Precious Locks Finally Chopped

16 August 2017: Today in history, my second daughter was willing to have her beloved hair at almost waist length cut short.

Everyone was in disbelief when Drama Queen announced last week that she wanted to cut her hair to chin-length to donate it to Locks of Hope. In the past, she would bawl like a baby and create a big scene at the hair salon each time she was forced and dragged to the salon by her dad and grandma. She created so much drama, fuss and river of tears at the salon till her dad and grandma gave up. The hairdresser who cut her hair felt so bad and was almost in tears too on seeing how utterly shattered the little sobbing girl was . After the 2 ugly scenes at the hair salon, Drama Queen learned how to cut her hair on her own. I only found out that she’s been cutting her hair herself when I saw traces of bits of hair scattered in the bathroom. Upon grilling her relentlessly, she finally admitted. And I must say that she’s really good at cutting her own hair; layered some more! Drama Queen hated hair salons and hated all the hairdressers at our neighborhood. She loved her long precious locks too much to let anyone cut it. She told me that she didn’t trust any hairdresser with her hair as there isn’t a single time that she’s totally satisfied after the hair cut.

So what made Drama Queen make an about-turn? From pro-long hair to pro-short hair?

1. Her long time desire to donate her hair so that some cancer patients could have a wig made from her hair.
2. A few years ago at the height of coercing her to cut short her hair, her grandma threw her a challenge – that if she agreed to have her hair cut short, she would get 10 novels of her choice from grandma.
3. A challenge by her friend in a Truth or Dare game

I kept asking Drama Queen if she was absolutely certain on her decision to have her hair cut short as there is no turning back except to wait for a year for the hair to grow long again, to which she reassured me that she will have zilch regret. For days, she kept bugging me to bring her to the hair salon. She even prepared a brand new Ziplock bag to keep her hair.

And so here she is, fresh from her hair cut at the hair salon. And she’s so proud of herself for taking this leap of faith.


Here’s a hundred brownie points to you my dear Sherilyn. I’m proud of you. I know you have been waiting anxiously to see this post 😉

Our Sunday – 9 July 2017

I had a no-rest day week last week. Every single day including Sunday was a full ‘working day’ for me, without any chance of sleeping in or napping during the day.  Drama Queen had to be in school over the weekend for a UPSR exam motivation camp. My day started at 5 a.m. even on a glorious Sunday. After the hubs sent her to school, I quickly completed some chores before getting Alycia and Cass ready for church.

After church, we had a quick lunch at Les Deux Garcons (LDG) before hubs rushed back to his office and shop to continue working. This week is set to be a super hectic week for him as he’s got several mega corporate Hari Raya Open House functions to cater to.

After a super quick grocery shopping trip, I sped off to school to fetch Drama Queen back. Her ankle is still swollen and she still needs to walk around with a pair of crutches.

Drama Queen’s left swollen foot is bandaged and on slipper and the right good foot  on sports shoe does the bulk of the hopping. She’s been hopping around on one leg like a lame bunny for 4 days already, since Thursday last week. Despite having one foot lamed, she’s still bursting with energy and didn’t skip a day of school.

Despite a no-rest day week with lots of chauffeuring, drama, screaming (must learn to tone down despite being faced with challenges at home) and cooking again, I’ve received blessings from the Lord in a few areas. I’m very thankful to Him for answering my prayers and pray that he will continue to bless me and my loved ones abundantly  💓💓

Lightning Does Strike Twice

On 25 July last year, Drama Queen created a drama when she missed a few steps and fell from the stairs in school and needed me to bring her to the hospital for an X-Ray of her left foot. On that day, her grandma had just flown off to Hong Kong. Thankfully there was no major injury to the foot, except for a sprain on the ankle.

Fast forward to almost a year later – yesterday on 6 July 2017. Drama Queen’s grandma had flown off to Hawaii just a day earlier. And guess what? The exact same drama happened to Drama Queen!! When I saw how fast she had ran down the stairs at our condo lobby in the morning carrying a box of newspapers for her school’s recycling project, I warned her not to run down the stairs. And several hours later, she called me from school breaking the news to me – “mum, I fell down from the stairs and my ankle is swollen”

On 25 July last year, the exact situation happened in the morning. We had to walk down to the lobby using the stairs as the lifts were all jammed up. Drama Queen had ran down the stairs and I warned her not to run hastily down the stairs. And several hours later, she called me from school to inform me that she had missed a few steps on the stairs and fell.

CREEPY! How could an accident duplicate itself in exact form and happen again a year later?! To the same person.  At the same place.

Forget about the adage that says lighting doesn’t strike twice. It does!

When I arrived at the sick bay in the teacher’s room, I saw Drama Queen’s teacher using a packet of ice cubes to apply on her swollen ankle.  When I brought Drama Queen downstairs to the car, her teacher helped to carry the school bag. Her teacher knows that I had just gone for a surgery and could not carry anything heavy. I was insistent in carrying the bag for Drama Queen but she kept offering to hold the bag. Another teacher quickly fetched a crutch for Drama Queen.


This teacher should win the ‘Most Caring Teacher’ award. She has always been a very caring and thoughtful teacher, always willing to help whenever she can.

At the A&E of the hospital, waiting to see the doctor.


Deja vu.  X-ray again!

The same doctor attended to Drama Queen at the A&E and the same radiologist attended to her at the X-ray room!

Can you tell me what the probability is for an exact accident to happen to the same person  almost a year later? The exact same part of the body got injured. The same doctor and radiologist attended to the same victim. The the sequence of events on the day of the accident was almost identical too!

This is just unbelievably spooky, as if it was a yearly jinx, said the girls.

 

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

Home-Cooked Food For School

Drama Queen likes bringing home cooked food to school. This year, she has to stay back in school every day for UPSR exam preparation classes. When there are extra dishes and rice from dinner, she will keep them in the fridge. The next morning, she will wake up 5 minutes earlier to reheat the food to bring to school. When she’s in the mood, she will cook something up in the evening, for school the next day.

Below is the turmeric fried rice that she cooked on her own without any help form us adults.  The ground turmeric oil is from the turmeric chicken that we had for dinner. As there was quite a bit of ground turmeric and shallot oil left on the platter, she used the oil to fry some rice, along with some chopped carrots, long beans and 2 eggs.  The fried rice was not only aromatic and yummy, it’s very healthy too.  The fried rice was enough for her and Cass to bring to school.

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? 😟

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.

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 🙏🙏😊

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.

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!


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.

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’ fried 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 😉

 

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 😀

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.