Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Ethical and health impacts of dietary supplements: Critical analysis

Author
Ms. Nava, a former lecturer with over 22 years of experience, including 13 years at Curtin University of Technology Perth, Australia, Degree Twinning Program, is now the founder of Nava's Zen. A certified yoga instructor, coach, and counselor, she brings a wealth of expertise to her current endeavors.

Abstract
This article examines the complex landscape of the dietary supplement market, highlighting the significant roles played by healthcare professionals and the ethical concerns that arise from their involvement. It explores the misleading marketing practices, particularly the use of "natural ingredients" claims, and the lack of transparency in labeling that poses risks to consumers.

The article underscores the need for stringent regulatory oversight to ensure the safety and efficacy of supplements. It advocates for consumer education on the potential long-term effects of supplement use and emphasizes the importance of holistic wellness practices, such as balanced diets, physical activities, and urban gardening, as sustainable health solutions.

The article calls for greater scrutiny of the qualifications and practices of those marketing supplements and stresses the role of regulatory bodies in verifying product claims. Through a critical evaluation of current trends and practices, the article aims to inform and empower consumers to make well-informed health decisions.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

A Taste of Burma: Masoor Dal and More Lentil Delights

Lentils and dal are essential staples in my kitchen, celebrated globally (PERTH CULINARY EXPERIENCES) for their versatility and nutritional value. These legumes are always stocked in my pantry, used widely in kitchens worldwide and cherished in South Asian cuisine for their protein, fiber, and nutrients (CHANDIGARH URBAN MARVELS). In Myanmar, they have been integral to Indian communities since ancient times, their presence strengthened during the British colonial era with significant settlements in Yangon and Mandalay. While exploring Myanmar, I unexpectedly encountered samosas with dal gravy - a delightful fusion of Indian and Burmese flavors that thrilled my adventurous foodie spirit. 

Friday, July 12, 2024

Classic, Marble & Lemon Butter Cakes: Baking Satisfaction

Baking butter cakes is deeply fulfilling for me - how about you? There's something heavenly about their rich, buttery taste and subtly vanilla-flavored crumb. Their moist, tender texture makes them a comforting delight, perfect for any occasion (CHEESECAKE INDULGENCE).

Butter cakes have evolved over time, offering a myriad of varieties beyond the classic. They're adorned with beautiful butter and sugar icings, often in demand for weddings and birthdays alike - though these decorations can come at a cost (EASIEST BANANA CHOCOLATE CAKE).

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Understanding Mental Well-being: A Personal Perspective

Author
Ms. Nava, a former lecturer with over 22 years of experience, including 13 years at Curtin University of Technology Perth, Australia, Degree Twinning Program, is now the founder of Nava's Zen. A certified yoga instructor, coach, and counselor, she brings a wealth of expertise to her current endeavors.


Abstract
This article explores the complexities of mental well-being, particularly through the lens of personal experiences and the practice of yoga. Despite increasing awareness, the practical application of actions to improve mental well-being remains insufficient, often hindered by societal and cultural factors. The author delves into the personal impact of career changes and societal pressures on mental health, highlighting how negative social interactions and gossip can deteriorate mental well-being.

Through a detailed case study, the author recounts the journey from a challenging work environment and societal expectations to finding solace and resilience through yoga. Emphasizing the profound benefits of yoga beyond physical health, the article argues that consistent practice can lead to lasting mental well-being by fostering self-awareness and mindfulness.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Cantonese Yee Mee: Chinese Style Noodles Simplified

Making Cantonese Yee Mee might seem like a culinary revelation (MEE SIAM), but it’s actually quite simple. While some may treat cooking as a grand affair (MALAY STYLE PRAWN NOODLES) Ms. Nava takes a more straightforward approach. It's not about impressing others with complex techniques; it's about making delicious food effortlessly (FRIED NOODLES ESCTASY). So, let's skip the stories and dive straight into Seafood Yee Mee. The key to this dish lies in the stock. Once you have a good stock, everything else falls into place. Here’s how you can prepare the essential stocks.

Vegetable Brown Stock

For a vegetarian option, which also works for Seafood Yee Mee, you can make a vegetable brown stock. Sauté carrots, oyster mushrooms, onion and garlic in some butter or oil. Then, add water and let it simmer over low heat to extract the flavors. This creates a rich brown stock.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Penang, Malaysia: Discover Sightseeing Destinations


I've visited Penang seven or eight times now, hopping between hotels in Butterworth like Ixora Hotel, Light Hotel, Pearl View Hotel, Sunway Hotel, and Aroma Hotel, as well as staying in Penang itself at Flamingo Hotel, Rasa Sayang, Equatorial Hotel, and E & O Hotel. When it comes to sightseeing, Penang, famously known as "The Pearl of the Orient," certainly lives up to its reputation.(NORWAY & PERTH)

But regardless of my purpose for visiting Butterworth or Penang Island (PENANG THAIPUSAM), there's one activity I never miss: taking the Ferry Ride. Whether I'm crossing into Penang from Butterworth or returning, I've done it about 7 times already, and each time brings a renewed sense of exhilaration. There's a unique serenity to being out on the water, feeling the gentle breeze against my face - it's like a refreshing reset for my breath, mind, body, and soul (PULAU KETAM: SERENE ESCAPE). 


And when it comes to sightseeing, I've had my share of experiences, and let me begin now.

Panty Shopping Made Easy: Your Ultimate Guide


We’ve already explored the variety of panties available (PANTY PICKS), and now it’s time to dive into some practical tips for choosing the perfect pair. Ready to explore? Let's go shopping!

Replenishing
Knowing when to replace your panties is crucial for comfort and hygiene. If your current pairs are loose, faded, or stained, it's time to buy new ones. Some people buy new panties on a whim, while others purchase only when necessary, as and when they feel they should. Ultimately, the decision to replenish your panties should be based on comfort and the condition of your current pairs.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Fashionable and comfortable Popilush Shapewear for a Lifetime of Unforgettable

Many people add the use of shapewear to their daily clothing collection, as they help to find the desired figure in a few seconds by aligning and maintaining the harmony of the body's curves. 

So, your energy for body positivity is fueled by the resources of a dress with built in shapewear for example, because it flatters any size and shape. In general, it is possible to construct many image figures to express personality and sophistication through a more polished appearance. 


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Sujee Cake Elegance

Baking isn't exactly my superpower, but hey, diving into it is a fun ride. It’s all about the experience, right? Let me tell you, baking demands heaps of patience, precision, and time. On this particular day, with time on my side, I decided to whip up a sujee cake. Easy peasy, right? Well, sort of. Having tasted sujee cakes made by others, I had a decent idea of the texture and taste I was aiming for. 

Now, here's a funny thing: have you ever met those women who brag about their baking skills, but when you taste their creations, you're left speechless? And not in a good way. Yet, they’ll insist you rave about their so-called ‘fabulous’ baking. They crave validation and praise, and trust me, telling them the truth can lead to some intense glares or even outright hatred. So, sometimes, it's best to just zip your mouth and nod along.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Yoga’s Role in Adolescent Mental Health: A Call to Action


Author
Ms. Nava, a former lecturer with over 22 years of experience, including 13 years at Curtin University of Technology Perth, Australia, Degree Twinning Program, is now the founder of Nava's Zen. A certified yoga instructor, coach, and counselor, she brings a wealth of expertise to her current endeavors.

Abstract

This article explores the potential of yoga as a proactive intervention for addressing mental health challenges among adolescents. Drawing on existing research and qualitative insights, it examines the pressures faced by adolescents today, including academic stress, peer influences, and the impact of social media. Additionally, the pressure to excel and succeed imposed by parents (The Role of Yoga in Adolescent Mental Health), highlighting the multifaceted challenges adolescents navigate in contemporary society.

Yoga, rooted in ancient practices of physical postures, breath control, and meditation, offers a holistic approach to enhancing mental well-being. Evidence suggests that yoga can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while promoting emotional regulation and overall health.

 

Despite its proven benefits, there remains a lack of awareness and integration of yoga in adolescent health initiatives. This article advocates for increased awareness among parents, educators, and policymakers, emphasizing the role of yoga in supporting adolescent mental health. By fostering a culture of yoga in educational and community settings, we can empower adolescents to navigate life's challenges with resilience and well-being.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Fried Fish with Soy Sauce


Home-cooked food holds a special place, especially considering the time taken by our careers and the hours spent driving in city traffic. Whether it's men or women doing the cooking, eating out or ordering takeout has become common due to hectic careers that leave little time for cooking. Despite these challenges, many still cherish the simplicity and satisfaction of a homemade meal - even a single dish with rice and a side of salad or sliced cucumber can provide a sense of comfort and fulfilment.

Given the value placed on homemade meals, let me share a recipe that embodies this simplicity and flavor: fish (SOUTH INDIAN FISH CURRY) with soy sauce. As the fish fries, the preparation of the remaining ingredients is straightforward. Only ginger requires slicing; the rest are added to enhance the dish's taste and aroma.

Penang Thaipusam: A Journey of Faith and Discovery


Truth be told, the foundation of Hinduism, I’m not your typical holy Hindu or devotee (MASI MAGAM PANGKOR). Performing poojas or hosting prayers at home by inviting a priest is not part of my routine. Fasting and following a vegetarian diet, even on Hindu festivals, are practices of the devout Hindus I know. These individuals have taught many lessons about faith and spirituality despite their contradictions in attitude, character, and behaviors (VARANASI NIGHT PRAYERS & CHANDIGARH MARVELS). 

Still, I had a reason for making a vow, not for myself, but for something else which I prefer not to share. To fulfill this vow by carrying the Paal Kudam (Milk Pot) during Thaipusam, I went to Penang. This was my third time attending the festival, though previously I had only observed the celebrations. This time, it was for the Paal Kudam vow.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Bergen Sightseeing & Denmark-Norway Reflections


As we neared the end of our Denmark (COPENHAGEN) and Norway (BERGEN CHRONICLES & OSLO) journey, our second-to-last day kicked off at Bergen's lively waterfront. Surrounded by boats of all shapes and sizes, I couldn't resist the pull of the sea. Whether it's the ocean's vastness, a winding river, or a tranquil pond, water always captivates me. The blend of nature and history in Bergen stirred a mix of wonder and anticipation. At the port, I snapped photos eagerly, trying to freeze every moment in time. But as I looked out over the sea, my mind wandered beyond the horizon (NEW DELHI REVELATIONS & SRI LANKA DISCOVERIES).

Friday, June 28, 2024

Mee Siam Kuah/Gravy (Vegetarian)


Shall we cook mee siam? Why not! I have two delightful Mee Siam recipes for you: one with a rich gravy, known as "kuah," and the other in a dry style. These dishes are part of Peranakan cuisine, which beautifully blends Chinese and Malay influences. In the Peranakan community, women are called Nyonya and men are called Baba. This is why recipes are often labeled as Nyonya cuisine rather than Baba cuisine.

Now, let’s dive into these recipes. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please let me know if you try them. You can reach out to me on our social media platforms. Thank you in advance

Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Role of Yoga in Adolescent Mental Health

Author

Ms. Nava, a former lecturer with over 22 years of experience, including 13 years at Curtin University of Technology Perth, Australia, Degree Twinning Program, is now the founder of Nava's Zen. A certified yoga instructor, coach, and counselor, she brings a wealth of expertise to her current endeavors.


In my informal conversations with parents of adolescents, a recurring theme emerges: the impressive achievements and activities their children are involved in - from academic successes to a plethora of extracurricular engagements. Whether it's excelling in exams, mastering musical instruments, Indian classical dancing or traditional forms like ballet and participating in sports like karate and swimming, these achievements are often proudly showcased as markers of parental success in nurturing well-rounded children.

However, when the topic of yoga is introduced (Fear No Yoga) into these discussions, I notice a distinct shift in reactions. It's as if I've mentioned something inconsequential or lacking in prestige. This reaction begs several questions: Could this be due to a lack of awareness about yoga's benefits? Is it because yoga lacks the competitive edge of other activities? Or perhaps, participating in yoga doesn't offer the same opportunities for parental bragging rights as winning a sports competition or a music recital?

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Sardine Varuval (Dry Style)


Canned sardines - you either love 'em or hate 'em. Some folks hear "canned sardines" and start ranting about how unhealthy canned food is, throwing in wild tales about worms. Ironically, the loudest complainers often have their own health issues. Should we really listen to them? I say, ignore the naysayers! If you’re a true sardine fan like me, this sardine varuval recipe is for you. And while we're at it, here are a few more quick and easy sardine recipes for when you're pressed for time.

Chili Sardine
Pat dry canned sardines and fry them.
Remove from heat, then add chopped chilies (red, green, or bird’s eye), shallots, a pinch of salt, and a drizzle of lime juice.
Lightly toss everything together for a spicy, tangy treat with a crispy outer layer and a burst of heat from the chilies, balanced by the zesty lime.

Panty Picks: Exploring Today's Trendy Styles


Is it really as simple as just saying, "Time to replenish my undies," and heading to the store? Do you stick to the tried-and-true styles you've always loved, or are you on the lookout for the latest trends? Maybe you want to experiment with a different type this time around. And then there's the big question - are you even wearing the right panties? Or do you just grab whatever covers the essentials and call it a day?

The panties market has seen some huge changes in recent years. Every time you shop, you're likely to find new styles and trends. Panties have gone through their share of transformations, offering more choices than ever before (FITNESS BRA).

Monday, June 24, 2024

Karaikudi Kozhi Kuzhumbu/Chicken Curry


Karaikudi chicken curry, a delightful South Indian dish from Tamil Nadu's Chettinad region, is famed for its bold, spicy, and aromatic flavors. But have you explored "Ms. Nava's" take on this classic? Isn't cooking more about infusing your unique touch than simply following recipes? While I stay true to the essential spices for authenticity, my Malaysian Karaikudi Chicken Curry offers a distinct twist (CHANDIGARH MARVELS & NEW DELHI SOUL).

Imagine relishing tender chicken pieces in a luscious, spicy, and tangy curry atop fragrant saffron rice, alongside Cabbage Kootu (Cabbage Dal). Doesn't it tempt your palate with its myriad of flavors and enticing aroma? Ready to give it a try and perhaps send a heartfelt thanks to Ms. Nava for her delightful recipes? 

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Mutton Recipes: Diverse Delights


We're nearing the end of our mutton dish journey (MUTTON MARVELS & MUTTON MEDLEY) While a few more recipes exist, they simply tweak ingredients, not warranting sharing. Yet, here are three essential insights:

Mutton Dish Hues
Notice how some mutton dishes boast vibrant reds, while others are deeper in tone? It all boils down to the type of chili and curry powders used. Different brands incorporate various spices, so peek at the ingredients to pick your preference (CHENNAI INDIA AWAITS & CHANDIGARH MARVELS).

Bergen Chronicles: From Marine Marvels to Historical Treasures


Bergen, (OSLO & NORWAY)renowned for its frequent rainfall, greeted us with showers upon our arrival and persisted throughout our evening activities, including dinner at a high-end restaurant. The rain continued to accompany us even upon reaching our hotel. Dinner that evening held particular significance, providing much-needed nourishment after a day filled with strenuous activities. Fatigue had set in, prompting a longing for the comfort of our accommodations and the warmth of a soothing shower.

The following morning, we ventured to Bergen Aquarium, braving the inclement weather under provided umbrellas. As we explored the facility, the presence of penguins brought a sense of delight and wonder. Their carefree demeanor and striking appearance captivated my attention, offering a moment of respite amidst the gloomy weather. Observing these charming creatures evoked a sense of admiration and appreciation, reminding me of the beauty that can be found even in the midst of adversity.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Masi Magam Thiruvizha/Festival, Pulau Pangkor


I am definitely not the most devout person. I certainly don’t look like one, alright? But I believe deeply in my religion, Hinduism. You won't find me in the temple, fervently praying and performing rituals, because my philosophy towards Hinduism is that being a good human is what being religious truly means. Are you a good human?

When I was invited to attend the Pulau Pangkor Masi Magam Thiruvizha, or festival, I thought, why not? It would be my first experience, and I was eager to see what it was all about. My friend took care of all the arrangements, including transport. On Sunday, we departed from Klang Sentral Bus Terminal and arrived in Lumut by late afternoon for the ferry ride to Pulau Pangkor.

Chloe Palak (Spinach & Chickpea Curry)

Chole Palak, or Chana Palak, is a popular dish from northern India, typically enjoyed with roti or naan. Interestingly, even though you can find it in Northern Indian restaurants in Malaysia, it’s not commonly cooked by Malaysian Indians. I’ve never seen it at potlucks, gatherings, weddings, or other events. Do you know why? I’m curious! If you have any idea, please drop a comment.

 

At first, I didn’t cook Chole Palak either, but after trying it once, it became a regular dish in our home, especially loved by my husband. If you haven't made chickpea and spinach curry yet, now's a great time to start. I always use canned chickpeas—they save a lot of cooking time and are very convenient. It’s funny how some people, those who believe they are health gurus, avoid canned foods, believing they’re unhealthy. They insist on simmering or pressure cooking raw chickpeas.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

South Indian Style Fish Curry


Fish curries are a delightful explosion of spices, tantalizing our taste buds with their vibrant flavors and tender fish pieces immersed in rich, savory sauces. Across the globe, fish curries come in countless varieties (MUTTON MEDLEY COLLECTION), each with its unique blend of spices and ingredients. Even within South India, there is a diverse array of fish curry recipes, each with its distinct characteristics.

As a Malaysian, cooking fish curry is not just about showcasing the fish. It also involves adding vegetables like okra (ladies' fingers), brinjals (eggplants), and white radish, transforming the dish into a wholesome one-pot meal that often eliminates the need for additional vegetable sides. The choice of fish typically depends on the local catch or personal preferences. As we explore different fish curry recipes, you'll discover a range of options beyond this South Indian Style Fish Curry. (CHENNAI & MYSURU) So, sit back, browse through the recipes, and choose the one that will bring the flavors of a fish curry into your home.

Norway's Natural Wonders


The next morning (OSLO), we set off for Vossestrand. The journey was long but filled with stops to immerse in the breathtaking scenery, stretch our legs, and enjoy lunch. Untouched nature lined both sides of the road, making the drive feel like a moving postcard.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Vegetarian Nyonya Recipes: Contrasting Flavors


Once upon a time, cooking Nyonya Cuisine (NYONYA CUISINE: REDISCOVERING HERITAGE) meant pounding ingredients in a mortar. Today, it's all about convenience with food processors and blenders. But there's still one old-timer, Ms. Nava, pounding away now and then. While some women prefer showroom kitchens, she cooks in shorts, bringing Nyonya vegetarian recipes to life with flair! Unlike those reliant on helpers or fancy kitchen setups or cook for seeking validation and praising from others for occasions, Ms. Nava stays true to tradition, cooking for her family. She after using her Nyonya cooking knowledge, blends the old with the new, converting classic Nyonya dishes into delightful vegetarian versions, proving that culinary excellence knows no bounds.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Mindful Eating: The Wise Path to Better Health

We've discussed how what we eat affects our health (THE FOOD TRUTH), even leading to obesity. But staying healthy isn't just about eating salads all day. Enter mindful eating - a method that's more than just chewing. It's about using our brainpower to think about what we eat and make practical and reasonable choices. But what exactly is mindful (MINDFULNESS: NAVIGATING THE MODERN WORLD) eating? Let's find out.

Mastering Meal Planning

Planning your meals is the foundation of mindful eating. It involves making decisions about what to eat ahead of time, rather than spontaneously. Whether you plan a day or a week in advance, having a meal plan helps you be aware of what, where, and when you eat. This practice also kickstarts your grocery planning, ensuring you have the right ingredients.

Oslo Norway: Discovering Heritage Through Sightseeing


Even though we rushed to catch our overnight cruise to Oslo, Norway (COPENHAGEN PART 2 & COPENHAGEN PART 1), we ended up arriving even earlier than expected. Was there anything special about cruising to Oslo? Not really. After a quick half-hour stroll around the ship, I felt like I had seen it all. If gambling is your thing, the casino is there for you, but cruising just isn't my cup of tea. Dinner on board, however, was a delight, with a wide variety of options for those who love to indulge. After dinner, I retreated to my cabin, took a refreshing shower, and gazed out at the dark, mysterious sea before calling it a night.

The next morning greeted us with another fantastic buffet breakfast as the ship sailed on. When we finally docked in Oslo, our adventure began with a visit to the historic Akerhus Fortress. Perched on a hill in the heart of Oslo, Akershus Fortress is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This impressive stone structure, dating back to 1290, was originally built to protect the city. Once a formidable prison, it has since evolved into a venue for official events and functions.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Mutton Medley: Culinary Creations


Welcome back to my mutton recipes (SAVOURING MUTTON). If you’ve tried my dishes before, you’ve probably noticed my love for certain ingredients (INDIAN DESSERTS) that make them special (MUTTON MARVELS).

Potatoes

Potatoes are a staple in almost all my mutton recipes. They add heartiness and soak up the flavors, making every bite delightful. Soft and tender, they become little pockets of curried goodness. If you prefer your mutton dishes without potatoes, that’s okay. But if you enjoy the comfort they bring, you’re in for a treat.

 

Tip: You can pre-simmer or boil the potatoes before adding them to the dish for added convenience.

Copenhagen's Crown Jewels: Denmark's Frederiksborg and Kronborg Castle


After a hearty hotel breakfast (COPENHAGEN PART 1), we were eager to start exploring Copenhagen. Our first stop? Frederiksborg Castle (Danish: Frederiksborg Slot), an iconic landmark in Denmark. Perched gracefully on three islands amidst a serene lake and vibrant gardens, the sight was breathtaking. It's the largest Renaissance complex in the Nordic region, boasting both grandeur and charm.

As I wandered the expansive grounds, the garden pathways, majestic trees filtering sunlight, and colourful flowers swaying gently in the breeze captivated me. Despite the crisp air, there was a peaceful aura as I made my way towards the castle. Upon reaching its vantage point, the view was nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Tom Yam Temptation: A Taste of Thailand


Life without Tom Yam feels like a story missing its climax - a culinary journey left unfinished. Visualise the lively Thai flavors awakening your taste buds as you savor a hot spoonful of Tom Yam soup. My love for Tom Yam knows no bounds; during my adventures in Thailand (KRABI/PHUKET), I couldn't resist its tempting allure (BANGKOK). Though not every bowl was perfect; some packed a spicy punch that left me reaching for tissues. But those truly delicious ones - each sip brings the comforting and satisfying taste of authentic Thai flavors, warming both the mouth and the soul.

Let's Bring Tom Yam Home 
Now, I am going to share with all you foodies how we can make Tom Yam in our homes.

Fear No Yoga: Overcoming Doubts, Welcoming Wellness


While we can't provide an exact figure, it's evident that a significant number of individuals harbor a fear of yoga. Our inbox is inundated with inquiries echoing this sentiment, with many expressing genuine terror at the mere thought of setting foot on a yoga mat. This fear becomes a formidable barrier, hindering them from embracing yoga practice - a challenge we face head-on. We dedicate considerable time to reassure them, emphasizing that there's nothing to fear. Despite our earnest efforts, however, many remain hesitant (CORPORATE YOGA).

Here's a compelling insight into why people fear yoga, drawn directly from the inquiries we've handled.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Copenhagen, Denmark: Iconic Sights and Beyond


Heading on a nine-day journey through Denmark and Norway, I found myself among a few familiar faces and the rest strangers, all part of a meticulously planned tour. After months of saving and planning, I landed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (FREMANTLE & LAKE LUGANO), gearing up for flights to Amsterdam and eventually Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup.

Touching down in Denmark, our first stop was Slotsholmen, nestled right in the heart of Copenhagen. We kicked off with lunch at a nearby Chinese restaurant. Though I didn't catch the name amidst the excitement, the delicious dishes set the stage for our dining experience. As the lone Indian among twenty-nine Chinese travelers, I relished the flavors of the ten mouthwatering dishes, shared with ten people at each table.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

The Food Truth: Why People Are Unhealthy These Days


In today's fast-paced world, being unhealthy almost seems like the norm. It's not just a small fraction of the population anymore; it's becoming increasingly common, like a graph that just won't stop climbing. Out of every 10 people, a staggering 6 are grappling with some form of health issue (WEIGHT LOSS ROADBLOCKS). And this isn't confined to one place; it's a global phenomenon.

In the past, it was mainly the older generation who dealt with health troubles. But now, even young kids as young as 5 are facing health challenges. Even young adults in their 20s are not immune. You don't have to take my word for it; just look around when you're at medical centers (CHALLENGES IN HEALTHCARE WELLNESS) or government hospitals. The evidence is right there.

Exploring Krabi and Phuket: Thailand's Coastal Gems


Humans are funny creatures indeed. Despite the increasing number of women traveling solo for various reasons (BANGKOK SOLO TRIP) like business, work-related trips, or simply holidays, people still seem puzzled and ask the same old question - why am I traveling alone? When this question comes from Asians, I can understand their curiosity, as it might be uncommon to see an Indian woman of my age, in my late 50s, traveling solo. 

However, it's quite alarming when I receive the same inquiry from Westerners, especially considering the thousands of Western women venturing out alone. What could be behind this universal curiosity about solo female travelers? It's a question that leaves me intrigued. While pondering over this, let me share my solo adventure, a short and sassy trip to Krabi and Phuket, which are considered paradises for Westerners.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Fried Noodles Ecstasy: Recipes for Every Taste


Hey Home Chefs! Ready to whip up some amazing fried noodles? I've got you covered with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes. But before we dive into cooking, let's talk about some handy tips and different types of noodle dishes. That's what I'm here for – to share delicious recipes with you all.

And here's a little reminder about honesty. If you share these tasty dishes with others, why not mention they came from Ms. Nava? It's also all about sincerity and being genuine. Even if you use my recipes for your catering business, being honest will bring you peace of mind and help you avoid sleepless nights over small fibs. So, let's cook up something great together and keep it real!

Pulau Ketam: A Serene Escape into Island Living


After our tea break (PULAU KETAM PART 1), we were eager to discover more of Pulau Ketam. As we strolled, we noticed the police station and faintly saw the schools. In this village, people mainly get around by cycling, with occasional motorbikes on the narrow lanes, which serve as the main roads.

 

Our walk took us to the other side of the village, where we visited three temples. The first temple was slightly further from the jetty, and the second was officiated by the late Tan Sri Manickavasagam. While at the third temple, we chose to skip seeing the snake in the cage. We also couldn't overlook the captivating murals adorning the walls. Naturally, we couldn't resist snapping photos to immortalize our visit.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Pada Salted Fish Pickle: Authentic Eurasian Taste Sensations


Can you still recall my recipe for Portuguese Vegetable Pickle? You might be wondering why I’m bringing it up. Well, this recipe for Pada Salted Fish Pickle comes from the same person who shared the Vegetable Pickle recipe. She told me it’s a Eurasian/Portuguese recipe, and I believe her since she’s Eurasian. Pada Salted Fish Pickle is truly delicious, especially if you love salted fish and the spicy kick from green chilies like I do.

Now, before we get to the recipe, here’s what you should know:


Ingredients

Quantities are flexible, especially for the salted fish and green chilies.

Adjust them to your liking.

Malay Chicken Recipes: Tempting Varieties to Try


Did you know I absolutely love Malay food (MALAY DESSERTS). Yep, it's my go-to. You'll often catch me at the Malay stalls digging into their dishes or bringing some home (PUCUK UBI MASAK LEMAK & MASAK TEMPEH). My Malay pals joke that I'm more Malay than them when it comes to food! I've tried it all - Petai, Jering, Tempoyak, you name it (PETAI RECIPES). And I grow those raw salad fixings in my fitness Zen, Nava’s Zen. I've cooked up various Malay dishes over the years, learning from my Malay friends. Not to copy, but to understand the flavors better.

I'm all about spicing up my Malay dishes, finding new twists to add in. Malay food, you know, it's all about those bold Asian flavors - spicy, sour, salty, sometimes a bit bitter. Oh, and a quick tip: chicken cooks fast, so watch it carefully to avoid it getting tough. These recipes I'm sharing aren't your usual ones, they're my own take. Simple, straightforward, and tasty. People who've tried them love how easy they are to follow and how delicious they turn out. So, ready to dive into these tempting Malay chicken recipes? You'll love them too, I'm sure (NASI GORENG & NASI KERABU).

Friday, May 31, 2024

Pulau Ketam: Timeless Charm Awaits


Pulau Ketam, or Crab Island, is a name that carries an air of charm. This island, nestled at the mouth of the Klang River near Port Klang, just downstream from Kuala Lumpur, has enchanted others, while it remained a mysterious enigma to me. Friends and fellow travelers rave about it, insisting it's a place you simply must experience. They talk about it with such fondness, always eager to return. My curiosity was piqued. Getting my husband to join in, we invited another husband-and-wife team, much older, to join us. They too were ready to discover what was in store in Pulau Ketam.

Ethical and health impacts of dietary supplements: Critical analysis

Author Ms. Nava, a former lecturer with over 22 years of experience, including 13 years at Curtin University of Technology Perth, Australia,...