8 ways to make your water taste better

When getting myself a cup of water, I was reminded an article which I read from a Readers Digest issue.

I believe there are some people, whom like me, do not enjoy drinking water simply cause of it’s plain taste. Well, here are 8 ways which one can improve the taste of water. Great ain’t it? I’ve tried the salt adding option. Tasted better than normal water.

SOOOO why not save up money and try out these different ways of flavouring your water instead of going out to buy  packaged drinks? Enjoy!

1. Berries

Try cutting or crushing a few berries, such as strawberries or blueberries, into your water. The water absorbs the flavour of the berries, giving you the distinct taste of the whichever berry that’s used.

2. Salt

Adding a wee bit of salt into water helps your body absorb the liquid at a faster rate. This is because of the electrolytes that are found inside salt. Just do not go overboard with the salt otherwise it might dehydrate you rather than rehydrate.

3. Wine

Ever heard of plum wine aka Umeshu (Umeshu is made from the Japanese fruit Ume)? It’s so sweet that one can still taste the distinct sweetness of the fruit even with one part wine to ten parts water. You can try it with other syrupy liqueurs too.

4. Citrus

Try slicing different kinds of citrus fruits e.g. Lemon, orange, lime, lemon, calamansi ( a common small tropical fruit) and freezing them in ice cube trays. Next, put these ice cubes into water for flavour and well, since citrus fruits contain Vitamin C, those would be infused into the water as well. Healthy, flavourful drink, not that the rest are not healthy.

5. Herbs

Mint, lemongrass, parsley…they’re great for aroma but just a warning, your water might turn a hint of green. If you don’t mind the look, go ahead and try this method. If you wish to, you can try crushing them like berries and adding them into the water for flavour.

6.Ginger

This spice here really adds a ‘zinc’ to your water. it helps with sinuses clears your throat during cold periods when boiled with water and the water is consumed. In addition to that, it helps when you have digestion problems or diarrhoea too.

7. Vinegar

Similar to adding citrus, you will get water with a sour taste infused with Vitamin C. Try it with apple cider vinegar.

8. Cucumber

This fruit adds a refreshing taste to your water in addition to giving off the scent of the fruit at the same time.

Now all that’s left to do is to try it out for yourself XD Enjoy! *sips her saltwater* ahh ~

information taken from: Readers’ Digest Issue November 2010

“Shining Friends”

Humans are social beings by nature, thus companionship is a definite must-have.

Apparently social needs is rank in 3rd in Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs. (yeah, studied a wee bit of psychology before: Consumer Behaviour)

Under companionship there are various levels, ranging from simple acquaintances, all the way to life partners; in between we have something called friendship.

Ah. Friendship. The word itself has a nice ring to it, if you’d ask me. (Just a bit of trivia: the word ‘friendship‘ is derived from the Old English word ‘freondscipe’)

We all have friends, some closer than others, perhaps one or two that we’d always count on to be there for us.

For me, friendship is something that is not to be taken for granted. For they are, in a way, our pillar of support. True friends will always be there by your side to help you up after you fall. Doesn’t always have to be physical but emotionally as well. True friends should be cherished. What true friends are to you, I leave it up to you to decide. But to me, true friends are those who would stand by you and support you as well as your decisions all the way, no matter what others say or do, even if the ‘others’ is the child’s own parent.

(UNLESS the child is doing something dead wrong like committing a crime, breaking the law, drinking, smoking, gambling etc.)

So what’s friendship to you? Feel free to comment and give your thoughts and view on friendship =]

And here’s a video to end off my post ~

Title: Shining Friends

Blood Bond

I was on my way to school just now (as usual) on the MRT train. Trust me. Taking a half an hour train ride to school on a daily basis? It can get quite boring and so, I usually enjoy observing my surroundings. You get to see really interesting things sometime (although mostly it’s people listening to music and playing PSP/phone games)

Today was slightly different. Okay. VERY different. I saw a grandmother-granddaughter pair standing about a few feet away behind me. That already in its way caught my attention. After all, I don’t often see grandchildren with their grandparents nowadays, and definitely not at her age. (She looked perhaps around 18?)

Next to them was an empty seat and I noticed the grandmother was urging her granddaughter to sit and yet she refused. Instead, the granddaughter insisted that her grandmother sat down instead. It was then I noticed one of the granddaughter’s feet was in a bandage. Talk about filial. Awhile later, even though there was an empty seat right opposite, she refused to budge and leave her grandmother’s side. Instead, she continued standing next to her grandmother with her bandaged feet.

I admit. Even though I was half asleep, I was really touched by that act. Let us be honest here. How often do you see filial piety to that extent these days. A granddaughter who refused to sit and instead stay by her grandmother’s side even with a hurt feet.

People these days are getting less family oriented and more work/career oriented. It is a rather sad phenomenon.

Then again, to each his(her) own.

Migration of pictures after Death

What do you think of the idea of posing for a photograph with a dead family member?

During the late Victorian and Edwardian times, photographing dead children was a common practice. Back in those days, medicine was not as advanced as modern ones. Thus, even sickness which is fairly common today could be fatal to infants. Hence, the high mortality rate where up to 3, 4 and even 6 children in a single family died from sickness. Now, we would hardly see such things around us. Thank modern science and technology.

























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MRT Happenings

Hmm…okay this is just a random blog test post to test the sync between my blog and my facebook wall, so hope you all don’t mind it’s random-ness.

Well, just a few weeks ago I bought myself a new bagpack. Completely black and it looks bigger than I am.

I have a habit of putting my bag on the floor if I do not have a seat on the train (which happens almost all the time ) and I end up standing for my train ride to school.

The strange thing is, every time I bend down to pick my bag up, I never fail to earn myself stares. Think they must be scared that I would collapse or something, considering I look quite frail and my bag looks darn heavy, not to mention it is bigger than me in terms of width.

(Actually the bag is a lighter than it looks.)

Honestly that is the most logical reason I can think of. I’m open to any other ideas or suggestions though =D

If I Never Knew You

This is my first dedication post to a person whom, even though was together with me for only five months, has made a really huge impact on my life. He is none other than my soul mate.

Of course, to me, he is more than just a soul mate. He’s also my boyfriend, a brother, a foster father, an excellent buddy, a mentor, my superior…and goodness knows what else.

Throughout this five months we have gone through much together. We have had both internal conflicts (within ourselves) and external conflicts (from outside). Yet, we never fail to hang on tight to each other, hands never letting go and our bond growing stronger with each conflict, especially external ones, which come our way.

I would like to thank him for all that he has done for me. His persistence, his understanding, his care and concern for me…He has given me many things which I have sought for in this life and yet never managed to find.

Even though there has been many times when he has been stressed out by others to break up with me, to the point of him falling ill and causing him mental stress, he still held on tight and not let go.

I admit. I am different from others my age. I can socialize but I cannot seem to find someone who can truly understand me as a person. My real self and not my public self. (Well just a little note, I feel like I can be more natural in public than in my own home but never mind that.)

He is probably the only one so far who can understand me and even explain to me the kind of person I am. And without him, I would probably have never known half of my true capabilities.

It is so sad that he is such a misunderstood person. There are those who see him as a bad person when they do not even know him at all, apart from meeting him once or twice and then jumping to conclusions about who he is. In addition to that, his intelligence and knowledge is quite under-appreciated.

To me, he is like a diamond in the rough, waiting for the right time and right one to help him shine.  I know I will not be able to do much. But I do hope that I will be able to assist in anyway I can to help him.

With him, my life has more meaning and now I have a purpose. I no longer feel ‘dead’ and numb to emotions like I was previously.

This song is thus dedicated to him because I feel that the lyrics really does portray my emotions.

“If I never knew you” from Pocahontas:

Lyrics:

If I never knew you
If i never felt this love
I would have no inkling of
How precious life can be

And if I never held you
I would never have a clue
How at last I’d find in you
The missing part of me.

In this world so full of fear
Full of rage and lies
I can see the truth so clear
In your eyes
So bright your eyes

And I’m so grateful to you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you

If I never knew you
I’d be safe but half as real
Never knowing I could feel
A love so strong and true

I’m so grateful to you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Lost forever
If I never knew you

I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we’d make the whole world bright
I never knew that fear and hate could be so strong
all they’d leave us were these wispers in the night
But still my heart is saying we were right

Oh if I never knew you
There’s no moment I regret
If i never felt this love
Since the moment that we met
I would have no inkling of
If our time has gone too fast
How precious life can be…
I’ve lived at last…

I thought our love would be so beautiful
Somehow we’d make the whole world bright
I thought our love wuold be so beautiful
We’d turn the darkness into light
And still my heart is saying we were right
we were right

And if I never knew you
If I never knew you
I’d have lived my whole life through
Empty as the sky
Never knowing why
Lost forever
If I never knew you

Parenting: Children’s Safety – Is there such a thing as ‘too much’ caution?

I am hitting 20 in a few months and yet I have parents who are still treating me like a kid. Who think I am unable to think for myself. Who think I am a naive and easily influenced person. And that is after I have proved to them that I am not that easily influenced nor am I as naive as they think I am. All these proving are done through actions and not words and yet they choose to turn a blind eye to it. Still insisting on ‘protecting’ me from the ‘bad guy’ (my boyfriend) yet they are the true bad ones. Beat that man.

(Don’t worry this is not a ranting post.)

Let’s face it. Which parent does not care for their children’s safety and well-being? After all, children are the essence of their parents and they have the blood of their parents flowing within their veins.

But what happens when parents care too much for their children? To the point where their children feel suffocated? I personally know a parent, to quote her, who said “There is no such thing as being overly cautious.” I really do not agree with that. Being overly cautious can harm their children in the long run, and quite badly may I add.

Someone gave me a rather interesting analogy: Imagine a family living in the wild (Think amazon, tribes etc.) The father knows how to hunt, the mother knows how to cook, clean and do other house maintenance chores. The father/mother do not want to teach their daughter to hunt because they feels it’s dangerous, while the mother does not teach the daughter how to do house chores because of rather illogical reasons which I shall not name. In the end, their daughter is unequipped with survival skills. What then? When her parents pass away, what’s going to happen to her?

I admit. It is the natural instinct of a parent to want to protect their child. Even in the wild, when a wolf’s pup is threatened, the mother would react ferociously towards the attacker.

However, there are times when the parent must learn to let go. Otherwise, the child will never learn to survive. In fact, it can worsen the relationships between both parties (the child and the parent).

Instead of putting a leash on the child (not literally or else the parent would be having tea with the judge), why not let the child explore? Of course before that, teach the child just the basics of survival. In the wild, it includes fishing, hunting, cooking, fashioning weapons etc. In the city, essential skills include basic courtesy, social etiquette, morals and values. Know what is right and what is wrong. Know the law.

Beyond that, parents should not touch their children anymore. I probably cannot emphasize this enough but too much protection will lead to the child being weak and unable to survive in the real world. Parents must understand that when the time has come to let go, they should do it and not try to cling on to the child anymore.

Here is an article from Psychology Today which is rather related to my post. Enjoy =]