Tuesday, February 22, 2011

25 - TOP 10 Exotic Fruits

Why limit yourself, try an exotic fruit!! Travelling to an exotic destination isn't just about swimming and sun bathing, you should also try some of the local cuisine and exotic fruits that they have to offer. I mean, how often are you really going to go back?

Here are some of the most exotic fruits that I've found on the web, next time you're on vacation or see them at your local store, don't be shy to pick one up.

1. African Cucumber - This one looks interesting!
The African cucumber, horned melon or melano is a fruit that can be best described as melon with horns. It originated in the Kalahari Desert and is now present in California and New Zealand. The dark green pulp reminds one of bananas, limes, passion fruit and cucumber. It is often used for decorating food but also in smoothies and sundaes.

2. Rose Apple
Common around South Asia, Rose Apple, also known as Champoo is one of the most interesting exotic fruits on the planet, just for the fact that it smells and tastes a lot like roses. Unfortunately they are rarely found in markets around the world because they spoil very quickly after being picked. The bell-shaped fruits are crisp, crunchy and have a delicious fresh flavor. It can be eaten whole but as with apples, many people prefer to leave the core.

3. Mangosteen
The mangosteen is another evergreen tree that produces oddly shaped fruits. The fruits are purple, creamy, described as citrus with a hint of peach. It is rich in antioxidants, some scientists even suggesting it can lower risk against certain human diseases, such as cancer. There are even legends about Queen Victoria offering a reward to the one that brings her the fruit.

4. Sugar Apple - One of my favourite!
One of Thailand’s most popular fruits the Sugar Apple has a white, creamy flesh covered by a lumpy green crust that makes it look like a giant, green raspberry. The incredibly sweet pulp is eaten with a spoon after the fruit is easily broken into two halves. Sugar Apples are usually blended with coconut milk, chilled and served as a delicious, light ice-cream. This is one fruit you have to try if you’re ever in Thailand.

5. Rambutan
Coming from an evergreen tree, the Rambutan fruit resembles the Lychees, have a leathery red skin and are covered with spines. Rambutan is a popular garden fruit tree and one of the most famous in Southeast Asia. The fruit is sweet and juicy, being commonly found in jams or available canned.

6. Kumquats
The kumquats or cumquats are small edible fruits resembling oranges that grow in a tree related to the Citrus. As with most of the fruits in the Citrus family, the kumquats are eaten raw. They are often used in marmalade and jelly but also in alcoholic drinks such as liquor. The Taiwanese add it to their teas, while others boil it and use it as a remedy for sore throats.

7. Lychee
Coming from an evergreen tree, the lychee or litchi are small white flesh fruits, covered in a red rind, rich in vitamin C and with a grape-like texture. The fruit has started making its appearance in markets worldwide, refrigerated or canned with its taste intact.

8. Jackfruit
Jackfruit is a common fruit for Asia and Australia and considered as one of the largest tree borne fruit in the world. The juicy pulp around the seeds have a taste similar to pineapple, but milder. Apart from canned jackfruit, it is also available as sweet chips. The wood of the tree is used for making various musical instruments, while the fruit is a common ingredient for many Asian dishes.

9. Dragon Fruits
Dragon fruit, strawberry pear or pitaya is a fruit of several cactus species with a sweet delicate taste and creamy pulp. The most common dragon fruit is the red pitaya, but other varieties include the Costa Rica pataya and the yellow pataya. Juice or wine can be obtained from the fruit, while the flowers can be eaten or used for tea.

10. Salak
Native to Malaysia and Indonesia, Salak is called Snake-fruit because of its brown, scaly skin resembling that of a serpent. It grows in clusters at the bottom of a palm tree and it has the size and appearance of a fig. The skin can be peeled after pinching the tip of the fruit, exposing three garlic-looking lobes, each containing a large seed. Salak tastes sweet and acidic at the same time and its consistency can vary from dry and crumbly to moist and crunchy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

24 - Make a List of Gratitude

Make a list of all the things you're grateful for...being aware of your surrounding and just be happy where you are and who you are...cause you're perfect just the way you are.

Here's my top 10 gratitude list:

1. My mom is always and forever be my number 1 person I'm grateful for. She's the most giving, caring, loving and the strongest person I know.  There's so much to say about her, I think I need to start a new blog just about her!! So she's most definitely is my number 1.

2. My running buddies - Mayling, Mike, Trevor and Denis, without them I will not be training for my first full marathon

3. My 3 BESTEST girlfriends in the whole wide world - Shannon, Eileen and Yen whom I've known over 20 something years. They're like my sisters I've always dreamed of...

4. Hearing my nephew laugh - cutest little baby boy ever!

5. Loving my job - it's really not work when you love what you do.

6. Being in FABULOUS health, to be able to walk, drive, run, climb..

7. Living in the most beautiful city in the world!! Vancouver is the most beautiful city in the world and I'm not just saying that. Everytime I rollerblade or run the seawall, I feel like the luckiest girl cuz we're in such a BEAUTIFUL city...with all the mountains, water and people..

8. My car is paid off and I did it all on my own. Yay, nomore car payments for now

9. Bought my first condo last year - all on my own again.  You really appreciate your belongings when you work hard for it and pay for it yourself and for that, I'm very grateful.

10. My life - everything is perfect and is exactly where it should be, I am following my bliss...

Here's a video I would like to share with you, enjoy.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

23 - Take a Hot Bath

Take a hot bath, treat yourself. Turn on some soothing music, light up some candles and soak in the tub. That’s one of my favourite things to do.  I someone stay in the tub for more than an hour and I come out all pruned up! Lol...
When I’m feeling sick, I take a hot bath to sweat it out too. Have a glass of wine, read a book or put on a facial while you’re relaxing in the tub.  It’s one of the easiest ways to relieve you from a tiring day from work. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

22 - Sleep In

I know my previous post 21 was telling you to become an "Early Riser" and here I am telling you to sleep in! Don't get my wrong, I'm an early riser myself... Infact, I've been waking up at 5:30am almost every morning, even on weekends. You got to give me props for that at least.  I guess sometime it's good to sleep in too.

Once in awhile it's good to have a lazy Sunday, or a lazy Monday, Tuesday, Wendsday and Thursday.  I've been so busy with work, running and life itself, I think I need to schedule some sleeping time!

So don't get my wrong, be an early riser - go out and enjoy your day and make the most out of it, however, at the same time, listen to your body. When it's tired and you're burnt out, it's good to sleep in too. 

Just don't sleep in all the time!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

21 - Become An Early Riser

Become an early riser, get up an hour or two earlier everyday. You'll get so much more done in those couple extra hours in the morning. The best thing I keep myself motivated to waking up is that I found a group of people who are committed in running in the morning with me.  I'm now up at 5:30am and go for my morning runs 3 times a week and the other days, I set all my appointments early so I will get out of bed and get my day going. 

It's an amazing way to start your day with energy and it's also a very peaceful time in the day when the house is quiet. You can enjoy time to yourself, you can gather your thoughts, take the extra time to read and just breath.  It's also a good time for you to set goals.

The best way to easing into getting up early is to start slow. Don't do drastic changes, cause you'll burn out just as fast. Start by waking up 20mins earlier and sleeping 20mins earlier every other night. 

You've got to set a goal or a reason why. My goal is to train for a full marathon, and I've committed to my group in showing up.  And when you say you're going to do something, you should always do it. You need to be true to your words and you need to have someone there to be accountable for.

Now go out there, hunt out some early riser, work out, watch the sunrise and start your amazing day!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

20 - Bikram's Yoga

Seriously, you DO NOT have to be that flexible to do yoga. I've been doing Bikram's for the pass 6years and I definitely can't touch my head to my toes like that!! There's a misunderstanding where most people feel that they have to be super flexible and that's totally not true. I'm still trying to perfect my poses and everytime I go, I manage to learn something new about my stretches. So don't be discourage if you don't get it right the first few time.

I remembered when I'd first join Bikram's in Vancouver, there were probably 6 people in the class. Now that it's more popular, you'll get 40 - 50 people in the room and the energy level is AMAZING! I do encourage you to check it out.

As well, here are some of the benefits in Bikram's yoga, also known as Hot Yoga:

  • Improve your concentration
  • Tone your body
  • Good way to meditate
  • Eye hand cordination improves
  • Sleep improves
  • Blood pressure decrease
  • Respiratory decrease
  • Improve flexibility and strength
  • Stress reliever
  • Cleanse your skin, detoxify
...don't forget to breath while doing it!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

19 - Roller Blading

I absolutely love rollerblading around Standley Park, especially in the summer time. I usually have my blades and a change of clothing in my trunk. Working out, enjoying the breeze, the beautiful mountains, city views and water while blading, what more can you ask for!!

Sometime, you'll see seals swimming along and they'll follow you while you blade. They'll pop their head up once in awhile just to make sure you're going in speed.  One time, I saw a naked lady swimming in the water too...okay guys, that was only once for the past 10years that I've bladed. So let's not all go looking for the naked lady at Standley Park cause you heard on so-and-so's blogs...!

Well, can't wait til Summer, you'll definitely see me in my blades. Remember to say HI! Oh, don't crash into me, I don't know how to stop.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

18 - Take A Break

Seriously, take a break! People are asking why I'm not updating my blog on the weekends and I'm telling them, "I'm taking a break and you should too." Just relax and enjoy your weekend...easier said than done.

All too often we're on the go, whether from picking kids up to and from school, meeting clients, working and getting things done around the house. Don't you find there's always 100 things on the list you need to tackle? First off...BREATH. Inhale...then exhale for about 3mins. Turn all your electronics off; that's including your tv, blackberry, iPhone, laptop..and yes, all your electronic devices. Go do something relaxing for you! Go enjoy the day with your dog, read a book, or a close friend.

Heck, if I'm gonna take the day off, I'm spending it shopping with my gfs and transferring all my calls to my partner! Infact, I have already schedule my shopping time with my gfs in the state, now you go set some time off for yourself.

Friday, February 4, 2011

17 - Leave a Sticky Note

Have you ever wake up in the morning finding a sticky note on the washroom mirror saying...”You are beautiful" ?
LOL, not that I have either, but wouldn’t it be “NICE” if you did? A small gesture like that put a HUGE smile on someone's face!!  Or knowing someone you love or care about feeling grateful for you just because  you are. Heck, leave me a note, I'll be soo HAPPY! :)
Valentine Day's coming around – leave a sticky note and tell them how much you care! Little goes a looong way!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

16 - Build Your Dream Home

How would you build your dream home? Where will it be located in this world? Is it by the water, lake front or on top of 5th Avenue in New York? What will you put in there??

I've daydream about this all the time. I know for sure I want a HUGE walk-in closet, a fireplace that connects the master bedroom and the ensuite washroom. It'll definitely by the ocean somewhere...I just love listening to the sound of ocean and waking up to the morning breeze of the sea.

If you can build your dream home, how will you build it? I suggest you write everything down and start working on it!! You just never know...one day it may come true!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

15 - Scuba Diving


The uderworld of the big blue sea...  Have you ever thought about taking lessons for scuba diving? well, that thought went through my mind many times..just haven't had the chance to do it yet!  Maybe, being afraid of drowning has something to do with it. I'v heard you don't need to know how to swim, the main thing is to control your breathing.  Well, if that's the case..scuba diving here I come!!

Woulnd't it be wonderful if you scuba dive? Go to tropical islands and visit the coral reefs, big yellow and blue fishes, and swim with ancient sea turtles! Let's take lessons together!!

Okay, this is a to-do for me before 2012.  Please check back with me then!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

14 - Hawaii, Waikiki

The land of pineapples and palm trees. What can I say about Hawaii, Waikiki? I love it so much, I've been there 8 times already...it's like my 2nd home. There's soo much to tell you; don't know where to start but you can't go just once!

Here's a short list of things to do in Waikiki, if you have any questions, message me.

Things To Do In Hawaii, Waikiki
  1. GIOVANNI Shrimp Truck - MUST TRY. 2 locations in North Shore, don't just go to any shrimp truck!
  2. Polynesian Cultural Center - If it's your first time then it's worth checking it out
  3. Meat Swap at the Aloha Stadium - Open certain days, ask concierge
  4. Hanama Bay - Popular tourist snorkling area
  5. Ko'olina Lagoon - very private, man made lagoons
  6. Daimond Head - a short scenic hike, overlook Waikiki Beach
  7. Side Street Inn Restaurant - BEST Kalbi Beef, 1225 Hopaka Street
  8. Rent a Car - Drive along North Shore and stops along all the sandy beaches and take photos
  9. Ala Moana Center - Shopping central, shop til you drop
  10. Wal-Mart - go there & buy all your souveneirs! Macadamia nuts, t-shirts, sun screen etc.