Thursday, September 23, 2010

New cellphone?

My husband is convincing me that it's ok for me to upgrade my cellphone to one with a great internet surfing capability since I blog. But the practical (miser) side of me, while drooling over the selections of cellular phones that are available, is hesitant to fork over a few grand to replace a cellphone that is, for all intents and purposes, still working fine. I do have a tendency to use my electronic gadgets until they die out on me, or until they are obsolete, whichever comes first. But, boy, am I tempted. That's why I'm looking at abt electronics coupons to see if it's possible for me to get the cellphone that I want at the price that I won't balk at shelling out.

To take or not to take prenatal vitamins

Some women do not really believe in taking prenatal multivitamins for their pregnancy. They reason out that women used to not need them anyway, and rely on food for their nutritional management. They further question the fact that some, if not most of these supplements are manufactured in the laboratory, hence unnatural.

I did take my multivitamins when I was pregnant because I know that I might not eat healthy all the time. It became a sort of nutritional "insurance" for me so that my baby gets all the nutrition that he/she needs.

What is YOUR personal opinion on this?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lazy eye

When a child goes near the TV, the general adult reaction is to ask the child to step away from the TV so that "he won't damage his eyes". The child would then get scolded if he goes near again. Or maybe the child has a weird head position. Again the adults would scold the child for that.

What many people do not realize in this case is that sometimes the child already has some problem in his vision to begin with. It may be an error of refraction (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism) or some other problem.

We cannot afford to be in denial about a child's visual problem because any problem with a child's vision may lead to amblyopia (or lazy eye, in which the eye does not develop to its full visual potential). Any problem with a child's vision should be addressed immediately so that amblyopia could be prevented and he could have normal, binocular vision eventually.

Unfortunately, the window for correction of children's visual problems is quite narrow. Pediatric ophthalmologists would put the window at about 6 years of age. That means that these visual problem should be addressed before the window for visual development closes, after which it would be very difficult, if not impossible to address the problem. I've seen cases of adults with lazy eye wherein nothing more can be done to improve their vision since they came in too late. We don't want that for our kids.

Any problems with the kids' eyes, better see an ophthalmologist. It does not pay to delay intervention when the kids' whole life is at stake.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Acne and life

I've noticed that many teenagers' skins are now a lot better than my skin was when I was in my twenties (yes, I got my acne late, probably a result of medical school related stress). I guess that's because there are more effective acne products nowadays, many of which are available readily, unlike during my time when the only way you can find a good way to get rid of pimples was to go to the dermatologist for a prescription. I guess I was also quite un-vain about my appearance AND I was kinda hoping that things will get better over time -- which they actually did, although they did leave marks and scars. That is probably one of my greatest regrets -- that I didn't take better care of my skin.

Lesson learned: If there's a problem, try to get rid of them as soon as you can. Consequences may extend long term. I guess that extends to life in general, and not just to acne.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lean boy

My son is on the lean side, and my mom is forever complaining that his bones are sticking out. Our last few visits to the pediatrician, however, showed that he is at the 50th percentile of his weight, which should be just right. His height, which used to be at 75th percentile, is now only at the 50th percentile though. Which made me worry a bit. But then, my husband and I are not really tall persons, so I shouldn't expect his height to be too tall. No hgh supplements for him.

I really shouldn't worry, since he's generally healthy and according to the charts, within normal.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Slim and healthy?

I think it's ironic. Centuries ago, in ancient China, people prefer a more rotund body as they believe that it's a sign of wealth. Because only wealthy people can afford expensive and plentiful food and also to lounge around. People who are poor can only afford ordinary foods. Not only that, they have to work for their keep -- that usually means hard physical labor.

Nowadays, people prefer the lean body type. This is seen as sexier and more healthy looking. But so many people still shun hard physical labor (or are too busy with their work) and would rather look out for the diet pill that works for them, making it easier to have the body that Hollywood and the catwalks set as the ideals.

Standards of beauty will always change. What's important is that we maintain our health. And while a slimmer body really is a healthier one, it is equally important to find a technique to achieve it that is safe and effective. Exercise and diet is the logical first step. Then maybe a doctor-guided program of supplements and/or surgery, if it is truly warranted.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Do we need it?

While science and medicine generally come up with better things to improve our lives and life expectancy, sometimes we do need to rethink if we really need certain things.

For example, while breast augmentation procedures are now very common and generally safe, I would not really want to go under the knife for that. While I'm sure the procedure would make me more attractive under the laws of men, I do not think I need it. Same goes for supplements. People are now talking about the wonderful anti-aging effect and performance enhancement functions of human growth hormone supplements. I used to think that these were used only for children with problems with their height, and only as a rather extreme measure. But apparently they found other uses for it. Would their benefits be acceptable for you? You are the sole judge of what is best for you.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Take it easy

Stress is keeping me from eating and gaining weight hence I do not need any fat burning supplements!

That does not mean that stress is good though. We know that many diseases of modern society are actually stress related. Our immune systems also go haywire when we're stressed, that makes us more vulnerable to infections and makes them more difficult to go away.

So, while it's good that we aim for better careers, more income and a better life, do remember to pace yourself. Stop and smell the roses, enjoy the life that you worked hard for. Sometimes we need to take it easy.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I am a very laid back person with very limited taste in adventure. So, no atv racing, no triathlon, no diving (unless hubby could convince me) for me. Give me a book, a comfortable chair and time and I'd be happily reading away.

Is this good?

I guess for me it is. I do not have a lot of "luhos" (wants) that are expensive. This benefits both me and and my family because I do not really spend a lot beyond my needs. And if I feel that I want something, I pause a bit, sleep on it, and if I find that the desire passes, then I do not go and buy it. I do NOT need this, I can live without it, and since I do not have the extra money, I do not go out and buy it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Got an A/C

We just bought a room air conditioner, a window type, 1 horsepower machine that would hopefully be enough to cool our small 20 square meter condo unit which we are planning to rent out furnished.

We are quite happy with our purchase. We didn't get the more famous brands but we believe it was a good buy considering the specs. It's a Gree brand aircon but its compressor is made by Matsushita, which is pretty reliable. Good EER and cooling capacity. Not too heavy on the pocket too. Definitely what I would consider a Best Buy. I do hope that it will perform well.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Due diligence before buying

I am not a good judge of what is real and what is fake, so for items that are really expensive, I would go to reputable sources.

Like gold bars, for example. I know people invest in them. I'd rather get certified gold coins from reputable companies rather than risk my money on coins or bars that may have the same weight but which I'm not sure of. I mean, I'm no expert in such things. How would I know if I'm getting the real thing?

I'd buy such things from a reputable company to protect my money. If I'm not sure about the company's reputation, I'd do some research until I'm sure that it didn't scam people before. I'm currently reviewing the US Gold Bureau and so far they seem to be legitimate and reputable enough.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I don't know about you, but I find it quite difficult to go on vacation nowadays, with a full time job and 2 growing children. Sometimes it does feel like my vacations are still busy days!

Nevertheless, I do enjoy being with my kids. When they're both old enough, I'd take them on vacations, time and budget permitting. It's great that we don't really have to go far for vacations and that airfare is becoming cheaper. Still, I'd like them to experience Disney World, which is much much bigger than, say, Hong Kong Disneyland, so I am looking at Orlando vacation packages even if we probably can't go anytime soon.

Now, we have to content ourselves to city destinations like Technopark and maybe La Mesa Eco park. Come to think of it, my kids are happy even if we just go to the playground here within the village. Ah, the simple pleasures and joys...

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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 :)