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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Herbal Medicine from Jokowi (Candidate of Indonesian President 2014) to My Husband

Another duet picture style of "Jokowi and Gregory" instead of "Prabowo vs Jokowi"
Prabowo is the first candidate of Indonesian President 2014.
Jokowi is the second candidate of Indonesian President 2014.
Gregory is the first President in the family, forever and ever.
Herbal medicine. I have consumed it since I was a child, especially when I was teenager during my menstruation period. I am a lucky wife who has a western husband who has interest in herbal medicine. Although he doesn't consume it frequently, only when I order it online once/twice per year, he never says "No" to try it.
When I watch the video of Jokowi and his wife who were being interviewed by a famous Indonesian media, they shared the secret of their herbal medicine. His wife always makes this herbal medicine by herself for him every morning and afternoon. There are four ingredients she uses: temulawak, ginger, mung bean water, and honey. YES!!! That was the first word I said after they mentioned them. Then my husband figure popped up in my mind. Yes . . . I would like to make this herbal medicine for my husband. He looked enthusiastic when I told about this. 
Now, I have the problem: where I will get those ingredients. Hmmm, maybe at Asian Market in Philladlphia. Let's see if they have those. If you know where I can get temulawak extract, would you please let me know? Mung bean is also difficult to find at any markets around here from Walmart, Acme, Giant, Bottom Dollar Food, etc. 
Video when they shared about their herbal medicine
Now, what the health benefits we can get from those four ingredients so I really want to make it for my husband too?
1. Temulawak (Java turmeric/turmeric's twin)
According to an article I read from the Jakarta Post, mentioned "Based on several scientific studies, temulawak has a higher percentage of curcumin, around 68 percent compare to 47 percent in turmeric. Curcumin has the highest amount of antioxidants compared to grape seeds, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Antioxidants help the body fight against damaging free radicals that destroy cells and degenerate the body’s organs. The onset of diseases such as heart disease and cancer, as well as other problems like weakened immune system and premature ageing, stem from these free radicals. In this case, curcumin works both to cure and prevent diseases by regenerating cells. With today’s busy life, the body’s cells are easily destroyed by pollution and consuming chemical-based drugs and alcohols."     

2. Ginger
According to an article I read from the World's Healhtiest Foods, mentioned "Ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects."

3. Mung Bean
Regarding to an article I read from Get Healthy, mentioned "Mung bean contains vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as vitally important minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. It can reduce heart disease and cholesterol levels, an antioxidant that supports healthy vision, good for diabetics, support healthy liver functions, help the skin slow down the aging process and strengthen hair and nails." 

4.  Honey
According to an article I read from, mentioned "Honey can Prevent cancer and heart disease because Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease; Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit; Anti-bacterial, anti-fungalAll honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand; Increase athletic performanceAncient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners; Reduce cough and throat irritation: Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep."

I can't wait to get those ingredients soon and wonder if my husband will love it. 

Mentioning the name of Jokowi, do you ever hear about him?  An attached video below is little bit information about Jokowi if you never heard anything about him. He is the third Best Governor in the world and one of 50 Greatest Leaders in the World. For more detail about him, you can read it from Wikipedia. He is a candidate of Indonesian President 2014. Today, July 9, 2014, Indonesia is holding direct presidential election. I hope it will go smoothly and I want to see his name crafted with a new title: Indonesian President, 2014-2019. (*)

Giant Concert, as one of Jokowi campaigns that none of Indonesian president candidates 
did it before. 
Many people love him. His simple performance with the strength of his heart for better Indonesia have won Indonesians' hearts.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Enjoying First Harvest

First harvest: sweet peas, June 29, 2014
Gardening is one of my hobbies. It helps me to release my mind from routine activities. It's also a simple and cheap medicine to release stress.
I decided to have more organized spot by digging a long row on the ground and planted couple kinds of vegetables. I have some sweet peas (from seeds), 2 cucumbers (from seeds), 1 hybrid cherry tomatoes (from a small plant I bought), and 1 hybrid sweet pepper (from a small plant I bought).
I still have 1 pot of watermelon from seed that needs to be planted soon. Last evening I had prepared the spot to plant this. One chili plant is still sprouting (my experiment for the second time) and  it will be ready next several weeks to be planted on the pot.
This morning I had my first harvest for sweet peas. I cooked them  to make a bowl of simple salad: Rotini, tuna, sweet peas and sun-dried tomatoes pesto. It was tasty and everybody liked it. (*)
Rotini salad with tuna, sweet peas and sun-dried tomatoes pesto
And below is a video of my small garden.
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebrating 100 Reviews

Today I celebrate a new thing in my life. I'm going to review the 100th video since on February 16, 2014 I have been as a quality control for a film and video production based in Hong Kong for Indonesian dubbing. 
Thank you VoAsia Production Co for choosing and trusting me become one of their team members to enhance this new department, special for Indonesian dubbing. I have learned many things since this is different from my education background and my writing/editing life. By getting this opportunity, I have added one skill for myself.
VoAsia Production Co has services in translation, dubbing, voice-over and subtitling services for films, dramas, TV commercials, animations and teaching materials in Potunghua, Cantonese, English, Japanese and Korean. They have clients including TV channels, film companies, Websites and textbook publishers.
Other appreciation I would like to express is for my special friend who I never met but only from emails, phone calls/SMS and facebook. YP had referenced me to them, and after some interactive communications via email and a test, I was excited to review my first paid video. 
Working on the review.
Many problems exposed during this first four months but it will make everything work better and better and we gain the understanding each other in some holes that need to be fixed for better.
What will I expect next??? Well, I hope this business will run smoothly and progressively, so I will be later having chance to celebrate reviewing the 500th video. (*) 
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Mothers Day and Surgery Day

One day before my husband had surgery was Mothers Day. Nothing special except getting nice special drawings and cards from my youngest daughter and phone calls from her sisters. As usual, I took several pictures. Look what I got:
Drawing by Ariel, 10 years old kid. Does it look like me?
(Mothers Day Card)
Dear Mom,
You showed me Jesus by showing me the bible and feeding me food
and cleaning my room and protecting me.
Happy Mothers Day

From Ariel 

Mother day cards. Up right card is from hubby--crafted and handmade by an artist.

Surgery Day
My husband drove to Paoli hospital with me. We left around 5.15 AM. He looked okay but seemed little bit nervous since we both didn't measure his blood pressure in several days. We arrived 15 minutes before 6 AM but we came inside at 6 AM. After registering and waiting for around 15 minutes, the nurse called him inside. A half hour later they let me come inside to accompany him before they brought him to the surgery room. I checked the machine beside him that measured his blood pressure. It was 100/181. I asked him what they were going to do, and he said, "I didn't know." While trying to relief our nervousness, I remembered I brought my digital camera. Thinking it would be good to take several pictures to make him smile little bit. But when I tried to turn it on, it didn't work. I tried and tried again couple times. Then I stopped. OMG, finally I forgot to put back the battery that I recharged the night before. Hehehe....It gave smile on our faces. That was good and relief us little bit.

At 7.30 AM they brought him to surgery room and I went back to the quest room. Accompanying by hot Lipton tea, several crackers and breakfast bar, I read magazines and daily local newspaper. When I was enjoying my reading, dr. Fox met me and told everything was fine. I checked the time at my mobile phone: it was around 8.30 AM. So fast! He said I might see him in the next couple hours.

Couple hours? No kidding! That would be more than 2 hours. What I was going to do? I asked myself. My plan would have a rest on the chair by doing nothing, except closing my eyes because I woke up at 1.30 AM and could not sleep again. The funny thing, when I began to feel comfortable, another nurse came and told me to let me in. Excuse me? I checked the time in my mobile phone. It was around 9.30 AM. Wow! Resting was postponed. 

When I came in to see him, he looked good, even fresher than before surgery. The nurse said, he recovered faster than she expected. Next, what I needed to do was going to bring his prescriptions to pharmacy inside hospital. I took a walk to go to main building and went to the second floor. Not more than 40 minutes, the medicines were ready. Before leaving the main building, my idea appeared. Why not to take a look to the small store near the entrance door and bought a simple thing to him? And what would it be? Around 10 minutes looking around, finally I chose a cute one. Tadaaaa ....
A balloon 
By sneaking it up in the back car, my husband would not able to see it. But when I drove home with my sleepy eyes, from the rear mirror I saw the balloon come out from its hidden place. Oh no! Luckily, he didn't look around inside the car because of pain he had. At home after he took shower and my youngest daughter had arrived from school, I let her give it to him. Instead of giving it directly, she put it on the corner table in the master bedroom. What a good idea! So when he entered the master bedroom after showering, tadaaa..... He liked his simple nice surprise.  
Well, everything didn't go well. The pain medicine made him nausea and throw up, so he was without pain medication for days and a half. And what happened next?  Please, stay tuned for my next interesting post. (*)

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