2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Chili Burn on Face

Tonight, my face was burning hot due to chili.


While cooking supper, I sliced one jalapeno pepper and removed the seeds by hand.  Without washing my hand, I unconsciously touched my face.  After a while my face felt so hot.  I washed my hands then washed my face with soap.  Still the burning sensation persisted with more intensity because I felt it in my eyes too.

I put honey on my face.  It did not work.  So, I searched the internet for a quick cure.  The first one is to slather oil on the burn, it did not work.  By this time my face and eyes are so red I was worried that my face was really burning inside.  The next one I tried is to use lemon juice.  I squeezed about 2 tablespoons and applied it on my face.  In a few seconds the burning sensation gradually subsided.  It actually worked.

Details here: http://skinverse.com/how-to-get-rid-of-chili-burn.html

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I React to Chemicals

I shy away from chemicals as much as possible be it food, drinks, or health and beauty.

I normally have reactions to chemicals.  It’s either itch, pimples, dandruff, cough or the worst yet, mini- anaphylaxis (difficulty of breathing) in which I went to the hospital twice – in Cebu and in Calgary.  But since it is almost inevitable to encounter them, I keep my exposure to the minimum.

As I am writing this, I now have a reaction to the instant noodles I just ate.  I am beginning to cough and my breathing is constricted already.

When I have chemical reaction, I will have tea for immediate relief.  My tea is a combination of organic peppermint, licorice, and camomile.  When there will be no improvement, that will be the time to take antihistamine.

My stock of tea.


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Places to Visit Before We Retire

My husband and I like do not like to travel long distances.  We both love the outdoors but we only go to places that do not require long travel.  But we agreed on going to these places before we retire.

1. Thailand.  He wants to try sky diving, parasailing, and other similar activities.

2. Japan.  I’ve been to Japan for 7 months for training.  I convinced him that I want to return and experience once again the Japanese hotel, onsen, Shinkanses, Japanese food.  I love Japan though I don’t want to live there because of the language and high cost of living.

3. Train travel across Europe to Switzerland

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

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Headache & Migraine

Frequent headaches or migraines?

I have been there, too.  Medicine works only for a short time and  I have been desperate to find a long term solution.  Hence, I am grateful for Dada Dharma of Ananda Marga Wellness CenterChiropractic doctor, Dr. Dave Israel Cirujano, and Dr. Tam Mateo for the knowledge they imparted to me.

Dr. Dave Israel Cirujano:

He said that headaches and migraines are manifestation of hyperacidity in the stomach.  So, one must focus on the stomach, not on the headache because when the hyperacidity is corrected, the headache or migraine will go away.

Dada Dharma:

To ease hyperacidity, drink plenty of water and eat only when really hungry.  Eat only fruits and vegetables cooked in water.  Do not eat animal products since they are acidic and will aggravate the acidity in the stomach.

In Dr. Tam Mateo seminar:

When suffering from headache or migraine, drink about 1/2 cup of water every 15 minutes until the headache goes away.

Try it.  It works better than the medicines I had been taking.

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Cooking Meat

When cooking commercial meat (meat that is not organic), I needed to find ways to at least remove some, if not all, the chemicals that the meat has.

As we all know, commercial raising of pig, cow, and chicken, involve commercial feeds, antibiotics, and other chemicals to keep the animals healthy, lean (with least fat), grow fast, pestilence free, and bug free.  These chemicals are retained in the meat that we buy in the market or grocery, which we ingest (un)knowingly.

So after much experiments, I have found a way to remove some of these chemicals before I cook them.  Before cooking the meat to my planned dish, I boil the meat for 5 to 10 minutes, remove the meat, then discard the water.  I boil fresh or frozen pork and beef, bacon, and chicken.

If my dish requires water, I boil the water first before putting in the boiled meat.  If the dish requires marinating, I marinate it first then fry.  Or I fry immediately and season in the skillet.  Works everytime.

The pork is boiled for 5-10 minutes.  Then water is discarded.

I boil another water then added the pork.  Then cook to planned dish.

At least, this is a healthier version of meat because organic meat is available 2 hours drive away.

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