Saturday, 20 October 2018

This is going to be a quick post as I have past my bedtime and I need to wake up at 6 a.m. tomorrow on a SUNDAY. Tomorrow is our Dancing Queen’s big day.  It’s her dance competition day and she has to be at the competition venue by 7:30 a.m..  Thank God for her dedicated dance teacher who is helping to fetch her there in the morning, I do not need to wake up earlier than 6 a.m. and I can at least bring the other 2 girls and the mil out for breakfast first, buy takeout lunch for them and I can get the laundry done before going.

Cass is in a holiday mood already though the 6-week long holidays is only starting in a month’s time. But because her final exam is finally over, she is in a really relaxed mood~ burying her face in her novels all day and doing nothing else.  The first book that she read after her exam is Seconds Away.

Brunch today was prawn noodles and fried glass noodles. The prawn noodles is sans prawns as we don’t really fancy prawns. We had the prawns replaced with minced pork.

As we are now  maid-less, for the first time in this little brat’s life, she washed her school shoes! She donned on a pair of disposable plastic gloves and took about 20 minutes to wash her shoes.  She did a pretty good job, at least better than kakak as the shoes did not have residue of slimy detergent inside out. Good job Cass!

Dinner was at Ruay Thai with just Sherilyn.  Alycia stayed home to cram for her UEC exam which starts next week.  Cass said she didn’t feel like going out and ate cheese on toast. The mil stayed home to be with the girls and ate overnight dishes.

Takeout Seafood Pad Thai for Alycia in my tififn carrier.

Did I tell you that I have at least 2 tiffin carriers and 3 – 4 stainless steel food containers stashed in the trunk of my car for takeout food? 😉  I have a pet peeve over plastic bags used for food takeaway, especially hot soup. I only order takeout food if I have a glass or stainless steel container with me.

Good night world!

Busy Evenings

The past three evenings have been super duper hectic for me.  I’ve been training new part-time maids in between chauffeuring Alycia and Sherilyn back from school, to and fro tuition and dance classes, on top of revising with Cass who is sitting for her final exam this week.  Dinners are normally at my work desk, sometimes swallowing a spoonful or two before rushing off to fetch Sherilyn back from school and only finishing it half an hour later, by then the food had already turned cold.

My most trusted and much loved part-time maid, Maria has gone back to Indonesia to get married. She finally summoned the courage to ditch her East Malaysian Chinese boyfriend of 10 years who has no serious intention of marrying her to marry  an Indonesian man whom she has only known for a year. I hope that Maria will find marital bliss with her new hubby. And I pray that she will return to work for us after 6 weeks as promised. Maria has been a God-sent helper of 6 years to me and has brought a lot of joy and peace to my life.  We treat her as part of our family. Life is tough without her coming over to help me in the evenings.

The new temporary part-time helper whom Maria recommended to me stopped working after just 2 days as she is afraid of walking home at 9 at night.  She found her friend Wati, to replace her and thank God Wati seems very capable and has an amiable disposition.  But the same issue cropped up.  Wati is also afraid of walking home at night. Yesterday she asked if she could bring along a friend to work together with her so that she has company in her nightly walk back home.  I was very reluctant but acceded anyway as I know the feeling of having to walk home alone in the dark. I went through this phobia for 6 years before I finally moved out from my rented room in Jalan Ipoh when my handbag was snatched by a scumbag motorcyclist and then bought my first car.

But this friend whom Wati  brought along is O.M.G.!  She looks like a hoyden of a thug who has ciggie breath when she talked.  I almost wanted to blurt out and ask Wati whether her friend is a male or a female!  She certainly does not look like someone I want in my house with 3 young girls and an elderly mil.  On some nights, I have to leave Cass at home alone with the maids while I fetch the two older girls back from tuition, Muay Thai or dance class. I felt really uncomfortable just talking to that tomboy who even named herself ‘Din’ (a Malay name for males).

Long story short, I told Wati that I can’t accept Din to work with her in our house.  Today when I Whatsapped Wati to ask if she’s  coming for work, she lied to me that she has fever and can’t come. I was forthright with her and asked her whether she still wanted to work and she said NO.

Fine. This means I will be maid-less until Maria comes back mid of November, that’s if she ever comes back. In the meantime I tried calling all the part-time maids’ numbers stored on my phone but as fate would have it, all the numbers seemed to be out of service / unreachable.

I’ve had a maid almost half of my life ~ 10 years with a full-time maid and 7 years with a part-time maid.  Now I have to adjust my lifestyle and learn to live without a part-time maid.  I’m sure I’ll be resilient enough to live without someone helping me. Worst case scenario is to pick up the phone and order an hourly paid maid through a maid agency. Everyone in the house will have to sacrifice  and help out to make the household run smoothly.  I may even have to relook at our kitchen layout and engage our contractor to find a way to install a dishwasher.

Cass is sitting for her Science finals today. Breakfast for her today is pan-fried sweet corn fritters (cooked yesterday evening and heated up in the toaster this morning).

Lunch for her is takeout salmon shio yaki bento.

Dessert ~ cut orange, mango, organic cherry tomatoes and a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice lightly sweetened with Manuka honey.

Pre-Final Exam Weekend

On Friday, the mil cooked a big pot of pumpkin chicken porridge and a big pot of ‘tau kok lup’ (a dish consisting of long beans, carrots, pork, prawns, preserved radish; all diced) to go with the porridge before  leaving KL for Ipoh to attend a wedding dinner. The hubs drove back to Ipoh the next day to attend the wedding dinner. So I spent the weekend alone with the girls to do some quiet revision with Cass.

This year’s October has been a very busy month for the girls and me.  Alycia’s PT3 exam has just concluded; as she’s in a Chinese Independent high school, she  has another compulsory exam (UEC) to sit for, which will  commence  from next Monday for a week.  Sherilyn’s  finals also starts next Monday and but she won’t have much time to revise as this Dancing Queen will be away the entire Sunday on the eve of her exam for a dance competition.  Cass’ finals started today.

Thank goodness this  little brat started to get just a tad motivated on the eve of her final exam!  Well, better late than never.

Just nine days ago I realized that there’s no more BM workbook for Cass to practise. I have finished revising the BM text book with her and she has also finished all the BM workbooks and test papers that I had bought for her.  So I made a quick trip to Popular Bookstore and got her another BM workbook.  Cass is pretty weak in her BM and needs lots of drilling on it.  I didn’t really think that she could complete the entire workbook consisting of 9 assessments in 9 days but she did!  On the eve of her BM finals yesterday (Sunday), she did a marathon of exercises and completed the entire workbook, plus marked the exercises herself as I was too busy. I was out chauffeuring the two older girls the whole of Saturday and did not have much time on Sunday.

Yesterday we snacked on mum’s freshly prepped boiled curry leaves chickpeas while revising. The hubs brought it back from Ipoh. Mum has been trying out  new recipes everyday using her brand new Phillips pressure cooker.  And she’s gifting me a brand new Phillips pressure cooker for Christmas! She’s trying out her new toy so that I can attend her tutorials during the December school hols. Thank you mummy 😘

Merdeka Weekend

I only realized today that this blog has not been updated for  a week!  I have been too caught up with my online businesses and busy slothing around during my free time.  Have I told you that I am a champ at slothing? 🤩

These days at every free time opportunity that I have, all I want to do is to catch up on my beauty sleep. Or simply plunge myself on my massage chair while I browse the internet. I do not even feel like braving the horrendous jam to go to the shopping mall. And that’s partly because I do most of my shopping online now!  I excel at spending $$ 🤑 and work hard in bringing in the moolah too.

I realize that as our girls grow, I get busier and busier without slowing down. The speed just gets faster.  My chauffeuring duty only ends between 8-9-ish pm each day. If I am lucky, the hubs will help to pick up our dancing queen from the studio. She is having extra classes since last month until October to rehearse for a dance competition. I realize that my most enjoyable time with the girls was during their toddler years.  The moment they entered Primary 1, I was suddenly tossed into a fast lane with very little opportunity to slow down~ physically and financially!  Gen-Z kids are really expensive to raise and maintain. Not that I am keeping up with the Joneses. I don’t think we can afford to anyway but I try to provide the best for our girls.

Anyway, back to my updates on what we have been up to over the long Merdeka weekend.

On Merdeka day (Friday, 31 Aug), we got up early to attend a Save Malaysia fund-raising carnival at our neighborhood park. The funds will go towards helping Malaysia pay off part of her debts.  There was a fun run, which I had skipped as all I wanted to do on a precious public holiday was to sleep in!  The hubs went for the run. We joined him at 8:30 a.m. to have breakfast at the park where food stalls were set up.


I paid RM5 for Cass to take part in a short art and craft lesson and at the end of it, she got to take home her own hand-made bookmark.

Dinner was at Restoran Wai Kei, Old Klang Road.  It’s the hubs’ favorite Hakka ‘tai chow’ restaurant.


Assorted fried Hakka ‘yong liu’and steamed free-range chicken.


Stir-fried vegetables and pork trotters in black vinegar.  All my favorite dishes, yummo!


Steamed fish

The next day (1 Sept 2018) was another regular Saturday for us.  Alycia had full day school and an exam to sit for. It’s her PT3 trial exam week and the last day will be on Friday.  Poor girl has been cramming till the wee hours of the morning and getting only a few hours of sleep the past one week.  Nonetheless, she’s still as cool as a cucumber 🥒🥒 .  She de-stresses herself by watching dramas on You Tube 🙄 during breaks  and working out for 1-2 hours in the gym everyday.


Our breakfast bought from church on Sunday : homemade waffle with ice-cream and burger with homemade pork pattie. Money from the food sale will be channeled to the Girls and Boys Brigade for purchase of musical instruments.

After lunch in Pudu on Sunday, we dropped by Tong Kee Bakery in Pudu to shop for Chinese pastries for the big girl who was still cramming at home.  She loves pastries and is a carbo-addict. She knows white flour and carbo are unhealthy but like any kid, she couldn’t give a hoot about it yet.  Thank God for her 1-2  hourly sessions in the gym daily.
Our loot ~ the “best of the worst”: egg tarts, almond tart, coconut tart, chicken pies, walnut cookies and coconut oat cookies. At least these snacks have some protein in them and are not empty calories 😁

Thank God for the much-needed heavy downpour. The skies in KL are clear of haze for now. Let’s pray that it remains haze-free until the next monsoon arrives.


Picture taken from the 5th floor of our unit at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Random Matters

My first batch of VIP visitors consisting of my eldest sil and nephew returned to Hong Kong this morning. They were in KL for the past 2 weeks.

This Friday, we are expecting another 2 batches of VIPs ~ from Ipoh and Singapore.  My entire family will be in KL to celebrate papa’s 75th birthday! 🎂🍻 🥂  Another round of pigging out, chatting, laughing and bonding.

There’s been a hive of activity and feasts at our house for the past 2 weeks, with a 2-day break on Wednesday and Thursday before the  celebration and merriment continue from Friday onwards for another 4 days. And then it’s the start of the school holidays, yippeeeee!!  I can’t wait for the holidays to start.

I’ve been so sleep deprived the past one week.  Last weekend was a NO REST weekend for me. Cass had to attend a 2-day full day motivational camp at the school on Saturday and Sunday (from 7am – 5pm).   As the hubs had been working late the past few days, I had to assume the duty of  driver, which means having to wake up at 4:15 a.m. and leaving the house at 6:30 a.m., after getting some of the household chores done before everyone else in the family wakes up.

Most mornings I wake up asking myself if I can ever sleep in for another hour or two?!  It’s no joke getting up at that ungodly hour when that hour is the best time to be in a deep sleep ~ the room is cold and cozy and it’s just not meant to be the time to start ‘work’.  But surprisingly, I don’t feel extremely draggy or zombified  like I used to though I’ve not had a single day of rest. It must be the extra dosage of Super Lutein that I’ve been popping that gives me the sustenance.  Plus I have been diffusing energy-boosting essential oils throughout the night. Peppermint, lemongrass, lemon, geranium, cedarwood, eucalyptus, orange, tangerine and citrus fresh are some of the energizing essential oils that I have been diffusing every night.  And I am SO happy to report that this month, I did not get any period flu! 👍🏻

I realized about a few months back that ever since I touched 45 this year, I tend to get period flu about a week before my period starts. Every single month.  I also realized that many of my friends in their mid to late 40s get period flu too. I read that this is caused by fluctuating hormones in perimenopausal  women.  The  Progesterone Phyto Plus that I have been applying topically helps a great deal in balancing my wacky hormones.  I shall continue with this regimen of increased Super Lutein dosage, daily routine of diffusing and topical application of essential oils and getting an hour of uninterrupted nap during the day to boost my immune system and to beat fatigue.

Let me explain a nugget of Science here.

Did you know that the human body has an electrical frequency and much about a person’s health can be determined by it?  Higher frequency in the body, results in better health. It has been shown that a normal healthy body has a frequency of 62–72 MHz. When the body drops below this frequency, we begin to get into illness and disease states.  Clinical research shows essential oils, having the highest known frequency known to man, may create an environment in which microbes, disease, bacteria, fungus, etc. cannot survive.  Most naturally occurring substances –including essential oils – have coherent frequencies that resonate harmoniously with the electrical field of the human body. Happy and positive thoughts increase our body’s vibrational frequency while negative unhappy thoughts /emotions  decrease the frequency, even till it reaches ultra low frequency, i.e. death. Flipping mind-boggling eh? You can read more about it at my health blog.

So peeps, think happy and positive thoughts always. Eat fresh foods, especially plant based, which are high in vibration frequency. I wish everyone well and healthy. Have a happy week. School holidays start this Saturday!  😘

Brunch yesterday. Drama Queen with E, her cousin from HK and grand aunt from Ipoh.

Exam Fever

Thai cave boys fever is over, so is football fever. In comes exam fever now and this fever takes years away from my life, prematurely!

This girl is a vomit-blood inducing kid.  I kid you not.  She wasn’t like this when she was much younger. She was the cute as a button, obedient, angelic little girl who could melt my heart instantly, now transformed into a life-sucking devil in disguise of a petite 10-year old girl.

One moment I would feel like strangling and slapping her, another moment, she can be the sweet little girl she used to be, massaging my temples, feet and shoulders and saying sweet little nothings to me. Tween hormones raging to be blamed? Maybe.

She seems to have lost her mojo and focus when it comes to revising. All her mojo and focus have shifted to her novels.  She is still pretty disciplined when it comes to doing her school homework (thanks to her class teacher who seems to be able to do a little magic in motivating her) but anything beyond homework, it’s a torture for her and me.

These days, she needs to sit next to me when she does her homework, with her hands, legs and body touching mine, as if to get her inner batteries charged from having bodily contact with me. Like I’ve said before, she is like my twin. Three years of breastfeeding this rascal has created a very special bond between us.  Not that I like someone snuggled next to me when I am doing my work on the computer. It is already super hot in the afternoon. With someone leaning on my side, that’s something that annoys me.  But a mother’s sacrifice has  no boundary. I let her snuggle and lean next to me, with 3 fans blowing at us at full blast 😍

After an hour of revision, she gets to claim her screen time but she’s not totally free in front of the idiot box. She has to help to peel garlic skin 😀

My lunch yesterday (Sunday, 15 July 2018) was spent with only Cass and Drama Queen. Alycia stayed home to revise for her History test, the hubs was at work at Cyberjaya and the mil was away in Ipoh. After sending Drama Queen to a BM talk at the tuition centre, I spent my afternoon doing chores and revising BM with Cass.

I can’t tell you how suffocating it was for me to revise with that stroppy pre-teen. It didn’t help that I was PMS-ing and was feeling extremely short-fused and hothead.

Lunch at PappaRich:

I bought 3 boxes of takeaway chicken + cha siew rice and grilled jumbo Portobello BBQ mushrooms for dinner.

This time I delegated the task of prepping the mushrooms completely to Drama Queen.

We all love this grilled super juicy and meaty jumbo Portobello. Prepping this dish just takes 5 minutes:  rinse and dry the mushrooms, grease a baking tray with olive oil, sprinkle chopped garlic and butter at the back of the mushrooms and grill for 15 minutes in the oven at 170C.

Once removed from the oven, season the mushrooms with freshly ground black pepper and scrape a little rock salt on them. Drama Queen tried her hand at carving patterns on the mushroom skin and it looks awesome!

I put an eraser on the mushroom as a comparison to show how huge it is.  At RM13.90 for a punnet of 4 mushrooms, it is a tad expensive. But it’s A-OK, mushrooms are superfood loaded with nutrients and cancer-fighting phytochemicals, they are delish and most of all, minimal cooking is required to prep a yummo dish which I can delegate to my 13-year old 😉

Black Tuesday ~ 3 July 2018

Since last night, my right eye had been twitching. Whenever my trusted right eye twitches, I am extra cautious in whatever that I do. I also warned my girls about it.  The premonition cue that I get from my eye twitches is 99% accurate.  I had blogged about this before several times. I don’t really like the premonition cue as it gives me the creeps and yet it prepares me and makes me more cautious.  Most of the time when my right eye twitches, someone in the family falls sick, gets hurt or some misfortune happens.

My Tuesday started off pretty well in the morning. I dropped off Drama Queen in school at 6:50 a.m.  Drama Queen is putting her drama prowess into real life action once again. She and her team members are representing their school in a State-level English drama competition at St John’s International school today.

Below: Drama Queen with her two of her team members at St John’s International school yesterday. They were there to survey the stage.

Below: the Drama team today:

Announcement of the winners will only be made tomorrow and part of the team has to be at SJIS again tomorrow for the prize and certificate giving ceremony. I am sure Drama Queen and her team members are super anxious now as they await the  announcement of the results. Drama Queen has worked very hard in the preparation of this competition.  She is the editor of the script and is in charged of  searching for the sound effects and music for the drama.

Today is one of the those dreaded days when the black star hovered above me waiting to cast a jinx on me.  A short 3-minute dash into the bakery to get 3 buns for the girls’ recess cost me a bomb.

As it was only going to be a few-minute affair, I didn’t pay for the parking ticket. When I walked out of the bakery hurriedly, from a distance I saw a group of DBKL officers  surrounding my car.  Dang it, what shit have I gotten myself into?!!  My car was clamped ~ first time in my life. I pleaded for the officer to release my car and reasoned that I only parked there for 2-3 minutes but the officer cited that he had already taken pictures of my car and he absolutely cannot release the clamp and I will have to pay RM100 to release my car. WTF!  I was fuming mad and wanted to swear at the po-faced  officer but I knew all eyes, cameras and phones were probably already directed at us at that moment, unbeknown to me. Someone had most likely already started to take a video of me with his/her phone, waiting to post the video on social media had I acted unruly; so I better behave myself.  Reluctantly,  I paid the fine by dropping two RM50 notes into a plastic bag held up by the officer and his colleagues unlocked the clamp from my car tyre.  All these happened in a short 5 minutes!

My bad, it’s entirely my oversight.

The next time my right eye twitches, I better be 500% vigilant in every single move that I take.

Note to self: Do not take any chances on those eye-twitching days!

Tomorrow will definitely be a better day for me. I can already smell good luck knocking on my door 🙌

10 May 2018 ~ Post GE14 Day 1

Today, 10 May 2018 is the day history is made in Malaysia. This day will definitely be included in the Sejarah text book of Malaysian students soon. Our most beloved Tun Dr Mahathir will be sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia.

As of typing this post at 5 p.m., I together with the rest of the Malaysians await  anxiously and patiently for Tun to be sworn in at the Palace. My desktop computer keeps getting ‘hanged’ from watching Astro Awani live the whole day.  Tun was supposed to be sworn in at 9:30  in the morning but when the ceremony was cancelled without any reason given, the entire country was switched into panic mode. Well, at least for me, my family and all my friends. All of us were hooked to our phones and computers since yesterday to check on updates on which Party was leading and now, on who will actually be the 7th PM of Malaysia.

I am not a politics person. I don’t normally comment on it but this time, I get all hyped up and can’t contain my anxiousness and excitement.  I am sure that you, if you are a Malaysian, you are feeling the same too. Let’s continue to pray and wait for updates. Together we pray for a better Malaysia!

Chinese Egg Fried Rice / Golden Fried Rice

On the eve of GE 14 today, it’s school off  for Alycia and Drama Queen.  Alycia gets 3 days off  and Drama Queen gets 2 days off as their schools are used as polling station.  Cass gets only one day on 9 May. Poor her and me. I was anticipating for an off day for Cass too so that I could sleep in for 2 days. But no such luck. I still have to wake up early tomorrow to prepare for voting, my first ever. I’m so excited! 😁  Hopefully Thursday and Friday  or Monday and Tuesday next week will be declared a public holiday, as promised by the respective Parties should they win.  So, who do you think will win? 😉  I can’t wait to find out!

Since I have all morning to myself  today without having to do school and tuition runs, I did what I love best ~ retail therapy, all by myself.  Bliss! My most favorite  past time to destress is to go shopping alone with no one breathing down my neck for this and that and no one rushing me to quickly finish up and go home.

At Uniqlo, I saw this SPRZ NY top that is SUPER light and feels like I’m not wearing anything.  Was tempted to get it for myself for traveling as the material drys up super fast.  I thought I could share this with Alycia but after Whatsapping her the picture, to which she said “NO, I DON’T WANT IT, DON’T BUY IT!!”, I put the top back.  This is not something that I would wear often. My wardrobe only has sleeveless tops and dresses 🤭  and jackets. And I added another sleeveless bra dress to my collection  👗

Back home, Drama Queen  made two batches of pancakes. The first batch was a flop.  She tried to be creative and made blue pancakes using blue pea flower tea and wholemeal flour but the batter churned out starchy pancakes. The second batch was cooked to a tee ~ fluffy, pillowy and soft.

For dinner, I cooked Chinese Egg Fried Rice / Golden Fried Rice. This is by far the most perfect Chinese fried rice that I’ve dished up!  In future, I’ll stick with this recipe for the ultimate Chinese egg fried rice.

And what’s the secret?

The secret is by coating the cooked rice with egg yolk and separately frying all the ingredients.

Method:

First, separate the yolks from the whites. There are several methods of doing it. You can separate it with a spatula with drainer, by scooping the yolks up with half the cracked egg shell, sucking the yolks up with a water bottle, separating the yolks upon cracking the shell and by using your bare hands. Check out this video to see which method suits you best. Drama Queen and I prefer scooping the yolks up with the cracked egg shell.

Beat up the egg yolks and in a large bowl, mix the egg yolk with the rice evenly. Make sure that every grain of rice is coated with egg yolk. If the egg yolks are not enough, prep more.  I used Basmati rice and brown rice.

Heat up wok with sesame seed oil and olive oil.  Fry the rice coated with egg yolk until the rice is dried up. You will hear ‘popping’ sounds when the rice is dried up. I added a little Chinese sausage into the fried rice as it’s leftover from the previous night dinner. Season with salt and pepper and a little soy sauce if you wish but do not add too much as the soy sauce will cause the rice to be wet and the wok to turn brown/burnt.   Remove the fried rice from the wok.

Next, brown the garlic and onions. Then remove from the wok.

Brown the minced pork until you hear ‘crackling’ sounds from the wok or when the minced pork is golden brown. Add in the chopped long beans and carrots and fry till cooked.  Season with salt and pepper. Remove from wok.

Then fry the egg whites. As egg white tends to stick to the wok very easily, be sure to keep scraping the egg whites off the base of the wok to prevent them from getting burnt / stuck to the wok.

Finally, add in the fried rice, meat and vegetables and the chopped spring onions and stir well.

Ingredients:
1. Cooked rice. I didn’t really measure as I had some overnight cooked rice and I cooked another 1 cup of rice.
2. 6 eggs ~ yolks separated from whites (use more if necessary)
3. 1 bulb garlic
4. 2 bulbs red onion
5. Protein of your choice ~ I used organic minced pork
6. Vegetables of your choice ~ I used 1 packet organic long beans and 1 carrot
7. Chopped scallions / spring onions
8. Salt and pepper to taste. Soy sauce is optional

Instructions:
1. First, separate the yolks from the whites. There are several methods of doing it. You can separate it with a spatula with drainer, by scooping the yolks up with half the cracked egg shell, sucking the yolks up with a water bottle, separating the yolks upon cracking the shell and by using your bare hands. Check out this video to see which method suits you best. Drama Queen and I prefer scooping the yolks up with the cracked egg shell.

2. Beat up the egg yolks and in a large bowl, mix the egg yolk with the rice evenly. Make sure that every grain of rice is coated with egg yolk. If the egg yolks are not enough, prep more.  I used Basmati rice and brown rice.

3. Heat up wok with sesame seed oil and olive oil.  Fry the rice coated with egg yolk until the rice is dried up. You will hear ‘popping’ sounds when the rice is dried up. I added a little Chinese sausage into the fried rice as it’s leftover from the previous night dinner. Season with salt and pepper and a little soy sauce if you wish but not too much as the soy sauce will cause the rice to be wet.   Remove the fried rice from the wok.

4. Next, brown the garlic and onions. Then remove from the wok.

5. Brown the minced pork until you hear ‘crackling’ sounds from the wok or when the minced pork is golden brown. Add in the chopped long beans and carrots and fry till cooked.  Season with salt and pepper. Remove from wok.

6. Then fry the egg whites. As egg white tends to stick to the wok very easily, be sure to keep scraping the egg whites off the base of the wok to prevent them from getting burnt / stuck to the wok.

7. Finally, add in the fried rice, meat and vegetables and the chopped spring onions and stir well.

Power Of Prayers

On Saturday, I hurriedly left the house to bring Cass to Yamaha for piano lesson. Cass would normally remind me to bring along my mobile phone as I have a tendency to leave my phone behind. I am perpetually in a rush from one place to another, thus always leave my phone at home. I have since appointed Cass to be my personal reminder for me to bring along my phone and purse before I leave the house.

But on that particular day, Cass had forgotten to remind me. She was dawdling away at home, enjoying her freedom as her exam had just ended. Despite me hollering at her to dress up and go, she was taking her own sweet time, did her theory homework at the eleventh hour and other non important stuff.

About 20 minutes before we left the house, I put the kettle on the stove to boil water. I told myself that I HAD TO REMEMBER TO TURN OFF THE FIRE BEFORE GOING OUT but as I was busy rushing Cass to get ready and got myself ragged and frazzled nagging her, I buggered up. This is the second time I had left the kettle on the stove and left the house.  How could I?!

Note to self ~ never ever do this again! NEVER. REMEMBER!! *pull my own ears to the sides*

While in the class, I realized that I had left the mobile phone at home. Without the phone to distract my mind, my mind wandered back home. Suddenly, I remembered that the kettle was still on the stove, with the fire ignited at max speed. Alycia was at the gym. Drama Queen was in the bathroom. Our dear part-time helper was cleaning the bedrooms and bathroom. Dang it. No one would realize the kettle whistling until the water inside evaporates to nothing, the kettle gets burnt and the smoke detector gets activated and the loud alarm beeps. And I had no phone to call home. I immediately said a prayer to Jesus to protect everyone at home, for Him to get the helper to turn off the fire and to not let a tragedy happen. Our part-time helper who is a very initiative maid often helps to turn off the fire on the stove when the kettle whistles. Drama Queen also helps to do the same IF she’s in the kitchen.

After piano class ended, I sped home and dashed right into the kitchen and guess what?

The kettle was still on the stove, the knob was still turned to the max level but there was NO FIRE on the stove. NO FIRE. NO GAS SMELL. The kettle was COLD.

I am 100% sure that I saw the fire when I ignited the stove.

How could this happen?

I asked our part-time helper if she had turned off the fire and she said NO.

I could only think of DIVINE INTERVENTION!

Thank you Jesus for your help once again!!


Cass, doing what she loves most ~ reading a novel and munching on an apple, on a lazy Saturday morning, after a stressful exam week.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

It’s day two of Cass’ first term exam and she sat for her Chinese Understanding, Chinese Writing and Moral papers today. Chinese has always been the toughest subject for Cass, so is BM. She hardly reads Chinese and BM novels. She barely ever talks in BM,  does not attend BM tuition and the only practice that she gets apart from the exercises from school is from the exercises that I give her from the BM workbooks that I bought from Popular Book Store. Before exam, I do some intensive exercises and revision with her for her BM subject and these sessions always jack up my blood pressure reading many notches up.

Breakfast for Cass was a slice of wholemeal bread spread with butter, avocado and hazelnut chocolate bread spread. And Izumio.  Lunch box for school recess is hot cross bun with herb cream cheese spread and avocado.

My brunch with the hubs at Good Taste:


While enjoying my bowl of sui kow, at the corner of my eye I spotted something black flapping its wings behind a packet of bread. I turned to my side and oh. my. gawd. I saw my no. 1 enemy on the wall and it was huge! It was flying towards my side. I told the hubs and he told the waitress who then nonchalantly put on a disposable plastic glove on one hand,  chased after the huge roach, caught the fler, squashed it maybe (I don’t know) and then dumped it into the big bin at the side of the restaurant. By then, I had already lost all my appetite and the hubs walloped the rest of the sui kow. What a terrible brunch I’ve had!

Thankfully the mil dished up a big pot of aromatic and colorful fried Basmati rice with curry leaves, French beans, traffic light colors bell peppers and diced pork and I had that for lunch.

Cass tends to be overly confident with her English papers and I usually do minimal revision with her. An hour max of going through English Grammar with her and giving her  some handy last minute reminders and pointers.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be English Paper 1 & Paper 2 and RBT.

I’ve done my utmost best and now it is all on this girl’s effort in self-revising and her memory retention power. I’ll see…

Friday The 13th, 2018

Miss Eleventh Hour was almost late for her school’s Sports Day today. Last night I told her that I won’t be waking her up in the morning. She would have to learn to sleep early and rely on her alarm clock to wake up.  I told her that I can’t be following her to university next time just to ensure that she wakes up on time to attend classes! She’s got an issue with waking up early and I am still working on this area… after 10 freaking years! She had to be in school by 7:15 a.m. today and by the time I got back from my morning exercise at 7 a.m, she was still in bed! Just as I have guessed!  I hollered at her ears and she jumped out of bed, blamed me for not waking her up (hello, did I say I was going to wake you up?!) and for the first time, prepped herself in fast forward motion and we got out of the house at about 7:10 a.m.  Good thing she listened to her mom and is now studying at a school in the neighborhood.  It takes only under 5 minutes to reach school IF traffic is clear.

I tried to snap a pic of her furtively during the 10 seconds ride on the elevator from  the 5th floor to the basement but she some how felt it and dodged, dang it!   As she was super late, all she could afford to eat was a banana, instead of a proper breakfast. And she’s taking part in a few running events. Padan muka or not? Next time my dear girl, sleep early and you won’t even need an alarm clock. Your internal alarm clock will never fail you IF you have sufficient shut eye.  Trust me.

I had brunch with the hubs at a newly opened Yong Tau Fu shop at our neighborhood. I love it but the persnickety and critical foodie hubs commented that it’s only so-so.  He and his royal taste bud, really hard to satisfy him!

Despite having only a banana in her stomach, this girl managed to clinch a silver medal in the 4 x 100m event. Bravo my Sherilyn, you’ve definitely inherited mummy’s prowess in the track and field events!

After Drama Queen got back from school, I delegated some kitchen chores to her. She helped to blanch the macaroni and chopped the onion, garlic and carrots for fried macaroni. The mil had gone back to Ipoh, thus the reason why I had to cook dinner.

I quickly whipped up a quick fried macaroni with minced pork, garlic, onion, carrot, cucumber, yellow bell pepper, thyme and curry powder.

After cooking dinner, I chauffeured Alycia to the tuition center, then went to the pasar malam to get some fruits.

Later after picking up Alycia from the tuition center, she pestered me to bring her to the pasar malam to tuck into some of her favorite junk food. So off I went to the pasar malam again! We bought steamed fish balls and Japanese baby squids.

Life as a WFHM is an extremely mentally and physically exhausting job.  I go the whole hog from being the maid of the house to the nanny, the tutor, the driver, the cook, the PA (to the hubs and mil), confidante, to being the tushie washer. And by the time I’ve finished all these, I realized that I have neglected my own work, business and personal stuff.  And my sleep. I need my 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It looks like I can only get it after my youngest leaves the nest and that will be in another 10 years!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

My Saturday breakfast was with the hubs only. The mil had gone back to Ipoh and the girls had different agenda. Alycia was supposed to have tennis lesson but it rained, so from the tennis court she detoured to the gym. This gym buff can spend up to two hours in the gym almost every day cycling or running on the treadmill but not without a mobile phone in front of her 🙄.  Drama Queen followed a friend to their old school for sport days training and the littlest brat was grounded. She didn’t finish the test paper that I had asked her to do and exam’s coming and I really meant what I said. I didn’t even pack any food back for her as punishment.


Hubs and I shared this plateful of sinful char koay teow with lap cheong (Chinese sausage).

Today, Cass and I got a full dose of pet therapy. There are two new Samoyed pups at the pet shop who are OMG so so so fluffy and adorable!!  Just cannot ‘tahan’ looking at the Samoyed pups. I think it won’t be long before I succumb to the poison and bring one home! It’s true to the saying that as your kids turn into teenagers, it might be a good idea to get yourself a pet who will be happy to see you vs. your teenage kids.  Agree?

Sweet sweet poison!   Just you wait little fluff ball. One day I will bring you home…

… but only when I have a windfall larger than RM8k.  These pups imported from China have a RM8k price tag and the friendly pet shop owner was tempting me with a small discount!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

This morning, Alycia’s transporter left her behind when he came to the condo to pick up another student. Maybe the driver was a minute or two earlier today and he didn’t even have the courtesy to give us a call to inform us that he was here.  How dare he!  Thankfully Cass’ transporter came and I asked her for a favor to drop Alycia at school.  Alycia sat on her van for 6 years when she was in primary school.   The boss of the fleet of vans apologized profusely to me for his driver’s oversight.  Apologies accepted.

My breakkie today was a bowl of corn flakes + Milo cereals + Cecile’s seeds & nuts with honey & quinoa (the mil bought this from New Zealand) + pistachios; half an avocado, an orange, a banana and a packet of Izumio hydrogen water.

Dinner from last night was lunch for Cass in school today ~  Japanese kids curry + fried fish + Basmati rice + a packet of Izumio. It’s CoCo day today. My baby girl did high jump, long jump, short put and running today. She told me that she came up on top in almost all the events!

Our dinner last night:

This is going to be a short post coz I am rushing off to bed.  My 2018 Resolution is to get a minimum of 6  hours of sleep every night.

Good nite everyone! 😴

Saturday Eats ~ 24 March 2018

Saturday breakkie with Drama Queen and Cass was at a neighborhood coffee shop.

I had vegetarian food ~ fried noodles with curry vegetables, grilled pumpkin and crispy fried spinach:

Wanton noodles for Drama Queen and Hakka noodles for Cass. Ordered only half noodles for each of them. I am controlling their food  portion these days. They can really wallop a cow … and perhaps grow into a size of one too if I don’t control how and what they eat! The big girl is more vain. She eats like me and is a workout buff too!

Dinner was at K88 food court AGAIN!  The hubs was a tad reluctant as we had only dined at K88 last Saturday. But his girls voted for K88 and as usual, the majority wins, hah!

With over 50 stalls at the K88 food court, the girls commented that we would need to go there at least 5 times and order 10 types of food each time to try every stall.

Here’s what we had this time:

Pop corn chicken, claypot yellow wine chicken (from the Ba Ku Teh stall) and claypot chicken rice. As usual, the two older girls went round the food court by themselves and had the liberty to order whatever they fancied. Had I known that they were going to order deep fried pop corn chicken, I’d have stopped them.  I  rarely  allow deep fried food for the girls, especially from dodgy eateries.

Fried lobak ko (radish cake), char koay teow and roti naan with cheese.

Mee suah soup and baked tomato cheese rice for the cheese crazed big girl:

Rawang steamed fish head and steamed 3-variety eggs (from Rawang Steamed Fish stall) and oyster omelette (these 3 are my favorite):

As you can see, we ate to repletion and felt 3kg heavier after dinner!  I had to down a cup of Korean fruit vinegar to help speed up the digestion. And I think it really helps.

 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lunch today was just me with Drama Queen and Cass.  Alycia accompanied her grandma to Sunway Medical Center (SYMC) for a medical check up. As a reward for accompanying grandma, she got a treat of Starbucks sandwiches and coffee for breakfast and McD burger for lunch from grandma!  The girls love going to SYMC because of Starbucks, free WiFi and the hotel-like atmosphere. During my surgery at SYMC in May last year, the girls had Starbucks coffee, sandwiches and cakes for 2 days straight. I think they really enjoyed themselves at the hospital while accompanying me! They had a time of their lives camping at the comfy couch at the hospital concierge the whole day while hooked to their phones and iPad and sipping on Starbucks coffee.

We had lunch at one of our favorite neighborhood cafes today just so we could enjoy the air cond. I don’t mind paying a little more to enjoy my lunch to avoid getting sweat-drenched clothes and rushing off my meal.  It’s the hottest time of the year now and I try not to be out in the afternoon. Thus I run all my errands and have brunch before 11 a.m. to avoid  the hot afternoon sun later.

Cass had portobello mushroom pasta and Drama Queen had Japanese grilled salmon, potato salad + rice. I had mee siam.  Just one forkful of the Japanese potato salad to try  and I was hooked for more.  After lunch, we shopped for ingredients to make Japanese potato salad. I just had to have Japanese potato salad for dinner tonight!

Typical scene while waiting for food to arrive ~ one was hooked to her phone and the other to her novel.

I summoned the girls to the kitchen to help with prepping the Japanese potato salad.  The littlest one was very earnest in helping, the middle child was a tad reluctant this time but helped out anyway (dare say no? Then don’t touch the food later!) and the oldest always finds an excuse to avoid the kitchen like the plague as she’s got royal fingers 🙄.  Her excuse today is she had to go to the gym after being cooped up in the hospital for half a day doing nothing.

With two helpers doing all the tedious chores from washing to peeling, chopping, mashing and mixing, our insanely delish Japanese potato salad was ready in under half an hour!

This Japanese potato salad is quick and easy to prep and off-the-charts delicious.  I love eating spuds this way.  The crunchy raw carrot, cucumber, onion and apple make it a little healthier while giving you the fiber and rawsome goodness. You can even add in finely chopped raw cabbage and it goes well with this salad. And you get the protein from the hard boiled eggs. I could have this alone as a meal and it fills me up pretty quickly. We made a big portion today and the girls can have it again for breakfast tomorrow before we head to the mall.  This is a brilliant back pocket recipe for appetizer for a party.  Serve the potato salad in dainty Japanese appetizer bowls and you’ll sure to impress your guests.

Japanese Potato Salad

Ingredients (serves 6-8 pax)
4 large potatoes
1 medium carrot
1 red apple
1 large Japanese cucumber
1 large Bombay onion
4 eggs, boiled
Japanese mayo (plain)
Japanese mayo (with wasabi)
Freshly ground black pepper
Few pinches of salt

Instructions
Chop potato into cubes and steam until soft.
Boil eggs. I cooked the potatoes and eggs in the same wok.
Chop the carrot, cucumber, apple and onion into small cubes.
Mash the potato and hard boiled eggs in a large bowl.
Squeeze in the plain mayo and wasabi mayo. You can use just the plain mayo if you don’t like the taste of wasabi.
Add ground black pepper and salt to taste.
Add in the chopped carrots, cucumber, apples and onion into the mashed potato + egg and mix everything up well.
Keep in fridge if you prefer it chilled before serving.

いただきます (itadakimasu)!