Pregnancy Cravings #1: Famous Sungei Rd Laksa

In my first trimester, I shunned food pics and unfollowed many food bloggers in my instagram. My pregnancy have caused hormone changes, one of the changed was diverse effect on my perspective towards food. I felt miserable thinking about what to eat all the time as all I ever wanted was plain porridge.

And just recently, my appetite have returned … with an extra punch of cravings every now and then. When Bret was playing poker with his colleagues at our house, I was resting in the bedroom watching youtube clips. Then I chanced upon Mark Weins introduction of Legendary Sungei Rd Laksa. Since then, I was thinking about the laksa non-stop. The following day, I told my parents about a laksa I want to eat and was surprised that they had eaten the laksa since they were kids. They have only brought me to eat Katong Laksa and I used to love it. The current standard of Katong Laksa is very different from my childhood taste and I’m not into it now. But one thing for sure, I’m a laksa lover so I hope Sungei Rd Laksa can just be the best I’m going to have!

Pictures source from Food In Mouth

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Fuelled by charcoal, the laksa broth was light and tasty. A little on the salty side but still wonderful. Love the fresh cockles and ingredients. Like Katong Laksa, there is no need for chopsticks and for every mouth, you get to taste the flavourful broth & laksa noodle with fresh ingredients. A traditional Singapore laksa worthy for return and we saw a continous queue throughout the stall’s opening hours.

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My parents called this stall, “Kek Sng Kio” Laksa in hokkien dialect or “结霜桥” in Chinese. According to my mum, the uncle used to be a laksa peddler and my grandpa had brought her to enjoy the then-50 cents laksa. By the road, my mum & her siblings would stand and eat the delicious bowl of laksa. I asked my mum if the laksa still taste the same, she replied “broth is slightly different but still nice”.

The laksa is now priced at $3 per bowl. We also bought the Popiah from other stalls which was good as well.

Sungei Road Laksa
Address: Block 27, Jalan Berseh #01-100 Jin Shui Kopitiam
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm, Closed on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

 

Jumbo Seafood at Dempsy Hill

After 2 weeks of battling fever and cough, Bret and I had a family lunch date with a good friend of mine. Together with her boys, we met at Jumbo Seafood, Dempsy Hill for a seafood feast before the chinese lunar new year ends. I picked one of the lunar chinese new year lunch set.

  
We have never had such a sumptuous feast for lunch. Bret was eating non-stop as I catch up with my friend, Kelly. As always, she is elegant and speaks with poise. It is my blessing and fortune to have her as a friend. My appetite wasn’t as good still and I struggled to eat the seafood delicacy. Still, it was a joy to watch my dear friend and her sons enjoying the lobsters and premium seafood on our table.

  

The kind of happiness you get when you see others beaming with smiles.

Jumbo Seafood at Dempsy Hill has a large outdoor area but limited indoor tables. I think I will prefer other outlets for better comfort. Also the staffs are not as attentive, I had to wait to get their attention from our table. Quality of food was alright. I think my friend still prefers Long Beach for crabs.

 

Saviour – Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

My fever & persistent cough lasted the whole day. Bret was worried for me and baby. The natural herbs pills prescribed by our tcm doctor were mild. Temperature was still high even after two rounds of medication. Not only was I physically weak, my neck and legs were aching in pain. Bret just recovered, he was not at his tip top condition too but he insisted on giving me a rub at my aching areas. Every 10 mins or so, my dear hubby made me drink water. 

Mentally I feel well because of his tender loving care but physically I am in tremendous discomfort. The dry coughings disrupted my rest till I experienced severe headache. For the sake of our baby, we wanted to go drug-free & refused the easily available Panadol. Bret suggested using ice to sponge my body. I was hesitant as my body was really hot. He wrapped the ice with a face towel and I thought it’s better I sponged myself. Temperature did went down but elevated again after a while. 

When it was sleeping time, Bret gently massaged my aching leg and feet. He commented my feet was hot & burning. Then I recalled Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil. 100% Pure Theraputic Grade. Have always been an effective fever reducer for Leia. Googled and learnt that it’s safe for pregnant women and I asked Bret to apply 2 drops on my feet. He gently rubbed my feet and in between toes. 

  
The minty sensation lowered my body temperature almost instantly like magic. Suddenly I was no longer feeling as weak. Read that Peppermint is also effective for : 

  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough 
  • Blocked Nose 
  • Morning Sickness
  • Indigestion 

I applied a minimal amount of peppermint oil on my temples & forehead. It worked! Bret didn’t even need to massage my head to ease the pain. Then I rubbed a little on my congested chest for cough and throat. The dry coughings were no longer persistent and no more gasping for air to cough. 

Inhaled a little of peppermint oil, my blocked nose was clear I was finally able to rest for hours without much coughing. The pain in my throat was minimised tremendously too. I slept through the night with no rising body temperature. From time to time, my hubby will feel my forehead as he turned and tossed in bed. No fever. There are many types of essential oil from Young living and glad I bought Peppermint essential oil as it truly lives up to its name as Fever Reducer. 

My main intention of getting the essential oil was purely to support a friend who was a distributor. And I thought if I can go natural to relieve common illness..why not? But I wasn’t expecting much and for the initial months, the Peppermint & Thieves essential oils were shelved away like white elephant … until one late night Leia had fever. I decided to apply 1 drop of peppermint oil diluted with baby oil on her feet. She was looking comfortable as Bret & I gently massaged her little feet and soon we were amazed by the effectiveness. There was no need for medicine and kool fever. Since then Peppermint oil is kept by my bedside.  

I have a thieves essential oil meant for cough and cold as well as support immune system. My Friend reccomended ingesting 1 drop of thieves and honey water for cough. Tried a sip and I gave up. The taste was really awful.  And smell is dreadful for me so I never use it after one application. After my personal experience with peppermint oil, I read on about Thieves. 

Interesting findings, if one dislike the smell of particular essential oil then all the more he or she needs it. The toxins in body are sending message to the brain to avoid the application so they can continue to stay in the body. 

Will I grow to accept the smell ? I don’t know yet and I will never know until I try. 

Note: 

  • If you are pregnant and unsure if you should use Young Living essential oil, consult your gynae for advice. 
  • Peppermint Essential Oil is not suitable for children below 5. You can check with Young Living distributors for suitable essential oil. 

Valentine’s Gift from Leia – 2016 

Yesterday Leia returned from school with two gifts. She went “Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s for Papa, Mama & me.” Every Friday there is gourmet lesson and long time since she bring her gourmet home. 

 
Besides gourmet, there’s a craft she did in school. Sweet gesture from Leia & her school. Also she scored full marks for her spelling again. I didn’t teach her as I was sick, Grandma Audrey went through with her on the day before spelling test.  

Good job my little girl! 

This year Valentine’s Day I told Bret if he has to get me flowers he only need to get single stalk. It’s the thought that count and he’s been ordering bouquets for years. I don’t keep the flowers and we can save money for more meaningful stuffs. 

Now that both of us are sick, we will be home on Sunday taking medication & eat something light. In a way, we are gonna remember this time. First time both sick on Valentine’s Day. 

All these 16 years, we will be there the entire time when one of us is sick. Knowing we care so much for each other, I’m contented. Living the vows, a life partner to share good times and bad times. 

Officially sick…

In the night of CNY day 4, I began to cough persistently. I had a very bad headache & neckache and couldn’t sleep. Woke up with fever when Bret was on his way to slight recovery. He felt bad to spread the virus to me and put in great effort to take care of me. Fever during pregnancy is tacky. It’s not recommended to take medication so we went for traditional Chinese medicine to bring down my temperature. 

Right now I’m still a little feverish as I blog. Didn’t want to move much especially out of home. Body temperature fluctuate and feeling weak. Bret and I had to cancel our cny gathering with friends. I had to give Ethan’s 1st birthday party a miss too. 

Bret is still feeling a little weak although he’s recovered from fever and cough. I hope the TCM pills will help me recover soon. 

Cny Day 3 – 2016

Since CNY day 2, Bret and I have been home. I accompanied him to the clinic to get medication and bought groceries for simple home cooked dishes. Made Old Cucumber and Pork ribs soup as well as Steamed Tofu with sauce for dinner. We’ve got Big Aunt yummy CNY Ngor Hiang too. 

Evening Leia joined my parents to Uncle Richard place. She wore an orange cheong sam and was so eager to leave home.   

I love her satin shoes. Glad that my Cousin post pictures of little ones together in our family groupchat. 

Here’s Leia & Leonard. Both in MindChamps but different location. I noticed good-looking Leonard is getting more and more outspoken.   
A picture for memory. The 3rd and fourth generation. Forming Cousin clique always  together playing in every family occasion.  
Bret was in very weak condition and I had to be there for him. Pity we couldn’t join in the family gathering so I had to pass the prepared red packets to my mum to exchange on my behalf.

It’s the first time we missed CNY and hope no more missing out for the many years to come. 

Cny Day 2 – 2016 

Typically, we will visit Bret’s Friend house in the afternoon & my Uncle’s house for evening. This time, Bret is down with fever and I am happy to be home nursing him. Bringing him medicine pills, water & anything he needs. 

Noon time, dad brought Double-Boiled chicken soup prepared by my mum. Leia and I indulged in our home cooked lunch while Bret had vermicelli with minced pork & abalone. It’s festive period so abalone was one of the ingredients for our meals. 

At 5 months pregnancy, I do get tired if I’m out for hours. So resting at home preparing comfort food for my loved ones was still a good idea for me. 

I made fresh scallops & abalone congee for dinner.  

1. Marinated the fresh scallops with slices of ginger, shaoxing wine, pepper, salt. 

2. Combine some abalone broth into the porridge 

3. Add the scallops & ginger at the desired porridge consistency. 

4. Simmer for 15 – 20mins and season with salt, sesame oil to taste 

 5. Topped with slices of abalone and mix to serve. I ran out of spring onions else would have added for garnish & taste. 

It’s really easy to make Scallops & Abalone congee. 

The fresh scallops were cut into cubes and with generous amount the porridge brings a soul-satisfying texture & taste. Also slices of abalone brings sweetness & sense of abundance. 

Leia likes her porridge with bits of barbecue pork.