Thursday, 17 April 2014

MORE IMPORTANT TO HAVE REAL FRIENDS


KEEPING UPDATED ON NEW TECH GADGETS

Whenever there is an IT Fair on in town, I will  usually go as I like to check out the latest gadgets.  Hey. I need to keep in touch with all this modern technology so as not to be left behind.
The latest gadget that caught my eye was the Apple Soundstick.  The acoustics is fantastic and the set looks cool.
Check out the note book stands with attached coolers.
And we have speakers in the form of cartoon characters like Minions and Doreamon.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

THE 5 W'S OF LIFE

WHY NOT THE OTHER WAY

I saw the wordings "Smart like daddy, Sweet like mummy" on a piece of clothing for an infant.  My question is this, "Why can't it be, "Smart like mummy, Sweet like daddy".

PERANAKAN CUISINE



Being descended from peranakan or straits born grandparents, I have a great love for \peranakan cuisine. For those of you who have no idea what peranakan cuisine is, let me enlighten you on it. Peranakan or Nonya cooking is the result of blending Chinese ingredients with various distinct spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay/Indonesian community. An example of Nyonya specialities is the otak-otak (on the left the plate, next to the fork), a popular blend of fish, coconut milk, chilli paste, galangal, and herbs wrapped in a banana leaf.  Pandan rice is another popular nyonya dish.  The green vegetable on the plate is sayur manis or sweet leaves cooked with eggs.
Unfortunately for me, I am not that cook at cooking peranakan cuisine as I learned to cook from my late father and my late Aunt May.  Both of whom are Cantonese.  My mum knew how to cook the nyonya dishes but then the food she cooked for her family were mostly Cantonese cuisine.

GINGER ALE

Whenever I find that I have an upset stomach caused by too much gas, I will go and buy Ginger Ale. Why Ginger Ale?  This is because it is a classic soft drink that combines the medicinal properties of ginger root with the sugar and carbonation of a soda beverage.
I am not sure about others but Ginger Ale does wonders to help get rid of the bloated feeling in my tummy.  I will usually be fine after drinking a can or two.

NASI KUNYIT AKA PULUT KUNING





To me this is called Nasi Kunyit but my Malay friends refer to it as pulut kuning. It is eaten with curry. I looove eating this. This morning I had two portions. Now my stomach feels gassy because too much glutinous rice causes wind.

APT NAME FOR SHOP


The name of the shop dealing in wooden doors is Kedai Pintu Kayu which translates to mean Wooden Door Shop.  No fancy name.  Very simple and to the point.  Doesn't leave you wondering.

STIR FRIED KANGKUNG

Kangkung or water spinach when stir fried with garlic is a simple but tasty dish to prepare for the family.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

HAR GAU (SHRIMP DUMPLINGS)


My sister's family had dim sum for breakfast and they Whatsapped me a picture of the Har Gau (蝦餃) that they had at a restaurant in Singapore.  Looking at it, I can already tell that it is delicious. 
These shrimp dumplings are transparent and smooth. Traditionally, har gow should have at least seven and preferably ten or more pleats imprinted on its wrapper. The skin must be thin and translucent, yet be sturdy enough not to break when picked up with chopsticks. It must not stick to the paper, container or the other ha gow in the basket. The shrimp must be cooked well, but not overcooked. The amount of meat should be generous, yet not so much that it cannot be eaten in one bite.

.POMFRET (鲳)


In Malay this the pomfret is known as ikan bawal.  As far as I know this is a very expensive fish. The white pomfret being the most expensive.  There are also silver and black pomfret fish. The last time I checked, a kilogram of this fish costs RM45 at the jetty.  BUT it is really tasty, especially when steamed.

FIGS


My friend Roziah sent me these pictures of the fruits from the fig tree that grows in her village.  The fruits are growing from the trunk.  Pretty amazing!!!

A HELPING HAND FROM AN OLD FRIEND



Yesterday afternoon, Asiah came to help me cover the Kimono Batik Dolls that I had made for the gallery.  As she has been reassigned to the administration office, I don't get to see as much of her as I used to.

MY UNCLE, THE GUITARIST



My Uncle Jimmy loves to play the guitar.  Over the years, he and his band members have performed for many social functions and charity events.  When I visited him last weekend, he was waiting for his friend to come over for a jamming session.
Unlike my uncle, I am very bad when it comes to playing any musical instrument.  During my college days, I had to learn the recorder and had to really labour to pass the test.

Monday, 14 April 2014

TIPS FOR STAYING INSPIRED



LOVE EATING SIPUT SEDUT


I love eating siput sedut but won't eat them in public.  This is because I need to suck the fleshy part out from the shell.  Besides looking unladylike, I also make a lot of noise when sucking out the flesh.

INCREASING PRICE OF LEMONS

I love lemons and will buy at least half a dozen whenever I am at the supermarket or the market.  However I noticed that the price of lemons have gone up drastically.  What used to cost RM1 or RM1.20 is not RM1.80.

TIP ON FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

COULD THIS BE HOW JESUS LOOKED?

The painting of Jesus Christ above is based on the image found on the Shroud of Turin which according to Bible scripture, Jesus was buried in a single linen cloth. This linen cloth is known as the Shroud of Turin and is believed y many to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus the Messiah. The Shroud made its first recorded appearance in 14th century France. Housed in the Italian city of Turin since 1578, renewed interest was generated in 1898 when the first photographs were made of the relic and it was discovered that the image on the Shroud was a photographic negative!
If the Shroud is the actual burial cloth of the Messiah then it will bear witness to the fact that a man named Jesus actually lived and died in ancient Palestine, but it may also present physical proof that a miraculous event took place after his death which caused his image to be imprinted on the Shroud.
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When I saw this painting, the first thing that crossed my mind was that Jesus reminded me of Keith Urban  (see pictures below).  Do you agree with me?




Sunday, 13 April 2014

SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR HEART

BEFORE AND AFTER MAKE-UP OF HOBBIT ACTORS

MUSICAL WOODEN FROG

The wooden frogs above are actually musical instruments.  They are carved wooden frogs.These musical frogs croak when you rub the striker stick on the notches on their backs.  They are also known as frog rasps.
I saw them at the De Garden Craft Trail which is held during the last weekend of each month.  Each sells at RM10.  Initially I wanted to get one but then decided against it as it would only end up in my display cabinet which is already very crowded.

MANJUNG GROWN GRAPES


The grapes shown in the two pictures above were grown in a garden in Manjung.  Yup, we can grow grapes here.  Actually they are grown by Khairah at her house.  One thing thought, the grapes are sour.
By the way, the strawberries were not grown by her.  She bought them from Cameron Highlands.

A VERY HEAVY LUNCH

After attending the In-house training in college on Saturday, I had lunch with Lai Yoong at the Ritz Garden Cafe.  Since I was hungry I ate a lot.  So how am I going to lose weight?  My problem is I am not disicplined and have no self control as far as food is concerned.  I bet you that I am certainly not alone.