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Thursday, August 27, 2015

All About Cass

Although I own an online store selling clothes, I do not splurge on clothes for my girls and myself as and when I fancy, albeit most times I will be really tempted to do so.  This I have to give credit to my dad and mom on training me how to be frugal since young :)   Some of my suppliers dress their kids up in new clothes almost everyday.  They keep a piece of every apparel design for their kids before selling them.   I wonder if their kids have the chance to wear so many clothes.   At home, my kids don on old clothes, sometimes in rags like a hobo as they said rags are more comfortable to wear!

In fact, it is me who often ask my girls if they would like to have new clothes by showing them the photo of the apparel from my supplier's website. Most of the time, they will say "NAH, no thanks"

Just the other day, I asked Cass if she would like to have some of those pretty dinner dresses and this was her reply to me "it's OK. I am worried that if you keep buying me clothes, you will go BANKRUPT mummy.  You save the money ok!"

Bankrupt?  Can I even go bankrupt buying clothes? LOL!

Cass is pretty matured and logical in her thoughts. Sometimes she shocks me with how  well thought  her reasoning is.

After less than a year of lessons from a new swimming coach, Cass can now swim pretty well. She has finally gotten rid of her phobia of breathing in the water.

I bring her swimming 2-3 times a week. I would love for her to swim everyday but she has other  activities and tuition on other days.  Swimming can strengthen her muscles and studies have shown that daily swimming of 30 minutes can help to treat incontinence.  The only downside from swimming so often in the afternoon is that she now spots a permanent tan on her skin... the healthy looking kind of tan that is! ;)

Super Lutein For Osteoarthritis - Testimonial

For those of you who have been quietly enduring pain each time you squat down, walk, run or climb stairs, fret not if you are not keen  to take glucosamine.  You can relief your knee pain or joint pain naturally with antioxidants or carotenoids.

Super Lutein is a nutritional supplement containing 6 types of carotenoid.  It is formulated with lutein, lycopene—found in tomatoes, zeaxanthin—found in maize and egg yolk, as well as α- and β-carotene—found in the orange-coloured pigments of carrots and pumpkins.

One of our team members' customer took 6 capsules of Super Lutein daily (total of 2 bottles of Super Lutein) and her knee pain was totally gone!  She now takes 3 capsules of Super Lutein for maintenance of good health.

You can read a research article from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health on Serum Carotenoids and Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis

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

Izumio and Super Lutein - Testimonials From High Blood Pressure and Diabetes Patients

Izumio and Super Lutein - Testimonial On Diabetes And High Cholestrol

 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 shireenyong@gmail.com.

4 Benefits To In-Home Care

When an elderly family member has an injury or experiences a long-term illness, the family is faced with some tough decisions. Hospitalization is not only expensive, but it can also be impersonal as well. That is why many people choose to utilize in-home senior care services from organizations such as Advanced Nursing And Home Support to help in the long-term care and recovery of their loved ones. There are many benefits to utilizing a professional service that allows elderly patients to experience their long-term rehabilitation from home.

A Personal Touch
Professional nurses that work for in-home services can help elderly patients to take care of personal issues such as bathing and dressing. It is a service that is provided in the privacy of the patient's home and allows the patient to retain a strong measure of dignity and personal satisfaction.

Home Maintenance
When elderly patients recover at home, one of the worries can be that some of the home care duties such as laundry and pet care may be forgotten. But a professional service will take care of those light housekeeping duties and allow the elderly patient to enjoy their pets, as well as a clean home at all times.

Getting Around
One of the more challenging side-effects of recovering from a medical setback can be the inability to get around town and run errands. Elderly patients do not want to miss out on seeing their friends and family members at the grocery store, and they certainly do not want to have to miss important doctor appointments. In-home care experts make sure that elderly patients get to where they need to go and enjoy the freedom that comes with being able to go shopping and run errands each day.

Long-Term Home Care
Sometimes the families of elderly patients are forced to decide if their loved ones will live in senior facilities, or their own homes for their remaining years. Thanks to the in-home medical services provided by professional organizations, elderly patients can live at home and enjoy the familiar surroundings of a life that they have worked so hard to create. When it comes to getting long-term medical treatment of any kind, nothing beats being able to be home while you are receiving care. Thanks to the dedicated professionals that work for in-home care organizations, an elderly patient can be at home and get the medical attention they need at the same time

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Macaroni Food And Coffee Cafe @ Faber Towers, Taman Desa, KL

Our Saturday night dinner at the newly opened Macaroni Cafe @ Faber Towers, KL...

As you can see on the menu, prices are pretty reasonable.

Spaghetti bolognese for Cass...

Succulent grilled chicken with mushroom sauce for moi. Very nicely executed. I liked it.

Lamb stew for the man... but we were too stuffed from over-ordering and had to take-away the unfinished portion.  Very flavorsome dish for lamb lovers but slightly too salty for my palate.

Burger for him too...

Mushroom pasta for Sherilyn...

Pizza for the  girls.

Long strands of chewy cheese pulled out from the pizza! I am no pizza lover (too cruel for my waist line and belly and trashing the unwanted muffin top will see me swimming extra laps each morning!) but the girls don't mind having them 7 days a week.

Wish I was young again with super efficient metabolism to auto-burn  all these greasy and creamy  carbo without having to painfully exercise so hard!  Miss Drama Queen guzzled down this tall glass of strawberry milk shake!

Check out the foamy cream on top. Gawd, if I guzzle this down, I think I will need to skip dinner for a week!

My absolute favorite - chawan mushi in giant bowls, which were ordered from the Japanese restaurant opposite Macaroni.

The crowd can be robust during the weekends, so do make a booking in advance.

Macaroni Food And Coffee Cafe
Lot G10, Faber Tower (Taman Desa),
Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
03-7983 3488

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Steamed Yam Cake

Grandma provided life's survival lesson to the girl who loves cooking on Saturday...

Preparing yam cake (woo thau goa).

It's quite a tedious job with lots of chopping (Chinese sausage, mushrooms, yam), blending of dried shrimps, stir-frying the yam,  etc. etc

The bowl of orangy fluffy stuff above the wok of yam is ground dried shrimps (har mai).

And the end product - steamed yam cake. So yummy!   And if you have it pan-fried the next day, it's even yummier!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Izumio and Super Lutein - Testimonial On Diabetes And High Cholestrol

Today one of our team members received another very happy news from her customer.  The customer's husband was diagnosed with uncontrolled diabetes, high cholesterol and suspected to have metabolism disorder in April 2015.   In under four months that he was on Izumio and Super Lutein, all the above disorders  have been well under control.

Have a read on the message between our team member and her customer...

If you are suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol and metabolism disorder and want to treat these disorders naturally, why not give Izumio and Super Lutein a try?

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

Izumio and Super Lutein - Testimonials From High Blood Pressure and Diabetes Patients

 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 shireenyong@gmail.com.

Positive Attitude

When Cass alighted from the school van just now...

Me - So how's the result of the Chinese story-telling competition?

Cass (in a really cheery mood) - I did not get into the semi-finals. Only RX and C managed to get in.

Me - it's OK baby

Cass - but I am going to take part in the coming BM story-telling competition! I have already told Cikgu C that I want to take part!! *announcing with renewed hope and optimism*

Me - that's good!  I love your attitude and spirit!  You have a never-give-up spirit and I like it!

Cass - if I don't win this BM story-telling competition, how?

Me - that's perfectly ok. It's not about winning.  It's about courage and persistence.  Not everyone dares to go up the stage to talk you know.

Cass - if I don't win in this BM story-telling competition, then I will take part in the English story-telling competition.  And what if I don't win the English one, how?

Me - that's OK. Then you start all over again with Chinese, English and BM story-telling competition next year when you are in Standard 2.

Cass - YES!  And if I don't win, I will still take part again in Standard 3, 4, 5 up till Standard 6!

Me - even if you don't win, that's OK too..  Someday and somewhere you will win.  Just never give up and keep trying.

I just gotta love this girl's eternal sunshine even during her darkest moments in her hospital ordeals!

Cass at 7 years 4 months

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Earning Passive Income

When I was inevitably forced to quit the job that I love to be a SAHM 10 years ago, I felt really insecure financially. I had a good-paying job with good perks and a great boss, what more could I ask for? But Alycia and Sherilyn's babysitter wanted to retire for good and I didn't trust any other babysitter. So I bit the bullet and threw in my resignation letter.

Three years after I left the corporate world and with tens of thousands of bucks exhausted from my bank account to pay part of Cassandra's surgery bills (which accumulated to over RM50,000 after our 3-week stay at GMC Penang. This amount excludes all her monthly outpatient specialist consultations and drugs), I was itching to make some money to recoup my loss. I set up a blogshop to sell my pre-loved stuff. I later expanded to sell ladies clothing and kids clothing. Five and a half years on, my online store is still running and surviving. Business was good initially as there were not many blogshops around back then. A few years down the road, blogshops started to sprout out like virus in the world wide web. Every other day, I see new blogshops and online stores springing out in Facebook. Competition started to be stiff right until now. Business has now slowed down. Most of my customers now are my loyal customers who have been buying from me for years.

With the recent price hike, GST, savings for my 3 girls' tertiary education and to feed my love for shopping, I wanted to earn more. Then an opportunity came knocking on my door by my blogger friend of 10 years. I turned her down several times as I just wasn't interested in doing MLM business. Plus the products were so expensive! I had dabbled in MLM business several times in the past but with my reclusive and shy persona, no way I could soar in MLM business. One day, she gave me a box of Izumio and told me that she was pretty confident that it would help Cass in her incontinence issue. I was doubtful that the products would work, yet very hopeful. On day 2 of starting on Izumio, Cass reacted positively to it and within a week, I could see significant improvement in her incontinence issue. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it's true!

This month would be the 5th month that I am in this Naturally Plus business to help me generate passive income. The first 1-2 months, I was a tad laid-back but seeing how my friends could earn thousands of bucks every week (some of them every day!), I wanted to be like them too!  Like who doesn't like money right? :D

Watch the below videos. They will  introduce you to Naturally Plus and the remarkable business opportunity that you can be part of. From this video you can see that it is not that difficult to do this business and anyone can be part of this if you have the right mindset. 

This is a summary of the business and roughly how it works…..

 Step 1: Buy a package and become a member. Your initial capital is RM5330.00 which will give you 15 products of your choice (IZUMIO / SUPER LUTEIN). With this package, you will also automatically become a member of Naturally Plus and can start earning points. You can consume it if you want (I would highly recommend this) but at the same time, you can also sell it to friends or family for them to try 1 or 2 bottles to get them started. Price per product should you get this package will be roughly RM355. (retail price is RM435).

Step: 2: Start consuming the products. Consuming the products consistently at the right dosage, you will notice and see the difference in your health. If you are healthy (with no health conditions to heal, you will still feel good and will see positive results).  It took only 2 days for me to see a remarkable reaction in Cass' involuntary urine dribbling issue. For my other girls and myself, I can say that the products have strengthened our immune system and we no longer easily get throat infections. Even if we are down with a cold or fever, the recovery period is amazingly fast!

Step 3: Start sharing. It can be with family and friends. It can be through blog, through any social media or if you don't like to share, that's OK too. Just don't do anything. Just update me with your progress and my upline and I will help you grow your business. You will be on your way to get that passive income. It will be small at first but it's still free money.  Where else can you get free money? The income that you generate from NP business is credited directly into your bank account, how amazing is that! The money can be earned daily, weekly or monthly. How fast and how much you want to earn is entirely up to your effort.

 Basically that's it! That's all you need to do. There is no time frame or target on when you should share or how many people you need to introduce this products to. You don't even have to share if you don't want to if you are too shy to share. Updating a photo of the product in your Instagram or Facebook is already  considered as sharing. You share about what food you eat, where you go and what you do, so why not share this?   Sharing is caring and you can save someone's life, trust me. Most of my customers who took a few products to try eventually signed up for the package.

Once you become a member, you will automatically start your own map. You will be the top of your map, which makes you the leader or the boss of your "organisation" or your business. The map looks like this.


You will have a right and left leg. If you are interested to grow and gain an income from consuming this product, you will want to grow your right leg and left leg as much as possible. If you are just a happy consumer, meaning you DONT WANT to share your knowledge, DONT want to tell people you are consuming this products, or DONT WANT to do anything, like it or not, your map will still
grow by itself.


Because everyone in the system only has 2 legs. Left leg and right leg. Each time someone above you (your upline) introduces someone to this business or purchase a package, that person needs to place that new customer somewhere on their left or right leg.

For example, if today you sign up a package and become a member, you will NOT be directly under me because I already have people directly under my right and left leg. I will place you somewhere under the people under me. Get it?

Your "tree" or your "organisation" will keep growing as long as people above you keeps adding and signing people up. Even if I don't sign up more people, my leader will still put people she signs up under me. This is because she needs to balance her chart too. In a way, it is a win-win situation.

This business is also about teamwork and I am SO glad and thankful that I have very good leaders who guide me very well. Just tell them your goals and they will help you achieve them.

My leader will help me close the deals if I have problems doing so because she still gets points from my deals. That way, she will always push me to do better because by doing so, she herself is doing better too. And in my case, I will want my leader to do well herself, because if she does well, she will keep adding people under me. It just works both ways. Teamwork is important because in this business, you will want your team to do well because when your team does well, you do well too. Even if someone is not from your team, you will still want them to do well. Here is why:

The bonus structures in the business will also depend a lot of team performances. For example, one of the bonus structure is called the Excellent Bonus. The reward from this is you will get 1% of points derived from total global product sales for the target period divided by the number of qualifiers.

 Do you know that this product is sold around the world AND it has been Japan's No.1 product from 2010-2013. Imagine the product sales for this period? Surely a lot right? 1% of GLOBAL product sales is quite a lot already!


The faster you join, the better because that means you will be higher in the chart. So don't wait. Just sign up quickly and join us. You won't regret it. Trust me! I can be reached at shireenyong@gmail.com

Thursday Breakfast - 20 August 2015

My brekkie this morning...

Green smoothie made by the mil consisting of baby bitter gourd, celery, cucumbers, green bell pepper and green apples. Not exactly my kind of smoothie but it's bursting with phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting compounds. So what the heck, I took a deep breath and gulped this thick foamy green stuff down in a jiffy, BURPS!

Chilled 'tau kok lup' (sauteed long beans with garlic, carrots, prawns, pork, preserved radish and toasted peanuts), which was leftover from lunch and dinner yesterday. It's my favorite and I really don't mind having it in 3 meals straight! It's high in fiber, protein, low in carb and really delish too!

What's your breakfast today?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Hershey's Cocoa Cookies

Last Friday, I finally did something that I've always wanted to do but have kept procrastinating - baking!! :D

Sherilyn and Cass have been bugging me for a very long time to bake cookies but my reply to them has always been the same - no time and busy!

I googled for the easiest and simplest  Hershey's cocoa cookies recipe ever and watched how cookies are baked on You Tube. The mil was away in Ipoh and I had no freaking idea how to use her cake mixer.  So we mixed all the ingredients in a bowl manually AFTER I tried using her new hand held mixer but the mixer blew the flour and cocoa powder everywhere!!  Shit, I had a major cleaning up of the kitchen counter top.   That was lesson #1.  Use a bigger bowl girl!

Cass was REALLY excited to help me bake cookies! It's her dream come true LOL!

She did most of the mixing while I washed the utensils and measuring cups and cleaned up all the flour and cocoa powder on the kitchen top and floor, AARGH!!

The cookie dough texture looked good and they expanded pretty nicely too after baking.  The cookies looked kind of perfect from the outside but when I flipped them over, OMG, more than half the batch of cookies were burnt at the bottom *SOBS*

I was totally heartbroken! :(

Only 6 or 7 cookies were perfect.

I figured that I can't set the oven at 180C and bake for 11 minutes though the recipe said so.  My mum who is a pro baker advised me to lower the temp to 160C and to reduce the time in the oven to 8 minutes.  That's lesson #2.

I was and still am pretty much  disappointed with this failure. I think I will need another few months to get over it to try baking cookies again!  I told the girls that next time, I'll just try baking a cake from premix cake flour. Let me taste my first baking success FIRST to give me a boost of confidence before I attempt to do another round of baking, HA!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Yummy Street Food At O&S Restaurant, Paramount Garden, PJ

It's been a while since we last braved the hot afternoon weather to sweat it out at this stuffy and smoky coffee shop to enjoy all our favorite street food. I'm talking about the ever popular, perpetually full-to-the-brim O&S Restaurant @ Paramount Garden, PJ.  This coffee shop houses one of the best yong tau fu, prawn noodles, curry noodles, assam laksa and char koay teow in the Klang Valley.

With 3 kids tagging along, no way would I have brought them here. That's why we have not eaten at this coffee shop for yonks.  Since it was just hubs and me after our physiotherapy session on a Friday, easy peasy la. We didn't mind sharing a table with strangers. Another major turn-off is the lack of parking space.

O&S Restaurant @ Paramount Garden

For over 10 years, my favorite yang tau fu is still from O&S...

Selection of Yong Tau Foo

I love the  har koa (prawn paste) chee cheong fun to bits. It's the best in the world! The prawn paste sauce is so gooey and luscious - so yummy, so sinful and I am so in trouble now for wolfing down a plate of CCF swimming in prawn paste!  That's why die die I have to swim 20 laps in the pool every morning from 6:30 - 7am to melt away the calories!

Hubs bowl of curry noodles with extra cockles and char siew, siew yoke and roast chicken (plate of meat was ordered from the chicken rice stall) is surely sending his cholesterol level up a few notches! He also ordered a plate of char koay teow.

After this heavy brunch which corroded the both of us with much guilt, we had a very light dinner that night, consisting mainly of fruits and nuts :D

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Conversation With Cass

Conversation with Cass yesterday, 12 August 2015...

Cass - mummy look, Chen laoshi gave me this coin box!

Me- oh why?

Cass - I got 'ti it min'! (first place in Mandarin)

Me - first in class for your  position?  *feeling hopeful* :D

Cass - no, first place for bringing the most newspapers to school

The girls' school has an ongoing project for selling old newspapers to raise funds for the school.

Cass - but I have so many piggy banks. What should I do with it huh?

Me - you can give it to your good friends.

Cass - but I like it.  I want to....

Me - you want to keep it as remembrance right?

Cass - you are right mummy!  You just TOOK THE WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH!

Me - wow, that was a very articulate sentence. Who taught you to say that?

Cass - I learned it from the TV

Me - Oh!

So the idiot box ain't a total idiot!  We parents just have to monitor our kids' screen time and filter what they watch to reap the benefits out of the TV.

Cass at 7 years 4 months

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Our Sunday - 9 August 2015

Despite a chilly morning and having a slight runny nose, Cass went swimming with her grandma this morning. On Thursday, she told me that her throat hurt a little and on Friday, she was sneezing with slimy worm-like goo oozing from her nostrils.   Many moons ago, I would have panicked when my girls had sore throat or a flu as a few days later, we would surely have to make a trip to the pediatric's clinic for fever meds. These days, I no longer panic like a headless chicken when the girls tell me that they have sore throat or have a flu. All I need are an overdose of Izumio hydrogen water, Super Lutein and Esberitox (echinacea) for the flu. And it works like a charm. Cass' sore throat lasted for a day and runny nose for 2 days.

Today, I allowed Cass to go swimming in the morning and when she came back from swimming, she proudly announced "mummy, I am so happy that my goo goo is gone!"

For breakfast, I made smoothie for everyone with my favorite kitchen gadget, Blendtec blender. Smoothie for today composed of red apples + oranges + chia seeds + coconut water + coconut flesh + mini pineapples.

The mil bought the mini pineapples from the SS2 PJ wet market and they were super sweet! Hopefully they ain't GMO pineapples!!

2 huge oranges, 2 medium size red apples, 2 mini pineapples and 2 cups of coconut water yielded 5 bottles of smoothie which would have cost over RM65 if bought from smoothie and juice bars at the shopping mall.  My cost is only about RM15!

Did I tell you that one of my many business plans is to set up a juice, smoothie and salad bar one day?  Yeah, keep dreaming and it may materialize one day.  I do believe in the Law of Attraction!


Izumio hydrogen water - safe and natural even for babies. I am so thankful I discovered it!  And my other dream is for everyone to try it. It's life saving and you can say goodbye to many of your  medicines forever once you've included hydrogen water into your daily life. Trust me!  If it ain't good, I won't promote and preach. I don't want to be crucified if it doesn't work for anyone of you :D


Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Breakfast - 7 August 2015

My hearty breakkie today...

A hot bowl of pork + scallop + dried oyster + peanut congee with pepper and salted duck's egg. Dessert is a piece of Royce' macha chocolate wafer - the most delightful chocolate wafer in the world! And 3 pips of Musang King durian haha! Better savour them as the durian season is coming to its tail end now.

MIL and I will be off to the shopping mall in a while for some retail therapy.  Happy Friday world :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cass' Chinese Story-Telling Competition

Cass was chosen to take part in a Chinese story competition about 2 months back. Initially, she declined to take part in the competition, citing reasons that her Chinese is not good and lack of confidence to go up stage. However, after I encouraged her to take part in the competition and spoke to her teacher, she agreed to take part. Her teacher gave her a Chinese story book and asked her to memorize the book.

Days and weeks past and the story-telling competition gradually slipped my very occupied mind. I suddenly remembered about the story-telling competition just last week! I thought that we still have another month to practice. I asked Cass to check with her teacher again on the date of the competition. I started to panic when we were told that the story-telling competition is in  one and a half week's time, holy moly! There isn't enough time to go through the entire story book in just a week.  Hubs and I could not help her as we are yellow bananas.   I got the Mandarin tutor's help to guide Cass and she has been helping Cass 4 times a week.

It does not matter if Cass does not get into the semi-finals, though she really wants to. I just want her to have the exposure of reciting for a competition and going up the stage to present her story. I want her to overcome stage-fright and most of all, to be confident and competitive. Winning is secondary.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Saturday Indulgences - 1 August 2015

Morning breakfast at Les Deux Garcons - one of hubs' latest favorite haunts as this patisserie specializing in French pastries and macarons is located just a few steps away from his shop.

Yummy salmon spaghetti for the girls...

Big Breakfast Set for the man...

Something carb-free and healthy for moi -- mushroom and spinach omelette...

Oprah cake and fresh fruits which are part of  the breakfast set...

Lunch was a hearty bowl of bivine  abalone, dried scallop and chicken congee with lots of ground white pepper and freshly chopped fragrant Chinese parsley and spring onions...

Scrumptious steamboat dinner at Coco Steamboat.

Prawn and scallop...

Dessert after dinner at Red Kettle...

Carrot cake and blueberry cheesecake.

Vietnamese drip coffee for the hubs

Yummy chocolate ice-cream on cone for the girls.  Notice how aptly dressed Sherilyn was that night! :)