mercoledì 31 agosto 2016

Happy Birthday, amore!

Yesterday, my husband celebrated his 43rd. I am sharing this little moment.
It's my first time to make a birthday cake in all my life, hahah!:=D
But since I wanted to surprise him, I believe I have made this day a truly
memorable one for him.  :-)

I intentionally made its theme like kids. It brings a joyful spirit. (hehe!)


domenica 28 agosto 2016

Read and learn

Reading gets you travel far.

So, read...read..read..and then learn.

 Have a blessed Sunday! ;-)

venerdì 26 agosto 2016

savoring gelato's origin

I just knew from my husband that gelato was invented by the Sicilians. Its name was derived from one small town of Sicily called "Gela". I must say that Italy has really the best of gelato and a sure escape from a very hot summer.

Siracusa

Spent our first two days in the city of Siracusa, Sicily.
Our visit to one city won't be complete without being able to
roam around the heart of it.
    Duomo (cathedral) di Siracusa

Basilica Santuario Madonna delle Lacrime


Off to the Sicilian Island

Cloudy view on my first travel to Sicily for a short summer break with my husband.

5 essential weight loss foods

Found this interesting article from Dr. Mao for all health conscious individuals out there. As we all know that "health is wealth", may these tips help you in achieving a good and healthy diet.

1. Millet: A well-balanced diet should consist of whole grains instead of refined grains like white rice and pasta, and millet is a beneficial and delicious staple of this category of food. This non-glutinous grain is over 10-percent protein, has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins, and because it isn't an acid forming food, is easy to digest.

2. Asparagus: When losing weight, it's important to favor chlorophyll-rich foods, including asparagus. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. Asparagus also contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine - which in turn promotes a healthier digestive function.

3. Pomegranates: Eating a balanced diet to lose weight should include eating fresh fruits, and pomegranates are a wonderful example of a healthy, nutritious fruit that has antioxidant properties and will help prevent cancer. While the benefits of drinking pomegranate juice have gained a lot of attention recently, you will be more likely to lose weight by eating the fruit fresh to increase your fiber intake and keep the calories down.

4. Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are considered an essential ingredient in the tasty Italian mixture pesto. Chinese medicine uses pine nuts to improve gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions, and pine nut oil is even used for appetite suppression. Pine nuts and other nuts are a tasty part of a well-balanced diet intended for weight loss.

5. Green Tea: It has been found that consuming large amounts of coffee and caffeine can lead to food cravings, increase one's appetite, and induce stress-related eating. Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee in that it does provide a little caffeine but also contains beneficial antioxidants. So drink up!

( Source: Dr. Mao's Secrets of Longevity )

***On thing more to complete a balance lifestyle- don't forget to make exercise part of your routine. I think an hour to sweat around would be enough to have your blood in good circulation and help release excess fats in your body. Have a healthy and smiley day ahead!:-)  everyone! i am starting from here and we'll learn together.

Fresh start

I don't remember anymore how many times I tried to recover my past sites and attempted to make new one but I failed everytime. I don't know if it has something to do with my age that I have become so forgetful about details especially passwords. The "fault in the star" is that I don't write them on papers but only in mind. But what?!! age?? Oh, come on! I just freshly turned 40...as we all love to believe, "life begins". NOOOO!!!

Anyways...i hope this one is for good. We will see what we can do from here. :=)