Why Chinese Shouldn’t Have Christian names?

Hope YOUR NAME is not on this list. TOTALLY HILARIOUS!!!i chink

Anne Chang => Dirty (Mandarin)
Anne Chin => Keep Quiet (Mandarin)
Faye Chen => Dusty (Mandarin)
Carl Cheng => Buttock (Hokkien)
Monica Cheng => Touching your buttocks (Hokkien)
Lucy Leow => You are dead (Hokkien)
Jane Tan => Frying eggs (Mandarin)
Suzie Leow => Lose till death (Hokkien)
Henry Mah => Hate your mum (Mandarin)
Corrine Tai => Poor fellow (Hokkien)
Paul Chan => Bankrupt (Mandarin)
Nelson Tan => Bird laying eggs (Mandarin)
Leslie Tong => Rubbish Bin (Mandarin)
Carmen Teng => Leg hair long (Hokkien)
Connie Mah => Call your mother (Cantonese)
Danny See => Squeeze you to death (Hokkien)
Rosie Teng => Screws and nails (Hokkien)
Pete Tsai => Nose droppings (Hokkien)
Macy Koh => Never die before (Cantonese)


Caller : Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan (anyone)?
Operator : Yes, you can speak to me.
Caller : No, I want to speak to Annie Wan (anyone)!
Operator : You are talking to someone! Who is this?
Caller : I’m Sam Wan (Someone). And I need to talk to Annie Wan (anyone)! It’s urgent.
Operator : I know you are someone and you want to talk to anyone! But what’s this urgent matter about?
Caller : Well… just tell my sister Annie Wan (anyone) that our brother Noel Wan (no one)has involved in an accident. Noel Wan (no one)got injured and now Noel Wan (no one) is being sent to the hospital. Right now, Avery Wan (everyone) is on his way to the hospital.
Operator : Look if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital, then the accident isn’t an urgen t matter! You may find this hilarious but I don’t have time for this!
Caller : You are so rude! Who are you?
Operator : I’m Saw Lee (Sorry).
Caller : Yes! You should be sorry. Now give me your name!!!

How to migrate your old gmail to a new gmail account

So you want to transfer a Gmail account to another Google Mail account? There are lots of ways to do it. You could use a specialized software such as Gmvault, or use an email client such as Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. Lifehacker has a much easier and simpler solution to moving your emails to your new Gmail account, but it’s so old back in 2008 that the instructions don’t apply exactly anymore.

Step 1

Log in to your OLD GMAIL and go to “Forwarding and POP/IMAP”. In the “POP Download” section, select “Enable POP for all mail”. Save changes.


Step 2

Login to your NEW GMAIL.  Go to “Accounts and Import”.  “Import mail and contacts” will not work here since we are importing from ANOTHER GMAIL account. However, if you are importing from an OLD GMAIL GOOGLE APPS account, it can work.

So, in the “Check mail from other accounts (using POP3)” section, click “Add a POP3 mail account you own”.


Step 3

Type in your OLD GMAIL account’s details, hit “Add Account” then WAIT. If you have a lot of email in your previous account, this will take some time.  The popup screen should look like this:

Note: Gmail’s interface sometimes change, and if they do, these instructions might not apply anymore. 

Are There Benefits To Getting A Massage After A Hard Workout?


In a study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine and several other studies, massage proved to lessen perceived delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) by 30% but didn’t prove effective for enhancing long term restoration of post-exercise muscle strength.1234

However one study on NCAA women athletes have found that massage both decreased soreness and improved performance.5 In another study with male bodybuilding athletes in Iran, it was also found that massage therapy improved physical performance and perceived recovery.6

Perhaps the perceived decrease in DOMS due to post exercise massage can be explained by the dampening of inflammatory cytokines in the muscle cells.7 This finding also means that massage after exercise could help enhance endurance.8


  1. Effleurage Massage, Muscle Blood Flow and Long-Term Post-Exercise Strength Recovery []
  2. The effects of therapeutic massage on delayed onset muscle soreness and muscle function following downhill walking []
  3. Evaluating the Influence of Massage on Leg Strength, Swelling, and Pain Following a Half-Marathon []
  4. Effects of Massage on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, Swelling, and Recovery of Muscle Function []
  5. The effects of massage on delayed onset muscle soreness and physical performance in female collegiate athletes []
  7. Massage reduces inflammation and promotes growth of new mitochondria following strenuous exercise, study finds []
  8. What Massage Really Does to Your Muscles []

Beware of Ciguatoxins in Fish

Recently I dropped by the new Fisher Mall in Quezon City. They claim to have a good selection of fresh fish at good prices (and they did). They had huge reef fish like the barracuda, dorado, canary rockfish (canaryo) etc. Curious about these fish I googled them up for cooking methods and found out about ciguatoxins.

Most probably you have not heard about ciguatera poisoning or ciguatoxins. Red tide is more often mentioned in the media .


Ciguatera has been known since the 1500s and is estimated to affect an estimated 50,000 people worldwide annually.1 Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is a type of food poisoning that is acquired mainly by eating large reef fish such as barracudas, snapper, moray eels, parrot fishes (loro), groupers, triggerfishes and amberjacks that is highly contaminated. These fish are most likely to cause ciguatera poisoning because they eat smaller fish that are also contaminated by ciguatoxins. The CDC also has a list of common fish that is known to carry ciguatoxins.

Ciguatera Poissons

Ciguatoxins accumulate up the food chain and thus are mostly found in carnivorous, long living fish. Ciguatoxin is odourless, tasteless and very heat-resistant, so ciguatoxin-laden fish cannot be detoxified by conventional cooking.2

Symptoms of ciguatera in humans include gastrointestinal and neurological effects. Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, usually followed by neurological symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, paresthesia, numbness, ataxia, vertigo, and hallucinations. Severe cases of ciguatera can also result in cold allodynia, which is a burning sensation on contact with cold. Neurological symptoms can persist and ciguatera poisoning is occasionally misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis.

In the Philippines, there were 7 reported cases of CFP from 2001 to 2010. This is quite small when compared to red tide which has recorded 540 outbreaks between 1983 and 2002. Nevertheless, it is good to be cautious. The cases included barracuda, tuna, baby mackerel (lupoy), skipjack tuna (tulingan), spanish mackerel (tanguinge), blue marlin (malasugi), red snapper (maya-maya). About 500 people in total were affected by fish coming from Navotas, Malabon, Maguindanao, Antique, Cebu, Samar, Iloilo.3

Detection is hard as one would need laboratory test equipment. There is currently no effective treatment for ciguatera poisoning.

  1. FAO Ciguatera Fish Poisoning []
  2. Ciguatera – Wikipedia []
  3. Detection of ciguatera fish poisoning in the Philippines []

The UP Law Aptitude Examination Results (UP LAE) 2014 Results Are Out, and I’m In!

The UP LAE Law Aptitude Exam for school year 2014-2015 results were out since Jan 30, 2014.

I didn’t think I would pass the exam and since the list was long I did a browser “ctrl+f” find for my name. It didn’t appear. Curious to double-check I then scrolled down, and to my surprise I see my name! I blinked twice and my name was still there.

This marks the first time I have passed a highly competitive exam. I wasn’t at the higher ranks in any of my classes before, and I never considered myself academically bright so this is very much a surprise.  I forgot how many thousands took the test, but only 180 are accepted for this prestigious opportunity.

This was my second take however, and I’m sure there are people in that list way younger than me who passed on their first take. I envy them for they are 10 years younger. I was hesitant and somewhat ashamed to take the test before, but I told myself there was nothing to lose and 10 years older doesn’t matter if I’m going to live ’til 100.

For those who are going to take the UP LAE next, here’s some unsolicited advice:

  • Be prepared, be very prepared.
  • Persevere.
  • It’s never too late.

It seems I could have used these tips before I went to climb Mt. Apo.

As for specifics, I hope this braindump helps, as it’s from somebody who took the test twice in a row.

I had a hard time with the test in these areas: (have to build mental models to quickly solve these problems)
  • language proficiency
  • verbal ability
    • Tedum Vitae, Bamboozle, Carte Blanche, Innocuous, Ennui, Estrange.
  • abstract reasoning (finding patterns or maybe there are none?)
  • quantitative reasoning (math)
    • trigonometry
    • probability
    • volume
    • compound interest
    • algebra and complex equations
      • quadratic equation
    • diagnoals in a polygon f
    • square and cubes shortcuts
    • square root shortcuts
    • multiplication and division shortcuts
    • addition and subtraction rules
  • logical reasoning
  • reading comprehension
  • general information (trivia questions)
    • romeo and juliet
    • famous novelists
    • famous classical musician
    • famous artists
    • harry potter and twilight
    • cheeses and wine and ham
    • tagalog classics like barok and jane, florante laura, rizal,
    • filipino artists, literary, heroes, presidents
    • Cartoon characters
    • Supreme court justices
    • Philippine presidents
    • Us presidents
    • Nationl heroes
    • National artists and musicians
    • Fictional literary figures
    • Philippine history
    • Flowers and their symbolisms

I distinctively remember questions such as:

  • What time is it in Delhi, India if it’s 5:30pm in Manila?
  • Which among the following is not a cheese?

When comparing the most recent exam to the previous:

  • Abstract reasoning was very hard and very short time given compared to the previous exam.
  • Quantitative reasoning composed mostly of word problems and easy are computations and graphs. It was way easier than the previous exam.
  • Logical reasoning did not need much symbol substitution, just read fast and comprehend.
  • General information was varied. There were preference questions are most probably Attitude Quotient (AQ) questions.

Nobody knows how the exams are graded, whether it’s right minus wrong, or one area has more weight than another.

Hope this helps you future lawyers! Also, you might want to read Tucker Max’s article Why You Should NOT Go to Law School.

So You Want to Climb Mt. Apo?

Back in 2005, a friend of mine, Hans, invited me to climb up Mt. Apo. To those unfamiliar, Mt. Apo is said to be the highest mountain in the Philippines with a height of almost 3,000m or 10,000ft above sea level.

At that time I was 23 years old, a weekend warrior who was stuck in his office chair for most of the week. I was feeling outdoorsy, adventurous and thought that climbing up and back down a mountain in 3 days shouldn’t be so hard. I thought I was tough enough for it and didn’t think much of Hans’ advice to train and prepare for the task ahead.

Boy was I wrong.

3 hours into the climb, I was sweaty, my feet soaked shin high in mud and my quads were screaming to rest. I couldn’t rest. The mountaineering group we joined were already far up ahead and all that was left behind was me and the group sweeper.  My thoughts were already thinking why the hell didn’t I prepare.

The second day was worst. After the strenuous first day climb, my whole body was sore. Every step that I made, I was questioning why the hell did I join the pleasure (or pain) of climbing up a mountain. But I had already committed. We were already halfway and turning back didn’t feel right. I had to push and persevere. Every step was a challenge and I just had to keep placing one foot in front of the other. I have just learned what perseverance meant.

The trail was not easy. There was mud, boulders, narrow cliff side trails, deep ravines, and steep almost vertical hills with only bushes to hang on to. At this point I was questioning my sanity and I appreciated how vulnerable I was to dying. One wrong step and I’m done.  I was not so tough and death was just one step away.

Fortunately my legs didn’t give up and we were able to reach the summit. Seemed like everybody was enjoying the view except me. I was thinking now I’m up here, it’s another tortuous trek going down!

I did make it down, exhausted and vowed not to ever climb another mountain.  However I am grateful to this Mt. Apo climb as it taught me these things:

  • Perseverance will get you there.
  • Life is short, appreciate it.
  • Success favors the prepared.


LG G2 (D802) Bug Display Screen Won’t Turn Off

Ever since I bought the LG G2 (D802), I could not count how many times I said “I love you” to my phone. The LG G2 is a great smartphone and the best I’ve used so far. I was an iphone fan until its screen size wasnt enough anymore because i read a lot on my mobile. The G2 is blazing fast and does not disappoint. The only thing it lacks is a 7-day battery life.

One fine day the display screen suddenly would not turn off no matter what I do. I tried pressing its buttons, turned off settings that might affect the display, turned off the knock on screen feature, restarted the phone with people times all to no avail the annoying you kept coming back.

One day I learned to open the task manager and stop all apps. That seemed to work until a few minutes later the screen would turn on and refuse to shut off again. Since that seemed to solve the problem temporarily, I decided to troubleshoot and stop each app on by one to see which app what’s causing the problem turns out it was the native messaging app that was causing the screen to involuntarily turn on. I then tried to delete all my 2000 messages that I had in my messaging Inbox but the problem still persists. At least now I know what causes it.
Paging the LG guys hope you fix this soon!
Anybody else experiencing the same problem or other LG G2 bugs?

Beware of Olive Oils

Choosing the best Olive Oil is important if you want to maximize its health benefits or sometimes even avoid the detrimental effects of bad oil. Bad olive oils lack those valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that are responsible for its touted health benefits.
According to Wikipedia, the U.S. categorizes olive oils as such
  • U.S. Extra Virgin Olive Oil for oil with excellent flavor and odor and free fatty acid content of not more than 0.8g per 100g (0.8%);
  • U.S. Virgin Olive Oil for oil with reasonably good flavor and odor and free fatty acid content of not more than 2g per 100g (2%);
  • U.S. Virgin Olive Oil Not Fit For Human Consumption Without Further Processing is a virgin (mechanically-extracted) olive oil of poor flavor and odor, equivalent to the IOC’s lampante oil;
  • U.S. Olive Oil is an oil mix of both virgin and refined oils;
  • U.S. Refined Olive Oil is an oil made from refined oils with some restrictions on the processing.
However we know that the U.S. regulatory system is far from perfect. Tom Mueller, a New Yorker contributor wrote a definitive book entitled “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil“. In it he describes how over 50 percent of olive oil sold in the U.S. is adulterated.
Bad or rancid olive oil loses the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil, says Mueller. “What [good olive oil] gets you from a health perspective is a cocktail of 200+ highly beneficial ingredients that explain why olive oil has been the heart of the Mediterranean diet,” he says. “Bad olives have free radicals and impurities, and then you’ve lost that wonderful cocktail … that you get from fresh fruit, from real extra-virgin olive oil.”
“A lot of those oils have been packed in Italy or have been transited through Italy just long enough to get the Italian flag on them. That’s not, strictly speaking, illegal — but I find it a legal fraud, if you will.”
Of the five top-selling imported “extra virgin” olive oil brands in the United States, 73 percent of the samples failed the IOC sensory standards for extra virgin olive oils analyzed by two IOC-accredited sensory panels. The failure rate ranged from a high of 94 percent to a low of 56 percent depending on the brand and the panel. None of the Australian and California samples failed both sensory panels, while 11 percent of the top-selling premium Italian brand samples failed the two panels. Sensory defects are indicators that these samples are oxidized, of poor quality, and/or adulterated with cheaper refined oils.
Olive Oil Tasting
Elena Paravantes RD over at Olive Tomato describes how REAL virgin olive oil should taste like:
Good Characteristics
Let’s not forget that olives are fruit so a good olive oil needs to have some degree of fruitiness. This can come from ripe olives or unripe (green) olives. Olive oil should taste fresh, not heavy and “oily”.
Yes, bitter is good. Bitterness is a characteristic of fresh olive oil. Olives are bitter. The degree of bitterness depends on how ripe the olive is. So a bitter olive oil is a positive thing. However, depending on your taste you may want to find an olive oil that has a balance of fruity and bitter that you can tolerate.
This is a peppery characteristic that you will feel at the back of your throat when you swallow the oil. You may even cough. Many people think this is bad (like my friend) but it is not, it is actually of olive oil from unripe olives and of fresh olive oil. It also signifies the presence of certain antioxidants. And remember this peppery sensation should go away fairly quickly, it should not linger.
Bad Characteristics
This is common defect that appears when the olives are gathered in piles and may cause advanced fermentation. According to Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne, an olive oil cosultant, fusty smells like or tastes like sweaty socks or swampy vegetation.
Basically a moldy flavor that appears when the olives were stored for several days in a humid environment and developed yeast and fungi.
Exactly as it is described, no your olive oil should not taste or smell like wine. Again this is due to fermentation of the olives.
A taste that reminds of metal. Usually it is a result of prolonged contact with metallic surface during production but also storage.
This is the most common defect, it is basically olive oil gone bad and you may have come across this taste when you eat old nuts or stale crackers that are made with fat.
How to Differentiate Good from Bad
Dr. Axe and Nicholas Coleman has some tips on how to recognize genuine extra virgin olive oil:
  1. Look for the cultivars, or what olives the oil is composed of in the label.
  2. Be suspicious of any extra virgin olive oil that costs less than $10 a liter.
  3. Look for a seal from the International Olive Oil Council (IOC).
  4. Oils that are certified by the California Olive Oil Council (COOC).
  5. Winners of the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.
  6. Look for a harvesting date on the label
  7. Anything labeled light, pure, or a blend isn’t virgin quality.
  8. Shop for oils in dark bottles. This protects the oil from oxidation.
  9. Extra virgin olive oil solidifies when it’s cold. You can put it in the refrigerator and it should become cloudy and thicken. If it’s doesn’t then it’s not pure extra virgin.
Tom Mueller leaves a good surprise about what you can pair great olive oil with. “Get a bottle of really, really powerful, bitter and pungent oil, and pour it over some really good ice cream. And it is like an injection of liquid sunshine. It’s quite a treat.”
What kinds of olive oils do you use?

9 Longevity Secrets from the Blue Zones Revealed

Why grandma is stronger than you

Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Explorer wrote the best selling book The Blue Zones Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. In this book he explores four so called “Blue Zones” that have the highest concentration of long lived people. He explored the habits of people from Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; and the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.

According to Dan Buettner, it is not a specific combination of foods and diet that have provided these centenarians in these “Blue Zones” their longevity. Instead, it’s a healthy combination of lifestyle, community and spirituality.

Here are the nine principles Dan recommends:

  1. Move. Be active without having to think about it. Physical activity and light exercise should be part of your lifestyle and not a daily burden. There are many ways to get moving without going to the gym.
  2. Have a Purpose. Knowing your purpose and why you would want to wake up in the morning is a great motivator for staying alive.
  3. Relieve Stress. Chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation in the body and leads to major age related diseases. Have something each day that helps you relieve stress such as meditating, praying, taking a nap, or even happy hours. Whatever works for you.
  4. Eat to 80% Only. The Okinawans have a saying “hara hachi bu” which means “eat until you are 80% full”. This supports the view of calorie restriction on aging.
  5. Eat Plants. Plants comprise the bulk of what these people eat. They are not vegetarians though. Meat and sweets are fine but treated more as treats and condiment, not as food staples.
  6. Drink Alcohol Moderately. The keyword here is moderation. Moderation varies from one to another and only you can determine that.
  7. Have Faith.
  8. Love Your Family.
  9. Join the Right Tribe. Habits and lifestyle are contagious. Surrounding yourself with a group of people with habits and a lifestyle that encourage longevity will help you live long too.

MeasureIt! Chrome Extension’s Sneaky Superfish Adware

Lately I’ve been seeing this annoying ad thumbnails at the bottom of images whilst browsing anywhere on the net. I thought it was some spyware or adware that I had installed. I then started noticing it  not just in my Macbook but also in the PC as well!


So after a little bit of looking it up on Google and disabling-re-enabling my Chrome Extensions one by one, found that it was the MeasureIt! Chrome Extension that I had installed years ago.

Very sneaky! The MeasureIt! developers are resorting to desperate measures to make money!