I cannot believe it that I will be participating in a Zumba Master Class Mega Party this October. My zumba instructor was just sharing about this event to our group and a few of my zumba friends decided to join. I was not interested because I still couldn’t zumba very well. Then one of my friends whatsapped me and asked me to come along and have some fun. She said we mothers have to reward ourselves sometimes. Just zumba and enjoy. Therefore, I have registered myself and now I can’t wait. More information can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/events/1318823978194036/ or check it out! here.
I have been seeing recipes on cauliflower fried rice and wondered how it would taste like. Usually people who use cauliflower to replace rice are those who want a healthier alternative. Rice contains carbs and is not good for people with diabetes as they need to reduce their sugar intake. About 4 weeks ago, I have begun to eliminate carbs from my food. No more coffee with sugar, bread, cakes, cookies, just about anything that has sugar in it. The first 2 weeks were pretty tough and I experienced headaches due to the withdrawal symptom. I was following Atkins’ Induction Phase during this time.
Things are a lot better now and I am used to eating no carbs. Since I have been eating lots of protein i.e. meat and egg, I decided to try the Cauliflower Fried Rice and googled for the recipe a few days ago
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 large egg
- pinch of salt
- Olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, diced fine
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Soy sauce
- Coarsely chop cauliflowers into florets. You may also use the food processor.
- Crack egg and beat with a fork. Season with salt.
- Heat a large pan or wok over medium heat and add olive oil.
- Add the egg and cook until set. Set aside.
- Add the sesame oil and saute onions and garlic about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the cauliflower “rice” to the pan along with soy sauce. Mix, cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.
- Add the egg then remove from heat.
I added some mix-vege (carrots, peas and corn) into my dish but I will omit that next time because they contain a lot of carbs.
Ta-daa…my Cauliflower Fried Rice. It tasted wonderful. I can say that cauliflower is now my new best friend.
We finally made our way to the theatre to watch the highly anticipated Beauty and The Beast last night after the big and unnecessary hoo-ha over some censorship.
It was a last minute decision to watch as we just got back from Ipoh 2 hours before for Qing Ming prayers. Since missy does not have school today (Monday) because of Qing Ming, this means she can wake up late. So I checked and made the bookings online around 5pm for the 9.40pm show (I love technology). We were looking forward to it as hubs and I watched the animated classic when we were still in Toronto. That was like ages ago. I remember that I loved it very much. Ashley said she wants to see Emma Watson who plays Beauty and also she wants to watch which part of the movie that the authorities think is unfit *rolls eyes*
My verdict? Well I am a tad disappointed to be honest. Perhaps I have a high expectation about this movie since I enjoyed the animated version so much. I find this movie very dull and almost fell asleep eventhough I had a big cup of cappuccino for dinner. I find that the 2 lead casts pretty awkward and there is not much chemistry. Also, there is too much emphasis on Gaston, his friend Le Fou and the living antiques. Anyway, this is only my opinion. It is still an enjoyable movie for the family.
I enjoy listening to music and I love to dance. This is something that many people do not know and my friends were surprised when they found out. Maybe I do not look like a person who loves dancing *smile* I have been waiting for a Zumba class in my neighbourhood for a long time. The reason why I don’t want to join classes which I have to drive to is because I know that later I may not look forward to attending classes when I need to drive over, look for carpark and etc.
So, I was very happy when I found a new Zumba class near where I live. I wasted no time in registering and got started right after Chinese New Year. Need to workout after feasting on all the goodies.
I enjoy the class very much as the Zumba moves are so fun. My Zumba coach is very experienced and conducts several classes a day, 6 x a week. She has been doing this for more than 10 years. I also love the music a lot and we zumba to some of my favourite songs such as Uptown Funk and Cheap Thrills. The sound system in the studio is fantastic and it is equipped with power conditioner available at Musicians Friend.
As last week was March break for school, Ashley followed me to my class and she also zumba-ed. She enjoyed dancing too but she couldn’t keep up with mommy *chuckle*.
My husband is a bike lover. He bought his first motorbike, a Madass about 7 years ago. He loved his bike very much and even bought fancy helmets and a jacket to wear while riding his bike. A few months after getting the bike, he was in an accident and of course it scared me so much that I pestered him to sell it. He was reluctant to let it go but did so after a few months. During that time, there were no classified websites where he could post his bike for sale and he had to contact the local newspaper and sent in the photo of his bike and the content of his ad.
Quite cumbersome right? Well, now if bike enthusiasts are looking to buy or sell their vehicles, all they need to do is go to this website which I discovered recently – iMotorbike. It is a leading motorbike online classified-ads platform that connects motorbike enthusiasts all over Malaysia who want to buy and sell everything related to motorbikes.
Their classifieds provide easy-to-search listings of motorbikes for sale where one can find new, used, reconditioned motorbikes as well as bikes for rent. Its website is very easy to navigate and you can narrow down your search to the different categories such as make, type, engine, kilometer and more.
Besides buying and selling, iMotorbike also offers a wide range of products such as parts and accessories such as clothing, locks, lubricants and many more. Users can also have access to services such as insurance and financing. All you need to do is fill in the form provided and click submit. Your form will be assessed by the relevant institutions and provide the quotes or offers which match your requirements.
You can basically get everything related to motorbikes here at iMotorbike.my without the need to open new tabs on your computer screen to search for other information. Another interesting feature on this platform is the many useful and informative news related to motorbikes to keep everyone informed and entertained.
iMotorbike.my is the best, secure and most convenient one-stop website for bike lovers. Check them out today.
We did not go for a holiday during the one-week March break as hubs and I were busy attending a workshop. So on Saturday, we decided to make a trip to Paya Indah Wetlands in Dengkil, Selangor with missy. I read that this place has reopened after being closed for a few years. We wanted to see the hippopotamus and rent a bike to cycle around.
We were lucky enough to arrive during the hippo’s feeding time. It was awesome to watch the hippo gulping down leaves, 2 papayas and 2 bunches of bananas. According to the caretaker, there are 3 hippos in the wetlands but only one came out to eat. After feeding this female hippo, he went to search for the other 2.
Miss Hippo waddled back to the pond filled with lotus and water lily after her tummy was full. She submerged herself into the water and stayed there for a long time. We left after that.
Went to rent 2 bicycles (RM5 for a bicycle and duration is one hour), one for me and one for Ashley to cycle around the wetlands. It was a lot of fun although the sun was really hot. The breeze blowing onto our faces while we cycled made it all better.
Ashley spotted something and beckoned me to go and have a look.
Admission is free to the Paya Wetlands. Honestly, I would not recommend anyone to visit the Paya Wetlands now until more is done. The whole place is pretty rundown. This is kinda sad because I am sure more can be done to attract visitors to this spacious park.
I am so into succulents right now. More like obsessed with them. I have always love succulents but they had been dying on me. Yes, I don’t have a green thumb but my mom has so I am going to leave the tending to her. I will just look at them and not touch anything.
Recently there is a little stall at the market which sells lots of potted plants as well as succulents. So happy to see them and I could not resist buying the little succers.
Some of the succulents from the market
Aren’t they cute? They are RM10 for 3 little ones and RM10 – RM15 for the big ones.
I bought 3 of them. I got the little metal pot from Daiso and hubs bought the little dinosaurs to decorate my little succers. He said they look better with the dinos.
My husband is a big fan of Bovril. He grew up eating Bovril and it’s practically his comfort food, or spread. This is how he used (still is) to incorporate Bovril in his food – mix dollops of it into plain chee cheong fun (flat white noodle). He buys chee cheong fun without any soya sauce because Bovril is kinda salty.
Another way is to spread Borvil on the tortoise-shaped buns which we buy yearly during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. The buns are sliced and grill ala French toast style and he would spread Borvil on them instead of butter. You will get a salty and sweet taste while chomping down the buns.
Some time last year, I read a post by the Humans of New York about a dad teaching his children how to save and invest money. That post was very interesting and the method that the father used is very easy simple. Every week, the child receives a dollar for allowance. Then he gets to choose which section he would like to put his money into. There are 4 sections – Save, Spend, Invest and Charity. I think this is just the perfect way to teach children about money and kindness. It helps them to become financially responsible.
I started this project with Ashley after reading the post. These are her little money sections. Every week, my husband and I give her a total of RM10. So, she will decide for herself where she wants the money to go.
This clever idea is working pretty well. So far missy has only used the Spending Money 3 times to buy her favourite books and a jar of cookies. Her Save and Invest boxes have the most money in them. I think we would need to discuss on where or who she would want to donate her money to.
I love this inspiring way to teach the children