Archive | August, 2009

Why are we closer to cousins from our mother’s side?

29 Aug

I was thinking about my relationship with my cousins lately. Actually one of my cousins, my mom’s sis daughter came to stay at my place for a weekend during holidays. When she returned home, I miss her a lot. Even though we don’t meet often, she is really close to me in many ways. I can tell her everything and trust her. She has always been with me all the time and we have had lots of fun together each time we meet.

I still remember the last we had so much fun, we went at Port-Louis and we burst into laughter in the middle of the road, and were nearly lost in the streets of the capital. We had lunch at Grand Ocean and we ordered so many things and our stomach was full halfway the meal, that we had to ask the waiter to pack the rest of the food. And…most prolly they added some kinda funny stuffs in the food, since we were feelin’ funny afterwards 😛

According to a study which was published by the University Of Texas in Austin, it has been proved that we tend to be more closer to our mother’s sister’s children than our fathers. And I have realised that this is somehow true because it actually applies to me, and when I look around I also realise that this was more or less the case with people in my surroundings as well.

Evolution by natural selection has shaped us to mistrust paternity, say researchers, and their findings confirm a prediction by evolutionary scientists that we tend to be kinder – altruistic – to the children of our mother’s sister than those of our father’s brother.

“We predicted and found that… humans act most altruistically toward mother’s sister’s children, followed by both mother’s brother’s children and father’s sister’s children, and least altruistically toward father’s brother’s children,” the researchers said in the study they published.

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Does this apply to you as well? 😉

Ramadaan Mubarak To Every Muslims, make the most of this month! 🙂

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Harvest time

16 Aug

I love this period of the year, because it seems like it is time for harvest. I live in a place where there are lots of plantation, especially tea plantation, which is maybe why I’m so fond of nature. I love it when I wake up in the morning I can feel fresh air on my face and get a glimpse of sun rays on the green vegetation just behind my house. I love the sunrise on the green tea plantation and the dews on the banana trees. I love the fresh air I get to breathe in the morning and evening. I love the peaceful and quiet atmosphere around. I love the little gatherings between my little cousins, nieces and nephews in the yard, their laughters, cries of happiness. When I was small, I used to play badminton with my cousins and we used to play till late at night. I would give anything to get these moments back.

I feel like Im blessed living in such place. Im not saying that I wouldnt love to live in the centre of Quatres-Bornes for instance 😉 but I know that with time I will get bored there. So today, I went outside (for a change because I rarely get the time to really go outside since I have been working-or maybe Im just too lazy to get out of my bed or infront of the pc or tv)…Yeah so I went outside, the weather was awesome and found that everyone was busy with the harvest… yeahh!! They were cutting down “balier”, the one used to make brooms. Here are some shots which I took.

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Have a greenish week 🙂

H1N1…

14 Aug

I have received a mail regarding the H1N1 virus, and am quite worried about this, it kinda freak me out, because ANYONE can get contaminated with the flu at anytime. We already have three victims who died out of the N1H1 virus. Mauritius is sure to be prone to this disease since it is open to everyone. Tourists from every destinations come to mauritius, and all kind of precautions are being taken following the outbreak of the H1N1.

This is from a mail I receive and I thought of sharing it with everyone reading this.

What is Swine Flu?

•Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by Type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.

•Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?

•The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

• •Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people.

• •Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

How are human infections with swine influenza diagnosed?

•To diagnose swine influenza A infection, a respiratory specimen would generally need to be collected within the first 4 to 5 days of illness (when an infected person is most likely to be shedding virus).

• •However, some persons, especially children, may shed virus for 10 days or longer.

• Identification as a swine flu influenza A virus requires sending the specimen to a hospital laboratory for testing.

Is there a vaccine for Pandemic Flu?

•Because the virus is new, there will be no vaccine ready to protect against pandemic flu.

• •Vaccine against Swine Flu virus H1N1 needs at least 6-12 months to be produced.

• •Seasonal flu vaccine or past flu immunization will not provide protection.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?

Yes. The US CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®) for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. To be taken only if prescribed by Doctor.

• •Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.

• •If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. •

•For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

•Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can spread this way.

•Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

• •If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

•Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.

• •When you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores.

• •If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

What should I do if I get sick?

•If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

•If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

•If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

•Fast breathing or trouble breathing

•Bluish skin color

•Not drinking enough fluids

•Not waking up or not interacting

•Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

•Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

•Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

•Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

•Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

•Sudden dizziness

•Confusion

•Severe or persistent vomiting

So thats it…Do Share it! And take care everyone 🙂

Some shots…

11 Aug

I have visited some wonderful places lately with Umar. Im enjoying his holidays 😉 Here are some shots which were taken at Piton Du canot and Gris Gris.

Life is going on…oh so fast!

11 Aug

Lately I have neglected my blog. Aww, sorry blog! Actually my days have been filled with works lately. I was deeply engrossed in my routine life that I didnt get time to keep in touch with almost everyone. Now I think I badly need a change. I need get in touch with all those I have somehow got disconnected from lately.

The workdays have been long, and when I reach home it is already 6:30-7pm. Shower, dinner, relax a lil bit and then sleep. Fortunately, i keep my Saturday for myself – shopping, lunch with some friends or cousins. I have been working for more than one year now, and I have to admit that I do miss being the carefree little girl i used to be when i was at uni. But I also do love the responsible and independant me.  I have decided to list some of the things from this “I’m-not-a-student-anymore-and-oh-wait-I-have-to-pay-for-everything-now” work experience.

1. Waking up early can’t happen unless I go to bed early. I’ve learned that when I go to bed early I’m much more happier the next day (go figure). This, as you all know, is much easier said than done. I’m still trying to work on this. It’s not really my fault, I mean the only time I can talk/chat with some friends and my bf  is at night, which means I get less sleep. But it would be wonderful if I could go to bed earlier. I have never been able to wake up early 😦 I have big punctuality problems, I never ever reach anywhere on time. It IS a big problem.

2. High heels; I have never been a fan of high heels until lately. I personally think that high heels are elegant and classy. Atleast thats how i feel when i wear them 😉 And they also make me feel grown-up…However it is an inconvenience when you have to run after buses…or rush to get to work 😉

3. Keep records of how i spend my money…damn! i badly need to do that, i tend to overspend even though i get the time to shop only on Saturdays. Sometimes I wish I could keep myself from going out on Saturday just to avoid spending so much. I have noticed that when Im alone, i tend to spend more than when im with friends…and I Love To Do Shopping ALONE!!! Credit cards are the most evil things I have ever encountered…Arghhhhhhhhhhhh!

Im joining the computer forensic field soon. I was always fond of forensic science. Computer forensic has nothing to do with forensic science. I think a job where I wont have to sit infront of a computer all day is more convenient for me. I need interaction with people, I need to move, I need changes and new things all the time: I have noticed that i get bored easily with the same stuffs all the time and Im always on the lookout for new opportunites, new things and most importantly i need space and do things on my own rather than work in a team or receiving orders from others of what to do and what not.

But I do love graphics and web design. It is a wonderful field. And I get to develop the creativity in me; It is a field where your imagination has no limits, where you go by what you feel and think. So kudos to all those creative minds.

C’est tout…for now! 😉

Bisous xx Blog!