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I Am Minimalist

Sometimes, I have so much to tell, but I have no time to sit down, write, rewrite and say this all in almost good English… 🙂 .

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So I become Minimalist. Have no other choice.
I keep things very simple and short. I need only minimal amount of material things…
As you notice , even my Blog Posts are getting shorter and shorter… 🙂 .

What I’m doing all day?
Well, I sleep, I eat, I cook, I clean, I talk on the phone, I write, I keep blogging, researching, I dream, and sometimes (only sometimes) I work too. Life is more fun when it is light and dram-free.
And time goes fast. Very fast.

I have reduced my belongings to minimum.
I even work for minimum… 🙂 .
So I’m total Minimalist!
And I’m very happy about this all. I have very little to worry about.

Thanks for visiting.
<3 .

Article inspired by Anna

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21 Ways to Drink Water

Coca Cola, Seven Up or Fanta…? Say Au Revoir to the soft drink & Thank You to OiB to remain you the essentials ;). Today, lets rediscover the basics, especially how water is simply the best for your own metabolism. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain fibre, minerals, vitamins and water.

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SerenaGlow shared some new healthy tips on how to simply improve your eating habits without neglecting the importance of drinking water. 

Getting water from a variety of sources keep your body healthy.

Eat yourself into hydration!

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Water | OrganicIsBeautiful

Do you feel better after eating foods with a high water content? What are your favorite foods on the chart? How do you eat them?

Amanda

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Lime, Lemon & Lemongrass

Lemon, Morning shake

We all know lemons (scientifically known as Citrus limon) as the fruit that evokes images of sunshine,  and sweet homemade lemonade stands.

Old school - Lemonade stand (Image Credit: blog krrg)
Old school – Lemonade stand (Image Credit: blog krrg)

It’s been 6 months now that I have incorporated lemon into my morning routine.

Lemons in your a.m. routine.
Lemons in your a.m. routine.

I am pleased to report I am thoroughly converted, and here is why. On the way, I got to gain more energy for longer days and I am quicker to smile in the a.m. !

Packed with antioxidants and other health benefits, a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon revitalizes the body and mind. I always make sure to drink a few glasses of water in the morning, but a few days a week (usually before heading to work), I add some fresh lemon juice for the taste and Vitamin C.

What I do?

I simply squeeze half of organic fresh lemon into a glass of lukewarm water (avoid using bottled lemon juice) and, optionally, when I feel like it, I would add some honey to make my drink a little bit sweeter.

 Drink this warm lemon water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything else.

Why you will love it too?

Lemons by themselves are very versatile tools, a good option for cleaning, beauty, cooking and much more.

Not only do they smell and taste great, but they have natural antibacterial properties making them perfect for killing germs. Lemons are extremely rich in nutrients: they contain a lot of vitamins (vitamin C, B-complex vitamins) and a few key minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium). Lemons even contain more potassium than grapes or apples.

Consume lemons daily to boost up you metabolism. Like any other foods, moderation apply to get the best of it!

What about the peels?

Citrus peels are antibacterial and antimicrobial, making them incredible for homemade cleaners. Lemon peels contain about 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon juice!

TIPS: Dried peels make a nice addition to your basic cup of black tea!

What if you do not have lemon at home?

Lime = excellent substitute

Cut lime on wooden plate (Photo credit: Getty images).
Cut lime on wooden plate (Photo credit: Getty images).

As good of lemons

The first fruit that comes to mind in terms of medicinal uses is the reliable lime. They can be used in basically the same manner as lemons. Limes are green, small, and generally more acidic than lemons.

Not just good for cocktails

Limes are also an excellent source of vitamin C. Basically, vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals it comes in contact with. The fruit is less in calories, carrying just 20 calories per 100 g, the value being one of the lowest for the citrus fruits group.

High in Vitamins C !

Vital to the function of a strong immune system, a little extra vitamin C gotten from lime may be useful in conditions like colds, flu, and recurrent ear infections. Further, they carry a healthy amount of minerals like iron, copper, potassium, and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps control heart rate and blood pressure.

Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)
Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)

Lemongrass, Body balance

As the name implies, lemongrass smells just like lemons, but it is milder, sweeter, and far less sour.

The genus has about 55 species, most of which are native to South Asia, South­east Asia and Austra­lia. In India it is known as ‘choomana poolu’ and is also referred to as ‘Indian Verbena’ or ‘Indian Melissa oil’ and used in Ayurveda medicine to help bring down fevers and treat infectious illnesses.

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Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful

The East Indian Lemongrass (Citronelle des Indes) is the most commonly available in small local markets. Multi purpose lemongrass, it is used for cooking as well as a base for essential oil.

It is known that lemongrass  grows best in warm, humid climates: areas with 24-. 30” of rainfall per year, lemongrass planted during the rainy season, and is ready for cutting about six to eight months afterwards.

Citronella plantation in India (Image credit: Nedfi)
Citronella plantation in India (Image credit: Nedfi)

Food lover? You will love it!

Lemongrass is a common ingredient in Southeast Asian cuisine, and is gaining more and more popularity as a culinary herb in USA as well. Here in Malaysia it is widely used to add flavor or marinate chicken or pork dishes. It is absolutely delicious! I love it, I usually find it in Tom Yum soup along with galangal, lime leaves and fish sauce.

TIPS: Storing lemon grass by freezing is the best way to preserve its garden fresh flavor, it can be preserved from six months up to one year!
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Lemongrass | OrganicIsBeautiful

I ♥ Lemongrass Essential oil

I usually take with me essential oil extracted from lemongrass when I am off traveling in tropical areas, I use it as an excellent natural mosquito repellent. The oil is also used for making other non-food related products like candles, perfumes, soap, insecticide, disinfectant, household cleaner and deodorant.

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Unearthly Charms

Hello folks! Isn’t Monday a Sunday?!

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Relaxation | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Let’s start the week by those beautiful lines, written by a fellow blogger. Reading this short text put a smile on my face, and I hope it will do so for you too.

His words will inspire you to travel more, explore outside your confort and embrace it all with happiness 😉

There are worlds beyond the eye

I know, as I’ve watched them fly

Through the deepest darkest dream

In dimensions too extreme

There are mountains on the moon

Made to visit just not soon

Where the Martians hide and wait

End of us, anticipate

There are forces from the grave

I have seen, but would not rave

As the darkness swallows light

A good heart would surely fright

But in all I’ve seen and more

Only one did I adore

T’was the girl upon my arm

Stole my heart, unearthly charm

Will I venture out again

Maybe yes, but all’s the same

For I’ll never find a view

That is half as good as you

Source: Unearthly Charms

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A festival in the middle of the Rainforest, I say YES!

Destination: Rainforest World Music Festival

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Legendary. One of my best memories ever!

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Kuching – Malaysia (Map: World Atlas)

In a nutshell, it’s like a well-oiled machine with just the right amount of craziness, sprinkled with positive vibes.

For two days it was a glorious euphoria, teeming with festival-goers frolicking care-free in the sunshine and occasional rain, everyone at one with nature.

This is not a festival for voyeurs or fence sitters; you are just as much a part of the fabric as the acts playing on the stages. The interaction is magic because it brings together people from every nook and corner of the world.

Women in their traditional costumes.
Women in their traditional costumes.

It’s a fusion of diverse ethnicities and cultural backgrounds that is beautifully reflected in the magical performances by musicians from all continents, playing all types of music – from the traditional, to world fusion and the contemporary.

RWMF 2014.

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The festival is held every year in Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states. Kuching is the premier location for the wildlife of Borneo.

A tree house in the outskirts of the festival
A tree house in the outskirts of the festival

Living in KL, I am a 2hr flight away from the land. As soon as you land, the green tropical set is overwhelming. It feels like a peaceful countrysidish landscape. An horizontal city. Only the coconut trees disrupts the urban contour. I slowly immersed myself in a cultural bubble, the 2hrs flight from kL felt like thousounds of km away.

Sarawak has a population of almost 2.5 million, made up of some 40 different ethnic groups. The non-Muslim (mainly Christians and animists believer) indigenous groups are collectively called Dayaks.

31% of the population are Iban aka Sea Dayaks

Ethnic and tribal music from across the globe will be featured at the nightly stage shows with musical workshops and jamming sessions being held in the afternoon. No time for rest. Our schedule was full of exciting discoveries.

Indigenous music instrument.
Indigenous music instrument.

The festival fueled a lot of talk between us. First-timers, we were thrilled to join such an amazing opportunity to spice up our expat life in KL. We were like kids in front of a Pinata, unified and ready to blow the mind.

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D-Day

Overflown with good tunes, and well, rain too.

The first distinctive sign: happy faces everywhere like we were all suddenly victim of facial paralysis.  Total participants 2015: 30,000!!!

Overall, the festival is very much family oriented, kids playing around, although eclectic since I could not conclude in a specific ages average. We were a large crowd drawn in by the unexpected dance burst, the organization team clearly did working hard to get things moving, but making it look effortless.

The plus

The entire festival put a high emphasis on the constant interaction with participants, the audience participation makes it fun.

The diversity of workshop available to us was absolutely awesome. I prefer to give you a bite with some of the pictures I have taken on the 2014 edition:

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Photo 2014 – 2015 editions credit: RWFM.

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