10 May 2018 ~ Post GE14 Day 1

Today, 10 May 2018 is the day history is made in Malaysia. This day will definitely be included in the Sejarah text book of Malaysian students soon. Our most beloved Tun Dr Mahathir will be sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia.

As of typing this post at 5 p.m., I together with the rest of the Malaysians await  anxiously and patiently for Tun to be sworn in at the Palace. My desktop computer keeps getting ‘hanged’ from watching Astro Awani live the whole day.  Tun was supposed to be sworn in at 9:30  in the morning but when the ceremony was cancelled without any reason given, the entire country was switched into panic mode. Well, at least for me, my family and all my friends. All of us were hooked to our phones and computers since yesterday to check on updates on which Party was leading and now, on who will actually be the 7th PM of Malaysia.

I am not a politics person. I don’t normally comment on it but this time, I get all hyped up and can’t contain my anxiousness and excitement.  I am sure that you, if you are a Malaysian, you are feeling the same too. Let’s continue to pray and wait for updates. Together we pray for a better Malaysia!

Chinese Egg Fried Rice / Golden Fried Rice

On the eve of GE 14 today, it’s school off  for Alycia and Drama Queen.  Alycia gets 3 days off  and Drama Queen gets 2 days off as their schools are used as polling station.  Cass gets only one day on 9 May. Poor her and me. I was anticipating for an off day for Cass too so that I could sleep in for 2 days. But no such luck. I still have to wake up early tomorrow to prepare for voting, my first ever. I’m so excited! 😁  Hopefully Thursday and Friday  or Monday and Tuesday next week will be declared a public holiday, as promised by the respective Parties should they win.  So, who do you think will win? 😉  I can’t wait to find out!

Since I have all morning to myself  today without having to do school and tuition runs, I did what I love best ~ retail therapy, all by myself.  Bliss! My most favorite  past time to destress is to go shopping alone with no one breathing down my neck for this and that and no one rushing me to quickly finish up and go home.

At Uniqlo, I saw this SPRZ NY top that is SUPER light and feels like I’m not wearing anything.  Was tempted to get it for myself for traveling as the material drys up super fast.  I thought I could share this with Alycia but after Whatsapping her the picture, to which she said “NO, I DON’T WANT IT, DON’T BUY IT!!”, I put the top back.  This is not something that I would wear often. My wardrobe only has sleeveless tops and dresses 🤭  and jackets. And I added another sleeveless bra dress to my collection  👗

Back home, Drama Queen  made two batches of pancakes. The first batch was a flop.  She tried to be creative and made blue pancakes using blue pea flower tea and wholemeal flour but the batter churned out starchy pancakes. The second batch was cooked to a tee ~ fluffy, pillowy and soft.

For dinner, I cooked Chinese Egg Fried Rice / Golden Fried Rice. This is by far the most perfect Chinese fried rice that I’ve dished up!  In future, I’ll stick with this recipe for the ultimate Chinese egg fried rice.

And what’s the secret?

The secret is by coating the cooked rice with egg yolk and separately frying all the ingredients.

Method:

First, separate the yolks from the whites. There are several methods of doing it. You can separate it with a spatula with drainer, by scooping the yolks up with half the cracked egg shell, sucking the yolks up with a water bottle, separating the yolks upon cracking the shell and by using your bare hands. Check out this video to see which method suits you best. Drama Queen and I prefer scooping the yolks up with the cracked egg shell.

Beat up the egg yolks and in a large bowl, mix the egg yolk with the rice evenly. Make sure that every grain of rice is coated with egg yolk. If the egg yolks are not enough, prep more.  I used Basmati rice and brown rice.

Heat up wok with sesame seed oil and olive oil.  Fry the rice coated with egg yolk until the rice is dried up. You will hear ‘popping’ sounds when the rice is dried up. I added a little Chinese sausage into the fried rice as it’s leftover from the previous night dinner. Season with salt and pepper and a little soy sauce if you wish but do not add too much as the soy sauce will cause the rice to be wet and the wok to turn brown/burnt.   Remove the fried rice from the wok.

Next, brown the garlic and onions. Then remove from the wok.

Brown the minced pork until you hear ‘crackling’ sounds from the wok or when the minced pork is golden brown. Add in the chopped long beans and carrots and fry till cooked.  Season with salt and pepper. Remove from wok.

Then fry the egg whites. As egg white tends to stick to the wok very easily, be sure to keep scraping the egg whites off the base of the wok to prevent them from getting burnt / stuck to the wok.

Finally, add in the fried rice, meat and vegetables and the chopped spring onions and stir well.

Ingredients:
1. Cooked rice. I didn’t really measure as I had some overnight cooked rice and I cooked another 1 cup of rice.
2. 6 eggs ~ yolks separated from whites (use more if necessary)
3. 1 bulb garlic
4. 2 bulbs red onion
5. Protein of your choice ~ I used organic minced pork
6. Vegetables of your choice ~ I used 1 packet organic long beans and 1 carrot
7. Chopped scallions / spring onions
8. Salt and pepper to taste. Soy sauce is optional

Instructions:
1. First, separate the yolks from the whites. There are several methods of doing it. You can separate it with a spatula with drainer, by scooping the yolks up with half the cracked egg shell, sucking the yolks up with a water bottle, separating the yolks upon cracking the shell and by using your bare hands. Check out this video to see which method suits you best. Drama Queen and I prefer scooping the yolks up with the cracked egg shell.

2. Beat up the egg yolks and in a large bowl, mix the egg yolk with the rice evenly. Make sure that every grain of rice is coated with egg yolk. If the egg yolks are not enough, prep more.  I used Basmati rice and brown rice.

3. Heat up wok with sesame seed oil and olive oil.  Fry the rice coated with egg yolk until the rice is dried up. You will hear ‘popping’ sounds when the rice is dried up. I added a little Chinese sausage into the fried rice as it’s leftover from the previous night dinner. Season with salt and pepper and a little soy sauce if you wish but not too much as the soy sauce will cause the rice to be wet.   Remove the fried rice from the wok.

4. Next, brown the garlic and onions. Then remove from the wok.

5. Brown the minced pork until you hear ‘crackling’ sounds from the wok or when the minced pork is golden brown. Add in the chopped long beans and carrots and fry till cooked.  Season with salt and pepper. Remove from wok.

6. Then fry the egg whites. As egg white tends to stick to the wok very easily, be sure to keep scraping the egg whites off the base of the wok to prevent them from getting burnt / stuck to the wok.

7. Finally, add in the fried rice, meat and vegetables and the chopped spring onions and stir well.

Power Of Prayers

On Saturday, I hurriedly left the house to bring Cass to Yamaha for piano lesson. Cass would normally remind me to bring along my mobile phone as I have a tendency to leave my phone behind. I am perpetually in a rush from one place to another, thus always leave my phone at home. I have since appointed Cass to be my personal reminder for me to bring along my phone and purse before I leave the house.

But on that particular day, Cass had forgotten to remind me. She was dawdling away at home, enjoying her freedom as her exam had just ended. Despite me hollering at her to dress up and go, she was taking her own sweet time, did her theory homework at the eleventh hour and other non important stuff.

About 20 minutes before we left the house, I put the kettle on the stove to boil water. I told myself that I HAD TO REMEMBER TO TURN OFF THE FIRE BEFORE GOING OUT but as I was busy rushing Cass to get ready and got myself ragged and frazzled nagging her, I buggered up. This is the second time I had left the kettle on the stove and left the house.  How could I?!

Note to self ~ never ever do this again! NEVER. REMEMBER!! *pull my own ears to the sides*

While in the class, I realized that I had left the mobile phone at home. Without the phone to distract my mind, my mind wandered back home. Suddenly, I remembered that the kettle was still on the stove, with the fire ignited at max speed. Alycia was at the gym. Drama Queen was in the bathroom. Our dear part-time helper was cleaning the bedrooms and bathroom. Dang it. No one would realize the kettle whistling until the water inside evaporates to nothing, the kettle gets burnt and the smoke detector gets activated and the loud alarm beeps. And I had no phone to call home. I immediately said a prayer to Jesus to protect everyone at home, for Him to get the helper to turn off the fire and to not let a tragedy happen. Our part-time helper who is a very initiative maid often helps to turn off the fire on the stove when the kettle whistles. Drama Queen also helps to do the same IF she’s in the kitchen.

After piano class ended, I sped home and dashed right into the kitchen and guess what?

The kettle was still on the stove, the knob was still turned to the max level but there was NO FIRE on the stove. NO FIRE. NO GAS SMELL. The kettle was COLD.

I am 100% sure that I saw the fire when I ignited the stove.

How could this happen?

I asked our part-time helper if she had turned off the fire and she said NO.

I could only think of DIVINE INTERVENTION!

Thank you Jesus for your help once again!!


Cass, doing what she loves most ~ reading a novel and munching on an apple, on a lazy Saturday morning, after a stressful exam week.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

It’s day two of Cass’ first term exam and she sat for her Chinese Understanding, Chinese Writing and Moral papers today. Chinese has always been the toughest subject for Cass, so is BM. She hardly reads Chinese and BM novels. She barely ever talks in BM,  does not attend BM tuition and the only practice that she gets apart from the exercises from school is from the exercises that I give her from the BM workbooks that I bought from Popular Book Store. Before exam, I do some intensive exercises and revision with her for her BM subject and these sessions always jack up my blood pressure reading many notches up.

Breakfast for Cass was a slice of wholemeal bread spread with butter, avocado and hazelnut chocolate bread spread. And Izumio.  Lunch box for school recess is hot cross bun with herb cream cheese spread and avocado.

My brunch with the hubs at Good Taste:


While enjoying my bowl of sui kow, at the corner of my eye I spotted something black flapping its wings behind a packet of bread. I turned to my side and oh. my. gawd. I saw my no. 1 enemy on the wall and it was huge! It was flying towards my side. I told the hubs and he told the waitress who then nonchalantly put on a disposable plastic glove on one hand,  chased after the huge roach, caught the fler, squashed it maybe (I don’t know) and then dumped it into the big bin at the side of the restaurant. By then, I had already lost all my appetite and the hubs walloped the rest of the sui kow. What a terrible brunch I’ve had!

Thankfully the mil dished up a big pot of aromatic and colorful fried Basmati rice with curry leaves, French beans, traffic light colors bell peppers and diced pork and I had that for lunch.

Cass tends to be overly confident with her English papers and I usually do minimal revision with her. An hour max of going through English Grammar with her and giving her  some handy last minute reminders and pointers.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be English Paper 1 & Paper 2 and RBT.

I’ve done my utmost best and now it is all on this girl’s effort in self-revising and her memory retention power. I’ll see…

Friday The 13th, 2018

Miss Eleventh Hour was almost late for her school’s Sports Day today. Last night I told her that I won’t be waking her up in the morning. She would have to learn to sleep early and rely on her alarm clock to wake up.  I told her that I can’t be following her to university next time just to ensure that she wakes up on time to attend classes! She’s got an issue with waking up early and I am still working on this area… after 10 freaking years! She had to be in school by 7:15 a.m. today and by the time I got back from my morning exercise at 7 a.m, she was still in bed! Just as I have guessed!  I hollered at her ears and she jumped out of bed, blamed me for not waking her up (hello, did I say I was going to wake you up?!) and for the first time, prepped herself in fast forward motion and we got out of the house at about 7:10 a.m.  Good thing she listened to her mom and is now studying at a school in the neighborhood.  It takes only under 5 minutes to reach school IF traffic is clear.

I tried to snap a pic of her furtively during the 10 seconds ride on the elevator from  the 5th floor to the basement but she some how felt it and dodged, dang it!   As she was super late, all she could afford to eat was a banana, instead of a proper breakfast. And she’s taking part in a few running events. Padan muka or not? Next time my dear girl, sleep early and you won’t even need an alarm clock. Your internal alarm clock will never fail you IF you have sufficient shut eye.  Trust me.

I had brunch with the hubs at a newly opened Yong Tau Fu shop at our neighborhood. I love it but the persnickety and critical foodie hubs commented that it’s only so-so.  He and his royal taste bud, really hard to satisfy him!

Despite having only a banana in her stomach, this girl managed to clinch a silver medal in the 4 x 100m event. Bravo my Sherilyn, you’ve definitely inherited mummy’s prowess in the track and field events!

After Drama Queen got back from school, I delegated some kitchen chores to her. She helped to blanch the macaroni and chopped the onion, garlic and carrots for fried macaroni. The mil had gone back to Ipoh, thus the reason why I had to cook dinner.

I quickly whipped up a quick fried macaroni with minced pork, garlic, onion, carrot, cucumber, yellow bell pepper, thyme and curry powder.

After cooking dinner, I chauffeured Alycia to the tuition center, then went to the pasar malam to get some fruits.

Later after picking up Alycia from the tuition center, she pestered me to bring her to the pasar malam to tuck into some of her favorite junk food. So off I went to the pasar malam again! We bought steamed fish balls and Japanese baby squids.

Life as a WFHM is an extremely mentally and physically exhausting job.  I go the whole hog from being the maid of the house to the nanny, the tutor, the driver, the cook, the PA (to the hubs and mil), confidante, to being the tushie washer. And by the time I’ve finished all these, I realized that I have neglected my own work, business and personal stuff.  And my sleep. I need my 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It looks like I can only get it after my youngest leaves the nest and that will be in another 10 years!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

My Saturday breakfast was with the hubs only. The mil had gone back to Ipoh and the girls had different agenda. Alycia was supposed to have tennis lesson but it rained, so from the tennis court she detoured to the gym. This gym buff can spend up to two hours in the gym almost every day cycling or running on the treadmill but not without a mobile phone in front of her 🙄.  Drama Queen followed a friend to their old school for sport days training and the littlest brat was grounded. She didn’t finish the test paper that I had asked her to do and exam’s coming and I really meant what I said. I didn’t even pack any food back for her as punishment.


Hubs and I shared this plateful of sinful char koay teow with lap cheong (Chinese sausage).

Today, Cass and I got a full dose of pet therapy. There are two new Samoyed pups at the pet shop who are OMG so so so fluffy and adorable!!  Just cannot ‘tahan’ looking at the Samoyed pups. I think it won’t be long before I succumb to the poison and bring one home! It’s true to the saying that as your kids turn into teenagers, it might be a good idea to get yourself a pet who will be happy to see you vs. your teenage kids.  Agree?

Sweet sweet poison!   Just you wait little fluff ball. One day I will bring you home…

… but only when I have a windfall larger than RM8k.  These pups imported from China have a RM8k price tag and the friendly pet shop owner was tempting me with a small discount!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

This morning, Alycia’s transporter left her behind when he came to the condo to pick up another student. Maybe the driver was a minute or two earlier today and he didn’t even have the courtesy to give us a call to inform us that he was here.  How dare he!  Thankfully Cass’ transporter came and I asked her for a favor to drop Alycia at school.  Alycia sat on her van for 6 years when she was in primary school.   The boss of the fleet of vans apologized profusely to me for his driver’s oversight.  Apologies accepted.

My breakkie today was a bowl of corn flakes + Milo cereals + Cecile’s seeds & nuts with honey & quinoa (the mil bought this from New Zealand) + pistachios; half an avocado, an orange, a banana and a packet of Izumio hydrogen water.

Dinner from last night was lunch for Cass in school today ~  Japanese kids curry + fried fish + Basmati rice + a packet of Izumio. It’s CoCo day today. My baby girl did high jump, long jump, short put and running today. She told me that she came up on top in almost all the events!

Our dinner last night:

This is going to be a short post coz I am rushing off to bed.  My 2018 Resolution is to get a minimum of 6  hours of sleep every night.

Good nite everyone! 😴

Saturday Eats ~ 24 March 2018

Saturday breakkie with Drama Queen and Cass was at a neighborhood coffee shop.

I had vegetarian food ~ fried noodles with curry vegetables, grilled pumpkin and crispy fried spinach:

Wanton noodles for Drama Queen and Hakka noodles for Cass. Ordered only half noodles for each of them. I am controlling their food  portion these days. They can really wallop a cow … and perhaps grow into a size of one too if I don’t control how and what they eat! The big girl is more vain. She eats like me and is a workout buff too!

Dinner was at K88 food court AGAIN!  The hubs was a tad reluctant as we had only dined at K88 last Saturday. But his girls voted for K88 and as usual, the majority wins, hah!

With over 50 stalls at the K88 food court, the girls commented that we would need to go there at least 5 times and order 10 types of food each time to try every stall.

Here’s what we had this time:

Pop corn chicken, claypot yellow wine chicken (from the Ba Ku Teh stall) and claypot chicken rice. As usual, the two older girls went round the food court by themselves and had the liberty to order whatever they fancied. Had I known that they were going to order deep fried pop corn chicken, I’d have stopped them.  I  rarely  allow deep fried food for the girls, especially from dodgy eateries.

Fried lobak ko (radish cake), char koay teow and roti naan with cheese.

Mee suah soup and baked tomato cheese rice for the cheese crazed big girl:

Rawang steamed fish head and steamed 3-variety eggs (from Rawang Steamed Fish stall) and oyster omelette (these 3 are my favorite):

As you can see, we ate to repletion and felt 3kg heavier after dinner!  I had to down a cup of Korean fruit vinegar to help speed up the digestion. And I think it really helps.

 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lunch today was just me with Drama Queen and Cass.  Alycia accompanied her grandma to Sunway Medical Center (SYMC) for a medical check up. As a reward for accompanying grandma, she got a treat of Starbucks sandwiches and coffee for breakfast and McD burger for lunch from grandma!  The girls love going to SYMC because of Starbucks, free WiFi and the hotel-like atmosphere. During my surgery at SYMC in May last year, the girls had Starbucks coffee, sandwiches and cakes for 2 days straight. I think they really enjoyed themselves at the hospital while accompanying me! They had a time of their lives camping at the comfy couch at the hospital concierge the whole day while hooked to their phones and iPad and sipping on Starbucks coffee.

We had lunch at one of our favorite neighborhood cafes today just so we could enjoy the air cond. I don’t mind paying a little more to enjoy my lunch to avoid getting sweat-drenched clothes and rushing off my meal.  It’s the hottest time of the year now and I try not to be out in the afternoon. Thus I run all my errands and have brunch before 11 a.m. to avoid  the hot afternoon sun later.

Cass had portobello mushroom pasta and Drama Queen had Japanese grilled salmon, potato salad + rice. I had mee siam.  Just one forkful of the Japanese potato salad to try  and I was hooked for more.  After lunch, we shopped for ingredients to make Japanese potato salad. I just had to have Japanese potato salad for dinner tonight!

Typical scene while waiting for food to arrive ~ one was hooked to her phone and the other to her novel.

I summoned the girls to the kitchen to help with prepping the Japanese potato salad.  The littlest one was very earnest in helping, the middle child was a tad reluctant this time but helped out anyway (dare say no? Then don’t touch the food later!) and the oldest always finds an excuse to avoid the kitchen like the plague as she’s got royal fingers 🙄.  Her excuse today is she had to go to the gym after being cooped up in the hospital for half a day doing nothing.

With two helpers doing all the tedious chores from washing to peeling, chopping, mashing and mixing, our insanely delish Japanese potato salad was ready in under half an hour!

This Japanese potato salad is quick and easy to prep and off-the-charts delicious.  I love eating spuds this way.  The crunchy raw carrot, cucumber, onion and apple make it a little healthier while giving you the fiber and rawsome goodness. You can even add in finely chopped raw cabbage and it goes well with this salad. And you get the protein from the hard boiled eggs. I could have this alone as a meal and it fills me up pretty quickly. We made a big portion today and the girls can have it again for breakfast tomorrow before we head to the mall.  This is a brilliant back pocket recipe for appetizer for a party.  Serve the potato salad in dainty Japanese appetizer bowls and you’ll sure to impress your guests.

Japanese Potato Salad

Ingredients (serves 6-8 pax)
4 large potatoes
1 medium carrot
1 red apple
1 large Japanese cucumber
1 large Bombay onion
4 eggs, boiled
Japanese mayo (plain)
Japanese mayo (with wasabi)
Freshly ground black pepper
Few pinches of salt

Instructions
Chop potato into cubes and steam until soft.
Boil eggs. I cooked the potatoes and eggs in the same wok.
Chop the carrot, cucumber, apple and onion into small cubes.
Mash the potato and hard boiled eggs in a large bowl.
Squeeze in the plain mayo and wasabi mayo. You can use just the plain mayo if you don’t like the taste of wasabi.
Add ground black pepper and salt to taste.
Add in the chopped carrots, cucumber, apples and onion into the mashed potato + egg and mix everything up well.
Keep in fridge if you prefer it chilled before serving.

いただきます (itadakimasu)!

I Got Scammed

This is a must read post for everyone! It could save you from trouble, inconvenience and loss of money.

Scammers are ubiquitous lately. Who knows, as I’m typing this post, a scammer is already lurking around waiting to hack my blog or post a scam comment.

While I was in slumberland  early today, some crooks stole my credit card number and made two transactions in the UK.  The transaction was for purchase of some digital items from Argos Milton Keynes, one of  UK’s leading digital retailers. Perhaps the purchase is to facilitate this scammer to perform more frauds and scams on me and other new victims.

My entire morning was spoilt the moment I woke up to prepare the girls for school. I received a text message notifying me that a transaction had been successfully made with my credit card for GBP328.94 and GBP0.01 for Interparcel service.  This crook had made a purchase with my credit card and paid for shipping with the card.

In fact, some three weeks ago, I received a text message informing me of a successful transaction for GBP0.01, also for Interparcel.  I didn’t have a cloud of suspicion that it was an attempted fraud as the amount is only for 0.01 cents and I thought that it was for my Waterfall D-Mannose order from the UK which I made during that time.  Now that I know it’s a scam, the crook must have been up to his sleeves trying to hack into my credit card since three weeks ago!  Bog off bastard, your unscrupulous acts will soon be exposed and be prepared to stew in your own juice!

After my morning exercise and shower, I quickly made a call to the bank to report on the fraud.  My credit card was blocked immediately and a new card will be sent out to me. I still need to call the bank again 5 days from today to validate my dispute. And the new card will only be sent to me next week.  Hate the inconvenience!

I pray that the crook’s days of scamming will be numbered and may he face the long arm of the law and get what he deserves!

On another scam incident which happened last month, I received a message from a school mate (my bff’s  younger sister) via Facebook Messenger with this brief message that lured me into clicking on a link to a video, thinking that I was the ‘star’ in the video.  I couldn’t view the video anyway.

🙁 !!  It’s you Shireen Yong?? File:icon surprised.gif

I then happily replied my ‘friend’, not knowing that her account had been hacked. It was only later in the day that I found out that her Facebook account had been hacked when I read her update on Facebook. And this hacker sent a similar message to most of her Facebook friends. I immediately changed my  Facebook log in details.

More on scammers!  In December last year, while I was back in Ipoh for a holiday, I received an overseas number on my mobile phone. Thinking that it was my mil who was trying to call us from New Zealand, I tried to answer the call but there was no reply on the other side. This happened twice and I didn’t have the slightest sneaking suspicion that those were scam calls.  A month later, the hubs showed me his phone bill for two overseas number and asked me who I called.  He was charged RM70 for each of the call. Again I was scammed!  Bastard, go rot in prison and leave our hard earned money alone!

Peeps, be very wary of messages from Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, text messages and unknown telephone numbers. Even when you have the slightest sneaking suspicion that something isn’t 100% right, take action pronto. Do not be the next scam / hack victim.

 

 

Saturday, 12 March 2018

sacrificed  spent my Saturday morning (forgoing my desperately needed beauty sleep) to  accompany Cass at her school’s yearly jogathon.  An hour before we left the house, it rained heavily. I got ready the rain coats just in case we needed to wear them during the run.  Thank God it stopped  raining when we left the house for school.

Parents and students warming up with a dance before the jogathon started:

Less than a minute after flag-off, I overheard a bunch of students commenting that they were already very tired! And we had at least twenty minutes to half an hour more to go  eek

Cass started off with running at full speed, something which I had told her NOT to do before the run as this would exhaust her very quickly. But this overzealous runner forgot all about it as she was merely following what her other friends were doing.  About 15 minutes into the run, she started to have side stitch. This is one of the worst things to happen to a runner as it would slow her down tremendously. I told Cass to do some deep breathing and to slow down from running to walking.

Half way through the run, we almost stepped onto this dead monitor lizard lying at the side of the road:

Cass with one of her besties, Chloe during the run:

Cass and I managed to complete the run way ahead of many other students and parents, though we were not the first fifty to reach the finishing line. I was pleasantly surprised that the fun run was easy peasy for me (no gasping for breath, side stitch or anything like that, yay!), something which I should rejoice as this means that I am no longer severely anemic.

The good old Milo van always makes a school jogathon complete. Its presence always puts a smile on everyone’s face. After sweating buckets under the sizzling hot sun, nothing beats a cup of cold Milo. Cass downed 5 cups of Milo while I downed 3 cups 😀  I told Cass that she had busted her sugar intake for the day and  should go easy on sugar for the next two days.

All in all, it’s been a fun morning in school. Cass and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously at the jogathon and will definitely take part again next year.  The only thing that bore me to the point of dozing off was waiting for the lucky draw to end. And the fact that I didn’t comprehend 95% of what was being said in Mandarin made it worse.

As for our weekly pet therapy after piano class, we saw a new batch of pedigree pups ~ baby French bulldogs. The fluff ball Samoyed pup that tugged on our heartstrings had been sold off quickly once again, which disappointed us yet again. Cass said that she wouldn’t mind a pug or a bulldog as long as she could have a pet dog. But err,  pugs are just not for me. I prefer big, hairy and fluffy dogs with a more pleasant looking doggy face lol


A  pup gnawing on a big piece of raw pork.

 

My Monday Morning

For the past few mornings, I’ve been bumping into a putu mayam seller at the news stand.  Each time I see him on his bike, I’d have the urge to get a few pieces of putu mayam from him. It’s been coon’s age since I last ate putu mayam and I miss it.   It’s one of my favorite Malaysian desserts.  But it’s a high caloric and high carb food. Wolfing down one piece of putu mayam would mean dumping back all the calories that I had burnt in my morning’s 40-minute exercise. But what the heck!  Life is short and treat this as a cheat day treat, hey? 😉

Today I finally bought 3 pieces at 60 sen a piece.  I wonder how this seller earns a living selling  putu mayam at 60 sen a piece. Even if he earns a 50% profit, it’s only 30 sen profit per piece.  He can’t even earn a Ringgit of profit from my purchase of 3 pieces.  How can he possibly survive in KL with his meager earnings?   I think I’m going to buy 10 pieces from him the next time and give them away as treat to the friendly guards at our condo.

Good ‘ol putu mayam wrapped with plastic and newspapers.  It’s a dessert made up of all my favorite things ~ fresh and aromatic grated young coconut (I could live on this alone!), gula Melaka (palm sugar) and rice flour noodles (very similar to mee hoon). This is such an awesome combo albeit it looks plain and eaten cold.  Another yummy version of this dessert is ‘Putu Piring’, which is composed of the same ingredients but steamed in bamboo cups or a stainless steel steamer.

After my breakkie of a piece of putu mayam, I dropped Drama Queen at the tuition center, then brought Alycia to the clinic. She’s down with food poisoning (possibly from an overdose of some wrinkled month-old mini Mandarin oranges) and had been purging and vomiting since 2 a.m.   I could have just self treated her at home with charcoal pills and Izumio. But at the high school that she goes to, absence from school without an MC would mean 0.2 points deducted from each subject. And a few points lost may render her being kicked to lower ranking classes, something that petrifies her.

After  Drama Queen’s class ended, we went for a short retail therapy at Mid Valley Megamall! 😆  We had lunch at Nana’s Green Tea, which is the girl’s favorite restaurant just because  of the macha latte, which is her absolute favorite drink.  Nana’s Green Tea serves one of the best macha latte, much more better than Star Bucks *in our opinion* and according to Drama Queen, better than the ones she tried in Hong Kong.

Drama Queen giving me the Dab to avoid being photographed rolleyes

Despite a short retail therapy at the mall in the rush hours of the morning, I managed to drop off Drama Queen pretty early in school. I then went to the bakery to get some buns for the girls before going home, got some work done on the computer before Cass returned from school. Thank God Alycia got better by noon and needn’t have to pop the pills that the doctor prescribed her with. My approach is always to wait and see if it’s not life threatening and where there’s no fever.

 

Random Matters

As I tore off the February page off my calendar and ticked the 1st March box, I realized how terribly fast time has flew past us.  And I realized that I am on the cusp of touching 45.  I certainly don’t feel and look anywhere near 45 but knowing that Alycia my eldest daughter will go to college in 3 years, reality sets in. I am growing old!

This weekend was another hectic week for the hubs. He and his team were hired to provide catering services for a private function at Janda Baik on Friday and the entire team stayed overnight at the mansion that his client rented.  On Saturday, I had breakfast with Cass while the 2 older girls preferred to stay home to have a simpler breakfast of cereals and banana pancakes (cooked by chef wannabe Sherilyn).  Cass has been bugging me for soup yee mee.

Below: Miss Eleventh Hour rushing her Chinese writing homework  given by the tutor at the eleventh hour while waiting for her noodles to arrive:

Her tutor’s due to arrive in less than an hour but her homework wasn’t completed yet despite umpteen reminders and nagging from me since Thursday. I told her that if she didn’t complete it, she wouldn’t get her pocket money on Monday. This threat almost always works not just for her but Drama Queen too!

On Sunday morning, 4th March, Drama Queen attended an international taekwondo event at Putrajaya. This event was attended by taekwondo participants internationally.

Below: Sherilyn with participants from Korea. The Indian lady on the right is her Moral teacher, a black belt holder.

Drama Queen came home and regaled non-stop about her first experience at the international event.  She was actually more excited about meeting the PM face to face more than anything else 😆

Lunch was at Taste & Memories, a newly opened Chinese restaurant that serves grandma’s old recipe dishes.

I love their black vinegar pork trotters and signature pork lard rice.

Even the health freak moi dug into the pork lard rice. It’s the first time I’ve heard of pork lard rice and it was indeed addictive! I’m going  to get some organic pork lard from my favorite butcher and cook it with Basmati low-GI rice.

Dinner was Dominos Pizza delivered to our home as it was pouring and we couldn’t go out.

The mil will be back tomorrow but I guess I’ll still be cooking for a couple of days  until she settles down in hot hot Malaysia.

Below: celebrity couple Alan Yun and Emily finally tied the knot. Hubs and I and the girls are SO happy for them.  Hubs and I have known Alan since he was a teenager and he’s like our younger brother.  I wish them a lifetime of love and may their years together be filled with lasting joy.

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Have an awesome and good week ahead everyone 😘

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Today I had another opportunity for a few hours of morning ME TIME as Drama Queen had to be in school at 9 a.m. for her weekly librarian meeting.  Ever since she started high school, I hardly have the time to go out for more than two hours as my morning time is reserved just for her ~ to Uber her to the tuition center (3x a week) and to school for her back to back activities.  This year Drama Queen is into volleyball, athletics and taekwondo.  She’s also a librarian and has to be in school in the morning twice a week for meeting and duty.  In church, she’s starting to get actively involved in church activities, which includes a compulsory street-feeding project.

I jumped at the opportunity to do some CNY retail therapy since I have about 4 hours of free time before Cass comes back from school. Off I went to Mid Valley Megamall, the nearest mall to where I stay.  Traffic in and out of Mid Valley for the past two weeks has been horrendous due to shoppers doing their last minute CNY shopping.   I was extremely lucky I got a spot to park right outside the entrance of the mall, effortlessly,  in less than 5 minutes!  So true to the adage “the early bird catches the worm”. And it’s so easy to be early when I shop alone and don’t have to wait for the dawdlers at home to get ready.  Mothers with many kids will relate to me on this 😉  Traffic back home was congested, partly contributed by the bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on Federal Highway that spilled onto the KL-Seremban Highway and Old Klang Road.  The iconic EPF building on Jalan Gasing was 40% on fire around noon yesterday, which was around the time that I drove home.

I got home just on time to receive Cass from the school transporter.


Today is the school’s CNY celebration and students donned on their red CNY clothes.  The tee that Cass is wearing here was wore only once by Alycia when she was Cass’ age 5 years ago, also at the school’s CNY celebration event.  This is the second time that the tee is worn and it still looks brand new. On regular days, the girls don’t like donning on bright red clothes. They find them too gaudy, especially those with CNY motifs.


Cass saying “hi” to our neighbor’s cats on the 7th floor. Our neighbor has 4 cats that look identical. They must be siblings.  These 4 adorable cats’ favorite pass time is to lay precariously on the outdoor air cond unit, taking their peaceful siesta.  I always wonder how they never fall off the air cond unit in the midst of their beauty sleep, lol!

My Monday, 6 February 2018

After a riding out a very challenging year last year, I only realized recently that I have not had a foot spa and pedicure for 17 frigging months! I was just too preoccupied with my health issues last year and didn’t have the mood for a foot spa or pedicure. I just wanted to get back my health on the right track.

Yesterday was a good opportunity for me to do it as I needn’t have to drop  Drama Queen at school at 1pm. Instead, I dropped her off at 10am.  With only 3 hours window of time before Cass returned home, I told my pedicurist that I only had 3 hours for my foot spa and pedicure.  Thankfully Sofia was my pedicurist again. She’s very thorough in her job and always gives my feet a beautiful make-over.  She assured me that she could get the job done. And she did.  But I had to choose a simple design for my two big toe nails so that she could get the job done in the shortest possible time. Because of the time constraint, she used nail stickers for the nail art this time, instead of painting.  I chose ‘diamonds’ too, which cost an extra RM3 for each ‘diamond’.

After I left the saloon with my beautiful feet, I tried to be extra careful when I walked. But alas, when I got into the car, I accidentally knocked my toe on the door as I got into the car, DANG IT!!  The nail polish at the edge of my right toe came off.  My  heart broke💔.  I was in a hurry to join the hubs for lunch as I only had 30 minutes for lunch with him before my rush home like Cinderella.  I hurried back up to the salon for a 5-minute touch up and the lady boss didn’t charge me for the touch up.

Sofia cleverly painted the affected part with purple nail polish and touched up the ‘scar’ with some silver glitter nail polish.

After lunch with the hubs, I got home just in the nick of time to receive Cass at 1:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m., I met the assistant principal for afternoon session at Drama Queen’s school on the Dual Language Program (DLP) classes matter that I had raised via a formal letter to the principal last week. I recently got to know from Drama Queen that this year, the high school that she’s in has been approved by the MoE to conduct Math and Science in DLP (BM and English).  Only selected schools are approved by the MoE to conduct Math and Science in dual language.  But Drama Queen was not selected to be in the DLP class as she did not fulfill a few criteria.  At the meeting, I was informed that there are still  chances for Drama Queen to be transferred to the DLP class if she gets good grades for her Math, BM and Science in the mid year exam in June.  I know that the chances  are 50-50 as BM is Drama Queen’s weakest subject.  Math and Science are currently taught in BM in non-DLP classes.  Drama Queen did comment at the start of the year that she’s finding it challenging to study all the subjects in BM, after 6 years of studying in a Chinese school.

I’ve done my best and it’s now all up to Drama Queen to fight for what she wants. She has until the final exam  this year to proof herself to the principal that she’s worthy for the ‘promotion’ to one of the two DLP classes next year. Each class only has 25 students. The transfer / promotion to DLP class is not applicable anymore for students in Secondary 2 and beyond.  Whether she makes it or screws it up, the ball is now in her court 🙏🏻💪🏻🏀  Sherilyn, you can do it!  And I know you still secretly read all my blog posts 😉

 

The Weekend (9~10 Dec 2017)

Saturday, 9 Dec 2017
We had a year-end gathering with our usual group of buddies at M’s house in Kota Kemuning. We had BBQ where the hubs did most of  the grilling.  The gourmand hubs is the specialist when it comes to food and his friends are always in awe of his BBQ and culinary skills.

All our friends were raving about the off the charts delish and juicy BBQ rack of lamb, steak and roast turkey, all prepped by the most critical foodie amongst his friends.

We sipped Japanese sake, listened to songs of the 1980s from Air Supply, Cool And The Gang, Madonna, etc. while reminiscing, prattling and laughing about our party, disco and school days when we were  teenagers in Ipoh.  The guys are the hubs’ school and classmates and I have known them  since I was 12.  The bunch of guys are my older brother’s classmates too.

The kids, especially Cass and  Amber were besotted with their friends’ new pet cat named Racoon.

 

By the time we got home and showered, it was way past 2 a.m. before we hit the sack.

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017
We had Japanese for lunch today. While waiting for our food to arrive, I browsed through Facebook for friends’ updates. I was shocked and in total disbelief when I read that my friend, Evelyn Ang Loo was hit by a reckless driver at 4:30 a.m. today while she was running in a marathon in Klang.  She and 2 other pacers were knocked from behind by the reckless driver. Evelyn suffered severe head, skull and jaw injuries and is now in a coma, fighting for her life. I am really devastated by this news and just can’t seem to stop thinking about her. I first met Evelyn at an Ikea bloggers event over 5 years ago and have since become friends with her on Facebook.  Evelyn, an animal lover is a very jovial and friendly lady, my age.

I seek everyone to kindly say a prayer for Evelyn, for her to wake up, recover and start running again.  Evelyn needs lots of prayers and miracles now.

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/12/10/pacer-knocked-down-klang-international-city-marathon/

http://says.com/my/news/female-marathon-runner-in-critical-condition-after-being-rammed-by-a-car-from-behind