Sunday, September 26, 2010

DIY green tea facial wash, exfoliator & toner

It's been a while I haven't posted topics related to D.I.Y. and beauty. So I hope you'll find this post useful. It's very easy, cost effective and your skin will love the result!

Method:

Start by making green tea with boiling water and 1 tea bag. I use normal green tea from the supermarket.


Use as a scrub to clear pores and blackheads
  • Steep for 2-3 minutes, and remove the tea bag from your cup;
  • Cut the tea bag, and pour the shredded tea leaves in a container;
  • Take a finger-full of the tea leaves from the container and exfoliate your skin. 
You'll feel a cooling sensation if the tea leaves are still warm. I use this method to particularly scrub my nose and forehead.



Lastly, touch your nose and feel the smoothness of your skin. Can you believe that this is more effective than any branded scrub at the beauty counter? ** Actually this method was a suggestion from DH. After further research, I found that other sites suggest using the entire tea bag to apply on the skin, or mixing the beverage with oil and sugar. Without being biased, I much prefer DH's idea.**

Use as a toner
  • If you're not drinking the green tea you just made, or turning it into ice green tea, then why not pour it in an empty spray bottle and refrigerate it;
  • When chilled, spray on a cotton pad, and dab it on your skin.

Use as a facial rinse

This method is being used by Korean actresses (you can find more details here: vivawoman.net).
  • Wash face with normal face wash;
  • Steam or apply a hot towel on your face (to open up your pores);
  • Use the chilled tea drink to rinse your face;
  • Dry with a clean towel.
Let me know the results. Enjoy and have fun!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

How to create a good Power Point slide

I was busy this week preparing presentation slides. Luckily, I've been briefed by pros who shared with me their experiences on what consists of an effective slide show, and I was so impressed by the incredible work they've done in the past. "Wow, you really did that?" In my mind, I wish I could do that too, hehe ;p

What I learned from them:
  • Presentation slide must tell a story. In simple terms, most stories are about "where we are", "where we want to be", and "how to get there".
  • Each slide title summarizes the content. It's the most important line that tells the reader the essence of the message. 
  • The content supports the message, usually graphs, pictures, numbers, etc.
Steve Jobs' name kept reappearing in our conversations for great presentations. So I did some research on the net and found: "The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs" on slideshare.net, a wee late though (for my own presentation slides preparation) but nonetheless...muahahaha, I'm glad I found it!!! Here's a summary of the slide by the author Carmine Gallo (after seeing the slides, I'm eager to read his book):
  • One third of time is spent on collecting and organizing ideas to sketch a story
  • One third is spent on building slides
    • his presentations are simple, easy to understand
    • and most important, they are visual
  • One third is spent on rehearsing
    • yes, can you believe that Steve rehearses at least 48 hours?
    • better yet, I'm surprised to learn that he's not a born presenter. Look at his presentation now. Practice does make perfect! 
The best quote of all: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  (Maya Angelou).

Deliver experience, and you won't be forgotten.

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)

    This TV series has a lot of blood, violence, and nudity scenes, but nonetheless their English is poetic, here's what I remember:

    • "Let us pluck blessings from misfortune."
    • "You are the only reason why my heart beats inside my chest."

    Trailer: Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)

    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Red dragon fruit

    I've seen these strange looking fruits before, but haven't really read about them until recently. I was surprised to learn that they are actually fruits of cactus species! I enthusiastically told DH about my finding, and he said, "Of course I knew that, you didn't???". Oh dear, I feel dumb now ;(.

    costa-rice-pitaya

    But hey, these would definitely give a great funky natural color if I would ever make ice cream or fruit shakes. Hmm... how about fruit salad? I'm already thinking of throwing the red dragon fruits, cut in cubes, into the fruit salad bowl, along with the white-fleshed dragon fruit, with Mexican mango, strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, honey dew, cantaloupe. Mmmmmm... dress them with plain yogurt, or even a fair whisk of honey with lemon juice and chopped fresh mint leaves. Wowwie fresh and colorful! Can't wait to make it!

    red-dragon-fruit

    The dragon fruits are also called Pitaya, and the red-fleshed are known as Costa Rica Pitaya. If you consume the red-fleshed dragon fruit, you'll notice reddish discoloration in your urine, yikes!

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    Accidental butter

    The first time I whipped a cream, it turned into butter. What was I thinking? I thought that the longer I whip, the smoother and more consistent it will become (just like the buttercream). Was I ever wrong, and too stubborn to faithfully follow the easy instructions! I couldn't fix my mistake, even after adding extra cream. What I got was (1) butter, and (2) buttermilk instead. *kekeke*

    Oh well, I learned my lesson! The second time around, I successfully made it! (*relief!!*) From my opinion, the natural whipped cream, although more yellowish in color, tastes much better than the processed whipping cream, which has an artificial white color. What do you think?

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Ni Hao, Kai-Lan

    For the past few Saturday and Sunday mornings, DH and I would sit in front of the TV and watch kids' cartoons. No reasons really, maybe because they're the only interesting shows available at that time. Well, the real reason is because we don't have cable, and don't intend to either.

    We were somehow drawn to this particular English show called Ni Hao, Kai-Lan from Nickelodeon.

    The characters not only teach and repeat Mandarin words to its viewers, but also interact with their audience by asking them questions, following by a pause for the audience to answer back. What is more interesting about the show is that it addresses issues that are common to preschoolers (taking turns, disappointment, anger, etc.), and ways to practice effective thinking in terms of emotional intelligence.

    I was intrigued by the voice behind the characters, since they were speaking perfect English while also saying words in Mandarin. What a great show! Read more on wiki.

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Mandarin Oriental mooncake

    DH's friend invited us for their open house Hari Raya. Initially, we weren't certain what to bring, but since the mooncake festival is on the way, we thought that mooncakes would be a nice gift ;)

    This one is from Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The first thing we asked from the hotel staff was whether their mooncakes were Halal. He nodded with a smile.

    mooncake-box-2

    mooncake-box-3

    What attracted me to it was their elegant mooncake box with the jade. Here's a closeup:

    mooncake-box-1

    mooncake-box-4

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    Vanilla cupcake

    I took these pictures a while back, and haven't posted them yet.

    I found a recipe that does not call for too much sugar and butter. The result is a flavorful and fluffy vanilla cupcake. Although the cake itself is not as moist as I wanted it to be, it is worth it if you want to reduce the butter intake.


    Snow Skin Mooncake

    At first, DH was reluctant to try out the green tea snow skin mooncake. After some whining, he took a bite and said, "Hmmm... nicer than the other green tea mooncakes I've tried."


    The snow skin has a smooth and soft texture, and is basically made of glutinous rice flour, shortening, icing sugar, and ice water. There are so many brands to select from. The one I bought was from Oversea, as their regular mooncakes are not overly sweet.


    Personally, I still prefer the old style mooncake.

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Funny looking mooncake

    I was told that this strange looking mooncake is from Johor. The holes indicates the number of egg yolks in the filling.



    Have you seen it before?

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    Flapjacks for breakfast

    The other morning, I made flapjacks for breakfast ;) They are pancakes, but smaller, about 10cm in diameter.



    The ones I made were distorted, because I tried to spread them thinner... in the hope of turning them into mini-crêpes, but it did not work out. Nonetheless it was a good breakfast with sausages, and sunny side up eggs on the side.

    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    Thought you might like this

    I was browsing through spyrestudios website on 30 More Hilarious Print Ads... and found 2 of my favorites.

    This ad will certainly make you wash your hands thoroughly before mealtime.

    Tag: You eat what you touch.
    Brand: Lifebuoy soaps
    Source: adsoftheworld.com



    LOL, this one is hilarious! I would definitely want to get these for my legs!

    Tag: Absolutely invisible
    Brand: Sauber pantyhose
    Source: adsoftheworld.com

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Nervousness

    I did a presentation today and suddenly lost my ability to speak properly. I was too nervous -_-". Booohooo!

    Twitter updates on your Facebook Page and Group

    Here's how to add your Twitter updates on your Facebook Page. Source: SocialMediaSEO.net
    I tried RSS Graffiti on a Facebook Group and it worked too! (I had an error in the beginning, but after a while it worked out... mystery.)



    In summary:
    1. On FB search box, type "RSS Graffiti", and click on the link
    2. Once you're on RSS Graffiti, click on "Add to my Page", underneath the profile logo
    3. Select the page you want to add
    4. Now, go to your FB page and select "Edit page" underneath the profile picture
    5. Scroll down, find "RSS Graffiti" and hit "Edit"
    6. Authorize
    7. Click the green button "Add a feed"
    8. Then paste your Twitter URL. (How to get your Twitter URL? Go to your Twitter account. Under profile, you'll see a RSS icon on the right pane. Click on it, and copy the URL).
    9. Click on generate and preview.
    10. Customize and save your style, such as click on "strip twitter username" and select the style as compact, to allow "comment/like/share"
    This application seems to be better than the other ones available. Now all your Twits will be automatically updated.