Month: October 2010

Memorable Events on 10/10/2010

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Hi, I will just write a few lines in this post to mark in my calendar this memorable day 1o/10/10.

There are many world calendar events taking place to mark this memorable day. I noticed that there are many charitable events, sports, and weddings including the wedding of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor with Dr Harlina Yunos.


Education, Science and Astronaut

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I thought of other different things that I could enter this week .

Although I have a busy schedule this  week as I have some orders for pineapple tarts to be delivered, I still  wish to enter something that the younger  generation of today are beginning to show some interest  ie. to be astronaut. To be an astronaut one has to achieve high education level. Not many can become astronaut but there are still other streams of the aeronautical industry our children can excell . My son wanted to be Aeronautic Engineer when he was in  primary school (that was before Dato Dr Sheikh Muszaphar became astronaut). But now his interest has move to another science and engineering field. Well !, as long as he is interested  in science education let him decide his  ambition I still give him my full support even if he decides to switch into other soft skill engineering field.

Muhammad Nazmeen…future Astronaut?  Scientist?  or  Software Engineer?….or????

Let me relate education to being an astronaut…..On 10 october 2007 Malaysia sent her first astronaut , Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie to the International Space Station with Russian crew members aboard Soyuz TMA-10. He returned to earth on 21st October 2007. Dr Sheikh Muszaphar had achieved excellent education achievements  in his student days.

The purpose of his flight is to do what no one has done before in space  with zero-gravity. The science research he carried out will not only benefit Malaysia but the whole world.  He conducted science experiments on the study of cells in space and its effect on microgravity and space radiation, the studies of microbes on mortility of bacteria and drugs resistance, protein crystallisation tests which involves experimenting  the crystal growth of lipases on earth in comparison with the microgravity in space, the quality of food whether some local dishes are suitable for consumption during space flight

The experiments on cells and microbes will benefit the studies of the characteristics and growth of liver cancer and leukemia. The protein crystallisation and lipases were designed to benefit local industries.

Before the departure of the first Malaysian astronaut from ” Program Angkasawan” was launched there were already mutual researches done between Malaysian and Russian scientists which evolves the Mars Exploration project.

The programme is also designed to instill the interest of young Malaysians to explore new areas of  science and technology  to sustain a long-term national competitiveness in a globalization era. Hence to meet the target we have to stress in good education level of achievement.

Other Benefits Of Pineapple Fruits

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Last weekend I went to the market to buy groceries for cooking over the  weekend lunch and dinner. I stumbled upon a stall selling “honey” pineapple. I bought one which is about  2 kg.  Wow!! aren’t they delicious???

This is the pineapple I bought….so delicious!!!

Pineapple is a  remarkable fruit. The fruit is not only enjoyable to eat because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavour, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis. The juice  helps to get rid of intestinal worms.

I’m always interested to look at how pineapple affects other conditions of our body system.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue.  A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Because of my passion in gardening I also break off the top portion of the fruit or some called it the “crown” and wrapped the bottom with some wet tissue and newsprint papers. I sprinkled the papers sparingly every alternate mornings to make sure they remain fresh. I plan to grow  them ( there are 2 stalks) on the ground of my home when I go back to Subang  Bestari. Don’t know yet whether  the soil in our area are suitable….

Healthy Eating of Vegetables and Fruits

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This is the last day of September. surprisingly I manage  to squeeze some  time, in fact couple of days to submit a few posts, something which I rarely have the time to do previously. However I have budgeted the time to research this subject as health, nutrition and weight management is  my main aim which set to achieve within the next 3 months!!!

Writing these posts means reminding myself that I am bound to follow what I write. Most importantly I must follow some quick tips religiously to maintain my ideal weight. ( My BMI has shot to 26! ) My ideal BMI is 25. Ooops!!! that’s quite high. Well I have to intensify my activities to burn calories and watch my diet. That means  loosing 7700 calories to lose 1 kg of  my body weight.  Sound’s like impossible to achieve. Like I mentioned in my previous posts I am not a person who like to diet. I eat what I like ,that’s the reason why I am what I eat… So, to get back my ideal  BMI I have to work hard in my weight management.

I am now starting  to draw line in my calorie intake and follow these quick tips on eating lots of vegetables and fruits by :-

1. Keeping my kitchen stocked with ingredients from the Healthy Eating Pyramid… concentrate on vegetables , fruits and protein. Always keeping  fruits like pineapple, strawberries, bananas, apple etc on the table and at the front rows in my fridge. This is one way I will always eat it.

2.Taking my daily meals by filling half the plate with vegetables of  other varieties.

3.Choosing vegetables and fruits that are packed with more nutrients and slow digested carbs.

4. Trying to cook a health recipe that always include pineapple that can be eaten raw, making a dish, or even snack.

5.Taking at least low-fat dairy products with less sodium as health snack like yogurt and fiber cereals.

I just made a pineapple recipe and  using strawberries which is a health snack.



1/2 cup cut pineapples

1/2 cup strawberries  cut lengthwise

1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt


Combine all ingredients.

Put in a blender.

Puree at medium speed until thick and smooth.

Place about 15 mins in the fridge and serve.