RMCO Day 89 ~ Sunday, 6 September 2020

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

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

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

Drawn by a true-blue Potterhead:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our edible garden on a squeezy balcony:

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



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RMCO Day 69 ~ Monday, 17 August 2020

 

Hubs booked an appointment for me to see his physiotherapist @ BP Specialist Centre, Taman Megah to treat my painful right wrist.  Actually, he had to coerce me to see the physiotherapist as I am of the opinion that physio won’t treat my hand 100%. The only cure is to rest my hand and not to overuse it.  It would undo all the treatment when chores still have to be done at home. Now I understand why my previous part-time helpers often called in to tell me that they had to take a few days off as they had aches all over their body.  These ladies cleaned up to 3 houses in a day, six times a week, thus can you imagine the beat-up state of their body?

My hand is actually healing well.  The pain is no longer on my wrist bone but I still have difficulty turning the hand. Thus, hubs thinks that a session of physiotherapy would speed up the healing process.

I was administered Interferential and Ultrasound treatment for a duration of 30 minutes.

I didn’t feel any improvement on my hand until 2 days later. The pain is now 90% gone and I have to be extra cautious not to bend and turn it at certain angles too much to trigger a re-inflammation.

After we left the hospital, hubs and I went to Kampar Cafe @ Sea Park PJ where we tucked into time-honoured Kampar noodles, fish balls, fried fish balls, pork balls, beef balls, beef tendon balls, fried fuchuk and taufu,  decadent Ipoh-style Kai Si Hor Fun and mouth-watering curry Chee Cheong Fun. What a stomach-satisfying warm meal we had after an hour of freezing cold time spent at the hospital on a wet and cold Monday morning.  I washed down my brunch with hot pumpkin barley served in breakable Chinaware mugs and not cheap plastic or Melamine cups 👍. Even their hot food is served in breakable Chinaware bowls. I am super OCD when it comes to the type of tableware that my hot food touches.  I cringe at the sight of hot soup put on Melamine and plastic bowls with the paint so faded that I’m convinced that I’d ingested the toxic chemicals 😬

Hubs also tapau a LOT of food from Kampar Cafe for our dinner, enough to last us for lunch, dinner and lunch again the next day 😁.  He now knows that I’m happiest when we don’t have to cook. I now take every opportunity to tapau food home whenever we are out so that I can give my hand a respite from washing and moping.

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Kampar Cafe
44, Jalan 21/19, Sea Park,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Daily, 8am-8pm.
Tel: 03-7496-7309



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RMCO Day68 ~ Sunday, 16 August 2020

I find it an irony that I had more stories to write in my blogs during the MCO when we were in home quarantine when everyday was a repeat of the previous day.   Now that we’re in the recovery MCO and allowed to go out, I find that I have nothing much to update.  With the girls back to school and I have lesser time for myself with school and tuition runs (with fewer hours of sleep too), I find that I have not much mood to update my blogs. All that I want to do whenever I have extra time in the day is to pay my sleep debt and get my beauty sleep 🥱 😴.  By the time I finish cleaning up after dinner, it’s almost time for bed already! And if I don’t head to my bedroom by 10 p.m., I’ll be doomed tomorrow when my phone alarm buzzes at 4:30 a.m.  I need at least 6 hours of sleep to be able to function the next day, or I’ll be a walking dead with a terrible foul mood the whole day with a nagging headache.

With not much updates, I’ll just post some photos taken last week ☺️

Hubby’s client’s corporate event early last week.

Note that the 1 meter social distancing at the tables were strictly adhered to with only 5 pax seated at each table.

Our dinner on Wednesday: mugwort omelette soup, braised Japanese pumpkin with dried shrimps, steamed minced pork with ‘mui choy’, stir-fried stinky beans/petai with minced pork and sauteed winged beans.

After a 5-month hiatus, I am back to driving to downtown KL (nightmare!!) at 5-ish p.m. to fetch Alycia back from school after Math tuition on alternate Thursdays now (used to be every Thursday). The drive to and from school takes an hour as it’s during peak after-office hours. I can’t wait to relinquish this duty when Alycia goes to college next year! But if she decides to remain in the high school to continue UEC (Form 6), then the nightmare continues!

My average step count by 7-ish p.m. each weekday:



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RMCO Day 58 ~ Thursday, 6 August 2020

Thursdays are my busy days as my Grab Mom duty starts from 7 a.m. and only ends at 9:45 p.m.. Now that Maria our part-time helper only comes in on Wednesdays and Saturdays, I have to keep Thursdays a non-cooking day.  That is why for today, a super busy day for me with back to back school and tuition runs and a bunch of articles to write for my boss, I told the mil not to cook dinner.   Post-dinner aftermath is too time-consuming to clean up and the girls can’t help as they will be at the tuition center and attending online tuition from home. Dinner for us tonight is takeaway Yong Tau Foo from my favorite shop.

Lunch is from hubby’s shop — beef lasagna and Ayam Percik, which I asked hubs to prepare extra for us when my friend ordered.  His chef made extra lasagna for us which is enough for 2 more lunches for the girls next week.

The lasagna this time is bursting with ground beef, capsicum and carrots and very cheesy. The girls love it!

Delish Ayam Percik with curried roasted peanut sauce:

If you’d like to savor Malay and Western cuisines from Catermate, you can Whatsapp my hubby, Alan at 019-266 4297.  Of course you can order anything that you fancy besides Malay and Western cuisine, just give him a call or drop him a Whatsapp to inquire.

Just before we left the house for the tuition center, Alycia told me that she felt hot and nauseous.  These days, if any of the girls feels feverish, I can’t take it lightly anymore. I told her to stay home and gave her a packet of Izumio hydrogen water to gulp down right away with 2 capsules of Esberitox. She knocked off at 8 p.m. and woke up at 6 a.m. feeling right as rain again, phew!  This is the consequence of staying up late to cram for exams recently. Now that Alycia only needs to go to school twice a week, she’s been sleeping way past midnight on most nights. And she finally admitted that it’s the late nights and lack of sleep that’s causing her to feel off-color.  Alycia and Sherilyn are night owls and I’ve been having a hard time getting them to sleep by 10 p.m.

Here’s something very enlightening to me as a mom that I found from the internet! Studies have found that many teens have trouble falling asleep early. It’s not because they don’t want to sleep. It’s because their brains naturally work on later schedules and aren’t ready for bed.

During adolescence, the body’s circadian rhythm (an internal biological clock) is reset, telling a teen to fall asleep later at night and wake up later in the morning. This change in the circadian rhythm seems to be due to the fact that the brain hormone melatonin is produced later at night in teens than it is for kids and adults. So, teenagers have a harder time falling asleep.

Sometimes this delay in the sleep–wake cycle is so severe that it affects a teen’s daily activities. In those cases it’s called delayed sleep phase syndrome, also known as “night owl” syndrome. And if your sleep-deprived teen brings mobile devices into bed, surfing or texting late into the night, the light exposure could also disrupt circadian rhythm and make it harder to sleep.

So if you’re facing this problem with your teens, fret not as you’re not alone. But sometimes don’t you just wish that your teens were still toddlers or pre-schoolers who would listen to everything that you say including lights out by 9 p.m.?



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RMCO Day 53 ~ Saturday, 1 August 2020

I love Saturdays simply because Maria comes in on Saturdays.  Maria has been our part-time helper for the last 8 years. She used to come in 5-6 times a week but because we’re on an austerity drive now, a consequence of the MCO and RMCO (and possibly another MCO/restriction order if Malaysians don’t behave and don’t adhere to Covid-19 SOPs), we have to prune off unnecessary expenses.  Part-time helper is one on the list. When the pandemic eases off and hubby’s business rebounds to how it used to be, our helper can come in 5-6 times a week once again. For now, I’ll have to soldier on.  Oh. My. Poor. Hands.😓

I first heard of the term “austerity drive” when I worked in the bank some 20 years ago, when the bank I worked in had to implement some austerity measures to cut costs due to recession. That was circa 1997 or 1998.  So I learned a few tips and tricks to cut costs from the bank and from my parents, who also had to invoke a host of harsh cost cutting measures during the recession in the mid 1980s when my dad lost his job.  I can splurge when times are good and I am also able to ride out a humble lifestyle with no luxuries.  I am resilient and so are our girls. I’ve always been drilling into their heads to be thrifty and to always always have as much savings as they can for rainy days like this darn pandemic. Because it sucks and rips your entire dignity off your soul to have to borrow money from friends and relatives. This is something I wish I never have to do but if this pandemic and MCO never ends, I’m not too sure about it. Well, maybe half the world population would be dead by then 😪

As Maria is around to help us clean up, we could cook up a storm! 🤭  I dug out the packet of rack of lamb that hubs bought about a month ago and told our baking queen the menu of the day. She’s always more than happy to cook, especially new recipes. She spent almost the entire afternoon in the kitchen — first with making Taiwanese sweet potato dessert and then seared the rack of lamb.

Pistachio crusted grilled rack of lamb:

My house rule is: if you want to eat, you have to help out. And I roped in the littlest brat to make mashed potato.

Alycia the ‘tai siew jie’ (big princess) with royal fingers who doesn’t like kitchen work was roped in to cut a big cantaloupe.  With an inflamed wrist, I have to delegate all the heavy duty chores to the girls whilst I stand, supervise and do spot cleaning 😁.  OCD me will freak out at any crumb, juice, sauce and food remnants on the floor. The ants in our house seem to have bionic sensors as they would come and feast on even the tiniest piece of food crumbs within 5 minutes of dropping it on the floor!

Midas touch – this girl seems to have magic in her hands. Everything that she dishes out is delish!

Pan seared + oven grilled pistachio crusted rack of lamb with sides of mash and grilled carrots, celery and garlic.

Hubby’s friend went to Seremban and gifted us a famous Lucky King chicken curry bun. Gawd, it’s humongous! One bun is enough for 3-4 eaters with ravenous appetite. The chicken curry is such a delight and very flavorful. We had this for dinner as well.  Yummsss!

A very pregnant bun with a huge packet of chicken curry within.

But mil and I were not too comfortable eating something that’s cooked with aluminum foil and plastic. The chicken curry is wrapped in a plastic bag and a layer of aluminum foil is then wrapped over before the bun is baked  🥶 😱. Imagine the chemicals leached out into the food!

Someone couldn’t wait to mop the curry sauce with the bun:

Photobombed by the hangry brat:



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RMCO Day 52 ~ Friday, 31 July 2020

Today is Hari Raya Haji holiday and we had lunch at Restaurant Saikee @ Lorong Syed Putra Kiri.


Sweet and sour pork (Gu Lou Yoke), spinach in superior soup with homemade fish paste (my favorite!),  steamed 3-variety eggs, fried Seabass with fermented black bean and steamed chicken with minced garlic and scallions.

The last time we dined at this restaurant was 7 months ago, in December 2019 with my parents.  Today we were seated at the same table as we did on that fateful evening in December 2019. We even ordered the same dishes as that evening. Part way through having our dinner that fateful evening, hubs received a call from my elder brother who was driving from Singapore to KL.   My brother had met with an accident and an ambulance was called to bring the entire family to the hospital in Seremban. We lost our appetite after that call, rushed off our dinner to rush home, hubs showered and rushed to the hospital in Seremban with my younger brother. What an eventful evening it was for us and thank God my brother and his 3 small kids were unharmed, except for my sil who had a cut on her forehead.

After lunch at Saikee, hubs bought these mini tartlets from Encore Patisserie for dessert:

After I’d posted the photo of these tartlets on Facebook, some of my friends thought that they were baked by our baking queen as she’d baked similar tarts recently😁.   These super tiny tartlets cost a whopping RM5 each (which is just 2 tiny mouthfuls) and the bigger normal size tarts cost RM10 each!

Dinner was chicken bolognese and lemang from hubby’s shop:

This is my kind of holiday, a day that I don’t have to clean up after the in-house chef cooks.  I really need many, many days like this to rest and heal my painful right wrist and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome right hand!  No amount of physiotherapy or deep heat rubbing would help if my poor right hand keeps exerting itself through cleaning, mopping (culprit!), washing bathrooms (holding the toilet brush is another culprit!) and carrying heavy pails of laundry 😢.  Any activity that requires turning my wrist is an agony.  And if only there’s someone to open the door for me, life would be just a little sweeter for me. I’m sure those who suffer the same fate as me would know the pain when turning the darn door knob — the electric shock that sparks from the wrist up to the arm!! ☠️



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RMCO Day 49 & 50 ~ Tuesday & Wednesday, 28 & 29 July 2020

These yummy goodies from hubby’s shop came at the right time as my post-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome right hand is inflamed and dang painful resulting from over-usage during the MCO (too much repetitive movements from house chores and washing after cooking 2-3x a day) when our daily part-time helper couldn’t come.  Yesterday was another cook-free day for us, a day for my right hand to rest. I guess I’ll take the easy way out again tomorrow from hubby’s kitchen😁🥳

Mee Siam:

Ayam Masak Lemak (Chicken curry):

Stir-fried mixed vegetables with fresh shiitake mushrooms:

Ikan (Mackerel) masak cili berlada:

Acar Rampai:

Traditional Rainbow Ghee rice / Nasi Hujan Panas:

My ultimate kryptonite – angku kuih and all types of fattening kuih muihs 😆

Will need to see a physiotherapist soon  😥

Sherilyn’s lunch box today, which she cooked last night:

Gaji-namul (Korean seasoned steamed eggplant) and
Gyeran Mari (Rolled Omelette)

These are our favorite Bapsang (side dishes) whenever we have Korean. They’re very easy to prep, healthy and yummy.

Gyeran Mari– thinly pan fried eggs rolled up with Japanese rice and kombu (from the Dashi that she made) seasoned with soy sauce and sugar (optional).

Gaji-namul — steamed egg plant, minced garlic cloves, chopped scallions, soy sauce, hot pepper flakes/chili flakes, fish oil, sesame seed oil and toasted sesame seeds all mixed together.

She made extra eggplant for me, which I had it for breakfast this morning 😊

The food critic giving comments on Sherilyn’s rolled omelette 😆

Our lunch today is exactly the same food as yesterday as there were orders for Nasi Hujan Panas from his customers again today 😁 Tomorrow there are orders for 100 boxes of Nasi Lemak again but I don’t think we can stomach anymore spicy food.  However, if hubs calls me to collect extras from his shop tomorrow, it’s going to be hard to resist the temptation 🤭



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RMCO Day 46 ~ Saturday, 25 July 2020

Cass, mil and I had breakfast at our favorite open air kopitiam today. It’s Cass’ first time eating here during the RMCO, her first in 4 months.  Of all the cafes and restaurants that her gourmand daddy often brings us to, this humble kopitiam is still her favorite.

Why?

Because of friendly Uncle Weng’s fish paste noodles, which is her favorite.  She used to be hooked to this bitter gourd minced pork noodles sold at a neighborhood kopitiam but the seller had moved away years ago.  And she’s since shifted her favorite to Uncle Weng’s fish paste noodles! Moreover this girl just hates to dress up fancy-schmancy just to go out for a meal at a fancy restaurant. She prefers going out in her pajamas (almost!) at a casual open-air eatery to have a quick bite and go home 😁

This brat always singles out all the fried shallots in her noodles and dump them to me 🙄

My fried meehoon with ‘liu’ from the mil’s curry noodles. The amount you see on the plate is just a quarter; the other three quarter portion is in a tiffin carrier, for whoever who’d like to eat it for lunch later.  I think I have a stomach with an XS capacity as I can’t eat much in a meal, thus my size and 42.7 kg weight  😄

MIL made bubur cha cha with 3 types of sweet potatoes, yam, mixed beans, aromatic palm sugar (from blocks) and freshly squeezed coconut milk for tea time dessert.

And our simple dinner of steamed cod fish, stir-fried celery, long beans and ‘fu pei’ and steamed minced pork with preserved mustard green for the 5 of us.  Hubs was at a client’s wedding event – his first outdoor catering for a wedding during the RMCO 🙏

Alycia was finally in the mood to complete the 800 pieces jigsaw puzzle that her granny gifted her last Christmas. Despite a 4-month home quarantine during the MCO, she didn’t have the mood for puzzles.  The girls seemed to be  discombobulated throughout the time they were stuck at home and had no mood for anything besides seeking comfort from their gadgets.  Being able to go back to school seemed to make them happier as their lives returned to normalcy.

My happy food and ultimate kryptonite – kuih 😛

PS: It took me 4 days to complete this short post as there’s been too much going on the past few days – too much distraction, feeling down and having too much to do with too little help. I’m feeling better today 🥰



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RMCO Day 43 ~ Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Today has been another fruitful day for me on the jogging treks. I clocked in 10,000 steps before 12 noon today! The vibration and buzz on my Fitbit to congratulate me on hitting 10k steps is such a sensational feeling; a feeling of victory and a golden ticket for me to treat myself to some sinful carbs like kuih, cakes and Nasi Lemak from hubby’s shop without the guilt 😁

Ever since school reopened I find that the days are shorter and time seems to whiz by so much faster. On most nights, I would conk out on my chair in front of my PC by 9 pm  but I’ll be running on fumes to continue my Grab Mom duty to fetch Alycia and Sherilyn back from the tuition center at 9:30 pm (on Wednesdays and Thursdays).

I really wish that there were more hours in a day for me to sleep and do the things that I love. If I had more time on hand, I’ll definitely learn to bake keto cakes, bread and cookies.  But for now, I’ll put this in my To-Do list when I retire 😄

On some mornings,  something as humble as the economy noodles really perk me up.  Today after jogging at the park I bought a packet of economy Mee Siam with added fried lobak and shared this with the mil for breakfast.

Lunch today is Nasi Lemak from hubby’s shop again. Today is the second straight day that we’re having Nasi Lemak from his shop. Yesterday there was chicken rendang with otak-otak and today there’s Ayam Goreng Berempah. Tomorrow his staff will be prepping 100+ boxes of Nasi Lemak again and I’m undecided if we should take some too 😬

We love the aromatic fried spices and onions scattered on the Ayam Goreng Berempah.

This is my portion: just 2 tablespoons of fragrant fluffy coconut rice with 2 pieces of fried chicken, lots of fried spices and some crunchy fried anchovies and peanuts.  Simply divine!

Salivating already? Just Whatsapp Catermate at 019-266 4297 to place your order  😁

Our dinner, yesterday:

Curry vegetables (takeaway), Sam Pei Jie (3 Cups Chicken) cooked with homegrown basil, stir-fried red and green spinach and omelette with organic ‘Yeh Heong Fah’ edible flowers aka Chinese Violet Telosma Cordata.



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RMCO Day 36 ~ Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Today I finally saw some semblance of  my pre-Covid19 days. But in reality, normalcy is far from near, until a vaccine is found.  The girls are back in school today. All 3 girls woke up on their own; Sherilyn and Cass were raring to go back to school after 4  months long of boredom being cooped up at home.  Today is day 1 of Alycia’s mid-year exam. She will have to sit for a few more exams before the actual SPM exam from 6 January ~ 9 February next year!  😵

After sending Sherilyn to school, I went to the park to jog for another half an hour, just to clock in at least 6,000 steps for the morning session. Before sending Sherilyn to school, I’d brisk walked for 10 minutes at the condo jogging trek before rushing back to send hubby to his shop at 6:30 a.m. as his car was still at the repair workshop.  The remaining 2k – 3k steps  are normally acquired when I run errands and do slavery chores in the house. Throughout the MCO, I managed to clock in at least 6k-8k steps in a day 🏃‍♀️

I’d prepped myself mentally for my pre-Covid19 hectic days to resume now that schools and tuition centers reopen today.   At noon today, I received an email from my online boss who tasked me with 7 articles to write on topics that I am totally clueless!  At that time I was at the supermarket shopping for groceries, then I received an unexpected call from hubs asking me to send him to the car repair shop about 10km away to collect his car.  By the time I was back home, I had to rush to school to fetch Sherilyn, then rushed home to wait for Cassandra’s return from school.  Thankfully mil was at home to help prep lunch for us. By the time I had the time to sit down and start writing, it was already 3-ish p.m.. How the heck am I going to dish out at least 4 posts to my boss by today as promised?!  I always spend at least an hour browsing for information to understand and study the topic/product that I am assigned to write before I start writing a 400 – 500 word article.    I have another round of chauffeuring to do at 7:30 p.m. and then at 9:30 p.m. to fetch Sherilyn back from the tuition center.  Thank God our helper is here today! She’s God-sent and I pray that we can have her back in our home 5-6 times a week like she used to before the sodding pandemic crippled the world economy, when times were so much more comfortable for us.

We had fish head curry from hubby’s shop for dinner tonight. Mil also bought takeaway pig’s trotters in black vinegar and pig stomach hot pepper soup.  Was too busy to remember snapping photos of the food.

I hope your kids’ first day of school was uneventful and went smoothly.  Let’s pray  that Phase 2 and Phase 3 of school reopening (on 22 July) will run smoothly without a single new infection from schools 🙏🏻.

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RMCO Day 34 ~ Monday, 13 July 2020

Today is mall shopping day with Sherilyn and the mil. When school reopens, Sherilyn won’t have the time to go shopping unless there’s a public holiday or it’s the school holidays. I never like to go shopping on a public holiday because of the crowd. It’s Sherilyn’s first outing to the mall during the MCO; her first in over 5 months.  The other two girls stayed home to attend their schools’ online classes.

Lunch was at An Viet @ Gardens Mall as I wanted to utilize a RM10 voucher earned when I last had lunch at this restaurant with hubs a month ago.

The situation at the mall is back to normal. There were crowds at most eateries and at Uniqlo, business was as usual brisk with many shoppers.  Many items were on sale and I got myself two bra tops at great deals. Because of the MCO, Uniqlo extended the validity of my birthday voucher worth RM15 and I got more savings from the voucher. The two bra tops are my belated birthday present for myself ☺️

I’ve now gotten the hang of mopping the floor with my left  hand (I’m a right-hander).  Well, when the right hand is in pain because of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I can’t just whine and do nothing. Work still has to be done. Slowly but surely, I’ve learned to do things with my left hand so that the right hand gets a breather.  With continued practice, I’ll soon be joining the 1 percent ambidextrous people in the world  😁



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RMCO Day 33 ~ Sunday, 12 July 2020

Hubs brought the girls to the Datuk Lee Chong Wei Sports Arena to play badminton with our friends’ kids this morning.  These are the kids who grow up together with our girls, the same bunch of kids whom our girls went on trips together with since young.

The pain on my right hand is still a thorn in my side and I’m unable to carry anything heavy or turn my hand in certain angles. I can’t even turn my wrist to carry my bag or pull the car’s safety belt, thus there’s no way I can hold a racquet to play badminton.  So I stayed home to finish off some house chores and then walked to the nearby stalls to get some delish homemade pandan coconut paus and newspapers.  The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on my right hand is rearing its ugly head again after being in a semi-dormant state for more than 16 years.  The pain crept up during the MCO when I overworked my right hand.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The pain in my carpal tunnel is due to excess pressure in my wrist and on the median nerve. Inflammation can cause swelling. Carpal tunnel syndrome has been associated with certain tasks including:

Repetitive hand motions.
Awkward hand positions.
Positioning of your wrists while using your keyboard or mouse.
Any repeated movement that overextends your wrist, such as playing the piano or typing.

Throughout the 4 months of MCO when Maria our part-time helper couldn’t come, I’ve overworked myself and my hands. With cooking 3 meals a day and a house full of occupants, never had I washed and cleaned up so much.  I’ve had full time and part time maids almost all my life and this is the first time in my life that I had to do so much housework!  Thank God Maria can now come into our home again, albeit not everyday.  She’s now coming in twice a week and because of the pain in my hand,  I’m thinking of getting her to come thrice a week when school reopens next week. That’s when my Grab Mom duties are back in full swing till almost 10 p.m. several times a week. Thus, I will need Maria to come and help me out on days when I have to make up to 10 trips in a day.

After badminton, we had lunch together. It’s been a while since I last had lunch with my friends at a restaurant.

Lunch was at our friend’s restaurant in our neighborhood.

Fish paste and fish head noodles from Uncle Weng Fish Head Noodles.

The weather has been gloomy and wet the past few mornings. I’ve not been able to go jogging the past few mornings. Today I walked to the nearby shops though there was a light drizzle. Hubby’s car was re-admitted to the car repair shop yesterday, just two days after it was discharged and he’s now using my car.

I’m off to Mid Valley Megamall with Sherilyn tomorrow morning as she has some stuff to get before school reopens on Wednesday. And she’s outgrown most of her pants and needs new ones too. She’s put on a little weight during the MCO. It’s difficult not to when she’s been baking and cooking and have not been very active  😅

Have a great new week ahead everyone!



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RMCO Day 31 ~ Friday, 10 July 2020

Today is the third day I skipped exercising. The past two mornings were spent at UTC Pudu to get Cass’ new IC done. I was raring to go jogging this morning but it drizzled the entire day, bummer! Since I couldn’t go jogging, I went to the supermarket and Mr DIY instead. Shopping is the next best alternative to jogging as it involves lots of walking too 😁

I was planning to go on a diet and limit my carbs intake today as I’ve not been exercising for 3 days straight but hubs brought these sinfully delish angku kuih and crispy curry puffs back! How could I resist angku kuih? My ultimate kryptonite is kuih! 😳

He also brought back Mee Siam with Ayam Masak Merah. These are extras from his shop for the day.  And these are my favorites too! Diet be damned!!

Drooling already? 😆  Go ahead and satiate your craving by supporting hubby’s catering and bento box.  You can Whatsapp him at 019-266 4297 to order. Thanks in advance for your support ❤️

Keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow morning’s weather will be perfect so that I can unleash all my pent-up energy and run for at least 40 minutes 🙏

Our MMA fighter attended online Taekwondo class again today. She’s still nursing an inflamed corn on her foot and has not been very active lately.

The Government announced today that contact sports will be allowed again effective 15 July 2020, which means that Sherilyn will soon be able to go back to the gym to attend Taekwondo, Muay Thai and Kickboxing.  I dread thinking of all the chauffeuring from morning till late night when school, tuition, dance and MMA classes start again 😵

 

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RMCO Day 26 ~ Sunday, 5 July 2020

I woke up at 6:45 a.m. today. I’ve been waking up at this time almost everyday throughout the MCO, except on days that Alycia has to go to school on Wednesdays and Thursdays when I will be up at 5:45 a.m.

When Cass and Sherilyn return to school on 15 July, I’ll be up by 4:30 a.m. again.  😫 😩 🥺.   This ungodly waking time does not do me any good. Even waking up at 5:30 a.m. is a pain for me. It makes my brain foggy and I find it really torturous to have to battle the extreme sleepiness at that hour.  The only thing I like about being up at this hour is the absolute silence and peace in the house, sans any noise except for the soothing music from the radio.  And of course my pre-dawn workout after sending Cass off to the school van.  My daily 40-60 minutes of pre-dawn workout helps me to detox my mind and body as well as gives me a quiet time to do some soul-searching and prayer.

Beautiful sunrise at 6:45 a.m. today:

These days, hubs has to be at the bistro that he set up for a client every single day – to train the staff and ensure that the bistro runs smoothly and profitably.  He leaves the house early in the morning for his office and shop to settle catering and food box delivery orders and then scoots off to the client’s bistro in Sunway.

This morning we went groceries shopping at our neighborhood supermarket and had lunch together before he started work – first at his shop to supervise food preparation ordered by a customer for a party and then to the bistro.  He has to work doubly hard now to recoup the earnings he lost for the months of having zero income during the initial months of the MCO  💪

In the afternoon, I went to hubby’s shop to collect lasagna as he told his chef to cook extra for us but the extra is one gargantuan tray for us!  The girls are so happy as lasagna is one of their favorites. I’m happiest as I don’t have to cook dinner. No cooking = less washing and that’s my kind of lazy Sunday.

Loaded with cheese on top and generous amount of minced chicken and veggies on the inside. And not too salty or oily. Perfect lasagna!

I divided the lasagna into 4 tubs for freezing for future meals and gave a tub to Maria, our part-time helper who was here today to clean up SIL’s vacant unit on the other block.

Tub on the foreground – biggest chunk for Maria and her hubby. This will be their breakfast tomorrow.

If you’d like to try this delish lasagna or want to order food for an event at your workplace or home, please Whatsapp Alan at 019-266 4297 or email catermatesdnbhd@gmail.com.  Thank you ❤️

Happy Sunday, all and sundry ☺️



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RMCO Day 23 ~ Thursday, 2 July 2020

In less than two weeks, Sherilyn and Cass will be returning to classroom learning! While I am glad that they can be back in school and not be cooped up at home and get hooked to their gadgets all day, I am a little sad that our long holidays will soon be over 😌  This kind of holiday happens once (or maybe twice) in our lifetime and it’s the only time in our lives that we get to be together lollygagging around the home 24/7 for four months.

Despite the anxiety over a bunch of uncertainties facing us, grinding gears with family members, the stress of having to cook 3 meals a day and cleaning up like crazy the entire day with a house full of occupants throughout the four months of house quarantine, in hindside, I’ve enjoyed the quarantine at home with my girls.  We get to sleep in everyday, have no where to rush to, my Grab mom duties were put on hold and the girls have no exam stress. PT3 and UPSR exams were scratched out  and SPM postponed to next January and that’s the biggest joy for us 😆

Things are slowly and surely getting back to normal.  I wouldn’t say that this year sucks as everyone has been grounded; the grounding has pushed a total reset button in all of us, which is a good thing, as most of us took many things for granted pre-Covid19. The past 4 months have been a time of reflection for many of us.   The only downside of the pandemic and months of partial lockdown for us is that it has sucked out a chunk of hubby’s savings just to keep his business going without laying off his staff and the household running uninterrupted.  It’s like a game of Snakes and Ladders and this year we landed on the snake’s head and have to slide down to the bottom of the snake and work our way up again. If you’ve played this board game before, you’ll know that everyone has to land on the snake’s head at least once and get thrown to the bottom again.  And like the game, we will somehow reach the top again, in a matter of time 💪

Our dinner: Japanese curry (the girls’ all-time favorite dish), ‘Yeh Heong Fah’ / Fragrant Telosma omelette (my favorite) and leftover radish+ mushroom+ carrot + pork bone soup from yesterday.



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