MCO Day 64 ~ 21 May 2020 (Thursday)

When  hubs told me to get ready as he was on his way from his shop to our condo to pick me up to collect my baby from the car repair workshop, I was ecstatic! I have not seen my car for almost a month after it was struck with a ‘car stroke’ that rendered it partially paralyzed. The electrical system had to be replaced and a new car battery was replaced as well.  The ‘hospital bill’ dented hubby’s wallet. Had he chosen an original part, the damage would have cost over RM5k!   The bill is now half of this amount.

I excitedly took out my red denim mini skirt and a crop singlet ready for a spin out of our neighborhood but the red skirt slid down my waist!  These days, having a valid excuse to get out of the house gives me a dose of endorphine rush. I was never this excited before Covid19. In fact I always yearned to stay home and not having to drive anywhere.  I used to make up to 10 trips out of the house daily for school and tuition runs and errands.

I couldn’t believe my eyes that the red skirt slid doesn’t fit my waist anymore.  I had a quick measurement of my waist and lo and behold – it’s now 66 cm, down 4 cm from 70 cm!   This is how much I’ve lost ever since I practised Intermittent Fasting and intensified my daily workout. The current MCO and CMCO devoid of a daily part-time helper provided me with more calorie-burning boost. All the chores that Maria used to do are now done by yours truly.

Mind you, I had brought the red skirt to the tailor to have the waist tightened last year and yet I can’t wear it snugly now.  I bought this skirt 3 years ago, before my fibroid removal surgery.

When I was back, a late lunch awaited me. Sherilyn had cooked a pot of Korean style noodles with the Gochujang sauce that she made from scratch last week. She pan fried some slices of pork belly and homemade dumplings to go with the noodles.


Ingredients used in the noodles soup: homemade Gochujang paste, homemade anchovies powder, organic dehydrated Wakame, organic radish, eggs, big onions, spring onions, glass noodles and pan-fried thinly sliced pork belly.  I gave it a 5/5 rating. The taste is almost 100% similar to the real deal!



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Cheap Flower Girl Dresses

At a church wedding of a very close relative last year, I watched cute little girls dressed up in gorgeous flower girl dresses with such envy as they paraded into the church sanctuary holding flowers. It reminded me of the time when Sherilyn was a flower girl at her Sunday School teachers’ church wedding 13 years ago. They are a couple who taught at the Sunday school who eventually got married. Sherilyn had just turned two when she was the flower girl, dressed up in a resplendent white sleeveless flower girl dress with a white halo headgear. She was such a cutie who attracted so much attention on that day. At 15 years old now, she no longer likes to be in gowns and elaborate dresses and would only wear dresses at special occasions like weddings.

When Cass was younger, she would wear anything that I got her. I would doll her up in cute little tutu dresses and ballerina dresses that I bought online. She would obediently be the model for my online store and always gave me her most cheerful dimpled smile. I was so proud of her. But when she turned 10 years old, everything changed. She no longer wanted to be in dresses, much less flower girl dresses and gowns. At our close relative’s wedding late last year, she was all sulky and glum when I forced her to wear an elegant gown 😓

If only my girls would still want to slip into these pretty and cheap flower girl dresses like they once loved to:

 

I do miss the time very much when our three girls were younger, cute as button and twinkly-eyed. They were not persnickety over their choice of clothing and everything else. They were so much easier to manage and I had so much lesser stress over them then vs. now. But I’m sure that one day, they’ll be looking at these dresses again for their prom night, as bridesmaid and finally as the bride! ☺️

For those who are getting married, attending a wedding, a special event or a prom,  YesBabyOnline carries thousands of styles from wedding dresses to bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, flower girl dresses, wedding accessories and special occasion dresses offered at factory prices.  Do check them out.

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Buy Shoes Online During Lockdown

Wherever you are in this world that’s been crippled by the Coronavirus, I hope Covid19 restrictions are starting to ease for you like it has for us, and you’re starting to see some normality returning to your lives.  One of the many things that you’ll probably be doing as you get ready to return to work, school or college is to remove your shoes from your shoes cabinet, give it a good polish or dusting before wearing it on your first day after months of working or studying from home.

Here’s a little tip for you that may safe you from inconvenience and embarrassment.    Before wearing your shoes out of your house on your first day  post-quarantine, do wear the shoes around your house to ‘test walk’ them.  Did you know that shoes, whether it’s a pair of expensive leather heels or a pair of cheap vintage shoes, need constant wearing in order to prolong their life?   Most shoes have moulded Polyurethane (PU) soles, which, while being light and comfortable, is prone to a form of deterioration called “hydrolysis”, especially in coastal, warm and humid areas, when not worn. In short, the soles crumble into a sticky mess when you wear them after a prolonged period of storage without wearing them.

Hydrolysis is the chemical breakdown of the PU polymer and the resulting physical breakdown or crumbling of the PU sole by the attack of water (usually in vapour form), occurring over a period of several months and years (even when the shoes are in store).

The act of wearing your shoes puts pressure on the soles and squeezes out the moisture, which would otherwise insidiously break apart the foam-like structure. So it’s possible for a pair of unworn or barely worn shoes to disintegrate. It has happened to me several times and definitely put me in a tight spot in public!

During this pandemic where almost the entire part of the world is forced into  lockdown or restricted movement, the safest method of buying shoes is through online shopping platforms.  One can find great deals on thousands of shoes in various styles from minimalist sandals to sneakers, pumps, boots, flat and loafers via online shopping platforms like ShoesSee, an established shoemaker that manufacture sustainable, foot friendly shoes for women that are produced exclusively by them in Hong Kong.

So start testing your old shoes now before you wear them for a long day or just shop for a new pair. Don’t let that sole collapse and completely detach from your shoes like arid soil crumbling. You really won’t want to be running around barefooted right smack in the subway on your way to work on your first day after lockdown  😉.

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