Organic Barley, Lemon Grass And Pandan Drink

I made a big pot of organic barley drink today. The concoction composes of organic unhulled barley, organic Job’s Tears, organic lemon grass powder and organic pandan (screw pine leaves) powder.

Due to its alkalinity, barley water has been used since ancient times to treat various digestive conditions. Barley water is prepared by using one part of barley with 15 parts of water, which is boiled till it becomes 2/3rd of its basic solution. Being extremely alkaline, barley water is also beneficial for those suffering from gallstones. The water-soluble fibre content in it helps prevent formation of stones and cures existing ones. It is also a good remedy for kidney problems and is a traditionally acclaimed drink for supporting and nourishing kidneys in times of stress.

Directions:
~Wash the barley pearls and Job’s Tears several times.

~When the barley pearls and Job’s Tears have turned mushy (about 1 – 1.5 hours later in medium flame), add in the organic lemon grass powder and organic pandan leaves powder and stir until the powders are completely dissolved. Then turn off the fire.  I added 1 teaspoon each.

As this is my first time trying out this concoction, I didn’t add too much of both powders, lest the drink tastes weird. But the drink turned out great!  I love the color of the drink.  The drink is really refreshing when chilled. Even Cass who absolutely hates barley water has no issue gulping her cuppa green barley down without pinching her nose.  This girl always drinks her barley water with her nose pinched *roll eyes*

The next time I prepare this concoction again, I will add more lemon grass and pandan powder. I prefer it to have a stronger aroma of lemon grass and pandan.

Pandan leaves are slightly bitter in nature, thus, do go easy on the pandan powder.

Health benefits of lemon grass:

Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, type-2 Diabetes and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.

Prevention of bacteria: Lemongrass might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast.

Lowers Cholesterol: Studies have shown that the regular consumption of lemongrass has shown significant results in sustaining healthy levels of triglycerides and reducing the LDL cholesterol in the body.

Detoxification: Lemongrass helps in cleansing and flushing harmful toxic wastes out of the body, as a result of its diuretic properties.

Cancer: Lemongrass is effective in treating various types of cancers without affecting the healthy normal cells of the body. Research conducted to prove the anti-cancerous activity of lemongrass has shown promising outcomes in the prevention of skin cancer. Studies have shown that a certain component, citral, which is present in lemongrass, helps in inhibiting the growth of hepatic cancer cells during the initial phases and prevents any further production of cancerous cells. Another study has provided supporting evidence regarding the anti-proliferative effect of citral in impeding the growth of human breast cancer cells and the induction of apoptosis.

Health benefits of pandan (screw pine leaves):

Reduce Cramps / pain relief
If you have cramps regularly, you can use pandan leaves as a traditionally cure to help reduce those cramps. Pandan leaves can also help you with gastrointestinal tract cramps, especially stomach cramps. You can make pandan leaves tea and drink it to help you reduce your cramps.

Anti-carcinogenic Properties
Another amazing benefit of pandan leaves is that they are anti-cancerous. It can counteract the effect of toxins and inhibits cancer cell development.

Reduce Fevers
Pandan can help in reducing fever. It is a traditional remedy in treating fevers.

Other health benefits include : mild laxative for children, detoxifying the body, lowers high blood pressure, helps to strengthen weak nerves, boosts appetite and it can also help men with impotence.

 

Song Bird

Today in the car on the way to piano class, the song sang by Camila Cabello was played on Mix FM.

Me – I love this song. Do you know the title of this song?

Cass – It’s called Bad Things and it’s sung by Camila Cabello.

Me – Wow, how did you know?!!

Cass – And Camila Cabello recently separated from Fifth Harmony.

Me – Wah, you know more than me!

Cass – I overheard er che (2nd sis) and che che (big sis) talking about it that day.

Me – If only the 3 of you can remember your school text book stuff this well, I’ll be very happy!

On our way home from piano class, Alessia Cara’s Scars To Your Beautiful was played on Mix FM.

Cass – this is my favorite song mummy. It’s called Scars To Your Beautiful and it’s sung by Alessia Cara.

Me – how come you know the title of all the latest songs? And you know the full names of the singers too!  What’s this song all about? Why do you like it?

Cass – I think Scars To Your Beautiful is a very meaningful song. The song is telling those people with cancer and without hair, those who are fat and those with scars that they are beautiful. I like this song very much.  I was thunderstruck that those words came out from Cass’ mouth. Only 9 years old and she has such maturity to appreciate such a meaningful and beautiful song.

And then Cass sang along to Scars To Your Beautiful  and got almost all the lyrics to the song spot on.

 

 

Random Matters

A mishmash of feelings is now running through my mind.  I have been getting the heebie-jeebies for the past one week. My parcel from the UK is most likely lost in transit. There has been no update in the Pos Malaysia’s tracking  site on the parcel’s whereabouts after it left the UK. The last date it was updated in the system is 6 April 2017, from the UK end.   My missing parcel is now like the missing MH370 flight from KL to Beijing – lost without a trace!

The parcel consists of Cass’ Waterfall D-Mannose. I have been purchasing this item online from Sweet Cures of York since 2010 and have never encountered any problem with the shipping.  The Waterfall D-Mannose this time cost almost RM800 (price fluctuates with exchange rate).   With my previous orders,  all the parcels reached KL within 10 days of payment.

I called Pos Malaysia today to check on the parcel status and as expected, the reply I got from the unempathetic attending customer service staff was “no update in the system, I can’t help you”.  Is this what we call “Malaysia Boleh”?  So meh!!  I emailed the seller yesterday and she assured me that she will help me keep an eye on the parcel.

What if the parcel is really lost? I don’t think the parcel is insured. Praying hard that God hears my prayers and will help me get hold of the parcel by this week, failing which I will have to fork out another RM800 through my nose for the D-Mannose 😭

Just a moment ago, the owner of Sweet Cures emailed me and offered to resend another parcel to me.  I would feel really bad that if the parcel is indeed lost in transit, Anna has to bear the cost of resending another parcel to me, all the way from the United Kingdom. God bless Anna’s heart. She has always been very helpful to me from day one.  This is why I keep going back to her to order for the past 7 years.  If you know of anyone who keeps getting recurrent UTI attacks, Waterfall D-Mannose is definitely a life saver and I fully recommend getting it from Sweet Cures and no where else. There are some online stores in Malaysia selling it but I only have confidence in D-Mannose from Sweet Cures.  Caveat is that D-Mannose will only work if the bacteria is E.Coli as only E.Coli will attach to D-Mannose like velcro and get flushed out from the urinary tract.  Most UTI attacks are caused by E.Coli, though other bacteria like Klebsiella, etc are responsible too.

On another note, today has been a very fruitful day for me 🙂  I surpassed my own quota for new registrations at Naturally Plus, all in just one day 💪😊.   Though today has been a very  hectic day for me with me filling out application forms like mad and getting them couriered to the office. I get a sense of achievement from doing it. Oh yes, the moolah I get from doing all these is one of the motivating factors too 😊

On a lighter note, what would you as a  mummy do when your 9-year old gives you a desperate and forlorn look when she just found out that she has run out of white color paint while rushing off a piece of painting meant for a contest? It’s late into the night and she just needs the white paint to put a finishing touch to her art piece? Under duress, I had a light bulb moment and used undiluted toothpaste  😜  The joy and twinkle I see on my little one’s face is just priceless!

 

Izumio For Good Health

Wednesday is CoCo day in school for Drama Queen and Cass. They stay back until 3:30 p.m. and will only be home around 4-ish p.m.  Ever since Cass had a bout of high fever (41 degrees Celsius) on her second CoCo day in school about 2 months back, I have this phobia that she would have high fever again after being in the hot afternoon sun on CoCo days. To me, she is still a fragile baby like she was but truth is, she’s much stronger than what I think she is – physically, mentally and emotionally. I have gone through so much with her and watched how much she suffered during her baby days.  I really don’t wish to see her suffer anymore pain and I want no more hospitalization stays with her again, ever.

To give me a peace of mind on CoCo days, I pack a pouch of Izumio water into Cass’ lunch bag on CoCo days. Since she doesn’t want me to drop by in school so often now, I let her bring the pouch of Izumio to school herself. I used to drop by in school to check on her 1-3 times in a week, gave her Izumio, made sure that she peed and chatted with her teachers and friends. But lately, she kept telling me that the principal does not encourage visiting parents in school except if the child is unwell. Oh well. I guess I just have to learn to let go and let Cass grow up *crying a river*

Cass will grow up well, I know she will.

 

 

How Safe Is Your Family In Your Own Hands?

Nothing matters more to me in this world than the health and safety of my family members. I’d do anything to keep my family members in the pinkest of health. Some of the things that I do now to keep my children healthy is to give them a good brand of health supplements and ensure that they have healthy meals. I try to go organic as much as I can. I also buy toiletries and household cleaners that contain no harsh chemicals as much as I can.

I am fortunate that I stay in a place where I can buy organic food and other healthy food stuff conveniently.  From time to time, I have  blog readers emailing me to ask me where I get my organic food stuff as their location makes it very difficult for them to get hold of such items.

For those of you who have been desiring to purchase healthy food stuff, organic food, healthy personal care products and supplements but have no easy access to them, you can now shop for these items online at Green Wellness.

Green Wellness is an online retailer that focuses on healthy groceries and preventive healthcare products through distribution of toxic-free and chemical-free premium products sourced from all over the world, conveniently delivered to your door step.

What I like about Green Wellness is that they carry an impressive panoply of healthy products. I could find organic spirulina capsules, organic oat noodles, organic sauerkraut,  healthy snacks for my girls  and much more interesting healthy items.

I have already placed an online order for some healthy food items and can’t wait to receive them soon!

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Did you know that apricot kernels contain Vitamin B17 which many cancer patients eat to fight cancer cells?

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Easter Sunday – 16 April 2017

I almost wanted to skip church on Easter Sunday today as Drama Queen has to sit for an exam that starts tomorrow for a week. I wanted her to stay home to do revision as she’s not been revising much lately. I knew that after church we would be out for lunch and  shopping and by the time we reach home, it would be 4-ish pm already. With the usual diddle daddle, by the time she gets to sit down to revise, it would be after dinner, at 8-ish pm already.  But Drama Queen reassured me that she would not dawdle today and would study really hard when we’re back from church.

Fine. We’ll see…

So off we went to church this morning.

Cass and her Sunday School friends sang at the Chinese service. I left the English service for 15 minutes to watch her sing and then continued to listen to the sermon in English. After service, there was a treat of pau for all the parishioners. The girls received a takeout pan pizza each from Sunday School along with other goodies.

Lunch was at Macaroni Cafe.  The hubs ordered pizza. Yeah, more pizza for the girls and they were cheering to no end to more pizzas for today.

Margherita pizza for the girls and yummy grilled chicken cajun salad for yours truly.

And there’re more pizzas! A trio pizza composed of smoked salmon, prawn pesto (yums to this!) and salami.

After a carbs loaded lunch and grocery shopping, we were finally home for some quiet time for Drama Queen and Cass to revise.  Cass will be sitting for her first exam for this year next week. Here’s to a massively stressed out weekend for me this week!  As if coaching 2 rascals for an exam is not enough, I have to be up at 5am on a Sunday to get Alycia ready for a marathon…on a Sunday, what the fun!!

While the two younger girls did their revision, the big girl kept belting out and dancing to Bruno Mar’s new hit, “That’s What I Like”.  This catchy song is now stuck in my head and I can’t seem to get it out  😍

My Wednesday – 12 April 2017

Today is CoCo day in school. I left the house for school at 9:30 am to bring lunch (homecooked spaghetti bolognese) for Cass and Drama Queen.  After I left the school, I picked up the hubs from his office and off we went for our ‘week day dating’.  Hubs and I, we try to have breakfast or lunch together several times in a week sans the kids.

Today we went to Charlie’s Cafe. He ordered Sarawak Laksa and I ordered a small portion of fried vermicelli with curry vegetables and a slice of fried Thai style mackeral fish. Hubs also ordered 3 pieces of Musang King durian cheese tart which was so durianlicious!

I was already very full after my second breakfast. I had an early breakfast at home of homemade toast before leaving for school. But the hubs was craving for Portugese egg tart and a cuppa latte from Red Kettle. So we segued into Red Kettle from Charlie’s Cafe, which was just a few steps away. Though I was so stuffed that my tummy could touch my boops when I sat down (HAHA!), I could still polish off half the Portugese egg tart. It’s really the bomb. It’s SO, SO divine – the filling is so creamy and milky and the pastry is so fluffy and buttery. It’s the best Portugese egg tart in the world. I love everything from Red Kettle.  I love their lemon polenta cake and their range of gourmet breads.

After a super heavy brunch, we stopped at the car workshop to have my car’s central locking system fixed. Waiting for an hour for my car under the zinc roof made me sweat buckets. After fixing my car, I stopped by a fruit stall by the roadside to buy fruits, which made me sweat even more!  When I reached home, I had another shower from head to toe.  These days, the weather during the day has been sweltering and in the evening, it would pour cats and dogs. I have been taking 3-4 showers a day for the past week.

Today the mil has a dinner appointment with some relatives, so dinner was mine to settle. But thankfully the hubs sent me food from his kitchen. I am so lucky I don’t have to cook! I hate cooking when the weather is hot. I hate cooking when there is no momentum. After having the mil around for  3 months, I have lost the momentum and mojo to cook.

We had some glorious curry dishes for dinner cooked by hubs’ chef: sambal prawn with petai, assam fish, beef rendang, nasi hujan panas (colorful rice cooked with spices or Rainbow Rice) and Nyonya kuih. The portions were really big and I stashed some away in the freezer. We are going to eat the same stuff again tomorrow 😀

Cassandra’s 9th Birthday & New Piano Teacher

My baby girl turned 9 on 9 April 2017.  It was a Sunday. She attended Sunday School in the morning, which she looks forward to every Sunday. After church we had lunch at a Japanese restaurant. Type of cuisine was her choice and Japanese is her favorite cuisine.

Cass ordered cold buckwheat noodles, which comes with her favorite Chawan Mushi (‘favoritest’ of all food), Unagi and Miso soup.

The Japanese restaurant manager gave Cass a birthday gift, which was a complimentary dessert of her choice.

Cass chose Matcha ice-cream with mochi and red bean.

After lunch at Kimiya, we segued into Inside Scoop Ice Cream (located just steps away) to get 3 scoops of licklicious Cempedak ice-cream, then segued into a cafe next door to have cakes and coffee.  We had another round of cake-cutting for Cass.  On the eve of her birthday the night before, we had a round of cake-cutting with all her grand aunts and grand uncles.

With daddy dearest…

On the eve of Cass’ birthday, we finally met Cass’ new piano teacher, Crystal. Thank God Cass was at such ease with teacher Crystal. This is because teacher Crystal has very similar mannerism and persona as teacher Katelyn, Cass’ first piano teacher whom she misses very much.  Teacher Crystal is a music graduate from the University of Malaya and is pretty good with kids. I hope Cass’ love for piano will continue to flourish and she will pick up all the good techniques right off the bat under the guidance of teacher Crystal.

Happiest birthday my dear baby girl Cassandra. May God continue to bless you with good health, healing and overflowing of happiness every day of your life.

Should I See a Primary Care Physician or Go to an Urgent Care Clinic?

Primary care physicians and urgent care clinics can both offer quality medical services, but there are times you have to make tough choices on which is the best method of receiving treatment at the time. Below are a few of the specifics to consider before making the choice.

Sense of Urgency
The choice between seeing a primary care physician and urgent care clinic doctor might seem hard at times, but the trick is to understand the urgency of the situation. If you are experiencing a medical problem that will make it difficult to wait for the doctor to squeeze you in, this is the best time to visit an urgent care clinic. You do not want to sitting around a doctor’s office waiting for an appointment if you are needing stitches, or are in a lot of pain.

Health Problems That Are After Hours
Medical problems can crop up at any time of the day or night. Seeing a primary care physician tends to be a little cheaper and may be covered by insurance, but they also have limited hours. You will often not have much choice in whether to seek medical help from an urgent care clinic if it is late in the day. An urgent care clinic is still a more affordable option to a traditional emergency room.

When Your Primary Care Doctor Has No Openings
Most physicians try to leave some openings in their appointment book to squeeze in emergency, or unexpected visits. There are days that this is not possible, especially during times that areas are being hit hard with colds and flu. This makes a visit to an urgent care clinic the sensible choice.

The Difference Between Chronic and Urgent Conditions
A sprained ankle or pulled muscle is a medical condition that might require urgent attention. Conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and diabetes are long-term chronic conditions that would be better looked after by a regular primary care physician. The medical team at a primary care physicians office will take the time to get to know you, your condition and monitor progress. It is more difficult for an urgent care team to offer this same level of chronic patient care. It is also usually cost prohibitive for those with chronic conditions to seek regular treatment at an urgent care clinic.

Get quality immediate medical services at an urgent care emergency room Spring TX like Cypress Creek ER.

Finding the Right Embroidery Service

Whenever you find yourself responsible for identity items, you will want a resource at your disposal that can take care of all your embroidery needs. Regardless of whether you are using items to promote your business or you are serving as a volunteer for your children’s sports team, things like shirts and jackets can be valuable. People appreciate and use these types of things rather than putting them in a drawer, where they are never seen again. They can also be used to promote a sense of belonging, enhancing the teamwork that is already in place even further. Therefore, if you do not have somewhere to turn for these types of things, you are missing out on some excellent opportunities. If you are looking for embroidery companies in Jacksonville, an organization like Creative Images Embroidery has everything necessary to produce the customized products that you need.

An important thing to consider when choosing a company to help with your embroidery needs is the method the organization uses for digitizing. A good company will have resources that can help you create your logo, whenever necessary. You want to make sure that the logo will be your property at the end of the process as well. Rather than using a program that auto-digitizes, you will be better served when your logo is digitized using the skill of the people on staff. That way, fine adjustments can be made to make sure it is fully customized in a way that will leave you happy.

No matter how impressive your logo is, it will be of little value if it does not look good on the item. You don’t want it to be rough around the edges and appear as if the logo was simply placed on as an afterthought. Instead, there should be a smooth and seamless transition between the edge of the logo and the garment. These marks are referred to in the industry as hopping marks. You might want to make sure the company you use has a steaming process that will eliminate any of these marks.

When the items are shipped to you they should be properly folded and packaged in a way that makes them ready to use upon receipt. You might also express your preference as to whether you prefer each individual item bagged separately.

You can use embroidered clothing items for advertising, to promote a sense of belonging to a team, for awards and recognition or just about anything else you can think of. These items are only effective if the embroidery work is good enough to impress the recipients.