Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teach Children to be Grateful

Different Spin
The Star Metro
11th September 2015

Don't Let Politics Get in the Way

Different Spin
The Star Metro
14th August 2015

Keeping Away from the Negative - Balik Kampung ....ohhhhhh...Balik Kampung!

Different Spin
The Star Metro
17th July 2015

Not your most conventional Raya family portrait, but we are different like that.
Raya 2015

Time to detox Body, Mind & Soul

Different Spin
The Star Metro
19th June 2015

Always believe in yourself

Different Spin
The Star Metro
22nd May 2015

There are always other ways to reinvent yourself and explore other options

Different Spin
The Star Metro
24th April 2015

Do More, Talk Less

Different Spin
The Star Metro
27th March 2015

The Route of the Matter

Different Spin
The Star Metro
27th February 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I am so MARAH.

A domestic helper from our block was found dead trying to escape from her employer who apparently abused her. She tried to climb 11 floors down from her window using tied linen and a hose. The self-made rope gave way and she fell down and died.

When the police arrived, my own helper and her gang of bibiks told me that they would often see the victim gesturing for help from the window when were downstairs at the park.
The body was malnourished and there was speculation that she was too weak to hold on tight to the rope, hence her fall.
I heard there was not enough evidence to bring the employers to court (as the only witness was the deceased victim).
I told bibik that she should have told me this earlier but she and her gang didn't think much about it as "kami indak mahu kacau hal rumahtangga orang lain".
However, when bibik saw a new maid doing the very same gesture the following weeks after the death of victim number 1, she immediately told me and I went over to the house to investigate.
As I could not see or hear anything, I went and made a report to the management team. The manager told me the police had spoken to the male employer who admitted his wife was having some sort of breakdown but denied abusing their help.
I had mentioned this incident to some other persons including my manicurist who comes over and does my nails at my house.
Coincidently, on the day I told my manicurist about the "jumping maid incident", she bumped into the new employee/helper and managed to find out she was being abused.
A few days later, the whole family moved away.
To cut the long story short, victim number two was rescued and I think the police nabbed the couple.
Had bibik came to me earlier, a life could have been saved.
Sometimes, we need to be "kepoh" and not have a "tidak apa" attitude.
I stand united against Crime with MARAH.
Here's a different story I would like to share on why I am onboard with MARAH.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How To save money like Chinese *Pimple*

Today, I told my M4M whatsapp Group that I was going to pray for a more positive day. Initially, I thought I'd give myself a "social media fast" today (since it's  been quite a bit of a bummer reading what's on my feed of late), but I'm glad I was "itchy fingers". Found this hilarious video online.


Sigh. Rather than get all worked up ... let's just breathe in and tighten our belts.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The SHOCKING ingredients in Cigarettes

For a start, here's the who's who of the most TOXIC ingredients used to make cigarettes tastier and more quickly, effectively addictive.
It has ARSENIC. That should encourage you to snub that ciggie of yours!

If you think ciggies are simply dried tobacco leaves rolled in paper, you are about 597 ingredients off! According to an article I read by Melissa Breyer, the tobacco industry has become master mixologists with the additives. Some ingredients are added for flavour, but research has shown that the key purpose of using additives is to improve tobacoo's potency resulting in increased addictiveness - and the additives they choose to use are dreadful.

I am so, so, so glad my husband and I have quit smoking.

For the whole list of 599 additives used in cigarettes, see BBC Worldservice page WHAT'S IN A CIGARETTE.

How to Empower your children to be safe when online

My children are  both very nifty with the ipad and our phones. We don't allow full access to it, but on 'reward days', or days when we are both not around and want to 'facetime' them, they are allowed some time on these gadgets but I monitor or get whoever is looking after them, to make sure they're not surfing nonsense.

Iman is 3 and Isobel has turned 7.

I am more concerned with Isobel as she knows how to read, spell and write, so although I trust her when she surfs, I am still on the look out and have made her implemented parental control over her computer (my old iMac).

I came across this newsletter from UNICEF and I thought I'd like to share with you as a guideline. Will just give a summary of it and you can visit www.klikdenganbijak.my for more online safety tips ok?

1. Digital Habits

Get to know your children's online habits. How much time do they spend online and how do they spend it? Isobel loves her minecraft and although I was assured it's not violent, she seems quite addicted to it and addiction is never good, right?

Are they having trouble in other areas because their digital activities are taking up too much time?
(I finally had to take the ipad and allow access during "reward day" or after homework is cleared, otherwise, she won't even think of putting it down unless she needs to charge it!!! *alarm bells*)

What are their favourite sites and apps and who are they talking to?

2. Online Persona

Remind your chidren to think before posting. Are they proud of what they're posting? Would they want their post to represent them indefinitely?
(Note to parents with teens: selfies showing body parts seems to be the craze now)

They should check photos and posts they're tagged in and untag themselves from posts that are offensive or illegal

3. Bullying and Hateful Speech

Let your children know they can come to you for help on these issues, and check in with them about this regularly. If you child is being cyber bullied, depending on the severity, they may want to delete or unsubscribe the offender.

Reporting the behavior to the site administrators is another option.
( I was did that. Report inappropriate comments and fake accounts pretending to be me)

4. Personal Information & Privacy

Personal information such as full name, phone number, address and birthday should not be revealed in any public site. Social network privac settings should be set to "Friends".
(I also tell her don't simply add/follow strangers on her Instagram)

5. Image and Video Sharing

For safety purposes, your child should remove the metadata from their posts so that strangers cannot access their information. One way is to switch 'location' off on their phone or camera.

(Adults can do this too!)

Hope this helps ?



Guidelines from UNICEF Newsletter
Pictures from the wonderful WWW.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GM Diet - Daphne Iking Day 4 & 5

Hello there! I completed Day 4 yesterday and blogging about Day 4 & 5 (almost there Pon!) in this post.

So, here's what I ate & felt yesterday. Ordered my almond milk from Stripjuice Jalan Telawi, Bangsar the day before (Sunday)

GM Diet Day 4: Monday 9th February

I felt much more energised as per what the website said. The night before, I didn't crash as soon as I hit the pillow, which has normally happened to me over the past few days. I watched a movie with hubby and eventually fell asleep.

Woke up at 6am feeling a bit sleepy but energised. I don't know how one can possibly be sleepy and energised at the same time. On hindsight, it is probably my daily body clock used to waking up this early now that the jetlag has gone OR yes. I'm sleepy (mind is sleepy cause it knows it didn't get as much sleep as usual) but body was recharged (thanks to detox) ?

Decided to get my exercise done for the day since I skipped any form of exercise the day before. Just a light jog for about 20 minutes.

8:00 am: One banana, 250 ml of Stripjuice Pure Almond milk and a bowl of soup

(My soup: Large onion, 1/5 of cabbage, a tomato, some sawi, one large red pepper, 2 stalks of celery. Boil them together. I still have enough soup for the  next day)

Took a bowl (medium size) of soup for breakfast

9:30 am: Off for shoot

12:00 pm: Ate the banana and drank my almond juice I had with me on location. Felt the hunger pangs coming in fast. Thank God I brought my food with me.

1:00 pm: Went shopping to buy my beef and tomatoes for tomorrow's diet. Was feeling very happy I could have something else than the vegetable soup (which tastes  pretty ok actually, but there's only so much vegetables one can eat without rice. For me at least)

Even though I was excited for Day 5 (this motivated me to tahan Day 4), I am not a huge fan of red meat. So I checked the GMDiet for vegetarians and for Indians and noticed they do allow fish and a bit of rice. So, I ended up buying a pack of salmon avocado sushi for breakfast tomorrow.

1:30 pm: I  accompanied my husband for his lunch of sushi. He is on a juicing diet, but eats sushi to complement his diet. It's not fair how he loses weight faster, but he's hardcore clocking at least 6kms a day. (But, refuses to do a marathon with me , "waste of time"..weird huh? ) He had his detox drink and sushi, and I thought I'd cheat a bit by having a shot of wheatgrass juice.

2: 30 pm: Another bowl of soup. Was really struggling to finish it. Smelt bibik's (the helper) nasi with sardine. Yummy! (Hmm..maybe I can have sardine on Day 5? But without rice, macam tak best, kan?)

3:00 pm: Another bottle of almond milk and half a banana (cause Iman ate the rest).

5:45 pm: Another bowl of soup with a glass of low fat milk.

9:00 pm: Was feeling peckish hungry. Downed it with water. Watched The Grammy's repeat. Slept halfway.

Yay! Day 4 complete!

GM Diet Day 5: Tuesday 10th February

6:30 am: Woke up sleepy but slightly happy I get to cook my burger patty (no bread!) today. Got the girls ready for school and went to bathe and pray. One glass of water. Checked my weight. I've lost an additional 400gms. I always check at the same time each day. Right after I woken up, peed and drank water. Cause our body fluctuates throughout the day, and it can be quite demotivating when you see the weight go up and down.

  ** Take note that if you are working out, you may be surprised to see that you feel leaner and clothes seems to fit you better, but you are gaining weight. That's what happened to me when I as working out at Bodytone, Solaris. I can't wait to start back. Perhaps after CNY will sign up again**.

Working out at Bodytone Solaris Branch. This was before I my procedure. =( Had to rest awhile. Need to get back there.

I may be losing water mass. That's what most people are saying. They could be right, so I make sure I drink more water -- but I do feel leaner and smaller around the waist.

So total loss for today is 1.6kilos. Not as much as I thought to be honest. Nevermind. I shall continue!

7:45 am: Had my salmon avocado sushi. Sorry. I was hungry so I only have the 'after' picture.

12:00 pm: Had one 3" burger patty (grilled) with 5 grilled cherry tomatoes (I prefer them cause they're sweeter) and a quarter thinly sliced zucchini

Drank loads of water in between** Kept a reminder on my phone.

6:00 pm : This was where I sort of broke my GM diet a bit because we were out shopping and I was so hungry (didn't expect to take this long as it was an impromptu outing after taking my car from the workshop) so I had 2 ikean salmon balls and 1/4 bite of hubby's karipap =(

Bought my ikea meatball sauce to complement my dinner at home

7:30 pm: Had 4 2 1/2" meatballs with a bit of ikea meatball sauce with 6 tomatoes. Drank another 2 glasses of water

9:00 pm: Slept like a baby after completing my Grammy's repeat (which was quite disappointing to be honest)

Yay! Day 5 complete!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My Review about the GM Diet Day 1 to 3

So, I’ve decided to try this GM Diet that many friends have been raving about. My sister actually did it a few times before her wedding and lost a considerably huge amount of weight. The downfall is that this is a detox program, and to achieve  longer results, [ unfortunately ], at the end of the day, it boils down to discipline in eating right and getting at least 3 workouts in a week. There’s no other way but that.

I was skeptical about this because I’m not a huge fan of fad diets. But after coming home from our trip to South Africa, I had gained 4 kilos in 18days and was feeling super bloated!

With the bride and groom Mr & Mrs Boden with Ferhat Nazri and my LOML at Kruger Park South Africa

When I saw a guy friend of mine post pictures of himself after the diet, I was convinced that if he could do it, I could. I spoke to a few girlfriends to do it together but apart from Mas, the rest didn’t want to – yet.

It was on Wednesday itself that I decided we had to do it and it had to start the very next day (cause I was off to Bali on the 13th). So, I told my husband that night and he was surprisingly very supportive (normally, he would say “nonsense all these diets! You will hurt yourself” but he didn’t… so yay!)
There are a lot of sites that teaches one to do the GM Diet, but I went on the actual GM Diet website to make sure I was doing it right.

Day 1: Friday 6th February, 2015

The night before, I was yakking away with a friend and forgot that I needed to stock my fridge up with fruits.

So before my yoga class at 1030am, I found a green apple and jambu to fill me up. Drank loads of water and off for yoga.
That's my friend and yoga teacher. Atilia. She is the original Yaya. Now they have 3 branches. Fuh. 

10:00am: Class was a little bit more advanced than usual. I was feeling shaky all over, especially when doing the “fallen angel” pose. I did one headstand before giving in to exertion.  Drank water.

11:30 am: Had leftover of cut apple and jambu. Placed some raisins in the container that I brought with me to class and drank 750ml of water

12:00 pm: Had my Stripjuice Grapefruit juice.

12:10 pm: Was feeling very light-headed. Took a nap.
1:00   pm: Had Stripjuice Promegranate juice before heading out to get groceries done
4:00   pm: Had a cup of cut watermelon
4: 30  pm: Had a bottle of Stripjuice Orange.
7:00   pm: Had ¼ watermelon, ¼ honeydew, 1/5 papaya. Felt so full . Couldn’t eat my red apples.

My husband shares some fruit with me. He's on a juicing diet.

8:30   pm: Stripjuice Grape (1/2 bottle)
9:00   pm:  Rubbed my essential oils on my neck and soles of feet. Was so tired. Slept right away.

Day 1 completed. Yay.

Day 2: Saturday 7th February, 2015
It’s all about vegetables today! I’m allowed to eat starchy vegetables too. The site recommends sweet potatoes for those living in the tropics. I wonder if Corn is a starchy vege? Will google it later. Cause bibik boiled corn for me. And I can’t resist corn.

7:15  am: 1 sweet potato & a glass of water
7:30  am: Yoga at Central Park with Lay Gaik. Light session

9:00  am: Collected my vegetable juices from La Juiceria, Sri Hartamas.

Had a swig of the Cilantro Celery Punch (admittedly it is not pure vege. This drink had Apples too)

9: 30  am: Had a cob of corn. Feeling ok. Not hungry. Just peckish. Cause when I’m at my desk, I’m normally with sweets or biscuits. Bad habit I know. Since I can’t nibble on my raisins, will go prepare my brocolli and sawi for early lunch.

12:30 pm: Ate my Broccoli and saw. Drank my Goodness Greens from La Juiceria. Was feeling a bit lethargic now. I took some Peace and Calm YL essential oils and massaged it over my temples and neck. Took a quick nap.

(That's why I recommend friends to start this diet on a weekend, cause the first two days are really hard)

4:30 pm: I nibbled on some lettuce and another bottle of Goodness Greens Juice.

6:00 pm: Had sawi and broccoli again. Feeling really sleepy again. Bathed and was in bed by 8:30pm

Day 2 completed. Yay!

Day 3: Sunday 8th February, 2015

Woke up really early and went to weigh myself after taking a swig of water from my water bottle.

I have lost 1.2kilos!

Feeling determined, did some light breathing exercises after subuh prayers and prodded downstairs to make my breakfast.

7:00 am: A glass of warm water. Boiled cabbage and watermelon.

8:00 am: Drank a bottle of Stripjuice Grapefruit

9:00 am: Ate 1/4 of watermelon

Packed my La Juiceria Beet Aid juice and some cherry tomatoes out in case I got peckish while on the go.

12:30 pm: Had Japanese lunch after dropping kids off at Laura's birthday party

Vegetable Teppanyaki. Yum!(Picture from internet. Was so hungry, I forgot to take pic)

I was not supposed to eat beans because it's high in calories, but I love them, plus they're still considered vege, so I cut myself some slack here. (pic from internet)
1:30 pm: Feeling more energised (did not feel sleepy today!). Went to get my stock of almond milk from StripJuice at Jalan Telawi, Bangsar. I met Nicole for the first time. She's so pretty!(She didn't want her pictures taken though. )

Grapejuice for the hubs. Iman loves it too!

Went to take the girls to visit the late Tunku Abdul Rahman's museum and residence.

5:00 pm: We came home and I was feeling peckish. Drank my Grapefruit and decided to prepare a healthy wrap for hubs. (When I prepare food or bake, I don't feel as hungry. Weird I know, so I had to get my hands busy to ease my mind off the cookies on the counter). Ate half a Washington apple.

5:45 pm: I had my cabbage and cauliflower soup dinner. Felt full. More energised. Felt like I could head down to the gym for a 30 minute run. Decided against it to blog the day so I won't forget.

8:53 pm: Drank my Pom juice from Strip juice. Heading to bed.

Day 3 completed. Yay!