Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Chinese New Year 2019 - Year of the Boar

My desert roses started to bloom around the Chinese New Year season.

The eve of Chinese lunar new year 2019 falls on 4th February.  It's also the day of Li Chun (立春), a day signifies the start of Spring.  Li Chun has the similar pronunciation of "standing of an egg".  It's made believed that whoever can made the egg stands on this day will have a prosperous and healthy year ahead.  Thus, I went ahead to stand the egg, I managed to stand not one but 3 eggs.  I am overjoy with it because I have not been able to make an egg stand on a smooth surface like this before and it's the first time I did it at home.

It is also a believe that whoever deposits money at the ATM on the auspicious hours on Li Chun will accumulate wealth but I forgot to deposit any money this time, fortunately I did not do any withdrawal too. 
My 3 eggs standing.  2 of them remained standing at the time I am writing this post on the 1st day of Chinese New Year.  It's unbelievable that despite all the movements and wind blowing around the house, 2 of the eggs still standing. 🔻

My girls have been helping me to stuff the new notes into the angpow packets for the past 3 years..they helped me to do the same this year.

I have received a new wallet from my SIL to keep the angpow packets, very convenient and presentable for me to take them out for distribution during new year gatherings.
She also shared part of her 2019 new angpows collections which she has gone through the trouble to make her rounds to ask for them. 

 Our family reunion dishes

Tang Yuan [湯圓] after dinner.  Simply glutinous rice balls in sweet ginger soup symbolises family togetherness.

How was your Chinese New Year's eve ?

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Buying a Drone & SIRM licence

Just end of last year, my better half bought a drone from a facebook seller.  We kept track of the shipment status until the stage where it said the parcel has arrived at destination.  After about 2 weeks of waiting, the parcel still have not been delivered to our door step yet.  We contacted the seller, he asked us to check with the post office. Upon checking, I was told that the parcel has been held by Customs pending for SIRIM licence.  A visit to the Customs section at post office, they are very helpful in explaining and guiding us on how to go about applying for the licence.  

Just for your information, drone is now a control item for security reasons.  Any importation of Drone must be approved by SIRIM.  Unless you are buying the drone from local sellers, I believe they have gone through the troubles in getting the licences done.

To apply for a SIRIM licence for my drone, I have to submit the forms from SIRIM, a copy of the invoice from the seller, a letter from post office Customs office, a photocopy of IC (front & back), specification details of the drone and model.  Submission of application can be done online at SIRIM website and a fees of RM100.00 to be paid online (I did my application online). Application can be done at SIRIM office as well.  The processing took less than a month after I submitted all the documents required by them.  Upon receiving a copy of the licence, we went to collect our long awaited drone from post office Customs Dept. A 10% Sales Tax is imposed on the purchase price.

At the Post Office Customs department, they asked us to open the parcel ourselves for inspections and take photos.  We sealed it back again and handed back to them until our SIRIM licence is obtained.
A copy of the product descriptions and manual 
 The accessories for the drone
 the main body parts of the drone
 Operational manual
Finally we got our drone.  It is very much like a toy to me.  We have not tried it out at the open space yet.  We have to practice to fly it first to avoid crashing it.  

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Investment in 2019

My 2nd hand windows 8 desktop has been taken over by my daughter for she has been complaining her Windows XP is slacking whenever she logon to Youtube and many other sites.  With the upgraded internet to unifi, it is slacking due to out dating hardware,  I know how frustrating it is.

I am basically stranded by taking over her old computer, not just slow, the worst is, I can't even view certain websites.  As I will be venturing into ecommerce activities, I need a notebook badly and it's time to invest into something that will help in my work.

 This is the first notebook to call my own.  A gift from better half for our wedding anniversary.
A right size Acer Aspire E14 with 2 years warranty. I am given 2 weeks testing time should there be any technical defect, I can bring it back to the shop.  

Came with a box of free gadgets.  I only used the cooling fan so far.  It comes with a computer bag too.

With God's grace, I hope I will be able use this investment to propel my ecommerce business to a greater height in 2019 and beyond.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Mexican Creeper, Coral Vine or Air Mata Pengantin

We planted the Air Mata Pengantin (translation :  The tears of the bride) for our stingless bees because they love this flowers.  This plant is famously known as Mexican Creeper or Coral Vine.  

The seedling of this Coral Vine is not cheap.  It is being sold up to RM30.00 (Approx. USD7.00) per plant in polibeg or small pot.  Though the flowers are small, they are very beautiful, no wonder the stingless bees love them.

It is easier to plant them by cuttings then using seeds.  Once they start growing, they will start to creep and grow wild.  We have got both the white and pink flowers Carol Vine or Mexican Creeper planted in the pots.  Let's have a more close-up look at these flowers.     

Monday, 15 October 2018

Domino's new branch

I believe it's Domino's first time step its foot into Sabah last month, opening its branch at a new shop lots in Bundusan right opposite Beverly Hill Plaza.

We went to try a few weeks ago.  As it's still new in town, the queues are long and basically it's self service, meaning that we have to collect our drinks and pizza after ordering.  The seats are all outside the corridor without aircon, I think there are meant for customers waiting for their take away orders.  

The taste of this cheese pizza is tasty but if you want to enjoy a cozy place to dine in with family and friends for a nice pizza meal, this is not the place, you might want to try their delivery service.  I have not tried their delivery service yet so too early to comment.   Great to have more food outlet chains venturing their businesses in this part of Malaysia to cater for the increasing demand from the tourists and locals.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Farewell Gift - Swarovski Jewelry Set

One of my subordinates resigned last month to further her Master Degree course in one of the state in Peninsular Malaysia.  My immediate boss suggested that we should present her a farewell token as she has more than 5 years service in the company.  He had passed this responsibility to me to work it out.  I thought high and low, and came to a decision not to give her any souvenir that will collect dust.  With the given budget, I went shopping online and bought this from Zalora.
Swarovski Crystals Necklace and Earrings set in a gift box, it is very handy for my colleague to bring it along with her.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Big Fish Meals

Fish is my first choice when comes to having dishes, I will only opt it out when the shops that we dine in are overpriced for their fish dishes.  

My better half saw a youtube introduction of a newly opened fish shop named "大鱼 Big Fish " in the city.  We went to check it out after church last Sunday.  

It is located just opposite the new railway terminal at Aeropod Commerical Centre.  After checking on the menu, my daughters prefer to order other stuff instead of the centre piece big bowl fish soup.  I was having bad flu and cough that day (still at the time of writing this post), I ordered a bowl of fish porridge to soothe my throat.   Let us bring you along to the Big Fish Restaurant in KK, there is no MSG in their ingredient.  

Address : Aeropod Commercial Center, Bloak H-1-10, Lower Ground, Off Jalan Highway, Tanjung Aru, Kepayan, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Hours :  Open ⋅ Closes 3PM ⋅ Reopens 6PM
Phone : 088 203911

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

New Kitchen Appliance - Butterfly Air Fryer BAF601D

After searching around the local electrical shops and online shops, finally I am happily settled in with this Butterfly brand Air Fryer,  it is like a small oven.  If you are a person like me, looking for a way to enjoy fried / grilled food without using oil, air fryer is a solution. 

Bought this brand new Butterfly Air Fryer with a real bargain from a private online seller.  It's was only RM230.00 including postage to Sabah

We have been using it to fry/roast chicken, pork, lamb, potatoes fries.  It cooks real fast, without having oil spill all over the place (cook with no oil needed), and food taste real good and healthier.  

You may check out the video below when I unpacked the cooking accessories for this air fryer.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Figs varieties Col De Dame Negra (CDDN), Bight Dame (BD), Purple Jordan (PJ)

3 types of figs we plucked from our home garden 2 days ago.  The best ever among many of the figs we have planted.  

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lunch on a working day

I usually prepacked my lunch to the office.  There are seriously lack of places to have food in the Plaza that I work and I am not willing to go under the hot sun and cross the busy road just to find lunch and come back to the office with sweat to continue my another half day of work in the office.

On  the days that I do not prepack my lunch, I would go to find food at the staircase stall (this stall is literally under the staircase with slanting roof just on top of their heads), it is operated by a pakcik, I guest the rental is very minimal.  But the stall was closed.  Another eatery shop nearby was also closed.  I ended up at 7-Eleven to find my lunch and settled with these buns (RM3.90 in total) with a mug of Min Kaffe.

Vanilla filling bun from Gardenia
Jagung Sweetcorn filling from Gardenia

 Can't really see the sweetcorn filling paste in the bun because its colour is similar to the bun.  Very sweet.

Red Beans paste filling from BTC Bakery
The red bean paste filling is just alright, prefer it to be less sweet too.

I couldn't take in the vanilla bun anymore after finishing the red beans and sweetcorn buns.  I took home and stored in the fridge and I totally forgotten about it over the weekend.  Got to check on its expiry date when I get home this evening.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Purchase Books online from Bookurve

After a few visits to the local bookstores to look for books related to swiftlet with no avail.  I suggested to my better half that we could actually try to find online.  I came across this site called Bookurve, we found a few books on the topic of swiftlet but they are not quite the type of contents we are looking for.  Since I was browsing through the collection of books for sell on Bookurve, I found a  couple of books (in fact more and I have put them on my wish list) which I like from Bookurve.  I bought 2 books and get 1 book for free (randomly chosen by Bookurve) and came with 2 free book marks too.  I have also earned 30 points (RM3.00) through this purchases, the points can be redeemed towards my next purchase.

The books arrived after about 2 weeks, these books that I bought were not on ready stock.  They have to order them from overseas then poslaju to me thus took a longer time.  
A big word of Bible on the book title..please don't be deceived by its title, it is not the Holy Bible that I already have.  This book is about Cryptocurrency by Alan T. Norman.  Priced at RM54.00.    Bought this book for me to get to know more about this emerging currency.

The 2nd book which I really like is on sewing and coincidentally it is another Bible on the title.  Price is RM126.00

 Enclosed with this book is a sewing pattern.  I have not used it yet, hope the pattern will help me in my next sewing project, a tunic blouse or dress.
 Meantime, I put my tunic bible in my sewing accessories box till I have got the right material and time to start sewing.

With buy 2 free 1 promotion, this novel was picked randomly by Bookurve for me.  I like the cover design of this book though.
I do not read novel and it is not my daughters' preference so I just to have to find a place on the book shelf to keep this book for now.  Will read it when I am retired from work. 

I am happy with my purchase experience with Bookurve.  The whatsapp communications has made the whole transaction pleasant and smooth.  I have also taken up a book reading challenge of reading 4 books this year hope I can fulfill it.

{Note : This is not a paid post, this is merely my personal online books purchasing experience with Bookurve.} 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Fresh Figs from garden to table

After about 2 years of planting fig trees, I have collected up to 20 varieties of fig trees in my house compound.  We have sold some of the small fig trees which we did air layered from our existing trees.  

We have not been able to sale our figs just yet as the figs that we harvested are just about enough for our own consumption probably because we let them grow organic way, we only fertilise our trees once in a while with organic fertiliser, no green house nor spraying chemical.  We have also lost many of our beautiful half ripen figs to the birds all the time, many figs stop growing half way through and countless of them got spoiled by fruits intruders.

We always get very excited when we see our figs fully ripen on the trees and make it to our table.  This week alone we are able to pluck up to 10 different sizes and varieties of figs, we gave away 3 to my sister in law who is trying to grow figs in pots as well.

sending them to my sister in law

enjoying some at home 
Me in action plucking the figs, weighing them and serving them as dessert

Monday, 2 April 2018

Bacon Cheese Burger at Burger King

In comparison, meals at Burger King are slightly more expensive than other fast food chain.  We are more frequent to McD because they have more outlets than BK.  We do have our favourite choices at BK thus we returned for more at their Imago outlet.  My favourite is the mushroom burger but I did not see it on the display board that day.  I must have skipped it when I saw black pepper mushrooms burger, I do not like my burger to be hot and spicy.   
 Cheesy French Fries 
 the size of the french fries are bigger and real potatoes at every bites 
 A typical hamburger with slices of onion and cheese sandwiched in the burger just enough for a light meal.
 A double cheese burger
Bacon Cheese Burger is the one we came for.  My better half and my youngest simply love this burger.  

Sunday, 1 April 2018

A School Holiday Saturday

On the one week school holiday, instead of letting our girls to have their beauty sleep on Saturday, we woke them up to accompany us to the tamu (open air market) at Giant Kolombong parking lots. The only things that made them willing to follow us are the puppies and cats for sale at the tamu.  We bought our puppies there too some 3 years ago.  

Before going round the tamu, we had our breakfast on the 1st floor food court. Our breakfast preferences were different that day, we walked stall by stall to choose our food and ended up with these on our table.
 Watan Hor
 yes my girl chose chicken rice for her breakfast
my signature breakfast, the meehoon soup.  I was happy to be given 6 different types of stuffed vegetable as toppings.

the name of the food court is Anjung Selera.  This food court had survived, plentiful of food to choose from and air-conditioned.  A few stalls only start their businesses around noon time.  Besides the choices of food, another thing I like about this food court is its high roofing, there is no cooking smell "stick" on our clothing or hair when we walk out of this food court.

With full tummy we can have a more relax and enjoyable shopping at the tamu for fresh local produces for the week.