Alycia has been asking me if she could eat crabs and have a nice long steamboat dinner after her exam. We spent our Sunday cooped up at home yesterday, except for a brief brunch at a nearby cafe. We have not been dining out for the past 2 weekends as the hubster has been very busy with his clients’ events. I miss doing what I like best – retail therapy! The girls also want to watch a movie on Sunday. While the girls and the hubster watch a movie in the cinema this Sunday, I will be doing a retail marathon, woohoo! I miss buying jewelries too. These days no one dares to wear eye-catching bling bling jewelries lest the bling bling get snatched by muggers. I do not even wear my engagement ring and wedding ring anymore. They are all kept in the bank. Though I no longer wear gold jewelries, I still heart looking at those pretty engagement ring and wedding ring sets each time I pass by a jewelry shop.
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After fetching Cass from kindy just now, I brought the MIL to a nearby plant nursery to get some ‘chau choe’ or stink grass. She wanted to dish out a popular Hong Kong dessert consisting of mung beans + stink grass + shredded kombu seaweed. This Hong Kong sweet soup concoction is well known to expel heat and toxins from the body.
I do not know how the stinky grass got its moniker but it ain’t stinky at all. Well, at least not to us. In fact, we find the smell very sharp yet fragrant. Cass kept telling me that the stink grass smelled like pandan leaves. My kids love the taste of it, surprisingly. I think it is an acquired taste as many years ago, they did not quite like the smell of it.
I am unable to snap a sharp and nice picture of our mung bean sweet soup, except for this one when it was still boiling in the pot.
This is the healthy mung bean + stink grass + kombu seaweed sweet soup that the MIL boiled today. The picture is however googled and copied from Christine’s Recipe’s blog:
The is the kombu seaweed. You will need to soak the dried kombu to soften it before slicing it with a knife into shreds . Amount used is optional and up to individual.
The stink grass. One of our favorite aromatic and healthy herbs to prepare ‘tong sui’ (sweet soup). My mil used about 10 sprigs to boil a big pot of mung beans.
Mung beans are rich in the following nutrients:
• vitamin C
• folic acid or folate
Mung beans are also high in fibre, low in saturated fat, low in sodium, and contain no cholesterol. Because of the wide range of nutrients contained in mung beans, they offer a whole host of health benefits for the immune system, the metabolism, the heart and other organs, cell growth, protection against free radicals, and diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
The Chinese believe that mung beans or green beans can expel heat, prevent heat stroke, clear skin, clear acne and clear toxins from the body and blood.
Mung beans are inexpensive and very nutritious. Instead of wolfing down a packet of nasi lemak for breakfast or lunch, try to boil a pot of mung bean sweet soup and have it instead. You can store the excess sweet soup in a container and keep it in the fridge. It tastes even more refreshing when eaten chilled.
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I was losing my voice yesterday to flu and a phlegmy throat. I had to catch my breath when I talked as my nose was badly congested. But a mother had to do what she’s supposed to do. Instead of getting lots of rest, I did lots of talking yesterday. I also did quite a bit of the dreaded household chores as Sundays are maid-less days. Alycia will be sitting for her first term exam this week. I had to sit with her to do an eleventh hour revision. I had to help a friend to find some online presentation folder printing information but I left all my work behind and concentrated on my daughter’s revision. I hope she has done well in her BM paper today.
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Two days ago, I saw a boil on Cass’ inner thigh. It was quite ‘ripe’ with yellow pus inside! She wouldn’t let me touch it as it hurt her a lot.
When I was a kid, I was very prone to getting boils on my butt, nose and forehead. My mum would ask me to put some hot water on a cup and use some cotton wool to ‘ripen’ the boil, with the intention of oozing out the pus. It was freaking painful!
For me, I treat all my pimples and boils with Melaleuca oil (pure tea tree oil) and Melagel (contains tea tree oil) from Melaleuca. These two ointments work like a charm, always!
After applying Melagel on the boil on Cass’ thigh three to four times daily for two days, the boil shrunk today! Cass was so happy that she need not have to see the doctor to have the boil cut.
I am so glad I was introduced to Melaleuca products. Melagel and Melaleuca oil are my miracle ointments. They are excellent for mozzie bites, wounds, problematic scalp (Melaleuca oil has successfully stopped the itching on my ultra sensitive scalp), open wounds, ear infection, chapped lips, cracked heel and much more.
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The backyard is a great place to kick back and relax for a while. When the weather is nice you can stay outside for hours on end. The one thing that can ruin your good time is those pesky mosquitoes buzzing around, trying to get a bite.
Here are a few easy tips to try that can alleviate the problem:
A completely natural way to ward off mosquitoes is to use preparations made from lemon eucalyptus or cedar oil. Both are used in natural products that are designed to keep the bugs from coming too close.
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water in droves. Standing water in a pool, bird bath, planter, empty plastic bottle or area ditch are attractions. Water is like home territory to them. Go around your yard and look for anything that could hold water. Dump, bail or cover up the water. You don’t want them breeding and becoming a worse problem.
These little bugs may enjoy biting and drinking blood, but they are pretty fragile. Set up portable fans around the sitting area. Air from the fans is so forceful a little mosquito cannot fight through and get to your skin. Of course, this solution only works when fans are turned on.
Avoid Wearing Fragrances
Perfume and cologne are going to draw some unwanted attention from nearby mosquitoes. They enjoy floral scents and will head straight towards the source of this wonderful aroma.
Skip the Beer
Beer drinkers may not like this suggestion. Drinking beer turns your body into a attractive place for a mosquito to hang out. They like the undetectable essence that the alcohol in beer creates. This essence is released through skin pores.
Mosquito Nets and Tents
Invest in mosquito netting or a tent made from materials that keep them away from you and everyone else in the yard. This requires a willingness to obscure the natural view of the yard.
Natural Garden Repellents
Mosquitoes do not like certain natural plants and flowers such as chrysanthemums, marigold and lemon grass. Another bulb they hate is garlic. This is amusing because they are much like vampires. They come for your blood, but you can ward them off by planting garlic in the yard.
When you have tried everything humanly possible to rid your yard of mosquitoes, and nothing works, contact a mosquito treatment service for professional pest control assistance.
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With the water rationing exercise just kicked off in almost the entire Klang Valley, I am sure water containers and pails filled with water to the brim are everywhere in your bathroom, back yard, porch or even your bedroom if you live in a small size flat. I have 3 huge water containers and 5 pails filled with water, all ready for the dry days ahead of us. The weather is super freaking HOT, dry, HAZY, humid and there is not a single drop of rain from heaven.
Just a reminder to all you folks who are affected by the water rationing exercise, please remember to cover your pails and containers. If possible, buy water containers that come with a cover. If you buy pails, cover it with a small basin or tray. That is what I am doing. First, it is for your children’s safety. Kids can drown within seconds if they fall and have their heads submerged in water. Second, standing water is mosquitoes’ paradise! Mozzies love making babies in the water!
Apart from the water rationing menace, we are faced with haze and also a raging war with Aedes mosquitoes now. Do your part to rid mozzies from your home. Make sure water in your vases are changed once every few days. Go around your house to look for anything that could hold water and rid the water or change it.
I wish everyone affected by this very hot, hazy and dry weather to chill out. Go to the mall to chillax, have some cool drinks or frozen smoothie to bring down the heat. Love and pamper yourself – turn on the air-conditioner even if it means higher electricity bill. Let us all pray to God to open up the heavens with lots of rain real soon!
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Ever since the new school term started, with Alycia in Primary 5 this year, her homework load has been very heavy. The teachers are now gearing up the Primary 5 students for the government exam next year. Alycia spends at least 3 hours doing her homework from school every day and another hour of homework from her tutors. And I loving her class teacher, who is a very dedicated teacher! Alycia is one who will only listen obediently to her teachers. Her class teachers uses good tactics to motivate her students to do daily revision on their own. One of the downside of having too much homework is that Alycia hardly has the time to practice her guitar these days. Sometimes, she forgets to practice and I too, forget to remind her. She still likes playing the guitar very much and I am eyeing some customize guitars at guitar center for her too (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No of views=62)
The much scornful haze is back again, no thanks to weeks of drought. It is very dry, hot and humid now. My kids and I are starting to get itchy nose, blocked nose and phlegm easily now, caused by the haze and the extremely hot weather. To add fuel to fire, many parts of our country are hit badly by the water rationing exercise. During the water rationing period, we will get 2 days of water and 2 days off water. For those of you living in cold countries, count your blessings for the cold weather and free flow of water from your taps. I just wish that we could escape from this country to a place that is freezing cold, to a place where water flows out abundantly from your tap, without any restriction! (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No of views=63)
A career as a personal trainer is a rewarding and fulfilling one. You get to help people achieve their fitness goals and encourage them to lead a happier and healthier life. An added bonus is that you will always have time to hit the gym yourself as your career opportunities are directly related to the amount of time that you spend in the gym.
If you want to become a personal trainer, you will need to be well versed in all aspects of exercise science. It is important that you can help your clients get into better shape without overdoing it or hurting themselves in the process. You also need to make sure that you can give good advice as it relates to any supplements that your clients may want to take.
As a personal trainer, you will be the one who pushes your clients to be the best that they can be. However, you will also be there as a supportive guide who realizes that everyone’s goals are different. While some people will want to become the next great bodybuilder, others just want to be able to walk a mile without getting tired.
Those who want to learn about being a personal trainer can visit university websites or the website of any gym that offers advice as to how you can become a personal trainer. You can learn more here about what is expected of you and how you can start on the path toward your dream career. (Views counter installed wef 20 Nov 2013. No of views=78)
I consider today my ‘lucky’ day. Because I did not think that I would be able to speak to the person whom I wanted to speak with.
A good friend of mine has so kindly helped me to obtain a referral letter for Cass to see the top pediatric urologist and pediatric nephrologist at HKL, scheduled for this week. It will be a joint consultation to see these two specialists. What I have is only a referral letter from the head of pediatric surgeon from one of the government hospitals in our country to this pediatric nephrologist in HKL (Hospital KL). No dates and time were given in writing. My friend had verbally told me the date and time. She even came over to my place to pass me the referral letter. God bless this friend of mine with a heart of gold.
So today, I braved myself for at least half a day to get through to speak to the correct person-in-charge at HKL. I do not have a very good impression of government departments and general hospitals in our country. I was right. This HKL is so huge that no one seems to know each other. After over 20 calls with my cordless phone going dead about four times, over a period of 1.5 hours, I finally managed to speak to the person-in-charge of appointments at the Urology Clinic at HKL. But she sounded very ‘cincai’ and I have this uneasy feeling that she has not really written down my name in the appointment book.
Anyway, I will pray to God for his help to get us the appointment to see these two doctors and I pray that the findings on Cass’ bladder issue will be favorable to us.
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