Saturday, February 26, 2022

Chocholate Banana Cake

It can be tough to get my boys to have more fruits. Therefore I have decided to sneak some bananas into my chocholate cake :p


1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (regular unsweetened or Dutch-processed)

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) baking soda

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

170 grams granulated white sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup (250 grams) mashed ripe bananas (about 2-4 large bananas)

1 cup (240 ml) filtered water or coffee, at room temperature

1/2 cup (120 ml) milk, at room temperature

1/2 cup (120 ml) corn, vegetable, safflower or canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract (may omit)

I used my Phillips food processor to blend the bananas (If you have too many, you can freeze them and use them later). Remove the bananas. 

Beat eggs with oil. Then add in sugar. Add on the rest of the liquids. Add the mashed bananas. 

Add in all the dry ingredients. 

Preheat convection oven at 180 degrees C and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a stick in the center is dry.

Enjoy the soft and fluffy cake! It is even better to have it with home made banana ice-cream!

Friday, February 25, 2022






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Thursday, February 24, 2022

MummyJene The Best Blog For Health Tips Routine


As a fulltime working doctor mommy, I really need to juggle my time well. Learning from fellow mommies like MummyJene provide great support and resources through mommyhood..Below are her tips!

During the early weeks of the quarantine period, my besties and I took to the challenge of exercising at least 15 minutes daily. Amazingly, most of us became very consistent. One bestie outshined us all by sticking to her 30-minute to 1-hour exercise every morning. When most of us just started our day, she would be sending us a photo of her post-workout selfie. Then at tea time, we would take a break from whatever we are doing and say hi to each other through our chat group. We usually share how productive our day was. And this bestie who finished her workout before 7 am would have the most productive day. Her dedication to fitness was inspiring that in the second week, most of us have followed her suit. This is how accountability partners or groups can improve our motivation to achieve our goal of a healthy lifestyle

Stay-at-home vs Working Mom Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Most of us would love to have an accountability partner with a similar schedule. This is where staying at home vs working mom differs. The schedule is what separates us. But instead of focusing on our differences, I want to encourage you that our similarities are far more important. Let's start with a health tip routine with MummyJene's blog.

Healthy Morning Routine For The Busy Working Mom

The morning rush is an epitome in the house of a busy working mom. "Hurry" and "we're late" are the most repeated words. And if you were like me, you probably missed a lot of breakfast throughout the year. The best way to stop these morning problems is to start your day earlier and to boost your energy. But how do we do that? MummyJene has great tips on her website on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. According to her, starting small and not getting overwhelmed is the first step. Here is a list of her morning routine for a great healthy day.

  1. Rise early. The rule of thumb for Mummy Jene is to always start your day earlier than the children. When you have the house to yourself, you have a minimal distraction.

  2. Exercise. If you are a working mom, early morning is the best time for you to exercise. This is the time that you have the most energy, so grab the opportunity and sweat it out.

  3. Start your day with a glass of water. Staying hydrated is essential in body functioning. After 8 hours (probably less because you're a mom) of sleep and a good sweat from your exercise, you need to replenish on the water. This way, your body is ready for a new day. Plus, it's good for your metabolism.

  4. A quiet time to yourself. Quiet time is a good way to rest from exercise and to create a balance of physical and emotional wellbeing. Depending on you, quiet times can be done through bible reading and prayer, or reading a good book with coffee. As long as you find the needed calm to steady your heartbeat and your breathing.

  5. Don't go hungry. A full meal will help you avoid munching all day and avoid all the extra calories. Plus a healthy meal gives you the right energy boosts needed for the morning hustle.

Healthy morning routine for tired stay at home mom

According to the Pew Research Center, stay-at-home moms (SAHM) have risen over the past decade. And because of this change in trend, awareness of the health condition of SAHM has also increased. It has been known that loneliness and depression are more prone to stay at home vs working mom. Acknowledging this, MummyJene has published health tips that focus on holistic wellbeing. According to her, children will benefit the most if they have a healthy mummy to take care of them. Be healthier with this morning routine.

  1. Start early. Again, it's always good to start your day earlier than the children. When you have the house to yourself, you have the least distraction.

  2. Drink a glass of water. Staying hydrated helps your body function in its optimal state. After your sleep, you need water, so your body kickstarts its metabolism and is ready for a new day.

  3. Have a quiet time. This is probably the most important that you need to be consistent with. Your quiet time in the morning will have a tremendous effect on your emotional health. You can do whatever you like in your quiet time. Be it prayer, meditations, or just plain procrastination. It's not being lazy, it is self-care.

  4. Set your schedule. Schedule your day. This is important because everything happens differently at home, depending on the mood of the children. Make a priority list of the things that you need to complete. Household chores are unending. So a schedule can help you manage your expectations and not over exhaust yourself. 

  5. Take note to include exercise in your schedule. You can do this early in the morning, during kid's nap time, or in the afternoon while hubby is home to entertain the kids. Exercise can be done at any time of the day as long as you know how to manage your energy.

  6. Eat a healthy breakfast. Take it as the liberty to prepare a healthy meal every day for you and your family. Nothing beats a nutritious meal. As they say, let food be thy medicine.

I hope this article helps you to build a balanced lifestyle!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Everything You Need To Know About Malaysia Car & Motorcycle Road Tax


Do you know that vehicles and motorbikes all need road tax, car tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty in Malaysia? Or are you completely confused about the road tax system in Malaysia? Road and car tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty, is a responsibility by any car or motorcycle owner, which vehicles (either private or company) are used on public roads - paying tax is compulsory if you own one. Car tax rates are based on different factors. Find out these and more in this article.

What Is Road Tax?

Road tax is a fee you pay on your vehicle or motorcycle if you want to drive on the road. If your car is duly registered in the country – it has a number plate – then you must pay road tax. The tax money is paid directly into the central government purse used for road work and maintenance. Road tax is administered by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

How Much Do I Pay For Road Tax?

Are you ready to renew your vehicle road tax? The amount you pay for road tax depends on:

  • The vehicle's engine cubic capacity

  • Your location

  • Type of use (private or company)

  • Type of car

Vehicle's Engine Cubic Capacity

The bigger the engine size of your vehicle, the more tax you pay. The price increase is because it's believed that the bigger the vehicle's engine size, the more the car pollutes the environment. Hence, big engine vehicle owners have to pay more for driving more polluting cars. It is to encourage ownership of less polluting vehicles.

Location (East or West Malaysia)

The location you reside in plays a significant role in determining the amount you pay for Malaysia's road tax. If you stay in East Malaysia, you will probably be spending a lesser amount than others in West Malaysia. The condition of Sabah and Sarawak road infrastructure and the network isn't the same as the ones in Peninsular - therefore, driving from one place to another in areas like Sabah and Sarawak takes a longer time.

Similarly, many people in this location (Sabah and Sarawak) drive four-wheel drive vehicles with strong engines due to the geographical condition, rugged terrain, and inferior road surface. Due to these reasons, vehicle road tax rates are cheaper in East Malaysia. Road Transport Department (JPJ) said that the more affordable road tax structure in Sabah & Sarawak is meant to compensate for all the inadequacies in that location. Furthermore, in locations such as Labuan, Langkawi, and Pangkor, if your vehicle engine capacity is 1,000cc or less, you pay a flat fee of RM20; however, If your vehicle engine capacity is more than 1,000cc, you'll have to pay 50% less of the road tax price being paid in Sabah or Sarawak.

Type Of Use (Private or Company)

The type of use of your vehicle also plays a role in determining the amount you pay for road tax. If your vehicle is registered as a private car, you will pay less money than cars registered as a vehicle.

Type Of Vehicle

All vehicles in Malaysia are divided into two broad sections:

  • Saloon: Sedan / Hatchback / Coupe / Wagon / Convertible

  • Non-Saloon: MPV / SUV / Pick-ups / Commercial

These two categories also pay a different amount for vehicle road tax. Private cars are classified as 'saloon' vehicles; they pay a lesser fee to Non- Saloon cars. However, MPV, SUV, or pickup trucks are classified as non-saloon vehicles and pay a higher rate than saloon cars. For the Non- Saloon cars category, it does not matter if it's private or company-owned; you pay the same amount.

Final Thought

We must make sure that our roads are safe by paying our road tax regularly. If you want to renew your road tax or auto insurance, you can always do it online at

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