Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Avocado seedlings

Have been busy with many little stuff lately and now have to spare sometimes caring checking on my plants and fruits seedlings, among them are the tomatoes, avocado and fig cuttings.  Here is the following up post on my avocado seedlings which were germinated from seeds.  2 out of four rooted.  

 tiny root showing up
 more roots
 Less than 2 months old avocado stalk with young leaves

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Planting from cuttings and seeds - Fig & Avocado

We have been busy doing some fig planting project at our home for the past one month.  I ordered some hybrid fig tree cuttings from the local planter, put them in the soil and after 2 weeks or so of tender nurturing care, the cuttings have produced new shoots coming out like these..

fast forward yesterday, they have grown a bit more like the photo below.  Since their roots are still not stable yet, it is not advisable to place them outdoor.  Oh yes, the little one at the bottom right is a cutting from Spain, Don Juan, we are so glad to see its new shoots.
I ordered yet another batch of cuttings from the same planter last week.  They are now in the "incubator" waiting for the new roots and shoots to come out.  Hopefully all our cuttings will live.
 Being ambitious, I am also trying to grow avocado tree from seeds after we ate the fruits.  So far no sign of root or shoot after 1 week...

Monday, 13 June 2016

Fresh and dried fig fruits

We tasted a few more varieties of fresh fig fruits lately from a local farm.  I was trying to get the names of these figs but she has forgotten which trees she plucked them from.  Vividly she could remember one of them is TGF (Taiwan Golden Fig).  The smallest one is cute and sweet.
 anyone can identify what varieties these figs are ?

During puasa month and with Ramadan approaching, there are aplenty of dried figs for sale in the supermarket.  Being first time buying dried figs, I chose the brand that I heard regularly on the radio, Yusuf Taiyoob. 
We have counted, there are 38 pieces of dried figs compactly packed in this round plastic container.  I really love the texture of these dried figs, not overly sweet.  I can have 4-5 pieces in a day as snack.  Although my girls much prefer the fresh ones but they do not mind having one or two the dried ones while waiting for our home grown fig trees to bear fruits in 3-4 months time..hopefully earlier. 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Flowers, plants and vegetable at home

Awaken by a phone call from my brother.'s already worries, it's a Saturday & still school holiday.

Had our relaxing breakfast at home, kids will be back to school next week.  My girl helped to spread avocado with milk on a slice of bread for me with her leftover avocado (her breakfast for today, obviously not used to taking fruits as breakfast :D).  It's just feel so nice to have my little girl preparing something for me.  She prepared sandwich lunch for me too on my request because I am down to cough & flu.

After breakfast, I went checking on my flowers, the progress of my tomatoes seedlings, french beans seedling, if any (still no way to be found) and my kale plant.
Finally, this single petals desert rose is blooming.

I took a picture of the three types of blooming desert roses at the front porch..I bought 3 more varieties of desert roses from the tamu last week, as you can see one of them is at the right side. 

Here is the tomatoes seedlings, growing very slowly but at least germinated about a week after planting the seeds.
one more, looking weak hopefully it will become stronger in the coming days.
my kale plant that I bought from the tamu for RM8.00.  It was in a poly bag, we re-potted it here.  I just learnt that Kale is very good for health.  I intend to add more herbs plants into my collections and start to learn how to "eat" them since they posses great nutritional values.

We are working on a planting project at our home, will update it here soon.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Meals at Sugar Bun

It's been ages since we last dined at Sugar Bun.  The whole fish set meal is the one attracted my better half to try its meals again.  I could hardly find serving of the whole fish like this in other restaurants. 
I opted for something spicy this time, I think is the asam fish set meal.  My kids chose the soupy rice and fried chicken set meals. The soupy rice came pretty late because the kitchen has forgotten our order, my kid went straight to her meal before I even have the chance to take a photo.
Overall we are happy with our meals there..the absence minded kitchen staff is a set back.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Blooming Desert Roses

Our desert rose flowering again.  This time we have two varieties blooming at the same time, the bright pink and purplish petals..
I have missed collecting the seeds from the last blooms, I must collect the seeds this time round to plant more desert roses.

I have recorded down the flowering process of its full blooms over the period of 7 days in this video.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Pumpkin Soup Fish meehoon

Recommended by a friend, we went to try the fish meehoon soup near our daughter's school.  We ordered one with fish head and the other with fresh fish meat.

When the bowl of fish head meehoon soup came, my hubby was not very pleased, because he dislikes pumpkin soup.  The soup base is not strong enough to cover the fishy taste of the fish.

First time we tried fish soup with pumpkin as main ingredient.  Overall is less than what we expected. These 2 bowls of fish head and fresh fish meehoon soup cost us RM35.00 for our breakfast.  

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Our first Fig Tree - Taiwan Golden Fig (TGF)

We bought our first Fig tree from the tamu place last weekend.  I first heard about fig trees from my colleague last year whom is a facebook fan of one of the local fig farm.  She told me that both the fig seedlings and fruits are expensive but the demand is good despite of the price.

Fig is a nutritious fruit contains minerals, vitamins and fiber, vitamin A, B1, B2, Calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium & chlorine.  It is good to control and lower blood sugar level.  With that reason, we try to plant fig tree at home.  We bought a small plant in a poly bag and transplanted it to a pot with the soil mixture recommended by the nursery.  

The transplanting process of a Taiwan Golden Fig plant :

We also bought a packet of 6 pieces figs fruit (RM16.90 for 160gm) from the local mini market.  Marking our first time trying fresh fig fruits.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Hair Dye - Bigen Speedy

It's time again to dye my graying hair at home.  Though I am lazy to do it but I always remind myself that it is a great blessing that I have hair to dye..because of the hereditary gray hair, it gives me the opportunities to add colour to my hair as frequent as I required to, that's the word of comfort to myself (each time the gray hair start to appear). 

My favourite hair colour brand is Bigen though there are not many color choices, currently I am using its No.875 Copper Brown
At times I would go for total black hair dye like this one from Follow Me Natural Black selection.  Both brands can be bought from the supermarket, prices are cheaper than buying products from the saloons.

 There are 2 tube paste inside the Bigen box, Tube 1 is the color paste, Tube 2 is the Hair color conditioner 
an instruction leaflet, disposable glove and a comb
my graying hair
no difference from an 80 years old lady...haaaahaaa..
squeeze the No, 1 and No.2 paste onto the comb
start applying the paste by combing onto the hair, I did this in front of the mirror so that I can see where I miss..cover the hair up with a shower cap for 30-40 minutes more or less.  During such time I  could walk around the house to get things done. 

Rinse, wash and dry my hair.  Taadaaa...gray hair have been covered

top and side view..this could last for 3-4 weeks till another round of colouring.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Heating and Air conditioning services

The weather is still very warm and humid despite occasion rain.  I spend most of my time in the office during week days where I could enjoy the cool breeze in the air conditioned room,  I could feel the heat as soon as I step out from the office at the end of the days' work.

I could comprehend why my better half and my kids complain about the very hot weather everyday that they are experiencing out there, the heat wave is really get into everyone, even the radio stations are advising their listeners to drink more water to avoid dehydration.

I could really feel the heat during the weekends that I am away from the office, our favorite places would be in the shopping complexes to keep us cool and comfortable but we couldn't possible be spending the whole time in the complexes, it is high time for us to install an air conditioning at our living room, Columbus Air Conditioning would be the best choice.  We have heard so many good feed backs from their customers and our friends that they provide the best service as claimed, their fully trained staff are friendly and polite, they take pride in the job and understand the customers' needs, and provide good after sales service too.  I personally like the idea of hassle free air conditioning services, they also provide an after office hours telephone contact to reach out for help in case of emergencies.

Good news for those who live in Ohio, they have many service areas throughout Ohio, just give them a call to get their advice for the list of choices to meet your budget, based on the years of expertise in the heating and air conditioning industry, they guarantee 100% customer satisfaction in their products and services, their services include installation and servicing furnace, heating system, heat pump, air quality and temperature control products.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

School Folk & Art Songs Singing Competition 校园民瑶歌唱比赛

After many sessions of practicing, my girl is very happy that her class has proved to be the best in 2016 group A inter class folk & art songs singing competition because they are the Champion.  They are the only Junior One class entered into the final and against all odds, they became the champion in Group A Junior 1 & 2 category held in the school hall on 30th April 2016.

Bravo to the champion session with their form teacher on stage.

I have also recorded the performances of the other classes for your listening pleasure.  But I did not manage to record those of the senior classes because my view has been blocked by those seated in front.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Seminar Unclaimed Money Act 1965

Sometimes it is good to get out of the office to learn something new like attending a seminar.  Being in the Accounts Department, 95% of the time I have to face the computer to get my job done, that requires me to sit down most of the time in the office.  

We hardly got the chance to attend seminars except those attendance are compulsory and free ones. Me and my other other colleague went for a seminar organised by the Jabatan Akauntan Negara last week at their office situated at 9th Floor of Wisma Perindustrian along Tanjung Lipat, Likas.  It was a half day seminar without charge, most of the time they provide light refreshment, which is good.
It was the first time I went to Wisma Perindustrian.  Before driving there, I asked my SIL who works at the same building at where I should park.  I arrived there early, I took the opportunity to take the view of Tanjung Lipat from the 9th floor. This is the coastline leading to Yayasan Sabah.
a view away from the coastline
and the parking lot where I parked my car, it is in front of the Sabah Trade Centre
A leaflet from a developer promoting their apartments project at the lift in Wisma Perindustrian  
This seminar is very useful for businesses and also individuals, a lot of us thought that the monies that we placed in the bank which has became inactive and dormant are gone forever, in fact we could  claim our money back from Jabatan Akauntan Negara, we just have to get confirmation from the bank that our money has been submitted to Jabatan Akauntan Negara.
of course, there are certain documents that we have to submit to make our claims.

This is guide book that we received from the seminar, I have yet to read more in detail. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Interior painting for our house

It has been 5 years now since we moved into our house, due to budget constraint, we only afford to do some refurbishment and painting before moving in, it was not a renovation but simply touched up on the falling ceiling and gave the dirty and peeling off walls some painting.

We have been wanting to give a new look to our house, needed a change of feng shui to enhance the good luck chi coming into our home.  At the moment, most of the interior walls are painted white except our bedrooms are pink.  It was my idea to have white walls during that time because my eye sights are poor, white tends to brighten up the house easier especially during the night.  The paint somehow faded over the years, It is time to repaint our house.

The first thing we ask ourselves is what color should we choose this time for a fresh new look.  There are four of us in the house, each one of us has different, purple, beige, brown or combination of few colors ??   We ended up arguing, thus, the project is still on hold.  How I wish we could hire a professional painter like hingham painters to take care of the project, from initial planning, giving us the advise on the colors, the budget, time frame of completion, and guarantee of quality work done.  One thing I dislike about refurbishment is the cleaning up the mess after that.  We have to move the furniture and fittings to make way for the painting, the mobilization itself will tend to cause damage to our furniture, we have to take all these into account if we were to do the project ourselves, which we do not have the expertise to handle all these..the best solution would be to hire a professional painter to take care of this for us. 

Indian cuisine at Maimunah

We had a very satisfying meal at Maimunah, a 24-hour Indian eatery last Saturday.    

Chicken Nasi Biryani with an egg.  Lots of spices found in the rice (RM9.50), the portion is sufficient.  We ordered three.  This is far better than this one I had weeks ago at one of the Indian shop in Grace Court Sembulan.

side dish peanuts anchovies (ikan bilis)

another side dish is fried bitter gourd, my girls do not like bitter gourd but they ate this without complaint
We also ordered 2 roti canai kosong.  I realised something additional came with the roti canai, that's the sambal dip that filled up the right serving compartment, it was left empty all this while.
The total bill is less than RM40.00.
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