Boxing Day, 26 December 2019

Barely 24 hours after Christmas day and our neighborhood supermarket has already started to change decor and food stuff on their shelves today!  The faster they change, the faster the kaching comes in! 🤑  I’ll wager that by tomorrow,  CNY songs will be blasting away.  Oh no CNY is less than a month away!  I don’t know about you but the thought of CNY stresses me out 😱😬



After mall hopping several times a week for the past few weeks and not having enough sleep from late night outings, I feel really zoned out and as if my mind is like a sieve. After attending a Christmas party last night, I only managed to clamber onto bed at 1:30 a.m. and got up at 7 a.m. today. While Alycia and Sherilyn went out mall hopping with their grandma, cousin and aunt from Hong Kong today, Cass and I chose to sloth around in the  house.

Today I had an early dinner at 4 p.m. of reheated left over North India food from Khan’s @ Sphere (from lunch yesterday) while Cass cooked her own dinner of scrambled eggs at 7 p.m.  She cooked 3 eggs so that she could share some with our beloved part-time helper, kakak Maria.

No-rice day for everyone – Cass’ dinner of scrambled eggs with kyuri, avocado and lentil chips from Eat Real.



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Winter Solstice & Eve of Christmas Eve 2019 (21 & 22 December 2019)

My big brother Raymond from Singapore always tries to make a trip back to either Ipoh or KL to celebrate his birthday with our family. His birthday falls on 22 December, which is Winter Solstice festival. This year the celebration was held in KL. Despite an unfortunate car accident that happened on his way to KL from Singapore on the eve of his birthday, we managed to have a happy celebration on 22 December. Praise God for keeping my brother’s family safe. His car has to be towed back to Singapore for repair and they flew back to Singapore today.



Dinner on 22 December was held at Greenview Restaurant @ PJ. It’s a joint birthday celebration.  My niece Raelyne’s birthday is a day before my brother’s on 21 December but due to the unfortunate accident, they had to spend the entire night at the hospital. The celebration dinner was supposed to be held on 21 December but had to be postponed to the next day.

The cousins:

Everyone simply adores baby Rayzen, who’s really chatty, sociable and super duper adorable. His cuteness can melt even the coldest of hearts.

Sang Har Mein, signature dish at Greenview with jumbo size fresh prawns and fried noodles drenched in egg sauce.

We requested the staff to help us crack the shells of the crabs for ease of eating. Disposable gloves are provided too, thus it’s quite a breeze to indulge in these jumbo size crabs.  We also requested for an extra bowl of sweet and sour sauce for dipping with the crispy fried mantou buns.

The twinnies are such a joy to be with. They’re now 2 years old and at the stage of learning to talk and it’s hilarious to hear them baby talk.

Raelyne had a sleepover at our house.  Cass took really good care of her, to the point of mothering her: coaxing her to eat, drink water, dried her hair after shower and even cut fruits for her. I’m amazed at how matured Cass can be and how she’s replicating everything that I do for her for her cousin. Their age gap is 3.4 years apart.

We spent half our day at Sunway Pyramid the next day. After lunch at Din Tai Fung, the four cousins went ice-skating while I went shopping!

Our table at Din Tai Fun overlooks the Sunway Lagoon Water Park:

Damage for our lunch at Din Tai Fung for 14 pax (including the twin toddlers) came up to RM600++!

After ice-skating, hubs treated everyone to Häagen-Dazs ice-cream. As you can see from the pix below, the kids were famished and couldn’t wait to dig into the ice-cream. I had to stop the kids from attacking the ice-cream platter before quickly snapping a few photos.😂

While we were seated at the bench waiting for our table to be ready at Din Tai Fung, I found an abandoned shopping bag. When no one seemed to claim the bag after it was there for half an hour, I opened the bag and found an iPhone 11 box. Inside the box were an iPhone, ear phones and phone charger. Check out the price! The owner must be a rich, slap happy young girl who could carelessly afford to leave her RM3k+ phone behind and left without coming back to look for it!  I even left our mobile phone numbers to the restaurant captain so that the new iPhone owner could call us but no one called.  Had I been greedy and heartless, I could have taken the phone (since I’m planning to get a new mobile phone), but I believe that karma is a bitch and she’ll come back to get me one day.

I asked the captain of the restaurant to check with the customers if anyone had left a new phone behind but no one claimed it. After lunch, hubs brought the phone back to the phone shop and hopefully the sales person who sold the person the phone would be kind enough to give her a call.

I’d like to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas and happy new year! 🎅



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Reunited Again

Jenn (pic below – long blond hair in black shirt), my childhood friend from Ipoh since kindergarten came back from Seattle for a holiday and we had a short meetup over lunch on Monday.  The last time we met up was in October last year.

The four of us pictured here have been friends since primary school, except for Jenn whom I’ve know since our kindy days in the mid 1970s.  Jenn is now one of the top photographers in Seattle and I’m really proud of her achievement. Since high school, she’s been one very creative, witty, smart and fun-loving  friend to be with. We’d spent many memorable and crazy days camping and traveling together. If only I could turn back the clock, I’ll choose the years 1987 through 1990. We had the most fun, laughter and mischief during those years❤️

Our lunch at Village Duck @ Bangsar Village:



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Dental Braces

Today is dental appointment day for all 3 girls.  Alycia’s due for her monthly change of braces wire and I took the other 2 girls to have their teeth checked.  Sherilyn has opted to wear braces to fix several flaws on her teeth.  She will require extraction of 4 of her molar  (just like Alycia) after CNY next month before the braces are placed. Cass still has baby teeth, thus it’s too soon to tell if she needs braces or otherwise.   I’m crossing my fingers that Cass doesn’t need them.


Cost aside, I think wearing braces is just too painful and troublesome, just to achieve a set of perfect looking teeth to look more ‘beautiful’.  And beautiful in this context is very subjective.   I have a snaggletooth / vampire tooth / yaeba and decades ago, mum asked if I’d like to wear snaggletooth braces but I said NO as I have low pain threshold.  Sometimes I regret not fixing the tooth but no way was I ready to go through the painful extraction of four of my teeth!  Thus, I now offer my girls the choice and it’s entirely up to them. Considering how costly these dental braces are, the girls are really fortunate to be given the opportunity to wear them.

What is Snaggleteeth

Japan’s beauty trend, dubbed “tseuke-yaeba,” has reached a fever pitch, with young women paying hundreds for “snaggleteeth” as it’s  perceived as a sign of youthfulness. For that reason, it’s a trend in Japan that women go through cosmetic dentistry to achieve dracula teeth, which is seen as a thing of beauty.

 



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Best in the World Cream Puffs and Chocolate Eclairs

Our baking queen went on a sudden baking frenzy again.  Just because her dad brought us to Lee’s Frozen to stock up on butter, UHT milk and whipping cream, her hands were itching to whip up a new recipe. And this is by far the yummiest bakes that she’d produced. Everyone including her very critical and fastidious dad (who could cook and bake and is in the food business) gave generous compliments on the cream puffs and chocolate eclairs which taste exactly like Beard Papa’s, I kid you not.



Alycia : Now we don’t have to go to Beard Papa’s anymore!

Cass : This is so good, the best ever cream puffs and eclairs I’ve tasted!
(she scarfed down most of the eclairs yesterday when both her sisters were at a dance workshop 😬)

Fussy king : Yes it’s good. Did she use premium ingredients? Surely they  must be very expensive!
(of course premium la – organic flour, antibiotic and hormone free eggs, premium chocolate and premium vanilla beans that grandma bought from Hong Kong)

The moment Sherilyn shoved a small wedge of the choux pastry into my mouth to ask me for my opinion, I was sold.  It was a winner. And I can’t believe that it tasted exactly like Beard Papa’s choux pastry!!

When the cream filling was ready and Sherilyn had finished pumping it into the choux shells, her sisters and I quickly sampled the cream puffs and we could not believe how much the taste is alike to Beard Papa’s. And Sherilyn kept commenting that baking them is a no-brainer!

The chocolate ganache was only ready later in the evening and we only managed to sample the chocolate eclairs the next morning. Again, they tasted exactly like Beard Papa’s eclairs!  Munching on the eclairs put everyone, including moi into a very good mood. They were oh so comfortingly good. Everyone was munching and commenting how delightful they tasted while seriously pondering the possibility of grabbing another eclair and another, diet be damned! After all it’s the school holidays.

Cream filling consists of full cream UHT milk, sugar, vanilla pods, eggs and cream.

Fluffy eclair shells – delish eaten even on its own without any filling or chocolate coating.

Chocolate eclairs to die for. Creamy on the inside, fluffy yet slightly crispy choux pastry coated with a thick layer of oh so chocolaty ganache made from Lindt 85% cocoa dark chocolate (sugar-free) on the outside.

What a hearty temptation that even the strictest of health freak can succumb to. And now I declare that my daughter’s cream puffs and chocolate eclairs have now made a place on my Kryptonite List, after milk tea and kuih 🤫 🤭



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The Yummiest of 2 Worlds ~ Crème De La Crème’s Artisanal Ice Cream & The Tokyo Restaurant’s Burnt Cheesecake

On my eldest daughter, Alycia’s sweet 16th birthday on 5 December 2019, I took her and her sisters to The Tokyo Restaurant (TTR) @ Lot 10 to sample the launch of something incredibly yummy – the marriage of Crème De La Crème’s artisanal, beautifully-crafted ice creams with TTR’s famed 6th Avenue Cheesecake (burnt cheesecake).  This marriage has created the ultimate dessert infused with the best of two worlds.

Tokyo La Crème (RM13/scoop): Cheesecake in ice cream form. Burnt cheese cake ice cream with actual chunks of The Tokyo Restaurant’s famed burnt cheesecake, swirled in.

Burnt Caramel Cheesecake (RM14/scoop): Inspired by the charred, caramelized crust of TTR burnt cheesecake, this burnt caramel ice cream is off the charts delightful, with a smoothness and richness that’ll have you craving for more scoops, like we did! It’s not overly sweet and really very addictive!



You can find these two new flavours at both Crème De La Crème’s Damansara Utama outlet and at The Tokyo Restaurant @ Lot 10 itself. At The Tokyo Restaurant, you’ll also be able to enjoy a special plated version of the Burnt Caramel ice cream, served alongside a slice of the burnt cheesecake itself and drizzled with hazelnuts and caramel.

The girls enjoying their free flow refreshing mocktail before dessert time:

 

The collaboration between Crème De La Crème and TTR is a decadent and enjoyable way to devour The Tokyo Restaurant’s signature dessert.  The super smooth and creamy richness of the cheesecake is a perfect match for the Burnt Caramel Cheesecake ice cream’s bitter-sweet flavor.  The union of both = a match made in heaven 🥰

Fans of ice-cream and cheese cake, the new CDLC x The Tokyo Restaurant ice creams and plated cheesecake are available at both restaurants now.  Do give them a try!

 


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Kak Jat Ikan Bakar @ Jalan Bellamy and Vintage 1988

I was itching to taste some Malay food today and hubs brought us to one Kak Jat Ikan Bakar on Jalan Bellamy. There are a few stalls on this road selling the same dishes and specializing in grilled fish.  As far as choice of fish goes, you get pari (stingray), kembung, terubok, tilapia, and more. There’re also fried cockles and stuffed squids.  The crowd is really huge during lunch time. We were there around 11-ish a.m. and the crowd had started to build up.

Hubs ordered grilled stingray, ikan kembung, another fish which I don’t know its name and stuffed squids.  I find the taste not really up to expectations and some of the squids were not fresh and tasted horrid.



I love Malay Kerabu and vegetables cooked with pumpkin in coconut milk curry.  What I had were a tad salty for my taste bud.

Eating the cockles is really time consuming as you’ll need to prise open the cockles with your fingers! We doggy bagged most of the cockles home.

Just the four of us at the stall. Sherilyn was ‘recuperating’ at home after a gruelling day the whole of yesterday (Sunday) at the Asia Junior Got Talent finals. She has floor burns and wounds all over her feet, which have now turned ‘watery’ and need antiseptic cream.  This is just one of the injuries that competitive dancers have to endure and she’s pretty nonchalant about it.

Food at this stall is just average and pretty pricey. The bill came up to over RM100.  Don’t think we’ll go there again. We can get better ones from our housing estate.

After lunch, we went to Vintage 1988, a fairly new coffee place in KL that doubles as a vintage fashion accessories store, also one of the most Instagrammable cafes around Petaling Street / China Town, KL.

Carrying the characteristic of chic retro-style coffee shop blended with modern touch, Vintage 1988 Cafe is thoughtfully decorated with antique knick-knacks, wooden furnishing, army green arm chairs, exposed brick walls, vintage pendant light, arched steel windows, etc.; further adorned with lots of green potted plants and catchy neon light sign to lift up the mood.  It’s our second visit to this cafe, the first was exactly a year ago.

Address:
34, Jalan Sultan, Chinatown,
50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: 9AM-11PM daily
Website: https://www.vintage1988.com/



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Asia Junior Got Talent Finals, 1 December 2019

The Asia Junior Got Talent Finals held on Sunday, 1 December 2019 at the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) saw 48 extremely talented finalists competing to vie for the first prize of USD1,000.  Some of the talents are from China, Norway, Indonesia and Thailand.

Competition was so stiff that I really didn’t think that Sherilyn would stand a chance to emerge as the top 20 winners, let alone the top three winners. All the finalists wore splendid costumes with elaborate make-up. Their dancing and singing skills were impeccable.  All of them are not new to international competitions. And a handful of the finalists are students at the Amber Chia Academy.

There were 8 judges at the competition. I can’t remember the names of all the judges but the most prominent ones whom I remember are world renowned magician Andrew Lee, Beatbox expert Koujee, co-founder of Asia Junior Got Talent Amelia Lee and violinist Dennis.

Magician Andrew Lee, who shot to fame with his daring knife and card trick on Asia’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent is the first Malaysian to perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade to usher in 2019. He’s one very amazing guy, who’s not only dashing and confident but extremely charming. Well, what do you expect from a magician; he sure can charm any girl! And he’s the judge who called Sherilyn back to the stage after her performance, got someone to pass her the mic so that he could hear Sherilyn’s interpretation of what her dance depicted and gave her some very encouraging words.

It takes someone with hell a lot of guts and tenacity to stand in front of 8 judges at the set with blinding lights and talk, dance, sing and flaunt their talent.  I’m one who can never do it. I wonder where Sherilyn inherits her guts from.

All 48 finalists of the AJGT:

Of all the 48 contestants, Sherilyn was the least dressed up. She was dressed in rags with no lipstick. She used fake blood (bought at a Halloween stall recently) on her body and painted her face with black eye shadow.  She really looked like a  kidnap victim and very much like a vagabond poacher on the street too.  The ragged t-shirt wasn’t her choice of costume. But when she could not find an apt white dress from the mall, she came up with the rags herself using a new white tee that she’s recently bought.


Sherilyn’s dance depicts a girl who’s been held bondage and tied up for years and when she finally escapes, she unleashes her freedom and euphoria through a powerful dance. I was in serious doubt that she could wow the judges with her ragged costume and lack of make-up with messed up hair.  Watching each contestant present their impeccable dance in their immaculate make-up and props made me even more nervous. How could my dancer in rags compare to them?  When it was finally Sherilyn’s turn, my heart thumped so loudly and I  hyperventilated so loudly that I was certain those seated  next to me could hear it HAHAHA!!

Sherilyn, your mom’s heart can’t take this kind of stress and anxiety anymore! But you said you’re not going to stop competing. You should know your mom’s weak heart. It’s not meant for this kind of stress!!

But Sherilyn made it to the top 20 winners!! And I just could not believe my ears when I heard her name and number announced 😱

With judge Koujee:

With one of the top 20 finalists – a Latin dance couple (they’re only 12 years old and what a cute dance couple they  make!) who performed extremely well in their routine.  Sherilyn made a few friends from this competition, including the contestant from China.

My 8-hour camp at FINAS wasn’t that bored as I made friends with this little cute girl’s mom and grandmother.  Nathelie, the cutie pie who could sing and dance like a pro is also one of the top 20 winners. She’s been competing locally and internationally since she was 6 years old and she’s such a natural talent and charmer!  Her grandma (in dark glasses) is in her 70s and such a hot grandma. Both she and her daughter (Nathelie’s mom) took good care of Sherilyn when I hadn’t arrived at the studio yet. Nathelie’s mom helped me to record Sherilyn’s performance projected on the screen while I went backstage to watch and video record. They’re truly guardian angels!

Next year will be a ‘gap year’ for Sherilyn, a year where she will stop competing to concentrate in her studies as it’s her PT3 exam year.  She will start competing again the following year when she’s 16. Hopefully we’ll meet Nathelie and her mom and grandmother again in one of those competitions in future.



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