Tipping the scales

9 05 2012

I have become one of those women who’s starting to obsess over her weight. I have been slim most part of my life but horrors when I realised that I have put on 5 kg over the last couple of years! Not surprising, since I sit on my ass most part of the day in an air-conditioned office, indulge in pastas, Tim Tams, Pringles as and when I want and go for a session of yoga when I need to seek some redemption and feel good about myself after that mandatory instant noodle meal every Sunday.

But seriously, aside from the weight gain resulting from a slow down in metabolism, meaning your body stores whatever that is not burned off into energy into fats that probably comes in lumps of lard which then appear as muffin tops (not the edible kind) or love handles (nothing to love about); I’m also trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. I guess when you get enough winks, eat well, enjoy that occasional glass of wine, you just..well radiate a picture of health..your skin glows (no blusher needed), you feel happier thanks to the endorphins, you fall sick less often, you get less cramps, and the no brainers go on.

The golden rule- go low on carbs, work out. get enough sleep. BUT. IT. IS.HARD. WORK. For the past two weeks, I cannot recall the number of times I had fish soup and yong tau fu (like a mish mash of Chinese vegs and beancurds, something like that) or having to conjure up options that is non-rice/noodle based- which is really difficult in this city where rice and noodles are staples!

And the verdict? After about two weeks, the needle on the weighing scale has remained exactly where it was. Apparently it has to do with the type of workouts you do- trying to alternate hot yoga with hatha with vinyasa just means I would be able to maintain my current weight whilst toning my body, but that also means that I am building muscle which is bulk. So incorporate more cardio work into the regime- running, anything that makes you perspire like a frigging pig. For instance, one hour of hot yoga burns about 630 calories, that is about the equivalent of 0.5 hour of intense fast running, as compared to something more sedentary like slow walking (80 calories for 0.5 hours).

So here I am -trying to keep a fitness/diet diary and tracking my improvement, while watching Jlo’s videos everyday to inspire myself. Let’s see how this pans out then.

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Bali Hai!

7 02 2012

It’s great to be two hours away from paradise! Bali is just one of the places that I never get sick of..just because it feels so much like home, yet so vastly different from Singapore. Some must-trys.

Eat

Bali is a place of great eats- cheap, tasty, no frills. That said, you can find great food at chi-chi places as well, you just need to know where to go.

Naughty Nuri’s

In a span of two trips, I have been here four times. Casual, unpretentious environment with great food. Patrons usually pop by, freshly sun-kissed in their board shorts and flip flops. Wash down their legendary juicy ribs and tuna steak (order rare) barbecued right in front of you with Bintang beer. No visit to Bali is complete without coming here.

Biku

Biku is a chance discovery on my way back from yoga and highly recommended by the folks at the yoga place. It’s a great place for brunch cos’ they are famous for their cakes, teas and coffee. But they have other great local delicacies such as beef rendang and nasi goreng. What really got me sold was the concept of the place- lounge, little wellness store (with chakras, aromatherapy), books, even tarot reading. Doesn’t hurt to have free wifi too.

Made’s Warung

Again, no visit is complete without savoring the famous nasi goreng here. The chilli here is to-die-for. Be wary of how much you add, cos it is fiery baby.

Also check out Hu’u Bar for excellent fusion food and La Luciola for by-the-beach Italian cuisine but a bit high on the $ side though great place for a date.

Pray

Bali is a great place for soul cleansing and getting in touch with nature and your inner self.

Jiwa Bikram Yoga

Jiwa was a spontaneous decision made after googling ‘yoga in seminyak’. I was initially hesitant on doing Bikram simply because it is hot enough out there! But boy was I wrong. A 1.5 hrs hot yoga session is no child’s play but you reap the rewards after that. I went back to the villa and slept like a baby. But what I truly love about yoga in Bali is that it is usually a one stop retreat. Jiwa sells affordable yoga wear- very pretty and comfy and stocks a juice bar where fresh coconut juice (full of electrolytes!) awaits you after that hard work.

If you are in Ubud, check out the famous Yoga Barn where you do your downward dog in the middle of rice fields. Hippie alert.

Love

Didn’t meet a hot brazilian like Julia Roberts in the movie but then there are many things and places to fall in love with!

Potato Head and Cocoon

One of the most famous beach clubs in Seminyak. Beach clubs like Potato Head house a restaurant, bar and an outdoor patio perfect for people watching. But so- so cocktails. Check out Cocoon along Legian 66 for the best drinks! The glory days of Legian are over for now but Cocoon is still a nice, quiet place for chilling. Lie on their huge day beds with a cocktail in hand while listening to the crashing of waves on the beachfront. Bliss.

Bali, I will be back!





Dolce!

22 08 2011

Checked out this cute cafe, Antoinette at 30 Penhas Road. Good spot for a cuppa and desserts, though the food looks very appetising too.

If you ever go there, you absolutely gotta try the French Toast with Caramelised Bananas. TO. DIE. FOR.





Lazy Sundays are for…

11 04 2011

good ol’ coffee with friends…





For just one day…i love my job

22 07 2010

Had a food tasting session with Tung Lok for an upcoming event.. a full six-course all with bird’s nest. Decadance! Taken with the iphone so not the best quality.

Chilled bird’s nest with Alaska Crab in Sake Gelo

Baked Superior BN with fresh flower crab meat and chicken broth served in young coconut

poached BN and lobster in barley

steamed fish fillet stuffed with BN in ginseng Pau Sum broth

chilled homemade tofu mousse with BN, lots of it.

Now back to work.