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Kitchen clean up

I was in the mood to declutter my kitchen today.

I collected all those white takeaway containers in one bag. Then, I put aside this set of white-blue dinnerware and placed it on the table. I am planning to give it to my brother. He just moved into his own humble abode at Salak Tinggi. I’ve also filtered certain tumblers I could give away as a present as they are still new.

It was a very tiring Sunday. I did not have much energy to cook for lunch. Hence, I ordered Mcdonald’s for myself and the kids. Mr Husband is working today. I did cook dinner though – we had white rice, chicken paprik and an omelette. Then, kek batik for dessert.

I still have lots of glass jar bottles to wash before I send them to the recycle centre sometime this Wednesday or Thursday. Next weekend I am thinking of working on the Guest Room.

Heading to Jalan Yang Kurus

Having a BIG WHY definitely helps you in the weight loss journey. I have been on an on-off mission for this purpose since my first pregnancy more than 10 years ago. and now I am at it again for the year 2023. I have started since early December 2022, to kickstart the motivation to do so. Hoping to gain momentum in the new year.

My Big WHY

Better photos

I love taking pictures but ever since I looked like liquid paper or lemon on a stick, I do not take delight in such activities anymore. I’d be wearing a really nice outfit but it doesn’t look as flattering as how it should be in real life. Having said that, it is also very difficult to shop for new clothes when you’re petite and a bit on the plump side. Unless I have my attires tailor-made but who’d have time for that. It’s like the upper half of my body is an XL but my lower half is still petite, only with a bigger waistline.

This kind of explains my work wardrobe. I haven’t been able to fit into my baju kurung nicely and I have a lot of nice ones. the bulges at different parts of the body are distracting. therefore, I buy more blouses for my workwear. Let’s hope I can fit back into my baju kurung by the end of the year.

My brother will be getting married by probably July next year. So that is another motivating factor. You don’t want to look like cempedak. Or is it nangka? I need to look like the noona and not an ahjumma.

Better Health

I believe if you are mindful of the food that you choose to eat – you’ll not only lose weight but also benefit from the nutritious meals you prepare for yourself. Better complexion, stronger bones and an improvement in general well-being. When it comes to consuming a proper diet, you’d have to be on a calorie deficit to shed the extra kilograms. Exercise may help but 80% of it is food. As diabetes and hypertension run in the family, this also means I have to take great care of my health. I do not want these diseases to set in too early.

ZONE Hotels, Teluk Panglima Garang

It was an odd choice but I was glad I made it. We needed a place to stay overnight before we go to my sister’s house for Xmas brunch. Our usual staycation spots are Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. This time, I thought ‘why don’t we find somewhere else’. Agoda led me to this hotel, Zones Hotel.

It is a two-star hotel but with facilities good enough for a comfortable stay. There are water dispensers and an ironing board on both floors. Guests get complimentary drinks on arrival – packet drinks (iced lemon tea). I booked a premium quadruple cause the kids are getting bigger. A normal King is not going to fit all of us. since it is a premium, the price is of course on the premium side. I paid RM317.80 / night including tax. We have Free WIFI, a hot shower and the usual.

There was no breakfast included but there is a MAMAK downstairs. There are also loads of eating places just down the road within walking distance. I have to mention LAKSA BUMBUNG. It is now my favourite laksa. Costs RM7/bowl because of it’s telur sarang. The gravy is to die for!

QIDOT CAFE

This place is roughly 10 minutes away from the hotel. I made a reservation online for 4 people. It serves Western as well as local delicacies. I loved their grilled lamb. The kids loved to take photos there though. It’s very English and cute. Price-wise, my lamb grill was about RM37 which has two cuts, mashed potato on the side with salad. The salted egg croissant is RM11, and the pizza was RM24 with cake slices ranging from RM12 to RM15. You can browse through their menu by clicking on the link in their bio on Instagram.

End of year To Do List

It’s nearing the end of the year 2022. Have been doing some stuff for the past month. This was my TO-DO list. Some of them are in progress.

Deep Clean House

This is akin to Spring Cleaning. Getting on the knees and elbows to clean the nitty gritty stuff like in between the window grill space and all. The air conditioners have not been serviced for quite some time. I will do that early next year. I am thinking of giving away my old china to a thrift shop too since I have not been using it much.

Declutter Media

After my recent panic with Google Images, I feel that this is something I need to do for at least 3 to 5 months. Before this, one of my friends was saying 128GB is a lot of storage but being someone who loves taking photos and videos, 128GB is not that much space. I store my digital images and videos in an external disc for safe-keeping and a reassured mind.

Adjust financial commitments

There are various categories to start with.

  • Commitments – my loans, insurance and monthly payments of anything like kids’ school fees, subscriptions etc
  • Personal – for my groceries, self-rewards, holidays, makan besar and all
  • Study fund – I keep some money aside to pay for my tuition fees. The fees will become higher as I progress in my studies.
  • Tabung Minci – my charity fund for Ramadhan packages, donations, and anything that involves charitable acts
  • Kids savings – I deposit a certain amount of money into their accounts every month
  • Personal Savings – everyone needs an emergency fund

Settle Zakat

We are all familiar with Zakat Pendapatan. This is something I deduct from my paycheck monthly. But there is also a Zakat Wang Simpanan and Zakat Emas. My gold hasn’t reached it’s haul yet but my savings have. So, I need to calculate the amount and pay it every year. I wasn’t aware of this before but it is something I learn with time as I want to fulfil my responsibility as a good Muslim.

Plan Work & Study activities

Work wise it is about slotting in awareness events, courses, meetings and other medical-related activities. Study-wise it is about managing time to do assignments, study and attend e-tutorials.

Evaluate relationships and connections

I would scroll through my friend list on FB and discard any profiles without a picture, inactive or with personalities that suddenly become horrible. I would also remove followers on Instagram that may appear dodgy or bot-like. I’d make a mental note to keep in touch with my very small circle of friends too.

Set blog and Youtube content ideas

I have started drafts for the past few months and scheduled them to be published intermittently to keep this blog alive. As for Youtube, I thought I’d just record whatever I can and think about the core content later. Not the best strategy but this is what happens when you don’t do this full-time.

Survey kid’s venture for the year

Once the daughter completes her second dose of the C19 vaccine, I am going to enrol her in a swimming class. As for my son, he seems to be interested in learning Japanese. And sign language. Once he makes his decision, I’ll find him an online course or a tutor who could come by on the weekends.

Find a skill to focus

Polishing my Mandarin is still at the top of my list. the journey is a bit slow and challenging when you are in this alone but knowing myself, if I want things to happen, I will make them happen. I am also interested to enhance my skills in digital media and photography. I should not be too ambitious though since next year is my final year studying psychology.