Saturday, June 30, 2012

Proud parents

I am not a mom, yet. But I do hope that when and if we are blessed with a child, I pray to God the child is healthy and we as parents are able to bring them up just like how my brother and sister in law are bringing up their kids. Yes, I know, it's not good to compare a child. But you see, we don't have a kid yet, and it is only these two adorable kids we have closest to our hearts. In fact, although hubby doesn't talk much about them, he is the Uncle who loves them discreetly to bits.

Is it really that hard to bring up kids with the right foundation? Perhaps it is. But it's not impossible. My brother and I did not have a great childhood. In fact, our childhood was never a childhood to begin with. It doesn't mean if you are brought up in a certain way, you automatically bring up your kids the same way. It can be a wonderful upbringing if you want it to be. When I think of them, I see a unit. A bond. Their kids are still young, and this is how it is now, can you imagine when their kids grow up? They wouldn't go far too off course.

Yesterday I got one of the numerous good news about my adorable niece and nephew on their results in school. And guess what was the first thing my niece said out loud, "Thank you Lord for making my Mummy and Papa proud of me". Now, this can only be taught by example, instilled with love. 

All said and done, these kids are well disciplined too. It's not all about love & affection. And not forgetting how parents these days spoil their kids rotten. So it all comes down to you, the parent. How much are you willing to give into the upbringing of your child, your family? 

Yes, it may all be talk for now, since we do not have a child  yet. That's why I said, I pray to God the child is healthy and we as parents are able to bring them up just like how my brother and sister in law are bringing up their kids.

My brother and SIL have been, still is and will always be two people we look up upon. I am so blessed to have them in my life.

Friday, June 29, 2012

What is becoming to humanity?

Image courtesy of Google Images
One evening, as I was driving, I saw a couple and a baby with a motorbike parked at the side of the road, and waving at cars to stop. They looked fine. But no one stopped, including me. God forbid, if they really were in need of help, hope they did get it eventually. But it seemed a bit suspicious as well.

My first instinct was to stop and wind down the passenger’s side mirror and ask what happened. But then immediately I thought of all the scam / “pukau” stories that I hear and read almost every day now, I decided not to stop. I was alone. What if it’s a scam? But I did keep thinking also, what if it wasn’t?

If it was our parents’ era, we would have been very compassionate. But now, we have to think of the possibility of what if these act of in need of help is a scam and we are open to not only getting robbed, but raped, assaulted, hurt and probably even killed.

Seriously, what is becoming to humanity?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Expiry Date? Huh?

Shelf life is the length of time that foods, beverages, pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals, and many other perishable items are given before they are considered unsuitable for sale, use, or consumption. In some regions, a best before, use by or freshness date is required on packaged perishable foods. Shelf life is different from expiration date; the former relates to food quality, the latter to food safety. A product that has passed its shelf life might still be safe, but quality is no longer guaranteed.

Best before or best by dates appear on a wide range of frozen, dried, tinned and other foods. These dates are only advisory and refer to the quality of the product, in contrast with use by dates, which indicate that the product is no longer safe to consume after the specified date.

Generally, foods that have a use by date written on the packaging must not be eaten after the specified date. This is because such foods usually go bad quickly and may be injurious to health if spoiled.

Did you know?
Eggs are a special case, since they may contain salmonella, which multiplies over time; they should therefore not be eaten after the best before date, which is a maximum of 28 days after the eggs are laid. Eggs must be sold to the consumer within 21 days of laying; this means that they must be sold 7 days before the 'best before' date expires.


Every other month, I go through my all items in my kitchen & fridge. Yes, ALL perishable items, including soya sauce bottles, any form of sauces, dried items like Maggie mee packets, biscuits, nuts, medicines, etc.  I know of a lot of people, who even keep bread in the freezer. Why go far? Both our parents do the same! Why? Why do you think that medications if kept in the refrigerator is okay to consume even after the expiry date? Have you ever stopped to think that there is a reason for the shelf life date? (Whatever name may be used for it).

Is it only people in Malaysia who do this or almost everywhere is the same? I know of people who still consume any drink or food which has just passed the shelf life date, claiming that it’s okay. No harm done. Yeah, maybe no harm done, but would it hurt to just throw that away and buy a new one instead?

I threw away a lot of things yesterday night. I was not active in my kitchen for almost one month plus due to the surgery, and yesterday I just had to give it a good sweep through of everything. I threw away Soda cans, Cream cheese packet, white all purpose flour, some nuts, biscuits, soy sauce bottles (although they were in the fridge), and a few more other things.

Yes, I am particular that way. Wasting money? Yeah, may be to you I am, but to my conscious mind, I’d rather buy new ones than risk consuming all those!

Oh and for some items that I don’t have the expiry date info, I still throw them away when I am doing my bi-monthly check.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection that affects part of the urinary tract. – Wikipedia
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The first time I had an attack was in the year 2004. And ever since then, UTI kept paying me unwanted visits – sometimes up to two times a month, every month!  This is known as recurrent UTI.

Anyone experiencing UTI would know that this is a traumatic experience. I am very lucky, my husband knows that I am not joking when I say it’s excruciatingly painful.

The attack can come at anytime. It doesn’t see place, temperature, what you may be doing, whether you have had sex or not -  if it wants to come, it hits you.

I have tried many remedies. You name it, I have tried it. I have gone on numerous antibiotics, culture tests, scans, and yet nothing helped to keep it away.

Oh I don’t have to mention how much water I drink everyday! Water is like fuel for me. Without it, I can’t function well.That's the most common thing someone would say when you tell them you have UTI "Oh, you should drink more water". At the rate that I drink, I do not know how much more can I take! Too much of H2O is also not good for the body.

These are the remedies that I have tried but with no success:
  1. Imediately when I know I have the attack – I soak my lower region in a tub filled with hot water & salt. This remedy came from my mom. It did give temporary relief, but that’s about it
  2. Drinking cranberry juice. One of my bestie even bought me the concentrated original cranberry juice, and I took it – yet it didn’t help
  3. Drinking barley water was of no help either
  4. To force myself to pass urine to flush out the bacteria, I used to drink tea water (Teh O kosong) – it’s diuretic
  5. Some even said to try boiling ‘misai kucing a.k.a cat’s whiskers’ and drink the water. Nope. Didn’t work
A few things that works for me when I feel UTI’ish are:
  1. Drinking 100 plus. Also a tip shared by my mom. I am not too sure if it is because of the mineral content, but it does help
  2. Drinking Ural 3 times a day or especially at night before I go to bed. I take 2 sachets at one go
One thing that has succeeded in keeping UTI away for a couple of months now is when I stopped taking my Vitamin C. I used to take buffered Vit C together with other supplements daily. A doctor suggested that I try stopping and monitor from then. It has worked so far.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

An apple a day? Not for me!

Yes, there is a way to lose weight rapidly. But trust me, it ain’t a long term option. You may try it for a week or two. How do I know this? Cuz my husband tried it, and it worked. I tried it, and it failed. I ended up binging even more, had gastric attacks, and became weak. So you see, it may or may not work for you, and again, this ain’t a long term option as it is very unhealthy.

Hubby's favorite black coffee!
Have you watched the movie “The Machinist”? The actor, Christian Bale dropped 63 lbs. to play a man whose health deteriorates after not sleeping for a year. And what did he do to lose this much of weight? Coffee, cigarettes and an apple a day.

No, my husband was not sick to his mind to stick to coffee and just one apple a day. He drank black coffee and ate 2 Granny Smith’s apple a day for lunch with very little to have for dinner.  But even doing so, he lost a substantial amount of weight, as he combined this with his workout routine, daily.

I, for one, would not go on that diet ever. The way I binged in the evening was crazy. What’s the point of going on a diet, when you end up binging? It’s weather you want to admit or not – most dieters end up binging!  And yes, I am not shy to admit that I binge.

So bottom line is, no matter what you try, if you want to lose weight, then do it the right way. Exercise! Reduce your calorie intake! Stop eating unhealthy food! If you are confused, don’t know where to start, need someone to push you, then contact Ela. We definitely needed a kick start. (Well, don’t look at me so much – look at my hubby who has proven that with determination, it’s all possible).

Monday, June 25, 2012


Read this article today in The Star.

I agree with the writer - I quote "I don’t want to spend a gazillion hours hunched over a computer keyboard just so my children can sip Margaritas on a beach in Acapulco shortly after they’ve attended my funeral service."

I think it's safe to say, my husband would agree to this as well. To this day, yes, I know I have inheritance that will come from my family - I say family because it's going to be more than just my parents. But to this day, I never trained myself to even think that there is such allocations. We have enough of our EPF combined to survive through the old age and enjoy. Of course, by living moderately.

Why do people in general look forward to having the inheritance and claiming that it is their right to have it? Your right? Are you sure? How would you feel if you give your salary to your parents to go for holidays or to invest? Yes, salary cause I am sure you don't have so much savings anyway with all the parties, the clubbing, the keeping up with the trend lifestyle of yours. I am pretty confident that your reaction would be "It's my hard earned salary!". Did it ever occur to you that the inheritance you wait for is also their hard earned money? What makes you think you have the right to have it? By they giving it to you, it's not because you have the right to have it, but it's out of love, because they love you.

I do not have a child, yet. But I think my view wouldn't change. I wouldn't try to save and pinch just so that our kids can have a better future. They have to learn how to earn it. It is when they themselves have to earn for the money, they will value it. Just like how we did. Whatever we do, we spend on, we take responsibility for it.

Having said all that, yes, of course it's nice to know that there will be something for us from our family, but it's more of a bonus to us. Not something we have an eye on. And it's definitely not something we look forward to having either. Can you imagine, the pressure from just knowing how hard your parents have worked for it, and how easy it was for them to just pass it on to you?

I would honestly be more happier if my parents and in laws (yes, in laws) would use that money for themselves. Get a maid, go for holidays, buy things they have always wanted to buy, go for lunches, dinners out with their friends, go to private hospitals instead of government ones, get good medical supplies, have fun whenever possible!

They have raised us - no matter how that may be - and today we are adults who can stand on our own two feet. It's not our right to want to have all of their savings, their properties, their investments.... Nope. Not right to want.

If you have been given, then good for you and be grateful. If you have not been given, don't be ungrateful for the first 20 years of your life on the every penny spent on you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Laparascopic Surgery - my version; Part 4 (& last) - video clips

Again, viewer discretion advised  :p

Video Clip 1: The red baloon like thing that you see on the extreme right below, is an endometriosis. It also has a spider web like thing, that can link one to another.

 Video Clip 2: The white round thingy on the left is the ovary. And you can see the amount of endometriosis hidden underneath it. The organ next to the ovary is the uterus. From the top, everything looks clean. Wait till you see when the doc flips it up.

Video Clip 3: That is how much of endometriosis hiding beneath my uterus.

Video Clip 4: The cauterization process.

If you notice a blueish liquid in that pool of blood, it is actually the dye inserted from down below to check on my tubes. My first cycle of period has lasted me 7 days. Today is the 8th day and I still have stains.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Update on the fitness track

Have I lost weight? You must be wondering what happened to all the talk about wanting to lose weight went eh? 

I was 76kg and as of this morning, I am 69.8kg. But I know this will fluctuate – as I have been 69.8kg before, and it went up a few notches and remained between 70 – 71.6kg for a few days.  

Before my surgery, I was a regular on the treadmill. But then after, for close to one month, I could not do any exercise. I have started back on the treadmill now. Gradually moving up the incline and speed. 

I think it’s because hubby has been encouraging me non-stop that yes, I do at times find it annoying and I tell him that… but I know, it’s for my own good. Of course I wanna look good. He is looking a bit too good now, so I have to keep up with him. 

Well, let’s see how it goes for me. This journey is tough, not impossible. It’s in my hands, whether I want to be committed, disciplined and hard working or not!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Directed by Tony Scott
Produced by Julie Yorn
Tony Scott
Mimi Rogers
Eric McLeod
Alex Young
Written by Mark Bomback
Starring Denzel Washington
Chris Pine
Rosario Dawson
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams

Unstoppable is a 2010 American action thriller film. The film, loosely based on the real-life CSX 8888 incident, tells the story of a runaway freight train, and the two men (Washington and Pine) who attempt to stop it. - Wikipedia

From beginning till the end, this movie just glues you to your seat. The action in this movie is really well filmed. Although this movie hardly concentrates on the actors, Denzel's and Chri's acting were quite good. And also, to note, there was no CGI used in the movie. The trains were a real deal. This movie received mostly favorable reviews. Even Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a score of 6.9/10.

Here's my overall review broken down to a few categories:

Storyline: 8/10
Actors: 7/10
Soundtrack: 6.5/10
Would I watch it again: Yes

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Water for Elephants

Directed byFrancis Lawrence
Produced byGil Netter
Erwin Stoff
Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Kevin Halloran (executive)
Screenplay byRichard LaGravenese
Based onWater for Elephants by
Sara Gruen
StarringReese Witherspoon
Robert Pattinson
Christoph Waltz
Music byJames Newton Howard

Most of the film then takes place in a flashback to the era of the Great Depression i.e. the 1930s. But this is not some old boring movie. The scenaries, the outfits are very colorful. Water for Elephants has received generally positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. It's a tale tastefully told. It revolves around the Benzini Brothers Circus. The people who work in this family of circus, the travelling from one place to another to perform, and the problems they face. Of course this story is about Jacob (played by Robbert Pattinson) and how he comes aboard the Benzini Brothers Circus train, and falls in love with the owner's wife.

Here's my overall review broken down to a few categories:

Storyline: 7.5/10
Actors: 7/10
Soundtrack: 4/10
Would I watch it again: Yes, once in a blue moon

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My first cycle after the laparascopy

Since January 2011, I didn't want to get my periods. I kept hoping month after month it won't turn up. But this time around, I have been waiting for it to come since 3rd of June. Finally yesterday it did a little pee ka boo. And this early morning, it started. This time I thought I won't suffer as much. But yesterday when I got home from work, all I did was shower and curl in bed. There was no flow, but my head, back and lower abdomen were in horrible excruciating pain. I didn't move one bit until many hours later, when hubby told me to try to get up slowly to have something to eat. I kept telling him I thought I'd have at least a minimum of 6 months break from PMDD.

I had half a mind of going to the doc this morning. But decided to just try to come to office. I will sit and bend myself a bit and hope the pain will be bearable. I have taken my 500mg Ponstan and a tablet for stomach pain. If I don't feel any worse, I hope to finish the work day without having to tell my boss that I need to go back. Oh God, please, just let me pull through it. And give me a damn break, will You?!



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