About Me

40 something single mum trying to regain her waist and her youth

Sunday, September 30, 2007


In 1992, Mattel Toys released a talking Barbie doll that said the phrase, "Math class is tough!" The doll caused controversy, especially among parents and teachers who thought that it reinforced the stereotype that girls are not good at math.

Men have 6.5 times more gray matter in their brains than women do. Women have 10 times more white matter. Gray matter creates processing centers in the brain, and white matter creates the connections between them. In other words, men have lots of areas for processing concrete data -- like mathematical equations -- and women have lots of
connections that allow them to see and process patterns [Source: Live Science].

The big question now is which is better? Having more gray matter or white matter.

Me…being the FEMALE species, I feel having more white matter is definitely better!….Without the connections…what is the use of having ten or thousands of processing centers in the brain! Men always whine….”WOMEN! I can NEVER UNDERSTAND THEM!”…now we know why! (but I always suspect its not that they don’t understand us its more they DON’T want to understand us!)

Women have more capacity to be successful…..they are better at multitasking…its proven…they are:

· Housekeepers
· Accountants
· Childminders
· Cook
· Driver
· Mentor
· Breadwinner
· Wife
· Mother
· Sister and
· Friend

All rolled into one. Show me a man that can do that for 25 years and not burnout!

So ladies…if there is a MAN out there that tells you otherwise…U TELL THEM!

Feed Shark

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007


Sorry all....i have been so busy lately with work and figthing for our rights as the Management decided to up the parking charges by 67%!!! Ridiculous right....? All the stress and then i receive an email from a friend about "HOW TO STAY YOUNG" and i said to myself....ummm... i must share it with you.

After all part of the slimming process is to stay YOUNG !!

So enjoy.....

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them."

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10.Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Happy Chinese New Year....!! Remember....Don't over indulge!!

Monday, February 5, 2007


Here’s an interesting excerpt from an article I read in a health magazine. The Elixir of Life…and all the ingredients are easily obtained or can be found in your very own kitchen!

Try this simple, easy to make and inexpensive elixir that is an excellent fat destroyer and weight reducer.

1 cup unfiltered cider vinegar (obtainable from major health stores, supermarts)
I cup unpasteurised honey
8 cloves garlic (organic garlics are best)

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 1 minute. Pour mixture into a glass container seal and store in refrigerator for five days.

Take two teaspoons in a glass of water or grape or orange juice before breakfast for best results.

A daily dose of garlic and vinegar has proved to be a powerful fat destroyer and weight reducer, according to Dr Raymond Fish of London’s Obesity Research Center

In addition in helping you reduce weight, the mixture has the additional benefit of relieving pain, bringing down cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure and stimulate the immune system.

Dr. Hen Lee Tso writes in China’s Journal of Natural Medicines; “Patients given this miracle drink before breakfast showed a remarkable reduction in high blood pressure and cholesterol in less than a week”

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Thai Herbal Heat Poultice

Heat compresses always relieves muscle pains and aches....wont you agree? Heat has always been used traditionally in herbal infused treatments to help the body absorb the goodness of herbal remedies. If you have ever tried a hot stone massage, you will know how the warm sensation helps to relax and soothe body and soul leaving you relaxed and renewed.

The Thai Herbal Heat Poultice is especially good post partum as it helps in slimming...a word of caution...please...it is not suitable for pregnant ladies !

The Herbal Poultice treatment utilizes warmed muslin poultices of Thai and Chinese herbs that are steamed and applied directly to the body in a kneading action. This traditional treatment has been practiced to soothe muscle tension and stiffness on the key areas. Heat and herbs are absorbed by the body to help to reduce aches and pains, increase lymphatic drainage and condition the skin. In addition to ginger, lemongrass, camphor and other indigenous organic Thai herbs, the poultice contains antioxidants turmeric, a natural skin softener, and tamarind, which hydrates and regenerates skin cells. This herbal heat poultice is used in well reknowned spas in Thailand.

You can actually make this yourself at home. Here is a recipe from The Oriental Spa, Bangkok

Prai (thai herb)
Lemon grass
Kaffir Lime

The above ingredients are tied into a ball using muslin. It is then put into a steamer and heated for 10-15 minutes. It can be left steaming until needed at least 5 minutes. The poultice is then placed anywhere on the body. Leave the poultice at the designated area for about 30 seconds to one minute at a time. The poultice is rolled or kneaded over the designated area to further transfer the heat

Do not use on the face or genital areas and because of the tumeric, temporary yellow skin staining will occur.

Use this treatment on a regular basis and it will aid in slimming, leaving you totally relaxed and with beautiful skin.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

eastern slimming recipe

The Chinese tradition of engaging a "confinement lady" to take care of new mums after she has given birth is still practised today, although not as widely as it used to be. This is because it is not as easy to find a good confinement lady these days. They are also pricey.... with some charging over 3K a month.

The confinement lady is engaged for a period of one month. And during that time she will take over all the duties of the new mum. She will bathe the baby, feed, change and put the baby to sleep including taking over midnight feeds. She will also prepare
nutritious meals for the mum so that she can regain her strength after childbirth.....after all childbirth does take a toll on the mother's body!

The food prepared is in accordance to the yin yang beliefs that the Chinese practise. That is...Heating Yang Foods that includes most spices. Most commonly used spices are ginger, peppercorns, sesame seed oil and lemongrass....and Cooling Yin Foods...such as banana, watermelon and coconut...

After childbirth Heating Yang Food is prepared for the mum using lots of ginger. Common dishes prepared include pig trotters in vinegar and ginger and chicken in Chinese wine and ginger...These are believed to help the mother retain her internal body temperature and get rid of "wind" and a bloated stomach

A warm bath prepared by boiling lemongrass in water is also prepared for the mum each morning.

I have always enjoyed these special dishes as ginger is my favourite spice! Besides i have always sufferred from a bloated stomach and the ginger, peppercorns and lemongrass always soothes and gets rid of the bloated ness. Bathing in a warm lemongrass infused bath i find is very relaxing...it seems to clear my nasal passage as well.

Here are two recipes using ginger that you can try at home to spice up your day!

Ginger Tea
serves 4

4 cups water
2 normal teabags
1 cup sliced ginger
Brown sugar to taste (if you dont have brown white will do)

1. Boil the ginger in 4 cups of water for about 5-8 minutes or until fragrant. The longer you boil the spicier your tea.

2. Add tea and boil for a further 5 minutes or so until the tea is steeped into the ginger mixture

3. Add sugar to taste and serve.

This next drink recipe using ginger will help in slimming !

Slimming Ginger Drink

1/3" sliced fresh ginger root
2 sticks celery
1/2 a grapefruit
1/2 cucumber
1/4 radish
1 slice fresh pineapple

Put all ingredients in a juicer and juice it.

Ginger increases metabolic rate. Celery, pineapple and cucumber are diuretic. Grapefruit helps in weight loss, Radish contains iodine which helps increase metabolism

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Wu Long Tea

Did you know that....a rich tea called Wu-Long,melts away bodyfat; boost energy; and even clarify skin, giving your face a clear, radiant glow.

Hollywood actress, Shay Brown swears by it!

Eastern or 'alternative' medicines, such as tea, Tai Chi, meditation, yoga and certain herbal remedies, are gaining widespread acceptance in America, in large part because they work," says David J. Kennedy, the long-time Editor-in-Chief of Muscle Media magazine

Check out the benefits Try it out and let me know if it works for you!