Our Merdeka Holiday @ Avenue K – 1 Sept 2014

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We spent our Merdeka holiday at Avenue K yesterday – 1 Sept 2014.

After a very satisfying lunch at Wondermama @ Avenue K, we charged the stores of H&M.  My 3 vain pots and me.  Hubs went his own way.

I managed to get what the girls needed from H&M – a dinner dress each for Sherilyn and Alycia (it was torturous to get Alycia to slip into a dress. SO SO stressssful man!), a pair of sneakers and a pair of ballerina flats for Alycia too (another dose of stress getting her to try wearing anything except for sneakers and slippers, gawd!).   I needed to get Alycia a dress and a pair of flats for a wedding dinner that we will be attending next month.

And my next dose of stress – getting Cass to stop trying out those gorgeous boots and headbands!  Check out the boots in pink! They are so pretty!!

 

Cass bugged me to get her a pair of boots. I was really tempted to but on second thoughts, I did not.  I was thinking that it would be more practical to get Sherilyn the boots since she can wear them first and then hand down to Cass!  Those boots that Cass tried on were RM99 a pair and there was no size suitable for Sherilyn.   Call me kiasu. Yep I am a kiasu mommy, ha!

 

 

The boots had furry lining inside and I think  it would be SO hot to be wearing boots in our sweltering weather.  I was thinking of getting the boots for Sherilyn and Cass for our trip to NZ in December.   Will keep this boots-hunting in my bucket list and if there are cheaper ones, I will get for both Sherilyn and Cass.

 

I feel stressed to the max shopping with my girls.  Each of them has different quirks and demands to irk me.   And it is so hard to please each of them!  Why can’t they just be like me?  I was the most obedient and easiest to please daughter ever.  And dared I irk my parents by saying NO?  I better dodge and duck away to avoid a spank!  haha!!

 

 

 

 

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RGB At The Bean Hive

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After the appointment with my OB & Gyn on Thursday (NOPE, it’s not what you think!), we met up with some friends at a new cafe nearby.

From the facade of the bungalow-turned-cafe, it looks unoccupied and nondescript. No one would have guessed that inside is a cafe that sets to serve one of best coffees in town.

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As the name suggests, RGB (which stands for ‘Roast Grind Brew’) roast, grind and brew the coffee beans themselves with their own sophisticated coffee machine.

When we went to RGB on 28 August, the cafe is not  fully operational yet. Workers were seen installing fixtures and furniture. The lady owner gave us a very hearty welcome. She was warm, polite and very accommodating to our requests.

RGB serve only healthy food, which is just the perfect place for moi!  In fact, it is a great place for kids to have their meals too.

RGB use no MSG, no artificial seasonings, have no microwave oven and serve no meat.

We went there just at the right timing when RGB was having a soft-opening discount where everything in their menu was priced at only RM10!  What a steal for healthy and delish meals!

With a few other health freaks joining me at the dining table that day, we ordered everything on the menu.

 

We even ordered a second helping of some of their items such as their delish pumpkin soup which Cass loved to bits!  This I allowed her to drink bowls after bowls knowing that it is free from MSG and is not salty nor artificial.  Their breads are made in-house.

 

Fans of the healthy tempeh (fermented soy bean cakes) will love digging into this Tempeh Lettuce And Tomato BLT coconut oil wrap. Yes, their wraps are in-house made too.

 

I have to say that I love this hummus with homemade bread.  I love the broccoli, cabbage and raisins salad too.  The mayo in the salad is in-house made too!  Can you believe it? Oh man, I love this place.

 

We ordered another bowl of broccoli-cabbage-raisin salad after tasting the first bowl.  Even Cass who did not like raw salad loved it!

 

Vegetarian burger.  The ‘meat’ is roasted eggplant.

 

Egg Fritata with salad (at foreground)…

 

Aglio E Olio – a simple meatless noodle dish, yet bursting with natural aromatic flavorings from the fried garlic and chilli infused olive oil and parsley.

 

Take-away Pesto pasta for Alycia.  When we commented to the lady owner that this tasted ‘too homemade’ and bland with not enough sauce and salt, she gladly brought this back to the kitchen to have it improved with more sauce and roasted veggies!

 

A cup of strong-roasted latte for hubs and me.  I can never gulp down the entire cup of strong coffee all by myself as I will get a caffeine rush with headache, nausea and heart throbbing!

 

I would love to go to RGB again  but for my meat-loving hubs, he will probably accompany me there for the first round of food before adjourning to another eatery to satiate his craving for meat! LOL!

RGB at The Bean Hive
35, Jalan Damai, Off Jalan Ampang
Tel: 03-2181-1329

 

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Random Thoughts

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Whenever the MIL goes abroad to stay with her daughters, I tend to find it hard to get the momentum to take over the cook’s job after having enjoyed the luxury of staying away from the hot kitchen for a period of time.   For the first few days after she leaves, I will normally cook something really simple.  In the meantime, I would need to spend some time to think and plan on what to cook, as well as check out blogs of good cooks (who cook yummy yet simple to prepare dishes) to give me some ideas and inspiration to start cooking again! Hahaha!

I was and still am feeling under the weather, no thanks to the pesky bugs that the 2 younger rascals  brought home from school.    With 2 rascals who love to kiss and hug me and share my food and drinks no matter how careful I am to stay them away from my food, it really ain’t easy to escape from those virulent bugs.

This was the super simple dishes that I served the girls for dinner yesterday …

Blanched veggie and omelette with loads of onions and scallions.  Everyone needed the potent compounds from the onions and scallions to ward off flu bugs! Onions scavenge free radicals and have vitamin C! Onions are good for your liver and body cells too. Thankfully my girls love onions and they can never get tired of eating omelette with onions.

 

Steamed chicken with tong kwai herbs, wolfberries, garlic and red dates.

 

Tonight’s menu will be grilled Saba fish, stir-fried fresh mushrooms and blanched veggie again.  Pix to follow soon! :)

 

 

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Attending A Wake With Cass

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Today I brought Cass to attend the wake of our very close friend’s mother.  AY’s mother passed away two days ago from pneumonia. She had been battling cancer for 6 years, won the battle but succumbed to pneumonia.   At the wake, Cass kept nudging hubs and I to bring her to see aunty ‘sleeping’ in the casket.  Hubs and I were reluctant. Truth is, we did not have the balls to go face to face to say goodbye to her.  After badgering me persistently, I finally brought Cass into the house and walked her to the casket. I stood a few feet away from the casket but could still see aunty inside.   Cass was very brave.  Well, she has always been very brave since she was a baby with her frequent hospital trips and stays.  He followed AY to the coffin, tip-toed and gazed at aunty.     She was not a wee bit frightened but was nervous seeing someone inside a coffin for the first time in her life.

At the foot of the casket, I said my farewell to aunty with Cass next to me.  I told Cass that aunty has gone to be with Jesus in heaven.  I told Cass to say “goodbye and RIP aunty”.   Before we left the house, Cass and I bade our goodbyes to aunty again.  Later in the car, I asked how she felt seeing a departed lying inside a coffin for the first time and she nonchalantly told me “nothing.  Not scary and ugly also. Just like someone sleeping and she looked peaceful”.  I am glad Cass took it very positively.

I will always remember celebrating my very first mother’s day as a mother with aunty, AY,  his girlfriend and ‘captain’ (that’s how she called my hubs).  Hubs and AY are as close as brothers and he calls hubs captain – as in captain of the basketball team.  Alycia was only 6 months old then.   Though AY is a celebrity, he is nothing near arrogant but is a very down to earth and humble man.  I still have the picture of aunty  having dim sum with us on Mother’s Day at Sheraton Subang in May 2004.

To aunty, I wish you farewell.   You are now in a better place with Jesus forever.  Rest in peace aunty.  We shall miss you.

 

 

 

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No Excuse To Pop Your Calcium!

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Have you ever noticed that, even as adults, we sometimes retreat back to the childhood behavior of making excuses to keep from doing something?  When it comes to taking calcium supplements, it’s tempting to use excuses such as they’re too big or they’re too hard to swallow. You may use the excuse that you don’t have time for a vitamin routine. If you take a minute to visit MyCalsura.com you’ll find that your old excuses for avoiding calcium supplements simply won’t work anymore. As for adding something more to your daily routine, chances are you already drink 8 ounces or more of water each day. If not, drinking a sufficient amount of water is a habit you should establish and stick with.

When all you have to do is add a flavorful tablet to a glass of water and enjoy a delicious, refreshing drink in order to get beneficial soluble calcium, you have no excuse not to get on board with that routine. In addition to the calcium provided in one of these convenient tablets, they also provide Vitamin D, magnesium and Vitamin C. It only takes a minute of your time to open a pack and drop it into the water. You can drink it on your way to work, as refreshment after you exercise or any other time of day that fits into your busy schedule. You really no long have an excuse for not looking out for your health by taking a calcium supplement.

 

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Alycia’s Taylor Swift Red Tour Sneakers

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I promised Alycia that if she could maintain her grades and position in her third semester exam, she can have a reward of her choice, within our budget.

On Friday when I picked her up after school, she asked me with delight: “mummy, you promised me a reward right?” And she  told me her class and standard position.  She got all As for her subjects, except for BM… which is excusable as no one managed to get an A in the entire Standard 5.

So here goes her reward – a pair of Keds sneakers designed by Taylor Swift, one of my 3 girls’ favorite singers…

 

It is a pair of  sneakers that Taylor Swift designed for her Red Tour and complete with Taylor Swift’s signature!  Alycia was in seventh heaven!

 

And I broke my promise… she told me not to show her face in my blog but I did!

 

My Taylor Swift fan could not be more satisfied with her pair of Taylor Swift’s Red Tour sneakers.  It is her second pair of Ked’s sneakers designed by the artist.  Her first pair was a pair of Ked’s peach colored sneakers, also designed and modeled by Taylor Swift.

 

Happy Monday peeps!  I am going for my bi-yearly dental check-up in a bit. I sure hope that I do not have anymore cavities.  Wish me luck!

 

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FREE Sample of Ecover Dishwashing Liquid

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I have a piece of GOOD NEWS to share!

For those with sensitive hands and to those who did not win in the recent Ecover Give-away, here’s a chance for you to get your free Ecover’s dish washing liquid!

The branding agency that I normally work with for product give-away informed me that they have gotten their hands on some 100gm sample packs of Ecover’s dish washing liquids.

So if you are interested to get a bottle of sample for yourself, your friend or your family members, all you have to do is hop over to the link below and fill out a simple and short online form:

http://bit.ly/Ecoverdishwashing2

That’s easy peasy, lemon squeezy right?

The redemption period will be until 31 August 2014 and there are only  about 30 sample packs specially reserved for my readers. I am so excited to share these samples – they are miniature tubs, in  the shape of the normal sizes.

Since 1980, Ecover is the world’s best known brand of environmentally friendly household cleaning products. Ecover is powered by nature and produces cleaners derived from plants and minerals. This means its products are free from harsh and sometimes harmful chemicals, that may cause dry skin and blisters to the skin.

Ecover products are made in Belgium and the bottles are made from sugar cane-based polyethylene and are 100% recyclable. Their eco surfactants have been tested to provide powerful cleaning with complete biodegradability and low toxicity. A win for us and for Mother Nature!

Don’t let this opportunity to try out this super mild dish washing liquid slip away again.  Quick hop over to the link above to request for a bottle.

And I need a favor from those who are requesting for a sample to please leave a comment here to let me know that you are interested.   Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Saturday – 23 August 2014

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Today is a school day for Alycia and Sherilyn. It is a replacement school day for holiday taken during the recent Hari Raya celebration.

When her 2 sisters woke up at 5:45am this morning, Cass woke up too. She normally wakes up when her 2 sisters wake up and prepare for school.   I think Cass should not have any problem waking up early for school when she starts Primary 1 next year. She is an early riser and goes to bed pretty early too.

So what did Cass do so early on a Saturday morning?   She is still very much hooked on hooking Rainbow Loom bracelets.  This morning, she made 3 flower rings, which she said  will be given  to anyone who wants them.

Nice?  Any takers?  ;)

The rings are  pretty easy and fast to churn out.  And they look so pretty on Cass’ cute stubby baby fingers  ♥♥

I know I am going to miss those cute baby fingers of hers very soon and I am feeling all sappy already, thinking that she is fast growing up and no longer a baby.

 

Later, we dug into some yummy breakfast at our favorite cafe – Casa Del Cocco Cafe.  This cafe serves healthy Italian dishes.  We love their healthy breakfast sets, which come with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh fruits with plain yoghurt.   We love their different varieties of egg dishes cooked the health freak style.

Healthy Green Omelette (eggs + pesto) with alfalfa sprouts for the little girl in green, wearing her freshly churned out green flower Rainbow Loom ring…

 

 

 

To all my readers, I wish you’ll have an awesome weekend with your loved ones.   Did your eyes tear after reading today’s newspapers?  I had an emotional morning at the gym today – working out on the air walker while reading the newspapers.  Pictures of grieving MH17 relatives brought tears to my eyes too.  I forced myself to flip away those pages and stop reading when I felt a lump choking in my throat.    My thoughts are with the family and friends of all those on board MH17 and may those who perished RIP.

 

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My Thursday

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Hubs was in a mood to have lunch with Cass and I today (we seldom have lunch together on school-going days), so we had claypot fish noodles in tong kwai and yam soup at a nearby restaurant.  After lunch, he needed his coffee fix, so we went to Doifee Cafe to have a cuppa latte.  I warned him not to order anymore cakes as the girls and I are totally fed up with cakes lately– cakes from cafes and cakes from his shop.  But he still ordered a slice of carrot cake (supposedly for him and me) and tuna sandwich for Cass *BURRRRP*!   My foodie hubs is at his happiest when he is surrounded with food and good coffee.  Thus, I think that his job as a caterer suits him like a glove.  Oh yeah, if you need a caterer, give  me a tinkle ;)

 

We left the cafe with the carrot cake untouched and had it boxed up for take-away instead.   That will be the girls’ dessert tonight.  I ain’t touching anymore cakes for a long time, unless it is my absolute favorite like pandan chiffon cake (must be homemade, that is!) or my favorite flour-free orange almond cake from Nutmeg.

Effective today for a month, my duty as cook would resume as the MIL has left for Hong Kong today.  Today is also a no-maid day for me, which means I will be a full-time maid cum cook, on top of my chauffeuring and tutoring chore *sobs*

Now, I have to get back to toilet scrubbing and floor mopping. Hopefully my part-time maid will come to my rescue tomorrow!

 

 

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Papa’s 71st Birthday Celebration in KL (16 – 17 August 2014)

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My beloved papa celebrated his 71st birthday with us in KL this year.  His birthday was yesterday, 19 August but he and mum came to KL on Saturday to have a small celebration with us.  We make it a point to go back to Ipoh to celebrate his birthday almost every year but this year, his birthday week did not coincide with any public holiday or school holiday, unlike previous years.  Initially we wanted to make a trip back to Ipoh on Saturday and return to KL on Sunday but dad being the ever loving and sacrificing dad said that it would be too hectic for us as the girls had to go to school on Monday. So, he volunteered to drive down to KL.  My 71-year old dad driving his car on the highway – that actually got me worrying about him.  Thank God he and mum reached KL safely and returned to Ipoh safely the next day.

The chocolate fudge birthday cake is from Les Deux Garcons Patisserie.  The cake was very chocolaty, moist and not overly sweet nor cloy.  Simplicity and elegance best describe this chocolate cake, baked by a French baker.

 

My parents with their ‘chan kar’ – my mil.  Picture is cropped coz my MIL does not want her face to appear in the world wide web :D

 

The birthday dinner was held at Pik Wah (MABA) Restaurant @ Jalan Pudu.

The Four Seasons dish… which was enough to fill our tummies up with just this dish alone.

 

There was also a bowl of sharks fins soup, fried chicken with prawn crackers, veggie and this must-have longevity noodles.

 

Dad, mum, Cass and my youngest brother, Roy.  Isn’t he good-looking? Well, he is still available (ahem), holds a good-paying job, holds degree from a UK uni, is a fitness freak with six packs and has everything a girl wants.  *clears throat*   I hope Roy, who is in his late 30s does not read this post else he will be ballistic and fuming mad with me for ‘advertising’ his availability lol!

Cass looks mopey in the picture as she was down with a slight runny nose that night.

 

Dim Sum brunch at Oriental Pavillion @ Jaya 33 PJ the next day.   Cass sticks to my mum like bee to honey and calls her granny ‘best buddy’ :)

 

The Rainbow Loom bracelets that Alycia, Sherilyn and Cass made for koong koong for his birthday :)

 

After brunch at Oriental Pavillion, we did some shopping at Jaya Grocer before adjourning to Doifee Cafe @ Taman Desa for some nice coffee and cakes.

 

 

 

I pray that God will bestow my papa with the best of health, razor sharp mental acuity and impeccable physical mobility always.  Happy birthday papa and may you be blessed with many, many more birthdays :)

 

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