Cracked and shattered


It was another ‘marathon’ day! I was supposed to get to the market in the early morning (usually done in 30 min) to get fruits – but when I get down to our car, I thought ‘did it rain yesterday?’ as the back windshield appeared to be ‘wet’ (it was actually cracked)! I just entered the car and before I switch on engine, close the front door – and I heard the shattered sound! 😱😱😱
I quickly came down to look – the back windshield was basically shattered. Speechless, really. Quickly took a photo of it and ran back home to tell my hubby – I was still speechless when I saw him (while he thought the car ran out of battery) – I was wordless but just have to show him the photo I took! 
Etc, etc….he was then busy calling his usual mechanic and the auto insurance – while I busy prepare the kids (as Noelle has music class and we were good to attend hubby’s company family day). We need to send (and bring back) the car to fix TODAY as most mechanics (not to mention authorized panels only) will be close on Sunday! So, it was pretty mad rush! We could only catch a breather after Noelle went into her class! 
Then we ate lunch nearby before going to the family day. And managed to collect the car after the carnival! 
Yes, we were ‘bad luck’ again! Still clueless on why it cracked – many possibilities- on purpose or accidental – and out of the whole lot of cars, only ours! Whatever it is – no prove, ‘blame’ also no use! Just fortunately – it was noticed on a non public holiday Saturday when mechanics still open (or else the car will be left ‘open’). 
It cost RM380 for the repair – but it will be a ‘pay and claim’ policy (just need to reconfirm again with the insurer that it covers the back windscreen – which the authorized panel mechanic says it usually does). 
We could have avoided the ‘marathon’ – if we choose to forgo either music class or/and family day – but surely the kids (especially Noelle) will be disappointed – as the plan was told to her (we usually tell her our plans for the next day before she sleeps). We told her we are going to another ‘funfair’ (she has been mesmerizing the funfair organized by Sunway Serene months back).
Anyway, after all the marathon – we told ourselves – it would be a ‘memory’ that would be told to the kids when they grow up (and they will be 🙄🙄🙄 ‘oh gawd, not again !🤦🏻‍♀️) in the future! Also probably, ‘life is too mundane/routine’ on a daily basis and thus we were given some ‘excitement’ on the weekend! 🤣 
And because of this, we still have the chores to do tomorrow – grocery shopping, etc ! Plus we miss our night out today!

Fried prawns 

Happiness is running out to the supermarket alone to get some prawns to make this prawn wantan! ✌🏻
Actually this is my third time after my third baby is born – that I drove out alone early in the morning to get some stuff! And since my youngest just direct latch and I don’t pump, it was super duper fast ‘shopping’.
I think prawns are expensive – actually I bought just 300g and cost approximately RM11; used half of them – I cut each prawn into half and marinated with sesame oil, liquid aminos (can replace by soy sauce), bkh angel oyster sauce and pepper for about 20 minutes. One pack of wantan skin is about RM2.50 and I just used a quarter pack. 
End up this is less than RM10 (including oil for frying). I don’t think we can get this amount for the price! (Usually we order ala carte fried wantan outside RM5 only has 5 or 6 pieces)
Happy Sunday!

Redemption voucher from Heromarket

What a ‘pleasant’ surprise this morning – when I was paying my groceries bill and was told that my membership expired! I do know that I have accumulated a lot of points – which I thought could be exchanged for membership renewal, only to be told that this wasn’t possible. So, I paid RM10 for my one year membership, after which I told the cashier that I would wish to redeem the points for paying groceries today! I was summoned to the customer service desk while the cashier holds on to my groceries payment (fortunately at early hours, not many customers are paying yet)!

So there we go, I redeemed RM60 in exchange for RM10 membership fee. And today I just paid 65 sen for my groceries! 

‘Cheap’ good doesn’t mean ‘no/poor’ quality

Our RM20 dinner for 4!

I bought this pomfret for less than RM9 at Hero supermarket (it was going out at 50% to clear stock). It still does look fresh and doesn’t have fishy smell! And so, I cooked it tonight! With the oil, onion, ginger and dash of liquid aminos (or soy sauce replacement), the fish dish could be RM9.50 in total. 


I also bought this chicken thigh for about RM3.50. With some red dates, Angelica root, barley, wolfeberries and dash of sesame oil, the steamed chicken could be around RM4.


The long beans dish inspired by my dearest friend Apple Siew this week – and I was happy to find this homemade preserved radish in the market this morning – with tofu and some peanuts, it could probably be RM4.50.
Basmati rice and some leftover beetroot soup (not in pic) could cost RM2! 
So, total comes to RM20 (approximately)! 
I have not done such calculation for some time (reminiscing those days when I used to do so). 
Why do I calculate today? I want to remind ‘some people’ that ‘cheap’ things can be of quality (for example: homecooked meals) too! 
Yes, I do buy ‘cheap’ goods (be it food or books or clothes) – but I actually look for bargain buys and this does not mean no quality. 
And having money does not buy you ‘class’ if one has the attitude of putting down others, intentionally or not! (Sadly, many a times these people come distinguished themselves as ‘family’). To people born with the silver spoon in their mouth, just a reminder that others who have worked hard for a living and spending frugally have more pride in life than you. 
Sorry panjang lebar- I shall rest my case to have a peaceful evening with my family! ☺️☺️

Instant cash back at Hero market 

Being a member of a Hero Market, we can collect our voucher books on a quarterly or two monthly basis! And it does help us save a lot! In fact, the vouchers are on daily essentials such as vegetables, shampoo, toilet paper and dish wash detergent! Certain things like scones and coffee were also given out free!

While it may be charging its members a RM10 per annum membership fee starting next year, I think the benefits overwhelm the cost. Hopefully it maintains the same benefits next year.

The instance cash back we gotten today – from


To


More than RM50 instant cash back and putting in mind that I only choose the selected goods! 

A day out to the bank and Funtopia 

A very last minute decision to go to the bank! I was ‘ready’ to go when both of them still asleep!😪😪 So I woke Noelle up by telling her the ‘plan’ (Funtopia wasn’t in the initial plan though) – she was more excited to ‘get out’ of the house!
So we went to the bank to do a transaction – luckily it was fast enough to contain a kid and a baby – this was without given any priority counter! Then I asked Noelle to choose between going to RT pastry for cakes or supermarket for cheese buns! She choose supermarket but as we walk towards there – she requested to go to the playground. I made her promise that she will behave properly – that is no bullying around. She promised and so we went.
For an hour play, it cost RM10 (Nikki’s free) for the rather small space (as in compared to Molly Fantasy). But it was ‘big’ enough since no one was there. A boy did came for a moment (Noelle even invited him to play) before he joined his elder siblings at the other section. Nikki was having a good time exploring too. When it was almost time, Nikko started to cling – indicating she wants milk/nap! So I went out with Nikki and told Noelle to go few more rounds before times up! 
Noelle obliged to get out of the playland and so we went to the supermarket. She wanted her cheese bun and told me she wanted to sit in the trolley to eat while I shop for some groceries (that also mean I have to ‘starve’ myself till we reach home 😅 never mind as long as I get peace). She also requested for coconut and yogurt (which she said that she will eat after we return home). After the quick buy, we walked back to the train station (which by then Nikki napped) and Noelle choose to go for a longer ride (as usual). She was particularly happy that she saw a ‘friend’ (meaning someone of her size 😂) and for the first time she was allowed to get to see the direction of the train from the front panel (as the little girl was doing so; I permitted her). Noelle was mimicking the girl the whole time. And she was asking ‘why’ non stop!😪 till the lady beside us couldn’t contain her laughter! We went down few stations before her ‘friend’ and went to the other direction to get back home. 
Today’s day out is rather peaceful – without much frustration – just that mama was dying of hunger and thirst (thankfully the promoter at the supermarket offered me his sample orange juice 😂) plus I wanted to pee!
One of the lessons for Noelle today at the train station (on our way to the bank) was helping the blindman. The man was with his walking stick and sort of directionless. With Noelle by my side, I led the man to the escalator. I didn’t know that this has a big impact to Noelle until she kept mentioning ‘mama helped friend to the stairs (which she meant escalator)’ as we walked by home!

Perpustakaan Komuniti MBPJ

Granted her wish to visit the ‘library’! (Thanks to My Little Pony cartoon🙄) Admission is free. We haven’t try borrowing yet! 
We are actually impressed with the varieties of books there….really! 😊
She had fun flipping books and saying out ‘words’ loud in the children section! 🙄 Then, at adult section, she was ‘running around’ in between the book shelves 😪😓! We have to constantly remind her to be silent (as she is in her usual loud mode)! 😓


At the end, she says ‘library is boring!’ 😅😅😅
But we will surely return one day! 😊