How to Make the World a Better Place

The world needs people like you who want to help others and improve the world. Whether you are looking to start off on a path to positive change or you are looking for additional avenues to invest your energy, there are always places that could use your help. If you want to make the world a bit of a better place, consider these tips on how you can do your part.

Spread Some Kindness

Not every good deed must be something formal. You can focus your efforts on retail kindness, spreading the care from person to person which can cause a contagious effect. If you make the effect to spread some kindness within your own community and through your interactions, you can know that you are having a direct effect on those around you.

being kind to others

Volunteer Your Time

Another way to spread care throughout a community where you can witness the direct effects is through volunteering your time. By investing your effort and time to address issues and provide solutions, you can help others. There are volunteer opportunities for any type of interest and passion, you just need to find the right fit.

Give Your Money Wisely

You don’t have to be limited to donating your time. For those who are financially capable of donating money, monetary contributions can also be a great way to push progress. Much like how you will want to research any opportunity, you need to research different organizations before making your donation to ensure you understand what will happen to your funds.

Go Green

For those who are more environmentally focused, there is a lot that you can do in your personal and professional life to promote a healthier planet. Going green and helping those around you embrace a more environmentally conscious existence can be a wonderful way to make the world a little bit brighter and better.

Making a difference in this big world can be easier said than done. Whether you choose one or multiple opportunities from this list above, making the world a better place can be done regardless of your circumstances.

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3 Important Facts To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

If you feel like you’ve been spending too much time, money and energy lately on constantly removing bodily hair, you may have been thinking about booking a session at a laser bar and spa Manhattan. Laser hair removal can be a good alternative to daily shaving and may allow you to save time in the mornings by waking up hair-free. However, before you book a session, it’s important to be prepared. Here are a few key things you’ll want to keep in mind when considering going under the laser.

1. It May Be Slightly Uncomfortable

While having a laser directed at your skin may sound painful, laser hair removal should only be slightly uncomfortable at worst. The laser does heat up in order to kill the hair follicle, but many modern lasers come equipped with cooling mechanisms to help make the procedure feel more comfortable for you. Additionally, your technician will apply some numbing cream before you start, so you won’t even be feeling most of the procedure. If you do feel more than a slight pinching feeling, let your technician know so they can adjust the settings.

2. You May Need Multiple Sessions

While it might sound nice to walk into the clinic for your treatment and walk back out completely hair-free, the truth is that you’ll likely need multiple sessions in order to see full results. This is due to the fact that hair grows in cycles and the laser needs to catch each hair at the right moment in the cycle to stop its growth. Because of this, you can expect to book a series of six to eight sessions for best results. The good news is, you should start to see results from each session within a couple of weeks following treatment.

3. You Can Shave Before Your Appointment

If you’re worried about having to let your bodily hair grow out before your appointment, you’ll be relieved to know that shaving beforehand is fine. Just don’t wax before you go, since this removes the hair root and can render the treatment ineffective.

Constantly removing bodily hair can be tiresome and frustrating, not to mention expensive over time. If you wish you could wake up smooth and hair-free, you may want to consider whether a laser hair removal treatment would be right for you. Now that you’re equipped with the basic facts, you can make your decision with confidence.

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RMCO Day 96 ~ Sunday, 13 Sept 2020

I’ve been feeling ho-hum and shirty for the past few days.  It could be the time of the month again. And the lack of rest and sleep.  Or simply bottled up negative emotions.  I’m trying hard to purge these feelings out of my head. Tomorrow morning I’m going to the park to run in the morning sun. This seems to help me find my zen.

My body took a hit after spending the past few weeks in and out of hospitals with Cass compounded with the lack of sleep.  But I knew how to nip the bug in its bud at the onset of it and thankfully managed to stave off falling sick 🙏

High and low times come into our lives inevitably. We have to learn to embrace them and be more willing to feel the whole spectrum of human emotions and learn to find channels to discharge these negativities that attack our emotions.

Throwback photos:

Taken on one of the days that Cass was hospitalized at Pantai Hospital. Whenever I’m not at home, someone always takes the opportunity to bake and cook!  This time she baked macarons with organic ground almond – her first try and it was not too bad. Macarons are insanely costly at the shops (Ladurée!) and homemade ones are less sweet and we know what goes in.

My early dinner with the hubs after I left Pantai Hospital (and worrying about Cass staying overnight alone), at Red Kettle, my favorite neighborhood fusion cafe tucking into my favorite chicken chop and moreish Portugese egg tart, which is the best in the world!  Good food always put me in a better mood no matter how terrible the day has been.

My brunch at Papparich @ Pantai Hospital on the second day of Cass’ stay in the hospital.

On the day that Cass was admitted to the hospital, we were given a complimentary toiletry set which includes a brand new fleece blanket as well as a booklet of  discount vouchers for use at all the shops, cafes and pharmacy in the hospital. Cass and I grinned from ear to ear when we saw Tealive at Pantai Hospital. We again grinned when we saw a newly opened Tealive and Gloria Jean’s Coffees outside HKL when we were there last week 🤭

Our Sunday dinner yesterday:

Spaghetti aglio e olio with mushrooms, grilled chicken chop, mushroom soup and mashed potato from hubby’s shop.

Whenever there’s spaghetti, my life gets a little easier. Cass will have it for dinner, recess in school and lunch + dinner the next day and then have it again for lunch on the third day. She hardly gets bored of it.


Cass’ recess in school today.



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Waist Trainer For A Smaller Waist

If a waist trainer for women could help you achieve a smaller waist,  you can forget about going for a  painful rib resection or floating rib removal.   Rib removal has gained popularity in the last several years as  wasp waists and hourglass shapes have again become the aesthetic ideal.  While in Victorian fashion this was achieved with laced corsets, today this can be achieved with surgery by removing the “floating” lower ribs, numbers 11 and 12.  The operation, which is irreversible, is usually performed for medical reasons but can be used for cosmetic purposes after extensive consultation.

In Sweden, a 25-year old lady who was inspired by animated characters like Jessica Rabbit, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty and Holli Would from Cool World went under the knife to have some of her ribs removed.  She dreamed of having a super tiny waist, big boobs, big eyes and a really pretty face and having her ribs removed was just another step in achieving that ideal.   The extreme five-hour keyhole surgery operation cost £6,000 and was performed by a plastic surgeon.

The Swedish is not the only figure-obsessed lady who had gone through pains to achieve her dream body. In 2018 a A Barbie-obsessed mum shrunk her waist to a tiny 21 inches prior to a £15k rib removal surgery to achieve the perfect hour-glass figure. The Barbie-fanatic mum spent months eating a strict diet and wore a waist trainer designed to shrink her waistline – for five hours every day. Despite her waist shrinking by a staggering five inches, the 34-year-old wasn’t satisfied and  shrunk her waist by another three inches before the rib removal surgery where six ribs were removed to achieve her mission to look like her doll idol, Barbie 😲

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Now if you could achieve something similar while still looking like a human, why do you have to even consider removing parts of your body?  Products like double belt slimming waist trainer, high waisted shaper shorts and high waist tummy control slimming pants can help women achieve a svelte body, along with a healthy low-carb diet and daily exercise.

 

Waist trainers help you maintain proper posture while you stand and sit because the metal bones in waist trainers make it impossible for you to slouch. They improve your posture by providing the necessary support to your back. Many women and celebrities vouch that they feel more confident when they see the changes in their waistline and posture after wearing waist trainers.

Once you have weighed the benefits and disadvantages and have decided to try waist training, you can browse for the best shapewear at FeelinGirl to find a waist trainer that suits your needs, style, and purposes.

 

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Cassandra’s Appointment With Urologist – 4 Sept 2020

So the urologist’s nurse finally gave me a date to bring Cass to see Dr Susan. We waited for more than 3 months since the MRU procedure on 18 May 2020 to get this appointment with me calling the nurse every week. And if it wasn’t because Cass got a UTI attack two weeks ago, the nurse wouldn’t have given me a date so soon.   I don’t blame her as this is a government hospital with a long list of patients waiting to see Dr Susan, the head of Urology Dept of HKL.  She could get me an appointment to see just any junior urologist but I only want Dr Susan to manage Cass’ complicated issue.   I can see that priority is given to dire needs patients, i.e. those with cancer or other pressing issues.

As usual, we had to ‘camp’ at HKL for almost the entire day just waiting, from 10 a.m. through 3-ish p.m..  Cass is now scheduled to undergo two diagnostic tests before Dr Susan can decide on the next course of action: a cystoscopy (bladder scope) scheduled in November 2020 and a MAG3 scan in December 2020.  Cass will have to be sedated under GA for the cystoscopy.

A renal MAG3 (Mercaptuacetyltriglycine) scan is a diagnostic nuclear medicine test that allows the doctor to see Cass’ kidneys and learn more about how they are functioning.  A radiopharmaceutical called Technetium-99m MAG3 will be injected into one of Cass’ veins. Technetium-99m MAG3 has a tiny amount of radioactive molecules in it. A special camera, called a gamma camera, is used to take pictures of the kidneys once the radiopharmaceutical has been injected.  During the briefing by the radiologist, I was told that after the MAG3 procedure, it’s best to avoid touching Cass as the radioactive materials can be transferred to anyone touching her. She will need to drink loads of water to flush out the radioactive materials.

This is the creepy old building that houses the radiotherapy and oncology unit at HKL.  We had to wait for almost an hour to get a date for the MAG3 scan and for a briefing by the radiologist.

From the specialist clinics building, Cass and I had to walk for about 10 minutes under the drizzle to this building and stopped twice to ask the patrolling police officers for directions. HKL is a very huge place with many buildings for different units. Patients and staff often have to walk from one building to another.  We walked past the A&E of HKL, the creepy place that still gives me nightmares 😱.   If only this congenital issue is covered by our insurer, I’ll choose a private hospital, any time.



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RMCO Day 89 ~ Sunday, 6 September 2020

Today is the eve of Cass’ exam but this brat is as usual super chillax and not at all nervy or hung up 🙄  She’s always been one who’s able to hold her nerve in most situations and that’s the reason why I can leave her alone at the hospital overnight for 3 nights.

Last night she stayed up late to finish up the thank you card for Ms L, her erstwhile class teacher and asked me to bring her to the post box to drop the card.

Then she dragged me to the stationery shop so that she could have her homemade bookmarks laminated. She’s been drawing these bookmarks whenever she had the time. She walked to the stationery shop and told the shop assistant that she wanted her stack of bookmarks laminated without first checking on the cost. When I went into the stationery shop and asked whether she checked the price with the assistant, she said NO 🙄.   The laminating, cutting and smoothening of the edges cost RM7, duh!  I could have bought a stack of bookmarks with RM7! Feeling guilty, she said that she would pay for the laminating herself 😁

Drawn by a true-blue Potterhead:

Hubs has been working at full steam the entire day today with events at a corporate client’s place.  I went to his shop twice to collect extra food for us.

Blimey, what a lot of food!  The girls could have the yummy seafood + mushroom pasta for a few lunches.

In the evening, my good friend B, Whatsapped me whilst she was on the ETS train from Ipoh – KL telling me that she’s got a surprise for me and would be meeting me at my condo at 6:30 p.m.  But a little drama happened at Rawang and the train got stalled and another train had to be summoned to ferry the stranded passengers back to KL. Despite the 2 hours delay, B still dropped by my condo  at night to pass me my favorite mooncakes from the famous Ming Yue Confectionary in Ipoh. I am really touched beyond words and blessed for having such a wonderful friend.  Thank you B 😘

Ming Yue Confectionary in Ipoh sells the cheapest mooncakes without any compromise on the quality and taste.  The assorted nuts mooncake at only RM10 a piece (only RM10!!) is loaded with fresh and crunchy nuts and seeds and not coyly sweet. Every bite is loaded with fresh crunchy nuts!  Perfect for those on keto diet.  If you’re thinking of trying their mooncakes, be prepared to spend at least half an hour to an hour queuing up.



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Cassandra’s Hospitalization (Saturday, 29 Aug – Tuesday, 1 Sept 2020)

For the first time in her life, Cass spent 3 nights alone at the hospital. Much as I would like to stay with her, I have trouble falling asleep on anywhere that’s not a bed, made worse with nurses coming in every two hourly to do their routine temperature check. At 12 midnight every night, Cass had to be given antibiotics infusion via IV. Without quality sleep, it’s difficult to avoid falling sick. Thus I had to make a tough decision to leave my baby girl alone at the hospital. But knowing that she’s at a 5-star hospital with almost 5-star service, I was at peace and assured that she was in good hands.

And being the tough cookie that she’s always been, Cass had no complaint being left along in the hospital. She’s always wanted freedom and not being fussed and babied at just because she has an issue with her health. Finally she had her taste of freedom. And she ended up missing me! Whenever it was time for me to leave the hospital, she would asked if I could stay just a little longer 😂

Cass’ first lunch. Menu would be hand delivered to us every evening for next day’s meals.

The omelette wrap looks simple but it’s pretty tasty, though not salty or oily, befitting a meal for kids in the pediatric ward.

Tuna bolognese pasta:

Our top favorite dish – grilled rosemary chicken chop:

Chicken breast sandwich:

Tuna sandwich:

Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner in bed – something that her OCD mum would never ever allow at home 😁

 

 

My afternoon snacks – my favorite Emping Belinjau chips and  raw sour mango bought from the sundry store and MBG at the hospital:

On the day of her discharge, when we were about to leave the room, Cass told me that she’s going to miss her hospital stay. She missed being pampered, having all her meals in bed and not having to do homework.  She kept turning back to look at the room and said that she’s going to be back.  Knock on wood!!

 

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Cassandra’s Hospitalization ~ Day 3 (Monday, 31 August 2020)

Today is our country’s 63rd National Day celebration and Cass and I are still cooped up in the pediatric ward of Pantai Hospital. She and I, we seem to be always stuck with each other in the hospital from the moment she breathed her first breath 😧. I always have this hunch that in our previous life, we were twins. We even have telepathy over each other.  I actually knew it a few days before she had the latest UTI attack.  My right eye lid twitched and vibrated intensely for a few seconds. It’s kind of scary that I seem to be able to sense premonition about her and my other girls. My eye lids never fail to give me forebodings – 9 out of 10 times. Thus when my eye lid twitches (especially the right one), I always pray for help and try to be super duper paranoia and careful.

This is going to be a short post with more photos to do the talking.  I have to drag my arse off my chair to the bed soon. Tomorrow is going to be a long day.  After dropping off Sherilyn in school in the morning, I have to rush to the hospital to prep for Cass’ discharge.  This is going to take the entire morning. It’s going to be a tense day for me as I am still uncertain if our insurer will approve this claim. I’ll know during discharge tomorrow.  Wish me luck and do pray for me that this hospital stay will be approved by our insurer. It’s going to be a costly bill that includes several blood works, urine culture, several urine tests, ultrasound scan, Covid-19 swab test, PPE suits, costly antibiotics infusion via drips and oral antibiotics. Damn the antibiotics, something that I try so hard to avoid for my girls and myself but alas I have to give in to it.  I also need prayers for Cass to never have another UTI again as each UTI will cause harm to her kidneys. Thus, the moment she felt pain on her  right kidney, I stopped home remedies and brought her to the hospital.

On day 1 (Saturday) at Pantai Hospital’s A&E where we spent the entire morning through afternoon there:

Cass got her wish of having a huge Subway sandwich for lunch (grilled chicken breast) – something that I always feel reluctant to buy as I can easily prep this for her at home, except that I can’t find Subway kind of foot long buns.

Blood and urine samples were taken at the A&E too. No need to run to another block this time.  Even my credit card was swiped at the A&E vs. at the Admission & Discharge Department in previous times.

Covid rapid antigen nose swab as part of pre admission SOP was done at the A&E too.  For this procedure,  the long wire-like apparatus that’s shoved into your nostril is enough to make even the burliest of dude to have cold feet but this fella laughed after the 3-second procedure, albeit teary eyed from the discomfort, making the nurse and I laugh too. She’s a real trooper, trained from infant to endure all these pricking and prodding.  Cass had a long nasal tube inserted from her nostril into her throat without sedation during her stay at GMC Penang when she was 13 months old. I still shudder each time I have flash back of her going into a shock when the nurse inserted the nasal tube into her nostril.

See the PPE suits that the nurses donned on? The cost of the PPE will be included into our bill.  All the doctors, nurses and radiologist who attended to Cass had to don on PPE suits and these will be added to our bill 😭

Our room on the 5th floor: 

Though it’s a double bed room, we get to have the entire room to ourselves as there isn’t any other patient occupying that bed. I’m not allowed to sleep on the vacant bed though.

We were given a complimentary toiletry set and brand new fleece blanket in baby blue. We thought that the blanket is the hospital’s but today when Cass dropped a piece of chicken chop on it and I passed it to the nurse to send it to the laundry, I was told that it’s complimentary as well.  Very nice! Wait till the bill comes!

Ultrasound scan of her kidneys and urinary tract. Thank God there was no sign of inflammation of the kidneys. What a tensed moment for me waiting for the procedure to be over before I asked the radiologist the condition of Cass’ kidneys. Renal function blood test was done too and it’s A-OK as well.  PTL!

With such excellent services, friendly and helpful staff, clean room and toilet and not forgetting the airline-like food that we get to choose from a menu brought to us personally by a staff, I am very certain that the bill will run up to at least RM6k!  Dear God, please let our insurer absorb 90% of the hospital bill  🤞🙏

To be continued soon…

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Cassandra is Hospitalized

Hi all!  I just got back from the hospital. Cass has to be hospitalized for UTI.  Her pediatrician is extra careful with her whenever she has a UTI attack as she’s got a right duplex kidney and had Grade III Kidney Reflux. He’s very cautious over the bacteria traveling up to her kidneys and scarring them. Thus each time Cass has a UTI with pain on the right kidney, he will order for her to be hospitalized with antibiotics infusion via IV.

It’s 11:10 p.m. now and I’ve got to force myself to my bedroom and force myself to get some sleep, though I’ll be worrying about Cass alone in the hospital by herself. It’s her first time sleeping alone in a foreign place without anyone of us with her.  But I trust that she’s in good hands at a 5-star hospital with 5-star service.  And I’m praying hard that the fever will break by tomorrow and she can be discharged by Monday.  Also praying hard that our insurer will approve this claim, else it’s going to be a BIG OUCH to our hearts and pockets 😭.

To be continued with more stories and photos as soon as I have the time to sit down in front of my PC again.

 

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Hosting A Golf Tournament

If you are looking to host an event for charity that includes community involvement, you want to consider doing some type of golf tournament. Many people will take the time to volunteer for it and attend. It’s also something that many people can have fun doing and is fit for all ages. Hosting a tournament allows you to reach out to several people far and wide. Here are a few things you need to prepare for in order to make it a success.

Location

You should find a good spot that allows people from all over to attend. A nice course can get even more interested in attending. If you let the owner know your situation, they may offer you a special rate or give you some discounts that can help with the funds for your charity.

Celebration

The more people that enter, the better flexibility you have with prizes. You can make different levels and sections for people to register in, and you can have various contests for things like the longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the hole. Prizes could include things like golf tournament trophies, cash, or golfing equipment.

Promotion

You should be promoting your event as much as you can. Put ads on the radio, in the newspaper, and on tv. If you can get a popular speaker or celebrity to come, that could really help get the word out too. Try and pick a good time of year to do it. Choosing a weekend that isn’t a holiday is smart so more people will be available to come.

Information

Have plenty of information about the charity you are supporting. People can take pamphlets and cards so they can learn more. You want the event to inspire others to join you in fighting for the cause. The activities are great, but make sure you are flooding the event with resources that show people what it’s really all about.

Hosting a golf tournament for a charity is a great way to raise money. You can help inspire others to join you in your fight while having fun playing the game.

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7 Modern Updates for Your Home

Your home’s design should spark joy and comfort, as well as offering an easy-to-manage environment that doesn’t get on top of you. Modern design is popular for this reason, as it creates a more open, updated, and manageable space, as well as introducing updated aspects that make everything a little easier than it used to be.

Here are 7 great modern updates you can introduce to your home, any time.

1.  Smart Technology
No modern home would be complete without smart technology. Smart tech has fast taken over almost every aspect of the home. Consider:

i.    A smart security system, such as cameras or a video doorbell
ii.   Smart heating to more easily control your home’s temperature
iii.  Smart lighting, to control your home lights from anywhere
iv.  Smart voice technology, so you can control your home simply with your voice

2. LED Lighting
Modern and sleek lighting design for your home should include LED options. LEDs are flexible for any room of your home, meaning you can alternate design depending on the room. You may want brighter LED strip lighting for the kitchen or under cabinets, and you may want bright overhead LEDs for your living space. LEDs are versatile lighting options.

3. Open Plan Living
For more open and modern living, try embracing an open plan. If you already have the space to work with, then ensure that your design between kitchen and living space is consistent and works well as a complete picture. If you don’t already have an open plan, you can consider knocking down a wall if you’re able, or else trying to create a more fluid living situation, like switching rooms around so that the living space is directly next to the kitchen (and taking off the door from the frame is always an option).

4. Sleek Kitchen Cabinets
Eliminate any old-fashioned cabinets with period features like antique handles and update your kitchen cabinets to a simple, bright design. You may want to replace old cabinets with soft push-to-open designs to get rid of handles altogether.

5. A More Modern Fireplace
If you enjoy having a fireplace, but want to eliminate the traditional or period design, you can always update to a wall-mounted or inbuilt electric fireplace, to complement the sleek and modern design of your home while still being able to enjoy the warmth of a cozy fire. Companies like stonewoods.co.uk provide a variety of modern fireplace designs, suited for any home.

6. Switch to Minimalism
Avoid outdated clutter altogether and switch to minimalist living, so that you can have a bright and open space which only uses the basics of modern design features so that your home feels clear and fresh.

7. Modern Art
Introduce modern art to your living space to give it that edge. Bold and geometric shapes can add a more modern touch, and think plainer art pieces in black and white rather than extensive and colorful canvases or portraits.

Whether you’ve always been a lover of a more modern design scheme, or whether you would like to switch and try something new, these 7 modern updates are must-haves for your home.

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How to Avoid Getting Sick

It’s safe to say that no one likes being sick. Being under the weather usually involves missing work or school and having to cancel plans with friends, not to mention all of the nasty symptoms and potential long-term health consequences that accompany various illnesses. Contracting an illness is unavoidable in many cases, but adhering to the following guidelines will increase your chances of staying healthy.

Get Enough Sleep
Studies have shown that the vast majority of adults require seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to keep our immune systems in optimal condition. Skimping on sleep weakens the body’s natural defense system and makes it more susceptible to infection. Warding off sickness isn’t the only reason to get a healthy amount of sleep: sleep-deprived people have difficulty with concentration and memory, and lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain.

Man sleeping

Stay Away from Sick People
Since many diseases are contagious, a good way to avoid contracting one is to stay away from anyone who admits to feeling sick or shows symptoms. In addition to catching an illness from the respiratory droplets of an infected person, it is also very easy to get sick by touching something that an infected person recently touched. Avoid germ-covered objects for a fighting chance at staying sickness-free.

Eat a Healthy Diet
Food is fuel, and giving your body high-quality fuel is one of the best ways to make sure that it operates efficiently and is unlikely to succumb to any particular sickness. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains are important parts of a well-balanced diet. When in doubt, try to include as many different colors on your plate during any given meal as possible. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional sweet treat, but it is best to keep highly processed and sugary desserts to a minimum.

Fresh & Colorful Fruits and Vegetables Free Stock Photo

Keep Yourself Hydrated
The human body is composed of up to 60% water, and drinking several glasses a day keeps all of the body’s internal processes running smoothly. If you do manage to come into contact with an illness-causing virus or bacteria, you will be able to fight it off much more effectively if your body is well-hydrated. Try carrying a water bottle with you or keeping a full glass of water by your side to make it easy and convenient to drink throughout the day.

Getting sick is never fun, but there are many ways to be proactive and stave off illness. Try to take steps each day to improve both your physical and mental health, and both your body and your mind will thank you in the long run.

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RMCO Day 76 – 79 (24 – 27 August 2020) ~ Random Updates

I love the colors of sunrise – the cheery scattering colors of apricot, pink, blue, grey and white splashed across the crack of dawn.  I know I’ve posted many similar pictures of sunrise in my blogs and I am still going to post more as I can never get enough of it.   If I could capture the most beautiful sunrise, only then, will I stop capturing them. Every sunrise gives me a brand new hope of a new beginning and a new ending to bad events and memories.

Sunrise on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 @ 6:55 a.m.

Sunrise on Thursday, 27 August 2020 @ 6:45 a.m.

If you look hard enough, you will see that KL Tower is illuminated in the colours of the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysia flag) in commemoration of our country’s upcoming Independence Day.

Cass is down with a mild UTI attack since Sunday and I’m self-treating her at home. I’m praying very hard that the pesky bacteria will not get a chance to travel up to her kidneys.  Thus, Cass has to follow my strict anti-UTI regimen. If she gets high fever with pain on her kidneys, then she has to be hospitalized.

A very meaty lunch on Monday with hubs.  Totally not my kind of lunch with an overload of protein, though I’m on a low-carb diet. My perfect kind of meal would be 70% vegetables, 10% carbs and 20% meat. As I get older, I find that my body cannot stomach too much meat or food for that matter. I find that I can still stay healthy with the bare minimum of food and lots of clear fluids.

Our edible garden on a squeezy balcony:

If you’re an avid edible garden planter, you’ll see that we have spring onions, sand ginger, Thai purple basil, stink grass (good for body detox and actually smells great), Malabar purple spinach and Chinese celery.  The spring onions are planted from purple onions, Malabar purple spinach from stems and Chinese celery from the root end  of the bunch after we ate the top part. So do not discard your vegetable stems and kitchen scraps.  They can be regrown into beautiful organic vegetables.  Everyday kitchen scraps from vegetables can be turned into new ones very quickly that even apartment-dwellers can do, and it’s a good way to teach kids about where food comes from.  We use organic soil and use kitchen scraps (egg shells, fruit peels, unwanted fruits, etc) as organic fertilizer.



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Importance Of Having Good Kitchen Knives

To dish out a good meal, you need three things: fresh ingredients, cooking techniques, and a few good cooking tools. Having the right equipment helps the cook to execute the job more efficiently. Whether it’s a frying pan, wok or a set of great kitchen knives, great kitchenware makes cooking a joy.

What I really need in the kitchen to help me dish out a mean meal for my family is a good frying pan/wok and a set of sharp knives.  I am very particular with my pairing knife and chef’s knife as I use them daily to cut fruits, chop vegetables and julienne onions, garlic and root vegetables.

Most well equipped kitchens have a handful of knives for different purposes. But if you are just getting started, a good chef’s knife is where you want to begin. For almost every job, a good chef’s knife will nearly always do the trick.  A sharp knife does a better job of cutting or slicing food, which is obvious enough, but it also lets you work faster and safer.

If you’re a parent who enjoys cooking healthy meals for your loved ones, you will agree that a good set of kitchen knifes really helps get the job done in a breeze.  A good and sharp knife from Tuo Cutlery helps you to slice meat and vegetables into consistent size and thickness effortlessly. It gives you more control over the knife with less slippage.  The Fiery Phoenix series of knives from Tuo Cutlery were selected as one of the world’s best kitchen knives by wiki.ezvid.com.

A modern chef’s knife is a multi-purpose knife designed to perform well at many differing kitchen tasks, rather than excelling at any one in particular. It can be used for mincing, slicing, and chopping vegetables, slicing meat, and disjointing large cuts.

Your knife can be made with the best steel in the world, but if the knife isn’t comfortable to hold, you won’t use it. Some knife handles may even cause blisters on the hand.  A good knife will feel balanced in your hand and holding the handle will feel comfortable.

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RMCO Day 76 ~ Monday, 24 August 2020

Today is the last day of the school holidays and Cass has a farewell party to attend at Galactic Laser @ Sunway Pyramid. It’s also 7 more days to her school exam but she is still as cool as a cucumber.

One of Cass’ besties since she was 8 years old, D’s last day at the Chinese primary school is end of August, after which she will be going to an international school to start Year 7.   D also invited Miss L, the kids’ favorite class teacher since they were 8 years olds, to the farewell party as it’s also Miss L’s last few days in the school. She will be promoted and transferred to another school.

D’s parents booked the entire floor at Galactic Laser for D and her 14 classmates entirely to themselves to avoid sharing it with other users, for safety reasons during this pandemic that is still far from over. The kids also had frequent breaks where they were sanitized.  The laser party started at 10 a.m. and lasted for 3 hours, after which there was lunch.  After I dropped off Cass at Galactic Laser and chatted with the other kids’ parents, I joined hubs, mil and Sherilyn at Ippudo for lunch.

After brunch Sherilyn and I walked almost the entire Sunway Pyramid for 2 hours to shop and clocked in over 8k steps before we went back to Galactic Laser to pick up Cass  👍 🏃‍♀️.

Cass with her classmates who grew up with her since they were 7 year olds. Most of them remained in the same class throughout their 6 years at the Chinese primary school. Miss L (on Cass’ right) was their class teacher from Standard 2 through Standard 4.  The kids dot on Miss L and are terribly sad that she will be leaving the school.  The cute boy in blue tee on the far right is the top student, very bright and a gifted pianist. He shares the same birthday as Cass.

Cass may never see most of her friends again after they graduate from primary school this year end as they will all be going to different schools. Some of them will be going to international schools and many of them have applied to the same Chinese Independent High School as Cass.   So if Cass passes the entrance test, she may still see some of her friends, though it’s going to be tough as the school is very, very  huge and they may be placed in different classes on different blocks. I wish that these kids will keep in touch with each other via social media and hopefully they will still be friends with each other 40 years later.  I still keep in touch with my pre-school friends after over 40 years! 🥰

 

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RMCO Day 72 ~ Thursday, 20 August 2020

It’s a public holiday as well as first day of school holidays today. I planned to sloth around at home and not go anywhere because the thought of going to the mall ain’t that exciting anymore. The thought of having to be in my stuffy face mask for the entire time at the mall, having to get my temperature screened, having to check in myself via the MySejahtera app each time I enter a store, choke and chafe the skin on my hands with umpteen rounds of alcohol hand sanitizer just turns me off.  And the thought of having to queue up for 15 minutes to enter a store just to get one item and queue for another 10 minutes just to pay puts me off.  I rather stay home and be safe!  But Sherilyn had a list of stuff to buy for her school’s RBT projects, the marks of which will be included in her final exam.  The marks will determine which class she’ll go to next year (Form 4).   So the whole jingbang of us tagged along to Mid Valley Megamall at 10 a.m.  Fortunately traffic into the mall was a breeze and finding a place to park was quick too.

Brunch was at Canton-I.

Hit by the Korean Wave aka K Culture,  Alycia was dressed up in a Korean style checker jacket with a Korean made face mask (made with Aerosilver anti-bacterial fabric) 🤭  I bought the face mask from Shopee and it’s SO comfy!

After brunch, Alycia and I did some shopping together, whilst Cass went to the bookstore with grandma. It’s been years since we last did shopping together, just the both of us.  I treated my big baby to all her favorite drinks – Tealive classic milk tea with grass jelly and Yomie’s purple rice yoghurt, both with less sugar. And grandma treated Cass to Dunkin’ Donuts, something that I rarely buy for the girls. Sherilyn had lunch with her classmates and then hunted for their project items together.  Have I told you that I’m now hooked on Yomie’s purple rice yoghurt? The chewy and flavorful purple rice seems to blend in so perfectly well with the yoghurt and it’s really addictive too! 😋



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