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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

[Personal] Kids Dayout Part II - Farmart

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It has been awhile since i last step into Farmart. We wanted to explore more outdoor activities for the kids and suddenly Farmart pops into my mind. So Farmart has quite a number of activities for the kids such as feeding farm animals - goats, rabbits, ..etc. and also prawn fishing. Seeing the activities suitable for Zach and so we head down to Farmart for some outdoor activities.


For a small amount of money, u get to feed the animals there.


Personally i feel that the place is nice for young kids especially they get really close to farm animals like goats. although there are not many type of farm animals there, Zach gets to enjoy himself by feeding the animals there.


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Farmart Centre is located at 67 Sungei Tengah Road, S(699008)

Monday, July 10, 2017

[Recipe] Mummy Lai 's chicken rice - Mushroom chicken rice

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I used to remember when my brother and I was young, we love to eat hainanese chicken rice. those were the days where recipes are not shared and easily available. So my mum created her own version of chicken rice and we love it so much until today we keep asking for it

Ingredients (serve 4 pax)
1. 2-3 drumsticks depending on the number of people u have.
2. 1-2 cups of rice wash
3. 10 pieces of mushrooms soak and remove the stem. Cut into slices and keep the mushroom water
4. 2 -3 slices of ginger
5. 4-5 clove of garlic keep the skin

Seasoning
1. 2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
2. 1-2 tablespoon of light soya sauce
3. 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
4. 1-2 tablespoon of chinese cooking wine (shao xing wine)


Steps
1. Marinate the chicken drum stick with the seasoning for at least 2-3 hours
2. Saute ginger and garlic with oil until fragrant
3. Add in the mushrooms and stir fry it for awhile before adding the rice
4. Add in the marinated sauce from the chicken and mix evenly
5. Put everything into the rice cooker. Add in the mushroom water
6. Add enough water to cover the rice (as per normally how u cook right)
7. Add in more light soya sauce to taste. place the chicken on top of the rice and set it to cook
8. Garnish with thin slices of lettuces if you like and serve when hot



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

[Personal] So here we go ...a outing on a sunny day

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we always wanted to expose Zach and Hannah to more outdoor activities. I happened to read up on Jacob Ballas Children's Garden and decided to bring them there. Somehow i felt that i made a mistake as they are too young to understand what is happening there. Perhaps, only the water pool and the tree house slide is more suitable for Zach. Maybe when he is much older, he will be more appreciative at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden? lol.

Nevertheless, we had so much fun that day trying to pretend for a lion hunt.
I have a super bored meimei here...the weather was super hot that day 

somehow he relates garden, trees with lion. so we pretend play Lion hunt and singing lion hunt along the way to make the trip more interesting for him

He saw Singa and then got very excited over it. lol

pictures of him during our "pretend play"

Dear Zachariah, i do hope you will remember these memories that mama create for you.  Dear Hannah, i know you dont now but i hope these pictures will be part of the memories that tells you the story.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

[Food Review] Birthday Celebration @ Simply Peranakan Cuisine

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Wanted to bring my helper to a Indonesian Restaurant but din manage to as it was fully booked and probably due to the break fast period so it was packed with people and they do not accept walk ins. so we decided to try Peranakan food instead.

we ordered some of the famous Peranakan dishes like zhap cai (mixed veges), ngor hiong, otah, ayam buah keluak, and their curry fish head
Their mixed vege is good. much better the one that i had from Pow Sing Chicken rice. The vegetable is soft and doesnt really have the kind of sour taste at all.

their Nghor hiong is quite huge in size compared to many. I find it abit chao ta on the surface. but overall this is good

their otah is quite different from the usual ones. Their otah has more coconut milk in it that makes the otah more rich.
ayam buah keluah, this is my favorite dish of the day. reminds me of the chicken i had when i was young.
the curry fish head is a little disappointing. although not spicy but it doesnt have the fragrant taste of curry. i guess probably i am used to eating curry fish head with coconut milk in it?



Simply Peranakan Cuisine
55 Zion Rd Singapore 247780 Zion Rd, Singapore 247780

Monday, June 12, 2017

[Personal] My kids and cameras

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I think most people would have realize that I am a mother of two now! a 2 yr old and a 1 yr old going to be ( turning one in Sept). I would confidently say that I am very contented with my current family life now - a doting husiban, two lively kids who fill my heart, 2 furry kids.
so I also realize that they are growing up very quickly..so are my furry kids. therefore, I will bring my camera with me all the time. just to capture precious moments spend with them. =). I used to think that iphone can capture everything, well, I cannot denied that this is the most convenient way but sometimes I feel that the photos are still not as good. so usually I will bring my camera out. everywhere I go, I will ensure that my cameras are with me other than my handphones - of cos my handphones has turn into Zachariah's toys..alamak...so I guess cameras are still the way for me..lol

somehow I still feel that traditional cameras still works the best for me. be it a micro four third / DSLR..
so as times goes by my requirements for a camera has also increase. so these are my top 5

1. from traditional heavy DSLR, I search for DLSR quality cameras that is of smaller size T10 / Alpha 7II
2. from many lens I used to bring to only 1 good quality one
3. from crop to full frame
4. from camera bags to camera wraps
5. my camera must come with WIFI so that I can upload my photos immediately without transferring to my laptop




so what is your fav? traditional camera or handphones for capturing your precious moments?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

[Personal] Zachariah's first dental appointment

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So, Hubs went to make appointment for Zachariah at the dentist. I guess this trip is more to get him familiarized  with what dentist does and the equipments? and also to teach us how to brush his teeth..lol. I guess he is not pretty excited over this.

so the dentist manage to take a look at his teeth and also clean some of them

basically I feel that he is too young for this. but is a good exposure though. anyway. the total cost is about close to 100 plus for the experience .lol

and I don't think I going to sign nahnah for this lol

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

[Recipe] Popo Lye's Hakka Yong Tau Fu

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Ingredients
400 g of minced pork / chicken
500g of fish paste ( Ready made)
Dash of pepper
corn starch ( if use pork)/ corn flour (if use chicken)
Tau kee ( 1 bag from market)
Tau pok ( 6 pieces)
Tau fu ( slightly harder type)
Bittergourd half
Binja
2-3 Ti Po (dried flat fish)
1 slice of salted fish ( Mui hiong - Mackeral fish)
2-3 tablespoon of bean paste
light soya sauce to taste
water ( more if you want more soup)

Steps
Mix the minced meat in 1 direction. The tip is to make it into a paste by 1 direction so that the meat is not tough. Add in corn starch for pork and mix in 1 direction until it turns into a paste.

Add in pepper and fish paste. Mix evenly in 1 direction. I use hand to mix so it is easier for me to control. The end product should have a tangy feeling

Pan fry the salted fish until golden brown. Add in the salted fish into the paste and mix evenly
Pan fry the ti po until golden brown. Blend it into powder ( if you refer to have some texture, do not need to make it to fine powder). Add into the paste amd mix evenly

Cut the bittergourd in slides of 1 inch width and remove the seeds. Put the paste in between the bittergourd.

Cut a small hole in the tau fu and put the paste inside

Spread the paste on 1 piece of tau kee and then cover it with another piece

Note: you can put the paste on any vegetable you like too. For example Chili / lady fingers..etc

Heat up a wok with oil and deep fried the items and put aside

For Sauce
Add 2 table spoon of oil and salutee the bean paste until fragrant, add in the water follow by the items and shimmer it until soft. Serve when hot
The amount of water is dependent on the number of items u have and how soupy you want it to be. for me, i prefer it slightly more soupy cos i like to go with rice. =)
 



I would like to take this chance to share the story of this dish to commemorate my late Popo

My late Yeye suffered a stroke when he was in his mid 40s when my daddy was very young. At that point of time, my late popo raised 5 young kids single handedly by making yong tau fu and selling them.  At that time, after my yeye suffered from a stroke, both my yeye and popo left the house ( my 2nd popo - yeye's second wife) and stayed in a kampong. Despite being very poor, my popo never fail to ensure that her children has food to eat and a roof to stay.

When I was in my teens, I was a very rebellious girl and I refused to learn anything from my popo. I speak no hakka nor learn the culture of hakka until my popo passed away in 2008 (even until now lolx). I started to know that she cooked wonderful dishes but these were all lost as she did not pass down her recipes. My only source of info will be my daddy. After she passed away, my daddy missed her very much that I decided to remake one of her dishes. After many attempts, I managed to achieve the taste that was "gone". So afraid that this recipe may be lost, I decidd to blog this down as part of my memory.