1. Apples

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away and that statement couldn’t be truer. Research has found that apples are filled with nutritious antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can assist with lowering blood pressure and preventing heart disease. Better yet, there are so many varieties of apples, each with their own nutritional properties, that you won’t get bored when it comes to flavor and reaping the health rewards!

2. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds may be tiny but they certainly are mighty when it comes to nutrition and being beneficial to your heart health. Thanks to their high levels of antioxidants and omega-3s, chia seeds provide a natural method to lower your cholesterol and improve heart function. Some people like adding them to smoothiesothers make a chia “pudding” to enjoy with fruit for breakfast. Regardless of how you enjoy them, the lasting benefits are where it’s at.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric has been gaining traction in the nutrition and fitness industries due to its many health benefits, especially when it comes to heart health. An active compound known as curcumin can be found in high levels inside turmeric and can help block biochemical reactions that are involved in cardiac hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart). It can also reduce any inflammation in the blood vessels contributing to high blood pressure.

4. Salmon

Thanks to being an oily fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, research has discovered that salmon can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering the levels of triglycerides in the body. Salmon has also been found to prevent blood clots and expand constricted blood vessels.

5. Beets

Research has found that beets are an excellent source of folate and betaine, both which are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and help lower levels of homocysteine in the body. Homocysteine is known to increase the risk of heart disease by causing inflammation that can damage the heart muscle.

6. Blueberries

Blueberries are considered a “superfood” for a reason. Not only do these delicious morsels help fight aging with a rich dose of antioxidants, but they can also reduce the buildup of cholesterol within the walls of your arteries. Blueberries have also been found to eliminate free radicals that can cause cancer, as well as heart disease.

7. Pomegranates

Pomegranates have a unique blend of antioxidants that help prevent the oxidation of plaque in the walls of the arteries. In fact, a study showed that atherosclerosis patients were actually able to reduce the plaque that had begun to accumulate within their arterial walls by drinking 8 oz. of pomegranate juice daily.

8. Almonds

Almonds are actually a very healthy (and tasty) way to reduce your bad cholesterol levels and prevent absorption of LDL thanks to a high amount of plant sterols. According to studies at the University of Toronto, people who eat a diet that consists of almonds can lower their risk for heart disease by up to 28%.

9. Lentils

International studies found that people who eat a diet high in legumes (specifically, lentils) have a reduced risk of heart disease. This is due to the fact that lentils help with reducing high blood pressure, which is one of the early warning signs of heart disease. Lentils are also high in protein, magnesium, and potassium, which can help reduce the risk for plaque in the blood vessels.

10. Sardines

While many of you might stick your nose up at sardines, they actually can help with heart health. According to studies, the omega-3 fatty acids in sardines can help lower triglyceride levels in the body, raise good cholesterol, and reduce inflammation in the body. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a reduction in heart disease among women who consumed cold-water fish.

11. Dark Chocolate

A study from Harvard University on the Kuna Indians off the coast of Panama discovered that the indigenous people had very low blood pressure and no signs of hypertension. At first, it was believed that the people had a rare genetic trait, but it was soon discovered that they drank large amounts of raw cocoa. Thanks to rich compounds known as flavanols, dark chocolate (which is known to have higher levels of cocoa) can help increase blood vessel flexibility, lower blood pressure, and prevent heart disease.

12. Red Wine

Did you know that red wine helps boost your HDL levels, which is your good cholesterol? It also reduces clotting by keeping your blood vessels flexible. Some studies have found that a glass of red wine is more effective than aspirin and can help reduce your chance of a heart attack. Bottoms up!

13. Garlic

Garlic is an excellent food to help reduce plaque in your arteries and help reduce your blood pressure. According to research, garlic helps reduce an enzyme known as angiotensin, which constricts blood vessels. Tests have also found that people who suffer from plaque build up in their arteries saw the build up reduced by up to 50% when they took garlic extract in pill form daily.

14. Kale

Remember when your mom told you to eat your leafy greens? Well, she told you so for a good reason. Research has found that kale is one of the perfect foods to prevent heart disease and keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Thanks to a heaping amount of heart-boosting antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, kale is the perfect food and should be a permanent food item in your household.

15. Oranges

If you’re looking for a pharmacy’s worth of remedies within one fruit, the orange is the perfect place to start. Thanks to its high levels of pectin, this type of soluble fiber works like a “sponge” to suck up cholesterol in foods and block its absorption. The potassium in oranges also help counterbalance sodium intake and assist with keeping your blood pressure in check. Recently, new studies have found that oranges have the ability to neutralize proteins that lead to heart scar tissue and eventually congestive heart failure.

How To Make Chocolate Ganache

What You Need

Dark chocolate
Heavy cream

Chocolate Ganache Proportions

These proportions are based on weight. For example, a 1:1 ratio means 4 ounces chocolate to 4 ounces cream.
  • Layer cake filling and thick glaze: 1:1, equal parts chocolate and cream.
  • Chocolate truffles: 2:1, two parts chocolate to one part cream.
  • Soft icing and pourable glaze: 1:2, one part chocolate to two parts cream.
Kitchen scale
Heavy bottomed sauce pan
Spatula or wooden spoon


  1. Weigh the chocolate: Weigh out the amount of chocolate called for in your recipe. If you aren't following a recipe, start with a small amount and make more as needed.
  2. Measure the cream: Based on the ratio chart above and how you're intending to use the ganache, weigh the amount of cream needed for the ganache in a separate bowl.
  3. Heat the cream: Pour the cream into a small saucepan and place it over medium-low heat for a few minutes. Keep an eye on the cream — it's not necessary to boil or simmer it. It just needs to get hot. The cream is ready when you can place a finger in the cream and keep it there for 3 to 4 seconds. Turn off the flame and remove the cream from the stove.
  4. Chop the chocolate: While the cream is heating, chop the chocolate into fine pieces.
  5. Add the chocolate: Scoop the chocolate into the cream. Stir gently to distribute the chocolate through the cream and then let it sit for a few minutes to give the chocolate time to soften and melt.
  6. Stir the mixture: With a spatula or wooden spoon, stir the ganache. At first it might look spotty and broken but keep stirring until it comes together in a creamy mass.
  7. Cool the ganache: Cool the ganache as specified in your recipe, or as described here:
  • If you plan on pouring the ganache over a cake, pie, or pastry, it will need to be loose enough to flow but thickened enough to stay on the pastry.
  • To whip the ganache for frosting or for layer cake filling, cool the ganache until it is thick, but still soft, and then beat in a stand mixer or with a hand held mixer, until the ganache is fluffy and has lightened in color, about 1 or 2 minutes.
  • To use the ganache make truffles, you may need to set the pan in the refrigerator so the ganache cools. Remove the pan every 5 minutes or so and stir so that the ganache cools evenly. As the chocolate begins to stiffen, stir it more frequently — it will go from soft to very hard quite suddenly. (If this happens, soften the ganache over gently simmering water, stirring until you've reached the right consistency again.)
  • The easiest way to work with ratios is to measure both the cream and the chocolate by weight. If you don't want to weigh your cream, remember that 1 cup of liquid is 8 ounces.
Source: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-ganache-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-41099
Due to my Raya leave approved at the very last minute, I have to purchase the Business Class tickets to go back to hometown in Kuching

It cost me MYR499.26 from KL to Kuching (25 Jun 2017, 0945hrs), and MYR258.64 from Kuching to KL (29 Jun 2017, 2055hrs)

On 25 Jun 2017, i took the shuttle from Subang Airport to KLIA at 6.00am. So I reached KLIA at almost 7am. So, straight away, I go and check in.The counter gave me a meal voucher, MYR20.00
So I went to Cafe Barbera and buy myself a cup of coffee and croissant sandwich.

In the cabin
 Blanket & pillow
 The pillow
Welcome drink, apple juice

Breakfast on board: Nasi Lemak with Rendang, cut fruits, croissant, muffin & soft drink. 

At home
Since my brother will only reach Kuching on the 2nd day of Raya, so no Berjarah session for the 1st day of raya. So spent some time with my family especially the youngest nephew of mine, Zafri. Also bought some Gindaco takoyaki and Mr Donut's donuts.
I brought the Kek Lapis Asam Manis I baked the day before too.

Amielza Zafri Ashraf enjoying his Raya treat.

Our Raya cakes. All prepared by dearest Mak.

Dah 3 ari dah nya xda, still berasa piluk ati. Naip tuk pun, mata beraik.
Mun ikutkan, xpernah pun bsalam or dekat ngan nya, tapi impact nya sangat kuat.
Jasa org ninggal tok nan mmg xkan sapa2 dpt ulang, or polah lagik. Harap2 sapa2 yg nyambung keja tok nan, teruskan lah
During the 2017 New Year Eve, on the 31 Dec 2016, I went to Genting Highlands with my best buddy Efie Omar. I won myself 2 tickets to watch the Ultraman Live in Genting. Since there were no hotel available in Genting Highlands itself, we booked a room nearby. 

The show itself was in the afternoon. After the show, we walk around Genting Highlands before we proceed to the hotel.

On the 01 Jan 2017, we tried the new Awana Sky

1 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) 
Used to make soft drink, water, sports drink, ketchup, and salad dressing bottles, and peanut butter, pickle, jelly and jam jars.
GOOD: Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.
2 High density polyethylene (HDPE)
Milk, water, and juice bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs, cereal box liners, and grocery, trash, and retail bags.
GOOD: Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones.
3 Polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) 
Most cling-wrapped meats, cheeses, and other foods sold in delicatessens and groceries are wrapped in PVC.
BAD: To soften into its flexible form, manufacturers add “plasticizers” during production. Traces of these chemicals can leach out of PVC when in contact with foods. According to the National Institutes of Health, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), commonly found in PVC, is a suspected human carcinogen.
4 Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Some bread and frozen food bags and squeezable bottles.
OK: Not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones, but not as widely recycled as #1 or #2.
5 Polypropylene (PP)
Some ketchup bottles and yogurt and margarine tubs.
OK: Hazardous during production, but not known to leach any chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer or disrupting hormones. Not as widely recycled as #1 and #2.
6 Polystyrene (PS)
Foam insulation and also for hard applications (e.g. cups, some toys)
BAD: Benzene (material used in production) is a known human carcinogen. Butadiene and styrene (the basic building block of the plastic) are suspected carcinogens. Energy intensive and poor recycling.
7 Other (usually polycarbonate)
Baby bottles, microwave ovenware, eating utensils, plastic coating for metal cans
BAD: Made with biphenyl-A, a chemical invented in the 1930s in search for synthetic estrogens. A hormone disruptor. Simulates the action of estrogen when tested in human breast cancer studies. Can leach into food as product ages.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/which-plastics-are-safe.html#ixzz4EIsi2rq1

From now until 11 July 2016, Pixajoy is giving 1 Free Personalised Name Card for their customers! Go to http://www.pixajoy.com.my/name-card-theme/foc to get your free name card!
But, you are subject to postal charges.

Hehehe. As if like I am doing the Promotion during Ramadhan! Actually, there are a few promotion on going during this Holy month in Malaysia. I am listing just a few that have caught my attention!
The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a very special place for me! I went there for my 30th birthday in 2012, then 2013 and with my parents in 2014! Surely, I missed Bangkok so much.I just wish I can visit Bangkok again!

Back in 2012. Supposedly a group trip of 4, became a pair trip of 2 at the very last minute! Just a week and a few days before the trip, 2 of us cancelled the trip. Leaving me and Firdaus to decide whether to go or not to go. We shorten the trip from 4 days to 3 days (24-26 Nov 2012). We celebrated my 30th birthday in Bangkok on a Tuk Tuk!

At the very last minute, I managed to found a hostel, Saphaipae Hostel! A very well known hostel in Bangkok! Me and Firdaus stayed there for 2 nights! There are TV room and a laundry room! I remember watching Spider-Man movie in Thai language! Hehehe

We asked the direction to Chatuchak Weekend Market at the concierge and luckily, we found the famous market!

We went back to Bangkok for a little shopping for Firdaus' mini online business. We stayed at the same hostel, but this time we paid for the deluxe double bed.

I went to Bangkok for the 3rd time, and this time with my parents. We also stayed at the same hostel, just that we booked the double bed for my parents, and I took the mixed dorm. Most of my activities was at my parents' room.

Brought my parents to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, then the market next to it Or Tor Kor Market. We went to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and also the shopping complexes.

At Chatuchak Weekend Market, I never failed to go to Mix Me Grass Jelly Drink

My main transportation are the public transport such as the BTS, the MRT, the taxis, the buses and the Airport Rail Link.

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