Prince William and Kate Middleton, finally!

>> Friday, April 29, 2011

They sealed their marriage with a double kiss which could be a sort of good sign that they will live happily ever after. Well, that is if people would leave them alone so they can start their own life and family together.

I wish them happiness and peace!


Why Kate Middleton will not toss her wedding bouquet

>> Monday, April 25, 2011

From Vanity Fair:

Sadly there will be no pushing, shoving, and/or hair pulling at Miss Middleton’s wedding—at least not in an attempt to secure the coveted catch of the bridal bouquet. Kate will not be throwing her flowers, instead opting to politely place them on the grave of an unnamed soldier who fought in World War I. The Queen Mother began the tradition, leaving her arrangement on the grave of her brother Fergus, who died in combat in 1915.

From The Telegraph:

Prince William's fiancée is expected to leave her flowers on a black marble slab that covers the remains of the First World War soldier.

The Queen Mother began the long-standing tradition when her wedding posy was left at the grave in 1923 after her wedding to the Duke of York, later George VI.

She left the flowers in memory of her brother Fergus, killed in 1915 during the global conflict.

Tradition dictates that the day following royal weddings the floral tribute is sent to the Abbey after the official wedding pictures of the bride and groom have been taken.

The location of the Unknown Warrior's resting place at the west end of the Abbey in the centre of the nave will also have a bearing on the bride's procession to the altar.

Kate and her father Michael Middleton will have to make their way around the grave stone as it is the only one in the ancient building congregations are not allowed to walk on.

The Unknown Warrior's body was brought from France and buried on Armistice Day, November 11 1920.

It is thought the idea came from the Rev David Railton, who had served as a chaplain on the Western Front.

To the surprise of the organisers during the week after the burial an estimated 1.2 million people visited the Abbey, and the site is now one of the most visited war graves in the world.

The grave of the unknown soldier at Westminster Abbey  [Photo: ALAMY]


Prince William and Kate Middleton's Invitation


Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding Cake


A hidden bed

>> Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oh please God, let me have one for my studio.


Polish tumbler Jozef Wadecki's unbelievable act

>> Thursday, April 14, 2011

I couldn't believe my eyes! Amazing to the max.

"Not only does he get unbelievable height, Wadecki has nearly perfect form. His legs are straight, toes are pointed, and he doesn't deviate from the center line down the middle of the tumbling mat." [source]


Noodle Soup

Sick and too lazy to cook. That's what happened to me and my son yesterday so we just went out to "A & J" to try out their famous Beef Noodle Soup.

But if you are in the mood to make your own soup even though you're feeling sick, here is the recommended recipe for your Chicken soup.

The Ultimate Chicken Soup

Now that the cold and flu season is in full swing (witness the drippy red noses everywhere you look), it’s time to make a big batch of Dr. Ziment's Garlic Chicken Soup. We discovered this aromatic mixture while tracking down foods that double as medicine. Chicken soup was top of the list because pulmonary specialists have found that it actually helps clear the airways and reduce inflammation. But this spicy version is practically a wonder drug for head colds -- and it tastes amazing, especially if you love spicy food.

Devised by cold-and-cough expert Irwin Ziment, MD, who was chief of medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center when he cooked it up, the soup gets much of its power from red pepper flakes. They contain capsaicin, known as a fast, effective decongestant. In addition, the hefty dose of garlic -- 30 cloves, although they cook down to produce a much milder, sweeter flavor than one would expect -- loads the soup with enough phytochemicals to give it infection-fighting powers.

Dr. Z recommends 1 cup three times a day, and inhaling the vapors is part of the prescription. Soon, you'll be breathing again.

Dr. Ziment’s Garlic Chicken Soup
The spicier the soup, the better it will be at clearing your head, so be generous with the red pepper flakes -- just don't make the soup so hot you can't tolerate it.
2 quarts chicken broth
2 cups sliced carrots
2 garlic heads, about 30 cloves, peeled
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup minced cilantro
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed, or 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 bay leaf
Dried hot red pepper flakes, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a stockpot; bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Puree in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to pot, stir well, warm if necessary, and serve, or freeze in small containers.


A Mother's Day gift

>> Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nice gift for Mother's Day. Click here for more details.


President of Czech Republic steals pen?

Sorry, not to disrespect the president of Czech Republic but I just can't stop myself from lol. I find this so funny and I just needed the laugh. Some of the comments from readers were also hilarious for me. I don't think the guy is a thief or a clepto. The pen was really for him and I guess he just couldn't wait to keep it. I love to laugh and I always find funny stuff to laugh about. Not only because - according to my friends - I have a good sense of humor but most importantly because of its health benefits and I'm pretty sure we all knew that.

But in case you don't, well, according to some health experts:

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

You can read more about this here and here.


The usual Sunday

>> Monday, April 11, 2011

On our way to the church....

Then a simple lunch at Townsend Chinese Restaurant in Covina ....  
Egg flower soup (so so)
Love this fish fillet with ginger, garlic, and onion
Since we didn't have breakfast, this Egg with Shrimp was the best
Beef with Tomatoes (my husband didn't care)
Chinese Broccoli was excellent

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