Independence is the way to happiness

For the first time in my life, I met a man who wholeheartedly takes pride in what he does for a living.  He epitomizes Maya Angelou’s quote, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Who could this man be?  He is one of the farmers in Halim Agro where I sometimes buy my organic vegetables….

Fasting and “Ngabuburit”

It’s the month of Ramadan and the season for ngabuburit. For my foreign readers, ngabuburit, as defined by Definithing, refers to the search for  amusement  or distraction while waiting for the day’s fast to end.  The best way to do this is to look for cooked food in the neighborhood.   There are lots of tempting…

Arisan – A wonderful way of connecting with family and friends

Arisan is an Indonesian tradition which started out as a form of credit union where members contribute an equal amount of money and each member takes turns receiving the group’s contribution.  Unlike a credit union, no interest is charged and one of the benefits that the members could get is an opportunity to have a relatively…

How to eat healthy, according to my mom

My mom used to teach in an elementary school in the outskirts of the city, so she would leave the house early in the morning and only get to come home in the afternoon.  Since the school we attended was a short walk from our house, we children had lunch at home with our dad. …

Juice first thing in the morning

One good habit that we can start is drinking juice first thing in the morning. For busy moms and dads, you may pare and/or cut up fruits in small pieces, then store them in the refrigerator the night before you need to drink your juice. If you want to prepare for a week, you may freeze…

Exercise and VCO for physical and mental health

If you remember, the first blog I shared on this website was my turning point on eliminating sugar from my diet and I also started to be more active, like walking to the bus station and taking the public transportation. Actually, I have already started my regular exercise on cross trainer and have been pulling…

Rainbow-colored meals

Sharing with you some pictures of colorful food you can prepare for yourself or your family. I just visited Jacob Olesen’s website, Color-Meanings.com, and got the following information regarding the benefits that we can get from eating colorful fruits and vegetables. Red fruits and vegetables contain lycopene and it’s a powerful antioxidant being investigated for…