Monday, 29 September 2008

Celebrating My Birthday At The Office

After having fun taking photos with friends earlier, I had fun celebrating my birthday (which actually fell on Sep 21) in office with a raspberry cheesecake, bought at Secret Recipe. Yummy!

Mugging for the camera

Wishing a very Happy Birthday

Blowing the candle

Friday, 26 September 2008

Me & My Friends

Me & my friends had a ball of time posing for photos at Mid Valley Megamall. The mall was decorated "kampung" (Village) style for the Hari Raya.





Shopping For The Festive Season

Come Oct 1, we Muslims will celebrate Aidil Fitri (Eid ul-Fitri) after a month of fasting in the month of Ramadhan. It is celebrated on the first day of Syawal (the tenth month of the Islamic calendar). On this day Muslims show their real joy for the health, strength and the opportunities of life, which Allah has given to them to fulfill their obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed month of Ramadan.

What to do prior to the Holidays? Shopping, of course! This is the time when there will be a heaving crowd at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India, but that does not deter us from doing our shopping there! We mostly come here for our Baju Melayu & Baju Kurung, both traditional Malay attires to wear of the first day of Syawal.

Most of my friends will be going back to their respective hometowns this weekend, so KL should be quiet next week. Us? We'll celebrate the 1st day of Syawal in Kuala Lumpur and will only head back to Raub on the 2nd day of Syawal.

For those going back to your respective hometowns, drive carefully and safely! Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Maaf Zahir Batin.


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

At The Beach

More photos from Terengganu. All photos were taken at the beach located near Zaini's grandmother's house.
Raimie having fun being buried in the sand

This crab is sure glad to be released soon after. If only we caught a bigger one!

A lone jellyfish swimming near a jetty in Marang, Terengganu.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Happy Birthday


Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me!

Yes, today is my birthday.

And Zaini's birthday is on Sep 23. So, Happy Birthday to dearest Hubby too!

May we live long and prosper. :-)

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Beach Photos

Some beach photos I took in Terengganu.

Batu Buruk (trans: Ugly Rock?) Beach. Virtually deserted as the public are not allowed to swim here. Some fatalities occurred in the past here, but it is still a place for people working around here to catch some rest and naps in their car, parked under the tree

After our mad shopping at nearby Pasar Payang (Payang Market) which sells everything from vegetables to expensive fabrics like batik and songket, we let Raimie blew some bubbles at the Batu Buruk Beach

Beach near Grandma's house. We pretty much had the place to ourselves
Seashells on the beach

Footsteps in the sand

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Eating My Fill of Petai

Petai can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled in brine. It is eaten with rice as part of the dishes for lunch or dinner.

Petai pickled in brine

I normally cook petai with anchovies or prawns, though sometime I like them cooked with tempoyak (that's fermented durian).

Petai for cooking is either peeld off its skin (photo) or can be cooked with its skin. If cooking with the skin, the skin has to be scraped off (so that the dark green of the skin peel off leaving the softer light green part and it has to be cut in a way the seed is exposed).

Some people say that the smell that you have after eating petai will not be so offensive if you cook it with its skin.

Cooked sambal petai. Sambal means it is cooked with chilli paste as one the main ingredients and is a spicy dish.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Petai, A Delicious Stinky Bean

I love petai. Petai or Parkia speciosa (also known as twisted cluster bean, yongchaak, zawngtah, nejire-fusamame and stink bean) is a long, flat bean with bright green seeds.

While petai itself does not have any offensive odor, you will have one once you eat these green bean. The smell will linger in one's mouth and urine. SO if you are planning to eat petai, make sure you have breath mints or at least chewing gum ready!

My father buy petai from the Orang Asli in our hometown in Raub and sell them in town. (Hence my love for petai) When I was growing up, if we have worms problem, we were advised to eat petai (raw and a lot of them) and the worm will come out.

Petai contains three natural sugars -sucrose, fructose and glucose. Combined with fiber, petai gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Petai is said to be helpful in the following ailments:

Depression
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating petai. This is because petai contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS(premenstrual syndrome)
Forget the pills - eat petai. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia
High in iron, petai can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt,making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the petai industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating petai at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. Understand that bananas contain lot of potassium too so eat more banana. Just look at those monkeys, they are really active, alert, smart and cunning too!!

Constipation
High in fiber, including petai in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a petai milkshake, sweetened with honey. The petai calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn
Petai has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating petai for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness
Snacking on petai between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of the petai skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves
Petai is high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report c oncluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers
Petai is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control
Many other cultures see petai as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In hoiland, for example, pregnant women eat petai to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Petai can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.

Smoking
Petai can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium petai snack.

Strokes
According to research in ‘The New England Journal of Medicine,’ eating petai as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%’.

Warts
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of petai and place it on the wart. Carefully hold the petai in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

Next up - eating petai.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Taman Warisan Pertanian

On weekends, we love to visit nearby parks especially around Putrajaya. There are several parks here (Putrajaya residents are so lucky to have so many parks virtually at their doorstep!) for us to enjoy. I posted about visiting Taman Botani (Botanical Park) earlier. Now, it's about Taman Warisan Pertanian.

Taman Warisan Pertanian (Agricultural Heritage Park) is located in Putrajaya, about 12km from our home in Balakong. Here, we were able to see typical fruit trees available and popular in Malaysia such as Nangka (Jackfruit), Mata Kucing (a subspecies of longan family), ciku (sapodilla), rambutan, kedondong, delima (pomegranate), nona (custard apple), the mighty king of fruit - durian, banana, pineapple and even a couple of dragon fruit trees! A herb and spices track is here for visitors to check out with lemon grass, kaffir lime, curry, ginger, tumeric plants and many more.

There is also a rubber plot here for visitors to learn more about the rubber industry.

Kind of cool to bring foreign visitors and friends here to see our local agriculture heritage, don't you think?
Under a kedondong tree. Kedondong can be eaten fresh or pickled. Either way, it's yummy!

Under a durian tree

Ciku tree

Mata Kucing tree

Friday, 12 September 2008

Chicken Floss Bun

I love chicken floss ever since I was small. When I was in primary school, I used to buy a packet of chicken floss almost daily from a local tuck shop. Haven't seen one for ages, up till a couple of years ago Bread Story and now Bread Talk (and almost every other bakery in town) came out with this chicken floss bun.

I guess the malay version of chicken floss would be the serunding, which is a bone dry, shredded version of another malay dish, rendang and can be kept for long period of time. What is rendang? A spicy dish of beef, mutton or chicken (meat, essentially) cooked with coconut milk and spices - galangal, ginger, tumeric leaf, lemon grass and chillies.

Photo : the spicy chicken floss bun. It's yummy!

Monday, 8 September 2008

Off To Terengganu We Go!

We're off to Terengganu tomorrow. Terengganu is about 6 hours away by car from our place in Kuala Lumpur. Six hours with a very active boy and a father-in-law and brother-in-law in tow.

I'll try and take a lot of photos in Terengganu and post it here, I promise! Till then, night!

I can't wait to feel the sea breeze in my face, there. Zaini's grandma's house is located right at the beach. It is so nice to wake up and see the blue ocean.

Photo: that's Raimie 4 years ago.

I'll be back by Sunday!

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Food Court Korean Food

Nowadays, seems like we eat Korean food at least once a week.

Last week, at Food Junction Food Court in Mid Valley Mall, I had soon du bu jigae and Zaini had some kind of ramyuen. Both came with a cup of tea, three different salad/pickles and of course, kimchi! Mine also came with a bowl of rice.I don't normally like tofu that much, but this dish is fabulous!

My soon du bu jigae. Yummy! Hot - both in spiciness and temperature! A complete meal for a mere RM9 (before tax)

Zaini's ramyuen for RM9.90 (before tax)

Friday, 5 September 2008

Feeling Down

These past few days, I am feeling a bit down. (Not yesterday because yesterday was a special day) :-)

Caught the flu and has been having blocked nose and sore throat. Ugh... I spent Tuesday on medical leave and just sleeping at home.

My notebook too caught a bug. I've been unable to browse anything from Friday last week until yesterday night and of course I was unable to do any dropping from Entrecard. Hopefully, no more problem this weekend as I am loss without my notebook and being online!

Thursday, 4 September 2008

It's Our Wedding Anniversary Today

Hard to believe we've been married for nine years. Happy Anniversary to us!

It's actually been 13 years of madcap adventures with Zaini, although we've mellowed down now that we're old and craggy. Hehehe...

I still remember our first date was watching a Bond movie, Goldfinger. It was raining that night and we watched the movie at The Rex Cinema in Petaling Street.

I remember I cried when the Kadi (who solemnised our marriage) asked me to read the speech prepared before I signed the marriage papers. My father cried too. We bawled so much we can't talk. I also remember how handsome Zaini looked wearing (the one and only time ever) Baju Melayu complete with songkok and sampin that day.

And I remembered we had food poisoning the day after our wedding. Hahaha... I spent my honeymoon suffering stomach pain in Terengganu! And our second day of marriage was spent picking up Zaini's cousin's son from their hometown nearby and brought him back to Kuala Lumpur.

Memories....

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

BLOGGING FRIENDS FOREVER AWARD

This is the first award I've received for this blog of mine and I would like to thank Sara of News From Nola for bestowing it to me. Thank you Sara!

And I'd like to give it some dear friends I met through the blogging. First the rules:

Rules:
1. Only 5 people are allowed to receive this award
2. Four (4) of them are followers of your blog.
3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to who ever gave you the award.

I'm bestowing the award to: (drum roll, please...)
My Bug Life of Foodie and Travel Bug
Merydith of Whatever Comes To My Mind
Liza of Moms...Check Nyo
Emila of Emila's Illustrated Blog
Dina of My Daily Life

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