Archive for May, 2012

Blogs Progression

May 30, 2012

If you notice, most blogs since 2000s are slowly moving in one steady progression, except those who stopped blogging altogether.

This seems to be a steady pattern of progression in most still active blogs. Well, this is merely my generalization lah.

1. We all started with petty, mundane things in our lives (like going to the dentist lah, complaining about traffic jams, this and that – Well, I am still stuck in this mode.).
2. Food! Glorious food!
3. Clubbing, house parties, party like crazy with a lot of vomiting here and there, hangover. Haha!
4. Finding love. (Well, I gave up on this long time ago)
5. As finances got better, everybody started traveling.
6. Suddenly, everyone scuba dive (except me).
7. Suddenly, everyone runs a marathon (except me… NEVAARRRR!!!)
8. Then, some people started baking and cooking, and nobody actually believe they could at the first place! (Guilty as charged).
9. Suddenly, everyone sponsor a child and does charity (which is good!).
10. Then, almost everyone got married and have kids. Haha!

I guess blogs, in some way is a good place to record all these stages in our lives. I never regretted blogging. I still read my old posts in gingerlyyours and they made me chuckled, not because I was funny. I think I could be ridiculous at times and said the darnest things! Somehow, I’ve mellowed A LOT. Not so much angst anymore. It’s nice to see people progressed so far in their blogs, how we have matured over the years, and now having the ability to sit back and laugh at our young and boisterous ways. I wish I had been more level headed though. There were certain things that I regretted but well, if we never regretted in this life, it’s probably we never took any risks or chances. Having said that, I surely hope I could mitigate my regrets or learn to accept as it is. Nothing seems to unfazed me anymore.

Baking Weekends

May 28, 2012

Ever since I made scones and realized that baking could be really easy, I dabbled a little here and there. So, it’s been almost a weekly affair now, baking! Here are some of the things I baked over the past few weekends.

Cream Puffs

Mom wanted to eat cream puffs, so I googled up on how to make cream puffs. First attempt was disastrous because I didn’t watch out how much butter I put in. Being inexperience, I thought, the more butter, the better! Ended making rather weird looking puffs.. like doraemon’s pancakes! Hahahah! This picture is my second attempt at making cream puffs. Success! Recipe here.

Custard Cream

Actually, I was merely googling to look for how to make custard cream to be inserted into my cream puffs, as alternative to whip cream. I stumbled upon this recipe and think to myself, what the heck? I might as well make the cookies since it looks so damn easy. So, it was so easy that first attempt was a success! Watch out on the making of the cream though. It can be rather tricky. Recipe here.

Salted Chocolate Cookies

I’ve been following Kim’s blog for awhile because she is such a great cook! Her recipes are easy to follow and with pictures, I don’t think anybody can go wrong lah! But I was wrong! Haha! I decided to make this cookie because the children in my house enjoy chocolates. Actually, me also lah. Hahahha! Since my oven is rather small – I am using just a toaster oven (seriously!), my tray was not big enough to put the cookies apart. My first attempt, ended with cookies fusing together, that I had to use a knife to hack them apart. Hahahah! Not wanting to take anymore chances, my second attempt, I used a heart shaped mold. Saja lah! Hahaha! The aroma emitted while baking, is uncannily similar to Famous Amos! No kidding! Thanks, Kim for this recipe.

Roasted Peanuts & Caramelized Onions Cookies

Well, this is also from Kim’s recipe. The moment the cookies are out from the oven, they tasted heavenly! My aunt even thought that I made hup tou sou! Hahahha! I didn’t press the cookies while shaping them, to place onto the tray, hence the cookies were loosely bound. So, it sort of tasted like hup tou sou. Not many like this cookie because, I guess most of my family members disliked onions. Also, I think I over roasted my peanuts.. so… I guess, I will put this on hold for awhile. Recipe here.

Arrays of butter cakes!

Also, this is requested by mom, butter cake. She always loved butter cakes and has been pestering me to make butter cakes for awhile. I procrastinated because I thought my oven toaster wouldn’t be able to handle baking cake! However, one fine night, out of whim, I just drove to the mall to get a log of butter, some milk, the baking pan and went home to bake till 11 pm. Yes, that’s how crazy I am now!

First attempt was successful, despite the fact, I accidentally scooped in 2 teaspoon of baking powder. LOL! No wonder the cake naik macam gunung! However, because of the direct heating in oven toaster, the top part was rather dark, even if it wasn’t burnt. Second attempt, I got myself a proper baking pan, only 20 cm diameter, a shallow baking pan. Instead of placing the baking pan in the middle of the oven, I slided it on the last slot, so that the exposed part of the batter would be far away from direct heating. It was a success! Also, make sure you cream your butter properly, I guess it helps! Also using a good butter seems to play a crucial part too. I’ve used 4 brands of butter so far, and I find Golden Churn (Salted – so no need to add salt) – is more aromatic and Tatura – seems to be less greasy and fragrant.

This recipe is from Rasa Malaysia.

Happy baking!

Impossible People

May 22, 2012

I had this friend when I was little. We would play whenever my mom took us to visit our late grandmother during the weekends. We always look forward to the trip because of so many friends there. The village children in Kuala Sepetang were accommodating lot. We made friends without even trying. We sort of grew up together till we moved to KL in our early teens. I remember this friend, Ah Wan, who was the son of a shopkeeper staying just two houses away from my grandmother’s.

I was told he died of cancer. Not too sure what cancer, but cancer it is. He was single when he died, I think. His grandmother (still alive) is an evil person. Since he was in a dire state, his grandmother forbids the family from spending money to find him a cure. Of course, no parents would want to see their own children die before them, so his parents tried their very best to nurse him back to health. He succumbed to cancer last year, breathing his last in the hospital. His grandmother refused to have his body at home, to conduct the ritual ceremony of sending off the dead, because she said, neighbours would think that she died!! So, they had the ceremony at a rented funeral parlor.

The grandmother (still living) would complain all the time, throws tantrums at her daughter in law, till the stage where her daughter in law, couldn’t take her years of abuse, ran away from home! She would throw tantrum by throwing things all round the house, or purposely dirtied the house, to make the daughter in law clean up the house, saying all kinds of derogatory words at her. No wonder nobody wants to come back to visit her.

So last week, she was feeling a little under the weather and complained that, her children and grandchildren didn’t come to visit her and demanded them to visit her as she might not live that long anymore. Yes, she is a drama queen. A mere cough or flu, she would demand a visit from her children and grandchildren. I think she is probably in her 90s now. So, the joke was – after her incessant complaints to her son who lives with her all these abusive years, her fed up son handed her a kitchen knife and said to her, "Nah.. since you want to die, make it quick!"

LOL!! The old woman cried and cried and called her son, in-filial!

Hahahahha! Sorry.. this was supposed to be a solemn post, remembering my dead friend, Ah Wan. But I couldn’t help it, imagining the reaction on the old woman’s face when her son said that to her. I guess Ah Wan, who probably lived with his grandmother would feel it’s liberating too that his dad could stand up to his grandmother like that!

Prayer for Baby Hansen

May 17, 2012

I was at the hospital last night, bringing my aunt and uncle to visit their grandson, Hansen. Hansen was born with a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of fallot. His toes and fingers were blue when he was born. After many months of agony and sleepless nights, finally, we managed to find him a heart surgeon in Gleneagles Hospital. Thanks to my friend, Annie, who recommended the doctor. He has been a pillar of strength and a calming effect in the face of uncertainty.

When we got to the ICU, only two persons were allowed to go in at a time. So, we took turns. Didn’t know what to expect, I thought there would be a glass door or something to shield between the patient and visitor but no. He was placed in a rather spacious cubicle. There he was, lying unconscious, with tubes hanging from all parts of his tiny body. My eyes welled up with tears and heart was deeply wounded when I saw him in this state. No young infant should be subjected to such disease! One thing I noticed though. I think his skin looked more radiant now, as his heart was mended. I am no doctor. But, I could see improvement in his skin color. At least, not so yellowish grey anymore. He has healthy, glowing skin!

My cousin brother told me the procedure that Hansen underwent. They have to stop his heart from beating and drain his blood all out into an incubator to keep the blood warm. Once the heart is fixed, they would pump the blood back into his body. It was like watching Grey’s Anatomy! The wonders of modern medicine!

Today, I didn’t visit my nephew because I was swamped with work at the office. I heard that he’s awake now and rather alert. Started to throw his pillow away – which is really him, because that’s what he does best! Throw things around! But he couldn’t fetch them back this time. I pray, pray and pray that he would have speedy recovery. There’s a world of wonderful possibilities out there, waiting for him to explore!

Cheating

May 14, 2012

For the past six months, I’ve been hearing stories of friends and acquaintances of cheating spouses. Some had taken drastic measures of divorcing their spouses. Some still in denial over what had happened, blamed everyone else including well-meaning family members but themselves for what happened. Some forgotten that, their spouses had sacrificed their health in order to fulfill their respective partners’ wishes of having biological children by undergoing countless, emotionally draining and physically taxing medical examinations and procedures, just to give birth.. only to be thanked by their spouses walking out on them and getting into another person’s panties.

It’s a really sad, sad day and affairs that broke up so many families, leaving little children with only a parent. I know, marriage is always a work of progress. I certainly hope, people getting into such union should believe in the sanctity and purpose of such union, and not marrying for the sake of marrying.

I happened to chance upon this article, which reveals the top 10 signs that your spouse is cheating.

Top 10 signs of a cheating spouse

1. A sudden need for privacy and space

2. Secretive phone calls – their phone is usually on silent and practically strapped to their bodies

3. Constantly dropping their new “friend’s” name in conversation

4. Change in regular work habits

5. Behaviour that doesn’t add up, such as not being where he/she is expected to be

6. Spending more time on the computer and always deleting browser history

7. Household duties and chores become neglected, time spent with family also declines

8. Partner suddenly makes it a point to inquire about your daily whereabouts, to make sure the coast is clear

9. Unaccounted-for gift items show up in the home, like new mobile phones, perfume bottles and gift vouchers

10. Ironically, you may in fact be accused yourself of having an affair

It’s really sad when love is betrayed in a supposedly sacred union. What a victim could do, to pick up what’s left and think of the best for his/her children.  And I wish them all the best.


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