Parents’ House Renovation – Day 5



It’s been a long time since the last time our house got renovated, and this time it’s the biggest one so far. Half of the house is being renovated and now the whole family members’ activities are done in a space half of one they used to take up. Stuffed. (^~^;)ゞ

Mom said it probably will take around 2 months. Time goes faster, please ~(=^‥^)ノ God bless our home ♡ Amen.


Good Habbits to Accompany Your Healthy Diet – Taken from WebMD


WebMD is one of my favourite sites in getting informed about healthy lifestyles and tips. Here are some tips on how to boost our diet in losing weight. Psst, you’re not alone, I’m on my way too. Lol~!

1. Add, Don’t Subtract

Forget diet denial: Try adding foods to your diet instead of subtracting them.
Add in healthy goodies you really love, like deep-red cherries, juicy grapes, or crunchy snow peas. Slip those favorite fruits into your bag lunch and breakfast cereal; add the veggies into soups, stews, and sauces.

“Adding in really works, taking away never does,” says registered dietitian David Grotto, RD, LDN, author of 101 Optimal Life Foods, but do remember to keep an eye on overall calories. And don’t forget to add in something physical, too, whether it’s doing a few dance moves before dinner, shooting hoops, or taking a quick stroll.

2. Forget About Working Out

If the word “exercise” inspires you to creative avoidance, then avoid it. Maybe the trick to enjoying a workout may be to never call it working out.

“There’s some truth to that,” Grotto tells WebMD, and once you start your not-calling-it-exercise plan, Grotto says you’ll discover “the way good health feels knocks down the roadblocks that were preventing you from exercising in the first place.”

So burn calories and invigorate muscles by beachcombing, riding bikes, grass skiing, making snow angels, hiking, washing the car, playing Frisbee, chasing the dog around the yard, or even enjoying great sex. After all, arose by any other name.

3. Go Walking

Walking when the weather’s nice is a super-easy way to keep fit, says Diane Virginias, a certified nursing assistant from New York. “I enjoy the seasons,” she says, adding that even when she’s short on time she’ll go out for a few minutes. “Even a five minute walk is a five minute walk.”

No sidewalks in your neighborhood? Try these tips for slipping in more steps:
    * Trade your power mower for a push version.
    * Park your car at the back of the lot.
    * Get out of the office building and enjoy walking meetings.
    * Sweep the drive or rake the leaves instead of using a leaf-blower.
    * Get off the bus a few stops earlier.
    * Hike the mall, being sure to hit all the levels.
    * Take the stairs every chance you get.
    * Sign up for charity walks.
    * Crank the music and get your heart rate up the next time you mop or vacuum.

It all adds up. If you walk twice a day for 10 minutes and try a few of these tips, you may find yourself with a low-impact, 30-minute workout easily tucked under your belt.

4. Lighten the Foods You Already Love

One of the easiest ways to cut back without feeling denied is to switch to lower-calorie versions of the foods you crave. A pizza tastes just as good with reduced-fat cheese, and when you garnish low-fat ice cream with your favorite toppers, who notices those missing calories?

And while you’re trimming fat calories, keep an eye on boosting fiber, suggests registered dietitian Elaine Magee, RD, MPH, author of Tell Me What to Eat If I Suffer From Heart Disease and Food Synergy.

Fiber helps you feel satisfied longer, so while you lighten family favorites, you can easily amp up the fiber by adding a cup of whole wheat flour to your pizza dough, or toss a handful of red bell peppers on the pie.

Don’t forget to lighten the drinks going with that meal. Try switching from high-calorie favorites to diet soda or light beer, or maybe add a spritz of seltzer to your wine.

Hate low-cal drinks? Mix your preferred drinks with a splash of the low-cal option, then increase the ratio as your taste buds adjust. And don’t forget to keep pouring that ultimate beverage, says Magee: water!

5. Because Hydration Helps — Really!

Down some water before a meal and you won’t feel so famished, says David Anthony, an information technology consultant from Atlanta. “Drinking a glass of water before a meal helps me watch what I eat. … I don’t just hog everything, since I’m not so hungry.”

Magee, who also writes the “Healthy Recipe Doctor” blog for WebMD, adds that for the compulsive snacker it’s a great idea to keep no-calorie beverages at hand “as a way to keep your mouth busy and less likely to snack on junk food.”

Going to a party? Grab a low-cal drink in one hand and keep it there. Not only does it make it harder to graze the buffet, but you’ll also be less tempted to sip endless cocktails, too.

Finally, keeping your body refreshed with plenty of water may also help your workout, says Anthony. Staying hydrated means “I can exercise more, and longer, than if I don’t drink water.”

6. Share and Share Alike

With the massive meals served at so many American restaurants, it’s easy to go Dutch — with the dinner plate.

“When we go out, I often share a meal with my wife,” Anthony tells WebMD. “We’ve been known to split a dessert, even a pint of beer. That way, we don’t feel stuffed, and we save some money.”

You can share more than just a meal out. Why not double up on a bicycle built for two? Go halves on the cost of a personal trainer? Maybe split a gym membership?

“When you’re trying to eat better or get more exercise, you can be more successful if you do it with a partner or group,” says Grotto. “The community, the partnership, whether online or in person, it really helps.”

Twice the motivation, without twice the effort — a steal of a deal.

7. Tune In, Tone Up

The American Heart Association knows what we love: television. And they also know we need to get more exercise. So why not combine the two, they ask?

Try dancing to the music when you tune into your favorite music show, or practice some stress-relieving cardio boxing when your least favorite reality contestant is on camera.

During commercials pedal your stationery bike, walk the treadmill, or slip in a little strength training doing bicep curls with cans of your favorite fizzy beverage as weights. Or get inspired to really focus: Put in a high-energy exercise DVD and get motivated by the pros onscreen.

It doesn’t matter exactly what you do, so long as you’re up and active. Aim for at least 15 minutes, says the AHA. But who knows? If you get really engrossed, you just might outlast the last survivor.

8. Size Matters

Eating less without feeling denied is as close as your dinnerware.
That’s because while a small portion served on a large plate can leave you craving more, a smaller plate gives the visual signal that you already have more.

“People go by physical cues,” when they eat, Grotto tells WebMD. We know we’ve had enough because we see the bottom of our bowl or plate. “A smaller plate full of food just feels more satisfying than a large plate with that same amount of food on it.”

And don’t forget smaller bowls, cups, and spoons. For example, try savoring a bowl of ice cream with a baby spoon. Not only does the pleasure last longer, but your body has time to register the food you’ve eaten.

9. Get Involved, or at Least Get to the Table

When your weight loss efforts lead to boredom or too much self-focus, get occupied with something else. “I eat more if I’m bored,” says Virginias, “especially if I’m eating in front of the TV.”
So take a break from the siren-call of the tube, and get occupied with things that have nothing to do with food.

For some, that might mean becoming involved with local politics, discovering yoga, or enjoying painting. Or maybe you want to help a child with a science project, repaint the bedroom, or take a class. The key: Have a life outside of weight loss.

Already busy enough? Then at least eat your meals at the table. “The TV is distracting, and I’m just not conscious of eating,” Virginias tells WebMD. “Once I’m at the table, with a place setting, I’m much more aware of what I’m eating.”

10. Lose It Today, Keep It Off Tomorrow

Finally, be patient. While cultivating that virtue isn’t exactly painless, it may help to know that keeping weight off generally gets easier over time.

That’s the result of a study published in Obesity Research, where researchers found that for people who had lost at least 30 pounds — and kept it off for at least two years — maintaining that weight loss required less effort as time went on.

So if you crave the results reported by successful “losers” like these — improved self-confidence, a boost in mood, and better health — cultivate patience. You may find your way to sweet (and nearly painless) weight loss success.

*    Eat at the same times every day (including snacks). Sure you can’t do this all the time, but some people find that knowing when to expect their next meal or snack makes them a lot less likely to graze. Our body appreciates rhythms, from seasons to tides, so why not give it what it craves?
*     Make only one meal. Instead of making something high-cal for the family and low-cal for yourself, get everyone on the same healthy-eating page. Weight loss and maintenance is easier when everyone’s eating the same thing — and you’re not tempted to taste someone else’s calorie-dense food.
*     Remember that little things add up. So keep eating a little fruit here, some veggies there, continue grabbing 10 minute walks between meetings. Weight loss is a journey guided by your unique needs, so hook into what works for you — and do it!

A Kite Needs Wind


This is just so true… Sigh… I’ve got to remind myself about this all the time.

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

If somebody offers to help you, you take it, even if that help is the form of constructive criticism. Even if that help is scary to accept.

I recently presented some work at a folklore conference.  My study bridges a gap between folklore and my field of professional communication.  I had recently submitted the paper to a high-level folklore journal. The editor liked the concept and asked me to make changes.  I did.  He sent it out for review.  It came back with negative comments and a rejection.  It was disappointing.

But I presented it at the conference anyway.  There, I spoke with an undergraduate professor of mine who happened to be in attendance.  She loved my concept and was surprised at my review experience.  She then told me that one of the people I had cited in my work, a big name in folklore, had been at my presentation.

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Seo Yuri, “Shinhwa, the only guests that SNL producers had to calm down”


I’m not a Shinhwa Changjo but!!! I just can’t deny they are so~ wonderful <3


Seo Yuri (T/N: she’s part of the SNL crew) has picked Shinhwa as the memorable hosts of SNL Korea

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When asked which host on SNL Korea left the deepest impression, Seo Yuri said, “Whenever I get asked this question, I will pick Shinhwa. Because they were the most distracted guests ever.”

“Usually the director would coax and encourage hosts when they are hesitant and request more from them, but the Shinhwa members were enjoying themselves so much, people around them had to restrain them a little. It was probably the first time in SNL Korea’s history that guests were told to ‘calm down please’.”

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Source: OBS

Everyone should have watched this episode at least 324 times, but here’s a clip from that infamous (?) episode to jog your memory:

And one more for the road!


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Re-post: Exercise During the School Day? Yes, You Can!


Mar 24th, 2012 – By Brandi Jordan on The Teachers’ Lounge

Finding time during the day to exercise is challenging for most teachers. Although you are constantly moving, exercise time is hard to find. To help you fit a little bit of exercise into your daily routine, we compiled a few tried-and-true ways, as well as, some unique approaches to exercising during the school day. As always, it is best to consult your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program.

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Recess makes a great excuse for a brisk walk around the playground! With your whistle in hand and your sunglasses on, you can create a walking circuit around the play equipment, across the basketball court, and under the shade trees while keeping an eye on students. Chances are that when students see you walking, they will start to walk with you. Authentic, informal conversations with students and a walk in the fresh air during the school day? Priceless.

 Morning Stretches

Get the blood flowing with some morning warm-up exercises for you and your entire elementary or preschool class. Start the day with stretching exercises like: gently torso twists, reaching for the ceiling with both hands, arm circles, or balancing on one leg. Students may giggle and laugh, but the exercise will get their blood flowing which will make it easier for them to concentrate and learn. Lethargy is not conducive to active learning. You will also feel refreshed and ready to take on the next lesson. Do not hesitate to do this again at slow times during the day; it is an instant pick-me-up.1011-ballet-calf-raise

Calf Raises

Teachers do a lot of standing and it can quickly take its toll on leg muscles. The next time you are standing at the board or observing a small group, try doing some calf raises. Slowly raise up your heels so that you are standing on your toes and gently stretching your calf muscles. Lower your heels slowly to end the move. Repeat the stretch throughout the day when you are standing in line, waiting for the bus, or teaching math class. Every little bit of exercise helps.

Pedometer Push

Experts agree that the average person should aim for at least 10,000 steps per day. The easiest way to track your progress is to wear an inexpensive pedometer clipped to your waistband. After it has been calibrated correctly, it will measure your steps and give you a visual cue to encourage more walking. A great idea is to start a step club with other teachers in the building. Every day participants can log their steps walked while at school. At the end of the specified time, the winner receives a prize like a coupon for a pedicure. Have fun with it and get others involved to make yourself accountable to more than just the plastic pedometer on your hip.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun doing it. Moving even a little will make a big difference. Not only will you be helping yourself, but your actions will be a really good example for your students.

My two-cents: Indonesia and my Philosophical Point of View


I had never been into politics or its issues before I realized I just cannot ignore the fact that I’m a citizen and a part of the society. Since then, I have watched some news and discussions on TV, read some articles and headlines on newspapers, and tried to understand them using my philosophical knowledge.

Anyway, as I has become more aware of the political situation in Indonesia, the folklore figure of Mouse-deer – in Bahasa Indonesia, Kancil – often comes up in my mind. The folklores “Kancil Nyolong Timun” – when the mouse-deer is trying to steal cucumber from the farmer, “Kancil Lawan Buaya” – when it managed to fool the crocodiles to cross the river, often pop up in my mind.

As I learned about archetypes when I had my work of mythological criticism, I knew an archetype named the Trickster, and Kancil – just like fox in some other cultures – carries its traits with him. The Trickster is often embodied by a sly and/or greedy creature which cannot get satisfied by living his life or having what he already has. Getting tempted by more worldly beauties or luxuries, he’d try to break the law – even if it was the law of the nature. Just like Kancil who’d try to steal what doesn’t belong to him, or beat crocodiles while they supposed to be the one beating him. This archetype is also embodied by the Eastern Nine-tailed Fox, and is said to be reflected in the traits possessed by the Western Robin Hood. The Trickster, even though not as flamboyant as the Hero or the Shadow, in some stories is able to – either naturally or forcefully – carry the roles of both archetypes at the same time.

If life is a play, the world is the stage – then what kind of play we are having now in Indonesia? Hm, let’s see. The news in the recent years – I forgot when it started exactly because I used to be ignorant to these issues – has been revealing truths (or at least believed to be ones) of big corruption cases or corrupted projects and companies, and revealing the characters behind them. Let’s just mention some names such as Gayus Tambunan, a civil servant working for the department of taxation, who got caught in 2010; M. Nazaruddin, the secretary of the leading party in Indonesia, who then revealed some other names in the party, and the list of corruptors in the country is just getting longer. Taking a look at their roles and their characters in the cases, those big players carry the traits of the Trickster. Got tempted by money and social status, they made use of their powers and skillfully break the laws to get what they want. If life is a play and Indonesia is the stage,  there are just too many mouse-deers (Kancil) in this country; the storyline is just so unpredictable due to the ever-coming twists caused by the Tricksters’ greeds.

Then can we do something about it? I have found some Tricksters, but I can’t seem to find any Hero; yet, the Hero plays the most important role – a leading character. Just like what I’ve said before, the Trickster, even though not as flamboyant as the Hero or the Shadow, in some stories is able to – either naturally or forcefully – carry the roles of both archetypes at the same time. With the absence of the leading character, the Tricksters are taking the stage over – play around with the story line. Moreover, Indonesia is also struggling to find the Shadow of the play; we don’t know what we are fighting. And so the Tricksters are enjoying their time, and we would never have any idea of how the story goes. Still, losing hope is never an option. I personally think that if we want to make a change, we have to start it from ourselves – let’s not play the Trickster.

Koreans often say: 그냥 제대로 살면 된다. 욕심 내지 마라. (It’s okay just to live properly. Don’t get posessed by your desire). God has created people with differences in many aspects in life; we were born with different roles. Live just properly, and this world will become a heaven. One problem: just to live properly (not idly), without having the desire to have what we shouldn’t have, is somehow not humanlike huh? Indeed, human is a creature full of greeds, to live just properly is actually our biggest challenge in this life. Yet the idea of being proper itself is arguable, this matter is opened for future reflection.

– my two-cents

“Faith” Is Another Term For “Love” In Korean


Every Friday I have a private Korean Language class in my teacher’s house. These days’ meeting, I want to focus on speaking because I still can’t speak sufficiently fluent in Korean. So, last Friday we conducted conversation session again.

You guys know that I’ve been so into trying to understand men these days, haha, so in my latest Korean class, I also talked about that. Learning that I’m trying to trust men, my teacher said, “In Korean, the other word to call ‘love’ is ‘faith’.”

She said, “‘사랑’의 다른 말은 ‘믿음’이에요.” 믿음 (read: mideum) is the noun form of a verb 믿다 (read: mitta) which means “to trust” or “to believe”. That’s why 믿음 literally means “trust” or “belief” or “faith”.

She said, if we think wisely, “love” and “trust” just can’t be sepparated. We won’t be able to love someone completely if there is no trust; and in order to be able to start loving, we’ve got to learn how to trust first.

Geez, I love my Korean class. Hahaha.

That is just so true, isn’t it?! Whew, I feel grateful for I’m a believer and I have religion, at least it’s a good start. Haha. Hm, I think Kim Dong Wan (of Shinhwa) is right; he said he wants his future wife to be a believer, for she might be a good lover too. Because religion requires us to trust something we don’t always see, being a believer is a good way to start loving.