CMCO Day 166 ~ Sunday, 22 November 2020

Hubs has bento box prepping at his shop in the morning, followed by a private kitchen event attended by celebrities in the evening. Since I have some free time on a Sunday, I went to his shop to help him with the photography to post on Catermate’s Facebook page as I’m helping him to manage the page.

Today’s lunch is chicken ham spaghetti from hubby’s kitchen and Yomie’s purple rice x yoghurt.  Funnily, I didn’t really like this beverage the first time I tasted it. However, during the first MCO when hubby’s friend treated us to this yoghurt with chewy purple rice, I got hooked to it.  Sherilyn and Cass find this combo bizarre and don’t like it.  Well that’s good news to me as I don’t have to buy 4 cups for the 4 of us. It’s pretty expensive at RM13.90 a cup.  And to be fair, I alternate between Yomie’s and Tealive / Gong Cha for the girls.  Last week Sherilyn and Cass had Gong Cha, so this week we’re having Tealive. Next week we’re having Tealive again.

Do you know the reason why I’m ordering milk tea and Yomie’s every week? I can feel my stress and anxiety melt away as I sip the drink down my throat🤭 .

Ever since Cass did a Cycstoscopy procedure under GA two weeks ago, I’ve been having anxiety. And I’ve been swamped with work the past two weeks. The stress is causing me heart palpitations and I just needed to do something to de-stress.  My daily morning run under the blazing 10 a.m. sun works wonders.  Since my fortnightly retail therapy is no longer feasible and safe now, I get the high whenever I order milk tea and Yomie’s 😁.  And I order food from random Facebook home chefs too to support them, just like how so many people are supporting my hubby’s food delivery business now.

Dinner is Yin Yang Kimchi fried rice by Sherilyn, using the kimchi that she made.

Dessert ~ cutesy coconut jelly from hubby’s shop.

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Christmas Gift Ideas

This year seems to have whizzed past us so fast even though most of us have been locked up at home for the most part of this year because the world has been roiled by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that I’ve reminded you that Christmas is just a month away, have you started shopping for Christmas gifts yet? I know most of you have not gone to the shopping mall for a long time because of the movement restriction order and shelter in place imposed in your country by the Government. Many of you, just like me, still feel jittery going to the mall as there have been an alarming number of Covid positive cases detected in malls. Thank God for the convenience and advancement of eCommerce, all your shopping needs can now be done online though you may be stuck at home.

For those of you with good friends, business partners and loved ones living in Hong Kong, you can order high quality gifts and flowers online from Give.Gift.Boutique for these special people in your life for Christmas. Though you are not able to meet them in your life right now due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, you can show your care, appreciation and love to them via gifts and flowers sent to them from Give.Gift.Boutique.

Hong Kong Give.Gift.Boutique. is a leading florist and gift shop which delivers top quality gifts, hampers, and bouquets. I have handpicked a few lovely gifts from GiveGift perfect for Christmas gifting to friends, loved ones and business associates.

1.  Christmas Present Box S38
The Christmas Present Box S38 is for the Agnes B fan who enjoys imported snacks such as Crabtree & Evelyn / Marks & Spencer crisp biscuit curls (made in France), FOSSIER, France, Framboise Macarons gift box /European premium Cookies or chocolate gift box and comes with a bottle of imported sparkling wine. It comes with Xmas décor and a Xmas doll in a picnic rectangular gift box. This is for her, who could be your sweetheart, your mom, sister or a colleague.

 

2  Christmas Hamper X4
The Christmas Hamper X4 contains 12 items (including container) with luxurious brands such as Godiva, France AOC Red Wine, The Peninsular, Agnès b. delices, among others. This gift is suitable for him – someone who is a fan of imported chocolates and enjoys an occasional booze. This luxurious hamper comes with a brown color synthetic leather casing. 

 

3. Christmas Hamper M15
The Christmas Hamper M15 contains 17 luxurious items (including container), with brands  such as Godiva, Alpswine, Agnès b. delices, Jenny Bakery, Artisan Du Chocolate,  Marks & Spencer, Emborg, Lane Crawford – Fortnum & Mason, England and many more. It comes with a bottle of luxurious non-alcoholic Kyoho juice, premium chocolates, biscuits, jam, tea, nuts, truffle and other luxurious imported food items. This is the kind of Christmas hamper that I look forward to receiving 😉

Out of sight does not mean out of mind.  Faced with COVID-19, our loved ones and dear friends are now more than ever on our minds. Though we can’t meet them, we can spread the love with unique and wonderful gifts this Christmas. It does not matter that this Christmas, you’re not able to have a Christmas party with your loved ones and friends who are in Hong Kong.  No matter which part of the world you are in right now, you can still brighten their days with a luxurious Christmas gift.

Give.Gift.Boutique helps you spread Christmas joy during these uncertain times with special gifts delivery. Place your order and send them to your loved ones in Hong Kong today!

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Tonkatsu And Hiyayakko Tofu

Our teenage chef dished out Tonkatsu and chicken katsu with Japanese curry for dinner on our Monday. There’s also a side of Hiyayakko tofu (Japanese chilled tofu)  and deep fried wakame. Our dinner was super oishī!  Everything that Sherilyn dished out that night was superb and comparable with the ones from the expensive Japanese restaurants that we used to go to.  Everything that this girl dishes out is always so good.  And to think that this girl used to give me a terrible time every evening when she ate her dinner, she’s really come a long way.

When Sherilyn was about 3+ years old, all through she turned 6, she would sit at the dining table from 7pm through 11pm struggling to finish her plate of dinner. On most days, she fell asleep with food still in her mouth. I was too busy with a sickly baby Cass and Sherilyn didn’t get along well with Dyah, our ertswhile live-in Indonesian helper. And my mil used to be overseas most of the time. So she was always neglected. My poor Sherilyn.  She’s now a foodie, just like her dad 😁

Our evening got even cheery with a huge double rainbow in the sky just before rain bucketed down but the storm only lasted 10 minutes 😊

Can you see the double rainbow?

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How to Touch Up Car Paint Damage Like a Pro

It’s daylight robbery. Anyone who has ever had to fork out for a huge repair bill after even a tiny scratch in their car’s paint will know how empowering it would be to be able to fix up paint damage on your car. The team at elitepaints.co.uk has understood from many years of helping their customers that one of the best experiences you can have is fixing up a scratch or abrasion yourself with a handy tool like a car paint touch-up pen.

You may have never considered yourself much of a DIY expert, or anything like a mechanic, but the truth is that touching up your car’s paint is absolutely something you can place firmly within your wheelhouse.

Step 1: Get a Car Paint Touch-Up Pen Kit
Visit elitepaints.co.uk and choose from their selection of car paint touch-up pen kits. These have everything you need to get started in your repairs. These kits typically include a pen for primer, basecoat and clearcoat all in one. The pens work a lot like traditional micro-brushes that the pros may use, but they’re much easier to hold steady and control because you can grip them like you would a pen.

Step 2: Wash and Sand Down the Affected Area
No matter how minor the damage you are fixing, you need to have a totally clean and contaminant-free zone in which to apply the touch-up paint. Wash the surface, being especially careful to clean away remnant paint chips, wax, sealants and other substances that are in the area. Any and all of these things will affect the binding process, and to get the proper connection between primer, basecoat and clearcoat, you need a clean surface.

Use wet 800- to 1200-grit sandpaper on the surface to help smooth it right down to the metal surface. This is the fastest and most effective method for preparing that surface for paint application.

Step 3: Primer and Basecoat – But Practice First
Even the pros will take a moment to practice applying the paint before they actually move to the car’s surface. If you’ve never used the car paint touch-up pen before, then this step is especially important. Use an old tin can or other spare metal surface and try out the pen to make sure you can control the thickness and quantity of paint evenly. You’ll be glad you did that practice when you’re able to get it onto your car evenly the first time, and don’t have sand down and start again!

Apply primer and basecoat in thin, even layers, waiting 20-30 minutes between the coatings as the product you are using demands. Be patient and don’t think it’s “pro” to speed up the heating with a hairdryer or other artificial heat source. The only result you’ll get is blistering, and that’s hardly what a professional finish would look like.

Step 4: Sanding to Even
This is where you get the really professional touch. Using more wet sandpaper, even out the paint you’ve just applied so that you can rub your finger across the area and not feel any difference between the new paint and the original. The amateur DIY touch-up painter thinks that he has to make do with a lumpy spot that’s just the right colour. The professional knows he can even it out with the right kind of sandpaper and enough know-how.

Step 5: Clearcoat
Similar to primer and basecoat, apply the clearcoat at the end of the process to round off your work. This will give a lovely sheen and protective coating to help keep that fine paint work you just applied in place. There will a gap of 10-20 minutes between coatings of clearcoat as you wait for it to dry.

Look to elitepaints.co.uk for a great selection of car paint touch-up pens to start your own repairs. Reap the benefits of DIY touch-up paint work, and grow your personal automotive skill set at the same time.

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Jump Start Your Fitness With a Trampoline

The benefits of a regular exercise routine are well-known: improved health, better sleep, and reduced stress levels, to name a few. But let’s face it, treadmills and stationary bikes can get a little boring. If you’re looking to put some fun back into fitness, channel your inner child and jump into a form of movement that brings you joy.

Gentle on Joints

Have you ever watched children jumping on trampolines? You can almost feel their euphoria. The sheer freedom of near-flight is exhilarating, as is the sense of confidence that comes with controlling the landing. But why should kids have all the fun? Adults can enjoy trampolining, too, and get a great workout in the process. In fact, because the trampoline absorbs some of the shock, jumping on one protects your joints while allowing you to get a full-body workout.

Square Trampolines

Healthy for Hearts

Because exercise is central to heart health, any fitness plan should feature lots of physical activity. Trampolining, or rebounding as it is also called, is a great option. Much like jogging, but with a lot less discomfort, rebounding gets your heart rate up and the oxygen flowing through your body. It also targets your body’s core, those muscles in your back and abdominal area that protect your spine. Keeping the core muscles toned also decreases visceral fat, which is believed to contribute to a host of health problems including cardiovascular disease.

Superb for Strength

In addition, jumping on a trampoline can help speed weight loss. Not only does a trampoline workout expend calories, but it also helps build muscle mass which, in turn, burns calories more efficiently than fat tissue does. Stronger muscles also protect you from injury by keeping your joints properly aligned. As a bonus, those strong muscles look great, too. Jumping on a trampoline is especially effective for sculpting toned thighs, buttocks, and calves.

Trampolines are not just for kids anymore. Take your fitness to new heights by jumping on a trampoline; your body and soul will thank you for it.

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Cass the Assembler of Things

Cass had too much free time at home since there was no online class and piano last week (Deepavali holiday week). To kill boredom, she yanked off all the keys on her keyboard to do a thorough cleaning of the inside. I thought she’d have a hard time putting the keys back but this Lego and puzzle whizz assembled everything back in under an hour, effortlessly and commented that it’s fun. The cleaning part took a long time though. She used cotton buds, wet wipes and alcohol swab to disinfect her keyboard 😆

My go-to person whenever I buy clothes racks and cupboards that need assembling as I just suck at assembling things.  I have zero patience for such things but will still do it if none of the girls are free to help me.

Cordless keyboard re-assembled in no time. Thankfully it’s still working!

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Perfect Backdrops For Photography

If you’re a photography enthusiast, I’m sure you must be obsessed with photography backdrops. I love photography and  I’ve always wanted to get a beige brick wall backdrop like the one below or a vintage brick wall backdrop for my food photography. An effective background will help to dramatically enhance the photo.  Also, nice backdrops serve to cover unsightly and messy sights in our house 😬.

I often have plenty of images from a shoot but I usually discard many acceptable images just because the messy or inappropriate background rendered the photo useless.  A messy or unattractive background can quickly ruin your shot. If you’re a blogger like yours truly, or a  home-based entrepreneur selling homemade bakes and food or anything that’s homemade, getting a suitable backdrop for shooting can do wonders to the sale of your products.

There are many essential parts of a photograph and the parts are lighting, depth, scale, composition … the list goes on, but what about the background? If a strong picture is a complete picture, then the background matters.

A great photo requires a great backdrop. The background is of fundamental importance in the composition of the image emphasizing the subject, improving the photograph.  One of the best places to shop for photography backdrops is at Star Backdrop.  All the beautiful backdrops you see in this post are from Star Backdrop.

An impressive backdrop will add to the story, providing valuable information about your setting, and helping to dramatically enhance your photo. You should focus on the background as much as you do the subject being photographed.  After all, the background is part of your picture, and is often what will make the difference between a regular snapshot and a powerful composition.

This Princess White Wall Balloon Baby Show Backdrop is the perfect backdrop for a baby shower party or a little girl’s birthday party.

You don’t even need to throw an expensive beachside wedding party on your big day. Since border-crossing is now prohibited in most countries, no thanks to the nasty pandemic, couples planning a wedding can have a low-key make-do beach side wedding reception with this Beautiful Orange Curtain Pavilion Floral Decoration Backdrop for Seaside Wedding Ceremony backdrop for your photo booth.

A sweet Floral backdrop for a newborn baby shoot is simply irresistible. Looking at this super duper adorable newborn baby in this photo shoot makes me feel broody now 😁

Professional images with an appropriate backdrop capture authenticity. Photographs not only show your customers or website readers what you offer, but can also make them want to act on it.  A restaurant website filled with tantalizing and photos of their various food make one want to try everything and in turn order a lot!  High quality images with proper backgrounds speak of the quality of the product.

The backdrop behind your subject can make or break your image.  Cluttered backgrounds are distracting and draw attention away from your subject. If you’re attempting to sell products online, a cluttered image may not help you get the sales you aspire to have.  Good quality photos play such a pivotal role in the success of the sale of a product.

For example, my hubby plans to include Christmas food boxes in his food delivery menu.  With a pretty Kitchen Wooden Christmas Photo Studio Backdrop like the one below coupled with the proper lighting, the Christmas box photos will look highly professional and attractive.   Most people judge the food by its appearance, thus if the photography is impeccable, this will surely entice people to order.

Christmas is coming soon and I do fancy having a Christmas backdrop, like a huge Christmas Brick Fireplace  or a Stone Fireplace Christmas backdrop in our living room to create a Christmassy atmosphere since we will most likely not be having any Christmas party this year caused by the pandemic and restriction on gatherings.

 

Cass will be needing this Class of 2020 Graduation backdrop with her standing next to it as I doubt there will be any graduation for Year 6 pupils this year unless the CMCO is lifted.  Even if there was a graduation, I think it will be a low-key ceremony where parents may not be invited as part of the SOP.

If borders remain closed for another half a year, I will need a Blue Sky Sandy Beach backdrop at home to help me de-stress. I miss having holidays and really miss going to the beach!

It’s easy to overlook the background and forget that it is a vital and prominent part of your photo.  By taking the time to pay attention to the details in the background, this can open the door for new photographic opportunities; and will help you to take your photography or your online business to the next level.  To browse the best backdrops for photography, do check out Star Backdrop. They have really wonderful and pretty backdrops for every occasion and need.  Some of the categories that you can find at Star Backdrop include retro backdrops, Christmas backdrops, custom photo backdrops, white wood background, school photo background and many more.

Most of the backdrops at Star Backdrop start from USD23 each for the smallest size and biggest is priced at USD215 each. There are 8 standard sizes and custom sizes are available too.  The dimension of the standard size backdrops ranges from 3ft wide all the way to 20ft wide.  The backdrops are made from durable microfiber, which is soft and seamless.  They can be washed and dried in the dryer if the backdrop is dirty. To remove wrinkles, the backdrop can be ironed.  The images are digital printed onto the backdrops and look realistic and vivid.  Reviews by previous customers are positive with comments such as excellent material quality, fast and safe shipping, vibrant colors and excellent price.

Backgrounds or backdrops are highly recommended to be used to highlight your subject in a context that helps them to stand out, without being overwhelming. Fortunately, finding the right background for your images isn’t hard with the availability of online backdrop specialists like Star Backdrop. With a bit of practice you will soon be a professional at using the right backdrop, and identifying backgrounds that work with the composition at hand.

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Traveling for the Holidays – Don’t Forget to Practice Good Dental Hygiene

With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re probably thinking about the travel time and spending time with family and friends. As much as the holidays are about to be thankful and spending time with loved ones, it’s also important to have a plan in place that will help you maintain a healthy smile. Indulging in great food, including sweets is expected and something you should not avoid, but between the traveling, the snacking during football, and the delicious holiday dinners, your teeth and gums may be exposed to a variety of harmful elements. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the holidays while protecting your teeth.

Before Traveling

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your healthy smile when traveling during the holidays is to visit Westminster Dental for an end of the year cleaning and examination. So, before loading the family in the car and heading off to spend the holidays with family, remember to schedule an appointment with the dentist. This will help to ensure your oral health is prepared for more than your usual encounter with the acidic foods and sweets that are a typical part of the holiday meals. Remember to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and flossers so you can brush after meals. Keep in mind that it’s best to drink plenty of water, especially with meals and before brushing.

Eat Foods that are Healthy for Teeth

Holiday traditions often center around eating bountiful meals with family and loved ones. Not only is sharing a meal a great way to spend time with family but when you sit down to a holiday dinner, it may also be healthy for your teeth and gums. Many of the traditional holiday foods include vitamins and other nutrients that are important for good oral health.  Some of the foods that you should be sure to include in your holiday meals that will help keep teeth strong and healthy may include:

  • Cranberries, which contain flavonoids that may help prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth and causing plague
  • Turkey, which is extremely high in phosphorus and it can help to re-mineralize teeth and the jawbones
  • Leafy greens, which are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, both of which are essential for reducing the risk of periodontal disease
  • Pumpkin pie, which is loaded with Vitamin C and calcium, both of which are necessary for bone maintenance, gum health, and developing teeth

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Have a safe and happy holiday season and do not forget to keep up with your healthy mouth practices. Brush teeth at least twice each day and floss at least once a day, and rinse your teeth with water after snacks and meals.

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CMCO Day 158 ~ Saturday, 14 November 2020 (Homemade Chicken and Pork Roulade with Ajvar)

We’re happy guinea pigs again today 😁. Our teenage chef tried  two new recipes for lunch – chicken and pork roulade and Ajvar (Serbian Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce) to go with the roulade.

The stuffing for the chicken and pork roulade is sauteed minced King Trumpet mushrooms with garlic and champagne. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our specially curated meal for lunch. Sherilyn planned to cook Tonkatsu with Japanese curry again but we got home late after she dropped off a gift to her friend and we ended up having KFC for dinner.  Our KFC meal was bought using vouchers that Sherilyn won in an online English quiz organized by Yayasan Johor Corporation recently.

Ajvar (Serbian Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce) with a nice smokey flavor to go with the roulade.  Our chef roasted the bell peppers on a non-stick pan over the stove before blitzing them.

Sauteed minced King Trumpet mushrooms with garlic and champagne as filling for the roulade.

Chef Sherilyn plucking some organic Chinese parsley from the balcony pot to decorate the dish:

It’s not easy to capture picture perfect photos of food.  The most important thing is natural lighting (not too bright or dim) and the only place I can get clear photos is at our balcony, at certain angles and at certain timing of the day. And for this, I need the girls to help me.

Today I discovered another talent of mine — I can do a pretty good job as a hair dresser! I managed to cut my super persnickety Cass’ hair. She has been bugging me to allow her to cut her hair herself (she doesn’t like to go to the hair dresser) and I told her that I will do it for her instead.  It’s my second time cutting Cass’ thick, frizzy and curly hair. I think it’s pretty easy and it took me less than 20 minutes to chop off about 20cm of her precious locks.  This time, Cass is super pleased with the outcome  😁.  While I was cutting Cass’ hair outside our unit, our Japanese neighbor came out, saw what I was doing and told me that today his wife cut their two sons’ hair too.  We mothers are multi-taskers and multi-talented 😊

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Online Lessons From Home

Now that schools are closed for the rest of the year due to rising Covid cases and only reopening on 20 January 2021, this will be the scene in my living room, six times a week.

Her desktop PC is turned on with teacher on screen, mobile phone is turned on with Roblox auto-playing and ear phones plugged in.  Every few minutes, she’ll switch screens to different platforms – Whatsapp, Discord, Spotify, You Tube and don’t know what else. And she’s apparently chatting with her classmates on those channels.  The distraction is just too hard to resist for a kid.  Online learning from home is totally not as effective as learning from school.  What’s more, there will be no more final exam this year and all major government exams are cancelled.  Can I really fault her for her lack of focus in her studies now?  According to Cass’ Mandarin tutor, all her students are behaving in a similar manner throughout the MCO.  Thankfully Cass’ class teacher, who’s also her Chinese language teacher has  the right tactic to tackle the students and the kids are very serious and pay attention whenever she’s teaching online.

According to the website of the high school that Cass will be going to next year, classes will continue to be in a blended learning module in 2021.

 

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Support Your Community During the Quarantine

Governments throughout the world have enacted quarantine restrictions that have impacted large and small communities alike. You and many others are unable to resume an ordinary life, which has impacted both individuals and businesses alike. If you wish to help your area, there are a few tasks that you and others can do.

Donate to Organizations

Your town or city likely has a few local nonprofit organizations that help the most vulnerable populations. They might need the following resources:

  • Cash donations
  • Masks (homemade or disposable)
  • Personal protection equipment (gloves, sanitizers)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Blood (if eligible)
  • Volunteer labor

You can try to contact these organizations directly or even do simple tasks like placing food by local pantries. Also, you can make money and supply donations to general nonprofits that help people throughout the country or worldwide.

Eat from Local Restaurants

Due to the restrictions on large gatherings and the high potential for contamination via food, restaurants have been hit hard during quarantine. Both larger chains and local places can use some help. While making a Noodles and Company order online Northwest Suburbs Chicago helps the franchises, your community’s independent locations also need plenty of assistance. Make sure they have curbside takeout and home delivery options to keep yourself safe while buying their meals.

Purchase Gift Cards

Other businesses throughout your community are also potentially in peril during this situation, but it might not be the right time to go shopping. An effective way to support these places is by purchasing gift cards for friends and family, as well as vouchers for your own use. Buying these items ensures that the businesses receive some money while also saving the shopping for a later time. See if any local business throughout the area offers them, from restaurants to clothing shops.

COVID-19 may have severely disrupted the lives of people in your community, but there are ways to help. These are just some of the solutions that can keep people and businesses going during these times.

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CMCO Day 152 ~ Sunday, 8 November 2020

Hubs and I went to Mid Valley Megamall today. It’s my first outing to the mall during CMCO/lockdown#2; my first in over 2 months.  Our primary purpose of going to the mall is to get my mobile number changed and for me to restock some cleaning items at Daiso. I also made a quick trip to Jaya Grocer to get some snacks.

I’ve been having a strange craving for snacks and junk food throughout the lockdown. Maybe it’s my body’s response to stress and boredom and snacks always make me feel good (and guilty).  Snacking is probably just my body’s way to beat the cabin fever blues.   During MCO #1 earlier this year, I had unhealthy cravings too.  When the MCO was lifted and we could go out to dine freely again, my cravings for snacks faded in tandem!  Damn it, my kitchen is now stocked up with muruku, tapioca chips, popcorns (non-GMO ones), Twisties, nuts and ice-creams! Someone at home also has similar strange unhealthy cravings for snacks during our time locked at home.  She followed me to our neighborhood supermarket yesterday and stocked up on Japanese jelly, ice-creams, instant noodles,  crackers, biscuits and nuts  😆.

Our girls are having a whale of a time skipping school and feasting on junk food. Everyday is a holiday for them – almost the entire year this year. Cass has a craving for ice-creams now.  Before she went into the OT on Thursday, she told me that she craved for Haagen Daz’s salted caramel ice-cream. I promised her that I would get her a tub if she’s well after the procedure.  And I kept my promise.

Our lunch at Ăn Viet, The Gardens Mall:

While waiting for our food to arrive, I watched a live speech by our Education Minister from my phone. I was in disbelief when he announced that all schools in our country will be closed for the rest of this year!  SPM is also postponed to 22 February 2021 – Alycia is happy to have more time to revise!  Form 2 and Form 3 students will only be going back to school in March 2021! I still can’t wrap my mind around this.  Thankfully my girls don’t fall into that category. I cannot imagine our girls stuck at home from now until March 2021!!  This is the only year in the history of our country that students only attended school for fewer than 4 months in a year with all major exams cancelled and postponed.

Before we left the mall, we got an exciting spread of takeaway food for everyone at home. Ever since CMCO #2 was imposed, we have never ventured out of our neighborhood to get food or groceries, except for hubs. We’ve gotten bored with the food from most of our regular restaurants and coffee shops in our neighborhood. The girls also got their fix of Yomei’s purple rice x yoghurt and Tealive. I think I will probably only hit the mall again in a month or two or when the CMCO is lifted.

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Get In Shape With A Body Shaper

Shapewear is everything you need to sculpt and support your body to achieve a more attractive figure. Body shapewear for women like waist shaper and tummy control body shaper are designed to impermanently alter the wearer’s body shape and they also work to provide support to the bust and back area.  There’s a lot more to wearing shapewear than meets the eye.  Shapewear provides many other positive benefits besides enhancing your look. The physical and psychological boost from wearing shapewear is enough to garner a whole new outlook on life as you stand up with a better posture, lose those last few pounds you’ve been trying to get rid of, and walk into any room with an air of complete confidence.

One of the many benefits of shapewear is that you can finally pull out your old skinny jeans or bodycon dress and actually fit into them!  All of a sudden, your wardrobe becomes brand new as you rediscover all the old favorites and breathe new life into them.  How wonderful!  Start with a pair of lightweight briefs or a thong and discover the benefits of wearing shapewear for opening up new possibilities for everyday outfits.

If you’re looking for affordable body shapewear and plus size waist trainer, Shapellx.com have a neat collection to choose from.  I especially like this reflective waist trainer that can glow in the dark or when light shines on it!  It will be perfect for me when I do my pre-dawn jogging in the dark. The reflective waist trainer can keep in in shape while keeping me safe in the dark.

These are some of the benefits of wearing body shapewear:

1.  Improvement in posture.  A waist trainer certainly does not allow you to slouch and keeps your posture straight and after a period of time wearing it, it becomes second nature to you to keep a good posture.

2.  Eating smaller food portions. Large meals may feel uncomfortable to consume when your midsection is under compression.  With a waist trainer or shapewear shorts on your body, you’ll likely feel more comfortable eating smaller meals rather than large ones.

3.  More calories burnt.  When you wear a waist trainer during exercise, you will sweat profusely, especially around your waist area.  With that extra sweat, you will lose some water weight and calories.

4. Postpartum care.  New mums will know how difficult it is to get back into shape with limited time on your hands with a new baby.  By wearing a body shapewear for a minimum of 4 hours daily for a month, you can lose up to 4 inches off your waist.

5.  Bustline Support.  Apart from accentuating your figure,  body shapers will come in handy if you wear a strapless bra as the body shaper will keep your bra secure in place. It also pushes up your breasts, thus making them look fuller.

Always remember to choose bodyshapers that fits you well, as being comfortable and relaxed is equally important as achieving that gorgeous look.  Check out the Black Friday shapewear sales on Shapellx now to get the best deals!

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Cassandra’s Cystoscopy – Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 (CMCO Day 149)

I woke up at 3:15 a.m. today to heat up the meatless Gimbap that Sherilyn prepped for us last night.  Then I woke Cass up so that she could have her meal as her last solid meal before the Cystoscopy today is at 4 a.m.  I was worried that this brat would push me away as she has issues waking up early! Thank God she got up the moment I jostled her from her sleep.  I thought that she’d have no appetite to eat at such an ungodly hour (she’s never eaten a meal at this hour before, besides her comfort sucking from birth to 3 years old) but she noshed the Gimbap and even asked me to reheat the butter garlic mushrooms that Sherilyn cooked yesterday. After the main course, she ate some cut papayas and drank a packet of Izumio and then went back to sleep.   Cass loves her sister’s cooking. Good, I can now retire as the deputy in-house cook and can handover this portfolio to Sherilyn 😁

The Cystoscopy today went quite smoothly without a hitch. I was allowed to follow Cass into the OT and left after she was knocked out by the anesthetist. Before I left, the nurse asked me to give Cass a kiss on her cheek. That was when I was overwhelmed with emotions. All the memories of May 2009 at GMC Penang came flooding back again. And here I am again, going through this the 4th time with Cass and all alone again in a freezing cold OT, waiting anxiously and praying fervently. And it looks like this is not going to be the last time as Cass will most likely require to go through another major surgery.

I sat alone at the waiting area outside the OT (photo below).  The place is devoid of people due to the hospital’s Covid-19 SOP.  The entire place is freaking cold and you know what? I left my jacket at home!!!!   Yesterday I put the jacket in my handbag but when I took my purse out in the morning, I took the jacket out and in my haste to leave the house, forgot to put the jacket back into the bag. Luckily I  had a shawl (made from sheer fabric!) in the hospital bag meant for emergency purpose. And if not for the OT scrubs and head cover that I had to don on inside the OT, I would have frozen to death 😅.

To generate heat to warm up my body and to beat boredom, I walked back and forth this cold corridor for almost an hour while saying my prayers for Cass’ smooth procedure.

Out of boredom, I snapped this photo from the 8th floor of the hospital .

I managed to steal this photo of Cass at the recuperating bay in the OT. Cass will not be happy with me if she found out. Thus, I had blurred her face.

With the oxygen mask still on, Cass’ first few words when I asked if she was feeling OK was “I am so sleepy. This feels like History class” and then let out a tired chuckle😆

Once again, Cass and I were the last to be ambulanced back to the ward as she’s the oldest kid in the OT.   The hospital’s order of priority for all procedures is by age in ascending order.  The procedure started at 12:40 p.m. and we were only ambulanced back to the ward 3 hours later. We spent about 6 hours at the OT.  Cass was the last patient in the OT when we left at around 4-ish p.m.. It was Cass’ first time being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher. She was actually well enough to walk or be put on a wheelchair but again, we had to follow the hospital’s SOP.  After the ambulance dropped all the patients from the ward to another building where the OT is, the nurse even insisted that I wheel Cass on the wheelchair to the 8th floor where the OT is as she said that’s the hospital’s SOP.

When Cass was back in the ward at the Institute of Urology & Nephrology, she was almost 100% well again. She ate half of the keto Gimbap that Sherilyn made for me yesterday, ate half my walnut bun and ate the entire plate of rice with chicken and fried cabbage that the hospital provided. She was famished after more than 13 hours of dry fasting.

Below: the keto Gimbap that Sherilyn prepped last night for my lunch in the hospital. It was still very delish when I ate it at 4-ish p.m.

As for me, after two days of anxiety and deprivation of sleep, I lost another 1kg. My weight now is a mere 41.8 kg and I’ve been having heart palpitations the entire day 😔.

To be continued…



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CMCO Day 146 ~ Monday, 2 November 2020

Today’s lunch had a little drama to it when Sherilyn made hand-pulled Biang Biang Shaanxi noodles and tomato eggs. Part way through cooking the noodles, the smoke detector alarm in the kitchen was triggered. This girl had heated up a pot at high heat with oil in it and it produced a lot of smoke and activated the alarm! Gave us all a scare as we thought something was on fire in the dry kitchen 😅

Biang Biang spicy noodles with Taiwanese style tomato eggs for lunch:

Smoke detector that got triggered by the intense smoke from the hot pot of oil 😱

This ain’t the first time the smoke detector was triggered when our girls cooked.  Last year Alycia heated up a pau in the microwave oven when I was out with Cass at the music school. And this girl played with her phone and forgot all about the pau.  The pau got burnt inside the microwave oven and the intense smoke from the microwave oven activated the smoke detector.  Thank God I got home just in the nick of time to turn off the microwave oven before it exploded!!



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A Coat That Never Goes Out Of Style

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