Friday, December 28, 2007
Was reading Steamy Kitchen blog when I came across this award for blog's reading level. And my itchy hand can't help but go and click to see what level of education is needed to read my blog. And lo & behold, one have to be a college (Postgrad) education level to understand my blog!!! Now I understand why I am having trouble understanding some of the things that I wrote there myself! hehehehe...
Eldest sis + family = 5
2nd sis + family = 4
aunty A + family = 4
uncle D + family = 4
auntie C = 2
Uncle YB = 2
(I even need to calculator to add up the above numbers!)
TOTAL: 21 people (OMG!!!!!)
Not sure how the small entourage become a big party. I heard something about one auntie/uncle calling another and then another and then another. I guess they are all excited about this as I am (or more than I am from the looks of things). It is either that or they love me sooooooo much and am soooooooooo happy that I will be part of their family soon??? (yah yah yah, perasan!!)
So, no cooking. I can cook for 30 people but not in one morning unless I want to wake up at 3am to go buy food and start cooking by 5am. Or else I can go order something in (eiks!! $$$$$$) I think better not. His mom suggested just cakes and drinks. Guess I will also need to get some tidbits for the kids. GASP!
Am thinking how to fit EVERYONE into my living room. Push the kids and the more juniors one to the 2nd living room while the 'older' generation talk??? Or just let them do whatever they want and hang out wherever they can? Ggrrrr, can I kick my babe butt for not being here! Clever man! Yes, I am feeling very very very blurred now and am really wishing for a remote control that I can use to fast forward the time to next year!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Hhmm...rather surprising that I am only 42% addicted to coffee since I do need a cuppa in the morning in order to get started. I drink this black with no sugar and some milk. Occasionally when I have late night, will order for super thick nescafe instead. I do love to go for ice-blended occassionally or have espresso with the rich cheesecake. (oh no, this just started by craving for cheesecake again!!)
Hence, when this happens, the health & fitness experts recommend the following:
1. Lift some weight
This is where you start on your strength training and try to build more muscle, increase lean mass and strengthen the bone. Ultimately, the goal is to boost and increase the metabolism of your body. So, start by using 1kg dumb bell and strengthen the arm and shoulder. Or join the gym and get professional advice.
2. Varies your food intake
I know, this might sound weird to some of you but variety in your food intake not because it will keep things interesting but the different calories intake will also help to prevent the plateau. So, suggestion is perhaps instead of strictly keeping to 1800 calories daily. Perhaps you can keep to 1600calories for 1-2days and then increase to 2000calories for another day. This will also allow you to give yourself the occasional treat without feeling guilty.
I know that you been also told to have variety of exercise routine so that you won't be bored with the same thing daily. However, there is another good reason for the different exercise routine. Different exercise work different group of body parts and muscle. By keeping a variety, then you can ensure that you body does not only get a full workout but also ensuring that your body do not adapt to the routine when you have achieve the optimum level of fitness for that muscle group. There are really alot of activities that you can do. For example, yoga, aerobic, line dancing, self-defense classes, hip-hop and so forth.
4. Change food group
This is similar to number 2 but instead on concentrate on just the calories, you need to look at the type of food intake as well. For example, high carb occassionally and then switch to high protein once in a while. Try to mix match abit and see the difference. Perhaps for breakfast, instead of 2 slices of bread and peanut butter, switch to sausages and eggs.
5. Change ways of eating
If you been eating just three meals per day, try to add in snacks in between meals but make sure that you reduce the portion of the main meal! This is a good way to 'trick' your body. The idea is when you snack, you will eat less for main meal. Just make sure that you remember the portion control.
So, the conclusion is continue to eat the healthy way but change and vary the food quantity, type and frequency abit. As for exercise, try to do something new once in a while. For example, if you been jogging daily, try aerobic once or twice per week. Listen to your body. If it is bored, the it will stay stagnant and you will be in a plateau without even realising it!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
All is for 60min but it may varies depend on the person's weight
Heavy housework ---400
Gardening-----------300 (boohooo..almost same as yoga!!)
So conclusion is, if you are looking for fast weight lost, then go for aerobic (even better step aerobic). However, I can personally also say that yoga has its own benefit. Yoga is a good stress reliever and helps to have better blood circulation. And hence, improving youthfulness.
So, perhaps, the best is to have a combination of different activities for more variety and motivation to continue exercising to keep healthy.
Guess when this madness is over and the Spring opens at Simpang Tiga area, the rush will go there instead. And then I can drive home in half the time it takes me now. Not forgetting later when Coldstorage opens at Green Height next year....omg!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Anyway, I am so nervous! I ask my babe how come he don't have to be here but I need to be. He say its how it is done. OMG! Not fairrr.... How come the girls are the ones that need to sit thru this. I can't look~
Its Christmas tomorrow!!!! This mean that the year 2008 is really just around the corner... So, have you make a checklist of what you want to do next year? Yes? Well, forget all about it for the time being because this is a time of celebration and remembering of the love ones! (boo hoo...1st time without my babe with me to give me Xmas and New Year kiss at the stroke of 12 midnite!)
Anyway, eat and be merry and leave the dieting to after 1 Jan 2008!
Mucks and Hugs everyone!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Path walk from one temple to another. Very clean, peaceful and safe! No need to worry about snatch thieves here.
The stone at the side of the steps are filled with name of people that have made contribution to the temple. At the top of the steps, there is a natural spring where you can wash your face and feel more refreshed.
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
9 oz semi-sweet choc chip (you can use any type of choc chip but worth to use the high grade ones)
1/3 cup sugar
whipping cream (optional)
pinch of salt
1. Use 1 tbsp butter to coat a pan and coat with flour(8-10 inch in diameter tray will do)
2. Refrigerate the pan while you prepare the batter
3. Mix choc with the remaining 6 tbsp of butter, heat in a double boiler till it melts (double boiler = put the bowl with the butter on top of another pan filled with boiling water over the fire)
4. Separate eggs and mix yolks in a small bowl
5. Add a small amount (1 tsp) of choc to yolks, then mix everything back to the choc mixture
6. Set aside and keep warm
7. Beat the egg white with salt till they form peaks. Add sugar 1 tsp at a time till stiffen
8. Folds the egg whites throughly into the choc mixture
9. Carefully pour the cake into the pan
10. Bake @ 250F for 50-60 min or until the center is set but still jiggles
11. Whip the cream with sugar and some vanilla extract in a cold bowl
12. Garnish cake with whipped cream or powdered sugar
p/s: Make sure that you use clean dry bowl when beating the egg white or else it will not peak or stiffen.
But bewarned, this cake takes lots of patience and time. This cake requires around 4-5 hours of steaming. Do not be discouraged by this. The result was worth it!! I tried to bake this every Chinese New Year but I skipped a minor detail last year. The cake end up going mouldy in just 3 days! Suffice to say that I learned my lesson and will never ever do that again. So, DO NOT SHORTEN THE BAKING TIME!!!!! Anyway, happy trying:
Caster Sugar 3/4 cup
Flour 1/2 cup
Eggs 10 + 1
Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon
Horlick (original) 1/2 cup
Condensed milk 1 small can (about 1 1/3 cup)
Nescafe 1 tablespoon diluted in 2 spoon hot water
(You can use any other instant or decaf coffee but keep it strong!)
1. Mix the butter and caster sugar with electric mixer until smooth and creamy
2. With the mixer still on at medium speed, add the 10 eggs 1 by 1 (note I typed 10. Keep the 1 egg for later)
3. Combine the baking powder and flour together and mix this gently to the egg,butter,sugar mixture.
4. Pour in the condensed milk.
5. Divide the batter into 2 bowl equally.
6. Add horlick to one of the batter and nescafe solution to the other one. Add the extra egg to the horlick batter so that the batter wont be so thick.
(Thanks Irene from Btu for making the effort to ask me!I completely forgotten about the extra egg. This shows how blur I am!)
7. You will need a steamer that you can fit your baking tray into. Normaly, I will recommend a round 8 inch tray but you can use a smaller one and bake 2 batches or using multi layer steamer, if you have one, to save time. Remember to keep the steamer at its lowest temperature or else your batter will have bubbles.
8. Greese the baking tray with cooking oil or olive oil.
9. Start by taking 1 scoop of the horlick batter (soup scoop/ladle will do very well) and spread it over the bottom of the pan. Don't worry if it start to mix with the oil.
10. Steam for about 10 min. If you see a bubble, use a long slim skewer and pierce it.
11. Pour the nescafe batter in and steam again. Repeat the process until the batter finished.
12. When you are finished with the last one, steam the whole cake for another 1 hour or until the skewer comes out from the middle of the cake completely clean.
13. Leave the cake on the rack to cool.
I know sounds like a complicated but believe me, you will get so much satisfaction when you cut the cake and see the delicate layers!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Anyway, my babe (ahem, fiance) was back from KL on last Friday night for the weekend. (yar..long distance relationship is no fun ~>_<~).... The official reason he is back is to attend a good friend wedding @ church and dinner reception on Saturday. The unofficial reason: to tell his mom & dad our plan to get married next year!
My babe proposed to me on my first visit middle of this year. Guess he had alot of time to think because he even thought of a date and reason. He wana official be married in the eye of law (register lar!~) on 08 Aug 08 because it will signify the 8th year me & him paktor! To be honest, I totally didn't expect him because my babe is really shy when discussing this kind of stuff. Which is why he really surprised me when he do something romantic! Yah, he melts my heart totally!! hahaha...
We initially plan to register as we both want to save $$ for house, vacation/honeymoon and bb but as we suspect will happen, his mom insisted on church blessing & at least buffet lunch reception after that. Even better if have dinner reception. We then drove to meet his dad @ 7 mile to tell him too (his parents are separated). We hinted and hoped the dad will offer to sponsor the wedding reception.. (hahaha!!) We did not get a direct ok but overall, I think he will say yes. Maybe not for all the whole dinner but whatever help from his dad will be added bonus for the two of us.
So, now that his parents know, we need to inform mine. I am waiting for his mom to 'discuss' with the uncles first and then set appointment to discuss with my parents. Something like chinese mei ren I think. One of the uncles is actually a YB (what position or party? no idea!! :P) I have no idea what or how they will do. I only know that my babe is not suppose to be there. I need to be present with my parents (yah leave all the hard work to me!hmmpff!). The uncles will handle all the 'negotiate' on things like how many tables for the bride, when, where, who, etc. Since this is going to be a mixed race wedding, I really have no idea how it will go or what are the tradition or pantang.Gosh..I am feeling nervous actually!
On Sunday, we actually started to ask around for cost of reception. Went to Li Garden (since my babe wana look for headphone for his hp). The price there range from RM350-450 depending on the menu. The price is not bad as I remember seeing shark fin soup even on the cheapeste menu but it does not include drinks, peanuts and wet towel (add RM25 per table). Cover charge for one crate of beer is RM5 and no charge for liquor. This is pretty fare I guess although hotel would be free. No decoration though. Just a small stage with the backdrop. And dinner ends around 9.30-10pm. The lady didn't believe us when we say it might need to go on until midnight! (read previous story on Bidayuh Wedding).
Oh, I didn't mention that my babe is half Iban (Sarawak Dayak native) and Chinese? haha..So, most likely our reception will end up slightly like the Bidayuh Wedding but without the traditional dancers! I am already imagining the cultural shock my relatives going to have during sadong where the bride & groom will go to each table with liquor and serve EACH guest a shot. Oh yah, the glass is the same one from the first guest to the last. Maybe I should get my babe to skip that for the bride's relatives~ hahaha....bluekk!!!
sigh...whoever said that wedding is the union of two individuals obviously never been married before (or at least not Asian style). Marriage more like the union of TWO FAMILIES with totally different preference, background, needs and requirements.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
When the service is over, we head right over to bak kut teh (direct translation: pork bone soup) at Pending. My babe been craving for it for the past six months and he say those in Klang does not measure up to the one at Pending. The bak kut teh here is abit less herb-ie as the spices are not so strong. But it is rather sweet because the tau keh (boss) somehow push cooked minced pork through strainer. The super fine minced pork is almost diluted into the soup making it very tasty without much preservatives.
Then all the guests are then invited to come down to the dinner hall and to the assigned tables. Our table was number 24, nearest to the bar (for the thirsty drinkers on my table) and door (for those that require 'oxygen' every few dishes). Soon after, the bride & groom enter the dining hall. And immediately after, the MC announce that there will be cultural performance by dancers from Sarawak Cultural Village to introduce our unique heritage to guests from overseas that was present.
Friday, December 14, 2007
We did 5min of poco-poco (an Indonesian dance+aerobic) at the end of the aerobic. I tried it for the 2nd time and not sure if the moves are correct. But I think my butt are able to sway more seductively compared to the 1st time. But still not as sexy and mouth watering (salivating) as one of our friend (SH.....) . Then rush to my colleague house at Hui Sing for bath and change (thank you didi!!!)
Rush again to town as the meeting is at one of the shoplot above the old eagle nest. (notice no dinner yet?) But I am glad I went to meeting because I met up with an old friend and also had fun! There were not much participants for the meeting that night but our enthusiasm was more than enough to represent hundreds of people! hahaha...
They have rather unique table topic as the theme was tall tale. So whoever 'volunteered' will be at the mercy of the table topic masters to start telling half truth? Being a guest at the meeting, predicatably, I was chosen to 'volunteer'. So I was mentally prepared for giving impromptu speech for 2 minutes. Had to dispute the previous speaker tall tale about how his belt gives him self-healing abilities by saying that a box of ligo raisin is the true wonder. So, my speech was: The belt dont have supernatural capability other than to hold the other speaker pants up. But Ligo raisin with secret ingredient, heals all, kills cancer cells and makes u bullet proof. hehehe! what a tall tale
At the end, we had supper (finally!!! HUNGRY!!) and reached home around 10pm.
In this speech, basically I made use of the fact that it is almost end-of-year and people are pondering on what they have achieved in the previous years and come up with their new year resolution. However, I didn't just review the year 2007 as it is just too short and predictable to do. Hence, I delved even further into the history of my life and divide the speech into 3 segment of lifecycle, i.e. child, teenage and adulthood. As much as possible, I try to inject some humor and change my vocal variety by mimicking.
Below is the draft that I used to prepare for my speech 7 but of course, it is just an outline of what I intend to say and present but I did add on to it during the presentation as sudden moment of inspiration comes...
Finally, start with a clear mind and relax. Most importantly, have fun!
TOPIC: UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS
METHOD: NARATIVE & TIME SEQUENCE
PURPOSE: To tell audience about unforgettable moments during childhood, teenager and adulthood
- end of year approaching
- new year resolution?
- Before that, Look back at life as passing the big 30!~
- Remembering about silly, happy, sad, exciting events in life
- childhood – ghostly encounter
- love to watch ghost movies
- so scared hide behind pillows/mom/dad/anything
- now no more but I know some guys rather die than watch ghost movie
- one nite, watching till late at night
- mother warned don’t watch and go to bed – nightmares
- being a kid, just ignore and watch till the end
- get ready to bed, bed next to window
- look out of window into the jungle,
- suddenly see a light floating, getting brighter and brighter
- run like rocket to my parents room
- I was 9
- teenager – have the most 1st time experiences
- In kuching is all gals school
- Innocent, naïve, cute….
- relocated to new school in bintulu, studied for 2.5yrs
- 1st time in co-ed school
- 1st time actually see guys fighting over gal - Only seen tat in tv
- 1st time received love letter & going out on first date.
- 1st time holding a guy hand & feel his sweaty palm..ugh!
- 1st time having secret admirer (not so secret since I know who he was!)
- Many other 1st time – that I will never forget
- I was 14
- adulthood –
- when I was 21, that is the 1st time away from home for long period
- go to study in Nilai, N9
- taste of freedom
- I remember my housemate knocking at my door at 7am for our class at 8am
- she find me just about to sleep – chatting on my computer!
- And the time I will skip classes (ssshhh) and go take the ktm to KL for shopping, movie and occasionally, clubbing
- Last minute cramming for exams and looking like panda the next day
- Remembering those days really makes me smile sometimes at my silliness
- Those were the days
So, yah, I had a good 3 decades. Given the choice, there is nothing that I think I want to change in my past. And as the year 2008 approach, I look towards the future and know that I will create many more memories, unpleasant ones to learn from and happy ones to tell my grandchildren about.
Look at this yummy crispy buttery roti canai. Just looking at it makes me wish I am not on a diet and can eat whatever and whenever I want. Alas, I can only tell myself, patience patience and project an image in my head how I will feel when I reached my goal!
In Kuching, one of the best roti canai would be @ Batu Lintang open air. The corner stall only open in the morning and usually they will finish selling everything by 10am. There seems to be something different with their dough because the roti canai kosong (empty) really taste buttery, light, fluffy and slightly crispy.
Another favorite place would be Chilli Padi near Simpang Tiga (near the EPF building). There, you will be spoiled for choice because there are so many variety. From the normal roti canai kosong or telur to the more substantial ones such as cornbeef and cheese. And the teh tarik there is pretty nice too. But be warned, wear something light or risk getting soak with sweat! Because by the time you finish eating in the airless place (not that you notice while you are eating the yummy food), you will need lots of water to replenish back what you lost!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Was using it halfway and suddenly, a pop up that says do you want to save your current settings and I clicked no. Right away the whole screen went black! When I reboot the laptop, it says : DTLR file is missing. And nothing I do can bring my laptop with my precious Heroes back to me.
I think I will drown my misery in tears tonight.
How many time have you heard that? There are so many reasons that breakfast is good for you. So, my fav reason would be how it aid in weight lost because breakfast wakes our metabolism after fasting the whole night. Hence, the reason it is call break fast.
Anyway, anyone that says that breakfast is healthy most likely have not been eating like Malaysian has! Rice for breakfast???
So, from today onwards, I will discuss about food people take for breakfast. It could be something I or someone I know ate for breakfast(or might even be someone I don't even know that I peeked 'unintentionally' having his/her mouth watering breakfast).
The direct translation of nasi lemak is rice with fat. And to me that is what nasi lemak is exactly. However, I can NEVER resist the freshly cooked nasi lemak (still steaming hot) with rice cooked in fresh coconut milk, pandan leaves and seasoning.
Simplest way is to serve it with spicy sweet sambal ikan bilis (anchovy paste with chillies), roasted peanuts, boil egg, cucumber and salted fish. Occasionally, for a more 'nourishment', served also with deep fried chicken, rendang (curry beef), chicken curry or any other meaty stuff (and high cholesterol) . Basically any kind of side dish goes with nasi lemak as long as it has coconut milk, deep fried, rich or cook in curry.
Some will swear to you that no nasi lemak breakfast is complete without teh tarik, frothy tea that is made by pouring it from one cup to another.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Claire and superboy @ the beach....
I have this pic as my wallpaper to motivate myself to lost weight! haha....
Masi Oka aka Hiro is really turning into a hero. He look so cool in this pic with Hayden aka Claire. And to think that he was actually just supporting actor when they started Heroes...
Now I am 'chasing' after season 2. Have downloaded episod 1-10 so far and am waiting for episod 11. Should be out anytime this week. The plot is getting more and more exciting and unbelievable. They added a few new characters as well. And there is a big twist in the first 10 episode.
I especially like this picture here with the milk moustache! Don't Hiro look cute!!!!!
Anyway, the recipe has been modified after years of testing (hehe). So, I am sharing them to whoever interested.
200g Marie biscuit (or any digestive cookie. You can add oreo or choc chip for variety)
1/2kg Soften Cream Cheese (I prefer Anchor cream cheese but you can use any brand)
25ml fresh milk
1 small can of condense milk
2 teaspoon Gelatine
1. Crush the marie biscuit to small pieces. ( I usually throw the whole thing into a plastic bag and crush using rolling pin)
2. Melt the butter
3. Mix the crushed biscuit & butter well.
4. Line the bottom a spring pan
(round or square depend to you. Also if you dont have a spring pan, just line the bottom of the pan with the clear plastic before you line it with the crushed cookies).
5. Press them to form a solid base.
6. Put in the freezer while preparing the topping
1. Cream the cheese with a mixer using medium speed.
2. Add in condensed milk and fresh milk. Mix well.
3. Mix the hot water(about 3-5 tablespoon) to gelatine and stir well.
4. Add the gelatine water mixture to the cheese mixture.
5. Mix with mixer again using medium speed.
1. Take out the base from the freezer.
2. Gently, pour the topping over the base.
3. Leave the cake in the fridge for minimum 3 hours (best if overnight).
You can add variety to the cheesecake by adding blueberry or strawberry jam to the topping. Just pour the jam in after you pour the topping. Take a spatula or spoon and swirl the jam gentle.
Another favourite is of course oreos. Crush the oreos into big chucky pieces and mix them with either the base or toppings.
This is my first time as a blogger and I must admit, this is pretty easy. Just follow the instructions and then WAHLAH, here I am. Not sure what I will put into the blog yet but generally FOOD, RECIPE, FOOD, RECIPE and more FOOD! For those who knows me, CHEESECAKE RECIPE will definitely be one of the items soon since Chinese New Year is less than 2 months away!
Also planning to polish my writing skills. Been wanting to publish a romance novel for a long time but just couldn't get myself to sit down and do it. Hopefully, this will motivate me especially if there is a following of fans (hint hint!) that keep asking me 'what happen next????'
Of course, how can I forget, will be sharing interesting details of my life too whenever I can. Only fair right since most of the blogger share their passion and interest. So, this is what I intend to do too. By any chance that anyone of you fall asleep after that and get into any kind of trouble, please do not SUE me!! (YES, this is a disclaimer.)
Feel free to drop me comments or suggestions of things/topics that you want to see in my blog!
MUCKS & HUGS