Alright, to all of you my friends, wherever you are, may 2010 bring you happiness, good health and prosperity the whole year through. Happy New Year 2010! Cheers. :)
Alright, to all of you my friends, wherever you are, may 2010 bring you happiness, good health and prosperity the whole year through. Happy New Year 2010! Cheers. :)
At first, I meant to post about my Christmas celebration but since I haven’t downloaded the photos from my camera, I’ll post about it some other time. It will be more interesting with pictures. :)
Anyway, did you get the gift that you wish for? I hope you did. As for me, being a grown-up and a mother, I don’t really expect to receive gifts anymore. Well, except from hubby..hehe…Talking about wish and gift, my SIL is probably the happiest person in the world. She finally got what she wishes for – her own Notebook! She has been longing for one since months ago. Never failed to remind MIL about it..hehe.. Well, a notebook is not cheap, so I know; MIL had been asking her to be patient all these while. But since SIL is taking the IT subject next year, and having her own Notebook will help her a lot, MIL has no more reason to procrastinate. :) Eventually, before Christmas, hubby and siblings decided to chip in some money and voila! SIL wish was granted. She is now the proud owner of this HP Compaq Notebook!
*Pardon the poor quality of the photo, ya. I snapped it with my handphone camera. :)
When she saw it for the first time, she was beaming from ear to ear, eyes sparkling with excitement. I was surprised that she didn’t jump up and down…hahaha…Anyway, I am happy for her. Hopefully, she will take good care of the machine and excel in her SPM next year. Hmm…suddenly I want to buy one for myself also…hahhaha…Read More......
:) I am having a good time. Gathering with hubby's side of the family. Vanessa is busy playing with her cousins downstairs. Obviously, she is also having a jolly good time right now that she forgot about her mommy for a while. So, apa lagi? Mommy pun ambik kesempatan la...putting up this short post. Read More......
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Vanessa’s was so excited to wear her new top and skirt. The first time she tried them on; she was already smitten with them. She refused to take them off. Pphew…after much negotiation she finally agreed to take them off and have them washed. Speaking of new clothing…I just realize that I have forgotten to buy one for myself! Even hubby has his shirt ready awal-awal lagi. Normally, it was him who’d look for his shirt at the last minute. ....
Gee, looks like I am not done with Christmas shopping after all ..need to do a very last minute shopping ni… What about you people? Everything ready? ;)
Alright, have you ever heard about MLM? Multi-Level Marketing. Very popular these days. There are many companies out there doing this and I actually have friends that are actively involved in MLM. :) That’s another story.
Okay, believe or not, the medical officer who performed the eye-sight check on Mom actually tried to drag me into joining this MLM scheme. Yup, he was on duty at the time and yet he had the nerve to do his personal business! I was caught by surprise! At first, I thought he was only trying to make small talk, being friendly by asking where I work, what I do…but when he started asking if my salary is enough or not, I become suspicious. He must have sensed my suspicion that he quickly ask if I would like to earn part-time income, all legal and halal, through Hai-O Marketing MLM scheme. Ah-ha, that’s the reason behind all the friendly talk and smile…want to sweet-talk me into joining this MLM pulak…
According to him, he had earn RM8,000 for only 3 months of joining it. Wow..that’s a lot of money! But I am just plain lazy to approach others. Let alone do all the talking, convincing them to become my down line. Nope, I don’t think so. I politely decline his offer to further discuss the scheme some other time. He even offered to call me when there’s a talk/seminar on Hai-O MLM near my area…lol. Thank you very much, mister..but like I said, I am not into this MLM or direct-selling sort of thingy. And if you guys are wondering, I did not give out my phone number..lol!
At noon, I decided to drop by my Page…still in happy, happy mood. Huh?? Why take so long to load? Normally, it’s not like that. When finally it was about to load…poof!! Where did my Page go? I was staring into a blank page! Waaa…must be something wrong! I counter check with Just and she confirmed my fear. How can this happen? The day before, everything was fine. Then why suddenly like this? Could it be that some mean soul out there hacked this humble and unpopular blog of mine? I remembered a fellow blogger whose blog was hacked by someone few months ago…Waa…a lot of scary thoughts came across my mind at the time.
I immediately search on the web…checking at forums on similar issue. But because I was already at the office then, it was inconvenient for me to continue my search. Besides, I got an Opp to complete! Fortunately, I can still post an entry even though I can’t see my blog. Hehe..I published yesterday’s entry without being able to see how it actually looked like on my blog..main hentam-hentam saja bah.
My blog being ‘missing’ really affected me. I couldn’t concentrate on work, had no mood to attend small talk etc, etc..Just before I left for home, I send a ticket to Google Help and went home feeling frustrated. I had difficulty sleeping. I guess, my blog has become a major part of me. Can’t live without my blog already!
This morning, as soon as I opened my mail, my question on Google Help was answered. DarkUFO suggested me to edit the HTML code and resave my template again. It was then that I noticed the PayingPost code. I didn’t really know that it was the culprit. I just had a strong feeling that I should remove them and resave my template. And then…Hooray! Yippey! *dance* I can see my blog. My blog is working normally! Thank you very much DarkUFO for your advice. :)
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Oh ya, I’m glad that yesterday’s post turns out well. Phew! *happy again*
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Here’s my entry for daughter, Vanessa Avery, DOB : 05 Oct 2007.
Picture#2 was taken when she was 21 months. After seeing her Mama (Grandma) weighs a live chicken she wanted to sit on the scale too. I find this picture funny…hehe..
Okay, as a parent, I love to see my own flesh and blood smiling because it shows that she is happy. Her smiling face never failed to brighten-up my gloomy days. It makes me forget my weariness and the tension at work. But above it all, I love to see my baby smiling… simply because… it is therapeutic… :)
Vanessa demanded to have rambutans. And she wanted it pronto! Luckily, there were still a few rambutans left on our tree but it was scattered here and there. Susah juga la bah mau jolok. As hubby was out during that time, the Kakak had to struggle with the bamboo stick to pluck the rambutan. In the meantime, mom and I were trying our best to calm Vanessa. We tried to divert her attention by offering her to watch her favourite nursery rhymes sing-along VCD; offered her favourite Vitagen drinks etc, etc. Obviously, all the tactics didn’t work! She was crying on top of her lung, instead! :)
Nonetheless, the Kakak managed to get 5 rambutans. We quickly peeled the skin, separated the flesh from its seeds and fed the little monster. Whoa, the little monster finished all 5 in just a minute! Wiped clean her bowl…and….guess what? She wanted more! And she wants it “now”!!! *faint* Convincing her to wait again was even harder. Aduiii...
Fortunately, hubby came home just in time. Pheww! When he saw and heard all the drama, he didn’t bother to step inside the house, but went straight to climb the rambutan tree and pluck whatever was remaining. He came back with two handfuls. Vanessa had two more then her craving was satisfied. *relief*
Nasib baik, our rambutan tree masih ada buah (itupun over ripe suda…hehe..). Otherwise, I don’t know if the Little Big Boss can wait for us to drive to Donggongon town to buy her rambutans. As the rambutan season is coming to its end, there was no more rambutan left on the neighbours’ tree. Tiada lagi tempat terdekat untuk membeli… *sigh* I just hope that she will not crave for the fruit when the season is over. Kalau suda limpas musim dia, mana lagi mau cari…. LOL…
Okay, all of you parents who had experience your kids’ “terrible two” moment, mind to share your story with first-time mom like me? I sure would like to learn how your guys handled the situation…hehe…
*smile* Having a well-organized handbag is every women dream. Yours truly has been trying her best to organize hers. Weeding out the junks of abandoned mints, candy wraps undecipherable scraps of paper etc, etc every two weeks (sometime once a month…hehe…). My handbag falls into the category of medium-sized. It has one main compartment, 2 small pockets with zipper and 3 small pockets without zipper. On the exterior, there’s one pocket with zipper.
In the main compartment, there are 2 small ‘assistants’; a pouch for storing my wallet and handphone and the other for storing coins. These two are great in helping me locate my wallet/handphone/coins in one swift motion. Without them, it’ll be like rummaging into a blackhole..LOL. However, having them does not solve my ‘organizing problem’ completely, because apart from them, I have a handful of other stuffs lying around.
As for the 3 pocket without zipper, I fully utilized them with some ‘less sensitive’ items. A notepad, pen, and some valid (and expired...*grin*..) shopping vouchers (slip between the notepad pages) and a packet of tissue occupies one of the pocket. The other 2 pocket share the task of holding my miniature mirror, facial blotting papers, a lip balm and a lipstick. *smile*
*sigh* With all those daily essentials, I am too lazy to switch bag. It is too much of a hassle to re-organize everything. If only I have The Organize Jacq set, then it’ll be a whole different story. With it, switching bag will be a hassle-free task! I may even switch handbags every day to match my clothes…LOL.
I am now passing it to these 15 great blogs that I newly discovered :-
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I was beaming with pride as all the people were captivated by the sight of it. Besides being great for warming up outdoor gatherings, the Starry Nights fire dome tells a unique tale with its figures, landscapes and patterns intricately woven together to provide a silhouette for flickering flames to dance through. Simply a terrific addition to any patio setting!
I was also complemented on my brilliant idea for grouping the torches. Placing a torch in a small garden can add ambience to an outdoor gathering, but grouping them together will provide the ultimate effect. Ahem…somebody even asked me for my opinion on oil lamps …*smile* Oil lamps are great in providing subdued outdoor lighting when entertaining on decks and patios or spending a quiet evening in the garden. Their elegant features combined with their radiant glow can help create a more dramatic effect to a gathering thus making it an evening to remember. :)
If only this dream come true…. :)
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Above all that, you can watch every game in crystal-clear, 100% digital-quality picture and sound. You’ll bound to get a great viewing experience. Now, with all these facts revealed, it’s time to get your TV en direct already ? *wink*
Here’s a peek at what they have in store. If you are looking for a bathrobe that is thick and warm, you should go for the terry bath robe. It is made of 100% cotton, triple sheared, terry cotton velour fabric. On the other hand, if you are thinking of lighter bathrobe, then the waffle bath robe may suits your need. It is made of 60% cotton/40% polyester woven waffle weave fabric. Best known for its high-absorbency, quick-dry characteristics making them widely-used in spas.
On different note, I’m sure we all are aware of the advertisement war between P1 WiMAX and Streamyx, right? First, P1 came up with their controversial ‘Potong’/Cut Campaign, now Streamyx counter-attacked with their “If it’s not Streamyx, it is not good enough” Campaign. The model in the Streamyx poster is said to look like P1 CEO some more…hehe…
Hopefully, both parties will not only compete against each other in their advertisement but also in their service. Kalau dalam iklan saja buat apa…masing-masing kasi majulah service barulah ngam. In view of the new Streamyx ad, will P1 launch another ad to tembak balik ? Let’s keep our fingers crossed… *wink*
I picked up an old issue of Media Hiburan while enjoying the massage on my scalp. It’s been such a long time since I last bought an issue of this magazine…macam 5 thn suda bah…hehehe… As I flipped through the pages, a local actress’s confession on her use of collagen injection caught my interest. Her confession was full of regrets, bla,bla,bla…
Somehow, her story triggered something on my mind. NO! I am NOT thinking of one, okay. I prefer to grow old gracefully…hehe..bulih ka ini macam? Anyway, few months ago, I went to have a facial session at a beauty centre on a friend’s recommendation. The beautician was a middle-aged, talkative aunty. Lucky she had her mouth covered; otherwise all her tempias would have landed on my face. :) As she was cleaning/massaging my face, suddenly she popped a question that simply caught me off guard.
Aunty aka Beautician : “Kau punya hidung ni bah, original ka ni moi?” (Your nose, is it original?)”
Me : “ Huh? Apa, aunty?” ( Huh? What, aunty?)
Aunty : : “Kau punya hidung. Original ka?” She re-iterates her question.
Me : “Ya, original. Kenapa aunty?” (Yes. Why?)
Aunty : “Baguslah begitu. Bukan apa, sekarang ni ramai betul bah orang kasi suntik macam-macam untuk kasi tinggi hidung. Mau tambah cantik kunun.” (That’s good. These days many ppl like to inject all sort of thing to get a higher nose bridge. To be more beautiful.)
After that, she went on talking about the negative effect of collagen injection, botox injection, plastic surgeries etc, etc…I tried to entertain her setakat yang terdaya. Though, most of the time only these words came out of my mouth, ‘ya’; ‘ tidak’; ‘oh”; "bah". * grin*
Well, some women are really into hormone injection to enhance their look. Probably because it is cheaper than plastic surgery and easily accessible. As beauty depends on the eyes of the beholder. These women may find themselves beautiful in their more enhanced feature but others may have different opinions. The new feature may look odd and unnatural on their face. Apa-apa pun, semuanya bergantung pada tuan punya badan kan?
So, do I really have a pretty nose? No. Hidung mancung bak seludang? Jauh sekali…But just a little bit above of what my mom’s described as ‘todung napadsakan do kalabau (hidung yang kana pijak kerbau / nose stepped on by a buffalo)” ..LOL. No matter how 'high' or not our nose is, we should be thankful for what God have given. Amen.
I am not going to whine about how hard it is to pay the monthly installments. I just want to remind fellow PTPTN debtor out there, if you have not pay any amount these few years, you better not have any plan to travel oversea or you’ll be disappointed.
Your name is probably listed in the Immigration Department’s black book by now. Meaning, you are not allowed to leave the country unless you settle your debt (total loan amount, admin fees and semua kos yang berkaitan). Perhaps, you already know about this but I only found out about it this morning from a friend, a fellow PTPTN debtor also. In case you want to check your name, pls do so here.
Oh ya, I have checked my name and …jeng ,jeng ,jeng…NOT in the list. Huh..leganya!
Hey, the holiday-themed frames are not limited to adult only. There are holiday fun eyeglasses for the children too you know. This one is a cutie.
Okay, that’s it. A short post like I promised. *wink* Read More......
Photos #3, #4 and #5 were taken at FIL’s kebun sawit. Since Vanessa is fascinated with the palm tree at the church, I decided to expose her to more of it. Where else to gain more exposure if not at FIL’s kebun ? Coincidently, FIL and hubby are going there after all. Me and Vanessa just kinda tagged along; FIL and hubby welcomed the idea. *smile*
Instead of watching the men at work (unloading some papan (timber) for the new sulap (pondok rehat / hut), I just lepaskan dia saja and biar dia sendiri explore the surroundings. More palm oil trees and padi bukit planted by her Po-po. She was so absorbed into 'exploring' that she didn't even realize mommy was snapping her photos...hehe...Nasib baik Vanessa didn't ran off to the bushes. Kerja-kerja membersihkan semak-samun ni masih belum siap bah tapi memandangkan hari itu hari Ahad, semua pekerja cuti rehat. :)
Hubby and I always believe that nature is the best teacher. Therefore, we never discourage Vanessa to play outdoor. As with other working parents, it is only during the weekend or holidays that we can take her jalan-jalan. During weekdays, we let her follow her Mama around at the backyard…helping her Mama weeds her plants. Vanessa loves the idea so far. *smile*
I think every parent should know that nature plays an important role in children development, be it intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually or physically. Studies have proven that children with early experiences with the natural world tend to be more imaginative and have stronger sense of wonder. Wonder is one powerful motivator for life long learning.
Lagi pun, experience with nature boleh membantu dalam menyemai perasaan cintakan alam sekitar dalam jiwa anak-anak kita. I totally agree with this quote by Anita Olds, "There's no way that we can help children to learn to love and preserve this planet, if we don't give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature." Kalau diorang ni tak kenal alam sekitar, siapa lagi yang boleh diharap untuk meneruskan usaha kita untuk melindunginya?
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The gang sitting on the sofa.
Hehe…I bet your kids got their sleeping buddies or comfort toys or anything that they just can't sleep without, right? When I was a kid myself, I used to have a favourite blanket. Every time I go to my cuz for a sleep-over, I'll bring it along…hahahha…
Okay, about that kuda hitam that Vanessa feared so much. It’s not a real pony, mind you. Hehe…it is only a rubber pony that belongs to her cuz! Once upon a time si kuda hitam looks cute and colorful, something like this pic, but now…its colour has transformed into black with “panau” (wear and tear la) here and there…hahahaa….
One fine evening, as I normally do when it was hubby’s turn to use the car, I would catch a minibus home (hehe..van sapu aka pirate van bah to be exact). I was lucky to be the first passenger that day and I get to choose where I want to sit. At first I wanted to sit at the first row near the door, easy to get-off mah, no need to squeeze your way through other passenger. Somehow, I changed my mind. A few minutes later, this guy boarded the van and sat at the 2nd row. As usual, the van driver will leave the door wide open until all the seats are fully occupied.
Suddenly, I heard a ‘pttui! ‘ and splat! The guy’s spit hit the pavement…eeuuuuwww!! “Palui punya urang!!” I swore under my breath. I was so very glad that I’d switch place. I wouldn’t want a happy-spitter sitting behind me. The thought of his tempias may hit my shirt was enough to make me cringe. I dare not imagine the worse – What if he has contagious airborne disease? What if his spit does not make it to the pavement and landed on my sleeve or the van’s floor instead? My stomach started to churn at these horrible thoughts. Nasib baik la I was not eating or drinking anything or else…I’ll leave that part to your imagination…hehehe…
Not long after that, a girl took the seat in front of Mr Happy Spitter. Okay, maybe this guy will stop his spitting, I thought. Well, I thought wrong. *sigh* He spitted again… and again as if he owns the ground. Memang tiada kesedaran sivik bah tu urang. Or probably, he doesn’t give a damn on hygiene because Sabah is not his home country.
Anyway, the girl was equally disgusted as I am at the unsightly episodes that she quit looking out the opened door. I silently prayed that no tempias hit any part of her. Mr Happy Spitter only stopped his uncivilized behaviour when the door closed and the van started moving. Thank God for that.
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Psst..my friend, how about we make that trip to Bandung come true? Let's 'officiate' our passport for the first time next year? We’ll go shopping and stay at Novotel Bandung. *smile*
This is the second incident since last Sunday. First, the burst was at a different section, now another section pulak. The whole kampung will end up with no tap water for at least 12 hours. Hopefully, everybody are better prepared this time, unlike the first incident, where we were caught off-guard and did not manage to save any water. The big pail of water we saved for emergency consumption almost insufficient. Nasib baiklah we have the two drums full of rain water. Normally, mom use it to water her plants, tapi time-time darurat, guna saja la especially in the toilet department..hehehe
The first section.
The second section.
You see, not everybody in my kampung has a water storage tank ready, so when an unexpected incident like this happen, you can imagine betapa sengsaranya tiada air paip. Definitely have to invest on one the soonest possible. Mana la tau, another different section may burst again in the near future. Al maklum sajalah paip-paip kerajaan ni kebanyakkannya suda tua dan berkarat. IF there is any plan to replace it, I am not aware of it. :)
Hmm, I just hope that the aunty whose house is located on a hilltop has managed to save some water. Just 2 days ago, she was complaining that after the burst was repaired, the water pressure is not strong enough to go up there. She and her family have to fetch a few gallons of water from the nearby river. Well, it’s a big river, plenty of water for everyone but the water quality? Not fit. Even for bathing purpose. In a hot day afternoon, a herd of kerbaus can be found soaking in it. And God knows what else are there beneath the murky water. Some ppl claim to have seen crocodile in that river and even caught baby crocodile in their fish trap. Yikes!
Today is a new day. So, here I am listening to this new hit, 21 Guns from Green Day while doing my work. In the meantime, sempat juga post this entry..hahaha. I love this song. Its from their latest album 21st Century Breakdown. I’m not really a fan of the band but more of a fan of their songs. Not all but some. Songs that are not too loud for eardrum. Confuse? Never mind, just layan this song la. :)
Anyway, even at discounted price, my new pair of glasses still cost me RM380 (that’s about $100)! For me, that price is not cheap. If only I came to know that we can actually buy prescribed glasses online, it could have save me a lot. $8 Rx eyeglasses ??? I almost cried when I saw the price. And that’s not all. When I saw the wide choices of frames, shapes, and colours available, I wanted to cry out even louder! Whuaaa…. With their low price, I think I can afford to own multiple pair of glasses. It would be fun to wear different ones everyday. Now, these are my favorite high fashion eyeglasses . Believe me; it’s not easy for me to make up my mind. *grin*
Vanessa’s 2nd birthday falls on 05 Oct, but we celebrated it a day earlier. It was a cozy and merry event attended by close relatives and neighbours. As we are a small household, we do not have enough manpower to do all the cooking. We catered the main dishes from Kedai Makan & Minum Ching Fah. Mom’s cooked her sup soko (bamboo shoots soup) and hubby did the vegetable.
:) An aunty officiating the makan-makan session after the food blessing. The dishes (L –R): White rice; Deep Fried Chicken with Sesame Seeds; Sweet & Sour Fish ; Japanese Toufu with Salted Beans; Pork Chop in Stout Sauce & Baby Kalian vege. (In the pot) Sup Soko; Watermelon and Chilled Orange syrup drinks.
The cakes turn out a-ok. But in the end, it was hubby who got really excited to do the frosting and decorating. So, let him be. I did get to test my skill though. As you can see, we both need a lot of practice. LOL.
The event ended at about 6pm. And we all retreated to bed as early as 9pm. No humming any nursery rhymes that night cos the birthday girl fell asleep as soon as she hit the pillow. :)
It is no surprise that in no time, she has earned herself a place among the Hollywood celebrities as a fashion trend setter. Everybody wants what she’s wearing. Thus, after she reveals that she’s wearing J.Crew in the Tonight Show, everybody goes on a shopping frenzy at their stores. The J.Crew people must have been laughing all their way to the bank! :)
And how could anyone forget that photo - the First Lady wearing a pair of shorts in public! An extremely rare sight, which caused millions raising their eye-brows. :) But, personally, I don’t think that’s the only reason behind their reaction. The other reason must be that striking Ultra-Violet Neon Plasteramic toy watch she’s sporting on her left wrist. It is simply too hard to be missed! :) Now that the watch has been made famous by the First Lady, Toy Watch is going to make it big this fall and Christmas, according to NBC. Psst! Anybody want to give me a toywatch as a Chritsmas gift this year? *grin*
:( Sorry guys for not posting any entry lately. Since ALL (boss, colleagues and works) are back in full force, no more goyang kaki in the office…hehehe. Somehow, I managed to have a little spare time today to do this overdue post. I meant to post it yesterday but unable to do so because...paham-paham la.. * smile*
Okay, back to the main topic. Vanessa’s exact words were, “ Ala..tanak mami tida kiu (kiut) suda.” Just look at the long thin line on her face. :(
I’ve cleaned up my desk, my In and Out tray, filed some loose documents into its files, etc. Now, I don’t have anything to do in the office. Most of my Muslim colleagues and superiors will only be in next Monday. So, it is so peaceful and quite in the office. I am sooo enjoying this rare blissful moment. Even the phone is extremely quiet, adding to the tranquility. It has been that way since yesterday and hopefully, it’ll stay like that until tomorrow evening…*fingers crossed* … hahahaa…..
Since the line is all clear. I grabbed the chance to browse for a new layout. I found a few but am still considering which one I prefer the most. *smile* Okay, I may have abused the office hours and the internet facility, but what am I suppose to do to kill off some time? Hehe…my boss better not find out about this or else I might end up kena goreng sotong and be part of the country’s jobless statistic! *wink*
Finally, I managed to visit MV Doulos, the floating bookstore for the very first time last night. 3 days before it is scheduled to depart KK. Nasib baik sempat pigi…hehe…Despite Doulos’ several visits to KK, hubby and I had never step on board of the ship. Kesian kan… :)
As expected, the books available are limited already and the Special Offer Books section was closed. Well, looks like we were not the only late birds flocking by. There quite a number of ppl coming in when we arrived at 8.30pm. Or perhaps they came for their 2nd or 3rd visit …hahaha…Anyway, we didn’t leave empty handed. We bought 2 hardcover storybooks for Vanessa. Of course, she’s too young to read, so most likely mommy will do the reading. I’ll try to read her one of the story in the Bedtime Stories for her tonight. Hopefully, she’ll like this new routine. Currently, I have to lulled her to sleep by singing her favourite nursery rhymes, i.e Little Indian Boys, Are you sleeping?, Pussycat, pussycat and London Bridge is falling down. Normally, I get to repeat the medley for at least 3 times until she falls asleep. *faint* If she dozed-off after that, then I’ll consider myself lucky. I'm spared from singing a round of an additional song, the ‘Happy Birthday’ song …phew…
Okay, yours truly is already in holiday mood. *grin* Am now impatiently counting the hours, 2 more hours to go and off me go for a - 4 days break. Yayyy!!! In the spirit of 1 Malaysia, I would like to wish all of you, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, happy holiday and selamat berkunjung ke rumah-rumah terbuka! :)
But, you’ll never know, right? I may strike the Jackpot tomorrow and be an instant millionaire. With all the $$$, I think I will be able to buy my little family a piece of the oh-so lovely property in Scottsdale and realize my fantasy of living abroad in a foreign land far, far away. A nice house with a small garden will be just perfect. Since I don’t know much about landscaping, I will leave the task to the experts in Arizona landscapes to do their magic for my garden. There goes my imagination… LOL.
But, I wasn’t imagining about Pathway Landscape being an expert in their field, ya. They truly are experts! Their projects had won them award and highlighted in the press. You can check-it out if you don't believe me! *smile*
Anyway, I was lucky to have the basic ingredients. For those I don’t have, I make use whatever I can to substitute them. Hehe…this mommy is just too lazy to drive to Donggongon to get those things.
This snack is rather sweet, so it is not advisable to indulge in too much of it. Otherwise, you may need to pay an early visit to your dentist. Nasib baik la after having 2 pieces, Vanessa had enough of it. Phew! Anyway, this snack is best to go with kopi-O kaw-kaw. :) Here is the recipe. Got it from some recipe book a year or two ago.
60g sirap kencana OR 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup ( I have no idea what sirap kencana is. I substituted it with golden syrup. This syrup is very sweet, so 2 Tbsp is enough. The amount of golden syrup can be adjusted according to your preference.)
15g dried coconut flesh / freshly grated coconut flesh
45g chocolate chips OR 45g cooking chocolate (I don't have chocolate chips so I use cooking chocolate instead.)
30g cashew nuts/almond nuts/walnut (coarsely chopped)
* Some colour rice for decoration
1) Put butter and syrup into a saucepan. Heat saucepan on low temperature until butter is completely melted. Simmer gently for 3 – 4 minutes. Put all ingredients into pan and stir well.
2) Spoon mixture into small paper cups. Refrigerate until set.
Makes : 12 – 16 cups (depends on the amount you spoon into the paper cups.)
Here what it looks like without the grated coconut and nuts. To make it look more appealing, I garnished some colour rice on top. This last touch was not part of the original recipe… I just tambah-tambah…hehe… If you feel like trying, by all means, go on. Happy trying! :)
I forced myself to drive home. I should have gone see the doctor but I just don’t feel like it. Luckily, I made it home safely. After having some food, I swallowed 2 tablets of Panadol. Told Vanessa that mommy was not feeling well and need to sleep early. She responded with “Baby tiup-tiup (ke)pala mummy ah. Baby sayang-sayang (ke)pala mummy.” I was so touched by her response that I shed a few tears when I heard it. Eventually, both of us fell asleep soon after.
The next morning, the headache persists. I decided to go to our panel clinic. After asking this and that, the good doctor diagnosed me with ‘Acute Gastroenteritis with Headache’ due to food poisoning. The headache was most probably the side effect. I got an MC for that day but not after I got an earful of advise to reduce the frequency of eating out because restaurants often use a lot of food enhancers that may cause food poisoning; pay attention to the hygiene of the restaurant, bla,bla,bla…. I nodded at his advice, of course, but frankly, all I can think of at the time was, “I want to go home. I want to lie down and have a good rest.” But, before that I have to go to office to prepare an urgent report. Cilakak!!!
As soon as I finished my report, I went off without even paying attention to my colleagues’ curious eyes. Sorry la kawan-kawan, but that day, I was not in the mood to layan you all. :)
Hmm, all their stories made me wonder “When can I go travel out of the country?” Been asking myself this same old question for 3 years now. When I went to do my passport 3 years back, I was thinking to go to Bali. Sort of like honeymoon trip la bah konon. But, obviously, that didn’t happen. *sigh* 2 more years to go, my passport will expires without being used once. *Face palms* Ahh...how pathetic.
Hopefully, this A(H1N1) flu pandemic will be over next year. Ya, ya…I think I’ll better rasmi my passport before baby #2 comes along. LOL. Let’s see. I have ditched the thought of going to Bali. I have a new destination in mind. *smile* Cambodia. Yup,I would very much like to visit this Indo-Chinese country to witness in awe the magnificent temple ruins at Angkor. Established as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1992. One of man’s greatest architectural achievement! Enjoy boat-cruising on Tonle Sap (Great Lake), one of the world largest freshwater lakes.
Sigh...Since it is not safe to travel abroad now, I’ll start with daydreaming about this future trip first. LOL.