Monthly Archives: January 2014

ABC Breakfast

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR Everyone!!!!!

 

Okay, before we go chomping down on the Chinese New Year Goodies, I wanna recommend you this ABC Breakfast that I’ve adapted.

The first foods we introduce into our body is very important, I think it helps in deciding how the body functions or handle foods for the remaining of the day.

 

A for Apple
From the whole list in this site, I think 2 and 5 matters, cos it wakes you up and helps curbs reaching out for the next goodie ;)

Reason 2­- Apples help wake you up in the morning. Apples consist of fructose which is a natural sugar that takes longer to digest. This long lasting sugar will help provide stable energy for a greater period than even a cup of coffee with sugar. The fiber in the apple also helps to extend your energy, allowing for you to stay awake longer.

Reason 5- Get full faster and curb your appetite. The fiber found in apples helps to suppress your appetite by making you feel fuller. The fiber also helps you avoid the blood sugar crash which usually leaves you craving more food. Starting the day with an apple can help you crave less food later which is great for people trying to lose weight.

 

B for Banana
I only know Banana gives me energy :D thats all. Seems like there are plenty of other reasons and a freaking diet plan for it. But, I’m just putting 1 into the breakfast platter. ;)

2. More Energy

Even with the proliferation of brightly colored ‘sports’ drinks, ‘energy’ bars and ‘electrolyte’ gels (these are loaded with unhealthy chemicals and coloring by the way) you often see athletes eating bananas just before and even during sports.

Watching tennis for instance, it’s not uncommon to see the players snacking on a bit of banana in between games. If a banana can keep a professional tennis player going, it’s got to rank pretty well in the high-quality energy source stakes.

 

C for Carbs
Any form of WHOLE grains that gives you good carbs, simple carbs. Carbs give you energy~ like Banana~
Avoid Refined Carbs. Although Wholemeal bread is better than White bread, it is still not as good as WHOLE grain bread. Those bread that you can literally see the grains hanging out/around. ;)
I like mine spread with Canned Tuna or Salmon spread. Cant run from a little of those processed food isnt it? :D But protein ma. :D
I would do triple deckers for breakfast before work. Dump in 2 slices of cheese and perhaps 4 slices of lettuce? ;) Its the bomb! *wOoT! I look forward to going back to work breakfast already. :) (But of course, not triple deckers anymore, need to cut down quantity in 2014)

Go Get It!

 

Thanks for coming by

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

 

p/s: found this super old article on Glycemic extracts I wrote in 2010. Check it

http://www.avnjl.com/glycemic-index-extracts/

Fastfood Breakfast.. too fast

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listening to the symphony of fastfoods.. of cash register hitting the edge, of French fries deep frying, of shots of mayo on veg, of machines beeping. of soft drinks cup being filled, of salt being sprinkled over fries. of morning tunes over the air..

 

la di da.. la di da

 

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Man

Praise the Lord!!

:D I wanted to start the post with a curse word previously, but well, thought I should change it around instead

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In case you still didnt realize, I’m working in the education sector in Indonesia, Jakarta specifically. AND I am of a marriageable age. Pressing 30 now.

Yes, I posted plenty of post about marriage, choices, perspective, only short of the decoration of the ceremony and who is the man to be. :D

okay, so this post is about the man to be.

 

Not that I have found any actually. Kinda hanging there, cos since I’m working towards the great woman behind the great man… Great man are really not that easy to find, or perhaps is just too busy to come find this great woman. :D Just kidding.

 

Anyway, so having been in the neighborhood of Indonesians… Generally non-english speaking, tan boys, I actually had a lot of thoughts. (Besides the idea that I totally open my eyes wide at Chinese boys when I go down the aisle of supermarkets in Singapore that is)

 

Its so much that I dont really know where to start.

 

Indonesian

  • The whole idea of marrying into a huge family scattered across states of Java and the different states of Indonesia
  • Or perhaps the parents pass and its a simpler story
  • So whats gonna happen if the man wants to come to Singapore and establish himself?
  • Whats gonna happen if the man prefers to stay in Indonesia?
  • Which country is my child gonna study in?
  • All that talk about advantage and privileges of mixed race
  • Am I ready for a taitai lifestyle (if it is to be)
  • Can my retirement plan be applied there? Just how versatile is this retirement plan of mine really?

 

Singaporean

  • okay. 
  • But no, having seen the more un-hurried side of life and understanding how it is like in Jakarta, I’m sadden by how Singapore has made man to be. How hard it is to live in Singapore. While I’m not absolutely in love with staying and working in Jakarta, I hope my man has a brain for himself, or at least the finances for himself/us/the family.
  • And since I’m working in Jakarta, possibly for another 1 or 2 years, is it gonna work out?  How is it gonna work out? I think this is my chief worry.

 

I used to date an Indian and I got all sorts of rejects and disapproval from the mom, and the talks/thoughts about marrying a chinese and just settling down in Singapore.

 

Hmm.. I reviewed the list, hmm.. these are just transitional problems. Think I shouldnt be overly involved/thinking about them. :) As long as he is the right man, it’ll work out. :) Choices right?

 

One of the biggest lesson I learnt in 2013 is definitely longsuffering. Still learning actually. Wait… Patiently… and due season it will come, everything will work out on its own in due season. 

But I still believe in going out there to see and be seen. Because this great woman will never be discovered by the great man if this great woman hides in a cave isnt it? :)

 

So dont be shy and wave hi if you see me dating, walking down the streets with a man okay? ;)

:D Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Choose Marriage

WOH… looks like Amanda is in the “Marriage” mood. :D or so I say. :D

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Site URL: http://www.mellowdramatic-lifetothefull.com/choose-marriage/

 

Choose marriage. Choose well. Choose to work on yourself first, choose to figure out who you are, choose to be healthy. Choose to believe that you are worthy of a good love.  Choose to come together not as two halves to form a whole, as if marriages were meant to repair you, but as two wholes to form a partnership.

Choose love. Choose to commit to that love, in sickness or in health, for richer or for poorer, for better or for worse, till death do you part. Choose marriage.

People throw around ‘happily ever after’ as if all marriages could be summarised as such, as if it were a foregone conclusion. It is not. It is something that needs to be guarded and nurtured, it is a sum total of all our choices. Choose well.

 

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Marriage is not for me

This came up on 9gag and I thought its deserving of a post, just as the next one coming up.

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Heres to the writeup: http://sethadamsmith.com/2013/11/02/marriage-isnt-for-you/ 

 

My dad giving his response to my concerns was such a moment for me. With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

It was in that very moment that I knew that Kim was the right person to marry. I realized that I wanted to make her happy; to see her smile every day, to make her laugh every day. I wanted to be a part of her family, and my family wanted her to be a part of ours. And thinking back on all the times I had seen her play with my nieces, I knew that she was the one with whom I wanted to build our own family.

But instead of matching my selfishness, Kim did something beyond wonderful—she showed an outpouring of love. Laying aside all of the pain and aguish I had caused her, she lovingly took me in her arms and soothed my soul.

 

 

Perspective and experience, you can never buy them.

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Au Chocolat

Didnt plan to visit this on purpose…
Stumble upon it when we were looking for a place to just sit down and chill.

 

Then I saw them Crepes on the Menu…………… >_<!

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Doesnt even matter how it looks like. I LOVE NON-SAVORY Crepes…………

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Ladies and Gentleman.. this is the chicken chunk w ham and mushroom crepes. Thats Post breakfast, lunch and dinner all in one.

 

Then there was chocolate tower cake…

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What diet?

 

 

:D
Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

 

P/S: all these gourmet dishes… they make me wish I plant rocket, have dried cranberries, walnut and balsamic vinegar on standby at home. …

The Notebook

I finally watched “The Notebook”. Its gazillion years ago. I know. :D

HBO in my Jakarta apartment, thats why.

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I didnt notice a lot of dialogue, except 2,

ones the one where she was screaming at the mom, talking about her and dad never play. watever watever.

the other one, of course is the guy to the woman:

“Would you just stay with me?
Stay with you? What for? Look at us! We’re already fighting!
Well that’s what we do! We fight! You tell me when I’m being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you’re being a pain in the ass! Which you are, 99% of the time. I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings, you have like a two-second rebound rate and you’re back doing the next pain in the ass thing.
So, what?
So it’s not gonna be easy, it’s gonna be really hard. And we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I wanna do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever. You and me. Everyday.”
― Nicholas SparksThe Notebook

 

Its real, because thats how relationship is… thats how two very different and complete person coming together is.
Because one is assured about him/herself. 2 complete persons coming together, fighting because of the different opinion, and yet at the end of the day, agreeing to disagree and continue on “forever” “Everyday”.

 

Its realistic although poetic.

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

 

Chanel’s LBJ

Went by to Chanel’s Little Black Jacket @ SAM

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Similar jacket, in multiple different ways, different adaptations.

Not saying I would don it in 2014, just that style is understated. :)

As Rachel Zoe says, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

 

A quickie link to “10 Reasons Why You Should Dress Up Everyday”

 

Art Exhibition? Or a marketing tool to set Chanel on another level?

Labels are a force to reckon with. :)

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda