Monday, January 9, 2017

Food to Try When in SS2 (Link)

My son just came home to complain to me about the cost of lunch today. A set lunch in a school cafeteria = RM15. Wow! That's like a meal that I would spend on for them whenever we eat out in a reasonably-priced restaurant. He did not have raving reviews about the food too...just OK. Good enough for small portion.

With the rising cost of everything here, we eat out sparingly these days and now schools are allowed to charge students so exorbitantly now? Really? There are times that I do not mind forking over the cash for really good food but I don't think schools should be allowed to profit off students like that.

Anyway, sometimes, we DO eat out. I saw this list of popular and must-try restaurants and cafes to be found just across the road in SS2. So, if you are around the area, you might want to try them out too. Looks delish, I have to say.

Here's the list - 14 food to try in SS2

Image Credit : Sichuan Noodles (FreeImages.com)

Happy chowing down this New Year, 
Love,
Marsha

Friday, December 23, 2016

Every Friday

It's the rainy season over here so, it's just days of smelly laundry, staying indoors and running around the park in absolute joy during the evening when there is no rain. I know we have it so much better than so many other people in other countries, some with blistering heat, others with mind-numbing cold and I do thank my lucky stars that we live here.

Anyway, it is also the holiday season right now and everyone's either away for a holiday in another country or planning parties and dinners with their family and friends. We have been doing the same, the gatherings, not the holiday (I wish - lol). The good thing about that is that my boys got to see their cousins a bit more than usual.

The sad thing is that my in-laws moved away from the neighborhood a couple of years ago. With them being so near then meant that I could always drop the boys off any time I need to or every Friday. The Friday gathering became a ritual for us. It was a safe day to plan an outing for us parents, and the kids knew they were going to see their noisy cousins then.

Things have changed since then but as with anything in life, everything changes. With them moving so far away now meant less time spent together. With technology, they continue to remain close-knit but it isn't the same as gathering around in a small room with a double-decker, arms and legs all over each other, teasing, laughing and playing games together on their Nintendo DS. Every Friday.

These bunch of cousins are close because they grew up together and being the same age, they share pretty much the same interests. When they were young, it was Barney. Then it progressed to Ultraman, then Power Rangers (even My Little Pony, but pretend I did not write that hahaha), then Nintendo and then Youtube. I hope they remain close despite the fact that everyone is starting to sprout their own pair of wings and trying to fly in different directions.

Thanks to technology, they may, hopefully, stay close to each other and continue calling each other names. ;-P

Things change all the time, like clouds.
Never the same,
Marsha


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Recipe - Korean Rolled Omelette

I love my eggs, half-boiled, scrambled, sunny side up, steamed...whatever. So, when I saw this video for Gyeran Mari (Korean-style rolled eggs), I was so excited because it looks delicious and easy enough to make. (Rrrrriiiiiiiiiggghhhhhhhhhhhhtttt,,,,,).

She uses a square skillet and I don't have one but she DID mention that it's OK to use a round one so, I gave it a shot. Didn't work out for me, though, and I turned it into some sort of scrambled eggs. Ugh...folding it and keeping it in shape is one tough job, I can tell you that.

But if you successfully make this yourself (with a round pan - WOW!) tweet me up a picture and I might take on the challenge of trying to make this again.

Happy Saturday!



Love,
Marsha

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Failed Protectors

I really felt my anger simmer when I was reading this news the other day.

“The victim claimed her mother did nothing to fend her from the sexual attacks.
“She also claimed that she was threatened by her attacker and could not tell anyone about the incident,” said a police source. - News from New Straits Times

I remember talking to one of my neighbors about having a daughter, she has one. She told me that she has talked to her husband before, that if their marriage did not work out, she is willing to let her daughter follow the him. Her reason was simple - if she were to get married or find someone to be her new partner, she would never know what kind of man he would be despite sleeping and living with him. A man is a man, according to her, and their savage moral-bending ability is always just a layer of skin away from emerging. He could harm her daughter without her knowing so, it would be better for her daughter to stay with the father instead. This is her way of protecting her daughter, a very strong instinct to protect her daughter, by way of separation.

That sickened but enlightened me. Her reasoning is valid. But in the above story, the man is the victim's father and the very person she could count on to stop the abuse was her flesh and blood protector mother.

I can tell you something about the maternity instinct. It is cold, really cold. Maternity instinct can kill attackers when their children is under attack. It can also ruin marriages and tear families apart but it also ensures the children's safety under all circumstances.

But what happened to the maternity instinct of the mother mentioned above? Does she have none whatsoever (which is possible, some people really have none and should opt for childlessness. Not saying it in a bad way, but in a good way, everyone has his or her purpose in life)? Was she subdued to a point that she dares not voice herself in the face of such a powerful instinct to protect her daughter? Does she not care for her daughter? Or worse yet, was she watching in glee (good forking Lord!)?!

As for the father, a person like this should never have children EVER! This is his daughter, his flesh and blood, why is he even doing this to her? People who rape their own flesh and blood are cold-blooded creatures that should never breed. They should be denied the chance to have children and when they are jailed for such crimes, I hope they pay for it in more ways than one in there.

In such cases, I hope Karma is the kind of Bitch that we know she can be...and MUCH, MUCH MORE.

Picture credit : Sad Woman from FreeImages.com

Marsha

Saturday, November 19, 2016

You Are Good Enough

This mom, just made a lot of us feel so much better for sucking at parenting sometimes. Whoever you are, thank you! I think you've just lifted a whole bunch of moms on the Internet! Kudos to you...and that wonderful therapist you had!!

Heart, heart, heart!!!!



Happy Saturday, everyone!
XOXO,
Marsha
p.s. Why does XOXO suddenly feel like so old-school? Since when, right? What's the new trend these days? XD? As in, Ex-Dee, the way my younger kiddo says it? Whatever, never mind.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The World Trumped by America

I get it. America is now for Americans. I know but does it mean that we are now divorced from the entire country? What saddens me is not the President himself but the fact that major countries, including the UK, are pulling away from the rest of the world. This smacks of separation and the biding of farewell. With the broadening reach and unification of the Internet, we are pulling away from each other and I think I know why. When we are in trouble, the UK or the US extends their arms towards us. But when they are in trouble, (it is perceived) no one will be there for them. This does not look like a healthy social world relationship, therefore, the major powers of the world are pulling away in an effort to recover themselves. While some formerly-small countries stride ahead with massive progress, major countries remained stagnant. So, while the UK have broken up with the EU, America is now broken up with the rest of the world. For now. Our relationship status should be, instead, Temporarily Complicated. The best way to move ahead for the rest of the world is not to get angry because we don't understand, we should try to UNDERSTAND instead. Maybe we were not listening. Sorry but I can't help feeling a little sad.

If there is one good point Trump made, it would be the airports part. He said that America's airports are third world.


Incheon Airport (Seoul, South Korea)

Changi Airport (Singapore)

KLIA airport (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Heathrow airport (London, UK)

Hong Kong airport

Disclaimer: I cannot confirm whether the images used are current, old or merely projected designs.

Love,
Marsha
p.s. Like everyone else, we are all reeling back from the shock, so am I, and I am consumed with the need to understand how this happened and why. There are reasons for this and one of them would have to be 'fed up' and 'need to change'. I envy this ability about the United States because we simply do not have the freedom Americans have, to freely change your leader as and when you want. For whatever reason you have...and that is what I am trying to understand. The reason. 


Image Credit : The World (freeimages.com)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Windows Offering No Window Out of Updates

I hope I am not the only one who hates Windows' continuous efforts to 'make things better' with their updates. Last week, Windows forced me to update again and over the weekend, I struggled with WTF is wrong with Windows syndrome. My desktop is gone and replaced with all those irrelevant Windows icons and I am now forced to use Apple-wannabe Cortana to find simple things like Paint and Notepad.

Ugh.

I was so determined to not even acknowledge the existence of Cortana. I can't even deal with the name to begin with. LOL.

Anyway, I still have to use my laptop for work. The great thing is that my 10+ years old PC is still working and Windows no longer supports whatever Windows version it is running on now. YESSSSSSS!!! DON'T freaking support it, YES! This means, things look and behaves the way it should, the way I am familiar with, from 10 years ago. Everything is where it should be and nothing changes overnight.

Aaaahhh....the beauty of familiarity and consistency. So beautiful. Hahahahaha

So, I continue to struggle with this Windows bullshit here on my laptop and will continue to look for ways to stop Windows from forcing itself on me. And it's Monday too, everyone's favorite day.


Yoda is always right. Coffee on, people,
Love,
Marsha

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mandarin is Hard, Isn't it?

The Koreans might have celebrated National Korean Language day recently considering the fact that some of the shows that I watched all had games and topics revolving around the language. To people like us who rely on sub-titles to get through the shows, we were more than a little baffled.

Coincidentally, my son is trying to learn Mandarin, out of the blue. You know, I had so many #facepalm moments that my face is blue black. Both went to Chinese language kindergarten for years. One of them went to a Chinese school for a year until we both collapse in sheer frustration (because my mandarin is passable only when I am buying vegetables in the wet market). I sent them to private home tuition for Mandarin. Both attended special (extra payment, OK?) Mandarin classes in school. They know nothing beyond 1 - 10 in Mandarin after all of that and then when I give up, suddenly Mandarin language is appealing.

UGH.

Most people my generation speak at least 3 languages and understand at least 2 different Chinese dialects, right? How can I use this in-brain auto-translate method to teach my son Mandarin is beyond me.

Anyway, it was said that Korean is the most logical language in the world. Per chance, I saved something that justified the difficulty in learning Mandarin.

Chinese is hard.


Kudos to this poet who came up with something with just the word 'shi'. My kid said if he said 'shi' enough times, he could be possibly be forming a proper sentence. LOL.

I don't know. I just don't.

Happy Wednesday night,
About to doze off,
XOXO,
Marsha

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Semicolon - My Story Isn't Over Yet

Some hide it, some shut up about it and some choose to say something about it and is shunned back into silence. This is what sexual assault does to people and some people survive, others don't. And no one is so alone in this world that they have no one to turn to. Tara Stiles also opened up about her experience with sexual assault which spiraled into an eating disorder and social isolation. Things can happen that way. Some go into depression and it is a very real thing.

When I was an entertainer, being 'assaulted' by drunk people was quite the common thing. Even the guys got groped whenever we were required to mingle with the customers. So, we would laugh over it and say nothing else. But why is it OK, when I think about it later? Because if I said it bothered me and the other girls and guys said nothing, it would make me the bad apple, wouldn't it? So, I kept quite and became a little extra vigilant just to keep everyone liked.

I come from a family of people who deal with mental disorder and depression, hence, when I saw the semicolon movement, I was moved enough to nearlyyyyyyyyyyyyy get one myself! Me? Tattoo?! Hahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaha

Just like how the semicolon indicates that a sentence is not over yet, the semicolon movement was started in support of mental health awareness. It signifies that despite having gone through very tough times, the story is not over. YOUR story is not over yet. It can change.

Here's a bunch of pictures of really brave people who got their tattoos and I have to admit, some of them are really pretty and creative!

Source : Google Images

So, when I was scrolling through my Instagram one day, I saw Ashley Jewelry selling semicolon bracelets and I couldn't resist supporting it. So, I got this online and it arrived today. 


Pretty, isn't it?
Love,
Marsha


p.s. No, this is not an ad, I don't do ads and if I do, I will tell you in a huge ass way

Sunday, October 2, 2016

A Unique Butter Chicken with a Western Twist

We know our usual butter chicken (Chinese-style) and we love it. There's nothing like the butter and curry leaves combination that makes you salivate but when I looked at the list of ingredients in this recipe, I went like...wha...tomato paste, cream, almonds and cilantro? Well....never thought about that!

Well, if you are feeling a little adventurous or have some time on your hands, you might want to try your hand in recreating this Butter Chicken recipe featured in New York Times.


Happy Sunday,
Love,
Marsha