海胆 | Sea Urchin Day

It’s almost spring!! The weather just started to get a bit warmer. Which means I can finally put all my big jackets into storage and bring out my dresses! I remember I used to wear a dress almost everyday a few years ago (rain or shine). But lately I’ve been really into big sweaters. Especially grey sweaters… or grey anything.


I was near the fisherman’s wharf market having a late lunch. And when I was finished I realized the marketplace was still open! Even though most boats were closed, I was still able to purchase some uni! Which was the only item I actually wanted to buy! The boat only sold uni, the small sea urchins were 3 for $10.00 and the jumbos were $5.00 each! I was debating between the small and the jumbo, but ended up getting all jumbos.

I only had a minute or so to look at their diagram on ‘How To Open A Sea Urchin’.

First, you flip it onto the side where it’s flat. You’ll see a small opening, use a pair of scissor to widen the opening. The proper way is to cut enough so your able to crack it in half with your hands. But after trial and error, I found it was easier to cut a little bit, and then pour out the water or seaweed inside. Then split the uni in half. Use a spoon to gently remove the pieces of uni and discard everything that is not orange/yellow. Do not eat any of the black parts! After removing the uni, gently rinse under water. Pick off anything that is not orange/yellow and then pat dry.

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Staying Hydrated

Ever since I was a child, I never really liked the taste of water or like drinking water. Even if I was super dehydrated, I’ll opt for something else or avoid water. It wasn’t until recently, I decided no– I’m going to drink at least 3 – 5 cups of water a day.

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve been doing:

GLASS OF WATER IN THE MORNING

Always keep a glass of water by the bed. Drinking it in the morning helps boost your metabolism by 24%.

GLASS OF WATER BEFORE EACH MEAL

Sometimes we think we’re hungry but we are actually thirsty. If you drink a glass of water 20 – 30 minutes before a meal it’ll help determine if you’re hungry or thirsty. By drinking water before a meal it also reduces the amount of calories consumed. A good way to avoid overeating and staying hydrated.

WATER ALARM

Busy? Always forgetting to drink water? Set an alarm on your device for every 30 minutes or hour, and drink a glass of water before the alarm rings again.

TRACK YOUR CONSUMPTION 

There are a few ways to track your consumption.

  • Elastic Bands or Hair ties 

Have elastic bands or hair ties for every cup of water you’re suppose to drink on your water bottle or wrist.

If you are keeping the bands on your wrist, everything you drink one cup. Move the band onto the other wrist.

If you are keeping the bands on your cup or bottle. You could keep the bands on the bottom of the bottle, and when you drink one cup. Move the band to the top. Vice Versa.

  • App or Calendar 

There are many apps now that are able to track your fitness and diet.

On the iPhone, it comes with an app called Health. This app you’re able to track your Fitness & Exercise, Food & Nutrition, and Health & Wellness. To track your water consumption, click into “Food & Nutrition” and scroll down until you see water.

There are also recommended apps for tracking water if you do not want to use the “Health” app.


If you’re using a Samsung device, the app “S Health” allows you to track your water intake on the first page.

If you’ll like to track your consumption manually, you could use an agenda or desktop calendar. A simple example would be drawing empty circles and fill them in every time you drink a cup of water.

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INFUSED WATER/DETOX WATER

Don’t like the taste of plain water? Add some fruits, vegetables or herbs into your drink!

Some ideas for infused water:

  1. Lemon Water
  2. Lemon & Grapefruit Water
  3. Lemon & Cucumber Water
  4. Strawberry & Mint Water
  5. Strawberry, Lemon & Basil Water
  6. Mint & Lime Water
  7. Grapefruit, Orange & Cucumber Water
  8. Watermelon & Mint Water

Some Benefits for Each Fruit:

  • Flushes toxin (Cucumber, Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon & Lime, Strawberries, Basil)
  • Aids in weight loss (Grapefruit)
  • Improves digestion (Grapefruit)
  • Aids digestion (Cucumber, Lemon & Lime, Mint)
  • Boost immune system ( Strawberries, Watermelon, Orange)
  • Rejuvenates skin (Lemon & Lime)
  • Fights inflammation (Cucumber, Watermelon, Strawberries, Basil)

Don’t know your daily water consumption?

There are many app or websites that will tell you your recommended water consumption based on your age, gender, height, weight, activeness and diet.

An example of hydration calculator: https://www.camelbak.com/en/hydrated/hydration-calculator

TULIPS OF THE VALLEY

TULIPS OF THE VALLEY

Finally… We made it! We’re lucky enough that they extended the tulip festival this year! Although it rained just before we got there. It was still super pretty! (and extremely muddy) The tulip festivals I’ve been to before weren’t muddy so I was definitely not prepared.

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I was debating whether or not to wear boots, but decided to go with these cute heeled sandals. The moment we turned into the parking lot. I was already regretting it. Thankfully, they offered these blue plastic covers for your shoes. Not the most comfortable but it did it’s job.