Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A doctor to be

Just the other day I asked my 4 years-old girl about her ambition when she grows up. I know it sound ridiculous but I just want to ask her what would she wants to be when she grows up. And her answer?? A DOCTOR!

I believe like every other young children we would simply reply "Teacher". Yes. My ambition was to be a teacher when I was around 8 years old. I do not remember what I want to be when I was a 4 year old child. I was simply immature and young to think about that at such age.

So, a doctor is what my girl replied me. Probably she is fascinated by the white lab coats wore by doctors and nurses in Normah Hospital when I brought her and Baby Jay for vaccination the other day.

Hmm, a doctor does sound like a good profession to me. I do not mind to have a doctor in a family. If my girl ever becomes a doctor and opens her own clinic some day, I would like to advise her to design nicer medical uniforms. Make it more trendy instead of plain white like Kara Top. So, if my daugther ever realise her ambition, I will get her to purchase her uniforms from Nursing Uniforms as they have neat and trendy uniforms to choose from.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Watch your food

I know it is a Monday, but what a better way to kick off the remaining week with an interesting facts about your health on Monday? Everyone know (or should know) how and what should be done to have an optimum health but do you really follow/do it? So, just to remind you again on what you should and should not do and take. It is hard to follow, being a Malaysian, we love our food! hahaha!.....Happy Monday everyone! :)


Dear instant noodle lovers,
Make sure you break for at least 3 days after one session of instant noodles before you eat your next packet! Please read the info shared to me by a doctor. My family stopped eating instant noodles more than 5 years ago after hearing about the wax coating the noodles - the wax is not just in the Styrofoam containers but it coats the noodles. This is why the instant noodles do not stick to each other when cooking.

If one were to examine the ordinary Chinese yellow noodles in the market, one will notice that, in their uncooked state the noodles are oily. This layer of oil prevents the noodles from sticking together.

Wanton noodles in their uncooked state have been dusted with flour to prevent them sticking together. When the hawker cooks the noodles, notice he cooks them in hot water and then rinses them in cold water before cooking them in hot water again. This process is repeated several times before the noodles are ready to be served. The cooking and rinsing process prevents noodles from sticking together.

The hawker then 'lowers the noodles in oil and sauce to prevent the noodles from sticking if they are to be served dry. Cooking instructions for spaghetti require oil or butter to be added in the water when boiling the spaghetti to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Otherwise, one gets a big clump of spaghetti!

There was an SBC (now TCS) actor some years ago, who at a busy time of his career had no time to cook, resorted to eating instant noodles everyday. He got cancer later on. His doctor told him about the wax in instant noodles. The doctor told him that our body will need up to 2 days to clear the wax. There was also an SIA steward who after moving out from his mother's house into his own house, did not cook but ate instant noodles almost every meal. He had cancer, and has since died from it.

Nowadays the instant noodles are referred as ' cancer noodles '..

If you all eat Satay, don't ever forget to eat the cucumber, because eating Satay together with carbon after barbequing can cause cancer.
But we have a cure for that... Cucumber should be eaten after we eat the Satay because Satay has carcinogen (a cancer causing element) but cucumber is anti-carcinogenic. So don't forget to eat the cucumber the next time you have Satay's.

DO NOT eat shrimp / prawn if you have just taken VITAMIN C pills!!
This will cause you to DIE in ARSENIC (As) toxication within HOURS!!

Try this and see whether the pork you bought has worms. There goes with your 'Bak Kut Teh' for those who love it. Most men love to eat this so watch out before it's too late. If you pours Coke (yes, the soda) on a slab of pork, wait a little while, you will SEE WORMS crawl out of it. A message from the Health Corporation of Singapore about the bad effects of pork consumption.. Pig's bodies contain MANY TOXINS, WORM and LATENT DISEASES.

Although some of these infestations are harboured in other animals, modern veterinarians say that pigs are far MORE PREDISPOSED to these illnesses than other animals. This could be because PIGS like to SCAVENGE and will eat ANY kind of food, INCLUDING dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, excreta including their own, garbage, and other pigs. INFLUENZA (flu) is one of the MOST famous illnesses which pigs share with humans.. This illness is harboured in the LUNGS of pigs during the summer months and tends to affect pigs and human in the cooler months.

Sausage contains bits of pigs' lungs, so those who EAT pork sausage tend to SUFFER MORE during EPIDEMICS of INFLUENZA. Pig meat contains EXCESSIVE quantities of HISTAMINE and IMIDAZOLE compounds, which can lead to ITCHING and INFLAMMATION; GROWTH HORMONE which PROMOTES INFLAMMATION and growth; sulphur containing mesenchymal mucus which leads to SWELLING and deposits of MUCUS in tendons and cartilage, resulting in ATHRITIS, RHEUMATISM, etc.
Sulphur helps cause FIRM human tendons and ligaments to be replaced by the pig's soft mesenchymal tissues, and degeneration of human cartilage.

Eating pork can also lead to GALLSTONES and OBESITY, probably due to its HIGH CHOLESTEROL and SATURATED FAT content. The pig is the MAIN CARRIER of the TAENIE SOLIUM WORM, which is found in its flesh. These tapeworms are found in human intestines with greater frequency in nations where pigs are eaten. This type of tapeworm can pass through the intestines and affect many other organs, and is incurable once it reaches beyond a certain stage. One in six people in the US and Canada has RICHINOSIS from eating trichina worms, which are found in pork.

Many people have NO SYMPTOMS to warm them of this, and when they do, they resemble symptoms of many other illnesses. These worms are NOT noticed during meat inspections.

Cancer-causing substance in shampoos. Go home and check your shampoo. Change before it's too late... Check the ingredients listed on your shampoo bottle, and see they have a substance by the name of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, or simply SLS. This substance is found in most shampoos; manufacturers use it because it produces a lot of foam and it is cheap. BUT the fact is, SLS is used to scrub garage floors, and it is very strong!!! It is also proven that it can cause cancer in the long run, and this is no joke. Shampoos that contains SLS: Vo5, Palmolive, Paul Mitchell, L'Oreal, the new Hemp Shampoo from Body Shop etc. contain this substance.

The first ingredient listed (which means it is the single most prevalent ingredient) in Clairol's Herbal Essences is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Therefore, I called one company, and I told them their product contains a substance that will cause people to have cancer. They said, Yeah we knew about it but there is nothing we can do about it because we need that substance to produce foam. By the way Colgate toothpaste also contains the same substance to produce the 'bubbles'. They said they are going to send me some information.

Research has shown that in the 1980s, the chance of getting cancer is 1 out of 8000 and now, in the 1990s, the chances of getting cancer is 1 out of 3, which is very serious. Therefore, I hope that you will take this seriously and pass this on to all the people you know, and hopefully, we can stop 'giving' ourselves cancer-causing agents.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A time to wind down

You can say this is what I do when I get away from the shop! Sweat my ass!! Lol!

Hubby and I went to our community club house yesterday evening. Initial plan was to dip into the pool but judging from the weather, we abandoned the plan and hit the gym instead.

Do you see the dark sky? We reached there around 5pm and it was raining like hell, but after an hour, the sky started to clear up. Hubby managed to swim for 20 minutes but I was damn tired from the work out on the treadmill.

The treadmill I used that overlooking the swimming pool. Nothing to complain about, at least I have good view while did my exercise. Only manage to walk and jog for 30 minutes. Cannot be too hard on myself since it has been months I did not hit the gym.

If you noticed that there is actually no wall in the toilet's sinks? Yes, I guess it is meant to be like that. It is just to show that the community is very safe and nothing to be worry about even in the changing cum toilet area.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Need to pamper myself

Lately I have time to pamper myself. I need to let my 2 staff run the business without me around, so I can catch a break or do some errands. Usually on a weekday afternoon I will take a quick break at home, did some cleaning in the room. I even have time to have a 20 minutes face facial. Lol! Need to use the mask or else it will stay idle and may go expired if I did not use it.

Last week I went to the nearby SCR (yes, it finally opens it doors to customers last week and I do not need to eat the boring food all the times) with few friends. We were talking about shopping, facial, body massage and foot massage. Oooh, make me itchy and want to go with them. Maybe one day; I could use a body massage. My back has been aching lately, must be from sitting too long in front of the pc. Not so much on shopping although I could buy some to update my wardrobe. Facial? A beauty spa just opens a few block away, and they have introduction price of RM48.00 per session. I have yet to check it out. There are more and more outlets and nearby shops open this month, so it is getting merrier every day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Becoming organised

I have to admit I am not a tidy person neither a well organised type. So if you see my room, everything is here and there. It is even hardest to get everything organised especially when you have a baby like my Baby Jay who likes to crawl here and there to discover things.

My dearest hubby has been nagging me about keeping records, filing and book-keeping for my shop. He said everything need to be in proper order for any emergencies. Now that I am in my 2nd month of operation, I feel the pinch of more expenses as I need to pay for the electricity, telephone, staff salaries and other miscellaneous. Thank god that I can pay my bills at nearby supermarket as they have bill collection counter there. At least I do not need to go out to pay my bills.

Besides that I started to jot down my expenses in my payment vouchers as I need to get my account audited for next year's submission of income tax as a sole proprietor. Wow! Everything is new to me. Thank god I have hubby as my adviser, otherwise I would be making a mess in my shop. Lol!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Great Sunday

It proved to be an exciting morning yesterday as hubby and myself participated in H&L Shopping Sweep. Actually it was not planned as I were not supposed to be participating but last minute, I have been pulled into it.

A friend joined the competition and needed 3 friends in a team. One pulled out last minute so I have to join in. Me, in my heel running around searching for the required items. There was one minute where I thought of taking off my sandals and run bare foot but why making fool of myself in front of spectators? Lol! It was fun as I have never participated in this type of event. It reminded me of this tv game show "Shop Till You Drop" where contestants run around the supermarket and grab what they think is the most expensive items. However this is not the game rules, we have to pick what was given in the list!

We ran like fools looking through shelves, racks and display counters for the listed items. 4 of us managed to get through the final and guess what? We won! Yes! We get all the stuff we picked correctly (over RM600 worth of items) and RM500 cash vouchers. And my girl kept asking me what we were doing and requesting to go to the stage to take photograph with us.... *wink* We split the vouchers and products. And the news is out in newspapers today. Lol!

That is how we started our Sunday. I haven't got the time to download the pictures, but will do so once I am free. So check it out over my other blog this few day.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Selfish & tired

That is what I feel and have been described lately. What is actually happening here?

Since I operated my shop a month ago, my house is like a hotel to me. In the morning I would go out from the house around 8am and only come back after 10pm at night every day. Send my girl to school then drop Baby Jay at baby sitter's house, do some banking transactions and have breakfast before going to the shop. My time would be in the shop, 12 hours a day. Only when hubby is free, he will take it over from me, and I can do some household chores or take care of the kids. However, I feel I hardly have enough times with the kids and hubby. Sometimes I do not have dinner. Bored of eating the take away food or just could not think of what to eat. Other days peanut butter sandwiches or buns would be good to fill up my empty stomach. Lol!

Food is not my topic today. I feel sad at been called "selfish" by my hubby. He is accusing me of neglecting the kids and forgetting things since I have my shop. Our understanding before this is that he will help in any way and that include looking after the kids at night. Now he is complaining that he does not have times to do his work and meeting friends or customers at night. Sigh!

I know it is hard for him (a man) to look after the kids. He is looking after them during Sunday too. But I have to say he is doing good job although at first, I were little doubtful. The bonding between hubby and Baby Jay is much stronger now as I can see that baby is very much attached to hubby than me. Btw, Baby Jay starts make sound like "dada". I guess he is calling his daddy first instead of mummy?

I am not saying that I have problem with my hubby but lately we hardly talk. By the time I get to bed, I am just too tired to talk. No time to ask about our days. No more huggings and kisses unlike the first year of dating and marriage. Hubby been a sensitive person is complaining that I do not care about him etc. Gosh! I know something must done to improve our relationships and same time, juggle my times between my shop and family. I can only do it once my workers are better trained and I able to leave the shop in their hand. However for time being, still some things to sort out before I can trust them to manage the shop for me without my supervision.

Sorry for the ranting, I just need a place to release my tension. Maybe I should give in some time tonight to have a chat with hubby. I actually miss chatting with him. Ok, I will do it. I need to discuss with him on the time divide between the kids and shop. Counting down to close my shop for the day. Sigh!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Never would thought of seeing this, but luck is on me. After have been manipulating our kitchen and dried food for past months, this little rascal was caught at last. Or rather you could say, it trapped itself.

This little rascal has been territorising my kitchen and I never able to catch it irregardless of how many glue traps I put. So I still wonder how it goes into this glass and unable to squeeze itself out. Found it trapped into slightly open glass in the kitchen top, so I conveniently let it trapped there for few days. I guess it did not last long because after 2 days the glass with the "occupant" in it gone. Well, some more rascals to catch.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Friend's wedding

At our age, most of my friends would either have tied down or have 1 or 2 children of their own. Not many single friends around.

This year I would have 2 good friends getting married and one of them is today. it has been more than 10 years since the last time we met as this friend moved to Singapore to work after graduated from college. It is great to hear she has finally tie down the knot with her long time boyfriend (maybe I should said, hubby since they have registered for years).

Hubby agreed to help me look after the shop tonight while I attend the wedding reception at Grand Margherita Hotel. Since change of name, I never visit this hotel again. Little girl will be coming along since hubby is not joining. It has been a while since I have some time with my 4 years old girl. Maybe it would be good time to talk to her about her school and the upcoming language speaking competition. So I am looking forward to tonight's function and also reunion with long time friends.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Maid in the shop

I got an Indonesian maid! She has been with us for a week. This maid is not employed to do domestic chore for time being. She is currently helping me out in the shop.

She arrived here last Wednesday and since then, she has been following me to the shop every day. I like her as she is young and daring (not afraid to approach customers and talk with them), and initiative. So far so good. She able to operate the computer and key in receipts, helping me with the filing and stocks. Some more she is a Chinese, so it is an advantage as most of my customers are Chinese. Just that I need to monitor her, don't let her go overboard (you know what I mean? :p

Actually she was recommended by my MIL, this maid used to work in a hair salon for 2 years before went back for CNY this year. MIL said that this maid can be lazy if she wants, so I need to be strict with her.

Now that she is with us, it is our responsibility to apply the necessary visa, bring her for medical check up etc. Sigh! It is not cheap to employ a foreign worker. How much? Anyone can roughly tell me how much would it cost to get everything done? I never employed an Indonesian maid before.