Friday, 20 February 2015

Angpows for Chinese New Year

Red is an auspicious colour in Chinese festivities.  Chinese New Year is the time to give and receive Angpows 红包。
It is fascinating to see the various designs of Angpow packets from the banks, companies, hypermarkets and other organisations who give out Angpow packets (empty ones of course) to their customers.  They have different  designs each year. My collection of angpow packets has becoming more and more each year too.
I have collected so many that I have difficulty in deciding  which design to use to stuff the Angpows money.  

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The eve of Chinese New Year 2015

I like the fragrance of pamelo leaves, it is so refreshing and full of Chinese New Year festive smell. 
It is a tradition in our home to shower with boiled pamelo leaves water on the eve of Chinese New Year to wash off the bad chi before our family reunion dinner.  I guess most of the local families do the same.  I brought together this tradition into my own small family after  marriage.  Clet will also splash our cars with boiled pamelo leaves water after washing them.
This year, we celebrated our family dinner at youngest brother's home..we were very disappointed that our papa admitted to the hospital the day before due to lungs infection.  Instead of having dinner at home, he had it in the hospital  with  the  packed dishes from home.  He generously gave away his hospital food to someone in the hospital as a gesture of good deed.
Thanks to the  effort of Albert and SIL Shirly for preparing nice and special dishes for us on this  eve of Chinese New Year.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Home baked cookies for Chinese New Year 2015

My oven has been made full used of on this Chinese New Year after more than 3 years sitting in the kitchen.

I have attempted 5 types of cookies this time with 3 of the recipes shared from a cousin whom baked cookies for sale for the past years.  She didn't  bake any this year because she has started a full time job.  While the pineapple cookies and colourful butter cookies, I found the recipes online. 

Now then I realised making cookies for sale is not an easy task as I first thought.  It is not just time consuming, the produce are not as many as I expected, the cost of ingredients also becoming costly..the profit margin is not as good. 

I made some for sale, some to give as gifts and whatever left are for self consumption.  The most satisfying cookies that I have made would be the pineapple cookies.  It is also Clet's favourite.
Pineapple cookies

Chocolate rice peanuts cookies, Butter Cookies and Cornflakes Cookies
Butter with Chocolate rice cookies
Butter Cookies
Colourful Butter Cookies

Thursday, 12 February 2015

2015 Year of Sheep / Goat

Don't you think these golden sheep / goat stuffed toys are cute? It's a gift from my colleague Cindy.  She never fails to bring back gifts for us whenever she goes travelling.  She didn't  travel far this time, merely had a short trip to KL.  Little gifts bring joy to all of us.  Perfect gifts for 2015.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Li chun 立春 04.02.2015

This is the first time I try to stand the eggs on Li Chun 立春。Said to bring good luck if one managed to make the egg stand on its tip on this very day.
I find easier to stand the eggs on the floor than on the table top..I managed to stand 3 eggs, the rest belongs to my colleagues..after that what should we do to the eggs, I asked my colleague, bring home cook and eat la..;)
Wishing all of us good years ahead from this very day..

Monday, 29 December 2014

My birthday 2014

Another year older..just a short post to acknowledge my birthday this year 2014 before we welcome the year 2015.

A birthday cake specially made for me by my sister in law, Catherine.  She notified me via facebook message, at a glance, I thought she bought a cake for me from the bakery shop.

After dinner, we went to Bro's house to have the cake cutting ceremony.  Kids are particularly excited with the candles lighted on the cake.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Nona Moist Luxury Double Chocolate Flavoured Cake

Looks like I can resume my baking activities after more than 3 years of putting my cake baking stuff into the store..I have to dig them out to make a bread yesterday (which turned out to be slightly  softer than a rock).

Tonite, to respond to my daughter's  persistent requests, we made chocolate  cakes together.  I bought a box of Nona cake mix for convenient sake.  I let her read the instructions  and get ready the ingredients needed.  I only came in to do the tedious part and the best thing is she promised to do the washing which she did. 

I followed exactly 55 minutes of baking.  The cake was partly  burned on the top and bottom.  After cutting off all the burnt parts, only leaving the middle part of the cake for them to enjoy.  

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Home Cooking - Stuffed Taufu Pok

Stuffed Taufu Pok was my weekend dish yesterday afternoon.  Weekends are the only time to relax and let laziness take over..
I don't  usually cook lunch on weekends but when Pearl told me that she was  hungry  at 2.30 pm, I have to dig the fridge. I was glad that I have bought  some seasoned minced pork and taufu poks.  With the help of my 2 girls to do the stuffing, cooking is faster and easier.  And they got the chance to learn how to prepare their favourite dish also.
Stuffed taufu poks and plain rice was our lunch.  A lazy mum idea. :)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

GST Seminars

The whole country is preparing for GST which is due to be implemented on 1st April 2015. 
As an accounts staff, it's  inevitable for me to know what's GST is all about.  After attended 2 separate briefings on  GST, I am still on a blur blur state.
The 2 brefings I attended were organised by UBS Sage and  Telekom in collaboration with  Kastam.  I have captured some slides just to recap.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

I like Hello Kitty but not a big fan of this cute mouthless kitty.  Unlike my SIL, she is really a big fan of Hello Kitty.  She whatsapp me a picture full of Hello Kitty products and asked me to help her purchase the one the she has circled in pink from Guardian near my shop.

After reading Shirley Tay's blog then I realised it is the 40th anniversary for Hello Kitty.  I guess these products are produced mainly for this celebration.  Surely become the hot products from Hello Kitty fans.

This body care set consists of body wash, body mist and body lotion, selling at RM25.90 per set.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Iron on patches - Disney's Frozen

I bought a piece of the Iron On Patch of Disney's Princess image from the local shop many weeks ago but the patch did not stick on the T-shirt, I gave up before my T-shirt got burnt under the hot iron.

I have seen so many Iron On Patches on youtube, it should work.  I would like to try it again.  After many weeks of waiting, I received my purchase of Iron On Patches through the post yesterday.  There are 4 Disney's Frozen images.

It did not fail me this time, the image was easily transferred within a couple of minutes under the hot iron.  Here is what I got with a Frozen image on my T-shirt. It is ready to wear. Just hope that the image will not fall off after wash.

I used the same T-shirt that I used for my first attempt weeks ago.  You could noticed that there are still some glue stain on the top left from the unsuccessful patch transfer.

These are the four Frozen Iron On Patches that I bought.  It costs me about RM4.50 per piece.   

Here is the instructions on how to do the transfer.  Very easy.     

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

At the time of electricity blackout

The electricity supply suddenly went off just after I parked my car in the garage.  I was just in time to close my auto gate. 

I couldn't be bother to look for the candles as I really do not know where it is. 

Not long after that Clet brought back our kids from their tekwondo class.  He found some candles (He remembered where he kept it) and lighted up 2 candles on the dinner table.  I captured the room environment with my phone and later noticed that it is gave a romantic feel right away, hence posted here. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

3 in 1 Green Tea Latte

I spotted this 3 in 1 Green Tea Latte when I tapau my breakfast this morning.  The coffee shop is selling RM2.00 for a packet.  This instant drink is new to me.  Anyone has tried it before?

I am trying to avoid drinking 3 in 1 instant drink but allowing myself to try this new thing. 

Upon opening up the packet, there is an aroma of green tea.  The tea is thick and nice.  Green tea lovers would definitely like it.  

I checked on the ingredients right after coming out from the shop, there is hydrogenated ingredients in it like many other food and drinks.  My lunch for today is Green Tea Latte and a few slices of plain cracker biscuits.  

*Disclaimer : The above is purely my own opinions, no intention to offend any parties.   
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