TGIF

As I got into the elevator just a moment ago, I greeted a young mum with 2 young daughters. They live on a few floors above me. We always bump into each other but never had the chance to chat. Today I commented how pretty her little girl’s princess gown was. She then opened up. She commented how young and pretty I look even after having 3 daughters. I told her that I ain’t young anymore and revealed to her my age. She was floored.  She then commented “wah, you should be proud of yourself that at 44 and with 3 grown daughters, you still look young, slim and pretty!

I am totally flattered 😍  I really have to thank my parents for their youthful looking genes. My parents definitely don’t look like they are in their 70s.  The food we eat, the supplements we pop (I have my Izumio to thank too!) and exercise all make that difference too.

I walked into the house grinning from ear to ear.  Drama Queen caught me in that ludicrous smirk and gave me a “are you mad, mum?” look  😆  I told her about the lady’s comment and she too shared my joy together.

That lady really made my day today.

TGIF peeps. And happy holidays to all the parents out there. 💘

My Tuesday – 23 May 2017

Five more days to go before I go under the knife.  The clock is ticking away….

This will be my fourth surgery, of which three were C-section deliveries and one was a laproscopic ovarian drilling.  The laproscopic myomectomy surgery that I am scheduled to go through will be performed at the same hospital that I gave birth to our 3 girls to.  I have also requested the same anesthesiologist who is a family friend to administer the GA on me.

The past few days seem like a blood-chasing marathon for me again. I’ve been forcing myself to eat red meat at almost every meal, which is quite a torture for me as I am not quite a meat lover.  Can everyone please pray for me that my total blood count goes up and shows a reading of at least 8? If it does, then I can avert a blood transfusion on the eve of the surgery.

My lunch today is beef + purple sweet potato porridge with our favorite ‘tau kok lup’.

My mid morning breakfast was 2 guinea fowl eggs with organic blackstrap molasses and pepper.  Yesterday, a relative gave me a crate of guinea fowl eggs to ‘pou’ (nourish) my body.

Guinea fowls are relatives of pheasants and chickens. Guinea fowl hen eggs are smaller (weighing about 45 g), but richer in content of dry matter, lipid, vitamin “A” and carotenoids. The eggs are pear-shaped, smaller than chicken eggs, with thick and strong light brown shell, have large yolks  and taste similar to chicken eggs. Guinea fowl eggs are very nutritious and the content of vitamin A, D3, E and group B exceed that of chicken eggs almost twice.

guinea fowl sitting on eggs
Guinea fowl

Dinner was beef porridge again. This time, my thoughtful mil minced the beef with a chopper as I commented that the meat was a tad tough 💗


Tonight’s homely dinner of minced beef purple sweet potato porridge, cooked with love.

Today has been a pretty good day for me.  I felt  a burst of energy and optimism during my pre-dawn exercise.

When Cass got back from school, she told me what all mothers love to hear most. She did  well in her recent school exam with a top 10 position in the entire standard 3 😊💟

Later, my insurance agent Whatsapped me to inform that the insurance company will be approving my claim for the upcoming surgery and a Letter of Undertaking has been issued.  That’s RM30,000 saved, praise the Lord!

In between, there are a couple of good news too.  The stars have definitely aligned with the moon today.  Drama Queen got up at 5:30 a.m. this morning and told me that she saw a big sparkling star next to a crescent moon on a very clear sky. What a pleasant sight to behold.

 


The batch of cinnamon, pandan, walnut and  chocolate chip rolls that the mil baked today for the girls’ snacks box and breakfast tomorrow.

 

 

Sports Day Saturday – 20 May 2017

I was up by 5 a.m. on a glorious Saturday morning today. It was raining and chilly. I was dying to hop back onto my glorious  and inviting bed and sleep till the sun comes out but hard luck. I had to get the laundry done, wake the girls up, put some food on the table and Uber them to school early, just so I get a nice parking spot just outside the school so that we don’t have to walk  so far in the rain.  Alycia followed her sisters back to her old alma mater to meet up with her old school mates and to join in the convivial atmosphere of sports day in school. She still misses her old school a lot.

I heated up a slice of mushroom and chicken pizza that I had bought from Ficelle the day before for breakfast and the girls drank a packet of Izumio to power charge them for a long and strenuous day at the tracks.

Thankfully the rain stopped at 8-ish a.m. and the participants could start off with the marching and aerobic dance.

I left early at 10-ish a.m. with Cass and Alycia and brought them for breakfast at our neighborhood cafe.

We had sushi, red bean black glutinous rice ‘tong sui’ and curry noodles.

I Uber-ed Drama Queen back from school at 2pm after the Sports Day was over.  As this is her last year in the school, she stayed on till the entire event was over and had a whale of a time camwhoring with her besties. I was surprised that Drama Queen came in 2nd and 3rd placing in two running events.


A very happy and proud Sherilyn with her medals

Our Saturday Spent At JPN @ UTC Pudu For IC Application

Today I decided to bring Drama Queen to UTC Pudu to get her IC done. It’s been almost 3 months since her 12th birthday and both hubs and I have been too caught up with work respectively that we could not squeeze out some time to bring the girl to get her IC done.  Plus Drama Queen needs to attend UPSR exam preparation classes in school every Saturday. This makes Sundays the only available day for us to bring her to do her IC.  But we have church to attend on Sundays.

Since today is the only Saturday this month that Drama Queen needs not be in school, I took the opportunity to bring her to UTC to get her IC done and to get the address on my IC changed.  As the hubs was busy at work, I arranged for a Uber driver to get us to UTC Pudu.

Our Mr Uber driving us in his Proton Axia car.

Mr Uber arrived to pick us up at 11:30 a.m. and we reached UTC Pudu about 20 minutes later. The number we got was 1187 and 1188. The number on call at that time was 1132 — a frigging 55  people ahead of us, GREAT! Thankfully we didn’t really  have to wait that long. After a 1.5 hour wait, it was finally our turn. The whole process, including photography took about half an hour.  We wasted quite a bit of time as Drama Queen wasn’t cooperating during photography, like a whiny toddler who just refused to smile *roll eyes*.  I had to coax her to smile. Can you beat that? On my 12-year old! Ha ha ha!  That brought back memories of me bringing my then 6-month old baby Sherilyn to get her passport done for our holiday in Hong Kong. That was in 2005 (exactly 12 years ago).  Thankfully the Malay lady who was attending to us today was super patient, bearing with this OCD mum who rejected about 6 photos.  Well, though the 7th photo was still not acceptable in my eyes (the whiny girl still refused to put on her best smile just yet), I had to let it go as I was taking up too much of the officer’s time and I felt really bad.

In total, I paid RM20 for our ICs done.  RM10 is for the ‘denda’ (fine) on Drama Queen’s IC application as we had exceeded the 1 month grace period.  RM10 is processing fee for the change of address on my IC.

After we got the IC application done (IC collection is the next day), Drama Queen and I had to walk the streets of Pudu to flag down cab after cab to bring us home. It was drizzling and I had forgotten to bring along a brolly. I have not taken a cab in KL for aeons. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait for long before we caught a cab after running like sprinters on the road and waving like a mad woman flagging down cabs desperately 😅

 

Our Saturday – 6 May 2017

I spent half my Saturday shopping with my baby girl, just her and me. Both Alycia and Drama Queen were in school.  The mil was in Ipoh and the hubs had to work.

Before we  left for Mid Valley Megamall, we had breakkie at a neighborhood cafe, tucking into our favorite best-in-the-world Mee Siam and mushroom tomato omelette.

 

Cass at work – decorating her notebook with FOC rubber stamps at Muji. She adores these rubber stamps and I can see that even adults are just as enthusiastic in them from the crowd at the stamping station.

A shopping queen in the making, just like her mum! Cass queuing up to pay for her dresses at Uniqlo 😁

Upon recommendation by a friend, we tried Q Zai Eggette, a popular snack made popluar in Hong Kong. Q Zai are waffles in the shape of a bed of little quail eggs. Cass and I had fun popping and munching these little eggettes on the go while walking the mall.  Q Zai is located on the same floor as the cinema at Mid Valley Megamall.

Q Zai Eggette

After shopping, I sped to school to pick up Drama Queen. We had overspent our time at the mall and were late!  Back home, I told Drama Queen that I was craving to have some flour-free banana pancakes, which Drama Queen can whip up some very yummy ones.  Without even hesitating and bursting with enthusiasm to cook / bake, my chef wannabe hurriedly prepared the ingredients, which composes of  only eggs and ripe bananas, that’s it, this simple… and of course a little oil for the pan.

Soon, the big girl who was craving for some pancakes ‘ordered’ pancakes from the chef wannabe and she of course was ever too pleased to accept. Drama Queen quickly gathered the ingredients and made 2 batches of fluffy pancakes.  Then she had a light bulb moment. She made another batch of pancakes so that we could have them for breakkie the next day!  The big girl took a breather from studying for Chemistry and Chinese language and helped out in the kitchen. This girl with ‘royal fingers’ seems to have a liking for making pancakes and that’s the only time she would help out in the kitchen.

Perfect pancakes made by Chef Sherilyn and Chef Alycia – crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside!

After our late lunch of pancakes, Cass attended piano lesson.

Cass with teacher Crystal.  She’s currently learning to play “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara, her latest favorite pop song 🙂

 

 

Random Matters – 5 May 2017

Today marks the 8th anniversary of my 3-week nightmarish stay at GMC Penang with Cass. She went in for a Uretheral Reimplantation surgery on 5 May 20o9. Something awfully awry happened during the surgery. There was a complication and she was operated on 2 weeks later, after many X-rays, ultrasound scans, a CT-Scan and a Fluoroscopy failed to show the kink at the end of her guts.  My poor baby had to endure all these harmful scans and she was only 13 months old then.

The month of May happens to be a month of bloodshed and pain. May has never been too kind to me. Whether coincidental or jinx, May has always been unfavorable to me. Maybe it is in May that the stars and moon don’t align well for me. Dang it! This end May, I will be going for a surgery.  You can read it at my other blog.

The mil is away in Ipoh for a few days and as a matter of course, I am tasked with cooking dinner.  The thing with cooking is that once you lose the momentum, you lose the mojo and inspiration to cook. You will dread walking into the kitchen.  The mil knows cooking is not my forte (though I can whip up a real mean meal, he he!) and she pre-prepared the ingredients for me the day before from de-shelling the prawns to mincing the pork done from scratch on the chopping board. This morning, she removed the skin of the leek flowers and cut them.  How very thoughtful of her eh?

But the mil didn’t have time to finish prepping all the leek flowers this morning. After Drama Queen got home from school and finished her lunch, I tasked her with completing the job 😆

Steamed eggs with minced pork; sauteed leek flowers with baby shrimps and sauteed ‘yau mak’ vegetable. Simple dishes yet the girls scoffed down each plate of dish 😉

The scene at the dining table today.

The big girl pored over her Sejarah (History) textbook throughout dinner. She’s sitting for her Sejarah paper tomorrow and the last two papers of Chemistry and Chinese will be on Monday.  And the other 2 girls pored over their novels 😁📗📘📙.  Someone will surely see red to see this during dinner if she was around!

Bonding With My Eldest

Every Friday, I have a one-to-one little jaunt with my eldest daughter. After Math tuition, I would drive her to the night market. She loves walking the night market to grab her favorite snacks. We would munch on snacks whilst strolling the road and stop by her favorite stalls which is a very delightful past time.

If the weather permits and it does not rain, we would scoff down a few sticks of ‘balls’ at the ‘look look’ van. Of all the snacks at the night market, we love the ‘look look’ van the best.

I know what’s on your mind y’all. Why is health freak mommy allowing this unhealthy food? Those fishballs and meatballs on bamboo skewers cooked in a pot of boiling water that everyone else dips their skewers inside too ain’t the healthiest choice of food. I believe that if we eat a little bit of something less than healthy once in a blue moon, we will still be fine. Just don’t go overboard. I do indulge moderately in my favorite less than healthy food once in a while to satiate that craving. Most days are clean eating and I have that cheat day once or twice in a week 😀

 

Our Sunday – 30 April 2017

The girls got up very early today to soak in some glorious morning sun and sweat it out at the park this morning. Lately, Cass and I are into sun gazing. I actually feel much more energetic after gazing briefly at the morning sun and soaking in the sun’s energy every morning. Go Google sun gazing to read more and practise this with caution lest your retina gets damaged.  Alycia had fix an appointment with her classmate at the park to practise running for their school sports day. While the entire lot of family members were at the park, I had a blissful and peaceful 2 hours at home alone – doing house chores 😀  All I need is quiet time to myself without anyone calling or bugging me and I’ll be happy, even if it means engaging in some slavery chores. I am simple like that.

After everyone had showered, we went to church.  Lunch was at Bread Fruits…


My divine roast veggies and Portobello salad with grilled salmon, washed down with a glass of freshly juiced beetroot + lemon + cucumber + dragon fruit juice. Cass and Drama Queen had mango + pear + orange juice.


Grilled chicken avocado sandwich.


Breakfast set with arugula

While shopping for groceries, we saw a humungous fish head, half the height of Drama Queen at the fish section. I think that fish head probably weighs heavier than Drama Queen!

Back home, the big princess continued with revision in her room. Her first term exam starts on Wednesday.  Cass still has a Math paper to sit for on Tuesday but she’s been chillaxing as if her exam is over.  Drama Queen’s exam is over and she’s been practising some dance moves for a performance in school.

 

 

Random Matters

A big thank you to all those who messaged me privately and to Chris for letting me know that you can view the latest picture in my blog. You girls rock!💃 😊

I’m hoping that the pictures uploaded on Imgur will appear in my blogs permanently. The problem with pictures uploaded on Facebook is that they are not permanent. They may appear in my blogs for a few days or weeks until Facebook changes its settings again. Facebook is very, very fond of changing its settings / platform and I find it super annoying! Once Facebook changes its platform or settings, the pictures once copied from Facebook to my blogs will fail to appear in my blogs. And my nightmare begins! Not seeing pictures loading in the blog is every blogger’s nightmare 😱

I have some updates on my missing parcel from the U.K.  19 days after the parcel went missing without a trace, I checked Pos Malaysia’s website and what do I know? The parcel is now in the radar again, woo hoo!!  It seems like there is a human error from the immigration side in the U.K. I think my parcel was inadvertently left behind instead of getting onto the aircraft. And it was after 17 days that the Immigration staff realized my  parcel sitting around. Today I checked Pos Malaysia’s tracking system and both parcels have reached Malaysia, woooooohooooo, thank you Lord!! I have been praying really hard for my parcel to be found and He has heard my prayers. Praying hard now that I will receive both my parcels by early next week.

Date / Time Process Office
27 Apr 2017, 21:21:13PM Item held by Customs Awaiting presentation to customs commissioner MPC PMIH (KLIA)
27 Apr 2017, 21:20:13PM Item processed at MPC PMIH (KLIA) MPC PMIH (KLIA)
23 Apr 2017, 04:36:00AM Item dispatched out MPC PMIH (KLIA) United Kingdom
06 Apr 2017, 02:08:00AM Item dispatched out MPC PMIH (KLIA) United Kingdom
04 Apr 2017, 19:28:00PM Item posted over the counter United Kingdom

I am ever so grateful to Anna of Sweet Cures of York. She has immediately sent me another parcel worth RM800 of Waterfall D-Mannose as replacement of the supposedly missing parcel. I will pay her for the second order as soon as I have received it.

Cass has finished almost all her tests except for Math paper, which will be held on Tuesday next week. Guess what happened this week, which is Cass’ exam week? Her Mandarin tutor fell really ill and could not come to tutor her. With no one to help her revise all the Mandarin subjects, I enlisted my mil’s help to tutor Cass 😆  I also solicited the help of Drama Queen to test Cass on some Science questions last night.

We can have some fun out of the house over the long weekend in between doing some Math questions.  Have a happy long weekend and Happy Labour Day to all!

 

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!