Eve And First Day of Year Of Monkey 2016

Eve of CNY dinner was at the girls’ grand uncle’s house as usual.  After a ‘big meat big fish’ dinner  (in Cantonese, it literally means a lavish dinner consisting of mainly meat and fish), which is customary of the Chinese, we had the usual ang pow giving and photography session.

Below – Cass receiving an ang pow from her favorite grand uncle.

On the first day of CNY, it is by custom meat-free for half a day.

My first assignment of the day was to tie knots on golden needle vegetables — a bowl full of ’em!

Golden needle vegetable is just one of the key ingredients in the ‘chai choy’ (Chinese vegetarian dish), traditionally eaten on the first day of Chinese New Year. It is not vegetable but is the edible species of a flower’s bud. It is called ‘gum jum choi’ (written as 金針菜 in Chinese), literally golden needle vegetable.

Below – the mil’s ‘chai choy’.  She woke up very early today to prep the ingredients. This dish is labour-intensive with lots of washing, chopping and of course frying it.  After prepping this, she went for her usual morning swim.  After her swim, she fried a big pot of ‘chai choy’, which would last us for 3 meals on the first day of CNY. We all had our brunch at 10:30am, which is a tradition of the family.

I’d like to wish all my Chinese readers and those celebrating this festival “Koong Hei Fatt Choy”, good health, good wealth and an abundance continuous flow of happiness all year round!

 

Lup Chun Day – 4 February 2016

Chinese New Year mood is in the air with just 2 more days to go before we roll into the year of the Monkey!

Yesterday hubs and I did our shopping for ‘kam’ (Mandarin oranges) and gifts for the girls’ teachers and his clients. I’ve always loved the atmosphere at shopping malls pre and during CNY. The catchy CNY songs booming away, the myriad display of exciting CNY food stuff, the red decor and all the CNY paraphernalia always set me in a happy mood.

When I was a kid, I’d always looked forward to CNY for it was the only time we were allowed to drink soft drinks (from recycled glass bottles that came in crates in the 1970s through to the 1980s) and stuff ourselves sick with cookies, meat jerky, prawn crackers, salty fried bean curd sticks, homemade lup cheong and candies. My favorite flavors of soft drinks were Fanta Grape and Strawberry.  Those days, we were not that health conscious yet. I can’t believe I’d intoxicated my body with these colorful fizzy drinks for decades! Gawd!  Anyway, I’ve not touched soft drinks for more than a decade now and they are banned in our household.

On the eve of CNY each year, dad would come home at around 11am and surprise us with a big bag of fire crackers.  He would then distribute the fire crackers evenly to my 2 brothers and me.  Our fire crackers ration was enough to last us throughout the 15 days of CNY, which we would play with our best friends — the 2 boys named Vincent and Michael who lived next to us. They even share the same surname as us.

On the Eve of CNY, we would make our yearly trip to Cameron Highlands, which is my dad’s hometown. Those days, it would take 3-4 hours using the old roads to reach Cameron Highlands. And poor Roy (my younger brother) and I would be sticking our heads into plastic bags and potties puking all the way!   Dad would have to stop the car several times along the snaky winding Cameron roads to wash the potty at waterfalls. Sometimes he would stop his car for us to puke at the hill side. That was the only thing I hated about CNY when I was little — the torturous 3-4 hour road trip up to Camerons, to and fro. Though I love Cameron Highlands, the journey up is still traumatizing for me, up until today!

Yesterday was ‘Lap Chun’ day. Unknown to many (me inclusive), lap chun (beginning of spring) actually marks the start of a new zodiac year.  Many Chinese thought that the first day of the lunar calendar records a change of a new Chinese zodiac year, but according to geomancy, the actual day only starts on lap chun. Lap chun usually falls on the fourth or fifth day of February of the Gregorian calendar.

On Lap Chun day, eggs have the ability to stand on their ends.  Cass and I tried several times but were unsuccessful. We did not have the patience to keep trying but we told each other that we will try again in future until we succeed!

I googled to find out why we were unsuccessful and according to some people, the eggs must not be refrigerated. Aha, no wonder our egg did not stand!!

The above picture shows how an egg stands on Lup Chun day.  We shall try again and I am confident that we will make our eggs stand one day. Watch this space! 😉

 

Izumio & Super Lutein – Testimonial On Shrinking Breast Lump Naturally and Painful Knees

Here’s a testimonial from my 69+-year old sassy mum on how Izumio & SL have helped her deal with a painful knee recently.

“Don’t really know what caused the sudden pain on my right knee. Could it be climbing the ladder too much the previous day, or over straining myself during Praise Dance after a long absence or could it be the bowl of overnight red bean soup (uric acid) I took after lunch? The pain came in the late afternoon, became more intense throughout the night, so much that I couldn’t sleep. What surprises me till now is the pain miraculously disappeared when I awoke the following morning! Then I figured that it must have been the Izumio and Super Lutein that I take daily that has helped with the speedy recovery.

In the past I’ve suffered from tennis elbow, frozen shoulders, trigger thumbs all requiring either surgery or steroid injections after months of oral and topical medications failed. I started on Izumio and Super Lutein in September 2015 and have benefited from this product for the past 4 months. This time Izumio and Super Lutein saved me from those expensive visits to the doctors”

Izumio and Super Lutein have also helped to reduce the size of a big and painful lump in her breast recently – on 2 separate occasions.  When the lump became so big and engorged her breast, she was in really bad pain. A mere lift of her arm would sent her cringing in pain. She was on the verge of booking an appointment to see her usual breast surgeon to have the lump aspirated but after increasing the dosage of her Super Lutein, the lump gradually shrunk. My mum has history of recurrent benign breast lumps (for decades).  She is so thankful that Izumio and Super Lutein have saved her from making expensive trips to the hospital and increasing her quality of life.

Below – a few days ago, my 69-year old mum Whatsapped me this photo of her donning on my dress! 😀  My mum is my most trusted tailor. She helped me to alter this dress from a maxi dress to a short dress.  With the chunk of remaining cut out cloth, she sewed a skirt and a hair scrunchie for Cass.  This photo of her really cracked me up and I just have to share it with you.  😀

For those of you who missed out on my earlier posts on what Izumio and Super Lutein are and how they can help to ease a host of ailments, you can click on the following links to read:

Hydrogen (H2) as a potent antioxidant and exhibits anti-inflammatory and potentially anticancer-like activities (from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)

Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

Izumio and Incontinence

 Super Lutein

Day 18 On Izumio For Incontinence

Symptoms of A Body Detox

Day 20 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

Hydrogen Water Facts

Super Lutein Goodness

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes and Obesity) – From US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

TREATING DENGUE FEVER WITH HYDROGEN WATER

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

IZUMIO AND SUPER LUTEIN – TESTIMONIAL FROM COLON CANCER PATIENT

TREATING ECZEMA NATURALLY WITH IZUMIO HYDROGEN WATER AND SUPER LUTEIN – TESTIMONIAL

TREATING PARKINSON’S AND ALZHEIMER’S WITH HYDROGEN WATER

GENERAL WELL-BEING WITH IZUMIO HYDROGEN WATER – TESTIMONIAL

IZUMIO & SUPER LUTEIN – TESTIMONIAL ON ECZEMA AND CANCER

ECZEMA – SIDE EFFECTS OF TAKING STEROIDS

Breast Cancer – How Hydrogen Water and Carotenoids Can Help

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial On Colon Cancer

Relief For Eczema Naturally With Izumio and Super Lutein

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial From Stroke, Diabetics And Hypertension Patient

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial on Uterine Fibroid During Pregnancy

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial On SLE (Systematic Lupus Erithematosus)

Benefits Of Hydrogen To Our Body

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial On Sore Throat, Cough And Phlegm

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial From Breast Cancer Patient

Earning Passive Income From The Izumio & Super Lutein Business

Izumio & Super Lutein – Testimonial On Reducing Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

To learn more about the products, do drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com

 

Microwave Muffin In A Mug

This is a throwback post.

I had forgotten all about this fun activity we did with the girls (supervised by my mum) in Ipoh during the December school holidays last year until I saw the photos in my Google Photos album when I was browsing the album.

Busy mummies and daddies, you’ll love me for posting this up! 😉

If your kids love muffins and cup cakes but you can never  squeeze out the 1 hour to bake for your kids (I am seriously guilty of this!), fret not. All you need is probably 10 minutes or less to bake a muffin in a mug instantly! In the microwave! 😉

Below – My mum supervising Sherilyn and Cass. Unfortunately, Alycia has zilch interest in the kitchen.

Below – one with fresh blueberries…

Below – Sherilyn’s Oreo chocolate microwave muffin in a mug…

Below – Final product…

Only 10 – 15 minutes to whip up this yummy muffin! Perfect for hectic school mornings and tea-time.

Ingredients for Microwave mug cake:
4 tbsp self raising flour
4 tbsp caster sugar (you can reduce the amount if you wish)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 medium egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp vegetable/sunflower oil. You can substitute it with butter if you want a more buttery taste.
A few drops vanilla or other essence (orange, peppermint etc)
2 tbsp chocolate chips/nuts/raisins/fruits/Oreo, etc (optional)

Method:
Use the largest mug you have to avoid it overflowing in the microwave.
Add the flour, sugar and cocoa powder to the mug and mix.
Add the egg to the mixture. Mix in as much as you can but don’t worry if there’s still dry mix left.
Add all the other ingredients apart from the chocolate chips, etc (if you are adding) and mix until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and/or the nuts/raisins/fruits/Oreo and mix well.
Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on high for under 1 minute **, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.
Watch it rise as it cooks!

** It takes under a minute or 1+ minute to microwave bake the muffin depending on the voltage of the microwave oven. If the muffin is over-baked, then the texture becomes rubbery.

Happy trying! 😉

 

 

Izumio & Super Lutein – Testimonial On Reducing Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Recently, I shared my friend’s joy when her latest medical check up showed that her cholesterol and blood sugar levels have gone down after consuming Izumio hydrogen water and Super Lutein.

Here’s her testimony:

Had my annual medical check up done recently and excited to see improvements in my readings particularly my sugar n cholesterol level which have gone down. Those close to me will know I don’t exercise (at all) and I love my cakes and brownies and chocolates A LOT. I don’t have any pantangs and I eat everything and anything. I just love food!

I did a full medical check up a year ago right before I started on IZUMIO and Super Lutein. In fact, the reason why I did the medical check up was to see if these products really work. I don’t take any other supplements and I have not taken any before. I’ve always been healthy n don’t really see any need to. But after I hit 35, I figured I should start looking after myself and that was the main reason why I got started taking these products.

Fast forward exactly a year later… And my results are fantastic. Couldn’t be happier. I can continue eating my cakes n brownies n chocs!!!

Within this 1 year.. I’ve actually eaten more chocs and cakes and brownies than ever. But I’ve also taken Izumio and super Lutein consistently, daily 3 Izumio per day and 9 caps of Super Lutein. When I don’t feel well, I will increase my dosage.

I’m so excited I’m going to order some brownies to celebrate! Thanks Dr XXX for the awesome consultation!

 

For those of you who missed out on my earlier posts on what Izumio and Super Lutein are and how they can help to ease a host of ailments, you can click on the following links to read:

Hydrogen (H2) as a potent antioxidant and exhibits anti-inflammatory and potentially anticancer-like activities (from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)

Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

Izumio and Incontinence

 Super Lutein

Day 18 On Izumio For Incontinence

Symptoms of A Body Detox

Day 20 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

Hydrogen Water Facts

Super Lutein Goodness

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes and Obesity) – From US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

TREATING DENGUE FEVER WITH HYDROGEN WATER

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

IZUMIO AND SUPER LUTEIN – TESTIMONIAL FROM COLON CANCER PATIENT

TREATING ECZEMA NATURALLY WITH IZUMIO HYDROGEN WATER AND SUPER LUTEIN – TESTIMONIAL

TREATING PARKINSON’S AND ALZHEIMER’S WITH HYDROGEN WATER

GENERAL WELL-BEING WITH IZUMIO HYDROGEN WATER – TESTIMONIAL

IZUMIO & SUPER LUTEIN – TESTIMONIAL ON ECZEMA AND CANCER

ECZEMA – SIDE EFFECTS OF TAKING STEROIDS

Breast Cancer – How Hydrogen Water and Carotenoids Can Help

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial On Colon Cancer

Relief For Eczema Naturally With Izumio and Super Lutein

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial From Stroke, Diabetics And Hypertension Patient

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial on Uterine Fibroid During Pregnancy

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial On SLE (Systematic Lupus Erithematosus)

Benefits Of Hydrogen To Our Body

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial On Sore Throat, Cough And Phlegm

Izumio And Super Lutein – Testimonial From Breast Cancer Patient

Earning Passive Income From The Izumio & Super Lutein Business

To learn more about the products, do drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com

 

Throes Of Motherhood

Sorry for the lack of updates in my blog for the past 2 weeks. These days, I try very hard to force myself to be in bed by 10pm as I have to wake up for my ‘night duty’ at 2am. It’s agonizing ok, to force yourself up from your beauty sleep to do your motherly duty.

Cass is still recuperating from a bout of UTI attack. I do not want her to hold back her urine for 8-9 hours during bed time. At 2am each day, in the still of the night when everyone else in the house is in their deep slumber and oblivious to what’s happening outside their bedrooms, I carry Cass who is still deep in her sleep, from the bed to the bathroom, as if she was a sack of 23kg rice. While she pees, I quickly fix some Izumio with Waterfall D-Mannose in a glass and gives it to her. After she’s done drinking this potion, I wash her bottom and we go back to bed. Thank God, I can still get back to sleep but 2 1/2 hours later, I would have to force myself out from bed again to do my next round of motherly duty at 4:45am. This is torturous and I am so bushed. But I hope that all my pain and effort will pay off well. The best gift for me would be to see Cass recover 100% from UTI with no recurrence and be 100% diaper-free by this year.

During the day, I would either be in school to check on Cass for a couple of hours or stay home to do some work. In between, I need a short power nap to recharge my batteries.

Tonight, I have broken my own rule. It’s already 10:30pm and I am not in bed yet but at the computer. Tomorrow is a Saturday but my motherly duty continues. I have to do this every single day until Cass is weaned off the diaper at night. Life is tough but I am very sure that I will reap the sweet fruits of my labour very soon.

I better end here instead of rattling on and on. G’nite world! :)

Designing The Cover Of The Menu

The menu of your restaurant is one of the first things that customers will see when they arrive. It should be one that is memorable and one that is unique in design for the business. There are a few tips that you can keep in mind for selecting and designing custom menu covers. One idea is to have a few ideas in mind so that you can change the appearance on a frequent basis, perhaps having a different design for each season.

Look at what other restaurants are doing in regards to their menu covers. Don’t use the same ideas because you want your cover to stand out from others. Develop something that gives a little insight as to the type of food that is served or the personality of the business. Don’t add a lot of pictures or words as there should be a balance of the two. Descriptions of dishes should be on the inside with one or two special courses on the cover.

When the general idea is in place, you can start thinking about colors and the kind of font that you want to use. Select a font that matches the atmosphere of the restaurant. Don’t choose a comical design for an elegant restaurant as it might not be taken seriously. If the restaurant is one that offers kid-friendly selections and items that are family-oriented, then consider brighter colors and fonts that are more playful. Make sure the words are easy to see no matter what font you use. Large letters can be overwhelming for some, so you want to design with something that is of an average size. Avoid using the fancy scripts as the letters can blend together.

Add details on the menu cover that focus on the logo of the business. If the restaurant offers Mexican food, then consider adding a sombrero and a few peppers on the front with Spanish words that have the English translation below. The colors should match as well in regards to the type of business. Red and yellow borders are an idea as they are easy to see and can sometimes trigger an emotional connection with eating.

 

Wednesday Breakfast – 27 January 2016

My breakfast today to fuel me for a long, long and tiring day…

Half an avocado with a drizzle of maple syrup. This is so refreshing and delicious.   A friend taught me to eat avocado this way to mask the slightly bitter taste of avocado. You gotta try this way of eating your avocados.  Maple syrup is low in GI, so a teaspoon won’t send your blood sugar spiking high. You can also use palm sugar (gula Melaka), which is also low in GI.  Chill the avocado if you wish and it would give you an extra kick to the already delicious syrupy avocado.

A slice of wheat bran bread with crispy meat floss from Taiwan and homemade acar, YUMS!

I munch on Acar and Korean kimchi (with added probiotics) whenever I do not have the time to prep fresh veggies. Our girls love them too.  I have jars of Acar and kimchi in my fridge and they are fast moving too, so I replenish them regularly.

This is filling enough to last me through to lunch at about 2pm. My breakfast is always the heaviest meal of the day, lunch is light and dinner is the lightest with only soup, lots of veggies and a piece or two of meat.

 

 

Communion Dresses

Chinese New Year is just a week away. Have you done shopping for all your CNY clothes and paraphernalia yet?

We went shopping for our girls’ clothes on Monday, which was a public holiday. Surprisingly, the shopping mall that we went to was unusually and unbelievably quiet. We were speculating why this popular shopping mall located in the heart of KL was so quiet on a public holiday. Could it be that times are bad and people are shunning the malls in a move to cut down on spending? Or could it be that people are apprehensive of the alleged terrorist threat targeting popular spots in KL?  Thank goodness these days you can shop online for anything and everything under the sky to save you the hassle of driving  downtown to the shopping malls.

I noticed that many people, including yours truly are shopping online these days. Many items like apparel, household gadgets, electrical items, bags, air tickets, groceries, just to name a few, are slightly cheaper when purchased online.  My mum is now hooked on online shopping and has been purchasing quite a bit of stuff from online stores. Her latest purchases were some luggage bags and kitchen appliances.

Just yesterday, some gorgeous Communion dresses caught my eyes. I did not even know that  in some countries, little girls dress up to their nines on their first communion.

Cass would look so resplendent in these Communion dresses on her future baptism day.

 

These elegant Communion dresses can double up as flower girl dresses too. I am so in love with them and if you are too, you can check them out at Jesusspeaktome.

 

Update On Cass’ UTI & Incontinence – 26 January 2016

Sorry for the long silence. As I have mentioned in one of my earlier posts, if you do not see any update in my blogs for more than 3 days, I am either suffocating in my busyness or there has been a crisis at the home front. This time, it’s both the reasons again and because of this, I have lost my mojo to blog :(

I told myself today that no matter how busy I may be, I just have to steal at least 20 minutes to update my blogs today.

After staying at home for a week to recuperate from a Urinary Tract Infection, Cass went back to school today. I swung by her school for about 2 hours to talk to her teachers as well as to the Assistant Principal to explain to them why I have to be in school for the next 1 – 2 weeks for a couple of hours.

While waiting for Cass to come out for recess, I waited at the canteen. Did I tell you that I love observing people?  I observed many things and am really appalled with the food that the canteen serves — sausages, ham on fried noodles, nuggets, bottled and canned sugary drinks, doughnuts coated with thick layers of colorful cream and sugar and other junk. Students are also made to sit on the very dirty floor, right outside toilets and next to the water fountain with wet floors, gawd!!  I guess that’s just the way of life of students and teachers in a public school.

Cass didn’t want me to photograph her in her school uniform, thus the back pose here…

I waited for 2 hours in school today as I wanted to see if Cass would do what I have advised her to. Well, she remembered a few and forgot a few. She forgot to drink water and only took her first sip at 10am!  I asked her how she could even forget to drink water!! And she is still nursing a UTI and has to drink lots of water to keep flushing out the bacteria.  Good thing I was in school as she pooped in school today and I helped to clean her up.  One of my greatest fears for Cass when she’s in school is that she won’t know how to keep her down under clean after pooping. E.Coli bacteria originates from poop and the last infection was caused by E.Coli bacteria.

Do not even try to think that I am mollycoddling Cass by attempting to keep her as sterile as I can. I know we all need some degree of dirt / germs in our bodies to get immunity from them. You will never know what I am going through unless you have a child with an abnormal urinary tract with recurrent UTIs.  We cannot afford to risk her kidneys being eaten up by bad bacteria anymore. And definitely cannot cope with spending a minimum of RM5k on hospitalization bills each time she has a UTI attack.  Our insurer has still not approved our latest submission of claim totaling over RM5k in November 2015.

On a positive note, I am glad to say that Cass’ incontinence issue is slowly but surely improving.  She is weaning herself from diapers as she hates the feeling of the diapers poking her. As torturous as it is, I am now waking up at 2am every day to bring her to pee. I’ve bought another alarm clock yesterday (making it to 3 alarm clocks in my room!) and have set the clock to 2am. Though she’s still on diapers at night, the diaper remains dry when she wakes up.  This is a significant improvement and I am praying that Cass’ urinary tract will keep healing. Yesterday we were out at Avenue K for half a day and she was sans diapers.  She only wore a pad and it remained dry. :)

My baby girl achieved another milestone yesterday. She managed to solve the Rubik’s Cube!!  Though only single color at a time, she is definitely getting a hang of it. All she needs is 5 – 10 minutes to solve one side! And she happily told me that waiting for me to shop for clothes is not boring anymore as she has a new hobby to keep her occupy now :)