TWEETIEBIRDIE's SparkPeople Blog TWEETIEBIRDIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Boat ride with my mom <img src=""> <BR> I miss my mom. She is 88 years years young! She is a great grandma and still going strong. She is my role model. Remembering our summer boat ride together. Now we are an ocean apart...How do you take after your mom? Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:58:17 EST Water, water everywhere... <img src=""> <BR> And not a drop to drink! Water ad in store window in Vietnam! How many glasses do you drink of water daily? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:49:56 EST Lots of coffee and tea! <img src=""> <BR> What would you buy at the market? I bought some weasel coffee and chrysanthemum tea! Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:19:02 EST Have you tried weasel coffee? <img src=""> <BR> It's a specialty in Vietnam. They feed the weasel coffee beans. Then they sell them at a high price when they come out the other end of the weasel. They are quite oily! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:29:05 EST When it rains, it pours! <img src=""> <BR> I couldn't walk across the street to school this morning due to flooding in Vietnam! What would you do? Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:56:57 EST Do you like to grill? <img src=""> <BR> You can choose your meat and veggies to grill at your table at this Vietnamese Restaurant! Choose your own sauces too! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:26:39 EST Do you like to move? <img src=""> <BR> This was our easiest and cheapest move ever! It cost $30 (including the tip) to have two men and this little truck move us across town in Vietnam. I like to pack and my husband likes to unpack. Do you like to move? Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:52:46 EST Who is your favorite book character? <img src=""> <BR> At school, we celebrating Reading Week with a dress up character day. I was Pinkalicious from the series by Victoria Kahn. It was fun to read the book aloud to students. I knew that pink dress would come in handy one day! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:27:33 EST Free gym machines in the park! <img src=""> <BR> Grandpa is helping his grandson use the machine properly. All ages are using them...even in the dark. Would you like to have them available near you? Sat, 10 Sep 2016 19:23:26 EST Graffiti next door to me! <img src=""> <BR> "The Earth Without Art is Just Eh!" Sat, 10 Sep 2016 03:27:03 EST Have you tried this nitrogen ice cream? <img src=""> <BR> It started in Asia and is opening up shops in the U.S. They pour liquid nitrogen into an ice cream mixture of your choice. It freezes instantly and you can eat it once the air is clear! Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:09:39 EST Have you ever had a Moon Cake? <img src=""> <BR> They are popular in Asia for the Autumn Moon Festival. This one was handmade by my Vietnamese assistant at school. She made a thin chocolate cake for the bottom layer and then a sweet gelatin of different colors for the top layers. It was absolutely delicious! Who's counting calories? Mon, 5 Sep 2016 20:01:25 EST How do you greet the new day? <img src=""> <BR> This rooster is up too early for me! He announces the sun rise before it has risen in my new neighborhood. I finally slept through the rooster's crow yesterday. I have no control over this rooster unlike my alarm clock which can be turned off. The rooster continues to proclaim a new day repeatedly. A new study shows that roosters have an internal clock and don't even need to see the light of dawn ... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:47:12 EST Tempting Candy Store! <img src=""> <BR> Even the flowers are candy! I have a sweet tooth, but didn't go inside. What do you eat for your sweet tooth? Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:04:57 EST Do you love macaroons? <img src=""> <BR> I do! Look at this Eiffel Tower covered with macaroons on display in a store! I want to eat one...or two! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:32:00 EST My Biggest Fan! <img src=""> My husband bought me a new dress for my birthday! Why am I posing next to a fan? This is an important feature of our apartment in Asia which is hot and humid without the fan! I lost 40 pounds by my birthday this month! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:01:33 EST In Vietnam??? <img src=""> <BR> I just moved from Texas and am feeling right at home! Who would know? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:20:35 EST Isn't this a pretty dish? <img src=""> <BR> Asian Stir Fry and Egg Rolls! Yum!!! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:20:35 EST Do you like fresh coconut milk? <img src=""> <BR> This man is selling it in the park in Vietnam! Would you buy it? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:47:13 EST Healthy Birthday Dinner! <img src=""> <BR> Have you tried Korean Barbeque? You can choose thin slices of meat to grill yourself on the table with vegetables. Delicious!!! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:46:29 EST What level sugar would you choose? <img src=""> <BR> I chose no sugar in my ice bubble tea. What a great idea! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:14:01 EST What kind of rice do you like? <img src=""> <BR> You can choose from many kinds at this Asian Market. I wonder if they have brown rice! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:41:38 EST Do you like fruit smoothies? <img src=""> <BR> I had one for breakfast with the mixed fruits in the cup below. What kind is your favorite? Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:11:06 EST What are your favorite nuts? <img src=""> <BR> Healthy display of nuts and dried fruit at the outdoor market! I love cashews! I bought some almonds, walnuts and pistachios. How about you? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 01:30:11 EST How do you spend your free time? <img src=""> <BR> Look at these intricate designs cut out of paper. It is a lost art. Aren't they beautiful? Sat, 13 Aug 2016 03:37:55 EST Do you like Sushi? <img src=""> <BR> It is healthy, low in fat and calories. I could eat it daily! Do you like this colorful plate of Sushi? Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:01:26 EST Who makes you happy? <img src=""> <BR> My husband took me out to dinner after a long day at work in a new job and a new country! So sweet😘 Happy❤ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:29:34 EST What would you choose to eat? <img src=""> <BR> In Vietnam, she is selling healthy food on the street. You can buy fresh mango, nuts, rice cakes and more! What would you like? Sun, 7 Aug 2016 05:03:43 EST Would you eat street food? <img src=""> <BR> It is healthy and delicious on the streets of Saigon. We eat breakfast here before going to teach school. I like the fried egg on top of noodles with vegetables. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 23:03:02 EST Do you have a free library box? <img src=""> <BR> Love these free libraries popping up around neighborhoods! What a great way to relax and read a free book! Do you have any in your neighborhood? Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:55:08 EST Water Fun at the Mall <img src=""> <BR> Adults and children were playing in the water at the outdoor mall. They were soaked. Would you walk on water? Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:05:34 EST Do you remember these Coke machines? <img src=""> <BR> Old fashioned bottles still available in a Los Angeles Diner! NOT a healthy drink! Just looking... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:34:29 EST What would you wish for? <img src=""> <BR> Look at all these Magic Wands at Harry Potter World! There is a unique wand for each character! What would you wish for??? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:03:32 EST Sweet Shop at Harry Potter World! <img src=""> <BR> I have a sweet tooth! I would buy the licorice and jelly beans first. However, I resisted and bought nothing! Which candy would you buy first? Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:25:39 EST Gigantic Doughnuts! <img src=""> <BR> For Sale at Harry Potter World in Los Angeles. Each doughnut is sold in its own big box. I wonder how many calories are in each one??? Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:52:32 EST Would you like to climb this? <img src=""> <BR> My 3 year old grandson loves to climb this at the local mall in California. They need to build one for adults who like to climb too!😀 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:59:37 EST Bicycle Built for One! <img src=""> Isn't this a cool bike at the Mall in LA? Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:33:57 EST Travel Food <img src=""> <BR> I'm waiting at the airport to fly and see my 2 children and 2 grandchildren! I brought a bag of salted almonds and pistachios for healthy snacks. I almost bought a protein bar, but it was 230 calories. What do you take for healthy travel snacks? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:00:48 EST Fast Food Can Be Healthy! For lunch today, I went to Elevation Burger. It is a chain with low cal, healthy alternatives. For a total of 180 calories, I had a Veggie Burger wrapped in lettuce (not a bun), and a Side Salad with Raspberry Vinegarette! Yummy!!! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:49:55 EST Trying to keep up with the Kardashians! OK, not the younger ones, but I have a lot in common with Kris the mom and grandma! <BR> <BR> 1. I have a new grandson too! His newborn photo is below and I will be visiting him for the first time in Europe where he lives! Maybe I will be invited to Kim's wedding in Paris. <BR> <BR> 2. I have another grandson who is 18 months old and I can't wait to see him in June! He lives in LA kind of near the Kardashians. <BR> <BR> 3. I work full time too and juggle my daily responsibilities without a... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:03:36 EST How can I get back on track? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are my motivators? <BR> <BR> 1. My grandson just turned one! I want to see him graduate from college. <BR> <BR> 2. I want to eat healthy food and get healthier. <BR> <BR> 3. I want my clothes to fit again. <BR> <BR> 4. I want to run for longer times and exercise regularly. <BR> <BR> 5. I want to reduce stress and enjoy life. <BR> <BR> "Don't compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to who you were y... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:46:57 EST To Do List Before Summer Ends 1. Eat an ice cream bar <BR> 2. Read more fun to read books <BR> 3. Get a manicure and pedicure <BR> 4. Go to a movie in a theater <BR> 5. Buy a new outfit <BR> 6. Sleep in and take naps <BR> 7. Walk more <BR> 8. When all is completed, start school Mon, 5 Aug 2013 07:43:40 EST What I learned during my vacation 1. I am a teacher and the summer is necessary to recharge! <BR> 2. I have time to walk and run when I like! <BR> 3. I am eating more than I need to! <BR> 4. I am reading for fun! <BR> 5. My stress level is down. <BR> 6. I am looking forward to the school year. <BR> ENJOY YOUR LAST DAYS OF SUMMER! <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 04:59:02 EST Positive Thinking Can Be Hard Sometimes... I am writing a Positive Blog even though I am going to complain... <BR> <BR> 1. My job has been stressful lately. The positive side is that Spring Break is in one more week and I need it so de-stress! <BR> <BR> 2. I am training to run in a Half-Marathon for the first time. Today I had to run my farthest ever on my practice schedule...and I wanted to quit with 15 minutes left. However, I gave myself a pep talk and kept running. The positive side is that now I am happy I did! <BR> <BR> 3. I ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:04:16 EST St. Patrick's Day Splurge! Another holiday with the Green theme! <em>440</em> On March 17, I can wear a Green shirt and jeans to school! <em>244</em> <BR> Last night we went to a GREEN St. Patrick's Day buffet party complete with Green food, Irish corned beef and cabbage, with Green lights shining on the food, and shamrocks everywhere! Believe it or not it was in Saudi Arabia where I am teaching! It was at the U.S. Consulate with Irish music and lots of people in Green costumes! It was really fun! <em>439</em> ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:07:48 EST Went on an Eco-Walk today! After reading a Spark People article on Eco Runs, I decided to try my own version today. I walked 17 minutes to the grocery store picking up litter on the way. I filled my grocery bag before I was even halfway there. Then I threw the bag in the trash can outside the grocery store. Most of the litter was plastic water and juice bottles. I even brought my own plastic grocery bags to reuse at the store. I am trying to make my surroundings a better place...thanks to Spark People! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:04:18 EST Cooking, cooking, cooking... and enjoying it! Every week I am trying out new Spark People Recipes. I try to make a bunch over the weekend and then have meals ready on weekdays when I come home from work. What are my favorites so far? <BR> <BR> Chef Meg has some excellent ones such as her Bulgar Lentil Salad, Sloppy Joes, Sweet Potato Fries, and Chocolate Mousse. <BR> <BR> On Spark Recipes, I have discovered Sweet Potato Casserole, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Curry Lentil Soup, Flaxseed Blueberry Muffins, Salsa Chicken... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 03:54:28 EST Organized my cupboard today (with a photo)! Today my husband and I took our daily walk and found an Organic food store! What a great surprise in our Middle Eastern neighborhood! All the products are local. We bought two bags full and carried them on our walk home (extra strength training)! <BR> <BR> I put the lentils, brown rice, raisins, flax seeds, and spices into plastic containers. Then I labeled them with tape and a Sharpie pen I brought from the U.S. I am SO proud of my organized and healthy cupboard. Time to start cooking some ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:17:18 EST A Walk a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! Off to a healthy new year! My husband and I are daily Sparkers again... <BR> We are... <BR> 1. Walking at least half an hour every night around our neighborhood! <BR> <BR> 2. Cooking Spark recipes every week and trying new ones which is fun! <BR> <BR> 3. Tracking our food and fitness on Spark People! <BR> <BR> 4. Earning lots of Spark points and trophies! <BR> <BR> 5. Enjoying our new energy and weight loss! <BR> <BR> Thank you Spark People for your daily tips to a better life! <BR> <e... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:55:25 EST 16 Days Left to Meet My Goals! LOL!!! I'm not going to make it by Jan. 1. I was just looking over my Spark Goals and it is not going to happen! <BR> <BR> *I did lose weight this year, but have slowly gained it back since June. <BR> *I haven't run a Half Marathon yet and am nowhere near one. I did run a 10K in July, but wouldn't be able to today. <BR> *I am trying to eat healthier, but have indulged in sweets this month big time! <BR> <BR> Oh well, I can't give up. There is nothing I can do but keep moving forward. May... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:06:54 EST