Monthly Archives: March 2010

Global Toilet Queue?

Do you know that World Water Day is on this coming Monday, March 22?  Hehehe I don’t either, until I came across a website on World Water Day today. World Water Day is a day where we raise awareness of the issues facing freshwater — and celebrate everything that water does for us. Be grateful that we have clean water, although not for that very long, I discovered!

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. UN-Water has chosen ”Clean Water for a Healthy World” as theme for World Water Day 2010. It is still a reality that an estimated 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking-water sources. Therefore the theme of World Water Day 2010 is focusing on raising awareness of water quality under the theme “Clean Water for a Healthy World”.

According to the article, “Freshwater Conservation” website, while demand for water is rising, the amount of freshwater on our planet isn’t — just 1 % of the water on Earth is available fresh water (as opposed to salt water) that we can use for drinking, cooking and other needs. Our global response to this quandary our planet is facing must be two-pronged: we must reduce water waste and increase our efforts to keep our natural sources of water — rivers, lakes and natural underground supplies — healthy.

On World Water Day, let us do our part to protect freshwater for future generations with these water and money saving tips:

  • Consider cutting a little water usage from your morning routine. Does anyone really need to shower for more than 5-10 minutes?
  • Keeping a timer in your bathroom will remind you to wrap up and get out of the shower when the timer buzzer sets off.
  • Turning off the tap water faucet while you’re brushing your teeth.
  • Cooking your meals from scratch — the manufacturing of frozen foods requires more water than it takes to make a home-cooked meal.
  • Checking for — and hastily repair — leaky pipes and faucets. The tiniest leak has far greater impact than you’d think. Many cities lose 40 to 60 percent (or more!) of their water supply due to leaky pipes.
  • Turning off the lights when you leave the room. Each year billions of gallons of water are used in the process of creating electricity.
  • If a home renovation is in the cards, splurge on low-flow and water-efficient appliances — they’ll save you more money in the long-run.

 As part of World Water Day, thousands of Toilet Queues will be organized all over the world from 20-22 March 2010. It’s a Guinness World Record attempt to help solve the global sanitation crisis. So, if you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous and want to do more to celebrate World Water Day, come join the Global Toilet Queue!

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How to Get inside a Guy’s Mind

I came across this interesting article by Cosmopolitan.com (Wed Mar 3, 2010)

How to Get inside a Guy’s Mind

It’s no secret that guys aren’t the best at articulating what they’re thinking. Combine that with the fact that they’d rather bend the truth a little than risk letting you down and you’re left with a baffling, cryptic code to decipher. We got guys to let us in on what some of their most said phrases really mean. Plus, find out the four things he’ll never open up about.

1. He Says: “We should hang out sometime.” He Means: “I’m afraid you’ll say ‘no’ if I ask you out.” Of course, actions speak louder than words. Find out if he’s hitting on you by decoding his body language.

2. He Says: “I’ll call you later.” He Means: “I may or may not call you at some point between now and three months from now.”

3. He Says: “My ex is crazy.” He Means: “I messed her up, and she got upset.” When you talk about your ex, here’s how to bend the truth so you don’t bruise his ego.

4. He Says: “That guy seems like a good friend of yours.” He Means: “Was there ever a thing between you?”

5. He Says: “It’s a long story.” He Means: “It’s a story that makes me look bad.”

6. He Says: “That’s a new look.” He Means: “You look weird.”

7. He Says: “Why are you being so emotional?” He Means: “Why are you acting like a psycho?”

8. He Says: “That’s not what I meant.” He Means: “That’s totally what I meant, but now that I see you’re mad, I wish I hadn’t said it out loud.”

9. He Says: “It’s fine.” He Means: “It’s not actually fine, but I’m in no mood to discuss it.”

10. He Says: “Can we talk about this later?” He Means: “I never want to talk about this again.”

And there you have it! But keep in mind this interesting talk versus walk fact: Women prefer to bond with their partner via conversation, while the majority of men would rather engage in activities together. So next time, when you feel the urge to bond over a deep discussion, try planning a fun activity together instead!


As Easy as ABC, 123

Falling in love is easy. Falling out of is even a lot easier. If falling in love is as easy as ABC, falling out of love is as easy as 123. If a verse of beautiful poetry makes you fall in love, one foolish word or SMS will make you fall out of love.

If it takes a minute to fall in love, it takes just a split second to fall out of love. Everything is about speed nowadays, even when it comes to love. Modern technology makes it so convenient for people to communicate, so much so that relationships are started and break-ups are done with just a touch of the green button to send the SMS from our mobile phone, iPhone or Blackberry.

Isn’t it amusing? When you were in love, you can’t see enough of each other. When you’re away from each other, you take the trouble to make 3G video calls so you can see each other as you whisper sweet nothings and kiss the silver screen. Nevertheless when it comes to breaking up, just an SMS will do? Wow, it is as easy as ABC and 123, indeed.

Relationships and marriages ending over SMS is an increasing phenomenon. People don’t even bother to look at the other half’s face to say good bye to the person they claimed to have fallen in love, whispered sweet nothings, made promises to. This is the person they married or committed a relationship to. In some cases, they have been together for many years. To me this is being irresponsible and cowardly, taking the easy way out and being disrespectful to another human being, to the one whom you shared a part of your life, nonetheless.

Some say, you feel less guilty hurting someone if you’re not looking at his or her eyes when you say good bye. Wow, what a brilliant justification huh! I think this is utter rubbish, so wait, stop right there!

In my opinion, even if you really fall out of love with someone and can’t wait to get rid of him or her from your life, please say good bye respectfully. Take a good look him or her in the eye and feel his or her pain. Take a good look at the person you’re hurting before you part. Even if the both of you are a thousand miles apart, there are always 3G video calls to connect you visually.

Speak respectfully, kindly and gently, and make it easy for him or her because he or she deserves at least a good closure. Having a good closure makes it a lot easier for the person to move on with his or her life. Breaking up is never easy but at least he or she will not feel like unwanted rubbish dumped on the street just like that. It’s about treating someone with dignity and kindness. It is not as easy as ABC and 123, but you must do it, it is necessary.