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RECIPE: Lo Hon Zai ( 罗汉斋) | Buddha’s Delight for Chinese New Year

Many Chinese begin the morning of Lunar New Year with Buddha’s Delight or Lo Hon Zai (simplified Chinese: 罗汉菜; traditional Chinese: 羅漢菜). As it’s a mixed vegetables dish, commonly known as chap chai (literally: mixed …

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Optimum 9400 High-Speed Vortex Blender

I have quite a lot of machines in the kitchen. However, a powerful blender is not one of them. I’ve been contemplating to get one but it seems that a handblender is enough for my …

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DIY: How to grow mint and other herbs from the supermarket

Do you have extra mint that you can’t finish? Instead of letting them rot and eventually throwing them away, why not plant them instead? Or you have a pot of flourishing mint which you are told …

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What kind of fish is safe to eat and less contaminated with heavy metals?

I’ve recently returned from a trip to Penang, an island famous for it’s delicious food like char koay teow, asam laksa and cendol.  It’s a ‘makan trip’ to savour the best food Penang has to …

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PLACES: Tropical Spice Garden in Penang

Until the discovery of Asia’s Hidden Eden at a local bookstore in Penang, I did not know of the existence of Tropical Spice Garden. This award-winning eco-tourism destination is tucked away from the busy city and …

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Natural dish washing liquid in Malaysia

Have you thought of the quality of the dish washing detergent that you are using? If you buy it from the supermarket, chances are that it’s commercial detergent made from harsh chemical. If you’re looking …

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How to start an edible apartment garden? (even without a balcony)

Do you always dream of having an edible garden but you are limited by space, skills and time? Me too. But I’ve learned that even if you stay in an apartment with no balcony, never planted …

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Why not add chia seeds into your water bottle?

I believe that the key to a healthier lifestyle is made of little changes and turning them into lifelong habits. If you eat out everyday, it’s almost impossible to light meals at home overnight. Unless you …

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DIY: Money plant in glass bottle

I’ve started a little garden in my apartment which I fondly name Mini Eden (Yes, there’s Adam and Eve in form on Lego people). It started with some air-filtering plants which I purchased from the …

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5 simple gardening projects for an apartment garden

As I’ve just started a small apartment garden at home, I read Guide to Gardening in Small Spaces by Stephanie Choo’s with much delight. Besides talking about the basics of gardening, the avid gardener who …

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How to fold origami swan using napkins

Recently I’ve been mad about folding boxes and animals from paper (see: origami snack box). I have an book on origami and few sets of origami paper on my coffee table. Whenever I feel like taking …

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How bone broth can keep you looking young?

I was on the plane, sitting next to a Malaysian who just graduated from university and Australian lady who in her sixties is already a great-grandmother. As we spoke about myriad of things, our situation …

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