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Homemade Bread

Took a break from the computer and got down to some serious kitchen business.

Thought I get my hand floured and dirty… baking bread. The bread didn’t turn out as what I would have liked, but it didn’t matter, it didn’t last.  It was all gone by the end of the day….. lol.  Must be good, I actually thought so too.  Yum…. had bake 3 more since then.  Yes!

Soon after that, I tried my hand at a Flatbread recipe… Looks pretty good, right?  Well, those didn’t last long either.

Not sure if this virus crisis is going to change a lot of professions….seems like we’re turning into chefs and bakers.  Ultimately, discovering the joy of eating home cook meals and bake goodies.

Much as I enjoy cooking and baking, I don’t think I’ll have the luxury of spending all my time in the kitchen though.

Do any of you guys have some baking and cooking stories to share, while we’re all social distancing and staying home?

Stay Safe, Stay Home and Stay Healthy Everyone!

 

          

 

Finger and Hand Exercises – Warm Up Stretches You Can Do Anytime, Anywhere

Hi everyone,

Sharing some warm-up stretches you could do before you start working on your computer or your day.  Warming up is an essential part of sports and physical activity, so why not incorporate these exercises into your working day.   They are pretty simple and do not take a lot of time.   I find them helpful, hope you do too.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay At Home!

 

In the Meantime: Thoughts and Assessments

So how is everyone these days?

In our case, we’re trying not to go for grocery run unless really necessary…. it’s been 1 week now, hoping for at least 2 weeks before needing more supplies….. here’s what I think.

I guess the secret these days is to eat less, which is supposed to be the secret to long life, eating less will also extend food supply, lessen the need to go washroom, thus no need to use toilet paper a lot, extending the supply, when you eat less hopefully it will help you avoid obesity due to now a sedentary lifestyle in front of computers, TVs, and also help extend your cash as nobody knows when this will all blow over.

Looks like a Win, Win situation I think…. eh???

Other cautionary suggestions:

To avoid accidents and burns, please wash your hands when you have hand sanitizer on before using your stove, especially gas stoves.   Hand sanitizers contain alcohol which is combustible near gas or fire.  Don’t take any chances.   A few burn cases have happened with people getting burned when they turned on their stoves.

Why on earth would people use hand sanitizer when they’re cooking and touching food is also something I don’t understand?

When to use Hand Sanitizer – use them only when you have no access to water and soap.  Save them for use outside your home and not indoor wherein you can always wash your hand, which is actually the best way to clean your hands and stay safe.

Stay safe, stay healthy and Stay Home!!!

 

Trying to Find Any Kind of Social Distancing Loophole Isn’t Worth the Risk

“Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease expert with the University Health Network in Toronto, said trying to find any kind of social distancing loophole isn’t wise.”

“If we want to get this completely contained, we need to do everything we can to stop the virus from being able to transmit.”

Read the complete article below.

 https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/finding-ways-to-socialize-while-keeping-distant-loopholes-not-worth-the-risk/ar-BB12fQJn?li=AAggNb9&ocid=mailsignout#image=BB12fQJn_1|1

Social Distancing Will Only Work If We See Our Family As a Single Individual Unit

Just sharing a post I received which will remind us again how Social Distancing is critical in this fight against the virus.  Please read through this Important Letter (below) from Jonathan Smith, an Epidemiologist at Yale University to all of us.

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Dear everyone. 

As an infectious disease epidemiologist, at this point feel morally obligated to provide some information on what we are seeing from a transmission dynamic perspective and how they apply to the social distancing measures.

Like any good scientist, I have noticed two things that are either not articulated or not present in the “literature” of social media.

Specifically, I want to make two aspects of these measures very clear and unambiguous.

First, we are in the very infancy of this epidemic’s trajectory. That means even with these measures we will see cases and deaths continue to rise globally, nationally, and in our own communities in the coming weeks.

Our hospitals will be overwhelmed, and people will die that didn’t have to.

This may lead some people to think that the social distancing measures are not working.

They are.

They may feel futile.

They aren’t.

You will feel discouraged.

You should.

This is normal in chaos. But, this is also normal epidemic trajectory.

Stay calm.

This enemy that we are facing is very good at what it does; we are not failing. We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse.

This is not my opinion; this is the unforgiving math of epidemics for which I and my colleagues have dedicated our lives to understanding with great nuance, and this disease is no exception.

We know what will happen; I want to help the community brace for this impact.

Stay strong and with solidarity knowing with absolute certainty that what you are doing is saving lives, even as people begin getting sick and dying.

You may feel like giving in.

Don’t.

Second, although social distancing measures have been (at least temporarily) well-received, there is an obvious-but-overlooked phenomenon when considering groups (i.e. families) in transmission dynamics.

While social distancing decreases contact with members of society, it, of course, increases your contacts with group (i.e. family) members. This small and obvious fact has surprisingly profound implications on disease transmission dynamics.

Study after study demonstrates that even if there is only a little bit of connection between groups (i.e. social dinners, playdates/playgrounds, etc.), the epidemic trajectory isn’t much different than if there was no measure in place. The same underlying fundamentals of disease transmission apply, and the result is that the community is left with all of the social and economic disruption but very little public health benefit.

You should perceive your entire family to function as a single individual unit; if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the unit is at risk.

Seemingly small social chains get large and complex with alarming speed.

If your son visits his girlfriend, and you later sneak over for coffee with a neighbor, your neighbor is now connected to the infected office worker that your son’s girlfriend’s mother shook hands with.

This sounds silly, it’s not.

This is not a joke or a hypothetical.

We as epidemiologists see it borne out in the data time and time again and no one listens.

Conversely, any break in that chain breaks disease transmission along that chain.

In contrast to hand-washing and other personal measures, social distancing measures are not about individuals, they are about societies working in unison.

These measures also take a long time to see the results.

It is hard (even for me) to conceptualize how ‘one quick little get together’ can undermine the entire framework of a public health intervention, but it does.

I promise you it does.

I promise. I promise. I promise.

You can’t cheat it.  People are already itching to cheat on the social distancing precautions just a “little”- a playdate, a haircut, or picking up a needless item at the store, etc.

From a transmission dynamics standpoint, this very quickly recreates a highly connected social network that undermines all of the work the community has done so far.

Until we get a viable vaccine this unprecedented outbreak will not be overcome in a grand, sweeping gesture, rather only by the collection of individual choices our community makes in the coming months.

This virus is unforgiving to unwise choices.

My goal in writing this is to prevent communities from getting ‘sucker-punched’ by what the epidemiological community knows will happen in the coming weeks.

It will be easy to be drawn to the idea that what we are doing isn’t working and become paralyzed by fear, or to ‘cheat’ a little bit in the coming weeks.

By knowing what to expect, and knowing the importance of maintaining these measures, my hope is to encourage continued community spirit, strategizing, and action to persevere in this time of uncertainty.

Jonathan Smith

Epidemiologist,

Yale University

House Rules

With the virus affecting almost every part of the world, I would like to share some of the things we do around our home to maintain our well-being and health, which hopefully you can practice at home too.

  • Keep your fingernails short everyone!  Rarely do we clean out what’s under our nails even if we do a thorough hand wash so it’s best to have short nails, and eliminate the hassle of worrying if the nails are clean too. 
  • Change to your house clothes when you get home.  It’s a rule in our house that…. Clothes we’ve worn outside are not worn in the house, especially pants. 
  • Wash your hands immediately after arriving home, before handling any objects inside your house.  You set down your groceries (if you’ve been shopping), wash your hands, clear up your groceries, and wash your hands again.  
  • It’s obvious that the foods we bring home have been handled at least once and we don’t know how many have touched it, so what we can do is just minimize handling them. And make sure the people preparing and cooking the food washes their hands regularly while doing so. 
  • Drink a glass or even half a glass of warm lemon juice in the morning before eating breakfast or drinking anything else.  A practice I encourage my family to do as part of their daily routine.  In the last few years, there’s always a jug of lemon juice (nothing added just lemon and water) on our kitchen counter.  
  • Personally, I prefer to wash my hands more often even if it’s drying, as opposed to using a hand sanitizer as I feel the gel in them creates a stickier surface for germs/dust to cling to.  So WASH YOUR HANDS Often! 

With this virus circulating around our community, let us all do our part by not taking unnecessary trips outside our home, avoiding crowds and limiting our face to face contact with others outside our family. Stay home when you’re sick.  If you’re feeling lonesome… Chat on the phone, Facebook, Skype or Viber, technology has made it easier to connect with families and friends now.  No reason we can’t do our part for the greater good. 

Stay safe and stay healthy everyone….

 

                            

 

 

2020 Feng Shui for Health and Wealth: Avoid This Sector If You Have Health Issues

 

Hello everyone,

Happy New 2020 Year of the Metal Rat!

We’re all looking forward to a brand new year and a better one than 2019.

I’ll be sharing some feng shui information on the energies of the year in my 2020 Feng Shui for Health and Wealth videos.

There’s so much going on in the world and one concern that everyone has these days is of course, Staying Healthy.   So what can we do…..  Find out from my first 2020 Feng Shui for Health and Wealth video.

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The Giver is Bigger than the Receiver

Hello everyone,

Came across this recently ….. From Katherine Hepburn and a gentle reminder to us all…..

*_From Katherine Hepburn_*

Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus.

Finally, there was only one other family between us and the ticket counter. This family made a big impression on me.

There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. The way they were dressed, you could tell they didn’t have a lot of money, but their clothes were neat and clean.

The children were well-behaved, all of them standing in line, two-by-two behind their parents, holding hands. They were excitedly jabbering about the clowns, animals, and all the acts they would be seeing that night. By their excitement you could sense they had never been to the circus before. It would be a highlight of their lives.

The father and mother were at the head of the pack standing proud as could be. The mother was holding her husband’s hand, looking up at him as if to say, “You’re my knight in shining armor.” He was smiling and enjoying seeing his family happy.

The ticket lady asked the man how many tickets he wanted? He proudly responded, “I’d like to buy eight children’s tickets and two adult tickets, so I can take my family to the circus.” The ticket lady stated the price.

The man’s wife let go of his hand, her head dropped, the man’s lip began to quiver. Then he leaned a little closer and asked, “How much did you say?” The ticket lady again stated the price.

The man didn’t have enough money. How was he supposed to turn and tell his eight kids that he didn’t have enough money to take them to the circus?

Seeing what was going on, my dad reached into his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill, and then dropped it on the ground. (We were not wealthy in any sense of the word!) My father bent down, picked up the $20 bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, sir, this fell out of your pocket.”

The man understood what was going on. He wasn’t begging for a handout but certainly appreciated the help in a desperate, heartbreaking and embarrassing situation.

He looked straight into my dad’s eyes, took my dad’s hand in both of his, squeezed tightly onto the $20 bill, and with his lip quivering and a tear streaming down his cheek, he replied; “Thank you, thank you, sir. This really means a lot to me and my family.”

My father and I went back to our car and drove home. The $20 that my dad gave away is what we were going to buy our own tickets with.

Although we didn’t get to see the circus that night, we both felt a joy inside us that was far greater than seeing the circus could ever provide.

*That day I learnt the value to Give.*

*The Giver is bigger than the Receiver.*

*If you want to be large, larger than life, learn to Give.*

*Only if you Give can you Receive more. The Givers heart becomes the Ocean, in tune with the Almighty – The Source*

*Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.*

 

 

Video – Concept of Prosperity in Feng Shui – The Wealth Star

In a way earlier post here on my blog, I explained a bit about the concept of a money sector or wealth sector in our home.  Is there such a sector or corner as I am often asked.  I just came out with a new video that further explained the 3 different factors that affects our lives and our goals.  What exactly is the wealth star and where is it located in our home?  Find out in this video.

 

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