I was invited last time by some friends to go with them in Regensburg, a city in Bavaria, Germany. One of my friends said that there is a good Asian restaurant in that area. When it terms to trying new foods and restaurant, I usually don’t say no to it. I love food and it is good to go to a restaurant to try new recipes and get ideas from it.
In short, we went to that Asian restaurant and ordered some food. I decided to order Sushi, a Japanese specialty. I am not really into raw foods. I know that sometimes raw fish or seafood are ingredients in making sushi. I ordered a seafood sushi as you can see in my picture below. It tasted good and I want to go back there again to try their other sushi.
Sushi in an Asian Restaurant.
I read this from a Facebook friend. I have been thinking for some days now if I will share it here in my blog or will just ignore it. Finally tonight, I decided to post it here for everyone to be aware of what you are eating especially when you are buying from street vendors. This is especially true if you travel in third world countries. You can see a lot of vendors on the street markets selling all kinds of foods, fruits and vegetables. Sometimes we just buy foods we see on the road and forget to wash it before we eat it. Lesson number one: Always wash fresh fruits and vegetables before we put it in our mouth.
I am not sure if this is true or not. This post just serve as a warning. Besides, we must always be careful of what we eat especially if we buy it on the street. I was informed before by a doctor that we might get some sickness or virus like Hepatitis, if for example we use the eating utensils like fork or spoon of a person who has a hepatitis virus. Consult medical experts if you want more reliable information.
Mallya Hospital is located in Bengaluru, India.
Below is the story for you to read. Be careful everyone!
“A 10 year old boy had eaten pineapple about 15 days back, and fell sick from the day he had eaten. Later, when he had his Health check done… doctors diagnosed that he had AIDS. His parents couldn’t believe it…
Then the entire family underwent a Checkup… none of them suffered from Aids. So the doctors checked again with the boy if he had eaten out…The boy said “yes”. He had pineapple that evening. Immediately, a group from Mallya hospital went to the pineapple vendor to check.
They found the pineapple seller had a cut on his finger while cutting the pineapple, his blood had spread into the fruit.
When they had his blood checked… the guy was suffering from AIDS… but he himself was NOT aware.
Unfortunately, the boy is suffering from it now.
Please take care while u eat on the road side. And please SHARE this to your family and friends. —”
Recently I read a couple of reviews of the Dukan diet, each individual putting forward a very different experience of the weight loss plan.
The first review I read was by Rebecca Twomey a writer for Cosmopolitan. She admits to losing weight on the diet but makes the experience sound pretty dreadful. Complaining of lethargy, crabbiness, stomach ache and not being able to speak properly. Also there is a moment where she loses her sight!
Although once you read her story you clearly see that this girl isn’t taking the diet seriously. Skipping dinner to eat sweets because she’s bored of not eating carbs, slipping in a glass of wine here or there and a slippery second week at a festival eating carbs and drinking vodka cokes. Let me remind you the main premise of the diet is that you cut out carbs all together.
There is also a part where she stops using the online coaching tool due to Dr Dukan telling her she has to start the attack phase again after she admits to having a glass of wine, clearly forgot to mention all the other mishaps. Apparently at this point she needed positive encouragement and less of the negatively so decides to rely on her will-power alone. I beg to ask the question, what will-power?
So that’s Rebecca Twomey’s experience, not a great advert for the diet but then she wasn’t really the best candidate for the job.
Now I read John Henley’s review for the Guardian. Generally he takes a more mature attitude towards the diet, taking it on above others because he knows himself well enough to know that a diet where he doesn’t have to eat less and exercise more is the sort that he can commit too.
Consequently he has a pretty successful time and loses two stone in two months, a quarter of a stone each week! I think this goes to show that the Dukan diet seems to work for all in the sense that each reviewer lost weight however one had a much more pleasurable time in doing so. Partly because he decided before undertaking the diet that it was a compatible diet for him and once undertaking it he committed fully to each of the Dukan diet phases.
For anyone looking to start up basic, amateur aromatherapy, a lot of the prospective scientific concepts and ingredients involved can be really quite daunting. I remember when I first got into it as a hobby to do in my spare time. The range of products and possibilities dazzled me a little, so I didn’t really manage to achieve anything significant until I learnt about the real basics. So here is a run through of need to know information for wannabe aroma-therapists.
The practice of aromatherapy involves the blending of different essential oils to create remedies for varying ailments and also make up part of a therapeutic lifestyle. The benefits of aromatherapy can be reaped in a number of different ways, varying from skin absorption to inhalation.
Essential oils can be broken up into nine fairly broad categories; floral, wood, earth, herb, mint, medicinal, spice, oriental, and citrus. It’s hard to really recommend which types of essential oils mix well together as everyone obviously has their own personal fragrance tastes and it also depends on the sort of benefit you are seeking. And to be honest it would take out the fun of mixing and matching your own experimental remedies. A quick note however – perfume oils are different from essential oils as they do not possess the health or therapeutic effects when inhaled or applied to the skin, they simply smell nice!
Furthermore, essential oils are broken up into top, middle and base notes which are aspects to be taken into account when looking to experiment with blending. The logic behind this is that particular oils evaporate quicker than others in the blending process and are therefore broken up into notes, with top notes evaporating the quickest and base notes taking the longest. It is a fairly extensive list which I won’t put up here, but it will take you seconds to find a full comprehensive list online without a problem.
Much of the fun of aromatherapy comes from the experimentation of blending essential or organic oils and the creative aspect of this process. As a beginner it is best to use very small amounts to ensure minimal wastage during your experiments. Try to ratio out your blends of oils too, using different amounts of each oil note to achieve a different and interesting final blend. If you are a little unsure on which oils to go for you can pick up these ready prepared kitsthat have a range of essential oils that compliment each other for a collectively cheaper price.
For beginners I would recommend that you stick to vapour practice at first. This is done through burning the oils (individually or blended) in a diffuser or oil burner which secretes the vapours out into the room, and into your body and mind.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ
who come to shine to those who are in darkness.
May this season of Christmas bring us joy, love,
peace contentment and happiness!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR TO COME!
GOD BLESS US ALL!
“Happy, happy Christmas,
that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days;
that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth;
that can transport the sailor and the traveller,
thousands of miles away,
back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! ”
~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
I am trying to remember where did I took this image. When I looked at the date of the photo, I already know where. Last September, we had a trip to the Baltic region. Our bus was on its way to Hamburg for a short sightseeing. Somewhere in the Autobahn or highway going to Hamburg, we stopped in a restaurant to do some personal needs and also to take a break for a snack or lunch.
That was the when I took this photo of the fresh fruits like banana, oranges and some fresh juices of many flavors. I just bought one of those bananas.
|Fresh fruits and juices in a restaurant on our way to Hamburg.
There are so many things to be thankful of in this life. It is myriad and giving thanks each day is good deed that can be cherished and be treasured. The food we eat everyday, the air we breath, the shelter that protects us, the clothing we have, the good friends we have and all the opportunities, blessings and graces that we received everyday, are some of the things that we must be thankful off. Thank you dear Lord most especially for the gift of life and the chance to see the beauty of this world.
That is why last November 22, 2012, I was invited by some American friends to join their Thanksgiving banquet. This is quite a late post but I always believed in the saying, “Better Late Than Never”.
|A Thanksgiving banquet in one of the US Bases in Germany.
Imagine to attend 3 parties in a day?? Wow, I always forget the word diet anyway when it comes to party. Besides I love food and I love to eat..hmmm..Not really good for me.
The first meal was a lunch date with good friends who invited me in a Thanksgiving lunch inside the the nearby US Base. We were quite early as we went there but all the wait was paid when we tasted all the sumptuous food in that buffet. I remembered the millions of people who don’t have food to eat everyday. I made it sure that I eat all of my food and don’t waste it. I just feel sad when someone is throwing food and a lot are dying due to hunger.
Without further adieu, there are a lot of foods that were served from seafood to meat, salads, drinks, pastries, desserts, fruits, vegetables and many many more! More food photos here.
|Fruits of many kinds at the Thanksgiving banquet.
There’s plenty of things that you can do with your loved ones apart from staring at the idiot box throughout the times you spend indoors. If you’re not into reading or crocheting, you might want to try playing board games with your loved ones whenever you get stuck indoors during the days when you cannot go outside, or you feel like relaxing at home.
Playing board games is a good way to pass the time. It’s not only fun and sometimes educational, but it will help you to bond with the people you’re playing with as there will be loads of interaction going on whenever you play any kind of board game.
But if board games are not your cup of tea, you might want to try playing bingo. Yups,you’re reading that right. I’m suggesting that you play bingo; indoors, in the comfort of your own home. Don’t think it’s possible to play bingo indoors? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. You can play bingo indoors. Online bingo, that is. You can check out PartyBingo.com and give it a go and maybe after that, your rainy days will never be gloomy again.
I should be going to sleep right now since it is almost midnight in Europe. Before I do that, let me share this first. I am just happy because another home improvement is finally done. Today is history for me because this is the day when I first used our newly renovated bathroom. I had a good time relaxing on our new bathtub. It is not too big but quite good enough to do some personal business. You know what I mean folks?
After all the hard works and labour made by hubby, he is so happy seeing the result of it. It was a total renovation and truly required a lot of time and effort. He used to do the repair during his off days from work. Finally after around five months of renovating it, he now see the very good result.
I will be sharing some images soon. Goodnight especially to all my European friends, readers and viewers!
“Health is Wealth”, as the saying goes! Everyone wants to be happy and healthy all the time. This is one thing that cannot be bought by money. Right folks!
I also wanted to be happy and healthy all the time and I can say that at the moment, I am happy and contented with my simple life.
Sometimes we cannot really avoid getting sick. Yesterday, I went to the doctor for a check-up. I have a cough that is bothering me sometimes. It is actually bothering me almost every day. Not really all day long but it just triggers anytime of the day. My cough and colds started sometime in July in which I also visited the doctor for consultation. She prescribed some medicine. I felt better but the cough is still there.
During my visit yesterday, the doctor made some tests and she said that she will refer me to the specialist. With the tests and symptoms that she encountered, she said that I might have an asthma. I really don’t feel like having an asthma. She immediately called the Pulmonologist nearby to make an appointment for me. Sad to say, the nearest one is on vacation for a month. She contacted the one in the nearest city but is also on vacation leave. On Monday, I will call the clinic because they will be backed from their vacation.
I hope and pray that everything will be okey soon. I don’t really feel sick. I am healthy but only this cough is bothering me..so help me Lord!