Our Sunday – 26 February 2017

Our Sunday was mostly spent at home as Drama Queen had to revise for an exam this week. It’s her UPSR trial exam #1. She will have to sit for several trial exams before the actual UPSR exam in September. This fella hardly does her revision and even at the eleventh hour on the eve of her exam, she is still super calm. Even when the storm lashes out, she would still be as cool as a cucumber! I always wonder what’s going on in her mind. Why doesn’t she feel panicky and worried? She doesn’t seem to give a rat’s patootie even if she doesn’t score well. Hmmm, I wasn’t like that at all when I was a student and still am not like that. Who does she take after, I wonder?¬†ūüėü

Do you have a child like this?

BM revision to her means that the laptop must be switched on and revision on Tatabahasa and sample Karangan done mostly from the internet. ¬†She seems to get ¬†more motivated when she studies from the laptop or on the bed (bed is a big NO NO for me. I’ll snooze off for sure!). Her mind tends to wander off too when she starts to get bored.

She perked up when her daddy announced yesterday that he was going to bring us out to eat lunch. And darted into the kitchen before dinner to help to fry eggs and slice cucumbers. That’s her way of de-stressing and getting away from her books.

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Trip To Dentist

Someone has been complaining of painful and bleeding gums. After school yesterday, off we went to the dentist. ¬†Mr dentist checked the gums and said that the second permanent molar is cutting out soon. The gums surrounding the tooth are a tad inflamed plus she really needs a good dental scaling done too… with numbing spray.

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And the total cost of damage for the 15-20 minute procedure was RM180!

What a way to end the year of the cheeky monkey. Within a short span of 1.5 weeks, I spent over RM2,000 on medical bills.

Never mind, I am positive the year of the rooster will be a better one for me¬†ūüôŹūüôŹūüėä

Christmas Pie By Chef Sher

Drama Queen was itching to bake a Christmas pie so that when our guests arrive on Christmas Eve, they could have it during tea time.  She dragged me to bring her to the supermarket to buy the ingredients this afternoon and once back home, she got down to work immediately.

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After spending many hours in the kitchen preparing the dough, resulting in a very messy and dirty kitchen, the dough was finally ready. Gosh dough making is SO tedious and time consuming. Next time, we’ll get ready-made frozen dough to save my delicate hands from having to wipe the kitchen tops and floor over and over again! Though our dear part-time helper was around to help, we had to do some of the cleaning too. ¬†With a kid playing ‘masak-masak’ making dough, I am sure you can imagine the mess! Oh I hate the buttery dough and flour everywhere on the kitchen top and floor! In fact, we have both just finished cleaning the kitchen and it’s almost midnight now!

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All the hard work we all put in was worth it. The Christmas meat pie was perfect. It stacks up to overly charged gourmet pies at cafes and pie shops.

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We’re going to save this pie for our VVIP guests tomorrow when they arrive from Singapore and Ipoh.

 

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 ūüėČ

 

Sick Girl

Drama Queen woke up feeling sluggish yesterday morning.  She sat at the dining chair staring blankly at her toast when she got up from bed, then sat on her bed after her shower staring into space and looked pretty unusual of herself. I immediately asked her if she was feeling OK and she told me that her throat felt a little scratchy.

When she got home from school at 4-ish pm yesterday, she felt really rotten and immediately crumpled on the sofa still in her school uniform and a jacket.  After a short nap, I dragged her up from the sofa and made her down a packet of Izumio.  Half an hour later, I made her eat some guava, orange and red dragon fruit that I had cut for her (and her sisters) earlier.  After a shower, she slept until 10pm, got up, downed another packet of Izumio with 2 capsules of Super Lutein and ate a slice of purple sweet potato bread. Then went back to sleep.  Hubs woke her up at around 1am to feed her with water.

This morning, I told her not to go to school since final exam is over but she vehemently fought back and said she was OK and went ahead preparing herself for school. I got her to bring a packet of Izumio to school.  When she came back today, again she plonked herself on the sofa with her school uniform and jacket still on.

I encouraged her to eat a small bowl of pork + carrot porridge and drink a glass of fresh coconut water.

Pork ribs porridge with carrots, seasoned with scallions, pepper and vegetarian (soy protein) crispy floss. This bowl is for Cass. Drama Queen’s portion has no meat and crispy floss.

 

You must be wondering whether I fed her with any medicine?

NO. ¬†Mummy is the quack doctor of the house and self treated her ūüėÄ

Hopefully Drama Queen is NOT down with Dengue fever or Zika.

Today I read with interest a blog post written by my Facebook friend, Jacqueline Koay. She used to be a gynae in the UK and then Indonesia. She is now a prolific writer. ¬†Here’s what she wrote in her blog:

These are the regular things a doctor prescribes:

Antibiotics (not needed in most cases)
Painkillers
Decongestants
Anti-inflammatory
Charcoal tablets for diarrhoea.

None of the above actually cures anything. The biggest fallacy is taking medication for fever: fever is just the body’s reactions to fighting an infection or overheating. There’s a disturbing report that parents actually inadvertently OVERDOSE their children with paracetomol. IF YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN AND YOU USE PARACETOMOL, PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE.

People often get confused between flu and cold. And between bacteria and virus-caused infections/illnesses. Antibiotics cannot kill off virus, so if you have a virus-caused infection, taking antibiotics serve no purpose whatsoever – it could even make you weaker by knocking out your immune system.

As for painkillers, more and more people are becoming addicted to painkillers. It starts with casual pill-popping, and if continued unaware, it becomes something deeper and darker. You can read the New Scientist article here.

It’s difficult to stand by and do nothing when your child is sick. Worry eats you up. But know that the commonly prescribed medication does nothing more than make you, the parents, feel better.

These are the main things to watch out for:

High temperature (cool the patient down; failing that, go straight to hospital)
Raging thirst
Floppiness, confusion, blinding headaches
Red blotches – with symptoms above (meningitis)
Projectile vomit
Anything way out of ordinary

This is no means medical advice, but a post to raise parents’ awareness that most of the prescribed medication are for peace of mind rather than actual cure.

 

Award-Winning Dawdler

Someone just spoilt my afternoon and I am still burning with anger!

Just a moment ago, I received a call from a sales staff from a bank trying to sell a product to me. I wasn’t interested and I told him straight. Then he said that he won’t take long and just wanted to give me some quick info on the product. ¬†But I am freaking busy alright. ¬†I had and still have 1001 things to do and I just told a white lie to the caller: “I am in a meeting right now”. ¬†And before I could swipe the end button on my phone to end the call, some smart alec hollered loudly across and said “NO, YOU ARE NOT IN A MEETING!” ¬†

HOW DARE SHE DO THAT TO ME?!! 

I am certain that the caller heard that!! Though I didn’t give a hoot.

I quickly swiped the end button on my phone… then shot killer dagger stares and spewed lava on this eat-full-nothing-to-do kid! She’s got a Math exam tomorrow and she had already wasted an hour in the bathroom faffing around and when she came out, she hadn’t even taken her shower!! ¬† I was so enraged I wanted to swallow her up. I would if I were a ruthless giant. ¬†As I am typing this post, this dawdler is at the balcony tending to her plants. Aaaarrrgh… I so want to swallow her up right NOW!!

 

Non-Baked Delights

Today is an off day at school for Drama Queen as some of the classrooms are utilized for Year 6 pupils sitting for their UPSR exam.

In exactly a year’s time, it will be Drama Queen’s turn to sit for the UPSR exam! Exactly a year ago, Alycia sat for her UPSR. ¬†Time sure flies!!

Drama Queen spent her morning searching for recipe ideas from her favorite You Tuber (Laur DIY). She wants to look for cookie and cake recipes that are fuss-free and require very little ingredients. ¬†My rule¬†to her is – bake something that does not require my help and it MUST be mess-free and child-safe even if executed alone. ¬†She knows that I’ll freak out if she creates mess in the kitchen. ¬†My way or the highway, I told her.

This is what she whipped up today…

She rummaged through the fridge and found some dark chocolate and white chocolate for baking.  She popped the dark chocolate into the microwave oven to melt it. While I was busy working at the computer, she did her thing in the kitchen. I was too busy to even check what she was doing.  An hour later, I found her creation in the freezer, which was pretty impressive!

These petite goodies are for her bestie’s birthday tomorrow, which she will bring them to school for her.

The chocolaty squares are blueberry corn flakes mixed with melted dark chocolate, Pic’s sugar-free peanut butter, toasted almonds and cashews (crushed) and maple syrup. This is really yummy.¬†The strawberries, banana and biscuits are dipped with melted chocolate and coated with white chocolate balls. She even dipped some toasted sliced almonds with the melted chocolate.

Drama Queen is set to be an entrepreneur in future. She’s already making DIY stuff with yarn, wires and accessories bought from Daiso and selling her products in school to close pals. ¬†With the money she earns, she buys more materials to make into cute DIY stuff that she learns from You Tube. She even tells me that she wants to help me sell Izumio and Super Lutein in school. This I had to say NO coz I don’t want to be called into the principal’s office upon complaints from parents that my daughter is a hustler! lol!!

Our Kitchen Our Haven

Drama Queen was helping me chop onions in the kitchen today while I was cleaning the fish and marinating it. ¬†Alycia sauntered into the kitchen…

Alycia – hey Kay Yi, do you want to play badminton downstairs?

Sher – *sniffs sniffs and wipes off tears from her eyes*¬† I can’t… (sniffs and wipes tears with back of her hand again). I have to cook first.

Upon hearing this, I burst out in a loud guffaw!

Me – HAHAHAHAHAHA! You sound like a crying Cinderella who has to cook and can’t go out to play!!!

Then the three of us chortled while Drama Queen and I ¬†wiped off more tears from our eyes. Gawd, how I hate the deadly sting gas from raw onions. Though I did not chop the onions, the smell and inhalation of it is enough to make my eyes sore and shed buckets of tears. Thankfully, Drama Queen does not mind a wee bit, though she will always be screaming dramatically ¬†“MY EYES, MY EYES, I HAVE TO RUN TO THE BATHROOM!!“. But after washing her eyes, she will gleefully continue chopping the onions and shed more tears. LOL!!

Today Drama Queen helped me to cook rice and sauteed vegetables. Not bad for an 11-year old and she fares a lot better than her 13-year old sister.

I am really blessed to have this ever enthusiastic dramatic side-kick to help me in the kitchen. We look forward to cook dinner each day. It’s the best way for us to bond, though our wires often cross when we are out of the kitchen ūüėÄ

Black Monday – 25 July 2016

This morning was a mega hectic day for me.

After my pre-dawn exercise, the mil asked me to bring her to buy some stuff for her to bring to Hong Kong. Her flight was at 1pm today.

After I had sent the mil and her luggage to the lobby where the hubs was waiting, I thought I could finally do some backlog of work. ¬†But my mobile phone rang. The school’s name flashed on the screen. OH NO! ¬†Calls from school are not good. What could it be and who??

It was Drama Queen. ¬† She told me that she had hurt her foot when she fell from the stairs. Her friends who ‘examined’ her foot commented that the ‘bone went inside’. ¬†Sounds bad huh? DUH, yeah it does. I sped to the school.

At school… where was I to look for Drama Queen? I climbed up to the 3rd floor to her class but it was empty. Everyone had gone for recess. I dashed to the office but no sight of her. I went to the canteen but no sight of her too. ¬†Cass also helped me look for her 2cher. ¬†Aiyo, this is in true fashion of the drama queen. Always giving me drama. Finally after 15-20 minutes of searching high and low, we found her chit chatting with her friends in the canteen. ¬†Lesson learnt – next time, tell her specifically where to wait for me. But touch wood, no more second time!!

Actually, Drama Queen fell this morning at our condo stairs. She thought she could be faster than us (Cass and me) by running 5 flights of stairs down to the lobby.  Cass and I took the lift.  But she tripped and fell.  On the first floor, the lift door opened and there she was. She told me that she fell and hurt her leg.  I thought it was just her usual drama.  She is pretty clumsy and always trips and falls.  So I just ignored her since she could still walk with us to the van.

Back at school again…

Drama Queen was hobbling everywhere. ¬†Her eyes were red and wet. ¬†This couldn’t be a drama, could it? Yeah, I think she was really in pain. I wasn’t sure whether to bring her to the Chinese TCM physiotherapist (‘thit tar’) or to the hospital. ¬†I called the hubs and he said to bring her to the hospital.

So here she is at the A&E department of the hospital…

The doctor ordered an X-ray to be done for a better diagnosis.  There were 5 people ahead of us queuing.  Throughout our time waiting in the hospital, Drama Queen, on the wheelchair, had her face buried in her thick Brandon Sanderson novel.

Below – Xray in progress. It’s the second time in her life time undergoing an Xray. The first was when she was slightly over ¬†two years old and had her left thumb squashed by a steel kitchen door. ¬†The bone chipped and it was a very bloodied scene. I was preggers with Cass at that time. ¬†This Drama Queen used to be so prone to accidents till we bought her an accident insurance when she was a year old!

Diagnosis – ¬†no fracture, no bone broken. Only a sprain. ¬†That’s the good news.

The bad news is that she will not be able to participate in her 3 running events plus a dance event in her school sports day this Saturday. She was disappointed. Nonetheless, she will still be in school in slippers, as a spectator.

After leaving the hospital, I brought Drama Queen to buy a pair of slippers to be worn to school as her foot is now bandaged.

 

Our Sunday – 26 June 2016

Drama Queen was very accommodating and obedient this morning… coz she needed a favor from me!

She wanted to go to her friend’s house and she knew that she could only get my nod of approval if she did everything that I said. Very smart girl!

After helping to sweep the floor, she did the BM workbook that I asked her to do while eating her breakkie… WILLINGLY and fuss-free. Never had I seen her so hardworking before!

 

While the girls were helping to keep the laundry at the balcony, we saw a pair of flies and they were in the midst of their hot action! ¬†It’s the first time that girls saw flies in the process of reproduction. I explained to them that they first needed to get down to the action and then the female fly would lay eggs. The girls were really amazed and then curiosity struck the cheekiest monkey. She started to blow at the pair of flies and wanted to spray them with disinfectant! I stopped them but soon I guess the pair was aware of what was happening and they flew away together, still intact, hahaha!!

Do check out my next post on where we had lunch today…