Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
As the year comes to an end soon for 2014, it's time for reflection for me. A lot of changes happened to me, my family, my community, my country and around the world.
Let's start from myself and family..
2014 positive changes
1. Reduce hectic, rush-y, dinner-in-car/office lifestyle
Thanks to the sudden/necessary change of work, babysitter, transport arrangement
2. More home-cooked meals
Healthier and more time and cost-saving. Sit down meals is an opportunity to reconnect as a family(to be improved further on this part. DH has played a significant role on this as he reached home earlier than I did and chip in to heat up or prepare the dinner.
3. More sports( and hopefully less screen time)
Signed the kids up for swimming lessons thus kids and DH have their weekly sports activities. To be improved to include me and baby ZS.
4. More menu experiments
As I need to cook more now, thus more chance to do more research and experiment and discover more kids' approved meal...very glad to discover few recipes and freezer-friendly food like dhal, pizza dough...to have more varieties and hope to improve on the planning, budgeting, organizing and nutrition-savvy part of it.
5. Slowed down my pace while still doing the needy
Learnt to say No when needed to though the guilt is still there..need to learn to prioritize and learn from the reason why the need to say No. Understanding the Why of saying No will eradicate the guilt. E.g., doing the task for the sake of doing yet does not yield any positive impact or benefit to anyone. Learn to plan well, prioritise and make time for worthy cause and task. This is not to be selfish yet being naively selfless is not a heroic act to be applause too.
Throughout the adventures this year, I am thankful for the lessons learnt, opportunities given and people I am blessed to meet. What I hoped for the coming year is to give all my best in the task prioritized(either from me or the Creator). I would like to shamelessly asked help, strength and guidance from the Creator to show me the way when i am lost, down, misguided or lack of the power to carry on.
Thank you in advance for the lessons and learning adventures to come..
Have a blessed weekend everyone!
A late Christmas 🎄 greetings to all who are celebrating!
It's school holidays for a couple of days more..and while the kids spending some time with their grandparents (I love this shot which immediately brings me to the word "carefree")...which is kinda deprived for kids especially those staying in city.
This holiday I have been spending most time indoor and in bed..was down with severe headache and fever after two kids down with fever one after another.
The bright side to it, I noticed my pimples have gone...now makes me wonder why they have appeared in the first place? Lack of sleep? Irregular bowel movement? Fried food? Insufficient fluid intake? Weather and harsh enclosed air condition in most offices? I think the first and the Las played a big part of it. I recalled after my 6-day hospital stay during my dengue time with enough rest and hydration with minimal exposure to outside air pollution and dust my cheeks actually became rosy for the first time in my life(not sure if I have any during baby time)!
Very grateful am happened to be staying with my parents when I suddenly felt really awful and sick on Christmas eve...and kids are well taken care of while I am fighting off the virus in bed..
Now, feeling bit better...with all the rest makes me awake at this hour and yearly reflection and what I hoped to improved on for coming year came upon me..will write them in another blog post.
Before that while checking my FB messages..saw an ex-colleague making a personal request for donation for his Kelantan kampung folks who are seriously affected by the flood..makes me no hesitation to contribute something too..which also makes me think why I would do so? Partly due to the scenes I saw on the news..and largely due to the trust I have on this friend of mine whom I know the fund will certainly be channeled fully and benefit the actual group who needs it...it's. Quite saddening fact to admit how little trust people or just me have on those public donation drive which we aren't certainly sure how much of the amount will really go to the public who are in needs...this aside there are still people with conscience who will do what they should be doing..with God watching and our heart being our best alarm to remind us of anything which gone against our conscience.
Pray for more daily awakening to our everyday action and thoughts...pray for a better year to come...better resilience to face whatever coming and helping out each other to sail it through and enjoy the ride too!
Cheers and have a blessed New Year folks!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Do you have a budding Pirate(s) and/or Princess(es) at home?
Are they full of compassion, caring, helpful and responsible? If you think they aren't or need a little more "polishing" and practice, there's a lovely campaign here run by Disney Junior.
Disney Junior’s ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good’ campaign aims to introduce kids aged 2-7 to the idea and values of - caring for nature, animals, and helping others. The campaign will aim to empower preschoolers to participate in acts of service encouraged by parents and supported by the community.
"WWF is happy to support Disney Junior's Power of Doing Good campaign. Children need to learn from a young age to be aware and care for the environment, the animals and society. This will go a long way in growing a generation who takes responsibility in shaping a healthy planet,” said Elaine Tan, CEO, WWF Singapore.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Just thought of updating ZS milestone at 19 months.
I have a rather insecure/disturbing thing on my mind now. Due to ZS hospitalization around age 1 (for broncho-pneumonia) and then subsequently having cough, fever, etc. We (or rather I) kind of postponing his MMR jab.
Then, I tried to let him take some hard-boiled egg to check if he has any egg allergy. Tadah…hitting jackpot, rashes appeared around his mouth area (especially the jaw).
Thus, again trying to delay it a little, until recently we brought him again for the jab after a series of cakes (with eggs) and omelet seems to be all right for him. That morning before sending him for the jab, I tried letting him take 1-3 spoonful of hard-boiled egg again. The rashes didn't appear (at least not immediately). Thus we thought, maybe he is able to tolerate eggs now.
After queueing up for half day at Dr. Koe Child Clinic, again, just before it was his turn, I see red spots appearing on his face. After Dr. Koe checked on him, we were advised to let him take his injection at a hospital setting to keep him monitored.
I am not sure if any parents out there experienced similar experience before and could share your invaluable experience with us. For I have not faced such situation with my older two kids. At that time, I think both of them has not taken eggs prior to reaching one year old, thus I just told the doctor and nurses that I am not sure if they have any allergy to eggs…FULL STOP.
But for ZS as his MMR jab was very much delayed (he is 19 months now), it seems that he is still allergic to eggs. So we might just have to bring him to hospital to take the jab.
MMR jab aside, since it's his 19month now, I would like to record down his milestones at 19 month before I forgot or for our future reference.
At 19 months
· He had his first swim last Sun (we kinda postponed his swimming exposure due to the broncho-pneumonia episodes unlike KY who had her first swim at 6 months old)
· He eats varieties of food now (soup, avocadoes, tomatoes, noodles, roti canai, vegetarian cheese, potatoes, dhal, etc), loves fruits (apples, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, etc).
· He loves to dance to upbeat advertisement on TV.
· He like to act out (can even complain to me in his own language when his request was rejected/ignored by the older siblings), react(he sure has the most "visible" tantrums amongst the 3 kids and even imitate(the adults)
· He is still fully-breastfed
· He loves to sing and his favorite tune are Let it go (especially after watching Frozen Sing Along at the cinema with his gor gor and che che), twinkle-twinkle, incy wincy spider, Baa Baa Black Sheep, some Chinese songs DH used to sings to him.
· He can address us, his siblings, our parents and his babysitters. His favourite is his gor gor(brother) and che che(sister) and they love their little brother a lot too albeit at times they tend to forget ZS is still a little baby and play kinda rough with him, thus causes some bums and knocks happened.
· He is such a "train-able" age whereby after showing him once/few times, he would take his plate to the kitchen, worn clothes to the laundry area and even eat on his own. Very independent child.
· He is such a great helper whereby he would help to "vacuum", wipe any dirty stains/dust(which I am worried due to his sensitive to dust), etc
Life being mom of 3 kids is sure full of fun and laughter. Thanking God for bringing ZS (our bundle of joy) to our lives. Hope we will be a loving parent to him as much as God loves us.
Monday, December 15, 2014
I managed to snap this picture while I was back from retrieving stuff from the car while getting help from KY to watch over her brothers.
She managed to settle all of them down to some quiet time watching Disney cartoons...grateful...for her reliable and loving kindness to help ease mommy's load while daddy is away....otherwise it would be hard for me to manage alone...
Cheers to a holy jolly X' MAS soon...I hear the bells ringing..how about you?
Saturday, December 6, 2014
The convenience of freezer meals..a 10 minute breakfast ready for hungry kids on a busy/lazy weekend. .
(in the picture is a pre-made pizza stashed in freezer few weeks back and heated up in oven for 10 minutes together with heart-shaped vegetarian nuggets.)
Monday, November 24, 2014
Today went to send my son for primary 1 preparatory class. Wow..so many parents in the halls. I didn't expect to see so many parents sending them for this so-called two-week tuition session! Thought I am one kiasu parent myself.
Actually I sent SE for this as I felt he needed it. As his sister might not be in the same session as him. Being new to the school, it might help if he has some prior experience attending the preparatory class. Otherwise he might just laze around with his ipad throughout the school holiday.
Back to the school scene, it really feels like first day of school for me, not just the physical look of it (the anxious parents, double or triple-parked cars, the cute children in their new school uniform)…but more so, the feeling of my first child going to school dejavu came back to me again. I would have thought I will be steadier (didn't even apply leave for this special day) since it's not my first child going to school but second. Nonetheless, I felt rather emotional all the same! My second child is growing up fast and attending primary school..wow..cannot imagine how time has flies..
And it's nice to bump into some friends I knew whose children are attending the same school too. So is SE who met some of his kindergarten friends there. Thus they (or we) have a company!
And just moment ago, I got the message from my transporter that my son has been fetched from the school (phew) ..feeling relieved and curious how he finds his first day of school experience..hoped he has a good start and good feeling over the school and his friends.
Will check more with him tonight.
How about you? Are your children starting primary 1 soon? How do you feel? Must be pretty excited right! Let's share our "excitement" together..
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I have over riped bananas lying on the table thus tried to googled for some good use of it besides my all-time favourite avocado and bananas smoothie..and found a recipe which uses pancake mix which is awesome as I have a box of pan cake mix to clear as well..what a good idea..and here it is..doesn't look great but taste awesome that baby ZS can't help pinching some to his mouth.
Here is where I got the recipe:
Would love to try out more other recipes ....
Stay tuned for my culinary exploration record..
Have a good weekend 😊
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
- I've CUT+dye my own hair for the entire year (okay, at least that is, if I do not step into any hair saloon till 31 Dec 2014). First time due to no time to drop-by the hair saloon (couldn't possibly bring baby along and snip my hair at the same time) and Chinese New Year is fast approaching. Chinese have the tradition of cutting/trimming our hair before the New Year day for good luck (or trimming away the bad luck). But I normally prefer to do it a month before CNY as most hair stylist will increase their price a month ahead of the CNY hair-trimming rush.
- I've bought my BREADMAKER and baked some bread and pizzas…yey…another one(which I hope to do before the year ends…that is to try baking a cake with it!)
- I cooked DHAL for my family twice..thanks to youtube and my friend who shared with me how easy it is to cook dhal. I am starting to love lentils!
- I've brought my kids on the plane for the first time…to local destination – LANGKAWI! Yippee yey…another list checked.
- I've bf my baby for a year now..and still going strong. Thank God for that.
- I've changed job, changed babysitter, and changed my lifestyle (with another car in the family helps!...lotsa more to do on "lifestyle change").
- I've bought foldable bike for the kids! This one is pretty new checked off item..yet to have more adventures with them.
- I've signed up the kids for swimming lessons. They really enjoyed it very much and the unintentional plus point is DH gets to do some exercise while accompanying them too!
- – To Be Filled up by 31 Dec 2014-
- – To Be Filled up by 31 Dec 2014-
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hands-up if you have a Disney (or you, mommy/daddy is one big fan yourself!) fan at home. Now, I can hear ..."Let it go...let it go...." singing loudly in the background...haha..
Listen up now! Stand the chance to win a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland plus other Frozen goodies!
Wow! So how do we win them?
From now until 14 December, tune in and watch the great shows lined up for us this month on Disney Channel (Astro Ch 615) and look out for the cool Frozen- themed contest questions.
Check out: http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=dNveuDy7RrY! Whether it’s counting the number of Olafs or the number of snowflakes, you wouldn’t want to keep your eyes off the screen because winners will be selected EVERY DAY to receive a very special Frozen gift pack.
In addition, every week during the campaign period, one lucky winner will win a trip for 4 people to Hong Kong Disneyland to meet Princess Elsa and Anna in person! Wow, my kids would certainly be thrilled to hear this!
To find out more information, head over to: www.disneychannel- asia.com/holiday
Stay tuned and catch the Disney Channel for your favorite Disney shows!
Don’t miss the chance to have a magical Fa-la-la-liday experience on Disney Channel!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Did you managed to catch the little "superstars" or Dugrostars at the Dugrostar Finale last weekend at Sunway Pyramid?
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Here's our little helper no.3 in the house. He would imitate us in vacuuming, wiping tables and chairs and even mopping the floor.
He felt a sense of achievement doing little things himself like drinking from cup, feeding himself, bringing his dirty clothes to laundry basket, throwing the tissues to the dustbin, etc.
And one most positive trait I learnt from him is the joy and excitement he shows each time someone came back from outside. He will shout yet with both hands raised and then request a hugs...what a lovely trait we all should practice too. It makes coming home such a nice and warmth thing to do!
What are the little things you learnt from your little helpers at home? Do share with us!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Warm nourishing soup is a comfort food for me, When I was staying with my mother-in-law during my first year of marriage, I pickup a little of her soup-making skill and habits. In her house, soup is a staple in every meal, be it lunch or dinner and at times when there are leftovers for breakfast or brunch during the weekends.
And my kids love soup too. It's a good point especially for picky eaters I felt as we could add in (or you may call it "hide") some nutritious ingredients that they normally wouldn't eat it on its own.
Now, baby ZS also picked up the love for soup, thus I am on my way to discover and polish up my soup-making skills once more.
Yesterday I made old cucumber soup(will share it in my next entry) and the kids had few bowls of it! *happy mom*
And now I would like to share my "experiment" for Vegetarian Lotus Root soup, another favourite for my family.
Vegetarian Lotus Root Soup
- Lotus Roots (fresh, washed, peeled and sliced)
- Black Beans (you can use *groundnuts or even pearl beans, I love using black beans for the blood-building properties and the protein-packed nutrients!)
- Carrots (optional)
- Mushroom (optional)
- Red dates (a handful)
- Black dates (a handful)
- Tong Sum (it's said that this herb is good to build chi as well as to cure dry cough)
- Honey dates (one for taste-enhancement without further additives to the soup)
- Salt for taste
- One tips my mother-in-law share with me for fool-proof sure-soft groundnuts in soup as some people like me, used to get hard groundnuts after simmering it for a long time....is to pre-boiled the groundnuts with boiling water over the fire for 5-10 minutes, throw away the water before adding the pre-boiled groundnuts to the soup. Then you'll get soft and yummy groundnuts for your soup.
- How do you make the soup sweet as many of my non-vegetarian friends would asked me. For me, after lotsa experiments and tips from my mother-in-law is, we can generally use natural plants-based ingredients like carrots, celery, red dates, dried longan and even honey dates to make the soup fresh and soup.
- Usually, my mother-in-law would cook this soup for 3 hours. After the water is boiled and the ingredients are added, simmer over low fire for 3 hours and the soup will be so power-packed with the lovely taste of the wholesome ingredients. However, for me, I would use thermal pot whereby I would boil the ingredients for 30 minutes and transfer it to the thermal pot base for further cooking. That'll save me time from watching over the fire and save some gas too. I know some people would use slow cooker for this and it's workable too ;)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Tried baking white bread again this morning after the first try was too moist..leaving it cool and trying hard not to cut and eat right away.
Hope it turned out better this round..
Time to shop for more baking ingredients..the kids are screaming for more pizzas...but mommy is running out of flour...luckily I still have some pizza stashed at the freezer. Great for rumbling tummy after a nice swim on a lazy and holiday Sat(for DH).
Hope your weekend are doing great too!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Making second batch again with KY.
It's quite easy and economical to make our own pizza.
One batches makes about 18 mini pizzas..thus estimated one pizza cost only a dollar.
I used the most basic ingredients.
Cheers. Till my next experiment!
Monday, October 13, 2014
I made a favourite bread the second time round(first time I tried raisins bread)... Focacia bread...yum..didn't have marjoram and sage thus replaced it with oregano and basil...and also used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil.. Taste great..not too hard ...yummy...
Improvement: Will need to cover it with cloth towel the next round when let it cool so that the crust or outer layer doesn't dried up and hardened.
Wait till my next experiment and exploration :)
Saturday, October 11, 2014
KB Mall, Kelantan
24-25 October 2014
Plaza Merdeka, Sarawak
31 October-2 November 2014
Sunway Pyramid, Selangor
31 October-2 November 2014
One Borneo, Sabah
8-9 November 2014
Mahkota Parade, Malacca
7-9 November 2014
KSL Mall, Johor Bahru
7-9 November 2014
Queensbay Mall, Penang
14-16 November 2014
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Last weekend we brought the kids to kidzania for the second time. This time DH came along...thus it's much better when the kids wanted to visit different places or when I need to nurse baby ZS.
The kids had great fun! They visited places they yet to visit the first time round where it was over-crowded and we reached bit late. Their favourite this time round were the Poslaju, secret agent and seawater delivery. Thanks to these jobs..they are now pretty familiar with the place so mommy can just sit n relax at the cafe at our next visit while they busy "working" and exploring..
SE earned $195 and KY saved $142, and even little ZS earned $8 haha when he participated in one of the lounge games. KY spent her hard-earned kidzos at the manicure and face-painting...whereas SE concentrate just on earning kidzos(the currency term used at kidzania).
KY was pretty happy to earned her vitagen and vitamins after working as researcher at the two outlets..and mommy was quite happy to find ABZ place for below 2 years old for ZS to hang out and mommy to chill out and nurse..
Till our next trip when they are tall enough(130cm) to get their driving license and "drive" the car or even climb the building...
Monday, October 6, 2014
Do you have an aspiring star at home? I believe every home has a star as every child is a bright shining star on his/her own right!
Now, how about having a platform to let your child shines brightly and celebrate his talent?
Let your child be so much more by participating in the Be a Dugrostar!
- by uploading a video of their child’s performance at www.dugro.com.my;
- by visiting select nationwide roadshows where live recordings can be made at the Dugrostar™ Recording Booth; or
- by submitting the completed registration form with a recording of their child’s performance and mailing it to the address found on the registration form.