Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Teeth

After a very complicated "visiting the dentist" process in Germany and still playing around with my medical insurer from the US I decided to write a post about happy teeth. Although one can not avoid visiting a dentist as teeth preserve themselves only after we actually die (funny huh?!) I decided to write some nice tips about TEETH HAPPYMAKING :-)
  • Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner :-) This takes just a few minutes a day. Use a correct toothbrush, and brush and floss correctly.
  • Eat a balanced diet for good overall health, selecting a variety of foods from the five main food groups (bread, cereals, and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry, fish and alternatives; milk, cheese, and yogurt), and limit snacks.
  • See your dentist regularly for a dental examination and professional cleaning - a key to helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Don't use tobacco products; they can increase your risk of gum disease and cancer of the mouth and throat.
  • Don't chew on hard objects that could crack a tooth.
  • Don't ignore gums that bleed when you brush or floss or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
  • Wear a mouth guard when playing active sports.
  • Eating sweetened cereals dry is bad for teeth, always add milk.
  • Drinking frequent cups of tea or coffee with sugar added will increase the risk of teeth decay.
  • When less saliva is available on very hot days, one should not consume foods containing sugars that stick in the teeth.
  • Chewable vitamin C tablets with or without sugar are acidic and are a hazard for not only children’s teeth but also to adults' teeth. Do not use lemon juice for whitening because vitamin C will cause the teeth to lose calcium damaging teeth quicker than anything else.
  • You think that honey or fruit sugar cause less caries than regular sugar? False. It's all about of being sweet. If it's sweet then your teeth will suffer (e.g. apple juice, one of the sweetest)
  • And it's all about the TIME. Eating a piece of chocolate in 3 min can be less damaging than drinking a lemonade in 30 minutes. The more the sugar stays in your mouth the worse it gets (don't give up on chewing your food now :-))
  • Chocolate doesn't harm your teeth, but the sugar in it. Try eating more dark chocolate.
  • Not only sweets and drinks can damage your teeth. Fruits also. Of course less but still. So brush your teeth ;-)
  • Yes, chewing gum really helps. Of course your teeth, as the chemicals in eat can cause you diseases in other areas if consumed intensively.
  • Red wine, tea or coffee can color your teeth.
  • Try to avoid Soda and Cola like drinks. As the Cola drinks contain acids like Citric acid, and phosphoric acid. They slowly react with the teeth and dissolve them. These drinks have corrosive effect on the teeth.
  • Don't hesitate to brush your teeth at work! After all you can keep a brush close to you and do your thing after lunch ;-)
  • Don't brush your teeth after eating especially for children. According to the experts although this matter was contrary from an advice we get since childhood. The acid substance we get from food and drink made the teeth layer soften and brush the teeth will damaging this soft layer.
if I'll find more will let you know :-) Going to brush my teeth now!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happymaking - The Groove?

Found this video today :-) well I know who did it but won't tell :-) You have to guess who's this happymaker wannabe ;-)

Paris Paris

Ok one last post before Easter :-) Especially as I forgot to add PARIS (France) to the best places for happymaking! And indeed it has all the ingredients: happy faces, great architecture, delicious food, unbelievable desserts, music everywhere, museums, stories, painters, boutiques, nice streets, pitoresque bridges and so so so much more :-) could go on forever without even mentioning the Tour Eiffel which despite what so many people are saying is absolutely magnifique :-). And the feelings you get invaded by once you put your right foot on French land!!!

So in case you need to pick the place for a vacation just go to Paris! Even if you been there I am sure there are thousand of things you can still discover and love :-)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Easter time!

This week we'll celebrate Easter, by we I mean the Orthodox community. And this year I am pretty happy as I am also going home (to Pitesti) this week to spend some days with my family :-) Now this post is not about happymaking with others, giving presents, cooking together with your mums, preparing our unique Easter eggs and eating goodies. It's also not about chocolate bunnies and happymaking around a barbeque...
It's about what Easter really is and how we need to prepare for it, about happymaking with yourself, about giving up on being selfish, envious, carrying about silly things, talking behind people's back and so many many things we do more or less consciously. About going to church and confessing, about forgiving and spreading love around us. It may sound old fashioned or unrealistic but indeed that's Easter about. Try escaping for a few days from the madness we live in, from the running around and ghosts chasing. Be the person you need and want to be!

Merry Easter! Hope I'll get to wish some of my Romanian friends HRISTOS A INVIAT soon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happymaking in the Forbidden City

Bringing a mysterious city to life and exploring the forbidden city was one of my dreams as a child..maybe right before starting to play Tomb Raider and getting distracted with Egyptian pyramids and artifacts from Latin America ;-) However the Chinese history and stories remain some of my interests. And today I get the chance to have some happymaking in the Forbidden City of Beijing. How cool can that be? A place I could never visit, a place closed to visitors and not available in any virtual games that could make an explorer and treasure hunter happy.

And as a lucky combination or maybe faith?! IBM made that happen:-) Yes, my IBM made a Virtual Forbidden City (check the video below).

Some interesting facts about the Forbidden City:
  • the construction lasted 15 years, and required more than a million workers
  • The common English name, "the Forbidden City," is a translation of the Chinese name Zijin Cheng ( literally "Purple Forbidden City"). Zi, or "Purple", refers to the North Star, which in ancient China was called the Ziwei Star, and in traditional Chinese astrology was the abode of the Celestial Emperor. The surrounding celestial region, the Ziwei Enclosure (Chinese: ), was the realm of the Celestial Emperor and his family. The Forbidden City, as the residence of the terrestrial emperor, was its earthly counterpart. Jin, or "Forbidden", referred to the fact that no-one could enter or leave the palace without the emperor's permission. Cheng means a walled city.

  • Yellow is the colour of the Emperor. Thus almost all roofs in the Forbidden City bear yellow glazed tiles. There are only two exceptions. The library at the Pavilion of Literary Profundity () had black tiles because black was associated with water, and thus fire-prevention. Similarly, the Crown Prince's residences have green tiles because green was associated with wood, and thus growth
  • The central gateway is part of the Imperial Way, a stone flagged path that forms the central axis of the Forbidden City and the ancient city of Beijing itself, and leads all the way from the Gate of China in the south to Jingshan in the north. Only the Emperor may walk or ride on the Imperial Way, except for the Empress on the occasion of her wedding, and successful students after the Imperial Examination (now imagine yourself walking around like an emperor ;-))
Planning to take a tour? Then check the next event in the VFC:
On 28 and 29 April, IBM is offering a select group of IT specialists the opportunity to participate in an exclusive SOA tour being held using its acclaimed virtual world, The Forbidden City: Beyond Space and Time <http://www.beyondspaceandtime.org>.

Dressed in character as an Imperial Servant, John Tolva, Program Manager for Cultural Strategy and Programs @IBM will lead a tour of the most advanced of all custom-built virtual worlds in existence today. The virtual world tour is designed to provide an insight into how SOA can solve architectural challenges, adding immediate value and business flexibility.
Attendees will be able to discuss SOA with IBM’s leading architects and strategists and learn first-hand how to shape the future of business communication.
Limited space is available on each virtual world tour. Registration to participate in this exciting virtual world event closes on Friday 17th April http://www.ibm.com/software/uk/itsolutions/soa/virtual-forbidden-city/

See you around ;-) Treasure Hunter Happymakees!