Sunday, 25 September 2016

ALMOST RECOVERED


Precious has almost recovered from his viral infection.  The fever is gone and his appetite is back but he still threw up this morning.  I am still feeding him the antibiotics the vet prescribed.  I think he will be completely cured once he finishes the medication.

HOLY BASIL

Tulsi, Tulasi, Kemangi, Selasih and Holy Basil are some of the names this plant is called.  By the way, I am wondering why it is known as holy basil in India.


SCARLET HEART 2005 AND 2016

Korean version: 2016

One of the hottest new K-dramas at present is Scarlet Heart Ryeo starring Lee Joon Ki, IU and Kang Ha Neul. I watched 5 episodes so far and am afraid to keep watching as the story becomes darker as it goes along. I know because I watched the Chinese version starring Nicky Wu, Kevin Cheng and Li Shi Shi way back in 2005. If the Korean version follows the plot then many of the princes will get killed off. If my memory serves me, only the 14th and 4th prince will be around in the end. The girl dies in the old world but she wakes up in her own body in the modern world. Even the 8th prince who first appears to be gentlemanly will begin to show his dark side as the show progresses. Scary ..
China version: 2005

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

MY BABY IS SICK

Yesterday morning Precious was not his usual active self. . When I lifted him, his body was hot. I fed him lots of water and then went off to work. During lunchtime, I went back to check on him and found that he had grown listless and his body was very hot. So I knew that it was time to take him to the vet.
Dr Murrugaya took his temperature and informed me that my furry son was running a very high temperature. The vet said he had a viral infection.  He gave the little guy an injection and fed him antibiotics.  Then he gave me instructions on feeding time for his medication.

 When I took him home, Precious was still looking very tired.  I took him to work with me in the afternoon so that I could keep an eye on the furball.  He became a bit better.  I guess the medicine was working.
He is still weak and not active.  He also did not eat much.  Hopefully he will be his normal self when I wake up in the morning..

LIVING ROOM FENG SHUI


Monday, 19 September 2016

Tua Pek Kong Temple 品仙祠大伯公和观音堂




Here are pictures of the lotus shaped vessel which is used to collect the holy water flowing from the vase of the Goddess Kuan Yin statue at Tua Pek Kong Temple. The vessel of holy water which is filled with flower petals. There is a saying that if you bathed or wash yourself with this holy water, your bad luck will go away and will invite good luck instead. I have heard of quite a number of people striking the lottery after doing so.

Me. Never.

CHEE CHEONG FUN WITH LOTS OF GRAVY AND SAUCES



Chee Cheong Fun from Ipoh Garden Tesco Food Court. It is okay but my favourite is the one from Kampung Simee market. The one in Canning is also delicious.

FOR THAT PERFECT SHOT

For that perfect shot, these two young men have to learn to lose their shyness. Then only can they get a shot from the best position and angle.


Sunday, 18 September 2016

FRIED KWAY TEOW FROM NEW HOLLYWOOD


Aesthetically, this plate of fried KwayTeow does not look like much but when you taste it you would sure want to go back for more another time.  This is the famous kway teow from New Hollywood Restaurant in Ipoh.  Another of my must have food when I am back in my hometown.

SEAFOOD YEE MEE

Seafood Yee Mee from Vegas Restaurant, Canning Garden,  This is one of my favourite food and one of my must have food when back in Ipoh.

A ARCH MADE FROM BADMINTON RACKETS



As Haji Hasnin is both a badminton player and coach, we got the boys to hold up badminton rackets to form an arch for him to walk under during his retirement ceremony.

PICTURES FROM DRONE

 During my friend Haji Hasnin's retirement ceremony on the 9th of September, one of his former students came and recorded part of the event using the drone pictured above.  Here are some of the pictures he took using this gadget.






BUTTERFLY FAVOUR

I got this from the Internet and am thinking of making them for the year end gathering for my librarians.  It is not too hard to do.  One needs a clotheS peg, plastic bag, piping, plastic eyes and sweets.  Actually one can use them as wedding or birthday favours for guests.

HOW TO ATTRACT WEALTH AND PROSPERITY


YELLOW GLUTINOUS RICE (NASI PULUT KUNING)

My friend Hajah Kamariah made this cake from glutinous rice especially for our colleague's retirement ceremony.  The Malays serve Nasi Pulut as a celebratory dish is served during festive celebratory occasions.

FATT KOE AKA PROSPERITY CAKE

I made these Fatt Koe or Prosperity cake using an instant mix that I bought from the supermarket.  Fatt Koe or Leavened cake is considered auspicious by the Chinese as the word Fatt means to prosper or to raise/leaven. The cake is made by steaming and is offered to the deities during Chinese festivals as a symbol of prosperity.  There are some who believe that eating the cakes after they are offered to the deities would bring good luck.

LIFELONG LEARNING


 My Auntie Linda is never one to shy away from learning new things.  Recently she has started to play Pokemon Go.   Just because one is old does not mean one stops picking up  new things.Well, this is what we call lifelong learning. Way to go Auntie Linda.

Friday, 9 September 2016

LUNCH TO CELEBRATE HJ HASNIN'S RETIREMENT

i have been a busy bee lately.  A week ago, my colleagues and I were busy preparing and orchestrating the retirement ceremony for the college director.  My dear friend and colleague, Hj Hasnin retires on 12th September 2016. but his retirement ceremony will be on the 9th of September since the twelfth is a public holiday.  The Language Department organised a retirement lunch for Tn Haji Hasnin yesterday afternoon.
My friends from the language department tucked in on the Arabian style chicken dish at Rayyan Garden. I had my fish specially ordered.
Me with Haji Ahmad Hasnin at the restaurant.


AT ORCHID FAIR






Me at Orchid Fair yesterday evening. The fair is located behind Giant Manjung.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

COSY

My furry darling is relaxing on his favourite sofa and toy.  

RAMBUTAN ASSAM BOI

I tried out this new recipe that is currently very popular with the locals.  Rambutans are added with sugar, a bit of salt, lime, bird chilli and sour khannah.  It enhances the tasting experience of this fruit.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

CHOPSTICK SUPERSTITIONS AND ETIQUETTER


Chopstick Superstitions & Etiquette:

Chopsticks were invented thousands of years ago, during Shang times.

The China Daily Newspaper reported some chopstick superstitions: "If you find an uneven pair at your table setting, it means you are going to miss a boat, plane or train. Dropping chopsticks will inevitably bring bad luck."

The China Daily Newspaper also shared some chopstick etiquette: "Crossed chopsticks are permissible in a dim sum restaurant. The waiter will cross them to show that your bill has been settled, or you can do the same to show the waiter that you have finished and are ready to pay the bill."

SOURCE: http://china.mrdonn.org/chopsticks.html

Friday, 2 September 2016

ANCIENT CHINESE BELIEF ABOUT UMBRELLAS.

The ancient Chinese invented umbrellas. One superstition the ancient Chinese believed about umbrellas is that you can never open your umbrella inside your house. If you do, this will bring bad luck into your house. If someone opened an umbrella, either on purpose or accidentally, the women grabbed their brooms and swept the bad luck out the door immediately!
SOURCE: http://china.mrdonn.org/superstitions.html

CHINESE BELIEF ABOUT BEES AND LADYBUGS

If a bee entered your home in ancient China, it would bring good luck as long as you allowed the bee to leave alive. If you killed the bee inside your house, you would have bad luck. This was also true of ladybugs.
SOURCE: http://china.mrdonn.org/superstitions.html

Thursday, 1 September 2016

UMBRELLA AND GHOSTS



The Chinese have a belief that wandering ghosts like to hide in umbrellas as they are afraid of light. They like to hide in dark places.

In the homes of Chinese who are Buddhists and Taoists, there would be altars of deities installed. Some even have charms (yellow paper with incantations) on the main doors. It is believed that ghosts cannot enter such houses unlike they have someone bring them in.. What better way than to hide in umbrellas!

That is why it is not advisable to bring umbrellas into the home after visiting cemeteries, going for wakes for the deceased or other yin places. The action of opening the umbrella would release the ghost into the house.

The umbrella you see above belongs to me.  I used it to shield myself from the rain last week and then left it outside the library for a few days.  When I wanted to use it yesterday,  I opened it and turned it upside down and let it sun for a few minutes first.