Sunday, 21 December 2014

ANT REPELLENT: LEMON PEELS

Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen


Scatter small slices of lemon peels around the kitchen to get rid of ants. Make sure you place them at the thresholds, windowsills, around door entrances and near any cracks where the ants may be entering. Ants do not like the smell of lemon and will not enter your home. They can also be effective protection against larger insects like roaches and fleas.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

WORKING DURING HIS VACATION

I met Azri aka Ayee when I went shopping at Aeon recently. He is working there during the college break. Now this is good. Instead of staying at home and doing nothing much, he is getting work experience and also money. Yeah.


FENG SHUI REMEDY FOR REBELLIOUS CHILDREN



If you have a rebellious child some simple feng shui tips can help to ease out the emotions and help your child to concentrate better improve his grades. Children very often reflect parents emotions and if your toddler is angry and throws tantrums often you sure need to check the feng shui of your home.Do consider a full health check up to rule out any health disease problems and deficiencies. If there is no specific reason found out for your child to act in rebellious manner consider feng shui as a guide.
First of all do a quick round of your home and the area belonging to the children sector. The west and the south west check all area for clutter and negative poison shars that are hurting you child. These may be toys with sharp edges, violent paintings and poster in the child's room, sharp furniture edges, not allotting enough space for your toddler to play and freedom restricted, may all lead to rebellious child. Feng shui also places a lot of importance on the construction of your home. The size of the rooms and the palce for your child's bedroom is also important.
Windows that are most important to bring in positive chi are the main reason in feng shui has given for a back answering child and rebellious nature. When your child is always on the edge and does not listen to you as a result his studies and academic grades suffer. do consider looking at the windows. in feng shui your home is similar and compared to the body of a human being, just like our body parts the home is divided into parts. The main door is the mouth of the parent and as this allows beneficial chi to enter, the windows have been given the place of mouth of the child. If the widows of your home are too large as compared to the room size there are many chances that you have a rebellious child. Feng shui is all about balance and harmony and any imbalance in size of rooms or space allocated will affect your family and career as well as relationships. The south west relationship corner needs attention and you can hang beautiful birds paintings here. Try to hang a wind chime in your child's room, there may be negative shars which are not visible to you. Pillars, corners of study table or the dressing table mirror, or the angry bird toys all create negative energy.
See the child's bathroom , it must be away from his bed and even not connected to the head rest of his bed.
Feng shui simpel tips for rebellious child-
If the windows of your home are larger and you do not wish to break and reconstruction costs are heavy, plant thick tall plants near the window to reduce the size o0f the windows. You can also have heavy curtains to partially block the area of the windows. Consider the toys your child plays with and avoid angry pictures and wild animal toys and video games. Try to balance energy in the child's room with elements theory of feng shui. You can find out your child's personal favorable colour and element and activate this element to bring about balance of energy in the room and home. Also do consider the view from outside the child's bedroom and his study room for any shars and block them with feng shui simple cures.
Customized furniture helps to keep the clutter at check and you can organize your chid's books and clothes and toys in a systematic manner.
Keep a rose quartz stone pyramid, statue or education tower, sphere or amethysts ball in the room for activating love and peace and self acceptance.
Finally activate the west section with round shiny objects and artefacts. Round shape corresponds the west sector of your home and the element here is metal. This is the sector for creativity and children and activating this section will bring about good concentration in studies , improved grades from your child and encourage creativity . Check out on the time spent on internet and online games. Add lots of activity books, hobby materials and intelligent toys for your child to be busy. which will make your child well balanced and with a healthy diet you may keep check with his tantrums.

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USING COLOURED BOTTLES AS DECOR

These beautiful coloured bottles were used to decorate the window ledge in a Japanese restaurant.  Looks really pretty, especially so against the light from the glass window.  So, don't throw away your colourful bottles. Use them as decorations.

Friday, 19 December 2014

CHICKPEAS CAN HELP REDUCE CHOLESTEROL


I found out that chickpeas can help lower the cholesterol level. In a study published in the June 2008 "Journal of the American Dietetic Association," researchers investigated the effect of around 700 g of chickpeas weekly on a group of adults with high cholesterol. The researchers found that chickpeas effectively reduced the cholesterol levels of participants by an average of 16 mg/dl.
Also, there is claim that it can help weight loss.   If you eat legumes like chickpeas regularly you can expect more robust weight loss than you'd get from simply cutting calories, a study described in the March 2009 "Journal of Medicinal Food" states. Volunteers in that study who ate legumes daily lost an average of 8 lbs. over an eight-week period -- outperforming a typical low-calorie diet.
Yahoo.  I am going to eat chickpeas as my snack food from now on.

ADDITIONS TO WALL ART AT IPOH MALI ART LANE




















During my recent trip back to Ipoh, I stopped by at Jalan Masjid to check out the new murals that had been painted at the Ipoh Mali Art Lane.  I am sharing them with you here.

SUNNING MY PILLOWS AND CUSHIONS


I had shoulder and neck ache for the past couple of days.  I thought it could be due to some strain but then I did not do any heavy lifting.  Then it dawned on me that my pillows and cushions might be damp.  So out went the pillows and cushion to be sunned.  From a Feng Shui perspective, this is good as the sun will give them a boost of Yang or positive energy.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

TIPS ON ON HOW TO DECLUTTER

There is barely three weeks left of 2014.  Before the start of 2015, I have decided to declutter at least a third of the stuff from my home.  But I need a plan.  I got this from the Internet and am sharing it with you.

ANNING SOUP KITCHEN TO SERVE THE NEEDY IN IPOH

 The Anning Soup Kitchen is run by the Bao En Shi Temple
 Those above 60 who are poor are eligible for the free lunch
 Volunteers who help serve the food at the soup kitchen.  There are also volunteers who cook and also do the washing up




 For those who wish to donate, there is a list of necessities that they need for cooking.  These items can be sent direct to the soup kitchen at Jalan Masjid.
In Ipoh there are a number of soup kitchens.  One that I know of is the Anning Soup  Kitchen which is run by the Bao Su Shi Temple. The initiative for this kitchen was mooted by the chief monk Ven Gong Zhang.
This soup kitchen provides free lunch seven days a week and is located at 16A, Jalan Masjid in New Town. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Who is eligible?  Those above 60 years who are poor. They also serve food for the disabled and those who are unmarried. Food is served to about 80 people daily and in addition more than 80 food packets are delivered to the Chinese Temple Ipoh (behind TM), First Garden Flats, Silibin Flats and Buntong Flats.
Funding for the soup kitchen comes from the devotees of the temple and well-wishers. Farmers from Cameron Highlands donate vegetables in bulk. Volunteers help to cook and serve the food. There is a register of names of all those who come to eat and registration cards are issued. A daily register is kept on those who come to eat.  For further information call 05 311 1223.
The pictures above were taken at around noon time on Tuesday.  I had gone to Jalan Masjid to look at the new murals and stopped by at the soup kitchen.

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SINGAPORE CHILLI CRAB

One of the dishes I wanted to savour during my recent visit to Singapore was the Chilli crab. Now this Chilli crab has been promoted by The Singapore Tourism Board as one of Singapore's National Dish. To really enjoy this dish, you need to eat it with bare hands as a means to savour the juicy crab meat with its sweet and spicy chilli sauce. The restaurant went to provided plastic gloves for us to eat the crabs. The dish didn't disappoint.  It was really delicious.  

FENG SHUI FOR X'MAS AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON


Christmas and Holiday Feng Shui
December 11, 2014 by Kathryn Weber


Holidays are special times to gather family and friends together to enjoy festivities, gifts, and special foods. This is especially true at Christmas when we seek to share the bounty of the year by giving gifts and celebrating with those closest to us.

It is a fun and beautiful time of year when homes and shops are decorated in glittering lights and bountiful greenery.

Decorating for the holidays is also great feng shui because it puts attention – and intention — on your home.

We seek to create warm and beautifully-decorated homes that appeal to both grown up and children’s tastes alike. Children enjoy the festive ornaments and decoration of Santa, the reindeer, the North Pole, and the arrival of the Baby Jesus.

Both adults and children enjoy a beautiful Christmas Tree.

Create a feng shui Christmas this year for fun and for the greater intention and meaning that it can bring to your holidays. It’s a wonderful way to incorporate more mindfulness as you make your holiday preparations.

1. CLEAR OUT UNUSED ITEMS AND TOYS.

This isn’t the fun part, but it is important. Good feng shui requires room for chi to circulate — and to grow, we must have room.

So, before all the new gifts and things come into the house, take a half hour to go room to room and clearing out old, broken, or unused items.

Then, donate what’s usable to charity and throw away the rest. You will feel much better about all the additional things coming into the house if some of the old clutter is removed first. OK, now that’s out of the way…

A beautiful gift has wonderful feng shui!

2. WRAP GIFTS ACCORDING TO WHO RECEIVES THEM.

Wrap all the gifts according to color and recipient using the feng shui guidelines. Not only will the gifts be appropriate to the person, they will also be easy to identify and quick to pull out from under the tree!

Father/Man: Gold paper
Mother/Woman: Red or purple paper
Children: Silver or purple paper

Boys/Sons: Blue or green paper
Girls/Daughters: Red or pink paper
Grandparents: Gold or purple paper
Someone who has been ill: Green paper (with or without nature designs such as trees, pine boughs, deer)
Neighbors/Friends/Coworkers: Red

3. PLACE AND DECORATE YOUR TREE ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE.

A lighted Christmas tree is a large and powerful object that can be used for directing energy toward something you desire.

What’s your heart’s wish? More money?

Put your tree in the Southeast corner of your living room or home and decorate accordingly. May you’d like a husband or new man in your life? Place the tree in the NW corner of your home or living room. Simply more family harmony? Then decorate in a mixture of red and gold. These two colors bring harmony and happiness wherever they are placed.

Whatever it is that you want, just be sure to observe the feng shui decorating guidelines in the next tip.

4. DECORATE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE WITH FENG SHUI

When decorating your tree for the holiday, consider using feng shui colors according to the direction that you place the tree.

IN THE NW CORNER/SECTOR (helpful people, father, men, international dealings/travel)
Decorate with silver or gold objects, crystals, mirrors, shiny and round objects

IN THE SOUTH CORNER/SECTOR (fame, recognition, social standing)
Decorate with colors of red and green or purple, and use bright lights, birds such as red cardinals, phoenix, or peacocks, bird’s nests, natural objects such as branches or pine cones, triangular-shaped objects

IN THE EAST CORNER/SECTOR (health, family relationships, growth)
Decorate with blue or green colors, natural objects such as pine cones, tree boughs

IN THE NORTH CORNER/SECTOR (career, opportunities)
Decorate with gold, silver, and/or blue colors and nautical items, sea shells, ships, or metallic decorations and round shapes

IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER/SECTOR (wealth/abundance)
Decorate with light green, green, blue, or purple colors, natural objects, water objects, such as sea shells or fish themed trees, fruits and natural objects are perfect decorations

IN THE NORTHEAST (education, spirituality) , SOUTHWEST (relationships, marriage, women), OR CENTER CORNER/SECTOR (health, wealth, relationships)
Decorate with red and gold colors together, crystals, mirrors, red or white lights


5. PLACE RELIGIOUS ARTICLES WHERE THEY WILL BENEFIT YOU.

Place nativity scenes and religious figurines in the center of the living room or home. Figures of the Three Kings or Santa can go in the northwest, as can a creche. The Three Kings represent helpful people traveling to visit the Baby Jesus. In feng shui, the Three Kings and Santa Claus represent benefactors who can bestow gifts to you as well. The northwest also represents international dealings and travel (and is a good place to store travel information and suitcases).


6. LIGHT UP YOUR FOYER FOR A WELCOMING ENTRY — and more opportunities!

Lights are perfect feng shui – whether they are placed in the south or in the east. Adorn your plants with tiny white lights, or put them into vases. Whatever you do, though, make sure the foyer is well-decorated and lit up. This welcomes all who come to your house and beckons opportunities, because the foyer of the home is where opportunities enter. Outline the front door with lighted garland to bring extra energy to your home.

7. SEND “GOLD” FOR PRESENTS.



Whether they’re for business associates or family members, Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, oranges are considered to be “natural gold” and represent both wealth and opportunities. the word “orange” is a homophone with the word “gold” in Mandarin.

If you’re at a loss for ideas of a gift to give, go online and send a box of beautiful oranges. Include a note that explains how Chinese revere oranges as representations of golden opportunities and wealth. This turns a simple box of citrus into a load of gold. And while you’re ordering, consider sending your own family a gift of oranges!

8. BUY YOUR HOUSE OR FAMILY A GIFT.

Present your home or your family a gift that all can enjoy. It can be a beautiful painting or a simple vase (for the fresh flowers that you will resolve to buy yourself next year!). Or, purchase a game that you can all play together or a popcorn maker for when you watching movies. Anything that encourages your family time together is a great feng shui.

Happy Holidays to All! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Source: http://redlotusletter.com/christmas-and-holiday-feng-shui/

GLASS GEM CORN






These shiny transclucent multi-coloured corns are known as Glass Gem Corns. I read that each one is unique. It is a stunning corn variety selected over many years by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder from Oklahoma. Selected from crossing several traditional corn varieties and saving seed from the vivid, translucent kernels.

Gifted to NS/S by Bill McDorman who acquired the seed from Greg Schoen, one of Carl's students. This corn became an Internet sensation in 2012 and continues to delight gardeners around the planet. To read the story behind this magnificent corn, check out this Native Seeds Blog post.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

CHRISTMAS TREE FROM SCRAP PAPER


On a tight budget.  No time to go and shop for a Christmas tree.  Well, you can actually make one from scrap paper, like the one pictured here.  To learn how to make it, click HERE.

TIP OF CUTTING BOILED EGGS

FRIED MANTOU


The mantou featured here are fried.  Mantou or Chinese steamed bun/bread are usually steamed. I preferred mine to be steamed and dipped in some sauce.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I PHONE 6 PLUS


In my hand is the i Phone 6 +.  It was released at around the time of the iPhone 6.  Now this latest series of i Phones are bigger and said to be better in every way. Larger, yet dramatically thinner. More powerful, but remarkably power efficient.  The i Phone 6 is 4.7 inches while the i Phone 6 +  is 5.5 inches.  With such features and technology, the prices of each is definitely more expensive.  Each sell for more than RM3,000.