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Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Basic Tips to Stay Fit | Jonlivia

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Many of my knowings tend to ask me, how do I remain so slim from young till now?  To be very frank, I am not very disciplined when it comes to food intake (I still take carbs, gluten, lard, innards, junk food etc.)  nor I have a typically customized workout routine to follow.

However, if I must highlight my habits that possibly contribute to my fitness, then I somehow thought of the few points as follows:

1. Choose wisely on your meals choices

When it comes to having rice with dishes, I will always have a feast size or less than that of rice, a portion of meat or fish, a portion of vegetables and ideally at least a bowl of warm soup.   I think for those who want to start keeping fit, #sukusukuseparuh could be used as a great guideline to your healthy eating.
I often choose steamed, grilled, braised, stewed and soupy options over deep fried food.  As for my choice of carbs, I will opt for the less starchy option like brown rice, whole meal bread, pasta or bihun instead of the typical Chinese yellow noodles.

Most importantly, I always make it a habit to avoid considering or eating fast food as main meals unless unforeseen circumstances arise. I think the illustration above already gave you guys a clearer picture of what you eat becomes you.  To be like the right illustration or left illustration, the choice is in your hands!

Never skip meals especially breakfast!   No matter how busy you are, try your best to eat at a specific period of time.  For instance, 8am - 10am must have breakfast, 12pm - 2pm is lunch hour and 6pm - 8pm is dinner time.  Yes, those are the timing I stick to! 

No matter what I eat, once I am done enjoying my meal, I will definitely wash my palate with a mug full of plain water aka H20 (not coffee or any other flavored drink ya!).  Whenever I am at a fast-food joint or cinema, I rarely order any sugary or carbonated drinks and always swap it with mineral water only.

2. Exercise, do sports or simply staying active
If I say I exercise daily, then I shall win the world biggest liar award.  However, I do breeze walk and jog once in the blue moon.
Sometimes trying to inculcate an active routine is not an easy task alone at the start, perhaps you could try to form an active group to keep each other pump up?
Shoutout to Jonlivia's Women LED Compression Pants which I have been wearing a lot lately.  Just last Sunday, I wore it for a jog at the park.  Often times my legs would have cramped if I did not do any warm ups or stretching prior to jogging.  With Jonlivia's Women LED Compression Pants, my muscles are less prone to cramps even if I sometimes skipped proper warm up.
To cut long story short, here is a little close-up, their compression pants has an added feature of reflective stripes which made it perfectly noticeable during night runs.  To add on, they also have mesh material that makes it look more fashionable and less generic!  I must say I really adore how it elongates my legs and made them look slimmer.  That is only a part of the reason for me to love this multi-purpose pants!  Continue reading as I have a lot more to say. :P

Back to my staying active topic.  Currently, I am still sticking to the one week at least one-day of dodgeball session till to-date.  It will be two hours of intensive workout for that.
For the past three weeks sessions, I have been wearing this compression and it really helps at reducing hamstring injury due to its ability to keep warm, apply pressure to muscles and improves blood circulation.

Unlike wearing shorts, there is a possibility of revealing unappealing skin or undies, this compression is lower body-hugging which made it great to be worn for Yoga, Aerobics, Stretches, Gym etc.   
Being ultra-elastic is another plus point for Jonlivia's LED Compression Pants!
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3. 少量多餐 Eat many meals but in small portions 
Usually, I will eat till I am 80% full and stop. The gap time between my meals are normally 2 - 3 hours and I will again look for some food to munch on.  During the day I rarely limit my food intake but when it comes to after 8pm I tend to avoid eating carbs or too heavy food.  For cheat days when I happen to end up at Mamak stalls, I will break my fast by ordering soup or milk only.  

24 hours per day and the maximum meals I have had in a day could be up to 6 meals but minimum 3 meals per day is a must!

4. Daily supplement intake
As I used to quite weak in the immune system and have some health issues, supplements play a huge role in my daily life!  

I was mainly taking supplements to regulate my hormones which is the root cause of my acne problems and irregular menses cycle.  Coincidently I was introduced to this product called AXXA SO PLUS by a friend and it happens to work so amazingly that I am only consuming one sachet of product per day instead of 123456789999 products now.  So much hassle saved!

Plus one of its natural ingredient - Black Raspberry Seed Oil is actually effective in burning fats!  So I guess that somehow helps me to remain slender. 
That's basically some of my tips, do share with me yours as well!

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Healthy and Delicious Dishes with US Potatoes

Do you guys know that United States is one of the world's major potato-producing countries?

Favourable soil, ideal growing conditions, plentiful water and an industry committed to advance research and technology allowed U.S. Potatoes to produce more than 20 million metric tons annually.  Thus, making U.S. potato growers so world-renowned. 
Aside from the typical whole fresh potatoes we usually see in wet market, U.S. potatoes has 3 categories:
1. U.S. Fresh Potatoes
2. U.S. Frozen Potatoes
Many options such as wedges, shreds, hash browns, tots to curly, crinkle and lattice cut fries could be easily found if you take a trip down the frozen food section of any grocery store.
3. U.S. Dehydrated Potatoes

Types of U.S. Potatoes and their recommended uses:

1. Russet Potatoes has floury, dry, light and fluffy texture with mild, earthy flavor and medium sugar content. 
Recommended uses: Baking, frying and mashed, oven toasted

2. Yellow Potatoes has slightly waxy, velvety, moist texture, subtly sweet, rich and buttery flavor and a medium sugar content.
Recommended uses: Grilling and simmer.

3. Red Potatoes has waxy, moist, smooth and creamy texture.  Subtly sweet in flavor and boast a medium sugar content.
Recommended uses: Roast, stew, mashed and added into soups.

4. White Potatoes are medium-starched potatoes with a slightly creamy, dense texture, thin and delicate skin.  Subtly sweet  and mild flavour wtih low sugar content.
Recommended uses: Grilling, frying, salads, toss cooked.

5. Purple Blue Potatoes' flesh is moist and firm with earthy and nutty flavors.  Low in sugar content as well.  
Recommended uses: Salads, microwave, steam and baking.

6. Fingerling Potatoes have a firm, waxy texture and have buttery, nutty and earthy flavour with medium sugar content. 
Recommended uses: Pan-frying, roasting and oven roast. 

7. Petite Potatoes 
Recommended uses: Roast

During the event day, we were lucky to have International Award Winning Chef, Audee Cheah to stir up some amazing dishes featuring the use of U.S. Potatoes.

U.S. Potato and Prawn Kerabu

Chilli Flavoured US Potato Wedges in Lettuce Cups
Made using U.S. Waffle Fries 

Curry Chicken Stuffed U.S. Potatoes
Made using U.S.Russet Potatoes 

Kimchi Seaweed U.S Lattice Cut Fries
                                                   Made using US Waffle Fries

Sauteed Cubed U.S. Russet Potatoes with Caramalised Onions topped 
with Sunny Side Up
Comment below if you want me to share my homecooked #breakfast #brunch recipe.  

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beauty Review: Battle of the Face Powders - featuring ALTHEA Petal Velvet Powder

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For Korean makeup fanatic like me, I am sure that you guys have already heard of ALTHEA Korea.  Being known for offering authentic Korean products at affordable price, do you know that this amazing brand has recently debuted their very own line of translucent powder?
 To be precise their ALTHEA Petal Velvet Powder has been released early this August.

Beautiful readers, I am sure that all of us living in humid weather needs a trusty powder to set our makeup.  Here comes a new contender!
Three main ingredients of this product are Althea, Green Tea and Mandarin Orange.
Main functions of the respective natural ingredients are:
Althea Petals
☝ Revitalizes the skin as its extract is full of antioxidants.
Polyphenols help to protect skin from adverse effects caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet radiation.
👌Saponarin helps skin to repair damaged skin and restore skin elasticity.  In short, it's anti-aging.
Green Tea
Prevents hyperpigmentation.Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and Catechin are in charge of sebum control
Mandarin Orange
Enriched with Vitamin C, mandarin orange peel oil helps to brighten dullness and prevents dehydration.

I have summarised the best feature of each and every powder product that I personally owned.  Hopefully, this table allows you to make your choice easier.
ALTHEA Petal Velvet Powder - RM16 only
I would say this is the closest alternative to Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder.  In fact, certain aspects (blurring effect, smoothness of powder, girly packaging, puff & scent) of it stood out more than that. 
Soothing scent
Fluffy puff
Convenient to bring around
Classy packaging
Super affordable pricing
Finely milled powder
(very velvety when applied)
Recommended to normal to combination skin users.
👉Shop HERE👈

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder - RM20 
Although they did not put much effort into decorating its outlook, the powder actually has longer lasting power than ALTHEA's, especially if you have oily skin.  Personally, I do not have to touch up throughout the day when I use this together with my BB cushion.
(available on ALTHEA too!)
Easy to carry around
Finely milled powder
Affordable pricing
Recommended to oily skin users
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1028 Visual Therapy Ultimate Oil-Control Powder - RM29.90
(available in Drugstores)
The best thing about this is that it comes in a pressed-powder form which is handier when needed to touch ups on the go.  Why?  Thanks to the thoughtful built-in mirror and product particles are unlikely to fly everywhere when it's windy.  I don't think any of you girls fancy the look below right?
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Comes with a build in mirror
Pressed powder
(Particles will not fly everywhere)
Sturdy packaging
Recommended for all types of skin
👉Click here for my in depth review HERE👈
As for the puffs, ALTHEA's puff is definitely my favorite among all!
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

HALAL Japanese Buffet Dinner @ G Hotel Kelawai

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Thanks to GHotel Kelawai for the invitation

Dedicated to Japanese cuisine lovers, you can now enjoy value and quality treats at G Hotel, Kelawai's Japanese Buffet Dinner on Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm till 10.30pm.
The vast selection of food is skillfully prepared by the team headed by Chef Ong Ban Khoon who has more than 25 years experience.  Good news to all our Muslim friends, all dishes prepared are without MSG or alcohol.

To start off, warm your tummy with a hearty bowl of Sake No To-nyu Jiru (Creamy Salmon Miso Soup) or Miso Shiru before devouring more from the selections.
As Sushi and Sashimi are staples of Japanese cuisine, the fresh and well-stocked assortment is available for diners.
Remember the correct way to enjoy your sushi (especially raw ones) or sashimi
1. Dab a little Wasabi + soy sauce on the sashimi, 
2. Eat from the most delicately flavored fish (Salmon) and gradually proceed to stronger flavors or fattier fish such as Tuna
3. Have a slice of pickled ginger to wash your palate & to enhance the flavors of every single sushi.
Tip* Wasabi is effective in suppressing microbes and bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
Itadako, Soft Boiled Eggs and Tofu served in tapas style to allow diners to feel like they are having fine dining. 

Cold cuts and refreshing seafood (scallops, prawns, mussels) are hard for a seafood lover like me to resist.  
For those who loves seafood as well as creamy dishes, drum rolls to the favorite dish of mine, Cheesy Baked Oysters is a must try!
Other highlights available are their Dofu Dengaku which is Tofu cooked using miso sauce topped with Bonito Flakes, I could totally have only this with plain steamed rice!  
Chawanmushi and Salmon Teriyaki are also available alongside.  
For chicken lovers, their Tori Misoyaki (grilled chicken with miso paste) is very well marinated.
Gyoza (Pan-fried dumpling), Oden (Japanese Fish Cake Stew), Stir-Fried Vegetables with Reckon Chips 
For their sweet Japanese Curry Beef and Potato is a good compliment to the Ninniku Yaki Meshi (Japanese Garlic Fried Rice).  Unlike Authentic Indian Curry, the flavors of the Japanese one is less spicy and thicker in texture.

For those who love crispy deep-fried food, Tempura is part of their buffet spread!

Remember when I was a kid, Teppanyaki is my favorite thing to order, typically because I love watching the tricks by the professional chefs who do fork & spatula flipping.  The Action Station somehow reminds me of my childhood, diners can pick their own ingredients (Sliced Beef, Shrimps, Lamb etc.) and enjoy the chef's live show time!

Stressed over work?  The best cure is to indulge in desserts!
Hokkaido Cupcakes with cream are very fluffy and airy.

Chocolate Fountain with condiments is available too!

Zenzai Zai (Sweet Red Bean Soup with Black Sesame Filled Tang Yuan) and Matcha Pastries are worth to expand your tummy space.

We were also given the opportunity to try their signature cocktails
from left:   Pomegranate Mojito, Lychee, and Chilli Lada
Do take note that this is not inclusive in the buffet dinner packages but guest can opt to order them separately.  I highly recommend you to try their sweet and minty Pomegranate Mojito
Pricing Details
Japanese Buffet Dinner - RM105 per person 
Friday and Saturday.  
Children 6 to 12 years old and senior citizens 60 years old and above get to enjoy extra special price at RM78 only.

Spoon Cafe, Level 2
G Hotel Kelawai
2, Persiaran Maktab, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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