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Sep 22 2014

Back To School Again

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It’s back to school day for the kids again. It has been a long two weeks break for the younger kids as prior to the official school break, there were having additional 4 days off as the standard 6 kids were sitting for their UPSR exam.

It has been a great holiday, where the younger kids spent a week at the grand’s earlier and then another week in Penang doing lots of fun activities.

It’s a bit hard to settle down without feeling school blues. Even I have to readjust myself. Getting ready for work.

I wonder how JS feels going back to school for the first day after UPSR exam whereby it suppose to be in a celebration mood but now they still have one more paper to sit on 30/9. The atmosphere must be totally different than they earlier expected it to be

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Sep 03 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge & ALS

JS was nominated by her friends to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge. I am not against this for charity purpose, but somehow I find this youngster, tweens and the mass had somehow taken it to a wrong direction without understanding the true purpose. The youngsters especially these primary school kids thought it’s something fun and cool to do. They are mere trend followers without knowing the true meaning and purpose for this cause.  Anyhow, I told her what ALS is about and so as why they have this Ice Bucket Challenge

Here’s the link to the video she recorded and edited all by herself .

A day after she posted the Ice Bucket Challenge video, I was searching for Jdrama to watch. Such a coincident that I stumbled on a drama series that is based on ALS patient. I just have this feeling that someone , somehow is trying through other channels to raise awareness about ALS.

Boku no Ita Jikan 僕のいた時間  (The Hours of My Life) is really a heart wrenching drama showing the challenging path an ALS patient is going through. But here it’s overcome with unconditional love from family, friends and love one. I cried bucket watching it and don’t mind watching again and again. The soundtrack is very nice too. JS watched the first two episode with me and from the drama, she can at least grasps what ALS really means.

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Apr 18 2014

Breakfast Love With F&N Seasons NutriSoy

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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

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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

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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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Jan 30 2014

Happy CNY 2014

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It’s new year eve today. This year CNY comes too quickly and make me so unprepared.

Here to wish all my blog reader a Happy Chinese New Year

Off to celebrate with the in laws now

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Sep 24 2013

Graduation Concert

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JL is in K2 this year. This is her final year in preschool and very soon she will have her graduation concert. Today I received a notice from school stating the date and the venue of the concert.

This is part of the notice

A member of the parents’ of Taska & Tadika P’13 child/children are welcome to participate on this annual event without additional charge. We also invite other members of the family to participate in this special event for your child/children with a minimal charge……

...Additional member/swho wish to attent the Graudation & Family day will be charged RM35/ per pax (for adult) and RM25 per pax (for children)….

 

Somehow I just feel that this is daylight robbery. Because we paid for each child RM100 in beginning of the year for the graduation and family day.

What is the purpose of this gradution? We as parents, grandparents wants to attend to give our support to our beloved little one. It’s actually quite boring to sit through to watch other kids . The highlight is to catch a glimpse of our little one. We may be seated there for hours and spent 10 – 20 minutes for a short performance for our love ones. For me, my purpose of attending is not to go makan makan. I don’t need the refreshment prepared (last year experience was just some sandwishes and fried noodles, which definitely not worth the additional charges incurred).  I really do not know what’s the purpose and am not very happy with it. It’s like being forced to pay.  You can’t expect just one parent to go give support to the child. The child would expect both mother and father to be present. What about family with more than one child? Is it expected to leave the other children at home? Won’t the participate wish to have his/her siblings come give her support too?

I know of many other school would extend their invitation to family members without charges. It is as if the more the merrier. We really don’t need the refreshment.

I don’t think it’s worth paying RM110 additional ( on top of the RM100 paid earlier) just for an event like that.

 

 

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Sep 14 2013

失而复得 Lost & Found

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I was feeling really depressed with the external harddisk that was misplaced by the repair shop. Years of photos and videos of the children had been lost and untracable. But there’s a twist of an event. I still have another two exsternal hard disk at home which I can’t access it from my laptop. I cannot remember what files I have stored in it as I did not do a clear labelling on it. I remember I can access the HDD from my old desktop but my old desktop had also given way and konk out.

One fine day last week, JS saw me still trying my luck to try to read the two other external hard disk I have and suggested to me that why don’t I try plugging it into her laptop (a old laptop given to her by her aunt still running on XP platform whereby my laptop is running on Windows 7 ) . To my delight, I can access one of it and discover that I have actually a duplicate backup from the external harddisk that I have lost.

I am so happy to have found so many precious photos and videos of the kids and I started franctically transferring the files out to a new external disk that can be read through both laptops and started burning some of the files into CDs as well.

After carefully going through all the files, my lost is actually minimal. I lost all the photos and videos taken during year 2010 till 2011. I guess that was the time I was too busy and did not perform any duplicate backups. The greatest lost from this minimal lost is that I lost all the photos and videos of JE first two years. (now, with her arrival..busy caring for a newborn, I did not have time to sit in front of pc to sort out and backup photos). but … but…the consolation is that I discover some of these photos from year 2010 till 2011 in my FB photos album… hahaha..that’s the beauty of uploading photos in FB.

Now with most files retrieved.. I wonder what’s the best backup for all these precious files? Cloud Storage? FB, Photobucket? Duplicate the copies into multiple external hard disks? Burn them into CDs? ( I use to do that coz I always have the thought that just in case my house is broken into and the laptop and hard disk stolen.. I still have the CDs with me.. I don’t think the burglars and robbers will take my CDs) Print out hard copy? Make them into photobook? (never to trust any devices and gadgets…we never knew if there’s still any device able to read the CDs and disc)

ps: while busy doing the transfering and backup.. my laptop gave problem. The charger pin seems to have broken and I can’t plug in the charger cable. Dang!! The laptop is now admitted to the “PC hospital” and will be away for 2 weeks or worst longer than that…. argh!! Again, the consolation is that there is still a spare laptop at home for me to work. Amid a little old and slow.

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Aug 27 2013

Sad

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Finally pluck up the courage to see what’s my lost of not getting my external backup disk back. I have three others external disks with me and some CDs. I had the impression that I didn’t really lost a lot as I used to have a habit of burning the photos into CDs. I tried to assess the other three external drives as well as digging out all the CDs.
Horror to my horror.. I actually have nothing left. My heart sank to the bottom , my heart break, I want to cry but can’t cry out. I’ve lost all the photos and videos of JS of the past 9 years, photos and WH of the past 8 years, photos and videos of JL for the past 3 years and photos and videos of JE of the first 2 years.

I don’t have the habit of printing out photos. I don’t make photo books.. all these precious memories are not forever gone.

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Aug 27 2013

Gone Were The Memories

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Few months ago, my 1Tb external backup disk went kaput-ed. I send in to one of the shop at Pyramid digital mall for repair.  I know the chances of salvaging the data stored in it is low but at least there’s still hope. Few months down the road, I kept calling the shop and they told me it’s not done , instead of “NO, CANT FIX IT”. I clung on to the hope until one fine day, i called them again and they said they can’t do anything and asked me to collect back the harddisk.

I went there three times and they can’t locate the hard disk and finally they told me they lost the hard disk. KNS!! Though they compensate me with a new hard disk , but I still feel really sad that all the photos and videos of the kids stored in the hard disk is gone forever. I don’t know how many years of photos are stored in this particular hard disk as I have another two…but the lost is not insignificant. :(

Now I have phobias with of losing the data stored in the other hard disk , the phone and the laptop.. i really don’t know what’s the best way to preserve them.

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