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Mangosteen alias Manggis March 16, 2011

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Manggis (Garcinia mangostana L.) merupakan tanaman buah berupa pohon yang berasal dari hutan tropis yang teduh di kawasan Asia Tenggara, yaitu hutan belantara Malaysia atau Indonesia. Dari Asia Tenggara, tanaman ini menyebar ke daerah Amerika Tengah dan daerah tropis lainnya seperti Sri Lanka, Malagasi, Karibia, Hawaii, dan Australia Utara.

Manfaat manggis terkenal hingga seluruh dunia. Manggis dapat memerangi mulai dari radikal bebas penyebab penuaan, hingga bakteri merugikan yang ada di tubuh. Berikut beberapa kandungan nutrisi yang ada di dalam buah manggis.

Xanthone: Berfungsi untuk mengatasi radang dan nyeri. Berguna juga untuk meningkatkan imunitas tubuh serta penahan rasa sakit.

Catechins: berfungsi sebagai antioksidan yang keampuhannya lima kali lipat dari vitamin C.

Polysaccharides dan Quinones: Berfungsi melawan bakteri merugikan pada tubuh, serta zat antikanker.

Stiebenes: Mencegah timbulnya aneka jamur yang merugikan tubuh.

Ahli terapi kecantikan dari Martha Tilaar Salon, Rostimin Rogi, juga membagi kiat-kiat untuk memanfaatkan buah manggis secara utuh. Berikut penuturannya.

“Untuk kecantikan kulit, wanita disarankan untuk memakan buah manggis secara teratur. Tak hanya cantik secara fisik, kekuatan dan daya tahan tubuh pun meningkat,” ujarnya.

Wanita yang akrab dipanggil ‘Mba Min’ itu juga mengungkapkan cara membuat ramuan kecantikan dengan buah manggis.

“Ramuan pencegah jamur”

Bahan: Kulit manggis, air hangat

Cara membuat: Kerok kulit manggis bagian dalam yang lembut, lalu campurkan hasilnya dengan air hangat suam-suam kuku. Rendam bagian tubuh yang berpotensi terjangkit jamur, seperti telapak kaki misalnya. Rendam selama 3-5 menit, lalu basuh dengan handuk. Ramuan ini juga bisa digunakan sebagai air pembilas tubuh sewaktu mandi.

“Ramuan pencegah bakteri”

Bahan: Kulit manggis, madu

Cara membuat:Kerok kulit manggis bagian dalam, lalu blender hingga halus. Tambahkan madu secukupnya agar rasanya lebih manis. Minum ramuan tersebut minimal satu hari sekali, agar bakteri merugikan yang bersarang di tubuh hilang. Anda pun bisa cantik luar dalam.
Selamat mencoba.

Tebak-tebak buah manggis!
Manfaat manggis apalagi cobaaa??
Yang tau tulis di comment yaa…

Saya kasih bonus 1 dulu deh manfaat manggis yang lain..
si senyawa mangostin-nya itu bisa jadi senyawa marker untuk produk obat-obatan…
*maap curcol, abis puyeng sama mangostin dkk di kantor @_@

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Dear Sendai.. March 13, 2011

Posted by chika-chika kelap-kelip in Uncategorized.
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So many wonderful memories you’ve given to me in 2.5 years. But we haven’t met for last 19 years, until I heard a bad news about you.
I couldn’t stand to see your face after the disaster, because I’m already sad just to hear the news about you.
With my deepest condolence, let me send my prayers for you. I believe, you’re strong, so you can re-build yourself better.
I’ll always remember you, my best friend.. Thank you for everything.. Hope I can see you again in prettier face..

仙台私の愛する, 頑張ってください!!!

Matsushima Bay, Sendai

Sendai Statue at Aoba Castle

Daikannon statue

Subway (Chikatetsu) in Sendai

Sendai International House, Sanjo-machi

Me, in front of Sanjo-machi aparto

The “tame” shark March 9, 2011

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If this year is like the last few, one of the most mysterious creatures in the world will soon descend upon the waters off of the Yucatan Peninsula. The blue, plankton-rich waters will become an all-you-can-eat haven for hundreds of giant whale sharks, an annual event known as “afuera.”

As writer Jim Tharpe wrote Monday in the Washington Post, the sharks feed on plankton at the ocean surface in a “swirling mass.” Nowhere else do whale sharks gather in such numbers in full view of human eyes – and researchers are using the opportunity to learn more about these elusive giants.

“Amazingly, the largest fish in the world, which is the whale shark, is one of the least known,” Rafael de la Parra, a biologist and coordinator for Mexico’s whale shark conservation Domino Project, told LiveScience. [Images of whale sharks]

Mystery beasts

The sharks live their lives largely out of the sight. Little is known about where they go and what they do when they aren’t in shallow-water feeding groups like the ones in Mexican waters. Satellite tags, which beam back information about animals’ whereabouts, have given some hints, said Robert Hueter, the director of the shark research center at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida.

Hueter, de la Parra and their colleagues have tracked 42 whale sharks from the Yucatan area with satellite tags since 2003. They’ve found that the animals swim massive distances. One female turned up in the Southern Hemisphere halfway between Brazil and Africa. She’d traveled a minimum of 4,500 miles (7,242 kilometers) in 150 days, not including vertical distance diving or any curves on her route.

“We’re working on the hypothesis that they are going down there to give birth to their pups, at least that’s one place that they’re going,” Hueter told LiveScience. The theory is consistent with observations of small whale sharks in the area, he said, but so far the team hasn’t seen another female take the same journey.

The whale sharks also take deep dives. The deepest observed dive, Hueter said, was 6,325 feet (1,928 meters) below the ocean surface – more than a mile and a quarter. The sharks make these dives in a long, slow glide, Hueter said, leading researchers to speculate that it’s a way for the animals to cover long distances without expending much energy.

Reproduction riddle

The reason for the deep-sea excursions isn’t the only whale shark mystery. No one knows anything about how the animals breed, said Jennifer Schmidt, a biologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has studied the genetics of the animals. One of her studies suggests that female whale sharks may save up sperm from a single mating to fertilize multiple pregnancies, but whale shark courtship has never been observed.

“The genetics tell us that there seems to be a large degree of migration and interbreeding between animals around the world,” Schmidt told LiveScience. “There must be a place where adult males and females meet to breed, but we don’t know where that place is.”

Most feeding aggregations seen around the world are made up of adolescent males, Hueter said. The sharks that feed in Mexico are a slightly more inclusive slice of whale shark life, with more adults and females present. Still, the sex ratio is 2.6 males to every female, and no one knows why.

Diving for clues

Nonetheless, studies of the Yucatan feeding frenzies have answered some questions about whale sharks. For one: What do they eat? The sharks are drawn to the site by an upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water that leads to plankton blooms. Plankton is the main source of sustenance for these filter-feeding sharks. In particular, the afuera area – so named because it is “outside” the Mexican government’s official protected zone for the sharks – is a spawning spot for a type of tuna called the little tunny. The fish probably spawn at night, Schmidt said, and their eggs rise to the surface in the morning.

Next, she said, “the sharks come in and literally swim at surface level with their mouths wide open just vacuuming in the eggs.”

Because the sharks feed at the surface, researchers have been able to figure out how they eat, as well as how much. It turns out that whale sharks have a unique filtration system: Their mouths are equipped with pads that “look like scouring pads from your kitchen,” said Philip Motta, a biologist at the University of South Florida who has studied the afuera whale sharks’ feeding behavior.

As the sharks swim along, water probably hits these pads at an angle, Motta told LiveScience. The water continues through, but the plankton get deflected toward the back of the throat. The set-up probably prevents the filtering pads from getting clogged, Motta said.

“There’s no other fish that has anything like this,” he said.

For all their size (they can grow to more than 40 feet, or 12 meters, in length) whale sharks don’t eat as many calories as might be expected. According to research by Motta and colleagues published last year in the journal Zoology, a 20-foot (6.2 meter) whale shark is estimated to consume 6,721 calories (28,121 kilojoules) per day. In comparison, a moderately active human man should consume around 2,500 calories per day.

It’s impossible to know in advance whether the sharks will stay “afuera” or aggregate inside the protected zone this year, de la Parra said, but the research team plans to continue research on the sharks’ genetics, growth and movements. They’re also monitoring whether ecotourism affects the sharks’ behavior. Numerous boats carry tourists out to feeding aggregations to get close to the sharks, Hueter said, which is good for conservation awareness. However, he said, many sharks already show signs of run-ins with propellers and boats, so ecotourism can be a threat.

Hueter and his Mote Marine Lab team aren’t sure if they’ll have funding to continue studies in Mexico this summer. They’re watching a few remaining satellite tags from previous seasons, Hueter said. They are also monitoring shark populations in the northern Gulf of Mexico, looking for contamination from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It’s likely to be tough, Hueter said, but the team hopes to draw blood from swimming whale sharks to check their health. As filter feeders, he said, whale sharks are particularly vulnerable to ocean pollution.

“They can’t just keep their mouths closed and swim away and feed somewhere else,” Hueter said. “Even if oil is present in microdroplets that have been dispersed, they are processing a lot of volume of water, and even the smallest trace of pollutants can become concentrated on their gills.”

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20110308/sc_livescience/whalesharkfeedingfrenziesmystifyscientists

Keep Holding On March 7, 2011

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You’re not alone
Together we stand
I’ll be by your side, you know I’ll take your hand
When it gets cold
And it feels like the end
There’s no place to go
You know I won’t give in
No I won’t give in

Keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through
Just stay strong
‘Cause you know I’m here for you, I’m here for you
There’s nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There’s no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through

So far away
I wish you were here
Before it’s too late, this could all disappear
Before the doors close
And it comes to an end
With you by my side I will fight and defend,
I’ll fight and defend
Yeah, yeah!

Keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through
Just stay strong
‘Cause you know I’m here for you, I’m here for you
There’s nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There’s no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through

Hear me when I say, when I say I believe
Nothing’s gonna change, nothing’s gonna change destiny
Whatever’s meant to be will work out perfectly
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

La da da da
La da da da
La da da da da da da da da

Keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through
Just stay strong
‘Cause you know I’m here for you, I’m here for you
There’s nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There’s no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through

Keep holding on…
Keep holding on

There’s nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There’s no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through, we’ll make it through

By: Avril Lavigne
Re-arranged on Glee

[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/avril-lavigne-lyrics/keep-holding-on-lyrics.html ]

Manfaat Telur March 6, 2011

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Banyak orang yang makan telur sedikit saja langsung bisulan. Nah, beruntunglah orang-orang yang tidak alergi terhadap telur, contohnya saya, yang bisa mengkonsumsi telur sebanyak yang kita inginkan. Sampai-sampai dijuluki ‘manusia telur’ karena tiap saya makan paling tidak menunya mengandung telur. Hehe.
Tapi jangan makan telur berlebihan juga, karena di balik kandungan nutrisinya yang kaya, telur berkontribusi meningkatkan kadar kolesterol tubuh. Ini yang kemudian memunculkan anjuran agar tak mengonsumsi telur lebih dari empat kali seminggu.

Berdasar penelitian terbaru di Amerika Serikat, telur merupakan salah satu menu diet sehat yang terbukti selama beberapa dekade terakhir. Telur diklaim bukan sebagai penyebab utama peningkatan kadar kolesterol dalam darah.

Dari studi yang sama diketahui, telur yang diklaim rendah kolesterol justru kaya vitamin D yang berperan dalam pembentukan tulang. Peningkatan kolesterol lebih banyak disebabkan konsumsi lemak trans.

Ahli gizi Amanda Ursell mengungkap, sarapan telur rebus atau poach sebelum anak berangkat sekolah bermanfaat bagi energi dan kecerdasan. Janin juga memiliki IQ lebih tinggi bila calon ibu secara rutin mengasup dua butir telur setiap hari.

Berikut lima manfaat utama telur:

1. Cepat memberi rasa kenyang

Makan telur saat sarapan membantu Anda menurunkan berat badan secara signifikan dengan memotong asupan kalori harian. Makanan kaya protein membuat telur lebih lama dicerna di perut.

Peneliti di Pusat Obesitas Rochester Amerika Serikat menemukan bahwa wanita yang mengkonsumsi dua telur rebus untuk sarapan pergi, makan 400 kalori lebih sedikit selama sisa hari dibandingkan sarapan roti.

2. Mengencerkan otak

Dua telur dengan kandungan 550 miligram kolin setiap hari selama kehamilan akan membantu perkembangan otak janin dan menghasilkan ingatan tajam pada anak. Kolin juga penting untuk memori. Sumber kolin lain termasuk kacang kedelai, ayam dan salmon.

3. Mengurangi risiko kebutaan karena usia

Lutein yang ada di telur membantu meningkatkan kesehatan mata dan mengurangi risiko kebutaan yang berkaitan dengan usia.

4. Mengandung asam lemak omega 3

Lemak ini sangat penting untuk pengembangan mata dan pendengaran pada anak-anak dan fungsi otak sepanjang hidup. Asam esensial juga membantu menjaga sirkulasi dan menurunkan risiko penyakit jantung. Telur dengan omega 3 juga memiliki lebih sedikit lemak jenuh.

5. Kaya Protein

Sebutir telur memiliki 8 gram protein, nutrisi yang sangat penting untuk menjaga kulit tetap kencang dan membentuk otot yang kuat. Wanita membutuhkan 45 gram protein sehari dan pria membutuhkan 55 gram atau sekitar 2-3 butir.

Sumber: http://id.news.yahoo.com/viva/20110225/tls-lima-keajaiban-telur-34dae5e.html

Best way to know a guy has a crush on you (for girls) March 6, 2011

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Guys are simply unpredictable. But when it comes to girls and no matter if the guy is outgoing or shy person, he will send or show all the signals whether he got a crush on a girl or not. There are some natural tendencies, which guys exhibit instinctually that are imprinted biologically within their genes.

There are some types of scientific proof, which can help you to further decode that actually the guy has a crush on you. Here are they:

1. When communicating with a guy, pay close attention upon their stance. A guy generally leans in a person to some extent if they are paying attention or listening intently. In addition, they position themselves, in the most pleasing or flattering way. For instance, a guy generally stand straight i.e. taller in order to make themselves look bigger.

This enables them to appear more macho before the girl they got a crush on. It is a male behavior to exhibit the female that they are physically fit and can guard her. While, if a guy is standing by crossing his arms and is shifting his body constantly, he is giving clues that either he is uninterested or uncomfortable.

2. If you want to know that a guy has a crush on you or likes you, look deep in his eyes. It is one of the easiest and simplest portals to know his deepest feelings. There is no definite single look, which tells you whether he is really smitten by you. It is that signal, which you only get to identify when you see it and a guy is not at all subtle when they have to make a eye contact with the one he has a crush.

On clue if you are boggled, he will look at you until and unless you do not look down. A guy who is interested in a female generally gazes in the eyes of the women he like for more time than normal eye interaction. This means that the guy is conscientiously trying to stare at you.

3. Does the guy change his behavior or persona towards you? Few times males get anxious and they laugh or shutter awkwardly whilst some remains quiet or some of them get loud. Every guy is unique and different in his own way for drawing the attention of a woman. It is the job a woman to distinguish the manner and the behavior he is behaving is due to your presence.

4. If you spot him more frequently then normal, he may be giving you hints that he wants to remain near you. He may be finding ways in order to approach you. Thereby if you start noticing him, more number of times than usual, might be it is the time to stop assuming that it is coincidence and the guy really has crush on you and likes you.

5. Observe how the guy acts around your friends and you, has he suddenly started acting all differently in front of you and especially your friends. Guys are well acquainted with the fact that the finest way to impress a girl is through her friends. Making a good impression in front of you friends means he is interested in you.

6. Does his nature changes according to your liking or mood, when you are in good mood, he too looks happy, when you are upset he tries different ways for making you happy indirectly or directly. If he likes you, he will give best attempts and put all his efforts in order to make you smile.

7. Finally, there are several simple hints, which any female knows about a male. He will pass a smile to you when you look at him; he will stare at you when he might be thinking that you are unaware or not looking. In addition, he will never remain busy or too full of activity to assist you with a favor where ever he can by putting his best possible efforts.


Hey girls, watch the boys out! 😀

*no heart feeling, no offense* 😉