First Term School Holidays & University Hunting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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! 😱

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Goodbye 2018, Welcome 2019!

It’s the last day of 2018 already? I can’t believe how fast the year zoomed past us like a bullet train.  Time is really like a thief!  How I wish I could freeze all those good times.  This year has been pretty good to me and my family. Health-wise, all started well until the very end. I am now down with flu, a bad throat, a throbbing head and lost my voice. Throw in an eye flu (Conjunctivitis caused by the flu) today and I am quite down and out. We were supposed to meet up with our besties again in Klang for seafood dinner but we’re going to have to be stuck in our neighborhood, having a simple dinner (with no fried, spicy and oily stuff) at our usual tai-chow Chinese restaurant.  The birthday boy bought Musang King durian last night to treat himself and all I could do was to watch everyone in the house savoring and licking the fruit 😷

All I want to do now is to climb into my bed, do nothing but have an uninterrupted sleep until 8 tomorrow morning. Forget about counting down and all the merriment welcoming the new year. Sleep is all I need now to heal. Tomorrow will be the last day  I get to sleep in.

I am glad that school is starting again. My exercise regimen resumes and I get back my sanity and my me-time at home when the girls are in school. The only thing I miss about school holidays is my 2-3 hours extra sleep each day.

Today I took the big girl for an eleventh-hour hair cut, then the both of us had Korean again for lunch. We had dinner at the same restaurant 3 nights ago, with my parents. This girl can never get bored of K-food, K-pop and everything K.   While she digs into her Kimchi, I had steamed egg in claypot and downed a bottle of green smoothie.

I saw this cute little New Year note on Facebook  today and thought I’d share it with you (edited):

To all my lovely blog readers,

The Boarding on Flight 2019 has been announced!  Hope you have checked in only the best souvenirs from 2018 in your luggage?

The BAD and SAD moments if carried, must be thrown away in the garbage on arrival!

The flight will be for 12 months long.  So, loosen your seat belts, jingle and mingle.

The stop-overs will be :

Health,
Love,
Joy,
Harmony,
Well-being
Peace.

Refueling will be at
👍Giving
👍Sharing
👍Caring
👍Forgiveness

The Captain (God) offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight…….

 Cocktail of Friendship,
 Supreme of Health,
 Grating of Prosperity,
 Bowl of Excellent News
 Salad of Success,
 Cake of Happiness,

All accompanied by bursts of laughter…
But remember, you will enjoy these meals and the journey better if you talk, share, smile and laugh together. Sitting silent and sullen will make the flight seem longer.

Wishing you and your family 👪 an enjoyable trip on board of flight 2019…..

💥💫💃🏃👫💑👯💖💌💍🌊🌈🌁🌴🌹🌷🍀

Before the Flight 2018 ends,
Allow me to thank each and every one of you reader who takes the time to drop by my blogs, whether it’s just for a minute or a few seconds just to catch up on the happenings in my life, whether it’s just once a week or month. The fact that you checked on my blogs makes me feel loved. It makes the maintenance of my 11-year old triplet blogs all worthwhile.

I hope that you all will be blessed with an awesome and healthy year ahead.
😘😍💝🎁🎊🎉🎈

Love and joy,
Health Freak Mommy
xoxo

 

 

 

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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!

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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.

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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 😘

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

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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 🙌

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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