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Friday, September 26, 2008

Japan holds diaper fashion show for adults

TOKYO -Japan is known as one of the world's most rapidly aging societies, and the fashion show on Thursday proved the country's diaper producers are intent on keeping the elderly clean and dry.

Before the models took over, players at the theater in downtown Tokyo acted out skits instructing viewers how to tell when elderly loved ones need diapers, how to convince them to put them on and how to properly use them. In one skit, an elderly man shook his head in dismay after his wife pointed out that he wet the bed overnight again.

The crowd of several hundred people included diaper manufacturers, nursing home workers and doctors. Like many events in Japan, the show was heavy on detailed information, showing how certain types of diapers suit the bedridden, such as models that can be wrapped around the midsection. Pants-like slip-on diapers, on the other hand, are more suitable for active oldsters.

It means a booming market for adult diapers! Indeed, adult diapers are an increasingly common item in Japan, home to one of the world's longest average lifespans. More than 20 percent of the population is over 65, and the country is forecast to have the globe's largest number of centenarians , 1 million , by 2050, the U.N. says.

"A lot of people make mistakes when choosing diapers," said Hamada. "We can make it so people no longer feel uneasy about taking care of old people."

"It was great to see so many different types of diapers all in one showing," gushed Aya Habuka, 26. "I learned a lot. This is the first time that diapers are being considered as fashion."

The Nikkei, Japan's leading business newspaper, conducted a survey this week that showed sales of adult diapers have more than doubled over the past decade, reaching an estimated 52.5 billion yen ($500 million) this year.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Most Dangerous Superstars Award on the internet goes to...

Brad Pitt declared most dangerous man on the internet. According to McAfee, the film star's name is more likely to direct a user to malicious sites than any other celebrity moniker. 'Brad Pitt' has been found to be the most dangerous search name of the year.

1st: Brad Pitt

The security firm found that fans who search the name "Brad Pitt" on the web have nearly a 1 in 5 chance of encountering a potentially risky site. 18 per cent of searches lead to wallpaper, screen savers and photos that carried some sort of malware. Searching 'Brad Pitt screensavers' bumps the infection risk up to 50 per cent.

2nd: Beyonce

Actress and pop star Beyonce was rated as the second most dangerous celebrity query. McAfee warned that searching for the singer's ringtones was particularly risky for users and could lead to both malware infection and stolen personal information.

3rd: Justin Timberlake

Third on the list was Justin Timberlake, whose various public romances have made him a hot target for searches and a prime lure for malware writers.

And the runner ups are actress Heidi Montag, singer Mariah Carey and actress Jessica Alba.

Rounding out the list of riskiest searches ealier this year were Lindsey Lohan, Cameron Diaz, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

First Aid: Tooth Loss

If your tooth is knocked out, get emergency dental care. It's sometimes possible to successfully reimplant permanent teeth that have been knocked out but this is an option only if you follow the steps below immediately before you see a dentist.

If your tooth is knocked out:

  • Handle your tooth by the top only, not the roots.
  • Don't rub it or scrape it to remove debris. This damages the root surface, making the tooth less likely to survive.
  • Gently rinse your tooth in a bowl of tap water. Don't hold it under running water.
  • Try to replace your tooth in the socket. If it doesn't go all the way into place, bite down gently on gauze or a moistened tea bag to help keep it in place. Hold the tooth in place until you see your dentist.
  • If you can't replace your tooth in the socket, immediately place it in whole milk, your own saliva or a warm, mild saltwater solution — 1/4 teaspoon salt to 1 quart water (1.2 milliliters salt to about 1 liter water).
  • Get medical attention from a dentist or emergency room immediately.

If you participate in contact sports, you can often prevent tooth loss by wearing a mouth guard, fitted by your dentist.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Book Review: Kamceng dengan Solat

as known as Get Closer to Prayer by Malaysians writers, Mohd Zawawi Yusoh and Siti Hasnah Hamzah.

book front cover

I've just finished reading this book! Such an interesting book with simple grammatically described. Well done to Malaysian writers!

I love when it relates the point with facts and events. Simply accurate and understandable for kids and teens who have problem to confront the uses of prayers in daily life. With dialogues between two friends; Jamilah and Suraya. Jamilah is a school teacher who offered help to her friend, Suraya, who wanted to know more about prayer in addition of a few questons crossed into your mind you might want to ask were now ANSWERED!

Now, I understand better why we should pray, where we should pray, how to do perform better in prayers, and lots more! and most of all, without cramming.

MARHABAN YA RAMADHAN! I would like to recommend you to read this book especilly on this month and let it strengthen your faith. Happy reading!

---Reviewed by Jasmine.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

''It tasted like a CHICKEN!''

no matter how many dishes you love, chickens is a must! such a famous quotes (or compliment) for meat lovers; ''It tasted like a CHICKEN!'' hence, i got to know a random facts about these creatures! before that, have you ever heard of a fact which is 'chickens are more than mankind in this world?'

Here are the facts, a chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you change the lighting in such a way as to make them think a day is 28 hours long!

so this is what it's all about on your plates:


Monday, September 15, 2008

Shoe-shopping tips

Shop for shoes? then here are few tips to prevent blisters, using socks, a bandage or similar protective covering over the area being rubbed.

You might also try attaching moleskin to the inside of your shoe where it might rub, such as at the heel. Special athletic socks are available that have extra padding in critical areas. Apart from that;

* Shop during the middle of the day. Your feet swell throughout the day, so a midday fitting will probably give you the best fit.

* Wear the same socks you'll wear when walking, or bring them with you to the store.

* Measure your feet. Shoe sizes change throughout adulthood.

* Measure both feet and try on both shoes. If your feet differ in size, buy the larger size.

* Go for flexible, but supportive, shoes with cushioned insoles.

* Leave toe room. Be sure that you can comfortably wiggle your toes.

* Avoid shoes with seams in the toe box, which may irritate bunions or hammertoes.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fruits Gone Wild!!!!

It's not fruit seasons and this fruit gone wild! Would you pay more for a male fruit over a female fruit?

Local vendors in Tiexi District of Shenyang, Liaoning, starting selling fruit “by gender” at the market, charging more for “male” fruits such as apples, pears, tangerines, watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes.


They would not say what makes some fruit “male” and others “female”, which prompted local officials to step in and stop the practice. They advised consumers not to be fooled by such a sales promotion.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Real Life Pikachus Auctioned for $925 Million

If you are a fan of anything Japan, then you have to know about Pikachu, the main character from the internationally famous cartoon Pokemon.

Some lucky people received the chance of a lifetime last new years eve, when a man claiming to have discovered a Pikachu forest offered to catch live Pikachus for around $925 million each through a Yahoo! Japan Auction.

The auction limited the number of Pikachus that would be caught to 20 and with the purchase of 3 months of Pikachu food, the seller would provide a 60 minute training video to help teach new owners how to properly raise a young Pikachu.

We wonder anyone who was willing to pay the $925 million probably ended up with something like this in the cage:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I scream, you scream, for SUPER-STRANGE ICE CREAMS!

I scream, you scream, we'd all scream if we had to eat any of the super-strange ice cream concoctions. 5 toppings you'd love for sure!

1) England's The Fat Duck is one of the top-rated restaurants in the world. Their menu includes some extremely strange frozen concoctions such as sardine on toast sorbet, and bacon and egg ice cream.

2) At Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium in Bar Harbor, Maine, you can order lobster ice cream complete with "bountiful chunks of real lobster."

3) Gilroy, California is the Garlic Capitol of the World. Every year, it holds a Garlic Festival featuring all kinds of food made from garlic, including garlic ice cream.

4) Spaghetti Eis (or spaghetti ice) is a German-style of ice cream that's pressed through a Spatzle maker and comes out on a plate looking like a mound of spaghetti. Houston's Spaghetti Ice Cream Company has brought this European specialty to the States. They also sell Lasagna ice cream and Asparagus ice cream.

5) Probably the weirdest ice cream concoctions in America can be found in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware at the Udder Delight Ice Cream House. Flavors include chunky bacon and Cackalacky. (Note: Cackalacky is a type of barbecue sauce used on North Carolina barbecued pork ribs)

Another strange favorite concoction at Udder Delight is their "Viagra" ice cream. It's blue ice cream made with orange and pineapple, and topped with Pop Rocks, Remember that 80s fad?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Daniel Powter - NEXT PLANE HOME

I woke up early to baby blue eyes from the (fire) whoah whoah

and when the sun comes through and lights you like the angel you are whoah whoah
I know I do you wrong when I’m with you I’ve been gone

With every season change, it looks the same (november to june) whoah whoah
And dont these empty streets skip a beat the flowers dont bloom whoah whoah

I can’t believe I missed your birthday again
and I wanna come back but I just don’t know when now

And I’m so lonely your not here with me
That’s why I’m gonna be on the next plane home

The road that never ends around the bend I see your smile whoah whoah
I’d swim across the sea to be with you for a while whoah whoah
cos I’m made a life would be gone
now the way that I feel I just don’t belong

And I’m so lonely you’re not here with me
thats why I’m gonna be on the next plane home
And you’re you’re the only face I wanna see
thats why I’m gonna be on the next plane home

Stand around try to make every moment
and be somebody yeah anybody
it seems the whole world is taking me over
I need somebody to help me get back(to n)

and I’ve always been a million miles away
but things are gonna change
I just wanna come home

And you’re you’re the only face I wanna see
thats why I gonna be on the next plane home
yeah I’m taking the next plane home
Now I’m getting the next plane home
Now I’m taking the next plane home.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Know What You're Buying & Risks

No matter where on the planet you’re shopping, or if you're shopping virtually on the internet, you’ll find supplements promising to help you lose weight. Since they’re sold as being all natural, herbal or even homeopathic, it’s tempting to trust that they’re safe.

Over recent months, health departments around the world have been issuing warnings to consumers about increasing numbers of weight loss supplements being found to be adulterated with prescription medications and hormones that can result in serious health risks.

Monday, September 8, 2008

PARALYMPIC Swimmer Wants to Redeem Malaysia's Loss in Beijing Olympics

Handicapped swimmer Zul Amirul Sidi Adullah is determined to redeem the disappointing performance of the national swimmers who failed to grab any medal at the Olympic Games in Bejing, when he competes in the Paralympics from Sept 6 to 17 at the same venue.

Zul Amirul, 26, recorded a time of 42.74 seconds, the fifth fastest in the heats, improving on his previous 42.87s made at the 4th Asean Paralympics in Korat, Thailand early this year.

In the final, Zul Amirul’s fellow competitors will include China’s He Junquan, gold medallist at the Athens Paralympic Games.

In today’s heats, He created a new world record of 35.04s.

The final of the men’s S5 backstroke event will be held at 6.41pm.
Swimming, which offers 18 gold medals, enters its second day of the Games today.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Coffee May Lower Risk of Uterus Cancer for Women

Women who drink a lot of coffee may have less risk of developing cancer of the uterus, a Japanese study said Monday.

The study led by Japan's health ministry monitored some 54,000 women aged 40 to 69 over about 15 years, during which time 117 women developed cancer in the womb, according to the medical team.

The researchers at Japan's National Cancer Center divided the women into four groups by the amount of coffee they drank.

They found the group of women who drank more than three cups of coffee every day were more than 60 percent less likely to develop uterine cancer than those who had coffee fewer than two times a week, the study said.

"Coffee may have effects in lowering insulin levels, possibly curbing the risks of developing womb cancer," the study said.

The medical team also studied the effects of drinking green tea, but did not find any link to uterine cancer.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Chaos in London for Free Petrol

LONDON (AFP) - Drivers hit by petrol price hikes lined up outside a gas station in London Friday to take advantage of 20,000 pounds worth of free fuel, causing traffic chaos.

In a stunt to promote a new computer game, the forecourt of a petrol station was kitted out as a military bunker, complete with a jeep, oil barrels, sandbag walls and costumed actors on hand to pump free petrol for customers.

Electronic Arts has 20,000 pounds worth to give away, and spokesman David Slade said a few hours into the event: "We're going through it pretty quickly."

As he spoke, about 50 cars were waiting to fill up with an average of about 30 pounds worth of free petrol, he told AFP.

"There's been a bit of a traffic thing, but we've managed it and everyone's moving freely now," he said, adding: "I think everybody's quite happy."

The stunt was put on to promote the game "Mercenaries 2: World in Flames".

A litre of petrol cost an average about 113 pence at the pumps. -Reuters

Friday, September 5, 2008

Effects of Alcohol on Driving Performance

Alcohol impairs driving. That fact, established by epidemiological data together with many controlled studies of alcohol and driving skills, is well known and generally accepted. What is less well understood is that impairment of the most important skills can occur at a very low blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Data from laboratory experiments indicate that all of these functions are impaired by alcohol, although they differ in the extent of their impairment at any given BAC.

The following discussion highlights recent research on the effects of alcohol on those brain functions involved in driving a motor vehicle:

  1. Psychomotor skills
  2. Vision
  3. Perception
  4. Tracking (steering)
  5. Information processing
  6. Attention
And these effects lead you to an accident. so,
Don't drink and drive.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

How to Cultivate a Stylish Wardrobe

It's easy to fall behind the times when balancing career, home and family. With some patience and careful planing, you can cultivate a stylish wardrobe and get back into the swing of things.

  • Before you start shopping for new clothes, get rid of everything you don't or shouldn't wear. Eliminate two items of clothings for every new piece you purchase.
  • Start with the basic. Have at least two pairs of nice jeans, a pair of black pants, a classic black dress, a tailored suit and several simple blouses and T-shirts.
  • To cultivate a well-rounded collection, add some fashionable sportswear for exercising and running errands.
  • Buy a new pairs of nice shoes. Have at least one nice pair of heels, some sandals, a pair of tennis shoes and a pair of comfortable footwear for work.
  • Accessories to stay current. Update with stylish scarves, belts, sunglasses, jewelery and handbags.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chocolates Mixtures For Chocolates Addicts

Various forms of chocolate are created by combining pure chocolate liquor with its components cocoa butter and cocoa powder, plus other ingredients of sugar, milk or cream in various proportions. Under FDA standards, the following are defined:

  • Bitter chocolate - pure chocolate liquor, cooled and molded into bricks.
  • Cocoa powder - powdered dry part of the liquor after the cocoa butter is removed.
  • Semisweet chocolate - chocolate liquor with added cocoa butter and sugar, containing at least 35% liquor.
  • Sweet dark chocolate - having a higher proportion of sugar than semisweet, but with at least 15% chocolate liquor.
  • Milk chocolate - a mixture of chocolate liquor, at least 10%, with added cocoa butter, sugar, and milk or cream.
  • White chocolate - a compound substance in which the cocoa butter is replaced by another vegetable fat; it actually can be made in several shades of color.
  • Chocolate syrup - a combination of chocolate liquor, cocoa, sugar, water and sometimes other flavorings.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Malaysia International Fireworks Competition 2008

Malaysia International Fireworks Competition 2008
OF 2007 IS BACK!

12th August 2008 - 29th August 2008

For two weeks in August, the skies over Putrajaya are to be lit up by a series of pyrotechnics displays. The pyrotechnic artistry will be different from regular fireworks shows as this one is meticulously choreographed to music.

The Ministry of Tourism will again host the Malaysia International Fireworks Competition this August in Putrajaya. Renowned world-class Fireworks Teams from around the world will compete for the 'Golden Merdeka Trophy'. The Ministry has announced that there will not be any Tickets sold this year at the Event. The event is Free for All! Speakers will be installed at the public viewing locations, enabling the spectators to enjoy the 'Musical Firework Displays'. Entrance to PICC is Free.

Pictures Credit: chiewkit