Sunday, July 29, 2012

Beautiful pictures to daydream

Here is a set of collected photographs I find really beautiful and soothing. I like looking at the captions  whenever I feel low.
If you click on the pictures, you can see them in larger (therefore more beautifully striking) image, use the arrow to see the next ones.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

MSG / Glutamat

An Radio Ö1

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, 
Ich höre gern Ihre Sendungen besonders Help! und Radio Kolleg und finde dass sie sehr gut, informativ und interessant sind.
Ich habe die Sendungen über Natriumglutamat mit grossem Interesse verfolgt da ich unter Unverträglichkeit gegen Natriumglutamat leide, auch wenn es noch keinen wissenschaftlichen Nachweis dafür gibt. 
In Indonesien, wo ich geboren und aufgewachsen bin, verwendeten meisten Leute (leider auch meine Mutter) Glutamat.
(Anmerkung: Nicht nur in Indonesien, sondern auch in asiatischen Laden in Wien werden Glutamat in kleinen und großen Packungen verkauft)

Jetzt höre ich aber, dass mehr und mehr Indonesier die Verwendung von Glutamat ablehnen und sagen,

Sendung / Artikel über Green Smoothies?

Sg Damen und Herren
Ich habe dieses Email an Sie geschrieben, weil ich eine Frage zu den Empfehlungen des Gesundheitsministerium (Esspyramide) habe. 
Auf dieser Seite werden die folgenden Portionen von Gemüse und Obst empfohlen: 
Essen Sie täglich 5 Portionen Gemüse, Hülsenfrüchte und Obst.
Ideal sind 3 Portionen Gemüse und/oder Hülsenfrüchte und 2 Portionen Obst. 
Eine Portion entspricht: 
  • Gemüse gegart (200 – 300 g), 
  • Rohkost (100 – 200 g), 
  • Salat (75 – 100 g), 
  • Hülsenfrüchte (roh ca. 70 – 100 g, gekocht ca. 150 – 200 g), 
  • Obst (125 – 150 g),
  • Gemüse- oder Obstsaft (200 ml). 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Green Smoothie alert?

I have been drinking  green smoothie for more than three weeks now and still decide to drink it for

1. Health
Illustration by lisamanneh
I notice that though my energy level doesn't soar as many green smoothie fans claim, but it doesn't fluctuate strongly anymore as it used to.
Are  those used to poor diets get the benefits of green smoothies more than health conscious people..
(Note: Energy level may fluctuate due to different factors such as poor eating habits (no, not me, surely?!), thyroid problem (last time I let it checked, it was ok), sleep disorders (sometimes when I get excited, thinking about what articles I am going to write for this blog), depression (hmm, due Pre Menstrual Syndrome attack?), anemia (THIS can be the culprit), etc.)
I used to drink fruit juice in the morning but 1-2 hours later my stomach started to growl, an alarm signal saying that I had to eat something (this something was usually warm things like soup, rice and veggies, noodles, fish, or else, but cooked, mind you). If I waited longer, I felt weaker already. Maybe my blood sugar level was at that time already too low?
Now I don't seem to have that problem anymore, I only feel hungry but not weak if I eat later than usual.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

And that's how the fight started.....

One year, a husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot
as a Christmas gift.

The next year, he didn't buy her a gift.

When she asked him why, he replied,"Well, you still haven't used the
gift I bought you last year!"

And that's how the fight started.....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cooking like Jamie Oliver

Though I like trying and experimenting with new recipes, I rarely watch any cooking demonstrations on TV nor internet but prefer to look into cookbooks or eat at  certain restaurants and ask the name of the dishes. I will then look up in the internet for more information on the dishes and the recipes, just for some inspirations and creating similar dishes to my liking afterwards.

But it is easier and more practical to learn how to cook new dishes from the demo on TV, you will argue, one can see exactly how things are done and cannot go wrong from there.
Yes, you are right. But it can be depressing too to see how those cooks prepare everything so quickly and easily while in reality one needs much more time and efforts to do exactly as those guys do. But if you are as quick and skillful as those guys, then lucky you.
Me, I am not a professional cook, never attended any cooking classes in my life (except at school when cooking was obligatory, but lucky me, for some unknown reason I was always assigned to do petty and harmless tasks only like peeling garlic or washing the veggies), so I cannot expect to do what the cooks on TV do namely  set 4 different delicious dishes, in less than 30 minutes, as famous Jamie Oliver does.

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Events in /info on Vienna / Austria:

Free events / courses in the Vienna Public Libraries:

English-language Guide, Resource Directory and Virtual Community

Events, consultation for migrants

The battle between 2 wolves

Two wolves
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all."

"One is Evil -  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego."

"The other is Good -  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?" 

Finally, computer settings I understand.



My favorite: The mouse substitute!!

Way too much time in the kitchen!

Exhibitionist on action, ruuuuuun!

Mann - Frau

Die Frau kommt nach Hause: "Schatz, Schatz, pack die Koffer, ich hab
im Lotto gewonnen." Darauf der Mann "Oh, toll, fahren wir auf Urlaub?" 
"Nein, Du ziehst aus!"

Zwei Pfarrer unterhalten sich: "Du, hier ist ja überhaupt nichts mehrlos, keine Hochzeiten, keine Beerdigungen...""Ja, Du hast recht, und wenn ICH nicht ein bisschen unters Volk gehenwürde, hätten wir auch keine Taufen mehr...

Why am I married?

You have two choices in life:
You can stay single and be miserable,
or get married and wish you were dead.

At a cocktail party, one woman said to another,
"Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?"
"Yes, I am. I married the wrong man."

A lady inserted an ad in the classifieds:
"Husband Wanted".
Next day she received a hundred letters.
They all said the same thing:
"You can have mine."

Viennese for Americans / Canadians

A Phrase Book

 Whoa! Bummer.
 Total beschissn.
 Toe-tall bay-sheessin

 By the Committee for the Expansion and Advancement of Viennese as the
 Internationally Recognized World Language
 Edited by Scott Rhoades

English phrases: Robin Anderson, Todd Freter, Susan Purcell, Scott Rhoades
Viennese phrases: Martin Frischherz, Christian Guertler, Franz Hrazdira


 "I'm sorry. I don't speak Weanerisch."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Setagaya Park

One of the most beautiful parks  in Vienna, designed by Ken Nakajima a japanese landscape gardener in 1922. Visit the park anytime when you want to relax after a long day, or in the spring time if you can when the beautiful flowers are blooming, as you can see from the pictures below:

This is a place where you can admire the beauty of nature and the gardener's artful creation!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sollte Freundlichkeit das oberste Gebot sein?

Als ich noch als Office Managerin bei einem Frauenverein arbeitete, kamen die Damen ins Büro und erzählten mir von Ihren Erfahrungen über das Leben in Wien. Viele der Vereinsmitglieder waren Damen, die ihrem Ehemann folgten. Die Herren waren in Wien als Diplomaten, Manager oder ähnliches tätig. So kamen diese Leute aus vielen verschiedenen Ländern, von England, Australien, bis aus den USA.
Es war recht amüsant ihren Schilderungen zuzuhören, besonders wenn sie sich über das unfreundliche Verhalten mancher Verkäufer beschwerten.