Exam Fever

Thai cave boys fever is over, so is football fever. In comes exam fever now and this fever takes years away from my life, prematurely!

This girl is a vomit-blood inducing kid.  I kid you not.  She wasn’t like this when she was much younger. She was the cute as a button, obedient, angelic little girl who could melt my heart instantly, transformed into a life-sucking devil in disguise of a petite 10-year old girl.

One moment I would feel like strangling and slapping her, another moment, she can be the sweet little girl she used to be, massaging my temples, feet and shoulders and saying sweet little nothings to me. Tween hormones raging to be blamed? Maybe.

She seems to have lost her mojo and focus when it comes to revising. All her mojo and focus have shifted to her novels.  She is still pretty disciplined when it comes to doing her school homework (thanks to her class teacher who seems to be able to do a little magic to motivate her) but anything beyond homework, it’s a torture for her and me.

These days, she needs to sit next to me when she does her homework, with her hands, legs and body touching mine, as if to get her inner batteries charged from having bodily contact with me. Like I’ve said before, she is like my twin. Three years of breastfeeding this rascal has created a very special bond between us.  Not that I like someone snuggled next to me when I am doing my work on the computer. It is already super hot in the afternoon. With someone leaning on my side, that’s something that annoys me.  But a mother’s sacrifice has  no boundary. I let her snuggle and lean next to me, with 3 fans blowing at us at full blast 😍

After an hour of revision, she gets to claim her screen time but she’s not totally free in front of the idiot box. She has to help to peel garlic skin 😀

My lunch yesterday (Sunday, 15 July 2018) was spent with only Cass and Drama Queen. Alycia stayed home to revise for her History test, the hubs was at work at Cyberjaya and the mil was away in Ipoh. After sending Drama Queen to a BM talk at the tuition centre, I spent my afternoon doing chores and revising BM with Cass.

I can’t tell you how suffocating it was for me to revise with that stroppy pre-teen. It didn’t help that I was PMS-ing and was feeling extremely short-fused and hothead.

Lunch at PappaRich:

I bought 3 boxes of takeaway chicken + cha siew rice and grilled jumbo Portobello BBQ mushrooms for dinner.

This time I delegated the task of prepping the mushrooms completely to Drama Queen.

We all love this grilled super juicy and meaty jumbo Portobello. Prepping this dish just takes 5 minutes:  rinse and dry the mushrooms, grease a baking tray with olive oil, sprinkle chopped garlic and butter at the back of the mushrooms and grill for 15 minutes in the oven at 170C.

Once removed from the oven, season the mushrooms with freshly ground black pepper and scrape a little rock salt on them. Drama Queen tried her hand at carving patterns on the mushroom skin and it looks awesome!

I put an eraser on the mushroom as a comparison to show how huge it is.  At RM13.90 for a punnet of 4 mushrooms, it is a tad expensive. But it’s A-OK, mushrooms are superfood loaded with nutrients and cancer-fighting phytochemicals, they are delish and most of all, minimal cooking is required to prep a yummo dish which I can delegate to my 13-year old 😉

YL July Order

I am always in a good mood whenever I receive my monthly parcel from Young Living 😍

This month I ordered all my favorite essential oils ~ Stress Away (this oil can really  do wonders in removing some of the stress off my mind at a few sniffs!),  Joy (just like Orange, Joy is a happy essential oil. The scent makes me happy and I use it as perfume too!) and Frankincense (one of the must-have EOs at home and a great beauty and anti-aging EO).

For the Orange oil, I got it FREE! You read it right.  Young Living rewards its loyal members with free oils regularly.  Orange essential oil is one of my favorite oils and I use it everyday as a perfume and car air freshener. Sometimes I dab it outside my nostrils as the scent just puts me in a good mood.

Health benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil at a glance:
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Other Benefits
Known as the king of essential oils, Frankincense oil relieves pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to heal boils, infected wounds, acne, circulatory problems, insomnia, and various types of inflammation as well.

More recently, Frankincense oil has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for ageing and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.

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Just drop me an email  at shireenyong@gmail.com if you wish to try the Essential Oils.  I can even loan you a diffuser set with some sample Essential Oils for you to try.  You can also click here  to sign up as member (signing up online is so easy and fast!) or Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290.

High Protein Breakfast

This morning I didn’t feel like eating bread or granola for breakfast. Must be the hormones playing tricks again. I was just craving for protein. It must also be my body’s way of telling me that I need more nutrients before Aunt Flow visits soon.

I had a handful of crunchy walnuts and pecan, which the mil roasted over the weekend. And a big bowl of sweet beet root carrot soup with yummy tender fleshy pork bones.  Eating healthy proteins can really fill me up until lunch, without any craving for something sweet.

Did you know that protein is the single most important nutrient for weight loss and a better looking body? A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones and it is scientifically proven (123).

Protein can help you lose weight and belly fat, and it works via several different mechanisms.

Lunch today was roasted pork bone porridge with dried scallops.

Breakfast for Alycia and Cass on a Monday morning yesterday was walnut wholemeal bread ~ spread with butter for Cass and avocado for Alycia.  Snack box for recess was steamed ‘siew mai’.

After over a week of living on semi solid food, Alycia finally got used to having braces on her teeth. She is eating pretty normally now ~ even chocolate chip cookies, hard muruku and nuts. Way to go girl. I knew you could do it!

Someone Almost Burnt Down The Condo

Alycia, the princess with royal fingers hardly does chores in the kitchen, much less cook or even reheat food in the microwave oven and wok. When she needs her food reheated, she gets my help, her grandma or Drama Queen.

On Saturday upon return from school, Alycia decided to reheat a pau (taken out from the fridge) in the microwave oven. I was at the piano class with Cass. The mil was in the bathroom and Drama Queen was busy working on the sound and effects on my PC for her school’s English drama competition.

A few minutes after I had stepped inside the house, Drama Queen nonchalantly commented that she smelled something burnt. I scampered to the kitchen and holy cow, there was a lot of smoke coming out from the microwave oven! I screamed “the microwave is on fire” and seconds later, the smoke detector beeped deafeningly. Alycia acted super quickly and ran to turn off the switch to the microwave oven. By now, the entire kitchen was blanketed in choking smoke.

We were all shocked and asked what happened.  Alycia explained that she was only reheating a pau in the microwave oven and the first question I asked was “how long already?!”  as she was at the dining table hooked to her mobile phone!

See, see, seeeeee!  Mobile phone again. It’s killing you my dear Alycia!

Drama Queen countered and informed me that the pau was in the microwave oven for at least 15 minutes already.

15 minutes on high in the microwave oven for a pau is a LONG time!  I normally reheat it for a few seconds with a few sprinkles of water on the pau.

O.M.G.!!

Thank God the microwave oven did not explode. Thank God we didn’t burn down the entire apartment, just like the Grenfell Apartment fire tragedy.

Thank God I got home just in the nick of time and everyone is saved.  In accidents, every second counts. Every split second matters. Even a microsecond saved can  prevent fatality.

Below: Alycia removing the smoke detector while Kakak Maria looks on. She was  busy helping to fry fish, totally oblivious to the commotion in the dry kitchen.

Below: the aftermath of the near miss fire~ pau retrieved from the microwave oven. Thank God again that the bowl and plate did not break, catch fire and explode in the microwave oven.  The microwave oven isn’t damaged at all, praise God!

But the entire kitchen had a very nasty smoke / burnt smell.  I had to spray the kitchen many rounds with my homemade air freshener to clear the air and remove the odor. I wouldn’t want to spray air fresheners laden with harsh chemicals in my house, especially in the kitchen where food, cups and cutlery are everywhere.  My homemade air freshener is all-natural and made with organic essential oils and water only.

I hope Alycia has learned a lesson out of this chilling experience.

 

Black Tuesday ~ 3 July 2018

Since last night, my right eye had been twitching. Whenever my trusted right eye twitches, I am extra cautious in whatever that I do. I also warned my girls about it.  The premonition cue that I get from my eye twitches is 99% accurate.  I had blogged about this before several times. I don’t really like the premonition cue as it gives me the creeps and yet it prepares me and makes me more cautious.  Most of the time when my right eye twitches, someone in the family falls sick, gets hurt or some misfortune happens.

My Tuesday started off pretty well in the morning. I dropped off Drama Queen in school at 6:50 a.m.  Drama Queen is putting her drama prowess into real life action once again. She and her team members are representing their school in a State-level English drama competition at St John’s International school today.

Below: Drama Queen with her two of her team members at St John’s International school yesterday. They were there to survey the stage.

Below: the Drama team today:

Announcement of the winners will only be made tomorrow and part of the team has to be at SJIS again tomorrow for the prize and certificate giving ceremony. I am sure Drama Queen and her team members are super anxious now as they await the  announcement of the results. Drama Queen has worked very hard in the preparation of this competition.  She is the editor of the script and is in charged of  searching for the sound effects and music for the drama.

Today is one of the those dreaded days when the black star hovered above me waiting to cast a jinx on me.  A short 3-minute dash into the bakery to get 3 buns for the girls’ recess cost me a bomb.

As it was only going to be a few-minute affair, I didn’t pay for the parking ticket. When I walked out of the bakery hurriedly, from a distance I saw a group of DBKL officers  surrounding my car.  Dang it, what shit have I gotten myself into?!!  My car was clamped ~ first time in my life. I pleaded for the officer to release my car and reasoned that I only parked there for 2-3 minutes but the officer cited that he had already taken pictures of my car and he absolutely cannot release the clamp and I will have to pay RM100 to release my car. WTF!  I was fuming mad and wanted to swear at the po-faced  officer but I knew all eyes, cameras and phones were probably already directed at us at that moment, unbeknown to me. Someone had most likely already started to take a video of me with his/her phone, waiting to post the video on social media had I acted unruly; so I better behave myself.  Reluctantly,  I paid the fine by dropping two RM50 notes into a plastic bag held up by the officer and his colleagues unlocked the clamp from my car tyre.  All these happened in a short 5 minutes!

My bad, it’s entirely my oversight.

The next time my right eye twitches, I better be 500% vigilant in every single move that I take.

Note to self: Do not take any chances on those eye-twitching days!

Tomorrow will definitely be a better day for me. I can already smell good luck knocking on my door 🙌

Homemade Air Freshener With No Harsh Chemical

I love stepping into any place that smells good but the thing is I am allergic to synthetic fragrances. One of the side effects that I get when I smell synthetic air freshener, especially those for cars is I would feel nauseous.  Sometimes I would get a mild headache from smelling overpowering artificial scents. Whenever I step into a lift that someone had just left a trail of strong perfume or after the condo cleaner had sprayed air freshener, I would have to hold my breath until I reach my destination seconds later.  I wouldn’t want to take any chance for feeling nauseous and choking my lungs and nostrils with chemicals.

The other day, someone had accidentally spilled fish blood and water onto the floor mat of my car after buying fish. Even after washing the floor mat, the odor of stinky fish lingered in my car.  The aroma of  pandan leaves in my car couldn’t cover the stench of dead fish in my car and I felt like puking.  That’s what prompted me to make my own air freshener and it is so easy and so fast!  It took me under 5 minutes to whip up a bottle of 50ml air freshener,  I kid you not!

All you need is 3 or 4 ingredients and a spray bottle.

Ingredients
1. Spray bottle ~ I used a 50ml clear plastic spray bottle bought from Craftiviti.
2. Filtered water
3. Essential oils ~ you can use any scent that you fancy. I chose Orange, Lime and Cedarwood ~ 10 drops each. You can pick Lavender, Peppermint, Grapefruit or any citrusy scent. You can even choose Rose, if you can afford it 😉 (Pure organic Rose Essential Oil is one of the most expensive essential oils in the world!)
4. If you have vanilla essence, put a few drops as well. I love the smell of vanilla in my air fresheners. It feels as if I am sniffing vanilla cakes and cookies and that’s enough to satiate my desire for these snacks.

Method
1. Fill up spray bottle with filtered water and leave about 5cm space for the Essential Oils (EO).
2. Drop EO of your choice into spray bottle.
3. Add in vanilla essence (optional) but recommended if you love the smell of vanilla.
4. Shake well before spraying.

After a good spray of homemade air freshener in my car, I dabbed a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil and Vanilla essence onto cotton facial pads and slot them between my car air-cond vents.  Now my car smells so lemony and vanilla-ish. No more dead fish stench.  Love the smell of my DIY air freshener so much 🤗  Best of all, I don’t get nauseous and dizzy from smelling it.

NOTES:
I am a stickler for quality essential oils. The cheaper ones  just won’t cut it for me.  I’ve tried essential oils that are so much cheaper and I ended up discarding them ~ oregano and grapefruit ones to be precise. They smelled so fake and strong I knew at once they were adulterated.

You can read more about the brand I’ve used for 3+ months here.

These recipes are for small batches. Feel free to double or triple if you find a mix you really like.

These homemade air freshener concoctions make fabulous gifts and they are pretty affordable too.

You can use whatever type of water you have available- I just used plain filtered tap water.

Give your spritzers a good shake before you spray to make sure the oils are mixed into the water.

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils. I can get them for you at wholesale price.  Just drop me an email  at shireenyong@gmail.com.  You can also click here  to sign up as member (signing up online is so easy and fast!) or Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290.

What Can I Do To Enhance My Energy Levels?

If you’re trying to enhance your energy levels, it’s important to know that doing so is entirely possible. To start feeling more physical and mental vitality now, consider utilizing some or all of the following strategies:

1. Meditate
One of the reasons that people experience low energy results from ongoing, unaddressed stress. Luckily, there are many health strategies that can be implemented to reduce and even eliminate anxiety. One of the most powerful strategies under the sun is meditation. Meditation is powerful because it helps individuals slow down, listen to their bodies, and continually clear their minds so they’re not thinking in frenetic or negative ways. Note that there are several different types of meditation available, one of which is breath-based. If you’re not into taking deep inhalations and exhalations, you may want to consider the mantra. Many people enjoy this style of meditation because it trains the brain to think and remember something positive. Anything from “I am” to “Love and light” can be the mantra that you recite inwardly in the morning and before going to bed for the purpose of maintaining a tranquil, positive mindset.

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2. Become Physically Active
In addition to tapping into the power of implementing a mantra or breath-based form of meditation, make sure that you become more physically active. This technique is imperative because exercise is known to optimize energy levels in many ways. One is by helping the body eliminate toxins that can be slowing down key regulatory processes that contribute to energy production. In addition to enhancing your level of vitality, exercise is known to boost immunity, enhance inner confidence, and induce better sleep. There are many ways that an individual can get on track to becoming more physically active. One is by finding a local park where you can walk or jog with a dog. Another is by taking fitness classes in a local gym. Individuals who find that high levels of stress have compromised their energy levels may want to consider joining a local yoga studio. In addition to energizing the body, yoga is known to fight stress by putting the mind and body in a meditative state for extended periods of time. In addition to considering yoga, use an online tool such as the Smart Squat website to learn more about key physical activities such as the squat exercise.

Exercising with a trainer using SmartSquat.

Conclusion
People who are serious about enhancing their energy levels should note that there are many ways that they can realize the objective. Two of them are outlined above. Start utilizing these energy optimization techniques soon so you can begin to optimize your level of productivity in all areas of life!

Squishy Craze

In case you’re still living in a fidget spinner or slime world,  squishies are brightly colored foam toys that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from a  tiny panda face on a key chain to some fake-but-looks-real sushi. The shapes and varieties are endless. Some are scented with bakery-appropriate flavors like strawberry or peaches and cream. As the name suggests, their most important quality is their immensely satisfying texture. Squeezing a squishy is like crushing a loaf of Wonder Bread between your fingers, only to watch it magically re-inflate back to its original form. I have to admit that I am inside the squishy bubble now, joining Cass and Drama Queen!

Squishies are on their way to becoming the next big toy craze in the US, according to toy-store owners interviewed by New York Magazine and the New York Times. So far they’re being marketed, much like fidget spinners, as a way to relieve stress and anxiety.

When we were back in Ipoh during the recent school holidays, I brought Cass to Kinta City shopping mall to claim her reward.  Apart from  some novels and a few rounds of claw machine games, I also bought her a squishy as her reward.  The squishy stall is on the first floor concourse of the shopping mall, outside Aeon.  It’s been there for at least 2 years.   Drama Queen shopped for her primary school bazaar’s lucky draw prizes from this stall 1.5 years ago. The range of colorful and oh so squeezable squishes is pretty wide and not only can a child go crazy at the stall, adults too.

 

Cass’ pick was this little pink paw, which is extra squishy, soft, squeezable and highly re-inflatable. No wonder Cass loves squeezing it, I love it too!  After paying for the paw squishy, we both had a tug of war over  who gets to squeeze the paw 😆

Super satisfying!  Good stress and anxiety buster too.

Moving Is Stressful Enough Already, Don’t Make It Harder On Yourself!

Ask anyone what the most stressful things in life are, and you’re pretty likely to get the same few answers. Starting a new job, having a baby, getting married, and perhaps the most common of all, moving house. If you know anyone who tells you that moving house is not a stressful experience, then they are either lying or that have figured out some kind of incredible secret! No matter what you do, moving house is always going to come with its fair share of stress and difficulty. But is there nothing that you can do about it? Do you really just have to put up with the stress of it all and hope for the best? Of course not! There are plenty of things that you can do that, while they might not take all the stress out of it, can make things a great deal easier. Here are some ways to take some of the stress out of moving home.

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Deal with the boring stuff first
When you’re moving home that usually means that you’re dealing with various contracts and legal complications that come with renting, buying, or selling a home. Make sure to deal with all of those things as quickly as possible. It might be tempting to put them off, but in the end, that’s just going to make your life more stressful overall. There are plenty of ways that you can make a lot of legal stuff less complicated and difficult as well. Hiding your head in the sand might be tempting, but it’s going to make things far once in the long run.

Don’t do it alone
The worst thing that anyone can do when they’re moving home is to try and do it completely by themselves. It might not seem like that much of a gargantuan task, but it is often far more difficult than you initially expect. Even just knowing where to start when it comes to packing everything up can be a challenge. But once you have everything packed away then you have to deal with the logistical difficulties of getting it to somewhere new. If you’re not in the position to drive a moving van from one place to the next, then you could be looking at multiple trips, depending on the size of your car. Hiring movers might seem like a drastic option, but it really can make all the difference in the world. Companies like Bekins Moving Solution are professionals, and they know exactly how to pack, store and transport your belongings in the most efficient and safest way possible. There are some movers who will even pack and unpack your boxes for you, allowing you to focus on getting settled into your new place. Of course, if you don’t have the budget for a crew of movers, you could always just bribe your friends with pizza and get them to help. Any number of extra hands can make the whole process much easier.

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No matter what you do, your move is always going to be a pretty stressful time. However, by doing whatever you can to plan carefully and understand exactly what needs doing, you’re going to be able to make the whole process that much easier on yourself.

Alycia On Braces – Day 4

On day 4, Alycia was still on a fasting mode. She didn’t have the mood to eat anything, though her tummy was rumbling like crazy.  She was already sick of eating yoghurt, mashed avocado and fruit smoothies. She was drooling on Drama Queen’s homemade lemon pie but it was another ‘see but can’t eat’ case.  Everyone felt so bad for her.

When we went to the shopping mall in the evening, we chose Canton-I for dinner so that Alycia could eat porridge. But she wasn’t interested in porridge. She hates it. That’s the worst food in the whole world for this girl, though when she was a toddler, she loved her porridge.  She would bemoan and whine each time she eats porridge now.

At Canton-I, when the porridge arrived, we had to force the porridge down Alycia’s throat, literally. She looked glum with the bowl of porridge in front of her  🤐 What was on this girl’s mind was the shop next door that sells Japanese shaved ice desserts! Throughout our dinner at Canton-I, Alycia kept asking when she could have shaved ice, just like a little girl whining and pestering her parents for something 😂 After a quick dinner, we segued a few doors away to Kakigori to satiate Alycia’s craving for Japanese shaved ice while the hubs and mil continued with their dinner at Canton-I.

And so this was Alycia’s actual dinner on Braces Day 4 ~ a bowl of very refreshing Elderberry & Elder Flower Espuma:

The shaved ice dessert  wasn’t cloy sweet but very mildly sweetened with fruit juice topped with espuma (froth) ~ all natural ingredients and well-curated, which justifies why it has a price tag of RM19.

When I expressed shock that I had to pay RM19 for a bowl of shaved ice, Alycia quipped  that RM19 is for her breakfast, lunch and dinner ~ all in one bowl.  Very clever answer 🙄

Kakigori’s Elderberry & Elder Flower Espuma is a new flavour on shaved ice series. The generous portion of shaved ice (each bowl) is big enough to be shared across 2-3 persons. A whole mountain of shaved ice is filled with elderberry syrup all over with a thick layer of Espuma added as topping.  It tastes exactly like having a chilled wild berry yoghurt which gives kicks of sweet and sour berry flavours.  As you venture further into the shaved ice, there will be a little surprise awaiting (chunks of cheese) which  enhances the overall flavour and experience.

As I was rushing off to Uniqlo and Daiso to get some stuff, I left Alycia and Drama Queen at the cafe to enjoy the dessert.  But I will definitely be back at Kakigori with the girls to try other whimsical items from their exciting menu soon, perhaps at the next school holidays.

Kakigori
LG-201A, Lower Ground,
The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City,
Kuala Lumpur
* Beside Jaya Grocer and few doors away from Canton-I restaurant

Trip Back To Ipoh (16 – 18 June 2018)

Our stay in Ipoh during the mid-term school holidays this time was a short 3 days 2 nights trip. We couldn’t go back at an earlier date as mum, papa and Roy were still in East Europe. When they returned, it was already the end of the first of two weeks of  school holidays. We could only stay in Ipoh for 2 nights as Alycia had a dental appointment for her braces to be fixed.  But the 3 days were precious. We had a great time bonding and it was the first time we could celebrate Father’s Day in Ipoh on the actual day with papa and the hubs together. Really wished that we could have arranged for a short trip to somewhere near. My wish and plan now is to organize a holiday together during the year-end school holidays to Langkawi, Thailand or some neighboring states or countries.  I’m full of hopes that this holiday will materialize.

On our last night in Ipoh, we had dinner at Tung Koo Teng (Mushroom Hut) food court @ Ipoh Garden. The hubs is happiest when he is back in his hometown digging into all his favorite childhood hawkers fare. Who is not? I’m happiest too when I am back at my parents, being a princess again, for a short few days before my princessy days turn into long Cinderalla days and nights 🤭

Our favorite picks:

Curry laksa (SO yums!) and Hong Kong style chee cheong fun:

Ipoh style ‘kai see hor fun’ and popiah:

Chicken and beef satay; grilled curry stingray fish:

Ice kacang and ‘wan tau long’ jelly (aka Aiyu jelly):

Aiyu jelly is rarely seen in the Klang Valley or other parts of Malaysia. It is only in Ipoh that we get to savor our favorite childhood dessert.  Writing this post is already making me miss all my favorite food in Ipoh. I can’t wait for the next school holidays for our next trip back to home sweet home ❤

 

Alycia On Braces ~ Day 1 – 4 (20 – 24 June 2018)

Alycia’s B day on 20 June turned out very smoothly. The dentist told us that it would take approximately 1.5 hours for the braces to be fixed but it was completed within an hour. 🙏

While the dentist was working on Alycia’s teeth, I chatted with his wife and later learned that both their children are ASEAN scholars and now studying dentistry.

The procedure looked daunting to me but Miss Cool Cucumber braved through it calmly. I was the one who was feeling anxious and nervous the whole day 🤪 Hopefully Alycia will brave through the 4 teeth extraction just as calmly too when the time comes!

I offered to cook porridge for the girl but she refused; she hates porridge. She ordered ‘yee mee’ and her wish was my command, she had ‘yee mee’ with minced pork and egg sauce for dinner. I offered to cut up the noodles but she rejected my offer too. She said blended and cut up food looks disgusting. Oh well, let’s see! Her first dinner was still A-OK but not the next…

The next day, Alycia could hardly bite onto any solid food. Not even soft bread. She had mashed avocado, yoghurt and homemade Korean vinegar ice lolly (with cut kiwi and Japanese jelly) for her meals the whole day. Drama Queen made smoothie (mango + banana + orange) for her che che.   I stocked up my fridge with many cups of yoghurt as that’s the only food that she could and wants to eat.  Alycia still refused porridge or soup with rice.

On day 2 and 3, Alycia finally succumbed to porridge and I quickly went out to get her some yummo porridge. But seeing Alycia eat porridge is a torture both for her and me 🤢 She was just swallowing it down her throat, and quietly whining away not because of the pain but how much she hates to eat porridge.

Alycia is definitely going to lose some weight as she’s eating so little  since the day the braces was put up. Tonight we will be going to the mall for dinner and for another round of book-shopping. It looks definite that we will have to choose a Chinese restaurant that serves porridge or soup. Whether Alycia likes it or not, she will have to pinch her nose and swallow down her food coz she will be going back to school on Monday and she needs the energy.  She looked pretty weak and pale yesterday and kept complaining of being hangry but not being able to eat anything except yoghurt (which she has started to get sick of).  All in all, despite the discomfort when she eats, Alycia is taking it all in her stride. She is still going to the gym, tennis lessons, visiting relatives, chatting and laughing, albeit laughing is yet another annoyance which she is still trying to overcome.  Soon when the foreign object/braces is well accepted by Alycia’s mouth, she will be able to eat everything again and she can’t wait for the day to come when she can eat chocolate, biscuits, crabs and all her favorite food again.

 

Braces For Alycia

On the first day of the school holidays last Monday, I brought Alycia and Drama Queen to the dentist to have their teeth assessed for braces.

An X-ray of their jaw / teeth was taken before the dentist can confirm if it’s a green light or yellow light for the girls.

Alycia would require 4 of her primolar extracted (OUCCCCCH!!!!!). Honestly, I really wish that Alycia doesn’t have to go through so much pain to have perfectly aligned teeth to look prettier.

When I was Alycia’s age, mum gave me the option to choose whether I wanted my 4 teeth extracted and wear braces or live with having a Snaggletooth (aka vampire tooth). I chose the latter.  I have a low pain threshold and at that time, having a Snaggletooth was the beauty trend in Japan and many Japanese girls went through pain just to have a Snaggletooth attached!

The X-ray and scaling for Alycia and Drama Queen cost RM740!  We will have to pay RM2,500 for Alycia’s braces tomorrow and thereafter RM200 each month for about 24 months.  The cost for the braces for each child costs RM6,500 excluding cost of X-ray and other miscellaneous charges 😓

Alycia’s appointment with the dentist to have the braces fixed is tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 June) and a few weeks later, have her 4 teeth extracted (2 teeth from each side to be removed each time).

As for Sherilyn, one of my customers who is a dentist read my Facebook posting on the girls’ dental procedure and told me about Myobrace.

The Myobrace System is a preventive pre-orthodontic treatment that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth, often without the need for braces or extraction of teeth, unlocking natural growth and development. Treatment is best suited to children aged 3 to 15 and involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping.

I will fix an appointment with another dentist (who happens to be Cass’ kindy classmate’s mother whom I know) for Sherilyn and Cass to be assessed for Myobrace.

Since the first dental appointment, Alycia’s primary worry is not so much the pain and discomfort that she will have to endure but what she will not be able to eat for a long time ~ nuts and chocolate (which are her absolute favorite), biscuits, steak, etc. I told her that she will have no choice but to eat porridge (which she hates) for the first few days but my silly girl says she’s going to live on bread. I’ll see…

Today I bought ‘lar jar pau’ aka Messy Bun / Dirty Bun for Alycia, which is one of her favorite pastries. With braces on, I know my OCD girl will stay away from such messy food.

Drama Queen brought forward her chocolate chip cookie baking project to today so that Alycia could eat them before the braces are put on. She even made 2 batches from 2 different recipes so that her che che can stuff herself silly with chocolate chip cookies before her B day tomorrow 😬

Ipoh Trip ~ 16 June 2018

We were very early for our 8:35 a.m. ETS this time as we didn’t have breakfast at McD or Burger King.  I told the hubs that having breakfast at the station was a complete waste of time. I bento-ed fried rice and apples for the girls to eat on the train instead.

My papa and younger brother couldn’t pick us up from the Ipoh train station as papa had inadvertently left both sets of his car keys in his car when he manually locked the car. And the other car had a flat tyre in the morning when papa went to the market  to get coconut water for us. He had to change the tyre by the side of the road in the hot sun. Double whammy!

We took a Grab car to my parents ~ with 6 people crammed into the car including the driver and it was only a Proton Preve car.

Lunch was at our favorite kopitiam at the neighborhood.

After lunch, I took Cass to Kinta Cinty to claim her reward. I told before her exam that if her ‘position’ is within 20 in the entire Primary 4 (of 6 classes), she gets her wish of owning any novel that she wants.

Her reward was a Harry Potter book plus bonus of 3 other books on special offer at only RM10 each.

At the Claw Machine at the mall, while observing people play, Cass spotted a young man carrying a backpack and slinging a shoulder bag for his girlfriend.

Cass – mum, I feel REALLY SORRY for the man. Look…

Me – (ROTFL!) then make sure you don’t do that to your boyfriend in future

Cass – hell no. I will never have a boyfriend.

Me – oh really? Let’s see…

Vegetable Paint Stamping

One of Cass’ Art projects in school last week was vegetable paint stamping.  Being an arty type, she was excited naturally. I remember that this activity was one of my favorite when I was Cass’ age and I never got tired of it. Mum who was a teacher, would show my brothers and I how to carve patterns on halved potatoes for the stamping. Mum even managed to get us banana stems for the stamping. We would line our house floor with newspapers, sat on the floor for an hour or so doing vegetable stamping and were very easily contented with life way back in the early to mid 1980s.

During school holidays, mum would bring us to the supermarket and each of us would be treated to a punnet of Cadbury mini chocolate thins. That was our little luxury that mum splurged on us during the holidays.  Evenings were always spent outdoors playing and climbing trees after watching Scooby Doo and Flinstones.  Dinner was always at 6-ish p.m. and bed time was at 9 p.m. Our lives were very structured, with no tuition during our primary school years, no computer and no mobile phones. No evil distraction from electrical gadgets.

Back to Cass. A day before the art project,  I showed Cass how to cut the vegetables. She had a great time cutting the vegetables, though she struggled with cutting the lotus root which was very hard.

But when Cass returned from school, downhearted, she told me that her vegetable stamping piece was a disaster.  The paint to water ratio was done incorrectly, resulting in stamps that were hideous. I felt really bad for her.

This school holiday, we are going to have another try at veg paint stamping. This time, let me be the teacher.  Yours truly scored an A1  for Arts in SPM, though I was in the Science stream *ahem*

Savvy Minerals Lipstick

Two months ago in April, in my very first purchase from Young Living, I ordered my  first Savvy lipstick and I am so in love with it!  The color I chose was Wish (Nude Rose) and the color suits my skin color to a tee!

What I like about Savvy lipstick is that the colors are slightly glossy and very natural. Not the striking red, bright orange or fluorescent pink type of colors. Before this purchase, I was hunting around for a glossy lipstick that’s made from natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals and lead. And I finally found my baby at Young Living!  I can’t wait to try their lip gloss in my next purchase.

Why should I get lipstick from Savvy Minerals by Young Living?

Because all other lipsticks out there have LEAD.

Lead is a known carcinogen found in lipsticks and hair dyes but never listed because it is a contaminant and not an ingredient.

When you kiss your kids, lead gets into their system through their lips or skin. When you eat with your lipstick on, you ingest lead and chemicals.

Remove the worry and ONLY USE SAVVY LIPSTICK and LIPGLOSS from Young Living.

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How to test Lipstick for “Lead”.

Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.

Recently a brand called, “Red Earth” decreased their prices from HK$67 to HK$9.90. It contained lead.

Brands which contain Lead :-

1. Christian Dior – 4
2. LANCOME – 2
3. CLINIQUE – 2
4. Y.S.L – 5
5. ESTEE LAUDER – 3
6. SHISEIDO – 2
7. RED EARTH (Lip Gloss) – 2
8. CHANEL (Lip Conditioner) – 2

The higher the number of lead the higher the content which means a greater chance of causing Cancer. After doing this test, we found Y.S.L. lipstick to contain the most lead. It is not easy to “REMOVE” because of the lead. Watch out for those lipsticks which are suppose to stay on longer.

Here is a test you can do yourself:

1. Put some lipstick on your hand
2. Use a 24k-14k Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick
3. If the lipstick color changes to black in time then you know the lipstick contains lead

Share this information to all your girl friends (copy and paste).

If you wish to purchase this lipstick at member price, click here  to sign up as member (signing up online is so easy and fast!) or email me at shireenyong@gmail.com. You can also Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290.

 

Photo credit: Oily Families on Facebook