Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

Just an update on my Valentine's Day activities. Busy at work as usual. My better half knows me well that I no longer needed a teddy bear because he is my teddy bear, no flowers because they are overpriced, but cash are welcome, no chocolate, because the last I would choose is the chocolate among all the sweet candies. I enjoy most are the food. So the highlight of the day is food though nothing to shout about because it's just ordinary. The most important is the sense of Love and being Loved as we get together as a family.
Famous Nasi Kuning (Yellow Fragrance Rice) with fish
Valentine's Day morning breakfast..sweet and spicy combination. As usual, both of us shared a glass of sweet kopi Kahwin like we always do.
At night, I put on my heart shape glittering earrings for a date with my better half and daughters.  We went for a Japanese Meal.  We arrived just in time to get a table for 4.  By the time we finished our meal, there were several couples and families waiting to be seated.  This Japanese restaurant was full house.

Bento sets and salmon slices
duck rice and last piece of jelly.
We left not long after we finished our meal to make way for others to sit.  That's about our Valentine's Day 2017. How's yours ?

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Eve of Chinese Lunar Year 2017

As usual we had our reunion dinner with my parents at my brother's house. It's a small reunion as both of my brothers are in tourism line, it's the peak season with lots of Chinese tourists this time of the year. Leaving my youngest brother & family joining for the dinner.

simply food...blessed reunion and happy tummies to welcome a brand new year of fire Rooster..

**just for laugh, my mum was born in the year of Rooster, she told us that she will not cook and eat chicken for the reunion dinner, why ? she said  how come one cook and eat chicken while herself is a Rooster..😄😄😄**


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Our Chef Wedding Reception

The wedding reception was at 6.30pm last Saturday. While waiting for the rest of my colleagues to arrive, I seated at the lobby area just in front of the big Chinese New Year flowers arrangement. I like it very much. I also noticed that there are a lot of Chinese tourists in this hotel, hope they enjoy their stay in Sabah.

This the flower display taken from where I was sitting.

This time I did not take the photos of the food served, only photos with my colleagues.  The groom is a head chef in one of our Company's resorts.  It is his turn to be served for his wedding reception in down town hotel, usually he is the one who head the resort's kitchen for the guests' wedding receptions.
Lovely newly wed couple, wishing them a happy and long lasting marriage.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Relieving Cough and Flu

We were down with cough and flu in the beginning of this month. We will try to heal ourselves with natural remedies first if all that we have done have no effect, we will then visit the doctor. 

I am glad that with some natural home remedies, my girls have got well, but both of us old folks started to get the virus after that. The cough and flu have disturbed our daily activities and night sleeps.  Unfortunately with my busy workloads, I could not take any leave off from work. My better half came home one day and told me about a natural remedies that his friend asked him to try. It is said to be able to relieve cough and flu. With me sniffing away with my flu, I tried the steam orange recipe. We had the steamed oranges 2 consecutive nights, it does help to relieve chesty coughs thus reducing the coughing at night but it is not a cure to stop the coughs, coughing is hard to heal, especially to me whom has asthma problem. Here's how the steamed oranges is prepared.

I have to say that the steamed oranges is delicious and I do not mind having it as a dessert.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Before we say goodbye to the year of Monkey

We always get unwell around this time of the year.  I always blame it to the cold wind from the North which I find a bit chiller than normal.  We drove to a housing area where my better half has been to have his cupping therapy from a taichi master.  It was my first time accompanying him there, I was turned of with the condition of the place which my better half mentioned it was not like that before. Though the place is in such a bad condition,  the massage business is so good, to not waste time having to queue for the service, we decided to look for other place. 

Before we drove away from this area, we had to stop to capture this scene, check out this video and you will know what I meant about this place. 

Love the monkeys but not this way.  Soon we will have to say good bye to the Monkey year and welcome the Rooster.  Wish it's going to be a good year for all.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Wedding Anniversary Dinner

This month this year, we are into 16 years of marriage, a lot of ups and downs, happiness and disappointments, arguments and forgiveness. We are blessed with 2 precious daughters with our Lord God in the centre of family, there is nothing else I could ask except for His continuous Blessings for Good health, lots of Love, happiness and safety for all of us in our family. 

Celebration must have good food. With 2 additional voices and opinions, we came to a consensus to have our anniversary dinner at Grill'z Kitchen. This is one of the only few restaurants that served pork in their menus. 

If you happen to be in KK, you could try Grill'z Kitchen at :

Lot 3 & 3A, 1st Floor, Block A,
Kepayan Point, Jalan Penampang By-pass,
88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,
Tel : 088 701300

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Harvesting our Taiwan Golden Fig

After into 8 months of planting our first fig tree since May 2016 (my earlier post), we finally got to harvest some decent size figs from our Taiwan Golden Fig (TGF) tree. TGF is not an expensive variety among all of the fig trees, but it is a very popular variety for the fig planters. The size of the fig is medium and the taste is reasonably good. We are so happy to "harvest" the figs after weeks of waiting for them to ripe, one after another. By the way, it only produced 4 fruits this time round. Let's come see our little "harvest".

We always cut the fig into 4 equal pieces so that everyone of us in the house have a share of it, even for the smallest tiny fig, because each variety has got its distinct texture and taste.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Return Day Trip From Kota Kinabalu To Labuan

This video was taken by my better half when he took a day trip to Labuan last week.  He did not bring us round the territory because it was a rush business day trip.  Most part of the video here is the ferry boat ride and the terminal.  For friends who have not been to Labuan using ferry or speed boat ride, this is for you.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rainbow Cake and Christmas cookies at Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu

It happened when we were looking for my birthday last month, we wanted to get a small yet yummy cake just for a little birthday celebration (Thanks SIL for spending the cake). Riding around the city centre and stopped by Hyatt newly renovated road side cafe. To our surprise, take out cake slices are 50% cheaper than eating in. With no hesitation, we decided to take out 1 cheese cake and a slice of rainbow cake and chocolate moist cake each. It was near Christmas time, they were also selling Christmas cookies and fruit cakes, full of Christmas atmosphere, that's why I say I just love December

This video is for your viewing pleasure with the cake we bought :

Saturday, 31 December 2016

December is my favourite month of the year

December is my favourite month, because there are celebrations throughout the whole of December, starting from my birthday, children's school holiday, my mum's birthday, winter solstice, Christmas and closely follow by New Year's Eve and a brand new year.
Desserts & cakes at Promenade Hotel 

When we talk about celebrations and gathering, there must have food, adding a few pounds or kg on our belly is unavoidable in December month alone.  It's the last day of the year, we have worked hard and stressed out for the whole year, let's relax and enjoy more good food with our families and friends on the new year 's eve and welcome a superb year of 2017 for all of us.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Upperstar Restaurant

Upperstar is a very successful chain restaurant in Sabah. Credits are given to its reasonable price, good food and cosy dinner environment. Just a few weeks ago, we went to its Damai branch restaurant just after it is opened for business at 10.30am. We had our family Christmas party meeting there. Gathering is not complete without food, we went there empty stomach after Sunday morning mass from church. 

I ordered a cup of coffee, they serve our local Fatt Choi Tenom coffee (I like the idea of them supporting local produce).
Fatt Choi coffee sachet is very thick and kaw, I can make a pot of coffee instead of a mug using one sachet at home.
My cheesy girls ordered lasagne and
spaghetti carbonara for breakfast in the morning
on the side we ordered the mixed sandwiches - Tuna and Egg sandwiches
and curry buffs
On the meeting table

We were sitting at the open air, this little fella came around, not asking for food, simply hanging around.  My girls always wanted to have cat at home, they are still waiting for my green light to have a cat.
I might adopt a cat to scare away the rats around the house since our dogs could not do their job.  Still considering.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Home Remedy for Sore throat, Cough and Cold with Asam Boi Tenom

I find this is a very effective home remedy for sore throat, cough and cold. I have tried a few times and it's proven effective.

A 900gm bottle of I think more than 50 pieces of preserved calamansi (kit cai) stuffed with preserved plum cost only RM28.00, it is a product of Tenom, a town in Sabah, popular with its tangerine and coffee, yes, Yit Foh and Fatt Choi brands coffee are both from Tenom.  

Back to the Asam Boi, I usually served it warm to treat the sore throats problem for my daughters, take the drinks 2-3 times a day.  The preserved calamansi is very tasty too.  It is also very refreshing serving it cold on a hot day.  

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Dumplings Soup įšŪ蛋éĨšå­é’čœæąĪ

My generous neighbour gave us a pack of 10 pieces frozen dumplings that she bought from her visit to Sandakan.  It is the best dumplings that we have had so far.  The fillings is compact with pork, prawn, century egg įšŪ蛋. It is super delicious. We only had this soup for dinner last night.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Food Talk

Let's start with something we had for breakfast.  It's been a while I did not have meals at Kuo Man Kopitiam at Sunny Garden, they are famous for their fish soup.  I am not willing to pay extra GST charges for fish soup that I could find better elsewhere.  Just 2 weeks ago, we happened to be around the area, we went to have breakfast there. To our dismay, when we asked for tissue, the waitress took a small packet of tissue to sell to us...they can't even provide tissue to their customers ??? Even a small food stall give us a piece of tissue together with the fork and spoon or chopsticks lah.  It's going to be another long while I will eat there again. 

Kuo Man Konlou mee with fish paste soup
Kuo Man Kopitiam Mee basah 
Meehoon soup fish cake from Kuo Man Kopitiam
Vegetable rice for lunch at Indian kopitiam, my daughter commented "Mummy, you come to Indian shop to eat these vegetable dishes only ? Shouldn't you have some curry dishes??"  She's right but I was not into curry that day.  
We had pisang goreng cheese, lots and lots of cheese after my vegetable meal.

This looks miserable right?  My better half had this for dinner, he had no complaint, I guess that taste must be good.
I had this Thai Style chicken rice, it's hot & spicy, cukup rasa (tasty).

That's all for this food talk post.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas decorations at Oriental Hotel KK

It is the nicest time of the year to be out and about to feel the Christmas mood in the shopping complexes and hotels.  I attended a wedding dinner at Oriental Hotel Kota Kinabalu last Saturday, the hotel has displayed a huge Christmas tree at the foyer, and Christmas cookies and cakes at the cafe.  Let's enjoy the video clip.