Declogging My Kitchen Sink

"Declogging My Kitchen Sink"

The kitchen sink got clogged all of a sudden. Hours before I had washed a lot of dishes, pans, and fruits. Everything was fine. Then water just didn’t drain away anymore. I was at my wit’s end, pretty aware that the mesh strainer hadn’t been there for weeks. This could have been totally avoidable.

With this unexpected event I couldn’t start cooking dinner. It was 7pm and I didn’t feel like driving to Home Depot for a tool. Nor did I want to call a plumber — no plumber’s number has been on my phone anyway. Then I remembered I had half a bottle of Drano Max Gel in the bathroom. Eek!

I poured all the content into the drain slowly — as directed on the label. Then it was a 30-minute wait. I spent that time looking for an ideal plumbing snake / drain auger / clog remover on Amazon. By “ideal” I mean the most positive reviews, reasonable pricing, and one-day delivery. Unfortunately, no such thing came to my shopping cart eventually.

The HomePod played a chime; 30 minutes had just passed. The last step was to flush the drain with hot water. Wow… Incredible! Water started to drain! Drano worked like a charm!

Now I’m preparing dinner, and writing this blog post on my phone.

Don’t bother to remind me. I’ve just put the strainer back in place. 🙂

Enjoyed My Peanut M&M’s, Without Guilt

"Enjoyed My Peanut M&M’s, Without Guilt"

If you know me very well, you should know my preference for candies: hard candy, soft candy, salty candy, chocolate, etc. But not all candies are enjoyable. While Maltesers are my least-liked kind of chocolate, peanut M&M’s are absolutely my fave.

Last week I was yearning for the taste of some peanut M&M’s, so I took a 3lb pack home from Costco, a place you can’t expect to offer a pathetic 30-piece “fun size” bag.

After scoffing down some fifteen pieces, I felt overwhelming guilt — largely associated with my obesity. Toss the rest in the trash can? What a waste. Let them end up in my stomach? My blood sugar level would spike in a split second.

Then I psychoanalyzed myself: the funnest part of the peanut M&M’s, to my inner self, is actually the peanuts. Then I finished these M&M’s the way I eat sunflower seeds — by shelling the peanuts out with my teeth and tongue and dumping the cracked shells 🚮.

Bottom line: Skip M&M’s and buy roasted peanuts 1 next time.

  1. Yes, even peanuts per se do no good to weight loss and maintenance. I know, I know … 

Hopefully I Can Sleep Tight Soon

"Hopefully I Can Sleep Tight Soon"

My doctor from the sleep lab called back this afternoon with a report of my sleep study done on November 17th, saying I have developed severe sleep apnea –– as predicted by my family doctor and Apple Watch.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Obstructive sleep apnea can range from mild to severe, based on a measurement system called the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). The AHI measures the number of breathing pauses that you experience per hour that you sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea is classified by severity:

  • Severe obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is greater than 30 (more than 30 episodes per hour)
  • Moderate obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is between 15 and 30
  • Mild obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is between 5 and 15

The sleep study shows I had 83 episodes per hour.

According to Harvard Medical School:

At sea level, a normal blood oxygen level (saturation) is usually 96 – 97%. Although there are no generally accepted classifications for severity of oxygen desaturation, reductions to not less than 90% usually are considered mild. Dips into the 80 – 89% range can be considered moderate, and those below 80% are severe.

My oxygen level during sleep was only 73%.

Protracted sleep apnea results in low blood oxygen level and gives rise to Type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, and depression, among other serious conditions. Desiring to take a nap in the daytime is also a sign of sleep apnea. In some cases, a sleepy driver may fall asleep behind the wheel while waiting at the red light due to sleep apnea. (FYI, this is not me. I’m too safety-conscious to fall asleep in the driver’s seat.)

The sleep doctor also says that a person should feel refreshed after sleep, without the need to take a nap in the daytime. White people suffer from sleep apnea usually because they are obese, whereas Asian people have greater chances of having sleep apnea even if they are slim.

It’s easy to explain why my Apple Watch frequently detects a blood oxygen level as low as 76% in the nighttime and just above 4 hours of sleep even when I have lain in bed for 8 hours straight. After a cessation of breathing, I have to gasp for air, readjust my breath, toss and turn, and move my legs, so unconsciously that I thought I was still asleep. My Apple Watch doesn’t think so –– it doesn’t count in any minute spent on non-sleep events. Kudos to Apple for making such an intelligent device. You don’t even have to purchase any sleep tracking app; the built-in Apple Health app can do the job adequately.

In a word, I’ll be prescribed a CPAP machine, 75% of the cost of which is covered by OHIP. My sleep doctor will follow up on this CPAP therapy on March 11, 2021.

Hopefully this will improve my sleep and overall health.

Finally, Out of the Nintendo-G2A War

"Finally, Out of the Nintendo-G2A War"

You know that some of my recent posts share a tag #G2A_con and I was torn by the war between Nintendo and Around 2:44 pm today, the suspension of my Nintendo account was lifted. All I have now is mixed feelings. From May 19 to July 6 – that is, 6 weeks and 6 days – Nintendo and beset me heavily as well as other Nintendo users all around the world. ⇢ Read more

On the Resistance of Europeans and Americans to Face Covering

"On the Resistance of Europeans and Americans to Face Covering"

Many of my friends in Asia wonder why people in European countries and North America are not embracing the idea of face covering during such a pandemic. My observation is that basically ten reasons lie behind their reluctance to wear PPE. Some are just asinine, and others are even illogical. But this is what a “free” community is like: everyone is allowed to make their own decisions and think independently 1. ⇢ Read more

Ontario vs. Tianjin during COVID-19

"Ontario vs. Tianjin during COVID-19"

Province of Ontario, Canada — pop. 13.45 million — 16,608 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 1st, 2020

City of Tianjin, China — pop. 15.62 million — 190 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 1st, 2020

The similitude in population size made me want to probe into the cause of the huge disparity between the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases. ⇢ Read more

Flat Sheets or Cards: Some Thoughts on Timeline Design

"Flat Sheets or Cards: Some Thoughts on Timeline Design"

Which is the best timeline design? Different designers have different answers. My observation is that the flat sheet style, which means all information runs continuously on the same page with a horizontal line between two pieces, is a better choice for a multiple-user timeline. For an individual’s timeline, just like this site, the card style serves better. ⇢ Read more