For almost ten years now, lemons have been a staple item in our household. Apart from its usual use as ingredients for cooking, making tea and juice, we use it for our daily lemon water.  Dear Hubby and I started the habit of putting lemons to our pitcher of water when we learned that it actually helps clean toxins out of our body, not to mention it has Vitamin C content and can help in weight loss (well, well, well!).  Commercial alkaline water can be expensive and I think lemon water is the closest and least expensive alternative.

When we moved to Jakarta almost three years ago,  we discovered other variations of detox water and incorporated it with our usual lemon water fix.  We added Cucumber and Mint Leaves and we liked the fun twist on it!  I recommend that you try it and make it a habit.  Enjoy!


Health Benefits:
*source: energiseforlife.com,

  • Lemon: Lemon water makes for a powerful detox drink; lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body.  It has excellent digestive properties and can ease heartburn, bloating and other digestion problems.

Lemons are  loaded with Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, which aids the body in weight loss. Antioxidants are known to remove toxins (such as fat cells) from the body, which is why lemon water is such a good aid in weight loss.

Additionally, Vitamin C found in lemons is known to boost the immune system.

  • Mint: Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar, and it also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion. Mint is also loaded with strong antioxidants found within the leaves and stems, as well as vitamin A, calcium, folate, potassium, and phosphorus…making it a helpful aid at preventing disease and illness.
  • Cucumber: Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water makes for excellent rehydration, and cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties.

And while you’re at it, here’s a couple of suggestions on how to creatively store your lemons and mint leaves.

Instead of the usual fruit basket, try using clear vases to store your lemons in.  It makes a great center piece too.

Instead of the usual fruit basket, try using clear vases to store your lemons in. It makes a great center piece too.

Supermarket-bought mint leaves can be placed in a watered vase.  It gives longer life for the leaves and it decorates your kitchen counter.

Supermarket-bought mint leaves can be placed in a watered vase. It gives longer life for the leaves and it decorates your kitchen counter.



I’ve lost count how many times this annoying flu bug has bitten me this year. It sucks when you’re stuck in bed with your itchy throat, runny nose, fiery eyes, sore body and worst of all, conked out taste buds!  Thanks to this tried and tested combination of meds and massage,  I was blissfully knocked out in coma for a few days and hardly minded any pain:
Bioflu (from the Philippines), Berocca (double dose),  and a wintergreen hilot (traditional massage).  The latter is my favorite as I am a sucker for massages and I’m happy to share with you one of our best discoveries here in Indonesia: Balsem Otot Geliga.

We fondly call this badass babe “Otot”

Our Indonesian helper uses this on her joints every night and once had me try it during one of my migraine attacks, that was the beginning of our love affair with Geliga.  It’s actually an ointment for muscle pains but it somehow has magical effect on me when used as a massage ointment for my headache, even Dear Hubby keeps a bottle on his bedside table because it relieves him of muscle pains from his sports and workout.  Now this may sound funny to the Filipinos as “otot” has a different meaning to us, it may mean “muscle” in Indonesia but it means “fart” in the Philippines.  However it elicits a smile on our face every time we mention the word, this mean babe is everything but a joke.  It means serious business and we swear by it.  It feels hot(!) when rubbed on your skin but eventually gives that soothing cool feeling afterwards.  Any massage with Geliga leaves me in deep slumber and gives me a refreshed feeling the next day.

At a risk of this blog entry sounding like an advertorial, I still highly recommend it.  If you’re in Indonesia and suddenly felt a need for your good old Katinko or Vicks but don’t have it, pick Geliga from the nearby drugstore for that guaranteed body ache relief.  It’s the best smelling “otot” too :).


As part of my continuous Balik-Alindog Program, I’m getting more serious about living and eating healthy this year.  Well, if I want to be looking and feeling Forever 31 then I should start right about now.  For everyone’s benefit, balik is the Tagalog word for return or bring back and alindog is our Tagalog counterpart for charm or allure.  In today’s language: HOT!  Okay, that’s far-fetched but I dream big hahaha… Besides, beauty and health go hand in hand and I’m starting with ze juice.

Dear Hubby and I started drinking apple-carrot-celery juice last year when I stumbled upon an article about its health benefits.  Uhm, I guess you gravitate towards these kinds of reading materials if you’re a few years closer to turning forty 🙂  Anyway, I made it one morning and was prepared not to like the taste at all.  But lo and behold,  we never thought healthy could taste that good!  So let me share with you the very simple ingredients and procedure…

INGREDIENTS:  It’s called Apple-Carrot-Celery Juice for a reason, hehe!

The stars of the show

NOTE:  You may use red or Fuji apples.  I just preferred green because they say it’s healthier, but it’s more sour though.

Then, chop away…

Then, let’s Rock n’ Roll…

Use a blender or a juicer. Add WATER and SUGAR according to your liking.

Then, ENJOY!

Cheers to a HEALTHIER 2012!!!

According to Livestrong.com, we can enjoy the following health benefits from this juice:

DISEASE PREVENTION.  Coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer have all been associated with deficiencies of vitamin C found in apples.  The high volume of antioxidants in vitamin C gives momentum to the regeneration of disease-fighting capabilities of other antioxidants, including vitamin E.

VITAMIN A.  Apple, carrot and celery juice can contribute to the overall health of your eyes, skin and body tissues due to an abundance of vitamin A.

BONE HEALTH.  The combined efforts of celery and carrots offer a magnified approach to bone health. The “Natural Medicine Journal” says that insufficient amounts of vitamin K have been shown to increase the risk of hip fractures in elderly men and women.”

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