Friday, August 10, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Good things must be shared

Hihihihihi. I'm blushing and giggling as I'm reading this blog post.

Also literally laughed out loud at No.24 (Peter Mankoc). Hihihihihihihi.

Shy giggles. Here you go girls, and some boys. Click here, sit back and enjoy.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Recap: Day 7 of GM Diet

Updates from yesterday, the last day of the diet (vege, fruits and rice day).

Ate: 2 bowls soup, 1 bowl rice, 2 apples, half a watermelon, 5 apricots, 4 peaches, some cabbage, some onions.

Drank: 3 mugs black coffee, 2.5 litres of water.

Activities: 20 minutes walk to and from yoga, 90 minutes yin yoga, 90 minutes vinyasa yoga.

How I felt: Very, very, very good. So full of energy that I decided to do two sessions of yoga. Granted, yin is very relaxing, and not at all taxing.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed: 61.3kg (Sunday's nonsense finally caught up with me today)

So, in all, I've only lost 1.7kg, which tells you that cheating is a very, very, very bad idea!

Though as I said before, my weight is really of not too much consequence, because my tummy has subsided (albeit slightly), and in the past few days, I've been sweating twice as much during yoga classes - which I guess means that my toxins are being flushed away in greater amounts. So it's all good.

Here's a picture of the new tummy. Much better than here, no?

 Oh, guess what I ate to 'break my fast' today?
*drum roll for the meals i have been looking forward to the entire week please*
Spinach omelet for brunch and soy sauce chicken on noodles for dinner.
Some cheese and peanut butter and crackers for lunch, an apple before my Ashtanga class, and chips for dinner. Why?!?!? Because the electricity of my entire neighbourhood was off for 8 whole hours!!! In 36°c heat!!! And my stove depends on the electricity to be alive!!! Grrrrr. And of course, the electricity just had to come back up at 9 freaking 30 PM, just as I stuff the last piece of the SECOND packet of chips in my mouth. *___* 

Click here for Day 1 and Day 2 and Day 3 and Day 4 and Day 5 and Day 6

Monday, July 23, 2012

Recap: Day 6 of GM Diet

Updates from yesterday, also known as the day I caved in to peer pressure at dinner and killed the diet.

Ate: 2 bowls soup (for breakfast & lunch). Then went stark crazy at dinner. Some turkish mezze, some olives, some bread (they came right out of the oven!) dipped in olive oil, a piece of cheese, beef carpaccio, sauteed prawns, some fries (THEY WERE FRESHLY MADE AND TOSSED IN TRUFFLE OIL, PARSLEY AND GARLIC!!! HOW TO SAY NO???).

Drank: 3 mugs black coffee, 2 litres of water, a flute of champagne (I know, I know, hopeless), a vodka tonic (it looks like water, no?!).

Activities: 30 minutes of own style yoga - stretching and sun salutations.

How I felt: Absolutely awesome. Though I must say the oily food didn't sit too well in my detox-ed system, and the alcohol worked it's way into my head a little bit quicker than usual. But I ate and drank what I did, had an incredibly joyful night, so no regrets there.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed: 60.3kg

I must say I'm happy to be back to healthier food today though. Mode: continue on diet plan, swish hair and pretend yesterday's transgressions didn't happen.

 Click here for Day 1 and Day 2 and Day 3 and Day 4 and Day 5 .

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Recap: Day 5 of GM Diet

Updates from yesterday, the dreaded tomato and rice day.

Ate: 6 tomatoes, a cup of rice (uncooked, which equals to three small bowls of cooked rice), almost an entire pot of soup.

Drank: 3 mugs black coffee, 3 litres of water. 

Activities: 20 minutes walk to and from yoga, 90 minutes Hatha yoga, 45 minutes ironing, 60 minutes wiping, vacuuming, mopping.

How I felt: Was about to give up, but persevered. That's it. Gritted my teeth and said "I can do it!" and proceeded to lie down for the rest of the evening and night.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed: 60.5kg

Tonight at dinner, I will need to deviate from the original plan because of social obligations. But will make an effort to order only salad and steak, thus following this version of the diet. Also will refrain from gulping down wine. THAT will be hard.

 Click here for Day 1 and Day 2 and Day 3 and Day 4


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Recap: Day 4 of GM Diet

Listless updates from yesterday, which was bananas and milk day.

Ate: 5 bananas, a bowl of soup.

Drank: 3 mugs milk coffee, 2 banana milkshakes, 2 litres of water. 

Activities: 20 minutes walk to and from yoga, 60 minutes Vinyasa yoga.

How I felt: Waning, waning. Crazy ass hunger pangs. Hallucinated about pizza and pasta and french fries and fried chicken. Stared at a bag of chips in the pantry like a parched warrior. Dragged myself to yoga, felt a little better, then went home and continued to torture myself with pictures of food on pinterest. I just want a simple omelet, dammit! I never want to eat another banana, ever. Tried to sleep at midnight but tossed and turned till 2am because my stomach was screaming too loudly.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed: 61.4kgs. WTH?!?!? All that pain for 0.5kg gain????

Today is tomato and rice day. I hope I don't faint.

Click here for Day 1 and Day 2 and Day 3.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Recap: Day 3 of GM Diet

Hello! Here are the updates from yesterday, which was vegetables and fruits day.

Ate: half a watermelon, a whole cantaloupe, a bowl of soup, an apple, a carrot, a kilo of cherries.

Drank: 2 mugs black coffee, 2 cups green tea, 3 litres of water. 

Activities: 20 minutes walk to and from yoga, 90 minutes Ashtanga yoga.

How I felt: Thought this day would be easier, but felt really weak and listless by the middle of the afternoon despite filling up on lots of melons which made my tummy expand crazily. Almost decided to not go for yoga and stay glued to the sofa, but thank god the class was taught by one of my favorite teachers who only does two classes a week, so I managed to summon some willpower, peel myself off my seat, grab a huge apple and went resolutely. Thank god I did, because it was one of the most amazing classes I ever had. Sweated like a cow, still can't touch my toes without bending my knees, but walked out of there feeling like a new woman.

1. Sometimes the things that you resist the most are the best for you.
2. Having a good, kind, gentle and firm teacher is a priceless gift.
3. An apple snack right before an intense workout session gives you the most awesome burst of energy you could ever wish for.
4. Breathing properly is so important.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed: 60.9kgs.

Today is bananas and milk day.

Click here for Day 1 and Day 2.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Definitely exactly as it should be

 *random recent fave picture of me giving a toast because this post deserves 3 cheers*

I just realized that if I were asked how I would spend every single day of my life if I had all the money in the world, my answer would be: Exactly, exactly, exactly how I spend my days right now. Living in an exotic country, married to the most perfect man for me, having internal (and sometimes audible) debates on what to eat and wear, planning and going on holidays, playing host to loved ones who visit, having all the time in the world to go for yoga classes every single day, reading, writing, loving, laughing. Spending my days trying out ways to be best me I can be.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the life of my dreams. I am truly blessed.

Recap: Day 2 of GM Diet

So following up from here and here, updates on yesterday, which was Vegetable Day.

Ate: 1 huge boiled potato, 2 bowls of soup, 4 little cucumbers, 10 cherry tomatoes, 3 big carrots + a vegetable stew of kimchi (thanks mummy), green chili, green peppers, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes and soya sprouts.

Drank: 2 mugs black coffee, 1 mug ginger tea, 2.5 litres of water. 

Activities: 1 hour walk around the neighbourhood, 90 minutes of Yin yoga.

How I felt: Surprisingly well. Though I did get pins and needles in my feet during my Yin yoga session. I wonder what it is, because I never get it usually. Back at home, and after my 3 bowls of vegetable stew, I was still craving some sugar like crazy, so I popped cherry tomatoes and gnawed on carrot sticks. I cannot stress on how important it is to always have the proper snacks on hand. Like they say, the only way this diet will work is if you're never ever feeling hungry or deprived.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed: 61.4kgs.

Today is vegetable AND fruit day. YAY!!!!!!!! I'm smiling, with my huge bowl of cantaloupe beside me, and the thought of the kilo of cherries sitting in my fridge prettily.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Recap: Day 1 of GM Diet

So following up from here, updates on yesterday, which was Fruit Day.

Ate: 1 whole watermelon, half a cantaloupe, 1 prune, 5 apricots, 2 bowls of wonder soup.

Drank: 3 mugs black coffee, almost 3 litres of water. 

Activities: 20 minute walk to and from yoga, 90 minutes of Ashtanga yoga.

How I felt: Perfectly good, until one hour into yoga, when I felt slightly weak and needed to pee desperately. Slept a little earlier than usual. Was not cranky or angry. For someone who scoffs down as much chips and rice and ice cream and instant noodles as she can take on a daily basis, I felt really really good, with no major cravings or withdrawal symptoms at all.

When I woke up this morning, I weighed: 61.7kgs.

Today is vegetable day. Oh lordie.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

7 days

So I've been really, really into yoga lately. I love my classes, and am slowly inching towards touching my toes without bending my knees.

The only problem is that after classes, I get incredibly hungry. And after some days of excruciating pain in class, which I attribute to eating (red) meat the day before, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to limit my diet to lots of rice, pasta and noodles, with veges and fruits. Which leads to another problem rooting in the fact that I eat a lot. Think 3 (BIG) bowls of rice per meal kind of a lot, which has kinda led me to being kinda gutted, pun intended (see pic below, taken just minutes ago).
Okay, so maybe this tummy is not just the result of the innocent rice and pasta consumed in buckets lately. I might also admit that in May and June I kind of went overboard with indulging myself when mummy and pouts were here and when I went home for a holiday. But lets not dwell on how I got fat - since that's wayyyyy too easy. Here, we'll deal with getting better and fitter, and how I get myself the bikini body that I want to achieve by September.

So, to begin with, today I'm starting a 7 day detox program which has worked for me before and has worked for many of my loved ones. Click here for diet plan.

The goal: Have a fit, flat tummy
Start weight as of 17 July 2012: 63kgs (Yes, I definitely am no lightweight. But I have no complexes about how much I weigh. I just want to look strong and lean. Oh, and in case you're wondering, I am 174cm, which puts my BMI at the perfectly average 21.3)

So far, I've eaten almost half a watermelon, and feeling mighty good about myself. Tomorrow, I will share how much I weigh, and what I ate, did and felt today.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

This father's day...

I had a revelation. Everyday's actually daughter's day when you have a dad as awesome as mine.

Thank you for everything daddy dearest.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Asians on the Asian side

Popped over to Kadikoy the other day
Took the ferry from the Besiktas-Kadikoy pier: 2 turkish lira for a 20 minute ride
Brunch at my favourite restaurant, Ciya (collage#1)
Had Turkish coffee and tea at the bestest cafe around the area, Fazil Bey Kahvesi
Ate the awesomest Lahmacun for snacks at Borsam Tasfirin (collage#2)
Walked a lot and tried the nostalgic tram
And did what we Asians do best in Asia or anywhere else in the world: camwhore.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

On Saturday

Gozleme at the weekly Besiktas Market.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Another one for daddy

You were missed at dinner tonight.

Love, laugh.


Eat to live

Or live to eat?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bliss is...

coming home from yoga to a table full of mummy-cooked food, 
and eating dinner with my girls.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday: Jalan, Jalan cari makan

Today's weather: Perfect. Breezy, and approximately 23°c
Today's mood: Buoyant and very very very happy
We had a lovely Sunday enjoying a beautiful walk along the Bosphorus in Bebek - Must do
Ate a very hearty Turkish Breakfast for brunch at Gunaydin Rumeli Hisari - Highly recommended
Bought ice creams from Bebek mini dondurma for dessert - Highly recommended
Stopped for coffee at Bodrum Manti Cafe - Didn't try the food, so can't recommend, but it was nice
Talked, laughed and relaxed with my awesome family - Best thing ever


Friday, May 25, 2012

Feeling fillings

Read this on Suanie's blog, laughed so hard, and HAD to share!!!

Q: Char shao pau and mantou went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried, but mantou didn’t cry. Why?
A: Cos mantou got no filling.

Q: Char shao pau and Da pau went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried but Da pau cried harder. Why?
A: Cos Da pau got more filling.

Q: Char shao pau and Kou rou pau went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried but Kou rou pau cried and cried and cannot stop crying. Why?
A: Cos Kou rou pau cannot contain his fillings.

Q: Char shao pau and Lin yong pau went to watch a sad movie. Char shao pau cried and cried but Lin yong pau laughed and laughed. Why?
A: Cos they got different filling.

*Still giggling*

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lunching with the ladies

Jacket: Etoile Isabel Marant/ Polka dotted top: Topshop/ Ciggarette pants: Topshop/
Flats: Topshop/ Bag: Heirloom

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Meet KiToo

So, as you've probably figured out from my previous post, we recently adopted a kitten. I never thought I'd ever have another cat after this experience, but with the sudden abundance of wild kittens in the city, and Hubby's love for their big round eyes, I found myself helpless against his pleas, and have again allowed a furry being with smelly pee and poop to enter my pristine environment.

It took us quite a few days to name him and after getting to know him better, we (*ahem*) creatively came up with "Sticky Too", because like our old cat Sticky, this one's sticky, too.

I'm constantly amazed by the adaptability and affection that animals have to human beings, and how quickly they can warm up to their new environment despite being plucked from their natural habitat just like that. Kitoo (which is short for StickyToo), curled up to us and purred like he's known us forever since the day the hubs brought him home. After two showers, two visits to the vet and three nail cutting sessions where he wails like he's being tortured, he still comes back to us right after each ordeal, curls himself up in a ball on either one of our laps and purrs contentedly as he rubs his head against our palms.

But unlike Sticky who loved me best, KiToo's favourite seems to be his daddy. He wails and cries and runs to the door when the hubs leaves to work, wraps himself up in his shirt when he's not around, and actually runs to the door to welcome him when he gets back from work!

 *with Hubby's t-shirt

There's no end to this story. In fact, I think this might be a beginning of a series of KiToo posts. Meowr!