Jan 09 Starring: Raymond Lam, Linda Chung, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Jan 09 Starring: Raymond Lam, Linda Chung, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui
Friday, November 28, 2008
Next time you get the munchies, smear a few celery sticks with a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter. Eating lots of water-rich foods (aka celery) and getting adequate magnesium (a la peanut butter) may help keep you regular.
Keep It Moving
A lack of fiber in the diet is a common culprit in constipation. But not getting enough magnesium or not eating enough water-packed foods may have an impact, too. In fact, women in a recent study were most likely to suffer from constipation if they had low magnesium intake and didn’t eat many juicy foods (think watermelon, oranges, peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes).
Just Add Water
Although ample research has found that fiber improves or prevents constipation, this recent study didn’t. But the researchers think the women’s generally low intake of fiber to start with probably affected the results. So don’t ditch your high-fiber breads and cereals. Just remember that the key to making them work is to get plenty of water with them.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I read about Twilight the movie which opens in Singapore on 18 December 2008 and also the novels on "The Sunday Times", 23 November 2008 edition and has been quite curious and tempted to read the novels and watch the movie when it starts showing in Singapore. I usually skip horror movies or novels but the reviews on the newspaper seems to suggest that "Twilight" is not scary at all and tells a Romeo and Juliet-like tale of pretty but awkward 17 year old Bella who moves to a small town and falls in love with Edward, an astonishingly beautiful vampire. Both enter into a passionate yet dangerous relationship, where Edward agonises constantly over his urge to suck the life out of Bella. Watching the movie or reading the novels would make you rethink all the vampire myths as Stephenie Meyer's bloodsuckers can appear in sunlight, and garlic and crosses have no effect on them and they don't have fangs either.
The plot seems interesting and i tried looking for the book in the library but it is so popular among readers that i can't find a single book in the series. I found out online that the book has sold over 50 million copies worldwide since 2005. I guess i would have to either reserve the books or buy from the bookstore after i finish reading my existing library books. Twilight has been adapted into a film and it was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (acted as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005) as protagonists Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen, respectively.
Twilight is a young adult vampire romance novel written by author Stephenie Meyer and seems to be quite popular in Singapore but strangely i have never heard about the novel before reading the article. It was originally published in hardcover in 2005 and is the first book of the Twilight series. The novel is followed by New Moon, Eclipse,and the final book in the series, Breaking Dawn which follows the adventures and love story of Bella and Edward.
When Bella sits next to Edward Cullen in class on her first day of school, Edward seems utterly repulsed by her. He even attempts to change his schedule to avoid her, leaving Bella completely puzzled about his attitude towards her. After tricking a family friend, Jacob Black, into telling her the local tribal legends, Bella concludes that Edward and his family are vampires. Although she was inexplicably attracted to him even when she thought Edward drank human blood, she is much relieved to learn that the Cullens choose to abstain from drinking human blood, and drink animal blood instead. Edward reveals that he initially avoided Bella because the scent of her blood was so desirable. Over time, Edward and Bella fall in love.
The seemingly perfect state of their relationship is thrown into chaos when another vampire coven sweeps into Forks, and James, a tracker vampire, decides that he wants to hunt Bella for sport. The Cullens plan to distract the tracker by splitting up Bella and Edward, and Bella is sent to hide in a hotel in Phoenix. Bella then gets a phone call from James in which he says that he has her mother, and Bella must give herself up to James at her old dance studio, to save her. She does so, and while at the dance studio, James attacks her. Edward, along with the rest of the Cullen family, rescue Bella before James can kill her. Once they realize that James has bitten Bella's hand, Edward sucks the venom out of her system before it can spread and change her into a vampire. Upon returning to Forks, Bella and Edward attend their prom and Bella expresses her desire to become a vampire, which Edward refuses to let happen.
(Source: FiRST Magazine Singapore, November 2008 edition)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
If a nagging cough is keeping you awake, and cough syrup doesn’t help, there’s something in your kitchen cupboard that might: honey.
It’s been a favored home remedy for sore throats for decades, and now new research shows it’s more than wishful thinking. It really can silence nighttime hacking.
A Little Does a Lot
It may not take much honey to do the trick. In a study of kids, a small dose of buckwheat honey -- 1/2 to 2 teaspoons, depending on age -- was enough. (Caution: Never give honey to a child who’s not yet a year old, because there’s a risk of botulism.) And many doctors recommend a bit of honey for adult patients, too. Try it with tea and lemon for extra throat lubrication. Bonus: Honey is a great source of antioxidants. Find out which kinds of honey have the most.
It Might Help Sinuses, Too
Scientists have only just begun to tap into honey’s medical uses. Early research shows it may have a strong antibacterial edge and might fight sinus infections, too. Research is ongoing. In the meantime, if you’re suffering from sinus issues, try these self-care tips:
Flush ’em. Nasal irrigation will both reduce nasal symptoms and boost bacterial resistance. Try a neti pot. Or buy this little number at your local drug store.
Drink up. Staying hydrated helps keep your sinuses moist and less susceptible to infection. What’s the right amount of water for you? Find out here.
Protect ’em. From smoke, dust, allergens, and any other nasal irritants -- until your sinuses feel better. Check the pollen counts in your area.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here is another interesting Korean drama that i'm planning to watch and can be found online at http://www.mysoju.com/in-soon-is-pretty/. The plot is quite refreshing and the main character is not some pretty innocent girl like normal Korea drama but a female ex-convict who is trying to start life afresh in this 2007 romance drama. In her school days, thanks to her outstanding looks, she received a lot of love from people. However she accidentally killed her friend in a hand-to-hand fight and served a long sentence, turning her from a cheerful and brave girl into a timid one. Her grandmother was the only family she had, but she died right before In Soon was released from prison. She believes that her life has been cursed because her mother abandoned her as soon as she was born, and then her friend and grandmother died. However, she’s a tough woman who hasn’t lost hope, and is searching for happiness.”
Monday, November 24, 2008