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A colorful post

First, few personal notes:

  • I fall down two days ago and now my right hip hurts whenever I make a movement 😦
  • I did my first run in 2011! I’ve been wanting to run outdoor for a long time but the weather and the knee problem hold me until yesterday. I only did 3 miles and I felt them!!! How easy to lose resistance so quickly? (well…. 4-5 months). Bad news: my knee is still not okay. I didn’t feel sharp pain as I used to have after running just 1 mile, but at the end, I could feel that the pain was coming. So I’ll go to the doc and hopefully she can figure out what’s going on.
  • New challenge: cut back on coffee. From now on, I’ll be having only 1 cup (half mug) of coffee in the morning (I was having 3-4 cups daily). I’d like to eliminate caffeine completely but the reality is I like coffee too much to take it away completely from one day to the other. If this goes well, in a month or two, I’ll cut it to 1/2 cup.

Okay. Let’s start this colorful post.

Breakfast: orange + red


oatmeal cooked with pumpkin puree and 1 beaten egg, topped with bean curd with fermented red date



Lunch: black, red, green and purple


sauteed black fungus, asparagus, shiitake, red peppers and vegetarian chicken


brown rice, purple cabbage and edamame cooked in the rice cooker with miso


Dinner: green, red, yellow


stir-fry chinese mustard, mushrooms, red peppers and fresh bamboo (I’m loving it, you’ll see them more!)

What’s missing in this palette? Blue! I consumed it in form of movie. Blue Valentine

Are you a big fan of The Notebook as I am? Do you like Ryan Gosling? I love him! He’s my favorite actor and he’s the perfect lover!

I went to watch it thinking that it’s going to be another love story. Well… yes, it is a love story, but a sad one. If The Notebook is too romantic to be true, this one is the opposite. It’s an elegy for love, a monument to heartbreak.Β Β Blue Valentine understands love, processes it in ways we see in our own lives more than we do on the big screen.

After I watched it, I can’t get it out of my head. ItΒ is both sweet and emotionally devastating. The drama is about a couple whose relationship is warm and fuzzy at first but then grows cold and bitter over time. It is a reality check and it shows precisely what I talked about yesterday, marriage is not just about passion and feelings; if other things don’t match, failure is guaranteed.

Maybe not everyone wants to see a reality-check movie, one that shows the dark side of love and marriage. But I really like it. If you decide to watch it, I wouldn’t recommend you to go with your loved one.

Q: who’s your favorite actor?



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I’m improving

First thanks for breakfast ideas… I’m going try them because my recent breakfast combo has been monotone and boring (corn/yam + soy milk).

After rambling about my current non-routine/messy life style, I was determined to improve on them. Let me do a quick review:

Eats: checked (I had two meals)

Workout: checked (a great spinning class)

Work: checked (went to school for TA duties)

Sleep: failed 😦 (went to bed at 1AM)

T0-do list: failed (haven’t started yet)

But overall, I’m improving, right? πŸ™‚

The two meals that I had

Lunch: brown rice + millet with sauteed greens and mushrooms


I love love mushrooms, both fresh and dry~~~ Do you know that they’re full of antioxidants? An anti-aging power house! πŸ˜€


Dinner: rice+ millet with chicken soup


The soup is made with black chicken, black fungus, shiitake mushrooms and red dates. This is a very nutritious soup for women. I try to have it once a month (right after “that” time).


and I managed to limit snacks intake to just two things: steamed chestnuts and chocolates (a lot of them)


they come shelled


soooo delicious~~~

and this is my current selection of chocolates! Last Sunday Star and I went to Target and I said: I want chocolate. His hidden shopaholic spirit ended up with this slot. I can’t complain πŸ˜‰


And I had Bulgarian White Rose Mask


I really like this mask because it has a lot of serum, it’s gentle and the mask adheres easily to the face.

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Q1: Do you use facial mask? What’s your favorite?

Q2: What’s your current favorite snack?



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Being flexible & homemade food

I haven’t post about homemade food for few days. That doesn’t mean I didn’t start cooking. Although not big meals, I slowly started to visit the kitchen more often πŸ˜‰

Yesterday I worked all day long, first time in 1.5 month 😯 and I was exhausted by the end of the day. Actually after working just two hours, I wanted to quit, but I wouldn’t allow my laziness to pull me back, so I made this wonderful coffee and continued. I ended up working until 5 PM planning to go to the gym at 6.15PM, but laying down on the coach for 30 min convinced me to take a day off. Although I knew I’d feel better after working out, I just didn’t feel like going and preferred stay at home with Star and watch TV. I’m glad I learned to be flexible with myself. Being highly disciplined also means highly inflexible and it is not always a good thing. πŸ™‚

okay. look this beautiful capucchino with perfectly steamed milk with dash of cinnamon. I made it at home!!! πŸ˜†


and here’s my secret weapon: a manual steam maker



poor the hot milk


“work” (pull and down) for 1-2 min and voila, steamed milk


pour over the coffee


and add cinnamon if you like capucchino


I’ve been having this combo for breakfast over a week: homemade soy milk, steamed yam and 1 kiwi.


a lot of veggies dishes!

sauteed chinese mustard with oyster mushroom


sauteed broccoli with tofu, black fungus and dry scallops


served with brown rice and barley


in another day I made sauteed Brussels sprouts with black fungus and shiitake


steamed egg


with rice


oh….. Star and I played some childhood table game too. I won (obviously ;))!!!


Q1: Any weekend plan?

Q2 (totally random): How many hours do you sleep per day?


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