Wednesday, 28 March 2018

This morning, Alycia’s transporter left her behind when he came to the condo to pick up another student. Maybe the driver was a minute or two earlier today and he didn’t even have the courtesy to give us a call to inform us that he was here.  How dare he!  Thankfully Cass’ transporter came and I asked her for a favor to drop Alycia at school.  Alycia sat on her van for 6 years when she was in primary school.   The boss of the fleet of vans apologized profusely to me for his driver’s oversight.  Apologies accepted.

My breakkie today was a bowl of corn flakes + Milo cereals + Cecile’s seeds & nuts with honey & quinoa (the mil bought this from New Zealand) + pistachios; half an avocado, an orange, a banana and a packet of Izumio hydrogen water.

Dinner from last night was lunch for Cass in school today ~  Japanese kids curry + fried fish + Basmati rice + a packet of Izumio. It’s CoCo day today. My baby girl did high jump, long jump, short put and running today. She told me that she came up on top in almost all the events!

Our dinner last night:

This is going to be a short post coz I am rushing off to bed.  My 2018 Resolution is to get a minimum of 6  hours of sleep every night.

Good nite everyone! 😴

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Finding Your Inner Beauty At Summer & Peach

When it comes to undergarments, the options really are endless. With so many bra styles to choose from, many of us are wondering: what’s the difference between a bra and a bralette? To be honest, I didn’t know what a bralette is until recently.  That just goes to show that I am not a lingerista as much as I am a fashionista. But don’t get me wrong. I just don’t splurge as much on lingerie as much as on fashion, bags and shoes. But I still love sexy lingerie  👙and comfort is a must.

A bralette, also known as soft cup bras, is a bra devoid of underwire or even molded cups. Think of it as a sports bra but without the intensity to hold in your twins. They are usually thin and have lacy straps like any other bra. However, they don’t offer as much of support. Many women may not feel comfortable wearing it if they’re used to extra support and enhancement. But, women with small to average bust can totally rock it!  That’s me!

One of the best online stores to find really pretty, comfy and uniquely designed bralettes is at Summer & Peach, a Malaysian online store selling bralettes imported from the US and various European countries.  At Summer & Peach, they  offer one free exchange and return, so customers can try and exchange if they get the wrong size.   I love browsing through their website and their Instagram feed to drool over their lingerie ~ every single piece of item is classy and sassy, just like how a woman should feel.

OK if you’re like me and the word bralette is still new to you, I’m sure you’ll be wondering: if bralettes are not padded, won’t the nipples peep through?

No.

There are ways your teats will be concealed in these bralettes from Summer & Peach.  Most of the bralettes at Summer & Peach are lined.  Some of their bralettes are cleverly constructed to conceal teats to some extend, but if you want more security, you can use their wide range of nipple concealer from Sugarlace nippies to jelly nippies and stick-on paddings, as shown in the below picture:

Bralettes are meant to be seen. They are not like other bras, that are content to provide unseen support. Most days you need that support. But some nights you want to go out and flash your pretty bra around town. On those special nights, get yourself a pretty bralette.  Pair with skimpy tanks, sheer tops, maxi dresses, backless tops… the world is your closet!  In fact, some women are confident enough to wear them without a top.

So girls, do check out Summer And Peach. They offer free shipping on orders above RM150 and also a one-time free exchange. You can also follow them on their Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Saturday Eats ~ 24 March 2018

Saturday breakkie with Drama Queen and Cass was at a neighborhood coffee shop.

I had vegetarian food ~ fried noodles with curry vegetables, grilled pumpkin and crispy fried spinach:

Wanton noodles for Drama Queen and Hakka noodles for Cass. Ordered only half noodles for each of them. I am controlling their food  portion these days. They can really wallop a cow … and perhaps grow into a size of one too if I don’t control how and what they eat! The big girl is more vain. She eats like me and is a workout buff too!

Dinner was at K88 food court AGAIN!  The hubs was a tad reluctant as we had only dined at K88 last Saturday. But his girls voted for K88 and as usual, the majority wins, hah!

With over 50 stalls at the K88 food court, the girls commented that we would need to go there at least 5 times and order 10 types of food each time to try every stall.

Here’s what we had this time:

Pop corn chicken, claypot yellow wine chicken (from the Ba Ku Teh stall) and claypot chicken rice. As usual, the two older girls went round the food court by themselves and had the liberty to order whatever they fancied. Had I known that they were going to order deep fried pop corn chicken, I’d have stopped them.  I  rarely  allow deep fried food for the girls, especially from dodgy eateries.

Fried lobak ko (radish cake), char koay teow and roti naan with cheese.

Mee suah soup and baked tomato cheese rice for the cheese crazed big girl:

Rawang steamed fish head and steamed 3-variety eggs (from Rawang Steamed Fish stall) and oyster omelette (these 3 are my favorite):

As you can see, we ate to repletion and felt 3kg heavier after dinner!  I had to down a cup of Korean fruit vinegar to help speed up the digestion. And I think it really helps.

 

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Bicycling For Health

One of my favorite past times when I was growing up was cycling.   From the time my mum taught me how to cycle when I was 8 until I graduated from high school, there was hardly a day that I didn’t cycle. In those days, what else could we do if we didn’t play outdoors?   On rainy days, exam days and days where we were out of our little beautiful town, my bicycle took a rest.

My first bicycle was an Apache, a blue one.  My little brother who is four years my junior was always my pillion rider. I was the ring leader who brought him around and out of our neighborhood on the bicycle to pluck flowers outside people’s houses, played with stray pups and kittens and I even cycled to the river to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery.  I’ve had my fair share of bicycle accidents but was nonchalant about them, though some of the injuries were pretty bad.

When I was 14, my parents got my older brother and I a racer bike. I rode on the racer bike to the tuition center about 3km away from where I stayed, crossing traffic lights and on roads heavily congested with cars. It’s a miracle I survived those days that I raced on the road on my racer bike and never had an accident, except being chased by feral dogs.

My two teenage daughters now do a different type of cycling ~ in the gym. My eldest daughter spends 1-2 hours a day at the gym on the gym bicycle. Ever since she started on her daily gym regimen, her complexion has improved. The teenage pimples on her face have gradually petered out and her stamina has improved.

One of my fondest memories with bicycles is when my besties and I spent 10 days at an outward bound school when we were 15.  One of the obstacles was a 2-hour cycling endurance test around a fishing village on a customize bike. At the end of the 10-day course, we were as tan as bronze and my mum was shocked to welcome a ‘different’ daughter home! lol!

One of my latest dream gadgets is some best women’s bikes, as shown in the pictures below.  The hubs has a bike that he bought a few years ago but he hardly rides on it now.  He used to cycle alongside me when I jogged on the road.  It would be awesome if we could cycle together.

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women's 26" 21 Speed Step-Through Touring Hybrid Bicycle

The benefits of cycling is impressive.   The health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression
  • improved mental well-being
  • improved lung health

Aside from health and fitness improvements, cycling saves time and money on fuel.

Now are you convinced to get a bicycle yet?

 

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women's 26" 3 Speed Step-Through Touring Hybrid Bicycle

 

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lunch today was just me with Drama Queen and Cass.  Alycia accompanied her grandma to Sunway Medical Center (SYMC) for a medical check up. As a reward for accompanying grandma, she got a treat of Starbucks sandwiches and coffee for breakfast and McD burger for lunch from grandma!  The girls love going to SYMC because of Starbucks, free WiFi and the hotel-like atmosphere. During my surgery at SYMC in May last year, the girls had Starbucks coffee, sandwiches and cakes for 2 days straight. I think they really enjoyed themselves at the hospital while accompanying me! They had a time of their lives camping at the comfy couch at the hospital concierge the whole day while hooked to their phones and iPad and sipping on Starbucks coffee.

We had lunch at one of our favorite neighborhood cafes today just so we could enjoy the air cond. I don’t mind paying a little more to enjoy my lunch to avoid getting sweat-drenched clothes and rushing off my meal.  It’s the hottest time of the year now and I try not to be out in the afternoon. Thus I run all my errands and have brunch before 11 a.m. to avoid  the hot afternoon sun later.

Cass had portobello mushroom pasta and Drama Queen had Japanese grilled salmon, potato salad + rice. I had mee siam.  Just one forkful of the Japanese potato salad to try  and I was hooked for more.  After lunch, we shopped for ingredients to make Japanese potato salad. I just had to have Japanese potato salad for dinner tonight!

Typical scene while waiting for food to arrive ~ one was hooked to her phone and the other to her novel.

I summoned the girls to the kitchen to help with prepping the Japanese potato salad.  The littlest one was very earnest in helping, the middle child was a tad reluctant this time but helped out anyway (dare say no? Then don’t touch the food later!) and the oldest always finds an excuse to avoid the kitchen like the plague as she’s got royal fingers 🙄.  Her excuse today is she had to go to the gym after being cooped up in the hospital for half a day doing nothing.

With two helpers doing all the tedious chores from washing to peeling, chopping, mashing and mixing, our insanely delish Japanese potato salad was ready in under half an hour!

This Japanese potato salad is quick and easy to prep and off-the-charts delicious.  I love eating spuds this way.  The crunchy raw carrot, cucumber, onion and apple make it a little healthier while giving you the fiber and rawsome goodness. You can even add in finely chopped raw cabbage and it goes well with this salad. And you get the protein from the hard boiled eggs. I could have this alone as a meal and it fills me up pretty quickly. We made a big portion today and the girls can have it again for breakfast tomorrow before we head to the mall.  This is a brilliant back pocket recipe for appetizer for a party.  Serve the potato salad in dainty Japanese appetizer bowls and you’ll sure to impress your guests.

Japanese Potato Salad

Ingredients (serves 6-8 pax)
4 large potatoes
1 medium carrot
1 red apple
1 large Japanese cucumber
1 large Bombay onion
4 eggs, boiled
Japanese mayo (plain)
Japanese mayo (with wasabi)
Freshly ground black pepper
Few pinches of salt

Instructions
Chop potato into cubes and steam until soft.
Boil eggs. I cooked the potatoes and eggs in the same wok.
Chop the carrot, cucumber, apple and onion into small cubes.
Mash the potato and hard boiled eggs in a large bowl.
Squeeze in the plain mayo and wasabi mayo. You can use just the plain mayo if you don’t like the taste of wasabi.
Add ground black pepper and salt to taste.
Add in the chopped carrots, cucumber, apples and onion into the mashed potato + egg and mix everything up well.
Keep in fridge if you prefer it chilled before serving.

いただきます (itadakimasu)!

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Ruay Thai BBQ Restaurant

Lunch with the hubs, girls and mil today was supposed to be at Seng Kee, our favorite ‘tai chau’ restaurant, but it was closed.  We then tried Ruay Thai, a newly opened Thai restaurant as the RM12 set lunch promotion banner outside the shop caught my eyes as I was driving.  Good thing we gave it a shot. Food was to our liking.

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Cass ordered boat noodles, which was delish. The broth is guaranteed to warm your soul and get your taste buds dancing! It is slightly sweet, with aromatic Thai spices and has a generous serving of beef slices, meat balls, liver and smooth rice noodles.  Cass was lapping the broth away and I had to stop her from downing all the broth.  As the hubs only joined us later, he ordered another bowl and it was finished to the last drop.

Thai fried glass noodles with big prawns for Drama Queen and green curry + rice for the mil.  Both dishes were very flavorful, especially the green curry.

Pineapple fried rice and Thai style minced shrimp omelette. Love the omelette, though it was a tad oily as it’s deep fried. The omelette is uniquely executed and tastes like those deep fried egg floss / egg strings scattered on Chinese style butter prawns.

Both the green curry and pineapple fried rice sets came with a bowl of tomyam soup. The tomyam soup was very aromatic but the chilli padi was too stinging on my mouth and I just couldn’t swallow it down my throat. If only the spiciness level was milder, I would have walloped the soup as I love the aromatic taste of Thai spices and lemon grass.

The RM12 set meals came with a glass of super refreshing and aromatic chilled pandan drink.

I also love how the food is served on pretty Thai enamel trays and bowls.


By the time we left at 1 p.m., the restaurant was already fully packed.

The bill came up to RM74 for the 5 of us.  Will definitely be dropping by Ruay Thai again soon to try other dishes.

Ruay Thai BBQ Restaurant
51A Jalan Desa Bakti, Taman Desa
58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Call 03-7971 1333

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Ideas to Personalize Your Mothers Day Flowers Gift

There are some creative ways to make your mother happy with mothers day flowers gift. The florist Singapore will help you to create, choose, and even send your best gift of flowers to your mother on a special day like Mother’s Day. With the help of a flower delivery company, you can always show your sweet and romantic side to your mother without having to put so much effort into it.

Below are some nice tips you can follow to personalize your mothers day flowers to make it look more special:

Pick romantic flowers
Roses and tulips are what you can consider as romantic flowers since they are able to represent deep and perfect love. Who doesn’t agree that the love of mother to her children is the most powerful love we can see in this world? Now let your mother know just how much you appreciate her love to you by giving her some romantic flowers with a romantic message.

HP-05 ROSY
Choose a unique flower arrangement
You can choose a ready and available flower arrangement displayed at the florist shop or you can ask the florist to help you make a unique and customized design. A unique flower arrangement will eventually make your mother feel more special since the flower arrangement is specially designed just for her.

Flower Delivery Singapore

Flower Delivery Singapore

Give gift hampers
A gift hamper is definitely one of the most creative gifts you can give to your mother on  Mother’s Day since you can fill the hamper with any interesting stuff or gift items. You can even add a complimentary flower bouquet to make the gift look more special and beautiful.


Flower Delivery Singapore

Send her surprises
Surprise is the best part here! Send your mother the special gift at an unexpected time and day and be ready to see her bright smile even with just a little surprise from you and the family. Make the scheduled flower delivery at a time you think is best.

A florist and gift shop will make your flower gifting an easy task. You will surely not be disappointed since they are the experts in this area.

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Canyon Spice Curry Roux For Kids

About 2 weeks before the mil was due to return to KL from Hong Kong, she shipped a box of goodies back to us. As per usual practice, she always couriers a BIG box of goodies back to KL after her long vacation traveling the world. That’s the ‘treasure box’ that the girls look forward to each time their grandma comes home from a long overseas vacation. In the treasure box this time was a pack of Canyon Spice Japanese curry roux for kids. Grandma knows that her grand daughters are big  fans of curry.

It was my first time using Canyon Spice curry roux and I found the roux tricky. The roux is not in the form of paste. Instead, it’s rectangular in shape and hard; I thought I had screwed up the meal the moment I opened the box. I thought I shouldn’t have cooked it the way I did. There wasn’t any instruction in English and I had just dumped the entire chunk of roux into the wok to simmer with the seared chicken drumsticks + garlic + onions + water. Thankfully after about 15 minutes or so with constant stirring, the roux dissolved and the sauce thickened. Now it finally looked like Japanese curry, phew!  I did a quick test taste and immediately fell in love with the curry!!

My Japanese kids curry was cooked using drumsticks instead of cubed chicken as I didn’t have sufficient time to cut the chicken into cubes. I always rush off cooking dinner as I have school and tuition runs to do in the evenings.  Instead of potatoes, I used Japanese sweet potatoes, which is a healthier alternative.

And the outcome was a very, very yummy Japanese curry which the girls loved to bits!

Canyon Spice curry roux for kids is sweet and not at all spicy, albeit with the taste of aromatic curry spices.  I added about 1 tablespoon of Baba’s meat curry powder to give the curry a hint of spiciness.

Wok-licking-good ~ that’s how yummy the curry was.  Check out Drama Queen scraping the bottom of the wok for whatever remaining curry sauce that was left 🤣

I have not seen this brand of curry roux at our local supermarkets. It costs about HKD36 per pack in HK. Two days before the mil returned to KL, I quickly Whatsapped my sil to ask her to get us 3 more packs.  TQVM tai kar che for the curry roux, we love it!

 

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EZ Buy Now Lists Products From Mogujie And JD.com!

I am pretty sure most of us are addicted to online shopping. These days, there are many online shopping platforms that you can buy just about anything under the sky, from clothes to bags, health supplements, digital and mobile appliances, food stuff, home and living items and insurance, just to name a few. I love online shopping as it saves time and money plus there are so much more designs that I can choose from vs. brick-and-mortar stores.

Some of our local online shopping platforms are in collaboration with Taobao and other international online shopping platforms. One of them is ezbuy.  Ezbuy was founded by a group of aspiring entrepreneurs having a single mindset to bring quality products in a convenient and smarter way to the locals via an online international platform.

ezbuy has listed over millions of products from China, USA, Taiwan, Korea and locally for customers. Ezbuy also provides “Buy-For-Me” service, where you just need to submit a product url to ezbuy, and they will purchase on your behalf and ship them to you. You can now enjoy the most convenient, hassle-free and worry-free service you ever deserve. With inspection, free repacking and consolidation service, these are all you need to ensure you pay for what you need.

I am sure most of you who are reading this post right now are no strangers to ezbuy. It is so easy to shop at ezbuy and the range of products is so wide. Flash deals, free agent fee, super crazy deals, free shipping ~ these are some of the exciting deals that you’ll see at the ezbuy site from time to time.

In ezbuy’s continuous effort to provide more options for buyers, they have now included 2 giant e-commerce sites, JD.COM and Mogujie (Mogu Street) into their long list of e-commerce partners. This means more products for us to shop for!

JD.com, Inc. also known as Jingdong and formerly called 360buy, is a Chinese e-commerce company headquartered in Beijing. It is one of the two largest B2C online retailers in China by transaction volume and revenue, a member of the Fortune Global 500 and a major competitor to Alibaba-run Tmall. As of September 2017, the platform has 266.3 million active users. JD.com has everything from apparels, home and living products, mobile and accessories, office supplies, sports equipment, and many more.

Listing of some kitchen gadgets from JD.com under ezbuy:

 

Meanwhile, Mogujie (Mogu Street) is the heaven for all shopaholics who love to get the latest modish fashion apparels, especially for youngsters.  Mogujie, founded in 2011 with headquarters in Hangzhou, China is a social network company.  Its app Mogu is a social commerce fashion app, which officially launched in the US and Europe in October 2015, and it is also the social fashion app which was founded in China but targeting young audiences in Western market. Mogujie, sometimes compared with Pinterest of the U.S., is trying to carve out a niche by blending social network with online shopping.  Its users interact with one another by creating photo collages of clothes, shoes and other items they like. Those items are available for purchases either from merchants hosted by Mogujie or through other e-commerce sites that pay referral commissions to Mogujie.

Stylish dresses from Mogujie are available now at ezbuy:

Aren’t we spoilt for choice now?  I am so tempted to get something from ezbuy now. My birthday is just around the corner and I think I deserve something nice for myself 😉

Tempted to start shopping at ezbuy now? But first of all, you have to register at ezbuy. Don’t worry, you don’t have to fill out pages of information.  Just key in your email address, create a user ID and password, key in your mobile number for an OTP number and you’re good to go! And the best part is upon registration, you will get a RM15 shopping voucher!  Isn’t that great?!

 

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Simple Bento Lunch Boxes For Cassandra

Cass has grown terribly fed-up of having bread and buns for recess in school, or even to have them as breakfast at home. She loathes at the sight of buns now. She used to love bread but I guess she’s had enough of anything that’s doughy from the same bakeries most of the time.  She prefers to eat a proper meal consisting of rice and noodles. But the food from her school isn’t my ideal choice of meal for her. Yet, I can’t muster up the energy and enthusiasm to cook for her at 4:30 in the morning.  So the best that I can prep for her that’s fast and still nutritious is to heat up the food that I cook for dinner the previous evening.

These are some of the bento boxes that I prepped for Cass:


Penne pasta bolognese with blanched broccoli and a packet of Izumio.


The bolognese sauce is made from scratch with tomatoes, carrots and pumpkin puree blended using my powerful Blendtec blender + lots of onions, garlic, dried rosemary, Italian herbs, celery, shimeiji mushrooms, minced pork and a little  salt and palm sugar syrup to taste.  The pumpkin puree gives the sauce a very creamy and rich texture.


Canyon Japanese kids curry (curry roux) with chicken drumsticks and sweet potatoes and sauteed mustard greens with shimeiji + garlic. The mil bought the curry roux from Hong Kong.


Fried salmon + steamed minced pork with ‘mui choy’ + Japanese rice.

I keep a small portion of food for Cass during dinner on most days for her bento box. Sometimes she brings porridge. Even a simple blanched green tea noodles or buckwheat noodles seasoned with soy sauce, sesame seed oil, toasted sesame and seaweed is more appealing to her than bread, cake or buns now. She doesn’t even mind eating them cold right from the fridge ala Japanese.

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I Got Scammed

This is a must read post for everyone! It could save you from trouble, inconvenience and loss of money.

Scammers are ubiquitous lately. Who knows, as I’m typing this post, a scammer is already lurking around waiting to hack my blog or post a scam comment.

While I was in slumberland  early today, some crooks stole my credit card number and made two transactions in the UK.  The transaction was for purchase of some digital items from Argos Milton Keynes, one of  UK’s leading digital retailers. Perhaps the purchase is to facilitate this scammer to perform more frauds and scams on me and other new victims.

My entire morning was spoilt the moment I woke up to prepare the girls for school. I received a text message notifying me that a transaction had been successfully made with my credit card for GBP328.94 and GBP0.01 for Interparcel service.  This crook had made a purchase with my credit card and paid for shipping with the card.

In fact, some three weeks ago, I received a text message informing me of a successful transaction for GBP0.01, also for Interparcel.  I didn’t have a cloud of suspicion that it was an attempted fraud as the amount is only for 0.01 cents and I thought that it was for my Waterfall D-Mannose order from the UK which I made during that time.  Now that I know it’s a scam, the crook must have been up to his sleeves trying to hack into my credit card since three weeks ago!  Bog off bastard, your unscrupulous acts will soon be exposed and be prepared to stew in your own juice!

After my morning exercise and shower, I quickly made a call to the bank to report on the fraud.  My credit card was blocked immediately and a new card will be sent out to me. I still need to call the bank again 5 days from today to validate my dispute. And the new card will only be sent to me next week.  Hate the inconvenience!

I pray that the crook’s days of scamming will be numbered and may he face the long arm of the law and get what he deserves!

On another scam incident which happened last month, I received a message from a school mate (my bff’s  younger sister) via Facebook Messenger with this brief message that lured me into clicking on a link to a video, thinking that I was the ‘star’ in the video.  I couldn’t view the video anyway.

🙁 !!  It’s you Shireen Yong?? File:icon surprised.gif

I then happily replied my ‘friend’, not knowing that her account had been hacked. It was only later in the day that I found out that her Facebook account had been hacked when I read her update on Facebook. And this hacker sent a similar message to most of her Facebook friends. I immediately changed my  Facebook log in details.

More on scammers!  In December last year, while I was back in Ipoh for a holiday, I received an overseas number on my mobile phone. Thinking that it was my mil who was trying to call us from New Zealand, I tried to answer the call but there was no reply on the other side. This happened twice and I didn’t have the slightest sneaking suspicion that those were scam calls.  A month later, the hubs showed me his phone bill for two overseas number and asked me who I called.  He was charged RM70 for each of the call. Again I was scammed!  Bastard, go rot in prison and leave our hard earned money alone!

Peeps, be very wary of messages from Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, text messages and unknown telephone numbers. Even when you have the slightest sneaking suspicion that something isn’t 100% right, take action pronto. Do not be the next scam / hack victim.

 

 

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Saturday, 12 March 2018

sacrificed  spent my Saturday morning (forgoing my desperately needed beauty sleep) to  accompany Cass at her school’s yearly jogathon.  An hour before we left the house, it rained heavily. I got ready the rain coats just in case we needed to wear them during the run.  Thank God it stopped  raining when we left the house for school.

Parents and students warming up with a dance before the jogathon started:

Less than a minute after flag-off, I overheard a bunch of students commenting that they were already very tired! And we had at least twenty minutes to half an hour more to go  eek

Cass started off with running at full speed, something which I had told her NOT to do before the run as this would exhaust her very quickly. But this overzealous runner forgot all about it as she was merely following what her other friends were doing.  About 15 minutes into the run, she started to have side stitch. This is one of the worst things to happen to a runner as it would slow her down tremendously. I told Cass to do some deep breathing and to slow down from running to walking.

Half way through the run, we almost stepped onto this dead monitor lizard lying at the side of the road:

Cass with one of her besties, Chloe during the run:

Cass and I managed to complete the run way ahead of many other students and parents, though we were not the first fifty to reach the finishing line. I was pleasantly surprised that the fun run was easy peasy for me (no gasping for breath, side stitch or anything like that, yay!), something which I should rejoice as this means that I am no longer severely anemic.

The good old Milo van always makes a school jogathon complete. Its presence always puts a smile on everyone’s face. After sweating buckets under the sizzling hot sun, nothing beats a cup of cold Milo. Cass downed 5 cups of Milo while I downed 3 cups 😀  I told Cass that she had busted her sugar intake for the day and  should go easy on sugar for the next two days.

All in all, it’s been a fun morning in school. Cass and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously at the jogathon and will definitely take part again next year.  The only thing that bore me to the point of dozing off was waiting for the lucky draw to end. And the fact that I didn’t comprehend 95% of what was being said in Mandarin made it worse.

As for our weekly pet therapy after piano class, we saw a new batch of pedigree pups ~ baby French bulldogs. The fluff ball Samoyed pup that tugged on our heartstrings had been sold off quickly once again, which disappointed us yet again. Cass said that she wouldn’t mind a pug or a bulldog as long as she could have a pet dog. But err,  pugs are just not for me. I prefer big, hairy and fluffy dogs with a more pleasant looking doggy face lol


A  pup gnawing on a big piece of raw pork.

 

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What It’s Like Wearing A Wig

A friend of mine who wears a wig for aesthetic reason told me that the first time she wore a wig, it felt like how she felt when she wore bra the first time.  She felt awkward and uneasy with a phobia that the wig will be blown off her head but she got used to it pretty quickly.   It felt slightly uncomfortable and hot but that’s only when she’s walking under the sun.

Some people comment that wearing a wig feels like wearing a swim cap or a hairy hat.  The materials used to make the wig can  be very itchy.   If it’s a comfortable fit, soft fabric, and quality hair, you may forget you’re wearing one until you touch your head.  Most of the time, there is always something that will bother the scalp or constantly touch you, such as baby hairs, hair inside the wefts, a loose hair net, and friction.

If you choose a wig with good ventilation, it will be easy to wear, light and will not cause a lot of heat. If you choose a wig with less ventilation, and thick layers, it will make you sweat a bit depending on your outside temperature. Also the feeling will vary for folks with lots of hair already on their head vs bald.

Whether you are looking for straight  hair extensions, blond weave, cheap blonde wigs or kinky wigs, it is best that you do some research on the internet and read up  reviews on wigs before settling on one.  Maxglam hair reviews is one site that you can read up on wigs.

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Please Vote For My Twin Niece And Nephew!

Let me present to you my super duper adorable, huggable and kissable twin niece and nephew ~ baby Razyen (big brother) and baby Raeanne (little sister):

Tiny but mighty, these twins are fighters. They came into the world with a big bang unexpectedly at 32 weeks, spent a good one month plus in neonatal care in Singapore and now, they are thriving and getting cuter and cuter by the day.

Baby boy Rayzen:

Baby girl Raeanne:

Who can resist these babies? I feel broody each time I hold them.  Please do me a favor, will you?  Would really appreciate it if you could take a few  minutes off your precious time to help ‘Like’ the photo of the twin’s contest here.

Thank you dearies lol

 

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Grandma’s Back

Grandma’s back from New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong!

What the girls really look forward to each time grandma’s back from overseas  is this…

Ransacking grandma’s luggage bags to find treasure!

Every time grandma’s back, everyone is sure to get something and lots and lots of expensive snacks (something that I hardly get for them here) ~  Royce chocolates, Potato Farm fries from Sapporo (we’ve got 2 big boxes this time!), Whittaker’s chocolate and an assortment of snacks and jellies from Japan.

Black skin and zebra skin groundnuts from Taiwan, sweet potato snack, preserved plum and lots of Whittaker’s chocolate from NZ:

Waitrose organic shortbread and biscuits and Remy Martin liquer-filled chocolate:

Healthy vegetables crisps and Pocky almond crush:

My favorite almond biscuits from Hong Kong and Nescafe Gold Barista Style for moi:

Our restock of Comvita propolis tincture and propolis oral spray (best line of defense for throat infection!) and Lucas Paw Paw ointment (for wounds):

This is just a small portion of our goodies. I don’t have the time to take pix of all the goodies and souvenirs.  Mil came home at 9-ish p.m. and we were preparing for bed, thus we did a quick treasure ransack this time while I quickly snapped the pix before rushing off to bed.

Thank you very, very much to sil #1 and #3 for all these goodies!

 

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Nutrition Geared to Your Needs

Today there’s a quiet revolution going on, and it’s a revolution that has to do with restoring people to a perfect state of health. This healthy way of living, feeling and behaving isn’t about taking daily doses of medications and following a rote set of rules. It’s about living well in the perfect state of health we deserve, by eating food that is nutritional and delicious, and that feeds us in a way we are meant to be fed.

There are plenty of diets available today to anyone who is interested in signing up for an expensive fad that doesn’t really get them on the road to great health. What many nutritional experts (like a colorado nutrition consultant who has been making breakthroughs in helping people achieve perfect health) are talking about is getting healthy by eating what’s naturally good for us. We live in a world that’s filled with plenty of processed, prepackaged foods that are loaded with preservatives, added sugar and empty calories. These foods are causing many people to put on extra weights, lose their natural energy, and add extra stress to their heart and other vital organs. What’s the answer? Top nutritional consultants today say that the answer is to take advantage of all the great natural food that is inexpensive and easily available to us.

In generations past, people lived on farms and ate the food that grew naturally all around them. Today, we have too much access to food that is poor in real nutrients, but high in calories. We need to get back to a more natural way of living and eat fresh food on a daily basis. A diet that includes fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes, grains and nuts will supply a body all the nutrition they need to be well and to stay active.

Good health shouldn’t be a secret. By embracing all the natural abundance that surrounds us, we can enjoy vitality and energy, without sacrificing great taste and the enjoyment of a delicious meal.

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