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Cheat Day Today!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I went to my fave cafe today to get lunch and also to park down to do my cross-stitch. For some reason, I get more sewing done here than I do elsewhere. It's relatively quite, quite nice and and cool and it has enough light and sunshine to make it a perfect spot to do some sewing.

I didn't have much of a breakfast, just a slice of toast with butter, so I was hungry when I went there. I ordered their baked beef marinara pasta and it's baked with cheese! Yummy! Well the portion was huge, so I'm still stuffed now even though it's now 5.30pm. I ordered it around 12.30pm.

After that scrumptious meal, I settled down to my sewing. I got a lot done but it's still not finished. I guess a few more sessions here should do it. I will finally get it done but I'm too excited now. I'm almost finished! I guess I will continue sewing tonight after Home Fellowship (a meeting of fellow Christians in the same neighborhood for Bible Study).

Well, around 3.30pm, I decided to try their apple pie (even though I was still half full). Man! Was it good! It was warm and crusty and cinnamonny and it had big slices of apple in it! AND it was served with vanilla ice-cream and the whole thing was drizzled with raspberry and chocolate sauce. I didn't even dare order soda after all that! I order a bottle of mineral water with some ice instead.

Guess I have to cut back tomorrow or even the rest of the week, huh? Hee! Hee!

At 4.30pm, I packed up my sewing and left the cafe. My mom picked me up and I told her that I couldn't possible have dinner today, after all that good nosh I just had! I probably won't even eat during fellowship at Home Fellowship tonight. I might just have a small glass of juice or water to drink.

I guess I can only do this once a week!

Part II

Well, well! I went to Home Fellowship tonight and they were having a birthday party for the hostess of the meeting. She had cooked special noodles made with special homemade wine that she herself had made! Who could say no to that?! Also on the menu were pork lard biscuits (yes, the biscuits actually contain pork lard! I know it sounds icky but it's really yummy!AND I had 3!!!), and homemade tiramisu (made by another great cook) made with REAL Bailey's! I had 2 helpings of tiramisu!

I don't even dare track my meals today, I just know that it'll be way over my allowed number of calories. This means I'll have to cut back for the rest of the week! Sigh!

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JOOPRINCESS 6/28/2011 2:23PM

    Glad you blogged about it. Get back on that horse, girl!

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Of Jimmy Choos and luxury items.....

Monday, June 27, 2011

I've heard the brand name Jimmy Choo mentioned in a chicklit book I've read. Seems to be a sort after Fashion label named after a designer named Jimmy Choo. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Jimmy Choo is a Malaysian designer! Fancy that! A fellow Malaysian being a sort after fashion designer!

His shoes and handbags sell for an obscene amount of money, 850 Euros for just one handbag, and there are even more expensive items advertised on his website!

I think I'm in trouble because my eyes always zero in on the most expensive stuff! I have very expensive taste but unfortunately, I can't afford all that luxury stuff.

My favorite makeup brand happens to be Bobbi Brown. They have to most gorgeous colors and cool products, but I don't even own a single thing from them because they're so expensive and I can't justify spending that much money on just one single item. All their products are super expensive!

Well, if I really want a Bobbi Brown lip gloss (I saw a very nice shade the other day when I was at the mall), I'll have to save up for it. Bobbi Brown is expensive but still a leeeetttle within my reach. But I'm guessing I'll never have a Jimmy Choo, that, I'm afraid, is out of my league..........

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ETERNAL_SUMMER 6/28/2011 12:53PM

    I never had the desire to buy expensive designer products. For clothes I always shopped at Old Navy and Aeropostle (the clothes are inexpensive but are still fasionable.) I sometimes go to holister but end up usually buying one thing because 1. It's really expensive there, and 2. The sizes are always too small. I usually am a medium, but there I'm a large, and they NEVER have larges left, only small. It's like they are shunning the people who aren't skinny.

For purses I buy 2 a year (one for spring and summer, and another for fall and winter). I usually go for Viera Bradly so they are about 40-60$. I don't understand these women who buy designer purses for 500+ dollars and they end up buying another one in a few months. I will sometimes use an old purse I haven't used in a couple years to save money. But I'd rather put my money towards vacation, a new electronic like a tv or computer, or a swimming pool.

I barely even buy makeup throughout the year. I usually end up getting a make-up kit from someone as a birthday present or christmas present throughout the year so I'm always good on lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, and blush. The only think I really buy throughout the year is eyeliner, concealer and cover-up and I usually get what's a decent price. To me make-up is all the same.

Right now, instead of buying expensive clothes and accessories, I'm saving up to pay for my family to go the beach next year in a nice hotel.

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GOODBYEXL 6/27/2011 12:15PM

    I have never understood buying high end designer stuff. You can get good quality without paying a fortune. If I am going to save up for something it is going to be a vacation, not a pair of shoes or a handbag that will be out of fashion next season anyway. People have gone nuts!

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Homemade Ceaser Salad!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Well, here I am at home, my Dad is watching a DVD but I'm bored and..........hungry......

So, I thought, what snack can I fix myself that's both healthy and filling? Well, I have some romaine lettuce : Bingo! Homemade Ceaser Salad!

The Dressing : 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine, mixed with light mayo and mustard. Set aside and allow flavors to develop.

Then I chopped the romaine lettuce to bite sized pieces, you can also tear the leaves in 2s or 3s. Since there is half a cucumber waiting to be used in the fridge, I chopped them and added them to the lettuce.

The Croutons : Cut a slice of day old bread into cubes; sprinkle with olive oil, you may also sprinkle some dried herbs like rosemary and thyme like I did, bake in a toaster oven for 30 minutes or so till crispy. The croutons have to golden brown to be done.

When croutons are done, put over salad, sprinkle some real or vegan bacon bits, pour the dressing over and toss! Walla! Homemade Ceaser Salad!!! Bon Appetit!!!

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JUDITH316 6/27/2011 2:09AM

    sounds like a great recipe, I will give this one a try...thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon

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Today must be my lucky day! :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wow! Talk about lucky! I spun the daily sparkpoints wheel today and got 20 points! Then I spun the bonus wheel and also got 20 points!!!!

Whhoooooo Hoooooo!!!!! Just had to share! This has never happened to me before! I wish it'd happen everyday! Then I'll visit sparkpeople even more often! lol!

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CAROLIAN 6/26/2011 3:55AM

    Well done have a blessed sunday lol emoticon

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GOATGIRLJM 6/26/2011 3:54AM

    That's great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Learning to Live Within My Means

Saturday, June 25, 2011

It's a hot day! Again, I find myself longing to go to the nearby cafe, Coconut Groove to try their huge and icy Coconut Shake. I've never tried it before and it looks good on the menu. But it'll probably be a bad idea because 1) it's not exactly cheap 2) it comes in this huge jug which frankly to me looks like it could be shared with a family! Not a good idea for a dialysis patient like me; who need to control her fluid intake.

Also, as always, I have cravings for a McDonald's Double Cheeseburger, which again is not a good idea because of the cost, the amount of fat I'll be ingesting, not to mention sending my protein and phosphate levels rocketing sky high! Just think : 2 slices of cheese, 2 fatty beef patties, bad idea, not to mention the sodium. And don't even get me started on 'saving' money by ordering the McValue Meal, which adds more fat and sodium in the form of fries, not to mention the sugar-laden soda (soft drink) that comes with it.

But still I'm longing for something cool to drink as it's a hot day. So, what did I do? I went to the fridge and poured myself a small cup of ice-cold water! Ahhhhhhh! Bliss! So, you can save money if you really want to. Anyway, the sun out there is just frightfully hot, I don't even fancy walking out of this air-conditioned room where my computer is to get my burger or coconut shake.

If I'm hungry, my Mom's noodles will do. She cooked a huge batch to last us from lunch to dinner. I'll be saving money by not eating out. Inflation in Malaysia has driven the prices of everything up and up!; including cafe prices.

So, if you're hungering for some store bought food, ask yourself : is there anything in your fridge or pantry that is just as good, if not better and healthier? Then eat in, not out! Saves you money and you get to cool off in the comfort of your own home.

Just imagine popping your own popcorn with those cheap raw corn kernels. No butter or sugar, takes some getting used to but I think plain olive-oil popped corn is delicious! Then eating that pre-portioned bowl of popcorn and watching a movie on your DVD player in your air-conditioned hall! Now, that can't be beat! So, stay home when you can in your free time and be creative!

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ETERNAL_SUMMER 6/27/2011 8:54AM

    I like your blog posts. They just seem so laid back and down to earth. You talk about the simple things in life, and it's enjoying to sit back and relax, and read your blogs.

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POETANDMORE 6/27/2011 4:38AM

    I love to curl up, by the tv, and eat popcorn! I do it alot! Liked your blog!!!

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CAROLIAN 6/26/2011 4:05AM

    We here in UK are watching our cash too. The only time we eat out is if there is no alternative. Though this next week we are staying at a b&b in Lincolnshire and have use of the kitchen as we opt to stay in the annex where the conractors stay and they cook their own meals t save money.I like it there because mosy of the contractors are polish cheq etc so i get to try some nice food if i'm lucky.
I too make up iced tea using herbal fruit tea bags and if we are going out i put it into plastic bottles to take with us to save buying a drink when out. I try to make everything from scratch rather than using prepared food. the only canned products i tend to use are tomatoes kidney bean if in a hurry fruit when fresh is out of season. I grow and freeze veg and fruit in between my flowers in the garden lol carol emoticon

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MITECU 6/25/2011 8:27AM

    We have to pinch our pennies here in the US, just like you do in Malaysia. Your tips apply to families around the world. Staying home also saves money on gas.
Thanks for your blog.

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FERRETLOVER1 6/25/2011 7:31AM

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SUNRISE14 6/25/2011 4:33AM

    emoticon i personally don't like to use my calories on liquids or spend money so i use herbal tea bags in ice water one tea bag last me all day ! My favorite is truely blueberry ! I like your blog will be subscribing to it for awhile ! emoticon

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