The Accidental Millionaire Farmer

This is by far one of the most inspiring stories I’ve heard.  It is a true story of a 74-year old sickly farmer with a switch of fate – from sickly to healthy and from poor to rich after he consumed Izumio and Super Lutein in the hope of treating his chronic diabetes.

The picture below shows Dr Siti’s Facebook posting about Ah Pek the farmer and accidental millionaire.  Dr Siti is a medical doctor and a consumer of Izumio and Super Lutein.  Ah Pek was Dr Siti’s patient. He had chronic diabetes and had a ulcer on his leg which didn’t heal. Ah Pek was on insulin jabs and his weight dropped from 75kg to 45kg. He would frequently visit Dr Siti’s clinic in Jementah with his family members supporting him as he was too weak.  One day, Ah Pek came to his clinic with his sugar level dropped to 5 mmol/l.  He was then off insulin jabs.  It was then that Ah Pek introduced Izumio and Super Lutein to Dr Siti. And the rest they say is history.

The picture below shows Dr Siti and Ah Pek holidaying in Italy recently. They had both won a free holiday to Italy, courtesy of Naturally Plus.  At 74 years old, Ah Pek is in the pink of health. He could explore the Vatican City and climb up to Coloseum.

Just a farmer and Ah Pek is now earning a 5-figure monthly income from Naturally Plus. Next year, he will be well on his way to earn a 6-figure monthly income.  And he achieved all these in less than 4 years, amazing!

It is wonderful that Ah Pek has his health and life back (when Dr Jalil expected him to be in deep trouble) and is traveling the world now and very fit to do so!

Ah Pek only has 3 sponsors / downlines – his wife, Dr Siti and another lady 😂😂😂 and yet he is able to earn such a comfortable passive income from Naturally Plus.  If only I could be half as ‘lucky’ as him. Well, with patience and persistence, I believe that I can. Give me another 2 years ya!

You can read more about IZUMIO and Super Lutein here.

Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290 or email me at shireenyong@gmail.com to find out more.

 

Our Friday, 2 Dec 2016

Brunch on a breezy and gloomy Friday morning was Indian food at our regular Indian eatery – me, the girls and the mil.  Hubs had to be at his client’s event.

We had mutton murtabak – so yummy!!

The mil had roti canai, Cass had roti telur and I had my favorite tosai rawa.

Today is a day of baking for the girls. While waiting for her 2 sisters to  prep the ingredients for blueberry lemon cheese tarts, Cass made an array of pastries and cakes that look as enticing as the real thing… from magic clay!

Cass wouldn’t let anyone touch her clay cakes, lest her babies get dented.

After a laborious 4 hours in the kitchen, the girls with supervision from their grandma managed to whip up these super delish blueberry lemon cream cheese tarts. They are SO SO SO good that they should be illegal. Seriously.  Best in the world tarts with crispy pastry and super creamy lemony cheesy filling oozing with drug-like ooooommmph.  Plus with fresh juicy and sweet blueberries accompanying the cheesy crispy tarts, the tarts are totally out of this world. Swoon!!

While the girls busied themselves with tarts baking in the dry kitchen, I was busy in the wet kitchen cooking up dinner. There’s been a hive of activity in the kitchen every evening as the 3 girls converge there to help to cook.  The mil is still feeling under the weather and I am still fully in charged of cooking dinner for 6 – 7 people each night.

 

5th Day Of School Holidays – 30 Nov 2016

The 5th day of our school holidays today was spent at Mid Valley Megamall and Gardens Mall.  Traffic into the malls was horrendous. All the car park entrances into the 2 malls showed FULL on the screen and I had no choice but to inch my way into the Premium car park and luckily got myself a place to park immediately.  I paid a frigging RM12 after spending 5 hours at the mall!

The reason why we were at the mall was because Drama Queen had a farewell party to attend at Mega Kidz.  Two of her classmates will be leaving the school – one of them will be returning to the UK and the other girl switching to an international school.

While my car was stuck in the bumper to bumper crawl, I saw a pedestrian bridge on my right side still under construction. It connects Mid Valley Megamall to Eco City on the other side of the road where massive construction of buildings are on-going.  I was thinking to myself just how convenient it is for residents and tenants of those buildings to just walk across the pedestrian bridge to the malls when it is completed later.  But…. a mere 2 hours later, I heard from the radio on my drive back home that the same bridge had collapsed! Just like that. Oh. My. God!!  One worker is killed and two others are still buried under the rubble. Please God, help them out!!

Life is so fragile, unexpected and fleeting. Now you see it but the next moment, it may be gone in a flash of light. It can be the life of a human, an airplane in the air or a majestic building standing strong, down to ground zero.

So live everyday as if it were your last.  Throw all your grudges, anger and worries out of your window at the end of each day.  Can you do that?

While Drama Queen partied away with her classmates, Alycia spent all her time at Borders with her grandma while Cass and I went for retail therapy 😀

Dinner was takeout KFC, burger and nuggets (swoon!), porridge with crispy yau char kuai and horse hoof (mah keok) (double swoon!) and my favorite Puteri Ayu kuih from Nyonya Colors.  We have not eaten these sinful holiday treats for so long, especially KFC and how the girls and I enjoyed them. Thank you to the mil for the treat.  After noshing down all these less-than-healthy yummylicious grub, everyone downed a packet of Izumio hydrogen and antioxidant water to wash away the heatiness.

During dinner at home, the girls and I had some good tummy exercises laughing till our midriff hurt and eyes teared over Drama Queen’s antics and melodramatic-ness (if there’s such a word to describe her).  Life is never a dull moment when you have a Drama Queen or King at home. It would be a waste if she does not turn out to be an actress or stand-up comedian in future, I always tell Drama Queen that.

After dinner, Alycia and Drama Queen read through all the old postings from my blogs and had a good laugh.  Then I overhead them saying “why did mummy post all these in her blogs? All our embarrassing moments are exposed in her blogs. And my friends read her blogs. Evil mummy!!”

 

School Holidays

The mil came back from Hong Kong after being away for 4 months. As usual, she brought back lots of goodies from Hong Kong, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.

We had Panettone Christmas bread for breakfast today. Panettone bread is something that we only get to eat once a year around Christmas, which my eldest sil from Hong Kong buys for us, thus is a holiday treat for us. If you’re new to Panettone bread, you’ll be shocked to see the price tag on it.

Gift Wrapped Chocolate Panettone

It has been a wet holiday the past one week.  Alycia’s tennis lesson had to be cancelled yesterday because of the rain and we couldn’t go to the park either. The past few mornings have been wet too, so I’ve had a good excuse to skip exercise. My bad, I must compensate and try to work out in the gym soon! Drama Queen is already planning on the next baking project in the kitchen and Cass has been spending hours on end doing art and craft.

The mil ain’t feeling too well and my stint as sous-chef de cuisine has to be extended indefinitely.  Thankfully I have Drama Queen to help me out.

The girls have something to look forward to this school holiday. First is a 3-day-2-night stay at Ratu Rening with friends next week. Ratu Rening is a hidden ecological retreat near Genting Highlands, surrounded by a crystal clear stream and forest reserve. Second is our yearly end-of-the-year holiday at my parents in Ipoh where we plan to have several celebrations during this festive period 🙂

Izumio Is Not Magic

Sometime I get comments from customers that they do not feel any significant changes to their health or they do not see the immediate healing that they expect after taking Izumio.

When this happens, I will walk them through the Izumio dosage code to make sure they fully understand that Izumio is not MAGIC. It is purely antioxidants that are strong in scavenging free radicals off your cells to heal you, but hello, if you have 1,000 units of free radicals and take 1 packet of Izumio per day, how then do you expect to get better? Or if you have been weak for years, or suffering from a particular ailment for years, or if you are not getting sufficient sleep, or if you are worrying about something, thinking negatively, then how would 1 packet of Izumio heal you?

First and foremost, if you have been suffering from an ailment for 10 years, it would be fair to allow these natural products at least 10 months to heal you, don’t you think? Izumio is not MAGIC.

Secondly, if you keep having negative thoughts and nagging worries in your head, you are slowly poisoning your body with stress.  I am guilty as charged too! I am a good worrier and am chronically sleep deprived and that is why I need to drink at least 2 packets of Izumio a day. And yet continue with my healthy eating and 5x a week exercise in order to stay in top form.   Do you know that stress is the biggest and fastest generator of free radicals? You would probably need 10 packets of Izumio daily to heal you if you had the flu or feeling under the weather.

Datuk Lee Chong Wei drank Izumio during the Olympic London 2012 Badminton Final.

Understand that our body is like a vessel. In it we have oil. Dirty oil that represents all our free radicals that we get from breathing (yes breathing oxygen generates free radicals too!), unhealthy food (many do not even understand what the term unhealthy food is), bad thoughts, environmental pollutants, stress, smoke, you name it. And then we pour in Izumio. How do we know how much Izumio we need to clean out all that crap, the dirty oil, before we can heal? We don’t know. All we can do is to keep taking it, whether it be over a period of time or a higher dosage in a shorter time, and allow it to do its work to remove the dirty oil. The more water you pour into the vessel, the higher the chance of the dirty oil coming out from the spout, isn’t it? We cannot see what is within your body but rest be assured, healing is happening slowly but surely. And one day, you will wake up feeling like a million bucks thinking hey, I don’t remember the last time I had that headache! It means that the time has come that Izumio has washed out all the dirty oil in your body and healed it.

And then you go and do something else the next week to add in more dirty oil. It is a vicious cycle. Unless you are willing to change and lead a healthy lifestyle, you will have a surplus of free radicals and WILL be sick. Izumio is not MAGIC. It is a powerful antioxidant that will help your body to heal naturally. It is better than drugs. Drugs can relief you immediately but it isn’t healing the root cause of your problem.

I am glad to know that one of my favorite celebrities, Daphe Iking is also taking Izumio. Read her Facebook post here.

You can read more about IZUMIO and Super Lutein here.

 

Last Day Of School & Pie Baking

I received a little good news yesterday when Drama Queen came back from school. As she walked into the house, Drama Queen announced the news to me melodramatically, “and so the principal announced that we DON’T have to go back to school for UPSR tuition anymore during the holidays, YAY!!! Muahahahahahahahah!”

I was overjoyed to hear the news as that would mean a real holiday for me without having to wake up at 5am for 2 weeks during the school holiday. That being said, I wonder why her school has decided to cancel the originally scheduled extra classes. Other schools are still going ahead with the UPSR extra classes for the first 2 weeks of the school holiday. Could it be that the Government’s proposal to abolish the UPSR exam is now a step closer?  Perhaps it would be abolished as early as next year? Oooh, I am feeling hopeful!!

After lunch of homecooked porridge, Drama Queen quickly helped to wash all the dirty dishes including the pots and pans. This dawdler ain’t a dawdler when she sets her mind to do something that she has passion in. She has planned to bake a pie yesterday. She always has the itch to bake in the kitchen and spends a lot of time watching baking tutorials on You Tube.

After clearing the dirty dishes, she started to prepare the dough for the pie. I did not supervise her at all in the measurement of the ingredients. While I went out with Cass for an hour, she stayed home alone to work on the pie crust. Her maiden pie. We have both never baked a pie before so I could not offer her any advice. I only advised her not to turn on the oven or the stove while I was away.

She attempted to use her grandma’s new cake mixer but I told her NO NO NO!!  Coz we both have no clue on how to operate the machine.  Her grandma will be back from Hong Kong this Sunday and coming home to find a spoilt new cake mixer is the last thing she wants to know. With lots of creative juices flowing in her, she  found an alternative – by using an egg beater to mix the flour with the butter. Gawd, that is SO time consuming and I have zero patience for this. But this girl patiently mixed the flour and butter until a smooth dough was formed. All in, it took her over an hour to get the dough perfected.

When I came home with Cass, I cooked the pie filling, which is minced pork with tomatoes, julienned carrots, Bunashimeiji mushrooms and lots of chopped onions and garlic. I seasoned it with some leftover Baba’s rendang powder mix, some dried thyme, dried basil, ground black pepper and organic shoyu.

The ‘chaplang’ minced meat which turned out to be really delish.

Drama Queen putting the final touches on the pie with egg wash before it goes into the oven to be baked for 40 minutes at 180C.

Fresh out of the oven and baked to a tee!

After the pie was all done and all of us savouring the yummylicious pie, Drama Queen told me that she ‘simply tembak’ with the measurements of some ingredients and replaced several ingredients with what she could find in our kitchen and fridge. I am still amazed with how the pie could turn out so well despite her not following the recipes strictly.  Cass commented that her 2che’s pie tastes better than those from some expensive cafes.

By observing intently each time both her grandmas bake, Drama Queen has picked up basic skills needed to execute simple baking. She’s pretty good with baking cakes and now she has learned how to bake a savoury pie.

Drama Queen and Cass loved the pie so much that we skipped having breakfast of pork noodles at our regular Saturday coffee shop this morning. Instead we noshed down the delicious leftover pie.

Alycia, if you are reading this post now from Penang, take heart that we have kept a slice of pie for you in the freezer!  Can’t wait for you to come home to savour it 😉

 

Cass Goes Up The Stage

Hubs and I were in school this morning to cheer on  our baby girl who went up the stage to receive a trophy.  The top ten students from standard 1 through 6 in the academic year get to receive a trophy.

Mighty proud of our baby girl 🙂 🙂

After we left school, hubs and I had a quick lunch, then sped home to send Alycia off with her aunt Krystle from Hong Kong (hubs’ sister) for a short holiday.  For the first time, Alycia will be going for a holiday without her parents or grandma.  Her aunt Krystle came back from Hong Kong for a short holiday and will spend the weekend in Ipoh and Penang.  Alycia, her aunt Krystle and Krystle’s friend will be visiting Ipoh and Penang for 5 days 4 nights. Gawd, that’s pretty long for my soon-to-be teenager to be away from her mummy and cosy home. Hopefully she’ll remember the long list of reminders that I’d asked her to do each day. Just 10 days shy of entering teenage-hood, I am constantly thinking of this girl now and wonder if she’s enjoying herself or missing home. Is she drinking enough water? Is she gobbling down junk food and fried food? Will she get separated from her aunt and get lost in a foreign place?  Hubs keeps telling me that she’s not a baby anymore, she’s a big girl now and capable of taking care of herself.  But still, she’s only 12 and still a baby in my eyes.

 

Roselle Tea For Good Health

I made a big pot of Roselle tea for the family yesterday.   My late grandma used to boil Roselle tea for us when we were younger. We would call the Roselle tea “Ribena” as it tastes very similar to Ribena and has the bright red color of Ribena as well.

Roselle is a species of hibiscus native to West Africa. In Iran, it is typically known as sour tea; in English-speaking countries, it is called red sorrel. It is commonly used to make jelly, jam, juice, wine, syrup, gelatin, pudding, cake, ice cream and flavouring.

There are three types of roselle, identified by their colours – the dark red type has the highest content of anthocyanins, followed by the light red type, while the green type has only traces of the antioxidant pigment or none at all, reported the Journal Of American Science in 2010.

Anthocyanins are said to promote cardiovascular health. Roselle flowers, whether fresh or dried, have similar levels of efficacy.  The flowers should be whole and free of contamination during purchase.

I boiled the roselle flowers with screwpine leaves (pandan) for about 45 minutes.  Then sieved and poured out the roselle tea.  As roselle is naturally sour, I added raw honey to it. The lightly sweetened roselle tea is for the girls. I prefer mine sour and without any honey.

I read from some recipes that the seeds are removed prior to boiling the petals but busy lazy me gave up removing the seeds after I discovered that the process was pretty time consuming. I never like to spend too much time in the kitchen.  I  did a quick google search to see if the seeds are poisonous or edible and what I found was an eye-opener.  Roselle seeds are a good source of lipid-soluble antioxidants, particularly gamma-tocopherol. These seeds are even packaged for sale. So what the heck, after washing the flowers thoroughly, I dumped everything into the pot, filled up the pot with water and boiled it for 45 minutes or so.

The RM3.50/packet of roselle flowers bought from the organic shop managed to yield about 10 glasses of roselle tea.  What a cheap health drink this is and the girls loved it when chilled or with ice-cubes added. I am definitely going to prep this tea more often. I can also use it to make jelly for my jelly crazed girls.

Roselle pandan tea with raw honey is so refreshing, especially when chilled.

 

According to an article extracted from The Straits Times in Singapore, people with neutral or “heaty” bodies can benefit from taking a “cold” herb, such as roselle flowers, to balance their body constitutions. It is also suitable for those with hypertension and high cholesterol.

WHAT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN (excerpt from The Straits Times, Singapore)

Daily consumption of a tea or extract produced from roselle flowers has benefits for adults, according to a review of human and animal studies published in the journal for the study of medicinal plants, Fitoterapia, in March 2013.

Specifically, it helped to significantly lower one’s systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with pre-to moderate primary hypertension and type 2 diabetes, based on results from randomised controlled trials.

In addition, the tea was as effective at lowering blood pressure as the drug Captropril, but less effective than another drug, Lisinopril. Both drugs are used to treat high blood pressure.

More than half of the trials showed that daily consumption of roselle tea or extracts improved one’s lipid levels.

Namely, it lowered participants’ levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides. At the same time, it boosted their levels of high-density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol.

The observations were likely a result of the antioxidant effects of the anthocyanins. These compounds inhibit the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol, hence impeding the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Roselle tea makes for an excellent low-calorie healthy beverage for the entire family. I love the bright red color of this drink that packs a healthy punch too.

Five Career Fields for Moms Who Are Going Back to Work

For moms who have those small pings of regret for not pursuing more from their careers, it’s never too late to go after your dreams. If you’re ready to enter the workplace again after staying home to raise your young children, there are plenty of opportunities that could be yours. While you may need to work a little to sharpen your skills and update your resume for today’s high-tech field, you could be rewarded with a high salary and a strong sense of accomplishment. Here are five hot career fields for moms going back to work.

1. Corporate Trainer
One job that has a promising outlook for the future is a corporate trainer. In order to be hired as a corporate trainer, it’s typically required to have an educational background in developing curriculum for adult learners. Today’s corporate trainers are also focused on creating interactive, computerized learning activities and assessments. For entry into this career field, you may need to take some classes in learning theory and instructional design.

2. Healthcare Management
Healthcare management is another hot career option that has plenty of growth potential for the future. This type of work involves managing healthcare facilities and medical practices. Because of the unique scope of managing a healthcare facility, organizations are usually looking for people with specific knowledge and skills. The Healthcare MBA from GW University is a great way to get into this field.

3. Software Developer
The constantly evolving field of computer technology is another sector to look into for your future career. Jobs in software development are expected to continue to grow for the next few years. This type of work is challenging, but many times a graduate degree is not required. For some positions, employers are looking more for specific types of industry training classes. You can investigate some of the ways to get certified and choose to take an online course for convenience.

4. Nurse Practitioner
If you have an interest in nursing and providing medical care, you may want to find out about becoming a nurse practitioner. This field is expected to grow like wildfire due to the country’s aging baby boomers and the population living longer. Enrolling in a nursing program takes hard work and dedication, but nurse practitioners make an impressive salary that could be the key to your children’s future. Click here to learn how to deal with some of the challenges in this field.

5. Management Consultant
The last type of career that may be a good fit for a new working mom is a management consultant. If you have experience in the management field before your kids were born, don’t bury your past and forget about it. Think of ways to use your previous experience and knowledge as an advantage. If you have insight and have kept up with your industry’s trends during your time with your children, offer your services as a consultant. This type of job may have more flexibility in working hours, which could be great for families with children.

Going back to work after a gap of several years of child rearing can be daunting, but if you have confidence in yourself, you could find success again. Learn about the top career fields that could be your next professional experience.

 

Our Saturday – 19 Nov 2016

We had a light dinner at Seng Kee Kitchen, our favorite neighborhood Chinese tai chau restaurant on Saturday.  Prior to that, hubs brought home some roast leg of lamb from his shop for us to try. It was roasted using a new industrial combi oven that he had recently purchased. Thus, we were already half full by dinner time.  We  ordered a fried turmeric and minced ginger chicken dish (ayam goreng berempah), 2 types of fried noodles and 2 types of vegetables from Seng Kee.

After dinner, hubs suggested dessert of ice-cream at Inside Scoop @ Avantas Residences. I wasn’t too keen as I was having a very gassy tummy and not feeling in top form. But the girls were seconding their daddy’s suggestion…

At Inside Scoop, Cass bumped into her partner in class, Alyssa (the girl in glasses). Alyssa is also Cass’ bestie these days.  They will both go to the same class next year. They were so excited to have bumped into each other.

 

Our waffle with 3 scoops of ice-creams…

And hubs’ Root Beer float. OMG, I felt so cloy just by looking at how thick, creamy and sweet it was, thus didn’t try it.

After ice-cream, we bumped into a friend who is staying at a unit at Avantas. We commented on how impressed we were with the facilities, amenities and design of Avantas and she brought us to her unit for a look. She’s a property agent.  Our hearts were even more moved when we saw her tastefully designed her unit is and how well equipped, clean and beautiful the serviced apartment is – just like a 5-star hotel.

Avantas Residence, Old Klang Road, 692sf, RM1600 Partly Furnished

And then we toyed over the idea of purchasing a unit for investment!!

But at RM880,000 for a 3-bedroom unit (measuring only 1,200+ square feet), we can’t afford it!   There is a big plus point though of purchasing a 3-bedroom unit as the developer allows the unit to be divided into 2 separate units and for the 2 separate units to be rented out… which means double income for us!!

But still, it is RM880,000 without taking into account the cost of renovating and furnishing the 2 units!   That will be over a million Shringgit!

Check out the standing swing that the girls are on…

Dang my itchy hands and legs for wanting to take a spin on the swing and I ended up on the verge of puking when I got down from the swing!  Once this spinning swing moves 360 degrees, it is really hard to stop it (it’s like a toy spin) unless someone outside the swing stops it by force. Despite me screaming for help like a mad woman, the cheeky big girl who was video-ing us on the swing refused to help me stop the damn spinning swing!! I was fuming mad with her.  I was already feeling slightly nauseous with a gassy tummy  the whole day and after being spun around continuously for a whole 1 minute, I felt like all my innards were knotted and jumbled up. I felt sick the entire night.  The next morning, I puked after I ate an orange for breakfast, duh!  I should have trusted my twitching eye lids for the presentiment. Cass and I both had twitching eye lids on that day. I have told you before about the uncanny sixth sense that Cass and I have with our twitching eye lids, right?  The next time my eye lid twitches, I’ll just stay grounded for safety’s sake!