Friday, May 18, 2018

Miscellaneous Picture #78 : Rice & Grape

A quick brunch in Huan Loke Cafe one morning with my mum


We had Hainanese chicken rice that day


And STP, this is one of the few places around that serve kolo mee in plate. Probably they wanted to show off their lovely plates sometime that they use plate to serve. ^^

Update on my mum's grapevine!


A bunch of green while another bunch of red grapes. 3 fruitful bunches but wonder when they are ripe and can be eaten.




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mummy likes Japanese!

Last Sunday, we went to Zu Sakuraitei in Song Plaza, Jalan Song. Since it was Mother's Day, I had the privilege to choose what I wanted for lunch. So this mummy went for something that she likes! Japanese! And that was how we ended up in Zu Sakuraitei.



We had to wait for our table as the place was packed when we were there. After waited for about 10 minutes, we got our table. Without further ado, we ordered our lunch.


My dish came first. Smoked duck ramen. So, so good and comforting.


Jay went for chicken teriyaki ramen, which was nice too. The broth was good and mild.


Unagi Kabbayaki Bento was my girl's choice where as my man went for the other version of kabbayaki, Sanma kabbayaki bento.


We had a set of Sakura sushi to share among us as well.


Total bill came out to be less than RM150. Surprise, surprise. A lovely Mother's Day lunch.



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dear me,

Dear me,

Today is a special day in celebrating and remembering the love and sacrifice of mums (including me) around the world.

Life as a mum may be typical to some but nothing easy in bringing up children and at the same time balancing the household and works. It is a hard journey emotionally and physically.  And almost impossible some day.

But reality is everyday's thing. No daydreaming or a snap of fingers to escape from everything.

Let's have a look at my typical day.

545am  I wake up and get ready breakfast and kid's snack boxes

6am  My girl comes down for her breakfast after her bath and waking his brother up

610am  I takes my bath

630am  Hanging out the laundry to dry

640am  Bring the kids to school

700am  I wake the youngest up and give him some milk before having him to brush his teeth and wash his hands and face

715am  Prepare light breakfast for the boy and we eat together

745am  Send him to kindergarten

805am  Start working at my dad's shop. Whenever possible, I will blog-hopping and leave comments in blogs

1130am Buy lunch

1230pm Drive to school, drop lunch for the girl and wait for the boy to finish his class at 1pm

100pm Lunch with the boy. When he has tuition in afternoon, I would be busy chasing him to be faster and ready his books and homework for tuition

220pm Send the boy to tuition

330pm Pick up the girl from school

400pm Cook dinner then takes my bath before going out

445pm Pick the younger boy then the brother home

530pm Dinner

On some day, I would be driving out again to send the kids to their evening tuition classes. Otherwise I would chilling out in front of tv, provided no one fight for it.

700pm Catch up on my Chinese drama

800pm Preparing posts for my blog and visiting friends' blogs

900pm Getting the kids ready for beds and tossing the dirty laundry into the washing machine

930pm Sleep and dream of the same routine the next day!


So to dear me, thank you for the sacrifice, undivided love and time. Motherhood is nothing but joy.  The joy of family and loved ones around me. Let's celebrate that not only today but everyday. At least I think I deserve it. :)

Friday, May 11, 2018

The new dawn

History is in making. A historic day on 9 May when we had the GE 14. The next 2 days of public holiday followed suit after the opposition party won the general election for the very first time in Malaysia's history  to claim a new ruling party.

It was surreal. Everyone had posted over social media and chats group on the historical victory and holiday but that was after I slept. I went to bed before 11pm on Wednesday. Cannot wait for the official result but when I woke up the very next day, I finally realised the true facts of the news and holiday. A new dawn has shined on us. 

We didn't have any agenda but hubby and I had our short morning walk when there was light in the sky. Then, we took our shower and went to Megabite Batu Kawa for our breakfast tyesterday morning. More like hubby's celebratory cheatday as he could enjoy more carb food than on normal day. ^^ 

Few noodles stalls opened but not many option other that noodle. However we did ended up with something to eat. The kids and big man went for the kampua from the kampua stall. My man also ordered some dim sum to share around.

*recycled photo*

3 baskets of dim sum for total of RM5 each. All meaty dim sum. 


I did enjoyed the braised pork ribs. Very tender and tasty.


The sui mai was very huge and meaty.


I thought these stuffed beancurds were not as good as the other two. However nothing went wasted on our table.


For my main dish, I ordered a bowl of kueh chap (RM5). Taste-wise it was alright. The soup wasn't that strong and I can accept the taste.

We spent the rest of the day at home. And then, by late morning, we received news on state government declaring 2 days of holiday on 17 and 18/5, not 10 and 11 May.  So my man had to run down to office to work yesterday afternoon.  So much for the holiday mood!

As for the school, after much messaging and asking around, the school board decided to hold 10 and 11 May as holiday as well as on 17 and 18 May. So it means the school mid-term exam would be dragged longer to following week.

And to Malaysia, a new dawn has begun. To a better and unified Malaysia. I am proud to be a Malaysian.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Eat and shop

The previous post was on fun reason of been in Aeon Mall. Here comes the food and the shopping part of the mall.

The mall is almost fully occupied; only few outlets not yet open. Most branded outlets are in these 3 floors of retail spaces and few is new to Kuching. Otherwise, you could see the same outlets in most shopping malls.

The f&b outlets are mostly on the upper floor and one of them was this Food Avenue.

We went to the Food Avenue for lunch before our shopping in Aeon.


After almost an hour walk around the mall, we decided to eat in the Food Avenue, which is next to Seoul Garden. Not a big fan of Korean cuisine, either one of us so we opted for food court for more choices.  The place was packed with lunch goers but we managed to table-pool with another family and had our lunch.

I left the ordering to my man as he and our 2 older kids went around the food court. I ended up with this kolo mee with drumstick (RM10.90) to share with Jamie. He finished most of the noodle while I took the meat.


The other kids went for Western where the girl had her favourite, fish n chop while Jay had sausage set.


Hubby tried the Penang curry laksa (RM6.90) which he enjoyed very much.


And he also ordered this dish to share with me. He said it was ayam penyet but to me, it looked more like fried chicken. No spice detected. Not nice and we wouldn't order this dish again. They gave us chilli sauce rather than sambal for the ulam.


After filling up our tummies, we went to Aeon supermarket for our grocery shopping.


It was exciting to see many imported and Japanese stuff. 

The sushi bar that was next to the delicatessen was tempting too but the long queue deter me from buying any. Another day for them.

We did ended up with things that we wanted, like this alcoholic drink.


And the NZ super sweet rocket apples.


Monday, May 7, 2018

So new

We aren't the type that want to be first few to a place that is so new. We don't like the jam, the crowd, and the craziness that come with it.

As expected, there was a big ooh-haa over the new mall in the city since its soft opening on 20 April. Everyone were (and still) talking about the new mall. Anyway, after 2 weeks since its opening, we finally made it to Aeon Mall.

First impression of the 2-weeks old mall? Felt like going to a shopping mall in KL with the design, concept and atmosphere. And he wow factor? The cat theme in the mall. I loved the super cute themed cats that they have.

So many statues, gardens and places in the mall that we could take photos and selfies in. Definitely not a boring place to be. And that was just the fun part, what about the shopping and food part?

Let's the photos do the talking, shall we?? 













Saturday, May 5, 2018

Noodles

On Labour's Day after our morning exercise, we went for breakfast in Batu Kawa Megabite food court.

Each of us had noodles for breakfast but we ordered from three different noodle stalls.

Special RM5.00

I went for this kolo mee stall that operates near my place but on public holiday and Sunday they operates in this Megabite food court.
RM3.50 kolo mee

Jan and Jamie each had the normal kolo mee while I had its special kolo mee for RM5.

Kampua RM3.50

Jay on the other hand, wanted kampua that morning so I ordered this soy sauce kampua for him. Big portion but no problem for this noodle lover who finished it all by himself.

Mixed pork soup set RM10.00

My big man saw this Supreme Prince fish maw stall (at the back of the shop) that also serve mixed pork soup. He ordered a special set for himself. And wow, we both agreed that the soup was good. Fragrant with slight taste of wine and ginger. The noodle was not something that we usually seen or eat; very fine noodle. Something like Angel's hair.  Hubby enjoyed his noodle and the soup very much. 

So, that was our noodle breakfast that morning. Filling and good. What can we say? We can't do without noodles. ;)