Yusra Mardini who was born on the 5th of March 1998 is actually a Syrian swimmer currently living in Hamburg, Germany. She was one of the members of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team, which competed under the Olympic flag at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On 27 April 2017, Mardini was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Plus, she also competed in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo with the Refugee Olympic Team.
Little did people know, she actually has her own inspiring story on why she is so determined to prepare herself for this recent Olympics. Yusra Mardini is indeed one of the Refugee Olympic Team’s stars swimmers. The Olympics in Tokyo is her second Olympic Games on this unique team competing in a sport that saved her life. This is her story.
She personally shared that swimming really changed her own life. According to Yusra Mardini, the journey that she went through from Syria to Europe in the year of 2015 was typically hazardous as an inflatable boat she was in with her sister began taking on water after the engine failed as they tried to cross the sea to reach Greece. Based on her experience, for three-and-a-half terrifying hours they tried to drag the boat through the waves to the shore of the island of Lesbos.
Because of the experience, she is still scared of open water after the ordeal but has rediscovered her love of swimming in the stability of her new life in Hamburg. Now, she is proudly one of 29 athletes on the refugee squad in Tokyo which is three times bigger than the team that first competed under the Olympic flag in Rio in 2016. Yusra Mardini said, “Those tough journeys, tough, illegal journeys, people are still making… people are still dying on the way. One really sad thing is that the number of displaced people in I think 2016 was 65 million and now it’s 82. So it’s just increasing… and yeah, we’re going to be representing all of those people around the world”.
She also added, “Fleeing your country by force to, you know, find a place to stay safe, to have a better future and to think about your kids already know and to think about building a happy family, a small house with a garden. There’s nothing wrong with that. And if people are not coping with refugees being successful and having good jobs, then I don’t think that’s our problem”.
Sources: Sky News.
Food Review: COVID-19 Variant Getting Stronger, Try These 5 Foods To Boost Immune System
COVID-19 cases continue to rise, taking daily precautions such as washing your hands, social distancing, exercising, and getting enough sleep is key to lowering the risk of infection. COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Maintaining a healthy diet to help boost your immune system may also give you an edge.
Individuals with certain pre-existing illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory issues are at a higher risk of having COVID-19 complications, it also aggravates with age as the general immunity reduces as you get older. It is important for your immune system to stay in tip-top shape. Try these 5 foods.
Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote a healthy gut and immune system. Recent studies have also found probiotics to be effective for fighting the common cold and influenza-like respiratory infections. Sarin recommends choosing plain yogurt rather than anything too flavored or sweetened and topping it with fruit and honey. Those on a dairy-free diet can still benefit from almond milk and coconut milk yogurt options.
Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C. Just half a cup contains 43% of your daily value of vitamin C. Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that support our immune system. It also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off bacteria and viruses. To get the most out of this powerhouse vegetable, eat it raw or just slightly cooked.
Not only is garlic full of flavor, but it’s packed with health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. Garlic’s immunity-boosting abilities come from its heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, which can help fight off some infections. Garlic has been shown in the past to help ward off the common cold. It is an easy vegetable to work into your diet. You can add to it anything from pasta sauce and salad dressings to soups and stir-fry dishes.
4) Red Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers reign supreme when it comes to fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C. One cup of chopped red bell peppers contains about 211% of your daily value of vitamin C. That is about twice more than an orange has. Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting a variety of cell functions and can lower the risk of respiratory infections. It can also help the growth and repair of tissues in your body. Daily intake of vitamin C is essential for good health because our bodies do not produce it naturally.
While sun exposure is the best source of vitamin D, it can also be provided by some foods, including mushrooms. Mushrooms as a vitamin D source found that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ can help enhance the absorption of calcium, which is good for bone health and may also protect against some cancers and respiratory diseases. Mushrooms are great as a side dish or appetizer.
Celebrating Merdeka From Home? You Can Do It In 5 Great Ways!
Only a few days till our Independence Day! Imagine those colorful parades, flags everywhere, Merdeka songs, fireworks, and lots more. Our country’s independence day falls on 31st August every year. This year will be our 64th year of independence.
Despite our country going through the National Recovery Plan, there are still many ways we can show our love towards the country from our home. Here’s some way you can try:
1. Watch Merdeka-theme movies
Don’t let the pandemic slow you down. Huddle up and binge-watch Merdeka-theme or any Malaysian movies that will definitely bring your patriotism spirit alive. Here’s a suggestion, Mukhsin, admire the elitism of the Malaysia Special Force Naval unit in Paskal or watch the wacky romantic comedy All Because of You to appreciate Desaru’s beauty.
2. Virtual karaoke
It is super easy to host meetings through Zoom, Google Meet, Whatsapp calls or Microsoft Teams. To make your karaoke session smooth, download Watch2Gether- a free social video website that enables you to sync videos and content with your party.
The app enables everyone in your karaoke group to watch the same YouTube videos at the same time. Then, create a room, search for the karaoke version of the song, and queue it using the sign +. What’s more, party your way!
3. Play traditional games
In Malaysia, we have various traditional games from different cultures. Some of it are batu seremban,kelereng and congkak. The kelereng is a Malay traditional game of marbles requires the players to flick their opponent’s marble out of the battleground, or into a hole that’s dug into the ground.
Next we have the Batu Seremban. Compete with each other by tossing tiny bean bags and advancing to the next level. The one who tosses and catches fast is declared the winner. Test your maths skill with the congkak game. Anticipate your opponent’s strategy and beat them by clearing those marbles from your side of the board.
Have your very own competition at the convenience of your home with your family and friends.
One of the easiest ways to show your patriotism is by hanging the Jalur Gemilang flags around. During this time, we can see many housing areas hanging flags on poles, balcony, and even their cars. Some citizens prints their own Merdeka t-shirt or put it on the outside that resembles the colors of the Jalur Gemilang flag.
5.Make your own Merdeka pizza
Here’s a recipe by Chef Zam, a home-based chef that replicates the national flag on pizza!
- 1 big red onion (minced)
- 3 – 4 pips of garlic (minced)
- 300 gm. chicken fillet or breast (seasoned with salt, pepper, corn flour, and oyster sauce)
For the topping and sauce:
- Olive oil
- 1 big red onion (sliced)
- 1 red capsicum (diced)
- 1 yellow capsicum (shaped it into a crescent moon and star)
- Shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 pre-made pizza base. Alternatively, you can use ready-made roti paratha (or frozen flatbread).
- Prego or Kimball carbonara pasta sauce
- Oregano, pepper. and salt to taste
- Sliced sausages or chicken salami (to form the “blue” area of the flag)
- Start by frying the pizza toppings. Sauté red onions and garlic with olive oil until fragrant.
- Next, add in your chicken slice. Once tender, add in your pasta sauce and cook for 3 minutes till it thickens
- Spread the pasta sauce onto your pizza base.
- To create the ‘blue area’, add the sliced sausages or chicken salami. Then place the carved-out capsicum star and moon.
- For the red and white stripes, arrange the diced capsicum in a row, followed by the grated mozzarella horizontally to create the white stripes. Repeat this until the pizza base is covered.
- Bake it for about 5 minutes at 170℃ and you’re done!
There’s nothing compared to the actual way we have always celebrated our independence day. However, with the pandemic still going on, it is best that we stay safe at our various home. That doesn’t mean we have no love towards our country it is because we can still show our patriotism from wherever we are
Wishing all of you Happy 64th Independence Day in advance!
(Video) So Many Benefits! 4 Ways That We Can Use Olive Oil!
Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained from olives. The word Olive got mentioned in Quran in different verses. In addition, Prophet Muhammad SAW said “Eat olive oil and massage it over your bodies since it is a holy (Mubarak) tree”. He also stated that olive oil is beneficial to cure 70 diseases. That is why olive oil would bring so many benefits to people.
Olives are the gift from heaven to mankind. Apart from the Date fruit, olives are actually also considered of utmost importance in Islam. For Muslims, the inclusion of the olive and olive oil in religious observance invokes the words of Allah, Muhammad, and even heavenly paradise. These are 4 ways Prophet Muhammad SAW uses olive oil.
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The 4 ways are:
1) Prophet Muhammad SAW will dip bread into olive oil.
2) Prophet Muhammad SAW will eat olive and it can also be used as spreading with so many foods. It is recommended to eat 2 spoonfuls of olive oil per day.
3) Prophet Muhammad SAW will massage the olive oil onto the skin for hydration.
4) Prophet Muhammad SAW will use it on the hair to make the hair always healthy.
Sources: TikTok Lookman Akim.
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