Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I Am So Lazy!!

If laziness is a punishable crime under the law, I would never get a parole even... I feel like a vegetable. Laziness is a worse malaise than malaria. Medicines can't cure it. I've been lazy around for so many days watching the Olympic and now it’s all over and I have to get my butt up and do some housework. Laundries, ironing, vacuuming, wash my car, clean the bathroom, and update this blog...... I am already tired thinking about all the things I need to do!!

Actually I am looking forward to the long weekend as Zue and I will be visiting Lesley at Long Island, New York.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Aging of Our Body

WE all accept that getting older is inevitable, and now leading clinicians have revealed the exact age when different body parts start to decline, most alarming being the brain and lungs.

French doctors have found that the quality of men's' sperm starts to deteriorate by 35, so that by the time a man is 45 a third of pregnancies end in miscarriage.

Here, with the help of leading clinicians, Angela Epstein tells the Daily Mail the ages when different parts of the body start to lose their battle with time.

BRAIN - Starts ageing at 20. As we get older, the number of nerve cells - or neurons - in the brain decrease. We start with around 100 billion, but in our 20s this number starts to decline. By 40, we could be losing up to 10,000 per day, affecting memory, co-ordination and brain function.

GUT - Starts ageing at 55. A healthy gut has a good balance between harmful and 'friendly' bacteria. But levels of friendly bacteria in the gut drop significantly after 55, particularly in the large intestine, says Tom MacDonald, professor of immunology at Barts And The London medical school. As a result, we suffer from poor digestion and an increased risk of gut disease. Constipation is more likely as we age, as the flow of digestive juices from the stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestine slows down.

BREASTS - Start ageing at 35. BY their mid-30s, women's breasts start losing tissue and fat, reducing size and fullness. Sagging starts properly at 40 and the areola (the area surrounding the nipple) can shrink considerably.

BLADDER - Starts ageing at 65. Loss of bladder control is more likely when you hit 65. Women are more vulnerable to bladder problems as, after the menopause, declining oestrogen levels make tissues in the urethra - the tube through which urine passes - thinner and weaker, reducing bladder support. Bladder capacity in an older adult generally is about half that of a younger person - about two cups in a 30-year-old and one cup in a 70-year-old.

LUNGS - Start ageing at 20. Lung capacity slowly starts to decrease from the age of 20. By the age of 40, some people are already experiencing breathlessness. This is partly because the muscles and the rib cage which control breathing stiffen up.

VOICE - Starts ageing at 65. Our voices become quieter and hoarser with age. The soft tissues in the voice box (larynx) weaken, affecting the pitch, loudness and quality of the voice. A woman's voice may become huskier and lower in pitch, whereas a man's might become thinner and higher.

EYES - Start ageing at 40. Glasses are the norm for many over-40s as failing eyesight kicks in - usually long-sightedness, affecting our ability to see objects up close.

HEART - Starts ageing at 40. The heart pumps blood less effectively around the body as we get older. This is because blood vessels become less elastic, while arteries can harden or become blocked because of fatty deposits forming on the coronary arteries - caused by eating too much saturated fat. The blood supply to the heart is then reduced, resulting in painful angina. Men over 45 and women over 55 are at greater risk of a heart attack.

LIVER - Starts ageing at 70. This is the only organ in the body which seems to defy the aging process.

KIDNEYS - Starts ageing at 50. With kidneys, the number of filtering units (nephrons) that remove waste from the bloodstream starts to reduce in middle age.

PROSTATE - Starts ageing at 50. The prostate often becomes enlarged with age, leading to problems such as increased need to urinate, says Professor Roger Kirby, director of the Prostate Centre in London . This is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia and affects half of men over 50, but rarely those under 40. It occurs when the prostate absorbs large amounts of the male sex hormone testosterone, which increases the growth of cells in the prostate. A normal prostate is the size of a walnut, but the condition can increase this to the size of a tangerine.

BONES - Start ageing at 35. 'Throughout our life, old bone is broken down by cells called osteoclasts and replaced by bone-building cells called osteoblasts - a process called bone turnover,' explains Robert Moots, professor of rheumatology at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool. Children's bone growth is rapid - the skeleton takes just two years to renew itself completely. In adults, this can take ten years. Until our mid-20s, bone density is still increasing. But at 35 bone loss begins as part of the natural ageing process.

TEETH - Start ageing at 40. As we age, we produce less saliva, which washes away bacteria, so teeth and gums are more vulnerable to decay. Receding gums - when tissue is lost from gums around the teeth - is common in adults over 40.

MUSCLES - Start ageing at 30. Muscle is constantly being built up and broken down, a process which is well balanced in young adults. However, by the time we're 30, breakdown is greater than buildup, explains Professor Robert Moots. Once adults reach 40, they start to lose between 0.5 and 2 per cent of their muscle each year. Regular exercise can help prevent this.

HEARING - Starts ageing mid-50s. More than half of people over 60 lose hearing because of their age, according to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

SKIN - Starts ageing mid-20s. The skin starts to age naturally in your mid-20s.

TASTE AND SMELL - Start ageing at 60. We start out in life with about 10,000 taste buds scattered on the tongue. This number can halve later in life. After we turn 60, taste and smell gradually decline, partly as a result of the normal ageing process.

FERTILITY - Starts ageing at 35. Female fertility begins to decline after 35, as the number and quality of eggs in the ovaries start to fall. The lining of the womb may become thinner, making it less likely for a fertilised egg to take, and also creating an environment hostile to sperm.

HAIR - Starts ageing at 30. Male hair loss usually begins in the 30s. Hair is made in tiny pouches just under the skin's surface, known as follices. A hair normally grows from each follicle for about three years, is then shed, and a new hair grows.Most people will have some grey hair by the age of 35. When we are young, our hair is coloured by the pigments produced by cells in the hair follicle known as melanocytes.

I am already experiencing some of it now.

1. My memory is not as good as before. I need sometime just to recall what I did yesterday.

2. Having indigestion if I eat too much meat or not eating at the right hours.

3. Showing sign of sagging and everything going down South :(

4. I need two type of eye glasses now. One for long sighted and one for short sighted.

5. Having aching bones and muscles when I wakes up in the morning. All my bones went to sleep too :)

6. I have to ask Carlos to repeat what he said many times. Is this the sign I am losing my hearing?

7. My skin is so dry at times especially during winter. The skin of my feet just crack on its own.

8. My hair is getting thinner by the day. I wish my body is like that :(

How about you guys? Any sign of aging yet?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Busy Weekend

I had a really busy weekend as Zue came over to our house. She stayed for a night. The two of us went for shopping and as usual I bought a lot of kitchen stuffs from Ross. That is my favorite place to shop for kitchen stuff. I end up buying all the cute kitchen gadgets for my sister Elizabeth new house and some clothing for myself. After that we had Indian food for lunch.

The next day we went out again to a few places and later busy preparing for our evening BBQ. Yes, we had BBQ again and this time we didn't grill pizza but we grill steak, hot dogs, sausages, chicken drumstick and corn. I forgot to take a picture of our BBQ.

It's so nice to have the company of Zue and her husband Murphy and also Diana and her BF Robin. Two of them will be leaving for England and Paris this evening for two weeks long vacations. Kids now are so lucky. Get to fly here and there for vacation. Hope they remember to bring home some Macaroons for us.

P/s I can't load up any picture because something is wrong with my server. Its sooooo slow. Not sure if it is my server or blogger problem.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


These pictures was taken at Zue's garden when we visited her two weeks ago. Aren't they beautiful. Even Mishu can't resist taken a snif of it.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Grill Pizza and Tomato Plants

One of my blog reader was asking to see my tomato plants the other day. So I am posting some latest pictures of it here.

The huge plant on the right just produce one fruits. Can you see it?

This is the one miserable fruit

This cherry tomato plant has given me quite a few fruits each week.

As for this plant it giving me over 50 tiny grape tomatoes a week. Look at how many fruits in a bunch.
This plants belong to my neighbor Nancy. Just look at the size of her plant and the amount of tomatoes she got there. I am so jealous of her plants. Anyway, I got to take care of it as I water it for her everyday.

Just look at all the fruits!!
Over the weekend we were trying out something new. We made fresh 'Grill Pizza' It turn out so good as the skin of the pizza were so crispy and it tasted so much better than the oven bake ones. No more bake pizza for us and from now on we are going to grill all our pizza.

Carlos went overboard with the toppings of tomato, prosciutto, olives, onions, salami, Swiss and mozzarella cheese.

Don't they look yummy!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

10 Rules For A Happy Marriage

I saw this while blog hopping sometime ago but I can't remember from which blog. I hope the owner don't mind me posting it here. I am no expert in this so I let you be the judge. Let me know what do you think of it.

1. Never both be angry at the same time.

2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.

3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.

4. If you must criticize, do it lovingly.

5. Never bring up mistakes of the past .

6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.

7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.

8. At least once every day say a kind or complimentary word to your life partner.

9. When you have done something wrong, admit to it and ask for forgiveness.

10. Remember it takes two to make a quarrel.