Category Archives: For Your Health

O Clutter, Beware the Holy Cleansing Month

Some people asked me why in the last column I was being too forthcoming about packing too much fat in my mid-section. They’re in for another surprise for now I’m going to be forthcoming about my other shortcoming– too much … Continue reading

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No Pain, No Gain, No Vain

“You’re just like my sister. You’d order salad or appetizer, but then you’d nibble on my steak. Get your own steaks, girls!” A man once exasperatedly said that during a dinner out. I rolled my eyes defiantly, for that’s what … Continue reading

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Waiting Longer to Raise My Glass Here

It’s that time again for the collective social pulse when the great alcohol debate rages on, fueled this time by the Government’s hastily-concocted policy to restrict beer retail sales. As happens often in Indonesia’s vibrant society, the public debate has carelessly … Continue reading

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The Dawn of the Age of Hospital Amenities

If you’re keeping up with current health news you’ll notice that dengue fever has returned with a vengeance this year, where Jakarta alone recorded 1,042 cases this year including its Governor and the little me. While Aedes Aegepty mosquito bite … Continue reading

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Pledging the Power of Pink

If I remember correctly, I learned the word “cancer” before the word “menstruation”. I was in second or third grade when a schoolmate was diagnosed with leukemia. She started missing classes before skipping an entire term altogether. Upon returning she’d … Continue reading

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Every Genie Deserves Help to be Free

Woke up on Tuesday to the stunning news of Robin Williams’ untimely passing? Along with millions on this part of the world, I did. No, I won’t talk about his extraordinary talents or stellar career—you can’t fit them in 800-plus … Continue reading

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Clink-A-Dink, For 2014 I’ll Drink!

For those who assume that the title above is an invitation to turn into alcoholism, rest assured that I have no intention to go against the typical New Year’s resolutions to eliminate addictions by creating a new one (although, accidentally, … Continue reading

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The Fit and The Fabulous

Jakarta, 19 October 2005 Written under Miss Sassy (4) One persistent problem I have is my body’s fascinating ability to put on weight. If I stop exercising and enjoying light dinners twice a week, it’s guaranteed I’ll gain three kilos … Continue reading

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