Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Hence I resort to steaming and oven-baking. My meals may look as if it took me hours of hardwork in the kitchen to prepare them but truth is, all are prepared under 45 minutes, and sometimes a mere 15 minutes.
Many of you asked about the oven-baked potato or sweet potato.
|Oven-baked sweet potato|
A friend or a page posted it on Facebook and I thought it was easy enough to make.
|I place a chopstick next to the potato so that I don't slice it all the way down.|
|Garlic shrimp steak|
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I grocery-shop at AEON and all in all, it amounts to about RM6-RM7 per meal (including snacks: fruits, baked sweet potatoes and 3 loaves of banana bread). That amount may be the same as if we lunch at coffee shops with drinks, without fruits or banana bread. Imagine how much more you'd be spending at fast food or restaurants.
I'm still rather new in clean eating and I'm still looking for new recipes weekly to keep our meals creatively balanced. For now, half of each prepped meal is vegetables, a quarter of protein and a quarter of protein, complete with a serving of fruit.
Last week's recipe was brown rice with baked garlic chicken, steamed carrots and broccoli.
|Rectangular lunchbox for him - bigger portion of everything|
This week calls for brown rice with everything steamed - purple cabbage, carrots, broccoli and garlic chicken.
|Square lunchbox for me|
The accompanying fruits (not shown) for brunch/preworkout snacks are bananas (1 whole per serving) or dragon fruits (a quarter per serving) or pear (halved per serving) or grapes (12 pieces per serving).
We decided to dine like the royals once a week, so I made this for one of our dinners this week. Well that was my excuse because I was craving for fish 'n chips *wink* It tasted nothing like fish 'n chips but I think my mind managed to pull a few strings and I was satisfied with this steamed peppered salmon (750g) and shrimps (2 pieces) with steamed vegetable sides (recycled from lunchbox) and baked sweet potato (as chips).
|Homecooked at approximately RM7.50 or maybe RM8 only.|
Giving. I think it runs in my blood. My family finds joy in being able to offer food to others. Whenever my mum cooks petai curry or any of her signature dishes, at least 3 of her friends/our neighbours will savour a share, and my dear sister will never fail to treat us lunch/dinner whenever we meet to catch up.
I believe that the people who give you their food, give you their heart. To the many friends and family members whom I have cooked or baked for, thank you for putting up with my occasional imperfect servings. I give you my heart - rare, medium and well-done.
Happy serving and enjoy eating!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
*I got all the ingredients from AEON, Queensbay Mall.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
After the luncheon and introduction of the brand, company and the recently launched Immortelle Divine Lotion, we were impressed with their generosity of presenting us full-sized products for use-and-review!
The outlet is located on Level 2. I'm not sure which wing or zone, but you'll find it if you walk one round, nearer to the side where Debenhams is.
Friday, October 4, 2013
As a little girl, I had always dreamt to be thin. I started the no-food diet from as young as 10 (as vain as I was!). Then, there was the weight rebound when I started to eat normal again.
Oh, on a side note (lucky me!), I was at my heaviest and "roundest" self when I met my then bf, now husband.
Anyway, over the years as a teenager, I developed gastric and constipation from the inconsistent eating habits. Those health issues became so much a part of my life that I thought it was normal. It was until I met Herbalife that my health took a turn to better. In the process of getting healthier, my weight did too. So if you ask me if Herbalife works, I would say yes. After all, it's a nutritious drink.
But if like me (I don't believe in luck, I believe in hardwork), you prefer something more conventional and challenging and if you have the time, why not invest in fitness?
It doesn't need to be a gym membership, it can be running in the park/beach, hiking the mountain/hill, swimming in the pool, training in your garden, walking/running up the staircase, lifting bags of rice/sand or Yoga/Pilates on YouTube... whichever fits your schedule and your liking.
It's a great pasttime, a healthier hangout option, it may give you the curves and develops the stamina (depending on the type of training) that no diet plans nor pills nor meal replacements ever will.
Try it for 30 days consistently and tell me if it didn't make you feel better in any way ;) *mwah*
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
You only live life once, live it the way you want.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
I wasn't a fan of makeup until I started climbing the corporate ladder at the age of 24. That is even after I was urged and nudged by my then manager to put on some makeup.
I would say, my relationship with Bobbi Brown was a huge plunge. I only merely heard that you'll look very natural with Bobbi Brown, as if you didn't apply anything at all - that statement bought me over, and I fell head over heels for Bobbi Brown ever since.
What I love about Bobbi Brown is her unconventional view on beauty. Beauty is not about looking perfect (no one is perfect, anyways), but beauty is about celebrating individuality (because everyone is different). And Bobbi Brown Cosmetics allows every woman to enhance her unique beauty with formulation that creates a smooth, natural and healthy looking appearance.
These are my basic essentials: Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation, Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Extreme Party Mascara (for endless volume lashes) and Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover
If this is your first time and your face is going to lose her virginity (I mean purity), you ought to leave it to someone you can trust. And if you ask me, that someone is Bobbi Brown and for (makeup) virgins, the Limited Edition Bobbi's Basic is a must-have!
But if you'd like some colours to make your eyes pop, you'll love the new, limited edition Sea Pearls Collection. Yes, green, nude and peach do look pretty awesome together!
Happy glamming up for prom, or a dinner date!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
After all, business-related entertainment expenses have always revolved around luncheons, tea time snacks, dinners and even after-office-hour drinks. And especially in Asia, food is the centre of gatherings and reunions. We always look for ways to fill our guests' tummies because we believe it's a blessing to serve and to give.
But today, I learnt that food is not entertainment. Understanding this concept will help you change your dietary mindset and your eating habits. And it's not just about dropping the sizes and slipping perfectly into that little black dress or getting from fat to fit. It's about giving yourself the gift of life, from unhealthy to healthy.
Now don't flash me that look! I'm not saying that I don't enjoy food. I enjoy it tremendously. I share meals with loved ones. I have dinner with friends. I drink coffee with strangers, sometimes.
I believe in occasional cravings but I look at "comfort food" differently now. I don't turn to food to entertain me because that one minute indulgence is what it is. One-minute distraction from feeling lousy. And then after, you still feel like crap and you have just added another load onto your plate - now I have to run off these calories!
So instead of taking food for granted, turn to food to power your body, to make you feel great (and lean), to nourish your body and to keep you healthy. Then you're free to enjoy, not just the feast on the table but to enjoy the true meaning of living.
We've heard this over and over again: eat to live or live to eat. People may debate all they want on which is right and which is wrong. But the real battle is within yourself whether to lead a lifestyle of "eating to live" or " living to eat". The choice is yours.
Happy living and eating for the right reasons!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Many of you know that I started going to the gym last September to train for my very first half-marathon. But only a few of you have heard this incident. While I was panting heavily in the last 5 minutes trying to clock a better run, an uncle came onto the treadmill next to the one I was running on.
Uncle: Wow, running for one hour?
Me: Yes. Have to... *panting*
Uncle: Why? Got high cholesterol?
Me: No, I'm training for half marathon.
So then, I was 'cursed' by this uncle!
So now, I got high cholesterol!
|To my Muslim readers, please excuse|
this picture. Needed to show my
international readers what
'sio bak' is ;)
Me: I have stopped consuming pork for over 10 years. My main source of protein is from chicken and fish.
Pharmacist: Then you should eat more fish than chicken.
So now, I should cut down on chicken!
Pharmacist: Don't worry you can bring it down. Just watch your diet and exercise more.
Me: I run on the treadmill 30-60 minutes, 4-6 days a week. So how much more exercise should I do?
So now, I should exercise every single day!
Pharmacist: Well, maybe it could be genetic. Do you think?
Me: I'm not sure...
So now, I could be genetically affected!
Me: Anyway, I've just started taking EPO and fish oil for a week now. It will help, right?
Pharmacist: Yes, and supplements will start to take effect after about 3 months.
So then, I can predict my 'need'!
Guess I didn't buy the EPO and fish oil by chance. It had been planned! I bought the supplements because I heard how good EPO is for women and how fish oil can help lose weight/fat. That was the reason I bought them the week before I got the blood test results.
I wouldn't feel so disappointed and frustrated if I do consume pork and eat 'dirty' because then, I'd deserve the negative results. So it was a slap on my face... because I have been so watchful of my diet and I exercise so regularly until I earned myself the super glamour name of "Gymmie".
Sometimes it crosses my mind that what's the point of leading a healthy lifestyle if it doesn't make me any healthier. Might as well eat whatever junk I want since it makes no difference anyway!
But I'm not giving up on myself just yet.
I think this gift of life that was given to me in the form of flesh and blood deserves a chance to be proven worthy. Similar to when I was accused of a sin I didn't commit, I deserve a chance to prove my innocence.
And if you feel bad for my health, my birthday is coming up next month *wink* I'd like a bottle of Herbalife Lemon & Hibiscus Tea Mix.
What a lame excuse to ask for birthday gift!
Monday, June 3, 2013
Let's get steamy in the kitchen!
- Chicken breast
- Baby carrots
- Extra light cheddar cheese
- Steam chicken breast, broccoli and baby carrots to cook.
- Arrange the all the steamed ingredients onto a plate.
- Slice cheddar cheese into strips and place over the cooked ingredients.
- Sprinkle a pinch of salt all over, and add pepper to taste.
- Heat it up in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese melt.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
I know how the hubster falls out of line because eating healthy seems to be tasteless or unappetising or boring. So instead of the usual salmon or chicken salad or sandwich, I put on my creative hat and came up with this simple meatloaf recipe.
Put on your apron and enjoy!
300g ground salmon
300g ground chicken breast
1/2 cup carrot (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup broccoli (florets only)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fish sauce (or any sauce of your choice)
1 egg, lightly beaten
Extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 170 degree Celsius.
- Lightly grease the baking pan with olive oil.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix lightly but thoroughly.
- Slice lemon into half, squeeze half into the mixture. Keep the other half for serving.
- Bake about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Squeeze some lemon and serve.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Yes you're hearing it right, RM50 cash voucher for the first 50 - to get your shopping started. Try beating me in line either at Topshop or Topman in Queensbay Mall, Penang!
Who's the biggest fan now, huh? ;)
Monday, May 20, 2013
How she wakes me up every morning.
How she soothes my nerves during mid-day stress.
How she keeps me going when I'm feeling not-so-myself.
Oh, just her scent, her aroma chases away the gloomy clouds hovering over my head.
During the Origins EnergiZing Workshop yesterday, I learnt a lot more about the benefits of caffeine and I'm rethinking about my friendship with Coffee.
I'm not an Origins user, but simply by looking at the brand, it gives me an impression of being an organic brand. And how right I was! Even their packaging is made from recycled materials.
The product in feature is GinZing™ Energy-boosting moisturizer, which contains Panax Ginseng and Caffeine (derived from coffee beans) for energy; and Olive, Wheat and Barley for moisture.
I took a sniff and my senses felt awakened! Although it smelled very orangey, the blend of citrus oils included Grapefruit Oil for anti-irritant benefits, Spearmint Oil for energy and Lemon Oil to dispel fatigue and increase concentration. (Aha, that made sense!)
For only RM100, it's such an affordable addiction and I (really) hope I'll be able to ditch all those excuses for not staying out late LOL ;)
Oh, I also found out that you can call Origins and book a mini facial session and bring home samples to try. Yes absolutely free! So why not book your sessions today, no harm giving it a try, right?
Happy getting a new addiction!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Can't believe the CSR volunteer service happened so fast. And we have been backed from Manila for two weeks now.
But the smiles and laughter of the little ones, and even the antics of all the Ate(s) and Lola(s) who were ever ready to entertain us.
From the one-week expedition, we only did approximately 8-10 hours of manual labour. Now imagine, another 1,992 hours to go in order to earn a house! Yes, the villagers are required to offer their manpower on site for a total of 2,000 hours to be eligible for one of the 200 sq ft houses.
During the closing speech, Teacher Arlene said that they were blessed to have us. But we were so much more blessed to be there. To be a part of all the efforts and hard work... and not just being able to help them in the littlest way we could, but also being able to learn to see things differently and to appreciate life as it is.
We saw the mothers and grandmothers cry. But I know that they cried not because they were weak but because they have been strong for far too long. Mine was tears of thankfulness that despite the hardships they had to go through, they didn't give up on life. And I pray that their prayers be answered as I saw many "God bless our home" signs but there was one that read "God bless our home...?" My only hope is that they don't give up just yet.
All the aches, blisters, bruises, sunburns, cuts, sweat, nosebleeds and dehydration... They were all worth it! Because this is one of a lifetime experience that cannot be bought, not even with the greatest wealth.
Happy giving back freely to the community, as life was freely given to you!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The interior design exudes a certain warm aura that gives you a welcoming embrace as you walk into the boutique. Later, I found out that the new greenhouse concept boutique is designed and constructed with sustainable materials, in their effort to 'go green'.
The exploration started with a Lucky Dip at the entrance and woot-woot, I got a L'Occitane RM20 voucher!
Best of Almost (worth RM157) - Shower oil 75ml, Milk concentrate 50ml, Hand cream 30ml, Almond pouch
Best of Shea Butter (worth RM150) - Shower cream 75ml, Body lotion 75ml, Hand cream 10ml, Foot cream 10ml, Ultra rich lip balm 5ml, Shea wool pouch
Best of Aromachologie (worth RM145) - Shampoo 75ml, Conditioner 75ml, Shower gel 75ml, Body lotion 75ml, Travel pouch
Present you L'Occitane membership card and receive an exclusive gift.
Early Bird Special*
First 300 customers who purchase above RM200 will receive a FREE Limited Edition "I LOVE L'OCCITANE" Tote Bag!
Visit L'Occitane at Queensbay Mall and be entitled for an instant reward! Stand a chance to win RM100* L'Occitane cash voucher and other prizes worth RM20,000!
Bring A Friend And Be Rewarded*
Bring your friend to join as L'Occitane new member and when they purchase above RM350, you will receive a FREE Spring Cherry Travel Kit (worth RM85)!
*T&C apply. Normal retail items only. Limited quantity only. While stocks last.
Cleansing foam, moisture cream, essence, brightening water
and concentrated 3D mask, cosmetic pouch
|Best of Aromachologie:|
Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, travel pouch
(Verbena extra gentle soap purchased separately)
|Lavender shower gel 75ml, Rose Des Champs silky body gel 75ml,|
RM20 gift certificate