Showing posts from June, 2011

A Simple Meal At Home

Sometimes a really simple  meal is all it takes to open up the appetite. Raimie who usually has a hard time finishing up everything on his plate, ate everything up. What did I cook for the weekend? Just fish simply grilled with salt, blanched okra & leftover asparagus we still have in the fridge and budu! Budu is a fish sauce and one of the best known fermented seafood products in Kelantan as well as Southern Thailand. It is made from fermented anchovies and taste absolutely awesome eaten with fish and ulam (raw vegetables) & rice. Yummy!

Of course I just love the fact that cooking this way is so easy and fast! Dinner was simply some pasta in tomato sauce. Bottled Prego sauce with added chicken balls and generous shavings of cheese. This dish wasn't cooked by me though. Zaini cooked this. ಥ‿ಥ

Madam Kwan's For The First Time

First time for our son, that is.

Hmmm....I have to tell you, taking Raimie out for a meal to a place that offer local cuisine isn't something we do often. He eats out at restaurants, yes; but it's either Western, Japanese or Korean mostly. Local food usually meant either eating at a Mamak place or stalls.
We were undecided where to eat last Friday and out of the blue, Raimie wanted to eat at Madam Kwan's and vetoed out my choice of going to Pasta Zanmai. It's been awhile since I last eaten at Madam Kwan's. I think the last time I ate there was with a blogger friend, Anna who was on vacation in Malaysia. Zaini of course, would go to Madam Kwan's for lunch with his colleagues. He's more high-end than I am! (~_^)
Didn't order anything special for dinner, normal stuff like Zaini and I have two very different personalities, he's the calm, neat one. I'm the impatient and messy one. And our different personality can be seen even on our dinner plate!  Which…

At The Night Market

Going to the night market, there are two stalls we always made a beeline for.
The ice blended stall for a cup (or two) of ice-blended fruit juice. Here's Zaini with his dragonfruit juice.I  either go for apple or mango usually. With a cup  priced between RM1.50 - Rm2.50, sure beats those sold at those rather posh coffee chains. ;) and for snacks -  it's either those deep fried chicken or sausage and this swirly deep-fried potatoes with generous lashings of mayonnaise, chilli sauce and cheese. So sinful  but so yummy!
What's your favourite roadside stall or night market snack? :-)

UniFi Finally

We finally installed UniFi at our home today. The technician were on time and reached our house at the promised time which is 9.00am. 
Both Zaini and I took a day off today because I waited at home for the technician to do the installation and Zaini went to Raimie's school to collect our Son's report card.
The decision to install UniFi was because nowadays we spend more time at home instead of at my FIL's. With more time at home and not only on weekends, installing it makes more sense rather than relying on Maxis or Celcom wireless broadband services like we used to. And with three users at home, one forever downloading, another hooked playing online games and mommy who like to blog-hop - UniFi seems inevitable after using Streamyx. ^^

Hi! My Name Is Lina

No, I didn't attend a group counselling or anything like that. Rather, I went and join a focus group session for a market research company and got paid to talk.
I used to participate actively in this focus group/survey session and didn't mind travelling all around KL to attend them but I stopped after Raimie started Standard One. The session I attended last night was my first in three years! Gosh! I miss making extra income just by talking for a few hours.
When I was active doing this, I attended everything from survey on baby formulas to condensed milk to cars to home furnishings. I like surveys that also includes food sampling because it usually takes about 15-30 minutes and I got to eat the product! Chocolates, ice-creams, biscuits... yummy! And I get paid for it and did actually make good money from it.
Have you attended any before? Or if you haven't, would you like to give it a shot for a bit of extra income?

The Father's Day Weekend

Well, for us it was more like a Father's Day weekend not just a Sunday for Father's Day. *^-^* We had dinner at Pasta Zanmai on Friday after debating to go for Korean food or western at TGIF. Here's Raimie deciding that his gratin wasn't as enticing as my pizza. What to do? Exchange with dear Son lor... I ate his leftover gratin and he took my pizza. Zaini had his set of unagi and pasta soup or something, all to himself. And he had to help me finish off all the chicken slices that came with Raimie's gratin. I did tell you earlier that I don't like chicken much other than it being fried, didn't I?
Then we head over to Studio R. I guess I am a bit unromantic, because what did I get for Zaini for Father's Day? A Speedo short and a swimming goggles. XD
Remember my previous post on thinking of cooking a wagyu beef steak? Well, we hit the supermarket at 10.00pm so there weren't much choice of meat left. Instead of steak, we decided for a change of menu - we …

To Raimie's Dad

Happy Father's Day! Thank you for always being there for us and be the rock for both me and Raimie. Where would we be, if you weren't around for us? <3
To my Father - hope you like the little present we got for you! *^-^*
And to all Dads around the world, Happy Father's Day too! :)

What To Cook? What To Eat?

Maybe fish head curry this weekend?
I always need to work out and exercise extra hard over the weekends because of the food I'll be consuming! Oh gosh! Looking at this fish head curry photo which I cooked like, two weeks ago is sure making me crave for some curry. *^-^*
But oh! oh! oh! I may need to cook some steak on Sunday. It's Father's Day on Sunday so I'll have to check the wagyu beef selection over at Jusco tonight. Fish on Saturday, Beef on Sunday - sounds like a good plan for me. :)
What's your plan for the weekend? Eating out and at home?

The Weekend Before School Opens

Two weeks of school holiday went by so fast! School's open now and no more holidays until end-of August!
We had planned to go to Cherating for the school holiday but the hotel we wanted to go to was fully booked. Well, it kinda a blessing in disguise (in terms of saving $$$, that is) because we instead booked our flight tickets for our two-weeks' year-end holiday! That holiday will need a lot of $$$ and we have to save a lot for it! 
We went to the zoo earlier and last week, we went to the movies to watch Kung Fu Panda 2. Our initial plan was to watch it at GSC Gardens on Friday but only seats right in front of the screen were left! So, we promised Raimie we watch it later. To be safe, we booked the tickets online and watch it at TGV Cheras Selatan on Saturday instead. Totally entertaining movie. For those yet to watch it, I highly recommend you to watch it. Plenty of laughter and some teary moments too. Good fun. :)
After watching the movie, we had lunch over at Ichiban Ramen. I …

Have A Cuppa

My recent favourite tea - Crabtree & Evelyn's berry tea. Really nice to be enjoyed while relaxing in this hot weather we are having now. I just wish it wasn't so darn expensive to buy them! And for my coffee, nothing beat Kopi Cap Kapal Api for me! Really "kaw" one! ^^ And after drinking this coffee, a trip to the loo would be in order. Drink and dump. Never fail yet! LOL I don't drink much coffee at Starbucks now, but I chose to have this dragonfruit & kiwi juice. Nice... But funny, I fork out RM9 for this, yet I complain a lot paying RM2.19 for a bottle of Gatorade. Hmmm...
What's your favourite drink?

Talking about Gatorade, why is it so hard to find them at supermarkets/hypermarkets, especially the flavour that I like? Hmph!

Water, Water, Water

When the sun is scorching hot outside and it's even too hot to be comfortable at home without any air-conditioning, it is so nice to play in water; don't you agree. Nowadays, weekends are spent with a time at the pool with son and hubby. And we usually head to the pool after I had sufficiently cool down after my morning workout. ^^
You know what else would be nice, to spend time over the weekend? A trip to a waterfall! Gosh, a dip in cold, cold water is so nice during this hot season. Or.... a lazy day at the beach would be nice too.
Which one would you prefer?

Chocolates, Please!

I'm usually quite good in not indulging too much but once a month, when I'm cranky and PMSing, give me lots and lots of chocolates and I'll calm down.
Oooooo yummy, yummy chocolates. And I'm not sharing! LOL
When all the crankiness subside though, and the pain gone - I'll have to burn all those extra calories gained from eating those sinful chocolates by working-out more! Not that I minded, though. ^^

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some chocolates bars to finish. XD

Feeling Relaxed

You know what I find very relaxing? Sitting by a stream or river and watching the water flows. No stream or river easily accessible where I live now, but hey! This would do just fine. And the fishes swimming around - icing on the cake! I need a vacation and our scheduled year-end vacation seem so far away! Gotta be patient. @.@

Zoo Trip!

Had a trip to Zoo Negara on Monday as both Zaini and I took the day off to spend it with Raimie. The boy had been asking us to take him to the Zoo and despite the scorching weather we're experiencing nowadays, to the Zoo we went.
Actually, once we were at the Zoo, the heat was bearable. The Zoo had plenty of shades and walking under the trees, the heat wasn't felt all that much. Drank plenty of fluids and we were fine.
Of course, this being the zoo, we saw plenty of animals. A lot of them were having their siesta when were there though so there weren't that much animals activities. Raimie feeding the elephant with a sugarcane. One sugarcane for the elephants cost RM3.00. Some birds, The "Pak Belang"having a nap... a deer having a rest under the "daun keladi" The hyenas were pretty active though. They were chasing each other around their enclosure. At the Ape centre, we met a shy Orang Utan who didn't want the attention and over his/her face with b…

Om Nom Nom

What is it with handphones that babies love to gnaw at them? (~_^) Om nom nom... so fun gnawing at Mommie's phone. Wonder how an iPhone would taste like. (^o^)