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Getting set for a week or profitable boredom

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Why boredom? Most shops that are run by Chinese will be closed next week starting Monday. And that's means most of the interesting shops :(

Why profitable? Well it's CNY (Chinese New Year), and single people get blessed with Ang Pows! (lucky red packets with cash in them). I know that according to traditions, no matter how old you are, as long as you're single, you are entitled to get Ang Pows. But all I know is, my collection has been going down ever since I turned 12 not 21, but 12. Lot's of people are just, I dunno, trying to be 'economical' (read : stingy). Which is something my parents are not, which is why my family always loses out.

And CNY is also heatwave season, so I'll be taking it easy but I'll try not to overeat next week. My Mom kept saying in the weeks leading up to CNY that she won't buy the fatty snacks common to CNY but she bought some anyway! Sigh! I hope I won't gain this CNY, which means, self-control!

We've got fried narcissus bulbs, my Mom's famous fried peanuts, a little bottle of granola bites (from the nearby bakery), a bottle of fried lotus roots, a few bottles of pineapple tartlets, dried sweetmeat (with meat mainly) and some cookies here and there! Oh My!

So, not only will I be bored next week, but I'll be faced with unsealed bottles of all described above. Right now, they have cellopane seals on them. We're forbidden from opening them until next Monday (the 23rd of January : 1st day of CNY). Then on Monday, all hell breaks loose! lol!

I really have to force myself to exercise despite the heatwave!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/20/2012 5:38AM


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GIRLAWESOME 1/19/2012 5:49PM

    You can do it... maybe let your self have 1 different treat - and only 1 serving size each day... and stop there.. then you wont feel deprived.. or sometimes.. if there is something i really like- i will have 3 bites.
first bite... yum the taste and experience
2nd bite.. to keep you feeling like you ate it
3rd bite... the one you will remember!

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I had McD's again, time to discipline myself!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I told you guys that yesterday (Tuesday) I ordered the McD's prosperity chicken burger and subbed the drink with my own orange cordial, and the fries for my own air-popped popcorn.

Well, today (Wednesday), I wasn't so wise. My Mom dropped me up at the dialysis center like waaaay early (I usually arrive at 12.30 noon for the 3rd shift at 1.30pm), I was there by 10am! My Mom said, pick your breakfast, I'll treat you. Well, the dialysis center is like almost next door to McD's! So, I said, I'll just have a filet-o-fish set without the hash brown. But no can do! McD's had a new 'policy'! If you order the filet for breakfast, you get the whole set (including the hash brown).

So, I thought, I'll enjoy this breakfast and just start eating healthy by the next meal! The reason I ordered the filet meal in the first place was because a burger is way lighter than rice and dishes (what I normally would order if I was eating anywhere else). And I was quite heavy already, because I'm a dialysis patient, you see. And I can't be too heavy! Otherwise my BP will drop (long story).

Anyways, I got home around 3 pm and had a late lunch. A cup of rice, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and a piece of fried catfish with chilli on it. I was too full for dinner, so I had 2 stuffed chillies (with fish paste) and one stuffed okra (also with fish paste).

Then my Mom got home and I had one slice of bbq meat. It's a Chinese New Year thing. I actually wanted another slice, but I controlled myself.

Oh well, tomorrow's another day!

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WENDYSPARKS 1/19/2012 7:23AM

    emoticon Blessings to you!

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EOWYN2424 1/19/2012 7:13AM

    fish paste is basically ground fish meat without the bones mixed with a bit of flour and salt and repeatedly chopped (kinda hard to explain, I've seen my aunt do it) till it has a 'springy' texture. Then it's stuffed into okra or chillies and boiled till cooked.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/19/2012 3:44AM

    I enjoy reading your food selections in Malasia! I love to hear what is different!
Is fish paste fishy tasting? Is it spicy? I think you did ok...and you didn't say you would do better tomorrow...but at the next meal!
Take care!

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EOWYN2424 1/19/2012 12:38AM

    The fish paste thing is healthy, practically no fat at all!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 1/18/2012 9:35PM

Doesn't sound TOO bad to me.
At least you had veggies later.
What about the fish paste,
is it fairly heathy? Am not familiar

Tomorrow is another day.


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Smart Substitutions!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I was really craving a McDonald's Chicken Prosperity Burger. I also liked the curly fries and orange McFizz that comes with it but while the burger by itself is not so bad, the drink (the McFizz) is sugar laden and the fries, well, you know, is full of fat.

Normally, I would walk to the McD's (30 minutes walk) but the wheather is soooo hot, you wouldn't believe! So, I decided to call for delivery!

I waited for like 20 minutes and my burger was here! Oh, I decided to order just the burger only. The chicken was so soft and yummy with the delicious black pepper sauce with slivered onions, in a sesame sub, mmmmmm!

I made myself some orange cordial to sub the McFizz and popped some popcorn (the last of my popcorn) in the McD's paper bag to sub the fries. I decided not to order the fries becoz in delivery, they get soft, and I also decided not to get the McFizz because of all the sugar.

All in all, a very satisfying lunch! And not as unhealthy as the Prosperity set!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 1/18/2012 12:22AM

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So PROUD of you on your
GREAT substitutions !

Keep up the GOOD work


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RUNCHOOSE 1/17/2012 5:08PM

    Nice way to compromise on Mickey D food :) Very cool that you have delivery service over there. emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/17/2012 12:49AM

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CNY festivities! (including foods!)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Well, Chinese New Year is next Monday and my Mom's larder is bursting with fatty (and delicious) snacks! I know I promised myself 'no mindless munching', but it's kinda hard when it's so in your face!

Already I've been munching handfuls of my Mom's famous fried peanuts and having a few bites of pineapple tarts in the days leading up to CNY! What will happen next Monday? when CNY is officially here and the bottles of goodies are opened!?

Oh my!

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RUNCHOOSE 1/16/2012 10:34AM

    glad you are enjoying the lead up :) and also mentally preparing yourself emoticon

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EXENEC 1/16/2012 6:33AM

  Happy New Year!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/16/2012 5:54AM

    Just try to do the best you can! Indulge, but remember moderation!
Happy Chinese New Year!

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It's getting harder and harder to get my brother a gift!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My brother is in his mid-30s and yesterday was his birthday. It's just getting harder and harder to get him a gift that he would like now. When we were kids, it was easy, he loves those little cars that kids play with and adults collect.

But I don't know what he likes now. Maybe next year, I'll just cut all the trouble and give him cash instead! This year, I got him a nice bag of mixed nuts, peanuts, almonds, macadamias and cashewnuts. But he won't accept it. I just left in on the table hoping that he'll take it, but after a week, if he still ignores it, I may have to take it back to avoid wastage.......sheesh!

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RUNCHOOSE 1/16/2012 10:37AM

    I take back what I said - maybe just let it be. Give as you desire. Someone I met said gift-giving it's more about your expression of love for the other person, not an obligation. Cinnamoncat9 is right that if he doesn't accept it, that's his problem.

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CINNAMONCAT9 1/16/2012 9:30AM

    I would talk to him. How cruel that he would not thank you, accept the gift, and move on. Really! This is his problem, not yours! How kind to get him a gift!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/16/2012 4:59AM

    Wow, why wouldn't he accept your gift?
Try getting him a book, but ask for ideas or do gift card.

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RUNCHOOSE 1/16/2012 12:14AM

    Depending on your budget, electronics can be good. Like headphones (earbuds), mp3 player, or tablet. Another idea is a gift card or like you said, cash. No one turns down cash! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 1/15/2012 9:11PM

    Why don't you just ask him what he would like? That way he gets something that he likes. Make sure that you get at least several ideas and then pick from them.

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