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Gong Xi Fa Chai   4 comments


From Wikipedia

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends as today is the FIRST DAY of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Wishing you all much Happiness, Excellent Health and Boundless Prosperity in this Year of the DOG.

SP Lim

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ( no more spelling following other rules ), Year of the Earth Dog to all my Relatives and Friends.

 

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore, IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

Extracted from Wikipedia.

Tasty dish of black To-fu   7 comments


Tasty dish of black To-fu

Tasty dish of black To-fu

New Wall Mural on Smoking   4 comments


New Wall Mural on Smoking

I called it ” Smoking cures cancer ” as when one dies off of cancer then definitely the smoking stops permanently.

SP Lim

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of "Smoking cures Cancer".

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of “Smoking cures Cancer”.

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of "Smoking cures Cancer".

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of “Smoking cures Cancer”.

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of "Smoking cures Cancer".

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of “Smoking cures Cancer”.

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of "Smoking cures Cancer".

New Wall Mural on Smoking with my slogan of “Smoking cures Cancer”.

 

Prayers to the Moon Goddess   4 comments


Prayers to the Moon Goddess

On a moonless Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival Night on Thursday, September 15, 2016 by the Wayang Chinese Opera Troupe from Thailand, the Prayers to the Moon Goddess began with the lighting of the joss sticks.

SP Lim

 

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

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Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Prayers to the Moon Goddess

Mid-Autumn Festival

The festival is intricately linked to legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Because of its central role in the Mid-Autumn festival, mooncakes remained popular even in recent years. For many, they form a central part of the Mid-Autumn festival experience such that it is now commonly known as ‘Mooncake Festival’.

Inserted from Wikipedia by SP Lim

Mo(a)n … day of waiting with patience for treatment   12 comments


Mo(a)n … day of waiting with patience for treatment

It started at 6.30 am on Monday, April 11, 2016 with waking up and getting ready to go to see the recommended Orthopaedic Surgeon or the Medical Officers in the Department of Orthopaedic of the Penang General Hospital. The appointment made on last Thursday was for today at 8.00 am. I reached the Hospital at 7.55 am and when I reached the reception counter of Room 011 – the Orthopaedic Department, the two queue lines there, were with over twenty patients each line. I was given a green card and patient form to fill in my personal particulars as it is my first time to see the Department here in the Hospital run by the Federal Government. The usual charges are RM5.00 per visit and free for senior citizen like me. After ten minutes of waiting,I was given the queue number of 4052. There are different queue numbers also like those starting from 1001, 2001 and 3001. The waiting lobby was full with over 100 over patients. I took a seat and waited for over an hour and my number was shown on the monitor. I went through the main entrance as shown in a notice, and into smaller room than the lobby, with 7 to 8 medical officers/doctors each with a desk and two chairs. Another waiting period was needed as inside here, some patients have no old medical records sent here yet so it looked quite chaotic. As my record is a new one, it was placed into a plastic folder. Another 15 minutes of waiting was required.

Dog Bite

Moan…day of 11, April, 2016. A day at the Hospital for treatment.

The doctor then looked at the recommendation letter and then asked a few questions whether the dog is vaccinated against rabies as the current attention was on rabid dogs. There were already some cases of rabies. He wrote a note to ask to go the section where minor surgery and dressings were conducted. Another waiting period of 10 minutes before being called into the Dressings Room as the place was full. My bandages were taken out as the latest dressings were done yesterday and my wounds looked reddish and moist – seemed all right to me as there was no pus. After opening the bandages, it was the time to wait for the doctor to see whether there is sepsis or not. After 10 minutes the doctor came and said the wound is healing normally so no “chopping off the Finger”. My original nurse who took off the bandages was now “missing”. The nurse who was next to her took over the job, was not “professional and competent” to do a good job. It was even worse than the dressing that I did myself! Anyway, I am too tired to complain. Next was back to the doctor so I cam get a prescription at Rooms 13 and 14 for dressings until my wound is completely healed. Another period of waiting for 5 minutes as doctor was treating other patient.

Finally at 10.15 am, the whole process of seeing the doctor and dressing was completed. It was a good day as my wound is healing satisfactorily after the initial infestation with pus. No “cutting off of the finger” is good enough for me. I also did not become “mad” due to rabies. Good ending to this Moan … day. Reached home at 10.40 am.

Not to sound ungrateful, I must thank these hospital doctors and staff for the satisfactory treatment, medicine and bandaging work towards my eventual healing of these bite wounds.

SP Lim
Resting and watching TV.

Moan...day of 11, April, 2016. A day at the Hospital for treatment. Retaped again bandages  by me on the poorly bandage done by the nurse.

Moan…day of 11, April, 2016. A day at the Hospital for treatment. Retaped again bandages by me on the poorly bandage done by the nurse.

From Wikipedia:-
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion. There may also be symptoms related to a specific infection, such as a cough with pneumonia, or painful urination with a kidney infection. In the very young, old, and people with a weakened immune system, there may be no symptoms of a specific infection and the body temperature may be low or normal rather than high. Severe sepsis is sepsis causing poor organ function or insufficient blood flow. Insufficient blood flow may be evident by low blood pressure, high blood lactate, or low urine output. Septic shock is low blood pressure due to sepsis that does not improve after reasonable amounts of intravenous fluids are given.

Sepsis is caused by an immune response triggered by an infection. The infection is most commonly bacterial, but it can also be from fungi, viruses, or parasites. Common locations for the primary infection include: lungs, brain, urinary tract, skin, and abdominal organs. Risk factors include young or old age, a weakened immune system from conditions such as cancer or diabetes, and major trauma or burns. Diagnosis is based on meeting at least two systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria due to a presumed infection. Blood cultures are recommended preferably before antibiotics are started; however, infection of the blood is not required for the diagnosis. Medical imaging should be done to look for the possible location of infection. Other potential causes of similar signs and symptoms include: anaphylaxis, adrenal insufficiency, low blood volume, heart failure, and pulmonary embolism among others.

Sepsis is usually treated with intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Antibiotics are typically given as soon as possible. This is often done in an intensive care unit. If fluid replacement is not enough to maintain blood pressure, medications that raise blood pressure can be used. Mechanical ventilation and dialysis may be needed to support the function of the lungs and kidneys, respectively. To guide treatment, a central venous catheter and an arterial catheter may be placed for access to the bloodstream. Other measurements such as cardiac output and superior vena cava oxygen saturation may also be used. People with sepsis need preventive measures for deep vein thrombosis, stress ulcers and pressure ulcers, unless other conditions prevent such interventions. Some might benefit from tight control of blood sugar levels with insulin. The use of corticosteroids is controversial. Activated drotrecogin alfa, originally marketed for severe sepsis, has not been found to be helpful, and was withdrawn from sale in 2011.

Disease severity partly determines the outcome with the risk of death from sepsis being as high as 30%, severe sepsis as high as 50%, and septic shock as high as 80%. The total number of cases worldwide is unknown as there is little data from the developing world. Estimates suggest sepsis affects millions of people a year. In the developed world about 0.2 to 3 per 1000 people get sepsis yearly or about a million cases per year in the United States. Rates of disease have been increasing. Sepsis is more common among males than females. The terms septicemia and blood poisoning referred to the microorganisms or their toxins in the blood and are no longer commonly used. The condition has been described at least since the time of Hippocrates

Inserted by SP Lim from Wikipeida for knowledge and precaution.

Dog Bite

Moan…day of 11, April, 2016. A day at the Hospital for treatment.

Weekly Photo Challenge – State of Mind of Pain, Panic and Pill   21 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge – “State of Mind of Pain, Panic and Pill’

This week, let your inner world and the outside one converge in a photo.
BY BEN HUBERMAN

Photos show us the surface of things, but they often tell much deeper stories about the objects they depict — and about the people who take them.
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My Thought

Only last night even before I know of this week’s photo challenge, I have this dreadful pain on both my feet and heels which might be usual for me as a senior citizen. I simply cannot get up and walk to the toilet. Suddenly, the state of mind was focussed to be in a healthy condition and dissolved into pain and panic as if I cannot walk I shall need a wheel-chair and had to be wheeled around in future. I forced myself even with the unbearable pain to walk a few steps towards the toilet. On the way, stopped by the side table and took the magical pill of pain-killer even with an empty stomach. I have always stayed away from pain-killers and other NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) as far as possible and take them when the situation is unbearable. Yes, now is the time! It was probably due to my recent diet of taking too many bean-related products.

After half hour later, the pain has subsided and the ” Peaceful and Relief ” State of Mind has returned. Limped into the kitchen to take some biscuits with coffee and back to bed. The one of the eventful night of a senior citizen.

SP Lim
Retired Pharmacist also gets unwell.

State of Mind

Happy Birthday Dana of a Penang Centenarian Lady – Part 2   Leave a comment


Happy Birthday Dana of a Penang Centenarian Lady – Part 2

It is the 100th. Year Birthday of Madam Tan Swee Hong – the mother of Venerable Buddhavamsa at the Burmese Dhammikarama Buddhist Temple, Burmah Lane, Penang on Saturday, November 21, 2015. I had the privilege of being asked by the Temple to photo-shoot this grand event which I has never experience before.

From Wikipedia:-
LONGEVITY
The word “longevity” is sometimes used as a synonym for “life expectancy” in demography – however, the term “longevity” is sometimes meant to refer only to especially long-lived members of a population, whereas “life expectancy” is always defined statistically as the average number of years remaining at a given age. For example, a population’s life expectancy at birth is the same as the average age at death for all people born in the same year (in the case of cohorts). Longevity is best thought of as a term for general audiences meaning ‘typical length of life’ and specific statistical definitions should be clarified when necessary.

Reflections on longevity have usually gone beyond acknowledging the brevity of human life and have included thinking about methods to extend life. Longevity has been a topic not only for the scientific community but also for writers of travel, science fiction, and utopian novels.

There are many difficulties in authenticating the longest human life span ever by modern verification standards, owing to inaccurate or incomplete birth statistics. Fiction, legend, and folklore have proposed or claimed life spans in the past or future vastly longer than those verified by modern standards, and longevity narratives and unverified longevity claims frequently speak of their existence in the present.

A life annuity is a form of longevity insurance.

Life expectancy, as of 2010

Main article:
List of countries by life expectancy
Various factors contribute to an individual’s longevity. Significant factors in life expectancy include gender, genetics, access to health care, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and crime rates. Below is a list of life expectancies in different types of countries:[3]

Developed countries: 77–90 years (e.g. Canada: 81.29 years, 2010 est.)
Developing countries: 32–80 years (e.g. Mozambique: 41.37 years, 2010 est.)
Population longevities are increasing as life expectancies around the world grow:[1][4]

Spain: 79.06 years in 2002, 81.07 years in 2010
Australia: 80 years in 2002, 81.72 years in 2010
Italy: 79.25 years in 2002, 80.33 years in 2010
France: 79.05 years in 2002, 81.09 years in 2010
Germany: 77.78 years in 2002, 79.41 years in 2010
UK: 80 years in 2002, 81.73 years in 2010
USA: 77.4 years in 2002, 78.24 years in 2010
Monaco: 79.12 years in 2002, 79.73 years in 2011
None for my country, Malaysia.

A centenarian is a person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years. Because life expectancies everywhere are less than 100, the term is invariably associated

Inserted by SP Lim

Major factors to live longer

Evidence-based studies indicate that longevity is based on two major factors, genetics and lifestyle choices.

Genetics
Twin studies have estimated that approximately 20-30% the variation in human lifespan can be related to genetics, with the rest due to individual behaviors and environmental factors which can be modified. Although over 200 gene variants have been associated with longevity according to a US-Belgian-UK research database of human genetic variants, these explain only a small fraction of the heritability. A 2012 study found that even modest amounts of leisure time physical exercise can extend life expectancy by as much as 4.5 years.

Environmental factors
A study of the regions of the world known as blue zones, where people commonly live active lives past 100 years of age, speculated that longevity is related to a healthy social and family life, not smoking, eating a plant-based diet, frequent consumption of legumes and nuts, and engaging in regular physical activity. In a cohort study, the combination of a plant based diet, normal BMI, consuming alcohol once per week to cleanse the system, and not smoking accounted for differences up to 15 years in life expectancy. Korean court records going back to 1392 indicate that the average lifespan of eunuchs was 70.0 ± 1.76 years, which was 14.4–19.1 years longer than the lifespan of non-castrated men of similar socio-economic status. The Alameda County Study hypothesized three additional lifestyle characteristics that promote longevity: limiting alcohol consumption, sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night, and not snacking (eating between meals), although the study found the association between these characteristics and mortality is “weak at best”. There are however many other possible factors potentially affecting longevity, including the impact of high peer competition, which is typically experienced in large cities.
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Photos by SP Lim

Re-branding with a new long-winded name of my Blog – S.P.’s Space of 6T’s – Taste, Theatre, Thoughts, Time, Travels and Treatments   Leave a comment



S.P.’s Space of 6 T’s
Why the long-winded name for my BLOG at WordPress.com
1. Taste = Food, drinks be it exotic, spicy, hawkers’ fare, anything edible food items,
2. Theatre= Concert, Wayang or Chinese Opera, Puppet Shows, Gotai, Cultural Shows, Snake Show, Dog,Cat and Horse Shows, Short Film Fest like Tropfest, photographs of Wayang aka Chinese Opera are among the largest in the Asia and perhaps, the world, as I sill have thousands un-posted in my photo archives,
3. Thoughts = my opinion on current issue may be political, non-political, any issue and subject under the sun, hobbies,
4. Time = subjects on historical issues and things, heritage buildings and related items, antiques, collectibles, watches and clocks, age, historical facts – distorted or real, family ties, family tree, Penang Cultural History, multi-racial and multi-religious events in Penang and around the region,
5. Travels = holiday travels within Malaysia and if lucky overseas – hopefully under the sea and in space, in the polar regions if opportunity is given,
6. Treatments = as a retired Healthcare practitioner/Giver, it is my duty to share pharmaceutical and medical and even herbal remedial facts for those who are not well versed in these area as part as my contributory service to the community without obligation, I never image my one blog on “Sabah Snake Grass” has so much traffic and profitable to the vendors selling this herbs without any commission to me! If you do not like the article, please refrain from writing any nasty and insulting. I shall take great offense on these stupid and unwarranted comments! I hope you shall benefit from this short blogs of the contents therewith after consulting your doctors and seeking information on these herbs.
My current passion is photography and I shall try to post as many as possible on this blog but space on WordPress costs money but as a retired senior citizen, I shall try to maximise the usage as much as possible with minimum cost. Assist me to purchase the photo stocks that might interest you here in this blog.
So please help me to achieve my this year’s target of getting 150,000 VISITORS to my blog – S. P.’s Space of 6 T’s – Tastes, Theatre, Thoughts, Time, Travels, and Treatments.

My sincere thanks and Kamsiah (thank you in Hokkien – a Chinese dialect) from a ever grateful Senior Citizen.

Lim Soo Peng R.Ph., MMPS.,
B. Pharmacy (Hons)

Seoul – Capital of South Korea   Leave a comment


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All at soon, today shall be the last but one day to be in South Korea. Tomorrow we shall be leaving for KLIA, Kuala Kumpur, Malaysia on a six-hours’ flight. When we arrived a week ago it was raining slightly and today it was also raining. After the initial rainy welcome, it was great weather throughout the tour. However, we missed the snow. The Cherry blossoms were beautiful and bursting out from the trees along the roads and in the Everland Park. Yes, it is with some sadness that we shall leaving Seoul and other cities in South Korea behind. It was a wonderful holiday which we enjoyed very much.

SP Lim

Day 7 Friday, 26 April, 2013 Seoul – Incheon – Malaysia
Breakfast
Morning Sight-seeing or like Shopping
Healthy Liver Shop & Grocery Shop
Transfer to Airport for Departing Flight back to Malaysia
Home Sweet Home

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The MPS-PSC kicks off at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur today – Thursday, 1 November, 2012   Leave a comment


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The Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Pharmacy Scientific Conference 2012 kicked off today, Thursday, 1 November, 2012.

SP Lim

The desire to write grows with writing. — Desiderius Erasmus