CNY Cake on CNY 7th Day

Today is the 7th day of Chinese New Year. It’s a believe that everyone turns a year older today, so happy birthday to me, you and you and you and you….. basically everybody. 😄

 

My parents fried some “nin gou” (direct translation from Cantonese : “year cake”) which is  sweet glutinous rice cake. It’s also called the Chinese New Year (CNY) cake. It’s super sweet and sticky in texture. It’s one of the elements of  CNY which many must eat during CNY and it’s also used to be prayed to deities.

 

Chinese New Year cake @ nin gou, sweet glutinous rice cake

 

Do note note though that a lot of sugar is used to make this cake so it’s not wise to eat too much.

 

I have tried before the glutinous rice cake without sugar added in a Chinese restaurant and it’s mainly served as a dish or main meal with gravy, where it’s stir fried with vegetables, meat and salt is used instead. The glutinous rice cake has no taste and you eat it with the gravy, vegetables and meat for taste. It’s not sticky in texture and after eating a few pieces, I felt really full. It’s like rice, where there’s almost no favour. A better alternative to the sweet glutinous rice cake when there’s no sugar added.

 

For CNY, they need the CNY cake sweet, tradition wise. Let’s see when someone comes up with a healthier alternative. Some use brown sugar to make it but it’s still not any healthier because it’s still sugar.

 

My leg was healing well and in good, fast progress as I speed up the healing with some medication (natural ingredients, good ones) like hydrogel, chitosan and nano silver. I’m still using hydrogel. Come CNY, with feasts of meat, seafood, sweet desserts, cookies, snacks and the lot, leg started weeping and swelled up again. Not cool.

 

It didn’t help that I wore new clothes for CNY and despite washing it before wearing, it still caused allergic reaction to my skin. Some of these chemicals and dyes that they use to make the fabric and clothes are that toxic that it caused my skin to tear and seeped into my body. So much so that when I sweat, I could smell the fabric chemical and even when I don’t sweat, I could smell it and it must have absorbed onto my skin. I made some clothes for CNY, which I chose fabric that is suitable for my allergic skin. Some of the new clothes were given to me by my mother and sister. I wore a dark blue top for reunion dinner and new skirt with new undies, all dark coloured. It caused a bad reaction to my skin allergies. I notice that dark coloured clothes usually have a stronger chemical smell, not sure if it’s due to a stronger dye used to make the darker colour. Even with daily exercise, it took me about 3-4 days before the chemical smell was completely gone. I was exercising on the 3rd or 4th day of CNY and I was sweating, then I felt some pricklish pain all over my skin and I smelled the fabric chemical smell coming out.  It’s as though the chemical clogged up my skin pores and finally it was expelled when there was those uncomfortable, tingling sensation on my skin. Thereafter, my body felt cooler and my skin looked better with some open wounds closed up. I don’t know how much unwanted, toxic chemical was already absorbed into my body by then. Must be careful what you wear.

 

I previously stopped the nano silver spray, which is a disinfectant, as my leg was able to sustain the healing progress with just the hydrogel but with the recent events of the toxic fabric dye and too much of a heaty CNY feast, with the super hot weather in Malaysia, my leg began omitting yellow discharge and have open wound again. The wound was already in the process of completely drying up and growing the needed layers of skin but no thanks to these, it deteriorated the condition. I have to get the nano silver spray again. Previously I was using the nano silver spray concurrently with chitosan. After that I use hydrogel and with the nano silver, and then removed the nano silver.  Doing my research before using this, there are many that says it hasn’t been proven to be an effective medicine, while some said it doesn’t work at all while causing some to be poisoned and some said that it’s an effective old age remedy which only the rich can afford to use back in the 18th century. It works for me well as it dries up my weeping wound. I got the type that can be consumed aside from just external usage. Initially I was a bit apprehensive and was wary if I were to be poisoned. There was one time I had a slight sore throat and I tried spraying just a little into my mouth. Surprisingly, it helped to dislodge the phlegm stuck and my sorethroat was gone within 2 sprays in 1 day. Apparently some use it to treat mouth ulcers. It’s like magical water to me.

 

I increased my activated charcoal pill dosage as well and it helped me to expell the bad and excess waste in the body when I go to the bathroom. My bowel movement is pretty healthy as I can do my “big business” everyday but sometimes I feel that I have some more waste that I can get rid of. I love it when I go to the bathroom and all the waste are gotten rid of, then I come out feeling so light and like walking on air.

 

Anyway, have a great 7th day of CNY and happy birthday.

 

New Year’s Emcee/Games Session At Y Food Box

At the beginning of this Year 2019, I was at Y Food Box at Gurney Drive to conduct an emcee/games session. Technically, I was there on New Year’s Eve (31 December 2018) and all the way until past 12 midnight so it’s considered the beginning of the year. 12am is when the fireworks go off right after the countdown and your brand new year begins on 1 January 2019, according to the Gregorian calendar.

 

So, this was what happened during the games session, which was recorded live on Facebook… (2 videos, Part 1 and Part 2 below).

 

 

 

For those who were there are the restaurant dining and those who came to see the games, I hope you enjoyed the emcee/games session. Thank you to those for participating and to Y Food Box for being the venue for, and for being a part of Myle Enterprise‘s PME December 2018 Giveaway event which was what the event/games session was about. I would like to say thank you to Y Food Box for this blog post too.

 

From New Year’s Day to Chinese New Year (CNY) day today, I’m sure many are having their CNY dinner now. Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year. If you’re in Penang and looking for a place to eat or drink, you can check out Y Food Box at Gurney Drive. If you’re coming to Penang to visit your family, relatives, friends or for a holiday especially during this CNY season which lasts 15 days, you can visit their restaurant which I will leave their information below. They serve Chinese cuisine, mainly home-cooked style so it’s pretty healthy and delicious. I would advise you to call them before you drop by their restaurant to see if they are opened and to ask them more about their Chinese New Year menu, if they have any. They have other branches in Penang and around Malaysia too, which you can take a look at our previous blog post for more information.

 

Y FOOD BOX

63, Persiaran Gurney,

10250 George Town,

Penang

Opening hours : 8am – 12am

(true as of time of posting this blogpost)

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First Time At Mystery Village

I was at Mystery Village and did a live video. I was supposedly attending the Internations Penang event but I wasn’t there from the beginning and was there only after the event. There were still some people left from the organisation as well as those who came to see a Celtic band playing for the event, though many already left. It’s my first time at Mystery Village and so I went to check out the place as well as their food.

 

I was seated upstairs so just to let those of you who want to visit the place for the first time, you’ll be walking up a staircase and you might want to wear shoes/clothes that you’re comfortable walking up cement staircase with bamboo railing with open view so people sitting downstairs can see your bottom when you’re walking up and if you trip and fall on the stairs, there’s a chance of you rolling off, down into the open air space below as the bamboo railing doesn’t cover much of the stairways. The place is also kind of warm despite having air-cond and air coolers placed near tables but because it’s open air style, it’s blowing warm air with on and off cooling breeze. For those of you who like this kind of semi-open air, quaint, rustic environment set in an old building, then this is your place. Last time, I wouldn’t mind being in this kind of place to explore, not to stay for a long time though. However, now with my skin allergies, it’s definitely too hot for me and true enough, after going home, I have skin rashes and my skin broke open beneath my pants. 

 

I was wearing Myle Enterprise’s CNY Hairband, which is customised and unique. You can see it in the video uploaded below. The hairband is also suitable for Valentine’s Day as it had a red flower with a cute little bear. Usually when you think of Valentine’s Day, you’ll think of chocolates, bears, hearts, red and those lovey dovey items. This year, Chinese New Year (CNY) is at the beginning of February and Valentine’s Day is about a week after that. Do check out the hairband at www.myleenterprise.com/shop.

 

 

I was just hanging out with those who were still there after the event. I let them try the Mystery Village’s chicken satay I had, which you can see in the video. I was told it was Batu Maung’s famous satay, which I haven’t tried before. Penang has a few satay places that are well-known and generally, all the food here is pretty much tasty if you’re talking about hawker kind of food. However, if you want to go in depth into how good the food is, texture, presentation… then I can be really fussy and criticise but on a usual day, in a usual environment, as long as I can bear it, then I’ll just let it be. The satay was slightly spicy and they don’t have a non-spicy version, which is what I think is not good as there are bound to be people like me who want to eat the non-spicy version. Their chicken meat was succulent though and the chicken was tender. I tried their Japanese food, which was salmon terriyaki set that comes with rice, salmon and coleslaw which they omitted the mayonaise upon my request. I liked it. Anyway, here’s the live video I took while I was there.