Pharmaceutics and brands  

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I think pharmaceutics have so many brand names that it makes the buying process quite difficult. One medication can be called "A" and also "B", "C" and "D"! E.g. Accutane, Isotane, Sotret, Amnesteem, Claravix, Decutan, and Roaccutane -- they're all really the same medication. Like, some guy would ask, "do you have any accutane reviews", and no one would understand. Accutane is for acne treatment by the way. There has got to be a much simpler way of selling pharmaceutics without compromising brands.

Forget the cold, be bold  

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The last time I wrote about Orlando vacations, it was snowing, or something like that, there. Well, I just want to say, despite that, you can still have fun in Disneyland (and other theme parks there). I was in Japan in Fall and it was very cold, yet park admissions were plenty. Now, the temperature's at 10 degrees Celcius, or 50 degree Fahrenheit. And it's sunny! So it's great! When you need a little warmth, you step into the sunlight. Then when you're a little too warm, you step back into the shade. It's very handy! Yes, the title's a sad attempt at rhyming.

Fridges  

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I bet most of you didn't know you had to refill the water storage tray thingy behind or under the fridge so it would work properly. Or so I was told. Refrigerator water filters... now I'm not sure what exactly they are but rest assured they have something to do with that tray thing. I loved to refill that tray when I was little. Now I don't know if I'm imagining things, but I seem to recall an incident where a dead rat was found in that water tray thing. Pretty scary stuff for a kid. Come to think of it now, if it really happened, it's awesome! How many of you can say that you found a dead rat in the fridge's water storage area?

Eczema  

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Moi sister's had eczema for a really long time now. Her eczema treatment has included steroids, Swedish bitter, lotion, aloe gels, etc. She makes sure that area is dry after showers and keeps it moisturised to reduce the itch. People keep thinking it's a hickey but jebus, if it really were a hickey, it'd be an ugly fungous hickey. It's gross. It won't heal so now she has this constant itch on her neck. If she were the Hunchback of Notre Dame, it'd be her little hump.

Crazy child druggies  

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I used to have a lot of these little Vitamin Cs at home because my Mum worked at a pharmaceutical company. Instead of seeing them as vitamins, I'd take them like they were candy. (I think) My mum told me to bring two to school everyday. School was from 7am till 4pm. But instead of two, I'd bring a bunch because like child druggies, my friends and I would switch vitamins and keep popping them. For all I care, they were orange flavoured candy. Ah, good times.

Cosmetics and social pressure  

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I've always opined that when people want to look nice, they're doing it to please others, not themselves. If you feel judged when you don't look good and as a result start to beautify yourself to remove that negative feeling and also to make yourself feel better, you're ultimately doing it to please others, aren't you?
As such, I've been thinking, (WHOA, I'M THINKING!), living in the city, how many people actually stop and stare at your face, taking in every detail? Do they notice your flaws? Of course they do. E.g. pimples, acne, moles, etc. But what about the not so noticeable ones like wrinkles? Especially wrinkles around the eyes. Does it justify buying eye wrinkle cream then?

Today we talk dirty  

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I was going to write a script for this post because then, it would seem a little more tasteful than saying it outright. It's an uncomfortable topic people don't like talking about. So let's talk hemorrhoids. Go Wiki it for some pictures. It's kind of disgusting but it's educational.

I'll just jump right to the juicy bits. There are lots of hemorrhoid relief options like topical corticosteroids and hydrocortisones. There's also some more natural alternatives, like squatting when you do your business, taking in more dietary fibres and fluids, maintaining a good posture and exercising.

As the remedies tell you, inadequate exercise, poor posture and diet can cause hemorrhoids. I usually find that this can be great encouragement if you're constantly reminded of how your butt looks like to your other half. Cause y'know, it's awkward.

Muscle Building  

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So so so, I've been playing some badminton for the last 4 or so weeks and I'm beginning to gain some serious muscle (, skill and stamina!). For one, my biceps are bigger (and I feel thinner!). Actually, my left arm looks a little bigger, so I alternate between arms when playing. But unlike body building, I won't need the best muscle building supplements for this. Although I supposed if I wanted to, I could stock up on protein.

Scrub scrub scrub  

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OMG! I think I really did have acne all these while! There are scar like marks on my forehead. It's a "breeding ground" for eww-y pimples and acne - it's a prone area. On the other hand, I'm not entirely sure they were full fledge acne. It was just a spur of the moment thought. Oh well, too late for acne solutions! But always remember, wash your face to remove oils so your pore don't get clogged.

Holy copyright infringement, Batman!  

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Malaysia is suing Apple for copyright infringement?

This concept about reaching middle ground isn't anything new, is it? It actually reads more like The Onion - a load of bull for laughs. And apparently, Indonesia stole the our batik ideas and Singapore our Ampang Yong Tau Fus. Well, uh, I once heard someone comment that Malays are descendants of Parameswara (who is Indonesian) as well as natives here (Orang Lauts and whatnot). So, what's not to say that the batik is a shared culture? And honestly, Yong Tau Fu sounds like a Chinese dish, which coincidentally, Singapore has millions.

Holy acne, Batman!  

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I've been fortunate enough to not have severe acne problems. Actually, I'm not sure if I've ever had acne. Anyway, the only time my hormones go crazy and give me pimples is when I have my monthly visit and I sleep late. So, so far, good for me! But if ever you have acne, remember to hydrate and go all health nut on us.

Drums for anything  

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When I was younger, I had this Playbill toy truck all decked out with African Safari themes, and there was this drum/barrel I really liked to play with. I'm not quite sure how I played with it because it was just... an inanimate drum - it did nothing. Well, in its defence, it was cute.
Of course I don't feel the same way anymore. I used to wonder where a personal buyer would get a stainless steel drum for their own purposes. Tons of things you can use it for; store liquids, foodstuff, chemicals, corpses. You know, lots of things!

Car shopping?  

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If you're looking to buy a new or used car, you'd probably start with eBay, Craigslist or even the classifieds, right? But there are websites out there that simplifies your search for the cheapest car prices (e.g. http://www.carseek.com). Like the others, it's an enormous database of used and new cars. Their search options are very user friendly. That said, remember to do your homework and don't pay money for something you haven't seen for yourself.

Memorising things easily  

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I'm going to share with you a trick I learnt from Ron White, a memory expert, from his seminar I attended. In order to remember things easily, other than visualising them, you can also associate them with objects in your surroundings. Say I spout a list of canine breeds in a certain order (e.g. 1. German Shepherd, 2. Chihuahua, 3. Pug, etc.), and I want you to tell me what the second breed was. Of course, in a real demo you won't be able to see this list.

What you can do to help you remember is to associate them with objects you can see, like I mentioned above. I.e., 1. German Shepherd = windows, 2. Chihuahua = exit signs, 3. Pug = chairs, etc. So when I ask what the second breed is, you can tell me it's the Chihuahua very quickly.