I unearthed a forgotten trove of journals when I was trying to locate one of my old travel journals to plan for my next holiday!
I marveled at how legible my handwriting was! 😁 Back in 1998! Now, it has been reduced to a scrawl, though not quite up to the standard of the “Doctor font” yet. (Sigh! It goes to show that no matter how badly I write, I don’t have the potential to be a doctor. Oh well!)
I posted the picture in FB and some very wonderful friends praised my ex-handwriting. Ok! For that, I’ll endeavour to improve my current standard!!
Some others were surprised that I actually kept journals. Yes! I did and I still do (very sporadically now). I’m still quite old school. I need to scribble on something for my ideas to take shape.
I used to write in my diaries every day. When I go through them now, memories come back to me and yet they felt like a few lifetimes away. Those were part of me and yet, there’s no way I can write like that now. Not at this point of my life, with the current state of mind. I kind of miss the old me, with a naive set of idealism and can-do attitude (to the point of being “ti ki”). Ah! How nice it was, to be young, to have the “anything can be done” 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼, the silly squabbles, the shallow crushes.
Looking back now, it seems that I had a whole lot more fun than what I have right now. It’s a chore to be a grown up! But at least I’ve had my good old wild days! Been there, done that!
Maybe, just maybe, one day, I can make the choice to unshackle myself from the mundane responsibilities and liabilities and be wild again?! But by then, already become old auntie already leh. Sigh…!
Everyone should start journaling! You will be surprised to read what you are writing now, 20 years later! It’s like recovering parts of your life. 😜
*ti ki – hokkien for metal teeth. Aka persistent.
Posted in Deep Thoughts, Holiday, Just Me, Little Joys in Life, Tongue in Cheek | Tagged diary, holiday, journal, nostalgia | Leave a Comment »
Most people would tell you that it’s absolutely unprofessional to bring your children to work. It’s an unconceivable notion to do that in my previous 2 companies.
However, I’m truly blessed that the current one that I’m at is truly pro family! Of course I don’t treat it as a childcare centre and bring my children there every day, but the bosses are accommodating to allow the once-in-a-whiles. This is especially important for working mothers like me who have to juggle work and the numerous parental duties.
Besides, to let the children see where I work and how I work is part of bonding. They know what I do and who my colleagues are when I leave them to go to work.
And yes, when my parents were on holiday, my hub went on his overseas trip, and I still had to work, I’d bring the little ones to work. My wonderful colleagues would take turns to “childsit” them.
There they were! Having fun at our Open house cum Oklahoma Project Launch event. Future judge and doctor. All this while, I was running around in the office, trying to juggle my time between my clients who had all decided to come at the same time despite my best effort of spacing them out on the schedule. 🙈
By one of my favourite authors –
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens
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Me: How did you find the Lion Dance?
小小宝贝: The lions are naughty naughty!
Me: 🤔 Why?!
小小宝贝: Because after they ate the oranges, they spit their food out! Cannot spit food out! (Disapproving look) AND they threw rubbish all over the floor! Naughty naughty!!
There’s hope for the next generation! Keep Singapore litter free!! 😆
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Look what I’ve found underneath my pillow!
Given to me by my Sweet Valentine! But I can’t open it til 14th Feb. 😂😂😂
When I asked her about it, she coyly whispered, “Mommy, it’s a SECRET!”
Little things like these brighten up my days.
My lovely 宝贝, if you happen to read this one fine day, I just want to tell you, “I love you lots and lots!!” 😘😘😘
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The children have been clamouring for home made ice cream. I haven’t had time to make some for them. I need to make more desserts for bargaining chips!! 😜
I had watermelon and milk kefir in my refrigerator and a set of brand new popsicle mould which I bought from Daiso (for only $2!! I love Daiso!!). My first popsicles in the making! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
I blended the watermelon and mixed in the milk kefir. Voila! Watermelon smoothie! Poured the mixture into the popsicle moulds and popped them into the freezer.
The mixture eventually separated into 2 layers. 😅 BUT my easy-going children loved them! Why? They are cold and they had 2 colours. 😂😂😂 Anything cold goes with them.
I need to come up with more kefir popsicle recipes that don’t separate into layers though. Keep your eyes on my posts! 😊
More kefir recipes
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Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.
One of the nursery rhymes I learnt during my childhood days. I have always wondered, what were “curds and whey”. Now I know! Hey! I make that everyday from my milk kefir! They separate in curds and whey after fermentation and both are extremely nutritious. So Little Miss Muffet is a healthy little girl! Wahahaha!
In my last milk kefir post, I posted that my kefir grains were starved to death… Sigh… As I had no grains, what I did, was to “recycle” the curds. After fermentation, I would take a big scoop, put the curds into my glass container, feed it with milk, then ferment them again. With the curds, I was able to continue making more kefir.
Well, that’s because there is still live culture present in the curds. The live culture continues to stay alive and cultivate the milk. Theoretically speaking, this can go on and on and on. However, as they are microscopic and can’t be seen by the naked eye, the only way to test the amount of culture in the curds is by lab testing. If the bacteria die off, it will stop cultivating. The safer way is to still obtain the kefir grains for cultivating the bacteria.
So, I used curds to culture my kefir for quite a while, til Marcelly came to my rescue! By giving me more grains!! Thanks babe!!
It’s just a useful tip for you. If you are able to get live cultured curds, you can technically make curds for quite a while, even without grains.
Therefore, if you are unable to find grains, you can buy the original milk kefir from Craft & Culture and then use it to make more kefir.
Posted in Battling Eczema, Craft & Culture, Food for Eczema, Food for Todd, Foodstuff!, Milk Kefir | Tagged allergy, curds, Eczema, milk kefir, whey | 7 Comments »