This photo was taken a couple of days back. And it was already quite bad. Just read about the PSI hitting 143 this morning. Guess a good idea to stay indoors.
Just had a real drama. The hotel’s fire alarm went off and everyone was asked to evacuate the building. We went down in just our pajamas and nothing else. Thankfully it was not a real fire, but someone had either been smoking in their room toilet or burning some stuff (according to what I had overheard from the staff).
Update: Anyway, am back safely in the hotel room. But now having a hard time putting Matthew back to bed.
Here’s a blog post, Ten reasons to drink more water, on the importance of drinking enough water everyday. But you might not have to follow what has always been said about the need to drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday if you read and believe this. Do note that both links are not scientifically proven and it’s really up to you who you want to believe. For me, I still believe in the notion of drinking at least 8 glasses of water everyday. Maybe because I’ve been brought up with that kind of constant reinforcement of drinking enough water per day.
On a related matter to drinking water, it’s reported on BBC News that Japanese researchers have found that drinking green tea can cut the risk of dying from a range of illnesses substantially. However, it must noted that this could also be due to the whole Japanese diet, which is much healthier than a western one, rather than just consuming green tea. The studies shows that the benefits of drinking green tea seems to be greater in women. Hmmm … maybe I should move on to a total Japanese diet as the Japanese seems to have the lowest rate of heart disease in the world. Hmmm … time to go have my sashimi, sushi, udon, soba, or bento. 🙂
Read two articles on the extremities of airport security yesterday and thought I would share them with you. I’m not implying that security should be relaxed, but it seems extremely silly in both cases.
From the International Herald Tribune, Carry-on rules, the new bane of flight attendants. Even flight attendants are not spared from the liquid and gel ban as they are not allowed to bring toiletries, toothpaste and cosmetics on board.
Gorham said a long-haul pilot recently told her, after having his toothpaste confiscated: “You know, I could roll this aircraft over in a minute, and nobody could stop me. God forbid I should want to brush my teeth.”
From the BBC News, New Potter script in flight row. J. K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, was nearly not allowed to bring the manuscript of the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series onto the plane as carry-on baggage as she flew back to England after a book reading with fellow authors Stephen King and John Irving in New York. Can you imagine what would have happened if security officers had confiscated the manuscript and thrown into the bin? Thankfully, she was finally allowed to bring the super-secret manuscript on board the flight after she bound them up in elastic bands.
The writer said she would have considered sailing back to the UK if security officers had not relented.
Well, tomorrow I’ll be flying Down Under to Perth. And I’m hoping that I would be faced with all these security extremities as we’ll be bringing lots of fluids with us: medication, milk and water for the baby. Oh, must remember to pack toiletries and toothpaste into the checked-in luggage instead of carry-on.
Just read two articles highlighting the high levels of intelligence in animals, namely dolphins and chimpanzees (Both articles are from The Guardian). And, if you didn’t know, animals have EQ (encephalisation quotient)as well. As quoted from article on dolphins, “while river dolphins have an EQ of 1.5, some dolphins have EQs that are more than double those of our closest relatives: gorillas have 1.76, chimpanzees 2.48, bottlenose dolphins 5.6. The bottlenose’s EQ is surpassed only by a human’s, which measures 7.4.” Was is interesting is that both dolphins and chimpanzees in the articles have learnt to react and adapt to their environment.
Sometimes, I think animals are so much smarter than humans.
Here’s wishing my wife of nearly two years and mother of our soon-to-be a year old son a very Happy Birthday!!!!
Thanks for all the wonderful things you have done for me. And may we spend many more of our birthdays together. Love you very much.
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Read an ABC News interview with Farrah Gray. Farrah made his first million when he was only 14. He is now 21 and owns a food company and other businesses with offices in Las Vegas and New York. What’s commendable is that he has set up a foundation to teach business skills to young people. He’s currently helping her sister look for a compatible bone marrow as she has leukemia through the Greek Gray Leukemia Foundation and encouraging African-Americans to sign up for the bone marrow registry.
Watched the FA Community Shield between Liverpool and Chelsea last evening and it was a evenly contested match, particularly in the second half when Chelsea settled down and was last nervous. The first half belonged mainly to Liverpool who were doing most of the attacking. Riise scored a wonderful solo goal on the ninth minute. He ran close to the entire length of the pitch to score a thunderbolt goal from outside the box though I was expecting Cudicini, the Chelsea goalkeeper, to save it. But I guess he was bitten by the swerve and sudden dip of the ball. There was another chance for Liverpool to score after some good play by Gonzalez. But Garcia and Crouch got into each other’s way and allowed Cudicini to scoop the ball from under the cross bar. And Shevchenko proved why Chelsea paid so much (£30 million) for him by showing how simple scoring can be. He slipped through Liverpool’s lame offside trap to chest a Lampard cross and placed his shot clinically in the bottom corner of Reina’s net a minute before half-time. The TV cameras then cut to the VIP box of Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire owner of Chelsea, smiling broadly and pumping his fists in the air. He MUST be really pleased with his huge investment.
In the second half, Chelsea came into the game more and had a couple of chances to take the lead. Drogba had a try from an acute angle and Reina had to tip over the bar. From the resulting corner, Shevchenko stooped low to head it goalwards and again Reina had to be alert to tip it round the post. And that’s when Benitez, Liverpool’s manager sent in the big boys of Gerrard and Alonso to stop Chelsea from overrunning them. But it was another substitute and new boy, Bellamy, that supplied the killer cross for Crouch to head into goal from the six yard box.
Some thoughts on the match:
Chelsea didn’t seem at all comfortable playing in the match. Their boss, Mourinho, attributed it to lack of pre-season preparation and that they were only playing at the 50 percent level. To me, I feel that they are still getting used to a new system that Mourinho introduced to accomodate Ballack and Shevchenko. There was a lack of steel in the middle of the pack without Makele playing and both Zenden and Sissoko were able to dominate both Lampard and Ballack for most of the first half. The other big signing for Chelsea, Ballack, seemed really uncomfortable with the robustness and speed of English soccer. He suffered a minor hip injury on the 20th minute and was substituted. On the other hand, Shevchenko impressed me and I believe the other Premiership clubs need to take note of him. He was industrious, dropping deep to collect the ball when there was no crosses coming in from midfield or the wings.
As for Liverpool, Agger and Carragher seems like a good pairing as they managed to keep both Drogba and Shevcenko quiet for most of the match. Given the amount of praise Benitez has heaped on Gonzalez, he wasn’t that impressive as compared to Aurello who came on in place of him in the second half. Zenden didn’t impress me as well. Felt that he makes a better winger than a central midfielder. Didn’t know when to pass the ball and doesn’t have the range of passes of Gerrard and Alonso. Had a couple of chances to score, but dragged the ball really wide both times.
Overall, a good win for Liverpool to boost their confidence a little for the 10-month long Premiership challenge plus the UEFA Champions League. But it does show that Chelsea can be beaten if the right tactics are employed by the other team. So, next Saturday begins the real Premiership season and we’ll see where either team ends up next May.
Oh … forgot to tell everyone that the final score was 2-1 to Liverpool (if you didn’t know from reading the post).
[Disclaimer: If the report seems Liverpool biased, I apologise. But that’s because I’m a Liverpool fan. 🙂 ]