Food & Health

Amazing Langkawi Beach

It was an amazing and relaxing holiday!

Most of the other vacations I had were joining a travel tour, trying to capture as many beautiful shots of the places and absorbing as much “information” about the places (which I forget 90% of it after a few months or even weeks).

This holiday is different. It was a self-drive holiday to Langkawi and Penang from 21st – 28th July, 2014.

Of course we did not miss the classical tourist attractions, but we spent much time just to enjoy a swim in the sea or in the hotel’s pool, find some interesting eating places where we could devour the food plus chat about anything and everything.

The following shot was taken by Wynne. I love it because of the relax atmosphere depicted here.

Lankkawi

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Yummy Dim Sum Places – It can be where memory resides

嗨,朋友,

如果你跟我一样喜欢吃点心,这个帖子就正适合你了。

吃点心曾经是我们家庭每周一次的活动。打从我懂事以来,我们每个星期都会去吃点心早餐或午餐。当年我们都喜欢到“美伦酒店”(现在的Concode Hotel)的文华殿。直到我们都成长了,我们的家才不再有这样的习惯了。

Damansara Jaya 锦选的点心也曾经是我和爸爸妈妈每个星期天早上到教会之前的必光顾之地。我们吃得不多,但是皮蛋瘦肉粥,凤爪,叉烧包和芝麻枣是他们不能缺少的四种点心。有时候,我很懊恼,为什么爸妈不尝试新的口味呢?现在我明白了,老年人抗拒改变,他们喜欢同样的事物,他们比较容易掌握。

时光不再,我现在想在星期天跟他们吃点心的机会都没有了。自从爸爸中风以后,他行动不方便,主日也就没有再跟我们到教会崇拜。每次我驾车经过“锦选”,我的心都会抽动一下,因为那段逝去的日子已经是一个我们共同的回忆。当然,我们还是可以带他们去吃点心,毕竟那已经不再一样,那不再是每周一次,爸爸也无法像以前一样尽情地吃,有时候还得我们把肉撕成小块才能进食。

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Best Cha Siew in town

I came across this blog. It is informative and will satisfy all cha siew (Cantonese BBQ pork) lovers in Klang valley.

The post was blogged by Open Rice and its website is http://my.openrice.com/info/landing/index.html

You will find different cuisines from diverse cultures.It’s handy when you want to find something to eat and yet run out of ideas.

Enjoy!

*The restaurants/stalls mentioned here are not halal

OpenRice Malaysia, Char Siew, Char Siu, Best, Klang Valley, Meng Kee, Siu Siu, Overseas, Tian Hong, Soo Kee, Char Siew Yoong, Peel Road, Choon Yien, Spring Golden, Famous Seremban Favourites, Toast & Roast

Char Siew or Cantonese Style BBQ Pork is so delicious that it, in my personal opinion, represents the peak of Cantonese Cuisine. The best Char Siew is normally prepared using pork loin with a good ratio of fat and lean meat. The pork loin is cut in strips, marinated with sauce, and roasted with an oven until the meat is juicy and slightly burnt at the edges. Some restaurants, such as Meng Kee and Soo Kee, are still using charcoal fire to roast the meat, producing Char Siew that is even more fragrant and finger-licking good!

Here is a useful guide to the 10 best Char Siew in the Klang Valley (click the restaurant name for info and OpenRice members’ reviews):

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Good news for Japanese food lovers in Kuala Lumpur

12 Japanese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that are insanely delicious

My daughter knows that her parents and brother are Japanese food lovers, so she shared the following blog post with us.

I also know that many of my friends love Japanese food too, so here it goes……check them out and see whether you can find good ones without the “exotic” price tag. 🙂 Continue reading

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Life is like coffee

What do you value the most in life?

I received this inspirational video from Pastor Inky – and I like it!

It spells of wisdom from the professor and it highlights the main issues facing us today:

We chase after the unimportant things and forget about what is the most valuable.

What is valuable can be very different to different people. To me a simple test is this:

What money can buy cannot be most valuable;

I am looking for things which matter most in life – relationships.

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How does the Chinese celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?

abundantToday is 19th September, 2013 Thursday. I am rushing to post this before the midnight clock strikes.

What is so special about this day? It may not mean much to most people but it is an important day for the Chinese and Vietnamese. Today is the 15th day of the eighth month in the Lunar calendar,  a day of a full moon, which we commonly call it the Mid-Autumn Festival. (中秋节). Originally the Festival was to celebrate plentiful harvests and family reunion. Most families, especially children, love to light up lanterns and walk in the streets or gardens.

Moon in Chinese literature and songs

The Chinese has many poems (诗词)and songs associate with the moon. We have a special kind of love for the moon. During our secondary school time, we are to memorize many nice poems written by the ancient scholars. One of the popular ones is LiBai (李白)’s “Quiet Night Thought” (静夜思) written in the Tang Dynasty:

床前明月光, 疑是地上霜,举头望明月,低头思故乡。

 Moonlight shines on my bed side, it looks like snow on the ground. Raising my head I see the moon, bowing my head I think of my homeland.

An attempt to put music into this poem can be viewed below:

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The Bible encourages us to get drunk to combat with depression and poverty?

The Bible encourages us to get drunk to combat with depression and poverty?

Drink

A Joke

JokeBefore we look at this “serious” topic, I just would like to share with you a joke, you might have heard it before but anyway just enjoy it.

Lady Interviewer: Do you drink every day?

Man: Yes.

Lady Interviewer: 
How much a day?

Man: Around 3 six-packs starting at noon.

Lady Interviewer: How much does a 6-pack cost?

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Want versus Need – How to Save Money as a Family

buy or not buyTo buy or not to buy? That’s the question.

First of all, let’s not get confused with definitions. I am writing this to laymen and not economists. The latter has very different definitions on “need” and “want”. Here I define a “need” as a product or service that we require to live. A “want”, on the other hand, is something you desire to have but is not really essential to your life. Of course, our experiences tell us that it is not easy to differentiate between the two. When our income or earning power grows, some of the “wants” become “needs”.

When I was a student in overseas, I weighed my potential purchases very carefully and divided them into “needs” and “wants” before making the decision to buy orstudent not to buy. The relatively weak Malaysian ringgit really did not give me much choice but to be thrifty in all things.

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Weekend Refelection: Personal Time is Important

Bible and PrayMy personal time with God is a priority.

No matter how hectic my life becomes, I ensure that I have quality time for myself with God each day. I will read the bible and spend time to pray. It is my daily source of grace and strength to give my very best in life.

I have a career to maintain, children to take care of, a spouse to keep happy, and a church ministry to engage in. Yet I choose to make my personal time with God a priority, so that I have energy to give my best.

I take some time to spend with my God in reading the bible and praying. These are important moments for me to draw grace and strength from Him. At the samehobbies time, I also spend a few hours each week away from the hustle and bustle of my world. I take that time to pamper myself and wind down. I engage in activities such as badminton and reading that bring me peace.

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Can High Cholesterol Food Good For You?

cholesterolOh! What shall I do? I have high cholesterol!

If you were like me few years back, “cholesterol” was a word that brought chills down the spine. Yes, I hated cholesterol, I heard so much negative information about it that I wanted to keep it away from me at all costs.

Just about 10 years ago when I start turned 40’s, I went for a blood test. My family doctor introduced the buzz about good and bad cholesterol, and the negative effect that bad cholesterol can have on heart health. With some high cholesterol foods now being considered good while others are bad, trying to determine which high cholesterol foods are actually beneficial for my heart’s health can be confusing!

Therefore, I decided to do a little research about”cholesterol”. It was not difficult to find information. I just googled “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol”…….wow, tons of information just appeared. It took me a bit of time to read through and digested the information so that it became useful to me. I just would like to share this with you, hopefully it is not too technical to understand. I can assure you it is not rocket science, all of us can understand and benefit from it.

Difference Between Good and Bad CholesterolGood & bad cholesterol

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How to prevent heart diseases and stroke?

How to prevent more than 100,000 deaths an­nually

I related to my daughter the other day that I occasionally have chest pain. She asked me how I felt when I had the pain. I recalled it was something like someone twisting my heart and it was sharp pain. It lasted only about fifteen seconds or the most half a minute, then the pain was gone.

My daughter looked straight into my eyes, saying in a firm and “cold” voice, “Papa, you need to go and have a cardiologist to check on your heart condition. I cannot be sure but it doesn’t sound good.”­­

saltI am a Chinese belonging to the Hakka dialect group. My dialect group is famous in taking salty food. I understand from my father, who is now 88 years old, that this habit is deeply rooted because our ancestors used to be very poor and had no money to buy food. Therefore they added much salt to the tasteless food to make it more delicious. This habit passed down generations. If you patronize a traditional Hakka restaurant today, you would inevitably notice that the food is salty.

Salt brings out the flavor in foods. A dish without salt can taste very bare and it may not satisfy your palette. However, too much salt intake can also put you in an undesirable health hazard. Studies have shown that most Americans may be endangering our health by eating an excessive amount of salt. This eating habit is spreading fast in the other continents across the globe.

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How to avoid chronic diseases

Healthy LifestyleGo away! Diabetics, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other chronic diseases!

Recently my wife Julia told me of a friend who suffers from high cholesterol and she is required to take medication at an age of 25. I am just thinking what has gone wrong in this generation. Chronic diseases like diabetics, high cholesterol and high blood pressure used to befriend with older people. It is not true anymore. Young men and women started having these diseases as early as their teenager stage.

No one can deny that people in this modern society are forming bad eating habits that could become a time bomb in our body. The daily television programs and newscasts are talking about American’s bad eating habits. The unfortunate fact is not many people are doing anything about it. There seems to be a gap between our knowledge and action, awareness does not translate into motivation to do something. Sad, isn’t it?

What are some of the bad eating habits we have these days? I find the following 5 habits are commonly found in modern men and women, especially urban dwellers. Let us take special note and try avoiding them.

1) Eating junk food in large quantities

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How to Stay Fit Without Exercise Equipment

Health is Wealth? Yes, almost. Health is wealth

Everyone wants to enjoy good health and stay fit all the time. We know that our health is of utmost importance in our life. Without it, life can be miserable and depressing.  As what people commonly said, “No amount of money can buy health”. Daily exercise can surely reduce the risk of illnesses while significantly increase your energy level.

No Excuse For Not ExercisingExercise Equipment

“But I am so busy. I have no time to really go for good workout on a regular basis.” Yes. I hear you. It is a common challenge for people today living in fast track to really fit a workout into the busy schedule. I can imagine how exhausted and tired you are after a full day of hard work. The last thing comes into your mind is to head towards a gym room and workout. Probably you would rather rush home and sink yourself into the comfortable bed and call it a day. Continue reading

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