My First Dish Cooked With The Philips Pressure Cooker

The very first time  I used my new Philips Pressure Cooker (PPC) was last week. I was a nervous wreck as I was worried that I would cause an ‘explosion’ and scar my pretty face (ahem!) if I release the pressure regulator at the wrong time.  I have heard of horror stories on  ‘explosion’ while cooking with the PPC.  Well, accidents do happen.  Even with the German made very very expensive TMX, freak accidents happened too.

Throughout cooking this dish, I had to video call mum on Whatsapp to ask her for instructions, HA HA HA.  Don’t laugh ok.  I can’t afford to be hospitalized. The mil is overseas, hubs is super busy with pre-CNY functions and if I am injured, no one will care for the girls.  Ok, I know I sound a tad exaggerated here.  I just can’t be dysfunctional. Period.

Anyway, back to the dish, which is Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan.  After a nerve-racking half an hour, the dish turned out superb!  My persnickety girls with an ‘atas’ tastebud just like their dad had only praises and commented that it tasted like the ones sold at restaurants!  What a consolation after going through a nail-biting moment in the kitchen 🤭


Sauteing the pork, shallots and garlic in the PPC under Bake mode.


Once sauteing is done, press STEW (20 minutes),  and SEAL the pressure regulator.


Once STEW cycle is done, add in the eggs and press WARM, then let the pressure release automatically.

The meat is super tender and juicy! What I love about pressure cooking is that meat will always turn out tender despite a short cooking time.

Basically the ingredients needed are pork belly, soy sauce and dark soy sauce (key ingredients and I use organic ones), rice wine, oyster sauce (optional) fried shallots (fried separately), five spice powder, chopped garlic and shallots and sugar. I only use organic and non-GMO soy sauce and dark soy sauce.

There are plenty of recipes for Lu Rou Fan on the internet and You Tube which you can Google for. I followed a few and then tweaked mine.

This dish is a stunning show stopper yet easy to cook with basic ingredients from the kitchen. Kids and adults alike will surely love it.

Happy trying!

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JoyMix Concentrated Beetroot Juice Powder

The beautiful and bright colour of beetroots can make anyone fall in love with it, yet it is often ignored, perhaps because of its distinctive earthy taste.  Beetroot has been gaining amazing popularity as the new superfood around the world. It’s low in fat, full of powerful antioxidants, rich in Vitamin C, and helps in the absorption of iron.  Both the leaves and the roots can be eaten. While the pink root is sweet, the dark green leaves are bitter but very rich in calcium, iron and Vitamin A.

Beetroots are best enjoyed raw and uncooked as cooking may destroy most of its nutrients. You can add them in salads or easier to just juice them up.

I love eating beetroot, in all forms, whether it’s beetroot juice, salad, roast or soup.  I started to eat beetroot frequently when I was severely anemic before my fibroid removal surgery 1.5 years ago.  Beet root is rich in iron.

Preparing beetroot can be a major turnoff and hassle for some as the uneven and rough skin is a tad hard to peel off even with a fruit peeler. And the red juice splatters can be pretty messy. Busy people who are always on the go and rush may not have the time to prepare beet root for juicing, salad or soup. And this includes yours truly.  The solution to this is beet root  powder.  With beet root powder, you can include this superfood into your diet at anytime, hassle-free.

I found a good brand of concentrated beet root juice powder  from https://www.joypremix.com/ and I am so in love with it!  With such convenience, I can now drink beetroot juice whenever I feel like it and it takes just a minute to prep a refreshing beetroot beverage.

The best part is JoyMix’s red beetroot powder is odor-less, unlike red beet juice that has an earthy smell. It is easy to drink, making it ideal for children and even some adults who find the smell of beetroot distasteful.

Even Cass who does not like the taste of raw beetroot loves JoyMix beetroot powder.  She says it tastes like Ribena! I think so too.  This, you got to try it to verify it!

We like our beetroot powder mixed with Korean fruit vinegar.  I add one heap teaspoon of JoyMix beetroot juice powder and 2 tablespoons of Korean fruit vinegar into 200 ml of water and top up with lots of ice cubes to make a super refreshing and delightful drink to chillax when I feel hot after cooking in the evening.  Alycia loves to guzzle down this refreshing drink to quench thirst after working out in the gym or when she’s back from kickboxing / Muay Thai class.

I love the au naturel maroon color of the beetroot powder from JoyMix!

Excellent Mixability – The red beetroot powder from JoyMix has a very fine texture and excellent flowability to prevent caking and lump formation. It will easily dissolve in water and other liquids alike and won’t curdle. You can even mix it in flours for baking cakes and pastries.

I will surely restock my beetroot powder from JoyMix when the existing stock runs low.

JoyMix’s health food products are ISO22OOO/ HACCP certified. Muslim consumers can safely consume their products as they are HALAL CERTIFIED.

Here are some of the health benefits of beetroot:

Conditions Liver – Beetroot contains betaine that conditions liver and stimulates the production of enzymes. It detoxifies the body and makes you feel fresh and rejuvenated.

Lowers cholesterol – A 2011 study on rats found that beetroot extract lowered total cholesterol and triglycerides and increased HDL (good) cholesterol. It also reduced oxidative stress on the liver.

Lowers blood glucose – Though high in sugar, beetroot actually helps in regulating your blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that it does not lead to high glucose concentration in the blood. This simply means that the natural sugars in beetroot are released very slowly in the body and thus, prevents sudden spikes. In the form of the juice, it may actually help diabetics.

Rich in Folate – Joymix’s red beetroot powder is rich in folate that is necessary for production and differentiation of cells as well as maintenance of DNA structure. The high folate content makes it a great option for young children, teenagers, and pregnant women alike.

Reduces Blood Pressure – Betaine in beetroots reduces blood pressure by lowering homocysteine levels in the body. Joymix red beetroot powder contains high amounts of betaine that reduces the chances of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.

Great For Older Adults – Various studies have found beetroot to prevent and halt the progress of dementia in older adults. Regularly consuming beetroot juice can assist in keeping dementia at bay.

Sharpens Minds of Students – The high nutrient content of beetroot and its effect on blood flow enhances the cognitive functioning of the brain making it beneficial for students and teenagers.

Ideal For Keto and Vegetarian Diets – People who are following a keto or a vegetarian diet will find it easy to incorporate red beetroot powder to their diets as it has low calories.

Boosts Sports Performance – Beetroots have betaine which improves cardiovascular health and blood flow. It increases the rate at which oxygen reaches cells and boosts the performance of athletes and sportspersons.

May Prevent Cancer – The antioxidant betaine which is present in rich amounts in Joymix’s red beetroot powder has been found to protect the body against different types of cancer. It protects DNA structure in cells against damage, which is a primary cause of cancer.

Improves Digestive Health – Beetroot improves digestive health by stimulating the production of enzymes and HCL in the stomach. It also aids in the absorption of specific vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

Excellent for Weight Management – Joymix red beetroot powder is excellent for individuals who are focused on weight management as it contains low calories while being nutritionally dense.

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The promotion is valid from 1 January 2019 ~ 31 March 2019, so hurry and get your beetroot powder or any health products before this offer expires!

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Cheap & Hassle-Free Online KidZania Tickets

KidZania Kuala Lumpur is an interactive edutainment centre where children can experience the world of adults in a replica of a real city. There are various role-playing activities specifically designed to aid physical and intellectual growth. Kids have a choice of over 100 different professions in more than 60 different establishments. Be a surgeon, a fire fighter, a journalist, a pilot, a mechanic, a model, a doctor, a painter, a radio DJ and an actor, among others.

The first time that Cass went to KidZania was 1.5 years ago when she was invited by her classmate to her 9th birthday party. After spending half a day at KidZania and earning lots of kidZos, Cass fell in love with the place and was reluctant to go home.  From time to time, Cass still pesters me to bring her to KidZania Damansara so that she could try her hands on other ‘jobs’ that she did not have the time to try the previous time and to utilize all her kidZos.

I found a ticketing platform that I can get cheaper KidZania online tickets, at Tripcarte.Asia.

Tripcarte.Asia provides cheap Kidzania tickets and interesting Kidzania promotion to be enjoyed by all.

What I like about Tripcarte is that they have a FlexPlus ticket system where no reservation is required and you can go to your purchased destination at anytime (any day and any time of open hours) and don’t have to get tied down to rigid schedules.  This system suits me perfectly well as my hubby is always tied down with work and can only confirm his availability at the eleventh hour.  Because of this, it is always hard for us to buy tickets to visit places. With FlexPlus, I can purchase the tickets first and the tickets are valid for 6 months. If we decide to cancel our visit plan, we can get a guaranteed refund!

On the day of your visit at KidZania or to any destination, all you have to do is present a QR code (which you’ll get instantly via email after payment) at the online ticket counter and walk right in with no hassle of printing out the tickets.

Isn’t this ticketing system the best? It suits busy parents who cannot confirm on the date of their visit.

 

All parents are welcomed to experience the best of Tripcarte’s Kidzania Malaysia Promotions 2019 as this attraction is labelled as one of the best kids activities in KL.

Do share Tripcarte with your friends and family members. They will definitely love this hassle-free and worry-free ticketing system.

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Kick-ass Kickboxing Girls

Alycia and Sherilyn are both attending kickboxing and Muay Thai classes  now.  They love it! Well, my girls are not really girls. They prefer to indulge in boys’ stuff.  When Alycia was about 7 or 8 years old, she was obsessed with Ultraman, guns and Doraemon and then progressed to something called One Piece figures (some figurines on fighters).

Once upon a time when she was 4 years old, Alycia joined ballet but quit after just a year.  Prancing and bunny hopping in pointy toes while donning on cute little pink tutus  just ain’t her jam.  She does not even like to have long hair. Instead, I recently found out that she likes B-boy dance. I have not even heard of such a dance in my 45 years!  B-boy dance is a kind of breakdance 😱

And fighting? It’s right up her alley!

Though she comes back from school at 5 p.m., goes for tennis lesson for half an hour from 5:30 – 6 pm, then proceeds to the gym for another half an hour, she still has the energy left for 1.5 hours of kickboxing or Muay Thai at night.

I thought that the coach will be gentler on girls but hell no. The exercises are really rigorous and exhausting, as if they are in some kind of boot camp.  When I fetch the girls after their martial arts classes, they are always soaked to their bones in sweat. And the next morning, I see AcuStop plasters pasted on their legs! They get body aches all over but not a word of complaint do they utter to me.

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Investing in Equipment to Better Treat Patients

Medical clinics rely on a variety of equipment with which to treat patients. These machines allow doctors to examine the insides of people’s bodies. They also allow physicians to diagnose a host of complicated illnesses that otherwise might go undetected.

When you need to furnish your own medical clinic so it can serve a variety of patients, you may want to shop online for the latest fixtures. You can shop online to find stethoscopes, x-rays, and other laboratory outreach solutions that allow you to run a successful medical business.

Imaging Options
A significant amount of being able to take care of patients successfully involves being able to see the inside of patients’ bodies. You have to be able to detect illnesses that might be lurking in bones, organs, and muscles. Even if you were to perform a manual examination of a person’s body, you may not be able to detect illnesses accurately without using some type of imaging solution.

CT Cardio-Vascular Engine

The website sells x-rays, CAT scan equipment, MRIs, and other imaging machines that are found in any standard medical clinic. You can find out how much it costs and how the machines are used. You can also discover some of the newest models that you may have never before seen used in other locations.

If you are not sure what machines to invest in for your clinic, you can contact the company online and ask questions or have concerns addressed about the ones for sale. You can equip your medical clinic with the newest innovations so it is ready to treat patients in all states of health.

Lab Solutions
Another aspect of providing good medical care involves being able to carry out lab tests. You need to examine people’s blood and tissues to find and treat illnesses.

The website offers lab solutions of all kinds that allow you to run a successful medical clinic. You can learn more about these options by going to the website today.

A successful medical clinic has a variety of medical equipment on hand. You can find out what your options are by visiting the website today.

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

The mil left for her 1.5 months long vacation in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan yesterday.  Her departure means lesser time for myself and more hectic days ahead for me as I will have to be in charge of  cooking the children’s meals.  For those who read my blogs long enough, you would have read umpteen times on how I lamented that cooking is like a chore to me.  It’s a chore as I have too much on my plate, from being the driver to the tutor, the financial controller, the PA to the hubs and mil, the cook, the wife and the mother on top of having to work from home.  This year I have more trips to make daily chauffeuring the girls around for tuition and activities.  Give me a live-in maid, bring on the cooking! I don’t mind cooking (sometimes love it too) but I find all the prep and washing up too time consuming. We do not have a dishwasher at home simply because we cannot possibly find any space in our tiny kitchen that can fit in one, unless we put it outside our unit!

Here’s my first  homecooked dinner for the year. I always start off with the easiest to cook, which is a one tray baked dish and the girls love this sort of dish to bits.

Baked chicken, potatoes, garlic and onions; blanched broccoli and braised arrowroot pork (leftover from yesterday dinner). No rice for dinner and everyone was so happy.  When the mil is around, rice is a must on the dining table every evening.

Wait till the cooking momentum swings smoothly and I’ll venture on to more exciting dishes!

 

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The Boiling Spot Ensures You’ll Be Boiling with Love of Seafood

A Night Out
A staple of first dates, dates in general, and just a good time to spend with family or friends, is to go out to eat. It’s a wonderful break from the monotony of home and the same dishes every week. It also helps cut down on the number of dishes that need to be cleaned. Instead, you can have someone else cook for you. Why just go to a fast food restaurant or somewhere you’ve been before? In fact, for those who particularly enjoy good seafood, then you should visit the best seafood Plano TX restaurant around. It’s called The Boiling Spot.

An Emphasis On Fresh
If you eat a lot of seafood, you can probably tell by now between fresh seafood and those that have been sitting in a freezer for a few days. That’s why when you sit down at The Boiling Spot, you’ll be blown away by their cajun dishes. Each dish is made from fresh seafood of the highest of qualities. Their chefs are passionate about the food they cook and it shows. They go the extra mile in delivering mouth-watering flavor to create a flavorful experience that you won’t soon forget.

The menu alone should have you at the edge of your seat and ready to cancel any prior dinner plans in order to head to The Boiling Spot instead. Picture some of these items. For those who want to bring a large group to try the seafood out, then you can enjoy the huge platter of food the restaurant offers. With your selection of how hot you want the food to be, you can enjoy a sumptuous meal of King, Snow Crab, Jumbo Shrimp, Sausage, Clams, Mussels, Corn, and Potatoes all in one dish in their Colossal Combo dish. That’s just one of the many richly flavored meals you can select. For those who want to say goodbye to bland dinners, come to The Boiling Spot.

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Math and Arithmetic in a Montessori Environment

The Montessori approach to education views children as natural learners who are eager to acquire new knowledge from an early age and who benefit from a supportive learning environment. Numbers have a very practical application in a young child’s life, so many Montessori math materials focus on helping children make the mental leap from the world around them to the realm of the abstract.

Montessori Math Beads
Maria Montessori, the Italian physician who first formulated the educational philosophy that bears her name, theorized that children were developmentally ready to start thinking of math in abstract terms around the age of four. Children do need learning materials, however, that will facilitate the leap from concrete reality to abstract thought. One of the these learning materials Maria Montessori developed are the Knobbed Cylinders.

The Knobbed Cylinders are designed to help young learners learn how to discriminate between math-based concepts like width, height, weight and size. At first, children discriminate between dimensions visually, but as they grow more adept with the cylinders, they begin to differentiate between them on the basis of touch.

Other Basic Montessori Mathematics Materials
Many mathematically based concepts that seem intuitive to adults are actually learned concepts. Montessori mathematics materials build upon other to enhance children’s understanding of these concepts and to increase their confidence in making the required distinctions.

Red Rods: Red Rods are designed to refine children’s visual understanding of length. Working with Red Rods enables children to discriminate between short and long.

Number Rods: Number Rods look a lot like Red Rods except that they have alternating blue and red segments. They provide an introduction to counting because children build with the Number Rods just as they did with the Red Rods, but counting is associated with the number of different colored sections on the Number Rods.

Montessori Small Numerical Rods

Golden Beads: Golden Beads, which are sometimes called Montessori Math Beads, were designed to provide children with an introduction to the decimal system. By moving beads to different mats and boxes, children begin to grasp unit categories such as tens, hundreds and thousands, and to learn how those categories relate to one another.

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Tips On How To Choose The Best Pediatric Dentist For Your Child

As a parent, it is essential for you to ensure that your child’s teeth are well taken care of. Compared to adult teeth, a child’s teeth are much more prone to fractures and cavities. That is why it is very important that children be taken to see a pediatric dentist for their dental check-ups a minimum of twice a year.

Pediatric dentists have undergone specialized training beyond general dentistry to learn how to specifically deal with children’s dental needs. They have the qualifications and experience to care for a child’s mouth, gums, and teeth from infancy through the teen years.

The following are some useful tips to help you choose the best st johns county pediatric dentist for your child:

Certification And Qualifications
A pediatric dentist should have completed a Pediatric Dentistry course from an accredited dental school.

Licensed
A pediatric dentist should hold a license that allows her or him to practice dentistry within your state. Your state board issues and approves professional dental licenses. Licenses and certifications of dentists are usually displayed within the dental clinic’s reception area. You should always make sure to have proof that a pediatric dentist is licensed.

Good With Children
It is very important to find a pediatric dentist who has good behavior management skills and knows how to deal with children in a friendly and professional manner. The dentist should greet your child with a warm and friendly smile and be patient and understanding throughout the entire dental procedure to ensure that your child feels safe and well cared for. Going to the dentist does not need to be a traumatic experience for your child if they have the right dentist who understands their needs and fears.

Location
Another important consideration when choosing a pediatric dentist is the location of their dental office. You are more likely to keep your appointments when they are in a convenient location. This also means less time in the car for your child.

Knowledgeable On Updates And Procedures
Your pediatric dentist should be knowledgeable on the various procedures for treating child teeth. He or she should be able to perform all routine dental care and also be experienced and well-informed on more complex procedures as well.

 

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019 ~ 7-Hour Power Outage

On the 9th day of the new year, more than half the households in our neighborhood was plunged into total darkness that lasted over 7 hours.  I found out from the Management office today that the power outage was caused by an explosion at the TNB station in Puchong which affected thousands of houses.

The power outage started at 9-ish p.m. and electricity was only restored at 4-ish a.m. today. The outage happened on one of the warmest nights this year. Our country is currently experiencing a heat wave caused by tropical storm Pabuk.

It was  double whammy for me that night. When the power outage hit our condo, I was about to step out of the house to fetch Drama Queen back from the tuition centre.  What impeccable timing! I had to walk down five flights of stairs alone in half darkness, save for a torch light on my hand and the emergency lights which were not bright enough.  The car park was in total darkness and even the  light from my torch light wasn’t bright enough for me to find my car. Imagine yourself walking in pitch darkness alone without a single soul in sight at the stairway and car park! 💀 👻 👽

Alycia had to complete her homework in the dark, with a torch light in hand.

Cass was thrilled to death over the power outage as she could move around the house with candles, as if she was camping in a jungle at night. She didn’t want the power to come back. The silly brat thinks that it’s fun to move around with candles and to sleep with all the doors  and windows in our house opened to allow the breeze in. I had to sprawl on the bed like a starfish as it was too hot and I only managed to get a couple of sleep until all hours of the day and night. Hubs slept on the cold hard floor in the living room.

This morning, I found this partially burnt paper on the dining table. It looks as if someone had been curiously and sneakily burning papers into shapes while everyone else was in bed the previous night! 😱

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How To Get Youthful Glowing Skin

What makes a woman happy? To me, I am happiest when I am healthy, beautiful and youthful looking. At almost 46, I still get remarks all the time that my looks defy my age  😊 I am ever so thankful for being blessed with youthful looking skin and looks.

Many different ingredients are touted to make you look younger. But buyer beware! Only choose products with ingredients that have been shown to make your face soft and younger looking. Choose skincare products that contain natural ingredients such as retinol, a vitamin A compound and antioxidant, vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from sun damage and green tea because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here are some of the ways to get younger-looking skin:

Eat your way to fabulous skin
Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within.  Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Eat enough vitamin C, healthy fats, vitamin E, selenium, omega-3 and zinc to boost skin health.

Avoid the sun
The most proven way to look younger is to avoid the sun. The sun is not your skin’s good ally. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the primary reason for skin aging. Wear a good sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun. Sothys carries sunscreen products made with active ingredients from plants, suitable even for sensitive skin.

Get enough sleep
The whole idea of beauty sleep is not a myth. Your body needs time to restore itself overnight and that includes your face, too. While you sleep, cells are busy repairing DNA damage from the day before, so snuggle down and give them a chance to get on with it. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day.

Drink plenty of water
Try to stick to the general rule of 8 glasses of 8 ounces plain water each day. It won’t hydrate your skin directly, but it will improve the way your insides work and good gut health is soon reflected in glowing skin.

Exercise regularly
Whether it’s walking the dog, brisk walking, running, cycling or anything that gets you moving will improve your circulation. That in turn will encourage blood flow to the skin and help give it a healthy, youth-enhancing glow.

Do not smoke
Smoking causes damage to the collagen and elastin, weakening the skin and resulting in sags and bags. Women who smoke at a young age will notice sagging skin and premature wrinkles long before their nonsmoking peers.

Add an antioxidant serum to your daily routine. 
Consider these free-radical-fighting formulas your gateway to anti-agers. UV light is still able to inflict damage on your skin even if you’re wearing sunscreen but if you layer a serum containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, underneath your SPF, your skin is more likely repair the damage as it occurs, preventing the onset of brown spots and fine lines prematurely.

Never go to bed with makeup
Always thoroughly remove the day’s buildup of makeup, sunscreen, and sebum from your face before going to bed.

Use a sleep mask
The latest beauty trend, the sleep mask, is worth using if you want to wake up to a more radiant complexion!  NO2CTUELLE Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask from Sothys is a good choice as it contains stabilized Vitamin C, detoxifying complex, yeast extract, Shea polyphenols, among others active ingredients.

Steam up your boudoir or use a diffuser
If your skin tends to be dry, using a humidifier of diffuser at bedtime can help keep it hydrated and supple. This is especially important during the winter, when cold, dry air saps moisture from your skin. But since air conditioning can also dry out your dermis, adding moisture to the air via a humidifier or diffuser with skin-loving essential oils can help keep skin glowing in summer too.

Always sleep on a clean pillowcase. 
Your skin can pick up dirt and bacteria, traces of makeup, dead skin cells, saliva, and hair product residue from a pillowcase that hasn’t been washed.  So wash your pillowcase once a week to avoid a buildup of these pore-clogging substances.

Don’t binge on junk food, bin them!
I am not talking about enjoying the occasional chocolate brownie, caramel popcorns and bag of chips. If most of your calories are coming from snacks and carbs, your skin is going to pay the price. More studies are pointing toward carbs as the bad guys for skin. Sugar, white bread, pasta, cake, and candy may speed up glycation in skin. Glycation is when sugar molecules latch onto cells, including those in skin, and cause them to become malformed and accelerate the breakdown of collagen. What you see in the mirror: loss of radiance, more noticeable lines, and skin that doesn’t look as supple. Overdoing it with carbs and dairy has been linked to acne as well.

There are a bundle of things that you could do for your skin to ensure that this largest organ of your body stays glowing, radiant, dewy, luminous, smooth — pick your adjective! The tips above are not exhaustive. Some degree of effort and sacrifices are needed to produce healthy looking skin.  Once you make changes to your diet, don’t expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take just as long. Try sticking to a healthy lifestyle and diet and use a good range of skincare products. Your skin will be enviable to everyone in no time.

 

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First Compliment For The Year

My first compliment for the year 2019 came on the forth day of the new year. 😁

I went up to the gym to check on Alycia and Sherilyn who were in their kickboxing class when they did not pick up my call and were over half an hour late from the stated dismissal time.

When I was at the gym, the cute coach asked me “You want to fetch them back now? I am giving extra lesson today. Are you their sister?

I gave the cute coach a stunned look and he said “are you their mother??”

🤣

That was one of the sweetest compliments, coming from a young and cute dude.  This remark / compliment is not new to me though.  I’ve received comments from dirty old men that I have a physique of a teenager, which made me float fleetingly but the manner in which they complimented me made me want to puke and lose respect towards them instantly. 🙄

Alycia’s first kickboxing class on 4 January 2019.  Sherilyn’s third class. Cute coach is the one in red shirt.

Alycia loved it  but was enervated coz that girl worked out at our condo gym for over an hour before her  kickboxing class, not knowing that kickboxing would be that rigorous and physically draining.

Now the girls are asking me to get them new hand wrap and gloves as the ones at the gym stink and are damp and disgusting.

#trainingtobekickboxingfighters

😂

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Pomegranate Chocolate Cake

My baking queen’s last bake for the year 2018 on 31 December 2018 was a hyper-delicious pomegranate cake, cafe style, complete with decor.


It’s pretty unbelievable that a 13-year old baked this!

When Sherilyn was much younger, I had suspicion that she had ADHD as she was always hyper-active (and kept getting herself into accidents till I bought an accident insurance for her when she was 1 year old), didn’t need much sleep (even up to this date!) and could not focus in her studies. We were always in loggerheads simply because she was bull-headed and so am I! She loves to answer me back whenever I say that she’s stubborn by snapping this remark at me “whose genes do you think I have?

When Sherilyn was 10 years old, my suspicion was quelled. She baked a gluten-free strawberry cake for her granny’s 70th birthday, all on her own. And then she googled many other recipes and baked tons of other stuff. My all-time favorite is her meat pie.  That was when I saw how focused she could be when she was doing something that she loves.

Ok, back to this hyper-yummy pomegranate cake!

Sherilyn spent over 5 hours on the cake. She had wanted to bake the cake on 30 December, i.e. on the actual day of her dad’s birthday to surprise him but we were out the whole day and I had to stop her from baking.  Thus she baked it as a belated birthday cake for her dad the next day.

This cake is truly very pomegranate-ish.  Every bite of the cake has fresh, juicy rubies of pomegranate in it.  Even the cake batter and butter icing have pomegranate juice in them.

The pastel pink butter icing is composed of white chocolate, pomegranate jam (which she made a week earlier), butter and sugar.

Pomegranate jam made using freshly juiced pomegranate rubies, lemon juice and a little sugar:

The chocolate cake is coated with a layer of dual pastel colored butter icing, which she used blue pea flower for the blue and pomegranate juice for the pink.

She baked three cakes using organic cocoa powder, sliced the cakes into half and stacked them up to a taller height. The cakes are sandwiched with dark chocolate butter cream.

Mixing the blue pea flower colored water into the butter cream:

The chocolate wings for the decor are made from frozen melted dark chocolate:

This cake tastes 100% like one bought from a fancy schmancy cafe.  Even after 3 days when we ate it today, it still tastes good.

Even her hyper-critical foodie dad said the cake tastes “OK la”.  When this comment comes from him on anything that we bake or cook, this means it’s GOOD.  When he pushes the food aside and said “lousy or no good”, it means it is still good but not up to his hyper-high standard la. 🙄 🙄

Even Alycia who is always hyper-critical of everything that Sherilyn cooks or bakes commented that the cake tastes like some cafe-bought cake but said that the decor needs some improvement if she has intention of selling her cakes 🤑

I give my baking queen a 9/10 rating for this cake 😍.

She’s really on her way to selling her cakes and bakes very soon! 🤑

 

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Goodbye 2018, Welcome 2019!

It’s the last day of 2018 already? I can’t believe how fast the year zoomed past us like a bullet train.  Time is really like a thief!  How I wish I could freeze all those good times.  This year has been pretty good to me and my family. Health-wise, all started well until the very end. I am now down with flu, a bad throat, a throbbing head and lost my voice. Throw in an eye flu (Conjunctivitis caused by the flu) today and I am quite down and out. We were supposed to meet up with our besties again in Klang for seafood dinner but we’re going to have to be stuck in our neighborhood, having a simple dinner (with no fried, spicy and oily stuff) at our usual tai-chow Chinese restaurant.  The birthday boy bought Musang King durian last night to treat himself and all I could do was to watch everyone in the house savoring and licking the fruit 😷

All I want to do now is to climb into my bed, do nothing but have an uninterrupted sleep until 8 tomorrow morning. Forget about counting down and all the merriment welcoming the new year. Sleep is all I need now to heal. Tomorrow will be the last day  I get to sleep in.

I am glad that school is starting again. My exercise regimen resumes and I get back my sanity and my me-time at home when the girls are in school. The only thing I miss about school holidays is my 2-3 hours extra sleep each day.

Today I took the big girl for an eleventh-hour hair cut, then the both of us had Korean again for lunch. We had dinner at the same restaurant 3 nights ago, with my parents. This girl can never get bored of K-food, K-pop and everything K.   While she digs into her Kimchi, I had steamed egg in claypot and downed a bottle of green smoothie.

I saw this cute little New Year note on Facebook  today and thought I’d share it with you (edited):

To all my lovely blog readers,

The Boarding on Flight 2019 has been announced!  Hope you have checked in only the best souvenirs from 2018 in your luggage?

The BAD and SAD moments if carried, must be thrown away in the garbage on arrival!

The flight will be for 12 months long.  So, loosen your seat belts, jingle and mingle.

The stop-overs will be :

Health,
Love,
Joy,
Harmony,
Well-being
Peace.

Refueling will be at
👍Giving
👍Sharing
👍Caring
👍Forgiveness

The Captain (God) offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight…….

 Cocktail of Friendship,
 Supreme of Health,
 Grating of Prosperity,
 Bowl of Excellent News
 Salad of Success,
 Cake of Happiness,

All accompanied by bursts of laughter…
But remember, you will enjoy these meals and the journey better if you talk, share, smile and laugh together. Sitting silent and sullen will make the flight seem longer.

Wishing you and your family 👪 an enjoyable trip on board of flight 2019…..

💥💫💃🏃👫💑👯💖💌💍🌊🌈🌁🌴🌹🌷🍀

Before the Flight 2018 ends,
Allow me to thank each and every one of you reader who takes the time to drop by my blogs, whether it’s just for a minute or a few seconds just to catch up on the happenings in my life, whether it’s just once a week or month. The fact that you checked on my blogs makes me feel loved. It makes the maintenance of my 11-year old triplet blogs all worthwhile.

I hope that you all will be blessed with an awesome and healthy year ahead.
😘😍💝🎁🎊🎉🎈

Love and joy,
Health Freak Mommy
xoxo

 

 

 

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Excursion at Sunway Lost World Of Tambun ~ 23 December 2018

The dreaded day came. This ‘Puteri Lilin’ wasn’t really looking forward to bringing the kids to outdoor theme parks in our hot Malaysia weather. Hell no!  It’s a totally different experience spending a whole day at Disney Land or Ocean Park in winter vs. a whole day under 38C scorching sun in Malaysia.  But it’s the school holidays and I can’t be a party pooper. And we had promised the girls that we would bring them to the Lost World of Tambun.  So we got up early on our Sunday morning in Ipoh, had a quick breakfast and packed our 3 girls along with my niece into the MPV and off we went to Sunway Lost World of Tambun.

But on a Sunday during the school holidays on the eve of Christmas eve? We’re in for trouble!   We waited for almost an hour just to get the tickets! The crowd was just CRAZY! And it was hot! Double whammy for the ‘Puteri Lilin’!

The hubs got us the X-press ticket on top of the regular ticket to enjoy shorter queue and free access into the Haunted Chambers and Adventure Park’s Zipline.

For X-press tickets, there were staff to help us wear the wrist tags!

As you can see from the photos,  it was really scorching HOT on that day.  The 2 older girls went gallivanting together and went on every ride at the theme park.  Hubs, my niece, Cass and I went on the Viking boat ride only, which wasn’t really that terrorizing as the one that hubs and I went on at The Mall’s indoor theme park yonks ago. Nonetheless, I got a tad woozy after the ride. I can never get on a roller coaster or any similar ride without getting a dizzy spell afterwards as I have motion sickness.

At one of the souvenir shops, which is the very first place that visitors step into upon gaining entry into the theme park:

Cass was eyeing a brown monkey plush toy at the games stall and she begged her doting dad to win it for her!

Notice Cass’ hair under the sunlight? It’s almost blond and it’s natural!

You think daddy won the monkey for Cass?

Sure he did! He’s a sharp shooter basketball player!  Cass was SO happy!

Tsk tsk, daddy spent almost RM30 on tokens just to win the monkey for his princess!

The only problem was Cass had to lug the fury stuffed animal on her shoulders and back the entire day we spent at the theme park! And it’s like putting on a fur coat over your shoulders under the 38C sizzling sun! At the end of our excursion, the monkey was drenched in sweat and rain water.  Cass had to hand-wash her precious monkey when we got back to KL 🤩

We had hamburgers (photo not taken), fried chicken and fries for lunch, purchased at the amusement park. Food was totally disappointing and yet expensive, especially the burgers and fried chicken. The fried chicken smelled foul (like the odor of rotten chicken!) and we discarded 2 pieces.

Outside food is not allowed into the Lost World of Tambun. At the entrance, all your bags will be checked by the personnel and outside food will be confiscated and returned to the owners during exit.  Water bottles are allowed though.

The next time we visit Lost World, we would have our meal at the Dulang Tea House @ the Tin Valley instead. I think the food sold there is more decent than at the amusement park.

After lunch, we covered the Tiger Valley, Haunted Chambers, Petting Zoo, Tin Valley and Zip Line. The Haunted Chambers was surprisingly pretty spooky. My just turned 7-year old niece was so terrified that she clung on to me and Cass.

Petting big, fury and cuddly cats at Catopia. These cats are housed in an air-conditioned room. Such good life these cats have!

Alycia did not enter the Catopia enclosure as she has Ailurophobia aka fear of cats. Yup, I only recently found out that she’s terrified of cats coz whenever we are out eating at an outdoor place and if a stray cat comes near our table, she will start to put her legs up on the chair 😞. Not only does Alycia fears cats, she does not like any kind of fury animals too. Weird, as I love fury animals and so do Sherilyn and Cass! Thank God Alycia does not have a phobia of cockroach coz Cass and I are horrified of it and we need someone at home to help us catch them cockroach. 😬

Next was Swan Lake, which is next to Tiger Valley. Here, you and a partner can lazily paddle the darling swan boats around a lake. Fishes aside, we saw a crocodile in the lake too!

Feeding fish at the Swan Lake. Fish feed can be purchased at a Ringgit a packet.

While the girls paddled lazily under the burning 3pm sun, I sought shelter at a small hut meant for storing life jackets, next to the jetty, dabbing sweat with a towel and wishing that I could leave soon  🤭

After the swan boat paddling, everyone was sweating bullets. We walked to the Tin Valley and petting zoo. By this time, the sun had gone down a little and the weather was much more bearable. We love this part of Lost World the most. The scenery of natural limestone hills and greenery is just breathtaking.

Feeding carrot sticks to deers:

Up-close with Juwita the giant female hippo and a humongous crocodile:

The highlight of the excursion for our girls was at the adrenaline-filled thrilling Zip Line at the glamping site.

Tents under trees at the beautiful glamping site:

At the Zip Line site:

The last part of our excursion was at the petting zoo but it had to be truncated as it suddenly poured cats and dogs. We had to run into a souvenir shop to seek shelter from the rain. When there was no sign that the rain was going to stop, we had to buy an umbrella.

By the time we reached the entrance of the park, it stopped raining! Dang it!  It was already 4pm and everyone was tired, so we left.

The girls, especially Cass enjoyed themselves very much.  The park is pretty well maintained and naturally beautiful with lush greenery, limestone hills and soothing background. Even my very persnickety hubby had positive things to say about the park.

Will there be a second visit? YES!  This time, we will go in the evening to cover the night park, night safari, luminous forest, hot springs & spa and exhilarating Flaming Percussion show. This time we missed the hot springs & spa, which is the place that I looked forward to the most because of the dang rain, which really did rain on our parade and ruined our visit.   We’ll definitely be at the Lost World of Tambun again and this time, only in the evening. We can skip the amusement park and the sun.

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Importance of Insurance

I can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone to have insurance in their life, whether it is medical insurance, car insurance, fire insurance, natural disaster insurance or life insurance.  My insurance companies have taken care of my bills far too many times and had I not purchased an insurance in the first place, I would have to pinch from my savings to pay for these bills caused by unforeseen circumstances.

Some people believe that they can save enough money to replace their assets should anything happen to them. The problem is that, in most cases, the expenses incurred after an accident, the death of a loved one, or a disability are beyond any savings or wealth that a person may have accumulated and it is for this reason that insurance is such an important component of your financial planning.

When I accidentally crashed my new car into an office building yonks ago, thank God my car insurance paid for the entire bill of my car repairs and that of the office building.

Twelve years ago, our erstwhile insurance agent forgot to renew our insurance for natural disaster when it was due. And as fate had it, our house was hit by a terrible flood that swept through the entire neighborhood. Both my car and my hubby’s car were submerged in flood waters. The entire ground floor of our house was submerged in flood water up to my waist. We spent almost RM50,000 to repair our cars and house. And not a single sen was claimable because our dear forgetful insurance agent forgot to help us renew our insurance! Had it been renewed, we could have saved so much money.

Anyway, let bygones by bygones.

What I’m trying to say is that if you have not purchased any insurance yet for your car, your assets and your life, please do so before it is too late.

Not sure how to get started? And you do not wish to approach a persistent insurance agent who sends you a hundred messages a day?

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Insurance is the right thing to get for yourself and your assets. If you do not have any yet, you should seriously consider getting one now.

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