My First Experience with 24 hr Water Fasting

Getting ready to water fast

Getting ready to water fast

Last week, I chanced upon the book by Dr. Jason Fung “The Complete Guide to Fasting”.  In the book, Dr Fung presented several cases whereby patients were able to reduce their insulin resistence through the water fasting.  I was intrigued by the simplicity of this method, that I decided to give it a try.  In Dr Jason Fung’s book, “The Obesity Code”, he explains further how insulin resistence has become so prevalent, and is key to obesity.  

In the book, there are different fasting plans and duration, starting from the 16 hour plan.  The method of fasting is simple, simply stop eating after dinner at 8 pm, until noon the following day.  To extend to 24 hour fasting, stop eating after dinner till dinner the following day.  For the fast, consume only either tea, coffee, homemade bone broth or water.  For coffee, a little creamer or saturated fats is allowed, homemade bone broth is encouraged as this contains Gelatin with minerals and salts, which can help to curb hunger pangs. 

I stopped eating after dinner at 830 pm, eagar to start my water fasting.  On the next morning, when I woke up, I had no feelings of hunger at all.  I had long felt that I was eating too early (around 6 am) in the morning when I am not hungry at all, but still take breakfast first thing I wake up out of habit and the deeply rooted notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  From the book, “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung, he further suggests that skipping breakfast could be a good thing for the body.  I savoured my coffee with creamer and no sugar and went to work.  Throughout the day, I hydrated myself with water and green tea throughout the day.  It was surprisingly easier than I thought.  Hunger is partly psychological as I started to feel hungry as the day approaches 1130 am, but the hunger pangs subsided around 1pm.  By dinnertime at 8pm, I was hungry enough to enjoy every bite of my dinner thoroughly. 

The 24 hour intermittent water fasting is definitely doable and I definitely believe that this can be a substainable practice.  I planned to follow the 5:2 diet with intermittent water fasting 2 days per week.  So far, with 2 days of water fasting last week and some light exercise, I have lost 1 kilogram.  This looks definitely like a substainable plan, I will be continuing with this plan, will be updating my upcoming experience and results!

Fu Nan Traditional Chinese Medicine

This is a very busy clinic, popular among the residents in the Western part of Singapore.  Dr Su is rather well known among the ladies for fertility treatment.  Due to the reasonable price and good reviews, this clinic is very busy, do expect a long waiting time.  

Blk 152, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6, #01-266

Singapore 650152

Tel: : 6896 1618

Opening hours: Mon, Fri: 8.30am – 12pm / 6-9pm; Tue, Wed: 8.30am – 12pm Sat: 1.30pm – 5pm Sun: 8.30am – 12pm Closed on Thurs & PH



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Popular TCM for Fertility Singapore

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Many couples trying to conceive find themselves seeking help from age old treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).   We have compiled a list of popular TCM physicians recommended by ladies in various forums, including the comments and feedback gathered from the various forums for your reference. The comments and information gathered below are for the ease of your reference and consideration only, and have not been verified by the author.

Ban Choon Chan Medical Hall

Blk 81 Marine Parade Central #01-636

Singapore 440081

Tel:  63446718

Opening hours: Wed-Fri: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm; Sat: 8.30 am – 3pm; Sun: 8.30 am – 12pm

Fu Nan Traditional Chinese Medicine Center

Dr Su Chun Lin (Female)

Blk 152, Bukit Batok West Avenue 6, #01-266

Singapore 650152

Tel: : 6896 1618

Opening hours: Mon, Fri: 8.30am – 12pm / 6-9pm; Tue, Wed: 8.30am – 12pm Sat: 1.30pm – 5pm Sun: 8.30am – 12pm Closed on Thurs & PH

TCM Healthcare Medical Center LLP

Dr Tan Kian Sing (Male)

Blk 433 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-252

Singapore 120433 Tel : 6872 3237  

Opening hours:

Mon, Sat: 9.30am – 6.30pm

Tue, Thurs, Fri: 1pm – 8pm

 Zou Yumin TCM Physician and Acupuncturist

Dr Zou Yumin(Male)

Blk 505 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-2670

Singapore 560505 Tel: 6456 0833

Opening hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9.30 am – 1 pm; 3.30 pm – 8.30 pm; Fri: 3.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Sat, Sun & PH: 9 am – 1 pm

Ying Chuan Chinese Medical Hall
Dr Tan Lee Kee (Female)

Blk 202 Jurong East St 21, #01 – 117

Singapore 600202
TEL: 6897 5655
Opening hours: Wed – Sun: 7am – 4pm; PH: 7am – 12 noon

Health & Beauty Pte Ltd, Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre/ NTU Chinese Medicine Clinic

Dr Tan Seow Buoy (Female)

Clinic 1: NTU Chinese Medicine Clinic
60 Nanyang Drive SBS-01s-68
Singapore 637551
Tel: 65921732/ 65921733 (By appointment)
Consulting hr: 8.30am to 12.30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri) & 1.30 to 4.30pm (Tue & Thurs)

Clinic 2: Health & Beauty Pte Ltd, Traditional chinese medicine centre
No. 38 upper cross st,
Singapore 058341
Tel: 65344131 (By appointment)
Consulting hr: 3pm to 8pm(Mon, wed & fri)

Ban Choon Chan Medical Hall

This old medical hall in Marine Parade has established quite a name for itself.  The queue for this medical hall is long, with patient queueing from 6 o’clock, hours before its opening time of 8.30 am.  Ban Choon Chan medical hall is also known for treating couples with infertility and difficulties conceiving.   For phone enquiries, it is advisable to call before 9 am.  From the various forums, this TCM remains to be a popular choice among many ladies, though there have been mixed reviews as well. 

Do you have any experiences with visiting Ban Choon Chan?  Please share with us your experience!  

Ban Choon Chan Medical Hall

81 Marine Parade Central,

Singapore 440081

Phone:6344 6718

Opening hours:

Wed, Thurs, Fri: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm; Sat: 8.30 am – 3 pm; Sun: 8.30 am – 12 pm 

Closed on Mon, Tues and Public Holidays




Si Chuan Chinese Medicine Centre (Jurong West)

I have been seeking help from TCM for my endometriosis condition.  The TCM physician whom I visit is one recommended by familiy members.  Physician Pan (潘医师) is very professional.  After taking the chinese medicine for 6 months, I felt an improvement in the pain as well as reduction in blood clot.   

Physician Pan is also very good in treating muscle related aches. When my daughter sprained her neck, she was in such pain that she unable to turn her head.  One visit to physician Pan, with some massages, “adjustments” of the neck and medication, she was able to turn her head.   I personally had success with treatment of my backache as well via accupuncture.  

Do you have any experience with Si Chuan Chinese Medicine Centre?  If you have, we would really love to hear your reviews! 


Healthy Fried Vermicelli





Recently, I have been craving for fried bee hoon or fried vermicelli.  My mother’s fried bee hoon loaded with vegetables is my favourite, in fact, I like it better than the economical fried bee hoon from the coffee shops.  This morning, I just had to prepare this quick and easy dish, it only takes 30 minutes to prepare.  I love this non oily version with lots of cabbage, carrots and bean sprouts.  For the stock, I use dried anchovies or Ikan billis, which is simple and convenient to prepare.  This fried bee hoon goes really well with sambal belachan chilli and lime juice.  Simply heavenly!




Healthy Fried Rice Vemicelli
Serves 4
Quick healthy delicious fried vermicelli recipe. Great for breakfast or lunch. Perfect for picnics too.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 600 g rice vermicelli
  2. 2 cups water
  3. A handful dried anchovies or Ikan bilis
  4. 1/2 head of cabbage, sliced
  5. 1 small carrot, sliced
  6. A handful bean sprouts
  7. 2-3 shitake mushrooms, soaked
  8. 240g minced meat
  9. 3 cloves garlic
  10. 3 small shallots
  11. Seasoning
  12. Salt
  13. Pepper
  14. Light soya sauce
  15. Seseme oil
  1. Boil Ikan billis for about 15 minutes in water to prepare the stock. Alternatively, pre-prepared chicken stock can be used.
  2. Marinate the minced meat with soya sauce, pepper and seseme oil
  3. Bring half a pot of water to boil, add bee hoon to the pot of boiling water for 1 minute. After one minute, remove the bee hoon to a dry pot. Cover the pot to allow the bee hoon to soften.
  4. Add small amount of oil, stir fry the minced garlic, shallots, at low heat till fragrant. Fry the minced meat at medium heat till cooked. Set aside.
  5. Add mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts and cabbage, fry at medium heat till vegetables turn soft.
  6. Add the minced meat into the vegetables.
  7. Add ikan billis stock, soya sauce into the vegetables and meat, season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add pre cooked bee hoon. When bee hoon has absorbed the moisture from the stock, the dish is done.
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Healing with The Power of Subconscious Mind

16.05.22When I was exploring the use of the mind for healing, I came across the book by Dr Joseph Murphy, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind”. One of the teachings which I found particularly useful is the principle that the same creative intelligence that creates our body is also the same power that heals it.  The creative intelligence in our subconscious mind has the ability to repair its own handiwork, our body. 

The prayer used by Dr Murphy to heal himself of sarcoma, a rare malignant tumor of the connective tissue.  

“My body and all its organs were created by the infinite intelligence in my subconscious mind. It knows how to heal me.  Its wisdom fashioned all my organs, tissues, muscles and bones.  This infinite healing presence within me is transforming every atom and my being making me whole and perfect now.  I give thanks for the healing I know is taking place now.  Wonderful are works of the creative intelligence within me.”  

Dr Murphy prayed three to five times a day, repeating the above prayer.  In about three months, his skin was whole and perfect. 

I applied the same prayer for my endometriosis condition, praying exactly as above once a day. Dr Murphy teaches the best time to impregnate your subconscious mind with a new idea is right before sleep.  Every night, before bedtime,  I will quiet the wheels of mind, followed by the practicing the above prayer.  Practice with joy, knowing that it will happen.  The concept is similar to purchasing online, whereby you know that your purchased item is on its way to your home.  However, you already felt the joy and excitement as if you have received it. 

After practicing for two to three weeks, it is amazing that the pain from my condition reduced significantly. I believe my subconscious mind is on its path to healing my body, a full recovery is near with continued scientific practice of the above prayer. 

7 Steps to Cure Illness with the Power of the Mind


Presentation1This article does not contain affiliate links.  The majority of the points in this article are from the book “Healing Power – The True Mechanism of Mind and Illness”  Ryuho Okawa

The mind is truly amazing, much of the mind’s workings and powers is still not understood even with the current progress of medical sciences. The mind has the power to create, certain thoughts held through a long period of time will create certain tendencies in our deep subconscious mind.  Eventually, these tendencies govern our actions, with the power to manifest itself as reality.  Louise Hay, in her book, “You can heal your life” explains about the use of the power of thoughts and affirmations to heal the body. 

Master Okawa further explained that when the root cause of mind is known, there are many cases whereby illness are healed by knowing the root cause or correcting the mind. The challenge in harnessing the power of the mind is the difficulty in diagnosing the aspect which requires to be corrected.  Nonetheless, there are some actions which we can take to unleash the healing power of the mind. 

1.The Power of Faith

Health is the sine non qua of everything. Without a healthy body, it can be difficult to feel true happiness in our daily life. With regards to healing, while the approach between science and religion differs, there is increasing scientific evidence that faith can bring us health. Healing will be immensely sped up with the strength of faith. In the bible, when Jesus healed two blind men, he asked them, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith, let it be done to you.” He is questioning the person’s faith as the sole criteria. A private relationship of worshipping and trusting God, allowing the will of universe to unfold, is tremendously powerful in our healing, spiritually and physically.  


2.  Heart of Self Reflection and Feeling of Gratitude

We are all creatures of habit. Over long periods of time, certain tendencies form in the depth of our subconscious mind. When the tendencies become deeply rooted, it can be an uphill task to be aware of them, not to mention to correct them. This can be achieved by self reflection. Every day, look into your minds to correct any negative tendencies little by little. Just as we can create the illness with our negative minds, we can heal our bodies by steering the mind towards a firm positive directive. The body is changing everyday, reconstructing itself as it functions. By correcting your mind to a positive direction, your body will start to follow suit.

The challenge in the correction of the mind often lies in identifying the root cause of the issue. One way to approach illness is to treat illness as a koan, to reflect on our life for any possible reason that could cause the illness and reflect on anything that comes to mind.

The feeling of gratitude is a powerful force for creating genuine inner happiness and positivity. Rejoice in the truth that we are given this life for this adventure in this world.  As we cultivate this practice continuously, the fullness in our heart will allow us to expand our vision, to move beyond our obstacles with love and courage.  There are several ways to practice gratitude in our life, one of my favourite means is to maintain a gratitude journal.

3. Correct Self Justification

Our surface consciousness and subconscious mind do not always align. On a conscious level, we might be telling ourselves that we want to lead a positive and healthy life, whereas subconsciously, our minds are seeking illnesses.  Sometimes, when the stress of the modern society pushes us too far,  when we experience setback with no outlet for our stress, subconsciously we may create the illness to allow us to escape the responsibilities of this world.  A person with repeated setbacks in his/her career may fall ill with the true reason to avoid the responsibilities at work.  It may not be apparent or we may even feel offended by this reasoning, how can it be possible that we choose to create our own sufferings.  As all humans have self protection mechanism, this can sometimes occur as a form of self preservation.  It is important to check the mind to such tendencies – justifying ourselves and running away from responsibities.  Correct the tendencies by adjusting our thoughts as well as take practical actions to reduce our stress or unhappiness.  

4. Practice Kindness, Giving Love and Gratitude

The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful—great and full; that you are alive, and you enjoy it.” -Yogi Bhajan.  Gratitude allows us to celebrate the goodness in our life.  Gratitude tunes our mind towards positiveness, surfacing the beauty of our surroundings, the people around us, rejoicing in the simple fact that we are alive and we enjoy it.  When we express this kindness and love, with gratitude in actions, we are reshaping the negative “mold” in our mind.  In other words, we are shift the direction of the compass needle in minds towards the north.  When we experience discomfort or pain in our body, it is inevitable that we become self centered, focusing on our physical sufferings.  In the midst of this, if we can ask ourselves on the possibility of doing something to help others, albeit small, we are already on the path to redirecting our mind. 

5. Golden Orb Meditation

Buddha teaches “Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”  We are essentially spiritual being in our physical body.  Our body is a physical vehicle that enables us to continue with our spiritual training in this world. The condition of the physical body and the spiritual body are closely related.  Daily, meditate on a perfectly round golden orb.  Restore your spirit body to that of a “golden orb” – perfectly round and flawless.  

6. Plant Positive Seeds in your Subconscious Mind

In the final stage of illness, many people become self centered and pitiful.  We can influence the outcome by planting positive seeds in our subconscious mind.  Daily, create an image in your mind which is the opposite.  Create an image of a healthy, joyous and active in your mind daily.  Consistent message in your mind will surely tune your subsciousness, and your physical body will surely follow suit.  

“We cannot think of two things at once, so we have to choose one.  So it is essential to choose to picture a better or image in your mind and to move toward that direction.” Ryuho Okawa

7. Vision of the Future

There are cases when one falls ill, especially after retirement due to the sudden vacuum in one’s life.  If you wish to keep on working happily in good health, construct a clear future plan and vision.  

What Illness is About

natural-1225186I have the habit of seeking guidance from my guardian and guiding angels. I know that inspiration, hints, guidance can drop in all sorts of forms, through thoughts, words or a friend or loved one. My favourite has been the sudden thought of reading a particular book, opening the book to find my eyes setting on the exact answer to my current situation. This has happened to me quite a number of times, it is just amazing.
Last evening, I opened the book “Invisible Thinking” by Master Ryuho Okawa. When I opened the book, the following phrase jumped out at me.

“When you are about to “burn out” from working too hard, it sometimes happens that you are given a temporary rest by falling ill, so you are able to live out the full span of your days and carry out your mission. As the result of your illness, your life is in fact lengthened. “

Sometimes, illness and pain in life can get us down. When things get a little tough, when life gives you lemons, inevitably, our fears and worries take over our life. When I read this, I thought, what a positive spin to illness. Further down a few pages, Master Okawa gently reminded us that there are many with illness, if we put our situation in perspective, we are not alone.
In the hustle and bustle of our busy life, we get caught up with work, family issues, young children or looking after our ageing parents. Our own wellbeing often gets second priority. We shortchanged on our sleep, we snack too much, we forgot to connect to connect with our spiritual self. How many of us are guilty of that? The key is to strike a harmonious in all aspects of our lives, to include our wellbeing back into the equation that places wellbeing with equal footage as success.
Are you listening to your body, to the signals or that small voice inside you that is trying to tell you to pause, to pay more attention to your health. Are you side stepping your health for your goals, your dreams or success? If you are, think again, listen to your body, that small voice, you could be borrowing time from the future to exchange for your success. If you are grappling with illnesses, right now, this could be a temporary break in the big scheme of creation so that we can progress even further.