Sunday, February 21, 2010

I'm Sick :(

I'm not feeling well today.

I think it started with me eating an old piece of bread with coconut filling yesterday. I was already having doubts about the bread but the frugal me decided to just consume it all. Bad idea. Last night, I had diarrhea and tummy ache. Then it progressed to back ache and muscle pains. Then headache.

I hate being sick. I do not have an appetite at all, while I just had a hearty one yesterday. I'll probably lose weight (no need to pop weight loss pills at all - not that I really do so) if this goes on for a few more days.

Which goes to show that eating that bread was not true frugality. It caused more trouble for me. Sigh...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tabbed Browsing For Doing Multiple Tasks Online

One of the things that made me switch to Mozilla Firefox for internet browsing was it's tabbed browsing. Since I do a lot of things online, this made multitasking so much easier. I can check my emails, do research, check my online store and do diet pill comparison all at the same time. This comes in especially handy when doing research. I do a search for a certain topic and open various tabs on different websites that I find on the search results. It's so much more convenient!

Now I know other browsers also have this feature, even Internet Explorer, which used to be my default browser before Firefox came along. I haven't tried Google Chrome though. Anybody care to comment about this?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Another Reason To Stay Slim

Much has been said about the health risks one takes if one is overweight, even obese. But one practical issue that is sometimes overlooked is that overweight people tend to have more issues with osteoarthritis and joint pains. That's because your weight bearing joints like the knees and hips have to carry a heavier load, so to speak, and so undergoes more wear and tear than the usual, non-overweight individual.

So if you want to free yourself from the burdens of osteoarthritis (or at least lessen the chances), do try not be obese. You're doing yourself a big favor -- saving not only your joints, but also your heart and the rest of your body.

Monday, February 15, 2010

V Day

Today, we celebrate both Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. Since we have a family, we gave much more importance to the latter.

And although we're not really "against" the commercialism that now accompanies Valentine's Day, it really is not practical to go out since almost everybody is prepared to celebrate "Heart's Day", even going to the extent of looking their best with new clothes and perhaps an acnezine treatment just for that BIG date!

Personally, I think that to go with the crowd just because it's Valentine's Day is not practical at all, as we tend to spend a lot on flowers and food, and brave the crowds. I'd rather spend it at home, even without the flowers (although I admit I really felt happy when I got some from hubby last year), and with a home cooked dinner rather than one at an overcrowded restaurant.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Just Do It!

Too many people are overweight. That's because we have more high calorie foods and less physical activity. We know we all need to be at our optimum weight in order to function at our best, but sometimes we forget that while looking for diets that work or the best exercise program to lose those excess inches, we forget the basic thing of taking in less calories and burning off the excess ones. While the regimens and diets would probably work, they are all founded on this premise and while searching for the best for you, you should already start on the road to fitness by doing this yourself -- even if you haven't found THE perfect program for you.

As the Nike Ad would say: JUST DO IT!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I'd Go For Laptop Over Desktop

While I'm typing this blog entry from a hospital room, I realized once again how much more practical laptops are for me. Not cheaper, but just more practical. I can get desktops with better specs for less, but that would limit mobility. For one who needs a computer almost all the time, a laptop computer is an infinitely better choice than a bulky desktop computer.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Overseas Employment And The Family

There is a widespread perception that foreign work pays more. It is true, most of the time. But there are always trade-offs. If you're a family man/woman, you will be away from your family for months or even years at a time. And that is something that you should consider. After all, there are a lot of things that money truly cannot buy, like the presence of both parents while a child is growing up.

Some families have decided to stay together even if it means moving to another country altogether. That is also an option. But as usual, there are also trade-offs. For starters, you have to leave your friends and the rest of your family behind. You have to adjust to a new place. You have to decide what stuff to bring, and what stuff to leave behind, as it's virtually impossible to bring everything, even if you have good long distance movers. You have to look for good schools for your children too.

In the end, I would rather have my family together, whether we stay in the country or leave.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sports and Hobbies

Unless you're willing to spend a lot for your sport or your hobby, try not to pick one that would be very expensive to maintain.

For example, golf costs a lot mostly due to the club shares and the green fees and, not to mention, the equipment. If you really enjoy the sport, this would really be a worthwhile expense. If you're a businessman with a lot of contacts who are into the sport, this may also be an investment.

The big reason why most of our equestrians are from the rich families are because of the cost of maintaining their sport. Imagine how much it takes to acquire and maintain a horse (food, stable, training etc). Not to mention that things such as equestrian apparel are not available locally and would probably be expensive too.

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A part time ophthalmologist, part time micro business owner, part time graduate student and FULL TIME MOM struggling to find balance in the confusing world of multitasking :)