Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chinese New Year Cookies 2017

Hey guys, I'm selling Homemade Chinese New Year Cookies.
I made this all by myself, and my mum of course.
Hope you guys support me.

Peanut Butter Cookies 花生酥 RM22

Pineapple Tart 凤梨酥 RM22

Cute Chicks Butter Cookies RM22

Melting Moment Chocolate Cookies 巧克力曲奇 RM22

Fried Seaweed 炸海藻 RM18

Fried Crab Stick 炸蟹柳 RM18

Batang Buruk 绿豆春卷 RM22

Buy any 3 types cookies at RM60 only! 

(excluding Fried Crab Stick and Seaweed).

Pick up date/delivery until 26th January. 
KK area only.
Hurry up and place your order now!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Mummy!

My chubby mama just turned 55 this year, so I'm gonna dedicate this post for her.

Thanks mummy for taking care of me for 23 years. 
Time flies like a blink of an eye, it felt like I was only 3 years old yesterday.
I know sometimes I'm not in my best condition, but this year I'll try to be nicer. 
May the Lord continue to pour abundance of joy, peace, blessings and good health upon you.

Happy birthday chubby mummy!

If follow the old government rules, she should be retired by now, but instead she choose to extend her retirement. So yeah, she's still working, now with OT some more. Well, we should thank God that she still can work to support this family, there're still a ton of debt, mortgage and bills waiting for her to pay. And I hope my brother and I will be able to do that soon. 

So we went to Plaza 333 Zinox to have a celebration dinner.
We were so disappointed with the service. 
I think they only have 1 chef. It took them more than half an hour to serve our 3 dishes.
And we were the only customer there!
2/5 star rating.
No more next time.

Pork burger. The patty is too dry. RM15.90

Teriyaki Chicken RM14.90 
The chicken tasted a bit burnt plus the rice was cold. 

Baked cheese rice with pork cutlets. RM14.90
I hope there're some veges to go with.

Anyhow, I wouldn't recommend going here. By the way Plaza 333 is getting more and more popular with a few gyms, eateries and cafes blossomed like mushrooms after the rain, so if you don't wanna have trouble finding a parking, go there early.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Major Cleanup

Remember when we always says Christmas is the season of giving?
Yeah, so last year, we decided to give my uncle's old dingy house a makeover.

Before we dive into the whole makeover process, let's take a look into my uncle's little story.

Few years back, my uncle was hit with a stroke, thankfully he got recovered, but now he can only control his left part of his body. 
By the way, here's a small tip to remember the early symptom of stroke.
Remember this acronym - FAST

F  - Face    : One side of the face will start to droop
A - Arm     : Having trouble raising his/her own arms
S -  Speech : Having trouble talking normally
T - Take action : Call emergency immediately

As if his sickness wasn't enough, his wife passed away few years later.  
To add salt on the wound, his son got divorced, now disappeared, leaving no trace and contact but his 2 young children to him.The mother of the children has gone back to the peninsular. 

Life has been hard on my uncle, a series of unfortunate events kept on rolling in.

My uncle has difficulty taking care of these 2 grandchildren. They are now 11 and 13 respectively, the younger boy doesn't like to talk, while the elder girl is in her rebellious teenage year. My uncle expect them to help him with house chores, but the grandchildren lack matured thinking. They seem to have problem understanding that their grandpa has limited mobility, they needed to be told to do everything and their grandfather is a little upset about it. That's why, we always remind the children to take initiative to clean the house.

I'm really amazed at my uncle, he can do a lot of things with only one hand. That's how life constraint has forced him to use his only working body parts with full potential and creativity.

Okay, back to the topic, my mother discovered that their house needs major cleaning and some refurbishing, so we bought some utensils, paint, cement, and other necessities with our own money. 
Mum said, all these cost almost RM500.

Thank God we have 2 extra hands to help out with the project, they were my aunt and cousin Ruby.

The first day, we started off with the dirtiest part of the house - the kitchen. It was greasy, gloomy and grimy, a place you'll definitely don't wanna stay long, in chinese we say 见不得人! Ever since my uncle's wife passed away, no one cared much about it. That's the problem without a lady in the house. So that's how it became over the years, we can't blame anyone especially with my uncle's condition.

 Scraping away all the grease accumulated on the wall for God know how many years.

That's my uncle, with his limited ability, he was still able to help my dad with laying down the tiles.
I never knew my dad could do these.

Here are the finished product. My dad build these 2 racks from scratch!  

Finally, a clean, organized, and grease-free kitchen. Trust me, it was worse.

The second and third day, we worked on the living room and bedroom while my dad was still working on the tiles and racks.

The house was dim and and dull. 
Mum said it was because of the different colour walls and green ceiling.

Laying newspaper, ready for painting.

My aunt is really good at painting. 
That green ceiling needed a few layers of coating before it turned bright white.
We took turn to paint it and my neck was really sore the next day.

Tada! Thanks to many hands including the children,
 the major walls and ceiling were done in one day.
No more green ceiling and multi colour walls, it was covered up with cream colour,
I picked that colour. The house is now cheerful and bright.

Third day, the ladies were touching up certain areas and outside while I brought the children to clean their bedroom upstairs. It was full of dust!

We also repaint the stairs. 

I couldn't join my parents on the 4th and 5th day as I was already sick because of throat infection. 
They continue with the kitchen rack and organizing.

Although we all suffered from body ache the next day, we all felt satisfied with our work. Our strenuous effort had paid off. The house is looking amazing! The pleased look from my uncle was our reward. Now that the kitchen is beautifully organized and tiled, we told the older grandchild to help her grandfather to cook. I believe a 13 year old girl is big enough to help out in the kitchen.  
Hey, I started to cook when I was 9!

Working at a construction company has its own benefit. Like my father, he got a lot of unwanted things like the tiles and steel for the rack. We thank God that we have some of these free materials and we were able to finish this project.

This experience reminded me of our family difficult times. Our previous church helped us a lot. 
So now that we have more, we wanted to bless people around us.
You don't need to go far to bless people, just look around you, your relatives, your friends, if you can't give in monetary form, just offer your time and effort. 
My parents see that my uncle needed this, that's why they are doing it for him and his family.
They specially took leave to do all these.
Trust me, it feels good to bless people you cared for.

First post of 2017 and......I'm sick

While everyone was celebrating new year, writing down new resolutions, or having hangover the next day, here I was, lying on my bed resting, hoping that the excruciating pain from my throat will go away as soon as possible.

Yeap, I'm sick on new year and on my birthday. What a good way to start a new year.

First, the symptoms looked like just a normal fever and cold.
However, prayer and pills didn't work at all, the pain from my throat was getting worse.
So I googled. It turned out that I probably had an infection, I self diagnosed it as strep throat.
So I was thinking hard from where did I get these germs?

Mama suggested that I probably got it from my uncle's house while doing major house cleaning.
Come to think of it, yeah, that's right!
I either got these germs from the ant nest on the floor, wasp nest under the wall beam, spider webs on the ceiling or dust germs everywhere! And I inhaled all that into my nose, my mouth! Urgh!
Curiously I'm the only one who got sick! Mummy said that's because my body immune system is weak.

Lesson learnt, be sure to wear a mask if you're cleaning a very dusty house, especially if you know that you have a weak body immune system.

However let's look on the bright side, my uncle's house is now looking fabulous!
I'll write that story in another post.
And, I got the princess treatment from mama.
Hence, I just wanna thank my mama for taking good care of me while I'm sick.
If you're taking care of a patient and can't seem to do anything about the pain, just give them a hug.
Warm hugs helped a bit in soothing the discomfort.

Getting sick means you can't simply eat anything you like. I can't even have the most basic ingredient in every household - egg, therefore on for my birthday, I had nothing but plain old porridge with carrots and chicken cooked to become mushy so that I can swallow them easily. I gotta tell ya, it wasn't easy. The swallowing part feels like hell in my larynx. So let's take a moment and appreciate our overlooked little organ shall we.

So, I pray that my sickness will go away as soon as possible and won't fall sick again, especially during Chinese New Year. I would suffer in agony if I can't have all those scrumptious delicacies.

Can't wait for Chinese New Year already! Especially the food!