Harry Potter Fanatic

Cass turned into a Harry Potter enthusiast early this year. It all started when her classmate loaned her a Harry Potter book. She was instantly hooked to the thick novel.  Since then, she was determined to get her hands on the entire Harry Potter series, which consists of 7 books!  That would cost over RM300 for the entire series.  In her collection is now 3 books; two books were her reward for her last exam and another a gift from her Hong Kong aunt.

Last Friday, she chanced upon a very old Harry Potter book in her school library. When she alighted from the school van, I saw her holding an enormously thick book which resembled a dictionary. I thought she was reading one until she  told me that she found an old Harry Potter book in her school library. She was ecstatic. But the book is without a cover and a broken spine.  The book is easily 15 years old with yellowish pages and stains.

This JK Rowling fan spent her long weekend getting herself lost in the old HP book. She brought the book along with her everywhere that she went. When she was at the kopitiam and restaurant waiting for her food, she got lots of double takes from strangers.  They must be wondering what a book worm this girl is, engrossed in such a thick book with super teensy words.  But I’m not too proud of Cass at all as she is neglecting everything else that’s more important.  Besides sleeping, Cass is spending 80% of her time on the HP book. Final exam in 3 weeks? This girl is totally lost in her Harry Potter book! I shudder to think of her grades this time.

Within four days over the long weekend, Cass is almost reaching the last few pages of the Harry Potter book today (Monday).

Yesterday we were at Popular bookstore to get Alycia some revision books and Cass saw selected Harry Potter books with a 20% discount. She went berserk over the HP books! She begged me to get her one but I told her NO as her exam is 3 weeks away. She promised me that she would use her birthday angpow given to her by her koong koong and granny to pay for the book. She promised me that I could keep the book and release it to her after her exam.

Deal.

The new Harry Potter and The Cursed Child book is now kept at the highest cupboard in my room. In a month’s time, the book shall be released to Cass.

 

 

Breakfast

My breakfast today consists of a small bowl of Amazin’ Graze salted Gula Melaka granola with Yoplait vanilla yoghurt, a banana, half an avocado, an orange and a small cup of coffee. Also popped 3 caps of Super Lutein, my most trusted antioxidant and vitamins for my eyes.

This is my typical breakfast on most days.

Once in a blue moon, I get to indulge in my favorite childhood Indian dessert ~ Putu Mayam,  if I happen to catch the Putu Mayam seller when I buy the newspapers at 7  in the morning.  The seller will give me extra freshly grated young coconut and palm sugar at no extra cost.   You must be wondering why Health Freak Mommy is tucking into such empty calories but how can I resist it?!  Putu Mayam is a combo of my favorite things (coconut, meehoon and palm sugar) packaged into one! This definitely won’t hurt!  Plus point ~ Putu Mayam is one of the most magical and economical foods in the whole world. It’s a no-frill, no chi- chi delicacy.  Two pieces only cost RM1.20!!   Can you believe it?  I wonder how much the poor seller makes in a day selling Putu Mayam and Vade. Now bring on the old strap bag and dig into a stack of Putu Mayam babe. Any time of the day!!

On some mornings, I hang out at the kopitiam with the hubs, mil and Drama Queen to feast on Malaysian hawkers fare.  I normally enjoy a bowl of keto minced pork noodles or pan mee with vegetables and eggs, minus the noodles.  Sometimes I have tomyam noodles, without the noodles. When I crave for some carbo, I take a pinch of vermicelli from the stall and tell the seller that I only want this much of noodles, which is just a forkful of vermicelli. My milk tea is sans sugar too and sometimes less sugar.

On some cheat days, after a good workout, I pop some of these Royce maccha almond chocolates into my mouth after my breakfast! *swoon*

The sil from Hong Kong got this box of Royce chocolates for me when she visited last month. Best chocolate in the world, after Whittakers! In my world 😋

Be A Self-Starter & Move Your Career Forward

Life is all about meeting goals; it’s about finding a way to reach those milestones that you have set for yourself. Of course, sometimes those milestones are not within easy reach and reaching them is far from easy or straightforward, is it? That’s why when it comes to reaching certain goals it’s essential to be a self-starter and work out a way to achieve your goals on your own, such as when it comes to your career, for instance.

Whether you are already working in your desired field or are working in another field, it doesn’t matter, you may not be getting the career opportunities that you want or deserve from your employer. If you realize that this is happening, you have two options: you can either keep doing what you’re doing and make no changes or you can opt to take a more proactive approach to your career and start taking steps that will help you to move your career forward and meet your career goals.

Wondering how you can become a self-starter and actually start moving your career forward and achieving those career goals? Then have a read of this!

Get the qualifications that you need
First and foremost, it’s essential that you make an effort to get the qualifications that you need to advance your career. If there’s an area that you want to go into but you don’t have the training, skills or experience to do so, how can you expect your career to grow and improve. That’s why, if you want to reach your career goals, you need to take steps to gain the qualifications that you need.

The good news is that doing so is easier than ever before thanks to the internet – you can now gain a degree online in a range of subjects, from a masters in engineering management online to getting a masters in business, there are multiple online learning options and range of education levels.

Be the best employee
If you want to advance your career, aim to be the very best employee possible. The harder you work, the better your chances will be of career advancement. That’s why it’s so important that you always do your best to work as hard as possible, to ensure that you are giving yourself every chance of moving your career forward.

Even if you’re not working in your desired field, it’s essential that you work hard, because when you choose to leave your job, you want to ensure that the reference your employer gives you is a fantastic one. And they can only do that if you are a fantastic employee, it’s as simple as that.

Look at internships
Want to advance your career but struggling with how to go about doing so? Then you might want to consider looking at internships, as these can be a fantastic way to move your career forward and learn while you work. If you need money while you learn, a paid internship can be a fantastic option to consider.

If you are going to advance your career, taking a proactive approach is crucial.

Online Shopping

These days I buy many of my stuff online ~ from witch hazel toner to laundry detergent, computer table, essential oils, personal care products, food stuff, supplements, clothes, bags and my latest purchase was a stand fan.  Online shopping really saves me a lot of time from having to brave the horrendous traffic jam to finding a place to park my car in the congested city that I live in.

Online merchants are competing against one another to offer the lowest prices, best deals, best shopping apps and some even offer cash back.  I now have over RM20 in my cash back account ever since I joined this online merchant late last year.  The more I shop, the more cash back I’ll receive in my account.

Online stores now have shopping apps that make our online shopping experience so much more easier and convenient. In addition, we get extra discount if we use the merchant’s app to shop. One such app is the Tidebuy app, a shopping app by Tidebuy, a global online retail store offering trendy clothes, shoes, bags, bedding, kids clothing, jewelry, wigs, etc.

All you have to do is hop over to the App Store and download the app.  Within minutes, you can start shopping already. New users of the Tidebuy app get $138 off coupons! Try them today!

 

 

Chocha Foodstore and Merchant’s Lane @ Petaling Street, KL

On our Awal Muharram public holiday today, the hubs took us to one of the most happening touristy places in KL for brunch. I always have this holiday feel whenever I step foot into Petaling Street. Today I felt like a tourist walking the streets of Petaling Street and hopping into two quaint cafes that I have never been to for brunch.

Our first stop was at Chocha Foodstore. Chocha is Hakka for sit and drink – the tea culture is alive and well here, with steaming-hot pots of Aged Fujian Shui Hsien from Mount Wuyi (RM18; served with chestnuts) & other representatives of the dark or scented classifications. You’ll also find cold-brewed tea – Taiwanese Dong Ding Oolong & Yunnan Black Tea with osmanthus flowers & star anise (RM16 per bottle). We had a pot of aged Liu Bao (RM18) to wash down our appetizer of Kerabu Mango Rojak and CFC (Cencaluk Fried Chicken).

I had a deja vu of sorts when I walked into Chocha Foodstore. As I walked to the back of the cafe, the deja vu got stronger. I felt as if I had been there before and then I remembered that the structure and design of the colonial shoplot with a long sunny court yard, its interior and decor were somewhat very similar to that of Mugshot Cafe @ Chulia Street Penang, a cafe that we went to two years ago.

Chocha is another brothel-turned-cafe that’s rather similar to Merchant Lane, the next cafe that we hopped into just minutes later  but this one looks more “raw” and unchanged.  I’d definitely get the creeps if I were to walk right down to the back of the cafe where the toilets are at night! 👻

Love this tantalizing and very delightful Kerabu Mango Rojak (RM20); I can chow down the entire plate myself!

The CFC (Cencalok Fried Chicken) (RM26) with the aromatic flavor of fermented shrimp sauce is succulent and well balanced by a sweet and sour fresh summer salsa of tomatoes and pineapples, plus thick, kitchen-made tomato chutney.

This part of the building upstairs will definitely look creepy at night!

Chocha is housed at the now defunct Mah Lian Hotel. This is one Instagram and Facebook worthy cafe to pop by for camwhoring while tucking into some very good food and sipping tea.  Good food, good ambience (not at night though, for me!) and reasonably priced morsel.

Chocha Foodstore
156, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur.
Opens from Tuesday – Sunday
Opening hours: 11am-9pm.

After our appetizers at Chocha, we segued into Merchant’s Lane located just a few steps away, for our main meal and desserts!

Merchant’s Lane is beside a stationery shop run by a friendly old couple. The mil later bought a 2019 calendar from them.

I got fooled by the tiny door leading up to Merchant’s Lane Cafe. Inside, you’ll be amazed to see how spacious and huge it is.  Old colonial buildings tend to have a very long hallway, leading to the bathrooms at the back.

Just like Chocha Foodstore, Merchant’s Lane is yet another former Petaling Street brothel, reincarnated as a crazy-atmospheric cafe that has launched thousands of Instagram and Facebook photos.

Merchant’s Lane is an intricately crafted cafe (its designer has links to the group of Sekeping Retreats) and is an irresistible magnet for cafe enthusiasts.

This is a pork-free cafe, thus you’ll see a good show of Malay patrons.

Patrons queuing to be seated:

Our breakfast set:

Taukay Burger with juicy meat pattie:

Kuli Eggs with crispy Roti Canai. The half boiled eggs are cooked with potato dhall and served with cheese so that when you scoop it up from the clay pot, the mixture gives you the ‘pulled’ cheese effect.

Hot chocolate for Cass:

New York cheese cake ~ very yummy:

Dessert named ‘Better Than Sex’ but we did not find it orgasmic enough to be named so. It is composed of pandan flavored Roti Jala served with ice-cream, strawberries and toasted almond flakes. I find the Roti Jala a tad thick and dry with not enough syrup and ingredients to go with it.

The menu:

The damage:

 

Merchant’s Lane KL
First Floor,
150, Jalan Petaling, Off Chinatown,
Kuala Lumpur.

Smoothie Bowl

Drama Queen whipped up a big portion of smoothie bowl for dinner for herself last Sunday.

The vibrantly colored smoothie bowl is composed of: half a frozen banana, home-boiled roselle tea with Manuka honey, frozen organic blueberries and an orange. All these ingredients blitzed.

Toppings: sliced bananas, organic passion fruit cranberry cookies, granola, raw macadamia nuts, organic chia seeds, toasted almonds and organic blueberries.

Have you heard the new thing about smoothies?  You can put them in BOWLS and with the addition of toppings to make them into even more of a complete meal that’s really filling,  nutritious and yummy!

Staying Cool in the Dredges of Summer

The Summer Transition
After the main summer holidays have passed, it’s common to assume that the weather will begin to transition into temperatures befitting fall. For many, they expect to wake up and head out to work in chilly temperatures. However, just because school has started and summer hours are over, that doesn’t always mean the weather is as cooperating or timely. In fact, the hot temperatures of summer can drag through most of the September month. As such, if your home or business suddenly finds its AC unit isn’t working properly, it may be worth it to have it repaired.

A Comfortable Work Space
AC repair Conroe is especially important in the work place. Maximum productivity is noticed when employees are at their most comfortable. If they’re too hot or too cold, their workflow is interrupted in order to attempt to deal with those temperatures. In the case of hotter temperatures, it can make an employee sick if they don’t continue to hydrate themselves throughout the day. It can also make tempers flare or their patience shorten, and if your employees have to deal with customers on a regular basis, then you want them cool and collected.

repair ac

As such, hiring a professional repair crew is key to a successful work day. The team at Air On Time AC is just such a team to ensure that your AC unit is working at tip-top shape. It can be easy for an inexperienced person to further damage the AC unit or to not even fix the real problem. This inexperience could end up costing you even more money if you need to hire someone else to fix an even bigger problem. As such, you should have the job done right the first time by hiring the experienced team at Air On Time AC.

Your employees, not to mention yourself, will be grateful for the optimal working conditions. To ensure your business is running efficiently, have your AC unit examined.

 

Testing: Can You View This Image?

Imgur, my free photo upload site is down today. So I Googled ways to upload photos into my WordPress blog without utilizing my limited bandwidth and space storage and found a video on You Tube that teaches noobs like me how to do it.

Before I can declare that it works, can someone please let me know if you can view this InstaWeather picture below?

By the way, it’s pretty chilly today as it’s been raining all day. Love it!

You can leave a comment here or send me an email, message on Messenger or Whatsapp me.

Thank you dearies!!

 

Merdeka Weekend

I only realized today that this blog has not been updated for  a week!  I have been too caught up with my online businesses and busy slothing around during my free time.  Have I told you that I am a champ at slothing? 🤩

These days at every free time opportunity that I have, all I want to do is to catch up on my beauty sleep. Or simply plunge myself on my massage chair while I browse the internet. I do not even feel like braving the horrendous jam to go to the shopping mall. And that’s partly because I do most of my shopping online now!  I excel at spending $$ 🤑 and work hard in bringing in the moolah too.

I realize that as our girls grow, I get busier and busier without slowing down. The speed just gets faster.  My chauffeuring duty only ends between 8-9-ish pm each day. If I am lucky, the hubs will help to pick up our dancing queen from the studio. She is having extra classes since last month until October to rehearse for a dance competition. I realize that my most enjoyable time with the girls was during their toddler years.  The moment they entered Primary 1, I was suddenly tossed into a fast lane with very little opportunity to slow down~ physically and financially!  Gen-Z kids are really expensive to raise and maintain. Not that I am keeping up with the Joneses. I don’t think we can afford to anyway but I try to provide the best for our girls.

Anyway, back to my updates on what we have been up to over the long Merdeka weekend.

On Merdeka day (Friday, 31 Aug), we got up early to attend a Save Malaysia fund-raising carnival at our neighborhood park. The funds will go towards helping Malaysia pay off part of her debts.  There was a fun run, which I had skipped as all I wanted to do on a precious public holiday was to sleep in!  The hubs went for the run. We joined him at 8:30 a.m. to have breakfast at the park where food stalls were set up.


I paid RM5 for Cass to take part in a short art and craft lesson and at the end of it, she got to take home her own hand-made bookmark.

Dinner was at Restoran Wai Kei, Old Klang Road.  It’s the hubs’ favorite Hakka ‘tai chow’ restaurant.


Assorted fried Hakka ‘yong liu’and steamed free-range chicken.


Stir-fried vegetables and pork trotters in black vinegar.  All my favorite dishes, yummo!


Steamed fish

The next day (1 Sept 2018) was another regular Saturday for us.  Alycia had full day school and an exam to sit for. It’s her PT3 trial exam week and the last day will be on Friday.  Poor girl has been cramming till the wee hours of the morning and getting only a few hours of sleep the past one week.  Nonetheless, she’s still as cool as a cucumber 🥒🥒 .  She de-stresses herself by watching dramas on You Tube 🙄 during breaks  and working out for 1-2 hours in the gym everyday.


Our breakfast bought from church on Sunday : homemade waffle with ice-cream and burger with homemade pork pattie. Money from the food sale will be channeled to the Girls and Boys Brigade for purchase of musical instruments.

After lunch in Pudu on Sunday, we dropped by Tong Kee Bakery in Pudu to shop for Chinese pastries for the big girl who was still cramming at home.  She loves pastries and is a carbo-addict. She knows white flour and carbo are unhealthy but like any kid, she couldn’t give a hoot about it yet.  Thank God for her 1-2  hourly sessions in the gym daily.
Our loot ~ the “best of the worst”: egg tarts, almond tart, coconut tart, chicken pies, walnut cookies and coconut oat cookies. At least these snacks have some protein in them and are not empty calories 😁

Thank God for the much-needed heavy downpour. The skies in KL are clear of haze for now. Let’s pray that it remains haze-free until the next monsoon arrives.


Picture taken from the 5th floor of our unit at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

7 Organic Products to Cherish Your Face and Body

Your face and body deserve proper care and maintenance all the time. Disregarding them is bound to lead to some skin dysfunctions. Most of the time, these skin conditions are quite expensive to treat. It will just be cheaper if you take great care of your skin to be on the safe side.

There are several skin care products that you can use in order to get that well-nourished and body skin. However, you need to be extra careful to avoid those with chemicals that cause hazardous and unwanted side effects. Organic skin care is a better approach which will give you a well-nourished skin. Usually, the organic skin care products used are all natural deprived of any side effects.

Below are some of the products you can use to cherish your face and body:

#1 Organic Face Cleansers
Regular face cleaning offers a well-nourished facial skin at all times. It keeps you away from any impending face ailments. Organic face cleansers are essential in offering you that much sought-for facial skin. These products are all made from natural ingredients with no side effects. 

#2 Organic Face Moisturizers
Organic Face Moisturizers are ideal for people with dry skins. They are 100% natural offering your facial skin reasonable moisture and treatment for any disorder. This is perfect for a healthier and moisturized face. 

#3 Beauty Oils
These oils are vital in giving you not only a beautiful but also a healthy face. They are developed from purely organic products. Hence, they will give your body the necessary nutrients it deserves. You can find these products from various organic skin care centers.  

#4 Soothing Cream Cleansers
Your face is at risk of developing some dark spots and becoming very dry. Such conditions do require the invasion of cream cleansers. These are organic products that will suit, rejuvenate, purify and moisturize your skin. They are vital for giving you that amazing face you have always wished for.

#5 Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizers
One of the signs of aging is the appearance of wrinkles. They become evident as years go by. This causes the disappearance of your smooth and remarkable skin. Fortunately, you can minimize the appearance of skin wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle moisturizers will provide the skin treatment you deserve.

#6 Organic Skin Antioxidants
Your skin is at risk of being invaded with allergens and disease-causing toxins. Once these pathogens getting into your skin, you will experience serious skin conditions.  However, organic skin antioxidants will be of much help. They will ensure your skin is kept purified free of these toxins. 

#7 Organic Skin scrubs
When cleaning our skin, it is important you get rid of the dirt. This will give you a much healthier and clean skin. Organic skin scrubs will play an important role in getting rid of the dirt. They successfully scrub off  and remove any  allergen that is on your skin.  

Conclusion
Skin care is something you cannot forgo lest you suffer from various skin conditions. It is important you offer your skin proper nourishment to keep it healthy. Use of organic skin care products will do you some great benefits. These products are available in many shops and skin care centers. Just find the type that suits you best.

 

Martial Arts Lessons For Drama Queen and Alycia


Drama Queen has been learning taekwondo since the beginning of the year at her high school. She is now doing yellow belt. Her lessons are held once a week on Saturday mornings and she loves taekwondo.

But I am not too happy with the coach.  I think he lacks integrity and is not forthcoming with me at all.

When I first signed up DQ for taekwondo, I called the coach to inquire about the class.  He did not reveal to me that the class will be held in a school in Puchong at least once (sometimes twice) a month.  And he did not inform me that all the grading will be done in the Puchong school too. The distance from our house to where the Puchong school is located is about 40 km, both ways.  When the coach kept informing DQ that classes will be held in Puchong, the hubs and I got terribly pissed.  It  would take us 3 hours to bring DQ to the school and back home. We will have to sit and wait for her at the school instead of driving all the way back home and then go out again to fetch her back.  Had I known from the start that classes will be held in Puchong at least once or twice  a month, I would definitely not have signed DQ up for the class. Hell no. I have no such leisure time on Saturdays to drive an hour to and fro Puchong when I have other places to chauffeur Alycia and Cass to.

About 2 months ago, the coach started to cut short the training time from 1.5 hours to 1 hour.  When I Whatsapp-ed him to ask why and whether there would be a fee reduction, he said NO.  He freaking said NO and the reason was since this school has very few students, he will soon stop teaching there and only concentrate in the class in the Puchong school. What?!  So is this why he deliberately cut short the time so that the students will quit?  Why didn’t he tell me that earlier?  I was so pissed that I gave him a piece of my mind and I decided instantly that I will pull DQ out of his class.

A week later, when DQ told her school teacher that she is quitting taekwondo, the teacher called the coach and asked him if it’s true that he will soon stop teaching taekwondo in the school. I was shocked when DQ told me that the coach told the teacher that DQ and I got the wrong information from him~ he was still going to teach taekwondo in the school. What a liar he is!! I told DQ to show her teacher my Whatsapp messages with the coach.

What kind of coach is this with no integrity? This is totally unacceptable to me and I wouldn’t want such a coach to be training my child.

I spent the past few days during the school holidays looking for another taekwondo coach for DQ.  I called about 3 coaches and finally found one at a gym at our neighborhood.  The gym wasn’t my first choice as the fee is the most expensive at RM150 a month (vs. RM30 and RM80 at other schools). But this gym is the only place that offers taekwondo lesson at a day and time that fit into DQ’s busy schedule.  PLUS at RM150, I can choose two other types of martial arts for her. Bonus!  My DQ is so happy when I told her that she could learn two other types of martial arts besides taekwondo. I made all the payment and registration fee to the gym on Saturday for DQ.

So starting from tomorrow,  DQ will be learning Muay Thai and kickboxing (if she has the time for kickboxing) on top of taekwondo!  When the big girl found out that her sister will be learning three types of martial arts, she wanted to learn martial arts too! But Alycia will only start the classes after her PT3 and UEC exams in November.   Alycia will be learning Muay Thai, kickboxing and Ninjitsu.

So don’t mess with these two girls. They will soon be Muay Thai, kickboxing, Ninjitsu and taekwondo fighters! 🥋  🏆 🥇  I think spending some $$ on these two girls for them to learn self defense is way better than seeing them having their eyes and hands glued to their devices. I think it is a good survival skill to acquire too.

Lastly, have I mentioned that DQ is also taking lyrical jazz classes? She started last month  💃🏾  Will she be a baker, chef, dancer or a martial arts coach in future? She tells me none of these. I’ll see…

Papa’s 75th Birthday Celebration (continuation…)

After a heavy brunch at Vishal Food & Catering Restaurant on papa’s actual birthday, the hubs drove us around KL for a short sight-seeing city tour.  Then he brought us to Naj & Belle @ Bangsar for a surprise mini celebration for papa.  It’s my first time at this cafe.

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Above 3 photos credit: Google

When the waiting staff brought out the cakes and started to sing Happy Birthday to papa, he was totally taken by surprise and was overwhelmed. In fact, no one knew about the surprise! Not me either!  My hubs loves giving surprises to us.  When I was about 22 or 23, he organized a surprise birthday party for me at a karaoke and invited all my besties to the party. I was completely overtaken.  He even bought a new MPV 7 years ago and did not inform me until the day he drove it back home! I was super mad at him for doing things behind my back and then bang, surprise me.  And one of his biggest impulse purchases was Happy our Beagle, made 12 years ago.  Sadly I didn’t have the time to love and care for a dog as Alycia was only about 2 years old and Sherilyn still an infant. We gave up Happy for adoption a year later.  Had he surprised me with a puppy now, it will be an entirely different story altogether now. I will be super duper elated to have a puppy in the house!

OK, back to foodie talk!

Here’s my beaming papa with mum.  He doesn’t look a wee bit like he’s 75 eh? Same for mum who will turn 72 next month.

Our favorites were the watermelon strawberry cake and salted caramel cake. There’s an entire chunk of squarish fresh watermelon wedged between the layers of sponge cake and cream! My favorite is always salted caramel. I love all things caramel.

This lychee cake was a replacement for us as the cempedak cake didn’t taste very fresh.

After a heavy brunch followed with another carb-piling dessert chow down, papa was getting ready to go for another surprise birthday mini party with his sisters and brother in law.

Papa’s sister, my very talented aunt Maggie made him a longan jelly cake and a big pot of red bean sweet soup.

The next day (Monday), before papa and mum returned to Ipoh (praise God papa can still drive long distance at 75!), we had Taiwanese cuisine for lunch at Fong Lye Restaurant at Desa Sri Hartamas.


Delectable appetizers of deep fried yam sticks and deep fried tofu with anchovies; tomato omelette.


Deep fried pig’s intestines (totally not my choice!) and ‘Sam Pei Jee’ (Three Cup Chicken) ~ my all-time favorite at Fong Lye.


Fried fish with soy sauce.


Pork ribs and sauteed vegetables with edamame beans.


Sauteed beef with bitter gourd; sauteed hard bean curd sticks.

After papa’s birthday celebration, our fridge was really well-stocked with cakes, jellies, kuih and doggy-bagged restaurant food that took us 5 days to deplete.  Till today, I am still feeling cloy with all the pigging out for 4 days back to back.  And it’s not helping that I am not exercising  all through the week-long school holidays. I’m so going to have to workout extra hard when school reopens next week.

I’m really happy that this year my brothers and I managed to get together to celebrate papa’s birthday. It’s my hope that we can do this every single year for many more years to come.

School Holidays Activities

While Alycia hibernates in her bedroom revising for her trial PT3 exam, Drama Queen spent her time baking in the kitchen and Cass did what she loves most ~ burying her face in her novels and making a ‘Massage Coupon Book’ for me 💖

Other than working out at the gym for 1-2 hours daily and taking short 10-15 minute breaks every hourly, the big girl is cooped up in her room revising. She even stayed home while the rest of the family went out for lunch yesterday. Hope she does well in her coming exams!

Three more days of sleeping in and lolling around in the house and it’s time for the girls to go back to school, to face the toughest part of the school year ~ final exam for Drama Queen and Cass and two major exams for Alycia. And then it’s the school holidays again. I. Can’t. Wait.!!!!

As I am typing this post, It’s 12 noon and there’s nothing much to forage in the pantry but I am SO lazy to drive out to get food for my brood and the queen.  It looks like we will just reheat all the frozen food or toast some bread and fry some eggs. I just don’t feel like exposing myself to the hot afternoon sun and haze and shower again. But somehow, I will still need to drive to my favorite bakery to get a loaf of banana olive bread and resume my driver duty later in the day.


The Cookie Monster with 2 batches of chocolate chip cookies which she baked last night. While everyone else were in bed, she continued with moping the kitchen floor and washing up all the baking utensils. That was my condition to her before I bought her all the ingredients ~ MUST wash up, clean up and leave a spanking clean floor free of flour and ants!

My coupons for massages from my baby girl.  It’s a good start for her to start earning her pocket money 🤣

How To Look And Feel Better With Natural Weight Loss Methods

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to your overall health. Obesity increases your risks for many health problems that can affect your quality of life. These health problems may include heart disease, stroke, depression, hypertension, diabetes and sleep apnea. However, if you want to lose weight, then you should make a lifestyle change. Read on to find out how to look and feel better with natural weight loss methods.

Eat A High Protein Diet
Protein is one of the most important nutrients for losing weight. It makes your body look better and helps while losing belly fat. If you eat a high protein diet, then you will boost your metabolism, change weight-regulating hormones and decrease your appetite. It allows you to lose weight without restricting your carbs, portions and calories.

The body burns calories when metabolizing and digesting protein that you eat. When eating a high protein diet, you can boost your metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day. You can increase your protein intake by eating from the following food groups: meats, fish, eggs, dairy and legumes. Meats may include lean pork, beef, turkey and chicken.

appetizer, avocado, bread

Fish is another meat for a good source of protein. Good choices to eat are trout, haddock, sardines and salmon. You can add any type of eggs for protein intake. Other dairy may include yogurt, cheese and milk. Legumes are also a good source of protein, which may include lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans. If you are on a low carb diet, then you can eat fatty cuts of meat. People who are not on a low carb diet should eat leaner cuts of meats.

Eat Whole Single Ingredient Foods
Eating whole foods is one of the best ways to eat a healthier diet. It means the food is not processed, does not contain dangerous food additives and removes the industrialization process. For example, an apple is a whole single ingredient food. On the other hand, frozen chicken nuggets are the opposite and considered a processed food.

There are also many benefits to eating whole foods. Eating whole foods provide your body with the nutrients necessary for your body to function properly. If you eat whole foods, then you will lose weight naturally.

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Participate In Regular Cardio Exercises
Cardiovascular exercises are a good way to burn calories. These exercises also improve your physical and mental health. They can help with losing weight and decrease your risk factors for heart disease. Cardio exercises are effective at reducing the belly fat that accumulates around your organs as well. You can get started with cardio exercises by hiking, power walking, cycling, running and jogging.

Reduce Portion Sizes
It helps to invest into some smaller dinner plates. Some people tend to have the urge to fill the entire plate up with food. If you use a smaller plate, then you will probably eat less because it changes how you see portion sizes. Smaller plates give you the perception of eating more while reducing the amount of food you eat.

Add Resistance Exercises to Your Routine
A loss of muscle mass can occur when changing your diet. If you lose muscle, then you will start to burn fewer calories. It helps to add resistance exercises along with your cardiovascular exercises. Lifting weights is an example of a resistance exercise and with regular use can prevent you from losing muscle. It also helps you to look and feel better.

Three Women's Doing Exercises

Diets are temporary, which means the weight can come back. If you learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, then you can keep the weigh off permanently.

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Joint Birthday Celebration, 18 August 2018

This year papa’s birthday is very special.  He turns 75 today (19 August 2018).  We planned 2 days filled with celebrations and surprises for him. And this year papa had a joint birthday  celebration with his twin grandbabies (my brother’s twins) who will be turning one on 1 Sept 2018.

We’ve had back to back feasts and merriment since the day my parents arrived from Ipoh on Friday.  On the eve of papa’s birthday on Saturday,  we first had breakfast at O&S Restaurant (kopitiam) at Paramount Garden, PJ.  After tucking into some of the best hawkers fare in the Klang Valley, we walked to the nearby Awesome Canteen (Cafe) for cakes, coffee and tea.

Mum has to wear a hat most of the time  to protect a deep wound on her head.  About two weeks ago, she tripped on a stool at home, around midnight, resulting in a  fall where her head landed on the sharp edge of the kitchen door.  She required 7 painful stitches on her head. Praise God that her brain wasn’t affected.

We are all so grateful that she is well enough to make the trip to KL to celebrate papa’s birthday.

On the eve of papa’s birthday, we had a sumptuous dinner with karaoke at OUG Jade Restaurant.

It was truly a joyous double celebration and best reunion dinner ever where everyone was present on papa’s 75th birthday and my miracle twin nephew and niece’s 1st birthday.


Baby boy R is the more sociable of the two babies. He can be carried by anyone without crying. Everyone just loved cuddling and coddling him.


Baby girl R being carried by aunty Madonna, her Pinoy nanny / helper. Hopefully the next time we meet the twins again, this baby girl would have already overcome her separation anxiety and would allow us to carry her.


Super cute baby boy R whom I just love to cuddle and play with:


Super nanny feeding both the hungry twins on her own.

Our RM1k+ dinner menu:


Sharksfins soup.


Pig’s stomach soup with pepper and chicken feet.


Victory chicken (my favorite!).


Peking duck wrap and suckling pig (not my choice as I am not a fan of either) 🤐


Drunken prawns.


Steamed Soon Hock fish, which was very fresh and well executed. Meat was very smooth and not tough.


By the time the Longevity Noodles arrived, we were already too full for it. Thus, we doggy-bagged almost the entire plate of noodles home.


Stir-fried mixed vegetables with macadamia nuts.

The birthday cakes:


Papa’s yummo Chocolate On Chocolate cake was baked by the Kneady Baker @ Front Room.


The little twin stars’ very first birthday cake. They’ve come a long way and we are all super proud of their progress.

This dinner was only our first celebration with papa. Stay tuned for more updates!  🍰 🎂

Baan Thai 2 Seafood & Thai Cuisine, Jalan Kuchai Lama, KL

We finally made it to Baan Thai 2 last Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 after passing by this restaurant many times and wanting to try it. What turned us off each time was the long queue.

Though the waiting queue was massive, the hubs went ahead to get a queue number.  We waited for almost half an hour for a table. Pretty fast considering it was a Saturday night.

The waiting patrons:

Super spacious restaurant with high ceiling:

Comfortable and excellent ambience. Waiting staff were aplenty and they were all efficient and quick in clearing the tables and serving food. Service was pretty good.

We didn’t order any Tom Yam or spicy food as the hubs was feeling a tad ‘heaty’.

Pad Thai and steamed fish:

Braised pork with tofu and eggs; Khao Phat (Thai fried rice):

Green curry:

BBQ squid:

Grilled lobster, which was the star dish for the night, came towards the end of our meal. Love the oozing creamy roe, which ain’t good for my cholesterol!

Heavenly santan-ish desserts! I could feel inches creeping up my hips just by looking at them!

The owner and chef are Thai, thus the authenticity of the food and Thai feel of the restaurant. Food was scrumptious and we enjoyed our dinner very much. This is definitely our kind of meal ~ toothsome and not too spicy. We’ll definitely be back again to try other dishes.

Baan Thai 2 Seafood & Thai Cuisine
Jalan Kuchai Lama
58200 Kuala Lumpur
Call 016-280 3715