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Those who think they have…

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. ~Edward Stanley

What cake is round, palmed size and is a 1000 calories each?

The answer : A Mooncake!

Are you friggin kidding me? I just ate like half!

peony jade mooncake, mid autumn festival

According to Asiaone, this asian pastry has a whopping 1000calories!

I don’t even want to think about what I have to do to burn them off. I already posted on what it takes to burn off the fast food you eat and this just wins hands down.

For the uninitated, the mooncake is (according to wiki, read more here) ,  a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival /Zhongqiu Festival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.

Luckily for us,  it is eaten only once a year.

How big is a mooncake?

As you can see, it’s not very big, a mooncake is like the size of your palm. (in circumference)

We also have Yam filled mooncakes, or Teochew Orh-Ni mooncake. Traditionally,it has flakier skin and yam paste is used for the filling instead of lotus seed paste. This one is from Peony Jade restaurant and is healthier as it has Premium Fragrant Golden Pumpkin. Pumpkins are rich in α and ß carotenes, as well as folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and others.

Yam mooncakes from Peony Jade

Peony Jade Teochew Orh-Ni Mooncake

They also come in great packaging

Mooncake boxes

Mooncake Packagingthis was given by  a friend, I took out the mooncakes and put them in the fridge.

Check out the official shot here

What it takes to burn off the fast food you eat

OMG! I was surfing and came across this slideshow from iVillage: What It Takes to Burn Off Your 30 Favorite Food Splurges

Just thought I would share a few here, read the rest on the link above.

(All images from iVillage)

The date is out for Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon

Mark your calender for next year 24 February 2013, Sunday.

Registration details should be out by late Sept. Gonna go for it but only the shorter distances as I want to do shopping as well and I certainly can’t zip around Tsim Sha Tsui after running a full marathon!

Visit their site here for more details

Benefits of Bikram Yoga – Posture 4 (Gururasana/Eagle Pose)

benefits of Bikram yoga

Credits to bikramyogavancouver.com for photo

The eagle pose is a great pose to practice as it is the only posture in the series that opens up 14 of the largest joints in your body.

Benefits of eagle pose:

  • Improves flexibility in the hips,knees, ankles and the rest of your joints.
  • Supplies fresh blood to the reproductive system and sex organs,  plus the kidneys and helps clear up reproductive problems

 Personal take:

Usually you are supposed to put your palms together like in the picture above, but I choose to interlock my fingers like in a prayer instead as it is easier for me. I always experience a deep feeling of compression when wrapping one leg around the other.

Sometimes, losing your balance is inevitable as you struggle to balance all your weight on one leg but it sure feels good when you do it correctly. It is usually after this pose that you are allowed to drink your first sip of water so hang in there!

The art of irritating me

What’s the one thing that hits your raw nerve?

I posted a while back on the 7 top pet peeves at the gym but this is more for everyday life.

Women talking in shrill voices?  The sound of nails scratching on the blackboard?

Everyone has something that gets them.

These are mine, what’s yours?

12 ways to irritate me

1)     Making me repeat myself a few times when I know you have heard me. If you don’t have anything to add on or say, at least grunt.

2)     Talking incessantly about yourself while trying to come across humble. Everyone CAN tell which brings me to point 3.

3)     When someone else tries to get in a word or continue from there, you just faintly acknowledge before steering the conversation back to yourself. Not cool.

4)     When returning a call, the other person says hello or yes? and then expects you to continue. Earth to caller, you called me first. State your case, what do you want?

5)     When people step into a crowded train and then once inside take their bloody own sweet time to move in. Other people need to board too.

6)     Standing on the wrong side of the escalator and blocking the flow of human traffic.

7)     Watching shows on your smartphone while walking ever. so. slowly. Go home.

8)     When foreign service staff expect me to speak their native language. Not that I mind if it makes things easier. But when you make it seem like it’s your right and you make me feel bad for not doing so, it’s another story.

9)     When I show you a photo on my phone, it doesn’t give you the right to go through my entire photo gallery. That’s just plain rude. Ask first.

10)Pushing your political/religious/moral/whatever views on me, I respect your opinions but back off.

11)Talking to me during a movie. I don’t want to talk to you even if you are my friend,we can do it later I want to watch my movie. Once or twice is fine though.

12)Ceaseless whining and endless complaining about how boring your life is, how fat you are but eat another candy bar right in front me or how nothing ever goes right. If you are so dissatisfied, do something about it! Trial and error is the way to go.

I know I said 12 but here’s another that just popped in my head.

13)Not getting any of the hints that I am dropping to tell you that I am not interested, that I am becoming irritated but am just too overly polite to tell you so, that you are invading my space and finally make me tell you straight in the face and then giving me the look like you never saw it coming.  Great, I feel bad now.

Stuck…

Haven really been updating this space much at all.

Not in the best of moods of late as health issues and injuries that refuse to heal take a toll.

I want to run but my legs won’t let me.

Maybe it’s a sign that I should concentrate on swimming or cycling instead.

On a positive note, TGIF.

*think i really need a getaway.