Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Vogue-U Potion - What To Eat To Beat Knee Pain

May Peace Be With You......

Everywhere Mak Pah goes it seemed almost everyone is complaining of knee problem. Fastest solution is to get glucosamine medication/cream over the counter. I am grateful when my cousin forwarded the link to natural healing through our daily diet which may be effective medication of knee pain, and I find it quite useful to share with all.......

Carried on 22-June-2009 http://www.everydayhealth.com/knee-pain/knee-pain-what-to-eat.aspx

Looking for a natural way to relieve knee pain? You may want to tweak your diet. A growing body of research suggests that small dietary changes can add up to big benefits for knee health. “A number of foods have powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties that may be as effective as some prescription medicines for arthritis and other types of knee pain,” says Beth Reardon, RD, MS, an integrative nutritionist and medicinal foods expert at Duke Integrative Medicine Center in Durham, N.C. Read on to learn how mealtime may be affecting the health of your knees.
Diet and Knee Pain: Go Fish
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are natural anti-inflammatories. Calming joint inflammation can often help ease knee soreness, according to Steven Stuchin, MD, director of orthopedic surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. In randomized clinical studies, omega-3 fatty acids were found to ease pain and reduce the duration of morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis. The best sources of omega-3s are salmon, tuna, sardines, herring, cod, and mackerel, as well as fish oil supplements. Another benefit of adding fish to your diet: “Fish is safer than anti-inflammatory medication, which may have side effects,” says Reardon.
Diet and Knee Pain: Drink Orange Juice
Orange juice is a top-notch source of vitamin C, a nutrient that may guard against knee osteoarthritis. A 10-year Australian study of almost 300 middle-aged adults found that those getting high amounts of vitamin C were less likely to suffer the kind of bone degeneration associated with knee osteoarthritis. “Drinking a glass of orange juice provides about 25 percent more vitamin C than eating an orange,” says Reardon. Other good sources of vitamin C to prevent knee pain are green peppers, grapefruit, and strawberries.
Diet and Knee Pain: Eat Spinach and Onions
Follow Popeye's lead and add spinach to your regime. Australian researchers found that getting high amounts of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin (found in green veggies like spinach) can help relieve knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Several studies have found an additional benefit of lutein and zeaxanthin, as they can help prevent vision-related diseases. Don't forget to add some onions to your spinach salad as well. Adding onions to salads, sandwiches, stews, and casseroles may help put the brakes on knee pain. Onions are a rich source of quercetin, a flavonoid with strong anti-inflammatory properties, says Reardon. In studies of arthritic mice, quercetin resulted in significant decreases in arthritis symptoms. Apples, red grapes, and tea are also good sources of quercetin.
Diet and Knee Pain: Order Indian Food
A helping of curry could do wonders for your knee pain. That’s because turmeric, a spice used in curry and other Indian dishes, contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. “Curcumin works similarly to COX-2 inhibitors — drugs that reduce the COX-2 enzyme that causes the pain and swelling of arthritis,” says Reardon. A 2006 Canadian study of the effects of both curcumin and quercetin found that curcumin reduced the inflammation of arthritis in animals. Quercetin (the flavonoid in onions) worked too, but not to the extent of the curcumin.
Diet and Knee Pain: Use Ginger Generously
The herb ginger traditionally has been used to relieve upset stomach, but researchers recently discovered that it also reduces knee pain by decreasing inflammation. In a study of 261 patients with moderate to severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis, ginger extract significantly reduced knee pain during standing and walking. Cooking with this spice can increase the flavor of meals while decreasing knee pain.
Diet and Knee Pain: Avoid Refined Carbohydrates
Some research suggests that diets high in refined carbohydrates can increase inflammation, says Reardon. She recommends steering clear of white bread, pasta, and baked goods — taking these foods out of your diet can have an added bonus of helping you drop excess pounds. Because changing your diet is a relatively easy step, it makes sense to try some — or all — of the foods listed above. You may find some relief from knee pain and get some added health benefits to boot.
Well, whatever our intake of food, let it be in moderation coz sometimes we don't realise and tend to go overboard when craving for certain food, especially if going for buffet luncheons. One thing Mak Pah learnt over the years, when going for buffet spread is to take whatever but in small portions, whether it is for taste or indulgence and lower or avoid the carbohydrate spread as well. And now with the above guidelines, I guess I will surely increase the portion of them in my food then.
May all of us be in the pink of health....
Lots of luv..... Mak Pah.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Time-out with Shopper Mama - Online shopping!

Hey ya Vogue-uers!!!

For today’s slot, Shopper-mama would like to bring you shopping in the comfort of your own chair!

Here are some sites that I would like to recommend

For those residing in Singapore, if you are looking for Coach bags, then here is one for you


We promise you that the Coach bags are AUTHENTIC and the prices, very reasonable and much cheaper than the boutiques here. We have more stuff coming, so pls do keep a lookout for them.

For chic and trendy fashion, then you should checkout


- Owned by Deebz & her frens

If only I am 20 years younger.......

For funky and limited edition tees, this is the site


And for you Malaysians out there, you guys are soooo lucky!!! Coz there are many many sites that you can choose from, to do your online shopping! Here are some for you to checkout if you are looking for some bargains:


- This online boutique is partly owned by a fellow blogger friend, Mrs Taj, so if you see something you like here, just give her a buzz….

In addition, I also like to check this too


- She is a shopaholic mummy and she sets up this blog “for all shopaholic mummies out there who love authentic, branded goods for their loved ones without shop till you drop concept! Definitely affordable to everyone

And of course, 1 of my favourites online shopping for authentic designer stuff


- The boss name is Kerengga Kurus. Such a cute name and I bet she is even cuter in personality too as she describes her buyers as ‘Datin’ or ‘Dato’…. Hahahaha. So once you buy from her, not only will you get her stuff at great prices, you will automatically be bestowed with the title of Datin too!! Aint that cool???

Ok, I hope these sites I recommend are useful for you.  You don’t need to leave your house – just a click will do to satisfy your shopping desires!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Vogue-U Potion - Then and Now

May Peace Be With You.....
Last Friday, Mak Pah was on leave and was at my sis's home. In the afternoon, my mum asked me to join her to go to Tangs coz she wanted to get a small handbag while my sis wanted to replenish some of her Bobbi Brown cosmetics in Isetan.
Going through the handbag counters I realised the brands have totally changed through the years. During the late 70s and 80s, handbag brands used to be Firina (this is the 1st branded leather goods Mak Pah bought from my 1st job), Bonia, Chantal Thomas, Cartier, Bally and Fendi. I knew about Bally and Fendi during my teenage years coz my mum used to have them. When I started working, I used to borrow from my mum for Dinner events, or friends' and colleagues' wedding banquet. At that time, I didn't realised the shoes or clutches were branded until my senior colleagues told me.
I asked my mum what happened to her bags and shoes. She said the leather had deteriorated over the years and she couldn't recall whether she threw them away or given away. She said normally she would buy from my father's relative who always travel, as shopping centres and boutiques were quite limited during the 70s.
Going through the abundance of patterns and brands, my mum got so confused and not abled to get what she wanted. In Isetan, we went to Fendi boutique coz I wanted to ask about the repair cost of the leather strip. The SO was a sweet and nice pregnant lady, and she said for leather strip, it would cost about S$170/- and would take about 3 - 4 weeks to repair. My mum scrutinized the patterns and remarked Fendi used to carry Grey colour then, but now mostly Fendi carries Brown colour which she thought was quite exclusive.
When we were at the Bobbi Brown cosmetics counter, I said to myself, my time we used to buy Max Factor, Maybeline and those China brand cosmetics from small shops in Geylang.
My mum said when my siblings and myself were young, my mum would bring us to Aroora shopping center (not sure spelling is right) located in High Street. Now that place is where Peninsula Shopping Centre. She would get the well-known "Jen-Jen" brand clothings for children. There was no Osh Kosh B'Gosh, GuessKids or Mickey brands during 60s and 70s. And at that time, good children shoes were from Americaya located near Aroora also around High Street. I seemed to recall some of the events when my mum brought us there and we used to play behind the high court building.
Hmmm...... how time flies and tastes varied. Brands like LV, Braun Buffel and Coach started to conquer Asian market in the late 80s or early 90s I guessed coz that was the time I started seeing people around me carrying them. And their boutiques started to flourish and became well-known among the ladies especially!!!
So as time passes, things change. Life was hard and it's part and parcel to work hard and earn a living. My mum said she was fortunate that time coz she mend a coffee stall in Wisma Indonesia (now known as Wisma Atria). That's when I recalled bumping to some of the famous Indonesian artists during the 70s..... and the famous Indonesian Badminton player Rudy Hartono!!!! I told my mum I recalled my late father got me to take a photo of the winning badminton trophy but I couldn't recall the player's face. My mum said that time Mak Pah was only 4 or 5 yrs old only...... hehe!!!
Looking back at Orchard Rd then and now, it is a drastic change totally. Tangs was known as CK Tang that time and the store was in a very oriental kind of design with green ceramic bamboo roofing and the place was clustered with all kinds of products from all over the world. Mak Pah always looked forward to Xmas season coz CK Tang was the only shopping store that would decorate their building, roof and entrance with life-size decos, in order to get the Xmas spirit among shoppers. My siblings and me would seat in front of Wisma Indonesia and admired the decorations each year while my mum mend the coffee stall. And without missed, we would be the everyday customers that time..... hehehe those were the days!!!!
So vogue-u-ers, do you recall any of your then and now experiences??? See how much changes has affected us somehow or another all these while.
Nevertheless, we are able to adapt and adopt new things and technology in order to be where we are now.
Enjoy life everybody......
Lots of Luv..... Mak Pah

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Time-out with Shopper Mama - More cleaning tips!

Yo Vogue-uers!  Shopper-mama is back again!

Have you read the tips that I wrote here? And have you tried them?

Well, here are more tips for you and this time, its all about cleaning! Again, thanks to URBAN for the tips!


CIF cream cleaner

CIF is a powerful cleaning product commonly used to remove stubborn dirt and grease. It can also remove ink stains from leather bags and shoes.

How it works – Cream cleaners are thicker than liquid cleaners and hence reduce the risk of water damage.

How to clean – Using a soft towel with a drop of CIF the size of a 10-cent coin, start from the outside of the stain snd rub gently towards the centre.

Switch to a cleaner part of the towel as necessary.

Do not rub hard or you might risk discolouring the item. Thereafter, wipe with a clean towel and leave it to dry.


Vaseline Enriched Petroleum Jelly

This moisturiser can also be used to keep the shine on patent products.

How it works - Vaseline is a mixture of mineral oils, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes that, when blended together, create a smooth, jelly-like mixture. It forms a barrier to prevent natural water loss.

How to clean – Dampen a soft towel with warm water and squeeze a small blob of Vaseline about the size of a 20-cent coin onto it. Gently rub the towel in small circular motion, buffing the product in parts. This ensures that the jelly melts into the leather.

Once this is done, buff the leather gently with a clean, dry towel to maintain the shine of your patent leather goods.


Carbonated water eg. SPRITE

To remove stains from clothes, fizzy drinks are a handy aid.

Keep to only clear carbonated water such as Sprite, 7-Up or soda water to avoid staining your garments, esp the white ones.

How it works – The acidic agents in carbonated water work to dislodge dirt, from ink to food stains.

How to use – Place a dry paper towel under the part where the stain is. Sprinkle a few drops of carbonated water onto the stain and gently blot it with another dry piece of paper towel until it disappears.

Remembers not to rub the stain as this might damage the fabric or aggravate the stain spread. This method is also not advised for delicate or expensive fabrics.

Machine wash your garment to remove all traces of the stain and the fizzy drink.


Non-acetone nail polish remover

Sally Hansen Strengthening Polish Remover

Nail polish removers come with or without acetone, a volatile organic solvent commonly used in chemistry laboratories. They can remove scuff marks on patent leather goods.

How it works – While acetone is an excellent solvent to remove scuff marks, it is very drying and may damage the leather. Opt for non-acetone nail-polish removers instead as they are mixed with water and conditioners such as Vit E.

How to clean – About 5 drops of the solution on a cotton ball should do the trick. Gently rub the cotton ball on the spot for half a minute. Make sure you do not press hard while rubbing or the colour might run.

After a minute, dry the spot with a dry cotton pad and a little baby oil or Vaseline, rubbing it in gently.  This keeps the material from drying out and retains its shine.


Ok that is all for today!  I hope these tips are useful for you and have fun trying them out!


* All pics googled
* Tips taken from URBAN

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vogue-U Potion - School Days' Test Papers

May Peace Be With You....

When my sis forward me these, it reminded me of my school days time, especially during primary schools...... we were so naive and our answers were anything that we could think of and anything which we felt deemed right......

Just for laughs everyone..... Enjoy....

Well, have you had a good laugh coz I had...... muahahahahaha

Lots of Luv..... Mak Pah