Movement Control Order (MCO) Day 1 & 2

Today is day 2 of MCO and I am starting to feel terribly bored and missing the malls! I miss walking on the streets and eating hawkers food at my favorite kopitiam without a care.  Our girls are happy as long as they don’t have to wake up at ungodly hours to prep for school; as long as they have their phones and as long as they can do what they want… in the house for the next 2.5 weeks.

Both Alycia and Sherilyn started online tuition classes today.  Sherilyn found several sites that provide free online dance classes and participated.  Cass is happy doing drawing, painting and reading novels all day and occasionally video calling her besties to chat.

I still have several online assignments to submit and have been struggling to work on them as my heart has been very distracted; I have been clicking on online news portals to check on the Covid-19 updates in our country.  The number of cases in our country is so depressing. The Police force has already been deployed on the streets to ensure that everyone stays off them.

Today  will be the last day Maria our part-time helper comes to our place as a safety precaution and to obey the MCO.  So from tomorrow onwards, I’ll be busy washing and cleaning whilst the mil will be busy whipping up meals 3x a day. God safe me please!  I hate cleaning and washing.  The skin on my hands has started to peel and turn wrinkly from all the washing and sanitizing. I can’t wait for the entire MCO to come to an end but the order can only be lifted IF everyone is obedient and just stay home. Our PM last night pleaded with the Rakyat repeatedly to “JUST STAY HOME”.

I miss having my 1-hour pre-dawn exercise every morning. Since I now have ample sleep, I will wake up at 5 a.m. tomorrow to get an hour of workout at our condo compound.  Can’t wait to exercise again after almost a week of skipping it.  The gym, pool and playground at our condo are off limits throughout the MCO. Even jogging outside is prohibited now.

This is our breakfast, lunch and dinner on MCO Day 1:

The nasi lemak and chicken rendang are from hubby’s kitchen. He now packs food boxes and delivers them to his clients.

Hubs went to a nearby restaurant to get takeout chicken, char siew, siew yoke and wanton noodles for breakfast yesterday.

Our breakfast on MCO Day 2:

DIY sandwich with onion omelette (leftover from previous night dinner), shredded roast chicken with mayo (roast chicken breast from previous day takeout) and avocado.


Sherilyn’s plate – she made blueberry jam the previous day to go with her toast.


Our lunch of guava, tomatoes, sweet corns and steamed nian gao with grated coconut.

I went to our neighborhood supermarket to get some groceries this morning. The scene was one of panic buying again!  Egg shelves were almost empty, pork shelves were empty and people were queuing up for new stock, vegetables and chicken shelves were almost empty too. I wanted to buy big onions but all the onions (big and small, red and white) were all sold out!  Panic buying in crowds is seriously wrong too during the MCO!  The next time I go to the supermarket, I’ll make sure that I’m there at 8:30 a.m. when the supermarket opens its shutters.


The empty egg shelves – luckily I managed to grab 2 crates. We’ve been using a lot of eggs lately as we’re cooking 3 meals a day. I’ve told Sherilyn to stop baking as we have to ration our eggs for our meals and not for baking. Eggs are one of the essential items that’s always sold out in a heartbeat in supermarkets. In times like this, we now have to ration our food to avoid running out of them and to minimize trips to the supermarket.



 

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Ordering The Finest Teas From China At Your Finger Tips

Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage over the years. Tea is a refreshing beverage loved by most people all over the world.  It’s delicious hot or cold and has an amazing list of health benefits.  Tea is also an indispensable part of Chinese tea weddings ceremonies.

Studies have suggested that drinking three or more cups of tea a day could actually be better for you than drinking the same amount of water, as the antioxidants contained within tea can boost the body’s health, and at the same time rehydrate it.  I love to end my lunch with a cup or two of premium chinese tea, especially after a heavy and oily meal. Apart from tea’s ability to break down fats and boost metabolism, I love the  subtle floral and leaves scent that wafts from a piping hot mug, this really draws in the senses.

In a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology that involved more than 100,000 adults in China, it was found  that those who regularly drank tea were less likely to develop atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or die prematurely from any cause — particularly stroke — compared to others during a seven-year follow-up.

The main health benefits of tea drinking are

1.  Has Antioxidant Properties

2.  May Boost Heart Health

3.  May Improve Gut Health

4.  May Help Reduce Blood Pressure

5.  May Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke

6. May Lower Blood Sugar Levels

7.  May Help Reduce the Risk of Cancer

8. May help prevent tooth decay

9 . It has slimming effect

10. Boosts your memory power, especially in green tea

The majority of high quality oolong tea, pu-erh tea, chrysanthemum tea and Sour Plum Soup Tea come from China.   China is one of the world’s biggest tea producers in the world.  This country’s tea culture, tea ceremonies, elegant tea houses and vastly expensive teas are one of the world’s oldest.

If you are looking for an online tea shop that carries a wide range of high quality teas in China, Chinesetea4u is a great place to go to. From Oolong tea to Pu Erh tea, Green tea, Flower tea, Black tea, Herbal tea and White tea, tea lovers and tea connoisseurs can pick their choice of teas here.

Tea makes a great gift for all occasions.  Even if the receiver is not a tea lover, it’s still a great beverage that can be served to guests at home.  To learn about the different types of tea and to buy it, go to Chinesetea4U and you’ll be amazed to find such an amazing spread of teas there.

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