Cute Hand-Crafted Key Chains

Despite having to sit for an exam in a few days’ time, Cass still prefers to indulge in craft vs. poring over her school books.  Several days ago, despite having a stack of homework and test papers to do, she pushed them aside. Instead, she crafted a homemade gift from scraps – a mineral water bottle made from thin plastic.

She made a cube box by cutting the plastic mineral water bottle with a pair of scissors. Inside the box is a macaron key chain which she made some time back using magic clay from my online store. The ring for the key chain was bought from Daiso. Then she ransacked my cupboard and fished out a red ribbon to tie it on her gift box… and tadaaaaa….


The pretty macaron key chain in a transparent gift box, all hand-crafted with precision and love from my baby girl.


This yummy cake key chain is also hand-crafted by Cass, using magic clay and Daiso-bought key ring.

I asked her if she’s going to gift these key chains away but she said she will collect them all.

On a side note, yesterday was just not my day. The moon and stars were not aligned like they should. After I parked my car outside the school to send lunch to Cass and Drama Queen, the battery went flat.  It was the first time in my 27 years of driving that the battery died when I was out of the house.  I made a quick call to the hubs for SOS and he called his car technician over to his office. They drove to school and the technician changed my car battery. What a way to start my Wednesday!

 

Why Don’t I Have Amazing Health?

Once an individual becomes frustrated with poor health and the negative life outcomes it engenders, she or he may start making lifestyle changes in hopes of looking better and gaining more vitality. Yet in some cases, people find that their efforts don’t yield the outcomes they want. While this process can seem frustrating, it’s important to note that recognizing and correcting ineffective lifestyle patterns and choices can help you step into a greater dimension of well-being relatively quickly. Get the whole process going and growing now by determining whether you’re committing any of the following errors:

1. Your Exercise Program Isn’t Holistic

At some point, many people realize that exercise is an important, integral aspect of getting healthy. However, the majority of individuals do not implement and stick to a long-term exercise program. Moreover, many of the people who do exercise consistently do not develop the holistic format necessary to optimize results. For example, people who confine their workout routine to jogging on a treadmill three times a week are missing the added benefits they would attain from periodically incorporating some strength training into their routine. Also note that people who do not engage in stretching activities like yoga are missing great benefits such as an increased range of motion and decreased susceptibility to injury. With these realities in mind, make sure that your exercise program contains all three forms of physical activity. An example of a great cardio/strength/stretching program would include a combination of running, weight-lifting, and pilates.

2. Your Diet Is Lackluster

Just as many people understand that exercise plays an integral role in facilitating health, a lot of us know that what we eat determines key factors such as our weight management capacities, mood, genetic potential, and longevity. Yet many people are constantly receiving misinformation and mixed messages from the media regarding what they should be eating. In other cases, people know which types of diets are ideal and simply don’t follow those meal plans because of a lack of willpower or an unwillingness to let their palate adjust to the taste, textures, and flavors of healthy foods.

One of the primary problems with the Western diet is that it contains too many processed foods. These foods have been stripped of their nutrients and the process of fortifying them with vitamins and minerals means that the body’s ability to effectively use them is compromised. To start consuming a diet that really empowers your cells, tissues, and organs to function correctly, try a plant-based, whole foods diet in which the majority of your consumables were not processed.

Also note that many people may experience substantive results yet not feel 100% healthy with a new diet due to a lot of chemical imbalances engendered by their former poor eating habits, use of medications, and other lifestyle issues. If this is the case for you, note that you can attain assistance with key life-generating processes such as restoring hormonal balance. An HRT company such as Global Life Rejuvenation can assist you with this type of process.

Attain Greater Vitality Now!

There’s no reason to lead a lackluster life when you can have tons of energy, glowing skin, a stable mood, and numerous other life-enhancing outcomes that materialize in healthy bodies. Pursue this mode of exceptional living now by implementing the vitality optimization techniques outlined for you here!

Laser Skin Treatments

Laser skin treatments can make your skin look healthy and rejuvenated. Precise, powerful laser treatments target light beams to the skin to address medical issues and cosmetic concerns. Laser treatments are both effective treatments and time-efficient.

Many laser treatment appointments take just minutes from start to finish. There’s little or no pain involved so anesthesia usually isn’t required.

Laser treatments help to enhance skin’s texture and appearance. Some of the most popular skin laser treatments include laser hair removal, rosacea treatment, sun-damaged skin treatment, vein and telangiectasia removal, and psoriasis treatments. Cosmetic dermatology Oregon has everything you need to enjoy more youthful, healthy-looking skin.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Laser Skin Treatment?
Before you have any laser skin treatment, ask the doctor if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Book a consultation to ask the doctor to explain any procedure that interests you and provide an estimate for how much the treatment will cost. You may need multiple appointments to achieve best results.

If you want to proceed, the doctor will create your customized procedure plan.

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Laser Hair Removal
Shaving, waxing, or tweezing unwanted hair is frustrating for many people. If you want to remove the wanted hair, ask about laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can be used to remove excess hair from the face, arms, legs, bikini line, underarms, or other areas. Because laser hair removal is so precise, it’s possible to target unwanted hair without damage to the skin.

• Because so many people prefer the results of laser hair removal, it’s one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures across the U.S.
• Laser hair removal works by sending highly concentrated light into the patient’s unwanted hair follicles. As the pigment absorbs the light, the hair is destroyed.
• The Cynosure Cynergy ™ laser is used to treat larger areas of skin. Each session is usually 15 – 30 minutes. Most patients require three or four sessions every six weeks to remove excess hair.

Rosacea Treatment
People with rosacea are often embarrassed by constant redness, flushing, and dilated capillaries, known as telangiectasias, under the skin. The pulsed dye laser (PDL) can help people with rosacea to improve their skin. Laser treatments eliminate swollen capillaries on your cheeks, nose, or around the mouth. There’s little to no discomfort involved with the treatment.

Sun-Damage Skin Treatment
Excess sun exposure can cause irregular pigmentation and redness to the skin. Laser treatments can destroy these blemishes and bring back the look of moist, healthy, youthful skin.

Treating sun damage isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, however. Some people with darker skins may not be good candidates for laser treatment. However, many other treatment options may be considered to solve sun damage problems. To protect your skin between treatments, plan to use sun block protection.

Vein and Telangiectasia Removal
Broken capillaries and superficial leg veins may be embarrassing on legs, arms, or on the face. Depending on the location of the broken vessels, the Multiplex laser or the pulsed dye laser can destroy these unsightly veins and capillaries.

Psoriasis Treatment
Psoriasis is a persistent skin problem for many people. It’s often resistant to medicines and creams. The XTRAC laser can help to remove psoriasis plaques without pain. Most patients require several treatments to remove psoriasis patches. It’s possible to see a marked improvement in your skin in just three to four sessions. Many insurers cover XTRAC laser treatments for psoriasis, including Medicare.

Summing Up
If you want to reveal healthy, moist, and beautiful skin, consider laser skin treatments.

 

Monday Lunch – 17 July 2017

Lunch today was cooked at the spur of the moment.  I had wanted to get takeout lunch but when I was looking at the fridge planning what to cook for dinner, I had this craving for something light and easy since we had spicy Korean food the day before.


Our lunch at Oiso Korean Restaurant on Sunday.


Minced pork porridge (marinated with organic soy sauce, sesame seed oil and pepper) with carrots and sweet potatoes seasoned with chopped scallions, garlic oil,  pepper and salt.

Porridge lover just like her mummy, Cass couldn’t wait to dig into her bowl of porridge the moment she stepped into the house upon return from school. And just like me, she only likes porridge cooked with a motley of her favorite ingredients and never plain white porridge. Never thick and gooey porridge.

After digging into a big bowl of porridge while still in her school uniform, Cass finally washed up and changed; next course was her fruits (dragon fruit, purple grapes and orange), another half bowl of porridge (what?!) and a packet of Izumio hydrogen water.

Cass is always extremely hungry each time she comes home from school. The moment she drops her school bag, off she goes to the kitchen to see what’s for lunch. Without even washing her hands, she then stuffs food into her mouth.  This reminds me that when I was her age, I was also super hungry after school dismissal. I remember very vividly that almost everyday, I would feel so famished that I felt nauseous during the car ride home. In the car, I would be wondering what my por por (maternal granny) had dished out for us.  I loved all her dishes.  My por por was a fantastic self-taught cook who, during her teenage years, escaped poverty in China to work in the then Malaya. She was a very well loved and respected Amah who worked for a British expatriate for many years.

Vitacare Health & Wellness Discovery Journey Event (The Gardens Mall – 14 July 2017)

This is one bloggers’ event that I enjoyed myself thoroughly. What  would interest a health freak more than a health event, eh?  From start to end, every moment of the Health And Wellness Discovery Journey Event organized by Vitacare Pharmacy was filled with discovery of informative health information.

The most exciting part of the event was a life demonstration of “Live Blood Analysis” (LBA) – a test using high-resolution dark field microscopy to observe the life blood cells to provide information about the state of the immune system, possible vitamin deficiencies, amount of toxicity, pH and mineral imbalance and other areas of imbalance. This test was complimentary to all the bloggers, with instantaneous results of our LBA. I opted to be the first volunteer to have my blood tested and I was really amazed and pleased with the results.

Below: my LBA results, projected onto the screen for all to view, with the pharmacist explaining the results…

As accurate as a lab blood test done, the pharmacist could tell that I am anemic. As I had eaten a bowl of red beans sweet soup and peanut butter toast for breakfast, the microscopic test shows several slightly acidic blood  cells (peanuts and red beans are slightly acidic).  Overall, my blood analysis shows good blood profile with healthy blood shown.

After the first LBA of my blood, I was given a cup of Rin Enzyme to drink. Half an hour later, another LBA test was done to see the changes in my blood cells.

RIN Enzyme is a premium phyto-enzyme drink from Japan, fortified with more than 36 kinds of vegetables, fruits, grains, algae and greens. It is the perfect enzyme supplement for today’s hazardous environment and hectic lifestyle.

20ml of Rin Enzyme a day can help to enhance digestion and nutrient absorption, promote metabolism, increase body immunity, reduce blood acidity, normalize hormones, improve skin complexion, assist weight loss and promote general well-being.

Below: blood cells of my 2nd LBA, which according to the pharmacist appear ‘healthier’.  Normal and healthy blood cells are roundish in shape and nicely spread across the field. They are sometimes touching or even slightly overlapping, but they’re not all piled up on top of each other. There are occasional small empty spaces.

After viewing the specimens of blood from about 5 volunteers among us bloggers, we were all “experts” already in differentiating healthy and unhealthy blood cells! Ha ha!  When the microscopic images of subsequent blood smears were projected onto the screen, we could already tell which looked healthy and which didn’t.

Below: blood smear sample from one volunteer who told us that she’s a Thalassemia carrier.  As you can see here, her blood cells are not roundish. They look  beat up, clustered and piled together. They deviate from a perfect round appearance.

The LBA from another volunteer showed a bad overlapping of cells.  The result interpreted  that she has gout, is very stressed, has acidic blood and some other health issues.

I find the LBA very interesting. It’s a ‘fortune telling’ of sorts of our blood and health under the lens. I am now contemplating bringing our girls to have their blood analysed too. At least I know how healthy or unhealthy their blood cells are and how they can be remedied.

Vitacare normally charges a fee for the LBA but on some special occasions, like the event that I attended, they offer complimentary tests. Below is the special LBA microscope costing a whopping RM30,000 each!

Below: one of the founders of Vitacare, Mrs Yap.

30 years ago, in a quiet neighborhood mall in the Klang Valley, Vitacare was born. A long-held dream of two pharmacists, the vision then, of putting the customer first by providing the best top-quality health and well-being consultation around continues today as it did way back then.

Below: the owners of The Good Co., giving a short talk on their set up and products after distributing very yummy energy jars to us.

After the talk was over, the bloggers had a group photo session and refreshments of healthy snacks. We were each given a HUGE goodie bag (I’m SO HAPPY!) bursting with healthy goodies inside!! And gawd, the bag was really heavy with bottles of good stuff! I had to lug it around to  get takeout lunch and then lug it to the car park.

I so love the bag…

… and all the contents inside…worth RM500!

Health freak’s delight in a bag: a bottle of Rin Enzyme, a bottle of tonic consisting of  a concoction of ginger, lemon, celery, honey and apple cider vinegar, Breton healthy crackers, 123 Easy health drink powder, homemade mushroom powder, granola and nuts from Amazin’ Graze (my favorite – they sell really amazing and tasty granola), Lifestream Asta Zan supplement, wild honey and a very pretty gift tied with a gorgeous ribbon over an elegant box.

What could be inside the box?!

Cass was more excited that I was. I gave her the honour to unwrap the gift. I could not believe my eyes when I  saw the bottle of Trilogy organic rosehip oil antioxidant and Trilogy firming body lotion! Trilogy is New Zealand’s no. 1 skincare brand and they are pretty costly here.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the health event  and wish to thank Vitacare for inviting me.  Please count me in should you have future health events 😉  I don’t mind being an ambassador of Vitacare as I’ve always been a loyal fan of this pharmacy. Vitacare carries an impressive array of health products, supplements and natural products.

For more information on the Life Blood Analysis offered by Vitacare, Rin Enzyme and other health products, do drop by Vitacare at the following address:

FARMASI VITACARE THE GARDENS
Lot LG-220, Lower Ground Floor The Gardens
Mid Valley City Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel / Fax : 603-2282 4641

 

Wednesday Night Dinner – Yee Mee With Braised Minced Pork

Yesterday’s dinner was a quickie as Alycia has Math tuition to attend at 8 p.m. every Wednesday.  This means that I have to start cooking at 4:30 p.m.; then eat at 5:30 p.m.; dinner over at 6:30 p.m.; give her an hour to shower and dilly dally before her friend’s mum comes to pick her up at 7:30 p.m.

I cooked yee mee with braised minced pork and wood fungus (mok yue).

I prepped a big pot of meat sauce so that Cass and I could have it for lunch the next day.

I used spinach yee mee bought from the organic shop.


Cass having her lunch of yee mee with braised minced meat today while enjoying a good book. Smoothie of the day is orange + apple + passion fruit + lemon + raw honey.

Cass to me ~ “mummy, the number one thing that I can’t live without in this world is book. I love story books. Err, nope. Number one is you. I can’t live without you. And number two is story books”.

If only she could say the same about her SCHOOL books.

Prayers Answered

Remember I blogged about the 2 items in my hospitalization bill incurred from 28 – 30 May 2017 that were not approved by my insurer? The 2 items were the power morcellator and the morcellation bag used during the laproscopic myomectomy surgery to removed an 8cm fibroid in my uterus. I was devastated when I was told a few days after my discharge from the hospital that these items totaling close to RM5,000 were not approved by the insurance company.

I sought my insurance agent to help me submit my claim to the Claims Department of the insurance company on the rejected items. My surgeon, Dr Tan Ee Ping was very helpful. Despite her very busy schedule, she helped to write a lengthy report to support my claim. I prayed fervently to God that my claim would be approved by the insurance company. At the Supernatural Encounter Healing Rally with Maldonado which I attended on 30th June 2017, I prayed that this claim will be approved.

Last Friday while I was driving, I received a call from the insurance company and this lady (who’s a doctor) informed me that the insurance company will pay for the entire hospitalization bill, except for several excluded items amounting to RM1,060.77.  I was informed by my insurance agent prior to the surgery that I had to pay a maximum amount of RM1,000 for the surgery, which I had agreed. I could not believe what I heard and  called my insurance agent to ask her to reconfirm the authenticity of the call and to reconfirm that my claim has indeed been approved. I couldn’t rejoice just yet as long as nothing in writing from the insurance company is given to me.

Yesterday, Sunway Medical Center emailed me and attached a fresh guarantee letter issued from the insurance company. In it, it shows that the total amount paid by the insurance company is RM24,272.76 and I, the policy holder only needed to pay RM1,060.77.    With this letter, I could finally put my worry to rest. Words cannot describe how overjoyed I was. I am so thankful to God, to my insurance agent and to my surgeon in helping me!💗 Thank you Lord for answering my prayers 🙇🙏

In summary, I needn’t have to pay a single sen for this surgery. In fact, I received a RM1,600 allowance after the surgery, which my insurance agent brought the cheque to me.  I so love her top notch service rendered to me.

What I could not claim was all the outpatient consultations with several gynaes before the surgery, amounting to over RM2k, incurred in less than 5 months.  And did I tell you that it was only after seeing 6 gynaes to seek their opinions that I was finally convinced to go under the knife?  That’s how much I hate surgeries and how hard it is to convince me that I need to be cut up. Thank God all is well now.  PTL!

 

Our Sunday – 9 July 2017

I had a no-rest day week last week. Every single day including Sunday was a full ‘working day’ for me, without any chance of sleeping in or napping during the day.  Drama Queen had to be in school over the weekend for a UPSR exam motivation camp. My day started at 5 a.m. even on a glorious Sunday. After the hubs sent her to school, I quickly completed some chores before getting Alycia and Cass ready for church.

After church, we had a quick lunch at Les Deux Garcons (LDG) before hubs rushed back to his office and shop to continue working. This week is set to be a super hectic week for him as he’s got several mega corporate Hari Raya Open House functions to cater to.

After a super quick grocery shopping trip, I sped off to school to fetch Drama Queen back. Her ankle is still swollen and she still needs to walk around with a pair of crutches.

Drama Queen’s left swollen foot is bandaged and on slipper and the right good foot  on sports shoe does the bulk of the hopping. She’s been hopping around on one leg like a lame bunny for 4 days already, since Thursday last week. Despite having one foot lamed, she’s still bursting with energy and didn’t skip a day of school.

Despite a no-rest day week with lots of chauffeuring, drama, screaming (must learn to tone down despite being faced with challenges at home) and cooking again, I’ve received blessings from the Lord in a few areas. I’m very thankful to Him for answering my prayers and pray that he will continue to bless me and my loved ones abundantly  💓💓

Best Place To Buy Affordable Wedding Dresses

Seventeen years ago, the hubs and I spent over 10 thousand Ringgit just on our wedding photography done in a studio. This includes the rental of wedding gowns for the bride and suits for the groom. That was the most imprudent thing that we ever did, at the spur of the moment, after falling prey to the smooth-talking of the bunch of staff working at the bridal studio.  The bridal studio had in recent years closed its shutters. And we never hung our supersize masterpiece on our home walls. It was just out of size and out of place. And the pictures were totally unsatisfactory.

If we could do it all over again, splurging on rented wedding attire will be crossed out from our To-Do Wedding List. These days, the trend of young couples tying the knot is getting their nuptial shots done outdoors on some romantic islands, hills or somewhere scenic. I have a friend who donned on a casual wedding dress with running shoes with the entire entourage hiking through a jungle to a river for the wedding ceremony.  That was really epic.

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To design your own wedding dress or search for stunning women’s evening dresses, check out lunss.com.  They have all the designs of your dream wedding dress, prom dresses, cocktail dresses and much more.

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Perfect Solution To Men’s Hair Loss Problem

Hair loss affects both men and women. While genetics plays a role, there are other factors, including hormonal imbalances, an underactive thyroid gland, nutrient deficiencies and insufficient scalp circulation.

According to recent NHS figures, a whopping 50 per cent of men will experience some degree of male pattern baldness by the time they’re fifty. And for many, it’ll start far earlier than that, with some battling the condition in their late teens.

I have a few close male friends who started having patches of baldness on their heads when they were in their mid thirties. They had tried many brands of  hair-loss prevention shampoo in the market, a bunch of expensive hair tonic, popped supplements but nothing seemed to work.  Now in their late forties, they are almost bald.

Balding is no laughing matter to anyone.  It can be severely depressing and kills the confidence of some. If you have tried all the popular remedies and still nothing seems to work, chin up! You can always get a toupee.

There are many types  and styles of men’s toupee that you can find from online and offline stores that can help cover different exposed sections of the scalp in an easy and natural manner.  If you, your spouse or your male companion is too embarrassed to walk into a store to try on a toupee, there are plenty of online stores that offer the best natural looking hair replacement systems and toupee for men that you can purchase from, away from the open public.

One such online store is at www.newhairline.com.

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From skin hair replacement systems, mono  hair replacement systems to lace hair replacement systems salon, you can get the best hair replacement that suits your head at newhairline.com.
Don’t stress out and loose more hair over your hair loss problem. There is a perfect solution for you at newhairline.com 👦