Archive for July 2008
posted by Jan on beauty tips.
Nowadays, parents with many kids are already scratching their heads and wondering where to find money to go to school. One of my family members has a son that goes to a medical school and they have taken loan just so they can send him to university and become a doctor. Some parents that have more than one children that goes to college has really gone into bad debt. Good thing we have companies that offer . Imagine if we don't know anybody who could offer . We would have a real hard time getting up with lots of loans to pay with. With the help of , we can easily get our finances back into shape. So this cousin of mine had to borrow money so that he could finish his medical studies. His parents of course has to do something. Good thing they found a company to with.
So now that I we have two kids, my husband and I are thinking ways to earn and save money. Here are our thoughts:
- I continue with my paid blogging as much as I can
- Bank in my earnings
- Don't simply spend on unnecessary things
- We can save household finances by limiting our electricity usage (turn off power plug when not in use, don't simply turn on the TV - just watch the programs that we really really like)
- Save water bill (by showering together everytime - ahem ahem :)
- Invest in education plan for my kids - we haven't done this yet and we should start doing this soon.
- My husband has to continue doing his sideline job, to do financial consulting and teaching tuition.
- Lastly, to check out Bills IQ as they offer assistance in the understanding of overall financial health and ways to improve our financial score.
I just thought of posting this because when I was pregnant, I didn't like to eat fish. And I didn't force myself to eat fish. I felt guilty. But then again, there are a lot others which are sources of DHA. I am glad to have found this.
posted by Jan on house and home
posted by Jan on health
Let me count the ways.
- I love the beautiful sceneries I see everytime my husband and I are on travel. My husband travels a lot and sometimes I go with him. The beautiful roadside hills and mountains you see when on Karak Highway are quite stunning.
- I love Genting Highlands and Cameron Highlands. Those are my two favorite holiday destinations. Gentings, mainly because it's a cool and fun place for a family. It's where I took my first rollercoaster and spaceshot rides. Indoor games are quite fun too. I love the archery and shooting archives games. Cameron Highlands is good for family retreats. I and my family have been there a few times for rest and retreat. Tell me, who can resist having an afternoon tea and scones in the middle of a tea plantation?
- I love the way how different cultures are so distinct. There are 3 major people groups here: The Malays; The Chinese; and The Indians (and some other people groups like Eurasian Orang Aslis (tribal people), Kadazans, Melanaus, etc). When you are with Indians, you would feel like you are indeed in India because they have preserved their traditions and ways of life. You would feel the same thing with Chinese and Malays. Each group will have their own customs and traditions that are still existing. A good example would be the postnatal confinement. After giving birth, for a Chinese, you cannot bathe for 30 days! And when a baby reaches his/her 1st month birthday, they will have a moon cake party for the baby. The mother will have a special diet and will be attended by a special 'carer' (confinement lady) for 30 days. Indians will have a 45-day confinement in which the mother will have to be covered from head to toe without having any fan or airconditioner in the room. The baby will have a special ritual after reaching his first month by having a smoke bath. The first month will be spent with pulling of noses and lifting the mouth palette to create a sharper feature. Malays will have a special massage or urut as they call it for postnatal woman. Their stomach will be bound by a long piece of cloth, to help the woman regain her figure. And of course, there are a lot more varieties of traditions and you can find it out once you come and live here.
- I have a flair for Malaysian food, too. My favorites would include nasi lemak, roti canai, briyani rice, curry laksa and banana leaf rice. Banana leaf rice served with freshly-made yogurt is to die for. One thing unique about Malaysians is that they eat 6 times a day: breakfast, morning tea , lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. Hmmm... no wonder I'm gaining so much weight here. I have a hard time controlling my food intake. By the way, have I told you yet: most of restaurants (mamak stalls) here are open till wee hours of the night? That's because Malaysians love to have fellowship over a meal even when it's like in the middle of the night. And we call that meal a supper. That's one thing unique about Malaysia.
- One more thing. The sun rises at around 7:30am and sets at about 7:30pm also.
- lastly (not to say the least), i have fallen in love with a Malaysian. Do I need to say more?
So women, I know that we have a lot to contribute to the benefit of our communities. We have a role in raising good kids to become good citizens and worshipers of God. We have a role in being a good support to our husbands. We have a role in keeping our household intact. Now, we can have another role by of course preserving our stem cells found in our once-in-a-month-painful-and-uncomfortable-period. I know it sounds a bit gross to do that. But if we think it can be of great benefit, especially in treating serious diseases, we can probably overlook it and be of great help! We can go and visit C'elle's website and purchase their C'Elle kit during the "Caring is Sharing" get one free promotion and start saving lives today!
posted by Jan on technology
posted by Jan on household hints
i have wasted so much eggs in the past coz i didn't know how to test their freshness. i would have cracked 4 eggs into a bowl and suddenly, the 5th one would be spoiled and i had to discard all of them because the 5th one is already mixed in.
i have started posting household hints for a couple of weeks now. if you have your household hints and you want to share with me, please leave a comment. thanks!
This week, I am thankful for:
- God's word that has spoken in my heart regarding humility. Sometimes, when we are hurt, we tend to fight back. But God has a way of reminding us not to pay evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
- My understanding and supportive husband. I had such a bad stomachache the other day and he didn't leave for work until he was sure I was okay.
- My daughter has started her playgroup. And since the playgroup is church-based, we go there for free. Imagine the cost of going for playgroup nowadays. you pay something like 20$ just for a 45-minute session. glad there's a church that offers playgroup for free.
there are many reasons why. i get to meet new friends for one. it's just so cool to be connected to other people even from far away places and countries. i get to know other people's cultures, see the way they live their lives and get to see their places. you get to travel around the world without leaving the comfort of home. i get to re-acquaint with old friends too, friends whom i thought i could no longer get in touch with. but with blogging and internet, we are once again reconnected. another reason why i love blogging is that i have an outlet. meaning, i could express how and what i feel at the moment. there are some frustrations that i feel i couldn't share with other people personally and i find i could do that with blogging, saving face. and of course, i can share my successes and joys in being a parent and a wife, too.
there are so many bloggers around the world. and the number is growing by the minute (or seconds?). that's because there are so many benefits you could gain from it. the only thing with blogging is when you get addicted to it. yes, it has some disadvantages too. you tend to do more blogging than taking care of kids. you tend to sleep late because of blogging even in the wee hours of the night. and it could result to carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). what is it? carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist, which is sometimes developed through constant typing. i know quite a few friends who have developed cts just because they blog too much... as if there's no life other than blogging. the good news is there's a carpal tunnel relief. isn't that amazing? now we can blog more because there is already a relief to cts. IMAK's products are designed and perfected under the watchful eye of Dr. Ian MacMorran, an orthopedic surgeon with years of experience. And they are very sure of 100% satisfaction for the relief of carpal tunnel syndrome. you can find more about it by clicking the image below.
posted by Jan on household hints
make you own, greek-style yogurt by first warming 1 liter (35 fl oz) of UHT or sterilized milk to blood heat and then gently stirring in the contents of a small pot of natural yogurt. Pur the mixture into a warmed vacuum flask and screw tightly before leaving the flask and screw on the lid tightly before leaving the flask in a warm place overnight. The next day, pour the yoghurt through either a fine sieve or a piece of muslin draped over a colander to separate the thick yoghurt from any liquid whey. (You could use the whey in cooking or could even wash your hair with it!) If you don't have any UHT or sterilized milk, you need to bring 1 liter of pasteurized milk to the boil, let it cool to blood heat and then continue with the method described above.
posted by Jan on health
when i was pregnant, i have researched about Cord Blood banking and such. we have inquired at the hospital where i was going to deliver my baby about it also. but the cost of banking cord blood is so expensive. we thought, never mind, just throw it away. nothing will happen to our family. i was wrong. should we had banked it, thusiani, my cousin who is affected with lymphoma, could have benefited from it. if we knew The Value of Cord Blood, we wouldn't have to think twice of the cost of banking it.
This month, Cryo-Cell, a leading research company of cord blood banking is announcing that July is the month of cord blood banking awareness. I am glad of that. It is good to let people know about the benefits of cord blood banking. With a lot of diseases nowadays, people are finding ways on how to treat them, including Treating Diseases with Stem Cells. All parents and parents-to-be should be aware of this and consider banking our baby's cord blood. for the benefit of our health.
posted by Jan on tags
ITS HARDER THAN IT LOOKS! Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following. They have to be real places, names, and things. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same first initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
Your name: Janet
Four words: Jolly, Juicy, Jest, Just
Boy name: Jan Schenker (my son)
Girl name: Jan Samantha (my daughter)
Something you can wear: Jumper
Something found in a kitchen: Juicer
Something you shout: Jeez!
Something you do at school: Jot
Name of an animal: Jaguar
Name of a Beer/or liqour: Jack Daniel's?
Name a holiday:
Name a body part: Jaw
posted by Jan on family travels
posted by Jan on household tips
Also, there is one song that kept ringing in my ear since my brother-in-law's wedding. This Is the Day by Steve Green:
I’m so glad He made you
With its rising sun you are here by my side
You are more than a dream come true
Oh to have you, to hold you, to love you, to pray
To share with, to care with
To hold hands and say
This is the day that the Lord has made
And I will rejoice, I will rejoice with you.
This is the love that the Lord has made
You and I we are one
Love is a misery, we’re unfolding today
written for us in the sun
Oh for better, for worse, for richer, for poor
Each day have passes, I love you more
‘Coz this is the day that the Lord has made
And I will rejoice, I will rejoice with you.
This is the day…(4x)
This is the day…
Christian Music Lyrics | Christian Gospel Song
posted by Jan
posted by Jan
I just attended my brother-in-law's wedding and I can say... it was truly a success. They may have not enough time doing the preparation but everything went smooth on that day. It was very special... and grand in a different way. I say in different way coz my wedding was also grand, but in a different way also.
They had the wedding ceremony at church. My boy was the page boy. And my, how my son looked adorable in his suit, smiling all the way. The ceremony was simple, with just the ring and thali to be given to both. Ring signifies their unity together as done universally. Thali is usually done by indian costums. Thali (a chain) is given to the bride by the groom, as a symbol of ownership.
Indian food was served for lunch right after the ceremony. Tea ceremony came next. It was awesome to see different cultures being put together. It was my first time to witness a tea ceremony. The couple would kneel down and serve tea to the elder who are sitting on the chair. This symbolizes respect to the elders. The elders in return give ang pao to the couple, which symbolizes giving blessing to the couple. Ang pao is a red envelope (with money inside) given by Chinese to family members and friends.