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Friday, December 30, 2011

Resolutions for 2012

None.

Because these are the things that I should be working on long term and not just for the first few months of 2012. One thing though, I want to live like this is the last year on earth. Don't you worry, I don't believe in the 2012 end of the world craze. You gotta live life to it's fullness right?

:)


1. Keep a food log.
Just so, I can scare myself by seeing physically how much crap I put into my body.

2. Keep juicing.
I love what it is doing to my body. I rarely feel stuffed up anymore, and I love the fact that it feels me up. In a way, it's a meal replacement :)
I'll be posting on of my favorite recipes soon!

3. Keep fasting once a week.
I've done it for at least a month before Christmas and I kinda broke the Tuesday Fasting cycle. I want to get back into it. No more snacking damn it!

4. Record more covers.
I realized that I almost never do it (although my roomies are pressuring me to), because I am afraid of being judged my my super-singer friends who are subscribed to my youtube account. There's just way more pressure because I don't wanna upload anything that I don't think is close to perfect because it is what I do.
Sigh. I gotta find more ways to do it without feeling conscious.
Hmm... we'll see.

5. Get an agent.
I've been in the city for a little over a year now and I think that it is about time that I get more serious about being seen and submitted for projects. Been doing it myself, and it takes a motivated person to really get it done right. Will be scouting for agents after getting my Greencard (hopefully sooooon!!!!)







I like writing down resolutions just cuz I can see them literally and be embarrassed about not following it.
Lol. Some self motivation eh? I guess it works!




What are you doing for NYE?



Happy glitz and glam! Cheers to the New Years!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Finally!

After weeks of waiting, I finally heard the good news on Dec 23rd that I will be performing in an equity theatre in Philly for the production of Miss Saigon!!!  I can't express how happy I am, and even better, I had my framily to celebrate with on the same night of the Holiday Dinner Party.

I am cast as the female ensemble (gotta start somewhere eh), and I will be understudying the part of Gigi (which is awesome!!!!!!!!)

Now I really gotta tone up to fit into that teeny weeny bikini on stage.


:)


Cheers!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Walker Christmas

Aside from having a marvelous dinner party in conjunction of the holidays, Sam and I headed an hour west to his family's to celebrate Christmas. Just like last year, I got to sing in the choir at the local church which I really enjoy. I cannot recall a Christmas without performing in church. I have been doing it every since I could spit words out of my mouth!! In fact, I think the first solo I had was when I was about 6 or 7 at the First Baptist Church. I was going to sing 'Silent Night' on Christmas eve and being the excited kid I was, I practiced every day until I lost my voice the day of. Boo.
Worst, the pastors daughter who was about a year or two older than I am said that I ruined the entire performance because I sounded like a frog. Hah! How mean kids can be.


Anyways, here's the super tall tree!!


Look at all the presents underneath!
I had a lot of wonderful presents myself this year :)



A traditional Walker Christmas dinner.
Really Juicy Roast Beef, Homemade Gravy, Scalloped Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots, Steamed Broccoli with Homemade Hollandaise Sauce, and Yorkshire Pudding.


 Yorkshire Pudding
The first time I had Yorkshire Pudding was also this time last year when Sam's mum made it for Christmas.
One word, amazing. Must be all the butter. That's why you only have it once a year :)



The pretty table setting. China plates, silverware, and crystal goblets.



Dinner Guests



Look how pretty the tree is at night!
You almost don't see the old school C7 lights anymore now that LED lights took over. 



The best part of Christmas away from the city.
A real fireplace. I love the crackling of the logs and the warmth that it brings. So good. 





Truly, best Christmas in the States :)


3 days till 2012!!!!
Any resolutions?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Through the years, we all will be together,
if the fate allows,
hang a shining star above the highest bough.
And have yourself, a Merry little Christmas now.





Although there is no white Christmas this year, I feel that everyone had a little more holiday cheer in them.
I came home last Tuesday to my roomie feeling super excited that she even offered to give me a manicure just so I could look Christmassy!

I love the glitter on em. Aren't they pretty :)




I must say, this year's Christmas is one of the most memorable ones that I've celebrated in the United States besides the one that was celebrated with my friends in Disneyworld in 2008

I was feeling extremely Christmassy and wanted to do something to celebrate the holiday. After contemplating on what to do and where without dropping a bomb, we've decided to hold a holiday party at DMC's place. Obviously, after spending nights salivating over what I would call food porn, I was extremely excited to have the chance to make something for the hungry crowd. 


Baked Brie with Sundried tomatoes and Pesto in a Puff Pastry.
Super delish. Super easy to make!!! 
I think this will be my go to appetizers from now on until I find something better and easier.
Besides, who doesn't love melted cheese?

Sam described this dish as a 'really rich and yummy pizza'.

Success!



I also made Cheddar Black Sesame Breadsticks.
Ah!!! So darn good!!!
They require a teeny bit more work than the baked brie but this is worth it.

I also made Bacon wrapped Asparagus, which I don't have a picture of. It's really good and easy do make.
We had tonnes of food. After all we are Malaysian, hence we are all foodies. 

DMC made a superb Shepard's pie and Artichoke dip.
Lynn made a Ham, Mac and Cheese (delish!)
Alice brought homemade salad with pineapple chunks and Italian dressing
SueLai bought Peruvian Chicken
Kevin got us Chicken Satay
Cheryl, FooJin and Tony supplied the vodka, wine, and whiskey that got us all shit-faced


We did take the dinner party seriously.
DMC probably is having em leftovers for the next few days!




We played Secret Santa and here I am jumping into the present pile!
I was so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)



My original gift that I picked was an awesome On-the-go-blender.
Perfect for my juicing craze. But it was stolen from me.
My second gift that I picked was a pair of headphones and 2 movie tickets!!!



Mr. Sammy and I :)


Cheryl Love and I.
Gosh, I cannot imagine this party without her. 
Thank you for such a fun time hunn!!!!



My dear sister and I. 
I thank God that I have you as a sister. Really, I wouldn't be where I am without you.
MUAH!


From left:
SueLai, Kevin, Lynn, FooJin, and I after dinner



Here's the clan!


It was such a wonderful time.
I can't trade the best company in the world, the best homemade meals, the alcohol (omg), everything was perfect. Thank you all for making this happen.

This was also the 2nd time in my life that I woke up with a hangover. Mind you, I almost never get drunk. 

I guess we did eat, drink, and be merry :)











Happy holidays everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa!!



Thursday, December 22, 2011

3 years ago

I played Marcy Park.




One of the best shows I have had the most fun doing. Hopefully I will do this again one day.


Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Casserole

I've been feeling the need to bake and cook so much lately. Maybe because I have a lot of time on my hands now compared to a couple of months ago. Honestly, I would cook more if I had all the money in the world to buy the most random ingredients. I know that they are usually not as expensive, but imagine having to buy 12 different bottles of spices just to make one dish! Ah, so much you can do if you have money.
Unfortunately, I don't.


Anyway, I came home today feeling like I need to make something that would fit the cold season. Something easy. Something... CHEAP.



Spicy Italian Sausage, Peas and Oven Roasted Tomatoes Casserole


It doesn't look as good here because of the the color of the peas. But it is awesome alright!


Ingredients;

1 Tb spoon of Olive Oil
1 Tb spoon of Sweet Butter
1 box of pasta (I used tri-colored Fusilli)
4 Spicy Italian Sausages
1 can of Sweet Peas
4 Tomatoes
4 White Button Mushrooms
3 Dried Chillies
1 (5.3 oz) Fat Free Yogurt
1 Tb spoon Black Sesame Seeds
1 Tb spoon Flax Seeds
1 Ts spoon Salt
1 Ts Grounded Black Pepper
3 Tb spoon Parmesan Cheese
As much Shredded Mozzarella Cheese as you want ;) 

*Pre heat oven at 350 degrees*
1. Dice Tomatoes, Slice Mushrooms
2. Boil Pasta
3. Heat Olive Oil
4. Remove skin from Sausage, saute in Olive Oil and add Mushrooms
5. Cut Butter into pieces and spread around Casserole Pan.
6. Mix cooked Pasta with Yogurt, Sesame and Flax Seeds, Dried Chillies, Salt, Pepper
7. Spread Tomatoes on the bottom of the pan.
8. Add Pasta on top of of Tomatoes.
9. Add Sauteed Sausage and Mushrooms on Pasta.
10. Add as much Mozzarella Cheese as you would like and top it with Parmesan Cheese.
11. Cover top with foil sheet and bake for 20 mins.
12. Remove foil sheet, and set to broil at 450 degrees for 10 minutes (or until brown).









Casserole turned out way better than I thought it would be.
This only thing I will change is... MORE MOZZARELLA CHEESE!!!!!!


:)




Try it. Super easy.



Cheers.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

You and I

Hey everyone!

One week to Christmas!! Super excited! :)
I just got back from the Candle-Light Service at the Riverside Church on the Upper West Side, had dinner with the family and am feeling super duper Christmassy now. It must be the candles and the carols... and the cookies I baked yesterday!

I love this time of the year. It makes me feel like doing two completely different things:

1. Curl up in the warmest pajamas and coziest blanket with candles, cookies, hot chocolate, and someone to cuddle with.
2. Dress up in the prettiest party dress (yes,the one the hides your winter fats) for a night out with your favorite people in the world, flutes of prosecco, hor'dourves on a silver tray, chocolate, and Christmas carols.

I know, contrasting. But doesn't it sound tempting? :)



Anyways, here's a short video of a cover of Lady Gaga's YOU and I.

Enjoy!!




Feel free to share and comment!



Cheers and stay warm!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Inspiration

I question myself every once in a while on why am I pursuing what I am doing right now. As much as I love being on stage performing and releasing my creative juices, I do have doubts and I crave for stability. Why can't I just have that full time corporate job like everyone else? I would have a set schedule, I would have a stable income, I would be... normal.

I see my creativity as gasoline, I fill up my tank, and I keep running till I am low on fuel, then I would have to get a refill (on inspiration and purpose), and I keep running again. I am sure it works the same for everyone else despite different career choices.

I got a call from my roomie at 11am (I had just woke up from a late night), telling me that there was going to be a premier of the long awaited movie that I have been anticipating ever since K sent me the link to the trailer. The Lady is directed my Luc Besson, starring my long time hero and idol Michelle Yeoh. I hopped off the bed, grabbed breakfast, and rushed out of the apartment. The premiere tickets have been sold out for more than a week and I was determined to get my excited-self to the waiting line, hoping that I could get no-show tickets 10 minutes before the show. I was 5th in that line. After waiting for an hour with a long train of people behind me, I managed to get in.

Award-winning director Ang Lee who directed Broke Back Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon gave the opening speech, giving us insights of working with the fabulous Michelle when they were filming C.T.H.Dragon. Apparently she filmed most of the movie with her broken knee in a brace. He also spoke about how he taught her Mandarin for the film. Clearly she was a hardworking actress. She lost a total 14 kilograms for the movie for goodness sake! That is almost 31 pounds!




The 127 minute film was heart-wrenching. There was so much that we could see through her eyes even though there were scenes where she did not say anything. I was telling myself to stop crying before my non-waterproof mascara smears all over my face. She deserves an Oscar for this film. 
I loved that the movie was directed showing the more personal side of the story, the love story, rather than the political aspect of it. I felt that because the theme of the movie is Love, it has the capability of reaching out to more people because it is a feeling, or a value that everyone experiences at some point of their lives, be it the love for their country, their mother, or their child. 
This movie is also extremely relevant right now because of the political changes and the need for revolution around the world right now. Think OccupyWallStreet, Malaysia's Bersih movement, the Middle East's fight for democracy, and etc.





A teeny part of the Q and A




After the Q&A session, K and I made our way through the crowd and finally had the chance to talk to her. I was shaking and star struck. I couldn't speak properly. The words that came out of my mouth was literally, "Hi, I-I am Malaysian and-and I am as-aspiring to-to be an actress........oh.. I jjjJjj-ust wwWwant to let u-u-u know that-that you are-are such an inspiration to-to me."
Gosh! I made such a fool of myself. Had I spoken any longer, I would have cried while I harassed her with my nervous words! It was funny that K was there to witness me slowly breaking down in her awesomeness. It must have been hilarious. Michelle was very kind. She told me to keep trying and work hard.

I'll definitely remember that. 


K., Michelle Yeoh, and I
She is so gorgeous! I look like an ogre next to her :(


I left the night feeling super inspired. I want to do this. I want to make people feel this way. I want to be like Michelle Yeoh. It is not just the fact that she an amazing actress. You could really see her work hard for what she want and that is what I want to be.



"Please use your liberty to promote ours."

“I don't believe in people just hoping. We work for what we want. I always say that one has no right to hope without 
endeavor, so we work to try and bring about the situation that is necessary for the country, and we are confident that we will get to the negotiation table at one time or another.” 

“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.”
 ~ Aung San Suu Kyi

Friday, December 09, 2011

Happy weekend!


Auditions

Hey all!

I feel like I have never actually blogged about my auditions. Weird because that is what I do.
There's a saying that an actor's job is not to act. It is to go for auditions. Acting is the playing part of the job.
So true, many times the audition process is harder than the actual gig!



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I had an audition this week. Well, yesterday.
It's been a while since I auditioned because things were pretty slow (audition season is usually between January-March). Last week I was browsing through playbill and auditions for Miss Saigon caught my eye. I had to catch my breath for a second just because it is not often that I see an audition for a show that is perfect for me. *I can hear it call my name!*

I quickly jotted the date down in my calendar, and planned the song that I would sing.
I told myself that I have to do this perfectly, I want it so damn bad. It is my dream show. My dream role.

Mind you, I have not been to a Miss Saigon audition in the city just because there were always so many people and I couldn't never get seen! How annoying right? I even got typed out of it once. Can you believe it?!


So I woke up at 5am in the morning yesterday (I had warned my room mates that they were gonna hear my cat wailing warm ups), went into the steaming shower, and belted my face off for 50 minutes. I know. Poor room mates. It really sucks to have paper thin walls, but I have no choice. This is my job. When I make more money, I'll get a place that is sound proof. But until then...

I hopped on a bus at 6.10am and got to the audition building at 6.30am. See, in the past, during the audition season, I would be at the door at bloody 7am and I would be number 173!!! So I made sure I left early this time. I was desperate to be seen. As I walked in the door, I was greeted by a friendly receptionist, telling me that I would not be able to enter the building until 8am. Crap. However, instead of letting me wait out in the cold, he offered to let me sit at the back of the building, right by the freight elevator. Awkward, but I had no choice, I didn't want to wait out in the cold.

Thankfully, I brought different reading materials or else I would die of boredom. I remembered waiting in full make up, heels, and no books, no internet on my phone for my first equity audition in the city. I waited for 8 whole hours, and did not get seen! Never again. So I learned through experience. This time, I rolled out of bed, got in the shower, and headed straight there with no make up, looking like a zombie.

I finally made my way into the waiting room. I was the first to arrive. Obviously, there were no other crazy psychos like me to get there at 6.30am since this was only for Miss Saigon. The competition has already been cut in half by the fact that all the female roles are Asian besides one of the lead roles.

At 9.10am, they called out the names of the equity ladies who have signed in. They got in line, and went in for their audition. I was part of the non equity call because I am only an equity membership candidate (I have not received enough points yet), I was second in line for the non equity group (because some sore loser jumped line). But as long as I know that I would be seen, I was fine. Wasn't about to ruin my mood by being calculative.

I finally went in the audition room, gave my music to the accompanist, introduced myself, and sang my 16 bar cut from a cabaret song. The casting director leaned over to the director and whispered something and and then asked me if I had another song, something beltier. Then he said, something for Kim (the lead role). I then sang her big ballad, they told me to stay to dance, I left the room feeling all my nerves in my fingers and toes.

The dance part of the audition went extremely well. I was always terrified with dance auditions because I may be a great mover but I never consider myself a dancer. I guess my 3 months of dancing 16 hours a week paid off. I felt confident in my leotard, tights, and heels as we learned a short technical combination. We were separated into groups of 4 and took turns performing the combination that we just learned.
After they released the girls, while getting back into normal clothes, the casting director called 4 girls (including me) back to the audition room to dance individually. I guess that's a great sign right?



Dance auditions look like this!



It is one of the best auditions that I've had since moving to the city. There wasn't too many people, I took my time, I wasn't sick. It just felt extremely good.



I feel that even if I don't get to work with this theatre company, I am still satisfied because I gave my all and they have seen the best I could give. No regrets.
However, cross your fingers for me. I really want this!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Fwens


I love when friends are here for visits.
Feels like it's a family reunion :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I love romantic dinners. Candles. dessert. Wine. holidays.





25 days till Christmas. I am really broke. does it mean that I have to take up a bank loan to buy presents?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday

omg this made my day







Day 2 of fasting.
So I have decided to make Tuesdays my fasting day. Classes in the morning and I'm trying to keep myself busy after that because I know that most of the time I eat/snack just because I am bored. I probably experienced hunger less than ten times in my entire life. We are such a spoiled generation. Think about back in the day when men had to hunt for food, and that was the only time they would eat. If they don't have a catch, they have nothing until the next time they hunt... or harvest.

I am planning to keep to this intermittent fasting at least till the end of this year and we'll see how it goes. 
December resolutions! 

3 more hours to go!




:)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

I had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend. A super long weekend I must say. I was on vacation from Wednesday through Sunday! No doubt the best Thanksgiving I've had since I've been here.


Pretty turkey out from the oven.
Picture was taken by my dear sister who accompanied me to the Walker's residence.
This was turkey numero uno.
There was a second turkey just in case the hungry crowd of 26 didn't have enough.


A family affair.
Sam helping his parent's draining the turkey juice to make turkey gravy.
The best I've ever had!


Making really good turkey gravy is like making really good risotto.
It requires very little skill but a lot of time and patience stirring and stirring so that it doesn't stick tot he bottom of the pan. Well worth it. 


H'orderves before the 4.30pm Thanksgiving dinner.
This was only half of the variety! 
Hummus, babaganoush, smoked salmon, cream cheese, greek dip, white tuna salad, roasted tomatoes, crudites, fresh mushrooms... So much food!!
I had to consciously remind myself that I have to save room for the actual dinner and desserts!



Funny thing is...
We got so excited come dinner time, we forgotten to take a picture of the amount of food that was served.


LOL.



But obviously, we had the usual Thanksgiving menu.

Turkey, homemade mushroom stuffing, homemade cranberry relish, homemade turkey gravy, mash potatoes, french beans, mashed rutabagas (mmm.. soo darn good), creamed onions, and etc.



Fortunately, Lynn got to snap a picture of our dessert table :)


Heavenly ain't it.
Homemade pumpkin pie, homemade whipped cream,apple cranberry pie, apple crumble, lil 11 year old Maddie's vanilla and chocolate frosted Oreos, vanilla ice-cream, chocolate cake, an assortment of cheesecakes, coffee, and prosecco.


Seriously, how can you NOT get fat?!



Sam Pants and I during the turkey dinner


Big sis Darlynn and I at the dining room after dinner.



The night was filled with laughter, card games, music, and love. A true family occasion.
I felt loved :)



We spent the next couple of days eating glorious leftovers, bonding with the family over more card games, wine, and music. Thank goodness for the great weather, we were able to go for a pleasant walk in the woods to the river, and take fun pictures.


The lil river that we saw during our walks. So pretty and peaceful.




Lil Maddie and I stretching our limbs


Pretending to be a graceful dancer :)
Look how beautiful the weather was!


Lynn who took most of the pictures, playing with Jupi.






I wish I had more pictures. Looks like we gotta make that up the next holiday.
:)





I am thankful of where I am right now.
I am thankful of having the chance to pursue what I love despite how difficult it is.
I am thankful that I am surrounded by the people that I love and love me.
I am thankful for the support I have from everyone.
I am thankful to be alive.




Hope you had a great Thanksgiving 2011.









xoxo






Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day One

Okie. So I have been fasting for about 23 hours.
An hour more to go!
Best part, my dear sister is cooking dinner in front of me so I know that I have something to eat once I get to break fast! And yes, I will not over eat.

The good thing is that I don't feel hunger really. But the feeling of wanting that piece of chocolate or something small and random to snack on is definitely in my head. I also do know for a fact that I love to snack just because I am bored. no good.




I just gotta keep myself busy and hydrated with water. Flush flush flush!





I'll post day two next week. We'll see if I discover anything new :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Eat Stop Eat

Hi world,

I am still here, alive, and well.
I hope I've not been gone for too long.
What's new?

I am still doing the same old. Dance classes, trying to not eat the nonsense that I am extremely attracted to, like chocolate, being healthy, and etc. I think I am doing pretty ok with that so far.
Although, I am still indulging myself in food blogs because of my love for them. Can you imagine that I read up to at least 20 recipes a day just for fun? It's ok. It's just eye candy. That is how I spend my down time. My Sue-Yenn time.
Seriously, I think that my room mate thinks that I am weird. lol.


As most of you who know me personally, I have always been talking about my weight. 
I know, I am definitely not fat in American standards. I am not thin either. However, put me anywhere in Asia, I wear and extra large and I am not kidding you.
Worst, being an actor who is trying to 'make it'. As shallow as I may sound, I understand that looks are everything for me. So, I am not fat enough to be the fat chick down the hallway, neither am I slim enough to be the lead's best friend. I need to pick a side, and I definitely want to be on the slimmer end of the spectrum just because it will open more doors for me. Owh wait, have I mentioned that you will automatically gain at least 10 pounds on camera? Yes, FML.


So, I am going to be trying a new kind of diet along side with juicing. I love juicing by the way, it feels great. I had juices for breakfast everyday when I was back in Malaysia and I felt pretty darn good. I loved the tastes, I love how I felt after that, full but not stuffed, and I know that it is all GOOD, natural, and unprocessed stuff!
After some convincing from a great pal of mine, I think I am going to fast once a week for 24 hours and survive on liquid during that time period. Sounds scary?
*I know mum, you are gonna be calling me right after eating this.



I swear, Asians show their love by making sure that the people they care eats well. Funny thing is that they are also the first to criticize their kids with no shame if they think that they are slightly overweight.



So yes, the EAT STOP EAT diet.
It is basically intermittent dieting once or twice a week. (I will start with one.)



Here is an article about it which will explain the details.

How To Lose Weight Fast With Intermittent Fasting

by JEFF on MAY 20, 2011
Remember to stay hydrated during intermittent fasting, especially if you're active.
Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight while maintaining/gaining muscle mass. It creates many of the same benefits as intense exercise on weight loss…more on this later.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

It is a way of fasting to lose weight that involves cycles of feeding and fasting.
1. Intermittent fasting will not slow down your metabolism, instead it will speed up your metabolism for the duration of the fast. In order for your metabolism to slow down, you will have to fast for 3 days straight (this is not recommended). To read about this study, click here.
2. Intermittent fasting will not cause muscle loss. Instead, you will have more strength during a workout when you are in a fasted state. You will also experience more muscle grains as a result if your diet is structured properly. This is very counter-intuitive.
3. When you go on an intermittent fast, workout, and then eat after, your body will integrate protein and carbs more efficiently. This allows your muscles to recover and grow faster. Check out the study here.

How Long Should You Fast For?

It depends on which method you are following. 24 hours of fasting will give you the most weight loss results. It is not recommended that you fast longer than a 24 hour period. The Eat Stop Eat method involves fasting once to twice a week for 24 hours each time.
Fasting reduces your total weekly calorie intake. This takes off the pressure of counting calories during each meal. It is a very simple method to weight loss that is easy to maintain for the long term.
You don’t have to worry about the yo-yo diet effect that most diets have. Most diets are hard to maintain, once you get off the diet, you lose the results. Intermittent fasting is also a powerful way to break through your weight loss plateau.

Intermittent Fasting Is Natural

From an evolutionary stand point, our ancestors fasted when food was scarce or if they returned from a failed hunting trip. So it’s very possible that our bodies are actually designed to fast occasionally. There are many health benefits to intermittent fasting that suggests this, such as:
  • Slows down aging
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Lowers insulin levels
  • Reduces the risk of various diseases such as diabetes and alzheimer’s
Cycled fasting to lose weight and to improve your health is not a new concept. There have been many human and animal studies on intermittent fasting over the last 18 years. Animal studies began as early as 1943. There was a recent article (2007) by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that explained a lot of these benefits, it was a summary review of 44 different studies.

Intermittent Fasting To Lose Weight is similar To Intense Exercise?

During intense exercise, your body goes into a state that burns fat for energy. The fat in your fat cells turn into free-fatty-acids which are then used as fuel for your body. This process depletes your fat cells and causes weight loss.
During intermittent fasting, your body goes into the same state where you body starts burning fat for energy. Doing cardio on a fast will help you lose weight even weight faster. The video below talks more about this:

Why Fast Once To Twice a Week?

Fasting to lose weight once to twice a week keeps things flexible. You can look good and still enjoy eating out with your friends.

More Benefits to Intermittent Fasting

  • Saves money
  • Burns fat easily
  • Increases your body’s growth hormone production (burns fat and keeps you young)
  • Improves skin qualities (reduce acne)
  • You can continue to enjoy your favorite foods
  • Benefit from fat burning and muscle building workouts
  • Lowers insulin levels and increases insulin sensitivity (makes it more difficult to gain weight)
  • You will have energy and continue to be productive. Fasting releases norepinephrine and epinephrine, which makes you more alert.

Lose The Fat And Keep It Off

The biggest benefit is that intermittent fasting helps you keep the weight off once you lose it. As I mentioned previously, intermittent fasting cultivates insulin sensitivity. It changes your body chemistry so that your body stores less fat. Here is how this works:
Insulin helps your body process carbs and fats, but it also stores excess calories as fat. Over time, your body develops more and more insulin resistance. When this happens, your body needs to release more insulin to process the same amount of sugars/carbs. As a result, the higher level of insulin will cause your body to store more fat.
Cultivating insulin sensitivity causes your body to release less insulin to process carbs and fats. Less insulin means that less fat will be stored. With higher insulin sensitivity, it will be more difficult for your to gain weight in the future.
 

Another source about intermittent diet is the Eat Stop Eat book which you can download from here.




Starting tomorrow. 
Will keep you posted on how I will struggle/survive on water, tea, black coffee, and maybe a small juice for 24 hours.




:)

Wish me luck.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mom.


Right before sending me off to the airport.
I missed the walks around the neighborhood after dinner.
I missed the fruit juices you blend every morning.
I missed you both.

Happy Birthday Mum.

Love you 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Time Changes


A little less than five years since I've embarked on my journey trying to discover who I am and what I love. 
Came home realizing that it would be way easier trying to accomplish anything I want. Even if it didn't, there's always another back up plan just because it's my homeland.
But don't fret, I'm not about to give up anytime soon :)
Let's hope everything works out and pays off eh?


I'm glad that I had the chance to meet up with the people that were a huge part of my life while growing up. I wouldn't be encouraged to do what I am doing right now if it wasn't because of our silly good old days experimenting cheer and dance, developing our love of performing together. 

So many things changed, and yet they still feel the same. In some ways, I feel like 'where have I been the entire time?!', and on the other hand I feel as though I have never left. We still have the same chemistry and passion doing what we enjoy and love.


I wonder where will we all be in 20 years.
Too far ahead?



xoxo






Thursday, October 27, 2011

Photo of the day.



Had my favorite childhood dish.
Felt like I was 5 years old again.





Home sweet Heat Home :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Online Memorial

Everyone knows about Steve Jobs.



I personally visited and read the post-it notes left on the the window panes of the Apple store in Chelsea. I truly agree that this guy is a mover and indeed, he made a huge impact in the technology world inspiring the impossible. This guy has no limits. A revolutionist. A grandma can pick up and iPad and figure out how it works in seconds. That's how simple the interface is, and that's what technology should be about. Simplicity.




Apple just set up an email address for anyone who is interested in leaving a comment about Steve Jobs just yesterday, and now there are over a million posts already.



Check it out. *click*





On the other hand, I wonder if I were to pass, would I make such a huge difference in the world that a mere 10% of all these billions of people recognize me?
I hope so.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Right now,

I have intense craving for a sashimi meal but obviously because I have no money, I can't just walk to a Japanese restaurant to have what I want.

I am exhausted from the physically intense week + weekend.
- Completed 14 dance/ Pilates classes in 4 days!
- Walked 40 blocks downtown at 1am
- Was part of the Occupy Wall Street protest marching from downtown to Washington Square to Times Square from 11am to 8pm on Saturday.
- Helped Clairine move. She lives on the 4th floor with no elevator in the building!

I am having my lazy Monday with only one Pilates class :)



Happy lazy Monday.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I must say, I make a pretty darn good Fusilli Pesto with sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and a tad bit of bacon.

:)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dance



Sasha
So strong. So powerful. So animalistic yet so womanly.
To bad she didn't win.



Melanie
I had tears in my eyes when I saw this video, and it's not the first choreography I saw her and teared.
Her expression and her body language... gah!!




Together. SOO GOOODDD!!!
Goosebumps. Brrrr...





I wish I was at least 10% of what they are.


Monday, October 10, 2011

It just makes everything we worry about pathetic...



I was just being my occasional negative self yesterday because I felt like I didn't have a goal or purpose due to the fact that I couldn't work or do anything for the next couple of months because of my visa status.
After watching this video, I think I just put myself to shame.

Kudos to people who are holding on.

I am fortunate.