What Happened After I Stopped Drinking Coffee

As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, I have been cursed with oily skin. Rare it is for me to experience a dry spell in the oil works, yet a couple of months ago, I did. I wasn’t entirely sure what the problem was at the time, but after I kept seeing the word “caffeine” come up in articles related to skin issues, I started to have my suspicions.

And looked at my beloved coffee with a sad twinge in my heart.

Could it be…? The timeline was about right.

Did coffee really affect my skin?

I had to admit, my skin problems exacerbated after I increased my coffee intake. It was during a time when I had a lot of work to do and was barely getting enough sleep to cope with staying awake at work. Plus, coffee is a hella cheaper and healthier alternative than my usual Red Bull. So my choice on whether to swap my Red Bull with coffee was obvious.

Sadly enough. Because as time went on after the change, my skin condition steadily worsened. It got to the point where it was the near polar opposite of what it used to be.

And when I say near polar opposite, I really mean it. The oil that used to sit obnoxiously on my face had just about dried up, and my skin, from being relatively young-looking looked almost scaly. I’m serious when I say that it was that dry. And as though to add salt to injury, I also had a nasty case of cystic acne, when before that, I only had those once every few months. Apparently, after having too much coffee in my body, I’d get them all the time. Most frequently on the sides of my face.

Mad annoying.

Despite how much I had come to love coffee, I love my complexion more. So from that day onwards, I decided to go cold turkey and swapped over to green tea.

Did it make a difference?

Honestly? Yes. I was actually able to see results in less than a week, which was, trust me, more than enough compensation for having to give up my sweetened milk coffee for bitter green tea. Thanks to the swap, my skin started to lose the scaly look it had gained after increased consumption of coffee. Much to my relief. For an awful second there, I had thought I was experiencing heightened signs of ageing.

So happy that wasn’t the case. My skin eventually returned to its usual self; oily and relatively smooth, certainly not suffering from dehydration. The fine lines I had faded as well.

And the inflamed cystic acne? Thank the Lord that those receded too. I’m used to getting one or two every now and then, but consistently every week? So not okay.

That said, I’m not perfect (as I so often hint or even highlight on this blog haha). Sometimes I take coffee when I’m exhausted, have work to do and have no other caffeine-filled alternative close by. Needless to say that those God awful cystic acne and other skin problems consequently returned not long after, so I was glad to immediately drop the drink once I was done with that particularly hectic (and recent) episode of my work life.

While it was annoying, it at least further confirmed that coffee = skin problems. And hey, at least I got some work done, so that was nice.

Tldr; I’m sticking to tea.

Texting 101: Common Malaysian Text Misunderstandings

Anger, hurt, confusion, anxiety. All over a simple text or lack of. Do any of these seemingly over the top reactions sound familiar to you?

With the convenience of texting, face-to-face communication has taken a bit of a backseat in our society. Just how many times have misunderstandings occurred because of this little technological advancement? More often than not, texting is infinitely easier than actually calling someone. This holds especially true when you’re in a rush or just can’t talk at the time.

Sometimes, it’s necessary. Other times, not so much.

I’m sure you’re familiar with at least a few of the following

  1. The ever infamous Malaysian timing

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You think Malaysian timing only applies for actual meet ups? Think again! This habit of ours extends to text messaging too and while it seems innocent enough, it can lead to misunderstandings.

Whether the person you texted takes an hour, a day or much longer to reply, self-doubt can occur. Questions like “Does he hate me?” or “Am I not worth a minute to reply to?” must have run through your mind at least once.

Even if you understand there’s a possibility that they might just be too busy or tired to.

  1. Forgot to Reply!

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It’s normal. You receive a message and out of curiosity, you open it even if you don’t have time to respond. You then pocket your cellphone, telling yourself that you’ll reply later.

Later. You’ll reply later.

Of course, that later doesn’t come. Usually because you forgot.

If you’re lucky, the sender is a chill person who’d just shrug it off. If that’s not the case, you might have to prepare yourself for the cold shoulder.

  1. Why are you yelling at me?

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Via text, granted. That is, however, how your text translates to if you type it all out in caps.

Like it or not, that is how it is. Don’t be surprised if you’re met with disapproving looks the next time you meet your friend.

  1. Are you being sarcastic?

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Here’s the thing about sarcasm. It’s something that often requires tone of voice, facial expression and at times, body language to understand. Even then, face-to-face communication doesn’t always guarantee this.

Now imagine sarcasm being taken to text. You can’t see or hear the person that sent it; all you have to judge is a bunch of words on a screen. Are they being sarcastic or not? You wonder about it or maybe their intention flies over your head entirely.

Worst case scenario, they weren’t being sarcastic at all and you got mad at them for absolutely no reason. Oops. Maybe you can belanja them makan?

  1. Short messages vs long messages

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Here’s another doozy. You send a long, meaningful message to your loved one and all you receive in return is a simple one-liner. Or worse, just a “K”.

What the heckie?

You didn’t just spend 20 precious minutes for that kind of response! How insulting.

Okay, maybe they’re busy but still. Ugh.

  1. Lost in translation

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Living in a multicultural country is amazing. You get to eat all sorts of food, celebrate lots of different holidays and have the pleasure of learning different languages a lot more easily!

Of course, most of us end up learning a couple of words here and there. Rare it is to find anyone fluent in English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. So with the different levels of proficiency out there, someone is bound to be lost in translation sooner or later.

Usually because they’ll mistake one word for another in a different language.

Cat? Cat as in paint or cat as in feline? Anyone?

Anyone?

  1. Oh no. Wrong person!

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Everyone makes mistakes. It’s a part of being human. So don’t be surprised if one of these days you accidentally send a message to the wrong person.

It’s all too easy to, especially when certain names are way too close to one another. Exactly how many Fatimahs do you have in your phonebook?

Hopefully you don’t send anything too embarrassing! Imagine meaning to text your girlfriend and accidentally sending that loving message to her father instead. Yikes.

  1. The unsent message

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Let’s say you’ve done your part as the ever reliable friend. You responded to that message in a timely manner, and now all you have to do is sit back and wait for a reply.

And you wait. And you wait.

And you wait.

Wahlao, how long is this fella going to take?

You then check your cellphone and to your horror, you realise your message was not delivered! On top of that, you’re late to meet your friends. Darn it. Time to hustle.

  1. Punctuation, where art thou?

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It might seem troublesome but the use or lack of punctuation can make all the difference in the world.

For instance, it can mean the difference between being interested in cooking and dogs, or cooking dogs. The difference between – yes, you’ve guessed it – inviting your grandfather to eat, or eating your grandfather.

Like dayum son.

So, what do you think? Have you committed any of these blunders? Or have you ever been a recipient of any of them?

Share your experiences below!

5 Technological Advancements That Should Be on Your Radar

With everything that happens in our world today, it is all too easy to get lost in an endless sea of information. Therefore it is only natural for more than a few news pieces to slip past our notice- no matter how amazing they are.

Here are a couple of examples -specifically in the technological field- that deserve to be highlighted on everyone’s radar:

Self-healing smartphones

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Pretty soon, the idea of dropping your cellphone on the floor won’t send you into a panic. Not a full-scale one, at the very least.

Why? Because scientists have recently developed a material that can heal itself within 24 hours after being torn apart. Pretty neat, huh?

The material, which is made of a stretchable polymer and an ionic salt, has a special type of bond called an ion-dipole interaction. Thanks to this relationship consisting of charged ions and polar molecules, whenever the material is scratched or damaged in any way, the ions and molecules attract each other to stitch it back together.

While the idea of self-healing materials isn’t exactly new -LG has already started using this technology for a few of its cellphones- this is the first time scientists have managed to create one that can conduct electricity.

Which means you can say farewell to worrying about cracked phone screens. Hurrah!

At least within three years; it’s predicted that these self-healing smartphones will only be making an appearance in the market by 2020.

Till then, hold on extra tight to your smartphone.

Smart glasses that automatically adjust according to your vision

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Can you imagine not having to get your glasses custom-made anymore? No more annoying visits to the optometrist, no more shelling out more and more money, and definitely no more waiting for your new glasses to arrive!

That dream may be closer to reality than you think.

A team spearheaded by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Carlos Mastrangelo and doctoral student Nazmul Hasan have developed a pair of “smart glasses” that do just this. Be it near or far, these liquid-based lenses are filled with glycerin that automatically adjust the focus of what you’re seeing in as little as 14 milliseconds.

And as if that isn’t amazing enough, these glasses are connected to a smartphone app where wearers can input their prescription information. Changes in prescription aren’t a problem either; all you have to do is update your information and your glasses will adjust accordingly.

What a time to be alive! Be patient though. It is going to take up to three years for this baby to hit the market.

Contact lenses that could spot signs of disease

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This time, both science and technology have taken a step forward with preparations for the development of biosensor-embedded contact lenses. And if reading that alone leaves you quizzical, fret not because an explanation is about to come your way.

What are they, exactly? Biosensing contact lenses are an -at this point, theoretical- invention scientists wish to use to monitor blood glucose levels and a number of other signs of disease without resorting to invasive tests. You know the ones. They are those that involve obtaining blood, urine, stool samples and the like from patients. Those. Visits to the doctor that involve any of those aren’t exactly pleasant, are they?

The study is there, but it may take a year or more for a prototype to be ready for animal testing. Once fully developed, these contact lenses could send vital health information to your smartphone and other Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-activated gadgets.

Talk about convenience. These contact lenses could be used as an early detection system for cancer, which is, let’s face it, a huge relief for all of us.

As they say, prevention is better than cure.

Li-Fi

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Li-Fi? Isn’t it Wi-Fi? Nope, that’s not a typo, my friend. Li-Fi stands for Light Fidelity, and it claims to be 100 times faster than standard Wi-Fi.

Yet another nifty invention, Li-Fi basically offers internet connectivity through light. It makes use of common household LED lightbulbs to transfer data with a jaw dropping speed of 224 gigabits per second.

While this sounds undeniably cool, there are setbacks to the use of Li-Fi. For one thing, its exclusive use of light means that lightbulbs have to be on at all times to ensure internet connectivity. For another, since light cannot pass through walls, these lightbulbs will have to be installed throughout the house.

Talk about a bummer! Still, there are upsides to this. Along with its impressive speed, Li-Fi offers better security due to its shorter range- a definite plus for retailers and other businesses alike.

Sieve that could make seawater drinkable

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If you’re looking for a world-wide game-changer, you needn’t look much further than the graphene-based sieve developed by researchers in the United Kingdom.

With the ability to filter out salt from seawater using less energy, this creation could be the holy grail for saving lives. This is true even more so for countries where clean, drinkable water is in severely limited supply.

Thank goodness! People from these places aren’t the only ones who will benefit, however. The United Nation predicts that by 2025, 14% of the global population will suffer from water shortage. Definitely not a fate that any of us would want to be branded with.

For more information, watch this video.