Saturday, January 31, 2009

Half-time Chinese New Year...

Hey my fellow cuddlers....
How's everybody doing?
I've been super duper busy, but it has been great!
1st up, Happy Birthday Papa!
Hope you like the shirt we got you...
Will take a photo of Papa wearing it & post it up pretty soon...

Well, my Chinese New Year has been great...
Been shopping for the past few days as my B is on medical leave...
Wanna know why?

My B had a bad fall at work... :(
That looked really really bad...
Was really shocked when I received this picture on my phone... Sigh...
But, I'm happy to report that he's walking better now...
Oh yeah, here's something from my B...

That's my B wishing all of you a Happy Chinese New Year... Hehe
Oh God, I hope he doesn't kill me when he comes out of the shower in about 5 minutes...

Anyways, it's still Chinese New Year, the 6th day to be exact...
I noticed that this year, a lot of cafes & restaurants haven't stinted in decorations...
Check these out...

Lovely lightings huh?

Taken from another angle...
They've given me an idea on how I'll decorate my home next year...
Maybe pussy willow's getting kinda old...
Will try to go with something more special next year...

Well, this year there are lots of fresh flowers in my garden...
I love this time of the year...
Plants bloom so beautifully...

They will only bloom like this during this time of the year...
Last time I had only red flowers, but now, I have 3 colours...
Love them...

My new rose plant that we bought in Padang Besar recently...
Oh yeah...
Last year I think I wrote about my aunt's durian tree...
This year, when I went over to visit her, I was pleasantly surprised!
Check these out!

Those are durians!
Mini, I know, but there's at least 500 of these growing on the tree...

See??? These are just taken at 1 angle!
Will let you guys know if they do grow into ripe durians, k?
Wanna come for a feast???

Hmm, guess that's it for the time being...
Nothing much to blog on right now...
Till the next time, cuddles people... :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gong Xi Fa Cai...

It's that time of the year again...
Time when the brooms must be hidden...
Time when houses are decorated with red items...
Time when the refrigerator will be filled to the brim...
It's Chinese New Year again...

A few days before, I had to bake cookies as Mama doesn't bake much...
So, I got out all the ingredients @ 6am & started baking my specialty...

Butter marble cake...
Baked 2 of those from scratch...
Beat up butter with sugar, then add in eggs & then add in flour...
Then, separate the batter into 2 & add cocoa powder into 1 portion...
Fold them in gradually & then swirl it...
Bake it for about 50 minutes & hey presto, a butter marble cake...

Cashew nut cookies...
Blend cashew nuts, add in some flour, butter & sugar...
Then roll the dough out on the table & cut it with a cookie cutter...
Brush the top with egg yolk & bake for about 15 minutes...

Almond cookies...
Just substitute the cashew nuts with almonds...
Same method to prepare...
I also baked peanut cookies but I forgot to take photos of those...

Cornflakes cookies...
This is the easiest to make & you can use almost anything with the cornflakes...
Add in leftover chocolate chips, leftover almond flakes, walnuts, raisins, anything that you may have a little leftover...
Melt some sugar in butter, add in a little honey & peanut butter...
After that, mix them together with the cornflakes & then bake it for about 10 minutes till it's slightly brown...
A perfect way to finish up whatever leftover that you may have left...

Okay, cookies done & here's decorations...

My porch...
Bought new lightings for the plants instead of flowers this year...

Pussy willow in the hall...

Changed new lanterns & I'm done...

Eve of chinese new year, we had steamboat...
Didn't have anything extra special as there were only 4 of us in the family...

Darn it, now I'm hungry again... Hehe
Anyways, that's my update about Chinese New Year...
How was yours?
Cuddles

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chinese New Year 2009 Preparations...

Yep, it's in 2 days...
I just can't wait for it...
Coz, during these days, my B will have more time to spend with me... Yayy!
Well, since my new job doesn't start till February, this year, I've had ample time to prepare...
Been decorating the house, baking cookies, frying stuff since, errr, about a week ago...
Didn't take many pictures yet, but will try to do so later & post them up...

I don't know what you call this, but I just learnt to make them...
It's actually pretty simple, just dip the thingy in the batter & then put it in the hot oil... :)

Not bad looking ya?
The colour's kinda nice, golden...

I got 2 big bottles of these...

Frying arrowheads....
Didn't capture the finished product yet as I was busy handling 2 woks at a time... :)
Hey, maybe I should be a professional cookies maker, huh??? :D
My B helped me a lot while I was busy making these...
He helped me wash up, pack them up...
Thanks so much B...

My nephew's latest pic..
Henry's brother, remember him???
This is Kenny, at 5 months of age...
He looks like a fat buddha!
Well, I gotta go bake 2 more cakes & some more cookies so I guess, that's it for now...
Will update again soon!
Happy Chinese Cuddly New Year in advance...
Cuddles...

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Explanation...

Hi people...
Well, I guess I owe my readers a real good explanation on why I have been so quiet for so long...
Truth to be told, I've moved back to Alor Star...
Let me start at the beginning...
On 2/1/09, mum told me that on their last visit to the doctor, he informed my papa that he suspects that my papa has bone cancer...
Yeah, that freaked me out a lot...
Seriously, I had no idea what I was gonna do...
After seriously pondering the problem, I decided to move back to Alor Star...
Spent a week packing up the house in Penang, and moved back here to be close to my family...
But, a day before we left Penang, we headed off to the beach...
Yeah, that's the only place that I will ever miss...

A picture of my B...
We were at the beach from morning till noon...
And I'm now burnt like a toast... Darn it!
I wasn't in the mood to take self shots, and that's why there's not a single photo of me...

Errr, a sand cake I made... :)

My Pg home after moving out all the heavy furniture & electrical items...
It's a mess!

Check out the dust in that corner!
My speakers were there so I couldn't get to sweep that area...

After all has been done, we travelled back and reached here at almost 6pm in the evening...
Home sweet home...
Well, I've been back for almost a month now...
We went to see the doctor again & papa didn't want a biopsy done on him...
So we're just gonna ignore what the doctor said in the past visit...
Right now, I'm happy to be in the bosom of my family...
There's a huge downside to this though...
My B has moved back to his home too, just this evening...
Right now, I gotta get used to sleeping alone again...
Gotta get used to being alone again, and I hate to think about it...
We're still going on strong despite the obstacles...
We get to see one another every day, but still, it's different now that he's not here...
Sigh... I miss you B, I really do...
Cuddles...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009...

Wow! A year has passed again, in a blink of an eye...
It's time for new year's resolutions again...
It's time for a new beginning...
It's time to PARTYYYYYYYYYY!!!
Unfortunately, I couldn't party last night as I was feeling a little under the weather...
But, I didn't miss the countdown at Queensbay...
We left our house at about 11.20pm...
Headed to the industrial zone to find a place close enough to watch the fireworks but not near the crowd...
Managed to find a parking spot at about 11.45pm and waited for the fireworks display...
It was lovely... :)
Man, I can never get tired of watching fireworks...
Love them to bits!
Saying goodbye to 2008 was kinda easy...
Let's see what did I do in 2008...
~ Booted my boss in the ass...
~ Scarred my lower back for life with a tattoo...
~ Travelled 5 different states in a month...
~ Visited places that I've always wanted to visit...
~ Got in touch with old school buddies through facebook...
~ Learnt to hold my Papa's hand again...
Well, I'd say, it was a pretty good year...
Let's see what 2009 has in store for me...
As per the predictions on ntv7 news earlier, it would be a good year for snakes...
So, let's wait and see, k?

Hmm, time for new resolutions...
Geez, I hate making resolutions, coz it starts with the same thing, year after year...
~ Lose weight! (When will that happen???)
~ Spend more time with my parents... (I'm really confused now... Should I move back??)
~ Study... (Yeah, I know I'm old...)
~ Quit smoking (Huh?!)

Oh yeah, I've got some leftover pics from Alor Star...

My pond...
Filled with lots of the fishes we caught...
Don't believe ah?

Nah! Can see or not?
Water's almost crystal clear after I washed the damn pond...

Nah! More pics of fishes...
Don't they look familiar???
Well, I guess that's it for now...
I'm actually not in the mood right now as I just received some pretty bad news from my mum earlier...
I'm praying hard that what the doc said isn't true...
Or else, I'd probably go stark mad!
Cuddles...