Archive for November, 2009

6 months

It’s been exactly six months since you left us.

Everything still reminds me of you. I have your cap that you’ve always worn. It still has a few strands of your hair. But I don’t get your scent anymore 😦

I watched this clip, and it never fails to make me shed tears, especially the old man part. 


I miss you pa.




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Busy Bee!

Well, whaddaya know. Maybe this house has some good Feng Shui thing going on. I feel really happy being at home, even when the HB is away travelling for work and I’m alone at home. That said, I’m busier than ever. I have Italian lessons in the mornings, then in the afternoons, I work on Project D 😉 and in the evenings I have classes to teach. So much for being a lady of leisure!

I’m walking more than I ever have in my life. Walk to lessons, walk back home, walk to school to teach, walk everywhere! I should be getting calves of steel soon. And I reckon I won’t need to be forced to be persuaded to get on the stationary bike at home *glares at the HB* since I walk an average of 1.5 hours a day everyday, some days even more!

It has gotten really cold here, an average of 10 degrees everyday, but woohoo, I think I’m getting used to the cold 😀 One thing that worries me though, the Swine Flu/ H1N1 virus that created a scare back home in Malaysia is quite rampant here now. I know of a few people whose son/classmate/daughter had the virus. Thing is, they treat it so lightly here! Some of these people I know say that its a ploy by the pharmaceutical companies to boost sales of their vaccine. Some say that its just a regular flu that happens to hit the already sick/pregnant people even harder, which in turn causes deaths. So that would mean that since I am fit and healthy, I won’t die if I get the flu? Yeah ok, but hello! I don’t WANT to get the flu in the first place! Back home they close schools if there’s a student who’s confirmed to have had the virus. Here, the student stays at home for a week, and when they get better, they come back to school, no big deal, school goes on as usual. Gets me worried since I deal with kids on a regular basis. Who knows what kinda virus they would’ve picked up.

Our house is still in a chaotic state as the new wardrobe that we ordered has not arrived. Things are still in boxes. The HB is in Cardiff now for work, and boy oh boy, he’s gotten us some goodies in the form of 400-threadcount Egyptian Cotton Satin sheets and duvet covers 😀 We absolutely ADORE John Lewis in the UK. It has everything and anything you can think of for the house. From bedlinen to KitchenAids to curtains to spice racks! I’d go crazy if I lived in the UK I tell you. Shopping there is meraviglioso (marvellous)!

I just remembered that I have Italian grammar homework to do, and class is tomorrow morning. Shucks.

P.S. The nice neighbour that lives above us has just had a baby girl, I’m dying to have a peek and give them the pressie we bought from London 😉

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How much do I love my food? LOTS. Yesterday, while walking home from Italian lessons, bag on one shoulder, textbooks in another hand, I decided to drop by the Chinese shop nearby. Have I told you how much I love my new place? I have? Like a hundred times? Well, I’ll make it a hundred and one times. Previously, we had to drive about 10 minutes to get to the Chinese shop. Now, its about 15 minutes away on foot. And the supermarket is literally across the street. 5 minutes on foot. I digress. So anyway, the Chinese shop. I spotted *gasp* TOFU in the shop, and of course I had to get it. No other shop I know in the entire city sells tofu. There was a wee problem though. The tofu weighed 2 kilos, water and all. This does not include the other stuff I bought. Plus I had one arm filled with books. I gritted my teeth, clenched the bags in my fist and strode waddled home.

I decided to make us some Tofu with Minced Meat. I had initially wanted to buy the silky tofu, but it was in a measly little package, so being the glutton I am, I bought the firm tofu in the big package instead.

This was taken with flash:

Tofu with minced meat

Tofu with minced meat

And this was taken without flash:

Tofu with minced meat

Tofu with minced meat



 3 blocks of firm tofu

300g minced meat (I used pork +chicken+turkey)

2 tablespoons dried shrimp

2 stalks spring onions, cut diagonally

2 red chillies, cut diagonally

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon corn flour (adjust amount to obtain desired consistency)

Salt, to taste

Sugar, to taste

White pepper powder, to taste

Sesame oil, a few drops to taste

4 tablespoons oil




1. Soak dried shrimp to soften for about 15 minutes.

2. Chop dried shrimp into small pieces.

3. Heat oil well and add some salt to prevent splattering (mama’s tip!)

4. Fry tofu and brown all sides.

5. Remove tofu and set on serving dish.

6. Remove any excess oil in the wok. Ensure that oil remaining in wok is still hot.

7. Add in minced meat and dried shrimp. Fry till fragrant.

8. Add in water, oyster sauce and soy sauce. Bring it to the boil and cook till meat is no longer pink.

9. Add the spring onions, chilli, sesame oil, sugar and pepper. Taste as you go along and adjust amount to preference.

10. Add in corn flour to adjust consistency of liquid. If you like it thicker, add in more corn flour. Stir to incorporate well.

11. Pour the meat/sauce mixture onto the tofu.  Serve hot with rice.


We ate SO MUCH, it was SO satisfying 😉

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My Five Senses

I’ve been tagged by Mabel and Alesia quite some time ago, but due to the move to our new place, I didn’t have time to blog. But here it is, finally 😉


Rule # 1 To display this tag on your blog

Rule # 2 Post the rules

Rule #3 Link back to the blog that tagged you

Rule # 4 Make a list of the 5 senses and what each one represents for you

Rule # 5 Tag 5 other blogs and let them know!


My 5 senses are:


Sight:  A rainbow after a shower never fails to amaze me

Smell: The smell of baked goodies from my oven!

Taste: Mama’s mutton curry/sambal udang

Feel  : The touch of a loved one/my Shih Tzu Boo’s soft fur

Hear : Groggy ‘Goodmornings’ 😉


I tag:




Li Quen

Deliciously Lekker

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Yes we have finally moved to our new house, a place we can truly call our own. The house is like a warzone now. There are boxes just about everywhere. For 2 nights, we slept on the sofa bed in the living room while waiting for our new mattress to be delivered. Though the hubs would disagree, I find it exciting to be living in a camping sort of state 😛 , digging for clothes and cooking utensils in boxes. It reminds me of when I was little and we played camping in tents on our front yard.


For posterity’s sake, I just HAVE to put up this picture. I find it really cute (hopefully not rare :P)





Altogether now…..AWWWWWWWWW 😀


But seriously, credits to him. The HB is a stickler for clean and tidy. I prefer just clean. 😛


I will not post many pictures for now as the house is still in a state of disarray. There are still little things that need to be fixed, i.e. wires, some pipes here and there etc.





This is how the living room looks like now. >____< We have another room filled with boxes, and the entire corridor has boxes lined up too. I have no idea where all the stuff comes from. *turns around slowly and looks at the HB*


My favourite part of the house is no longer my bathrooom, but….my kitchen! 😀 *beams*


The kitchen is quite small compared to the rest of the spacious house, but I think I did well to have chosen the right colour and style for the kitchen.


The kitchen..... BEFORE

The kitchen..... BEFORE


I absolutely adore the white sliding door 😉


I discreetly took pictures while the guys were assembling the kitchen cabinets. They had such fierce faces I think they would have confiscated my camera had they seen me taking pictures of them at work. That would explain the hastily taken, blurry pictures.


Men at work

Men at work


Kitchen cabinets being assembled

Kitchen cabinets being assembled



My groovy Smeg oven

My groovy Smeg oven


My oven is so shiny, it reflects like a mirror!


And the end product…….jeng, jeng, jengggg………


My white kitchen

My white kitchen


And because I love my kitchen so much, here’s another picture


My white kitchen

My white kitchen


That wooden part of the house you see is the balcony which we have converted into a dining area. It makes a great lounge area too, and I am sitting here right now, blogging 🙂


I asked the hubby to help me clean the fridge and fill it with foodstuff that needed chilling while I washed the bathroom. I came back an hour later and found that he put 1 (ONE) item into the fridge:


THE most important item in the fridge

THE most important item in the fridge


His wine. >______________<



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