oh satchel moments

April 26, 2011

I am totally in love with satchels..

This is absolutely stunning too:

And this one just blows my mind away!


Drooling for..

July 15, 2009

Christian Louboutin..

Christian Louboutin..

I love this pair of boots… if only I can own a pair..

I love seaweed salad!

February 7, 2009

I really love seaweed salad.

It is normally served as side dish in Japanese or Korean restaurant. I really love the one served by a Korean restaurant that we go frequently in Chatswood.

Googled “seaweed” and found out that it is really a nutritious food:

Wakame fronds are green and have a subtly sweet flavour and slippery texture. The leaves should be cut into small pieces as they will expand during cooking.

Since long in Japan and now also in Europe, wakame is distributed either dried or salted, and used in soups (particularly miso soup), and salads (tofu salad), or often simply as a side dish to tofu and a salad vegetable like cucumber. These dishes are typically dressed with Japanese ingredients including soya sauce and vinegar/rice vinegar.

* In China, it is called qundaicai (裙带菜). Chinese production is concentrated around Dalian.
* In Korea, it is called miyeok (미역) and used in salads or soup.
* In French, it is called “fougère des mers”.

Wakame is a rich source of EPA, an ω-3 essential fatty acid. At over 400 mg/100 kcal or almost 1 mg/kJ, it has one of the higher nutrient:calorie ratios, and among the very highest for a vegetarian source. However, 100 grams of wakame is more than 44 tablespoons of dried wakame. The usual consumpton of wakame is closer to 1 or 2 tablespoons.[2] Wakame also has high levels of calcium, iodine, thiamine and niacin.
[Source: wikipedia]

Seaweed Salad

The next task for me is to find out how can I make this yummy dish myself!

Shoe Therapy

December 7, 2008

My ultimate shopping goal is to buy beautiful things (from my perception) at reasonable and affordable price. I seldom buy full priced item. Instead, I will wait till they are on sale. I do not think someone should always try hard to keep up with the latest trend. In my humble opinion, style is something that is irrelevant to time dimension. Instead you are the only constant in the equation. And therefore you should define your style and fashion. Not to let other or popular trend to define you.

I love heels and I love price reduced heels!!

Just 19 dollars - what a steal!

Just 19 dollars - what a steal!

Mary Jane style - I just love it and got them at 29 dollars!

Mary Jane style - I just love it and got them at 29 dollars!

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Christmas is just around the corner! It is so amazing how time flies! This will be the second Christmas in Oz!! Another month to go and I should start to prepare Christmas Gifts for my beloved family, friends and co-worker!!

Let me think what should christmas gifts should I buy them..

Let me start with my husband. He is always a gadget man. He loves computers and cars. What should I buy him for this Christmas? He just installed strut bar for our car to improve the handling. He just assembled himself a brand-new, super-duper-lightning fast computer! It is always hard to find Gifts for Men. The choices are more limited. I guess what he would want most at the moment will be a Land Rover! I remember how he lingered around the showroom of Land Rover, savouring that powerful, macho Discovery 3 another day. But it is definitely out of my budget! How about a laptop? He would like it. He has been complaining his old laptop to be bulky and slow. Oh yeah, I should buy him a blood pressure monitoring device. Prevention is always better than cure!

Land Rover Discovery 3

Land Rover Discovery 3

I miss my family in Malaysia so much. Buying them wonder christmas gifts will remind them how much I am loving and missing them from Oz. A food hamper will definitely nice but it is a little bit too far to send a food hamper. That would cost outrageous delivery charges!! My mum would like some skin care products while my sister will love perfume. She is a big fan of Ralph Lauren. Meanwhile, I always love Issey Miyake.

Ralph Lauren

A dream in water

A dream in water

How about my youngest brother and sister? They are still very young and would love toys as gift, I believe. I believe Andy would love a brand new Nitendo DS Lite while SinYee will love the complete set of “Harry Potters” novels..

Oh, I wish I got more bonus so that I can spend more on gifts for my beloved family and myself for this coming Christmas. But during the turbulent time due to the financial crisis, we all should be contented with what we have and cherish our family more! Gift ideas are not always limited to expensive gifts or hampers. I believe my family would be happy with my presents for them even that they might not be expensive or luxurious.

🙂 How do you guys find it??

A yoga pose a day keeps your back pain away?

I love yoga and due to my years of poor posture, I hope doing yoga can help me to improve my posture and strengthen my back! So I will start the section – “A Yoga Pose A Day”!

Starting with my favourite pose:

Upward Bow or Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

(Courtesy of Yoga Journal)

  1.  Lie supine on the floor. Bend your knees and set your feet on the floor, heels as close to the sitting bones as possible. Bend your elbows and spread your palms on the floor beside your head, forearms relatively perpendicular to the floor, fingers pointing toward your shoulders.
  2. Pressing your inner feet actively into the floor, exhale and push your tailbone up toward the pubis, firming (but not hardening) the buttocks, and lift the buttocks off the floor. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. Take 2 or 3 breaths. Then firmly press the inner hands into the floor and your shoulder blades against the back and lift up onto the crown of your head. Keep your arms parallel. Take 2 or 3 breaths.
  3. Press your feet and hands into the floor, tailbone and shoulder blades against your back, and with an exhalation, lift your head off the floor and straighten your arms. Turn the upper thighs slightly inward and firm the outer thighs. Narrow the hip points and lengthen the tailbone toward the backs of the knees, lifting the pubis toward the navel.
  4. Turn the upper arms outward but keep the weight on the bases of the index fingers. Spread the shoulder blades across the back and let the head hang, or lift it slightly to look down at the floor.  
  5. Stay in the pose anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds or more, breathing easily. Repeat anywhere from 3 to 10 times.

This is how it looks like when I strike the pose:

Upward Bow/ Back-Bend/ Wheel

Upward Bow/ Back-Bend/ Wheel

My pose is no where near perfect! Do visit this website for more guidance and good example of this pose! Help and guidance from a good yoga mentor is the best if you intend to strike this pose too.

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