Sunday, June 12, 2011

Brushing Teeth

I used to brush my teeth after every meal but I have a tendency to use force, which is bad for my gums so these days, I brush twice; once in the morning and once before I sleep. However a few people I know only brush once a day, usually in the morning. Personally I think that it's better to brush at night, before bedtime but I wanted to find out more. So after a few Google searches, I found the following by Lion's Oral Care Institute Research Division:

Mutans streptococci, the bacteria involved in causing tooth decay, multiply 30 times overnight if you haven't brushed your teeth before going to bed!
Tokyo, Feb 27, 2004

So for those of you who only brush your teeth once a day, please practice brushing at night, before sleeping instead of in the morning. To counter bad breath, gargle some mouth wash. Better still, cultivate twice-a-day brushing for the best practice dental hygiene :E

Friday, April 15, 2011

Guess who's back?

Earlier this year, I went for health screening and all my test results were fine. But then a few weeks ago, I noticed that I was losing drastic weight and that my pulse was faster than usual so I went for further blood tests and the results showed that my thyroid levels were way off the charts! The T3 Total & T4 Free were doubled, whilst the Tg Ab was 4x higher than the normal range.

I asked my specialist why the sudden onset of my hyperthyroidism as I recovered from it in 2008 and he explained that it's usually triggered by stressful events.

And I thought I was fine. Never knew I could be so vulnerable until my health is affected.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

3 Times!!!

Once bitten, Twice shy - Thrice blind

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Razer Moray Earphones

My replacement headphones. Love 'em! Tried Sony and Philips but they can't compare.

Comes with Left/Right Earphones (but of course), Small/Medium/Large Ear-Buds, 3.5mm Miniplug, Airline Adapter, Carrying Pouch (perfect size for iPods/iPhones), Quick Start Guide, Certificate of Authenticity, Razer Logo Stickers and superb listening pleasure in a classy black box.

Frequency response : 20 to 11,000Hz
Sound pressure level : 10dB
Impedance : 17ohs
Max rated input : 20mW
Cable length : 1.3m
Connector : 3.5mm miniplug
Weight : 10.7g (including cable)
Price : RM105

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

I was in Berjaya Times Square, KL when I saw this self-service yogurt store. I've always wanted to make my own ice-cream/yogurt so imagine my happiness when I saw this. It's my fault because I didn't find out the price but I thought... how much could a yogurt cost? As it turned out, they charge by weight (RM5.30 per 100gms) and my yogurt weighed 343gms so I paid a total of RM18.20 for my yogurt. Ouch! My boyfriend thinks it's fair to charge by weight but I disagree. How the hell is one supposed to know how much yogurt weighs and the smallest cup that they have is huge!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu

So I went scuba diving again, after 2 years! As it's been so long, I've forgotten all the basics. How to setup the tank, BCD (that's short for Buoyancy Control Device - sort of like a life jacket that divers use underwater), regulator etc. On one of the dive trips, I even forgot to wear my weight belt! Luckily Paul, the friendly and oh-so-knowledgeable resort manager helped me wear it whilst we were bobbing on the water surface.

Pictures courtesy of Pummkin

There are 3 resorts on the island but we stayed at Tenggol Island Beach Resort and I recommend you do the same. Food there is excellent, rooms are clean with hot water shower and air-conditioning and the resort manager Paul is a really nice guy. I will definitely go back!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Proper usage of the punctuation / (Slash)

I never realised that I was using / wrongly until I googled it. I'm sure you already know this but if you didn't, hope you enjoy the read.

The slash (/), also called the oblique, the virgule, the stroke, the solidus or the shilling mark, are generally used based on these rules:
  1. In fractions
    (To separate a numerator from a denominator in a numerical fraction. Do not place a space before or after the slash in a fraction.)
    • 1/2 (one half)
    • 2/3 (two thirds)
    • 9/10 (nine tenths)

  2. In dates
    (To separate the month, day, and year, in an informal representation of a date. Do not place a space before or after the slash in a date.)
    • On credit card: Expires end 10/15 (October 2015)
    • He was born on 30/11/2007. (30th November 2007)
    • It was invented on 11/30/2007. (November 30th, 2007)

  3. With abbreviations
    (Used in writing certain abbreviations. Do not place a space before or after the slash in an abbreviation.)
    • c/o (care of)
    • w/ (with)
    • w/o (without)

  4. Separate alternatives
    (To indicate "or", "and" or "and/or". Do not use a slash to join coequal nouns; use a hyphen instead.)
    • Dear Sir/Madam (Sir or Madam)
    • Please press your browser's Refresh/Reload button. (Refresh or Reload)
    • The speech will be given by President/Senator Clinton. (President Clinton or Senator Clinton)
    • Mary will eat cake and/or fruit. (Mary will eat cake, or Mary will eat fruit, or Mary will eat cake and fruit.)

  5. Indicate line breaks
    (To indicate line breaks in quotations of less than four lines of poetry. Place a space before and after a slash that indicates a line break in a poem.)
    • Shel Silverstein ends his poem "Where the Sidewalk Ends" with a walk: "Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow, / And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go, / For the children, they mark, and the children, they know / The place where the sidewalk ends."
    • "I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – / The Stillness in the Room," begins "I heard a Fly buzz – when I died" by Emily Dickinson.

  6. In scientific writing
    (To represent the word per in units. Do not place a space before or after the slash.)
    • The speed limit is 100 km/h. (kilometres per hour)
    • He can type at 75 w/m. (words per minute)
    • The eggs cost $3/dozen. ($3 per dozen)
    • They charge £1.50/litre for petrol. (£1.50 per litre)

  7. With file names and Internet addresses
    (Used to separate parts of a website address (url) on the Internet, and to separate folders on some computer systems. Do not place a space before or after the slash in a file name or Internet address.)
    • file:///Users/mac/tara/photos/image.jpg