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My LASIK Eye Surgery Experience and My Vision Today

- August 18, 2017

I’m pretty sure I had my LASIK eye surgery done in early 2004, so it’s been over 13 years. Surgery techniques change and the type of LASIK eye surgery I had done is probably an outdated technique by now.

My eyesight hasn’t changed at all since I fully recovered from the surgery. Most people tend to start getting farsighted as they age but it probably won’t happen to me until I get much older. I probably won’t get cataracts until I’m really old, if I get them at all.  (more…)

A Dirty Kitchen isn’t Necessarily an Unclean Kitchen

- August 17, 2017

I don’t remember hearing the term “dirty kitchen” when I was in the United States. Perhaps people call them something else there. That’s what we call them, here in the Philippines.

Some people build dirty kitchens away from the main house. Others build theirs adjoining the main house, like we did.  (more…)

Driving a Car in the Philippines and Competing for the Right of Way

- August 17, 2017

Whether I’m driving or riding as a passenger, I get nervous when I’m out on the roadways of the Philippines. It seems like very few know how to drive.

Most Filipino drivers don’t understand the concept of the right of way. I don’t think anyone teaches the things they need to know about driving. I have yet to see a handbook anywhere.  (more…)

What Refrigerator Size do you Need? How Big is Big Enough?

- August 16, 2017

What refrigerator size do you need? I wouldn’t ask an American a question like this.

Americans tend to want the largest refrigerator sizes they can afford and still fit in their kitchens. Newer American homes normally have a galley kitchen size to work with and a fridge that barely fits.

Country homes have, of course, a country kitchen size and can fit larger refrigerator sizes in the kitchen area.

What about the rest of the world? The average resident in the Philippines doesn’t have any refrigerator at all. I’ve been to other countries where it’s just like that as well.  (more…)

Are Non-Dairy Creamers Like Coffee-mate Bad for You?

- August 16, 2017

When companies introduced non-dairy creamers either in the late 1950s or early 1960s, people didn’t know that one of the ingredients isn’t good for you at all.

The use of non-dairy creamers peaked in the 1980s, but there are people who have always used one form of milk or another instead of buying into the non-dairy creamer routine.

The bad ingredient I’m talking about is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Hydrogenation is what happens to vegetable oil when it’s cooked. Shortening, and I don’t see it around as much as I used to, already contains hydrogenated vegetable oil.
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Toilet Humor – Toilets and Bathrooms are also Known by Other Names

- August 15, 2017

The room I call a bathroom is known by other names. The same thing goes for the sanitation fixture I call a toilet. It depends on where you’re from or where you live. It also depends on what language or languages you speak.

I’m obviously focused on English speakers, but not necessarily American English speakers. Filipino English isn’t the same as American English and neither is the English spoken in countries other than the United States (obviously).  (more…)

Toilet Paper for Wiping or Water for Washing your Privates?

- August 15, 2017

Many toilet paper companies will go out-of-the-way to avoid using the term “toilet paper” on packaging, like it’s something objectionable to the average person.

Toilet paper has, in fact, been used in one form or another for centuries for personal hygiene. While its use isn’t limited to the bathroom (lavatory, water closet, etc.), it’s what most westerners associate with it.

Other than its most common use, toilet paper is also used in place of the tissue paper used for things like runny noses.  (more…)

Public Urination – It’s More Common than You Think

- August 14, 2017

Public urination is offensive to some people. It depends on the area and the customs of the people in that area. You can see public urination happening often outside of urban areas. Not so much in urban public places.

Despite what you think, it isn’t taboo to urinate in public. It could be inappropriate, however, based on the circumstances. You wouldn’t want someone visibly doing it near a gathering, like a wedding or some other formal ceremony.  (more…)

Frequent Urination Problems? These Tips May Help You Solve Them

- August 14, 2017

Sometimes there are serious medical reasons that can cause problems with frequent urination. Sometimes it’s all about what you’re doing or not doing regularly.

If you find yourself urinating often or have the feeling you need to urinate all the time, your problem might be easier to solve than you think. I have some tips you can try. They’re based on things that have happened to all members of my family at one time or another when frequent urination was an issue.  (more…)

AMP Revisited – I Still Can’t Make Forms and Other Things Work Right

- August 12, 2017

The first time I tried to work with accelerated mobile pages (AMP) was about a year ago. I tried again about seven months ago and I had the same problems.

I just spent most of the last two days trying to work with them again. I’m still having issues and I’m not a novice. I’m sure a novice would be completely lost.

I don’t like the way the AMP coders implemented form support. I don’t like the way they implemented iframe support. There’s a lot of things I don’t like about AMP.  (more…)

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