Dumplings Delight!

05/06/2019

“Let’s go eat dumplings for dinner,” they said.

“We know the best place, ” they said.

Well now, we have all heard that before. The best this and the best that. But best can be very relative. Especially when led to a somewhat dimly lit alley, in between the back of two rows of shoptlots. The tables are simple foldable ones, and the chairs are easily stackable, portable ones.

There were so many customers, I began to change my mind.

Dumplings was the first item ordered. The rest were the supplements. When it arrived, looking like this… I had second thoughts again. They didnt exactly looked appetising!

I gingerly picked one up with my chopsticks, and bit into it.

My tastebuds were very pleasantly surprised! The minced pork was nicely chopped but not too fine, so you can still savour the texture. The flavour was full as the mixture spices blended so well I didnt need to add anything more to it. I like mine “unadulterated” and without sauce or dips so this was right up my street. The flour skin was not too thick, but didnt fall apart too much either.

Served in the simple way, it didn’t cost an arm or leg either! I am glad I was persuaded to go and try!

Roasted Goose Anyone?

27/05/2019

We were on a kind of a tour with Hubby’s friends. The itinerary had been scheduled by them – we just tagged along. The coach drove on for quite a long distance. It felt like we were heading from one end to another of this vast province in southern China.

Then finally the coach came to a halt. As we got out of the car, we could get a faint hint of a lovely appetising smell. The host explained – this was roast goose territory. But not just any roast goose. It was lychee wood that was being used.How awesome that was… the meal was delectable. The company was enjoyable. The experience was unforgettable.

Just writing this makes me think about going again!

Nesting & Caring

17/05/2019

Amazing…birds nest  in  all  sorts  of  places.  Look  at  this  one.  Perched  in  a  rather  small  place,  a corner  of  a window  ledge.  We  even  thought  it might  fall  off,  or  worse,  lose  the  eggs.But  no…  In just a few weeks,  the  two  eggs  hatched  and  the  chicks  grew  fast!It served as a good reminder to me during a difficult time, of how God says that He takes care of the birds … how much more He would take care of us! Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” I know I have to deal with things in the future, but I dont need to stress over them. I can be rested because He cares. Thankful.

Kueh Pronounced Kwaay

10/05/2019

So, I have a sweet tooth. It can be Western or Asian. Either will do fine.

When I look at the Western style desserts, my palate tells me that I like it strong tasting – stronger the taste, the better. Even rhubarb custard sounds delightful!

For the Asian however, I like it subtly tasty. Like these cakes for instance. They are the local Nyonya style ones. Like the second from left, second row one. Kueh Talam, made with a hint of coconut… Yummm! Oh dont forget the first one on the left, top row – the Onde-Onde (pronounced Onn-day onn-day) is covered with coconut shavings. But when you bite into it, there is an explosion of delightful gula melaka – palm sugar. I could go on… but I am already salivating … so I need to stop typing, get up and go look for something to satisfy that sugar craving. Chat more later….

Unspoken Unexpected

06/05/2019

Only a few knew of my disappointment at that event…
I had worked hard and was looking forward to tucking into a small slice of a special cake. There were many present but I still felt confident of having a taste because there were two decent sized ones. Alas, before the end of the evening, I went over to the table and found that there was not even a crumb left.

Lo and behold, more than a month later, out of the blue, I receive a special delivery, to say thanks for an unrelated matter. It was THAT special cake.

It is such a joy to know to such personal care. Every bite was worth the disappointment and wait. And no, this isn’t such a good photo of it! But I was so eager to tuck into it, I wasnt prepared to take much time on the photo!WhatsApp Image 2019-05-02 at 09.52.49

Better Late than Never

12/11/2018

From the time my son was less than a year old, I have set up a tree for Christmas. That was almost 30 years ago! Since then I have set aside a small sum of money yearly to add to the decorations I have.

The first thing that always gets set up is the tree. The tree reminds me of the tree that my Saviour died on for me and everyone… The green leaves remind me of the life He rose from the dead to give. Splashes of red on the tree often remind me that His blood was shed for me. The decorations on the tree remind me of the abundant life He promises – so much! The lights tell me yet again how He is the Light in a dark world; I am thankful. The gifts under the tree are reminders of the most wonderful Gift, and also of the gifts the Holy Spirit.

Normally I would set up Christmas decorations by the end of October. Any later, I would be swamped! This year, though it is already November, I am very glad to have help! Better late than never indeed!

The decorations promise to be nicer than ever this year. Looking forward to the end result.

Yesssss

08/11/2018

So it  has been a while indeed. I have been contemplating whether or not to continue with posting here. Hence the silence.

After much deliberation, I have decided, and will do a makeover as well… So my answer to my own question as to whether or not to continue is YES…..

On more way to say YES for us, is the way the East Malaysians say it …. BAH!

Memories

23/04/2018

This day and age, it is so easy to snap photos on our phones and then wonder what to do with them. Post on social media?

I wonder if we ever go back to them again? Many tend to live for the moment.

In the old days (showing my age!) we would think twice, no thrice, before pressing the shutter. A roll of film did not come by cheap. After the roll was completely snapped up, one had to get the photos developed. I remember the days when we could send the roll off and get the prints a few weeks later. At that time, that facility seemed like a major step forward!

Then came digital cameras, and smart phones… and even better cameras. So yes, I wonder how much memory goes with each series of photos taken, seeing that it is so very easy to snap a moment.

Unlike this. I came across this photo recently. I can tell you the exact moment I snapped it – the occasion and location – and the story that goes behind the photo.

And the story doesnt stop with just the moment the photo was taken… There is a story after this story as well… but both would be for the next post…

Stay tuned….

The Days of Small Beginnings ….

02/02/2018

There is a saying:- Dont despite the days of small beginnings…. Taken from Zechariah 4:10, and a little out of context, this is a symbol of some small beginnings….
Me covering my face after a workout because … who looks good after a workout unless they have a team of make up artists and a camera rolling???

Just started going to a fitness and conditioning centre. I’ve been having such a sedentary life that I have got very unfit and flabby. To the point that I am so very tired so very easily.
I decided to finally do something about it when my son and friends opened this centre, next door to his physiotherapy centre. What a fantastic combination. Off I go then…
More posts to come as I (hopefully) make progress.

Debut… And More

29/01/2018

So….  This then is my debut. I’ve been on stage before – during my school days, and if I recall right, twice during short performances at church services. This however was different. Together with a small cast, I was coached by a professional, and it took months. 
I can’t say I didnt enjoy it. I used to struggle a lot with being the focus of attention. Handicapped me. Hindered me. I have healed and grown much since. Hence this debut. Enjoyed working with the team. I learned a lot.

Guess what? There might be a reprise, and this time at a Black Box. Wow…. Stay tuned.