Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Singapore Flyer

I went to Singapore during the month of December last year and visited The Singapore Flyer which cost me SGD$30.00 for a 30 minutes ride. The panoramic view of The Land of the Lion was fantastic!

The Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel, was officially opened on 15th April 2008 by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long.

Located at Marina Bay, the Singapore Flyer comprises a 150-metre-diameter wheel and a total height of 165 metres (equivalent to ~ 42 stories high), which is about 30m taller than the famous London Eye and 5m taller than the previous record holder, The Star of Nanchang in Jiangxi, China.

Having visited Singapore, it reminds me how much we can learn from our neighbours. To all our politicians who intend to go for expensive overseas trips to study how to run our country, please don't waste taxpayers' money. We just need to learn from Singapore!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Signs Of Stroke

A cardiologist says if everyone who knew about this spread the information; life would be saved.

STROKE : Remember The First Three Letters ... S T R.

Stroke Identification

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away). She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Recognizing A Stroke

Remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:-

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the individual to TALK ... to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE(Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out today).

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

NOTE: Another 'sign' of stroke: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', or if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.