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Zero-Waste Holiday Gift

Advertisements Happy holidays my friends. This year’s gift-giving intention is pro-environment and zero-waste. These gifts are focused on reducing our plastic consumption. Instead of wrapping paper, tape and ribbon, I used Furoshiki wraps. These are square-shaped Japanese traditional wrapping cloths. To stay with the eco-friendly theme, I used 100% cotton fabric, purchased at JoAnne Fabric… Continue reading Zero-Waste Holiday Gift

Easy Reusable Drinking Straws Cleaning

Advertisements Happy that many municipalities are banning plastic straws. These straws are not recycled and end up in landfills and or sea animals’ noses or stomachs.  Not using plastic straws is a small thing that we each contribute. Collectively, it will end up being a big thing. It will benefit the environment and our health.… Continue reading Easy Reusable Drinking Straws Cleaning

Water Saving Holiday Gift Idea

Advertisements Conserving water is paramount. If everyone made even one or two water-wise changes, it would help. Here are some examples of what you can do: 1. Bucket, pot or plastic garbage bin to collect shower water especially when you are waiting for it to warm up. This water can be used water plants or… Continue reading Water Saving Holiday Gift Idea

Qi Gong Infinity Breath 

Advertisements The Dao that can be named is not the Dao This vlog is a simple guided Qi Gong breathing exercise that helps relax and calm the mind. You can do this by standing, sitting, or lying down. Use the position that is most comfortable for you. If sitting on a chair – make sure… Continue reading Qi Gong Infinity Breath 

What To Do With Privilege

Advertisements Do you feel privileged? Should there be privileged? Being privileged implies you were born with societal advantage(s). Some examples of privilege in America are skin color, race, gender, intelligence, athleticism, and the amount of money your parents have.  Which culture you are born in makes a difference too. For instance, Warren Buffet said, if… Continue reading What To Do With Privilege

Rejection and Hope

Advertisements These two commercial buildings inspired this blog. While traveling in Australia, I saw “The Reject Shop”. It made me laugh in the way that when you say, “you are kidding”, in unbelief. It is possible, that, that was the marketing plan – to shock. Imagine a retail store with a name like this America.… Continue reading Rejection and Hope

Happy Feet

Advertisements Eons ago, men were the first to wear high heels. Hooking the heels into the stirrups provided stability while saddled on a horse. Much like our cowboy boots or our bicycle clips and pedals. Today, the purpose of high heels is mainly sexual. Men claim to be more attracted to a woman in high… Continue reading Happy Feet

Toxic People Survival Tips: Be Empowered by Facing your Fears

Advertisements Part 2 of: Dealing with Toxic People Over the Holidays Encounters with toxic people, especially relatives, is a complicated topic. You are invited to a party you want to attend, but the toxic person who is also going will provoke unnecessary anxiety. Social norms use to be to tolerate the abuse from them. Thanks… Continue reading Toxic People Survival Tips: Be Empowered by Facing your Fears

What to consider before posting a negative online review

Advertisements A dentist cannot have a successful practice without a great hygienist. Several years ago, my dentist, an older man with a large-sized abdomen and cigarette breath, came in to perform his biannual routine examination during a dental hygiene appointment. He never spoke much, but the few words he did say were in a falsetto-like… Continue reading What to consider before posting a negative online review

Planned Acts of Kindness

Advertisements “Do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you.” — RBG 2012 In tribute to RBG: Planned Acts of Kindness Everyday I make it a point to let someone pass in front of me in traffic (especially at the on ramp between 405 and 101). It makes me… Continue reading Planned Acts of Kindness

Potential Causes of Trauma

Advertisements DISCLAIMER: THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL CARE. PLEASE CONSULT A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR GUIDANCE SPECIFIC TO YOUR CASE. If this is a clinical emergency please contact emergency services.

Happy Box

Advertisements During this Covid19 shelter in place pandemic, I had the time to clean up my house. I found 3 boxes of things I kept from my childhood. While going thru my memorabilia, it occurred to me there is a real possibility that I could die from Covid19. Looking at all my stuff, I asked… Continue reading Happy Box

Toxic Shopping Cart Cleaner Alternatives and Homemade Hand Sanitizer (Updated 07/05/2020)

Advertisements At my local Trader Joe’s and Sprouts the Cart Cleaning Wipes contain “Quats”. I see people using these toxic wipes to wipe themselves down too! What if it is a pregnant woman using this? What if a baby touches this and then puts his or hands in their mouths? What if you are the next… Continue reading Toxic Shopping Cart Cleaner Alternatives and Homemade Hand Sanitizer (Updated 07/05/2020)

How to Sanitize and care for Your Homemade Reusable Mask (updated 04/30/2020)

Advertisements PART 3 Cleaning your reusable mask properly will be important. You want to retains its effectiveness for as long as possible. Having the removable insert will definitely help the mask’s longevity. Covid19 virus is much more stable in the environment than other viruses which makes it highly contagious. Aerosolized Covid is detectable in the… Continue reading How to Sanitize and care for Your Homemade Reusable Mask (updated 04/30/2020)

N95 and Surgical Face Masks Effectiveness Against Viral Infections

Advertisements During this COVID19 pandemic, proper face masks are difficult to find or outrageously expensive. So why not make your own? As I embarked on my journey to make face masks to donate to health care providers, I wanted to know how much protection face masks actually provide against respiratory viral infections, (part 1), which… Continue reading N95 and Surgical Face Masks Effectiveness Against Viral Infections

Reduce Flu, Cough, Cold and Covid19 Transmission

Advertisements JUST GOOD IDEAS Social Distancing Stay at least 6 feet away from someone who is sick with a (potential) respiratory infection. No more hand shaking. Many cultures don’t hand shake anyway. No more cheek kissing. Proper Hand Washing Good to wash or sanitize your hands after after you come into contact with anything potentially… Continue reading Reduce Flu, Cough, Cold and Covid19 Transmission

Part 4: A Must See

Advertisements National Museum of African American History and Culture For 3 years, I tried to see the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). First attempt, while in DC I tried to get same day tickets but my hotel wifi too slow and weekend tickets were in high demand, tickets were literally gone… Continue reading Part 4: A Must See

Part 3 – Why do Blacks Run from the Police?

Advertisements Two common questions I hear from non black people are: “If a black person is innocent why do they run from the police?”  And this statement, “I am not responsible for what happened during slavery. That happened before my time.” To answer the latter, Black oppression is still exists today in American society. Since… Continue reading Part 3 – Why do Blacks Run from the Police?

Part 2. My Family’s Experience with Racism

Advertisements Near the turn of the 20th century, my grandfather immigrated to Canada. United States was not an option for him because of the Chinese Exclusion Act, formally known as Immigration Act of 1882-1943. The Chinese are the only race ever to be excluded from USA. Below is a cartoon from 1870 which depicts the “Chinese… Continue reading Part 2. My Family’s Experience with Racism

Part 1: An Immigrant’s Introduction to American Black Culture

Advertisements -You can never walk in another person’s shoes-  Part one of four parts – Arrival in the USA April 1992, I moved from Canada to Los Angeles, landing in LAX during the week of the Rodney King Riot.  Welcome to America.  Afraid, I stayed up all night glued to the television. The police had… Continue reading Part 1: An Immigrant’s Introduction to American Black Culture

Finding the Perfect Gift

Advertisements A Holiday Inspiration: Expanding Your Happiness What is a gift? A gift can be a natural talent, an emotion like joy, an object or a service. By discovering your own gifts you are better able to give a gift to another. I was inspired to write this because of the holiday season and at… Continue reading Finding the Perfect Gift

Olive Oil Secrets

Advertisements World’s oldest Olive trees are found in Greece with estimated age between 2000-3000 years old. Drought tolerance, disease and fire resistance has contributed to their longevity. We toured the The Governor Olive Mill on Corfu, Greece.  This particular farm grew the olive variety Lianolia, native to Corfu. It has the reputation of producing an… Continue reading Olive Oil Secrets

Fabulous Greece

Advertisements Our summer trip to Greece was fabulous. We saw the country from the comfort of a 7 day Princess Mediterranean and Aegean cruise ( I know purists will criticize a cruise is not really visiting Greece. But it is what it is). We started in Rome and ended in Athens. The ship was clean… Continue reading Fabulous Greece

Medicare for All: Been There

Advertisements With all this talk about Medicare for All going on, I thought now is a good time present this. It is a myth that “Medicare For All (MFA)”, will cost more. If you do the math, it would actually cost less. Gone will be high paycheck deductions and employer contributions to private insurance companies.… Continue reading Medicare for All: Been There

Vegan Shaming 🙁

Advertisements I recently hosted a 12 person dinner party with the following Vegan Menu: Appetizers– Tomato salsa, guacamole, organic blue corn chips, olives, crackers w vegan cream cheese topped with Seaweed Roe and Habanero salsa, grapes strawberries, popcorn, dark chocolate almonds Main Dish – Homemade vegan burgers with these side dishes: Eggplant Moju, Pumpkin Curry… Continue reading Vegan Shaming 🙁

Step by step guide for Successful Dinner Party for 8-12 people

Advertisements This blog is a step by step guide to hosting a successful 4 hour dinner party. Make everyone feel special by considering your guests’ dietary needs like food allergies, intolerances, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, lactose free, gluten free, etc. You can ask this question in the invitation. You want to be inclusive of everyone’s… Continue reading Step by step guide for Successful Dinner Party for 8-12 people

Iodine in our Diets and Cancer Risk

Advertisements Unfortunately, most Americans are not getting enough Iodine. It is important to get the correct amount because it affects your thyroid function therefore your metabolism. Plus Iodine may help reduce the risk of our most frequent cancers: breast and prostate. (1) Prior to 1920’s, around the Great Lakes, Appalachians and Northwest were known as… Continue reading Iodine in our Diets and Cancer Risk

On Bringing Flight Attendants Gifts

Advertisements It is a very tough job being a flight attendant. They really do work hard with very little thanks or appreciation. Some passenger behave like they are entitled to the service (and this behavior is in public…wonder home they behave at home..). I recommend we all bring them something. Everyone loves a gift. Luggage… Continue reading On Bringing Flight Attendants Gifts

Natural face mask for cleaning and refining pores

Advertisements I bought the clay from Amazon and organic Apple Cider vinegar is sold in most grocery stores. I use a large stainless tablespoon to mix the ingredients. Scoop some clay onto spoon and add some apple cider vinegar about 1:1 (the vinegar has healthy probiotics and the acidity exfoliates). It will start to bubble.… Continue reading Natural face mask for cleaning and refining pores

Forest Bathing In Your Own Home this Holiday

Advertisements The concept of Forest Bathing derives from Japan. The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku. They have discovered that by breathing in alpha-pinene, an essential oil from Pine trees, there is an increase in human Natural Killer (NK) Cells, NK activity and anticancer activity in lymphocytes. To achieve this, it is recommended that you slowly walk… Continue reading Forest Bathing In Your Own Home this Holiday

Vacation in Tibet: See Mount Everest

Advertisements I would like to share with you my journey into Tibet and some of the wisdom I gained from this experience. Tibetan culture is very spiritual. Tibetans believe that there are 3 evils in society: Anger, Greed, and Ignorance. Throughout their life time it is a person’s responsibility to overcome these 3 evils. Tibetans… Continue reading Vacation in Tibet: See Mount Everest

Veterans Day: We Remember

Advertisements In Flanders fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. This is part of a poem that I grew up reciting every year at school in Remembrance of our fallen soldiers. https://www.history.com/news/world-war-i-poppy-remembrance-symbol-veterans-day… Continue reading Veterans Day: We Remember

Chinese “I Will Crazy”

Advertisements Saw this on vacation. Couldn’t stop laughing. Sometimes in the chaos, I feel like “I will crazy” too.

California Recycling Pays

Advertisements Getting kids involved with recycling has so many positives. Environmental awareness. The future of the planet is in their hands. The responsibility of a job. Appreciate the value of money. Interacting with the public as a business person. It’s equivalent to a “paper route”. Years ago, kids would go door to door delivering newspapers to… Continue reading California Recycling Pays

Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

Advertisements That quote says it all. Despite living with crippling ALS his whole adult life, he never gave up. He was a brilliant scientist, achieving such greatness. Let him be an inspiration for us all. Be back in April with more recipes. Busy studying for some exams this month…

Take care of Dry Winter Hands

Advertisements Remember my rule of don’t put anything on your skin that you would not eat. Ultimately anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body. These natural Lip Balms with organic ingredients make great finger and hand moisturizers.  They go on thick. Easy to carry around because they are compact. Good for… Continue reading Take care of Dry Winter Hands

Test your level of Empathy

Advertisements The original title of this blog entry was “Happy Holidays Everyone: Please watch this inspirational video”. But now that the holidays are over, I am going to recycle it. You can use this video to test your level of empathy. Even though I have watched this video multiple times, I still get teary eyes… Continue reading Test your level of Empathy

How to plan your own tour: my experience for our Australia and New Zealand vacation July 2017

Advertisements Every year,  we try to visit a new place on the planet. We get to appreciate a different culture, learn about history and geography. The whole process is extremely educational which can be meditative in itself. This year we decided to see the Aussie Great Barrier Reef and the Kiwi Glow Worms. We wanted… Continue reading How to plan your own tour: my experience for our Australia and New Zealand vacation July 2017

My Friend the Black Widow

Advertisements Just found this Black Widow living right in the middle of my pantry about knee height. When ever I go in, she retreats (thank goodness). She will take care of the Meal Moths which are a nuisance . Spiders live where they can find bugs. No bugs no spiders. She is a blessing ’cause… Continue reading My Friend the Black Widow

I love this mindfulness video

Advertisements Makes me wonder if the opposite is also true..if someone “practices” anger, hate, discrimination, racism etc, does that becomes stronger too? How do we put a stop the latter to become a happier society?

365 Give to be Happy

Advertisements I saw this inspiring Youtube video.  I am going to do this with my kids and challenge you all to do it too. It’s just what our community and country needs right now. Love it!  

Coping with anxiety

Advertisements Anxiety can stem from feeling things are out of your control, events happening around you that you have no influence to make it better….you know stuff like that. One way to cope is to reframe it. Make it something funny like SNL. It’s like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It’s like training for a sport. Practice… Continue reading Coping with anxiety

New thoughts about Depression

Advertisements I like how Marianne Williamson views depression. Depressed people are society’s bellwether. Like the canary in the coal mine. They tell us that something is wrong. We need to support them. See the link to Marie TV interview with her below- This is a powerful prayer that she wrote: Dear God, I surrender to… Continue reading New thoughts about Depression

Garbage in Garbage out

Advertisements Two reasons to eat properly. To avoid excess Calories and maintain ideal your weight. Recognize what is a normal  portion size for height and ideal weight. Majority of people eat way too much. I don’t think people think about portions, they just eat until they can’t eat anymore (more about this later). Over weight/ obesity… Continue reading Garbage in Garbage out

Why be Plant Based (Vegan)?

Advertisements Some people say its so unnatural to be vegan. They look at me if I am crazy or something. Here are my top 3 reasons to be vegan … Health, Humanity and Compassion Health – It reduces inflammation which in turn reduces many of our modern day chronic diseases Humanity – It reduces global… Continue reading Why be Plant Based (Vegan)?

Afraid of Heights

Advertisements The photo is definitely not me but it looks impressive. I am afraid of heights. To those of us who are afraid of heights, we are sensitive people. When I am standing high and looking down, I feel the potential energy pull at me, like it wants me to fall. Its quite a visceral… Continue reading Afraid of Heights

Introduction

Advertisements I recently became vegan or AKA “plant based diet”. Vegan, I guess is too hippie-ish and could turn some people off??? Anyway, it has been life changing. I wanted to share how and why I made this transition with you because it is so healthful. When I talk about this to people, many are… Continue reading Introduction

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