Friday, September 28, 2007

My Brain! My Brain!

Learned today that even if you're in your 20's and 30's your brains are already degenerating. So what to do? The thing that is thought to be causing this, and to all human organs, is ... (drumroll) oxygen! The term they use is 'oxidative damage' but really it's like a metal rusting from oxygen - slowly but surely. To prevent this, there's nothing we can do. But to slow the process ... (drumroll) take anti-oxidants! Which is an ingredient already famous among age-preventers, people who want to stop from getting old and wrinkly. Let's see, there are supplements with anti-oxidants but I guess the best thing is to go natural; strawberries, blueberries, all the berries, prunes.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

It's Singles Week?

Certainly didn't know there was a thing called singles week. It's called the National Unmarried And Single Americans Week. Apparently it started in 1984 by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio. The holiday (?) is held on the third week in September. Too bad it's only in America, I'd have liked to join in. Well, if you're single, everyday is sort of like a holiday.

Sometimes I wonder why people get married. It's like a recurring problem that never gets solved and people fall for it every time :D. The stories I hear about married life.... You just have to take a look at the wife to get a whiff into it. Especially if they have kids ... and many of them. And especially if they are not well-to-do. Sure, husbands say they help out with houseworks but usually from what I see, the whole load is still on the wife. They 'help' out when they feel like it and they choose what they want to do. When the house is a mess, who will people point their fingers to? And don't let me get started with having kids.

But of course, there are lonely moments and sometimes you just need someone by your side. Some men out there are known to do houseworks, sometimes doing even more than their wives. Or maybe we should make a point to marry only those who have a butler or who can afford maid service. But, what about infidelity or just recently I saw a man trying to put a hit on his own wife?

Decisions, decisions.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fatal Online Dating Errors - Mistakes that Men Make

Saw this on Yahoo! about top 10 mistakes that men make when responding to online personals or trying to contact women online.

One of them definitely happened to me:
"Don't ask her if she wants to have sex with you on the second email exchange, and don't send her dirty pictures of you. Women are all about connecting with their minds. Just because you're looking for a quick fling, that doesn't mean she's going to respond."

For some reason, (some) guys thought that women would be more interested in them if they sent them pictures of themselves below the waist. What's the logic behind that?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Beauty Is - According to Sophia Loren

A couple of quotes from Sophia Loren:

"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful."

"Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got."

She's not what I would consider beautiful but she's not ugly either. But I do know men find her very sexy. It just shows how beauty is very much inside your head.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Cute Kittens!

Enough about tennis for a while. I have to calm myself down. These pictures are for Marat Safin as well :D.

Guess Who Won US Open 2007?

Couldn't believe my eyes when I read about it. Didn't watch the match due to time difference. Guess what's the score? 7-6, 7-6, 6-4!!!!! History keeps repeating itself! Someone has to figure this guy out and soon because it's not healthy for the sports to have only one player winning 4 or 5 straight year titles in a row. Don't know why it doesn't happen in women's singles. Heard one of the commentators said that tennis is more of a mental game than physical. I've noticed that Federer is stronger when he's about to lose his service game. He's especially stronger during tiebreaks. How do you become that strong? I certainly would like to know. Is there a pill I can take? :D

US Open 2007 Into the Final

Missed quite a lot of matches but saw the Andy Roddick - Roger Federer match. It was almost like Wimbledon 2007 final. Andy must have been thinking 'What do I have to do to beat his guy?' as Rafael Nadal must have thought. That definitely was what I was thinking. Just when you think you can break this guy, he comes back with deadly shots. When normally, a tennis player breaks under pressure, Roger seems to excel under pressure. To top it off he does it at the last minute, just when his opponent thinks he can break his serve, he comes up with an ace. Just when his opponent thinks he can win a rally, he comes up with an unbelievable winner. Just look at the score, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 (vs Andy Roddick), 7-5, 6-1, 7-5 (vs Nikolay Davydenko). And don't get me started with the last Wimbledon. Anyway, a huge applause for Andy Roddick for fighting to the end and with a lot of spirit too. If I was him, I would have turned into a Marat Safin and handed Federer with an easy win and a lot of broken racquets. Now, all hopes go to Novak Djokovic, another player on my radar who I think can beat Federer other than my favourite Rafa. Not that I hate Federer but he's sort of THE tennis player to beat right now. Go Novak!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Junk Mails

Just don't understand why the junk mail business is still thriving. Even with the spam block or whatever you call it, somehow some of them get through. Wonder if it's really that profitable to send junk mails. Who actually buy from these people? Why would people click the links or buy from someone who is doing business in a dubious manner? Why would I buy viagra or any drugs legal or not through someone who send spam?

Just recently I received an offer from someone who claims he works for the Barclays financial institution. He claims he could help me get a large sum of unclaimed money. All I have to do is say I'm the next of kin to whoever left that money. He would get a percentage of that money and then resign from his post and migrate to my country. Yes, why don't I help import a criminal into my own country. Well, down the trash the e-mail goes.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Been Neglecting My Blog

Didn't have the time to write. Been offline for about a week. Good thing I'm not addicted to the Internet. Nothing much have changed. The world is still here. The war is still going. But good things still happen, even if it's not all the time. Oh yes, the new EPL season has started - can't believe I started my blog writing about tennis instead of my favourite sports.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Global Warming isn't Real?

I'm not a tree-hugger and I don't religiously recycle but I refuse to believe that all that pollutions and excessive and illegal loggings are not detrimental to the earth well-being. It's like saying drinking rat poison won't kill you.

Some people say that the climate has always been changing and there is nothing to worry about. Well, if it's natural then of course there's nothing to worry about. But this time, it's from our own wrongdoings and that's not natural. In the past, there was no air pollution as massive as we have now. So the change right now is not natural whether or not there were extreme climate changes in the past. Some people even dismiss the fact that we are having a problem, saying that the weather is not too bad ignoring studies that have been made by scientists and extreme weather changes that are happening around the world.

What people have also ignored is that the climate stability that we have experienced for thousands of years contributes to the flourishing of our civilization. Because of the stability, we have shifted from roaming hunter-gatherer to permanent settlers which provide us with more food and economic options and therefore a prosperous culture .

I saw a documentary about how glaciers are melting faster due to global warming and since it's the largest source of freshwater, the release of this water into the sea could disrupt the salinity of sea water. This upsets the normal cycle of hot and cool water in the sea and prevent hot air formation that keeps our climate stable. This, scientists say, could eventually make our climate cooler and could lead us into another ice age.

Harry Potter Naked

Well, Daniel Radcliffe to be exact. They are both the same person isn't it? It sort of spoils the image I have of the sweet and innocent Harry Potter. Read that he, Daniel, is doing a play in London called 'Equus' by Peter Shaffer. Not only that he will be naked, the character he plays blinds six horses with a hoof pick. Definitely not my cup of tea. Isn't he only 17 or something?

Save Harry Potter!

Harry Potter fans around the world are campaigning to persuade JK Rowling to keep Harry Potter books coming. A UK bookstore chain has even set up a website for online petition-signing. They are working to get one million names by July 21st which is the release date of the final Harry Potter book series. I think it's better to end something when it is at its peak. So that people will remember it at its glorious best. Heard the final book is recording the highest pre-order in the history of bookselling.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Trying My Hands at Aloe Vera

Planting that is. Heard a lot of good things about aloe vera and how easy it is to care for it. My mom, who's actually doing all the work, got a pot from our neighbour. It has since produced offshoots and multiplied into a number of plants. They are doing rather well right now. Especially after re-potting and if they are alone in one pot. There is one pot with two aloe veras and the plants seem skinnier than the one that's on it's own.

It seems that location also plays a part. It needs a lot of sunlight but not at the hottest hours around 11 am - 3 pm or they will get sunburn. Read that the brown spots on the leaves are actually sunburn. Will have to relocate some of them.

Apparently aloe vera is not choosey with the type soil you use but it has to be well-draining so that it doesn't retain too much water. It doesn't need a lot of watering. Some people said watering once a month is enough but some said once every two weeks. But still, will have to experiment a bit.

Wish I had a digital camera so that I could take their pictures and post them here and monitor their progress.

Wimbledon 2007 Gripping Finale

A rather late entry. But watched the whole 'Live' coverage of the match. Probably the longest few hours of my life. Disappointed that Rafael Nadal didn't win but really proud of him that he fought till the end. And fought fiercely. Roger Federer played really well. Felt he was a bit lucky but he 'up' his game at crucial moments and those moments really paid off. Hopefully Rafa will bounce back like all good players do. Since he's always improving his techniques, I'd like to see him win more than any other players before him.

Vamos Rafa!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Rafa Through to Fourth Round

Found out a bit late. Thanks to the delay, didn't get to see the remaining match. Heard Nadal was annoyed at Soderling and probably at the whole delay. It isn't like him to get annoyed. Especially speaking out to the press. I guess a lot have been going on, with the pressure and all. But still never heard him get annoyed like that. He's playing Mikhail Youzhny right now. Wish I could watch. Got a feel he could win Wimbledon this year, just believe he could. But maybe that's just me. Anyway Rafa go for it!

Vamos Rafa!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Mozilla Firefox

Finally got enough of Explorer's endless errors and downloaded Firefox especially after reading a lot of praises on this browser. So far so good. Love the 'Open Link in New Tab' feature. Heard there are a lot more handy features and especially good for developers. Will definitely explore and look around for that.

Wimbledon Under the Weather

It's starting to frustrate me. Especially when it tampers with my beloved :D Rafael Nadal's play. He was just about to win a tiebreak against Robin Soderling when it started to rain and everything was disrupted. He came back and lost the set and the next one. They are tied 4-4 at fifth set right now. And if Nadal loses this one, I'm going to be reeeeally mad. They say that a retractable roof is coming to centre court in 2009. I say, why hadn't they thought about this? And why only at centre court? If I'm frustrated, think about all those players who have to endure the pressure and the stress of trying to beat the same player over and over again. It's like taking a final exam that doesn't end.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Wimbledon is Back

It's already into the third round. There's nothing more that can cheer me up than watching a Rafael Nadal match. Someone said that he would win Wimbledon before Roger Federer would win Roland Garros. To my surprise he disagreed. Maybe he knows something that I don't. Of course he knows something that I don't. Anyway, love his tenacity. He fights for every point. Even when it looks impossible, he turns it around. Saw he did a backhand return when the ball was practically behind him and still got it in and won the rally against Werner Eschauer.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Global Warming Could Lead to Ice Age

Saw something interesting on TV. Scientists say that the global warming that's been going on right now could lead to another ice age. It's got something to do with the melting of the ice on the northern hemisphere that releases a flood of fresh water into the sea. This upsets the normal cycle of hot and cool water in the sea and disrupts hot air formation that's been keeping our climate under control for 10 000 or so years.

Feeling Blah

Feeling really crappy lately. Don't feel like doing anything. Maybe I'm low on bananas. Read that bananas give you a happy feeling. Something about tryptophan or something. Tried carrot juice too, almost the same effect. Maybe that's why bunnies are so alert all the time. Going to get me some bananas and carrots.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Harry Potter Frenzy

It's Harry Potter season. They've been showing the movies on TV, the earlier ones. The latest movie is coming out on cinema and the final book is coming out on 21st July 2007. There is even a stadium planning for promotion and to celebrate the release of the seventh and last book. The main event is the distribution of the book at midnight. Read the news that big retail booksellers are already slashing the price tag to half annoying some smaller bookstores. Heard JK Rowling is killing off one of the main characters. It couldn't be Harry, could it?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hello Kitty Turns Into a Panda

Hello Kitty got a gig for Beijing Olympic 2008. Should have expected this. What else should this cute cat turns into but a panda - even if it's just a costume. It's hard being a celebrity. You have to reinvent yourself constantly and go with the flow. Sort of like having different faces and different characters all the time to make people stay interested. Wonder if the cat's happy with her life.

Posh Spice Has a Reality TV

I knew it! Missed the announcement but it's coming up at NBC. Don't know which one came first - David Beckham's decision to move to US or the reality TV. Both ways, I won't be watching. Maybe both the egg and the chicken...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Human Neanderthal Hybrid Update

Apparently the documentary I saw was belated or a rerun. Did a little digging and found out that the bones were found in Portugal near the coast north of Lisbon. It was a skeleton of a four-year-old boy with features of modern human but limbs proportionately Neanderthal. Research from DNA tests found links of modern human with Cro-Magnon but no apparent link with Neanderthal. Don't know if it's possible that their DNA 'disappear' with interbreeding or they just evolved and 'became' modern human hence the lack of trace of DNA. Just my wild imagination.

Sticky Loch Ness Monster

Saw a documentary at National Geographic channel. They did a simple test. Had a log floating at Loch Ness and asked the tourists what it looked like. Some of them said it could have been Nessie, some of them said it was a stick. Had the same log at another body of water (away from Loch Ness) and then asked around what it was. All of them said a definite 'stick'. Shows that expectations and the mind could play a trick on us.

Sarah Jessica Parker's Bitten

It's a cute name for a clothing line. 'Bitten'. Only noticed the news about it. Seems like all celebrities are launching their clothing lines now. But the Bitten collection is inexpensive - under $20. Like the way she said about 'democratization of fashion' - making fashion accessible to every woman.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Dog Poisoning in Hong Kong

Don't have a dog. But why would anyone poison dogs is beyond me. Apparently the poisoning started in 1989. Some poisons mixed with meat been placed along Bowen Road, a street popular with dog-walkers and have been killing some dogs and made some ill.

Harry Potter Finale

Read the news that the last book from the Harry Potter series will be out in July. Read none of them. But if I was younger I would have been crazy about him, er... it. Still amazed how something like that could turn into something huge. Heard there will be a Harry Potter theme park. One of those things you'd say, 'why didn't I think of that?'.

David Beckham's Going For Real

Seems like he's definitely surely going to LA Galaxy. Thought they could stop him from going. Well, it's Real loss in every sense. Still think he's one of the best players Real Madrid has ever had. Maybe he's sensing his form is or will not be as good as before and he won't be able to compete with future Real players or maybe his wife's been bugging him to go to Hollywood to pursue a career she never had. He he just guessing.

F1 Canada Crash

Turned on another channel after watching Rafa won the French Open. Saw a huge crash at F1 Canada. Apparently the driver was Kubica. He was reportedly fine but the crash was rather huge. Debris everywhere. Don't really follow F1 closely anymore. Everyone's driving for different teams now, mostly. Find that hard to adjust to.

The Mostest at French Open 2007

  • Tightest Match - 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 (Roger Federer bt Nikolay Davydenko)

  • Most techno-hip name - Ignatic (Vladimir Ignatic, Belarus - Winner Boy's Singles)

  • Most Volatile Firecracker - Marat Safin (make that every tournament - love you Marat :))

Sunday, June 10, 2007

My Third IQ Test

Got 122 for the third test. A wee bit in the 'high intelligence' range - whatever that means. Still short two more points to qualify for membership in the International High IQ Society. Oh well, at least I'm making progress. Don't know how credible the tests are. I might as well be retarded as far as I'm concerned.

Fossils at Harrods

If I ever need to have a 400 million-year-old fossils, I could find it at Harrods. Apparently they have everything under the sun. Wonder if they have a 401 million-year-old fossil instead.

Rafael Nadal Wins French Open 2007!

Had my heart in my mouth most of the time. After a lost to Federer at Hamburg, there was no sign he didn't believe he could win. The commentator said the tournament and the ones before that was taking its toll on him, made me even more nervous. He was not himself on the second set which he lost - the only set he dropped throughout the whole tournament. Federer didn't play that bad either. But anyway, Rafa got a hatrick! Hopefully he will stay injury-free and win more tournaments to come. Love the new Bull logo.

Vamos Rafa!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Honey & Clover

It's probably my favourite anime right now. Soooo cute. Kawai! And sooooo funny. A mix of quirky characters, sudden seriousness - reflecting on life and stupidly funny scenes out of nowhere - typically Japanese which I love. Wish I had watched it right from the start, so typical of me to miss the start of an anime. Have to limit myself to a few anime at one time.

Rafael Nadal Has OCD

Thought it was superstition like some other tennis players do. Heard the commentator said it was OCD. I should have known that, I have OCD. People say those who have OCD usually become successful. Darn it! Maybe I should have 'nurtured' my OCD.

Paris Hilton Traumatized

Paris Hilton goes back to jail after having a brief 'prison break' at home. Drink-driving is very dangerous. It could kill people. And when that happens there is no amount of money and prison could bring them back to life. Don't think she understands that. Hopefully she'll get it soon.

Human Neanderthal Hybrid

Saw a documentary at Discovery. They found some bones which they thought was human but later found out that the arms and legs were not proportionately human. It doesn't seem mind boggling for humans to interbreed with Neanderthals. Hopefully they will find out the answer soon. Heard they are doing some DNA tests and researching.

My IQ Test

Found an IQ test website. Did the test and got 110, a wee above average. Phew, thought I was retarded. Did the second time and got 118. A nice improvement. Need to get 124 to join the group.

Rafa 'The Bull' to play Roger Federer

Hope he'll win this Sunday. So nervous watching him play Djokovic but never doubted he could make it. He hasn't dropped a set the whole French Open yet. Like Federer, but love Nadal.

Vamos Rafa!

Friday, June 8, 2007

The Future Planet of The Apes

Saw a documentary, a scientist teaching a Bonobo how to cook instant noodles and other Bonobos some English words that correspond with simple pictures. Seems like The Planet of The Apes could come true in about hundreds years or so from now. Humans are having problems with each other as it is. There will definitely be more issues interspecies-wise.

Paris Hilton Goes to Jail

Feeling sorry for her somehow. Must be hard for someone like her to go to prison. But if you can’t do the crime don’t do the time. The other way round - just trying to amuse myself. She did spend $200K on a shopping spree - feeling a bit less sorry now. Just hope she’ll get through the whole ordeal unscathed.

Me Learning Some Japanese

Learned a few Japanese words lately:

  • Hajimemashite - greeting when you meet people for the first time.

  • Itadakimas

  • Dozo yoroshiku - nice to meet you.

  • Tokyo kara desu - I'm from Tokyo.

  • Ohyo gozaimasu - good morning.

  • Konnichi wa - good afternoon.

  • Kanban wa - good evening.

Some more Japanese words I've learned before:

  • Domo arigato / arigato gozaimasu - thank you.

  • Sayonara - good bye.

  • Gomenasai

  • Mata ne

  • Chotto (not sure of the spelling)

  • Chotto mate

  • So desu ka?

  • Kore wa?

  • Sore wa?

  • Are wa?

  • Otosan

  • Okasan

  • Obachan

  • Oishi

  • Omai (not sure the spelling)

  • Sugoi (not sure the spelling)

Love Rafael Nadal

‘Discovered’ him a few months ago. Heard of him longer than that but never really paid attention. Potentially a better player than Roger Federer. A tremendously good learner, has a cool head. Would like to be like him when I ‘grow up’. Just think he needs to change his underwear. Not for a fresh new one, just a new type - keeps tugging at his shorts-pants.