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Banana & egg pancakes


One ripe banana, two eggs, three tablespoons of mixed grains, one small chunk of butter


Makes four mini pancakes


Slice bananas. Break eggs into a bowl. Mash bananas and mix with egg. Add mixed grains.

Heat up butter in pan, scoop mixture into pan, give it about 20-30 seconds, flip, and it's done!

Serve and eat!

Recipe from here.


Mitch Albom's The Time Keeper


In this stunning new novel, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure time. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more years for themselves. At last, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world - now dominated by the obsession with time he so innocently began - and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Gripping, simply told and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.


Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. an alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.

Consider the word “time.” We use so many phrases with it. Pass time. Waste time. Kill time. Lose time. In good time. About time. Take your time. Save time. A long time. Right on time. Out of time. Mind the time. Be on time. Spare time. Keep time. Stall for time. There are as many expressions with “time” as there are minutes in a day. But once, there was no word for it at all. Because no one was counting. Then Dor began. And everything changed.


Some last things before popping the baby :)

Those cute little fingers belong to my newborn son. :)

Here are some last things before popping him out mid-August. :)

  • Last meal I had - Dry Pan Mee

  • Last person (other than husband) whom I talked to before I went to the hospital - Wai Han, my HypnoBirthing instructor

  • Last day at work - a day before baby was born

  • Last movie watched at the cinema - Pacific Rim (3D)

  • Last DVD watched at home - The Croods (animated movie)

  • Last outstation trip - Melaka

  • Last seaside trip - Cherating for our babymoon

  • Last day I drove my car - one week before I gave birth

  • Last wedding party I attended - Ron & Sue's wedding reception at Passion Road

  • Last photo of baby bump - below


How to get rid of heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy

Guest post by Edith @

Get rid of heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy and start enjoying your life

What would you say if I told you that as a pregnant woman you don't have to go through all that heartburn and indigestion and all the other nasty symptoms that hit many pregnant women during the second and third trimester, and instead could enjoy pregnancy in peace and serenity? Just because you're pregnant, you don't have to go through all the downsides of your condition anymore!

Follow these easy tips & tricks that I myself learned while suffering from the same symptoms due to a change in diet, and you will be on the fast-track to feeling light again.

First of all, you might be wondering what is causing all these changes in your body. It's the whole pregnancy, of course, but here are the details to it:

1) First cause: progesterone. This hormone that is meant to relax muscles during pregnancy will inevitably relax the sphincter as well, which is the stomach valve that keeps acid out of the esophagus. Once this muscle relaxes, it allows acid to reach the esophagus and cause an irritation, which results in heartburn.

2) Second cause: the baby, of course! If you haven't noticed yet, there is a living human growing in your tummy, and as lovely as that might sound, it's also causing some trouble to your stomach, due to overcrowding it and thus pushing more acid into the esophagus.

3) Third cause: links back to the hormonal changes your body is going through, which affects the way your digestive tract tolerates certain foods.

Once you understand a little bit more about why this is happening to you, it probably sheds more light on how you can avoid the feeling of heartburn and indigestion. You might have some ideas yourself, but here are some tips and tricks I found worked for me and have worked for other pregnant women.

Tips to follow in order to avoid heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy:

1. Position your body in a way that it prevents stomach acid from easily slipping into the esophagus. This means don't lie down right after eating and keep your head higher than your feet, with the help of pillows and such.

2. Avoid some foods that you feel cause your heartburn and indigestion; some of the most common ones are spicy, fried food, chocolate, caffeine and others such as the ones presented on the graphic below.

3. Eat more frequently rather than bigger meals; eat slowly and chew your food properly; and drink less during meals, rather drink between meals.

4. Wear loose fitting clothes instead of tight ones – this will take off extra pressure from your stomach. When I wear skirts that come up to my stomach, it usually puts extra pressure on my esophagus and creates a burning sensation – so I try to avoid them.

5. Try a natural remedy: many women find ginger to be helpful in combating not only heartburn and indigestion, but also nausea that comes with pregnancy. A nice ginger tea sometimes can make the difference.

In the beginning however, not being very aware of these causes, I was using antacids such as Gaviscon, which work very fast; I still use it in times of emergency, and what I like about Gaviscon in particular is that it comes in small liquid sachets as well, which makes it easier for me to take this medicine while avoiding taking pills.

You can read more about how heartburn and indigestion are related to pregnancy here: But stick to the tips presented above and you should soon start enjoying your pregnancy a lot more!


Hubby's Ratatouille

Yes, the hubby can cook. He cooked Ratatouille for dinner. I did the chopping and he did the cooking. :)
Ingredients (6-8 servings):
1/4 bottle of olive oil (small), 3 whole garlic, 1 huge yellow onion, 8 tomatoes, 2 huge brinjals, 2 huge zucchinis, 1 can of tomato puree, salt, pepper, mixed herbs.
First, peel the garlics and smash them lightly. Mash up the tomatoes with your bare hands. Onions, brinjals, and zucchinis can be coarsely chopped into bite size chunks. Marinade the brinjals and zucchinis with salt for about 10 minutes.
Heat up a huge stock pot and add olive oil. Then, add garlic, mashed tomatoes, and tomato puree. You don't need to add water. Keep on stirring until the tomatoes turn gooey. Then, throw in onions, brinjals and zucchinis. Keep on stirring until all ingredients become somewhat mushy. Taste before adding salt. Finally, add pepper and mixed herbs to taste before serving.
Looks great and tastes just as great too!