Canyon Spice Curry Roux For Kids

About 2 weeks before the mil was due to return to KL from Hong Kong, she shipped a box of goodies back to us. As per usual practice, she always couriers a BIG box of goodies back to KL after her long vacation traveling the world. That’s the ‘treasure box’ that the girls look forward to each time their grandma comes home from a long overseas vacation. In the treasure box this time was a pack of Canyon Spice Japanese curry roux for kids. Grandma knows that her grand daughters are big  fans of curry.

It was my first time using Canyon Spice curry roux and I found the roux tricky. The roux is not in the form of paste. Instead it’s quite hard and I thought I had screwed up the meal the moment I opened the box. I thought I shouldn’t have cooked it the way I did. There wasn’t any instruction in English and I had just dumped the entire chunk of roux into the wok to simmer with the seared chicken drumsticks + garlic + onions. Thankfully after about 15 minutes or so, the roux dissolved, after constant stirring.

My Japanese kids curry was cooked using drumsticks instead of cubed chicken as I didn’t have sufficient time to cut the chicken into cubes. I always rush off cooking dinner as I have school and tuition runs to do in the evenings.  Instead of potatoes, I used Japanese sweet potatoes.

And the outcome was a very, very yummy Japanese curry which the girls loved to bits!

Canyon Spice curry roux for kids is sweet and not at all spicy, albeit with the taste of aromatic curry spices.  I added about 1 tablespoon of Baba’s meat curry powder to give the curry a hint of spiciness.

Wok-licking-good ~ that’s how yummy the curry was.  Check out Drama Queen scraping the bottom of the wok for whatever remaining curry sauce that was left 🤣

I have not seen this brand of curry roux at our local supermarkets. It costs about HKD36 per pack in HK. Two days before the mil returned to KL, I quickly Whatsapped my sil to ask her to get us 3 more packs.  TQVM tai kar che for the curry roux, we love it!


EZ Buy Now Lists Products From Mogujie And!

I am pretty sure most of us are addicted to online shopping. These days, there are many online shopping platforms that you can buy just about anything under the sky, from clothes to bags, health supplements, digital and mobile appliances, food stuff, home and living items and insurance, just to name a few. I love online shopping as it saves time and money plus there are so much more designs that I can choose from vs. brick-and-mortar stores.

Some of our local online shopping platforms are in collaboration with Taobao and other international online shopping platforms. One of them is ezbuy.  Ezbuy was founded by a group of aspiring entrepreneurs having a single mindset to bring quality products in a convenient and smarter way to the locals via an online international platform.

ezbuy has listed over millions of products from China, USA, Taiwan, Korea and locally for customers. Ezbuy also provides “Buy-For-Me” service, where you just need to submit a product url to ezbuy, and they will purchase on your behalf and ship them to you. You can now enjoy the most convenient, hassle-free and worry-free service you ever deserve. With inspection, free repacking and consolidation service, these are all you need to ensure you pay for what you need.

I am sure most of you who are reading this post right now are no strangers to ezbuy. It is so easy to shop at ezbuy and the range of products is so wide. Flash deals, free agent fee, super crazy deals, free shipping ~ these are some of the exciting deals that you’ll see at the ezbuy site from time to time.

In ezbuy’s continuous effort to provide more options for buyers, they have now included 2 giant e-commerce sites, JD.COM and Mogujie (Mogu Street) into their long list of e-commerce partners. This means more products for us to shop for!, Inc. also known as Jingdong and formerly called 360buy, is a Chinese e-commerce company headquartered in Beijing. It is one of the two largest B2C online retailers in China by transaction volume and revenue, a member of the Fortune Global 500 and a major competitor to Alibaba-run Tmall. As of September 2017, the platform has 266.3 million active users. has everything from apparels, home and living products, mobile and accessories, office supplies, sports equipment, and many more.

Listing of some kitchen gadgets from under ezbuy:


Meanwhile, Mogujie (Mogu Street) is the heaven for all shopaholics who love to get the latest modish fashion apparels, especially for youngsters.  Mogujie, founded in 2011 with headquarters in Hangzhou, China is a social network company.  Its app Mogu is a social commerce fashion app, which officially launched in the US and Europe in October 2015, and it is also the social fashion app which was founded in China but targeting young audiences in Western market. Mogujie, sometimes compared with Pinterest of the U.S., is trying to carve out a niche by blending social network with online shopping.  Its users interact with one another by creating photo collages of clothes, shoes and other items they like. Those items are available for purchases either from merchants hosted by Mogujie or through other e-commerce sites that pay referral commissions to Mogujie.

Stylish dresses from Mogujie are available now at ezbuy:

Aren’t we spoilt for choice now?  I am so tempted to get something from ezbuy now. My birthday is just around the corner and I think I deserve something nice for myself 😉

Tempted to start shopping at ezbuy now? But first of all, you have to register at ezbuy. Don’t worry, you don’t have to fill out pages of information.  Just key in your email address, create a user ID and password, key in your mobile number for an OTP number and you’re good to go! And the best part is upon registration, you will get a RM15 shopping voucher!  Isn’t that great?!


Simple Bento Lunch Boxes For Cassandra

Cass has grown terribly fed-up of having bread and buns for recess in school, or even to have them as breakfast at home. She loathes at the sight of buns now. She used to love bread but I guess she’s had enough of anything that’s doughy from the same bakeries most of the time.  She prefers to eat a proper meal consisting of rice and noodles. But the food from her school isn’t my ideal choice of meal for her. Yet, I can’t muster up the energy and enthusiasm to cook for her at 4:30 in the morning.  So the best that I can prep for her that’s fast and still nutritious is to heat up the food that I cook for dinner the previous evening.

These are some of the bento boxes that I prepped for Cass:

Penne pasta bolognese with blanched broccoli and a packet of Izumio.

The bolognese sauce is made from scratch with tomatoes, carrots and pumpkin puree blended using my powerful Blendtec blender + lots of onions, garlic, dried rosemary, Italian herbs, celery, shimeiji mushrooms, minced pork and a little  salt and palm sugar syrup to taste.  The pumpkin puree gives the sauce a very creamy and rich texture.

Canyon Japanese kids curry (curry roux) with chicken drumsticks and sweet potatoes and sauteed mustard greens with shimeiji + garlic. The mil bought the curry roux from Hong Kong.

Fried salmon + steamed minced pork with ‘mui choy’ + Japanese rice.

I keep a small portion of food for Cass during dinner on most days for her bento box. Sometimes she brings porridge. Even a simple blanched green tea noodles or buckwheat noodles seasoned with soy sauce, sesame seed oil, toasted sesame and seaweed is more appealing to her than bread, cake or buns now. She doesn’t even mind eating them cold right from the fridge ala Japanese.

I Got Scammed

This is a must read post for everyone! It could save you from trouble, inconvenience and loss of money.

Scammers are ubiquitous lately. Who knows, as I’m typing this post, a scammer is already lurking around waiting to hack my blog or post a scam comment.

While I was in slumberland  early today, some crooks stole my credit card number and made two transactions in the UK.  The transaction was for purchase of some digital items from Argos Milton Keynes, one of  UK’s leading digital retailers. Perhaps the purchase is to facilitate this scammer to perform more frauds and scams on me and other new victims.

My entire morning was spoilt the moment I woke up to prepare the girls for school. I received a text message notifying me that a transaction had been successfully made with my credit card for GBP328.94 and GBP0.01 for Interparcel service.  This crook had made a purchase with my credit card and paid for shipping with the card.

In fact, some three weeks ago, I received a text message informing me of a successful transaction for GBP0.01, also for Interparcel.  I didn’t have a cloud of suspicion that it was an attempted fraud as the amount is only for 0.01 cents and I thought that it was for my Waterfall D-Mannose order from the UK which I made during that time.  Now that I know it’s a scam, the crook must have been up to his sleeves trying to hack into my credit card since three weeks ago!  Bog off bastard, your unscrupulous acts will soon be exposed and be prepared to stew in your own juice!

After my morning exercise and shower, I quickly made a call to the bank to report on the fraud.  My credit card was blocked immediately and a new card will be sent out to me. I still need to call the bank again 5 days from today to validate my dispute. And the new card will only be sent to me next week.  Hate the inconvenience!

I pray that the crook’s days of scamming will be numbered and may he face the long arm of the law and get what he deserves!

On another scam incident which happened last month, I received a message from a school mate (my bff’s  younger sister) via Facebook Messenger with this brief message that lured me into clicking on a link to a video, thinking that I was the ‘star’ in the video.  I couldn’t view the video anyway.

🙁 !!  It’s you Shireen Yong?? File:icon surprised.gif

I then happily replied my ‘friend’, not knowing that her account had been hacked. It was only later in the day that I found out that her Facebook account had been hacked when I read her update on Facebook. And this hacker sent a similar message to most of her Facebook friends. I immediately changed my  Facebook log in details.

More on scammers!  In December last year, while I was back in Ipoh for a holiday, I received an overseas number on my mobile phone. Thinking that it was my mil who was trying to call us from New Zealand, I tried to answer the call but there was no reply on the other side. This happened twice and I didn’t have the slightest sneaking suspicion that those were scam calls.  A month later, the hubs showed me his phone bill for two overseas number and asked me who I called.  He was charged RM70 for each of the call. Again I was scammed!  Bastard, go rot in prison and leave our hard earned money alone!

Peeps, be very wary of messages from Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, text messages and unknown telephone numbers. Even when you have the slightest sneaking suspicion that something isn’t 100% right, take action pronto. Do not be the next scam / hack victim.



Saturday, 12 March 2018

sacrificed  spent my Saturday morning (forgoing my desperately needed beauty sleep) to  accompany Cass at her school’s yearly jogathon.  An hour before we left the house, it rained heavily. I got ready the rain coats just in case we needed to wear them during the run.  Thank God it stopped  raining when we left the house for school.

Parents and students warming up with a dance before the jogathon started:

Less than a minute after flag-off, I overheard a bunch of students commenting that they were already very tired! And we had at least twenty minutes to half an hour more to go  eek

Cass started off with running at full speed, something which I had told her NOT to do before the run as this would exhaust her very quickly. But this overzealous runner forgot all about it as she was merely following what her other friends were doing.  About 15 minutes into the run, she started to have side stitch. This is one of the worst things to happen to a runner as it would slow her down tremendously. I told Cass to do some deep breathing and to slow down from running to walking.

Half way through the run, we almost stepped onto this dead monitor lizard lying at the side of the road:

Cass with one of her besties, Chloe during the run:

Cass and I managed to complete the run way ahead of many other students and parents, though we were not the first fifty to reach the finishing line. I was pleasantly surprised that the fun run was easy peasy for me (no gasping for breath, side stitch or anything like that, yay!), something which I should rejoice as this means that I am no longer severely anemic.

The good old Milo van always makes a school jogathon complete. Its presence always puts a smile on everyone’s face. After sweating buckets under the sizzling hot sun, nothing beats a cup of cold Milo. Cass downed 5 cups of Milo while I downed 3 cups 😀  I told Cass that she had busted her sugar intake for the day and  should go easy on sugar for the next two days.

All in all, it’s been a fun morning in school. Cass and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously at the jogathon and will definitely take part again next year.  The only thing that bore me to the point of dozing off was waiting for the lucky draw to end. And the fact that I didn’t comprehend 95% of what was being said in Mandarin made it worse.

As for our weekly pet therapy after piano class, we saw a new batch of pedigree pups ~ baby French bulldogs. The fluff ball Samoyed pup that tugged on our heartstrings had been sold off quickly once again, which disappointed us yet again. Cass said that she wouldn’t mind a pug or a bulldog as long as she could have a pet dog. But err,  pugs are just not for me. I prefer big, hairy and fluffy dogs with a more pleasant looking doggy face lol

A  pup gnawing on a big piece of raw pork.


What It’s Like Wearing A Wig

A friend of mine who wears a wig for aesthetic reason told me that the first time she wore a wig, it felt like how she felt when she wore bra the first time.  She felt awkward and uneasy with a phobia that the wig will be blown off her head but she got used to it pretty quickly.   It felt slightly uncomfortable and hot but that’s only when she’s walking under the sun.

Some people comment that wearing a wig feels like wearing a swim cap or a hairy hat.  The materials used to make the wig can  be very itchy.   If it’s a comfortable fit, soft fabric, and quality hair, you may forget you’re wearing one until you touch your head.  Most of the time, there is always something that will bother the scalp or constantly touch you, such as baby hairs, hair inside the wefts, a loose hair net, and friction.

If you choose a wig with good ventilation, it will be easy to wear, light and will not cause a lot of heat. If you choose a wig with less ventilation, and thick layers, it will make you sweat a bit depending on your outside temperature. Also the feeling will vary for folks with lots of hair already on their head vs bald.

Whether you are looking for straight  hair extensions, blond weave, cheap blonde wigs or kinky wigs, it is best that you do some research on the internet and read up  reviews on wigs before settling on one.  Maxglam hair reviews is one site that you can read up on wigs.

Please Vote For My Twin Niece And Nephew!

Let me present to you my super duper adorable, huggable and kissable twin niece and nephew ~ baby Razyen (big brother) and baby Raeanne (little sister):

Tiny but mighty, these twins are fighters. They came into the world with a big bang unexpectedly at 32 weeks, spent a good one month plus in neonatal care in Singapore and now, they are thriving and getting cuter and cuter by the day.

Baby boy Rayzen:

Baby girl Raeanne:

Who can resist these babies? I feel broody each time I hold them.  Please do me a favor, will you?  Would really appreciate it if you could take a few  minutes off your precious time to help ‘Like’ the photo of the twin’s contest here.

Thank you dearies lol


Grandma’s Back

Grandma’s back from New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong!

What the girls really look forward to each time grandma’s back from overseas  is this…

Ransacking grandma’s luggage bags to find treasure!

Every time grandma’s back, everyone is sure to get something and lots and lots of expensive snacks (something that I hardly get for them here) ~  Royce chocolates, Potato Farm fries from Sapporo (we’ve got 2 big boxes this time!), Whittaker’s chocolate and an assortment of snacks and jellies from Japan.

Black skin and zebra skin groundnuts from Taiwan, sweet potato snack, preserved plum and lots of Whittaker’s chocolate from NZ:

Waitrose organic shortbread and biscuits and Remy Martin liquer-filled chocolate:

Healthy vegetables crisps and Pocky almond crush:

My favorite almond biscuits from Hong Kong and Nescafe Gold Barista Style for moi:

Our restock of Comvita propolis tincture and propolis oral spray (best line of defense for throat infection!) and Lucas Paw Paw ointment (for wounds):

This is just a small portion of our goodies. I don’t have the time to take pix of all the goodies and souvenirs.  Mil came home at 9-ish p.m. and we were preparing for bed, thus we did a quick treasure ransack this time while I quickly snapped the pix before rushing off to bed.

Thank you very, very much to sil #1 and #3 for all these goodies!


Nutrition Geared to Your Needs

Today there’s a quiet revolution going on, and it’s a revolution that has to do with restoring people to a perfect state of health. This healthy way of living, feeling and behaving isn’t about taking daily doses of medications and following a rote set of rules. It’s about living well in the perfect state of health we deserve, by eating food that is nutritional and delicious, and that feeds us in a way we are meant to be fed.

There are plenty of diets available today to anyone who is interested in signing up for an expensive fad that doesn’t really get them on the road to great health. What many nutritional experts (like a colorado nutrition consultant who has been making breakthroughs in helping people achieve perfect health) are talking about is getting healthy by eating what’s naturally good for us. We live in a world that’s filled with plenty of processed, prepackaged foods that are loaded with preservatives, added sugar and empty calories. These foods are causing many people to put on extra weights, lose their natural energy, and add extra stress to their heart and other vital organs. What’s the answer? Top nutritional consultants today say that the answer is to take advantage of all the great natural food that is inexpensive and easily available to us.

In generations past, people lived on farms and ate the food that grew naturally all around them. Today, we have too much access to food that is poor in real nutrients, but high in calories. We need to get back to a more natural way of living and eat fresh food on a daily basis. A diet that includes fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, grains and nuts will supply a body all the nutrition they need to be well and to stay active.

Good health shouldn’t be a secret. By embracing all the natural abundance that surrounds us, we can enjoy vitality and energy, without sacrificing great taste and the enjoyment of a delicious meal.

Tips for Dealing with Hair Loss

As you start to get older, it is very likely that you are going to notice that there are certain areas of your scalp where your hair is either thinning or balding. This can be extremely frustrating. In addition to the fact that it makes you realize that so many years have passed, you understand what a negative effect it is having on your appearance. It makes you realize that you can never go back in time and be the youthful person you once were. While you may feel like the situation is completely grim, there is no need to worry. There are lots of things that you can do to combat hair loss.

The first route that you may decide to take is to use natural products. There are a variety of at-home treatments that you may decide to try it first that may be able to help you deal with the problem of thinning or balding hair. For example, many have found that by using a treatment of onion juice, garlic, egg, and olive oil, they are able to not only improve the areas where their hair is thinning, but they also see fewer gray hairs.

Hair loss: A hair surgeon has revealed if home remedies to cure balding actually work

If this does not work for you, you may decide to speak with a medical professional and look at the different options that are available for hair transplants, like Artas robotic.  When a person uses a hair transplant treatment, they need to have an area where donor hair is growing in a healthy way. For example, it is common for men who are dealing with male pattern baldness to take the hair follicle donations from the back of their head. The hair follicles will be transplanted to the top of their head. Since the techniques have advanced so much, very few people are dealing with ugly scabbing, scars, bleeding, and the other things that used to be associated with these types of treatments.

Do not give in to despair if you are dealing with hair loss. There are a variety of treatments out there that can help you. Improve your diet, improve your hair care routine, and speak to your doctor about the different treatment options that are available for you.