Archive for February, 2010


February 24, 2010

Facebook or Twitter? Are you addicted to social networking?


  • You can not get through the day without checking your social networking accounts.
  • Your vocabulary consists of such words as RT, DM, LOL, ROLFS, OMG, #FF and #TGIF.
  • You are uploading pictures before you wipe off your makeup after a big night out.
  • When you log onto your computer your default page is no longer google but the facebook log in page.
  • The first thing you say when you meet somebody new is “R U on FB?”
  • You start calling people tweeps.
  • You have 500 friends but only know 20 of them in person.
  • You have watered your plants, fought vampires and discovered that you are an  “Angelina Jolie” style mother.
  • You break up with your loved one via a text message.
  • You have to be told via facebook that your dinner is ready downstairs!
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    What are we reading this week?

    February 22, 2010

    Losing My Virginity – Richard Branson The Autobiography

    I have to say I am always quite skeptical when reading an autobiography, most of them do not really seek the truth but re-write a life seen through rose-coloured glasses. So with skepticism I picked up this book and started reading it.

    To my surprise the book was true Branson style with more than enough flair to light a fire cracker, he comes out full steam ahead from the word “go”.  He is speaking truthfully which is definitely a nice change! I have to admit in parts was quite drawn out and slow, although if you know a thing or two about ballooning then you will love the long drawn out parts.

    When I finally put the book down I was definitely inspired to run off and start my own “virgin” brand or perhaps call him up so that he can work his wonders on my own ideas ;-P (more…)

    Green week at DBIS

    February 22, 2010

    We at Women In Charge decided to get behind and support green week at DBIS by coming up with some ways to go green!


    1. Walking to school, the shops, the ferry pier or perhaps we go one step further by walking everywhere we can in the city rather than taking a taxi. Let’s do our little bit about the pollution and get fit in the process.
    2.  Recycle, recycle, recycle!  It is so important that we recycle everything we can, we all know how important land is here in Hong Kong, so why fill it with rubbish?
    3. Why not help your own community by contacting DB Green – they are always running fantastic projects that definitely need extra hands, they can not do it alone so they need your help.
    4. Why use chemicals?, they are not only damaging our environment but also our health.  Why not ditch all of the nasty chemicals in your house by using either biodegradable products or products such as enjo – FYI – to clean bathrooms, in 3 years the average house-hold useds 54 bottles of chemical products costing $4,320 or $1,440 per year (this does not include paper towels, sponges, buckets, water usage etc). So you are not only doing something great for the environment but saving yourself money as well.
    5. Say “No!” to plastic, I know for most of us we take our own shopping bags to Fusion these days, but is this really enough? Why not buy all of the fruit we can and place them into a fabric bag rather than a plastic bag or grab the fruit and veggies that are not wrapped in plastic. Do you allow them to place all of your meat and frozen food in more plastic? Or are you able to resist and ask them to place it in the bag as it is?


    Interesting Occupations – BodyTalk Practitioner

    February 20, 2010

    What does a Body Talk practitioner do?

    A BodyTalk Practitioner explores the reasons behind their client’s illness or “dis-ease”.   Using a method of applied kinesiology (muscle testing), and following a comprehensive BodyTalk protocol, the practitioner is able to detect imbalances in their client- be it on a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level…Once detected, the practitioner uses various techniques to “fix” these imbalances and bring harmony/homeostasis back to the body, mind and spirit.  The techniques are non-invasive and the session is extremely relaxing for the client.  Most of my clients feel less stressed, heal from various illnesses and are much more happy and confident with themselves.

    What attracted you to the position?

    In 2003, I wanted to find a modality that was more than just a band-aid solution to my family’s and client’s problems.  I had taken 3 levels of Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, and was a certified reflexologist (and studying nutrition at that time) but found the sesssions didn’t produce long lasting results or really go to the core issues of the problem.  My own sons who were very small at the time had several food allergies and gastrointestinal problems so I needed to find a therapy that would help them but not just cover up the symptoms.

    How did you come to this position?

    I was working in a Naturopathic/Chiropractic clinic where allergy elimination techiques were used (NAET) amongst other modalities,  and I noticed that many clients were not experiencing long lasting results from the treatments.  I realized there was something missing from those treatments – exploring the root cause of the allergies.  I went on a search for a truly holistic modality that could get to the root of these issues.  When I found out from a friend in Calgary about the effectiveness of Bodytalk and that it really went to the core of so many issues, I was intrigued and needed to learn more. I went onto the International BodyTalk Association’s website ( and took a look. I signed up for the first 4 day course without even having experienced a BodyTalk session!

    Did you need to study a certain course?

    Yes.  The BodyTalk System offers a four day intensive course that is designed for those that want to become practitioners called Module One and Two.  The requirements to become a practitioner are that you need to take these modules twice (the second time at a discount) and perform 50 case studies (sessions for non-paying clients).  On the day of certification, a written AND practical exam are done in the presence of an instructor.  The expectations are set very high and you need a very high percentage to pass (90% I believe).

    After Module One/Two , a practitioner can take other modules.  There are 9 basic modules and 2 “university” levels of BodyTalk (Called Parama College) along with many other courses (“Chinese Medicine for BodyTalkers” is one such course).  I have the 9 basic modules as well as 3 other BodyTalk courses and will soon complete the first Parama level.

    It should be noted that there is a one day class for laypeople called “BodyTalk Access”.  In this class you learns the 5 most important BT techniques so you can use them for yourself and family.  Its offered in Hong Kong on a regular basis.  Laypeople can also take the regular Modules (1-9 and Parama) if you do not want to become a practitioner.  There are many people that take them just for personal growth.  Taking these classes is a journey of self-discovery!

    What do you love about your job?

    Many things… I’m a people person- I love the interaction I have with children, their parents and other adults.  I love being a witness to the power of the body to heal itself given the right opportunities.  I love being a facilitator in the healing process for my clients. I’ve had many clients who’ve had amazing results with BodyTalk sessions.  Crohn’s , Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Depression, ADHD and Aspergers- improvements could be seen and felt quickly.  BodyTalk practitioners assist the client’s body to heal itself-this is something I tell my clients all the time so that they know its the wisdom of THEIR body that does the work.  I’ve also had clients whose illness didn’t get better but their attitude to having the illness changed tremendously- it just didn’t bother them as much.

    What are some of the negatives?

    There aren’t really any negatives!  Well, maybe becoming too busy that I feel a bit guilty for spending time away from my own family!

    Any advice for those considering becoming a Body Talk practitioner?

    BodyTalk is the fastest growing modality in the world.  The courses are jam-packed with so much information that it will truly blow you away and expand your consciousness.  Anyone can take these courses!  You don’t need any specialty training, although many practitioners of other modalities take it.  A basic knowledge of anatomy would be beneficial but not needed. BodyTalk is taught all over the world in many different languages.  It is used in schools, clinics, hospitals, orphanages, business organizations and many others. Please visit to get an idea how far-reaching this modality has spread.

    Come in for a  session too!  Those that say they read about it on the WIC website will receive $200 off a session. Reg. price $600.

    How to make a new start – slowly

    February 17, 2010

     Kylie De Clase from Terronova have given us some great tips on making a new start and what better time to do this but after CNY!

    1. Buy a magazine that you usually buy that interests you.  You’ll get novel ideas.
    2. Use familiar foods in an unexpected way.
    3. Switch up how you do your hair – it can change your frame of mind.  For example by wearing a pony – tail instead of down will give you a more playful look whilst  giving you more energy and carefree approach. 
    4. Listen to the radio rather than your iPod.  You’ll get more exposed to new music and trendy topics.
    5. Sleep on the opposite side of the bed than you usually do.  You’ll have  a fresh perspective as soon   as you wake up.
    6. Go to a family member you respect but who has a different taste than you, and ask to borrow there favourite book, movie, magazine, etc.
    7. Move your Laptop into a another room.  The change of atmosphere will affect how you work.
    8. Buy a pair of animal print peep toe pumps.  They add an edgy to a conservative or sophisticated outfit. Whilst boosting your attitude and sex – appeal.
    9. Ask a co – worker you’re friendly with but haven’t hung out with socially to grab a drink with – it will open the door up to meeting a new circle of people.
    10. Chat with a personal trainer at your gym to get new ideas on how to up grade your routine.
    11. Attend a concert that’s unlike any music you’d listen to.  Even if you’re not a huge fan of the music you’ll be exposed to a totally different crowd.
    12. While shopping with a friend ask her to pick out an out fit that she thinks would be flattering on you but different from your usually taste.
    13. Volunteer to plan and run fun events at work or your child’s school.
    14. Buy food that you’re never had before and try it in a recipe.
    15. Reconnect with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while.
    16. Eat lunch in a new place every day for a week.
    17. Rearrange the furniture in just one room in your house.


    Protect your Passwords?

    February 16, 2010

    As the popularity of Internet shopping, banking and social networking grows so does Internet fraud.  It is becoming increasingly easier to steal one’s identity or hack into someone’s on-line accounts.

    The easiest way  to protect your information is through a secure password.  However now with software like dictionary attack – a program that guesses passwords by systematically typing every word in the dictionary.

    The biggest mistake; which a surprising 81% of people make is use the same or similar password for everything.  With the average person having eight to ten passwords each it can be hard to keep track.  By keeping a manual record near your computer or a unnamed file on your computer you can keep track.

    Here are a few tips to protect yourself against internet fraud:

    • Use a combination of words and numbers
    • Use the combination of Upper and Lower cases
    • Use symbols instead of letters – like @ rather than a or 3 for an e.
    • Use full sentences or song lyrics – e.g nursery rhymes
    • Change your password frequently

    Now with these small changes you can secure your information and protect yourself against Internet fraud.

    Eat right for your blood type

    February 15, 2010

    Julie Bolduc from Cerena Health has given us another recipe for the very last blood type – for those of you who thought we had forgotten you here is a great winter treat!

    Explorer Eggless Meatloaf- Type B (Type B must stay away from chicken and dairy is better than soy!)Ingredients:

    • 1 carrot
    • 1 celery stick
    • 1 apple – peeled
    • 1/2 onion
    • 1 pound ground lamb
    • 1 pound ground turkey
    • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
    • 1/4 cup apple juice
    • 2 rice cakes chopped up (or 1 cup rice)
    • 1 Tablespoon ghee
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried of each (thyme, oregano, summer savory)
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt

    How to make it:

    1. Preheat oven 375
    2. Finely chop (or use food processor) on the apple and veggies (squeeze in some lemon to keep the apples fresh)
    3. Mix with the rest of the ingredients
    4. Coat a meatloaf pan with ghee
    5. Put meat mixture in pan
    6. Cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours

    Style Tips for February

    February 11, 2010

    Its warming up, and spring is just around the corner.

    Here are a few of the top fashion trends for spring 2010

    Colour: soft neutrals are making a big entrance with pink champagne, light pewter, and warm beige as your season’s must-haves. Bolder choices in colour include coral, sunflower yellow, purple, teal, turquoise and lime green.

    Fabric and texture: romance returns with soft layers, ruffles, feathers, vintage lace and see-through fabrics. These textures add a feminine feel to your wardrobe whether in clusters of tulle blooms on a dress or a sheer lace top with ruffling details. Beware of the ruffles and lace that they are overpowering you and be sure the size of them matches your own personal scale. Mix the flirtatious with classic pieces.

    Prints: Prints this season move away from the soft florals and instead draw attention with loud, eye-catching florals. Tie-dyes are back (Yikes), tropical, and tribal prints. Theses outfits will draw attention but maybe an easier way to experiment with the wild prints this season is to put it in a smaller item. Think about adding a tribal print in your sandals or in the large floral print in a summer tote.

    Jewellery: it’s big and bold, when it’s this size less is more, enjoy the drama of large scale but keep it simple. And if large scale is not your style, but you want to be on trend, go medium size with a floral pattern; this will look a little less bold.

    Handbags: dare I say it …… downsize!!! Handbags are smaller this season playing the role of enhancing artwork to your look. If this thought fills you with dread of giving up your ‘suitcase’ opt for a floral or light coloured large bag so it’s prettier and looks less obvious.

    Can I  help you make these trends work for your own personal sense of style? Check out, or give me a call!

    Stylishly yours,

    Helen Marie x

    Inspirare Image Consultancy

    Eat right for your blood type.

    February 11, 2010

    Julie Bolduc from Cerena Health has given us another great recipe for one last blood type so now there is something for everyone.

    Carrot Cake Bars- Type AB (the most recent Blood Type- a mix!)


    • 1/3 cup organic canola oil
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
    • 1/3 cup Turbinado (unrefined) sugar (optional)
    • 2 organic eggs
    • 1 cup finely shredded organic carrot
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 cup oat flour or brown rice flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
    • 1/2 cup drained canned crushed pineapple (optional)
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
    • 1/2 cup currants (optional)

    How to make it:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
    2. Oil a 13′ by 9′ baking pan
    3. In a large bowl, combine oil or Lighter Bake, maple syrup or honey, Turbinado sugar (optional) and eggs
    4. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon
    5. add to wet mixture
    6. Stir in yogurt, pineapple, carrots, walnuts and raisins, mixing thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly moist with crumbs
    7. Set on a wire rack and cool in pan
    8. Cut into 20 bars
    9. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner’s sugar (optional). Store in refrigerator or freeze.



    What are the women in Discovery Bay doing for Chinese New Year?

    February 10, 2010

    Does everybody in Discovery Bay leave to go away during Chinese New Year? I asked a few members and here are their answers!

    We aren’t doing anything! The girls are having a movie night though…..Leah Douglas

    CNY, have no idea yet but hopefully will be peaceful 🙂 Helen Harries – Inspirare

     I was originally looking at escaping Asia and heading over to Europe (as the flights are so affordable at the moment) but unfortunately I am in the process of trying to work around my husbands work schedule.  Paula BarnesEnjo

     We are off to Phuket for a well earned family vacation. It will be an opportunity for us all to de-stress and have some wonderful quality time together. Illana Mckinstry – Career Consulting

     We will do some good hikes around HK and will go with the kids to see the fireworks on a junk, organized by some friends. That should be fun! Danielle Ribs – Life Harmony

    I will be running scrapbook classes of course! For more details contact HK Memory Chest  Angela Collingwood – HK Memory Chest

    I am going to the  USA Christine King – Headland Homes.HK

    I will try to have family at home that are coming from France, for 10 days so I will  guide them through Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories and enjoy family time. We will try to go in the crowd to see  the parade, the lion’s danse and the firework.  Cecile Thomas – Double Faces