Eye Fashion | Fits Over Sunglasses in Malaysia

When I saw a fits-over for the first time, cool was the first description that jumped out of my mind! Yup, it is really awesome! Created to be worn over a prescription sunglasses, a fits-over does not require the wearer to put on contact lenses in order to switch on a pair of sunglasses. Aren’t you agree, it is cool? A fits-over is certainly a convenience choice to frame wearers at the same time it provides protection from the sun.

Fits-Over Sunglasses
Fits-Over Sunglasses

Compares to the clip-on variety, a fits-over looks more stylish. It can also be worn by itself alone. Comes with polarized option in addition UV-block, there are a variety of shapes and frame colors in addition to the extended coverage on top, side and all corners as it hugs the surrounding of our eyes. Personally, I found a fits-over is more robust, easier to take care compares to a clip-on, at which is kind of ‘fragile’ from its appearance.

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Swine Flu | What You Need To Know

Deadly Swine Flu or Mexican Flu alert made the international headlines on news last week. Today, suspected Swine Flu are reported in 18 countries worldwide with 7 countries of confirmed cases and death toll rises more than 100 in Mexico!

Commonly found in swine and seldom detected in human, Swine Influenza is an influenza A of H1N1 subtype although other subtypes H3N2 and H1N2 had been isolated from swine. In the confirmed death cases reported in Mexico, tests show some died of new strain of swine virus although majority were probably due to same strain. According to CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at Atlanta), this flu virus contains DNA from avian, swine and human viruses! Dealing with unknown and probably mutated strain or ‘reassortant’ virus, this is an extreme challenging situation.
Swine cartoon as flu victim

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Melamine tainted vegetables/fruits imported from China

Early this week, the world had another shock with melamine related issue – melamine tainted vegetables or melamine contamination was reported in Korea on the fruits and vegetables imported from China. Sources from Taiwan News quoted that the affected vegetables on the melamine alert includes tomato, celery and mushroom.
Vegetables in market
So far, there is not much information on how melamine could be found in vegetables from China. In my opinion, I doubt melamine functions similarly like the case in melamine tainted milk products whereby it is aimed to increase the protein level. Unless it is used in vegetable protein or vegetable grains, perhaps it is very likely to falsify higher protein content using nitrogen-riched compound. From my quick research, I’d guess that the melamine contamination in raw vegetables is caused by uncontrolled usage or spray of insecticide onto these vegetables. This may lead to the huge content of melamine detected far above the permissible level. And the insecticide that widely used on animal and crops could be originated from cyromazine that is the derivative of melamine. Another possible source, melamine may be found in fertilizer (owing to its high nitrogen content) and this will definitely impact the root-based vegetables like potatos or onions.

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Melamine Contamination and List of Not Affected Milk (Food) Products by MOH Malaysia

The recent melamine tainted milk crisis has definitely up the consumers fear about milk in particular and food from China in general. Most would be cautious about consuming melamine tainted milk and milk derivative food products. Definitely tales and misinformation would be floating around, like the recent scare of eating from plastic utensils which contain melamine.

I would encourage you to search around and armed yourself with accurate information about this issue. This would avoid unnecessary worries and headache.

I found Malaysiakini reported some great information about melamine contamination. It also said that consumers are advised to read the food label carefully prior to any food purchase in commercial market.

For Malaysians who are still in doubts about the milk or its related products that are contaminated by melamine, you may ring Food Safety and Quality Division,  Ministry of Health Malaysia via the following telephone numbers: +60-3-88 83 36 55, 88 83 35 03, 88 83 36 52 and 88 83 35 00. These lines can be reached during office hours from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm of local time including public holidays and on the coming Hari Raya festive holidays as mentioned in Malaysiakini.

For further information or latest update on milk products tainted with melamine issue, please access Food Safety and Quality Division website under Ministry of Health Malaysia. Alternatively, please visit WHO website to better understand about melamine contamination.

To obtain the updated list of milk products that are not affected by melamine contamination by Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia, please click on the updated list via here.

To all Muslim readers, ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri’.
To all Malaysians (residing in Malaysia), Happy Holidays!


Melamine Tainted Milk (Related) Products from China and Banned/Recalled Food List

Milk BanIt is very depressing to hear that human is taking advantage (making money) at the expenses of others’ life. Where is our humanity and conscience? Sichuan’s earthquake has awakened millions of people in the world that human is kind, compassionate and helpful! During the catastrophic, not only cash was pouring in including from the hands of street beggars, volunteers and missionary activists were also physically there to save as many human lives as possible in the shortest period.

Nevertheless, China Milk Scandal reported recently tainted with melamine extremely disappoint us. Where is our lesson learned when melamine were already reported in pet food imported from China in 2007? What happen to our ethic and integrity? Shall the life of these infants be penalized and at stake due to your greed of achieving higher protein level in your products? This torture to the innocent ones is the cruelest crime to human race!

Melamine or its IUPAC name 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine, is an organic base with chemical formula C3H6N6. Since it is only slightly soluble in water, when it is illegally used in milk industry, melamine will be dissolved in formaldehyde (carcinogenic/cancer causing) or other organic solvents before mixing into the milk!

Melamine is sometimes illegally added to food products in order to increase the apparent protein content. Standard tests such as the Kjeldahl and Dumas tests estimate protein levels by measuring the nitrogen content, so they can be misled by adding nitrogen-rich compounds such as melamine.
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New spa adventure – The Nibble Fish Place!

Happy Feet! Pamper your tired feet with the help of scaly little friends. That’s the experience we got at uniquely different type of spa. Located at New World Park along Burma Road, in the midst of downtown Penang (Malaysia), a place called Happy Feet Fish Spa offers you an unforgettable giggling and laughter when the fish nibble your feet. A school of Garra Rufa fish or better known as nibble fish which is originated from Turkey’s hot spring are placed in a pond to treat your tender feet.
Happy Feet
During my first time there, the unique fish-nibbling massage of 40 minutes definitely gave me a pleasant relaxing experience. Although at the beginning, I was a bit reluctant to place my feet into the water but after a few deep breathes, I dared myself to overcome the fright of being tickled by these decent sea creatures. They are friendly and domesticated, so there is nothing to worry!

According to the spa operator, the fish-nibbling effect creates tiny electrical jolts, activates the nerve endings whilst the micro massaging stimulates blood circulation. Besides smoother, rejuvenated and healthier looking feet, it may also give you a good night sleep!
Fish Spa

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10 Steps to Start Exercise, Reduce Fat and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life

ExerciseShould you exercise? Off course you should. There are many benefits of exercise that has already been published so many times in many publications, magazines, newspapers and many others. Even the Government is promoting exercise. According to Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research here are some benefits of exercise:

* Improves your mood
* Combats chronic diseases
* Manage your weight
* Strengthens your heart and lungs
* Promotes better sleep
* Puts a spark back into your sex life (wow!)

And I can vouch that all of that is true for me. So how do you start to exercise? Actually the problem for most is not the starting but in maintaining this exercise as part of your life’s routine. Even for me, some days can be a drag to get out and run my 4 kilometers. But I do it because it gets better after I have hit the road and I know I will enjoy it after some moments of warm-up. And for the rest of the day, my energy levels and mood remains on the positive side. That keeps me going, and now it has become such a habit that I felt weird if I did not go out and run each day.

Before starting your exercise program, if you have been inactive for a long time or if your body weight is over the edge, you should consult a physician or doctor before embarking on your exercise program.

The best thing you can do is to start exercising. Here is a list of 10 steps on how you can get started.

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My Experience of Living with GERD (Acid Reflux)

MedicineIt was only 2:30am in the morning and I couldn’t sleep again! I was burping aloud. Perhaps I shouldn’t lie down to continue my sleep as I felt my throat was rather uncomfortable. It was not sore throat but kind of tight and hard to swallow, as if the opening near upper esophagus was getting narrower.

It happened about two and half years ago. At the beginning, I thought it was only a mild sore throat so I went to see a GP (general practitioner). I was given some kind of antibiotics and life went on. In the next 2 weeks, the sore-throat came back so I went to see the same GP again. This GP that I was visiting was run by a group of medical doctors and on each visit I could be seeing a different doctor. On the second visit, I met a lady doctor and she refused to give me antibiotics anymore as she claimed it didn’t look like tonsillitis. . Continue reading “My Experience of Living with GERD (Acid Reflux)”

Leg Muscle Cramp/Spasm during Hiking: How to prevent and what to do?

HikingLeg muscle cramp during hiking usually occurs on thigh or calve muscle, likely due to dehydration/electrolyte imbalance or muscle fatigue caused by heavy exercise. In order to prevent cramp, eat and drink reasonably while trekking on a long hike. If you are going for a harsh and tough hike, please prepare the physical body adapting to strenuous activity. Prior to the hike, engage in a couple of short hikes, cycling or running for at least 30 min each time on every alternate day may help.
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Wrist Tendonitis

'Mous-ing' activityWrist tendonitis (or Tenosynovitis) literally means inflammation of tendon at wrist joint. When functioning under normal circumstances, the tendon glides easily and smoothly when muscle contracts. However, when tendon is overuse, it needs to be accustomed to the new demand and if not able to make, it will inflame. Age could also be another reason which may be due to the blood vessel that supply nutrient to the tendon is being deprived.

A significant percentage of wrist tendonitis is due to anatomical reason, whereby the tendon does not have a smooth path to glide. This is common among people whose work is desk bound and heavily dependence on PC. Over time, the wrist becomes stiff and painful to move. It may be swollen as well without proper care.

Hey buddy…if you are reading this article, I may have less to worry. Even if you do not fall under bench work category, then consider reading for your loved ones. I hope it will be entertaining of looking at it from another perspective!

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