Get Rid of TV Addiction

Many people nowadays are spending more time watching television. With cable networks, there are hundreds of programs, movies, reality TV, music videos, etc etc that a person can watch every week. In fact with this unlimited choice of programs, there are hardly enough time to watch them all. Many parents complained that their children watch too much television nowadays. Sometimes kids or even adults will spend considerable time watching television that it becomes seemingly addictive in nature. Surveys conducted have found that the average person watch about 4 hours of TV everyday. So how do we get rid of this bad behavior of watching mindless TV programs on the tube?

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First of all, we need to choose our programs on TV carefully. This involves planning your schedules with the help of a TV guide. Choose the particular programs that you want to watch and not mindlessly switching channels on the TV. Once you have selected a particular TV program, enjoy the watching it, and thereafter turn off the TV immediately thereafter. So you need to plan and monitor your TV schedules and programs on a daily basis. Doing this involves lots of discipline and it will definitely cut the amount of hours per week watching TV.

Secondly, take time off every day to engage in some form of physical activity. It can be a walk in the park, a ball game, an organized outdoor activity with friends or simply engaging in other hobbies. This will help to focus the mind and body on physical task or exercise and reinforce the right values of time and priority. For example if a person is overweight, he could make a commitment to go for a walk in the park and work out his body for 45 minutes before he is allowed to watch TV. So discipline and commitment is essential.

There is a direct link between obesity and watching TV. Many people who are obese spend hours sitting on the couch watching TV. Watching TV is a passive activity. So eating your favorite snacks while watching TV is a natural thing to do, both of these activities compliment each other perfectly. Many TV addicts find it hard to resist watching TV while in their living or bedroom. So the best way is to get themselves out of the rooms where there is TV to a place where there is no TV. I know a friend who took a part time job so that he could get rid of his TV addiction. Frankly I think it is a smart move. Not only is he getting rid of his TV addiction, he is also putting more money into his bank account every month. He told me that he is now more engaged physically and mentally with people, responsibilities and the real world. So for adults who have TV addiction, you could follow his method.

Simple Plain Porridge

Porridge is a food that can be eaten at any time of the day. To millions of Chinese, porridge is as important as eating rice.  When we eat plain porridge, it is normally served together with either sweet peanuts, salted egg, salted dried fish, pickled lettuce or century egg. There are also other variation of Chinese porridge. The commonly types available in food stalls are chicken porridge, fish porridge, pork porridge, century egg porridge and peanut porridge.  I think one of the reason why popular is so popular among the Chinese is that it is a light meal that is easy to prepare, eat and nutritious. In fact many people who are sick, especially the old folks prefer to eat porridge rather than rice.

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Simple Porridge or Congee

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When I prepare porridge, I will use Thailand white fragrance rice and wash the rice thoroughly in water. I will stir the grains with my hands until the water turns murky white in color and will rinse the water away. When the uncooked rice has been thoroughly clean, I will add water into the rice cooker pot. I use the Japanese rice cooker with a porridge function. It is very easy to use as the rice cooker is programmed to cook porridge or rice congee without any fuss. You can of course prepare porridge using the traditional stove pot or slow cooker, but you need to check on the progress to ensure that it is cook properly. There is no perfect way to cook porridge and you can actually change the texture of the porridge by the amount of water that you add ( start with less and you can later add more if you want ) and the time duration. Anyway, you simply experiment it until you get the ideal porridge that you think is right for you.

Sometimes I enjoy eating porridge with a plate of sardine, fried onion eggs and Chinese bread stick called youtiao ( you char kway). Porridge can also be a very nutritious meal for the sick and weak. I would recommend cooking porridge with mushrooms, ginger slices and chicken or fish porridge with slices of fresh fish, ginger and mushrooms. I have also seen  porridge cook with ginseng and chicken for those who needs vitality and strength.

Make $5 in 10 minutes

There is a marketplace for gigs and services that you can provide and earn some small money. Providing these gigs will not make you rich but if you have some time to spare, why not make some small change to pay for your lunch or dinner. The marketplace for this site is Fiverr Prices of gigs are priced at US$5/- and Fiverr will take $1/- as their fee.  That will leave you with a profit of US$4/.

So what can you do to provide a service for $5/-. The answer is practically anything and everything that you can think of.  For example you can read someone palms, shave your head, share a home made recipe, make someone laugh, help to upload pictures, write an essay, give out advice …….. etc. The gigs are separately into different categories so that you can put your gigs in the appropriate categories for easy search by the users or buyers. Buyers who bought gigs can provide feedback on the services that they have bought. A positive feedback on the service provider would mean that he/she is reliable and trustworthy.

To make Fiverr work for you profitably,  first check out the popularity and ranking sections and have a feel of what gigs are popular, and how other sellers market their gigs. Learn from their strategy and tuned it to make it work for you. Remember that your gig must be easy to do and deliver on your part. You do not want to spend 3 hours working on a gig or a service that pays for only $5/-.  Time is money, and you need to treat your time as a precious resource. In my opinion, you should not spend more than 30 minutes in servicing a gig. An example would be – ” Discover a easy method to get rid of pimples and have a clear skin in 7 days.” In this gig, you can write it a proven method that you can share for a clean and pimple free skin using Microsoft word document or in PDF format with added photos or a video. So when someone buys your gig, you simply attached the relevant file using Fiverr internal email system and deliver it to your buyer.  For subsequent orders of the same gig, you can served the buyers in a matter of a few clicks of the mouse. Do remember that you need to have a Pay Pal account in order to be paid by Fiverr for your services.

Start thinking what gigs you can provide; and you can make some money using only 10 minutes of your time through Fiverr

Bathroom Vanity Basins

Nowadays I notice that the vanity basins found in many new hotels are the above the counter type. Perhaps this type of bathroom vanity basin is gaining popularity because of its attractive design and layout. Of course there are still the traditional semi recessed or drop in type basins around which are equally attractive as well. Many of the basins that I see are pure white in color and this gives the impression of cleanliness and it contrast the dark or black vanity top beautifully.

My preferred choice of a vanity basin should be one that is round in shape, spacious in size and with a easy to use tap.  When choosing a vanity basin, make sure that it is durable and easy to clean. Try to choose a basin that is stain resistant and requires low maintenance. There are now basins that are made from stone composite materials; which has the natural beauty look. The size of the basin is actually limited by the size of the vanity top, which again depends on the size of the bathroom. If you have a spacious bathroom, then you have the luxury of having a spacious top and a large vanity basin.

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Bathroom Vanity Basin

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The next important item is the choice of tap for the vanity basin. I feel that the choice of tap is a very personal thing. Choosing a tap is almost like going to a clothing store to choose your personal outfit. You can ask anyone – be it your wife/husband. parents, kids or anyone sharing the home with you about the choice of taps; and you will get a different answers and selections. Each of us have our own personal liking for a particular tap for our basin. But irregardless of shapes or designs of the taps, it is important to choose a quality tap. The tap must be easy to use and be able to accommodate the water pressure in your home. Everyone hates a tap that leaks, even it is a single drop of water – so even if you have to pay a little more for a quality tap, just do it. Taps that are made in Europe are more expensive than from China. But I really love some of the European brand taps. as they are of good quality and really beautiful design.

Eating Fruits for Weight Loss

A friend of mine who is overweight had told me that he wanted to try a new diet to reduce his weight. He says that he will eat only fruits for lunch everyday. His daily meal will consists of a light breakfast, a selection of fruits for lunch and a normal dinner. Normal dinner for him consists of chicken, fish, vegetables and soup. Due to the long hours of work, he has hardly time for exercise. So does eating fruits only during lunch time for purpose of weight loss work?

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Eating Fruits for Weight Loss

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I think that eating fruits as a replacement meal may not work for the purpose of weight loss.  My reason is because many fruits contains a high level of sugar content Even though some people may argue that the sugar found in fruits are natural sugar, it is still basically sugar. Common fruits like water melon, papayas, honey dew, durians, etc have a high level of sugar content. My method will be to have a vegetable soup and a small slices of fruits for lunch if I want to lose weight. Of course, I believe that it is important to exercise everyday for at least 3 times a week. In our quest to reduce weight, we should not go overboard with one particular type of food but to look at variety of food that can bring a wholesome benefit to our overall health.

Anyway, after one month of experiment with his new method of dieting, there is hardly any reduction in weight loss, even though he claimed that he is now more healthy. Perhaps it will take many more months before he can see progress in his weight loss program; but eating fruits does bring benefits to his health so long as it is done in moderation. I did advice him to eat more vegetables, mushrooms and nuts; and eat less of fried chicken and curry. One thing I am sure is that eating too much of chicken rice, fried chicken and curry does make us fat and put on more weight. Because it happen to me about a year, and my weight increase by 5 kg because of all these delicious food. Daily exercise has helped me tremendously to maintain my optimal weight and also strengthen my muscles and body. In fact, I have found that daily exercise had helped me to become more alert and less fatigue.

Wrought Iron Gate

My friend and I were at a showroom that specializes in the installation of wrought iron gates. She wanted to install a strong and durable main gate in her new home. Nowadays, you can find many companies selling wrought iron gates. How can we ensure that we are getting value for money? After all, a good wrought iron gate can cost from a couple of hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on size, quality and design. If you insist on made to order special design gate, it will definitely cost more. The key to buying a good gate, be it iron, aluminum or wood is to visit as many dealers as possible; and ask as many questions as you want.

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Wrought Iron Gate

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Personally, a good wrought iron gate must be strong and easy to maintain. If I would to climb on top of any of the bars on the gate, it should be able to hold my weight or the weight of an average adult. The metal and joints should be rust proof and anti-corrosion as well. Metals will corrode when expose to moisture, salt, acids and oils. An anti-corrosion coating on the gate will help to prevent the occurrence of such corrosion. Certainly we do not want to see rust appearing on the gates of our homes after a few years. A good wrought iron gates must also have a good locking system. There are many companies that sells gates with a low quality locks. What is the point of installing a strong gate in our home when the lock of the gate can be picked easily be a thief. In order to cut cost, many dealers will install locking system made in China. Many of the China made and China brands of locks are inferior in quality. The lock will be worn out by a few years and you need to replace them as it becomes faulty. Most dealers are willing to install a good quality lock system made from Italy or United States if you are willing to pay more, because it will definitely cost more if the lock is a high grade type.

A good iron wrought gate will easily last more than 10 years. So it is important to pick a quality wrought iron gate with a top grade locking device for your home. Never compromise on safety and quality, even though it will be more expensive.  Because with high safety and quality gate, you will enjoy a peace of mind in your home for many years to come.

Mulberry Jam

There are so many variety of jams in the market. Most common types of jams are Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Raspberry, Black current,  Traditional Kaya and so on. Normally I will buy different types of jams each month; but I will always have the peanut butter and tradtional kaya jams in my fridge. These 2 types of jams are what I describe as ‘core’ or essential jams that I must have.  I was pleasantly surprised to find Mulberry jam being sold in a health exhibition and I bought it straight away. It is hard to find Mulberry jam being sold in even large supermarkets or even bakery stores.

The sales staff who sold this Mulberry jam told me that the Mulberry jam  is from Taiwan He has made a Mulberry drink from the jam and it taste very delicious. The taste is somewhat similar to Ribena drink. The selling price for one glass jar of Mulberry jam is RM29 which is quite close to US$9.50 for a net weight of 600gm. It is quite expensive for a fruit jam but it is worth the price. Once the glass jar is open, the jam needs to be stored in the refrigerator. I told the staff at the booth that they should look into selling this jam through supermarkets and bread chain stores.  The price of this jam should also be lower by 20% so that more consumers can afford to buy this jam.

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Mulberry is used in Chinese medicine as a tonic for the blood. The Mulberry fruit is good for the treatment of weakness, fatigue, anemia, and act as a tonic to nourish the blood.  I understand from my friend that Mulberry fruit is good for the maintenance of healthy hairs and it contains of Vitamin C and minerals. After eating Mulberry jams,  my appetite has improved tremendously; and I feel more energetic too. So this is one jam that I like to stock up in my fridge everyday but the problem is of course the difficulty in getting it, as it is not commonly available in major supermarkets.

Moringa

I was at a exhibition in Malaysia and noticed a interesting booth selling health product. It was selling a health supplement drink which consists of extract from the Moringa tree. For those who are unsure what on earth is Moringa, it is sometimes known as the Miracle tree.  The Moringa tree is commonly found in Asia and its entire parts of the tree can be used for different purposes. The leaves of the Moringa tree are highly nutritious and is high in vitamin c, potassium, iron and protein. The roots of the Moringa tree can be used to treat fevers, epilepsy, rheumatism, etc.  In traditional medicine the Moringa tree is also used to treat erectile dysfunction in men and increase sexual virility in men and women.

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Moringa Beverage

I took the opportunity to understand more about this health supplement by asking some questions. The health supplement is sold like a beverage in a large bottle. The brand name is Lactovida and there is basically 2 types – the normal and the premium. There are many photos of current Malaysian Prime Minister and the former Prime Minister Badawi visiting the booth being displayed. Since this health beverage is so well marketed in Malaysia, I decided to try and asked for a sample drink. I was given a small cup of Moringa beverage and the smell of the beverage is like herbal. The color of this Moringa beverage is dark and after I put into my mouth and drank it, the instant response was that I dislike the taste of this herbal beverage. It has a strong herbal and sour taste.  Immediately  I took a bottle of mineral water from my backpack and try to flush down the awful taste from my mouth. The person at the booth told me to not to do it and to refrain from drinking any water for 10 minutes. He told me that the smell of this beverage will disappear from my mouth after 10 minutes; and thereafter my mouth will be fresh and without any bad breath. In fact, one of the useful remedy that this Moringa beverage is to remove bad breath from our mouth. So after 15 minutes later, I discovered that the awful taste in my mouth was really gone. I even asked my friend whether there was any bad breath on my mouth and the answer was No.

I believe Moringa is a good food supplement and it does help our body Bto be stronger and healthy. I will find out more about this wonder tree and see what other Moringa products that I can buy in the stores.

My First Post – About Life

This is my first post on my new site – beginningless.com  Frankly I haven’t really thought what main topics I would like to post on this site. My interests in life is about health, food, internet marketing, money, and travel. So I will be writing on these these topics most of the time. But I will also post anything that is interesting; and I take a slow and leisure view on how this site is going to grow.

I can see that lots of people are quite stressed out nowadays. When I sit and chat with my friends, inevitably the topic of money, rising cost of living, stress in workplace, family life and health are normally the topics of discussion. Money will always be a pressing issue with most of us. For those who has lost their jobs, the lack of money will create a major crisis in the family. During the last few years, I have seen so many of my ex-colleagues, friends and acquaintances being retrenched or conveniently removed from their jobs by their companies. What followed after losing their jobs is the lost of confidence in themselves; and at times the feeling of guilty and unworthiness. Luckily, quite of number of them who were jobless are able to secure an alternative employment after job hunting for a few months. Most of them could not get back their previous job status or match the level of their last drawn pay. So if a person is getting say 40% less in pay compared to his previous job, then he must budget and live within his budget and expectations. On a longer term, he could plan and see whether he could move up the corporate ladder again; or look for a job with better pay and benefits.

Support from our family members and friends are important when we are facing a crisis in life. So it is important to keep them close especially during good times, when we have a tendency to forget or neglect our family and friends. I remember clearly a ex-colleague ( called him B ) of mine who had lost his job and have 3 young kids and a wife. His desperate search for job for the next 2 months was fruitless. Eventually he got a job through a mutual ex-colleague whom had moved on to a new company. B was able to get an immediate offer of a job because he was nice and helpful to my ex-colleague when they were working together previously. So the moral lesson here is – We will be rewarded in the future when we are nice and respectful to people around us.