Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Qigong

What is Qigong or Chi Kung? Tai Chi is a part of Qigong. There are a few branches- Shaolin- martial arts. I have been reading about Qigong and found it to to be beneficial for health. You know me, anything considered good for health sibuklah nak belajar. The research on Qigong started before puasa. I found a few means of taking up Qigong.


The first article I read on it was by Dr Amir Farid, a gynae. Found his website on http://www.superqigong.com/. He has a 2 days seminar coming up in Dec 1 in PJ, which initially I thought I would join.. But the price is a bit steep for me RM 700. And in December- banyak commitment what with the road tax etc. There are also classes conducted by him and another in Plaza Damas at around RM350 a month.. Sigh.


A colleague of mine told me she took up Qigong a few years back but she started to feel bad vibes - you may attract bad chi and you have to like, deflect them so she didn't continue. She took the class for just 10 ringgit a month.


I found a well received course on consisting of DVDs and book by Ken Cohen, Essential Qigong Training Course which cost around RM400 . There is also another Beginner's DVD which had good reviews costing around RM 60.


A while back Shila send me an email on article on the Star. I called and last week I got an email that they'll start the class on November and it's on weekends and weekdays- in Kepong and TTDI. Cost RM500 a month!!



Last week there was an article in the Star about the matter. This time volunteers, who had 'graduated' conduct classes with the master at community halls, schools in Puchong, Kajang, Mines, PJ etc. Cost around RM 30 a month. Initially you'd pay around 100 for uniforms and annual fee. Sounds promising. But the class starts around 8 at night weekdays- and since the nearest is Puchong, I don't know sempat ke.. kena berlabuh somewhere for maghrib and jam ke puchong tu at that time? Selalu masuk highway terus to KLIA.



The next day there was another article in the Star - a master from China will conduct a Qigong class. Ramainyalah yang jump in the Qigong bandwagon. I didn't ask for details.



Searching the net , I found the was a Qigong class in Lake club Putrajaya by a muslim master from China. Sounds interesting. Called lake club kata member aje boleh join and they don't know when the next class will be held.



I have bought two books on Qigong two weeks a go - one by Eliae Linwood- tak clear sangat and difficult to do the steps from the photograph in the book, ( altho she did mention that a master qigong should not charge so much for a class ) and another by a malaysian lawyer - Indispensable Qi gong for people on the Go, who had severe osteoporosis and was cured. The latter included a VCD on the stances mentioned in the book. While it is small , it is quite good . I t went straight to the stances, nothing about the history, or what is CHi- there was a foreword by Dr Amir. The book or VCD didn't show fluid movement from beginning to end- just a stances to do, for high/low blood pressure, when you are sick, while travelling, for constipation. I did A few- ok jugak especially the sick part- cleared up my blocked nose and cough- plus I took ginger, honey and lemon juice every morning. Ubat dr tak usik pun.





I have also read an article on the net about the possibility Qigong involving Jinn etc. Eh? While the article sounds convincing - one muslim convert who is from China debunk the article as the facts were not altogether there. The history was all wrong, the research done in one university couldn't be found. Nevertheless we need to be careful jugak. The article also put yoga down as associating with jinn- some types maybelah.. those involving spiritual or some form of meditation may be against Islam but the physical part of it, I don't think so.



So what now.


I've decided to buy the beginners DVD. I don't want to spend so much and later found, this is not for me. Lagi pun I don't want to go in to class halfway , then stopping because of the distance or timing. After DVD, I may consider attending classes by muslim masters, if the location is ok. Plaza Damas is out of my way, if there is a public transport I'd consider- tak trust nak pi Damansara on my own- may be I'll get DH to sit beside me driving for the first class. 8 o'clock weekdays qigong is definitely out.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Raya Cont


















Fayha taking a peck. Fahim the macho boy


On Tues at Mak z's house- Nasi Lemak, Big Fried Yummy prawns, Brownie's,!!







Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Raya 2007


I took Thursday and Friday 11th and 12th off. Kononnya nak buat biscuit raya. I have three daughters apa lagilahkan. On thursday, morning, Kakak, adik and i started to make the pineapple tart. Usually I'd just kepal2 kan and shape it like the pineapple- easy but the last time i made them tarts was 12 years ago- masa anak dara and this year i thot I'd make a different shape- flower and star. Didn't think it would be too difficult Wrong- Bila masak the thingy went kembang and the jam seems shrunk.. and as I used butter- taste great!! it was very soft and didn't look as nice. Sigh.. here's where DH and I argued. I prefer ok looking but taste nice, he prefers both. Like the sambal tumis- my sambal tumis is well liked my sister, who would insist I cook it everytime we're at my mum's, by my sis in law etc- but DH things it does not look appealing ( huh- translated as tak ada minyak mengenang2 on top- it's because I used less oil).. Anyway..






Because the dough was soft, I had to do the acuan thing while adik put on the jam and kakak had nothing to do. In the end she baked chocolate chip cookies- three adunan no less - and the chocolate biscuits shaped like gingerbread man, stars, flowers and so forth- two adunan. That's my girl!! She was so excited she managed all the measuring, cutting with the cutter(?), and decorating with the help of Tina and Bibik. She finished baking the cookies and her mum still terhegeh2 with the tarts.

The next day, Friday, went to mum's. Mum and her maid cooked rendang, peanut sauce and boiled ketupat, while kakak, adik and I slaved away with the kuih gunting- speaking of kuih gunting- sorry izan for not making them last year. We cut 2 kilos of kuih gunting plus moi had to fry them as well. Well worth it tho.








Saturday, Raya !!! Mum and bro iji went to Linggi for prayers and singgah abah's cemetary. I had ehem- best friend with me so i didn't go. After the prayers, We went to uncle Fuad's, then to my aunt's in Shah Alam. In the evening we went to Mak B's. Yum yum.. Then off to Kluang.. Reached Kluang around 11. Tina didn't want to sleep.


The next morning we went to Mazran's new abode for breakfast. Nice house!!












Continue later

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Selamat Hari Raya everyone

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Forgive me if my words / actions annoy or cause anyone to be angry, menyampah etc. Halalkan Makan dan minum. I will post my raya musings later, with pctures I hope..

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Course, shopping and Nadya's Birthday

On Friday, went to Seksyen 7 SA's to buy ingredients for kuih tart. Thot I'd do them on Sunday as Saturday I had a full day course. Tak sempat !!

On Saturday went to Hotel S**g**s** in PJ. Took the KLIA express from Salak Tinggi to KL sentral and later to Taman Jaya. Passed the Robinsons at Mid Valley. Wish I was going there instead. Punyalah susah nak jumpa the hotel. I am really hopeless when it comes to PJ. I remember the station - saw it when we went to Amcorp mall. But had no idea how to get on to the hotel. A kind soul showed me the way after seeing how tercanggak canggak I was. Ikut jalan belakang. I saw the Ittar college, tak sangka I was actually at the back entrance of the hotel. After tercanggak2 again I was shown the ballroom where the course was held. I was late- what else is new- I should have made sure I caught the 6.30 train from salak tinggi. Bila missed that train had to wait for the 7 o'clock train- reached there around 8.45 instead of 8.30. Boss was already there.. oops..

Anyway although the course was a whole day course- it was interesting tak sedor masa dah berlalu. During lunch time i nipped to Amcorp Mall- planned dah lama - and eversince Haq told me about the the bookstores with cheap books, I had been wanting to go there. So I tottered there. There were at least two stores selling secondhand books, and two other stores selling 1) usual priced books and the other at half priced. I was like in book heaven. As usual when browsing for books I lost track of time- had to take a cab back.

I thot of skipping the last module on white collar crimes and the impact on Economy, but they say I had to stay on to get the certificate- SSM's orders. So by the time I got back home it was 7 and DH and the girls had gone for buka posa, while I had to savage whatever there is in the house- not much- the maid did not cook much. I cooked the sambal tumis requested by sis Ida and when DH and the kids got back, we went to Ampang. Phew

Sunday

Made DH and the kids leave the house at half past 10 for shopping at Me*** J**a. Dapat 150 ringgit vouchers- so apa lagilah.. used it to buy dressses for the kids. Claimed the voucher and a free gift ( DH wanted bag instead of mugs) , then went to choose baju raya budak2. Came out from the store a happy shopper, as I got 80 ringgit cash voucher, a kurma gift and another bag from M**y***k for using their credit card..

Around 6.30 we arrived at Mak B's house. Nadya looked ever so sweet in her purple dress with a matching purple mum. Lana and baby Haiqal was there - Mimi and baby Eusoff!! cute betul!!..

Food was glorious.. Nasi Ayam, Mee Bandung, Bubur Lambuk, Roti Arab, Rojak Buah, Drummets, Briani Daging. Yummy!! Now the PIX.










More picturea at Izreen's Izan's

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

This and that

Last weekend we went back to Kluang. MIL cooked Laksa Johor and I of course went to Pasar Ramadan Kluang for my usual dose of Air Kathira. This time not as good, probably should have bought from a few stalls. Macam rasa green air batu campur only.

Anyways.. bulan posa ni kurang aktiviti other than curl up with a book. I have been doing a bit of research on anti ageing ingredients. These ingredients are always found in anti ageing products

Matrixyl™ 3000 *, a patented firming and de-wrinkling peptide complex designed to promote collagen production and repair deep tissue with visible anti-wrinkle effects
Matrixyl™ 3000 is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and create a tighter, lifted appearance in your skin. A patented ingredient manufactured by Sederma, Inc., it contains two matrikines™, Pal-GHK and Pal-GQPR, which act in synergy to restore and maintain the skin's youthful appearance. Both a firming and de-wrinkling peptide complex, Matrixyl™ 3000 is formulated to promote collagen production and repair deep tissue with visible anti-wrinkle efficacy. Matrixyl™ 3000 displays major and significant improvements in elasticity and tone.


Argireline® is a patented new peptide manufactured by Lipotec S.A. that both reduces the degree of existing facial wrinkles and has been demonstrated effective against their development. Controlled studies have also demonstrated that facial wrinkle depth can be reduced, especially in the forehead and around the eyes, and that Argireline® can prevent apparent facial skin aging.

Hyaluronic acid A substance found in the connective tissue of the body that cushions and lubricates. Hyaluronic acid also creates volume in the face, giving it a healthy, youthful appearance. Alternative to Botox.
Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in the way your skin looks, feels, and functions. A natural complex sugar found in all mammals, it's a major component of the connective tissue matrix in the dermis—the dense, inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis. This matrix is made up of hyaluronic acid as well as two connective fibers—collagen and elastin.

By its nature, hyaluronic acid retains water like a sponge, absorbing more than 1,000 times its weight. This helps to attract and maintain water within the extracellular space, hydrating your skin and increasing its volume and density. Hyaluronic acid is also involved with the transport of essential nutrients to the skin's viable cells. Hyaluronic acid provides volume, helping to contribute to the skin's overall appearance.

As you age and your skin is exposed to environmental pollutants and the sun's ultraviolet rays, your cells gradually lose the ability to produce hyaluronic acid. Studies have shown that older skin typically has lower levels of hyaluronic acid than younger skin. As you age, your skin tissue becomes dehydrated and the collagen and elastin fibers lose their structure, resulting in a loss of skin volume and the formation of the facial wrinkles and folds that are common characteristics of aged skin.Hyaluronic acid is available by injection, but you can also find many oral supplements at health food stores, pharmacies, and online distributorships. It now the in ingredient in antiageing products.Usually extracted from Rooster Comb. There is also Non Animal stabilized hyaluronic acid, from sourced from plant.

DMAE Made popular by Dr Perricone the antiageing guru-precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, DMAE - the acronym for dimethylaminoethanol - is widely believed to increase the firmness and elasticity of skin, when applied topically. It is found in numerous skin creams, and is said to have a "dramatic effect" on "facial sag" and on loose skin on the rest of the body, including "saddle bags" and the dimpling effect of cellulite.Most people notice being more alert and focused within a couple of hours after taking DMAE. The DMAE benefit of alertness and focus can last most of the day. DMAE can be found in anchorvies yes the harmless ikan bilis and sardines.
Makan ikan bilis and sardine ajelah

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ 10) or ubiquinone is essentially a vitamin or vitamin-like substance.It is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance present in every cell of the body and serves as a coenzyme for several of the key enzymatic steps in the production of energy within the cell. It also functions as an antioxidant which is important in its clinical effects. It is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods but is particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. To put dietary CoQ10 intake into perspective, one pound of sardines, two pounds of beef, or two and one half pounds of peanuts, provide 30 mg of CoQ10. CoQ10 is also synthesized in all tissues and in healthy individuals normal levels are maintained both by CoQ10 intake and by the body's synthesis of CoQ10. It has no known toxicity or side effects. What can CoQ10 do for your skin? Theoretically speaking, CoQ10 (in a skin cream, for example) can be helpful. In most people over thirty, levels of CoQ10 in the skin are below optimum, resulting in lesser ability to produce collagen, elastin and other important skin molecules. Besides, CoQ10-depleted skin may be more prone to the damage by free radicals, which are particularly abundant in the skin since it is exposed to the elements. Thus, CoQ10 may boost skin repair and regeneration and reduce free radical damage. Furthermore, CoQ10 is a small molecule that can relatively easily penetrate into skin cells.

Alpha-linolenic acid is a member of the group of essential fatty acids called omega-3 fatty acids, so called because they are an essential dietary requirement for all mammals. Most seeds and seed oils are much richer in the omega-6 fat linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is also an essential fat, but it, and the other omega-6 fats, compete with omega-3s for positions in cell membranes and have very different effects on human health.
Seed oils are the richest sources of alpha linolenic acid, notably those of rapeseed (canola), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed (Linseed), perilla, chia, kiwi, hemp. Alpha linolenic acid is also obtained from the thylakoid membranes of the green leaves of broadleaf plants (the membranes responsible for photosynthesis).[2] Greens, therefore, and animals that eat greens, are often a good source of ALA.


La dida.. Anyway the top 2 ingredients are synthetically produced. Hyaluronic acid are produced mainly from rooster combs- what with bird flu ni safe ke..of course there is the plant alternative but I'm not exactly clear on how it is extracted. Co enzyme Q10, better eat or maybe one could lather soy oil on face- becareful tho , the oil has short shelf oil. Soy is good for skin tightening, I read in one forum. The ALA, cuba lather Kiwi, benefit of AHA sekali but do it at night and make sure you put on sun screen as AHA make your skin sensitive to light. One more thing that tickle me- read somewhere that the tamarind/ asam jawa.
Contain polysaccharides -- mainly galactoxyloglycans.
The active constituents of Tamarind Seed Extract are of great benefit in skin care. Studies have shown that Tamarind Seed Extract significantly improves skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness. In one recent study, Tamarind Seed Extract was found to outperform Hylauronic Acid in skin moisturization, and the smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.
Tamarind Seed Extract is water soluble and is recommended for facial toners, moisturizers, serums, gels, masks. It is particularly useful in anti-aging formulations.