Monday, 12 June 2017

Baking fever

The one thing I hated most about baking is to measure the ingredients, I always avoid attempting any baking project with too many ingredients.  

After gotten sick baking few batches of Chinese New Year's cookies many years ago.  I put away all my baking tools and utensils into the store.  I have forgotten where I have kept some of the baking stuff.

My baking fever back again a little after seeing my friend and his wife whom were a home baking many years back have now become very successful bakers in town, my friend told me that he is very happy and enjoys in what he is doing.  I am convinced that when you love to do something, you will do it passionately and produce that best.  I think that's their success formula.

One the other hand, to satisfy my baking urge, I bought a packet of Nona's muffin premix to bake some muffins at home.  Besides filling the muffin cups too full, everything went well.

presenting my chocolate muffins cupcakes

 the process of baking the chocolate muffins

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The most fruitful figs harvesting

We are so delighted to have a fruitful harvest of figs a couple of weeks ago.  To us harvested 5 fig fruits in a day meant a lot as compared to other fig planters.  The total weight of the 5 figs is only 133g.  I bought this weighing scale from Lazada just to weigh my fig fruits..This is the most fruitful harvest so far.
The varieties of these figs are a combination of white (actually yellow) and black figs.  The white ones are Panache (the one in front with its unique stripes of green and yellow) and Louisiana University Gold (at the background).  The black varieties are IBG (Ipoh Blue Giant) and Barnisotte.  
the inside of the Louisiana University Gold
The black variety

The inside of a Panache

A plate of nutritious figs.  After tasted all these varieties, we gave Louisiana University Gold (LUG) many thumbs up and followed by Panache.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The verdict on my Fig fruit variety - Barnisotte

Probably we have got a high expectation on a variety that many have given good comments about.  So far, fig variety Barnisotte has been a disappointment to us, for its fruit is dull and near tasteless for the one that we have tasted last night.
It was probably due to the first fruiting for this tree, many had said that the quality of the first batch of fruits tend to be less satisfying.  I really hope so.  There are some more Barnisotte fig on the tree waiting to be ripen.  This time we will have to patiently wait till the figs are fully ripen hope they will not be over ripen and turn bad.   

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A morning tour of my fig plants

Woke up slightly early this morning, able to steal sometime to check on our fig plants before going to work. In fact, I am pretty excited to see so many fruits on the trees. Honestly, not all the fruits turn out to be good, we had thrown away some of the fruits because they turned bad prematurely on the tree due to many factors, too much rain, white flies, and other pesticides are all detrimental to growing fig trees. We hope to harvest 2 of the fruits from Louisiana University Gold variety hopefully by this evening, you will see in my video below that they are looking good on the tree but have yet to taste them to give an honest recommendation on this variety.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Stunning Purple Orchid

One of our neighbours is an orchid seller.  His house has becomes an orchid nursery with lots of orchid plants, he has got several dogs to guard his plants too.

With a gesture of thanks for giving him some of our unwanted woods, he gave us a pot of this Purple Orchid.  Though it is only an ordinary orchid species, we feel very thankful.  

One thing I like about orchid is its long lasting flowers.  Here is the stunning purple orchid at its full blooms.   

There are a lot to learn about caring the orchids, but for now, let it blooms and we will learn as it grows.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Online shopping spree

I have had an online shopping spree last month. After a long wait for the parcels to arrive to my office, only realised that most of the parcel are actually delivered to my office post box as all of them are from different sellers and the size of the items as small. they can be easily slotted into post box.  Glad that my purchases arrived safely.  Since we can not personally touch the items before buying, there is no surprise that some are of low quality but still usable and the prices are relatively cheap, so can not complain much. 

glass crystal ball chandelier, arrived with no scratches, very satisfy with them.
surprisingly this silver bracelet is quite heavy and the quality is better than I expected
due to long distance handling process, I can expect some kind of damage, luckily this can be fixed easily. Below is the front of the hair clip.

very light weight bangles
jewelry set, a bit light weight

I am very satisfied with this peacock hair clip, I tried it on immediately

 below are a heavy weight dragon key chain (good quality), dragon image pendent, clove necklace and a pair of heart shape earrings

I like this set of Jewelries, the quality is better than the earlier set above.
a closeup view of the dragon image pendent

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Home Feng Shui Decorations

Do you believe in Feng Shui ?  To me, it is about being in the environment that involves natural Science, Geography and the human visual.  When someone feeling uncomfortable in a certain area that's the effect of "bad" feng shui to that particular person, then something need to be done to make the place comfortable for his/her living, like de-cluttering and cleaning up (which we are trying hard to do), or removing intruding shape edges, etc.

We always see a lot of feng shui decorations in and around the buildings, shops and people's house.  Most of those decorations are very pleasing to our eyes, with that effect, our mood and spirits are lifted up.  That is the magic of figurines feng shui I think.

I particularly like the little colourful fountain that I bought around this Chinese New Year, I hope the movement of the water and the colourful lights will bring in positive chi into our home.

What do you think of my Feng Shui decorations ? Do you apply Feng Shui at your home or office ?

Monday, 13 March 2017

My home grown fig trees update in March 2017

After 10 months into planting fig trees, we have experienced many ups and downs like many other endeavors. Trees too need our loving tender care. For the last few weeks, our fig trees have started fruiting. Under ideal conditions, a fig takes more or less 2 months to ripen. Let me give you a tour around our home grown fig trees which are bearing fruits.

Different varieties has its own distinct texture and taste, that's why fig collectors are cultivating many different types of varieties and their prices are also varies.  Will update again when they are ripen.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Birthday meal at Souled Out Restaurant

After attended a classmate's birthday party at SOULed OUT Restaurant last year, my girl had requested us to dine at SOULed OUT Restaurant for 2 separate occasions. We had my birthday dinner there last year and back again for my girl's birthday last month.  They have got several branches around Malaysia. 

This time was ordered these from their menu :
This is a special promotion meal, which I forgot whether it is salmon or other type of fish, served with rice. Less than RM10.00
Fish & Chips, Battered fish fillets fried till golden brown with a serving of chips & garden salad, RM30
Nasi Lemak,  Coconut flavoured rice with delectable serving of chicken curry and condiments, RM17

Baked macaroni & Cheese Oozing with melted cheese and chicken ham bits, accompanied by a bread stick, RM15.  This is a repeat order, we had this the first time we dined here.

 There's a live band entertaining the guests, the ambient is ideal for an evening night out, family and friends gathering.  

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..😄😄😄**