Prawny / Pixabay So Tuesday was my glorious return to running. It was not glorious. At all. I ran one whole mile. Well, ran/walked. It was very slow. And it hurt. I think I got a little cocky after my required rest. Also the prednisone I was on. It significantly reduced all the inflammation in my leg muscles and suddenly nothing hurt. It was awesome. Well, I tapered off of that a few days back, so now some of the inflammation is rearing its ugly head. And obviously, two weeks of physical therapy isn't enough to completely rebuild the muscles needed to support the tear in my hip. The good thing that the pain wasn't at the point of the tear itself. It was in the muscles opposite it. When I run, my leg also seems to naturally want to move at an angle instead of straight. I can keep it straight, but have to consciously work to keep it there. I talked to my PT about it, and she agreed that's an easy fix. And by easy, I mean a lot of quality PT work, both in the office and at home. But nothing complicated or particularly hard to do. This weekend is the first race that I've had to officially DNS due to this injury. I'm definitely disappointed to not be running Donna this year, as it's always a great race. This may not be the only race I DNS this year, and that's definitely a bummer, but I'm much more committed to racing healthy and pain free than I am to actually completing a race. Right now, biking and swimming are painless (well, free from the bad pain anyway), so worst case, I can do some aquabike races this year. However, it's only February, so we'll see what the next few weeks hold. Not committing to anything just yet.
When it comes to street food in Malaysia, most people often cite Penang right off the bat, but for those who likes something perhaps more comforting, Ipoh street food is a great alternative. If you're in KL looking for a taste of what Ipoh has to offer, Avenue K's Ipoh Market Street (non halal) should be in your short list.
Ipoh Market Street, Avenue K Walking out from KLCC LRT station, take a right turn and keep walking towards the end, you'll find Ipoh Market Street on your right. The diminutive entrance opens up into a pretty decent size dining hall with a menu filled with a good selection of dishes hailed from the city that was famous for tin mining.
One thing to note – Ipoh Market Street at Avenue K is a non-halal restaurant.
Ipoh curry mee The signature dish here is the Ipoh Curry Mee (RM 11.90) that comes with chicken stripes, roast pork, mint, lime, and your choice of noodle. I thought the broth does pack a punch and the inclusion of roast pork made everything that much better. Definitely satisfying for someone who wants a jolt over lunch, I liked it.
Ipoh white coffee, market street soft boil egg on toast The soft boil egg on toast (RM 4.90) was my favorite dish over the tasting period. In fact, I went back a week later to specifically order this and savior it slowly. Perfect soft boil eggs on perfectly toasted bread, as simple as they are delicious. The Ipoh white coffee (RM 4.50) here is one of their specialty, and always with proper thick foam too. If you like full bodied creamy coffee, this would definitely satisfy.
Ipoh caramel custard egg, spicy chili crispy pork fried rice Ipoh caramel custard egg is something that seems sorta out of place at this “kopitiam” style restaurant, but I thought the dessert was more than decent, like most dishes we tried here. Other than noodle dishes and light meals, Ipoh Market Street also serve “tai chao”, or hot wok style of meal from 5-10 pm daily. We only managed to try their spicy chili crispy pork fried rice (RM 11.80) and it was pretty decent, though I'd want to have the portion to be a bit smaller so that the pork to rice ratio is higher tho, but for those with a big appetite, it is definitely not a bad thing.
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A couple weeks ago I was invited to a short weekend trip to Johor by some blogger friends. I gotta admit that I'm absolutely not familiar with the food scene in JB, having only been there a few times mainly for work where mobility for meals is pretty restricted.
October Japanese Restaurant, JB Our first destination of the trip was October Japanese Restaurant, located near Mount Austin, a more upscale area in Johor Bahru. The restaurant is a converted residential unit with nice lush lawn and plenty of parking spots at the back.
While we may still be in December, October Japanese Restaurant already came up with their Chinese New Year dishes, and we were lucky enough to sample some of them.
Prosperity “Yee Sang” Assorted Sashimi with Wasabi Sauce We started out with the Prosperity “Yee Sang” Assorted Sashimi with Wasabi Sauce (RM 68/RM 108 nett) that came with generous slices of – Norwegian Salmon, Maguro (Tuna) and Hamachi (Yellow Tail). They've also added fried Gyoza Skin and Roasted Almond Flakes to give the dish more crunchiness. A good alternative to consider for your “lou sang” session.
Auspicious Flaming Nabe Then there's the Auspicious Flaming Nabe (RM68.80 nett), with Norwegian Salmon and chicken breast mixing in with Shitake mushrooms, leeks and carrots to make a pretty sweet tasting miso based soup. Generous amount of “KaoLiang” Rice Wine and sake were used in this pot as well, which contributes to the whole flaming spectacle.
Fortune Sushi & Sashimi Platter, maki For those who likes it raw, there's the Fortune Sushi & Sashimi Platter (RM58.80 nett). The dish is beautifully presented on a wooden platter and came with rather generous amount of fresh seafood including Maguro, Hamachi, Unagi, and Salmon. We also tried the Flaming Salmon Aburi Maki (RM29.90++), with salmon and special crab stick plus spicy sauce.
Grilled Edamame, October Special Bento, Kushiyaki Moriawase Grilled Edamame (RM9.90++) is a good starter if you like your edamame with a kick, which I think will go really good with beer. For those who likes bento, October Special Bento (RM59.90++) is a worthy option and comes with a little bit of everything, including salmon sashimi, unagi, and more. And if you like it grilled, Kushiyaki Moriawase (RM44.90++) comes with scallops, Shitake Mushroom, Enoki Niku Yaki and other greeneries on skewers, and you'll also find bacon in this platter as well, which makes this one of the few non-halal Japanese Restaurants in JB.
For many, winter months are synonymous with bright lights, shiny presents, and holiday cheer. But winter is also a time of wind, snow, and frigid temperatures. This holiday season, prevent skin damage and the onset of premature aging with these 15 dermatologist recommended tips for skin care during winter.
Notice: This article has been authored by the office of Miami dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso. It is not meant to give medical advice. Readers must always consult a physician prior to making any change to diet, exercise, medication, or health care regimen.
1. Minimize time in the sauna. Health clubs become a popular social activity during the winter, especially at the start of the New Year. When using a sauna or steam room, remember that skin can become hot and dry. Consider limiting your time in these facilities to keep skin from losing moisture, cracking, and showing signs of stress.
2. Avoid the tanning salon. Along with health clubs, tanning salons see increased business during cold winter months. Although the idea of an instant tan is alluring, especially during the holiday season, remember that tanning beds are correlated with the development of serious skin diseases. Specifically, the Skin Care Foundation reports that new studies “show conclusively that indoor tanning bed use can lead to melanoma [skin cancer].”
3. Use lip balm. If your face is uncovered when walking outdoors, use lip balm to seal-in moisture and prevent the development of cracks and unsightly sores.
4. Shave after the shower. Shaving commonly irritates the skin, but this problem can be exacerbated during the winter. Cold temperatures and dry air can leave skin dehydrated, making it easier to get nicks, cuts, and razor burn. Take a warm shower to soften your hair, apply a lightweight shave cream or gel, and remember to shave in the direction the hair grows to minimize discomfort and irritation.
5. When it comes to showers and baths, think lukewarm. It's tempting to run a hot shower or bath in the winter, especially when waking up to the feeling of cold sheets. Remember that hot water will only dry your skin more, making it easier to crack and show signs of aging over time. Instead of running a hot shower, keep water temperature lukewarm to maintain a healthy level of hydration in the epidermis (upper most layer of skin) and dermis (mid level layer of skin).
6. Remember to moisturize regularly. Moisturizer is a great way to maintain a healthy level of hydration and color in your skin. However, it's important to realize that your needs will change as the weather gets colder. When temperatures drop, change things up with an oil-based moisturizer. Compared to water-based formulas, oil-based moisturizers help the skin retain more moisture in the midst of harsh temperatures and wind.
7. Use sunscreen every day. Just because you aren't going to the beach doesn't mean you should shelf your sunscreen. The skin still receives exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays during the winter, which can cause damage over time. Use sunscreen on all exposed skin when spending time outdoors, especially when skiing, hiking, or sledding.
8. Show extra love to your hands. This winter, pay attention to the way your hands look and feel. Skin surrounding your palms and fingers is thin compared to other areas of the body, which makes it difficult to stay naturally hydrated, especially when exposed to cold air, wind, and snow. Always wear gloves, and invest in an oil-based hand lotion to use throughout the day.
9. Always wear dry gloves. If your gloves are wet from the day prior, dry them out with a hairdryer or quick drying machine cycle before wearing them. Wet gloves can irritate the delicate skin of the hands, thumbs, and fingers. In some cases, wet cotton or wool can cause irritation, discomfort, and may worsen the symptoms of eczema.
10. Invest in a humidifier. One of the best ways to keep skin moisturized during the winter is through the use of a humidifier. These machines are affordable, and they infuse the air with moisture. Humidifiers are a great addition to the office, bedroom, or any indoor space where you spend a lot of time.
11. Carry a thermos with water. Of course, it's important to remember that skin hydration occurs from the inside-out, too. Drink plenty of water this winter to ensure optimal health of not just the skin, but of the entire body and immune system as well.
12. Enjoy a morning cup of green tea. A hot cup of coffee can quickly warm the body on even the coldest of winter mornings. However, consider swapping that coffee for green tea to get the added benefit of skin-nourishing antioxidants. Green tea is also lower in caffeine, a stimulant that is known to dehydrate the skin when consumed excessively.
13. Show your feet some tough love. Exfoliate regularly to remove excess dry skin, and invest in a strong lotion to ensure deep penetration. Feet need a little extra care in the winter, so consider heavier lotions that contain petroleum jelly.
14. Consider reducing harsh facial treatments. Chemical peels, exfoliators, and toners can still be used during the winter. However, use caution and do so under the supervision of a licensed dermatologist to ensure delicate facial skin is not damaged.
15. Find a local dermatologist. A local dermatologist is your best bet for keeping skin healthy throughout the year. Dermatologists are licensed medical professionals who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating skin conditions. Dermatologists have the experience and expertise to know when prescription medications are needed, or when a cheaper over the counter product will suffice. By visiting a professional, you may rest assured that you are always receiving the safest and most effective skin care advice and treatment. This winter, focus on keeping skin hydrated, protected from the elements, and insulated from irritation. Adopt these recommendations under the supervision of a licensed dermatologist or medical professional, and take a proactive step towards preserving smoother, healthier skin all winter long.