15 January 2021

My LASIK Eye Surgery Story.

I have waited years for me to finally sit down and write this post - to say in this safe place that I finally did it. 

And I really did. 

It was such a long journey to get to this destination - and there were two main reasons for it. 

First was the fact that it is very expensive - like five-figures expensive and it would take me so long to save that kind of money because I have zero discipline whatsoever. The second was that I became pregnant very quickly after getting married (intended to of course) and then got pregnant again (very quickly too) with the second baby before Alex even turned one. Then, with breastfeeding and all, it was on hold for longer than I had wanted to. 

My piggy bank has not grown a lot also actually but it was enough for me to proceed with it because Optimax Penang has zero interest installments heh. 

I was mentally ready to get my vision corrected and to not rely on contact lenses and glasses anymore because, for too many years, I have been really dependent on them. 

Enough is enough. Hah. 

I have gathered enough information from the internet and friends to know the can-dos and cannot-dos and what to do before scheduling an appointment. 

Ten days before I plan to call Optimax Penang to schedule an appointment, I had already gotten rid of (kept in the drawer) my monthly reusable contact lens and was wearing glasses only - 24/7. It was uncomfortable and my vision was not super clear. 

But of course, I had to endure it heh - worth it la, please.

On the day of the appointment, Vanessa went with me because I was told that I would not be able to drive after the detailed eye checking and testing. The tests were all painless. For the final eye examination, they had to dilate my eyes (sounds like giving birth right? - check dilation and all heh) so that my pupils will be bigger and they will be able to check thoroughly the condition of my optic nerve and retina. 

This is also painless. They put some drops onto both my eyes and waited for like 15-minutes and I was ready to go through one last check. One thing I hate most about this pupil dilation is that my vision turned super blur and I had to see everything very near - like I could not see my phone screen unless it is right in front of my eyes and I have to remove my glasses - not convenient at all. 

That is why they asked for someone to get you home because there is absolutely no way you can drive home after having your eyes dilated. No way at all. Please don't gau-gau try all. Cannot means cannot liau. 

After all the eye examinations are done, I went into the office with the Optometrist (mine was Yeong) and he explained everything he found from the tests and he also went through with me the three Lasik Eye Surgery there is in Optimax Penang - then he would recommend which one he thinks its best for my eyes. 

FYI - not everyone can get their vision corrected via Lasik eye surgery okay. If your cornea is too thin, then you are not able to ever get your vision corrected via Lasik. Maybe got other kinds of 'treatment' but I was not told because my cornea is quite thick. 

And I know you surely want to know what can cause your cornea to get thinner - the answer is nothing. It's genetic. You are either born with a thin cornea or a thick one. Simple simple. 

The normal range for cornea thickness should range from 470 microns to 630 microns. Mine was at 580 (left eye) and 583 microns (right eye). Phew. Yeong also mentioned that the cornea cannot be too thin after the procedure and mine would be left at about 463 microns (for both eyes) after the Lasik surgery so it is all still good. 

I was genuinely afraid that my corneas would be too thin for the procedure - because then I would be for real stuck with glasses and contact lenses my whole life, but thankful that it was not the case. 

Also, if your cornea is funny-shaped like not full healthy kind, they will also not proceed with any Lasik treatment for you. Hence, it is very important for you to do an eye examination before getting your hopes too high. 

Once Yeong shared with me the good news - he proceeds to explain the 3 Lasik procedures of which I will summarize (sort of) below. 

  • Also known as Customized All Lased LASIK.
  • A Femtosecond laser is used to create a flap on the cornea.
  • The flap will then be lifted up to expose the inner layers of the cornea.
  • Another laser called Excimer laser will be used to re-shape the inner layers on the cornea (changing the eye's power). 
  • Then, the flap will be placed back down again and close the cornea. 
  • Recovery time is 1-3 days for the vision to be fully restored. 
  • Cost - RM 4,588 per eye. 


  • No corneal flap creation is needed. 
  • The top layer of the cornea (called Epithelium) will be removed. 
  • The Excimer laser is used to re-shape the inner layers of the cornea. 
  • After the procedure, you are required to wear a bandage contact lens for a month. 
  • This procedure is recommended for people with thin corneas. 
  • Recovery time is 1 month. 
  • Cost - RM4,588 per eye.


  • A less invasive way to treat short-sightedness and astigmatism. 
  • No corneal flap is required. 
  • The Femtosecond laser is used to create a lenticule in the inner layers of the cornea and penetrate through without any cutting involved. 
  • A small micro-incision (4mm) is created on the side. 
  • The lenticule earlier will then be removed through the micro-incision and vision will then be corrected. 
  • Recovery time is 1-3 days. 
  • Cost - RM6,588 per eye or RM6,888 per eye (depending on which doctor you choose)
So, with the 3 procedures shared, I obviously was going to choose the less invasive and fastest recovery time. 

I mean hello, I've got 2 young babies and they are not going to allow me to rest my eyes whatsoever. They are a pair of balekos you know. Hah. I love it though. 

So yeah, I chose the ReLex SMILE LASIK procedure because it is one the latest technology and since these are my eyes we talking about, surely I was going to choose the more experienced doctor to handle the entire procedure - but he was not available that week. 

I made the appointment to go through the LASIK surgery with Yeong on that day itself and he confirmed the appointment with me a few hours later via WhatsApp. 

I had wanted to do it on that weekend itself but I had a work duty that I could not get out of, so had to apply for annual leave, no choice. 

We made some arrangements for the kids to have sleepovers at their grandparents' and cousins' house for 2-nights because we figured that I could use a full-8-hours-rest for a night without them first - to make sure that I heal properly. 

Adrian was very paranoid about the whole healing process because he was just so afraid for me. Heh. It was cute (at first) then we got too intense because he would scold me every time I use the phone for one second. Hah. 

Anyways, so that was the pre-LASIK eye examination that everyone had to go through and it took about 2-hours or so. 

After the examination, I still had to continue wearing my glasses till the day of surgery but one more week only so that's fine la. 

We drove down to KL on Monday night (after work), and went to Optimax TTDI on Tuesday morning - apparently it is the only Optimax in KL that can do this ReLex SMILE procedure. I was accompanied by my husband of course, who was working there in the waiting area. 

After doing another round of some eye tests there to confirm the earlier tests, I was asked to make the payment first - which made sense because later people do already, refuse to pay how. 

I wrote down (earlier) my cousin's name in the "How do you know about us" because I had initially thought she did the LASIK procedure with Optimax but later found out that she went to Sunway Hospital and Optimax gave a discount of RM100 per eye - which I didn't even know got such promo! I guess this means Optimax KL did not check haha. 

I was then ushered into another waiting area with a man and another woman who was waiting in line to go through ReLex SMILE surgery. I was the second one in line. 

In the fancier-waiting-lounge, we were asked to change our clothes into a surgery gown and we were also briefed about the entire procedure by our doctor (Doctor Chuah Kay Leong). 

Before entering this lounge, I was getting more scared but after talking to Doctor Chuah, I was a lot more relaxed because he was telling us every single step that was going to take place. He was very detailed so there were no surprises at all. 

After that, they put some numbing drops into our eyes and we continued waiting for our turns to go into the Procedure Room. 

When it was my turn, I had to remove my glasses and someone held my hand as we walked into the room. From my 700-power of vision, I saw a massive white machine and then, I was asked to lie down (looked like an MRI machine that we see in movies) - then before Doctor Chuah does anything, he would say them. 

After what seems like 20-seconds, the machine then moves me in another direction and the top machine would move down on me (I think) and closes up to my right eye. The machine will then say, "Suction on!" and I just had to look at the green dot in that machine. 

Within 26-seconds, the machine said, "Suction off!" and it was done deal. 

Doctor Chuah then did something on my left eye and the same thing goes. 26-seconds later, my left eye also done deal. It was so fast I could not believe it. 

The most shocking thing about this entire experience is I felt no pain at all. ZERO PAIN. ZERO DISCOMFORT. It was that easy and that comfortable. Don't know I scared for what also earlier. 

It is nothing like what you watched in Final Destination movie la okay. I know what you were thinking! Hah. Cos my husband was terrified for me - he kept referencing the movie. 

My vision was somewhat very blurred still but I could make up of things around me. I went into the changing room to change back into my clothes and went out. 

I thought I was going to have a problem recognizing Adrian at the common waiting area but surprisingly I could see but it was a blur. 

We left the place, bought lunch and I slept in the entire afternoon. 

We went back to Optimax TTDI for a post-LASIK surgery check-up and that was it. 

The other post-surgery check-ups were all done in Optimax Penang at no extra costs. 

Ohh - Optimax also offered a lifelong warranty if your power comes back. I guess if the thickness of your cornea is still able to go through a LASIK procedure, then it would be okay but if not, then I don't know what's next. Haha. 

So far, I went for 3 check-ups already and did not pay for any of them. So far so good. 

It has been a month and my vision now is restored from 700 to 25 in each eye. My vision so clear I love it, and not having to rely on glasses/contact lenses anymore - so best, please. 

So, how much does it really costs to get your vision corrected with the ReLex SMILE LASIK procedure?

I (Adrian) paid a total of RM12,976. The original price was RM13,176 (RM6,588 per eye) but got an RM200 discount because of the "referral". 

Adrian offered to pay the whole thing as my in-advance-birthday gift so that was a surprise - a very very nice surprise. Heh. Thank you, baby boy. 

A lot of you reached out to me after knowing about my LASIK experience and I realized that MANY of you had wanted to do it also but never got enough courage to do it, and/or unsure if it is worth spending that money. 

I am here to tell you that if you have been dependent on visual aid (like glasses or contact lenses) for a very long time and it' pain in the behind, it will be worth every penny you spend on. We are talking about many many years of not depending on visual aids. Longer years if you take care of your eyes and provide your eyes with the vitamins it needs. 

Ever since my eye examination with Optimax, I am suddenly awaken to the fact that if we do not take care of our eyes now, it will be too late when we realized we had to and there will nothing we can do anymore when it is too late. 

I don't know about you, but vision is one of the most important thing to me. 

So, I started taking Astaxanthin and trying Isotonix Vizion Powder. If you spend most of your working time looking at a screen, you should start taking supplements that takes care of your eyes - seriously. 

Adrian looks at the screen (laptop and phone) most of his waking time so I'm making him take these vitamins too. For him, this is more important that taking Calcium. Heh. 

So yes, if you are hesitant about going for LASIK or not, I 100% feel that you should - but that's just me - but again, it is life-changing. 

Oh, and before you go - here's the video of my entire LASIK experience. I filmed as much as I can. Enjoy! 

Till next time, bye now. 

04 January 2021

The Secret to Losing Belly Fats in 30 Days!

 Is there really a secret?

Maybe yes, maybe no.

Okaylah - share with you the secret to lose weight that works! 

Got my "transformation photo" below so keep on reading okay. 

It's not new news that I have always wanted to lose weight - more accurately my belly fats. I only really wanted to lose them after giving birth to two humans because I feel like I'm still pregnant (from the looks of it). My belly is still pretty bulged out (in my opinion) - still too big for my own liking. 

I don't feel attractive just yet so that means work is in progress. 

I have tried many kinds of ways to lose the belly fats but nothing worked. 

Nothing worked because I did not have a program or timeline to stick to and of course, motivation was not there. It was not strong enough for me to follow through. 

I bet you want to know what the secret is right? 

Disclaimer - this not-so-secret-secret is not to just lose belly fats la, please. It's losing weight overall and having a healthier lifestyle. I remembered feeling so stressed out wanting to lose weight (belly fats) because I had to like fast for many hours, replaced meals, and forced myself into doing extreme workouts oh my gosh. 

Getting in shape should be straight-forward and achievable - and affordable! 

When TLS 30-Day Jump Start Program came to Malaysia (end of 2020), I was super excited because I read as much as I can on it and decided that it was not too expensive to start - as compared to other weight-loss programs out there that costs at least few thousands. 

Many years ago, my dad joined a weight management program from a brand and he paid about RM5,000+ (3-months program) - he did lose the weight but I was not going to pay so much when I can pay less than RM1,000 to do just the same! 

There are also some testimonials from friends who have lost an incredible amount of weight - I mean like their 'before' and 'after' transformation is really impressive but when I asked more on how they do it - many of them mentioned 'meal-replacement' and Adrian is the biggest anti-meal-replacement programs. 

Surely they will lose weight fast because they are replacing real meals with protein shakes and all. And once they stop with the 'replace-meal programs, they will gain all their weight back. True enough - I have seen such situations to know how to avoid it. 

I was thankful to know that TLS 30-Day Jump Start Kit does not (at all) encourage meals-replacement and the kit even includes health supplements that help with the overall being. I of course especially love Isotonix OPC-3 (and Vitamin B Complex) because it helps me with energy-boosting for an entire day. 

It's a life-changer. 

The other product that I love (from the TLS 30-Day Jump Start Kit) is Nutriclean Fibre with L-Glutamine & Probiotics - because it helps with my bowel movement (highly recommended for those with constipation problems!) and it also has probiotics so it helps support the bacterial balance in my colon - and it's so yummy! 

I take them every morning - except weekends. Hah. 

Another thing I like about this program is there is a timeline for the entire 30-days. There is a guideline that we must (or encouraged) to follow. 

I did and now that I am done with the TLS 30-Day Jump Start Program, I have in my mind what I should be eating or doing or like the "right" routine to maintaining a healthier lifestyle. 

I am already eating all kinds of food and making sure I sweat at least 3 times a week - because now it is not just about losing weights as in the kilograms but to tone the body and also like I said earlier - making a healthier lifestyle as part of living life every day. Heh. 

I am not pushing really hard to lose all the belly fats because what if I get pregnant soon? Nobody knows right? Hah. 

So yeah, In 30-days, I managed to lose 2.6KG and my waist circumference decreased by 10cm! Sneak peek - real photos are below but read first la okay?

When I joined this program, Adrian was quite skeptical - he felt that it was not going to work for me because I not that disciplined and all - but really, the program worked because a bunch of us joined and did it together! 

When I showed him my before and after photos, his jaw dropped. Hah. It's not like the biggest transformation (hello 30 days only okay) but there were changes to my body that felt so good. 

I had to use belts whenever I wear my shorts now. It's so inconvenient but I love it. 

I wear a lot of leggings now because I lazy use belts to wear shorts. And to tell you the truth, wearing leggings make me see my body even more and 'motivates' me to sweat it out. So that helps too. 

Adrian also joined the TLS 30-Day Jump Start Program (unofficially because he shy-shy) but he lagi not disciplined compared to me. Heh. 

I am still taking the Isotonix Daily Essentials Kit and Nutriclean every morning and following the meal plans that I learned from that 30-days. I also have a bottle of TLS Nutrition Shake at home for when I want to snack but don't want anything that is not healthy. I usually blend with bananas. 

Okay now, time to reveal my transformation photos. 

Here goes. 

Now I a bit shy pulak. 

But I want to document it here so I can look back and be wow-ed again. 

Left photo - BEFORE TLS 30-Day Jump Start Program
Right photo - AFTER TLS 30-Day Jump Start Program

As you can see, the most obvious weight-loss was the belly area - was exactly what I wanted so I was very happy and satisfied to see the changes. 

If you see it clearly, from the front view - the "belly-pouch" is a lot flatter and not as "out"! Hah. 

From the side view, my belly does not look as pregnant already hah. Don't mind my ugly vertical scar please - it's from that time when I had perforated appendicitis and the doctor was not very good at stitching up. Heh. 

I love how it looks now and I totally agree with you (if you think the same) that there are still more rooms for improvement and a flatter belly but hey, one step at a time. 

The blue shorts (in photo) is so loose now it's ridiculous, and no I am not going to shop for new clothes la siau meh. My money trees not fully bloomed yet. Heh. 

People have been telling me that they realized that I have lost weight and looked slimmer and really, it felt so good. 

So yeah - this program works and if you did not know, Andrew's transformation was way more impressive when he did this program the first time. 

Nah - his photo below. 

Please hold on to your jaw, please. Now Andrew is back to eating his favorite kind of food and is still not gaining his bye-bye weight. 

He is going to start another batch soon on this TLS 30-Day Jump Start Program so if you are interested, let us know! 

Time to get in shape to fit into our Chinese New Year clothes! Hah. 

Till next time, bye now. 

31 December 2020

Goodbye 2020.

Last day of the Year 2020 - the year no one is actually celebrating 100% because of the pandemic and lockdowns and the fear that looms in the air because Covid-19 is so spreadable. Hah. 

Never thought that I would experience a legit country/city lockdown in my life because of a virus. I remembered feeling anxious when it first happened but after that, it sort of became the new norm and we went to flow with it. 

Now, we are pro in the new norm although, to be honest, I still hate every part of it. Having to split tables when we go out to dine sucks big time - like I super hate it la okay. 

Anyway, since it is the last day of the craziest year, I thought I would like just say something here - but now my mind is quite blank. Heh. 

One thing that I am sure about is I want to bid farewell to the Year 2020 with the biggest gratefulness I have in me. It was not pretty and it was all messy and sad and scary - but I want to be thankful for everything that has happened. 

I feel like emotions were everywhere and I struggled on the second part of the year trying to figure out our moving forward plans and while I actually did resign from my job, I was given an offer to stay but with a more flexible role (with major salary adjustment of course) so I can actually focus on my two kids. 

I realized that if I don't give up my job to spend this precious time with them, I will regret it when they grow up. I can always go back to work once they are all grown up but I can never have them at this age anymore. So, I choose them - always will. 

Also thankful that Adrian is supportive of this decision because, without him, I would never be able to do it. I mean hello - he must be able to support me mentally and financially what. Hah. If not, where am I gonna find the money to feed myself heh. 

But on a serious note, this new flexible role also gives me time and space to focus on my Shop.com business and I am loving it. I realized that I love selling things - that work of course. 

We recently launched and started selling Momzay's Chocolate Chip Khoo-Kies and we managed to sell a total of 156 bottles - mom was surely busy and happy. So, thank you all for supporting our Khoo-Kies! More to come next time! 

We are currently working on our next item (hint: they are not Khoo-Kies!) heh - so stay tuned! 

Anyway, I am still in a place where I am trying to find the right "schedule" that works for me and my kids - in terms of our 8AM-6PM daily routine. I still have to go to the office twice a week for half-day and I have been trying to add "gym-time" too because I have lost weight with TLS 30-Days Program and I want to maintain a lifestyle that works in long term for myself. 

I will be posting on the before and after soon - after completing the 30 Days TLS Program and I'm so happy to say that I didn't think I would see the result but photos never lie okay. 

I hope by mid-January, I will sort of get everything in place and get a hang of the new schedule and stuff. 

So, I guess this is it for twenty-twenty. 

See you in 2021. 

20 December 2020

What Kind of Couples Are We?

Adrian and I became an official couple on 20 January 2012, got engaged on 20 September 2015, and then finally sealing the deal on 20 September 2016. 

I just realized (as I typed all this) that 20 is such a special number for us. So ngam eh hah. 

It is not love at first sight but it is definitely love blossoming from best friend-ship. So all you out there, who is secretly in love with your best friend (and denying it) - let us just tell you that because you both know each other so well already, it is such a fun and amazing thing to be together because you guys already are best friends! 

Anyways, here are the FAQs that we have gathered from you guys so enjoy reading them because we (mostly me) had fun answering them. 


This is one very famous question, please. It just seems like everyone who asked this question (respectively) to Adrian and me always get different answers. 

The truth will set you free so here is the truth. 

Adrian pikat Sarah first. 

There you go. 

It's really the truth. He started to realize that he has feelings for me but I think he tried to deny them because we were like best buddies, sort of. I mean - I was helping (assisting) him to chase girls okay. But I guess he could not deny them for long hah because I am very irresistible. Hah. 


I think about 3-years. Our anniversary date was 20 January 2012 - he asked me to be his girlfriend right after our last exam paper. We were on our way to watch a movie with our collegemates. Not very romantic kan? Heh. 


Well, in the middle of our dating-years, we talked about moving forward and about the future - like where do we see ourselves in a few years and all. One thing that really attracted me to him is the fact that he is such a family man, and when I know that his intention is to have a family together in the future, it all just became clearer. 

I remember asking him if I am just another girl that he dates because if that was the case, then we definitely need to talk more in terms of if he sees himself marrying me. If not, then the best option is for both of us to move on with our respective lives and find 'the one'. 

I wanted to know because I was not going to waste any more time with a man who does not have the intention to marry me. I mean - age is catching up okay. Heh. Sure I am in love with him, but if he really cannot see himself marrying me, then what is the point right. 

I am of course thankful that he wants to marry me. Heh. 

As for him, someone once asked him this question and his answer to the person was:- "Because I cannot imagine myself living without her."

Sweet sial. 


Yes - it was at a Floorball tournament at Dalat International School. It was my first time there and my first time watching the game live. I was there on duty as a secretariat because our club needed volunteers and I volunteered. 

He was also on duty for the secretariat and was in charge of time-keeping. I was in charge of keeping score. I remembered poking his shoulder to either ask for the time or to ask him to stop the timer and that was that. 

We only got to know each other's names during the post-game talk where we introduced ourselves. 


Yes, we did - Business & Finance but we were not from the same batch. I enrolled first and he joined one semester later. We have had a few classes together because the lecturers combined them. So, I guess can say we were course-mates at one point. Hah. 


Promise you won't laugh. 

Honey - Because his last names are Hun Yi. 
Honey Bu-Bu - No idea why but it felt very satisfying to add the bu-bu behind. 


This one must go into detail a bit because generally, Adrian seems to be the one with more patience but in reality, I am quite patient myself (especially after the kids came). 

Adrian is very impatient when it comes to food - now you know where Sofia gets her impatience from). It's like Adrian cannot get hungry at all, if not he would be so anxious and he will lose his cool. If we go for meals with friends or family, and people are late and he has to wait longer to eat, then cannot liau. He cannot wait when it comes to food. 

This explains why our food-blog is dead now because when the food reaches our table, he will not wait for me to take photos all. Lagi no need to say since we have children to handle hence, a dead food-blog. Heh. 

I am impatient when it comes to.. nothing really! I am quite a patient person now - I am a changed person. Hah. 


Before marriage - we split the bills, always. 
After marriage - Adrian because he is such a gentleman and because he earns more money than me. 


Interesting question this one. 

Not sure if you can tell by knowing us personally (or through social media) but I am the silent one and he is the one who needs to bleh everything out there and then. 

I prefer to let the situation cools down first before 'discussing'. Not for him and it drives him even more upset because he just need to say whatever he wants to say - oftentimes, he has to apologize for the things he say in the heat of the moment because they may be hurtful and meaningless. 

But we are good. We don't argue that much anymore. Even when we do, he also will cool down first and talk later. 

We used to shout at each other to finish off an argument, and I remembered there was once when Jack was in the car, and he was legit scared of the entire moment when we were going back at each other. 

Good times. Heh. 


It is in our discussion but we are still not really sure - because renovation is costly and we also need to find a place to stay for a few weeks. So we just sitting on this topic for now.


What kind of question is this?

Of course, Adrian wears the pants - but I decide what kind of pants he wears. 


He is the head of the family and what he says - goes. But really, usually, we will be in agreement in most of our decision-making. If cannot agree, then discuss till agree. 


Yes - by two years.

But he looks older so I win. 


I don't know if this is the biggest one but it is on top of my head right now. 

The way our families communicate is so different. As for my family, we are quite loud and noisy (and crazy) and dramatic (Adrian used to comment that my family is like Keeping Up with the Kardashians so he labeled us Keeping Up with the Khoos). 

For his side of the family, they are relatively softer in terms of sound and noise level and not as dramatic. They are however very funny (his relatives) and very generous with dirty jokes. Hah. 

Also, fun fact - Adrian and his sisters were not allowed to say the word, "Syiok" growing up because for them, it is a very harsh word. Not for my family of course. The only words not allowed in my family are those cuss words. 


To be honest, I am very open to the idea of buying a house that I can co-design and decorate and do according to how I want it. We are not there yet I guess but one day we will definitely buy a house where we will live for the long term. 

Adrian has been living in this current place for all his life and I can totally understand that it is so hard to leave this place and move to another house so really, this is a project nobody knows when is the maturity date. Hah. When will he be really ready to move to a new place? 

There is a difference between - "I live with my in-laws" & "My in-laws live with us"

Even when the house is legally ours, the statement will still be, "I live with my in-laws" because the fact is that that house is (and will always be) Adrian's family house. 

But yeah, we know that sometime in the future, we will get a new place of our own where I can freely design heh. 

We like high-rise buildings with great views, indoor car parks, and to have facilities, that will be great but Adrian is not a big fan of high maintenance fees, so I guess facilities are not super important. So we shall see. Heh. 

I would prefer a brand new house (scared old house haunted and all heh) but very open to any good deals la. Hit us up if you know of any house for sale and all okay. 


If I am being very honest, I think no. I think his maximum is four (sadly). 

But we will never know. I can only answer you when we get there. 


Definitely me. 

Extra taugeh and extra chilli in all my noodles' order, and no 'ti-chiau' (sweet sauce) in my Genting's chee cheong fan. 


You know what - I have thought about this so often and I know for sure that I would love to go back to playing this sport because I remembered having so much fun. Maybe not now though. 

I do see myself (and Adrian) going for floorball practices with all our children and all of us owning our own floorball stick. That is a future that I do see heh. 


Floorball. He used to teach me how to shoot goals, please.

Okay - but really the answer to this question is the act of giving. 

I have never seen someone who is so kind and thoughtful - and I am not talking about being all that to people that you love because that would be easy. 

But the fact that he is kind and giving to people that he does not know or people who have ill-treated him... You know what I mean?

I only realized this part of him after being married to him because then I am with him most of the time. 

For example - every time we go to the Green House Kopitiam, he will only order either wan tan mee or chicken rice although most of the time, he actually wants to eat curry mee or tailok mee. 

The reason being that he thinks that the uncle and aunty of the wan tan mee and chicken rice stall need business more than the other stalls who are doing well. So, he forgoes what he wants to eat just so he can help the elderly couple. ALL THE TIME. 

Really very thoughtful. And from there, I learned to be like him in that sense. 


We don't put like a curfew for each other when one goes out with friends but we always say things like, "Don't come home too late okay". 

For me, the moment Adrian leaves the house to hang out with his friends or meet clients, I will get into prayer mode and occasionally stops what I do and pray that he comes home safely. 

I mean - this "worry" is legit because anything can happen to anyone at any time - so all I can do is pray. I obviously cannot stop him from going out when he wants to. 

We still prefer for people to come to hang out at our house cos then can hang till late. Heh. Can do sleepovers also no problem. 


Well, depends! 

He has a higher temper compared to me for sure. 


The first one will definitely be in terms of spending money via online shopping. People always think that I spend more money on online shopping but the reality is that Adrian spends more money (and time) doing online shopping! He may deny it if you ask him but it's the truth!

Also, I feel that people think I am a messier person as compared to Adrian but please, I am more OCD than him - I got it from my dad for sure. 


Adrian Koay. 


Err - kids happened. Hah. 

We just didn't have the time (and patience) to manage it anymore because our hands are really full at this moment and although I really love blogging, I simply cannot handle managing so many blogs la. 

I got a Youtube channel that I just started some more. Heh. Go subscribe, please. Thank you. 


Of course yes - twice only though. 

The first 6-months after giving birth to Alex and Sofia were the moments I felt so unattractive and had that 'fear' that Adrian may not be as attracted to me (physically) but he never says or does anything to make me feel like that. 

I think it is just how I cope with my physical body and how it changes after birth and obviously, I struggled with it but with Adrian still being so in love with me (perasan right?), I was able to come out of it. Also, believe it or not, I prayed a lot! 


I've always wanted to have a puppy (Yorkshire Terrier) but Adrian is super against that idea. 

So, we just never sort of bringing it up again - unless I see another super heartwarming video on Facebook, and then I will ask him again. His answer is always no. 

But if anyone has like extra puppies to give away, my home (and heart) is always open okay! I would love to have a pet in my lifetime. I feel I will be super loving wan okay. 

But if the dog can grow big then not a good idea because our house no space for the dog to run around. I would love a very small puppy. 


Really need to ask this question?

Most of the time - me. 

But there are times where Adrian would get random and suggest a quick holiday/staycation and I will jump on that train immediately! Like every chance I get. 


I think yes. 

Or maybe no. 

You have to ask him. 


Yes - rarely though - but yes. 

So, I guess that is it for the questions and answers. 

It has been such a road trip with this man ever since we decided to get tangled with each other and in our every day's mundane life, we somehow can find the little joyful things with each other and I especially love it when we both get to have real couple conversations after the kids sleep and just talk about everything that revolves our lives. 

Sometimes, we share real-life drama with each other la - gossip session with my husband. Hah. 

This year is our fourth and really, when you enjoy doing life with a person, time just passes you by so quickly. We are beyond thankful everyday that we've got each other to lean on and we never take that for granted. 

29 November 2020

Moist Chocolate Zucchini Muffin.

We are baking - again! 

I know I have failed baking many times but you know what people always say - "Failure is not the opposite of success. It is part of success"

So, here we are. Heh. 

I do not wish to be a baker but ever since I started working from home and being able to be a stay at home mom at the same time, I find cooking and baking very therapeutic. Also very chun that I started my 30-Day TLS Weight Management Solutions Program so I need to eat healthier for 30-days - which means I need to cook most of the time for my own meals. 

This is really when I realized that cooking (and baking) is so fun and I love that I now get to do it at my mom's new kitchen hah - shall wait for our kitchen to be renovated then you will see more videos and photos of the cooking sessions. Heh. 

Anyway, this time we filmed the baking with Sha Lynn (and occasionally Daryl hah), and please, we did not rehearse anything so it was all impromptu. 

Hence, the many baking "oopsie".

You have been warned. 

There were like a few steps that we sort of missed/got confused with but surprisingly, the muffins turned out great! I cannot believe how yummy those muffins were! 

My dad really loved it because even though we put a cup of sugar in, it was not sweet at all! It was just the perfect kind of chocolate cake! 

So, here goes the recipe - and the video below if you feel like you want to watch us bake. 

Also - I have read the recipes and steps many times but still we did it wrongly! Hah. I guess those "wrong" steps did not matter as much. BECAUSE IT WAS FINGER LICKING GOOD!


Dry Ingredients Bowl:-
  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • (Optional - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • (Optional - 1/2 teaspoon ground coffee)
Wet Ingredients Bowl:-
  • 1 egg (or 1/4 cup of mashed banana)
  • 1/3 cup oil (olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup sugar (1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons coconut cream (or 1/2 cup buttermilk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add Ons:-
  • I cup of grated zucchini (medium-sized)
  • (Optional - 1/3 cup of chocolate chips)
Steps to making the best Moist Chocolate Zucchini Muffin:-
  1. Grate zucchini and set aside - remove water with paper towels or drain it with a sift. 
  2. If you making your own buttermilk, now is the time to add the 2 teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice into it and set aside. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
  4. Combine all the Dry Ingredients Bowl together. Remember to sift everything. We did not sift because we didn't have a sift, so we skipped this step. But please, sift all the dry ingredients. 
  5. In a bigger bowl, combine all the Wet Ingredients Bowl and mix them till it is well combined. Recommended using a hand beater okay. 
  6. Then, pour all the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl and using a spatula, stir until everything is well mixed together. 
  7. Put in the grated zucchini and optional chocolate chips and continue to stir till well combined. 
  8. Prepare your cup liners on the baking tray and scoop the batter into them. 
  9. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. (in my video I mentioned 18-20 minutes but turned out we actually put in for a total of 28 minutes). 
  10. Test with a toothpick to check if it's cook. If the toothpick comes out clean, then it's 100% done. 
  11. If you like your muffins to be a bit like a lava cake, then any time before 18 minutes should be good. 

So, there it is. The recipe to make the best moist chocolate zucchini muffin. Sha Lynn was so doubtful that it will be nice because we put an entire zucchini into the batter but she loved it so much, she immediately went to pack 4 muffins to bring home to her parents. So cute. 

Alex had 2 muffins and I had 2 muffins and then, no more muffins on the table. We will be making more because seems like the entire household loved it too much. Sadly, Adrian did not get to enjoy it because we ate it all. Hah. 

Till next time, bye now. 

23 November 2020

Alex Turned Two!

Apparently, Adrian read an article sometime after Alex's first birthday party and before his second birthday - that when we give a child a big birthday celebration every year of his growing up life, it would most likely make him a spoilt child - because with a big celebration every year, we would be setting expectations that are high (and will only get higher) and that, is unnecessary. 

So, we agreed that our children will not have a big birthday celebration every year but a few in their growing up years - like their first and maybe seventh or something - I don't know. 

Growing up, I never had the chance to have a big birthday party and I have always held it against my parents - because both Rachel and Vanessa had. Okay - I am no longer bitter, please. This has now become something we laugh about in our family. Heh. 

So, of course, I want all my children to have birthday parties where they can invite their friends and all okay. Since my babies are still young, I will invite my friends on their behalf. Hah. 

Anyway, while I am in the midst of planning Sofia's first birthday, I remembered that I had forgotten to talk about Alex's second birthday party that we had. 

We only celebrated with some people because the whole of Malaysia was going through the CMCO at that period of time. We decided to do a small barbeque 'party' outside our place and invited Alex's Indian grandparents over too - our neighbor. 

I also realized if not for the CMCO, I would have invited more people and it would have defeated the entire plan of not having a big birthday party. 


I said it, Adrian Koay. 

But with Adrian being so hands-on now (he used to leave it all up to me to plan party wan), for sure I cannot exceed the invites la. Hah.

The good news is I am planning everything for Sofia's first so we will see. Heh. If CMCO extends, then I am going to just book staycations at Angsana Teluk Bahang! Hah. 

A few days later (I think), we had another intimate party with some close friends and celebrated 2 May babies together - Le Roy and Alex. The night when we had way too many chicken wings. 

I am guessing with Sofia's first party, we will probably do a few but I would personally prefer to do one time only. Oh, wells. 

Thank you all for loving my son like your own - you know who you are. Adrian and I appreciate each one of you and thank you in advance for helping us to discipline him when you see the need to because really, it takes a village to raise a child. 

To Alex Koay, next year your birthday is going to get smaller ya heh. Love you with all of me. 

Till next time. 

18 November 2020

Happy Birthday, Father-in-Law!

It's his birthday today! 

I have initially planned to upload this photo on IG and FB but figured that I would do it here because there is a lot of things that I want to say - about this man. 

When Adrian and I became good friends, I found out that his dad was not someone who is a pro-Christian. In Adrian's words, that time - "my dad is like anti-Christ you know". 

At that time, I remembered inviting Adrian to church many times but was turned down most of the time. I stopped asking when one day he angrily said to me, "Don't keep asking me to go church. I won't go wan. If I want to go one day, then I will let you know" (paraphrased d okay). 

If you know Adrian, you would know that his parents are his life - his everything. He looks up to his dad so much that every time he talks about him, his face glows. Now I see that glow when he talks about his children. When I say that his dad is everything to him, it really is. His passwords are all related to his dad, you know. It's so sweet, really. 

I got to know Uncle Frankie (or father as to how his children call him) more when Adrian and I became a couple. We would spend a lot of time at home, most of the time with his parents. 

Sometimes, we would just sit in the living room together and watch TV, and other times, we will play mahjong together - for hours, until Adrian needs to send me home or his dad needs to rest. 

When Adrian told me that he wanted to get baptized, I was shocked and thankful of course. But we spent some time brainstorming on how he was going to ask his parents, his dad specifically - because in Adrian's understanding, his dad is against Christianity - not like super gungho but he was not a fan for sure. 

I remembered Adrian consulted his sisters but both of them advised that he should not tell their dad because they worry about what it may do to him and his health. Uncle Frankie was on kidney dialysis (3-times a week). They didn't want him to be upset and for any negativity to affect the father-son relationship. 

But Adrian decided to tell and ask for his blessings because he is, after all, one of the most important persons in his life. I was not there when he told his parents but to cut the story short (or you can read from here), he finally approved!

My father-in-law did not only agree and approve of Adrian's decision to be a Christian and to be baptized, but he also made sure that he has to be there to witness the entire baptism. 

Now, that is a huge deal for Adrian because he was not expecting that, at all. 

His dad (and mom) is his biggest supporter and they will always be. No one can take that away. 

When I look at this photo, I have good goosebumps because this photo itself is the first miracle in Adrian's life and Adrian got to witness another great miracle when his dad told him that he wants to accept Christ as his personal Saviour in his hospital bed, just hours before he went home to be with the Lord. 

Never in Adrian's (and mine) mind, we would ever think that his father would be a Christian but we truly believed that when you sincerely pray for someone's salvation, God is truly at work and we will see the miracle. 

Adrian got to be with him through the repentance prayer and baptism and was with him till he breathed his last breath. It was heartbreaking (still is) for Adrian, his mom, and his sisters because Uncle Frankie is physically no longer here to go through life with, but with comfort, they know that he is not in pain and not suffering. 

It would have been his 67th birthday today and he would be the fun-nest grandfather to the grandkids he never got to meet - Jacob, Alex, Joash, and Sofia. Truly their loss for not being able to know him - because he was one amazing man. 

But we continue to celebrate life and love wherever we are and appreciating every moment we got to have with each other - because no one knows what life brings tomorrow. 

I personally, regretted not having the chance to regard him as a father but I am so thankful that I got to know him and now I get to call him my father-in-law - I see so much of him in Adrian it is insane. Adrian is super like his father though he could not see it. 


Enjoy Heaven and we will meet with you again, one day.