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Aug. 23rd, 2008

New Site Up - vita brevis

I decided to put up a new site - vita brevis. It is my new blog site hosted by Zymic. Vita brevis will be a continuation of CedLed Said.

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Apr. 6th, 2008

Encourage Your Family to Drink More Water

How do you make yourself (or members of your family) drink more water? Instead of nagging your family about how water is much better for the body, you can actually make water more flavorful and fun to drink, using natural ingredients.

"Salt - I am sure you have heard of the term "electrolytes" in the marketing for energy drinks. Actually electrolytes are just ions that can be found in common table salt. Adding a little bit of salt to water helps your body absorb the liquid more quickly. As long as you don't go overboard with the salt the water should be very quenching and it would be great for workouts since the body loses salt through sweat." [Eight Natural Ways to Make Water More Flavorful | WiseBread.com]

We can use common kitchen stuff, such as salt or vinegar. Herbs and spices (such as ginger, mint, lemongrass, and parsley), squeezed and/or sliced fruit (such as citrus fruits, cucumber, and berries), and your favorite wine are also some new things to try.

And yes, if you have a toddler in the house, make sure that those fruit slices won't be a choking hazard.


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Jan. 9th, 2008

Holiday Book Reading

I catched up on some book reading the past holiday season. I was able to read The Mozart Code by Dick Adler, Double Cross by James Patterson, Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb, and Real Murders by Charlaine Harris. Nice reads, all of them. If you are interested in Mystery novels, I'd highly recommend any of them.

I enjoy reading books, probably as much as I like watching television series. In reading, however, I do not have to wait for a week to learn what happens next. Nowadays, I prefer e-books over printed books mainly for the ease of acquiring titles and portability. I just sync the ebooks to a memory card and read them using my Palm PDA.

Dec. 18th, 2007

Milk Formula Out of Stock

Have you experienced a time when the milk formula your kid takes is nowhere available? This is what happened to me the last time I needed to buy some formula.

My toddler's milk was stage 4, designated as a "Pre-school" formula. I tried looking at similar products from other brands, but thought that the taste might not be the same. (Think cola: Coke, Pepsi, RC Cola, and others, do taste different, right?) So what I did was buy the previous one he drank, which was stage 3, same brand. Yes, the ingredients are somewhat different, but at least I know that he is (or was) already accustomed to it.

My kiddo is now temporarily taking the stage 3 formula, and my wife believes that our toddler hasn't noticed the change. I sure hope the stage 4 formula will be available soon.

Oct. 12th, 2007

Fixing Mom's Documents

These past few weeks, I've been busy assisting my mom with her documents and requirements needed to change her civil status from married to widow. We've been to various government agencies and financial institutions, getting the required forms, and inquiring how to go about all that jazz. My mom lives in the north of the metro, while I reside at the south, so it was more practical for me to stay at my mom's house when we are gathering her papers. (Long commute + heavy traffic = wasted time.)

It has been three months since my father passed away, and I still have a difficult time adjusting to the fact that he is no longer with us. I could only imagine how my mom feels, especially when filling up those required forms.

There are quite a lot of paperwork (and legwork) involved, and I hope we could gather all the requirements and submit them all by this month. Getting hold of those required documents is not exactly an easy task, but we're getting there. (And I thought that renewing my Driver's License was already a difficult process.)

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