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The idiotic joys of idioms!

Idioms are not only great fun, they also cast fresh light on the less rational workings of the human mind. Why do we say “I’m not pulling your leg?” OR “He kicked  the bucket”? I don’t mean etymologically. I mean logically. Why do we use idioms?

I’m not hanging noodles on your ears means the same as I’m not pulling your leg used by Russians. They’re just nonsensical and they’re not alone!

To seize the moon by the teeth – Attempt the impossible (French)

To reheat cabbage – To rekindle an old flame (Italian)

When the crayfish sings on the mountain – Never! (Russian)

Cleaner than a frog’s armpit – To be poor, broke (Spanish)

To think one is the last suck of the mango – To be conceited (South American Spanish)

Onions should grow in your navel – A mild insult (Yiddish)

Brew tea from dirt under another’s fingernails – To learn a bitter lesson (Japanese)

Belch smoke from the seven orifices of the head – To be furious (Chinese)

The definition of an idiom is a phrase whose meaning isn’t clear from the words in it. What a bizarrely illogical way to communicate. Idioms are curious turns of phrase that require a sudden turn of meaning. As well as being illogical, idioms are idiotic. They are a form of private expression. They are cryptic language puzzles, solvable only if you already know the answer in advance.

Some examples that I think very rare being used or spoken of :

A DOUBTING THOMAS [ A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something ]

BEAT A DEAD HORSE [ To force an issue that has already ended ]

CHARLEY HORSE [ Stiffness in the leg/ A leg cramp ]

DOOZY [ Something outstanding ]

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER [ The hottest days of the summer season ]

EXCUSE MY FRENCH [ Please forgive me for cussing ]

FUDDY-DUDDY [ An old-fashioned and foolish type of person ]

FULL MONTY [ This one can mean either “the whole thing” or “completely nude” ]

FUNNY FARM [ A mental institutional facility ]

GRAVEYARD SHIFT [ Working hours from about 1200AM to 0800AM. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping ]

HAVE AN AXE TO GRIND [ To have a dispute with someone ]

IN THE BUFF [ Nude ]

IF IT’S NOT ONE THING, IT’S ANOTHER [ When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another… ]

JAYWALK [ Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk ]

JOSHING ME [ Tricking me! ]


LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE [ To avoid restarting a conflict ]

METHOD TO MY MADNESS [ Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason ]

MAKE NO BONES ABOUT [ To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections ]

NEW YORK MINUTE [ A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in a fast paced environment ]

NO DICE [ To not agree. To not accept a proposition ]

NOT PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK [ Someone who lacks intelligence ]

PEDAL TO THE METAL [ To go full speed, especially while driving a vehicle ]

PUT A SOCK IN IT [ To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet ]

QUEER THE PITCH [ Destroy or ruin a plan ]

RULE OF THUMB [ A rough estimate ]

SCOT-FREE [ To escape and not have to pay ]

SMELL A RAT [ To detect someone in the group is betraying the others ]

SOUTHPAW [ Someone who is left-handed ]

THIRD TIMES A CHARM [ After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one ]

TONGUE AND CHEEK [ Humour, not to be taken seriously ]

TWENTY THREE SKIDOO [ To be turned away ]

UP A BLIND ALLEY [ Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome ]

USE YOUR LOAF [ Use your head. Think smart ]


WHEN PIG’S FLY [ Something that will never ever happen ]

WILD AND WOOLLY [ Uncultured and without laws ]

YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE [ I have no idea ]

ZERO TOLERANCE [ No crime or law breaking big or small will be overlooked ]

So now, there you go the ABCs joys of idioms. Use it wisely and if you do come across ones that you find interesting and as idiotic it may seems, holla at me!! 😉


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Recycling Jusco Plastic Bags!

new method for recycling Jusco plastic bags. so people, please! do not simply dispose them…


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Team Dinner

Well, this was if I am not mistaken taken about a month ago. I was going through my phone and found these pictures. Good end-quarter team dinner at Thai Club at the back of our office 🙂


The girls and the boys in the team!


The two gossip QUEENS :}P~


The “bored-to-death” facial expression while waiting for our food. It took longer than usual….




Last but not least, our cheeky but extremely loud BOSS! yeah yeah…he always think he’s good looking. Hmm…is he really? **I wonder**

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To The


Silence speaks of your impending surrender

To the agony of the unrelenting torment you suffer

For you are caged within this frail mortal body

While your soul longs to take flight and be free.

Your secret dreams have been crushed

They have been reduced to nothing but dust

Your hopes have been dashed to pieces

They lie scattered about in a thousand places.

Fate has dealt you a cruel blow

You’ve been left to face the bitter cold

Of chilling blizzards and howling winds

Which threaten to snuff out the fire within.

How much more can you endure?

Will you ever find the cure?

For this plight that plagues you so

Or you will give up and simply let go?

My friend, I urge you to keep up the good fight

Fight with all your heart, soul and might!

For even in the face of perilous danger

Bear in mind that your redemption is near.

No matter how long this road may seem

Even if the way is dark and dim

Press on until you see the light

Do not give up without a fight.

When it seems that no one understands

When it feels like no one can comprehend

The difficulties you are facing on your own

Please remember that you are never alone.

Life is like a raging battlefield some say

Personal wars are being fought every day

Some will triumph while others will lose

Your destiny depends solely on what you choose.

I pray that you will be counted among the winners

Amongst those who simply would not surrender

Those who held fast to their faith and beliefs

Who refused to succumb to their pain and grief.

Take heart my friend, in the midst of sorrow

For you will surely see a brighter tomorrow

Be brave in the face of great adversity

Until you’ve tasted the sweetness of victory!

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PAP Smears!

Yikesz! I know most of us would be scared to go see a doctor and have regular medical check ups…Afraid we’ll find out something that might cause other serious diseases, infections or illnesses. Even worst, CANCER!!

Cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related disease and death among women worldwide. The best way to detect cervical cancer is by having regular Papanicolaou tests, or Pap Smears. { Pap is a shortened version of the name of the doctor who developed the screening test. } A pap smear is a microscopic examination of cells taken from the cervix.

A pap smear can detect certain viral infections (such as human papillomavirus [HPV]) and other cancer-causing conditions. Early treatment of these conditions can stop cervical cancer before it fully develops. A woman may have cervical cancer and not know it because she may not have any symptoms.

The incidence of cancer and deaths from cervical cancer has significantly declines over the years because of prevention, screening, and early detection by the Pap smear. Risks factors for cancer of the cervix include the following:

  • Multiple sexual partners { or sexual partners who have had multiple partners }
  • Starting sexual intercourse at an early age
  • Viral infection such as HPV, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or herpers simplex virus(HSV)
  • Weakened immune system
  • Previous cancer of lower genital tract
  • Smoking

Cervical cancer screening is recommended yearly starting when women are aged 18 years, or when they become sexually active if younger than 18 years! Physicians may screen a woman less frequently if she had negative Pap smear results 3 years in a row or is not sexually active.

No upper age limit for screening exists because the incidence of cancer of the cervix increases with age at a time when women may be less likely to get a Pap smear. Diagnosis of most of these cancers is in women older than 50 years. Even after menopause, a woman should continue to have regular Pap smears.

The Pap smear procedure is not complicated or painful despite what people may think. The only risk is not detecting cervical cancer in time to treat and cure it!

The Preparation

The best time to have a Pap smear is when the woman is not menstruating. A woman could ask for a female doctor if that would make her feel more comfortable. For 2 days before the test, avoid the following because these might hide any abnormal cells:

  • Intercourse
  • Douches
  • Vaginal medications (except as directed by your doctor)
  • Vaginal contraceptives such as birth control foams, creams or jellies

During the Procedure

A Pap smear is usually part of a pelvic exam and accompanied by a breast exam performed by the health care provider. It should only take about 1 minute to perform a Pap smear during this overall exam.

  • The woman will lie on the examination table on her back with her knees up and bent and her feet in stirrups (rests). While she is lying on an examination table, her health care provider will use a small metal or plastic instrument called a speculum to open the vagina so that the walls of the vagina and cervix can be seen clearly.

Correct position on an exam table for the Pap test.

  • A sample of mucus and cells will be obtained from the cervix (the part of the uterus that extends into the vagina) and endocervix (the opening of the cervix) using a wooden scraper or a small cervical brush or broom.

The doctor removes cells from the cervix for testing.

  • The sample of cells is evenly applied to a glass slide and sprayed with a fixative. This sample is sent to the lab for close and careful examination under a microscope. If the doctor is using a new kind of Pap smear called a ThinPrep test, the sample is rinsed into a vial and sent to a lab for slide preparation and examination.
  • A cytologist (a specialist trained to look at the cells and interpret a Pap smear) reviews both types of tests.
  • Some discomfort during the test may occur. Most women feel nothing at all or feel pressure. Staying relaxed will help stop any discomfort. The woman should breathe slowly and concentrate on relaxing her stomach and legs.
  • A Pap smear should not be painful. If experiencing pain during the test, the woman should tell her doctor.

When to Seek Medical Care

Early cervical pre-cancers and cancer often have no signs or symptoms. Therefore, it is important to have regular Pap smears. Symptoms usually appear when the cancer has progressed.

The following symptoms must be reported to a health care provider right away:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Blood spots or light bleeding other than a normal period
  • Bleeding or pain during sex

These symptoms do not conclude that someone has cancer. Other condition may cause these symptoms, but a check-up is necessary to determine the cause.

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Happy Birthday Delia!

Yeah yeah…I know. Probably it would be appropriate for me to say Happy Belated Birthday but we celebrated her birthday on her birth date. I just got this picture and decided why not post it 🙂

delia besday

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