Savvy Minerals Lipstick

Two months ago in April, in my very first purchase from Young Living, I ordered my  first Savvy lipstick and I am so in love with it!  The color I chose was Wish (Nude Rose) and the color suits my skin color to a tee!

What I like about Savvy lipstick is that the colors are slightly glossy and very natural. Not the striking red, bright orange or fluorescent pink type of colors. Before this purchase, I was hunting around for a glossy lipstick that’s made from natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals and lead. And I finally found my baby at Young Living!  I can’t wait to try their lip gloss in my next purchase.

Why should I get lipstick from Savvy Minerals by Young Living?

Because all other lipsticks out there have LEAD.

Lead is a known carcinogen found in lipsticks and hair dyes but never listed because it is a contaminant and not an ingredient.

When you kiss your kids, lead gets into their system through their lips or skin. When you eat with your lipstick on, you ingest lead and chemicals.

Remove the worry and ONLY USE SAVVY LIPSTICK and LIPGLOSS from Young Living.

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How to test Lipstick for “Lead”.

Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.

Recently a brand called, “Red Earth” decreased their prices from HK$67 to HK$9.90. It contained lead.

Brands which contain Lead :-

1. Christian Dior – 4
2. LANCOME – 2
3. CLINIQUE – 2
4. Y.S.L – 5
5. ESTEE LAUDER – 3
6. SHISEIDO – 2
7. RED EARTH (Lip Gloss) – 2
8. CHANEL (Lip Conditioner) – 2

The higher the number of lead the higher the content which means a greater chance of causing Cancer. After doing this test, we found Y.S.L. lipstick to contain the most lead. It is not easy to “REMOVE” because of the lead. Watch out for those lipsticks which are suppose to stay on longer.

Here is a test you can do yourself:

1. Put some lipstick on your hand
2. Use a 24k-14k Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick
3. If the lipstick color changes to black in time then you know the lipstick contains lead

Share this information to all your girl friends (copy and paste).

If you wish to purchase this lipstick at member price, click here  to sign up as member (signing up online is so easy and fast!) or email me at shireenyong@gmail.com. You can also Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290.

 

Photo credit: Oily Families on Facebook

Kids And Chinese Whispers

I have learned something yesterday. When my daughters tell me a piece of news, I have to expect it to be only 95% accurate. And had I believed it to be 100% true, I’d have made a fool out of myself.

Yesterday Cass told me that her classmate, S’s father had passed away and that her friend had not gone to school for 3 days. I was flabbergasted as I know S’s dad. We had met in a few of the class parties and birthday parties. He was about my age. I could not believe that he had such a short life. I was thinking about his death the whole afternoon.  I wanted to send a Whatsapp message to the class teacher to ask if the girl was OK, how she’s coping with her dad’s passing and how the father died.  But I was worried that Cass’ class teacher would think that I am a KPC, so I Whatsapped D’s mother whom I have made friends with since last year to ask if she knew of the unexpected death.

Thank God I Whatsapped D’s mother instead of the class teacher.  D’s mother later found out from D that it is NOT S’s father who had passed away but her grand father instead!  Had I Whatsapped the class teacher to ask, I would have made myself look like a ludicrous KPC! 😅

Moral of the story is this ~ never trust a kid’s words 100%.  What they hear from their teachers and friends can sometimes be like a Chinese Whispers (or Telephone) game. They hear something else and tell other people a distorted story.

Also keep your secrets from an under-10 kid.  She may promise you, cross her heart and swear to die if  she lets out the secret; and the next thing you know, she had let the cat out of the bag to your relative or friend by a slip of her tongue!

Pix below were taken at Cass’ school yesterday. There was a Parents Appreciation Day in school and for the first time ever, the school organized an event where the students had to publicly declare their love and appreciation to their parents with such filial piety acts as giving their parents’ a shoulder massage, feet wash, feet massage, hugs and words of love and appreciation.

In Confucian philosophy, filial piety (Chinese: xiào) is a virtue of respect for one’s parents, elders, and ancestors.  It is a norm for Chinese schools  to teach  filial piety.

Essential Rewards June Order From Young Living

I received my Essential Rewards order for June from Young Living yesterday and I immediately diffused the Eucalyptus Radiata at night.  Ever since I started diffusing a mix of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Thieves during bed time at night, my Allergic Rhinitis is under control. I hardly have nasal congestion and sneezing when I wake up in the morning.

Receiving my parcel from Young Living every month makes me very happy! It’s like waiting for a present to arrive every month and you can’t wait to use the contents inside.

After shower last night, I rubbed two drops of Cedarwood onto my scalp.  Young Living essential oils are very pure and concentrated. One or two drop is enough  for me to massage my entire scalp and while there is still some oil on my palm, I rub the oil on my  face and hair. Cedarwood essential oil helps reduce dry or flaky scalp. It stimulates the scalp and increases circulation. This oil has a very  pleasant woody aroma too and can double up as a perfume.

I also rubbed a drop of Orange Essential Oil on my neck, nostrils and temples. I love the scent of orange essential oil. It can really give me an instant mood lift like an euphoric magic!

According to research, the benefits of orange oil include:

  • Fighting cancerous tumors
  • Increasing circulation
  • Killing bacteria and pathogens
  • Decreasing wrinkles
  • Improving complexion
  • Easing anxiety
  • Decreasing hypertension

Today I tried the Lemon-Sandalwood bar soap made from 100% pure therapeutic essential oils with no harsh chemicals. The soap is non-drying, very creamy and produces a nice amount of suds, without SLS or paraben. I use it to wash my face and body. You will step out of the bathroom smelling fresh but without the lingering perfume fragrance from regular soaps.

Young Living Bar Soaps are:

    • 100% vegetable based formula
    • Suitable for all skin types
    • Contain fatty acids (such as vegetable oils) and glycerin that combat over-drying
    • Infused with 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils
    • Formulated without synthetic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, glycols, sulfates, synthetic dyes or colorants, EDTA, or animal-derived ingredients.
    • Organically grown ingredients

There is really something magical and mystical about these essential oils.  They  are plant life, God’s creation in nature. I am starting to fall in love with them!

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils and the diffuser set. I can get them for you at wholesale price.  Just drop me an email  at shireenyong@gmail.com.  You can also click here  to sign up as member (signing up online is so easy and fast!) or Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Today a guest pastor was invited to preach at the 5 p.m. evening service.  Good thing the girls followed me to church as the topic was such a profound and important one, especially for children and adults too. The topic was on Honoring Grandparents and Parents.  When the pastor touched on the punishment for dishonoring parents, which is “punishment by death” as stated in the bible, I made sure that the girls were listening and paying attention to the pastor.  In many verses in the bible, it is written that the punishment for dishonoring one’s father and mother is death.   “Honour thy father and thy mother” is one of the Ten Commandments in the Hebrew Bible.

I don’t remember myself as a wayward and stubborn child when I was young. My brothers and I were very fearful of papa. He was very stern, short-fused and man of few words. And I’ve inherited my papa’s short temper and impatience😟  Now I know why papa was always deep in his thoughts and short-fused. He has mellowed down so much now that he has retired and enjoying his twilight years traveling the world with mum, with zero stress in life.   I don’t understand why my kids are so different from me when I was their age. We dared not answer back our parents rudely, lest we got slapped on the face or whacked with a cane with no warning.  My girls, when given NO as an answer would retaliate rudely and arrogantly and fight all the way till they get a YES from me. But I have learned not to succumb to their whims and fancies. The girls have learned to accept ‘having to live with dad and mum’s decision, period’.  I always get my nerves shot arguing with my girls.  Someone once told her friend that “my mum is crazy” and her sister whistleblew it to me. Of course I was mad as hops. Long story short, yesterday’s sermon on honoring thy parents was an apt topic for the girls and me as well.

We were supposed to finish up  all the leftover food at home for dinner, but the hubs had a whim to eat steamed fish or Ba Ku Teh. And he asked me to accompany him.  I don’t fancy going out for dinner on Sunday nights or a weekday as we will be back late and the Cinderella in me has to be in bed by 10 p.m. But the girls said that I should go on a date with their dad and forced me to go. And there’s an ulterior motive behind these cunning little Machavellians!  When the cat is away, the rats party away!   Before I left, I gave instruction to Drama Queen and Alycia to keep any unfinished food in the fridge, wash the dishes, wipe the table, keep the clothes and mop the floor. They promised me but I had this motherly gut instinct that these brats wouldn’t honor their words and I was dang right!

When we were back an hour later, nothing was done. NOTHING! Not even half a task. I couldn’t believe it.  Someone was hooked on her phone at a dark corner while the other was locked inside her room, God knows what she was doing inside.  The littlest one was using my PC to do her homework. The house was in a frigging mess with cold food and dirty dishes still on the table and sink. The wok was not washed.  The pot with sweet potato tong sui inside was lying on the stove. And it was already 9-ish p.m.  I could not accept the fact that they  took my instructions and their promise lightly without any care or worry that I would be mad if nothing was done. This means that  they didn’t even give a rat’s patootie to their mother’s feelings.  I was mad as a wet hen and harangued at them profusely, with words as sharp as  dagger  that should never come out from my mouth flying out from my hothead. During the tsunami of harsh words and flying temper, all 3 girls were suddenly SO good and were like angels, putting down everything they were doing to do what they were supposed to do. Within half an hour, all the chores were completed.

Though I was burnt to a crisp after a long day, I was insomniac, with fire still burning inside me. It didn’t help that the food that we ate for dinner had SO MUCH frigging MSG in it that I was downing cups after cups of water yet the thirst was unquenchable. Double whammy!  I was up every 2 hours to pee.  I woke up the next morning feeling like shit, with all my energy sucked out from me.

Someone had her phone confiscated and  had to steal her sister’s phone to bring it along with her to tuition the next morning.

Delish like crazy but the aftermath was disastrous!

Moral of the story for me:
Do not go to a new eatery on a Sunday or weekday night. Only go to an eatery that I know has little or no MSG or won’t make me thirsty as a desert camel.
Do not go out for dinner on a Sunday or weekday night leaving the 3 brats at home alone and hoping that they will help to complete unfinished chores.

Zero GST First Day ~ 1 June 2018

Today is the first day of 0 GST and I have already saved almost RM100 from all my purchases from in-store to online.  I was smiling and rejoicing away at 99 Speedmart as I was counting the amount saved for each item that I purchased this morning.  For 6 items, I have saved almost RM6.  My online purchase from Young Living this month is cheaper by almost RM40!  Multiply all the daily savings from GST with 365 days and man, I am going to save hundreds and thousands of Ringgit!

A BIG thank you to our new PM and government for abolishing the GST. You have indeed brought a BIG relief to the Rakyat. I can’t thank you enough Tun Dr Mahathir!  As for the kleptocrats, may karma come after you all and bite you back like how you had bitten so ferociously and heartlessly.  None of the Rakyat can fathom how a human can have avarice like a bottomless pit like yours 😡

I never knew a trillion has how many digits until now!  Bet you never knew too, eh?

Besides 0-GST, there’re more savings from reduced toll rates and possibly abolishment of toll. And fuel prices too.

Happy days are here to come, yo 😊

Happy weekend and happy tax holiday! Quickly buy  and eat all that you want these 3 months while we are tax-free but don’t burn a hole in your wallet 🤑

For those who are still in the dark on the taxes, besides going Zero GST on 1 June 2018, the Government has also granted a 3-month tax holiday to Malaysians before the re-implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) on 1 September 2018.

So yeah, go forth and indulge in a little retail therapy. I am SO excited thinking about it 😊

Moobaan Thai Village, Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur

There are at least 5 Thai restaurants at Taman Desa and all 5 of them serve pretty good Thai food. On Saturday night, we had Thai as our regular Chinese restaurant was closed. We chose Moobaan Thai Village as we have not tried it yet, though the restaurant has been around for 2.5 years.

At Moobaan Thai Village, one can hardly go wrong with their unpretentious Thai street food marked with affordable price. A non-halal restaurant, so the authenticity is certainly much closer to the country of origin. Most of the dishes here are pocket-friendly, except for fish which can cost up to RM45 each.

The Phad Thai is by far the best that we’ve tasted; Tod Man Pla (Thai Fish Cake) with a spicy nutty sauce for dipping and Gor Moo Yang (Grilled Pork Neck). I didn’t quite like the grilled pork neck as it had a strong pork odor on random pieces.  Can’t comment on the fish cake as I didn’t even have the chance to try the it as I was busy at work with the photography! If it can be gone within a couple of minutes of serving, it must be good.

Thai green curry chicken was very decent with the right balance of thickness, flavours, spiciness, sweetness and ingredients. Love the Thai eggplant in it. Have you seen a Thai eggplant before? They are very small and has a soft juicy texture.

Thai eggplant

Thai fried rice was very aromatic which came from the flavorful Thai spices. There was also a fried Kangkung, which was delish and slightly sweet which I didn’t take a pic.

Of all the Thai omelette that we had tried, Moobaan’s omelette is the best as it’s not super oily and salty like the rest. The egg was cooked to just nice, fluffy with slightly crisp edges, filled with aromatic green leaves at the center. I finally found a Thai omelette that’s not drenched in oil!

The Thai style steamed squids stuffed with meat balls was my favorite and the girls’ too.  The four of us comprising mother and daughters are crazy over sotong 😝 But we are not a lot of blur sotong ladies ya.

Pla Lat Nam Pla (deep fried fish served with Thai sauce) is super crispy and addictive.  Last but not least, a Thai meal would never  be complete without  tomyam. Moobaan has two versions: the regular red tomyam and white/clear tomyam.  The foodie hubs chose the red tomyam, which came with generous servings of sotong (yay!), prawns, oyster mushrooms and aromatic kafir lime leaves. Though really appetite whetting and aromatic, the spiciness level is too strong for the girls and me to handle. It should be just right for those who can stomach really spicy food.

The girls had Thai milk tea, which was REALLY refreshing on the burning mouth after a spicy meal. I had chilled lemongrass pandan water sans sugar. At RM4 a cup, it is refillable.

According to the lady boss (coz I asked her), everything from the milk to the tea and to the sauces are imported from Thailand, except for the perishables. If you are a fan of Thai milk, Moobaan serves it too. They are bottled and kept in the chiller.

We would definitely be returning to Moobaan Thai very soon to get our Thai cravings fixed. I’d love to try their Boat Noodles and papaya salad.  They serve good and authentic Thai food with prices that won’t hurt your wallet, the lady boss is very friendly and accommodating (she read out every item that was printed on our bill for us to counter check before paying), what’s not to love?

Moobaan Thai Food Restaurant
Address:
15, Jalan Bukit Desa 5,
Taman Bukit Desa,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 12PM-3PM; 5.30PM-10PM (Mon-Sun)
Contact: 016-312 3331
Faceook: https://www.facebook.com/MoobaanThai/

Fond Memories Of Baby C’s Pack And Play Yard

At our family Whatsapp chat group yesterday, mum posted a picture of all the baby paraphernalia  that she had just dug out from the storeroom, in preparation for my twin baby niece and nephew to use when they are back in Ipoh from Singapore next week.

They are a pack and play yard (playpen), stroller, walker and bouncinet, among other stuff.  Just a little intro on the history of the playpen, stroller and walker.

The hubs and I bought the pack and play yard for Alycia, our first born almost 15 years ago and it is still in almost perfect condition! I still remember that day very vividly when we went to the baby products shop in Ipoh to shop for it.  We were so excited to buy our very first pack and play for our precious first born.  It’s been used by our 3 girls, my Singapore brother’s oldest daughter and now his twins.

The stroller was a gift from my sil 15 years ago for Alycia. It’s been used by our 3 girls and the same sil’s 3 babies.

The bouncinet belongs to my brother, used by his oldest daughter and now his twins.

As for the baby walker, it’s an epic. Mum bought it 47 years ago for my eldest brother. It was then used by me, my younger brother and now the twins! And it’s not even crumbling or rusty yet.

When my brother’s twins outgrow the pack and play yard, I think I am going to ask mum NOT to give it away.  The sight of the pack and play yard brings back a lot of happy memories of my 3 precious babies growing up. They used to sleep and play in it each time we were back in Ipoh for our holidays. Who knows my daughters’ babies will be using it one day, just like the baby walker that my brothers and I used over 4 decades ago.

At our KL home, there used to be two pack and play yards for Baby C (Cass).  One was her playpen in my room and the other for the living room.  She hardly slept in the playpen in my room as she slept under my armpit for 3 years. She was breastfed for 3 years and co-slept with her dad and me. My 2 older girls loved the playpen. They used to cramp inside it and pretended that it was a tent. Sometimes the both of them would take their nap inside the play pen.

Alycia was about 6+ and Sherilyn 4+ in these photos. Drama Queen (Sherilyn) was still a compulsive thumb-sucker then.  Gawd, I am missing my babies terribly now 😥

When Cass outgrew the two pack and play yards, I sold the pink one and gave away the other one. I should have kept the pink one for keepsake and perhaps for my future grand children!  But then again, my daughters probably wouldn’t want a 30-year old pack and play yard when they have their own babies in future.   Pack and play yards are aplenty and the designs and features keep improving over time. You can browse these directions for the best pack and play yards, rated and reviewed by moms.

Looking back at these photos when Cass was under two years old makes me miss her baby days terribly. How I wish that Cass was still a toddler, cute as a button and  still didn’t know how to challenge me mentally and answer me back rudely. Of course her baby days weren’t easy for me due to her health condition.

It would be really nice if there were a baby at home now. I really miss having a baby around.  Hubs would be glad to jump straight into having another baby with me IF I agreed to have baby #4. But no, my child-bearing days are over. I am now looking forward to the next phase of my journey where I can claim some independence.  It takes a village to raise a child and in this day and age, it takes a million bucks to raise one till he/she completes tertiary education and this is the main reason why I am not ready to have another baby 😐

Distraction

I am in trouble. Serious trouble.

No, I don’t have 1 trillion Ringgit in debts. But I have sleep debts, backlog of work and yet, I can’t keep my eyes away from the news. I try hard not to go to Facebook but my phone is beeping away from my Whatsapp notification on incoming messages. The stream of news trickling in every minute of the day since 9 May 2018 on our very juicy Malaysian politics is SO hard to resist not to read!  I was never interested in politics but this time, I am hooked on it!  The current Malaysian politics is as thrilling as TVB drama series.  Who gets in the Cabinet and who gets kicked out finally (good riddance!) is so exciting!

The entire Malaysia is anxiously waiting for more skeletons to be dug out from the closet, for explanation on how the 1 trillion Ringgit debts came about, on the truth behind Altantuya’s and Kevin Morais’ gruesome murder and much, much more! We can’t wait to see that kleptocrat and his rapacious other half suffer behind bars for all the wrongs and hardship they had inflicted on the Rakyat.

Thankfully the mil is around to cook, else I would be buying takeout dinners or have sandwiches or toasts for dinner everyday as I am too busy to even cook 😆

Nope this is not our lunch or dinner. It’s my breakfast – 2 slices of wholemeal bread slathered with pure butter and papa’s homemade strawberry jam and almond jam, washed down with a packet of antioxidant packed and eye-loving Ningxia Red.

Cass’ breakfast was a Portugese egg tart and a packet of Ningxia Red. This girl who seems to have zilch appetite at 5:30 in the morning (but transforms into a ravenous piranha later in the day) was moaning about how heavy her breakfast was and how she felt like puking after forcing the egg tart down 🙄

But I strongly believe in having a good breakfast to fuel the body and mind for the day and satiate unhealthy cravings throughout the day. Once, I agreed to let her go to school without any food in her stomach and what do I know? She came home and told me that she had fleeting blackout moments just before recess.  She thought that she was going to faint and quickly bent down, something which I had taught her. There you go girl, told you breakfast is important!! After that incident, no matter how ‘full’ she feels in the morning, I always make sure that she has food in her stomach, even if it’s some unhealthy sweet biscuits. But I always put food that she likes on the table ~ quail eggs, chicken eggs, boiled fish paste, siew mai, cold green tea noodles and savoury bites.

Thieves Household Cleaner

My bottle of Thieves essential oil-infused Household Cleaner  from Young Living has arrived and I am so excited to find recipes to whip up various uses for it.  With Thieves, I can now ditch my regular bathroom cleaners with harsh chemicals.  And with Thieves, I now have the peace of mind to rope in my daughters to help clean the bathrooms 😆

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-purpose, concentrated cleaner formulated with 100 percent plant-based and mineral-based ingredients. Formulated with the power of Lemon essential oil and Young Living’s proprietary Thieves essential oil blend, this cleaner provides a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients.

To my daughters reading this post, there will be no more excuses not to wash toilets ok!  You will thank me one day that I have delegated the toilet-washing task to you. 😉

 

The Newbie’s Guide To Setting Up A Mailing List On Your Blog

Mailing lists are so underrated and yet so beneficial for every blogger. With a mailing list, you have the chance to send targeted emails out to lots of your readers. This helps you promote your recent posts, provide them with unique content that helps create an attachment to your blog, and also serves as a good sales channel if you have anything to sell.

Setting up a mailing list is relatively easy, and here’s everything you need to do: 

Encourage People To Join
Naturally, the first step is ensuring people actually want to join the list. So, you have to give them some form of encouragement. This is best done with incentives. Let people know that they get exclusive content if they join the mailing list. Make them feel like they miss out on something when they don’t sign up. Also, be sure to push forward the point that you won’t spam them every day, and that it’s entirely free to sign up! 

Add A Form To Your Site
To get people to sign up, you need to provide them with a form. There are loads of ways you can add a form to your site, but the video above will give the best directions for you. With your form you need to ensure they put in their name and email; any other information is a bonus and entirely up to you. 

Create A Database For Your Contacts
You must ensure that you’ve made a note of everyone that signs up to your mailing list. Yes, they’ll be on the actual list in your email client, but you need to add them to a database as well. If you don’t know the first thing about databases, then you can contact Training Connection to learn Microsoft Access and hone your skills. When you have the knowledge, you can start creating a database full of your contacts. Why? Because it lets you store information on everyone, including their email address, how they found your site, and so on. This is helpful as you can spot patterns that allow you to change your approach to marketing, leading you a higher success rate of people joining the list.     

Create The List In Your Email Client
You can use any email client you want for your mailing list, it depends on whichever one you currently use. Here, you have to collect all the contact information from people who’ve provided it – again, this is where the database comes in handy – and add them to your email list of contacts. Once this has been done, you can create a mailing list by selecting all contacts and adding them to a specific group. In Gmail, this is done by adding people to a ‘label,’ but it may differ slightly from client to client. Then, you can just compose your emails and send them to this group. When new people sign up, you take their info and add them to the group; easy!

Now, you have a mailing list that will help push your blog forwards. This is one of the best ways to create a loyal audience, while also being an excellent tool for marketing your blog.

 

 

What You Eat Is What You Are

Today I had Tosei Rawa for brunch. It’s been a while since I last had it.  Drama Queen ordered a Maggie Mee Goreng, much to my objection. But that contriving Drama Queen said “but it’s just once in a while, not like I eat it every day or every week” that I succumbed to her request. See how manipulative this girl is!  Well, this will be the last time she gets to eat Maggie Mee Goreng. Read on to find out why.

The food sure looks yummy eh? Yeah it was but not until I saw the workers at work, trying to be hygienic but contaminated the cooked food with toxic chemicals 😲 💀

Worker #1 was trying to repel and kill some cockroaches at the food display section where he whipped out a can of Ridsect. He then sprayed toxic fumes liberally at  the food display area and there was no cover / lid on the cooked curries, fried chicken and Briyani rice!!   When I thought he was done spraying the floor, he opened up all the doors of the cupboard under the food display unit / warmer and sprayed more chemicals inside.

What made my tummy churn and vowed never ever to patronize this eatery again was when I walked over to the food display area to inspect what the heck the worker was spraying that I saw baby cockroaches crawling on the chopping board for chopping fried chicken. 🤮

While worker #1 was busy spraying toxic fumes at the cockroaches with oblivious and unsuspecting patrons eating nearby (expect for me, the ever curious kpc), worker #2, with a bottle of pink color chemical started spraying and wiping all the tables  and chairs with the cleaning agent and cloth.  With the same cloth that’s not washed, he went to the chiller / fridge where canned drinks and peeled hard boiled eggs are kept to clean the fridge with the pink color liquid cleaner and contaminated cloth. Just when I thought that he was done wiping the exterior of the fridge door, he opened the fridge and sprayed more chemicals on the interior fridge door, with the peeled hard boiled eggs just inches away from the chemicals – and wiped it with the same piece of unwashed cloth that he’s used to wipe the dirty tables and chairs!

Oh. My. Gawd!!  That’s it. This will be my last time patronizing this eatery.

This is the problem faced by eateries that are opened 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There is hardly a day for the owners to fumigate the eatery to repel it from pests.  I am sure that what I saw today is happening in most eateries which are managed by foreign workers, with little or no training on proper food handling  given. And the boss is hardly seen at the outlet to supervise.

This is why cancer is so prevalent as more and more people are exposed to chemical carcinogens everyday, everywhere, even at home when most of us are exposed first thing in the morning ~ from our toothpaste to our personal care products.

Homecooked simple, humble and nutritious food is key to good health and longevity. It’s proven. Remember the 83-year old lady, fit as a fiddle with a mind as sharp as razor, who lives at my condo whom I used to blog about?   I learned from her that the secret to her longevity and good health is simple homecooked food, daily exercise and lots of walking. She even takes public transportation to the heart of KL to run her errands. She always tells me that she does not like eating outside food.  Something for everyone to ponder on a Monday 😉

 

DIY Essential Oil Blend For Decongestant / Nasal Congestion / Sinus Buster

Essential oils can support your essential life. Whether you are looking to reduce pain and inflammation from over exercising, help soothe an upset stomach, ease situational anxiety or depression, ease nausea or help prevent a cold or the flu – there are countless recipes just for you.

I am getting more and more hooked on making essential oil blends for just about everything and every situation ~ from anti-stink armpit spray to baby powder, face blush loose powder, sore throat gargle to mouth rinse to sinus buster. The list is just endless and what I really love is that I know what goes inside all my personal care products ~only pure and pesticide-free essential oils, baking soda, arrowroot powder and witch hazel without the yuckies.

When I was down with a cold two weeks ago, I had a bad bout of nasal congestion.  I couldn’t sleep well as I had trouble breathing. The blocked nasal caused a painfully piercing pressure on my  head when I tried to inhale.  Still, I did not resort to over-the-counter cold medicine. Instead I made my own decongestant and the result was very effective in relieving my blocked nasal.  As a result, I could sleep better and got better within a week, without any medication.

Decongestant Roller Bottle Recipe (10 ml bottle)

  • 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Thieves Essential Oil

Directions:

1) Add essential oils into roller bottle. I recycled my empty 10 ml Young Living essential oil bottles and affixed a roller ball (from Young Living) to it.

2) Fill rest of bottle with carrier oil, be sure to leave space at top. This is optional and I did not use any carrier oil. I prefer it to be undiluted.

3) Insert roller ball and cap, roll bottle between hands to blend oils together.

4) To use, apply small amount to the areas around the nose and nostrils.  Be sure to avoid eyes. Repeat as needed.

A note of caution: be sure to get your essential oils that are pure and are of therapeutic grade from reputable sources. Cheap essential oils are adulterated and contain pesticides and herbicides that may cause harm to your body.

Let me know if you need help to get the essential oils. I can get them for you at wholesale price.  Just drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com. You can also click here  to sign up as member (signing up online is so easy and fast!) or Whatsapp / call me at 019 266 4290.

Bread With Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

My breakkie today:

A slice of wholemeal bread drizzled with a tablespoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil and Gula Melaka syrup (palm sugar). Love this simple, wholesome yet delish coconut bread!

Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, can assist weight loss, reduce inflammation, and even has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. My favorite way to consume it is to blend into coffee and use it as bread spread sweetened with palm sugar syrup.

Health benefits of coconut oil:

Hormone balancing – the fatty acids in coconut oil actually help the hormones get to where they want and need to go in the body, and so support the creation, processing and elimination of estrogen and progesterone, leading to hormonal balance.

Weight loss-promoting – studies show that coconut oil increases the metabolism and prevents hunger, allowing for successful weight loss.

Thyroid-supportive – coconut oil has the ability to transform cholesterol into pregnenolone, which is one of the essential building blocks for thyroid hormone-creation. When you add more coconut oil to your diet, you’re increasing the saturated fats made up primarily of medium-chain fatty acids that aren’t found in many other oils. These medium-chain fatty acids increase metabolism and promote weight loss, which is a big part of your healthy thyroid function. In addition, coconut oil can increase basal body temperatures, which is super important for women with low thyroid function.

Gut-healing – coconut oil repairs gut tissue and encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Like breast milk, coconut oil is powerfully antimicrobial and antibacterial. The high levels of lauric acid in coconut oil protects against infection from viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasites and fungi. Lauric acid inactivates harmful microbes in your gut that can lead to hormonal imbalance.

Malaysia’s Better Florist

You don’t need to be an aesthetic junkie to appreciate the beauty and power of flowers. In whatever shape, way or form you like them, flowers are good for you, not to mention your loved ones. They are good for all of us, but when you find a florist like A Better Florist, you begin to appreciate the art of floristry and you begin to appreciate the power of storytelling with flowers. The best florist in Malaysia has so much to offer in terms of creativity, that you will fall in love with flowers, even if you never even thought about flowers in that way.

Their Malaysia flower delivery has actually come from being the best flower delivery in Singapore, where they were loved passionately, to the best florist in Malaysia. Now they have a very successful flower delivery to JB, a flower delivery in Penang, a flower delivery in Ipoh and a KL flower delivery.

A Better Florist has everything you can ever think of when it comes to flowers. From gorgeous floral arrangements in mason jars, to small and chic bouquets wrapped in burlap wrapping. With them, you’ll never be stuck with inappropriate funeral flowers, or a bouquet that’s half wilted. The best flower delivery in Malaysia makes sure that everything they create is of ultimate quality, whether it’s a fruit basket, flowers or a hamper. That’s right, they also have fruit baskets and hampers, and plenty of them. From a baby hamper to a get well soon hamper. They are also open for customization or new orders for hampers to be made from scratch!

With them, you don’t have to move an inch from wherever you are, as they have a flower delivery that comes to wherever you are. Their same day flower delivery that’s free is what made them famous as the best florist in Kuala Lumpur, and also the best flower delivery in UAE, the ultimate Hong Kong flower delivery, and the best florist in Dubai.

You can shop online or at the store, whichever you prefer. It’s easy and convenient and  that’s what made them the best florist in Malaysia, the best UAE flower delivery and the best florist in Hong Kong.  Whether you want to find the best HK florist or a florist in some places in Malaysia, the answer is the same. All floral roads lead to A Better Florist and you’ll be happy to know that this is a flower shop that concentrates solely on you as a customer.

Mother’s Day 2018

On Mother’s Day Sunday, I was rushing to complete the usual chores at home before church service at 9 a.m.  After 2 rounds of laundry, boiled 2 rounds of water and mopped the floor, I was sweating bullets.

Then my Alycia, the least expected one, the one with royal fingers who doesn’t like to dirty her hands, the one who hates all kitchen chores, presented me with my Mother’s Day breakfast (pic on the right).  It was meant to be a heart shape bread spread with garlic & herbs cream cheese but it looked nothing like a heart shape. I asked her what it was and she told me it was a heart shape. Then the both of us burst into peals of laughter.

Cass also prepped something for me. It’s a piece of bread art with cheese, painted with hazelnut chocolate spread. Very nicely done.

But with only 20 minutes left before service would start and I hadn’t showered yet, I didn’t have the mood nor the time to sit and relax and enjoy my breakfast. I only had time to hurriedly stuff Alycia’s bread into my mouth and while chewing, quickly rushed to the bathroom to have a quick shower.  I never have the time to sit down to enjoy my breakfast during the weekends. I had to abort my plan of washing my sweaty head and hair.  I even had to stop Drama Queen from prepping breakfast for me. We were running late and I didn’t have the time to eat.

This is one of the sacrifices of being a mum ~ even on Mother’s Day, where I am supposed to sit back, chillax and do nothing, work at home continues. My man doesn’t help with house work 😡.  Guess I can only have the time to be a lady of leisure in 10 years’ time.

After service ended, all the mothers were treated to Gelato ice-creams.  All the youths from the Fellowship (including Alycia & Drama Queen) worked hard to prep home-made waffles and serve ice-creams to the mothers.

Below: My waffle, hot from the waffle maker, prepped by Drama Queen and Alycia, with 2 scoops of Gelato chocolate ice-cream.  I could only eat half of this as I already had 2 scoops of ice-cream (green tea and strawberry) sloshing in my tummy!

After church, I went to 99 Speedmart to get some groceries. While I was at the checkout counter, I got a surprise.  Out of a sudden, I heard someone wishing me  enthusiastically “FOR YOU. HAPPY MOTHER DAYS” … and then someone from behind me handed out a stalk of carnation to me.  The girls and I burst into peals of laughter again. So sweet of the general worker  to give me a stalk of carnation. For someone who could hardly speak English, he tried his best to wish me, albeit in less than perfect English.

Lunch was at Les Deux Garcons (LDG) again, the man’s favorite cafe.  It was when we were waiting for our food that I remembered that we came here for Mother’s Day lunch too last year!  How time flies yo!

Salad and pumpkin soup with garlic toast.

Egg omelette and fries with photobomb from someone really hangry; spaghetti bolognese for Cass who never ever gets sick of it.

Mushroom chicken chop for moi; LDG beef balls for Drama Queen.

Ice-cream and cake, on the house from LDG for mothers. But I gave them to my 3 piranhas who can really chow down like a champ. They have a bottomless pit and can out-eat all their peers and even we adults!  I’ve had enough of ice-creams and wasn’t even hungry when we had lunch.

Cass made this moving card for me at Sunday School. At the pull of a stick behind, each card pasted on the stick flickers, with a message written on every card.

And behind the card, my baby girl clipped a one Ringgit note to it 💝

 

Health 101: How To Cultivate A Lifestyle Of Wellness

While cultivating great health is the key to taking every area of your life to the next level, it’s important to remember that most people don’t take the time to develop a wellness plan or strategies that will help them accomplish this objective. Yet you should. When done consistently and correctly, implementing health strategies can generate great life outcomes such as increased productivity at work, better social interactions, enhanced self-esteem, and an improved ability to fight the onset of debilitating diseases. Below you’ll find three of many health strategies you can implement to begin cultivating a lifestyle of wellness:

1. Get Your Diet Together
One great way to take your health to a new level is by getting your diet together. Do it right now instead of waiting until next week so you can begin attaining the absolutely amazing results that will take your quality of life from average to amazing. There are many ways that you can begin developing good eating habits that last a life time. Your first step to success is abandoning the world of dieting forever. Dieting is dangerous for multiple reasons, one of which is that it ruins your metabolism. Another issue with dieting is that they tend to involve severe caloric restriction, with this reality ensuring that people won’t remain on the plan their whole life. In addition to ending your relationship with dieting, consider the value of hiring a nutritionist or joining an online health community where you can join other individuals in lively, informed discussions about food.

2. Start Exercising
In addition to getting your diet together, start exercising regularly. Doing so is important and advantageous because getting in regular physical activity will help optimize your metabolism, thereby enhancing your body’s natural weight management potential. Additionally, regular exercise is important because it helps the body fight disease more effectively while also enabling you to think more critically and clearly. You can exercise in isolation from home or with other people in the group setting at the gym.

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3. Focus On Optimizing Your Aesthetic Appeal
In addition to exercising regularly, make sure that you focus on optimizing your aesthetic appeal. This technique is important because feeling good about the way you look can heighten self-esteem and thereby contribute to your mental health. Note that lacking confidence about your physical appearance can cause a wide range of unwanted mental problems, some of which include depression and social anxiety. If you’re searching for a botox Cary NC company to assist you with getting your face in optimal condition, know that the professionals of Cary Plastic Surgery can assist you.

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Conclusion
Three strategies you can implement to cultivate a lifestyle of wellness include getting your diet together, exercising regularly, and focusing on optimizing your aesthetic appeal. Begin using these strategies now so that you can take your mind and body into deeper dimensions of excellence and exceptionalism immediately!