Sunday, December 28, 2008

MEN's HEALTH: Meal Plan

Hi, Next Post for today. Something Worthy to be share to all the bloggers. How to loose your belly by just taking guided meal plan?? Hate to count your calories everyday?? and also thinking about your loss weight program. Well, here some tips i taken from Men's health: "The Belly OFF;Meal Plan" which is guaranteed to loose your weight.

Belly Off! Snacks

At 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., pick one of these snacks:
- Stonyfield fruit-flavored yogurt
- 2 sticks low-fat string cheese


Bowl of oatmeal: 1 cup instant oatmeal, unsweetened, with 20 blueberries

Piece of fruit: A medium apple, banana, or orange

Breakfast beverage: An 8 oz. glass of unsweetened orange juice, 1 percent milk, or a pint of coffee (that's a grande) with 1 sugar and 1 individual packet of cream. (Save yourself 27 calories by substituting calorie-free sweetener and a drop of skim milk.)

Turkey sandwich: 3 deli slices of turkey breast on whole-wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Tuna sandwich: 1 can tuna, drained, mixed with 3 tsp. Dijon mustard on whole-wheat bread

PB&J sandwich: Peanut butter and easy-on-the-jelly on whole-wheat bread

Handful of almonds: 24-28 nuts

Heaping portion of green vegetable: An individual frozen package or normal-sized can of peas, green beans, or spinach

1 glass wine or beer: A 6 oz. glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Don't go nuts, here: Extra calories from alcohol can ruin your weight-loss plans

Seared steak: 1 medium New York strip steak, seared

Chicken breast: Boneless, skinless chicken breast, grilled (George Foreman or otherwise) with 1 tsp. BBQ sauce


Eaten your share of Belly Off! meals for the day, but hankering for more food? Don’t fall of the wagon, and don’t lose hope. Here are some strategies that can help you stick to the plan, as well as a few extra foods you can grab, guilt-free:

Go crazy with carrots:Learn to love carrot sticks—celery, too. Eat about as many you want. The high fiber content will help you feel full before you eat enough to ruin your daily diet.

Add a snack: If you’re of a certain size, our plan is actually a few calories too few. Add ONE extra snack—another yogurt or a pair of string cheeses—to pump it up.

Soak up your hunger: 15 to 20 minutes before dinner, soak up 2 teaspoons of olive oil with half a slice of bread and eat it to control your appetite. Olive oil stimulates the release of cholecystokinin, a gut hormone that signals the brain to stop eating.

Nuts before lunch: The almonds in your Belly Off! lunch have a similar effect. Grab half your handful 30 minutes before you eat the full meal. You’ll feel fuller, faster.

Very easy and simple to understand but the question here; Can We keep up with this healthy diet plan??. For me, I'm still in doubt whether i can cope for 2 @ 3 weeks BUT it's worthy to "make a try". Why say "no" for Your Health purpose. Thinking Forward!!! :p

Friday, December 26, 2008


Hey, ladies and gentlemen, next post for today, Chef Ammerz will talk about Cheese. Have you seen the picture above??Nope, right?? Have you heard "mozzarella cheese"??For those who are big fan of pizza 0r lasagna, maybe they know. what is "mozzarella" actually and what it is made off?? To tell you the truth, i'm not really know about "mozarella" but my eyes are captured by the articles in BERNAMA "Fresh Mozzarella, made in Malaysia" by Sakina Mohamed. i seek The Truth about you.

When it talks about Mozzarella, something like delicious-tasting stringy cheese will come in our mind (actually, the word remarks the Italian delicacies like pizzas). Well, not much people know that "mozzarella" is used in the most of pizzas, lasagna, or served with sliced tomatoes and basil in insalata caprese. For your information, mozzarella cheese is the imported dairy product which comes from Australia (mostly products in Malaysia). Good news for Pizza favoritas, fresh handmade "mozzarella" can be found at Langkawi, Malaysia. The are many types of Mozzarella produced such as Mozzarella di Bufala (Buffalo Mozzarella), made from domesticated buffalo milk, Mozzarella fior di latte made from pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's milk, Low moisture mozzarella, which is made from whole or part skim milkand smoked mozzarella.

Fresh mozzarella is generally white, but may vary seasonally to slightly yellow depending on the animal's diet. Semi-soft cheese. Due to its high moisture content, it is traditionally served the day it is made and it is long-lasting when sold in vacuum-sealed packages. Talking about fresh handmade Mozzarella at Langkawi, Malaysia, the owner is Norzana Ghazali, a 25 year old bussinesswoman married to Michael Bruschi, an Italian Bussinessman who has experience in the world cheese-making. The "mozzela" they made is much more better than Italy made and it is HALAL. They used vegetables rennete to help the coagulation of milk. Many Cheese makers using calf rennet obtained from the inner lining of calf's fourth stomach. If the calf is not slaughter according to islamic rites, than the rennet will not be Halal, thus making the mozzarella Non-Halal product. But, It's Halal now, so, No worries.

The article talks a lot about how to make tastier "mozzarella" and they mentioned the taste might depends not just the milk but also the beef. "Malaysian meat has the best flavour, better than those from Australia and New Zealand. You just have to know how to cut it. Do it right and you'll get optimum tenderness." said Bruschi, Friendly Farms Mozzarella Chef. Their Determination to Produce fresh handmade "mozzarella" should be taken example by Malaysian. Go MALAYSIAN!!

Fresh handmade Mozzarella by Chef Bruschi

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Xmas!!

Hi, great fellas..
Just a few hours, we will enter December 25 which is significant date for a Christian people who will celebrating Christmas Day or Christmastide. The tradition celebration usually fill with a lot of stuffs such as gift-giving, the display of various decorations including Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe (hemi parasitic plants in the order of Santatales that grow attached to and within the branches of a tree or shrub), nativity scenes and more. Santa Clause, common word for everybody, is mythological often associated with bringing gifts at Christmas. Christmas day should bring happiness to every Malaysian and Hope it will bring some fortune for the 2009 year. At last but not least, I would like to wish all my frenZ, MERRY X'MAS..HoHoHo~

Leela, bender and fry would like to say : Merry X'mas

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Privatisation, is it GOOD or BAD??

For the next post, today, i would like to share my thoughts of the Hot issue regarding the "privatisation". What is that mean by the word "privatisation"?? It means the incidence or process of transferring ownership of business from the public sector (government) to the private sector (business). The term used to be understand as the unrelated transactions. First, it is a buyout by the majority owner of all shares of public corporation or holding company's stock, privatizing the publicly traded store. Second, demutualization (click here) of a mutual organization or cooperative to form a joint stock company. That's what i understand from my reading material stuff. So, how this "privatisation" affect the certain markets due to increment of the tendency of free market???

Respond to Tun dr Mahathir post in his blog "IJN privatisation" or "National Heart Institution privatisation", it is well-known that Tun is the pioneer of "privatisation" of Malaysian assets during his era. He mentioned in his blog, "Privatisation" may bring more benefits but this "IJN privatisation" is the wrong thing to do because 80% of patients are poor. He also questioned Will Sime Darby shoulder the burden of losses due to costly treatment and which IJN lossed a lot of money just to make sure people gain their healthy??. That's make sense. Sime Darby should think about their proposal. I know they might be Confidence to gain the people interest but Should they think further of the proposal?? That's how it should be.

Certain Pro-Privatisation, they mentioned that private market more efficiently deliver goods and service than government due to free market competition. In general, the free market will lead to the lowest prices, improve quality, many choices, less corruption, and quicker delivery. Basic argument which is stated that governments have a few incentives to ensure that the enterprises should well run. Government also can raise money from taxation or simply printing money should revenues be insufficient, unlike a private owner. In this case, it seems that government would like to take advantages from the opportunity given by the Sime Darby. This is really unfair if the government act so.

Tun Dr Mahathir with IJN workers: Personal attachment might enlighten some issues to IJN privatisation.

For opponents of Pro-Privatisation, believe certain parts of the social terrain should remain closed to market forces in order to protect them from the unpredictability and ruthlessness of the market. Some of the utilities which government provides benefit society at large are indirect and difficult to measure or unable to produce a profit. Another view is that "privatisation" is not compatible to the government mission for social support. This are certain reasons why it is not practical to certain people. To conclude the above matter, i assumed that "privatisation" has both good and bad quality. It can't be denied that certain public sectors should be privatise to reduce the government burden BUT in IJN case, i oppose the Sime Darby's proposal to take over IJN for their Good reasons. It should not be privatise in any circumstances and let it be our pride to contribute something to the society (poor people).
Check out this website : National Heart Institute

"Datukship awarded to King Khan"

Datuk Shah Rukh Khan, king of Bollywood

Back Again for the blogger. It's been a while for those blog readers. Sorry for not "updated" my resources of reading material. To recover the updates, i will give you a treat by new article. Some thoughts regarding what i read at the last month. Most every Malaysian know about Shah Rukh Khan and he even known as "king of Bollywood". Group of females who even screamed "i love you" to him due to his popularity in Malaysia nowadays. December 6 2008 "Datukship" has been awarded to King of Bollywood, Mr Shah Rukh Khan due to his contribution of promoting Malacca through his previous movie, One 2 Ka Four. Malacca also just being remarked as the world of heritage sites by UNESCO.(click this) The remarkable award has been controversial since the last 2 months due to dissatisfaction of local entertainer by claiming that the award was not belong to the outsider.

Bollywood actor with traditional Black Malay costume and songkok, after he received the title Datukship from malacca state governor, Mohammad Khalil Yaakob

the touchy subject of his private life, it seems like he seldomly travel along with his wife, Gauri Khan(Hindu) these days. Churning gossip regarding his private life can be possibly rift. Well, it might be touchy subject since both of them were different religions (Mr Khan-Muslim, Gauri-Hindu). he did mentioned that “Gauri and I combine both Islam and Hindu religious background into our children’s education,”. That's how it works for them. Additional, Mr Khan also never hidden any facts that he's a muslim and being so proud to be a muslim actor. He even in the middle of shooting film of I AM KHAN which addresses the misconception of muslim by 9/11 tragedy at New York, America.

Well, Mr Khan does not seem to find him in the trouble but accept the "datukship" as the responsibility and on behalf of his fellows actors in India. He did mentioned that he accepted the award and not just for an honour but feel really happy to help promoting malacca to the international film makers. Actually, i do really feel it is Quite OK for the outsider like him being given the award as long as the acceptor feel responsibility to contribute something for the state. Mr khan also mentioned next year, Mumbai team will come to Malacca to identify possible locations for the upcoming shooting movies. Malacca need some catalyst to boost the popularity as the UNESCO-World Heritage sites. More effort should be focused by the state government to promote Malacca to the international appearance. Don't take for granted!! That's important!!