So let's talk about the next best thing you can get in Switzerland: Chocolates.
Mmm, chocolates. Particularly, Cailler (pronounced "kah-yey") chocolates -- the oldest Swiss chocolate brand founded way back in 1819 that melts the hearts (and in the mouth) of many chocolate lovers until today.
I went to Maison Cailler in Broc, Gruyère, to find out how François-Louis Cailler produced the world's first chocolate bar.
Welcome to Maison Cailler! I was welcomed by this huge wall of chocolates that shelved the most impressive range of Cailler chocolates, in several delectable flavors at the gift shop.
Most of us probably have dreamt about going to a chocolate factory, at least at some point in our lives. Nestle gave me the golden ticket to live that dream...
DID YOU KNOW THAT the first milk chocolate was discovered as a beverage? The secret ingredient to making it into a chocolate bar like we are used to today is COCOA BUTTER. When added to chocolate mixture, it creates a solid chocolate bar.
The history of chocolate goes back a long way. Many years ago, the Maya Indians lived in Guatemala in Central America. They moved from Guatemala to the south-central part of Mexico. The Maya Indians took the cacao plant and beans with them. This plant grew in the rain forest. The Mayan people made a powder from the cacao beans. They then made a drink from the cocoa powder.
This drink was very bitter and the Mayans used it as a medicine for coughs and fever. Later, the Aztec people began to rule Mexico. They found out about the cocoa drink and called it ‘xocalatl’. And that's where the word chocolate comes from.
BOOM! History class on chocolates for you choco-lovers.
From machine to wrapper then straight into my mouth!
My mouth began to water. I held back as much as I could, but some of them looked too good to pass on. I finally caved after I saw a giant tray of Cailler's Ambassador noir (dark) chocolates. It was all over from there. I had one after another!
After picking up a few souvenirs at the store, Christine surprised us with special a treat to Les Sifflet for cheese fondue.
Wrapping up my amazing journey with Nestle on my next post. Hang tight!
Rise and dine. My favorite meal of the day - breakfast. Oatmeal pancakes, waffle sandwiches, cereal mixed with fresh fruits, scrambled eggs and toast... Mmm. I like a big breakfast. On weekends however, I prefer something light (starting with a protein shake and, or a muesli bar) because instead of a big breakfast, my weekend treat is BRUNCH.
Epicurious @ Robertson Quay always hit the spot. Charles and I used to eat here almost every weekend when we lived in Singapore. Their delicious eggs benedict is the top reason why we sometimes force ourselves out of bed earlier during the weekend. You snooze, you lose! After much anticipation, I finally went there again for lunch over the F1 weekend a couple of weeks back. How I've missed it!
I was delighted when the waiter asked if I wanted only egg whites for my scrambled eggs. He must've noticed my workout gear and immediately assessed - seeing I'm the kind 'fitness freak' who would ditch the yolk to cut calories. Now I wouldn't call myself a fitness freak, but he was right. Just egg whites for my scrambled eggs, please!
I love how the food is served in classic retro porcelain plates. Reminds me of the good ol' days growing up in Singapore...
Before I learned to dunk Oreo cookies in milk, I was dipping biscuits in hot Milo. I love oats now, but I grew up with Nestum. Good mornings start with hard-boiled eggs on toast, sprinkled with white pepper and some soya sauce. Chili sauce is always preferred. (Charles says that's probably one of the things that makes me uniquely Singaporean, because Asian Americans like him favor ketchup.)
Ahh, those nostalgic days. How I treasure those memories of Singapore.
Check this out - The Nostalgia Talking Parrot, Ah Hock, says what you love about the good old days speaks a lot about your character now. Think this could be true? Go back in time and take this personality test to find out!
I must say, he was quite precise about me!
My dad actually called me out once for treating our home like a hotel because I'm always traveling. Ah Hock is a wise parrot!
This year, Nestlé celebrates its 100th year in Singapore. What a successful journey it's been for the brand! I'm happy to have shared many nourishing years with Nestlé products such as Milo, Milkmaid, Nestum and Cheerios.
To commemorate this milestone, Nestlé is giving back by fulfilling the wishes of 100 lucky people this year. If you have a wish that fits the "Good Food, Good Life" theme, share it with Nestlé and it may just come true!
What will you wish for?
Coincidentally, like Kenny Choo, who wished for a Milo van at his wedding, my sister is getting married in December and my simple wish for her is to have a Kit Kat wedding cake. She is a huge Kit Kat fan! Now if it were up to me, I'd choose green tea flavor. Aly claims she's tried more than 20 different flavors (there's gotta be at least 100 different flavors out there!) but her favorite is still the classic.
Admittedly, I like chocolates too. Occasionally. Especially dark chocolate! Speaking of chocolate, have you seen the new Milo 3-in-1 with 'Less Sugar'? Kudos to Milo for making an effort to promote a healthier option!
And now for the BIG NEWS... Nestlé is fulfilling one of my wishes. I can soon check off "Travel to Europe" from my bucketlist because I'm flying to Switzerland tonight to visit the home of Nestlé in Vevey! I've always wanted to travel to Europe and what better place to start than Switzerland. I'm so grateful to be given this opportunity to visit interesting Nestlé landmarks like the Alimentarium and the Cailler chocolate factory. My heart is racing from all the excitement.
You sit in your towel after a shower because you’re too lazy to get dressed. You and your best friend can say one word, and crack up. You hate when one string of your hoodie is longer than the other. You hate it when people think you like someone when you clearly don’t. You hate it when your favorite song comes on, as you pull into the driveway. You feel like if you turn on the lights, you will be safe from anything. You push those little buttons on the lids of fast-food drinks. You laugh until people get hurt, then stop when you realize it’s serious. You hate it when parents get serious about something funny you tell them. You hate when you tell a guy to shut up and they copy you in a higher voice. You pretend to sleep when your parents come in. You text the person next to you things that you can’t say out loud. You hate when people in front of you walk really slow and you can’t get past them. You’re always tired no matter how much sleep you get. You stop the microwave before it hits 00:00 to avoid hearing the beeps. You use the “sup” head nod. You just did the nod after you read it. You hate when you are mad at someone and they make you laugh. You check the fridge every now & then to see if food magically appeared.
Run through fat days.
Run despite whoever loves you or doesn't.
Run through regret and guilt.
Run through frustrations.
Run through loneliness.
Run through those blissful days.
Run despite your dysfunctional family.
Run through people drifting in and out of your life.
Run through your own fits of self doubt...
...because we are no longer those girls who thought constantly of their struggle to "disappear".
I choose to be healthy, to grow stronger, to be as alive as I possibly can.
Who's with me?
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Building up my stamina again after a few weeks of slacking. I had just been getting bored and lazy... I guess we all go through this phrase every once in a while. But I'm definitely slowly getting back on the wagon.
Whenever I feel lazy or tired, I remind myself that "The more energy you use, the more you'll get back" and a good workout should leave you feeling more energized and alert, if not after, the next day!
Last Friday - TRX Advanced
Last Saturday - Rest
Last Sunday - Muay Thai
Monday - Gym (Shoulders + Triceps)
Tuesday - Badminton
Wednesday - Cardio (Run + Cycle)
Thursday - Gym (Back + Biceps)
Friday - TRX Extreme
Saturday - Gym (Legs)
Sunday - Muay Thai
So besides eating healthily, what have you been doing for exercise?
I had just realized that my interview on MensHealth.com.sg made it to the Top 5 Stories of 2010! How awesome. I love it when they pick favorite quotes... Haha!
I'm aware that 'some people' may think that I've had plastic surgery and I can see where they're coming from if they've only seen my photos, especially my old photos, where I looked younger and much chubbier than I am now. For the record, the only 'constructional' work I've done were braces when I was 17, which I wore for 1½ years.
2006 was a good year when I started modeling as I had just turned 18 and had my braces taken off. But it was short-lived as I started gaining weight. So in 2007, I took sometime off Singapore and decided to stay in Florida/California to get as far away I could from any distractions, lose weight and travel (Read: At My Highest & Lowest Weight...). I did not go to LA or SF to do plastic surgery, I was a hostess at a sushi restaurant, so how could I possibly afford that?
I find it extremely shallow and thoughtless of some people to judge others based on their looks or photos without knowing their whole story. You can speculate as much as you want from these photos but I know the truth, and hell, I worked damn hard and honestly for myself.
So the other day I realized that all the calendar events on my iCal had been wiped out. I don't know how or when it happened, but for me, it was one of the worse things that could happen to me!
Last night I synced my Blackberry to my Mac and I saw an option to 'Restore' selective data so I checked 'Calendar' and restored everything back to before October (all my calendar events prior to October 2010 were erased). All the events showed up on my Blackberry, although not on iCal, so I decided to do the same with my iPhone.
Unfortunately the last time I backed up my iPhone was in March 2010 so I managed to get all the calendar events from years ago until March 2010. Events etween March and October, were still missing on my iCal but it was on my Blackberry so I copied everything back individually. It took me about 4 hours. But hell, I'm just glad to have all my calendar back.
Yes, I did a back up on my iCal itself this time... I learned my lesson!
When I found out that all my events prior to October 2010 had been wiped out from my iCal, I. Literally. Cried. 3 years of my life that I've been recording in my iCal. Gone. It was my digital diary where I write where I go and what I do day to day. I even write about my feelings under 'Notes' on the event, which is very personal and something I'd never show anyone.
The thing is, I don't know even know how long ago it happened. Sometimes I like to look back on my life exactly one year ago to reflect, and I'd look up my iCal. It makes me appreciate where I am now and how grateful I am on how things turned out. I wanted to do that the other day when I realized all the events BEFORE October 24th, 2010 had been erased.
All that info, GONE. It's like having someone burn your diary. A diary you've had for years of your thoughts and emotions. I feel so violated that it's been wiped out without my knowledge. How could APPLE just wipe out your data/information like that? HOW AND WHY?!
I tried Googling and found a Discussions page on Apple Support where others also talked about how they lost their calendar events too. Some did a downgrade from their MobileMe account and quickly found a solution to their problem. For me, the problem is that I don't have a MobileMe account, nor an iPhone4/iPad/iTouch which is required to do the downgrade. I'm guessing the wipe out happened when I did an update or synced my calendar. God knows.
I don't know what to do now. So upset. I'm in tears. Thanks for nothing, APPLE.
Read the update: Managed To Get Everything Back On My iCal
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- Mark Twain
Are you ready for 2011?
I've decided to surprise you with the *new blog* a day in advanced (also because, realistically speaking, I will be out partying on New Year's eve...)!
How do you like it? I have so much planned for 2011 and I can't wait to share it with you on my blog.
Thank you to my loyal readers who keep me stoked and always wanting to learn and share new things on this blog. This blog is for you as much as it is for me.
I am soooo ready for 2011, which seems to be yet another promising year for the Rabbit (holla to those born in '87)!
2010's resolution was to 'Be One With Nature', in 2011 it will be all about 'Progress For Success'
Happy New Year Everyone! Enjoy the fireworks. I'll be back to with more inspiration and motivation for you in the new year.