MCO Day 224 ~ Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Yesterday evening the MoE announced that the SPM Trials throughout the country will be cancelled. After being postponed several times, the government has finally decided to cancel the Trials as it it too risky for the students to go back to school in view of the wide spread Covid infection throughout the country.

However, Alycia’s high school (Chinese Independent High School / private) will proceed with the SPM Trials tomorrow, albeit it will now be held online.  The past one year has been really tough on all the SPM students (batch 2020) and with so much uncertainties and changes taking place everyday in a pandemic that keeps spiraling out of control, I can see that Alycia has lost focus.    If the number of Covid cases keeps going up, I really do think that there is a POSSIBILITY that the SPM may be cancelled or deferred again 😓

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MCO Day 221 ~ Saturday, 16 January 2021

Alycia had a Zoom meeting with her teacher and classmates yesterday for the announcement on when the SPM Trials and actual SPM will be held.

SPM Trials will be held in school next Wednesday for 10 days, after which the  SPM exam will be held 2-3 weeks later, towards the end of Chinese New Year.

Today’s Covid19 cases hit a high of 4029, the highest recorded in a day in our country ever since the pandemic struck early last year. Alycia is feeling jittery going back to school as we’re in a Red Zone with positive cases shooting up everyday.   Her high school is very huge and there will be over 1,000 SPM candidates.  This is excluding the teachers.  Can you imagine what will be in the minds of all the SPM candidates?  Jittery caused by both the exam and fear of being infected by the Virus by asymptomatic students and teachers.  I’ve been sounding like a naggy mom, drumming into Alycia’s head not to get close with her friends and face mask must always be worn except when she’s eating. I hope she’ll remember the first SOP. I know she’s not the type who likes hugging or holding her friend’s hands but some of her friends can get very excited when they see her and will forget about the Covid SOPs 😯.

Anyway, we have to learn to live with Covid19 as it’s going to be around just like how German measles, SARS and other infectious diseases are still around and we have to take precautionary measures to prevent them from turning into a pandemic. We can’t be locked up forever. It’s damaging to a kid’s mental health to be devoid of social interaction. While some kids can manage isolation well during the lockdown, not all kids are the same.  I can see the negative effects social isolation has on Cass during the MCO and how happy she is whenever her friends video call her. She was so happy during our small Christmas party last December  and also when I brought her to the mall for shopping after her eye checkup at ISEC.

This is what Sherilyn cooked for lunch on Friday:

Oven grilled salmon (seasoned with black pepper, salt and lemon juice), sauteed buttered mushrooms with onions and Kongnamool (Korean Soybean Sprouts).

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CMCO Day 208 ~ Sunday, 3 January 2021

Alycia ordered some statement jewelry for herself from Taobao some time back and totally forgot about her order.  When the parcel arrived yesterday, she had no frigging idea who the sender was until she opened the parcel.

I can’t believe her choice of costume jewelry – the necklace and bracelet are chunky and totally attention grabber!  The chunky necklace looks a tad like Sporty’s  (my late pet dog) chain collar 🤣  but with embellishments.  These days, Alycia’s sense of fashion tends to gravitate towards the K-pop style. Today she wore a really oversized knitted cardigan paired with a pair of black Adidas sports shorts and Nike shoes, with her chunky statement jewelry when we went to Mid Valley Megamall. The cardigan along with some super cheap tees and eye-popping super cropped oversized shirts were bought from Taobao too. Now I know why my mum and maternal grandma rolled their eyes when they saw my choice of clothing when I was Alycia’s age.  We older ladies will never understand a teenager’s choice of fashion.

What surprised me was what Alycia ordered for her two sisters. She ordered these  The Little Prince necklaces for Cass – one for her 2020 birthday and the other  for her 2021 birthday.  She also ordered some statement jewelry for Sherilyn’s 2021 birthday.  How very thoughtful of this tai kar che 🥰.

Cass loves the necklaces and wore one when we went to the mall today 💝

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RMCO Day 179 ~ Saturday, 5 Dec 2020 (Alycia’s 17th Birthday)

Our miracle baby turns 17 today! Her dad still thinks of her as a little girl and ordered a jelly cake in pastel pink with cute little lambs on it (she’s born in the year of the goat) 😆.

When Alycia found out that her dad has ordered a little lamb jelly cake in pastel pink for her (she doesn’t like pink), she went “What? That’s for babies! Whatever la, I’ll eat it anyway. I love jellies!”. 😆

As Alycia celebrates her day, I am once again reminded to be forever thankful to God for answering my prayers with this beautiful miracle baby.  17 years ago today remains the happiest day of my life.   Alycia’s still the most beautiful baby I’ve met ~ with snow white skin, rose bud red lips, a deep dimple on each side of her cheek, double eyelids and blonde hair, though the blonde  hair has turned brunette now  😊

Happy birthday, our dearest precious baby Alycia. Your birthday gift will be driving lessons after your SPM in March next year 🚗.

Today I brought Alycia to school to collect her books as the academic year has come to an end.

Alycia’s birthday presents:

An angpow from me; I also took her to the supermarket and bakery to get all her favorite snacks.  Dinner was takeaway Korean food.

Her Chinapek daddy bought her 4 boxes of ‘jiao zhi’ (dumplings), homemade by a friend’s mom. It was wrapped in newspapers. When he came home carrying a plastic bag of newspaper wrapped gift, he looked like those olden days fathers who would ‘tapau’ roast pork wrapped in newspapers for their loved ones on their birthdays 😆. My papa did this for me!  Alycia’s top favorite food is ‘jiao zhi’.

I have also ordered 4 boxes of ‘jiao zhi’ from a random seller on Facebook and the order will be delivered to us next week. Now we have a freezer stocked up with Alycia’s favorite food, which she can eat when we have porridge (she hates porridge!) 😁
Fire Tiger 3-jelly milk tea from her best friend and handmade and hand-painted macarons from her good friend (former high school mate) who’s now living in Auckland.
On another matter, I’m now hooked on Fire Tiger’s boba tea after tasting it several times when Alycia best friend sent it to her 🤭.
Love 18 chocolates that came with dry ice, delivered via Grab Food from another friend.
Another friend came to send her a tiramisu cake, which she immediately walloped before I even had the chance to snap a picture.
Lastly, a little drama happened on Alycia’s birthday!
The mil bought 2 life crabs from the market to have it steamed for dinner as Alycia loves eating crabs. When she was about to prep the life crabs in the evening, she found one crab missing! It had escaped from the metal bowl that the mil had propped up.  The crabs’ legs were tied up but it managed to escape. We went searching for it high and low and finally Maria our part-time helper found the poor little scared fella hiding in a gap between the fridge and kitchen cabinet 🙁
I had actually said a forgiveness message to the crabs earlier and gave them a pat on the shell. Sherilyn did the same thing. I think the fellas must have heard us and it tried to escape.  I felt so sorry for the two fellas and didn’t eat any of it for dinner.  As I’ve said many times, I’ll turn vegan one day 🙂

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Cass’ High School & Alycia’s Plan Next Year

So Cass is now officially a confirmed student at the high school of her choice.  The school emailed Cass’ student ID to us two days ago. This number will be a bespoke number incorporated on the school badge which will be sewn on her uniform, which she will wear for the next 5-6 years.  Cass is a very happy camper!  But we’re both having a cocktail of emotions on her choice of high school. It’s not going to be easy in this high school and I hope that Cass will sail through the high school years just like her Alycia che che.

Speaking of Alycia, we’ve been toggling between Senior UEC at the high school (equivalent to Form 6) and Pre-U/Diploma/Foundation studies in a private college. With so much uncertainties ahead of us because of the shitty pandemic and not knowing if she can even attend physical classes in college, we have now settled for Form 6.  Classes will still be a dual mode of online classes and physical classes, depending on the pandemic situation.  When this dang pandemic is under control with a vaccine in place, we can always switch her from Form 6 to private college to pursue her Pre-U/Diploma/Foundation studies. Next year is going to be an exciting year for our girls!

Our in-house chef Sherilyn whipped up some super duper soft, pillowy and fluffy Souffle pancakes for breakfast yesterday. This girl has magic hands in the kitchen. Everything that she cooks and bakes often turn out magical!  These are the best pancakes I’ve eaten.

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RMCO Day 117 ~ Sunday, 4 October 2020

Alycia will be sitting for the SPM Trials in less than two weeks. Her high school teachers are providing additional online classes on Saturdays and Sundays to complete the syllabus. Thus, the poor girl has not been able to join us for lunch for two consecutive Sundays.   And the littlest brat is at the stage where she doesn’t like to follow us adults anywhere, except to the book store or to the nearby outdoor kopitiam to dig into her favorite fish paste noodles. It’s a pain to drag her out of the house to have lunch or dinner with us these days. I actually bribed her to get her to follow us out for lunch.  I remember Alycia went through a similar phase at her age.  Cass is now at the age where I see a lot of familiar hair-pulling scenarios that I had with Alycia and Sherilyn when they were at the hell-raising in-between age of transforming from a little girl into a teenager.

Oh well…

Thankfully Cass is my last and hopefully I don’t have to deal with anymore terrible phases from the 3 girls anymore! I remember their Terrible Twos, Terrible Threes and Terrible Tweens very vividly.  Hopefully it’s now Terrific Teens all the way!

We had lunch at The Museum @ The Starling Mall to savour good old Ipoh food. It’s our first time visiting this mall but hubs had been here several times.

Ipoh Hakka noodles, crackling siew yoke and chargrilled char siew, Wanton noodles and Yuet Koong Hor aka “moonlight-style noodles”.

Teochew style porridge with fried fish head.

After lunch at Museum, we segued into Kam Kee Cafe 1967, a reputable Hong Kong F&B brand to get takeaway for Alycia, a fan of  ‘cha chaan teng’ grub.  Kam Kee Cafe channels the charm of a ‘cha chaan teng’ experience in a collaboration between a family of Malaysians and Kam Kee Cafe,  Hong Kong.

This venue in The Starling mall is the first overseas outpost of Kam Kee Cafe, whose branches span Wan Chai to Tsuen Wan – Kam Kee is the legacy of a Teochew native who came to Hong Kong in the 1950s and started a food shop a decade later, during that era’s birth of Western-influenced, working-class cafes that serve affordable fare, from toasts to tarts. fried noodles to baked rice.

For takeaway, we got this Cheese Baked Spaghetti Bolognese with minced meat @ RM18.80 for Alycia,  a portion of fried rice for our dinner and two Polo buns for the girls’ recess the next day.

We also ordered a Polo bun with spam meat, cheese and egg and shared it among the 5 of us, where each of us (who were already quite stuffed) had a small wedge to try.

When you dine at a Hong Kong ‘cha chaan teng’, you just have to order their ‘lai cha’ aka milk tea.  I love the milky and flavorful evaporated milk that’s used in their milk tea.

The mil shared this almond tea with egg white with me and OMG, it is SO creamy, full of almond aroma and delicious!  I requested for less sugar and this beverage hit all the right notes! One sip and I was sent to tong sui heaven 😋

This might be considered fast food, but it’s delightfully fulfilling here – from the choice of ingredients to the care in cooking.  Now that we are all grounded in Malaysia with restrictions on traveling overseas, dining at Kam Kee Cafe brings you a slice of Hong Kong at prices that are affordable without having to fly to Hong Kong.

After lunch, we went groceries shopping at Jaya Grocer with Cass badgering me to hurry up so that she could have some time at Popular bookstore where there’s a clearance sale.  Our bookworm is the happiest whenever she’s at a place surrounded by books (not academic ones unfortunately).

She found The Complete Stories of The Wizard of Oz Volume 2 selling at only RM29.90 for a really thick book and her mood instantly changed from one of sulky to beaming with joy when she saw all her favorite novels on sale 😅

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She’s Wearing A Dress :)

When Alycia was about 10 years old, she told me that she doesn’t like dresses and will never wear a dress or skirt anymore.  I really don’t know why both she and Cass suddenly hated to don on anything feminine when they reached their double digit birthdays. But both the girls started to wear dresses again last year, albeit reluctantly, when we had to attend a friend’s wedding dinner.  Alycia was again compelled to wear a dress when she attended her school’s orchestra concert recently and all her friends wore formal dresses! Her friends dragged her to the mall to shop for a dress 😁


For the 1.1.2020 wedding that we will be attending, both Alycia and Cass again felt that it’s a torture to have to shop for fancy dresses and shoes.  I reasoned to them that they shouldn’t feel awkward wearing a gown or dress when everyone else is dressed up to the nines.  They should instead feel awkward when they’re the only ones not dressed up.  They finally see my point and agreed to go shopping with me to get their dresses on condition that they’ll only wear the dresses once 🙄

Yesterday Alycia went shopping for dresses with her grand aunt and Sherilyn at the mall.  When Sherilyn video called me from the mall and showed me Alycia’s dress, I was floored! She looked fabulous and genteel. She’s never wore anything like this before, except the time when she was a toddler, when I dressed her up in cute tulle dresses.

Grand aunt reviewing and approving the dress. It’s an off-shouldered dress and Sherilyn kept pulling the sleeves off her sister’s shoulders to teach her the correct way of wearing it 😆



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Nursing The Girl Back To Health

Alycia has been down with a stomach flu and absent from school for 3 days. Besides napping and doing a wee bit of revision, her eyes have been glued to her phone, watching K-dramas and K-pop videos.  She’s supposed to eat clear porridge but this girl would 😭 at the sight of porridge.  She wanted to eat Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) from this restaurant run by Chinese nationals in our neighborhood but I said NO as jiaozi fillings are made from ground pig fats, which will exacerbate her nausea and diarrhea!  She opted for fish balls and noodles as alternative and I said OK, I’ll get the homemade fish paste but she has to roll the fish paste into balls herself. She agreed.

And just like a ‘silai’ aka Chinese housewife, she sat at the dining table rolling fish balls with her hands and eyes fixated on her phone watching k-pop videos 🙄


She was incensed when she realized that she was being photographed. We had a deal and I promised her that I would blur her face in my blog 😬

The fish paste is made with 100% fish meat with no salt, sugar and additive.

I blanched some udon that the mil bought from Japan and seasoned it with only  a dash of sesame seed oil, organic soy sauce and fried onions.  Though the doctor advised her not to eat anything, this girl said she had fainting spells. I allowed her to eat and she wolfed down this bowl of noodles, fish balls and vegetables 🤫 🤭.  I told Alycia not to eat any of the medicine that the doctor prescribed and just let nature takes its course.  She had very small meals 3 times a day and I gave her peppermint essential oil to alleviate the nauseousness.  I think nursing a child back to health is all about common sense and guts feelings. Of course there’ll be times when medicine and antibiotics have to be used to treat a condition.

She’s back to school today ☺️  and she’s going to spend the long weekend on a homework marathon to complete her backlog of homework for 3 days.

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Faith In Humanity Restored

When Alycia got home from a day’s outing with her friends yesterday, I was surprised to see her donning on a pair of bright yellow Adidas shorts the moment she stepped into the house.  That’s now hers and I queried her.  And there’s a story behind this super expensive pair of shorts, which I initially just couldn’t buy the story.

Here’s the story…

Alycia and her friend were having brunch at the Lot 10 food court yesterday morning before adjourning to the MABA stadium to watch their friend compete in a basketball match. A man who was holding a tray with food and drink was inadvertently shoved by a staff pushing a pushcart and the black herbal drink   was spilled onto Alycia’s long pants.

Rich man to Alycia – I am so sorry!!  

The man then left the scene in a heartbeat but moments later he came back with  something in a plastic bag for Alycia!!

Rich man to Alycia – I got you new pants as compensation. Sorry again!

And in the bag was a pair of shiny original Adidas shorts in fluorescent yellow with a RM120 price tag! Her jaw dropped.  According to Alycia, the man who spoke in a polished English accent wore business suit and looked like some refined and rich businessman.

When I heard the story, I didn’t buy it at all. So did her dad. It sounded too good to be true. Too orchestrated!  When I asked Alycia to show me her stained black pants, it was dry. Why totally dry?!  Her nosy second sister quickly sniffed the pants like a sniffer dog and commented that the pants didn’t smell like it was soaked with herbal drink. 🤣

Alycia – That’s because I washed it at the toilet and sun-dried it at the stadium. You see, I washed it so hard till I tore the pants a bit (then showed me the tear on her pants). Why don’t you believe me mummy? When a real-life Santa Claus gave Cassandra a RM100 note on Boxing Day for no particular reason a few years ago, it’s also an unbelievable story. No one would believe this story too. Good things can happen mummy! Why would I want to lie to you?? 

As I grilled Alycia for the next couple of hours, the story seemed more logical and consistent.  Perhaps I have too much misgivings on humanity caused by all the negative news that I read from the newspapers everyday.  If this story was indeed true, then this stranger has definitely restored my faith in humanity with his responsibility and generosity so that a girl didn’t have to go through the discomfort of wearing a pair of sticky and damp pants the entire day.

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Down Memory Lane

Alycia has been assigned by her high school Drama Club teacher-in-charge to organize an end-of- year school trip for Drama Club members.   The destination of choice is Ipoh but she’s open to other places as long as the trip is within the budget of RM200 per student.  So Alycia called my parents to ask them for contact numbers. Today my mum Whatsapped me the brochure of YMCA Ipoh. And the sight of YMCA on the brochure flooded my memories back like torrential rain!

That year was 1987. I was in Form 2 @ MGS Ipoh. The forth formers (just like Alycia who’s in Form 4 now) organized a trip to KL and I begged mum to let me join this trip with my besties.  It was a dream come true when she agreed.  The day came and we took a big long tour bus with air-cond (very rare in those days!) to KL. That was my maiden school trip out of Ipoh and into KL, a place that I’d always wanted to visit.

When we reached KL, we were checked into YMCA.  We were brought to visit all the fun-filled places in KL (Batu Caves, Zoo Negara, Museum, The Mall, airport in Subang Jaya, etc) and from KL we adjourned to Melaka for a day trip before heading back to Ipoh.  At YMCA, about 4 or 5 of my besties and I were placed in a room. There wasn’t any en suite and we had to walk a few meters away to the bathroom and toilets which were not well kept or cleaned. Till today I still have nightmares of those bathrooms and toilets 😱

Besides the nightmarish toilets, there were cockroaches flying in our room. Mother of all horror for me!!!!!  I remember screaming and running like a headless chicken when chased by those huge roaches with flappy wings Oh. My. Gawd.!!!   Also, beside our room were a bunch of rowdy gangsterish Malay boys who kept disturbing us by knocking on the wall to ‘call’ us. They also kept wolf calling us and knocking on our door the entire night. We were scared to death that we would all be gang raped and murdered in the room at YMCA KL. We dared not even go to the toilet and had to hold back our pee the entire night for fear of being raped by those boys 😆  We even pushed our beds against the room door as we were scared shit that those boys would break down the door to look for us  🤣  Yeah, can’t blame a bunch of 13 and 14-year old melodramatic girls, can you?  Besides all these discomfort, we nonetheless had TONS of fun throughout our trip.   If only I could turn back the clock to relive those happy carefree teenage days!

Besides a once a year school trip or holiday that my papa would bring us, our daily lives were pretty much mundane and simple. We were usually already in bed by 9:30 p.m.  We had no electronic devices and our only entertainment back then was TV.  TV programs were pretty limited too and I whiled away my time watching female wrestling series at night – whatcha call that series already? Gladiators or something?


My Gen Z / dopamine frazzled zombies teenage girls – can’t live without their phones and boba tea. I have banned them from adding boba / pearls into their tea and they can only order milk tea without sugar or with the least sugar.

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First Term School Holidays & University Hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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