Monday, December 31, 2007
What are your plans tonight?
To everyone, here's wishing you all a very happy, healthy and fruitful 2008! May 2008 see a rise in our blog PR and more offers pouring in!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
This is how Alycia ate her rice bubbles - with Yakult. The gals had rice bubbles for breakfast yesterday. While Sherilyn likes her rice bubbles with fresh Marigold HL milk, Alycia who doesn't fancy fresh milk asked for Yakult instead. This creative combination tasted good and is healthier too.
Today is hubby's birthday. Though I've known him for more than 2 decades (go figure out how old I was when I first met him), this is the 18th year we are celebrating his birthday together. It's just any other ordinary Sunday today. After church, we went to Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant for dim sum, then hopped to the Japanese restaurant next door to eat California roll before heading home. I'll write a post on the dim sum review at Ah Yat soon and why hubby had to hop to the next restaurant. So stay tuned......
Hubby bought a pandan layer cake for the gals to cut and blow candles yesterday.
When we went shopping for groceries the other day, daddy bought the gals a packet of prunes. When we reached home, they requested to try the prunes. I just knew they would not take a liking to the prunes as they have never liked dried fruits and anything that's black in color and squidgy. True enough when the packet was opened and they saw the black colored prunes, they ran away. So I had to convince them that it tastes just as good as prune juice (their all-time favorite drink) as prune juice is made from prunes. They were really reluctant to try it and after I had convince them to take a small bite, they spat out the prune and said it's poop, black poop and pushed my hand away. I don't fancy prunes either, so now the packet of prunes is left in the fridge. Now I am finding a way to conceal the prunes in their food. Maybe I should try making them some banana and prune pancakes next week!
You've got to try cooking this - salmon fish head soup. It's so tasty and sweet and goes very well with noodles. Last week, I bought a salmon fish head for RM7.50 from a nearby mini market. My maid pan fried the fish head and then simmered it with some water, tomatoes, ginger slices and chopped garlic for 2 hours. We then added some organic tofu, organic vegetables and homemade fish balls to the soup and serve them with vermicelli for dinner. Very tasty and wholesome meal for toddlers.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Lamb shank as main course for hubby.
Desserts - apple pie with vanilla ice-cream and I think that's a lemon meringue. The desserts used to be really good but this time, I didn't like them at all.
All in all, hubby paid less than RM100 for this fine Italian dinner. In addition, we even got a bottle of red wine and a cheese cake on the house.
When we reached home, the gals sang 'Happy Birthday' to daddy, blew the candles on the cake and had cheese cake for supper.
Hop on to my other blog to read on.......
Friday, December 28, 2007
Anyway, if anyone of you has any good CLs to recommend, I'd appreciate you giving me their contact numbers.
This was what he bought:
Polor pau (pineapple buns), egg tarts, chicken pies and chicken buns from Mr Cook's at Gardens, Mid Valley. I love the polor pau, very tasty with lots of pineapple bits.
A chocolate coated waffle, cheese bun and potato and ham bun from Sun Moulin Bakery at Gardens.
Tasty steamed fishballs from the pasar malam (the gals love these).
And this very tasty fried vermicelli Thai style with fried chicken and crunchy sambal belacan. Tasted so good but I was so full I could only taste a bite of the chicken.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
1...2...3..... blow..... blow....blow......we can huff and we can puff mummy......
and I can cut the cake too....
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Not only did Alycia and Sherilyn have tons of fun at Megakidz last week but daddy also had a great time at the art and crafts section. Daddy has always been adept in his art and he has a very creative mind too. One of the reasons why mummy fell for him was because of his romantic homemade cards! Anyway back to Megakidz, daddy paid RM40 for two plastic moulds and had a whale of his time painting them. There was also a sand art section and it's free.
Rules of the tag:
1. Pick the month of your birth.
2. Bold the 5-10 things that most apply to you.
3. Strike out everything that doesn't apply to you.
4. Place the list of all the months under a cut.
5. Tag 6 people from your friends list to do the same.
Tagging time, but only tagging 3:
2) Annie Q
3) Hui Sia.... good filler post for you :)
JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.
FEBRUARY:Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.
MARCH:Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.
APRIL:Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.
MAY:Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.
JUNE:Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.
JULY:Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.
AUGUST:Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.
SEPTEMBER:Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.
OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.
NOVEMBER:Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.
DECEMBER:Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.
I am really speechless. I better explicitly make it clear to my new maid about my expectations next time. My neighbor told me that she prefers older maids to younger maids as they are not so itching for boyfriends. But based on my experience, most old maids do not have the stamina needed to perform household chores satisfactorily and I would have to end up doing them. Would you prefer a younger maid or an older maid?
What a simple and cheap X'mas Eve dinner we had - no stuffed roast turkey or minced pies but 3 simple homecooked dishes plus KFC to replace the freaking expensive turkey! I bet you all had a sumptuous X'mas Eve dinner eh?
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
How was your X'mas day? Hope you all had a swell time having your reunion with your family and loved ones. Did you have any stuffed roast turkey this year? This is the only year that we did not get to eat turkey coz they are freaking expensive this year. Moreover, we don't really fancy turkey as we find the meat a tad tough and bland. Why pay through the nose for something that we don't really enjoy right? Anyway, here's wishing everyone a very Merry X'mas!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Sharp pieces of the plastic bauble were scattered everywhere. I was fuming as I had warned the gals endless times not to pull out anymore baubles or ornaments from the tree but as usual, they always seem deaf to my warnings.
When I walked to the X'mas tree, Sherilyn looked up at me with this guilt-stricken look on her face. When I saw that look on her face, the fire in my heart doused off instantly but still I reprimanded her. She kept quiet and was on the verge of crying (which is very rare as this brat is normally one tough cookie who even laughs when hit with a cane). Her eyes turned red and lips drooped and trembled. Again, she had succeeded in her plot to defuse the anger in mummy. She hugged my legs and I hugged her back.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wah.... mummy.... snow falling from the sky!
Walnuts, pecan nuts, macademia nuts, hazelnuts and almonds - I just love these nuts.
The glee and excitement were all shown on Alycia's face when she saw the coloring and activity books.
There was also a pretty pink Harrods bag.
Thanks koo mah for all the pressies!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Cooked organic Cha Soba (Japanese green tea noodles) for the gals yesterday. Added some crab sticks, fried eggs (cut into strips), Japanese seaweed (cut into strips) and organic lettuce. Soup used was chicken, watercress, honey dates, carrots and 'loh hon koa'. The gals loved the noodles but didn't like the crab sticks. Next time, I should just stick to homemade fish balls.
Several weeks ago, I had told the gals' former nanny that I was craving to eat her 'yeong tau fu' or stuffed tofu and stuffed vegetables with homemade fish paste. Several days ago, she finally made a big batch of stuffed bitter gourd, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed puffed tofu, stuffed beancurd sheet and fish balls, all stuffed with her homemade fish paste. They tasted sooooo good and all of us enjoyed them. She made so much till we had some leftover for the next day. I can never get fed up of eating this dish and I can't wait for her to make the next batch.
2 very curious toddlers exploring and experimenting their blue glasses. They were intrigued when everything that they saw through their blue glass 'turned blue' and asked why. I explained to them that if the glass is red, everything that they see will also turn red. That's how kids learn - by exploring, experimenting and asking questions.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Here it goes :
First, debone the fish meat with a sharp kitchen knife. You can buy 'kau yue' or ikan parang from the market. Not sure what it's called in English though - mackeral??
Then, chop and pound the fish meat till it's smooth. Pour a little salt in a small bowl and dissolve it with some water. Mix the salt water evenly into the fist paste.
Then, break an egg - take only the egg WHITE and beat it up. Pour the egg white mixture evenly into the fish paste. Sprinkle some pepper evenly on the fish paste.
To make the fish paste texture 'bouncy', 'throw' the entire lump of fish paste meat repeatedly on the chopping board. That's what my late maternal grandma used to do and her fish balls are oh so bouncy and chewy.
When the fish paste is smooth, keep them in small containers in the freezer.
Easy peasy right? I am sure toddlers will LOVE these homemade and food additives-free fish balls and fish cakes (fried fish paste which tastes heavenly!).
And DON'T throw the fish bones and fish head away. Boil them with some water, tomatoes and some slices of ginger. The soup is REALLY tasty and sweet! Hop on to my other blog to have a look at the fish soup.
Remove 1 question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged. Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.
1) Do you like rainy or sunny days? - Rainy days.
2) At what age do you wish to marry? - 25 yo.
3) What colour do you like the most? - Pink
4) If you have the chance, what would you probably say to your beloved one? - Beloved one meaning kids, parents, hubby? Well, I would tell them I love them all very much.
5) Where is the place that you want to go the most? - A romantic holiday resort at a beach
6) Which part of you that you hate the most? - It has got to be my varicose veins infested left thigh!
7) When you encounter a sad moment, what would you do? I try not to break down and put up a strong front.
8) What are you afraid to lose the most? - All my loved ones.
9) If you win $1 million, what would you do? - Keep for my kids' education, travel, charity, shop, shop and shop.
10) If you meet someone that you love, would you confess to him/her? Or would you keep it to yourself and observe from afar? - I'll wait for him to confess to me first.
11) List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you. - very smart, writes well and pretty.
12) What are the requirements that you wish for your other half? - to be more patient with me, more practical in some of the things he does and to be more thrifty.
13) Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most? - I don't like to cry over spilt milk.
14) Which type of person do you hate the most? - a person who gloats and keeps blowing his/her own trumpet to the extent of belittling other people.
15) What is your ambition? - to see all my kids get a degree and be successful and happy.
16) What is the thing that will make you think he/she is bad? - The way she/he thinks and talks.
17) Christmas is coming, who do you like to celebrate with? - loved ones.
18) What do you think is the most important thing in your life? - First good health, second money
19) What brand of toothbrush do you use?- Oral B
20) My question : When was the last time your hubby gave you a kiss?
Only tagging 3 people :
3) Hui Sia
Sunday school won't be the same anymore without Jeff and Shirlin. I know you will be reading this post Shirlin. Just want to say a big thank you to you and Jeff for being such dedicated teachers to the kids at sunday school. All the kids will miss you both. I wish you both all the best in your new endeavour in Singapore.
1. Do the following without complains.
2. Choose 5 people to do this quiz after you’ve done yours.
3. Tag the chosen one.
4. Start your post with “I’ve been tagged”
Colour : Pink
Food : Steamboat
Movie : Have not watched one for ages.
Sport : Jogging and sea sports
Day : Sunday
Ice cream: Green tea flavor
Best friend : Can't remember
Crush: Sshhhh... it's a secret
Movie : King Kong, Bewitched or Superman #1 .... I think, can't really recall... that was almost 3 decades ago!
Music : Baa Baa Black Sheep.... I think
Drink: Plain water
Car ride: 7 hours ago back from the mini market with hubby and kids
Crush : Huh?... in my dreams.....
Phone call : From hubby
CD played : None
Gone out with good friends : That was ages ago....
Broken a law : When I exceeded the limit whilst driving back to Ipoh alone several years ago... and got stopped by the police on the highway.
Been arrested : Is being stopped by the police for speeding considered as arrested?
Not tagging anyone. Feel relieved you did not get my tag? LOL!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
They make my blood boil when they are mischievous and rebellious, they make me yell at them yet they can't hear me for they choose not to hear, they are rebellious and stubborn most times and drive mummy bonkers and out of sanity most times, but at the end of the day, how I relish putting them to sleep and watch them lay in bed so peacefully for they remind me of the times when they were so tiny and helpless, how I feel thankful to God for blessing me with 2 adorable angels who have brought me so much happiness.