Healthy Low-Carb Tomyam ‘Noodles’

This is my almost zero carbo Tomyam ‘noodles’ ordered from my favorite Thai noodles stall.  The seller (whose wife is Thai) knows what I want and is always accommodating to my special requests.  My ‘noodles’ are the extra big red onion strips and the bowl of Tomyam ‘noodles’ comes with extra minced pork, tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, coriander, lots of fresh lemon grass, kafir lime leaves and other spices.  The tomyam soup is cooked less spicy for me.

After downing this piping hot bowl of keto ‘noodles’ under the sun (under some shady trees), I sweat profusely, which helps me to purge out toxins from my body while unclogging my pores. Plus sweating makes me lose some water weight too 😝 🤤

So me think, this bowl of almost zero-carbo ‘noodles’ is healthy and yummo too! Right now, it’s still my all-time favorite. You can find this stall at Restoran Tuck Tuck Tei @ Taman Desa, KL. It’s a coffee shop with al fresco hawker stalls.

Restoran Tuck Tuck Tei
No. 64A, Jalan Desa Bakti, Taman Desa
Wilayah Persekutuan, 58100 Kuala Lumpur

Common Abbreviations and Jargon You Need To Know In The Real Estate Industry

Every industry has their own jargon and abbreviations that is also including the real estate industry. If you are not in the industry and as you speak with the real estate agent, you will probably be wondering what is loan to value (LTV), what is temporary occupation permit (TOP) or what is stamp duty (SD)? These are just the tip of the iceberg and here we are going to share some of the basic jargon and abbreviations.

HDB – Housing Development Board
There are many countries in the world that provides public housing to their citizens but Singapore public housing is popular and well received by their Singaporeans. About 80% Singaporeans reside in HDB flat that is distinction with the highest percentages of residents in public housing in the world. With the rising population and land scarcity in Singapore, the value of hitting $1million in the HDB market is not far away from every Singaporean dreams.

TOP – Temporary Occupation Permit
TOP refers to the time when construction is completed and the property is ready to be occupied. Then, there is another abbreviation for the certificate that is issued by the Building Authority which is the Certificate of Statutory Completion (CSC) at this time.

COV – Cash Over Valuation
Most widely used since the increase of HDB prices from year 2007 onwards, COV refers to the sum above and beyond of what the flat is value at. It is also known to reach highs of more than S$50,000 in the recent years.

LTV – Loan To Value
It refers to the maximum amount that a bank is willing to lend in financing property purchased. For a value of S$1 million property, if the LTV is at 80%, that means the bank will lend a maximum of S$800,000. Even more recently, a series of cooling measures that is introduced by local authorities to discourage speculation have included the lowering the LTV or second mortgages to 60% from 70% previously.

SSD – Standard Stamp Duty
It is imposed by the IRAS (Internal Revenue Authority Singapore) on both buyers and sellers of property. It is also calculated according to the amount of property purchase value. It is calculated according to the tier system, with 1% imposed on the first S$180,000, 2% on the next S$180,000 and 3% thereafter. With the recent cooling measures have also included new SSD rates that is ranging from 4% to 6% for residential properties that disposed of within 4 years of acquisition.

ABSD – Additional Buyer Stamp Duty
As per the name, it is the additional stamp duty apply on buyers who are existing buyers or have bought any properties before under their name. It is computed on the purchase price as stated in the dutiable document or market value of the property. Recently, the government has increased the ABSD rates by 5% for cooling measure purposes. You can click here to check out the latest ABSD rates.

VTO – View To Offer
VTO is commonly used in open listings and sometimes the owner is ‘testing the waters’ by not indicating an asking price in order to see what the property offers can attract. There are some situations where VTO listing may mean that the flat may not have had its valuation exercise completed.

Co – broke
There could be situations where both buyer and seller engaged their own agents, a co-broke refers to agreement where agents on both side agree to share exclusive listings with one another, with a 50-50 split of commission. On the contrary, the co-broke system is sometimes abused, there are cases where agents may not reveal higher offers or encourage a client to buy more expensive flat in order to earn the maximum commission amount.

OTP – Option to Purchase
It is the right offered by a seller of a property to another potential buyer of the property. It sets up an option to buy property at a certain price within a certain pre-agreed time period. Buyers has the tendency to pay a fee for the right which they have to act on the OTP within the agreed period if they still want to go ahead to buy the property.

How to Determine What Is Causing Your Neck Pain

Anyone who has suffered from chronic neck pain knows just how uncomfortable it can be. It can diminish your quality of life. Here are some things that can help you determine what is causing your neck pain.

It is important for everyone to try to maintain good posture. When you do not have good posture, it can take a toll on your entire body. If you sit at a computer all day or you spent a lot of time looking down at your phone or tablet, you may experience neck pain because of bad posture. Speak with your doctor or use information you find online to get tips on how to improve your posture. There are certain exercises and stretches that can help you to do this.

Neck pain

Do you have an issue with TMJ? If so, this could cause your neck pain. The muscles in the jaw are very small, yet they can cause a wide variety of uncomfortable symptoms when they are strained. Address the TMJ and you may be able to say goodbye to your neck pain.

If you are dealing with a slipped disc in your upper spine, this can cause chronic neck pain. Working closely with a chiropractor can help you address this issue. Chiropractic massage hillsboro or may be a key part in the healing process.

Stress can have an overall negative impact on your health. It is something that can cause neck pain and tension in the upper body. If stress is the cause of your neck pain, find ways that you can minimize your stress or completely get rid of it. Regularly take time to do things that you enjoy and that help you get your mind off your problems. Use aromatherapy, massage, exercise, and other techniques to help you relax.

You may need to change the way you sleep in order to minimize or eliminate your neck pain. If your pillow is too hard or too soft, this can cause neck pain. Improving your sleep environment not only will help you minimize neck pain but will also help you improve your overall health.

My Weekend (10 – 11 November 2018)

Last weekend was a very tiring one for me with no chance of me stacking up on much Z’s. As usual, this busy mum to 3 active girls have been busy chauffeuring and attending events.

I spent my Saturday night at Cass’ school concert.  Cass was part of the Ukulele performing team.  Can you spot Cass in the pic?

The concert ended way past 10:30 p.m. and by the time we reached home and showered, we only hit the sack past midnight.  I was already having a throbbing headache at the concert  and it got worse the next morning as I had to wake up early to attend a trip to the Science Centre organized by Cass’ Sunday School.

Before the trip, we had a year-end party for Sunday school children.

With a throbbing headache and feeling a tad woozy from the lack of sleep, I had to walk the entire Science Centre and paparazzied for over 2 hours with no rest!  I was pooped out by the time we had dunch or linner or whatever you call it at 3 p.m.  I was both exhausted and famished.

I had to run fast to keep up with my Energizer bunny and her friends.  With over 2 hours of non-stop brisk walking and running, I chalked up over 13,000 steps yesterday.  I chalk up between 8k – 10k steps on most weekdays.

Did you know? Very interesting!

Ahem, so chew on a gum the next time you cut onions. I’ll have to remember to buy a pack of minty chewing gum for this purpose!

It took Cass and her look-alike friend, WY over half an hour to solve this puzzle! Even with help from other kids, parents, grandparents and pastor, no one could solve this puzzle. But Cass and her ‘twin sister’ refused to give up and they finally solved the puzzle!  Cass was SO happy!

Cass and her lookalike. Same age and born less than a month apart, other parents initially thought they were the same person. Even their hair style, hair color and skin color are alike.

We survived the bunker too!

Without my usual efficient part-time helper, Maria helping me out for over a month and a hectic October and November, I have lost 1kg! With this, my weight is now back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 45kg! 🤗  But I’ll definitely pile up on the 1kg again come December with the long school holidays, celebrations, binging, festivities and merriment.

Is Buying To Let Still Feasible?

There are many youngsters who are looking at house for rent in Seremban as buying a house is too expensive. Most people nowadays are working more than just one job to earn some extra passive income. Furthermore, property market is still considered as a popular investment. Are you thinking of buying a property for investment purpose, or to earn some passive income? However, with the recent property hike, although at a slower pace, you are still unsure if buying a property is a good way to earn some passive income as the property market is not stable yet and prices are still fluctuating.

Although our country’s currency is weak compared to the previous years, this does not stop people from investing in the property market. Before you jump onto the bandwagon of buying a property, it is essential to understand the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) on how it works, what it is and how it is computed. This article will elaborate on the feasibility of buying a buy to let property in Malaysia.

1. Right target market
Think about your target tenants. Finding the right target market is essential for people who are in the property market. Determine the potential target market depending on the location of your property. Young couples are more likely to rent a place instead of buying as they are not fully settled down yet. Furthermore, buying a property is still a big commitment for them. As for students, they are more likely to be interested in renting a room instead, as all they need is just a room to sleep and study. Furthermore, it is only for a short period.

2. Potential rental yield
A rental yield is the percentage you get in return based on the rental you get from your property after deducting costs incurred in maintaining your property versus total property price. As for capital gain, it is the gain or loss after you sell your property.

In order to know if your property is generating money flow from the rental that you collect is much more than comparing the rental you collect with the monthly installment that you pay, as you will also need to take other costs involved into consideration as well.

To calculate the rental yield, you may use the formula below:

Net rental yield = [(monthly rental x 12 months) – annual maintenance cost] / property price] x  100

Let’s say you are buying a RM750,000, 672 sq ft condominium unit at Verve Suites, Mont Kiara, with RM0.33 maintenance fee per sq ft. The rental rate in the market will then be RM2,800 for a furnished unit, which is equivalent to RM3,500 per annum.

Based on the calculation following the formula above, the net rental yield will then be 4.01% per year. However, the mortgage is not included yet. After taking your mortgage into consideration, your net rental yield will then be -1.16% per year based on the formula below:

Net rental yield = [annual rental – annual cost of maintenance – total instalment] / selling price x 100

Based on the calculation above, the property looks promising as a buy to let investment, and is definitely better than putting your cash in a bank under the fixed deposit scheme with a 4.15% interest rate or lower.

Miscellaneous costs

Buying a property involves other miscellaneous costs as well as you are not only paying for the property price only.

a. Property tax

Property tax is payable for all properties that include shops, lands and factories. Property tax comes in assessment tax where it is based on the annual rental value of the property; and quit rent where it is calculated on a yearly rate.

 

Assessment tax Quit rent
6%, flat rate Paid once yearly for landed property
Can be paid in two instalments RM0.035 per sqaure foot/year
Based on the annual rental value of property

b. Rental income tax

Rental income tax is only applied to those who have a total rental income of more than RM5,000. However, the cost related with your buy to let proeprty is able to get offset against the rental income. 

c. Real property gains tax (RPGT)

Real property gains tax applies to property that is sold lesser than 5 years after purchasing. RPGT charges only the profits that you get after minusing the original property price, renovation and incidental costs, such as stamp duty, legal fees, advertisement fees and etc.

 

Year Percentage (%)
1st year 30
2nd year 30
3rd year 30
4th year 20
5th year 15
6th year 0

The imposement of RPGT has its own pros and cons, with lesser impact on genuine buyers as compared to property investors. It is entirely up to you to decide whether it has more pros than cons or vice versa.

In conclusion, you will need to plan ahead and do your research before buying a property in Malaysia. Set realistic goals, build a budget and stay within your means to prevent yourself from getting into a financial debt. Know that there will be its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to investment in the property market.

 

Flour-less Orange Chocolate Cake

Two of my favorite cakes of all times are the flour-less orange cake from Nutmeg @ Bangsar Village and Lemon Polanta cake from Red Kettle.   Since exams are over for this year and the girls have 5 days of Deepavali holiday, Sherilyn volunteered to bake me a cake on an ad-hoc basis yesterday.  She searched through the fridge to see what ingredients were available.  Oranges, almond meal, organic cocoa powder, Whittakers Almond Gold bar and eggs were what she found. With these, my baking queen Googled for a recipe and found a fancy schmancy recipe by Nigella Lawson. Within an two hours, she whipped out an almost guilt-free flour-free orange chocolate cake with chocolate cream:

My baking queen’s low-carb orange chocolate cake is made from almond meal (toasted), 6 eggs, 2 whole oranges (simmered in a pot for 2 hours), reduced brown sugar (organic) and cinnamon.  She blitzed all the ingredients in our Blendtec blender.  When she encountered some difficulties blending all the ingredients half way through, she mixed them with her hands.

Chocolate cream is made from microwaved chocolate chips, Whittakers Almond Gold chocolate bars and fresh milk.

Had I closed my eyes to taste the cake, I would have thought that I am eating  orange flavored chocolate mousse cake!

Sherilyn’s treat for herself ~ cake with Haagen-Dazs Cookies & Cream ice-cream on stick!

Though the cake was yummo, I would still prefer a no-frills good old plain orange flour-less cake that’s close to zero carbs.  Never mind.  My baking queen has all the time in the world to try baking that and also a lemon polanta cake during the 5-week school holidays soon!

How You Can Benefit from Physical Therapy as a Mom

Many people think that physical therapists are only there for after an accident. However, there are many benefits of physical therapy in Valrico, FL. As a mom, it can be advantageous for you to make an appointment to experience the benefits firsthand.

Eliminate Pain
A physical therapist can help you work through some of the pain that you are experiencing. You may have pain as a result of childbirth, years of carrying your child on your hip or even a recent injury. Rather than simply struggling through the pain, you can overcome it with a few sessions of physical therapy.

Improve Mobility
You may be surprised to learn that a physical therapist can help you improve your mobility. If you don’t feel as though you are as flexible as you used to be, this may be as a result of your muscles not being properly worked. During physical therapy sessions, you can learn about various exercises that can help you.

man massaging woman's body

Avoid Surgery
The last thing you want to do is be down for the count while you recover from surgery. If you are dealing with a significant amount of back pain, you may think that spinal surgery is the only solution. However, it’s worth going to a physical therapist to see what can be done more naturally. It may be a great way to avoid the operating room entirely.

If you are a bit skeptical as to whether a physical therapist can help you or not, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment. This way, you can have a consultation and learn about the various ways that physical therapy can help you overcome the various aches and pains that you have.

 

Selecting a Way to Remove Unwanted Hair

Getting rid of unwanted hair may seem simple. All you need to do is shave it off, right? But what if it’s on your back or somewhere else you can’t reach?  Alternatively, what if you can reach it but are sick of having it grow back almost right away? Is it worth it to undergo clinical hair removal, such as laser treatment? Those are all questions you need to ask when selecting a way to remove unwanted hair. To answer them, you need to compare some of the top hair removal options and discover their benefits and drawbacks. Here are some questions and answers to help you do that.

Do You Want to Remove Hair at Home?
If your biggest concern is the ability to remove hair at home, shaving is probably your best option. It is a painless and quick hair removal method. However, it does take a lot of time, both in terms of individual shaving sessions and the need to repeat the process frequently. When you remove hair with a razor blade at home, you essentially mow the hair like grass, leaving the lower portions of each hair behind. You may not see the remaining strands, but they are there. That is why they show back up within a few days. It only takes a short time for them to pop back through your skin.

Are You Looking for Hair Removal Accuracy?
If accuracy is your biggest hair removal concern, laser treatment may be the best option for you. When you go to a clinic for treatment with hair-removal equipment, lasers are by far the most common devices you will find. Lasers target hairs individually, treating all of the hairs in the area targeted quickly and efficiently without missing any.

Laser treatment is also beneficial because, after the hairs are gone, they take a long time to return. Each whole hair is targeted. Since even the portion you cannot see falls out, it takes longer to return. Often, regrowth may take weeks or longer. However, laser treatment does not remove hairs on the spot. It takes a series of treatments before you will see significant hair loss. So, if you’re looking for immediate hair removal, it is a poor choice.

Is Pain Your Main Hair Removal Worry?
Pain is another consideration when comparing hair removal options. Ripping hair out, such as by using wax or sugar, is one of the most painful methods. Another is electrolysis. Any plucking devices, such as tweezers or epilators, can also cause some pain or discomfort. On the other hand, laser hair removal treatment is often only mildly uncomfortable. You may feel a sensation of a mild electric shock during the procedure. Your skin will also feel warm, but your clinician can help. He or she may use blasts of cool air or numbing salves to make you more comfortable.

How Much Hair do You Want to Remove?
Another important consideration is the amount of hair you want to remove. If you are trying to remove a few stray hairs, laser treatment is impractical. Electrolysis or simply plucking the hairs with tweezers may be a better option. However, large areas of unwanted hair are easier to remove with lasers, sugaring, waxing or shaving. For example, a single laser treatment usually takes an hour or less, depending on the part of your body where the hair is located and the amount of hair. Electrolysis can only remove a tiny amount of hair in a short time.

Yummy Home-cooked Dishes

After more than a week of having dizzy spells from Vertigo, the mil felt much better  two days ago.  So glad that she’s feeling better as we get to have proper home-cooked dinners again 😬

Not that I am totally not made for the kitchen, but chopping garlic, onions and raw meat just ain’t my thing. And all the washing and chopping. The odor of raw garlic, onion, butter and raw meat that lingers on my hands after 10 rounds of washing just turns me off. Not to mention smelling like onions after cooking! If we have a live-in maid like we used to for over 10 years, I really don’t mind baking and cooking as I do not have to clean and wash up after the aftermath. Speaking of which, I really do miss having a live-in maid. I am spoilt like that.

Back at my parents’ in Ipoh, I don’t have to do any cooking. My papa will do all the cooking and mum will bake. My papa even washes the dishes. He wouldn’t let my mum wash the dishes either.  Bless his heart. I just help with mopping the floor after they cook.

These are the dishes for our dinner yesterday:

Crispy pan-fried fish eggs and steamed pork with ‘mui choy’. All my favorite dishes!

Much as I love fried fish eggs, I have to resist myself from popping them into my mouth as they are super high in cholesterol! Just to recap, I have genetic high cholesterol though I eat pretty healthily with portions small enough for a toddler.

The fish eggs were scraps from a gigantic mackeral fish. We were at the fishmonger’s van to buy fish yesterday and an old lady didn’t want the fish eggs after she paid for the fish. She said we could have the fish eggs as she dared not eat them for health reasons. I guess she has high cholesterol too.

Help Your Loved One Live With More Independence

Independent living is one thing that most people hate to lose as they age. Staying in the home can be made safer by hiring in qualified assistance to help ensure your loved one stays safe and well-cared for each day.

Help Maintain Independent Living

Incorporating quality elder care assistance to your aging loved one is a better way to allow them to maintain more independence in life by allowing them to safely stay at home, rather than placing them in full-time nursing facilities. Allow them the ability to stay in an environment they are comfortable and familiar with.

Man Holding Woman's Hand

Safeguard Your Loved One’s Health

Bringing in quality home health care assistance will help safeguard the health of those you love by being able to monitor chronic conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more. You can detect problems sooner and seek further medical assistance when needed. It improves their chances of staying healthy longer.

Provide the Consistent Care Your Loved One Needs

You can bring in qualified elder care assistance for times you are not able to be present with your loved one. It’s critical for conditions like Alzheimer’s that someone is able to supervise both day and night. You will eliminate the possibilities of wandering and the dangers of becoming lost.

Ensure Safer Mobility and Daily Care

Reducing the chances your loved one can take a tumble and get injured while trying to motivate around the home can be minimized with elder care assistance. You can get them the daily assistance needed for grooming and basic care. You will feel better about being called away for work or appointments.

Unfortunately, aging is one part of life that cannot be avoided or stopped. It can be dangerous to leave your aging loved one without supervision or assistance if they prefer to stay at home. Health care and basic daily care assistance can help ensure it is a safe environment.

 

Two Teeth Extracted

After a wait of five months for all her major exams to be over, Alycia finally had the first two (of four!) of her teeth extracted  yesterday. For aesthetics / braces purpose. It was a walk in the park for her.  Praise the Lord!! But her mum was a nervous wreck.  I did not even had the guts to watch the whole process of the dentist yanking off the 2 good teeth. I walked out and chilled on my smartphone after the dentist administered the numbing spray on her gums 🤦‍♀️

Perhaps it was the 3 weeks nightmarish stay in the hospital with Cass 9.5 years ago when she was 13 months old that created the phobia in me of watching my own child being handled by a doctor. I can’t bear to watch them being in pain.  I’ll never forget that freezing rainy night in mid May 2009 when Cass was rushed to the Procedures Room at Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang for a nasal tube to be inserted from her nostrils right into her throat without any sedative — twice not once.  The nurse screwed up the first time and had to call the surgeon back to the hospital to perform a second insertion.  The shock, pain and trauma on Cass’ face were just too much to bear for me. She was shivering in pain and fear;  immediately she ran a temperature and I had to climb onto the baby cot, contort my body  to be next to her to soothe her the entire night.

Anyway, back to my brave Miss Cool Cucumber.

The mil cooked a big pot of dried scallop + sweet potato porridge so that Alycia could swallow down her dinner but this stubborn girl who loathes porridge sulked at the sight of the porridge when she came home from school 🤢

But I enjoyed the porridge with ‘Tau Kok Lup’. I mixed a teaspoon of Marmite into my porridge and savored it with the ‘Tau Kok Lup’.  I could down bowls of plain porridge with just Marmite or Bovril when I was a little girl. It’s  a comfort food that’s cheap yet yummo.

It was totally unexpected that Alycia felt little to no pain when the dentist gave her the LA jab before the two teeth were extracted. Even after the LA wore off, she felt no pain other than the annoying numbness on her lips and mouth.

When everything was over, I asked Alycia if she was scared, she said “why should I be? My friends said no pain at all!”

Wow! I can’t believe her bravery. I would have been quivering throughout the procedure.

Alycia even wanted all 4 teeth extracted at once so that she only needed to go through the pain once like what her friends did but our trusted dentist advised against it.

The remaining two teeth will be extracted one month from yesterday. Hopefully the second extraction will be a painless experience again!

Papa & Mum’s 48th Wedding Anniversary

My parents were in KL over the weekend. My 75-year old papa drove from Ipoh.  Praise Lord again for bringing them safely to KL and back to Ipoh.  They were here for a double celebration: my cousin’s baby girl’s full moon party on Saturday and their 48th wedding anniversary celebration on Sunday.

Mum received several surprises on her anniversary:

The hubs’ surprised mum with a beautiful bouquet of roses and Drama Queen surprised us with baked reverse crumbled apple rose pies for breakfast on Saturday!

Alycia wrote a poem for her grandparents, which I didn’t even know.  She only came home past midnight on Friday after an outing with her friends at Sunway Lagoon Nights of Fright to celebrate Halloween on the last day of her UEC exam. Her friend’s dad brought them for supper before dropping her home. The next day she slept in till 10 a.m..  This will be the last time she gets to go out at night for a long long time. Hubs and I were not pleased at all that she came home so late. Her reason was horrendous traffic jam at Sunway Lagoon! 🙄

On Sunday, we celebrated papa and mum’s wedding anniversary with a brunch at Copper Mansion PJ.  The designer Choc-a-li-cious cake is from Front Room & The Kneady Baker. We ordered dad’s birthday cake from the same baker in August this year.

 

I am really thankful that we are able to celebrate this joyous occasion with papa and mum again this year. We’ve been celebrating their wedding anniversary since 2010 and I pray that we can do this for many more years to come.💝 👫

 

Getting Your Kids Excited About Sleep

Don’t you ever just look at your kids and think, ‘why are you taking this sleep for granted?’.  Sometimes after a really hard day, when you haven’t exactly had the most sleep in the world for a week or more now, all you can think about is how you wish you could have as much sleep as your children do, and how annoyed you get at the fact that they don’t want to sleep as much. But, it’s not that they’re not excited about sleep, it’s more to do with the fact that they’re just more excited about what’s going on when they are asleep. They feel as though they’re going to miss out on some of the best times of their life if they go to sleep, but as their eyes clothes and they drift off to the land of nod, they forget about it all! So, we want to show you how you can actually get your kids excited about sleep, so you don’t have all the drama every time it comes close to nap time.

Be Close To Them
This really is the golden ticket as it were. If you stay close to them whilst they’re falling to sleep, they’ll feel so much more comforted. Closeness and warmth are two big keys. So, if you notice them getting a little grouchy, put a film on the TV, cuddle up with them for half an hour, and you will see how quick it is for them to fall to sleep. So many parents seem to lock their kids in their bedroom to try and force a nap on them, when this can only lead to distress. If there is no mention of a nap, and you just keep them comfy and warm, then will no doubt fall to sleep on their own, and very happy too! It takes away all of the tantrums that you might be having, and the same can be applied to their bedtime as well. If you sit in their room with them for a little while, they will fall to sleep much quicker!

Create A Funky Room
A funky room is one that is going to get your kids super excited about sleep. Well, it might make them a little too excited, but at least it takes the chore of having to try and get them into the bedroom away. Once they’re in there, you can guide them away from the TV or toys, and into one of the cabin beds from Cuckooland. They’re so cool for kids to sleep in, and it can really feel like they’ve got a little den of their own up off the ground. If you also put cool wallpaper that lights up in the dark in the room, you’re onto a winner. They’ll instantly want the lights off, and a dark room is going to make them fall to sleep so much quicker!

Get Them Excited About Waking Up!
The final tactic that we have is actually getting them excited about waking up. Tell them what they’re going to be doing if they go to sleep, and we guarantee they’ll be more than inclined to take themselves off up to bed!

 

Meet Up With Old Classmates

It’s been a while since my last meet up with my ertswhile classmates from MGS Ipoh. If not for Jennifer who is back from the US of A, I think there would not be a meet up so soon.  After I dropped off my car at the service center, I took Grab to Tasty Chapathi for lunch.

Everyone of us has been busy with our children, jobs and family respectively. It’s pretty difficult to set a date where everyone is available.  Yesterday’s lunch meet up at Tasty Chapathi @ PJ was just the six of us. And it was a great one.  Our yackety-yak was really loud (like teenagers😁 ) along with thunderous guffaw  kept making heads turn towards our direction.  🤫 🤭  We certainly didn’t appear to be a bunch of 45 year old aunties 🤣

Jennifer (on my left) and I have been friends for exactly 4 decades, since we were five! Jennifer is an accomplished photographer in Seattle. I am really proud of her achievement.

Our droolicious North Indian cuisine:

 

 

I loved all the dishes but didn’t eat much as I was too busy catching up with my classmates. Plus my throat was still a tad scratchy. There will definitely be a second time at Tasty Chapathi and this time with my family.

Love this Punjabi Chai tea so much. It’s my first time tasting it and I’m totally hooked on it now!

Tasty Chapathi
UNIT C-13A-1 & C-15-01 PHASE 3
TWO SQUARE DATARAN 3 TWO,
NO. 2, Jalan 19/1, Seksyen 19,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Phone: 016-330 2762

Sherilyn’s Get The Beat Regional Tour Dance Competition (Sunday, 21 Oct 2018)

My dancing queen and I spent the entire day at the dance competition on our Sunday yesterday.

On the day of my dancing queen’s first solo dance competition, she started to have the sniffles. So did I. We both got bitten by Cass’ bugs which she picked up from school last week.  Bummer!  But she put up a great performance despite having pain on her back and a dribbling wet nose.  Competition was very stiff. The competitors from Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia were SO SO good! So good that I felt nervous. I’d give them a 10/10 for performance, make-up and costume. Those contestants danced like they were parts of the scenes from The Next Step.  The 14 year olds and above are mostly international competitors who look like pro dancers. Whereas my dancing queen has only just resumed dance lessons 2 months ago after a 1.5-year hiatus to prepare for her UPSR exam. Anyway, we were clear from the very start that she joined the Get The Beat (GTB) dance competition not to win but to gain exposure. So I did not put any pressure on her and myself for any winning (1,2, 3 placing).  I just prayed hard that she would not injure herself anymore as a few days before the competition, Sherilyn discovered two lumpy bruises – one at the back of her neck and one near her spine.  Her dad brought her to the physiotherapist and the neck bruise subsided but the one near her spine has to be checked out by an orthopaedic 😰 for possible fluid aspiration.

Anyway, despite all the setbacks, my dancing queen got 3rd placing in the  Student Under 14 Choreography event and 4th placing in the Jazz Solo Under 14 event.  This earned her the Golden Ticket to the GTB Finals in Singapore in November 2018. The event starts on 26 Nov 2018 and lasts for a few days.  But in light of her current back injury, she will be pulling out from the finals. Right now, we have to get an appointment for Sherilyn to see an orthopaedic and treat her back.

All competitive sports come with the perils, sacrifices and pain. Not to mention money.

Enjoy the pix!

Taking a break and eating sushi for lunch after the first event.

Doing stretches and practice before the second event.

Gulping down a packet of Izumio hydrogenated water to recharge her batteries after her second event.

Dancing Queen’s Golden Ticket to the GTB Finals held in Singapore in November 2018.

 

Can you spot my dancing queen?


She’s behind one of the Caucasian girls on the far right.

Too bad Sherilyn suffered an injury on her back and has to give the Finals a miss.  Given time, more practice and maturity, I am very sure my Dancing Queen will one day be back at GTB for another competition to clinch the First placing in her category.

Here’s a video of our dancing queen doing a routine practice of the jazz piece at the dance studio:

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!