Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hooked on Firefox

If you are not familiar with Mozilla Firefox (like me, from dinosaur age ^^), it's a free open source web browser that has won numerous awards. It's hacker proof and safer than the Internet Explorer web browser.

Once you've downloaded and used the Firefox, you'll never go back to IE again :) Free download at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/

The names of their projects are quite attractive and the icon logos are adorable... Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Sunbird, Bugzilla. What attracts me the most is the add-ons for Firefox. So many to choose from, you have to read them for yourself.

So far, I've downloaded: Twitterfox, ColorZilla, Web Developer, Screengrab, and Thunderbird! For Firefox add-ons go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Would be great know your comments. Until then, happy browsing!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Pink Lady

Have you seen these products before? It's called Pink Lady Oatmilk (right) and Black Sesame Powder (left). The packaging is quite attractive with the cute ladybug logo (can you spot them from the picture?).

The Pink Lady is basically a powder you mix with warm water, and is a good nutritional drink. I take it every other morning along with my breakfast. The Pink Lady is made of: 1.organic oats, 2.buckwheat, 3.mung beans, 4.black rice, 5.red lentil, 6.black soy beans, 7.yellow soy beans, 8.red sorghum, 9.wheat berries, 10.barley, 11.beetroot, 12.white sesame, 13.inulin, 14.soy protein (GMO free), 15.flaxseed oil, 16.soy lecithin (GMO free), 17.nutritional yeast, 18.pine nut and 19.sea salt. If you know me by now, most important, it contains no preservatives, no coloring and no flavoring!

It's a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. It contains omega 3, 6 and 9 (flaxseed oil and pine nut). The beetroot increases blood count, and the inulin enhances growth of beneficial bacteria. The fragrant and taste is quite nice. It's also convenient if you're in a hurry.

Although it's called "Pink Lady", it's as good for both women and men.

The Biogreen also have other interesting products, which you can find at Jusco's pharmacy, Wellness, or at the biogreen2u website.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Garbage enzyme experiment

This is an experiment I've done in my apartment. I've decided to put the experiment to the test, because I wanted to use non chemical cleaners to clean my apartment, and also put some kitchen wastes into good use.

To give you a summary, I followed the simple "recipe" of 3 ingredients:

  • 1 ratio of brown sugar (yeaps, it must be brown sugar);
  • 3 ratio of fruit peels (you can also use fruit pulp, but I prefer using peels of citrus fruits and pandan leaves for better fragrance); and
  • 10 ratio of clean water.
The garbage enzyme was developed by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong from Thailand.
  1. Mix all 3 ingredients in a plastic container (plastic can expand and will prevent ruptures). I used an empty 5 liter water bottle.
  2. Tightly close the container with a cap, and let the fermentation process takes its course.
  3. Wait for 3 months. Mark your calendar!
  • Do not fill the container to the brim, as you will be surprised with an overflow of the enzyme liquid, when you open the cap.
  • For the first week or two, remember to slowly release the cap at least 2 times a day to release air from the container. I did not have any trouble with the fruit flies or fungus on the surface, as I screwed the cap tightly.
Now the big test, does it really work? I won't over-exaggerate the results, but the garbage enzyme truly did better than any other branded cleaning agents to remove the black spots or fungus in my bathroom. Some of you may agree that those fungus is notoriously difficult to get rid of and control. I am extremely happy for that. You can also use it to mop the floor and mix it with dish washing liquid.

However, the garbage enzyme did no wonders on my bathroom tiles and yellowed grout. The tiles are clean, but I couldn't turn them sparkling white. I tried to mix the enzyme with the cleaning liquid, but it did not help much either.

Update: I have tried the mixture of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide (2 to 1 part), and it works great with the grout! You can get the baking soda at any supermarket, and the hydrogen peroxide at your pharmacy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The mountains have disappeared

I have finally witnessed the Malaysian annual haze, caused primarily by peat fires in Indonesia, where farmers regularly burn scrubs and forest for agricultural purposes.As a consequence, large amount of carbon are being released, thus likely contributing to the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere.

What is being done to save the trees? What is being done to reduce air pollution?

The pictures were taken in June 2009. If you noticed the picture on the right (hazy day) the mountains have disappeared.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Kitchen

Want to share with you what happened in our kitchen this past weekend. My husband and I cooked a few dishes: hamburger for lunch, pesto and salad for dinner. Let's say that cooking releases stress. Most important, I love to take pictures of my creations ;)

Here's my hubby's pesto... he wouldn't let me cook it, he said: "Just eat it!".

My favorite dish: fresh salad with black olives. Hmmm Hmmm delicious! For the sauce, I mixed plain yogurt, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, honey, pinch of salt and pepper.

I followed Jamie Oliver's recipe... still need a lot of improvement from my part though. The burger is a bit too dry.