Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chicken-filled weekend

Everyone who knows how to cook should have their secret recipe for chicken rice. Mine is rather simple but hubby loves it. The last time I cooked the chicken rice was like a year ago and recently he told me he wish to have chicken rice on his birthday which is still a long way to I pull out my old recipe and try him his favorite chicken rice. But the rice wasn't as good as the previous one, maybe I cooked too much rice this round and the chicken gravy was insufficient to bring out the chicken aroma. Last time I was using one whole chicken for two person rice, so it really tasted good:)


1 whole ginger, simply cut it
5 red onions,minced.
One whole garlic, minced.
Soy sauce
Oyster sauce
Zhao Xing jiu
Salt and pepper

1.marinate the chicken with soy sauce, oyster sauce, zhao xing jiu, salt and pepper.
2.Put the marinated chicken into fridge for about half an hour
3.heat your pan and throw in the ginger,onion and garlic.
4.stirred until fragrance then throw in your rinsed rice
5.stirred evenly and transfer them into rice cooker,add water as usual and cook your rice like how you usually cook them :p
6.meanwhile steam your chicken, you can add one cup of water.
7.when your rice is cooked,pour in some chicken oil or Essence from your steamed chicken
8.add some salt to taste.

Anyway, if you want, you can buy the ready chicken rice paste from hypermarket, save all the hassles:)

And here is my another chicken recipe to share, the roasted chicken for terry house warming on sat night.we were all suppose to bring one food for the potluck and this recipe is just too handy for a lazy saturday friend said it was nice but I think it could be juicier, if only I didn't have too much time before the party started, I roasted it a little bit longer than it should be. So lesson learnt.


Herbs like thyme, rosemary
Salt and pepper
One lemon

1. Marinate evenly your chicken with all the above ingredient except lemon and celery. In and out.
2. Tug in the lemon and chunks of celery into the chicken
3. Preheat your oven to 220c for 15 min
4. Roast your chicken for 1 hour and 20 min

Easy peasy:) next time I would bake my cheesy Patato along with my chicken!and lots of vege too!! Hub said I should cook him a whole roasted chicken one day but since both of us are thigh lover, so who would eat the poooor breast meat!?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

sleepless night

I have difficulty of having ample sleeping hours nowsaday. Last night was not an exception.
After clearing my bladder, I tugged myself back to my bed without a tad of sleepy mood. This is scary as tomorrow is going to be another long day. feeling baby oscar kicked vigorously inside me that makes me wonder if i would have enough patience to handle all the kid's crying and craving for milk every wee 2-3 hours when he was born. I wish i really could.

My friend helped me carry back my medela breast pump today from US and i was really excited to unwrap it but later comes to know that i am totally clueless on how to use it, and my excitement of mounting everything on became lackluster. I realize my passion and momentum of learning something new, regardless of work and lifestyle has been swift off bits by bits recently. Last time when i changed to a new job, I was determined to carry as much responsibility as possible but now just when i was about to change a job scope again, i told the new manager I wouldnt want to be too stress at these period, after all i still have a good 3 months to go and luckily he agreed.

Speaking of the new job scope, this isnt a really hard decision to make and in fact, i wonder if i made it too fast. My friend asked me can you guarantee if you would be happy? I said no, but at least i know i am not entirely happy now. at least not as happy as previous job that despite the heavy workload, i felt the satisfaction lies within, as well as appreciation. anyway, i believe things will get better.

just when i felt my life is getting mundane, i realize i might put the other burden to my hubby shoulder that he has to take care of things that i no longer care or do, which to my surprise that he told me he was feeling stiff on his shoulder and out of breathe this late evening, i told too..but are you pregnant? he said "emm no..but just feeling a lil stress recently". darn! he is like rocking stone to me all these while and maybe that is making me more oblivious to his feeling or needs.  Not a good sign to see:( i dont want the ironman to collapse just yet.

Perhaps, now is the time to fix myself. hang in there hub! mummy will come to rescue!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

thank you!

I also want to be a baby! 
Baby oscar will be thrilled to see all the gifts that'd given from friends and my parents even before he was lucky he is! thanks girls for all the very early blessing! can't help smiling seeing all the mini size is cute! isnt it!?

more gifts to come perhaps!!!!!???:P

Monday, August 19, 2013

natural or C?

We had a good laugh over the lunch today. 4 girls and 1 guys, frantically discussed on the pros and cons of c-section or natural birth. We have 2 experienced mother who try to persuade me on taking the natural birth. seriously I am still contemplated on going through the natural birth although i thought i had made up my mind.
Hubby said natural birth is good, not sure if it is because it is cheaper?:P but maybe i should have told him that our company covers all the medical fee if we go through the c-section. which is really attractive!!
Anyway, I have heard them saying natural birth gives a good massage over the baby, helping them to develop the lung better and you only need to endure the contraction pain which only last for a few hours, then you are free to walk the next day.. but on the other hand, set aside the labor cost that fully subsidized by company on C, i have heard that it actually reduces the risk on delivery complication and it is cleaner that they helped you to remove everything during your operation, and the pain after the delivery is durable too..
I have no right to debate on any of that now..if i would like to choose, i wish i can experience it once on the natural birth as that is the special gift that God gives to us as women, but I am afraid to take that reason and causing a risk to baby... another dilemma as a mother perhaps.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Being a mother journey

It is almost my 6 months of pregnancy and I admitted that I had never thought of blog on it, not to mention that i didnt blog on my marriage of being somebody's wife too. and now being somebody's mother. Maybe I feel that this is way too personal, just like I would never tell my husband all the mussy stuff in FB, no offence, but some people are bold enough to say them out loud.

For the first time in these 6 months, I am impelled to blog on this little baby inside that growing each day by days and my journey of being a mother, although I know now is just the beginning. A new clumsy mother to be. A mother who felt guilty because she didn't really enjoy over this whole pregnancy thing, the morning sickness and worn out feeling, at least in the first trimester, who used to doubt whether she could ever love this little baby more than anybody else in this world, including herself, a mother who so often feels like a child herself and wondering how to raise another child on her child-like way. A mother who fret of everything, like being too light on weight that if amniotic water supply is enough for the baby or being too heavy/puffy now that she looks ugly and the husband might start to look at other amoi.  And not to mention trivial little tings that never be my concern before, like the sleeping position.. seriously I would jump off the bed in the middle of the night when i found out myself lying flat as some of the forum mentioned it was bad for the baby. And paranoid over all the things i take in, like cafein. I used to drink 3 cups of coffee last time and now it downs to 0...there are so many worries that kicks in and sometimes i would become so vulnerable and over sensitive over the small things like if I would have to carry the big belly to do the house chores myself and started to complain if things unmoved without me telling the husband to do.. they will make me feel like i am the saddest mother in this world..My mum probably would laugh at me now that i havent seen the worst because she wasn't a very lucky pregnant lady before. 

out of so many things that i mentioned and never listed above, except from the house chores thing that i knew i would still feeling sad and crying a river over it..i believe I was probably too free to worry on those little stuff as my baby is going to be least I am not in the worst frame like some of the mother is enduring right now. 
I was an avid reader to a blogger but i stopped following ever since i stop blogging myself,but yesterday my friend shows me her post that she was having preeclampsia on her 30 weeks of pregnancy and she might give birth anytime to a wayyyyyyy too premature baby, i was dumbfounded. she is short, tiny, bubbly girl but now she looks so BIG to me. She built herself up like metal, strong and tenacious. Or maybe, there is nothing much you can do when you are in this position but just to learn to be strong. 

And this reminded me back to the little hiccup i had in my forth month of pregnancy..the bleeding experience that will put every pregnant lady in gushes. and of coz put me on bed for almost 2 weeks until i finally learnt to embrace everything in, accepted that it wasnt as bad as I have thought. But the feeling of seeing blood flowing down you in first sight and nights when you laid on your bed with nobody else around you but only you and that little lives inside you that you not knowing whether he was still there was somehow..frightening. I remember how many times i ask him to stay with me and sobbing alone in the dark that makes me somehow felt that i do want to be a mother..not matter how much I feel myself wasnt ready before, and how much I hate myself from being fatter and fatter each days goes by...above all these, I wish and pray he could stay with me, more than anything else. But luckily God hears me or maybe He pity that i wasn't strong enough to put me into harder test that He let me go with good news that it was just polyps and to like it or not, i might bleed anytimes again during pregnancy. 

and now, I still have that frail confident whether i could be a good mother to him, whether he is going to be healthy physically and mentally which i hope he will be..but one thing I am quite sure is me and husband loves this little baby already. 

baby, no matter how much your father sometimes feels that his wife is getting a little bit lunatic, over suspicious at times but we both know that he just doesn't understand because he is a "father", but at least we should thank him for serving your mother like a queen most of the times so your mother doesnt have to walk around and you could listen to some baby music and sleep soundly. 
We will see you after 3 months. til then, eat more, sleep more and be a happy baby.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The memorable cream cracker layered cake

A bunch of backlogs piling, and scarcely have time.

But I give it an exception today not because the fond memory i had on this recipe back in my uni time, but also upon many requests on this recipe, thus I will make time to blog again.

The recipe is shared by my old buddy, Jenny. I vaguely remember how it was done though she wrote me her recipe some times( years!) ago, but no where to trace now. So with this vague memory, I put this out myself and hopefully the outcome is a pleasant one. And luckily it did.

so here is the recipe.of my memorable cream cracker layered cake that helped me reminisce back my uni life , one of my friend called it lagsana..but regardless the name, it was a fairly easy recipe and you would grin after you know it.

cream cracker ( 27 pieces)

1 can of luncheon meat( mah ling brand is the best)
1 big onion

5 eggs
1 can of ideal milk/evaporated milk
a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar

1. Smashed the luncheon meat and chopped finely the onion
2. break the eggs, beat it and add in the milk, salt and sugar. Mixed well. leave aside
3. add a dribble of oil into cooking pan, and stirred in the onion. cooked evenly until fragrant.
4. shift in the luncheon meat and add a little of black soy sauce(optional).
5. Prepare a square pan, soak the cream cracker into steps 2 for a few seconds..probably 10?
6. lined up 9 pieces of cream cracker to form the first layer
7. Spread the cooked luncheon meat on the layer top.
8. continue until you finish you luncheon meat, for me, I make a 3 layers but the top layer must be your cream cracker.
9. pour in the remaining ingredient C.
10. steam it for 25-30 mins.
11. leave cool before you cut it.

easy peasy, isnt it? :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Banana week

I am not a baking person. And I took 30 years to realize this.

Recently I love to close my sleeping time by going through some recipes and banana bread recipe is one that caught my eyes as i had all the ingredients in my kitchen.

But ended up I baked two banana breads in one short weekend.

The first time, I blame on not having a nice bread pan and the second time, I can almost certified myself as a baking dimwit. But it isn't that bad actually! I think it is not...emm. I hope not. =S

Anyway, i love the pervasive banana aroma that filled my kitchen in the last 20 minutes baking time. If only I could make the time cease in that last 20 minutes and never have to face the outcome. After all, the genius said the most important is the process and not the result isn't it?emm..again, it isn't that bad. =S

Here is the recipe video that I took the reference. But the banana bread that I bake with this recipe is a bit hard but....moist? Feel free to try.

The unflattered image of my first trial.

At least, it is better at second trial.

Before I clobbered myself with too much fattening food, I finally bought my alphabet stamp at the cheapest price I had ever seen, RM25 after discount, Material shop sell it at RM45-50 if not mistaken, and now i got it at the nearby cafe.with this stamp, I could imagine how happy my scrapbook or handmade card are to forever get rid of my ugly handwriting. Hooray!

And the waiter made me this latte with a very warmhearted message, kh said the waiter knew I didn't smile for whole days.

I think that is true. I was battling with my emotion that had gone through its roller coaster ride these few days, I was really chirpy on Friday receiving one very good news from the office and even heard good news from good friends but today it slides down to valley but it was gladden with the little cafe latte and my long finding alphabet stamp.

Actually that little cafe latte experienced buzzed me with the story that I heard not long ago. A child quarreled with his mum and dashed out from the house and out of cold and hungry, he met one old uncle and the old uncle brought him to one cafe and treat him a plate of hot noodles. The kid was immediately in his teary eyes and keep praising the uncle on how good the uncle treat him and started to tell the uncle how strict and unthoughtful his mother is, after hearing all the rambling, the uncle paused and said: son, with only one bowl of noodles, I had become the greatest person for you,but your mum had been cooking for you everyday but you might never said a thank you and now she is the worst mum in the world. Is she really that bad or you had taken it for granted?. Remembered this story, I felt a bit guilty for kh as he always tried to cheer me up but ended up, i was effortlessly cheered by other things like the message on cafe latte.

What a mess I am sometimes. Maybe... I was the banana bread myself if I weren't a human:(

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The lists

We woke up late on the first day of a new year. Last night, we went to joe colleague house at gurney paragon for new year countdown after having a good filling new years steamboat with my family.

The col family is really wealthy but they were really down to earth, they definitely can live in a more lavish life style but they didn't, I heard from joe, the husband hp had been served him for years, and he still treating it like precious.

love the group pic!

me and ing chin in the party:) we can see the whole gurney view here:)

Looking back 2012,we definitely had spent almost every penny that we have earned, I almost checked every bullet in my wishlist but I realize my wishlist is extended every year, there is always new things emerged and scrambled the plan.

I just love new year, it gives hope to people, a hope to start something anew, a hope to fix thing and a hope to try again. And here, I effervescently strutting out the good things I gained in the past year.

1.the Bali style shower head
I always fancy on the big shower head as it gives you so much pleasure during shower, it isn't a very costly item and I could have close this checklist earlier but I marked a price in my heart and only buy if it is really a cheap deal and finally during a home trip to Terengganu, we found one with a price that we couldn't complaint anymore.

2. The wooden floor
I like everything in cottage/vintage style, and wooden floor exudes a very shanty sentiment to your house, we managed to get a good timber floor deal at one furniture fair, though embellishing a house of our size isn't cheap at all, but I'm glad to see the outcome. I love love every bits of it.

3.color laser printer.
Well, we could print any handmade card or photo, anytime!!

4.A husband
If i would have to pick the most poignant memory last year will nevertheless be the day when we finally tied a knot after 4 years of gf-bf relationship. A marriage didn't only bring me a husband but the whole family, now I have extra pair of parents, 4 more sisters, nieces and nephew, cousins and friends. The family is getting bigger and I definitely like that! And not forgetting that I'm getting a human irobot who promised to vacuum the house every week. He made a promise since he stopped me from buying an I-robot:( well, as long as somebody cleans then I'm happy:)

5. buddies
Thinking back, the greatest achievement I had over the passed year was I brought people together. I brought cat, lee Fueng to the gang and not forgetting yoong Fuang too , but of coz they are a bunch of easy people to mingle with. I'm not claiming the credit now, but I'm really happy our family is growing. Most of them are not mere colleague but also good friends who share every secrets together.

6. The business trip
People said I was lucky as I was sent to state for business trip when I joined the new team. I guess I was. Las Vegas to new York trip was an eye opening to me, I finally saw the statue of liberty with my own very eyes, and  fostered a closer relationship with my team mate throughout the trips. I had great time!

7. Technical marketing or application engineer
One thing, I have to admit is I think my forte is people. My ex boss told me before, he think I'm a very adaptable person who fits into everything I do, but what I think is when I grow up to be older and hopefully wiser, I slowly know what I love doing and what I can do. But to live, I choose the one I love doing, I love working with different people and i love marketing since I was born!. So when I joined the new team, I don't care if it was app engineer or technical marketing, I like the job not the title, and I don't give a damn care on whether the job title was changed from time to time. Don't be surprise, some people do care.

8. Things I learnt.
I think if you have lived a good 30 years, you should be an adequate philosopher yourself. And i learnt so much from joe and people around me. I have learnt that do not judge a person from what other people say unless you totally understand that person. I have been judged for "almost" my whole life and most of the time, those are the people who don't understand me and if there is a chance in the future for me and people who judged my wrongly to cross path, I'm sure they will get to see who I really am. I talked about this with one of my friend last year, he told me he thought I wasn't serious in relationship before as I broke his friend heart but when he got to know me, he knew he was wrong. There must be a reason for everything that happens. It is amazing as I knew he was prejudice to me before, so often, when we don't like a person, no matter how hard we hide it, they would still smell it. It is just human instinct. So don't explain to those who doesn't understand you, because they will not listen, put more action than words, as that was what people see.

9. More times
Changing life style is a way that earns me more time. I have more times to do things I like now. I felt it and I hope this year will be the same too.

10. Plants
Some died and added with new members. And I even revived one of my withered plant which I almost gave it up. And hubby told me, planting isn't about taking care of it but to make it alive. Point taken.

11. Weight!
Bad bad thing. But I need to shed some of it off.

12. Puzzles
I finished my "starry night over the Rhone" puzzles, finally. Hubby said he was impressed as I always is a hangat-hangat Tahi ayam kind of person,but this time, I could spend hours sitting there to fix puzzle up. But actually i just to have a new painting to hang!

13. Eco bike
We added a bicycle, a fold-able Eco bike on joe birthday. No more cycling alone or having other one running at the back.

And as for the things I should do more in this year? I haven't bundled up a good list but I hope they will be a good one when I looked back in the end of 2013.

I love a word I heard today, let the best of 2012 be the worst in 2013:) well said! So if you think you survived through 2012, but you actually lived through it.