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11 things to prepare in the face of a typhoon

So there's now talk again of bracing for a new "supertyphoon" to hit our beloved¬†country (PAGASA will not officially use the super-typhoon classification until next year, according to its administrator Vicente Malano, as they will raise awareness on such first - although the US Navy already classifies it as such), comparable to 2012's Typhoon Bopha… Continue reading 11 things to prepare in the face of a typhoon

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Beware the phantom power!

It's pretty well known that leaving an appliance or appliances running for too long can cause it to overheat and even explode, potentially causing a catastrophic fire that can spell the end of our home. But what about for those that aren't in use? Yeah, yeah,¬†it may seem obvious that one needs to unplug appliances… Continue reading Beware the phantom power!

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Saving yourself and the world, one pair of chopsticks at a time

Do you use chopsticks? I do, thanks to my Chinese roots, culture, and love for East Asian cuisines (Japanese and Korean rank among my top three favorites, Italian being the other). I also happen to love noodle soups the most, and we definitely use chopsticks there. If you, like me, frequently eat out at Chinese… Continue reading Saving yourself and the world, one pair of chopsticks at a time

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Never immediately wash hot pans in cold water!

Our high school physics classes would teach us that things tend to expand in heat, and contract in cold. (Remember that solids have rigidly-structured molecules, liquids have rather loosely-structured ones, and gases have almost free-flowing particles. And that solids turn into liquids, and liquids into gases, the higher the temperature.) It may sound somewhat Ivory… Continue reading Never immediately wash hot pans in cold water!