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Life is Good!


Hi there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€ย 

I just took this picture of my cat, Baby, and then it struck me that if there is anyone in my family who is the epitome of enjoying life to the maximum, it is HER! Lol!ย 

Baby is around age 80 in human years and when she joined my family, she was only 8 weeks old, a stray kitten that was given by a friend. Because she was so tiny, we named her, Baby.ย 

Her daily life is very straightforward and cushy – sleep, eat, sunbathe, clean and groom herself, play with her “grandma” (me) or with our beagle, Benji (she is like a mommy to Benji and even taught the dog to lick his paws and clean his face, just like a cat! Lol!) … and the whole cycle repeats itself throughout the day, although not necessarily in the same order above. Lol!

On the other hand, life for humans is much more complex than a household cat’s…and that got me to thinking – what can we do for ourselves to make our life good or better for us? To be contented…to be happy…to be at peace?ย  Read the rest of this entry »


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Easy Yummy Shallots & Old Chicken Soup To Relieve Wind/Flatulence

A hearty bowl of delicious small onions/shallots and old chicken soup ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is a super easy but really yummy soup to help remove wind from our body.

All you need is just :-

1 kilo of peeled shallots (small onions)

1 old chicken, skin and fat removed, chopped

3 litres water (2 litres water if your family is smaller or you want the soup more concentrated)

Method –

1) Bring water to a boil in a soup pot.

2) Put in all ingredients above and bring to a boil again. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface of the soup.

3) Simmer for 4 hours over a low fire.

4) Season with salt to taste.

I made this soup last week as a series of home remedies to tackle the wind problems that some of my family members have been experiencing, my self included. Before this, I had made Mint Leaves and Egg Soup, which unfortunately my husband and sons are not fans of. ๐Ÿ™„

Anyway, shallots are known to have effects than big onions in removing wind and this soup recipe has been passed down from many generations. Some people add in lemon grass and old ginger to give the soup more kick. I love ginger a lot but unfortunately, my healer lady friend said women around middle age and perimenopausal should not take ginger in any form for fear of triggering health problems arising from heatiness.

Shallots are used a lot in ย Asian cooking and a look in the Internet will yield many nutritional and health benefits of shallots. Some studies and researches have found shallots to contain in large quantities calcium, iron and protein and they are an excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and dietary fibre. They are believed to be good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents, too. ๐Ÿ’ก

Old chicken is a requirement of this soup because it is believed to have properties to remove wind also. Old chickens are those hens that have stopped their eggs laying period.

Try to make this soup regularly for your family – even young children will enjoy it as the soup is so sweet. As old chickens have more fat content, be sure to skim off all the oil from the surface of the soup before serving it hot. Any leftover soup is ideal to make noodles or porridge. ๐Ÿ’ก

My next post will be on home remedies to remove wind in the stomach, with a recipe of a special herbal lamb soup to warm up the stomach. ๐Ÿ˜‰

With best wishes for good health,

choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. Any leftover soup can ย be kept in the refrigerator and consumed the next day. I checked with my healer lady friend about the belief that leftover soups can cause wind in our body – she said if a soup has been boiled for 4 hours, then that soup is safe for consumption the next day without causing wind to our body. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Letting Go Your Emotional Clutter – Decluttering Part 3


Good evening, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

You may not believe it but we also have emotional clutter, or more commonly known as “emotional baggage.” There are times that we may have been hurt, felt ashamed, felt guilty or angry in the past and sometimes, these memories do get stuck in our mind and we accummulate these “baggages.” In a way, this is causing us to live in the past and we are not able to let go to move on with our life. Emotional clutter is a form of interfering in our life.

Below is Part 3 of the Decluttering FAQ which has been reproduced with the kind permission of Master atan, from

Learning how to โ€˜let goโ€™ is the cornerstone of cleaning emotional clutter. It can be one of the most empowering experiences of your life. As you let go, you free up space to expand. While eliminating the cluttered emotion, or baggage, itโ€™s important to face the reasons why you hold onto your feelings.

Emotional clutter is a form of interference. When a river is blocked with trees, logs, bushes, etc. the water doesnโ€™t flow easily. The river begins to stagnate. So many people ask me why their lives are so difficult, why they always feel stuck. My answer is based on this same principle of the river being cluttered with debris.

Our emotional debris is like deadwood in the river. The more you remove and eliminate the deadwood, the better the flow. Generally we hold onto emotional clutter because there is fear, and often shame as well. When we finally make the decision to clear the deadwood, or debris, it means facing the fear and doing it anyway.

If your inner landscape is cluttered, your outer landscape may reflect that. Often people with emotional baggage collect material baggage in the form of clutter in their homes. Clearing the external clutter is marvelous, but unless you also clear the emotional clutter, you may be doomed to repeat the cluttered house over and over again.

You may think that hanging onto things keeps you secure, so you donโ€™t feel loss and scarcity. In fact, that is far from the truth. We hold onto things because we already feel loss and scarcity. It only amplifies the feelings.

One of the first rules of manifesting abundance is to pay yourself first and to tithe 10%. Give it away, even if you feel you donโ€™t have enough. This is the act of trust. It shows faith in the knowledge that abundance will come back to you ten fold and there is abundance for everyone.

Holding onto clutter and emotional baggage may be the way you feel worth, or self confidence. It may be a false sense of strength and security. Remember, these are the times when you alone are holding the deadwood in place to block the river.

Many people are afraid to cry. They fear that if they simply let go then they will be washed away in an uncontrollable flood of tears. The truth is, once the dam is clear, there is an initial surge of water, eventually slowing to a steady flow.

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Declutter Part 2 – How Clutter Can Harm You


Good evening, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

To understand why decluttering is very important to us, we must first understand the importance behind it, how clutter can harm us in some ways.

Earlier this year, I have written here about how the various compass sectors in our homes are equated with certain aspects of our life. For example, the SouthWest sector of our home represents the Love, Relationship or Marriage of our life, and when we have clutter in this sector, then our love and relationship tend to exhibit some problems, like blockages, etc. So, to activate and energise this aspect of love and relationship, all we need to do is just do a light decluttering of that area, and soon after, you will notice a difference in your love relationship! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, if you want to energise the Career or Business aspect of your life, then you do a light cleaning and tidying of the North sector of your home.

Please bear in mind that you home may be absolutely spotless but it will still be good to move things around a bit, sort of like moving the energies there. For example, move out the couch in the living room, give the floor or carpet there a good mopping or vacuuming, push back the couch and feel the difference in the chi or energy there!

Here is Part 2 of the Declutter FAQ, which is reproduced here with the kind permission of Master atan at

Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Tired and Lethargic

Most people who have clutter say they can’t find the energy to begin to clear it. They constantly feel tired. But the stagnant energy that stacks up around clutter actually causes tiredness and lethargy. Clearing it frees up the energy in your home and releases new vitality in your body.

Having Clutter can Keep You in the Past

When all your available space is filled with clutter, there is no room for anything new to come into your life. Your thoughts tend to dwell in the past, and you feel bogged down with problems that have dogged you for some time. Clearing your clutter allows you to begin to deal with your problems and move forward. You have to release the past to create a better tomorrow.

Having Clutter Can Affect Your Body Weight
A curious fact I have noticed over the years is that people who have lots of clutter in their homes are often overweight. I believe this is because both body fat and clutter are forms of self-protection. By building layers of fat or clutter around yourself, you hope to cushion yourself against the shocks of life, and particularly against emotions you have difficulty handling. It gives you the illusion of being able to control things and prevent them from affecting you too deeply. But this is an illusion.

Having Clutter Can Confuse You

When you live surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in your life. When you clear it, you get fewer colds, you can think more clearly, and life decisions become easier. Being clear of clutter is one of the greatest aids I know to discovering and manifesting the life you want.

Having Clutter Can Affect the Way People Treat You
People treat you the way you treat yourself. So if you value yourself and look after yourself, people will treat you well. If you allow the junk to mount up around you, you may attract people who mistreat you in some way because subconsciously you will feel that it is what you deserve.

Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Ashamed
Perhaps you have reached the stage where your home is so cluttered and such a mess that you are ashamed to invite people over and positively panic if anyone turns up unannounced. You can live in lonely isolation with your junk, but wouldn’t you prefer to have a good clear-out, repair your self-esteem, and regenerate your social life with confidence?

I wish you a Happy Decluttering! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Declutter For Better Energy, Health & Wealth! Declutter FAQ Part 1


Happy Sunday, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

I have mentioned quite a few times here before that whenever I feel low in energy, sluggish or things just do not seem to go well in life, I would force myself to declutter and clean some parts of my home. Initially, this decluttering job may seem redundant and meaningless but knowing the many benefits that decluttering can bring me, I would just grab the bull by its horns and start decluttering! ๐Ÿ™„

It never fails to amaze me that as soon as a few minutes into my decluttering job, my mind would feel lighter, I feel happier and most importantly, there is a burst of energy……sort of like a burst of sunshine in my life! Well, some of you may be thinking that I am just talking nonsense here but in reality, a decluttering job is what it seems ……

What it entails is the important aspects – for removing clutter in our homes is akin to moving old stagnating energies into those spaces that we are clearing and tidying, thus allowing fresh new energies or chi to come in.

To make things easier to understand on what decluttering can do to improve our life, I am staring a short series on “Decluttering FAQs” these few days and with the kind permission of Master atan, a Fengshui Master HERE I am reproducing the very useful information below –

Clutter is one of the major causes for many who are suffering in life , during years of my spiritual works, some time just by asking patients to clear their clutter healed them automatically. Since clutter has a major negative effect on our life , i prepare this clutter FAQ to help others.

Q01. What is clutter ?
A01. Clutter is the things you no more love, need , unfinished and has fear of departing it.

Q02. How many types of clutter are there ?
A02. There many types of clutter , just to name a few – like physical, emotion and mental clutter.

Q03. Where can i find the physical clutter ?
A03. Physical clutter can be found in kitchen,closets,bedroom,storage areas,bathroom and etc..

Q04. How do i know my clutter is out of control ?
A04. You break out into a cold sweat the last time somebody dropped by unexpectedly, take longer time to find things, feel tire and lethargic, feel lost and fear without knowing why .

Q05. Can you explain how clutter can weaken us ?
A05. We as a human species is connected to most of the things we own by an invisible energy thread , clutter energy thread will zap your energy and drag you down, and the longer you keep it , the thread become thicker , the more it will effect you.

Q06. What you recommend to stop clutter ?
A06. Stop impulse buying and don’t keep on buying things or bring things into your house, stop and think, do i really need this and do i have an empty space to keep this.

Q07. Does clearing my clutter help my house feng shui ?
A07. Yes, clutter cause energy to stagnant , it is very difficult to apply feng shui cures if the energy can’t flow easily.

Q08. How about my Divine statues ?
A08. Clean it with pipe water and donate it to the temple or holy houses.

Q09. Can i keep the Divine Statues that i love in the storeroom?
A09. Yes and No, the Divine statues that you had prayed to , i will advice you to donate it , it is not polite to keep then aside, and those that you did not pray to, you can keep them but don’t stack anything on top of them.

Q10. How about my ornaments ?
A10. Clean with piped water and put away 50% of your ornaments , this not only make fresh energy move freely , you will get your dusting and cleaning done in half the time .

Q11. I can’t find the energy to start clearing my clutter .
A11. This is because the clutter you had is eating into your energy, you will get stronger as you dispose of your clutter.

Q12. I have too much clutter – what can i do ?
A12. Do not give up, all this clutter did not come into your house in one day, and I don’t expect you to clear it in one day. It takes time, but there are big rewards for this extra effort –ย  you will have more time , a neat home , less stress and better feng shui.

Q13. What do you recommend for mental clutter ?
A13. Write down all your questions on different pieces of paper and burn them. Stay away from negative people, they are like poison and can eat into your energy.

Q14. What you recommend for emotion clutter ?
A14. Go to a temple or holy house or sit silently in your home — Forgive those who had hurts you, and ask for forgiveness to those you had hurts.

Q15. Can you show me a way to start clearing my clutter.
A15. Place three empty boxes in your home , mark them as 1. wanted 2. unwanted 3. undecided . Everyday just put away 5 to 10 items into the boxes, as you become more experience you can made more boxes and name them according.

Q16. Any other good tips ?
A16. Throw away all junks immediately when your received it , return all things that belong to others, settle or cancel all promises that you had made.

Q17. How about clutter belong to other members of my family ?
A17. You can organize a day every month, get as many members as possible,,,prepare some foods they like , after the clearing , you can have a small party , this event i called it ” empty day “

Q18. Any other advice ?
A18. Yes. Read the books by author Karen Kingston.
1. Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Tired and Lethargic.
2. Having Clutter can Keep You in the Past.
3. Having Clutter Can Affect Your Body Weight.
4. Having Clutter Can Confuse You.
5. Having Clutter Can Affect the Way People Treat You
6. Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Ashamed.

Author – Dhealing Master
Date – 13th March 2006

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