Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Day 30: Ro’s slo gro mo in all it’s glory!
Happy Movember to all the mo bro’s out there. Thanks for putting your best faces forward and growing those mo’s for a great cause. And thanks to the mo sistas for putting up with those mo’s.
We’d like to thank everyone for donating to the Movember cause and for humouring us by following Slo Gro Mo. We really wanted to raise some funds for men’s health and more importantly, raise awareness about men’s health issues and promote self care among the menfolk.
So here’s to another year of health, love and peace. Now…time for a shave!!

Day 30: Ro’s slo gro mo in all it’s glory!

Happy Movember to all the mo bro’s out there. Thanks for putting your best faces forward and growing those mo’s for a great cause. And thanks to the mo sistas for putting up with those mo’s.

We’d like to thank everyone for donating to the Movember cause and for humouring us by following Slo Gro Mo. We really wanted to raise some funds for men’s health and more importantly, raise awareness about men’s health issues and promote self care among the menfolk.

So here’s to another year of health, love and peace. Now…time for a shave!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Do it for the bro’s!

This is my last request for donations to the Movember cause. I’m not a fan of the hard sell and I respect that we all have different causes that we contribute to. And above all, I understand that sometimes it’s difficult to mobilize funds. Donate if you can, but at the very least, read this blog post.

This is what I need to say: if there’s a man out there that you love, a boy you love who will grow up to be a man, or if you care for yourself, learn about the health issues that affect men, take care of yourselves and encourage the menfolk around you to take care of themselves.

There are specific health issues that are prevalent in men: cancer, in particular prostate and testicular cancer, and heart disease. And in general, men have a 5 year shorter life expectancy than women. The stats are disheartening, but it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a lot that we can encourage the guys to do to be healthy:

  • Be physically active: Move it! If you’re not already active, start slow and aim to be active for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week.
  • Eat a heart healthy diet: Choose lower fat, lower sodium, less processed foods. Choose more fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains and leaner cuts of meat.
  • Manage your stress: Don’t stress about finding the best way to de-stress. There are lots of healthy ways to deal with stress…find something that works for you.
  • Don’t smoke: I don’t need to tell you why!
  • Drink alcohol in moderation: Alcohol takes a toll on your body. Stick to 2 or less drinks a day if you drink.
  • Stay a healthy weight: Excess weight puts a lot of strain on your heart and body in different ways. Balance your calorie intake with the calories you burn.
  • Know your family history: Ask about your family’s history of health issues. This can give you a head’s up about issues that you may be predisposed to.
  • Go for an annual physical: Yah, I can hear all the excuses: “I don’t have time,” “I don’t need that. I’m fine,” “No way man! I don’t want my doc sticking his finger *there*!” Go in for preventative tests, general health check ups, immunizations. Prevention and early detection are key to staying healthy. And they could save your life.

We love you guys and we want to spend a long, long time with you all. So take care of yourselves. Encourage the guys in your life to take care of themselves.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Day 23: Impressive mo? Not really. But Ro’s attitude sure is! So that should be enough to inspire you to donate to the Movember cause on the Team Slo Gro page!
On behalf of all the men-folk out there, thank you.

Day 23: Impressive mo? Not really. But Ro’s attitude sure is! So that should be enough to inspire you to donate to the Movember cause on the Team Slo Gro page!

On behalf of all the men-folk out there, thank you.

Friday, November 18, 2011
Day 17: The Edible Mo. The Boy and I are in disguise behind our edible mo’s. Yum!

Day 17: The Edible Mo. The Boy and I are in disguise behind our edible mo’s. Yum!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Brahms had a mo

This week CBC Radio 2 is featuring an all piano, all week festival and I’m catching as much of it as I can. The piano is an amazing instrument: melodic, harmonic and rhythmic. All in one. Listening to these great piano selections is bringing me back to my many years of piano and music studies at Jean Lyons School of Music. It was a bit of a love-hate thing…I loved playing piano and loved the camaraderie of other musicians but I hated practicing!

Today I caught my very favourite piano composition, Intermezzo No. 118, No. 2 in A by my favourite composer of piano music, Johannes Brahms. As with many Romantic period composers, Brahms didn’t shy away from composing music with fierce emotion and passion. Sometimes when I listen to his compositions, I have a feeling that he wrote with a broken heart.

Anyway, enjoy my favourite piano piece. It takes me to a very tender, emotional place. Where will it take you?

P.S. Sorry J.S. Bach. I love you too but you didn’t have a mo.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mo’ Mo(town)

Today’s mo inspired Motown pick: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles performing The Tears of a Clown live.

There’s something about the Motown sound that brings life to our household. It’s the groove, the extraordinary musicianship and the history that fascinates us. And you can dance to it!!

If you love Motown or want to learn more about the Motown scene, check out the film, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Day 12: Not much difference from Day 7! The length is definitely there but I think it’s more of an issue of follicular density. Or lack there of.
Keep on growing Mr. Mo.

Day 12: Not much difference from Day 7! The length is definitely there but I think it’s more of an issue of follicular density. Or lack there of.

Keep on growing Mr. Mo.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Day 10: How would Ro look with a handle bar mo? Quite handsome indeed. However, the wee lad has chimed in that it’s his dad’s burglar look!
Since there hasn’t been a whole lot of mo growth since the last beauty shot, this will have to do.

Day 10: How would Ro look with a handle bar mo? Quite handsome indeed. However, the wee lad has chimed in that it’s his dad’s burglar look!

Since there hasn’t been a whole lot of mo growth since the last beauty shot, this will have to do.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
"Momofuku!""Well, Momofuku to you too!"
I’ve never been to New York. This is one of those facts that  surprises most folks I tell, given the love I have for big cities like  London, Rome and Hong Kong. New York seems to overwhelm me…I simply  would not be able to decide on what I’d like to visit. Or where I’d eat.
The iconic Momofuku group of restaurants, though, is on my list. Momofuku takes traditional  Asian street foods, throws them into a crazy food vortex and serves up  amazingly inventive, delicious, modern dishes.
Each of the four restaurants takes on a different Asian theme ranging  from a casual ramen noodle bar to a formal omakase prix fixe dining  room. And they have an uber-hot collection of dessert shops, Momofuku Milk Bar.
Well, we’re too busy growing a mo around here, so a visit to Momofuku  and New York will have to wait. In the meantime, I will resort to  reading and cooking from the almost-as-MOvelous book, Momofuku Cookbook,  that you can purchase at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks (shameless plug!).

"Momofuku!"
"Well, Momofuku to you too!"

I’ve never been to New York. This is one of those facts that surprises most folks I tell, given the love I have for big cities like London, Rome and Hong Kong. New York seems to overwhelm me…I simply would not be able to decide on what I’d like to visit. Or where I’d eat.

The iconic Momofuku group of restaurants, though, is on my list. Momofuku takes traditional Asian street foods, throws them into a crazy food vortex and serves up amazingly inventive, delicious, modern dishes.

Each of the four restaurants takes on a different Asian theme ranging from a casual ramen noodle bar to a formal omakase prix fixe dining room. And they have an uber-hot collection of dessert shops, Momofuku Milk Bar.

Well, we’re too busy growing a mo around here, so a visit to Momofuku and New York will have to wait. In the meantime, I will resort to reading and cooking from the almost-as-MOvelous book, Momofuku Cookbook, that you can purchase at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks (shameless plug!).

Monday, November 7, 2011
Day 7: Time for a mo update shot. Yes folks, that’s it. Getting scruffy but not much of a mo. If there are any indie mo bro’s out there who are also of the slo gro persuasion, feel free to join our Slo Gro Team and we’ll grow together in fine company!

Day 7: Time for a mo update shot.
Yes folks, that’s it. Getting scruffy but not much of a mo. If there are any indie mo bro’s out there who are also of the slo gro persuasion, feel free to join our Slo Gro Team and we’ll grow together in fine company!