Tuesday, 22 October 2019

SIL from Hawaii arrived at 3:45 am today. For the next 2 weeks, we’re set to accompany her to gormandize all the yummy local fare that there is to offer in KL 😊 😋

After they had breakfast of fishballs noodles and Nyonya kuih in Paramount PJ (which I didn’t follow), we went to Alexis @ Gardens Mall to have lunch of Nyonya Mee Siam, Nasi Kerabu, roast chicken sandwich and Tiramisu. Good thing Alycia has 2 weeks off from school to accompany her Sarah koo koo.

SIL, friends and MIL will be having dinner outside and I’ve bought takeaway fried rice from Din Tai Fung, Gardens Mall for the girls for dinner.  Since I don’t have to cook, I’m now enjoying a relaxing massage on my Osim portable massage chair while typing this post ☺️

Goodies from Hawaii, courtesy from SIL. Thanks Sarah 😘

Lots of Royce chocolates that she bought from Kansai Airport during her stopover this morning:



No. of times viewed = 12

Please follow and like us:
error

Thursday, 26 Sept 2019

Today I woke up with a burst of energy, raring for it to be unleashed on the tracks.  After 20 minutes of strength training, I ran a few rounds at the tracks but had to truncate my running session 15 minutes earlier to bring Sherilyn to school at 7 :15 a.m.  She’s got another dance performance in school in the morning today and tomorrow.

Love the colors of sunrise this morning after the skies turned grey for two weeks.

After dropping Sherilyn at school, I went to tapau Yong Tau Fu for my brunch, though I don’t eat tofu and soy products anymore now.  Don’t get me started on the health dangers of soy!

My favorite Yong Tau Fu items are stuffed lady’s fingers, bell pepper, bitter gourd, brinjal, mushroom, long beans and lobak.

Still feeling energized, I did a quick cleaning of the house. Then, scanned the freezer to see if we have any uneaten frozen foods as the mil will be back this Sunday and she wouldn’t be pleased to see stuff that was there before she left still sitting in the freezer several months later😏

I found mum’s homemade Gula Melaka ‘lin ko’ (kuih bakul) in the freezer. She made it before CNY this year using her Philips pressure cooker. I quickly made a trip to the supermarket and bought a packet of grated coconut, came back sliced the ‘lin ko’, popped it into the wok, steamed it for 10-15 minutes and voila, I had  steamed Gula Melaka ‘lin ko’ with grated coconut that tastes like a million dollars. My ultimate kryptonite and the girls’ too.

Today I discovered a hack in prepping steamed ‘lin ko’ which is mess-free and sweat-free!

1) First, slice the frozen ‘lin ko’ when it is half thawed.  Slicing is effortless when the ‘lin ko’ is half thawed and still firm and manageable.

2) Then line a steaming plate/tray with baking paper before placing the sliced ‘lin ko’ on it. With the baking paper, the ‘lin ko’ does not stick on the plate like UHU glue.

3) For half thawed ‘lin ko’, steaming only takes 10-15 minutes to produce soft ‘lin ko’ that’s not too mushy and ‘melted’.

4) Turn off fire and remove plate from the wok/steamer immediately and sprinkle with copious amounts of freshly grated young coconut.

I like to enjoy my steamed ‘lin ko’ with some hot organic Osmantus tea afterwards to melt away the fat 🤤

Dinner on Thursdays are always quick and simple as I have endless trips to make to the school and tuition center.  Today I cooked roast pork ribs porridge with red dates and carrots and sauteed cabbage with curry powder.  My part-time helper gave me another eleventh hour notice that she’s not coming today😡

No. of times viewed = 11

Please follow and like us:
error

Tuesday, 24 Sept 2019

The haze situation finally eased a little in KL. Today we no longer smell acrid smog. I finally saw a few speckles of faint white clouds and a few splashes of pale blue and peach colors emerging from behind the grey hazy skies when I did my exercise at 6:30 this morning!  Things like white clouds and blue skies, something that we’ve always taken for granted are now a sight to behold and put a smile on my face this morning 😊

But it’s still sizzling hot and humid here. These days I need at least 4 – 5 rounds of shower a day and 3 fans blowing at me when I’m working at my desk  and I’m not exaggerating.  I’m just a hottie. I mean I get hot and sweat really easily 😅

Dinner today is chicken stew with a glorious kaleidoscope of colours and textures. I started to cook at 2:45 p.m. so that dinner will be ready by the time my 2 hungry piranhas come back from school at 4 p.m.

I love putting loads of colorful vegetables into my stew.  The kids can devour on drumsticks and I’ll be happy with just half a drumstick and lots of my favorite vegetables and tubers.

Ingredients:
8 chicken drumsticks and 2 ribs
2 purple sweet potatoes
2 potatoes
1/2 yellow zucchini
1/2 green zucchini
2 carrots
4 tomatoes
1 packet Enoki mushroom
A wedge of Japanese pumpkin
3 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Handful of bay leaves
1 cinnamon bark
Most of the ingredients are organic, including the chicken.

Seasoning:
Organic soy sauce
Salt
Black pepper
1 tablespoon Lakanto sugar
1 teaspoon organic dark soy sauce
Italian herbs or any herbs of your preference

The hungry piranha attacked the stew the moment she came back from school at 4pm.

And sprinkled mozzarella on her rice + stew. What kind of combo is that?!

I kept these for Sherilyn and the fussy king who will only be back for dinner at 7-ish p.m. and 9-ish p.m. respectively.

After her early dinner, Cass started ‘work’. I paid her RM10 to help me fix a rack that I ordered online from Shopee.  I should have only given her RM5 as I’d already fixed it half way and didn’t have the time to complete it.

By the way, you can get coupons for deals and discounts when you shop at Shopee and other online shopping platforms.  Click here to find out more!

By the way, I am so proud of myself that I managed to fix an Ikea garment rack all by myself this afternoon!  For someone who sucks at fixing DIY stuff, with zero training in RBT or Kemahiran Hidup (Living Skills) in school as I was in the Science Stream, I aced it so well this time. The rack ain’t wobbly this time and I managed to install it in under an hour, albeit drenched in sweat and needed another shower after the job was done! 😬

No. of times viewed = 11

Please follow and like us:
error

Day 2 Haze Holiday (19 Sept 2019)

The haze is still chokingly bad today. It looks and smells worse than the day before. Our windows and sliding door are shut all day and it’s terribly hot and stuffy inside, though all three fans are turned on in the living room.  The girls pretty much stayed home all day but I made 5 trips out ~ first to get them lunch, then as Grab driver and brought Alycia to downtown KL for tuition at 3 p.m.,  at 6 p.m. Grab my way back to downtown KL to fetch Alycia home with bumper-to-bumper traffic on both trips, 7:30 p.m. dropped Alycia at the tuition center and 9:30 p.m. to fetch her home.

Thursdays are always a big mad rush for me in the evening. I start to cook at 4:45 p.m. and only have a max of 1 hour for cooking as I have to leave the house at 5:45 p.m. to fetch Alycia back from school/tuition. Thus, Thursday dinner is fixed with either burgers / sandwiches / porridge.  This time I prepped Sanbanto premium black pig pork burger.

I pan-fried the pork burger and made caramelized onion rings using my Philips pressure cooker (Bake mode, chicken).

Burger fillings:
Sanbanto premium pork patties, organic Japanese cucumber, caramelized onion rings, blanched French beans, egg mayo. Also fried an egg in the PPC.

Someone finished the last drop of mayo and left the empty bottle in the fridge again!!!  I was seething as this is happening too frequently. And I know who the culprit is!  So I had make do with Japanese sesame dressing, which still tasted alright on the eggs, though not as good 😡

So happy I could find Ted Boy burger buns from D Market supermarket:

By the time I finished cooking and mopping the kitchen floor, it was already 6 p.m. and I was late! With the horrendous after-work traffic, it would take me at least half an hour to reach downtown KL. With very little time, I cincai assembled the burger, quickly snapped a few pix and left Cass to help me keep all the food and wipe the dining table as the tutor would arrive any time. Cussing and sweating away, I took a quick shower and zoomed off.

There was no time to butter the buns, slice the tomatoes and find the cheese and Cass happily gobbled down the ‘display’ piece.

This is the life of a work-from-home mum.  So you think working in the office is stressful?  At times I wish I was still in my corporate suits, earning a comfy pay check, get bonus, have annual leave and medical leave and outings with my colleagues.

That’s why I dislike Thursdays. But soon the mil will be back and I can’t wait to hand over the spatula and apron back to her 😬

No. of times viewed = 14

Please follow and like us:
error

Monday, 3 Sept 2019

Alycia’s down with a stomach flu today. She puked at midnight but didn’t let me know until the next morning. She had to skip school today as she was running to the bathroom to evacuate every few hourly. I was supposed to bring her to the clinic to get an MC but I’ve been so caught up with work that I didn’t get to do it today. Will do so tomorrow morning. She thinks she still needs another day of MC, anyway.  In her high school, absence from school without an MC or a valid reason in writing would mean 0.2 marks deducted from each subject.  Exactly a year ago, the exact same event occurred ~ Alycia had food poisoning, had to skip school the following day and I brought her to the same clinic to get an MC.  How coincidental can that be, that an exact similar event happened to the same person exactly 12 months later.

When Sherilyn was 11 years old, she fell from the stairs, twisted her ankle and had to get an X-ray done.  Exactly 12 months later when she was 12 years old, the exact same accident happened to her and she went back to the same hospital, got checked by the same MO and got an X-ray done by the same radiologist. On the same leg! This is really creepy!!!

After dropping Sherilyn in school in the morning, I went to Mid Valley to have a product briefing and collected some products from an entrepreneur for a product review.  Then I did some window shopping.

This morning Cass told me that she’s still feeling very bloated from all the heavy lunches and dinners that we’ve binged on over the long weekend. She wanted to  eat something light for lunch today. So I got her a small quiche, some salad and a herbal egg 🤤

Dinner was 12345 pork ribs and sauteed organic siew pak choy with fresh organic black fungus, shallots, garlic and organic miso.

Mid way cooking, my part-time helper called me to say that she’s unable to come today. And this threw my evening plans out of the window. I was supposed to bring Alycia to the clinic to get an MC but now I had to wash the pile of dishes, wok and PPC pot all piled up in the kitchen sink. I quickly roped in Alycia to help me wash some of the dirty dishes in the sink while I zoomed to school to fetch Sherilyn back.

Thankfully I used the PPC (Philips pressure cooker) to cook the 12345 pork ribs and the mess / oil splatter is almost zero. And the meat texture cooked in a PPC is super tender and moist. The only thing that I hate scrubbing is the heavy stainless steel wok, which I used to saute the vegetables and heat up some overnight pork chop with heavy sauce.

Hubs has been really good tonight. He ironed the mountain high pile of clothes left stacked up on the sofa in the living room for days. He even ironed his princesses’ clothes 😍

Despite a hectic day and some bad news, my consolation is I don’t have to drag myself out of bed at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow as Cass doesn’t need to go to school because of the UPSR exam. Yay to another day of sleeping in!!

No. of times viewed = 10

Please follow and like us:
error

Random Updates

The past one week has been one whirlwind of a week, it’s not ended yet and  spilling into this week. I am super duper sleep deprived and enervated. My brain is foggy too from getting only 4-5 hours of sleep each night and even on a rainy Sunday morning (when I should still be in my comfy bed until 8am), I had to be up at 4:15 a.m.!

Many events transpired over the past one week. Report card and meeting with teacher at Sherilyn’s school, Cass’ long overdue follow-up consultation with the urologist at HKL, Sherilyn’s dance competition, SIL from Hong Kong’s stay in KL, home-cook feast at home with relatives and much more.

All I am looking forward to now is SLEEP and lots of it!! And when’s the next public holiday? Only in 2.5 weeks’ time on 30th July 😫 😴


Sherilyn and her partner at the national level Berjaya Teen Star Challenge at Taylors Internation School @ Puchong last Sunday. They didn’t make it into the finals but I think they put up a fantastic performance. Only 12 teams from high schools and colleges throughout Malaysia out of 40 teams made it to the finals.  All the 40 teams were incredibly talented and worthy of a try in Asia’s Got Talent audition.

Though she wasn’t selected in this year’s Berjaya Teen Star Challenge, my very determined Dancing Queen has vowed to try again next year, which will be her 3rd try.  Her next dance competition (international level) will be held next month and she only announced to me her decision to participate in the Get The Beat dance competition during lunch today!


After skipping breakfast to rush to Puchong, we only had a proper meal at 2pm, at some cafe in Puchong on Sunday, after the competition ended.


Long wait at HKL to see one of the best pediatric urologists in Malaysia.  Next appointment will be in end September 2019. I will be writing a separate post just on Cass’ consultation with the urologist and nephrologist.


We were so hyper bored waiting for hours on end for our turn to see the doctors that we did a shoe-fie  😬

Folks, if you ever feel that life is unfair to you,  just spend half a day at the Nephrology and Urology Units at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL). Observe the patients there and chat with them. I guarantee you that you’ll instantly be thankful to God for what you have.  Suddenly, all the problems facing you seem so trivial and easily solved.   Wait till you see small kids and adults on wheelchair, some are counting down to the day that they knock on heaven’s door, some are on lifelong medication, some have dysfunctional urinary system and are unable to void without assistance and some can never walk as they are born with spina bifida and an abnormal urinary tract.

No. of times viewed = 83

Please follow and like us:
error

Friday, 28 June 2019

Yesterday the vigilant guard at my condo’s car park intercom-ed our unit at 11-ish p.m. to inform that my car had a flat tire.  The next day I checked the tire and though it looked slightly flat, I had no time to bring it to the tire shop to get it checked as I had to bring Cass to ISEC @ Mid Valley for an eye check up to see if she has Lazy Eye, as suspected by our optician. So I skipped driving and took Grab to Mid Valley. I still  went about driving around my neighborhood in my car with a half-flat tire 🤫

This morning I brought my car to the tire shop. Upon removing the left front tire, the mechanic and I saw a huge shiny nail embedded inside the tire. How nice! 👿 Thanks to whoever did it intentionally or to whoever conveniently threw the nail onto the road.  Let Miss Karma hunt you down now. She’s known to be very bitchy and vengeful 👹

While waiting for the mechanic to seal the holes on the exterior and interior of the tire, I went to PappaRich to have brunch alone.

This is how much I eat each time ~ only half or even lesser portion of whatever that I order. The other remaining portion of the food is always doggy-bagged home for either Sherilyn or Cass for lunch.

My principle is to eat almost anything that I want but only dig till I’m 60% or 70% full.  This way, I don’t have to worry about a bloated tummy.

When I hit 40 years old 6 years ago, I found that my digestion and metabolic rate ain’t as efficient as it used to be when I was younger. Those days I can splurge on buffets and high teas every weekend, didn’t need to exercise and still not gain weight. These days I can’t overeat, or consume too much meat. As long as I am 50% – 70% full, I’m good with no discomfort, acid reflux or belching.

After picking up Sherilyn from the tuition centre, my  next task was to go to school to collect Cass’ report card, fetch her home, get her lunch, drop off Sherilyn in school and later in the evening, I have night duty as well ~ fetch Alycia and Sherilyn back from school. Then drop off  Sherilyn at the gym for her Muay Thai class, get some stuff from the night market and then go out again at 8:30 p.m. for my final round of chauffeuring duty of the day. Tough life huh?

And to make life even tougher, Maria our part-time helper has already gone on leave (2 days earlier) and we will be maid-less for the next 3 months 😭  We’re still unsure if our previous part-time helper, Annie is going to come back to help.

Tomorrow will be another busy day for me as well as for the girls. I will be crazy busy doing school runs, starting from 7 a.m., on a Saturday! Next week is going to be another even more hectic week. Oh God, please give me the strength!!

No. of times viewed = 16

Please follow and like us:
error

Our Saturday, 15 June 2019

Sherilyn spent almost the entire Saturday working on some models for her school library for Library Week that starts today.


Model of The Lost City of Atlantis ~ not perfect but not bad either, considering she did it single-handedly in half a day. The towers were sprayed with bronze color spray-paint and she still hasn’t cleaned up the stains she left outside the house.

And in between working on the replicas, I forced her and Cass to help me set up an Ikea clothes rack that just arrived from Lazada  😆

Thank God for a very right-brained child who’s very good with her hands and another who loves Lego and fixing puzzles, the Ikea clothes rack was assembled in under half an hour.

1KEA RIGGA Clothes Rack White Adjustable Height with Shoe Rack
I’m pretty satisfied with this Ikea clothes rack that only costs RM89 and comes in smooth, matte finishing good quality steel.

I’m going to conclude this post with this new song by Lil Dicky that got Cass and I absolutely  hooked on it since last week.

Lil Dicky returns with this ridiculous, yet entertaining single about the planet Earth called “Earth.” He’s assisted by a jing gang of famous musicians and celebrities, which makes this song even more appealing.   Justin Bieber arrives first, as a baboon whose “anus is huge” (yeah, you can roll your eyes like I did when I first saw the lyrics). Ariana Grande is a zebra, while Halsey is a lion, Zac Brown a cow, and Brendon Urie is colorfully, “…A fat, fucking pig.” OMG. Strike that, OMFG (had to blink my eyes when I first read those lyrics) 🤣 The absolute nonsense continues with Hailee Steinfeld, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart and that’s just the first verse. Then comes Adam Levine, Charlie Puth, Sia as kangaroo, Miley Cyrus an elephant, Megan Trainor and while Lil Jon loudly shouts, “What the fuck? I’m a clam.”

I can’t stop replaying this song over and over again and singing it along with Cass since yesterday 😆 It’s a very cute song that sounds like a kiddie zoo song but errr, it’s kind of x-rated for kids as you can imagine all those wicked humor and more! I had to explain to Cass what cum is 🤩


No. of times viewed = 7

Please follow and like us:
error

Wesak Day Weekend

So Mid Year Exam’s finally OVER for the brat rat.  What a load off my Cass’ shoulders.  Next will be getting the exam papers back, report card day 😖, Jogathon day (I’ll be running with the brat rat again!) and sports day but before all these stress, it’s celebratory time!!  Celebration of end of exam, two public holidays in a week (how awesome can that be!) and upcoming school holidays 🤩

We had our first round of celebration yesterday at My Town as it’s a public holiday (Wesak Day). Hubs had lunch with us at the mall before rushing back to his kitchen and office, leaving us to shop till we drop for 5 hours before taking Grab home.  If not for our part-time helper who was coming at 5:30 p.m., we could have continued shopping for another 2-3 hours, have our dinner there and return home at 9 p.m.. Us girls just love shopping, don’t you too?😉

We first had lunch at myBurgerLab but my bon viveur hubs wasn’t too contented with his Beautiful Mess burger. While the girls enjoyed digging into their sinful burgers with loads of curly fries (OMG!),  I was disappointed with my bun-free low carb burger  as well, as the there was too much sauce on the lettuce. I find the sauce too heavy and it really defeats the purpose of having a low-carb meal when the sauce is too sweet and salty.

After our ‘appetizer’ at myBurgerLab, we had our main meal at a Japanese restaurant 😋

Sorry I can’t remember the name of the Japanese restaurant as I didn’t manage to snap a picture of the restaurant coz my Huawei phone died on me AGAIN after a few photos!  Lately my Huawei has been showing signs of exhaustion and symptoms of a premature death.  I actually intend to get myself a new Huawei phone but with the current  US trade ban on Huawei, I may not be getting a Huawei phone.  What brand of mobile phone do you think I should get?  I still like Huawei though but can’t live without Google. What’s a phone to me if it means no access to Google?  Hopefully Washington keeps its promise to row back on its ban on Huawei.

Cass shopped for more books while her two sisters enjoyed a movie at the cinema.

We tried another new boba tea – Daboba.  A very popular bubble tea brand from Taiwan, Daboba claims to have the most fragrant brown sugar pearl milk tea, so rich in flavour that it leaves you wanting for more. But I think it’s no biggie, Daboba tastes almost the same as its competitors and my review is based on what I tried, which was grass jelly milk tea with 25% sugar. Alycia and Sherilyn both tried the milk tea with cheese and commented that it tastes “OK only” 😐

 

Our trip to My Town will never be complete without covering at least 20 rounds at H&M with countless trips to the fitting room 💃  If only time was on my side, I’ll be gamed for a shopping marathon and walk over 10 hours at the mall without an aching muscle!  I used to do that with my friends before the girls came along.  Thanks to hubby for the shopping spree treat yesterday 😘

No. of times viewed = 36

Please follow and like us:
error

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Hello May 2019!

I just realized today while chatting with a blog reader of mine that my blogs turned 12 years old in April this year!!! Where did time go?!! And to think that I still keep in touch with these blog readers of mine who started reading my blogs since they were teenagers and one was dating, until now, and both of them are now happily married – one is going to have a baby soon and the other already has 2 kids. It’s amazing! Thank you for being my loyal blog readers 💝

I also remember that the month of May has never been a good month for me but I am trying hard not to think too much about it but instead focus only on  positive things. Think Law of Attraction!  So far things are still A OK. Prayers work wonders. God has the ability to turn things around to whoever who believes in Him!

Anyway, I’ve got nothing much to update except that it’s the exam period now. Alycia’s mid term exam started today and Cass’ exam will be in less than 2 weeks.  I am trying to CHILL dealing with the littlest brat who is not at all anxious or serious about her exam. I’m not forcing her to do any past year test papers this time but just let her prepare the exam the way she wants it to.  After all, it’s just her mid year exam. I’m fine with it if she’s out of this class next year and downgraded to another class.  I was talking to a friend today who is a corporate trainer and he is super chill over his kids exams!  He’s only concerned about the pre-U exam and nothing prior to that and told me to RELAX! 😐

I brought Cass down to have some fun and exercise though nothing has been done yet – school homework and tuition homework not done and revision hasn’t started yet.

Hubs managed to steal some time off work to have breakfast with me today.

And no, I didn’t feast on the entire plate of wanton noodles myself.  Only two forkfuls went into my mouth and the rest was doggy-bagged home 🤗

Daily vitamins for the girls – colorful fruits and Super Lutein.

Billy boiling temperatures here in KL and I still need four to six showers a day!

No. of times viewed = 18

Please follow and like us:
error

Day 2 Of Water Cut

Yesterday was day 2 of the water cut.  And it was the best day ever as the water came back sooner than everyone had expected!  All the Klang Valley folks affected had expected the worst case scenario of a 3 to 4-day water cut but ‘syabas’ to SYABAS, the restoration works at the water treatment plant was completed on day 1 itself, at 11pm.  Water supply came back to many households in the morning of day 2, including ours!

Cass asked me why I was in such a good mood when she came home yesterday and I told her that the water came back and your OCD mummy doesn’t need to worry about dry taps, dirty laundry and dirty toilets 😆

My plan yesterday was to go to the mall to have lunch with Sherilyn and the mil and also to get takeout for dinner. As I was driving out of the condo, the guard at the guard house greeted me and told me that the water supply had come back!  We went ahead with our plan but did not get takeout for dinner.

I celebrated the return of our precious commodity with treats for the girls from Nando’s and Hogan Bakery😆

Ever since the water supply came back, each time I walk into the kitchen and bathroom, I simper in my heart looking at the counter tops lined with untouched water bottles and Tupperware containers filled with water. The huge pails filled to the brim with water in our bathrooms are untouched too.  What are we going to do with so much water now?!  It would take us 2-3 days to use up the surplus water. As our condo has a huge water tanker at every block, we were not even affected by the water cut. There were no dry taps. We only used water prudently, like no long showers and no heavy cooking.

24 hours ago, we were storing water like we were prepping for some kind of week long emergency situation and now, we are finding ways to utilize the water! 😅

Lunch with Sherilyn at Nando’s.

Certain items on the menu like salad, burger and juices were not available due to the water cut. At least Nando’s have the decency not to serve these items as the vegetables and fruits can’t be washed.

Cass commented that she’s had one of the best lunches ever as she gets a whole quarter chicken thigh to herself without having to share with her sisters. I redeemed this for free from Nando’s with points that I’d collected when I dined at Nando’s.

No. of times viewed = 65

Please follow and like us:
error

Saturday, 13 April 2019

This week is another NO REST week for me. I want to bawl my eyes out. It’s enervating having to wake up when it’s still pitch black outside, knowing that it’s a damn Saturday or Sunday, but instead of under my comfy blanket, I have to force my butt out of bed to do my Grab driver duties. I usually catch up on my beauty sleep on weekends but not this week. I’ve been flipping my calendar to check when the next public holiday is and it’s not until Labour Day on 1st May. Two more weeks to go!

On the bright side, today I managed to convince Cass to continue with her BM tuition. Cass has just started BM tuition three weeks ago and she’s totally not happy that she’s coerced into it. If she has a choice, she would choose zero tuition.  We had a very heated argument over this last week and today she’s agreed not to quit tuition.  A big thank you to my mum and the tuition center lady boss for talking her out of quitting.  It’s not easy dealing with this moody tween these days. She sucks out all the patience and energy from me lately. And I’ve just realized that with this girl, I can no longer use corporal punishment or threats.  It used to work but not anymore.  I am still experimenting with other styles of parenting and the best is still through a combo of soft parenting and tough love parenting.

Through all the articles that I’ve read on parenting difficult teens lately, I’ve come to understand that my tween and teenage daughters have little control over their bad attitude.  They are not manipulating me on purpose or spending all that time in their room scheming about new ways to annoy me. I often ask them if they are all scheming to drive me to a premature death so that they get what’s written in my Will and I tell them that they won’t get a cent!  🤨 In fact, they too are victims — of all sorts of biological and psychological changes over which they have little control. They are going through a roller-coaster of adolescence, and I am on the ride with them.

Gosh, it’s super tough being a parent!!   Letting my “baby” grow up is indeed a painful and difficult process.

Why do I see my friends taking it so easy parenting their super well behaved kids? Or is everything through rose tinted glasses on social media?

Do you have difficult tweens and teenage kids at home? How do you deal with these dopamine-frazzled zombies teens?

custom backdrops
Beautiful colors of sunrise skyline taken at 7 a.m. today and it’s been another super super hot and humid day today, so bad that I showered five times again today! 😬

No. of times viewed = 12

Please follow and like us:
error

First Term School Holidays & University Hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. of times viewed = 116

Please follow and like us:
error

Thursday (28 February 2019) and Friday (1 March 2019)

Thursday, 28 February 2019

The heat wave is on and I’m back to my days of showering 4 to 5 times a day! Every activity that I do that involves moving vigorously from moping the floor to hanging the laundry, changing the bedsheet to cooking sends me to the bathroom for a quick 5-minute shower. Even my Drama Queen who is in the afternoon session in school, who is usually very tolerable to heat was torqued off when I told her that I was bringing her to the open air kopitiam to have lunch. She didn’t want to go to school feeling like she’s got a wet plastic cling wrap on her body and asked  if she could have lunch in an air-conditioned place.

So here we were yesterday, enjoying our expensive lunch in the supermarket, just so we could enjoy the air-cond:

She had grilled Shishamo smelt  bento while I had half a packet of economy meehoon and a cup of milk tea. See, the mother eats like a maid and the daughter eats luxuriously.  I never had such luxury growing up. My girls are lucky!

I have not wiped the ceiling fan in my bedroom myself for years. Well, easily for the past 10 years as I’ve always had a live-in maid and part-time maid to help me with it. But since our part-time helper is now pregnant, I have to do this chore myself, with some extra large antibacterial wet wipes.  And I ended up with a crick in my neck yesterday after trying to elongate my neck like a giraffe to reach the top most part of the ceiling fan.  I can’t even turn my head properly now when I drive. Dang it!

Friday, 1 March 2019

This was my keto brunch today (chicken, steamed egg and vegetables) after 15 hours of fasting for my yearly blood test for cholesterol and blood sugar:

Hope the readings for my cholesterol will be better this year. If you don’t already know yet, I have Familial Hypercholesterolemia, which is genetic high cholesterol. No matter the diet and exercise regimen that I’ve tailored into my life, my cholesterol level is still slightly elevated.  Thus, I can’t be the hardcore  carnivore that I was many years ago. Wish me luck in my blood works results!

No. of times viewed = 36

Please follow and like us:
error

Monday, 11 February 2019

After a week long Chinese New Year school holidays, the girls got back to school today. I had to cut short my morning exercise to fetch Sherilyn to school at 6:45 a.m.  She’s representing her school in the athletics event and had to be in the stadium at 7:30 a.m. today.


This is my peace path. I jog on this path at my condo five times a week and find so much solace doing what I love in absolute peace on this path.  It’s my me time. My quiet and quality time where I do a lot of soul-searching and trouble shooting on this path with no interruption from anyone.

Breakfast was with the hubs, just he and I, at Les Deux Garcons (LDG) Patisserie.

I had sourdough toast with mushrooms while he had sourdough toast with scrambled eggs. We have not had breakfast with each other, just the both of us for over 2 weeks as he has been busy with CNY events.

This French almond croissant is the BEST in the world. I don’t like croissants as they are often too greasy and too buttery, making me feel very cloy after eating. But the almond croissants from LDG are my exception. These are the only croissants that I will eat and truly enjoy.  A bite into the flaky, airy and rich buttery layers of the croissant with crispy almond flakes on top will send you to pastry heaven.   Each layer is thin and buttery but never overly greasy or heavy. With each bite, the paper thin layers and butter melts in your tongue, but it doesn’t leave you feeling cloy. It only makes you want more bites!  Our friend whose wife is French commented that the croissants from LDG are the best she’s eaten and as good as the ones from Paris.

No. of times viewed = 81

Please follow and like us:
error

Wednesday, 9 January 2019 ~ 7-Hour Power Outage

On the 9th day of the new year, more than half the households in our neighborhood was plunged into total darkness that lasted over 7 hours.  I found out from the Management office today that the power outage was caused by an explosion at the TNB station in Puchong which affected thousands of houses.

The power outage started at 9-ish p.m. and electricity was only restored at 4-ish a.m. today. The outage happened on one of the warmest nights this year. Our country is currently experiencing a heat wave caused by tropical storm Pabuk.

It was  double whammy for me that night. When the power outage hit our condo, I was about to step out of the house to fetch Drama Queen back from the tuition centre.  What impeccable timing! I had to walk down five flights of stairs alone in half darkness, save for a torch light on my hand and the emergency lights which were not bright enough.  The car park was in total darkness and even the  light from my torch light wasn’t bright enough for me to find my car. Imagine yourself walking in pitch darkness alone without a single soul in sight at the stairway and car park! 💀 👻 👽

Alycia had to complete her homework in the dark, with a torch light in hand.

Cass was thrilled to death over the power outage as she could move around the house with candles, as if she was camping in a jungle at night. She didn’t want the power to come back. The silly brat thinks that it’s fun to move around with candles and to sleep with all the doors  and windows in our house opened to allow the breeze in. I had to sprawl on the bed like a starfish as it was too hot and I only managed to get a couple of sleep until all hours of the day and night. Hubs slept on the cold hard floor in the living room.

This morning, I found this partially burnt paper on the dining table. It looks as if someone had been curiously and sneakily burning papers into shapes while everyone else was in bed the previous night! 😱

No. of times viewed = 14

Please follow and like us:
error