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My life as a stressed out person… hopefully that feeling will go away soon

A Father’s love for his Family

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Yesterday was a big moment for Pie… it was her first year-end kindergarten concert. Daddy had to purposely take a day off, coz it was supposingly to be a working day for him (he works on alternate Saturdays). In addition to that, we were to have a family dinner to celebrate my father’s birthday.

On Wed aft, Daddy called to let me know that he needs to go outstation for work, and should be back the next day. However, the next day, Daddy said work isn’t complete yet, hence had to extend his stay there. I asked him if he remembers that it’s Pie’s concert the next day and whether he really would be back by Friday night ? He answered, yes, he’ll be back then. Friday evening, he sms-ed me to say that he’ll be late… it was about 10+ pm when he sms-ed me informing me he has started his journey and it’ll take about 6 hours to reach home. I was worried of 2 things: the first one is of his safety coz he’ll be driving at night, the second one whether he will attend Pie’s concert or not.

However, from his actions, I truely believe that Pie is at the top priority, else he wouldn’t have had the late drive (after a long day); instead he could have just told me that it’s been a long day and he needs his rest, hence he’ll skipped Pie’s concert.

He reached home around 4am, and went to bed immediately. I pitied him, as I know I’ll have to wake him up by 7.30 am at most… which he willing obliged…

I asked him on the way to my Mum’s place if he had thoughts of not driving home that late… he said nope… Pie’s concert is important to him. Hearing his words made me wanna cry… now I know how important family is to him (coz previously we had talks about his priorities 🙂 ) * going to take a tissue soon *

In fact, after Pie’s concert, he had to drive up all the way to Genting for the birthday dinner… Though he is tired, he is also willing to sacrifice for his family… thus I wanna tell him… I love you Daddy!!!

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November 2, 2008 at 6:34 am

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What a Chocolatey Day… and I’ve failed :(

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Pictures of the chocolate chip cookies… or so called…

1st & 2nd batch (Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares)

3rd batch (Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes)

4th batch (Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie)

As the post subject goes, I totally failed in baking a good chocolate chip cookie (in an actual cookie size). Will have to think of how to make them in a good cookie shape. Anyone wanna share any tips ?

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October 1, 2008 at 7:22 pm

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What a Chocolatey Day

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While I’m writing this post away, I have 2 trays of chocolate chip “cookies” in the oven baking away. You must be wondering why did I put inverted commas at the cookies…

When I initially started this, I did intend to bake chocolate chip cookies… however my 1st and 2nd batch were ruined (in a way). The taste was superb (cheh wah!) but the looks were totally out… not any ordinary cookie shapes you would have seen. They were all glued together like baking a cake or pastry or something. Will put up the pix later on to show you what I meant.

Hence, I’m currently trying to separate them by putting them into cups (something like cupcakes). Maybe I can turn the recipe to be called Chocolate Chip Cupcakes 🙂

Am crossing my fingers that it would turn out better than the 1st and 2nd batch… Will upload pix to show you at the end of the day 🙂

Meanwhile, enjoy this simple recipe that I got from Nigella’s website.

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October 1, 2008 at 3:46 pm

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Labours of Love

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My in-laws loves gardening. Every weekends, they’ll be outside in the garden, manning what needs to be done in the garden (don’t ask me what)…

With their love given to the garden, we get to eat organic fruits and vegetables, not forgetting the flowers beautifying the looks of the house.

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September 21, 2008 at 11:35 am

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Chocolate Cake

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Had a fun day baking chocolate cake for my kids. Started off late (around 4+ in the evening), and it dragged until dinner time. With the preparation and baking and cooling down, we had a late dinner with my parents. Anyway, watching the anticipation on my girls’ face made me feel wonderful.

This chocolate cake recipe was given by my MIL. Though not perfect, at least it turned out quite good, with praises all around (hehe)…

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 250g melted butter
  • 250g sifted plain flour
  • 250g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp sifted baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 100g cooking chocolate
  • 100g roasted cashew nuts (can put in other types of nuts)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C.
  2. Grease and line the base of a round pan.
  3. Place cooking chocolate in a bowl, over a pan of simmering water. Allow to melt. Remove the bowl and set aside to cool.
  4. Beat sugar and butter until creamy.
  5. Put in the eggs one at a time into the sugar and butter mixture.
  6. Mix them well.
  7. Sift the flour and baking powder (again) into the above mixture.
  8. Pour in the cooking chocolate.
  9. Place the cashew nuts at the bottom of the pan.
  10. Pour the cake mixture into the pan.
  11. To make it more interesting, put the cashew nuts at the top of the cake.
  12. Bake it for 1 hour 20 minutes at 190°C, or until cooked through when tested with a skewer.
  13. Cool the cake for about 10 – 15 minutes.

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July 14, 2008 at 9:57 am

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CNY from my end…

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CNY came and went… yesterday was the last day of CNY… hence it’s time for my compilation of what I did during CNY (in other words, I was too lazy to write during the CNY period… now that it’s over, it’s either I do it now, or be gone forever with the wind)…

I started with the ‘Scrumptious Start‘ in the previous posts… will continue here with Day 1 then.

Day 1
Starts with a twist. Was supposed to wake up early to help MIL cook vegetarian dish (1 big pot for the entire day and entire family); however Pea needed me to pat her back to sleep… in other words, I woke up late and didn’t help much. Hubby’s brothers came over at about 10am, and we had our brunch. After that, it was photo taking session, before continuing with the tea ceremony (a tradition whereby the younger ones have to offer tea to the elder ones… in this case my in-laws). We each get ang pows from them after each round of tea.

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Nothing much was done during the afternoons, as we had to stay at home and wait for relatives to come and visit my in-laws. Evening though (something different) we went to MV for dinner and ronda-ronda. It was a total feeling from usual, as there weren’t many cars around, and not many people either (coz quite a number of shops were closed).

Day 2
Same thing happened like Day 1. I couldn’t wake up early to help MIL… she single handedly cooked 5 dishes to feed a family of 9 adults and 2 kids.

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Pie enjoyed the feast that she gave thumbs-up during the photo taking.

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After lunch, we packed our bags into the 1 year old car, and headed straight for the hills, to meet up with my family. One of those rare occasions of Pea going out for holiday. Had an interrupted dinner with the family… Pea couldn’t sit still and for long, hence both hubby and I took turns to eat and take care of her. After that, we went back to the apartment for cake cutting… my grandma’s b’day falls on the 2nd day of CNY (chinese date)… Bought a pandan layered cake, and for the first time, she kept saying the cake is good… she likes it so much coz it’s not sweet… Usually we would buy cakes from Secret Recipe, but she don’t really like them… it’s much too sweet and rich for her taste… luckily this time around, I made the correct choice (thx to someone who reminded me).

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Day 3
We stay put at the apartment until dinner time… Dinner was at Imperial Rama (Highland’s Hotel). Food was so so only… however it was a tad expensive. Among all, I liked the chicken best… tastes totally different from KL. However, Pea seemed to be acting up again… we had to take turns to take care of her and Pie.

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After dinner, Pie wasn’t feeling too well… So we left early and headed back to the apartment. Pie was totally off… she coughed and coughed the whole night… most of us couldn’t really catch a wink!

Day 4
Cause Pie wasn’t feeling too well, we went back to KL around lunch time, and immediately went straight to our usual clinic. Though she wasn’t familiar with the doctor (our GP wasn’t around), she still managed to whisper out what was wrong with her. The doc was quite a nice chap… even spent the time explaining why was she coughing so badly and esp. at night. Gave her 1 med and 1 drop (Update: after taking the med for about 1+ week, she’s now feeling much better. However, whenever she sneezes, thick mucus will come dripping by).

Day 5
I started work today. Didn’t want to take any days off… had to leave them for holidays and also taking care of kids! Leaves doesn’t come by easily these days…

Day 7
Yan Yat Day (Everyone’s b’day). Bought ‘yee sang’ from Overseas… My mum loves yee sang, and esp. when it is only found during CNY, obviously she would like to eat more and more of it. Eating yee sang on this auspicious day is just heavenly… haha… truthfully speaking, the yee sang is seriously good and value for its money (RM 63 incl. tax). Salmon was fresh and a lot, and (my fav) lots and lots of nuts.

Day 10
Celebrated sis’s b’day early (since it’s the weekend, and her b’day falls on a weekday). We went to SOHO for dinner… I ordered the dishes and I guess my family wasn’t too happy with the choices… actually neither was I. Except for the fish, nothing was that good (anymore). In fact, it was quite expensive for 4 dishes and 1 porridge (hubby was not feeling too well then) – damaged my pocket about RM 200.

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(Wanted to show what the girls were having in their hands. Pie was eating deep fried stuff, which is totally not healthy for her. On the other hand, Pea was enjoying her raw carrot very much. I quickly took the chance to also let Pie eat a carrot stick… telling her that ‘mui mui’ likes it so much. Both Pie and Pea likes to mimic what each other is doing and eating… so good for me, esp. when I want either one of them to do something or something that is supposingly to be good for them).

Day 12
Another rare occasion of having a gathering with the colleagues… esp. when most of them are based at customer’s site now. Managed to gather them around for dinner at La La Chong. Don’t know whether it’s my taste bud that have gone wrong, coz the food wasn’t that good (for my taste). Yee Sang too dry, La La got a lot of sand, Crab a bit too wet, Sotong too rubbery, not the crunchy ones that I like. The only ones that I do enjoy very much is the vege and the soup. Another round of damage to the pocket… however this time around shared the cost with another colleague.

That’s the end of my CNY. CNY to me is just another day… only difference is the art of giving and receiving… Me giving out ang pows and go pai lin… my girls receiving loads of ang pows from friends and relatives.
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February 23, 2008 at 12:56 am

Scrumptious Start

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Paper, Flower Sticker & Tag: Mary_Cherries
Brackets: RockSkyEP

It’s Chinese New Year tomorrow… the starting Year of the Rat. My family started the celebration with a big lunch at my grandma’s place… she single handedly cooked the yummy delicious food you see above (from top to right: Fragrant Oil Prawn, Mixed Vegetables, Chicken in Red Wine, Home-made Fried Fish Balls, Celery with Prawns & Vegetarian Duck with Taufu).

I guess all would have gone back to their hometown, preparing for CNY eve’s dinner with the whole family, getting new dresses out for the big day… Here’s wishing all Chinese readers … Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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February 6, 2008 at 3:36 pm