Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Home Team

When LG Telly started his chronic glitch, we decided that it was time Panasonic Telly took over the entertaiment post . Then Electrolux Washy occupied the space vacated by Toshiba Washy,who due to old age ,could not tumble and roll anymore. Today, after weeks of bad frozen fins, Dr Elect was called, to check on grand old Fisher Fridge(he is at least 20 years old, mind you). He gave it a look, a probe and a change of it's time pacer, Presto! it's back in shipshape condition. Hopefully another 10 more years of keeping it's belly frozen.
Photo by Lena Chow

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mother nature

Youngest's sharp eyes, spotted this, scurrying up a tree at the Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary, Sabah. A black eared pygmy squirrel the seize of one's palm. Mother nature never cease to amaze me.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A for axe

Mum's favourite roast/char siew stall at the market in Pulau Tikus, Penang. Not a butcher to mess with. An Axe was what he used to chop the trotters. What a sight.

Friday, April 23, 2010

On Asking

"Why ask when the answer ain't going to be the truth." me.

Grill delicious

Finger licking delicious arrays of grilled food at the night maket in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

She sells seashells on the seashores

So tempted to take one of this home. But, no, did not want to encourage this harvesting of the fast depleting marine life. One of our group member bought the lovely shell for her daughter, only to feel guilty after we told her our reasons for not buying.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shizuka ni

They mean business. Not even the ranger makes a sound at the OrangUtan Sanctuary at Sepilok, Sandakan.
Photo:Lena Chow

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mum's garden

In mum's little garden plot, this plant. She stir fry this on days she has has no green in the fridge. Adds it in her fishball, mince meat noodle soup. And I have no idea what the name of this vegetable.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Of calm n tranquil

This shot taken by Lena, whom I came to know during our trip to Sabah. One of tranquil and calm which was on the contrary as this was taken as the ship was moving away from the noisy bustling fishport at KK or Jesselton as it was once known as.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Saturday Evening attended youngest's school concert band performance.
A showcase to the beaming parents, the result of many many hours of tireless practise/rehearsal.
To introduce to the secondary one novice, the resounding vibrancy of the Concert Band Performance.
To do it's part for charity.
Mesmerised by the rendition of Jason Mraz's Lucky on the flute and saxophone accompanied by the piano.
Looking forward to next year, when hopefully, youngest will be sounding her trumpet in the school concert band.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


This is how I like my toast. Thick cut, Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Notice the light drizzle of condense milk. Had this at a Cafe in Kuala Lumpur.

Friday, April 16, 2010


A busy morning at the PGH where every available space in the consultation room is used. Even the tables have to be shared.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Life could not have been better. After 10 years of hard work. He made a pile. Been there done that. Along the way married his JC sweetheart bought a district 9 condo and a lovely little girl to complete the picture.
Then middle of last year, his dad discovered the right leg weakening. Bone spur formation was slowly, silently, painlessly damaging his nerves. After two spinal operations, he is still unable to walk. On the 10th day of the lunar new year, his mum had a fit. Rushed to hospital, had an MRI scan to discover a tumour pressing on her brain. After much persuasion, she had the tumour removed last week. Clearly, both of them, with retricted mobility, will not be able to stay on their own, in another island 65min by plane. Cousin will have to make some tough decisions.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Rainy Day Umbrella.

With this unpredictable weather for the past few weeks, our umbrellas at home are fast dissapearing. Youngest's friend came a knocking one raining afternoon to borrow one. This evening another umbrella was lent to a stranger. She was hoping we could share an umbrella, but alas I was not going her way. Gave her my address and told her she could return when she next pass by. I wonder if any will find their way home.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Doris L. One tough cookie I've know since 8. Both us were in the same school bus from the same school. Convent Light Street. From primary 2 till Sec2. She, one year my senior and a real barrel of laughter. Always so bright always so positive. My after school movie partner. Then afternoon matinee movie tickets were just RM3. We saw less of each other, when she started working after her 'O' level and I, to KL to further my studies. Without the a mobile/FB/MSN keeping in touch in the 80's was indeed very trying. Over the next 25 years, we played the lost n found game, met up less than the fingers on the hand. Until last wednesday. Over dinner, we talked and talked. So much to catch up. All these years did not make strangers out of us.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Home bound

Phew! I made it seemed so light. Interesting shapes and colours came up on the scanner screen. The officer looked at me, and decided that I didn't look threatening. He waved me on. At 12kg it's a feat hauling it up the overhead compartment. Mum called to complained that I forgot the roasted pig trotters in the freezer. The very ingredient for the sweet n sour teochew vegetable stew, chai buay.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Taking Penang home.

This trip back to hometown, I was sure that a hand carry luggage would suffice. Meaning just a 10kg onboard. After all a 3 nights at M&D's place. This morning, all the clothing had to be out of the luggage. The hair brush too. A 15min stop at the most popular biscuit shop, yielded 2kg of assorted biscuits. At the wet market, 2 kg of fresh nutmegs, A must have. Mum insisted that I should, if not whole, have a slice of garden grown wintermelon she is so proud of. It's organic. Then, the curry paste, I so love. I'm going to have a problem at the airport this evening.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Morning@the Immigration

Those were the days. When one had to be at the immigration office way before 6.30am to queue for numbers. Then, to wait for hours for the name to be called. Applying for a passport was usually a whole day affair. Finally to collect the passport 3 days later.
This morning,
At 7.45am collected the application form. Filled in name, address, Nric, marital status, date & place of birth, height and the signature. Waited for 0017 to be called.
At 8.15 submitted application. To collect in 2 hours time. Spend the time browsing through the Chowrasta Market and having breakfast.
At 11.00am holding tight to my brand new passport.

Mum & I

Past 11pm and both of us still could not sleep. Have been spending the evening chatting. Catching up on family news/gossips. Down stairs we went into the kitchen. Mum prepared a bowl of noodles and took out the bak kwa while I rummaged through the cabinet. A glass of brandy on the rock a few laughs later, up we went, back upstairs to bed. It's been awhile since I last spend time with mum over a glass of giggle.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Wobbly wobble

Latest dessert on the family menu, Jelly-O. Youngest with the help of her dad, has been busy churning up this strawberry/orange wobbly wobble. I, however, still prefer the good old fashion agar agar. The ones, with strips of coconut flesh is still the tastiest. Had this at Jai Thai this afternoon.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Andrea Bocelli@Botanical Garden

Thanks to the generousity and the thoughtfulness of Malaysia's YTL Coporation, Francis Yeoh, Andrea Bocelli will be performing at the Botanic Garden, Free. A chance for the ordinary us, to listen to an extraordinary him. Only of course if you are successful in the balloting.
Wonder if I'll be one of the lucky 5 000.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

By the River

The sightings of crocodiles, hornbills, orangutan in wild before going back as the sunset for the day.
As I had not a zoom lens camera, I could only feast my eyes on the
beautiful birds perched high up on the trees.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Into the river mouth

Started our introduction to the wild with a visit to
The Sepilok Rehabilitation for the OrangUtan. There we came close and personal to these jungle men. One was just sleeping on his nest just above the boardwalk

Next stop was into the jungle.
With anticipation we boarded the speed boat at the SimSim waterVillage. Speeding towards the Sulu sea to the mouth of the Kinabatangan river.

90 mins later, we arrived, the at the Abai lodge. Away from the hussle and bustle of the city and the pollution into the jungle.

To a scrumptious local fare lunch of chicken, vegetable, fish and prawns before we began our cruise down the river to catch the glimpse of the wildlife by the river banks.