Access Fresh Coconut Juice with just a Straw

May 18th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

I wanted to share a small bit of happiness with you that made my day. I learned a super helpful tip from my mom. If you love coconut juice you will love this method, it requires very little effort. Bonus tip at the end. A little violent but very easy to open the coconut to access the coconut meat.  Hope you will find the tips useful.

Easy Braids Inspired by Chinese Dramas

February 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

In this easy braids hairstyle tutorial I will show you how to braid a pair of cute braids inspired by Chinese dramas. Braiding hair this way creates two braids that are both traditional and trendy at the same time. These braids could be styled in retro, modern, or cosplay hairstyles. There’s endless possibilities. I had fun with this hair challenge. I hope you will have fun experimenting! These braids are perfect for Chinese New Year!

Review: Skechers Girl’s Glitzy Fitz Blue/Multicolor Mary Jane Shoe, Size 2

January 27th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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I went window shopping at Nordstrom and found these adorable Mary Jane. When I saw these from afar I thought they were so cute and maybe just a little too cute for an adult. I couldn’t resist and tried them on anyways. They had the same same gel padding as the sneakers, extremely comfortable.

The shoes are super flexible. It’s weaved with multicolored ribbons and glittery blue elastics. I could fit size 1, 1.5, and 2. I decided on a size 2 because it was looser and didn’t leave an mark on my foot. Size 2 had more toe space and the sole were wider and held my foot better. Size 2.5 was too big. The shoes are finely crafted and looks very slim. I especially love the bright playful colors. It reminds me of Japanese origami or a Japanese kimono. Very classy. The gel pad plus pink air sole is not only cute overload but also a dream to walk on. I’ve walked over 3 miles in these and it felt like I was stepping on a pillow. I didn’t expect them to be so comfortable to wear. This is a great addition to my closet, a splash of happiness. I love them :).

They sell for $49.95. Fortuantly for me I had a $20 coupon from Nordstrom that was expiring soon. So it this was a great deal for me. So happy!

DIY Treadmill Desk: Daily Effortless Exercise

January 20th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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I LOVE my DIY treadmill desk! I finally found an effortless way to exercise which means I just reached one of my hardest goal to excercise daily from my Top Goals List.

After hacking my treadmill into a desk, exercise takes no conscious effort. I have lost about 1-2 lbs and 1 3/8″ around my waist in about one month. I am surprised by my perseverance and urge to walk more and more, there’s immediate improvements to my health and  it’s really easy to incorporate into my daily routine. Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I have millions of excuses for not exercising although I know it’s good for me. I’ve tried countless forms of exercise with abundant failures and guilt for not persevering.

I work from home with a job that requires me to sit in front of a computer over 8 hours a day. After work I love to watch movies online. My bottom was to glued to a chair until I finally went to bed in the late hours. Even if I hadn’t read any articles about how sitting is the new treading killer, I could feel deteriorating changes in my body. Visible fat were building up especially in my belly. I had numbness in my feet, arms and fingers. I even felt odd pains in my fingers and toes tips. I had weird headaches right at the top of my head. I was always sleepy after eating and was always feeling very tired during the day. Insomnia is also a big problem that’s been following me for over 5 years.

My longest track record of exercise was about two months. It took all my willpower and self  discipline to get to that point. I slimmed down a little and lost about 1-2 lbs. Not long after doing my two favorite forms of exercise, jump rope and slow jogging, I developed ankle and knee pains. I had to stop. In October 2014, I decided to pick up on exercise and hoping to stick with it. This time I started really slow, jumping at 30sec sets days and hoping to build better muscle support. Within a week or two the pains started again. I was not happy and didn’t know what to do. I heard from a friend, who lost 20 lbs and is in good sustaining shape, that the elliptical was a good low impact exercise. I decide to do some research on it and found most elliptical had a large stride. For a short person like me who is 4’10.5″ tall the elliptical that fit my stride had a steeper price.

While I was struggling between the choice of health or money I found a video online with a man using a treadmill desk. In his videos made before using the treadmill desk he look totally like a different person. He had lost 8o lbs in a year! Now I am not greedy, I just want to loose about 10 lbs and most importantly get my health back in line. Lazy as I am and knowing this was a slow form of exercise, my eyes bulged and was determined to figure this out. What he did was walk at a very slow speed of 1-2 mph while working. When he got tired he stood while working. So I researched the model he was using, LifeSpan Fitness TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk, it is costs $1,499.00 !!! Again the question was money or health??? It was a big investment to consider and I didn’t know if this type of exercise would cause any problems for me or if I could stick with it. I had issues with walking / running on a treadmill and preferred walking and running outside. The bulkiness of the desk and treadmill would make returning it a pain.

Some people online hacked their treadmill into a treadmill desk and I thought I’d give it a try. I had an old treadmill sitting in dust after my knees and feet started paining.

My DIY treadmill desk hack:

I found a piece of thin board that fit across the treadmill, some leftover 1″ x 2″ boards to block the board from sliding down, and enough wires and plastic strings to wrap and hold the 1″ x 2″ boards together. I used our swamp cooler to hold the monitor and laptop in front of the treadmill. It was the perfect height for my monitor. Use whatever works for your treadmill, be creative. Just as long as it’s sturdy, anything would work.

Using the treadmill desk:

My normal speed in the first 2-3 weeks was about 0.5 – 0.8 mph. Then I slowly increased to 1.0 – 1.4 mph. In the beginning I had to adjust the time and speed a lot to make my ankles and knees comfortable. My goal was to exercise long terms and was not rushing for results. I found 1.3 mph to be the most comfortable speed to watch videos, email, talk on the phone, and some repeating tasks. I can walk about 2-3, 1 hr, sessions throughout the day now. In the beginning I over did it and cut back on the duration and sessions until I built up to it. Most importantly I learned to pay attention to my body an sat down if i needed to rest. You can view my notes for details and progress here.

Pros:

  • Amazingly, I can sleep throughout the night now.
  • I don’t feel sleepy during the day.
  • I feel more energized.
  • I can concentrated better at what I am reading and learning while walking.
  • I can walk 15 mins after eating. Since I am walking at such a slow speed, it actually helps move my intestines and help with digestion. I don’t feel bloated like usual when I sit all day.
  • I can watch my favorite movies or videos. This is a dream for me. I love watching Chinese dramas. I can watch it for hours and now I can exercise at the same time. No time wasted.
  • I don’t feel guilty for not exercising, actually I want to walk more because I am just enjoying movies.
  • I have more time to do other things.
  • I don’t feel like I am exercising. There’s no conscious effort, time flies by really quickly.
  • I don’t dread exercise.
  • I am able to persist. I am almost done with my 60 days challenge and aiming to keep going to 90 days, 120 days, 150 days etc. building a healthy habit of exercise.
  • I feel more confident about my health and improvements, most if not all my symptoms had gone away.
  • I can exercise in any weather, very convenient.
  • I will be able to exercise like this until old age and it won’t be hard to do, as long as I can walk.
  • Cost me $0 to make.

Cons:

  • A bit noisy for talking on the phone.

Tips:

  • Ergonomics
    • Hands should rest 90 degrees level with the keyboard
    • Monitor should be eye level and tilted up about 10 degrees
    • Stand up straight with stomach sucked in
  • Standing
    • A foam mat makes it a lot more comfortable to stand on when you are not walking
  • Shoes or No Shoes
    • Barefoot walking didn’t really go well for me although it’s suppose to be good for circulation. It’s doable at such slow speed but I was not comfortable after about a week or two.
    • Good sneakers really helped. I bought a pair of Sketchers with memory foam gel-infused sneakers. It’s been a dream to walk on and I no longer have any ankle or knee pains.
  • Don’t concentrate on lbs lost, concentrate on health improvements. The treadmill desk is meant to give you an opportunity to move more and minimized sitting time. It is not a quick way to loose weight. Some have lost lost of weight but some have lost only a few lbs in 6 months but most have more stamina and clothes fits a lot better. It is important to listen to your body cut back or walk more according to how you feel. If you don’t feel well, REST a day or more to recover before you continue.

I had an opportunity to try the LifeSpan Fitness Treadmill Desk at a local sport equipment store. there’s practically no noise at the lower speeds below 2pmh, anything above creates some noise but is nothing close to my treadmill’s noise. It also has a automatically adjustable height that is perfect for my height at the lowest setting. I will definitely invest in a treadmill desk after my DIY treadmill desk dies.

Update 4/2017

I was a bit over zealous and hurt my knees using the treadmill desk too often. You can read more about it here. Please be sensible and don’t repeat my mistake 🙁

DIY Natural Looking Fake Bangs: From stiff to soft bangs

September 24th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Hi everyone, I finally got my fake bangs to look right. I am really excited to share it with you. If you have a deep desire for bangs like me but…

1) You have wires for hair
2) You don’t want to wait for it to grow back

Then play with this idea, it may turn your broom into a cute little side swept bang. All you need is a comb, hair pins, plastic ties and some water.

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