What Would You Like To Invent?

What would you like to invent?

I still come back to the replicator as shown in Star Trek shows. Think about it; we could wipe out poverty, hunger, homelessness in one giant swoop. We would no longer have anyone hungry if I could come up with one replicator that can then conjure up replicators for all. So you can replicate parts for big homes for everyone. No more poor, no homelessness! Food and drink – and most importantly, all kinds of food and drink so you have all the choice in the world – without having to cook will be available, so no one goes hungry. Build that house, get some luxury in your life and sleep in peace after a nice meal.

That would also be for everything you need like clothes, utensils, books, cosmetics, toiletries – anything that you can think of. So we will have no need for money as everyone’s needs are met. No one will have to suffer for want or need for anything. And you also get access to medicine easily. No more going to a store or waiting for it to get delivered to you. Press a button, name your item and boom it is now there with you. Medicine and food for your pets. Want to host a impromptu party for your friends or relatives coming over? No more slaving in the kitchen. Create your own menu or a buffet or let the individual folks decide what they want to chow down on that day. Drinks party! Pizza party! Beer party! It would be so much fun.

That will also mean that you can travel easily. Why carry things with you when you move towns as you can easily set thing up in the new place within a couple of hours of replicating the things that you need. New bed, new couch, table, etc etc. Bowl and food for the cat and dog – easily done! So I wish I could really do that and help humanity (kittykind & dogkind as well) in this major way.

Prompt from Lalilo March ’22 Writing Prompt Calendar at Lailo.com

Strawberry – The Juicy Fruit That Has A Lot Of Health Benefits

Strawberries, like other berries, are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As part of a nutritious diet, they can help prevent various conditions. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.

Strawberries mainly consist of water (91%) and carbohydrates (7.7%). They contain only minor amounts of fat (0.3%) and protein (0.7%). Fresh strawberries are very high in water, so their total carb content is very low — fewer than 8 grams of carbs per 3.5 ounces (100 grams). The net digestible carb content is fewer than 6 grams in the same serving size. Most of these berries’ carbs come from simple sugars — such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose — but they also contain a decent amount of fiber.

Strawberries have a glycemic index (GI) score of 40, which is relatively low (4). This means that strawberries should not lead to big spikes in blood sugar levels and are considered safe for people with diabetes. Fiber comprises around 26% of the carb content of strawberries. One 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of strawberries provides 2 grams of fiber — both soluble and insoluble. Dietary fibers are important to feed the friendly bacteria in your gut and improve digestive health. They are also useful for weight loss and can help prevent many diseases.

The most abundant vitamins and minerals in strawberries are:

  • Vitamin C. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for immune and skin health (7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source).
  • Manganese. Frequently found in high amounts in whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, this trace element is important for many processes in your body (9Trusted Source).
  • Folate (vitamin B9). One of the B vitamins, folate is important for normal tissue growth and cell function — and fundamental for pregnant women and older adults (10Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source, 12Trusted Source).
  • Potassium. This mineral is involved in many essential body functions, such as regulating blood pressure (13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source).

To a lesser extent, strawberries also provide iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B6, K, and E.

Watford 2 Arsenal 3

Arsenal climbed into the Champions League places on Sunday with an entertaining victory over lowly Watford in a game with five quality goals. The Hornets, who remain in the relegation zone, thought they had taken the lead within the first 20 seconds as Emmanuel Dennis slotted home but he was offside. Martin Odegaard put Arsenal ahead not long afterwards after flicking the ball into the path of Bukayo Saka and then running into the centre to slot in Saka’s cross. Watford levelled with the best individual goal of the game, Cucho Hernandez’s acrobatic flying volley from Kiko Femenia’s cross.

The visitors restored their lead when Saka won the ball off Tom Cleverley and found Alexandre Lacazette, who rolled the ball back into Saka’s path to fire into the top corner. England star Saka was involved again in the third goal as his quick throw-in set up a move with Lacazette laying the ball off to Gabriel Martinelli to finish. They looked as if they were cruising, and Eddie Nketiah hit the post, before Moussa Sissoko controlled the ball on his chest and beat Ben White before slotting in. That set up a tense finale with Watford debutant Samuel Kalu forcing Aaron Ramsdale into a save with a long-range shot.

Arsenal move above Manchester United into fourth spot, with United losing 4-1 to Manchester City in the derby. Watford, who blow hot and cold too often, remain three points off safety. The Gunners continued their surge up the table with an entertaining albeit ultimately tense win, keeping them unbeaten in the league since New Year’s Day. They played some really top-quality, slick football, even though they only had four efforts on target and were hanging on in the end after Sissoko struck. But Saka was excellent again and involved in all three goals. He has scored or assisted 13 Premier League goals this season, with only Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz (17) involved in more in Europe’s top five leagues among players under the age of 21. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta had a big hand in the third goal, too, grabbing the ball after it went out of play and quickly passing it to Saka, who took the throw-in that led to the goal.

Afternoon Tea/Coffee Is The New Happy Hour

I really do believe so; although in my case it is coffee and not tea. My mom drinks mostly coffee too but she does have tea a few times during the week. But I really do feel that the best and most enjoyable meal can be the afternoon or late afternoon coffee/tea plus snacks.

Especially on a cold rainy day. Imagine this; it’s about 4:30 pm and it’s pouring rain. It’s the weekday or a weekend and you are having that late afternoon lull. A good strong cup of coffee is the order that you need. So in my home we drink coffee around 5pm. Now imagine that you are feeling a bit peckish as well and want some snacks along with that coffee. You have the coffee and milk at home but you have no snacks. That’s where Swiggy or Zomato comes in and you can order in some snacks.

I usually do this a couple of times a month from Supreme Bakers. There are a few things that I order from there but one such are these chicken puffs (as pictured above), egg puffs, chicken or beef samosas, chicken or beef cutlets. Along with the puffs or samosas I also order their bakery buns (so delicious and great with tea or coffee) which are slightly sweet and really fresh, some mixture and maybe some nuts or chips. Even with the 30 minute or so time it takes to get it delivered to my home, it is still warm enough and munching on those while sipping the coffee is awesome and gives us a boost and energy needed for the rest of the day.

Prompt from 115 Trending Blog Topics & Ideas For 2022 from Simply Hatch

Some Interesting St. Patrick’s Day Facts

March 17th is St. Patrick’s day, a day I have usually seen mostly in American tv shows and movies that are set in or near the Boston, New York or Chicago areas and where people wear green and drink green beer. I do not know much else about the day, hence I looked around for some facts about this day. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts!

  • Saint Patrick didn’t wear green. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue.” The color green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.
  • Despite his Irish notoriety, Saint Patrick was British. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.
  • According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
  • Saint Patrick is credited for driving the snakes out of Ireland, but according to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to snakes as it was too cold to host reptiles during the Ice Age. The surrounding seas have kept snakes out since.
  • St. Patrick never got canonized by a pope, making his saintly status somewhat questionable.
  • There isn’t any corn in the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage. The name is a reference to the large grains of salt historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.”
  • Saint Patrick was born “Maewyn Succat” but changed his name to “Patricius” after becoming a priest.
  • Irish immigrants began observing St. Patrick’s Day in Boston in 1737 and the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in America was held in New York City in 1766.
  • In Chicago, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river Kelly green. The dye lasts for around five hours.
  • On or around St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish taoiseach, or prime minister, presents the U.S. president with a crystal bowl of live shamrocks as a symbol of the close ties between the two countries.

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction action film written and directed by David Twohy. It follows the adventures of Richard B. Riddick as he attempts to elude capture after the events depicted in the 2000 film Pitch Black. Vin Diesel reprises his role as Riddick and acts as producer. It is the first and so far only film in the franchise to be given a PG-13 rating. The film received negative reviews and was a box office flop despite being the highest grossing film in the Riddick franchise.

Five years after escaping the dark planet, Riddick has been in hiding, evading bounty hunters and mercenaries sent to capture him. After killing a crew led by mercenary Toombs and stealing his ship on planet U.V., he heads to New Mecca on the planet Helion Prime in the Helion System, after Toombs reveals his bounty originated there. The movie stars Diesel with Karl Urban, Thandie Newton, Colm Feore, Keith David, Alexa Davalos & Christina Cox.

What Are A Few Tips For Getting Kids Excited About Reading?

I think the very first step is to get the kids some age appropriate books. Colourful and with lots of images – this itself draws kids to the books at that age and makes them curious about learning about about the images & words in the book. That’s what it was like for me and most people I know.

Tell stories to your kids from the time that they are really young and make it a point to read from a book. Watch their big eyes go wide as you talk about kings and queens, swords and bows & arrows, big romance and big wars and happily ever after. Make the voices and make humour a big part of the story telling. These all, time honoured traditions are awesome ways to get their imagination going and tell them about stories you want them to know and love and share what you had read to you when you were a kid.

Once you have done that, you create a habit in the kids to want to know the stories, either to be read to them or read it themselves. That curiosity and thirst for knowing will be instilled and they will soon start to read and ask for more books. Provide it for them and every time there is a birthday or Christmas or any kind of gift giving opportunity, get them some books and ask relatives who want to gift your children something to also get them some books. You have now sown the seeds of reading.


My Fav Apps On My Phone That Aren’t Social Media Apps

Tell us your favorite apps, other than social media, on your phone which you use regularly?

Alright so non-social media apps that I use on my phone regularly are :

Wordling : as the name probably suggests it is a game much like Powerlanguage.co.uk or Wordle and yes I too am obsessed with this word guessing craze.

8 Ball Pool : a shooting pool game that you can play against the computer/phone or players from around the world

Zomato : food delivery app

Swiggy : food delivery app; also has groceries delivery as well

Pull The Pin : It is a simple game where you have to get coloured balls safely into a bucket

HDFC Banking app : My main bank is HDFC and it’s where my monthly salary and my payments via PayPal gets deposited. I use it for making payments and transferring money.

Bowling King : a bowling game that you play against players from around the world.

Amazon Music : Best music app that I currently use on a regular basis.

Big Basket : is a grocery delivery service that is really good but takes atleast a day or two to deliver. If you are not in a rush, it’s a great choice.

PayPal : Mainly used to receive payments for sponsored posts.

RBL Credit Card app : I have a credit card from RBL and I use the app mainly to check statuses of payments and to track them.

eBay : the world famous app to buy stuff. I usually buy on dvds and a few Funko pops.

Amazon in : Ah, the best one. I buy a lot of stuff online and Amazon India is the one I go to first. From toiletries, coffee, snacks, shirts, books, phones, laptops etc etc.

GooglePay : A payment app that I connect with my bank account to pay for stuff.

PhonePe : A payment app that I connect with my bank account to pay for stuff.

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for the month of March at The Frangipani Creative

Saving Up For A New Phone?

What are you saving up for? A holiday (I’m being frugal so I can run wild in the aisles of Sephora in New York), a new car, a blow out shopping spree or perhaps something more practical?

Every couple of years I change my phone. Currently I have two phones – – my Oppo F11 Pro is almost 4 years old and my main phone, which is the RealMe X2 Pro is gonna be 2 in July. What I would like to do is save up money to buy the Samsung Galaxy S22+ and  I think I will sell off the Oppo and get a new phone to be my main one and keep the RealMe as my backup.

I thought of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra but that is basically a Note and I am not sure that I want to get a Note style Samsung. Also it is well above a lakh. Even the 22 & the 22+ are priced ridiculously high but I do like them. I have always wanted a flagship kind of phone but what I am willing to pay for it is always another question. However the Samsung Galaxy range is always reliable, classy and works like a charm. So I would love to get one. Only thing is ofcourse the price.

So I’m gonna try to save some money in the next few months and also see if I can get some extra cash on the side, either my blog or some investment thingy we have. If I can get that money I will splash it on the phone. Or maybe I won’t. Hmmm, I am confused but I do think that I will get a new phone this year.


3 Religious Jokes To Tickle Your Funny Bone

“I’m lonely,” Adam told God in the Garden of Eden. “I need to have someone around for company.” “Okay,” replied God. “I’ll give you the perfect companion. She is beautiful, intelligent and gracious, she’ll cook and clean for you and never say a cross word.” “Sounds great,” Adam said. “But what’s she going to cost?” “An arm and a leg” answered God. “That’s pretty steep,” replied Adam. “What can I get for a rib?”

Three engineers are arguing about which is better, mechanical engineering, or electrical, or civil — and the mechanical engineer says, “God must’ve been a mechanical engineer — look at the joints in the human body.” And the second says, “No, God must’ve been an electrical engineer — look at the nervous system.” And the third said: “God had to be a civil engineer, cause who else would’ve run a waste disposal pipeline right through a great recreational area?”

A minister died and went to heaven and ahead of him at the Pearly Gate was a guy in sunglasses and a leather jacket and the guy said to St. Peter. “I’m Joe Nestorenko, cabdriver of Las Vegas.” Saint Peter gave him a golden robe and golden staff and then it was the minister’s turn. “I am Elmer Lundberg, pastor of Zion Lutheran for forty five years.” Saint Peter gave him a cotton robe and wooden staff.” “But that man was a taxi driver? and he gets a golden robe? and golden staff?” And St. Peter said, “Up here, we go by results. While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed.”

9 Weird Laws In Singapore

1. ANNOYING OTHERS WITH A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT OR SINGING IN PUBLIC Penalty: Up to 3 months in prison or $1,000 fine. According to Singapore Statutes Online, singing, reciting or uttering any obscene song (especially if they contain swear words) in public is illegal. So better save your vocal cords for your shower!

2. CONNECTING TO SOMEONE ELSE’S WIFI: Penalty: Up to 3 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine. Bloggers, Digital Nomads and Millennials beware: Using another person’s wifi is defined as hacking in Singapore! Surely you can still connect to the wifi at your local coffee shop, just be careful when it comes to unauthorised connections!

3. FEEDING PIGEONS : Penalty: $500. If Disney Classic Mary Poppins was set in Singapore instead of England, iconic musical scenes like “Feed the birds“ would have looked slightly different. While feeding pigeons might not sound like a criminal offence, in Singapore it is and will definitely cost you.

4. SMOKING IN PUBLIC : Penalty: $150 – 1,000 fine. Smoking is banned in public places and vehicles. This law was put in place to ensure a clean and healthy environment for the public . Really the only safe space to smoke is in your own house or in designated smoking rooms.

5. WALKING AROUND YOUR HOUSE NAKED : Penalty: Up to 3 months in prison or $2,000 fine. While smoking and singing at home is fine, being naked is not. Pornography is illegal  – and walking around naked in your house is considered a form of pornography in Singapore because it is a disturbance to your neighbours. So better close the curtains before getting ready for shower.

6. NOT FLUSHING THE TOILET : Penalty: $150-500 fine. A big part of Singapore’s cleanliness comes from its strict rules, for instance, by most certainly being the only place in the world that has specific legislation against not flushing toilets. Officials actually conduct random checks in public toilets to make sure people flush after they go. If caught leaving an ‘unflushed’ toilet, you face a fine.

7. LITTERING : Penalty: From $300 fine to $5,000 and community service. If you are a first time offender who threw small items on the streets, you will be fined $300. However, those convicted of littering three times will not only pay a hefty fine, but also have to clean the streets with a bib on saying “I am a litterer.” This is done to publicly shame the offenders so that they won’t litter again.

8. SELLING CHEWING GUM : Penalty: $100,000 – 2 years in jail. This will always remain one of the most unbelievable laws to most people. The sale of chewing gum is illegal, bringing it into the country is an offence and spitting it is even worse. There has, however, been a softening of this tough law: You are now allowed to chew nicotine or medicinal gum as long as it is sold by a pharmacist or dentist.

9. MAKING NOISE AND DRINKING ALCOHOL FROM 10:30PM TO 7AM : Penalty: Up to $2000 fine. Singapore is all fun and games – until 10:30pm. If you are planning a group gathering, loud dinner or crazy party that involves booze and might last well after 10:30pm, you actually have to get a permit from the government! Still, you can drink inside a liquor-licensed bar or drink in the comfort of your own room.

Corona Extra – A Beer For A Hot & Humid Day

As  beer lover who wants to try as many beer brands as I possibly can before the end of my life, living in India is tough as what we get is kinda limited when you compare it with European countries, the UK, the US or Canada. Sometimes we get a few brands and that excites us and after a few months or years suddenly the bars you go to or the liquour & beer stores you go to no longer have them in stock and it seems to have vanished (like Miller, Tuborg & Carlsberg and a few others). Here’s hoping that this one, which I was finally able to get after a long, long while is gonna be available a lot more in my area and that’s Corona.

Corona is a brand of beer produced by Mexican brewery CervecerĂ­a Modelo and owned by Belgian company AB InBev. It is the top-selling brand of imported beer in the United States and is very popular here in some parts of India. It is often served with a wedge of lime or lemon in the neck of the bottle to add tartness and flavor. The recipe for the mash bill includes corn as well as the barley  malt and hops  traditionally used used for making beer. The brand’s most popular variation is Corona Extra, a pale lager. It is one of the top-selling beers worldwide, and Corona Extra has been the top-selling imported drink in the U.S. since 1998.

I cannot tell you how excited and how much I was looking forward to getting to taste one I was two Sundays ago. Having heard that it is available in one of bars that I like going to, I eagerly waited to go and enjoy 1. It really is awesome tasting and will go down well, especially on a hot day. Now that we are in March and it’s only gonna get more hotter and humid, I see the sale of this particular brand go up in Kerala. As long as they can keep this brand available for us, I see good success for Corona Extra. I give this beer a 9 outta 10!

When Did You Start To Love Reading?

I was the bookworm. I read a lot, mostly fiction with the off biography and I also read a lot about some history and things. I think my fascination for books and reading started by the time I started to learn how to read. The kids books and comics that I got at the time fueled my imagination and I would be lost in reading the books for a few hours. When I visited my cousins homes, after we all exchanged hellos and how are yous, if we weren’t playing a game or something, I would be reading the books that they had in their homes.

When I was younger, while my cousins and uncle watched cricket matches, I could be found lying in a corner or sitting in a sofa with a book in my hands. Or maybe they were watching a movie that I had no interest in and would rather be lost in comics or in a novel. As a youngster I loved comics and could spends hours with a bunch of them. As I turned 14-15 I turned to novels and read a lot each months. I liked to read as much as I could. People found it easy to give me gifts; they just needed to get me some books.

Some weekends I would spend most of my time in my room reading books and listening to music at a low volume, coming down only for food. People found it easy to give me gifts; they just needed to get me some books. I created faces and voices for the characters in my mind – that always seemed to make the books more enjoyable for me. I didn’t go on purpose; it just came naturally for me without me even thinking about it too much.


Favourite Thing To Eat For Breakfast In The Morning

What is your favourite thing to eat in the morning during breakfast and why?

The very best breakfast that I would like to have and is probably my favourite thing to have in the morning is a stuffed omelette with cheese & mushrooms. 2-3 eggs, finely chopped up onions are optional, button mushrooms that are cut in a half, or quarters if they are big enough, and some big chunks of cheddar or mozzarella cheese. When you cook that up with that fluffy n thick omelette with the saltiness of the cheese and the soft munch of the mushrooms – yum!

Now you can add things if you want to like chopped up tomatoes or peppers to add to the dish. It can also fill it up a lot more. When I was younger, I used to go to this small cafe near my house and buy stuff beef omelettes or chicken omelettes which were really awesome tasting with some toasted bread. One of the bars that I used to go to also had some awesome beef omelettes that I would have with beer or vodka.

So yeah no matter what else you add to it, my preferred way of having my favourite breakfast is a nice thick, cheesy mushroom omelette. Wash it down with some coffee and relax as I listen to a podcast or watch sports updates on Youtube. That’s what I would love to have for breakfast.

Prompt from March Writing Challenge at Imagine Forest