Saturday, January 31, 2009

How to control cravings

photo: Julian Knight

She mindlessly reaches for the box of cookies, totally unaware that she is feeding her mind more than she is feeding her tummy. It comforts her only for that moment but to her it is good enough.

♥ Be more present. Ask yourself if you are eating because your stomach is hungry or are you trying to feed something else(mental, emotional?). By doing this I realize that I tend to crave and eat more when I am stressed, frustrated, bored or anxious about something. When you know more about your habits & reasoning behind them its easier to break.
♥ Find other ways to comfort your emotional cravings. Feeling stressed? Get a massage, talk to a friend... workout and get your heart pumping. Do something you enjoy or find a way to feel inspired.
♥ Substitute chips, candy, chocolate bars with healthier choices. I find that eating things that have different textures always satisfies me. Granola or nuts added to yogurt, Cocoa-nut bananas, fruit chips, strawberries dipped in organic chocolate
♥ Eat more during the day but smaller portions. It keeps your metabolism consistent. I usually eat something small every 3-4 hrs
♥ Chew gum. I find that this helps
♥ Out of sight, out of mind. Simply stop buying junk food. When you are craving cookies as a midnight snack what are the chances of you getting dressed and driving to the store just to pick up a bag. Very unlikely
♥ Remind yourself of the reasons why you want to stop unnecessary snacking. Better health? to lose weight? to develop more control of your life?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Project Runway Canada

I watched the first episode of PRC and i found the results of this challenge quite boring. Im not expressing this in another designer's point of view, Im expressing it as a viewer. Any one that watched it regardless of if they know anything about design or not can prob'ly give you the same response. Out of all of them I really liked Sunny's creation.

The challange was to use camoflage and create something to be displayed in the Canadian War Museum. Click here to see the designs.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A little note on style

I think the number one important tip when it comes to style is wearing it with confidence. Its not about what you wear as much as how you wear it. ya ya ya i know its cliche but its so true. Only dead fish swim with the stream. So stop buying the latest trends if they dont look good on you. You have to figure out what looks best on your body type and go with it. You’ll just end up looking ridiculous if you’re trying to sport something that you feel uncomfortable or unsure in.

The key is to experiment & find out what looks good and what looks bad on your body. Ive worn so many things that are unflattering on me but at least now I know. Its a process. Just remember to have fun while you’re at it & remember to be true to who you are not to what others are wearing. An individual has personal style only when she adapts fashion to her own appearance and way of life. We dont need anymore carbon copies in this world. Fashion fades, style is eternal.

“Being well dressed does not consist in the length of a woman’s skirt nor the height of her waistline. It is not as simple as that. A woman has first to discover her personality and dress in harmony with it.” - Balenciaga

“Beware of only being pretty, there is no physical beauty without inner beauty. Charm is preferable to beauty. Simplicity does not mean poverty.” - Coco Chanel

“Etiquette are for those without manners, in the same way as fashion is for those without style.”
Coco Chanel

Here are some of my styles:

Shades of grey:

I have been so into the color grey lately. I wear it with accents of black & top it off with something sparkly. Like a necklace, bangles or just my classic silver jewelry(my ring, Gucci watch, Tiffany's necklace or Heart bracelet), and nicely polished nails.

I would call this my t-shirt style?

I like to buy L size t-shirts and make them into dresses. T-shirts are known for comfort and thats one of the reasons why I like it. I think its fun to make something casual into something sexy and club worthy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Open mindedness is hard to achieve considering how strongly some ppl hold on to their beliefs. I admit that there are some aspects of my life that I find a bit harder to keep an open mind about. But hey, its a process right? =P Here are some links that I found to be interesting... keep an open mind and who knows what you'll discover. Ive always had suspicions that this life... this world is more than what we see.

♥ Introduction to Chakras and another good link here. Ive been studying and adapting what ive learned about chakras into my life for a few years now and id have to say being open to this has made me much more aware of my energy system. Combining this with yoga and meditation has helped me balance my life and helped me grow more spiritually. Read up on it and once you understand a lil more try this Chakra Test.

♥ Everyone that knows me knows that i believe in Unicorns. They represent purity and to me believing in them is like holding on to hope that there is still purity and goodness in myself and also in humanity. Unicorn Sighting on YouTube.

♥ An Article on Thinking outside the box

♥ Eckhart Tolle's book: A New Earth

♥ The Law of Attraction isnt something new but I'm still learning to adapt it into my life. Its eye opening because its such a different perspective of looking at life than you are normally used to. Basically the law states that everything is made up of energy... me, you, the flowers, the shoes you put on, your dog, your thoughts... they are all diff levels of energy. But when we are dealing with the Law of Attraction the energy we would be considering is our thoughts. It states that our thoughts dictate the reality of our life whether we're aware of it or not. Simply put: Thoughts become things. Here's a good article on it from Steve Pavlina's blog.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Highlight of 2008 -PART II

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok was an interesting experience now when I think back to all the things I did when I was there... boat rides, temple tours, visiting a crocodile farm, riding elephants, visiting the sleeping Buddah, tasting exotic fruits, elephant shows, shopping, eating, losing 10 pounds from sweating, getting massages, getting reflexiology for the first time, sticky taxi cab rides, live preformances, an accidental walk down Bangkok's red light district...and being hasseled by tuk tuk drivers. lol*

My initial impression of Bangkok was how busy and congested it was. Walking just a block away from our hotel caused a little bit of insecurity in me. I felt very vulnerable and un-safe even though I was among a group of friends. We got hasseled within the first few secs we set foot outside our hotel. Everyone there is waiting to make money from you so pls be careful if you ever go. Besides that I found Bangkok to be very culturally colorful. Next time I visit Thailand Im hitting the islands.

The Temples were so grand. I couldnt believe how intricate the details were.

This is the hotel we stayed at.. called the Shanghai Inn. The decor was definitely something different.
Lots of pink so i felt right at home ;P

Chatuchak is Bangkok's weekend market. I suggest that if you decide to shop at a market you shop here. This market has everything and it will take you the whole day to cover. It's unbelievable how huge it is! Dont waste your time on the other little markets bcos you'll find everything and anything here. Im speaking from our mistake bcos by the time we got here we had already gone to at least 3 other markets. Oh and another tip... wear comfortable shoes!

If you decide to take a rest, get a massage. But let me warn you, after getting massaged in Asia you wont be able to justify paying so much for a weak ass job at a spa again.

So just to give you an idea of the conversion rate 150Baht is equal to $5 Canadian... I feel sick.

Some stalls at the market. Handicrafts, jewlery, fabric(good for me!), household items, toys, furniture, clothes, bags...

Cindee's guide to Bargaining
* If you come across something you really want, make sure you dont show ur desire/excitement for it. Think poker face or else they will pick up on it before you even open your mouth to bargain with them
* Have a price in mind that you're willing to pay. If the original price for, lets say a shirt... is 200Baht cut it down a lil lower than 50% and start ur bidding there. In this case you start your offer at 70Baht. That's ridiculously low you prob'ly think but you'll be surprised at how cheap you can get a lot of things. When you start at a low number you have more leeway
* Stick to your story and the max amount you're willing to pay. Be persistant and state your price once more. If they say no just say no thank you and turn away. Very rarely will they let you go.
* There are many vendors that sell similar things so if they do let you walk away go try your luck somewhere else
* Dont pull out your money when you're still bargaining on an item. This will show the vendor that you are interested in this item so they won't go as low as they could

Here we are at the floating market. Another must see if you're in Bangkok.

Me and my sis just chillin... cracking open a coconut. mmmm* so fresh

ooh lychee. Let me tell you, Thailand has the best Jackfruit Ive ever tasted!

I love exotic foods. here I gotta settle for apples and oranges =(

This mall is called Siam Paragon and is fulled with brand name stores.
This is where i impulsively bought a pair of Jessica Simpson snake skin t-bar sandals.

There are also many trendy stores that carry a lot brands from local designers...

I really like this store. They were playing a song that caught my attention. It was very catchy and added to the trendy atmosphere of this store. By the time I left the store I had the copy of the CD in my hand. Thanks to my bargaining skills. LOL* yea right. =P It's called Tu Es Beau by Yelle

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Highlight of 2008 -PART I

Ok ok... i know i've been MIA ever since last spring and i keep you guys hopping around from my old xanga page (sexxi_bambi) to and now to this one but i feel like i am constantly growing that i dont find those old names very fitting anymore. That's why Ive decided to start a new chapter in my blogging life. I know I won't outgrow my original name. =P

The highlight of 2008 for me was my trip overseas. Malaysia, Thailand and Bali. So lets start with my roots...Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

So we were in KL for most of our trip. Did a lot of shopping and eating! I love how nicely designed their cafes and restaurants are. Some even had themes. I felt so inspired being around all this stimuli. Im quite surprised that ppl back in Malaysia are quite thin considering all the delicious foods and desserts they are surrounded by. If I were to eat like that here in North America I would gain so much weight.

Funny and my sister tried doing hot yoga when we were in Sibu and let's just say it was an interesting experience. Im not sure what part was considered yoga... maybe the stretches before the weird stomping around aerobic moves they made us do. We tried so hard to keep from laughing. =P

So here we are outside the Pyramid mall. The mall was designed and created to look like an actual Pyramid. The decor was extravagant...well I'd have to say a lot of the malls In KL are spectacular. There is a resort at the back of this mall called Sunway Lagoon.

And along the outside of the Pyramid were some pretty nice lounges and clubs. Here are a few of them.
We ended up clubbing one night at Coco Banana.

Oh and let's not forget the shopping....KLCC and Pavilion(pretty new mall) are just full of brandname stores... this is how I learned that Paris Hilton has her own line of handbags. I wasnt very impressed. I was advised by my cousin that the best place to get authentic(i had to add this adjective bcos we all know that asia sells alot of the fake stuff) brandnames in Asia is in HongKong. It's cheaper there because of the taxes. Besides branded items, there are plenty of other malls and markets to check out (MidValley Megamall, One Utama...)

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