16 December, 2009

5 Best Haircuts of All Time

New hairstyle, but not too extreme? Choose from these five guaranteed-to-flatter cuts..
(content and photos courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com)

This popular cut has as many famous fans as interpretations. Try it sleek, wavy or choppy.This version is slightly longer in front which keeps it from looking too boxy. Swingy layers flatter all face shapes. The shorter length can also plump up fine hair by taking away some weight.


"Layers with an edge".
Longer layers plus face-framing, angled bangs.
A shag works best on straight hair or loose waves. The layers can look poodle-y with curly hair.


Long asymmetrical bangs and choppy layers throughout gives this pixie its chic look.

It's the most flattering with delicate facial features and wavy hair.


Who says bangs are only cute for kids? Bangs can make grown-ups look youthful, too, by concealing a broad forehead and fine lines.
A dramatic change without lopping off too much length. Bangs are suggested to be trimmed every three weeks. You can even do it yourself. 

Every decade has its list of layered-hair beauties, and this cut is as sexy as ever. But the reason it endures may be more practical.

Long layers are versatile and require little fussing to look amazing.

Now, pick your favorite look, then show it to your hairstylist. I've got my personal fave..

07 December, 2009

Left-over Onions

I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge and sometimes I don't use a whole at one time to save the other half for later.

With this info, I have changed my mind. I will buy smaller onions in the future.

I had the wonderful privilege of touring to one of the best makers of mayonnaise, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters. My friend is an executive officer of the said company.

Questions about food poisoning came up and I want to share what I learned from a chemist.

The 'chemist guy', who gave us a tour, is one of the brothers, a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula.

During the tour, someone asked if we really need to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried about mayonnaise will spoil. The "Chemist Guy's" answer will surprise you. He said that all commercially-made Mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not always necessary.." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

He said that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). He said it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not home-made Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the potatoes.

He explained that onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. He said it's not even safe if you put in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, and it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park).

He said if you take the left-over onions and cook it like crazy, you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that left-over onion and put on your sandwich, your asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than the commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions. Remember, it is dangerous to cut onions and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning..

05 December, 2009

Is it anxiety or is it depression?

Maybe it's both. The combination of depression and anxiety is often severe.


Loss of a loved-one: Grief and depression

Chronic Illness: A higher risk of depression

Postpartum: Having a baby can lead to depression

Physical Symptoms

Most of us know about the emotional symptoms of depression. But you may not know that depression can be associated with many physical symptoms, too. In fact, many people with depression suffer from chronic pain or other physical symptoms. Some of these are headaches, back pains, digestive problems and sleeping disorders.

Emotional Symptoms

Common symptoms of depression can make work and daily life almost impossible. Depression can skew your view of the world, making everything seem hopeless. Depression can make you feel utterly alone. You may already know some of the emotional and psychological effects of depression. They include feeling sad, empty, hopeless or numb; loss of interest of things you used to enjoy; feeling guilty and worthless; and thoughts of death and suicide.

Anxiety Symptoms

Depression and anxiety might seem like opposites. We think: Depression saps you of energy; anxiety makes you keyed up and afraid. Depression makes it near impossible to get out of bed; anxiety leaves you sleepless, pacing all night. But the truth is not so simple. In fact, depression and anxiety often go together. Mental health experts estimate that more than half of the people diagnosed with depression also have anxiety.

Take the depression test now.