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Monday, March 31, 2008
8 Natural ways to treat Colds and Flu

Boy, oh boy, am I sick today! Colds stole into me yesterday, and last night, I knew something bad was going to happen. I read all the signs, but I did not do much to prevent it. And now, I hereby announce that today is the first official day of Mr. Colds' visit.

I know it is bound to get worse, especially since I am seated right below the air conditioning unit and the weather outside is absolutely, positively scorching. The perfect combination to nurse a starting cold. And without much medications available, the least I can do is bring relief and hopefully scare Mr. Colds from further stay.

Here are some remedies I found while trying to find a cure for my predicament. The following are natural ways to treat colds and flu (taken from WebMD):

  1. Blow your nose often - It is important to clear your nose regularly when colds strike, rather than collect mucus back into your nose. To blow your nose CORRECTLY, press a finger over one of your nostrils and blow gently to clear the other. Hygiene is a must, so go wash your hands after blowing your nose.
  2. Rest - In any other case, a good dose of R&R is important. How much more when your body is engaged in an all out immune battle? Show your support for your body and give it a rest.
  3. Use a salve under your nose - A dab of metholated salve under your nose can clear your nasal passages and help irritated skin under your nose. In my case, I favor a menthol stick called "Five Cranes." God knows how many times this has saved me from other uncomfortable threats on my health, other than colds. ;)
  4. Drink hot liquids - DO NOT be foolish as to drink boiling hot liquids! Now that would make things worse, don't you think? Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion and soothe the uncomfortable inflamed membranes lining your nose and throat.
  5. Take a steamy shower - Moisturize your nasal passages and relax yourself by taking a steamy shower. This works for those whose bathrooms come equipped with hot and cold showers. Although I think this would still do if you could boil water and mix it with tap water you've run for your bath.
  6. Gargle - Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary, but heavenly, relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times a day.
  7. Sleep with an extra pillow under your head - This helps drain your nasal passages. If you find that the angle is uncomfortable or awkward, try placing the pillows under your mattress to create a smoother slope.
  8. Apply hot or cold packs around your sinuses - Whichever temperature may relieve you of your discomfort. There are reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore which you can buy. Or you could make your own. To make your own packs, take a damp washcloth and put it in a microwave for 55 seconds (make sure to test the temperature if it suits you). Or take a small bag of frozen peas as a substitute for a cold pack. It is all up to you.
So far, these have worked for me. I hope it would work for anyone else who has colds. Not that I wish you had them. ;) Now I am off to Lalaland.. I really need my sleep badly. Hopefully, I will wake up to a better day, if not, then I'll see you later Mr. Colds!!

Ciao!

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posted by Ann @ 8:49 PM   2 comments
Sunday, March 30, 2008
How to Make Delicious Potato Salad

One of the things my friends swear by, is my grandmother's potato salad. They say it is absolutely, YUMMY! So, I will do the world a favor by sharing her version of this salad to you. It is not that hard, and you do not exactly have to follow everything by the book. There is no exact measuring and you can adjust everything to your preference. Isn't that nice? ;) You'll love it! Trust me. If not, well then, at least you tried. :D

I call it, "Lily's Potato Salad". Here it goes:

Ingredients:
  • 2 kilos potato
  • 2 tetra packs Mayo
  • 1 can pineapple chunks
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 apples (preferably Fuji apples)
  • pepper
  • sugar
  • salt
  • pickled relish
  • mustard
  • white onion (finely chopped)
  • chicken cubes

Instructions:

I.
  • Wash the chicken breast and put to boil. When boiling, but garlic, onion, chicken cubes, salt, vetsin (optional), and a dash of pepper.
  • Check if chicken breast is already soft or cooked.
  • Take the chicken out of the soup to cool. DO NOT THROW AWAY CHICKEN STOCK/BROTH.
  • Once chicken is cooled, shed chicken into small strips.
II.
  • Peel the potatoes
  • Depending on the size of the potatoes, chop until 1/4 of the size of a small potato.
  • Cook the potatoes in the chicken broth. [To test if potatoes are already cooked, push a toothpick into one. If it goes right in, then it is ready.]
  • Use a colander when removing the potatoes from the broth.
III.
  • Mix the chicken strips and potatoes, pineapple chunks [drained], and chopped apples [same size as the potatoes].
  • Season to taste using salt, pepper, mustard, pickle relish, mayo, etc.

Enjoy!
If you have questions or clarifications, please do not hesitate to ask.

[Edit: I forgot something, guys. Awfully sorry. I left out the pineapple chunks and the chopped apples.]

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posted by Ann @ 6:11 PM   5 comments
Saturday, March 29, 2008
How To Outsmart Robbers

In this day and age, there is a need to refine the ancient art of street smarts. It is not because we have developed a sudden case of paranoia or some other psychotic trait. But merely a step towards precaution.

For the past few days, there has been an increase of instances where more and more people get robbed on their way to work. These robberies most likely happen to those who work in call centers and other jobs which require job shifts to start at such unholy hours. Since there is nothing that can be done to address the work schedules, it is a must to apply some precautions to help us from suffering the worst in robberies in these situations.


I have come up with some ideas that could make the most out of robberies and when travelling alone. Although these things may not suit you, but at least it would give you some ideas as to which best suits you.

  1. Wear comfortable footwear. When commuting, it is always best to wear comfortable shoes. This comes in handy when somebody has snatched your bag or purse. If you think you can do it, you can pursue the culprit better if you can run better. And you can also run for help easier, too! And if you managed to have a firm grip on your bag, the weight of your work-shoes should provide the additional *umph!* if you choose to hit him/her with it.
  2. Do not carry a lot of cash. When commuting, or simply going around town, I believe it is best to carry a small amount of cash. At least when somebody tries to grab your bag and gets away with it, you could always call people immediately and just cancel your cards.
  3. Hide your cash in your person. After an incident early this week of somebody getting robbed close to my house, my husband suggested that I do not put my money inside my bag. That way, when somebody robs you and asks for your bag, you can hand it over and still have your money safe. I dont know about you, but I have resorted to putting my bills in a small pouch and tucked inside my bra - just when I travel to work at 6 a.m.
  4. Leave your cards at home. Leaving your cards at home is a good thing, too. Not only does it help you save money from robbers, but it also helps you save money from your spending! Just bring enough money for your expenses and a little extra for emergencies. Nothing more, nothing less.
  5. Have somebody accompany you. There have been many instances of robberies right after payday. Some people have availed of salary loans and when this happens, the credit company keeps the ATM card and they withdraw all your funds for you. When you have your salary in hand, go home directly. Either that, or run straight to the bank and deposit it. Do not go around down with your moolah. Some robbers dont exactly care if you're a millionaire or if you just have a couple of hundreds. If they want it, they want it.
  6. Dress normal. Most of the time, anything that glitters catches a robber's attention. If you are not a bodyguard toting socialite, then perhaps you should try to be a fashionista without the UBER bling bling that yells "I'm bloody rich!!" because if you do, I bet you a hundred dollars that you will be eyed on and as quickly as you can say "Snap!" you're either at gun point, knife point, or simply dumbstruck that your earrings are gone without you noticing it.

These are only a couple of my ideas but I would be happy to hear any tricks up your sleeve. :)

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posted by Ann @ 5:31 PM   0 comments
The Fruit Diet

I am in the process of reconnecting with my past healthy self. Sure, that old self had loaded herself with meats and chocolate, but somehow, that self had more energy than this one ever had. God knows I need the energy nowadays, so I have submitted myself to some long-put-off exercising and simple dieting.

Losing weight is not exactly the goal I had in mind. Perhaps it is due to the fact that I have accepted the truth about myself, and that my size is indeed my SIZE. Therefore, healthiness is the main goal, and should a few pounds come off, THAT would be an added bonus.

Among the numerous food that I love to devour, I have always had a thing for fruit. As I was growing up, I was never short on fruit. Over the current years, though, it came to a point where there would be months without fruit, and so I have decided to look into that area and choose a lifestyle that would suit me and the fruit. :D

After some research, I stumbled across a website called The Fruit Pages. The idea is simple and not so hard to follow. Plus, I believe I can improvise and set my own pace. The website provides the following as a starter:

  1. Consume as much as you can of the 'right nutrition';
  2. Avoid as much as you can of the 'wrong nutrition';
  3. Exercise moderately; 
  4. Be happy with every small change you've been able to make permanently; 
  5. Don't make weight loss more complicated as it is.

See? Fairly easy and flexible. The website also provides some information on different kinds of fruit. Something I have found to be very helpful.

For the moment, I have been consuming watermelons, pineapples, and bananas as an everyday treat. The amount of OTHER food has been changed as well, and I have reduced the amount of meat that I consume. Day by day, I am trying to increase the amount of fruit and decrease all other "bad nutrition." Hey! This could work!

Do you have any other ideas of living a healthy life?

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posted by Ann @ 12:12 PM   0 comments
Do BLOGS do more harm than good?
I am copying a recent post I made in my other personal blog to kick-start this new one.
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Last night, I saw STAND OFF (THE A.U.D.C) on ANC. The topic on debate was "This House believes blogs do more harm than good." Being a blogger, naturally, I stopped my channel surfing and stuck with it.

I believe the discussion was borne out of the current ruckus on Brian Gorell's blog attacks on the Gucci Gang, and others. It seems it had the effect the author wanted and some guilty (perhaps) parties have ants in their pants. It would seem natural to file some case for whatever damages BG made IF it were done on some other medium. But if done on a blog, what could ANYBODY do...? NOTHING, I presume.

First off, I honestly think blogs do no harm much. Hehehe.. It is what it is. An online journal. A medium to which people pour their hearts and souls into. Sometimes even poetry, music, rants, raves, and almost everything under the sun. What with technology, nobody wants to maintain the traditional pen and paper versions of blogs, rather they want it on what they always face. The computer. The Internet.

A personal journal records ones thoughts, feelings, and opinion for the day. It is not, by any means, a proven source of facts. And for online journals, it is simply for the reader's discretion if he or she should agree, disagree, believe or not the details written in space. Newspapers claim they are the source of truth, yet sometimes we even doubt their authenticity and debate the contents. What difference is a blog? More so, blogs often come from feelings and a given few of researched facts, but not stamped on the raw truth. What is the truth anyway? Nobody really knows. It all depends on how many believe it to be true.

Here are the pros and cons of blogging.

Pros:
  • blogs allow people to connect with people all over the world
  • blogs allow friends of their authors to catch up with the lives which most often miss duty to their busy lifestyles
  • blogs are stress relievers where some come to relax and save themselves from impending insanity
  • blogs allows others to become people they wish they were
  • blogs allow people to voice out their feelings to others

Cons:
  • blogs can sometimes hurt feelings
  • blogs often mislead people
  • blogs CAN be dishonest (but not all the time)

Perhaps I am biased as I am a blogger. But I believe that the good outweighs the bad in blogging. It simply boils down to those who are reading. Would you believe what is written, point blank? Or would you take time to ponder on what is written and think of it as another piece of information learned and it is up to you to digest. Nothing is undebatable. Nothing is free from reactions. Besides, you would really have to think, "where there is smoke, there is fire." Nothing comes out of nothing. There must be something, but it is up to you to decide which version is correct. Blogs merely give the options, the opinions, and what the author believes to be true. You be the judge.

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posted by Ann @ 6:12 AM   2 comments
About Me

Name: Ann
Home: Philippines
About Me: even when she has fairy wings on, this girl is anything BUT dainty. perhaps the size, the weight, and the personality alone are just too much for her to be considered delicate, prim, proper, and refined. this girl with the mud smudged cheeks has been down on the ground one to many times. these times forced her to be tougher, smarter, and more savvy than she has ever been. perhaps she will always be, never dainty. email me: neverdainty [at] gmail [dot] com
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