Month: October 2016

Not a book review

Happy Friday! ūüôā Finally, I finished the book, The Agony and The Ecstasy, written by Irving Stone.¬†It’s a book of Michelangelo’s life story. It is a bit old since it was first published in 1958. However, a good book never gets old. This book took me the longest period to read, almost a month. Part of the reason was that I have been very busy for the past few weeks. I only had a little bit of time to read before bed time. Other than that, I found myself stopping in the middle of the reading very often, just chewing on the words, imagining the scene, and digesting the emotion. If you are interested in Michelangelo’s art and the story behind it, it is a book for you. I wish I had read it before we visited¬†Florence and Rome. I have learned a lot from the book, the story behind his famous David, the way he learned the anatomy, his involvement in politics and popes, and so much more.¬†Michelangelo is not just an artist. He …

Turmeric Ginger Latte

Happy weekend! ūüôā Just a quick one today. I have been loving this Turmeric Ginger Latte lately. Although it’s¬†spring here and the weather is getting warm, I¬†still feel a little bit cold¬†sometimes in early morning. This is what I go for. It’s very good for winter and autumn as well.   INGREDIENTS: fresh turmeric – 3 teaspoons,¬†finely grated fresh ginger – 1 teaspoon,¬†finely grated milk – 1 cup (or any kind of milk you like) fresh lemon juice – 1 teaspoon organic rice malt syrup – 1-2 teaspoons (or honey, or any other syrup you like) ground cardamom – 1/4 teaspoon (or cinnamon) a pinch of salt INSTRUCTIONS: Remember to wear gloves when you grate the fresh turmeric. Otherwise it will stain your fingers. Add all the ingredients in a small saucepan on¬†a medium heat. Stir all the time. Don’t let the milk boil. When it’s warm enough, pour through a fine mesh strainer into your mug. Enjoy!

A short story of Leo

I have been really busy for the past few weeks. Lucky, I have all our three fur-kids to keep me company. We have¬†two cats (Leo and Tigger) and one dog (Chico). ¬†When Tigger and Chico joined our family, they were only 2 months old. Leo came much later. Before Leo was adopted by my stepdaughter, he lived in a foster home with many cats and dogs until he was over one year old. Unfortunately, my stepdaughter’s circumstances changed not long after Leo was adopted. She asked if we could have Leo. That’s how Leo joined our family. Leo is the oldest one¬†among the three fur-kids. He is almost four years old now.¬†Compare to Tigger, Leo was very wild when he just came. He didn’t like to stay inside and looked for any opportunity to escape. He trashed our toilet paper whenever he had a chance. When he was¬†not happy, he would go pee on our bath mat and run away (naughty, naughty). These things didn’t worry us. However, he wouldn’t let us pet him. It …

Cucumber crepes with tuna

Made these for family brunch last Saturday. They are¬†really simple and easy¬†to make. We always have some canned tuna in the pantry. After making the crepes, throwing in whatever vegetables you love with some tuna. Roll up! It is just delicious and not heavy at all. Perfect option for a quick breakfast/lunch. Healthy too, I reckon. ūüôā   INGREDIENTS: Cucumber crepes (Makes 3-4 medium size crepes) egg – 2 Olive oil – 2 tablespoons water – 1 tablespoon coconut milk – 3 tablespoons plain flour – 1/2 cup cucumber – 110g, grated onion – 1 (the green part), finely chopped salt and pepper Filling: green onion – 3-4, cut in 5cm length cucumber – 1, thinly sliced red bell pepper – 1/2, sliced canned tuna – 2, your choice avocado – 1, sliced INSTRUCTIONS: Grate cucumber into a bowl, add¬†all ingredients for crepes, and mix well. Heat non-sticky pan on medium heat (with or without oil). Spread batter into the pan and¬†cook one side. Flip the crepe and cook the other side. Top with cucumber, …

Switching to physical sunscreen

I had an appointment with a dermatologist last week about the pigmentation on my cheeks. It was quite¬†educational. I learned few things about sunscreen. I thought it would be a good idea to share with you. Everyone needs sun protection. However, choosing the right sunscreen product can be confusing. We probably all know there are two types of sunscreen product,¬†physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreen Physical sunscreen contains Zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide is derived from mineral Zinc, and titanium dioxide is from titanium. Both have reflective¬†particles to form a physical barrier to the sunlight.¬†The down side is that the Zinc oxide does leave white residue¬†on the skin. That’s why many people choose to use chemical sunscreen. However,¬†the manufacturers are¬†using new technology to micronise particles to reduce¬†the white tint. Physical sunscreen¬†is not absorbed into¬†the skin. It actually sits on the skin and reflects the sunlight. According to ¬†Furturederm.com, the zinc oxide is better than the titanium dioxide because it covers full UVA and UVB range. It blocks more the longer portions of …

The Sunshine blogger award

It’s amazing that I received another award. A big thank you to both ¬†La D√©pays√©e¬†and¬†Small world, Smaller girl¬†for the nominations. I am so honored, and I really appreciate my fellow bloggers take time to visit my blog. Thanks for the support. ¬†Please check out their blogs. Both blogs are amazing and inspiring! The Rules:¬† Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. Answer the questions sent by the person who nominated you. Nominate new blogs to receive the award and write them new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog. Notify the bloggers for your nomination. Questions from¬†La D√©pays√©e: What is the biggest decision you have made in your life? My biggest decision is moving back to live in New Zealand over¬†six years ago. Because of that decision, I met my better half. ūüôā Although I am not in New Zeland anymore, it’s still my biggest decision since it has changed my life. ¬† ¬† ¬† 2.¬†What …