Baked / Grilled Squids

I bought a bag of calamari (squid / ‘sotong’) from the pasar malam yesterday. My three piranhas are big  fans of the ‘sotong’.  No wonder they can be quite a ‘blur sotong’ at times 🦑

I told the girls that I’d like to try baking the squids in the oven but we would have to wait for another day as their grandma had already cooked dinner.   But my drama queen could not wait to try  out prepping this new dish.

Once we got home, I cleaned the squids before storing them in the freezer. But this eager beaver chef wannabe quietly removed one squid from the freezer, cut it into rings and off she trotted to her phone to Google for an easy recipe to bake/grill the squid in the oven.

She found a very simple Mediterranean recipe for baked squids and only a few basic ingredients are needed:
1. Salt
2. Olive oil
3. Black pepper
4. Lime juice

Direction:
Just marinate the squids in the above seasoning, place the squids on a rack (rack over an oven-proof tray) and grill/bake at high temperature (200C) for 5 minutes.  Be careful not to over bake the squids or they will turn chewy and rubbery.

Remember, only 5 minutes at high temperature.

And the baked squids were PERFECT : al dente, not chewy at all, juicy and the lime juice gave it a very zesty tang.

Yummy, the girls and I love the baked squids! This recipe is a brilliant back pocket recipe for busy nights.

Sorry, other than this picture, I don’t have a close-up picture of the baked squids. Had I not quickly snap this picture, there would  not even be a single piece of squid left for me.  Remember, they are merciless piranhas when it comes to food!

Not even a minute out from the oven and the 3 piranhas dashed over to the tray to attack the squids!

Shopping For Women’s Boots And Cheap Coats

I have never owned a pair of women’s fashion boots and I would really love to own an over-the-knee boots or a mid-calf boots. But it is crazy to put on a pair of leather boots in our country where the weather is sizzling hot almost every day. When I next go overseas during winter, I think I am going to get myself a pair of boots.  I regretted I didn’t buy a pair of boots when I visited New Zealand three years ago. We were in Auckland in summer (December) but that summer’s temperature was hovering at 15C.   I was a tad unprepared for the chilly weather with rain almost everyday. I had packed along plenty of summer dresses and a pair or two of leggings with thin sweaters. Thankfully the mil loaned me her mink cardigan which kept me warm for two weeks.

For those of you who know me well, long pants (jeans, leggings, jeggings, etc) are not my thing. I find wearing long pants pretty uncomfortable. I am always in  dresses, skirts or short pants.  Even when I go overseas during winter, I am pretty reluctant to pack along some long pants. I remember wearing short pants and a bra singlet under a thin sweater in 15C temperature in Auckland and got stares 🤭

Recently I got some ideas from a fashion website on what models wear during fall / winter.   At Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2017 show, the gorgeous Bella Hadid strutted the runway in a blazer, a shirt and a pair of red over-the-knee sock boots where pants would normally be. It’s an effortless yet surprisingly warm combo that she wears rather regularly.

 Fendi Fall/Winter 2017-2018 30

You see, you can survive the fall/winter without pants but with over-the-knee boots.  Think about how sexy it’ll look layered under a shirt dress or a skirt with a slit even though you’re showing just a sliver of skin. Think about how it’s going to keep you warm, sans pants.  So this is one of the ways on how skirt / dress lovers can ditch the pants for over-the-knee  boots during fall/winter.

Women’s  boots can be very expensive. Recently I found an online fashion retail store that carries affordable women’s fashion boots and cheap coats. For those of you who love wearing different coats and boots during fall/winter each year, you can check out BerryLook.com for affordable winter clothes, boots, shoes and more.

True vs False – Women’s Perspective on What Really Happens on a Stag Do

A Stag Do weekend will always present a man with an opportunity to hookup with his overly enthusiastic friends and some crazy what to do ideas. They will go out together to have fun and create a weekend to remember.

However, these men affair weekends have not gone down well with some women. Women are surely always wondering what bad their fiancé and his crew will do on Benidorm stag weekend or what stag do activities in Amsterdam will they choose just to upset them intentionally. Sometimes they are right, but most of the time they will be proved wrong and their concern will be completely unnecessary.

To be honest, there is a lot that goes on during Stag Do weekend and majority of activities are positive, but there is other half which certainly will upset women. Some of the most common activities are: 

Spending the night in a bar
Men will tend to spend the night in a bar and grab “some” drinks. Fortunately, some of them will be faithful enough to just take their beer and go home. However, some of them are a bit naughty. After taking several bottles of beers, their judgment becomes impaired.

They will turn to grind random girls that come across them. This is a possibility that has kept many women insecure. And any hint that their fiancé will be attending a stag event gives them goosebumps.

Infidelity
It is something that happens quite often during stag weekends. It is practiced by married men attending their friend’s weekend. Most of the times they do it to upset their women back at home or just hope that they will not be discovered. Fortunately, some men are good at holding their horses. They will avoid any temptation that comes on their way just to remain faithful.  

The possibility of the groom being “abused”
This is something most women worry about. Yes, the groom is usually “abused” on his stag weekend and most of the time he will not get mad over it. Even if his friends are placing him intentionally in crazy situations and maybe going a bit far with providing some love treats, just to spice up the party, there is nothing that bad in that and women need to chill out on this possibility and know that their man will come back home ok.

Everything that is done on your fiancé while out on a stag weekend is just in the name of having fun. Remember, he is out with his friends whom they have shared some memories. They will wish to bring back those memories they hold dearly.

Expect men to be cheeky
While out on stag weekends, men will be somehow cheeky. They will take part in childish acts, in the name of having fun. This is something they will find solace in. Playing hide and seek, beach volleyball and many more activities will be part of their schedules.

Conclusion
Stag weekends are very vital to men. It is a chance for them to enjoy with their fellow men just before marriage. Therefore, it is important for women to wish their men the best of luck as they head out for this event. Most men will be faithful enough to be reasonable while having fun.

Big Rat In The House

Someone did it again. After sneaking out my favorite Whittaker’s hazelnut dark chocolate bit by bit on a daily basis and finishing almost the entire bar, she left one itsy-bitsy piece of chocolate in the Tupperware container for me.

Because she was scared I would reprimand her for eating chocolate everyday and say that she’s a greedy little girl, because she was lazy to wash the container and because she had an itty-bitty piece of conscience left that made her feel bad. Thus the pathetic piece of chocolate left in the container for me!

That frigging bar of Whittaker’s chocolate cost RM25 and gone in  days!

Next time, I have to stash all my chocolates or buy a container with a padlock to keep all my favorite food out of bounds.

The hubs is right. We have reared piranhas!

 

 

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.

Image result for naj and belle cafe image


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.