Almost Over

Been getting remarks about my lack of updates here. Hehe.

For the past week, i’ve been getting up at 6.30am everyday to go to Burswood and only reach home at about 8pm.

Same thing everyday, go out, come home, shower, sleep. Then wake up and repeat. No time for facebook even! 😀

Will blog about the conference tomorrow, when it’s all over.

Till then, i’m going to go get my beauty sleep!

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Mid Autumn Festival

I was never a big mooncake fan myself, but I will never say no to the yolk in it :mrgreen:

Mooncakes in Perth costs quite a bit, and after a little bit of dilemma, i decided against buying one. Besides, the most my household can consume is maybe a few slices? So the whole day today i was craving for mooncakes. AND chicken biscuits (kai chai peng). The saying absence makes the heart grow fonder is quite true.

Every year in Kuching we never fail to have mooncakes at home, or my grandma’s place or wherever else and I can never be bothered to eat. But this year i was so so so craving for it. Especially green tea mooncake with yolk! Yah, some of you might think i’m weird.

Just as i thought this would be a mooncakeless year for me, my housemate came back and offered me some.

Haha.


Lotus paste with double yolk


Snowskin, mango flavoured


YUCK!

I cant seem to swallow snow skin mooncakes…it’s just so…..yerr…can’t explain.

Anyways, Happy Mooncaking! Don’t forget to wash down all that sweetness with tea, or so they say…

😀

Comfort Food

Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare. Many people turn to comfort food for familiarity, emotional security, or special reward.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Mine would be Maggi Mee with an egg.

Maggi Mee with egg

I don’t know why, but i always have that homey feeling when i eat it. I suppose it’s because my house is always stocked with at least a few packets (emergency, you know?) of either chicken, curry or tom yum. And when i was younger, my dad would cook it for me for supper when I stayed up during exams. Ironically, it isn’t my parent’s favourite instant noodles…and i think my dad only buys it for me. They would very much rather go for Indo Mee, another favorite among overseas students (heck, even Facebook has an Indo Mee appreciation group).

Some people like to crack their eggs in and mix it all up, but i find it slimy and you don’t actually err…savour the egg. 😀

I’d prefer mine to be with an egg, yolk left whole and half cooked.

Well, that’s my comfort food.

What’s yours?

Party Pooper!

Jay and I had so many plans for the before and after Josh Groban show on the 14th of October. Like shopping, then where to eat, then where to go after the concert..

Yalah, i know its still so long to go but so excited mah! It’s also the day I turn 19…last teenage year before the two-oh.

:mrgreen:

But then hor, they changed the venue from Supreme Court Gardens (city) to Challenge Stadium.

That’s in Mt Claremont leh…so far 😦

Have to start planning again!

And on a different note, congrats Robin!! Sorry I couldn’t make it to the graduation party. Sorry. Again! 😦 Now that’s a coffee and lunch on me! Tsk tsk

Cooking Frenzy

Finally got my bluetooth working. Yay!

Pictures of food I’ve whipped up in the past couple of weeks (=

Sarawak Laksa
Sarawak Laksa

Home made rendition with prawns, mussels, omelette strips and chicken strips.


Roast Lamb

Leg of lamb well marinated with rosemary and herbs, roasted till medium – still with a blush to it. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before carving! 😀


Roast chicken stuffed with apricot and walnut (before roasting)

Self explanatory (= Bake for 45 minutes or till cooked (clear juice), paired with white corn on cob and butternut squash. I forgotten to take the after picture!


Strawberries salad with Halloumi

Butter lettuce and strawberries, tossed with self made dressing of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar (ratio of 3:1), and salt. Halloumi is a Cyprus cheese, very unique in texture and flavour and withstands heat very well. Instead of going melty and gooey like normal cheese, it maintains its texture and obtains a golden crust instead. Make sure you eat it while its hot because it squeaks when it gets cold :X It’s like eating nails clawing on board in your mouth. EEEKS.


Tray baked chicken with potatoes and tomatoes

Pan fry chicken, skin side down till golden brown. Add lots of fresh oregano and good pinch of salt. In a separate pot of salted boiling water, add potatoes and boil till soft. Tap each tomato with a small slit and throw in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove. Pinch the skin off the tomatoes and throw everything into the pan with the chicken. The potatoes and tomatoes will soak all the chicken flavoured oregano oil. Yumm! Top it with a little olive oil so the flavour transmits easily into one another then bake it in the oven for a further 30-45 minutes so everything will cook into everything and the top gets crispy and golden.


Plated finished product

Get the potato and tomatoes into a pile, and place a piece of chicken neatly on top. Pair it with a handful of watercress(or any other salad) tossed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon(3:1). Make sure theres enough zing to the watercress so that the lemon cuts through the oily chicken.


Salad

Eating healthy..tsk tsk. Slice up some tomatoes and give it a good pinch of salt. Leave it in a coriander and naturally you will see salted tomato juice flowing out. This leaves the tomato with a good concentrated and firmer tomato flavour/texture. Top it on some lettuce of your choice. You can add whatever you like of whatever you have at home, but I added crispy bacon bits and shaved cheese. You can add pine nuts, raisins, feta cheese, shredded chicken or whatsoever. Dressing is the same, 3 parts olive oil, 1 part acid(balsamic/red/white vinegar, orange, lemon…)


Double chocolate chip surprise muffin

All you need is butter, sugar, eggs, milk, yoghurt, vanilla, self raising flour and of course, chocolate. Common ingredients in household. I tweaked it a little by adding a spoonful of peanut butter inside each muffin. :mrgreen:


Chicken and watercress soup

Was going to call it herbal soup but theres nothing herbal about it )= Good for a cold rainy day though.

Top L-R: Watercress, wolfberries/goji berries
Bottom L-R: Mushrooms, dried scallops

Soak mushrooms overnight and trim off the ends of it. Give everything else a good rinse. In a pot of rapid boiling water, add chicken and everything else in it. Simmer for about 1 hour or as long as you can wait (=


Fresh oysters

Okay this one requires no cooking hehe. My colleague gave me a dozen…just serve with wedges of lemon and tabasco sauce.

Wheeee. Enough pictures for tonight!

DbI Training Day 1

I don’t know how many of you will actually read the whole thing, but I’m posting this because it’s another i-want-to-read-in-the-future-and-remember post.  

When I first signed up to volunteer for the Deafblind International Conference, I didn’t know what I was putting myself into. Yes, naturally it’ll be for a good cause. But I knew nuts about the event.

After exchanging several emails, I did my registration form, National Police clearance and had all systems go. Yesterday was the first day of training for all volunteers.

It was such an eye opener for me, in so many aspects of life. I learned things that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else, I met people from several walks of life, shared their stories and experiences, and most importantly, had fun.

There were about 30 of us volunteers, ranging from the age of about 18 – 70. Everyone was there for a different reason – personal encounters with deafblindness(family, friends, etc), part of their post graduate program, simply love volunteering, or to fill in some free time.

A little bit about ‘deafblind’. It’s not being deaf or blind, its the both together. It can be partial or complete loss of both. And now, most countries are addressing it as a unique term and therefore spell it as one word, and NOT deaf blind.

Like ourselves, on a rate of 1 to 10 our hearing and vision might be average(even though we use glasses and lenses) so it’ll be 1.

Hearing = 1
Vision = 1
1 X 1 = Hearing/seeing something only once to understand it

For someone with partial hearing on a scale of 5 and average vision of 1

Hearing = 5
Vision = 1
5 X 1 = Hearing/seeing something FIVE times before fully understanding it

And that’s the impact of deafblindness.

It made me feel so fortunate to be sitting in that training room, being able to see, and hear my surroundings, to take it all in and to appreciate all the little things. A few of us were then blindfolded and given ear plugs for a mere 2 minutes to feel what it was like. And it felt HORRIBLE.

Some of us just don’t see how fortunate and how good there is going for us. Imagine having to lose our hearing/vision one day…be it trauma, accidents, or even aging.

That wasn’t all. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with other volunteers. There was a lady, Jane, from Cape Town, South Africa. Being the white population in South Africa, and being from Cape Town itself, she was lucky to be able to migrate here together with her husband Chris and 9 year old daughter Nicola(whom I eventually met after the training).

She shared with us on stories in South Africa, how wonderful and beautiful Cape Town is…so surreal and scenic…but right across that border, poverty and violence is so out of control. At night, you can’t stop at traffic lights even though it’s red because someone will always come and bash you up in your car or rob you.

And in developed countries, people complain about poverty, or about not having enough money to survive on. Not having enough money to survive? Or to pay for phone bills and more clothes?

We had so much to talk about over great company and great food. Yes, there were complimentary refreshments and BBQ or as the Aussies call barbie. And even free wine! 😀

We were pretty impressed as well because we were all so well taken care of. A free shirt to be worn that day, and a bag to be used throughout the 5 days of the conference all equipped with goodies – a conference paraphernalia:-

Sweets – to keep you awake and get you going
Notebook and pen – to take notes
No rinse antibacterial hand gel – to wash your hands before you eat/after you take the guide dogs out without the need to find water
Body lotion & Lip balm – incase it gets too dry in the air conditioned rooms
Nail filer (!!!!!!) – to file your nails when you’re bored hosting at the conference rooms
Listerine strips – to keep fresh breath when interacting with delegates all over the world 😀
Tissues – self explanatory

Haha!! Awesome.

Well, I’m looking forward to Day 2 which is in about 2 hours time.

This is the first time I’ve volunteered for something like that. Not counting those school fund raising sales, or Leo Clubs kind of thing. This won’t be the last time either and i’ll therefore dedicate a whole new category to charity work. (=

If you’ve got a bit of time to spare, do give a bit of time to those who need it more than us. The feeling of satisfaction is more rewarding then you can ever imagine and it is an experience of a lifetime.