Listening To My Body–Top 5 tips to improve the health

I have been under the weather lately, not just a couple of days, but a longer period than that. It’s times like these when the body issues distress calls in the form of flu, cold, headaches, body aches, that jolts me into questioning whether I have been paying attention to my body and how I have been treating it.

I am not an advocate for taking medicine. I have not taken any antibiotics in years. If I have a cold or a flu, I usually tell the doctor I want no medicine as such medicines only suppress the symptoms but do not cure the illness. I particularly detest the painkiller ads on TV, where you see the guy suffering from back pain and taking a painkiller, only to be encouraged to go back to his back breaking work. That’s equivalent to giving some throat lozenges to a smoker with smoker’s cough, to mask the itch, so that the smoker can continue smoking. This is so morally wrong.

The point is, everyone has to listen to their own bodies, and find time to make things right, rather than to take quick fix solutions. Question yourselves, are you working too hard, too long, not exercising enough, always feeling stressed?

Here are my top 5 tips to give the body a break, listen to it for once and regain your health and vitality.

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Meditation / Enjoy a calm and peaceful surrounding

We live very stressful lives in Singapore, often having to meet tight deadline after deadline. This is not something that you should accept as the norm.  People often forget this when they seek out the highest paying jobs, which often comes with greater stress. Know that this takes a toll on health and has an actual impact to your pocket when the medical bills start racking up. My advise to mitigate this stress, is to take some time out to enjoy some peace and solitude. Meditate if you can. Even going for spas or chilling out at a cafe need not be considered just mere luxury, but actually beneficial to health. But if money is an issue, at least find a quiet park or take a stroll around some reservoir. Even de-cluttering your room and decorating it with some calming furniture helps.

peaceful-sunset-wallpaper

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Singtel Easy Mobile Plan – Win a 2 year plan worth $1,560!

Have you checked out the new Singtel Easy Mobile plan already? If you didn’t already know about it, you can read all about it here. I know, it all sounds a little strange at the beginning. After having lived with fixed plans for so many years, why would anyone feel the need to tweak their plans? What on earth is Tweaking anyway?

But here’s the beauty, you DON’T have to tweak the plans if you don’t want. But you HAVE the flexibility in built into the plan, such that should the need arise one day, you can!

And that’s what happened to me last month! I usually need very little call time and I spend most of my phone time whatsapping, instagramming or surfing the internet. But last month, my phone at home decided to go nuts! Instead of having to rush out to get a new home phone, I simply tweaked my plan to give me more call time. Easy peasy.

Now to get you started, how about a chance to win a 2-year Singtel Easy Mobile L plan worth $65 x 24 = $1,560??????? Simply visit this link here by 30 September 2014 and submit your ideas on how to make life easier!

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Mavis’s Kitchen [Australia–Tweed Valley]

For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you might have realised that I was away in Australia on a whirlwind trip over the weekend. Yes, 2 days in the Tweed Valley, south of Gold Coast! And what a jammed packed eventful weekend it was. Can’t wait to tell you more about the entire trip, but first, a quick post on Mavis’s Kitchen, a fantastic restaurant that prides itself on using locally sourced produce, and organic where possible.

In fact, that’s one thing I noticed about being in the Tweed Valley, people place great  importance on sustainability and environmentalism, and what better way than via the food that is consumed.

Mavis's Kitchen

Scroll down to check out more photos of the food as well as the lovely gardens that the restaurant is situated in.

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Di Wei Teochew Restaurant at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Did you know that there is a food court / coffee shop at the Singapore Botanic Gardens? No I’m not talking about the underground one at the front of the Botanic Gardens near Gleneagles Hospital (that closed down several years ago!), I’m talking about the one that’s nearer to the Nassim Gate.

I’ve written about Food Canopy foodcourt before. Since then, a couple of stalls have changed hands. The Thai stall has moved out and in its place is a new cze char/ zi char stall called Di Wei Teochew Restaurant. Although you might be wondering if it is too lofty for a cze char stall to be calling themselves a restaurant, but that’s because I was told the chef, Chef Chew was formerly head chef at Guan Hin Teochew Restaurant where he worked for 30 years! This is Chef Chew’s first venture out on his own. His signature dishes include cold crab, yam ring, yam paste, braised duck and hor fun. Speaking of the cold crab, if memory serves me right, it costs only $15, and a couple of my colleagues have even ordered this as takeaway to enjoy at home.

Di Wei Teochew Restaurant (1)

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Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe

What a mouthful! Chanced upon this restaurant about half a year back and was quite surprised to see a restaurant all decked out in the German/Black Forest theme that I hadn’t heard of prior to seeing it! Finally managed to check it out only yesterday.

I love German food, not just the sausages and the pork knuckles, but also other things like sauerkraut and spätzle. I could eat bowls and bowls of sauerkraut, if only it were more commonly found in Singapore!

Stuttgart Blackforest Cafe (4)

The place is decked out with lots of wood, and they even have a number of evergreen pine trees to make you feel as if you really are in some part of the Black Forest. Actually I think this Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe is more gimmick than good food although I must admit I too was attracted to enter by this interesting looking place.

Granted, the beers are quite reasonably priced, at $15 for half litre, and $18 for 1 litre, but the food menu is painfully limited. If you’ve been to Werner’s Oven in the East or Brotzeit, the menu at Stuttgart is like 1/10th of what would normally be available.

Stuttgart Blackforest Cafe - Single Portion Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut and Potato Salad $18 (1)

Single Portion Pork Knuckle (schweinshaxe) with Sauerkraut and Potato Salad $18

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