Good morning everyone,
Will temperatures in Hiroshima fall below 30C? It's looking like they will, and not only that, they look like they may stay that way for a while. It was another scorcher yesterday here-it got up to around 32C and it was humid too...
So...my keyboard died and I'm typing this on my iPad...don't expect any long blogs for the rest of my trip.
I went to a celebration of life for my friend Steve's father who passed away a couple of weeks ago. Don't ask me too many questions about it, because it's become a thing since I went to Japan. Basically, it's a less formal event than a funeral and families who aren't particularly religious will do them. It's meant to be a chance for friends, families, old co-workers...basically anyone who knew the person to come and enjoy happy memories of that person.
It was very informal-which was a good thing-because I obviously didn't bring any formal clothes with me. But it was great to catch up with a lot of old friends. If I kick the bucket anytime soon, I think I'd like one of those, rather than a stuffy funeral.
Have a a great day!
Good morning everyone,
Well, I don't know about you, but I was awfully surprised to be riding to work in the middle of a snowstorm yesterday. Did you see it? It was crazy! I could barely see my hand in front of my face! Ok, so maybe it wasn't that bad, but the snow was pretty heavy! I was surprised that none of it stuck around. It was all gone by about 10am...
According to the forecast, there won't be any more snow in the forecast for the rest of the week, but who knows? There wasn't any in the forecast for today either...the warm(er) weather will also arrive a bit later than they had said as it'll only get up to 7C tomorrow and then 9C on Tuesday and 10C for Wednesday and Thursday. Each day is calling for a mix of sun and cloud. I guess that is typical late fall and early winter weather in Hiroshima, isn't it?
Do you take any vitamin supplements? I don't at the moment. I have taken multi-vitamins in the past, but I always forget to take them after a couple of weeks. I should probably start again...
Or maybe not...
According to a recent report in the newspaper, most of the health benefits are negligible at best, but are usually not beneficial at all and in some cases, may actually cause you more harm than good.
First of all-the fakers.
Vitamin C for colds. Sorry citrus lovers, there has been no evidence in any scientific study that show any link to taking vitamin C and reducing the chance of catching a cold. After you catch a cold, taking vitamin C may help shorten the length of the cold...
Vitamin D to strengthen bones. Sorry again, studies have not been able to find any connection between taking vitamin D and a reduction in broken bones.
Second-the Real McCoys
Ok, so these minerals appear to actually provide some benefit for you...
Glucosamine for osteoarthritis
According to high-quality studies, these supplements appear to help manage pain and improve physical function in people suffering with this joint disorder.
Melatonin for jet lag
Melatonin supplements are the closest thing we have to a cure for jet lag. As a 2009 study pointed out, “Melatonin is remarkably effective in preventing or reducing jet lag, and occasional short-term use appears to be safe.” What’s more, melatonin may also be effective for treating a number of sleeping problems, as well as cluster headaches.
St. John’s wort for depression
The use of this stuff to manage depression is actually backed by strong evidence. In about thirty different studies over 5,000 patients from several countries found that those who took the plant extract in the trials “were superior to placebo, similarly effective as standard antidepressants, and had fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.”
I'm not too worried about depression or osteoarthritis, but I'll definitely be looking for some melatonin before my next trip home! Does anybody know where I can get it?
Have a great day!
Good morning everyone,
The weather has been awesome recently and it's looking like it's going to continue-sunny skies and mid-20s are the only thing in the forecast for as far as the eye can see! Ha ha!
I've got to learn to refuel my body better. As you know, I went on a 30k run on Tuesday and that day I ate well, however yesterday I didn't do such a good job. I ate a parfait and a chou cream! <sigh> I'm going to have to run another 30km just to burn off those calories...ha ha! But not today...ha ha!
Have you heard of Gangnam Style? It's a song by a Korean rapper that is taking the world by storm, but it seems to be hardly getting any media play at all in Japan.
It is a perfect example of the expression 'gone viral'. A virus is something that spread from person to person (or computer to computer). To 'go viral' (it isn't a virus!) is for a video or picture to spread quickly from person to person by using the internet to tell/show others about it. This video has gone viral! It has been viewed over 357 million times on YouTube! It is now up for Video of the Year at the MMA (MuchMusic Awards). It has reached the Top 10 in over 23 countries around the world, but barely a mention in Japan! Why? Anyway...
Here it is:
Does it look interesting to you? For me, it is so funny...in interviews PSY (the rapper's name) says it is a satirical song about Gangnam, which is a district in Seoul that he compares to Beverly Hills in California where everyone is 'high class'. In the song he says he has 'Gangnam Style' and then dances and acts in very un-classy ways in areas around Gangnam where the rich hang out like tennis courts and horse barns...He says it is a parody as well.
I'm not sure if it is either of those things. I think it is just a song with a catchy hook that went viral. I don't think it was ever meant to be taken seriously, he looks like he's just having fun-a lot of fun! Hmmm...maybe that is part of the attraction for people. Maybe music has become too serious and musicians take themselves too seriously and it's nice to see someone having a laugh for a change...I don't know.
I know one thing for sure, I definitely WILL NOT be buying that CD...ha ha! It may be Gangnam Style-it IS hilarious and it has a very catchy hook, but it sure isn't Jerry-style. Ha ha!
Have a great day!