Sunday, August 30, 2009

Happy Merdeka!

Happy 52nd Independence day Malaysia - 31st August!

Here's wishing all Malaysian readers, a Happy Merdeka day!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chaos @ home!

The 'stars' of my blog post today.

I have two Jack Russel's and three mixed breed 'toy' dogs.

Hubs was away for two days and the security in my gated community visited me twice!

Yesterday, a security representative rang my door bell and very pleasantly informed me that 'one of my neighbors' has complained about my doggies barking incessantly during the nights.

While we were discussing, my 'mat salleh' neighbor, came across and in a huff and puff kind of manner began griping and grousing about my doggies.

I responded by reminding him that we are neighbors and speaking for the first time in three years since he moved in, that we should maintain the conversation 'friendly'. It's obvious, this Briton has relocated via the "Malaysia - my second home retirement program" and loving this new place called home (he claims) he needs his beauty sleep in "Silence" of the night.

Apparently, over the last one week, my doggies has been a noisy lot, every hour from 3.00a.m. till morning. Anyway, to make the long story short, after some unpleasant exchanges, I managed to pacify my gruff neighbor and departed on 'friendly terms'.

Come Sunday, I got an urgent call from #2. "#%&@*&%$!!!!!! she garbled", I deciphered her distressed report and analyzed the short exchange we had and decided that I had to rush home. It had to do with one of the Jack Russel's bleeding profusely and some struggle with some other animal.

On the way home, I got another hysterical call about my maid trying to kill a 'Cobra'. I just pressed my foot lower on the accelerator and began praying. By the time I reached home, there was bliss and no trace of any previous commotion except for a wet and washed garage.

Apparently we had an uninvited guest. Not a Cobra but a monitor lizard!

All the 5 doggies surrounded this four legged reptile. The 2 Jack Russel's attacked this two and a half feet long tropical lizard. It retaliated by whipping them with it's strong tail.

#2 & #3 reported that it was a quite a sight for a quiet Sunday!

Imagine my maid screaming with #2 and #3, five dogs barking at the top of their voices and my neighbors living diagonally across, together with her 3 maids were 'cheering' for my maid to 'terminate' the monitor lizard. (My good neighbor, in the mean time called for security back up).

Thank God that my maid has in her own home 'tackled' these lizards before. Because I am truly grateful to her for 'protecting' my 2 younger girls. Apparently the monitor lizard had heaved it's breath, thus enlarging it's chest, hissed and leaped towards #2 but not before my maid yelled for her to clear off just in time. And thereafter %^&$%$#!!@, I think, it was finally terminated!

See the 'bloody spot'? That's where the Jack Russel's' attacked.

The security arrived after everything was over. Our uninvited four legged reptile probably landed into a hot cauldron that night, and into some happy stomachs!

I never got to see anything but the the scratches on the two hero's noses. Listening to #2 & #3's 'trauma' right up to bed time was just too much. I slept at 4.00a.m. 'replaying' the entire 'story' in my mind till I slept as a result of exhaustion.

* pictures - courtesy of #2
this post has some 'gaps' in it's story because I don't want to include too many details.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Choux Paste

I made some Choux paste and piped them into bite size buns and eclairs. It's an easy paste to make and a crowd pleaser.

I filled the ready baked pastry with creme Chantilly, some with strawberries and made chocolate eclairs by dipping into hot melted chocolate.

I brought this for a pot-luck and I went home with an empty container!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Birthday!

We celebrated #3's birthday last weekend. She's turned 10 years old. She had about a dozen friends over for the party. Her Godpa gave her a 3' X 12' pool and those who arrived early spent over three hours soaking in fun!

Her two elder sisters made this pinata for her. The little guests had great fun trying to 'break' it to reach the goodies inside!

The pinata from another angle.

Ice-cream and loads of fun food!

Happy birthday darling!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Daiso stock updates

I feel guilty for not having posted any bento lately. #3 completed her midterms and #2 has begun her SPM trials. It's basically been 'steam salmon' every morning. #2 has recently 'turned fishy-tarian' (eats fish) She's got some adversity towards cooked chicken lately. I hope it's just a phase!

I've been gallivanting Daiso @ the Curve and right now, it's a heavenly place to purchase any bento items!

Below are bento sized food picks, bento straps, food cups and accessories.

Here below are the 'elusive' Japanese buckle bento straps.

Below are an array of bento sized disposable food cups.

Some more cutlery, cutters, silicon cups, cold gel packs, molds and others.

Some more food and fruit cutters (can be used for biscuit cutters too), lots of silicon food cups in different size and shapes!

There are also lots of shape punches at the stationary section, lots of bento bags and bento boxes of all sizes which I didn't take pictures of. Basically, it's a paradise for Bento purchases!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Another garden surprise

I looked out of the living hall window and saw this beautiful bloom of flowers. I love these surprises that spring on me and make me gasp in delight.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bento 234 & 235

My apologies for the long absence. It's been a busy time with other commitments and a trail of sicknesses among the children. Hectic schedules, commitments and competitions has been the base of trying times and normality should soon come again.

Simple steam Salmon bento with a sliced Kiwi.

Another bento taken at random. My favorite 'lui cha' (store bought).


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