Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Ox-y 2009 Year!!

Be always at war with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors,
and let each new year find you a better man.

~Benjamin Franklin

Wishing you a Very Merry Ox Year and may the Ox bring us good health, wealth and sustain us through this difficult times.

Happy New Year 2009!

Mamma Mia here I come!

After sitting in my purse for 2 months+, the day has arrived. I'm going to watch Mamma Mia LIVE tonite!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Malacca

We went to Malacca for a day trip.

The day did not start out real good as hubby missed the turn off into Ayer Keroh and we headed straight to Jasin to make a really long U-turn!

OK nevermind bout this, we just "makan angin"...then back on track heading into the tol booth was already jam packed. Still alright, it's long weekend with Public Holiday the next day. After parking our car and waiting or "hunting" for my aunt's car which missed the turn off into the car park (alright another long story cut short ~ due to the jam, mother walked and locate them to bring them back to the parking lot! hahaha...) Oh yah, mother got Malacca roots so quite familiar with the roads there...

Headed for lunch. I wanted to try the famous Chicken Rice Balls but oh my, look at the que with umbrella somemore!! (each time I'm in Malacca for one reason or another I never get to try this!!)

Forget about it. We just headed for a restaurant nearby and had nyonya food.

After lunch, we headed to Jonker Walk and walked a bit. Then, it's time to head to my relative's home in Ujong Pasir. Goodness, it took us a few rounds before getting on the right track and about 1.5 hours to get out of the traffic madness in Jonker's Street!!! First time I'm in such a terrible jam in Malacca.

All in, did not get to see much of Malacca. Did not get to eat what I wanted but managed to get my childhood fav candy, the Tok-Tok candy and Nyonya Chang :) Most of the time was wasted on the road throughout the day. Never will I go into Malacca again on such long holidays!

Darniest Line and Getting More "Small Gas"

This is about Cavan.

1st scenario ~ the darniest line!!

Friends were over at our home for a Christmas Pot Luck. Justin jokingly asked Cavan to call him "Kai Yeh" and Cavan's response was : You got money or not??

Gosh, all of us were stunned!!!! Luckily this boy answered straight away, if not everyone thinks we taught him to ask that question. Cavan dont know what's the meaning of "kai yeh". We usually use this phrase (You got money or not?) on Cavan when he request us (parents) to buy him stuff when we're out shopping.....

What an "appropriate" response from him huh.... I call you Kai Yeh got terms one....hahahaha...
*Kai Yeh = god father

2nd scenario ~ being "small gas"

I saw Cavan taking out his pillow, bloster and blanket and asked him where he's going. He replied me, going to Poh Poh's room. Oh well, nothing unusual since sometimes he goes over to my mum's room and sleep.

Little did I know there's a story behind it when my mum told me later. He went to my mum's room with his stuff and my mum asked him "Why you bring your stuff over?" Cavan's reply : I'm angry with daddy coz he said I turn on the volume of the radio too loud!!

OMG!! this little kiddo got upset with his dad just because his dad asked him to lower down the volume of the radio! and he retaliate by taking his stuff in protest to show that he's not gonna sleep in the same room as his dad!

Really must be careful with this kid. Imagine what he'll do when he's all grown up.... I dare not think about it!

Christmas McD's Nite

Another group of friends came over to our house on December 26th for a pot luck. I only prepared potato salad as we were all not sure what to have for dinner. Fast food is definite but "what" is the question. All was impromptu thus I left it to them to settle the main food for our dinner on their way over.

Boy, did I waited long for my dinner. The group only arrived at 9.30pm++ when our set time was 8.00pm!!... Only by 10.oopm did we all tuck into our dinner. I was energy-less by that time...

Although late dinner or should I say supper, we all had a blast! Adults yaking away while the kids played away...

Again after everyone left, it's house cleaning time and by the time I got to bed it's already 2am...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Pot Luck @ Home

Besides our birthday gathering, "Senior Citizen" also arranged other get togethers such as Mooncake Festival and simple farewell to one of our Senior Citizen member who flew to Indonesia to work. Thus this Christmas instead of having our get together outside, we planned to have it done at home coz "it feels more like Christmas" according to one of our Senior Citizen, Mr Justin.

1st hurdle was the dates! Really difficult to find a good date for everyone and at last we settled for December 23rd. Since most of us are working on this day, we agreed on a Christmas Pot Luck. Menu include tapau-ing KFC, Pizza and Satay. Home made would be Christmas Cake (fruit cake), potato and garden salad. Dessert is fruits, all sorts!

2nd was the gift exchange. The requirement set is to get something that is non-edible, something that can be cheerish and remembered. The gift must also be suitable for both genders as we do not know who will be getting the gift until we pick the lucky number that night.

We started off on time and everyone had a great time with two kiddos entertaining us. Gift exchange was fun as we tear open our gift and find our surprise. In fact, all the gifts are not bad at all....

After everyone headed home, it was clean-up as usual for me before knocking off for the day. Merry Christmas everyone and hope more gathering of such will take place next year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Joyeux Noel '08

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Origin of the 12 days of Christmas

Christmas is just 2 days away and I got this from my dad thru email. Interesting to know what does the 12 days of Christmas meant!

Origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning, the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of theirchurch. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

One true love refers to God

Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

Three French hens stood for Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues

The four calling birds were the Four Gospels and/orthe Four Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, first Five Books of the Old Testament, the"Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.

The six geese a-laying stood for the the six days of creation.

Seven swans a-swimming represented the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

Nine ladies dancing were the nine Fruits of the HolySpirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.

The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful apostles.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelvepoints of doctrine the Apostle's Creed.

Now, do you find this an even more interesting Christmas Carol?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Solstice

This year's Winter Solstice was spend at home. No gathering this year due to the recent demise of my 3rd aunt.

I only made the "tong yuen". This is also from the frozen pre-pack "tong yuen". Early morning, I boiled the pandan leaves, ginger slices and sugar for the syrup. When we're ready to eat the "tong yuen", I prepared another pot of boiling water. No defrost is required. When the water is boiling just add the "tong yuen" and once you see those balls floating up, scoop them up into a bowl and add the ginger sugar syrup and it's ready to be eaten!!

Happy Winter Solstice everyone! This is said to be a bigger occassion than Chinese New Year!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happee Burfday Dad!!

Celebrated my dad's 67th birthday at Yin Her Restaurant, Sg. Buloh New Village.

Happy Birthday Daddy and wish you pinkest of health!!!

Golds (bones) picking

I went with my parents, other aunties and uncle to the crematorium to bring my 3rd aunt's bones to Nilai for the last burial site.

My 1st time picking golds (bones) actually. Interesting as those bones that are of pure white means you are well not sick. Whereas bones that you can see that has ant's nest likeness are those where the illness attacked. There's a piece of bone that I saw which is pinkish in colour. According to the undertaker, it was the medication that my aunt took.

They dont call it picking bones but picking golds. Am still not used to Sam Yee being not around, wonder what she's doing now? Met up with my grandmother, grandfather, 2nd aunt, 6th aunt and uncle??

Guess it's not only me but my family members as well to get used to her not being around anymore....

Monday, December 15, 2008

Au Revoir Aunty Chris

Now is 3.00am and I just came back from Selayang Hospital.

My 3rd aunt passed away at 12.20am today. My whole family visited her earlier in the day and she was doing fine albeit very weak. In fact, she sat up by herself and spoke to us very briefly asking what time it was and that she dont understand why she is in her current situation. At times, she's confuse and seem not to recognise anyone but at times she speak sense as well. The doctor even advised us of her condition and we do understand having lost 2 family members due to the same illness but different causes. The shock is that I didnt expect it to be today!!

I'm sad that no one was beside her before she go but glad that she did not suffer much during those last moments and glad for her as well that she will not suffer anymore after battling the illness which started to turn really bad for the last 3-4 months.

We saw her before the doctor came to formally announce the death and to start the required paperwork procedure. We even accompanied the body to the Forensic Department before we left home.

We will miss you dearly Sam Yee, au revoir...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mumm Mumm Mumm @ Jogoya

After two dates postponement, we finally agreed and settled with 8 December 2008 as the day to gather yet again to celebrate our "youngest" senior citizen member, Ms Loo Kah Lai's birthday. Youngest in the sense that her month of birth is the "youngest" amongst us all but not in age. Mr Ng Yew Giap or better known as Old Giap is still the youngest in terms of age!




Ooh not forgetting that Old Giap actually organised this round's gathering, youngest organising for the youngest... and this organiser actually made us all went head spinning as to when is the actual date to meet!! To cut the long story short, on actual day most of us are still wondering whether the gathering is on or not! You go figure what happened in between the planning! hehehe...

The venue is again another buffet dinner as birthday girl promoted strongly about this venue months before but this time in a high class area ~ Jogoya @ Starhill.

Picture paints a thousand words.....





We had fun with these metal clips and VIP slips.


Birthday girl had Jogoya's VIP card which entitles us to eat VIP dishes. The whole group of us kept targetting at this



and this


Although liquor is served, we consumed more coconut than an ordinary day. I think on av
erage, each of us had 3 coconuts each!

The night ended with us all carrying a tummy load full of food that will take some time to digest. On our way out of Starhill, Ning Baizura serenaded us with lovely songs.



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