Sherilyn’s Slogan Contest Cash Prize

“Mom I won, I won, yes I won in the contest!!” my drama queen squawked across the living room yesterday afternoon. I thought it’s just another Tealive, cookies or free movie tickets that she’d won from Facebook or Instagram.  She trotted to my work desk and showed me the Insta message she’d received from the contest organizer.  My drama queen had indeed won and it’s a RM500 cash prize from a slogan contest organized by Rage cafe, woohoo!

The thing is the prize must be collected within 24 hours. Thank God we’re still around the next day (but not day after next).

So today I brought my drama queen to Rage Cafe at Bangsar to collect her cash prize. Alycia tagged along too to bask in her sister’s 20-minute fame 😆

Enjoy the pix of Sherilyn’s 20-minute fame collecting her RM500 cash voucher today. It’s her second biggest contest win, the first being a Huawei mobile phone which she won in a spin-and-win 3 years ago.

And to the tune of “I wanna be a billionaire” by Bruno Mars 🤑


Throwing RM50 notes in the air like a wannabe billionaire for the organizer to film the act. The video can be viewed at the Rage Instagram page.


After claiming her cash prize, sure must buy a drink or two from the cafe la to treat mom and big sis 😍


And flaunt a bit of her kickboxing and Muay Thai moves la… photos of which are surely Insta-worthy for her page.

Rage has a cosy little section complete with bean bags, a punching bag and gloves for stressed out fellas to let off steam.

Flat whites fused with oat, coconut or soy milk, matcha matched with sweet palm sugar or sour plums: Unconventional couplings and specialty coffee concoctions are all the rage at Bangsar’s new cafe for busy bees and social butterflies seeking a space for both work and play.  Easy access to public transport (public bus and MRT are just steps away) means RAGE Bangsar is a convenient stop for mobile workers (communal tables come complete with power points at the cafe.

Sherilyn gave an early Hari Raya angpow to her beloved kakak Maria today the moment she got home.  Kakak Maria spoils Sherilyn by folding her clothes and changes her bedsheet (which I always strongly forbid but still she secretly does them) and does not complain a wee bit when she has to wash oily buttery post-baking utensils after Sherilyn bakes. Kakak Maria is the best part-time helper we’ve ever had.

Thank you so much Rage for the awesome cash prize win!!

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Sunbather Coffee @The Sphere, Bangsar South City

After our sumptuous lunch at The Farm Foodcraft @ The Sphere, we segued into Sunbather Coffee, located on the upper ground floor.

Sunbather Coffee’s menu highlights a worthy list of Instagrammable dishes, from impressive pocket sandwiches, Japanese-inspired rice bowls, delectable cake rolls, comforting pastas, irresistible house-made ice-creams, beautiful art-topped latte, specialty drinks and much more.

The ice cream served here is prepared in small batches to give you different flavours, some with a Japanese slant

Specializing in Western-influenced Japanese cuisine and third wave coffee, Sunbather Coffee opened its doors at The Sphere in December 2018. The cafe was packed to the brim with mostly youths when we were there on a Sunday.  We only ordered desserts, coffee and fancy beverages for the girls as we’d just had a heavy lunch but the pretty pocket sandwiches (which I initially thought were cakes) made me drool!  The pocket sandwiches in dark rye bread will be a must-order item the next time we patronize the cafe.

For a light lunch, opt for the 'ajitsuke tamago' sandwich made with dark rye bread
Photo credit: The Malay Mail


Photo credit: EatDrinkKL

My favorite Sunbather temptation is the Affogato with Madagascar vanilla ice-cream tinged with blue pea flower.

The iced matcha latte with Hojicha Kanten is not overly sweet and with just the  right ratio of milk to matcha which has a strong aroma of  premium green tea.  I loved it!  Hubs ordered Osmanthus latte which has a pleasant and mild sweetness of Osmanthus in each sip.

Sunbather’s Black Forest Roll Cake – very rich and chocolaty.

The Raindrop Anmitsu is of course for our Gen Z girls – fanciful, colorful and replete of their favorite chewies – jelly, mochi, red bean and watermelon balls. I find it a tad sweet for my palate  though.  Two of the mochi balls were not thoroughly cooked and the cafe supervisor gave us a RM1.80 discount off the bill.

There’s still so much more exciting items to try at Sunbather, sufficient for potentially half a dozen repeat visits and I am sure the girls will be more pleased than I am 😋

Sunbather is not only for the younger Generation. Even older people like myself get perky and happy at the sight of their colorful playful drinks, impressive Yoshoku (Western-influenced Japanese food) meals and desserts with unique combinations.

Sunbather Coffee
UG-12, Upper Ground, The Sphere, 8, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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The Farm Foodcraft @ The Sphere, Bangsar South City

Today the hubs decided to bring us to try something new for lunch. So to Bangsar South we went!  We were impressed that within a short span of one year, so many eateries have opened up at The Sphere. We were there for the first time over a year ago and The Sphere was still pretty much empty with only a few eateries.  The lifestyle hub now features about 24 restaurants as of end May 2019 and does not only stop at local cuisine but a host of international options as well.  The Sphere is split into four levels with its anchor tenant, Aeon MaxValu Prime Super-market, covering a large section of the lower ground, acompanied by Miniso, Juice Lab and SOG Eyewear.

After a 15-20 minute walk around The Sphere, deciding on which restaurant to try, hubs finally settled on a new eatery ~ The Farm Foodcraft, which we later found out from the staff that it opened its doors just 4 days earlier. No wonder the menu was still pretty limited. Hubs ordered almost all the main courses in the menu and we left feeling totally satisfied with our meal! We were told by the staff that more exciting items to the menu is under way.

Inquisitive me also found out from the staff later that the herbs and some of the vegetables that we had in our salad were harvested in the restaurant’s own urban farming lab within the compound of the restaurant.  What they can’t grow, they source from the local farmers and vendors. There’s no middleman, no long drives to a remote farm for organic produce. Their ingredients get to the kitchen the same day they’re harvested.

Happy Harvest salad and Green Supreme juice for me. The salad serving is pretty huge and is enough for our family of  six.

Ox tail soup and truffle mushroom soup, both served with a crispy thinly sliced of buttered toast.

The main course items on the menu are fusion inspired and combines the best of both Asian and Western worlds.  The creamy mushroom pan mee with an assortment of different mushrooms (with sambal as condiment) was superb and curry beef lasagna comes with a bowl of mildly spicy aromatic curry.

East Meets West curry noodles is a flavorful curried broth with noodles and seafood. It’s spiciness level is so mild that I can stomach it very well.  I can’t take the typical fiery Malaysian curries but this spiciness level is perfect for me!

Everyone’s favorite dish here – Nasi Kerabu with very aromatic herbs and spices in every mouthful of rice.

Kuih Gulung is a marriage of Malay and Western flavors where the traditional Kuih Ketayap is metamorphosed into a whole new image, adorned with ice-cream and caramel cage to give it a restauranty edge.  The ultimate utopia was that moment when I took the first bite ~ the familiar fragrant dessicated coconut cooked in palm sugar nestled within the soft pandan kuih, oozing out as I popped the spoonful of kuih into  my mouth, heaven!  One mouthful is definitely not enough. I can actually chomp down the entire kuih by myself and not share it with anyone!  The girls can take the ice-cream and spun sugar, not the kuih!  This has to be one of the yummiest desserts I’ve ever tasted.

It’s not easy to please my bon viveur hubs and he’s pretty happy with the food, service and ambience.  We’ll definitely return again; this time to try their new dishes.  We’ll order the Nasi Kerabu and Kuih Gulung again for sure.

After our meal here, we segued into Sunbather Coffee for desserts! That’ll be in another post.

Level Ground, The Sphere, Bangsar South City
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2242 0964
Hours 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

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Letting Off Steam

A fatso made me hopping mad this morning.  Forgive my rather unkind words but I just have to let off steam here. See the man in black in the photo below? I don’t know him. But he couldn’t b**rdy control his words and unleashed the wrath of an angry woman because of the insulting words he said about me right behind my back.

The story goes like this…

This morning I had breakfast with the hubs, mil, the girls and our good friend, Alan Yun at a kopitiam.  My chair was back to back with the fatso in black tee (occupied later by the lady with her face blurred in the photo). Mid way through eating, fatso complained to me that my chair was too near his, so fine, I pulled my chair nearer to our table. A few minutes later, his woman arrived and he began to gossip loudly to her in Cantonese about my butt and chair!! How dare him!

Fatso – the lady behind me is not sitting properly. Look at her chair. Want to sit also don’t know how to sit.

Me – (starting to feel steam released from my ears)!!

Fatso –  Look at her putt (butt). Only half her putt is on the chair.  Sit until like that, yadi yadi yadaaaaaa…

OMG, like an uneducated so-free-till-nothing-to-do phat phor (nosy lady) at the market!!

I felt a wave of fire swept through my head and I turned over to face him and unleased the ball of fire right on his face! And KABOOM I morphed into a nasty angry b*tch 👽, trying so hard to control the F and B words from my mouth as my daughters were around.

Me in Cantonese to Fatso loudly, so loud I felt all heads at the kopitiam turned towards my direction:

“I like to sit like that, can’t I? Mind your own business. You’re a man, but such a busy body. My butt is small and I can’t occupy the entire chair. Jealous ar? !!”

Suddenly, everyone who was chatting at our table stopped short in shock. Fatso stopped short of gossiping too. I think he didn’t realize himself talking so loudly that I could hear him talk about my butt right behind my back, loud and clear.

GAWD! Never have I seen such a nincompoop of a man, insulting a woman’s butt right behind her.

Check out his fat butt on the chair. Some of the fats are jutting out from the holes on the chair behind and he expects my butt to be like that too? WTF!

Still in a fit of rage many minutes later, I ranted to hubby and the girls loudly that I have no more appetite to eat anything as some dim-witted people who have no business to mind about my butt  just spoiled my mood, just so the jerk could hear me.  I was expecting a backlash from him but he was as silent as a mouse after my outburst.

I was still ranting loudly throughout breakfast in Cantonese and English, voicing out my utter anger over the jerk just so he could hear it. Before I left, I asked Sherilyn to take a pic of the jerk. How dare he insult my butt and how I sit. Totally  none of his toot toot business.  Shame on you Fatso!

*End of rant and get off from soapbox*
Please, no backlash / negative comments on this post. Thank you.

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Wesak Day Weekend

So Mid Year Exam’s finally OVER for the brat rat.  What a load off my Cass’ shoulders.  Next will be getting the exam papers back, report card day 😖, Jogathon day (I’ll be running with the brat rat again!) and sports day but before all these stress, it’s celebratory time!!  Celebration of end of exam, two public holidays in a week (how awesome can that be!) and upcoming school holidays 🤩

We had our first round of celebration yesterday at My Town as it’s a public holiday (Wesak Day). Hubs had lunch with us at the mall before rushing back to his kitchen and office, leaving us to shop till we drop for 5 hours before taking Grab home.  If not for our part-time helper who was coming at 5:30 p.m., we could have continued shopping for another 2-3 hours, have our dinner there and return home at 9 p.m.. Us girls just love shopping, don’t you too?😉

We first had lunch at myBurgerLab but my bon viveur hubs wasn’t too contented with his Beautiful Mess burger. While the girls enjoyed digging into their sinful burgers with loads of curly fries (OMG!),  I was disappointed with my bun-free low carb burger  as well, as the there was too much sauce on the lettuce. I find the sauce too heavy and it really defeats the purpose of having a low-carb meal when the sauce is too sweet and salty.

After our ‘appetizer’ at myBurgerLab, we had our main meal at a Japanese restaurant 😋

Sorry I can’t remember the name of the Japanese restaurant as I didn’t manage to snap a picture of the restaurant coz my Huawei phone died on me AGAIN after a few photos!  Lately my Huawei has been showing signs of exhaustion and symptoms of a premature death.  I actually intend to get myself a new Huawei phone but with the current  US trade ban on Huawei, I may not be getting a Huawei phone.  What brand of mobile phone do you think I should get?  I still like Huawei though but can’t live without Google. What’s a phone to me if it means no access to Google?  Hopefully Washington keeps its promise to row back on its ban on Huawei.

Cass shopped for more books while her two sisters enjoyed a movie at the cinema.

We tried another new boba tea – Daboba.  A very popular bubble tea brand from Taiwan, Daboba claims to have the most fragrant brown sugar pearl milk tea, so rich in flavour that it leaves you wanting for more. But I think it’s no biggie, Daboba tastes almost the same as its competitors and my review is based on what I tried, which was grass jelly milk tea with 25% sugar. Alycia and Sherilyn both tried the milk tea with cheese and commented that it tastes “OK only” 😐

Our trip to My Town will never be complete without covering at least 20 rounds at H&M with countless trips to the fitting room 💃  If only time was on my side, I’ll be gamed for a shopping marathon and walk over 10 hours at the mall without an aching muscle!  I used to do that with my friends before the girls came along.  Thanks to hubby for the shopping spree treat yesterday 😘

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Cow Sense For Parents by Lydia Teh Giveaway – Announcement Of Winners!

And the winners of the giveaway are……

**drum rolls*

1. Audrey Chan
2. Sharmila
3. Adeline Poh
4. Evon Lee
5. Kohila

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!! 👏🏻

I will be contacting the winners via email soon to get your delivery details.

To those of you who are interested to purchase this book, it is available for pre-order at MPH. It’s retailed at RM32.90. Here’s the link :

https://www.mphonline.com/en/productdetails/books/family-and-relationship/9789674155179

Thank you to all those who have participated in this contest 💖

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5 Reasons to Consider Life Insurance

While it’s something you never want to face, the reality of needing life insurance is one that’s necessary to prepare for. Though it might seem like a gamble, life insurance has benefits worth considering in the long run. Here are some reasons to start thinking about life insurance in preparation for a secure future. Try googling life insurance companies near you to find a good match (e.g. life insurance elk grove ca).

Extra Expenses
The cost of burial can add up quickly, and it is the most immediate cost a family faces in the event of a loved one’s death. Having life insurance in place ensures the funeral cost is already paid for, easing the burden on those left behind.

Lost Income
In the case of a spouse’s death, life insurance replaces his or her income. This alleviates the financial burden on the remaining spouse, who may have been relying on that joint income, especially in the case of supporting children.

Children
Children are a great incentive to obtain life insurance. In the case of a parent’s death, the lessened financial impact on the remaining parent will allow him or her to continue to care for children as if nothing has changed and can include saving up for college tuition.

Estate Taxes
In the case of inheritance upon death, taxes on the passed-on estate will come swooping in. These can be pricey, so it helps any heirs to have assistance for their inheritance, especially if they haven’t planned for or aren’t aware of the costs associated with it.

Debt
No one wants to leave the unnecessary burden of added debt on someone else’s shoulders. If you have life insurance, it can cover those finances that would otherwise be passed down to the rest of the family to take care of. A spouse or children would become responsible for any debt left behind, such as the mortgage.

Planning for your family’s sake is always worth it. That’s why it’s important to consider life insurance earlier instead of later when your chances of needing it are greater.

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Mother’s Day 2019

Mother’s Day 2019 was a super busy day for me with 0% rest and 100% stress! It’s the eve of Cass’ mid-year exam! And I’ve got to stretch my patience to snapping point revising BM with a cool-as-cucumber laid-back kid who almost made my blood vessels rupture. My mil can vouch on that now.  In the past, she used to tell me to be more patient with the brat but lately whenever she sits down to attempt to teach the kid Chinese, she’s sure to bounce off her seat huffing and puffing away within 5 minutes, every single time 😂

On Saturday, hubs brought us to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. Being the eve of Mother’s Day, the wait for insane. We waited for over 1.5 hours before the food came! And because he did not make any reservation, we had to be seated outside the restaurant, in billy boiling heat wave temperatures, with lizards all over the ceiling and one lizard even pooped on our table 🤮

By the time the food came at 9:30 p.m., our dinner turned into supper!  Nonetheless the food was good.


From top clockwise: Pomfret fish steamed Teochew style (this fish alone cost RM200 but was super fresh),  stir-fried assorted vegetables with caramelized walnut and macadamia (my favorite among all the dishes), fried pork ribs with red dragon fruit, sauteed ostrich meat, braised beef tendon (didn’t try this as it’s not my kind of food!), fried sotong rings and fried rice.

After a 1.5-hour wait for the food while feeding the mozzies, it took us only 30 minutes to polish off all the dishes. After dinner, the hubs suggested going to a cafe for some cakes and coffee for a pre Mother’s Day celebration but the girls and I said NO! We were all tired and sleepy after a long and tiring busy Saturday. Luckily the smart mommy stashed a revision book into her handbag and managed to steal some time to go through the book with the couldn’t care less kid while waiting for the food to arrive, else what a waste of our time.

Mother’s Day lunch was at Fei Fei Crab. Fortunately, the food came in a jiffy this time with top notch service.  Hubs ordered Super Crab, stir fried vermicelli with lala, sauteed shell fish, BBQ pork ribs and fried mantou to go with the salted egg yolk sauce from the Super Crab.

Although the hubs bought a Mother’s Day cake for the 2 mothers in his life, I had zilch mood to cut the cake by the time he came home from basketball at 9 p.m. to cut the cake with us.  I was completely zonked out with house work and mostly by the little brat who has super powers in zapping away all my energy! Weekends are no helper days and yesterday the mil cooked a big pot of sambal.  I dread cleaning up messy greasy kitchen 😞

Eve of exams on Sundays are cheat days – the girls get to feast on fast food!  This time, I left it to Alycia to order McDelivery.

Let’s dig in! Forbidden food always taste so good, huh?

And guess what? As of typing this post, the Mother’s Day cake is still sitting nicely inside the box in the fridge and I don’t even have the mood to remove it from the box to snap a photo of it.  But I managed to copy a picture of the cake from the RT Pastry Facebook page 😁  Hubs bought the lilac color yam cake with the word MOM on it. Guess it’ll be the girls’ dessert after dinner tonight 😄

How was your Mother’s Day? Did you receive any gifts from your little ones and hubby?  Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers reading this 😘

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Berjaya Teen Star Challenge 2019

My dancing queen quietly registered herself in the Berjaya Teen Star Challenge 2018 audition last year and ‘recruited’ 2 of her classmates to be in her dance team. She choreographed the dance herself.  During the audition, one of her friends forgot the steps – they didn’t make it. Sherilyn vowed to try again the following year, though her dad and I didn’t fully encourage her to.

This year, again she quietly registered herself in the 2019 audition, representing her school. I’ve been telling her that it’s a waste of her time participating in so many dance competitions and she should instead be spending more time on her studies. The previous two classmates’ mothers did not approve of this year’s audition as well.  She did not find a partner to dance with her until two weeks before the audition when she chanced upon this Malay girl, D, from her school who is a year her junior at an inter-school sports meet at the stadium.  With only 2 weeks to go before the audition, she trained with D in school almost everyday. D came to our condo during the weekends to practise at our  condo gym.

The audition was held last Saturday. The two girls took Grab to Berjaya Time Square, with D’s mother tagging along.  They audition went pretty well but the judges weren’t too satisfied with D’s steps. Can’t blame D as she only had 2 weeks of practice. Moreover, D does not have much experience in modern dance. She’s a cultural dancer in school but it’s pretty different from modern dance.

The judges told Sherilyn in private that she had two choices:
1. to find another partner OR
2. her partner has to work on the flaws and to come back the next day (Sunday) for the final audition.

When they returned from the audition, they continued practising and perfecting the steps. With only a few more hours to go before the next audition, there was not much that they could do but to try and hope for the best. Sherilyn who choreographed the dance had to change some of the steps at the eleventh hour.

Sherilyn didn’t even tell me that she and her partner got through the second audition to emerge top 40 in Malaysia (modern dance category) to compete in the Berjaya Teen Star Challenge until I Whatsapped her while she was still at the audition venue!


Sherilyn should have named her team The Dimple Girls instead as both she and her friend have the sweetest and deepest dimples on both sides of their cheeks!

After Hari Raya, all the contestants who got through the audition have to attend a workshop at Colmar Tropicale, Berjaya Hills @ Bukit Tinggi for a short training session on how to perfect their showmanship before the prelims to be held in three months.

When it comes to things that interest her like dancing, martial arts, athletics and baking, Sherilyn’s discipline and focus are impeccable.  This fearless girl loves participating in competitions too.  She woke up very early on her own on both days to get ready – prepped her own breakfast, did her makeup and hair herself and ordered Grab herself. She’s naturally a born leader, in areas that pique her passion, which are all right-brain dominated!

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Cow Sense For Parents by Lydia Teh – Giveaway Book To 5 Winners!

In conjunction with Mother’s Day and the 12th anniversary of HealthFreakMommy.com, there will be a book giveaway to 5 lucky winners!  The book, Cow Sense For Parents, authored by Lydia Teh will be available in major book stores from 20 May 2019.

Cow Sense For Parents is published by MPH Group Publishing. It’s the 11th book written by Lydia Teh. This book is a compilation of Lydia’s Family Teh Time column in The Sun newspaper. There are 100 short chapters in the form of FAQs on parenting issues.  So it’s going to be a great ‘reference’ book for parents.  This is one book I’ll definitely get a copy too!

Lydia, a columnist at The Sun has 17 years of harrowing staying home experience with 4 children (with no maid) and she definitely has a wealth of handy tips and advice to share with parents of babies up to teens.

Instructions
1.  Comment on this blog post on why you want a copy of Cow Sense For Parents.
2.  Like this post by clicking on the Facebook👍 button at the bottom of this post.
3. Share this post on Facebook (click on the title of this post, go to the bottom of the post and click on Facebook Share (1st button)
4.  Closing date is 21 May 2019.
5.  The names of the 5 lucky winners will be announced in this blog on 22 May 2019.  Winners will be randomly chosen.

Good luck!!

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Sunday, 5 May 2019

5 May 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Cassandra’s first surgery – a Uretheral Reimplantation Surgery to fix a Grade 3 Kidney Reflux on the right duplex kidney. That surgery got into an unfortunate complication and despite a battery of X-rays plus a CT-Scan, multiple ultrasound scans and a Fluoroscopy, all the scan images did not pick up anything abnormal in the guts.  Baby C kept throwing up green stuff and her stomach kept ballooning by the day with a fever.  Can you imagine the amount of radiation absorbed by poor Baby C’s frail tiny body? Two weeks later, she was operated on in an emergency surgery and the surgeon found a kink at the end of her guts. That 3 weeks at GMC Penang was the darkest period of my life.  Can’t believe that it’s 10 years already!!

10 years on and my Baby C has grown from a super adorable baby into a very determined  headstrong girl who recently always bumps head with me. I was told by a doctor that it’s what she’d gone through during her babyhood that forms her pig-headedness with a high pain threshold.   Nonetheless, she still has a very special place in my heart and I am sure that one day, she will finally understand everything that I do for her.

But hey, it’s onwards and upwards from here!  New research has shown that stubbornness, it seems, is a really good predictor of a child’s future success in life. Guess who earned the highest salaries in the end? The kids who ignored both rules and their parents. So, if your kid always demands a bigger cookie or other whims and fancies, they’ll probably grow up to demand for bigger bonus and more perks. Makes sense, no? 🤑

OK, back to our Sunday and foodie talk!

Despite the next day being Alycia’s exam and in a week’s time it’s Cass’ exam, we spent the entire afternoon at Pavillion – digging into glorious food, desserts, boba tea and shopping for Nike shoes! The girls even asked to watch End Game, but I said NO!

After a sumptuous lunch at Rakuzen Pavillion, we went to Nike and hubs said everyone could choose a pair of shoes and other stuff!  🤩

After 1.5 hours at Nike, check out the big shopping bags that the girls are holding here:

Damage was 6 pairs of sports shoes, 2 pairs of slippers, 2 sports bra for Alycia and Sherilyn, 3 shirts and 2 basketball pants and socks for the hubs. I chose a pair of running shoes in dusty pink, my favorite color 😊 Don’t ask how serious the damage was!

Dessert was at Miru:

And we tried KOI boba tea. Alycia waited patiently for half an hour to get her golden boba milk tea and Konyaku jelly milk tea with quarter sugar for me.

And the verdict: The tea is more expensive than Tealive and Cha Time and does not taste as good as all the ravings have been. There’ll be no more second time. I’m sticking to Tealive, Cha Time and Gongcha.

I guess Sherilyn has been the happiest today. Not only did she get herself a good pair of Nike running shoes, she and her friend got through the Berjaya Teen Star Challenge audition (modern dance event)!  But this shall be in a separate post ☺️  Stay tuned…

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Why You Need To Send Out A Graduation Party Invitation

Your graduation from university is one of the most memorable and important events in your life. Mom and dad and just about everyone else in the family have been waiting for this day for a long time, so it’s a great time to celebrate your achievement with your loved ones with a party. A graduation party can be held on the day of the graduation or the same weekend.  Sending out customized graduation party invitations will be a great way to invite friends and relatives to your big day.

In some cultures, it’s traditional for friends and family members to send money as a graduation gift.  Who doesn’t need a little help as they have to pay for work clothes, a cell phone, a car, and everything else that’s needed for a new job or even graduate school?   With a graduation party invite, some folks may send you the money that you need!

Sending out photo invitations graduation is a great way to keep friends and relatives informed of the party date besides letting them know what your degree is and when, officially, you’ll be receiving it.  Your parents have always been supporting you throughout your time in school, college and university, so let them have some bragging rights for the next few months by having their own invitation or announcement to post!

An announcement or invitation is also a great way to keep the doors of communication open to keep in touch with people whom you’ve not contacted for a while.

Above all the above reasons, your graduation party invitation will be a great keepsake and legacy that you can store in a shoe box or drawer for your future children and grand children to see!

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers to create graduation party invitations and then print a sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.   Basic Invite is also one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. 

There are plenty of lovely designs to choose from at Basic Invite. Here are just a few.

 

I’m sure you’ll never forget all the late nights, study sessions, hard work, cramming, and tears you did to earn that degree. This is your perfect chance to let everyone know that you’ve finally earned your degree without sounding too pompous about! Get yours done at Basic Invite as they’re now offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51!

 

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Emotional Stress May Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Modern medicine attributes the development of cancer to changes in DNA that reduce or eliminate the normal controls over cellular growth and programmed cell death.   Western research supports the idea that depression can impair immune system function, which is the first line of defense against cancer.

However, rarely has emotional stress been considered particularly relevant to the cancer process by conventional medicine. While Western medicine may not recognize it, the idea that emotional distress can contribute to the development of cancer has been known since ancient times in China.  And this is what my acupuncturist and even gynecologist have been telling me – to control my emotions for the betterment of my health and to stave off cancer.  My gynecologist always tells me that the majority of her patients diagnosed with cancer had been subjected to prolonged undue stress in their life (both from work and an unhappy life and emotionally broken).

The Traditional Chinese medical view of cancer etiology (etiology means cause), which evolved over many centuries, acknowledges the impact of genetic alterations and environmental toxins as contributors to the disease. However, TCM understands that while there are many reasons for cancer, one of the main causes is emotions.

TCM points to emotional contributions to the development of cancer. In particular, it considers depression (as in repressed anger), grief (usually because of death of a loved one), and anxiety (worry and fearfulness, and excess circular thinking − lots of ideas hanging around) to be major contributing factors.

TCM attributes this to stagnated energy. If the stagnation continues, it may eventually present itself as a tumor or some other type of excessive cellular activity. The belief has been that the human body is susceptible to cancer when under emotional stress or disturbance.

My acupuncturist has taught me a way to unblock stagnated energy in my body, which is to massage my chest (between the breasts) with my thumb in an upward and downward motion. This may be very painful if you have a lot of stagnated energy / negative emotions within but as you continue to massage for several days, the pain will eventually subside.  She also taught me the right way of massaging my breasts to prevent lumps and cysts.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) considers that all internal or chronic diseases are caused by the seven major emotions − anger, shock, joy, fear, brooding, anxiety, and sorrow.

I know of someone who has no worries in her life (in my view). She does not need to work all her life as her late millionaire father had left behind a fortune for her. She’s single and has no stress of raising a family.  Now in her early 70s, she has absolutely no issue with her health and hardly ever falls ill – not even a flu or a sneeze.  She’s always very happy, is globe-trotting all her life and enjoying every bit of her life.

A 2016 Chinese study found that psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression can be considered predictors of breast cancer risk.

When we are under stress, our stressed-out brains send signals to our adrenal glands to produce stress hormones. In turn, these stress hormones trigger cancerous activity such as the production of free radicals (DNA damage), inflammation, impaired cancer cell death, and stimulation of growth factors that can promote tumor cell growth. Once a tumor has formed, emotional stress then contributes to the progression of the disease.

While toxic emotions do not actually change our genes, they do set off a surge of cellular changes resulting in cancer. Continued degradation of the epigenetic structure of our genes leads to impaired immunity and increased susceptibility to cellular mutation.

In other words, while our DNA is locked in at conception, emotional factors can precipitate a chemical reaction within our body that can permanently alter the way our genes react.

Given that it is quite clear that emotional distress can contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer, it is important to reduce its adverse impacts on health. It is not always easy to manage our anger, but it is important to find constructive outlets for it. Talk to someone, do an activity that brings you joy and if you’re in a toxic relationship, try to get out of it.

Learning to control emotional stress is clearly important for the prevention of cancer as well as the progression of the disease.

This post also serves as a reminder to myself that I have to learn to let go and unlock all the negative pent up emotions within me!

The hubs has not been having lunch with us on Sunday for almost a month and this Sunday he wants to bring us all to Pavillion for lunch and shopping! Revising for exam can take a breather.

Have a happy weekend peeps!

Some of the excerpts here are extracted from TheTruthAboutCancer.com

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Why Honda OEM Parts Are Better Than Aftermarket

Honda bike owners may debate whether to restore a machine with parts made by the original equipment manufacturer or install aftermarket upgrades. There are several reasons to choose OEM parts.

The Advantages of OEM Parts
The major OEM parts Honda motorcycle advantage is maintaining a high resale value. Bike buyers look for models that are as close to the original specifications as possible. Aftermarket modifications may not add to or can even lower the value of a Honda bike. OEM ATV parts and motorcycle parts are also relatively easy to replace. All of the components are those the manufacturer used to install stock parts, and no major modifications should be necessary.

The Disadvantages of Aftermarket Parts
Many aftermarket parts are available for sale, and the quality of these parts may vary. OEM parts, on the other hand, tend to be very standardized. Aftermarket parts are designed to alter the appearance or boost the performance of a bike in ways that may be desirable for some riders, but not for others. This would not be as much of an issue if many aftermarket parts did not require unique modifications to the body, frame, or other fundamental bike parts.

Where To Buy Honda OEM Parts
Bike owners can get the best prices on motorcycle parts from retailers that stock genuine parts and offer a price-match guarantee. Search for part numbers or shop at a store that makes it easy to enter bike specs and browse parts designed to fit a specific make and model.

OEM parts provide consistent quality and a reliable fit, while aftermarket parts allow for more customization. Riders who intend to keep and modify a bike in pursuit of the ultimate riding experience may prefer to use some aftermarket parts. OEM parts are ideal for Honda owners who want to maintain the quality and resale value of a bike.

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Top 5 Cities With Most Bicycle Commuters 

Whether it’s to boost your health, fitness, bank balance, for fun or as an environmental choice, taking up bicycle riding could be one of the best decisions you ever make. If you’re considering getting one of those modern city bikes to commute to work or campus, you’ve made the right choice! Biking offers a healthy, extremely economical, space-efficient, and, above all, clean alternative to other forms of transportation. If the idea of cycling is embraced by enough people, it has great potential to alleviate pressure on existing infrastructure.

Cycling is a great way to stave off diseases and stress. Those who exercise regularly are at significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, all types of cancer, high blood pressure and obesity. The body becomes much more efficient at defending itself and regenerating new cells.

Here are the top 5 cities that have the most bicycle commuters:

1. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is the most bike-friendly city in the world. Tourists are often overwhelmed by the number of bicycles on the road, and children are taught to ride before they’re even old enough to go to school, thanks to bicycle-friendly measures taken by the city.

2.  Amsterdam, Netherlands
There are more bicycles than people in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague, up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The whole of Amsterdam is a single bike path and cyclists are allowed to ride almost everywhere.

3.  Portland, Oregon
It’s hard to beat Europe in terms of bicycle-friendliness, but Portland is trying its best.

4.  Boulder, Colorado
The city’s 300 miles of bikeways include on-street bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, designated bike routes, paved shoulders, multi-use paths, and soft-surface paths. There’s also a bike registration program to help protect bicycles from theft. You’ll see all types of bikes on the streets from city bikes to hybrid bikes to the best electric bikes.

5.  Montreal, Canada
The bustling Canadian city of Montreal has an impressive 600 kilometres (about 373 miles) of bike paths, which is almost twice as many as Copenhagen.

If you are ready to hit the pavement by pedal to reap all the benefits associated with cycling, head over to Six Three Zero today to check out their range of custom bicycles or hybrid bikes for sale!

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Hello May 2019!

I just realized today while chatting with a blog reader of mine that my blogs turned 12 years old in April this year!!! Where did time go?!! And to think that I still keep in touch with these blog readers of mine who started reading my blogs since they were teenagers and one was dating, until now, and both of them are now happily married – one is going to have a baby soon and the other already has 2 kids. It’s amazing! Thank you for being my loyal blog readers 💝

I also remember that the month of May has never been a good month for me but I am trying hard not to think too much about it but instead focus only on  positive things. Think Law of Attraction!  So far things are still A OK. Prayers work wonders. God has the ability to turn things around to whoever who believes in Him!

Anyway, I’ve got nothing much to update except that it’s the exam period now. Alycia’s mid term exam started today and Cass’ exam will be in less than 2 weeks.  I am trying to CHILL dealing with the littlest brat who is not at all anxious or serious about her exam. I’m not forcing her to do any past year test papers this time but just let her prepare the exam the way she wants it to.  After all, it’s just her mid year exam. I’m fine with it if she’s out of this class next year and downgraded to another class.  I was talking to a friend today who is a corporate trainer and he is super chill over his kids exams!  He’s only concerned about the pre-U exam and nothing prior to that and told me to RELAX! 😐

I brought Cass down to have some fun and exercise though nothing has been done yet – school homework and tuition homework not done and revision hasn’t started yet.

Hubs managed to steal some time off work to have breakfast with me today.

And no, I didn’t feast on the entire plate of wanton noodles myself.  Only two forkfuls went into my mouth and the rest was doggy-bagged home 🤗

Daily vitamins for the girls – colorful fruits and Super Lutein.

Billy boiling temperatures here in KL and I still need four to six showers a day!

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