Thursday, June 16, 2016

How my teeth look like without the retainer - Part 1



This was how my teeth looked like on 10th June, still with the retainer on. As you can see, the front right tooth (in pic) has already moved back up into the gums aligned with the rest of its friends. On that very day, i had gum infection which started about two days back. I believe it was the softened gums that hastened the process altogether.


This pic of my teeth with retainer still on was taken on 14th June. Note the non-gaps to the left and right of the front tooth. It has been glued in temporarily to ease the pain caused by the gum swelling.


And this is how my teeth look like without the retainer. Taken same day as the pic above. Just different time. All aligned and like before. I still need to wear the retainer though in case the glue cracks or something like that. I still see it a bit angled inwards. Well, hopefully it will be rectified on my next visit on the 24th of June. Tahan....

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Toothpicks with dental floss

I have stopped eating out altogether. It is either i remove the blardy retainer before i leave the house, or i need to flip it out of my mouth at the restaurant. By then, the tension pain from releasing the retainer will be present. Not to mention food now gets stuck at the back of my last two rear molars. Items like the retainer box and toothpicks with dental floss have somehow become permanent residents of my bag. Though they do not add weight to the bag, they do pose as a constant reminder that like it or not, its contents will be taken out right after a meal, lol.


Hot drinks are out of the picture these days, and ice cold ones have taken over their place at the table. I am not fond of cold drinks no matter how hot the weather is. I am more of a sip-hot-coffee-slowly kinda gal. That said, i am now at the foodcourt with hubby and sipping iced white coffee. Thank god my teeth can take the cold but let's not push my luck too far. I'd better go pack some lunch back as the kids will most prolly be up by the time i reach home. 

Sunday, June 05, 2016

What is it like to wear a retainer?

First, you must be thinking, what the hell is she talking about? What retainer? Isn't that some kind of obscene fee you pay someone in advance, like those blood-sucking attorneys, when you wish to secure or keep their services and then snap your fingers and they run helter-skelter to carry out all your clandestine affaris? Ah hahh!!! No, my dear. The retainer i am talking about here is that fugly something one places in the mouth with a wire across the front of your teeth to keep them in place.


Now, how in the world did i come to have a retainer in my mouth uaskme. Long story short. I had a tooth infection, or was it gum infection? Gahhh... i got no freaking idea but that is not important anymore cos my then-life was so blardy fcked up that i got no time nor mood to even go get it checked. Fast forward say 3 years. Yes, 3 frigging years. The front tooth has gotten too loose for my liking. It has moved down on it own. Not only that, it has also angled outwards and threatened to drop off if no further attention is given, lol. 

What to do.... drove myself to the dentist's to have it checked. I actually went to one some time last year but was taken aback by his suggestion and of cos, the pengsan price tag also la. Was recommended to go get a bridge done. I was like, what the fuck. Why file down two perfect teeth left-right of the affected one just so to bond the fake in place. I cried in my mind for months, the thought nagging at me until the day i went to see another dentist. Die-die also i told him i want something that doesnt require killing off my 2 perfect teeth. 

That smartypants old fler said the simplest way is to extract it and wear a denture. LOLOL!!!! Marderrr.... as if i dont already know that. Abuthen, gimme a break la. It is a front tooth and like it or not, my self-esteem is at stake here. It's like i'd rather die than walk around with a gap in my face at night. Geeee.... i'd say there goes my sex life down the drain should i ever allow that to happen. Okok... no denture. 

Next, he said i can then consider a maryland bridge. And true enough, this is exactly what i had in mind all the time but didnt know it has a name to it. Now, what is a maryland bridge? It is still a denture, but with wings at the back of it which will then be bonded to the back of its two left-right friends. Tadaaa... like a permanent denture, one step short of getting a mini tooth implant. I am all for it. First, i need to wear a retainer to realign my spaced out teeth, close up the gap, and help the loose tooth get back up into the gums. 

And here i am, with a retainer. What is it like to wear a retainer? It feels weird. With a retainer on, you cant close your mouth with the upper and lower teeth touching. The wires on the retainer will be in between all the time. You cant eat with a retainer on also as food in the mouth will get stuck between the wires and also the space between the roof of the mouth and the plastic (is it plastic?) plate. I must remove it for meals and wear it again. Half the time, i end up at the restaurant wearing it and need to remove it there, lol. Extremely inconvenient aitelyu but i have mastered the art of flipping it off unnoticed. 

I avoid drinking hot coffee, hot tea, hot soup. Aisshh... forget about all the hot stuff la. I believe i have lost a few pounds due to  having to remove it for meals. Mar9lanfarn. Anyway, i have gotten used to wearing the retainer. As for speech, it sounds weird to me and all the "s" sound like "shh". There is slight pain from the pressure, especially once removed but that is negligible la. I'd say live with it la cos like it or not, i need to remove it like three times a day. The thing will remain in the mouth during sleep. In other words, wear it 24/7 minus meal time. For how long? He said for months. I'm okay with it cos honestly, i look better with it than without, and i can skip the bj sessions altogether, lolol.....

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Bakzhang oh bakzhang

I am a bakzhang lover. It's orgasmic whenever i sink my teeth into the soft flavorful glutinous rice, filled with the most delicious taste of marinated fatty pork, salted egg, chinese chestnut, black-eyed peas, and lots more other condiments, steamed to perfection. Aaaahhhh.... you are looking at one now. Perfect... simply perfect. Too bad i cant make any. So, no recipes to share with you. It only costs Rm5.50 to buy a decent bakzhang and the price goes up Rm10 each depending on what condiments are used. Mmmm... go buy some, ya. Bakzhang season has arrived...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

School holiday rules for gadget time

Yeah... yeah. This will surely apply should and when they request for tech time. I've already confiscated most the tab, nds, psp is dead anyways, and the Wii power plug. What's left is my second phone which is password-protected. They still have the tv and the dvd though.... and oh, they are now watching it out of deaperation, lol. I gotta remember to lock both my laptips whenever I leave the table. If not.... will definitely be pounced uppn for YouTube time and it is so hard trying to wrestle them back for work. Life is not so fun for kids these days.... alright... blame the gadgets.... hahahha.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Steaming ladies fingers with the bamboo steamer and wokpan

We ran out of gas last month. Couldn't be bothered to call up the grocery store to send a new tank over. Dug the induction cooker out instead. This is my current set up. Placed it on top of a few large egg cartons over the stove, lol. It's good actually. I like the height it gave me since I'm officially blind as a bat and hate wearing my glasses in the kitchen. I can now see my food much clearer as i cook.

Hubs bought a pack of ladies fingers back from the organic section and asked me to steam them for lunch. I cooked turmeric rice with virgin coconut oil and cardamom earlier in the morning. Set the bamboo steamer oh the Tefal wokpan and once the water is boiling, set it to steam on high for 5 min. Once done, fried us four eggs. There's also minced pork with potatoes and onions. Simple lunch for the four of us.

Notes: hubs said to try steaming the ladies fingers for 7 mins. He didn't write like the crunchiness at 5 mins, lol. Oh, wateva...

Friday, April 08, 2016

Dry ice experiment

Bought my kids ice-cream after school today. It's the weekend and I wasn't feeling well. Caught a bad chill last night that left me shivering under the sheets with the slightest movement despite sweating like a pig! Anyways, I informed the seller that the kid won't be eating it on the car. He placed some dry ice into the plastic bag and handed it to my kid.

Back home, they had the ice-cream after their shower. The small one went to take the dry ice he left in the freezer into the basin at the kitchen sink. Both were fascinated with the bubbles and cold mist that formed on the surface of the water. I told them it's to make magic potion, lol. What a big fat fib. Ya, the chill must have gotten to my head! Fun experiment for them both.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Manhattan Water Theme Park Condominium


Took the kid to check out one of Ipoh's new developments. Called the Manhattan Water Theme Park Condominium. Of cos, being a 9 year old kid, he loves the water feature, slides, playground set and all. Who doesnt, eh. If i remember correctly, prices start from Rm350/sf or something lidat. Me, i am not interested in it for a first property. Moreover, property prices are far too high and banks arent really that enthusiastic to lend. Prefer a landed property for the time being. Well, more to go.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday has come!!

It is another one of those mornings, that i sit down for breakfast with the hubs. The weather is nice and cool, for once. As Chinese New Year approaches, the weather becomes unbearably hot and humid. We do not have air conditioners installed at our place. The best way for us to cool down is to head to the mall, which is just right behind the house. That is one of the reasons we chose to stay here. Saves a lot off our petrol bill too, lol.

Both hubby and i are frequent shoppers. I believe in the few short months that we have been staying here, we have bought enough clothes to last us till end of this year!! Not that i have many places to go to that requires many clothes to suit the occasions also la. Most of my time is spent driving the kids to and from school. I buy mostly long sleeved tees and sweaters to pair with my skinny jeans and mini denim skirts. This is one of the great thing when one chooses to work from home, away from the all the traffic jams and 9 - 5 madness.

The forex market is behaving quite well in our favor of late. That is a good start for the year, at least for us. We have no idea how it is doing for the rest of our trading friends though. No one has started to whine yet. So, i guess things are still going well for them. It's already Friday. Will prolly rot at home over the weekend starting 3pm once we are home after picking the kids up from school, hahahaha. It is still the best place to be. Away from all the stresses of the world.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How to get rid of tummy fat fast?


Yeah... you're looking at my tummy fat; that thick mass circling my waistline. How simply bleehhkk. This happens whenever i eat a lot of carb like rice and bread, lol. Well, i have been eating quite a bit since i bought the Philips pressure cooker and the Skg3930 breadmaker.

Hubs asked me how to get rid of tummy fat fast the other day. It's actually damn easy. Stop eating unnecessarily! Oh yes....  eat when hungry only! Skip as much carb as possible, and eat more skinny food, hahah. In this pic, i weighed about 48kg. Now, that is heavy for my petite frame.

I gave myself 2 weeks to rid 2kg off my body. I drank oolong tea with herbs to cleanse the system of built-up gunk. I had my bullet coffee each day. I ate greek yogurt with lots of seeds and nuts. Add 2 soft-boiled eggs to my daily food intake. Some meat, and tried to stay off carb, lol!

Well, it worked. I went down one size when i went to try on jeans at Guess last weekend. Dont even need to jump into the smaller size 25 and can pull it off in a jiffy, hhahha. Happydieme!! Have to keep at this and cook less. Geeee.... one can really get fat cooking for the family.

So, there you have the answer to how to get rid of tummy fat fast. No shortcut. Workout a bit and mind the food intake. That's about it. Pure rocket science delivered in a single post. Tata!

Saturday, January 09, 2016

How To Cook Rice With A Breadmaker


I've been cooking rice with the Philips pressure cooker ever since my rice cooker died some time back. Thing is, the pressure cooker has other kinds of food cooking in it half the time. It's either i cook rice with it first, take the inner pot out once the rice is done , and cook say, a stew next. Or, it's gotta be the other way round.

Of cos, i do have other pots to do the job, abuthen, i have to wait at the kitchen till it's done as i gotta use the gas stove to cook with. That leaves me with the breadmaker! I know it can handle the job, but i've never gotten round to trying out before; until recently. Moreover, it's the perfect kitchen toy to cook small portions of rice like say 1cup!

I bought a new breadmaker recently, it's the SKG3930. A brand from China, nothing fancy, apart from baking various types of breads, it has 23 functions in all including stir-frying, makes ice-cream with an additional purchase of the mixing bowl, makes yogurt, rice wine, claypot rice, kimchi, yadda yadda yadda....

Coming back to rice, lol. Okokok, i used the cup that came with the Philips pressure cooker. 1 cup has a reading of 160 which weighs about 160g with my cheap kitchen scale. I used about 1.5cup of water and that translates to say about 240ml. Set it to #15 bake function for 30mins using a aluminium foil as a diy cover for the bread bin. Turn the breadmaker off once it beeps, and let it stand for another 10mins, and rice is done. Nice and fluffy.

I guess this would be a guideline for those who wish to know how to cook rice with a breadmaker. You've gotta tweak it a little for your own breadmaker cos god knows what machine you have. I've done it, you can do it too. Start with white rice. I've yet to obtain favorable results with mixed grains. Till then. Have fun cooking rice with your breadmaker.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Braised Peanuts with the Philips Pressure Cooker (Recipe)

Hubs loves braised peanuts a lot a lot a lot. That's the first thing he orders whenever we have lunch at his favorite coffeeshop. I've never gotten round to cooking that for him as it takes ages to soften to the level that he likes. Well, unless i use the crockpot. Gaaaahhh... too long.... too much energy used... also far too much brain juice involved in having to remember that i am actually cooking something and need to check on it. 

And then, one fine day, i saw a friend posting a pic of braised peanuts on her facebook which she cooked using the Philips pressure cooker too. Happy not? Of cos yours truly have to try cooking it and rushed off to the supermarket to buy the biggest and fattest peanuts back. Oh well, not as big and fat as the ones we usually eat but that is not important la, ok. 

Armed with the necessary ingredients for braised peanuts, i placed everything into my Philips Pressure Cooker and pressed a few buttons, and 1hr later..... tadaaaaaaa....

I cooked us a nice pot of soft and yummy braised peanuts. Easy peasy no mess no long waiting no remember to turn cooker off at all, lol!!! 


Ingredients: 

300g cooking peanuts (buy the biggest ones) 
10 cloves garlic (whack them with a cleaver and remove the skin) 
1 tbsp oyster sauce 
2 tbsp soysauce 
1 tbsp brown sugar 
2 cups water 
1 tsp five spice powder 
1 or 2 star anise (i added in more for decoration, lol) 

Philips Pressure Cooker setting: 

Beans/tendon mode: 59mins kpt 

This setting would suffice depending on the peanuts used. If you feel that the peanuts texture is not soft enough, an extra beans mode round with the default settings should do the trick. If you pre-soak the peanuts the night before, then one round of beans mode should be ok. Go by feel la, ok. Hope you enjoy this Philips Pressure Cooker Braised Peanuts recipe

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The school hols are coming to an end...

Omg.... schoolbags not washed, books not wrapped, school shoes not yet buy... and lots more not yet done. I'm dead! Please declare me dead now....

Thursday, December 17, 2015

How To Steam Pork Ribs With Philips Pressure Cooker


What you see here is actually leftover marinated pork ribs which were kept in the fridge for over a week. There were only 9 pieces left, so decided to steam them as i cook rice with the Philips Pressure Cooker. Sat them in a bowl over a stainless steel rack placed inside the cooker. Used the default Rice Mode. 14mins kpt. They turned out well. Happy now that you know how to steam pork ribs with Philips Pressure Cooker, eh. Ok, many would now want to know where i bought the stainless steel rack from, lol. Ok, got it from Mr. DIY, Tesco, Station 18. Forgot the price though. Aiya.... how much can items from Mr. DIY cost la. A few bucks nia.