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Celebrating My Birthday At The Office

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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

Me & My Friends

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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

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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 Syaw…

At The Beach

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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.

Happy Birthday

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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. :-)

Beach Photos

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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

Eating My Fill of Petai

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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.

Petai, A Delicious Stinky Bean

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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 a…

Taman Warisan Pertanian

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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 f…

Chicken Floss Bun

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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!

Off To Terengganu We Go!

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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!

Food Court Korean Food

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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)

Feeling Down

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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!

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...…

BLOGGING FRIENDS FOREVER AWARD

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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:
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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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