Where I get inspired and  educated
Online Recipes , Inspirations and Ideas
For Malaysian food recipes, visit
For Asian inspired recipes, visit Malaysia KitchenLily's, IndoChine Kitchen and
For a broader selection of recipes, I like to visit,,  No Recipes (the author is cute!) and captures interesting food pictures. I like the July 26th, 2011 entry.
Smitten Kitchen was recommended by my sis. 

Cookbooks and Guide Books
I'd highly recommend investing in a good food dictionary. Check out The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion by Sharon and Ron Herbst. In addition, there are many visual books to choose from, for example, The Visual Food Lover's Guide. Both books are recommended by domestic queen, Martha Stewart.
For organic gardening, check out Geoff Hamilton Organic Farming featuring articles on growing fruits, flowers, trees and vegetables.

I visit the extensive USDA National Nutrient Database to search for the amount of nutrients I get from a variety of foods. This tool is pretty nifty- users can choose and compare food when it is served fresh, packaged, cooked, preserved, etc.  
I was inspired to change my diet and lifestyle when I saw these documentaries called Fat, Sick, and Nearly DeadFood Matters, and Fork over Knives
Community and Health
Join First Lady Michelle Obama and others in the US campaign to fight against childhood obesity. Visit Let'
The world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals' website:
Here's a link to my local community health program Eat Well Live Well. Its mission is to inspire and support each other to enjoy healthier, better lives.
TV Shows
When I used to have cable, I watched the FoodNetwork and Cooking channels. Now that I don't, I watch local programming cooking shows instead... such as the America's Test Kitchen, Simply Ming, CiaoItalia and Lidia's Italy!

Fun Reads
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball is a memoir of a Harvard graduate and travel writer turned farmer wife.

When planning for my trips, I refer to these travel guides: DK Eyewitness, AAA and Lonely Planet.
I use the following websites to check and book flight tickets and hotels:,, and
I often rent cars from
I always visit the local tourist offices to get the latest information of the place and events. 
My friends created to document their travels around the world. Fantastic pictures.