The Girls Are Home!

My two big babies are finally back home after a 9-day adventure in Hong Kong without their parents bossing around them.  So glad to have them home.

Alycia and Drama Queen with their ground assistant and Drama Queen avoiding the paparazzi:

With travel assistance request (which is a FOC service), the girls’ passports were safe-kept by the air-stewardess during the flight. On ground, the passports together with the children will be handed over to the parents / kin. Names of parents / kin must be given to the Airlines. I only realized today that with a ground assistant, Alycia and Sherilyn’s passports were not even stamped in KLIA and Hong Kong Airport.

Home sweet home finally:

BSF (Best Sisters Forever):

The girls’ last dinner in Hong Kong ~ a sumptuous grilled lobster and shabu-shabu meal prepped by their loving koo ma.

We reached home at 10-ish p.m. last night. The girls unpacked their loot, comprising of 80% junk food, albeit some are good quality and ‘healthier’ snacks like organic pop corns, Royce chocolates and some Japanese jelly and chewing gum.  We had supper of Burger King, bought from KLIA.

When a tween and a teenager go on a vacation without their health freak mom and dad controlling them, you can be rest assured of luggage bags bursting with snacks, toys and electronic gadgets.

Health freak mom would like to try one stick of Pocky Squeeze, just. one. stick. only ok, coz this isn’t available in Malaysia yet (?).

Drama Queen’s favorite Japanese orange chewing gum, costing over HKG50 a bottle.  And my favorite almond cookies; the girls also received a packet of emoji chocolates from koo ma:

Too cute ~ Royce Decoration Ball, a X’mas tree decor that comes with Royce chocolates inside the ball; Japanese jelly (the girls favorite jelly):

Luggage bags scattered on our living room floor; guess the bags will be lying there as we will need to pack again today for our trip back to Ipoh tomorrow and then to Singapore next week.

I’d like to say a BIG thank you once again to my eldest SIL and BIL for all the gifts, love, care and time showered on the girls during their stay in Hong Kong.

Make Over This Christmas

The girls and I will be making a trip back to my hometown tomorrow.  Besides planning on a day-trip to explore the  Gua Tempurung caves, I am bringing them to our regular hair salon for a no-frills and cheap hair cut. I definitely need a trim of my  waist-length hair.

After going through months of severe hair loss due to anemia, my hair has finally stopped shedding like dog’s fur.   My locks has now become really thin and limp.  I recall the days earlier this year where my hair would stick to my fingers and come off my scalp each time I go through my wet hair after a hair wash. It was so bad that  I would count how many strands of hair I shed each day.  I thought I was going to go bald. I Googled ’causes for hair fall’ and discovered that one of the reasons for severe hair fall is anemia.  Things are looking up now that my total blood count has improved significantly.

If I am invited to a  wedding dinner now, I think I will need to get some hair bundles or loose wave weave to conceal my less than perfect hair.

These days, wigs are fast becoming as commonplace as hair-color, acrylic nails and body-shapewear for that instant boost in beauty, confidence, and overall fabulousness.  I have never tried wearing a wig but am game to try.  My two younger daughters will definitely think it’s a cool and fun thing to wear a wig to a party, especially a colored one.

With wigs, there are limitless styles.  We can change our hair in an instant from long to bob, wavy to straight.  Whether it is a lace frontal closure or a hair extension, we can choose a wig that enhances our natural hair or make a statement with a bold, new look.  Either way, you have total control over your style, head to toe.

Are you game to try on some funky or natural looking wigs this Christmas and New Year’s Day? 😉

 

The Weekend (9~10 Dec 2017)

Saturday, 9 Dec 2017
We had a year-end gathering with our usual group of buddies at M’s house in Kota Kemuning. We had BBQ where the hubs did most of  the grilling.  The gourmand hubs is the specialist when it comes to food and his friends are always in awe of his BBQ and culinary skills.

All our friends were raving about the off the charts delish and juicy BBQ rack of lamb, steak and roast turkey, all prepped by the most critical foodie amongst his friends.

We sipped Japanese sake, listened to songs of the 1980s from Air Supply, Cool And The Gang, Madonna, etc. while reminiscing, prattling and laughing about our party, disco and school days when we were  teenagers in Ipoh.  The guys are the hubs’ school and classmates and I have known them  since I was 12.  The bunch of guys are my older brother’s classmates too.

The kids, especially Cass and  Amber were besotted with their friends’ new pet cat named Racoon.

 

By the time we got home and showered, it was way past 2 a.m. before we hit the sack.

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017
We had Japanese for lunch today. While waiting for our food to arrive, I browsed through Facebook for friends’ updates. I was shocked and in total disbelief when I read that my friend, Evelyn Ang Loo was hit by a reckless driver at 4:30 a.m. today while she was running in a marathon in Klang.  She and 2 other pacers were knocked from behind by the reckless driver. Evelyn suffered severe head, skull and jaw injuries and is now in a coma, fighting for her life. I am really devastated by this news and just can’t seem to stop thinking about her. I first met Evelyn at an Ikea bloggers event over 5 years ago and have since become friends with her on Facebook.  Evelyn, an animal lover is a very jovial and friendly lady, my age.

I seek everyone to kindly say a prayer for Evelyn, for her to wake up, recover and start running again.  Evelyn needs lots of prayers and miracles now.

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/12/10/pacer-knocked-down-klang-international-city-marathon/

http://says.com/my/news/female-marathon-runner-in-critical-condition-after-being-rammed-by-a-car-from-behind

 

 

Alycia & Sherilyn’s Adventure In Hong Kong

Thank you to Drama Queen, I get lots of updates, photos and videos from her everyday on her adventure in Hong Kong with Alycia.

Two days ago, they went hiking with their uncle B.

Enjoy the pix:

 

 

Yesterday they went to Disneyland. This marks Alycia and Sherilyn’s second visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. Their first visit to Disneyland was 8 years ago.  This is the girls’ 4th visit to Hong Kong.

The sisters goofing around:

 

They went up this gut churning ride. I would have puked and gotten a stiff neck had I gone up this ride. Can you spot the 2 girls?

Eating ice-cream, with cousin E.

They spent the entire day in the happiest place on earth! Wish I was there too.  Exactly two years ago on 8 Dec 2015, Cass and I were at Disneyland. How can time fly by so so fast without me even realizing it?!


Munching on Mickey head shaped waffles.

Today is the girls’ grandma’s birthday and there will be another grand celebration.

I can’t wait to see Alycia and Drama Queen again on Monday next week.    I pray that they will have a smooth flight back home.

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Our Thursday, 7 Dec 2017

I spent almost the entire day with Cass at Pantai Medical Center today.  Cass’ routine yearly ultrasound scan of her urinary tract for this year is overdue. The date that I got from HKL (Hospital KL) to see the doctor is in January 2018 but I didn’t want to wait so long and didn’t want Cass to skip school, thus I brought her to a private hospital to have it done before our trip to Ipoh and Singapore. I want to have a peaceful holiday without the nagging worry that I have not done what’s important.  Each year I will go through the same worry each time Cass’ ultrasound scan is due.

Waiting for the nurse to check Cass’ blood pressure  (high blood pressure is often a tell-tale sign of poor functioning kidneys) and radiologist to scan her kidneys was nerve-racking for me. Thank God all her readings are perfect.  Cass’ kidneys are growing well and there is no scarring on the right dilated duplex kidney. Praise God again for his blessing and healing upon Cass.


Breakfast at Subway.

Cass loves Subway sandwiches while I relate them to hospital food. Most private hospitals here have a Subway outlet. I ate Subway sandwiches on the day of my surgery in May this year. I ate at Subway when I did my yearly check-up at Pantai early this year. So Subway to me is hospital food and does not appeal to me at all.


Cass trying to dodge the paparazzi! 😀

By the time we reached home, it was way past 4 p.m.  After completing some work on the computer, I whipped up a very simple and quick dinner.  Cooking for just one kid is such a breeze!

We had breakfast for dinner!  This is what Cass loves and she could eat this kind of meal everyday for lunch or dinner.

Mushroom omelette with Havarti cheese, milk, black pepper and lots of onions; grilled organic tomato, cucumber and butter on toast.

Our Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017

Life with only a child is pretty free and easy!  Now I understand  how my friends with only one child have so much more time than me to do things that they love.  With only Cass to care and cook for, I find I have so much extra time on hand.  I could finish cooking in under an hour, have time to update my blogs everyday, have the luxury to sit at the cafe to have long lunches, can sleep in till 8 a.m. and much more.  One of the biggest relief is the amount of laundry that I can cut down. Even the floor at home is cleaner with only one child and two adults.  And dinner preparation is easy peasy with so little veggies to wash and so little meat to prepare.  Tonight I will be cooking another one-pot dish, i.e. stir-fry celery with fish paste and mushrooms. Cass doesn’t like rice, so I can even skip cooking rice.  I’ll probably blanch some noodles for her or just pop a piece of bread into the toaster.

Our brunch today is at De Market Supermarket again.   We love having our brunch here as the place is air-conditioned and clean. After lunch, we can do  grocery shopping.  We shared a bowl of meehoon soup with fish balls and fish cakes.

The Rubik’s Cube that Cass was playing with while we were having lunch disintegrated.  She spent the entire time that we were having lunch figuring out how to fix the cube back, piece by piece.  Back home, she turned to Google for help but alas, it is still incomplete as she could not find a piece of the cube. She must have dropped it at the supermarket.  Just one piece and the cube will be fixed. She’s so upset over this.


After a heavy and sumptuous buffet lunch followed by Korean for dinner yesterday, Alycia and Sherilyn burnt off their calories at the running tracks this morning. The two towering buildings behind them are The Cliff and The Summit.  The weather in Hong Kong now isn’t as cold as the time we were there exactly two years ago.  The two sisters are having a gas in Hong Kong. Lucky girls!

Alycia Turns 14 Today

Fourteen years ago today, I was the happiest woman alive on earth.  I finally met my long-awaited baby.  After years of battling  PCOS, infertility and fertility treatments, I held my bundle of joy for the first time. It was the best feeling ever.

The 9 months of my pregnancy was fraught with stumbling blocks one after another: a German measles scare, horrible round-the-clock morning sickness, spotting for 3 months, an ultra sensitive uterus which rendered me to be put on partial bed-rest until the 35th week and much more.

I was only truly happy and believed that I was having a baby when I finally met my precious baby.  I remember very vividly my baby’s cries when she was first delivered via c-section. When our anesthesiologist friend (Dr PK Wong) placed her on my chest, she stopped crying immediately, as if she recognized my soothing voice. And she winked at me!  This beautiful baby with skin as fair as snow, rose bud red lips and sweet deep dimples captured my heart right away. I was completely besotted with her and since that day, I was set to be her slavery mom for life.  And there will never be any regret.

This year Alycia gets to celebrate her birthday in Hong Kong again with her doting aunt (hubs’ eldest sister), uncle, grandma and Sherilyn.  Three years ago, she celebrated her birthday in the air on her flight to Auckland and two years ago she celebrated her birthday in Hong Kong.

These are the birthday celebration pix taken today in Hong Kong:

The girls’ koo ma treated them to a buffet lunch with a super impressive spread of international gastronomical fare.

Wish I was there too!

The 2 sisters monkeying around:

With doting grandma:

Happy birthday my dearest precious baby Alycia. You will always be mummy’s special little one.  You’re one year older today and I pray that you’ll be one year wiser too. May you forever be blessed with good health, happiness, a kind and compassionate heart and lots of  good luck chasing you 💕😘💋

Bon Voyage

Despite having a late night yesterday doing last minute shopping at the shopping mall and only hitting the sack way past midnight, I managed to jump out of bed at 4:45 a.m. today.

Alycia and Sherilyn’s flight to Hong Kong was at 10:30 a.m. today.  As it’s their first time traveling alone without any accompanying adult, we had to be at the airport at least 2 hours before departure time.  Everything went smoothly and we reached the airport at 8:30 a.m.

While the hubs parked his car, I took the luggage bags for cling wrapping. Then did the check-in.

Looking for counter H for Cathay Dragon:

The girls received a special ‘Travel Assistance Request’ pass for airport staff to assist them until they reached the departure gate.  I requested for this service via our ticketing agent who is based in Ipoh.  I was told by the agent that the request may not be updated at the airport system and this was what happened this morning. Upon showing the check-in staff the confirmation from our ticketing agent, the request was only keyed into the system.

Within an hour, the airport assistant came to bring Alycia and Sherilyn to the departure gate.

We had breakfast at PappaRich before sending the girls off:

 

My ‘precious baby’ will turn 14 in 2 days.  She always gets to travel overseas on her birthday!   The char koay teow at this PappaRich outlet is super delish.   And that’s one of the reasons why we have to pay much more at this outlet than at other outlets, I guess.

Seated in front of us was Datuk Jimmy Choo, world renowned shoe-maker.  And this paparazzi in me just had to furtively snap a picture of him 😁

Saying good-bye with big hugs to my two big babies. They don’t seem to miss me much though 😥

Other than a 30-minute flight delay, everything went very smoothly for Alycia and Sherilyn today, praise God. I’m very sure the two sisters will have a swell time traveling and bonding together, though I know  my audacious and mischievous middle child (she’s got her dad’s DNA for sure) will annoy her po-faced and serious sister  to no end. She’s already Whatsapp-ed me a video of her sister sleeping on the MRT and I’ve chided her for being so evil.

Brunch On Monday, 27 Nov 2017

The hubs sent home some piping hot and delicious sambal prawns that his wonderful chef cooked on a lovely Monday morning. I was pleased as punch as the yummy prawns came at the right time.   That will be for our brunch and all I needed to do was to blanch some noodles  to go with the prawns.

Perfect!  Thank you, dear for sending the delish prawns to us.  💗

I blanched some organic seaweed noodles and organic siew bak choy and while the water was still boiling after cooking the noodles and veggies, made 3 ramen eggs.

The noodles were seasoned with sesame seed oil, organic soy sauce and pepper. Cass loved it.  She ate a big bowl for brunch before I sent her to school to attend a STEM Lab holiday program. When she came back from school, she polished off the remaining noodles in the fridge with just some chili gravy from the prawns sambal and ate them COLD. She gobbled the bowl of noodles down in a flash as we were rushing to our next destination – the Immigration office to have our passports renewed.

Want to try these yummy sambal prawns? Give my hubs (Alan) a call at 019 266 4297 for a catering quotation 😉

Paparazzi at work: from the window outside the STEM Lab, I managed to zoom in to snap a picture of Cass 😁