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26 February 2009 @ 11:28 pm
Omg, it's only been a week since we've started having these two boys...and I've already unwittingly taken some hamporn photos. But I'll stick to publishing this instead...they look so cute and innocent here...

I think the one on the left is Kobe, and the one on the right is Koko...'cuz Kobe is fatter... :)
Current Location: home
Current Mood: amusedamused
26 February 2009 @ 05:37 pm
I was never really an everyday coffee-drinker...but of late I have sort of picked up the habit, because my colleagues will always offer to make me one...sometimes its Grace, sometimes even the A. Finance Manager but mostly it would be Rizal...

Today, we're having Vietnamese coffee...so aromatic I can smell it each time I walk back into the office...

I better enjoy this while it lasts...soon, it would be my turn to serve people coffee. :)
Current Location: office
Current Mood: restlessrestless
22 February 2009 @ 11:58 pm
Say hello to the two new boys in my life!

After much persuasion, my sister finally gave in to my nephew Justin's request to keep a hamster, so I brought the kids to the new pet shop in our neighborhood and got the only remaining male ham left at that time. Justin named his new pet 'Koko'...which incidentally is also the name of my colleague Stella's fat and cute hamster!

And then my niece Clarisse, not wanting to be left out (as expected), also demanded to have a hamster of her own. So we went to meet this lady we got to know via a hamster forum and who offered to give us a male winter white. She's so kind she even gave us a nice blue cage to bring the hamster home in! Clarisse named her chubbier boy 'Kobe'...'Kobe' as in Kobe Bryant, the NBA player.

It's hard to differentiate this pair actually as they both are winter whites, but if you observe hard enough, they're characteristically different; Koko is lazy and loves to hide in the slide sleeping whilst Kobe seems to be very inquisitive and always poking around or exercising. My sister says they're just like their respective owners; my nephew is a lazy kid who slept till 3pm this Sunday afternoon (!) whilst my niece is a hyperactive child. Bizarre, but very true... :p

I never thought I'd actually keep hamsters because I never like small creatures. But aww, they're really quite adorable. :)
Current Location: home
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
20 February 2009 @ 09:29 pm
What I like about eating at the place where I work is that I can always get freshly-chopped chilli padi with lime juice mixed into the soya soy. And on days my colleague cum favorite waitress Doris is serving, we'll even get bigger plates of chilli accompanied with fatter, juicier limes to squeeze in...

If there's one thing I love, its got to be chilli padi...yummy.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: crazycrazy
19 February 2009 @ 10:05 pm
I'm seeing a regular stream of buyers for my pre-loved items at girlosophies, which is a good thing because my tiny and messy cupboard is finally getting a bit tidier.

I seldom feel anything for the things I sold, not unless I later regret releasing something at a ridiculously low price. But last night, I couldn't help tearing after the transaction of this bag...

This red Sonia Rykiel bag has been lying around in my storeroom for the past decade. I haven't used it since I left secondary school and the brand has since gone obsolete, so it was quite an eyesore for me and I couldn't wait to get rid of it. I was elated when somebody confirmed her interest in buying the bag, until late last night...when I was reminded of how my then-factory worker mumsie had forked $150 out of her meager salary to get me this bag so that I could blend in with the ah-lians in my secondary school.

I suddenly felt overwhelmed with guilt and sadness. Am I selling my memories away? I wish I could keep everything I want to, but I share a very tight area with my divorced sister and her two children. Sometimes, there isn't even enough space to move about.

The one consolation I have is, the one who bought the bag from me seems like a very nice lady. I'm glad at least, that my bag is going to a great new owner...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: sadsad
16 February 2009 @ 06:51 pm
Boring Monday, boring brainless work and boring staff meeting...until I saw my colleague doodling in her notepad...

This is not meant to be offensive for anyone. Not unless you are blah, blah blah or blah blah blah.....

Anyways, it's just very cute. Perked me, and even our stern-looking chef sitting next to me, up during the meeting. :p
Current Location: home
Current Mood: boredbored
16 February 2009 @ 12:39 am
Valentine's Day this year was simple but lovely. It's ultra sweet because it didn't come in the same old boring form of flowers and gift sent to my office, but rather the significant other putting work aside for once and turning up himself to spring a surprise on me the day before V Day.

So our Friday was spent in a suite at a nice hotel and with us loitering around town like tourists. I think he planned that as I wanted to go on a short trip but our schedule really couldn't allow. Anyways, I love the simple luxury of the hotel, the aimless walkings, the food, the coffee and the conversations that ensued. It was a great respite from work and a great prelude to V Day, though this has never been an occasion I place much emphasis on. I guess I just appreciate the thought and the gesture much more than plain and overly expensive flowers. :)

Also attended a friend's wedding at York Hotel on V Day night while Fat Sheep was busy with his yachting theory class. These peeps in the picture below are my ex-classmates from my advance diploma course at MDIS.

It's only February and already this is the second wedding I've been to this year! And there are so many more to come...what an exciting 2009!
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Current Mood: lovedloved
10 February 2009 @ 12:48 am
I had a feast with Jon, Sofia and [info]carvroom earlier in the evening at Makansutra Gluttons Bay to celebrate the end of CNY 2009.

It's nerve-wrecking, yet exciting that...I would be in London without the company of any close friends this time next month?

Sofia is just so so so so sweet. Look what she got me!

More of what's going on, and what's inside the Muji paper wrap another day. :)
Current Location: home
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
02 February 2009 @ 11:38 pm
I just realized that I've got two cow-ish items that were given to me last year when I moved back to my current office. They are (i) a cow mug that Fat Sheep had no use for, and (ii) a cow soft toy that my ex-colleague Wah Wah caught from the arcade at our workplace. Moo...how apt for the 牛 year!

Okay now, here's a peek at my really messy work-station... 

Incidentally, they are both purple! Cute eh? :)
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Current Mood: amusedamused
27 January 2009 @ 02:31 am
I used to really love Chinese New Year as a child. I basked in the reunion dinners, enjoyed collecting ang-pows and delighted in playing sparklers along the corridor with my pseudo-cousins (well, my dad was adopted and we live next-door to my pseudo-uncle's family). It was always fun...until I grew sick of my pseudo-cousins' increasingly overbearing demeanour, and too old to be comfortable accepting ang-pows still. In recent years, mumsie doesn't even want to open our doors for our entire pseudo-relatives anymore. And as a result, I am reduced to hiding in my darkened room with her every day one of CNY when the extended pseudo-family traditionally pops over to visit.

This is predictably...yet another boring CNY holiday for me. 
However, I'm happy to say that I managed to sweeten things for myself in another way; I made my own pineapple tarts! I just bought the oven at the start of the year, after wanting to try baking for a long time. My first experiment with cookies did not turn out well, so I was truly surprised my pineapple tarts turned out...quite edible!    
In the oven...

Cooling in the tray...

And ta-da! Ready to serve...
It feels great because my nephew loves the tarts I made so much that I had to make this third batch the day before CNY eve. My sister-in-law agreed with me that its better than the nyonya ones my sister bought from Malacca! Haha. I'd have to confess though, that I only made the pastry base and not the jam. I would love to make the jam from scratch but I bought too much off-the-shelf from Phoon Huat for my experiment and I just got to finish it. Since I'm new to baking, I'm just glad the dough didn't end up crumbly and I didn't waste any butter or flour.

Here's the recipe I used for the pastry base; it's pieced from a couple of different recipes:

1. Sift 450g all-purpose flour, 20g skimmed milk powder and 1/2 tsp baking powder together. Full cream milk powder will do too though skimmed is a healthier choice.
2. Put 250g unsalted butter (I used SCS as recommended by the baking shop), 120g icing sugar and 1 egg (beaten together with about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract) in a mixer. Beat well.
3. Add the sifted mixture from step 1 and knead until dough holds together.
4. Clingwrap the dough and chill in the fridge for an hour.  
6. Roll out dough to desired thickness (about 0.5cm would be ideal). Press out dough with a cookie cutter and place pineapple filling in centre.
7. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 10 mintues. Glaze with egg white and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and cool the tarts before storing them in air-tight containers.

Hmm, I ain't sure but something seems to be lacking. But it's ok - I am so motivated to improve on the pastry recipe and make my own jam next year! Meanwhile, my next venture would be...cupcakes! :)
Current Location: fat sheep's place
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