Monday, December 31, 2007

Bye 2007. Hi 2008

In just a wink of eye, today is the last day in 2007. Why time flies so fast? Me getting another year older, and my kids grow a year older. Thinking back for the past 12 months, what have I achieved so far... alamak I can't think of one. Sigh :( another year wasted.

Ok, Ok... atleast Year 2007, I .......

1. Pay off both of our cars installment. Which means with the extra money we can dump into our house and the office lot we bought.

2. Travelled the most this year and got sponsored by my Dearie Sukie... which means I think his business is getting better. Hopefully it will be better next year.

3. Started blogging and met a lot of new friends. Now, I just get hooked to it.

4. Started updating my CV. For the past 5 yrs, I have been dragging on not to update my CV and not to send to any HeadHunter reason being I am happy working with my current job. But after I realized one thing... there is no relation between an employer and an employee no matter how hard you work and how much effort you put in... and at the end of the day .... what I get is "Thank You, Sue. Well done. Good Job." ( I am bored with this statement )

5. Visited Europe after 2 years of waiting. Missed the trip last 2 years because I was having confinement at that time. What a waste.

Now Year 2008, my new year resolution ......

1. On diet. I have been talking about it for the past 10 years but still the same old me. Got to really do it this year.

2. Spend more time with my kids. Will put all my time and effort taking care both of them. No more shouting and scolding at home, I promised.

3. Must get my butt up for sourcing more products and sell it on-line. And must earn more side income.

4. Start looking for job hoping I can get a better one with a better pay. Money is the main concern now. Me and Dearie Suki, target to earn more money and wanted to be debt free in a few years time. Our house still got 9 more years to go and our office lot still got 5 more years to go. Wah... must be super hardworking leh.

5. Go for a trip again with Dearie Suki. Haven't plan a place to go. Any suggestion?

6. Project no.3, maybe on the way. Hopefully got la.

Today is new year eve and it is also Eve's Birthday. My good ci mui from UNI. Every year we will celebrate with her and countdown with her. Walau eh, every year dinner with her will be very expensive cos New Year Eve, where ever we go, it is all set dinner plus after dinner we will go for our drinking session and 'boom chak chak'. Atleast that night, I will spend about RM250 per person. Last year I was with them and only reach home the next morning at 6 am. But this year not going out cos she is celebrating with her boyfriend. Since she got boyfriend, so we better not to be her light bulb tonight.

We had an earlier celebration with her today. We went to Neway Karaoke at Puchong. My 2 kids is with me and I bring them along. Can't really enjoy the singing session because the 2 of them kept 'kacau' me.

4 good 'ci mui' from the same UNI. Still the same, no changed and as 38 as before. Hahaha....

I think Le-Ann and Ee-Thern enjoy more than me.

Ee-Thern can't wait for his turn to sing 'Twinkle Twinkle Litte Star'

Ah Yees all sing until stand on the chair and my Ee-Thern play until on top of the table.

With Paul and Michelle.

This is the Birthday Girl. Wishing you Happy Birthday!

Tonight I am counting the new year with my kids and planning to bring them to see fireworks. To the rest of my bloggers friend and those who visit my blog.... Wishing all of you.... Happy New Year and Let's Celebrate Tonight!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Donuts! Are You Nuts?

Last Thursday, I was having my usual trade visit with my sales reps and we were at Jusco in Sunway Pyramid. While waiting for the buyer to raise the PO, we walk around the shopping mall to kill our time. FL was telling me she wanted to get the donuts from J.Co and I asked her is it nice? I've tried the one from Big Apple for the 1st time last week at FC's house gathering. KV bought it from Big Apple at The Curve. When I was there I always wanted to get it but looking at the queue I just walked off.

Since FL wanted to buy, I also followed her to queue for it. Walau eh, guess how long we waited at the queue? A total of 45 mins just to get the stupid donuts ! I think I am nuts then. While waiting I told FL I only wanted 1/2 dozen cos only 2 of us eating. But after waited 45 mins of waiting, I changed my mind cos queueing so long just to get 1/2 dozen and I ended up getting 1 dozen since Dearie Suki haven't try it before.

1 dozen for RM17.50 and it is much more cheaper than Dunkin Donuts. I have chosen the Berry Heaven ( actually is Strawberry ), Green Tea, Banana Choco, Mango, Peanut Butter, the one with Almond Flakes, and White Choco. The one I like best is the Berry Heaven.

Yummy, donuts

Reach home with one big box of donuts and when my Dearie Suki saw it he shake his head and nagging me why get 1 dozen so much. My 2 kids don't touch at all and I don't know why they don't like it. End up both of us takes 2 days to finish up the donuts. Breakfast 2 donuts, after dinner 2 donuts and supper 2 donuts. Aiyor... I am going to gain more weight !

I am now waiting to try Krispy Kreme. Hope they open their outlet soon over here.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sotong & Kangkung Salad

This is another one of my delayed post. Few weeks back, I made this dish 'Cuttlefish With Kangkong' on a Saturday afternoon. Me being lazy to cook on a Saturday afternoon and I opt for a simple and easy dish.

This is one of my favourite Penang hawker food. In Hokkien is calleh ' Jiu Hur Eng Chai ' and the cost of making this is quite cheap. But when we ordered outside, this plate will cost me RM10 per plate, where else if I make myself is only less than RM5.

Kangkong in English we called it Water Convolvulus and it is a semi aquatic tropical plant. This is actually one of my favourite vegs and I like to fried it with Sambal Belachan. Mom always warned us not to eat too much cos scared later when we old will get 'fong sap'. For me I don't bother what she said. Eat first and talk later.

Making this dish is indeed quite simple and it is as easy as ABC.

Ingredients :
A bunch of kangkong, cut into 3 cm stripes and cleaned
1 cuttlefish, scored inner part and cut into small pieces
Some fried shallots and shallots oil
5 tbsp of sweet sauce ( I bought the ready mix from the wet market )
1 tbsp of peanuts, pounded coarsely

Method :
1. Blanched the cuttlefish in hot boiling water for about 2 minutes. Dish out and drain.
2. Blanched the kangkong in hot boiling water for 1 minute. Dish out and arrange on a plate.
3. Arrange the cuttlefish and kangkong on a plate and pour over the sweet sauce, shallots oil and fried shallots
4. Served with the pounded peanuts on top.

See I told ya, easy right.

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Bentong Taufoo Pok

Hooray! Yeah ! My Dearie Suki has re-format my laptop and everything is back to normal now. Thank God he back up all my folders and the most important one is my photos. I am re-arranging my photos and come across few food shots which I have no time to blog about it.

PK went back to his home town in Bentong and came back with a big packet of Taufoo Pok for me. He told me this Taufoo Pok he bought from one of the very famous one in Bentong and they sell from house and walau eh, even you go at midnight they also sell the Taufoo Pok to you.

I never like Taufoo Pok and whenever I had curry laksa I will start to dig out the Taufoo Pok and pass it to Dearie Suki. The big packet of Taufoo Pok took me weeks to finish it. To my surprised, the Bentong Taufoo Pok taste really good and it is so different from those I bought from the wet market. The next round he go back Bentong, I am going to get him buy for me again.

Dish 1 : I stuffed the Taufoo Pok with my own homemade fish paste from the Tenggiri Fish. Pan fried it till cook and eat it with chilli sauce. Wow, very nice and good. The taufoo pok taste more like the beancurd skin. So, so different from those sold locally here.

Dish 2 : Stewed pork belly with eggs and taufoo pok.

Le-Ann loves the lor pork belly and lor egg so much. She finished up the 2 eggs.

Dish 3 : Used the balance of the Taufoo Pok for my Bak Kut Teh last weekend. Dearie Suki loves Bak Kut Teh so much and he can even have 2 bowls of rice.

Among all the dishes, I still loves the stuffed taufoo pok with fish paste. It tastes so good !

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

My Laptop 'KAPUT'

Sigh.... :( my laptop at home 'kaput' and got attacked by some VIRUS. I have been pestering Dearie Suki to help me re-format the whole thing but he has been dragging his time. :( I want to cry leh. Without my laptop.... I cannot eat , cannot drink, cannot sleep. This is what happen when I am an IT dumb person and don't even know how to repair it and have to pray hard he do it for me today so that I don't have to stay back from lunch in the office to blog.

Sigh.... :( the biggest culprit that I can think off is the paid post I rejected. There is one post and I don't know it is about promoting some SEX tape. I rejected the post and the next thing I got is this stupid VIRUS started to prompt out infront of the screen. It got so irritated last 2 nights while I was MSNing with BigFish, I got so pissed of with the VIRUS and I turned off my laptop.

Sigh... :( another frustrated thing is my PPP. Every morning I woke up and log into it and gosh I found almost everyday I have atleast of 3 oppurtunities to write but..... "See Only Cannot Touch". I was like staring at blank hope cos all oppurtunities are fully reserved. Arrrgghhhh... angry. Maybe I should change my strategy... sleep early and wake up in the middle of the night to look for oppurtunities. Any tips from those 'SIFU' who are very 'TERROR' in PPP?

To all blogger friends, I hope I can visit your blog soon and leave comments.

Happy New Year !

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Party

Today we have 2 Christmas functions to attend. One is to MIL house for Christmas dinner and another one is to Ah Mah's house for attending a Christmas Party hosted by Uncle HH and Aunty SH. I very much loves to attend the one in Ah Mah's house reason being the Christmas dinner in my MIL's house would be a boring one for me.

My little Le-Ann still sick and have not fully recover yet. I was thinking to do more baking to bring back to Ah Mah's house but end up did a quick Choco Cupcakes with some buttercream decoration on top of it. While the kids taking their nap in the room I quickly sneak down to the kitchen to start my job.

So these are the results of my Choco Cupcakes.

Buttercream icing with Christmas feel of decoration. Red and green and white buttercream icing suits the Christmas mood.

I still find it is hard to decorate the cupcakes with buttercream icing. It is so messy and I just hate the greasy buttercream stuck on my hand, my finger, my table and everywhere. Perhaps next time I should do it with fondant or else attend a cupcakes decorating class to master the pipping skills.

Among all, I still loves this Christmas tree that I did. It is the best and I love it so much.

Aiyorrr... some of it is so ugly leh and short of 2 cupcakes to fill up the box

Halfway decorating the cupcakes both my kids came down and wanted to disturb me. I don't even want to bother them and let them play in the kitchen and I am so concentrating on the buttercream icing. And..... I don't even know both of them took the cupcakes and eat it quietly at the corner of my kitchen. Only after that I realized...... short of 2 cupcakes and......

the crumbs on the floor

I send the cupcakes back to Ah Mah's house first and then head on to MIL's house for dinner and then went back to Ah Mah's house again to join the crowd. It was almost 9.30 pm and sigh :(.... half of my cousins preparing to go back and kept asking me why I am so late. Aiyoh.... need to explain meh, all of them know what, my PIL are Catholic so got to attend Christmas dinner at home lor.

When we reached Ah Mah's house, we are just in time for the kids to open their Christmas presents from Uncle HH and Aunty SH and also from Sis.

Back to my cupcakes, my dear cousins ... the Kwan's siblings was telling me ....

K's siblings : Aiyah, Khoon Cheh you miss your star moment la.
Me : Huh, why ah?
K's siblings : Wah, once we open up the box, all of your cousins asked who make the beautiful cupcakes.Everyone is like very surprised you did that. Wah here and there.
Me : Huh, yes meh..... (alamak malu only, looks nice but dont' know taste good or not. But one thing I know is that they start scrapping off the buttercream icing before they eat it. Too sweet! )

Wow, so much presents to open.

These are what both of them get... Mickey's food containers, Organic Chocolate and Animals biscuits, Colouring books and Colour pencils, Polo Ralph Lauren's dress for Le-Ann and a pirate T-Shirt for Ee-Thern.

K's siblings was telling me... my Le-Ann's undiscovered talent. Look the way she colour the Snow White. Me as her mommy, I really don't know that she can colour so well at her age. Looks like I got to buy more colouring books for her.

We left Ah Mah's house at almost 11 pm and the kids refused to go back so they love their Tai Mah's house so much and inside the car both of them telling me " Mommy, tomolo we go Tai Mah's house again " !

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Wishing All Of You A Very .....

Enjoy Your Holidays !

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

20 Questions Tag

Wah, so many tags and I have yet to do some of it and even lost track of it. Sweetiepie and Dora tagged me on this 20 questions.

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 they've been tagged.

1. If you can have 1 dream to come true, what would it be?
-->Wished I strike LOTTERY.

2. You like rainy or sunny day? Why?
--> Rainy day cos its nice to Zzzzzz.

3. At what age do you wish to marry?
--> 24 yrs old.

4. What color do you like the most?

5. If you have the chance, what would you probably say to your beloved one?
-->Let's travel round the globe.

6. Where is the place that you want to go the most?
--> US.

7. Which part of you that you hate the most?
-->My leg with all the scars.

8. When you encounter a sad moment, what would you do?
--> Scold people lor.

9. What is it that you are afraid to lose the most?
--> My kids.

10. If you win $1 million, what would you do?
--> Resign 24 hours and shake leg at home.

11. If you meet someone that you love, would you confess to him/her? Or would you keep it to yourself and observe from afar?
--> Confess to him.

12. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you
--> Friendly, Outgoing, Sporting, Outgoing.....

13. What are the requirements that you wish for your other half?
--> To love me and care for me more.

14. Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most?
--> Not starting my own business.

15. Which type of person that you hate the most?
--> Stuck up people.

16. What is your ambition?
--> Wanted be a SAHM so much.

17.Christmas is coming, who do you like to celebrate with?
--> My kids and hubby.

18. What do you think it’s the most important thing in your life?
--> Free from sickness.

19. At which age do you wish to retire?
--> Now.

20. My question : What do you hate most?
--> When people betray me.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter Solstice Festival

Today is Winter Solstice Festival and we will have 'Tang Yuen' today. I remembered when I was a kid, my Ah Mah will tell me every year when we have 'Tang Yuen' it means we are a year older. According to her this festival is much more important than CNY and usually we will have family dinner together.

Surprisingly this year my MIL didn't ask us back for dinner. Don't know what happen to her or should I should they are 'funny' people. I always tell Dearie Suki, it is important for us to celebrate this important Chinese Festival in order for us to inherit down the Chinese culture to the younger generation. If we don't practice this ourselves, do you think our kids will celebrate in the future and I bet they don't even know what is this all about.

This morning I woke up as early as 6.30 am to open the gate for the part time maid to come in. Since woke up and I can't sleep back, I started to get myself busy in the kitchen. Knead half a packet of glutinous rice flour dough for the 'Tang Yuen' and divided it into 5 portions and mixed with colouring.

We have white, purple, pink, yellow and green.

Little girl woke up and 8.30 am and she is getting much more better today after her vomiting and fever yesterday. I get her to help me in the kitchen. She got so excited of the colourful dough and she helped me to shape it into small balls. While doing this she kept asking me....

Mommy, wat is this?
Mommy, why so many colours one?
Mommy, for wat one?
Mommy, can eat ah?
Mommy, fishball ah?
Mommy, make round round ah?

Wah, so many questions and so hard to answer her what is this all about.

Anyway, I think she enjoyed doing it and alamak... we have uneven round glutinous rice balls. Some big and some small and some even 'penyek' one.

Le-Ann... action only while taking pictures and showing me this is what she has done.

Before : Colourful rice glutinous balls ready to be boiled in hot boiling water.

Boiling : Once float up it is ready.

Done : Ready to be mixed with syrup

Usually, the tang yuen is eat with either sugar syrup or gula melaka syrup but mine is a bit special. If I were to cook the sugar syrup I bet no body will touch it not even me. So... yesterday night I boiled a big pot of herbal tea which consist of dried longan, red dates, rock sugar and also winter melon. I shred the winter melon into thin strips and this are tips from Gert. Wah, the whole pot of herbal tea looks more like a shark fin soup leh. Hihihi....

So here is my version of Tang Yuen.

I mixed it with the Winter Melon and Longan Herbal Tea. Dearie Suki have 4 bowls of it for prayers and offering at the altar.

or another version ( this is my most favourite )

Mixed the Tang Yuen with chopped coarse peanuts and mixed with some sugar. Just like eating 'Muah Chee'.

While I was busy in the kitchen, the two of them, busy playing with my mixer and the mixer bowl. Aiyor.... my little boy used the mixer bowl and put it on top of his head. So cute....

Then I called mom and asked her whether can I have Roast Chicken without the head and feet for prayer and offering at the altar. My mom taruk me ... how can one, go and make 'Pak Cham Kai', must have head and feet one. If I were to steam the chicken, sure not 'laku' one cos Dearie Suki hate steam chicken and the kids don't like it too.

Aiyor.... at that time how to got to the wet market and buy, sure the chicken seller 'sau tong' d. Anyway I go ahead with it and have it roasted and I think GOD won't punish us for offering the chicken without head and feet. LOL.

I marinated the chicken with McCormick - Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Thyme Leaves, Rosemary Leaves, Black Pepper Cracked, and Sea Salt. Marinate overnight and this morning I roast it in my small oven for almost 1 hour at 160 DC. At the bottom of the tray, I have some cut potato wedges.

Ta ....daa..... We have this Roast Chicken for prayer. Hihihi... the 'Kwai Lou' version.

After prayer, we had the chicken for lunch and carved the chicken meat and have some potatoes to go with it. Since I don't have any brocolli or mixed vegs, I have the Hong Kong Kailan in the fridge and blanched it in hot water and have it with the Roast Chicken.

Half way enjoying my lunch, received a SMS from my good UNI friend - Ai Leen, she has safely delivered a baby boy weighing 3.8kg. Wow, so happy to hear that and some more on 'Tang Yuen festival'!

Tonight, there will be another gathering to attend with my 'ci mui' and few close UNI friends. We are going to FC's house in Sg Buloh for Steamboat dinner. I think I will bring the 2 kids along since they are OK now. Going to enjoy myself tonight cos we are ex-changing Christmas present.

Muahaaa haaaa haaa...