Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Indulging in a Feast


 

What to do when the girls were sleeping soundly? Of course a feast to de-stress and enjoy to the max!

It's has been 6 years that we really have a date since the birth of Mei Mei. So, tonight it's all about indulgence! As the girls  were sleeping, the best way to get food was delivery and we opted Dominos. Both hubby and I loved the thin crust, a couple of chicken wings and a complimentary cinnamon bread for being a loyal customers. Good customer retainer skills.

For quite sometime we have not have a quiet moment to enjoy our food. Only without a good wine, well, there's no delivery of wine yet.

Bon Apetitite~

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Feijoa - Fruit of the Day

 
 
I must admit I'm a picky eater when it comes to fruits. It's not easy for me to try new fruits. Recently, my aunt came back from New Zealand for vacation and brought back a fruit called Feijoa.

Feijoa also known as guava pineapple. The season is now in full swing from March till June. I was mistaken it for mango the first time I saw it. 

The look
Feijoa is a egg shaped like fruit in green. Hard on the outside and soft inside.

The taste
Sour and taste like a combination of guava and pineapple.

Benefit of the fruit
1. Low calorie

2. Rich with vitamin C that promotes antioxidant that helps to strengthen immune system.

3. Full with dietary fibre that helps digestion.

Serving
1. Cut the fruit into half and use a spoon to scope out the soft 'pulp' just like Kiwi fruit.

2. Scope up the soft centre and blend for juices

3. Served in salad 

4. Make into jams.

Thoroughly enjoying the fruit and proven to help with digestion. 

Friday, 5 May 2017

A day in Little Kingdom

 

 
While searching for a place to spend the days with the girls, I came across Little Kingdom facebook. According to Little Kingdom Asia, Little Kingdom was built on a 40,000 sq ft area in Parkson Maju Junction, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Through the pictures it does entice the girls and I, and instantly we buy tickets. We reached about 10am and the girls were excited to start the programmes after tagging. The staff there were very helpful in showing us the schedule and help us to plan our day.
 

The first itinerery of the day was to build their own Lego. Their first attempt was to build their name when Zandra got panicked, since she has a longer name than Jie Jie. 
 
 
 

 
 Next, getting their driving license. Both the girls hang on close to Mummy to accelerate while they concentrate on the sterring. 

 
 Not surprise that the girls loved the maze game and need no invitation for 2nd attempt.

 
 The girls resting in the restroom

It's common that the girls got attached to artificial sand playpen. The play land also 'house' the slides and mini ball pool. This girls spent most of the day here. Good for them, at least they could exercise a bit.
 

Last, the girls signed up themselves for the K pop dance class and got to learn 'Gangnam Style'. The girls really have fun and have stopped to complain about tiredness.
 
  
They girl were exhausted and hungry after all the activities. It's time for their favourite food - chicken rice. A great day filled with fun and learning.
 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Cyber Bullying

I was saddened by the news about a 15 years old boy jumped to his death due to  cyber bully.

Internet is inevitable among our millennial children. As such, I started to google for more information on this topic and hope it can help more parents to educate their children on cyber bullying.

Cyber bullying is bullying via electronic devices (e.g. hand phone, laptop, tablet) and other communication tools such as text messages and the social media.

Examples of cyber bullying can comes in the form of rumours going viral or through emails, embarrassing pictures, websites and social networking.

Impact of cyber bullying

1. No time limit
There isn't any time limit in cyber bullying. It can occurred 24 hours, 7 times a week. It's difficult to monitor and track the bullying.


2. Posts travel fast

Once the harassing post is sent and shared out, the inappropriate post is difficult to delete and retrieved.


3. Anonymous sender

Messages, text, emails and other form of electronic tools can be sent with anonymous sender that makes tracking of sender become extremely difficult and prolong the existence of the inappropriate post to linger longer.


Symptoms or sign of being a victim

1. Changes in daily habits such as loss of appetite, feeling fatigue or sick or mood swing.

2. Quick tempered 

3. Decline in studies

4. Reluctant to go school if cyber bullies are from the school.

5. Harming themselves and thought of suicide. 


Parental role

1. Be educated on the danger of cyber bullying

2. Be alert on the changes  of the child being emotionally or physically.

3. Be supportive during the difficult time and ready to lend a listening ear.

4. Be open to get externally help and escalate case to law enforcers instantly.


Last but not least, prevention is the best cure. Be connected as a family and spent quality together to avoid children spending too much time on the net. Let's curb cyber bullying for the safety of the society and our children!


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Indulge in Books

 


 OK.. I have a confession to make. My second books purchase since last Sunday. We have invested quite a lot on book purchases and frankly we are running out of storage place. Therefore, every time when we're in the bookstore, I'll try to convince the girls that we could loan the books from the local library. True enough Jie Jie 'buy the idea'. 

So, now I'm guilty making the purchases. Anyway, damages has been done, might as well enjoy reading my best buys.

Enjoy ya~
 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Nasi lemak cake, anyone?


 
I was surfing the net casually when i cam across nasi lemak cake .  As a nasi lemak fan, the idea definately caught my attention.

This fancy cake, made of  nasi lemak (nasi santan) as the base, covered with sambal as cream. Instead of icing, berries and fruits as toppings, we have eggs, cucumber and anchovies on the top. Some creative one has sambal petai udang as topping Yummy!

Hmm..... I have found the right 'cake' for hubby's birthday.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Being an emphatic parent

The definition of empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. As communication becomes more digitized, interaction between parents and children has diminished. There are time that children complained that parents don't listen to them and vice versa.

The ability to empathize begins with good listening.
Good listening skill is never a rocket science. All we need is some effort, pro-activeness and most of all patience. Below are some of the pointers:

'Listen and not hear'
This sounds familiar? It always happened when we're bogged down with busy schedules, rushing for a meeting or exhausted from a day work. We were acknowledging their conversation did not understand the message behind.

Do not jump to conclusion.
When we are listening, let,s not judge. Ask the child's for opinion, and we'll be surprised that the child may have a solution but would seek our agreement.

Be attentive
While listening, pay attention to the child's body language. Is the child comfortable discussing the topic with you? Is he/she hiding something?

Add viewpoints
After knowing the child 's opinion, try to provide positive view point if necessary or being asked.

Empathy is essential in parent and child relationship. It helps parent connect better with the child thus minimise misunderstandings. 

At times, coming back from work exhausted, juggling with deadlines or rushing to work affect us being empathy towards the children. Since then, I try to work around my schedule to make some time for the children. For instance, I try to complete my work while thr children are at school or the least have dinner with them.

So, let's make time, listen and empathize.