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!

 

Home-cooked Dinner – 25 April 2017

Our cozy weeknight dinner at home with simple yet yummy dishes:

Sauteed organic broccoli with garlic, fish balls and carrot slices; tomato omelette; Happy Call Pan-fried ribeye steak.

On the foreground are pork ribs and ‘phang kor’ from the soup. ‘Phang kor’ is a seed that looks and tastes very similarly to ginkgo and it has an outer layer of dark red velvety shell, which is removed prior to cooking.  The seeds can be steamed and eaten as it is or cooked as one of the ingredients in a soup.  ‘Phang kor’ are grown on trees and the red fruits hanging all over the tree are really a sight to behold.  Sorry I don’t know the name of this fruit/seed in English. One may find these trees grown outside the compound at housing estates. They are easily obtainable from the wet markets back in my beloved hometown of Ipoh. Oh, this post is making me miss my beautiful hometown now!

Cell Phone For Children

The hubby bought our eldest daughter an iPod Touch when she was 12 years old. It was a present for her for getting good grades and position in her school exam. It was given to the big girl after much lobbying, begging and whining. Her plea was “everyone else she knows has a cell phone or iPod”.  Finally her dad challenged her that should she get first placing in her exam, an iPod will be hers. She managed to prove it to her dad and she claimed an iPod from her him!

If you are wondering what an iPod Touch is, it functions just like an iPad where one gets to surf the internet, engage in social media, play music, watch videos except that it does not come with a SIM card function, thus you cannot make phone calls. It looks like an iPhone.

Our middle child got her first cell phone at the age of 11 and it was by a stroke of luck that she earned herself a Huawei cell phone. The hubby had bought me a new Huawei cell phone and with this purchase, he was given a chance to do a ‘spin and win’ at the shop.  He enlisted the girl to do the spinning and what did he know? The stars and moon must have aligned right that day, the spin won her a brand new Huawei cell phone!

And so now both our older girls have a cell phone each. I associate the iPod with an iPhone as it functions just like an iPhone sans the ability to make calls. But I can get in touch with the big girl via Facebook messenger and Facebook voice call provided there is WiFi. I find it very useful to get in touch with the girls when they go on field trips and have outings with their friends. I have made it clear to them that when they are on outings, they have to ‘report’ to me regularly, informing me of their whereabouts. It’s also very useful when I need to fetch them back from the tuition center, school or outings. They get to call me to let me know what time I should fetch them and where to wait for them.

Many parents wrestle with the issue of cell phones for kids. Should they or should they not give their child a cell phone? There are pros and cons to your child having a cell phone. We as parents need to lay the ground rules and make sure that our kids are aware that we mean what we say. I’ve had bad days with my girls over the cell phone, I’ve had days when I confiscated the phone as punishment. All in all, it’s not a bad idea for my girls to have a cell phone.

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Just remember: When you give your kids the access to cell phones, you’re giving them powerful communications and production tools. They can create text, images and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to social media and sites. They can broadcast their status and their location. I have made it clear to my kids that they should never show their location. They can download just about everything in the world. If you think your children’s technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. Times have definitely changed and we need to keep up with the times, but parenting hasn’t. We’re still the parents. And it’s our job to say “no, not yet.”

Oh, make sure that your kid’s cell phone is equipped with a top anti-virus app. There are many free anti-virus apps available for android now. Do your research and get the best for your child.

 

Organic Barley, Lemon Grass And Pandan Drink

I made a big pot of organic barley drink today. The concoction composes of organic unhulled barley, organic Job’s Tears, organic lemon grass powder and organic pandan (screw pine leaves) powder.

Due to its alkalinity, barley water has been used since ancient times to treat various digestive conditions. Barley water is prepared by using one part of barley with 15 parts of water, which is boiled till it becomes 2/3rd of its basic solution. Being extremely alkaline, barley water is also beneficial for those suffering from gallstones. The water-soluble fibre content in it helps prevent formation of stones and cures existing ones. It is also a good remedy for kidney problems and is a traditionally acclaimed drink for supporting and nourishing kidneys in times of stress.

Directions:
~Wash the barley pearls and Job’s Tears several times.

~When the barley pearls and Job’s Tears have turned mushy (about 1 – 1.5 hours later in medium flame), add in the organic lemon grass powder and organic pandan leaves powder and stir until the powders are completely dissolved. Then turn off the fire.  I added 1 teaspoon each.

~ Pour out the barley water using a stainless steel sieve.

As this is my first time trying out this concoction, I didn’t add too much of both powders, lest the drink tastes weird. But the drink turned out great!  I love the color of the drink, which has a pretty hue of green.  The drink is really refreshing when chilled. Even Cass who absolutely hates barley water has no issue gulping her cuppa green barley down without pinching her nose.  This girl always drinks her barley water with her nose pinched *roll eyes*

The next time I prepare this concoction again, I will add more lemon grass and pandan powder. I prefer it to have a stronger aroma of lemon grass and pandan.

Pandan leaves are slightly bitter in nature, thus, do go easy on the pandan powder.

Health benefits of lemon grass:

Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, type-2 Diabetes and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.

Prevention of bacteria: Lemongrass might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast.

Lowers Cholesterol: Studies have shown that the regular consumption of lemongrass has shown significant results in sustaining healthy levels of triglycerides and reducing the LDL cholesterol in the body.

Detoxification: Lemongrass helps in cleansing and flushing harmful toxic wastes out of the body, as a result of its diuretic properties.

Cancer: Lemongrass is effective in treating various types of cancers without affecting the healthy normal cells of the body. Research conducted to prove the anti-cancerous activity of lemongrass has shown promising outcomes in the prevention of skin cancer. Studies have shown that a certain component, citral, which is present in lemongrass, helps in inhibiting the growth of hepatic cancer cells during the initial phases and prevents any further production of cancerous cells. Another study has provided supporting evidence regarding the anti-proliferative effect of citral in impeding the growth of human breast cancer cells and the induction of apoptosis.

Health benefits of pandan (screw pine leaves):

Reduce Cramps / pain relief
If you have cramps regularly, you can use pandan leaves as a traditionally cure to help reduce those cramps. Pandan leaves can also help you with gastrointestinal tract cramps, especially stomach cramps. You can make pandan leaves tea and drink it to help you reduce your cramps.

Anti-carcinogenic Properties
Another amazing benefit of pandan leaves is that they are anti-cancerous. It can counteract the effect of toxins and inhibits cancer cell development.

Reduce Fevers
Pandan can help in reducing fever. It is a traditional remedy in treating fevers.

Other health benefits of pandan include : mild laxative for children, detoxifying the body, lowers high blood pressure, helps to strengthen weak nerves, boosts appetite and it can also help men with impotence.

 

Song Bird

Today in the car on the way to piano class, the song sang by Camila Cabello was played on Mix FM.

Me – I love this song. Do you know the title of this song?

Cass – It’s called Bad Things and it’s sung by Camila Cabello.

Me – Wow, how did you know?!!

Cass – And Camila Cabello recently separated from Fifth Harmony.

Me – Wah, you know more than me!

Cass – I overheard er che (2nd sis) and che che (big sis) talking about it that day.

Me – If only the 3 of you can remember your school text book stuff this well, I’ll be very happy!

On our way home from piano class, Alessia Cara’s Scars To Your Beautiful was played on Mix FM.

Cass – this is my favorite song mummy. It’s called Scars To Your Beautiful and it’s sung by Alessia Cara.

Me – how come you know the title of all the latest songs? And you know the full names of the singers too!  What’s this song all about? Why do you like it?

Cass – I think Scars To Your Beautiful is a very meaningful song. The song is telling those people with cancer and without hair, those who are fat and those with scars that they are beautiful. I like this song very much.  I was thunderstruck that those words came out from Cass’ mouth. Only 9 years old and she has such maturity to appreciate such a meaningful and beautiful song.

And then Cass sang along to Scars To Your Beautiful  and got almost all the lyrics to the song spot on.

 

 

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!

 

Izumio For Good Health

Wednesday is CoCo day in school for Drama Queen and Cass. They stay back until 3:30 p.m. and will only be home around 4-ish p.m.  Ever since Cass had a bout of high fever (41 degrees Celsius) on her second CoCo day in school about 2 months back, I have this phobia that she would have high fever again after being in the hot afternoon sun on CoCo days. To me, she is still a fragile baby like she was but truth is, she’s much stronger than what I think she is – physically, mentally and emotionally. I have gone through so much with her and watched how much she suffered during her baby days.  I really don’t wish to see her suffer anymore pain and I want no more hospitalization stays with her again, ever.

To give me a peace of mind on CoCo days, I pack a pouch of hydrogen water into Cass’ lunch bag on CoCo days. Since she doesn’t want me to drop by in school so often now, I let her bring the pouch of hydrogen water to school herself. I used to drop by in school to check on her 1-3 times in a week, gave her the hydrogen water, made sure that she peed and chatted with her teachers and friends. But lately, she kept telling me that the principal does not encourage visiting parents in school except if the child is unwell. Oh well. I guess I just have to learn to let go and let Cass grow up *crying a river*

Cass will grow up well, I know she will.

 

How Safe Is Your Family In Your Own Hands?

Nothing matters more to me in this world than the health and safety of my family members. I’d do anything to keep my family members in the pinkest of health. Some of the things that I do now to keep my children healthy is to give them a good brand of health supplements and ensure that they have healthy meals. I try to go organic as much as I can. I also buy toiletries and household cleaners that contain no harsh chemicals as much as I can.

I am fortunate that I stay in a place where I can buy organic food and other healthy food stuff conveniently.  From time to time, I have  blog readers emailing me to ask me where I get my organic food stuff as their location makes it very difficult for them to get hold of such items.

For those of you who have been desiring to purchase healthy food stuff, organic food, healthy personal care products and supplements but have no easy access to them, you can now shop for these items online at Green Wellness.

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What I like about Green Wellness is that they carry an impressive panoply of healthy products. I could find organic spirulina capsules, organic oat noodles, organic sauerkraut,  healthy snacks for my girls  and much more interesting healthy items.

I have already placed an online order for some healthy food items and can’t wait to receive them soon!

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Did you know that apricot kernels contain Vitamin B17 which many cancer patients eat to fight cancer cells?

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