Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I am busy. Busy doing nothing. Busy being lazy. This kind of busy is infectious and am so loving it. Everyone is enjoying the break and taking a break, so am I.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone, enjoy the Holidays and see you all soon.

Monday, 14 December 2009

ALL GOOD FOR NOW..

Wow..how time flies. It seems not long ago I was blogging about Christmas and it's here now. This is the longest time I have ever been away from my own blog. No post and not even blog hopping, but everyone has been on my mind all the time. A million thanks for all those good wishes for Danial. He is good now. Tests results all came back well and we are very happy. School holidays have started a few weeks ago and we are having continuous public holidays every week until year end.

The rain continued and even mushrooms are growing in shaded areas, though I have forgotten to take the pictures. I was very excited when I saw this. It was the seed from the Desert Rose plant, I see them all the time and tried planting them - unsuccessfully...


..and then as if my miracle, it grew on it's own. Not scattered on the grass or pot, but all three in a pod! I've transferred them out into different pots.


The eating continued...and I like this traditional cakes pan hanging as decor at Rebung, a Malay restaurant by Chef Ismail.


We love Indian food and there's this cool vegetarian Indian restaurant serving some of the best ever! Served with cool stainless steels and banana leaf, that's how an authentic Indian food should be eaten..with fingers preferably of course :)
If you like, have a bite of that dried red chili and some fresh milk to cool down.


To be eaten with some 'rasam' or spicy soup with loads of spices...


Many mini bowls containing an assortment of curries in peas, dhalls and vegetables, you have all the different taste and texture there.


Here's the whole plate and that was a lot.


Those waiters there were super friendly and encourage lots of photos everywhere. Seen here, their Indian calendar which I found interesting.


Indian desserts anyone? I've never eaten them but was told they were super sweet.


We attended my cousin's wedding dinner..more eating what else. A full 10 course Chinese dinner and there were only 2 adults in my table and 5 children, so there was way too much food for all of us. Hotel dinner food aren't the best but this particular one was amazing. The groom side (that's us) were given this pair of chopsticks with the Chinese character 'hei' meaning double happiness.


Mum still find it amusing why I am still taking pictures of 'sauces'...


The pretty bride wore a modern gown and later changed into this beautiful red (what else) kua. The wearing of the kua or qua, a fully embroidered traditional dress is a must for every Chinese wedding.


A collage of some of the food we ate :)


I have so many pictures of the children and their cousins all dressed up in traditional Korean dresses (so pretty!) but I there are too many unknown visitors to this blog. So, I really have to think hard before posting pictures of relatives without their permission...and they don't even know I have a blog..I think.

Honestly, I seem to be floating away in the month of December. We are not traveling during this long school holidays - a first for us. All we -- ok, all I wanted to do was stay at home, eat, garden and read. I find this very enjoyable and relaxing (when the kids aren't bickering).

Bye for now :)

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

BLOG BREAK

It was a waste of ticket to a Ben 10 Live show. Not because the show was not good but Danial never got to see it. 2 hours before the show, he was ill and had to be admitted to the hospital last weekend. He is out and fine now but he needs to go for a series of tests and more follow ups till next week. Nothing life threatening but we will need to be more vigilant for now until we have the final results/diagnosis.


Therefore, I do need to go for a blog break and will miss everyone for now. Will be back soon when everything is much better.

Bye for now....

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

LITTLE PENANG, THAI THAI

My mom often followed us in most of our outing. She doesn't know much about IT or what is a blog, or that I have one. Come to think of it, apart from my husband and children, there are very little people I know here who knows I have this blog. Very often my mom would ask why I am always taking photos and not develop them, or why I need to take this photo of a 'botol kicap' aka soya sauce bottle and what I am going to do with it haha! Yes, it can be a challenge at times trying to be a creative photographer around her :O



At the request of my good friend living overseas, I am doing another post on food. Also for Ann and Xue as I am sure they are very familiar with all these and probably missing and drooling over it :)


The children can eat as hot and spicy as me, so here's Danial insisting of the Curry Noodles, cooked in coconut milk, lemongrass and spices.


I went for the Prawn noodles. The soup was cooked with lots of prawns with shells intact but not served and slightly spicy.


Eli and Emi went for the rice sets, both yummy and delicious.



On another day, eating continued..at Thai Thai Restaurant, not difficult to guess what food it is from the name.
I like the table mat, or in this case, I should say table paper..as it was made from paper. Highly visual and very informative about the year of the Dog. In one single sheet, every characteristics of this particular year is written down in details. Not sure if it is accurate, but this is was not Chinese geomancy, so I am guessing it's the Thai version.




Let's start with the famous Thai Salad, Som Tam. Hot and spicy! Shredded young papaya mixed with crushed nuts, it's dressing was finely sliced very hot birds eye chillis (the hottest of all) and lime juice. You will be sweating away after this dish, and hopefully you can still feel anything on your tongue haha! Here's a tip for those who can't stand hot, do what my children do, stay away from eating any of those small chilies.



What is Thai without Tom Yum with seafood, even hotter and spicier. Thai food is so integrated with Malaysian food that I hardly know anyone here who can't eat Tom Yum, even the kids find it a breeze to have this soup.


Steamed sea bass with more hot chili and lime juice but it was okay and moderate.


Another typical Thai, beef green curry - very mild in spices but heavy on the coconut milk.



This is a common Asian vegetable, the kangkung and I can't recall it's English version but I know Ann and Xue will give me the name after this. Anyone can cook this, though there were way too much gravy here..looks too soupy.


Sorry..the dish was eaten half way when I took this picture. I call this a no-brainer dish, as in everyone could cook it..prawn omelette. If any restaurant can't cook it well, I should ask for a refund :)


The Thais are well known for desserts but this was a huge dissapointment. For such a reputable restaurant, the water chestnut in sweet coconut milk was too bland :(


I always love Thai birdcages due to it's design and one day when I find, I'll lug it back home too.


Part of the Thai Thai decor.



Well, school holidays have started and I have a busy week ahead. Husband and I will have to decide who gets to see Ben 10 live show with Danial...both of us --- > so not looking forward to it. The tickets cost a lot and I am sure either one of us (husband or I) will doze off during the show :(
My cousin's wedding continued with it's Chinese dinner this weekend. There will be a little ceremony before the dinner where the groom brings the bride home officially as his wife in the morning. I will be there with the children, so it will be fun too. Meanwhile, Christmas mood has started with their decor everywhere. We have snow man too..the plastic ones with cotton balls as snow of course.

On Thursday, the girls and I will go and see the very talented Sonia and Irvina's aragetram (dance graduation). Picture courtesy from Dancing sisters, go to link for full infor. It's a first for all of us, so we are very excited over this event.



Rain continued at home..we have the wettest season ever!



However, I do love the rain, especially walks to our nearby lake after the rain. It's great to have cool weather for a change here.


Cheers everyone :P

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

INACRAFT

For me Saturdays are for sleeping late, but not last weekend. I had to drag 3 sleepy and unhappy kids to the KLCC Convention Centre to have a look at this.....which was Indonesian handicraft week.



Honestly, I was expecting lots of crafts which the Indonesians are so well known for like teak furniture, but instead found plenty of booths selling beautiful kebayas and clothing..and mind you, there aren't cheap at all. Here are some of the handicrafts on sale.

Lots of material used which are very organic and natural.


Lamps made from tree bark and leaves.



Hand made and painted little wooden animals, those elephant fits perfectly into my growing collection.


Wood carved and batik inspired trays or bowls.


I love this - Indonesian puppets used for shadow hand puppet shows but yet to see a real show so far.




Silver necklaces which were elaborate and used mainly for special functions and weddings.


These beaded case and tissue box holder looked exactly like the ones in East Malaysia during my recent trip there and when enquired, I was told the exhibitor was from Kalimantan. It made sense as Kalimantan/Indonesia is borders with East Malaysia, hence the cross culture and art.



I don't think I have seen Christmas decoration like this..



Then..it was show time when the pretty Indonesian lady came up to do the announcement. Seen here, wearing a kebaya (top) and batik skirt - an outfit which is exactly the same as what we would wear, well, the skinny ones would anyway. With a huge population of Indonesians - both legal and not here, there is a strong influence and mixture of both Malaysians and Indonesians culture, food and art - not to mention we speak all almost similar languages. The show that I wanted to see was their wedding showcase.


Each costume represented a different wedding attire from a different province, but I was busy photographing them so can't remember exactly where they were from. I could not resist doing a close up. While the weddings in the West are often around a white theme or something similar in their bridal attire, this is one thing you hardly see in traditional weddings here. It's always a burst of colours and texture everywhere.




I love close ups and here's some shots.





Another couple in purple, looks exactly like our Malay weddings here. No tiara or flowers in the hair but more elaborate headgear for sure.




Final couple for the catwalk.




Finally, an interesting backdrop made entirely of peacock feathers..and they were real, every single one of them! Imagine having this in a wedding as the colours were amazing.


Meanwhile, monsoon season continues at home - with non stop rain everyday without fail. My garden has turned into a mini pool and clothes had to be sent to the laundry for drying.


Even my bali pot is full and I don't need to fill it up with water everyday..


..the lake nearby my house overflowed but this 'birds of paradise' plant was thriving, just about everything else is growing abundantly at home too, including weeds...



For Ann, who liked the previous shot and tried to replicate it...but it was not a yam but a lotus plant...maybe she can find one in NZ :)


School holidays is up next week but plans to the East Coast had to be shelved for now due to the rain..I don't think I like the idea of my car floating in the flood. Bye for now :)