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Potable Water – Why I’m Lucky

It’s safe to say I have ventured around the world several times. I think I have visited over 36 countries in my travels and hundreds of cities.

My husband and I took a trip to Hong Kong and Bangkok recently.  It was during our time in Hong Kong, a city with 7 million people, the best public transportation system we have ever seen,  and sky scrappers that would put New York City to shame, that it dawned on me. Most of the world doesn’t have water that they can drink straight out of the tap.

Hong Kong, endless skyscrapers

Hong Kong, endless skyscrapers

The government in Hong Kong says the drinking water is fine leaving the water treatment facility, but they can’t guarantee that it’s potable when it gets to your house.  After doing research we learned most locals boil their water before drinking. Apparently we were suppose to wash our dishes during dim sum with the boiling water they brought us.  We had already poured tea in our cup.  The lady from the table over made us dump it out and told us “eww dirty dirty.”  I wonder what she thinks of the street food we ate for dinner the night before?

It comes at a shock that in most of China the water must be boiled.  As  American’s we know not to drink the water in obvious places like Mexico and South America.  But you must add Asia to the list, (albeit Japan, South Korea, and Singapore).  It sounds like most locals in Russia also boil their water before they drink.  I’ve drank the water in Eastern and Western Europe and lived.  Including some Balkans states, and survived.  LET ME BREAK IT DOWN:

United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Argentina.

There that’s it! * These are the only places in the whole entire world that you can safely drink your tap water.

So, I bring this up because I feel lucky!  I’m so thankful that I can brush my teeth with tap water, take a shower with out worrying that I will get sick from some dripping in my mouth.  I’m glad I can make ice without having to boil then cool it down.

We travel to see the world, enjoy the culture, and taste the world.  However, we always end up with a better respect for how lucky we were to be born in the United States.  Plenty of air conditioning, heat, food so plentiful  that 35.7% of American’s are obese, cars galore, low unemployment, education, and equal opportunity.

*Of course that’s not all the countries, but that sums it up pretty good.

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My Oprah-ish Holiday Gift Giving Guide part deux

This list is for the desperate not sure what to give them and Christmas is getting closer list!  Read on to find gifts for the Chef and the Runner.

For the chef/cook

#1 Molecular cooking/drinking kit

This is a mojito.! You’ve got the rum and mint!

This is for the chef that is up for a challenge of making a molecular food or drink.  Try making Tzatziki sauce pearls, suspended mojitos, and beat foam  Purchase here

#2 Pot/pan spoon holder


If you or a loved one doesn’t own one of these YOU MUST BUY ONE!  This is the only clean sanitary way to stir your cooking.  Its’ my favorite thing in my kitchen.  Purchase just about any where MACY’s, World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon

#3 Silicone pot holder and trivet

Silicone hot pad and or trivet

Oven Mitt

Welcome to 2012, if you are still using cloth type oven

wear including pan holders and oven mitts time to

upgrade.  Silicone is easier to clean, more sanitary,

water proof, and heat resistant up to 425 F

#4 The Herb Saver

Save your money, by saving your herbs!

My Aunt swears she can save her expensive bought herbs for at least 2-3 weeks with this.  You can purchase them at several places here is the link to Crate and Barrel

#5 The oil misto

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

You are able to put what ever oil you like into these.  A great way to lightly mist your salads and spray pans instead of using cooking spray (I still love using Pam)!  A must for ever household. You can find these in almost every store for $10

Things for the runner..

#1   A runners ID TAG

The most important thing you can buy anyone that runs!  I blogged about this a few months ago check here to hear my PSA.  You can purchase these bad boys at almost any pet store! They can tie directly on to a running shoe.

A great present

#2  Running is a Privilege T-shirt

What a great motivational shirt to buy your runner.  This is inspiration to go run when you are starting to get lazy.

#3  Running shorts- LULU lemon

My Favorite

So, these are expensive but I heart them .  They are made out of recycled material.  They last FOREVER.  They have tons of hidden pockets for your gear, goo gel, credit cards, and keys.  These kind of run small to give you a heads up (or maybe my butt is extra big). I’m usually a size 0-2 in clothes and I find a size 4-6 fits good here.  Purchase these here.  Anything from this company is awesome.

#4 Best sports bra

style 1050

Good sport bras are hard to find!  I found this sports bra 7 years ago and it’s the only type I will buy.  You have to purchase the champion style 1050 (not the champion ones from target).  Call this an insurance policy for non-sagging breast in 10 years for your x-mas shopping list.   I think they run large so I always purchase down a cup size from what I usually wear FYI.  You can purchase these here!

#5 Men and Women’s running bling


26.2 (I think)

Endure- That’s what races are about!

Purchase these things and more through here!

Happy Shopping!  Stay tuned for more things to give the lady and random people in your life!

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A public service announcement.

I used to work for a company called PSA.  Which is ironic that PSA also stands for a Prostate Specific Antigen test, how fitting.  But this today is a real PSA, a public service announcement!

One of the Captains I worked with gave me a really great life lesson via a family story:

His 15 year old daughter was on a morning run, when she was struck by a car going 45 mph.  She had broken her back and had 7 inches of her skull crushed, somehow she was able to tell the medics her name and her address before she blacked out. Luckily both her parents where home and they were told to drive safe but they needed to rush to the hospital.  Their daughter had flat lined twice before they got there. His daughter ended up surviving the accident and made a full recovery (a true miracle).

The moral to the story is have your name somewhere on you when you run.  Had his daughter not been able to remember her name precious moments and medical decisions would have been made without the family.  God now’s how long it would have taken for them to learn about her accident.

While running today with my running group, I noticed two of the people with name tags on their shoes.  As soon as the run was over I headed to Petsmart to ID myself.


This machine is awesome. You can watch it make the laser cut!

The guy I ran with had the dog tag to the left pictured above.  He made an additional hole in it so he could lace it to his shoes.  I chose the narrow one that didn’t need to be altered.  You will be surprised how much stuff you can fit on there! This will be a great $7.50 insurance policy that can save your life and help your family!

Straight on the Laces= Cake

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