Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Verona, Italy: A Journey Through Romance and History

As the days dwindled down to just two left in Italy (Venice), a feeling of reluctance settled in (Florence). How I wished our tour could stretch on indefinitely, allowing us to bask in the beauty of this enchanting country a little while longer (Rome). But alas, reality beckoned, and we had to prepare for our return to the daily grind.

Our next destination: Verona. By 9:00 am, we found ourselves standing before the majestic Adige River, its clean waters flowing serenely beneath our gaze. The sight was a balm to our senses, soothing our souls as we took in the natural wonder of the surrounding hills and bridges that dotted the landscape.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Vegetarian Fruity Bread Pudding: A Guilt-Free Delight

Let's take a flavorful journey into your kitchen, where bread isn't just a staple - it's a cherished necessity. In my home, it's not just for breakfast; it's the star of our light dinner meals. Picture this: two slices, perfectly complementing the savory curries or veggies we enjoyed for lunch. It's a simple joy, made even easier these days. Thanks to bread makers that churn out loaves effortlessly.

But what about those leftover slices? Ah, fear not! They can be frozen for future use, ensuring that no crumb goes to waste. Simply wrap them snugly in plastic or foil, or pop them into resealable bags to preserve their freshness. It's a small step towards mindful, sustainable living.


Now, before those bread slices bid adieu, why not give them a delicious encore?

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Venice, Italy: A Day of Dreams

Amidst the hustle and bustle, we patiently waited for our turn to disembark from the boat and explore Venice on foot. Despite the initial chaos, I knew that the magic of Venice awaited just beyond the crowds, ready to be discovered and cherished (Florence & Rome).

As it was a bustling Sunday, navigating through the crowds that swarmed the streets of Venice during the peak summer season proved to be quite the challenge. Human traffic was carefully managed to ensure a smooth flow of movement, with only a certain number of people allowed to walk together at a time to prevent chaos and congestion.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Gerai Signature (Kota Kemuning): Zen Dining Insights

Reflecting on my past as a blogger, approximately 7 years ago, invitations to private or group dining experiences were anything but straightforward. The portrayal of a zen dining experience often concealed the truthfulness of such reviews. Bloggers were given scripts and instructed to adhere strictly to them, mandating praise regardless of authenticity. These bloggers, now overtaken by so-called social media influencers, were sought after for their ability to craft beautiful narratives in exchange for complimentary food and products, presenting an idealized picture. 


However, I chose to maintain authenticity in my writing, even if it means receiving no invitations. Why would I need such invitations when I can afford to pay for my own meals? Paying for meals frees you from biased reviews, avoiding all the praise in exchange for free food.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Malaysian Potato Croquettes

Indulge in the universal allure of potatoes, a beloved staple found in kitchens worldwide. From the bustling streets to gourmet eateries, potatoes take center stage in diverse culinary creations. In my own home, they reign as a cherished favorite, whether added into comforting curries or delightful side dishes. Yet, what truly captivates the senses is the enchanting allure of Malaysian Potato Croquettes, a recipe close to my heart.

Why Malaysian, you may wonder? It's a nod to the fusion of flavors and traditions that define Malaysian cuisine. These delectable croquettes, lovingly shaped and fried to perfection, hold a special place in my Malaysian kitchen. The recipe embraces versatility, allowing you to craft them into any shape you desire, each bite bursting with savory goodness.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Pisa, Italy: The Legendary Leaning Tower

As the sun set on our day in Rome and also, next in Florence, my anticipation for the next morning's journey to Pisa soared. After all, what could be more captivating than the legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa? With excitement coursing through my veins, we embarked on the scenic route to Pisa, a journey that unfurled over four hours of picturesque landscapes and intriguing encounters.

As we approached Pisa, the sight of street vendors lining the roads, their vibrant displays beckoning to passersby, caught me off guard. What surprised me even more was the diverse array of faces behind the stalls - foreigners adding their own flair to the city's charm.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Curry Mee Vegetarian: Zen Bliss

The buzz around vegetarian cuisine is simply astounding. Before delving into this culinary world, let's explore the diverse landscape of vegetarianism. Some are lifelong vegetarians, deeply committed to their choice. Others, like Ms. Nava, aren't strictly vegetarian, but they appreciate the flavorful delights of veggie dishes. As time progresses, more people are embracing vegetarianism. What's driving this shift? Perhaps it's a quest for a healthier lifestyle, a spiritual awakening, or newfound dietary sensitivities. Some even take the plunge into veganism.

But while they navigate their journey, let's relish in the exquisite delight of Zen Curry Mee Vegetarian. This isn't just any curry - it's meticulously crafted from scratch with coconut milk, tamarind, and fragrant lemongrass. Imagine it: tender noodles, crispy brinjal, tofu, and spicy green chillies, all bathed in a rich curry sauce. It's a symphony of flavors, a culinary journey to holistic wellness. So go ahead, savor each spoonful, and experience the Zen of vegetarian cuisine.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Fried Kembung (Mackerel) With Assam Sauce

Cooking with Fried Kembung (Mackerel) and Assam Sauce evokes a journey of flavors and nostalgia. Have you ever wandered through the bustling wet markets or strolled the aisles of a hypermarket, catching glimpses of the humble boiled kembung? Perhaps you've even taken home this unassuming fish, its potential yet to be unlocked in your kitchen.

 

There's a certain beauty in the simplicity of this dish - a beauty that lies in its uncomplicated nature and the rich flavors it offers. Boiled kembung, or mackerel as Google kindly translates, is a fish steeped in saltwater, readily available at local markets and hypermarkets alike. But before diving into the cooking process, a gentle rinse and thorough pat-dry are essential to maintain the fish's integrity during frying. Careful attention to these details ensures a crisp exterior without sacrificing the tender flesh within.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Find Your Perfect Fit: Women's Sports Sets That Cater to Your Needs

There is no longer any reason to dress in a manner that is inappropriate for gym wear. Modern activewear has a wide selection to choose from that are of various designs that will make the most of your looks and boost your training effort throughout the course. It does not matter whether you plunge for high-intensity interval training (HIIT), you are a yogi dedicatedly or need a brisk walk to feel comfortable, a perfect Cosmolle sports set for women will have a significant impact on your performance and your comfort.

The Classic Combo: Sports Bra & High-Waisted Leggings

The classic two-in-one still registers in many fans` favorites list despite the presence of other more fanciful models. Sports bras offer distinct levels of support, running from low impact for yoga or any light activity to high impact for some heavy-duty workouts like running or jumping. Seek for moisture particularly wicking textiles which keep you cool and dry throughout your exercises.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Florence, Italy: Where Art and History Flourish

Time seemed to evaporate, slipping away unnoticed. In the blink of an eye, mere moments had whisked me away to a realm of tranquility, a fleeting Zen-like experience. My soul hungered for a deeper immersion in the wonders of Rome, knowing full well that there were myriad treasures yet to uncover. Alas, such aspirations felt like mere fantasies, particularly amidst the constraints of a guided tour. But as one chapter closed, another beckoned with the promise of new adventures, and so we set our sights on Florence.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Egg-cellence Unveiled: Zen Cuisine Delights

In this segment of Zen Cuisine, we're putting eggs in the spotlight. Intriguing, isn't it? Let's dive into the world of eggs, a truly magical ingredient that's a staple in our household, and perhaps in yours too. Our pantry simply feels incomplete without a carton of eggs. We relish eggs prepared in a myriad of styles and flavors. 

But the question arises: how many eggs should one consume in a week? Share your insights in the comments, considering factors such as overall health, dietary preferences, and individual nutritional needs.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Rome, Italy: Discovering the Heart of Italy

Thinking back on my travels, there's something truly soul-stirring about those journeys. Traveling has a way of deeply touching your Zen soul, leaving an imprint on every part of your being, including your breath to your body, and mind. Even years later, those moments remain etched in memory.

My first overseas trip took me to Italy, a destination cherished by people from all corners of the globe. The excitement of the journey kept me awake on the night flight. Arriving at Rome airport, a sense of anticipation filled me. After a quick refresh in the washroom, our guide led us to the coach to begin our sightseeing adventure, starting with Vatican City.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Zen Style Chronicles: The Serene Aura of Home Attire

In today's Zen Style spotlight, let's explore the serene world of home attire. Let's start with a simple question: What's your go-to outfit for lounging at home? This seemingly straightforward inquiry often invites introspection. Do you immediately have an answer, or do you pause to reflect?

As for me, comfort reigns supreme: I opt for shorts and a t-shirt, a choice deeply rooted in familiarity and ease. However, memories of my upbringing alongside my late mother remind me that wearing shorts was once frowned upon in our cultural context. Nevertheless, as I've journeyed through life, I've embraced this relaxed attire, a preference that persists even at the age of 59.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Weighty Issues: Challenges in Healthcare Wellness

Two months ago, my husband was hospitalized for dengue fever. During his week-long stay at the medical center, I couldn't help but notice something concerning among the staff - quite a number were overweight or obese. This raised a red flag as even some doctors displayed protruding stomachs and sluggish movements. It's ironic that while doctors advise patients on diet and exercise, they themselves struggle with obesity.

Monday, March 25, 2024

No Cook Carrot Yogurt Salad: Wellness Delight

Amidst the rapid pace of modern life, there's a notable focus on wellness. However, in the midst of the hectic rat race, many have lost sight of genuine wellness. In contrast to the past, where wellness (Moringa Stir Fry) was reflected in people's attitudes, behaviors, characters, and health, today's society often values material wealth and grandeur, relegating wellness to a secondary concern.

Factors such as stress, the soaring cost of living, and the pressure to outdo others have contributed to the neglect of wellness. Additionally, the prevalence of dining out due to time constraints, parents working long hours, children glued to screens, and the relentless pursuit of academic and career excellence have further distanced us from simple, wholesome living (Turmeric Wrapped Fish).

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Nava's Zen Unveiled: Beyond Yoga Asanas

As the founder of Nava's Zen (Nature's Melody) and your in-house yoga coach, let me share a bit of my journey with you. For me, yoga isn't just about striking poses or sweating it out on the mat - it's a profound practice that touches every aspect of our being (Menopause & Yoga Discovery).

I've seen many people miss the true essence of yoga, reducing it to nothing more than physical exercise. But let me tell you, it's so much more than that. It's about finding balance in every breath, every movement, every thought, and every emotion.

 

So, if you're expecting a simple workout routine, you might be in for a surprise. Because yoga, my friend, is a journey - a journey that takes you deep within yourself, where you discover strength, flexibility, and resilience you never knew you had (The Power Of Yoga).

Friday, March 22, 2024

Women's Online Bullying: Exposing the Hidden Faces of Harassment

Yesterday, I shed light on the pervasive issue of Online Sexual Harassment, predominantly carried out by men. However, when the focus shifts to women, a different narrative emerges - they too can be the instigators of online bullying. Surprisingly, these women, some occupying esteemed positions in educated and professional fields, unleash a torrent of vile and disparaging comments. Upon receiving such hurtful remarks, I sometimes take a glimpse at their profiles, where they proudly tout their education and careers, some even associated with prestigious organizations.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Sexual Harassment Online: Stay Vigilant

Despite ongoing discussions about sexual harassment online, the issue persists across all age groups, including myself in my golden years. The perception of being seen in yoga outfits on social media platforms has led to unwelcome assumptions and advances, prompting me to remove my phone number from my accounts. Yet, it's impossible to avoid sharing my phone number in certain instances, where it's necessary. However, this hasn't stopped some individuals from resorting to messaging and calling me from social media platform connections. Today, let's explore the behavior of men in particular. In the next sharing, I will tell you about the women. Not as in sexuality, but as online bullies. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Vegetarian Delight: Indulge in Coconut Creamed Spinach

There's a common saying that inner beauty outweighs outer beauty. Yet, when faced with hole-ridden spinach, doubts arise (Spinach Lentil). Allow me to clarify - these holes signify freedom from pesticides, a testament to natural produce. Despite this reassurance, some remain hesitant, while others embrace it (Brazilian Spinach Stir Fry).

The irony of comparing inner and outer beauty becomes apparent. Interestingly, pesticide-free produce not only boasts rich nutrients (Malay Style Vegetarian Coconut Milk Spinach)but also offers a delightful taste. Next time you shop for leafy greens, consider whether you prefer flawless, glossy ones or those with imperfections, signaling authenticity (Spinach Cottage Cheese & Spinach Turmeric). Now, shall we delve into yoga mindfulness (Quieting The Mind).

Monday, March 18, 2024

KKSV Restaurant: Malaysian Coffeeshop Eating Culture

Formerly recognized as Restoran Poh Yap, this establishment underwent refurbishment a few months ago and now goes by the name KKSV Restaurant. The makeover includes an expanded, air-conditioned dining area. While some familiar stalls, like the Pork Noodles, remain, new additions have also been introduced, creating an exciting blend of the traditional and the novel (Exploring A Kopitiam).

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Bay Leaves: Healing Manifestation Therapy

For the many individuals reaching out to us about yoga fitness, nearly 70% are seeking manifestation healing therapy. Manifestation involves bringing desires or intentions into reality through thought, belief, and action. Despite our explanation that we offer manifestation healing therapy through coaching and counseling, many are primarily interested in someone healing them, seeking manifestation for various life challenges. The list is extensive, ranging from, mainly health problems, apart from financial constraints and aspirations for success, position, and power.

Friday, March 15, 2024

Nava's Zen: A Harmonious Haven for Nature's Melody

Birds naturally gravitate toward Nava's Zen, already a mini eco-world (Eco Living) in a residential area where squirrels, butterflies, and even stray cats coexist with nature, adding to its natural charm. The charm lies in the beauty of the universe, consisting of nature, animals, and of course, humans.

The presence of birds and their chirping is such an amazing sound. Listening to the crisp chirping breaks down mental barriers and brings a soft rush of calmness to the mind, acting as natural therapy (Quieting The Mind). The presence of bird nests in your compound indicates that your environment is in harmony with nature, portraying a healthy and inviting ecosystem. This is considered a positive omen, symbolizing the renewal of life and affirming that your surroundings provide a safe and suitable environment for nesting and raising offspring.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Plant-Based Salads: Sustainability from Pantry to Plate

Back in the early days when I ventured into blogging to share my recipes, I used to purchase numerous new ingredients, often intended for a single recipe. This was especially true for baking and when experimenting with recipes shared by others. These ingredients would accumulate in my pantry and fridge, sometimes forgotten until I checked, only to find them expired (Pakistani Vegetarian Briyani).

Friday, March 8, 2024

Mushroom Magic: Elevating the Classic with this Flavorful Mushroom Omelette

There's a magical allure to eggs (Egg Sambal) that makes them an everlasting favorite. Whether fried, boiled, or enhancing instant noodles, eggs add a touch of pride to our meals (Drumstick Egg Masala Curry). In my repertoire of egg recipes (Thai Green Egg Curry), I've elevated the classic omelette by incorporating canned mushrooms, a pantry staple for impromptu cooking. While the mushrooms come from our provisions, the garden-fresh spring onions, easily cultivated, add a delightful homegrown touch.

Let's embark on making this Mushroom Omelette:

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Eco Living: Small Changes, Big Impact in Nava's Zen Philosophy

Ms. Nava, the visionary founder of Nava's Zen, has been a vocal advocate for sustainable living, green practices (Eco Friendly Delights On Banana Leaves), and the urgent need to save our planet. While urban gardening remains a powerful tool in the fight against climate change (Human Impact On Climate), there are numerous other avenues for individuals to make a positive impact. It's time for everyone to play their part in preserving our environment, and one compelling option is adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle. Eco living encompasses a broad spectrum of choices, and a simple yet effective change is opting for walking over driving whenever feasible. Not only does walking contribute to savings on petrol, but it also saves time spent searching for parking spaces and promotes personal fitness. Of course, practicality should guide this decision, taking into account the achievable distance and weather conditions.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Toyo Bowl Delights: Supporting Local Taste

In every collaboration at Nava's Zen, I maintain the tradition of treating my collaborator to a meal - a small token of gratitude for their time and contributions to my growth. I usually opt for online ordering, focusing on healthy food. Despite established choices in the healthy food industry, my recent preference was deliberately a smaller-scale restaurant. This decision aligns with my commitment to supporting small businesses, recognizing the impact of mutual support in our growth journeys.

Using Grab, I ordered from Toyo Bowl (Jalan Kenari, Puchong Jaya), selecting Lemongrass Lime Chicken (RM24.90) and Veg Portobello Bowl (RM18.90). 

Friday, March 1, 2024

The Power of Yoga for Restful Sleep: Patience and Practice

What happens when the mind refuses to shut down? Sleep disorders, insomnia - the inability to sleep, and the challenges in quieting the mind lead to a world of struggles with sleep (Modern Struggle: Quieting The Mind). The severity of this issue, affecting individuals from the young to the elderly, including myself occasionally, cannot be understated. Whenever we receive yoga inquiries, the recurring concern is difficulty sleeping, prompting questions about yoga's efficacy in addressing this issue.

It's essential to recognize that yoga offers a comprehensive natural therapy for sleep. However, the challenge lies in some clients expecting immediate miracles or magic from yoga. Consistency is key, and results typically manifest after practicing yoga for at least 2-6 months. Natural therapies, by their nature, require time for noticeable effects. The expectation of instant results is a common hindrance to experiencing the full benefits of yoga (Yoga Discovery).

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Modern Struggle: Unravelling the Challenges of Quieting the Mind

Maneuvering modern living poses a significant challenge, with the elusive art of quieting the mind at the forefront. Despite a plethora of advice, the struggle persists, whether due to a lack of knowledge, indifference, or sheer unawareness. In the yoga business, this refrain is not just common but almost a norm, as minds remain alert yet yearn for respite.

The modern struggle to relax has multifaceted roots:

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Tofu Treats: Plant-Based & Vegetarian Delights


Tofu, an excellent plant-based protein source, caters to vegetarians, vegans, and non-vegetarians alike (Tofu Manchurian). While tofu itself may appear bland, its mild, neutral flavor is advantageous, allowing it to readily absorb diverse tastes (Tofu Bean Stir-Fry). This versatility makes it ideal for crafting various dishes, from spicy to savory, sweet, and sour - a palate cherished by a typical Malaysian like myself. Tofu is a household favorite (Tofu Scrambled Eggs), gracing our table at least twice a week with delightful dishes rolled out from my kitchen (Indian Tofu Curry).

Notably, 50% of these ingredients hail from Nava's Zen sustainable development organic urban gardening produce (Cultivating Green Living).

Monday, February 26, 2024

Chong Kok Kopitiam: Delightful Heritage Flavors

When my breakfast crew suggested heading to Klang's Chong Kok Kopitiam for another morning feast, I, being the enthusiastic foodie, readily agreed. I heard tales of this Kopitiam being a stroll down heritage lane from years back, adding to the allure. As we negotiated the usual challenge of finding parking in Klang, we eventually secured a spot in one of the backlanes.As we crossed the road in front of Chong Kok Kopitiam, a sudden realization hit me - I've been here before. While I couldn't recall the name initially, revisiting the same eatery posed no issue.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Eco-Friendly Delights on Banana Leaves: Nava's Zen Culinary Harmony

I feature my culinary creations on banana leaves, courtesy of the cultivated banana trees in Nava's Zen (Cultivating Sustainable Living). The advantages are diverse:

Eco-Friendly: Biodegradable and sustainable, reducing the need for disposable plates and supporting environmental conservation.


Antimicrobial Properties: Natural compounds in banana leaves may inhibit harmful bacteria when in contact with food.


Enhanced Flavor: The waxy coating imparts a delightful flavor, elevating the overall dining experience.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Bharat Spice: Indian Cuisine Flavors and Experiences in Kota Kemuning

Yet another Sunday dedicated to our food explorations, and this time, we stayed local in Kota Kemuning (
Asian Fusion Seafood & Kalyana Virunthu Cafe). Our destination was the recently opened "Bharat Spice," a fresh addition that has taken over the space formerly known as Saffron Spice. Surprisingly, not much has changed - the ambiance retains its familiar feel, and even the menu seems to be a recycled version of the one from Saffron Spice. 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Turmeric Eggs: A Holistic Culinary Wellness

Turmeric, a vibrant yellow spice widely embraced in Indian culinary traditions, has earned acclaim for its diverse health benefits, primarily attributed to its active compound, curcumin. Within its myriad advantages, the aspect that resonates profoundly with me is its robust antioxidant capabilities - an all-encompassing tonic for the breath, body, mind, and soul. Beyond its culinary significance, powdered turmeric stands as an indispensable element in Indian kitchens, diligently procured and stored for its versatile applications (Turmeric Black Cumin Rice). 

In the realm of cooking, reaching for turmeric powder has become second nature - not just for its rich flavor but also for its remarkable ability to neutralize odors, particularly from poultry and meat (Mutton Bone Marrow Curry). It has undeniably become a culinary staple (Spinach Turmeric Stir Fry).

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Unexpected at 58: Senior Entrepreneurship Revealed Through Yoga Discovery

I discovered yoga during a challenging phase marked by a relapse of menopausal symptoms. This turmoil affected my breath, body, mind, and soul, leading a doctor to recommend yoga as a remedy. Yes, you read it right - recommended by a doctor. Despite initial skepticism and minimal exposure to yoga, I decided to give it a try. Initially, my understanding was clouded by instructors overly emphasizing advanced poses and singling me out as a beginner.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Medication or Holistic Wellness Yoga: My Menopausal Journey

Experiencing a resurgence of menopausal symptoms at 53, following an initial bout at 50, took a toll on my well-being. Seeking answers at the medical center due to issues like body pain, insomnia, and overall health concerns, I found myself overwhelmed and in tears. The fear of a serious health problem added to the emotional strain, also, emotional feelings (Mental Well-Being) which I believe I have been bottling up, causing me to work my mind harder, making this relapse more severe than the first.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Yam Pla Krapong/Thai Spicy Canned Fish Salad

Embarking on a culinary adventure infused with the essence of Nava's Zen elevates my passion for cooking to new heights. The joy derived from working with organic ingredients, meticulously sourced from the vibrant tapestry of Nava's Zen, is unparalleled. Crafting Yam Pla Krapong/Thai Style Spicy Canned Fish Salad, I proudly declare that 70% of the ingredients are not just any herbs – they are carefully nurtured organic herbs from my very own garden. This culinary endeavor transcends a mere exercise in flavor; it's a soulful experience seamlessly integrated into my therapeutic gardening routine. Cultivating these herbs becomes a mindful practice, nurturing not just the body but also the mind and soul.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Gongura/Roselle Recipes: A Nutritional Powerhouse in Culinary Delights

Gongura, also known as roselle or sorrel, stands out as a nutritional powerhouse, offering a spectrum of health benefits that cater to various aspects of well-being. Renowned for its digestive properties, gongura aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system, promoting optimal gut function.

Moreover, this versatile plant contributes to heart health, assisting in managing cholesterol levels and supporting overall cardiovascular well-being. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it a valuable addition for those seeking natural ways to alleviate inflammation within the body.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Senior Entrepreneur Ms. Nava's Holistic Journey

Starting a business is like stepping into a world where people are ready to help, showing how kind they can be. Kindness is free, but let's be clear. Hearing from those who began their business from scratch, funding it themselves, gives you real insight.

I'm Ms. Nava, your "Senior Entrepreneur," and I started all this at 58. I prefer calling my hair color "light brown" instead of gray. Over the past two years, I've smoothly navigated the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Mandarin Orange Recipes: Reviving Leftover Sustainable Eats

The festival season and our current Chinese New Year, marked by communal meals and expressions of love, often leave us with delightful leftovers. Even the fruits, integral to these celebrations, like mandarin oranges and others, may find their way into the surplus. So, what do you do with these remnants?

Before delving into creative recipes, let's take a moment to consider those around the world who may not have enough to eat. This reminder prompts us to embrace sustainable living, a crucial aspect of sustainable development. As a first step, consider freezing or storing both the leftover dishes and fruits, as I'm about to guide you through some fantastic recipes to make the most of them.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Kalyana Virundhu Cafe - Dining Experience

On this particular Sunday, the delightful quest for a dining spot led us to Kalyana Virundhu Cafe (10G, Jalan Kemuning Prima F33/F, Kemuning Utama Shah Alam, 40400 Selangor), an addition to the Indian food scene and conveniently situated not far from our residence in Kemuning Greenville, Shah Alam. As always, my husband's unwavering love for Indian cuisine (The Grand Mapillai) contrasts with my enthusiasm for exploring diverse culinary experiences (Exploring A Kopitiam), making the decision a harmonious one in our culinary journey.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

"Sustainable Elegance: Pandan Leaves as Culinary and Decorative Wonders"

Over time, the evolution in my home has been a conscious departure from plastic flowers and decorations. Cleaning them posed a constant hassle, and they merely accumulated dust. As an advocate for sustainable development, with a deep commitment to preserving the Earth and nurturing nature (Cultivating Green Living), I firmly believe in relinquishing old habits tied to plastic, a material contributing to pollution and waste.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Asian Fusion Seafood Curry House: Noodle Adventures

My fondness for noodles, especially the Chinese-style variety, is beyond dispute, and my preference leans towards the comforting soup-based options rather than their dried counterparts. In my quest for diverse broth and soup-based noodle experiences, it was fortuitous that my other half-half stumbled upon the Asian Fusion Seafood Curry House: U31, U, 25, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla, Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam (Manjoe Taiwanese Dumpling & The Charcoal Grill), 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor), proposing it as our next culinary expedition. His love for seafood and the mere whisper of the word "Curry" were reason enough, influenced by his inherent appreciation for the flavors ingrained in his Indian genes. He persuaded me to try the curry house, and I willingly agreed, anticipating noodle creations.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Moringa Stir Fry Magic: Enjoying the Superfood Blend

Nature, with its gentle touch, generously shares treasures, cradling those who marvel at its wonders. A testament to the perpetual dance of growth and care emerged when a robust moringa tree replaced one lost to strong winds. Beyond its abundant fruits, moringa unfolds leaves brimming with the nutritional richness bestowed by nature (Cultivating Green Living).

Wrapped in antioxidants, these leaves act as guardians against life's subtle stresses, providing essential nutrients crucial for orchestrating our bodies' balance. Promising to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, moringa extends a friendly hand to health-conscious individuals.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Nava's Zen: Cultivating Green Living in Urban Zen

The passion for sustainable living (Cultivating Sustainable Living) seamlessly transitioned into the heart of my nature-inspired fitness zen, Nava's Zen. This time around, I expanded the concept to embrace the essence of green living. Bringing this vision to life required significant self-financing, involving a substantial portion of my savings and a contribution from my husband. The transformation began with the porch of our zen, nestled in a double-storey link house adjacent to our home. This space underwent a complete makeover, with the contractor's fee, soil addition, and various other necessities being covered to convert it into a haven of green living (Cultivating Convenient Gardening).

Monday, January 29, 2024

Manjoe Taiwanese Dumplings (Kota Kemuning): A Rainbow of Colors

A few days ago, while in the midst of grocery shopping for our home, I stumbled upon Manjoe Taiwanese Dumplings in Kota Kemuning. The Rainbow Dumpling immediately caught my attention with its vibrant colors:

Earthy Green Spinach/Chives 

Bright Yellow Pumpkin/Signature 
Soft Red Beetroot/Spicy Kimchi 
Vibrant Blue Butterfly Peas Flowers/Fresh Prawns 
Original/Fresh Fish 
Mellow Black Charcoal/Cabbage  ...........all crafting a holistic wellness color allure on my palate.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Turmeric Wrapped Grilled Fish Platter: An Experience in Culinary Mindfulness

Mindful eating is all about savoring each bite as an expression of love for food. While the saying "we are what we eat" holds true, it doesn't mean settling for bland meals. Indulge in delightful, mind-loving, and delicious food with just a touch of mindful thinking. Crafting wonderful meals becomes part of your mindful eating journey.

Consider this Malaysian platter: 

A modest portion of steamed basmati rice 

Grilled aubergine mixed with raw shallots, chillies, and lime juice

Turmeric-wrapped fish marinated with fresh turmeric juice, a dash of salt, a hint of chili powder for a spicy kick

Our local Malaysian herb, Ulam Raja, also known as King Salad. 

Verona, Italy: A Journey Through Romance and History

As the days dwindled down to just two left in Italy ( Venice ), a feeling of reluctance settled in ( Florence ). How I wished our tour could...