How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

2 11 2008

Improved sleep behavior and attitudes do more good than sleeping pills for the treatment of insomnia, experts at a recent National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference agreed, says Daniel Kripke of the University of California, San Diego.

The changes Kripke recommends:

  • Do not take sleeping pills. This includes over-the-counter pills and melatonin.
  • Don’t go to bed until you’re sleepy. If you have trouble sleeping, try going to bed later or getting up earlier.
  • Get up at the same time every morning, even after a bad night’s sleep. The next night, you’ll be sleepy at bedtime.
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back to sleep, get out of bed and return only when you are sleepy.
  • Avoid worrying, watching TV, reading scary books, and doing other things in bed besides sleeping and sex. If you worry, read thrillers or watch TV, do that in a chair that’s not in the bedroom.
  • Do not drink or eat anything caffeinated within six hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol. It’s relaxing at first but can lead to insomnia when it clears your system.
  • Spend time outdoors. People exposed to daylight or bright light therapy sleep better.

Source: LiveScience

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The Top 5 In-Demand Majors

17 08 2008

What’s on employer wish lists? Based on the latest job-offer facts and findings, the most in-demand bachelor’s degrees may surprise you, or even have you reconsider your chosen field of study.

The following list highlights the top five in-demand bachelor’s degrees according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Spring 2008 Salary Survey, with starting salaries. Job descriptions are based on details provided by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

1. Mechanical Engineering ($57,821)

Mechanical engineers are curious about how things operate. Professionals in this broad discipline research, design, develop, and test tools, machines, and mechanical devices. Along with a knack for science and math, engineers need strong oral and written communication skills.

While most entry-level mechanical engineering positions require a bachelor’s degree, continuing education is critical — protecting engineers from potential layoffs or cutbacks.

Job outlook: As more engineers retire, and many professionals transfer to managerial positions, job opportunities are good.

2. Accounting ($47,429)

For those who delight in number crunching, a bachelor’s degree in accounting can lead to occupations in financial and investment planning, budget analysis, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll services, and auditing. Opportunities are often best for CPAs, MBAs, or professionals proficient with accounting software.

Accountants ensure that a firm is run efficiently and records are kept accurately. Expect long hours — especially around tax season.

Job outlook: Thanks to retirees and a faster-than-average job growth due to new business and changing financial laws and regulations, accountants can enjoy favorable job opportunities.

3. Finance ($48,616)

Financial analysts and personal financial advisors gather and analyze financials and provide investment guidance to businesses and individuals. They must feel comfortable with money markets, tax laws, and the workings of the economy, and have good communication skills to explain complex strategies and concepts.

A bachelor’s degree will get your foot in the door, but additional certifications or an MBA is a plus. Many finance professionals opt to open their own business; almost a third of personal financial advisors are self-employed.

Job outlook: Personal financial advisors are projected to be among the 10 fastest-growing occupations. Though job growth is strong across the board, competition is still keen for finance positions.

4. Business Administration/Management ($44,195)

Business administration professionals may work as contract administrators, facility managers, or administrative services managers in the private industry and government, where they keep offices running efficiently, conducting records management to administration to telecommunications to support services.

Leadership and communication skills are as valuable as flexibility, and being detail-oriented, and decisive. Experience can get business administration professionals promoted in smaller organizations, while formal education credentials — including advanced degrees — are beneficial to advancement in larger organizations.

Job outlook: Jobs are projected to grow as quickly as average among all occupations. Competition for top-level business administration management jobs will be high while more opportunities will exist for lower-level management jobs and facility managers.

5. Civil Engineering ($50,940)

Civil engineering is considered one of the oldest engineering disciplines, attracting those who are analytical by nature. Civil engineers design and supervise the construction of highways and byways — from roads and bridges to tunnels and dams — and work in fields such as water resources and structural concerns.

These professionals must simultaneously be inquisitive, detail-oriented, and interested in the big picture. In their designs, civil engineers must consider potential environmental hazards, construction costs, and government regulations that can affect their creations. Bachelor’s degrees are required for most entry-level jobs and continuing education is critical as new technologies emerge.

Job outlook: Employment growth for civil engineers is expected to move at a pace that is faster than the average for all occupations.

Charmaine: Looks like I’m gonna head back to University soon…





The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

17 08 2008

Like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their color and inspiration, Fuwa will serve as the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace — and good wishes from China — to children all over the world.

Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimate circle of friends, Fuwa also embody the natural characteristics of four of China’s most popular animals — the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow — and the Olympic Flame.

Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name — a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.

When you put their names together — Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni — they say “Welcome to Beijing,” offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.

Fuwa also embody both the landscape and the dreams and aspirations of people from every part of the vast country of China. In their origins and their headpieces, you can see the five elements of nature — the sea, forest, fire, earth and sky — all stylistically rendered in ways that represent the deep traditional influences of Chinese folk art and ornamentation.

Spreading Traditional Chinese Good Wishes Wherever They Go

In the ancient culture of China, there is a grand tradition of spreading good wishes through signs and symbols. Each of Fuwa symbolizes a different blessing — and will honor this tradition by carrying their good wishes to the children of the world. Prosperity, happiness, passion, health and good luck will be spread to every continent as Fuwa carry their invitation to Beijing 2008 to every part of the globe.

At the heart of their mission — and through all of their work — Fuwa will seek to unite the world in peace and friendship through the Olympic spirit. Dedicated to helping Beijing 2008 spread its theme of One World, One Dream to every continent, Fuwa reflect the deep desire of the Chinese people to reach out to the world in friendship through the Games — and to invite every man, woman and child to take part in the great celebration of human solidarity that China will host in the light of the flame in 2008.

In China’s traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of prosperity. A fish is also a symbol of surplus in Chinese culture, another measure of a good year and a good life.

The ornamental lines of the water-wave designs are taken from well-known Chinese paintings of the past. Among Fuwa, Beibei is known to be gentle and pure. Strong in water sports, she reflects the blue Olympic ring.

Jingjing makes children smile — and that’s why he brings the blessing of happiness wherever he goes. You can see his joy in the charming naivety of his dancing pose and the lovely wave of his black and white fur. As a national treasure and a protected species, pandas are adored by people everywhere. The lotus designs in Jingjing’s headdress, which are inspired by the porcelain paintings of the Song Dynasty (A.D.960-1234), symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature. Jingjing was chosen to represent our desire to protect nature’s gifts — and to preserve the beauty of nature for all generations. Jingjing is charmingly naïve and optimistic. He is an athlete noted for strength who represents the black Olympic ring.

In the intimate circle of Fuwa, Huanhuan is the big brother. He is a child of fire, symbolizing the Olympic Flame and the passion of sport — and passion is the blessing he bestows. Huanhuan stands in the center of Fuwa as the core embodiment of the Olympic spirit. And while he inspires all with the passion to run faster, jump higher and be stronger, he is also open and inviting. Wherever the light of Huanhuan shines, the inviting warmth of Beijing 2008 — and the wishful blessings of the Chinese people — can be felt. The fiery designs of his head ornament are drawn from the famed Dunhuang murals — with just a touch of China’s traditional lucky designs. Huanhuan is outgoing and enthusiastic. He excels at all the ball games and represents the red Olympic ring.

Like all antelopes, Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great stretches of land as he races across the earth. A symbol of the vastness of China’s landscape, the antelope carries the blessing of health, the strength of body that comes from harmony with nature. Yingying’s flying pose captures the essence of a species unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the first animals put under protection in China. The selection of the Tibetan Antelope reflects Beijing commitment to a Green Olympics. His head ornament incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet and Sinkiang cultures and the ethnic design traditions of Western China. Strong in track and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile boy who represents the yellow Olympic ring.

Every spring and summer, the children of Beijing have flown beautiful kites on the currents of wind that blow through the capital. Among the kite designs, the golden-winged swallow is traditionally one of the most popular. Nini’s figure is drawn from this grand tradition of flying designs. Her golden wings symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing wherever she flies. Swallow is also pronounced “yan” in Chinese, and Yanjing is what Beijing was called as an ancient capital city. Among Fuwa, Nini is as innocent and joyful as a swallow. She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green Olympic ring.

Source: http://en.beijing2008.cn/80/05/article211990580.shtml





Manicure at Madaline Nails and Waxing Salon by Glitters

4 07 2008

Two weeks ago, I went to The Gardens Mid Valley’s CRES for a facial. On my way out, I saw this nail salon beside it having a promotion (RM 30 for manicure) so I decided to have one since my last manicure is already more than 2 months. Only when I went into the salon that I realized it was by Glitters. I previously went to the branch at 1 Utama but the space is very small. The manicurist told me that they did not use the name Glitters because there’s a Glitters Cafe there and postmen always mix up between these two shops.

After all the nail buffering, cuticle removing etc., I decided to choose Divine as my nail color. Since this is Designer Series which contains Diamond Dust, I have to add another RM 5 for it. Check out the photo to see how the color looks like! It shimmers like rainbow dust! I might try blue color next time :p

Nail - Divine

Nail - Divine

By the way, Madaline Nails and Waxing Salon by Glitters is located at the 4th floor (Cocoon section) of The Gardens. Reservations are needed during weekend to avoid disappointment. Reservation no.: 03-2282 8813.





Young Malaysians, One Voice!

13 06 2008

YouthSays is a community of youths who dedicate valuable time to voice out opinions, make a collective difference, and get rewarded.

This community is founded on the belief that there is strength in numbers and standing up to voice out can make a difference in our country.

Any Malaysian below the age of 35 can sign up to be part of the YouthSays community.

Click on the banner below to join.





Acer Service Centre at KL

27 04 2008

Highpoint Berjaya Time Square

09-19, Ninth Floor
Berjaya Times Square
No. 1, Jalan Imbi
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2141 6232 Fax: 03-2141 6202





Official Website of Hotels

16 04 2008

I’ve always think that making reservations online is more convenient and cheaper but I don’t trust 3rd party websites since you have to disclose a lot of personal information, particularly your credit card info. The best way is reserving through the hotel’s official website of course! The only problem is those 3rd party websites got a higher ranking in Google search, making it hard to locate the official website.
Here are a few hotels that I’ve found throughout my hotel hunting course:

Kuala Lumpur

  1. Agora Hotel
  2. Hotel Nikko
  3. Hotel Nova
  4. Parkroyal Hotel
  5. Swiss Garden Hotel

Langkawi

  1. Aseania Resort Langkawi
  2. Bayview Hotel
  3. Bella Vista
  4. Bon Ton Resort
  5. Eagle Bay Hotel
  6. Hotel Grand Continental Langkawi
  7. Nadias Inn Comfort Langkawi

Negeri Sembilan

  1. Avillion Port Dickson @ Port Dickson
  2. Palm Springs Resort City @ Port Dickson
  3. Tiara Beach Resort @ Port Dickson

Penang

  1. Parkroyal Hotel

I found there are a few hotels that link to 3rd party websites to handle online reservation which I don’t recommend, but it’s better to check out the rates via official website because I noticed the rate in 3rd party website is slightly higher.