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is a blog specially for those who are interested and willing to learn and keep learning to improve and develop to add values to themselves and others to make lives meaningful and fulfilled.

keeplearningkeepsmiling.com content is produced by Mary Moh with a goal to entertain, inspire and motivate you to be a happy, consistent learner.

You will find

  • Articles about cooking and recipes
    The articles are aimed to help you to get started cooking, whether it is for family, for friends, for health or to lose weight. The food presented are simple, easy and fast. They are what Mary cooks for her family or friends.
  • Articles related to health and sicknesses
    If you are facing some health issues or would like to stay informed, you’ll find these articles helpful.
  • Articles on self-development through inspiration and motivation
    Self-development plays a key role in parenting and in career. These inspiration and motivation articles come from many of Mary’s own experiences and observations on what work and what don’t.
  • Fresh content is added regularly to update you with the above issues and also current hot topics and breaking news to help you live an informed, meaningful, fulfilled life - happy and healthy.

Who is Mary Moh?

Mary was born and grew up in Sarawak, Malaysia. She graduated in 1986 with Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Education. She taught upper secondary school Maths for 6 years before she resigned to travel with her husband, Steven, and 2 young daughters to Kuala Lumpur and later to Koje-Do, South Korea, due to job relocation. On returning to Malaysia, she started and ran a successful Maths Tuition Centre. Her passion in teaching was the key to her success. She closed her tuition centre before moving to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2003, again due to job relocation.

During times away from home, she learned to cook and bake while enjoying her time with her children, teaching them many things. She learned to bake at least 20 cakes and cook various popular Malaysian dishes. Her passion in cooking gave her the confidence to run a successful food takeaway in Aberdeen which she later sold for some profit.

Mary is also very passionate about learning natural health and helping others to take responsibility to improve their health through diet and lifestyle changes and therapies. Through it all her own poor health improved tremendously and her little daughter was completely cured of her severe leg pain, endless stomache ache and skin problem which doctors offered no cure. Her passion in helping others gain health saw her success in a natural health business.

The most dramatic and memorable was when her best friend, Wendy, was cured of aggressive lymphatic cancer. Today, 6+ years later, Wendy is completely cured of the cancer. She puts in every ounce of effort everyday to make juice, eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle. She even plants her own vegetables.

Above all else, Mary’s greatest passion is her family. Her whole focus is on her 2 daughters from young until now, fully devoted to loving and caring, training and teaching them . Cooking, health, teaching and self-development comes like a powerful package for this matter.

As a person, Mary is fun-loving, confident and vibrant, has a very positive outlook in life, a risk-taker and doesn’t easily take ‘NO’ for an answer. She always says, ‘There should be a way. I’ll find out.’ This must have come from a Mathematician’s mindset - problem solving.

Mary has so many dreams that you don’t know what her next dream is. She has seen many of her dreams come true. She believes that dreams make you alive and excited about life. She believes that if you don’t have a dream, you can start dreaming one today. If you have a dream, get out there and work hard to achieve it. And if your dream is destroyed, just dream another dream. You can learn more about Mary by reading the articles below:

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alvin  on July 11th, 2009

dropping by. Very well written… i shall drop in often to find more food recipes

Mary  on July 22nd, 2009

Happy to know you cook. Just keep learning, keep cooking, keep smiling and enjoy your food.

michael  on July 22nd, 2009

Mary - I have enjoyed reading your blog!! Keep it up.

Joyce Thay  on August 3rd, 2009

Din know Aunty Mary got a blog…gonna enjoy reading it from now…i will tell mummy bout it….hehehe….keep up the good work Aunty Mary!

pksyong  on August 4th, 2009

Keep up with the good work, Mary! I enjoy food and I enjoy reading your blog. Cheers n God Bless. Peter Yong

Eleanor Hoh (WokStar)  on August 12th, 2009

Great to find out about you. I share your philosophy about investing in your health. You only have one life, so take charge. Look forward to your Tweets.

Mary  on August 17th, 2009

Thanks for all lovely comments and for connecting. More coming along the way. I will keep writing and I hope you keep reading. Hope you will try out some recipes.

radha  on September 9th, 2009

hi Mary, nice to meet you and thanks for kimchi pancake recipe, will try it very soon for a party!

zainab & meedo  on September 16th, 2009

First time here… love your blog & looking forward to try some of your delicious recipes.

Have a good day :)

Sidney  on September 16th, 2009

Really nice blog…love it so much..it also inspired me on doing my blog..keep up your good work and will look forward for more interesting post from you…Gambateh!!!

Mary  on September 16th, 2009

Hi Zainab and Sidney, thanks for your compliments. Really appreciate that. That’s really encouraging. I’ll keep cooking, keep writing and keep posting.

It has been awesome meeting everyone of you here.

sherrie  on September 22nd, 2009

Great blog and very inspiring. I’m glad I found your website because it’s difficult to find a lot of fantastic great-tasting recipes in one place with lovely pictures to get your mouth watering. Every single recipe of yours that I’ve tried is absolutely top notch and delicious. I wish I had time to try them all. Keep up the good work and yummy food.

Alesia  on September 24th, 2009

Oh silly me, I asked about your hometown in Msia before reading ‘About You’ :)
Wonderful blog! And it’s always nice meeting new friends who has the same passion in cooking

Happy cooking & eating!

angela@spinachtiger  on October 10th, 2009

I am so glad I popped in over here. It must be interesting living in many different countries.

Mary  on October 10th, 2009

@Sherrie - Thanks lots for your compliments. I’m really glad to hear that you have tried some of my recipes. I’ll continue to post as many as possible. Hope you keep coming back to visit and try out more recipes.

@Alesia - Thanks for your lovely comment. Great meeting you. Must learn more Malaysian recipes from your blog.

@Angela - Thanks for visiting and leaving comment. Yes, it’s interesting actually to travel. I love to try out new food and also learn to cook the special ones. There are still lots that I want to learn and cook. Am I too ambitious…haha.

Shirley  on October 29th, 2009

Hey Mary,
It’s only today I got to know that you are in Aberdeen. We used to be in Edinburgh for a while. I loved the Aberdeen beef sausages. Miss them. Good to know you.

Mary  on October 29th, 2009

@Shirley - That’s really nice to know you were in Edinburgh before…..great city. I went for the military tattoo festival there a few years ago and it was just mind-blowing. My family absolutely enjoyed the whole military show…excellent. Aberdeen angus beef…awww….that’s really the best! Where are you staying now?

Shirley  on October 30th, 2009

We used to live just next to the Edinburgh Rugby stadium. We enjoyed our just married days there and have a fond memories of the highlands and our times there. Now we live in India and have a son and daughter.
Say Mary why dont you do some Scottish special posts? Maybe Haggis or even a scrumptious Scottish breakfast. Go on!

Mary  on October 30th, 2009

@Shirley - Thanks for sharing. Yes, I have been thinking of putting up some Scottish food but looks like my skill is not enough. My best is the sticky toffee pudding and of course the angus beef. Maybe I really should put up a few….the simpler ones. Thanks very much for giving me that suggestion. I hope you enjoy your stay in India. Any special Indian food that you particularly enjoy?

anncoo  on November 13th, 2009

Hello Mary,
Nice to meet you and enjoying reading your blog. I have just linked your blog to mine. Thanks for coming to my blog :)

Mary  on November 13th, 2009

@Anncoo - Thanks for visiting, leaving comments and also linking to me. Lovely to meet you too. Love your blog…makes me drool :)

mycookinghut  on November 20th, 2009

Thanks for dropping by my blog! Glad to found your blog too! :)

Mary  on November 20th, 2009

@mycookinghut - Thanks for visiting. Hope you have fun browsing through. Lovely to meet you.

Moulmein Kitchen  on November 23rd, 2009

Thanks for visiting my blog.
My first visit here to your lovely blog with great posts and looking forward to try out your recipes.
Have a nice day and see ya :)

Mary  on November 24th, 2009

@Moulmein Kitchen - Thanks for visiting and for your lovely compliment. Have a go at some of my favourite recipes. Have a nice day too.

kok loong wong  on November 27th, 2009

Your cooking reminded me of Malaysia! I must cook more Asian food!

Mary  on November 27th, 2009

@kok loong wong - Thanks for visiting. You have a lovely blog. Hope to see more Asian recipes from you too.

Wendy  on November 30th, 2009

Hi Mary…. I am enjoying reading your blog! And I agree with you about the value of juicing. Love your Malaysian recipes!

Mary  on November 30th, 2009

@Wendy - Thanks for visiting and your lovely comment. Lovely to meet you.

PJ  on February 19th, 2010

Hi Mary,Nice to know about you.Already bookmarked quite a few recipes and will be comming back often..

Mary  on February 19th, 2010

@PJ - Thanks very much for visiting, PJ. Very encouraging to know you like my blog :D Have fun navigating around!

Kelly Parr  on February 24th, 2010

Mary… no wonder your pineapple desserts reminded me of Malaysia - that is where you are from! My husband and I lived in Penang for 15 years. Good connecting with you via Shirley! And I see you are friends with Divina too!

Quinn  on March 29th, 2010

Your blog put a smile on my face Mary. Love the name…who would have thought keep learning and keep smiling is all about cooking and baking. I think I have a lot to leearnfrom your blog title when a recipe turned me down. Just keep learning and keep smiling :)

lily ng  on April 6th, 2010


thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving kind words - much appreciated.

would love to be your friend, drop me a line or two through my email.

Mary  on April 6th, 2010

@Kelly Parr - Ooops…..really sorry to respond late. Must have overlooked….so sorry! Penang is just such a beautiful place. I would love to go back one day to visit and enjoy all the food. Shirley and Divina….they are very lovely friends :D

@Quinn - Haha….yes….every disappointment can be turned into a joy. In fact, in life, people often don’t really know if you make a mistake, especially in cooking and baking :P I just call it my new recipe….LOL It just makes learning more fun and satisfying. So….Keep learning Keep Smiling :D

@lily ng - You are most welcome, Lily! You have a lovely blog……always remind me of home sweet home. Thanks very much for your friendship :D Will email you.

cookie  on April 7th, 2010

Hi Mary, I wished I’d discovered your blog earlier! I LOVE your very positive outlook to life - you are serious enough to overcome an odd, yet easy enough to continue to dream!!!

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Cookie - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D Yes, I love to dream…makes my life exciting, meaningful and fulfilled. Hope you keep dreaming and achieving :D

Adrian @ Food Rehab  on April 8th, 2010

Glad I discovered your blog. Anything combined with food and positivity can only be a great thing! Satisfied belly and a satisfied mind :)

Mary  on April 8th, 2010

@Adrian - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Adrian! Really love what you said…..satisfied belly and satisfied mind :D

Bakericious  on May 1st, 2010

Hi Mary, thanks for visiting my blog and is so great to discover ur blog too, hope able to try out some of your wonderful recipes soon, alreadi eyeing on them hee hee hee…

Mary  on May 1st, 2010

@Bakericious - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Hope you find some recipes you like and have fun cooking and baking :D

Juli  on May 11th, 2010

Found your blog through another food blog and I must say it is a pleasant find. Looking forward to browse through your recipes and try them out myself!

Mary  on May 12th, 2010

@Juli - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment Juli! :D

Juli  on May 12th, 2010

Not a problem. I was just browsing through your recipes yesterday and came across this rice cakes one. What exactly are those? I don’t think I’ve seen it in any of the Chinatown shops before (maybe I always walk past the section)?

And do you have any recipe for a smooth porridge/congee? Do share it if you know a good trick to make it smooth and fragrant. =)

Mary  on May 13th, 2010

@Juli - I’m not too sure which one you refer to. There are 2 types. There’s one type which is dry type, sold in most Oriental shops. You have to soak it overnight before using. There’s also the fresh one which is Korean type, sold in Korean shops but sometimes you can get them at Oriental shops (not in the one at my place).

I have not tried the smooth porridge. I think it’s the Hong Kong version. Mine always had the rice still visible, just how I was brought up. But I will give a try and let you know. Have fun cooking :D

baobabs  on July 27th, 2010

Hi Mary, this was so inspiring, especially the whole journey of overcoming obstacles.

Thank you for sharing. :)

Mary  on July 27th, 2010

@baobabs - Thanks very much for visiting and your lovely comment! Appreciate very much :D

william  on August 26th, 2010

I like what you wrote! Keep it up!
William from Miri.

Mary  on August 26th, 2010

@William - Thanks very much, William! Lovely to meet you. I was from Miri, too….a place that I miss now. Need all updates about Miri from your blog :D

William  on August 26th, 2010

Aiya…Mary, now I remember! We were neighbours b4! We have visited you b4 over the yogurt marker.

Mary  on August 26th, 2010

@William - Haha….the world is really so small! Now your name sounds very familiar. Blogging is wonderful, right? Hope you are still eating healthy and lots of exercise :D

IH  on September 29th, 2010

Hi Mary,

I’m glad I found your blog! We’re quite similar. Being a Sarawakian and living overseas. From Kuching, is it?

Pleased to meet you, Mary.

Mary  on September 30th, 2010

@IH - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Wonderful to know you are a Sarawakian, too :D I’m from Sibu in the first place but worked in Miri.

Debbie  on October 11th, 2010

Hi Mary

Bumped into your blog accidentally when I went into LilyNg’s Wai Sek Hong blog. Love reading your blog especially those on recipes and I am inspired to start one on food of course!

Like your motto of Keep smiling, Keep sharing and learning.

Mary  on October 12th, 2010

@Debbie - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Debbie! Hope you start a food blog, too, so that I can learn from you, too :D

Tracy  on November 9th, 2010

Thanks, Mary - A time out from the daily grind in a foreign “treachery” is to know what you have gained after relocation. One of the simple pleasures in life: The love of Malaysian food.

lubos  on December 30th, 2010

Hey Mary, this is Lubos from slovakcooking.com. Thank you for stopping by and best of luck with that spinach dish. Although you won’t need it. It’s one of the simplest recipes I know of.

Muffins647  on January 21st, 2011

I just wanted to say I stumbled upon your blog when I googled up,(apple, beet, and carrot)juicing. You blog is very informative and very eco-friendly? I will be trying the vinegar and oitrus combination to de-stinkify my home LOL.

Thanks again and I have subsribed. :) I am looking forward to learn more :D

liselle  on January 28th, 2011

Hi Mary,
Love to hear about your story.I love Math and also cooking and baking! “There should be a way.I will find out.” Love this quote! Keep up your positive outlook on life. Your positivity does spread to us! =)

Mary  on February 2nd, 2011

@Tracy - Thanks very much, Tracy! I think I am glad that we were relocated. Otherwise I would never have learned to cook a lot of the special Malaysian food :D

@lubos - Thanks very much, Lubos! You have a lovely blog with so many mouth-watering recipes. Time I learn some slovak cooking :D

@Muffins647 - Thanks very much for visiting! Have fun navigating around my blog. Hope you have a wonderful day :D

@liselle - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Liselle! Hope you have a wonderful day :D

plllisa  on March 2nd, 2011

i was an alumni of RGU before you and your family moved to Aberdeen. i lived in the student hostel, Woolmanhill (hope i didn’t get it wrong, loved that name) near the city centre, honestly just +- 5mins walk. when i looked at the above pic, i knew where your from. those granite building, totally can’t run away.

Aberdeen was my fist foreign city and i still missed that place so much. i would live to go back and reminisce those crazy days. the ever-changing seasons that i love so much reminded me what my life has been through. the people oh the ever so friendly Scottish, Irish etc. the sunday free church that i attended where i met many lovely people that invited me to their humble house for lunch and dinner. mind you, i was well fed and got to learnt many cultural things. gosh, i so missed Aberdeen.

hey Mary, you know how lovely Aberdeen is and lucky you. of course, Malaysia is still home to our heart but seriously, i’m biased to everything Scottish! cheers ^^

Mary  on March 9th, 2011

@plllisa - Thanks very much for visiting ad sharing, Plllisa! Really lovely to know you were here and loved this place. I love Aberdeen for its clean air, beautiful sceneries, wonderful people…except….the freezing cold weather. It’s more difficult to smile in winter…haha. So you are a Malaysian. How nice if you are still here! Wherever you are, hope you have a wonderful day :D

yeechin  on May 5th, 2011

Mary, have the chance to surf net and your blog finally!! Damian has not been himself due to his cold. Delightful contents with ample love and passion!! Will definately come back and get inspiration to get variety into our family menu!

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EW  on October 31st, 2011

Dear Mary

Congratulations on creating such a lovely, inspirational website. I am working my way through your recipes as I live in Paris. This city seems devoid of any good Malaysian food:(
Do you know any Malaysians living in Paris? I would love to meet and learn Malaysian cooking!



Mary  on March 8th, 2012

@EW - So sorry Emily. I do to know of any Malaysian staying in Paris. I think the best is to learn and cook Malaysian food there. That was what I did when I landed here :D To meet some, maybe your hubby can try to find out from his company or maybe from church of you go to church. Hope you will meet some soon. Enjoy your stay here!

pslee  on September 6th, 2012

hi Mary,
greetings from Boi Ko of Kuching, how are you - busy Lady! and ur family? trying to get in touch with you but pretend to be busy haha! wah, wah visit ur blog, full of recipes, congrats to you. i too must” keep learning and keep smiling” and do keep in touch

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