Monday, December 2, 2013

It's Tea-Time: Tasty Rosehip Tea

Rosehip oil is all the rage these days. Applied to your skin it is meant to reduce acne, control psoriasis, be an excellent moisturiser among many other things. In fact, ff you peek at the ingredients of your natural skincare, rosehip oil is probably going to be in there, somewhere.

I've had my eye on Tasty's Rosehip Tea for a while, but never took the plunge in trying it. But with all the rosehip hype going around with the oil, I thought... why not?  And so, I popped a box in my shopping basket and took it home for a sampling. 





A quick internet search shows that rosehip tea is supposed to have high levels of antioxidants, and is good for infllamation and arthritis. It's also supposed to have amazing healing properties, and to be antibacterial. Oh, and it's caffeine free too, of course. 

After brewing, a quick sniff reminded me of just any regular berry tea. And my first few sips were quite pleasant, almost reminiscent of some of the berry teas by Lipton. Then, as I progressed through the cup, the flavours became much more intense, and the sourness started to overwhelm in the bottom third of the mug. 

I thought I may have brewed it for too long - I like my teas strong and normally leave the bag in for a good 5 minutes, sometimes more. So, I tried again the next time, and left it for maybe 1-2 minutes. The same thing happened, where the sourness continued to build as you reached the bottom of the mug. It wasn't as sour as the first time I had made it, because I didn't leave it in for that long, and at first, I thought it was sort of refreshing to have something so sour on your tongue to zap you awake. 

But time flew by, and I never touched that box of tea again. I'd see it in my pantry, but I would reach for something easier to drink, with equal health benefits. 

My verdict? Not my cup of tea, pun completely intended. I think I'll stick to slathering rosehip oil on my face, but leave it off my palate. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tribesports Performance Wear & Update

First of all, apologies for the very delayed blog post dear readers. Explanation below. Before that though, I'd like to gush about something exciting that my favourite sports site has launched.

Tribesports has launched its own range of sportswear. And it's pretty rockin'. 

Granted, there are lots of sportswear on the market today, so what is it about the Tribesports performance range that makes it different? For starters, it's developed by the everyday sporting community, funded by the everyday sporting community and geared towards the everyday sporting community. 

That's right, regular folks... no pro-athlete or celebrity endorsements. 

What was awesome about the range is that pre-launch, they gathered requirements from site users (yours truly included) and then posted up the idea on Kickstarter for funding. User-oriented sportswear cutting out the middle man to bring you very affordable prices. If memory served me right, they reached their funding target in a day or two, and the final number quadrupled the original goal. How insane is that! I guess that shows how much the sporting community really believed in the project (it also helped that the gear looked really, really awesome). 

Enough with my silly ramblings, you'd really rather see photos now wouldn't you? 







Tribesports also run a monthly social media comp. Post a photo of yourself training in Tribesports gear on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #OwnYourMarks and you stand to win US$100/£100 store credit.

What are you waiting for? Check out the entire range in the Tribesports shop, and thank me later.

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I've been missing from blogosphere for a while. Unfortunately, that happens when you juggle part-time postgraduate studies and full-time work. I also hurt my knee again from running, and this time the injury was quite bad so I had to lay off anything physical for a while. It seems to have healed, but I'm a little hesitant about placing any strain on it. I've done a couple of light jogs with knee support bands, but I'm still so paranoid that it will go back to how it was especially since it's not the first time this has happened. Krill oil seems to help a little, but not by much, and I do love running so I'm a little torn up inside.

In other news, I finally received my Sadie Nardini 21 Day Yoga Body that I pre-ordered way back in August I think. Woohoo, review to come soon.


Keep posted, because I promise I will update again soon. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wicked Walks: Kinglake National Park

The last time I went to Kinglake was before Black Saturday. I heard that a lot of changes had happened since, so my sister and I thought we'd pay a visit to Kinglake for a day hike. The weather forecast for the day wasn't great, with a chance of rain predicted and strong winds. But, we were really itching for a hike, so we made the trip up anyway.

Mason Falls carpark has totally changed! It has been rebuilt since the fires, and looks really amazing now, with good barbie and toilet facilities (honestly we were expecting no sewerage, but there was that, and sinks and water and even mirrors!), and plenty of car parking space. There were also good park information on massive boards that you couldn't miss.





We began our walk from the Mason Falls carpark and headed to the viewing platform. Then, we took the walking path straight from the platform to Mount Sugarloaf. Apart from the massive steep hill at the start of the connecting walk between the viewing platform and the main trail to Sugarloaf Ridge Track, the paths were really open or clearly marked, with a slight incline.

While it wasn't the most challenging walks in terms of steepness, it certainly was one of the most beautiful. There were so many pretty flowers, and we saw so many colourful tiny birds flitting from shrub to shrub.


The bridge to Mason Falls over a newly formed gully post-Black Saturday


Mason Falls 


Beautiful flowers 


Interesting red saps from trees


I used to see this a lot while trekking but haven't in a while. I love looking colourful fungi!


Purple flowers

The winds were crazy strong! It was almost impossible to carry a conversation, because the wind would literally carry it away. I had my eyes up to the sky, watching all the burnt black eucalyptus branches for fear that some would break while we were under. Thankfully, I've had enough training on watching the skies from playing Skyrim. :P

We got to the peak of Mount Sugarloaf, but the winds were so strong that we didn't even want to stay for too long to admire the beauty. It was very grey, and visibility was poor but we did manage to see Melbourne's CBD all the way from Kinglake.

Melbourne CBD in the foggy distance


The beautiful valley below

Now for the most exciting part of our hike. We found an echidna!! I have never seen an echidna in the wild before, and I have a crazy obsession with hedgehogs, so I was really, really excited. The cute little thing was sleeping under a bush but we managed to sneak a terrible photo anyway. See if you can spot it!

The cutest animal in the world!

Our legs were so sore by the time we returned to the car. Our total mileage was 11.5km by this stage. We stopped by for lunch at a cute little roadside bakery called the Flying Tart, and then made our way to another waterfall.

This was a much shorter walk, 1.5km return, but it's pretty steep. So be prepared for some burning glutes! 










We were planning on doing more kms but we were so sore by the end of this walk that we decided to just call it a day. Our trip back was via Yarra Glen as we had heard about this new chocolate factory/ice creamery, and thought we'd swing by. 

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie


I ordered a two scoop cup, but it was MASSIVE. I only ended up having half. 


Beautiful field around the chocolaterie

If you've never been, do pay them a visit. They offer free chocolate samples, and have such a wide variety of chocolates like you have never seen before. Quality-wise, their chocolates are easily better than Max Brenners or Koko Black, and they are competitively priced. And if you're going for a two-scoop ice cream, make sure you have someone to share it with you.

We loved our trip to Kinglake, and we will definitely be back some time in the future, especially to see how the new vegetation pans out. It's a little melancholic to know that the newly formed gully will only be fully vegetated after we're dead and gone and a new waterfall might even be present, but in the next 10-20 years, things will definitely have started changing. 13km has been our longest day hike yet, we're hoping to go for a full day of maybe 20km soon.

Walk difficulty: Easy to Moderate (a few steep hills but they do not go for long)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Priceline's What's Your Health Age Test and Free Health Checks

I am a huge sucker for online health age tests. I've done the Medibank Private one, which is available only to members, the Bupa one, and the Blackmores one. So, when I got an email from Priceline saying that they've launched their own health test, I made a bee line to it.

(Source)

Truth be told, it's not bad. It's not as constructive as the Medibank Private one, which gives you health action plans, and a wealth of online courses you can sign up to to meet your health goals. But it's certainly much better than the Bupa one, which told me my biggest health risk was death and that I could have better health by having children (nice one, Bupa!).

So, without much ado, here is my health age, according to Priceline.

(Source)

Haha, apparently my stress levels have aged me 4 years. While I think that's rather harsh, my stress and anxiety levels have been very high over the last month or so, particularly with juggling uni and full time work. I've felt overwhelmed multiple times, which was why I rated my stress levels a 4/5. Since I'm 'fessing up, nutrition hasn't been great for me either. I've been so time-pressed trying to keep everything together (work, housework, study, exercise) that I've had to cheat with food a little, and I've resorted to using some sauces out of the jar and packets, and some oven-ready meals. I figured it's only a temporary sacrifice while I complete my studies, so I'm ok with that.

Now for the great bits about the test. Until January 31st 2014, if you complete the survey, you can stand to win a $200 Priceline voucher! How great is that?

And another surprise bonus, Priceline and Revive Clinic are also holding free health checks at selected Priceline venues throughout Australia. The health check will comprise of blood glucose checks, blood pressure checks, BMI measurements and discussions about your health and lifestyle plus individualized recommendations.

So, check out the test, and let me know what your health age is!