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Cooking prowess in the making.

30/12/2006

Cooking prowess in the making.

The first night I came back to KL, I had dinner at home. A late night dinner anyway.

Guess what the maids had cooked? (yeah, the maids cooked..not my mum)

Steamed fish. Bland stir-fry vege. and some weird looking soup.

You can guess that I didn't really touch much of it.
In the past one week, I have met up with friends.

I was surprised that when I told them that I have learnt to cook basic dishes.... they gave me this stupendous look. What basic dishes do I mean?

When I arrived at the beginning of the year in Toowoomba, I wrote this,
saying how much I wanted to learn cooking..and refine my cooking skills I did. Success!

My first attempt at cooking a 3 course dish, although taking 2 hours, was a success. But never again would I try it!!

In the past one year, I have made:

My infamous diabetes-inducing-Chicken curry (from scratch) using cinnamon, dry chilli, meat curry powder and dry essentials. and cooking for a host of Hongkies!

Among that also is
- loh mai kai fan (from scratch),
- fried rice
(from scratch),
- bak zham kai
(chicken rice style from scratch!)- YK's fav!
and even had my try at mah poh tau fu (from scratch!).
-chapati and dhal (from scratch!)

I've also had a hand at
-siew yok (grilled pork),
-siew kai (grilled chicken),
-chicken in sweet and salty black soya sauce stew (wings and drumsticks and all!)
-ching tong kai yook mai fun (chicken noodle soup)
-wantan mee ala dry style.
- salad ala chinese style (cooked shredded chicken, mushrooms, fried meehoon, sesame oil)
- salad ala caesar style (with boiled eggs, shredded cheese, cabbage, olive oil, tomatoes)

Yet, that does not take into account desserts such as
-hak loh mai
(black glutinous rice),
-sai mai yeh zap
( hot coconut milk with sago),
-zhan zhu nai cha (pearl tea drink).
- hong dau shui (red bean soup)

Of course, the thing I have yet to master is baking. I can't bake to save my life. Although I've watched Justin bake his lasagne so many times, that is something I still can't remember how to make anyway!

Apparently most malaysian females (and males notwithstanding!) are not able to cook. It can't be blamed that they do not know how to cook.

Hmmm..what can I say? Eating out is cheap in KL.

Today I had lunch at Kim Gary. I ordered:

Steamed rice with chicken ala SzeChuen with potatoes & slathered over with cheese

That gave me an idea of what I could have my hand on to try cooking next....hehehe.
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Earthquake in Taiwan

29/12/2006

Earthquake in Taiwan

You know, I find it strange that the calamities seem to have happen post Christian events.

The year before, it was the tsunami that happened on Dec 26th 2004.
It's an earthquake in Taiwan this time around. Dec 26th 2006.
The other was post-Easter 2005. less than one year apart.

What? Does that mean the next major calamity would be post-Easter 2007?

Should be brace ourselves for that? Somehow, its on these two major Christian events that God struck earth.
For those who don't believe in God, that really is not my concern. Since I believe in God, if you don't like what I write, you can go scurry off back to your hole somewhere..

Well, we'll see. Let's wait till next Easter. In the mean time, stock up on supplies should the next calamity really happen. I mean, no one knew that the mini-tsunami (whatever taht was) would actually come upon Penang when it happened.

Touch wood, the next could be Kuala Lumpur. But do pray that THAT does not ever happen!

(FYI, the internet connection here is really slow due to the Earthquake. Not sure about Australia though.)
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Back in KL.

24/12/2006

Back in KL.

Hei people, am back in KL for the summer holidays now....Will be heading back Australia in the month of March. Will write an update on my holidays SOON.

Anyway, there seemed to be some problem with my SD card...

*points middle finger up in the air*

It's annoying as all my picture are in that card....the card is *kind* of readable..but I think its RIP already. Have to get the pictures from Jiaren now. Sad huh?

The weather has been pretty much hot and humid!!It's pretty alright for me so far, as I have air-conditioning in my room, so that helped me adjust back to the Malaysian climate.. *heh*.

It's terrible.
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Brisbane...

08/12/2006

Brisbane...

The bus that I was supposed to take to Brisbane broke down before arriving..so GreyHound switched us over to their normal route.

Ivan, sweet a fella that he is (but already financially half broke) decided to pay the extra 13 dollars (on top of the 10 dollars) making it a total of 23 dollars to come down with me to Brisbane on the bus. *awwwww* He was going over to take the train to meet his friend somewhere in town.

We arrived at Roma St about 6.30. An hour later than our expected time. Hmmph!

Anyway, results are released today!!! I scored a B for Guiding and Managing Children's Behaviour. However, the results for the other 2 courses are still pending.....

Please Please Pray that I get a good grade for the other 2 courses yeah??? Thanks very much!!! I don't want to be panicking and worrying abt that when I am on holidays...
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3rd Semester Holidays ahoy!

3rd Semester Holidays ahoy!

Today is my last day here in Toowoomba for Sem 3, 2006.

I finally finished my teaching practicum on Tuesday, handed in my assignment on Wednesday, started packing on Thursday.

Also finally packed all of my stuff to go. They're all neatly packed in boxes in the garage.Will be heading down to Brisbane at 4pm today. Then after to meet Jiaren & Stephanie in Melbourne, and thereafter to Tasmania until 19th December.

Will be in Brisbane to handle some immigration visa details in the last 3 days before I leave for Malaysia on 23rd Dec. See you there if you're there!

I really like my new housemates...never thought that Izam, Alan & Kevin could be this funny until they moved in!

Kevin likes listening to HillSong Instrumental. I periodically hear him listening to it on his PDA when he's playing LAN. He was surprised when I played it on my lappie earlier. LoL.

Izam and Alan often make calls back on 2B (a HongKong callback 2 phone program).

They all said they will miss me when I leave....the house will be so quiet when I am away.....

Awwwwwwwww.......

"Hou Yau Chui" as the Hongkies would say. Hmmm...actually, I think Justin is feeling a bit left out coz every1's speaking Cantonese... *LoL*.

Alan & Izam re-organized and cleaned out the kitchen yesterday. They really took out everything from the fridge, the larder, the cupboard and re-organized all the plates, dishes, bowls and spoons that I was momentarily lost last night when I was cooking.

We had Loh Mai Kai Fan (Fried Glutinuous Rice) with chicken, mushrooms, scallops and dried baby shrimp.

Izam cooked this beef, egg and so-called salted vege (looked really yummy!)

Anyway, Ivan brought over this spicy chilli tomato chicken dish. According to MT, Ivan is a good cook..comparable to Izam...LoL....

For the last morning here (for now anyway) I cooked Hak Loh Mai this morning. It's still in the pot, piping hot waiting for the guys to dig in!

Anyway, it's Summer in Toowoomba now...you know, Summer IS SUPPOSED to be HOT.
But, this summer here is like Autumn and Winter. BARELY Hot in the day time.
Winter and Breezy at Night...

So Much for Summer anyway. Oh Well, it'll be a COLD Christmas in Toowoomba after all.
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