2014-12-19

She is still believing....

Saturday morning, I bought them breakfast from market. I put their breakfast on the dining table, before I left home for my dental appointment. I wrote a note on the whiteboard to remind them to eat. When I came back home, I saw a reply on the whiteboard.
One of April's loose tooth came out the night before. She was sleeping with me, and I had totally forgotten about transforming myself into tooth fairy.  Therefore she couldn't find her money under the pillow.

She is cute, she is believing in tooth fairy and also Santa. She has already written down her Christmas wish on a piece paper and put the paper inside the Santa's sock.

Apparently, she has nicer and neater hand writing than the mom a.k.a the tooth fairy. lol!

2014-12-09

Irresistible food in Malacca

I tell ya! If I could eat all these super duper delicious food in Malacca and I could still not gain any weight, please give me some applause. We reached home at 5pm, and I was already in the gym for my very extensive run at 7pm. When I ran, I tried to visualize all the sinful goodies that I ate during the trip. Therefore, I had the very strong will power to run for 1.5 hours at the speed of 8.5km/h and burn 900 calories.Thank Goodness, I weighed myself on the next morning, I was still the same weight before I left for my Malacca trip. Pheewww....sweat!

The last time I went to Malacca, it was already more than 10 years ago. I really missed Malacca food. I had a wish list of all the "must eat" before I went to Malacca. I got all my wish accomplished. So, it is a very satisfying trip, I reckon.

1. Satay Celup.
We ate satap celup two rounds as our two continuous dinners.

These are the satay celup from Ban Lee Siang. There are actually two Ban Lee Siang satay celup shops next to each other. We tried the left shop on the first evening and tried the right shop on the second evening. We were actually staying at the hotel opposite Ban Lee Siang.

To me, both Ban Lee Siang satap celup shops are equally good.
Ban Lee Siang, Jalan Ong Kim Wee, 75300 Melaka, Malaysia. 

2. Chicken rice balls. 
We also ate two rounds of chicken rice balls as our two continuous lunches. 


Hoe Kee chicken rice.

First day, we tried Hoe Kee Chicken Rice at Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street.

Chung Wah chicken rice.
Second day, we tried Chung Wah at Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street. We heard from the local folk that it is the most traditional chicken rice shop.

It was raining sizzling, and yet so many people were queuing up. That's why we didn't get to eat here on the first day. We got to try it at last on the second day.

3. Baba & Nyonya Laksa and Chendol.

These were the very famous Durian Chendol, Baba Chendol, Baba Laksa and Assam Laksa from Jonker 88 at Jalan Hang Jebat, Jonker Street. We tried the Kahwin Laksa on the next day, it is actually the mixing of Baba Laksa and Assam Laksa.  All types of Laksa is very yummy.

4. Yam and sweet potato puff pastries.

I also bought these puff pastries from the shop opposite Hoe Kee Chicken Rice. One of them is having yam filling and another one is having sweet potato filling.  RM2 each. I like them very much.

5. Pineapple tarts

I love all types of cookies, especially CNY cookies like these pineapple tarts. Malacca is so famous of its pineapple tarts. How could I not buy any?

I bought two boxes of pineapple tarts from LW Nyonya Pineapple Tart House at Jalan Hang Kasturi.

6. Nyonya dumpling.

I also got this from the shop opposite Hoe Kee, the same shop that I bought the yam and sweet potato puff pastries. RM4.50 each. I love it too.

7. Putu Piring.

I never try putu piring before, I can only find putu mayong at my place. A friend of mine recommended me to try out this putu piring in Malacca.  RM 1 each. We bought them as our bedtime snacks two days in a row.

Apparently, this family business is so famous that you can see their faces every where if you google Putu Piring, Jalan Tengkera, Malaka.

8. Popiah
We actually waited in front of Madam King for the Siham(Cockles) and Lala(Clams) shop to open. We happened to find this very good popiah at Jalan Bunga Raya, Malaka. It is actually just in front of Madam King. RM4 each. If you think it is expensive, wait till you try it. It worth the money as it tasty.

9. Siham (Cockles), lala (clams), balitong(coconut snails), fish cakes, bean curd and etc.

My husband wanted so much to go this place for its siham, lala and so on.  This stall is Tong Bee, it is at the back alley next to Madam King's shopping complex at Jalan Bunga Raya.

The stall is set up  next to the drain at the back of some shop house. You can see that we were actually sitting on short stools and short tables.

My two girls initially refused to eat there, after a while of seeing us eating, they started to enjoy picking open the cockle shells and sucking the coconut snails. We went to this place twice as well.

10. Nadeja Mille Crepe

I heard many people sharing about Nadeja Mille Crepe at Malacca. I managed to try a slice of the Mango Yogurt on my last day in Malacca. When the slice of our Mango Yogurt mille crepe was served, we finished it in just a minute, and I totally forgot about taking picture.

We were actually eating more than these pictures above.  Sometimes, I forgot to take picture, so I skipped talking about it. We also went for the food that we really like for two times, such as chicken rice balls, satay celup, cockles, popiah, putu piring, Baba&Nyonya laksa and chendol. Due to the distance, we don't know when will be our next trip to Malacca, it may not happen in the next ten years. 

2014-12-06

April's first sketch art

I want to thank April's art teacher for encouraging her to learn sketch drawing at the age of 10. Many learn that only when entering secondary school. 

April did a good job in her first sketch. April told me that her art teacher did nothing in touching up and correcting her sketch when she has completed her work. 

When I looked at this 素描石膏像 I know, I can't do it as great as her. Her art teacher suggested to send and post it to sketch art contest . We didn't, because we want to keep her master piece as a precious collection. 

2014-11-29

Fairy Bread as Children's Day Treats

 I have been agar-agar or jelly in sauce plates for children's day since April in primary 1. This year, April and May's classes has too many people planned to make jelly on that day. Therefore, April and May requested me to prepare some other snacks as the children's day party food.

I googled a lot of fancy and easy to do snacks. I finally settled  my mind on the idea of making fairy bread, after getting approval from my two young lady bosses.
I used cookies cutter to cut the bread into heart and star shapes. I spread some with nutella, and some with butter. Then, I sprinkled some colourful balls on top. Tada......
To my surprise, the children like them, and their boxes of fairy bread finished in just a few minutes after the Children's day party has started.

April and May asked me to make them again on the following day as their school break snacks.

I guess, I have to start thinking of what to make for next year children's day . Any suggestion, folks? 

2014-11-22

School Year End Concert 2014

Last Friday, I took a day off, because I wanted to get April and May ready for their school year end concert.
The school was off that day, I still needed to send them there for hairdo and makeup .  April said that her hair lookalikes the Japanese strong girl, Oshin. What do you think?

May's hairdo is so unique. I have to praise the hair stylist for her creativity.

These are their performance costumes.

I am so happy that both my girls are first in the whole form. To be honest, May is just 0.5 point more than the second position. Luck is on my sweetie pie.

As for April, I needed to praise her for her constant focus on her studies. She is still managed to retain her 1st position in Standard Four.

Other than the number 1 in the form trophy, April got prize money for being the Ping Pong state champion of under 10 female category. Besides, she was also voted by teachers and students of Standard Four as the best female student of the form. I am truly proud of her. It isn't easy to be the best student, one has to be all rounded; outstanding in studies, as well as sports. This best student award only eligible for students from primary four to primary six. This was the first time April won this prize.

I hope that April and May can keep up the good work. At the mean time, school is off, everyone can slow down and relax a bit until the new year is here. 

2014-11-15

I am gymaholic

Since April, I have started my run at 8km/h for an hour. Then, I slowly increased to 8.5km/h for an hour, and now, I am running at 9km/h for an hour, and decreasing the speed gradually for another half an hour. Altogether I will run 12km in 85 minutes and burn a total of 900 calories. I exercise every day, in the evening on weekdays and in the morning on weekends.

I am very persistent and discipline in my exercise. Even after an hour of Zumba, I still hit the gym for my routine run. I run until I totally drench in sweat, regardless of fatigue or illness. I experience anxiety if I am unable to go to gym for more than 2 days.

I love selfie whenever I am gym alone. I find that the selfie is a motivation for me. You don't want to view all the self-obsession me in front of the gym mirror, please go straight to comment box and skip all pictures below.

21 June 2014, I had yet to start my run.

19 July 2014, I had completed my run.

29 August 2014, I was ready for some weight lifting exercise after my run.

08 September 2014, I like wearing lively colour attire to the gym, and hoping that will lift up my mood.

01 November 2014, I was not intended to start my run before my regular gym buddies arrived.

When the gym is closed, I will go swimming or cycling to let my feet rest and my muscle recover from soreness.

If I could have any addiction, I would not mind to be the gym addict.
Nonetheless, I have to thank my husband for all his support and help, so that I can spend at least 2 hours in the gym every day. 

2014-11-08

Mariners Buffet (Star Cruise Libra International Buffet - Port and Lard Free)

I would forever remember this cool night. My husband bought himself and me tickets of a mid-night show. Olala! We put the children to sleep. MIL felt a bit dizzy and uncomfortable that night. PIL went back to rest in their own cabin.
Before the show started, we went to Mariners Buffet for supper. You hear me right, SUPPER. A meal that all on-diet should avoid, but we went.

Assorted curry fish balls. Oh boy! These were too heavy as supper.

Lok lok (fish cake) .

Salad bar.
 
Congee condiments.

Two types of porridge, sweet potato congee and chicken congee. It was not a good idea to have congee at night too. It contained high carbs.

Assorted cakes. These were too hard to resist. I like them.

 Indian vegetarian corner.

Eggless cake but they still tasted good.

White sauce pasta and stir-fried mix veggies.

Curry chicken and sweet sour fish.

Fried rice and fried noodles. I have to remind everyone again, these were all served as supper on our last night on cruise. Perhaps, they wanted to empty the stock in their kitchen. Instead of keeping those food in their fridge, they stored those food in the passengers' tummy. 

This was my choice of sinfully delicious supper on my last night on Star Cruises Libra. Guilty!

I was too shy to join the crowd and the crew for dance. Otherwise I would be able to burn off my supper easier.

I tell you what! I didn't dare to step on to my bathroom scale until I had run for a week when I was back home.