Sunday, June 16, 2013

My papa

Haven't we all heard so many times over that our life is in our hands. Happiness, love, peace, success - all are within the grip of our palm, if we would take things into our hands and make it happen. And we also know that we can't change how our life begins. But we can change how it ends.

Then again, if given the chance, I wouldn't want to change anything from birth. Because I am who I am today because of my past. And if there's one thing I learn from my papa is acceptance. He taught me about taking life easy and live without regrets.

He accepts me for who I was and who I am and I believe strongly that he will accept me for who I will be.

He accepts that I am the quieter daughter (an attribute I got from him anyways *wink*).

He accepts that I'm a fighter because I'm not a natural book-smart (although I'm a fast leaner).

He accepts that I wanted to be a writer (although he had always wanted me to be a nurse).

He accepts that I have a choice of belief in religion and values (as long as my conscience is clear).

He accepts that I am different and I want different things (from how I see it now, I might have been a little rebel).

My papa and I, we have had our row of disagreements. He doesn't always agree with my decisions and each time, he doesn't fail to show me that he disapproves. Nonetheless, he let me and he always comes to accept my choices.

The way I turn out, I think my dad (and mum too) did an awesome job in letting me grow up in my own terms. And I know no matter how big or old I grow, I'll always be their little girl.

I'm blessed to be my papa's (little) girl.

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pretty natural prom

Of course, don't leave out the final details of makeup. As Bobbi Brown said it, "Makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident."

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!

Includes: Bobbi Brown Eye Palette (bone, taupe, mahogany), full size Powder Pink Pot Rouge (for cheeks and lips), full size Crystal Lip Gloss, Dual Ended Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Brush, Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara (for ultra long lashes) and Cosmetics bag

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!

Sea Pearls Collection: Eye Shadow Shimmer Brick, Lip Gloss, Blush Shade, High Shimmer Lip Gloss Shades and Shimmer Nail Polish Shade

Happy glamming up for prom, or a dinner date!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pretty prom

Although prom is not a big deal in Malaysia (or maybe it's slowly gaining in popularity), I love prom season! I can imagine the amount of anticipation and excitement for the girls, and guys too I guess ;)

'Tis the season where teenage girls eat, sleep, breathe and dream sparkly dresses. There's no doubt that most girls really want to dress to impress on their prom nights. And an evening as important as prom night requires only the most lust-worthy look that will stand out on the dance floor.

I'm way past the age for prom but who can resist these lovelies! If you're shopping for your prom dress and perfect look, wrap up with these new collections from Topshop, Queensbay Mall, Penang.

Topshop petite 'Debudante' shoulder dress (mint)

Topshop embroidered prom dress (cream)

Happy getting prom pretty!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Entertainment and food

Does entertainment equate to food?

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

I have been cursed, I think!

The fact that this post even exists means I have this bottled-up feeling that I seriously need to vent. And hopefully feel better - out in the open than hidden within.

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!

My point is, I went for my first blood test 2 weeks ago and the results came out last Sunday. And I couldn't believe my ears and eyes when the pharmacist told me my cholesterol level was slightly high and showed me the reading.

So now, I got high cholesterol!

To my Muslim readers, please excuse
this picture. Needed to show my
international readers what
'sio bak' is ;)
Source: What2seeonline
Pharmacist: You should cut down on the fatty 'sio bak' (barbecue pork meat).
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.

So now, I'm even more watchful of my diet and diligent in preparing my own meals rather than eating out. I'm even adding oats into my breakfast shake.

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

Recipe: Steam it up

After posting the baked meatloaf, a friend asked if there's a simple, quick recipe without the need of an oven. So I thought it'll be perfect to cook it and share it ;)

Let's get steamy in the kitchen!

  • Chicken breast
  • Broccoli 
  • Baby carrots
  • Extra light cheddar cheese
  • Pepper
  • Salt
Note: Portion to your preference

  • 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.
It's all prepped in about 12-15 minutes, if you steam all the ingredients separately at once.

Now don't say you don't have time to cook!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Recipe: Salmon Chicken Meatloaf

We've decided to do some spring cleaning for our body, and we'll be eating clean.

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
1 lemon
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.

It's so easy, it only takes less than 5 minutes to mix all the recipes and just leave it to bake while you dress up, set the table and blend some orange juice ;)

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