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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Our Tuesday - 28 July 2015

Breakkie with hubs and mil at a newly opened cafe at our neighborhood yesterday while the girls were at school...

Omelette with cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Omelette with house-made baked beans, bacon and salad for the hubs.

Not really used to having such a heavy breakfast, I was so stuffed that I had to skip lunch.  And I made smoothie (pineapple + orange + apple + chia seeds + coconut water) for everyone :)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekend Chow With My Family (Old Klang Road Bah Kut Teh and Oiso Korean Traditional Cuisine & Cafe)

On Saturday night... Bah Kut Teh at Old Klang Road.

We were all so famished (had a late dinner) that I had forgotten to take a mental note of the name of the shop or snap a picture of the shop. We dashed right inside hurriedly to 'chop' a table as there was a large crowd outside the shop waiting to tuck into a piping hot bowl of mean porcine herbal soup.

The bah kut teh was really good -- broth was tasty and soothing and the meat oh so tender and juicy.   Hubs ordered 6 bowls of ribs, several bowls of lean and partial lean cuts, piggy intestines (no no for me!), puffed tofu, Enoki mushroom as well as a claypot spicy pork.  Everything was wiped clean.

However, the tables, chairs and loo were dirty! I was already nauseated when I saw the sticky peeling plastic chairs with black stains. All of us used wet wipes to wipe down our chairs and table. Well, like they say, if you want good Malaysian street food, you just have to bear with the not-so-hygienic conditions :)

Bah Kut Teh bill came up to RM151 for 6 people (3 adults 3 kids)

On Sunday, we had lunch at Oiso Korean Traditional Cuisine Cafe at Faber Tower, Taman Desa.
It was our first time at Oiso's new outlet at Taman Desa. There are about 5 outlets around the Klang Valley.

Food was good. The girls who are fans of Korean Kimchi and everything spicy, wolfed down all the spicy dishes.  Oiso serves home-style Korean food cooked to the family recipes of the owner.

Unlike the more common Korean barbecue, little cooking is done at the table except for the stirring of the delicious bibimbap (RM17.90) - rice in a red-hot stone bowl together with vegetables, egg, beef, seaweed and red pepper paste (aka gochujang).  Oiso's bibimbap was so delish that for a no-rice no-carb person like me, I could not resisit chowing down a bowl of  yummy bibimbap.

The fried kimchi with saba fish (RM20.90) came with a chunk of fried mackerel, then simmered in a hot stew with kimchi in it. The fish soaked up all the flavours of the vegetables and hot bean paste of the stew, which made it very delish.

Bulgogi beef (RM21.90) -- paper thin beef slices pan-fried with onions was top notch in taste. The girls wolfed down this dish in a jiffy and when hubs was done serving the girls noodles, there were only a few strips left for him :D  He wanted to order another portion but we stopped him coz more dishes were on the way!

Seafood ramen with spicy soup (RM14.90) -- the girls' comfort food and something that we hardly cook at home. At home, instant noodles are eaten twice or thrice a year maybe?  There was also a kimchi ramen @ RM12.90 (very spicy but very flavorful). That came last and I had forgotten to snap a picture of it.

Pan-fried BBQ chicken with foo pei (tofu cake) @ RM22.90. It's sweet and suitable for kids. Another yummy dish!

Steamed egg in hot pot (RM10.90) for the girls...

When the Pajeon @ RM10.90 (Korean pancake) arrived, we were already too stuffed to eat it. So we had it taken away for dinner.

Along with 5 organic barley tea @ RM1.90 each, total bill came up to RM151.25 including tax (same amount as the bah kut teh that we had the night before!).  There was a 10% new opening discount, off our bill.

The menu has a good and broad selection of dishes and sets and  the pricing is very wallet-friendly. Before we left Oiso, we were already talking about going there again very soon! Yes we better patronize Oiso @ Taman Desa again soon before the 10% discount ends. This time, I'll definitely try their kimchi pancake, kimchi fried rice and other spicy stew dishes.

Oiso Korean Traditional Cuisine And Cafe
Ground Floor, Podium Block, Faber Tower
Taman Desa
58100 Kuala Lumpur
016-315 1349

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Carb-Free Chicken & Char Siew 'Rice'

While Cass is going to have chicken and char siew rice for lunch today, my lunch is a skinny carb-free chicken and char siew 'rice'!    The rice is replaced with sprouted mung beans (the mung beans look similar to rice) which tastes better than rice and way healthier too!

Carbohydrate-free chicken and char siew 'rice' for health freaks and weight watchers, composed of sprouted mung beans, sprouted alfalfa and sprouted snow peas, with a drizzle of chicken rice chilli sauce and ginger sauce.  High in protein and fiber and packed with nutrients from the raw sprouts.  I used lean chicken breast and lean char siew.  Yums! :)

What To Expect From In Home Care

When you begin to make decisions about the long term care of your elderly family members, one of the options to consider is home health care. There are numerous advantages, and there are some expectations that you should be prepared to discuss with the provider before someone enters the home.

Home care is often less expensive than someone going to an assisted living facility or a nursing home. The person can remain at home, in his surroundings, so that he feels comfortable. The only thing that will be different is that someone will enter the home to provide basic care and help if there is a medical necessity. You can hire someone to come every day or once a week. The flexibility of when someone can provide care is often up to the family unless the care is ordered by a doctor.

Most home care workers are nursing assistants or have some kind of medical training. This is beneficial if your loved one needs help with walking, bathing, eating or other daily activities. The worker can assist with making sure the person eats and takes any prescriptions as needed. Some workers will help with preparing meals for the week so that the person doesn't have to cook. Cleaning the home is also one of the things that a worker can help with. These tasks can take some of thee stress for the family in providing care.

Before hiring a home care worker, you need to sit down and make a list of the expectations from the worker and what the worker expects of the family. In order for home health to be successful, both parties have to put forth the effort. If there is any sign that in home care is not the best solution, then other options can be put into place.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Izumio To Fight off 'Heatiness'

The past 2 weeks have been very eventful for the girls and me.

First up was the arrival of my SILs and their kids from all over the world to have a mega reunion in KL.  There was so much fun for the kids and so many parties at home!

Next was the girls' mid-year exam. It was hard for the kids to concentrate studying with so much fun around them. Nevertheless, they made it!  So long as I don't place too high an expectation on them, they are happy and so am I.  I can loosen up my expectation once in a while.  Mega reunions like this one do not happen every year and I am glad that my kids had a great time bonding with their cousins and aunts.

The past 2 weeks has also been a very, very sinful 2 weeks for everyone.  We  indulged in different guilty pleasures from Musang King durian to Nyonya kuih, curry, fried kway teow, yau char kwai (Malaysia's version of fried Churro), Indian Rojak, bakuteh, pizzas (for the kids) and snacks almost everyday.

I was really worried that with so much heaty stuff and lack of sleep, the kids and I would succumb to throat infection and inflamed tonsils.  But we didn't, thanks to Izumio and Super Lutein. On days when we helped ourselves to excessive heaty food, we drank a little more Izumio.  One morning some time last week, I woke up to a throat that was on the verge of getting sore and inflamed. I went to the bathroom and spat up a glob of yellowish mucous.  I thought that I wasn't going to be spared by the strep throat virus. I drank an extra packet of Izumio and popped 2 extra caps of Super Lutein.  The next day, I was feeling fine and dandy again!

I am so glad that my kids and I can now indulge in heaty food without getting a throat infection anymore.  Though Izumio and Super Lutein are very expensive, they are worth every single sen.  The money I save on visits to the hospital and on expensive supplements are now invested on the products. It is one of the wisest choices I have made. If you are interested to get a box or two of Izumio or Super Lutein to try, you can buzz me at my email at

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following links:

 Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

Effects of Hydrogen Rich Water On Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes and Obesity) - from US National Library of Medicine

Friday, July 17, 2015

Project Friday

The girls woke up at 5am today to follow their daddy to the airport to send off their aunt and cousins  to board a flight back to Auckland.

After an early breakfast, Alycia's classmates came over to work on a Kemahiran Hidup (Living Skills) project.

The first classmate who turned up was a boy, X. When the doorbell rang, I got a little surprise to see a lanky young lad standing outside the door with his mother! LOL!  Alycia had not informed me that there were boys in her team!    X's mother and I introduced ourselves and he came in.  It felt really really awkward to be inviting a boy into the house and calling out to Alycia to welcome her friend.

Alycia had planned to have the project carried out in her bedroom as her computer is in the room. Since X was half an hour early, we had them seated at the dining table.   Alycia felt awkward too, with just X  around but X was pretty good in breaking the ice. He's a chatty guy with a great sense of humour too.  An hour later, all the team members arrived.  I ordered McDonald's, to be delivered over.

The kids working on their project.

The kids played, munched on snacks and yakked more than working on the project!  I was the one who was doing most of the thinking for them!  Oh well, I didn't expect them to have the discipline of an adult. After all, they are only a bunch of 11-year olds and 12-year olds.

When the project was finally completed after 4 hours, the kids played table tennis at the function room while I brought Cass for swimming.

Daddy joined in the table tennis game too later...

The last kid left at 7:30pm after spending a day at our place.   Alycia had a swell time with her classmates. As for me, I was tuckered out after a long day and this Hari Raya holiday ain't no holiday at all for me.  Alycia needs to be in school on Monday and Tuesday while everyone else gets a holiday!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Musang King Durian Party - Round 2

We had another round of Musang King durian party on Sunday at home!  All the Yap relatives converged at our home for a mega party cum reunion.

The hubs ordered over 30kg of Grade A Musang King durians...

While the adults had durian, the kids had pizzas and chicken wings from Dominos, again!

Fruit rojak for those from overseas who have not tasted this for yonks...

None of the kids went near the durians, though my girls are lovers of the king of fruits... just because their cousins don't like durians :D

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Good Workout Friday - 10 July 2015

This morning I had a very good workout, not once but twice!

After half an hour of air-walking in the gym and another half an hour of brisk walk on the road, I had my shower. Then my friend's hubby came to send me my new batch of stock of Izumio hydrogen water and Super Lutein.   The both of us carried the 12 boxes of Izumio from his car to the lobby of my condo.  Each box of Izumio contains 6 liters of hydrogen water and the weight is about 6kg per box.  After he left, I transferred the boxes of Izumio onto the trolley and dragged the trolley of 6 boxes (over 36kg) back to the 5th floor.  I had to make 2 rounds as only a  max of 6 boxes can fit onto the trolley at a time. More than that - the boxes will topple over.  By the time I was done loading the first round of 6 boxes onto the trolley, I was already sweating profusely, though I had just taken my first shower.  By the time I was done dragging the second round of 6 boxes of Izumio on the trolley back to my unit, I was oozing sweat all over.

Back home, I had to carry the 12 boxes of Izumio inside and find space to store them.

By the time I was done placing the 12 boxes of Izumio, I was already drenched with sweat.  That took me about half an hour to transfer the 12 boxes of Izumio from my friend's car back to my unit and had them arranged nicely.  All in, I lifted more than 100kg of weights today!  And needless to say, I had another shower from head to toe, though I had just taken my first shower half an hour ago! These days, with mercury rising up to 38 degrees Celsius,  I need 4-5 showers in a day, I kid you not.  Only a housewife would understand why we need so many showers in a day!

Now, the muscles on my hands feel sore.  What do you expect from a petite lady weighing 45kg but had to carry over 100kg weight!  Good thing is I had burnt at least another 150-200 calories from this kuli job haha!

Some of the stock you see here belong to my customers and some for our own consumption.  If you are interested to get a box or two to try, you can buzz me at my email at

Have a good weekend! :)

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following links:

 Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

Effects of Hydrogen Rich Water On Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes and Obesity) - from US National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Eve Of Exam - 6 July 2015

They should be revising for their exam. They would have to sit for 3 test papers tomorrow (today) but the girls were having a time of their lives playing with their visiting cousins from New Zealand.

Hopefully with lots of play, their brain would be decluttered from the stress of exam, leaving it more space for what should stay inside.

After an hour of play, we had pizzas and BBQ chicken drummets delivered by Dominoes  - the kids' occasional food, which I'd only order during the exam week (once only during each exam week).

As usual, my pix got photo-bombed by starving kids who just couldn't wait to lay their hands on their once-in-a-blue-moon treat :D

Friday, July 3, 2015

Feasting On Durians

Hubs has been buying durians every other day.  Yesterday, he brought home some Grade A+ Musang King durians that were from his friend's durian orchard and oh my, the durians were indeed superb!! My visiting elder brother, SIL and niece from Singapore had the opportunity to taste the durians.

The texture of the Grade A+ Musang King flesh was fine and creamy and taste was bitter sweet.
I must say that it is the thick luscious flesh and fine creamy and moist texture that discern these Grade A+ Musang King from its inferior siblings.  It is comparable with the Bamboo Leg durian species.

So how do we manage to keep 'heatiness' at bay from all these crazy durian binging?  With Izumio hydrogen water of course and I swear by it - for my kids and me!   During each durian season in the past, getting a sore throat is not uncommon for us.  Thankfully this time, we have Izumio to bring down the heatiness from the durians and crazy heatwave.  And we have Super Lutein to strengthen our immune system guards too :D

Give me a buzz via email @ if you want to find out more on Izumio and Super Lutein.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Someone Just Ruined The Mattress!

Ever since she was totally weaned off from bedtime diapers at night when she was 3 years old, she has never had any accidents on her bed at night.  But what happened last night?  When I woke her up at 5:30am this morning, she asked me groggily "mummy, why am I wet?!"   And I went "you PEED in your pants la!"  DUH!   And she just could not believe that she wet herself and kept asking me "why did I pee in my bed ah?"

So I had an extra load of dirty laundry to wash today ... sigh!

The MIL and I lugged the heavy mattress to our tiny balcony to wash it. We carried buckets of water from the bathroom and splashed it on the mattress and used a toothbrush to scrub the mattress.  We could hardly move around in the shoe-box balcony with the mattress propped on a chair.  Luckily, hubs has just asked his staff to bring the soiled mattress to his shop to have it washed again  and sunned thoroughly outdoors.

See girl?  The trouble you put your grandma and mummy through!  I told her that from now onwards she will be barred from drinking water after 9pm. But she told me that she's thirsty at night.   I double-dog dared her to do what her grandma and I had to do to clean up the utter mess and she dared not utter a word back.

So from today onwards, your bed will be like Cass' bed where a plastic sheet will be placed underneath the bedsheet!  Hopefully after this nasty incident, she will subconsciously try harder to hold her pee tightly in her bladder in her sleep, just like how we adults do it.  She slept pretty late last night (around 11ish pm) after dilly dallying in the house (and made me fuming mad!)  and I think she must have been so bone-weary that she totally lost control and woooosh, out came the water-fall of wizz!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Health Freak Cass

On days when I am too busy or lazy to prepare lunch for Cass, I'll pack lunch for her from the nearby coffee shops. Her favorite is mee siam (this fiery girl loves spicy food!) - as shown here...

As the mee siam is pretty simple without much ingredients, I normally prepare some raw veggies like Japanese cucumbers, organic cherry tomatoes and organic alfalfa sprouts. Oh yes, she eats an egg a day too.

Thankfully Cass has no issues chowing alfalfa sprouts now. She used to frown at them but with continuous training from a health freak mom, she's finally acquired the taste of raw sprouts now :)

A Barista’s Best Friend: Understanding Espresso Tampers

Most Americans fond of the uber-popular hot beverage known as the espresso know little beyond how delightful it can taste after a good meal. Yet, there exists a whole science of sorts behind what makes an espresso the drink so many of us love – and it all begins with pressure. A fusion of the pressurized water emanating from the espresso machine, and the resistance caused by what is referred to as an ideally "packed cake" of coffee grinds the water must navigate through to successfully brew, is what’s meant by “pressure” in this case…but this "coming together" of factors to create the perfect cup of coffee is often credited to the espresso tamper.

Why Do We “Tamp”?

A skilled barista, taking a light amount of coffee grinds and transforming them into an evenly-dispersed, tightly-compressed “puck” within the portafilter – where the coffee and water make contact when the beverage is brewing – understands that this process of tamping is necessary. Why? To begin with, the espresso needs to be compacted far enough to create significant room between the top of the coffee and the screen the water pours through from the espresso machine. Once wet, the coffee grounds exhibit a natural tendency to swell a bit, causing a sludgy mess if there’s no proper stopgap.

Secondarily, tamping is necessary because water is generally lazy – that is, it doesn’t want to engage in the difficult task of pushing through that coffee to sap out all the sumptuous magic inside. Indeed, water that's under pressure is even lazier in its habits, and if this element is forced through a loose pile of grinds, it inevitably will be drawn to all the channels, crevices and cracks it can zip through, ultimately avoiding all the good benefits we want it to absorb from the coffee. If those grinds are tightly pressed into a level cake-like formation, the water is left with no alternative but to squeeze through it evenly, all kinds of flavors hitching a ride along the way.

The Supply Chain

With espresso being so popular, not only in the U.S. but around the world, it is something of a no-brainer that a multitude of wholesalers exist to serve the tamper market. One such entity is Espresso Parts, which since 1993 has been supplying café owners, baristas and home brewers with a plethora of tampers and tamping products. Premium coffee drinks can only be served if the barista boasts the necessary tools, industry experience and expertise, and aiding in this are products such as the Compressore Espresso Tamper and Compressore Professional Espresso Tamp, both available in a dizzying range of colors and materials including Bocote Wood, anodized blue, Kino Wood, Walnut Wood and more.

The espresso tamper, one of the most important tools of the coffee-making art, should fit a hand like a glove…after all, tamping remains a major step in preparing that perfect espresso. 

Commercial Fridge

Hospitals, schools and restaurants are just a few of the places that need to have dependable equipment in their kitchens. Because these places are serving food to a large amount of people, they need a commercial fridge that can store a massive amount of food. They also need it to work properly, so all of that food does not go bad. Unfortunately, all commercial equipment is not created alike. The quality of this type of equipment can vary greatly. This is why you need to be very careful who you buy it from. So how do you figure out which suppliers are legit and which to stay away from? Here is where to find commercial kitchen equipment.

1. Talk to other people who manage commercial kitchens
The best place to start your search for commercial kitchen equipment is by talking to people who actually work with it every day. If you talk to some other managers of commercial kitchens, they will be able to tell you where they buy their equipment. They will also be able to tell you if the equipment is dependable, or if it breaks down on a regular basis. Finally, you should find out what they had to pay for each piece of equipment they have. This will give you some idea of how much you will need to spend to get your commercial kitchen up to date.

2. Look at the websites of equipment manufacturers
If you fail to get the amount of references you wanted from the commercial kitchen managers, you can simply start looking around the Internet to see if the websites of any of the manufacturers of these products catch your eye. You will be able to read detailed information about the commercial equipment they sell, as well as look at photos. If you have any questions, you can give the company a call to find out the specifics about each product that you are interested in.

3. Message boards and review sites
These are two more good options. Both message boards and review sites give the average person a chance to chime in with their opinions and reviews for just about everything. You may get lucky and stumble on some reviews of commercial kitchen equipment retailers. If you read some good things about a particular company from a former client, you should make a point of finding out more about that company.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Unique Coupon Codes For Health Freak Mommy Fans!

I can't believe that I missed out announcing in my blogs that Health Freak Mommy turned 8 in April this year! How could I?  Yeah, blame it on busyness again!!  Time really flies and it's sometimes scary knowing that time is zooming past me at lightning speed!  This means that I am also aging at lightning speed, OH NO! My kids are also growing way too fast and soon, they will leave the nest and pursue their ambition.  Oh no, I am feeling a tad corny now -- tissues please!

Anyway... I have some goodies for you, my dear reader :)

In conjunction with Health Freak Mommy's 8th anniversary, I am delighted to offer all Health Freak Mommy fans with a coupon code worth RM20 from Ensogo Malaysia!  The coupon code of RM20 can be used to offset your purchase of any item from Ensogo as long as the minimum order is RM60.

Ensogo is Southeast Asia’s premier online shopping destination, featuring an exclusive selection of products, services and travel offers at the most competitive prices available.  At Ensogo, shoppers will  find the best offerings from the latest consumer electronics, state-of-the-art gadgets, luxury accessories from world-renowned brands, stylish furnishing and accessories for the home or a 5-star hotel buffet dinner.

I like the Home & Living department the most. There are so many interesting and useful gadgets for the house.  I particularly like the Riddex Pest Repeller. It's a plug-in thingy and the electromagnets emitted from the gadget will repel pests. Ah, just perfect to repel my enemy - the hideous roach!

And this stainless steel folding sink drain rack is perfect for our kitchen sink.  With the RM20 promotional code, this item is only RM10, what a steal!

How To Use Coupon Code From Ensogo
The promotional code specially for Health Freak Mommy fans  is SHIREEN10
This code will be for a one time use only.
Key in the code during check out at the Ensogo Malaysia website.
Duration of the promotional code is one month, starting from 27 June 2015 and ending on 27 July 2015.

Wait, there's more good news!   There will be FREE SHIPPING for any item purchased with no minimum order from Ensogo but this will be for a limited time only.

So wait no further.  Quick hop over to Ensogo Malaysia, choose your item, check out, key in SHIREEN10 promotional code, make payment and await your goodie!

Happy shopping and I'd like to wish all Health Freak Mommy readers a BIG THANK YOU for reading my crap for the past 8 years! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Quirky Big Baby

My quirky eldest baby girl - working hard each night (err, with pushing from tiger mom) to complete the massive homework from school as well as from her private Mandarin tutor in preparation for the forthcoming UPSR exam in September.

Why do I say that she needs a lot of pushing? The moment I am quietly working on my computer, this quirky girl will secretly whip out her iPod and plug the earphones into her ears or she may be messaging her friends or watching a show.  Not that I am pushing her to jockey for the top student position in school (I know she can't be pushed to that level). I am only hoping that she tries her level best to score as many As as she possibly can in her UPSR. That will help her in her entrance into good secondary schools.

This week, I confiscated her iPod when she made me fuming mad with that evil gadget from Apple. See, right from the beginning of time, the Apple is the root of all evil!  And it still is I told my girls.  All the discord and disobedience in the house erupt because of the Apple gadgets - 99% of the time!   If you read the Bible, you will know what I mean.  So yeah, she will be deprived of the evil Apple gadget until UPSR is over.  She will definitely be thanking me secretly later, I can bet on that!

Oxidative Stress

Our body is made up of cells. Our cells have DNA within the nucleus that is bound by Hydrogen bonds. Can you see how relevant Hydrogen is to our cells?  There was a customer who drank Izumio and had her defected gene mutated.

The act of breathing produces free radicals, just like a car producing exhaust fumes when you add petrol into it (our food). When we are exposed to the sun, air pollutants, toxic fumes (newly painted walls), stress, bad food, our cells get attacked by free radicals. The more 'poison' we expose our body to, the higher our chances are of getting sick.  Yet, however healthy a lifestyle we lead, we will still have free radicals.

In order to prevent diseases, our healthy cells need to outweigh the damaged cells by far. Or we will get sick in various degrees. Izumio and Super Lutein get absorbed into your cells within 20-40 minutes to cleanse out the free radicals and get them back to being healthy again.

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following links:

 Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

Effective of Hydrogen Rich Water On Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes and Obesity) - from US National Library of Medicine

 I can be reached at should you require more info on the products.

Monday, June 22, 2015

High School For Alycia - Making A Tough Choice

Guts feeling.   How many of you make decisions based on guts feeling vs logic?

For the past few months, I have been thrown into the crucial decision-making path  again.  This time, the decision is related to my eldest daughter.  This year will be her final year in primary school.  In 2.5 months' time, she will be sitting for her first major exam - the UPSR.   I will  have to make a decision on which secondary school to register her into.  Registration for secondary school starts in July through September.

Being a chronic worrier, I have a jillion what ifs to worry about for each school that I have in mind for Alycia.  I have 3 schools in my selection bag -- School A, School B and School C.  

School A - I worry that if Alycia goes to School A, she will have to spend a lot of time on the road traveling to and from school daily.    Traffic to and from school can be horrendous.  I am not in favor of precious time wasted on the road everyday.   School A is extra-curricular centered.

School B - this school is one of the best independent Chinese schools in the Klang Valley and I worry that Alycia would not be able to survive in the environment and will eventually have to opt out. Well, I actually had this unfounded fear many years ago before I registered Alycia in her current primary school, which is also a high prestige school (SBT status school).    School B is very academics and exams driven.  The school is well-known for churning out scholarship recipients and historically, only 'good students' are accepted into the school.  Yes, part of me is attracted to the scholarships! $$   :D

School C - this is a small private homeschool (housed in a shop lot)  and they follow the Cambridge syllabus.  School fees is about RM920 per month for the first 2 years, which is still affordable.   I am pretty open to home-schooling for my girls.  But I know that to change the hubs' perspective on home-schooling, well... the mountain would have to move a mile in a day!!

I was all for School A as I know that it would suit Alycia best.   School A is more sports oriented vs School B which is academics oriented.  However, in order to get into School A, one has to get straight As in the UPSR exam. School A is in PJ and we stay in KL.  KL students must obtain straight As to be accepted into School A.  Priority is given to students residing in PJ areas.   Alycia has no confidence in getting straight As in her UPSR exam just yet, especially in Chinese Writing.  She is in favor of School A but all her favorite buddies are going to School B. So she is in a dilemma as well.   Alycia has been tossing a coin to help her make a decision and the coin keeps referring to School A!

I wouldn't have to go through all these unnecessary stress if hubs and I can afford spending RM2k a month on each of our girls, making it RM6k a month just on school fees. Private or international school will definitely be our vote. I guess we can  forcibly do that and this would mean forgoing all the little luxuries that we have now and even much more.  Plus, hubs and I would have to work a hundred times harder to find the dough! Life for us will be a torture if we choose this path!     Nope, I can't do that. I love my health too much to have to put it through stress and more worries to earn more money.

Somehow, I just have this guts feeling that School B is the best option for Alycia though my head tells me that School A would suit her character more. Many times, most of my fears and worries are unfounded. My biggest worry would be Alycia would not be able to cope with the stress of academics and stress of exam should she be sent to School B.  Some subjects will be taught in 3 languages, ie. English, Chinese and BM.    The number of exams in School B are also more than a Kebangsaan / Government school.  Exams will be in both UEC and PPPM syllabus.   Biology and Chemistry will be using Cambridge University Press textbooks and lessons conducted bilingually in Chinese and English.

Hubs was telling me not to underestimate Alycia. She has proven to us that she has more sand in her life than we thought and have many times proven to us her mettle.

Yesterday hubs and I had a long discussion.  He is only rooting for School B and no other schools (yes he can be obstinate in certain departments).   Monthly school fees at School B for Junior 1 is about RM400 a month.  With tuition, hubs would have to allocate around RM800 or more for Alycia.  But he is not complaining. As I mentioned earlier, once hubs has made a decision,  the mountain would have to move a mile in a day for him to change his mind.  So I guess that School B it is for now. And we will have to get ready all the documentation  for registration in July.

Wish us lots of luck!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Easy One-Pot Dishes

I cooked these for dinner about two weeks ago...

Curry with prawns, fish balls, ladies fingers, tomatoes, long beans and brinjal. Yup another one-pot dish that we all love! I dumped whatever I could find from the fridge into the pot to clear the fridge and freezer before the MIL's return from Hong Kong after her 2-month long vacation :D

I used half a packet of instant vegetarian curry sauce from Mak Nyonya, half a packet of fish curry powder from Baba's, half a packet of turmeric powder and a handful of kafir lime leaves.   Again, I just used whatever curry powder that I could find in the kitchen.

My first time dishing out this egg omelette  combo consisting of eggs, minced pork, tomatoes (2 medium size), garlic, onions, spring onions, soy sauce, pepper and tomato sauce.

Brown the minced pork first, then the tomatoes (until mushy), onions, garlic (make sure you don't burn the onions and garlic, else the dish will be bitter), the beaten eggs, spring onions, add pepper,  soy sauce and lastly add a dash of tomato sauce and mix well in the wok.

Miss Drama Queen helped me to slice the cucumbers. Can you see the diamond shape cucumber in the centre of the dish? Yes, her idea, as well as the seasoned seaweed, to decorate the dish.

This dish was absolutely delish. And yes, it's another one-pot dish, complete  with meat, eggs and veggies (spring onions, tomatoes and cucumbers) in it.

I'll definitely dish this up (many times again!) the next time the MIL goes on her long vacation again. It's easy to cook, prep time is short, ingredients are easily available and not expensive and the girls love it!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wedding Of The Year

Yesterday was the much-awaited wedding of our very dear friend, D. He is also our girls' 'khai yeh' (godfather).  Hubs and D have been buddies for over 30 years and I have known D since I was 13 years old!

The wedding was held at the clubhouse of our friend's house @ Sierramas.  The food catering was provided for by the hubby.  Oh yea, in case you do not know yet, the hubby is a caterer (Catermate Sdn Bhd).  So if you need to call a caterer for your function, do give him a tinkle at 019-266 4297 :D

This wedding dinner also doubled up as a very warm reunion for hubs and me with our old friends from Ipoh, many of whom we have known since we were teenagers in school.

The wedding dinner was held on a Sunday evening and the following day (today) is the first day of school for the girls, after a 2-week long school break.  I had wanted to skip the dinner for that reason  but how could we not attend this wedding that we have all waited  for decades?!  By the time we reached home, it was already close to midnight.

For almost 20 years, we (the buddies of D) have been waiting for this day to come! And for us to prank play D back on his wedding day!! :D

The hubby's evil idea....

For D to gobble down the sushi off his wife's foot :D

The pic below is deliberately scaled down as it may be seen as offensive to some la..  and D may be reading this post too *sorry D, can't help it!  We really enjoyed ourselves at your wedding dinner and kudos for being so sporting! :D *

D, I'd like to wish you many years of blissful marriage to J.   And may you and J be blessed with many  junior Ds and Js soon! :D

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Little Masseuse At Work

My darling Cass gave me a relaxing massage today, while I was working on my computer...

... with this roller-ball massage thingy that the MIL bought from Taiwan recently and it was so comfy!!

Not sure if you can get this gadget here but if anyone of you goes to Taiwan, it's worth getting this handy massage roller ball thingy. It's very soothing to roll the steel balls on your achy muscles and you can bring it everywhere with you.

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