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Jul 26 2014

Playing The Piano Again

Published by @ 11:55 am under Uncategorized

I have not touched the piano for ages. Fingers are getting stiffed. Recently Yiruma’s Kiss the Rain caught my attention and I have the urge to learn how to play. I downloaded the sheet and started practicing but i really feel like not up to the standard. I really wish to be able to play better piano like the video below

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Jul 23 2014

Reviving The Blog

Published by @ 1:38 pm under Blogging

This blog is in a semi retired mode. There were times that I feel like reviving it, but after I logged in, I don’t have the mojo to blog. I no longer know what to blog about and wonder if there’s anyone still read blogs since FB is so common now. I can control who can read my updates. I don’t know what’s the purpose to share what we are doing with the public, with people that I don’t know. The urge of reviving the blogs came few months back when I found out that one can still earn some decent pocket money through blogging. I was invited to an event and was paid fairly well. That is when I started thinking if I started maintaining this blog again, be active in instagram and tweeter, perhaps i could even earn more. The thoughts keep playing in my mind but I have never really taken action, spending most my time online surfing and fb-ing instead of productive work like re-learning about SEO and such. Today a long time blog friend brought up the topic on Adsense again. It’s like sparking up everyone’s interest to start blogging again.

She was mentioning “blogs are like properties. Maintain a bit (write a bit la)and they pay you rental each month. Jaga your tenants (the keywords) and sayang (backlinks) them.”

Ok, time to do some serious learning to learn all about SEO, keywords and backlinks again.

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Jun 01 2014

There is a possibility that we will relocate AGAIN. We haven’t got our keys yet, but has plan for renovation already. Have been checking with contractors to get quotation and choice of materials for the kitchen builds in. Was thinking maybe for a change, we can try wood veneer sheets for our kitchen cabinets.  We are still waiting for final quotation. Will decide later.

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Apr 18 2014

Breakfast Love With F&N Seasons NutriSoy

Published by @ 9:08 am under Et Cetera

Ever since I attended the cooking demo by F&N Seasons Nutrisoy, I am so inspired to cook and bake more despite the water rationing.  The tips I’ve learned is cooking can be simple and not a hassle, even with no water supply, I can still use minimum utensils to come out with healthy home cooked food for my loves one.

For a healthy eating and living, I do a lot of juicing. Usually I keep the fruit pulps. Those can be added to the cake batter for bread and muffins. It can also be added into your stock base.

JS was mentioning to me that she misses the fruit pulp bread and asked me to bake again and since I have some F&N Seasons Nutrisoy in the fridge, I decided to give the recipe a little tweak. Instead of using normal milk, I added in F&N Seasons Nutrisoy.

Here’s the recipe

- 3 cups white-whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups (fluffed, not packed) fruit/veggie pulp
- 1/2 cup olive or canola oil
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup of F&N Seasons Nutrisoy
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup maple syrup (depending on sweetness desired)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The method is very simple. All you need to do is to mix all ingredients together. Even a 4 years old can do it.

Bake the batter in oven heat 170C for about 45 minutes, bread is done when set in middle and lightly golden brown

  Fruit Pulp Bread that my children love

It’s also easier to pair F&N Seasons Nutrisoy with other breakfast instead of using it as a cooking ingredient to make the meal wholesome and nutritious.

  French Toast with fruits and F&N Seasons Nutrisoy for the girl to pack to school. She is not a morning person and eats very little before going to school at 6.15am

Omelette with Avocado paired with F&N Seasons Nutrisoy Soy Milk

  Wholemeal Breakfast Wrap. This is one of the kids favourite too. I have prepared this before but not as tasty and nice until I got a few tips during the cooking demo.  This is very simple to make. All you need to do is to marinate the chicken overnight and cook it in the morning. It can be done in less than 15 minutes.

It may just be some simple kuih baulu for breakfast, but pairing it with F&N Seasons Nutrisoy soy milk, it then becomes a complete meal.

Avocado Ham sandwich pairing with F&N Seasons NutriSoy Soy Milk. You can see how he enjoys his “breakfast love”.

It’s just so simple to pair F&N Seasons NutriSoy with so many other healthy food.It keeps the little tummy full longer and they don’t get hunger pangs before lunch. The protein is good in helping them to build new tissues, and we know protein is important for their growth.F&N Seasons NutriSoy soy milk has no cholesterol , low in fat and it has no added
preservatives, flavouring and colouring.

For more details of F&N Seasons NutriSoy Breakfast Love campaign and more breakfast recipes with F&N Seasons NutriSoy, check out and LIKE F&N NutriSoy
Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NutriSoy.My!

All because of #NutriSoyMY #Breakfastlove , my kids are happy that I am back into kitchen action to prepare more meals with loves for them.

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Apr 09 2014

Eating Healthy With NutriSoy Starts From Home

Published by @ 9:22 am under Et Cetera

As a mother of four little and growing children, I not only concern about their studies and well being, most of all that I care about is what I laid on the dining table and feed their little mouths. I strongly believe in healthy , balance diet and it has to start from day one of their life and from home. I believe in feeding the children for lifelong health.

We all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We adults eat breakfast each day to perform our best, kids need it even more. Their growing bodies and developing brains rely heavily on the regular intake of food. When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for long periods of time without food and this period of semi-starvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems for them. It is my vital task as a mother , to make sure my kiddos have breakfast daily.

However, two of the greatest obstacles to healthy eating at home and eating breakfast early in the morning are boredom and time.  It is deemed to be a challenge for me as sometimes myself or the kids want to steal a few more minutes of sleep. The good news is, it only takes a little commitment, imagination and organization to change and cultivate a eating program and habit for a better.

I usually gets up at 5.40a.m on a school day to prepare their breakfast and by 6.15a.m, the eldest will be off for school. Time is really a key here, where I need to get ready healthy and appetizing breakfast for groggy heads. One of the quick breakfast that I resort to is to let them have milk, almond milk, oat milk or  soy milk on a rush morning. Soy milk is one that is well liked by my children for the time being.

Why soy milk? As we know from recent studies, cow’s milk particularly formula milk is one of the culprit that leads to some health issues. Hence I started cutting down on cow’s milk and opt for other protein source.  It is suitable for lactose intolerance kids, low fat and plant based.  Soy protein helps to reduce cholesterol too.

I would love to make my own soy milk, but as usual, time is always not at my favor.   I always go for Nutrisoy soy milk as my trusted drinks for my family. It’s packed hygienically and conveniently for consumption at or out of home. It has no added preservatives, flavoring and coloring.

Recently when I had a mental block on what other breakfast to prepare for the kids and by luck I was invited to participate in NutriSoy Breakfast Love Campaign. This is a campaign by F&N Seasons NutriSoy to bring out a community message to Malaysian mums the importance of breakfast. To show us mothers, how easy it is to pair breakfast with F&N Seasons Nutrisoy for a wholesome meal to start of the day.

At the cooking demo that I am honored to have attended, a group of mothers were shown some  creative, simple and quick ways to dish up yummylicious breakfast for our loves one. One of the quick on the go healthy breakfast would be splashing some NutriSoy soy milk over cereal. Effortless I must say!

The cooking demo by F&N Seasons NutriSoy Breakfast Love 

 


I was expecting a sit down, watch kind of cooking demo.  However, it turned out to be a fun session where the participants having hands on experiences in the kitchen.

We were shown how to make NutriSoy Pancake with banana, toasted almonds, mushroom omelette with oven roasted tomatoes, homemade banana and walnut muffins with dark chocolate and wholemeal breakfast wrap with mixed greens and grilled chicken.

The cooking demo lasted about 2 hours. While the muffins were baking in the oven, when the chicken is being grilled, the aroma of it just made our tummy growling.

 

wholemeal breakfast wrap with mixed greens and grilled chicken

 NutriSoy Pancake with banana, toasted almonds

homemade banana and walnut muffins with dark chocolate

mushroom omelette with oven roasted tomatoes

Tadaa… after two hours, these are the yummilious food waiting for us to dig in.

All the recipes shared were not new to me, it’s something I have prepared before for the kids, but it’s refreshing to the mind, giving new ideas to come out with more variation. Picking up a few cooking tips from the Chef as well. Arming with some new tips, my mojo to cook for my little ones was revived. It’s like “Hey, I have not baked muffins for while! I should be doing that when I got home!”.

At the end of the session, I brought home some NutriSoy for the family. Yummeeh!

Thank you #NutriSoyMY #BreakfastLove for the wonderful session.

For more details of F&N Seasons NutriSoy Breakfast Love campaign and more breakfast recipes with F&N Seasons NutriSoy, check out and LIKE F&N NutriSoy

Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NutriSoy.My!

 

 

 

 

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Apr 08 2014

Water Rationing

Published by @ 5:03 pm under Et Cetera

It has almost been a month that we have to go through this water rationing exercise.  Imagine we are staying in the so called developing country, a tropical country with enough rainfall and yet we have water crisis.

I don’t want to dwell negatively on it, but somehow I am having enough.  The month of March has been bad, with the haze problem where we basically live in the tightly shut house (dark and stuffy with no natural ray and fresh air coming in the house), top up with no water is really depressing. Somehow I still have a little positivity in it. Hoping that this would teach the kids to appreciate mother nature more.  Teach them a lesson of not to take things for granted and not to waste natural resources. But after a month of this water rationing exercise. I am having enough and hope to get done with. I just want the water to be back. It is so blardy inconvenient without water running out from the tap.

We have been having weeks of rain. Children are asking me why is that so when we have rain and yet we still have got no water? What could I tell them? The authorities told us, told the media, rain did not fall at the dams and water catchment areas. yes, of all places in the country, the rain did not fall in the water catchment areas and rendering us waterless!!

Kids also ask innocent questions like “I wonder do the king still bathe in the bathtub” (see.. i brought them to the palace museum once and they saw the luxury bathroom ) . JE asked “today got water? America got water?” All this little brain could think of is America, as if US is her second home. She said she wants to go US.

With this stupid water rationing exercise, my expenses increased as in I got to buy extra tubs/bins/pails to store water. I am resorting to using paperplates, I order takeaway instead of cooking at home.

It’s just crazy. Every two days, I have been busy storing water, boiling drinking water, doing up all the washing, juicing, baking. It’s really about careful planning and management, else we would end up with no water before the water resume. Even though the weather is not good, but yet, I have no choice, else i would end up with laundry piling up in the laundry basket.  I’ve lost the mojo to cook for the kids, I ran out of ideas of what to cook. There’s definitely no 3 dishes 1 soup chinese meal on no water day, and when the water is back , i may not have the mood to cook. We are definitely eating a lot more of those one pot dish.

On no water days, we always do a quick bathe, hair wash is not allowed. kids are to wear their pyjamas for two nights before they are allowed to throw them into the laundry basket . I’ve even tried to get them to wear back their uniforms without washing. I monitored how much water they throw into the toilet bowl after they pee. I got panic if they go to the loo to do big business more than once a day. I have to make sure I have enough water for emergency like nose bleed and spillage.  It’s really driving me bonkers.

I wish this could end soon and let me return to my normal routine.

 

 

 

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Mar 14 2014

JL’s First Sales

Published by @ 11:37 am under JL

JL also envy her older sister that is always selling her crafts and artwork. She has always wanted to follow suit. She made her first sales last week. Selling her rainbow loom bracelet to one of the classmate. I told her she can charge too high and need to just sell those bracelet of simply design, as Standard 1 students don’t normally has a lot of pocket money and they are not allow to bring too much pocket money to school too. In fact JL is doing some sort of black market business, as i am sure this is not allowed in school. I just hope that no parents will come complaining to the teacher that JL is selling her craft and that her friends are saving the pocket money up for bracelet instead of spending on food.

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Mar 11 2014

You Are My Internet

Published by @ 5:07 pm under JS

Casual chat over lunch after school, JS said quite spontaneously to me

“Are you an internet?”

Me feeling blur and puzzled on her statement, she then continue ” I feel so connected to you. I feel your love”

Aww..what a sweet , heart melting statement.

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Feb 27 2014

Home Learning

Published by @ 11:43 am under Homeschooling

Our learning style at home is very unstructured. It can be anytime, on any topic that interest the kids. WH especially loves asking questions, questions just about anything.

Here’s a group of photos taken sometimes back.

Usually I am the one who does the coaching and teaching, but there are times when daddy is home, he takes over the role too

What is he teaching WH?

Certainly not school stuff

Our kids are school goers. We do not homeschool them. But outside school, we try as much the unschool approach. Like in this case, we never put the kids off by saying that they will learn these in school later, it’s too advanced for them or wait till teacher teaches then they will understand.  Learning is on daily basis, anytime, anywhere. Where the interest sparks on, teach the kids how to be resourceful to look for information on related topics.

 

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Feb 26 2014

Review: Sheriff Callie’s Wild West

Published by @ 10:36 pm under Entertainment

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For those who like the Western, Wild Wild West Theme, now we have the very first Western series for preschoolers airing in Disney Junior.  This brand new series made it debuts on Disney Junior (ASTRO Channel 613) on Monday , 24th February 2014. Following the debut, the series will be aired EVERY DAY at 1pm on Astro 613.

This is a vibrant and music filled animated series utilizes the folklore of the Old West to impart positive social skills and lessons for young kids age 2  – 7. It teaches the kids how to be good friend and neighbor, highlighting lessons about forgiveness, honesty and sharing. Mandy Moore is the voice behind the cute Sheriff Callie.

This series follow the story of  Callie, a Calico cat sheriff who keeps the peace in her frontier town of Nice and Friendly Corners using her magic lasso and cowgirl know-how. It is set against a backdrop of the colourful Old West.

Come let’s enjoy the theme song of Sheriff Callie’s Wild West

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And don’t forget to tune in to 613, everyday at 1pm to meet Sheriff Callie on screen.

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