Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The Ghost Festival (simplified Chinese: 中元节; traditional Chinese: 中元節; pinyin: zhōngyuánjié, alternatively simplified Chinese: 鬼节; traditional Chinese: 鬼節; pinyin: guǐjié) is a traditional Chinese festival and holiday, which is celebrated by Chinese in many countries. In the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month - actual day is on 2nd Sept.
In Chinese tradition, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. During the Qingming Festival the living descendants pay homage to their ancestors and on Ghost Day, the deceased visit the living.
On the fifteenth day the three realms of Heaven, Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is ancestor worship, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths. Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a papier-mache form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Elaborate meals would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living. Ancestor worship is what distinguishes Qingming Festival from Ghost Festival because the latter includes paying respects to all deceased, including the same and younger generations, while the former only includes older generations. Other festivities may include, buying and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water, which signifies giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors and other deities. - wikipedia!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A GLASS of beetroot juice boosts endurance by reducing the amount of oxygen needed during physical exercise, a study says.
Subjects who drank the juice easily outperformed a control group in tests and were able to exercise at the same intensity for up to 16 per cent longer.
The findings, published in the US-based Journal of Applied Physiology, will be of keen interest to endurance athletes but may also prove helpful to people with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases as well as the elderly, the researchers said.
There are essentially two ways to enhance physical performance in relation to oxygen intake.
One is to raise the "VO2-max" level, which is an individual's highest possible rate of oxygen consumption during all-out exercise.
The V02-max ceiling varies from person to person. It is partly genetic but it can be increased through training or the use of EPO, the oxygen-boosting drug that has plagued the Tour de France cycling competition as well as other professional sports.
"But there is an alternative," explained Andy Jones, a professor at the University of Exeter in Britain and lead author of the study.
"If you can reduce the energy cost" - the amount of oxygen used - "that can be beneficial too," he said.
That's where beetroots come in.
In experiments, Prof Jones and colleagues asked two groups of people to exercise at a fixed, high-intensity work rate for as long as they possibly could.
The group that drank a red-coloured placebo held out on average for nine or ten minutes. Those who drank beetroot, however, went 11 or 12 minutes.
"They were exercising at exactly the same work rate. The improvement in performance was not because the V02-max had changed but simply because the efficiency had been enhanced," Prof Jones said.
"We were amazed by the effects on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means."
Whether the juice will also work over several hours of less intense exercise - equivalent to long-distance running or cycling - remains to be shown but seems likely, Prof Jones added.
The researchers are not sure exactly how the ruby-red elixir works but they do have an educated guess.
Like lettuce and spinach, beetroot is rich in nitrate, which the body converts into nitrite. This, in turn, is a chemical trigger for another compound, nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide can dilate blood vessels and thus provide more oxygen to muscles. "But we think the key is that it seems to do a lot of weird and wonderful things within the muscle cells' mitochondria, where oxidated energy is produced," Prof Jones said.
Earlier laboratory studies confirm the link between nitric oxide and increased energy output but further experiments are needed to see whether this truly is the magic ingredient.
Another study, published last year in the US journal Hypertension, found that beetroot juice reduces blood pressure too.
You can also read more here posted by bikeradar 26/10/2009
Well this coming sunday is PCC -NEXUS PRESIDENTIAL RIDE 2009 65km - gonna try this and see if its really works!!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I tired massage, burning essence oil, listening to musical instrument, drink herbal alcohol (yomeishu) and tonite will try listen to waikhong's meditation cd.
Fri - 4am
Sunday - was awake by my alarm - time for cycling!!! :)
Monday - 5.45am light sleep, keep waking up.
I really suffering now! please help :(
Thanks to my wife who have been sending me to work for two days where she has to wake up at 6am in the morning! @}--,-----
Found some interesting website about how to get good sleep here and also bought a Lavender home fragrance oil and Berocca - suppose to release stress and sleep better.
yesterday 10th August finally managed to go to the acupuncture shop. The doctor said take those madicine first for 3 days and no need acupuncture. Wah why so big bag!!!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Reach home about 9am, wash two cars and cant sleep. Yesterday morning see doctor and told the doctor I did not sleep for 3 days. Monday KO! Insomnia!