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Friday, 31 May 2013

Joke - The Newbie Taxi Driver First Day

A newbie night shift taxi driver was plying along the lonely stretch of road in Lim Chu Kang, hoping to pick up a passenger. He saw a pretty lady, long hair and wearing a red dress waving at his cab. 
He stopped and the lady hopped into the taxi. As usual, he asked the lady, " Go where ", the lady said go Pasir Ris NTUC Resort. He was very happy, mid night charge plus long distance charge, roughly about $35 he can make.
He turned into Kranji Expressway and then Pan Island Expressway. 
In the cab, he looked at the mirror and saw the lady closed her eyes and resting. He drove on and there were no conversation between him and the woman. 
Everything was quiet. Along the Pan Island Expressway, he heard thunder storm, followed by heavy down pour.  The road was wet and slippery and visibility was poor.

Stormy night
Suddenly, someone tap hard on his shoulder. He screamed very loud, lost control of the cab, nearly hit another car, jammed the  brakes and stopped just inches away from a big tree. For a few minutes, everything was very silent, and the driver looked at the rear mirror and saw his lady passenger, face pale and shivering. 
He said " Madam, please do not tap on my shoulder, you scared the shit out of me " 
The lady reply " Uncle, I am sorry, I didn't know that tap on your shoulder could frighten off the shit out of you " 
The driver said " It is totally not your fault, today is my first day driving a cab, I was driving hearse for the last 35 years.
Moral: Passenger, please do not tap on taxi driver shoulder, this may happen to you.
   

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Lemon Water And Health Benefits

TEN GREAT REASONS TO DRINK LEMON WATER!

We all know or have been told that drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is especially good for cleansing the liver and to kick start our digestive system, and it is completely true, but lemon water does much more than that. 


Here is the top 10, out of many, benefits of drinking lemon water.

1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH: Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized, so, you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity.

3. Helps with weight loss: To fight hunger cravings maintain a more alkaline diet, this is because lemons are high in pectin fiber.

4. Aids in digestion: It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion, which reduces heartburn and constipation.

5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it from toxins, therefore, helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin: Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well, this is thanks to the vitamin C component, which helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes.

7. Freshens breath: The citric acid can kill the bacteria, so it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis.

8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs.

9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when your mind and body are subjected to stress, and in the lives we lead, who is not?

10. Helps kick the coffee habit: Normally after a glass of hot lemon water, you don’t crave coffee in the morning. Try it yourself!

The recipe is really simple - a cup of warm water (not hot) and the juice from half of a lemon. Or just put one or two slices of lemon in a glass of water.





A short video on health benefits of drinking lemon water





Monday, 27 May 2013

Jackie Evancho Sings "To Believe"




The lyrics for this song:

Before I lay me down to restI ask the Lord one small requestI know I have all I could needBut this prayer is not for meToo many people on this dayDon't have a peaceful place to stayLet all fighting cease that your children may see peaceWipe their tears of sorrow away
(chorus)To believe in a dayWhen hunger and war will pass awayTo have the hope amidst despairThat every sparrow's countedThat you hear each cry and listen to each prayer
Let me try always to believeThat we can hear the hearts that grievePlease help us not ignoreThe anguished cries of the poorOr their pain will never leave
(chorus )[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/to-believe-lyrics-jackie-evancho.html ]To believe in a dayWhen hunger and war will pass awayTo have the hope amidst despairThat every sparrow's countedThat you hear their cries and listen to each prayer
(spoken prayer)Father, as you see, I'm just a childAnd there's so much to understandBut if Your Grace should surround meThen I'll do the best I canI promise, I'll do the very best I can
(chorus plus)To believe in a dayWhen hunger and war will pass awayTo have the hope amidst despairThat every sparrow's countedThat you hear each cry and listen to eachPrayer {Hear each cry and listen to each prayer}Help us do Your will oh FatherIn the name of all that's trueAnd we'll see in one anotherThe loving image of You


Read more: JACKIE EVANCHO - TO BELIEVE LYRICS 

Grant Williams - Do The Math

Grant Williams gave a presentation to the 66th Annual CFA Conference (19 -22 May 2013) in Singapore in which he discussed the disconnect between financial markets and mathematical reality
www.vulpesinvest.com



Some charts from his presentation:





Enjoy his 48 minute video.



Sunday, 26 May 2013

Joke - Meal Rituals

What people do before a meal:

A: Muslims
B: Buddhists
C: Christians
D: Food Bloggers


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Is She Spinning Left Or Right



Look at the spinning woman and if she is turning right, your right side of your brain is working . 

If she is turning left, your left side of your brain is working . 

If she turns both ways for you then you have a 160 or better IQ 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Recipe - French Beans Stir Fry With Sichuan Vegetable.

Tender, flexible green beans or snap beans or French beans are a delight of vegetable lovers for their wholesome nutritional values. When cooked, they have a sweet taste.

The lean green vegetables are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients. They have a good amount of vitamins A, B and C. In addition beans contain healthy amounts of iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium which are essential for body metabolism.

In this recipe the french beans are stir fried with shredded Sichuan vegetables which can be bought off the shelf. It is already seasoned with a bit of sugar and spice. (see picture). A small packet weighs 80 grams whereas a big packet comes in 200 grams.

This small packet of shredded Sichuan vegetables really add lots of flavour to the dish.

Mince pork and chopped dried shrimps are added for extra flavour. For the extra kick, I added a teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorn.

Ingredients
250 grams of French beans
shredded preserved Sichuan vegetable
50 grams of mince pork (marinate with light soy and pepper)
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
1 teaspoon of chopped dried shrimps
1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn
1 small packet shredded Sichuan vegetables (80 grams).
1 tablespoon of cooking oil.


Method
Wash and cut the beans into bite size.

Marinate the minced pork with light soy and pepper.

Heat the oil on medium heat in a wok or pan till hot.
Toss in the beans and stir fry till cooked, about 2 minutes.
French beans
Set aside.

Toss in the garlic, peppercorn and dried shrimps.
Toss in the mince pork and shredded Sichuan vegetables.
Stir fry till cooked, about 5 minutes

Finally toss in the cooked French beans and stir fry for about 1 minute.
Plate and serve.

Enjoy
 

Get some tips from some videos below.

This 3 minute video on Sichuan green beans do not have the shredded Sichuan vegetables, but you get some ideas on how to cook this dish.



Another great way to cook this dish in this 5 minute video.





This video shows how to cook french beans with shrimp paste or belacan.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

No Joke ! Fucking Hell Is A Beer


In Mar 2010, the EU's trademarks authority has permitted a German firm to brew beer and produce clothing under the name "Fucking Hell". It may be an expletive in English, but in German it could refer to a light ale -- Hell -- from the Austrian town of Fucking. 

Source: link





The European Union trademarks authority has permitted a German firm to register the brand name "Fucking Hell" for a new beer, much to the irritation of the Austrian village of Fucking.




In English, the term "Fucking Hell" is just an expletive used to express irritation or surprise. In German, it could refer to a light ale from Fucking in Upper Austria, because "Hell" is a term for light ale in southern Germany and Austria.


















From Google translate: link

In case you are thinking of visiting Fucking, Austria, there are no hotels.

Enjoy this 3 minute video joke




About the town of Fucking, Austria (2 minute video)



Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Kale And Health Benefits


A short video on how to cook young kale with oyster sauce.

Nice but would have been more flavourful with crispy garlic added.
It is in Taiwanese, a mixture of hokkien and mandarin.



Anti - Depression Food

Food provides nutritional support for the body as it contains essential nutrients, like proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, or minerals. It can aid to manage and prevent many health conditions; both physical and mental that is prevailing among the people. 

At present, society’s most extensive and a life-damaging ill is ‘Depression’ which affects person’s mind and body. There are different causes of depression that impacts all aspects of everyday life including sleeping, working, eating, career, sense of self-worth and relationships. Depression not only affects those who are depressed but also creates problems for their family and friends. You might think of the listing of food which can beat depression.


Eating food or some drinks can help to come out from this situation; blues. A recent study found in the Archive of Internal Medicine suggested that women who drink more coffee have less depression risk. About 19 million Americans are suffering from the disorders of depression each year. Foods are treatment options which can beat depression without taking help of pills because many of the symptoms of depression can directly related to mineral and vitamin deficiencies.

Salmon

Salmon contains more Omega-3 fatty acids, known as EPA that depressed people often lack. Omega-3 fatty acids aid our brain cells to augment and communicate the concentration of two neurotransmitters; serotonin and dopamine which help to regulate mood. The researchers have suggested that people who have lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids may have reasonable symptoms of depression. Omega-3 can also improve cardiovascular health and lower the cholesterol level in the body.

Saffron

Saffron, expensive red threads is a powerful for treating mild to moderate depression and is a culinary spice which used in many Middle Eastern dishes. Shahin Akhondzadeh, Ph.D., researcher of Tehran University of Medical Sciences has found that saffron has antidepressant effects comparable to the antidepressants imipramine (Tofranil) and fluoxetine (Prozac). As well, it significantly boosts your mood via raising neurotransmitter - serotonin levels which is required by the brain. The EatingWell Magazine showed that saffron has been used as a mood lifter in traditional Persian medicine; usually steeped into a medicinal tea or used to prepare rice.

Chocolate

Consuming 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate with a high cacao content helps to minimize the level of stress hormones, including cortisol. It is also found in the recent study at the NestlĂ© Research Center in Switzerland that chocolate helps to stay away people from the stress or depression. Chocolate’s antioxidants may help to lift your moods. You might aware that serotonin is main neurotransmitter in the brain whose levels affect moods. As well, dark chocolates can increase the production of serotonin and endorphins in the human brain.

Carbs

Reducing carbs in diet or totally removing it can have an unintentional outcome: a foul mood. The production of serotonin, a mood altering hormone, is promoted by the carbs and so removing carbs from the diet is the only reason for foul mood, according to the researchers. There is a connection between mood and carbohydrates as the carbs create mood-boosting brain chemical. So, people should opt for smart carbs like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes that all contribute healthy carbs as well as fiber.

Whole grain oats

Whole grain oats help to lower cholesterol and maintain the level of blood sugar which helps to prevent mood swings. The other whole grain like spelt, kamut, and quinoa are good as it delivers brain boosting nutrients and reduces the depression. Whole grain oats contain high amount of vitamin B6 and B1, pantothenic acid, and folic acid which help to stabilize your mood.

Vegetables

It is good to eat range of nutrient foods which kill depression. Dark vegetables such as Peas, Swiss chard, Spinach, Kale etc. are high in folate which produces the large amount of serotonin. As well, it is a good source of vitamin C and Fiber. Nuts, Legumes, and citrus fruits are also good sources of folate which reduce the risk of depression.

Brown Rice

Brown Rice is a low-glycemic food that slowly releases glucose into the bloodstream, and that's why it helps to prevent sugar lows and mood swings. Brown rice contains essential minerals, vitamins B1 and B3, and folic acid which needed to balance your mood.

Cabbage

Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C and folic acid as well as fiber that stabilize your blood sugar. The use of cabbage protects against the infection, heart disease, many types of cancers, and the most importantly reduces stress. Eat as much possible as fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy to feel better and boost your body vitamins and ultimately you remain healthy; physically and emotionally.

Along with your diet foods, many things can reduce depression such as Positive thoughts, Physical activity, and Have a realistic outlook on life. Beating depression is a long process but nothing is impossible; the thing requires to come out from the depression is passion about problem, meditation and the way you handle it. So, take such type of foods which create mood-boosting brain chemical and follow the instructions of your health care provider to beat depression.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

5 Foods That Reduce Inflammation























1. Broccoli
Broccoli is considered one of the most effective anti-inflammatory foods in the world. It contains an abundance of great nutrients that help inhibit inflammation, for example sulforaphane, salicylic acid, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium and selenium. They are all excellent healing properties.

2. Wild Salmon
Wild salmon is also one of the greatest anti-inflammatory foods. Salmon is full of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Both are Omega-3 fatty acids; good for eliminating inflammation. The Omega-3 health benefits have been confirmed by numerous scientific studies to be protective against certain cancers, heart disease and even psychological disorders.

3. Turmeric
Turmeric contains a very unique compound known as curcumin. Curcumin has been a popular anti-inflammatory for Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines since thousands of years ago. Studies have proven that curcumin has a positive effect on arthritis symptoms.

4. Blueberries
According to the Journal of Food Science, blueberries contain phytochemicals that can reduce inflammation in tissues. In general, there are significant amounts of refined sugar, carbohydrates, calories and fats in the ordinary western diet. They are all factors for inflammation.

5. Olive Oil
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published a report, indicating that people who consumed more extra-virgin olive oil has a lower risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis, when compared to people who consumed less. Olive oil has been found to be capable of inhibiting the chemicals in the body that induce inflammation.

Archbishop William Goh Is New Catholic Archbishop of Singapore

Archbishop William Goh Seng Chye (born 25 Jun 1957) took over as the new Catholic Archbishop of Singapore on 18 May 2013 at 6 pm Singapore time.



At the same time, Archbishop Nicholas Chia Yeck Joo (born 8 April 1938) retires and becomes Archbishop Emeritus.





Saturday, 18 May 2013

Joke - The Efficiency Expert


An efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home."

"Why not?" asked somebody from the audience.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained.
"She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. 

One day I told her, 'Honey, why don't you try carrying several things at once?'"

"Did it save time?" the person in the audience asked.

"Actually, yes," replied the expert. "It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in seven.


(This little joke reminds me of myself.  LOL)

   
  

Friday, 17 May 2013

Noah's Ark In Hong Kong


The tourists go in two-by-two: The Noah's Ark Theme Park , complete with life-like animals, sits in front of the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong.
















Biblical scale: The Ark in Hong Kong measures 450 ft long and 75 ft wide










Water sight: The Ark also boasts less authentic Biblical touches such as double-glazed windows and a fine dining restaurant














The billionaire brothers who built the Ark in Hong Kong claim it is the only full-scale version in the world

And the imaginative trio even attempted to give the giant boat an air of authenticity by placing 67 pairs of animals at the entrance, as mentioned in the Bible and  saved from the Great Flood.
The creationist-inspired vessel forms part of a theme park near Hong Kong which was inspired by a young girl's scrawled drawing of the mammoth boat.

Architects appear to have used some artistic license in parts of the Ark - for instance including double-glazed windows, a fine dining restaurant and luxurious bedrooms.

Inside, real-life exotic animals can be found - including a nautilus, a toucan and reams of fish.







All lit up: The Ark shines under Hong Kong 's lights as a model giraffe stands guard near the entrance












Authentic: Various fiberglass animals stand outside the Ark to re-create when Noah took the animals on board the vessel












The Noah's Ark Theme Park is now run by Christian organizations, who use it to promote peace and unity. Matthew Pine, manager of Noah's Ark Theme Park, said: 'They had a vision to do something remarkable, something outstanding.'

'They came up with many ideas. Some of them were really  outrageous.'

'But then they came across this girl's drawing, and knew it would be something do-able that captured imaginations. 'So they hired architects and engineers to create the replica Noah's Ark. '












Food for thought: The Ark also includes a sophisticated-looking restaurant as one of its on-board attractions












Bed for the night: Guests on board Noah's Ark can also stay on the Biblical vessel in one of its luxurious hotel-style rooms












Land-bound: The Hong Kong-based Noah's Ark theme park was built in 2009 and is popular among tourists

Matthew added: 'The reason we chose that moment in the Bible's story is because this is the message we want to bring to Hong Kong, to China , to the world.

'In our lives we always face floods, we will face trials, we will face difficulties.
Hopefully Noah's Ark will inspire people to pass through those troubles as Noah did in his day.'

And we need to remember that God told Noah to save the animals of the Earth.  Shouldn't we do the same?

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Recipe - Prawn Paste Chicken Thigh (Har Cheong Kai)

This prawn paste (or shrimp paste) chicken is a popular dish in Singapore. The star of this recipe is the shrimp paste which is used to flavour the chicken parts. Typically, the shrimp paste chicken is served deep fried.

The shrimp paste is made from silver shrimps. When raw, it is very pungent (smelly). It is also known commonly as belachan. If you like Singapore Rojak, you will definitely like this dish because the rojak uses the same prawn paste.
The shrimp paste does give a unique flavour when fried.

In this recipe, I use chicken thighs, bone in, skin on. It is convenient; there is no need to chop the chicken into parts. The thighs also make it easy to pan fry. Pan frying saves oil but it does take a little more time.
silver shrimp

Pan frying in low heat also allows the chicken thighs to be cooked on the inside, juicy and tender while the skin is crispy. When properly cooked, the meat will just fall off the bones.

I have tried both the Penang belachan and the Lee Kum kee shrimp paste. Lee Kum Kee shrimp paste has a stronger flavour.

Now we are ready to go.

Ingredients (serves 5)
5 chicken thighs (skin on, bone in)

Marinade
1 tsp shredded ginger
LKK shrimp paste
1 tsp shredded garlic
2 tsp prawn paste
A dash of salt (less than a tsp)
A dash of pepper

Before Frying
1 egg beaten
3 tbs of corn flour (if you like crispy, use rice flour)

Method:

Step 1.
Prepare the chicken
Rinse the chicken thighs
Use a knife and prick or pierce some holes for better absorption of the marinade.

Step 2.
Mix the marinade well.
Penang prawn paste
Add the chicken thighs and mix well
Let the chicken sit for 2 hours or overnight in the fridge

Step 3.
Ready for frying.

Coat the chicken thighs with the beaten egg.
Then coat them with the flour

This is a shallow fry.
So you need about 3 tbs of oil.
Heat the oil till hot, then lower the heat.
Place the thighs one by one in the hot oil, skin side down.
Let them cook slowly over low heat.

It takes about 8 minutes for each side to turn brown.
Turn them over once the skin side turns brown.

Serve and enjoy
 

Watch this 3 minute video from Kitchen Tigress on how she cooks prawn paste chicken.
Not quite the same, but she is good.



Another nice video on cooking har cheong kai




This 5 minute shows how to cook the crispy boneless chicken thigh without the prawn paste.
I think this is just as delicious.