Foods to help you sleep better tonight

 

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For the past month since I returned from my trip to the States, I’ve been sleeping really well. As you may know, I was quite a bit of an insomniac for many months before, and have been enjoying my daytime activities these days because of good sleep.

Regular exercise, calming activities such as yoga and pilates, as well as other healthy habits certainly play a big part of the sleeping puzzle. But what you may have never considered to help you sleep better is your daily diet.

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July 2014: Link love

 

Note: So I’m a day behind for this post. For the new readers, I began my monthly link love series back in May. I set out to make it on the last Friday of each month, but alas, I don’t meet my own deadline this July. Now that I’m here, I want to share the top 5 links that I’ve revisited the most all month long (below). Hope you find them useful and enjoy them as much as I do:

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1. Never say these 13 things to someone training for a race. [Women's Health]

2. 10 things you can practice everyday to boost your brainpower. [HuffPost]

3. To taste: Top 30 restaurants in Jakarta right now. [Zomato]

4. Show your skin some TLC: Sun-protection products to try. [The Honeycombers]

5. While you’re alive: 83 best travel experiences. [POPSUGAR Smart Living]

 
 
 
 
 


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via Taryn on Pinterest / The BioLogos Forum / Zomato / The Honeycombers / POPSUGAR Smart Living 

 

On the road: An eclectic playlist

 

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It’s funny how even if you take things one day at time, the clock is ticking faster than ever before. It’s holiday season again here in Indonesia (Ramadan), and most of us are already out of town for a long vacation. Meanwhile, I am just back from a 2-week holiday to China, and will be in town for the whole season to chill and enjoy the clear traffic.

That doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about long trips if I were overseas. I thought back about the time I went on my road trip with 10 during my spring break. Since I haven’t got my driver’s license at that time, my only task was to compile an expansive list of songs to accompany us on the road, while his job was to drive from day to night and sneaking Kapal Api into his system during the wee hours. I had a really fun time choosing songs from my iTunes, and that was also the time I convinced him that progressive trance (like the tunes on this playlist) can sound so euphoric when you’re driving fast on the open highway. Then again, with the roads so clear, it gets a bit dull if you’re only listening to 1 or 2 genres.

So if you’re going to hit the road for the next 3 hours or so, here’s a really chill mix that I made out of various different songs to keep you company. Most of these I’m sure you’ll recognize, because they’re records from the late ’90s on to the turn of the millennium, although there are a couple of special songs that happen to be recent hits. Even if you don’t understand what “愛的就是你 ” or “애인이 생기면 하고 싶은 일” means (neither do I for the latter), I’m sure you’re going to fall in love with the melodic feel I’ve instilled upon you with this playlist.

I know, I know, these cheesy-mellowy tunes may be all too fluffy to take on for so long on the concrete road. Call me starry-eyed, old-fashion, or even boring, but I bet you and your honey will be closer to each other than ever by the time you’ve reached your destination(s).

Now chill, bask in those last rays of sunshine, and listen:

 

 

Now I want to hear from you: Where are you taking yourself this holiday?

 
 

P.S. 20 scenic roads you should drive in your lifetime.

 
 
 
 
 


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Lamians at Jin Mu Dumpling, PIK

 

This modest restaurant’s left a big impression on me upon my first visit – now I know Jin Mu is the place to go whenever I’m craving for delicious lamian at a delicious price. Hands down, they have the supplest, springiest lamian in town.

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For the pork dumpling lovers out there, you’ll love what they have for starters too. Jin Mu has up to 10 different pork dumpling dishes for you to savor one by one, plus 2 different pork-laden xiao long bao dishes for you to try.

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