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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ride With Us

Cut and paste the following starting here. I have randomly selected 5 of you below to be tagged and I hope that you will similarly publish this post in your blog.

You will have to tag 5 other bloggers and just keep adding on to the list. Do not replace, just keep on adding! Yes we hope it will be a long list!

It’s real easy! Tag others and see your Technorati Authority increase exponentially!

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- Attract large volume of new traffic to your site
- Build your community.
- Make new friends!

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Thanks to Girlie for giving me this opportunity to ride the train round the world.

Now I want these friends to join the rest of us in the train ride:

1. Wen
2. Slavemom
3. Chin Nee
4. Barb
5. Giddy Tigers

Playing And Eating On The Dining Table

That's how I manage to get my maid feed Sherilyn breakfast this morning. Though Sher likes to play with our new maid, she still does not want the maid to feed her or bathe her.... and she's really bossy, scolding our maid and making pouty lips as she scolds her. Sher climbed up and down her chair and kept saying she wants to wee wee, just to avoid our maid. Finally I gave her her favorite Dr Seuss books and some Lego blocks and she happily allowed kakak to feed her whilst she made a 'house' using the blocks and books..... and she happily finished her breakfast without any fuss!

Almond Biscuits From Macau

This brand of almond biscuits from Macau (Kok Kei Bakery) is my favorite. While other brands of almond biscuits are either too sweet or don't have enough almond bits, Kok Kei's almond biscuits are just nice and with generous amounts of almonds inside the biscuits. Only certain shops sell this brand of biscuits here. My mil bought all these for us when she came back from Hong Kong recently.

This is also the gals' favorite biscuits.... but they make quite a mess on themselves and on the table and floor after eating it.

Is There Anything Wrong With The Blogspot Server?

Something is seriously wrong with the blogspot server. I’ve been facing difficulty logging in to my blogspot blog and to other blogspot blogs too throughout the day since yesterday morning. At certain times, there seems to be nothing wrong and I could log in without any difficulty but most of the time, the page gets hang. I also cannot upload pix at intervals throughout the day. I have really wasted a lot of precious time trying don’t know how many umpteen times to log in. The technician from Streamyx came this morning and upon checking my line, told me that there is nothing wrong with my line or the pod. And when he was here, coincidentally he could access my blogspot blog and other blogspot blogs without any problem. But when he left, the problem persisted again, bummer! My friend who is a computer technician came this morning to install a surge protector to my computer. When he was here, he could also log in to my blog and other blogspot blogs. Does that sound creepy to you? Is anyone facing this problem too?

Fraudulent Advertiser

This morning, I logged in to an advertising network website and had wanted to start drafting a post when I saw this message :

Opportunity Is Under Review :

This advertiser appears to be fraudulent. While we are investigating this advertisers account this opportunity will continue to be inactive.

Luckily I had not worked on the post earlier, otherwise all my time and effort would have gone down the drain.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Trying Her Best To Be Chummy With The Kids

My new temp Cambodian maid is trying her best to be chummy with the kids and her efforts are paying off well. Alycia really likes her whilst Sherilyn who seems to be rejecting and resisting her is beginning to accept her, though she still insists that mummy bathes her and feeds her. Today, Sherilyn allowed my maid to carry her when she played 'catching' with the gals. They were having so much fun playing in the living room and were laughing away. This is one plus point with my maid.

However, some of things that she does can be quite horrible and shocking. For example, the clothes she folds are all uneven and look terribly crumpled. Even Alycia and Sherilyn can do a better job. After folding the clothes yesterday, she put them into a laundry basket and put the basket in our room. When I kept the clothes, I saw unfolded and unturned panties, singlets and socks in between folded clothes. Besides, she's also very dreamy and looks clueless and blur. After turning on the switch to boil water in the kettle, she will stand next to the kettle and stare at the kettle, waiting for the water to boil. I told her she can do other work whilst waiting for the water to boil and she gave me a silly smile and mumbled something which is not comprehensible, and I was too tired to ask her what she was trying to tell me.

She also eats like she's famished all the time. I had bought her a box of Jacob's wholemeal crackers and the next day when I checked the box, I was shock to find that it's empty! I think she must have come from a family who's really poor where food, especially meat is really scarce. She never likes to waste food and even finished every single drop of salty soup from the 'yong tau foo' that I had bought several days ago. She even eats all the chicken that we had used to boil soup, something which my previous maids never did and were all too spoilt for choice with their food.

Overall, she's tolerable and work performance is acceptable. She's also very patient with the gals, which is very important to me.

Problem With Streamyx Again

I have been having problem accessing to blogspot blogs since yesterday. As for my own blogspot blog, luckily I can still access it, though it will take ages (10 - 15 mins) to upload the page and I am unable to upload pix at random. For those blogspot blogs that I can access, the page is either blank or I can't see the 'comments' section. I've called up Streamyx and was told that there could be a problem with my pod. They have asked a technician to check my pod and line. I'll see how fast they can come as I told them specifically that I can't afford any downtime, and also exaggerated a bit to make it seem more urgent. I can never place too much hope in Streamyx.

Real Estate Agents

We have gone through the process of buying and selling a home and both times, it wasn’t a pleasant experience as we did not engage a good real estate agent. We even had to follow up on certain legal documentation all the time (which was the real estate agent’s job) and make calls to the bank to make enquires as the real estate agent was too busy to provide assistance at the speed that we wanted. It’s pretty hard to get a good real estate agent like GMAC Real Estate who can provide you with satisfactory customer service, expertise and advice that we need. The real estate agents at GMAC Real Estate can even provide expertise for first time home buyers, employee relocation, military relocation, vacation homes, retirement homes, new construction homes and much more. So if you need to purchase or sell a home or need advice on matters pertaining to real estate, be sure to check out gmacrealestate.com.

Fukuya Japanese Restaurant

We went to Fukuya Japanese Restaurant in Bangsar for lunch 2 Sundays ago. Hubby's friend is a sashimi chef there. The food there was really good - the raw fish and seafood were very fresh. The chicken teriyaki from the Bento set also tasted very good - the skin was very crispy and fragrant.

Soft shell crab maki - very tasty.

Chawan Mushi with Unagi, which comes together with the Bento set.

The platter of raw fish and seafood which made me salivate whilst hubby savoured them.

Hubby ordered a plate full of raw fish and seafood that really made me salivate..... I had a grilled cod fish and the gals had a Bento set. Also ordered many other miscellaneous items. It was the first time my maid ate Jap food and for someone poor from Cambodia who is quite deprieved of food, she enjoyed every bit of the delicious food. The soft shell crab maki was very tasty too. Alycia and Sherilyn loved the California rolls and maki. Even Sherilyn who hates meat ate the soft shell crab maki.

Alycia enjoying her maki.

Sherilyn enjoying the crispy seaweed sheets which the sashimi chef gave her.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Relaxing Foot Reflexology And Body Massage

This is a back-dated post. 2 weeks ago after dinner one night, hubby said he wanted to have a foot reflexology as he had been working late and needed to de-stress himself. So we all went to KL Valley Foot Reflexology, a foot reflexology and massage center with branches around KL. Most of the masseurs at the centers are men and women hired from China. We went to the one located near our house. I was a tad apprehensive about having a foot reflexology during pregnancy but the masseurs there reassured me that it is ok as long as they did it gently.

The massage was really relaxing. First, the masseurs massaged my shoulders, head and arms. Then, I had my feet soaked in some warm herb water and had a hot pack placed behind my back and my nape. The massage was truly relaxing till I dozed off..... but I find it too gentle and not 'chee kek' enough! A 45-minute massage session cost RM40 per person. I will definitely go back for more.

Whilst hubby and I were enjoying our massage session, Sherilyn our samseng climbed up and down the massage chairs, hopped around like a monkey and made so much noises. It was really embarassing as most of the customers had dozed off during the session.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pretty Mummy

Have been tagged by this giddy but pretty mummy from the North.

The rule to the e-mail was that, once you have been hit, you have to hit 5 pretty Moms, including the one who thought of you today & sent it to you. The idea is that if you get hit again, You will know you are really pretty!

So I thought lets just turn this into a tag instead. But that “hit” part won’t work very well in a tag. So instead of giving a “hit” to the one who tag you, you add your name at the bottom of the tagged persons list, and without bumping the person at the top or bumping anyone off and let the list grow.Hit 5 pretty moms on your list to let them know they are pretty!

Before I was a Mom
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on.Pooped on.Chewed on.Peed on.I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests or give shots.I never looked into teary eyes and cried.I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put her down.I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt.I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.I never knew that I could love someone so much.I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -
I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child.I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Here’s the first chain of tags :

The five special mommies I am tagging are:

Clumsy Mummy
Lovely Mummy
Shern's Mummy

Hip n Cool Momma

Sunday, January 27, 2008

This Is How Sher Eats With Her Chopsticks

That's how Sherilyn eats her California roll with a pair of Japanese chopsticks. She refused to let our new Cambodian maid (next to her) feed her or touch her..... and she prefers to feed herself eventhough she makes a big mess.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Flavored Kit Kats

Have you ever seen strawberry flavored and green tea flavored Kit Kat here? I have not but my mil recently got some back from Japan. I find them a tad too sweet for my liking. I still prefer the good old original Kit Kat.

Good Habits Are Never Too Early To Instill

From young, I've instilled a reading habit in the gals. I normally read to them when they are seated on the potty or on the dining table. Now, Sherilyn always asks for her favorite Dr Seuss mini flip-the-flap books or nursery rhymes books whenever she sits on her potty to do her big poopie business. When I have time, I will read to her, else she will read the books herself.

Friday, January 25, 2008

What's So Fantastic About J.Co Doughnuts?

I really don't know but each time I go to the Republic Food Court @ Pavillion, the J.Co Doughnut outlet is ALWAYS packed with fans making a long bee line and willing to queue for at least 15 mins to 30 mins for their turn to buy those sweet doughnuts. And hubby is one of the die-hard fans. For an impatient person like him, he is willing to queue up with the rest of the die-hard fans just to get a dozen of those doughnuts laced with sugar, chocolate and cream.

We were at Pavillion on Wednesday and hubby joined in the craze by queuing up for at least 20 mins to get a dozen of those doughnuts. I really can't find anything special about those doughnuts, in fact I find them terribly sweet. I still prefer the old-fashioned doughnuts sprinkled with very little castor sugar but still, I am never a doughnut person. I prefer cream puffs and ice cream.

Do you find these doughnuts tempting and appetizing? I don't know, but I really find them very jelak, just at the sight of them.... and I did not eat any of these. Instead, I ate the 'yau char kwai', 'mar keok', soya bean and tau foo far from the 'Yau Tiow' stall at the Republic Food Court. You should try those instead - very nice... but sinful! I was too busy eating them till I had forgotten to snap pix of them. Next time I will!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sherilyn My Keen Helper

For one week after our maid had gone back to Indonesia, Sherilyn never fails to help my mum whenever she hangs the laundry out to dry.... and she did quite a good job. When the clothes were dried, she even helped to fold the clothes, though the result was not exactly acceptable but good enough for a toddler who is not even 3 years old.

Blogging Frenzy Days Are Over

Offers from advertisers are pathetically scarce for PR0 blogs lately but I'm too busy to grief over it. In fact, I find that it's a blessing in disguise. I'm just too busy training my new temp Cambodian maid. Though she's hardworking, she's really slow. I have to do some of the house work myself like boiling water, washing bottles, bathing the kids, feeding Sherilyn (which is the most time-consuming as this brat doesn't like to eat and just stores the food in her mouth for hours), etc. Sherilyn still does not want the new maid to feed her or bathe her. I'm having a bad backache now from all the back-breaking tasks of bathing 2 hyperactive kids who won't stay still before, during and after their baths. Plus, I find it hard and painful to squat down now as my belly is getting bigger.

Now that Alycia has gone back to pre-school, I have to coach her in her homework everyday, besides reading to her and Sherilyn. I am really tempted to create another blog in my own domain and let this new blog be free of 3P posts in the hope of earning a good PR but with my 3rd baby arriving soon, I really doubt I will have the time to do that. I guess I will have to put this plan in the back-burner and wait till the end of this year.

First Link Love in 2008

This is my 2nd tag for 2008. Thanks to this mummy who can bake very well who lives in Canada.

I have randomly selected 5 of you below to be tagged and I hope that you will similarly publish this post in your blog.
You will have to tag 5 other bloggers and just keep adding on to the list. (Do not replace, just keep on adding! Yes we hope it will be a long list!)
It’s real easy!
Tag others and see your Technorati Authority increase exponentially!

The benefits of Viral Linking:-
1) One of the fastest ways to see your technorati authority explode!
2) Increase your Google PageRank fast
3) Attract large volume of new traffic to your site
4) Build your community
5) Make new friends!

Those in the Link Love :
The Strategist Notebook Link Addiction Ardour of the Heart When Life Becomes a Book The Malaysian Life Yogatta.com What goes under the sun Roshidan’s Cyber Station Sasha says Arts of Physics And the legend lives My View, My Life A Simple Life Juliana RW, Hazel,Sweetiepie , Healthfreakmommy,

Now I am tagging Tot's Mum, Hui Sia, Jasmine, Chin Nee, Barbara.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fish Spa Theraphy

Remember I wrote about the fish spa at Pavillion? We were supposed to go there on New Year's Eve but our plan did not materialize as we ran out of time. Today, we finally made a trip there and had an experience of our lifetime at the fish spa named Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa located at Level 5 of Pavillion. Hop on to my other blog to read on and to view more pix.

Yummy Pineapple Cakes

These mini pineapple cakes made in Taiwan are my favorite and they taste even better than our local pineapple tarts. The crust is milky and the pineapple paste has chunks of pineapple and walnuts bits. They are sold in Taiwan and Hong Kong and my mil brought back 2 tins for me when she came back from HK recently. There goes my weight.... I think it will shoot up within the next few days as she had bought so much yummy and fattening sweet treats for us.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fish Head Noodles

This fish head noodles is supposedly one of the best in KL. This shop, Woo Hin Fish Head Noodles located at Taman Desa, Old Klang Road was featured in the newspapers a couple of times. By 12 noon, the shop will be packed to the brim every single day. We were there last week and managed to get a place to sit as we arrived before 12 noon.

We ordered 2 bowls of fish head noodles,

and a large bowl of 'yue watt' or fish paste.

I find the fish paste and the soup too salty.... so salty that my tongue felt numb after the meal. The food here is not really suitable for toddlers as I find they contain too much salt, MSG, pepper and cooking wine in the soup. Even Alycia and Sherilyn who love fish paste and noodles didn't like the food. They kept complaining that the noodles and fish paste were spicy and salty and kept drinking water instead of eating.

The shop serves very good 'foo choke pak kor yee mai' or barley boiled with tofu sheets and gingko. Another must-try drink is the boiled pumpkin with gingko water - very refreshing and it's sugar-free. The drinks cost RM2 per glass.

Monday, January 21, 2008

MIL Is Here

My mil is back from Hong Kong for 1.5 weeks before she flies off again for an overseas holiday during the CNY. Read more here.


Sherilyn is normally diaperless when we bring her out. Since we were maid-less last week, I put her on a diaper whenever we went out as I don't have the strength to carry her when she needs to pee. I was also advised by my Obs not to carry her.
When we came home after lunch one day, her diaper was so overloaded with her pee that it almost dropped off her waist.... and she was walking around in the house with the heavy diaper as we were all too busy to remove her diaper! See how messy my room was, with things scatterred everywhere on the floor and an unmade bed.

Methane Gas Detector

I got a scare yesterday afternoon when I smelled gas everywhere in the house. I suddenly remembered that my maid had made some hard boiled eggs and boiled some barley water in the morning. When I went to the kitchen to check, I discovered that she had forgotten to turn off the stove or it could be the flame had extinguished by itself while the stove was turned on and my maid did not notice that. That was just so dangerous and if we had anyone lighting a cigarette in our house at that time, I dread to think what would have happened. This new maid of mine is quite a scatterbrain. I think very soon I will need to buy a cooking gas detector to detect gas leakage from the kitchen for the safety of my family. I wonder if there is such a device, just like the methane gas detectors from methangasdetectors.com. The methane gas detector is a pretty cool gadget which can detect a methane gas leak by just pointing and shooting a ‘laser gun’.

Last Meal

This was the last meal that our previous maid cooked for us before she returned to Indonesia. Since Alycia and Sherilyn have always wanted to eat Maggie Mee (instant noodles), she fried a big pot of Maggie Mee (minus the MSG) that was enough for all of us for lunch and dinner.
I have yet to taste my new maid's cooking and I wonder if she knows the basics of cooking. Shall be testing her cooking skills either today or tomorrow.

A University Degree Guarantees A Bright Future

My new Cambodian maid is a smart girl. She has gone to high school for several years but was forced to stop schooling due to financial constraints. According to our maid agent, the level of English that she speaks is considered very good for a poor farmer’s daughter like her. Most Cambodians from the rural areas are hard core poor and don’t speak a word of English but she speaks smattering English that’s mostly comprehensible. I told her yesterday that since she’s only 20 years old, she should work hard and save enough money to pursue a degree. If she can’t afford to go overseas, she can pursue a degree from online universities like Capella University, an accredited online university that offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. She can choose a subject that interests her, realize her dreams of being the first graduate in her family and set a brighter future for her and her family.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Black Sesame Paste Pau

This black sesame paste pau from Din Tai Fung Chinese Restaurant @ Gardens is one of the tastiest I have ever tasted. There's a generous filling of black sesame paste oozing from the pau as you sink your teeth into the piping hot soft pau. Very tasty!

A Little Fountain In Our Very Own Kitchen

The kids and I had a real good laugh yesterday when the faucet in our kitchen sink was accidentally yanked off by our new Cambodian maid. What made it so funny was that when the faucet came off, the water shot up like a little fountain and my maid was all wet…. with the faucet still in her hand. Even I had a good laugh. The faucet has been faulty and loose for months already and had been yanked off many times but we haven’t got the time to get a replacement. I better ask hubby to get a new Hansgrohe faucet that does not fall apart so easily. It’s really inconvenient each time the faucet comes off as I have to wait for my handyman (hubby) to come back from work at night to have it fixed.

I Prefer Plus Size Clothes Than Maternity Clothes

I wonder why maternity clothes and lingerie are so expensive. I recently bought a tube top and jeans from a maternity boutique and they cost me a bomb. I had wanted to buy some maternity lingerie too but they are freaking expensive. I rather buy plus size clothes and plus size lingerie which cost much cheaper than maternity ones. I also find most maternity wear conservative and unappealing. Most of the clothes and lingerie that I wear during my pregnancy are plus size clothes and plus size lingerie. There are more choices of appealing and sexy apparel from plus size apparel and lingerie boutiques than maternity boutiques.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Relief For Varicose Veins

Read more about it here.

My New Cambodian Temp Maid

She's here finally. She's incredibly stick-thin and I wonder if she eats anything or have the stamina to work. My maid agent told me that one of the reasons she was rejected by her previous employer is that she was picky in her food and requested for certain beverages and food from her previous employer. When she was here, the maid agent specifically warned her not to be choosy with her food. I woke up at 6am today to explain work to her. So far she's ok, comprehends simple English and willing to do anything. I'm praying hard that she will fit in well here.

Friday, January 18, 2008

IT-Savvy Kid

Alycia loves learning words on her toy electronic laptop. At the press of a button, she can choose what she wants to learn. She got this laptop for her 3rd birthday a year ago but she did not know how to play with it then, so I kept it. Recently, she went to the cupboard where I keep all their new books, toys, stationery, stickers, etc. and fished out the laptop herself and started playing with it. As she doesn't know spelling yet, she will ask me for help to play the word games on the laptop. This is really a cool learning tool for toddlers ages 4 and up.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Temp Maid

My maid agent just called to inform me that he has managed to get me a temp live-in maid who will arrive at my house tomorrow night. I am having a mixture of feelings now, both relieved and worried. Relieved and happy that I don't have to do household chores anymore yet worried that the maid will drive me nuts. This temp maid will be a Cambodian maid who has been rejected by another employer. I just hope that there will not be any communication breakdown and most importantly, she will not be a cuckoo maid and one who is lazy and has bad attitude.

Siamese Love Letter

Hubby's uncle who has just returned from Thailand gave us a big bottle of kuih kapit (or Love Letters) filled with chicken floss all rolled up inside. They are really crispy, tasty and fragrant as there's a generous amount of coconut milk used to make the Love Letters. Greedy me was so busy munching on the Love Letters that my hand slipped whilst holding the bottle and all the Love Letters inside were crushed to bits. Now, I have to use a spoon to eat the crushed biscuits and chicken floss!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Home Furniture

Good quality and elegant home furniture are really expensive these days. Last month, hubby and I saw a dining table set from a furniture shop that we really liked but the price was way out of our budget. A relative of mine who works in a furniture shop told me once that many home furnishing stores reap a gross margin of 43.3% on average! So can you imagine how cheap the furniture would be if we could directbuy them from the manufacturer?

Hair Cut Day

I finally brought the gals for their hair cut today. I also had my tresses cut since I haven't had a hair cut for almost a year! The length of my hair was at chest length and I found that it took a long time for my hair to dry since I normally take my bath at night, just before going to bed. I wash my hair everyday and sometimes even twice a day. Now, it's at shoulder length and layered and I find my hair lighter as well. The gals behaved very well when the hairdresser cut their hair. I personally prefer them to have long tresses as they look more girlish. Since they don't allow me to tie up their hair, I have no choice but to have their hair at chin length all the time. It's really messy when they have long hair each time they eat and sweat.

Silly Sherilyn

Every night when I place my nightie on the bed, Sherilyn is sure to put on the nightie and act silly to make me laugh. She will dance in my nightie, run around with it and say "i am mummy!". She sure knows how to make me laugh.

Din Tai Fung Chinese Restaurant

The night before our maid left, hubby brought us all to Din Tai Fung Chinese Restaurant @ Gardens for dinner. This restaurant serves really good Shainghainese food.

This 'siu loong pau' is really tasty. I love the hot soup wrapped inside the skin. You have got to be careful not to burn your lips and tongue when you bite into this pau as the soup inside is really piping hot. There are 2 varieties of 'siu loong pau' - one is meat filled and the other one is meat and crab meat filled. Both are equally tasty.

Another of my favorite at this restaurant - the beef 'la mien'. Very tasty.

This is also one of my favorites - pau filled with steamed minced pork meat - also very tasty.

Our all-time favorite - 'sei kwai tau' or Four Seasons beans, which is actually fried long beans with minced pork and preserved vegetables.

Fried rice with big shrimps and eggs for our maid.

We also ordered a steamed tofu dish. What's special about this simple dish is that the tofu comes with chicken meat floss sprinkled on top of the tofu.

I would rate the food from this restaurant 9 over 10.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Finally Maid-Less

My maid has left us since yesterday. Luckily my mum is here to help me entertain the kids and with some simple household chores, else I will really be helpless and I can't imagine how I will be able to cope all alone with 2 brats at home. However, she can only be here until this Friday.

Today is Alycia's first day of school this year. I woke up early to do some simple house work and to prepare her lunch box. After having a maid to help me for more than 5 years, I find it really tiring to have to do everything myself now. Being pregnant makes it even more tiring. I now find it difficult and tiring to squat down, bend down, climb up and down the stairs more than 20 times a day, wash the dishes, hang the clothes out to dry, keep the clothes, bathe the kids myself, etc. etc. My maid agent has promised me that he will send me a temp live-in maid this Sunday and I hope this time he will keep his promise. The temp maid will be a Cambodian, who has been rejected by another employer. I just hope she will be tolerable. I won't place too much hope on her as she's only a temp maid. Just can't wait for my new permanent maid to arrive.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sherilyn - 8 Months vs 3 Years Old

Read more about it here.

Green Tea Chiffon Cake

This green tea chiffon cake is one of the best I have tasted. It's from this bakery that we regularly patronize near our house. If I want to get this cake, I have to be at the bakery early, else they will all be snapped up in a jiff. It's ultra soft, not too sweet and has red beans sprinkled on top. I can even chomp down the entire cake myself in a day, but of course I won't do that.... gotta watch the calories and my waist line!

Finally I Got A Taste Of Her Curry

After months of just smelling the aroma of my Sikh neighbor's curry whenever she cooks them and salivating whilst I whiffed the aroma, yesterday she finally gave me a small bowl of her chicken curry to try. And boy, it tasted so good. Authentic, homemade Sikh curry. If only I had some tosei or roti canai to go with the curry, it would even be more satisfying! Finally my crave was satisfied!

She also gave me a huge packet of fish keropok from Terengganu. My maid deep fried some and they tasted really good too!

Mum To The Rescue

My mum is coming tomorrow to help me out. Yippee!! Though I can't expect her to help me in the household chores as she's quite plagued by ailments, at least she's here to entertain the kids whilst I get to do some house work or work on my computer. However, she can only stay for one week. Hopefully she will agree to stay longer.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Quick Fix Mac n Cheese

If you want to fix a quick meal of mac n cheese for yourself or your little one, try San Remo. It's MSG free, preservative free and very tasty. Alycia and Sherilyn love it. Just add some butter, milk, some chopped french beans or some minced meat and cook for 10 minutes and voila, you have a delicious piping hot meal on your table. You can also sprinkle some cheese or pine nuts on the macaroni for some added calcium and protein for your toddlers.