Wednesday, December 23, 2009

101 Tips Reduce Weight

1. Drink plenty of water. Our body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. This it self will discourage any tendency to gorge. The best thing about water is that is has no calories at all.

2. Start your day with a glass of water. As soon as you wake up, gulp down a glass of cool water. It’s a wonderful way to start you day and you only need a lesser quantity of your breakfast drink after that. A glass of water lets out all your digestive juices and sort of lubricates the insides of your body. You may have your morning cup of tea but have it after a glass of water. It is good for you.

3. Drink a glass of water before you start the meal. Water naturally needs some space so that you feel fuller without actually having to stuff yourself.

4. Have another glass of water while you are having the meal. Again this is another way of making yourself full so that you can actually rise from the table eating less but feeling full just the same. Instead of drinking it one gulp, take sips after each morsel. It will help the food to settle faster so that you get that feeling that you are full faster. SIDENOTE: Water is such a remarkable thing, but seldom do we give it the credit that it deserves. Did you know that over 66% of your body weight is nothing but water’ It’s amazing! Water also plays a vital role in weight control, which is why I donated so much space to it, above.

5. Stay away from sweetened bottle drinks, especially sodas. Hey all those colas and fizzy drinks are sweetened with sugar and sugar means calories. The more you can cut out on these sweetened bottle drinks, the better for you. So if you must drink sodas, then stick to diet sodas.

6. Include in your diet things that contain more water like tomatoes and watermelons. These things contain 90 to 95 % water so that there is nothing that you have to lose by feasting on them. They fill you up without adding to the pounds.

7. Eat fresh fruit instead of drinking fruit juice. Juice is often sweetened but fresh fruits have natural sugars. When you eat fruit, you are taking in a lot of fiber, which is needed by the body, and fruits of course are an excellent source of vitamins.

8. If you do have a craving for fruit juice then go for fresh fruit juice instead of these that contain artificial flavors and colors. Or even better, try making your own fruit juice taking care not to sweeten it with too many calories.

9. Choose fresh fruit to processed fruits. Processed and canned fruits do not have as much fiber as fresh fruit and processed and canned fruits are nearly always sweetened.

10. Increase your fiber intake. Like I mentioned, the body needs a lot of fiber. So try to include in your diet as many fruits and vegetables as you can.

11. Go crazy on vegetables. Vegetables are your best bet when it comes to losing pounds. Nature has a terrific spread when it comes to choosing vegetables. And the leafy green vegetables are your best bet. Try to include a salad in you diet always.

12. Eat intelligently. The difference between man and beast is that we are driven by intelligence while beasts are driven by instinct. Don’t just eat something because you feel like eating it. Ask you’re self whether your body really needs it.

13. Watch what you eat. Keep a watchful eye on every thing that goes in. Sometimes the garnishes can richer than the food itself. Accompaniments too can be very rich. Remember that it is the easiest thing in the world to eat something without realizing that it was something that you should not have eaten. Selective memory you know’

14. Control that sweet tooth. Remember that sweet things generally mean more calories. It is natural that we have cravings for sweet things especially chocolates and other confectionary. Go easy on theses things and each time you consume something sweet understand that it is going to add on somewhere.

15. Fix times to have meals and stick to it. Try to have food at fixed times of the day. You can stretch these times by half an hour, but anything more than that is going to affect your eating pattern, the result will either be a loss of appetite or that famished feeling which will make you stuff yourself with more than what is required the next time you eat.

16. Eat only when you are hungry. Some of us have the tendency to eat whenever we see food. We use parties as an excuse to stuff our selves. Understand that the effect of a whole week of dieting can be wasted by just one day’s party food. Whenever you are offered something to eat do not decline it completely bit just break of a nibble so that you appear to mind your manners and at the same time can watch your diet.

17. Quit snacking in between meals. Do not fall for snacks in between meals. This is especially true for those who have to travel a lot. They feel that the only time they can get a bite to eat is snacks and junk food. The main problem with most snacks and junk food is that they are usually less filling and contain a lot of fat and calories. Just think about French fries tempting but terribly fattening.

18. Snack on vegetables if you must. You might get the pangs of hunger in between meals. It is something that you can very well control. Or even better, try munching on carrots. They are an excellent way to satisfy those hungry pangs and are good for your eyes and teeth. True, you might end up being called Bugs Bunny, but its miles better to be called Bugs Bunny than fatso.

19. Go easy on tea and coffee. Tea and coffee are harmless by themselves. It’s when you add the cream and sugar that they become fattening. Did you know that having a cup of tea or coffee that has cream and at least two cubes of sugar is as bad as having a big piece of rich chocolate cake’

20. Try to stick to black tea/coffee. Black tea or coffee can actually be good for you. But personally I would like to recommend tea rather than coffee. The caffeine in the coffee is not really good for you because it is an alkaloid and can affect other functions of your body like the metabolism.

21. Count the calories as you eat. It’s a good idea to have an idea of the calories that most food items have. If it is a packed thing then the label is sure to have the calories that the substance has.

22. be sure to burn out those extra calories by the end of the week. If you feel that you have consumed more calories than you should have during the week, it happens you know, and then make sure that you work off those extra calories by the end of the week.

23. Stay away from fried things. Fried things are an absolute no-no. The more fried things that you avoid, the lesser weight you will gain. Fried things are called so because they are fried in oil or fat. And even if the external oil is drained away, there is still a lot of hidden oil in it so stay away from it.

24. Do not skip meals. The worst thing you can do while watching you diet is skip a meal. It has just the opposite effect of what you want. You need to have at least four regular meals every day.

25. Fresh vegetables are better than cooked or canned vegetables. Try to eat your vegetables raw. When you cook them, you are in fact taking away nearly half the vitamins in them. And canned vegetables too are processed and are not nearly half as good as fresh vegetables. When you buy your vegetables it would be a good thing to see if the label says that it is pesticide free.

26. Nothing more than an egg a day. Eggs are not such a bright idea. It would be best to reduce your intake of eggs to maybe three in a week. But for those of you die hard egg fans, you may have up to one egg a day but nothing more than that.

27. Make chocolates a luxury and not a routine. Chocolates are not or at least they should not be a part of your diet. So do not indulge too much in them. Even the bitter chocolates are not good for you because though the sugar is less there is still the cream in them.

28. Choose a variety of foods from all food groups every day. This is a fine way of keeping deficiency diseases at bay. Change the items included in your diet every day. This is an excellent way of keeping deficiency diseases at bay and it helps you to experiment with a variety of dishes and there by you do not get bored of your diet.

29. If you can say no to alcoholic beverages please do. Alcoholic beverages too are not good for you. Beer can be fattening and the rest of the alcoholic drinks may not be fattening by themselves but after a couple of swigs you will be in no position to watch your diet and your appetite too will be something to battle with.

30. Try to have breakfast within one hour of waking. It’s always best to have breakfast within an hour of waking so that your body can charge itself with the energy it needs for the day. The idea is not to wait for your self to get really hungry. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but that does not mean that it should be the most filling meal of the day.

31. 50 to 55% of your diet should be carbohydrates. It is a myth that you should try and avoid carbohydrates when you are on a diet. Rather the other way round I should say. Carbohydrates are a ready source of energy and so 50 to 55% of your diet should be carbohydrates.

32. 25 to 30% of your diet should be proteins. Various processes and activities are going on in our bodies. Things are broken down and being built up again. Resistance has to be built up, recovery from disease too is needed and for all this the body needs plenty of proteins so see to it that 25 to 30 % of your diet consists of proteins.

33. Fats should only be 15 to 20 %. You need only this much of fat in your diet so keep it at that.

34. Try and adopt a vegetarian diet. A vegetarian diet is undoubtedly better for those of us watching our diet. There are a lot of advantages of keeping to a vegetarian diet but I don’t want to sing an ode to vegetarianism now. What I would suggest is keep to a vegetarian diet as much as you can. Make a non- vegetarian diet a week end event or something if you find it impossible to give up eating all those animals.

35. Choose white meat rather than red. White meat, which includes fish and fowl, is miles better than red meat, which includes beef and pork for those trying to lose weight.

36. High Fiber multigrain breads are better than white breads. Remember how I told you to increase the fiber content in your food; well this is the answer to that. It is not only better in terms of the fiber content but also in terms of the protein content as well.

37. Reduce your intake of pork. Pork is not something that can help you to lose weight. So the lesser pork you eat the better chances you have of losing weight. And remember that pork includes the pork products as well, things like bacon, ham and sausages.

38. Limit your sugar intake. If you can’t have things unsweetened go for sugar substitutes. These things are just as sweetening but are certainly not fattening.

39. Graze 5 to 6 times a day. Instead of sticking to just three meals a day, try grazing. Grazing means try having 5 or 6 smaller meals instead of three king sized meals. It is an excellent way of having smaller quantities of food.

40. Go ahead eat cheat food, but only for flavor. There are many things which you have to avoid from your diet but which you may have an undying craving for. Do not avoid them altogether. You could call them cheat foods and indulge in them once in a while. But take care just to tingle your taste buds, don’t hog on them. Instead of that share them with others. In this way

41. Watch your fat intake. Each fat gram contains 9 calories so by reading the total calories on a food and knowing the quantity of fat, you can estimate the % of fat, which should in no way exceed 30% of the food.

42. Go easy on salt, as too much salt is one of the causes of obesity. Make it a point to really cut down on salt. Try to bring down your salt intake to half of what it was last year.

43. Change from table butter to cholesterol free butter. If you have a choice why not go for it, any way it is healthier for you and tastes just the same. Bear in mind that these small changes can go a long way towards weight reduction.

44. Instead of frying things try baking them without fat. Baking is by far a healthier method of preparing food than frying. Baking requires lesser oil or fat.

45. Use a non stick frying pan for your cooking so that you do not have to add oil. The golden rule is to try and avoid as much oil as possible and a non stick pan is the perfect solution to this problem.

46. Boil your vegetables instead of cooking them, or even better, eat them fresh. However if you do not like eating your vegetables as it is, try steaming them without adding anything at all. This is probably the healthiest way to eat cabbages, cauliflowers and a host of other vegetables.

47. Carry parsley with you. Parsley is an excellent thing to munch on in between meals. Not just is it good for you in terms of vitamins, but it is also a perfect way of making your breath fresher.

48. Choose low fat substitutes or no fat substitutes. There are plenty of low fat or even no fat substitutes available in the market so why not choose wisely. It is much better for you heart too. Many people just go for shopping and pick up whatever they can. They do not bother to find out if there are nay substitutes for the thing they are looking for. In the markets of today, you will be astounded at the range of goods that manufactures have to offer. In fact with all the hue and cry that is being made about weight loss, low fat substitutes and no fat substitutes are hitting the stands faster than mushrooms that sprout after the first rains. So the next time you head for the stores instead of picking up what you have always picked up, see if there are better substitutes. Remember that our bodies need nutrients and not just calories. Fats give us nutrients but with more calories than what proteins or carbohydrates do.

49. Avoid crash diets. They are bad for health and you will gain what you have lost once you take a break. Crash diets are not a solution to weight loss. It might seem as if you have lost few pounds but the moment you give up on the crash diet every thing will bounce back with a vengeance. Take a look at it in this way. Do you think that it is possible for a person to survive on a crash diet for the rest of his or her life’ Certainly not! So at some time or the other, you will have to give up the crash diet and then you will see for yourself that a crash diet does more harm than good on the long run. Crash diets may have a lot to promise, but very rarely do these promises ring true. Crash diets are things people go on in order to wear an old dress or suit for a particular occasion. That’s the only purpose that they serve as far as I can see.

50. God gave us teeth for a reason... Therefore we should develop a habit of chewing all food including liquid food and soft foods like sweets, ice creams at least 8 to 12 times. This is essential to add saliva to the food, as it is only in the saliva that sugar is digested. Often we find that whatever goes into our mouth goes down like lightning. We hardly give the saliva any time to act on the food. So does digestion take place like it should’ Do we just stuff our tummies with food that doesn’t get digested or in other words that doesn’t yield the benefits that it should’

51. Dry wine is better than sweet wine. Sweet wines naturally contain a lot of sugar. But on the other hand, in dry wines most of this sugar has been fermented away so from the weight point of view dry wines are better than sweet wines.

52. When you decide it’s time to start working out, start slowly and don’t get discouraged if you don’t achieve your fitness goals after the first week. Many people make this mistake. They feel that if they really push their bodies they can lose more weight in a couple of work outs. This is a very serious thing in fact. If you try to push your body too much in the first few goes, you are likely to end up with sprained joints, a sore back and even torn ligaments. The rule to be followed here is slow and steady wins the race.

53.Check your weight before you start the routine and keep checking for changes but do not expect a radical change immediately, it might be one or two weeks before you notice some change. However it is crucial that you continue to monitor your weight. You may bear in mind the fact that even a few pounds loss is a big achievement.

54. When you do notice a change, reward yourself. When I say reward I do not mean go for some goodies like chocolates or sweets. Maybe you could go for a movie or buy yourself something like a new dress or a trinket. This is something that can keep you going. It is a good idea to save on the money that you wanted to spend on ice creams and chocolates and then treat your self to something more substantial.

55. You can take a day off from exercise every week. This is not just a very good idea but it is part of the exercise routine. Your body needs a day off from an exercise routine so do not hesitate to take a day off from what ever you have been doing.

56. Exercise out doors as far as possible. There are two advantages of doing whatever you are doing out side. One advantage is that it gives your body a chance to get a lot of the much needed fresh air and sunshine. The second advantage is that the surroundings keep you perked up and it is a break form remaining cooped up all day long

57. Try to collect some information about exercise, there are a lot of things that you can do at home. Extensive research has been done on exercise and plenty of this information is easily available. You can try browsing the net or getting a book or two on how to exercise at home. This information will be useful to you to know how much you need to work out on each specific exercise in order to burn off the desired number of calories.

58. Try to get somebody to exercise along with you. But it should be somebody committed or else your interest might dwindle. This is indeed an excellent idea. One of the advantages of getting a committed person to exercise with you is that it keeps you going. There may be days when you feel just too lazy to crawl out of bed in the mornings. On such days, the knowledge that some body is waiting for you is enough to slide out of bed. Another advantage is that you can discuss your progress and fears with another person and be a sympathetic listener to the other person as well. This is a fine way of getting motivated your self.

59. Stop when your body has had enough. There is no sense in pushing it. When you have worked out for a considerable time, your body will start giving you signals. Heed those signals. This is particularly true in the initial stages. Take one step at a time. Stop when you are out of breath or when a certain part of your body tells you that it has had enough.

60. If you want to increase your time of exercise or your work out routine, do it gradually and not in sudden steps. Well easier said than done. Most of us have such hectic schedules that it is quite impossible to fit in tie for exercise right’ Wrong. I want to say it once and for all, your body, or anybody’s body for that matter needs proper exercise. If you make up your mind to do it, you just can.

61. Select an exercise pattern to suit your life style. All of us have different life styles and professions so there is no sense in trying to follow the book strictly. Try and follow an exercise routine that is suitable for you. You have to understand that even more important than the exercise it is sticking to it. So unless you choose something that can suit your life style, you are not going to stick on to it.

62. Don’t stand, walk. If you can walk about then do so. Do not stand in a fixed position. Pacing about is a good thing to do. If you are thinking deeply about something, try pacing about, it will aid in your thinking.

63. Don’t sit, stand. If you can stand, then do not sit. The golden rule is to choose a position that is less comfortable.

64. Don’t lie down, sit. The rule that we mentioned above rings true here as well.

65. Do not be a couch potato. It is the easiest thing in the world to become a couch potato. You know what we are talking about don’t you’ That shapeless thing that sits or reclines on a shapeless chair in front of the television and stupidly munches away at something fried! If you are inclined to become a promising old couch potato, break the habit, cut at the very root of the vine. And you want to know what the best way is for that’ Take away that favorite chair of yours. In fact, it would be a very good idea if you could keep a chair that isn’t too comfortable in front of the TV. This will discourage any tendency to become a couch potato.

66. If you have a sitting job, stand up and stretch yourself every half an hour. Most of the jobs today are indeed sitting jobs that are in one word sedentary. This is especially true for those who sit and punch away at the keyboard or toy with the mouse all day long. So if you have such a job, make it a point to get up at least every half an hour and stretch your self.

67. While making telephone calls try walking up and down. I hope you will agree with me that this is an excellent suggestion.

68. Use the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can. Elevators are one hell of a convenience particularly if you have to go up or down some twenty floors. But elevators also make us very lazy. There may be no sense in trudging up some twenty flights of stairs because by the time you get there you will be totally pooped. But while coming down, if you have the time, you can easily come down the stairs instead of using the elevator. Coming down is not at all exhausting. And talking about the time factor, I don’t think that there is much of a difference. Sometimes waiting for an elevator door to open at your floor after you hit the button can take up all of eternity.

69. Smoking is bad for weight loss. Smoking as such may not contribute to weight loss but smoking leads to other conditions like erratic eating habits and excessive dependence on things like coffee.

70. If you hate running, remember, you do not have to run a marathon to stay fit. 10 minutes of cardio each day is good enough for most.

71. And if you can’t run, try walking. 15 minutes of brisk walking a day is enough to keep most fit.

72. Any distance is walk able if you have the time, so consider walking to places that you would normally drive (such as work or the market if they’re not too far away). It may take you longer, but the health benefits will last you a lifetime.

73. It sounds strange, but some people have reported that they lost more weight when they drank black coffee before a workout. While there’s no hard data to support this, nutritionists speculate that the caffeine in coffee makes the body rely more on fat for fuel during the work out. It’s worth trying!

74. Here’s a corollary to the tip above: Avoid drinking coffee in excess, as it tends to desensitize your body to the fat burning effects of caffeine.

75. Stop using remote controls. Remote controls are the bane of a prospective weight loser. They may be remarkable gadgets by themselves but from the weight loss point of view, they just aren’t very helpful. They really encourage us to take a laid back kind of attitude towards life itself. In fact if remote controls were not there, the television would not have become so popular. It is because of remote controls that people can remain where they are and switch from one channel to the other. And they only have to twitch a finger muscle to achieve this. Now, I have nothing against multi channel television sets but what I strongly advocate is that you get up from where you are and change the channel of the TV each time you want to do so. The same thing holds true for other remote controls as well. As it is we have remote controlled TVs, DVD players, A/Cs, garage doors, gateways and what not. The next thing we know is that we will have remote controlled people as well.

76. Do things like fetching, turning things off and on by you’ Often when we come back tired from work, we tend to get others to do simple chores for us. These things are no big deal. They are things that we can very well do for our selves but we don’t. That is why we often ask our kids to fetch us this or take away that. Training your pet is a wonderful thing indeed. It is quite remarkable how some people get their dogs to fetch them something. But the fact is that while you may be making sure that your dog is getting a lot of exercise, you are neglecting your bit of the story.

77. Here’s a pop quiz. Escalators help us to: 1.Move up and down faster 2. Gain weight 3. Stand stupidly as they move up and down 4 Look down at other people when you are going down 5. Look up to others when we are going up you have to pick the correct answer from the 5 alternatives given. You can see for your self that all the options are in a way correct. So the next time you travel on an escalator, don’t just stand there…climb up or down along with it. (Or better yet, take the stairs.)

78. during commercial breaks walk about. If you want to sit all evening with your eyes glued to the tube, then do so. But at least spare your eyes the agony of a commercial break. When the next commercial flashes on screen, instead of surfing, get up and take a walk. Reach over and try to touch your toes or do any such simple exercise that will at least get the blood flowing in your veins.

79. Wriggle your toes and your fingers whenever you can. This too is a stress buster and it gives you a chance to at least work your hand and leg joints. This will tell you how sore they are and if their condition is so bad, just think of the rest of your body.

80. Turn on music and dance like wild. Let your hair down once in a while. Go back to the days of wild child hood. Close the door of your room, turn on your sound system to the highest volume possible (but a little lower than the level at which your neighbors start to complain) and then do the wackiest dance that you can think of. Jump on your bed and jump off it again. Roll all over the floor. Pretend that you are Michael Jackson or Madonna (you will never see them keeping still) and do ever boogie move that you know.

81. Carry a soft flying disc or Frisbee with you. Toss it around and get up to fetch it. This is also an excellent way to beat stress. It makes a person feel good to throw something away forcefully when the person is all worked up. And the thing that you throw is something soft and can’t damage anything, and then what is stopping you’ It is not really the throwing part that we are interested in. It is the fetching part. Each time you get up to fetch it back; you are giving yourself a chance to stretch those muscles and joints

82. Get down at a block before your destination and walk the rest of the way. You might not have time to fit in long walks in your busy schedule so this is one way of ensuring that you at least get to walk for a little bit every day. If you take the bus or the subway, get down at an earlier station and see if you can walk the rest of the way. If you drive to work, see if you can get space in a parking lot that is a little away from your office.

83. When nobody is watching try doing pelvic gyrations. If you take a moment to observe it you will see that it is the mid section of our body that gets the least bit of exercise and that is probably why the signs of weight gain are mostly seen there. It is the same reason why we find it very difficult to lose weight in that section. So the best thing that you can do is consciously try to give that part a little bit of exercise. Stomach crunches might be too strenuous an exercise to start off with but gyrations are relatively mild. Pelvic gyrations make you thrust your midsection towards all directions and this is the best way of tightening every muscle in that mid section and that is of course what weight loss is all about.

84. Tuck in your tummy whenever you walk. Get that proper gait. And the best way for that is to tuck in your tummy and inflate your chest. Do not let your tummy hang above your belt line like some unruly layer of flesh. Bring it under the belt. Each time you tuck in your tummy, you will feel the pressure on the muscles of your stomach. This tightening and loosening of these muscles is even better than stomach crunches.

85. Try breathing exercises. You might be surprised to know that breathing exercises too can lead to weight loss. If you are doing the breathing exercises properly, you will find that you can exert a lot of pressure on the muscles around the mid section. You can feel a tightening of these muscles each time you breathe in or breathe out. So go ahead and breathe properly, it is good for you.

86. Try yoga. Yoga is one of the best ways of losing weight. Of course I can’t go into a full lecture about yoga over here but I can tell you that I have never seen people with better-toned bodies than those who practice yoga. One of the benefits of yoga is that you learn to control virtually every muscle and joint of your body so that the issue of weight gain will cease to exist.

87. Try massaging your partner. This is a fun way to lose weight. It is something that can give your partner a lot of pleasure and at the same time can give you a lot of exertion there by leading to weight loss. The attitude over here should of course be you scratch my back I will scratch yours. It should not be a one sided effort or else the interest will soon dwindle. In fact it is a good idea if couple takes up weight loss routines together. They can keep watch over each other, help control those urges to eat and motivate each other to stick to the routine. There are a lot of things that couples can do together that can help them to keep physically active.

88. If you can’t think of any thing else to do try punching your pillow. Now here’s another one of those weird ideas but believe me it works. Not too many of us have punching bags at home and if you have really fluffy pillow giving it a good punching routine is just as good as anything else. This is also a nice way of letting off steam so go for it. After all something is better than nothing. But I would suggest that you do not hit it too violently or else the stuffing might come out. Do not bother too much about the force with which you hit the pillow. It is number of hits that are important. Try to get at least fifty punches in one bout. I would like to give you a little tip over here. If there is somebody that you particularly dislike like your boss or your neighbor, or may be your ex boy friend or girl friend, try fixing a picture of the persons head on the top of your pillow and then try punching it. I promise you, it will give you a lot of satisfaction.

89. Instead of waddling up and down the staircase, try taking them two at a time. Now this is something that you have to be careful about because we do not want you to trip. So when you do this make sure that your feet are well and truly planted on each step before you increase the beat and try two at a time.

90. If you have a dog, take it for a run and let the dog lead you on. You will be surprised as to how much exercise a dog can give you. Animals are sensible enough to know that they need a lot of exercise so let your animal lead you on. Take your pet dog out for as walk and before you know what hit you, it will turn out to be a run.

91. Join a dance class. Dancing is a wonderful way to burn off those extra calories. It is true. When you dance you are in fact burning away a lot of calories. Of course we are not referring to the slow ballroom kind of dances in which one person actually leans on the other one for support. We are talking about fast dances. The best way to do it is by joining a dance class because they will really wok you out. But I would suggest that you wait for a couple more pounds to vanish before you think of becoming a ballerina.

92. Whenever you can, lean against a wall with your hands flattened against the wall and in such a way that your face is very close to the wall. Then use you hands to push your body away from the wall. Do these two or three times at a stretch.

93. If there is a pool nearby go for swims as often as you can, swimming is one of the best exercises. Water has a lot of advantages. And if nothing else, a cool dip in a pool is a wonderful stress reliever.

94. Try playing something like table tennis or basket ball. Games are a fun way to lose weight. It is much more exciting to play a game than just work out by yourself. The best thing about games is that they are addictive. Once you start playing you will soon end up with a friends’ circle and then the playing goes on without even you knowing it. It is something that you can look forward to and there is no stress involved in this program. In fact the more you play the less you will consider this to be a part of your weight loss program. As you burn away those calories, you will also be able to expand your social circle.

95. Any work out should start with a 5 to 10 minute warm up and should end with a 5 to ten minute cool down session. Whatever physical exercise you are involved in, you must remember to warm up before the exercise really starts. Do not just plunge into the water and start thrashing about, to put it figuratively. Your body needs to reach a certain level of readiness before it can actually start responding to exercise. And this readiness is achieved by the warming up process.

96. Do not carry your mobile phone around but leave it a place where you can hear it ringing. In this way you make sure that you at least get up and walk towards it. This might sound sill but I really mean it. You need a reason to keep yourself going. Life today has become so easy that we have every thing at our fingertips. All we have to do is push a button here and push a button there. The only things that get any exercise at all are our fingers. Years ago Charles Darwin put forward a theory of use and disuse. According to this theory, a certain part of the body that is put to constant use develops a lot and a certain part of the body that has no use at all becomes smaller and smaller and gradually ceases to exist. Certain examples that he quoted were the long neck of the giraffe, which appeared to become longer and longer when the giraffe stretched higher and higher to reach the leaves at the treetops. He quoted the example of the absence of a tail in human beings to illustrate the example of the theory of disuse. Now if Darwin’s theory were to prove true, as the years go by man is likely to end up with just a huge head, a few fingers and maybe some other parts of the body that are also put to use. That is why I made it a point to say that you have to drive your self to move about. A cell phone may be convenient, but the same thing can turn out to simplify life just a little too bit. There are other arguments against the use of cell phones but that is beside our topic. What I would suggest is that at home or in your office, leave the cell phone lying about so that you can hear it ring, but can’t just reach into your pocket and answer it. See to it that you have to actually stand up and walk a few steps before you can pick it up.

97. While traveling in an elevator instead of just standing there and staring stupidly at the numbers going up or down, try raising your self onto your toes and then back on your feet again. Do this several times. Also try flexing your buttock muscles as well. In fact there are many muscles in our body that we can twitch and flex without inviting the attention of others. Even if others do notice you, it’s no big deal provided you are flexing a muscle in a decent part of the body. (Most of the other parts do not have muscles any way.) Others might brand you as a health freak but it is miles better to be known as a heath freak than as a sack of potatoes.

98. Undress and stare at yourself in front of your mirror. If what you see displeases you, then you have all the more reason to work out. Try tucking in the extra fat in all those wide areas, this will give you an idea of which part you need to be working on. Turn to you side and get a very good view of your side profile. This is an excellent way of checking whether you have a tummy that is starting to bulge or has bulged already. Try pulling in air and then take a look at your tummy; if it has gone in even a little bit, there is hope for you. If you start now, you can control it where it is now and may be if you really set your mind to it; you can lose a couple of inches in a just a few weeks. Weighing your self on your bathroom scales is a good idea but personally I would recommend this mirror viewing. To be very frank, a few pounds gain may shock you but does not really disgust you. But a flabby figure and extra fat certainly will.

99. If you have a banister rail or a balustrade that will support you, sit on it and pump your legs as if you are riding a bicycle, taking care not to fall off of course. This might sound like another crazy idea and I don’t want to argue with you about that. I just want to tell you that by doing such crazy things, you are in fact not missing a single chance to lose those extra pounds. It is a way of keeping your mind alert all the time. Every thing must look like an opportunity to you.

100. Do not slouch in your chair but try to maintain an erect posture with your tummy tucked in. Slouching is a very bad habit. Not only is it bad for your back but it also gives you a very flabby figure. It is your way of saying yes to a comfortable, weight-gaining pose. Make it a point to always sit as erect as you can. It is also a terrific way to ward off back problems.

101. Psst. I would like to let you in on a secret. As it is I understand that most of us tend to put on weight particularly in the mid section, right. It is the tummy that seems to have a mind of its own. Well I will tell you a sure shot method to reduce the flab around the waist line. Mind you this doesn’t hold true for post pregnancy tummies. This is what you have to do. Breathe in air as strongly as you can and as you do so, tuck in your tummy as much as you can. Hold it like this for a few seconds and then slowly release your breath taking care not to let out your tummy. Try to keep breathing like this at least fifty or sixty times in a day. In fact breathe like this whenever you can remember to do so. After the first day, you should feel the muscles of your stomach tightening each time you do this. Then you know that you are on the right track. If you practice this without fail for 20 days, at the end of the twentieth day, you will have lost at least an inch.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

10 Jambatan Terpanjang Di Dunia

Minggu nie jum kita lihat carta list 10 jambatan terpanjang di Dunia. Dahulu Malaysia dikenali sebagai Negara yang mempunyai Jambatan ke tiga Terpanjang di dunia. Namun setelah belasan tahun tahukah anda yang Malaysia kini berada tempat ke 6, jatuh tiga anak tangga dari senarai 10 Jambatan terpanjang di dunia.

10.Seven Mile Bridge

The Seven Mile Bridge, in the Florida Keys, runs over a channel between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait, connecting Key Vaca (the location of the city if Marathon, Florida) in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is one of the many bridges on US 1 in the Keys, where the road is called the Overseas Highway.

9.San Mateo Hayward Bridege

The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (commonly called San Mateo Bridge) is a bridge crossing California's San Francisco Bay in the United states, linking the San Francisco Peninsula with the East Bay. More specifically, the bridge's western end is in Foster City, the most recent urban addition to the eastern edge of San mateo. The eastern end of the bridge is in Hayward. The bridge is owned by the state of California, and is maintained by Caltrans, the state highway agency.

8.Confedration Bridge

The Confederation Bridge (French: Pont de la Confederation) is a bridge spanning the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Starit, linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunkswick, Canada. It was commonly referred to as the "Fixed Link" by residents of Prince Edward Island prior to its official naming. Construction took place from all the fall of 1993 to the spring of 1997, costing $1.3 billion. The 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge opened on 31 May 1997.

7.Rio Niteroi Bridge

The Rio-Niteroi Bridge is a reinforced concrete structure that connects the cities of Rio de Janerio and Niteroi in Brazil. Construction began symbolically on August 23, 1968, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in their first and thus far only visit to Brazil. Actual work begun in January, 1969, and it opened on March 4, 1974. Its official name is "President Costa e Silva Bridge", in honor of the Brazilian president who ordered its construction. "Rio-Niteroi" started as a descriptive nickname that soon became better known than the official name. Today, hardly anyone referes to it by its oficial name

6.Penang Bridge

The Penang Bridge (jambatan Pulau Pinang in Malay) E 36 is a dual-carriageway toll bridge that connects Gelugor on the island of Penang and Seberang Prai on the mainland of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula. The bridge is also linked to the Norht-South Expressway in Prai and Jelutong Expressway in Penang. It was officially opened to traffic on September 14, 1085. The total length of the bridge is 13..5 (8.4 miles), making it among the longest bridges in the world, the longest bridge in the country as well as a national landmark. PLUS Expressway Berhad is the concession holder which manages it.

5.Vasco De Gama Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge (Portuguese: Ponte Vasco da Gama, pron is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts and roads that spans the Tagus River near Lisbon, capital of Portual. It is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 miles), including 0.829 km (0.5 miles) for the main bridge, 11.5 kms (7.1 miles) in viaducts, and 4.8 km (3.0 miles) in dedicated access roads. Its purpose is to alleviate the congeston on Lisbon's other bridge (25 de Abril Bridge), and to join previously unconnected motorways radiating from Lisbon.

4.Chesapeake Bay Bridge

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge (commonly known as the Bay Bridge) is a major dual-span bridge in the US State of Maryland; spanning the Chesapeake Bay, it connects the state's Eastern and Western Shore regions. At 4.3 miles (7km) in length, the original span was the world's longest continous over-water steel structure when it opened in 1952. The bridge is officially named the William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge after William Preston Lane, Jr. who, as governor of Maryland, implemented its construction.

3.King Fahd Bay

The King Fahd Causeway is multiple dike-bridge combination connecting Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and the island nation of Bahrain. A construction agreement signed on July 8, 1981 by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of Bharain; construction continued until 1986, when the coombination of sevral bridges and dams were completed. The causeway officially opened for use on November 25, 1986

2.Donghai Bridge

Donghai Bridge (literally "East Sea Grand Bridge") is the longest cross-sea bridge in the world and the longest bridge in Asia. It was completed on December 10, 2005. It has a total length of 32.5 kilometers (20.2 miles) and connects Shanghai and the offshore Yangshan deep-water port in China. Most of the bridge is a low-level viaduct. There are also cable-stayed sections to allow for the passage of large ships, largest with span of 420 m.

1.Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, or the Causeway, consists of two parallel bridges that are the longest bridges in the world by total length. These parallel bridges cross Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana. The longer of the two bridges is 23.87 miles (38.42 km) long. The bridges are supported by over 9,000 concrete 8 miles (13 kms) south of the north shore. The southern terminus of the Causeway is in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. The northern terminus is at Mandeville, Louisiana.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pementasan Teater Natrah & Kisah Tragedi nya

Aku berkesempatan menonton Teater Natrah hasil arahan dan garapan yang cukup istimewa daripada Pengarah yang tidak asing lagi Erma Fatima. Mulanya aku tidak dapat hadir menonton pementasan Teater ini memandangkan beberapa tugasan skrip dan treament dokumentari masih belum dapat disiapkan.

Sedang leka menumpukan perhatian pada skrin komputer aku disapa, tak gie tengok Natrah ke? dah pukul berapa nie.? Tak kot balas aku perlahan.. Kerja kerja nie tak siap lagi. Jam di tangan menunjukkan pukul 7.20pm. La pergi la.. kot yer pun tiket free tapi mahal RM100.00 yer. Rugi kalau tak pergi. Kerja office sambung besok je. Oklah disebabkan nasihat tersebut tepat jam 7.45pm aku shutdown komputer dan terus memandu ke Bangsar menjemput rakan yang menanti. Kebetulan pula aku menerima 2 tiket.

Alhamdulilah tepat kul 8.45pm kami berdua sampai dan pementasan baru bermula. Melihatkan perjalanan Teater ini pada mulanya aku agak mengantuk. Terutamanya Scene monolog. Kalau anda kat luar sana yang tidak tahu scene monolog nie adalah scene dialog berseorangan yang dilakonkan oleh Sofea Jane. Walaupun lakonan Sofea agak berkesan tetapi aku agak mengantuk dan kebosanan.

Sebaik sahaja watak tersebut tamat, pentas bertukar dengan set yang cukup besar dan membuatkan seluruh dewan Panggung Sari tertumpu pada nya. Kelihatan set rumah kampung basikal dan beberapa peralatan membuatkan pentas bertukar menjadi ceria. Dari satu scene ke satu scene yang lain set, kostum, peralatan memang mengkagumkan bagi aku. Walaupun set ini diolah secara manual (ditolak dan ditarik oleh krew yang terlibat) ianya kelihatan cukup hebat dan membantu gaya dan penceritaan yang ingin disampaikan kepada penonton.

Ruang set semasa di Singapura terutama semasa perbicaraan diadakan, perkahwinan, dirumah kediaman dan lain lain juga kelihatan hebat. Dari segi lakonan penampilan Sofea jane, Umi aida, Maya karin dan Shamantha Shubert memang memuaskan. Tahniah kepada Erma kerana berjaya mengangkat Teater Natrah ini menjadi teater yang paling berjaya pementasannya sepanjang 2009.

Dibawah adalah sejarah Natrah bagi anda yang tertanya tanya tentang sejarah dan kisah tragedi ini, Selamat membaca...

Sumber : Fatini Yaacob, majalah Dewan Masyarakat, DBP, April 1989 di m/s 20.

"Ummat Islam sangat pantang kalau agama suci mereka disentuh atau dipermain-mainkan. Bila terkenang kembali kisah Natrah (bekas isteri Mansor Abadi) yang mana ummat Islam Tanah Melayu membuat rapat umum di Singapura dihadiri lebih 2,000 orang, yang mengakibatkan seramai 18 orang mati syahid dan 173 orang cedera parah bagi mempertahankan akidah seorang muslimah.

Kisah Natrah; ia amat menyayat hati....

1937 24 Mac Natrah dilahirkan di Tjimahi, Jawa, Indonesia dengan nama Bertha Hertogh atau Maria Huberdina Hertogh
Disember 1942 Bertha Hertogh diserahkan untuk dipelihara kepada Che Aminah Mohamad.Usia Natrah ketika itu 5 tahun. Ibunya Adeline dan neneknya Nor Louisenya menyerahkan Bertha dan Benny kepada Che Aminah tanpa pengetahuan bapanya Sarjan Adrianus Petrus Hertogh kerana telah ditawan tentera Jepun.
Che Aminah Mohamad atau Mak Minah seorang peniaga kain di Jawa yang berasal dari Kemaman , Terengganu . Menurut keterangan Natrah, Che Aminah bukan Babu atau pembantu rumah. Maria Hertogh diberi nama Natrah dan hidup dalam suasana dan pendidikan Islam.

15 November 1945 Che Aminah membawa Natrah balik ke Kampung Banggol, Kemaman, Terengganu melalui Singapura kerana orang Indonesia ketika itu meluap-luap membenci orang kulit putih yang dianggap bangsa penjajah.
1945 Bapa Natrah, Sarjan Hertogh dibebaskan selepas Hiroshima dan Nagasaki dibom dengan bom atom oleh Amerika. Dia balik ke Bandung ,Jawa dan mencari anaknya Natrah. Adeline dan Hertogh balik ke Belanda tanpa menemui Natrah. Usaha mencari diteruskan melalui teman-teman dan pegawai kerajaan Inggeris dan Belanda.

September 1949 Natrah ditemui oleh Arthur Locke, Penasihat British di Terengganu sewaktu pertunjukan senaman di padang Sekolah Perempuan Melayu Chukai.

19 Ogos 1949 polis Semarang memberitahu Andrianus, Natrah berada di Kemaman.

12 April 1950 Che Aminah membawa Natrah ke Singapura atas perancangan dan muslihat Sarjan Hertogh.

22 Mei 1950 Ketua Hakim Mahkamah mengarahkan Natrah diletakkan di bawah Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat, Singapura

24 April 1950 Natrah dihantar ke Girls Homecraft Centre, York Hill,Singapura

28 April Che Aminah membuat rayuan untuk mendapatkan balik hak penjagaan terhadap Natrah melalui peguambela Encik Ahmad Ibrahim daripada syarikat peguam S.C. Goho & Co.

19 Mei 1950 peguambela Encik Ahmad Ibrahim menghujah di mahkamah bahawa Che Aminah Mohamad berhak menjadi penjaga Natrah. Profesor Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim menjadi protaganis dan antara tokoh yang amat dihormati dalam kes Natrah di Singapura.

28 Julai 1950 Che Aminah menang kes rayuannya. Natrah dikeluarkan daripada York Hill

1 Ogos 1950 kerana takut peristiwa berulang ,Natrah dikahwinkan dengan Cikgu Mansor Adabi secara nikah gantung di rumah bapa angkat Mansor Adabi iaitu En. M.A.Majid di 139, Seranggoon Road, Singapura. Ketika ini Natrah berusia 13 tahun tetapi susuk tubuhnya besar. Usia Mansor Adabi 22 tahun. Dalam Undang-Undang Syariah Islam ,perempuan umur 13 tahun dibenarkan kahwin sebagaimana isteri Nabi Muhamad , Siti Aisyah.

2 Disember 1950 Ketua Hakim megeluarkan perintah yang ketiga untuk didengar di mahkamah tentang kesahihan perkahwinan dan hak penjagaan Natrah.Mengikut undang-undang Belanda, seorang anak yang berusia 16 tahun ke bawah, bapanya berhak menentukan kehidupannya. Pendakwa berhujah sama ada Natrah berhak dikahwinkan dan terus menganut agama Islam ataupun tidak. Mahkamah memutuskan, selagi tidak mencapai umur 18 tahun ke atas, hanya penjaga yang berhak ke atasnya. Mahkamah tidak menyebut ibubapa tetapi penjaga. Tiba-tiba daripada isu agama bertukar bertukar kepada isu jagaan.

Dalam kes Natrah ini, mahkamah mengakui Natrah secara rela tanpa dipaksa oleh sesiapa hendak meneruskan kehidupan sebagai seorang muslim. Mahkamah mengatakan pula, siapa yang boleh menafikan hak Natrah daripada didedahkan kepada agama Kristian ? Bapanya lebih berhak ke atasnya.

12 Disember 1950 Hakim menjatuhi hukuman - Natrah mesti dikembalikan kepada ibu bapa kandungnya di Belanda.Bapanya diberi hak dalam menentukan agama anaknya. Natrah telah dihantar pulang ke Belanda, dan seterusnya dipaksa menjadi Kristian.

12 Disember 1950 Rusuhan Natrah berlaku kerana masyarakat Islam di Singapura dan Tanah Melayu kecewa Natrah akan dimurtadkan.

13 Disember 1950 Natrah dan ibu kandungnya meninggalkan Lapangan Terbang Kallang , Singapura menuju Belanda dengan kapal terbang KLM.
Ada protes orang Islam di Karachi , Pakistan yang bersimpati dengan Natrah.

15 Disember 1950 Natrah sampai di Lapangan Terbang Sciphol, Amsterdam, Belanda; disambut oleh lebih 4000 orang Kristian Belanda beserta sorakan selamat datang dan sepanduk 'Welcome Back Bertha'. Mereka dari 'Bertha Hertogh Comittee' yang dibentuk oleh bapanya , Sarjan Hertogh.

Di rumahnya di Bergen Op Zoom, kehidupan Natrah sentiasa dikawal ketat oleh polis Belanda. Dia pernah bertanya tentang 'Di mana masjid di Bergen Op Zoom ?'. Natrah minta sejadah, bertanyakan khiblat dan tak lupa sembahyang 5 kali sehari . Ingatannya kepada Mansor Adabi tidak pernah padam terhadap suaminya itu.

Januari 1952 Mansor Adabi menerima surat daripada seorang pemuda Belanda bernama JC Vermeulen tentang kehidupan Natrah. JC Vermeulen adalah pedagang import-eksport Belanda.

9 Januari 1951 Surat 1 daripada Mansor Adabi kepada Natrah dalam tulisan Jawi, berbahasa Melayu.

10 Januari 1951 Surat 2 daripada Mansor Adabi kpada Natrah, antaranya menceritakan nasib Karim Ghani yang masih ditahan.

17 September 1951 Surat daripada Mansor Adabi kepada Natrah.

Mac 1953 Surat pertama daripada Natrah kepada Mansor Adabi dalam tulisan rumi berbahasa Melayu-Indonesia. Dia telah menjadi Kristian Katholik dan minta Mansor Adabi jangan menulis kepadanya lagi. Natrah menggunakan nama asalnya 'Bertha Hertogh.

25 Januari 1953 Surat Mansor Adabi kepada Natrah

20 Julai 1953 Surat Natrah kepada JC Vermeulen disampaikan kepada Mansor Adabi.

1954 Mansor Adabi berpatah arang dan berkahwin dengan anak muridnya Zaiton Jahuri.Mansor Adabi menghantar kad undang perkahwinan kepada JC Vermeulen. Natrah yang mengetahui hal itu sangat kecewa. Kekecewaan itu dicurahkan kepada temannya Johannes Gerrit Vermeulen. Antara murid Mansor Adabi ialah Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, bekas pengarah MAS.

26 Januari 1956 Telegram daripada JC Vermeulen kepada Mansor Adabi menyatakan Natrah ingin kembali bersama Mansor Adabi di Malaysia.

20 April 1956 Natrah berkahwin dengan Johan Gerardus Wolkenfelt, seorang askar ketika Natrah berumur 18 tahun. Umur Wolkenfelt 21 tahun. Wolkenfelt berhenti menjadi askar dan menjadi tukang kayu.

15 Februari 1957 Natrah bersalin anak lelaki pertama. Natrah mendapat 10 orang anak. Nama anaknya Silvija, Carolien, Frans, Marlies, Theo, Huub, Rinie, Marjoline , Hands dan Paul.

20 Januari 1959 Surat daripada Mansor Adabi kepada Natrah menceritakan dia sudah berkeluarga.

3 Februari 1959 Surat Natrah kepada Mansor Adabi. Semua surat-surat Mansor Adabi tersimpan dalam fail 'Personal - Mansor Adabi' di Arkib Perbandaran Bergen op Zoom, Belanda.

25 November 1975 Televisyen Belanda NRVC meriwayatkan kembali kisah hidup Natrah dalam filem dokumentari The Time Just Stool Still selama 20 minit. Natrah, Wolkenfelt dan Mansor Adabi turut dijemput diwawancara dalam dokumentari itu. Ketika itu Natrah telah mempunyai 10 orang anak. Sedangkan Mansor Adabi sebagai seorang guru danpeguam , hidup mewah.

16 Ogos 1976 Natrah didakwa di mahkamah atas tuduhan cuba membunuh suaminya JG Wolkenfelt . Dia dibebaskan atas simpati hakim terhadap latar belakang hidupnya. Natrah dan Wolkenfelt bercerai. Mulanya dia merancang bubuh racun berwarna biru - tak berjaya. Kemudian dia berpakat dengan temannya Tom Ballermans dan Adrie Jansen dan membeli sepucuk pistol revolver. Anaknya Corie menyedari rancangan bunuh itu, dilapor kepada polis dan Natrah ditangkap.

26 Disember 1976 Natrah dilaporkan sakit jiwa oleh Utusan Malaysia. Tetapi hal ini dinafikan oleh anak-anak Natrah.

1976 Che Aminah meninggal dunia di Chukai, Terengganu ketika berusia 70an
Disember 1979 Natrah berkahwin dengan Tom Ballermans - lelaki yang selalu datang ke Cafe Natrah dan yang dikatakan bersepakat dengan Natrah untuk membunuh suaminya JG Wolkenfelt. Tom membeli rumah di Ossendrecht , Belanda kira-kira 12 km dari Bergen Op Zoom, Belanda.

1983 Natrah bercerai dengan Tom Ballermans

1984 Natrah masuk hospital kerana sakit jantung. Tubuhnya semakin gemuk secara mendadak.

15 September 1984 Natrah meninggalkan Belanda ke Amerika Syarikat mencari kehidupan baru bersama Ben Pichel dan hidup tanpa kahwin hingga ...? Ben Pichel ialah seorang lelaki Indonesia berasal dari Jakarta dan bekerja di pasar-pasar malam di Belanda dahulu. Ben kemudian mendapat taraf warganegara Amerika Syarikat.

Natrah kini tinggal di Nevada, tengah Amerika Syarkat dan meninggalkan anak-anaknya di Belanda. Dia pernah bekerja sebagai tukang masak dan pengemas bilik hotel dan motel. Kemudian dia bekerja sebagai pencuci rumah dan bangunan. Natrah hidup dalam keadaan tersiksa jiwa dan raga, kehilangan orang-orang yang disayangi.
Kisah ini diabadikan dalam buku 'Tragedi Natrah' dan 'Maria Hertogh riots' di Singapura dan perpustakaan utama di Belanda......

Kalaulah Natrah tahu...

Kisah budak perempuan bernama Natrah yang dibela sebuah keluarga Melayu tetapi direbut bapanya, seorang Belanda, menggemparkan Tanah Melayu. Selepas 59 tahun, peristiwa murtad itu terus diperkatakan.

KEMAMAN - Sebelum menghembus­kan nafas terakhir, Bertha Hertogh atau nama Islamnya Natrah pernah menyua­rakan kerinduan kepada seluruh ahli keluarga angkatnya di Malaysia.
Kerinduan itu mendorong Natrah yang meninggal dunia akibat leukemia pada Khamis lalu meminta keluarga angkatnya di sini menziarahinya di Belanda.

Saudara angkatnya, Rokayah Mohd. Dahan, 63, berkata, Natrah telah me­nyatakan hasrat untuk bertemu semula mereka menerusi telefon dan e-mei.

Rokayah yang merupakan cucu ke­pada ibu angkat Natrah, Che Aminah Mohamed memberitahu, Natrah juga menghubungi adiknya di Kemaman dan juga anaknya yang tinggal di Kuantan.

"Sedih mengenangkan banyak kenangan manis bersama dengannya," kata Rokayah ketika ditemui di rumahnya di Kampung Mak Chili Pay a dekat sini semalam.

Antara peristiwa yang sukar beliau lupakan ialah bilo Natrah masih petah bercakap Bahasa Melayu loghat lndo­nesia sewaktu datang ke Kemaman pada 1997 lalu walaupun sesudah 46 tahun meninggalkan Malaysia.

Natrah amat gemarkan rnakanan tra­disional Melayu u ia itu ketupat palas. Natrah menjadi isu di Singapura pada 1950 akibat berlaku perebutan terha­dapnya antara ibu angkatnya Che Aminah dengan keluarga asal beliau keturunan Belanda.

Dia pada waktu itu berumur 13 tahun serta telah memeluk Islam dan bernikah gantung dengan seorang guru berusia 22 tahun bernama Mansor Adabi.

Pasangan itu bagaimanapun dipisah­kan oleh undang-undang British/Belanda yang tidak membenarkan wanita di bawah umur 18 tahun daripada ber­kahwin sehingga mengakibatkan berlakurusuhan.

Sementara itu di Shah Alam, bekas penulis dan penyelidik penulis majalah Dewan Masyarakat terbitan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Datin Fatini Yaacob, 50, terkilan Iwrana Natrah meninggal dunia sebelum beliau sempat menyiapkan bio­grati wanita terssebut.
Fatini pernah menjejaki Natrah se­hingga ke Belanda dan Arnereka Sayarikat (AS) kira-kira 20 tahun Ialu."Buku itu sebenarnya sudah lama siap.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pelakon Melayu Pertama Di Dalam Filem Hollywood

Mungkin ada yang dah tahu tapi ada jugak yang belum. Catatan blog kali ini simple jer. Tak ada nak menulis panjang panjang. Kalau yang belum tahu pelakon Malaysia yang pertama sekali membintangi Filem di Hollywood ialah Allahyarham Seniman Ibrahim Pendek. Semasa Lawatan pihak Universal International ke Jalan Ampas Singapura, pihak rombongan tersebut berminat dengan Ibrahim Pendek setelah ternampak beliau dan kemudian beliau ditawarkan membintangi Filem The Spiral Road yang diterbitkan pada tahun 1963 oleh pihak Universal International di bawah arahan pengarah Hollywood . Bintang Filem terkenal ketika itu yang menjadi Hero ialah Rock Hudson & Gene Rowlands. Selepas filem itu Ibrahim Pendek di tawarkan lagi untuk membintangi Filem Hollywood yang lain tetapi hajat tersebut tidak kesampaian apabila menghadapi masalah Visa oleh pihak Kedutaan Amerika Syarikat.

Nampaknya pihak kedutaan US nie memang tak kasi chance lagi pada orang luar untuk membintangi Filem keluaran mereka. Tetapi senario itu berbeza pada masa sekarang yang mana bintang bintang dari Asia berpeluang untuk berlakon di sana seperti Dato Michelle Yeoh, Jackie Chan, Chow Yuen Fatt, Bintang Slumdog Millionaire Freda Pinto dan lain lain bintang.

Ibrahim Pendek dalam The Spiral Road

Sedutan Filem The Spiral Road bersama Rock Hudson

Belakang tape The Spiral Road. Nampak tak Ibrahim Pendek gambar sebelah kiri bawah yang tengah memegang kaki salah seorang pelakon dalam Filem ini.

Galeri menunjukkan Ibrahim Pendek Bersama Rock Hudson dibelakang tabir

Pelakon Utama The Spiral Road

Scene menarik dalam The Spiral Road

Brul Ives dalam The Spiral Road

Adegan romantik Gene Rowland & Rock Hudson

Set Penggambaran The Spiral Road

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Anugerah Skrin 2009

Aku berpeluang meyaksikan Anugerah Skrin 2009 di PWTC minggu lepas. Tu pun last minit nyer sebab kerja kerja di office belum siap. Nasib baik lah tiket untuk aku still ada cuma aku kena pickup tiket kat kaunter pendaftaran tv3 kat PWTC.

Untuk pengetahuan korang inilah kali pertama aku menonton secara dekat anugerah skrin nie. Selalu aku tengok kat TV je. Sebenarnya aku lebih selesa tengok kat TV berbanding tengok live kat PWTC. Tak puas sebab selalu ade je kepala orang kat depan yang menghalang. Yelah kan nama pun tengok kat dewan so terpaksa la bersesak sesak. Walaupun dapat tiket di kawasan utama aku still rasa mcm tak best. Ini kerana tidak ada skrin besar yang disediakan so nampak Farra Fauzana dan CT besar jari je. Tak puas.

Bagi aku Anugerah Skrin kali ini nak kata grand sangat pun tak, nak kata tak grand pun tak. Dari segi konsep pakaian aku mcm biasa datang pakai sut dan kemeja. Macam tak sesuai aku nak pakai konsep pakaian yang ditetapkan. Yer lah aku nie bukan artis dan juga bukan sesiapa dalam industri. Asalkan selesa dan menutup aurat sudah. Hahaha..

Bagi artis ok la kut nak pakai glamor dan ikut konsep bagi memeriahkan acara walaupun aku tengok ada artis yang tak nak ikut konsep. Tapi kita kena ingat sesetengah artis nie mungkin sibuk dan terkejar2 dari lokasi atau sebagainya. So peminat jangan la nak komplen yer?.

Dari segi perjalanan acara aku rasa okay. Penampilan Farra Fauzana dan Afdlin Shauki juga menghiburkan. Walaupun belum on air kat TV Farra dan Afdlin memang nampak besh dan menghiburkan guest yang berada di dewan dengan telatah mereka. Aku terbaca ada juga ade wartawan yang menulis mengatakan penampilan mereka yang sometime meleret2 dan lawak yang tiba2 tak menjadi. Bagi aku dalam mana acara sekali pun bende tu memang tak dapat dielakkan. Lebih lebih lagi bukan mudah untuk mengendalikan pengacaraan yang live & dalam keadaan fara yang baru shaja menjalani pembedahan lutut. Come on la yer..? At least bagi aku much better dari pengacara sebelum nie yang membuatkan aku switch off to other TV station.

Cuma yang tak besh banyak pemenang tak datang, wakil pun tak ada. Harap org biasa je dtang memenuhkan majlis Anugerah Skrin sedangkan yang nak diraikan tak hadir. Mcm mana tu? Bagi aku artis patut hadir sebab majlis nie meraikan mereka. Takkan la 2 jam untuk duduk menerima anugerah pun payah kan. Cuma excuse la pada yg sakit spt Ida nerina. Yang lain tepuk dada tanya selera.?

Congrat pada yang design pentas, lampu dan efek kat belakang pentas. Superb. Aizat nyer performance dan Jac, black dan Azlan memang class bravo!. Yang lain even Dato Ct nye performance biasa je. Usaha lagi yer.?

Rozita Che Wan

Farra & Afdlin

Syira Ayob

Nora Danish
1. Drama Terbaik
● Tersasar di Jalanmu
2. Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik Drama
● Que Haidar (Terlerai Takbir Kasih)
3. Pelakon Wanita Terbaik Drama
● Rosnah Mat Aris (Tersasar di Jalanmu)
4. Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik Drama
● Datuk Ahmad Tarmimi Siregar(Tak Serupa Tapi Sama)
5. Pelakon Pembantu Wanita Terbaik Drama
● Norish Ismail (Tersasar Di Jalanmu)
6. Pengarah Terbaik Drama
● Erma Fatima (Tersasar di Jalanmu)
7. Lakon TV Terbaik
● Erma Fatima (Tersasar di Jalanmu)
8. Drama Rantaian Terbaik
● Kekasihku Seru (Khabir Bahtia)
9. Drama Komedi Terbaik
● Datin Wan Abe (TV3)
10. Videografi Terbaik
● Tersasar di Jalanmu

FILM1. Filem Terbaik
● Wayang
2. Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik Filem
● Eman Manan (Wayang)
3. Pelakon Wanita Terbaik Filem
● Liyana Jasmay (Kami the Movie)
4. Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik Filem
● Zul Huzaimy (Wayang)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Holiday Penang!

Aku terkejut bila lama tak update blog masih ada yang masuk lam blog nie setiap hari dan terus membaca. Kepada anda kat luar sana thnks sebab rajin masuk dalam blog aku nie.Walau pun dua tiga menjak nie aku tersangat sibuk dengan treatment P.Ramlee-Projek Dokumentari dan Asia Televison Forum Singapore.

Oklah before aku huraikan apa yang berlaku semasa kebusy-an aku, nak ucapkan Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Haji walaupun dan terlewat. Plan asalnya tak balik kampung tapi bila abg E (abg kandung) aku sms bagitahu mak aku kat kampung tak berapa sihat aku pun decide balik kampung menjenguk mak. Kakak aku kat Balik Pulau pulak sekarang apa apa hal selalu Email (maklumlah dah celik IT kak bedah sekarang)bagitau mak rindu kat aku so aku pun baliklah. Kecian plak kat mak kat kampung tu. Aku pun dah janji nak belikan dia handphone Nokia baru sebab handphone yang lama dah rosak. So sambil menyelam minum air la katakan.

Kaza (Housemate) aku plak nak ikut aku balik kampung sebab dia tak balik Terengganu sebab Terengganu banjir. Ok lah aku bawa kaza balik kampung dan ajak Kaza round round Penang. Aku akan jadi Tour guide. Kalau korang nak tahu aku asal P.Buntar tapi ianya sempadan dengan Kedah(Bandar Bharu) dan sempadan Penang(Nibong Tebal). Tapi aku lebih familiar dengan Penang sebab dulu semasa cuti Sekolah aku selalu duduk rumah kakak aku di Pondok Upeh Balik Pulau. Aku juga pernah bekerja dengan BCB (Bumiputra Commerce (Skg CIMB) Bayan Baru sebelah KFC belakang Sunshine Square. Orang Penang tau la tempat nie. Aku jugak pernah kerja dengan Vistana Hotel Bukit Jambul dulu sekejap. Huhuhu..

Penang banyak berubah sekarang so ader beberapa tempat yang aku plan jalan2. Antara lawatan yang aku plan dan korang boleh try ialah menaiki Feri, Menaiki Bukit Bendera,melawat Road Walk kat Stadium Pulau Pinang dan mandi manda di batu Feringgi. Anyway kalau p penang jangan lupa pekena Nasik Kandaq. Masukkkkkkkk... memang besh (makanan kegemaran aku ni. Sebelum tu jom tengok gambar2 kat penang

Road Walk-Stadium Pulau Pinang (6.00 pagi-2.00 ptg-Sabtu & Ahad sahaja yer Puan Puan)

Road Walk Near Stadium-Barang Lama terdapat disini Antaranya Telephone lama, Pemain Filem lama~

Barang Logam antik~Macam macam ade Kalau anda pengumpul barang logam sesuai datang ke sini

Poskad Lama yang dijual oleh Mat Salleh mana entah-Lepas je amik gambar Poskad nie Mat Salleh tu minta aku RM2.00 sebab amik gambar. Nak tahu apa aku buat lepas dia sound nak duit? Aku terus sound dia-This is my country I can snap any photo here & this is free country & I dont see any notice for the photo chargers. Terus Mat Salleh tu diam.

Jangan terkejut yer.. Ini adalah Sijil Kematian yang dijual di Road Walk Penang dengan harga RM45.00. Kenapa dia jual sijil nie? Soalan tu aku sendiri tak boleh jawab.

Syiling Di zaman Penjajah-usianya sama dengan Mother Queen Elizabeth

Syiling Zaman Yap Ah Loy-Berapa harganya aku pun tak tau sebab tak berminat nak beli minat nak snap je untuk tontonan anda semua

Ade jugak jual tikus putih, ikan laga. Aku cari kucing kot kot ade dijual tapi takde sebab kat sini tak leh jual binatang yang uuuk uukk yang busuk. faham? tak faham sudah.

Dalam jalan2 terjumpa baby comel nie.. Wah nak jual jugak ker? tanya aku kat Apek yang jaga tapak mainan nie. Kalau u mau jual I nak beli!!

Aku tergelak tengok getah washing machine ni dijual kat sini. Macam macam la depa nie. Semua nak jual.

Luar Road Walk penang

Selepas aku g Road Walk aku g Pantai dekat ngn area Balik pulau lupa nama pantai nie tapi sangat cantik tapi tak ramai yang tahu. Kalau tak silap Pantai Pasir Panjang.

Pantai nie landai dan sesuai untuk berkelah. Pantai nie pun aku g sebab dulu aku pernah berkelah ngn anak buah aku kat sini.

Kaza sedang berehat nak mandi tak leh sebab Panas kul 12 tghari

Nice view

Kalau korang naik kereta ke Ayer Itam korang akan lalu jalan baru ke Balik Pulau. Boleh singgah tempat nie untuk view yang best

view lagi

Ini plak aku sempat ke Bukit Bendera~Masa kat sini ada minah salleh tanya aku kenapa ada bukit bendera?Jawapanya ada kat bawah nie


Waktu Operasi Keretapi Bukit Bendera~Berhati2 kat sini ada Ulat jual tiket semasa public holiday dari harga asal RM4 ke RM10.00.Kerajaan Negeri patut pantau masalah nie. Sebab kalau hari public holiday even anda sampai kul 11.00 pagi tiket naik kul 3.00 ptg dah habis dijual so ulat2 nie akan mengaut keuntungan. Aku dan kaza terkena so amik gambar kat bawah je sebab hangin satu bdn tiket yg ada adalah kul 2.00 ptg sedangkan kitaorang sampai kul 10 pagi.

Kalau nak tahu time gambar diatas adalah kul 10.00 pagi tapi yang beratur tiket untuk 2.00 ptg!!! Ramai plak tu berjela2~tak kuasa nak beratur kami blah tanpa gambar di puncak. Menuju puncak hangin satu bdn.

Sakit Hati punya pasal pekena Nasi Kandaq kat Balik Pulau!! heheh aku biasa la nasik separuh konon2 dah gemuk!

malam sempat gak p Pesta Pulau Pinang BESHHHHHHHHHHH!!

Kereta langgaq~

Nak naik beli token nooo

Show mlm tu Dek Na AF, Rina adik Rini AF, Airil dan Izwan Pilus! Sorry tak sempat nak snap gambar lain2 sebab aku penat sgt~

Rumah Ju-On

Naik naik menatang ni tapi gayat-Suasana kat sini memang happening sebab dengar org menjerit

bende ni berpusing2 takut tengok. Takut skru tercabut. tiang kemana orang kemana kan.. heheh

Aku lepak kat hotel nie murah dan selesa betul betul kat padang kota lama

Kemas dan selesa

Kepada korang kalau ade masa g la melawat Penang sure tak nyesal nye