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The littlest one is back to her usual self finally and we’ve started to have our nightly before bedtime light-hearted chats on the bed once again. But as with most cuddly toddlers who turn into tweens and teenagers, she still greets any public display of warmth with revulsion and sullenness. Grown children do not want to be the object of all our affection or the main repository for all our dreams. I totally understand it and I’d gone through this phase once when I was a teenager. How I miss those days when my baby girl still loved her Telly Tubbies, High 5 and My Little Pony; those super UHU glue days when we would even hold hands when we were in the car 😥

Anyway, onwards and upwards!  On the bright side, my baby girl is growing up.  Today she told me that her teacher has chosen her and a few other classmates to take part in an inter-school drawing and painting competition. Cass is pretty good with her hands. She’s good in drawing, constructing things, putting together gadgets, self-assemble furniture, jigsaw puzzles and LEGO when I would freak out. She’s just like her dad.  She’s so happy that she gets to take part in this art competition and can’t wait to start on it.

Here are the photos of our late dinner or rather supper last Sunday on 8 September 2019.  The next day was a public holiday.

I can’t even think of the vaguest connection between these food pix and how Cass has morphed and remorphed, so I’m not even going to try.   So jumping right into it – after rounding the roads of KL and PJ and don’t have any idea on what to eat, hubs drove to Green View Restaurant, PJ to dig into crabs and jumbo prawns. As it was already 9 p.m., I told him to go easy on the dishes.  I don’t normally eat after 8 p.m.   So we only had 4 main dishes, juices and dessert.

Ice Plant served with sesame dressing.

Fresh prawn noodles

Sweet and sour crabs with fried mantou

Longan herbal jelly

There was also an individual bowl of crab meat sharks fins broth that hubs ordered for himself which I didn’t snap the photo.

Food was superb and by the time we finished our dinner, it was already close to 10:30 p.m.

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Sensenique Natural “Betaine, Sulfate & Silicone Free” Hair & Body Wash

I wash my hair twice a day and sometimes even thrice a day as I exercise, cook and walk under the sun (thus sweat buckets!) almost every day. Thus, I have to use a mild shampoo that will not dry or irritate my scalp. I also have mild folliculitis on a few hair follicles on my scalp that will get inflamed if they are aggravated. If you have this condition, you’ll know how annoying this condition is and one of the nasty side effects is hair loss. So, using a shampoo that’s mild and contains as few harsh chemicals as possible is key to treating the condition.

Recently I tried Sensenique’s range of natural shampoo and body wash infused with essential oils, Argan oil, Olive oil, Jojoba seed oil, Macadamia seed oil and a host of other natural plant extracts and have fallen in love with them!

I have the complete range of hair shampoo and body shampoo from Sensenique and love each one of them!

Product variant (priced at RM39 for each variant):
Ginger Orange – Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash
Peppermint Lime – Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash

Every bottle of hair care product comes with a little note on what users can expect when they switch to betaine, sulfate and silicone free shampoo.

How Do I Feel After Using Betaine, Sulfate & Silicone Free Hair & Body Wash?

1. Hair and scalp
Hair feel a little dry after shampooing ( that’s because it does not contain silicone) but after applying Sensenique’s silicone-free conditioner, it feels smooth. Previous synthetic conditioners I’ve used always give my hair that slippery and creamy feel and makes my hair super smooth and ‘conditioned’. Even the bathroom floor has a slippery coat that is hard to wash off (major turn-off for me!) Turns out this is the work of silicones – which aren’t found in organic hair care as they cannot be classified as organic. Silicones coat the hair, giving it an artificial, slippery feel that can cause build up on the hair and scalp. Sensenique’s conditioner does not give me that ‘stubborn’ waxy feel on my hair and bathroom floor 😆

With Sensenique’s natural sulfate free shampoo, you won’t get a rich lather, like with most mainstream shampoos. This is because your bog-standard shampoo will contain sulfates like sodium laurel sulfate. Sulfates are used in shampoos as a foaming agent. Not only are sulfates irritants, but over time they can dehydrate the hair and scalp. Traditional sulfate-based shampoos can leave you with a more a “squeaky clean feel” and so you may experience less bubbles and a more “creamy” lather.

Natural and sulfate-free shampoos like Sensenique’s hair care range that are made with natural plant oils and herb extracts have the ability to promote new hair growth by naturally stimulating the hair follicles, maintaining the moisture and improving the overall condition of your hair and scalp,

2.  Skin (body and face)
The natural scent of peppermint, lime, ginger and orange is really invigorating and wakes up my senses early in the morning and at the end of a long and tiring day. I apply the body wash on my face and body. What I like about Sensenique’s body wash is that I do not get the dry and tight feeling that I usually get from most brands of body wash and face wash yet the gentle formula is efficient enough to wash off all my make-up with just one pump. The body wash comes off easily with rinsing and does not have the slimy feel you get from some brands of body wash. Super love it!

Ingredients
Sensenique Natural products are made with the following soothing, calming and conditioning herbal extracts for skin, hair and scalp (include anti-hair loss, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation properties):

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*
Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract
Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract
Equisetum Arvense Extract (Horsetail)
Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Leaf Extract
Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract
Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract (Lemon Balm)
Centella Asiatica Extract* (Centella)
Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract* (Japanese Knotweed)
Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract* (Baikal Skullcap)
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract* (Tea)
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice *

*ECOCERT natural plant extracts

Why I Choose Sensenique’s Shampoo and Bodywash?
As a health freak mom, I get a peace of mind when my girls use Sensenique’s premium blend of safe, toxin-free, gentle yet effective glucose, amino acid & fatty acid based surfactants that make them perfect for everyday use. They are scented with pure essential oils and consistent usage leaves us with healthier skin, hair and scalp.

Their formula does not contain any sulfate or betaine surfactants such as Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Coco Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate(SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate(SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS). Thus, the formula is suitable for all hair types including color treated hair and all skin types, especially sensitive, dry and problematic skin like eczema.

Lastly, the products are priced reasonably at RM39 a bottle. No doubt it is costlier than bog-standard brands of shampoo and body wash. However, if I were to compare Sensenique with other premium brands of shampoo and body wash with similar premium formula, Sensenique is priced at a fraction of the price of its competitors.

Where Can You Find Sensenique Natural range of products?

SENSENIQUE NATURAL is available at:-

Home & Bath Department at
> ROBINSONS -GARDENS -2nd floor
> ROBINSONS – FOUR SEASONS KL – 3flr
> SOGO KL – 5th flr
> SOGO CENTRAL ICITY – 3rd flr

Healthlane Pharmacy @ the following shopping malls:- KLCC, NU SENTRAL, THE GARDENS, BANGSAR SHOPPING COMPLEX, HOCK CHOON(AMPANG)

Healthlane Pharmacy @ ARDENCE LABS ,ARDENCE SETIA ALAM, SETIA ALAM TOWN CENTER, KEPUNG MALURI, ARA DAMANSARA, MUTIARA TROPICANA, SETAPAK CENTRAL MALL, PUCHONG TAMAN KINRARA, RAHMAN PUTRA, TAMAN DESA JAYA, SRI DAMANSARA

Organic Shop – Matahari Organic at Taman SEA

If you prefer to shop online, hop over to www.senseniquenatural.com
and register to enjoy membership benefits of
– Immediate 15% discount on all your purchases
– Free Delivery for nett purchases above RM100

 

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Pressure Cooker Pan-Fried Steak And Purple Sweet Potato Mash

Pan frying steaks, fish or chops is something that I will avoid like a plague as I hate cleaning up oil splatters. Thus, I leave this task to the mil and we only have fried fish and steaks whenever she’s around.  But ever since mum gave me a Philips Pressure Cooker (PPC), I’ve become more daring in my kitchen pursuit 👩🏻‍🍳

Yesterday I took the courage to pan fry striploin steak in my PPC. The steaks have been sitting in the freezer even before the mil left for New Zealand 2.5 months ago. I’d better cook them before she returns in two weeks’ time or she’ll be shocked to see the steaks still there after 3 months and I know what questions she’ll shoot towards me  🤐

Ok, back to the steaks! I am so pleased that the striploin beef steaks turned out pretty well. They were so good that my 3 persnickety piranha polished them off, though I had to snatch back the medium rare ones from the littlest one to pan-fry them again to make them thoroughly cooked and safer for consumption.

These look medium rare and perfect for my carnivorous hubs who would devour on bloody juicy steaks but he had to work late last night, so the 3 piranhas whacked them after I re-fried them for a couple of minutes more. After Alycia was down with food poisoning last week after eating Korean BBQ meat straight out from the fridge, I am now very wary of undercooked meats.

This is now almost well done, though I still see a tad pink in the middle.

The steaks were cooked on Bake mode (select ‘chops’) on the PPC.

While the steaks were slowly sizzling in the PPC, I had enough time to cut up a whole pomelo!  With a PPC, I don’t have to stand at the stove to watch the fire. I can wash the dishes, wash the veggies and stir-fry them on the gas stove, etc while the meat is in the PPC. The meat hardly gets burnt as the Bake mode will end after 15-20 minutes. So even if you forget about it (but I doubt anyone will be that forgetful 😆) while you’re busy doing something else, you’re pretty safe as the Bake mode will end after the cycle.

The striplion steaks were marinated with salt, black pepper and Lea & Perrin sauce.

I also made a mash composed of organic purple sweet potatoes, organic orange sweet potatoes, US potatoes and organic cauliflower.

And blanched some organic broccoli and cauliflower in the same pot of water that I used to boil the potatoes.

I was worried that the 3 picky girls wouldn’t accept something so healthy with cauliflower and purple sweet potato in their mash but surprise surprise, they loved it!

Ingredients for healthy mash (just nice for 3 very hungry teens and 1 small eater adult):
3 purple sweet potato
2 orange sweet potato
3 US potato
2 handfuls of cauliflower
2 tablespoon of organic butter, melted in the microwave
1 tablespoon of salt
1 or 2 tablespoon of black pepper
2-3 tablespoon of fresh milk

Directions:
1. Cut the different types of potatoes into chunks
2. Dump the potatoes, sweet potatoes and cauliflower into a pot of boiling water with salt and boil till soft. Remove from water.
3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the boiled potatoes and cauliflower.
3. Separate the potatoes and cauliflower into two batches and blitz for about half a minute in the blender. Add in milk and melted butter and blitz together.
4. You can eat warm or chilled in the fridge.

How I LOVE the color of Barney in my mash💜.   Have I mentioned that when Alycia was a toddler, she was besotted with Barney?  Till today, more than a decade later, hubs and I still remember the lyrics of Barney’s “I love you, you love me” rhyme❤️

I thought that there will be leftover of mash as it was a very big portion and I was unsure if the fussy girls would accept mash in purplish hue but it’s a hit. I’ll definitely make this again!

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What Is a Compounding Pharmacy?

Prescriptions offer a variety of healing benefits for patients. They are used to target specific issues, alleviate pain or fight off viruses and bacteria. Not only can the right prescription medication make you feel better, but they can help you overcome diseases, common illnesses and mental health issues. Doctors may prescribe either a common medication or use compounding.

Pharmacy Compounding
A licensed pharmacist can create a drug or pharmaceutical preparation. Commercially available drugs often have side effects or contraindications preventing a patient from taking the medication. Compounding is an option for receiving the healing benefits the patient needs when other options are unavailable. Pharmacies such as Tailor Made Compounding founded by Ryan Smith Lexington KY create their pharmaceutical preparations with formulations and peptide synthesis.

Ryan Smith Lexington KY in conference room

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Medication Customization
Compounding allows patients to customize their medications. Patients with allergies such as gluten or latex can use a compounding medication that does not use those ingredients in the preparation. Children and pets can enjoy a better flavor of medication, like bubblegum, that makes the medicine more palatable and easier to get them to take. For those patients who experience symptoms such as stomach upset, the pharmacist can use compounding to change the medication’s form. The patient still gets the strength and dosage they need without the side effects of oral medication. Dosage or strength is another thing patients can customize with compounding that is unavailable in commercially available prescriptions.

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Compounding Limitations
The Federal Drug Administration prohibits pharmacists from duplicating those drugs already on the market. However, the pharmacist can create a topical gel or suppository of a commercially available oral medication. By changing the form, the pharmacy does not violate the law. Patients must have a prescription from a physician for a compounding medication prior to receiving medication from the pharmacy. These compounding medications are patient-specific and not produced on a mass scale like commercially available drugs. Only a doctor can determine if compounding is right for their patient.

 

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The Best Shepherd’s Pie In Singapore

Shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust or topping of mashed potato. The recipe has many variations, but the defining ingredients are minced red meat, cooked in a gravy or sauce with onions and sometimes other vegetables, such as peas, celery or carrots, and topped with a layer of mashed potato before it is baked. The pie is sometimes also topped with grated cheese to create a layer of melted cheese on top.

In my family, everyone loves pies. Shepherd’s pie is one of our favorites, as with any savory pies with filling of meat. My very own baking queen loves baking pies and she can make really yummo pies from scratch, from the pie crust to the ingredients. But the aftermath of her pie baking sessions stresses me out. Though I’d love to eat her homemade pies, the thought of cleaning the mess she makes in both the wet and dry kitchen turns me off.

Wouldn’t it be nice if delish and freshly baked pies can be ordered at just a few clicks of the mouse? That will be bliss for pie lovers! And yes you can certainly do that at shepherdspie.sg and have the tastiest and freshest pies delivered to your doorstep in a jiffy without breaking a sweat! All you have to do is go to www.shepherdspie.sg, the purveyor of the best shepherd’s pie in Singapore, who has been around since 2011. Their pies which are available in beef 🐄 and chicken🐔, are baked with love and delivered hot right to your doorstep. Shepherd’s Pie Delivery offers 3 different sizes of pies – Medium, Massive and Mini.

The pies from shepherdspie.sg are baked fresh and their ingredients prepared fresh, so they have to be ordered one day in advance.  Check out their pies below:

Are you drooling already looking at the pie photos? Shepherd’s Pie Singapore have been receiving positive reviews from satisfied customers for their pies which are made up of a hearty filling of meat, a creamy and smooth layer of mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.

My stomach is growling now!😋

How To Order
Ordering the pies is simple. Simply select the pie you want, and click on the cart icon in the top right of their website.

Cut-off timing for next day delivery is at 5pm and you have several time slots for delivery, as follows:

Delivery Time Slots:
Time Slot 1: 11-1pm
Time Slot 2: 1-3pm
Time Slot 3: 6-8pm

Delivery Costs
Standard Delivery Cost: $7
Free Delivery For Orders Above $80

Are you craving for mini beef shepherd’s pie for lunch tomorrow? Or planning to serve mini chicken shepherd’s pie for junior’s dinner tonight just because you don’t feel like cooking? You could also order a few massive beef or chicken shepherd’s pies for a pot luck party at home or office. Head over to Shepherd’s Pie and give them a try and don’t forget to let me know if you like their pies 😉

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Nursing The Girl Back To Health

Alycia has been down with a stomach flu and absent from school for 3 days. Besides napping and doing a wee bit of revision, her eyes have been glued to her phone, watching K-dramas and K-pop videos.  She’s supposed to eat clear porridge but this girl would 😭 at the sight of porridge.  She wanted to eat Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) from this restaurant run by Chinese nationals in our neighborhood but I said NO as jiaozi fillings are made from ground pig fats, which will exacerbate her nausea and diarrhea!  She opted for fish balls and noodles as alternative and I said OK, I’ll get the homemade fish paste but she has to roll the fish paste into balls herself. She agreed.

And just like a ‘silai’ aka Chinese housewife, she sat at the dining table rolling fish balls with her hands and eyes fixated on her phone watching k-pop videos 🙄


She was incensed when she realized that she was being photographed. We had a deal and I promised her that I would blur her face in my blog 😬

The fish paste is made with 100% fish meat with no salt, sugar and additive.

I blanched some udon that the mil bought from Japan and seasoned it with only  a dash of sesame seed oil, organic soy sauce and fried onions.  Though the doctor advised her not to eat anything, this girl said she had fainting spells. I allowed her to eat and she wolfed down this bowl of noodles, fish balls and vegetables 🤫 🤭.  I told Alycia not to eat any of the medicine that the doctor prescribed and just let nature takes its course.  She had very small meals 3 times a day and I gave her peppermint essential oil to alleviate the nauseousness.  I think nursing a child back to health is all about common sense and guts feelings. Of course there’ll be times when medicine and antibiotics have to be used to treat a condition.

She’s back to school today ☺️  and she’s going to spend the long weekend on a homework marathon to complete her backlog of homework for 3 days.

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Monday, 3 Sept 2019

Alycia’s down with a stomach flu today. She puked at midnight but didn’t let me know until the next morning. She had to skip school today as she was running to the bathroom to evacuate every few hourly. I was supposed to bring her to the clinic to get an MC but I’ve been so caught up with work that I didn’t get to do it today. Will do so tomorrow morning. She thinks she still needs another day of MC, anyway.  In her high school, absence from school without an MC or a valid reason in writing would mean 0.2 marks deducted from each subject.  Exactly a year ago, the exact same event occurred ~ Alycia had food poisoning, had to skip school the following day and I brought her to the same clinic to get an MC.  How coincidental can that be, that an exact similar event happened to the same person exactly 12 months later.

When Sherilyn was 11 years old, she fell from the stairs, twisted her ankle and had to get an X-ray done.  Exactly 12 months later when she was 12 years old, the exact same accident happened to her and she went back to the same hospital, got checked by the same MO and got an X-ray done by the same radiologist. On the same leg! This is really creepy!!!

After dropping Sherilyn in school in the morning, I went to Mid Valley to have a product briefing and collected some products from an entrepreneur for a product review.  Then I did some window shopping.

This morning Cass told me that she’s still feeling very bloated from all the heavy lunches and dinners that we’ve binged on over the long weekend. She wanted to  eat something light for lunch today. So I got her a small quiche, some salad and a herbal egg 🤤

Dinner was 12345 pork ribs and sauteed organic siew pak choy with fresh organic black fungus, shallots, garlic and organic miso.

Mid way cooking, my part-time helper called me to say that she’s unable to come today. And this threw my evening plans out of the window. I was supposed to bring Alycia to the clinic to get an MC but now I had to wash the pile of dishes, wok and PPC pot all piled up in the kitchen sink. I quickly roped in Alycia to help me wash some of the dirty dishes in the sink while I zoomed to school to fetch Sherilyn back.

Thankfully I used the PPC (Philips pressure cooker) to cook the 12345 pork ribs and the mess / oil splatter is almost zero. And the meat texture cooked in a PPC is super tender and moist. The only thing that I hate scrubbing is the heavy stainless steel wok, which I used to saute the vegetables and heat up some overnight pork chop with heavy sauce.

Hubs has been really good tonight. He ironed the mountain high pile of clothes left stacked up on the sofa in the living room for days. He even ironed his princesses’ clothes 😍

Despite a hectic day and some bad news, my consolation is I don’t have to drag myself out of bed at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow as Cass doesn’t need to go to school because of the UPSR exam. Yay to another day of sleeping in!!

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2019 Wedding Dress Ideas

When planning a wedding the first task is to pick the perfect date for the ceremony. Then there are the wedding bands, the flower girls, bridesmaids, caterer, flowers and most importantly, the wedding dress!

If you’re the fashion savvy bride, you’ll most likely be looking at the wedding dress trends for 2019. I have selected the prettiest, most dramatic trends for you to swoon over as you imagine yourself walking down the aisle on your big day in your charming spouse’s arms. So, if you’re on the hunt for a wedding dress with some flair, then this is the perfect inspiration for you to start with. Enjoy!

Dramatic Ball Gowns
If you want to make a show-stopping appearance on your big day with a big entrance, just like a princess, then the dramatic ball gown is the perfect choice. Features like the voluminous skirt combined with either an off-shoulder, sweetheart strapless bodice or long lace sleeves makes your waist appear lean and tiny like a wasp’s are the trend in 2019.

Recommended:


Charming Appliques Tulle Ball Gown Wedding Dress from Cocosbride.com

Barely there straps
For a wedding dress that combines classic with a bit of fashion forward drama and a lot of sensuality, the off-shouldered and skinny straps might just be the right 2019 wedding dress trend for you.

Recommended:


This Elegant Court Train Lace Tulle Wedding Dress is versatile and suitable for the outdoors during summer, church and hall.

Sexy Plunging Necklines
A favorite detail of the modern bride who fancies something sensual, the plunging neckline is a favorite trend for 2019 bridal attire.  This design element is bound to get you under the spotlight and envy of many and it does so while making you appear ultra-feminine, slimmer and more curvy. Just make sure that the gown has built-in padded bra or if you’re the busty type, you can use stick-on bra cups or bust aids to prevent any nip slips.

Recommended:


This Charming Cathedral Train Tulle A-line Wedding Dress from Cocosbride.com comes in six dreamy colors of White, Ivory, Blushing Pink, Pearl Pink, Dusty Rose, Champagne.

Capes
If you’re the kind of bride who wants something flowing gracefully at the rear of your bridal gown as you walk around in a beach or garden wedding setting, the cape is the accessory to add to your bridal style. It can successfully replace the veil if you’re not into that kind of old school accessory, but at the same time, it can add a strong note of glamour and fashion-forward sophistication.


This Elegant Sequins Chiffon Tulle A-line Wedding Dress from Cocosbride.com can be custom-made for plus size and petite brides.

I hope this article gives you an idea of what to look for in 2019 wedding dress ideas.  Check out Cocosbride and be mesmerized by the dreamy and beautiful wedding dresses they offer.  Find THE ONE wedding dress for your big day at this site! They offer a wide choice of elegant shapes and necklines for all frames, both for bridal and evening in any setting to make sure each woman finds the dress that will bring out the goddess in her heart. Whether you’re looking for plus size wedding dresses, petite wedding dresses, elegant bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses or maternity wedding dresses, Cocosbride have them all.

Luxury should be affordable and Cocosbride strives to help every bride-to-be afford a gorgeous wedding dress to wear on her big day.  Check them out to shop for the most important dress you will ever wear.

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It Takes A Village To Raise A Child

It’s been two weeks since my littlest one woke up and got disconnected from me and angry with me with no particular reason on the first day of school after the third term school holidays. Thank God she’s almost back to her usual self, though I wouldn’t say that her usual self was how she used to be.  I still haven’t accepted the fact that my baby girl is now growing up and she’s no longer a baby; she doesn’t want to be treated like one and I have to treat her like a big girl.  It’s been one hell of a difficult two weeks, having to deal with her cantankerous and grouchy behavior and non-verbal communication with me.  💔 But I just knew that it would soon pass and yes it did.

I used to have a very hard time dealing with Sherilyn too when she was at that age. This is just part of growing up. Growing pains for both the child and parent.  But I finally see her smile and talk to me again.🧡

Some disrespect is a normal part of teenage growth and development, though not all tweens and teenagers are rude or disrespectful.  This is partly because our child is learning to express and test out her own independent ideas, so there will be times when you disagree. Developing independence is a key part of growing up and a good sign that she’s trying to take more responsibility. But she’s also still learning about how to handle disagreement and differing opinions appropriately.

A teenage’s moods can change quickly. Because of how teenage brains develop, our child isn’t always able to handle her changing feelings and reactions to everyday or unexpected things. And this can sometimes lead to over-sensitivity, which can lead in turn to grumpiness or rudeness.  So I just have to accept all the crap of black sullen face, rudeness and disrespect from Cass as part of her growing up.

Over the past one week, this tween of mine seemed to be a tad scattered brain.  On Monday, she had a hard time waking up and woke up 5 minutes late; her transporter left our condo. I had to bring Cass to a half-way meetup point for her to get up the van. The next day, she lost her new eye glasses in school. The following day, she lost her mechanical pencil in school. Other days, she forgot to ask me for pocket money and forgot to eat the bun that I’ve packed for her in her lunch box. She felt bad over losing her glasses and all the inconveniences that she’s caused me with her lackadaisical attitude.  She’s been searching for her glasses in school for the past two days and she finally found it today!  It’s inside a glass display outside the office and she needs to see the assistant principal to claim it back next week.

Sherilyn told me that Cass could be influenced by the character of Elizabeth Allen of The Naughtiest Girl (by Enid Blyton) as this is one the latest books that she’s been reading.  Perhaps?  Cass used to be so obsessed with Harry Potter that almost everything that she said had a little bit of Harry Potter influence in it and she’s still very much obsessed with Harry Potter. She’s still very much influenced by Enid Blyton’s tea time, heavy supper, casserole and pumpkin pasties and often asks me for these English things  😆

I can’t agree more with the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. In my case, it’s more of taking half my life to raise three children. Why is it so hard to raise children? I must equip myself with more parenting strategies to bust away bad attitude and bring lasting closeness and understanding with my girls.

Something that I learned from parenting sites:

Teenage girls are developing their identity and opinions. And part of that is disagreeing with and pushing back against what they perceive as parental control. Difficult teenage daughters aren’t being difficult out of spite. Rather, they are acting under the influence of intense biological shifts. 

Practice unconditional love. Therefore, parents should never withdraw or withhold their love based on a difficult behavior. Teen girls need to know that their parents will be there for them no matter what.

Thus, despite all that’s been going on, I still tell Cass – I love you, take good care and God bless you on most mornings before she gets into the school van.


Something that I cooked on a busy weekday this week – fried meehoon with homemade fish balls, cabbage, carrots, loads of scallions and garlic and spring onion from my balcony.  I roped in Cass to roll the fish balls and blanch them and she enjoyed the cooking session with me very much as she got to pop the fish balls into her mouth before her sisters did ❤️


A song for all parents to their precious little ones by Michael Bublé – Forever Now

 

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Retail Therapy Hump Day

Wednesday is the only day in a school-going week that Sherilyn is free to go to the mall with me in the morning. There’s no tuition in the morning and no librarian duty in school that requires her to be in school in the morning. We normally have our one-on-one mother daughter shopping trip and nice lunch at the mall every alternate week on a Wednesday, before I drop her off in school.  She gets to share a regular cup of Tealife with me, sans the boba and sans any sugar. We normally order classic roasted milk tea with glass jelly with zero sugar.

Today I gave Sherilyn the liberty to choose what she wants to eat and she chose Fish Bowl, the Hawaiian-style poke bowl.  To me, poke bowl is like Japanese + Hawaiian style ‘chap fan’ (aka Malaysian economy rice/dishes).  But to the Gen Y and Z youths, it’s all the rage and style.  Basically, poke bowl is composed of a protein (optional), greens, seeds, condiments and sauce atop white rice/ brown rice / quinoa / greens.  It’s the Gen Y and Gen Z’s version of ‘chap fan’, served aesthetically in a nice bowl at an air-conditioned mall vs ‘chap fan’ served in plastic plates in a kopitiam 😁  Anyone can prep their own poke bowl at home, really – just assemble your fish or chicken along with vegetables aesthetically atop rice  😆

For dinner, I cooked a one-pot dish ~ chicken stew and blanched broccoli.

Chicken, organic purple sweet potatoes, organic orange sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, organic leek, organic tomatoes, loads of big onions and small onions, bay leaves, thyme, Italian herbs, black pepper, organic soy sauce and salt to taste.  How I love the kaleidoscope of colours in this dish and the broth imparted from all these ingredients is just so flavorful and sweet!

Happy hump day peeps! It’s time for me to resume my Ahmad duties and my duty only ends at 9:45 p.m. tonight  😴

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Test To Determine Eye Disease

Many of us have suffered from some sort of eye ailment in our lives. However, some can be serious and need to have tests run to determine what is happening and how it can be treated. Here are a few tests that can be run to find out if you have an eye disease.

Artificial Intelligence
Recently doctors have been able to use artificial intelligence to run an algorithm to determine if you have eye disorders. Some of these optometrists such as Kang Zhang have designed this type of technology to diagnose a problem more accurately than a human can alone.

Angiography
When a doctor performs this test, they are applying eye drops into your eye. This medication allows the physician to observe the blood vessels in the eye better so that they can investigate issues. When they are doing a Fluorescein Angiography, they are using fluorescent drops to see the vessels in the back of the eye. If they want to do an indocyanine green angiography test they will use the dye to look at your retina and choroid.

CT Scan Or MRI
To get a look at your entire head, your optometrist might order a computed tomography or magnetic resonance image. When this happens, you will be put inside a large machine in the radiology department and asked to lie still. Scans will be taken of your head and a radiologist and your doctor will look at them so see if your disorder is caused by something in your head.

Pachymetry
When you have this sort of test, the physician applies numbing drops to your eye. When they start working, a probe is set on your eyeball and the doctor uses ultrasound waves to look for issues. This is a necessary test if you have refractive eye surgery.

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Get The Beat World Tour 2019

Our dancing queen’s haul in the Get The Beat (GTB) Asia dance competition held on Sunday, 25 August 2019 was champion, 2nd and 5th placing in the student’s choreography, jazz and solo contemporary (under 14 category).

With this, she’s now qualified for the world finals to be held in Bangkok from 18 – 22 December 2019.  But her dad and I don’t think that she’ll be going as we want her to focus in her studies.  Lately she’s been spending too much time partaking in all sorts of competitions and dancing. We’re extremely proud of her prowess and burning passion in dancing but we feel that studies should be above dancing.

Even the day before the competition, Sherilyn had to be in school at 7 a.m. to perform in a Chinese cultural dance in a Merdeka Day celebration. She’s spent every night practising at the gym till 10 p.m. for the GTB competition and during the weekends and holidays, her team mates from school came over to practise the Chinese dance.

Would you believe it if I told you that our dancing queen choreographed all the dance moves herself for the GTB competition and for her school’s Chinese cultural dance? Sherilyn stopped going to the dance studio for lessons several months ago as I think she needs a dance teacher who can teach her more advanced techniques and help her to raise her game.

Enjoy the photos…

Sherilyn bought rhinestones and glued them to her dance costume herself.

My dancing queen has definitely come a long way from a 3+ year old chubby cheeked girl who started attending ballet classes to a determined 14-year old who choreographs her own dance ❤️


Sherilyn and Alycia in January 2009.

Backstage after the first event…

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Dealing With A Difficult Tween

I’ve been feeling a tad melancholic since the start of school on Monday. On the first day of school, my 11-year old found it extremely hard to wake up for school. And when she woke up after much resistance and kicking, she morphed into a totally different person… like someone has just cast a spell on her.  Errr, it’s still the 7th month in the Chinese calendar  👻🥶

The moment she got up, she was very moody and extremely stroppy. Suddenly, everything that I said to her wasn’t well received by her. Everything I did and said were wrong in her world.  Suddenly she became so volatile and disconnected from me that she’s a totally different person. It’s a shock to me as my previously sweet little baby girl starts tantrumming and hating me!  Hate is such a strong word but this best describes her behavior towards me.

Who is this girl?!

What did I do wrong?!

This went on for two days and today is the third day and she’s still behaving coldly towards me. It could be the lack of sleep that’s affecting her growing body and mind. She’s been waking up at 9 – 10am everyday for the past one week during the school holidays and forcing her to get out of her comfy bed at 5:30 a.m. can be ruffling this angry bird’s feathers. Ideally kids need to get 9 hours of sleep but I’ll be happy if she can chalk up at least 7.5 hours. Sleeping early is another issue that I am currently battling with my Gen Z girls. For those of you with Gen Z tween and teens, you’ll know what I mean.

Another factor is at her age, this girl is seeking to find more independence. She’s a tad more sheltered and controlled than her two sisters when they were her age because of her health issue. Until the repeat MRI is carried out (too long a wait at HKL), we are now waiting to know anxiously what’s going on in her urinary tract that’s causing the issue. Because she feels that her wings are clipped and she can’t fly like her peers who are all like birds who have just learnt to fly, she feels that life is unfair to her and she’s left behind in the baby nest alone.

I’ve read that the more I insist on controlling all her choices, I am inviting rebellion, or worse. If I can find appropriate ways to give her independence, she won’t have to rebel against me to start standing on her own two feet. Of course she’ll make mistakes. That’s how humans learn. And of course she isn’t ready to make all her decisions. I’m still the parent. Deciding how much to weigh in is the hardest part of this parenting dance, especially so when I am dealing with a tween who is facing not only wacky hormones flooding her body but also with an undiagnosed condition that may require another surgery that’s causing the both of us a lot of anxiousness. It’s been a long and frustruating 11 years for the both of us.

Feeling down, I had brunch alone today after dropping Sherilyn in school. Hubs was busy at work.  At the shop,  my eyes were bigger than my tummy ~ I over-ordered and had to doggy-bag some of the food home 😬

Two portions of spinach, 3 types of balls, 1 lobak, 1 stuffed bitter gourd, 1 stuffed brinjal and a bowl of pumpkin barley sago tong sui. This shop uses premium Sanbanto pork in their fish paste. Even their pork balls are from Sanbanto.

It’s an achievement that I could eat so much food for brunch! I was so stuffed to the gills that I felt like my denim skirt was going to burst. I am a pathetically small eater, thus I always find someone to eat with me to share my food.  I had to tapau the stuffed brinjal and lobak home.  I couldn’t finish the pumpkin tong sui.

I love the yong tau fu from Taman Desa Yong Tau Fu & Dessert but the bill can be a tad stressful on your budget if you, like me, get too excited and ambitious and stack the tray mountain high with all the stuffed items, balls, vegetables, etc.  My brunch today was RM18 plus RM1.50 parking ~ budget exceeded for lunch but I felt some of the blues melt away as I tucked into the delish food and yummy tong sui.  Food indeed has some destressing effect!

Exactly my sentiments!! A slow death with doses of cortisol injected into the body everyday 😩

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Academic Excellence Reward

Each time we go shopping, Cass would ask to window shop at the Lego shop.  Lego is something that Cass likes since she was 3 years old, besides jigsaw puzzles. She could spend hours on end absorbed in these two toys and be completely oblivious to her surroundings.

The other day I threw a challenge at my Harry Potter fan ~ I told her that if she gets outstanding results in her coming final exam, she’ll get a Harry Potter Lego of her choice.

For the top 3 positions in the entire Primary 5, this Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle with a price tag of RM1,943 will be hers to claim!

And this Hogwarts Clock Tower @ RM499 will be hers if she is within the top 10 in the entire Primary 5.

Let’s see if Cass is able to claim her reward this year. I’m pretty flexible with the prize and it can be carried forward to the following year with no expiry date so long as she meets the target! ☺️

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Faith In Humanity Restored

When Alycia got home from a day’s outing with her friends yesterday, I was surprised to see her donning on a pair of bright yellow Adidas shorts the moment she stepped into the house.  That’s now hers and I queried her.  And there’s a story behind this super expensive pair of shorts, which I initially just couldn’t buy the story.

Here’s the story…

Alycia and her friend were having brunch at the Lot 10 food court yesterday morning before adjourning to the MABA stadium to watch their friend compete in a basketball match. A man who was holding a tray with food and drink was inadvertently shoved by a staff pushing a pushcart and the black herbal drink   was spilled onto Alycia’s long pants.

Rich man to Alycia – I am so sorry!!  

The man then left the scene in a heartbeat but moments later he came back with  something in a plastic bag for Alycia!!

Rich man to Alycia – I got you new pants as compensation. Sorry again!

And in the bag was a pair of shiny original Adidas shorts in fluorescent yellow with a RM120 price tag! Her jaw dropped.  According to Alycia, the man who spoke in a polished English accent wore business suit and looked like some refined and rich businessman.

When I heard the story, I didn’t buy it at all. So did her dad. It sounded too good to be true. Too orchestrated!  When I asked Alycia to show me her stained black pants, it was dry. Why totally dry?!  Her nosy second sister quickly sniffed the pants like a sniffer dog and commented that the pants didn’t smell like it was soaked with herbal drink. 🤣

Alycia – That’s because I washed it at the toilet and sun-dried it at the stadium. You see, I washed it so hard till I tore the pants a bit (then showed me the tear on her pants). Why don’t you believe me mummy? When a real-life Santa Claus gave Cassandra a RM100 note on Boxing Day for no particular reason a few years ago, it’s also an unbelievable story. No one would believe this story too. Good things can happen mummy! Why would I want to lie to you?? 

As I grilled Alycia for the next couple of hours, the story seemed more logical and consistent.  Perhaps I have too much misgivings on humanity caused by all the negative news that I read from the newspapers everyday.  If this story was indeed true, then this stranger has definitely restored my faith in humanity with his responsibility and generosity so that a girl didn’t have to go through the discomfort of wearing a pair of sticky and damp pants the entire day.

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Papa’s 76th Birthday Celebration

Last Friday, my parents took the morning ETS from Ipoh to KL Sentral.  We picked them up from the train station and then adjourned to Brickfields to have lunch of South Indian cuisine at Vishal Food & Catering Restaurant.   Exactly a year ago, we went to this Indian restaurant to have lunch with my parents too when they came to have papa’s birthday celebrated in KL. Happy memories when we walked into the restaurant again exactly after a year!  Why does time fly by so fast?!!

The next day (Saturday),  papa’s birthday celebration was held at Oriental Treasure @ Bangsar South.

Papa’s Hazelnut Chocolate Cake is baked by Front Room & The Kneady Baker again.

The menu that we chose

All the dishes were perfectly executed and right up our alley. Portion was just right and at the end of the dinner, we were not stuffed to the gills. We could still womp up the lemongrass jelly dessert, the ‘sau to’ pau and birthday cake without feeling cloy.

I feel so blessed that papa is able to celebrate his birthday with us again this year.  It really doesn’t seem too long ago that he was here with mum to celebrate his birthday with us. I pray that we can celebrate his birthday every year for many more  years to come. Happiest blessed 76th birthday in advance dearest papa!  ❤️ His actual birthday falls on 19th August.

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