Monday 29 December 2008

Before Christmas !!!

Our Christmas presents were all readily wrapped up well before Christmas this year unlike previous years we have to stayed up late to wrap them all up on the eve of Christmas. This year we have Crytal to help us to do the wrapping, she enjoyed doing it and I told her that she will have to do wrapping for us next year.

My Little helping hands. She is doing a good job despite having a little hard time handling the cellotape.
I continued with the wrapping at night while Crystal was asleep. Pearl joined me this time instead of helping she was having fun with my marker pen and xmas wrapping paper, well I let her be as this is the only way to keep her occupied so that I can finish my task before our trip to Kundasang on Christmas Eve.

Ta's all the Christmas presents for the family from us. There were 50 Christmas presents altogether this year, and the numbers keep growing with newborn each year.

All of them were placed under the Christmas Tree.

Sunday 21 December 2008

Christmas Decorations at home

It's will be Christmas in 4 days time. Cletus has put up the Christmas decoeations at home. Much of the decorations are the same as last year except a climbing Santa . While doing this post Cletus and Crystal are putting up another Christmas at the front door which he found in the store room.

A climbing santa
A decoration given by our friend, Junior and Fiona, many years ago.

Tuesday 9 December 2008

Company's Annual Dinner

We had our company's annual dinner at Kasih Sayang Health Resort & Spa last night, with plenty of food, lucky draws, and an opportunity to meet up with other colleagues from West Malaysia, Kuching and Singapore whom most of the time we only communcate with each other through the wire and the net. The company fly them (whoever wants to come) over here with everything paid for. They are going to spend 4 days 3 nights in KK from 7 December to 10 December, a staff trip filled with outings, eating, and funs.

A group photo taken after the dinner

A welcoming snowman at the entrance
A view of Kota Kinabalu City, and Sapi, Manukan and Gaya islands are clearly visible from the deck of the resort just before dark.
Managed to take photo of the fruits half ways through our buffet dinner
The salad section
Resort's house banana fritters
BBQ fish (I had one piece only)

Mixed vegetable (I definitely go for this in any functions)
Fried chicken wings
Local crabs (I did not take this as it is too troublesome and nothing much to eat)
Fried Squid
Sphagetti with mushroom
Pineapple rice with tomatos and raisins
BBQ lamb

Besides having a nice buffet dinner, every staff has got the chance to win themselves a lucky draw, including those who can not attend this function. I am sure you would like to know what I got right? :) I have got a 3 in 1 prize comprising 1 hair dryer, a Tesco cash voucher worth RM80.00 (don't know what to do with it cos we do not have any Tesco here in KK), and a 2 nights stay deluxe room at Kasih Sayang Health Resort & Spa with breakfast for 2. the total prize worth up to RM600.00 in terms of cash (how I wish is in cash, LOL). Actually I am aiming for a water distiller or a bread maker or a juicer, but neither one of them is meant for me this time round.

Monday 8 December 2008

Chicken, winter melon and carrot soup

Once in a while I will cook some "cooling" soup to cool down the heatiness in our bodies. Winter Melon is known to have the cooling effect. Though she has had a couple of cups of cooling tea "leong cha" the days before, Crystal still has a little feverage yesterday. It high time for her to have some cooling soup for dinner.

Thursday 4 December 2008

New Bag

Yeh..I have got a new handbag from Clet which he bought from Keningau (what a place to shop right?). Knowing that I am searching for a handbag with reasonable price to replace the one I have been using which has already been torn, he called and told me that he found one and thought I would like it, price is reasonable enough for me to say YES. Though he forgotten about my birthday but did not forget what I need. So I treat this as my birthday present la...

Black and soft material handbag, smaller than the one I am carrying now. Clet prefers the smaller one to avoid me keeping junk stuff in my bag, he ever says that if he were to check my bag, definitely he is going to throw away many unneccessary stuff inside. Let's see if he ever do that, :D.

The back view of my new handbag
The price tag, if Clet were to negotiate on the price he will sure get some discounts.

He noticed that the merchandise that sells in small town like Keningau are found to be cheaper than in KK, there are varieties of choices too, so Clet is thinking of buying shoes for the girls during his next trip there.

Thursday 27 November 2008

Blog Hijacked

My blog has been "hijacked" by some kind of spammer out there a couple of weeks ago. It will be redirected to another website whenever I try to view it. I have been trying to get it back but to no avail. The only way to view it is to change my blog to custom setting. Would be grateful if any one can give me assistance on how to get rid of the redirection??? PLEASE HELP....

Sunday 16 November 2008

Reward For Good Results

To reward for her good academic result, Clet bought Crystal a cookery set as gift, she chose it herself. She attained a 2nd place in the class in her first year of kindergarten, which is not bad at all considering she never had any tuitions and playing computer games at her free time most of her time.
The school awarded her a medal for her good achievement
A cookery set was given by Daddy as a reward for job well done.
Crystal was playing

and Pearl joined in

As usual, they disagree with each other while playing the cookery set, Pearl went off and grabbed a book to read by herself; As big sister, Crystal came round and pujuk her :D

Thursday 13 November 2008

New Pair of Shoes

It's the end of school term tomorrow. Students of Malaysia will be having a long school holiday till the beginning of January 2009. We were told by the teacher that Pearl will have performance on stage during the closing of school term ceremony tommorrow morning that requires her to wear white shoes and socks. For that Cletus bought her a pair of white shoes yesterday since she never had white ones, but they were to big for her little legs. At last he got to change another pair from the same merchant which I find they are very nice and cute on her.

Pearl and her new pair of white sport shoes. She was wearing them for the whole evening till she gone to sleep.
Side view. The shoes strings are a bit too long

She posed for me to take the rear view of her new shoes

Of course the front view. They are very little and cute.

Breast Cancer Awareness

It is a tag to remind our fellow blogger friends be aware of the seriousness of the disease.

Tag begins here ->

1. Put the logo in your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who shared it with you. -> Mama UaUaMomoi
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
Instead of nominating other blogs I welcome all whom visited my blog to tag along...

Tuesday 11 November 2008

Yoghurt Making

I started making yoghurt at home about two months back and have since enjoying it almost everyday.
I was trying to make yoghurt using yoghurt starter but failed to achieve the desired texture and taste, sometimes even turn bad after a few hours into the fermentation process. After exhausting the whole box (6 sachets in a box) of yoghurt mix and I concluded that I needed a yoghurt maker which I am not ready to buy one just yet. Glad that my colleagues shared some tips and I started to try making it using ready made yoghurt with milk powder. It works.
Here are a few simple steps:
(1) Add 8 heap table spoons of Milk Powder (I use Organic Low Fat Milk Powder) to 600ml of water (the amount of milk powder and water can be varied to suite the consistency you desired). Mix well. a shaker can be used for the mixing process.

(2) Pour and sieve the milk into a air tight container to separate the undissolved milk solids. Do not throw away the undissolved milk solids instead use a spoon to press them through the strainer into the milk solution.

(3) Pour or scoop 1/2 a rice bowl of ready made yoghurt into the milk solution.

(4) Mix well with a spoon or egg beater.

(4) Remove the bubbles from the surface of the mixture so that the surface of the yoghurt is smooth after it is formed.

(5) Put the lid on the air tight container and leave it in room temperature undisturbed for more than 8 hours for the yoghurt to ferment. You can check the yoghurt by the smell or the taste of it. Transfer into the fridge only after it is successfully fermented.

(6) My yoghurt is ready to be served

(7) A simple recipe - Papaya yoghurt with flaxseed oil (honey can be added to give some sweetness to it).

Saturday 8 November 2008

Baby Ensond 12th days old

We celebrated Baby Ensond's 12th day birthday today at his parents' new home. He has since grown up quite a bit in just 12 days. He slept through the whole evening while we were there, no fuss at all though we made a lot of noise especially with my two girls and Anneliese chasing each other, shouting and laughing in and out of the room.
I quickly captured this when I saw him opened his eyes. He felt back to sleep again right away.

A kiss from grandfather

Dishes for the night. The drunken chicken and drunken sweet and sour pork leg are the two common confinement dishes prepared by my mum. We love them. I took some drunken sweet and sour pork leg home too.
Pearl with her uncle Albert, the father of Ensond
and Cystal got a hug too..