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Monday, July 14, 2014

Hidden Hunger and the new Horlicks Chocolate!

According to Professor Dr Khor Geok Lin, Professor of Nutrition from the International Medical University Malaysia (IMU), Hidden hunger is unlike the hunger that comes from a lack of food. It is a chronic lack of vitamins and minerals that often has no visible warning signs, so that people who suffer from it may not even be aware of it. Its consequences are nevertheless disastrous; as hidden hunger can lead to poor mental development, poor physical health and productivity. 

“Women and children from the lower income groups in developing countries are often the most affected, but local studies in Malaysia have shown that even school children in urban areas like KL and PJ have micronutrient deficiencies including that of vitamin D; which is important for the absorption of calcium. Zinc, iron and iodine deficiencies also have been observed in Malaysian children. Thus, it is important to inform mothers and educate children from young to eat right and have a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.

B has been saying that she wants to be Tall, Sharp & Strong as and when she is offer with food.  She will keep saying, Mummy, vegetable is good for my body, I can grow taller and reach the switch.. and bla bla bla... also, she always very cautious when her body temperature went up a little, she is fearing she will be 'grounded' if she is sick. LOL!

Since its global introduction over 100 years ago, Horlicks® has stayed true to its original positioning as a quality, nourishing product that supports the health of the entire family. The brand enjoys the trust of generations of discerning mothers, a relationship which has been nurtured by the brand through significant fortification of its formula over the years. Today, the Horlicks® formula helps address ‘hidden hunger’, a nutritional issue related to micronutrient deficiencies, which still exists amongst children in Malaysia.

I remembered back in those days, my nanny will had us drink Horlick, and it is one of the healthiest drink to get all the nutrien in us.  BUT, I am one of the rebellious ones, who not only DIS-liking it, but hate it to max.  I am so glad I found the alternative now after 30 years!  Horlick came in Chocolate Malt!!!

Jeng jeng jeng jeng...

"We want to be tall, sharp, and strong!' says kids at the launch of Horlicks Chocolate, together with (back, left) Katharine Chen, Marketing Director, GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia and (back, right) Rachel Ferdinando, Vice President and General Manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare Malaysia & Brunei.

Power packed with 23 vital nutrients, including calcium to support the growth of strong bones, protein to help build body tissues, as well as multivitamins and minerals, the new Horlicks® Chocolate possesses the natural goodness of milk, malted barley and wheat to support the overall nutritional needs of children.

I prepared for B to try (yes, my girl need trying.  If she likes it, she will take.. if not, sorry) and she like it.  She obviously prefer it 'cold' but I allowed that.  For me, it's more for her to 'chop' down the drink and not having a tug of war and get her unnecessary hated it just like me.  So, if she prefers it cold, she gets it cold as long as she don't give me the 'cough' after drinking.

I find this taste 'thicker' than other chocolate malt drink, and also fragrant.  And to add on to all my other products, I use this to add in my baking too!  B had 4 cupcakes (gone without me taking photo).  
Look out for the new Horlicks® Chocolate at all supermarkets, hypermarkets and provision stores in 200g (RM6.50), 400g (RM10.50), 1kg (RM21.50) and 2kg packs (RM42.00) or in 3-in-1 sachets (RM10.50) for convenience.

About Horlicks®
Horlicks®, 'The Great Family Nourisher’, is a nutritional drink made from wheat, milk and malted barley and contains essential vitamins and minerals for wholesome nourishment of the entire family. Throughout its history, Horlicks® has provided nourishing refreshment for millions of children and adults all over the world.

About GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

At Consumer Healthcare, we bring products across four categories – oral health, wellness, nutrition and skin health   – to millions of people. Many of our brands, such as Horlicks®, Polident®, Sensodyne®, Panadol®, and Scott’s® are familiar around the world.

The Great Scott Calorie Light Challenge

Malaysians love to eat, so what could be better than enjoying favourite local treats but with fewer calories? Brand-new Scott® Calorie Light Premium Towel is specifically designed for superior oil absorbency, to help tackle one of the main concerns of fellow Malaysians – high calorie consumption. The product is made to absorb oil easily and effectively, especially the excess oil from the surface of foods, hence one could enjoy delicious great food yet with a reduced calorie intake from fat by up to 25 %*!.

Scott® Calorie Light Premium Towel is tested by an independent party, and found to reduce calorie intake from fat by an average of 25%* just using 3 sheets of Scott® Calorie Light kitchen towel to soak up the excess oil from foods like fried chicken before serving. It is made with revolutionary Fiber-Tech technology, and from 100% natural pulp in a thicker weave to support superior oil absorbency. The towel is also infused with green tea extract, an ingredient that is long known and used for fat reduction.

I have been waking up 1 hour earlier every morning now as B don't enjoy school food anymore and requesting to have her lunch box instead.  I need to make sure she has a balance diet, and on top of that, to reduce as much calorie intakes since she loves fried stuff too!  Just the other day, she requested for the Crunchy Fried Chicken for school.

I have marinated some chicken in curry powder just a 2 days ago, and decided instead of cooking curry chicken, let me fry it for her since she requested it.  It's simple and easy, fast going thing to do.  Moreover, I was walking passed this promo just few weeks back, and decided to try out the napkins!

The recipe call for below:-

Step 1 - Marinate the Chicken
1)  Chicken (any party that you prefer)
2)  Ready mix curry powder, salt, pepper to your liking.
3)  Marinated over-night(s)

Step 2 - Prepare Coating Batter - optional
1)  Flour or any seasoning frying powder
2)  1 Egg
3)  1 TBS Oil

Step 3 - Once the cooking mood kicks in, fry, air-fry, deep-fry as preferred (I use my air-fryer)

Step 4 - Once cooked, place the chicken on the Scoot Towel.

It's optional to do the coating batter, I did that since B likes the 'keropok' after frying.

Viola, simple and nice.  Being a working mother, I cannot afford to have nicely presented food for B in the morning but I will not compromise on her health and taste of food to suit her best.  Here below was what B had in school with the fried chicken.  I prepared here Miso soup with carrot bits, mee and cut out fried chicken.  The balance of it, went into my tummy!  I can eat at ease, knowing I am having less calories!

The new Scott® Calorie Light Premium Towels is available at major supermarkets, hypermarkets, minimarkets and provision stores nationwide at the recommended retail price of RM 6.20 for 2-roll and RM14.90 for 6-roll packs (West Malaysia) and RM 6.80 for 2-roll and RM16.40 for 6-roll packs (East Malaysia).

* Based on the reading of calories from fat (Kcal/100g), tests were conducted by third party international laboratories using 3 Scott® Calorie Light towels on fried chicken.

About Scott®
Scott® Kitchen Towels was first introduced in 1907 in the United States and for over a century now, generations of smart shoppers have trusted Scott® for products that won't compromise their families' comfort or their wallets. Scott® Kitchen Towel features unique ridges that quickly and effectively absorb messes and leave surfaces clean and dry. That’s why the entire family can count on Scott® Kitchen Towels to provide a sensible balance of great value and performance. Also available is Scott® facial tissues and Scott® bath tissues. Scott®, for great performance with less fuss.

Monday, June 30, 2014


I am not a very filial child.  YES, I admit!!  I cannot tolerate well with my parents, especially my mum.  Not that I don't love her, but seriously, it's getting all difficult to be in agreement with her 'some' times.

I don't really get sick while I was young, not even a fall or anything.  I don't have my parents caring for me on a sick bed.   I seldom see myself nursing 'sickness'.  Mostly, my relationship with my parents are more of 'material' sharing instead of 'feel'.  I can be 'manja' during sick, but not those serious ones.. just trying to pull through not needed to attend school.

BUT, on the day of the arrival of Breanna, I can totally feel my mum's love (but even so, we both are really too stubburn to admit).  I see my mum trying to fix up the mess for me, a mess which I will have to carry it through my life.  It was because of my mum, my aunt decided to come helping me out during my confinement, and my mum sorted out the food and some other stuffs too.  I figured out (just last week) that the way my mum shows her love to me is by nagging non stop and me being one rebellious one, will surely answer her! Strange but a real communication way with both of us.  Seriously, the following conversation happens, at the moment when I was wheeled out of the theatre after B's birth, and I saw my mum:-

Me:  Mum..
Mum:  Hm, how's are you?
Me:  Pain
Mum:  Ah.. pain right...

I was like, what kind of statement was she trying to tell me, I am in pain la.  At least say la you can understand and sayang me abit, ish ish.... BUT I know, she feel the pain I was going through... the pain of not just giving birth, but the pain that I am going through all this on my own.  She felt it.. really... That's why she was 'pretty' angry with me making such a big 'drama' in my life.  She can see my 'future' having the wrestle with the decision I made. She feel the pain for me.  When I am in the ward, she did present me with the 'confinement' need food such as red dates water, and also ginger wine chicken with rice la.. see see, that's what I mean with the relationship of myself and my mum.. we DO it out, but we don't SAY it... we will bring pain to each other by words, but by action, we showed the love affection of us.. weird isn't it?

I tell you, this ONCE in a lifetime drama is good enough for my mum to show her love, tolerance and care for me.  The Chinese saying goes, one time capital back!

My mum's age is also catching up while mine is growing.  One way of another to let her know that I can take care of myself now, and she should just slow down and make less worry and comment about me, aka less nagging.  I can see her fragile movement sometimes, and I am considering getting her the AIG Injury Guard.  At least, if there is any accidents, she has additional coverage.  Sometimes, elders her age, is not easy to get any more insurance coverage.  I referred to this brochure for the information.  Injury Guard can be purchased by phone or online with a debit or credit card (from as low as 93 sen a day!), without the need for long queues, tedious forms and medical check-ups, and is effective immediately upon purchase.

I can't promise my mum the sky and heaven, but all I can is to continue praying for her good health, and maybe guarding her from any form of physical injuries.  I will work towards whatever I can for her.  I know I am now can't meet any of this target.  Sad indeed but I know I can work it through.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Peppa Pig and NoQ Store

I am totally defeated by this pig now.  So helpless that my girl been sticking on the Ipad watching this over and over again.  Don't ask me how she was exposed to this, as for someone who can't read, spell and all, she found this herself!!  I am in a total fight with her since she glue herself there for a long time especially during this school holiday!  We even have to 'battle' going school tomorrow topic.. ish ish... bad pig at times!

Thank GOD I was referred to NoQ Store, which I decided to purchase some Peppa Pig books instead of letting my girl watch the show non stop over and over again.  I must now get her interest in reading, and hopefully by getting the Peppa books, she will read more and watch less!

My itchy hands went to click click some books, and ter-buy the followings.  






NoQStore it's an online bookstore and currently having some discounts.  I so love when I can shop at the comfort of my own home and not thinking that I need to lug all the books along and this will be delivered to my door steps.  Purchase only RM50 and above, books will be deliver for free!  How nice right?  Now I only need to sit back and relax with the delivery. 

On top of the this, I also got good 'lobang' aka 'kang tao' for all of you who read this.  If you are thinking to purchase some books from NoQStore too, you can apply a discount code CYNFUL upon checkout.  You will be entitle to an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases from NOW until 31st October 2014.  

Enjoy shopping!

Stay tune for my update on my books upon it's arrival.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Genting Trip - A Date with Peter Marvey Magician Without Limits

I was up in Genting over the weekend.  An overly packed weekend I would say (will blog about it next).  Let me blog on this amazing show that I watched up the hill FIRST!  We were there for Peter Marvey's Magician Without Limits.

I read up about Peter Marvey before heading up to the hill, and was looking forward for this.  This is the first time that B watching magic show, and for me, it's been ages.  I was getting excited about it, and I totally forgotten to bring B to theme park that night before the show until we walked passed the theme park on our way to the show!!!  Wasted a few hours in the room and she didn't even nap!

This is the floor plan of the seats, and we were at the VIP section.  Nice and clear view.

When the show first start, it has an introduction of Peter's previous performances, and we were immediately bring to an 'awww' with an illusion act like below:-

A few interactive activities with the audience, and B actually wanted to volunteer herself to be up on stage.  She felt it so amazing with Peter able to ride the monowheel after the body being 'split' into 2!! hahaha... But her hands were too short to be noticed.

In addition to those amazing acts, one most 'important' and awaiting acts will be the 'dream flying' act!!!  Wow, imagine B eyes when she saw someone actually flying?!!

Peter Marvey will be performing from 28th May 2014 until 18th November 2014, every night at 9pm in the Genting International Showroom (GISR).  If you finding one activity to do during weekend / school holiday, this is greatly recommended.  Ticket pricing can refer HERE.

Before I sign-off, here a video of one of the Magic Moment!

p/s:  The above pictures & videos are from Genting website, as we are not allowed to do any photo or video capturing during the show which I will say it's a big regret.

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