Dabbling in Aromatherapy

Recently there’s been some essential oils (EO) craze amongst the members of various Facebook groups I’m in so I started getting interested in them as well.

Ordered a Basic Plus Starter Kit from Young Living last weekend, and it arrived on Wednesday.

I received the Dewdrop™ diffuser, 5ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon and Stress Away and a bunch of samples in the Starter Kit. Gave the Slique samples to Han and kept all the EO samples for myself.

I wanted to try diffusing Lavender at night to see if it’ll reduce the frequency of Ardan’s nightmares. And also to help him with his afternoon naps on the weekends. I’ve noticed recently that he only naps for an hour on weekends afternoon, that can’t be good for his age! He’s only 25 months old!

I started diffusing Lavender at night since Wednesday, and I’m pleased to report that it does seem to help him sleep deeper and also we managed to get him to sleep for 2.5-3 hours during his weekend afternoon naps yesterday and today. I am now considering getting some Peace and Calming to help everybody in our family get even better quality sleep.

If you are keen to get some Young Living products, you can check out Essential Oils Singapore on Facebook, or sign up as a Young Living member. There are two options you can choose when you sign up:

  1. Enroll with an Essential Rewards Order and get a Free Starter Kit
  2. Young Living Enrollment Option 1

  3. Buy a Starter Kit on Standard Order
  4. Young Living Enrollment Option 2

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Penang Day 2

Breakfast: Roti Canai, Jalan Transfer

Roti Canai Transfer Road
Roti Canai Transfer Road
Bunch of Us
Bunch of Us
Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry, Kosong and Egg
Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry, Kosong and Egg

Second Breakfast: Tai Wah Cafe, 84 Jalan Argyle, 10050

Tai Wah Cafe
Tai Wah Cafe
Wanton Mee
Wanton Mee

极乐寺 Kek Lok Si Temple, Jalan Balik Pulau

Poor Terrapins had nothing to eat, I bought a whole bunch of kang kong and fed them.

Terrapins
Terrapins

Lighted a medium sized lamp for Han and I, and a mini lamp for Ardan.

Prayed for Han and I, and Our Families
Prayed for Han and I, and Our Families
Prayed for Ardan
Prayed for Ardan

They had these wish ribbons going for RM1 each that you could get. The wishes were the usual ones for wealth, health, harmony and whatnot. There were also ones you could get for kids/babies and wish that your kid is beautiful/handsome, listens to you, listens to your spouse, grow up faster, is smart, stay safe and be healthy etc. I asked Ling to get the beautiful and handsome one haha.

In the Souvenir Shop
In the Souvenir Shop

We then took a lift up to see the huge Guanyin statue at the top. I prayed for Yang and Ling.

In The Lift Up to Guanyin Statue
In The Lift Up to Guanyin Statue
Guanyin Statue
Guanyin Statue
Dharma Protector Heng
Dharma Protector Heng
Dharma Protector Ha
Dharma Protector Ha
On Our Way Down
On Our Way Down

Lunch: Air Itam Assam Laksa, Air Itam Market (Jalan Pasar)

Air Itam Pasar Assam Laksa
Air Itam Pasar Assam Laksa
Assam Laksa
Assam Laksa

Lam Heng Cafe, 185 Macalister Road

The char koay teow and prawn noodle aren’t anything to rave about. The lor mee is nice. The otah isn’t too bad.

Otah, Char Koay Teow, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle
Otah, Char Koay Teow, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle

Street Art

Cannon Street
Cannon Street
Street Art
Street Art
Ice Balls Seller
Ice Balls Seller

Clan Jetties

Chew Jetty
Chew Jetty
Chew Jetty
Chew Jetty

Village Fish Head Bee Hoon, Pengkalan Weld

You can choose fish soup base or tomyum soup base, noodles, bee hoon or Maggie noodles and fresh or fried fish. The fried fish is very good. There’s a special drink called Pink Lady which tastes like Cendol.

Village Fish Head Bee Hoon
Village Fish Head Bee Hoon
Ngoh Hiang
Ngoh Hiang
Tom Yum Maggie with Fresh Fish
Tom Yum Maggie with Fresh Fish

Supper: Wanton Mee, Lebuh Chulia

Wanton Mee
Wanton Mee

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Penang Day 1

First Stop: Hon Kei Food Corner, 45 Kampung Malabar

First stop was to have some lunch at Hon Kei Food Corner. It was a modern looking coffee shop which sells Bak Kut Teh on one side and Lor Bak on the other side. The side that sells Bak Kut Teh sells butter kaya toast as well. Yang ordered some to try and it was the best item we tried at this place.

Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner
Pig's Intestines in Bitter Gourd Soup
Pig’s Intestines in Bitter Gourd Soup
Kaya Butter Toast
Kaya Butter Toast (Best Buy!)
Lor Bak
Lor Bak

Second Stop: Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Entrance to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion and some intricate tile designs
Entrance Courtyard
Door Details
Door Details
Game Room
Living Room
Dining Room for Entertaining Western Guests
Pretty Sure This Was The Room Where People Sit Around and Bitch in 小娘惹
High Level Beadwork

It is said that men would pick their brides based on their handiwork, and not based on looks. The girls were trained from young in beading and embroidery and it was a very stressful environment for them to ensure they could sew well.

I felt very conflicted while I was there. A part of me wished I was able to learn how to make such intricate handicraft, while at the same time was thankful I was not borned in such a stressful environment. Ling assured me that I would have one of the best husbands around if I were born in that time. Lol.

Details
阳掌柜
阳掌柜
Kitchen Stove
Baby Chair, Baby Pram and Playpen
Baby Chair, Baby Pram and Playpen

People would put their babies in the rattan baby chair, and to prevent them from moving about, tie their hands and legs to the chair as well. Sounds kinda inhumane though.

Third Stop: 三条路888福建面, 67-A Lebuh Presgrave

Our third stop was for dinner. The soup in the prawn noodle was pretty authentic. I had roast pork added to my prawn noodle, and they were really good. If you want, you could choose to have bee hoon only, noodles only, Maggie mee, or mix the kind of noodles.

Wanton mee, Prawn Noodle, Orh Jian and Hor Fun
Wanton mee, Prawn Noodle, Orh Jian and Hor Fun

The orh jian was a disappointment, so don’t get that if you’re there. I didn’t manage to take a photo, but our best buy was the Cendol, followed by the prawn noodles, then the wanton mee.

Fourth Stop: Durians

We went for some durians after dinner, I didn’t manage to get the address, but here are some photos.

Butter and Red Prawn
Butter and Red Prawn
Happily Eating
Happily Eating

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Paleo Cookies

Han got this recipe for Paleo Friendly Cookies from his gym instructor, and he’s already made me make 4 batches of these cookies so far. They’re not my thing, but Han loves them.

2.5 cups almond flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
10 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla essence
3 tbsp raw honey
1/2 cup 60% dark chocolate chips

  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until completely covered
  4. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten on baking tray with grease-proof paper
  5. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes

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Banana Cake

So I tried making the same banana cake again, this time making two loaves of cakes instead of cup cakes. The bottom turned out to be very dense, so I’m going to try making them again tomorrow.

I made slight tweaks to the recipe.

250g unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
4 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
4 tablespoon Milk
2 mashed Bananas
220g plain flour sifted with 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda and 1 teaspoon Baking powder

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