The Importance of Maintaining Your Air Conditioners

If you’re not regularly maintaining your air conditioners, then it likely won’t last for a long period of time. Air conditioners can cost, which makes their durability that much more important. As nice as they are, air conditioning units don’t maintain themselves. That’s why it’s so important for you to regularly check yours and make sure it’s running at optimal efficiency and peak performance. If you get air conditioning services ocala and techs find something wrong with it, you can stay on top of things. This means that you can fix any problems before they become major.

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Ensure Efficiency
If you get your AC regularly checked, you’re more likely to catch any problems that would otherwise go undetected until they get worse. This will help maintain the efficiency of your AC. An AC that doesn’t run efficiently is a cause for concern. However, servicing your AC can prevent this problem. For example, by replacing your air filter every month, you’re helping it maintain good airflow. But if you don’t replace the air filter often, dirt and dust can clog up the filter. When this happens, normal airflow is obstructed.

As a result, air that bypasses that filter may carry dirt to the evaporator coil, which can impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. This means that your AC will have to work harder to cool your home and reach your desired temperature. Consequently, you’ll see a higher energy bill. By regularly replacing your AC’s dirty, clogged filter, you can ensure it’s running at optimal efficiency.

You should care for your AC like you care for other appliances in your home. A little TLC can go a long way in ensuring your unit operates for a long time. Otherwise, you could be prematurely buying a new one for your home.

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Monday, 9 March 2020

I had a scare of my life today. While I was driving to the supermarket, I received a Whatsapp message from my gynae’s staff.  The message read “Hi, your pap smear results are out. Can I call you?”  

Moments later, the staff called me but I was parking my car and didn’t answer the call. I wondered why the staff had to contact me so urgently. *panic mode activated*

After I’d parked my car, I quickly called the number back.  I was told that the results would only be out on Thursday but today is only Monday!  No news is good news and early news is often bad news. Only with bad news would the clinic staff call you quickly so that you could start treatment pronto, no? Yes?   In previous years, the clinic staff only Whatsapp-ed me the pap smear report and never called me.

The staff went further to ask me for my IC number and in the past, they never asked me for my IC number!  I thought that they wanted to confirm that I was the right person before conveying the bad news to me.  I thought I was doomed.  Suddenly I felt like puking until  the staff said “your pap smear is normal”.  Yes NORMAL, yes, yay!  Only the cysts in my breasts need monitoring annually.

That’s another hurdle crossed! Thank you God for the normal pap smear result.

Next is my blood test results, which I’ve just received a text message from AA Pharmacy to notify me to collect the report tomorrow. The blood work is for lipid profile, total blood count, blood sugar, kidney and liver function, bone studies, uric acid, pylori and urine FEME (pee sample taken too).

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Saturday, 7 March 2020

As the number of Covid-19 cases in our country increases rapidly, so does the fear. And the panic buying.  I didn’t feel the need to stock up on groceries yet until the mil and some relatives prompted me to stockpile on daily necessities like bread, rice, meat, canned food, bread and of course toilet papers!  Yes toilet papers. Why do people all around the world stockpile to the extent of fight for toilet papers?  In the worst case scenario, i.e. you’re really so unfortunate to have to be quarantined at home and you run out of toilet papers, you can always wash and wipe your down under, can’t you? I still don’t see why people have to hoard toilet papers and kitchen rolls 🤔

As to why some people stockpile on toilet papers and food stuff, I can only surmise that people buy in bulk so that they don’t have to make frequent trips to the supermarket. And in the event they have to be house-quarantined, they are well-stocked with essential items. Makes sense?

And so after being prompted to stockpile on toilet papers and essential items, today I went to 99 Speedmart and Big Pharmacy to stock up on these items😅  These places were packed with customers, stocking up on face masks, hand sanitizer, toilet papers (even kitchen rolls!), canned food and sacks of rice.

Saturday is pet therapy day. Today we saw the pet shop owner teaching a customer’s German Shepherd tricks and instructions. And oh my, the dog is so clever and obedient! Even more obedient than a human!  Cass and I visit the dogs and cats at this pet shop after piano class every Saturday.

Did you know that German Shepherd is known as being one of the most intelligent dogs in the world? This breed of dog is often used as police and military dogs.  They are equally good at herding, guiding, rescue or acting as watchdogs while most owners claim that they are much easier to train than other breeds.

Dinner was at Lot 10, an impromptu whim by the hubs. For once on a Saturday night, there was no traffic congestion at the Bukit Bintang area and driving around the area was a breeze.  The jubilant tone at this touristy place looks dampened by the current Covid-19 crisis.  The J’s Gate Dining and Hutong Food Court @ Lot 10 were not crowded like it usually would on weekends. We first had some light fine Japanese food at J’s Gate Dining and then segued into Hutong Food Court to savour the best of KL and Macau street food.

Many empty tables at the Hutong food court:

My favorite Macau Pork Chop noodles:

Almost deserted at the Isetan supermarket:

After dinner, we digged into the famous 6th Avenue Cheesecake, matcha cheese cake and Tiramisu at The Tokyo Restaurant @ Lot 10.  Before Covid-19, on a usual Saturday night or Sunday afternoon, we would have to wait for at least 15 – 20 minutes for a table. But tonight, there was no queue and we got a table immediately.

We left Lot 10 promptly after dinner. For once, I didn’t even have the mood to shop at H&M! All I wanted to do was to go home, remove my street clothes, wash them with disinfectant in hot water and shower. Haha, I am that OCD and such a  hypochondriac. But who’s not now? 😬

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Top Questions to Ask Before Engaging a Mover in Kuala Lumpur

Moving to a new home can be challenging sometimes. Especially when you’re deciding on whether to hire a professional mover or handle the big move on your own using a lorry rental service. If you’re still not sure on which decision yet, here are a few questions you can ask the movers before hiring one.

Is Your Company A Registered Entity?
We have seen plenty of signages on the streets of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor such as ‘lorry for rent’ with their respective contact number on the boards. But are all these movers legal? Is it possible for us to trust them? First things first, we need to find out whether they are registered to the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM). Having a mover that is legally registered under CCM would be a much safer and reliable choice.

How Long Have You Been in The Moving Industry?
We often neglect to check the experience or background of a mover because most of us focus more on the cost. Therefore, we must look into their experiences with handling furniture. 

Whether the item is big or small, they should know how to move it safely and work efficiently to avoid extra hours or extra manpower which will increase the cost to the client. For example, if you are moving to a condominium or an apartment, how will the items fit it into the elevator? Or what if they need to use the stairs instead of the elevator? Can they manage the items well? 

Knowledge plays an important role as well as they may be required to dismantle and assemble furniture for the client. Before engaging a house or furniture mover, it’s safer to check on their reviews or ratings on their website or have someone to recommend a reliable source for you.

Cost Involved in My Move?
We Malaysians often make cheap pricing a priority over other factors. For freelance movers, they will usually quote based on the distance of the place (Within Klang Valley or outstation), the property size (landed or condominium) and the number of hours that is required. Most of them don’t have a fixed rate and they may charge clients more than they’re supposed to. This may be because they do not have a proper documentation or quotation to present to clients. 

Whereas a proper mover will offer you an estimated price in a packaged deal. Any additional charges will be quoted by the mover. Proper documentation such as quotation, invoices, receipts are presented to clients from a registered mover.

Extra Charges That May Be Involved?
Extra charges such as additional manpower, hours, extra trips to the house (back and forth), dismantling or packing the item may also be involved on the moving day. Therefore, it’s important to explain briefly about the items you have at home before making any deposit or payment to the mover. This is also to avoid any extra charges that exceed the original cost price. 

Mode of Payment and Terms?
It is important to know the terms and conditions before signing up with any movers. For freelance movers, they often ask for the payment in cash instead of credit card. Furthermore, they may also require a deposit to be made upfront to book the vehicle in advance and balance payment on the moving day. But can we really rely on their payment terms? What if they do not turn up on the moving day? 

Therefore, if we choose a registered mover, we will have everything documented and some companies even accept credit card transactions. A non-registered mover does not have a proper cancellation policy and might not even refund your deposit. Whereas a registered mover, they will be able to carry forward the deposit (Even though it is non-refundable) just in case you’ve decided to change the move date.

Is Temporary Storage Available?
For temporary storage of furniture, a trusted mover will inform the client of the location of the storage and will follow-up closely to ensure that the moving is completed, and it is safely stored. Additional charges will be incurred if temporary storage is required. 

Photos of Mover Vehicle and Licensed Number Plate
It’s best to have a photo of the vehicle and the registered number plate that will be used on the moving day. This is to ensure that the correct lorry vehicle is transporting your furniture instead of an unknown party.

One professional mover in Kuala Lumpur that you can consider is Mover2U. Why? Because their price rates are transparent, they are well-experienced in handling furniture safely, have good customer reviews and ratings on their website and most importantly, they are registered under the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM). 

Choosing Mover2U will help you ease your mind and there will be no hassle on the moving day. Look no further! Get in touch with their trusty movers now! You may contact them via email or phone call to get a free quotation!

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Update On Cassandra’s Appointment at HKL – 5 March 2020

I finally got an appointment to go to HKL today, but not to see the Urologist. I went there to sign a Consent Letter and to get a date for Cass to do an MRU (Magnetic Resonance Urography).  The parent needs to sign a Consent Letter as the procedure has some risks tied to it. However, not all patients will experience these side effects. In the past, Cass had gone through MCUG and MAG3 scans that required contrast injected via IV and thank God, she didn’t suffer from any side effects. Hopefully her body will have no issues dealing with the contrast again this time. Fasting is required and besides having contrast injected via IV, Cass MUST NOT move throughout the 1.5 hours inside the MRI tunnel, which emits deafening sounds. Any movement will render the images unclear.  Cass had done an MRI before 6 years ago but that was without any contrast injected. The images were not 100% clear.  I think the hardest thing about this procedure is not being able to move for 1.5 hours and being strapped and wrapped up like a mummy;  not fasting for 8 hours or more.

The Consent Letter:

I was late for almost an hour for my appointment with the Urology Dept nurse as I couldn’t get a Grab driver. None of the Grab drivers wanted to accept a passenger who’s going to HKL, thinking that I must be sick with some suspicious virus.  HKL is one of the government hospitals to handle Covid-19 cases besides Hospital Sg Buloh.

I then downloaded the My Car app and finally managed to get a kind driver who came to pick me up. We chatted throughout the ride to the hospital. He went to the wrong building (HKL is really HUGE!) and had to make a detour; I had to pay extra and was terribly late. He told me that he’s now very careful with accepting orders to and fro hospitals; orders to and fro the Sg Buloh Hospital will never be accepted as it’s the centralized hospital for all Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley. Thank God I managed to get a Grab driver after the appointment some 4 hours later, as the driver had to drop off a doctor at HKL. On both trips, the drivers wore face mask. The My Car driver told me that he has to sanitize his car every 4 hourly and fumigate his car with potent disinfectant once a week.

I wore a mask 😷 throughout my time at HKL; also washed and sanitized my hands umpteen times till my hands now feel like a 100-year old woman’s wrinkled hands.

Hand sanitizer located on every floor and at the lift areas:

From the Specialist Centre at HKL, I had to walk under the sizzling hot sun to the Women & Children Hospital, some 10 minutes walk away.  This is housed in a new building, which is so huge that I kept getting lost inside.  Each floor looks like a maze inside, with many doors unlabelled.  From the 9th floor, I had to go the 2nd floor, then back to 9th floor and finally 1st floor.  Even finding my way out of the maze was mind boggling and I had to stop several times to ask the guards and doctors for directions back to the main lobby for me to order Grab.🤪  The only upside is my Fitbit buzzed and vibrated to inform me that I had hit 10,000 steps! Yay!

This is the Imaging Dept and there is no signal and no mobile network here, thus couldn’t do anything but people watch for more than an hour in freezing temp.

At the ward, I saw small kids undergoing dialysis and it’s really heartbreaking.

At the Registration Counter, I saw this little boy of about 5 years old hooked to a machine with tubes. It must be an oxygen tank or something.

At the Imaging Department, I saw a Malay man with 2 boys – one is about 12 and the other about 14 and both of them, though mentally normal, were on a wheelchair each. One of the boys has dwarfism and digestion issues and the other boy couldn’t walk and has a slightly enlarged head.  And I thought how unfair can life be for this man as both his sons are wheelchair bound and sick but he looks like one very loving and patient dad.

Another Chinese lady walked out of the Imaging room with her maid carrying her daughter (about 8 years old) and this girl’s body is floppy and looked ‘twisted’. I could only guess that she has severe Cerebral Palsy and some other issues.  At the lobby several Down Syndrome and cancer kids walked past me.

Like I’d mentioned before, whenever you feel like life’s unfair to you and you feel dissatisfied with your current life, just take half a day off and make a trip to HKL. You’ll instantly feel that your life ain’t that bad after all when you compare your life with what you’re bound to see at the hospital.

Cass and I now have a little over 2 months to prepare ourselves mentally for her procedure. Wish us luck. We really need loads of it.

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2020 Medical Check-Up

It’s the dreaded time of the year again and I am feeling antsy waiting for my health report card as I’m not sure what to expect.  All the “what if”s have been playing in my mind since a couple of weeks ago. Yup, I’m that high-strung.

HFM’s Annual Medical Checklist:

Blood work for blood sugar and cholesterol – ✅
Pap smear ✅
Breasts ultrasound scan ✅
Pelvic ultrasound scan ✅
Total blood count test  ❎– will do it at AA Pharmacy this Saturday
Colonoscopy 🔜 — to be done in 3 years and am already starting to prep myself mentally for it.

Today I went to the gynae’s clinic to have my pap smear, breasts ultrasound scan and pelvic ultrasound scan done.

Blood pressure is normal, albeit a little low but still A-OK. If only the same can be said for my cholesterol level. It’s still a tad high at 6.3 and that’s after so much refrainment from eating red meat and processed foods. I envy people who shove junk and tons of meat into their mouths yet their cholesterol readings are below 5! Life is just too unfair 🤦‍♀️

For those who are new to my blog, I have Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH).  People with FH are essentially born with high LDL cholesterol. Everyone’s cholesterol levels tend to rise with age. But those with FH have LDL levels that start high and go even higher over time. Diet and exercise alone cannot bring down the level much 😫.

The only time my cholesterol level was below 5 was when my red meat consumption was almost zilch. But the downside was my red blood cells numbers were so low that I was almost a goner with severe anemia. But thank God I manage to evade a blood transfusion before my Myomectomy surgery (for removal of uterine fibroid) 3 years ago after binging on red meat and popped Sangobion (iron tabs) twice a day for several months to increase my red blood cells.

The National Cancer Institute recommends Pap tests every one to two years. If women over the age of 30 have had normal tests for three consecutive years, they can talk to their doctors about spacing out the exam to every three years.  My gynae is of the opinion that I should have a pap smear done annually and I can’t agree more with her. In the event any malignancy is detected, it would likely be in the very early stage and there’s a higher chance of being treated and cured.

The annual appointment with your doctor itself is still a very important preventative health measure. The physical exam combined with the detailed health history obtained at the annual visit allows the doctor to more accurately determine a woman’s risk for certain diseases. This could lead the doctor to recommend that she begin earlier or more frequent screening.

Pap smears typically continue throughout a woman’s life, until she reaches the age of 65, unless she has had a hysterectomy. If so, she no longer needs Pap smears unless it is done to test for cervical or endometrial cancer. At that point, if a patient has had two normal Pap smears in the past 10 years and she has not had any seriously precancerous cells in the past 20 years, she can stop screening altogether.

I have a customer whose 60 something mom skipped her check up for more than a year and when she finally went to her gynae for a screening, a malignant lump was detected in her breast. Sadly she passed on a year later. This is just so sad.   It could have been detected earlier and treatment administered earlier and a life could have been saved.

I know I’m going to get hung up for the next 9-10 days until the Pap smear report is out. I’ll just have to deal with it as part and parcel of my life.   Ladies, if you’ve not done your Pap smear and ultrasound scan of your breasts and pelvic for years, it’s time to call your doctor’s office to fix an appointment. The package at my gynae’s office only costs RM350.  This could safe your life. Trust me.

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Best Toilet Papers Ever – Seazons Rock Toilet Tissues

Talking about toilet papers, my friends were in disbelief when I told them recently that I buy an average of one bag of 10 toilet rolls every single week. Sometimes I buy even more when I see discounts at my favorite mart. But what turns me off when I shop for toilet rolls is lugging the bags of toilet rolls from the car park of our condo back to our unit on the 5th floor. As I don’t only buy toilet rolls but other stuff as well, the toilet rolls would always be stacked up on the top of the trolley and this aunty here will be struggling to push her trolley up the ramp to the lift area. Sometimes the bags of toilet rolls would fall off the trolley while going up the ramp and sometimes the flimsy plastic carrier on the bag would tear off whilst I carry it! Nightmare for this aunty as I am usually alone and would have to stop right smack in the middle of the basement picking up the bag of toilet papers and then tuck the bag under my armpit! That is why I sometimes opt to buy toilet rolls online as the toilet papers would be delivered right to my door step. The only downside is that I have to pay delivery charges to the online store. I’m sure some of you echo my sentiments too.

I am very finicky when it comes to buying toilet papers. These are my criteria when choosing toilet papers:

1. the toilet papers must be made from 100% virgin pulp.
2. there must be minimal to no dust from the papers when I tear them.
3. the toilet papers must be OBA (optical brightening agent)-free.
4. the toilet papers must be compact and not filled with air.
5. have a smaller core, thus more toilet papers.
6. The plastic bag holding the toilet rolls must be completely sealed on both the top and bottom.

Have you ever noticed that most brands of toilet papers in the market are packaged in a plastic bag that is not completely sealed, leaving a small opening at the top and bottom of the bag? Think creepy crawlies entering the bag and contaminating the papers with their droppings and then the contaminated papers are used to wipe your down under or even your mouth. Ewwww!

I choose high-quality toilet papers over cheaper sub-standard ones as high-quality toilet paper is gentle on your sensitive regions, easy on your sewage, and it cleans up messes without leaving any bits behind.

Recently I came across Seazons’ Rock, a new brand of toilet tissues while browsing for toilet papers online. Rock toilet tissues meet all my six criteria above for toilet papers. I ordered a pack of 18 toilet rolls to try as it came with free shipping. When I received my order, I was pleasantly surprised that the two bags of toilet rolls were really heavy, which means that I am buying more papers and not air. After trying the toilet papers, I am completely sold! The toilet papers are soft yet the rolls are so compact and hard that they feel rock solid, thus the name Rock.

Retailed at RM56.90 for a bundle of 18 rolls, each roll contains 1000 sheet of double-ply papers. Although the price is a tad higher than other brands, we get more papers in each roll. Each bundle of 18 rolls is equivalent to approximately 55 rolls of regular toilet papers from other cheaper brands.

Rock toilet tissues are:
Made with 100% virgin pulp
Fragrance Free
Sulfate Free
2-ply with strong fibers
Hygienic as they are packaged in a completely sealed plastic bag.
Extremely compact and have smaller cores
Proudly made in Selangor, Malaysia
Each bundle of 18 rolls weighs a whopping 4.9kg!

This short video shows how rock-hard and compact Rocky toilet rolls are compared to other brands of toilet papers:

As Rock toilet rolls have a smaller core, this means more sheets in each roll and fewer replenishment. If the toilet roll holder in your bathroom is too big for the small core, worry not. Each bundle of 18 rolls toilet papers comes with two free heavy-duty magic hooks. Simply stick the magic hook onto your bathroom tile, get a piece of ribbon or rope to tie the roll and hang the toilet roll onto the hook. The magic hook sticks to most surfaces sturdily but if your wall is not tiled, you may not want to stick the hook onto the wall as the paint may peel off when you remove the hook.

Toilet Roll Holder Design Contest
Seazons is currently running a toilet roll holder design contest and the first three winners get to win shopping cash vouchers!

Period Of Contest
This Contest will commence from midnight 00:00:00, 1st March 2020 and will end on 17:00:00, 31st May 2020.

Entry Submission & Eligibility Criteria
To enter this Contest, participants are required to purchase Rock Toilet Roll and retain original receipt as proof of purchase. Participants can purchase and enter the contest unlimited times. However, each receipt will only be entitled to 1 entry.

Participation / Entry Method
Participants may enter the contest via the method as explained below:
Step 1: Purchase Rock Toilet Roll
Step 2: Fill up contest form available at Contest Page and submit together your most creative design for the Rock Toilet Roll Holder.

Winner Selection, Contest Prizes and Winners Announcement

Prizes are as below:
1st Prize – RM2,000.00 Cash Voucher*
2nd Prize – RM1,000.00 Cash Voucher*
3rd Prize – RM500.00 Cash Voucher*
100 x Consolation Prizes – 1 packet of Seazons Rock Toilet Roll (9 rolls x 1000 sheets) each

*shopping vouchers at a leading supermarket or hypermart

Discount Voucher for Health Freak Mommy readers!
Specially for Health Freak Mommy readers, you can utilize the following voucher code to get a RM5 discount off your order of Rock toilet tissues when you purchase from DaEZmart, Lazada and Shoopee.

Just key in the code during checkout and the amount will be deducted from the total amount.

Shipping is FREE for delivery within West Malaysia.

By lasting a while longer than other toilet papers, Rock toilet tissues will also help you save money on your monthly household expenses. Rock toilet tissues truly rocks! Get a pack to try today.

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Paul Immigrations Reviews: Apply for Singapore PR Easily

Singapore has always been rated as one of the best countries to live in. When people consider moving to a different part of the world to begin a new chapter of their lives or for better quality of living, this city-state always tops the list of “dream destinations of international migrants”.  There are so many good reasons why this little red dot is one of the top favorite locations of international migrants. Here are just some of the reasons why the Lion City is regarded as one of the dream countries to live in:

Quality of Life
Singapore is well-known internationally not only for its world-class education system but for its stable political climate, low corruption, low rate of crime, and good climate, not to mention the easy availability of an extensive range of delicious food from a potpourri of cuisines, from street food to fine dine to Michelin star. The city-state is sometimes known as the expat-friendly island due to the country’s policies that welcome foreign individuals to stay in the city-state.

Good Quality Education System
The education system in Singapore is currently ranked as one of the best in the world. The city-state has consistently topped the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test conducted every three years to assess the academic abilities of 15-year-olds in countries all over the world. Students are tested in three main categories: Science, Math, and reading. Singaporean students are found to be ahead of their American counterparts in Math by three years. Those in lower age groups fare just as well, and graduates of the country’s best educational institutions have successfully placed themselves in the finest universities globally.

My eldest brother left Malaysia for the Lion City to study at the National University of Singapore (NUS) more than 20 years ago. After graduating from NUS, he found a job in a Singapore firm, then started a family, bought properties in the country, obtained a Singapore PR and is now a citizen of the city-state. I do envy him that he has such strong purchasing power due to the country’s stable and strong currency!  My Singaporean nieces and nephew have the benefit of studying from one of the best education systems in the world as the country is well known for their high quality education system.

World-Class Facilities and Infrastructure
The public transport system in this little red dot has been recognized as one of the best cost-efficient transport systems in the world, with a high proportion of its residents taking public transport daily. It’s so safe, easy and convenient that my SIL can single-handedly bring 3 small kids including a pair of toddler twins to school and daycare on a public bus on some mornings when my brother is away on business trips.

Lenient Immigration Rules
Another reason why the Republic has the ability to attract foreigners to migrate to their country is that it has immigration rules that are fairly lenient. Any individual can enter the country as long as they have the paperwork required for entry. Moreover, professional expats who wish to work in the Lion City can easily do so by obtaining an employment pass. In a bid to attract as many talents as possible, the country set foreigner-friendly and business-friendly policies to create a highly conducive business environment that led to its rapid growth and development.

If you are considering migrating to the Lion City in the hope of attaining PR status and eventually citizenship but do not know where to start or who to approach, here’s a tip – it’s worth every cent engaging an immigration consultant who has the expertise to assist you so that the entire process is a walk in the park for you.

Paul Immigrations Reviews: How They Can Help
Located in Singapore, Paul Immigrations is an immigration consultancy firm that provides services to individuals who wish to acquire Permanent Resident (PR) status in the city-state. With the industry expertise of their consultants, the company has consistently achieved a high success rate over the years. The team of dedicated specialists takes pride in their professionalism and quality service to understand every applicant’s immigration needs. You will be guided and assisted throughout the entire process, given key tips on every aspect down to the submission of forms to help you find success in the most efficient manner.

The team of consultants provide PR application services for:

  • Employment/S Pass Holder
  • Spouse of a Singapore Citizen or PR
  • Aged parent of a Singapore Citizen
  • Student studying in Singapore
  • Unmarried child aged below 21, either born to or legally adopted by a Singapore PR or Citizen
  • Foreign investor in Singapore

The Industry Expertise of Paul Immigrations

1.  Provide Expert Advice
For many, the process of applying for permanent residency in this little red dot may seem confusing and daunting. With their years of experience, the team of specialists can relieve you from this task significantly by providing you with expert advice regarding all aspects of the application process.

2.  Organise All Required Documents
Every step of the PR application process is done online through the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore’s (ICA) electronic Permanent Residence (e-PR) portal, including the uploading of all paperwork. If there are documents that have not been submitted within the stipulated deadline, your application will be considered invalid. With the help of your professional immigration consultant, this will all be taken care of, ensuring no document is left out.

3.  Prepare Additional Supporting Documents
Armed with years of valuable experience, the team of specialists will help you prepare additional supporting documents that highlight your best traits and positive contributions, such as a personally written recommendation letter from your employer.  These will help your application stand out and can improve its approval chances.

4.  Create Customised Cover Letters
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority assesses and goes through thousands of applications everyday. With a high number of submissions, it is important for you to make your own application unique from the rest. The in-house writers from this firm will craft a cover letter personalised to your strengths, emphasising your ability to be a positive addition to the Republic.

5.  Guide You Throughout the Whole Process
The many different types of paperwork that have to be submitted to ICA can tire the applicant during filling out. Any errors made during the application process can render your submission invalid, thus negatively affecting your chances of acquiring permanent residency in the country.  The firm’s consultant will gladly lead you every step of the way to make sure you have checked off everything in the PR application to-do list.

6.  Increased Efficiency in the Application Process
It can be difficult to navigate your way through the e-PR portal, particularly if you are a first-time applicant. With the guidance of the company’s team of specialists, you will not waste your precious time navigating through the portal. The friendly team will help the process of your submission be a seamless and efficient one.

If it’s always been your desire to move to Singapore, there is no better time to do it than now!  Do consider engaging a professional immigration consultant to guide you through the entire process effortlessly and you’ll be a few steps away from realizing your dreams of living in the Lion City!

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

I had to cut short my must-have me-time predawn exercise this morning to bring Sherilyn to school at 6:45 a.m.  The bus would leave the school before 7 a.m. for the stadium. She’s representing her school again this year in several athletics events – 400m, 4x100m, javelin and short putt.  The inter-school athletics competition is on-going the entire week and she has to skip lessons the entire week. AGAIN! She’s been skipping lessons the past one month to do daily athletics practice, cheerleading and CNY dance practice. After this inter-school athletics meet, she’ll be taking part in an inter-state cultural dance competition!  And just today she told me that her teacher appointed her as the school’s camera crew and asked me for money to buy a shirt. All crew members have to don on the shirt when they are on duty.  I wonder how she’s going to catch up on her studies but her hunger for taking part in competitions is too ferocious for anyone to stop her.

This middle child of mine is a sucker for competitions since young. At pre-school and primary school, she would take part in all the singing, dancing and drawing competitions.  In high school now, she’s participating in more competitions – athletics, drama, dancing, taekwondo and all that jazz.  Hopefully she’ll score sufficient points to clinch a scholarship in college.

As of typing this post, I’ve just received a Whatsapp message from her telling me that she clinched third placing in the 400m event. Great job Sherilyn!

After dropping Sherilyn off in school, I went to the park to continue with my brisk-walking for another half an hour.

I think I’m going to be one of these aunties here 10 years down the road, partaking in daily morning tai chi, qigong and line dance groups. 😬👯‍♀️

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Friday, 21 February 2020

Today’s appointment with Dr Susan @ HKL is cancelled AGAIN  😔

I somehow had a hunch that the appointment would be cancelled again. I guess it would take at least another week or two before I get a new date. I told the nurse that Cass will be sitting for her exam next week, thus will only be able to see the doctor the week after next.  The nurse told me today that Cass would have to be present at the next appointment.

Since I don’t have to camp at this dreaded cold place (I hate to be at hospitals, especially HKL), I had a quick brunch with the hubs at Les Deux Garcons (LDG) Patisserie.

Yesterday I went hunting for ‘healthy’ cereals for Cass. I’ve stopped buying cereals for so long that Cass suddenly had a craving for Honey Stars and Coco Crunch and these are snacks that I would avoid buying as they’re loaded with sugar and possibly made from GMO corns.  With our finicky girls, I have to either bring them to the supermarket to choose it themselves or if they’re all in school, I normally snap a picture of the items that they want and let them pick their choice at night and I make another trip to the supermarket to buy the item the next day.

These are the organic cereals that I’d shortlisted in my preliminary round with photos taken yesterday and bought today.  The girls picked Vitabella but when I saw from the box that the expiration date is just a month away, I bought Honey Pops instead. I wanted to get Lion Hearts, which is cereals made from  an assortment of beans but the fussy girls said NO.

I never had this privilege growing up. My brothers and I ate whatever my parents  bought, where luxurious food items were hardly bought. Even ham and cheese were such luxuries during our time. Whether we liked it or hated it, we never had a choice.  My papa was a Nazi dad and my brothers and I never dared to challenge his words nor his choice for us. How he has mellowed down over the years and is now a complete opposite with his grand kids! I think most kids of that era grew up in draconian rules too, eh?

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

I was so happy and in disbelief yesterday when the nurse from the Urology Unit of HKL called me to ask me to come the next day (today). The last time Dr Susan saw Cass was in August 2019. We were given a date to see her again in October 2019 but Dr Susan was, as expected, busy with patients and traveling all over Malaysia to treat patients at general hospitals.  She sees hundreds of patients on a daily basis and performs surgeries too.  From October, our appointment was postponed to November, then December, then January 2020 and then I gave up pestering the nurse for a date.  Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak, I’m trying my best to avoid going to hospitals, especially HKL as this hospital as well as Hospital Sg Buloh are the two government appointed hospitals in the Klang Valley to handle the Covid-19 cases.

I was told that it’s OK not to bring Cass to the hospital as I was only going to see Dr Susan to sign a Consent Letter (for Cass to do a repeat MRI) and to discuss other matters pertaining to Cass.  But this morning, the nurse called me to inform me that the appointment is cancelled as Dr Susan is caught up in another meeting! Again, after a half-year wait! 😔 Well, understandably as this is a government hospital, the queue is never-ending and I don’t have to pay. So, don’t complain.  The nurse told me to be on standby to see Dr Susan tomorrow and she’ll call me to reconfirm tomorrow morning. I truly hope that the appointment will be confirmed and I can get a date for Cass to do a repeat MRI of her urinary tract pronto.

People have been asking me why don’t I bring Cass to see a nephrologist and urologist at a private hospital? It’s tiring having to explain Cass’ history from day one. As her condition is congenital and discovered when she was about 16 weeks old in-utero, it is therefore NOT covered by any insurance company.  From the time she had her first UTI attack at 6 weeks old until her surgeries when she was 13 months old, we had spent over RM70,000 on her medical bills and not a single cent was claimable from our insurers. This is EXCLUSIVE of all her costly monthly supplements and other supplies. Thus, we try to go to government hospitals unless the circumstance is grave and urgent.

So let’s see what happens tomorrow morning. Will Dr Susan be free to see me? Being able to see her is like striking a RM100,000 jackpot! And if Cass is 100% healed, it will be akin to hitting a 500 million bucks jackpot for Cass and me.

Since I don’t have to camp at HKL today, I did groceries shopping and had Japanese for lunch with the hubs ☺️

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Clinell Disinfectant Wipes (Super Big Sheets)

Face masks and hand sanitizers flew off the shelves at all the pharmacies at our neighborhood a few days before Chinese New Year.  As the number of infected patients in our country rises by the day, so does the fear and panic among Malaysians.

A few days ago when I was at Big Pharmacy, I saw a new brand of disinfectant wipes – Clinell Universal Wipes.  I have never seen this brand of disinfectant wipes before but since everyone is buying disinfectant wipes, the kiasu-ism in me told me to get a pack, though it costs a frigging RM45 for a pack of 200 wipes (selling at RM69 at Shopee).  Plus point is that the sheets are big enough for me to slot them into my Kao magic wiper mop. I now use these disinfectant sheets to wipe our floors, tables and chairs several times a day.

What really enticed me to buy Clinell is when I saw that the wipes can kill all these bacteria: MRSA, Acinetobacter, VRE, TB, Hepatitis B & C, HIV, Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, Influenza, Avian Influenza (H5N1) and a whole list of other bacteria!

Check out how big a pack Clinell is in comparison with regular packs.

These wipes are so easy and convenient to use and everyone at home is now wiping off surfaces with them. I made another trip to Big Pharmacy just now with the intention of getting another 2 packs of Clinell but was informed that they are all sold out! Within days! Other brands of antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizers are sold out too.  I am going to Mid Valley Megamall in a few days to hunt for antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizer. I am that kiasu when it concerns the health of my family and I.

Have you been stocking up on these items too?

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Shapewear for Women

Shapewear is worn by women across the globe to achieve a slimmer and curvier bod. Shapewear is designed in a way that helps to conceal any unwanted bulges or lumps of fat, ideally sucking it all in. Many women have a hard time losing weight through diet and exercise, thus shapewear is a way to boost their confidence.

Shapewear has evolved into a huge and lucrative market that dominates much of lingerie sales. There are so many different types of shapewear available that there is certainly something for everyone of all shapes and sizes. Whether you want to flatten out your middle or streamline your thighs, you can be sure to find the perfect undergarment that will do just that.

There are various types of shapewear and I hope that this article will help you understand the uses of different types of shapewear.

Seamless Shapewear
Seamless shapewear is a sculpting shaper that is lightweight and powerful, featuring fully-bonded front-panels for a tabletop flat stomach, and edge-bonded side panels for comfortable, squeeze-free slimming.

High Waist Shaping Shorts
This special high waist shorts works to pull in your tummy and control your thighs while having a powerful effect on your waist and midriff.  Some have elongated waists that can reach right up to just below your bra line to give you ultimate control and a slimming effect for your whole torso. The higher waist varieties are even more effective at giving you a flat stomach since everything is pulled in rather than redistributed to pour out over the top like a muffin.

Thong Body Shaper
A thong body shaper is much like any other compression piece, in that it lifts, shapes, tucks, and smooths without giving you those pesky panty lines. It’s great when you wear sheer dresses.

High-Waisted Shapewear Legging
This is an amazing addition to any wardrobe. These leggings can tame your tummy and thighs right the way down to your ankles. Different varieties can stop just below the knee or can reach right down to your feet to offer support and streamline any wobbliness from your legs. They flatter your entire leg and can look great under trousers or a close-fitting skirt which clings to your outline.

Shaping Dress
The ultimate in full body control for a stunning hourglass silhouette, a shaping dress covers your body from you bust down to your knee and pulls everything together to create a slim outline from all angles. With a shaping dress, you won’t need a separate bra as there will be one built in. This is a must have piece in every woman’s closet!

Check out the best Cosmolle shapewear to choose a suitable piece for yourself.   While shapewear do not help you lose weight per se, they can play an important role in your weight loss program. Wearing shapewear while you’re trying to lose weight can give you a vision of a slimmer figure and can help you stay motivated. You may find yourself a lot less likely to reach for junk food when you look in the mirror and see what the healthy, curvier, confident version of yourself looks like!


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Favorite Chinese New Year Gifts

Of all the gifts that the hubs received from his friends and suppliers during Chinese New Year, we love these two the most:

Inside the beautifully woven basket in bright red are Mandarin oranges, a bottle of homemade pineapple tarts, homemade butter cookies and a little treasure basket.  Inside the little basket is a treasure of ‘kat jai’ (mini tangerines) and Patchi mini superior chocolate waiting to be savoured by all the chocolate lovers at home.

Below: Exquisite individually-wrapped Isabelle biscuits packaged elegantly in a vanity box with pearl handle is my top favorite. ISABELLE (Taiwan) once won the gold medal for biscuit gift boxes in Taiwan and obtained a certificate in ISO9001-2000 in 2001.

Isabelle cookies not only look pretty and exquisite, they are yummy and not overly sweet – endorsed by Health Freak Mommy!

I’m going to keep the box to store knick-knacks or simply use it as decor.

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Chinese New Year 2020 – 8th and 9th Day

Last Saturday, 1 February 2020 was the 8th day of CNY. It was Sherilyn’s Lunar birthday. She was born on the 8th day of CNY 15 years ago. I remember so vividly the thunderous fireworks let out for about half an hour that midnight when I was struggling to breastfeed this fiery infant who suckled my boob so aggressively that a small piece of the tit was bitten off by this toothless infant who wasn’t even a day old. My boobs were terribly sore, painful and bloody but I persevered with nursing this precious baby girl of mine. What a grand presence she’d made into the world with her loud and long first cries (loudest and longest of our 3 babies) in the OT and then later bit off part of mummy’s tits just several hours later  😂  Her character was already so prominently displayed the moment she announced her arrival into this world. My dare devil and drama queen!

On Chor 8, we had dinner with our old buddies at Oversea Restaurant @ Jalan Imbi. Dinner time allocated to us was at 8:30 p.m. and by the time we finished dinner, it was already close to 11 p.m. We were the last group of patrons to leave the restaurant.

The damage came up to over RM2k for 2 tables. The kids could wallop as much as us adults!

A big bulk of the bill came from the tiger prawns and Soon Hock fish.

My favorite dessert from this restaurant is their signature double boiled almond paste with egg white. It’s so addictive it’s illegal! Every mouthful is chokfull of silky smooth and creamy aromatic Chinese almonds, thickened with egg white. Though it was already 10 p.m. and way past my last eating time, I just couldn’t resist chomping down a bowl of this ‘hung ngan tun tarn tong sui’, all my myself.

Fireworks seen from our unit on the midnight of Chor 8 / Pai Ti Kong night.

The next day Cass had a gathering at her ertswhile class teacher, Ms L’s house in Ampang.  Ms L was Cass and her classmate’s class teacher from Primary 2 through Primary 4. When Ms L announced that she would no longer be teaching them in Primary 5, Cass and her classmates were terribly disappointed. Her classmates then created a Whatsapp chat group with Ms L in the group. As Ms L is no longer their class teacher, she’s now like a good friend to them.  Cass dots on Ms L.

Cass gets a hug from her favorite teacher, Ms L.

Cass and her classmates at Ms L’s CNY open house.

The boy in blue jacket in glasses is a Malay boy and is one of the top scorers in the entire standard (Chinese school). I am always very amazed by him.

After dropping off Cass at Ms L’s house, we went to one of the famous Ampang Yong Tau Foo stalls to have lunch.  In all honesty, I think the Yong Tau Foo at that stall is nothing to shout about.  There are stalls in my neighborhood that sells  similar Yong Tau Foo and stuff that taste just as good.

Hardly with her hair let down, Cass had to let it down as her hair tie snapped while she was in the car. Alycia commented that Cass looks gorgeous with her curly brown hair let down  😄

From behind, my baby girl looks so grown up. She’s going to be 12 soon!

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Bonding With Cousins

Today I’m relieved of my Grab mom duties as it’s a public holiday (FT day), thus there’s no tuition, no martial arts class and no piano class. And our dearest part time helper of 8 years is here to help me with the house chores, so I have more time on hand to update my blogs. I’m so happy 😊

Our CNY dinner with our friends at Overseas Restaurant starts at 8:30 tonight. The dinner time allocated by restaurants during CNY is crazy. You either eat at 5:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.   By the time the food arrives tonight, it would be 9-ish p.m. and serves more of a supper than dinner!  There goes my 12-hour circadian rhythm intermittent fasting. In fact, I’ve not been consistently practising my time-restricted eating throughout the week-long CNY break.  But with restricted food portion, I’ve still not stuffed up on my weight 👍

When we were back in Ipoh last week, our girls had a wonderful and fruitful time bonding with their cousins from Singapore.  The twinsies are now closer to our girls and even baby Raeanne who was previously very shy and would cry if any of us went near her, has outgrown her timidity towards us ‘strangers’.  Baby Raeanne has a special fondness towards Cass and baby Rayzen towards Alycia.

This CNY, our girls have mastered the skill of carrying the toddlers 🥰

Cass and Raelynne trying to pacify Rayzen who bawled uncontrollably when he woke up from his siesta and couldn’t find his papa who was out shopping with his mummy.

Playing with our neighbor/close family friend’s Golden Retrievers.  They have a family of four super adorable Golden Retrievers.

I was overly ambitious and brought 5 kids on my own for an evening stroll around the  neighborhood. It was not as easy as I thought as we had to cross roads and chase stray dogs away. Plus Sherilyn and especially Cass are still not very adept at carrying the hyper active toddlers.  I was hyperventilating when we had to cross busy roads and almost got chased by dogs 😵 Even snapping this photo was a feat for me as I was worried that Cass would accidentally drop baby Rayzen (who’s on the heavy side) on the road 🤭  Each time our girls carry the babies, visions of me accidentally dropping my 2-year old baby cousin brother on the road on a cold night in Cameron Highlands when I was 16 years old still haunts me.  And he had a bloody cut on his forehead resulting from the accident, which makes me feel bad till today!

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