Food Around The World Tag

I was tagged by Montessorimum on 6 May 2007 but only had the time to act on it today.

Fresh from the oven egg tarts with flaky pastry.

Fresh from the oven sesame balls with lotus paste filling.

When it comes to food, I am not a picky eater and will just eat anything. Being a health and fitness freak, I am very cautious about what goes into my body but there are just a few types of grub which I just cannot resist. I love egg tarts and sesame balls, love them to bits. The moment I sink my teeth into these sins, fuiyoh…. feels shyiok. So each time DH and I have dim sum at Overseas Restaurant, these 2 delicacies are a MUST for me.

I am now passing the baton to :

1. Baby Shern…. not sure if you’d got this tag or not.

2. Scibbles For My Angels … care to accept tag?

3. Lim Ai Lian … care to accept tag?

4. Chanel Wong … care to accept tag?

5. Sabrina …. care to accept tag?



**Start Copy**

Proposition: What is your favorite food in your state or country?

Requirements: Find some info about the food and show delicious pictures of it?

Quantity: FIVE PEOPLE.

Tag Mode: You leave their blog and post link and add to the list below.

Mybabybay loves Asam Laksa from Penang, Malaysia
JustMyThoughts loves Penang Char Koay Teow
My Lil Venture loves Laksa Sarawak
Montessorimum loves Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun
Health Freak Mommy loves Dim Sum from KL, Malaysia

Toys Everywhere

Toys strewn everywhere, at every nook and corner of the house. This is a permanent sight at our house. Stepping and tripping over toys all the time.
Notice the pieces of blue and red plastic on the left? That was supposed to be a new toy trolley / cart that DH had earlier bought the gals. The 2 little brats even had the ingenuity to remove the bolts and dismantle the whole cart.

DH managed to re-assemble the toy cart but the 2 back wheels can’t be re-attached coz the bolts are missing. Just hope Sherilyn didn’t swallow them.

My Google PR is 2…. Finally

Just performed a search on Who Links To Me today and found out that my Google PR is 2! I can’t believe it. I’ve been checking the PR almost everyday and each time, all I see is PR 0, how sad. But today, it’s been raised to PR 2. Can’t really trust the accuracy of it coz my blog is only slightly more than 2 weeks old. It the info is indeed accurate, then I am eeeeelated. All my hard work, sleepless nites and sacrifices have indeed paid off.

I Want To Suck Chicken Bone

Ummmm, really tasty & yummy this chicken bone.

I love it mummy. I want more, I want all the chicken bones!

I also want to suck chicken bone mummy!

Alycia has discovered a new found skill recently. She discovered that the chicken meat tastes sooooo much more yummy if she sucks the flesh out directly from the bone. For the last few weeks, each time we had a chicken dish, she would shout “Mummy, I want to suck chicken bone!” She even knows how to use her tiny fingers to dig out the tiny pieces of flesh from between the bones. It’s really finger licking good for her.

Sherilyn who loves to parrot and rubber stamp everything that her sister does also followed suit, only to spit out the meat after chewing it. Being a herbivore, Sherilyn dislikes meat of all sorts, except for fish balls. She tends to spit up the meat after chewing them. Sigh…. what a picky eater.

Now, I have one less task to do, no need to debone and cut chicken meat into tiny pieces for Alycia, but got to be extra watchful so that Alycia doesn’t choke on the bones.

My List

I was invited to participate in this project by Montessorimum.

This is another way to give you a lot of back links to raise your PR rating. We love! We scratch each other’s backs, k?

Here’s the instructions I got from Earn Money Blogging site :

The purpose of My List is to gather all Malaysian blogs under the banner of unity and creating a huge bookmark. So much richness can be found within our very own Malaysian blogs and this will open up our minds and hearts to the lives of our fellow bloggers. If you are keen to participate, kindly read this page entirely for instructions and guidelines.

Who can Participate?
Malaysian bloggers residing anywhere on mother earth.
Non-Malaysians whose blogs feature anything pertaining to Malaysia (example: Malaysian food, Formula 1 in Malaysia and etc).
Blog submitted must be of good quality contents. Please do not submit your blog which is less than 2 weeks old.

Deadline for Participation : 31st May 2007

Important Guidelines
One reminder email will be sent once the final list is updated on this page after the deadline.
All participants must then feature a brand new post before 15th of June with the final updated and complete list of participating Malaysian blogs downloadable directly via the email or from this dedicated My List page.

All My List Post must be permanent and accessible.

Submitting Your Other Blogs
You may submit as many blogs which is owned by you but each blog entry must contain their own My List post.

How To Participate
Download My List in Text format.
Make a new post promoting My List and guide your fellow Malaysian readers to this page if they are keen to participate.
Copy the entire Text File you downloaded.
Paste it at the end of your post. (You can arrange it however you prefer if it goes lengthy but ensure the entire list is there)
Publish the post and ensure all links are in working order.
Submit your contact details and the permanent url of your MyList post by using this contact form.
Your blog url will then be added to the list.
Post a new post of the final My List after receiving an email notification as mentioned in the guidelines above. This is done to ensure everyone will benefit from this even those who participate later or close to the deadline.

Here’s the list I’ve downloaded :

My List Participants Nukilan Jejari Azhad ITCHY HANDseng Just My Lil’ Organic Life Oooh La La… Weird World of MerapuMan Fibre Art The World at My Fingertips Organic Income Organic Parade Shopping Flavor Daily postings of a chung ling student Something about LAI KennyP’s Technology Blog Women Mumbles Lyon & Wien Under The SUN Crumbs In Life… SotongZai’s Flow In the Ocean allthingspurple Christene’s Kitchen [ Wood ] [ Earth ] [ Cheap ] [ Flight ] COMtech Ah Ling’s blog ~WoOLaLA~ vivivava Design My Mothering Corner Shoppingmum’s Home Office My Filling Station Shopping Mum All about Beauty Shoppingmum and Kids datotalrandommessy.grey Notes from my heart Joy Montessori wahlau’s online hut Cedric’s Asylum mott’s mutterings Just My Thoughts delephant Incoherent Ramblings HOT STUFF Make Money Online with Malaysia Love AGLOCO MONTESSORIMUM.COM Funky Cookies Earn Money Blogging PabloPabla’s Whatever Make Money with Blogging Paris Beaverbanks Free Links Giveaway Free Blogger Templates Blogsreview.Net Making a Living 5xmom How to be a Better Blogger My Women Stuff Hochiak! Delicious Asian Food Best Recipes Champagne Tastes on a Beer Budget Daryl’s Discovery Journey The fluff must go somewhere

Just Need To Rant….. Someone Spoilt My Sunday Morning

We were supposed to view a property today and I had made arrangements for the real estate agent to meet us at the site at 3pm today. However, last nite, DH’s aunty asked DH to fetch her to KLIA and thus, I had to call the agent to move the appointment to tomorrow. I called Agent E at 10:30am on my way to the church. Here’s the conversation :

Me : Hello, is that E?

Agent E : Uummmm……. (in a real cold tone, as if I’d disrupted him from his morning act with his wife)

Me : This is Shireen. I have an appointment with you at 3pm today. Can I postpone it to tomorrow at 5pm?

Agent E : Long pause followed by a heave of sigh. Caaaaaannnnnn (and then his tone became colder and annoyed) Aaaanything eeeelse huhhhhhh?

Me : Er, that’s about it. So I’ll see you at 5pm tomorrow.

Agent E : Nnnext timmmmme……. don’t call me so early on a Sunday morning ok? Another big heave of sigh and he sounded really pissed off……

Excuse me, it’s already 10:30am and this is not the way you talk to your client.

I got so cheesed off with his comments that I just hung up on him. I then ranted to my DH & MIL that we will NOT use this agent again, ever, period!

I was on the verge of sending him an SMS to chide him off for being such a terrible real estate agent, with zero sense of customer service and for having such an unbecoming attitude toward his client. DH stopped me and asked me not to get myself into trouble. I heeded his advice. I told DH & MIL that I will not even bother calling Agent E to cancel tomorrow’s appointment for I know he will most probably not even turn up himself.

I was still seething with anger until I heard the pastor’s sermon and he was talking about “Forgive Someone Now”, with the word ‘now’ underscored. Oh, how appropriate and opportune was the sermon.

Drug-Free Relief For Constipation

Every now and then, I’d suffer from constipation. I’ve got a handful of real handy tips from my ‘Alternative Cures’ book by Reader’s Digest which I’d like to share. Here’re a few drug-free alternatives, as recommended in the book, tried & tested by myself:

1. Mixing 1 tbs of psyllium husk in a glass of water on an empty stomach. I do that on most mornings. You can easily get psyllium husk from pharmacies or organic shops, they are not very expensive.

2. Getting a daily minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 3 servings of whole-grain foods and 1 serving of beans. I normally eat almonds, pumpkin & sunflower seeds, lots of fruits and vege. I also make my own multi-grain and seeds bread every week.

3. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of plain water a day. I drink way more than that.

4. Squeeze the juice of lemon into an 8-ounce glass of warm or hot water and drinking it first thing in the morning to help stimulate a bowel movement.

5. At least 30 mins of exercise daily.

6. Maintaining a regular routine & consistent time for elimination.

7. Break up the jam with colon massage. This is one new found method which really works for me. I do it almost everyday to break up the jam.
Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent.

Beginning in the abdominal area on the right side just above your hip, use the fingertips of both hands to press as deeply as is comfy, then move your fingertips in a circular, massaging motion.

Continue upward just below your ribs. Then using the same pressing, circular motion, move across your abcomen just above your belly button. Continue to massage down to your left hip.

The book recommends doing the massage for 5 – 20 mins a day.

If there is bowel in your intestines, you can actually feel something hard inside while doing the massage. Normally when I can already feel them, within 5 – 10 mins, the bowel will get eliminated smoothly,without any pain or discomfort.

Food Glorious Food

One of Alycia’s favourite food is roasted suckling pig. She loves it so much that she is even capable of chomping down 1/4 of a small suckling pig, if not for my intervention. 2 nites ago, MIL pampered Alycia by treating all of us to a sumptuous dinner of suckling pig, sharks’ fins soup, sashimi big clam, roasted pigeon, amongst others, at Imbi Palace Restaurant. Wah, it was really a ‘foong foo’ (gastronomical) dinner. Before we left, the Captain even insisted that we bring home the clam shell as she said that it would make a good ornament piece since the clam is so costly, approx. RM200 for the clam only.

Hopefully the gals won’t fall ill again as it’s been days of eating out since MIL came back last week. As tomorrow is Sunday, DH has already planned on bringing us to have a buffet lunch at Lemon Garden, Shangri-La Hotel as farewell lunch to MIL who will be leaving for HK again next week. Goodness…. another day of gorging on sins. Love it but feel damn guilty after that. Gotta have extended jogging sessions again for the next few days.

The Benefits of Green Tea

What is my favourite beverage? It has got to be green tea. Not a day goes by without me drinking my cuppa decaffeinated coffee in the morning and…. green tea of course, after my lunch. After I weaned Sherilyn off breastfeeding, I drank green tea to shed some pounds. It is known to help in curbing appetite.

The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
rheumatoid arthritis
high cholesterol levels
cariovascular disease
impaired immune function

So instead of heading for another cuppa cappuchino or kopi-o, why not try green tea, a much healthier altrnative.