Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Importance of Collagen

   Collagen was first discovered in the 1930’s.  It is a fibrous protein that supports tissues.  It has tensile strength and found in fascia, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, bone and skin.  Tensile strength, a quality of rubber, is responsible for elasticity.  The lack of collagen leads to facial wrinkles, vein weakness and could lead to eye deterioration from the wear and tear of veins in the eyes.  

   The most common use of collagen is anti-aging component in cosmetics.  Finding one that has collagen would be more expensive than what’s commonly sold.  Collagen can now be added to cosmetics that don’t have it.  There is a pure collagen in liquid form sold in Ichiban Kan, in Tanforan Mall, in San Bruno, California.  

   I have added collagen to my Eskinol, a skin toner I have been using since high school.  A little amount of Eskinol in facial cotton takes left over make-up and dirt that soap and water leave behind.  Whenever I was sick and can’t shower, I use Eskinol all over my body.  It is available in most Asian stores.  By the way, I have also added Vitamin E by cutting my Vitamin E capsule in two and dumping in the Eskinol bottle.  Similarly, I have added collagen to my Olay beauty fluid lotion and Eucerin body lotion.

   My daughter bought a powdered collagen gelatin that she adds to her tea or coffee.  She swears it cleared up her skin and erased her start-up wrinkles.  She’s in her mid30’s and shouldn’t have to worry about wrinkles but vanity runs in the family.  

   In my 50’s I got away with taking a decade off my age.  Now I need a little help.  I am contemplating on adding the edible collagen to my soda or desert.  Let’s see if the gelatin collagen does something for me. 

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Winterizing Your Home

   In the Philippines, I saw winter only in the movies or television.  I thought the freezing point temperature was below zero.  That was what I heard in films.  

   In Kentucky, I learned that freezing point is 32ᵒF.  That’s way above zero.  There we usually got below 32ᵒF all the way to what weather forecasters called “teens”, 19ᵒF to 13ᵒF during spring and fall.  In winter, it actually went down to what weather forecast called “single digits”, 9ᵒF to way below zero which had a negative sign after zero, -1ᵒF to -9ᵒF.  Homes, whether big or small have centralized heating.  Portable heaters can supplement but would not be sufficient to use on its own.  Thus, the heating cost, supplied by gas takes a big chunk of the monthly budget.

   Winterizing my windows was something I learned to save on heating.  Whether the window is new or old, cold air seep through the cracks.  There are winterizing kits available in home improvement stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot.  The kit contains a sturdy transparent plastic and a roll of very thin double sided tape.  The plastic covers the entire window and taped without a gap to prevent leakage of warm air and seepage of cold.  

   Since I moved to San Francisco, I’ve been living in the same place for three years.  This winter is almost over but the snow storms up in the northeast are felt all the way here.  I have been waking up in the middle of the night to turn on my portable heater for a few minutes.  I ordered a winterizing kit on line and installed it on my bedroom window yesterday.  Last night I slept through the storm raging outside my window. 

   It’s almost spring but San Francisco summer days come down to 40ᵒF, courtesy of the Pacific Ocean coast.  Pacific Ocean extends from Antarctica passing San Francisco to Australia.  Antarctica is the coldest place on earth.  The lowest temperature recorded in Antarctica is -89ᵒC.  The wind blowing on the surface of the sea water that came from Antarctica deprives San Francisco of summer as we know it. 

    I am anticipating a considerable saving on electricity which powers my portable heater.  Our landlord pays for heating our small place called “in-law apartment” common in San Francisco but  that’s no excuse to allow energy wastage.  Every little thing counts in conserving this planet Jehovah God so lovingly created for our benefit. (Gen. 1:29-31)  

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Blog’s 4th Anniversary

   The first three anniversary posts are about the articles, the page views / audience and reviews of shows I found interesting.  This time, on the 4th anniversary of this blog, I want to make it about writing, what writing  has done for me.

   When physical activity has been limited by age or health problems, mental capacity could deteriorate as a result.  I have noticed in me more and more incidents of forgetfulness and loss of focus.  The article Keying In really happened, among other manifestations of short term memory loss.  I am afraid that I might turn senile.  

   Writing the articles serves as exercise for my brain.  Some topics use some imagination or a bit of research, thanks to Google, Wikipedia and  Lay outing and formatting the articles, some with videos or photos I took myself, or a chosen music pulled from YouTube allows me to get creative.

   Creativity is a privilege given by our Creator when he made man in his image (Gen. 1:27)  No other creature on earth was given artistic or literary talent other than us, mankind.  There are a ton of entertaining videos of animals on line or on television.  None of those animals can write.

   In between blog articles, I edited my first book The Email Ordered Wife for the third time.  I thought I would never see the book printed.  Then I submitted to Barnes and Noble for paperback sales.  It came out on October 4, 2016.  I received two copies of the printed book from Barnes and Noble in the mail with a note that said “Thank you for publishing with us”.  I wrote an article on the journey titled, Paperback Writer.

   I was encouraged to finish the second book REBEL which I started writing in August, 2012, almost immediately after the first book came out in for Kindle.  This second book was completed in May 2016.  I continued editing it to search for errors until in January 13, 2017, the REBEL came out in paperback on Barnes and Noble.  I wrote the article Paperback Writer – Book 2.

   To have a book in paperback is a gift from God, to have two is an undeserved blessing.  I can’t see why but for some reason Jehovah God loves me.  He never gave up on me through my rebellious decade followed by my decadent decade.  Now that I’m in my mid-sixties, he is keeping my head straight.  I have started writing my third book titled The Matriarchs of Cavite.  Hopefully, by 2020 I will have my third book in paperback before I lose some part of my brain to aging.