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How to choose sunscreen (at least for myself and children)?

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In mid November 2013, I read a scientific finding (by J.L. of my undergraduate almamater) that nano particles such as zinc oxide can possibly cause cancer.

Then, I feel the need to check the ingredients of my sunscreen.

SPF 15 or higher only protects against UVB, but not UVA. According to Dr. David J. Leffell (professor of dermatology and surgery at the Yale School of Medicine), the followings (ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide) protect against UVA.

According to the webmd.com, children’s sunscreens use ingredients less likely to irritate the skin, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

It seems that the more complicated a product is, the more hidden or unknown risks it carries.

Is zinc oxide (in sunscreen) good or bad for us?

Dr. Lawrence Gibson (a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic) views that sunscreen is safe (has not been proven to increase the risk of skin cancer, has been proven to reduce the risk of melanoma). Instead of looking at a sunscreen’s SPF, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays

If you are pregnant, avoid sunscreens that contain antioxidant retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A or retinol.

Sand, water, snow and concrete reflect sunlight.

Instead of being confused by the choices of sunscreen,
consider the following tips:
# Avoid the sun during peak hours (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), regardless of season (Since UV light can pass through clouds, use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy).
# Choose indoor activities (e.g. indoor swim) during the sun peak hours.
# Wear protective clothing e.g. pants, long sleeve shirts, sunglasses.
# Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
# Use an umbrella.
# Vitamins. Vitamin E can protect against UV-induced DNA damage. Vitamin C helps protect skin from sunburn.
# Do not let any product lull you into a false sense of security about sun exposure.
# Finally, pursue a combinatorial approach (shade, clothing, umbrella / hat, sunscreen, common sense).

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November 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

What are the masculine and feminine qualities to adopt for success?

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In the summer 2005, I went to pay a tribute to the Statue of Liberty for what she symbolizes: immense vitality, strength, and beauty. Do you notice that her face shows her inner masculine strength and determination?

In the summer 2004, I did not manage to see the Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence, but I believe that one day in the future I will be able to go around Italy with a lover.
David represents the highest perfection of man. Though he has muscled body, he also possesses sensitivity.

Based on the responses of the all-women participants in CNC’s seminar, here are what many intelligent and open-minded women think of as

MEN’S NEGATIVE QUALITIES
arrogant
demanding
egotistical
immature
insensitive
lazy
chauvinistic
patronizing
self-centered
ungrateful

WOMEN’S NEGATIVE QUALITIES
bossy
emotional
envious
gossipy
indecisive
insecure
moody
perfectionist
petty
timid

MEN’S POSITIVE QUALITIES
adventurous
analytical
bold / confident / courageous / risk-taker / audacious
focused
generous
in control
logical
open-minded
straightforward
strong

WOMEN’S POSITIVE QUALITIES
adaptable
committed
creative
empathetic
independent
intuitive
passionate
practical
resilient / bend but not break
sensitive

Well, if we look carefully in real world, certain women have many masculine qualities, and vice versa.

Sun Tzu teaches: Whether you should be more masculine or feminine depends on the situation / circumstances / environment / people you face. Do not be locked into a style or another. Be flexible.

Our fashion can help.
If you feel that you are too harsh / aggressive, wear a pale scarf or sexy lingerie beneath your power suit.
If you feel that you are too passive, wear a dark banker’s suit.

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October 8, 2012 at 1:29 am

How to catwalk and model?

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1. Posture: try to make your body as tall as possible.
2. Legs: walk cross legs, or at least towards inside.
3. Pose: at the end of runway, 1 hip at 1 side

Ref:
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-walk-like-a-runway-model

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Paint your legs to make them appear shinier.
Be confident, be sexy, do not worry about other people.
Bend your back backward a little

Ref:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avvuFxJIGUU&

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Reach the end of runway: POSE
Walk back, now turn your head back: POSE

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September 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

How to pose for photos?

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Blueroselady tips (learned from many other people):
Smile with Your EYES too.
Imagine somebody whom you love.
Present more of your nice angles.

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Tips from Liz Fuller
If your problem is you don’t know how to pose, then start ripping pictures out of magazines. Get yourself Cosmopolitan, Company, Marie Claire; maybe go for the up market ones like Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, Harpers and Queen.

Get these magazines, start ripping them out. Keep your tear sheet folder with you, and if you go on a job and you’re quite new to this, you can say what kind of angle do you like and start showing the photographer, because often it’s about teamwork between you, the photographer, and the client. So, try and get the best out of that.

Try and be the best possible model that you can be. And it’s something that you will learn over years. What suits you? What angles are good? I certainly know my angles, and there is a lot of angles I would not pose in.

Ref:
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-pose-for-a-photo-shoot

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What kind of person makes a good subject?
Someone with a lot of PATIENCE, someone who is able to RESPOND to the camera, someone who isn’t too stiff and someone that CAN TAKE DIRECTION.

Ref:
http://www.videojug.com/interview/working-with-models-and-subjects-2

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September 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm

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Tips (photogenic): How to take the most beautiful portrait of you?

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Have you ever wonder why some people whom you think as attractive appear less in their photos? These people may include you.
Photos are 2D.
No depth perception.
2D allows one to scrutinize your features, and you cannot hide your emotions.
2D cannot show all your good attributes.

Do you want to appear attractive in photos?
You have the right to put your best self forward.

ANGLES
Everyone has his or her best angle. I know this because I am a photographer. I am constantly seeking beautiful shots to be imprinted through my camera or brain.
People who are photographed for a living are highly aware of which angles and poses work best for them.
Imagine that you rotate your head from the axis of center of mass, 120 degree to the right, and 120 degree to the left.
Rotate slowly, each with an increment of less than 10 degree.
If necessary, do a series of portrait of these constant increments, and analyze which ones are the most optimal for you.
You tilt your chin downward in an increment of several degree, to obtain the best look of you.
Jacqueline Kennedy technique: Try looking slightly above the camera when the picture is taken. This also reduce the red eye effect.
For me, I look more attractive when I rotate my face to the left than to the right.

SYMMETRY
My face is asymmetrical. Not to worry if you are like me. I know some good looking guys, who despite their asymmetrical eyes (one is bigger than the other), are still handsome. Perhaps, it is their imperfection that makes them dearly.
Every thing that we have in pairs are susceptible to asymmetry. Our eyes, eyebrows (I still have difficulties in drawing a symmetrical pair of eyebrow, keep on the hard work!), shoulders, as well as our internal organs and hidden body parts.
You have to decide, whether you are to improve these with make-up or bravely reveal them. Be confident!

If you look good from almost every angle in x, y and z directions, and your face is symmetry, congratulations! You are natural model.

SMILE.
We know these but we do not necessarily practise it especially when faced with a black box – those large camera of professional photographers.
Honestly, I look pretty mediocre without smiles, but I can look very beautiful with my smiles.
Smile with your EYES.
Imagine that this black box has a smiling face, and you SMILE back with all your kindness and happiness. Your beauty will radiate and be captured in your photos.

POSE.
What is classic model pose? arrange your body 3/4 toward the camera with 1 foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the camera than the other.
Relax your shoulders.
Relax, but not over relax (do not care attitude). Distraction or annoyance always shows in photos.
Not easy for me to stand up straight and not look stiff, practise in front of mirrors.
Exercise, dance.

IMAGINATION.
Imagination is one of God’s greatest gift to human beings.
Imagine that you are smiling to the person you love most, even if he or she is not present during the photo session. Your cheeks will be rosy and radiantly healthy.
Imagine that you are a carefree bird, your spirit is high, your muscles are relaxed.
Imagine that you are seeing the most beautiful sceneries and people of your life, your positive energies will be captured in your photos.

PRACTISE.
Practise, practise, practise how to pose and smile so that they become second nature and you stop to be conscious of using them and just DO IT, like the Nike slogan.
Some people may not like being photographed, but you have to be photographed, at least for the legal photos. Pretend that you like to be photographed, like you pretend to be your movie heroes.

FASHION.
Below are not good:
Patterns can overwhelm you.
Horizontal stripes can make you appear too wide.

MAKE-UP.
Hide your oiliness (T-zone, cheek), blemishes, pimples, and wrinkles.
Gentlemen, please do not be embarrassed to put on powder.
Concealer to cover skin redness (e.g. around nose).
Use eye drops to clear redness in your eyes.

LIGHT
Large pupils are generally more attractive, minimize flash photography, use natural light if possible.
Good light include early morning and evening; a golden glow on your face can work wonders. Think of Golden hours in Beijing 2006.
Side-lighting: try to stand where the lighting falls on your good side.
Side lighting makes your features pop out better than front lighting.
Direct flash from front is UGLY!

HAIR
Brush your hair into place.
Hair can cover your features, pro and con.
Place your hair appropriately.

PHOTOGRAPHER
Use a telephoto lens or zoom out, and move back. use f 1.4, 1.8. Bokeh.
Wrinkles / pores are BIG NO NO for ladies. OK for mature men, they look tough / experienced.
If light is too poor, ask for FILL FLASH or REBOUNCE FLASH. No UGLY direct flash please.

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June 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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“The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them,” Ninon de Lenclos whose beauty and wit attracted famous men during her days. I think Ninon is plump by today standard, sorry!
What do you consider as beautiful?

I love looking at beautiful girls and ladies.
Doe eyes.
Prefer porcelain-like to tanned (though I think tanned looks sexy).
Prefer gentle to strong.
Angelic innocent face.
Long Rapunzel hair: straight or curly are lovely.

Women are more fortunate than me in a way that women can enhance their looks through make-up and fashion. Guys, sorry!

My favorite beautiful women:
Ingrid Bergman – Isabella Rosselini (b. 1952) – Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann (b. 1983) (3 generations of beauties!)
Vivian Hsu
Huang Shengyi 黄圣依

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April 15, 2011 at 12:44 am

Tips: travel survival packs

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passport + visa (scan and email them to your email account and those of next-of-kin / closed friends)
camera (compact / camera phone for handiness + SLR)
camera battery + battery charger
lens clothes
tripod

cash + credit card + ATM card

sunglasses
umbrella
spare spectacles
contact lenses

toiletries (facial wash + shampoo + bath gel / soap bar + toothbrush / toothpaste)
shaver
sanitary napkins
panty liner
condom

formal black blazer
formal black shoes
formal black skirt

COSMETICS:
Kose foundation
eye pencil (min black + white)
eye shadow
eye liner
eyelashes + attachers
mascara
eyelashes curler

optional:
hair curler

SUMMER:
colorful blouses
hot pants

WINTER:
scarf
ear muff
winter coat (formal)
ski jacket
sweater
thick socks (wear bilayer socks)

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April 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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Blessings in February 2010

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Darling and his family bidded me farewell at the airport.
I realized that airport is a nice venue for my photography pursuit, with many flowers, plants, and festive decorations.
I made my most expensive purchase this month: 2 Shui Jing Fang @ 500 ml for $161.1
I landed on time to celebrate Mum’s birthday. No, we did not eat at any restaurant, but we had sumptuous dinner with our family at Dad’s round stone table. My favorite sea cucumber, steamboat balls, and sweet soy sauce prawns.
On the journey, Uncle Mainland told me that he started as a coolie working for 3 years. He thought it as an exercise to strengthen body. Because he was capable of sending 7 trips of goods daily as compared to 3 trips done by most workers, he was promoted to be a debt-collector. From there, he was able to meet more bosses and learnt on the rope of doing business. As an employee or subordinate, we can only be “low” (low-profile, don’t compete with them, if you are better than them, don’t show it), no matter how bad our bosses are.

At night Dad and I watched a China-produced animation, 秦时明月(QinsMoon). Dad said it reminds him of Avatar.

Mum and I had a heart-to-heart discussion. Mum said it’s ok that I am not to be what Dad hopes I want to be.
Mum and I enjoyed talented performances onn JiangSu and GuangDong channels, from a man who can make music on whatever daily tools to a Lady Gaga guy.
I love 黄圣依 (Huang Shen Yi), she is so beautiful!
I am a bleseed and loved one. I thank you very much Lord!

Day 2.
Hurray! Mum bought us new clothes, new underwears, new cosmetics, and a new spectacle.
On the way home, we took bajaj and inhaled 40-minute of CO2 and other toxic gases. I really admire people who are working everyday in this kind of traffic condition. Suddenly, Dad’s humble home feels like a heaven on earth.
At night, Uncle Mainland treats 3 of his customers, and he kindly invited me. I enjoyed 4 drunken prawns, fried eel with honey, white-onion sauce oyster, black-pepper beef steak, and many others. Life is so good!

Day 3.
We went to the shopping center where we experience an earthquake in last October. These days, clothes are expensive, and I am quite happy to wear the ones Mum and Sis have felt boring wearing. Mum got two nice dresses, though I felt that the first one was expensive. A pink wig and a round hat cheered me up.
At night, Dad bought us supper after treating his guests from overseas. Lap Choi, the ketupat rice dipped in satay sauce, fried banana were what we had.

Day 4.
My collaborators sent me thorough reply. I got to work smarter and harder now!
Sis cooked a kimchi soup. It made me remember our happy days enjoying delicious food in Korea. In fact, one of our most delicious meal was enjoyed at a small hut along a big street and the woman seller spoke no English. Smile and point seemed to be the best strategy.

Day 5.
I found a card written by one of my teachers in 1999.
Believe in Yourself

Believe in yourself ~
in the power you have
to control your own life,
day by day,
Believe in the strength
that you have deep inside,
and your faith will help
show you the way …

Believe in tomorrow
and what it will bring ~
let a hopeful heart
carry you through,
For things will work out
if you trust and believe
there’s no limit
to what you can do!
Emily Matthews

Whatever special challeges
you face along life’s way,
May you trust
that you will always find
the best in every day.

In the afternoon, I did the make-up and photoshoots for Sis. We used her traditional and modern dresses, necklaces, and a pink wig. The pink version of Lady Gaga, yay!
Tonight, we sent Sis to airport. She is flying to Aussie with a scholarship. We are so proud of her!

@~@
Happy things occuring in this Lunar New Year 2010:

# Darling and I drank a cup of 龙井茶 (long jing tea), the fragrant is unique (30Jan10)

# Drank birds’ nest soup (31Jan10)

# Few days before Lunar New Year, with my parents, I watched the last few episodes of 神话 (Shen Hua). There was a saying that lovers wait for 1000 years, but 易小川 (Xiaochuan) had waited for 2000 years only to meet his lover for a very short while before she died. 小川 (Xiaochuan) and 玉漱 (YiShu) had eaten the 长生不老, but 玉漱 (YiShu) was trapped in the tomb of Qin Emperor. Xiaochuan was trying to find the clues to open the tomb.

# Recorded Dad’s mimicking the natural sound of wolves. We were watching a documentary, Dad even thought of ideas how awesome it is if people can design a device to allow human beings to fly. Next, recorded Dad playing harmonica on the song 礼义廉耻 and singing.

# Mum re-sew her youth dress for me, adding two sleeves and reducing the length of the skirt. The cloth material for the dress was from the cloth used to decorate Mum’s wedding cupboard. I want to wear Mum’s innovative dress for my birthday, grinned. Everlasting fashion, everlasting love! (16-Feb-2010)

# We had a delicious seafood dinner: crab, big head prawn, kerapu fish, shell adze steamed with white onion, genjer (20-Feb-2010). See another post for the eating house details.

# Mum cooked bird nest for the first time for me. She had to separate the bird nest from the feather painfully. It tastes unique, a very dense of egg-white-alike, but tastier. Probably, Mum cooked it differently, by steaming. The bird was reared by Mum’s bro’s friend. I am so lucky (21-Feb-2010)

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February 7, 2010 at 5:32 am

Let’s buy Fair Trade products

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When we buy a product with a Fair Trade label on it, we can feel assured that more of our money is going to the people who produced it rather than a host of middlemen-multinationals.
When I was in England, I could feel the aunties prefers Fair Trade products. This phenomenon is less in Singapore, probably the aunties here will catch up in the near future.
Let’s buy Fair Trade tea, coffee, chocolate, jute bags.

P.S.
1. I think I had bought a Fair Trade chocolate for my Godmother before, hurray!
2. I love this Motherhouse bag, which is Made in Bangladesh under the leadership of an inspiring entrepreneur Eriko Yamaguchi.

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January 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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