Book review: The Daniel Plan

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One of my goal this year was to change my lifestyle. My husband and I wanted a healthy lifestyle, so this book was perfect for me. 

As the person who controls the kitchen, my family health lies in my hand (that, sounded like a big responsibility). “The Daneil Plan” was written by Rick Warren, the author of “Purpose Driven Life”. 

In this book, I learned about: 

  1. We are what we eat. It is very important to read the label on the food packaging. 
  2. How to read food label. We need to know what we put into our mouth. 
  3. It was pretty easy to eat healthy, and eating healthy doesn’t mean you stop socialize or cannot eat desert ever. 
  4. Daniel plan gives a very practical guideline and even list of food you could store in a pantry. 
  5. Lastly, was the recipe. I was a new cook then, don’t know much about cooking (I still don’t 😅), the Daniel plan book comes with some recipe that you could easily make at home, and the ingredient is inexpensive. 

Our lifestyle has gotten better since. My husband taste bud changes. Stuff that he didn’t think is “too sweet” it is now “too sweet” for him. Although I needed to cook more, but I think I like it. 😄

Poelman Kitchen: Attempted Satay

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My husband once said, food is like the introduction of a culture. I think I agree with him on that. 

I am a Malaysian. Like most Malaysians, I am proud of our food. I like the diversity, and how our food translates that. 

This week I attempted to make satay at home. Satay is grilled chicken on skewers, but I do not have a grill or skewers, I made a pan seared version of the satay. 

The flavor just brings me home. Especially right now is hari raya season, my Malay friends will be having open house still… Satay is one of the food that they will serve to their guests. My craving for satay probably is because it’s hari raya! 

Next up, will need to prepare Kuah kacang (peanut sauce)… Kuah kacang and satay is like the peanut butter and jelly. 

Book review: More than a hobby

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Hobby Lobby is one of the first few stores that my family introduce me to when I first landed in America and since then Hobby Lobby has become my favorite arts and craft store. 

In my opinion hobby lobby is the haven of Arts and Crafts, and all crafts lover will love Hobby Lobby. 

What do I like about the book:

  1. It helps me see a different perspective about using technology. Technology is to help us, not us serving technology. Hobby Lobby don’t feel the need to keep up with technology and slow down the operation. Choose what technology serve your operations the best. 
  2. Honor God, serve people. If I start my own business, this will be the principle I want to have. 

These 2 things really stood out to me. Highly recommended for those who wants to venture into retail. 

Celebrate life: Julie’s birthday

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Greg and I are truly blessed to be apart of a life group (finally!). It feels more like home church when you have people you know and do life together other then your husband 😅 

When we first got to the life group, we were welcome by a sweet lady, Julie. She is our life group leader, and most of the time we meet at her house, and last Thursday (July 9) we celebrated her birthday. It was an honor to be there to celebrate her life 😄 

  It won’t be a party without balloon 😝
  
    
    
   Food and more food! 
  She… Reading her love letters out loud. 
    
 Showing off her new kicks. 😁😁😁 

  

   Happy birthday Julie, the blessed one. You are a great leader and we are blessed by you. Thank you for your care and love, and we thank The Lord always for you. 

Crochet for beginners

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I am a beginner in crochet and I am loving it. I always like doing things with my hand instead of sitting in front of the computer.

How get started in crochet.
1. Thanks to my mother-in-law, she help me get started by taking me to Hobby Lobby to get a yarn and a crochet hooks
a. How to pick a your yarn:
There are many many different kind of yarn and crochet needle in the market. So simple choose a yarn that is not too dark in colour that’s easy to see and it has to be a colour that you like because you are going to see them a lot.
b. Crochet hooks
As a beginner, I just get a simple aluminum or plastic hooks and how comfortable you hold it.

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I got this. It works well for me.

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Usually on the yarn packaging will have a recommended hook size to use.

2. Watch videos.
One of my favorite YouTube crochet video for beginner is “Made with love by Glama” she breakdown the steps and easy to follow in my opinion.
Usually I will watch through the video once and the second time I will crochet with the video on and pause or rewind whenever I need.

3. Get a crochet book

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This is a crochet book I have got for myself. I wanted to learn more about crochet, so I decided to get myself a crochet book.

I love Hobby Lobby. You could get Hobby Lobby app go get their weekly offer and weekly coupon for easy access.

Pinterest is a good resource for ideas and how to.

P/s: a 24 crochet course for beginner. Click here

How Starbucks saved my life

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I was looking for some easy to read but good kind of book, and I stumble upon “How Starbucks saved my life” by Michael Gill Gates.
(This is a page turner)

Few key things that stand up to me:
1. Mike gave his whole life serving J.W.T, but in the end the company just fired him, when he was old and deem as u useful. The lesson I learned is that:
A. Do not chase after riches, but instead seek to have a balanced life.
B. It is not worth it to replace your family with work, family deserved my time too.
C. Invest in the life of others instead.
D. Do what you love.

2. Some quotes that I like:
“Imagine we are all the same. Imagine we agree about politics, religion, and morality. Imagine we like the same types of music, art food and coffee. Imagine we all look alike. Sound boring? Differences need not divide us. Embrace diversity. Dignity is everyone’s human right.” A quote from bill Brummell, documentary filmmaker.

“Everyday is a leap of faith” a quote from Lizz Wright, musician.

“They told you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What they failed to Teh you is that what you look like isn’t important. What is important is who you are inside and the choices you are making in your life.” A quote from Tianna Tozer, 1992 silver and 1996 bronze Paralympic medalist, women wheelchair basketball.

3. The afterword of the book – how to save your own life.
A. Leap with faith
B. Look with respect
C. Listen to your heart and find true happiness.

It is unbelievable that how Mike finds fulfilment in serving others.
Indeed it is a book worth reading.

Life will be better if you think about how you can serve rather then just being served.

Valentine 2013

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Komura, a Japanese restaurant is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant. It’s in Corus Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The food served are fresh, and the customer service is pretty good.

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The picture says it all. Burp… It’s soooo good.

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My favourite has to be ice cream, while Greg always love to enjoy his dessert with a cup of good coffee. The green tea ice was creamy and it does not loses the green tea taste.

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Since we have a room to ourselves we can just be silly 😀
I just love this man. He adds colors into my life. I am truly blessed.

Taiwan – Day 1

It was nice see my fellow team-mates. Though we have each taken a different journey, but certain things just don’t change. They are still as playful ^.^

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Us. Waiting for our luggage.

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Welcome to Taiwan.

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This street is quite similar to Bukit Bintang

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Cute signboard :)

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The original ‘Din Tai Fung’.

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This is pretty good, but found out there are pig blood in it… Therefore most of it I pass it to Tze. I’m not adventurous with food at all.

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My favorite ‘cooling’ drink as of now.

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Final destination of the day. Shiling street. It was crazy. Totally not a fan of it.

Oh, btw… Meet my roommate:

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She don’t like to take picture, in order not to get ‘killed’ by here I quietly snap a pic of her back :p she is a hard “heart” worker. Wonderful lady. She is AMAZING.

Signs of getting old

According to some of my friends, below are the signs of us getting old:

1. You start to eat bitter gourd, petai, and some bitter herbal drinks.
2. You begin to enjoy hot drink instead of the usual cold drink.
3. You enjoy slow music.
4. You wake up early or can’t sleep past 10am even you have a late night.