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Monday, November 13, 2017

Saturday - 11 Nov 2017

It's been a long and exhausting day for me today, a day that's filled with suspense.  I spent 7 hours at Gleneagles Hospital to give moral support to Drama Queen and her team as they face off with other schools in an inter-school care champion search organized by the hospital. The champion school will be adopted by Gleneagles Hospital for the year 2018.  All the 10 teams were very good and competition was really stiff.

Drama Queen's team - Team Plaster Caster:

Team Plaster Caster presenting their case:

After the 10 schools completed the first Challenge, the students and parents proceeded to attend their respective workshops - the students attended a first-aid and basic medical general knowledge workshop while the parents attended a bento-making and CPR workshop.

Below: Parents and teachers seated together at the bento-making workshop; and the bento set that I made. I know it's really, really hideous. I am so ashamed of it.  I have absolutely no patience when it comes to shaping and cutting out tiny eyes, nose and ears to decorate a bear formed out of rice.  Thankfully I never really had to decorate my girls' food to entice them to eat. My 3 piranhas have always been very easy eaters and they gobble down whatever food that's placed on the dining table.

Workshop on CPR for the parents and teachers:

Round 2 of the Challenge revolved around a quiz on medical and diseases general knowledge. Points from answering the quiz will be added to the respective teams' points bank. The team that accumulates the most points will be the champion.

After quiz was lunch:

After lunch, the two winning teams went on stage to face-off in a final round of quiz before the name of the champion was announced.

And the champion for the Gleneagles' Junior Care Champion Search went to our school, woohoo!!!  I can't believe we beat Davidson (another popular High Prestige school), St John's and Methodist.  However, it ain't Drama Queen's team that won but another team. Nonetheless, I am so proud of both Drama Queen's team and the winning team. The winning girls gave a superb performance and were brilliant in answering the medical pop quiz.  For the top 10 finalist teams, they get a free entrance ticket to Kidzania too.

Drama Queen's team on stage to receive their prize from the dashing and handsome CEO of Gleneagles Hospital, Dato' Dr Adzuan Rahman, a medical doctor by training.  The consolation prize is a cool smart watch, something that Drama Queen has always wanted. She was so happy!

The champion team gets RM3,000 in cash and it's to be shared among the 3 team members. How awesome!!

Group photo:

After the event ended at 4 p.m., we walked over to Kuroshio Market situated beside Gleneagles Hospital to have an early dinner. Drama Queen had to have a quick bite as she had to be in school by 5:30 p.m. for her school concert. She is participating in an ukulele and a dance performance.

Hubs and I shared this delectable grilled lobster platter:

Drama Queen's dinner:

Take-away cakes for Alycia and Cass:

Today has been an intensive, long and hectic day for Drama Queen. She got back from her school concert way past midnight and it wasn't until 2 a.m. that she finally managed to plonk herself onto her comfy bed. Her plate has been full to the brim the entire year and it will only slow down in mid December. Next up will be her school's canteen day (an event which she has been busying herself with since last month), her graduation and another dance performance next week, her free trip to Kidzania end November and an ukulele performance at a shopping mall on 9 December 2017. I can't wait for my busy girl to bounce back into the kitchen to help me out coz the mil will soon be overseas for 3 months and I will definitely be needing a kitchen assistant then.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Progressive Eye Glasses

I started to wear eye glasses when I was 15 years old. I was stumped that I had a combo of issues with my eye sight, ranging from astigmatism to myopia, hyperopia to even presbyopia.  Consequently, I had to wear eye glasses with progressive lenses. Though there was a combo of issues, fortunately the power wasn't exceptionally high. I continued to wear glasses until my adult years.  Years later, I stopped wearing glasses as I had misplaced my glasses after moving houses several times.

When I brought my girls to check their eyes early this year, I had mine checked too.  To my surprise, I was told that my power had reduced and the optician told me that I do not even need to wear glasses anymore!  It must be the Super Lutein supplement that I have been religiously popping. 

Nonetheless, I find that my eyes work better and do not get tired easily when I wear my anti-blue light eye glasses whenever I use the computer.

Many people often ask me what progressive lenses are.  A progressive lens is an amazing piece of engineering, allowing multiple vision fields to be incorporated into a single lens without any clear distinction between the fields themselves. The power in the lenses "progressively" changes from far-to intermediate to your full reading power. This is why progressive lenses are often referred to as "no-line" bifocals or trifocals

Presbyopia is a common old age problem because the crystallised lens behind the cornea simply cannot flex or squeeze itself during focusing in near reading distance.

So to counter that, we will need a lens for near range focusing, essentially a lens for reading, then when we look far, it will be blur! So now you’ll either remove your glasses or change to a pair of reading glasses, troublesome!  That's when people will need to be prescribed with progressive glasses.

structure of progressive lens

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The hubs will be excited if I drag him to Pott Glasses to get him a spare pair of reading glasses. This old man of mine is starting to get forgetful and often loses his eye glasses. He definitely needs a  few spare pairs of eye glasses just in case he misplaces his current pair of glasses again.  He will love it that the friendly staff of Pott Glasses prepare good coffee (his favorite indulgence) for him to sip at the comfy couch with a good magazine in hand to keep him entertained while he waits for his girls to have their eyes tested.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Niece And Nephew

Here's presenting my super duper cute wonder twins niece and nephew (my elder brother's babies):

They were born on 1 Sept 2017 as preemies. We were all so terribly worried for the babies seeing tubes all over them for over 1 month. But these wonder twins beat all odds and here they are thriving and getting cuter and cuter by the day.

Receiving their pictures and videos from my brother and sil over Whatsapp is something that the girls and I look forward to everyday.

We hope to be able to see them in Singapore soon...

Baby boy:

Baby girl:

Looking at these super adorable babies are making me broody each day... but

NO way am I going to have anymore babies. I'm just going to enjoy cuddling my baby niece and nephew whenever I get a chance to πŸ‘Ά

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hectic Saturday - 4 Nov 2017

Since yesterday morning, Drama Queen has been tossed into the pressure cooker. Her team's writing has been shortlisted as top ten finalist in a competition organized by a well known hospital in Malaysia. Next Saturday, Drama Queen and her team members will be at the hospital the whole day to have a fierce face-off against eight other schools. It's Drama Queen's first inter-school competition.

Since yesterday, Drama Queen has been firing on all cylinders to complete the scrap book. After her team members left the school at 3:30 p.m., she continued to work on the scrap book until 9 p.m. in school, just her and the English teacher. Once she got home, she had a late dinner and then continued to work on a video, which is part of the competition requirements.

This morning Drama Queen got up at 7:30 a.m. and sat at the dining table, working hard on the scrap book until 3 p.m., hardly leaving the table.  The deadline to submit to her English teacher in school was at 3 p.m.

She continued working on the finishing touches for the scrap book in the car, on the way to school...

We submitted the scrap book to her English teacher in the nick of time.

As I am typing this post now, Drama Queen lay asleep like a log on the floor. She hasn't had a decent meal, sleep or shower since yesterday morning. The dining table is still in a complete clutter.

I will be at the hospital from 8am ~ 3pm next Saturday to give moral support to Drama Queen and her team as they face off in an oral presentation of their work.  Keeping my fingers crossed that Drama Queen and her team wins. Even if they don't, it's A-OK. This will be an invaluable and rich experience for them.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Home Cooked Dishes

One of the luxuries that I get when the mil is around is that I do not have to sweat over lunch or dinner.  Lunch for the 3 of us (mil, Cass and I) is usually pretty simple on a school-going day. We usually have porridge, boiled sweet potatoes, sandwiches, leftover from dinner or takeout. Dinner is always the grandest meal. The mil will whip out a minimum of 3 dishes with a soup.

These are some of the dishes that the mil wokked up for us recently. Though simple, her dishes are guaranteed to warm your soul and get your taste buds dancing.

The girls and I love this black pepper onion chicken with fermented black beans. The girls would scarf down their rice with this dish.

Braised fuzzy melon with dried shrimps and glass noodles (mung bean noodles). This dish is popularly known as 'Tai Yi Ma Kar Lui' in Cantonese. I guess this dish is every grandma's favorite dish to cook for her grand children.  My late maternal granny used to cook this dish very often for us too.

Steamed chicken breast with 'dong guai' and wolfberries:

Shiitake mushroom omelette.

Did you know that Shiitake mushrooms contain many chemical compounds that protect your DNA from oxidative damage? They are also packed with B vitamins and have the power to fight cancer cells, cardiovascular disease and infections.  Shiitake mushrooms have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. They also help to control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation within the body. That’s right — all of these health benefits come from eating a mushroom.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lunch - 26 October 2017 (Malay Economy Rice & Korean Rice Cakes)

My lunch with the hubs and mil today was Malay economy rice:

No prize for guessing which plate is mine eh? Mine is always sans the rice.

Back home, the mil wokked up a big pot of Korean spicy rice cakes (Tteokbokki / Ddeokbokki, 떑볢이), an order made by Alycia. 

To give this dish the moreishness, Alycia placed a slice of cheddar cheese on her bowl of rice cake and microwaved it for a few seconds.

This is not my kind of food as I do not fancy anything that's starchy.  I only pecked on the cabbage, prawns, squids, fish cakes and fish balls, hehe...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Crossword Puzzles Craze

Cass' new obsession is crossword puzzles. Throughout our trip in Ipoh last week, she was hooked on her crossword puzzles book that I bought for her at the Big Bad Wolf sale 2 years ago.

On the train, while her 2 sisters were hooked to their smartphones, Cass was hooked to her crossword puzzles book:

At the market after wolfing down her bowl of noodles, she fished out her crossword puzzles book again while waiting for us:

And at Uniqlo, while waiting for her 2 sisters and mum, she worked on her crossword puzzles book:

A few months ago when Cass did not fare well in her second school exam, I confiscated her mobile phone. And that's the best thing I did. Even Cass admitted that.

Cass to me: mum, I guess I can live without the handphone. I don't even miss playing with it. After playing with it for hours, I find that it's boring. And I feel dizzy too. I'll stick with my story books and crossword puzzles book. I LOVE story books!


Monday, October 23, 2017

Sunday, 22 October 2017

After church, we had lunch at Seoul Korea Restaurant. Hubs and us were undecided over where to eat. We didn't want to travel too far (Cass and Drama Queen still had 2 papers to sit for the next day) and most importantly, for me, I wanted to eat in an air-conditioned restaurant as the heat wave for the past one week has been unbearable. Finally we settled for Seoul Korea Restaurant, an authentic Korean restaurant run by a Korean family at our neighborhood. Having our meals at Seoul Korea always gives us the ultimate satisfaction and the feeling of wanting to eat there again each time we leave.

After lunch, we went "WHAAAAT? NOOOOO!!" when the foodie hubs suggested coffee and cakes!  We were full to our throats and could not stuff in anymore morsel. But being good daughters and wife, we segued to Jemi Cafe to accompany the man for his comfort food.

The gourmand hubs ordered a slice of tiramisu, a slice of chocolate brownie with a scoop of ice-cream and coffee. And you know what? Though everyone had no more space in our tummies, we could still stuff in those off-the-charts delish cakes!

Dinner was Hakka noodles with fish balls and meat balls that I brought back from Ipoh the previous day.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Back To KL - 21 Oct 2017

We took the 9 a.m. ETS from Ipoh back to KL today.

Saying good-bye was the hardest for Cass. She misses her 'best buddy' (my mum) very much.  She was the last to get out of the departure area onto the platform.

Best FIL in the whole wide world : my dad left the house at 7 a.m. today to tapau the hubs' favorite Hakka noodles for him - a total of 4 packets of noodles with 30 pieces of fish balls and Hakka meat balls.

My loving mum got up at 4 a.m. today to bake another loaf of Ogura pandan cake so that we could snack on it in the train. Truly a labour of love, thanks so much mummy πŸ’˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

Arrival at KL Sentral: thank God I have 3 strong girls to help carry our heavy luggage bags. They even preferred to climb up the 2 long flight of stairs at the KL Sentral station vs using the escalator as they said it's good exercise for them.

Hubs came to KL Sentral to pick us up. We had lunch at Nutmeg @ Bangsar Village.  It's been a while since we last lunched at Nutmeg, one of our favorite Western food restaurants.

Yummy grub at Nutmeg:

We enjoyed our trip back to Ipoh thoroughly and can't wait to be back in Ipoh again in the first week of December during the school holidays.  Ever since we got back in KL, Cass has been telling me that she misses everything about Ipoh πŸ˜€

Friday, October 20, 2017

Ipoh Trip (18 & 19 Oct 2017)

The day we arrived in Ipoh on 18 Oct 2017 was my parents' 47th wedding anniversary.  They were married on Deepavali day 47 years ago.

At night, we had a simple dinner at Kok Thai Restaurant to celebrate their 47th loving years together.

Dad is 74 and mum 71 years old this year. May God bless them with the best of health and happiness together for many more years πŸ’˜πŸ’˜

Mum is wearing a blouse I gave her from my online store.

The next morning, we were up early to have breakfast at the Simee morning market.  We had authentic Hakka fishball noodles at this stall that we have been patronizing since I was a toddler.

One of the best Hong Kong style Chee Cheong Fun can be found in this stall at the Simee morning market.

After breakkie at the Simee market, we shopped for  groceries at Tesco for making minced chicken pie and chicken meat floss.

Cass with her 'best buddy'. That's what she calls her granny.

Drama Queen and mum made chicken pie for lunch.

Chef Sher's minced meat pie is still the tastiest pie ever that I have tasted.

My mum showed me how to make crispy chicken meat floss so that when I return to KL, I can try making it on the Tesco bread maker that she had recently given me.

In the evening, I brought Cass for a walk round the neighborhood and to the nearby Siamese temple by the hills.

Cass and I love climbing up the steps leading to the pinnacle of the temple to enjoy the scenery.

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