2015-07-04

My weekly red beans soup

I have been cooking red beans soup religiously on every weekend. Red beans soup is the easiest dessert that I can cook for myself on busy weekends. Yes, my weekends are always busy and packed with activities. I will tell you how busy my weekends will be in another post.

I usually soak red beans overnight in water before I cook. I threw the red beans with some other ingredients into the slow cooker. I will leave home for my workout. When I return from gym, everything is boiled and ready to serve, I will then add in 3 small pieces of rock sugars for better taste.
Red beans with "kuih bakul" 年糕
I put in "kuih bakul" just 5 minutes before I off the slow cooker, otherwise the "kuih bakul" would melt and dissolve inside the soup. 

Red beans wish orange flesh sweet potatoes
Cut sweet potatoes into cubes, throw into the soup when the soup is boiled. It is reader to serve after boiling for another 10 minutes.

Red beans, black glutinous rice and dried longan
Soak red beans and black glutinous rice a night before cooking. Put in dried "longan" into the slow cooker 10 minutes before serving.

Red beans with barley
I read from internet, red beans and barley are good in reducing water retention and weight management.

Red beans with Japanese sweet potatoes.
Instead of putting in sweet potatoes, I plan to put in pumpkins into my red beans soup this coming weekend.

Red beans soup is my lunch on weekend. I can take a few bowls at one go after my morning work out. In fact, red bean has lots of health benefits, it is especially beneficial to women, because red bean is high fiber, source of antioxidants and protein and rich in iron.

I get the following information on red beans health benefits from here.

Red beans - the most important health benefits:

1. Red Beans - wonderful source of antioxidants: red beans is one of the richest foods in antioxidants, even richer than blueberries or cherries, according to a study by researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture on 100 fruits, vegetables and nuts. Thus, Frequently consumption of red beans help your body fight free radicals and reduces the risk of cancer or other serious diseases, keeping your youth longer!

2. Red Beans - essential source of fiber: a cup of red beans provides half your daily requirement of fiber, which not only keeps the digestive system health, ease digestion and prevent constipation, but shrinks the cholesterol levels, lowering the risk associated with cardiovascular disease and regulate blood sugar levels.

3. Red Beans - a healthy alternative to meat: when you want a lighter meal or are in post, replacing the consumption of meat with red beans. Excellent source of protein, red beans will help to strengthen your body and muscles, to prevent cardiovascular disease and live a life full of energy! A cup of red beans is over 15 mg of healthy protein for your body
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4. Red Beans - source of iron: let's do a little test - keep your palm facing you and pull the fingers back. How pink are the lines of your palm ? If they are white, you may suffer from iron deficiency and red beans is a wonderful source of iron, low in calories and fat (as opposed to red meat). Pregnant women, children and teenagers need especially high intakes of iron, and a cup cover of red beans have 30% of the RDA.

5. Red Beans - for a great memory: source of thiamine (vitamin B1), red bean consumption stimulates attention and memory, is particularly beneficial during periods of intellectual overloaded, eliminate insomnia, combat depression, fatigue and anxiety and lowers Alzheimer's risks .

Red Beans - for a long and healthy life

Besides all the benefits mentioned above, regular consumption of red beans strengthens teeth and bones, can help you lose weight Lower the risk of heart attack and energize your whole body!

2015-06-27

How my children spent their school break

Two weeks school break had just over. My daughters had a busy schedule. They had spent their time on ping pong tournament, colouring competition, a 3D2N stay at Golden Sand Resort, Penang and nail art. Of course, I still prepared timetable for them to do revision and workbooks. Besides, they also practice for their Bahasa Malay story telling and drawing contest that they are going to take part after the school reopens.

April and May took part in a ping pong tournament which was held at Ipoh the very first weekend of school break.
May bagged the first runner-up in category under ten years old.

April bagged 3rd runner-up in category under 13. Both of them are chosen to represent Perak for national game in November, which is going to be held in Sarawak. 

On the second weekend of school break, I let April have her first nail art at the mall. 
Girl being girl, she was so happy to get her nail painted with her own choice of colours.

Next time, she will be my companion when I go for pedicure and manicure. Good!!!?

While April having nail art, May took part in colouring competition which was organised by a charity event.

I am so happy that she won the 3rd prize with her colouring work.

On the last weekend before the school started again, we went to Golden Sand Resort, Penang for a 3D2N stay.
My best friend in Penang, Su In and hubby took their son and daughter to join us on the second day. They stayed there for 4D3N.

The kids had so much fun during the stay. Su In and me, other than catching up, we went for durian and laksa together before we left Penang for home.

Can't wait for the next school break again, and it is going to happen in July, the Hari Raya break. Till then, stay happy and easy, folks. 

2015-06-24

YAM's Belly button challenge

After seeing so many people posted their pictures on FB, YAM (Yan, April and May) also took belly button challenge on one of the evenings during the last school break.

My 11 years old, April attempted the challenge by wrapping her left arm over her waist. She succeeded without much hassle.

Then, April attempted with her right hand. Again, she didn't have much problem.

My 9 years old, May attempted with her left arm. She, always being the thinnest girl at home, surely she could take the challenge like "makan kacang"

May attempted with her right hand. It is an easy job for her to cover her whole belly button. Envy!

Lastly, the fattest woman in the house attempted the belly button challenge too.
She tried with so much effort, left and right. Left hand pulled right hand, right hand pulled left hand. She tried so hard until her shoulders almost have fallen off, her arms almost have twisted, and her belly was pulled, dragged, pinched until swollen. Finally, she still has one inch to go before reaching the belly button. Sigh! Meaning, Yannie still needs to tone up her waistline. 

2015-06-20

Happy Father's Day to J

He is the world's greatest dad for my daughters.

He chauffeurs the girls to school, tuition, art lesson, and ping pong training every day. Whenever there is ping pong tournaments, he will take them there, regardless within the town or out of town. He spends his time in the court watching them playing.

He cares for their studies. He takes the girls' workbooks to his office and marks their workbooks at his free time. He will then review with the girls on the mistakes that they have done on the workbooks. He also helps photocopying and laminating all the girls' school assignment.

He will take us for holiday during school break. He will also plan for movies or some outings on weekends. He initiates all our trips and travels, be it local or oversea.

The most important is he treasures the family that we build together. I am so blessed to have him as my children's dad. I wish my daughters will love and care for their papa forever, just like how his papa loves and cares for them now.

The below slide shows that how silly he could be while taking pictures with his beloved princesses.

   
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JAM
Happy Father's Day to all best dads out there.

2015-05-27

May is nine today

Today is my little May 9 years old birthday. We have celebrated her birthday in advance on weekend.

Look! Her big sister too, stick a post-it marker on the calendar.
April wrote "阿臭生日", we called May as 阿臭(stinky) at home. lol! Because she is very funny and silly at time.

I always want them to get ready their going-to-school stuffs such as handkerchief, underwear, socks and shorts one day before. However, this stinky May would put her 5 days going-to-school stuffs on her study table on the Sunday evening. Faint!
She lines all her stuffs that she is going to use from Monday to Friday on weekends. Should I praise her for getting ready in advance or should I label her as lazy bum?

Just like her big sister, she is doing well in her study so far. I am proud of her.

Besides, she is a sweet, easy-going, and happy girl.

Her favorite food is those spicy noodle soup, such as curry, tomyam, prawn noodles and laksa.

I wish my little May "Happy Birthday! Stay happy and healthy forever."


Her birthday dinner was at Shin Japanese Restaurant, her birthday cake was Fruit Cake from LA Promise. It was just a simple celebration among JAMY. She claimed that she was extremely full after finishing her favorite udon. 

2015-05-23

We are the champions

Last Saturday, I went to my company team building and annual dinner event at Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort. We had so much fun and we were also the champion of  our annual dinner talent performance. I shall let the picture do the talking.

1. We arrived about 8am, after registration at the counter, we took some pictures before the event started. Happy!

2. The event started with an aerobic session under the sun. Yannie sweat and burned so much calories. Happy!

3. Team building activities were planned by the resort. I and my team members were actively participating in all games. Yannie has no problem climbing up the wall or dipping in the pool, but Yannie faint when needing Yannie to catch an eel.T___T

4. Team building activities ended at 3pm. A group picture before everyone departed and got ready for the annual dinner which hold in the hall at Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort too. 


5. I joined the dance performance of my department. In order to suit our dance song in Cantonese,Old Time Buddy (难兄难弟),  I dressed in 60's fashion. I always like the fashion of 60's, happy!

6. While waiting for our turn, we watched other departments doing their performance. There were singing solo, singing in a group, dancing, dramas and live band with musical instruments. We also had free flow of beer. Happy!

7. My department was the number 6 performance. We only took 4 days, 2 hours per day to practice the dance steps together after work before the date.

8. When the result was announced, we were the champions of the talent show competition. Yannie and team were overjoyed. Happy!

9. The top 3 best performances took a group picture, then we, the champion performed our dance again before the whole event ended. Happy!

10. We spotted these old school spectacle frames at one of the souvenir shops at the resort, and it had become one of our accessories of our 60's fashion, other than hair bands and big earrings. 

I truly enjoy the event and the performance. Furthermore, we won the champion and this had become one of the best memories in my working life with my colleagues. 

2015-05-09

King of Bukit Larut 2015, Bravo!

Thanks folks for wishing me good luck to be King of Bukit Larut 2015. I am very happy and very proud of being at the 3rd place in 10KM category women's open. This was my virgin run on hiking trail, and it was running uphill 5km and downhill 5km at my lovely hometown Bukit Larut. I feel that all my hard work and time spent training for hours in the gym every day is all paid off. I did it and the result has told me that I am doing good in my exercise routine.

Posing for the album before the flag off
I wanted to thank my husband for sending me there and watching my two girls at home when I taking part in the run. He just said, "Good luck!" and left me there with other runners from everywhere. I met Mak Glam there, she was really glam in her running outfits until I could spot her far far away.  

Despite of feeling shortness of breath after 3km, I could force a smile when seeing camera facing me. 
1 KM before the U Turn station, some male runners going downhill told me that I was the top few female runners in my category. There was a chance for winning. First time I had that thought.

Going downhill, I was overtaken by 1 female runners and few male runners. 
I brought nothing with me in my run, except a face towel. Yannie bathed in own sweat. 

I reached finishing line and I felt terribly "High" when hearing the emcee announcing my bib number for being the 2nd runner up. (Thanks Zaini for taking this picture)
First time, I heard so many people cheering and clapping for me. I felt so energetic, youthful and happy.

Wearing the 3rd Place tag and feeling so proud of myself. 
I quickly borrowed a phone from my colleague to call home. First, I wanted to share my happiness with them and second, I wanted them to come and witnessed me receiving prize.

Receiving goodies bag, medal and cash money from the sponsor and organizer.
I never thought of bagging anything in the beginning of the run. My achievement has brought me tremendous satisfaction.

A group picture with the champion(middle) and first runner-up (right). 
Exhaustion and excitement, the emotion made me lose my interest to food. I didn't take any nasi lemak, watermelon and bananas that served at the foot of the hill. I only took a bowl of Cendol and many cups of 100% Plus to quench my thirst.

The official result of King Of Bukit Larut 2015
After this first run on trail, I haven't signed up any run. I thought of giving myself a break from my training. I just want to enjoy my exercise regime, such as swimming, gym, zumba, and yoga at the mean time.