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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Kick-ass Kickboxing Girls

Alycia and Sherilyn are both attending kickboxing and Muay Thai classes  now.  They love it! Well, my girls are not really girls. They prefer to indulge in boys’ stuff.  When Alycia was about 7 or 8 years old, she was obsessed with Ultraman, guns and Doraemon and then progressed to something called One Piece figures (some figurines on fighters).

Once upon a time when she was 4 years old, Alycia joined ballet but quit after just a year.  Prancing and bunny hopping in pointy toes while donning on cute little pink tutus  just ain’t her jam.  She does not even like to have long hair. Instead, I recently found out that she likes B-boy dance. I have not even heard of such a dance in my 45 years!  B-boy dance is a kind of breakdance 😱

And fighting? It’s right up her alley!

Though she comes back from school at 5 p.m., goes for tennis lesson for half an hour from 5:30 – 6 pm, then proceeds to the gym for another half an hour, she still has the energy left for 1.5 hours of kickboxing or Muay Thai at night.

I thought that the coach will be gentler on girls but hell no. The exercises are really rigorous and exhausting, as if they are in some kind of boot camp.  When I fetch the girls after their martial arts classes, they are always soaked to their bones in sweat. And the next morning, I see AcuStop plasters pasted on their legs! They get body aches all over but not a word of complaint do they utter to me.

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Goodbye 2018, Welcome 2019!

It’s the last day of 2018 already? I can’t believe how fast the year zoomed past us like a bullet train.  Time is really like a thief!  How I wish I could freeze all those good times.  This year has been pretty good to me and my family. Health-wise, all started well until the very end. I am now down with flu, a bad throat, a throbbing head and lost my voice. Throw in an eye flu (Conjunctivitis caused by the flu) today and I am quite down and out. We were supposed to meet up with our besties again in Klang for seafood dinner but we’re going to have to be stuck in our neighborhood, having a simple dinner (with no fried, spicy and oily stuff) at our usual tai-chow Chinese restaurant.  The birthday boy bought Musang King durian last night to treat himself and all I could do was to watch everyone in the house savoring and licking the fruit 😷

All I want to do now is to climb into my bed, do nothing but have an uninterrupted sleep until 8 tomorrow morning. Forget about counting down and all the merriment welcoming the new year. Sleep is all I need now to heal. Tomorrow will be the last day  I get to sleep in.

I am glad that school is starting again. My exercise regimen resumes and I get back my sanity and my me-time at home when the girls are in school. The only thing I miss about school holidays is my 2-3 hours extra sleep each day.

Today I took the big girl for an eleventh-hour hair cut, then the both of us had Korean again for lunch. We had dinner at the same restaurant 3 nights ago, with my parents. This girl can never get bored of K-food, K-pop and everything K.   While she digs into her Kimchi, I had steamed egg in claypot and downed a bottle of green smoothie.

I saw this cute little New Year note on Facebook  today and thought I’d share it with you (edited):

To all my lovely blog readers,

The Boarding on Flight 2019 has been announced!  Hope you have checked in only the best souvenirs from 2018 in your luggage?

The BAD and SAD moments if carried, must be thrown away in the garbage on arrival!

The flight will be for 12 months long.  So, loosen your seat belts, jingle and mingle.

The stop-overs will be :

Health,
Love,
Joy,
Harmony,
Well-being
Peace.

Refueling will be at
👍Giving
👍Sharing
👍Caring
👍Forgiveness

The Captain (God) offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight…….

 Cocktail of Friendship,
 Supreme of Health,
 Grating of Prosperity,
 Bowl of Excellent News
 Salad of Success,
 Cake of Happiness,

All accompanied by bursts of laughter…
But remember, you will enjoy these meals and the journey better if you talk, share, smile and laugh together. Sitting silent and sullen will make the flight seem longer.

Wishing you and your family 👪 an enjoyable trip on board of flight 2019…..

💥💫💃🏃👫💑👯💖💌💍🌊🌈🌁🌴🌹🌷🍀

Before the Flight 2018 ends,
Allow me to thank each and every one of you reader who takes the time to drop by my blogs, whether it’s just for a minute or a few seconds just to catch up on the happenings in my life, whether it’s just once a week or month. The fact that you checked on my blogs makes me feel loved. It makes the maintenance of my 11-year old triplet blogs all worthwhile.

I hope that you all will be blessed with an awesome and healthy year ahead.
😘😍💝🎁🎊🎉🎈

Love and joy,
Health Freak Mommy
xoxo

 

 

 

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Sick Week

This week has been a rough week for me. It first started with Alycia falling sick on Tuesday. She hardly gets fever these days but this time the temperature shot up to 41.3C with chills, a chesty cough and a throbbingly painful migraine that came in waves. The hubs and mil were pressing me (again!) to bring her to the doctor to rule out dengue fever. Each time the girls are down with fever, I get harassed to bring them to the doctor but I stuck to my guns. I told them that a dengue test would only be effective more than 4 days after the symptoms appear. But to quell their worries as well as mine since her temperature was above 41C, I bought a pack of Panadol and gave Alycia two capsules on the first day and one capsule on the second day.

On the second day when the fever did not subside and Alycia had migraine attacks that came in waves causing her so much discomfort (she was crouching on her bed in pain), I whipped out my Young Living essential oils and did a Raindrop Technique massage on her feet and back (spine). I used peppermint and Thieves. I did this thrice a day. Alycia also drank many packets of Izumio hydrogen water and chewed on raw Indian Borage (good for relieving cough and phlegm) and mint leaves from our little balcony garden.  Alycia was reluctant to chew on the  leaves but I gave her the choice of ‘leaves or antibiotics’?  She obediently chewed on the leaves twice a day.

On the third day, the day that I was supposed to bring Alycia to the hospital should the fever and migraine persisted, she woke up at 7 a.m. and happily announced that she’s all well already. Praise God!!


My signature ‘ice cap’ on Alycia’s head. Cass swears by the ‘ice cap’ to bring down fever. It’s a frozen wet hanky that I put on her head whenever she has fever.

But the bug seemed to have bitten Sherilyn on the day that Alycia got well.

Sherilyn had similar symptoms of fever, headache and felt nauseous the whole day. She slept on the daybed the whole day and wrapped her body with a thick sweater and blanket. I had to  force her to drink liquid (water, Izumio and barley) and even had to drag her up from the couch to eat some fruits and take her shower.  It’s such a different experience nursing Alycia and Sherilyn.  Alycia listened to everything that I said like a patient to a nurse while the Drama Queen just lay on the daybed in such ‘dramatic’ fashion the entire day.

I administered the Raindrop Technique on Sherilyn too, with Peppermint, Oregano and Thieves essential oil from  Young Living.  Thankfully she got better just the next day. Today (day 3) she even went for tuition in the morning and Taekwondo in the afternoon, albeit feeling less energetic than usual with a mild headache.

Cass and I are worried that we may be the next to be down with fever and we’ve been popping 3 caps of Super Lutein everyday to prep our body to fight off the bugs.

When it rains, it pours hard. In the midst of nursing two sick kittens back to good health, I banged my head hard on our marble dining table while squatting down to mop the floor and pick up the food crumbs that some people dropped on the floor conveniently!  There’s a bump on my head now.  🤕

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Two Teeth Extracted

After a wait of five months for all her major exams to be over, Alycia finally had the first two (of four!) of her teeth extracted  yesterday. For aesthetics / braces purpose. It was a walk in the park for her.  Praise the Lord!! But her mum was a nervous wreck.  I did not even had the guts to watch the whole process of the dentist yanking off the 2 good teeth. I walked out and chilled on my smartphone after the dentist administered the numbing spray on her gums 🤦‍♀️

Perhaps it was the 3 weeks nightmarish stay in the hospital with Cass 9.5 years ago when she was 13 months old that created the phobia in me of watching my own child being handled by a doctor. I can’t bear to watch them being in pain.  I’ll never forget that freezing rainy night in mid May 2009 when Cass was rushed to the Procedures Room at Gleneagles Medical Centre, Penang for a nasal tube to be inserted from her nostrils right into her throat without any sedative — twice not once.  The nurse screwed up the first time and had to call the surgeon back to the hospital to perform a second insertion.  The shock, pain and trauma on Cass’ face were just too much to bear for me. She was shivering in pain and fear;  immediately she ran a temperature and I had to climb onto the baby cot, contort my body  to be next to her to soothe her the entire night.

Anyway, back to my brave Miss Cool Cucumber.

The mil cooked a big pot of dried scallop + sweet potato porridge so that Alycia could swallow down her dinner but this stubborn girl who loathes porridge sulked at the sight of the porridge when she came home from school 🤢

But I enjoyed the porridge with ‘Tau Kok Lup’. I mixed a teaspoon of Marmite into my porridge and savored it with the ‘Tau Kok Lup’.  I could down bowls of plain porridge with just Marmite or Bovril when I was a little girl. It’s  a comfort food that’s cheap yet yummo.

It was totally unexpected that Alycia felt little to no pain when the dentist gave her the LA jab before the two teeth were extracted. Even after the LA wore off, she felt no pain other than the annoying numbness on her lips and mouth.

When everything was over, I asked Alycia if she was scared, she said “why should I be? My friends said no pain at all!”

Wow! I can’t believe her bravery. I would have been quivering throughout the procedure.

Alycia even wanted all 4 teeth extracted at once so that she only needed to go through the pain once like what her friends did but our trusted dentist advised against it.

The remaining two teeth will be extracted one month from yesterday. Hopefully the second extraction will be a painless experience again!

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Martial Arts Lessons For Drama Queen and Alycia


Drama Queen has been learning taekwondo since the beginning of the year at her high school. She is now doing yellow belt. Her lessons are held once a week on Saturday mornings and she loves taekwondo.

But I am not too happy with the coach.  I think he lacks integrity and is not forthcoming with me at all.

When I first signed up DQ for taekwondo, I called the coach to inquire about the class.  He did not reveal to me that the class will be held in a school in Puchong at least once (sometimes twice) a month.  And he did not inform me that all the grading will be done in the Puchong school too. The distance from our house to where the Puchong school is located is about 40 km, both ways.  When the coach kept informing DQ that classes will be held in Puchong, the hubs and I got terribly pissed.  It  would take us 3 hours to bring DQ to the school and back home. We will have to sit and wait for her at the school instead of driving all the way back home and then go out again to fetch her back.  Had I known from the start that classes will be held in Puchong at least once or twice  a month, I would definitely not have signed DQ up for the class. Hell no. I have no such leisure time on Saturdays to drive an hour to and fro Puchong when I have other places to chauffeur Alycia and Cass to.

About 2 months ago, the coach started to cut short the training time from 1.5 hours to 1 hour.  When I Whatsapp-ed him to ask why and whether there would be a fee reduction, he said NO.  He freaking said NO and the reason was since this school has very few students, he will soon stop teaching there and only concentrate in the class in the Puchong school. What?!  So is this why he deliberately cut short the time so that the students will quit?  Why didn’t he tell me that earlier?  I was so pissed that I gave him a piece of my mind and I decided instantly that I will pull DQ out of his class.

A week later, when DQ told her school teacher that she is quitting taekwondo, the teacher called the coach and asked him if it’s true that he will soon stop teaching taekwondo in the school. I was shocked when DQ told me that the coach told the teacher that DQ and I got the wrong information from him~ he was still going to teach taekwondo in the school. What a liar he is!! I told DQ to show her teacher my Whatsapp messages with the coach.

What kind of coach is this with no integrity? This is totally unacceptable to me and I wouldn’t want such a coach to be training my child.

I spent the past few days during the school holidays looking for another taekwondo coach for DQ.  I called about 3 coaches and finally found one at a gym at our neighborhood.  The gym wasn’t my first choice as the fee is the most expensive at RM150 a month (vs. RM30 and RM80 at other schools). But this gym is the only place that offers taekwondo lesson at a day and time that fit into DQ’s busy schedule.  PLUS at RM150, I can choose two other types of martial arts for her. Bonus!  My DQ is so happy when I told her that she could learn two other types of martial arts besides taekwondo. I made all the payment and registration fee to the gym on Saturday for DQ.

So starting from tomorrow,  DQ will be learning Muay Thai and kickboxing (if she has the time for kickboxing) on top of taekwondo!  When the big girl found out that her sister will be learning three types of martial arts, she wanted to learn martial arts too! But Alycia will only start the classes after her PT3 and UEC exams in November.   Alycia will be learning Muay Thai, kickboxing and Ninjitsu.

So don’t mess with these two girls. They will soon be Muay Thai, kickboxing, Ninjitsu and taekwondo fighters! 🥋  🏆 🥇  I think spending some $$ on these two girls for them to learn self defense is way better than seeing them having their eyes and hands glued to their devices. I think it is a good survival skill to acquire too.

Lastly, have I mentioned that DQ is also taking lyrical jazz classes? She started last month  💃🏾  Will she be a baker, chef, dancer or a martial arts coach in future? She tells me none of these. I’ll see…

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Someone Almost Burnt Down The Condo

Alycia, the princess with royal fingers hardly does chores in the kitchen, much less cook or even reheat food in the microwave oven and wok. When she needs her food reheated, she gets my help, her grandma or Drama Queen.

On Saturday upon return from school, Alycia decided to reheat a pau (taken out from the fridge) in the microwave oven. I was at the piano class with Cass. The mil was in the bathroom and Drama Queen was busy working on the sound and effects on my PC for her school’s English drama competition.

A few minutes after I had stepped inside the house, Drama Queen nonchalantly commented that she smelled something burnt. I scampered to the kitchen and holy cow, there was a lot of smoke coming out from the microwave oven! I screamed “the microwave is on fire” and seconds later, the smoke detector beeped deafeningly. Alycia acted super quickly and ran to turn off the switch to the microwave oven. By now, the entire kitchen was blanketed in choking smoke.

We were all shocked and asked what happened.  Alycia explained that she was only reheating a pau in the microwave oven and the first question I asked was “how long already?!”  as she was at the dining table hooked to her mobile phone!

See, see, seeeeee!  Mobile phone again. It’s killing you my dear Alycia!

Drama Queen countered and informed me that the pau was in the microwave oven for at least 15 minutes already.

15 minutes on high in the microwave oven for a pau is a LONG time!  I normally reheat it for a few seconds with a few sprinkles of water on the pau.

O.M.G.!!

Thank God the microwave oven did not explode. Thank God we didn’t burn down the entire apartment, just like the Grenfell Apartment fire tragedy.

Thank God I got home just in the nick of time and everyone is saved.  In accidents, every second counts. Every split second matters. Even a microsecond saved can  prevent fatality.

Below: Alycia removing the smoke detector while Kakak Maria looks on. She was  busy helping to fry fish, totally oblivious to the commotion in the dry kitchen.

Below: the aftermath of the near miss fire~ pau retrieved from the microwave oven. Thank God again that the bowl and plate did not break, catch fire and explode in the microwave oven.  The microwave oven isn’t damaged at all, praise God!

But the entire kitchen had a very nasty smoke / burnt smell.  I had to spray the kitchen many rounds with my homemade air freshener to clear the air and remove the odor. I wouldn’t want to spray air fresheners laden with harsh chemicals in my house, especially in the kitchen where food, cups and cutlery are everywhere.  My homemade air freshener is all-natural and made with organic essential oils and water only.

I hope Alycia has learned a lesson out of this chilling experience.

 

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Alycia On Braces – Day 4

On day 4, Alycia was still on a fasting mode. She didn’t have the mood to eat anything, though her tummy was rumbling like crazy.  She was already sick of eating yoghurt, mashed avocado and fruit smoothies. She was drooling on Drama Queen’s homemade lemon pie but it was another ‘see but can’t eat’ case.  Everyone felt so bad for her.

When we went to the shopping mall in the evening, we chose Canton-I for dinner so that Alycia could eat porridge. But she wasn’t interested in porridge. She hates it. That’s the worst food in the whole world for this girl, though when she was a toddler, she loved her porridge.  She would bemoan and whine each time she eats porridge now.

At Canton-I, when the porridge arrived, we had to force the porridge down Alycia’s throat, literally. She looked glum with the bowl of porridge in front of her  🤐 What was on this girl’s mind was the shop next door that sells Japanese shaved ice desserts! Throughout our dinner at Canton-I, Alycia kept asking when she could have shaved ice, just like a little girl whining and pestering her parents for something 😂 After a quick dinner, we segued a few doors away to Kakigori to satiate Alycia’s craving for Japanese shaved ice while the hubs and mil continued with their dinner at Canton-I.

And so this was Alycia’s actual dinner on Braces Day 4 ~ a bowl of very refreshing Elderberry & Elder Flower Espuma:

The shaved ice dessert  wasn’t cloy sweet but very mildly sweetened with fruit juice topped with espuma (froth) ~ all natural ingredients and well-curated, which justifies why it has a price tag of RM19.

When I expressed shock that I had to pay RM19 for a bowl of shaved ice, Alycia quipped  that RM19 is for her breakfast, lunch and dinner ~ all in one bowl.  Very clever answer 🙄

Kakigori’s Elderberry & Elder Flower Espuma is a new flavour on shaved ice series. The generous portion of shaved ice (each bowl) is big enough to be shared across 2-3 persons. A whole mountain of shaved ice is filled with elderberry syrup all over with a thick layer of Espuma added as topping.  It tastes exactly like having a chilled wild berry yoghurt which gives kicks of sweet and sour berry flavours.  As you venture further into the shaved ice, there will be a little surprise awaiting (chunks of cheese) which  enhances the overall flavour and experience.

As I was rushing off to Uniqlo and Daiso to get some stuff, I left Alycia and Drama Queen at the cafe to enjoy the dessert.  But I will definitely be back at Kakigori with the girls to try other whimsical items from their exciting menu soon, perhaps at the next school holidays.

Kakigori
LG-201A, Lower Ground,
The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City,
Kuala Lumpur
* Beside Jaya Grocer and few doors away from Canton-I restaurant

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Alycia On Braces ~ Day 1 – 4 (20 – 24 June 2018)

Alycia’s B day on 20 June turned out very smoothly. The dentist told us that it would take approximately 1.5 hours for the braces to be fixed but it was completed within an hour. 🙏

While the dentist was working on Alycia’s teeth, I chatted with his wife and later learned that both their children are ASEAN scholars and now studying dentistry.

The procedure looked daunting to me but Miss Cool Cucumber braved through it calmly. I was the one who was feeling anxious and nervous the whole day 🤪 Hopefully Alycia will brave through the 4 teeth extraction just as calmly too when the time comes!

I offered to cook porridge for the girl but she refused; she hates porridge. She ordered ‘yee mee’ and her wish was my command, she had ‘yee mee’ with minced pork and egg sauce for dinner. I offered to cut up the noodles but she rejected my offer too. She said blended and cut up food looks disgusting. Oh well, let’s see! Her first dinner was still A-OK but not the next…

The next day, Alycia could hardly bite onto any solid food. Not even soft bread. She had mashed avocado, yoghurt and homemade Korean vinegar ice lolly (with cut kiwi and Japanese jelly) for her meals the whole day. Drama Queen made smoothie (mango + banana + orange) for her che che.   I stocked up my fridge with many cups of yoghurt as that’s the only food that she could and wants to eat.  Alycia still refused porridge or soup with rice.

On day 2 and 3, Alycia finally succumbed to porridge and I quickly went out to get her some yummo porridge. But seeing Alycia eat porridge is a torture both for her and me 🤢 She was just swallowing it down her throat, and quietly whining away not because of the pain but how much she hates to eat porridge.

Alycia is definitely going to lose some weight as she’s eating so little  since the day the braces was put up. Tonight we will be going to the mall for dinner and for another round of book-shopping. It looks definite that we will have to choose a Chinese restaurant that serves porridge or soup. Whether Alycia likes it or not, she will have to pinch her nose and swallow down her food coz she will be going back to school on Monday and she needs the energy.  She looked pretty weak and pale yesterday and kept complaining of being hangry but not being able to eat anything except yoghurt (which she has started to get sick of).  All in all, despite the discomfort when she eats, Alycia is taking it all in her stride. She is still going to the gym, tennis lessons, visiting relatives, chatting and laughing, albeit laughing is yet another annoyance which she is still trying to overcome.  Soon when the foreign object/braces is well accepted by Alycia’s mouth, she will be able to eat everything again and she can’t wait for the day to come when she can eat chocolate, biscuits, crabs and all her favorite food again.

 

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Braces For Alycia

On the first day of the school holidays last Monday, I brought Alycia and Drama Queen to the dentist to have their teeth assessed for braces.

An X-ray of their jaw / teeth was taken before the dentist can confirm if it’s a green light or yellow light for the girls.

Alycia would require 4 of her primolar extracted (OUCCCCCH!!!!!). Honestly, I really wish that Alycia doesn’t have to go through so much pain to have perfectly aligned teeth to look prettier.

When I was Alycia’s age, mum gave me the option to choose whether I wanted my 4 teeth extracted and wear braces or live with having a Snaggletooth (aka vampire tooth). I chose the latter.  I have a low pain threshold and at that time, having a Snaggletooth was the beauty trend in Japan and many Japanese girls went through pain just to have a Snaggletooth attached!

The X-ray and scaling for Alycia and Drama Queen cost RM740!  We will have to pay RM2,500 for Alycia’s braces tomorrow and thereafter RM200 each month for about 24 months.  The cost for the braces for each child costs RM6,500 excluding cost of X-ray and other miscellaneous charges 😓

Alycia’s appointment with the dentist to have the braces fixed is tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 June) and a few weeks later, have her 4 teeth extracted (2 teeth from each side to be removed each time).

As for Sherilyn, one of my customers who is a dentist read my Facebook posting on the girls’ dental procedure and told me about Myobrace.

The Myobrace System is a preventive pre-orthodontic treatment that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth, often without the need for braces or extraction of teeth, unlocking natural growth and development. Treatment is best suited to children aged 3 to 15 and involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping.

I will fix an appointment with another dentist (who happens to be Cass’ kindy classmate’s mother whom I know) for Sherilyn and Cass to be assessed for Myobrace.

Since the first dental appointment, Alycia’s primary worry is not so much the pain and discomfort that she will have to endure but what she will not be able to eat for a long time ~ nuts and chocolate (which are her absolute favorite), biscuits, steak, etc. I told her that she will have no choice but to eat porridge (which she hates) for the first few days but my silly girl says she’s going to live on bread. I’ll see…

Today I bought ‘lar jar pau’ aka Messy Bun / Dirty Bun for Alycia, which is one of her favorite pastries. With braces on, I know my OCD girl will stay away from such messy food.

Drama Queen brought forward her chocolate chip cookie baking project to today so that Alycia could eat them before the braces are put on. She even made 2 batches from 2 different recipes so that her che che can stuff herself silly with chocolate chip cookies before her B day tomorrow 😬

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Fast Food Scented Perfume

Pizza Hut scent perfume, Burger King Whopper scented perfume or Auntie Annie’s pretzel essential oil, anyone?  For fans of these popular fast food who are on a diet, you may be interested to get these perfume to help satiate your cravings. Just dab your favorite fast food scent on your wrist and smell the ravishing scent away any time of the day to tame your urge to bite into the real thing.

This intoxicating fragrance will leave you smelling like a greasy, artery-clogging, freshly sliced piece of pizza that just came out of the oven. Garlic stick cologne is available too! Ewwwww!

eau de pizza hut

Burger King releases Whopper-scented perfume

I think my hardcore pizza lover daughter would love to receive a bottle of pizza scent perfume on her next birthday! She thinks of pizza all the time. I saw her studying a Domino’s flyer while she was eating fruits last week. I think she was probably planning on what to order on our next home delivery pizza order. I bribed her with a promise that she could choose a pizza of her choice if she let me take a picture of her. She accepted the bribe and we had Domino’s pizza for dinner on Sunday 🙄

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Alycia Turns 14 Today

Fourteen years ago today, I was the happiest woman alive on earth.  I finally met my long-awaited baby.  After years of battling  PCOS, infertility and fertility treatments, I held my bundle of joy for the first time. It was the best feeling ever.

The 9 months of my pregnancy was fraught with stumbling blocks one after another: a German measles scare, horrible round-the-clock morning sickness, spotting for 3 months, an ultra sensitive uterus which rendered me to be put on partial bed-rest until the 35th week and much more.

I was only truly happy and believed that I was having a baby when I finally met my precious baby.  I remember very vividly my baby’s cries when she was first delivered via c-section. When our anesthesiologist friend (Dr PK Wong) placed her on my chest, she stopped crying immediately, as if she recognized my soothing voice. And she winked at me!  This beautiful baby with skin as fair as snow, rose bud red lips and sweet deep dimples captured my heart right away. I was completely besotted with her and since that day, I was set to be her slavery mom for life.  And there will never be any regret.

This year Alycia gets to celebrate her birthday in Hong Kong again with her doting aunt (hubs’ eldest sister), uncle, grandma and Sherilyn.  Three years ago, she celebrated her birthday in the air on her flight to Auckland and two years ago she celebrated her birthday in Hong Kong.

These are the birthday celebration pix taken today in Hong Kong:

The girls’ koo ma treated them to a buffet lunch with a super impressive spread of international gastronomical fare.

Wish I was there too!

The 2 sisters monkeying around:

With doting grandma:

Happy birthday my dearest precious baby Alycia. You will always be mummy’s special little one.  You’re one year older today and I pray that you’ll be one year wiser too. May you forever be blessed with good health, happiness, a kind and compassionate heart and lots of  good luck chasing you 💕😘💋

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Bon Voyage

Despite having a late night yesterday doing last minute shopping at the shopping mall and only hitting the sack way past midnight, I managed to jump out of bed at 4:45 a.m. today.

Alycia and Sherilyn’s flight to Hong Kong was at 10:30 a.m. today.  As it’s their first time traveling alone without any accompanying adult, we had to be at the airport at least 2 hours before departure time.  Everything went smoothly and we reached the airport at 8:30 a.m.

While the hubs parked his car, I took the luggage bags for cling wrapping. Then did the check-in.

Looking for counter H for Cathay Dragon:

The girls received a special ‘Travel Assistance Request’ pass for airport staff to assist them until they reached the departure gate.  I requested for this service via our ticketing agent who is based in Ipoh.  I was told by the agent that the request may not be updated at the airport system and this was what happened this morning. Upon showing the check-in staff the confirmation from our ticketing agent, the request was only keyed into the system.

Within an hour, the airport assistant came to bring Alycia and Sherilyn to the departure gate.

We had breakfast at PappaRich before sending the girls off:

 

My ‘precious baby’ will turn 14 in 2 days.  She always gets to travel overseas on her birthday!   The char koay teow at this PappaRich outlet is super delish.   And that’s one of the reasons why we have to pay much more at this outlet than at other outlets, I guess.

Seated in front of us was Datuk Jimmy Choo, world renowned shoe-maker.  And this paparazzi in me just had to furtively snap a picture of him 😁

Saying good-bye with big hugs to my two big babies. They don’t seem to miss me much though 😥

Other than a 30-minute flight delay, everything went very smoothly for Alycia and Sherilyn today, praise God. I’m very sure the two sisters will have a swell time traveling and bonding together, though I know  my audacious and mischievous middle child (she’s got her dad’s DNA for sure) will annoy her po-faced and serious sister  to no end. She’s already Whatsapp-ed me a video of her sister sleeping on the MRT and I’ve chided her for being so evil.

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K-Pop Queens

When we were back in Ipoh during the Deepavali holidays, Alycia and Drama Queen took every opportunity to don on their caps.  They seem to have a fetish with caps and have a collection of them but the thing is they hardly have the opportunity to don on their caps in KL. It is only during the school holidays when we are on trips that they get to flaunt their caps. Alycia also wears  a cap during tennis lessons.

Check out the K-pop queen donning on a hot pink GAP cap (ironically she hates pink) and a choker necklace.  She sells choker necklaces, DIY dream catchers and DIY slime in her online store.  Alycia and Drama Queen have a collection of caps given to them by their aunts from Hawaii, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

My mum raised her eyebrow when she saw how ineptly dressed the K-pop queen was at her wedding anniversary dinner at a Chinese restaurant when everyone else was dressed to the nines 😲

 

Her excuse was she does not own a dress and hates dresses. This coming from a once upon a time little fashionista who adored frocks and skirts (she used to hate wearing pants) and dolled herself up like a Christmas tree with dangling necklaces, earrings, bangles, hair clips and head bands even at home.  Gone are the good old days that I miss so much 😭

Drama Queen when she was 6yo. Always in her lovely frocks, necklaces, hair clips and girlish sandals.

Drama Queen when she was about 8yo.

In case you are wondering why K-pop queens is the title, just a little revelation about these 2 girls. They are huge K-drama and K-pop fans, especially the big girl!

 

 

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Bonding With My Eldest

Every Friday, I have a one-to-one little jaunt with my eldest daughter. After Math tuition, I would drive her to the night market. She loves walking the night market to grab her favorite snacks. We would munch on snacks whilst strolling the road and stop by her favorite stalls which is a very delightful past time.

If the weather permits and it does not rain, we would scoff down a few sticks of ‘balls’ at the ‘look look’ van. Of all the snacks at the night market, we love the ‘look look’ van the best.

I know what’s on your mind y’all. Why is health freak mommy allowing this unhealthy food? Those fishballs and meatballs on bamboo skewers cooked in a pot of boiling water that everyone else dips their skewers inside too ain’t the healthiest choice of food. I believe that if we eat a little bit of something less than healthy once in a blue moon, we will still be fine. Just don’t go overboard. I do indulge moderately in my favorite less than healthy food once in a while to satiate that craving. Most days are clean eating and I have that cheat day once or twice in a week 😀

 

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Just For Laughs

For the second time, the big girl had the itch in her butt to sit on those kiddie rides again, ha! 😆  She must have missed being a toddler again. Guess she wanted to feel nostalgic being a little child again and at the same time,  amuse us with her antics.

We were at Gardens Mall the other day. After lunch at Ying Ker Lou, we passed by Paddington The Bear and the big girl tried to hop into the car.  With her barely fitting into Paddington’s little car, I gave her a 50 sen coin but I think the mechanical car seemed to have felt her weight and it ate up the coin, bummer!  I was a tad disappointed as I was really looking forward to see her bump up and down the car, just for the sake of laughing out loud with my 3 girls.

She didn’t get to ride Paddington’s car but we all had a hearty guffaw seeing how she tried to clamber onto the car and got stuck 😆😁

Laughter is the best medicine. It decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Try to make yourself and your loved ones laugh everyday. Do and say something silly, just for laughs.  It’s one of the best vitamins for your body 😀😀

 

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