Growth Spurt

Cass after a Chinese New Year celebration in school today:

Cass used to love wearing cheongsam and princessy gowns to such events in school but she no longer likes them anymore. Not even an iota. She tells me very often that she hates dresses, lipstick, make-up and high heels and that she will never ever wear any of these when she grows up 😭

Today is the 14th day of the Lunar New Year of the Pig and we can sleep slightly later tonight as it’s a school declared holiday at Cass’ school tomorrow (Chap Goh Meh).  I’m so happy that there’s one day of holiday right smack in the middle of a hectic school week!  But it’s school as usual for Alycia and Sherilyn.  I am bringing my best boo to the mall tomorrow, just the both of us!

About two hours after lunch today, after Cass got out from the shower, she ransacked the fridge and brought out Sherilyn’s birthday cake and took a slice.  As if the cake was too plain to be enjoyed on its own, she fetched the tub of macadamia Häagen-Dazs ice-cream and scraped out a scoop to go with the cake. Oh. My. Goodness.!  She quickly wolfed it down before her Mandarin tutor arrived.

This explains why my 10-year old daughter’s feet are bigger than mine now! 🤭

#myhungrygrowingtween, #growthspurt

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Our Good Friend, Alan Yun’s Wedding

Alan Yun, our close friend of over 2 decades finally tied the knot on 19 January 2019.  Hubs and I have been waiting for this day for so long!

The wedding was held at Zion Lutheran Church @ Brickfields. I was there with Cass and Sherilyn; Alycia had to be in school and was disappointed that she couldn’t attend Alan kor kor and Emily che che’s wedding.

Can you spot the hubs? The most ‘compact’ one haha!

When Alan Yun saw his beautiful wife Emily walking towards  him at the altar, tears swelled and he tried to control his emotion. But when he had to take the wedding vows before the pastor, he abandoned his attempts as he shed tears of joy at the vision of all the guests in the church. It was a very touching moment indeed. The hubs who was seated at the front seat along with the other ‘heng tai’ (‘brothers’) shed tears too. In fact, Alan Yun made everyone shed tears of joy and emotions. Told you he’s a very good actor!  Nah, this time it’s not crocodile tears but genuine tears.

Can you spot the hubby in the picture below?  No, not the guy wiping his tears. That’s Nelson, Direction of Pensonic, who is a good friend of both the Alans – Alan Yun the groom and Alan Yap the hubs.

A page snapped from the wedding album ~ the couple with Limapulo: Baba Can Cook executive chef John Tan.  Alan Yun and uncle John are the owners of this award-winning Baba & Nyonya restaurant. Limapulo serves one of the best curry laksa and nasi lemak in town. We all love the food there, especially the homemade sambal and curry laksa.

Article from 14 Feb 2019 Star Lifestyle papers featuring Alan Yun and Emily’s wedding:

The hubs had to bear the worst brunt of all the ‘chi mui’ (bridesmaids) during the ‘groom receives bride’ ceremony. It’s a Chinese custom where the bride’s ‘chi mui’ aka bridesmaids would set a long list of obstacles for the groom to tackle before he can lift the veil and kiss the bride.  And the groom’s ‘heng tai’ (best men) would come to the rescue by tackling the hardest obstacles.  The hubs, who was blind-folded was stripped off his shirt and had his tits zapped with masking tape by the group of pretty young things. The video of him being ‘tortured’ was uploaded on social media! 🤣

From a young teenager who worked part-time as a waiter for the hubs to a well-known model cum celebrity and now a successful entrepreneur and married man, we are so proud of Alan Yun. He will always be our good friend (the most humble and sincere one), though we are now all too busy with our lives to travel together again.

Heartiest congratulations once again Ah Lun and Emily!  Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness. And may the love you share today grow stronger as you grow old together. We can’t wait for you and Emily to have a baby soon!!

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No Sugar Cravings Anymore

I’m trying to put on a just a teeny weeny bit of weight back. Just before CNY, my weight went down to 44.1 kg. That’s almost my weight when I was a teenager!

It’s a surprise that after my fibroid removal 1.5 years ago, my body just does not crave for anything sweet anymore.  Foods that are greasy turn me off.  It’s as if my body knows that these are toxins which could potentially cause another fibroid to grow in my uterus.

Would you believe me if I told you that I don’t have much food cravings? I used to be a durian lover but not anymore. My throat would sting each time something terribly sweet touches it.  My throat has transformed into a hyper state, where if I eat anything that’s overly sweet or fried with recycled oil, it would burn!  Guess this is a blessing in disguise as I don’t touch sweet and fried foods  as often as I used to. I hardly eat them these days. This is also why I lost some weight when I removed considerable amount of sweet and greasy foods from my diet, but not completely.  We still need a little sugar and oil in our body.

I now have a better ‘allowance’ to work around, meaning I can afford to pop in a few cookies (reduced sugar ones) or a miniscule piece of almond chocolate in the morning 🤗

For breakfast today, I had a small piece of wholemeal bread with organic butter and some cookies, followed by half a packet of organic roasted Korean seaweed.

I recently stumbled upon this Korean brand of organic seaweed at D’ Market supermarket and I’m so glad that it’s sugar-free and low in sodium and oil.  Super happy that the seaweed slices are not salty and oily which our girls and I can munch on guiltlessly! 😊

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Protecting Your Future With Insurance

This post is brought to you by Mason Finance.

I can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone to have insurance to protect their future.  My insurance carrier has taken care of  my kids and my own medical bills far too many times and had I not purchased an insurance in the first place, I would have to pinch from my savings to pay for these exorbitant bills caused by unforeseen circumstances.

A friend of mine who recently lost her husband in a shocking murder case had a huge ‘windfall’ as her late husband (who was an insurance agent) had purchased an expensive life insurance for himself. Thankfully for that huge sum of money, the funeral expenses, their children’s tertiary education and daily expenses are fully taken care of.

group of people attending burial

Some people believe that they can save enough money to replace their assets should anything happen to them. The problem is that, in most cases, the expenses incurred after an accident, the death of a loved one, or a disability are beyond any savings or wealth that a person may have accumulated and it is for this reason that insurance is such an important component of your financial planning.

Buying a life insurance can be complicated but if you understand the different types of insurances, for eg. life-settlement vs. reverse insurance, cash value vs. reverse life insurance, etc., it will be easier for you to decide which type of insurance to purchase to suit your lifestyle.

Advantages of Life Insurance

1.  Life insurance provides an infusion of cash for dealing with the adverse financial consequences of the insured’s death.

2.  Life insurance enjoys favorable tax treatment unlike any other financial instrument.

3.  Many life insurance policies are exceptionally flexible in terms of adjusting to the policyholder’s needs. The death benefit may be decreased at any time and the premiums may be easily reduced, skipped or increased.

4. Permanent life insurance policies accumulate a cash value over the life of the policy that can be borrowed against tax-free. These policies can be used to supplement your retirement if your other investments fall short. These policies often come with fairly high fees, so be sure to compare the costs to those of other investment vehicles.

woman holding baby sitting on green grass field under sunset

Life insurance is essential. It’s a need and not a want. But many of us choose to ignore the reality of what would happen if we were to die unexpectedly without the proper protection. The results could be devastating for your surviving family members, leaving them with a huge bill for your final expenses, or even worse, loss of the family home because they can no longer cover the mortgage.

If you’re wondering why life insurance is important, do give a serious thought on the potentially devastating consequences of not having coverage to financially protect the people that you love.

Start today and shop around online, as well as in person, so that you get several life insurance quotes from different companies before you purchase any type of coverage. Doing this will give you a better idea of what’s available.

 

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Monday, 11 February 2019

After a week long Chinese New Year school holidays, the girls got back to school today. I had to cut short my morning exercise to fetch Sherilyn to school at 6:45 a.m.  She’s representing her school in the athletics event and had to be in the stadium at 7:30 a.m. today.


This is my peace path. I jog on this path at my condo five times a week and find so much solace doing what I love in absolute peace on this path.  It’s my me time. My quiet and quality time where I do a lot of soul-searching and trouble shooting on this path with no interruption from anyone.

Breakfast was with the hubs, just he and I, at Les Deux Garcons (LDG) Patisserie.

I had sourdough toast with mushrooms while he had sourdough toast with scrambled eggs. We have not had breakfast with each other, just the both of us for over 2 weeks as he has been busy with CNY events.

This French almond croissant is the BEST in the world. I don’t like croissants as they are often too greasy and too buttery, making me feel very cloy after eating. But the almond croissants from LDG are my exception. These are the only croissants that I will eat and truly enjoy.  A bite into the flaky, airy and rich buttery layers of the croissant with crispy almond flakes on top will send you to pastry heaven.   Each layer is thin and buttery but never overly greasy or heavy. With each bite, the paper thin layers and butter melts in your tongue, but it doesn’t leave you feeling cloy. It only makes you want more bites!  Our friend whose wife is French commented that the croissants from LDG are the best she’s eaten and as good as the ones from Paris.

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Easy Ways to Put Yourself First

Mothers of young children often put their family before themselves. The children become the top priority, and at some point in time, you forget to take care of yourself. This is especially true when it comes to relaxation. Don’t feel selfish if you need to put yourself first from time to time. If you are run down and tired, you won’t be able to care for others.

Putting God into Your Life
Spirituality is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Your faith will keep you centered, no matter what religion you choose. If you have the time to get involved with your church’s activities, it can leave you feeling wonderful, but most mom’s don’t have a lot of extra time. Take a few minutes each day to read from the Bible or reach out to christian women’s fellowship online.

Meditation
Everyone needs time to decompress. It helps you avoid losing your temper. Meditation is a wonderful way to take a few minutes to relax and let all of the bad vibes go, but there are other ways that work just as well. A relaxing bath in soft light is ideal for unwinding at the end of the day. Taking a few minutes each afternoon to read is another wonderful way to escape that you can try.

A young woman meditating in nature

Do Nothing
If these suggestions so far sound complicated and time-consuming, keep it simple. Work in ten minutes every day to do nothing. Find that little spot of time while the kids are at school or napping and stop everything. Sit on the porch or stare out the window while you feel your nerves relax.

Putting yourself first is not selfish. In fact, it is the best thing you can do for those you love. If you aren’t relaxed, you won’t be able to do the best job you can. Take a few minutes to calm your nerves and restore your energy each day. It will be beneficial to the entire family.

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Chinese New Year 2019

Happy Oink Oink Year to all my dear readers! 🐷🐷

We just got back from Ipoh today after spending 4 glorious days celebrating the Lunar New Year with family members.  Traffic was rather smooth when we returned to Ipoh on Sunday (eve of CNY eve) and unbelievably smooth when we returned to KL today. We left Ipoh at 9 a.m. and reached KL in under 2 hours, inclusive of one toilet stop. Praise Lord for no reverse exodus gridlock on the highway!

We took hundreds of photos while we were in Ipoh. I’ll let the photos do the talking!

Kids and I tried the egg-balancing act on Li Chun day (eve of CNY) but only Cass got one egg standing. No luck for me this time. The year old twinsies were pretty cooperative with instructions to them not to touch the eggs; they sat patiently and curiously to watch us girls balance the eggs.

Papa whomped up a storm for us on the eve of CNY with a nine course dinner.  I felt so much love and warmth having all my family members seated on the dining table savouring papa’s yummy home-cooked dishes.


Steamed cod fish, stir-fried ‘siew yoke’ with soy sauce and Chinese cooking wine, the Yong family’s special Hakka stuffed dried oysters with fish paste and minced meat with ‘fatt choy’ and braised fish maw with abalone.


Blanched lettuce with fried garlic, steamed chicken, braised arrowroot with ‘siew yoke’ and dad’s yummy dipping sauce for the steamed chicken.


Steamed  homemade Chinese case-less sausage (made by  my aunt) and waxed meat, blue pea Basmati rice, braised pork belly with yam and David Beckham’s Haig Club whisky. Dessert was cherries.


Mum received a set of plates as housewarming gift from one of her friends when she moved in to our very first family house in Moonlight Park, Ipoh but she only unboxed the set of plates and used it for the first time almost 48 years later! And the plates are still in pristine condition!

On the first day of CNY, we had to wake up early to prepare ourselves to reach the Yap’s family house to receive the Lion Dance troupe at 9 a.m.

Lunch was vegetarian.

The girls with their aunt W (hubby’s cousin) who is the same age as Alycia.

When we got home to my parents, we had another round of camwhoring and ang pow giving ceremony with my parents and brothers.

My super duper adorable twin nephew and niece.

For the first time in their lives, the girls and their cousin had the chance to play with firecrackers at their grandparents’ home. They cavorted on the road and squawked each time a firecracker was lighted.   Living in a condo, the 4 city girls hardly ever have the chance to play with firecrackers.  I grew up playing with firecrackers every CNY and even dared to light up those long red blasting Chinese firecrackers.

After warming up, Cass finally had the courage to light up the rocket firecrackers.


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FriYAY, 31 January 2019

After dropping off Sherilyn in school at 7:30 a.m. today, I went to tapau my favorite ‘yong liu’ from the roadside ‘chee cheong fun’ stall.  Sherilyn is representing her school in athletics and needs daily training.  I love it whenever she has to be in school early in the morning.

Back home, I had a relaxing breakfast with absolutely NO ONE rushing me to hurry for my next driver duty. I needn’t stuff the food into my mouth hurriedly and gulp tea to swallow down food lodged in my throat. I could even read the newspapers  leisurely. I haven’t had such a long and relaxing brekkie for SO long and gosh, I am so at peace!!  Gawd, I need this more often!

Stuffed brinjal, winged beans, long beans and bitter gourd and fried fish cake with sweet bean sauce and lots of sesame seeds. My absolute favorite!

After a peaceful brekkie, I popped into my usual nail shop to get my long overdue foot spa and pedicure done, with no one to rush me to hurry up for school run. PEACE!

I cooked Asian Beef Bowl for dinner for the first time and it’s a big hit with everyone!  I followed the recipe from Nagi, my favorite Japanese food blogger from Australia and tweaked it.

 

Also grilled a tray of five-spice chicken drummets and drumsticks for my carnivorous girls.

This Asian Beef Bowl is a brilliant back pocket recipe for busy nights. It’s so easy to cook and takes under an hour including preparation.

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Sunday, 27 January 2019

My hyper neat-freak hubs who has the most annoying OCD of being neat was on the loose on Sunday! Coz CNY is around the corner.  He is one who will start to be the neat inspector before CNY  each year and before his mum, the Queen returns from overseas 😆 When his OCD is unraveled, I will stay far, far away from him, for him to do his annoying deed as he is not one who will quietly discard, clean and re-arrange without hollering, criticizing (about how untidy we all are) and demanding for things from wet wipes to plastic bags, staplers, pen, etc. etc.  Wait till he is in my shoes with a full-time job of managing his 3 demanding kids on top of being his PA, his mum’s PA and driver, the kids’ driver, the cook, the accountant, the maid with no pay and the wife.  I’ll wager he won’t stay in this one-leg-kick job for more than 2 days.

From 7:30 a.m., this neat freak sat next to the filing cabinet to re-arrange all the files, went through every file and removed documents that are no longer necessary / important, wiped the shelves and re-arrange the files, all the way until 1:30 p.m.!  This is insane OCD!

Before:

Thankfully this time his temper wasn’t flying everywhere. I left him to do the job alone and went to the church with the girls. When we got back, he was still sitting there, wiping and polishing the shelves 🤣

After:

Now, this filing cabinet which I’ve always hated to open for fear of files tumbling down is super neat with sparkling clean shelves too! The files are now pleasantly easy to remove and are not bursting with documents.

Who needs Marie Kondo when I have my very own Marie Kondo at home?  My hubs’ modus operandi of tidying is pretty much the same as MK, which is throwing most things out (he loves throwing things!) and keeping things that spark joy to him. But he’s annoying coz sometimes he throws my things and keeps them at different places without telling me! When I ask, he says “I don’t know” or “I forgot already”  This always makes me rip-snorting mad.

Tsk tsk, if you ever need a professional tidier like Marie Kondo, you can engage my hubs. You will surely be 100%  super pleased with this Mr Neat OCD tidying up your mess.  He actually has friends and relatives willing to pay him to do the shit job of clearing, cleaning and tidying absolutely unimaginable cluttered store rooms. But no, he has no time to take up this side job 🤩

In the evening, we went to the hubby’s uncle’s house to have an early Yap family CNY reunion dinner as some relatives had to return overseas this week. It was a great reunion with traditional Hakka dishes, lots of meat, lots of photography and a traditional ang pow giving ceremony.

Below: our girls with their pretty aunt W who is the hubs’ cousin and the same age as Alycia  (16yo this year) and  granduncle #2 from New Zealand.

With  aunt W and uncle R (hubs’ cousin) from New Zealand.

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Today I managed to steal a few hours in the afternoon on my busiest day of the week to meet a couple of friends.  My childhood friend, J has come from Singapore and the last time we met was exactly 13 months ago when I was in Singapore to visit my newborn twin niece and nephew.   I cancelled Cass’ Mandarin tuition class and piano class so that I could meet up with J & SP.  Thankfully hubs could help to fetch Drama Queen to her taekwondo class.

I could not join my friends when they had lunch in Shah Alam as I had to fetch Drama Queen back from school and settle the girls’ lunch. Took Grab to Happy Mansion @ S17, PJ later to join them for dessert at Kwong Wah for the best cendol in town.

If you’re staying in the Klang Valley, you’d have probably heard of the cendol at Happy Mansion.  The very addictive cendol is served in petite bowls piled sky-high with ice so finely shaven, it almost resembles the texture of ice-cream.

Tucked away in a quaint little shoplot in Happy Mansion flats in Section 17, Petaling Jaya this tiny shop is a family business that has been going strong for 60 years now.

It’s currently run by the third generation of the family, with their signature cendol and ice kacang offerings being the main attractions. The waves of customers streaming in and out of the shop all day long is testimony to how much of a delicacy their desserts have come to be.

Hubs brought us to this shop several weeks ago to try Kwong Wah’s cendol but we had to detour when we saw a long beeline outside the shop.

The cendol (RM5.50) is one of the best I have tasted in the Klang Valley thus far.  It is a rich and creamy concoction of fresh santan (coconut milk) and Gula Melaka. The pandan-flavoured, green jelly strips that sit atop the mound of ice shavings are firm yet smooth with a hint of pandan aroma.

My first round of cendol with my friends:

The assam laksa is undeniably very toothsome as well.

Later when the hubs came to pick me up, I had another round of cendol, which is really very addictive!

While waiting for the hubs to pick me up, something interesting caught my eyes.  Just a few shops away from Kwong Wah, I saw a swarm of people queuing outside the shop; on the floor outside the shop were tubs and tubs of CNY cookies wrapped inside huge red plastic bags, ready to be picked up by customers.

Never have I seen so many types of CNY cookies housed inside a shoplot for sale. The entire shop sells only festive cookies and dried meat. After CNY, the shop would be selling Hari Raya cookies followed by Deepavali and Christmas cookies. I later found out that the shop, Milky Way Cookies is a manufacturer of festive cookies. They supply their cookies to hotels and shops  as well. The shop was super crammed with last minute shoppers like me hunting for their favorite cookies. Choosing the cookies can be a headache as there are close to a hundred type of cookies and homemade snacks to choose from!

As there were no more shopping baskets left for me to place my cookies, I could only cope with no more than 3 tubs of cookies with my hands. Everyone was buying at least 5 tubs of cookies and I had to queue up for about 15 minutes just to pay.

Friends since primary school, SP (on my right) used to swoop the top few positions in the entire standard all through her primary school days.  The man opposite me is her hubby, who is a doctor.  J (on the left) used to be my sidekick and we had a lot of fun making fun of people’s names and just about anything.  Yeah I know we were mean and we still are and we can only be this evil when the both of us get together.  We’re very good in gossiping too 🤣, right J?  I know you’ll be reading this.  Can’t wait to meet up with you and everyone else again when Jenn comes back from the US of A in December this year.

 

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Simple & Wholesome Dishes For Busy Moms

For the past one week, I’ve been sitting in front of my computer typing away from morning till night with short breaks in between to cook and chauffeur the girls. Since early last week, I’ve churned out over 30 articles, most of which must be submitted to the advertiser within 24 hours. On some days, I have to dish out 5 articles in a day on topics that I have no frigging knowledge on like motorbikes, hybrid bikes or truck claws and snow chains  😂  That’s when I have to do a little research and reading. I told the girls that this feels like doing a short thesis  😄 I love it that after I’ve submitted a post, I gain new knowledge as well.

My brain is half fried. I’m burnt out to a crisp and stressed out. But it’s good stress and I’m not complaining. It’s God’s blessings. I am very thankful that I am still able to earn in USD during such times when the global economy is bleak. This is the eleventh year that I’m still blessed with something that I love to do. I love it that at the end of each month, I multiply my earnings by four when I convert the earnings from USD to RM!  Praise God.  The earnings are not a lot but enough for me to buy what I want every month and keep some for savings. And no, I don’t mean Chanel bags and pink diamonds ok.

OK, back to kitchen talk!  Thankfully I now have a Philips Pressure Cooker (PPC) to help lessen my burden and cut cooking time.

Lunch on one of the week days last week ~ minced pork porridge with cabbage, dried oysters, carrots and sweet corns, seasoned with scallions, seasoned Korean seaweed and my favorite Marmite:

Porridge was cooked in our jar rice cooker.

That same night, I cooked braised chicken in soy sauce and Chinese spices in the PPC:

Sauteed organic cabbage with garlic, a dash of English curry powder and eggs:

I love it that while the chicken drumsticks are cooking in the PPC, I can stir-fry the cabbage in the wok on the stove.  More time is saved.

The girls loved the braised chicken drumsticks!

I cooked enough chicken so that Cass could have it for lunch the next day. I just needed to blanch some organic spinach ramen to go with the braised chicken:

Fruits for Cass. Despite having so much to do, for a moment, my hands felt itchy and I started to carve out flowers from the kiwi fruits 😁

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Flower Girl Dresses

At a church wedding  of a very close pal last Saturday, I watched with envy cute little girls dressed up in kids high low dresses and flower girl dresses 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. 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 14 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, ballerina tutu dresses and  flower girl dresses online that I bought.  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 pal’s wedding last Saturday, she was all sulky and glum when I forced her to wear a dress.

Last year, Cass wore a white flowy dress that looks like some first communion occasion dresses to her baptism.  That was the last time she wore that beautiful white dress (which she wore less than 5 times) and I guess I now have to donate that white dress which I got from the UK to someone who would love to be in it.

If only my girls would still want to slip into these pretty flower girl dresses like they once loved to…
Princess Sleeveless Kids Prom Dress for Girls With Lace CH0131
Princess Bateau Sleeveless Ivory Organza Mini Children's Prom Dress(AHC049)
Multipatterned Lace Tulle Straps Ball Gown Floor-length Kids Prom Dresses(FGD344)

I do miss the time very much when my three girls were younger and twinkly-eyed. They were not persnickety over their choice of clothing or anything 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! ☺️

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Losing Weight The Natural Way, Without Exercise :D

The one advantage of falling sick and being crazy busy is that  you lose weight, naturally, without exercise. And that’s just what happened to me.

It all started several months ago when our part-time maid of 6 years went back to Indonesia for 6 weeks to get married. Without her coming to help us out 5 times a week, life was tough and crazy. At that time too, I had a lot of online assignments to write and submit with tight deadlines, right until now.  I was constantly rushing from one task to another, without having proper sit-down meals.  I lost some weight from the thick of things.

Come December 2018 during the long school holidays, I thought that I would gain back the weight I lost as I did not exercise a single day but nope. I was down with a bad throat and cough for almost a month, lost my appetite, did not get a wink of sleep for days from the hacking and whooping and not being to eat what I wanted to eat.  I lost more weight from this sickness.

As a result, I lost close to 2kg within 3 months.  2kg for someone who has been at 46kg for the last 10 years is a lot of weight lost.

From 46 kg+ to 44.4 kg :

And then a few days later, when I saw 44.3 kg, I was thrilled to death! 😬

I was even more thrilled to find out that I could slip into an XXS spaghetti strap top from Cotton On and the top is even loose on me, woohoo!

Love this striking pink floral top which I got it at only RM30 from the Cotton On sale during the December school holidays. What a steal!

Because of a smaller waist (both from the current weight loss and a big fibroid removed 1.5 years ago), I had to bring a pile of skirts to my tailor to have them tightened at the waist as I could totally not wear these skirts anymore. The skirts were dropping down my waist and even my smallest belt could not hold them up.

Who wants to lose weight without having to exercise? Go indulge yourself in more house work, get yourself crazy busy with work but don’t fall sick la. It sucks to fall sick.  My two older girls kept commenting that I am grossly underweight now coz I am lighter than them now 🤫 🤭

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Five Health Risks That Lower With Exercise

If you have a chronic disease — such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or back or joint pain, you will most likely be advised by your doctor to start exercising regularly. Regular exercise can bring about some important health benefits. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine. He or she might have advice on what exercises are safe and any precautions you might need to take while exercising. If you have a chronic condition, regular exercise can help you manage symptoms and improve your health.

Regular exercise can help you lose weight and stay fit. When you exercise, you use muscles. This helps build muscle mass, and muscle tissue burns more calories — even when you’re at rest. 10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories.

The most effective way to increase metabolism and burn more calories is by aerobic exercise and strength training. Both are important. Strength training becomes especially important as we get older, when our metabolisms tend to slow down. One way to stop this is to add some strength training to your workout at least a couple of times a week. The largest muscles (and therefore the largest calorie burners) are in the thighs, abdomen, chest, and arms.

People who want to build muscles fast take supplements, such as those from https://musclesfax.com/ to assist in building muscles. If you prefer to take a natural approach in building muscles, you need to engage in some form of resistance training that will place a load on the muscles hard enough to stress them into getting stronger and eventually bigger. This load can be gravity in the form of calisthenics like pushups, pull ups, sit up, lunges, dips, or in the form of resistance training like free weights, weight training machines, or tubing and cable pulley systems.

Aerobic exercise can help improve your heart health and endurance and aid in weight loss. High-intensity interval training is generally safe and effective for most people and can take less time. In high-intensity interval training, you alternate exercising at high levels of intensity and exercising at a less intense level for short periods of time. Even activities such as walking at higher intensities count.

Strength training can improve muscle strength and endurance, make it easier to do daily activities, slow disease-related declines in muscle strength, and provide stability to joints.

Flexibility exercises may help you to have optimal range of motion about your joints, so they can function best, and stability exercises may help reduce the risk of falls.

Here are five chronic health conditions that will improve with regular exercise:

1. Dementia
2. Some cancers
3. Osteoporosis
4. Depression
5. Arthritis

With regular exercise, not only do we feel good about our body, we feel healthy and happier, it increases our energy levels, our skin glows, we sleep better and it reduces our risk of chronic diseases. If you have not started on an exercise regimen yet, I recommend you to do so right away to reap all the benefits that come with exercise.

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My First Dish Cooked With The Philips Pressure Cooker

The very first time  I used my new Philips Pressure Cooker (PPC) was last week. I was a nervous wreck as I was worried that I would cause an ‘explosion’ and scar my pretty face (ahem!) if I release the pressure regulator at the wrong time.  I have heard of horror stories on  ‘explosion’ while cooking with the PPC.  Well, accidents do happen.  Even with the German made very very expensive TMX, freak accidents happened too.

Throughout cooking this dish, I had to video call mum on Whatsapp to ask her for instructions, HA HA HA.  Don’t laugh ok.  I can’t afford to be hospitalized. The mil is overseas, hubs is super busy with pre-CNY functions and if I am injured, no one will care for the girls.  Ok, I know I sound a tad exaggerated here.  I just can’t be dysfunctional. Period.

Anyway, back to the dish, which is Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan.  After a nerve-racking half an hour, the dish turned out superb!  My persnickety girls with an ‘atas’ tastebud just like their dad had only praises and commented that it tasted like the ones sold at restaurants!  What a consolation after going through a nail-biting moment in the kitchen 🤭


Sauteing the pork, shallots and garlic in the PPC under Bake mode.


Once sauteing is done, press STEW (20 minutes),  and SEAL the pressure regulator.


Once STEW cycle is done, add in the eggs and press WARM, then let the pressure release automatically.

The meat is super tender and juicy! What I love about pressure cooking is that meat will always turn out tender despite a short cooking time.

Basically the ingredients needed are pork belly, soy sauce and dark soy sauce (key ingredients and I use organic ones), rice wine, oyster sauce (optional) fried shallots (fried separately), five spice powder, chopped garlic and shallots and sugar. I only use organic and non-GMO soy sauce and dark soy sauce.

There are plenty of recipes for Lu Rou Fan on the internet and You Tube which you can Google for. I followed a few and then tweaked mine.

This dish is a stunning show stopper yet easy to cook with basic ingredients from the kitchen. Kids and adults alike will surely love it.

Happy trying!

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JoyMix Concentrated Beetroot Juice Powder

The beautiful and bright colour of beetroots can make anyone fall in love with it, yet it is often ignored, perhaps because of its distinctive earthy taste.  Beetroot has been gaining amazing popularity as the new superfood around the world. It’s low in fat, full of powerful antioxidants, rich in Vitamin C, and helps in the absorption of iron.  Both the leaves and the roots can be eaten. While the pink root is sweet, the dark green leaves are bitter but very rich in calcium, iron and Vitamin A.

Beetroots are best enjoyed raw and uncooked as cooking may destroy most of its nutrients. You can add them in salads or easier to just juice them up.

I love eating beetroot, in all forms, whether it’s beetroot juice, salad, roast or soup.  I started to eat beetroot frequently when I was severely anemic before my fibroid removal surgery 1.5 years ago.  Beet root is rich in iron.

Preparing beetroot can be a major turnoff and hassle for some as the uneven and rough skin is a tad hard to peel off even with a fruit peeler. And the red juice splatters can be pretty messy. Busy people who are always on the go and rush may not have the time to prepare beet root for juicing, salad or soup. And this includes yours truly.  The solution to this is beet root  powder.  With beet root powder, you can include this superfood into your diet at anytime, hassle-free.

I found a good brand of concentrated beet root juice powder  from https://www.joypremix.com/ and I am so in love with it!  With such convenience, I can now drink beetroot juice whenever I feel like it and it takes just a minute to prep a refreshing beetroot beverage.

The best part is JoyMix’s red beetroot powder is odor-less, unlike red beet juice that has an earthy smell. It is easy to drink, making it ideal for children and even some adults who find the smell of beetroot distasteful.

Even Cass who does not like the taste of raw beetroot loves JoyMix beetroot powder.  She says it tastes like Ribena! I think so too.  This, you got to try it to verify it!

We like our beetroot powder mixed with Korean fruit vinegar.  I add one heap teaspoon of JoyMix beetroot juice powder and 2 tablespoons of Korean fruit vinegar into 200 ml of water and top up with lots of ice cubes to make a super refreshing and delightful drink to chillax when I feel hot after cooking in the evening.  Alycia loves to guzzle down this refreshing drink to quench thirst after working out in the gym or when she’s back from kickboxing / Muay Thai class.

I love the au naturel maroon color of the beetroot powder from JoyMix!

Excellent Mixability – The red beetroot powder from JoyMix has a very fine texture and excellent flowability to prevent caking and lump formation. It will easily dissolve in water and other liquids alike and won’t curdle. You can even mix it in flours for baking cakes and pastries.

I will surely restock my beetroot powder from JoyMix when the existing stock runs low.

JoyMix’s health food products are ISO22OOO/ HACCP certified. Muslim consumers can safely consume their products as they are HALAL CERTIFIED.

Here are some of the health benefits of beetroot:

Conditions Liver – Beetroot contains betaine that conditions liver and stimulates the production of enzymes. It detoxifies the body and makes you feel fresh and rejuvenated.

Lowers cholesterol – A 2011 study on rats found that beetroot extract lowered total cholesterol and triglycerides and increased HDL (good) cholesterol. It also reduced oxidative stress on the liver.

Lowers blood glucose – Though high in sugar, beetroot actually helps in regulating your blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that it does not lead to high glucose concentration in the blood. This simply means that the natural sugars in beetroot are released very slowly in the body and thus, prevents sudden spikes. In the form of the juice, it may actually help diabetics.

Rich in Folate – Joymix’s red beetroot powder is rich in folate that is necessary for production and differentiation of cells as well as maintenance of DNA structure. The high folate content makes it a great option for young children, teenagers, and pregnant women alike.

Reduces Blood Pressure – Betaine in beetroots reduces blood pressure by lowering homocysteine levels in the body. Joymix red beetroot powder contains high amounts of betaine that reduces the chances of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.

Great For Older Adults – Various studies have found beetroot to prevent and halt the progress of dementia in older adults. Regularly consuming beetroot juice can assist in keeping dementia at bay.

Sharpens Minds of Students – The high nutrient content of beetroot and its effect on blood flow enhances the cognitive functioning of the brain making it beneficial for students and teenagers.

Ideal For Keto and Vegetarian Diets – People who are following a keto or a vegetarian diet will find it easy to incorporate red beetroot powder to their diets as it has low calories.

Boosts Sports Performance – Beetroots have betaine which improves cardiovascular health and blood flow. It increases the rate at which oxygen reaches cells and boosts the performance of athletes and sportspersons.

May Prevent Cancer – The antioxidant betaine which is present in rich amounts in Joymix’s red beetroot powder has been found to protect the body against different types of cancer. It protects DNA structure in cells against damage, which is a primary cause of cancer.

Improves Digestive Health – Beetroot improves digestive health by stimulating the production of enzymes and HCL in the stomach. It also aids in the absorption of specific vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

Excellent for Weight Management – Joymix red beetroot powder is excellent for individuals who are focused on weight management as it contains low calories while being nutritionally dense.

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