this is a continuation of the first part of #100happydays (read my first post here)
because I absolutely don’t keep track (actually I have to refer back) on to how many days I’m at already.. So I’ll do updates on every 10 days
I started on 12th Feb 2014, and my 100th happy day would be on…… 23rd May 2014 and oh my! it’s just 1 day after my birthday. HAHA, what a coincidence.. So anyway, let’s not look too far.
“The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
― Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council
After about 3 weeks on this little but BIG project, I realize that it is easier to forgive and let go, and not hold grudge against people or matters that you do not like. remember there is always a choice, a choice to remember the person you hate with full of unease in you, or a choice to be at peace with it and head on for a better day tomorrow.
Next, I’m going to do something different. Rather than just being happy myself, I’ll Pay-it-Forward.
Let’s see what you or me do..
- Open the door for someone.
- Give a helping hand when you see someone carrying alot of stuff.
- Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you in line.
- Pay for someone’s meal behind you at a fast-food drive-thru.
- Help someone with their groceries or bags.
- Drop off a toy or game at a hospital.
- Leave anonymous thank you notes to teachers.
- Invite a friend to the movies or dinner.
- Bring a treat to work to share with your coworkers.
- Donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. (unfortunately, I can’t)
- Be a courteous driver. Let people merge in front of you.
- Leave encouraging post-it notes in library books and other random places.
…. oh well, let your creativity run wild..
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
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Well I wanted to put “best” on the title, but I haven’t eaten the world’s amount worth of chocolate tart to say so. So for now, it is the best for me. If I added a thin layer of the glossiest chocolate ganache on top, it would have been picture perfect. I haven’t made it for many years, the first was in 2006 when I was in LCB. Whatever chocolate stuffs that came out from there tasted damn good (some abit too sweet) because we use valrhona chocolate.
No hanky panky stuffs like fake chocolate, or cooking chocolate..
This tart is so dark, intense and creamy, that if you use anything other than a good quality dark couverture chocolate, you are not showing enough respect for it.
And with the addition of rasperries on top, it makes it even lovelier. the sourness of the raspberry, immediately cuts through the richness of the tart. I must be lucky (or probably there are just in season from wherever they came from) cause usually when I buy raspberries, they are very sour. This time, it was just nice. even the raspberries were so beautiful to eat.
I have this sudden sweep of emotion a couple of days ago. I looked back at my LCB blogging days entries (which I’ve privatize, sorry I won’t be opening that blog, don’t ask) I miss blogging like this. Just me, and the tart. No press releases, no reference, no contest, no checking on the blogstats, no calorie counter (uh, kidding on the last one). Just something very enticing, so delicious it fills you up with this warm, fuzzy feeling of contentment and satisfaction.
Dark Chocolate Tart
- 140g All purpose Flour
- 100g butter
- 25g cocoa powder
- 60g pure icing sugar
- 1 egg yolks
- pinch of salt
- 80ml Milk
- 200ml cream
- 200g Dark Couverture
- 1 Egg, beaten
- For the tart. Sieve dry ingredients, rub in butter till crumbly. Add egg yolks. Roll out dough. Pin out to about 3mm thick, line on a 10″ tart dish. Chill before baking. Blind bake partly. Well, in the sense that it’s just half cooked. Bake at 180 for about 15-20 minutes
- For the filling. Boil milk and cream. Pour over chocolate and stir to melt. Add egg and stir till well combined. Pour into tart mould and bake at 150 C till set (8-10 minutes). When it sets, it wouldn’t be wobbly if you shake it. Like, creme brulee. Put in fridge to cool. Demould and serve with fresh raspberries. Or, just plainly dust it with icing sugarr
How many of you feel guilty of not spending more me-time to pamper yourself. Too busy working or taking care of your family? or think that is too expensive?
In a survey commissioned by Dove® Body Wash* amongst 108 women aged between 18-35 years, time and money are the biggest hurdles in pampering oneself on a regular basis. According to the recent survey, a total of 55% of women claimed that they have between 1-2 hours of “me time” in a day, of which work is ranked the No.1 interrupter of “me time” and a total of 89% of women agree that family always comes first ahead of ‘me time’.
Also, about 75% of women agree that indulging their skin on a daily basis is too expensive and the majority of women (88%) agree that indulging in spas are expensive.
Well, now don’t feel to bad if you are not treating your body right, you can start now! Most women would love more time to themselves to indulge in pampering their skin and engaging in healthy activities to nurture their overall beauty and wellness, wouldn’t they?
Dove® Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ has recently launched the Dove® School of Skindulgence Facebook campaign as a solution to encourage women to indulge and pamper themselves on a daily basis in less time and with less money…and all in the comfort of their own home. YES!
Dove® Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ is proven to be better than milk. The unique blend of moisturizing and nourishing ingredients replenishes nutrients back into the skin while you shower. That in itself is daily pampering for your skin. I went to their launch before last year and we attended a cooking class too. Also met cheesie there! Read about it here.
But, that’s not enough! “Women are encourage to take a step further and pledge through the Dove® School of Skindulgence Facebook campaign to love themselves, eat right, and stay active through simple no-hassle, no fuss, inexpensive activities that they can do at home for themselves,” said Siti Suhaila Abd Hamid, Brand Manager, Unilever (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd.
But how ? Alot of people think eating healthy is expensive and time-consuming, alot of people think that in order to stay active, you need to join a gym and in order to pamper yourself, you need to spend lots of money to go to spa and massage parlours. Well? Not anymore!
Let me show u a few ways, divided in 3 pillars; eat right, stay healthy and self-pampering
Is eating right costly, time consuming and hard to do ? Well, it’s not THAT difficult. You need some planning and some recipes for reference.
The chefs from Unilever Food Solution is here to show us some easy recipes and tips. So we managed to try and make some simple salad
On top, would be a Japanese Soba Noodle Salad with mushroom, and at the bottom is a Chicken and Broccoli salad with lemon dressing. Since I have been packing lunches and breakfasts everyday, it has become a habit for me to do so, like my overnight oats, wraps, and salads. And I can say that by eating less carbs and fatty stuffs in the morning, I get more energy for the rest of the day and do not feel so fatigue.
2nd pillar, Stay Active. Now I think this is abit hard for me as I do not exercise everyday. Although I do some hula hooping and planking and walking the dogs sometimes, but, u know, not the fancy schmancy stuffs. But I guess that’s also the perception of most people that you need to join a gym or a fitness center to keep fit. Actually, WRONG!
Exercising can be done anywhere, especially in your house! Make use of the walls, the chairs, stools, staircase! Also, if you keep a pedometer, walk 10,000 steps a day and you are doing yourself good. Do a google pinterest check and there are many ways to stay healthy. Yoga is also a good way to keep yourself healthy and meditate your mind.
So while googling “how to stay active with your dog” I found this picture. HAHA Bodyweight exercise can do wonders by building strength and speed. But for weight-lifting on the go, turn to your pooch! The dog looks pretty happy here but I doubt my dogs would be this still in this “doggie-weight” exercising. Heh.
The 3rd pillar would be, self pampering, all about you. You can only be as good as the care you give yourself. One of the pampering methods would be by using Dove® Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™ to nourish back your skin while you shower.
I also did a moisture test with milk and the Dove® Body Wash with NutriumMoisture™. Showering with regular body washes that do not contain nourishing ingredients can cause dry skin damage as they strip the skin of its natural moisture. Dove® has discovered how to effectively nourish skin in the shower during cleansing. Instead of skin feeling dry and tight once you step out of the shower, you are left with nourished and moisturised skin, just as if you went for a spa treatment. When your skin feels good, you would feel good!
Now that you have an idea, join this Dove® School of Skindulgence 21-days campaign by logging into facebook.com/mydovebodywash
Like My Dove Body Wash FB page. Click on School of Skindulgence tab.
Find out how.
To join, yes, click register now. After taking the pledge on the Facebook app, you will over 21 days, challenge yourself to achieve the three main pillars of Skindulgence – pamper yourself, eat right, and stay active.
You have to share at least one photograph daily via Instagram hash-tags, (#skindulgence #betterthanmilk #eatright #stayactive) with a minimum total of 21 photographs (7 photographs per pillar) in the 21 days of how you take care of yourself at HOME.
Key in your particulars, and if you are a member of the Butterfly Project, do check that box. Remember this is an Instagram-posting contest. So you need to log into your IG account or sign up for 1 if you don’t have already.
Also in order for them to be able to track your postings, you need to click Authorize.
Choose the date that you want to start. The challenge starts on 1 March 2014 and ends on 30 April 2014. You can start anytime between 1st March to 10th April. But you need to post consequtively for 21 DAYS.
Now that’s not all! For eight weeks, three winners will be selected each week based on their creativity on each activity and they will each win RM100 worth of Dove Body Wash hamper. The 10 grand prize winners will have the memorable experience of a 3 day/2 night island getaway to Krabi !! WAH I WANT!!!
I’ve taken the pledge and you will see my posts for the next 21-days on Instagram (follow me @sweesan) ! So join along! This contest is open to everyone regardless you are a student, mother, blogger, or workaholic! See the change in you physically AND emotionally after 21 days
But remember, your postings NEED to be on a consequtive of 21 days after you have pledged and it must contain these hashtags
1. Eating right = #skindulgence #eatright
2. Stay Healthy = #skindulgence #stayactive
3. Self Pampering = #skindulgence #betterthanmilk