Breaded Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs

I have been wanting to try grilling breaded boneless chicken thighs for the longest time and finally tried them last week.  I googled around to get an idea of how to prepare this dish and then adapted the recipes that I found online to my kids’ liking and to the availability of my ingredients. For families with hungry meat-loving children, these Breaded Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs (you can use breasts too) are the answer to your prayers. Quickly bread and bake them in a large batch. Then store them in the refrigerator or freezer for the kids to warm in the micro or pack in their lunch bags.  Perfect for a busy weekday dinner too.

For a first-timer, I would say that I aced in this dish with an A+++!  😉

INGREDIENTS:
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts.  I like using boneless chicken thighs as the meat is smoother and juicier and not as dry as breasts.  I used 6 boneless chicken thighs.
3 eggs, beaten
Multi-purpose flour. The only flour that I could find in the kitchen cabinet was my MIL’s cake flour, so yep, I used cake flour 🙂
Bread crumbs
Parmesan cheese to coat the chicken
Cooking oil.  I used Knife sesame oil + peanut oil.

MARINATE INGREDIENTS:
I pre-marinated the chicken thighs in the morning with my usual spices and seasonings such as soy sauce, pepper, coriander seeds, turmeric powder and garlic steak seasoning.    You can use garlic salt or whatever spices and seasoning you fancy or have in your kitchen.

Grill in oven for about 20-25 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius or until the coating turns golden brown and the meat inside is thoroughly cooked.

METHOD

I pulsed 6 slices of bread in my Blendtec blender.  I used Gardenia wheat and bran bread.

 

Make sure you toast your bread lightly in the oven/toaster, else the bread will stick to the blender and blades. You need dry and toasted bread so that the crumbs are light and easily poured out from the blender.  Make sure not to over-toast your bread or your coating will be dark/burnt later.

 

Below are the raw marinated chicken thighs,  flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs with parmesan cheese.

Dip the chicken first into flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip it into the egg, shaking off any excess. Finally, dip it into the bread crumbs + parmesan cheese.
Lay the breaded chicken on a greased baking sheet (I used a few tablespoons of oil to grease the baking sheet).  Sprinkle some drops of  oil over each chicken piece so that the chicken will be crispy.

 

Fresh from the oven. Oh my…. the aroma of it!! Can send you to food heaven instantly!

 

Using a pair of scissors or knife, cut the chicken thighs into smaller pieces.

The chicken tasted so so so good!  The outside was crispy and inside flesh was very juicy.  My kids commented that it tasted even better than KFC!   As I had  removed the fatty skin of the chicken, my girls and I ate the coating of the chicken without guilt.  Since the coating comprises of flour + bread + egg + cheese, this meal is complete on its own and can fill you up easily.  A piece of chicken is more than enough for your kid. It is an all-in-one delish meal with protein and carbs.

I had a piece of leftover chicken that night and I kept it for lunch the next day.  To reheat the chicken, just wrap it in a piece of aluminum foil and heat it in the oven covered for about 15 minutes.  Then unwrap the aluminum foil and heat for another 5-10 minutes.  The overnight chicken tasted even more like KFC.

This is a very successful recipe and I will definitely try it again and this time, I will use chicken wings and drummets.

 

 

 

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Halloween-ify Your Photos

Just want to share with you a new photo function  launched by Google Plus a few days ago.

Halloween is coming up and you might not feel up to slathering your face with makeup, fake blood, and whatever else comes with Halloween costumes these days. Now you don’t have to because Google has a new trick that will take your photos and “Halloweenify” them!

I tried the photo trick on one of my photos and here’s what I got with the scary Halloweenify version…

Sherilyn looking like a zombie! How apt for this drama queen! LOL!

 

For the fun ones, you can choose from adding virtual face paint that will turn you into a pumpkin, puppy, or kitten:

 

 

The bad news here is that you’ll need a Google+ account with photos uploaded onto it. That said, if you actually do feel like logging into Google+, you’ll see that Google has added some terrific new Halloween-related filters that can make your pictures more festive.

You can click here to experiment your pix for the fun of it : https://plus.google.com/photos

 

 

 

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Cheat Pizza With Wendy’s Fried Chicken

Hubs bought a box of Wendy’s fried chicken home on Sunday night. The RM10.99 for 6 pieces fried chicken is an on-going promotion at Wendy’s.  But the girls and I had already eaten our dinner.  So I refrigerated the fried chicken.  The next day, I gave the fried chicken a make-over and dished up a cheat  pizza for Cass…

Baked wrap pizza with Wendy’s fried chicken (de-boned and de-skined), cherry tomatoes, cheese and tomato paste.

 

This is the lazy mommy’s way of tricking a kid that this is pizza ha!  But it is healthier than store-bought pizzas as it is free from deli meat and is low in sodium.  In our household, deli meat is a prohibited food item as is deep fried food. The girls and I only get to eat deli meat once in a purple moon during hotel stays or when we eat out.  Deep fried chicken is allowed occasionally but with the skin (the culprit!) removed.  Yeah, you can rightly call me a health freak mommy! 😀

 

Lately, Cass is into writing me sweet appreciation and thank you notes during meal times when she likes the food that I cook.  After wolfing down the pizza, she wrote me this little note…

 

Can you see how high my score is for this pizza? WOW, the pizza must be really yummy!

And I scored an A+++ with 4 stars!

And a ‘very good’ too.

Go to My Kitchen Rules! Again, Cass asked me to take part in My Kitchen Rules TV reality show.  My girls think that their mummy is the best cook in the whole wide world and have even asked me to open a restaurant!  To an outsider, this is the ultimate joke.  I won’t even call myself a good cook.  I only cook for the love of my angels.  But in the eyes of my girls, their mummy’s cooking rocks! 🙂

 

 

 

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Happening Weekend – Cousin’s Wedding & Parents’ Wedding Anniversary

Our weekend was one of happening, spent with my family. My parents came from Ipoh on Friday.  My eldest brother and his family came from Singapore the next day.  The purpose of this grand reunion of sort was to celebrate my cousin, Nic’s wedding.  The Yong family had not had a wedding for yonks already.  It was great catching up with my aunts, uncles and cousins, some of which I have not seen for years.

On Saturday morning, the foodie hubs was in an adventurous mood and drove the whole jing gang to Klang for ba kut teh for breakfast. There were 8 of us in his MPV.

 

Restoran Teluk Pulai (Claypot) Ba Kut Teh dishes up one of the tastiest ba ku teh in Klang and in the Klang Valley.  In the vicinity, there are several others ba ku teh shops but this Teluk Pulai one is always seen bursting with customers while the others have lukewarm business, evident from the taste and price.

 

Delish porky bones in claypot to savour, complete with such trimmings as foo chok (fried bean curd sheets), puffed tofu, golden needle mushrooms, button mushrooms, lettuce and plates of yau char kwai / you tiao (deep fried Chinese crullers).

 

This braised pork trotters with cuttlefish and ginger was super tasty!

 

Someone was satisfied to the max after wolfing down chunks of porky meat like a feral dog, haha!

 

After our protein overload indulgence, hubs dragged us to his friend’s newly opened cafe in Klang to have his fix of gourmet coffee.

 

 

Our family portrait at Nic’s wedding dinner @ the Noble House, PJ.   Check out Miss Drama Queen’s halloween dress, which is a piano dress with hands playing the piano 😀

 

The tea ceremony just before the dinner…

 

My Princess Anna…

 

The hubby and I being served tea by Nic and his pretty wife.   How time flies.  Nic is my favorite baby cousin.  My brothers and I used to play with him whenever we were back to my papa’s shophouse in Cameron Highlands.   Nic is 10 years younger than me.

 

The next morning (Sunday), we celebrated my parents’ 44th wedding anniversary at Oriental Pavillion @ Jaya 33 PJ.

 

May God bless my parents with many more blissful years together.

 

 

 

 

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First ABL Match For The Girls

After dinner with my parents last night, the hubby dragged everyone along to the MABA stadium to  watch an ABL (Asean Basketball League) match between Malaysia Dragons and Vietnam.  It was the girls and my parents’ first time watching a life basketball match.  The hubs had on hand some VIP tickets, thus dragged everyone along.

 

 

Players as tall as Yao Ming and as fast as lightning charging the court and displaying their sheer competency.  Each half court strike would earn them a minimum of five thousand bucks!   Go be a basketball player if you have got the height!!

 

 

Check out how TALL the Malaysia Dragons player is!  My parents and girls look like midgets standing next to him!

 

My parents obviously enjoying the game.  The girls are seated next to Roy kau fu.

 

This burly and lanky Malaysia Dragon player swept Cass off her feet! She commented that he was as sweaty and slippery as an eel and smelled ewwwwww!  LOL!

 

It was indeed an eye-opening experience for the girls.  They now look forward to watching the next ABL match!

 

 

 

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Crispy Beef Taco

Alycia had been bugging me to get some taco shells ever since she saw a taco recipe at her daddy’s Flavors magazine.   Taco shells are not as common as pasta, spaghetti or tortilla chips where you can easily get them from mini marts and supermarkets.  They can only be found at places like Jaya Grocer or Village Grocer.  I finally got a pack of taco shells and her wish was my command, I whipped up a crispy beef taco, about 2 weeks ago.

 

 

The girls wolfed down the crispy beef tacos like some feral dogs.  I think each of the girls devoured at least 3 tacos and I was left with only one!  One of the pros of having kids with ravenous appetite is that you eat less, thus have a svelter frame 😀

 

It is pretty simple to dish out crispy beef tacos.  Just toast the taco shells briefly in the oven or toaster.

The beef filling is cooked ala bolognese.  You can cook a big batch of beef bolognese and store them in containers in the freezer.  You could use them for crispy beef tacos, spaghetti or for wraps.   Deep-freezing beef bolognese is very handy for busy weekday dinners.  Just defrost the container of beef in the morning.  In the evening, pop it into the microwave oven or pan, boil some pastas or toast up some wraps or bread and you’ll have a great dinner in a jiffy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Mood

Someone is getting an overload of TV and all the i-gadgets since the Deepavali holiday started on Wednesday.  For the weeks of studying hard, she deserves a good break now.  After all, she did pretty well this time. If this was her actual UPSR exam, she and I would be the happiest persons on earth.  She is a straight As student this time.  For all 9 subjects, woohooo!!!

Now the girls are counting down to 5 December 2014 as this is the day that they will be flying to  New Zealand with their grandma.  Alycia will be celebrating her 11th birthday in the air, how memorable that is huh? Cass, the hubby and I will follow suit a few days later.

 

And to add to their excitement, koong koong and granny will be visiting us tomorrow!   They can’t wait and have been making cards and Rainbow Loom bands to welcome them 🙂

 

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Hidden Hints Game

A few days ago, another surprise awaited the girls at home.  It was a box of mystery word game called Hidden Hints by Learning Resources.  The girls’ angel had sent them another mystery gift woohoo!

Hidden Hints Game Box

 

Since it was the last day of Alycia and Sherilyn’s final exam, they could start playing this game, yay!!

Hidden Hints is a game that develops reading comprehension and vocabulary using context clues.

Targeting ages 7-12, players practice making inferences and drawing conclusions based upon context clue question cards. While proving their word-sleuthing skills, players earn chances to solve a mystery.

The publisher, Learning Resources, describes the game this way:
“Wrangle your way through word-sleuthing challenges to earn a shot at solving a mystery. Figure out what words mean by clues in the text around them. “
Basically, the game reinforces vocabulary a player might already know and challenges them to learn new vocabulary. Reading comprehension cards are also a part of stretching the player’s contextual understanding.

Hidden Hints can be played by 2-4 players and includes:
43 double-sided context clue question cards
7 double-sided game play cards (take an extra piece, lose a turn, etc.)
40 self-checking hint cards
16 game pieces
1 activity Guide with answer key
1 durable cardboard briefcase with handle and latch

This game is just perfect for my girls – aged 6 1/2, 9 1/2 and almost 11.

They spent their night yesterday playing with this game.  I was really surprised that Cass being the youngest could answer most of the question cards, except for some synonym cards that contain pretty hard vocabulary like defunct, insidious, etc.

Hidden Hints™ Mystery Word Game
Overall, I think this is an excellent learning game for kids. It is fast moving, interesting, and challenging. The girls’ vocabulary bank has grown a little by picking up a few new words from this game 🙂

Thank you very much Applecrumby And Fish once again for this wonderful game 🙂

 

 

 

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Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks

I stumbled upon this recipe at skinnytaste.com while searching for some recipes to dish up. Chicken drumsticks cooked with maple syrup and dijon mustard in a crock pot seems pretty easy and delish. Best of all, not many ingredients are needed for this dish.  I was excited and very eager to try out this dish, so  off I went grocery shopping for maple syrup (this ain’t cheap ok!) and dijon mustard.

I adapted the recipe (can’t help it. I am too adventurous when it comes to cooking!) with an oriental touch by adding a few tablespoons of organic soy sauce and some freshly cut garlic.

As you can see from the picture, the chicken literally falls off the bone and is so delish! Kid-friendly, healthy and very easy to prepare too.

I hate Mondays as they are hectic for me. I need to pick up the Drama Queen from the enrichment center at 5ish pm, then cook, serve kids dinner, send Drama Queen for hip hop dance class, dinner myself and fetch Drama Queen back from dance class. So this dish is easy and fast enough for me to dish up on a maniac Monday. I started preparing at 3pm. Preparation only takes about half an hour. Once the drumsticks are cooking in the crock pot, I am free to do other stuff.

The fried rice was cooked by the girls’ grand aunt.

Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks
Recipe from Skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:

8 skinless drumsticks
1/4 cup pure Maple syrup
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp garlic salt
Fresh cracked pepper

The above is the original recipe from skinnytaste and I adapted it by adding some honey, soy sauce and garlic. I also seasoned the chicken with garlic steak seasoning. No marination is required.

Directions:

Season chicken with garlic salt and pepper and place in slow cooker. Combine maple, balsamic, and Dijon in a small bowl and whisk until smooth (I only used a spoon to mix all the ingredients). Pour over the legs, making sure the chicken is covered.

Left to right: Dijon mustard, balsimic vinegar, honey, organic pure maple syrup, pepper and the combined mixture in the bowl.

 

The original recipe uses garlic salt but since I only had garlic steak seasoning, I used whatever that I have.

 

 

Before cooking…

 

After 3 hours in the crock pot in high temp setting…

 

 

Do give this recipe a try. It is easy to prepare and perfect for a weekday dinner. You can dump  the drumsticks into the crockpot and set in low temp before you leave the house for work in the morning. By the time you are back in the evening, your entire house will be wafting with the sweet aroma of chicken, waiting for you to dig into 🙂

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Our Sunday, 20 October 2014

My Sunday yesterday was no different from any weekday as I had to be up from bed at 5:30am.  Alycia had to attend a team-building camp in school and had to be in school by 7:30am.

Breakfast was pretty light and healthy. You can see from the picture below that we had sugar-free yoghurt, sweet corn kernels and orange + coconut water smoothie (with chia seeds sprinkled for the extra health boost!).

 

Miss Drama Queen and Cass lazed their Sunday morning away at the dining table.  Cass was looming away with her Rainbow bands and Miss Drama Queen was consumed by her iPad.

 

We later went to Avenue K for lunch at our favorite Japanese restaurant, Bankara Ramen, after which was retail therapy for moi 😀

While I did my little therapy, hubs brought Miss Drama Queen and Cass for an LRT ride!  It was Cass’ first ever LRT ride.

 

 

 

Back home, everyone had to do their share of house work.  After dinner at home, I delegated Alycia and Drama Queen to take turns to revise with Cass.  Cass will be having her final exam soon.   My condition  for the TV to be turned on was that everyone had to do their fair share of house work and to help Cass revise too *grins tiger mommy*

My camera-shy Alycia was pissed with me for snapping this picture and refused to have her face exposed 😀

 

 

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Of Bushy Eyebrows and Light Eyebrows

I have always wished that I have thicker, more refined and more shapely eyebrows. My brows are very light in color (and sparse), as are my hair color (which is brown) and my skin color. I have very fair skin and I guess God has made my eyebrows light colored to match my overall color coordination.

Despite my light colored hair and eyebrows, my 3 girls are born with dark and thick eyebrows and I am very thankful for that. I always tell Cass that I wish I had her bushy eyebrows as I am so tired of drawing my brows.   I am just so over drawing my brows and have been eyeing on some eyebrow embroidery jobs. Eyebrows are a major part of our face and a pair of seductive eyebrows accentuate the eyes and overall features of our face.  You have to agree with me on this, don’t you?

Many of my friends have had their eyebrows embroidered and I think they look great with more shapely eyebrows.    Well, most of them look better with embroidered eyebrows, except for a handful who now look as if they are some Chinese oprah singers with thick and gaudily drawn eyebrows. This is what one of my friends commented as regards fake eyebrows and she discouraged me from having my eyebrows tattooed or embroidered.  She scared me with stories of how the brows may swell after the job and the many trips I will have to make to the beautician to have touch-ups.  The hubby is also against my idea. He says tattooed eyebrows look very fake and outrageous. Besides, there is no guarantee by the brow impressionist that she can make me look prettier with my new brows. They may even make me look hideous that I need to hide away from the world! The hubby has never liked women with fake and thick eyebrows for that matter. And I am scaredy cat too of a botched job, which may ruin my looks forever!

While shaping up my eyebrows with an eyebrow blade last night…

Cass – mummy, who do you even have to shave your eyebrows huh? I thought you like to have bushy eyebrows like mine?? (asked in a satirical manner)

Me (on the verge of LOL on hearing her sardonic comment!) – that’s because I want my eyebrows to have a nicer shape. So I need to shave off straying hair on my brows.

Cass – yeah, but you said you want to have bushy eyebrows right? So don’t shave it la! Just let it be and they will grow thicker! Just leave your eyebrows alone ok mummy? Then you will have bushy eyebrows! (This 6.5YO can sometimes sound like a woman trapped in a little girl’s body I’m telling you!)

My baby girl sure cracked me up last night and gave me a good laughter therapy.

Back to the topic of eyebrows. I am still very, very tempted to have my brows embroidered. Should I or should I not? Hmmm….

 

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Wednesday Night Dinner – Healthy Fried Rice

My part-time maid, M screwed up my day again yesterday.  I have always reminded her that should she be unable to come in for work, she has to send me a text message latest by 12 noon so that I can start doing chores myself.  But she just can’t seem to take instructions well and only messaged me at 5pm again yesterday!  What is wrong with her flipping mind?!  So at 5pm yesterday, I quickly started to work myself up like those hourly paid maids, rushing to complete every single freaking chore within 2 hours.  Thank God we have a small yet cozy condo unit that is pretty fast to clean up. Within an hour, I  accomplished quite a bit from sweeping and mopping the floors, washed 2 bathrooms and ironed a few pieces of clothes.

I could not decide yesterday whether to go ahead to cook fried rice or to eat out.  I had planned to cook fried rice, thinking that M would come to help me clean up.  But Alycia who is revising for her exam did not feel like going out.  So just like Nike’s tagline (which I like), I  ‘JUST DO IT’  and whipped up Alycia’s favorite food – fried rice.

So here’s my healthy fried rice with garlic, tomatoes, cauliflower, sweet corn kernels, crackling minced pork, lots of scallions and eggs.

 

I added 2 big organic tomatoes and sweet corn kernels into my  jar rice cooker just when ‘holes’ started to form on the rice.  By doing so, the rice will be more aromatic and the skin will peel off effortlessly from the tomatoes when in contact with heat.   I mashed up the tomatoes and mixed everything  well before dumping the rice et al into my wok of garlic + minced pork + cauliflower.

 

The minced pork this time was crackling and tasted like bacon bits (brown meat bits in the below pic). This added intense flavor to the fried rice.  And the secret to getting crackling bacon-like minced meat?  Just fry it long enough in the wok and make sure the minced meat does not get burnt or stuck to the base of the wok.

 

Seasonings used for fried rice are a few dashes of Lea & Perrin sauce, few dashes of organic soy sauce, pepper and garlic steak seasoning.

 

Composition of Mc Cormick garlic steak seasoning: salt, onion, garlic, sugar, black pepper, mustard flour, ginger, bell pepper and parsley.  I love to add a few shakes of this seasoning to marinate meats and fried rice – adds so much flavor to my food.

 

Raw of the day was alfalfa and radish sprouts and cucumber slices.

 

Salad dressing used was tangy Citron Sesame sauce from Japan.

 

I was totally knackered by 9pm after a hard day’s work slogging in front of the computer, chauffeuring the princesses and sweating it out in the kitchen.  All the hard work put in to dish out the fried rice was worth it when my three rascals commended how tasty it was.  And Miss Drama Queen gets to bring a portion to school for recess today 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Monday Nite Dinner

Dinner whipped up in a jiffy yesterday – fried organic spinach noodles with minced pork, meat balls, garlic, a whole head of Chinese cabbage and 5 eggs (free-range ones).

 

We had dinner at 6pm yesterday, which was earlier than usual as the girls had an extra Mandarin tuition class for the tutor to help them revise for their exam.

I used a packet of 6 organic spinach noodles.   As it turned out, there were more ingredients than noodles.  Next time, I will add in 2 more pieces of noodles since the girls seem to love the noodles more than the trimmings.

 

My most critical and finicky eldest daughter commended that the fried noodles were very yummy and helped herself to 2 bowls!   The drama queen as usual, full of drama, quickly ‘chop’ and kept some noodles in a tiffin carrier for her to bring to school tomorrow.  This morning, she woke up 10 minutes earlier to reheat the noodles in the wok, poured them into her lunch box and  put the lunch box into her new thermal lunch bag.  Full of drama and fiercely independent, this drama queen can do anything if she puts her heart into it.

The remaining noodles will be for our lunch today. My 3-in-1 yummy noodles were good for 3 meals – yesterday’s dinner, drama queen’s snack during recess today and lunch for today.  Good to the last strand! 🙂

 

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Our Sunday, 12 October 2014 – Eve Of Final Exam

On the eve of Alycia and Sherilyn’s exam, I should be at home to do revision with them today.  But as in previous exams, we were pretty relaxed and went to Mid Valley Megamall to have brunch at Sushi Zanmai *feeling guilty*!

 

 

 

 

After brunch, hubs suggested to have some cakes and coffee at Alexis.  Hubs is always the very indulgent and easygoing daddy, who hardly puts any pressure onto his daughters to excel in their studies.  I am always the bad marshal and law enforcement officer at home – in short, the bad guy who pours cold water into all the fun 😀

Check out the decadent cakes from Alexis.

We ordered a slice of tiramisu, cheese cake and my favorite orange almond cake.

 

I think Alexis has one of the best tiramisu cakes in town.

 

Back home, we did some eleventh hour marathon revision on BM.  I am glad that this time round, Alycia can revise on her own pretty independently.  But I can’t say the same for the drama queen.  Long story cut short, I am now having sore throat and a real raspy voice from too much of talking and screaming. And I think my blood pressure has elevated a few notches up.  I really don’t understand why the drama queen has to give me so so much drama!  And she really has to assemble her brain that’s scattered everywhere!

In the evening, we were waiting for our Dominoes Pizza to deliver our pizza to us but 15 minutes after our phone order, they called us to say that it will be delayed to God knows when due to the thunderstorm.  I waited for half an hour but the rain did not stop. I called Dominoes Pizza and cancelled the order.  And off we went to the Japanese restaurant downstairs to have dinner instead.

Back home, the drama queen dilly dallied again. I hollered again till I gave up and felt like throwing myself onto the bed and cover my head with my duvet.  Really wanted to give someone the no eye see treatment but…. I persevered and pulled the drama queen next to me and went through a few more harrowing hours of going through the Tatabahasa list with her. *vomit blood*!!   Thank God, my eldest has been very cooperative and independent this time. She even helped me test Cass on her  Ting Xie list for tomorrow.

 

 

All the best in your BM test tomorrow girls.  I pray that you will remember all that you have studied.

 

 

 

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Chinese Writer App by Molatra

Today is the eve of the eve of Alycia and Sherilyn’s final exam and I am only starting to revise with them today.  Can you feel the heat and pressure I am feeling now?  I am reeling from the  exam fever heat *wipe sweat from forehead*!   It does not help that the weather for the past few days has been hot and humid with no rain. As I am typing this post, I have fans blowing at me from my right, left and top, I kid you not!

To distract Cass from being the attention seeker while I revise with her sisters (this rascal can be a brat at times, fighting for attention), I downloaded a new app into the iPad to keep her entertained.  It is a Chinese Writer app by Molatra.

Molatra is one of the best Chinese Writer apps for those seeking to learn Chinese. You have to write the Chinese character according to the correct order of the strokes (pit soon). If not, you will not be able to proceed to the next character. One can check the strokes order at the practice section. The character will be read out clearly too. There are speed levels for beginners to advanced learners. Cass and even Alycia love this app and find it challenging to beat the time to complete writing the characters correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Urban Playz @ Mid Valley Megamall

As promised, here are the pictures of Alycia, Sherilyn and Cass tackling the Urban Playz climbing walls at Mid Valley Megamall last Sunday.

Cass started the wall climb first, followed by Alycia.  When Cass and Alycia did the wall climb, I was shopping with Sherilyn.  Sherilyn later joined them.

My monkey girl finally got the chance to prove her climbing and hanging prowess, ha ha ha!  After her 3 climbs, I asked her if she was scared but my daredevil was as confident as ever and said “not at all!”

Cass looks like she’s on some  kids backdrops for photography in this pic!

Below: Sherilyn attempting the Tetris Wall Climb.

Urban Playz consists of three climbing walls: Tetris Wood, Speed Track and Nine Cross. Each wall is structured differently and is fun to climb!  Looking at my girls climb the walls at a height of 20 feet did scare the living day lights out of me. It also brought back lots of fond memories of my camping and rock-climbing days in Lumut and Pangkor Island during my teenage days.   Rock-climbing and wall-climbing are an entirely different sports.   Rock-climbing requires much,  much more endurance,  perseverance and a brave heart.

 

 

Currently there are three walls available for your climbing pleasure: Nine Cross provides many possibilities to get to the top, one has to spend some time thinking them through. Tetris, as the name suggests, is a wall based on the popular arcade game Tetris.  Speed Track gives those speed demons and junkies out there a run for their money, giving them an opportunity to see how fast they can get to the top.

Sherilyn atop the Tetris and strategizing how and where to place her legs..

 

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There were no pictures of Alycia climbing the walls taken as hubs and I videoed her climbs instead.

All in all, I think the 3 walls were pretty simple for my 3 daredevils to conquer.  To them, it’s a piece of cake!  Perhaps hubs should bring them to do the real McCoy – outdoor rock-climbing!  I’ll know who the real daredevil is from there!

 

 

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