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Hi Sunshine!

  • Jan 21, 2010
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Sunshine! A day with sunshine is a day of possibilities.
Oh yes, the man who sang “You are my sunshine, my only … “ has left long ago. Despite that, I still like the nick name “sunshine”. Sunshine warms the heart and gives the day a meaning of its own.
I’ve had sunshine all my life, except for those years I was in Canada and China, or rather, those years I lived in a 4-season country. I was born in a tropical country and that translated to waking up with sunshine filtering through the curtains daily. At times, it was even too much that I needed to get special curtains to block out the light entirely in order to sleep over. Still, I was accustomed to waking up in daylight. It didn’t make sense at first nor did I think much about sunlight. However, recalling that I practically hibernate throughout my first winter in Canada, and then again after many years after leaving Canada and arriving in Beijing, winter is not my favorite time of the year. I felt lethargic on winter days & nights & the worst scenario would be depression. The wonders of sunshine and the lack of it changes the world for me, literally.
We need it & thrive in it
It was only recently that I realized how very much I needed sunshine in my life! Something I’ve taken for granted all my life! Rain may be romanticized by Hollywood and lovers, but sunshine is what keeps me going. I do not think nor do I wish to live in a country that has practically no sunlight for 6 months of the year. I did so in Canada before and I do know what I’m yapping about. Hence, it is not easy for me to phantom why anyone would want to live in places like Greenland & Alaska or Scandinavia. I know those places have some very scenic landscapes and are great places for vacations. But 6 months almost without sunshine? Oh my, that’s tough! For me at least it is extremely tough!

We commercialize it
That makes me wonder too… I mean when I was having it all my life, I didn’t really like too much sun. In fact, it’s common knowledge that most Asian girls dread sunlight as it’s bad for the skin and it’s fashionable to look as fair as possible! That’s why you’ve the Whitening Range in many of the Asian cosmetics and skincare products. The sun can be scotching hot in the tropics. And one reason why we’ve got some of the greatest beaches here, like in Bali (Indonesia), Phuket (Thailand), Langkawi (Malaysia) & Cebu (Philippines). Same for places like Maldives & Seychelles. What then is the problem? Humidity I believe is the answer. For many visitors to South East Asia, humidity is a big problem.


With increasing problem from climate change and the depletion of the ozone layers, I wonder if eventually sunlight will become too strong and prove to be harmful for human beings. That led us to the green revolution that many are talking about these days. In his book and speeches, Thomas Friedman reminded us that the world is in fact not having green revolution but a green party. Stores in China & Canada now charge money for plastic bags and even Walmart (or may be it was Carrefour) which stated that the profit margin for selling those bags are substantial. So, the commercial aspect of the ‘sunshine’ effect.  
We energize it & save lives with it
Now, we find ways to turn sunlight into something useful, like a solar energy. Solar power plays a big part in the Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Solar lighting company Sol donated $300,000 worth of lighting systems that allow hospital and food distribution to operate in the night. Solar cell phones which were launched in mid 2009 also play a crucial role in time of disaster. Ever heard of solar powered audio bibles? They also play a role in helping the Haitians cope with their losses.

So, Yes! Hello sunshine!

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January 30, 2010
Creative review, Sharrie! It brightened my day:) I definitely know what you mean about needing sunshine and the difference it makes in your day. Here in Minnesota I know we battle the cold and cloudy days of winter and it does make me appreciate the spring and summer sunshine all the more. Thanks for sharing!
January 23, 2010
Great fun review, Sharrie! at first I thought you reviewed the horror sci fi movie SUNSHINE...well, me, I am dark enough, so I try to be a bit lighter in skin tone LOL!
January 23, 2010
Good grief! They even made a movie with sunshine? I need one of those emoticon, lol...
January 23, 2010
Hello, Sunshine! :) Thanks for this cute and educational review. I know what you mean about Asian people wanting to have pale skin. It used to be like that in Western culture, too, because it was believed that the more pale you are, the more wealthy and royal you are. Solar powered audio Bibles? Wow... I wonder how those work. I'm sure those are very useful.
January 23, 2010
I hope so. It's a wonder how those people will be able to hang on. Although I'm not so sure if they are mostly Christians! I've heard otherwise.
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Quick Tip by . January 21, 2010
The essence of life. One with which we take for granted much too often. "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy..."
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Sunlight, in the broad sense, is the total frequency spectrum of electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun. On Earth, sunlight is filteredthrough the Earth's atmosphere, and solar radiation is obvious as daylight when the Sun is above the horizon.

When the direct solar radiation is not blocked by clouds, it is experienced as sunshine, a combination of bright light and radiant heat. TheWorld Meteorological Organization uses the term "sunshine duration" to mean the cumulative time during which an area receives directirradiance from the Sun of at least 120 watts per square meter.[1]

Sunlight may be recorded using a sunshine recorderpyranometer or pyrheliometer. Sunlight takes about 8.3 minutes to reach the Earth.

Direct sunlight has a luminous efficacy of about 93 lumens per watt of radiant flux, which includes infraredvisible, and ultraviolet light. Bright sunlight provides illuminance of approximately 100,000 lux or lumens per square meter at the Earth's surface.

Sunlight is a key factor in photosynthesis, a process crucially important for life on Earth.

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