#BodyLove 2016 – Have some lamb chops!

My man and I love lamb.  It’s fatty, juicy, tender and absolutely delicious!  Because we don’t take beef, lamb is our favourite red meat and a staple in our diets.  Staple because I’m doing the cooking and get to decide our meals, HAH! 😛  He really enjoys a piping hot, hearty, home-cooked dinner with moi! 😀

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Colleagues asked for a step by step guide, so I took photos along the way!  Melt 2 cubes of butter at medium-high heat.

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We marinated the chops overnight.  Poke holes in them and rub in red wine, mixed herbs, oyster sauce and black pepper.  Once the butter starts to sizzle, brown the chops.

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Reduce the heat to low, cover and let them cook for at least an hour.  Add a little water from time to time to prevent them from burning.

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When they’re tender, you can season them further with oyster sauce, more mixed herbs, black pepper and red wine.  Stir in potato chunks and baby carrots, cover and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes.

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When the potatoes are soft, take them out and let them cool a little.  They taste sweeter this way.  Now there’s room for your green capsicums.  Mix them in so they absorb the sauce too!

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When the dish is ready, turn up the heat again, add the potatoes, let the sauce start to boil, then it’s time to serve.

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So there you have it, some gorgeous, gorgeous, lamb chops and a balanced meal!

Voila!

Wishing you fun,

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Fat activists and the ‘gimme more’ culture

I wrote about having fat friends and my belief that fat people shouldn’t be tormented because of their size.  I also wrote that my disgust lies with fat activists who spread lies about healthy eating and the harm they do to the fatosphere and body positive community.  There’s just 1 more beef with the fat activists – their greed.  Does this trait contribute to their obesity?  I leave it up to you to decide.

To illustrate, there are many articles over at XOJane, Bustle, Ravishly, Huffington Post, Shakesville and the fat activists’ personal blogs.  Most times, I’m interested in the comments because they offer different perspectives.  Somebody may offer a little nugget of truth that I never considered before.  Then I noticed 1 more thing about fat activists – no matter what society does to cater to them, it’s never enough.

They wanted more plus-sized clothes.  Plus-sized shops sprang up to cater to this increasing market.  It was not enough.  They demanded that other stores which sell normal sizes expand their selections to include them too.  Case in point: Victoria’s Secret and Lululemon, just to name 2.

Next came the insistence that larger bodies be represented in the media because they think that beauty standards influence what society thinks is beautiful.  More heavyweight singers and actresses are given roles and opportunities to showcase their talent.  It was not enough.  They demanded that more obese women be given romantic roles and be seen as sexy.

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Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more more more more more!!!

They demand the right to take up space, to overflow unapologetically into your seat on flights, on other forms of public transport, at the theatre, at sports events, at basically everywhere.  They demand that hospitals treat their temperamental and volatile minds with more delicacy, larger MRI machines and other medical equipment, conveniently forgetting the reinforced beds and seats to accommodate them.

When Lane Bryant launched its line of plus-sized lingerie, it’s campaign wasn’t met with satisfaction, congratulations and encouragement.  No, they were criticised for not featuring more diverse bodies in their campaign.  Jes Baker even wrote an Open Letter to them, essentially to tell them to do more and do better.  The same goes for the #PlusIsEqual campaign.  Some fat activists criticised them too.

In Chinese, there’s a saying that ‘give an inch, take a mile’ to illustrate greed, i.e. you give in some but some people will want even more.  They’re never satisfied.  It applies very well to the fat activists who’re always demanding more more more from companies and society under the guise of ‘you can do better’ or ‘you can do more for our cause’.

But what have the fat activists given in return?  What contribution did they make to society?  They’re just taking without giving anything back.  The greed is astounding.  It is never enough for these people, so when will society say enough is enough and stop with this nonsense?

Wishing you fun,

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Body Positive – Healthy lunches!

There’s no sense denying that there ARE young girls struggling with anorexia and bulimia in order to whittle themselves down to really thin proportions like runway models.  It’s heartbreaking to hear about it and to see photos of their emaciated bodies.  Reading about their diets is worrying because of the malnutrition it inevitably results in.

Yet, the Fat Acceptance and HAES movements, despite their so-called ‘beautiful’ personalities, capitalise on the suffering of those with anorexia and bulimia by using them as smokescreens instead of sympathising with them.  These super thin young girls are wasting away and, instead of empathising with them like what they demand for themselves, these FAM and HAES hypocrites claim that being thin equals starvation.

No.  It does not.

It also doesn’t mean being hungry all the time.

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I won’t pretend that I don’t eat salads.  I do.  But it doesn’t mean that meals need to be boring.  There’s the gorgeous grilled veggie stack at Cedele with a yummy potato cake at the bottom and there’s also the smoked duck salad Shak, Yen Ling and I love so much at The Green Bar.

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There’re also flavourful fish soups!  You can choose between healthier steamed sliced fish or the tastier fried fish chunks.  I usually opt for the latter, heh 😛  The above was eaten at some coffee shop along Beach Road and the pricier cod soup with brandy is available at Cafe 2000 at M Hotel.

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TWG varies the fillings in their fabulous quiches, which are served with salads.  I never fail to order their fragrant teas to go along with my meals : )

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Nando’s chicken tenders are made from real chicken and not processed ‘meat’ that fastfood chains like to use.  Juicy and soft chicken boobies drenched in their spicy sauce are very satisfying indeed!

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I’m going stark raving mad about the grilled sea bass on eggplant in tomato coulis at Cedele.  Boy does it make healthy eating taste great!

In a nutshell, we’re not all supposed to be models.  If everyone is a model, then who else will fill the other occupations and be specialists in their fields?  What is important is taking care and making the most of what we were born and blessed with.  It’s only when we know we made the effort that we can be confident and resilient in the face of insults.

‘No!  You’re supposed to be weeping when we insult you because you can only think/talk/act like us, or you’re just a sad, sad retard’ – shriek feminists and manginas like Angry Man 😛

Couldn’t resist 😛

Wishing you fun,

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Radical feminists and their so-called ‘misogyny’

Reading what radical feminists have to say (and they say A LOT), one would have the mistaken view that western men are all pompous, arrogant and rude bastards just waiting for the chance to tear down women.  I won’t deny that there’re such people, especially amongst the MGTOWs, but the majority of the western expats here are polite, friendly and *gasp* gentlemanly!

Maybe it’s because they were brought up by parents who instilled good moral values in them during childhood.  Maybe it’s because they’re educated.  Maybe it’s because they value appearance, which extends to behaviour and the way they treat people.  With most of the expats I encounter, they’re not as horrid as one expects them to be.  In fact, they’re very pleasant.

The British, Australians and Americans live and work amongst us.  Once in a while, a racist is exposed and sent packing (remember the Aussie who insulted locals while riding the train?).  However, the rest are respectful, courteous and accommodating.  Consequently, all interaction with them has been pleasant, even if we disagree about certain things.

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*Bimbo mode on*  Misogyny?  Is it edible like miso soup?

I have to say that these boys have manners.  They hold doors open for us.  They actually look happy when we thank them and smile at them.  They yell out cheerful greetings.  They like exchanging stories about experiences in their respective countries versus living in ours.  They’re open and accepting of dining venues.  They’re intelligent and articulate.

They thank us for help and don’t hesitate to return the favour sometime later.  They have a wicked sense of humour and enjoy making people laugh with their razor sharp wit.  Their culture is very different from ours in that they’re very outspoken whereas we’re more reserved.  In a sense, they bring variety to our lives and it’s fun!

Online, the men feminists declare ‘misogynists’ are just as charming.  Despite the fact that we don’t always see eye to eye, most of the ‘misogynists’ have been nothing but respectful, cordial and polite.  I don’t receive any of those insults nor ‘objectifying’ whatevernonsenseitisthatradicalfeministsliketoallege from them at all.  The interaction is mostly pleasant, mostly respectful.

So no, many men aren’t misogynists at all.  But coming into contact with the vile radical feminists, I might as well be labelled ‘misogynist’ too!

Wishing you fun,

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When in doubt, wear skorts!

In previous entries, I wrote about shorts being a godsend in our hot and humid climate.  Flutter shorts are more girly versions on those days we want to indulge our feminine side.  Another alternative is skorts.  An absolutely hot trend in 2015, they’ll continue to be fantastic wardrobe staples as the Year of the Fire Monkey rolls around in February.  The weather is notoriously hot in Wood and Fire element years, so don’t get rid of your shorts just yet!

There were so many lovely versions of skorts and culottes in 2015 that fashionistas were spoiled for choice.  I went a tad crazy and bought so many!  They’re so versatile that they can be dressed up or down in many different ways and paired with a variety of accessories.  I adore shorts and skorts for those times when my man whisks me away for short weekend getaways.

On flights or ferry rides, it’s good to be comfortable.  However, we don’t need to sacrifice style for comfort when there’re so many gorgeous designs and outfits available.  Sloppy isn’t a good look, even if the body positive community advocates wearing loose tees with sassy slogans when boarding a flight.  Here’s looking at you, Jes Baker 😛

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Skorts can pass off as skirts but provide similar levels of comfort that shorts do.  Pair them with girly kitten heels (the golden bow ones I had on in this photo are from Staccato) and wedge heels for added style, or ballet flats if you need to do a lot of walking.  I bought this versatile printed pair off MGP Label.  They update their stock frequently, so check back often!

People born in the Year of the Monkey are youthful, vibrant, mischievous, playful and colourful characters, so I expect fashion trends to move in this direction once the lunar year arrives.  Shorts and skorts are exactly that.  Can hardly wait for Chinese New Year!

Wishing you fun,

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Clothes for skinny minnies – Sophia Luv

I’ve bought many items from Sophia Luv because they’re so darned affordable and the cutting suits my figure.  Resistance is futile to any vain (and shallow :P) fashionista.  There used to be a shop at Iluma, but they closed the outlet and kept the one at Bedok Mall.  It’s still convenient to get there since it’s about a 10 minute drive from home : )

So if you’re looking to update your wardrobe, check out the girly and sassy designs at Sophia Luv.

       

These are their new arrivals.  I bought the floral skorts and the pink checked top! 😀  There’re many styles available, from feminine long dresses to sexy bodycon dresses.  Beware, it’s tempting to buy more than just 2 or 3.  Previously, I swept up some of their mini peplum dresses too 😛

Wishing you fun,

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#BodyLove 2016 – Japanese goodness

Japanese is 1 of the healthiest cuisines, ever!  It’s good news for lovers of healthy eating because there’s so much good food for us to enjoy.  My man and I enjoy sashimi, which makes dining together more pleasurable because we can share all the yummy fresh fish!  What can be better than guilt-free indulgence? : )

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Salmon mentaiki sushi

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Salmon mayo rolls topped with ebiko

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Spicy tuna rolls topped with mentaiki and ebiko

We started with these.  I introduced my man to mentaiki and he’s loved it ever since! 😀  I haven’t had the time to experiment in the kitchen ever since my relative fell ill, but once recovery is stable after the discharge from hospital, I’m going to try making some mentaiki sauce from scratch! 😀

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Salmon sashimi

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Japanese egg pancake

The egg was nice but we weren’t that crazy about the barbeque sauce and mayo.  The taste was far too strong and overwhelmed the natural fragrance of tasty eggs.

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Tofu in white sesame sauce with bonito flakes

My man loves agedeshi tofu, but I introduced him to something different.  There’s a very delicious version of tofu in white sesame sauce at Hide Yamamoto at Marina Bay Sands, but we spotted something similar on the menu.  So I ordered it and he gave it a try and……………….. he likes it!

We ate so much that we were extremely stuffed 😛  Still, it’s healthy food so we didn’t feel lethargic.  The same can’t be said for junk food.  Grab a healthy bite now!

Wishing you fun,

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