Royale Of The Day

There is something just so satisfying about a bowl of steaming hot instant noodle, eaten in the middle of the night, while watching your favourite TV series (for me, it would be The Vampire Diaries). The steaminess of the flavourful broth and the slippery springy noodles just gets me through so many emotions. It’s my ultimate guilty pleasure.

I usually prefer Tom Yam flavour for its hot and spiciness, but I recently tried a new flavour from Maggi’s latest range – Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry. Now I don’t usually like curry flavour for my instant noodle, but this one is just different. It actually tastes like real curry. I like!

Maggi is undoubtedly one of the biggest manufacturers of instant noodles in the world. In fact, it’s so famous in Malaysia that we Malaysians even call instant noodles as “maggi”, not necessarily referring to the brand. The Maggi Royale is their latest premium range and once you taste it, you could really tell the difference. The noodles are springier, and the seafood broth is rich and creamy, with real toasted belacan. OMG I’m salivating as I’m typing this. #dugaanpuasa hehe.

 

IMG_7225It comes with 3 packets of seasonings – prawn seasoning powder, seafood chili paste and creamer.

 

Usually when I make instant noodles for myself, I just add an egg and that’s it. But the other day, I decided to add more ingredients to the Maggi Royale Penang Seafood Curry as it was for buka puasa (was too tired to cook as we went out shopping from morning till late afternoon) and I want to look like I actually made some cooking effort *ehem*.

 IMG_7223I added these extra ingredients: prawns, fish balls, fried tofu and hard boiled eggs.

For this Maggi Royale, I cooked the noodles and the broth separately. It’s important to use the right amount of water for the broth; so measure the water according to the packet instructions and then bring the water to a boil. I added the prawn seasoning powder and seafood chili paste, fried tofu, fish balls and prawns before adding the creamer. You know it’s ready when the prawns turned pink.

Place the noodles in a bowl and pour the broth. Breathe in the aroma and dig in!

 

IMG_6639I served it with hard boiled eggs and sambal for that extra kick of flavour.

My husband almost thought I made this seafood curry from scratch because he said it didn’t taste “instant”. It’s really that good!

Did I entice to having a bowl of Maggi Royale right now? Give it a try! You can try out the recipe that I’ve created here (ahem), or better still, make the noodles with your own twist to create your #Royaloftheday.

Visit #MaggiRoyale‘s official website to get more ideas!



Road Trip Around The City

It was 6am on a beautiful Sunday morning. I am usually not awake yet at this hour on weekends, but that day was an exception. My daily routine mainly revolves around indoor activities with my children, so it’s great to have something to do outdoors once in a while. We had made plans to have a picnic at Putrajaya Botanical Garden and proceeded to prepare our food and drinks in a picnic basket that morning.

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I love that the Honda CR-V’s boot space is large and spacious! We managed to pack everything in the boot, together with the girls’ bicycles.

 

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Our next activity involved animal petting at Farm In The City. Even if it is short distance, travelling with young children can be pretty challenging but I like that the Honda CR-V has all that my family needs in one car. To make the car ride even more enjoyable, I played our favourite songs from my iPhone, thanks to the built-in USB port.

The animals in Farm in the City are free to roam in their own enclosures and my girls really enjoyed feeding and touching the animals. They even get to do a little bit of ‘longkang’ fishing and ride on a pony!

 

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After that, we went to the newly opened shopping centre in Cyberjaya, D’Pulze for lunch. We discovered an indoor playground for kids and after about 2 hours of jumping around and diving into the ball pits, it was time to head to our last destination of the day.

We took the girls to Putra Square in Putrajaya for a bicycle ride. It was such a great spot for family activities with a breathtaking view of the Putra Mosque.

 

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At the end of our road trip, we were quite surprised that our tank was still half full as we only pumped RM50 of fuel. My husband was pretty sure that the ECON mode that he used has helped to improve the fuel efficiency - all the more reason to love this car.

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Ariani Lebaran 2015

Salam Ramadhan all!

It’s the third day of Ramadhan today. Alhamdulillah, so far so good. But time flies so fast, huh. It felt like I just wished you guys happy new year last month… and suddenly half a year has passed! Let us strive to make the most of this Ramadhan so that it doesn’t slip away just like that.

Anyway, a few days before Ramadhan, I attended Ariani Lebaran Fashion Show at Mandarin Oriental KL. It was my second time attending Ariani’s fashion show and I was looking forward to it because their events are always so big and grand.

 

IMG_6505My sister and I at their photobooth, just outside the Grand Ballroom

 
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IMG_6441Love the Moroccan theme. Everything is so bold and bright!

This year’s event was even more extravagant as Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanky Sultanah Hajah Haminah was there, as well as other important guests including Toh Puan Datuk Seri Utama Hajah Majimor binti Sharif, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis.

 

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IMG_6458And then there’s us, with Shea. Hehe

IMG_6469With the rest of the bloggers. I’m pretty sure you know who is who!

Ariani has been in the Muslimah fashion industry for 8 years now, with various tudung choices for all ages. This year’s fashion show showcased over 40 designs from their ‘Graceful Lebaran’ and ‘Lavish Lebaran’ collections. These collections feature lots of plain and printed shawls in vibrant colors, as well as pastel hues. Lace, Swarovski crystals and embellishments add a touch of luxe in their ‘Lavish Lebaran’ collection.

 

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TDP_5902They also have telekung collection now

 

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Those beautiful jubahs and dresses you see on the models are some of Ariani’s ready-to-wear collection, which they had just launched recently. They are all affordably priced, and best part is, they are now available online at www.arianionline.com.

Yes guys, you can now shop for Ariani at the comfort of your home! Yay to more online shopping choices! #iloveonlineshopping



Superhero Moment

There’s something magical that happens when you enter motherhood. Suddenly, BAM! Your inner superhero revealed herself. All the “powers” you never knew you possessed just sprang into action!

Ok, so we may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or fight crimes on the street, or save thousands of people from atomic explosions, but we moms sure have our own super powers!

Don’t believe me?

Well as moms, we have so many responsibilities and we also hold so many job titles. We are the chef, the caretaker, the housekeeper, the chauffeur, the alarm clock, the teacher, the nurse, the handyman, the nutritionist, the laundry maid, the personal assistant, the photographer, the life coach, the event planner, the therapist, the wardrobe stylist, the personal shopper, and the list goes on. Sometimes we even do a few things at once. I mean, who else can feed the baby, reply an email and talk on the phone all at the same time? Heck, we can even go without sleep for days! I think that is some kind of a superhero power. *blows nails*

 

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But what amazes me the most is the supersonic hearing that God has given to us moms (that, and the unconditional love we have for our kids even when they drive us crazy!).

You know, before becoming a mom, I was a very heavy sleeper. Alarms don’t wake me up, nor the loud banging on the door. My mom used to joke that even an earthquake won’t wake me up (it’s that serious)!

But now that I’m a mom, things have changed. I have changed. I have now become super alert and I can even hear the sound of a cry or a thud in the middle of the night, from the other room, with my supersonic hearing. It’s like a miracle! It must be a mom thing.

I am convinced that our alertness and strength may double or even triple when our children are in distress. It’s like we have a telepathic power that can sense when things are not right or something.

Like the other day, I was awaken by a faint sound from my kids’ room at around 3 o’clock in the morning. I went to check on them and saw my eldest child was shivering. I felt her forehead and sure enough she was burning up with fever. Turns out, she had tonsillitis and her temperature was quite high (39°C). 

I don’t think I really slept during those nights when my child was sick. I think I woke up every hour to check if her temperature spiked again, or whether she was breathing fine, or if she was too cold, or whether she needed a drink because she kept telling me her throat felt hot. And then came morning, I had to do my usual routine despite having a headache and backache from lack of sleep. Headache or not, mom duty must still go on (thank God for Panadol Actifast, an instant headache relief)!

 

IMG_3503Lunch in bed because she was too weak to move around.

Being a superhero mom is not about being a perfect mom. There’s no such thing! It’s about doing the best that you can for your children. Whether it’s looking after a sick child, or killing a cockroach with your bare foot to “save” your children from it (I cannot believe I actually did that – once), or fixing broken dolls, we are all superheroes in the eyes of our children.

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We might not be anything to someone else, but to our children, we are everything!



Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I just started my day with the most delectable chocolate treat – Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

I can’t believe how good it was. So creamy and dreamy, and it’s secretly super healthy. Who doesn’t love that!

 

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Chia seeds, as we all know, have been in the “superfood” limelight for the past few years because of its amazing nutrient density and health benefits. I usually just toss chia seeds in my protein shake and chug away, but this morning, I decided to try something new.

This recipe has been in my to-try list for months now (along with other yummy healthy recipes which I have yet to try) and I finally gotten around to do it. Not that it was hard or anything, it was actually very simple. No cooking required! (Don’t you just love that? hehe).

 

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 tbsp pure Maple syrup (or you can substitute with honey)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into a jar, cover it, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

Serve pudding with your desired toppings (berries, bananas, kiwi, mango, pomegranate seeds, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, dried cranberries, raisins, Greek yogurt, etc).

I had my pudding with strawberries, toasted pecans and desiccated coconut.

 

IMG_6008I do not know how many calories is in this pudding, but let’s just pretend that it’s calorie free because it’s healthy. Hehe (I got the spoon on Etsy, by the way)