Want to lose weight? Gobble up a cake!

Yes, I am not kidding. Doing something opposite than we all are used to do, can bring you directly to those desired results.

But before you run to the bakery around the corner to buy a magic cake, let’s look at the weight problem and eating habits in details.

I am an ordinary woman, in the past a professional private lifestyle consultant and fashion designer, psychologist and lately a hobby equestrian coach. I help people to look well, to be confident and satisfied with their appearance, to get rid of fears, to believe in their strength and build up a better personal life.

My main specialisation is to solve problems through changing the mindset. I will not write about a new, most balanced, healthiest, and scientifically approved diet in the world developed in a most modern and progressive laboratory. I hate diets. I never follow them and eat whatever I like and want at the moment. Even more, I doubt that the western scientific approach gives us the real understanding of our body needs and helps at all, but this is a theme for another book.

I am turning forty-five and with the height of 171 cm wear the size M of both tops and bottoms. Just a year ago revising my wardrobe in one of the suitcases I discovered my forgotten old skirt which I wore when I was twenty-five. Today, twenty years later, it fits me perfectly.

Someone could suggest that the body shape and weight we inherit from our parents and all is defined by our genes. Partly, yes, but this is not completely so. In my family, women of the older generation were quite fat, and personally, I will get extra ten kilos in addition to my regular sixty very easy if I start to eat… well, actually, the same food that I eat now, but unconsciously.

 

Want to lose weight? Gobble up a cake!

Mindfulness in eating

How to build good relations with food?

How to keep your body healthy and the mind relaxed?

What to do with laziness?

How to befriend yourself?

How to eat whatever you like and stay in good shape?

These are the questions discussed in the book just to mention a few. In a simple, straightforward manner Olga N. Gorskaya guides a reader to the deep comprehension of your body needs through the mindfulness and relaxation.

All this is not only about binge-eating and weight loss, but it is also about the quality of life in general which changes to the better side when you revise your relations with yourself.

If you have been dreaming for years to find a system which would allow you to eat what you like and to keep your ideal weight without tedious, exhausting and even painful hours in the gym or without frustrating results of diets, this book is right what you need.

Join those happy ones, who gained the desired body weight easy and playfully!

Mindfulness in eating

Weight loss technique in less than 100 pages

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Want to lose weight? Gobble up a cake!

A new book was published as a Kindle Edition.

It isn’t just about weight loss, healthy living, and diet. It is more about the mindful approach to any activities in your life including food and eating habits.

Written by a professional private lifestyle consultant, psychologist, and lately a hobby equestrian coach; based on the author’s achievements and professional experiences, the book gives a plethora of techniques to get rid or binge-eating, obtain the desired body weight, and develop better personal life.

How to build good relations with food?

How to keep your body healthy and the mind relaxed?

What to do with laziness?

How to befriend yourself?

How to eat whatever you like and stay in good shape?

These are the questions discussed in the book just to mention a few. In a simple, straightforward manner Olga N. Gorskaya guides a reader to the deep comprehension of your body needs through the mindfulness and relaxation.

All this is not only about binge-eating and weight loss, but it is also about the quality of life in general which changes to the better side when you revise your relations with yourself.

If you have been dreaming for years to find a system which would allow you to eat what you like and to keep your ideal weight without tedious, exhausting and even painful hours in the gym or without frustrating results of diets, this book is right what you need.

Join those happy ones, who gained the desired body weight easy and playfully!

 

Weight loss technique in less than 100 pages

Even fish is mistreated

This article just popped up somewhere in my browsing. It makes sense and explains why I never liked salmon served at any place in the world, except the Russian Pacific coast. There you find tons of salmon, only wild salmon. And it tastes fantastic!

Are Farmed Salmon One of the Most Toxic Foods in the World?

http://www.choiceandtruth.com/2016/05/are-farmed-salmon-one-of-most-toxic.html

Even fish is mistreated

Is It Really A Bargain?

Global Consilium

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When an 8 story building collapsed killing 1,129 people and injuring approximately 2,515 more, the world finally turned its attention to the garment industry´s multi-billion business. The 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history. Although on April 23 2013 -a day before the incident- cracks in the building had forced business owners and local authorities to evacuate the building premises, the following day despite safety warnings, the garment factory workers at Rana Plaza were forced to return to work under the threat that they would be fired or their wages would be taken from them. On April 24, 2013 at 8:57 am, the building had collapsed trapping an estimated 3,122 workers inside.

Beyond a mere act of negligence, the Rana Plaza tragedy could be traced back to the lack of regulation on the…

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So called medical aid

Since that story when the Filipino guy passed away and doctor Sh. resigned, the Resort hasn’t find a new doctor. There is a Medical Assistant, a very nice Malay old man who knows what kind of pills to give in case of fever, high blood pressure or headache, but hardly ever heard about any holistic approach in medicine.

It seems to me so did all Malay doctors in the country who accepted the tips of western medicine without deep understanding what is the illness and what is the human health, in contrast with their Chinese colleagues. In the regular clinic or hospital you will be given a handful of antibiotics regardless your body type or previous medical history, and if it doesn’t help another antibiotic will be prescribed most likely with the same result until you get fed up and recover yourself. But in general you can choose your doctor and a kind of approach to you health.

At the Berjaya Hills Resort the employees don’t have any choice than to be treated by under qualified MA in any case. If your illness is beyond his knowledge you will be sent to an associated clinic or hospital in Bentong (a small laid back town nearby). But as it was mentioned earlier any trip out from Berjaya Hills borders is a complicated procedure that requires a few approvals and signatures.

So, with fever, fracture, sudden blood pressure problem, bleeding or allergic shock, you have to wait when your busy boss gives his or her permission to go to the resort clinic and find the MA who will decide if you deserve more serious medical help.

After that you have to wait when the Human Resource department approves your leave and organize transport to bring you to the hospital which is at least 30 minutes away. And more, you must be lucky to not get sick on Tuesday, the MA day off, or on weekend when HR is closed and nobody will take any care of you.

The transport department almost never has spare vehicles, thus most likely the Security department will drive you down to the town, if… if they are not busy, for example, collecting cash from outlets.

When a driver and car are ready, you will be asked if you have enough cash with you to pay at the hospital. The company for sure will cover these costs up to the amount agreed in you contract (unless you are a general worker who do not get paid medical help). To find the money will take another half an hour.

Finally, minimum two and a half hours later you will see a doctor. In most cases it is not critical, but if something serious happens you may become a victim of Berjaya’s poor management. And you can’t complain about the speed it provides you the medical help, not a word said about that in your contract. So, shut up and be grateful to stay alive.

So called medical aid

Run till the End

Two-three times a year in the low season the management of Berjaya Hills Resort organizes big gatherings for the staff. These are ordinary corporate culture games with dull speeches, parties, awards, contests and similar useless stuff, but big bosses think that all these arise the corporate spirit in working migrants.

One of these events is Sport Games and one part of the Games is a Big Run. There are two sets of participants: common folk from mid-rank executives and below, and Heads of Departments who do not mix with the latter. For the HODs participation in the Run is compulsory with the threat to be fired or left without bonuses.

The distance is about 3 km which is not really much but considering the hills and heat it requires the certain level of fitness from participants.

Before the competition all HODs have to sign the Run entry form what cleans off any responsibility for any accidents from the organizer.

Usually the Run happens in March-April, so was in the year of 2014. That time there worked a Filipino man as a supervisor in the restaurants and F&B outlets. Named Danillo he was in his early sixties. Quite tall for a Filipino and a bit overweight he looked good on his position, but his athleticism and health condition were under a doubt – he smoked a lot.

The Run-2014 started, HODs did well showing their submission and happiness to be involved. Danillo came to the final line utterly exhausted. His face was dark red and the poor guy could not restore his breathing. The Resort doctor, a nice tiny local lady Sh., helped him to cool down and by the end all was fine – Danillo and other HODs went back to their duties.

Two days later around noon when the regular operation meeting was going smoothly and HODs went to the smoking break before the last round of meeting. Danillo lit a cigarette on the balcony at the meeting room. Suddenly he fell on the floor hitting his head on the balcony fence. Blue face, roar, and a few seconds later he was dead.

The CEO was in panic. She ordered to call a Resort doctor to give a professional help though it was clear the old guy was dead, nothing could help him any more. The doctor came and confirmed death from the heart attack. Then it was decided do not acknowledge lethal end at the Resort to not spoil its fengshui and the ambulance was called from the nearest hospital in Bentong (a town in 35 kilometres).

The ambulance was informed that someone fell from the balcony and got injured, reasonably the doctors arrived with crutches, stretchers and other stuff for trauma first aid, but found a dead body. The Resort CEO insisted to not register the death at the spot and sent the ambulance down to the hospital to make up the death during transportation.

The Resort doctor knew that Danillo had a swollen heart and bad cholesterol level. That run triggered the fatal process: a cholesterol lump torn from the arterial wall by the strong blood flow after the strenuous exercise started its way to the heart and reached it for sure. Poor doctor Sh. was told to keep her mouth shut. Two months later she resigned giving some personal womanish reasons.

Then Danillo’s wife came to take away her husband’s body to their home country. She worked at the Berjaya’s brunch in the Philippines and knew the Malaysian management. The Berjaya Hills Resort CEO clutched on her arm murmuring worming condolences and calming nonsense and didn’t let anybody from the resort employees approach the widowed woman.

The ugly incident was over. Officially aged overweight Danillo died from the sudden heart attack.

Next year the meek HODs, all as one, were at the big Humble Run again.

Run till the End

Reverse Brain Drain

Global Consilium

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For decades, countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe or countries like China, India or South Korea have witnessed how their economies miss out on the skills of their valuable human capital that lives abroad. The brain drain phenomenon has been around for decades, in a few words it means the migration of highly skilled, trained or educated individuals from one country to another. Unsurprisingly, the predominant pattern of brain drain is characterized by the migration from less developed to more developed countries.

Usually, human capital flight or brain drain is a byproduct of several factors like economics, politics, or security. While some individuals willingly leave their countries in pursuit of better economic or professional prospects, others flee their countries of origin as a consequence of turmoil, political instability or insecurity.

According to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Iran has been one of the countries most affected by the brain drain…

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Forms of thievery

In the staff quarters and around there is enormous number of street lights. They are at the full blast on all night from 6 pm when the daylight is still bright until late morning, but who cares if it affects only the electricity bills that the Berjaya Hills pays. Asians in general do not have any awareness about the environment, carbon footprint or their own health, and if these issues ever bother them only when considered as expenses.

The resort pays electricity bills about RM160,000 per month. The amount jumped up on 60% in December 2014 from RM100,000 paid before.

A view from the room at night.
A view from the room at night.

So, what are those street lights in the staff quarters for? Despite of very thick curtains the rooms at night are lit so brightly  that it’s almost impossible to sleep and one with the good eyesight can even read a book in the bed.

Apart from making you feel yourself like in a prison cell, they are supposed to deter thieves, as the resort management explains. Who are they, the thieves, if nobody than the staff members have access to the premises? Assuming that the Human Resource Department can not recognize bad guys and by accident employs people with impure intentions, there might be someone who steals.

It’s so tempting, at work you always find something unattended to take away: light bulbs for maintenance workers, chicken wings for kitchen workers, money for cashiers, and in the staff quarters drying on the ropes women’s panties for gays. That’s why the CCTV is everywhere and the lights are all night on.

Now seriously. One evening a girl from the 5-star Chateau front office finished her shift and went to change her uniform for the normal clothes. She left her handbag near her locker and went to the toilet. Meanwhile somebody came in the changing room and quickly went out. An hour later the girl discovered that about $100 had disappeared from her wallet.

The money was in a few notes of RM50. After investigation of the CCTV recordings carried out by security the same money crumpled in a tight roll was found in one low rank female staff’s room.

Was it returned to the robbed girl? No. The performance played by the security manager, named Kh., was inimitable. He put this money among a pile of other RM50 notes on the table in front of her and asked if she could recognize her money. Can anyone recognize the notes taken from ATM a few days ago? They all look same.

She couldn’t. She didn’t get her money back.

Forms of thievery

Visa for ballet

Every day there are three or four dance performances at the stage in Colmar Tropicale. The ballet groups come either from China or from the Eastern Europe countries – Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus. The dancers from latter region usually appear at the resort during busy time and are brought by so called agent of the Berjaya Hills. He is a Ukrainian pianist who’s working at the other hotel – the 5-star Le Chateau. He invites dance groups from the Russian-speaking world providing them three-month contract with standard conditions including accommodation, meals, wages, and visa support.

It seems nothing special in that, but every time European dancers face serious problems with their visas. As a rule, a group of five-six stunning girls and guys arrive to Malaysia as tourists, and the standard entry pass gives them 30 days of stay in the country. The inviting company, as per the contract obligations, must ensure that their business visa is secured and up to date. But it never happens.

The dancers work first month under the ordinary tourist pass which does not allow any employment or business activity, i.e. illegally. Then the pass expires, the company does not make a move to extend it or to legalize their work here.

Later, when the pass overdue grows up to a month the company management uses it against the dancers. Their passports got confiscated by HR department allegedly to secure the visas and it lasts until the very end of the contract. The dancers are not allowed to leave the resort, because they don’t have neither valid visas nor passports and may get into trouble if stopped by police. Any their complaint about extra working hours, living and working conditions, or demands to provide visa and return their passports, the company meets with the threat of deportation.

Starting from August of 2014 and till now two Slavic ballet groups met the described problems. Actually they worked all their three months illegally, were at some point arrested by the Berjaya Hills, and got their passport back only together with the return tickets on the day of leave.

And some more details… The company controls every step the dancers make at the resort, sometimes prohibiting them from using the local transport and other facilities. It limits the food the guys eat, and it should be mentioned they give three performances a day in the 30-degree heat plus rehearsals twice a day, that requires plenty of energy. Any their complaint will be turned over as insubordination and the group can be fined for that.

The salary is never in time and the delay can be over three weeks. Once girls stopped to perform just because didn’t have money to buy tampons. The resort management refuses to provide any medical and transportation help in case of injuries, saying that they are not VIPs to pay them so much attention.

So, the more I observe that the more I’m sure in the kind of racist attitude of Berjaya’s management.

Visa for ballet