Archive for February, 2012


I finally splurged and bought a brand new laptop tonight. Those who know how non tech-savvy I am and how much I abhore spending money on electronic gadgets will recognise that this is a major milestone for me.

But… but…  it’s broken!!

The keyboard isn’t working properly 😦  I don’t get it. This is suppose to be brand new! I haven’t even had the chance to spill something on it yet!

Motto of the story: I’m not meant to spend money on electronic goods. OR. This reflects my life at the moment, everything is broken.  Arrgh.


Kuching Day 11: Jaso & Gill’s arrival :)

Day 11 in Kuching signaled the end of the relaxing part of our holiday and when everything became hazy. It was also the day when our house guests flew in.

bak kut teh
You know Jaso’s in town when you see photos of bak kut teh on my blog 🙂

King of Bak Kut Teh Jaso Chan is now also known as the famous MC for Jo’s wedding. Hehe, check out his look of anticipation before the first sip of bak kut teh, is it similar to his happy face from his 2009 Kuching Bak kut teh experience? This bak kut teh was recommended by my brother and pretty good, it’s called Grandma’s bak kut teh and is located in Rock Road.

mani chai

They also do a mean mani chai, this was really yummy. I miss mani chai already (T____T).

cny and wedding1

After brnch, I brought Jaso to my father’s friends house to experience Chinese New Year visiting in Kuching. Hehe, he received his first Kuching angpow there. The cny visiting was actually a cooking class in disguise. My father’s friend Aunty Jenny is a fabulous cook and her husband was raving about her signature dish, prawn omelette/pancake (similar to oyster pancake or oh jien as we call it in Kuching). I was very interested so she generously invited me over to her house to learn how to make it!

prawn pancake

Aunty Jenny is a very good teacher and this prawn pancake was really yummy. It’s not as easy as it looks with flipping techniques and all, the texture is chewy, fragrant and it’s really tasty especially eaten fresh with lots of coriander, fish sauce and chilli. I am looking forward to recreating this in Perth. Apparently I’m the only person that she has taught outside of the family so I felt really privileged.

Aunty Jenny’s family is also the pioneer kueh chap makers in Kuching so I’m going to be trying that soon*looks at Jan* .

Earlier in the day Darren left us to go fishing with my cousins and he returned with this 1.5kg fish! Sigh, I miss my brother.

gil spring

After that we rushed off to the airport to pick up Gillian! We were so excited that she was finally in Kuching, we’ve been talking about this trip for years. Obviously we brought Gill to the must-go place in Kuching straight away, The Spring! hahaha.
yee cheng bro

Can you guess who this is? It’s Yee Cheng’s brother! Cheng was in the neighbourhood shopping (for pirated dvds I might add *tsk tsk*) with his siblings so he joined us for dinner at Spring’s food court. For some reason my father was very taken with his brother and found him very handsome, haha, must be the sparkling white teeth and tanned skin, so my ah pa insisted on having a photo with him. I think Cheng’s brother was quite embarrassed (=^^=).
chicken rice
Chicken rice for dinner! The chicken rice in Spring’s food court is actually not bad at all. My sister Jan likes it a lot and I couldn’t help thinking of her while eating this.
kolo me
This is obviously not authentic kolo mee with the added chicken chop, but it looked pretty tasty all the same. Coincidentally we met my uncle and cousins from Perth in the Spring, goes to show that Spring is really the IT place in Kuching.

Gosh reliving the holiday through this blog is pure torture, I miss the holidays so much now. If only I could go back and start all over again …

Kuching Day 10: CNY Day 3

I know.. it’s a bit late to blog about the third day of Chinese New  Year considering Chap Goh Meh was yesterday. Chinese New Year is officially over. Which also signals the end of my holidays. SIGH. I only just finished unpacking today and am still suffering from post holiday blues. I have a feeling it’s going to take me a very long time to recover.

Day 3 of Chinese New Year went by in a blur. I still remember there was a dreamlike quality about it which sort of remained throughout the rest of the holiday. It was a very rainy day and most of us at home woke up sick!

Even Jo the bride-to-be was sick! It was terrible, my parents were really worried and this resulted in the above traditional remedies. Sad to say, this crazy bout of sickness persisted throughout the remaining holiday and no one was spared. By the end of the holiday, even our houseguests Jaso, Gill fell ill. Jo and I are still recovering from cough even though we’re back in Perth.

In order to get better before the wedding, we turned to the dark side and I had chinese cough medicine from my dreaded doctor of my youth (Wang Shi Hua), his horrible medicine used to cause me nightmares and 20 years later, it’s still horrible. It also didn’t work (T___T).
But happier things also happened on the 3rd day. It was my father’s birthday! His siblings decided to hold a ‘surprise’ party for him at our house (not much of a surprise since my mum told him about it *duh*). My mum was roped in to help my dad cut the cake, as you can tell from the pics, there was lots of laughter 🙂


The birthday feast! All the aunties cooked, my mum and I also contributed some dishes. Obviously, we all like cooking in the family. Can you guess which dishes are mine?

And that was Day 3! The next day Jaso arrived so there are more food photos. Jason is now in UK where he will be based for a year or so, sigh, I miss him already. It’s going to take a while for Perth to feel like home again.

February 2012
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