Mother’s Day 2019

Mother’s Day 2019 was a super busy day for me with 0% rest and 100% stress! It’s the eve of Cass’ mid-year exam! And I’ve got to stretch my patience to snapping point revising BM with a cool-as-cucumber laid-back kid who almost made my blood vessels rupture. My mil can vouch on that now.  In the past, she used to tell me to be more patient with the brat but lately whenever she sits down to attempt to teach the kid Chinese, she’s sure to bounce off her seat huffing and puffing away within 5 minutes, every single time 😂

On Saturday, hubs brought us to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. Being the eve of Mother’s Day, the wait for insane. We waited for over 1.5 hours before the food came! And because he did not make any reservation, we had to be seated outside the restaurant, in billy boiling heat wave temperatures, with lizards all over the ceiling and one lizard even pooped on our table 🤮

By the time the food came at 9:30 p.m., our dinner turned into supper!  Nonetheless the food was good.


From top clockwise: Pomfret fish steamed Teochew style (this fish alone cost RM200 but was super fresh),  stir-fried assorted vegetables with caramelized walnut and macadamia (my favorite among all the dishes), fried pork ribs with red dragon fruit, sauteed ostrich meat, braised beef tendon (didn’t try this as it’s not my kind of food!), fried sotong rings and fried rice.

After a 1.5-hour wait for the food while feeding the mozzies, it took us only 30 minutes to polish off all the dishes. After dinner, the hubs suggested going to a cafe for some cakes and coffee for a pre Mother’s Day celebration but the girls and I said NO! We were all tired and sleepy after a long and tiring busy Saturday. Luckily the smart mommy stashed a revision book into her handbag and managed to steal some time to go through the book with the couldn’t care less kid while waiting for the food to arrive, else what a waste of our time.

Mother’s Day lunch was at Fei Fei Crab. Fortunately, the food came in a jiffy this time with top notch service.  Hubs ordered Super Crab, stir fried vermicelli with lala, sauteed shell fish, BBQ pork ribs and fried mantou to go with the salted egg yolk sauce from the Super Crab.

Although the hubs bought a Mother’s Day cake for the 2 mothers in his life, I had zilch mood to cut the cake by the time he came home from basketball at 9 p.m. to cut the cake with us.  I was completely zonked out with house work and mostly by the little brat who has super powers in zapping away all my energy! Weekends are no helper days and yesterday the mil cooked a big pot of sambal.  I dread cleaning up messy greasy kitchen 😞

Eve of exams on Sundays are cheat days – the girls get to feast on fast food!  This time, I left it to Alycia to order McDelivery.

Let’s dig in! Forbidden food always taste so good, huh?

And guess what? As of typing this post, the Mother’s Day cake is still sitting nicely inside the box in the fridge and I don’t even have the mood to remove it from the box to snap a photo of it.  But I managed to copy a picture of the cake from the RT Pastry Facebook page 😁  Hubs bought the lilac color yam cake with the word MOM on it. Guess it’ll be the girls’ dessert after dinner tonight 😄

How was your Mother’s Day? Did you receive any gifts from your little ones and hubby?  Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers reading this 😘

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Berjaya Teen Star Challenge 2019

My dancing queen quietly registered herself in the Berjaya Teen Star Challenge 2018 audition last year and ‘recruited’ 2 of her classmates to be in her dance team. She choreographed the dance herself.  During the audition, one of her friends forgot the steps – they didn’t make it. Sherilyn vowed to try again the following year, though her dad and I didn’t fully encourage her to.

This year, again she quietly registered herself in the 2019 audition, representing her school. I’ve been telling her that it’s a waste of her time participating in so many dance competitions and she should instead be spending more time on her studies. The previous two classmates’ mothers did not approve of this year’s audition as well.  She did not find a partner to dance with her until two weeks before the audition when she chanced upon this Malay girl, D, from her school who is a year her junior at an inter-school sports meet at the stadium.  With only 2 weeks to go before the audition, she trained with D in school almost everyday. D came to our condo during the weekends to practise at our  condo gym.

The audition was held last Saturday. The two girls took Grab to Berjaya Time Square, with D’s mother tagging along.  They audition went pretty well but the judges weren’t too satisfied with D’s steps. Can’t blame D as she only had 2 weeks of practice. Moreover, D does not have much experience in modern dance. She’s a cultural dancer in school but it’s pretty different from modern dance.

The judges told Sherilyn in private that she had two choices:
1. to find another partner OR
2. her partner has to work on the flaws and to come back the next day (Sunday) for the final audition.

When they returned from the audition, they continued practising and perfecting the steps. With only a few more hours to go before the next audition, there was not much that they could do but to try and hope for the best. Sherilyn who choreographed the dance had to change some of the steps at the eleventh hour.

Sherilyn didn’t even tell me that she and her partner got through the second audition to emerge top 40 in Malaysia (modern dance category) to compete in the Berjaya Teen Star Challenge until I Whatsapped her while she was still at the audition venue!


Sherilyn should have named her team The Dimple Girls instead as both she and her friend have the sweetest and deepest dimples on both sides of their cheeks!

After Hari Raya, all the contestants who got through the audition have to attend a workshop at Colmar Tropicale, Berjaya Hills @ Bukit Tinggi for a short training session on how to perfect their showmanship before the prelims to be held in three months.

When it comes to things that interest her like dancing, martial arts, athletics and baking, Sherilyn’s discipline and focus are impeccable.  This fearless girl loves participating in competitions too.  She woke up very early on her own on both days to get ready – prepped her own breakfast, did her makeup and hair herself and ordered Grab herself. She’s naturally a born leader, in areas that pique her passion, which are all right-brain dominated!

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Cow Sense For Parents by Lydia Teh – Giveaway Book To 5 Winners!

In conjunction with Mother’s Day and the 12th anniversary of HealthFreakMommy.com, there will be a book giveaway to 5 lucky winners!  The book, Cow Sense For Parents, authored by Lydia Teh will be available in major book stores from 20 May 2019.

Cow Sense For Parents is published by MPH Group Publishing. It’s the 11th book written by Lydia Teh. This book is a compilation of Lydia’s Family Teh Time column in The Sun newspaper. There are 100 short chapters in the form of FAQs on parenting issues.  So it’s going to be a great ‘reference’ book for parents.  This is one book I’ll definitely get a copy too!

Lydia, a columnist at The Sun has 17 years of harrowing staying home experience with 4 children (with no maid) and she definitely has a wealth of handy tips and advice to share with parents of babies up to teens.

Instructions
1.  Comment on this blog post on why you want a copy of Cow Sense For Parents.
2.  Like this post by clicking on the Facebook👍 button at the bottom of this post.
3. Share this post on Facebook (click on the title of this post, go to the bottom of the post and click on Facebook Share (1st button)
4.  Closing date is 21 May 2019.
5.  The names of the 5 lucky winners will be announced in this blog on 22 May 2019.  Winners will be randomly chosen.

Good luck!!

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Sunday, 5 May 2019

5 May 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Cassandra’s first surgery – a Uretheral Reimplantation Surgery to fix a Grade 3 Kidney Reflux on the right duplex kidney. That surgery got into an unfortunate complication and despite a battery of X-rays plus a CT-Scan, multiple ultrasound scans and a Fluoroscopy, all the scan images did not pick up anything abnormal in the guts.  Baby C kept throwing up green stuff and her stomach kept ballooning by the day with a fever.  Can you imagine the amount of radiation absorbed by poor Baby C’s frail tiny body? Two weeks later, she was operated on in an emergency surgery and the surgeon found a kink at the end of her guts. That 3 weeks at GMC Penang was the darkest period of my life.  Can’t believe that it’s 10 years already!!

10 years on and my Baby C has grown from a super adorable baby into a very determined  headstrong girl who recently always bumps head with me. I was told by a doctor that it’s what she’d gone through during her babyhood that forms her pig-headedness with a high pain threshold.   Nonetheless, she still has a very special place in my heart and I am sure that one day, she will finally understand everything that I do for her.

But hey, it’s onwards and upwards from here!  New research has shown that stubbornness, it seems, is a really good predictor of a child’s future success in life. Guess who earned the highest salaries in the end? The kids who ignored both rules and their parents. So, if your kid always demands a bigger cookie or other whims and fancies, they’ll probably grow up to demand for bigger bonus and more perks. Makes sense, no? 🤑

OK, back to our Sunday and foodie talk!

Despite the next day being Alycia’s exam and in a week’s time it’s Cass’ exam, we spent the entire afternoon at Pavillion – digging into glorious food, desserts, boba tea and shopping for Nike shoes! The girls even asked to watch End Game, but I said NO!

After a sumptuous lunch at Rakuzen Pavillion, we went to Nike and hubs said everyone could choose a pair of shoes and other stuff!  🤩

After 1.5 hours at Nike, check out the big shopping bags that the girls are holding here:

Damage was 6 pairs of sports shoes, 2 pairs of slippers, 2 sports bra for Alycia and Sherilyn, 3 shirts and 2 basketball pants and socks for the hubs. I chose a pair of running shoes in dusty pink, my favorite color 😊 Don’t ask how serious the damage was!

Dessert was at Miru:

And we tried KOI boba tea. Alycia waited patiently for half an hour to get her golden boba milk tea and Konyaku jelly milk tea with quarter sugar for me.

And the verdict: The tea is more expensive than Tealive and Cha Time and does not taste as good as all the ravings have been. There’ll be no more second time. I’m sticking to Tealive, Cha Time and Gongcha.

I guess Sherilyn has been the happiest today. Not only did she get herself a good pair of Nike running shoes, she and her friend got through the Berjaya Teen Star Challenge audition (modern dance event)!  But this shall be in a separate post ☺️  Stay tuned…

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Why You Need To Send Out A Graduation Party Invitation

Your graduation from university is one of the most memorable and important events in your life. Mom and dad and just about everyone else in the family have been waiting for this day for a long time, so it’s a great time to celebrate your achievement with your loved ones with a party. A graduation party can be held on the day of the graduation or the same weekend.  Sending out customized graduation party invitations will be a great way to invite friends and relatives to your big day.

In some cultures, it’s traditional for friends and family members to send money as a graduation gift.  Who doesn’t need a little help as they have to pay for work clothes, a cell phone, a car, and everything else that’s needed for a new job or even graduate school?   With a graduation party invite, some folks may send you the money that you need!

Sending out photo invitations graduation is a great way to keep friends and relatives informed of the party date besides letting them know what your degree is and when, officially, you’ll be receiving it.  Your parents have always been supporting you throughout your time in school, college and university, so let them have some bragging rights for the next few months by having their own invitation or announcement to post!

An announcement or invitation is also a great way to keep the doors of communication open to keep in touch with people whom you’ve not contacted for a while.

Above all the above reasons, your graduation party invitation will be a great keepsake and legacy that you can store in a shoe box or drawer for your future children and grand children to see!

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers to create graduation party invitations and then print a sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.   Basic Invite is also one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. 

There are plenty of lovely designs to choose from at Basic Invite. Here are just a few.

 

I’m sure you’ll never forget all the late nights, study sessions, hard work, cramming, and tears you did to earn that degree. This is your perfect chance to let everyone know that you’ve finally earned your degree without sounding too pompous about! Get yours done at Basic Invite as they’re now offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51!

 

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Emotional Stress May Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Modern medicine attributes the development of cancer to changes in DNA that reduce or eliminate the normal controls over cellular growth and programmed cell death.   Western research supports the idea that depression can impair immune system function, which is the first line of defense against cancer.

However, rarely has emotional stress been considered particularly relevant to the cancer process by conventional medicine. While Western medicine may not recognize it, the idea that emotional distress can contribute to the development of cancer has been known since ancient times in China.  And this is what my acupuncturist and even gynecologist have been telling me – to control my emotions for the betterment of my health and to stave off cancer.  My gynecologist always tells me that the majority of her patients diagnosed with cancer had been subjected to prolonged undue stress in their life (both from work and an unhappy life and emotionally broken).

The Traditional Chinese medical view of cancer etiology (etiology means cause), which evolved over many centuries, acknowledges the impact of genetic alterations and environmental toxins as contributors to the disease. However, TCM understands that while there are many reasons for cancer, one of the main causes is emotions.

TCM points to emotional contributions to the development of cancer. In particular, it considers depression (as in repressed anger), grief (usually because of death of a loved one), and anxiety (worry and fearfulness, and excess circular thinking − lots of ideas hanging around) to be major contributing factors.

TCM attributes this to stagnated energy. If the stagnation continues, it may eventually present itself as a tumor or some other type of excessive cellular activity. The belief has been that the human body is susceptible to cancer when under emotional stress or disturbance.

My acupuncturist has taught me a way to unblock stagnated energy in my body, which is to massage my chest (between the breasts) with my thumb in an upward and downward motion. This may be very painful if you have a lot of stagnated energy / negative emotions within but as you continue to massage for several days, the pain will eventually subside.  She also taught me the right way of massaging my breasts to prevent lumps and cysts.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) considers that all internal or chronic diseases are caused by the seven major emotions − anger, shock, joy, fear, brooding, anxiety, and sorrow.

I know of someone who has no worries in her life (in my view). She does not need to work all her life as her late millionaire father had left behind a fortune for her. She’s single and has no stress of raising a family.  Now in her early 70s, she has absolutely no issue with her health and hardly ever falls ill – not even a flu or a sneeze.  She’s always very happy, is globe-trotting all her life and enjoying every bit of her life.

A 2016 Chinese study found that psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression can be considered predictors of breast cancer risk.

When we are under stress, our stressed-out brains send signals to our adrenal glands to produce stress hormones. In turn, these stress hormones trigger cancerous activity such as the production of free radicals (DNA damage), inflammation, impaired cancer cell death, and stimulation of growth factors that can promote tumor cell growth. Once a tumor has formed, emotional stress then contributes to the progression of the disease.

While toxic emotions do not actually change our genes, they do set off a surge of cellular changes resulting in cancer. Continued degradation of the epigenetic structure of our genes leads to impaired immunity and increased susceptibility to cellular mutation.

In other words, while our DNA is locked in at conception, emotional factors can precipitate a chemical reaction within our body that can permanently alter the way our genes react.

Given that it is quite clear that emotional distress can contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer, it is important to reduce its adverse impacts on health. It is not always easy to manage our anger, but it is important to find constructive outlets for it. Talk to someone, do an activity that brings you joy and if you’re in a toxic relationship, try to get out of it.

Learning to control emotional stress is clearly important for the prevention of cancer as well as the progression of the disease.

This post also serves as a reminder to myself that I have to learn to let go and unlock all the negative pent up emotions within me!

The hubs has not been having lunch with us on Sunday for almost a month and this Sunday he wants to bring us all to Pavillion for lunch and shopping! Revising for exam can take a breather.

Have a happy weekend peeps!

Some of the excerpts here are extracted from TheTruthAboutCancer.com

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Why Honda OEM Parts Are Better Than Aftermarket

Honda bike owners may debate whether to restore a machine with parts made by the original equipment manufacturer or install aftermarket upgrades. There are several reasons to choose OEM parts.

The Advantages of OEM Parts
The major OEM parts Honda motorcycle advantage is maintaining a high resale value. Bike buyers look for models that are as close to the original specifications as possible. Aftermarket modifications may not add to or can even lower the value of a Honda bike. OEM ATV parts and motorcycle parts are also relatively easy to replace. All of the components are those the manufacturer used to install stock parts, and no major modifications should be necessary.

The Disadvantages of Aftermarket Parts
Many aftermarket parts are available for sale, and the quality of these parts may vary. OEM parts, on the other hand, tend to be very standardized. Aftermarket parts are designed to alter the appearance or boost the performance of a bike in ways that may be desirable for some riders, but not for others. This would not be as much of an issue if many aftermarket parts did not require unique modifications to the body, frame, or other fundamental bike parts.

Where To Buy Honda OEM Parts
Bike owners can get the best prices on motorcycle parts from retailers that stock genuine parts and offer a price-match guarantee. Search for part numbers or shop at a store that makes it easy to enter bike specs and browse parts designed to fit a specific make and model.

OEM parts provide consistent quality and a reliable fit, while aftermarket parts allow for more customization. Riders who intend to keep and modify a bike in pursuit of the ultimate riding experience may prefer to use some aftermarket parts. OEM parts are ideal for Honda owners who want to maintain the quality and resale value of a bike.

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Top 5 Cities With Most Bicycle Commuters 

Whether it’s to boost your health, fitness, bank balance, for fun or as an environmental choice, taking up bicycle riding could be one of the best decisions you ever make. If you’re considering getting one of those modern city bikes to commute to work or campus, you’ve made the right choice! Biking offers a healthy, extremely economical, space-efficient, and, above all, clean alternative to other forms of transportation. If the idea of cycling is embraced by enough people, it has great potential to alleviate pressure on existing infrastructure.

Cycling is a great way to stave off diseases and stress. Those who exercise regularly are at significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, all types of cancer, high blood pressure and obesity. The body becomes much more efficient at defending itself and regenerating new cells.

Here are the top 5 cities that have the most bicycle commuters:

1. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is the most bike-friendly city in the world. Tourists are often overwhelmed by the number of bicycles on the road, and children are taught to ride before they’re even old enough to go to school, thanks to bicycle-friendly measures taken by the city.

2.  Amsterdam, Netherlands
There are more bicycles than people in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague, up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The whole of Amsterdam is a single bike path and cyclists are allowed to ride almost everywhere.

3.  Portland, Oregon
It’s hard to beat Europe in terms of bicycle-friendliness, but Portland is trying its best.

4.  Boulder, Colorado
The city’s 300 miles of bikeways include on-street bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, designated bike routes, paved shoulders, multi-use paths, and soft-surface paths. There’s also a bike registration program to help protect bicycles from theft. You’ll see all types of bikes on the streets from city bikes to hybrid bikes to the best electric bikes.

5.  Montreal, Canada
The bustling Canadian city of Montreal has an impressive 600 kilometres (about 373 miles) of bike paths, which is almost twice as many as Copenhagen.

If you are ready to hit the pavement by pedal to reap all the benefits associated with cycling, head over to Six Three Zero today to check out their range of custom bicycles or hybrid bikes for sale!

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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!

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Aunty Nutty Homemade Walnut Milk

The health benefits of walnuts are manifold and include reduction of LDL (bad) cholesterol, prevention of inflammation, improvement in metabolism, improvement in heart health, boost bone health, weight management, and diabetes control. Walnuts also benefit brain health and act as a mood booster.

Walnuts rank second on the list of ‘antioxidant-rich’ foods, just under blackberries!  The rare, powerful antioxidants such as quinone juglone, the tannin tellimagrandin, and the flavonol morin present in walnuts have remarkable free-radical scavenging power. These antioxidants also help prevent liver damage due to chemicals.

There’s so much interest in walnut that for the past 50 years, scientists and industry experts have gathered annually at the University of California, Davis, for a walnut conference discussing the latest walnut health research!

According to the USDA Nutrition Data, walnuts are a rich source of vitamin C, B vitamins (vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folate), vitamin E, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc.

Have you ever tried homemade activated walnut milk? Last weekend I tried it and love it!  It’s very refreshing and nutty, is vegan (dairy -free), gluten-free and paleo-friendly. Walnut milk is a great milk substitute for those who are lactose-intolerant and healthy beverage to beat hunger pangs.

I have never seen fresh walnut milk in the market before. Last week, I stumbled upon Aunty Nutty’s homemade walnut milk on my friend’s Facebook page. It piqued my interest right away and I messaged her immediately and got 8 bottles to try!

Information on Aunty Nutty homemade activated walnut milk 
1.  Only walnuts from USA are used.
2.  The walnuts are activated for at least 24 hours in a controlled temperature environment to avoid nuts turning rancid.
3.  Walnuts are very delicate nuts. Activation is required and crucial to neutralize enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients removed to activate the walnut’s full nutrient potentials.
4.  No direct hand contact. Food grade gloves are worn at all times while handling and cleaning the nuts to avoid contamination.
5.  Aunty Nutty processing facility and utensils used are segregated mainly for this purpose to avoid contamination.
6.  Cold pressed nut milk using hydraulic press. This method protects and preserves the nutrients in the walnut as no heat is involve as how blending does.
7.  Nut milk is suitable for the young and old but NOT for toddlers below the age of 2 and those with tree nut allergies.

Benefits of activating nuts

Activating nuts and seeds is the process of soaking raw nuts and seeds in salt water for a period of time that is long enough to start the nuts and seeds germinating.  This process is believed to breakdown the Phytic Acid in the nuts and seeds and in turn you get what raw foodies call a “live” nut full of accessible nutrients that beforehand where bonded up in the Phytic Acid.

Activating nuts and seeds also seems to make them a lot more digestible. There are many reports of people who couldn’t eat nuts before, but who can now tolerate eating nuts and seeds that have been activated.

Aunty Nutty’s fresh activated walnut milk comes in 2 flavors: lightly sweetened with coconut nectar and unsweetened.

I love the coconut nectar flavor. It has a nutty and creamy texture (tastes a little like soy bean but NO soy is used) and the taste reminds me of Cendol!   The Cendol taste comes from the extra virgin coconut oil and coconut nectar.


The one sweetened with coconut nectar has a brownish hue.


One with no coconut nectar added. It has a mild nutty taste and right level of creaminess.


As no preservative and stabilizer are used, the walnut milk is best consumed within 3 days from date of production. I drank it on the 4th day and still tasted good.


The ingredients.

Even Cass, my very very finical daughter loves the walnut milk. On the day Shereen delivered the walnut milk to me, Cass quaffed down the entire bottle herself!

If you’d like to try Aunty Nutty’s homemade walnut milk, you can get in touch with Shereen either through:
PM at Aunty Nutty
OR
Whatsapp at +60 12-921 6892

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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.

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Long Water Cut Preparation

I’m not new to water cuts and water rationing. If you are a Klang Valley folk, water cuts and rationing are nothing new. I was affected by the worst water rationing in the history of Klang Valley in the year 1998 (the year Commonwealth Games was hosted by KL) and yet, the OCD me survived, though the hubs (boyfriend then) had to bear with my occasional outbursts on no water days  😅 The water rationing that year lasted for more than 1 month!!  In times like these, I wish  I was still staying in my beautiful hometown of Ipoh, a place where water cuts and rationing are hardly ever heard of.  Water is plentiful in Ipoh.

The girls have not really experienced a water cut that lasts more than 1 day.  Our condo has one of the largest water ‘tangki’ compared to other condos, I was told. BUT then again, it depends on how prudent the residents are with their water usage. Our condo also has a special pump that pumps water from a tank on the basement to the 18th floor where the water ‘tangkis’ are. So if the Syabas water tanker truck driver is kind enough to drive into the basement and drop off water into the water tank, then we will not be affected by the 3-4 days water cut after all. That’s just wishful thinking.  We’re quite prepared for the long cut and our water reserve in our own unit can last us for one or perhaps two days. The water is only for bathing, toilet use and for simple washing of utensils. Strictly no heavy cooking for the next few days until water supply is back!

Whatever water tumblers, cookie jars, jugs and containers that we could find in our house were all used to store water.

Tubs and containers in the master bathroom… no toilet washing for a few days until water supply resumes. Can only do dry cleaning of the bathroom. This is pretty hard for the OCD me, who must scrub bathrooms and toilet seats every single day! 🤫 🤭

I asked the mil to cook bigger portions of dishes yesterday so that we could have the same dishes for dinner today.


Braised pork ribs and ‘tau kok lup’ in glass containers are for dinner today.

Fruits are limited to easy to eat fruits. I stocked up on organic Juliet apples and yellow Kiwi. Last night I washed the apples clean and stored them in a plastic container. The girls can eat them for the next few days – no peeling of skin and no cutting are allowed.

I’ve also stocked up on disposable plastic cups. We still have some disposable paper plates left. We’ll be eating with disposables for the next few days. Our dinner for the next two days will be ordered online from restaurants located at places unaffected by the water cut.  Praying hard that we will not have to resort to moving out of the condo to our friend’s house located about 30km away or check into a hotel for civilization!

Is your area affected by the 3-4 days water cut? It’s really tough when you have active children who sweat buckets and come home with sweat drenched clothes eh? I dread the thought of their smelly dirty laundry piling up in the house for days!!

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Creating Fashion Trends

Fashion trends evolve with the times and often move cyclically. Depending on your age, your parents may comment on new clothing and remember times when this clothing received praise from fashionably aware crowds. When browsing the internet or perusing stores for new clothes, the selections available often determine what you wear. Affordability factors in as well, but if you choose standard outlets, you will most likely be following fashion trends as opposed to creating them. Adolescents and young adults are often very impressionable, and this can be used to develop trends of your own.

Owning Your Style
Confident individuals often look good in pretty much anything they choose to wear. When you have an aura about yourself, even older pieces can be augmented somewhat. Streetwear brands, such as Otherlinks, have clothing lines that engage consumers due to unique approaches to fashion. Many people want to purchase this merchandise because of the celebrity attached and the way peers will view these stylish purchases. Individuals that possess unique styles are not rushing to buy the newest clothing each season.

Clothing companies pay personalities to post pictures of themselves while wearing a particular item. While these posts usually garner much attention, try creating fashion trends and make those in tune with fashion step into your world.

 

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Not That Ready Yet For The Longest Water Cut Ever!

Since Saturday, I’ve been joining panicky residents at our neighborhood in the rush to snap up pails, water containers, tubs and garbage bins for the insane 3 to 4 days scheduled water cut. In fact, almost every household in the entire Klang Valley is affected by the largest water cut in the state’s history.

On Saturday I went to 99 Speedmart in the hope of getting a few pails but all the pails were sold out. I had no choice but to buy a black garbage bin. On Sunday, I summoned the hubs to get a large round tub from NSK and large bottled mineral water when he went there to stock up on groceries for his catering business.  Today he told me that he can’t spare me more than 1 large water container from his shop as he needs them too for storing water for cooking and washing in his kitchen. So I scrambled out to the shops to hunt for more pails. No luck at both the 99 Speedmart outlets at my neighborhood as all the pails, tubs and garbage bins are sold out. Even water dippers are out of stock.  Thankfully there were still a few pails left at a Chinese medicine hall but another man who came before me snapped up all the larger pails. I had to settle for a dusty and scratched large pail with lid (last one there) and grabbed another two smaller pails.

My loot of containers:

These containers for water are enough to last us for just ONE day.  Thankfully the water tanks at our condo are enough to sustain the residents for 1 or 2 days, depending on usage.

On the second day of the water cut, the water level at our condo water tanks will be measured and if the drop is at a critical level, there will be staggered hours of water cut and flowing taps on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day.

In the worst case scenario, my contingency plan is to bring the girls to a hotel for some civilization until the water supply returns. Hubs is rubbing his temples now as he’s having full-house functions on the days of the water cut.

Don’t we just hate water cuts? 😭 I wager that everyone affected by this water cut will now treat every drop of water that flows out from our taps with renewed appreciation.

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Our Fighting Queen

Our drama / dancing / baking queen can now add another feather to her cap – the title of fighting queen! In her first MSSKL inter-school taekwondo competition yesterday, she grabbed the gold medal in the individual Poomsae event (green belt). Her first ever gold medal in an inter-school competition!  Not bad at all for someone who took up taekwondo lessons just a year ago.

Oh yes, her team also clinched the gold medal in the 4 x 100m track and field event in her school sports day last Saturday.  After spending the entire morning and afternoon in the hot sun in school on Saturday, she went straight to the gym to sit for her taekwondo grading exam (for blue belt). This girl seems to get an adrenaline rush with dancing, fighting and running!

Sherilyn had a one-month hiatus in taekwondo in the middle of last year when we were facing some issues with her former taekwondo master. If it wasn’t for the hiatus, she would have been a blue belter by now, waiting for the red belt. I was undecided if I should let her continue with taekwondo as she was already very busy with her dance classes. But I told myself that I should practise what I preach to the girls – of never giving up in whatever that they are doing just because quitting is the easiest way out.

So I hunted high and low for another taekwondo master. When I found a gym that offers taekwondo classes, I was overjoyed but the fee is five times more than what I was currently paying!! Seeing the passion that Sherilyn had with promises from her that she will persevere until she gets her black belt, I registered her at the gym and even signed her up for kickboxing and Muay Thai classes! Crazy right?  I didn’t let the hubs know as I knew that he would flip (coz of the fees!!) but he subsequently found out and obviously wasn’t too happy with my decision. But since I am the one who makes all the decisions pertaining to the the girls, all he could do was to support my decision and sometimes fetch the girls back from the gym at night, though he would sometimes say that learning too many types of martial arts is crazy, useless and waste of his money 🙄  But yesterday he’s the one who said that he’s proud of his middle child!🤩

Well done Sherilyn! Here’s to more taekwondo competitions in the near future but before you sign up for sparring, please take extra care of your legs and get them healed first.

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Healthy Grub

This week is another NO REST WEEK for me!! I can’t believe it!  I just got to know from Alycia that she still has to go to school this Saturday to wrap up a project that she and her team mates are working on though it’s a school off-day this Saturday. Guess who’s going to be the Grab driver?  It’s not the hubs as this week is another full-house week for him.  And on Sunday, Alycia has to leave the house at 6:30 a.m. for a marathon! For Sunday’s marathon, I am going to tai-chi the driver’s chore to him!  I need my sleep!😴

Ok to be fair, these are my responsibilities as a mother.  I shouldn’t complain too much.  Before I know it, the girls will blow the coop and I will be longing to be their driver again.  But I really need  that 3-4 extra hours over the weekend to stack some Z’s before a new crazy week starts again.  I just need to blow off steam here coz I feel so sleep deprived the past one week. I’ve been waking up with a nagging headache the past two days and feeling really zombified in the morning.

Not getting enough sleep is just as bad as eating junk and it’s impacting my cholesterol level that’s quite high as I have familial hypercholesterolaemia (genetic high cholesterol).  Researches have found that sleep loss leads to changes in genes that are responsible for regulating cholesterol levels and sleep deprivation may have a negative impact on cholesterol levels.  I’m already not getting enough sleep, so I should eat healthily to prevent my cholesterol level from skyrocketing.

Here’s what I’ve been eating lately..


Breakfast of low-fat sugar-free yoghurt with Brazil nuts, pistachios, organic goji berries, pomelo and seasoned Korean seaweed.


Dinner of blanched organic ferns with peanut sauce from hubby’s kitchen. His Indonesian cook makes the best peanut sauce!


Dinner of organic traditional rolled oats with beef bolognese sauce, while the girls had Penne pasta.


Sunday night dinner of organic red bell pepper with peanut sauce and sauteed assortment of organic shrooms.


Cooked organic rolled oats with low-fat sugar-free yoghurt and fresh pomegranate.  Sherilyn made this for breakfast.

As a result of eating clean with an intensified workout session five times a week, all my pants and skirts have been dropping off my waist! 😬

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