World Lupus Day

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Today, 10th May is the 16th World Lupus Day and this year May is Lupus Awareness Month. Those annual events aim to gain attention to lupus and its impact on the live of millions of individuals and families around the world.

“Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In a healthy immune system, the body produces antibodies which destroy unhealthy cells such as bacteria, viruses and foreign waste. However, lupus causes an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies which attacks healthy body tissue. This can affect most parts of the body including any organ.” Systemic lupus is the most popular type in which any organs can be affected, such as heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and skin. As statistical data, there are currently around 5 million lupus patients in the world of which 90% are female. “Symptoms of lupus include fatigue, fever, headaches, sensitivity to light and hair loss. People with lupus may also have a butterfly shaped rash across their cheeks and nose. Fatigue is one of the main symptoms affecting about 80% of people with lupus.” Currently, there is still no exact conclusion about reasons and treatment for lupus. (From http://www.whathealth.com)

That’s been more than 13 years since the day I was diagnosed that I have lupus after several months wich typical symptoms including hair loss, weight loss and fatigue. My kidney was attacked by my own immune system at that time, when I was just 15. I had to stop everything for a year to focus on the treatment saving my kidney. It has actually changed my life. After its flame, I suffer everyday its symptoms from fatigue, cramp, joint pain, quickly get exhausted, I become really sensitive to sunlight that can really quickly knock me out. Those symptoms are not clearly visible for others.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2019! Send back home all best wishes!

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Lunar Year 2019 has started in Vietnam (GMT+7) and some Asian nations such as Singapore, Korea, China, etc., and in Vietnamese it is called as Tet. This is the most important annual holiday in Vietnam, somehow like Christmas in western culture. We usually spend time with family and friends in this special ocassion and enjoy various specially traditional activities and food as well.

Another Tet away from home. Last year, after the last exam, we – Asian students – gathered to celebrate and introduced it to our international friends. We actually had fun but still felt homesick.

I’ve just been back from work and don’t have time to do anything to celebrate. Just quickly called my family to say best wishes to everyone there and everyone is now busy on celebrating to welcome another good year. I miss you all!

Happy Tet 2019!

Homburg, Germany

04.02.2019

MIN/ MAX/ AVERAGE with array formula

Which ones is the champion?

🏇🏇🏇🏇🏇 Congrats Tina to be the best!

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Let’s illustrate Excel array formula with a horse racing game as the following table.screen shot 2019-01-23 at 19.44.33

Data area in column Horse Name (table raw data) is named as horsename (F2:F16) and column Duration is named as duration (H2:H16).

From provided data, analysis result should be delivered as below. Data area in column Horse Name (table result) is named as nameresult (A2:A6).

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Vegetarian Home Cooking (14)

This is a popularly Korean dish that I have recently learnt. Its name is Mayak egg.

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Boil some eggs and I found that it is perfect if we make soft eggs or runny yolks.

The sauce is made from soy sauce, water, sugar and sriracha (instead of chilies, but for those who like hot and spicy, add chilies here are better) then stir to mix them well. Next add some garlic, onion and green onion (actually I quickly fried them before adding and I didn’t use garlic). If any, sesame seeds should be added too. Stir again. Pour the sauce mixture over the eggs, cover and store in a refrigerator for at least 6 hours. Egg white will turn to light brown. It should be used together with warm rice and vegetables.

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“Bún thịt nướng, chả giò” – Veggie rice noodle with grilled meat and spring rolls

A popularly Vietnamese dish with rice noodle – combined with veggie spring rolls and grilled meat and of course with types of fresh salad, sprout and herbs. It is together with veggie “fish” sauce made from orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, lime and garlic.

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“Bánh hỏi thịt nướng” – Veggie rice noodle with grilled meat

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