Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Positive Effects of Eggs on Our Body and Brain - Health and Medicine 2

Eggs, credit to Femina

No one can avoid to consume eggs in many forms of dishes in our daily live. Some of egg dishes are following:
1. Hard boiled and soft boiled eggs
2. Egg omelet
3. Fried eggs
4. Poached eggs
5. Scrambled eggs

Unfortunately, many people worry with cholesterol in the eggs. Yes, chicken eggs are high in cholesterol, and might relate to heart diseases. Do you know that cholesterol is important to our body as well?

Cholesterol is important to make hormone called cortisol and testosterone. Both are masculine hormones.

Our body organ, liver produces cholesterol daily, thus if we consume cholesterol rich foods such as eggs, the liver will reduce cholesterol production to the level of necessary for body needed.

In addition to cholesterol, egg contains “choline,” a chemical compound to maintain our brain cells in healthy condition. Eggs help brain cell membrane strength, thus brain live longer.

How many eggs should we eat per-day? Experts suggest no more than 3 eggs per-day for normal people. But, one only for diabetic patients.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Can You Cook a Whole Chicken?

A Whole chicken, credit to Perdue

I mean, can we roast and then get the whole chicken cooked that ready to eat? It is tricky. Many people, include me get chicken meat and thigh be dark and burned after several minutes in the oven. Here some tips might be useful:

First, the whole chicken soaked in salt water for several hours, usually 1 to 2 hours. Dry the chicken in refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight. It is believed to make skin be crispy and crunchy. Oiling or buttering the chicken. Seasoning at least with basic aromatic such as garlic, onion and lemon.

Second, many suggested that roast the chicken with high temperature let’s say 475 F for 30 minutes. Lower the temperature to 300 F for around 20 minutes. Take the chicken out, the measure the internal temperature with thermometer, if 168 F means chicken meat is cooked.

Why not we try it?


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Is Your Country Safe to Live?

Iceland, credit to Kolla and Jóhanna

At least, there are two institutes measure the peace index to conclude whether one particular country is safe or dangerous to live. First is called as Economic and Peace Institute, based in Sydney, Australia. Second, the World Economic Forum, located in Davos, Switzerland.

Ranking is made from the safest place to the worst country, based on many factors such as internal conflict, murder rate, political sinstability and terrorist attacks.

Top 10 Safest countries in 2018 ranked by Economic and Peace Institute, Sydney are following:
01. Iceland
02. New Zealand
03. Austria
04. Portugal
05. Denmark
06. Canada
07. Czech Republic
08. Singapore
09. Japan
10. Ireland

If you like to know whether you country included as safe country, please go to this website: Peace Index

Quite surprisingly, Italy (ranked 38) is less safe compared to Botswana (Africa) and Malaysia (South East Asia). Even worst, United Kingdom is ranked 57, much worst than many countries in Africa and Asia.

Moreover, let’s see top 10 countries ranked by World Economic Forum, Davos in 2018:
01. Finland - rating: 6.65
02. UAE - 6.6
03. Iceland - 6.57
04. Oman - 6.49
05. Hong Kong - 6.47
06. Singapore - 6.45
07. Norway - 6.41
08. Switzerland - 6.41
09. Rwanda - 6.39
10. Qatar – 6.33

Un-believable, how come two Middle East and two African countries safer than Scandinavian countries such a Denmark and Sweden, and safer than Australia, New Zealand and Canada? The rank is questionable.

I don’t know whether you agree with the rank or not !

Monday, January 14, 2019

What Place do You Like to See?

Galapagos island, credit to Orange Smile

There are many wonderful places to visit around the globe, they are including historical site, amazing scenery and environments, and rich cultural cities. I myself would like to visit these four places before I reach 60 years old;

1. Galapagos Islands.
If you learn Darwin’s evolution theory, you would know Galapagos Island. The island is belong to Ecuador. UNESCO includes Galpagos as living museum. I would like to observe the very animal diversity that might not be found in other places.

2. Douro valley
UNESCO registered the Douro valley, Portugal as one of world heritage sites in 2001. The area has 2 thousand years history of wine production in Portugal. Brand name “Port wine” is worldwide famous since hundreds years ago. Landscape is very beautiful to reflect its economic, cultural and technology development.

Beauty of Douro valley, Portugal, credit to Portugal Travel Guide

3. Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is a fortress made by Incan empire in the mountains of Andes in 15th century in Peru. Abandoned when Spanish came, then rediscovered in 1911. One of impressive creations made by human on the earth. There are around 3 thousands steps to connect series of terraces. 

Machu Picchu, credit to tripadvisor

4. Marrakech, Morocco
The Marrakech, Morocco is cultural rich city. It was imperial city, but now to be one of major economic centers in Morocco. Important city for western Morocco. The city is colorful and home to historical palaces, gardens and mosques.

One of historical buildings in Marrakech, Morocco, credit to Justin Faerman


Finally, what places are on your wish list?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Napa, California has the Lowest Poverty Rate in the America - Economics 1


Sky in the corner of Napa town, California

US population is about 326 million recently, but not all are prosperous. Since 1964 until now, the number of citizens under poverty line is the same: 42.6 million people. 

The policies to reduce poverty seems to fail so far.

Based on percentage, 13.1% American lives below poverty line. It is quite higher compared to other industry nations such as Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Netherland, Czech Republic and even South Korea. USA ranks 13th in the world.

However, there are around 30 cities has lower poverty rate, range from 8.9% to 5.6%. Five cities with lower poverty rates in America are following:

1. Napa, California with poverty rate 5.6%
2. Fairbanks, AK with poverty rate 6.0%
3. Barnstable Town, MA with poverty rate 6.8%
4. Sioux Falls, SD with poverty rate 6.8%
5. Appleton, WI with poverty rate 6.9%


One of wineries in Napa town 



Term poverty or poor refers to annual income of below US$12 thousands for an individual and under US$25 thousands for a family with 4 (four) members.

Napa, California also has a lower unemployment rate, but higher median household income, US$ 86,562 per-year.

Napa is a city with population of 80 thousand people, locates in the Napa county, California. It produces second largest wine in the California. Napa has an excellent temperature during Fall season with range from 14 to 24 celcius degree, thus atrracts many people to come to the city. 

Many people would like to drink a wine in Napa. Why don’t you try? 

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