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 Haircut For CNY 2019

Every year I will get my hair cut before Chinese New Year (CNY). It’s a tradition since young that I usually follow. It’s believed that if you have a haircut before CNY, you will have a good start to the year and you will have a smooth year ahead.

 

This year I went for my haircut at Theatre Hairdressing in Gurney Plaza 6 days before CNY. It’s considered quite early as last year I went to cut my hair the day before reunion dinner and the year before, I cut my hair in the afternoon on reunion day itself. A bit last minute and I was rushing as I wasn’t well, so had to rest as much as possible, then gather up whatever strength I have to get things done before CNY. At least this year I started off earlier as compared to the alst 2 years. It’s kind of funny because the few years before the last 2 years, I prepared for CNY sometimes a year before. For example, I buy my CNY clothes or shoes if I see any suitable ones and keep them until the next CNY then I wear it. Then I fell really sick and the preparation was just so last minute, I really didn’t like it.

 

If you’re wondering why would it be necessary for someone to buy new clothes, shoes and cut hair ? Well, I’m running a business and I need to be presentable. Besides, it’s just my style to look presentable when I’m out. I’m sometimes also at events and different places to blog, so I will be meeting people and it’s only nice to respect others and to dress nicely. Not unless I’m really sick and can’t dress up, being presentable is something I prefer when I’m out. At home is a different story, it’s more about being in comfortable clothes and wearing what I want.

 

There has always been people talking online about how they insult people who like to look rich but is actually not and those who are rich actually don’t dress up. While you don’t have to pretend to look rich in order to look good, at least look presentable. What’s the meaning of “looking rich” anyway ? Does it mean that that person has money sticking all over the clothes then only you can tell if that person “looks rich” ?

 

If you’re saying rich people don’t look good, then it’s not true. There are some entrepreneurs, businesswoman or successful people who dress really well and if you want to use Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg as an example, saying that they don’t look rich, how would you know what brand of sweater they are wearing and they actually look presentable and neat even if it’s a t-shirt. It’s simple styling but still presentable. You don’t see them wearing t-shirt that’s torn or look worn out (unless deliberate fashion to have holes in the t-shirt) when they appear in public. No one is asking you to wear your glittering evening gown out to go for shopping or to go takeaway food, but if you want, then it’s also your choice. Someone people just like to look extremely good while some just like it simple. The point is to look presentable.

 

Anyway, here’s the video taken after my haircut at Theatre Hairdressing. It’s also available for viewing on Facebook here.

 

 

My hairstylist is Kelvin and he said he has been working at Theatre Hairdressing for over 10 years. He told me that they are in the midst of changing their salon name to La Palma so in case you can’t find their salon, it’s on the 4th Floor of Gurney Plaza, the same stretch of shoplots as a shop selling cheongsam and another shop selling baju kebaya (Malay traditional wear). The haircut he did and styled for me is nice and turns out pretty cute, like a shoulder length doll-style.

 

Saw the hairband I’m wearing ? It’s the CNY hairband from Myle Enterprise which I wore in the video from my last blog post. It’s also suitable for Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested, you can purchase at www.myleenterprise.com/shop and view more items there.

 

If you haven’t cut your hair and need a haircut before CNY comes, Theatre Hairdressing is still open until reunion day, 3pm in the afternoon. Reunion dinner and CNY 2019, need to look good to usher in a good year ahead.

 

THEATRE HAIRDRESSING

170-04-52, Plaza Gurney,

Persiaran Gurney,

10250 George Town, 

Penang.

04-226 8728

Myle Enterprise’s Bespoke Alcohol Jelly Cake

Previously we posted a video of Carrots dancing with money flower here. What’s money flower ? It’s a flower made out of money.

 

Carrots with money flower

 

This is where the money flower which was supposed to be a decoration, was placed :

Myle Enterprise's alcohol jelly cake - customised/bespoke birthday

 

It was placed on the jelly. Some of you might go, “eww, the money is so dirty, how can you put into food ?”. Don’t worry, Myle Enterprise has thought carefully and made sure the money was wrapped in plastic at the base so that the part that touches the food is nicely wrapped in plastic.

 

It’s a different kind of cake and not your ordinary everyday kind of cream cakes. This alcohol jelly cake is a bespoke version of Myle Enterprise’s alcohol jelly cake where they use alcohol as one of the ingredients for the jelly that is presented as a cake. This bespoke alcohol jelly cake was created for a birthday. The jelly is inside a Chinese-style gold ingot and comes complete with a money flower decoration, Happy Birthday sign and knife. Chinese gold ingots are supposed to represent wealth, prosperity and abundance. The flavour is also a customised version, which is strawberry mead flavour. Mead is a type of alcohol made from honey, so it’s sweet and it’s supposed to be one of the oldest type of alcohol found.

 

Their usual alcohol jelly cake is priced at RM60.00 for a 6 inch round cake. They have 2 flavours for sale now, which are the orange vodka or the stawberry wine flavour. I wrote about their jelly cake before over here. For their bespoke alcohol jelly cake, the price is more expensive. Definitely worth it because more effort and money is spent to come up with the packaging and the cake. Anything bespoke won’t be cheap because it’s specially customised. Think bespoke, think luxury.

 

Why not have something different rather than your usual kind of cake ? To enquire about price (it’s bespoke, so I’m sure you can afford; money is not a problem like how some customers say) or get a quotation, please contact myle@myleenterprise.com for more information.