Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sweet Corn Muffins

250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
80g gratd cheddar cheese
125g castor sugar
130g canned cream-style corn
2 eggs, lightly beaten
80g melted butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
225 ml milk
1/8 tsp salt

Grease a 12 hole muffin pan. Preheat oven to 190C.

Place sifted flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add grated cheese and sugar to mix.

Stir in melted butter, essence and salt. Gradually pour in milk and add in beaten eggs.

Add the corn and mix into a batter. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until well risen.

Roast Lamb Cutlets

650 g lamb cutlets
A dash of coarse ground black pepper
50g fennel, cubed
50g red capcisum, cubed

5 tbsp barbecue cause
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp ginger juice
3/4 tsp thick soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cornflour

Trim off any excess fat from the lamb cutlets. Chop into 3-4 cm lengths.

Season meat with marinade for several hours or preferably overnight in the refrigerator.

Arrange meat pieces on a lightly oiled wire rack and grill in preheated oven at 190 C. Grill for 10-15 minutes or until meat is cooked through.

With the remaining marinade, pour onto a nonstick saucepan. Add fennel and capsicum and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Dish out and serve with the lamb cutlets. Add a sprinkling of coarse ground black pepper.

Pan-Fried Spicy Chicken

500g chicken breast meat, cubed
4 tbsp oil
100ml thick coconut milk

Marinade (A)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp light soy sauce

Spice ingredients (B)
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp fennel powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 1/2 tbsp meat curry powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp chopped lemon grass
1 tbsp chopped galangal
2 cloves garlic
3 shallots

Seasoning (C)
3/4 to 1 tsp salt or to taste
1 tsp sugar or to taste

Season meat with marinade (A) and spice (B) for several hours.

Heat oil in a nonstick saucepan. Add marinated chicken and stir well for 2-3 minutes. In between cooking stir in coconut milk and add seasoning (C).

Dish out and place onto a piece of aluminum, foil. Wrap up and grill over preheated oven at 180 C. Grill for 15-20 minutes.

Remove, unwrap and serve with cucumber slices.

Grilled Satay Prawns

400g medium to large prawns
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Short bamboo skeweers

Marinate (ground)
2 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
6 shallots
2 cloves garlic

Dipping sauce (combined)
4 chili padi, chopped
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Thai chili sauce
1/8 tsp salt or to taste
1-2 tbsp sugar or to taste
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Shell prawns, leaving tails intact. Make a slit on the back of prawns and devein. Clean, then dab with kitchen paper towels.

Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl then rub mixture onto the prawns to season for 15 minutes.

Skewer the prawns and lightly brush with olive oil.

Grill the prawns in a preheated oven at 190 C until cooked. Serve the prawns with dipping sauce, if preferred.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Port Dickson 9th mile

These pictures were taken during low tide Sunday 21 2010, at 9th mile Port Dickson.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dengue Fever (Part 1)

Friday 15th October, I was at my farm in Pedas, doing the mid-month stock checking. I left the farm around 6pm and drove home to Kajang. Whilst driving, I felt nauseate and my head throbbed. But, thank God, I arrived home safely. Hubby was still in Pedas. I took 2 panadol active fast tablets and went to bed. It was just 8pm. Two hours later, I woke up and my head was hurting very badly.... I felt cold and was shivering, my whole body was aching so bad.... I could not even stand up....

But I made my way downstairs to the living room where hubby was watching television, having just returned home from Pedas. He thought I was sleeping and did not want to disturb me. He felt my forehead and it was hot. So, he quickly took me to the ER at KPJ Kajang.

My hubby had to put me in the wheelchair because I was unable to walk. The staff nurse took my temperature and it was 39 C. I was examined by the MO who after questioning n examining me, told me that I had gastric. He prescribed some medicines where the nurse told me to swallow. The nurse could only find the vein to insert the 'tube' thing after their 3rd attempt. It was painful. Anyway, after about an hour or so... the MO asked me whether I would like to be admitted or to return home. I chose the latter, after all my ailment was only gastric. The nurse then removed the 'tube' thing.

Anyway, the next morning I felt a lot better. But around noon, I began to feel nauseate, headache, feverish and my whole body n joints aching very badly.... My son, Badruzzaman then called my hubby. My hubby told Bard to take me to KPJ Kajang immediately. So, Bard, Wahiduzzaman and Sofiyah took me to KPJ Kajang.

Again, I needed to use the wheelchair. A different MO attended to me and I requested that I be admitted and my physician Dr Ong to attend to me. I was taken to Room 451 (VIP suite) at KPJ Kajang on 16th October (Saturday). Dr Ong then came and took samples of my blood for testing. I then requested that if I need the 'tube' thing to be inserted, could he please do it and not the nurse!!

When the results came, I was dengue positive. I was shocked beyond words!! Damn Aedes.. where n when did it bite me??? Anyway, I was told that a Health Officer from the Jabatan Kesihatan will be interviewing me since I was dengue positive. She came and asked me where I have been about a week ago. I told her I was in Singapore. Hmmmm... Singapore... Really???

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Doing tai chi reduces arthritis pain

THE CHINESE exercise regimen tai chi helps reduce fatigue and arthritis pain, a new study has found.

"Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the tai chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis," said Leigh Callahan, the study's lead author.

"We found this in both rural and urban settings across a southeastern state and a northeastern state," added Callahan, who is also associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

The scientists used 354 participants in the study, recruited from 20 locations in the states of North Carolina and New Jersey.

The patients were divided into two groups. One group received the eight-week, twice weekly tai chi course immediately while the other group received it later.

Participants had to have any type of arthritis, be 18 or older and able to move independently without assistance.

However, they were eligible for the study regardless of whether they could perform tai chi standing or seated, Callahan said.

At the end of eight weeks, the individuals who had received the tai chi course were the first to shows moderate improvements in pain, fatigue and stiffness.

They also had an increased sense of well-being, and they had improved reach or balance, Callahan added.

The results of the study will be formally presented today at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta, Georgia - AFP-Relaxnews

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Right Workout (Exercise)

The Right Workout (understanding the correct way to sweat it out is important if you want to benefit from exercising)

GOING out for a walk is not quite exercise. Well, yes, it's exercise if you walk briskly at a pace of roughly 6kph for at least 40 minutes.

The first 10 minutes do not count, as that constitutes your warm-up. Well, yes it does if you are about 55. At that age, walking would be a moderate if not vigorous activity. And again, the activity should be maintained for at least 40 minutes.

In order for an activity to be considered exercise, there are three components that need to be fulfilled - type, time and intensity.


It refers to the type of activity you are involved in. Going for a walk; walking the dog; running; gardening; washing the car; and exercising in the gym are all different types of physical activities.

In order for an activity to be considered exercise, it must meet the criteria of the two other components mentioned below.


It's also referred to as duration. For the elderly and physically impaired, the duration can be as short as 20 minutes. For the general population, the duration of exercise should be no less than 30 minutes.

The duration can also be accumulated all day - meaning, you can break down your activity into three short durations of 10 minutes each and still call it exercise.

However, if you do this, the type of activity you do must meet the following component.


For the activity to be an effective form of exercise, the intensity of the activity must be moderate to vigorous. There are a few ways to measure intensity.

One is through heart rate. Without being too specific and jargonistic, in general, moderate intensity would be between 110 beats per minute (bpm) to 135 bpm. In fitness language, that would be 55 to 75% of your target heart rate.

Another way to measure intensity is through the feel factor. Heavy breathing with light perspiration would be moderate intensity. Hard breathing would, of course, be vigorous.

With these three components, the last additional piece of the cog to the exercise wheel is frequency. Three times a week would be the bare minimum, frequency for exercises, together with the above three components in place, to be effective.

Simply put, for exercise to be effective in the long run for results or plain health maintenance, one should be working out to various types of activities with a frequency of at least three times a week, at least 30 minutes each time in duration for each session at a moderate to vigorous intensity.

With that, you would have fulfilled the FITT principle for exercise.

Having read this, do be realistic on what you can call exercise.

Is golf an exercise? If you actually do walk 18 holes and play without a caddy, yes.

Line dancing? Quite subjective here. If line dancing is fast enough to hit a moderate intensity, yes.

Yoga? Again subjective, but I say, not quite. There are some forms of vigorous yoga that do raise your heart rate. Most do not. Sorry, yoga aficionados.

Lastly, I would like to point out a fast fact on intensity that I mentioned. Perspiration is not a clear indication that your activity is intense.

My neighbour line dances in the open padang and says she perspires profusely. In Malaysian weather, you will sweat anywhere.

My brother-in-law perspires beads of sweat just eating curry fish head! And that's not exercise, bro! Get real.

by: Jonathan Tan (he has been in the fitness industry for the past 10 years as a personal trainer, fitness consultant and currently Club Manager of the Sports Toto Fitness Centre at Berjaya Times Square. He can be contacted at jtan@sportstototfitness.com)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


GREEN tea is brimming with healthful benefits and enjoyed by millions all over the world.

But Japanese researchers say when it comes to protecting women against breast cancer, the cup is empty.

Motoki Iwasaki, from the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo, led a study involving some 54,000 Japanese women over five years to measure green tea's effect on breast cancer.

Regardless of how many cups of tea the women drank, no benefits were shown.

The study, published on Oct 28 in BioMed Central's open access journal Breast Cancer Research, was a follow-up to in-vitro and animal-based studies that have suggested green tea may play a role in preventing breast cancer.

That does not man brewing a pot of green tea is a bad idea. It's been prized for thousands of years for its healthful properties - like regulating digestive functions, lowering blood sugar, improving mental processes, regulating body temperature, and as an astringent and diuretic, among many others.

And modern-day scientists have long known that its high concentrations of powerful antioxidants are associated with preventing coronary artery disease, lowering cholesterol, and fighting other types of cancers.

Japanese researchers recently discovered that drinking fie cups of green tea a day could help women reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer by 20%.

Also, research has shown that green tea can strengthen bones, prevent tooth decay, and help with weight loss because of its calorie-burning properties.

Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and has a high concentration of a key antioxidant polyphenol - a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate).

Antioxidants scavenge free radicals, damaging compounds in the body that can alter cells, cause cell death and change DNA.

In other words, we should drink up on green tea, after all. - AFP-Relaxnews

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Laptop Threat to SPERM

Laptop Threat to SPERM (using them on laps may affect male reproductive health)

NEW YORK: Using a laptop computer as the name suggests may not be good for male reproductive health, according to a study.

And there is little that can be done about it, aside from using the laptop on a desk, said Yelim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook who led the study published in Fertility and Sterility.

In the study, thermometers were used to measure the temperature of the scrotums of 29 young men balancing a laptop on their knees. Even with a lap pad under the computer, the men's scrotums overheated quickly.

"Millions and mlllions of men are using laptops now, especially those in the reproductive age range," said Sheynkin.

Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don't feel it."

According to the American Urological Association nearly one in six couples in the United States have trouble conceiving. About half the time this is due to male infertility.

Under normal circumstances, the position of the testicles outside the body keeps them a few degrees cooler than the inside of the body, which is necessary for sperm production.

No studies have yet researched how laptops affect male fertility and there is no strong evidence that it would, Sheynkin added.

But earlier research has showed that warming the scrotum even more than 1 degrees C (1.8 degrees F) is enough to damage sperm.

Through both general health and lifestyle factors such as nutrition and drug use can affect reproductive health, tight jeans and briefs are generally not considered a risk factor since people are moving around.

Holding a laptop on the knees, though, requires keeping the legs still and closed. After one hour in this position, the researchers found that the men's testicles temperature had risen by up to 2.5 C. - Reuters

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

MHSS Class of '74

Tanda 100 Hari Sebelum Mati

by Blog Oh Malaysia! on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 at 04:33


Ini adalah tanda pertama dari Allah SWT kepada hambanya dan hanya akan disedari oleh mereka yang dikehendakinya.

Semua orang Islam akan mendapat tanda ini cuma samada mereka sedar atau tidak sahaja. Tanda ini akan berlaku lazimnya selepas waktu Asar . Seluruh tubuh iaitu dari hujung rambut sehingga ke hujung kaki akan mengalami getaran atau seakan-akan mengigil. Contohnya seperti daging lembu yang baru saja disembelih dimana jika diperhatikan dengan teliti kita akan mendapati daging tersebut seakan-akan bergetar.

Tanda ini rasanya lazat dan bagi mereka yang sedar dan berdetik di hati bahawa mungkin ini adalah tanda mati maka getaran ini akan berhenti dan hilang setelah kita sedar akan kehadiran tanda ini. Bagi mereka yang tidak diberi kesedaran atau mereka yang hanyut dengan kenikmatan tanpa memikirkan soal kematian, tanda ini akan lenyap begitu sahaja tanpa sebarang munafaat. Bagi yang sedar dengan kehadiran tanda ini maka ini adalah peluang terbaik untuk memunafaatkan masa yang ada untuk mempersiapkan diri dengan amalan dan urusan yang akan dibawa atau ditinggalkan sesudah mati.


Tanda ini juga akan berlaku sesudah waktu Asar. Bahagian pusat kita akan berdenyut-denyut. Pada ketika ini daun yang tertulis nama kita akan gugur dari pokok yang letaknya di atas Arash Allah SWT. Maka Malaikat Maut akan mengambil daun tersebut dan mula membuat persediaannya ke atas kita, antaranya ialah ia akan mula mengikuti kita sepanjang masa.

Akan terjadi Malaikat Maut ini akan memperlihatkan wajahnya sekilas lalu dan jika ini terjadi, mereka yang terpilih ini akan merasakan seakan-akan bingung seketika. Adapun Malaikat Maut ini wujudnya cuma seorang tetapi kuasanya untuk mencabut nyawa adalah bersamaan dengan jumlah nyawa yang akan dicabutnya.


Adapun tanda ini akan diberikan hanya kepada mereka yang diuji dengan musibah kesakitan di mana orang sakit yang tidak makan secara tiba-tiba ianya berselera untuk makan.


Pada ketika ini akan terasa denyutan di bahagian tengah dahi kita iaitu diantara dahi kanan dan kiri. Jika tanda ini dapat dikesan maka berpuasalah kita selepas itu supaya perut kita tidak mengandungi banyak najis dan ini akan memudahkan urusan orang yang akan memandikan kita nanti.

Ketika ini juga mata hitam kita tidak akan bersinar lagi dan bagi orang yang sakit hidungnya akan perlahan-lahan jatuh dan ini dapat dikesan jika kita melihatnya dari bahagian sisi. Telinganya akan layu dimana bahagian hujungnya akan beransur-ansur masuk ke dalam. Telapak kakinya yang terlunjur akan perlahan-lahan jatuh ke depan dan sukar ditegakkan.


Akan berlaku sesudah waktu Asar di mana kita akan merasakan satu denyutan di sebelah belakang iaitu di kawasan ubun-ubun di mana ini menandakan kita tidak akan sempat untuk menemui waktu Asar keesokan harinya.


Akan berlaku keadaan di mana kita akan merasakan satu keadaan sejuk di bahagian pusat dan ianya akan turun ke pinggang dan seterusnya akan naik ke bahagian halkum. Ketika ini hendaklah kita terus mengucap kalimah syahadah dan berdiam diri dan menantikan kedatangan malaikat maut untuk menjemput kita kembali kepada Allah SWT yang telah menghidupkan kita dan sekarang akan mematikan pula. 

Sumber: Perkongsian Ilmu Menuju Ke Alam Akhirat

Azab Bagi Wanita....

Azab Bagi Wanita

by Blog Oh Malaysia! on Sunday, 31 October 2010 at 18:32

Saudara dan saudari kaum muslimin dan muslimat. Renungan khususnya untuk para wanita dan diriku sendiri.....

Sayidina Ali ra menceritakan suatu ketika melihat Rasulullah saw menangis manakala ia datang bersama Fatimah. Lalu keduanya bertanya mengapa Rasulullah saw menangis. Beliau menjawab,

"Pada malam aku di-isra'kan, aku melihat perempuan-perempuan yang sedang disiksa dengan berbagai siksaan. Itulah sebabnya mengapa aku menangis. Kerana, menyaksikan mereka yang sangat berat dan mengerikan siksanya.

Putri Rasulullah saw kemudian menanyakan apa yang dilihat ayahandanya.

* Aku lihat ada perempuan digantung rambutnya, otaknya mendidih.

* Aku lihat perempuan digantung lidahnya, tangannya diikat ke belakang dan timah cair dituangkan ke dalam tengkoraknya.

* Aku lihat perempuan tergantung kedua kakinya dengan terikat tangannya sampai ke ubun-ubunnya, diulurkan ular dan kala jengking.

* Dan aku lihat perempuan yang memakan badannya sendiri, di bawahnya dinyalakan api neraka. Serta aku lihat perempuan yang bermuka hitam, memakan tali perutnya sendiri.

* Aku lihat perempuan yang telinganya pekak dan matanya buta, dimasukkan ke dalam peti yang dibuat dari api neraka, otaknya keluar dari lubang hidung, badannya berbau busuk karena penyakit sopak dan kusta.

* Aku lihat perempuan yang badannya seperti himar, beribu-ribu kesengsaraan dihadapinya.

* Aku lihat perempuan yang rupanya seperti anjing, sedangkan api masuk melalui mulut dan keluar dari duburnya sementara malikat memukulnya dengan pentung dari api neraka,"kata Nabi saw.

Fatimah Az-Zahra kemudian bertanyakan mengapa mereka disiksa seperti itu?

* Rasulullah menjawab, "Wahai putriku, adapun mereka yang tergantung rambutnya hingga otaknya mendidih adalah wanita yang tidak menutup rambutnya sehingga terlihat oleh laki-laki yang bukan muhrimnya.

* Perempuan yang digantung susunya adalah istri yang 'mengotori' tempat tidurnya.

* Perempuan yang tergantung kedua kakinya ialah perempuan yang tidak taat kepada suaminya, ia keluar rumah tanpa izin suaminya, dan perempuan yang tidak mau mandi suci dari haid dan nifas.

* Perempuan yang memakan badannya sendiri ialah karena ia berhias untuk lelaki yang bukan muhrimnya dan suka mengumpat orang lain.

* Perempuan yang memotong badannya sendiri dengan gunting api neraka karena ia memperkenalkan dirinya kepada orang yang kepada orang lain bersolek dan berhias supaya kecantikannya dilihat laki-laki yang bukan muhrimnya.

* Perempuan yang diikat kedua kaki dan tangannya ke atas ubun-ubunnya diulurkan ular dan kalajengking padanya karena ia bisa shalat tapi tidak mengamalkannya dan tidak mau mandi junub.

* Perempuan yang kepalanya seperti babi dan badannya seperti himar ialah tukang umpat dan pendusta. Perempuan yang menyerupai anjing ialah perempuan yang suka memfitnah dan membenci suami."Mendengar itu, Sayidina Ali dan Fatimah Az-Zahra pun turut menangis.

Dan inilah peringatan kepada kaum perempuan. Tolong ingatkan kepada semua kaum perempuan yang anda kenal.

Sumber: Tok Wan 

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