Spymama @ Mamakshop

blogging over an old fashioned cup of teh tarik (pulled tea) and roti canai

Priority Eyes

Posted by spymama on Jul-23-2014

OH yes. My eyes are first priority. To be able to see, view, watch, look, read etc is very important. Of course other senses like touch, smell is just as important but to me, my eyes are very very important. To Me, i stressed.

Last two days, I had some pain in the left eye. Each time I blink, I feel my eye muscle strained, pained at this minor movement. No pus but a little swelling like a water bag below the left eye. Not sure why and it remained a little swelled the following day.

A third day later, the swelling stopped and the pain was hardly there BUT my eyes, the glassy or the cornea part, looked swelled..oooh that scared me. So without hesitation, I went to visit the local GP near home…and I am on a two hour wait for my turn to be called….sigh such a long wait but never mind.

My eyes are very important to me….

Happy Chinese New Year

Posted by spymama on Feb-1-2014

Lung Ma Jing Shen, err if that is the right way to write. Well, I’ve not been taught Mandarin before but I hear these sayings all the time during Chinese New Year. So many auspicious sayings that are so meaningful.

Like Xin Nien Kuai Le, Wan Shi Ru Yi. Shen Ti Jien Kang… etc.

So, it is the second day of Chinese New Year.. Those of you who are young and single… hope Angpow collecting was awesome. For the married ones, giving Angpows will mean many more prosperous things to come your way.. don’t fret.

So I guess amidst all those visitations… many of the singles dread the elders asking if they have boyfriends, getting married soon, bla bla and those married ones, when the baby comes and those who already have one child when the second one comes in… the neverending story. And some of those who avoids all these by spending on themselves, a holiday is the way to Chinese New Year celebrations…

Spring cleaning time is over probably till the next few months when cobwebs appear, huh. Everyone then complains how much they put on after the first week of the celebrations.. Fear not. Enjoy now, today because we never know what will happen tomorrow.

Be Blessed. Have a great Lunar New Year, everyone!

New Wardrobe for 2014

Posted by spymama on Jan-4-2014

I decided to get a new wardrobe from Ikea a few days ago. The current one seems to be creaking a lot. Also, I suppose the door is also kind of loose because the bottom part of it seems like it may come out any moment. It is probably caused by a lag screw because this wardrobe has been with me for the last 6 years. Some part of the paint had faded and looked pretty ghastly. One of my friends said it looked like something from a horror movie.

Happy New Year 2014

Posted by spymama on Jan-4-2014

Hey Everyone! It is 2014! I’ve been blogging for more than 6 years in all! So how are you doing? Thank you for coming to read my blog all these years! Have you done any resolution? Have you executed any resolution? Mine this year is to live and exercise healthy living. I have been neglecting my health last year and aches and pains were my package… This year, I want to eat more oats and fibre. And get my health checkup too.

This is going to be a ‘Horse’ year, according to the Chinese Astrological sign. Would it be a good year? I would prob check the fengshui site. This is the first year I have not done so, as I had done so in every previous year. Busy working, I guess.

I’ve moved house again. Lots of happen in 2013 year, good and bad. Balanced, I guess. I’ve had a horrible week ending right after Christmas but I dont want to dwell into that. I want to be positive as it is already a New Year. No negative thoughts and certainly want to pay it forward with more good things.

So for everyone who is reading this. Have a Blessed 2014, stay healthy, positive and Huat Ah!!!

Metals buying frenzy

Posted by spymama on Aug-29-2013

As in my title above, I am in a frenzy buying metals like gold coins and silver stuffs. Gold has gone down in the past few months. Little India is buzzing with people going into jewellery shops and pawn shops buying gold, silver and all that glittery stuffs. Yes, the price of gold is really more affordable, compared to a year ago. But I prefer going online when it comes to shopping for the best bargain. Among the regular site I usually check is the www.goldeneaglecoin.com because you can get a lot of information and news. As a gold coin collector, nothing but the best is always in my agenda. And, the value will rise again and so shall my profits. Some friends of mine have started to do the same after learning about this lucrative hobby of mine… ah well. Sharing is a good thing.

Vintage Fashion

Posted by spymama on Aug-29-2013

I surfed online for ages yesterday. I wanted to find out what would be the fashion trend for 2014 and one site I read wrote that it would be Vintage clothings. Hmmm… I had not went into detail reading then so this morning I wondered if Vintage clothing meant newly designed clothes that had the old aged look or it meant that clothes that had value because they belong to the old age era and reworn again being a second hand goods were the reason for Vintage.

I knew it is too early to tell but sometimes it is a good thing to find out early as I am looking into starting a clothes retail business so any tip on fashion trends are really useful.

Lights for home

Posted by spymama on Aug-29-2013

I have been meaning to get some proper reading lights in the living hall. The ones we have currently are warm lightings. It’s nice and all but not really great when you need to read. With warm lightings, sometimes I can feel that I need to squint my eyes after a while because the reading material gets dimmer and dimmer. However I am quite happy to get some alternative decorative lights for the dining area and when I saw an ad while reading a blog, the line that reads italian lighting - click here really worked on me. I was really curious what kind of lighting do Italians use… would that be something of the classical era whereby we get chandeliers and all that sort of beautiful stuff? What do you think?


Posted by spymama on Jun-4-2013

In case you haven’t noticed, school vacation has started. Kids are happy, the roads aren’t as jammed and the buses aren’t hogging roads. Bus lanes are free to run without buses and cars coming into the way to drop kids off. School security guards are also more relaxed and offices in school are quiet. No kids, no shouting, no arguing, no crying in the school compound… what a big difference.

The school is slated to do some painting and upgrading works since the holidays will be for a month. No kids to disturb them and lower risk of accidents. Great.

On the best thing is that no more cars waiting and parking outside my house each morning and afternoon too! No one to trample my little grass and no ice cream and sweet wrappers littered here…hahahhaha

But. I miss those kids’ laughter and their joyful unreserved chats, and smiles…

Where is the best and cheapest print

Posted by spymama on Jun-1-2013

I want to print some namecards for my friend, as a gift for her new business. She is going to start a boutique selling beautiful clothes for big sized women and men. I figured this business is a great idea as we all will grow bigger, errr usually after childbirth or as we aged and not really taking care of fitness and diet as much. Also, men do put on weight after marriage because… hmm simply because of their wives progress in cooking! Don’t you think so? I guess I must go and ask those local business card printers if they can give me a good deal and what I need in order to print a namecard for my friend. Some of my friends say that it can be done in a day or two for simple ones and up to a week for more complicated ones.

I hope they have some samples for me to grab some idea… or should I give her a voucher from the printer itself?


Posted by spymama on Jun-1-2013

I am crazy over claypot chicken rice lately. I don’t know why but I suppose it’s a craving that suddenly hit me. I went on a hunt for this yummy meal and found a few, but not to my expectations… I want to taste the original claypot rice that they actually cook over a charcoal stove slowly. You can smell the fragrant charcoal infused into the rice that is moist and flavoured with chicken chunks, egg, Chinese sausage, some bits of salted fish and mushroom…mmm they are really yummy.

So, to make sure I get what I want, really want, I am now on the hunt for claypots… so that I can cook them over my charcoal stove. I need to satisfy my cravings soon!

Anyone tried those purple clay pots that is now very popular for slow cooking? Not for stove but I was wondering if they are useful for home cooking..