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Updated: 2017-11-14T23:17:02.403+08:00


Gingko Barley dessert aka Fu Chuk Yi Mai


Weather has been crazy lately with the haze and all! My friends down south over in Singapore & Johor are getting it worse :-( imagine masks are sold out everywhere, it's suffocating to be breathing the air there. I really hope there'll be strong winds and rain soon to clear the air. 

Bought a pack of gingko nuts last week and today I decided to make our favourite dessert- Gingko Barley also known as Fu Chuk Yi Mai. Love homemade desserts cos I can have more good stuffs inside. When eating out, sometimes I only get like 1-2 pieces of gingko nuts in my bowl :p tak cukup for me... hehe. No one has to fight for gingko nuts in this dessert here, everyone has a fair share, more than enough for all :-)

Many of my friends are asking for the recipe after I shared this dessert on Fb so here it is guys! Do try out this simple and nourishing Tong Sui one of these days. 

Gingko Barley dessert 


1 pack gingko nuts (vacuum packed), remove centre bitter core (see photo)
1 bowl of pearl barley
2 sheets of beancurd skin for dessert, crushed and soaked in water 
2-3 blades of pandan leaves, tied into knots 
Rock sugar to taste 
Handful of red dates 
A pot of water (add water if water goes down after cooking)

-boil water in pot
-add barley, red dates and pandan leaves and boil till barley softens
-add beancurd skin and gingko nuts 
-cook till you've reached desired texture for beancurd skin 
-lastly add rock sugar to taste 
-remove pandan leaves before serving 


1, 2, Chia chia chia!


Ever since I found out about the goodness of chia seeds, I've been incorporating it into my daily diet. Introduced it to my hubs and elder boy too ;-)

I sprinkle over cereals, add into coffee/tea, add to yogurts etc.

Here's something you might wanna know about this superfood!

13 Awesome Reasons To Eat Chia Seeds Every Day

Here are a heap of reasons to eat chia:

1. Chia is gluten free

2. It is super high in dietary fibre, making it great for digestion and healing digestion issues.

3. It contains 20% Omega 3 ALA, making it a super food for the brain and heart. Chia has eight times more Omega 3 than salmon!

4. It boasts 20% protein

5. The protein is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids

6. It is high in antioxidants (It has a four times higher ORAC value than blueberries)

7. Chia contains five times more calcium than milk
8. Chia contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges

9. It contains three times more iron than spinach

10. It contains twice the potassium content of banana

11. It is food for healthy skin, hair and nails

12. It has a positive impact balancing blood glucose levels (making it awesome for diabetics)

13. Chia makes a great egg replacement. Just combine with water to form a gel, and add it to recipes that call for egg.


Nutritionists recommend that 15g/0.53oz (one tablespoon) of chia is consumed each day. Be sure to drink plenty of water as chia is very high in fiber.


+ Sprinkle it raw onto almost any food
+ Add it to breakfast cereals, salads and soups
+ Add it to bread and muffin recipes
+ Mix with water or coconut water to form a thick gel

So do check out on this lil' seed which boast tons of goodness for your body ;-)

Have you tried it before?




Have you seen the latest Huggies Dry Pants in the stores? I've been an avid user of Huggies's range of products since I had my first boy back in 2008.

In line with their new product, they have a roadshow with loads of activities and prizes at Mydin Usj, Subang Jaya. More details below:

Change your baby’s diapers in 30 seconds or less with Huggies Dry Pants and win attractive prizes while you’re at it!

Check out the upcoming “Huggies Dry Pants: Change for Better Convenience” roadshow happening from 25 February 2013 to 3 March 2013 at Mydin USJ!

With live performances, special promotions, giveaways, games, magic tricks and activities to keep you entertained, there’s something for everyone! Visit the booths for free samples of Huggies Dry Pants and lots of chances to win goodies! Just head on down to the concourse of Mydin USJ and see for yourself just how Huggies Dry Pants can make diapering easier and faster! Don’t miss out – join us for a fun-filled Huggies event and bring your families with you!

Details below:
Where: Concourse, Mydin USJ
When: 25 February 2013 (Monday) until 3 March 2013 (Sunday)
Special Announcement: There will be sessions of the Huggies 30 Second Diaper Change Challenge and performances every day at 10.30am, 2.00pm and 8.00pm.

The grand finale will be happening on Sunday 3 March 2013 at 8.00pm – 9.00pm! Come join us!

About Huggies Dry Pants
Huggies Dry Pants is an easy-to-use option for active infants and toddlers – just try it and you’ll see how easy changing can be when all you need to do is just pull them up, tear and go! With its soft stretch sides to provide better comfort and help prevent red marks even when your baby is on the move and a quick lock system to help stop leaks, Huggies is Malaysia’s first brand of disposable diapers which is clinically proven to help prevent diaper rash!

For more information on Huggies, log on!

About Huggies®
Huggies® is one of Malaysia’s leading baby & child care brands. It provides moms and babies with a complete range of disposable diaper and diaper pants to helps keep skin healthy and babies happy. For more information, visit

Olive's Baby Range


Recently, I received these two products in the mail: 1. Olive Baby Nappy Cream2. Olive Baby Body Moisture MilkI just couldn't wait to use them as I've read great reviews on these range of products. I've used them for a couple of weeks now and I really want to share these great products with you. It's safe for even the most delicate skin such as newborn babies as it's all natural. I love the delicate texture and its feel on my baby's skin. My boy loves to be massaged using the Olive Baby Body Moisture Milk and looks forward to each session :-) the product is easily absorbed by baby's skin and very smooth to apply, furthermore, it's a great bonding session, I'll sing to him and play games with him during the massage and he loves it ;-) I've been looking for a safe and natural product to be used after every diaper change as my baby has rashes easily if we don't use the right product. The Olive Baby Nappy Cream solved my woes, it gently prevents rashes, creating a barrier between his pure skin and the diaper. It's not too oily too, very easy to apply and easily absorbed. My baby's skin is perfect with this product. Rashes no more! More info on the Olive's Baby Range of products:The Olive Baby range of skin care products is all natural and gentle for your baby's skin. All of the products contain our own extra virgin olive oil from Simunovich Olive Estate in Auckland, New Zealand – an ingredient which has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean as a beauty treatment and an overall remedy for the skin.The Olive Baby Body & Hair Wash has a mild formula which will cleanse, moisturise and condition your infant’s skin and hair. Containing a nutrient-rich, hydrating blend of natural ingredients, this gentle all-over, body and hair wash is suitable for daily use.Mild and pH balanced, Olive Baby Moisture Milk with extra virgin olive oil and vitamin E will help keep your infant’s delicate skin feeling protected and comfortable. This light lotion was specially formulated to guard against chapping, chafing and dryness, leaving your infant’s skin feeling smooth and soft.The delicate Olive Baby Nappy Cream formulation helps provide a barrier against wetness, aiding the prevention of nappy rash. Infused with natural plant extracts and oils specially selected for their anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties, this cream helps protect and condition your infant’s delicate skin.Olive 100% Natural Baby Massage Oil moisturises your infant’s skin and helps to protect it from dryness. The luxurious blend of almond oil, jojoba oil and extra virgin olive oil has been carefully chosen for its hydrating and nourishing properties.The Olive Baby range retails from RM65 to RM92 and is available exclusively at:o theSkintopic, Level 5, P5.12.00, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Tel: 03-21429988o theSkintopic, Lower Ground Floor, Lot LGC01, Subang Parade, Tel: 03-56382988o Olive & Tebe counters at Metrojaya Mid Valley, Metrojaya Bukit Bintang, Metrojaya The Curve & Parkson Sunway Pyramido Poppies Sibu, No. 13 Island Road, Sibu, Sarawak, Tel: 084-318722o Poppies Kuching, Lot 111, First Floor, The Spring Shopping Mall, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak, Tel: 082-236553 o Poppies Bintulu, G/F, No. 6, Lot 7227, Medan Sentral Commercial Centre, Jalan Tanjong Kidurong, Bintulu Sarawak, Tel: 086-319722 For more information, you can check and [...]

I can't eat all my cny goodies :-(


Sigh... Down with tonsillitis twice in 2 weeks, can u believe it?

Can't take all the bak gua, cny cookies, mandarin oranges... I'm suffering cos I love to eat, furthermore this is the season to makan and be happy, what a timing, dang!

Went to see an ENT specialist today as my recurring tonsillitis is no joke... Giving me so many problems. Doc said 'yes, your tonsils are really enlarged and infected....' Gave a course of antibiotics and a gargle. I'm considering tonsillectomy too, that is, the removal of tonsils.

Those who know me will know how often I have tonsillitis! And every time I get it, it's so hard to even swallow my saliva, phlegm has blood too and of cos comes the fever when the tonsils get inflamed.

I'll put that on hold as of now as I'm still bf Kevin and it's safer not to bf when I go for the surgery as there are many things which might not be bf friendly, for instance, the anesthesia, the painkillers, medications etc. furthermore I might have to be admitted for a couple of days.

Ok enough for my tonsils story...!

How's your cny coming along? This Sunday 24/2 is the last day of cny, so fast eh? I'm sure there are more makan makan sessions with friends and loved ones :-) I have a couple coming up this weekend too, can't wait to get well...

Happy cny! Gong xi fa cai!

P/s. And yes... That's Jayden with the lion head doing his lion dance. He's booked for the whole cny! ;-)

Happy New Year 2013!


We said goodbye to 2012 and ushered in the new year 2013 while admiring the fireworks at Sunway Pyramid! Jayden was so tired but he kept his eyes and tahan just to watch the fireworks display when the clock struck 12 ;-) it was worth it, he enjoyed the whole 5 minutes display of colors and sounds. The atmosphere was so festive!

Happy new year my dear friends! Wishing u tons of happiness, love and joy all around u ;-)))) xoxo

Christmas pop up book


Have you guys been to BBW book sale yet? Yes... The Big Bad Wolf books sale. It's humongous this year! 3 million over books... Omg I just can't resist this sale. Been twice so far for this round. Extremely happy and satisfied with my loot :-)

Just wanna share this very cute Christmas pop up book I got from BBW. I managed to find only one piece... Must have all been snapped up!

The fun part about this sale is actually having the patience to browse through books on the table, and in boxes to see what 'treasures' you can find, a treasure hunt indeed!

And guess how much is this book?

Only RM6! Omg! Yes super cheap... And the book is of great quality too. My boys absolutely love it.

Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho!



The word Sale excites me haha... Just like the word Bargain. Who doesn't like getting good deals eh?

Recently there have been sooo many warehouse sales. Shop until pocket really wanna cry... But still better than shopping the same stuffs at normal price right?

The GBS warehouse sale just started today, there are so many toys, baby equipment etc for sale from brands such as fisher price, plan toys, first years and more... Might head there tomorrow. It's ending this Sunday. Sales up to 70%, how to resist? ;-)

GBS sale is held here-

GBS Marketing Sdn Bhd
7 Lorong Tandang B
Seksyen 51 Petaling Jaya
Selangor , Malaysia.

The other sale I'm targeting is none other than BBW sale! It has started a few days dy but with baby and all, can't just pick up and go like previous years. Hopefully can go this weekend! I really miss out the midnight shopping this year sigh. Really thrilling to shop in the middle of the night lol! The BBW books sale ends on 23 Dec at MIECC, Mines Convention Centre.

Happy shopping! :-)

Happy 6 months old Kevin!


My precious no. 2 is now 6 months old!

Playground time!


Since the school holidays started, we have to make sure Jayden has activities to occupy his time. He's constantly so restless! We try to bring him to the playground daily in the evenings. It's better than being cooped up at home the whole day! Going outdoors is good. Except the mosquitoes part! Have to apply repellent on the kids before they go there otherwise the mozzies will zoom in so quickly! Jayden looks forward to this daily activity and so do we! ;-) [...]

Lego Ferrari 458 Italia


Almost everyone I know is crazy with the collection of Lego Ferrari cars from Shell petrol stations! Both adults and kids alike!

I personally think this is Shell's most successful promotion to date. I guess it's also the Lego craze recently with Legoland down south and all ;-)

Jayden's first Ferrari from the collection is Ferrari 458, the yellow one. He specifically pointed out to daddy which cars he wanted. And when daddy said he'll get the whole collection, Jayden said 'no need lah, 3 cars enough already'. Lol!

His next target is the white Ferrari F40!

Anyone of you targeting the whole collection too? ;-)

Boba 3G Soft Structured Carrier in Tweet For Sale!- SOLD!


Boba Inc. is thrilled to announce the brand new Boba Carrier 3G! This carrier incorporates the Boba Baby Carrier design that so many have come to know and love, and now includes more than a dozen new and updated features, making this truly a one of a kind baby carrier! This carrier features a high-quality cotton fabric, ideal for any activity, both indoors and out. The new Boba Carrier 3G is designed for babies and toddlers alike with its incredible features not seen on other soft structured baby carriers: - The foot straps attached to the waist belt keep older children comfortable while enabling a healthy sitting position. The footstraps not only give tired little legs a rest, but support the legs in a flexed abducted (froglike) position which naturally tilts the pelvis, fills out the hip sockets and aligns the spine. - The new infant conversion option allows you to use the Boba Carrier 3G with babies over 7lbs. The best part is that there is absolutely no insert or accessory needed! Simply follow the instruction booklet included with your Boba Carrier to learn how to use the new Boba Carrier 3G for your newborn. - Boba has a few extra inches of height to keep your center of gravity closer to your body and support your little one's back. The Boba Carrier 3G is approximately 2-3" higher than other soft structured carriers. - The new 3G design is made to fit parents of all shapes and sizes without purchasing an extension belt or accessory. All straps are fully adjustable, and elastic bands are provided so you can comfortably tuck the straps away once you have the carrier adjusted for you and your child. Boba 3G soft structured carrier (SSC) in Tweet design. Hardly used, like brand new. With original box and manuals. 1 year warranty. Retail price RM438, letting go at RM340. Email me for more info- Thanks. [...]

Latest update- Image of Blessed Virgin Mary at Sime Darby Medical Centre, Subang Jaya


Latest update on the Blessed Mother Mary's image which appeared a few days ago on one of the windows at Sime Darby Medical Centre, Subang Jaya.
Father Simon Labrooy from Church of St Thomas More issued a statement announcing the following:
-A meeting was conducted with the management of SDMC and both parties agreed that the growing number of people going to the hospital is posing several problems, such as traffic and inconvenience to the patients and staff. It was mentioned that more than 2,000 people visited the site last Sunday itself.
-Contrary to rumours that SDMC called Bomba to come and clean off the image, SDMC assured everyone that no such measures were taken! (power of rumours huh....!) Everyone thought that was true.
-SDMC has agreed to handover the glass panel containing the image to the Catholic Church. The removal and handover will be handled with care and respect. This will be done in the next few days. I think this is a very good and respectful move.
-The glass panel with the image with be moved to Marian Church of our Lady of Lourdes Klang.
So for those who still want to view the sacred image in its original location before it's removed, quick go over!

Apparition of Mother Mary @ Sime Darby Medical Centre


I saw it! I saw it!!!!

Omg, I just couldn't believe my eyes as I stared at the image of our beloved Mother Mary on the window pane of SDMC. I was in total peace and serenity within and speechless.

We feel so blessed to be able to witness this miracle in our lifetime!!!!

The crowd was building by the minute and the atmosphere was festive & high spirited.

Was chatting with total strangers, all just in awe and we all felt so blessed.

Pictures don't really do justice, you gotta see it to really feel the moment. I was tearing, speechless and hands trembling as I took the pix.

Amazing. Just amazing.

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Photo credits- some were taken by me, some from my friend on Fb.

Yummy goodies


I'm so lucky recently to be able to savour homemade goodies from baker friends!

Homemade is best as the ingredients are very generous and you can feel the TLC put into making these baked goodies!

Pineapple tarts are really melt-in-the-mouth ones and the chocolate chip cookies are so fragrant! Thanks chris.

The mini blueberry cheese tarts are damn good too. Size is just right to pop one after another into your mouth and it's so cheesy yummy... Can't stop at one!!! Thanks Cindy :-)

I feel so happy snacking on these... Feels like cny already when I have these on my tabletops lol!

Ladies, if you sell these, you're bound to make many tummies happy! :D



The whole family got hit by the Influenza A virus recently. Daddy and mummy are still coughing a lot. The kids got hit the worst ;-(

Kevin was hospitalized first and the next day Jayden too.

Jayden's fever was fluctuating up and down and was extremely worrying. Paed quickly did an xray and found out that Jayden got lung infection ;-(

Luckily we discovered it early for Kevin so he was treated early and recovered quickly.

We all can't wait to get back on our feet again!

10 years & more!


"My love, it's been a decade since we've walked hand in hand together, From just two single individuals, we've bonded strongly for the better. We vowed to care for each other through thick and thin, till death do us part, And now we have grown to a family of four, all very close to my heart ♥ Little things you do for me daily makes me smile with glee, A simple back rub, a peck on the cheek or even my fav cuppa Earl grey tea. From the day I've been your girl and gladly your wife, I thank God everyday for you in my life!!!"     Jayden came to me and said 'this is for u mummy, I bought it for you' Awwww... heart melts!  Gorgeous flora  My precious darlings![...]

Jayden says


Was goofing around before bedtime with Jayden, and we were just chit chatting about anything under the sun.

We were talking about his classmates in school and I was explaining to him on the 3 major races in our country- Malay, Chinese and Indian and to differentiate them through our different skin colours.

M- so you have many friends in class right?
J- yes!
M- so do you know who's Chinese, Malay or Indian?
J- ya
M- so tell me who are your Chinese, Malay and Indian friends?
J- *he gives a few names
M- and Jayden is a Chinese boy ya?
J- no! *looking at his hands*

I'm a peach!

Peach???!!!! Hahahhaaha! He must be comparing it to the skin colour lol :D

Jayden jayden... You really say the darndest things :p

France to Malaisie


From France all the way to Malaisie... what could it be?   Yipee! It has finally arrived!!!  French spelling of Malaysia, lol!   I like the stamp, so cute, 'Surprise'! It's finally in my hands!  It's a miniature Smart Forfour!  U know Jayden's love for cars right?  Jayden has been pestering Daddy to get a Smart Forfour car for him recently to add to his car collection, so Daddy searched high and low at the local toy stores but couldn't find it.  Ended up ordering it from Ebay! :-) Thank you Daddy!Love, Jayden xoxo[...]

Hot Slings Pouches For Sale!


  HotSlings Reversible Ingrid, Size 4, 100% cotton   Hot Slings Adjustable Pouch~ Sweet Pea Sateen - Dreamy, silky and luxurious Hotslings ultra-soft stretch sateen in gorgeous light green floral design. Mamas are swooning over this one. 97% cotton 3% spandexSay bye bye to complicated sizing charts and hello to the infinitely adjustable Hotslings AP! Two strategically placed tri-glides allow the AP to fit comfortably on multiple users while also easily accommodating postpartum body changes.  allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="420"> An instructional video to show you how to wear these pouches with ease!  Only used less than 5 times, in excellent condition! Letting these 2 pouches go at LOW price to another babywearing mama who will benefit this more! Interested, please drop me an email at: First come, first serve basis! Thank you :-)[...]

Our Mid Autumn Festival


How was your Mid Autumn Festival?  Had a bz weekend, just had time to post this :-)Jayden came home from kindy and took out this lantern which they made in school.Made by Jayden TanI still have some mooncakes in boxes... gotta open them and makan soon ;-)  Isn't this box so pretty? I am definitely gonna keep this to store stuffs...       [...]

He loves bath time!


Taken just before bath time. Every time we say 'pong pong' which means bathe, he gets super duper excited! Yes he's a water baby... Born a water dragon some more ;-)

Kevin @ 3mths, 3wks & 3 days old!

Kevin @ 3mths old


Hello there! Mummy's been so bz with me to update more about me since I was born ;-) I'm 3mths, 2wks & 5do today :-)

My stats as of today. Paed says I'm a big baby and growing very well!
Weight- 7.2kgs
Length- 65cm

Being tickled
Exploring my hands and putting them into my mouth
Loves to Kai Kai
Loves looking around what people are doing
Loves company
Mummy's bm... Yum yum :-)
Bath time! splish splash!
Mummy singing songs to me
Love it when kor kor plays with me

Medicine! (nightmare to feed...)
Lying down too long, wants to sit upright

Still wakes up around 3-4 times at night for feeds. But after I drink nen nen, I go back to zzzzzzzzz. Can stay awake during the day for a longer period.

Overall, daddy and mummy said I'm a good baby :D

BYOB Subang


What's BYOB?  BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Bottles, an environmental-friendly store built around the 3R concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Many times we hear people use those three words but how many of use actually put it to use? We are now offering you a chance to do your part in saving mother nature and the best part of this whole idea – you get to save some money too!*extracted from BYOB FB Page When BYOB first started, I loved the idea that I could help save the environment by recycling the bottles that I have and at the same time, save money too! I started accummulating bottles which I will bring to BYOB outlet to refill cleaning agents. When BYOB Subang outlet opened in May by a friend, Sasha Tan, I was ecstatic! Finally, an outlet near my place. It was almost towards the tail end of my pregnancy then, so tak jadi to go there... and shortly after, my prince no.2 was born... so bz bz bz! In the meantime, I just kept accummulating bottles... ;-) So just last week, I finally had the chance to visit BYOB at Taipan USJ, armed with my bottles, off we went...  Cosy little shop nestled in Taipan USJ (address below)  Jayden says: 'Remember to BYOB (bring your own bottles) next time k!' Samples for you to smell  My bottles being filled up! Nice chap :-)  Save the environment  Kept asking me to take pix for him haha :D  Ta-da! All done... and ready to follow me home!  There are so many products available for your home: floor cleaner, dish washing liquid, shower gel, car care, hand sanitizer etc etc etc!  Cosy lil' shop  Just imagine how you can reuse the bottles you have been buying off the shelves to refill cleaning agents over and over again, no more throwing them away, no more buying more and more bottles!  Save $$$$$$$$$$$$$ too :-)  BYOB Subang, I will definitely be back! --------------------------------------------------------------------- BYOB Green Concepts Subang Outlet (Opposite Bella) Address :No. 25-1, Jalan USJ 9/5Q,UEP 47620, Subang Jaya.Tel : 016-2116133Contact : Ms TanGoogle Map : hours: 10am-6pm on weekdays.9am-4pm on weekends.[...]

Are you a SAHM?


Are you a SAHM? Do you juggle 1001 things in your daily life?

I recently joined this group on FB and have added other fellow SAHMs into this group too... we talk about everything under the sun... from sharing recipes to changing diapers, from displining your kid to food allergies etc! It's really interesting as we get to network with other mummies and make many new friends this way.

Join us at this group- Stay At Home Moms Malaysia on FB :-)

Do let you hair down, and have fun with us....We can yak yak yak there... see u there!