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Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018

Today is FriYay cheer for Cass as it's the last day of her final exam!  She sat for the History and Math papers today.  And this marks the end of exams for this year for my rat brat. YAY!!

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What's next now? Shopping for me, ice-cream for us, TV for her, thick Harry Potter books and more novels for my rat brat. In the car, Cass kept reminding me to release the TV remote control and all her confiscated Harry Potter books and novels kept in the highest cupboard in my room.

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A Ramen egg for Cass' breakfast today. Cass loves this texture of soft boiled eggs.  The eggs are placed in a pot of water on the stove left to boil.  Once the water bubbles, the flame is turned to its lowest and  the eggs are left to simmer for 1.5 minutes (or 1 minute if eggs are kept in room temperature) before being removed from the pot.

Cass had to stay back in school today for a Ukulele Children's Day performance practice today.  She wrote a note for me to fetch her from school at 2:30 p.m. as she didn't want to wait until 3:30 p.m. for the transporter's second pick up time. I even reminded her in the morning that I would be coming to fetch her.  But this forgetful girl forgot that I was coming to pick her up.  Already rushed off my feet as I am now maid-less and had to pick up Alycia from tuition later, I had to hunt the entire school for the brat!  Fortunately for the Hello Kitty key chain with the annoying cutesy sound of a bell that Cass clipped to my new handbag, she heard the jingling of the bell and the familiar sounds of her mum's rushed foot steps on flip-floppy sandals, she peeped from the glass library door and found me hunting for her!



To cut the boredom from revision, Cass snapped this picture of the rainbow with my phone two days ago.

I'm going to be super busy this weekend as the hubs won't be around again to help with the chauffeuring of the girls. He'll be in Ipoh for an old school boys reunion dinner.  I'll be stuck with our Dancing Queen the whole of Sunday at a dance competition event. Can't wait for the weekend to whiz by quickly. We have another hurdle to face next week.  Alycia will be sitting for her UEC exam and Sherilyn, her finals.

Happy weekend peeps!


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Eve of Eve of Final Exam

Two more days to the final exam and my 'tidak apa' child is still a chill pill as always. I am nagging as usual but keep telling myself that I should leave all the exam prep to her. She's already 10 and should know how to revise and should know the consequences of not working hard for her exam. I am trying really hard not to get rip-snorting mad each time I see this chill pill of a girl burying her face in her novels instead of her revision books.

But, sigh...

This is just Cass.

Cass' Sunday School teacher told me that her sister gives 99% freedom to her kids~ no stress, no nagging and no hollering. On the eve of her niece's UPSR exam, the girl was still playing with Cass and the rest of the kids after Sunday School. No need revision. Her sister said let the kids experience failure, let them be responsible over their actions; they will one day somehow mature, study hard and work hard. Maybe I should try this?

This is going to be a  short post. I am supposed to move my butt off my chair right NOW and should instead be zooming off to fetch Alycia back from school but the thought of driving into the busy roads in town is making me lazy. The traffic jam, the hot afternoon sun, the almost one hour of traveling to and fro school. I shudder thinking of it. I. Hate. To. Be. A. Driver.

Did I tell you that I had a bad dream early this week? I dreamt that I was involved in a car accident and injured my liver. Oh. God. Please don't let this dream come true.
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And liver? This part of the body has got to do with my emotions. Yup, I should keep my anger and emotions in check!  Red flag. 

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This is Cass on one of the school mornings this week, crouched on the chair and had zilch appetite to eat anything at 5:30 a.m.. I heated up just a quarter of an almond Danish pastry for her but she wasn't interested in it. She ate it anyway.  But the next day, she went to school on an empty stomach, with only half a packet of Izumio. I didn't have the mental energy and time to persuade and entice her to eat anymore.

Questions Before Visiting The Dentist

When it's time to visit your dentist, there might be a few questions that you have pertaining to what you can expect. The exact services that are provided will depend on why you're going to the office. If you're going for a routine cleaning, then the dentist will examine your teeth, clean them, and likely talk about ways to keep your teeth and the rest of your mouth healthy.

Routine visits to a dentist you trust and are comfortable with are important so that you can stay on top of any issues that could already be present, such as a cavity. There are a few signs that you should see a dentist in Wheeling IL. One is that your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages. While some extreme temperatures can cause sensitivity for a short time, you shouldn't' experience sensitivity each time you eat certain foods or consume certain beverages. If you have any kind of pain in your mouth, you should visit a dentist. Persistent bad breath is also a reason as to why you should visit a dentist. If you notice that your gums are bleeding or that there are other issues with your gums, then you should make an appointment to get your teeth examined.

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Even if you don't have any prominent symptoms, you should still visit your dentist at least twice a year so that you can stay on top of your oral health. While you're at the office, you need to provide your medical history, especially if you have had any injuries to your mouth or if you are taking any medications. For most people, going to the dentist twice a year is sufficient. However, if you know that there are dental issues present, then you might need to go more often.


Monday, October 8, 2018

The Rat Brat

Cass the little rat is a real brat. A pest sometimes. And she's born in the year of the rat. How apt!

She made me flipping mad last week when she flipped and folded almost the entire NEW Karangan book that I bought for her just a few hours ago!  The book is a frigging RM20!

Can you feel the steam spewing out from my nostrils?! Look at the picture of the book.

That brat brought the Karangan book into the bathroom to read while she did her business. I didn't suspect anything initially when I heard crisp sounds of paper flipping but when the pages flipping got louder and didn't stop after 15 minutes, I walked to the bathroom and lo and behold, the brat was happily folding the pages into a book Origami!

I felt like swallowing the brat up! ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

I asked her if she had left her brain in school and forgot to bring it back with her. Sometimes I say really mean things to my girls when mentally challenged by them, especially when they answer back arrogantly and rudely with total disrespect for me.




Despite the blood-boiling moments Cass throws at me throughout the day, she can redeem herself when she's in a good mood. She gives me the best head, shoulders, hands and legs massage. She even does a very good filing job of my cracked heels and toe nails!






Halloween Costumes And Wigs

What is it about Halloween that makes October 31 so popular? Perhaps it's the mystery, or just the candy? Perhaps the excitement of a new costume? Whatever the draw, Halloween is here to stay.

The word Halloween literally means the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, celebrated on November 1. Halloween is also the shortened name of Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Evening and All Saint’s Eve which is celebrated on October 31. The origin and meaning of Halloween is derived from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, but more recently we think of Halloween as a night filled with candy, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, ghosts and death.

Another tradition is the  belief that during the night of November 1, demons, witches, and evil spirits freely roamed the earth with joy to greet the arrival of "their season" - the long nights and early dark of the winter months. The demons had their fun with poor mortals that night, frightening, harming, and even playing all kinds of mean tricks on them. The only way, it seemed, for scared humans to escape the persecution of the demons was to offer them things they liked, especially fancy foods and sweets. Or, in order to escape the fury of these horrible creatures, a human could disguise himself as one of them and join in their roaming. In this way they would recognize the human as a demon or witch and the human would not be bothered that night.

On Halloween, kids and adults attend costume parties, make lanterns out of big pumpkins, visit haunted locations, tell scary stories to each other, play pranks and also watch horror movies. People light bonfires to ward off all evil spirits and ghosts.

Over time, Halloween has evolved into a community based, children friendly celebration. Activities like trick or treating, dressing up in various costumes and having Halloween theme based parties have now become the norm. Even adults become a participant in costume parties. Trick or Treat has become customary for kids. Children, dressed in costumes, go from one house to another asking the question ‘Trick or treat?’ The treats given to children can be various candies, things to eat or sometimes money. Tricks would include the children playing some kind of mischievous prank on the owners of the house. Tricks would be done if the owners do not give any form of treat to the children.

Are you looking for costume ideas to prep you for Halloweekend?  I am pretty sure you don't want a costume that makes you look like you have run into one (or ten!) of your twins at a party.  There are tons of awesome and creative ideas for Halloween costumes that you can look up from the internet.  Whether you are aiming to be scary, funny or a combination of both, you can get creative by making use of everyday items that you probably own already.  For example, you can DIY a simple and inexpensive skirt made out of newspapers, paired with a white top stained with blood (red paint) and Cosplay wigs for Halloween.



Silvery White Long Wavy Capless Synthetic Hair Cosplay Wig 30 Inches




Colored Long Wavy Capless Synthetic Hair Cosplay Wig 32 Inches


If you don't have the budget for an expensive Halloween costume, a long funky wig along with the most beautiful, eerie or flat-out scary Halloween makeup are all that's needed for a scary transformation. You can then craft your DIY Halloween costume by checking out online tutorials. Most times there will be Black Friday Wigs Deals offered by online wigs stores.

You can also use Wigsbuy Coupon Code to purchase your Halloween or Cosplay fun wigs.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

What To Do If You Lose Your Phone's Password And Need To Unlock Your Phone

Nine out of ten people will probably tell you now that one of their worst nightmares is that they forget the password / pattern to unlock their android phones. Their phones are their lifeline.  Admit it, we can't live without our phones, right? Right?  Tell me, what's the first thing that you do when you get out of bed? Be honest.
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I'm not one who likes to keep changing passwords to my phone or desktop computer. But I have a terrorizer at home who keeps snitching my phone from me the moment I turn my back on her or are busy with my stuff.  And this terrorizer is so 'terror' that she could even remember what my password is though I thought that I had typed the numbers fast enough to confuse her. When it comes to telecommunication crimes, this little terrorizer has a photographic memory in registering the pattern and numbers of all our phones. She can hack any phone. If only she can hack all the exam questions with such precision! If only!




And this terrorizer has her finals to sit for in a week's time but she keeps snitching on my phone. So I changed the password to my phone yesterday to deter her from playing Clash Royale with her grandaunt. This game can be played with your opponents remotely. After changing the password, I didn't know that I had to wait for a while before I can try to log in.  When I keyed in the new password to my phone, my not very smart smartphone did not recognize the new password. Thinking that I had keyed in the wrong new password, I tried another password, and another.

That was the beginning of my nightmare!!

After more than two dozens of tries, my phone locked me out. This is one of the security features of most android phones. Even Find My Phone  cannot unlock my phone.  Google recently replaced the Android Device Manager with 'Find My Phone' and the "Forgot Password" option has been removed so that hackers cannot get a new password.  You can now lock your phone but NOT unlock it with Find My Phone. I found out after reading it from related forums. I spent my entire day reading up for solutions to unlock my phone without having to wipe out the data.

And it looks like the ONLY way to unlock the phone is to perform a 'factory reset', which means wiping out all user data, i.e. every single app, message, photo, video and phone number will be deleted. After resetting, the phone will be like a brand new phone from the factory with no data. There is a way to backup the data by connecting the phone to a computer but the problem is the phone is already locked out and my two desktop computers could not read the files. Another alternative to unlock the phone is to purchase a software from some US companies which is a big NO NO for el-cheapo me.

I was fuming mad and stressed out. Because of this 10-year old terrorizer, I am about to lose all my phone data and money.  I discussed the problem with the hubs and he advised me to bring my phone to a phone clinic to have the resetting properly done, which means having to spend some money to recover my phone.

This morning, I told the hubs that I wanted to save the money by performing my phone's 'factory  reset' myself. It looks pretty easy from You Tube.  Moreover, the phone clinic is located a a place which I have no frigging idea how to go to and the hubs had to rush off to an event and couldn't help. Five minutes after the hubs left the house, he came back and said the sweetest thing to me - "quickly pass me your phone. I'll bring it to the shop later after I return from my customer's office".

Awwww, so sweet of him to do this favor for me, which meant wasting several hours on his busy day.  Sometimes he can be the sweetest white knight that sweeps me off my feet ๐Ÿ’”

Good thing all the data on my phone is synced to my Google account. I only found out today that all the phone numbers that I stored on my phone is synced to my Google account. Yay! My photos and videos are synced to my Google Photos too. The only data that I lost are all the apps, Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, etc which the guy at the phone clinic helped to re-download into my phone.  Once my baby was discharged from the clinic, I had to re-download other frequently used apps and reset my alarm clock and other features in Settings.  Previous Whatsapp messages were all wiped out too and I had to re-download Whatsapp Web onto my desktop computer.

And the damage for restoring my phone is  RM80.  It is a pretty simple job but a tad time consuming.

Moral of the story is:

1. Always, always sync your phone's data with your Google account. Or perform a backup regularly by transferring the data from your phone to your computer / laptop via a USB.

2. Download Whatsapp Web on your desktop computer or laptop. If your phone is locked out, you can still Whatsapp from your computer (must have internet). You can still check / copy all the contact numbers from your Whatsapp Web and later key them into your phone.  But if you sync your phone with Google, then you will not lose any contact number.

If you ever lose / forget / mess up with your phone's password / pattern, chill. Don't panic.  Go to You Tube to watch how to do a factory reset and then spend an hour or two to re-download the apps and programs and resetting it back to its original settings. The reset will also do a clean-up of your phone and this will help your phone to clear up some space.

Your phone will never be the same again after a factory reset but at least you have it back and most importantly, you can recover most of the data if you take the above steps.




Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday, 1 Oct 2018 ~ First Day of PT3 Exam

Today is the first day of Alycia's PT3 exam. Three more days to go and she's still not free to enjoy her MERDEKA yet! While all the 15 year olds from National Schools will be free on Thursday, my poor girl and all those from Chinese Independent High Schools will have to sit for their UEC exam in 3 weeks. And this exam is even more important and tougher than the PT3.  Some Chinese Independent High Schools do not require their students to sit for the PT3 but the UEC is compulsory.

Drama Queen doesn't have to go school for two days due to the on-going PT3  examinations. Yesterday we went to Mid Valley Megamall for some retail therapy and happy time!  Just the both of us.

Before we dug into the noodles and 'Bursting Balls' from Go Noodles, we said a silent prayer to God for guiding Alycia in her exam. Just the both of us with eyes closed and hands clasped. People were staring but I wasn't bothered.

I am terribly saddened after reading news that a 15-year old girl  jumped to her death from her condo just hours before sitting for her PT3 exam  early yesterday morning. Inability to handle the exam stress, expected grades and anxiety were what pushed the girl to her suicide.  Sometimes I think it's a blessing in disguise that my girls don't push themselves to excel in their studies.  I am the one who always nags and pushes these three 'tidak apa' slap happy girls. Alycia is still her usual jovial and cool as cucumber self during exams๐Ÿ˜€ My role is to get her all her favorite food and feed her well, give her a little pep talk and give her pre-exam reminders which I'm sure she already knows. She does group study with her friends in school and revises on her own ๐Ÿ‘Œ



Saturday, September 29, 2018

Our Saturday, 29 Sept 2018

Breakfast today was with Cass only.  We had our favorite Tomyum noodles, cooked by a Thai lady married to a handsome Chinese man who is a super nice guy.

Today is the eve of the eve of Alycia's PT3 exam. It's her first major high school exam.  She stayed home the whole day for cramming, leaving her room every two hourly for short breaks and cut down on her gym time. 





Saturday is a day of chauffering for me. After dropping off Alycia at the tuition center, I dropped off the Fighting Queen at the gym for taekwondo. Today is her grading for the next belt.  After the grading exercise, she was informed by her Iranian master (who also teaches her Muay Thai) that she passed. Woohoo, welcome green belt!



Fighting Queen always avoids her paparazzi mum!  Pisses me off when she does that.


After fetching Fighting Queen back from the gym at 4 p.m., I dropped her home, picked up Cass and then attended piano class together.  After piano class, I fetched Alycia back from the tuition center, popped by the supermarket to get sushi for Alycia as she wanted to stay home to revise while we go out for dinner. It's frightening to step foot into this supermarket at our neighborhood. It is so complete with fresh groceries, imported products and new products that I always leave the supermarket at least RM50 - RM150 poorer, though my original intention was only to get sushi!  I go there 5-6 times a week. ๐Ÿ˜





Dinner was at our favorite neighborhood 'tai chow' restaurant.  Dessert was ice-cream and waffle at Inside Scoop.




October and November will be two very difficult months for the girls and me. It's their finals, Alycia has to sit for two major exams in October (PT3 and UEC), Sherilyn has to attend a dance competition on the eve of her finals and the worst unimaginable event is that my most helpful and trusted part-time helper of 6 years will be going back to Indonesia to get married!!  For a frigging 5 weeks!! Will I ever see her again? She's been telling me YES and she even has plans to bring her new husband to KL to work. She even planned for her new husband to work at the hubs' kitchen. But will this materialize? I can only pray hard to God that she will come back to work for us for the next 20-30 years. I can't live in peace without her. She's God-sent and we all treat her like a family member ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™


Friday, September 28, 2018

Mr Too Sweet Neighbor

Remember my previous post on the surprise my bachelor neighbor sprang on me exactly a month ago?

He did it again last night!

Nothing suggestive and stirring ok. Don't get me wrong. ๐Ÿ˜†

It's another sweet surprise from a man who calls himself "too sweet".

This time, he surprised us with a box of chocolate cake that he brought back all the way from Wien / Vienna, Austria.

When the doorbell rang, the mil opened the door without first checking through the peep hole who it was thinking that it was Alycia who was back from the gym. She was totally stunned when she saw the man standing at the door, with a box in hand.  Haha!

I quickly ran to the door and greeted him.   Awkward!! 

Story time again from Mr Too Sweet guy, haha!

Mr Too Sweet guy told me that he had just returned from Austria a few days ago. He was there to celebrate his birthday and he bought a chocolate cake back home. After celebrating the cake cutting thingy with his parents and sisters, he was still binging on the cake each time he sat down to watch TV.  Then he told himself that he gotta stop eating as he got the diagnosis of being diabetic last year. His doctor told him that he is "too sweet" and overweight.  I noticed since last year that he had started to go to the gym and walking around the neighborhood instead of driving.  But still, he didn't shed much weight, so said Mr Too Sweet guy. 

Mr Too Sweet told me that his hobby is traveling the world and eating. Googling for the best desserts and traveling all the way to the location to get it to satiate his craving is his job. Sounds like he is a perfect eating buddy to pair with the hubs!  But Mr Too Sweet guy is dang loaded. And my man ain't.  Only 48 years old, does not need to work (we have never seen him in his office attire), always traveling the world to eat, hmmm, what could his job be?

My Drama Queen in her usual dramatic mind thinks that he is a drug dealer. The mil, with a very conservative mind and old school of thought has been very dubious over his sweet thoughts as he kept saying "I know you have 3 daughters".  She thinks he is a pervert and warned our girls not to eat the cake that he gave us.
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The hubs and I think he is the son of some tycoon. 


His two times sweet gifts to us have stoked our curiosity to know what he does for a living.  The fact that I always see young foreign men coming in and out of his unit at different hour of the day leaves me with a leery feeling about him.

Anyway, what he does is none of our business la. 



As for this special edition chocolate cake from Hotel Sacher, Wien, we find it too sweet for our liking.  According to Mr Too Sweet, Hotel Sacher ships their specialty cakes worldwide.  And this birthday cake that he bought cost 80 Euros.

The girls and I had a real good laugh over this encounter. The best part was when the mil did not even check who it was thinking that it was Alycia and opened the door leaving me with no time to change into proper clothing. I went straight to the door in my night gown with messy hair (I just got out of the shower) sans anything beneath the sheer night gown.  I hope he didn't see what should not be seen.

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Hope this post got you in stitches.

Happy weekend all and sundry!



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen made my time stand still for a frigging 10 minutes yesterday. When I went to fetch her from school in the evening, she was no where to be seen. Never had this happened before. There were fewer than 10 students waiting outside the school, where she normally waits for me.

I was rattled.

I got down the car and asked the guard / traffic warden whether there were any more students inside the school, to which he said NO.

Panic struck.

Was she kidnapped? Or got into an accident and ambulanced to the hospital? Or maybe she's just being mischievous again and was frolicking with her sidekick somewhere?

I went up to a teacher who was waiting for her transport at the bus stop and asked her if she knew who Sherilyn from the DLP class was. She said NO.  Just as I was planning to stomp inside the school to search for her, Drama Queen ran out from the school compound with her sidekick.

I was both relieved to see her and incensed.

That girl accompanied her sidekick back into class to get something that she had left behind. And left her poor old mother waiting frantically for her!

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In the car, I harangued at her and told her that if she ever have to go back into her class to get something in future, she has to inform the guard/traffic warden of her whereabouts so that he can inform me.

In the morning, this willful child of mine who has an issue with punctuality made me blow my top.  In fact, she made me so irate that I was in a foul mood the entire morning.

This girl can kill me with her 'don't give a tinker's damn' attitude. Yet she can be my best helper in the house. She helps with the cooking and the cleaning.  She carries my heavy groceries too. Maybe I am not killed by anger yet as she manages to compensate her shortcomings with her strengths.




Dancing Queen rehearsing at our gym for a dance competition coming up next month.

It will be her maiden solo dance competition.  Earlier this year, she and two other friends went for a dance competition audition but they didn't make it as one of her friends had a panic attack and forgot the steps midway audition.

The coming dance competition made us RM700 poorer!  Her doting aunt from Hong Kong sponsored the registration and her dad sponsored the dance costume and GRAB fare for two days. I will be sponsoring my time for two days to be with her at the event. Her dad won't be in KL during the competition.  I honestly do not think she is 100% ready for the dance competition as she will be competing against pro dancers. But this dancing queen who always has confidence bigger than an ocean (she's fearless) thinks otherwise.  SIGH... we'll see.



Dancing Queen choreographed the lyrical jazz movements herself.  I have never heard of lyrical jazz until recently.  With 3 years of ballet and 1.5 years of hip hop dance training, it's no wonder why she chose lyrical jazz.

What is lyrical jazz?
Lyrical dance is a style of dance created by merging ballet and jazz.  The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz.  Because of the links between the styles of dance, teachers originally struggled with whether to teach lyrical dance alongside jazz or ballet or as its own, separate style. Lyrical dancing is performed to music with lyrics to inspire movements to express strong feelings and emotions the choreographer feels from the lyrics in the chosen song.  Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer's movements. Because of this, there is not as much focus on the choreography, and, in fact, the choreography often exists only as a general guide for the dancer, not as a routine that has to be exactly followed.


Friday, September 21, 2018

When Our Swimming Pool Water Turned Green

A few weeks ago, the water in our pool turned green! This had happened to our pool several times.  About 5 years ago, all the water from the pool had to be sucked out when human faeces were detected in the pool. It took days for the water to be drained out and another few days for water to fill up the pool.

Residents were told to refrain from swimming until the pool contractor came to treat the water. From a distance, the pool looked like a sewage tank. It looked really intimidating. The sight of our pool reminded me of Summer 2016 when the whole world had their eyes firmly fixed on Rio. And the question on everybody’s lips? Why did the Olympic diving pool turn green?




Photo taken from the 5th floor of our unit.

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There are a couple of reasons that could cause a crystal clear swimming pool to turn green overnight, namely: algae growth and metals in the water.


When chlorine levels drop below 1 ppm, it can cause algae to grow in the pool, turning the pool water green. When this happens it is necessary to "shock" the water with chemicals to kill the algae and return the pool to normal chlorine levels. Pool shock has high levels of chlorine that wipe out the algae and sanitize the pool.

The pool contractor finally came after the long weekend. He scrubbed and vacuumed the floor of the pool and then added buckets after buckets of white powdery stuff (chlorine?) into the water. O.M.G. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ  Imagine the chemicals that our body gets in contact with each time we swim.  The contractor dumps buckets of white powdery stuff into the pool about once or twice a week after testing the pH level of the water.



No wonder Cass got her first UTI attack in 6 years about 9 months after she started swimming lessons. Each time she spent more than half an hour in the pool, she would complain of pain in her 'down under'.  As for me, I would have throat discomfort with phlegm after each swim.  I have stopped swimming for a year and now doing strength training, exercises on the pool deck chair (leg lifts, sit ups and bicycle crunches), brisk walking and jogging 5 times a week for 40 minutes each time.

This said, I still love swimming and plan to go back to the pool soon, when it's not so cold in the morning. It's been raining almost daily and pretty chilly in the morning.  But my first love is still running outdoors. I find so much peace during my 40-minute pre-dawn workout session everyday.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Makan Marathon (Sunday, 15 Sept 2018)

Last Sunday the hubs was in a 'Makan Marathon' mode. It's been a while since he dragged us out on a pigging out marathon.

Our main mission on Sunday was to bring Alycia (who will be sitting for her PT3 and UEC exams next month) to Popular bookstore to get some revision books. But we ended up pigging out the whole day. ๐Ÿท

We first had brunch at Meng Kee 'tai chow' restaurant @ Old Klang Road.  We had half a roast 'Pei Par' duck, steamed Lala clams in wine, braised fish head, vegetables and braised pork knuckles.

About two hours later after our mission was accomplished at Popular bookstore, we were in disbelief when the hubs said that he was feeling  hungry! But that's really typical of him.  Good food always elevates his mood up a few notches.

Our first stop was at Take Eat Easy Gastro Cafe @ Pearl Suria Shopping Gallery where we had chocolate lava cake and coffee.




While enjoying the lava cake and sipping on his coffee, the gourmand hubs was hinting that he had a craving for 'La Mien' (pulled noodles). O.M.G.!

Before we segued into Paradise Dynasty to satiate the man's craving, he made a pit stop at KyoChon to get takeout Korean  fried chicken (two flavors)!  I could not even think of stuffing fried chicken down my throat when we just had brunch, dessert and were about to have another Chinese meal at 3pm!



At Paradise Dynasty, the hubs' pick were the signature La Mien (not in the picture), 2 racks of Xiao Long Bao and 'Gau jie' (dumplings).






The colorful Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao that comes in 8 flavours.



I could not believe how fast the hubs' stomach could process his food at such amazing speed! While waiting for our Xiao Long Bao to arrive, I  'studied' his eating pattern from our first meal to our last and then I tracked down the answer!  Though we had many meals, 70% of the food was scoffed down by our 3 perpetually hungry piranhas who all seem to have a bottomless pit!!  No wonder I too wasn't feeling very stuffed though we have had 4 meals.

Back home at 4pm, I did some house chores (I was happy I could burn off some calories,  haha!) before we headed to our next destination for dinner ~ roast turkey at the hubs' aunt's unit (two floors down ours).

Christmas dinner came really early this year as the hubs' aunt, the one who usually cooks up a storm for our annual Christmas dinner won't be in Malaysia this Christmas. She will be spending Christmas  in London this year.













My favorite dish is always the roast vegetables platter, in particular the oven-roasted beetroot, lightly seasoned with salt and olive oil.  Beetroot has risen to superfood status over the last decade or so. Beets contain a variety of unique health-boosting and disease-fighting nutrients.  I like beets cooked in any style. I am not a big fan of turkey though. I find the meat too dry and bland for my liking.

The hubs' makan marathon continued and today we spent the entire morning on a jaunt ~ eating and shopping for hubs' catering supplies while the girls were at school๐Ÿคญ.






Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday Meals, 13 Sept 2018

Bento box prepared yesterday night for Alycia's 10 a.m. breakfast in school today (Friday):

Cold cha soba seasoned with sesame seed oil, organic soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds; organic cherry tomatoes; stir-fried traffic light colors bell peppers with brocolli and garlic. I thought that this would be too healthy and bland for Alycia but to my surprise, she came home today and told me that the noodles still tasted good when she ate them in school this morning.



Dinner kept for the Dancing Queen last night:


Mondays and Thursdays are dance rehearsal nights and she only gets to eat her dinner at 9:40 p.m.!
We had braised pork ribs with 'tau cheong' and kaffir lime leaves, blanched lady's fingers and sauteed brocolli with traffic light colors bell peppers.

I ๐Ÿ’“ the glorious kaleidoscope of colours in this meal!  Colorful foods are good for you, naturally colored ones that is and  not artificially derived from.





Breakfast for Cass yesterday at 5:30 a.m. before school was vermicelli in prawn shells and anchovies soup with beef balls and mustard greens.

This is Cass' kind of breakfast now, something that's slightly salty or savoury. She's grossly sick of having buns, bread and pastries for breakfast or recess now. So I keep a very small portion of what we have for dinner for her breakfast the next day ๐Ÿ˜

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Beating Sleepiness With Story Books

Cass wakes up at 5:30 a.m. on school days. On most mornings she eats her breakfast with her eyes closed. I am always amazed with how Cass and Drama Queen can eat their breakfast and shower with eyes closed! 

Recently Cass discovered that if she reads her story book while she eats at that ungodly hour, she surprisingly feels very awake and 'energized'! It's as if she gets her energy from her most loved possession. She loves her novels and doesn't allow me to give away or sell her novels, especially her Harry Potter, Land Of Stories and Enid Blyton series.   Since then, Cass now eats her breakfast with a book in her hand, doing what she loves most. If only she would do the same with her text books or reference books! I'll bet she would be the top student if she has the same interest in her school books as her novels.   Cass can spend the entire day doing nothing but fixated to her novels.





Breakfast for Cass on Friday: 'yee mein' reheated in the wok.  The hard boiled eggs are for Alycia and me.




Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Homemade Chocolate Brownie And Healthy Roselle Tea

Whenever there's a holiday, my handy girl's hands would start to itch ~ itching to bake her favorite cookies and cakes.

During the long Merdeka weekend, Drama Queen baked a tray of chocolate brownie, using a new recipe. Instead of using regular baking chocolate, which I wasn't too keen to buy as I find those too sweet and too junky, I bought Whittaker's dark chocolate and another imported brand of organic milk chocolate.

This brownie is about 90% organic, made using organic flour, antibiotic and hormone-free chicken eggs, organic brown sugar and organic salt, organic cocoa powder and organic vanilla essence.  What's not organic are the Whittaker's dark chocolate. baking powder and UCC coffee powder. I bought Whittaker's as it's my all-time favorite brand of chocolate (from New Zealand).  And it cost me a frigging RM80 for all the ingredients!





This Drama Queen sure knows how to enjoy her food and life!  She took a scoop of her daddy's Hรคagen-Dazs macadamia ice-cream to go with the brownie.  The blueberries are organic too.



At the pasar malam on our country's Independence Day, Drama Queen saw some fresh Roselle flowers and asked if I could buy them to make Roselle tea. I told her that if she wanted to make Roselle tea, she would have to help with cleaning and peeling the flowers, which can be pretty time-consuming if you are time-strapped.  Some flowers may be covered with soil and insects and needs umpteen rounds of washing. The petals have soft spikes, like ladies fingers and if you are not careful, can poke your fingers. Be careful of the sharp pits too.

Our Roselle tea boiling in the pot, after Drama Queen helped to wash and removed the pits from the flowers.

How I love the bright ruby red color of the roselle tea!  And it's chock-full of health benefits from lowering blood pressure to boosting our immune system, aids digestion, relieves menstrual pain, nourishes the liver,  has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, contains anti-cancer properties and is high in iron, among other health benefits.

Roselle tea has a taste that is very similar to cranberry juice. It can be described as tart, so you can add sugar or honey to add a little sweetness to it. Also, you can try adding spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger depending on your taste preferences.  I prefer mine without any sweetener.



A big bag of fresh Roselle flowers (at RM5 only) managed to yield about 2 liters of Roselle tea. I add Manuka honey for the girls as the tea is too sour for them. If you can tackle pure cranberry juice without sugar, you can down this Roselle tea sans any sweetener.


Cass made ice popsicles with the Roselle tea. She threw in some fresh orange cubes and cubed Japanese jelly into the mold.


Such a refreshing and healthy dessert on a sizzling hot afternoon.

Someone blew lots of bubbles on her Roselle tea with her new glass straw!



The reusable glass straws can be purchased from my online store. The starter kit comes with 3 straws (straight, bended and bubble tea straw) and two straw brushes.  If you prefer reusable stainless steel straws, I carry them too at my store! Check them out!

It's good to start training your kids from young to stop using plastic straws. These plastic straws are killing turtles and other sea creatures when these poor fellas swallow them thinking that they are jelly fish. We now return all plastic straws and disposable cutlery to the seller when we buy takeout. I even have a few stainless steel tiffin carriers and food containers stashed inside my car trunk so that I rarely have to use disposable plastic containers when buying takeout. Plastic containers release carcinogenic chemicals when in contact with very hot food and soups.





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Monday, August 27, 2018

Kindness From A Neighbor

Our neighbor who lives opposite our unit gave me a very pleasant surprise a few days ago.  When our house door bell rang, I opened the door without first checking through the peephole who it was thinking that it was Alycia who was back from school. When I opened the door, I was shocked to see my neighbor (who has a slight resemblance of Tony Fernandez) who lives opposite our unit standing there! Smiling at me ๐Ÿ˜€.  He hardly ever smiled at us and always has a serious look hanging on his face.

He is an Indian bachelor and we hardly talk to each other except for the occasional hi and bye.  He did strike a conversation once when he commented that Cass was very pretty. That was about 2  years ago.


I could see that he tried hard to appear relax and friendly the moment the door was opened.  It was a pretty awkward moment for me.  I could see that he felt awkward too. On his hand was a big plastic bag with a packet of coconut buns inside, which he passed to me while telling me the story of how the buns came about. He told me that he had queued up for almost an hour to buy the coconut buns from Hiap Joo, a very well-known bakery in JB (popular for their coconut buns and banana cake) the previous night.  This bakery is perpetually swamped with customers with long queues, it seems. He wanted to buy only a packet but then he was told that he had to buy like 10 packets?  He was talking so fast that I could barely catch every word he was saying.  He further added that the buns were very nice and still fresh as he had reached home at 12 midnight. He said that he gave some of the buns to his sister, friend and then remembered that I have 3 daughters.  I tried very hard not to appear awkward and was suppressing myself from laughing ๐Ÿ˜†

And you know what? After he left, I actually googled Hiap Joo Bakery JB to find out if what he was saying was true muahahaha!  But I couldn't find any information that says that there is an MOQ for the buns๐Ÿคญ

Though we felt awkward, the ice was finally broken. All these while since he moved in 3 years ago, our girls and I had the impression that he wasn't very friendly. And I actually have the suspicion that he was errr, gay, as I see young men coming in and out of his unit regularly.  Till today I still wonder what he does for a living. The hubs thinks that this man doesn't have to work as he is always walking around the neighborhood and working out in the gym. I have never seen him in a corporate suit but he drives a Volvo.  We suspect that he must be the son of some tycoon and he really never needs to work.  Anyway, that's his life and I have no right to poke my nose into his personal life.  But it was so sweet of him to have thought of us when he bought the buns ๐Ÿ˜Š






Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Papa's 75th Birthday ~ 19 August 2018

On the morning of papa's birthday, despite having had a very heavy and sumptuous dinner the previous night, the hubs brought us all to dig into yet another very heavy meal for brunch. He chose Indian food as papa is a huge fan of spicy food. According to mum, papa eats curry almost every day.

It was our very first time trying out Vishal Food & Catering Restaurant @ Brickfields. The restaurant was bursting at its door with patrons when we stepped inside on a Sunday morning.  Thankfully we managed to get a table pretty quickly. And thank God it wasn't a hot and humid day and the heat inside the restaurant was bearable for me. But papa and Roy were sweating buckets after scarfing down hot and spicy food.



As a Chettinad restaurant, Vishal specialises in the spicy and aromatic cuisine that hails from Tamil Nadu. Heady curries are heaped onto rice (choose from biryani or white rice) on individual banana leaves. Scoop up the rasam, warm rice and dhal into your mouth and that will guarantee your place in the queue that snakes around this joint every Sunday.

Once we were seated in a "mess-hall" setting, huge pieces of banana leaves were laid on our table.  The girls were excited that they were going to eat from fresh banana leaves. Then  a staff came by our table to serve us the accompaniments for the rotis and rice. His tray was loaded with individual plates of the usual favourites of varuval chicken, mutton, bean curd, egg, fish curry, etc. that you can add on to your meal if you wish.  We were also given a 3-in1 tray filled with curry, dhall and chutney where we can help ourselves to for our rotis.





The hubs ordered a plate of mutton nasi briyani and the portion of the rice was really huge! So was the piece of mutton bone!  It was so good that he ordered another plate for us to share so that we could all leave his plate of rice and mutton alone ๐Ÿ˜†


All mine and keep your hands off my mutton rice!

I love the vegetarian accompaniments for my tosai:



Feel free to help yourself to these mouth-watering accompaniments for your rotis and nasi.
Vishal Food & Catering, Brickfields, KL-5



We enjoyed our Indian cuisine very much and were really stuffed to the max.  But the hubs suggested having cakes and coffee next! Very typical of him.

Address:
Vishal Food & Catering Restaurant
22, Jalan Scott, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Phone:
03-2274 0995;  03-2274 1995
Email: vishalfood@hotmail.com


After brunch, we walked to the Indian stalls located opposite Vishal to have a look-see.  The hubs was intrigued by the beautiful garlands sold at the roadside flower stalls. He suggested getting a garland for papa, the birthday boy. What a brilliant idea! What other way to make my simple papa happy than to gift him with a garland on his birthday.













Next, the hubs took us on a short city tour of KL around the vicinity of Little India Brickfields, Central Market, Petaling Street, Bangsar and Jalan Parlimen. Having lived in KL for 27 years, I've hardly had the time to visit all the touristy places in and around the Klang Valley. KL indeed has many beautiful and interesting places to visit. But to the hubs and me, living in KL has always been a mad rush from one place to another and being caught in perpetual horrendous traffic jams.

No prize for guessing who put the flower behind the hubs' ear eh?  ๐Ÿ˜†





Our next stop was at Naj & Belle @ Bangsar for cakes, coffee and juices and another surprise for papa. This will be told in another post ๐Ÿ˜‰



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Long White Socks

A relative gave us a brand new bundle of white cotton knee-length socks from Marks And Spencer a few years ago. The socks are of excellent quality. She had bought them for her daughter but the girl didn't like those holey socks.


When your kids breach the 6 years old mark, it is TOUGH to get them to wear anything that they do not like.  Post-millennial kids are a whole lot of different species from Gen-X kids.  Had I dare to reject what my mum bought for me to wear 30 years ago, my life would have been really tough. I remember mum bought a bright pink long jumpsuit for me for CNY when I was 13 years old and I hated that jumpsuit. I felt like a clown wearing it but I was forced to wear it on the first day of CNY. And that was the only time I wore the jumpsuit. Later I resorted to wearing my school PE T-shirt during the remaining days of CNY that year as I felt like I was in my skin better in the PE T-shirt vs. the clown's jumpsuit ๐Ÿ˜†  But I still obeyed my mum and pleased her by wearing what she had bought for me.

When I showed the socks to Cass, she didn't like them the moment she saw them. There was no way I could make her wear those socks to school. She rather wear her torn socks than to wear those brand new socks. I have been keeping those Marks And Spencer socks for 4 years now, gave more than half of them to my niece and now there are still a few more pairs left.  Before the socks turn yellow and loose elasticity, I brought them out from the closet recently and tried to convince the two younger girls to wear them. At least to sleep!

In my best effort to try to entice Cass again to wear them, all she said was "NO WAY  am I going to wear those ridiculous socks.  You can give them away!"





This morning, I took out the socks and tried my luck to entice Drama Queen to wear them. But I already knew what her answer would be.

Me - do you want to wear these socks?

Sher - YOU THINK??! (SARCASTICALLY!)

Me - You used to LOVE these socks remember? You used to like everything princessy!

Sher - yeah, that was like 10 years ago mum.  Ooops, MY BAD!!


It looks like these beautiful brand new white socks will be given to our helper again. I can fit into these socks but me wearing them? For jogging? No way!

My drama queen, with a wicked sense of humour really cracked me up with her snappy answer this morning.  But most times, her sarcasm and arrogance piss me off. Wonder where she got the genes from ๐Ÿค”







Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dinner At Jogoya Buffet KL @ Starhill Gallery

My eldest sil from Hong Kong treated us to dinner at Jogoya Buffet KL at Starhill Gallery on her last weekend with us.  She wanted to bring us to some classy fine-dine restaurant with good food  and good service. The hubs asked around and one of his friends suggested Jogoya.  It was a mistake that he listened to his friend. We were utterly disappointed with the food there.

We should have Googled for reviews on Jogoya first before the hubs even booked the place.  Both the hubs and I had been too busy with our own things and work that we had forgotten to Google for the reviews on the restaurant before he booked the table.

No doubt, the buffet spread at Jogoya was very wide and looked gastronomical.  Ambience was pretty conducive too.  There were crabs, huge prawns, clams, abalone, scallops, oysters, mussels, all types of fish cooked in a variety of styles, sashimi, sushi, Dim Sum, double boiled soups, sharksfins soup, Japanese food, Chinese food,  Western food, fresh coconut water,  Haagen Dazs ice cream, New Zealand ice cream, awesome spread of desserts and many, many more. I was really excited on seeing the panoply of food on display when we first stepped into the restaurant. The restaurant is so huge that one can actually get lost inside.  There were so many types of dishes that we did not even managed to try every single dish. BUT somehow, something was missing and it was the quality of the food served.

My sil who is very persnickety about the quality of the food that she eats was the first to notice the quality of the food, especially the seafood. Being a well-traveled gourmand who enjoys fine dining and fresh seafood,  she was obviously disappointed. But being a very happy person generally, she laughed it off.  Even the four kids were not too pleased with the food except for the ice creams where Haagen Dazs and New Zealand brand ice creams were served. Most of us stuffed ourselves silly by scarfing down scoops after scoops of Haagen Dazs ice creams.  Towards the end of the meal, we ordered two types of fish, steamed ala Chinese and those were pretty good.  The sil who was worried that the kids were not full wanted to bring the kids to another place for pizza but we adults objected as they already had a lot of ice creams swooshing in their tummies.  Moreover Cass and I had to sleep early as we had to wake up early the next day for Cass' full day motivational camp in school.

Overall, the quality of the food is not comparable with the price. At RM132 nett per person (total bill was over RM1k), the quality of the food is really lacking.  It will obviously be our first and last time dining at Jogoya.  But we had a great time bonding and laughing.  I am very sure that this experience will be a joke that the sil will talk about repeatedly each time she comes back to Malaysia and dines with us.











Thursday, August 9, 2018

Homecooked Meals

The mil was away for a few days with her  visiting eldest daughter and grandson from Hong Kong early this week. So I had an extra chore for the few days that she was away.

Cooking is not really my forte, though I can excel at it IF only I have a full-time helper to help me in the washing, chopping and prepping, especially the aftermath of cooking and eating. The thought of peeling and chopping garlic and onions turns me off.  And the washing of greasy pots and pans!  I know I am spoilt like that and Alycia takes after me. I never needed to cook all my life as I had my por por who was an excellent cook to dish out 3 meals for us everyday.  She even washed our dishes while we lazed around. Best por por in the world. Sadly, she did not live long enough till today to allow me the opportunity to cook for her and wash her dishes.

On Monday, I grilled chicken drumsticks for lunch;



Chicken drumsticks were marinated with organic extra virgin coconut oil, turmeric powder, coriander powder, curry powder, black pepper, salt and Lea & Perrin sauce. Fifteen minutes before the heat in the oven was turned off, palm sugar syrup (Gula Melaka) was drizzled on the drumsticks.  It was my first time grilling meat with coconut oil and thankfully, the smell of coconut oil wasn't overpowering. The 3 fussy eaters walloped all 6 drumsticks.




Finger licking good with drumsticks gnawed clean by the littlest fiery creature!




The next day, I cooked mushroom sauce to go with the grilled lamb that the hubs' chef cooked in his kitchen.  The mushroom sauce recipe was taken from Recipe Tin Eats, my favorite Japanese recipe blogger  who is an Aussie.  I tweaked the recipe by swapping canned / packaged beef broth with homecooked chicken broth.  I boiled half a pot of broth using chicken keel, carrots, onions and potatoes.





Wholesome goodness mushroom sauce!  The green onions are from my balcony garden!



The girls loved the mushroom sauce and I am SO proud to say that for the first time in our history of having grilled lamb at our house, everything was scarfed down, even the greasy lamb skin! ๐Ÿ˜† We are not lamb or mutton fans. Not everyone can tolerate the smell of lamb or mutton. But this time, I win them over with this winning mushroom sauce! Definitely a keeper.