Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Savouring Mutton: Spices and All Things Nice


I've cooked mutton countless times in all sorts of styles, many of which I've come up with myself. Mixing and matching ingredients keeps things interesting so we don't get bored with the same old mutton dish. Do you agree? Eating the same kind of food or the same type of mutton dish can get dull?

Now, about cooking mutton. The ones I buy tend to be tough, making them hard to chew and eat after cooking, which hurts our gums and teeth. If you also buy tough mutton, you should start any mutton dish by pressure cooking it. If the mutton you buy is tender, you might not need to pressure cook it.

Fitness Bra Buying: Handy Tips


Let's get to the part of shopping for the appropriate fitness or sports bra (The Power of Sports Bra in Yoga) for your yoga sessions. Even if you've bought one before, there's always something new to discover. I've been there myself, so trust me, you're in good hands.

Budget

First things first, let's talk money. How much are you willing to spend? We don't want to splurge and regret it later, right? Fitness bras can range from around $15 to several hundred dollars. So, set your budget and decide how many bras you want to get within that range.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine: Delights from the Land of the Rising Sun


Whenever I travel, I love exploring different flavors, whether at fancy restaurants or street vendors. In Malaysia, there's no shortage of Japanese restaurants, and you can even find Japanese food at food courts. My favorite is the raw fresh cuts, known as "Sashimi," which is best at authentic Japanese restaurants. It's pricey, but worth it - delicious slices of seafood picked up with chopsticks, dipped in Japanese soy sauce and wasabi. What a mouth-melting delight! I usually go for the seafood varieties, and they're always a treat. Are you a fan of sashimi? If you are, I bet you know exactly what I'm talking about and how delicious it is.

Perth, Australia: Where Culture, Wildlife, and Sky-high Views Collide


Perth, nestled in the sunny corner of Australia, wears the crown as the vibrant capital of Western Australia. It's not just a city; it's a buzzing hive of activity. Especially for students looking to spread their wings, Perth is a top-notch destination, thanks in part to Curtin University, which is like a beacon of learning excellence.

Speaking of Curtin University, it holds a special place in my heart. That's where I honed my skills through their degree twinning program, collaborating with Metropolitan College, where I had lectured for a good 15 years. It's incredible how time flies, yet memories of lecturing Small Business 200 and Entrepreneurship 300 to eager students remain vivid, even though almost a decade has passed. Notably, I also underwent a week-long training at Curtin University Australia, acquiring essential lecturing skills and earning certification.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Hanoi, Vietnam: Unveiling Urban Wonders and Timeless Culture

From Ha Long Bay to Hanoi, our journey unfolded with anticipation (HCMH, Angkor Wat & Siem Reap), culminating in our arrival in the bustling city by 8.00 pm. Dinner was in a local fast food joint, known for its renowned Pho. However, as a vegetarian, I had to pass on the beef Pho that seemed to delight my fellow travelers. Instead, I savored a different dish, catered to meet the dietary preferences of myself and the other vegetarians in our group. The Beef Pho received widespread praise, with many enthusiastically approving of its flavor. For those Indians abstaining from beef, the Chicken Pho failed to impress. After dinner, some opted for night shopping, while I chose to unwind in my room before calling it a night.

Fried Rice/Nasi Goreng Medley: Mouthwatering Varieties


Its fried rice, also known as Nasi Goreng for us Malaysians. Doesn't it ring a familiar bell? Of course, it does, as we Malaysians can't go wrong with our cooking, oh-well, fried rice is always our savior. It's a cooking moment where you can toss in just about anything - seriously, the possibilities are endless

Got some leftover cooked rice hanging around from last night? Perfect! Day-old rice is the secret ingredient that gives your fried rice that unbeatable texture and brings out the flavors of all the other goodies you toss in there. And guess what? You can stash that leftover rice in the freezer too! Just pop it into a zip-lock bag or a sealed container. As and when needed, thaw it out and give it a quick steam or a sprinkle of water before microwaving -  easy peasy.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Bra-vo! The Power of Sports Bras in Yoga


Ever wondered why sports bras are a game-changer (Two-Piece Yoga Outfits) for your yoga practice? Especially for Zen Yoga, where we offer Corporate Yoga, Yoga Dance, and Prop Yoga, among other specialties, a sports bra is essential. Whether you're into these or any other activities involving stretching and toning, the support of a good sports bra is crucial. Just like a regular bra is part of your daily outfit, a sports bra is a must for your yoga routine. 

Hey guys, listen up as well. It's important to be aware of sports bras too. While they may not be a staple in your wardrobe, understanding their significance can help you support and encourage your fellow female yoga practitioners (Zen Yoga Style)

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Ha Long Bay Escapade: Nature's Splendor and Culinary Delights

The morning started with an unusually early wake-up call at 6.00am. We grabbed breakfast before embarking on the long drive to Ha Long Bay, setting off promptly at 8:00 am. Throughout the day, we made a few comfort stops and enjoyed lunch, but for the most part, we were seated on the coach, trying to shake off the fatigue that had accumulated from days of non-stop sightseeing. Did I manage to catch some shut-eye? You bet I did. Exhaustion from constant walking and exploring during this trip through Vietnam and Cambodia ( Siem Reap, Angkor Wat & HCMH) had taken its toll. 

As we journeyed towards Ha Long Bay, heavy rain slowed us down, prolonging our travel time. Finally, we arrived at our hotel around 9:00 pm, had dinner, and retreated to our rooms for some well-deserved rest. Amidst it all, some curious fellow travelers couldn't help but wonder why I was traveling alone and where my husband was, with a few even attempting to uncover my marital status. But honestly, I paid little attention to their inquiries - after all, Malaysians have a reputation for being quite inquisitive.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Nasi Kerabu Kelantan: Culinary Marvel


What makes this Nasi Kerabu Kelantan so special? Well, all the herbs used in it, which give it that distinctive Kelantanese flavor, are grown by Ms. Nava herself. And here's the kicker - they're all organic. So, this dish isn't just tasty, it's a testament to Nava's passion to her urban garden. Can you believe it? At 60 years old, while managing her Zen, being the yoga instructor as well, and not neglecting her home affairs, she's out there in the dirt, making sure her herbs are top-notch. That's why this Nasi Kerabu Kelantan is truly one-of-a-kind and deserves all the praise it gets.

Besides the flavorful rice, the condiments served with this Malaysian dish are truly exceptional, all thanks to Ms. Nava's creativity. If you're expecting the same old Nasi Kerabu Kelantan you've had before, you might be disappointed. But if you appreciate culinary innovation (Bunga Kantan Raw Salad), you'll be applauding Ms. Nava's version.

Safaa (Taipan, Subang Jaya): Middle Eastern Cuisine


It's fascinating how much attention people give to food. Some folks are really particular about what they eat, unlike Ms. Nava, who's pretty laid-back about it. She might not fancy herself a food expert, but her choices speak for themselves. While some claim to be culinary adventurers, they still stick to their preferences most of the time. Sure, some people have dietary restrictions due to health reasons, but for others, it's simply a matter of being picky. They stick to what they know and love, avoiding adventurous new dishes. They frequent the same restaurants, order the same meals, yet still consider themselves food enthusiasts. Could Indians be included in this group? Let me know if I'm mistaken.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Petai/Stink Beans Recipes: Versatile Varieties


Petai, also known as Stink Beans, is like the marmite of the food world  -  you either love it or hate it. What divides opinions? Well, for starters, its pungent and long-lasting odor isn't exactly appealing. And let's not forget the aftermath - that distinct smell when you visit the restroom after indulging in petai? Let's just say, it's not for the faint-hearted. But amidst the polarizing views, there are die-hard fans like Ms. Nava from Malaysia, who can't get enough of petai. For her, it's a culinary delight worth savoring.

Yet, there's more to petai than meets the nose. Believe it or not, this humble bean holds a trove of benefits, including detox properties. In today's fast-paced world, where health is the new wealth, people are turning to petai as a quick fix. But is it really the magic bullet?

Bunga Kantan/Ginger Torch Bud Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Don’t you agree that cooking is all about inventing your own recipes rather than desperately trying to replicate others'? This is my cooking philosophy. Why, you ask? I believe in using up the ingredients I have instead of letting them go to waste. Whether it's fresh produce I've grown or items from the fridge, it's crucial to use them wisely. By doing so, you not only reduce waste but also let your creativity shine as you craft your own unique dishes.

 

How about a raw salad? It's convenient and saves time - just prepare the ingredients, then toss and stir. However, remember that raw salads should be eaten immediately. Otherwise, they lose their crunchiness and freshness, and won't look as appealing.

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Exploring Heritage and Human Stories

After a jam-packed day yesterday (Angkor Wat), waking up this morning felt like a bit of a challenge. But hey, that's the life of a traveler (Ho Chi Minh City). When you're on a tour, there's a schedule to stick to, and breakfast is usually a window from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. By 9:00 a.m., you better be packed and ready to hit the road for some sightseeing!

Our first stop today was Artisan d’Angkor, and let me tell you, it was something special. This place is all about giving back, providing support and training for underprivileged youth. Stepping into the workshop, we watched these talented individuals honing their craft with such focus and dedication. Despite our attempts in making eye contact with them, they were totally immersed in their work. Still, the experience left us in awe of their skills. After the workshop, we explored the shop, filled with handmade treasures. Sure, the prices were a bit higher than what you'd find elsewhere, but knowing that our purchases were making a difference made it all worthwhile.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Malaysian Sodhi (Indian Coconut Milk Stew)

Let's talk Sodhi - a flavorful Indian coconut stew that's a hit in many households (RASAM), including ours! It's like a cousin to MASAK LEMAK, a Malay coconut milk stew, but with its own twist. While Masak Lemak opts for fresh turmeric and lemongrass, Sodhi keeps it simple with turmeric powder, giving both dishes their vibrant yellow color. Sodhi is a regular at our table, often poured generously over rice and enjoyed with side dishes. There's something magical about scooping up that creamy goodness with your hands! 

Vegetarian Mutton Gastronomy: Five Tempting Recipes to Savor


In a world where dietary choices are as diverse as the people themselves, being a vegetarian has become more than just a trend - it's a lifestyle embraced by many. Everywhere you look, more and more individuals are opting for plant-based diets, some even committing to veganism. But amidst this surge in popularity, questions persist. Is being a vegetarian the epitome of modern coolness, or is it considered a sin to indulge in meat? And what about those who adhere to vegetarianism only on religious occasions - does it signify heightened religiosity, or is it merely a cultural tradition? And then there are the stereotypes - do all vegetarians embody the image of health-conscious individuals?

Pucuk Ubi Masak Lemak (Tapioca leaf In Coconut Gravy)


Growing up in the government quarters of Sungei Besi, just across from the army camp, I've always felt a deep connection to Malay culture. Surrounded by Malay neighbors, my siblings and I found ourselves immersed in Bahasa Malaysia more than Tamil. It was here that my love affair with Malay cuisine began, nurtured by the tantalizing aromas wafting from neighboring kitchens.

 

But it's curious how my Indian friends shy away from Malay dishes, as if I'm an Indian alien for loving Malay cuisine. Unlike me, they seem content to stick to their familiar Indian fare. Yet, I find myself drawn to the rich flavors of Malay food, much to their bemusement.

Savouring Mutton: Spices and All Things Nice

I've cooked mutton countless times in all sorts of styles, many of which I've come up with myself. Mixing and matching ingredients ...