Healthy Misconceptions :

Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it…  don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually.  Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster.  Want to live longer?  Take a nap.  

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies.  What does a cow eat?   Hay and corn.   And what are these?  Vegetables.  So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.   Need grain?   Eat chicken.   Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).  

 Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?  
A:  No, not at all.  Wine is made from fruit.  Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way.   Beer is also made out of grain.  Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one.  If you have two bodies, your  ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry.  My philosophy is: No Pain…Good!

Q:  Aren’t fried foods bad for you?  
A:  YOU’RE NOT LISTENING! !! …..  Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil.  In fact, they’re permeated in it.  How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?  

Q:  Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.  

Q:  Is chocolate bad for me?  
A:  Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!

Q:  Is swimming good for your figure?  
A:  If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q:  Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?  
A:  Hey!  ‘Round’ is a shape!  

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And  remember:
‘Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – Chardonnay in one hand – chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘WOO HOO, What a Ride’    

AND…..

For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.  

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.  

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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A birthday gift ~ book fan

There are people who indulge in chocolate binging or cookies or even ice cream, when they have an anxiety attack or depression. In my case, I use it to as an excuse to shop !! Oh yeah, but I’m sensible, I would almost never spend on clothes and stuff, my spending is limited to craft supplies or books or decoration or stuff like that .. art related.  (which in truth is as bad if not worse !! )

For almost the past two weeks, We have been confined to the house with studies and more studies, it seems life has almost seized to exist apart from that chore. So yesterday, I took the kids to this huge book fair at the Dubai Airport Expo ! Lo and behold, the place was a books paradise. Books on just about everything and most importantly “C R A F T S !!  Which is somehow difficult to find in Dubai.  Books on rubberstamping, glass painting , collage, mosiac, quilling etc. Very rarely, do we Oh, I could’nt believe my eyes. We completly got lost in the mountains of books on discounted prices. Perhaps I did go a wee bit overboard … OK So I admit, I went completly bonkers !!! I went greedy and selfish and drooled all the way !!!!!!!  Hey wait a minute, but I did buy the kids two books each ! Ok so they had to haggle with me a whole lot to get it till there. But what was I expecting, I’ll take the boys to a books paradise and they will come away without requesting (crying, being stubborn and may be even threatening ) for even one book ??    

In the end we had 29 books and paid a load !!  

And inspite of all the gloom and doom I felt till last morning, I realized I was feeling much better, but a little guilty  when I started unpacking my precious treasures after the shopping.   Already I saw so many projects, which I am just ready to hit out at. Oh but ofcourse, am just going to wait for Bilal’s exams to get over first. 

I suppose it is like therapy.  Anyways, so I decided to call it MY Birthday Present. From me to me. Its another thing that my birthday’s atleast 2 months ahead ! And perhaps till then there will be quite a few crafty tools that would get into that list of ” Birthday Gift from Me to Me ”  

Graduation blog3

Graduation blog

A poem for my children.

There are some times in life when we find ourselves rather helpless. We want the best for those we love, yet destiny has a different story laid out for us. I stand at cross roads having to decide such critical decisions. I am not certain what the reperussions would be on my boys. 

In my confusion and despair, I felt inspired to pen my thoughts, before I knew it, it took shape of a poem. Its nearly after 20 years that I felt the pain to write a poem today. pain, coz I am one of those people who are inspire to write when hurt and create when happy.  Actually its less a poem but my wish, my hope, my prayer for my boys. A mother is the backbone of a family and she constantly has to remain strong. Sometimes I find myself drifting from my hopes and it scares me.

This poem is for my sons who are bonded for better or worse times, but struggle every single day to fight in this very perfect world.  

  They are all dyslexic.

 

My darling Son,

You are unique,

You are special,

You are capable of everything under the sun.

 

In everything you see, feel and show

You are clear yet unsure

 

My precious one, you will always have me beside you,

We will be brave and fight it thru

 

Darling son, don’t ever let them change you

For your disability is not a failure in you,

I know, struggle will always be your best friend

But better that, than silly boys to tend

 

Sensitive as you are

Mocked as you are

Believe in yourself, believe in me

At your feet, this world will be

 

Let your imagination soar

Let your creativity find its core

Your world is so much more beautiful

While ours full of  mean and ridicule   

You have to climb these biased mountains

No one else but you should be certain

 

You are special

You are gifted

You are God’s own chosen one

Use it to bring comfort to others

Use to show kindness to other brothers

 

I feel miserable when I see you lonely in your class

Then I feel perhaps its coz you are a class apart !

 

Don’t join the flock to be one of them

Make instead your own path

Believe that you have been sent down to fulfill a purpose

Be happy, be grateful, we have one another

It may seem difficult today but the road does go further

 

I am with you today in body

Tomorrow in spirit and perhaps

Another day only but in your prayers

Whenever where ever you are,

 Remember God’s chosen one, you are  

Creative Recycling.

One of my part-time helper (maid)  almost 3 – 4 years back worked for Welcare hospital in Dubai.  She was a young, educated and very tall for a Philipino female.  She worked for the housekeeping department and as such, I had given her some brief lessons on how and what could and should be recycled.  For health and hygiene reasons, I do NOT encourage alot many things to be recyled in hospitals.  However, we finally got a hold of these white cardboards that paper napkins are packed in. Once the tissue is place in the toilets, naturally the cardstock is disposed. I asked her to collect these which was really easy coz they would easily flatten out once the tissue was out.

Its amazing how much and how many ways, one can save in,  provided he puts-in that extra effort.  She managed to get atleast 50 to 60 every fortnight, which was great. 

The first birthday that we actually celebrated for Bilal was a dinosaur themed one. He was in Grade 1 at the School of Research Science.  For  Games, room decoration, give aways, Invitation cards, everything possible  related to that birthday had in someway or the other, used those cardstocks.

It is such a shame that I dont have photos for that particular birthday !!! I had three little boys below the age of 4 and not anyone to help out with that preparation. Infact in the birthday too, I WAS the only adult for almost 15 kids !!  Hubby took care of little Eman who was too tiny, while mama did just about everything. That was probably the last party I did for the boys ! It was a blast and I think, the sucess of that party prompted many more private parties being organized.    

Just so that you could understand what the give way box would look slightly like, I made one last night. Ofcourse those all had different elements of the theme and this one is a plain and simple one. 

goody box

goody box

 

 

 

blog cardstock

Tell me your thoughts.

Recycled Art to inspire.

I’m one of those compulsive “junk hoarders” who believes there’s a use to everything created.  Hence the two sheds, remember 🙂   A couple of weeks back I spotted this really cool lamp shade thrown away at one of my neigbours.. Oh yes, you will be amazed at the kinda stuff that is ridicously dumped in Dubai. I have unbelievably seen things without a scratch thrashed out !!!!  And for someone who is a firm believer in recyling, it breaks my heart. Why not just dump it in the recycling bin instead of the garbage ?  I really feel its a crime, when you see, scores of people in the world without even the basic essentials, and here people shamelessly dump good usable, non expired stuff – why ? Beats me !! I guess we are all alittle spoilt and maybe some of us have had their 2-day-fill of what ever MUST-HAVE  item that was !!     

Well anyways, theres hope as long as there’s naush.  And there’s naush as long as my garage can take it. I have found a fantastic service here, where once you leave your past treasure to them, they then donate a whole lota that stuff at the labour (worker’s) camp. Thats a blessing indeed. To think of it,  what seems so useless or old to us, could very much be an essential a fellow has been saving hard to buy. Serves both purposes.

Ok, So going back to my story, I find this lamp shade, which is definetly designer, going by the beautiful finish and gorgeous material used. I was lost for ideas for sometime but waited for the inspiration, until, Bilal told me that he needed to give a small token of appreciation-kinda gift to one of the senior girls in his school who had helped him out initially. This girl is graduating. Voila .. A DOOR HANGER ? A Placard ? or maybe both …

The lampshade was made of a beaded silk fabric which was stiched to this almost-plastic brown carboardish base. It was perfect to serve the purpose.

The butterfly symbolizes the free spirit in a person to dream, to achieve. The two flowers are the two hearts that will be one, one day and ofcourse the beautiful metallic key is determination which is the key to any sucess. I love this quote and hold on to it dearly. What better way to inspire ???           

     

To inspire

To inspire

 

Well while I WAS at it, I got stormed by several ideas ! Afterall the sky is the limit when it comes to possibilities !!

Here’s the next one :  

chick to chick

chick to chick

 

do let me know your thoughts too ..

Altered Cookie Tin ~ Tiny Treasures

Although the first one of these that I had made was for my best friends 4th baby boy !  I liked it enough to make another one similar to it.  The one I gave my friend had a blue base. This one of course has a pink base. I had it packed with new born baby goodies, moisturizer, oil, powder and a couple of napkins. It can be used later on as a baby keepsake. Baby tooth, special dresses, tiny mittens, etc, hence tiny treasures.

All papers used in this project are handmade paper. I completly fell in love with this new ribbon in pink and green. Just wish I’d picked more of it !  

 

Embellished with tiny baby stuffs.

Embellished with tiny baby stuffs.

All papers used are handmade paper.

All papers used are handmade paper.

Handmade Greeting Card

Generally I dont play with a black based card, for what ever reason, i feel uncomfortable thinking, who’s going to want to buy a black based card ?? But I was tempted and I am reasonably happy with the outcome. However Unfortunetly I feel my photograph has not done justice to the look of the card.

Experimenting with black taught me thats its one of the most versatile colors that lets you run any wild color along with it, and it will calm its loud effect. Its like clothes, you can thrown on, a pair of black trousers, and just about any shirt will gel well with it !

Hope you enjoy this card. It has a senti ring to it for special friends.

the black card

the black card

the black card

the black card