Tuesday, 31 July 2012

"Jin Ji Du Li" EXERCISE

SIMPLE, BUT EFFECTIVE EXERCISE 
The essence of the exercise is that your "Eyes Must be Closed" when you are doing this exercise. You must practice the "Jin Ji Du Li" exercise with the eyes closed. This exercise was so simple and amazing that I thought I had to share it here.Here is the exercise:
Stand on one leg while your eyes are closed. That is all. Just try it right now, stop reading and stand up, close your eyes and try standing on one foot.If you are not able to stand for less than 10 seconds, it means that your body has degenerated to 60 to 70 years old level in other words, you may be only 40 years old, but your body has aged a lot faster.I myself & my husband tried this exercise when I read the mail. I thought “No, big deal, I’m sure we all can do this easily”. I was fooling myself, I’m glad I tried it because I discovered much to my surprise that while both of us could stand easily on one foot with our eyes open, trying the same thing with our eyes closed was another story! We just couldn’t keep our balance for more than two to three seconds before we started wobbling and hopping around.

You do not need to lift your leg high, if your internal organs are out of synch, even lifting your leg this bit will make you wobble.These Chinese are really very advanced in their knowledge of the human body. It was very heartening to know that frequent and regular practice can help you recover your sense of balance. In fact Chinese specialists suggest daily practice of Jin Ji Du Li for 1 minute, this helps prevent dementia/ FORGETFULNESS. You can try slightly closing both eyes while practicing Jin Ji Du Li, instead of completely closing them; in fact this is what the health specialist Zhong Li Ba Ren recommends.

Daily practice of Jin Ji Du Li, can help in healing many illnesses or diseases like

Hypertension,
High Blood Sugar or diabetes,
Neck and Spinal diseases,
it can also prevent you from getting dementia.
Zhong Li Ba Ren has written a book titled "Self Help is Better than Seeking Doctors' Help", which is a bestselling book that has been the best seller health book in China since it was first published last year. Its success can be measured by the fact that it has been reprinted 12 times within 6 months, with more than 1 million copies sold. The book is a hot seller because is it teaches many simple practical health tips.It is said that according to the understanding of Chinese physicians, diseases appear in the body because the co-ordination between the various internal organs encounter problems and that causes the body to lose its balance. Jin Ji Du Li can readjust this inter-relationship of the organs and how they function with each other. Zhong Li Ba Ren statedthat many people can't stand on one foot with their eyes closed for even 5 seconds, but later on as they practice it daily, are able to stand for more than 2 minutes.

As you gain ability to stand for longer time, the feeling of "head heavy, light feet” disappears. As benefits or practising Jin Ji Du Li, you will experience that the quality of sleep improves, the mind clears up and memory improves significantly. Most importantly if you can practice Jin Ji Du Li with your eyes closed for 1 minute every day, you will not get dementia.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

10 Fruit Juices Beneficial for Health

1) Tomato juice
Tomato juice for health benefits are:
· High antioxidant useful to defend the body from free radicals.
· Content of lyopene in tomatoes could prevent prostate cancer.
· To maintain ideal body weight for those who are dieting to lose weight and may increase appetite for those who are raising the weight as well as in the recovery phase after illness.
· Preventing constipation.
· Glycogen levels can stabilize liver function, etc. 

2) Soursop juice

A study published by The Journal of Natural Products mentioned that the soursop fruit as the “miracle fruit” that is very nutritious for health, including:
· Can effectively pick and choose the target bad cells from 12 different types of cancer, namely breast cancer, prostate, lung, colon, pancreas.
· Working 10 thousand times more powerful to postpone cell growth cancer than drug (andriamicin) or chemo therapy.
· Soursop juice selectively hunt down and kill the bad cells and not harm / kill healthy cells, in contrast with a deadly chemo therapy evil and gels healthy cells (ie causing hair loss).
· Increase energy, immune system, preventing it from infection, etc.

3) Apple juice

One apple a day could save your life, this phrase seems to be true, the content of apples is very useful for health, including:
· Content of quercetin in apples may as anticancer and anti-inflammatory.
· Content of pectin can help remove dirt buildup in the gut for so long.
· Can lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
· Can reduce appetite.
· Can treat headaches, etc.


4) Strawberry juice
Strawberry juice for health benefits are:
· Contain ellagic acid, which act as antioxidants to counteract free radicals that enter the body.
· Can inhibit tumor cell growth in lung, breast, cervix.
· Can cleanse the body’s digestive system.
· Controlling cholesterol levels.
· Can reduce pain in joints, etc. 


5) Guava juice
Benefits contained in guava juice include:
· Can reduce cholesterol in the blood and lowers blood pressure.
· Can prevent thrush.
· Able to lose weight.
· Content of vitamin C in guava juice can relieve colds and coughs.
· Content astrigent can cure diarrhea.
· Can prevent bone loss in, etc. 

6) Kiwi fruit juice
Kiwi juice for health benefits include:
· Rich in vitamin C is useful for protecting the body from cancer cells.
· Rich in fiber can reduce constipation.
· Content of potassium helps regulate blood pressure.
· To prevent infection, premature aging.
· Very good for those who suffer from heart disease.
· Relieve cold and flu, etc. 

7) Mango juice

Mango juice for health benefits include:
· Can be as a disinfectant to cleanse the body and blood in the body.
· Rich in caretenoid that can mencegahh colon cancer and cervical cancer bone.
· Can rejuvenate the body’s cells.
· Can prevent body odor caused by bacteria, etc.


8) Noni juice
Although it tastes pretty bad, but noni juice or noni fruit dutch is very beneficial to health, including:
· Can boost the immune system.
· Can normalize / reduce blood pressure.
· Be able to fight tumors and cancer cells.
· Contains scopoletin which functions as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic.
· Very useful for the disease: hypertension, stroke, diabetes, migraine, vertigo, vaginal discharge, painful joints, etc.


9) Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice for health benefits:
· Substances tannins can anesthetize roundworms, pinworms and tapeworms in the intestines and release it with feces.
· Rich in vitamins A, C, E and folic acid good for pregnancy.
· Rich in antioxidants that help prevent blockages in the arteries caused by cholesterol.
· Prevent the occurrence of prostate cancer, etc. 

10) Avocado juice
Avocado juice for health benefits include:
· elps formation of red blood cells
· Preventing anemia
· For pregnant women, folic acid content of avocados can stimulate brain development and the formation of the spinal cord.
· Controlling the bad fats (LDL cholesterol) and raise the good fats (HDL cholesterol)
· Prevent stroke.
· Anti-wrinkle and ageless. etc.

You'll Laugh till it hurts!

Young and naive but very practical answers.

Had a bad day? Read the innocence of children.

Priceless!

A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

1.
Don't change horses
until they stop running.
2.
Strike while the
bug is close.
3.
It's always darkest before
Daylight Saving Time.
4.
Never underestimate the power of
termites.
5.
You can lead a horse to water but
how?
6.
Don't bite the hand that
looks dirty.
7.
No news is
impossible.
8.
A miss is as good as a
Mr.
9.
You can't teach an old dog new
math.
10.
If you lie down with dogs, you'll
stink in the morning.
11.
Love all, trust
me.
12.
The pen is mightier than the
pigs.
13.
An idle mind is
the best way to relax.
14.
Where there's smoke there's
pollution.
15.
Happy the bride who
gets all the presents.
16.
A penny saved is
not much.
17.
Two's company, three's
the Musketeers.
18.
Don't put off till tomorrow what
you put on to go to bed.
19.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and
you have to blow your nose.
20.
There are none so blind as
Stevie Wonder.
21.
Children should be seen and not
spanked or grounded.
22.
If at first you don't succeed
get new batteries.
23.
You get out of something only what you
see in the picture on the box.
24.
When the blind lead the blind
get out of the way.
25.
A bird in the hand
is going to poop on you.
And the WINNER and last one!
26.
Better late than
pregnant.


Sunday, 22 July 2012

M E N

Men
A man was granted two wishes by God,
He asked for the best drink & the best woman ever.
Next moment he got mineral water & Mother Teresa.

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There are 3 kinds of men in this world.
Some remain single and make wonders happen.
Some have girlfriends and see wonders happen.
Rest get married and wonder what happened!

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Wives are magicians.
They can change anything into an argument

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Why do women live a Better, Longer & Peaceful Life, as compared to men?

A very INTELLIGENT student replied:

"Because Women don't have a wife!"

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"Honey," said this husband to his wife, "I invited a friend home for supper."

"What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I haven't been shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don't feel like cooking a fancy meal!"

"I know all that."

"Then why did you invite a friend for supper?"

"Because the poor fool's thinking about getting married."

Santa Singh's Baby

Santa Singh's wife was expecting and the baby was due any day.

Santa was very confident it would be a boy and was looking forward to the delivery day.

As fate would have it, he was transferred to another city and had to join office immediately.

Before going, he asked his father-in-law to send a telegram confirming the birth of his son.

But in order to avoid giving party to his office colleagues he asks his father -in-law to write "the clock has arrived" and he will understand that the son is born..

The D-day arrived. His wife delivered a cute little baby girl.

Now Santa's father-in-law didn't know what to do.

If he writes "the clock has arrived" Santa will think he has got a Son.

If he writes "the clock has not arrived" Santa will get worried that something serious has happened.

But being a very intelligent person, the Father-in-Law finds a solution and sends the telegram.

Just read below, you will love it........








Santa received the telegram. He opened it eagerly and reads, "The clock has arrived, but the "pendulum" is missing".

Friday, 20 July 2012

Malaysian Lawyer



Abdul grew up in Kota Baru, a town located on the East Coast of Malaysia,and then moved away to Kuala Lumpur to do his law degree. After graduating, he decided to go back to Kota Baru, because he could be a big man there and he really wanted to impress everyone. So he returned and opened his new law office.

The first day, he saw a man coming up the sidewalk. He decided to make a big impression on this new client when he arrived.
As the man came to the door Abdul picked up the phone. He motioned the man in, all the while talking.

"No. Absolutely no.. You tell those clowns in Kuala Lumpur that I won't settle this case for less than one million ringgit.. Yes. The Appeals Court has agreed to hear that case next week. I'll be handling the primary argument and the other members of my team will provide support. Okay, tell the State Prosecutor that I'll meet with him next week to discuss the details."

This sort of conversation went on for almost five minutes. All the while the man sat patiently as Abdul rattled instructions. Finally, Abdul puts down the phone and turned to the man. "I'm sorry for the delay, but as you can see, I'm very busy. What can I do for you?"

The man replied, "I'm from Telekom. I've come to connect your line".
                                                       
                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                            

Thursday, 19 July 2012

31 Superfood Secrets for a Long and Healthy Life

Eat, drink, and live longer!
By Amanda MacMillan

Some things about life—and how long we get to enjoy it—are out of our control. But emerging nutrition science research, as well as data collected from people in their 90s and beyond, shows what, when, and how we eat has a profound influence on how long we live. Want to eat for a long and healthy life?

We've compiled the most compelling and surprising tips here!


For full info of the superfood, pls click :  http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20610379,00.html 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Healthy Protein-Rich Salad

Posted By Kristen W.

Looking for a light but filling summer salad while doing our full body cleanse program? Look no further than this colourful medley of antioxidant and protein-rich plant foods. Many thanks to Kristen for showing us the way. - Ben Kim

A super refreshing summer salad for those nights you don't want to cook a hot meal!

Ingredients:
For the Salad:

1 cup quinoa (we used rainbow quinoa for this recipe)
2 cups water (to cook quinoa in)

1 cup fresh blueberries (you can use thawed frozen blueberries if you can't get fresh)

1 cup cubed ripe mangoes

1 cup cubed cucumbers

For the Dressing:
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
20 basil leaves, chopped just before serving as it will go black if added too early

Directions:

Place the quinoa and water in a medium saucepan and bring to boil (we rinse our Quinoa before cooking). Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked. Remove the lid and fluff
with a fork. Let it cool to room temperature.

While the quinoa is cooking, combine the fruits and cucumber in a bowl. Refrigerate until you are ready to combine with the quinoa.
For the dressing, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients except for the chopped basil (add this just before serving). Refrigerate dressing until ready to serve.

When quinoa is cooled, add basil to dressing mixture, whisk, then add 1/2 dressing to the quinoa and mix gently.

Add quinoa to fruits and cucumber mixture and toss together. Add the last half of dressing to salad and toss once again and serve immediately.
This recipe was adapted from a similar version found at veggiebelly.com. Enjoy!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Don't Use Dryer Blowers in Public Toilets !

 
Everyone in the cleaning industry has always been told that hand dryers in restrooms are not sanitary, they spread germs and bacteria around. I always thought that this just came from the paper companies because they are loosing sales to the hand dryers.

Hand dryers blow a lot of germs and bacteria around. You should take a look under the hand dryer next time you are in a restroom. There is a filter underneath the hand dryer that is supposed to be cleaned on a weekly basis. After checking,  it looked like it hadn't been cleaned in years. It had layers and layers of caked on gunk (disgusting).

Additionally, most of the older hand dryers in use (and even some of the newer ones) have an internal screen that should be changed every 1-2 weeks. Unfortunately, most are lucky if they are changed every 1-2 years. This sad reality is not only is a waste of energy, but also keeps more bacteria, germs, and viruses trapped in the dust on the screens, which then is blown directly onto our hands when we dry them. Since then I will not use hand dryers in restrooms. Now this is where the story gets really interesting.


Every time you use an air dryer, the amount of bacteria on your hands increases by 254% and on the finger pads by 194%.

The schools and universities that have had the H1N1 (swine flu) outbreak recent years are being told by the health department that they have to take out all of their hand dryers and replace them with towel dispensers because the hand dryers are spreading disease.

**Please pass this along so everyone knows not to use hand dryers.

Natural Sinus Infection Remedy


SINUS INFECTIONS  

Natural Sinus Infection Remedy without a nasal rinse or neti pot? Yes!... and this is it:

2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar ('Bragg' brand "w/ the mother")
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Glass of Pure Spring Water

STIR WELL and drink at a pace that is comfortable with you. This is one of the best ways to rid your body of a sinus infection without using a sinus rinse or neti pot! This works effectively and quickly!!

Symptoms and Signs of Heart Attack

Symptoms and signs of heart attack may include the following:

Chest pain or discomfort that is crushing, like a heavy weight; or squeezing, like a tight band around the chest; or an ache in the centre of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms (especially the left arm), back, abdomen, face or teeth. The pain is persistent (longer than 15 minutes), and does not ease with rest. The pain is sometimes mistaken for indigestion.
Note that in some cases, heart attacks are painless.

Profuse sweating
Difficulty breathing
Feeling dizzy or light-headed
Nausea
Pale, clammy skin
The pulse may be fast or irregular.

The person may suddenly collapse and lose consciousness
First aid for heart attack!!!!!!!!! !!!
Encourage the person to sit still, with knees bent to ease strain on the heart.

Talk to him calmly and reassuringly, and loosen any tight clothing.
Monitor any changes in condition.

The person should take one aspirin withwater (Unless he is allergic to or unableto take aspirin). Aspirin helps to prevent blood clotting.

Share this with your loved ones if you find this useful.

Thanks to : 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-About-Creative-Engineers-Vs-Smart-Doctors/274240749284469

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Cinnamon and Honey the only food you need.

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. What it will do is what some call 'turning to sugar'. In reality, honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will "crystallize". When this happens loosen the lid, boil some water and sit the honey container in the hot water, but turn off the heat and let it liquefy naturally. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. This will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and Honey
Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects for any kind of diseases.
Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply it on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, when they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it.. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from its root.
GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts.. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone.. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water.. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before
breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M.., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

DIY Anti-Aging Face Cream

Skin Firming Cream Recipe

2 TBL rose hip oil
1 TBL sesame oil
1 TBL avocado oil
1 TBL macadamia nut oil
1 TBL almond oil
1 TBL evening primrose oil
2 TBL raw unfiltered honey
1 oz or 2 TBL beeswax
2 TBL coconut oil
1 TBL cocoa butter
1 tsp lanolin
9 TBL distilled water
2 TBL vegetable glycerin
1/2 tsp borax
2 capsules Marine Greens Sea Algae formula ( opened up and poured out)
5 ml DMAE
2 capsules ubiquinol ( cut open and squeezed into oils ) (you can use COQ10 if you don't have ubiquinol)
1 tsp liquid vitamin C
4 droppers full of vitamin E
2 capsules niacin ( opened and pour out)
1 tsp lecithin
1 dropper liquid B12
8 drops carrot seed essential oil
12 drops jasmine fragrance oil

Put all of the oils, honey, beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and lanolin in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until everything is melted. It is important to take the pan off of the heat once everything is melted, so that the potency is not removed from some of the ingredients. Cool for a few minutes and then add DMAE, oil from ubiquinol, vitamin E, niacin, lecithin, B12, carrot seed essential oil, and jasmine fragrance oil with a whisk and stir well. Then put ice in a large bowl and put  saucepan in the bowl and whisk all of the ingredients until they are thick, like a salve. Then put all of these ingredients into a blender.

In another pan add water, glycerin, borax, and Marine Greens and heat on low and stir with a whisk until well blended and borax is dissolved. You can do this while you are melting the oils. Let this cool off of the burner while you are whisking the ingredients in the other pan.

After you have put the oils in the blender, you will use the hole in the lid to add the liquid from the other pan. Turn the blender on and slowly start adding the liquid. You will see the cream begin to thicken immediately. You will also have to stop and push the cream from the side of the blender, and stir a little. You may have to make a hole in the middle of the cream so that the liquid can get to the bottom of the blender to mix with the oil. Keep doing this until all of the liquid has been added.

This makes a thick cream for your face and neck. It feels absolutely wonderful. You only use about a pea sized amount two times a day. It helps with your fine lines, crows feet, and sagging.


DIY Jasmine Natural Face and Body Wash

Jasmine Natural Face and Body Wash

8 oz Dr. Bonner's Baby-Mild Castille Soap
8 oz distilled water
1 TB Almond oil
20 drops jasmine fragrance
10 drops geranium essential oil

Put all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Then pour into a pump bottle.

Rinse face with water and then use 1 squirt of face wash and start washing face. Wash  face for approximately 1 minute, concentrating around my nose, chin, and forehead, then rinse well.

You can use a toner after if you like to close your pores, and then moisturize. You can use DIY Anti-Aging Moisturizer. 


Heart-Healthy Soup

To keep your blood homocysteine level within a range that's optimal for cardiovascular health, try including leeks in your weekly menu with this restaurant-quality soup.

Leeks are a good source of both folate and vitamin B-6, both essential to preventing buildup of homocysteine throughout your body.

Leeks also contain antioxidants that enhance blood flow throughout your body, likely through enhanced production of nitric oxide, a natural compound that relaxes blood vessels.

This recipe was inspired by a similar one from the kitchen at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.- Ben Kim
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Makes about 4 servings
Ingredients:
5 medium leeks
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 rib celery
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 small bay leaf
Sprig or two of thyme
1 small branch of rosemary
Few sprigs of cilantro or parsley
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt

Directions:

1. To prepare leeks, chop off their roots and any coarse, outer green leaves (peel off one outside layer).


2. Use a sharp knife to quarter the stalks and chop them into 1/4-inch pieces.
 3. Wash and soak diced leeks in cold water - let the leeks soak for a good few minutes to allow any dirt that is inside to come out and settle to the bottom of your washing basin.
 4. Transfer washed leeks to a strainer and let them drain.
5. Cook leeks over medium heat in about 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil (use your soup pot for this). Don't let the leeks lose their vibrant green color - just cook them to a point where they are still mildly crispy/crunchy.
6. Add sea salt, to taste.
7. Add vegetable or chicken broth.

 8. Tie celery, bay leaf, thyme, and rosemary with a string to create a "bouquet garni" and add this to the mix.
9. Bring everything to a low simmer, then add thinly sliced garlic clove and let simmer for another 20 minutes.
10. Add more sea salt, if necessary, to taste.

Serve this savory leek soup with chopped cilantro or parsley as a garnish, and if you don't mind a little flour in your life, enjoy this soup with a slice or two of fresh bread.

As is the case with most soups, leek soup tastes even better with a few slices of creamy avocado on the side.


Thanks to Dr Ben Kim : http://www.drbenkim.com/heart-healthy-soup.htm

The ABC of Kiasu-ism

- Always must win
- Borrow but never return
- Cheap is good
- Don't trust anyone
- Everything also must grab!
- Free! Free! Free!
- Grab first talk later
- Help yourself to everything
- I first, I want, I everything
- Jump queue
- Keep coming back for more
- Look for discount
- Must not lose face
- Never mind what they think
- Outdo everyone you know
- Pay only when necessary
- Quit while you are ahead
- Rushing and pushing wins the race
- Sample are always welcome
- Take but don't give
- Unless it's free forget it
- Vow to be number one
- Winner takes it ALL! ALL! ALL!
- Yell if necessary to get what you want
- Zebras are kiasu because they want to be both  
  black and white at the same time