Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I seem like a whiner here, don’t I? I really wonder how some mums can raise their kids without a maid and not whine a bit.
to be continued....
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Anyway, long story cut short, we would have to be forced to send our maid back to Indon if our problem is not remediable. And we would be maid-less. And no, hubby doesn't want Cambodian maids since we had very bad experience with them. And yes, we can't afford a Filipina maid as we still have to settle our huge medical/hospitalization bill incurred by Baby C recently. So yes, I will go bonkers soon without a maid. I'll know what's happening by next week. Wish me luck that I can retain my existing maid. Though she has attitude problem, I still can live with that vs. living without a maid.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Aly and Sher's pre-school has taken precautionary measures in view of the Influenza A virus. But what if your child has only slight cough or runny nose? Would you still keep your child at home? What would you do? Would love to read your views.
Sher had a mild runny nose and nose blocked early this week. I still sent her to pre-school and that was before I received the notice from her pre-school. What about parents who are working and have to send their kids to daycare? Who will look after their kids if they can't go to pre-school/daycare? Does that mean that the parents have to take leave for as long as the child has runny nose/cough? Some kids seem to have slight runny nose / cough for prolonged periods.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Right hand holding a wedge of raw beet root and left hand a piece of vitamins-enriched baby biscuit. She sure knows good and healthy stuff!
Whilst baby had raw beet root to nibble on for breakfast, she had porridge with beet root and salmon. Yesterday she had double boiled beet root soup with lean pork. Our surgeon told us that beet roots are good stuff and good for Baby C, that's why I'm stuffing her with beet roots now :)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
A thick slice of multi-grain-seeded bread with tuna in olive oil, a squeeze of Japanese mayo, chicken ham, a slice of high-calcium Kraft cheese and some sliced cucumbers.
For Sher who always wants things done her way, she refused to eat tuna sandwich. This fler then came up with some quirky ideas and this is her sandwich:
A slice of multi-grain-seeded bread with kaya, a slice of high-calcium Kraft cheese, a wedge of mashed avocado and topped with lots of sliced cucumbers, her favorite.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Baby playing with a sculptured balloon for the first time and she's no different with her 2 jie jies as she's another balloon lover. She's not even bothered when the balloon burst right in front of her, keng hor?
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Alycia and Sherilyn fighting to hold the cake knife while baby was really fascinated with the cake and all the hoo ha her jie jies created.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here's a pic of Baby C taken with the Sister at GMC, who was very caring and compassionate. The Sister gave her a Popeye soft toy on the day she was discharged from the hospital on 15 May 09. I guess baby missed this Sister a lot coz the next day, we had to make a mad dash from Ipoh back to Penang when baby kept puking.... and she was re-admitted and stayed there for another 2 weeks.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Dim sum from Foh San. I love the malai koa to bits. Also love their huge fried fishballs. I used to eat these yonks ago when I was just a few years old.
Kai see sar hor fun with prawns...
Lobak. I think this lobak tasted better than the one that hubby bought in Penang, during our stay in the hospital.
Ngau lam and ngau chap (beef brisket and beef spare parts). I love the beef brisket as the meat is really tender. I don't eat spare parts of any animal!
and also char koay teow (not in picture).
Monday, June 15, 2009
Funny Mountain is located at Osbourne Street (Jalan Tahwil Azar), near Restaurant Foh San. Talk about Foh San, it is a popular place for dim sum in Ipoh and this restaurant has been around for many decades. I shall blog about the Foh San dim sum that I ate next.
Funny Mountain has a drive-in delivery service. If you are at Funny Mountain, you should also try the following delicious varieties:
o soymilk only (with plain sugar or gula melaka)
o soymilk mixed with cincau or leong fun
o soybean curd with soymilk.
Also be prepared to be caught in a long queue when you are at Funny Mountain.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The price per adult is RM26.80, if I'm not mistaken. Kids are charged according to their height. Thus, the moment we stepped into the restaurant, Alycia's and Sherilyn's height was taken! So anyone who is short would gain! Alycia was charged RM16 and Sherilyn RM8. Senior citizens get a rebate and only need to pay RM20 per person for a really, really wide selection of food ranging from fresh seafood to fishballs, meatballs, pomfret fish, thinly sliced beef, chicken, green veggie, mushrooms, seaweed, noodles, fried chicken, beef steak, lamb chop, fried noodles, tempura, sushi, a salad bar, 6 types of ice-creams, tong sui and much, much more.
These are some of the food from the buffet counter:
Shellfish, crabstick, lala, etc.
Crabs, prawns, fish...
There is even a machine to dispense mashed potato and the sauce! There were also chilled juices and hot tea making facility. There were also tong sui and ice-creams that came in 6 delicious flavors (cookies and cream, coconut, mango, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla) which was a great hit with kids and adults too.
Everyone will be given 2 choices of soup. We chose superior herbal soup (extra RM5 for superior herbal soup but FOC for regular soup). This was our hotpot in superior herbal soup:
Porridge soup base
We also chose porridge soup base. It tasted bland (like rice water) before the ingredients were added into the soup but tasted kinda thick, like Campbell's chicken soup after all the rich seafood, chicken, beef, etc were dumped into the broth.
The Otak-Otak fishball was something that I had never tasted before. There was otak-otak wrapped inside the fishball. My mum liked it.
Salad bar and desserts ranging from kuih, biscuits, jellies, apples....
An assortment of fishballs, meatballs, foo pei, tofu balls, etc....
Fish maw, jelly fish, squids, prawns, cuttlefish, etc....
An assortment of fried stuff ranging from fried mini chicken drummets, beef steak, lamb chop, fried wantan, french fries, etc.
Moven Peak steamboat will be really worth every sen spent for those with an insatiable appetite and tummy large enough to store the wide range of fresh seafood and delicious grub. We will definitely patronize Moven Peak again when we next go back to Ipoh.
The crowd was really huge on Wednesday, which is a weekday. I can't imagine how crowded it would be on weekends. I think it's advisable to go there on a weekday.
Moven Peak is located at :
12A Jalan Chin Choon Sam
Tel : 05-2532218 / 2533218
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Anyway, this morning, we were still planning to go back to KL. While hubby brought Alycia and Sherilyn out for breakfast, I was busy packing our stuff. But when hubby returned home with the gals, he announced that our trip back to KL will be tomorrow morning pulak! So ok, my maid then placed all our belongings (which we have placed all over the floor in our living room) back into the room and then we had lunch..... glorious Ipoh food that hubby tar pau back from Kwong Heng coffee shop in Ipoh old town.
Later, daddy may bring them to Polo Ground to have electronic car rides. I hope I get to jog at Polo Ground. Polo Ground is really a nice place to jog and there's always throngs of people jogging there. But people will shun away from Polo Ground at night coz it's just next to a huge graveyard!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Braised Kwa (gourd) with minced pork and mushrooms.
My favorite turmeric chicken.
Pan-fried salmon fish with fried ginger slices.
The sweet, sour and spicy dip for the salmon fish. The sauce is made from fresh lime juice (from limes plucked from our garden), basil leaves (from our garden too), red cut chillies (from our garden too), chopped garlic and a dash of sugar. This sauce will surely tantalize anyone's palate and goes very well with any type of fish that's pan-fried.
Steamed tofu with minced chicken meat, spring onions and soy sauce.
Double boiled chicken soup.
I often joked with my dad and mum that perhaps my dad could open a small eatery that sells MSG-free homecooked dishes when he decides to retire from his current job. I'll help him promote and run the eatery!
Monday, June 8, 2009
I think Penangnites really love tai kau meen coz they are sold at almost every nook and corner... and I was quite impressed when hubby bought this tai kau meen that was cooked with one whole egg from the market in Pulau Tikus:
I have not seen this kind of tai kau meen sold in KL or Ipoh before.... and it tasted really good and filling too... yums!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
< Baby giving her favorite cheh cheh a smooch on the cheek! Aawwwww, how sweet hor? But cheh cheh is too engrossed in her writing. And just what on earth is cheh cheh writing here? I dunno... probably writing nonsense, just to practise her writing skill before it turns rusty when she gets back to pre-school after the school holidays.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Nice or not? A cute pink pair of shoes with a moo moo stuck on the shoe. Can also emit peep peep sounds when she walks!
Baby trying to walk with her new pair of shoes under watchful eyes and helping hands from mummy and her 2 cheh chehs.
Friday, June 5, 2009
And did you know that Ipoh produces the finest and smoothest hor fun on earth? Ipoh also produces the freshest, sweetest and crunchiest ngar choi (bean sprouts) and the smoothest tofu and tau foo far. They say it's because of the water that flows from the limestones surrounding this beautiful city.
And people also say that Ipoh produces very pretty girls... Ipoh mali one sure very pretty and fair wan wor. Well Dato' Michelle Yeoh is from Ipoh and a few other Hong Kong TVB actresses are also from Ipoh. But I don't think this statement is all that true.
The famous Ipoh kai see har hor fun with the rich, sweet, aromatic broth made of prawn shells, prawn heads and chicken bones. I for one who dislikes hor fun has an exception for this and the other day, I had just polished off this bowl of noodles all by myself. I also chomped down some very tasty and fattening kuihs that hubby bought. Oh gosh, I hope I don't need to pop on some Apidexin when I return to KL. I have been feasting on the best hawkers' food on earth both from Penang and Ipoh for almost a month and have not had a proper work-out for almost a month too. I really have to start increasing the intensity and duration of my jogging sessions from tomorrow onwards.
2 days before Baby C's first surgery, we were back in Ipoh. My dad treated me to a sumptuous dinner at Han City Chinese Restaurant @ Ipoh Garden East (where my parents stay). It was my belated birthday dinner treat. Here are some of the delectable dishes that my dad ordered :
This 4 Seasons (Sei Yuet Fun) dish is my all-time favorite Chinese restaurant dish. This dish alone cost RM200+ and was enough to fill our tummies up... so much that my dad had to cancel the pork rib dish at the eleventh hour.
Steamed fish with soy sauce.
Braised mushrooms, tau kan, garlic, brocolli and fresh scallops.
Whenever we are back in Ipoh, hubby would surely patronize his favorite curry mee stall located opposite the police station in town and the hakka noodles in town. The hakka noodles and meat balls sold at the corner coffee shop in Ipoh Garden East are also super yummy. Perhaps I should ask my dad to buy me some tomorrow so that I can snap some pix and blog about them.... and tempt you peeps haha!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I also wrote down on a piece of paper and stuck it on the fridge door, for my mil to remind her on what she has to coach Alycia to do everyday, i.e. spelling, ejaan and ting xie and on other important matters.
After a month, Alycia can now memorize all the telephone numbers and even told granny that she has to dial 999 in case of emergency.
The past 1 month has been extremely hard for me, my mil and my gals but we managed to survive.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Breakfast - I always chose omelette, 2 slice of white bread, butter, strawberry jam and Milo.
Mid-morning breakfast consisting of homemade soy bean milk.
Lunch - choice of Western, Chinese or Malay.
Afternoon snack - wholemeal muffin, sandwiches, egg tart, buns or cake with a cup of barley or Milo.
Dinner - choice of Western, Chinese or Malay.
Supper - A cup of Milo.
I normally shared my meals with my maid as the portion was quite big. My maid got to drink all the Milo.
These are some of the dishes that I ate during my 3-week stay in the hospital :
Western set - roast chicken with cauliflower, brocolli and mashed potatoes, blended spinach soup (quite tasty but I couldn't bring myself to finish the bowl of soup coz it really looked like baby C's green bile vomit!), 2 slices of bread with butter and papaya for dessert.
Chinese set - stir-fried turmeric chicken slices with rice and veggie, ABC soup and cut apples for dessert.
Western set again - a huge slice of pan-fried ikan tenggiri, potato salad and baked beans with veggie (funny combo eh?). In fact, many of the dishes were cooked in wierd combination.
Though the food tasted kinda bland (well, they are all cooked for sick people, can't expect MSG and salty food right?), I would say they were all of good quality and tasty enough for me and my maid to polish everything off, most of the time.
Monday, June 1, 2009
On Saturday night, we had dinner at Kimberly Street as koong koong wanted to eat Penang hawkers' food. In fact, we have been having hawkers' food and chap fun (Economy rice and dishes) most of the time during our almost-1-month stay in Penang. Penang food is really good. There's one chap fun stall in Macalister Road that sells very tasty and cheap dishes and hubby always went there to pack food for me during my stay in the hospital. The facade of the stall and shop look really run down and unappetizing but the dishes are really good! Right now, I'm missing the Pasembur Indian rojak. It's by far the tastiest Indian rojak I've ever eaten. Too bad I had forgotten to snap pix of this rojak during my stay in the hospital. You know, when I was staying in the hospital, I really didn't have much mood for anything, except for Baby C to get better.
Anyway, here's what we ate on Saturday night:
Loh kai (braised chicken), loh kai keok and ngap keok (braised chicken feet and goose feet), loh cheong (braised pig's intestines), char koay teow, fishballs, ching poh leong with extra gingko nuts and white almond tong sui. Ermmm, it was really an artery-clogging meal and jelly-belly-loving meal and I didn't quite like most of the dishes, except for the char koay teow.
Baby C having her dinner of fish porridge and soup, which the Sister in the hospital had specially arranged for us.