Petai Dish

I love Petai or ‘chau tau’ in cantonese or it literally means smelly beans in English if translated from cantonese. I love Petai stir-fried with sambal belacan (prawn paste and chillies) but since my 2 gals also eat them, I normally stir-fry the Petai with diced chicken meat, soya sauce, garlic and shallots. Petai is like the Durian, they smell horrible before you cook them and you will have a bad after-taste in your mouth after you’ve eaten them but when you eat them, they taste really delicious. Petai is also known to have medicinal values, especially in treating high blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments.

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A Saucy Fish Story

Sherilyn is finally weaned off from blended food, for over 1 month, hooray! However, she still doesn’t like to eat chicken meat or any other meat except fish balls, fish paste and steamed fish BUT she has to eat her steamed fish with this special sauce made up of organic soya sauce, olive oil, garlic, shredded ginger and fresh spring onions all stir-fried together. She loves the sauce very much and insists that the bowl of sauce be placed next to her during dinner time everyday. I tried cooking sweet and sour fish or pan-fried fish but nope, she wouldn’t eat the fish and spat them all out. Since she doesn’t eat any other meat, I try to steam fish for her everyday with the special sauce of course.

The special fish sauce that Sherilyn is crazy over.

And this is how Sherilyn eats her dinner everyday. I’ve asked my maid to dilute the sauce with some soup when she cooks it so that it will not be that salty.

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Beard Papa’s Cream Puff

That’s my favorite food, Beard Papa’s Natural Cream Puff which DH bought from Mid Valley Megamall yesterday. He bought a box of 5 cream puffs. I gave one to my maid and the gals and I gobbled down 3 yesterday and 1 today. It’s best eaten fresh on the day you purchase it, else the pastry will turn squidgy the following day. If you haven’t tasted it yet, you really got to buy 1 to try, really delicious! There are 3 flavors – original, green tea and chocolate and i like the original one best.

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My $$ Is Finally In!

Woohoo…. the 2nd batch of my hard earned money was finally transferred from my Paypal account (in my brother’s name) into my brother’s bank account in Singapore several days ago. The $$ will no longer be see no touch as my bro will pass me the cash soon. I shall transfer the 3rd batch once the amount reaches SGD200 so that the transfer fees will be waived. With the 3rd batch of $$ coming in, I can even purchase an air ticket to Hong Kong for myself. Hopefully DH and I can bring the gals to Hong Kong Disneyland come year end, keeping our fingers crossed.

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Tag : Creatures I Hate Most

Thanks Chin Nee for passing this tag to me. You know I need to do more tags to help increase my PR eh? Since I don’t have much time, I shall write a a short post on this tag. I also have another 2 tags outstanding from Montessorimum and Big Pumpkin.

The creatures I loathe and fear most are :

1) Cockroaches. I hate any insects and bugs that emit stinky odours and have wings. I especially hate cockroaches because they really stink the hell out of me when I accidentally step on them and I hate the black liquid that these pests squirt out, eeeewww….. really disgusting and stinky!

2) Rats. I hate them because they are filthy. I hate it most when they crawl over my legs when I don’t notice them and all of a sudden I feel something hairy and warm resting on my feet. Eeeeyou……. so geli!

I’m going to pass the fear factor baton to :

1) Scibbles For My Angels
2) Mummy In Vain
3) Mommy to Chumsy. … good filler post for you!

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Blue Black Cheek

Sherilyn is always bursting with energy, ideas and mischievous. She climbs up and down the sofa, climbs up the tv cabinet, puts her potty inside the drawer and then sits on the potty, jumps on the sofa as if she’s jumping on a trampoline, hops up and down the stairs of the split-level at our hall and pretends to be a frog, yanks off drawer knobs and safety gadgets, touches forbidden items and the list goes. Several days ago, she knocked her cheek on the wall whilst she was jumping on the sofa and got a blue-black mark on her face, just below her left eye but that still did not stop her from jumping again less than half an hour later. Sometimes I just don’t know how to discipline and tame this little monkey for she doesn’t really fear anything, not even the whip.

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Durian For Breakfast!

Alycia enjoying every bite of the durian whilst Sherilyn was enjoying her perssimon and grapes for breakfast.

It’s the durian season now and since I love durian so much, DH would buy me durian from the pasar malam every Friday. It’s not only DH and I who love eating them but both Alycia and Sherilyn have also developed a strong liking for the king of the fruit.

Normally DH would buy enough durian for me to savour for 2-3 days and I would keep them in the fridge and eat them for breakfast for 2-3 straight mornings, without any signs of boredom. Yesterday, I decided to give 1 seed to Alycia and she enjoyed every single bite of the flesh. I just hope she won’t get heaty after eating them as she had also eaten some petai the day before.

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Modem Conked Out

One of my greatest fears came true this morning when my modem conked out. My computer has been running really slow and the internet connection has been unstable for the past few days. I thought there were some probs with Streamyx or a bug has hit my PC. The modem was still ok at 2am but when I tried to turn it on at 6am, there were no lights, not even the ‘power’ light was blinking. I panicked and knew I had to wait a few days for the TM Net technician to fix it as it is the weekend. I called TM Net and was told that I had to wait for 2 working days. I told the guy I had to get the modem replaced ASAP as I’m running a home business and can’t afford to have any downtime (must exaggerate a bit lar) but the guy told me no, I have to wait for 2 working days. Not satisfied with the Malaysian ‘no attitude’, I called again and this time, I wasn’t Miss Nice anymore. I tried to exert some urgency and raised my voice a tad bit and it worked. The guy promised to send me a technician by today.

By 10am, the technician was still no where to be seen and I called again. This time, the 3rd customer service guy told me the same crap – “no Mam’ our technicians don’t work on a weekend”. I gave him a piece of my mind and told him I want to see a technican first thing Monday morning. 1/2 hour later, I saw a TM Net van outside my house. When I saw the technician outside my gate, I was happy beyond words. The technician found out that my modem’s adaptor was faulty and got it replaced. I was so happy and thankful that I gave him quite a big tip albeit it’s FOC.

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Alycia Fell Off The Bed

Several days ago, Alycia was playing on the bed with daddy and Sherilyn when suddenly, she fell off the bed and landed head down (back of the head) on the floor. I knew it was quite a painful fall from the sound and tone of her cry, the one with the “waaaaah…..” followed by a long pause kind of cry. When I touched her head, I was shocked to feel a huge ‘bungalow’ immediately after the fall. Daddy and I frantically shuffled her hair to check her scalp and we saw a huge red hump or ‘bungalow’ like this :

I rushed to get some ice cubes from the kitchen, wrapped them on a hanky and began rubbing them on her scalp. Thank God, she didn’t throw up after the fall, even slept through the night and when she woke up the next morning, the hump had almost subsided.

All smiles again after daddy put cold compress on her head.

The next morning, daddy went to Safe n Sound at 1U to buy another bed railing to attach it to our king-sized bed. However, the size was not right and daddy had to bring it back to Safe n Sound the following day to get it changed but daddy didn’t complain. He would never complain of anything done for his 2 princesses.

The new Safety 1st bed railing on our king-sized bed.

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Charity Tag : Darul Izzah Orphanage of Boys

Thanks Big Pumpkin for this meme. I love doing charity, sorry I took quite a while to complete this assignment.

For each 17 out of the 27 items here listed completed by a blogger, RM127 will go to the Darul Izzah Orphanage. When you’re done, please go to Idham’s comments to let him know you’ve completed it. Here it is:

1. A person is only as good as …………
2. Friendship is always…………about give and take.
3. To love is to………….be blind to a person’s flaws.
4. Money makes me…………happier and have the ability to do more charity.
5. I miss………… childhood days.
6. My way of saying I care is by………….doing something special wholeheartedly, for that person.
7. I try to spread love and happiness by………….trying to help and give as much as I can without expecting something in return.
8. Pick the flowers when………….they are at their full bloom and smell them.
9. To love someone is to………….make sacrifices for him/her without complaining or expecting something in return.
10. Beauty is………….in the eye of the beholder.
11. When I was thirteen, what I remember…………I was carefree, happy and was infatuated with one guy.
12. When I was twenty one, I remember………….I went to Bangkok and Hong Kong for a holiday with my mum.
13. I am most happy when…………..I have a fruitful day and everything seems to go my way.
14. Nothing makes me happier than………….seeing me and all my loved ones healthy and happy.
15. If I can change one thing, I will change…………my impatience and hot temper.
16. If smiles were banned…………I would feel wierd and miserable.
17. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could………
18. If you want to ask me to smile while taking my picture……….
19. Money is not everything but…………almost everything needs money to buy.
20. The most touching moments I have experienced is……….
21. I smile when………..Alycia and Sherilyn say something funny.
22. When I am happy, I………..thank God for it.
23. If only I don’t have to………..
24. The best thing I did yesterday was………….
25. If I ever write a book, I will give it this title…………
26. One thing I must do before I die is…………to travel to at least 3 countries. I can use up all my money then…. who cares coz I am going to die soon!
27. Doing this meme, I feel like………..I’m answering some subjective questions in an exam.

I’m now passing this charity meme to :

1) Baby Shern
2) Hipncoolmomma
3) Janice Ng

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Purple Flower Plant

Since I’d received requests from many mommies to have the picture of the purple flower plant taken, I went to the playground near my house early this morning to have the pic of the purple flower plant snapped.

Sorry, I don’t know the scientific English name of this plant and I’m not sure if this plant grows in any other country besides tropical countries. You can do a google search to find out more about this plant.

I was advised that the leaves of the plant can also be boiled and I normally put in 2 blades of leaves to boil together with barley for Alycia and Sherilyn to drink. Another benefit of drinking water boiled from the flowers and leaves of this plant is that it alleviates constipation. It works for me and my 2 gals in relieving constipation. In fact you will have a real smooth ‘business’ after consuming this drink and it doesn’t cause any tummy discomfort.

*Disclaimer – this is not intended to be a medical advice*

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Purple Flower, A Natural Anti-Oxidant & Remedy

I had promised earlier that I will blog about this ‘Phong Far’ (as the chinese call it in cantonese), a flower with purplish, greenish petals and tiny white flowers inside the bud. This flower has been known for a long time to be a natural anti-oxidant and remedy for various ailments and diseases. The leaves are pointy and long and also purplish and greenish in colour.

My late maternal grandma used to boil the flower with either pork or raw yellow sugar whenever my youngest brother had eczema decades ago. My mum is now drinking this purple flower water boiled with raw yellow sugar to treat her goitre and fibroids.

When I went for my pap-smear and annual medical check-up a few months ago, my gynae had detected a very tiny fibroid of apprx 1cm in size in my uterus when he did a trans-vaginal ultrasound scan. Naturally, I was alarmed and stunned. My gynae was however very blase about it and said I don’t need to take any action and said that fibroids are prevalent among women (1 in 5 women has it) and normally would not turn malignant.

Some time last year, when my mum went for her routine medical check-up, her gynae had also detected a fibroid in her uterus. My mum’s friends then advised her to boil ‘phong far’ with raw yellow sugar to shrink the cyst. Miraculously after months of consuming the ‘phong far’ water, the ultrasound scans showed that the cyst had vanished. My mum’s friends who had cysts in various parts of their internal body also drank this flower water and swear by the miraculous healing properties. One of my mum’s friend’s surgeon also recommended this flower water to his patients with cysts.
I plucked these flowers from a bush next to a playground near my house.

I add 1 tablespoon of raw yellow sugar to approximately 4 cups of water.

Put the flowers and yellow sugar into a pot of water and boil for approximately 1 hour.

Washing the flowers is quite a onerous task as I have to open up the petals of each flower and wash out the soil and dirt under running water. It takes me half an hour to wash 2 handfuls of flowers.

The ‘phong far’ drink. It has a sweet fragrant flowery taste.

I have been boiling ‘phong far’ with raw yellow sugar for myself, Alycia (for her eczema) and Sherilyn for her swollen lymph nodes for the last 2 months and have so far consumed it more than 20 times. Sherilyn has no problem drinking it, in fact she LOVES it. A few days ago, when I touched the lump below Sherilyn’s jaw, it had reduced in size and not so tender anymore.

* Disclaimer : this is not intended to be a medical advice*

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Kompany Iklan Huruf Tiga P

Semua opps dari kompany iklan nama huruf tiga P ini sangat laku, macam ada duit jatuh dari langit. Satu saat you nampak banyak opps yang sangat cantik dan senang ditulis tapi the next saat, bila you nak accept opps tu, dah hilang entah ke mana atau berubah jadi warna kelabu. I sangat frus dengan tiga P ini. Terlalu manyak rules and regulations. Nasib baik, I masih ada offer dari kompany iklan yang lain. Kalau tidak, macam mana nak cari makan dengan tiga P ini, manyak orang nak fight untuk rampas opps….buat you gila betul.

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A Fruitful Morning

Despite the slight hiccup with Streamyx and an interrupted sleep this morning from the stupid car alarm, I must say it was really a fruitful morning for me as I had completed 4 paid posts in just 2 hours. I got up at 6am, quickly fixed my computer, accepted an offer from a company in my url and later saw a few nice offers from 3P. However, with the cap of 2 opps per blogger, I quickly grabbed 2 opps with the least words and the easiest to write. Now, I can sau tong and spend some time with my gals. Alycia is waiting to have her bath with me together.

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Activities To Keep Toddlers Occupied

When I need to get some work done on the computer, I’ll assign some activities for Alycia and Sherilyn. What they love most now are puzzles, colouring, scribbling and playing with stickers.

I have to separate Alycia and Sherilyn so that Sherilyn will not mess up her sister’s work. When she does, a war will break out.

I let them stick stickers in a note book and they have so much fun with it. I had just created this new activity as I do not want them to stick those stickers everywhere in the house.

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