Sunday, February 26, 2012

Why Old Women Have Short Hair

An observation I got from watching movies, reality shows (makeovers) and live people in the streets and just about everywhere:
Most older women have short hair.
From this, I wondered about two things: 
  1. "Why do they want short hair? Are they adhering to some golden rule?"
  2. "Will I also have my hair short when I reach a certain age?"
Hence, a short research has began. Here are my findings:

Short hair is generally easier to manage and maintain.

In more ways than one, donning short hair can be easily looked after than long hair.  Dry and split ends would not be as noticeable. With shorter hair, cost of shampoos, conditioners, volumizers and other hair products will be reduced. Time spent in looking at the mirror to check the hair, combing the hair, deciding what style or hairdo to make and shopping for hair accessories will also be lessened.

Some older women may have arthritis and so they will have difficulties moving their arms to fix and wash their hair like they used to. Time spent bathing, washing and blowdrying the hair will be cut to almost half if not more. So they can spend more time in relaxation, looking after their loved ones and other things they find with higher importance.

Short hair makes mature women look fresh, elegant and stylish.

No woman in her right frame of mind would like to look older than her she actually is; every woman would want to appear young and energetic. While some women would go for bold accessories, colorful prints and radiant makeup to look young, others have their hair cut short to look graceful and stylish. With short hair, there's like an instant facial lift rather than with long hair which drags down features.

According to hairdressers in the salon, bobcut with layers of short hair length suits most women age 40s and above with round faces. Another good suggestion is to add layers to incorporate more volume and body and create an illusion of hair looking thicker. To hide signs of baldness and receding hairlines, side swept bangs and fringes are recommended.

Will I also jump to the bandwagon and turn to short hair when I become old?

Right now I don't know yet. I had shoulder-length hair twice (the shortest I tried) and my heart was broken twice in those instances. It just doesn't suit me but rather just weakened my confidence in facing people.

To me, the length or style of the hair does not matter to match old age. What's quintessential is to get the right one. To each is own. If a woman looks fabulous and her hair is in great condition and flattering to her face, she should wear her hair as long as she pleases.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

What Small Talks Bring You: Only Big Success

One thing about client relationships I have learned while working in Singapore is the importance of small talks. In the Philippines, engaging in small talks are quite usual; people are mostly friendly, so I worried less about asking about them and anything under the sun (except sensitive topics or issues). But here, I found people to be more serious who are more focused to talk about only what's going on in the business side and less on the personal side. (Excuse me for the sweeping generalization; this is just my two cents.)

Little by little, I've observed how different people in seminars and events I've gone to walk up and converse with others. And I've realized that without small talks in any business function, every discussion will be like a raw sales pitch. Without personal interaction, everyone is just like a robot.

Small talk is not ide talk.
  • Small talks are important. Yet many business people scoff at this form of conversation, look down their nose or avoid talking at all. Most have fallen for the misconception that small talk has no purpose. Knowing what to say as opening line to break the ice takes time and skill associated with socializing.
  • Small takes provide a big impact on the business' or networking's success. People establish good relationships and grow on them with the value of this friend-making talk. So do not discount the "small" in "small talk," because it is really a powerful relationship-building tool.
  • Small talks should not be of garbage language. They should somehow be a purposeful talk with the intention of discovering more about others and finding how you can help them. The conversation will present opportunities later on in discovering the good qualities others have outside of business, while helping others feel comfortable sharing in or out of office hours.
  • Small talks make us influence people. They are such purposeful talks which can have big results. Not only will it help winning your deal, it will also help winning you new friends!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ashitaba: How Tomorrow Leaves are Harvested and Produced

Because of the increasing number of people landing on my site using keywords “ashitaba” or “tomorrow leaf,” I felt like writing another article about it will be helpful for everyone.

Note: If you haven’t read my previous post about tomorrow leaves, you may refer to this link here.

Ashitaba (Angelica keiskei Koidzumi) is one of the types of medicinal plants very popular in Japan.

As the popularity of ashitaba has become widespread, this plant is now cultivated and processed as a mixed drink. Ashitaba sap is the main raw material of medicinal products, while its leaves are what makes the "magical" herbal tea / coffee ashitaba (in powder form), which functions as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-turmorigenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial and detoxifier.

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Because the yield is quite abundant (one day is tantamount to one leaf harvested), there are now large farms producing tomorrow leaf plants in the village of East Lombok Sembalun.

Ashitaba plants grow well in air-conditioned environment with sufficient water, so come summertime, irrigation is done in a routine pattern: every 10 days. Within a month, the village of Ashitaba Sembalun farmers can produce 20 liters of the sap to make ashitaba herbal tea or coffee and 200 kilograms of the root powder.

The whole process from planting to harvest takes time, energy and patience. It takes about two weeks for the leaves to sprout and two months after transferring them into plastic seedlings, before the leaves can be finally planted on land again for another batches of tomorrow leaves to grow. Farmers normally wait for four to five months for a complete harvest.

Every leaf from the ashitaba plant can be cut by means of a sharp knife. The sap or juice is collected after a few seconds, while it takes about three to five leaves to make a small cup of ashitaba drink.


The leaves which have been accumulated will not be packed for sale directly yet because its purest water still contains some bacteria. Tomorrow leaves' extracts are boiled or cooked in water in a larger container for two hours. After boiling, the juice is cooled down and then poured into a bottle covered tightly. (Shrinkage or volume reduction is expected to occur as normal.)

For those who prefer to take it as coffee or tea, fresh leaves are placed in the dryer open for two days until they are completely dried. On the third day, dried tomorrow leaves are finely crushed and sieved to obtain powder then packaged. A kilogram of ground dried leaves can produce up to 7.5 ounces of herbal coffee powder.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Do You Have These Weird Sleep Disorders?

This article is a collection of three of the most bizarre sleeping disorders ever found. Intrigued? I hope you are, as I am. : )

1. Bruxism (gnashing of teeth)

Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw. Growing up, my sister used to have this. We're sleeping on the same bed so often I wake up and tell her to stop the bad habit. But she still does so unconsciously. My relatives tell us maybe it's hereditary, because my maternal grandfather also had this.

Bruxism is mild enough to be considered an actual health problem, though some of our friends say one probable cause is stress. It can occur on either long sleep or short naps, considered as one of the most common sleep disorders recorded.

2. Sexsomnia (sleep sex)

Sexsomnia is informally known as "banditing," a form of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) parasomnia that causes people to engage in sexual acts such as masturbation, fondling, sexual intercourse and sexual assault while asleep. In medical terms, it is diagnosed as NREM Arousal Parasomnia, as a distinct variant of sleepwalking. Often unpleasant consequences associated with sleep sex are criminal defenses and rape cases. Other negative effects include feelings of shame and embarrassment.

Causes of this? Well, according to statistics, people who have encounters in sleepwalking and/or sleep-talking are more likely to exhibit sexsomnia episodes. In some cases, it has also been noted that sexsomnia could be caused by sleep-related epilepsy which results in sexual arousal, thrusting and orgasms. When this is the cause, the patient actually remembers the event and is not confused upon awakening. Scary, huh. Anyone sharing bed with a person having this will have much trouble, I guess.

3. Pavor Nocturnus (night terrors)

This is most commonly called "bangungot" in the Philippines. Though not proven, people believe that night terrors occur when a person slept when overly full after a meal. But in medical studies, this terror results because of lack of oxygen to the brain. It is a parasomnia disorder characterized by a temporary inability to regain full consciousness.

Sometimes, the person can't really move and is believed to be haunted by some demon who eats up the soul and takes the body. In due course, the sleeping victim wakes up abruptly gasping, moaning or screaming. When asked what the plot of the "nightmare" is, people rarely can recall the story of the terror. This usually occurs during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep.