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Give and take

Arghhh I somehow lost my blogpost! It was a blog to say that I took Friday off and had a glorious long weekend. In fact my boss gave us a team day off, work is finally slowing down and we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Saitaoha and her first book week dress up, she was a dancing fairy 🙂

It was lovely having Friday off, I could walk Saitaoha to school, bring Saitaomei out shopping where she has a lovely time basking to the full attention of her parents.

Saitaomei and her big red bus
Mummy I found Pikachiu!

On Saturday the girls and I had a fun day out with my sister at Carousel. I always enjoy my outings with my sister because we always do what we want when we want which is impossible for me when R is around.

I’m not sure whether it’s the same for others, but R and I have such different personalities, lifestyles and habits. He is quite rigid, disciplined, neat and clean. I am messy, chilled and not disciplined at all. Our dietary habits are so different, he doesn’t like snacking, hates fast food, tries to be healthy and eats less meat etc. I live to snack, like fast food and don’t like many veggies. R hates wasteful behaviour and is very strict with the kids finishing their meals properly and cherishing their toys etc. Let’s just say that the likelihood of us going to McDonald’s for dinner as a family is very slim!

So when I’m out with my sister, I let the kids have icecream, they are allowed to have happy meals for lunch, I spend money without overthinking it. I also indulge myself and don’t order food that I think the kids will eat or R will eat, it’s just something that I want to eat for a change. Any mums with me? Days out with my sisters are fun and relaxing.

Ice cream treat for the cousins

At the end of the day, it’s all about compromise and balance. R and I try not to give each other a hard time about our differences even though I wish he was less rigid and I’m sure he wishes I was more disciplined. I hope by compromising with each other we reach a fine balance and can have a generally healthy lifestyle with routine and room for fun at the same time. He closes his eyes when I let the kids have snacks, I try not to get frustrated when he insists on the kids finishing every last drop of their meals, I cook him veggie bibimbap for his lunchboxes, and he enjoyed our Pizza Hut takeout nights.

Veggie bibimbap

It’s not easy but I hope we can both keep working hard to make it work. After all, it’s better to bend a little than to break a relationship right? Give and take is much better than make or break!

Hooray to more long weekends ahead 🙂

Playroom

My view from the kitchen window. The playroom is a success, even in its half done state. Saitaoha loves the room and spent the most of the morning in it. The majority of the dirty, hard labour is done, we’re on to the fun part of furnishings and decorations.

Saitaoha is so big and tall now. Still loving her shoes haha, she insisted on wearing her new shoes today, but was also admiring her other pair of new shoes gifted by da yee. She has too many shoes now, never a problem for girls I reckon.

Winter is almost over and I thought we didn’t do too badly illness wise. Bang, here we are, sick again. I feel guilty and wonder whether it’s because I haven’t found time to reschedule the kids for their second flu short yet. I didn’t get my flu shot this year too 😓.

Today’s chicken and mushroom risotto was a success, it mostly comes out overdone when I cook it using my instant pot. But I shortened the timing and liquids this time and it seems nicer? Will ask for resident risotto fan R for feedback.

The nice thing about taking a sick day, it gives you time to potter around the house, do household chores, cook, I wish we had four day work weeks, how nice that would be.

New phone

Our Sunday oyakodon lunch. I was reminded of Goldilocks and the three bears when I took this photo. Obviously the size of my bowl was ‘just right’. Saitaoha finished her bowl too, can make this for her in the future.

Standard loh bak lunch bento. I asked R whether he’s sick of pork belly, he said he can never get sick of pork belly. Ah Ma is always nagging me about skipping meals or being the last to eat my own cooking. The truth is by the time I’m done cooking, prepping bentos, washing up and feeding the kid, I don’t feel like eating my own cooking anymore!

It is good that she likes brushing her teeth. I’m worried about her open bite which is a really of her dummy addiction. I want to wean her off her dummy but her papa said to give her a little more time. I think it’s because our friend told us a horror story about how her child cried for three months when she weaned him off cold turkey 😓.

This is my first post written on my new iPhone! I’m so excited and pleased with it. All my backups worked and my old photos,apps and contacts are alive in my new phone. I’m so bad with tech stuff I thought I would stuff it up, but luckily R pretty much did it for me.

Can’t wait to try out the camera on the kids tomorrow 😍😍😍. I’m usually not excited about tech gadgets but there’s something about this phone being my Mother’s Day gift that gives me a warm and fuzzy glow inside.

My girls

This little girl is not so little anymore. She replies to my instructions with a cheery ‘ok mummy!’. She will emphasise her requests with a ‘please!’ ‘Please mummy, chock-late please!!’ 😅 It makes it quite difficult to say no. She’s not so into milk anymore but is drinking more water which is great. After her snacks and food, she will grab her water bottle and help herself.

She’s quite OCD about the placement of things. She will take off her shoes and socks and line them up neatly on the floor (she even does it for our shoes haha). She stuffs her socks into her shoes just like how her papa does.

Saitaoha is no dainty little flower though, she’s boisterous, cheeky and funny. She loves the new beanbag that we got for the house and launches herself like a rocket into it.

This little one has the loveliest smiles first thing in the morning.

I love kissing her boing boing cheeks.

Ah Ma put her in the high chair, soon she’ll be ready for solids. I hope this means she sleeps longer at night. Part of me wishes she could stay a baby forever. I will miss my koala.

Beansprout noodles bento, R says he could eat this everyday.

Braised beef shank with tau kee, I thought with two kids, that would be the end of my favourite type of slow cooking. But hooray for instant pot, this took 20 minutes and it was so tender and flavourful. I’ve reserved all the master stock and beef brisket for R’s fav beef brisket noodles for the weekend.

A good day today.

In the doghouse

And it’s Monday again 😔. Sunday was filled with terrible two tantrums and meltdowns. At one point I patted a weary R and said ‘see, surely you don’t want a third kid?’ Miraculously she became better towards the evening, but I think it’s because her cousin and my sister kept her entertained and distracted. I will torture my parents later, let me play first.

Having fun with LG.

Dancing to the Wiggles. She is a delight when she has my full attention.

Feels like it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my #daitaohabento. R’s favourite egg noodles with bean sprouts.

Made char siu for dinner, but I didn’t leave it in the oven long enough.

Had another go and caramelised it further at home. Much better. Only I was busy on the computer and forgot about it on the stove. I’m now soaking my burnt pot 😓, sigh, my mummy brain is so befuddled nowadays. Another horrible post partum symptom is that I’m shedding hair all over the place. Poor R is vacuuming the floor all day, the other day he looked at me sadly and said ‘it’s like having a dog’. 😅😅😅

MKR Sundays

Headed into the city this weekend for some shopping.

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Tried the coffee @Moana (Hay Street mall) which shot coffee lover chills up my spine. Darn it, I thought I had downgraded my caffeine addiction due to the lack of good coffee in East Perth but Moana made me so sad that I’m not working in the city anymore. Moana is a quaint little cafe too, I will be returning.

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Pork Belly ramen from Zen (Subiaco) which we went eons ago because they were the one of two Japanese restaurants in Perth that served uni (sea urchin). Sadly they no longer serve uni and the restaurant was quite disappointing. R found his ramen pretty tasty but Andy thought it was similar to instant noodles (oops).
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Another Gordon Ramsay recipe, Morrocan lamb with sweet potato and raisins. I am surprisingly finding Gordon Ramsay’s recipes quite easy to follow, I should have reduced the stock a lot more and it was a tad too salty, but I can imagine myself doing it again because one pot meals are so handy!

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My foolproof teriyaki chicken and mushrooms with tamagoyaki lunch bento :). Hope the work week goes by quick!

Sunday family dinners

I now have a bigger family to feed 🙂
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Monday lunch bentos of fried beehoon. Beehoon is great for bulk cooking hehe. Other dishes that I’ve tried include lasagne, what should we have for next week?

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Nasi lemak for Sunday family dinner. We source the satay which are great from Jo’s colleague. My nasi lemak however wasn’t great, rice too dry and my sambal sotong was a bit too watery. I’m going to ask my mum for her sambal recipe next time.

I wonder whether these Sunday family dinners will become a family tradition and when the kids grow up we will talk about ‘remember how Daitaoha yee yee and yee zhang used to come over every Sunday for dinner?’

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I snapped a picture of the evening sky just when we were about to leave Jo’s home. I love Perth’s pink skies. Sigh, and the weekend is over again. But woohoo, at least it’s a long weekend next week! Counting down again …

Vego lunch bento

Sundays are always very productive days for me in the kitchen. I know friends and family think I’m a bit nuts cooking or baking after work even when it’s been a crazy week, but really, it relaxes me, I call it cooking therapy.

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This was a while back, making a tray of ricotta and spinach cannelloni.

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Finally managed to tick off one of my 2013 kitchen resolutions, also my first time baking a layered cake, it wasn’t as pretty as I would have liked it to be, but I will get better I hope :). This was a double ginger cake with cream cheese lime frosting.

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It was actually fragrant and moreish. Double whammy of ginger with fresh ginger in the batter as well as crystallized ginger pieces as garnish. The lime zest and lime juice in the cream cheese frosting cut through the richness of the cake. I’m not sure I will bake this again because there are so many more cakes to bake, but I did like the combination of ginger and lime.

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R’s favourite pork belly loh bak again. With braised eggs and tofu.

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I have a good friend at work who is vegetarian and a sweet tooth so I’ve been bringing her lots of sweet treats. But tomorrow I’m making her a vegetarian lunch box! Teriyaki tofu, tamagoyaki and grilled eggplant dengaku style (sweet miso sauce) with rice. I hope she likes it Y(^___^)Y.

I will be trying chocolate caramel slice and macarons next!

Japanese weekend

Aargh, I can’t believe the weekend is over! Then again, it’s one more weekend to go before we’re jetting off to Hongkong! I can’t wait… egg tarts.. milk teas…
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Tuesday $15 steak nights at Bentley hotel. This time we went with Karen and Bryan, lovely people with lots of good HK tips. We will be visiting Gerry in his hometown too, so exciting haha.

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Simple lunchbox of stir fried satay chicken with snow pea sprouts and button mushrooms.

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Sunday night dinner was Western style Japanese themed, teriyaki hambagu with spaghetti bolognese. Jo wasn’t feeling fantastic though and only managed one hambagu (*gasp*). She did bring some home though so hopefully it will still be yummy for her dinner tomorrow.

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Chirashi sushi at daitaoha’s. The best part about making your own chirashi sushi bowl? You can be very very generous with your ingredients and salmon sashimi slices are thickly cut haha.

cook (Medium)Bonus collage of baby Tristan! Getting naughty he is, but still very cute, aaaah, so lucky to have cute nephew and niece Y (*___*)Y

Mother’s Day

Apologies for being M.I.A. for so long. Sometimes I forget that I have a blog (T___T). But I still love blogging very much, so not giving up anytime soon :).

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This was a couple of weekends back when we stopped by Cranked in Leederville for some lunch. The mocha wasn’t fantastic.

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But the the South American spiced chicken and tomato jam  quesadilla with a side of guacamole was yummy with a nice hint of chilli.

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A friend mentioned that he remembers my Loh Bak fondly last night (^___^). I didn’t tell him that my loh bak tastes slightly different each time because I never use the same amount of ingredients. For this lunch bento, I used galanghal instead of ginger as taught by my ah ma and I thought it was much tastier.

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Sometimes you just need a honey chicken with fried rice. This one was from Wang’s Asian Cuisine. It’s also Mother’s Day today. If my ah ma and Jan were in Perth, I reckon we would be having Japanese for dinner.  So here’s wishing all the mothers in my family, a very happy and well deserved special Mother’s Day, I hope all the kids are specially good today 🙂

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Bonus picture of Tristan, I think he was wanting to try the honey chicken too!


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