May 29

Our human skin is the biggest organ in our body. It consists of three layers of cells. Our skin help to regulate our body temperature and it is constantly exposed to harsh UV rays from the sun. To protect our skin from getting dry, we need to apply moisturizer regularly.

Dry skin requires care and attention as it is prone to various skin problems. Investing in a good skin care product comes with its price tag. Alternatively to these products, we can make use of natural remedies for dry skin. Natural remedies are readily available and they are cost effective.

. Drink lots of water is one of the best way to hydrate our body and to supply our skin with nutrient and minerals. Make it a point to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water daily.

. Drink a warm glass of milk mixed with a teaspoon of almond oil before bedtime can work wonders for our skin.

. Apply baby lotion to moisturize our skin will keep it smooth and soft.

. Rub a thin layer of honey all over your body and leave it on for five to ten minutes before going for a bath. Honey has a natural moisturizing effect on our skin.

. Occasionally bath in a tub of milk with warm water can do wonders for our skin. This tip dates back to the historical time when Queens bathed in milk. Cleopatra is one of the Queens that used this natural remedy for her skin.

. Rub a thin layer of sesame oil all over your body after a shower can moisturize your skin that is if you like the aromatic smell of sesame.

. Coconut or avocado oil can also be rub onto skin. These oils are good for treating dry skin.

. Mash some avocadoes to make a paste. Apply it to your body can help to nourish your skin.

. Blend some oatmeal, baking soda and vanilla extract into a paste and mix it in a tub of warm water. Soak in the mixture for as long as you like. Do this often and you can say goodbye to dry skin.

. Mix some oatmeal with water to form a paste and rub it onto your hands. Then rinse it and you will feel the smoothness. You can also rub it over your face and body. This mixture of oatmeal can exfoliate your skin.

. Apply petroleum jelly over your dry lips, hands and feet.

. Glycerin oil makes a good remedy for dry skin.

. Air from air conditioner is drying and can affect the skin so it is best to avoid sitting in an air conditioned room all day. Place a glass of water in the room will help to reduce the dryness and humidify the air but investing in a humidifier will be a better choice though.

. Getting into the hot tub on cold winter days is so relaxing but unfortunately hot water dries the skin so opt for warm water instead.

. Normal soap is drying for the skin. Use natural soaps that do not contain harmful chemicals. It will make a great different to your dry skin problem.

. Dishwashing and laundry detergents have drying effect on the hands. Wear rubber gloves when handling detergents to avoid getting dry crack skin. If you are allergic to rubber gloves, then use detergent that is soft and gentle on hands.

. Try a mixture of an egg yolk with a teaspoon each of olive oil and orange juice. Add a few drops of rose water and lime juice. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes before washing it off. It will help to reduce dry and itchiness on your face.

. Eat fish that is rich in essential fatty acids on a regular basis will help your dry skin.

. For dry and cracked heels, rub the inside of a banana peel will take care of the dryness and crack lines.

. Banana make a good natural mask. Mash a ripe banana and apply it to your face and neck. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water. This natural treatment will help take care of the dry skin.

. Include spices like turmeric, cumin and coriander in your diet. These spices can help to smoothen and relieve dry skin.

. Eat plenty of fruits daily to nourish your skin. Fruits also provide us with antioxidant to protect our skin from harmful rays from the sun.

To maintain a healthy skin, quit smoking because smoking is bad for both the health and the skin. It makes us age faster. Exercise is good for us so try to include it in your daily routine. Sweating will help to unclog your pores and allow natural oil to surface and nourish your skin. Sleep is very important for our body. Our human body requires at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Lack of sleep will affect the condition of the skin and wrinkles will show up faster than expected. Dry and wrinkle skin makes one look older.

Live healthy and age gracefully!

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May 28

Wesak Day

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Wesak Day commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing of Buddha. It is the most important festival for the Buddhists in all parts of the world. Wesak Day is celebrated on the full moon in the month of May. In Malaysia, Wesak Day is celebrated on 28th May 2010.

Buddhism is a tradition that focuses on personal and spiritual development. It is not about worshipping gods or deities but the teaching of true nature of life. Buddhism is about the teaching of attaining Nirvana which means extinguishing of the three fires of greed, delusion and hatred. It is the state of mind that human beings can reach. It is a state of profound spiritual joy without negative emotions and fears but compassion for the living things.

Wesak Day is celebrated with color and gaiety. The celebration begins at dawn when devotees gather at the temples to meditate on the Eight Precepts and to reaffirm the faith of Buddhism. It is a day when Buddhists give offerings of flowers, candles, joss sticks and incense for the shrine and food for the monks.

Donations and food for the needy are also offered at the temple. Buddhist devotees will have to take off their shoes before entering the temple. They will put their hands together and bow to the image of Buddha. The sutras are chanted in unison by monks. This celebration is highlighted by a candle procession at the temple. Most Buddhists have shrine in their own home where they meditate and pray for enlightenment.

Happy Wesak Day !

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May 19

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is a component of mineral that is found dissolved in many mineral springs. It is a natural substance with a crystalline structure that makes it an effective cleaning agent. Baking Soda is a common ingredient in some brands of toothpastes. With its whitening properties and a mild abrasive property helps in the cleaning and whitening of teeth.

This versatile white powder is found in almost every home as baking ingredient and household cleaning agent. Many of our home products contain baking soda. It neutralizes acids and bases in eliminating odor. Baking Soda is one of the ingredient that is needed for bread, cookie and cake baking. It reacts with other ingredients to releases carbon dioxide that help the dough rise.

The following are the many uses of Baking Soda for our home.

1. Sprinkle some Baking Soda onto the carpet before vacuuming to eliminate odor.

2. Sprinkle Baking Soda to the bottom of your trash bin to get rid of odor.

3. Sprinkle some onto your fabric car seats and carpet mat to eliminate odor.

4. Use Baking Soda instead of dishwasher can give your dishes, pots and pans a good clean.

5. Add half a cup of Baking Soda to your laundry to remove stains and odor.

6. Fill a pair of socks with Baking Soda and leave it in the shoes for the night will eliminate odor.

7. Scrub coffee mugs with Baking Soda will remove stains left over from your coffee and tea.

8. Mix some Baking Soda with vinegar and use to scour pots and pans. It can remove light rusting.

9. Mix some Baking Soda and a squeeze a lemon into a paste to clean the kitchen and bathroom faucets for a good shine.

10. Sprinkle some Baking Soda to the cat litter to control odor.

11. Mix half a teaspoon of Baking Soda in half a glass of water and use as a mouthwash.

12. Remove crayon marks on walls with a mixture of Baking Soda and water and use a toothbrush to remove the marks.

13. Mix three parts of Baking Soda to one part of water to clean and polish the jewelry. Apply the paste to your Jewelry and leave it on for a few minutes, then use a soft cloth to give it a good polish.

14. To clean your microwave, dissolve a few tablespoons of Baking Soda in a cup of water. Microwave it to a boil and let it sit for a minute or two. Wipe and clean off stains from inside surface of your microwave with ease.

15. Use Baking Soda to extinguish a stove fire.

16. For insect bite, mix Baking Soda and water to form a paste. Then apply to affect area to relieve itchiness.

17. Place an opened box of Baking Soda in your refrigerator and freezer to eliminate odor. Replace a fresh box after every three months

Any suggestion as to how else Baking Soda can be used in our home?
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May 12

Many people are experiencing weight problem due to overeating. Consuming too much calories than what your body actually needs can attribute to weight gain. There is a great different between cuttings down to one heavy meal a day and yet the scale reading still goes up to, eating three to five smaller meals a day and still able to lose weight or to maintain it.

The key to eating right is moderation. Eat variety of food in smaller portion to provide your body with minerals and nutrients from a healthy and balance diet. Break down your food intake into 5 smaller meals a day instead of 1-2 big portion meals daily. By eating smaller meals, your body will signal to your brain that there is food coming periodically and hence will not store them in your body. But if you eat only a meal or two in big portion, the food is stored up and that explain the reason for gaining weight.

Everyone loves super foods for a healthier weight loss. Some examples of these healthy super foods are as follows:

Nuts are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids that help to control your appetite. It also helps to lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. One ounce of almond nuts can boosts your Vitamin E levels, increase memory and cognitive performance. Consuming one ounce of pistachio nuts for 3 months can help you lose 8-10 pounds on an average. You must follow the daily recommended food portion to see the result.

Whole Grains are rich in antioxidants that can help control inflammation and insulin. It strengthens your heart and helps you live longer. Whole grain eaters can lose 2.4 times more belly fat than those who eat refine grains. Generally whole grains help boost fiber and the nutritional value of your meal. One easy way to give your daily diet a whole grain boost is to have a bowl of high fiber whole grain cereal for your morning breakfast.

Avocados are loaded with healthy fat and fiber that help in weight loss. They are rich in vitamin C and E with antioxidant properties that slow down the aging process. Avocados also help in the lowering of cholesterol level in your body. Consumption of avocados is good for people who are suffering from psoriasis and bad breath. Avocados are not vegetables. They belong to the berries family. Do not feed avocados to your pets. They contain persin that is toxic to dogs and cats.

Beans and Legumes eaters live longer and weigh less than those who eat meat. ¾ cup of Beans a day can help to lower blood pressure and maintain a smaller waistline. Beans help to regulate appetite, improve sleep patterns and boost your mood.

Grass-fed Beef, chicken and pork are leaner and healthier than conventional livestock. Recommended portion size for weight loss is about the size of your palm. Free- range chickens have less harmful fat and fewer calories than grain- fed chickens. Besides, they have significantly more omega-3 that assist in weight loss, boost your metabolism, improve your mood and sharpen your brain. Chicken breasts have fewer calories than thighs and drumsticks.

Apples, pears and peaches provide fiber and nutrients to your diet. They are super foods that can help in your weight loss program. Apples can lower the risk of asthma and improve the functioning of your lungs.

Consume food in the recommended daily portion is the best way to a healthier lifestyle. Eat healthy and stay healthy with super foods can assist you in achieving your deal weight.

Happy Weight Loss!

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May 9

Online Dating

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Online Dating

Online Dating Sites have become increasingly popular among Americans and people around the world to find their life partner. These sites have dating systems that provides individuals, groups and couples to make contact and to communicate with one another via the Internet.

The main objective of these Online Dating Sites are to develop a personal romantic relationship but mostly people make used of these sites to find their soul mates. These sites provide unmoderated matchmaking via the Internet through the use of cell phones and personal computers.

Online Dating Sites require the prospective member to register and to provide them with personal informations about themselves before they are able to search and match them with other members basing on their age range, gender, location, hobbies and interests.

Members are able to upload their photos and browse through photos for their ideal partner. Most of these sites are broad based with members from all walks of life, background and cultures. Some of these Dating Sites offer additional services like online chat, telephone chat, web casts and message boards.

Match.com and eHarmony.com are among the two most popular Online Dating Sites that you may want to check it out for yourself if you are looking for your soul mate.

Happy Dating!

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May 9

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

This blog is specially dedicated to my Mom and all mothers around the world. Mother’s Day is indeed a very specially day for all mothers who have given birth to their offspring, who have raised them and cared for them throughout their life. Today, 9th May is the day we give thanks to our mothers and wish her many more years of peace, joy and happiness in her life.

Mother’s Day is a special day for honoring mothers throughout the world. It is a day that holds great significance for all of us. In England, Mother’s Day is celebrated on 14th March but since today is the day that most countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day so may our fellow English friends joins us all and gives thanks to their mothers once again. For all the upbringing they have done, they really deserve much more.

Respect, honor, gratitude and compassion are some of the virtues that my mom has taught me. Today, I gave them back to her because I give thanks to her for bringing me up and for all that she has done for me. My wish to my mom is, all the joy that she brings to me and to others is return to her on this special day. May today be as bright and colorful as it warms her heart throughout this happy day.

May today be a beautiful reminder of how special she is to me and our family and how very much she means to us. My brothers and sisters join me to give thanks to our mom for all the great things that she did for us. Mom, we love you with all our hearts and may your life be blessed with joy and happiness.

For those who have lost their mom, let’s us all give a few precious moments of silence prayers to them for all the great things that they have done and may they find peace and happiness in their own world.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY !

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May 9
Pet Owner's Independence Day

Pet Owner's Independence Day

Today is Pet Owner’s Independence Day and this page is dedicated to all Fido and dog lovers. Pet Owner’s Independence Day is indeed a day to celebrate with your furry ones for all the love and attention they have given you.

But, what is this day about? Some of you may know the answer but for those who do not know it, then try guessing. Well, it is said that on this day, the owner stay home and their pet goes to work but I am sure dog owners will not want this task from their dog besides it is totally impossible for your canine to be working.

Pets are like babies to us. They are so cute, adorable and fun to have them around us. They do not talk back or argue with you but they are eagerly to please you as often as they can. Imagine the excitement you get from them when you come back home from work. They will be wagging their tail non stop, licking and kissing you all over.

When you are planning your travel with your pet, make sure that you bring along some of their essential items with you like their food and water bowls, toys and towels. One good tip to remember when you are planning to travel with your pet is to pack some peppermint oil with you for you do not want your pet to go dehydrated. Some pets will not drink water that they are not accustomed to. It will be a good practice to try this tip out a few days prior to your traveling. Add one or two drops of 100 percent PURE peppermint essential oil in your dog’s water bowl. So when the time comes for your traveling, you can be sure that you have brought along a little bit of home with you for your four legged one. This will help them feel the sense of home intact. Peppermint oil has an added benefit for keeping your little doggy belly butterflies at bay. It can also help keep their breath smelling good for the journey.

Do this for your furry ones and you can be sure to have a wonderful and fun traveling companion. Your bundle of joy will woof and woof at you for being such an awesome owner.

Happy Pet Owner’s Independence Day!

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May 9

Earth Day

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Earth Day

Earth Day

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. It is on this day April 22 of each calendar year that Earth Day is globally observed by every country on planet Earth. It is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth environment. Many communities celebrate Earth Week with an entire week of activities focused on environmental green.

 

Since the year 1970, people have become more aware of the environment that is around us. Manufacturers are responding with more recycled and recyclable packaging material as recycling numbers are on the rise. Some of the new consumer products innovations are the affordable electric car and the compostable potato chip bag. Globally, we have seen the beginnings of a shift towards alternative energy sources. We are aware of the growing concern over climate change.

On this Earth Day, let us all observe by contributing to a healthy green environment. Eat more vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts and cut off meat for the day. It is healthier, budget saving and also helps to promote the environmental awareness to your children and loved ones. Plant a green plant by giving back to our environment. Drink water instead of sodas and soft drinks for Earth Day. By doing this, not only the environment loves you but your body will love you too. Besides, you can lose some weight if you are doing it for a week and that is a plus!

Go to the farmer’s market and buy a basket of fresh produce, build a compost bin, hang a clothesline and install low-flow faucets for an earth-friendly environment. Spend this evening by switching off the lights, enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner and cuddle with your loved one. Then tell yourself that you have indeed help to contribute to a green environment.

Happy Earth Day!

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May 9

Introduction

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Lilian

Lilian

Hi, My name is Lilian and welcome to my blog. I am a Malaysian Chinese, born in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. I am now residing in Pennsylvania, USA.

Reading is my way of getting knowledge and article writing has always been my passion. This site is dedicated to all readers who are as passionate as me in this field of knowledge and article writing.

I will be writing on various topics and hopefully in time to come, I have articles that cover many subjects that every readers who visit my site will find something interesting that they would like to read. I will also be sharing with you my skill and tactic in writing good articles.

Throughout my site, my article writing will be written in simpler English so that readers of different educational background will find them easy to understand.

Please drop by often and leave your comments at my site. With your comments, I will do my best to improve my site for your reading pleasure.

If you have your own website, please include your link to your homepage and let’s start sharing.

Thank you for visiting my website and I do hope that you have enjoyed reading my articles. Happy Reading!

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May 9

Chinese New Year

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Chinese-New-Year

Chinese New Year falls on 14th February this year and it coincide with Valentine’s Day, so it is double celebrations for the Chinese. It is also known as the Lunar New Year which marks the start of the Spring Festival.

Chinese New Year is the most important festival for the Chinese and it is this time of the year when all family members get together to celebrate. This year is the year of the Golden Tiger and according to the Zodiac, tigers are aggressive, courageous and at the same time they are sensitive. They are also emotional, willful and rebellious.

A few weeks before the Chinese New Year, the Chinese will start spring cleaning their houses and compounds. Red Lanterns and Chinese Banners are hung in their houses to usher in the New Year. It also symbolizes good luck and prosperity. Cookies, cakes are baked and delicacies are prepared for this auspicious occasion. Firecrackers and fireworks are played to scare away evil spirits so that good tidings and chi will be with them all throughout the year.

All brooms and dustpans are kept out of sight as it is a believe that good luck will be swept away if they sweep the floor on the first four days of the Chinese New Year.

On the eve of Chinese New Year, all family members will gather together, usually at their parent’s house for the traditional reunion dinner which is a must for all Chinese household. Only those who are abroad and are not able to make it back home will be excusable. Feasting begins on the eve and open house parties are held for get together of family members, relatives and close friends. Yi Shen is a special and traditional delicacy that is serve during the New Year for good luck. This dish consist of thin slices of raw salmon and shredded vegetable roots and family members will toss this dish with their chopsticks. The higher you toss, better luck will come to you.

Young and old will put on new clothing and shoes as it is a believe that by putting on new things, more good luck will come to you. Children and unmarrried adults will be given Ang Pows by their parents, relatives and married friends. Ang Pows are red packets containing money and Chinese believe that the more you give, more good luck will come to you. Visiting family members, relatives and close friends are part of the itinerary for the day and Chinese New Year is a 15 days celebration. Some Chinese will visit temples to offer prayers to their God for another good and successful year ahead.

Chinese New Year is a colourful festival with Dragon dance and Lion dance performances at huge malls. Some Chinese families arrange for the Lion dance at their home to usher in the Lunar Year, good luck and prosperity.

Gong Xi Fa Cai ! Happy Chinese New Year !!

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May 8

Crystal Apple

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Crystal Apple

Crystal Apple

There is a saying that says, an Apple a day keeps the doctor away. In Chinese Feng Shui, Apples are symbol of peace, harmony and abundance.

Placing a Crystal Apple in the Northeast, Southwest, Northwest, West or centre sector of your living room will enhance good luck, peace, harmony and prosperity in your home.

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