Holiday read: The 10 greatest gifts I give my children 

I have completed this book during our 4d3n trip to Bali! It contains a lot of reminders to parents on being involved, less authoritative and most importantly, be empathetic to the children! The one quote that caught my mind:


Quote: If you think it’s difficult to find time to listen now, I assure you that the pain of being cut off from the essence of those beautiful children when they stop talking to you will make you wish you’d found the time or the willingness to listen earlier.

And to some people who constantly ‘curse’ their offspring ‘karma’ for not spending time with them – if you feel that, you probably receiving YOUR own karma! We are in charge of our future – and thus we decide to spend our time we our kids!

Remember: 

Our home library 

We have a lot of books at home! Yet, they can be never enough! 
I am a bookacholic since school days! My preference moved from fictions to self motivation; and then self improvement in the workplace, yoga, cooking, pregnancy and now parenting! Not to forget, now we also have kids book in the collection too! 
It is seriously hard to depart from our books – that’s why we don’t preloved them though the likelihood of reading them again is slim! We are just hoarders! 😅
But what’s ‘great’ now is hubby’s into this ‘hoarding’ thingy with me😂😂😂 and yeah, he bought more than us! Probably when we grow old, we will sell off this antique collection.
We need more ‘hands free’ moments to finish this pile! And time to rearrange our books! 
#finalbbw2016

Toddler’s version prawn noodles for my 31m6d

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I have been thinking of attempting this for quite some time. And since we did an allergy test confirming that she is not allergic to shrimp, I started accumulating prawns shells, which I peeled and freeze. So, by yesterday, I have enough to make prawn noodles soup (though I have no prawn by itself for the dish :P).

Recipe (will be in detailed, please read through before posting any question, if any):

Double boiled – prawn shells, some soaked dried anchovies and onion, for 3 hours under ‘soup’ function (I left it overnight)

Let the double boiled soup to cool down a bit before blending everything (yes everything, which includes the prawns shells).

Then pour into a pot (up to you if you want to sieve it, which I didn’t). Add in few pieces of lean meat (I used pork).

While you are letting it to boil, blend 3 fresh chillis (deseeded), one bulb garlic and one big onion. Stir fry the blended ingredients with some oil until fragrant. Then transfer them into the soup. Let the soup boil for 30-45 minutes. No additional seasoning required unless you want it to be more salty, you can add salt.

Meanwhile, you can prepare stuff like hard boiled eggs, vegetables (I used romaine lettuce), noodles (I soaked mihun) and onion oil (if you like, I added it for myself).

Remove pork, let it cool down and slice.

Then blanch mihun and vegetables in hot boiling water. Topped with egg and meat. Pour on the soup. Done!

For my own version, I added some chilli padi, as it is non spicy at all.

Yums!

Question on when can you feed prawns to your little one: https://17chipmunks.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/steam-prawns-with-short-grain-rice-chicken-soup/

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Just need to cook for hubby’s dinner and lunch tomorrow since my girl & I can take the leftover prawns noodles from lunch.

Simple braised soy sauce chicken with potato and shiitake mushrooms plus stir fried sawi.

Kept some remainder sauce from chicken to make kon loh mee for myself tomorrow!

Popular Book Fair at One U from 26 March to 31 March 2013

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The Popular Book Fair, likely to be similar to the one in Ikano Power Centre, is in One U from today (26 March) to end of the week (31 March). Not too sure about the bargain buys; but if you happen to be there, catch a glimpse if there is any. Got this leaflet yesterday when I was in their bookstore at One U, old wing.

Ikano’s Popular Book Fair is back – from 19 to 31 March 2013

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Similar to last year, Ikano’s Popular Book Fair is back. This time round it is from 19 to 31 March 2013 in the same area. There are great bargain buys and I found two. The book “ask a parenting expert”, which usual price is RM101.95, is selling at RM22.90 and the book “The Complete Book of Breastfeeding”, which usual price is RM55.80 is selling at RM19.90. No membership card is required and I made a saving of RM114.95 (about 70% of the actual price).

 

Popclub 20% discount voucher storewide from 9 March to 8 April 2012

I did not know about this discount voucher for Popular Club (or Popclub)’s members until we passed by the Popular Bookstore at Sunway Pyramid (they probably did sent me an email about this, which I often ignore). They have a banner displayed about this voucher. Members basically have to present themselves with the Popular card at the customer service. The assistant would then give you the latest Popclub magazine, which has the 20% discount voucher attached on the magazine’s cover.

Well, as usual, the 20% discount is not valid for the promotional items and also stationaries. But, the best thing is it can be used storewide. You basically have to present the voucher with your membership card when you make payment for your books. And, it can be only used once (so, it is best to have few books in mind when utilizing this voucher).

 

Given that April 8 is fast approaching and I had time to look at books yesterday, I bought a book and got the 20% off on the spot. Well, the 20% off for a book that is worth RM69.90, has definitely benefited me. It is more than its RM10 annual membership fee.

For Popclub members who yet to get the 20% discount voucher, it is time to grab it, while stock last and before its expiry date! Well, you can only get it once because your card is scanned into their computerized system when you collect the magazine!

 

Besides that, the magazine is quite informative, giving readers information about some book reviews, letting its members know what are the books being offered better discounts and also some discount vouchers for certain merchants (though it is limited in number of merchants).

Popular Book Fair 13 March to 25 March 2012 @ Ikano Power Centre

I have been passing by and looking at the banner about this Popular Book Fair since one or two weeks ago. Finally, today during lunchtime, I popped over to the concourse of Ikano Power Centre. I managed to skimp through some books. And, left within 10 minutes.

 

Well, the discounts there are not that great. It was just the normal kind of discounts that Popular does give occasionally, which is 10% for non-member and 20% for members of normal value books and above RM10. The number of books showcase (for the case of self-help books) is minimal (probably because of the small area). Also, some books with the price tag “net value” is not on offer. For example, a Brian Tracy’s book that I wanted to buy was at net value. So, I end up not buying.

 

I think the book fair, is nothing to shout about. For me, it is really disappointing. In fact, I think they should have the book fair in their original outlet in Ikano Power Centre, which is much more spacious and more book choices available for book buyers.