Wednesday, February 20, 2019

It happened on Valentine's Day

There wasn't any special celebration on Valentine's Day, as it has been so for few years now. But I made a special breakfast for my other half that morning. His favourite breakfast.



I didn't expect any flower or present from my other half this year.

But it so happened that on that day my reliable smart phone (just over a year) suddenly jammed on me. Alas, I couldn't revived it so left with no choice, I had to send to phone shop for checking in the afternoon. Either software or LCD problem, I have to leave it for checking.

And I told hubby about my phone and he suggested I bought a new one on the spot. But I liked my phone and reluctant to get accustomed to new phone so I didn't bought any. I guess I could survived for 3 to 4 days without any phone. I thought I could use one of my kids' phones for few days.

Anyway, to cut the story short, at night I got a surprise gift from my man. A new phone! This must be the best Valentine's Day gift ever. Practical too.


Oh, thank you hubby for the gift.  I am so blessed to have such thoughtful and sweet hubby. I loved it! 


My first photo that I took with my new phone was Jamie with his favourite soft toy. He purposely closed his eyes. And he gave us a Valentine card made from his kindergarten.


I was happy to receive his card till I read the 'baby sister' in his card! Hmm. Why is it written in it??


As for my old phone, we decided it wasn't worth repairing. 


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Early birthday dinner

My mum and dad's Chinese birthday fell on 7th and 8th day of CNY respectively and as both days were weekdays, we decided to treat them to an early birthday dinner last Sunday.

Topspot was our birthday venue. We were early that evening as we didn't managed to book a table. To avoid crowd, we had our dinner around 6pm. 

Most stalls had opened by Sunday but this stall never short of customers. Business was a brisk! And they opened on the 3rd day of CNY to cater to their customers!

Ling Loong Seafood was our option as we had been to this stall few times in the past. The food was nice and fresh.

Kuching O' Chien (oyster pancake) was a must and we had this nicely made pancake before the kids helped themselves to breaking and eating the pancake.

Before

After with broken sides!

I spotted a container of bamboo clams while ordering so we also had that cooked with curry powder. Fresh and succulent with that fragrant curry taste, I loved it that way.

My very pregnant sis reminded us no belacan beforehand, so for vegetable, we had this stir fried midin with garlic. Simple but crunchy and tasty.


Remember that last year when our KL friends came over and we had their special butter salted egg yolk crabs for the first time? Unfortunately  no crabs last week so we opted for their soft shell crabs instead. It was much better and tastier than the normal crabs. The crabs observed the taste well and I love how buttery and salty the crabs were.


Next was the steamed prawns. Never could go wrong with steaming prawns. They were fresh and sweet.


Last but not least, we had steamed sea bass (siakap) which recommended by the stall worker.

And if that wasn't enough, hubby ordered 20 stick of lamb satay (RM26) from one of the satay stalls but oh my, they were good. Could taste the fatty and tender parts, not too tough to bite into.


Our dinner overall cost RM322 exclude the satay and drinks.

And we hope mum and dad enjoyed the feast and company that Sunday. Wishing both good health, joy, happiness and great blessings.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

No cendol from Penang!

This is one new outlet in Aeon Mall that I told myself that I got to try it when it opened and I did. Not when it was New (although it wasn't that old as it opened last year) but I only got the chance to try last weekend after all those months.

Anyway, after our church service we went to the mall to walk around, admire the CNY decoration, shopping and dining.




It is Valentine's Day today so wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

And this was the outlet that we went to. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.


True true Penang food. No need to fly all the way to Penang to taste its well known food, appetizers and desserts. Lol.


Anyway what I really wanted to try was its chendul (cendol) but lucky star wasn't on my side as they ran out of cendol!! Sigh! A bit disappointing but since we were there, might as well settled our lunch instead of wandering around hunting for food.


We had to order and pay at the counter and the food and drink would be sent over to our table.

As for me, no famous cendol from Penang, ais kacang also would do! Original ais kacang for me. The shaved ice almost melt so it didn't looked tall and good when it arrived on our table. Taste-wise, it wasn't too sweet and I liked it!! Except the green jelly balls, some wasn't cooked well.


For lunch, we ordered few dishes to try. Namely this Kway Teow soup which was mild for the children's palate.

For the adults, we shared this Penang prawn noodle. It was flavorful and slightly spicy, with mix of yellow noodle and vermicelli in the broth.


The nasi lemak was good, I would highly recommend its nasi lemak. 


We had 2 plates of nasi lemak; namely nasi lemak ayam kunyit and nasi lemak sambal spring. 

Overall it was a delightful first dining experience there. Hope to come back to try its cendol though.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My way

I don't know about you but this is my way of eating naan.

It was Chinese New Year eve and we went to Curry House for breakfast. 


I was craving for cheese naan that morning so I order a piece for sharing. Wish for more cheese on top though. 


And we also had this nice curry lamb. Their curry lamb is good, we always order it when we done here.


This is how I enjoy my cheese naan. Tear a piece of the naan, add a piece of lamb or potato to it. Roll or fold the naan and pop into the mouth. Yes, my way of eating naan. 

How about you?? 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Miscellaneous Picture #85: midnight

When the clock struck midnight, the sky was filled with beautiful and colourful fireworks and and the neighbourhood was nothing but loud sound of firecrackers welcoming the Year of Pig!





Thursday, February 7, 2019

Reunion

It has been a while since the last time we went to my parents' house for reunion dinner on CNY eve. It wasn't meant to be this year too but we happened to drop by to pass some wild Longan fruits to them. The longan was from my in-law who bought over from Kapit.

So it happened when we dropped by at my parents, they were about to start eating lunch. Yes, they were having reunion lunch this year since my brother needed to go to his in-laws for dinner.


So we 'helped' ourselves to the reunion lunch. My mum's specialty dishes such as braised duck and bamboo shoot soup. 

Then we drove back to my in-law's house to hang out. We also did the egg standing stuff and believe me, I did my egg standing stunt for the first time!

It took some time but I did made my egg standing still. So proud of myself. Jamie and daddy did theirs with ease while Jan can't do it. Next year try again, Jan!

Around 5pm, we had our reunion dinner. My brother-in-law did all the cooking. 


Meatball soup

His specialty got to be the vinegar pork trotter and fried white rice cake.

Vinegar Pork trotter

Fried white rice cake

The kids had their turn to eat first on the table before the adults took their turn to enjoy the food.

Reunion dinner for kids

While we were at the table, the cousins had a great time reconnected and taking many photos. It was fun looking at the kids, growing up and getting together on Chinese New Year eve.

One of the few group photos


Sunday, February 3, 2019

We are ready

It is all set to welcome the Year of Pig in a couple of days!!

A little corner of my house decorated with vases of cherry blossom and a basket of mandarin oranges.

Also display of this charcoal decoration that we bought recently.

Nian gao holds an important aspect in Chinese New Year. It symbolises good luck and prosperity.  My mini nian gao with pumpkin.

A basket of oranges means abundance and wealth.

Another basket of oranges, pamelo, pineapple and leeks.

New lanterns were up too.

When they lighted up.

This year we received 2 hampers, such a great blessing for the new year.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year! Happy holidays!