New Meaning of Fed Up

Last Saturday, my eldest and I had McD for lunch. I got the Double Cheeseburger Value Meal and my daughter got her usual Chicken McNuggets. We had our McD lunch at hubby’s CC. On the way to the car after we had our McD lunch, my daughter exclaimed “Mommy, I am so fed up.”

I was surprised to her that. Can a kid get fed up eating McD nuggets, french fries and Coke? So I clarified with her, asking what does she meant by “fed up”.

She told me that it is not the “bad” meaning of fed up. She told me that her “fed up” is she felt so “fed” (past tense of feed) to the fullest (up). Get it? :D

Scaling Back

Thanks for the post, Nora Howe

I used to be a real estate broker, but I had to get another job when the real estate market crashed in 2008 I hadn’t sold a house in six months when I decided it was time to call it quits. I went from working for myself and making about $100,000 per year, to working in a cubicle and making $35,000. When I found my current job I felt lucky to have an income since things were getting so bad. Even though I was working, the kids and I had to get cutting back on many luxuries we were used to. It killed me when I had to sell our home and move into an apartment. The kids didn’t mind that so much, but they did mind that I could no longer afford to have cable TV. Once I got back on my feet and saved a little, getting that back for them was one of the first things on my agenda. I decided to get Directv through tvbydirect and the kids were so excited. I surprised them right before Christmas, and they were definitely happy with that gift!

Branded Stroller

I thank God that I do not have to spend a single cent to buy a stroller for any of my children. I am still having the hand-me-down stroller from my uncle which he brought home all the way from US when he was on a business trip there. It is not quinny moodd stroller but it is quite a well known brand. His eldest is now 16 years old already and the stroller is still in good condition.

Perfect Gift for Parents

Do you indulge your parents on their special occasions like their birthday and wedding anniversary? I used to bring them out for a good meal when I am still working and buy them gifts. Now that I do not earn my own money and have many children to mind, I only give them Angpow on their birthday. As I am a parent now, the perfect gift for me on my special occasion is to have all my children with me sharing quality time together. :)

How to get rid of wind in the tummy the traditional way

A month ago, my almost 3yo was down with fever and he kept complaining of tummy pain. I tried applying YuYi oil but it does not work. He is not hungry, he does not want to go to the toilet, not appendicitis coz I press both sides of his stomach and he said no pain. Next I could think of is wind in his tummy. So, how to get rid of the wind in his tummy? As much as possible, I am not in favor to send him to the clinic because we prefer our children not to be “drug” for every minor sickness. We will try the traditional way first. And it surely can save us lots of money.

I buzz hubby online and he told me to use the onion/shallot to rub on our son’s tummy. I cut the shallot in half and rub it all over his tummy. Within 5 minutes, he stopped complaining of tummy pain and doze off. When he woke up an hour later, he requested me to rub the shallot on his tummy again. And now, whenever he sees cut shallots on our computer table, he will take it and rub on his tummy. The shallots must have been giving him so much comfort when he is in pain.

Even my MIL uses onion to treat fever and bumps.

Wondering the reason we have cut shallots on our computer table? Read below article which friends forwarded to our email.

ONIONS

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died. The doctor came upon one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).

The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions. She gave him one which he placed under the microscope he found the flu virus in the onion. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, there by keeping the family healthy..

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work…. and no, she is not in the onion business.

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.
If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..
What have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!

Now there is a P.S. to this…

I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues and she replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Weldon, thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmers story, but I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar…placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.

Sure enough it happened just like that…. the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

This is the other note.

LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I don’t use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later.

Now with this info, I have changed my mind. Will buy smaller onions in the future.

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed – he’s one of the brothers.

Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula. He’s even developed sauce formula for McDonald’s.
Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz.

During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil.
Ed’s answer will surprise you. He said that all commercially-made Mayo is completely safe. “It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment.

He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the onions, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you. (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down…

So, how’s that for news? Take it for what you will.

I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on.

For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.

Also, dogs should never eat onions.. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onion and use or cook the next day.

It becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Cannot throw away Mommy

On the way to church this morning, hubby teased the children saying that he will throw Shadow and her mommy soon (that’s the name of the youngest puppy) because she started chewing on anything that she can find outdoor especially our shoes and toys (they even bite the string of our yoyo that we got from the yoyo factory) that the children forgotten to bring into the house. My 2.5yo told his daddy, “You cannot throw away, Mommy!” LOL, he must be thinking that his daddy wanna throw away Shadow and ME.

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To those who left comments to this post and to those who are about to. Stop judging us and condemning our action if you do not know where we are coming from.

If you have been following my blog all this while, you would know that we live in a kampung, a village with much open space. Stray dogs and stray cats often wonders around our place to find food; left-over food and even killing our (and neighbors’) free range chicken.

Julie, the mother to the puppies that we threw is a stray dog that came to live with us. We did not bring her into our home, she just came. No matter how we tried to shoo her away, she stayed because we showed pity on her and our children started playing with her. Since there’s a bitch here, a few butches came and then comes the puppies. The puppies grew and started to bite anything they find amusing. Our children shoes were bitten and some of our guest had the same misfortune which brought shame to us.

So, are we responsible to fork out hundred of dollars to spay all of them? If we have the means, we don’t mind. Sometimes, we don’t even have enough to pay for our monthly expenses. We did thought of sending them to SPCA but that will cost money too.

Rather than leaving hate comments, condemning and judging us, why not you help us by sponsoring the cost of spaying the females dogs and rear the puppies?

There’s a word that we often use here, “NATO” which means No Action Talk Only. We don’t welcome NATO people. They are like pest that slowly kills the plant instead of helping the plant to grow healthy. Their voices are like the irritating buzzing sounds of the mosquito in your ears.

If you are willing to ease our burden, then please send us the fund to our Paypal at kgbdavid@gmail.com.

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