Tuesday, September 26, 2006


During lunch one day. Daughter, aged 9 excitedly announced,
"Jamie brought a puzzle game to school today.
For 50 cents, Valeria and I get to play with the game during recess"

Have been pondering since.
Is this, entrepreneur in the making.
Should this be encouraged?

Then when does sharing begins?
When does the lesson of humanity begins?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Kaffir Or The caterpillar?

As soon as new shoots emerge from the plant, Mrs butterfly will carefully deposit her eggs on the underside of the tender succulent leaf. The last time, the whole plant was stripped bare by just 4 caterpillars. The result, immense delight on the childrens' faces, seeing butterflies emerging out of the cocoons.
This time round, just as the plant is taking shape, one egg was found on sunday.
This morning, the cater pillar has emerged.
Will it be the kaffir or the butterfly?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Baby makes three

Once in a lifetime a parcel so dear comes along. To nurture and awed in amazement. Before your very eye a fine young lad he will one day be.

Welcome to the world little Gabriel

Monday, September 18, 2006

A Dose of bitter

An occasional dose of goodness in this fruit Not a dish the children look forward to though. As in life, maturity and wisdom comes from the varied bitter sweet experiences .

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Small bites

Up to 1,000 calories a mooncake(according to the health promotion board) My favourite, lotus paste with one salted egg yolk has 790 calories. 2,000 calories, is the recommended daily intake for women. Have to sharpen my knife, quarter it twice and savour it over a week.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

On talking

When having a cuppa tea with a friend pouring her woes,
I must give her all my attention
I must ask the right question
Be kind with my remark
Be gentle on my advice
Inconspicuously seattle the bill and
see her home.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Apple pie cinnamon buns

My craving has been nothing but healthy all along. I just found out today. When St cinnamon, was still around, I would always grab two traditional cinnnamon buns for lunch that's until I saw how huge a butter dollop they diligent placed on the flatten dough before rollingup kneading it. I stopped. Much too fattening!!!
And an apple pie to finish off a scrumptious dinner. Esp when the pastry simply melts in the mouth.

Cinnamon has been found to help the body become more sensitive to the insulin produced by itself. Boosting the mechanism of dealing with sugar by as much as 20 times.This write up by micro biologist Pooja Vig can be found in the ST sept 13 of the MYB pg.17


Tom delighted by the new arrival moved in for a closer look. All four sound asleep under Tab 's watchful eyes. Unplanned but not unwanted. For the next few days, while Tom was no where to be seen, Tab was busy shuttling all four, one at a time from hideout to hideout. Has to be cool , dry and cosy and away from preying eyes . Once all four have had their fill and sound asleep, Tab would quietly tiptoe away for a moment or two. Swiftly she moved around looking for scaps to quell her hunger.
One night, Tab instinctively woke up, the smell of rain in the air. The drain will be flooded in no time. Quickly she grabbed one at a time by the mouth, off she went looking for a temperorily shelter. Hastily, she deposited 1st born under a covering.
Next morning, Tab was rudely woken by a *beep* just above her. Quick out of the hideout. One at a time she shuttled them away. To her horror, upon her 3rd trip back to the spot, laid in the middle of the parking lot little kitty in a pool of blood.

Monday, September 11, 2006


Spotted at the parking lot a two door subaru Definately would like to have a spin in it.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Fried rice paradise

Decided to clear the fridge. Out with the cold rice
Out with the lap cheong, the fishcake and sausages
For colour it's the bag of mix vegetable
Heat up the heavy base wok till the water drops dance on the surface
Few quick dash of oil, in goes the an egg or two
Then the lap cheong, fishcake and sausages

Hmm... so fragrant now the rice goes in
A swift saute in goes the mix vegetable
A dash of dark soya, light soya. pepper
And presto!!!
Fried rice for lunch.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday dessert

300g of warm mash sweet potatoe
300g of glutinous rice flour
2 tbsp of tapioca flour
200ml of pandan juice in water
Mix it, knead it , roll it into bite size balls, stuff a pc of gula melaka inside.
Drop them into the boiling water. As they float to the top, pick them up tumble them over the white grated coconut.
And What do you get? Ondeh ondeh of course!! My favourite nyonya dessert. If you like it cold pop them into the fridge. Promise it won't harden.

A busy friday in the kitchen with Shan.

A break

After a day in the kitchen having a popping time, its the library the next day. Today it's the swimming pool. Spending time with Shan on this short break while keeping the house very quiet. Twinkle toe is turning into a recluse studying for her 'O' level prelimary exam, starting on monday next. Tomorrow? Ah...she is having her table tennis practise then zoomm.... off to her ballet.

Monday, September 04, 2006


Was looking around for a bottle of popcorn for popping. Finally found a packet of dried raw popcorn. Must admit this is my first attempt at popping corn.
Add the corn into the pan cover the lid turn fire on low and listen. After about 20 *pops* open the lid, Yikes!!! disaster. Most of the corns have not only not popped but burnt.
2nd try. Listen for the *pops* Same result!
Hurried to the world wide web for help.
3rd try. Only this time, 2 table spoon oil was added as instruced(silly me, should have known better). Then the corn. Listen for the *pops* Still burnt but this time more popped!! Guess, the instruction was not explicit enough or my corns were not fresh.
Nevertheless, I had great encouragement from the children who took handfulls each time they walk pass the popcorn bowl.