Food – we all love it.
From home cooked meals to fine dining. Speak about food and you will definitely get anyones’ attention.
I’m a Malaysian and we Malaysians love our food! In fact, we greet you by saying, ” Hi, sudah makan kah belum?” – “Hi, Have you ate, already?” . It’s a simple theory, really. If you have ate and the reply is Yes, then we know you are well but if it’s a No.. it’s time we ate before we uttered another word!
Growing up in Malaysia gave me a childhood which celebrated an array of cuisines – Indian, Malay, Chinese, Thai and the introduction of the far, far…West.
Most dishes were cooked at home as this was the supreme rule of the household. No matter what time you came home, food will be served!
Of course, occasionally we ate out at family style restaurants or kept it simple by visiting our Colonel Kentucky (this was the beginning and end to the western food influence of my childhood) down town.
Regardless the cuisine, we made sure we ate together! This is the importance of food and the role it plays in Asian culture. We don’t need a special occasion or festive season to gather around the table to enjoy a nice meal with the family. And, if you are a friend, you need no invitation!
Because it’s about sharing. Sharing a meal with another member of your family and friends. If you have travelled to Malaysia, Singapore, India, China or Japan, you will notice how food is served to the oldest and the youngest persons in the table first before filling their own plate, even at a restaurant. This is what food means to us. Respect and appreciation for the bonds we share amongst people we love and care, regardless of age and gender.
But when it came to food, to us, it was just not about eating. There’s more… something magnificent about the entire experience of dining, whether if you are seated on a table or on the matted floor, on fine chinas or banana leave – food always brought people together and to me, it brings back the fondest of memories.
The greatest of cultural diversities and wonders of traditions. What better way than the sound of laughters that fill the air, that could possibly replace this form of happiness. And what better way to convey your identity if not by the simplest contraction known and enjoyed by us from the beginning of time.
I hope you try my recipes and enjoy them as much as I do. So, feel free to join me for a meal and a conversation. We shall speak food!
1 Red Apple
1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Shake powder
Dash of Cinnamon
Add all ingredients with water into a blender.
Super fast (thanks to my Nutri Bullet) and it’s delicious!
Japanese Traditional Art and Theatre performances at the Yasaka Hall, Gion Corner.
Maiko Gallery showcasing some of the hair accessories worn by the Maiko dancers.
Tea Ceremony – Ryurei and Koto, a six-stringed zither.
Kyogen Theatre – Comedy. Bunraku Puppet Theatre.
Flower Arrangement or Ikebana.
Kyo-mai Dance by Geisha / Geiko.
Gagaku Court Music.
After months under construction, I have finally published my first article – today.
I would like to thank you for your patience.
This category will now be updated monthly.I will be covering a wide range of topics and I look forward to engaging with a wider audience out there! I would love to hear from all of you and any topics that we could discuss.
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Hope all of us are well bound and back on track with our lives post the festive seasons.
As we step into the New Year of 2018, many of us want to spend more time on taking care of ourselves. Building a better and healthier version of us.
Nevertheless, there will be many exciting exchanges on the usual new year new me transformations and resolutions, a travelling around the world list, career change and prospects, so on and so forth.
As much as I too enjoy the flirtatious foreplays of these “talks”, just out of curiosity and because I really care to ask – How are you really feeling?
I live in the UK, we have the occasional visit from Mr. Sunshine. He plays hide and seek, leaving us cold, brittle and Vitamin D deficient.
A conversation with a friend lead me to do a little research, then only to share my findings through this article.
The topic in discussion was exertion of exercise to build stamina through Vitamin D, efficiently.
And how lacking Vitamin D, could leave us feeling debilitated and left untreated, take a major toll and risk our health in the long term.
But before we get up close and personal – reading, let’s just remind ourselves why it is crucial not to deprive our body off – Vitamin D.
These are just a few health symptoms and risks associated with Vitamin D deficiency.
So, what is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is produced by our body, after the exposure to sunlight.
Like most vitamins and minerals which are highly essential for the growth and development of our body, Vitamin D helps regulate calcium to rebuild and phosphorus to maintain bone health, the postural structure of the spinal cord and speed up recovery processes of the skeletal muscles between periods of injuries caused by sports, exercises and accidents.
It also plays an important role in the modulation of cell growth and reduce inflammations by strengthening the immune system in our body.
A young male requires an intake of 200 IU to 400 IU and 20 IU for every year as he gets older. A female requires somewhere between 600 IU to 800 IU as she passes the age 65 onwards.
If you’re asking why women recommended daily value is higher than their counterparts, it is simply because women are more likely at risks of osteoporosis. Also, because women share their womb for the healthy development and growth of the foetus and lactate after child birth.
Dr Andrew Weil M.D., Professor and Founder/Director of The University of Arizona, Center of Integrative Medicine recommends that adults increase their intake up to 2000 IU per day to reap the benefits of Vitamin D.
A recent study also suggested increasing the intake of Vitamin D alone, can speed up the healing time of minor burn injuries on victims!
Where can I find it?
Simply by consuming foods which are oil soluble (the good fat) and rich in Vitamin D is the easiest way.
How can we all improve our health by getting more Vitamin D?
All information in this article, could also be found on the internet.
But at times we need a gentle reminder. As to why we must attend to our bodies and take care of ourselves. I hope this article reaches you in good health, great intentions being the purpose of me writing it.