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Keeping cool
 
In this era of global warming and rising temperatures, keeping cool has become a priority for many people all over the world. Many resort to unusual ways of doing so, like dipping in the fountains found all over the major cities of the world. Others go to some lengths to swim in their own pools filled with ice cubes. In Malaysia, the heat is something that we have grown accustomed to. Yet, there is still the need to keep cool nonetheless.

The conventional ways of keeping cool include sitting in front of the fan or staying enclosed in an air-conditioned room. Both ensure that one is cool, but upon exiting the room of such cool comfort, the heat becomes even more oppressive. As a result, many prefer to spend the greater part of the searing afternoons in shopping centers, cinemas or even coffee clubs. Hence, it is not unusual for the shopping centers and coffee houses to be crowded even during office hours.

In Asian countries, it is believed that certain foods are 'cool', while others are 'heaty'. In the latter category are foods that are fried, chocolates, cakes and pastries. 'Cool' foods include birds' nest, winter melon and green bean soup. Thus, if one intends to keep 'cool', he will consume more of the food in the second category. It may seem ludicrous to a non-Asian to believe that foods have such qualities, but I am testimony to the efficacy of such `cool' foods.

Figuratively, keeping cool can also refer to keeping one's anger in check. Thus, to keep cool under trying circumstances, one can try a few things. The first is to practice breathing exercises. This means that at the point of feeling an oncoming flare-up, you should calm yourself down inwardly and regulate your breathing. Try to count to twenty slowly and you will feel less likely to explode in fury. Otherwise, you could also try thinking of pleasant things when you are riled up. It could range from beautiful surroundings to someone or something that you love.

Another way of looking at the phrase `keeping cool' is looking chic. It can refer to both adopting the latest hip fashions or an attitude of icy arrogance. Both are popular with teenagers today, who try to ape famous people or beautiful models. Thus, there are really many ways of keeping cool, both literally and figuratively.

     
ludicrous   ridiculous
     
riled up   irritated
     
ape   mimic, imitate
 
 

 

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