Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

guess what HQ loves?

(back-dated post: 1st May 2010)

We brought the kiddos to this restaurant near hubby's office sometime back, known for its no-pork food. We ordered dim sum for lunch. Really yummy. Nizaa, I know you love dimsum, you can come here and paktoh with your abang ;-)

Us after the meal, full and happy. What we had: century egg and dried oyster porridge; we ordered a total of 3 bowls. RM 2.90 per bowl.
The deepfried soybean sheets stuffed with prawn paste were yummy. Far end is some kind of fried dimsum with filling and wasabi mayo sauce; delish :-). RM 3.80 per plate. Double-boiled soups with free-range chicken and herbs - one was to nourish the lungs, the other the kidneys. RM 3.80 per bowl. This is something like "fat tiu chiong" (Buddha Jumps over the Wall - a very famous soup that requires many days of preparation). Inside the wrapped dumpling there's sharks fin, scallop, prawns, pacific clams, sea cucumber, etc. RM 12.00 per serving.
One of the steamed dishes that we ordered, with fresh scallop and prawns. RM 2.90 per tray.
And fishballs of course, 3 trays at RM 2.90 per tray.So among all the food that we had, guess what HQ loves the most?

Chicken feet from the soup! *gasp*
He's very good at using his tongue muscles to move the soft "fingers" in his mouth, sucking the flesh and spitting out the bones. And he sapu-ed all the chicken feet! Look at how clean these bones are!
*PENGSAN*

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

my little helper

Last Sunday, HQ helped me in the kitchen while meimei napped in the living hall. He washed the dishes, mixed sauce ingredients before I poured into the wok, and in this picture he's helping me to wash the rice grains. And I must say, he did a good job!

It was a fun experience for him, as well as for me! Thanks, dear HQ! :-D.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

pink soup

We had this simple dish for lunch yesterday. Angel hair pasta in ikan bilis soup with sliced meat and red spinach. The kids called it "noodles with pink soup" :-).

The soup was indeed pink, colour from the red spinach. Noodles in another bowl.
The kids enjoying their meal.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

too cute...

I was mopping the floor when I saw this: Quickly grabbed my camera and snapped... the kids were watching tv and I thought their similar position was cute :-).

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

eating habits

QQ gobbles eats quickly
stays focused till she finishes her food
doesn't let food sits in her mouth for more than 10 seconds
normally finishes her meals in 20 minutes.

she's my little piglet guzzler :-)

now take a look at my other honey bunny...LOL!!!

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"where is the north pole?"

my soon to be 5 year old asked me.

HQ : Where is the North Pole?
Mama: Ummm... you know the globe? The world? North Pole is right on top.
HQ: How to go to North Pole?
Mama: You can take the cruise or ship. Or you can board a plane to fly there. The plane will fly across many countries - China, Mongolia, Canada and Greenland before reaching there. (Note to self: go check accuracy later!)

HQ: The God stay in the North pole?
(Now, where did he get that?)

Mama: God? No, Eskimos stay at the North Pole.
HQ: Then, where the god stay oh?
Mama: God is invisible. We can't see him.
HQ: But where the God stay?
Mama: Ummm... maybe in the outer space (Gosh! Why did I say that???)
HQ: Where is outer space?
Mama: Outer space is out of this world. In the orbit. Where there's others planets, the sun, and stars.
HQ: Floating? Like a(an) astronout?
Mama: Ummm... yeah, maybe. But I'm really not sure.

And so, he sat on his own frowning and definitely thinking. After a short while he came back and said:

HQ: I think God is everywhere. He is invisible; we cannot see him. But when people need help, God will quickly fly over, "wooosh! like that" and help them.

Ah...

Now, what I really like about him:
- he knows I'm unsure so he did not redicule my answers, and he did not press further
- he came up with his own conclusion, which I think is fitting
- and because he too was unsure, he said "I think" :-)

But what he's sure of is, God is mighty and powerful, and looks over us :-).



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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

a letter to my son

(cleaned, all bundled up and toasty... moments after birth...)

dear HQ,

i still remember this date 5 years ago vividly, the day you were born. it was raining cats and dogs while i laid on the hospital bed waiting for your arrival. after being threatened by Dr. J to cut me up, you were born in the noon; very pink, healthy and SCREAMING. and today, on this date, you are 5 :-).

i cant believe 5 years just flew by... look at you! you're 5! 5 wonderful years of having you as my firstborn. you are caring, loving, sensitive, intelligent, smart and matured for your age. you are a fabulous little boy, and i love you.

you are a joy to us, everyday. you are always thinking of ways to put a smile on our faces, and i love you for that. eventhough you took 90 minutes to finish your dinner at times, you spice those 90 minutes up with your antics and humor :-). you take good care of your sister, you make her laugh. you make us all laugh :-).

you are a happy little boy. loving life and living to its fullest. i love your unsatiable curiosity, your contagious laughter. you see things that i do not see. you open my eyes, and open my mind. you often offer solutions to our problems, and i have to say your ideas were brilliant! you give me headaches sometimes, but it is the smiles and laughters that i will always remember. and cherish. you are a joy to all of us. really, HQ, you are so much more that i wished for for a son!

i know how much you look forward to be 5... and so much more in life. always remember my dear son, the world is your oyster. happy 5th birthday, HQ. we all love you very very much :-).

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

little gifts from teachers

The first school term is coming to an end. HQ is starting his exams today *mama runs away in panic*. Next week will be the last week of school before the school holiday starts. To close the school term, HQ received little gifts from his teachers.

This small eraser and a Bugs Bunny ink stamp were given by the Mandarin Teacher (Chiew Lao Shi) for doing well in the weekly "ting xia" (Mandarin: spelling). And this Spiderman pencil box which comes with pencils, eraser and ruler was presented by Teacher Mages for reading all 9 story books before finishing the first school term. HQ loves this pencil box a lot :-D. Although the gifts are simple, they are very rare (only once per school term!), and are deeply appreciated by the recipients. What surprises me is that these gifts do not come from the school, but from individual teachers :-). Which makes me wonder if other teachers who do not give out pressies get bugged by the kids or not... kekekeke!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

make "angku" with HQ

Angku is a type of kueh/ delicacy that my family loves. Traditionally, angku has an orange coloured skin made of rice flour with sweet yellow beans filling. This kueh is a must during baby fullmoon celebration, whereby the baby's grandparents distribute this kueh with pickled ginger and red eggs to relatives and friends. Nowadays angku can be bought from morning markets and nyonya restaurants. And the tradition of distributing this kueh during baby fullmoon is no longer compulsary.

The other morning, my mum was preparing this homemade angku. My mum's angku was lightly coloured with pandan leaves juice and filled with pre-fried coconut meat. They were lined with pandan leaves before steaming, resulting in very fragrant angkus :-).

Naturally, HQ wanted to help. He observed Popo for awhile and quickly got the gist of it. First, he flatten the dough. Scoop on a spoonful of filling. Seal the dough with Popo's help.
HQ lightly rolled the filled dough. Pat it into the mould. Once set, HQ removes it from the mould. And he gently placed it on some pandan leaves. Viola, an angku was made! These two were made by HQ :-). Later Popo steamed the angku till done. The smell was heavenly! Although the patterns on the angku skin were not obvious, these were really delicious. We all had fresh warm angku with milo for breakfast that morning. I myself had three; yummy! :-D (C) Lee Pei Yi. All rights reserved. Originally published for boeyjoey.blogspot.com. All images and text cannot be republished without expressed written permission.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

this is how...

... Mr. Boss watches tv...ample seats available, but it is on Gong Gong's lap that he loves to plonk his butt on *shake head*

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

weekend dinners

dinner 1:
stirfried pork slices & capsicum, panfried fish, stirfried cucumber, stirfried spinach, ipoh chicken herbal soup (ipoh chicken? my mum said one...) dinner 2:
braised free-range chicken & eggs (kiddos' favourite!), steamed fish fillet for the kids, blanched lettuce, stirfried spinach, pork ribs soup
dinner 3:
sweet sour meat (this one tapau one), chilli tuna (this one canned one), blanched broccoli, steamed fish fillet, pork ribs soupdinner 4:
fried chicken, steamed fish, stirfried potato leaves, stirfried french beans and carrot, chicken abc soup
see a pattern?

whenever i cook dinner on Sundays, there's usually:
- a fish dish for the kids, either steamed or pan-fried
- a vege for the kids, usually spinach
- a soup

boring huh? :-)

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

cheap thrills

QQ latest game is playing pretend. Not the usual pretend of being a royal queen, a tame rabbit or Tinkerbell. These days, she gets the trills pretending to be a grown up... a naughty grown up :-S.

And we, as actual grown up, get pulled into her little game as well. But of course, she gets to be the "director" on our speech. *roll eyeballs*

A typical planned conversation goes like this:

QQ: Mama, say *gasp*
Mama: *gasp*
QQ: *giggle* Say "Don't drink beer, don't drink beer!!!"
Mama: Don't drink beer, don't drink beer!!!
QQ: *giggle and proceed to drink her "beer"*
QQ: *grin* Now say "Oh my gosh!!!"
Mama: Oh my gosh!
QQ: *giggle gleefully*

Sometimes her "Don't drink beer, don't drink beer!" is replaced with
"Don't eat chilli, don't eat chilli!!"
or "Don't smoke, don't smoke!!!"
or "Don't drink coffee, don't drink coffee!!"
or "Don't drive so fast, don't drive so fast!!!"

o.O"

But everytime, the conversation ends with her pretending doing just the opposites.

Is this purely for fun or does this means she has some rebellious streaks in her? Or am I being too analytical?

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Monday, May 10, 2010

happy belated mother's day

... to all mummies out there :-).

On Mother's Day, I gathered the kids and we celebrated the occasion with my mum. We went for dinner at a nearby restaurant with my dad and brother :-).

Last Friday, HQ came home with Mother's Day gifts from school. He called me in the office earlier that day, saying excitedly that he had a surprise for me :-). When I got home that night, he greeted me at the door with these: Which I found out later that QQ has claimed that the balloon was hers. She had also wanted the carnation if HQ hadn't stopped her... LOL!

The inside of the card... HQ must have written and erased so many times to leave those black pencil marks :-). The writing was a little crooked and with one spelling mistake (Mother's) there... but heck, to me, it's the message and the effort that counts :-D. (C) Lee Pei Yi. All rights reserved. Originally published for boeyjoey.blogspot.com. All images and text cannot be republished without expresed written permission.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

so unexpected

HQ: 4 years 11 months old

HQ and QQ were playing while waiting for me to finish brushing my teeth and later join them for bed. I could hear them giggling away at some silly jokes and I smiled to myself. Nothing sounds better than kids giggling and laughing :-).

As I neared them, HQ surprised me by saying:

HQ: Mama, if I am a(an) orphan and you bring me back to your home to take care of me, then me and meimei will not be real brother and sister. When we grow up, we can marry each other!

I gaped. After collecting myself, I responded:

Mama: But you and meimei are REAL brother and sister. When you grow up, you will meet a lot of other nice girls, and you can marry one of them.

HQ: Hahaha... I said "if" only. I think meimei is the most nice girl in the whole wide world... If I am not her brother, I will marry her...

Now where did he get that idea that an orphan can marry his stepsister? I'm sometimes really surprised at how ideas churn in that little head of his. Aside that, I think that's the sweetest thing I've ever heard :'). Eventhough there were times where he snatches things and screams at his meimei, this was another one of the moments where I feel that he truly loves his meimei to bits :-).

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Black Canyon

I was first introduced to Black Canyon by hubby when we were holidaying in Bangkok, way back in year 2004. I loved this coffee house ever since.

Like Gloria Jeans which is a homegrown version of Starbucks (although there's a big difference in quality), Black Canyon is the Bangkok version. Besides serving good coffee, Black Canyon's menu is a fusion of Thai and Western cuisines. There's not many Black Canyon in Malaysia; the only one I've been to is located at Summit USJ.

They have many set lunches consist of a main course of either rice or noodles, a chilled watermelon juice or iced lemon tea and for some sets, a serving of tomyam soup. For me, I'm game for anything stirfried with fresh basil leaves. Their stirfried pasta varieties are really nice too, especially love the one with tuna.

I ordered a rice lunch set, comprising of seafood stirfried with basil leaves, tomyam soup and watermelon juice. The seafood stirfried with basil leaves really taste similar to the one that we had in a local family-run restaurant in Bangkok. Ya, so nice until I still can roughly remember the taste. Really authentic. Looking at these photos now, I can't help but to salivate. Hubby's set - some fried rice set with soup and drink, which was quite nice too.
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