26 February 2021 ~ Chap Goh Meh 2021

We had a healthy yee sang alongside a small feast to celebrate the last day of CNY today.  Dinner was held at hubby’s aunt’s unit (2 floors below ours) again.

Sherilyn made the yee sang composed of fresh radish, jicama, carrot, purple and green cabbage, cucumber, red bell pepper, green onions, homemade pickled radish, pickled jicama, Pacific clams, black & white sesame seeds, ground peanuts, plum sauce with sesame seed oil and pok pok chui.

Can you see the shape of the ox’s face? We think it looks like an angry feral bull instead of a cow 😆

Braised mushrooms with sea cucumber and abalone.

Steamed fish.

Dried waxed meat and 12345 pork ribs.

Sand ginger chicken (ordered by hubby’s aunt)

Here’s tossing to a better 2021 for everyone — good health, better wealth, prosperity and happiness.

And with this marks the end of CNY 2021 amidst a Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0).  It’s the most unhappening CNY ever for us and I’m sure for you too if your country is in a lockdown.

I’m sure Chinese New Year next year will be a more happening one when most of us have already gotten our Covid-19 vaccines.  I’ve registered to be vaccinated through the My Sejahtera app. Have you done it yet?  If you’ve not, don’t wait and register today. All it takes is just a few minutes and you’ll be on your way to be vaccinated; and may there be herd immunity within our community with hopefully an end to Covid-19 forever.

It was another super hot and sweaty day for us again. It looks like we’re expecting another unwelcomed visitor again – HAZE!

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Thursday, 25 February 2021 MCO Lunner – Homemade Sukiyaki

We had a sumptuous lunner of Sukiyaki prepped by chef Sherilyn today!

The Sukiyaki sauce is made from scratch and it’s actually very simple. Only 3 ingredients are required: soy sauce, mirin and sugar. We omitted sake as we don’t have it.

This is really delish and not salty, unlike super salty ones from restaurants.  Will definitely be cooking this again as it’s my kind of dish with lots of veggies (zucchini, mushrooms, Napa cabbage, carrots, leek and lots of onions) and eggs 😋

We used shabu-shabu beef.

Our chef chillaxing with Haru after cooking.  Haru loves watching videos with her sisters 😹 😻

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Chinese New Year 2021

Chinese New Year this year is celebrated on a whole different level with no traveling back to our hometown, no house visiting, no mall visiting, no lion dance, no nothing but just sitting at home. The girls miss playing  fire crackers with their Singaporean cousins in Ipoh, enjoying koong koong’s homecooked dishes and granny’s cookies. In accordance with the government’s Covid19 SOP for CNY this year, reunion dinner on the eve of CNY is only allowed for relatives staying within a 10km radius in the same district. Our condo Management only allows guests in from 6 – 10pm on the eve of CNY.   The only relative who is within a 10km radius in the same district as us is hubby’s cousin. Our reunion dinner was held at hubby’s aunt’s unit, which is 2 floors below ours.  This year, I didn’t even bother to buy any CNY cookies (except for some arrowroot chips, emping chips and fried beehives) as my girls are not big fans of cookies and since we can’t be doing visiting and gifting. Fortunately, my younger brother who is on a working trip back to Ipoh will be able to bring some of mom’s home-baked cookies for us!

Tossing the yee sang is also unique this year with everyone donning on face masks as there are vulnerable folks around. You know how the Chinese talk during yee sang tossing right? Imagine everyone’s saliva being tossed inside the yee sang too 😱

On the first day of CNY, the mil cooked the customary ‘jai’ (vegetarian dish). The girls are also not fans of ‘jai’ but they’re pretty easy going and ate them without any fuss.

I really miss going back to my parents in Ipoh this CNY. I’ve not seen them in person for more than a year now.

How has your CNY been this year?

Here’s Cass with her new bestie.  She’s absolutely besotted with Haru and loves having Haru next to her all the time 😁.  Haru is about 8 weeks old now and is such a charming kitty.

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MCO Online Learning ~ Thursday, 21 January 2021

I have lost count on the MCO day number that we’re in! All I can remember is that day 1 of MCO is on 18 March 2020 and somewhere along the way, I lost count. It doesn’t matter anymore.  It looks like we’re going to continue to be on some kind of MCO, whether Conditional MCO or Recovery MCO for the next half a year.  The Government announced today that the MCO will be extended for another TWO WEEKS. Great. Hopefully we will see a significant drop in the number of Covid cases so that we can be placed in a Recovery MCO once again.  And I hope that hubby’s catering business pulls through until the Recovery MCO when social gatherings are allowed again, when the clips on his wings can be removed again. Once and for all.  And let’s all pray that no once screws up the Recovery MCO again this time, ever!

The new school term started yesterday and as our country is still placed in an MCO restriction, schools cannot be reopened yet.  Thus, online learning has to continue.  Alycia started her online SPM Trials yesterday and this will go on for another 9 days. This is going to be the scene at our living room until next Saturday:

The littlest one is hidden at another corner at the dining area. She’s in Form 1 this year at Sherilyn’s school. She doesn’t look too enthusiastic though. Thank goodness she has two classmates from primary school who are in the same class as her. And thank God she’s placed in one of the two DLP (Dual Language Program) classes, which are the best two classes. In a DLP class, Math and Science are taught in English and there are only 2 DLP classes in this school that Cass and Sherilyn are going to.  However,  I still find that online learning is not very effective for our girls,  especially Cass who prefers to be in school to attend face-to-face learning and interact with friends. I feel terribly sad for Cass that her final year in primary school last year had to end in such a sorry manner – there was no graduation ceremony, no final pix with her friends, no year end party, no year-end school carnival (this is the highlight of schooling for her and she missed it), no school trip and no proper farewell, hugs and kisses to all her good friends. And now in her first year of high school, there is no orientation and no introduction to any of her classmates😢  and no one knows how long more students will have to continue learning from home 😔

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Covid Scare

Three Sundays ago during the CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order), our family went to Mid Valley Megamall and Gardens Mall. My main purpose of making a trip to the mall was to get some skin care products targeted at acne skin for the girls.  We had brunch at Din Dai Fung @ Gardens Mall and then proceeded to Innisfree and Sephora to get the acne skin care products.

Fast forward three days later, hubs forwarded me a notice issued by Din Dai Fung @ Gardens Mall informing the public that one (or maybe a few) of their staff had just tested positive for Covid-19. There was another message that went viral regarding a staff at Innisfree @ Mid Valley Megamall who was also just tested positive.   When I saw the messages, I felt my heart in my throat as we were at both the outlets at the mall.  Unfounded worries kept hounding me for  two weeks. It did not help that I’m a hypochondriac.  When the mil heard the news, she was so worried that she had headache for 2 days.

For days, I kept having a nagging mild headache, felt like I was about to get a cold and had discomfort in my throat.  I think I felt unwell as I wasn’t sleeping well and was sleep deprived.  The feeling of feeling malaise was real. I wasn’t imagining.  I wondered if I was infected too. I told Maria, our part-time helper not to come.  We were expecting calls from the Health Department for contact tracing but no one called us. I guess we were not in contact with the staff of the two shops though we were there.  I prayed fervently to God that our family will be protected from being infected by Covid-19. It’s now almost three weeks since the day we went to Mid Valley Megamall and I can safely say that we’re fine.

I don’t think I will be making a trip to the mall even when the MCO is lifted but the number of Covid19 cases are still in triple digits.  After the agonizing two weeks of worrying ourselves sick, I think I will only dare venture out to the malls during the Recovery MCO when Covid cases are in a single or double digit.

Do you have any Covid19 scare stories to share?

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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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MCO Day 218 ~ Wednesday, 13 January 2021

On our 1st day of MCO 2.0 today, Sherilyn was in the mood to go Japanese. She’d thawed some salmon yesterday to make sushi but she didn’t get to do it coz we had some extra Nasi Kerabu from hubby’s shop.

Lunch menu today:
1. Sushi with oven grilled teriyaki salmon, homemade tamagoyaki and kyuri
2. Reverse sushi roll
3. Tamago nigiri
4. Okonomiyaki (cabbage, egg and shabu shabu pork) aka Japanese pancake

This girl has a magic wand in her hands. She can turn inexpensive ingredients into yummy grub that tastes like a thousand dollars 😁

Chef at work:

Sherilyn is now very adept at making sushi and Gimbap.  She doesn’t even require a sushi bamboo mat to roll the sushi. A piece of plastic cling wrap would suffice for her to roll up the sushi. What she requires is a good and sharp chef’s knife to cut the sushi. And that’s the reason why she’s always shopping for knifes. Her friend even gave her a knife as a gift 🤭

Ingredients for the sushi:

Egg rolls can be quite tricky to make but for Sherilyn, it’s a no-brainer.  She cooks it using a rectangular pan specially for making egg rolls that her grandma bought during one of her many trips to Japan.

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CMCO Day 215 ~ Sunday, 10 January 2021

Everyone is waiting with bated breath for our PM to announce tomorrow whether the country will go into MCO 2.0 to bring down the Covid19 infection rate.  Many people have predicted that it will be another lockdown. For us, it does not matter  anymore whether it’s MCO or CMCO or CMCO with tightened SOPs.  Hubby’s business has been going up and down like a roller coaster from MCO to CMCO to RMCO to CMCO again and now a possibility of another MCO.  I’m all geared up for MCO 2.0 though this time, I did not stock up on toilet papers or any grocery.  We still have some canned food in our larder bought during the first MCO in March last year. We already know the drill very well. Just bring it on and lock us down for a few more weeks to flatten the curve.

News of close friends getting infected, news of condos in our neighborhood with positive tested residents are getting more frequent the past one week.  Besides going out to get groceries, food and to hubby’s shop, I’ve not dared to venture out to anywhere else the past one week.

The other day I was sneezing and had nose block and I was dead worried. I kept checking my temperature and imagined feeling ill.  Yes I’m  hypochondriac!  The fear of being infected is getting stronger each day as I hear of close friends getting infected but they were asymptomatic.  Just today, hubs informed me that his friend’s kids got infected when the private tutor came to his house. All 5 kids got infected. I’ve just told Alycia to inform her tutor not to come to our condo anymore but to conduct the tuition via Zoom.

I know that another lockdown will kill more businesses (and possibility even ours if the lockdown is prolonged) but if there’s no lockdown, people will happily be crossing borders for holidays and having gatherings during CNY next month. A painful few weeks of lockdown may be the only way to stop the infection from spreading. I’m now more terrified than ever before of stepping out of the house to the supermarket or shop to get food, much more fearful than the first wave in March 2020 as this 3rd wave is made out of super spreader virus!  The virus has reached our community and our neighborhood 😱 😨 😰

Yesterday our chef Sherilyn made Hainanese chicken rice and it was superb! It was so good that her super critical dad and grandma had to say that the dish passed with flying colors! 😁

Both the ginger and scallion dipping sauce and chili sauce were made from scratch and they tasted awesome – as good as those from expensive Chinese restaurants.

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Effects of Prolonged Home Quarantine on the Girls & Homecooked Meat-Free Dishes

While I can’t wait for the girls to return to school on 20 January, I’m also worried about their safety while they’re in school. My girls are pretty obedient when it comes to following the Covid19 SOPs. They’re always wearing their face masks the moment they step out of the house and they’re always sanitizing their hands.   But not all the students and teachers obey the Covid19 SOPs dutifully and fearfully. I’ve seen teachers and students with face masks pulled down and without keeping a distance from each other.

Keeping the girls at home for prolonged months is damaging psychologically. I can see that they’re losing focus and interest in their studies.  Even during online classes, their minds stray from their Zoom classes to other more interesting sites.  Alycia who’s sitting for her SPM is super chillax and does not look like she’s about to sit for her SPM in two months! Even her school teachers can’t tell her when the SPM Trials will be in the light of the worsening Covid19 situation.

Cass has been affected the most by the prolonged home quarantine.  She doesn’t look happy being cooped up at home all the time and not being able to see her friends.  She keeps telling me that she can’t seem to fall asleep at her usual bed time and will only go to bed at 1-ish a.m;  and this leads to her not being able to wake up by 9 a.m. the next day for online classes.  What saddens her the most is that she couldn’t even have a proper farewell to all her classmates, many of whom she may never see again as they will all be going to different high schools this year. Coupled with many other issues, especially those related to her health, it pains me to see Cass feeling dispirited throughout the MCO and CMCO.  Thus, I really hope that the girls will be able to go back to school soon. I want their minds to be kept busy with new knowledge, problem solving questions, quizzes, homework and extra curricular activities (but this will have to be on hold for another half a year I think) and not left idling.   An idle mind is the devil’s playground!

Only Sherilyn finds something productive to do at home with her baking and cooking, albeit this is hurting our wallets. These are some of the new dishes that she tried over the past 1 week and they’re all superb and comparable with those from restaurants! With her creativity, passion in cooking and baking, competitive edge and a fearless front, this girl has the potential to be a Masterchef yo!

Eggplant agebitashi

Agedashi tofu

 

Meat-free green curry, using the leftover frozen green curry paste that she made from scratch about a month ago. This dish is so flavorful and delish that I won’t mind having it everyday!  If Sherilyn could dish up such delicious meat-free dishes for me everyday, I could turn vegan any time and give up on meat!

 

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Winter Monsoon In Malaysia

The new year in our country started off with chilly weather with continuous rain for days.  Though we can’t travel overseas, we KL folks are enjoying cool overseas weather caused by a winter monsoon.  Temperatures across the Klang Valley dropped to as low as 23°C today, among the lowest in months. I didn’t even need to turn on the air conditioner or fan throughout the night. I am thoroughly enjoying the cool weather before the season changes and temperatures soar to near 40C towards CNY next month 🥵

We’ve not seen the sun for several days and I had to use the clothes dryer this morning to prevent our clothes from turning musty. We hardly use the dryer except during the winter monsoon or when the SIL from overseas comes to KL and stays with us.  Thank goodness it’s still functioning when I used it this morning. It was probably more than half a year ago when I used it once.

Someone who’s not used to the cold weather wore two layers of clothes when we went to Mid Valley Megamall yesterday 😆

And she’s been wearing a jacket the entire day today, even when she cooked 🤨  How is she going to endure the bitter cold weather if I sent her to study overseas?!

Lunch today is shredded chicken porridge, cooked using our new TMX6.

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CMCM Day 205 ~ Thursday, 31 December 2020

2020 came and went in a flash. No event was as significant this year as COVID-19, the first pandemic in a century.  As we now put 2020 behind us and move on to a hopefully brighter and better year, it’s worth looking back to remember what we’ve lost, what we’ve gained and what we’ve learned.

The year started off very well for us until March 18 when our newly appointed PM announced a partial lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.  From the day the MCO started until now, everything happened in a flash. It sure was a very dizzying  turbulent year for me.  Lots of bad events and news greeted us, one after another.   There were some good news too of course.  Things that we never thought would happen, happened to us. Things that we’ve always taken for granted were snatched away from us without warning.  Our freedom, gatherings with friends and loved ones, schooling for the kids, our jobs, source of income and even breathing freely ~ these were snatched away from many of us mercilessly. The unlucky ones lost their jobs and even their lives. Hubs is still hanging on to his catering business, but with two wings clipped, it’s hard to move further – until and unless social gatherings are allowed again.

But we’re still considered a little luckier than many folks.  Our friends in the aviation and tourism industries have been jobless.  There are now two street vendors in my neighborhood who were previously in the tourism sectors (one was a tour guide and the other an owner of a tour company). They’re now selling kuih and vegetables while waiting for the tourism industry to recover. I’m constantly thinking about Cass’ aunty J, our girls’ school van driver of 10 years who only earned 4 months of income this year and she’s a single mother.  This year also saw the untimely passing of a few good friends and the unfortunate news that one of our close friends has colorectal cancer.  Today I found out that a good friend’s family members have tested positive for Covid-19 and they were whisked away in an ambulance to Hospital Sg Buloh.

This year during our time spent indoors, I’ve picked up a new skill ~ hairdressing!  I’ve cut Cass’ hair twice and my skill is getting better.  Cass now has neck-length hair and I cut her waist-length hair effortlessly just the other day. Her critical sisters have been praising her on how good she now looks in her new hair style 😁

Today I went to Cass’ school to return her school books and to collect her school leaving cert, report card, trophies, t-shirt and other certs.  As I walked out of SJKC Kuen Cheng 2, I felt a sentimental attachment creep over me.  I couldn’t believe that after 10 good years,  I will most likely never walk into this school again after today. Our 3 girls have created so much happy memories and friends in this school.  I’ve made friends with their friends’ parents and I still keep in touch with some of the teachers.

How was your Coronavirus year? No matter how bad it’s been, remember that this is only temporary.  Things will look up soon. I’m telling myself this everyday. The vaccines will be out in February 2021 and our PM and the frontliners will be the first to get them, followed by senior citizens and those with compromised health before the rest of us get it.   I pray that Covid-19 will completely die out by next year and our lives will return to normal. I’m so tired of being masked up in this never-ending masquerade.

I’d like to wish everyone a better, happier and safer 2021.  In a few minutes it will be 2021. I’m full of new hope for 2021.

Happy New Year!

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CMCO Day 188 ~ Monday, 14 Dec 2020

This is our dinner today crafted by our teenage chef:

1. Butter poached salmon with homemade Aioli sauce and wakame salad
2. Japanese tofu salad
3. Grilled mackeral with Chef S’ homemade teriyaki sauce
4. Onion omelette
5. Blanched broccoli

Dish #4 and #5 were prepped by the mil.

Today’s dinner is slightly costlier than our usual dinner as the salmon and mackeral fillets are expensive. Two small pieces cost over RM50.  Sherilyn has been dishing out chicken dishes for 4 days straight and we had KFC last week on the MIL’s birthday.  And then there extra chicken curry dishes from hubby’s shop.   We’ve all had too much of chicken and now cringe at the thought and sight of a chicken dish  😆.  I told our chef that we’re not going to have any chicken dish for at least a week. Thus, we had fish cooked in two styles tonight 😄

 

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CMCO Day 183 ~ Wednesday, 9 Dec 2020

Today is the queen’s 75th birthday and Sherilyn made Mont Blanc cupcakes for her grandma. The chestnut cream is made from chestnuts (cooked into a paste) and swirled atop the Génoise Sponge cake. The cake is super yums ~ not too sweet, not cloy and very light. The chestnut cream has a nice aroma of fresh chestnuts. This would easily cost RM15 – RM20 each at a glitzy bakery or cafe. But our cost is only about RM5 each, or less.

SILs from Hong Kong, Hawaii, UK and New Zealand arranged for a Kochi Yuzu Mango Tart from Lacher Patisserie to be sent to their mom. They arranged for flowers delivery too.

Lunch today was the extra food from hubby’s shop >> https://www.facebook.com/CatermateCateringandDelivery ~ grilled salmon, grilled chicken, spaghetti and Daging Masak Berempah/Hitam. And dinner was KFC delivery as the mil loves KFC. We’re all so so so stuffed today 🥴

Daging Masak Hitam / Berempah (beef cooked in spicy dark sauce with spices) is a sweet and aromatic beef dish cooked with a myriad of healthy herbs and spices, from galangal to shallots, garlic, lemongrass, cardamom, ginger, etc. The beef is simmered with all these spices and dark soy sauce for over an hour and the result is tender redolent beef that tantalizes your taste bulb. I love this beef to bits!

Fresh Japanese chestnuts and Tong Guan organic chestnuts were used in the chestnut paste.

Génoise Sponge cupcakes before the chestnut cream topping.

 

 

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3 December 2020 Dinner ~ Keto Lasagna

As we had a very costly abalone hot pot dinner last night coz the in-house chef opened our expensive can of extra large abalone without asking my permission, I told her we’re going to have cheap vegan dinners for the next few days to counter-balance our budget 😆

So chef Sherilyn cooked a meat-free lasagna from scratch.  The pasta sheets are replaced with two zucchinis (which are selling pretty cheaply at the supermarket lately).  Lots of tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, herbs, spices and egg plants go into the sauce.  This is such a flavor-intense and healthy meal~ my kind of meal 😋

Charred brinjal for the Baba ghanoush, one of the sauces (to replace cream) in the lasagana sauce.

At a glimpse when I walked into the kitchen, I thought she’d grilled a lobster😆

This is a dish that I won’t mind eating several times a week. It’s inexpensive yet bursting with deliciousness, flavors, antioxidants and nutrients. And it’s super low in carbs and calories too.

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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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