One week of trans fats

January 30, 2007

Today, I mark the one week anniversary of this blog. This is a very small milestone. But hey, for a newbie like me, it’s an occasion to celebrate.

Another reason to celebrate is that I had a record 158 visits yesterday – more than double my previous high of 63. It is not a lot compared to what I imagine the more popular bloggers get. But, it has been beyond my expectations. Way, way beyond.

Although new to blogging, I had been building websites for many years. My first attempt was during the late 1990s. Back then, I was too cheapskate to purchase my own domain name (it probably cost more at that time too) and my website was http://www.singnet.com.sg/~seahss.

I built it with a program called Pagemill. I bet most of you have not heard of that! The site was not very nice looking. I did not even know how to resize my pictures and some of them were enormous!

The more serious attempt was in 2002, when I put up my personal website, www.richardseah.com. I had a pirated version of Adobe Golive 4.0, I learnt to use it by reading Learning Adobe Golive in 24 hours, and, before the 24 hours, I had a site going. I was quite pleased with the design too. Incidentally I have since switched to legitimate software, using Adobe GoLive CS2.

Then in 2005, I joined a web marketing programme called Site Built It. My friend who introduced it to me was making ‘big money’ through Google Ads, meaning she was earning a few hundred US dollars per month.

I thought I could do with some additional income and I identified with Site Build It business model, which emphasises delivering quality CONTENT rather than performing various tricks to draw visitors. Today, my friend is earning thousands per month and I still have a long, long way to go. But I really think Site Build It is great, at just US $299 per year. Do check it out.

The bottom line is this:

  • After 5 years, http://www.richardseah.com gets about 400-500 visitors per day. In fact, it was at that level after 3 years and had remained more or less stagnant.
  • After 2 years, my second website, www.art-photograph-gallery.com done with Site Build It now has about 200 visitors daily and the numbers are still increasing.

So you understand why I get excited when this blog received 158 visitors yesterday, after just one week!

My latest website, www.stop-trans-fat.com is doing well too, averaging more than 100 visits daily after less than one month. The highest was 320 visitors, after Mr Wang Says So mentioned the site on his blog.

That was when I decided to start this blog. In fact, I re-started it. Back in September 2005, I started a similar blog on blogspot but left it idle after just three posts (and a few spam comments).

I really must thank Mr Wang for his inspiration to get me started again.

And to YCK, saltwetfish, kenwahfu, Molly and others who added more than their 2 cents worth to keep the discussion alive with their comments, as well as the many others who emailed me privately.

One email I’d like to mention. It came from a doctor, a medical specialist in a public hospital. He said that since he works in a government hospital, the less he says in public, the better. But privately, he said, he agrees with me wholeheartedly.

It is heartening to get such emails, although I wish people were less reluctant to speak up in public, especially when the Internet offers some degree of anonymity (spelling correct??).

Thanks, too, to intelligentsingaporean.wordpress.com and others for recommending some of my posts. You have all contributed greatly to my visitor traffic.

In all my years of putting up information on the Internet, I have never before felt so connected with my readers – and with fellow posters and the rest of the Internet community. Sure, I get an occasional email from visitors to my websites. It happens once every few months. But this past week I’ve had close to 20 emails already. Keep them coming and apologies if I sometimes fail to reply. I need to work and earn a living too.

So now I am beginning to understand the value of blogs, and what all the fuss and excitement is all about. I am a latecomer. But am glad I am here.

I bid you to welcome me to blogosphere as much as I regret to read that one of our most prominent contributors, Gayle Goh, has decided to leave.

I hope I will be here for some time yet. I have lots more to say and to share about trans fats and many other health issues.

Watch this space.


  1. Hi Richard,

    Its me again, I chanced upon Gardenia Bread today and in its ingredients there are 2 terms “unhydrogenated vegetable shortening” and “pure vegetable shortening”.

    I know that the 2nd one is still trans fat, but what about the first one? I thought vegetable shortening IS trans fat, can it be unhydrogenated at all?

    Kelvin Wong

  2. May be possible.

    Nowadays there are some unhydrogenated vegetable shortening, including some sold by “health food” brands like Spectrum Naturals – I used to sell their oils at Brown Rice Paradise.

    That’s why labelling has become even more complicated and confusing than ever.

    Best to eat Cedele bread 🙂

    Absolutely no trans fats. Baked with olive oil or no oil. And their cakes made with butter.

    A bit costly but very delicious. Anyway not a good idea to eat bread all the time. I rather eat Cedele bread once a week or in two weeks, than Sunshine / Gardenia bread every day.

  3. Er… that’s the only way I can eat Jam and Peanuts! Plus Cedele is not like everywhere like 711 leh..

  4. Wow! It has been more than one week already? Haven’t really thought about it. Glad to know that many have checked this blog out. Look forward to when it addresses other issues than just trans fat. Keep it up 🙂

    Cedele expensive, labelling vague? Wouldn’t have been easier to just ban trans fat all together? Make it so hard to be HPB and to be a commoner.

  5. Yes Cedele bread costs quite a bit, range from $4+ to $6++. It took me a long time before I could bring myself to buy it.

    But I found it really delicious. And once I started taking, others do not seem as good anymore.

    Before Cedele, I used to buy the Champagne bread from the San Moulin bakery at Isetan Scotts. Costs $3.20. That, to me, is the cheapest of the non-mass-produced breads. I don’t think got trans fats there, bread seems quite healthy and it is a bit like white bread, so those not used to wholemeal would find it more acceptable.

    Like I said earlier, I rather eat good bread once in a while – has been over two weeks since I last had Cedele – than junk bread daily.

  6. nice

  7. Hi / thanx for interesting post on this blog. Rgds Richard

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