10 Days Juice Fast (Aug 2021)

18 – 27 Aug 2021

This juice fast felt slightly easier as I only started craving on Day 8. Aside from that, nothing much has changed. I still have a lot of questions about the effectiveness of juice fasting as I do not feel anything when I am doing it. It’s a different story for T though. I could really see the frequency of his spasms lessen during and after a juice fast.

 To slightly enlighten me on what happens to our bodies during a juice fast, I decided to measure, not only our weights but also our glucose. This is because there were people worried about our sugar spiking up during a juice fast?? Naturally, our weights would go down.

Sugar? We used an Accucheck Performa. Our fasting Glucose were always within the normal range (below 5.6mmol/L) the whole time. I also measured our sugar thirty minutes after our first juice. Now, results from this factor were slightly intriguing. For some reason, having watermelon juice seem to cause higher glucose count than pineapple juice. To be honest, I wanted to present our data in a more analytic/statistically organised method, but I am not sure what’s the best way to do it. Anyway, our next one will be in October. Maybe by then, I would know how.

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Purpose

When I was younger, “purpose” was just a word with no heavy meaning. As I age, the word becomes more and more difficult to subjectively define. This journal was about searching for it, and my search involved just living life as it is. Trying stuff and finding out what that word will eventually mean for me. I am not young, yet I am not in a hurry. It feels scary sometimes because I feel lost, but, yeah, in the meantime, I just enjoy what’s in front of me. Luckily, I am enjoying the process, and I am optimistic that I will eventually embrace my purpose!

This entry was just to share about Hidden Brain’s new episode entitled “You 2.0: Cultivating Your Purpose” (https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/cultivating-your-purpose/) It felt comforting to hear that even very successful people go through the wilderness trying to find it. Also, as they have mentioned in their conversation, purpose isn’t supposed to be found. It is supposed to be cultivated from within. I was also pleased to hear that my way of “finding” or possibly “cultivating” it is somehow scientifically acceptable. 😉

According to the episode, there are three pathways to purpose:

1. Proactive pathway: Purpose may come gradually as we pursue a hobby or a passion. It may gain momentum and eventually become our big P. (maybe my method)

2.  Reactive pathway: It may come in response to major life events that may lead us to change or reinvent ourselves

3. Social Learning: Observe someone else who have purpose.

But, my question is, does purpose have to be very specific? Is the constant desire to make the world a better place considered a purpose? Whilst all the ways and methods to constantly achieve bits and pieces (of making a world a better place) considered our goals? O well, just a thought.

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Victoria Lockdown 5.0

Despite how optimistic I am with this pandemic; I cannot help but to get frustrated when we go through a lockdown again. The idea sends chills to my spine and a burst of hot air in my head. When will this ever end?

First world problem it may be. I have enough here. I have everything I need and more, but I am tired of it. I am tired of the restrictions. I miss my family back home. This is the longest I haven’t seen them since I became an overseas worker. I am agitated and angry, but the saddest thing is, this anger cannot be directed to anyone. This is no one’s fault.

With the government’s tourism subsidy, we were able to book a few domestic flights at discounted prices. But with restrictions seemingly doing a ping-pong from one state to the other, I am losing hope that we could travel any time soon again. I am going crazy!  I want to cry but there are no tears dropping! I want to scream but I had to swallow my voice back! There is nothing we can do! NOTHING! =(

Anyone else feeling the same way?

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Second Annivesary in Melbourne CBD

8-11 July 2021

Time is flying so quickly; We are now two years married. Everything felt like yesterday. Anyway, on the day of our anniversary, we decided just to celebrate by dining in at our wedding reception place. M, the guy who helped us organise our wedding, was still working there, and he served us with complimentary dessert and coffee, after knowing that we were there for our anniversary. We also had the same cake as our wedding day. Nothing extravagant, really. We then watched a movie which was ok. 

Last year, we also wanted to do the same, but because of the pandemic, our wedding reception cancelled our booking. Luckily though, the pandemic didn’t stop us from having the same cake. Hehe

Coming back to this year, on the weekend, to continue with our anniversary celebration, we booked a room with river view at Crowne Hotel, and explored the city for the next two days. Melbourne CBD is definitely happening. With all its quaint lanes, busy streets, pretty buildings, and uhhh the state library. It is the oldest public library in Australia, and among the first free ones in the world, but it didn’t look old at all. It was immaculate. It was awesome! I had been to Melbourne so many times before, but I never had the chance to enter the library until that day. It was so beautiful.

To warm Melbourne’s very cold nights, and yeah, our last night was particularly chilly, CBD also have the Crown Gas Brigade which we also enjoyed. It was spectacular both from near the eight towers and from afar! Apparently, this attraction is the world’s largest fireballs at night?

Next time we have the time, Melbourne CBD’s museums and parks would be on our list.

Melbourne CBD

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Gold Coast, Australia

9-12 May 2021

We just spontaneously booked this flight after finding out that it is still on sale (50%) as part of the Australian government’s initiative to stimulate domestic tourism again whilst there are not many Covid-19 cases here. We worked so hard for the past uncountable months because anyway, we couldn’t go anywhere for holidays. We worked mostly seven days a week. Now that we can go somewhere, we decided, work can wait, and we can take a break. We deserve it.

So, travelling here was our first flight in 15 months. I was very thrilled. Tullamarine airport was busy, which was unexpected. It felt like pre-Covid. The only reminder that we’re still in Covid period was everyone was required to wear a mask while in the airport and onboard.  We departed smoothly. On our descent, the birds-eye view of the endless sand and ocean was just breath-taking! I’ve never seen such a straight long beach in my life!

As this holiday was planned to rest and relax, we didn’t really plan much activities. We just booked an accommodation with a nice view of the ocean, and near the centre where everything we might need and crave are close by.  I would have extra energy to do walks and see waterfalls, but I have to think of my dear hubby too. Married life is full of compromises. This time, I would have to because I could also use a little chill time.

On our first day, we just chilled at a nearby restaurant to watch T’s  AFL, then we went home. On our second day, we went for a swim in our hotel pool, then we took Uber to Burleigh Beach. I’ve never seen so much model-like fit people, mostly women, in my life until we walked along that beach. T, as you could imagine, was very happy, and he kept on saying “Good work,  baby” (on ‘choosing this location to go for a walk). We then had dinner in a Thai restaurant….and yes, we are still together.

On our third day, we didn’t have much activities too. We woke up early to view the sunrise right in front of  the beach, we went for a 2-hr massage, went to view sunset by a river, and caught up with T’s friend at night. We also hired a car that we used to look around on our last day after we’ve checked out.

On our last day, we just drove around because the weather was not as friendly as the past  few days. It was pouring hard, and it made it difficult for us to enjoy the place more. Our flight was at night, and gladly it went uneventful.

Back to hard work the next day.

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Juice Fasting (again)

17-23 April 2021

I keep on forgetting how difficult it is, until I am doing it again. Just like a marathon, it is indeed more of a mental challenge than physical.

I promised my hubby we would do a juice fast 4x this year. He would pick the dates. Juice fasting makes him feel better. I could see. It is pretty obvious he’s having less spasms during and after we juice fast. While I keep on doing it because I am curious, challenged, and ultimately, to support the hubby.

Aside from the expected weight loss (this time, 54.1-51.7 kg), weakness and waking up in the middle of the night, I do not know exactly what’s happening inside me. I’ve researched juice fasting, and most of the articles are anecdotal, and would always just say, “there is currently no published research supporting the safety or effectiveness of juice fasts”. I am just wondering, if many believe of juice fasting’s effectiveness, why couldn’t I find scientific papers about it, or at least, a paper about what does juice fasting do to a healthy person’s body? Can someone point me to one? If there are none, will government agencies, institutions or independent companies sponsor it? I will be very willing to participate. =) I am just super curious.

Let me know.

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Rainy Days at Wilsons Promontory and our scenic route home

21-23 Mar 2021

We were supposed to go to Wilsons Prom last weekend when it was all sunny, but our plans changed. Instead, we drove this weekend. Initially, we were supposed to walk a few trails within the promontory but the weather prevented us from doing so, unfortunately. On the first day, the wind was strong and there were occasional drizzles. The second day was worse. It just rained the whole day. So instead of going for walks, we just drove to the nearby lookouts where we just had to walk a little. It was still nice despite the wind was intimidating. Hopefully, next time, we could visit on a sunny day. Wilsons Promontory remains my favourite destination near Melbourne.

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My 10-Days Juice Fast Experience

19-28 Feb 2021

This year, I promised T I would juice fast with him more regularly. I initially suggested 3 days every month.  Since we were not able to start it in January due to our busy work commitments, we just decided to do it quarterly for 10days each go. The longest I did it was 7-days, and that was already tough for me. Now, 10days would be a challenge. I convinced myself that “It’s just like running long distance, you would feel better after it”…..only it would last 10days.

On day 1, I already lost 2kg, and that kept me motivated. From 56.2kg on day 1 to 51.2kg on day 10. I didn’t stop my workouts, working, and I tried to perform as per normal. As expected, I felt weaker than usual, slower in running and less flexible when doing yoga. On the first few days, my cravings were so bad, but as the days go by, it became lesser. There was also a side effect that I didn’t have before. I wasn’t sleeping well. I kept on waking up in the middle of the night, and I had a hard time sleeping back. That possibly contributed to my extended feeling of weakness.

Many years ago, I had a tooth extraction which wasn’t done properly, and it caused numbness and inability to taste on half of my tongue. Weirdly, I thought I was feeling something there during the last few days of juice fasting. I was curious on what a longer fasting would do to it, but I was also too hungry to extend my juice fast. Haha I could still feel a little bit on that side now, 2 days post fasting…but I can’t really say for sure.

Certainly, I will do it again. I want to support T, especially because I could feel and see that his spasms were less during, and after a juice fast. I am starting to believe the effectiveness of it. I also kind of happy losing a little bit of weight, and having my long-lost abdominal muscle expose itself for a bit. Haha

Anyway, we used our new juicer Kuvings EVO820. It made my life a lot easier because unlike with our old juicer, now, I didn’t need to slice most of the fruits. It’s juice yield is also much better. I just love it.

Why do we juice fast?

and oh,

We are actually loving our Kuvings EVO820 that we want to share our referral link with you – https://www.kuvings.com.au/ref/25/ or you may add our unique coupon code TIMPIA at check out to avail 5% discount. Thank you!

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Overnight at Phillip Island, Victoria Australia

3-4 February 2021

We decided to enjoy more of summer before it ends. We didn’t really do much as this getaway was supposed to be for relaxation purposes mostly. We just watched the sunset on our first day and just stayed at Smith’s Beach under the shade of our brand-new tent for the rest of the second day. Still fun. =)

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A day at Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

9 Jan 2021

I think we had the feeling that our vacation days were not enough therefore, we decided to take another day off. I have already been to Phillip Island many years ago, just to witness the Penguin Parade one winter. T hadn’t been so, we decided just to have look for a day. It was a little over one hour away from our suburb, so it wasn’t too tiring for him to drive.

I couldn’t even remember the exact year when I went there, or I was with, but I do remember the seats, the weather, the penguins, and the feeling. Going there during summer was a completely different experience. I didn’t even know there were so many sides and each side has a different character. Some sides were swimmable, some just for us to view, some were secluded, some were crowded, some areas you could surf. There were different forms of water conditions for everyone’s varying water activity needs.  We were just there to view and watch, yet those were good enough for us to  enjoy especially ,because yesterday’s weather was rather perfect as well.

We decided we would go back and spend more time, swim and most probably stay there over night. I could just imagine watching the sunset from there. =)

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