Sunday, January 22, 2012

Reunion Dinner 2012

I started my reunion dinner a day earlier with my family. We went to Restaurant Yin Her located in Sg. Buloh New Village for our reunion before welcoming the New Year.

Tossing for prosperity, health and wealth!

Instead of ordering ala carte, we opted for their Chinese New Year set menu. Food was good but service was poor as it's a huge crowd last night! Surprisingly though the quality of the food was there :)

We will bade Year of Rabbit goodbye. To me Rabbit year started out good but I personally did not have a very good ending. Too many things happened - was not feeling myself for sometime which made me miss NAPBAS, parents in-law got into a car accident, "drama" at school and the latest being Cavan celebrating the New Year with his right hand in cast! All this on top of my very peak period in the office. I need a breather!!

Ooh well when I thought that all this will end, I heard that my cousin brother sprained his ankle and he is now limping into the New Year and my mum fell and hurt her knee. So she is also sorta limping slightly into the New Year.

Few more hours and my family need to "balik kampung" to my hubs side for Reunion Dinner tonight.

Here's wishing everyone a VERY HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! May the Year of the Dragon brings us all closer together in prosperity and health!

KUNG HEI FATT CHOY!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

CNY 2012 Preparation

I'm truly totally not prepared for the coming CNY which is happening this weekend!!..helppp yelppp!! Not one single deco is up in my house. It's totally BARE!!!

The only two things that I managed to do is clean the house which is still underway and completing by tonight or tomorrow night. The other thing is trying out this new snack DIY. Guess the era of Arrowheads aka "nga ku" is taking a backseat and this new snack is hitting the town like crazy. Not only this, I saw lotus roots as well but well, I'll keep that for another year to try. Also heard fried onions, hhmm another snack DIY on my list.

This year with time not on my side, this easy peasy crabstick snack will do :)) Bought these packs of flavoured crab sticks from the hypermarket.

thaw the crabsticks thoroughly

unfold them gently and stack em up!

slice them up! and you're ready for frying...

A note that I find tearing them up in pieces from their original stick form is much faster and easier than unfolding them and stacking them up to slice. One gets better after the first try eh :))
So into the hot controlled oil they go and.....

*sizzle* *sizzle* *sizzle*

It's important that your oil is hot and not too "big", you need to control your fire and once it turns golden brown, scoop them up, drain and you have your crabstick snack!

store up in an airtight container

As the snack is cooled and before storing, half of it went to our tummies! hahahaha....it's so addictive that once you pop into your mouth, you just CAN'T STOP!

Now with this done, I need to go and get those mandarin oranges. Yikes! why is CNY coming so fast this year? I've not even catched my breath from Christmas. Let's see if I managed to hang up some angpow made lanterns this weekend.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Crack Elbow

Friday, 13 January 2012

Cavan got back home from school rather quiet and broke up in tears upon stepping into the house holding on to his right arm. Told us admist sobs that he fell down in school when school dismissed and his right hand is in pain.

My heart did a small twist upon hearing him say his hand in pain, can't move and seeing him holding his hand did not give me any positive thoughts. I had a 'dejavu' for a moment there remembering when he dislodge his own left wrist way back in 2009.

Calmly my mum fed him some red and green bean dessert to fill his tummy while pacifying him. Got him to have a shower and off we scouted off to the hospital. Having been thru this before helps me since hubs is away on Company Trip in Langkawi. Before we left the house, I've SMS him the news and wrote that can see physically his elbow has swollen and looked a bit dislodged.

As with A&E Procedure, after registering him they led him to the first base where the nurses will do the initial consultation. After asking a few questions and checking him up, his right arm was put on sling.

Cavan and his sling waiting for the MO after the initial consultation by the nurse

Waited for our turn to see the Medical Officer (MO) on duty and again relate the story and we were then ushered to the x-ray room. Once the x-ray film was printed out, we went into the MO's room again to see what's the damage. Suspicion is he has a crack on the lower bone of the elbow which was quite apparent in the x-ray. I was so hoping that it was just a dislodge elbow but guess this is not the case this time :(

I requested earlier from the nurse during the initial consultation to get Dr. Robert Penafort if it's found to be a similar case. Sad to say Dr. Robert is on leave till coming Monday. The MO called the other specialist, Dr. Gan Eng Cheng to explained the situation and we were then told that Cavan will be put on half cast and may be on it for the next 6 weeks. However, we are to return the next day which is today as I'm typing this out for Dr. Gan to check on him and advise further.

measuring the length of cast required

both of the nurses having a tough time cutting the cast!

start of the half cast session

wrapping it up tightly to support his elbow

putting the finishing touches

and he's ready to go home!

Let's hope that later when the sun rises and we consult Dr. Gan that it's nothing more serious than it is now. Looks like Cavan is going to spend his coming CNY with his right hand in cast.

waiting for me to settle the bill before we go back home

I thank God that it was his right hand that was injured and not his left for he's a left hander and he is still able to go to school and write except play the piano with both hands.

Thank you to all who left kind words when I posted my status with Cavan's photo in FB.

United Buddy Bears

It may be old news to some but I still want these huge bears to appear on my blog :D Purposely requested hubs to bring us downtown braving the jam and all on a weekend just to see with my own eyes these huge bears.

It was a sight to behold seeing them all dressed up in their countries best be it costume or landmarks. These are just some of those that I captured that night.

China bear

France bear

Look at how detailed the artist is!

Ireland bear

Japan bear

All hands raised up standing straight in a row

You saw their front, must also see their behind :p

I'm sure you would know where the following two bears hail from can you?

Pretty obvious eh? Presenting the Bear of Liberty from USA

cool hip bear from United Kingdom

Sweden bear

Now last but not least presenting to you our own cheerful yellow bear! Yep this is Malaysia's very own bear. Doesnt it make you smile looking at him for he's all yellow :))

painted by our local artist Imuda

United Buddy Bears are in town to promote living together in peace and harmony. The message that it's spreading is that they stand together "hand in hand", symbolising the future vision of a peaceful world.

You too can still catch them as they will be in Pavillion till the 15 February 2012 if you had not.


Monday, January 09, 2012

Portugese Settlement Malacca

Our first short getaway for the New Year is to Malacca. It was rather an impromptu trip when we decided to head to Malacca for some sight seeing and dinner.

We headed straight to Portugese Settlement to enjoy the sea breeze before settling ourselves for some good Portugese dinner.

It was still bright when we arrived and there's already crowd gathering along the sea banks and pier.

My two boys enjoying themselves :))

Just gotta love the colours of the sky!

A glorious sight to behold when the sun sets.

By then the eateries that were open that day started to get crowded. Some even closed early as they could not cater to the crowd. We found a spot and was told that waiting time is 1.5 hours. There goes our plan of heading to Jonker Street after dinner! We didn't order a lot since it's only 2 adults eating. The kiddos usually will nimble here and there. We had Portugese baked fish, stir fried vegetable, ginger lala and baked otak-otak.

Fiery hot and very different taste from the usual Portugese baked fish that I have in KL. Authentic Portugese?

There's also a stall that caught my eye for it's fames horse shoe crab. I didn't dare to order this to try as I'm scared of over ordering. So I'll keep this for the next round I'm here.

We left Portugese Settlement admist beautifully brightly lit homes! It justmakes me happy looking at it. If you have no where to go the next Christmas, head down to Portugese Settlement and set your sight on these dainty homes beautifully decorated!

And this was how we spend our 1st day of New Year together as a family :D

Friday, January 06, 2012

Birth Year Personality

As we get closer to Chinese New Year to welcome the Dragon, why don't you spend some time to read this and get to know yourself better and also see if what is said here is true :)

Mouse (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
People born in the year of the mouse are frugal, honest, and hardworking. They are also witty and efficient. However, their soft hearts may make them become wary of others, and lead to conflicts.

Cow (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
People born in the year of the cow honest, charistmatic, patient and hardworking. They do not like to fail, either in career or love.


Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
People born in the year of the tiger are passionate, honest, optimistic, and proactive. Honor and glory are their biggest motivations. However, their passion for success may lead to recklessness.

Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
People born in the year of the rabbit are sensitive, humorous, and talented. They are artists. In attaining success, they tend to put little effort in their endeavors, relying too much on their talent instead.

Dragon (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
People born in the year of the dragon are adventurous, emotional and efficient. However, they may get caught up in daydreaming of a romantic lifestyle, or become too arrogant.

Snake (1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001)
People born in the year of the snake are ambitious and hardworking. They are perfecitionists. However, their overly perfectionist personality often results in self-doubt.

Horse (1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002)
People born in the year of the horse are cheerful, open-minded and consistent. However, they have a tendency to be arrogant and wasteful.


Sheep (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003)
People born in the year of the sheep are compassionate and peaceful. However, they are also fearful and indecisive.


Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004)
People born in the year of the monkey are social, cheerful, and positive. However, they lack tenacity.


Chicken (1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)
People born in the year of the chicken are intelligent and courageous. They are also meticulous, and morally upright. However, they can also be self-centered and stubborn.

Dog (1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006)
People born in the year of the dog are honest, cheerful, sympathetic and responsible. However, they have a tendency to become reckless in maintaining relationships.

Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007)
People born in the year of the pig are honest, simple and tough-minded. Many are hardworking. However, their indecisiveness may prevent self-development.


So did any of the words strike a true chord?

source : http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=475504
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