Me and My Sisters

Me and My Sisters

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How to Tell Them Apart

Looking at these pictures, can you tell them apart? All these were taken when they were around 18-21 months timeframe.
SY's pictures were taken when she's about 18-21 months, SJ's were taken during a studio photoshoot when she's ~21 months and Yao's photos were taken recently when she's 19months plus. I personally feel that Yao looks more like SY although there are some similarities to SJ.

Tips: 
SY's at the top left, SJ's at the top and bottom right and Yao's at the bottom left 





Friday, April 24, 2015

Boosting My Kids' Health with Izumio and Super Lutein

If you've been following my posts from my personal blog, you would have read about my encounter with Izumio and Super Lutein. Well, after I finished the first bottle of Super Lutein consisting of 100 capsules and 1 box of Izumio (30 packs of 200ml hydrogenated water), I was almost healed from my hand numbness syndrome and saw no reason to continue with this super pricey yet effective supplements. It took me ONLY 2 weeks JUST to spend such a large sum in order to solve my 3 months long suffering. So why did I choose to continue being a faithful consumer of these products?

Our Izumio Baby :)
1. All-in-ONE Supplement for All Age Group
The reason is S-I-M-P-L-E. This is a good combination of an all-1-in supplement that cater for all of my family members' needs regardless of age. I do not need to source for individual needs, nor different capsules for different parts of my body. Previously I need a high omega dose of DHA & EPA, calcium, magnesium and zinc supplements for my bones, hair and nails, Vitamin B Complex or Neurobion for my nerves, Vitamin C to boost my immune system and not to mention a separate kids-friendly version for my children. Then there's VCO and Manuka honey for my baby as I refrain from giving any supplements to her, since they contain lots of fillers, binders, etc. For my baby, I go for natural raw organic produce to ensure she got the safest and toxic-free, whole nutrients, not processed food. When all this add up, the amount spent would definitely not be less than this 1-stop health investment per se.


Recommended dosage chart

As shown in the table above, Super Lutein's dosage recommendation covers all age groups. Whereas for Izumio, it is suitable for everyone from the young to the elderly as it's just hydrogenated water that retains minerals (please refer here for details). 


So when Super Lutein came into the picture, it has solved my problem because it contains 6 of the most important carotenoids and 5 essential nutrients as shown below. But most importantly, even though it's in capsule form, it does NOT contain any fillers, binders or preservatives whatsoever. 



2. No Fillers, Binders and Preservatives
Why am I so particular about fillers & binders? These are listed at the bottom of your supplement panel on the back of the supplement bottle as inactive ingredients. They are used to inexpensively bind, fill, and lubricate capsules or tablets to expedite processing. Some of the most commonly used additives have been shown to negatively impact your health, by hindering the body's absorption of certain nutrients. I am most particular to those labels that indicate "with permitted thickener", or "food conditioner and preservatives as permitted, etc.."  

3. Convenient Health Insurance
Super Lutein is 100 percent natural. 3 capsules of Super Lutein contains the equivalent nutritional value of 4 servings of fruits, 5 servings of vegetables and 6 colors of natural extracts from fruits and vegetables. All this while, I've been ensuring my kids' diet contains a variety of colors and balanced combination from each food group. 


However, I couldn't deny that I couldn't possibly cover each group every day, the most is within a week (if I cook every single day). That's still okay to me, as I accept my limitation in being a busy mom of three. But how about those times that the kids refuse a particular type of food, no matter how much I coax them? Or the time when I didn't cook, or when they are sick? How do I ensure that they not only get the adequate nutrients during times of good health, but in times of sickness, they would definitely need an added boost for faster recovery. These supplements come in so handy and convenient, especially when we ever decided to eat out, or if they requested to indulge in their favourite junk food, for I wouldn't be so lost or guilty as I know that they will be somehow covered by this 'health insurance'. Yes, even though junk food is a No-No to me, I couldn't stop my kids from occasional craving for them due to peer influence, and other external factors. Thanks to Izumio, this hydrogen water is swift and effective in flushing out all those toxins and removing free radicals from the body.

4. Great Eye Supplement
As some of you have known, I've been battling with my kids' short-sightedness for quite sometime. I've invested in an eye-exerciser, myopia control lenses, and eye supplements, but their power keep on increasing. Ever since hubby's eyesights improved after consuming this supplement in less than a month, it has given us hope that we could somehow maintain, if not reduce our kids' eyesight. Till that day arrive, we would be diligently consuming this, for it contains lutein and zeaxanthin which have proven to either help or slow the progression of macular degeneration (AMD). Taking this together with Izumio, we hope to see the results faster, and I do feel my tired eyes are refreshed instantly every time I dropped some of these water into my eyes.

5. Immune System Booster
So with all these goodness, we have used these supplements as our first line defence against the viruses out there. When SY complained of sore throat, I'll give her a pack of izumio to wash down her throat, and the effects were almost immediate. She was much better instantly. When Yao fell down and hurt her finger, I dabbed it with Izumio and Super Lutein on the wound for faster healing and scar prevention. When I went for my company badminton practice, I was expecting lots of muscle aches for I have never exercised in months but to my relieve, I experienced little to no aches or pains. But the best of all, when the people around me were sick, I was not as badly affected as compared to previously. I felt more energetic during the day, and thus able to accomplish more as well.  

A Price to Pay...
Unfortunately, I can't deny that every good thing has something 'bad' in it. For these supplements, it's none other than the price. How I wish they are sold much cheaper so that everyone can afford them. But considering the facts that they have strict quality control, and come from the highest grade of raw material, it's understandable. We pay a fortune for designer bags and watches too. So all good things come with a price. Super lutein is approximately RM4 per capsule, while Izumio is ~RM15 per pack. We have not consistently stay at a fixed dosage due to cost concern. But in general, a healthy adult goes with 3 capsules of Super Lutein and 1 pack of Izumio a day, while my two elder girls take 2 capsules with half a pack of Izumio a day. Yao would get a few sips of  Izumio from us each time, and a capsule of Super Lutein on alternate days. That's what we do to minimize our cost, but we do realise that for faster results, we should probably maintain our dosage daily.

They say that health is wealth. It's especially true when we can save so much on hospital bills and medical fees trying to treat our loved ones back to health. Not to mention the agony that we have to go thru, the pain of seeing our loved ones suffer, and the toll that it took on our times and eventually our health. That's why, I'm willing to spend a little more just to avoid all these, as the saying goes, better be penny wise, rather than pound foolish. 

A carton of Izumio (30 packs of 200ml Hydrogenated water) and a bottle of Super Lutein (100 capsules) cost RM435 each if purchased individually at member price. However, this month the company (Naturally Plus) is offering a buy-12-free-3 promotion, with waived membership fees of RM122 till 30th April 2015. So I'm taking this opportunity to reduce my cost by organising a group buy, which would amount to RM350 each. For those interested to join me, please kindly drop me an email at tylic@yahoo.com or text me @ 012-4212010. I would be glad to share the details with you. I can assure you that this would be your smartest health investment ever.

(Note: Price of products quoted above are only valid till 30 April 2015. The prices will probably increase from 1st May 2015 onwards as there are rumours that the package would be reduced to buy-12-free-2 instead, as practiced in other country like USA this month. Furthermore, there would be an additional RM122 for membership fees after 30th April).
P/S: The baby is not sale, the Izumio is :)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Honesty is the best policy

I have always pride myself for being an honest person. In school, one of my form teachers always looked up to me when she wanted an honest answer. Whatever the other students answered, she would ask me specifically before she made her decisions. I couldn't tell how honored I felt at that moment.

Today, I'm very happy that SY is showing this trait too. I can't deny that there are times when she lied to me or hubby because she's afraid of getting a scolding from us. However, she will always tell us the truth after sometime, probably because her conscience wouldn't allow it.

But I'm most proud of her, when she has consecutively demonstrated her honesty when teacher marked her papers wrongly. A few times she could have scored 100 marks in her papers, but that was because the teacher marked wrongly. My girl would always go to inform the teacher and thus have her marks reduced. I was deeply touched when she told me she went to the toilet to cry after that. But I was very proud of her, and I kept telling her, it would be useless to get 100% if it is not honestly earned. After all, exams are meant to test us on how much we understand a subject, not so much in measuring our intelligence. Attitude still matters most. And I'm so glad that she understands. This is her 4th year in primary school, and she has continuously demonstrate this honest behavior year after year.

But much to my own amusement, she also persuaded a boy next to her to show teacher his paper when the teacher marked it wrongly, and because of that, his marks which was 60 dropped further... I am not sure to be happy or sad in this case... but again, some of her friends preferred to remain quiet and let it be. My advice to her is that we do what we feel is right, and we can't always persuade people to do what we think is right. But we must be true to ourselves always. I hope she will always remember this.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gong Gong's Garden

Gosh, I didn't realise this post has been sitting in the draft folder for such a long time! Looking at the date it was originally composed, this was like 3 years ago! I better get this out now, and I believe Dad's garden has gone thru some major revamp too, for the fruits and plants have changed quite a lot. 
 The Palm Tree, my favourite


 Oops, I don't know what's this...

 Bananas

 Soursoup or Durian Belanda

The unripe version

Hmm.. I need to ask Gong Gong what is this!

 Rambutans

 Mulberries

They looked like red caterpillars, but they are good for the eyes

How I wished I have green fingers like my dad.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

SJ's First Lost Tooth

Losing her first tooth was no easy business indeed. Unlike Jie Jie, she had to have it pulled out by a dentist. We noticed that her new tooth was coming out but got 'blocked' by the old one which was still there. It got us worried when we saw the new tooth was growing abnormally, so we took her right away to see the dentist after school. 

Unfortunately, we couldn't find a dentist on a weekday night. It was already after 8pm, and we didn't like the idea of waiting until the next day. After searching for quite sometime, we finally found one, who's attending to her last appointment. We're lucky she agreed to have a look at SJ before she closed up. We waited quite awhile before we had our turn. We were so relieved when the dentist assured us that once the old tooth had been pulled out, the new out would grow nicely again. SJ was very brave, she went thru the whole process calmly. 

At the dentist (I didn't take a picture when the dentist was pulling her teeth out)

Out it came finally! I have been promising to help her write a letter to the Tooth Fairy, but I kept procrastinating!

My girl finally let me take her toothless picture after 3 days! :)

p/s: Notes for my own records: 
Sze Yi's 1st tooth came out when she's ~5y4m old (11 Apr, 2011)
Sze Juin's 1st tooth came out when she's ~6y8m old (29 Jan, 2015)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Yao's 1st Birthday

Can't believe that I haven't blogged about my little baby's anecdotes for the past 9 months! Guess I have a lot of catching up to do.

Well, just some brief updates. We celebrated Yao's lunar birthday 11 days ago with a simple tradition. Since it happened to be the school holiday, so both Jie Jies were at home. We took half day off ourselves. Prepared mee suah for her per Amah's request. She loved it and even asked for second helpings.

Organic millet mee suah (to symbolised long life) cooked with wild salmon, English spinach, minced pork, Goji berries. 

Ta Jie wanted to feed her too

 Next is feasting with the chicken drumstick. This symbolised good life later

Then the most exciting moment came next. Both Jie Jies have been briefing her on this a few days before her lunar birthday. They kept telling her about this and wanted to 'rehearse' with her in advance. I had to put a stop to this as it might affect her choice on the actual day :)

Abacus, ruler, pen and book - which would she choose?

This would kind of predict her field of career in the future, according to Amah. 

1, 2, 3... she's happily moving towards her object of interest

We all thought she would pick abacus like both her Jie Jies but to our amazement, she picked the notebook! Well, she was hesitating between the ruler and the notebook, and in the end she decided on the notebook. Haha, looks like Mommy's craze on the Big Bad Wolf had some influence on her. All these while I've been trying to read books to her, but she doesn't show any interest. It rather surprised me that she settled on book instead of abacus. 

Yao examining her latest treasure, a birthday present from her Ta Jie 
It's good to have Ta Jie helping with the preparation of all these stationaries.

Next we went to Amah's house because she wanted to let Yao received some blessings from the Goddess of Mercy. 

 She enjoyed playing with Jojo (their Ji Chek's doggy). She even went to touch the doggy's nose without any fear!

After all that, we just took her to the mall for a walking experience since this was her first official walk with shoes on (according to Amah they are not supposed to walk with shoes before they reach 1 year old). 

Fast forward 10 days later, we celebrated her English birthday. Thanks to my little sister's help, we managed to come out with a cake, 100% purely from fruits. 

Our fruity creation - made from honey dew (as the 1st tier), papaya (2nd tier), alphabets and the Number 1 from mango, and the other decorations from kiwi, cherry tomato, papaya and honey dew. 

I got this idea from Soo Sean as I'm rather rigid with my baby's diet. Since I was looking for an eggless version, and wanted to avoid those high sugary and processed ingredients, I finally settled for this. Thanks to her, I got all the utensils (cake ring and alphabet cutter) from her. Initially I wanted to make the base from water melon but since all my girls were still coughing on the eve itself, I discarded the idea and came out with another alternative that I could accept (even though honey dew was rather cooling too).  

 With different lighting capture from a different camera

Can you see the candle? It's also from a fruit! 

I stumbled upon this idea when I was contemplating whether to use normal wax candles... I have a nice happy birthday wax candles bought long long time ago (when Sze Yi was 6), but I didn't want to contaminate the cake with wax residue so I settled on this instead. I love the glow from the orange. Thanks to hubby who made this possible, as my original natural wick from the orange was not working as expected, so he did a little engineering to make it glow.. Ah, so now it's perfect!


Our family photo...oops, my baby's close to crying



With my little sister, the chef behind the cake decoration :)


Urgh... Yao is crying because we woke her up for the cake blowing as my sister needed to catch a bus.. poor baby, she's not feeling well too. Even though my original intention was to let her enjoy the cake or even smash it, she hardly touched the cake as we just woke her up for the birthday song singing. We didn't even manage to cut the cake as we're in a rush. However, I gave her little slices of grapes and mango while we're preparing the cake (she's still running around and I needed to keep an eye (and also hands on her) so having my sister around was a blessing. I might not be able to come out with this if I was all alone. 

We let Yao cut the cake on the actual day after work just to complete the tradition and she got to sample some kiwis. After that it was present opening time. This time she's smiling all over :)

Happy birthday, my little baby. Hope you grow up to be a healthy and bouncy princess, and continue to be doted by all of us. You are our little gem always :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Yao Walks At ~10.5months!

It was an achievement way surpassed her two Jie Jies!

This was taken outdoor when we let her walk barefoot on the grass for the 1st time. She's having fun!




P/s: The background voice was from Er Jie :)


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