The Girls’ First Pet(s)

Sherilyn told me that she needed to buy a few fishes for her school’s aquaponics project in RBT (Reka Bentuk Dan Teknologi). My budget was no more than RM20 but I ended up spending about RM50. It was more than just fishes that I bought but also fish food and hydroponics. And that’s only for the first two rounds.  There’s round 3 to it and most likely many more rounds to come in future!

When 4 out of the 5 fishes died, I was tricked into buying another batch of fishes.  This time, I bought a tiny rectangular aquarium, anti-chlorine drops and more hydroponics.

A week later, one of the female guppy fishes was spotted having a very swollen belly.  Sherilyn was super certain that her fish was pregnant.  The next morning, Cass noticed some tiny greyish objects floating in the aquarium. We thought that they were fish poop but upon scrutinizing the poop, Cass realized that they were baby fishes!!  She excitedly inform Sherilyn who was still in bed, that there were 14 baby fishes! Several hours later, mummy fish popped out another 2 babies.

The baby fishes had to be separated from the mother fish and other bigger fishes.  And so Sherilyn and Cass spent the entire Sunday tending to the fishes.  And I was again tricked into going to the fish supplies shop to buy a bigger aquarium, baby fish food and what do I know, MORE FISHES for the big aquarium!

None of us has any experience caring for fish and Sherilyn had to rely on her RBT text book and Dr Google for all the instructions on how to handle fishes, especially baby fishes.

For once Sherilyn and Cass didn’t bicker and fight the entire day and it was their babies that brought them closer together.

The girls choosing their pet fish. Even Alycia who is not an animal lover started to develop an interest in fish at the fish supplies shop and chose her own fish 😆

Mother fish with her babies before the babies were separated and placed in another aquarium.

The new fish nursery

We now have 9 adult fishes and I lost count of the number of baby fishes as some did not survive their first day of life.

And we finally solved the mystery of the fish that went missing from the aquarium for several days. Apparently, the fish had committed suicide by jumping out of the aquarium twice. Hubs came home late one night and saw the fish jumped out, he put it back into the aquarium and the next morning when he left for work, he saw the same fish on the table and he threw it away WITHOUT informing anyone of us. And there we were searching at every  nook and corner of the house for Nemo!!

From what was just meant to be a simple RBT project in school that probably won’t cost more than RM20, the girls turned it into a long-term commitment and got themselves a bunch of fishes as pet. And I’m RM150 poorer!

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Cool Summer Tops For 2019

As the days get longer and warmer, our sleeves usually get shorter or better yet, sleeveless.  Reach for organza, chiffon, thin cotton and sheer tanks and crops and you’ll be able to rely on them as the perfect layering device this time of the year.

Here are some of my favorite summer top picks to beat the sizzling summer temperatures.

2019 V Neck Lace Loose Casual Solid Colored Going Out Summer Stylish Women's Tank Top
You’ve most likely seen this  V-Neck Lace Sleeveless Casual Summer Stylish Women’s Tank Top all over your Insta feed already. It’s available at Ladyfas.com and costs no more than $20.

 

2019 Halter Tie Pleated Round Neck Simple Strap Solid Colored Women's Tank Top
You could get away with this Halter Tie Pleated Round Neck Simple Strap Solid Colored Women’s Tank Top from Ladyfas for work too, worn with a blazer over.  It comes in 10 gorgeous colors.

2019 Leopard Halter Slim Casual Pleated Turtleneck Sexy Stylish Club Women's Tank Top
The leopard print trend never seems to go out of fashion.  If you’re like me, who can never resist the lure of the leopard trend, check out this Leopard Halter Slim Casual Pleated Turtleneck Sexy Stylish Club Women’s Tank Top from Ladyfas.

Women's Mid Length Zipper Slash V Neck Loose Plus Size T-Shirt
The V neck with zipper is trending across designer to high-street brands. Flattering on pretty much every chest size, I think you can see why this style is a surefire winner.  This Mid Length Zipper Slash V Neck Loose Plus Size T-Shirt is great for work and casual.

Now that you have some ideas on what tops to wear and where to get them, it’s time to think about swimwear for this summer 😉

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Random Updates

The past one week has been one whirlwind of a week, it’s not ended yet and  spilling into this week. I am super duper sleep deprived and enervated. My brain is foggy too from getting only 4-5 hours of sleep each night and even on a rainy Sunday morning (when I should still be in my comfy bed until 8am), I had to be up at 4:15 a.m.!

Many events transpired over the past one week. Report card and meeting with teacher at Sherilyn’s school, Cass’ long overdue follow-up consultation with the urologist at HKL, Sherilyn’s dance competition, SIL from Hong Kong’s stay in KL, home-cook feast at home with relatives and much more.

All I am looking forward to now is SLEEP and lots of it!! And when’s the next public holiday? Only in 2.5 weeks’ time on 30th July 😫 😴


Sherilyn and her partner at the national level Berjaya Teen Star Challenge at Taylors Internation School @ Puchong last Sunday. They didn’t make it into the finals but I think they put up a fantastic performance. Only 12 teams from high schools and colleges throughout Malaysia out of 40 teams made it to the finals.  All the 40 teams were incredibly talented and worthy of a try in Asia’s Got Talent audition.

Though she wasn’t selected in this year’s Berjaya Teen Star Challenge, my very determined Dancing Queen has vowed to try again next year, which will be her 3rd try.  Her next dance competition (international level) will be held next month and she only announced to me her decision to participate in the Get The Beat dance competition during lunch today!


After skipping breakfast to rush to Puchong, we only had a proper meal at 2pm, at some cafe in Puchong on Sunday, after the competition ended.


Long wait at HKL to see one of the best pediatric urologists in Malaysia.  Next appointment will be in end September 2019. I will be writing a separate post just on Cass’ consultation with the urologist and nephrologist.


We were so hyper bored waiting for hours on end for our turn to see the doctors that we did a shoe-fie  😬

Folks, if you ever feel that life is unfair to you,  just spend half a day at the Nephrology and Urology Units at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL). Observe the patients there and chat with them. I guarantee you that you’ll instantly be thankful to God for what you have.  Suddenly, all the problems facing you seem so trivial and easily solved.   Wait till you see small kids and adults on wheelchair, some are counting down to the day that they knock on heaven’s door, some are on lifelong medication, some have dysfunctional urinary system and are unable to void without assistance and some can never walk as they are born with spina bifida and an abnormal urinary tract.

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Intestinal Worm Prevention Tips for Your Dog

When keeping your dog healthy, veterinarians recommend annual wellness checks, which can include updating your pet’s necessary vaccines and dewormings. However, if your dog becomes exposed to worms between your annual visits to the vet, you can visit Vet Products Direct for dog worming tablets.

How did My Dog Become Infected with Intestinal Worms?
The ways in which a dog becomes infected with intestinal worms depends on the type of worm. If a pregnant dog is infected, she can pass those worms to the fetus through the placenta, and the puppies are then born infected with worms. Older puppies can have a tendency to eat feces, their own or from other animals, and this increases the risk of exposure to intestinal parasites. While older dogs are less likely to eat feces, the soil is the perfect environment for intestinal worm eggs. Digging in the dirt or playing in an area with eggs in the soil can lead to an infection.

Dog Outside

What Types of Intestinal Worms Can Infect My Dog?
When you visit Vet Products Direct for dog worming tablets, it is important to identify the type of worm your dog may have. The common types of intestinal worms found in dogs are the following:

  • Tapeworms
  • Roundworms
  • Whipworms
  • Hookworms

Tapeworms do not pass fully in the stool. Instead, segments of the tail end of the worm break off and are seen in the feces. In the stool, these segments resemble grains of white rice.  Dogs are commonly infected with tapeworms by either ingesting feces with worm segments or ingesting fleas. Fleas can carry the worm eggs, and when the flea is ingested during grooming, the eggs hatch inside the dog’s stomach. Roundworms are common in younger puppies, and they can be passed to puppies either while the puppies are developing in the uterus or through the mother’s milk when nursing. While not as common as roundworms and tapeworms, whipworms and hookworms can cause more damage to the dog. Both of these worms irritate the intestines, causing blood loss. Blood can be seen in the stool, and if an infection with either of these worms is bad enough, the dog may form anemia which is a lack of red blood cells circulating through the body.

How Can I Tell My Dog has Intestinal Worms?
Some dogs may not show signs of infection with intestinal worms, but common symptoms include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Distended belly
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarhhea

Along with symptoms, a veterinarian can check a fecal sample for eggs to confirm a diagnosis of worms.

golden retrievers can get hemangiosarcoma

Prevention is an important aspect of keeping your dog healthy. When you visit Vet Products Direct for dog worming tablets, you will find a variety of products to prevent and treat common intestinal worms. Deworming new pets that enter the home and pets that are pregnant also decreases the risk of infection with intestinal worms. By combining these deworming options with other preventative measures, annual wellness checks and fecal exams, you can protect yourself and your family, both human and animal, from these parasites.

 

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Keto Coconut Bread

I love bread but have for the past few months started to consume bread sparingly, as part of my low-carb diet for better health and for a trimmer bod.  I only choose whole grain breads made with wholemeal flour and occasionally buy flour-free sprouted wheat bread.

I was really excited when I found out that my friend, Cynthia is selling keto coconut bread at her kopitiam. I sent in an order immediately and collected the delish bread the following week. The keto bread is pre-order and will only be made by the baker when there are orders.

To get the record straight, I am not on a keto diet. I don’t think I am disciplined enough to stick to a 100% keto-compliant diet nor can I stomach a 100% keto diet.  Too much fats and meat make me feel sick. Rather, I am more towards adopting the Mediterranean Diet and I think that this flexible diet suits me rather well. I eat healthy carbs and still indulge in the occasional sinful fast carbs.

OK, back to the keto coconut bread!  It’s made with coconut butter (Mana), eggs, Madagascar vanilla beans and Himalayan pink salt.

Price is RM20 a loaf (8 inch)


Texture of the coconut bread is like cake and best eaten when toasted.

I like to pair the toasted coconut bread with homemade pandan kaya or homemade peanut butter (salt, sugar and oil-free) with a small wedge of Whittaker’s almond chocolate toasted together. So lip-smacking good!

If you’re  keen to order this keto coconut bread, do Whatsapp Cynthia at 016-229 1429 or drop by at her kopitiam at Kedai Makanan Kuen You.  She makes keto pandan kaya and serves keto-compliant meals at her kopitiam too.

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Friday, 28 June 2019

Yesterday the vigilant guard at my condo’s car park intercom-ed our unit at 11-ish p.m. to inform that my car had a flat tire.  The next day I checked the tire and though it looked slightly flat, I had no time to bring it to the tire shop to get it checked as I had to bring Cass to ISEC @ Mid Valley for an eye check up to see if she has Lazy Eye, as suspected by our optician. So I skipped driving and took Grab to Mid Valley. I still  went about driving around my neighborhood in my car with a half-flat tire 🤫

This morning I brought my car to the tire shop. Upon removing the left front tire, the mechanic and I saw a huge shiny nail embedded inside the tire. How nice! 👿 Thanks to whoever did it intentionally or to whoever conveniently threw the nail onto the road.  Let Miss Karma hunt you down now. She’s known to be very bitchy and vengeful 👹

While waiting for the mechanic to seal the holes on the exterior and interior of the tire, I went to PappaRich to have brunch alone.

This is how much I eat each time ~ only half or even lesser portion of whatever that I order. The other remaining portion of the food is always doggy-bagged home for either Sherilyn or Cass for lunch.

My principle is to eat almost anything that I want but only dig till I’m 60% or 70% full.  This way, I don’t have to worry about a bloated tummy.

When I hit 40 years old 6 years ago, I found that my digestion and metabolic rate ain’t as efficient as it used to be when I was younger. Those days I can splurge on buffets and high teas every weekend, didn’t need to exercise and still not gain weight. These days I can’t overeat, or consume too much meat. As long as I am 50% – 70% full, I’m good with no discomfort, acid reflux or belching.

After picking up Sherilyn from the tuition centre, my  next task was to go to school to collect Cass’ report card, fetch her home, get her lunch, drop off Sherilyn in school and later in the evening, I have night duty as well ~ fetch Alycia and Sherilyn back from school. Then drop off  Sherilyn at the gym for her Muay Thai class, get some stuff from the night market and then go out again at 8:30 p.m. for my final round of chauffeuring duty of the day. Tough life huh?

And to make life even tougher, Maria our part-time helper has already gone on leave (2 days earlier) and we will be maid-less for the next 3 months 😭  We’re still unsure if our previous part-time helper, Annie is going to come back to help.

Tomorrow will be another busy day for me as well as for the girls. I will be crazy busy doing school runs, starting from 7 a.m., on a Saturday! Next week is going to be another even more hectic week. Oh God, please give me the strength!!

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HFM’s Breakfast

The clock is ticking away to the day that Maria, my beloved part-time helper of 7 years goes on a 3-month maternity leave ~ only two more days with us  😭

Though Maria can’t do much strenuous work lately, we still love having her around in the evening to help us wash the dishes and do other light chores.  We treat her like she’s one of the family members and our 3 girls adore her… more than they adore me! But that’s OK and I don’t get jealous.  Maria gives me a sense of comfort whenever she’s around. I can just leave the house to her to clean up and go out and I will surely come home to a spic and span and clean house, every single time. I hope she’ll keep her promise and return to work for us in October 🙏

My breakfast for the last few days ☺️

Sherilyn’s homemade pie crust with papa’s homemade pandan kaya. So yummeh!!

Tucker’s gourmet caramelized onion crackers with papa’s homemade pandan kaya and a wedge of Mozarella cheese.  I always eat some protein with my carbs to slow down the release of insulin / spike in blood sugar.

Tucker’s gourmet crackers are  made from non-GMO ingredients and yeast-free. They’re pretty low in carbs too.  Goes well with Western soups, curries, jams and even good on its own.

And my mid-morning breakkie with the hubs yesterday:

One of the best pork noodles in KL can be found at Sun Sea kopitiam at OUG, where the morning market is. The coffee shop is kind of unkempt and run down. It’s very stuffy and hot to sit inside, so we sat outside and still had to sweat it out to enjoy our bowl of piping hot pork noodles.

What’s so special about the pork noodles is the broth – it’s infused with the umami sweetness of seafood. We heard that the seller adds seafood into the broth, to add depth and flavors into it.  Outside the coffee shop, you’ll see foreign workers peeling tons of prawns and squids.

Restoran Sun Sea OUG Pork Noodles
(Beside OUG morning wet market)
Jalan Hujan Rahmat,
Taman Overseas Union Garden (OUG),
58200 Kuala Lumpur.

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Parklife @ The Sphere, Bangsar South

We went to The Sphere again to have lunch last Sunday and did a joyful cafe-hopping eating marathon, hopping into three different eateries and ending at the Aeon food court to get takeaway for the girls for dinner. This is my ideal kind of Sunday as good food is the pulse of our life; and Sunday is the only day of the week that our family can have lunch together.

After lunch at Home Noodle Vermicelli Kong, we segued into Sunbather Coffee (again) for our second round of lunch and just as we were planning to leave The Sphere, Parklife caught my attention.  The very enticing colorful vegetable salads displayed next to the glass windows were like magnet to my eyes. I’m a sucker for colorful vegetable salads, especially if beets, pumpkin and egg plant are involved and what I saw was my kind of meal and I told the hubs that I wanted to get some of the salads for dinner.  To wait for the staff to pack my salad takeaway, hubs got everyone into the cafe and ordered cakes, coffee and tea. That’s our second round of dessert after our main course!

The hubs ordered a slice of decadent carrot cake and a slice of super delish gluten-free very chocolaty chocolate cake. I love both the cakes as they ain’t very sweet.  The homemade granola bar was a tad sweet for my liking though.

I chose Set A (RM23), comprising of a choice of 3 types of healthy salad. I chose steamed beetroot with apple, feta cheese and caramel walnut; roasted shiitake and oyster mushrooms and Palestinian cauliflower.

Parklife is a hive for healthy eating that emphasizes the pleasures of playful alluring vegetable recipes. Looking as much a farm as a park, this perky venue is a labour of passion by Penang-born chef Ling, returning to his homeland after decades of honing his craft everywhere from London to Moscow to Osaka.

Mediterranean vibrancy meets Middle Eastern vibes throughout much of the fare here. The bounty of Parklife’s harvest is spread out as a cornucopia of colourful salads for customers to view before ordering, while proteins are prepared to order in the kitchen. This place is definitely a place where I’d love to return for their healthy salads and decadent cakes.

Parklife
Unit 5, Level Upper Ground, The Sphere, Bangsar South City, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Daily, 10am-10pm. Fresh meals served 1230pm-230pm, 630pm-830pm.

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The Best Summer Vacation Apparel

Summer is the best time to go a vacation. If you’re thinking about where to spend your summer vacation, how about a relaxing beach or a low-key island?

If you’re going on a vacation or getaway, you have to bring the right clothes along for a stress-free holiday. Consider packing some travel-friendly summer vacation dresses.  I’ve curated a list of options that are lightweight and easy to fold up. Whether you’re on a long plane ride or exploring a new city, these designs will be comfortable and stylish.

When I go on a summer vacation, I like to pack along clothes made from fabric that dries up super quickly so that I can wash them in the hotel bathroom at night and wear them again the next day. Chiffon, polyester, nylon and thin breathable cotton dry the fastest. They are thin and space-saving.  Denim and dense cotton dry the slowest and take up a lot of space in the luggage bag too.

This Sexy Sling Floral Printed Backless Asymmetric Vacation Polyester Dress from Maxinina is light and thin. It’s suitable for the beach, outdoor and indoor on hot summer days.

Michelle Obama recently wore this breezy cotton midi dress with boho flair during a family vacation in France. The dress was just perfect for sightseeing; it was Pinterest-worthy. This is the type of outfit you’d save ahead of your upcoming getaway in order to remember to pack certain essentials.  Check out Michelle’s white sneakers too.  Who says you can’t pair sneakers with dresses?

Michelle Obama's Dress and Sneakers in France 2019
Photo credit: Popsugar

You can find similar midi flair dresses at Maxinina at a fraction of the price. Check them out below.

When going on a summer vacation, remember to pack along your swimsuit or bikini for the Insta-worthy beach or pool shots!

You’ll get some inspiration from what Selena Gomez and her friends wore at a bestie’s upcoming nuptials – white swimsuits for a beach bachelorette bash.  Selena opted for a high-rise textured bikini that puts the bootay on display.

selena gomez white bikini bachelorette

Selena wore a sporty snap-up bikini top while hanging out poolside. You can shop similar at Maxinina.

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Photos credit: Seventeen.com

I am SO tempted to get that snap-up white bikini top that Selena wore!  A similar suit costs no more than $30 at Maxinina and this online store has super gorgeous sexy swimwear for women that will leave you drooling! 😉

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Durian For Breakfast

Here’s what I had for my mid-morning breakfast today.

Two seeds of Durian ‘kampung’

And four slices of Meiji oat crackers slathered with papa’s delicious homemade pandan kaya.

Lately, I can only tolerate durian ‘kampung’ well without the adverse side effects that I get whenever I eat Musang King.  With Musang King, I am sure to get a burning throat within minutes of eating, thrown in with stomach discomfort and diarrhea as quick as several hours later.  The burning throat sensation would persist for a few days and I would feel sickly and heaty.  I can’t recall suffering from these side effects when I ate Musang King years ago.

Last week Sherilyn suffered from diarrhea and tummy ache for several days after feasting on a few seeds of Musang King. And the hubs is now nursing a sore throat after indulging in some premium Musang King early this week.

Creepy right?

Fans of Musang King, please don’t shoot me for being a party pooper!

See the trend? I’m pretty sure it’s the side effects of the chemicals and insecticide that these premium durians have been tainted with. A few fruit sellers whom I am very chummy with confirmed this recently. So no thanks. I am so done and over with Musang King and all the premium species.

I’m sticking with durian ‘kampung’ from my regular organic vegetables seller and from trusted fruit sellers who are upfront with me on which durians have high levels of insecticide.  With durian ‘kampung’, I don’t suffer from any side effects, except feeling a tad heaty when I overdo it.

Do you get similar side effects from Musang King too?

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Summer Dresses

Let’s talk about summer dresses now that summer is here 🌞👗💃🏻.  I am sure you’re raring to bring out all your summer clothing stashed deep in your closet.  But if you need a few new pieces of summer casual dresses to wear for a holiday or hang out with your girlfriends, dresssure.com has a nice collection to check out.

Below are a few of my favorite summer casual dresses from dresssure.com which will be great to wear when it’s hot as hell outside!  These summer casual dresses are perfect for casual as well as semi-formal. You can wear it to the office with a jacket over and straight to the cafe or club for a drink, or for a stroll at the park and comfy enough for just about any leisure activity in billy boiling temperatures.  I wear similar dresses in our hot country to just about anywhere 🤩

 

Thanks to these fabulous summer dresses, you’re going to look chic while feeling really cool and comfy in them.
There are lots of elegant sexy party dresses online from dresssure.com as well from off-shoulder pieces to one-shoulder, spaghetti strap, maxi, bodycon, sheer, lace and chiffon for this summer. Check out some of those pieces here:
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Happy shopping!  😉

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Baking Queen Bakes Pies

Sherilyn played ‘masak-masak’ again yesterday.  This time she baked an assortment of pies. Actually she made the dough a week ago and kept it in the fridge, waiting to find a day that she’d be free to make the pies. She’d also cooked the salted caramel sauce,  sliced the apples and marinated them with cinnamon but after several days in the fridge, they turned bad and I discarded the apples. Yesterday she prepped the apples all over again. What a waste of money!

I’ve invested quite a bit of money for all her ‘masak-masak’ ventures in the kitchen. And I think it’s money well invested. Now she can cook and bake for the whole family.  Who knows, she’ll even be a cafe owner or a restaurateur one day, eh?  😁


As you can see, the each pie spot a different design on top. This girl had a fun time designing the pie tops and creating fillings for them. Some turned out looking professionally executed while some of the pies look a tad distorted 😆 Whatever the design, the pies tasted superb, like they were produced by some upscale cafes.

Sherilyn puts in so much time, patience and care into all her baking projects.  During Sherilyn’s younger days, I suspected that she may have ADHD as she was hyperactive, mischievous and couldn’t sit still and focus in her studies. Baking and dancing have quelled my fears. She can spend hours on end doing things that she loves.

 

From top clockwise: blueberry pies (filling is made with fresh blueberries and lemon juice), pies with no filling for Cass and me coz we love plain pie crusts, apple pies, pesto cauliflower and pesto tomato pies.

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Our Saturday, 15 June 2019

Sherilyn spent almost the entire Saturday working on some models for her school library for Library Week that starts today.


Model of The Lost City of Atlantis ~ not perfect but not bad either, considering she did it single-handedly in half a day. The towers were sprayed with bronze color spray-paint and she still hasn’t cleaned up the stains she left outside the house.

And in between working on the replicas, I forced her and Cass to help me set up an Ikea clothes rack that just arrived from Lazada  😆

Thank God for a very right-brained child who’s very good with her hands and another who loves Lego and fixing puzzles, the Ikea clothes rack was assembled in under half an hour.

1KEA RIGGA Clothes Rack White Adjustable Height with Shoe Rack
I’m pretty satisfied with this Ikea clothes rack that only costs RM89 and comes in smooth, matte finishing good quality steel.

I’m going to conclude this post with this new song by Lil Dicky that got Cass and I absolutely  hooked on it since last week.

Lil Dicky returns with this ridiculous, yet entertaining single about the planet Earth called “Earth.” He’s assisted by a jing gang of famous musicians and celebrities, which makes this song even more appealing.   Justin Bieber arrives first, as a baboon whose “anus is huge” (yeah, you can roll your eyes like I did when I first saw the lyrics). Ariana Grande is a zebra, while Halsey is a lion, Zac Brown a cow, and Brendon Urie is colorfully, “…A fat, fucking pig.” OMG. Strike that, OMFG (had to blink my eyes when I first read those lyrics) 🤣 The absolute nonsense continues with Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart and that’s just the first verse. Then comes Adam Levine, Charlie Puth, Sia as kangaroo, Miley Cyrus an elephant, Megan Trainor and while Lil Jon loudly shouts, “What the fuck? I’m a clam.”

I can’t stop replaying this song over and over again and singing it along with Cass since yesterday 😆 It’s a very cute song that sounds like a kiddie zoo song but errr, it’s kind of x-rated for kids as you can imagine all those wicked humor and more! I had to explain to Cass what cum is 🤩


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School Holiday Movie ~ Aladdin

On the first day of the recent school holidays, I took the girls and the mil to the cinema to watch Aladdin. I had read about the 2.5 to 3-star rating and reviews on Aladdin by some movie critics before watching the movie but undeterred by the poor reviews, I went ahead with the movie. Aladdin used to be one of my favorite childhood Disney movies and still is.

Aladdin is a classic story exquisitely made with an immensely talented cast. For me, watching this was like watching one of my favorite childhood films come to life.  I left the theater feeling like a kid with a silly grin on my face while chatting non-stop with the girls on the movie. Disney never disappoints and this time, Aladdin has aced it.

The verdict: Aladdin is everything a remake should be. Absolutely stunning and colorful cinematography, talented actors, amazing musical numbers, beautiful vocals and show stopping choreography. Will Smith is just naturally hilarious.  Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott were perfect as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, and Will Smith pulled out a fabulous performance as the genie, making the role his own without copying Robin Williams. Aladdin is a complete triumph.

After watching the movie, Alycia and I are now even more obsessed with A Whole New World!🤩

Our lunch at House of Pok just before the movie:

The prices of the mix and match set meals are very affordable and food is pretty good.  But be sure to be at the restaurant early to secure a table. We had lunch at 11-ish a.m. and got a table without waiting. Other times, there’s always a bee line outside the restaurant.

After the movie we went shopping at Mr DIY.  While I was looking at some stuff, Cass was checking out some note books at another aisle. After we left Mr DIY, Cass told me that whilst she was at Mr DIY, a teenage girl came up to her and asked her if she’s going to watch a movie, to which she replied that she had already.  When we were on the escalator, Cass suddenly realized that her Harry Potter book wasn’t with her. She checked her bag, I checked mine, checked with the mil and the other 2 girls and none of them had her expensive Harry Potter book.

I suspected that the stranger who came up to Cass may have errrr… ‘charmed’ Cass and taken the book while chatting with her.  Not overreacting here but the mil’s good friend got ‘charmed’ by an unsuspecting woman at the PJ wet market recently and when she woke up from the spell, she realized that all her money was withdrawn from a few banks! Mother of all nightmares!  But Cass was convinced that it wasn’t the stranger who stole her book. “Mum, I was NOT under a spell. I know what was going on ok!” Cass kept telling me  😆

We went back to Mr DIY and checked all the aisles that Cass went to, we checked the floors, the escalators and then went back to the cinema and asked the staff to help us check the cinema that we were in to see if the book was there. And the book was indeed left behind in the cinema. It had dropped onto the floor!  My careless girl!   But we couldn’t get the book back immediately as a movie was ongoing.

The funny thing is that before we left the cinema, I had checked the seats that we sat on to ensure that nothing was left behind. I have a habit of looking back at the seats and floor whenever I leave a restaurant or just anywhere. But this time, I had overlooked the floor. We couldn’t see clearly anyway as it was still pretty dark inside the theater after the movie.

I only collected the Harry Potter from the cinema staff yesterday, i.e. two weeks later. Aladdin will be one movie that Cass will remember for life because of this particular episode after the movie.  She loves all her novels, especially the Harry Potter series and was devastated when she realized that she had lost one of her most treasured books.  I believe my scatterbrain girl has learnt a good lesson!

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Bridesmaid Dresses 101

There are many things to consider when choosing your bridesmaid’s dresses. You need to consider the most flattering shapes, the color scheme, the theme. the venue and whether there is a one style fits all solution. It can be a challenge appeasing all your bridesmaids but it’s not that difficult if you know just the right place to shop for bridesmaids dresses.

Whether you’re choosing burgundy bridesmaid dresses or bright, glam colors like metallic gold and silver, remember that your bridesmaid dress should match the rest of the wedding theme.

If burgundy is your favorite color and you have this color in mind as the wedding theme color, BMBridal carries absolutely pretty bridesmaid dresses in this hot color, as seen in the photos below.  Warm and romantic, burgundy has proven to be the a coveted shade in recent, cooler months – especially with bridesmaid dresses and weddings.  Because this color is so gorgeous and rich on its own, I suggest having your bridesmaids carry neutral-colored bouquets to really let the gowns pop!

If you want a relaxed and romantic wedding, you can let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses. But the more formal the wedding, the more similar the dresses of the bridesmaids should be.

If you’re thinking of getting all the bridesmaids wear the same dresses – this concept is quite outdated. If you want to organize a perfect bridesmaid group, you should choose the dresses according to each person’s characteristics and body shapes. As long as the main colors and themes of your wedding are determined, your bridesmaids are free to choose their gowns.

If you’re a bride on a budget, check out BMbridal for the perfect bridesmaid dresses. With hundreds of fashion essentials and unique fashion insight, this site is the best place to find trend-led bridesmaid dresses at affordable prices.  There’s no need to worry about the sizing of the dresses as there is a Custom Measurements feature at the site where you can key in your specific measurements and the dress will be customized to your measurements.  Isn’t this just awesome?

With a bit of clever sale-hunting, you should be able to nab beautifully designed bridesmaid dresses for your girls that match the quality of your own!

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Mac And Pesto With Baked Salmon

On the day we returned to KL from Ipoh, we were too lazy to get out of the house for dinner. The mil wasn’t in the mood to cook as well after all the unpacking and rearrangement. So the alternative in-house chef volunteered to cook Western food and I left the masak-masak task to her. Sherilyn takes every opportunity to play masak-masak to perfect her culinary skill.  Most times the food tastes so good, sometimes even artisanal, that cooking seems like a total child’s play to her.

Here’s what the chef dished out:


Macaroni with homemade pesto (which Sherilyn made a week earlier), baked salmon with lemon seasoned with dried herbs and grilled tomatoes.

Her two sisters were totally awed with the dish and gave a 5-star rating for the presentation and taste!

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