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Cooking : Sweet BBQ Mustard Chili Chicken Wings

Sometimes, Facebook videos save lives when you don't know what to make for dinner. So, I highly recommend saving cooking videos on Youtube and Facebook whenever you chance upon them because you'll never know when they'll come in handy. 
This is one fine example.
I used some chicken keel that I bought a few days ago from the grocery store and as it sat there defrosting, I was still trying to think of what to do with it. LOL. Such is life. 
The chicken was sweet, savory and I put a little twist to it by creating a sauce that I poured over it or use as a dipping sauce. Chicken keel can be dry when you bake it in the oven. Anyway, here's something you can absolutely do in your own kitchen because it is a no-brainer. Just mix the sauce, marinade and pop it into the oven. Stir-fry some vegetables, cook some rice and dinner is ready. 
You can head over to my cookpad for this recipe to print it out. Here are also more kitchen adventures on my blog under the Creative Kitchen t…
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Book : Paper Towns - John Green

The reason I picked up this book was the name 'John Green'. I've read and enjoyed (tragically so) The Fault with our Stars, and I've loved learning about American and World history through The Crash Course where the Green Brothers, John and Hank, cram facts written by their former history teacher (and other people along the way) into a Youtube 10-minute video. The videos are fabulous for people who are curious about things but don't have much time on their hands.

They have everything from 'Tea, Taxes and the American Revolution' to 'Alexander the Great' under their World History Channel.

I'm so curious and geeky. Anyhooooo.....

The Concept of Paper Towns
The book is a bit of a surprise and disappointment. The sound of 'paper towns' is so intriguing. It's actually a way for the mapmakers of the past to 'copyright' their work by inserting 'non-existent' towns into the maps that they make so that if someone copied it town…

Working from Home : Don't Work Where you Sleep

When the alarm does go off, get up and prepare for your day as you would for an office job: take a shower, and get dressed - New York Times Whenever I tell someone that I work from home, or am a freelancer, I almost-never fail to get envious sighs from them. A sigh, especially from a very tired working mom or dad, that tells me that, perhaps, they wish they were in my shoes.

While I also point out the perks of working outside of a home, I DO concede that there ARE benefits to working from home. Working out of your jammies, so to speak. I remember the days when I would:-:-
cook and work at the same timebreastfeed while making phone calls or answering emails (rewind 15+ years ago)walk out of the house with paper clips in my hair (because really, who has time for pretty little Hello Kitty hair clips when you're harried)get no proper sleep all day, every day and apparently a real Living Deadthought that I could master everything on my owngo berserk at the smallest things which include…

Update : Damn Bug

When you're a single mother with no support system, being sick sucks. It's a big deal because you're trudging along like a sick cow, everything's still got to work like a well-oiled machine while your head is somewhere between the A&E and La-La-Land.

I don't like to whine but considering the fact that this is my blog and all, shuff it.


But it seems that this darn bug is not going anywhere soon. Even with enough rest and pills to knock me out for days on end, the bug is still here and my head is still foggy. My neighbor walked past and cocked her eyebrows at me and simply said, 'Doctor?' She knows I will only see a Doctor when I feel like I am either gonna die or have no other alternative because she knows my usual solutions are as follows:-


I guess it's something even a good book and sleep is not going to solve. I think I gave my kids a hell of a time this morning and afternoon (with the haphazard planning and scattered ideas). Poor kids! They sure …

Update : Touching Base with our Penang People

Although we started off with grand plans to cuti-cuti Malaysia, for some reason, we ended up in Penang Island instead...and my cousins and sister were laughing about how their event-planning went awry. We know coordinating something like this is a task for the brave.
But I think it was fantastic, though. It allowed us all to touch base with each other still and the bungalow we rented in Tanjung Bungah was quite the perfect fit. It was by the beach, not too far from the Georgetown city center and was spacious enough to fit all of us. 

I don't know about the rest but we were just a tad worried about the floods and possible rain, considering the fact that Penang's just recovered from a major flood but as you can see from the 2 pictures above, it was blistering hot...almost like the sun's way of saying sorry for dumping a part of the ocean on the tiny island before this.

With the rocky beach being right outside, literally, our doorsteps, we could not resist going out to enjo…

Song : Human (Christina Perri)

Kindness is power. Use it

HumanChristina Perri I can hold my breath
I can bite my tongue
I can stay awake for days
If that’s what you want
Be your number one
I can fake a smile
I can force a laugh
I can dance and play the part
If that’s what you ask
Give you all I am

I can do it
I can do it
I can do it

But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down

Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I’m only human, yeah

I can turn it on
Be a good machine
I can hold the weight of worlds
If that’s what you need
Be your everything

I can do it
I can do it
I'll get through it

But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
'Cause I’m only human, yeah

I’m only human
I’m only human
Just a little human

I can take so much
Until I’ve had enough

‘Cause I’m only human
And I bleed whe…

Book : Thinking of You (Jill Mansell)

A relaxing read about how to give yourself an early and premature empty nest syndrome. Easy read and sometimes caught off-guard with Jem's (the leaving-home gungho all-too-assured-of-the-future daughter) sudden 'rudeness' or perhaps 'disregard' for her single mother's feelings. But I guess that's just the way teenagers and young adults are...maybe it's a little too close to home and it made me a little uncomfortable thinking about it, considering I am in the same position as Ginny (the poor abandoned mother).

I do have a complaint about the fact there's very little of everything else, especially the 'one'. What's with so little of Finn, he's not even a supporting role? It's like he donated his sperm (sorry, a little spoiler alert) and he just sounds a little too gruff and nothing else. No sweet moments and no other details about him apart from his love life.

A little less about Jem would be nice, really, considering the fact that…