Saturday, 20 October 2018

This is going to be a quick post as I have past my bedtime and I need to wake up at 6 a.m. tomorrow on a SUNDAY. Tomorrow is our Dancing Queen’s big day.  It’s her dance competition day and she has to be at the competition venue by 7:30 a.m..  Thank God for her dedicated dance teacher who is helping to fetch her there in the morning, I do not need to wake up earlier than 6 a.m. and I can at least bring the other 2 girls and the mil out for breakfast first, buy takeout lunch for them and I can get the laundry done before going.

Cass is in a holiday mood already though the 6-week long holidays is only starting in a month’s time. But because her final exam is finally over, she is in a really relaxed mood~ burying her face in her novels all day and doing nothing else.  The first book that she read after her exam is Seconds Away.

Brunch today was prawn noodles and fried glass noodles. The prawn noodles is sans prawns as we don’t really fancy prawns. We had the prawns replaced with minced pork.

As we are now  maid-less, for the first time in this little brat’s life, she washed her school shoes! She donned on a pair of disposable plastic gloves and took about 20 minutes to wash her shoes.  She did a pretty good job, at least better than kakak as the shoes did not have residue of slimy detergent inside out. Good job Cass!

Dinner was at Ruay Thai with just Sherilyn.  Alycia stayed home to cram for her UEC exam which starts next week.  Cass said she didn’t feel like going out and ate cheese on toast. The mil stayed home to be with the girls and ate overnight dishes.

Takeout Seafood Pad Thai for Alycia in my tififn carrier.

Did I tell you that I have at least 2 tiffin carriers and 3 – 4 stainless steel food containers stashed in the trunk of my car for takeout food? 😉  I have a pet peeve over plastic bags used for food takeaway, especially hot soup. I only order takeout food if I have a glass or stainless steel container with me.

Good night world!

Busy Evenings

The past three evenings have been super duper hectic for me.  I’ve been training new part-time maids in between chauffeuring Alycia and Sherilyn back from school, to and fro tuition and dance classes, on top of revising with Cass who is sitting for her final exam this week.  Dinners are normally at my work desk, sometimes swallowing a spoonful or two before rushing off to fetch Sherilyn back from school and only finishing it half an hour later, by then the food had already turned cold.

My most trusted and much loved part-time maid, Maria has gone back to Indonesia to get married. She finally summoned the courage to ditch her East Malaysian Chinese boyfriend of 10 years who has no serious intention of marrying her to marry  an Indonesian man whom she has only known for a year. I hope that Maria will find marital bliss with her new hubby. And I pray that she will return to work for us after 6 weeks as promised. Maria has been a God-sent helper of 6 years to me and has brought a lot of joy and peace to my life.  We treat her as part of our family. Life is tough without her coming over to help me in the evenings.

The new temporary part-time helper whom Maria recommended to me stopped working after just 2 days as she is afraid of walking home at 9 at night.  She found her friend Wati, to replace her and thank God Wati seems very capable and has an amiable disposition.  But the same issue cropped up.  Wati is also afraid of walking home at night. Yesterday she asked if she could bring along a friend to work together with her so that she has company in her nightly walk back home.  I was very reluctant but acceded anyway as I know the feeling of having to walk home alone in the dark. I went through this phobia for 6 years before I finally moved out from my rented room in Jalan Ipoh when my handbag was snatched by a scumbag motorcyclist and then bought my first car.

But this friend whom Wati  brought along is O.M.G.!  She looks like a hoyden of a thug who has ciggie breath when she talked.  I almost wanted to blurt out and ask Wati whether her friend is a male or a female!  She certainly does not look like someone I want in my house with 3 young girls and an elderly mil.  On some nights, I have to leave Cass at home alone with the maids while I fetch the two older girls back from tuition, Muay Thai or dance class. I felt really uncomfortable just talking to that tomboy who even named herself ‘Din’ (a Malay name for males).

Long story short, I told Wati that I can’t accept Din to work with her in our house.  Today when I Whatsapped Wati to ask if she’s  coming for work, she lied to me that she has fever and can’t come. I was forthright with her and asked her whether she still wanted to work and she said NO.

Fine. This means I will be maid-less until Maria comes back mid of November, that’s if she ever comes back. In the meantime I tried calling all the part-time maids’ numbers stored on my phone but as fate would have it, all the numbers seemed to be out of service / unreachable.

I’ve had a maid almost half of my life ~ 10 years with a full-time maid and 7 years with a part-time maid.  Now I have to adjust my lifestyle and learn to live without a part-time maid.  I’m sure I’ll be resilient enough to live without someone helping me. Worst case scenario is to pick up the phone and order an hourly paid maid through a maid agency. Everyone in the house will have to sacrifice  and help out to make the household run smoothly.  I may even have to relook at our kitchen layout and engage our contractor to find a way to install a dishwasher.

Cass is sitting for her Science finals today. Breakfast for her today is pan-fried sweet corn fritters (cooked yesterday evening and heated up in the toaster this morning).

Lunch for her is takeout salmon shio yaki bento.

Dessert ~ cut orange, mango, organic cherry tomatoes and a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice lightly sweetened with Manuka honey.

Tips On Choosing Your Dream Wedding Gown

Congratulations on getting engaged!  The next question on your mind now is looking for your dream wedding gown.  I am sure since being engaged, you’ve been asked a dizzying array of wedding dress questions – what you like, when are you going shopping, who’s going, are you wearing sleeves, sleeveless or off-shouldered, who’s your favorite designer, who’s buying, what’s your budget, where to buy, yada yada yada!  Bet you never knew that shopping for a wedding gown could be this stressful!

Are you finding a wedding dress that doesn’t feel a cookie-cutter-wedding-dress?  It can be a challenge, especially if you’re at the age where you’re attending nuptials every other weekend.  To give your Big Day getup a fighting chance at standing out from the masses, it’s imperative to find a style that feels fresh or, at least, that your guests have never  seen before.

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There are tons of online bridal shops for you to browse for something that is love at first sight for. But it could take days and weeks if not months if you are the indecisive type.

Here are some tips for you on finding your dream wedding dress:

Location – knowing the place and time of your wedding will help focus your search. Will you be having a daytime ceremony on the beach? You can rule out ball gowns with long trains and dramatic embellishments. Exchanging vows in a candlelit cathedral? Avoid short slip dresses or anything that looks like it could be worn to a cocktail party. Most fabrics are suitable year-round, but some, like linen and organdy, are more appropriate for warm weather, while velvet and brocade are best left for winter.

Set a Budget – figure out how much you want to spend, and tell the salesperson before she starts bringing out gowns. That way you won’t lose your heart to a dress you can’t afford. Typically, a wedding ensemble, including veil, undergarments, and any other accessories, accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of the total wedding cost. Factor in extras, such as alterations—which can add a few hundred or a few thousand dollars depending on how involved they are—and shipping fees. Once the dress arrives, it may require professional pressing or steaming, which can tack on a hundred dollars or more.

Start Early – begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. It takes about four months for a manufacturer to make a dress and another two months to complete the alterations. Very elaborate gowns will take longer. Short on time? Many shops do rush orders for an additional fee, but your choices will likely be limited.

You can consider ordering your wedding dress from online bridal shops like Babyonline to get a ready-made gown, shipped to you. Whether you are looking for an ausgefallene ballkleider or an ausgefallene brautkleider, Babyonline has them all.

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Do Your Research– it’s not every day you see terms such as basque waist or Watteau train or try to differentiate between an ausgefallene brautkleider and an Ausgefallene cocktailkleider.  Pore over bridal magazines, books, and websites to learn about fabrics, silhouettes, and the lexicon so you can better convey what you’re looking for. Start a folder with pictures of dresses or details that appeal to you, and take it with you when you shop

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Make a Game Plan – decide where you want to go and call stores in advance to find out which designers they carry, the price range of their dresses, and if they sell accessories and provide alterations.

Focus on Fit, Not Size – bridal shops often run smaller than ready-to-wear; if you normally buy an 8, you may need a 12. So forget the numbers and don’t insist on a smaller size because you intend to lose weight before the wedding—order the one that fits now. A gown is easy to take in, but difficult and costly to let out.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Babyonlinedress.de

Pre-Final Exam Weekend

On Friday, the mil cooked a big pot of pumpkin chicken porridge and a big pot of ‘tau kok lup’ (a dish consisting of long beans, carrots, pork, prawns, preserved radish; all diced) to go with the porridge before  leaving KL for Ipoh to attend a wedding dinner. The hubs drove back to Ipoh the next day to attend the wedding dinner. So I spent the weekend alone with the girls to do some quiet revision with Cass.

This year’s October has been a very busy month for the girls and me.  Alycia’s PT3 exam has just concluded; as she’s in a Chinese Independent high school, she  has another compulsory exam (UEC) to sit for, which will  commence  from next Monday for a week.  Sherilyn’s  finals also starts next Monday and but she won’t have much time to revise as this Dancing Queen will be away the entire Sunday on the eve of her exam for a dance competition.  Cass’ finals started today.

Thank goodness this  little brat started to get just a tad motivated on the eve of her final exam!  Well, better late than never.

Just nine days ago I realized that there’s no more BM workbook for Cass to practise. I have finished revising the BM text book with her and she has also finished all the BM workbooks and test papers that I had bought for her.  So I made a quick trip to Popular Bookstore and got her another BM workbook.  Cass is pretty weak in her BM and needs lots of drilling on it.  I didn’t really think that she could complete the entire workbook consisting of 9 assessments in 9 days but she did!  On the eve of her BM finals yesterday (Sunday), she did a marathon of exercises and completed the entire workbook, plus marked the exercises herself as I was too busy. I was out chauffeuring the two older girls the whole of Saturday and did not have much time on Sunday.

Yesterday we snacked on mum’s freshly prepped boiled curry leaves chickpeas while revising. The hubs brought it back from Ipoh. Mum has been trying out  new recipes everyday using her brand new Phillips pressure cooker.  And she’s gifting me a brand new Phillips pressure cooker for Christmas! She’s trying out her new toy so that I can attend her tutorials during the December school hols. Thank you mummy 😘

Halloween Party Favors

What is it about Halloween that makes October 31 so popular? Perhaps it’s the mystery, or just the candy? Perhaps the excitement of a new costume? Whatever the draw, Halloween is here to stay.

The word Halloween literally means the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, celebrated on November 1. Halloween is also the shortened name of Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Evening and All Saint’s Eve which is celebrated on October 31. The origin and meaning of Halloween is derived from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, but more recently we think of Halloween as a night filled with candy, trick-or-treating, pumpkins, ghosts and death.

Another tradition is the  belief that during the night of November 1, demons, witches, and evil spirits freely roamed the earth with joy to greet the arrival of “their season” – the long nights and early dark of the winter months. The demons had their fun with poor mortals that night, frightening, harming, and even playing all kinds of mean tricks on them. The only way, it seemed, for scared humans to escape the persecution of the demons was to offer them things they liked, especially fancy foods and sweets. Or, in order to escape the fury of these horrible creatures, a human could disguise himself as one of them and join in their roaming. In this way they would recognize the human as a demon or witch and the human would not be bothered that night.

On Halloween, kids and adults attend costume parties, make lanterns out of big pumpkins, visit haunted locations, tell scary stories to each other, play pranks and also watch horror movies. People light bonfires to ward off all evil spirits and ghosts.

Halloween Party Favors
Other than the usual Trick-or-Treat Containers and spooky themed candies and snacks, some people hand out Voogueme Party time prescription eyeglasses for their guests to wear at their spooky party.  Besides making any fall event more festive, these fun little favors are great for photography.

 

 

These  exaggerated and novel glasses frames  for photography are definitely Insta- worthy!

There are tons of creative Halloween favor ideas that you can find on the internet that you and your ghoulish guests will love. I would fancy receiving one of those cute glasses frames for women that I can also don on during holidays with my kids 😎

Cooking Is Her Passion

My #2 really loves baking and cooking. I can see it’s in her blood. It’s in the blood of the Yaps. Her dad, grandma (paternal and maternal), maternal grandfather, aunts, grand aunts and grand uncles (all from her dad’s side) love cooking and eating. Her grand uncle who is an accomplished heart surgeon in the UK cooks like a chef.  Another grand uncle who is an engineer bakes and cooks very well too. She takes every opportunity that she has to bake and cook. Very soon, she’s going to be a better cook than me. And I’m waiting for that day to arrive so that the Domestic Cooking Department can be headed by her! But Sherilyn claims that she is not going to be in the Food & Beverage line like her dad. She shocked me the other day when she told me that she would love to be in the National Service to feel what it’s like being a soldier and living in a jungle for months! Thank God the Government have plans in scrapping off the National Service in the near future.

Can you imagine having a daughter being in the army? A soldier in the battlefield! I know this daughter of mine is made of tough stuff but being in the army? NO WAY!

Last week before going for  her dance class, she quickly whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

On Saturday before Taekwondo class, she quickly dished up a new pasta dish. The sauce is made of tomato juice, avocado, onions, garlic and an assortment of organic mushrooms. She also discovered something new from her favorite cooking channel on You Tube ~ that tomato juice can be quickly prepped by scraping the tomatoes with a cheese scraper!

Today she woke up at 7:45 a.m. and cooked all these before going to school at 9:30 a.m. as she wanted to bring something wholesome to have for lunch in school:

Sauteed squids with butter, garlic and lime juice; sauteed assorted organic fungi with garlic, butter and cherry tomatoes.

She brought a big tub of salad with the squids and mushrooms to school for her lunch. Cass and I had those for lunch too and they were yums!

The Diamond Earring

Cass has a tendency to stumble upon money and jewelry whenever we go out. Maybe she’s overly observant.  Or maybe she naturally attracts wealth. *HOPEFULLY* 😉

A few years ago she found a RM50 note when we were at the BSC Shopping Centre car park. Months later, she found RM50 in school and  gave  the note to her teacher.  Once, she found a gold ring under the table when we were at a Chinese restaurant.  We passed the ring to the waitress. Hopefully the waitress was honest enough to have passed it to the Lost And Found Department and I hope that the person who lost the ring went back to the restaurant to look for her ring.

Yesterday I was at an invited promotional event at a bank. While I was talking to the Customer Service staff, Cass found a diamond earring on the floor.  After we left the bank, she showed me the  diamond earring. It was beautiful and the diamond was very glittery! But I wasn’t sure if it was real or fake. I told Cass that we had to return the diamond to the owner and we went back to the bank and passed it to the bank officer. Hopefully the owner went back to the bank to look for her diamond earring.

So whatcha think, y’all diamond experts? Does the diamond look like the real deal?  Cass is dying to find out what happens to the diamond earring and if it’s a real one. She’s been harassing me to call the bank officer to find out from her the fate of the diamond earring.

Tuesday Eats

My breakkie this morning was something pretty healthy ~ high in protein, high in fiber and almost zilch carbs.

Leftover dinner from last night, eaten cold: organic long beans omelette, organic broccoli and red + yellow bell peppers. I only remembered to snap this photo half way through eating, thus what you see here is just the remains.

Did you know?
Broccoli is a nutrition powerhouse that supplies loads of nutrients for few calories. While there are no single ‘superfoods’ that can prevent cancer and certain risk factors for cancer are unrelated to diet, there is evidence that eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of cancer. A key component of broccoli is a phytochemical known as sulforaphane, which also gives broccoli a slight bitter taste. Studies have shown that sulforaphane may play a part in enhancing detoxification of airborne toxins, such as cigarette smoke, and could help reduce the risk of certain cancers. Further research has suggested that broccoli may have anti-cancer properties and could reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

After a healthy breakfast, I had another high protein lunch of char siu, siu yoke and curry noodles with the hubs at Happy Garden.


One of the best siu yoke in the Klang Valley can be found at this kopitiam. Sorry I forgot to take note of the name of the kopitiam! This roast meat stall used to be stationed at Kedai Kopi & Makanan Mooi Mooi (corner lot) but the owner has since moved his stall  to another kopitiam just next door.  He is now occupying the whole kopitiam.  The once dark and rundown shop is now refurbished and transformed into a brightly lit Chinese herbal wholesale business.

 

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Same owner (man in blue tee) in different kopitiam  now.
Photo credit: Open Rice


Best in the world melt-in-the-mouth charcoal roasted siu yoke! And this is the owner’s claim to fame! No one else makes such crispy siu yoke that melts in the mouth as him.

But I can’t stomach so much fat and don’t fancy fatty food. After a few pieces of siew yoke and a few pieces of 99% lean char siu, I already felt cloy.  The hubs with a bottomless pit chomped down 2 small plates of siu yoke, 1 small plate of char siu and 1 plate of rice. Patrons are free to help themselves to the gigantic pot of aromatic soup (chicken feet with radish) outside the shop.

Damage today for 2 small plates of siu yoke, 1 small plate of char siu, 1 plate of rice and takeaway char siu, siew yoke and roast chicken with 1 packet rice (enough for 2-3 pax) was RM113.  Pretty reasonable eh?  The bowl of curry noodles was from the kopitiam next door.

Address:
Jln Rukun 2, Taman Gembira (Happy Garden)
Old Klang Road
58200 Kuala Lumpur

Hungry Girl and HFM’s Exercise Regimen

My 13-year old dancing, fighting and drama queen has a voracious appetite. I am in awe at how her digestive system can process food at such amazing speed as she eats every two to three hourly! She usually has a pretty heavy breakfast at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and by 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m., she eats lunch with me before going to school. Before going to school, she prepares another heavy snack for her recess at 4 p.m. Her dinner is of course heavy too.

This is what she prepped today for her 4 p.m. recess:


2 slices of bran and wholemeal bread with poached chicken breast, a fried egg and avocado.

Her breakfast today comprised of her own DIY Mediterranean salad (lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, onions, nuts and a poached egg) and 2 slices of bran and wholemeal bread with avocado.  Lunch was poached kampung chicken rice and a few pieces of stuffed brinjal with fish paste and fish ball. The hubby and mil went to Ampang for Yong Taufu with hubby’s visiting heart surgeon uncle from London.

On the fitness front, I’ve recently ramped up my strength training by adding 15-20 minutes of lower abdomen exercises and bodyweight movements before my 30 minutes power walk and jog. And it is definitely speeding up my declining metabolic rate up a few notches.

One of the reasons why I started to add lower ab exercises is because my 3 daughters with flat tummies are asking me why I still have a jiggly tummy though I exercise and don’t eat carbs!

That’s because I’ve stopped working on my abs ever since Cass was born. Plain lazy. And it is after the birth of Cass that I developed a jiggly tummy.

Besides working on my abdomen in the morning, I also do it in the evening (together with Cass) and if I am not too frazzled, I do it again before bedtime.  Lower abdomen exercises are pretty fun (can be painful though) as you can even do it on your bed. I do it on the pool side deck chair and bed. But once you get the drift, your body gets used to it and you can easily do 30-40 times for each movement and then repeat.

With the addition of lower abdomen exercises and bodyweight movements, I get hungry faster and I can see a slightly flatter ab. Am I imagining things I wonder? haha!

One Pot Porridge For Three Meals

Dancing Queen is feeling a little under the weather with a slight fever and on the verge of losing her voice.  But she insisted that she wanted to go to school yesterday as she has to rehearse for a drama. Told her to call me if she could not hold on anymore.  Her classroom is not air-conditioned (unlike her primary school) and being in the afternoon session, her classroom can sometimes transform into a sauna on a hot afternoon, which ain’t very good for someone running a temperature. Thank God after downing Izumio and Super Lutein and sleeping almost the entire morning, she was better today.  This is one of the perks of being in an afternoon session. And she has another year of honeymoon next year before she goes back to the morning session.

While Dancing Queen slept like a baby until 10-ish a.m., I quickly made a pot of  porridge in the rice cooker, then made a quick trip to the supermarket to get some minced pork for the porridge. I had about 2.5 hours to get the porridge ready for the sick girl to eat before she goes to school.

This bowl of goodness is composed of minced pork, carrots, kombu and a piece of dried shell fish (I have no idea what it’s called but the mil bought it from Hong Kong); seasoned with sesame seed oil, salt, pepper, organic soy sauce, coriander and seasoned Korean seaweed.  We had this for lunch and dinner.  Cass says she wants to have a bowl for breakfast at 5:30 tomorrow morning before going to  school and there is still another small bowl for my breakfast tomorrow. What a convenient and economical dish this is that can last us for 3 straight meals. And it’s yummo too!

Busy Her, Busy Me

Stole these photos of my badass 13-year old dancing queen last night. She just got back from her Muay Thai class right after school and it was 8:30 p.m.

On most nights, this dancing queen only has her dinner after 8:30 p.m. after her dance class (twice a week) and Muay Thai class.  After her dance competition, she may join the kickboxing class at night.  Which means, poor me, the GRAB driver that gives free rides has to work every single night 5x a week!

I wanna bawl and go on a strike!

Mid Autumn Festival (Monday, 24 Sept 2018)

As in previous years, it is a school-declared holiday for Cass today as she’s from a Chinese school.  It’s a normal school day for Drama Queen and Alycia.

The mil whipped up a few simple dishes for dinner.  We had sauteed petai (stinky beans) with shrimps, Three Cups Chicken (a Taiwanese dish), Huai San and carrot soup, sauteed celery with fish slices and braised jicama / yam bean / turnip with cuttlefish.  Sorry no picture to share as I had totally forgotten about it!  Was too busy rushing off a few assignments for the advertisers and then rushed off to fetch Drama Queen back from school.  And my Drama Queen, in her dramatic fashion as usual, made my time stand still for 10 minutes when I picked her up from school today.  Shall write about it in my other blog.  All the dishes tonight were right up my alley, including the stinky beans but I loathe the aftermath, thus I abstained from it with steely willpower   💪

Unlike previous years where  it rained on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, this year’s Mid Autumn festival fell on a perfectly dry day, surprisingly, as the past few days had been wet and chilly.  The night was exceptionally clear with hardly any cloud and very, very breezy.  Cass had a hard time keeping the fire on the candle of her lantern alive.

This year’s mid autumn moon is also exceptionally HUGE, shiny and majestic.

Drama Queen lit up candles to post on her Instagram page.

This year, over 10 kids from our condo gathered at the pool area to play lantern.  Cass and Sarah are the oldest of the lot. The kids together with their parents and grandparents walked the jogging trek / jungle path at our condo with brightly lit lanterns in tow, some emitting deafening music.

Cass waited eagerly for exactly one year to play lantern with Sarah again, a girl her age who lives on the penthouse of our block. They met on Mid Autumn festival last year. Sarah is an only child, thus craves for friends to play with.  Each time they meet, they would remind each other of their Mid Autumn festival lantern play date. It’s really heartwarming to see these 2 little girls talk, play and walk rounds after rounds at the condo like the best of friends. I hope that Cass and Sarah will keep this tradition alive for many more years to come and grow up still being good friends from the same condo.

I wonder whether Cass still wants to play with a lantern next year.  Most kids outgrow the lantern by eleven or twelve. Some has an everlasting love for lanterns.  I asked Cass if she still wants to do the same thing next Mid Autumn and she gave me a shrug and said “maybe”.  I’ll see…

Modish Women’s Outerwear and Sweaters

When the mercury starts to drop, there’s no better way to stay warm and glamorous than in a furry topper and chick women’s outerwear.  With candy-colored faux fur coats stealing the spotlight this season, there are plenty of outerwear options ready to instantly transform you into a street style star.

Let’s have a look at what some of my favourite super models and celebrities are wearing to beat the cold:

Gigi Hadid looked really cosy in a shearling coat and goggle-like sunglasses.  Do you love this level of snug?

 

While out in New York for Fashion Week, Bella Hadid wrapped up in a huge burgundy coat decorated with stars.

Gigi and Bella Hadid are sisters, whose mother was a former model.

Gigi is acing it with her style this winter. Here the model battles a snow shower wearing some trusty boyfriend jeans, a black coat and her Stuart Weitzman ‘Gigi’ boots.

Hailey Baldwin wraps up for the cold weather wearing a big jacket a beanie.

 

This has got to be my favorite, being a mini skirt lover myself –  Gigi Hadid ignores the New York snow and wears her leather mini skirt and thigh-high boots (swoon!) out at New York Fashion Wee.  Wish I could dress up like this in the snow one day 😊

 

Jessica Alba kept warm in the city as she wore an oversized khaki parka coat, and a brown cross-body satchel.

 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked absolutely stunning in her leopard-print jacket at  GLAMOUR HQ, we’re sure you can see why! I love this style of dressing too.

imageDon’t you just love the elegant women’s outerwear worn by these super models and celebrities? I am swooning over all of them! I wish I could don on these jackets and faux fur coats too. I think it will most likely take another few more years before we embark on our next overseas winter holiday.

My two older daughters have a thing for cute sweaters and pullover hoodies. They take every opportunity to don on their sweaters and hoodies whenever we are out at air-conditioned places.  Not only are my two girls hoodie fanatics. I notice that this is a trend among their friends and my friends’ teenagers. I see teenagers and youths on the street wrapped up in a pullover hoodies on hot sweltering afternoons 🙄  But donning on pullover hoodies and sweaters in our kind of weather is mind-boggling to me. I can’t even stand wearing a sleeved top in our sizzling hot weather.  Moreover these sweaters do not come cheap. Thankfully for online stores like FashionMia, women’s outerwear and cute sweaters can be sourced at affordable prices.

Check out some of these funky sweaters from FashionMia:

 

FashionMia carries an impressive collection of funky outerwear, dresses, tops, shoes and much more. Check them out.

 

Baked / Grilled Squids

I bought a bag of calamari (squid / ‘sotong’) from the pasar malam yesterday. My three piranhas are big  fans of the ‘sotong’.  No wonder they can be quite a ‘blur sotong’ at times 🦑

I told the girls that I’d like to try baking the squids in the oven but we would have to wait for another day as their grandma had already cooked dinner.   But my drama queen could not wait to try  out prepping this new dish.

Once we got home, I cleaned the squids before storing them in the freezer. But this eager beaver chef wannabe quietly removed one squid from the freezer, cut it into rings and off she trotted to her phone to Google for an easy recipe to bake/grill the squid in the oven.

She found a very simple Mediterranean recipe for baked squids and only a few basic ingredients are needed:
1. Salt
2. Olive oil
3. Black pepper
4. Lime juice

Direction:
Just marinate the squids in the above seasoning, place the squids on a rack (rack over an oven-proof tray) and grill/bake at high temperature (200C) for 5 minutes.  Be careful not to over bake the squids or they will turn chewy and rubbery.

Remember, only 5 minutes at high temperature.

And the baked squids were PERFECT : al dente, not chewy at all, juicy and the lime juice gave it a very zesty tang.

Yummy, the girls and I love the baked squids! This recipe is a brilliant back pocket recipe for busy nights.

Sorry, other than this picture, I don’t have a close-up picture of the baked squids. Had I not quickly snapped this picture, there would  not even be a single piece of squid left for me.  Remember, they are merciless piranhas when it comes to food!

Not even a minute out from the oven and the 3 piranhas dashed over to the tray to attack the hot sotong! Thank God no one had burnt tongue 😛

Shopping For Women’s Boots And Cheap Coats

I have never owned a pair of women’s fashion boots and I would really love to own an over-the-knee boots or a mid-calf boots. But it is crazy to put on a pair of leather boots in our country where the weather is sizzling hot almost every day. When I next go overseas during winter, I think I am going to get myself a pair of boots.  I regretted I didn’t buy a pair of boots when I visited New Zealand three years ago. We were in Auckland in summer (December) but that summer’s temperature was hovering at 15C.   I was a tad unprepared for the chilly weather with rain almost everyday. I had packed along plenty of summer dresses and a pair or two of leggings with thin sweaters. Thankfully the mil loaned me her mink cardigan which kept me warm for two weeks.

For those of you who know me well, long pants (jeans, leggings, jeggings, etc) are not my thing. I find wearing long pants pretty uncomfortable. I am always in  dresses, skirts or short pants.  Even when I go overseas during winter, I am pretty reluctant to pack along some long pants. I remember wearing short pants and a bra singlet under a thin sweater in 15C temperature in Auckland and got stares 🤭

Recently I got some ideas from a fashion website on what models wear during fall / winter.   At Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2017 show, the gorgeous Bella Hadid strutted the runway in a blazer, a shirt and a pair of red over-the-knee sock boots where pants would normally be. It’s an effortless yet surprisingly warm combo that she wears rather regularly.

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You see, you can survive the fall/winter without pants but with over-the-knee boots.  Think about how sexy it’ll look layered under a shirt dress or a skirt with a slit even though you’re showing just a sliver of skin. Think about how it’s going to keep you warm, sans pants.  So this is one of the ways on how skirt / dress lovers can ditch the pants for over-the-knee  boots during fall/winter.

Women’s  boots can be very expensive. Recently I found an online fashion retail store that carries affordable women’s fashion boots and cheap coats. For those of you who love wearing different coats and boots during fall/winter each year, you can check out BerryLook.com for affordable winter clothes, boots, shoes and more.

True vs False – Women’s Perspective on What Really Happens on a Stag Do

A Stag Do weekend will always present a man with an opportunity to hookup with his overly enthusiastic friends and some crazy what to do ideas. They will go out together to have fun and create a weekend to remember.

However, these men affair weekends have not gone down well with some women. Women are surely always wondering what bad their fiancé and his crew will do on Benidorm stag weekend or what stag do activities in Amsterdam will they choose just to upset them intentionally. Sometimes they are right, but most of the time they will be proved wrong and their concern will be completely unnecessary.

To be honest, there is a lot that goes on during Stag Do weekend and majority of activities are positive, but there is other half which certainly will upset women. Some of the most common activities are: 

Spending the night in a bar
Men will tend to spend the night in a bar and grab “some” drinks. Fortunately, some of them will be faithful enough to just take their beer and go home. However, some of them are a bit naughty. After taking several bottles of beers, their judgment becomes impaired.

They will turn to grind random girls that come across them. This is a possibility that has kept many women insecure. And any hint that their fiancé will be attending a stag event gives them goosebumps.

Infidelity
It is something that happens quite often during stag weekends. It is practiced by married men attending their friend’s weekend. Most of the times they do it to upset their women back at home or just hope that they will not be discovered. Fortunately, some men are good at holding their horses. They will avoid any temptation that comes on their way just to remain faithful.  

The possibility of the groom being “abused”
This is something most women worry about. Yes, the groom is usually “abused” on his stag weekend and most of the time he will not get mad over it. Even if his friends are placing him intentionally in crazy situations and maybe going a bit far with providing some love treats, just to spice up the party, there is nothing that bad in that and women need to chill out on this possibility and know that their man will come back home ok.

Everything that is done on your fiancé while out on a stag weekend is just in the name of having fun. Remember, he is out with his friends whom they have shared some memories. They will wish to bring back those memories they hold dearly.

Expect men to be cheeky
While out on stag weekends, men will be somehow cheeky. They will take part in childish acts, in the name of having fun. This is something they will find solace in. Playing hide and seek, beach volleyball and many more activities will be part of their schedules.

Conclusion
Stag weekends are very vital to men. It is a chance for them to enjoy with their fellow men just before marriage. Therefore, it is important for women to wish their men the best of luck as they head out for this event. Most men will be faithful enough to be reasonable while having fun.