opening performance by the Chinese Apostolate of Caritas (chinese-speaking parish community of the Church)

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I can't wait for the whole church's GRAND and official opening...which I presume should be about Easter? ^_^

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Counting the days...

It's already the 5th day of CNY....it just feels like time flew past us.
It's a few months of preparation and crazy schedules; shopping and getting everything in time, and CNY just come and go in a blink of an eye.

During CNY, it is ALL about food....from the eve until this day, we are just fed to our content (or exceeding the limit too~)

I think I've had almost 4-5 Yee Sang even a week before CNY (company's Sau Kung Chow) and it continues, and tonight, I am heading for another round of Yee Sang with my close friends =)

CNY is always like this, you spend a few months rushing for practically everything and realized that by the time CNY is here, it seems like there was really nothing that you had to get sucked into those last minute shopping as the first and second day just passed before you blink your eyes.

Nevertheless, it is a tradition, a culture and most importantly, a family event where you enjoy that quality time with them (not that I don't do it all the time =)

This year is rather special for us, and we thank God for everything.

I will be posting the food and Yee Sang of my CNY extravaganzal; inclusive of my high-class Yee Sang from the company's dinner.

Only thing about this CNY; it has been incredibly HOT and dry particularly this year...or was it only me that it was PARTICULARLY HOT this year?

Thank God for the rain yesterday but it still didn't wash away the heat; and today, it's back to the sun again...aiks..

How has your CNY been so far? =D
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010


It is really HOT this year....I don't recall other CNY being this hot despite being told so by almost everyone.

I missed those cool rainy days; although it used to be so scary when I saw the floods and the turbulent storms.
I remember taking this photo from the balcony of my place...
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It was raining so heavily that it was flooded everywhere...
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I used to feel afraid of the storms because it was indeed very intimidating when you hear the howling wind and crushing raindrops.
However, now, these are the photos that I look at when I feel so hot these days.

I do wish for these gales, winds....but not that serious though, because I do not want any disasters on those homeless folks.
I wish for a little rain, to cool the earth..

Rain, rain, wehre are you?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

CNY.....my voice!~

I am finally back for CNY and never did it cross my mind that I am about to lose my voice!

My voice is fading....gosh, like 2 days before CNY?? Oh nooooooooooooo....I WANT MY VOICE back!!

I've seen the doc and I was told not to talk to let my voice recover, and I have taken my medicine, drank lots of water and even 100 Plus...and I am still not hearing my usual voice =(

BIG =((((

Any other traditional or old-folk remedies which you know that work?
As long as it's not exotic or FEAR-FACTOR like, I am game to try!!

I WANT MY VOICE BACK..... this time it's not being stolen by a sea witch (read Ursula)