Sunday, November 19, 2017

How it goes

Exam is done and dusted. Kids are enjoying the rest of the remaining school days before the year end holiday begins.

Kids bring and play games (like Snake&Ladder, chess, aeroplane board games) in classes, join some friendly competition and play monkeys around teachers.

For some reasons, I have made some adjustments when it comes to my kids' enrichment classes and tuition schedule.

Last month, Jay had his last piano lesson. He has learned for over 2 years but somehow he does not show much interest in learning so after talking to his piano teacher, we decided to stop his lesson. I bet he was very relieved not to play on the piano anymore. Theoritically, he can master the notes but he does not show enthuasiasm in practising on the piano. Hopefully he will pick up again some day since there is a piano at home and the sister can encourage him to play anytime.

Last month, Jan also joined in a pra-UPSR BM tuition on Tuesday evening. She is average in her BM; scoring 60 and 72 marks for both papers. I wanted her to expand her knowledge and learn more from tuition in preparation for her next year's UPSR exam.

As expected, Jay did not do that well in Chinese and BM subject. Quite worrying as he could not catch up with both languages well.  I found him a home-based tuition teacher who can do a BM 1-to-1 session with him. He just started this month. As for Chinese, I need to speak to his current Chinese tutor on improvement or maybe find him a 1-to-1 tutor that willing to help him.

Their arts class is going to end this month as to give way to their school activities and tuition next year.  We will see how things go in 2018.

Ok, all said, I couldn't wait for our family holiday now!! ^^ I bet everyone feels the same. Time to enjoy the year end season.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Miscellaneous Picture #73:Rose apple, birthday, kids, holiday

  • My favourite fruit is in season! Big, juicy and sweet. I love rose apple.
  • A little birthday party for my hubby in his office for his 40th birthday.
  • Jan done well in her year end exam. She got 3rd place in her class for the overall academic performance and will collect her trophy next week during the Award Day. One more to add to her collection. 
  • Last week she brought home a hamper for a 2nd place in a story writing competition in her school. She shared her hamper with her brothers. 
  • Jamie sure loves this pink sunglasses. I think he looked cute in them.
  • Next year he would be in K1 (5 years old class). Gosh. It felt like yesterday I held him in my arms in the delivery room and next year he is going to a full day class in kindergarden. 
  • Start to bring out our luggages so we could pack for our family holiday.  Oh boy, I couldn't wait.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pinoy lunch

It has been more than 2 years since we had been to Pinoy ihaw-ihaw for Filipino cuisine.

So on hubby's birthday, we went there for lunch after the church service. Initially he wanted to go to Tracy's kitchen (the next row after Ambank in Padungan) for its Hakka braised duck (lo ark), but it wasn't open that Sunday. So we ended up in Pinoy since we were already in Padungan area.

There wasn't anyone there. We were the only table so basically we had the whole place to ourselves. Lol.

I had a glass of refreshing organic soya which I enjoyed as it was not too sweet.

We ordered 3 sets of this set lunch that consisted of roasted pork belly, a fried egg and garlic rice. It priced at either RM8 or RM9. I forgot the price already.

The thick pieces of pork belly were crispy and fatty with the fat layers but I were not crazy about it. Hubby liked it very much. As for the egg, it was disappointing as the yolk was over done. I prefer a runny egg but none of us had it that day.

Other than the set lunch, we also ordered 5 sticks of pork satay. RM3 per piece. I liked the satay more. Peppery and sweet chunks of pork.

Overall our lunch cost over RM60. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

The big man's favourite

Yesterday was my big man's birthday.  Happy 40th birthday, hubby!  Wishing you good health, wisdom, happiness and loves from me.

He does not like big celebration or hassle about his birthday, so like past years, I cooked him a simple homecooked meal consisting of his favourite dishes. So this year it would not be any exception.  A simple dinner for him last night.

His favourite vegetables, namely stir-fried midin and steamed lady fingers.  I added Hakka white rice wine to the midin for that extra flavor. For lady fingers, after steamed, I just toss some oiled garlic mince and oyster sauce on top.

I also had my "famous" deep-fried nam yue chicken wings which everyone loves so much. Fingers licking good to the bones!  Lol.

And this has got to be my man's all-time favourite soup.  Lotus root & peanuts pork rib soup.

I cook it almost every 2 weeks or at least once a week whenever we could find lotus roots in the market.  Some day I would just toss in peanuts and lotus roots with pork ribs into the slow cooker but other day, I would add more ingredients to give the soup tastier and more nourishing.

400g mix of pork ribs and soft bones
300g lotus roots, sliced
4-6 pitted red dates
2 dried scallops
1 carrot, sliced
Handful of peanuts
Salt to taste
Light soy sauce to taste
Parsley for garnishing

1. To soften the peanuts, soak and rinse them few times before toss into a pot of water.
2. Cook in the slow cooker for about 2 hours before add in the other ingredients. Blanch the pork ribs and soft bones first before adding into the slow cooker.
3. Cook further for another 1 or 1.5 hours until the meats are cooked and peanuts are soft.  Season with salt and light soy sauce.
4. Serve warm with parsley as garnishing.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Where I want to escape

A place where I could go to and away from the buzzing of the city.

I want to feel the warmth of the sun, the gentle breeze with sand on my feet in a secluded spot of the beach.

After a nice walk in the beach, I would go for some fresh seafood like flower crabs.

But reality checks!! I am not staying near a beach. Just day-dreaming again! Thinking of a retirement plan with my man; going old with him in a retirement home in a beach! ^^

For now, I could just day-dreaming of going back to the beach again. Lol.

*photos taken in Sematan last month on a short drive there*

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Breakfast with her

I brought my mum to Mega Inn coffee shop (King's Centre) for breakfast after our market shopping in Kenyalang last week.

It has been a while since I had breakfast with her over here.

I had a glass of warm soya milk for RM1.40. Liked that they used nice mug for my drink. 

My mum had her usual whenever we were here. She had her fishballs mihun (RM5.50). They made the fishballs themselves so the fishballs were good and fresh.

As for me, I went for this fried mihun with cangkuk manis from the fried stall. RM5.00 for this plate of goodness. Not too oily, the muhun was well seasoned with bits of dried prawns, eggs and cangkuk manis.

That was our breakfast. And I also bought a pack of nasi lemak (RM5) from the nasi lemak stall for my lunch.  It was quite a portion; I hardly could finish it.

Monday, November 6, 2017

His first concert

Like any kindergarden goers, they have to go through and experience the year end graduation concert.

Jamie is not schooling today as the kindergarden declared a day off since last Saturday was its graduation concert.

It was held in Islamic Information Centre (near Swimburne University).

Jamie and his class performed one Chinese song that evening. He has been practising for weeks and how proud we were, seeing him up the stage and sang and danced away with his classmates.

While watching all the children's performances and graduation in the auditorium, they made me proud and in awe. Everyone is special in their own way. And they do grow up so fast.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekend Menu #88: Kicap chicken

I learnt this recipe from The Malaysian Women's Weekly. The recipe was Black Soy Chicken (Ayam masak kicap).

I found the taste was good and in my 2nd attempt, I did make a slight adjustment to the recipe to suit my taste.

The original recipe called for sliced chicken breast but I have tried few times using chicken thighs. 

400g sliced chicken breast
Black soy sauce
Cooking oil
1 big onion sliced
3 minced garlic
Tomato sauce

1. Marinate the chicken with 1 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp salt.
2. Heat up about 4 tbsp cooking oil in a wok. Toss in garlic and onion and saute till fragrant.
3. Add in the chicken and stir fry for 5 minutes.
4. Add in 2 tbsp tomato sauce, salt and sugar to taste. Add in about 50ml water and let it simmer.
5. Dish out and garnish with parsley.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A short stop

On my way to Jamie's kindergarden, there is this makeshift stall by the roadside (in front of Choice Marketplace, Batu Kawa). 

I have wanted to make a short stop to check out this Malay stall for quite sometime but some days the stall was packed with people stopping to buy breakfast and hardly any parking at this busy road. 

However one morning last week, there was not any customer and a Malay lady was mending the stall. Usually it was a man, I believe it is the lady's husband. So I made a quick stop with Jamie in the car. He would lock the front driver's door as I taught him to all the times. 

I bought a pack of nasi lemak wrapped in brown paper for RM2 and 3 pieces of curry puff for RM1.

So after dropped Jamie off in the kindergarden, I couldn't wait to head home and have my breakfast. It has been a while since I had nasi lemak so you could imagine how tempted I were. 

Ok, my wrapped nasi lemak was in huge portion. For RM2, I couldn't complain of its portion. The rice has a light "lemak" to it. Very fluffy. There was a quarter of hard-boiled egg, and 2 small salted fishes.

I enjoyed the nasi lemak. The sambal was just good. 

As for the curry puff, the crust was nice and crispy. The filling of potatoes was good too but I thought the puff was very small size. My eldest boy did not complained though. He seemed to enjoy the remaining 2 pieces.

After filling up my tummy with the nasi lemak and a curry puff, I sat by the window and drank my black tea in this mug. 

I like this mug from Kai Joo Cafe. I have few of them in the display cabinet. Seldom bought them out but that morning I felt like using it. 

One side of the mug shown the photo of the old central police station and another side is the logo of Kai Joo Cafe.

So that was my satisfying breakfast.

Monday, October 30, 2017

In the stadium

Call me silly, but for the first time in my life, I have stepped into Perpaduan stadium in Petra Jaya last Sunday. Not for some badminton games or other sports, but for our church mass gathering. A big Methodists gathering for over 10 Methodist churches in Kuching.

It wasn't hard to find the stadium. Just  turn to your left after passing the Dewan Pustaka and go straight. You will see the 3 stadiums in front of you. No, not the Stadium Negeri (above).

And not the Aquatic Centre (above) but here, the Indoor Stadium (below).

We parked our car at the designated car parks opposite Stadium Negeri and from there, we crossed the road to the Indoor Stadium.

The same indoor stadium where the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2017 was held early this year.

Such mass was the first ever and everyone from different Methodist churches came in forces wearing blue for the occasion. This special Sunday was from 9am to 12noon; praises, prayers and sermons in 3 languages were held. Lunch also provided and handed out when we were at the exit point on our way out.

The kids were thrilled to be in an indoor stadium for the first time. But knowing them, they did not get that excited for too long. Lol.

A very special Sunday for the churches.  Praise the Lord.

Friday, October 27, 2017

They said

I don't know why I missed and forgot to post this earlier. It happened in September or maybe in August. Either way, it happened after I came back from my Europe trip.

It was one weekend when we felt like not having any noodle for breakfast. Asked the kids what they wanted to eat and they said "roti canai".

There is this Indian coffee shop near our place that we have been to few times. Actually there are few Indian or mamak shops in our area but so far, we have only been to this shop. Probably because it is the nearest. Curry House (opposite Courtyard Santuary apartment, Batu Kawah), 2 shops behind Choo Choo Cafe.

Was it any good? Yes, we liked it. The roti was crispy and thin. Very airy. Vegetable dhal was good as well.

And just last weekend, we had our craving for roti telur (again). So, we tried out a new place because we planned to do our grocery shopping afterward. This round, a Malay coffee shop near Emart Batu Kawa. Four Nour Cafe, next to The Eye Optometrist.

We were very early, reached there before 8am so no customer around.

Only the roti canai stall was operating but the cafe do have fried stall at the back. Hubby ordered its fried mee which I did not take photo of. He loved it. He said, it had that kampung Malay taste. I tasted one spoon of the noodle; it was sweet and spicy.

Back to my roti telur, it was good. Very thick and you could see the whole dough topped witj egg. They served curry dipping with it, which was nice. Tasted like fish curry to me but had few potato chunks in it.

Of course when I take roti canai, I must have my dose of teh tarik. Roti canai and teh tarik go well together. ^^