Archive for April, 2008

Empowerment Mala & Tulsi Tea

There is this special beaded necklace from India called the “Empowerment Mala”. As described by the merchants at Organic India as:
“Filled with clarity & beauty, this Mala makes a heart warming gift. Quartz Crystals (Center Stone and beads): Has a cooling effect on the body, and increases stamina and self confidence. Protects wearer from negativity. Helps to focus the mind and aids in decision making. Carnelian (beads): Increase spiritual wisdom, insight and clarity of thought. Increasing intuition and amplifies prayers. Like rose quartz, it has also been said to be useful in helping to heal emotional wounds. Fresh Water Pearls: Symbolizes purity and stimulates the mind in clarity and wisdom. It has been said to enhance personal integrity, help to focus ones attention, and to increase physical vitality.”

Wow, I wonder if I could just put some beads together and make my own Mala. I haven’t used my beading kit for so long. Back in 2006, I probably spent at least $200 on all the beads, etc. But M’s mom ending up purchasing about $150 worth of it. It was fun and well worth the time and effort. But just not very profitable for me.

The Mala from India sells for $50, comes with one free box of tea and a nice jewelry bag too. The tea selection does look good, as I am definitely a tea drinker.


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Amazon Palm Berries

Also called acai berries is all the rage at the health food scene these days. It has also made itself known in the cosmetic industry too. Ikove Amazonian Açaí Berry Shampoo sells 8.5 fl oz for $6.00, described in ad: “Açaí (Euterpe Oleracea): Açaí is the Amazon palm berry, and is a source of natural energy that is harvested in the rainforests of Brazil. It provides a remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help to combat premature aging, such as high quality protein (an almost perfect essential amino acid complex) in conjunction with valuable trace minerals.” I have healthy hair, so I don’t need to worry about it.

But I am interested in either dried acai berries which I can make into tea. Or the powder form I can make into my own cosmetic blends, such as soap or lotions. I found some at Texas Natural Supply – $4 per oz. And Acerola berries (Barbados cherry) powder at $2 per oz. I love acerola, for the vitamin C factor. I need to come up with a recipe soon!

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Quince Blossoms

One of my favorite springtime flowers. These bright pink quince flowers come only once a year. This photo was taken at Walker Hill Cherry Blossoms in Seoul via flicrk.

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Ireland Countryside

A nice picture of an Irish countryside. I am not Irish but find Ireland to be very enchanting. Especially the music, landscape, and Celtic art.

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Dream Homes

I found a listing of this luxury home for sale in Piedmont, California for $2.5 million. It has 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths. And it isn’t the best looking luxury home I’ve seen, but the inside seem spacious as well as the garden in the back.

But the front yard definitely need a new landscaping design. I would add some citrus trees, climbing bouganvilla and wisteria for the entry. Someting more like from the island of Capri or Portofino, Italy. And there’s something not right about the doorway too. A bit off and spooky!

For a down payment of $500K and 30 year 6% interest rate, your monthly payment would be roughly $11K a month. So if you make a fortune, this could all be yours.

Updated 5/27/08: This one is listed for $2 million and located in San Clemente with ocean view. It looks much much better and built in 2001. Has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths.  3800 SqFt. Lot 10500 SqFt.  But I’m just not into living in SoCal unless it’s Santa Barbara. But very Mediterrean.

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Propagating Roses

I was able to get two cuttings of yellow minature climbing roses from a friend of my mom. They weren’t like ordinary bushy climbing roses, but really neat ones that climb upward into the trees growing along the fence. An usual plant with tons of beautiful minature blooms. The best part is that there aren’t any thorns on them. Just loved it so much that I asked for some clippings. Tomorrow I will take a picture and track how I’m going to propagate this plant. In the meantime, here is the same type of rose but more bushy rather then climbing.

For rooting hormone, you can use 1 cup of willow twigs (fresh bark) soaked in 1 gallon hot water overnight. Or just use honey. has a great article on propagating roses, here’s an excerpt: “

For Stem Cuttings : Treat stem cuttings just as you do for leaf cuttings. Please go here to continue reading post.

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