Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tech Piece: How to block event invites

I have this ONE friend who is very passionate at the place she works at. I envy that, finding a dream job can be difficult. Especially in Vancouver. But she constantly send me invites to special events the venue has. Its probably a mass invite, but that's not the issue. It keeps popping up in my events page and it can get annoying.

So I searched online for the best cure, and there is one!! Facebook didn't have this before, but have incorporated a brilliant option to block event invites without blocking the person as a whole. Whoopee! 

If you go to privacy shortcuts -> more settings
On the left side of the window, click blocking 

There are two options available: 
1. Block app invites
2. Block event invites

And viola! Hope it helped you, as much as it helped me.
All the credits to Roberto Aloi

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Personal piece: Love and hate relationship with Medical program.


Growing up & becoming a Canadian citizen, this country provides its people many benefits. The medical program is one of them. From where my home country, there wasn't free healthcare. This meant every individual who was sick had to pay to visit the doctors. Medical clinics were a booming business, there is at least 3-4 in every block. Though there was a fee, the results were what you paid for. Fast diagnosis, strong medication. People got better within days of receiving their prescriptions. Most medication can be purchased directly at the clinic which saved time visiting a pharmacy. Pharmacy only carried over-the-counter drugs and works like a convenience store, fairly similar to Canada.

I enjoy the healthcare as a Canadian because its paid for through filing taxes every year. But as we all know, businesses give little thought about consumers when they are not within a competing industry. Long story short, my last few visits to lifelabs have been extremely frustrating. The organization has implemented an option where patients can "book appointments". This provided the company a more realistic forecast as they can measure the flow of patients. However, it wasn't communicated to the public so few who knew was able to take advantage of the service. Due to the fact that they only do walk-ins previously, it was a first-come, first-serve basis. With this new service, it has brought many people inconveniences:

1. Patients who are not as tech savvy (pre-predominately seniors) had to wait longer as people who made appointments get priority.

2. Longer wait times meant people working 9-5 are all coming in at once on weekends because taking its harder to predict if taking 2 hours off work will be enough.

3. Higher load of work for staff, results in unhappy employees. Low job satisfaction meant customers are constantly having to deal with rude attitude from the staff.

At least communicate to the general public of new implementations through media or through doctors will help relief some stress. Especially for sick patients who have to deal with cranky staff.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Magic Pill to counteract Asian Flush

Don't be alarmed, this post is dedicated to those with the "asian blush" when intoxicated. The pill being referred to is called Zantac.

A while ago while I was researching for an over-the-counter drug, I came across the name Pepcid. A friend of mine who is studying sciences, recommended the generic form of Zantac. He had first hand experience with it and it gets the job done. But results may vary with different body types.

Upon experiencing it for the first time, they eliminate the ugly, unphotogenic asian blush (without doing photoshop touchups). YES! Because the drug has the ability to damage the stomach lining, I take it on the rare occasion. Which doesn't include going out for a beer or two. Special occasion such as a friend's birthday, or once a year statutory holiday.

This drug has severe side effects.