Paul Immigrations Reviews: Apply for Singapore PR Easily

Singapore has always been rated as one of the best countries to live in. When people consider moving to a different part of the world to begin a new chapter of their lives or for better quality of living, this city-state always tops the list of “dream destinations of international migrants”.  There are so many good reasons why this little red dot is one of the top favorite locations of international migrants. Here are just some of the reasons why the Lion City is regarded as one of the dream countries to live in:

Quality of Life
Singapore is well-known internationally not only for its world-class education system but for its stable political climate, low corruption, low rate of crime, and good climate, not to mention the easy availability of an extensive range of delicious food from a potpourri of cuisines, from street food to fine dine to Michelin star. The city-state is sometimes known as the expat-friendly island due to the country’s policies that welcome foreign individuals to stay in the city-state.

Good Quality Education System
The education system in Singapore is currently ranked as one of the best in the world. The city-state has consistently topped the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test conducted every three years to assess the academic abilities of 15-year-olds in countries all over the world. Students are tested in three main categories: Science, Math, and reading. Singaporean students are found to be ahead of their American counterparts in Math by three years. Those in lower age groups fare just as well, and graduates of the country’s best educational institutions have successfully placed themselves in the finest universities globally.

My eldest brother left Malaysia for the Lion City to study at the National University of Singapore (NUS) more than 20 years ago. After graduating from NUS, he found a job in a Singapore firm, then started a family, bought properties in the country, obtained a Singapore PR and is now a citizen of the city-state. I do envy him that he has such strong purchasing power due to the country’s stable and strong currency!  My Singaporean nieces and nephew have the benefit of studying from one of the best education systems in the world as the country is well known for their high quality education system.

World-Class Facilities and Infrastructure
The public transport system in this little red dot has been recognized as one of the best cost-efficient transport systems in the world, with a high proportion of its residents taking public transport daily. It’s so safe, easy and convenient that my SIL can single-handedly bring 3 small kids including a pair of toddler twins to school and daycare on a public bus on some mornings when my brother is away on business trips.

Lenient Immigration Rules
Another reason why the Republic has the ability to attract foreigners to migrate to their country is that it has immigration rules that are fairly lenient. Any individual can enter the country as long as they have the paperwork required for entry. Moreover, professional expats who wish to work in the Lion City can easily do so by obtaining an employment pass. In a bid to attract as many talents as possible, the country set foreigner-friendly and business-friendly policies to create a highly conducive business environment that led to its rapid growth and development.

If you are considering migrating to the Lion City in the hope of attaining PR status and eventually citizenship but do not know where to start or who to approach, here’s a tip – it’s worth every cent engaging an immigration consultant who has the expertise to assist you so that the entire process is a walk in the park for you.

Paul Immigrations Reviews: How They Can Help
Located in Singapore, Paul Immigrations is an immigration consultancy firm that provides services to individuals who wish to acquire Permanent Resident (PR) status in the city-state. With the industry expertise of their consultants, the company has consistently achieved a high success rate over the years. The team of dedicated specialists takes pride in their professionalism and quality service to understand every applicant’s immigration needs. You will be guided and assisted throughout the entire process, given key tips on every aspect down to the submission of forms to help you find success in the most efficient manner.

The team of consultants provide PR application services for:

  • Employment/S Pass Holder
  • Spouse of a Singapore Citizen or PR
  • Aged parent of a Singapore Citizen
  • Student studying in Singapore
  • Unmarried child aged below 21, either born to or legally adopted by a Singapore PR or Citizen
  • Foreign investor in Singapore

The Industry Expertise of Paul Immigrations

1.  Provide Expert Advice
For many, the process of applying for permanent residency in this little red dot may seem confusing and daunting. With their years of experience, the team of specialists can relieve you from this task significantly by providing you with expert advice regarding all aspects of the application process.

2.  Organise All Required Documents
Every step of the PR application process is done online through the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore’s (ICA) electronic Permanent Residence (e-PR) portal, including the uploading of all paperwork. If there are documents that have not been submitted within the stipulated deadline, your application will be considered invalid. With the help of your professional immigration consultant, this will all be taken care of, ensuring no document is left out.

3.  Prepare Additional Supporting Documents
Armed with years of valuable experience, the team of specialists will help you prepare additional supporting documents that highlight your best traits and positive contributions, such as a personally written recommendation letter from your employer.  These will help your application stand out and can improve its approval chances.

4.  Create Customised Cover Letters
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority assesses and goes through thousands of applications everyday. With a high number of submissions, it is important for you to make your own application unique from the rest. The in-house writers from this firm will craft a cover letter personalised to your strengths, emphasising your ability to be a positive addition to the Republic.

5.  Guide You Throughout the Whole Process
The many different types of paperwork that have to be submitted to ICA can tire the applicant during filling out. Any errors made during the application process can render your submission invalid, thus negatively affecting your chances of acquiring permanent residency in the country.  The firm’s consultant will gladly lead you every step of the way to make sure you have checked off everything in the PR application to-do list.

6.  Increased Efficiency in the Application Process
It can be difficult to navigate your way through the e-PR portal, particularly if you are a first-time applicant. With the guidance of the company’s team of specialists, you will not waste your precious time navigating through the portal. The friendly team will help the process of your submission be a seamless and efficient one.

If it’s always been your desire to move to Singapore, there is no better time to do it than now!  Do consider engaging a professional immigration consultant to guide you through the entire process effortlessly and you’ll be a few steps away from realizing your dreams of living in the Lion City!



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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

I had to cut short my must-have me-time predawn exercise this morning to bring Sherilyn to school at 6:45 a.m.  The bus would leave the school before 7 a.m. for the stadium. She’s representing her school again this year in several athletics events – 400m, 4x100m, javelin and short putt.  The inter-school athletics competition is on-going the entire week and she has to skip lessons the entire week. AGAIN! She’s been skipping lessons the past one month to do daily athletics practice, cheerleading and CNY dance practice. After this inter-school athletics meet, she’ll be taking part in an inter-state cultural dance competition!  And just today she told me that her teacher appointed her as the school’s camera crew and asked me for money to buy a shirt. All crew members have to don on the shirt when they are on duty.  I wonder how she’s going to catch up on her studies but her hunger for taking part in competitions is too ferocious for anyone to stop her.

This middle child of mine is a sucker for competitions since young. At pre-school and primary school, she would take part in all the singing, dancing and drawing competitions.  In high school now, she’s participating in more competitions – athletics, drama, dancing, taekwondo and all that jazz.  Hopefully she’ll score sufficient points to clinch a scholarship in college.

As of typing this post, I’ve just received a Whatsapp message from her telling me that she clinched third placing in the 400m event. Great job Sherilyn!

After dropping Sherilyn off in school, I went to the park to continue with my brisk-walking for another half an hour.

I think I’m going to be one of these aunties here 10 years down the road, partaking in daily morning tai chi, qigong and line dance groups. 😬👯‍♀️



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Friday, 21 February 2020

Today’s appointment with Dr Susan @ HKL is cancelled AGAIN  😔

I somehow had a hunch that the appointment would be cancelled again. I guess it would take at least another week or two before I get a new date. I told the nurse that Cass will be sitting for her exam next week, thus will only be able to see the doctor the week after next.  The nurse told me today that Cass would have to be present at the next appointment.

Since I don’t have to camp at this dreaded cold place (I hate to be at hospitals, especially HKL), I had a quick brunch with the hubs at Les Deux Garcons (LDG) Patisserie.

Yesterday I went hunting for ‘healthy’ cereals for Cass. I’ve stopped buying cereals for so long that Cass suddenly had a craving for Honey Stars and Coco Crunch and these are snacks that I would avoid buying as they’re loaded with sugar and possibly made from GMO corns.  With our finicky girls, I have to either bring them to the supermarket to choose it themselves or if they’re all in school, I normally snap a picture of the items that they want and let them pick their choice at night and I make another trip to the supermarket to buy the item the next day.

These are the organic cereals that I’d shortlisted in my preliminary round with photos taken yesterday and bought today.  The girls picked Vitabella but when I saw from the box that the expiration date is just a month away, I bought Honey Pops instead. I wanted to get Lion Hearts, which is cereals made from  an assortment of beans but the fussy girls said NO.

I never had this privilege growing up. My brothers and I ate whatever my parents  bought, where luxurious food items were hardly bought. Even ham and cheese were such luxuries during our time. Whether we liked it or hated it, we never had a choice.  My papa was a Nazi dad and my brothers and I never dared to challenge his words nor his choice for us. How he has mellowed down over the years and is now a complete opposite with his grand kids! I think most kids of that era grew up in draconian rules too, eh?



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Thursday, 20 February 2020

I was so happy and in disbelief yesterday when the nurse from the Urology Unit of HKL called me to ask me to come the next day (today). The last time Dr Susan saw Cass was in August 2019. We were given a date to see her again in October 2019 but Dr Susan was, as expected, busy with patients and traveling all over Malaysia to treat patients at general hospitals.  She sees hundreds of patients on a daily basis and performs surgeries too.  From October, our appointment was postponed to November, then December, then January 2020 and then I gave up pestering the nurse for a date.  Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak, I’m trying my best to avoid going to hospitals, especially HKL as this hospital as well as Hospital Sg Buloh are the two government appointed hospitals in the Klang Valley to handle the Covid-19 cases.

I was told that it’s OK not to bring Cass to the hospital as I was only going to see Dr Susan to sign a Consent Letter (for Cass to do a repeat MRI) and to discuss other matters pertaining to Cass.  But this morning, the nurse called me to inform me that the appointment is cancelled as Dr Susan is caught up in another meeting! Again, after a half-year wait! 😔 Well, understandably as this is a government hospital, the queue is never-ending and I don’t have to pay. So, don’t complain.  The nurse told me to be on standby to see Dr Susan tomorrow and she’ll call me to reconfirm tomorrow morning. I truly hope that the appointment will be confirmed and I can get a date for Cass to do a repeat MRI of her urinary tract pronto.

People have been asking me why don’t I bring Cass to see a nephrologist and urologist at a private hospital? It’s tiring having to explain Cass’ history from day one. As her condition is congenital and discovered when she was about 16 weeks old in-utero, it is therefore NOT covered by any insurance company.  From the time she had her first UTI attack at 6 weeks old until her surgeries when she was 13 months old, we had spent over RM70,000 on her medical bills and not a single cent was claimable from our insurers. This is EXCLUSIVE of all her costly monthly supplements and other supplies. Thus, we try to go to government hospitals unless the circumstance is grave and urgent.

So let’s see what happens tomorrow morning. Will Dr Susan be free to see me? Being able to see her is like striking a RM100,000 jackpot! And if Cass is 100% healed, it will be akin to hitting a 500 million bucks jackpot for Cass and me.

Since I don’t have to camp at HKL today, I did groceries shopping and had Japanese for lunch with the hubs ☺️



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Clinell Disinfectant Wipes (Super Big Sheets)

Face masks and hand sanitizers flew off the shelves at all the pharmacies at our neighborhood a few days before Chinese New Year.  As the number of infected patients in our country rises by the day, so does the fear and panic among Malaysians.

A few days ago when I was at Big Pharmacy, I saw a new brand of disinfectant wipes – Clinell Universal Wipes.  I have never seen this brand of disinfectant wipes before but since everyone is buying disinfectant wipes, the kiasu-ism in me told me to get a pack, though it costs a frigging RM45 for a pack of 200 wipes (selling at RM69 at Shopee).  Plus point is that the sheets are big enough for me to slot them into my Kao magic wiper mop. I now use these disinfectant sheets to wipe our floors, tables and chairs several times a day.

What really enticed me to buy Clinell is when I saw that the wipes can kill all these bacteria: MRSA, Acinetobacter, VRE, TB, Hepatitis B & C, HIV, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, Influenza, Avian Influenza (H5N1) and a whole list of other bacteria!


Check out how big a pack Clinell is in comparison with regular packs.

These wipes are so easy and convenient to use and everyone at home is now wiping off surfaces with them. I made another trip to Big Pharmacy just now with the intention of getting another 2 packs of Clinell but was informed that they are all sold out! Within days! Other brands of antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizers are sold out too.  I am going to Mid Valley Megamall in a few days to hunt for antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizer. I am that kiasu when it concerns the health of my family and I.

Have you been stocking up on these items too?



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Shapewear for Women

Shapewear is worn by women across the globe to achieve a slimmer and curvier bod. Shapewear is designed in a way that helps to conceal any unwanted bulges or lumps of fat, ideally sucking it all in. Many women have a hard time losing weight through diet and exercise, thus shapewear is a way to boost their confidence.

Shapewear has evolved into a huge and lucrative market that dominates much of lingerie sales. There are so many different types of shapewear available that there is certainly something for everyone of all shapes and sizes. Whether you want to flatten out your middle or streamline your thighs, you can be sure to find the perfect undergarment that will do just that.

There are various types of shapewear and I hope that this article will help you understand the uses of different types of shapewear.

Seamless Shapewear
Seamless shapewear is a sculpting shaper that is lightweight and powerful, featuring fully-bonded front-panels for a tabletop flat stomach, and edge-bonded side panels for comfortable, squeeze-free slimming.

High Waist Shaping Shorts
This special high waist shorts works to pull in your tummy and control your thighs while having a powerful effect on your waist and midriff.  Some have elongated waists that can reach right up to just below your bra line to give you ultimate control and a slimming effect for your whole torso. The higher waist varieties are even more effective at giving you a flat stomach since everything is pulled in rather than redistributed to pour out over the top like a muffin.

Thong Body Shaper
A thong body shaper is much like any other compression piece, in that it lifts, shapes, tucks, and smooths without giving you those pesky panty lines. It’s great when you wear sheer dresses.

High-Waisted Shapewear Legging
This is an amazing addition to any wardrobe. These leggings can tame your tummy and thighs right the way down to your ankles. Different varieties can stop just below the knee or can reach right down to your feet to offer support and streamline any wobbliness from your legs. They flatter your entire leg and can look great under trousers or a close-fitting skirt which clings to your outline.

Shaping Dress
The ultimate in full body control for a stunning hourglass silhouette, a shaping dress covers your body from you bust down to your knee and pulls everything together to create a slim outline from all angles. With a shaping dress, you won’t need a separate bra as there will be one built in. This is a must have piece in every woman’s closet!

Check out the best Cosmolle shapewear to choose a suitable piece for yourself.   While shapewear do not help you lose weight per se, they can play an important role in your weight loss program. Wearing shapewear while you’re trying to lose weight can give you a vision of a slimmer figure and can help you stay motivated. You may find yourself a lot less likely to reach for junk food when you look in the mirror and see what the healthy, curvier, confident version of yourself looks like!

 

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Favorite Chinese New Year Gifts

Of all the gifts that the hubs received from his friends and suppliers during Chinese New Year, we love these two the most:

Inside the beautifully woven basket in bright red are Mandarin oranges, a bottle of homemade pineapple tarts, homemade butter cookies and a little treasure basket.  Inside the little basket is a treasure of ‘kat jai’ (mini tangerines) and Patchi mini superior chocolate waiting to be savoured by all the chocolate lovers at home.

Below: Exquisite individually-wrapped Isabelle biscuits packaged elegantly in a vanity box with pearl handle is my top favorite. ISABELLE (Taiwan) once won the gold medal for biscuit gift boxes in Taiwan and obtained a certificate in ISO9001-2000 in 2001.

Isabelle cookies not only look pretty and exquisite, they are yummy and not overly sweet – endorsed by Health Freak Mommy!

I’m going to keep the box to store knick-knacks or simply use it as decor.



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Chinese New Year 2020 – 8th and 9th Day

Last Saturday, 1 February 2020 was the 8th day of CNY. It was Sherilyn’s Lunar birthday. She was born on the 8th day of CNY 15 years ago. I remember so vividly the thunderous fireworks let out for about half an hour that midnight when I was struggling to breastfeed this fiery infant who suckled my boob so aggressively that a small piece of the tit was bitten off by this toothless infant who wasn’t even a day old. My boobs were terribly sore, painful and bloody but I persevered with nursing this precious baby girl of mine. What a grand presence she’d made into the world with her loud and long first cries (loudest and longest of our 3 babies) in the OT and then later bit off part of mummy’s tits just several hours later  😂  Her character was already so prominently displayed the moment she announced her arrival into this world. My dare devil and drama queen!

On Chor 8, we had dinner with our old buddies at Oversea Restaurant @ Jalan Imbi. Dinner time allocated to us was at 8:30 p.m. and by the time we finished dinner, it was already close to 11 p.m. We were the last group of patrons to leave the restaurant.

The damage came up to over RM2k for 2 tables. The kids could wallop as much as us adults!

A big bulk of the bill came from the tiger prawns and Soon Hock fish.

My favorite dessert from this restaurant is their signature double boiled almond paste with egg white. It’s so addictive it’s illegal! Every mouthful is chokfull of silky smooth and creamy aromatic Chinese almonds, thickened with egg white. Though it was already 10 p.m. and way past my last eating time, I just couldn’t resist chomping down a bowl of this ‘hung ngan tun tarn tong sui’, all my myself.


Fireworks seen from our unit on the midnight of Chor 8 / Pai Ti Kong night.


The next day Cass had a gathering at her ertswhile class teacher, Ms L’s house in Ampang.  Ms L was Cass and her classmate’s class teacher from Primary 2 through Primary 4. When Ms L announced that she would no longer be teaching them in Primary 5, Cass and her classmates were terribly disappointed. Her classmates then created a Whatsapp chat group with Ms L in the group. As Ms L is no longer their class teacher, she’s now like a good friend to them.  Cass dots on Ms L.


Cass gets a hug from her favorite teacher, Ms L.


Cass and her classmates at Ms L’s CNY open house.

The boy in blue jacket in glasses is a Malay boy and is one of the top scorers in the entire standard (Chinese school). I am always very amazed by him.

After dropping off Cass at Ms L’s house, we went to one of the famous Ampang Yong Tau Foo stalls to have lunch.  In all honesty, I think the Yong Tau Foo at that stall is nothing to shout about.  There are stalls in my neighborhood that sells  similar Yong Tau Foo and stuff that taste just as good.

Hardly with her hair let down, Cass had to let it down as her hair tie snapped while she was in the car. Alycia commented that Cass looks gorgeous with her curly brown hair let down  😄


From behind, my baby girl looks so grown up. She’s going to be 12 soon!



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Bonding With Cousins

Today I’m relieved of my Grab mom duties as it’s a public holiday (FT day), thus there’s no tuition, no martial arts class and no piano class. And our dearest part time helper of 8 years is here to help me with the house chores, so I have more time on hand to update my blogs. I’m so happy 😊

Our CNY dinner with our friends at Overseas Restaurant starts at 8:30 tonight. The dinner time allocated by restaurants during CNY is crazy. You either eat at 5:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.   By the time the food arrives tonight, it would be 9-ish p.m. and serves more of a supper than dinner!  There goes my 12-hour circadian rhythm intermittent fasting. In fact, I’ve not been consistently practising my time-restricted eating throughout the week-long CNY break.  But with restricted food portion, I’ve still not stuffed up on my weight 👍



When we were back in Ipoh last week, our girls had a wonderful and fruitful time bonding with their cousins from Singapore.  The twinsies are now closer to our girls and even baby Raeanne who was previously very shy and would cry if any of us went near her, has outgrown her timidity towards us ‘strangers’.  Baby Raeanne has a special fondness towards Cass and baby Rayzen towards Alycia.

This CNY, our girls have mastered the skill of carrying the toddlers 🥰

Cass and Raelynne trying to pacify Rayzen who bawled uncontrollably when he woke up from his siesta and couldn’t find his papa who was out shopping with his mummy.


Playing with our neighbor/close family friend’s Golden Retrievers.  They have a family of four super adorable Golden Retrievers.

I was overly ambitious and brought 5 kids on my own for an evening stroll around the  neighborhood. It was not as easy as I thought as we had to cross roads and chase stray dogs away. Plus Sherilyn and especially Cass are still not very adept at carrying the hyper active toddlers.  I was hyperventilating when we had to cross busy roads and almost got chased by dogs 😵 Even snapping this photo was a feat for me as I was worried that Cass would accidentally drop baby Rayzen (who’s on the heavy side) on the road 🤭  Each time our girls carry the babies, visions of me accidentally dropping my 2-year old baby cousin brother on the road on a cold night in Cameron Highlands when I was 16 years old still haunts me.  And he had a bloody cut on his forehead resulting from the accident, which makes me feel bad till today!



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Chinese New Year 2020

It’s a ritual of the Yaps to go vegetarian on the first day of the Lunar New Year. And there will always be a Lion Dance ceremony in the earning morning on the first day of CNY at the Yaps’ family house.

Our girls are not fans of ‘jai’ but whether they like it or not, everyone has to eat this dish on the first day of CNY  😏  and we can feast on meat for dinner with my parents. 😬  For me, I’m more of a herbivore and have absolutely no issue eating ‘jai’ the entire day.




Lunch on Chor Yat at the Yaps’.


Dinner on Chor Yat at Kok Thai Restaurant with my family.


At almost 50, I still get ang pow from my parents ❤️

Ang pow from my darling.

On the 2nd day of CNY, we went to the Yaps’ ancestral house again for ‘hoi nien’ lunch. All the dishes were cooked by the great cooks of the Yap family, except for the waxed meat.

After lunch, we rushed back to my parents’ for another gathering, this time with the Yongs (my papa’s 8 siblings).


We stopped by the road side to get fresh coconut water as the weather in Ipoh was burning hot, so hot that we could literally feel our skin grilled.  Hubs waited under the hot sun for 15 minutes for the vendor to pack the coconut water as there was a long queue. Things that my darling would do for me 💓

Dinner on Chor 2 was at YMCA.  The dishes here tasted way better than Kok Thai. Though the restaurant at  YMCA is small and less fancy, the quality of each dish was top notch. This restaurant serves halal Chinese dishes.



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Random Updates – 22 Jan 2020

My luck seems to be going up and down like a roller coaster. Just last week, the stars seemed to be aligned for me. I dodged two bullets, two days in a row!   On the first day, I had parked my car and was about to walk to pay at the parking machine when I saw a DBKL officer who was a few cars behind me who didn’t see me. Thank goodness I saw him, else he would have issued me a ticket when I walked to the parking machine. I quickly paced to him to tell him that I was about to pay and told him not to issue me with a ticket.  On the second day, I had double parked for less than 5 minutes right outside a pharmacy to help the mil get an item in a jiffy. When I got out, I saw a DBKL officer who was a split second away from clicking on this camera to snap a picture of my car number plate before I stopped him on the tracks 😅

But this week has been bumpy for me. Things have not been going too smoothly the way I wanted them to be. My emotions  have been running high (no thanks to some unreasonable people who keep driving me potty!) and with wires getting crossed with them. And when your emotions are in a mess, you tend to run into deeper shit with the same people, which make things all mangled up and even more shitty.  Then it struck me that I had to collect my wits and sort out my emotions rationally, take deep breaths and pray. Glad that all’s well again now and I’m looking forward to our yearly pilgrimage back to our hometown tomorrow to celebrate Chinese New Year with my family.  Bring on the traffic jam. I think I’ll need to strap on a diaper to avoid the crazy queues at the rest and relax toilets 🤫

Alycia helping grandma decorate the house. The mil hardly spends her time in KL during CNY. She’d normally be in Hong Kong and traveling to Japan. This is one of the rare years that she’s around during CNY.

This new pup at the pet shop is my latest stress buster. It’s been at the pet shop for almost a month and I want to own it so badly!  I can feel my stress melt away just by looking at this super duper adorable pup. Whenever I’m upset and stressed up, Cass would ask me to visualize this pup  😆Do you know what breed of dog it is?

We had our second loh sang of the year at Restoran Pik Wah (MABA) last Sunday, just the four of us. Alycia was out shopping with her friends and Sherilyn had to attend at PT3 seminar at University Malaya.  Hubs seems to be crazy over loh sang this year. Perhaps he’s hankering for more good fortune and moolah going into his bank accounts.🤑

Sharks fins soup

Braised herbal chicken with fried wanton. An odd and never-heard-of combo but the fried wanton goes really well with the chicken gravy.

Braised pork belly with salted fish in clay pot.

Stir-fried vegetables with garlic. We ordered takeaway fried rice for dinner and it was burnt and bitter. The entire packet of fried rice (RM25) ended up in the bin and we had to eat CNY cookies for dinner instead.  Note to self – to complain to the restaurant’s captain the next time we dine there, which will be next week!



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Philips Pressure Cooker Nian Gao (Kuih Bakul)

Mum had her first try making Nian Gao using the Philips Pressure Cooker (PPC) last Chinese New Year. It was a big success and her Gula Melaka Nian Gao are the best in the world. The girls and I heart them to bits. The Nian Gao were often polished off in a jiffy and often not enough to satiate everyone.



Yesterday we finished off the last Nian Gao that’s been in sitting in our freezer for months. I was too lazy to prep it but I had to finish off that year-old Nian Goa to make space for another batch, which mum just made yesterday (in Ipoh). I can’t wait to dig into them!

How to Prep Steamed Nian Gao The Easy Way!

Actually prepping the Nian Gao ain’t too messy and difficult. I discovered a super easy way of prepping it.

When the Nian Gao is half thawed (thus not sticky), cut it into bite size pieces. Line baking paper on the steaming plate for easy cleaning as the aftermath on the plate can be very messy and sticky without the baking paper. Place the bite size Nian Gao on the lined plate and once the water starts to boil, put it on the steaming rack and steam for 5-8 minutes.   Be careful not to over-steam the Nian Gao or it will melt and turn into a messy pile of sticky goo which is hard to pull out from the plate, not to mention looks disgusting 🤭.

Below – just out from the wok. As you can see, the Nian Gao pieces are still intact  but they are already very soft. Poke through the Nian Gao with a toothpick to check the doneness.  Coat the pieces of sticky cake with freshly grated young coconut and sprinkle a little salt (optional).

Steamed Nian Kao / Lin Ko / Kuih Bakul is my top favorite CNY snack, besides meat jerky. I do like the CNY cookies, bee hives and muruku too but now that I’m eating clean, I’ve stopped indulging excessively in these snacks. I still do give myself a treat in small quantities.  After all, what’s CNY without indulging yourself in these once-a-year treats, right?

Mum’s freshly made Nian Gao, using the PPC:

 

What’s your favorite CNY snacks?



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GOLD

I received a sizable amount of gold jewelry during my wedding 20 years ago. They were mostly from my parents and relatives from both sides of the families. Some of the jewelry are thick as dog chain while some are thin as dental floss. Whatever size and thickness they are, I treasure them all. I’ve been keeping these gold jewelry in the bank safe deposit box for the last 20 years and hardly ever wore them. When we had a wedding to attend last December, I couldn’t find among the gold stash a jewelry that matched my dress. I just randomly picked a thick dual color gold necklace (yellow gold and white gold plated) to wear but my sil from Hong Kong commented that the necklace is not in fashion anymore!



Thus, I resolved to get myself some à la mode gold jewelry as we’re going to have another wedding coming up soon! Another cousin of the hubs will be getting married in December this year. Since I had the time on Monday, I went to Poh Kong along with three pieces of my decades-old gold jewelry that I decided I wouldn’t be wearing anymore to trade-in for new ones.  Poh Kong charged me a whopping 25% commission for the trade-in! No wonder I received such good service from the staff.  The jewelry shop earned almost RM2k just from the trade-in commission!

My jaw dropped when the jewelry assistant told me that the 3 items fetched a price of RM7,500 AFTER deduction of the commission! I was only expecting a sum of RM2k or 3k. I think this must be the price 20 years ago for the 3 items.  Can’t blame this aunty here who hasn’t gone to the gold jewelry shop since her wedding 20 years ago 😂


Old jewelry.


New ones.

With 3 pieces of old gold jewelry, I got 4 new pieces – a pendant, chain, one-piece auspicious necklace with flower pendant and a bracelet. I have also chosen a pair of earrings but was told that I had to top up over RM500. El cheapo me was reluctant to dig from my wallet, so I now have a credit of over RM400 at the jewelry shop. I’ll be going to the shop again soon to dispose of more old jewelry to get the earrings. I think I’ll have an excess with the new disposal and shall get another pendant  ☺️

Did you know that the price of gold has been steadily increasing over the past 2 decades?  There’s been a 468.47% increase in gold price from December 1999 – November 2019!

If you bought gold at its lowest price in 2008 and sold it off at its highest peak in 2011, you would have made a fortune. Gold prices increased by more than 100% in those three years, from RM82.97 per gram on Oct 30, 2008 to RM181.38 per gram on Sept 20, 2011.

Gold has historically been an excellent hedge against inflation, because its price tends to rise when the cost of living increases. Over the past 50 years investors have seen gold prices soar and the stock market plunge during high-inflation years.

For those of you who have that little extra money and don’t want to place it in FD (which has miserably low interest rates), why not invest in gold?

For a seasoned player who would like to diversify your portfolio, there is always the option of purchasing gold via our local banking systems. Banks like CIMB Bank, Public Bank, UOB, Maybank, Kuwait Finance House all offer a gold investment account.  These investment accounts allow you to purchase and sell gold at the bank’s set price without having any gold in its physical form factor. With most of these accounts, you can get started with as little as owning a single gram of gold.

Chinese New Year is coming soon. Perhaps you should try your new year luck and invest in gold!  If you do earn from the price hike of gold later, just drop me a note to thank me or treat me to iced milk tea 😊



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Wedding On 1.1.2020

On the first day of the new decade, everyone was up very early in the morning. We had to be at the bride’s mom’s house by 9 a.m. for the Tea Ceremony. None of us did the New Year’s countdown on the eve as we were all in bed by midnight. I could hear the thunderous fireworks let out from KLCC and Dataran Merdeka from my bedroom but I didn’t bother to get up and watch it from our living room.

Breakfast of nasi lemak, satay and Nyonya kuih were served at hubby’s aunt’s condo’s poolside at Mont Kiara (bride’s mom). Relatives from the UK and Hong Kong specifically requested for satay. Food was fantastic and had plenty of commendation from relatives from both the groom and bride’s side.  And it was catered by no other than the foodie hubby 👨🏼‍🍳👍 He’s got a fantastic Indonesian chef who can dish out yummers spicy dishes.

Hubby’s chef’s specialty – chicken rendang, beef rendang, sambal, super crunchy anchovies and peanuts, fluffy rice cooked with coconut milk, lemon grass, herbs and pandan and chicken and beef satay.

Sherilyn with her favorite grandaunt Wendy who lives 2 floors below ours.

In a traditional Chinese wedding, the tea ceremony is one of the most significant events. In China, serving tea when guests arrive is a very traditional propriety. It is a significant way to show respect. In a wedding, such an act is to show respect and gratitude to parents for all the years of love and care.

Tea served to hubs and me by the beautiful bride, Melissa and hubby Azriel: 

The girls and cousin E writing congratulatory messages to Melissa che che at the hotel ballroom:

Cass hated to be in her blue gown, which she called ‘Alice In Wonderland gown’ felt like a fish out of water the entire night 😂



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Five Tips For The Ladies To Stay Fashionable On A Budget

Yes girls, you can be fashionable even when you’re on a budget! I’m one who does not splurge on branded apparel, yet I am quite a fashionista! 😎💃🏻

You don’t have to be famous or rich to look like a million dollars. Anyone can  look stylish and modish. All it takes is knowing a few tricks of the trade. Here’s how you can be fashionable without breaking your bank:

1.  Shop online
If you love fashion, like I do, you’ll admit that keeping up with current trends can be overwhelming and it burns a big hole in your pocket. You don’t have to walk into a glitzy boutique to get that stunning black long dress that Gigi Hadid wore at the recent Paris Fashion Week.  Some online stores have replicate of what celebrities wore at a fraction of the price and you can also find cheap clothes for women at prices you’ll be amazed with from most of these online apparel stores.

2. Shop the classics
List down the fashion items that would make up your dream wardrobe. A small closet full of quality clothes that actually fit make you look so much better than a huge closet full of old and ill-fitting items ever will.

Also, stick to classic items and embellish with the trends. For example, for a woman, a classic might be an elegant black dress, and the trend would be an infinity scarf and statement necklace. Don’t forget to put on the classic red lipstick and red nail polish to complete your dressed up look.

The classic look depends on your style. I mostly prefer to think of the classics as items that you wear all the time. Items that can last a thousand washings. Items that really pull a lot of your wardrobe together. For me, it would be my short denim skirt.

3. Shop off-season
Putting together a winter wardrobe at the beginning of winter is expensive. And summer purchases in May often lead to regrets. Avoid temptation and save your bucks when no one else is buying; buy a couple of spaghetti strap cheap long dresses in late fall and your winter coats in April. You can scoop up great deals that way.

4. Sell or swap with friends
Swapping clothes with your friends can give new life to unloved pieces and help everyone pick out new pieces to freshen up their wardrobe.

5.  Look for sales and clearance items
One of the best ways to shop with a low budget is to get your clothes from resale or outlet stores, rather than straight off the rack. Many great pieces end up in these stores due to an inability to move product, or sometimes because a store simply needed to make space for new stock, meaning you’ll find fantastic pieces at low prices in these stores.  Online stores like CallaBuy often have discounts and clearance sale.

Staying fashionable doesn’t have to be expensive. Watch out for sales, monitor your local outlets, reject stores and thrift stores and allow friends to breathe new life into your wardrobe can keep you in full feather without racking up a debt. Get creative with your wardrobe to live the fashionista life on a budget.



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KL Book Exchange

For the last one year, our avid bookworm has been pestering me to bring her to the book exchange ground at our neighborhood held on the first Sunday of each month. But I never had the time to do it. Firstly, it’s on a Sunday where the girls have Sunday School and Youth Fellowship  at the church at 11 a.m.  Secondly, it’s starts frigging early at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m.  Though I’m already up by 7 a.m.,  I don’t have the luxury of a live-in maid to help with the chores. My mornings are usually spent doing chores.



Last Sunday the hubs was already up at 8:30 a.m. and took Cass to the book exchange ground. An hour later and with body drenched in sweat after being roasted by the scorching morning sun, Cass got home with 6 thick novels. She was one very, very happy camper!

 

Cass managed to stumble upon Dan Brown’s mystery thriller novel – The Da Vinci Code, a novel which she’s always wanted to buy but mom said no as it’s too expensive! She also found another old gem – a very ‘seasoned’ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,  a fantasy book written by British author J. K. Rowling and the fourth novel in the Harry Potter series. The pages are so seasoned I think they were most probably been feasted on by termites – the papers provide nutrients to the termites 😱  This book should be around 20 years old!

Thank goodness we did not donate all the girls’ old books. A few weeks ago I gave away 3 big bags of books to the Tzu Chi Recycling Center. We kept some in a box and now Cass gets to exchange them with new titles. Books make her one very, very happy girl. I wish I could say the same with her school books too 😔

If you have tons of books that you want to get rid of, bring them to the KL Book Exchange grounds. Effective February 2020, they will be in Taman Desa and Sunway Velocity Mall on the LAST Sunday of the month. Books will be exchanged on a one-for-one basis, in the same language of the book.



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