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H1N1 in Singapore - daily stories recently

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It’s been about three months since Influenza A (H1N1) start hogging headlines around the world. It has been 2 months since the first H1N1 patient arrive in Singapore. Since than, Singaporean has been living with daily updates of how many people were confirm infected with the virus, how many were being quarantine and dead victim. Slowly but surely, with all the publicity, people behaviors have also started to change. From what can be observed on the street level, kiasu-ism has kicked in big-time.

Worries and etiquette

There is one story about a teacher who called up the parents of a pupil to take her home, because she sneezed once.
Then there is the hawker at the popular food center who said to the maid ordering food: “Oi, you don’t cough here lah, I scared to get H1N1 you know.” She had cough many times without covering her mouth.
Recently I observed two women on the MRT who whipped out wet wipes to wipe down the strap before holding onto it.
Yet another woman held up her book as if to war…

Wonders of Natures

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The Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn and the Great Barrier Reef are competing with 25 other spectacular natural landmarks in the final phase of the global poll to chose the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”.

The New 7 Wonders organization, lead by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, released its list of finalist on last Tuesday. Among them are the Amazon rain forest, the Dead Sea and Ecuador’s Galapagos islands.

People can vote by internet or phone. The winner will be announced in 2011 and share in the glory already enjoyed by the seven-man made wonders chosen two years ago.

Over one billion people are expected to vote. Mr. Weber said he was happy the nominees included places that lie in more than one country. Such as the Dead Sea or the Amazon rain forest, which make people work together across borders.

Africa, where most people vote by mobile phones, has had the biggest increase in votes over the last few weeks.

Niagara Falls will not be among the wonders because United States tourism officials have wor…

Cooping with Stress

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Many experts on handling stress advocate turning to traditional practice such as yoga or taiji, or leaning breathing techniques to restore calm. All these are excellent ways to de-stress. Choose one that suits you.
However in the work place, there are some practical steps you can take to handle stress:

Priorities your work and do what is urgent and important first.
Look at what can be delegated and remember always to delegate according to people's strengths, so that you are confident they can get the assigned task done.

Manage your time
There are many training programs on time management that you can sign up for to help you handle your time more effectively. Or, partner with a colleague who is good at time management and is willing to mentor you.

Being able to say "no"
This is difficult but sometimes you have to reject task diplomatically by making others aware that if something else has to be done, something else will fall off the cliff.

Clarify intent.
If someone seems to be un…

Why do you smoke?

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Why do you smoke? It is so familiar question for you if you are a smoker. You are definitely depend on a cigarette anytime, anywhere and for whatever reason, in happiness and sadness, when you need an idea to write, when you bored, as a best dessert after meal, to waste your time while you wait for something or someone, and some people even prefer to be in hunger rather than no smoke. What a fascinating of cigarette, it is became your best soul mate even closer than your heart-the most important thing in your body to support your life. Maybe you haven’t realize it yet, because you haven’t feel the effect yet to your self-people surround you and your love one especially, or most probably you think that ‘people could die anytime-anywhere, it’s just a matter of God’s willing’ and so on. You can have lots of reasons to say just to legitimate your ‘addicted’ on cigarette, correct me if I am wrong. Sure, you might don’t care about your self, but do you mind to spare your thought to your love…

Saba Fish - What a Nice treat!

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Saba fish is one of famous food among Japanese. Saba fish is Pacific mackerel means ma-saba (Scomber japonicus). With a blue-green back and dark marking, 50 cm length or so and weight up to 1.8 kg, its fat increases from 4% to 15% in the autumn. Being such an oily fish it is good to be grilled, cooked with miso or sunomono, but cooking methods using oil should be avoided to prevent fish oil away from the fish.

One Word Tag

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USING ONLY ONE WORD! It’s not as easy as you might think! Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It’s really hard to use only one-word answers. Be sure to tag the person who sent it to you!
Where is your cell phone? Bag
Your hair? Spiky
Your mother? Active
Your father? Busy
Your favorite food? Vegie
Your dream last night? None
Your favorite drink? Juices
Your dream/goal? Heaven
What room you are in? Living
Your hobby? Jogging
Your fear? Cockroach
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Holyland
Where were you last night? Mall
Something that you aren’t? Sobber
Muffins? Sometimes
Wish list item? Few
Where you grew up? Jakarta
Last thing you did? Blogging
What are you wearing? Shirt
Your TV? Any
Your pets? Fishes
Friends? Lots
Your life? Happy
Your mood? Good
Missing someone? Sister
Car? Haven't
Something you’re not wearing? Gown
Your favorite store? Esprit
Your favorite color? Pastels
When is the last time you laughed? Now
Last time you cried? Forgotten
Who will resend this? FriendsOne place that I go…