Our Fighting Queen

Our drama / dancing / baking queen can now add another feather to her cap – the title of fighting queen! In her first MSSKL inter-school taekwondo competition yesterday, she grabbed the gold medal in the individual Poomsae event (green belt). Her first ever gold medal in an inter-school competition!  Not bad at all for someone who took up taekwondo lessons just a year ago.

Oh yes, her team also clinched the gold medal in the 4 x 100m track and field event in her school sports day last Saturday.  After spending the entire morning and afternoon in the hot sun in school on Saturday, she went straight to the gym to sit for her taekwondo grading exam (for blue belt). This girl seems to get an adrenaline rush with dancing, fighting and running!

Sherilyn had a one-month hiatus in taekwondo in the middle of last year when we were facing some issues with her former taekwondo master. If it wasn’t for the hiatus, she would have been a blue belter by now, waiting for the red belt. I was undecided if I should let her continue with taekwondo as she was already very busy with her dance classes. But I told myself that I should practise what I preach to the girls – of never giving up in whatever that they are doing just because quitting is the easiest way out.

So I hunted high and low for another taekwondo master. When I found a gym that offers taekwondo classes, I was overjoyed but the fee is five times more than what I was currently paying!! Seeing the passion that Sherilyn had with promises from her that she will persevere until she gets her black belt, I registered her at the gym and even signed her up for kickboxing and Muay Thai classes! Crazy right?  I didn’t let the hubs know as I knew that he would flip (coz of the fees!!) but he subsequently found out and obviously wasn’t too happy with my decision. But since I am the one who makes all the decisions pertaining to the the girls, all he could do was to support my decision and sometimes fetch the girls back from the gym at night, though he would sometimes say that learning too many types of martial arts is crazy, useless and waste of his money 🙄  But yesterday he’s the one who said that he’s proud of his middle child!🤩

Well done Sherilyn! Here’s to more taekwondo competitions in the near future but before you sign up for sparring, please take extra care of your legs and get them healed first.

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Healthy Grub

This week is another NO REST WEEK for me!! I can’t believe it!  I just got to know from Alycia that she still has to go to school this Saturday to wrap up a project that she and her team mates are working on though it’s a school off-day this Saturday. Guess who’s going to be the Grab driver?  It’s not the hubs as this week is another full-house week for him.  And on Sunday, Alycia has to leave the house at 6:30 a.m. for a marathon! For Sunday’s marathon, I am going to tai-chi the driver’s chore to him!  I need my sleep!😴

Ok to be fair, these are my responsibilities as a mother.  I shouldn’t complain too much.  Before I know it, the girls will blow the coop and I will be longing to be their driver again.  But I really need  that 3-4 extra hours over the weekend to stack some Z’s before a new crazy week starts again.  I just need to blow off steam here coz I feel so sleep deprived the past one week. I’ve been waking up with a nagging headache the past two days and feeling really zombified in the morning.

Not getting enough sleep is just as bad as eating junk and it’s impacting my cholesterol level that’s quite high as I have familial hypercholesterolaemia (genetic high cholesterol).  Researches have found that sleep loss leads to changes in genes that are responsible for regulating cholesterol levels and sleep deprivation may have a negative impact on cholesterol levels.  I’m already not getting enough sleep, so I should eat healthily to prevent my cholesterol level from skyrocketing.

Here’s what I’ve been eating lately..


Breakfast of low-fat sugar-free yoghurt with Brazil nuts, pistachios, organic goji berries, pomelo and seasoned Korean seaweed.


Dinner of blanched organic ferns with peanut sauce from hubby’s kitchen. His Indonesian cook makes the best peanut sauce!


Dinner of organic traditional rolled oats with beef bolognese sauce, while the girls had Penne pasta.


Sunday night dinner of organic red bell pepper with peanut sauce and sauteed assortment of organic shrooms.


Cooked organic rolled oats with low-fat sugar-free yoghurt and fresh pomegranate.  Sherilyn made this for breakfast.

As a result of eating clean with an intensified workout session five times a week, all my pants and skirts have been dropping off my waist! 😬

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Saturday, 13 April 2019

This week is another NO REST week for me. I want to bawl my eyes out. It’s enervating having to wake up when it’s still pitch black outside, knowing that it’s a damn Saturday or Sunday, but instead of under my comfy blanket, I have to force my butt out of bed to do my Grab driver duties. I usually catch up on my beauty sleep on weekends but not this week. I’ve been flipping my calendar to check when the next public holiday is and it’s not until Labour Day on 1st May. Two more weeks to go!

On the bright side, today I managed to convince Cass to continue with her BM tuition. Cass has just started BM tuition three weeks ago and she’s totally not happy that she’s coerced into it. If she has a choice, she would choose zero tuition.  We had a very heated argument over this last week and today she’s agreed not to quit tuition.  A big thank you to my mum and the tuition center lady boss for talking her out of quitting.  It’s not easy dealing with this moody tween these days. She sucks out all the patience and energy from me lately. And I’ve just realized that with this girl, I can no longer use corporal punishment or threats.  It used to work but not anymore.  I am still experimenting with other styles of parenting and the best is still through a combo of soft parenting and tough love parenting.

Through all the articles that I’ve read on parenting difficult teens lately, I’ve come to understand that my tween and teenage daughters have little control over their bad attitude.  They are not manipulating me on purpose or spending all that time in their room scheming about new ways to annoy me. I often ask them if they are all scheming to drive me to a premature death so that they get what’s written in my Will and I tell them that they won’t get a cent!  🤨 In fact, they too are victims — of all sorts of biological and psychological changes over which they have little control. They are going through a roller-coaster of adolescence, and I am on the ride with them.

Gosh, it’s super tough being a parent!!   Letting my “baby” grow up is indeed a painful and difficult process.

Why do I see my friends taking it so easy parenting their super well behaved kids? Or is everything through rose tinted glasses on social media?

Do you have difficult tweens and teenage kids at home? How do you deal with these dopamine-frazzled zombies teens?


Beautiful colors of sunrise skyline taken at 7 a.m. today and it’s been another super super hot and humid day today, so bad that I showered five times again today! 😬

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Fearless Helper To The Rescue

Thank God for a fearless daughter, I needn’t have to go through a Fear Factor moment to remove this life reptile that got glued to a sticky paper on our floor sticky roller!

Yes, that lizard was still alive and writhing.  I guess it crawled behind it and got glued on the sticky paper. I didn’t realize it and happily cleaned the floor with the roller until I felt something bumpy and when I took a closer look, Oh. My. Gawd. **SHRIEK**

I quickly jolted my fearless Drama Queen up from her sleep and didn’t care if it wasn’t time for her to get up yet.  She just had to remove that lizard that’s still squirming on the sticky paper coz I just couldn’t do anything knowing that it’s still there!  Sometimes I wonder where she inherited her fearless DNA from!

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Advanced Allergy Therapeutics 101: What to Know

For people who suffer from allergies and sensitivities, it may feel like there is no escape from it. With all of the different treatments out there, it’s easy to feel like you have tried everything. If you aren’t familiar with advanced allergy therapeutics, however, then you might end up changing your mind. There are solutions out there, it’s a matter of finding what works for you. Here’s your guide to advanced allergy therapeutics.

What Are Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?

AAT works with the relationship between reactions and the major organ systems. While an allergic reaction stems from the immune system’s reaction, the organ systems determine the symptoms that you have. For example, one allergen might give someone rashes, while another person ends up congested. To find relief from these symptoms is a good reason to buy advanced allergy therapeutics software.

Many people suffer from allergies. In fact, 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and sensitivities. During AAT treatment, the different organ systems involved with a reaction are exposed to gentle pressure. A small amount of the offending subject will be placed on the skin and the stimulation reduces the stress on the organ system.

Girl sneezing and blowing in a wipe

What Are the Symptoms It Treats?

When it comes to allergies, many different symptoms might occur. In a lot of cases, people mistake their sensitivities for allergies. Fortunately, this treatment can help alleviate the symptoms of both. The types of symptoms it treats are:

  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Respiratory system conditions
  • Digestive system conditions

Many of these symptoms clear up with the use of AAT. Even if you suffer from certain sensitivities, there are still options for you.

Most Americans suffer from allergies and sensitivities. In some cases, it might be difficult to find treatments that work. For allergy sufferers or those who have sensitivities, advanced allergy therapeutics may be the answer that they have been looking for.

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Cassandra’s 11th Birthday

Today is my baby girl’s 11th birthday! Time sure flies like mad!!!  The day I lay on my gynae’s procedures room to have an amnio procedure carried out when Cass was around 20+ weeks in utero till today seems like just last year though we had gone through hell and beyond in the first 13 months of her life and lots of roller coaster rides the past 11 years.

I often wish that Cass was still a toddler. We all enjoyed Cass thoroughly from the time after her surgeries when she was 14 months old right until she went to primary school. She was the sweetest, most accommodating, cutest little girl that could melt any heart, especially mine, in an instance.

Fast forward to the year she turned 9. With all the raging hormones swimming inside of her,  the little angel who would tug at my heartstrings  changed into a very challenging tween.  Everyday is a battle with her. Every. single. day. On some good days, we could both go to bed without any fight.  She would sit by my bedside and give me massages on my hands and legs with her soft gentle hands.  We would talk and joke like best friends. We would trade secrets, she would console me, and me console her.  But the next day, the battle starts again and from friends, we turn into enemies. We’re just “frenemies”.  We both know it.

At the moment I am still battling some issues with Cass.  The issues may seem big, yet small, depending on how other people view them. For some carefree parents, these are not major issues. But I’m a helicopter mom and to me, these issues, if not rectified, would balloon up in time to come into something so big and serious that it would be hard to fix.  My hubs, the carefree, slap-happy dad and man that he is has always asked me to relax and don’t force the kids to do anything that they don’t like, though what I am forcing them is good for them.  We both have different parenting ways.

I shall not dwell into the battles that Cass and I are facing now here. Besides these battles, this year is the year that I will have to bring Cass back to see the nephrologists at HKL. It’s time that the doctors review her medical condition and perhaps do some invasive diagnostic tests. Again, I have to let go on this.  I shall talk about this in detail next time. Today’s post is on my baby girl’s birthday!

After a very serious and heated argument between the both of us late last week, I’ve realized something:

1.  Every child is different.  Cass is different from her sisters and she’s different from her other classmates whom I sometimes wish she could emulate.  And it is almost impossible for me to mould her into the person whom I wish her to be.

2.  Some children are easier to ‘shape’ while others are harder.  Cass happens to fall in the latter group.

3.  I have to let go on expectations. If I don’t, both Cass and I will be unhappy. And this will affect Cass and I emotionally, deeply. Our relationship will turn from sour to rotten. And this is already starting to happen.  I realized since that fateful night that I have to change / let go so that Cass can change too.  What’s important now is for Cass to be happy, to grow up happy and be a mentally and physically healthy child.

Anyway, back to Cass’ birthday today!

Right now, I am contemplating whether to cook spaghetti bolognese (Cass’ favorite dish) or order KFC (another of her favorite unhealthy fast food). This morning, I was given 16 articles to write by my ‘online boss’ and the deadline reads “ASAP”.   On one hand, I want only the healthiest and most wholesome meal to go into the stomachs of my babies but on the other hand, I do not have the time to go shopping for the ingredients to cook spaghetti bolognese tonight.

After discussing with the cook of the house, we both unanimously agreed to choose KFC 😅  as KFC is more a kids’ party food.

And after tonight, no more KFC for the next one year. It’s detox time! Just kidding. Probably no KFC for the next 3 months or longer.

Sorry, no pix for today. I’ve to go back to my writing now or I’ll surely stoke the wrath of my online boss. I promised to submit 7 or 8 articles by today and the remaining by tomorrow. And I am only stuck at article #2 now!! 😱

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Maintaining My Ideal Weight

Now that I’ve managed to shed off for good the 1.5 kg of stubborn fat gained after the birth of my third daughter 11 years ago, I am trying hard to maintain that weight.. which fluctuates between 44 kg – 44.8 kg.  Standing at 158cm, my weight had been stagnant at 46+ kg for over 10 years.  It’s not easy to maintain my weight at my ideal number and it involves a LOT of hard work and sacrifices.  As we age, our metabolic rate slows down. It gets sluggish when we don’t exercise or are sedentary.  It’s important to keep ourselves active all day long to keep the metabolic rate going.  I’ve recently increased my strength training duration and variety every morning five times a week.  I spend 15-20 minutes on strength training and lower abdomen exercises and 30 minutes on brisk walking / jogging.  As I keep doing it, I find that my stamina gets better and I burn energy  faster throughout the day. I can feel it as I get hungry faster.  I am also trying to cut out bread from my diet and this is not easy as bread has been my staple since the beginning of time!

I had a very low carb breakfast yesterday, consisting of pistachios, black skin groundnuts, a quarter of avocado, one hard-boiled egg with organic shoyu and a small handful of Simply Fit 7-cheese crackers from Melaleuca.

I believe anyone can loose weight and stick to their ideal weight.  All you need is a little time and dedication for exercise several times a week,  a will power to turn your head away from high carb foods, REDUCE your food portion and you’ll see magic on the scale! 💃🏽

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Tips For Getting Your Children To Eat Healthy

Finding a way to encourage your children to eat healthy foods couldn’t be more important, with more young people than ever before suffering from childhood obesity. We all want our kids to be healthy and happy, so teaching them how to eat the right diet from a young age is vital. Here are some top tips to help you to persuade your little ones to not only eat healthy foods but also to enjoy them.

Don’t Restrict Foods
If you ban certain types of food from your home, this could backfire. Restriction of foods could end up in your child developing an eating disorder later in their life. Instead, talk about nutritious, healthy options and encourage your little ones to choose vegetables and fruits instead of junk food.

Buy Healthy Snacks
Children always want to eat snacks, but they don’t need to be unhealthy ones. Put some fruit in a fruit bowl on your countertop and stock plenty of healthy treats like low fat yogurts, dried fruits and nuts rather than candy bars and cookies. When you child chooses a healthy option, make sure to praise them for making the right choice to reinforce their action.

10 Healthy Snacks for People with Diabetes

Replace Standard Foods With Healthier Options
All kids love to eat fries and potato chips, but you can offer them similar foods but prepared in healthier ways. Oven baked fries are healthier than deep fried ones, and oven baked tortilla chips are a much better choice than standard potato chips. You could even switch to sweet potato or carrot fries and vegetable chips for an even healthier choice.

Eat As A Family
Families who sit down and eat dinner as a family around the table together every night have been shown to have a better diet and are more likely to make healthier food choices later in life. If you don’t already do this in your house, it could be time to start introducing family meals. Prepare just one meal and serve it to everyone. This saves you the hassle of preparing separate food for the kids and adults in the family and introduces little ones to adult foods at an earlier age.

Avoid Buffet-Style Service
If you prepare the family’s plates in your kitchen you can choose how much food to put on each plate. If you offer up the food for self-service, children can simply pile food onto their plates. When they see the amount that you put on there, they can learn how to recognize a healthy portion size. Using small plates can help to make small portions look bigger.

Give Children Control
Children often feel happier about eating foods that they’ve had some hand in choosing or preparing. Let your children work in the kitchen with you while you make meals. Let them handle the fruit and vegetables and chop them up under supervision so they feel as if they have some control over the meals that they eat.

Be Creative
Many children simply hate the idea of vegetables and won’t even taste them to find out whether they like them or not. You might need to get creative, in that case, about how you sneak vegetables into their diet. A vegetable steamer is a great way to prepare vegetables for the whole family since this method of cooking retains all the vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. However, if this fails to work, you can puree vegetables into pasta sauces – your children won’t know they’re eating healthy foods!

Making Changes
When you’re transitioning your child onto a healthier way of eating, the changes will need to be gradual. It isn’t easy to persuade children to try healthy foods rather than sugary or fatty options, however if you start at a young age they are more likely to adopt positive eating habits which will stay with them for life.

 

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Returning A Parcel To Lazada – Super Troublesome!

Two weeks ago, the mil asked me to order  a board game called Rummikub from Lazada. She had played this board game in Hong Kong and has fallen in love with it. I did a search and found out that Rummikub is available at Lazada but it’s shipped from China. I ordered it anyway as the mil was raving about how fun this board game can get and she looks forward to playing it with her 3 grand daughters.

Fast forward 10 days later. The parcel was delivered to us yesterday. When the mil unboxed it, she found out that the four display panels for the number cubes were mal-manufactured. The two stands for the panel cannot be secured tightly onto the holes and the ledge supposedly for the number cubes is so narrow that I can even blow the cubes off the ledge.  The printing of the word ‘Rummikub’ is upside down on the four panels.  The mil was so disappointed with the purchase.

So what’s next then?

I spent the entire afternoon yesterday chatting online with Lazada customer service to find out about the procedures for returning the product.  Each time I needed to ask a question, I had to wait on queue for at least 15-20 minutes, by which time, I would have gotten busy with work (and forgotten that I was on queue as there’s no notification to prompt me, other than stare at the computer) or not in front of my desktop computer anymore. Thus, I wasted my entire afternoon, just to find out how to send the parcel back to Lazada to get a refund.  I am not a noob shopper at Lazada; I’ve been shopping at this online  platform for several years now but it’s my first time returning an item to them.

In summary, all I can say is that if you are a first timer trying to send a defective item back to Lazada, it would take you hours to find out. Once you know the steps to follow, it takes some time to get about with it. If you are too busy or have no patience with the procedures, my advice is to discard the item and don’t feel sorry for yourself for being unlucky to have received a defective item.

First, you will need to print a Return Label at the Lazada website. This took me some time to figure out where the link was to have the label printed.  Printing the item was a tad tricky too. I tried printing several times in different methods before I figured that I had to download the form, save it on my desktop and print it out.  Paper, ink and more time wasted = money wasted.

Second, you will need to box up / wrap up your item and insert the Return Label on the parcel.

Third, from the Lazada website, you will have to choose how to send the item back to them with postage charged back to Lazada.  Choosing a ‘Near You’ location (aka Return Hub) was the most convenient for me but as I had no experience on how to get about doing it, I had to call the appointed Lazada courier agent at my neighborhood to ask for instructions.

Fourth, download a NearU app onto your mobile phone. Why the heck the need to download this useless app on my phone?!

Fifth, key in a bar code number that’s printed on the Return Label into the NearU app on your phone. I omitted this step as the Lazada customer service staff wasn’t sure what to do and the agent / Lazada courier agent at my neighborhood (which is a pharmacy) didn’t inform me as well.  This caused me two wasted trips to the pharmacy this morning.  More money and time wasted! The first time when I went, the pharmacy wasn’t opened yet.  The second time when I went, I was told that I had to print out another form, which contains a QR code, and attach it to the parcel!  WTF!!

GAWD! Lazada must have made the return procedures super troublesome to deter shoppers from returning defective items to them!  That’s not very smart. Coz some impatient shoppers will only switch online shopping platforms!

As of typing this post, I still haven’t gotten around with printing the QR code,  that’s sent from my phone to my email.

See the ‘mahfan-ness’??  I hate anything that’s time consuming and troublesome.

Tomorrow, I will have to make a third trip to the pharmacy / Lazada courier agent to drop off the parcel, after which, another email will be sent to me for parcel tracking purpose.

Hopefully the defective item reaches Lazada by next week. I can’t wait to get my refund! Mind you, refund is via crediting of the amount into my Lazada Wallet, which means that I will have to use the money to buy other stuff from Lazada.

Is this going to deter me from shopping online at Lazada? Probably not. I just have to be extra careful and make sure I choose a product from a seller with lots of positive reviews and 5 star ratings.

If you do not have a printer at home, then forget about returning your item to Lazada. It would be too tedious and costly to get the two forms printed just to send an item back to Lazada, unless you can get someone to print for you.


Cheap and thin plastic stands that won’t lodge tightly onto the panel. When the stands are attached to the panel, the panel is almost 90 degrees upright, thus  the cubes will fall off with just a cough or sneeze that you make!


There’s no way the number cubes can stand on this panel! Note that the words are printed upside down as the panel has to propped up the other way.


This is how the actual panel should look like.

 

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46th Birthday

After I touched the 4 series, I often lose track of my age!  I often have to use my birth year to calculate my age in the current year 🤫 🤭 I wonder whether I’ll still remember my age when I touch the 6, 7 and 8 series.  Do you face the same issue as me?

The original plan for my special day was to go to My Town Shopping Center – a movie for the girls and retail therapy for myself. But late yesterday evening, I received a bunch of writing assignments from my online boss 🤑  So I had to cancel my plan and have been cooped up at home and  writing all day since last night.  But no complaints from me and the girls.  Work comes first. Entertainment has no deadline.  While my fingers were glued to the keyboard, the girls had their fingers glued to their devices. This is what happens when I am busy with work – the girls morph into dopamine-frazzled zombies!

It’s a quiet day at home today. Alycia has gone to her friend’s house to work on a school project and the mil has gone out with her visiting daughter from Hong Kong. I feel no pressure at all rushing off my assignments as I have no driver duty to do, no errands to run and no need to cook today.  I needn’t even have to drive out to buy lunch as Sherilyn settled all my meals!

She cooked broccoli + scallion omelette and sauteed organic mixed fresh mushrooms with butter and cajun. Both dishes were yums and right up my alley!

For dessert, she made salted caramel apple crumble for the birthday mum, with no specific recipe. She assembled the dessert with leftover whipping cream that she used for my birthday cake and the salted caramel apples were for her oats this morning. She whacked several pieces of plain crackers to use as the crumble.

Yesterday Sherilyn whomped up a mango cake for me, in under two hours.

Fresh mangoes were used to decorate the cake into the shape of a yellow rose. The cream is made from fresh whipping cream and matcha powder.

Dinner will be at Stone Nine by Jiro Shabu again, a place that I’ve fallen in love with after our first dining experience last weekend.

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Just For Laughs

Someone is super duper bored being cooped up at home during the school holidays.  She’s got no where to release her Energizer Bunny battery. Whilst checking her school holiday homework (English subject), check out what I found!


Initially she wrote a different answer, which was the standard polite answer that it should. Then she erased it and wrote a different answer and asked me “I can write this too right? The answer is not wrong!”

Yeah, it’s not wrong but you can’t write such blatant and curt answers that are not acceptable in a test! 🤪

Check out the next answer:

The second answer got me into a fit of laughter.  She’s picking up a line that I always use whenever she asks me to buy her stuff that are totally unimportant, which I will never buy, like a Harry Potter magic wand.

Call me an evil mother. But I asked her to pass up the English homework unedited just to see what reaction she’ll elicit from her English teacher.

Nah… just kidding. You think I really encouraged her to? Being called to school by her teacher for a meeting is the last thing I want!  😆

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Sunday Lunch at Stone Nine by Jiro Shabu @ Old Klang Road, KL

We had a sumptuous lunch of Japanese hot pot at the newly opened Stone Nine by Jiro Shabu today. Upon entering the restaurant, we were awed by the awesome interior decor. The center piece of oranges in a steamy pool was breathtaking. The restaurant covered in shades of wood exudes a sense of tranquility while the dining utensils were elegant.

As expected, the price tags are hefty.  Do expect to spend a minimum of RM40 onwards per person (depending on what item you choose from the menu), with the cheapest beverage (Green Tea) priced at Rm 5 (but it’s refillable). The dining experience is exclusive and we enjoyed our lunch so much that I have already requested for the hubs to bring us here again on Thursday for my birthday!  Alycia was so disappointed that she was left out in today’s lunch as she has a 3-day camp in school, which only ends tomorrow.

Everyone gets to savor his/her own personal hotpot and the ingredients are impressively fresh. You can choose from a variety of different flavored soups from chicken to winter melon, miso, spicy miso, seaweed, tom yum and much more.

When the raw meat arrived, we were again awed by the impeccable presentation and quality.  The premium New Zealand Scotch fillet was both top notch in quality and the presentation was superb.

Hubs ordered a plate of Iberico pork that’s fed with acorn and the meat tastes delicate and superb.

We ordered 3 pots of soups (chicken, winter melon and spicy miso).  Each pot costs RM6.

Plenty of choices for toothsome dipping sauce and condiments to go with the meat.

Handmade pork balls with cheese within and house-made fish paste.

Sea grouper slices

Watermelon and lime juice, on the house..

The damage was RM317.45. Pretty expensive for a lunch but worth the price as the ingredients were of good quality and fresh.  As the portion of the food was pretty small, we were not overly stuffed.  In fact, I wasn’t exactly full after lunch  😬

The food passed my very sensitive throat test too, i.e. NO unquenchable thirst after lunch, though I’d guzzled down a lot of soup and yummy dipping sauces.

Address:
Stone Nine by Jiro Shabu
C-G-1, Southbank Residence.
No 179, Jalan Kelang Lama
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thus, we could still have a very meaty and heavy meal of Ba Kut Teh for dinner! And walloped everything clean!

Have a great week ahead all and sundry!  It’s no holiday for me though it’s the school holidays. Tomorrow I have to wake up at 6 a.m. for school run! 😩

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First Term School Holidays & University Hunting

Today is the last day of school for the first term and the week long school holidays begins. But this school holidays ain’t a holiday for me.   Alycia has to be in school for three days from Saturday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 6 p.m. on Sunday) for her drama club camp and the hubs and I have to take turns doing school runs, even on Sunday!   I was looking forward to sleep ins during the holidays but it turns out I have to do even more as the transporter is off duty during the school holidays😩

Guess what I’ve been up to for the past few days?

I’ve been researching local private universities for Alycia 😁  I know she’s only going to sit for her SPM next year. But I’m just being me – super excited that my first born will be going to college / university in less than two years and I can’t help but to find out what her pre-university options are.

UEC (Form 6), Foundation, Matriculation, A-Levels, SAM, MUFY (Monash University Foundation Year), IB, ADP, Diploma…. just which one will Alycia choose / be eligible to?

Cost is the main determining factor on which college / university we will settle on. And of course, on Alycia’s SPM results.

I am very keen on a 3+0 degree program in Monash University (ranked top 10 in Australia, 59th in the world) – Malaysia campus and so is Alycia but the cost is O.M.G.!  We have 2 other children to plan for of as well.

With Monash, we will have to fork out a minimum of RM150,000 for 1 – 1.5 years of Foundation and 3 years of degree program, all done locally, excluding cost of accommodation in campus.  This amount will be an additional >RM50,000 should Alycia decide to study another year for the Honours.

My other options are Sunway University and Taylors University.  God willing, if Alycia does well in her SPM, she will be able to do her one year pre-university (UEC) in her current high school, which only costs about RM600 a month, excluding books and other miscellaneous fees. This will give us a savings of at least RM10,000, which is quite a bit.  A-Levels costs at least RM25k in better quality colleges/universities.

By this year end, I can only imagine Alycia and I visiting education fairs and me being the CFO, doing a lot of calculations 🤪

With 3 kids going to university that will cost over RM600k, I wonder whether we will be left with any savings to enjoy our so-called dream retirement of traveling the world 😱  For this reason, I keep telling the hubs that he has to continue running his catering business until he is AT LEAST 70 years old, so that we can travel the world and enjoy our sunset years.  It also doesn’t make sense to stop working altogether now that we’re no longer considered “old” in our 60s or 70s and are still physically capable of making money. In fact, it would be a disadvantage to stop working as that would give rise to cognitive decline. Just look at our dear prime minister!

I am just wondering, do you have a plan to save a certain amount of money every month for your kids’ college and university funds? I am also very interested to know where you intend to send your kids for tertiary education and the costs involved.  Any comments will be much appreciated  ☺️

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The Fastest and Least Expensive Way to Cater For Your Next Party

Who doesn’t love the freshest delivery pizza with the best pizza toppings delivered to your doorstep on a lazy day where you don’t feel like moving a muscle? Over at our household, we have delivery pizza on the eve of the girls’ exams, when the girls have their friends over to work on projects or when I feel as if my hands are on a strike and don’t feel like cranking the kitchen stove or oven. We also like to order pizzas and fried chicken when we have a party at home. Pizzas are almost every kid’s favorite party food. My 3 girls can live on pizzas!

Throwing a party at home or in the office does not necessarily have to be costly. If time is not on your side and you need to throw a party on a tight budget, there are ways to go about doing it. You can call a caterer and order the cheapest menu available.  However, some caterers have a minimum order requirement.  Another way of organizing an impromptu party with a small budget is to order the freshest delivery pizza from Papa John’s, along with the crowd’s favorite finger food – fries, chicken dippers, pasta, burgers, doughnuts, taco, just to name a few.

We usually take advantage of the best pizza rewards program around. Some pizza restaurants have a buy one free one promotion and some reward you with a free personal pizza or appetizer after you’ve spent a certain amount on their large pizzas.

You can earn pizza delivery discounts when you order from Papa John’s. It’s one of the best pizza rewards program where you earn points each time you order. The more you order, the more points you earn and you can redeem your points for yummy fresh pizzas.

 

When you throw a party at home or in the office, there will surely be one or two people who need gluten-free food.  Papa John’s has gluten-free pizza crust that you can order to cater to gluten intolerance guests.

Have you tried Papa John’s new buffalo chicken pizza with the best pizza toppings? I am craving to try this new flavor now! Don’t worry if you can’t take gluten. You can ask for gluten-free crust ingredients.

The next time you’re tasked with organizing an impromptu party, chillax and order online from Papa John’s.  You don’t have to leave your comfy chair to organize a party. Everything can be done online at your fingertips now!

 

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Helloooo!

Hey everyone, HFM is back! Sorry for the lack of updates.  I haven’t been out of town but have been hibernating at home, dishing out not dishes but close to 40 articles for my online boss.  That’s an average of between six to eight articles a day. This marathon of assignments reminds me of the good old days of 2007 – 2009 when I had to write up to 20 articles in a day.  I remember holding a newborn baby C with my left hand whilst she suckled to her heart’s content and with only the fingers on my right hand, tapped the keys on the keyboard to finish 20 articles in one afternoon before the job offered expired! That’s how hard my job was and still is. My brain is often squeezed  to the last drop of creative juice whenever I have to write over 20 posts on the same product, over and over again in a different style and flavor.  But I have no complaints. It’s a blessing to still be able to earn some pocket money from what I love to do most.

Last night, we tasted the most expensive pizza in KL at Pizzeria Dihyang @ Yap Ah Shak Road! But we were a tad disappointed with everything from where we were seated to the pizzas. And the bill came to a whopping RM276.10 for only 2 medium sized pizzas, 2 glasses of Draught beer and 1 plate of salad!

Insalata Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella cheese, flown in from Italy.

Salsicce Friarielli pizza – toppings of watercress and sausage and cheese flown in from Italy.

Verace Margherita pizza.

As we did not make any reservation, we had to be seated outside the restaurant. It was pretty uncomfortable in the current heat wave but our consolation was we could dine under the moonlight, though it was still very dim.

The damage! And we were not even satisfied with the quality and taste of the pizzas, albeit we’ve read rave reviews on how good these sticker shock pizzas each costs – a choking RM88 and RM86 respectively.

We were however consoled by the fact that the ingredients were flown in from Italy – the ingredients are either – DOP-certified San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella DOP, and Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP.  The long-fermented pizza dough that comprises a high-protein wheat flour mix are meant to fulfill regulations set by Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.

As everyone was still hungry after our pizza dinner which was akin to our appetizer, hubs brought us for Japanese for supper and by the time we finished eating, it was already close to 11 p.m.!

We also had Chawan Mushi and Udon and dessert of Inside Scoop ice-creams but I was too drowsy and sleepy to snap the photos as it was already way past my bedtime!  😬

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Different Kind of Hide-And-Seek

There’s a different kind of hide-and-seek game in our home. It’s a “mum hides gadget, mum soon forgets hiding place, kids look high and low for it and finally gadget pops out when you least expect it” sort of game. All the time. Because mum has too many things to sort out in her mind and her grey cells are depleting so fast that she experiences short-term memory deficit on trivial and unimportant things.

The gadget that I usually hide are the iPad, mobile phone, power bank, TV remote control and story books. Just because some people won’t listen. I hide them at lightning speed just when they turn their backs on me.  With a million drama to deal with and chores to do every single day, who has space in the brain left to remember where those gadgets are hidden, right? Right?

Just the other day, I hid the TV remote control in the mil’s room when she was overseas.  Weeks later, I forgot where I hid it… until the hubs asked for it. When he hollered for the TV remote control, the girls said “mummy hid it!”  But I have no frigging recollection on where I hid it!  Then the four of us (girls and I) went hunting for the TV remote control, to no avail of course. 🤭

Fast forward three days later. When the mil was unpacking her luggage bags and putting her clothes back into her wardrobe, she found the TV remote control!  After 1.5 months of missing in action!  The house was a barrel of laughs when we saw the hidden and found remote control 😆

Does this happen in your house too?

 

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