Weekend Sparkles

There was some bipolar weather over the weekend. It was a mixture of rain, cloud, hail and sunshine. Got lucky a few times and managed to be outside while the weather was mild. Did a few long walks by the beach, cheered on the hubby at his soccer game and even ventured out for a long bike ride (can’t feel my legs today).

I have been trying to cook more often (I usually cook 4 nights a week) and eating as clean as possible. It’s always hard when the schedule gets hectic and meal planning/food prepping isn’t my forte. I often decide and grocery shop what I feel like eating on the daily. Some people find this a hassle but I don’t mind. Grocery shopping is my happy place. Below is my favorite breakfast that I made this weekend – avocado toast topped with a sunny-side egg and an easy spinach salad for a quick lunch.

Also, satisfied my craving for a nice bowl of fish ball noodle soup.

Happy Monday!

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3 Tips to get your body ready for summer!

Summer is around the corner and NOW is the best time to reset your body and cut out the bad habits that have been lingering well past winter. I usually start feeling more energetic and getting out more when the sun starts shining (although the weather is very unpredictable in Vancouver). This is a great time to start participating in outdoor activities and eating healthy foods that truly fuel your body. Below are 3 tips that really help reset and gets me ready for summer.

DRINK MORE WATER. I hear this all the time and is truly one of the most important things that anyone can practice. Drinking lots of water can help detox, flush out toxins and improve metabolism. I tend to sip on water continuously throughout the day and try to keep it exciting by adding different fruits for flavour. My favourite combination currently is lemon and cucumber slices with some mint leaves.

EAT WHOLESOME FOODS. During the winter time I tend to crave heavy carbs and anything fried. However, when the weather starts getting warmer I tend to eat more fresh fruits and veggies. Fruits and veggies are very filling and nutritious with high water content which really helps reduce overeating (my biggest problem). It is also important to eat more often than to binge in one sitting. My current routine is to have a green smoothie every morning and snack on fruits/nuts or veggies/hummus in between meals.

GET MOVING. Start doing any activity that gets you moving and your heart pumping. Movements throughout the day will increase circulation, increase metabolism and boost energy.
I personally don’t have a set routine but will do something active every day. From yoga, cycling, walking my dog and even doing at-home workouts (currently trying T25); I try my best to keep my body in motion. It is also helpful to move around at work. I usually stand up every 30 mins for a quick stretch and to get more water. And if time allows – a nice quick walk.

Practicing the above 3 tips will definitely help to aim your body in the right direction for summer.

Please feel free to share your tips and advice. Would love to hear!

Talk Soon!

Easy Healthy French Toast Recipe

Here is a version of a healthier french toast that I tried over the weekend. It tasted really good and satisfying without all the heaviness of the old classic. Most importantly – its super easy! I used organic sprouted bread (bread that I usually eat) with egg whites and unsweetened almond milk. I also added a bit of cinnamon and vanilla for flavour. Then pan-fried with coconut oil. I topped it with greek yogurt, honey and cut up pieces of mango and kiwi. The toppings made it very refreshing.

If you give this recipe a try – please share your creation with me on Instagram. Would love to see!

Healthy French Toast Recipe


What you need (serves 2 or 1 really hungry person):
1/2 cup egg whites
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
4 slices sprouted Silver Hills Bread
Honey, Greek Yogurt and Fruits for topping

Directions:
1. Combine your egg whites, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk until well blended.
2.   Soak your bread in the mixture until it’s partially saturated (Don’t let it get too soggy)
3.   Cook in a non-stick pan with coconut oil. Keep the heat low to medium low so it doesn’t burn.
4. Top with your favourite fruits and greek yogurt and drizzle with honey.
5. Eat Eat ….share a little …..eat

Enjoy!

Weekend Sparkles

The weather was gorgeous this weekend and it makes me feel giddy at times. My mood definitely changes with the weather and I feel like getting out and accomplishing more with this sunshine.

I also feel like eating lighter foods this time of year before summer hits. I decided to make my own version of a healthier french toast for brunch. Will post my recipe shortly.

Had to drive my brother to the airport (for an all boys Vegas bash) and decided to stop by the Larry Berg Flight Path Park. This little, furry one decided to have a flinging hair show. I seriously can’t stop smiling when I look at her.

Hope you had a great Monday!

Places to visit in Tokyo- 4 Day Itinerary

Did a quick stopover –  4 day trip to Tokyo back in November before visiting Hong Kong. It was definitely a quick one and I felt a bit rushed as there was so much to see and do. A few family members met the hubby and I there and it became a great family vacation.

Although 4 days might not be enough to see all Tokyo has to offer, but it’s definitely a good start.

Takeshita Dori – Takeshita Street

Below is a simple suggested itinerary that covers most places that I visited.

Day 1

Meiji Shrine
A shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji. Located conveniently beside the JR Yamanote Line (Harajuku Station).

Takeshita Dori – Takeshita Street
Main area of Harajuku filled with trendy shops, cafes, famous crepes and anything cute.

Omotesando Hills
A mall consisting of 6 floors of luxury goods. Unique architecture and elements.

Walk to Shibuya
Approximately a 30 minute walk then check out the famous Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Statue, next to the Shibuya Station

Shibuya Crossing

Explore and Shop in Shibuya

Train to Shinjuku
Explore Shinjuku and walk to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to the Observation Deck for (free admission) night view of the city.

Day 2

Kaminarimon
Start in Asakusa at Kaminarimon Gate at the entrance to Sensoji Temple. Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. First built more than 1000 years ago, it is the symbol of Asakusa

Nakamise Dori
Shopping street filled with souvenirs and food vendors

Sensoji Temple
Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples.

Sumida River Boat Ride
Take a sightseeing boat to Hama Rikyu Garden

Aquacity and Decks
Take the elevated train to Odaiba and explore Aquacity and Decks. There are large variety stores and restaurants.

Oedo Onsen
End the day at the Oedo Onsen – hot spring theme park

Sunset in Hakone

Day 3

Take a day trip to Hakone
Famous for hot springs and view of Mt. Fuji. Book a 1 day tour in advance. Either book through your concierge at the hotel or online.

Typical 1 day tour:
Hotel pick up
Head to Mt. Fuji by bus
Fuji Visitor Center
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Lunch
Lake Ashi Cruise
Mt. Komagatake Ropeway
Depart Hakone

Day 4

Tsukiji Market
With jet lag waking up early isn’t as hard. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets where auctions happen daily. If you wish to see the auction, apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 5:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eat Sushi Time – Tsukiji Market
After watching the auction, it is time for a sushi breakfast! Choose from Sushi Daiwa and Sushi Dai. Be prepared to wait wait wait wait…the wait can be very long.

Sumida River Cruise
Take a river cruise to see views of Tokyo

Until next time!

I am back with a brand new track

Okay, it’s been long enough and I am happy to say that I am back. You are probably thinking where did she go? Really -nowhere. Life just took over for a while and I couldn’t drive myself to blog or update.

Recently, I started feeling antsy and I realized that blogging is a great outlet for me and that I should “re-start”.

Excited to share more stories and adventures this year as I will be traveling a bit more (attending weddings – 3 weddings to be exact!) and taking the time to enjoy what life has to offer.

Last year was quite a busy one and it lacked in the travel department – except for my 3 week spree in Asia to visit family. Other than that, I was glued to Vancouver. Definitely not complaining since I love it here!

Talk soon!

glimpse of our europe trip

Europe Love 2013 from Sabine Cheng on Vimeo.

 Finally, after 3 months I have put together a simple video of our trip to Europe. We went for about a month back in November, 2013 starting in London then headed down to Paris and then made our rounds in Italy.

We had such a great, relaxing time! Will definitely post more pictures and details soon.

For now – enjoy a glimpse of our trip.

PS, sorry about some of the quality as it was filmed with my phone at times.

happy one year to us…..

I’m a little late (actually 1.5 months late), but nevertheless Happy 1st Year of Marriage to us! I heard many stories of how the first year is always hard especially if we have never lived together before. Adjusting to each other’s habits, sharing personal space and finding that balance.  On the contrary it was the total opposite. This first year has been filled with so much laughter, excitement, unforgettable moments and most importantly happiness. There were even moments when I thought “hmmmmm….something is wrong cause it’s too right!”

I am very lucky to have found someone so understanding and accommodating to my cleaning rituals and my ever-changing ideas and plans. Funny to think back at our little-selves and how far we’ve come!

Happy Anniversary to my best friend, once in a life time and my biggest supporter of all!

 

Salt & Straw – Fresh Made Ice Cream

I’m usually not a fan of anything too sweet including ice-cream. However, on a recent girl’s trip down to Portland I tasted some amazing ice cream flavors from Salt & Straw. Their fresh made ice-cream and unique flavors shifted my taste buds and I was feeling bliss.

Their farm to ice-cream cone concept incorporates all natural dairy, organic ingredients and is handmade in small batches. I never thought that ice-cream could taste so different and unique. The flavours from the fresh ingredients really shine through and best of all not too sweet!

They let you sample and taste as many flavors as you like before you make the big decision (so hard when everything taste so good). I went with Sea Salt Caramel and Woodblock Chocolate…….Oh! The Sea Salt Caramel is soo sooo soooooo good…. so good. A must try in Portland! Remember to go early as line ups are long. 

 

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LA – Recently

Recap of an awesome trip to Los Angeles: ate, ate, sunny beaches, shopping, ate, meeting new friends, first Lakers game, ate, a long 4 hour hike to the Hollywood sign and back, more shopping and spending quality time with bestest people.

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