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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Father's Day Lunch At CawanMu Restaurant @ The 1969 Business Suites Boutique Hotel, Ipoh

For the first time in many years, we celebrated Father's Day with papa and the hubs in Ipoh.  The hubs booked a table for the celebration at CawanMu Restaurant @ The 1969 Business Suites Boutique Hotel, a hotel owned by the hubs' childhood friends.

The two fathers in my life ~ my dear papa and loving daddy to my daughters.

Chocolate cake specially baked by Chef Chu, the hubs' long-time friend.

Papa and mum, loving as ever. Papa lost his mobile phone during his recent trip to Eastern Europe (he had lost it in Poland).  Back in Ipoh, he inadvertently locked both sets of the car keys in his car and had a flat tyre while driving to the wet market to get coconut water for us.  Hopefully our presence and celebration with him this Father's Day lifted him out from his doldrums 💗

One look and you'll know that these fancy schmancy picks are from the post-millenial girls:

Mushroom soup and Nasi Briyani:

Prawn noodles and grilled salmon:

Seafood pasta and lamb shank:


Tiramisu (which comes really close to the ones from Alexis, sans the alcohol and strawberry sauce) and hot latte with chocolate chip cookies:

Food is superb with 4 to 5-star presentation. Love the ambience and the tip top cleanliness. Price will certainly not hurt your wallet too. This is one restaurant that I will look forward to going back to in my future trips back to Ipoh. Great place for long catch ups with old friends.

After our delightful Father's Day lunch, we walked next door to the 1969 Business Suites Boutique Hotel to view the hotel's wall. What's so special about this wall is the fact that  it has just made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for creating a permanent backdrop in its lobby out of 53,592 1 sen coins. That's about RM535 worth of coins.  The coins were glued to the wall one by one to uniquely display  the hotel's name "1969 Business Suites" which won the hotel the title "Biggest backdrop display made of one cent coins" as reported by The Star.

This Hotel in Ipoh Made a Wall Out of 50,000 1sen Coins, Earns Spot in M'sia's Book of Records - WORLD OF BUZZ

The wall which measures about 5.73m by 2.62m is the brainchild of the hotel’s founders. Two weeks were taken for project coordinator.

For those visiting Ipoh, this hotel is worth visiting and the wall definitely Insta-worthy.

CawanMu Restaurant
No.1, Jalan Lapangan Siber 3
Bandar Cyber
Ipoh, Perak
Tel: 05-313 1969

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Father's Day 2018 ~ 17 June 2018, Ipoh

On Father's Day, my dear papa went to the wet market early in the morning to get us breakfast while I slept in with the girls till 9 a.m.  It's extremely RARE that I get to sleep in till 9 a.m. and I can only do this when I am back at my parents where I am treated like a princess. My clothes will be laundered, meals settled, dirty dishes washed by my papa and chauffeured around.  Back in KL, I am the slave to my daughters who are my princesses. See the karma? 😂

It was Dragon Boat Festival (Zhongxiao Festival) too on Father's Day Sunday and papa bought Zongzi (sticky rice dumplings) from the market. He bought both the savoury ones with meat and plain ones. Back home, he quickly whipped up some Gula Melaka (palm sugar) syrup on the stove in a claypot with freshly plucked pandan leaves from the garden. This is my childhood comfort food and it's been aeons since I last indulged in this delicacy. 

Papa also bought lychees and locally grown avocados from the wet market, which we had for breakfast.  The locally grown avos are sold for a song at RM10 for 3 and they are pretty creamy, non fibrous and has a seed in the shape of a kidney.

While we were enjoying our breakfast, papa stood next to the hot stove for 2 hours, patiently stirring a pot of pandan + egg + santan + sugar  mixture to prep the best pandan kaya in the world for us to bring back to KL. Truly a labor of love from the best papa in the world. Thank you very much papa 💘😘  Papa will be 75 years old this year.

I drank the  remnants of the pandan juice with Gula Melaka syrup. Taste is slightly bitter and lightly sweetened with the aromatic Gula Melaka syrup.  Not exactly a delightful drink (though I love everything pandan-ish) but the health benefits are manifold.  Pandan (screwpine) leave juice detoxes the body, lowers blood pressure, is anti-diabetes, mildly laxative, good for relieving pain from Arthritis Liniment, is anti-cancerous, increases appetite, relieves insomnia, among other health benefits.

After a light breakfast at home, we had a sumptuous lunch at CawanMu Restaurant @ The 1969 Business Suites Boutique Hotel, Ipoh. I shall write  a separate post on our Father's Day lunch at CawanMu.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Holiday Activities For Teenagers And Tween

Cass had to attend half day school for the first 3 days of the school holidays, special thanks to her dedicated class teacher who volunteered to provide free Mandarin tutoring to the class. Cass also stayed back in school with her team members to work on their History project.

At home, after grandma plucked spinach (organic ones) for dinner preparation, I gathered a few stems with roots for Cass to plant in our little balcony garden.

Eager beaver Cass ~ her first time planting vegetables on her own and happy as a clam.

No prize for guessing who baked this chocolate brownie eh?


It's super yummo!  Drama Queen can bake while her mummy can't, more of lazy and no interest. I can get her to bake any cake or cookie that I feel like eating and she'll run to her phone to Google for a recipe and start working on it. My job is to buy her the ingredients and her job will be to experiment in the kitchen. She even cleans up after her mess.   She's going to grow up to be a fantastic baker and cook.  And a foodie too, just like her dad.

Yesterday Drama Queen whipped up Guacamole (avocado, tomato, black pepper, salt, onion, garlic and cumin) for breakfast and it was a hit with her sisters. Today she made it again and dipped it with 3 types of crackers.

After breakfast, Berlyn - her bff's mum came to our condo to pick her up for a day's outing at Sunway Lagoon.  Drama Queen and Berlyn have been bff since they were toddlers in pre-school.  Today is their belated birthday celebration. Their birthdays are a day apart ~ Drama Queen's on 16th and Berlyn's on 15th of the same month. Though they are in different high schools now, they are still besties. 

I've read that if you and your friend have been good friends with each other for 7 years, chances are the both of you will be friends forever. I think it's very true. I am still friends with my pre-school, primary and high school friends and we still keep in touch via Whatsapp, video call, Facebook and meet up when we have the chance to. When two of my ex classmates went to the USA recently to visit two other classmates who are now living there, they Whatsapp video called me and we had a great time chatting for almost an hour.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Weekend Food Marathon (9 - 10 June 2018)

Our makan marathon started with breakfast at our usual open-air kopitiam on Saturday. Cass and I shared a bowl of Tomyum noodles from a new stall that sells various types of Thai-style noodles.  The bowl of Tomyum noodles was yummo! But it was spicy and hot.  Slurping a bowl of piping hot and spicy noodles is not the perfect choice of food for breakfast on a hot, humid and sunny mid morning. I had to stop at intervals to wait for the noodles to cool down, huffing and puffing away before I could put anymore of the hot and spicy stuff into my burning mouth. After breakfast, I was clammy from the sweat and heat. I had my second full-body shower for the day when I got home.

Dinner was at a newly opened Japanese restaurant. But the girls were more keen on Domino's Pizza, which was just beside the Japanese restaurant. They begged their dad for pizza and their indulgent daddy gave them money to get takeout pizza and grilled drummets. While waiting for our food to arrive at the Japanese restaurant, the girls walked next door to get takeout pizza. Back home, the girls had pizza and grilled drummets for supper while the adults had Bak Chang (rice dumplings) hand delivered to us by a relative who bought them from Melaka. Supper is a strict no no for me; I quickly took my shower while everyone else had their supper. Out of side, out of mind! Can't imagine scarfing down so much carbs into my body at 9:30 p.m. and I ain't going to exercise the next day (Sunday).

Sunday Eats:

Lunch was at Drunk Cat Restaurant @ Kuchai Lama and it was during lunch that the hubs told us that he had booked seats for us at VE Hotel And Residence for a Buka Puasa buffet dinner with his staff. What?!  Buffet for dinner is another NO NO for me like since a decade ago.  How can anyone stuff so much food into the stomach and go to bed a couple of hours later? That's insanely bad for our health. But the girls were game for a Buka Puasa buffet dinner and were YAY-ing away.  After lunch, the hubs dropped another 'bomb' ~ he wanted something sweet for dessert and we walked a few shops away to Let's Joy Cafe for sweet treats. Oh. My. Gawd.  I don't have metabolic rate like a teenager anymore yo!

Snack attack:

When it comes to food, thank God I have very strong will power not to attack and indulge. My ultimate kryptonite however is durian. Thankfully the hubs' craze over durian has died down as he is more concerned of his health now.

About 3 hours later, we got ready for our next chow down session at VE Hotel And Residences @ Bangsar South.  It's been aeons since we last had a buffet dinner at a hotel.  The hubs and I realized that we could no longer dig like a pig like we used to 10-15 years ago. When Alycia and Sherilyn were still toddlers, we used to indulge in buffet lunches and dinners very regularly.  Using his hotel membership at the Sheraton group, we would enjoy buffets at different hotels every Saturday or Sunday without fail. Back then when there was a buy one free one deal from the hotel group, our toddlers ate for free while the two of us pigged out to our hearts' content.

Buka Puasa buffet dinner at VE Hotel And Residence @ Bangsar South:

Below : Bubur Lambuk. I can't even remember the last time I ate Bubur Lambuk, an iconic dish during Ramadhan.

My condition to Cass was to NOT indulge in sugary food, so she chose skewered green apples for the chocolate fountain.

When we got home after our hotel dinner, I smelled of roast lamb all over and had to have my 5th shower for the day!

Celebrities And Faux Hair

Celebrities change up their hairstyles on a regular basis, from wild shades to super-short pixies. But rather than chopping their tresses on a whim (and regretting it later on) or damaging their strands with excessive coloring, several stars turn to a more temporary solution: wigs and hair extensions. Wigs these days are made from human hair and most times, they look so natural that it's hard to tell if they are real or faux.

As proven by some of our favorite hairstyle chameleons, including Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, wigs are the easiest way to transform your look and make a major statement—no commitment necessary. From Kylie Jenner to Katie Holmes (whose blunt bob was so convincing, everyone thought it was the real deal), many other celebs love rocking faux tresses and peruvian hair on the red carpet.

There was a time when celebrities were the only women who wore, or could afford to wear hair weaves. Back then, the fact that the hair on their heads didn't actually grow out of their scalps was a hush-hush affair. Not anymore! Today, many women experiment with hair additions in every length, color and texture ~ from body wave to straight to bundles with closure.  Real Beauty Hair is an online store to shop for all your hair extensions and wig needs. They specialize in high quality human hair extensions.

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Instead of just adding inches and volume to your style, hair weaves have become a way to introduce variety to your style repertoire. Plus, there are actually some useful benefits to wearing hair weaves.

If you want longer or thicker hair, there's no better option than hair extensions.   These extensions save your hair from damage from harmful chemicals of conventional hair treatment methods. You can wear them for special occasions or daily if you want. You can even try out bangs for a day or two. Synthetic extensions can look shiny and fake, so look for human hair extensions. Your stylist can even cut them so they blend seamlessly with your own hair. Aliexpress Store is another great place to shop for high quality 100% natural human hair products, such as hair weaving, closure, lace frontal, lace wig and etc.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Our First Prosperity Flower Bloomed!

Our very first Prosperity Flower went into full bloom for the first time today!  But only one flower  bloomed out of four.  The other three buds look like they are raring to spread out their petals to greet mama. Come here babe, come to mama💓

This beautiful sight greeted me in the morning today:

This is also our very first flower plant in our little balcony.  The rest of the plants are herbs. It won't be long before we transfer it to a bigger pot and perhaps feed it with some fertilizer so that it will bear more flowers!💐 🌷

This is my healthy breakfast today:

Organic cabbage with hard boiled egg drizzled with Beerenberg Creamy Parmesan Caesar dressing, fried onions and fresh ground black pepper; washed down with a packet of eye-loving high antioxidant wolfberry Red Ningxia drink from Young Living 💪

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Monday, 4 June 2018

The weather for the past few days has been exceptionally hot and clammy. Shortly after  my shower, if I have to move around the house to do stuff like hanging or keeping the laundry at the balcony, I would be drenched in sweat again, which means making another trip to the bathroom for a shower!  I keep asking the girls if they are hot or is it only me who is having hot flushes all day long. My concern is whether I am going through perimenopause with hot flushes!  But my girls would always assure me that they feel the heat too and are sweating bullets 😅

On a sunny morning today, after dropping Drama Queen at the tuition centre, the hubs and I popped by at  my friend's newly opened kopitiam at Taman Desa.

The menu is pretty extensive and impressive for a small kopitiam barely a week old.  I have always have faith in my ambitious and capable friend, Cynthia, who is the owner of the kopitiam, with help from her brother, who is the cook.

The hubs ordered chicken curry noodles while I ordered my all-time favorite comfort food, pork vermicelli topped with a poached egg.

The chicken curry was so good that the hubs ordered a bowl of chicken curry as side. The fried wanton was super crispy and addictive. I only remembered to snap a picture of the wanton when it was about to be scarfed down by Drama Queen, who joined us later.

The milk tea was prepped to my prefection ~ less sweet and extra milky.

I will definitely be back at the kopitiam to try other items on the menu.

Congrats on the opening of your kopitiam, Cynthia.  Brick by brick, you have built an enviable new shop. I pray that year after year, you get more and more prosperous.  I am so proud of you my dear!

Kuen You is located at Taman Danau Desa, opposite 99 Speedmart and 2 shops away from Watsons. For those at Taman Desa and nearby areas, do drop by the kopitiam. The prices are very wallet-friendly.