Tuesday, July 31, 2007

World Famous In New Zealand, In Malaysia

The Winns are Coming!! My Parents in law are really, really, really going to be here!!!! THIS SATURDAY!!!!!!! I'm ecstatic! They are finally going to be here!!

So I thought while they are here, maybe I could commission my father-in-law, Terry Winn, out! So you Malaysians out there... If you or anyone you know wants to have their family portrait done. This could be your one and only chance to get him to take some family portraits. I blogged about him a while back, remember? If not.. here is the link to it!

*Dee is doing a dance! if you can picture that!* hehehe hope you don't throw up.

Bah.. which also means I have to finish both essays b4 they arrive!! Pressure, Pressure!

Friday, July 27, 2007

8 things about me...

“Each person posts the rules before their list, then they list 8 things about themselves. At the end of the post, that person tags and links to 8 other people and then visits those peoples’ sites and comments letting them know that they have been tagged, and to come read the post, so they know what they have to do.”

The 8 things are.....

  1. I'm studying again... Just finishing up my diploma in Nutritional Therapy.
  2. I love to take photos, maybe one day I'll be a famous photographer?
  3. I'm a perfectionist! It takes me so long to get started in something, becoz I'm busy thinking of ways to make it perfect!
  4. So.. that makes me a sore failure! I don't tempt to fight battles that I know I'll lose in.
  5. I love~~~ food! Take me around the world and show me all sort of food!
  6. I still live with my parents! 90% of that is great!
  7. I'm into the holistic side of life! Ommm..
  8. I've got a really low self-esteem. But who doesn't ?
I'm tagging Who ever that wants to be tagged with this.. Leave a Moo-Moo when you have so that I know who did it! Thanks!

P/S : All you Manjung-nians, check this out! www.manjung.net

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Little Man...

My little man says the sweetest thing ever! :p

In bed last night, little man sleeps with us, Kaitlyn only falls asleep with us, then we move her to her bed in my parents room, unfortunately our room is not big enough for the 4 of us. Can't wait to move into the new house where the kids will have a room to themselve, but I can just see Bambam ending up in our bed as usual by 4 am.

Anyway.. last night, when I was kissing the kids good night, as I said 'I love you' to Bambam, he replied with a big grin on his face, as he gave me his cheek, 'thank you, mummy' Awwwww... my heart just melted away..

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

BP factory in Whiting, Indiana

Wow.. Yes this is a PayPerPost, I normally just skip through the post once I know it's a PPP. But You do learn stuff from some of these PPPs. Like this...

Did you know that the Whiting Refinery has served it's community for 117 years now, producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

Did you know that BP is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of their actions. Bp is working with federal, state and local elected officials, regulators, community and environmental organizations and communities to develop comprehensive, environmentally sound plans.

BP plans to spend more than $3 billion to modernize the Whiting Refinery's energy security and diversity. They are also investing about $150 million to enhance the refinery's wastewater treatment capability. So only treated water is going into Lake Michigan.

I've been to Lake Michigan. And I would love to go back again one day, and would definitely love to jump in and swim in it! So I definitely do not want to jump into sludge.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Exciting News!!

  1. My little girl walks to her class without being shy anymore!!!!! So it must be a good sign that she is liking her new Kindie! It's the same Kindergarten that I went to, and both my old teachers are still there!! AMAZING! Not too sure about the son thou, he still is crying a bit when we leave him there, Maddog says it's just separation-anxiety. I don't know... Maybe we can still hold on to him for a little longer...
  2. My parents-in-law(PIL) could be here in about 10 days!!! Finally, maybe, after 4 1/2 years of us being here, they might actually make it, this time. Still waiting for the point to go thru with MAS airline, and that can be a little bit of a problem. It took them 3 months the last time, they promised 7 working days this time. BUT if it's on Malaysia's rubber clock, it might take a little longer! Fingers crossed!
  3. Am down to my last 2 assignments with my Nutritional Therapy course. And of coz the big EXAM! Hope to get it done b4 the PIL arrive!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Kinder Garden..

I honestly don't understand where 'childhood' is going in this country.. My 4 1/2 years old hates school.. She is coming home, and saying things like ' I don't want to do my homework. Just leave me alone, I wanna be stupid.' I was guilty of falling into the trap this 'childhood system of Malaysia'. Thinking 'Shit, is my child really that stupid?'

Honestly... my daughter is coming home with homework of a 7 years old. Where they want her to re-arrange sentences. HELLO~~~ She knows her alphabet, but she still can't read the words yet! SO..

  1. They either me to do her homework for her. (which goes against 'the books') OR
  2. My daughter is slow.. other kids her age in school must know how to do this!!??????
They are learning 'ATOM' and 'Molecules' in school at 4 1/2. She comes home with at least 3 books of homework everyday!

I thought childhood and kindergarten are supposed to be fun! Where a child learns their social skills and blossoms! NOT a place where if she is not an Einstein, she is considered slow or stupid. Why should anyone care if she is colouring over the line?!? Thinking within a box!? Did Einstein or any other genius out there that we know of do that??

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Friday 13th

Gosh .. my mood was foul yesterday! It wasn't until 4pm in the afternoon, when I looked down at my watch and saw the date! 13, and it's Friday! Does it really have an effect on ppl? or I'm just moody by nature?? hehehe

ANYWAY.. I WANT A MAC!! No, not a Big Mac, from our American embassy. BUT A MACBOOK! I don't even need a Pro. Just a MACBOOK! I've been looking for a laptop/notebook... I totally stopped when I saw the MACBOOK! What I love most about it is what IT can do to pictures!! BUT... it cost an arm and a leg, I don't have much of those to exchange for ONE at the moment.. sigh... I can't continue to concentrate on my studies without it... Honestly.. I can't stop thinking about MAC. I neeeeeeed MAC

Friday, July 13, 2007

Join Hearts and Heal the Earth..

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How do we do this you ask? The time has been set for July 17, 2007 at 11:11 Greenwich Mean Time. I have been given no indication about why this date and time have been chosen, but this date has been told to me over and over again. I have been asked to bring together as many humans as possible, throughout the world from every corner of the globe, to simply sit and pray or meditate for one hour during that time. Hopefully, with your help, we will amass a union of humans, such as the world has never seen. Loving humans with one intention - to heal our planet and awaken our souls to our true purpose… to become one with our Source of Light.

You wanna know more about it.. go to Fire the Grid
We can make a difference I believe!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

H20 - are you drinking enough!

Water is very important! Because two-thirds of the body consists of water, which naturally means that it is the most important nutrient. Water is in all body tissue and every cell, two thirds of the body’s water is situated inside the cells and the rest outside the cells in the tissue. Even bones consist of one third of water and muscle and brain cells are made up of seventy one per cent of water. One point five litres of water are lost per day through the skin, the bowel, and the lungs and via the kidneys as urine; this ensures the toxins are eliminated from the body. The body also produces a third of a litre a day of water when glucose is burnt for energy. Therefore the human body needs a minimum of 1 litre a day preferably 2 litres a day.

No change takes place with water within the human body but it is absolutely essential for the vital functioning of the body and its various organs. The circulatory system is especially dependant on water.

Water is only beverage that really quenches the thirst!

Vegetables and fruit consist of about ninety per cent water, this is a great way for the body to get water as they supply it in a form that is very easy for the body to use, at the same time they also supply vital minerals and vitamins. Alcohol, tea and coffee are diuretics that cause the body to lose water and they also deplete the body of vital vitamins, this is why coffee, tea and alcohol are not a viable source of liquid intake.

The most important functions of water are, to help the body use essential nutrients and to move nutrients and oxygen from the blood to the cells and to get waste material from the cells back to the blood so that they can be removed from the body. Other functions for water within the body are to regulate body temperature, to give cell shape and form, to protect certain body organs, lubricate joints and other areas and to maintain performance.

The amount of water the body needs depends on the diet, consuming unhealthy foods such as large amounts of meat, diary, salt and spices needs more water to cleanse the system. On the other hand, consuming large amounts fruit and vegetable will lead to the body needing less water as fruit and vegetable consist of large amounts of water.

The skin is an important organ of elimination; it eliminates not only normal body waste but poisons and toxins such as sodium chloride, urea, lactic acid, and potassium. These are all eliminated through sweat which is near one hundred per cent water.

Through the wear and tear of every day living, tiny amounts of living tissue are destroyed within the body. These dead tissues have a poisonous effect on the body and need to be removed; pure water dissolves these poisons on contact where they can later be expelled by the other organs of elimination – the lungs, skin, liver and kidneys.

Water is a vital part of the digestion process, it dissolves nutritive material in the process of digestion so that the nutrients can be absorbed by the blood and carried to the cells and tissues of the body where they are needed.

Water keeps the mucous membranes of the body in a soft condition preventing friction on their surfaces.

When water is drunk, some of it is absorbed through the intestines into the bloodstream increasing its volume. This increases the circulation by making the blood more fluid. When blood volume is increased, more water comes into contact with the body’s waste material in every part of the body. This results in more waste being removed; this is illustrated by the increase in urinary output and perspiration.

Drinking a lot of water increases elimination by the intestinal tract mucous membrane lining. This results in the contents of the intestinal tract becoming more fluid which intern helps with problems such as constipation. It also cleanses the blood from its toxic waste which leaves the blood cleaner to build tissues. In this way water both helps with repair and elimination.

In conclusion, water is so important in diets because it purifies and bathes the blood and tissues which enables the body to be cleansed from poisons and waste material. Water dissolves toxic material and foreign elements within the blood aiding their elimination through faeces, urine, sweat and the lungs. Water is also a vital part of the body’s cells, tissues and body’s fluids. Because water is such a vital part of the proper functioning of the body, it also becomes a vital part in any therapeutic diet or treatment. Not only is water use therapeutic in diet but it can be also used therapeutically in baths and in other water treatments, this is known as hydrotherapy.

Stewart Hare C.H.Ed Dip NutTh

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Drug Rehab

With all the stress and luxury in life today, it's really easy for someone to get addicted to things! Things like chocolate, sex, alchomohol, recreational drugs, coka-cola, coffee... you name it. I know ppl that have headaches if they don't have their coffees in the morning. Ppl that gets really really moody going without sex for 2 days.

addiction : "the loss of control and compulsive use of mind-altering chemical(s) coupled with the inability to stop the use in spite of the fact that such use is causing problems with one's life. Addiction can be a physical and/or psychological dependence of a chemical substance."
For someone to admit to addiction is always the first step! Following thru is another thing. I guess that's when a rehab center comes in handy! They not only provide you with drug treatments, but most importantly they give you supports and understanding that no one else can.

Stress .. need holiday...

Silver Dollar City

Nestled in the forested hills just minutes from Branson Missouri, Silver Dollar City has everything you could want for a family vacation. Take a remarkable journey back in time to experience true, old-fashioned Americana and Ozark splendor. Silver Dollar City boasts over 30 rides and attractions, but what makes this theme park truly unique is the dozens of craftsman that practice the same skills used by the residents of the Ozarks in the late 19th century, from metal crafting to baking.

Wow.. and it's cheap too.. in American dollars.. Sigh.. but it's so far away!!! :)

Friday, July 06, 2007

Stress = Weight Gain!

The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys and produce hormones that, amongst other things, help us to adapt to stress. The hormones adrenalin, cortisol and DHEA allow us to respond to an emergency by channelling the body’s energy towards being able to ‘fight or take flight’, improving oxygen and glucose supply to the muscles, and generating physical and mental energy. This effect helped our previous ancestors to cope with truly life-threatening situations. During a stress reaction, the blood thickens in order to help wounds to heal. In modern life all this occurs when you get stuck in a traffic jam, receive bad news or arguing with your spouse. Tea, coffee, cigarettes and chocolate have a similar effect as they contain caffeine, theobromine, nicotine or theophylline. These compounds stimulate the release of adrenaline.

However, this instant energy has some downsides. The body slows down digestion, maintenance and repair so that it can channel energy into dealing with whatever is causing the stress. The consequence of prolonged stress is associated with speeding up the ageing process, several diseases of the digestive tract and the balance of hormones in general.

If you live off stimulants such as coffee and cigarettes, high-sugar diets and stress itself, you increase your risk of unbalancing thyroid function. This causes the metabolism to slow down with weight-gain the result. Calcium imbalance is a risk – resulting in arthritis and problems associated with sex hormones. These are the long-term side-effects of prolonged stress, because any body system that is over-stimulated will eventually under-function.

Certain nutrients are required for stress hormone production. For adrenalin sufficient vitamins B3 (niacin), B12 and C are necessary. The natural anti-inflammatory cortisol has its production seriously halted without sufficient vitamin B5. The need for all these nutrients, together with those required for energy production such as vitamins B and C is elevated with prolonged stress.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Marking the house..

Oh my Gosh.. where is my credit card!!! This does not only mow your lawn, the kids can ride on it while you are reading the news paper... Ok it might not be that safe.. hehehe
Look at all these other house marker. They have this 'Solar-Powered, LED-Lighted Numerals' that lights up my fancy, as a nice address plaques. :)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Stress control!

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 20 ounces.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

"In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.

"Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"

~~source unknown~~