New Layout

To usher in the new month (in case you just woke up from a coma, the new month would be March of the year 2007, kthx!), I have reverted to a new layout with another NEW custom heading made by me again!! Though, the bunnehs aren’t by me, I took it off of deviantART. The artist is by “HikaruIssyl

Hmm, the layout is a BIT too bright to my liking but I absolutely do LOVE the header linking to my pages and stuff like that (*’ω’*) it’s so convenient!!! Anyways, March is coming up tomorrow, I gotta study for my exam now 😡 yes, I am only gonna study for TWO exams 1 day before the exams x.x can’t blame me, I been sick as a cow and sleeping a lot because of that!! Well, anyways, gambateh to me!!! And to all of you having the same exams or having exams the same day as me 😡

Also I just added in a new “Page” to my blog, it’s a policy page where it tells you what you can do or cannot do as a reader. I know, I know, this actually spoils your mood in reading my blog and so on, but it’s for the best! I have friends who gets harassed by their readers and to tell you the truth, I SO don’t have the time for blogger harassers/abusers/stalkers now since I’m at the end of my semester and the finals are coming up soon! At the beginning of the policy, I have put in a few words of mine about commenting and such and then later on I took a whole lot of discretion policies from another blog site that lets people link to there for reference to their own blog for their readers. In other words, you NEED to read it 😛

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Sick, sick, sick!!

At last! After 5 days, 20 hours, 45 minutes and 2 seconds, I was seen leaving the “Mediprime” which belongs to a “Dr. C.S. Foo” with a white plastic bag on my right hand and my mother on my left side. Both of us were silent.

The diagnostic is in. I am sick to the bone! I had a severe migraine which came with the high fever (the doctor said the fever wasn’t there, it’s just that my body was uncomfortable inside me and thus the immune system went on the defensive and gave me a “fake” fever), the horrible coughing which was due to heat, where it made the back of my throat irritable to even my own breathing!! (You can’t really blame me, the Chinese New Year celebrations is ALL about heat and heat-y foodstuff :P) Phlegm (well, at least I don’t have the dry cough I USED to have since last November which continued to around mid-January…yes, it was horrible!!).

And you’d think that’s the worst of it!! Well, the doctor took a look at me and started poking both his thumbs at my throat and under my eyes asking me “Does it hurt if I did this?” “No” and he does it again!! 2 more times!! How many “No” does he want from me?!?! Grrr…so anyways, I told him how my skin was hurting from the slight breeze of the wind and he looked me straight in the eyes and said “Sensitive skin.” great…my ear is sensitive to anything but gold and now my skin is sensitive too?!?! Tell me more!!

So I asked him about the possibility of me having Dengue fever and he replied in a WAY cheerful manner “None.” and went on to say “You been having your so-called fever for almost a week, if you had the Dengue fever, the symptoms would have showed by now.” “Usually it’s not very obvious on the first three days, but on the fourth day, WHAM red spots will start showing.”

“If you took blood tests, 1st day – negative, 2nd day – negative, 3rd day – negative again! But on the fourth day, ah hah! Positive! So in your case, we don’t see any of the following symptoms so don’t need to worry wan la~” “Oh thank goodness for small miracles!! Ahh I see, ok.”

After that somewhat “stimulating” conversation, he prescribed a whole load of medication for me…oh well, health comes first, yea? Anyways, we went to the waiting area to wait for the medication. We only had to wait for about 1 minute before a nurse asked me what day did I want my MC for and I said “Today.” and we waited again. After about another minute, my name was called again and this time I was given the MC and was asked if I wanted the resit…”Hell yea, I want a resit! Yes, please.” And again, the waiting game continues. After many minutes waiting, one of the nurses (1 doctor and 3 nurses in 1 tiny clinic…) gave me my medication (5 of them are pills and 1 was liquid…Oh lord…deliver me from this torture :x) she gave me a rather brief description of what it does and when I should take it.

After paying for the consultation and the medications (RM40, can you believe it?!?! When I went there when I was in primary, they charged us about RM80 per person D: so what’s with this price now?!?! He must be making a lot =.=)

After that, we went straight home in silence as the driver drove us home. I had a bowl of porridge as my dinner and took the medication and just went off to bed. Had to sponge myself the whole night 😡 but I think I’ll feel just “wonderful” on the 1st of March to do the nightmare of the exams x.x hopefully…

Also, it seems the doctor is trying to reassure my mom that the worst come to worst, I might end up having Asthma or Bronchiolitis. And yes, he said it is true that people only have these when they’re starting at a young age, but obviously, no one is immune to pneumonia. Which is what I might get if worst come to worst. Thanks doc for that VERY “reassuring” words of consolation =.=!!

As a precaution, don’t even think of sitting, standing or even walking near me! You might get infected with my cough, phlegm, and “fake” fever!! Oh yea, Also, don’t touch me =.= I’ll just cough more if you did that to me…

Top 50 Things To Do To Stop Global Warming

Taken from Global Warming Facts.
Plucked from Guang’s Blog

Global warming is a dramatically urgent and serious problem. We don’t need to wait for governments to solve this problem: each one of us can bring an important help adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things. It’s the only reasonable way to save our planet, before it is too late.

Here is a list of 50 simple things that everyone can do in order to fight against and reduce the Global Warming phenomenon: some of them are at no cost, some other require a little investment but can help you save a lot of money, in the middle-long term!

Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (cfl)
CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Install a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats will automatically lower the heat or air conditioning at night and raise them again in the morning. They can save you $100 a year on your energy bill.

Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer
Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has more tips for saving energy on heating and cooling.

Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Choose energy efficient appliances when making new purchases
Look for the Energy Star label on new appliances to choose the most efficient models available.

Do not leave appliances on standby
Use the “on/off” function on the machine itself. A TV set that’s switched on for 3 hours a day (the average time Europeans spend watching TV) and in standby mode during the remaining 21 hours uses about 40% of its energy in standby mode.

Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket
You’ll save 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple action. You can save another 550 pounds per year by setting the thermostat no higher than 50°C.

Move your fridge and freezer
Placing them next to the cooker or boiler consumes much more energy than if they were standing on their own. For example, if you put them in a hot cellar room where the room temperature is 30-35ºC, energy use is almost double and causes an extra 160kg of CO2 emissions for fridges per year and 320kg for freezers.

Defrost old fridges and freezers regularly
Even better is to replace them with newer models, which all have automatic defrost cycles and are generally up to two times more energy-efficient than their predecessors.

Don’t let heat escape from your house over a long period
When airing your house, open the windows for only a few minutes. If you leave a small opening all day long, the energy needed to keep it warm inside during six cold months (10ºC or less outside temperature) would result in almost 1 ton of CO2 emissions.

Replace your old single-glazed windows with double-glazing
This requires a bit of upfront investment, but will halve the energy lost through windows and pay off in the long term. If you go for the best the market has to offer (wooden-framed double-glazed units with low-emission glass and filled with argon gas), you can even save more than 70% of the energy lost.

Get a home energy audit
Many utilities offer free home energy audits to find where your home is poorly insulated or energy inefficient. You can save up to 30% off your energy bill and 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Energy Star can help you find an energy specialist.

Cover your pots while cooking
Doing so can save a lot of the energy needed for preparing the dish. Even better are pressure cookers and steamers: they can save around 70%!

Use the washing machine or dishwasher only when they are full
If you need to use it when it is half full, then use the half-load or economy setting. There is also no need to set the temperatures high. Nowadays detergents are so efficient that they get your clothes and dishes clean at low temperatures.

Take a shower instead of a bath
A shower takes up to four times less energy than a bath. To maximise the energy saving, avoid power showers and use low-flow showerheads, which are cheap and provide the same comfort.

Use less hot water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water. You can use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead (350 pounds of carbon dioxide saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (500 pounds saved per year) instead of hot.

Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible
You can save 700 pounds of carbon dioxide when you air dry your clothes for 6 months out of the year.

Insulate and weatherize your home
Properly insulating your walls and ceilings can save 25% of your home heating bill and 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Caulking and weather-stripping can save another 1,700 pounds per year. Energy Efficient has more information on how to better insulate your home.

Be sure you’re recycling at home
You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates. Earth 911 can help you find recycling resources in your area.

Recycle your organic waste
Around 3% of the greenhouse gas emissions through the methane is released by decomposing bio-degradable waste. By recycling organic waste or composting it if you have a garden, you can help eliminate this problem! Just make sure that you compost it properly, so it decomposes with sufficient oxygen, otherwise your compost will cause methane emissions and smell foul.

Buy intelligently
One bottle of 1.5l requires less energy and produces less waste than three bottles of 0.5l. As well, buy recycled paper products: it takes less 70 to 90% less energy to make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide.

Choose products that come with little packaging and buy refills when you can
You will also cut down on waste production and energy use!

Reuse your shopping bag
When shopping, it saves energy and waste to use a reusable bag instead of accepting a disposable one in each shop. Waste not only discharges CO2 and methane into the atmosphere, it can also pollute the air, groundwater and soil.

Reduce waste
Most products we buy cause greenhouse gas emissions in one or another way, e.g. during production and distribution. By taking your lunch in a reusable lunch box instead of a disposable one, you save the energy needed to produce new lunch boxes.

Plant a tree
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15%. The Arbor Day Foundation has information on planting and provides trees you can plant with membership.

Switch to green power
In many areas, you can switch to energy generated by clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar. The Green Power Network is a good place to start to figure out what’s available in your area.

Buy locally grown and produced foods
The average meal in the United States travels 1,200 miles from the farm to your plate. Buying locally will save fuel and keep money in your community.

Buy fresh foods instead of frozen
Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce.

Seek out and support local farmers markets
They reduce the amount of energy required to grow and transport the food to you by one fifth. You can find a farmer’s market in your area at the USDA website.

Buy organic foods as much as possible
Organic soils capture and store carbon dioxide at much higher levels than soils from conventional farms. If we grew all of our corn and soybeans organically, we’d remove 580 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere!

Eat less meat
Methane is the second most significant greenhouse gas and cows are one of the greatest methane emitters. Their grassy diet and multiple stomachs cause them to produce methane, which they exhale with every breath.

Reduce the number of miles you drive by walking, biking, carpooling or taking mass transit wherever possible
Avoiding just 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year! Look for transit options in your area.

Start a carpool with your coworkers or classmates
Sharing a ride with someone just 2 days a week will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,590 pounds a year. eRideShare.com runs a free national service connecting commuters and travelers.

Don’t leave an empty roof rack on your car
This can increase fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10% due to wind resistance and the extra weight – removing it is a better idea.

Keep your car tuned up
Regular maintenance helps improve fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. When just 1% of car owners properly maintain their cars, nearly a billion pounds of carbon dioxide are kept out of the atmosphere.

Drive carefully and do not waste fuel
You can reduce CO2 emissions by readjusting your driving style. Choose proper gears, do not abuse the gas pedal, use the engine brake instead of the pedal brake when possible and turn off your engine when your vehicle is motionless for more than one minute. By readjusting your driving style you can save money on both fuel and car mantainance.

Check your tires weekly to make sure they’re properly inflated
Proper inflation can improve gas mileage by more than 3%. Since every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, every increase in fuel efficiency makes a difference!

When it is time for a new car, choose a more fuel efficient vehicle
You can save 3,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every year if your new car gets only 3 miles per gallon more than your current one. You can get up to 60 miles per gallon with a hybrid! You can find information on fuel efficiency on FuelEconomy and on GreenCars websites.

Try car sharing
Need a car but don’t want to buy one? Community car sharing organizations provide access to a car and your membership fee covers gas, maintenance and insurance. Many companies – such as Flexcar – offer low emission or hybrid cars too! Also, see ZipCar.

Try telecommuting from home
Telecommuting can help you drastically reduce the number of miles you drive every week. For more information, check out the Telework Coalition.

Fly less
Air travel produces large amounts of emissions so reducing how much you fly by even one or two trips a year can reduce your emissions significantly. You can also offset your air travel by investing in renewable energy projects.

Encourage your school or business to reduce emissions
You can extend your positive influence on global warming well beyond your home by actively encouraging other to take action.

Join the virtual march
The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort to bring people concerned about global warming together in one place. Add your voice to the hundreds of thousands of other people urging action on this issue.

Encourage the switch to renewable energy
Successfully combating global warming requires a national transition to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. These technologies are ready to be deployed more widely but there are regulatory barriers impeding them. Take action to break down those barriers with Vote Solar.

Protect and conserve forest worldwide
Forests play a critial role in global warming: they store carbon. When forests are burned or cut down, their stored carbon is release into the atmosphere – deforestation now accounts for about 20% of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Conservation International has more information on forests and global warming.

Consider the impact of your investments
If you invest your money, you should consider the impact that your investments and savings will have on global warming. Check out SocialInvest and Ceres to can learn more about how to ensure your money is being invested in companies, products and projects that address issues related to climate change.

Make your city cool
Cities and states around the country have taken action to stop global warming by passing innovative transportation and energy saving legislation. 194 cities in the U.S. representing over 40 million people have made this pledge as part of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Find out how to make your city a cool city.

Tell Congress to act
The McCain Lieberman Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act would set a firm limit on carbon dioxide emissions and then use free market incentives to lower costs, promote efficiency and spur innovation. Tell your representative to support it.

Make sure your voice is heard!
We must have a stronger commitment from their government in order to stop global warming and implement solutions and such a commitment won’t come without a dramatic increase in citizen lobbying for new laws with teeth.

Share this list!
Send this page via e-mail to your buddies, digg it, add it to your favourite bookmark site (like reddit); and if you’re a blogger, blog it: the more people you will manage to enlighten, the greater YOUR help to save the planet will be (but please take action on first person too)!

Happy Birthday!! Whoo!!

The seventh day, traditionally known as renri 人日, the common man’s birthday, the day when everyone grows one year older.

So today, the 7th day of the Chinese New Year, I wish all of you (the whole wide world) a Happy Chinese Birthday and may you live in prosperity and may you live a long and happy life!!

-Cheers!!-

Who Wins?

ROUND 1 :

Saraku Art VS. The Scream

The WINNER : The Saraku Art!!


ROUND 2 :

John Baptist (Da Vinci) VS. Sharaku Art

The WINNER : John Baptist (Da Vinci)


ROUND 3 :

Mona Lisa (Da Vinci) VS. The Thinker (Rodin)


So dear readers, who do you think is the winner here? The oh-so-mysterious Mona Lisa or the oh-so-thoughtful Thinker? Choose wisely ^_-

PS : The answer will be posted right before I make another IQ question 😛

EDIT

The answer for “Who Wins? [IQ – 1]” would be…-drumrolls-…the MONA LISA!!! -claps claps claps- congratulations to the MONA LISA and those who have got the answers right!!

Why the MONA LISA? The answer, please read on…

Lets recap, shall we?

Saraku Art VS. The Scream

The Saraku Art wins because he defeated the Screamer with a Rock in hand, crushing the Scissors played by the Screamer!


John Baptist VS. Saraku Art

John Baptist defeats the Saraku Art by cutting his opponent’s Paper with his Scissors.


The Mona Lisa VS. The Thinker

The winner, The Mona Lisa slaps The Thinker with the Paper making the Thinker wonder about using the Rock…

Surprising isn’t it…yes I know, the answer JUST WASN’T EXPECTED to end up JUST LIKE THAT!! I didn’t even seen it coming when I saw this question the other day. So difficult, yet so extremely easy to figure out 😡

Signature Of The Week [4]

Jessica - Uncertainties

Name of Signature
No name…

Phrase
Jessica – Uncertainties

Inspiration
Just recently finished watching all the episodes of “Onegai Teacher” and I can say, it’s a brilliant anime!!

Directed at who?
No one…

Amount of time to make it?
About a day, done it during the festive seasons.

Anything else?
Watch “Onegai Teacher”!!! XP

Happy Chinese New Year!!

Have a prosperous and happy chinese new year to all in this, year of the pig, minna-san~

Also, please, DO drive safely on the road during this seasonal period because it’s just plain bad luck to get into an accident. And remember to NOT gamble too much as well, it’s just a matter of having fun and not take gambling too seriously =P

Oh and yea, have FUN!!!

The Undecided…

Have you ever made any choices in life that could involuntarily make your life for better or for worse? I have done this many times over, at times regretting it, and at times rejoicing over the fact that I DID, in fact, do it.

It could have been the time that you have to choose between eating that piece of delicious looking chocolate or keeping your weight. Or maybe choosing between staying at home finishing your assignments that needs to be handed up that weekend or going out and have fun for a night. Or maybe that time you had to make a choice between going out with your best friend who’s about to leave for overseas or hang out with your boyfriend. Ahh, choices, what a headache…

And because of these headaches, I have decided to make somewhat of a diary, a weblog diary of my choices and decisions, the things that have prompted me to do what I did, how it brought me joy or pain. But is that all there is to it? Maybe, maybe not, who knows but this undecided heart of mine…

A Valentine To Remember…

As it is, Saint Valentine’s Day is overrated and over-commercialized to the extreme that businessmen out there are making a whole lot of cash from these over-eager lovers around the world on this very day.

Chocolates, Roses, Soft Toys and so many more are being bought and given to loved ones as a token of their appreciation and love for each other. This year however, I’ve come to be more mature about gifts maybe. Especially so when my loved one is so far from me. But distances isn’t an obstacle for the both of us for we are able to give each other our gifts anyways.

How you ask? Well, both of us are somewhat addicted to “photoshoppin” and we had exchanged pictorial gifts to each other. And his is so sweet I actually cried when I saw it…

This is what he has given me for Valentine’s Day :

And this is what I gave him, a measly 1 picture that isn’t worth mentioning D:

To us, our love is more than physical things, we don’t need those to be close to each other, we have each other to keep as companions on lonely days and nights even if we’re not near each other. Dreams and hopes are what’s keeping us together for we are madly, deeply in love…

I love you, Greg, happy Valentine’s Day, till the day we meet and celebrate Valentine’s together in real -hugs and kisses!-

A Week In The Life of…”Me” [3]

Day 3 – Wednesday

Another typical morning with another typical yawn…you stretched your body as you thought of how early you are today and went off to bath knowing time goes by fast especially in the mornings when you are struggling to gain consciousness from your last dream.

As you on the shower, you shiver as you touch the cold water and dread taking a morning bath…however, you remember that today is JUST another day in your life and forces yourself to plunge into the cold shower yelping at the cold water seeping into your skin!! Oh the harsh coldness of another typical morning…how cruel…:x

After your cold morning shower, you toweled yourself down and walk into the cold room since, obviously, you had forgotten to switched off the fan before you went to have your shower x.x you quickly put on your everyday “off to university” clothes and dressed at the speed of light. Accomplishing this cold morning tasks, you pump your fists up in the air in a triumphant motion and is sure that today would be your day!!

As you left the house, you noticed, with a self-satisfied smirk, that your overly-eager dog is nowhere to be found, in fact, she just lied quietly at the back of the house, minding her own business and leaving you be on this exceptional day. Smiling, you leave the house with a slight skip in your footsteps having a MORE certain feeling that TODAY is and WILL BE a damn good day, indeed!

As you reach your first destination of the day, you realize in disappointment that daily source of entertainment wasn’t present at all today for “Peer Helping Program”!! Frowning, you went about chatting, laughing, teasing and so on with your other friends and trying hard to concentrate to the “cute” lecturer as he speaks…he might be cute but he’s quite the boring guy…after less than 2 hours, class eventually ended and you were free…to go into another prison called “Life Span Development” lecture =.=

But fortunately, your source of entertainment, A, was there in class thus you silently rejoice at the thought of more entertainment!!

Today, A tells about how when A and a friend while in the bus yesterday, D overheard their conversation and somewhat protested against A and B’s relationship by calling B, “jin gak” as if B was the traitor in his “relationship” with A but the funny thing was, A and D was NEVER in a relationship before XD furthermore, you and your friends learned that there was a E in this thickening plot!! So far, there is, the existing relationship of A and B; the not-so-important-people, C, D and E…where C was a group member of your assignment team this semester D: and because of this conflict, tension grew within the team, intergroup conflict, like, ~!@#$%^&*()_+!!

As it is, today, your team were to go over to your place to do assignment, the first, last minute assignment, actually… which was due on Saturday for the presentation 😡

At your house, taking a break from the over-exhaustion created from the walk from the university to your house, tension started to grow from within the group again as you were all talking about A and B again!! What’s the big deal anyways? Not like A and B were going to elope soon 😡 oh wait…it’s your source of entertainment!! 😀

As all five of you settle down to start the assignment, the issue of racial inequality suddenly pops up in your conversation due to the assignment an the argument of how all of you were to present it arises. A, LR, J and you were in favor of supporting the neutral way of presenting it where you were all to convey the truth of the matter, yet not discriminating against it. C on the other hand, sees the presentation of “neutral” as an overrated word and goes too far by saying “this is the real world, la, come on!! If we were to do it your way, who is to say that the government won’t come down on us?!?!” oooookay…he’s just’s going too far ahead of himself…THIS assignment, is, after all, an ASSIGNMENT!!! The university would be TOO lazy to inform the government about what we presented =.=

The whole day after that was seen that C wasn’t in the mood for arguing especially because the night before, A had already mentioned that she doesn’t feel the same way for C and he should just give up. According to C’s house mate, C used to be the gentleman and was kind to all the house mates which coincidently was ALL females, 6 of them… but due to this rejection, C became an old geezer and picks fights with his house mates over the littlest matters, like, toilet time =.=

When the time came for everyone to leave, you breath a sigh of relief as the tension was subsiding, however A and J wasn’t leaving just yet because they were waiting for A’s over-paranoid father to give them a free ride to the hostel XD (A’s parents does not approve of A’s relationship with B and does everything in their power to stop them from seeing each other!!) while all 3 of you were talking and laughing at those American Idol contestants, the conversation somehow strayed back to A’s problems again…what a mess seeing as how her parents are trying their best to hate B as much as possible and even going as far as to appear at A’s hostel every free moment she has 😡 finding no obvious solutions, A’s father arrives a mere 20 minutes after American Idol finishes to drive them back to the hostel…

You see them off while thinking of what a confllicting day it was. Laughing, you went off to your room to clean up and go online, labeling it as YET another typical day for you…

(to be continued…)

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