Wednesday, July 30, 2008
(Actual any reason to go out and eat was fine with us!)
We decided to head down to Jaya One, the latest establishment in PJ with a cool cool concept. I mean if you consider Plaza Damas in Mont Kiara and the 'warmer' area at The Curve cool!
And of course we had a restaurant in mind.
Frontera Bar & Grill is a Tex-Mex dining place at the further right end of Jaya One's whole lineup of restaurants.
If you see the the Duck restaurant, go further up and you see Starbucks and then Wendy's and then it should be just a little bit further!
(Actually the Duck restaurant looked VERY appealing and Wendy's, I do want to try!)
So these was what we had!
I like the sound of Chimicanga! It sounds so supercalifragilisticexpealidocious! *smiles*
It was like a tortila wrapped in beef (or chicken) served with Mexican rice and refried beans! Don't ask me why they call it refried beans but it was GOOD! And the rice was alright (from a girl who doesn't really take rice). The tortila was stuffed to its fill with beef and topped with cheese.
The other one was actually a starter. It was like fried tortila with minced chicken inside. The dip was good though, with just a bit sour cream.
We also had chips (tortila of course) and salsa which was just fair.
Price per portion is about RM 20-30 and the music was just about a good mixture!
Will I go again? Only for occasions.
But to Jaya One itself, resounding YES! If only to try that duck and that Wendy's!
Frontera Bar & Grill
18-G-2, Block L
No. 72A, Jalan Universiti
Tel No: 03- 7958 8515
1) The birth of Aaron Goh, the 2nd child of SL and John.
- Thank God for the smooth delivery! The child is beautiful. But then again, which baby isn't! Sigh....makes me feel all maternal and wishful all over again!
2) Christopher now successfully drinks from a straw!
- I have been feeding him from a straw for the pass few days and yesterday when I gave him the straw straight from the cup, he bit on it a while and then managed to suck the liquid up.
Bravo boy, mummy is so proud of you!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Worth mentioning are:
The 'har kau' can be eaten (daintly) in one bite. What is so spectacular about the 'har kau' here is that the sweetness of the fresh prawn can really be tasted!
The 'char siew pau' skin is really thin and the dark sauced BBQ pork filling is so tasty. I only wished I had more than one!
The porridge was also really good. It was really thick and sweet with oysters, salted eggs. century eggs and (etc.). I didn't manage to hear what the waitress said was in the porridge.
The yam with pork filling was also really excellent. It was not too oily. And the yam was soft enough with the first bite and then the pork in the middle was so tender yet chewy enough to bite!
All in all, EXCELLENT! I do think it is better than Foh San!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
He can now stand unaided.
He has actually been trying to do this for a week or two now. It is really comical (and scary) to watch coz from a sitting position, he would try to get up without support. But he can't really, so his bum goes 1-2 inches off the floor and then down again in a 5-6 attempt.
Else he will stand up and let go! This which he now has successfully managed to do.
No photos unfortunately coz mummy's hands are still surrounding him in case he decdes to plop down on his bum!
He knows that after the edge of the bed is the floor and 'pain, pain' !
The other day as he was rolling all around and climbing over me and all the pillows, he reached the end of the bed. I am not a cautious mum. I usually let them explore and see what they will do. Of course (to redeeem myself), I either hold on to their clothings/leg/arm in case something does really happen!
But surprisingly. I found that on 2 seperate days, Christopher realised that it was the edge of the bed and tried to get back onto the safe vastness behind him. He would usually kick his legs to stabilise himself into a sitting postition and then turn around back into bed.
On the pediatrician note.....Christopher went for his rountine growth checkup on Saturday. His pead brought out a whole file of games and stuff and papers to record his different milestones.
A little underweight - need to put on another 500 g to be an average weight!
Other developments are on par!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Ooohh....the layers are heavenly!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
And this time it was BAD. It was a 4/5 line road limited to just 1!!! And it happened at 6 am when the peak hour traffic was already building up! I was stuck in this idiotic road block for 30 minutes! How long will the next batch of people get stuck in when the traffic gets heavier?
I mean talk about inefficiency! Why can't those PEOPLE create two lines and have men man on both sides?
What was the purpose of the road block when even upon reaching there, they didn't even look at the car! But then again given that we were almost at standstill and that we were busy manoveuring our car around their silly cones, they certainly could take their time to look at the smallest dirt particle on our windscreen!
And don't they think that if they have it in the same place again the 2nd time in a week, whoever it is they want to catch would know to take another route? And that they would most probably have some informants like the petrol station guys beside the roadblock to let them know in advance? I mean these troublemakers (if there are any to begin with) are not AS stupid!
Reckon all that was achieved was to test our driving skill and for us to waste more petrol!
After the road block, so many drivers were driving recklessly and flashing headlights. I would have to if not for the fact that I was close enough to office not to be late!
As you can see, I am still fuming!!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
So, my mind is now filled with little decorative and renovation ideas when it is not filled with Christopher and cooking and ironing and washing and...hubby!
The one things weighing most heavy on my thoughts is the sleeping arrangement.
Option 1 - allow the kids to sleep with us till they are bigger
Option 2 - kick boyboy to his own room and only let #2 (when it happens) sleep with us in the cot until he/she grows too big for the cot!
Now Option 2 might mean that I will have to build an adjoining door in between the master bedroom and the kid's room. This is to avoid them going out to the landing and performing any stunts near the staircase. But then if I kick him/them to their own rooms, I would be able to get a bed!! And also decorate my master bedroom properly!
I know many stick to Option 1 simply becoz the kids still have nightmares/wake up in the middle of the night etc. But I also know that most who start off with Option 1 end up having the kids with them till they are old enough to want to sleep alone or when the moon turns blue! :) And having Option 1 would mean that my master bedroom will be 1 queen mattress and 2 single mattresses on the floor!!!
So, what do you do? What will you do? What do you think I should do?
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Guess he was laughing at mummy and not at his image when I carry him!
I do tend to make funny faces after all!!! hehe...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
- My Sistene Chapel Jigsaw Puzzle
- Fridge Magnets
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
- Apple and fish (mah yau/kurau) porridge
- "President" burger cheese (less salt and melt in the mouth for 10 month olds)
- Nutrifresh from E-excel (for immune system)
- Pork and spinach porridge
- Steamed tofu
- Arnott's arrowroot biscuits
And most of his solid food was made possible due to my latest RM238 purchase - the Shimano blender!!! Bought at a stall setup in front of Home Fix at One Utama.
It ain't that hard after all cooking for little' C !!
Now, I have always been curious about the names of fish. I have been brought up knowing only the Cantonese name of the fish and I sort of vageuly know how the fish looks like raw!.
So, in an interest to get it sorted out, I searched for the names of the fish and found this!
- Ikan Bawal Putih : White Pomfret. Chong Yee [Chinese], Vowal Meenu [Tamil].
- Ikan Bawal Hitam : Black Pomfret, also called Pompano. Hak Chong Yee [Chinese], Karuppu Vowal [Tamil].
- Ikan Bawal Selatan : Silver Pomfret. Pak Chong Yee [Chinese].
- Ikan Bayan / Ikan Ketarap : Parrotfish, also called Tuskfish or Wrasse.
- Ikan Duri : Catfish. Tong Sat [Chinese], Mulluvalai [Tamil].
- Ikan Haruan : Snakehead fish.
- Ikan Jenahak : Golden Snapper.
- Ikan Kakap : Sea Bream, also called Porgy or Porgies.
- Ikan Kakap Merah : Red Sea Bream.
- Ikan Kayu : Tuna. Kam Cheong Yee [Chinese].
- Ikan Tongkol : Albacore Tuna. Kam Cheong Yee [Chinese].
- Ikan Kelah : Malaysian Mahseer, also called Greater Brook Carp.
- Ikan Kembong : Mackerel, also called Chubb Mackerel or Indian Mackerel.
- Ikan Kerapu : Grouper. Sek Pan [Chinese].
- Ikan Kerapu Pisang : Yellowfin Grouper.
- Ikan Kunyit : Yellowtail Snapper.
- Ikan Kurau : Treadfin. Tai Mah Yau Yee [Chinese], Koduva Meen [Tamil].
- Ikan Merah : Red Snapper. Hoong Yee [Chinese], Sikappu Meen [Tamil].
- Ikan Parang : Wolf Herring. Sai Toh Yee [Chinese].
- Ikan Pari : Stingray, Skate, Skate Wings. Po Yee [Chinese].
- Ikan Pari Hantu : Manta Ray.
- Ikan Patin : Silver Catfish.
- Ikan Selar : Scad.
- Ikan Selayang / Ikan Tamban : Sardine. Sa Ting Yee [Chinese], Siru Meen [Tamil].
- Ikan Siakap : Barramundi, also called Asian Seabass or Giant Perch.
- Ikan Susu : Milkfish.
- Ikan Tenggiri : Spanish Mackerel. Kau Yee [Chinese].
- Ikan Terubok : Shad, also called River Herring.
- Ikan Yu : Shark. Sar Yee [Chinese].
At least I know what "sek pan" is now. I have been enlightened earlier that "mah yau" is Kurau!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
My departure the last 2 weeks made some things very apparent.
Firstly, nothing can beat the care given by my parents for their grandson. In the one week he was with them, he didn't fall ill, didn't not sleep well, didn't not eat well, drank his milk heartily and learned quite a few things.
I noticed the vast difference in my son when I returned. He put on alot of weight and he could concentrate better when I talked to him.
It must have been the time of emergence for him. And I think my parents dedication in talking to him constantly, showing him new things, disciplining him (with the years of experience in bringing me up) and their constant music that filled the house must have provoked any milestone to a greater extent.
In Ipoh, he got excited tearing paper and trying to keep the little pieces in his hand while tearing another bit away. He got excited looking at the rain that gathered in the roof gutters fall into the pail below. He relaxed being outside the house in the compound in the early morning breathing in fresh air and looking at my parents do their gardening. He looked at my parents and the neighbours as they exchanged courtesies.
It was a different life. One that really made him stop and wonder and listen.
This has reinforced my desire to send him to my parents place for a week or two every year from now on. And when he is bigger, during school holidays.
So, what am I back to do?
I am back to make sure I talk to him more. And teach him carefully. To tell him stories of moral and love and kindness.
I am also back to cooking more and better for him. I will start getting him fresh food, bring out the slow cooker and cook hearty meals for him during weekends. I will get simply food like fish, fresh fruits and vegetable stew to feed him on weekdays as an addition to the porridge he has at the babysitter.
He is getting bigger, I will start to let him have some cheese and maybe some yogurt as variety to his food intake.
I intend to start him on E-excel to boost his immune system.
My son is capable of being heavier, fatter, smarter. The buck starts with me.
And I am back...back with a vengence to make it happen. The buck will not start and stop with me!
Pray for sustanance!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I highly recommend this show to anyone you has the time to sit quietly for 2 hours.
It is thought provoking and heart wrenching.
Strength lies in being patient when there is no reason to be.
Be it in moments of injustice.
Be it in moments provocation.
Be it in moments of denial.
Strength lies in being patient simply because.
Because the person before us is our marraige partner.
Becuase the person before us is our friend.
Or simply becuase it is the right thing to do.
Strength lies in accepting punishment.
Simply because the person before us cannot accept it.
Strength lies in knowing you are a coward.
And accepting that you no longer have to be.
To act upon instead of reacting against.
And Strength lies in accepting the weakness of others.
Giving them hope that they.
Might emerge into strength.
cowards no more.