Saturday, May 30, 2009

One Day Trip....

Was in Penang on Thursday...
As I mentioned in my previous post, had to send my Papa to the hospital for the results of his MRI...
I'm really happy to report that the doctor gave him a clean bill of health...
He also said that my Papa did the right thing by refusing to go for the biopsy of his spinal cord...
Apparently, if anyone goes for tumor removal, everyone will start associating any small abnormaly to cancer.... WTF?!?!
Anyways, I reached Penang at about 10.30am...
Was trapped in a slight jam on the bridge...

Looked over to the island and saw that it was really hazy...
You can't even see Komtar clearly...
Gosh, the haze is really bad...
Hmm, makes me glad that I'm no longer living in Penang... Hehe
For my Penang friends, drink lots of water & try to stay indoors as much as possible...
That's how I dealt with the haze last time...
Anyways, dropped my parents off at the hospital & went to Chew Tian Yang to check out the fishes there...
Noticed that their prices are a bit steeper compared to here in Alor Star...
A fish that I can easily get for RM1, they're selling at RM2.20 per fish!
Really expensive I'd say....
Wandered around looking at the fishes and checked out the doggy stuff for my Pretty baby...
Unfortunately, the prices were way too expensive!
I promise to get you more treats here in Alor Star, k... :D
Since Cheng followed us to Penang, as usual, it was photo taking time...
We weren't allowed to photograph the fishes, but there was an open space where you can photograph...
Beautiful landscaping...

A picture of Cheng amidst the greenery...

One of my B & I...
My hair's still curly... :)
We then went off to a nursery in Tanjung Bungah as mum wanted to look at some plants...
The owner's face looked like sh*t...
We were saying that Monkey's Cup plants can be found on hills, and she had the nerve to say, if you can find them, then bring them to me la! WTF?!?!?!
We wanted to get a few of the Monkey's Cup plant but since her attitude was so bitchy, we decided against it, and just bought 2 really beautiful plants...

Champagne colour rose plant...
Just look at the petals...
Isn't it lovely???

Mum bought this as she has been admiring the flowers for sometime now...
We already have the blue coloured flowers but this is pink...
Lovely!
After that, I headed to Sunflower bakery for 1 of their Black Forest cakes...
I simply adore their cakes...
Apparently, they bake it with pure Fern butter...
RM23 for 1/2 kg Black Forest cake...
It's not expensive at all!
Should try it if you're in Penang...
Located along the main road of Tanjung Bungah...
They also have a branch in Komtar... It's hidden behind some pillars... Located near the goldsmith shops...
Trust me, once you try it, you won't like any other black forest cakes...
Then, we went to a nursery near to Botanical Gardens...
There, we met a very friendly lady who used to stay in Sri Lanka...
We bought a few monkey's cup plants there...
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Mama didn't have this variety so we bought it... A steal at only RM15...

I bought the Venus Flytrap for RM20...
Isn't it unique???
When you touch the traps, they will shut!
I've always wanted it, and thanks to Mama who bought it for me...
We also took a picture there..

We then had lunch at Jalan Delima...
Wanted the hokkien mee there but the guy already went back... :(
So sorry that we delayed, B...
I know you really wanted the Hokkien Mee, but...
We'll go again soon, k?
Anyways, we went to another nursery there but didn't buy anything as we didn't see anything we liked...
There was another nursery in Jalan Delima so we dropped in...
Bought some orchids there...

Aren't they beautiful???
Don't even have the space to hang them anymore but we couldn't resist buying them...
They were only RM13 each!
And these next photos are from my garden...

I love this rose...
The petals are so unique...

My mum's cockcomb...
These grew from seeds that Mama took from the previous flower...
Beautiful, huh?
Anyways, we left Penang after fully loading the car with plants & reached here late evening...
Will check out another nursery tomorrow...
Will update with my purchases again then...
Till the next time, cuddles, & good nite...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Yet Another Fishy Tale...

It's now the snake head season...
Everywhere we looked the other day, we saw the snake heads floating at the side of the canal...
So, a few days ago, we decided to go fishing again...
The weather is beautiful for fishing these days....
Cloudy, but no rain, thank God!
Rain will make the water cloudy & it will be hard to have a good catch...
Anyways, my B did land great catches that day...
I was a little down on luck as a big snake head dropped into the canal before I managed to lift it up...

See how big is it??
It's about 1.2kgs!
A very big catch, I would say... This fish is definitely pregnant... Check out the belly!
Before this, my B caught a smaller one, but I didn't take any pics of that coz it wasn't something to brag about... Hehe
We then waited for more fishes...
The sun was already setting...

It was a beautiful sunset, don't you think?
The wires were in the way though... Argh!
We were getting ready to leave as it was already getting dark...
My B felt a tug in the line and thought, shit, there goes another hook!
He pulled a while & lifted it out of the water...

Wow! Another big catch...
I estimate this 1 to be about 1 kg...
More than 1 foot long!
We then packed our stuff & headed home...

Today, I had nothing much to do so I cleaned the pond in my house...
It gets dirty very quickly thanks to the amount of fishes I have in it...

See those small fishes?
They're actually about 6 inches in legth... Puyu fishes...
Kampung people believe that if you keep these kinda fishes in front of the house, errr, dirty things won't be able to enter...
*Dirty things means ghost la... *
I didn't keep them for that reason, I only kept them coz they were small when we caught them & I didn't have the heart to kill them...
So, I've put them into the pond & fed them till they're now big!

1 of the smaller snake head fish at the bottom of the pond...
I think this was just a baby when I put it into the pond...

6 more snake head fishes which I kept in an aquarium...
Will release them into the pond once they stop jumping...
The bad habit of snake head fishes is that they jump out if you don't cover them properly...
So, I'm kinda housetraining them now... Hehe

More smaller fishes...
I think in total, I have about 60 fishes in the pond...
I've gotta stop bringing back small fishes! :(
Oh yeah, my prosperity flower bloomed again today...

But, I haven't prospered...
Oh wait, I have... I have prospered sideways...
Will be in Penang tomorrow for Papa's results of the MRI taken the other day...
Hopefully, everything is fine...
Cuddles...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Cheap Dinner...

Today, I sent my aunt back to Pokok Sena...
For those who do not know where Pokok Sena is, it's actually a sleepy old town...
Not many people have been there unless they're visiting relatives...
It's at the north of Kedah with nothing much to offer...
Anyways, I sent my aunt back there & had dinner in one of the restaurants...

Mantis prawns... They're big, juicy & tasty... Portion was kinda big too...

Fried mix vege... Didn't like this that much, coz the colouring wasn't really nice... And, they didn't have much varieties of vege...

Black pepper stir fried deer meat... This I love... The meat was tender & juicy...

Sambal kangkung... My favourite dish... Love the colour & the taste...
Five of us had rice, my B added 1 large bowl of rice, & guess how much was the bill...

It's so freaking cheap!!!!!
Makes me wanna order more stuff the next time I go...
Anyways, hope you guys aren't hungry after seeing this...
Cuddles...

XXX

WARNING!!! Offensive material ahead... Please leave if you're under 18...

Lately, I've been reading scandals of people getting caught on camera with their pants down...
I mean, seriously, what is wrong with these people?
Do they get a thrill for photographing/video recording these acts?
Come on! It's a very natural thing that happens when 2 people are in love...
What's so wrong about that?
Today, I did something very sick...
I photographed a very natural act of love...
I knew I shouldn't have done it, but it's something that you don't get to see very often...
I'm so sorry to the parties involved in this scandal...
But, hey, why don't you get a room???














































I still don't see the thrill of taking these kinda pictures...
Cuddles...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dumplings Making...

It's almost that time of the year again...
Female family members gather in the kitchen to make delicious dumplings...
It's not really the season yet, but I decided to make some for our own consumption & also to give them to friends...
The last time I made them was with assistance from my cousin sister in law, in October last year...
You can read about that here...
Anyways, the preparations are as follows...


Soak some chestnuts & remove the skins...
You should boil them 1st if you want it to be tender...

Soaked chinese mushrooms...

Dried shrimps...

Giant caviar... (Actually, they're just salted egg yolks... But I prefer to call them giant caviar)
3kgs of glutinuos rice, washed...
A pack of dried bamboo leaves...
Shallot & garlic...

First of all, fry the shallots till they're crispy...
You just wanna mix them into the dumplings to get that nice fragrance and it's optional...

Then, fry the garlic till it turns gold in colour...
Remove it for later...

Stir fry the pork in some leftover oil till it's half cooked...
Add in mushrooms & the chestnuts...
Add in a little 5 spices powder, some chinese wine, dark soy sauce, pepper & salt according to taste...

It's then time to cook the rice...
Fry it with 5 spices powder, pepper, salt, dark soy sauce & ajinomoto...
Add in water while you cook it as you will want it sticky...

The half cooked rice should look something like this...
I divided the 3kgs into three times so that I could get an even colour...
And, it's time to start wrapping the dumplings...

I lined the floor with newspapers and here are the things that I will need...
Soaked bamboo leaves, half cooked rice, half cooked pork, mushroom & chestnuts, salted egg yolks & dried shrimp...
It's also advisable to have a bowl of water so that you can clean your hands when it gets sticky...

Here's my B helping out while I was taking pictures...
It's really a fun thing to do & I wanted my B to learn it as well so that he can help me next time... :D
We got 49 dumplings in all...

These are the wrapped but not yet boiled dumplings....
They're all special ones as I added lots of extra eggs, mushroom & pork...

After boiling them in the pressure cooker for an hour, you've gotta hang them up to drip off the excess water trapped in the leaves...
See how nicely the dumplings turned out?

I only remembered to snap a photo of it after I've eaten the first dumpling...

Here's how it looks on the inside... Yummy!!!
So, if anyone wants to order dumplings from me, do drop me a note ya??? :D
Special orders can also be arranged... Hehe
Cuddles...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Fishy Tale...

Every Thursday I'll end up holding the fishing rod...
That's coz my friend won't be working on Thursday & she's also as much a fishing kaki as me... :)
So, yesterday, we picked her up at about 5pm and went fishing...
It was a beautiful day, the sky was clear, the sun wasn't too hot...
We fished till it was really late, almost 8pm...

This was her idea of a joke...
She kinda looks scary huh?
I'd probably run if I were to see a creature like her appear right in front of me... Hehe
Anyways, we had quite a good catch today...
We then went shopping & sent my friend back home...
I wanted to rest early as I was planning to make dumplings tomorrow but I was worried that the fishes won't stay in the tank...
So, I decided to clean up a few of the bigger fishes for consumption...

6 snake head fishes in a 4 gallon pail...
I didn't use any markers this time coz they weren't exceptionally big...
Just a little over a foot each...
I tell you, it's no easy work to clean these fishes...
First of all, they're super slippery...
And their scales are really close to their skin, so it makes scaling very very hard...
The scariest part of all is that these fishes take forever to die...
The only way to kill it is to put salt in an dry pail & put the fishes into the pail...
They'll trash about & even after 30 minutes, they'd still be alive...
I've chopped off the head of these kinda fish once and put the head in water...
Believe it or not, the head will be swimming in the water, WITHOUT its body!!!!
That's really scary...
It totally freaked me out...
Which is why I prefer to clean it only when it's confirmed dead...

The cleaned fishes...
Check out the fish eggs!
I kinda regret killing them now, maybe if I had waited, I would have lots more of snake head fishes to catch in about a week or so... :(
Actually, these fishes cost a lot in the market...
Reason so is because it has healing capabilities...
People who have undergone surgery would look for these fishes for consumption as it speeds up healing of the wound...
Ask any of the aunties, they'll tell you...
They can easily fetch RM8 per kg...
But, I just catch them for my own consumption...
The smaller ones are in the pond...
Don't think I'll wanna consume those...
Will just let them live in the pond... :)
Well, that's it for now...
Gotta get some rest as I need to wake up early tomorrow for dumplings making...
Yeah, I know that it's not really the season yet, but I'm just making them for fun and not for prayers...
Anyways, cuddles...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Fishing Trip...

This afternoon, the skies looked kinda blue so I decided to go fishing again...
As I knew that it's the season for snake head fish, I bought my bait and headed out with my B to our favourite fishing spot...
We caught many fishes today, 2 snake head fishes & a pail full of lampam...
Don't know what it's called in English but from what I've heard is that it has lots of bones in it...
Apparently, it tastes wonderful when you steam it...
I wouldn't know cause I've never tasted it...
All the fishes I've caught are still in the pond at the front of my house...
So anyways, we fished till sunset, and today, I took an amazing picture that I'd like to share with you...
Let me know what you guys think...

I'm not a professional photographer...
Not even close to being an amature...
But I don't know why I just love this picture...
Check out the beautiful shades of sunset...
The clouds look heavy...

Another sunset shot...
But this was edited using Picasa...
Love the way this picture turned out...
Or maybe that's just because this is the first time I've gotten such a nice picture from just a phone...
Cuddles...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Curling Process...

So, I was looking for something to blog when I noticed that I have lots of pictures of my perming process...
As I was really sceptical to go for a permanent perm, I decided to have a test perm at the base of my head...

It turned out quite okay, thank God!
I was waiting with bated breath to see the outcome of that strand...
Really glad that it turned out okay...
I actually had a very bad experience perming my hair a few years ago...
Until today I still can't understand what went wrong...
Don't have any pictures of that ruined hairstyle, but I still remember how I cried when I saw my hair in the mirror...
You know how beggar's hair looks?
The unwashed tangled disgusting glob that some people call hair?
Yeah, that's how it turned out...
And I had to cut my waist length hair till it was ear length... :(
Anyways, here's an update on how the perm was performed...
We only started perming at about 11.30pm... Hehe

My friend complained bitterly when she was done rolling my hair...
Apparently, she has been open for business for about 3 years, and this is the 1st time she ran out of rollers & had to open 2 new boxes just to finish rolling my hair... :)
Yup, I have VERY thick hair...

Back view of my hair in rollers...
My notebook was right in front of me during the entire process... :D

After applying the reacting lotion, I had to sit under the steamer for about 20 minutes...
Almost fell asleep but my neck felt like it was breaking as the darn rollers were adding weight to my head...
And, there was nothing for me to rest my head on!
After 20 minutes, my friend added another kinda solution and this time, I requested not to go under that torturing machine...

This time, I had to wear a turban...
Notice my sleepy bloodshot eyes?
The solution on my head was stinging my eyes with its fumes...
Good thing I wasn't wearing any contact lenses...

The curlers were then thankfully removed after 20 minutes in the turban...
I was shocked at the curls!
Coz they made me look like a grandmother!!!!!
Was already starting to panic when my friend patted my shoulder & said, don't worry, it's not the finished product yet... Phewwwwwwww

After some cutting & blow drying, I heaved a sigh of relief when I saw my hair...
Well, it looks acceptable...
Was thinking of adding some highlights to my hair coz it sorta looked like an aunty's hair...
But we finished really late, 2.30am I think...
My B was waiting till his eyes were already red...
Good thing there was free wifi so at least my B could fill up his time surfing...
We then went for supper & went home...
The next evening, I went for my highlights...

Nah, no more aunty look right????
It has been weeks and I'm still loving my curls...
Only problem is, I'm using lots & lots of mousse & curl activators...
So, any sponsors reading this?
Cuddles...