Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2 Weeks Of CNY Celebration

It's been a wonderful 2 weeks of Chinese New Year celebrations as I stuffed my tummy to the max. I know I am going to regret it but as Garfield the cat  says:
It all started with the reunion dinner at my older brother's place the week before CNY. We had a barbecue this time, something different from the norm. Too bad I was busy eating and forgot to snap photos!

Then came the reunion dinner at my parents-in law's place on the eve of CNY. We had steamboat. There's nothing like sharing a meal around 2 pots of boiling soup...in an air-conditioned home, of course!
Then came the customary lunches and dinners, as I visited my parents, relatives and friends. 
Tossing the yee sang for many blessings
in the coming year
SweetTeen collecting her angpow
This year's gathering with my long-time friends was a little bitter-sweet as there was one child missing among our kids. One of my friends lost her 17 year old son to leukaemia just a few weeks ago but we were glad that she and her family decided to join us for our annual CNY gathering. 

Valentine's Day fell on the 5th day of CNY and since hubby was still on leave we decided to have a simple lunch at Levain...but I guess lots of people had the same idea as the place was filled to the brim and we couldn't even drive into their carpark! So we headed further down Jalan Tun Razak and ended up at Delicious instead.
I had quiche - something like an egg and meat pie
Love their desserts!
And on Chap Goh Mei, the last day of CNY, we finally managed to locate our favourite claypot chicken rice shop, Restoran Makanan Teow Chew which had shifted from their previous premises to Taman Segar, Cheras.
My family loves this place because the food
is quick and tasty
Finally...the opening of my kids' angpows after which hubby will deposit the money into the respective kid's bank account for their future use.
My kids tell me that everyone has been generous
in their giving this year :)
Remember last year I posted up a video showing a lion dance doing the shuffle dance? This year it's the 'Gangnam Style' lion dance...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Some More Pics

The weather has been extremely hot lately and this morning when I opened my handbag to get my lipstick this is what I discovered...
My lipstick had melted into a misshapen gooey lump!
Ah well, at least I've got an excuse to go buy
another lipstick!
Many of my son's friends now have their driver's license. At first it's quite a thrill to be able to drive but after a while, with all the traffic jam, driving around doesn't seem so fun. So they car-pool. 

One day, a few of them decided to go to the mall. One of my son's friends drove over to our place and since my son was the designated driver for the day, we allowed his friend to park his car at our porch. When I peeked into the car (after they had left, of course!) this is what I saw...
The strange things people keep in their car:
notice what's in the compartment near the gear stick?
Here's a closer look...I was giggling so much
that I forgot to focus my camera.
Answer: dentures

(might be his dad's or mum's)
I think it is good to have marked pathways for the blind. Have you noticed them around town on the pedestrian walkways? They are yellow with raised stripes for the visually disabled to 'feel' with their cane, to help them stay on the pavement and off the road when they walk.

However. there's one pathway that really defies logic. Do you see where it leads to?

Some friends invited us to a German restaurant in Bangsar and being meat-lovers, hubby and I feasted on pork knuckles, Bratwurst sausages and rack of ribs...yum!

On another occasion we were invited to a vegetarian dinner and when this arrived on our table it looked like soup with lovely chunks of meat, right?
Wrong. It's all vegetarian...which means it's not meat 
although our brain may tell us otherwise!
 I marvel at how it closely resembles the real thing.
Truly a work of art, and a tasty one!