TWEETIEBIRDIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TWEETIEBIRDIE TWEETIEBIRDIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Do you like lemongrass? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33d59458-dc4a-471e-b631-acf80b9ad39a.jpg"> <BR> If you do, this store is full of everything lemongrass scented. Nothing is edible! The chain is from Thailand. They sell lemongrass shampoo, soap, candles, oils, and more. It smells so good inside! Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:44:02 EST Crocodile Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250610 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73a4d618-36b7-4a79-b5dc-dc7e7bf4dae9.jpg"> <BR> There are live crocodiles in Vietnam. Here are some stuffed ones for sale. You can also order crocs for dinner at restaurants. Would you eat a crocodile? Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:55:02 EST Frogs for dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a2d6e53-41b1-48a8-af88-e66e7ca73612.jpg"> <BR> Here is a photo of the live frogs waiting to be ordered for dinner at a restaurant in Vietnam. Not for me! Would you order a frog? Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:08:31 EST Can you resist sweets? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249698 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/080191b5-874b-4391-959e-c80d9e095cfe.jpg"> <BR> This display case of desserts is calling me to choose one! I did walk by without eating one... but it was hard. Could you? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 03:53:46 EST What is your favorite coffee brand? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248956 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3328a230-5a3a-4fe7-a723-2b2ea2191a69.jpg"> <BR> I like the Vietnamese Weasel Coffee. The weasel eats the coffee beans and after the digestion process, they sell the beans. Crazy, but good! Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:49:29 EST Have you tried Dragon Fruit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248528 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/459d5f42-04c1-46ee-b5db-46449a2c8d5d.jpg"> <BR> This boat full of Asian tropical fruit was in our hotel room. Dragon Fruit is red and spiky. I sliced it and the outside is rubbery. Inside is sweet and white with black tiny seeds. Try it! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 21:22:18 EST Speedy Delivery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244705 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51d7a40a-f0a0-4c8b-ad5a-057f93bd8347.jpg"> <BR> I watched these two huge flower bouquets delivered on one motorbike! Special delivery in a traffic jam in Vietnam. Nothing is impossible! Sat, 1 Oct 2016 14:18:51 EST The grass is greener... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244383 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03002b8e-edfb-4029-88de-cab24bc4d03a.jpg"> <BR> on the other side of the street! This building is literally covered with grass. Does that make it better? Look for the best possibilities growing in your life today! Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:42:11 EST Boat ride with my mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243129 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/adb168aa-55bc-46a9-a00e-d84da74dd6e4.JPG"> <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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c03c327-e283-4cac-99a2-b4a02d3dbfbf.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241400 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef460366-159e-434a-a27e-f815d9caf572.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240836 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90ab9f3b-5917-43b6-8f71-1c508b330b28.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240022 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13f7c03a-d703-41a4-ab61-c29fb04617ec.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238982 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a5ba0c8-99e1-4e78-9e07-f0f0ba695ac7.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237057 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b648ab65-a2b6-4339-8bdb-be31a34a871a.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236845 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abcf6c7d-ac68-48b7-beb3-1646faecdf9c.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233549 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0ee9d4c-ed53-4a07-8e78-1445c997d1ed.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233194 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/247a2319-d3f8-4f3c-b3ab-4fbbbe81b725.jpg"> <BR> "The Earth Without Art is Just Eh!" Sat, 10 Sep 2016 03:27:03 EST Have you tried this nitrogen ice cream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231664 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f36a863a-d741-4af4-a065-52efef8c6c9d.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230715 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82901156-7f18-43b3-96a5-795d44fad08e.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229503 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdbaede9-f9c3-4ece-9828-9b50f39c05cc.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227265 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d114f280-e5bc-4b20-ad83-55a1b611ca66.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226351 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de0aaf43-a5bc-4889-bae9-8000f0c2e69a.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225707 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb433f26-a94a-4d17-8c7b-537d80881369.jpg"> 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??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225114 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5797f05d-413a-4e63-afc6-df7f8d37bded.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224814 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33e69e80-4b07-42a6-a3da-adbc49d22a5a.jpg"> <BR> Asian Stir Fry and Egg Rolls! Yum!!! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:20:35 EST Do you like fresh coconut milk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223518 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2413bff6-610c-495d-a133-494f5ba4b518.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d658f525-a2ac-49bc-9262-f96167ee76d2.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221200 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a85d2f06-dbe7-44b8-9861-adaa61bc3839.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220705 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10fa483a-2791-4f71-bdd8-fa00debaf789.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219889 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d09c95b7-01de-47bb-b3b5-b151786df763.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217573 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0feb87e1-dd2f-40e5-99a3-fc17077d6404.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217085 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a972dfd0-f6eb-4f5e-a42a-d5669321dd54.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216669 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa0cac85-5e04-486e-bac1-8a9a70b2a580.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215958 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd5c7389-e8e3-403d-a6ff-c4110f0bbbd2.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213550 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7594ef8-033f-413f-baa4-09991f180a91.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212971 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8793eb2c-dbe2-49c2-bb8f-7ab4b05ae71d.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209381 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f065709b-b452-440a-afd2-11a2c00aad64.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209072 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3c83f39-923e-4a63-a2f3-71dcf2df4042.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208827 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fd7aaaf-dce7-4242-b94d-97722b22865d.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208259 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/609df0c6-b545-444b-9ee6-0b16d184646c.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207511 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0226a4fe-5c5d-4f96-86c2-a08288849f7b.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206852 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d77ef752-6dc8-4c9c-b32e-dc7f9ed68d86.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205445 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72d64be8-5eeb-4161-8db3-030a98727b23.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb867785-1cc9-4695-b975-6d2c0720d265.jpg"> Isn't this a cool bike at the Mall in LA? Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:33:57 EST Travel Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204138 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e36a4d2-6681-4f52-a489-3f103db87c5a.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202708 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653670 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498437 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1833478158.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444906 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