Bloated Stomach – How to stop and overcome this today

In my adult life, the past before I did not know  why was I experiencing bloated stomach,  was always unhappy, feeling unhealthy, headache, nausea, fat and you name it, I have all the symptoms. 

To be able to understands the cause, to prevent is always better for our health and this is why I want to share about  having a bloated stomach in the past and for those who may want to know so that we all can avoid and overcome  to which  knew many suffers from it.

UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S THE CAUSE OF BLOATED STOMACH IS YOUR KEY TO GET RID OF  THE PROBLEM.

MY 12 REASONS WHY

  1. Water – I live on a high rise building in Singapore. Singapore water is drinkable. Everyone knows this. In the beginning I ignore the feeling of each time I drink a water from the the kitchen tap, I just feel heavy and bloated. One fine day, I make an experiment about drinking a bottled water which I bought from the store did not touch the tap water and I was feeling fine.  The moment I was back to drinking Singapore tap water, my stomach just gone so heavy and bloated. Let’s find out why?

bloated stomach problem

 

According to a source: World Health Organization recommends a chlorine level of 0.2 ppm (Points Per Million) for drinkable water. The water in Singapore contains an average of 3.0 ppm which is 15 times higher than WHO recommends.

So I tried to boil the water before I drink it. Well, to be honest, it just does not work for me. The chlorine taste still strong to my taste bud. I was still feeling bloated.

Today, I never drink  water without filtration. Water filtration I believe is very important. There are so may  water filter out there, however you may want to be careful getting before you decide to have one. Because some water filters, after 6 months or so, the fungus will grow if you forget to change the filter.

2. Dehydration – dehydration can also cause us bloated stomach problems. However too much water or drinking too much water will also cause us bloated stomach. The usual recommendation of drinking water is 8 ounces or 2 litres of water each day.

3. Chowing of food too fast. If you may agree with me, our parents or at school always tell us to chow our food slowly. Believe me or not, I am one of those person who does chowing in a speed. I am always busy or trying to be busy even if its not. In the past, I only eat when I am hungry and I chow the food super fast, faster than anyone on the table around me.  Eating should be relax and chowing food very fast cannot break the food well and may cause obstruction inside the colon. ( I think it is to me ).

4. Ate too much Process food – My husband loves sausages, sure I do too. I start to get to notice only recently. Process food such as sausages contains high in salt and additives to keep its freshness.

5. Air We Breath at Home –  Each time I am using a mosquito spray, (Baygon Mosquito spray) I have headache and at later time, I am just bloated.

In addition, I notice the cleaning product we use at home cause some me some headache and stomach bloats.

Everyone are different, please do not take me accountable for this statement as this is what I feel and I am sharing it with you.

6.Eating Very Salty food – The common factor I am feeling bloated stomach is when I have eaten a salty food. As an example of this is the sausages.

yummy sausages bloat stomach

Sausages are process food with full of preservatives. Not only that I feel bloated but also I will have cramps on my stomach too.  My husband is an Austrian and he loves sausages. It is so tempting not to eat when he makes BBQ, but I learn just to try and not to eat the full portion.  ( Our attitude to say NO to food that are seen to our eyes are hard to resist).

7. Medication and Vitamines – Believe me, my vitamin E is killing me. I am just becoming like a pregnant when I am taking any Vitamin E. I have tried the non synthetic and the most natural type from the most Common store available and yet still Vitamine E is not for me. A food supplement I could recommend that get rid of a bloated feeling is Kyomizu. Has a  natural  ingredients with no side effects. You fell an instant relief after drinking this matcha green tea.

Some pain killers médecine can also make me bloat. Specially when women are taking hormone balance pills or medicine. This is the number one problem you will face if you are in hormone balance therapy medication.

8.Gassy food – There are so may type vegetables that can cause as bloated stomach. I do not get bloated with broccoli but I do get bloated with long beans.

asian long beans

Here are some lists of vegetable that may cause you having bloated stomach.  DAIRY PRODUCTS (cheeses, milk). Bread that contains yeast. Yeast not only cause us bloated but also makes us fat.

9. Stress – We cannot avoid stress and I really believe it is super hard to avoid it when you are on pressure from work and the people around you. I learn to let go, I let go of small little things that does not need to pay attention too specially the family members who always dragging us down. Well, I know many can relate out there.

When one of my family back in the Philippines ask me for something, I take action no matter what I will go through, today, I learn how to not to get involve too much and I try to let go of things I am not responsible of.

10. Your medical condition Many of the people today have different kinds of medical conditions. I rather not mention anymore. We knew what is going around us due to fertiliser, hormones and chemicals put to our food such as the vegetables and eatable animals.

11. Not eating on time – too busy to keep your clock to eat? Well, why not carry a rice crackers, carrots or a bar in your bag. Don’t  wait until you are hungry, eat when you are not hungry. Specially when you have a gastritis problem like me in the past. Yes, I overcome being bloated and having gastric pain because I eat on regular hours, at east an interval of 3 hours in between.

12. No Exercise – the last but not the least, I want to discuss longer about EXERCISING.

How it affects me as How I became today and am sharing every possible way to motivate the people near me as well us on social media friends.

my plunk

If only many of us can keep up dong exercise, motivate ourselves in doing an hour a day or at least 3 x a week for an hour each day would be very good for your body.

A habit of exercising our body will benefit in long term. There are number of reason why I keep exercising myself.

  • I have a better sleep – I have a relax sleep that when I wake up feels happy.
  • I AM MORE ENEGYTIC  – I feel lazy and negative when I cannot get out of sweats
  • I AM POSITIVE – I think I have a better ideas and my brain works better when I have my exercise
  •  I FELL TONED – When I am not doing an hour of sweating and exhausted exercise for a week, well trust me I am so bloated. Our Body tend to be toned and lean if we exercise thus we avoid having bloated stomach.
  • Improve the risk of getting Arthritis – as we get older, our joints and bones will deteriorate, by having exercise, you can avoid this arthritis symptoms
  • Improve sex life – By having or keeping our muscles active, we tend not to feel bloated and we produce a hormones called (endocrine glands) pumping our endocrine glands will lead to produce androgen in our body. We are also a much more fit and this is the reason why we have the feeling and motivated to have more sexual life activity. You may like to ask other people who does exercise.

exercise for better health

An exercise don’t need engage in an expensive clubs or gym.  To do a regular exercise (not just walk few meters) but to really sweat and exhaust your breathing to a short period of minutes is the key to be healthy, happy and a more tone body. Do not forget to accompany with a proper food intake.

My Trip to Camotes Island In Cebu Philippines 2017

Let’s go to Camotes Island.

Philippines has many untouched white and fine sand beaches which is only local knows and to some, even they never knew until someone told them so. Just like me.

Introducing Camotes Island, I called it the mini little Boracay of Cebu. Please don’t get confuse if you do not know about the real boracay. Boracay is located in Caticlan. Most flight goes to Kalibo in Aklan and  flights mostly coming from many different parts of the world going to  Ninoy International airport  in Manila Philippines or  Mactan Cebu.

This article is not about beautiful Boracay. This article is about the Camotes Island. It is within Camotes Sea.

Santiago Bay in Camotes Island

Where is Camotes Island?

The Camotes Sea is a small sea within the Philippine archipelago, situated between the Eastern Visayan and the Central Visayan regions. It is bordered by the islands of Leyte to the north and east, Bohol to the south, and Cebu to the west.

camotes Island Cebu Philippines

Camotes Islands is a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles from Cebu City and is part of Cebu. Wikipedia

HOW WE GET THERE?

There are two ways to get to Camotes Islands. One is from Cebu City where you could take early morning boats and ferries that leave at 5:30 am from the Quano Pier direct to Camotes Islands. It’s about 3-hour ride. No, we did not take this route.

A friend  who lives in Cebu City guide me in Camotes Island. We had a very local way of travelling. We took a bus (Ceres) that head to Hagnaya at the North Bus Terminal Station in Mandaue Cebu City. It took us almost 2 hours to get to  Danao Town, as the bus keep stopping and pick up passengers along the road side.

Without any plans and just decided on the spot, only later that I know about a short way of getting to Danao Ferry Terminal is to take the Mini Van  which is also located at the North bus Terminal station the same as where you take the bigger bus called “Ceres”.  The Minivan will take about an hour to Danao Town. Really a good choice if you can get one of these Mini Van.

Always ask a bus or a mini van going to Danao and ask them to stop you at the DANAO FERRY TERMINAL FOR CAMOTES ISLAND.

From Danao Ferry Terminal – you need to buy a ferry ticket that normally cost only P180 to 200 pesos  depending on the season. (avoid school holidays ) from April to end of May. Avoid long weekends too.

Ferry boat travel daily to camotes island

Because we went during school holiday and it was a weekend, we somehow manipulate the systematic way how locals or all of us should be doing.  We arrive at the ferry terminal in Danao, with full of crowds just like having the Sinulog kind of crowd in Cebu, a super long queue  at the entrance.  We arrive at about 11:45 Am at that time. There was person who came to us and ask us if we would like to get to the boat at 12 noon. On top of Pesos 200 each, we paid additional of P350. We wanted to get to the Island much earlier and to avoid the long queues as well.  Not a good idea but given to a circumstances, if we did not have to pay extra, we may not be able to get to the island that day. We were just so lucky.  For us working overseas, that 350 pesos extra was so worth it to avoid the queue.

ferry boat to camotes

The Ferry took around 2 hours to get to the island from Danao Town. For me it is a pretty long ride. Lucky enough there is a canteen on the ground floor. We are able to get some snacks and beer.

Santiago Bay

A super intense getaway, we arrive with no plan, no hotel booking. Knowing that we arrive on a  midday, there was one single room left at Santiago Bay. Our tricycle driver  ( please use him when you need a transport. A very nice older man whom I think he is so honest with his work. His number is +63 936- 668 – 4545) he was kind to help us and brought us to Santiago Bay as we had been to a few with no luck in looking for a room to sleep for the night.

Our Room in Santiago bay was decent, clean and it cost us P1800 for 3 people in the room.

As you may see on the images, these are taken from Santiago Bay.

There are may resorts available. Do not be worry, it can be cheaper if you go on NOT a high season.

To name a few hotels there.

My Friends and myself were only there for a day visit. As we arrive the island and have our room, we continually engage our tricycle driver to bring us around.

lake danao

Our driver brought us to many places around the island that can be done in a day or so if you are in a hurry.  But best is to really stay longer and get  to enjoy the water.

Lake Danao, we end up here and I was mesmerize by the beauty of the lake. The water is as far as you can see and it feels so calm.

danao lake

We went to many other sight seeing spots. There were a few caves and beaches. Many of the beaches we went are similar to Santiago beach. Fine sands and white. It is easy to swim and the water is super blue crystal.

I have to say, that a place which is not familiar to you will be so much fun to go with friends. It is indeed to me.
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To wrap it up, here is the video I created.

My Beginner’s Travel Guide in The Philippines

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People have always been fascinated with other places thanks to the power of internet. People traveling to tourist spots of other countries share not just their photos but also their experiences with various people and their culture. The more people share their travel experiences, the more other people become curious and plan to such places. I heard from my friends that traveling to other countries, such as France, UK, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand, would be a great experience. Well, I definitely agree since we get to learn several things that we couldn’t learn in our own country but great beginner’s travel guide would be to explore one’s neighboring region first before going abroad.

Mati Oriental in the Philippines

Other than it really takes time and money to travel to distant places, we still need to question if we really understand our own country, whether its ethnic groups, local cultures or history. A great beginner’s travel guide is to start within your country to gather information from different local regions as it saves time and money while simultaneously enjoying and understanding the culture of various neighboring areas by conversing with the local people and the foreigners staying in that region.

Let’s take a simple example here in the Philippines – a very diverse country. My dad grew up in Manila while my mom in Davao city but we, the children, mostly adopted our dad’s culture. We have been staying in Davao city for as long as I could remember. When I was a child, I was very fond of going to my neighbors’ house (just a few meters away) and play with the kids. I was not only enjoying my time with them, but I also learn their interests and behaviors as if I was learning their culture. It was my beginner’s travel guide.

davao city
View from the Plane of Davao city 2017

Then as I we became closer friends, I got the opportunity to get know other neighbors who lived about 50 meters away, without feeling intimidated. Then I started to gradually keep up with their behaviors, which are a bit different from my neighbors who lived a few meters away. The kids on the other side of our fence were playful but reserved while those who lived a few blocks away were also playful but quite boisterous.

Somehow, these two groups of kids were adjusting their approaches with each other for the sake of friendship, but of course, there were times that I got to see some of them fight over an outdoor game. I guess this is what makes us come into compromise – having to play outdoor games that we enjoy. It was the culture of the kids those days in Davao City. Every weekend, it seemed like it was part of our schedule to play, at least an hour or two for the day, outdoor games like hide-and-seek, tag, dodgeball or kickball. However, it was different when we went to Metro Manila.

Our family traveled by land going to Manila (thousands of kilometers away) in order to visit a deceased relative on my father side. We had a few stop overs in some regions in the Philippines only for a while so we really never got to explore the cultures of the places we passed by. Since we stayed longer in Manila, we had a chance to get a glimpse of their culture, specifically the kids’ culture. My cousins were not fond of outdoor games so they stayed most of their time playing board games or computer games. For us who lived in Davao city, it was a surprising culture and it was quite intimidating. Later, I found out that my younger sister and one of our cousins fought over decisions on what to play. In addition, having different dialects, Tagalog and Visayan, would make both sides reserved in speech whether they are children or adults but as they say, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do.”

The idea here is that if going to a distant place with different cultures would make one intimidated and form unpleasant relationships, it’s a best beginner’s travel guide to start wandering within your country from your nearest locality to the farthest regions in your country before going to foreign countries in order to lessen culture shock. Although we were taught to study the places, people and culture of other countries, it’s very different when we experience them first-hand, especially if the target area has a unique culture.

 

davao city
my friends in Davao city

.. He met people from different ethnicities and gathered information about the neighboring localities bit by bit. Slowly traveling farther and farther every year gave him courage to start traveling abroad alone and met various individuals without feeling intimidated because he already had second-hand information on the country he planned to traveled to. From Philippines, he went to Hong Kong, the next year to Macau, the year after next to Singapore, then China, Thailand and its neighboring countries, and lastly to India but this time, with new friends who also like to travel. What’s advantageous about taking small steps traveling distant places is that you get to meet tourists who have been to several countries and naturally collect information.

Tourist Spots that are close to your region is a nice place start exploring for a beginner’s travel guide. They do not only have breathtaking surroundings but also have various people who lived in or traveled from other local areas or from foreign countries in which the travel guide to start within your country would make it seem like you’re traveling abroad. Conversing with foreigners is the good way to start gathering information about other countries. First, guide them about what you know within your country, whether about the places, people or your culture. It’s also a way of building trust.

After giving them enough information and established at least a handful of trust, the next step is to start asking questions about the countries they know or they are familiar with. How many foreign countries have you been to? What’s your country like? What’s the most attractive or the best place to hang out in your country? What are your native delicacies that you would recommend for foreigners to eat? What can you say about the people in your country? What’s interesting about your culture? These are just some of the questions to start the discussions about the country they came from. Assisting foreigners in your country creates a give-and-take relationship, which also serves as a beginner’s travel guide. As you delve deeper into obtaining information, you will have the opportunity to at least understand a bit of the place, people and their culture.

. It’s a Japanese school located at the north of Davao city. When I studied there for one and a half years, I was able to meet Japanese descendants who have been going in and out of Japan. Other than acquiring information from Japanese professors, those descendants also shared facts, their ideas and opinions about Japan and their people, although books and internet also helped me a lot in information acquisition.

 

 

They talked about how different their culture is compared to the Philippines, especially when it comes to discipline. Whether it’s the government or the citizens, everyone there works hard to build a better society not only because they strictly follow the laws but also because it’s already their habit since childhood. I was informed on how Japan’s school system practically and meticulously trained primary school kids about manners and discipline before they proceed to High School. Even though those were just second-hand information, I was still refreshing to hear what it’s like to be in that country and with the help of imagination, it’s as if I was residing in that developed country.

Currently, when people I know talk about the places they have been to, I simply smile and nod because I already understood what it’s like to be in that certain country they were discussing. However, I do not disclose second-hand information easily because it’s not like I was really there and those second-hand information I obtained might not be entirely true, although I share information from the books I have read and state my source. There are times that second-hand information are not well elaborated, so the next step in a beginner’s travel guide after gathering data is to experience what you have heard from those foreigners, that is, if you have the time and money to finally travel distant places. Then follow the same travel guide – gather information from various people who have been to the neighboring areas or countries, and travel to the nearest local region if you have the time and money.

I have been traveling only to my neighboring local areas, and had witnessed the similarities and differences among those regions while I collected information from people about the neighboring areas in Davao city and some ideas about foreign countries. For me, I still need understand my own country because of its diversity, which is why I ask questions from people who have been to several places if I have the opportunity, while saving time and money simultaneously. And when I went to places I’m interested in, it was not that surprising to encounter such people and experience their culture. I was able to blend in naturally. It is a great beginner’s travel guide to start within your country in obtaining information to avoid, or at least mitigate, culture shock.

 

It is not easy to adjust one’s attitudes and behaviors when staying in a country that has a completely dissimilar culture which is why the best beginner’s travel guide without much intimidation is to understand your locality and gather information from visiting foreigners, then slowly taking steps from your local region to the neighboring places until you have visited all the regions in your country. Traveling to neighboring regions one at a time could help in gradually familiarizing a unique set of habits from different ethnicity and in obtaining ideas about what the visiting foreigners shared about their country.

Best Place to Eat Grilled Quality Meat in Singapore

 Best place to eat quality grilled meat I can recommend in Singapore is the one in sixth avenue. My reasons are layout below.

best grilled meat to eat in Singapore

I remember coming here the very first time when I was just new in Singapore and I was  dating “Mr Austrian”. (image above. Me on black dress and Markus Boss next to him).

Though we have tried a few  grilled meat places in Singapore, nothing comes close this place.

brazilian restaurant singapore

This  restaurant has been in the same location since the last 20 years as I can remember. Quality of grilled meat remains the same. Never was to compromise the high standard food in this place.

Brazil Churrasco
Brazil Churrasco restaurant is voted Singapore’s Best restaurant

HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY   I CALL THIS ‘BEST PLACE’ TO EAT GRILLED MEAT IN SINGAPORE…

  1. RELAXING AMBIENCE. Though this place is not those typical spacious restaurant, it keeps its relaxing atmosphere. brazil restaurant in sixth avenueIt  does not play loud music, the music background is kept to the minimum sounds or almost hear nothing. My husband always bring his family and business clients here whenever possible as they can have a normal conversation.

relaxing athmospher

Here are some images of  Brazil Churrasco in Sixth Avenue.

Brazil Restuarant in Singapore
The man next to me have been working here for over 20 years. He is from Brazil.

2. NO STRESS WITH THE MENU. This place serve hot fresh buffet meat. NO… not a typical buffet you have experienced.. This is different, they keep the meat hot in the grilling room and the Grill man will bring it to you and cut a slice on your plate or you can ask the right amount that suits you best.

3. YOU CAN TRY ALL KINDS OF MEAT.

Best place to eat in Singapore
This is beef tenderloin on a skewer. Its just tender and Juicy.
Best place to eat in Singapore
This is beef topside. It is soft, not salty.
best place to eat in Singapore
My favourite meat as it is so soft like it melts in my mouth. It is indeed a protein pamping meat after a hard days of work and work out.

You will never feel that you think other menus could be better as you can try everything. Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Pork sausages. NO Fish.. Fish stinks and I thing its the reason why they don’t serve fish here.

4. FOOD NEVER COOLS DOWN. Mr Grill Man with his sharp knife and skewers come to you in no limit and no time. You always get serve  with hot meat our from the kitchen  and eat until you almost cannot stand up.

5. COST OF BILL. When you bring in few guests, you know what is your bill like in advance. NO price attack!  Eating out can be very costly, but if you know what to expect in advance, you are more happy to eat out specially if you think like me.. who knows where to dine the best place to eat.

6.BEST PLACE DUE TO FRIENDLY STAFF WHO ARE SERVICE ORIENTED.   The staff always attentive. As my husband been going to this place many times.. (the reason is, he does not want to disappoint his guests), as you never be disappointed coming here.

best place to eat
The place you can happy eat. No rush, No push, No stress at all. Stay as long as you like.

A few times you come to this place, you will be recognise with the staff. According to Mr Austrian, when he bring in guests, it feels good that he is being welcome and called up by his  name… “WELCOME MR LINS” He feels like a celebrity.

7. THE BEST PLACE WHO OFFERS QUALITY WINES. There are variety of wine selection here. Good Quality and reasonable price. Really, not over price.

Best place to eat in Singapore
Variety of Salad to accompany your meats. its comes with the package you are paying as buffet menu.

8. THE BEST PLACE TO CELEBRATE. Believe it or not.. coming here to celebrate your birthday, wedding anniversary, company events, you will never regrets.  For a more personal birthday and wedding anniversary, all you have to do is to inform the staff that you are coming to celebrate an occasion and they will prepare a small cake for you delivered with a song..  Yes with staff rushing to sing with plates, knife or glass use as the instrument when they sing.

You can also ask or order a bigger cake or something special with the cost. There are a few selection of desserts as well.

THINGS TO NOTE:

The only Disadvantage I can think of is… when you first enter the place, you feeling cold. After awhile, it wont be that cold anymore..  You tend to warm your body from eating those delicious grill meat.

Best is to bring a scarf or wear a long sleeve.

There are 3 branches of this Brazil Churrasco. In Marina Bay and in Katong.

None of these branches came close to the quality of food or meat serve than Sixth Avenue Branch.

Do not go without a reservation. CALL +654631923 and here is the map below.

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