Living Your Wildest Dreams

June 8, 2010

Women in Charge presents a special one-hour presentation with Julie Lewis on empowering women to unlock their true potential, and “take action”.

WIC &Julie Lewis present Living Your Wildest Dreams

Come along and meet Julie Lewis on our first two WIC talks for June. Julie runs Mountain High, a company which offers a diverse range of challenges, retreats and personal development programmes for women that engages the mind, body and spirit. For women who dare to let their imagination run free in their desire to explore the wonderful world around them.

Julie has made a difference in the lives of many and could do the same for you, unleashing your desire to live your wildest adventure dreams. Julie Lewis’ goal is to encourage, inspire and motivate as many people as possible to step out of their comfort zone, take charge of their health and well being, connect with different cultures and discover their true potential by connecting with nature through adventure travel and her Power of Three retreats.

Do you dare to let your imagination run free in your desire to explore the wonderful world around you? Come and listen to Julie Lewis at the Discovery Bay Golf Club. She will empower you to unleash your natural confidence and share stories, pictures and footage of hundreds of women achieving the extraordinary in the spirit of adventure!

Julie has lead, trained and managed multi-national teams of women & men on adventure challenges and expeditions to Borneo, Nepal, Lebanon, Iran, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, South Africa, Kerala, Morocco, The Arctic, Oman, Tibet, Peru and many more!

Her passion, enthusiasm and energy have been the catalyst for personal change in her clients’ lives. Don’t miss out on this amazing talk – learn to kick your procrastination habit and come and join us!

Most of her projects have had a humanitarian or health related theme to them and Julie’s projects have addressed osteoporosis, breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease. She is also linked to schools and orphanage projects in Sri Lanka and Africa. As a result of her work Julie was nominated for the Emirates Woman of the Year Award in 2005 and this year she has been nominated for the International Business Women’s Achievement Award.

Julie has infectious energy, passion and enthusiasm. She is an authentic presenter with a strong personal interest in unlocking people’s true potential. She has made several television appearances, enjoys wide media coverage and has been a regular guest on several radio programmes in the UAE, where Julie used to live before coming to Hong Kong. Julie has also written for various lifestyles and travel magazines. Come and listen to Julie Lewis at the Discovery Bay Golf Club – prepare to be INSPIRED!


Venue:             DB Golf Club

Session 1:        Tuesday 15th June from 10am-11am, or

Session 2:        Monday 21st June from 7pm-8pm

Transport:       Buses from the Plaza run at 9:40am and 6:40pm respectively

HK$150 for WiC members

HK$300 for non-members.

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WIC Travel – Bangalore India

June 1, 2010

Lunch at the Oberoi Hotel

My husband had been raving on about his trips to Bangalore for the past 12 months and wanted me to experience first hand how fantastic the hotel he stayed at was.

So I was not sure what to expect; my vision (illusion) of India was dusty streets and very spicy food (which I am not a fan of). The end result was a mixture of both a wonderful and an enjoyable surprise with a little bit of frustration thrown in on the side.

Staying at The Oberoi Hotel exceeded expectations, I can positively say that there is not one flaw in the way they conduct every single function there. From the gardeners to the hotel manager; each and every person’s behaviour made for the most unforgettable experience I have ever been part of.

I have stayed at my fair share of hotels and apartments in the past ten years and by far this is an experience worth making the effort to see for yourself. Are all of the hotels like this? Well I can not answer that question now however I now intend on trying out one of many of the locations to see for myself.

What makes this hotel so special you might ask – the little things! From the fact that where ever I went they addressed me as “Mrs Barnes” before I could remember what they looked like; or remembering my order every time I sat down for a meal. Each person I came across asked us “How could we improve” and they really meant it. We asked for sautéed mushrooms at the buffet breakfast and was told that “I will ensure that we they will be on your table as soon as you enter each morning”. Now that is service.

Or the little pack that you receive when you sit down by the pool which includes sun cream, fruit, water, freezing cold wash cloth and some spray! I think I could have possibly been mistaken as thinking perhaps I died and went to heaven. With the grounds beautifully manicured and the staff being so pleasant to offer advice the experience was second to none.

Walking out of the gates of The Oberoi Hotel gave me the biggest shock of my life; I had forgotten that we were in a major city where crossing the road almost cost me my life! The streets were dusty and muddy due to construction that has been happening outside the door and the when I finally walked back inside the premises of The Oberoi Hotel I was dirty and coughing with the amount of dust that I consumed.

I do have to say though I finally conquered my fear of spicy food and order a curry – not once but twice in one day. I did explain that I was not a spicy eater and to my amazement it was fantastic; the chef came out to check that it wasnt too spicy (as the waiter must have mentioned it to him) – now that is service!

The shopping is also pretty good with both Indian and western products; the cost is quarter of the price of what you would find in Hong Kong.

Overall – would I go back? Yes, of course, I was so taken by the hotel I bought the book Dare to dream – A life of M.S Oberoi.

Top 10 Reasons why you need to make a Will – Numbers 5 to 1

May 27, 2010
5. By making a will, you can name the people or charities you want to benefit. This means that you know exactly how your estate will be divided in the event of your death.

 4. Without a will, you’ll have no control over who inherits what. Your estate might not be shared as you want it to be. Friends and unmarried partners definitely won’t receive anything. So if you want to make sure that your loved ones can benefit from your estate, then you’ll need to make a will.

 3. By having made a will, the legal aspects of dealing with you affairs will be much easier, for all involved.

 2. If you die without a will, you will have died intestate. This means your loved ones could suffer unnecessary financial hardship or additional distress.

 1. If you’re a parent, then you’ll want to make a will to ensure that you say who you want to bring up your children if you die. Without a will, your children become Wards of Court and the courts could decide to appoint someone else to bring up your children.

 Now you know just how important making a will is, isn’t it time you made one and reduced the amount of distress your loved ones will suffer in the event of your death?
To find out how to make a will, and see what other services are offered by our experienced team of Will writers, contact US

 or call him on 3100 0101.

Where are they now? – Joyce Fricsay-Cioaca

May 4, 2010

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hong Kong born and bred, speak Cantonese thanks to my old Chinese Amah who raised me when my mother had to go back to work after I was born. No matter how I tried to get this place out of my system, I was ultimately driven to return by a higher power. Lived on the island for my first 11 years and then moved to DB when it first opened. Went to hotel school, worked in hotels for 10 years in HK and Shanghai, then did 9 years in marketing and project management at a US consumer goods giant before moving back here in January 2009. I now work as a one-person who for a Germany company producing primarily bags in China.

How long has it been since you visited DB?

Probably about 13 years

When and where did you live in DB?

From August 1981 at 19B Seahorse Lane until February 1994, although I had a flat in the “Greens” for the 3 years before I left

What school did you attend?

Glenealy Junior School and Island School

What are your fondest memories?

Countless great memories of growing up in Hong Kong and being part of one of the first teenage crews at DB. Oh the joys of sitting in a Park N Shop trolley at the top of the hill outside the residents’ club and have a friend push and let go of it whilst you tear down the hill towards Seahorse Lane with no brakes

Was is it difficult living on Lantau Island?

It was a pretty far-out thing to do in every sense of the word! There weren’t many of us at the beginning – my parents had bought their flat before DB officially opened and for the first year or so there was no supermarket (only Chinese market), a rusty pontoon for the ferry pier and 50 other families in the whole DB. I even remember walking over to Nim Shue Wan where I believe the Marina now is, when it was still a tiny fishing village and not yet a part of DB.

Why did you leave and where are you living now?

I left in 1994 to move to Shanghai and now live in Kowloon West since a year.

Top 10 Reasons why you need to make a Will – Numbers 10 to 6

May 4, 2010

Why is a Will so important? Check out what Bradley Erasmus founder of Phoenix Wills Ltd has to say.”

Wheres the Will?

10. If you die without a will you will have died intestate. This means your loved ones could suffer unnecessary financial hardship or additional distress.
9. By having made a will, the legal aspects of dealing with your affairs will be much easier, for all involved.
8. Without a will you’ll have no control over who inherits what. Your estate might not be shared as you would want it to be. Friends and unmarried partners definitely won’t receive anything. So if you want to make sure that your loved ones can benefit from your estate, then you’ll need to make a will.
7. By making a will, you can name the people or charities you want to benefit. This means that you know exactly how your estate will be divided in the event of your death.
6. If you’re a parent, then you’ll want to make a will to ensure that you say who you want to bring up your children if you die. Without a will, the courts could decide to appoint somebody else to bring up your children

What are we reading this week?

April 30, 2010


Another addictive read

We read another one of Martina Coles book as she has become one of my favourite authors. This is not a book that you would give to your grandmother to read, but story line becomes addictive.

This novel is about Nick Leary another underground mobster who has kept himself on top for a very long time, he has also kept his little secrets hidden for a very long time. Although one night changes everything!

This book is disturbing, violent, vicious, nasty but utterly compelling.  Another well written book that Martina Cole has written and again is an0ther bestseller.


April 24, 2010

I wanted to bake ANZAC biscuits to commemorate this important day in Australian and New Zealand history by baking a  batch of these iconic biscuits.  For those wanting more great ideas check out

ANZAC biscuits



  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle
  • 150g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Place the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted. Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture. It will bubble whilst you are stirring together so remove from the heat. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non stick baking paper, pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Fun Fact on Chinese Culture:

April 23, 2010

Some cultures view ³time² as something they can control, while others view ³time² as being beyond their control. Western cultures view time as being limited and fixed, and feel they need to be in control of their time, whereas more fatalistic cultures, like Chinese cultures, view time as being fluid, and beyond their own control.

 So for example, if a western person is late for a meeting or for work, they are usually apologetic, and will take full responsibility for being
late, even if they were delayed by unforeseen circumstances. Whereas when those from Chinese culture are late, they feel that other unpredictable forces (such as traffic) are responsible for delaying them, and often don¹t take the responsibility onto themselves. By the same token, they are also very tolerant of others who are late.

 Often to the annoyance of their western colleagues, it is not uncommon for someone from Hong Kong or China to regularly arrive work 10 or 15 minutes late every morning or after their lunch break, and not feel the need to take any responsibility to change or correct this habit, as they often do not believe the circumstances to do so is within their control.

 Anita Moorjani
Rent A Local

Regina Brett – Columnist for The Plain Dealer

April 22, 2010

I was sent this via an email the other day and thought it was worth passing on!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.. It
is the most-requested column I’ve ever written”.

Life is too short...

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone….
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with your God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26.. Frame every so-called disaster with these words’-In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything..
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. Your God loves you because of who that God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s,we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

What have I been eating lately?

April 21, 2010

I havent been feeling well lately so decided to do a little investigating of my own by researching foods that make us healthy. You maybe interested to hear what I have discovered!

Backache – eat plenty of oily fish, cabbage, guava, pawpaw and kiwi fruit for vitamin C – cut down on – coffee, tea and other drinks containing caffeine, fat and sugar if you are overweight.

Joint Problems – Eat plenty of oily fish for essential fatty acids, fresh fruit and vegetables for beta carotene vitamin C, avocados, nuts and sunflower seeds for vitamin E and whole grains, shellfish, cereals and eggs for selenium

Menstrual problems and PMT –  Eat plenty of small, frequent meals high in starchy carbohydrates and low in fat, supplementary evening primrose oil and vitamin B6, foods containing vitamin B6 such as meat, fish and whole grains. Cut down on – salt and caffeine in tea and coffee. Avoid – alcohol

Thyroid Disorders – Eat plenty of foods rich in B vitamins, such as fish, whole grains, pulses and seeds. Cut down in – raw cabbage, turnips, swedes, peanuts and mustard which can inhibit the body’s ability tu use iodine and smoking, alcohol and caffeine, if the problem is an overactive thyroid gland.

Varicose Veins  – Take plenty of fiber-rich foods such as whole meal bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, water at least 2 litres a day and foods rich in vitamin E, such as seed oils, wheat germ and avocados and nuts.