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Food Lovers Only – A Children’s Day Treat

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Food Lovers at IMM

Food Lovers at IMM

On Children’s Day the kids and I were invited for lunch over at Food Lovers Only by AT Marketing Counsultancy. A very bubbly Abby greeted us at the restaurant and introduced us to the various dishes on the menu.

Tiger girl checking out the toys which were displayed on the shelve

Tiger girl checking out the toys which were displayed on the shelve

The toys on the shelf attracted Tiger girl when we entered the restaurant. The displays  were really kid friendly and she gravitated towards the toys and started playing while her brother choose the dishes they wanted to eat.

The kids with Abby

The kids with Abby

It was our 2nd visit to Food Lovers Only a  Halal certified medium size cafe on the 2nd floor of IMM.   There has been some additions to their K-FLO menu and the kids were looking forward to trying the dishes there.

New dishes at Food Lovers Only

New dishes at Food Lovers Only

Don’t the dishes look yummy?? Unfortunately the kids were not keen on trying them out so we  ordered something else instead.

 

Apple Salad

Apple  Mushroom Salad $11.90

I ordered a Apple Mushroom Salad for myself as I wanted to keep it light for my lunch.  The Mesclun, apple, mushroom, walnut, cherry tomato and balsamic dressing made it a  tantalizing dish to savor.

Milkshakes for the kids

$7 Milkshakes for the kids

 The kids have been craving for milkshakes and were delighted that they served it at Food Lovers Only. We ordered a Strawberry, Cookies & Cream  and Vanilla milkshake. Can you guess which kid had which milkshake?

French Toast which Tiger girl ordered

French Toast which Tiger girl ordered

Tiger girl didn’t want something too filling also so she decided on Flo’s French Toast ($13.50). She was attracted by the fruits on the toast as blueberries and strawberries are her favourite.

The dish was really aesthetically appealing but fell a bit short for her as she complained that it was a bit too sweet for her liking.

The Club sandwich that Doggie Boy had

FLO’s Club sandwich ($15.90) that Doggie Boy had

Brioche, turkey ham, sliced tomato, marinated pulled chicken slices, cucumber and egg mayo was what Doggie boy dug into during lunch.  He loved the blend of tastes as he munched down on the sandwich.

Beef Bulgogi Sandwich

Beef Bulgogi Sandwich $17

Monkey boy ordered for himself a bulgogi sandwich  which was made of  Panini, beef slices, sautéed onion, sliced tomato, cheese and bulgogi dressing with a side of chips and salad.

Tom Yum Pasta

Tom Yum  Prawn Pasta $18.60

Abby ordered this for herself.   Spaghetti, Prawn , Mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chili, chives , cream and cheese.  It smelled really nice and she mentioned that it was very tasty too. Maybe the next time that I visit the place I may order this to try.

Tiger girl can't wait to sink her teeth into the yummy dessert

Tiger girl can’t wait to sink her teeth into the yummy dessert

A meal is never complete without dessert!!

Upon Abby’s recommendation we ordered the Sweet Divine ($15)

Freshly baked crispy waffle, pavlova, mini marshmallows, premium vanilla bean ice cream, maple sauce, chocolate sauce, horlick sauce at the side. . The dessert was served with coconut  and chocolate ice-cream. It would be great if they had a wider selection of ice-cream as Tiger girl actually wanted strawberry ice-cream on the waffle but it wasn’t available.

The kids weren’t able to finish their dessert as it was a bit too sweet for their liking.   However overall we enjoyed our meal and wouldn’t mind visiting  Food Lovers Only again for lunch.

Disclaimer:   The kids and me were invited for a food tasting session at Food Lovers. Opinions are 100% mine.

Finding a New Me- Emotional Wellness

Tiger girl and me- Dominique's Desk

Tiger girl and me

Taking care of your emotions is extremely important. You mental well-being affects everything else around you.

Emotional Wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.

One goes through an array of different types of feelings for dawn to dusk. The emotions that we experience  can be positive or negative and it is especially essential that we acknowledge each and every emotion that we feel.

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

How we cope with the negativity, emotional stress, disappointments and frustrations will shape the way we live.   You are the one who truly decides how you live.

To go for it alone or remain a People Pleaser and disregard your own emotions? I’m done being a  People Pleaser and ignoring my own well being for the sake of others who do not appreciate any of your sacrifice. I’m saying “No!” more often then before and focusing on what truly  matters to me and having my peace of mind.  No more surpressing my own emotions and giving up on my desires because of others.

I will not let others influence my emotions and send myself spiraling into depression because of their selfishness. It is not easy to remain level headed and not get influenced by their warped mentality.  I had enough of suppressing my own feelings so that others would feel good.

I have made many difficult decisions these two years and have shifted the focus to be more on ME. I will be turning 40 next year and it is about time that I shift the focus back on myself after devoting myself selflessly to the family and the kids for the past 20 years.

LOVE YOURSELF

Nobody can care more about you then yourself.  Being the pillar of the family it is extremely important that I keep sane and also be in the best of health physically and mentally. I  have been working more on increasing my mental awareness through reading self help books and articles that I find online.  This has made me more acutely  in tune to my own feelings.

1 Peter 5:7-Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

I have learned to trust my GUT more and also leave all my worries to GOD.  Do the best that I can and let him handle the rest. Having such a perception greatly reduced the amount of stress that I feel.  Being able to handle my own emotions has certainly made me  a better person. I am more patient and less rash in my actions.   When things get a bit overwhelming I give myself chance to pause before deciding on what action to take in that particular situation.

Once emotions are triggered it may cause an array of feelings to surface within you.  Sometimes these feelings may be very hard to control and it really takes a lot of discipline to calm those frayed nerves in order to think and act rationally.  The intensity can be overwhelming  at times and makes one act out of the norm.

Our Fight or Flight mentality may lead us to act irrational at times therefore it is essential to remain grounded at all times.

Looking through the globe

Looking through the globe

Sometimes our thoughts may  seem to magnify the situation and give it too much emphasis then it actually  needs.  In moments like this I try to take a step back and refocus to align our thoughts so that my emotions are more settled before making any major decisions.

I do know that these challenges that are sent our way is GOD’s way of shaping us into a better person.  These trials that we have to endure will prepare us for entering his kingdom in his time.  It sometimes feels frustrating especially when things don’t seem to be going this way and it can be utterly exhausting at time.

Our emotional well being affects our health and attitude towards life therefore I find it extremely important to keep our emotions in check always.

It is essential that I keep myself emotionally healthy so that I will be able to lead and guide the kids well therefore I do take many moments of ME TIME a week to recharge and reflect on the actions that I have taken that particular week.

During these pockets of time I would reflect on the actions that I had done and  how I felt in relation to  the problems/ situations that I am currently handling.

As a single parent my kids only have me to look as up as mentor and guide therefore it is critical that I am emotionally balanced to be able to handle the changing emotions of the kids and guiding them properly on how to handle their own emotions.

How do you take care of your own emotional wellness?

  1. Finding a New Me – An Intro
  2. Finding a New Me- Results after 16 weeks
  3. Finding a New Me – Mental Wellness
  4. Finding a New Me- Emotional Wellness
  5. Finding a New Me – Social Wellness