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).

 

Photo credit: Oily Families on Facebook

Kids And Chinese Whispers

I have learned something yesterday. When my daughters tell me a piece of news, I have to expect it to be only 95% accurate. And had I believed it to be 100% true, I’d have made a fool out of myself.

Yesterday Cass told me that her classmate, S’s father had passed away and that her friend had not gone to school for 3 days. I was flabbergasted as I know S’s dad. We had met in a few of the class parties and birthday parties. He was about my age. I could not believe that he had such a short life. I was thinking about his death the whole afternoon.  I wanted to send a Whatsapp message to the class teacher to ask if the girl was OK, how she’s coping with her dad’s passing and how the father died.  But I was worried that Cass’ class teacher would think that I am a KPC, so I Whatsapped D’s mother whom I have made friends with since last year to ask if she knew of the unexpected death.

Thank God I Whatsapped D’s mother instead of the class teacher.  D’s mother later found out from D that it is NOT S’s father who had passed away but her grand father instead!  Had I Whatsapped the class teacher to ask, I would have made myself look like a ludicrous KPC! 😅

Moral of the story is this ~ never trust a kid’s words 100%.  What they hear from their teachers and friends can sometimes be like a Chinese Whispers (or Telephone) game. They hear something else and tell other people a distorted story.

Also keep your secrets from an under-10 kid.  She may promise you, cross her heart and swear to die if  she lets out the secret; and the next thing you know, she had let the cat out of the bag to your relative or friend by a slip of her tongue!

Pix below were taken at Cass’ school yesterday. There was a Parents Appreciation Day in school and for the first time ever, the school organized an event where the students had to publicly declare their love and appreciation to their parents with such filial piety acts as giving their parents’ a shoulder massage, feet wash, feet massage, hugs and words of love and appreciation.

In Confucian philosophy, filial piety (Chinese: xiào) is a virtue of respect for one’s parents, elders, and ancestors.  It is a norm for Chinese schools  to teach  filial piety.

Essential Rewards June Order From Young Living

I received my Essential Rewards order for June from Young Living yesterday and I immediately diffused the Eucalyptus Radiata at night.  Ever since I started diffusing a mix of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Thieves during bed time at night, my Allergic Rhinitis is under control. I hardly have nasal congestion and sneezing when I wake up in the morning.

Receiving my parcel from Young Living every month makes me very happy! It’s like waiting for a present to arrive every month and you can’t wait to use the contents inside.

After shower last night, I rubbed two drops of Cedarwood onto my scalp.  Young Living essential oils are very pure and concentrated. One or two drop is enough  for me to massage my entire scalp and while there is still some oil on my palm, I rub the oil on my  face and hair. Cedarwood essential oil helps reduce dry or flaky scalp. It stimulates the scalp and increases circulation. This oil has a very  pleasant woody aroma too and can double up as a perfume.

I also rubbed a drop of Orange Essential Oil on my neck, nostrils and temples. I love the scent of orange essential oil. It can really give me an instant mood lift like an euphoric magic!

According to research, the benefits of orange oil include:

  • Fighting cancerous tumors
  • Increasing circulation
  • Killing bacteria and pathogens
  • Decreasing wrinkles
  • Improving complexion
  • Easing anxiety
  • Decreasing hypertension

Today I tried the Lemon-Sandalwood bar soap made from 100% pure therapeutic essential oils with no harsh chemicals. The soap is non-drying, very creamy and produces a nice amount of suds, without SLS or paraben. I use it to wash my face and body. You will step out of the bathroom smelling fresh but without the lingering perfume fragrance from regular soaps.

Young Living Bar Soaps are:

    • 100% vegetable based formula
    • Suitable for all skin types
    • Contain fatty acids (such as vegetable oils) and glycerin that combat over-drying
    • Infused with 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils
    • Formulated without synthetic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, glycols, sulfates, synthetic dyes or colorants, EDTA, or animal-derived ingredients.
    • Organically grown ingredients

There is really something magical and mystical about these essential oils.  They  are plant life, God’s creation in nature. I am starting to fall in love with them!

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils and the diffuser set. I can get them for you at wholesale price.  Just drop me an email  at shireenyong@gmail.com.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Today a guest pastor was invited to preach at the 5 p.m. evening service.  Good thing the girls followed me to church as the topic was such a profound and important one, especially for children and adults too. The topic was on Honoring Grandparents and Parents.  When the pastor touched on the punishment for dishonoring parents, which is “punishment by death” as stated in the bible, I made sure that the girls were listening and paying attention to the pastor.  In many verses in the bible, it is written that the punishment for dishonoring one’s father and mother is death.   “Honour thy father and thy mother” is one of the Ten Commandments in the Hebrew Bible.

I don’t remember myself as a wayward and stubborn child when I was young. My brothers and I were very fearful of papa. He was very stern, short-fused and man of few words. And I’ve inherited my papa’s short temper and impatience😟  Now I know why papa was always deep in his thoughts and short-fused. He has mellowed down so much now that he has retired and enjoying his twilight years traveling the world with mum, with zero stress in life.   I don’t understand why my kids are so different from me when I was their age. We dared not answer back our parents rudely, lest we got slapped on the face or whacked with a cane with no warning.  My girls, when given NO as an answer would retaliate rudely and arrogantly and fight all the way till they get a YES from me. But I have learned not to succumb to their whims and fancies. The girls have learned to accept ‘having to live with dad and mum’s decision, period’.  I always get my nerves shot arguing with my girls.  Someone once told her friend that “my mum is crazy” and her sister whistleblew it to me. Of course I was mad as hops. Long story short, yesterday’s sermon on honoring thy parents was an apt topic for the girls and me as well.

We were supposed to finish up  all the leftover food at home for dinner, but the hubs had a whim to eat steamed fish or Ba Ku Teh. And he asked me to accompany him.  I don’t fancy going out for dinner on Sunday nights or a weekday as we will be back late and the Cinderella in me has to be in bed by 10 p.m. But the girls said that I should go on a date with their dad and forced me to go. And there’s an ulterior motive behind these cunning little Machavellians!  When the cat is away, the rats party away!   Before I left, I gave instruction to Drama Queen and Alycia to keep any unfinished food in the fridge, wash the dishes, wipe the table, keep the clothes and mop the floor. They promised me but I had this motherly gut instinct that these brats wouldn’t honor their words and I was dang right!

When we were back an hour later, nothing was done. NOTHING! Not even half a task. I couldn’t believe it.  Someone was hooked on her phone at a dark corner while the other was locked inside her room, God knows what she was doing inside.  The littlest one was using my PC to do her homework. The house was in a frigging mess with cold food and dirty dishes still on the table and sink. The wok was not washed.  The pot with sweet potato tong sui inside was lying on the stove. And it was already 9-ish p.m.  I could not accept the fact that they  took my instructions and their promise lightly without any care or worry that I would be mad if nothing was done. This means that  they didn’t even give a rat’s patootie to their mother’s feelings.  I was mad as a wet hen and harangued at them profusely, with words as sharp as  dagger  that should never come out from my mouth flying out from my hothead. During the tsunami of harsh words and flying temper, all 3 girls were suddenly SO good and were like angels, putting down everything they were doing to do what they were supposed to do. Within half an hour, all the chores were completed.

Though I was burnt to a crisp after a long day, I was insomniac, with fire still burning inside me. It didn’t help that the food that we ate for dinner had SO MUCH frigging MSG in it that I was downing cups after cups of water yet the thirst was unquenchable. Double whammy!  I was up every 2 hours to pee.  I woke up the next morning feeling like shit, with all my energy sucked out from me.

Someone had her phone confiscated and  had to steal her sister’s phone to bring it along with her to tuition the next morning.

Delish like crazy but the aftermath was disastrous!

Moral of the story for me:
Do not go to a new eatery on a Sunday or weekday night. Only go to an eatery that I know has little or no MSG or won’t make me thirsty as a desert camel.
Do not go out for dinner on a Sunday or weekday night leaving the 3 brats at home alone and hoping that they will help to complete unfinished chores.

Zero GST First Day ~ 1 June 2018

Today is the first day of 0 GST and I have already saved almost RM100 from all my purchases from in-store to online.  I was smiling and rejoicing away at 99 Speedmart as I was counting the amount saved for each item that I purchased this morning.  For 6 items, I have saved almost RM6.  My online purchase from Young Living this month is cheaper by almost RM40!  Multiply all the daily savings from GST with 365 days and man, I am going to save hundreds and thousands of Ringgit!

A BIG thank you to our new PM and government for abolishing the GST. You have indeed brought a BIG relief to the Rakyat. I can’t thank you enough Tun Dr Mahathir!  As for the kleptocrats, may karma come after you all and bite you back like how you had bitten so ferociously and heartlessly.  None of the Rakyat can fathom how a human can have avarice like a bottomless pit like yours 😡

I never knew a trillion has how many digits until now!  Bet you never knew too, eh?

Besides 0-GST, there’re more savings from reduced toll rates and possibly abolishment of toll. And fuel prices too.

Happy days are here to come, yo 😊

Happy weekend and happy tax holiday! Quickly buy  and eat all that you want these 3 months while we are tax-free but don’t burn a hole in your wallet 🤑

For those who are still in the dark on the taxes, besides going Zero GST on 1 June 2018, the Government has also granted a 3-month tax holiday to Malaysians before the re-implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) on 1 September 2018.

So yeah, go forth and indulge in a little retail therapy. I am SO excited thinking about it 😊

Moobaan Thai Village, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur

There are at least 5 Thai restaurants at Taman Desa and all 5 of them serve pretty good Thai food. On Saturday night, we had Thai as our regular Chinese restaurant was closed. We chose Moobaan Thai Village as we have not tried it yet, though the restaurant has been around for 2.5 years.

At Moobaan Thai Village, one can hardly go wrong with their unpretentious Thai street food marked with affordable price. A non-halal restaurant, so the authenticity is certainly much closer to the country of origin. Most of the dishes here are pocket-friendly, except for fish which can cost up to RM45 each.

The Phad Thai is by far the best that we’ve tasted; Tod Man Pla (Thai Fish Cake) with a spicy nutty sauce for dipping and Gor Moo Yang (Grilled Pork Neck). I didn’t quite like the grilled pork neck as it had a strong pork odor on random pieces.  Can’t comment on the fish cake as I didn’t even have the chance to try the it as I was busy at work with the photography! If it can be gone within a couple of minutes of serving, it must be good.

Thai green curry chicken was very decent with the right balance of thickness, flavours, spiciness, sweetness and ingredients. Love the Thai eggplant in it. Have you seen a Thai eggplant before? They are very small and has a soft juicy texture.

Thai eggplant

Thai fried rice was very aromatic which came from the flavorful Thai spices. There was also a fried Kangkung, which was delish and slightly sweet which I didn’t take a pic.

Of all the Thai omelette that we had tried, Moobaan’s omelette is the best as it’s not super oily and salty like the rest. The egg was cooked to just nice, fluffy with slightly crisp edges, filled with aromatic green leaves at the center. I finally found a Thai omelette that’s not drenched in oil!

The Thai style steamed squids stuffed with meat balls was my favorite and the girls’ too.  The four of us comprising mother and daughters are crazy over sotong 😝 But we are not a lot of blur sotong ladies ya.

Pla Lat Nam Pla (deep fried fish served with Thai sauce) is super crispy and addictive.  Last but not least, a Thai meal would never  be complete without  tomyam. Moobaan has two versions: the regular red tomyam and white/clear tomyam.  The foodie hubs chose the red tomyam, which came with generous servings of sotong (yay!), prawns, oyster mushrooms and aromatic kafir lime leaves. Though really appetite whetting and aromatic, the spiciness level is too strong for the girls and me to handle. It should be just right for those who can stomach really spicy food.

The girls had Thai milk tea, which was REALLY refreshing on the burning mouth after a spicy meal. I had chilled lemongrass pandan water sans sugar. At RM4 a cup, it is refillable.

According to the lady boss (coz I asked her), everything from the milk to the tea and to the sauces are imported from Thailand, except for the perishables. If you are a fan of Thai milk, Moobaan serves it too. They are bottled and kept in the chiller.

We would definitely be returning to Moobaan Thai very soon to get our Thai cravings fixed. I’d love to try their Boat Noodles and papaya salad.  They serve good and authentic Thai food with prices that won’t hurt your wallet, the lady boss is very friendly and accommodating (she read out every item that was printed on our bill for us to counter check before paying), what’s not to love?

Moobaan Thai Food Restaurant
Address:
15, Jalan Bukit Desa 5,
Taman Bukit Desa,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 12PM-3PM; 5.30PM-10PM (Mon-Sun)
Contact: 016-312 3331
Faceook: https://www.facebook.com/MoobaanThai/

Fond Memories Of Baby C’s Pack And Play Yard

At our family Whatsapp chat group yesterday, mum posted a picture of all the baby paraphernalia  that she had just dug out from the storeroom, in preparation for my twin baby niece and nephew to use when they are back in Ipoh from Singapore next week.

They are a pack and play yard (playpen), stroller, walker and bouncinet, among other stuff.  Just a little intro on the history of the playpen, stroller and walker.

The hubs and I bought the pack and play yard for Alycia, our first born almost 15 years ago and it is still in almost perfect condition! I still remember that day very vividly when we went to the baby products shop in Ipoh to shop for it.  We were so excited to buy our very first pack and play for our precious first born.  It’s been used by our 3 girls, my Singapore brother’s oldest daughter and now his twins.

The stroller was a gift from my sil 15 years ago for Alycia. It’s been used by our 3 girls and the same sil’s 3 babies.

The bouncinet belongs to my brother, used by his oldest daughter and now his twins.

As for the baby walker, it’s an epic. Mum bought it 47 years ago for my eldest brother. It was then used by me, my younger brother and now the twins! And it’s not even crumbling or rusty yet.

When my brother’s twins outgrow the pack and play yard, I think I am going to ask mum NOT to give it away.  The sight of the pack and play yard brings back a lot of happy memories of my 3 precious babies growing up. They used to sleep and play in it each time we were back in Ipoh for our holidays. Who knows my daughters’ babies will be using it one day, just like the baby walker that my brothers and I used over 4 decades ago.

At our KL home, there used to be two pack and play yards for Baby C (Cass).  One was her playpen in my room and the other for the living room.  She hardly slept in the playpen in my room as she slept under my armpit for 3 years. She was breastfed for 3 years and co-slept with her dad and me. My 2 older girls loved the playpen. They used to cramp inside it and pretended that it was a tent. Sometimes the both of them would take their nap inside the play pen.

Alycia was about 6+ and Sherilyn 4+ in these photos. Drama Queen (Sherilyn) was still a compulsive thumb-sucker then.  Gawd, I am missing my babies terribly now 😥

When Cass outgrew the two pack and play yards, I sold the pink one and gave away the other one. I should have kept the pink one for keepsake and perhaps for my future grand children!  But then again, my daughters probably wouldn’t want a 30-year old pack and play yard when they have their own babies in future.   Pack and play yards are aplenty and the designs and features keep improving over time. You can browse these directions for the best pack and play yards, rated and reviewed by moms.

Looking back at these photos when Cass was under two years old makes me miss her baby days terribly. How I wish that Cass was still a toddler, cute as a button and  still didn’t know how to challenge me mentally and answer me back rudely. Of course her baby days weren’t easy for me due to her health condition.

It would be really nice if there were a baby at home now. I really miss having a baby around.  Hubs would be glad to jump straight into having another baby with me IF I agreed to have baby #4. But no, my child-bearing days are over. I am now looking forward to the next phase of my journey where I can claim some independence.  It takes a village to raise a child and in this day and age, it takes a million bucks to raise one till he/she completes tertiary education and this is the main reason why I am not ready to have another baby 😐

Distraction

I am in trouble. Serious trouble.

No, I don’t have 1 trillion Ringgit in debts. But I have sleep debts, backlog of work and yet, I can’t keep my eyes away from the news. I try hard not to go to Facebook but my phone is beeping away from my Whatsapp notification on incoming messages. The stream of news trickling in every minute of the day since 9 May 2018 on our very juicy Malaysian politics is SO hard to resist not to read!  I was never interested in politics but this time, I am hooked on it!  The current Malaysian politics is as thrilling as TVB drama series.  Who gets in the Cabinet and who gets kicked out finally (good riddance!) is so exciting!

The entire Malaysia is anxiously waiting for more skeletons to be dug out from the closet, for explanation on how the 1 trillion Ringgit debts came about, on the truth behind Altantuya’s and Kevin Morais’ gruesome murder and much, much more! We can’t wait to see that kleptocrat and his rapacious other half suffer behind bars for all the wrongs and hardship they had inflicted on the Rakyat.

Thankfully the mil is around to cook, else I would be buying takeout dinners or have sandwiches or toasts for dinner everyday as I am too busy to even cook 😆

Nope this is not our lunch or dinner. It’s my breakfast – 2 slices of wholemeal bread slathered with pure butter and papa’s homemade strawberry jam and almond jam, washed down with a packet of antioxidant packed and eye-loving Ningxia Red.

Cass’ breakfast was a Portugese egg tart and a packet of Ningxia Red. This girl who seems to have zilch appetite at 5:30 in the morning (but transforms into a ravenous piranha later in the day) was moaning about how heavy her breakfast was and how she felt like puking after forcing the egg tart down 🙄

But I strongly believe in having a good breakfast to fuel the body and mind for the day and satiate unhealthy cravings throughout the day. Once, I agreed to let her go to school without any food in her stomach and what do I know? She came home and told me that she had fleeting blackout moments just before recess.  She thought that she was going to faint and quickly bent down, something which I had taught her. There you go girl, told you breakfast is important!! After that incident, no matter how ‘full’ she feels in the morning, I always make sure that she has food in her stomach, even if it’s some unhealthy sweet biscuits. But I always put food that she likes on the table ~ quail eggs, chicken eggs, boiled fish paste, siew mai, cold green tea noodles and savoury bites.

Thieves Household Cleaner

My bottle of Thieves essential oil-infused Household Cleaner  from Young Living has arrived and I am so excited to find recipes to whip up various uses for it.  With Thieves, I can now ditch my regular bathroom cleaners with harsh chemicals.  And with Thieves, I now have the peace of mind to rope in my daughters to help clean the bathrooms 😆

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-purpose, concentrated cleaner formulated with 100 percent plant-based and mineral-based ingredients. Formulated with the power of Lemon essential oil and Young Living’s proprietary Thieves essential oil blend, this cleaner provides a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients.

To my daughters reading this post, there will be no more excuses not to wash toilets ok!  You will thank me one day that I have delegated the toilet-washing task to you. 😉

 

The Newbie’s Guide To Setting Up A Mailing List On Your Blog

Mailing lists are so underrated and yet so beneficial for every blogger. With a mailing list, you have the chance to send targeted emails out to lots of your readers. This helps you promote your recent posts, provide them with unique content that helps create an attachment to your blog, and also serves as a good sales channel if you have anything to sell.

Setting up a mailing list is relatively easy, and here’s everything you need to do: 

Encourage People To Join
Naturally, the first step is ensuring people actually want to join the list. So, you have to give them some form of encouragement. This is best done with incentives. Let people know that they get exclusive content if they join the mailing list. Make them feel like they miss out on something when they don’t sign up. Also, be sure to push forward the point that you won’t spam them every day, and that it’s entirely free to sign up! 

Add A Form To Your Site
To get people to sign up, you need to provide them with a form. There are loads of ways you can add a form to your site, but the video above will give the best directions for you. With your form you need to ensure they put in their name and email; any other information is a bonus and entirely up to you. 

Create A Database For Your Contacts
You must ensure that you’ve made a note of everyone that signs up to your mailing list. Yes, they’ll be on the actual list in your email client, but you need to add them to a database as well. If you don’t know the first thing about databases, then you can contact Training Connection to learn Microsoft Access and hone your skills. When you have the knowledge, you can start creating a database full of your contacts. Why? Because it lets you store information on everyone, including their email address, how they found your site, and so on. This is helpful as you can spot patterns that allow you to change your approach to marketing, leading you a higher success rate of people joining the list.     

Create The List In Your Email Client
You can use any email client you want for your mailing list, it depends on whichever one you currently use. Here, you have to collect all the contact information from people who’ve provided it – again, this is where the database comes in handy – and add them to your email list of contacts. Once this has been done, you can create a mailing list by selecting all contacts and adding them to a specific group. In Gmail, this is done by adding people to a ‘label,’ but it may differ slightly from client to client. Then, you can just compose your emails and send them to this group. When new people sign up, you take their info and add them to the group; easy!

Now, you have a mailing list that will help push your blog forwards. This is one of the best ways to create a loyal audience, while also being an excellent tool for marketing your blog.

 

 

What You Eat Is What You Are

Today I had Tosei Rawa for brunch. It’s been a while since I last had it.  Drama Queen ordered a Maggie Mee Goreng, much to my objection. But that contriving Drama Queen said “but it’s just once in a while, not like I eat it every day or every week” that I succumbed to her request. See how manipulative this girl is!  Well, this will be the last time she gets to eat Maggie Mee Goreng. Read on to find out why.

The food sure looks yummy eh? Yeah it was but not until I saw the workers at work, trying to be hygienic but contaminated the cooked food with toxic chemicals 😲 💀

Worker #1 was trying to repel and kill some cockroaches at the food display section where he whipped out a can of Ridsect. He then sprayed toxic fumes liberally at  the food display area and there was no cover / lid on the cooked curries, fried chicken and Briyani rice!!   When I thought he was done spraying the floor, he opened up all the doors of the cupboard under the food display unit / warmer and sprayed more chemicals inside.

What made my tummy churn and vowed never ever to patronize this eatery again was when I walked over to the food display area to inspect what the heck the worker was spraying that I saw baby cockroaches crawling on the chopping board for chopping fried chicken. 🤮

While worker #1 was busy spraying toxic fumes at the cockroaches with oblivious and unsuspecting patrons eating nearby (expect for me, the ever curious kpc), worker #2, with a bottle of pink color chemical started spraying and wiping all the tables  and chairs with the cleaning agent and cloth.  With the same cloth that’s not washed, he went to the chiller / fridge where canned drinks and peeled hard boiled eggs are kept to clean the fridge with the pink color liquid cleaner and contaminated cloth. Just when I thought that he was done wiping the exterior of the fridge door, he opened the fridge and sprayed more chemicals on the interior fridge door, with the peeled hard boiled eggs just inches away from the chemicals – and wiped it with the same piece of unwashed cloth that he’s used to wipe the dirty tables and chairs!

Oh. My. Gawd!!  That’s it. This will be my last time patronizing this eatery.

This is the problem faced by eateries that are opened 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There is hardly a day for the owners to fumigate the eatery to repel it from pests.  I am sure that what I saw today is happening in most eateries which are managed by foreign workers, with little or no training on proper food handling  given. And the boss is hardly seen at the outlet to supervise.

This is why cancer is so prevalent as more and more people are exposed to chemical carcinogens everyday, everywhere, even at home when most of us are exposed first thing in the morning ~ from our toothpaste to our personal care products.

Homecooked simple, humble and nutritious food is key to good health and longevity. It’s proven. Remember the 83-year old lady, fit as a fiddle with a mind as sharp as razor, who lives at my condo whom I used to blog about?   I learned from her that the secret to her longevity and good health is simple homecooked food, daily exercise and lots of walking. She even takes public transportation to the heart of KL to run her errands. She always tells me that she does not like eating outside food.  Something for everyone to ponder on a Monday 😉

 

DIY Essential Oil Blend For Decongestant / Nasal Congestion / Sinus Buster

Essential oils can support your essential life. Whether you are looking to reduce pain and inflammation from over exercising, help soothe an upset stomach, ease situational anxiety or depression, ease nausea or help prevent a cold or the flu – there are countless recipes just for you.

I am getting more and more hooked on making essential oil blends for just about everything and every situation ~ from anti-stink armpit spray to baby powder, face blush loose powder, sore throat gargle to mouth rinse to sinus buster. The list is just endless and what I really love is that I know what goes inside all my personal care products ~only pure and pesticide-free essential oils, baking soda, arrowroot powder and witch hazel without the yuckies.

When I was down with a cold two weeks ago, I had a bad bout of nasal congestion.  I couldn’t sleep well as I had trouble breathing. The blocked nasal caused a painfully piercing pressure on my  head when I tried to inhale.  Still, I did not resort to over-the-counter cold medicine. Instead I made my own decongestant and the result was very effective in relieving my blocked nasal.  As a result, I could sleep better and got better within a week, without any medication.

Decongestant Roller Bottle Recipe (10 ml bottle)

  • 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Thieves Essential Oil

Directions:

1) Add essential oils into roller bottle. I recycled my empty 10 ml Young Living essential oil bottles and affixed a roller ball (from Young Living) to it.

2) Fill rest of bottle with carrier oil, be sure to leave space at top. This is optional and I did not use any carrier oil. I prefer it to be undiluted.

3) Insert roller ball and cap, roll bottle between hands to blend oils together.

4) To use, apply small amount to the areas around the nose and nostrils.  Be sure to avoid eyes. Repeat as needed.

A note of caution: be sure to get your essential oils that are pure and are of therapeutic grade from reputable sources. Cheap essential oils are adulterated and contain pesticides and herbicides that may cause harm to your body.

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.