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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

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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


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 are we reading this week?

April 17, 2010

Little Voice Mastery

by Blair Singer


About a month ago I realized that I had my head in the sand a bit. I have a lot of change happening in my business at the moment.  I find it easy that with all of the new tasks on top of my old tasks that I can get overwhelmed when something unexpected blows up.  When it gets to be too much, I just want to hide.  Push the big Pause Button and block out all the stuff I didn’t get done and that is still rattling around in my head.  Well, this doesn’t work does it?  When I don’t get things done, my brain wakes me up at 4am to start my to-do list.  This isn’t good because then at 9pm I am exhausted, but need to stay up to make sure that my husband is still my husband and catch up. 

Classic example of a trainer needing some training.  I like to look at myself as well as the people I train physically in yearly as well as monthly and weekly cycles.  There are times of the year that you will naturally want to be fitter; usually the fear of summer and togs inspires that one.  Other times of the year you may feel the need to learn and are drawn to take a course or start reading.  Many of us go through a spiritual cycle where we need to soul search or find a deep connection with God, the Universe, our family, the community or the earth itself. 

My time right now is a time to refocus.  So I started by reading a book on Goal setting. That prompted me to make the best goal of all.  I promised to read 100 pages a day, 4 days a week for 4 weeks.  These books can be fitness or business related.  Wow what a difference!  I feel fired up again! 

At the moment I am reading, “Little Voice Mastery” by Blair Singer.  He is one of Robert Kiyosaki’s (Rich Dad Poor Dad) advisors.

Many of these motivation books are not rocket science and this is not any different.  They are written to remind you of what you already know in a way that teaches you something about yourself.                                       

This book talks about the little voices in your head.  No not the crazy voices, that is another book all together.  These are the little Disney Devil and Angel that used to sit on Donald’s shoulder.  Only not so much about good and evil but rather should I or shouldn’t I.  My 6am alarm went off and I should get up and : go for a run; get up and read; check my emails etc.  Then the other voice says: you were up late you need the sleep more; you can stay in for lunch and get the emails checked; give the belly a pinch and a rub and feel like it is not that bad and can wait till tonight – which you know will never happen.  Sound familiar? 

We all have other people’s voices in our heads as well.  When I was a kid, my mother said I was “mentally retarded in Maths”.  Those were her actual words and I apologize if I offend anyone with the horrible wording but it was the 70’s.  She used these words when talking to the ladies at church about how I was doing in school or to my teachers or to my Dad or to me.  These words in the beginning were meant to somehow motivate me to apply myself and eventually they became a simple fact and a mental and medical condition.  It became an excuse for me to not even try certain things.  I would not take science math or physics, go for pilot’s license in air cadets etc.  Then one day a teacher didn’t buy into it and had me tested.  Turns out I have a very average grasp on maths with no psychological, mental or medical handicap at all.  Well that changed things dramatically!  It turns out that physics really made sense to me, my D average in business maths  went to a B- in one term, organic chemistry in University was even in my grasp. 

An ex boyfriend had once told me that my 58kgs of curves was such a welcome change to the 43kg ballet dancers he usually dated.  What was meant to be a compliment, led to 3 years of anorexia at 42kg (I am also fiercely competitive). 

Without us knowing, little voices are created and our sub conscious listens to them.  This book, “Little Voice Mastery” is a great reminder that we have to tap into our sub conscious and really listen to what is being said in our heads.  We need to bring our awareness to them and deconstruct the ones that are not serving us anymore. 

Blair Singer says “I’m willing to say to anybody that the only thing that stands between me and what I want is between my right ear and my left ear.”

 Check out the Amazon link for a discount on this book.

What is Pagets Disease

April 16, 2010

I received an email yesterday about a woman who was diagnosed with pagets disease – I thought it was worth researching as I hadn’t heard of this type of breast cancer before! So this is what I found:

Paget’s disease is a chronic bone condition characterized by disorder of the normal bone remodeling process. Normal bone has a synchronized relationship of mechanisms that act to lay down new bone and take up old bone. This relationship (referred to as remodeling) is essential for maintaining the normal calcium levels in our blood. In bone affected by Paget’s disease, the bone remodeling is disturbed and not synchronized. As a result, the bone that is formed is abnormal, enlarged, not as dense, brittle, and prone to breakage (fracture).

Paget’s disease affects older bone of adults. It’s estimated that 1% of adults in the U.S. have Paget’s disease. There is an extremely rare form of Paget’s disease in children, referred to as juvenile Paget’s disease. Paget’s disease is also known as osteitis deformans.

What are the symptoms?

Paget’s disease commonly causes no symptoms and is incidentally noted when X-ray tests are obtained for other reasons. However, Paget’s disease can cause bone pain, deformity, fracture, and arthritis. The bone pain of Paget’s disease is located in the affected bone. The most common bones affected by Paget’s disease include the spine, the thigh bone (femur), the pelvis, the skull, the collar-bone (clavicle), and the upper arm bone (humerus).

The symptoms of Paget’s disease depend on the bones affected and the severity of the disease. Enlarged bones can pinch adjacent nerves, causing tingling and numbness. Bowing of the legs can occur. Hip or knee involvement can lead to limping, as well as pain and stiffness of the hip or knee. Headache, loss of vision, and hearing loss can occur when bones of the skull are affected. With very widespread Paget’s disease, it is possible to develop congestive heart failure due to an increased workload on the heart.

What is Paget disease of the nipple?

Paget disease of the nipple, also called Paget disease of the breast, is an uncommon type of cancer that forms in or around the nipple. More than 95 percent of people with Paget disease of the nipple also have underlying breast cancer; however, Paget disease of the nipple accounts for less than 5 percent of all breast cancers. For instance, of the 211,240 new cases of breast cancer projected to be diagnosed in 2005, fewer than 11,000 will also involve Paget disease of the nipple.

Most patients diagnosed with Paget disease of the nipple are over age 50, but rare cases have been diagnosed in patients in their 20s. The average age at diagnosis is 62 for women and 69 for men. The disease is rare among both women and men.

Paget disease of the nipple was named after Sir James Paget, a scientist who noted an association between changes in the appearance of the nipple and underlying breast cancer. There are several other unrelated diseases named after Paget, including Paget disease of the bone and Paget disease of the vulva; this fact sheet discusses only Paget disease of the nipple

Kitchen Fire – what to do when there is a fire in your kitchen

April 15, 2010

I was sent this email today by a friend and thought that is was worth reading.

Kitchen Fire –  

Don’t assume that everyone knows this stuff. Just forward it to everyone you know and maybe they will forward it to some one who doesn’t. 

I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to cover a fire in a pan!

This is a dramatic video (30-second, very short) about how to deal with a common kitchen fire… Oil in a frying pan.

Read the following Introduction, then watch the show… It’s a real eye-opener! 

At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a 10 foot pole toss water onto the grease fire.      

The results got the attention of the students. The water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated.

The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast. Inside  the confines of a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room. 

Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite. This is a powerful message.

Or go to this website to watch the video!