I’ve been feeling quite under the weather these days and been rather moody. Not quite in the mood for anything, but I still need to keep my tummy from growling at me. Did not really feel like wanna make anything complicated, I thought some comfort food that can be eaten whole day through would be a good idea.
Not feeling like making a trip to the wet market for groceries, I just use what’s left in the kitchen. Spotted some nearly stale wheatbread and canned food from last year’s rainy season and I thought it’s time to get rid of em.
Here’s sharing with you my very own Wheatbread Casserole recipe.
6 slices of stale wheatbread
1can of tuna flakes
1 can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup
Here’s what you need to do:
Spread some butter on the bread and line them on the baking dish, buttered side up. Remove the crust if you want but I left it intact.
Spread tuna flakes on the bread slices as evenly as you could.
Pour the cream of chicken soup on evenly.
Whisk 3 eggs in a bowl and pour it evenly over the mixture of the bread, tuna flakes and chicken soup. Top with mozzarella or Parmesan cheese if you wish, but I omit cheese from my casserole this time around.
Bake in the oven til golden brown at 160′c for 45 minutes. Serve piping hot with a side of salad any time throughout the day.
Cleffairy: Hot and bothered.
So, when I’m not traveling or writing, what do I usually do? Unlike most, as a freelance, my time is pretty much flexy and usually, if I’m free and in the mood, I’ll go shopping instead of rotting in my cave.
But shopping, especially for groceries is no longer fun these days as the price of goods are pointing to the sky. Well, we can all blame it on inflation.
Lucky for me though, there is still a few places I can shop for goods at a reasonable price. One of it is Mydin; a chain hypermarket that is well known in Malaysia for it’s competitive price. There’s a newly launched one in Market Hall, Pudu and I decided to check it out.
Located on the 3&4th floor of Market Hall Pudu, it is definitely a place for busy urbanites to shop.
Tight security spotted here in Mydin during the launching. Pictures are not allowed on normal days, mind you.
Shoppers shopping for groceries.
Paying for goods can be irritating, but there is plenty of counters to accommodate shoppers here in Mydin Mart Market Hall Pudu.
In conjunction of their launching, they are also offering a member privilege card. Registration costs RM5. And in return, you will get a member privilege card, some goodies and a RM5 voucher redeemable only at Mydin Mart Market Hall Pudu.
The Mydin Meriah card is usable in all Mydin outlet in Malaysia.
Goodies I got from Mydin during their launching.
Overall, the shopping experience in Mydin is a pleasant one. But parking your vehicla could be a bit of a problem during peak hours, considering that it’s located at a very busy and strategic area.
Feeling stressed up not only because under the weather but many other unresolved issues, I ended up going for a little gastronomic adventure.
Nutritionists may not approve my terrible binge eating habit, but hey…eating makes me feel better and the world seems to be a better place after I gobble the food down my tummy.
So here’s sharing with you what I had within 24 hours on 4th March 2014
Hotdog set from Abang Botak Burger in front of Greenrose Restaurant in Jalan Genting Klang: 1am. Cost:Rm6 per set.
Sotong Kangkung from the stalls in front of Greenrose, Jalan Genting Klang. Rm5. Shared this with hubby. A tad spicy, but it’s fabulous.
Lunch, Beef Bulgogi set at Bee Won, Rm20 with client. Consists of rice, side dishes and miso soup.Kinda nasty. This dish did not agree with me. Did not like it. Never gonna order this again.
Shin Ramen from Bee Won, Rm10 with side dishes. Mediocre in taste. Nothing to shout about.
9 pieces of Donashi from Big Apple Donuts. Rm11. Awesome stuff. Shared this my son and it was gone within 10 minutes.
And last but not least, two pieces of Kani Mayo Onigiri from Sumo Sushi from KL Festival City outlet, Rm8.40 for two pieces.
So do I actually feel better? Hmmm…after my little gastronomic escapade throughout the day, I can’t honestly say that I feel absolutely better, but at least I don’t feel so miserably hungry. that’s what counts…for now, I guess.
Cleffairy: Grieving is a very personal process. Nobody should be allowed to interfere.
My husband and I are not always adventurous with food. It’s always the same thing when it comes to daily meals. But these days, though I’ve slowed down quite a bit on food reviews and foodie trips due to both mine and his packed schedule, I find it quite pleasant that our February was filled with a few surprises in regards of food.
Mee Rebus Mastan Ghani in Teluk Intan during Chinese New Year. Yups. They are opened for business during Chinese New Year.
Some simple Thai food by roadside by Kampung Baru Coldstream entrance, Perak.
Spicy Prawn Noodle at M2 Cafe & Catering with fellow Bloogersdotcom.
Home cooked Spicy King Prawn Marinara Spaghetti on our lazy Sunday. Yours truly decided that it’s kinda worth the cholesterol once in a blue moon. Ahem.
Burger King meals; French fries, fried chicken, Whopper Jr, Coke and Hershey’s Sundae Pie at midnight in Wangsa Maju after a long day at work.
Golden Fortune Meal at Chicken Rice shop in KL Festival City on a Tuesday night before hubby goes for standby for the night.
Dessert at Big Apple Donut in KL Festival City while waiting for our favourite radio show, Carta Blogger 30 at eWana FM to be on air.
A little indulgence in our regular mamak joint in Setapak at 3am, simply because the weather is too hot for us to handle. The Ice Blended Choc is really not bad and I think I’ll probably order this regularly soon enough
Cold Soyu Soba Noodles with Onigiri Set (raw salmon onigiri and kani onigiri along with a side of fried chicken, potato salad and miso soup) at Niko Niko PV 128, Jalan Genting Klang, Setapak.
So, okay. We eat out quite a lot due to my constant cravings and our tight schedule and one would chide us for eating out too much, but hey…it’s the time spent and effort made to have meals together that matters. Money can always be earned, but not the time that has gone by.
Cleffairy: Family that eats together stays together.
Looking for a new car? Well, I’m certainly am considering on getting a new car. Preferably a NEW one instead of a lousy second or third hand car.
The current family car is giving my family and I sleepless nights and nightmares, and truth be told, last Chinese New Year was the worst auto nightmare for us. The car decided that it’s time to get into early retirement and goes KO in the middle of the highway while we were on the way back to Teluk Intan. It was a very unpleasant experience, and looking back,we shouldn’t have taken the moving mechanic’s service and should have just canceled the trip back to hometown. To be honest, I think we were duped into thinking that after a brief repair made on the road was good enough. But no. It wasn’t good enough and we wasted about Rm500 for nothing.
So yeah, when we get back to Kuala Lumpur after the nasty experience, the hunt for a new car begin.
Visited Auto Arcade Petaling Jaya during their Chinese New Year open house and discovered that you can get everything under one roof at Auto Arcade Petaling Jaya. Auto Arcade Petaling Jaya’s has these “on-site” banks and insurance representatives, providing seamless paperwork applications. Auto Arcade’s brand new facility and its state-of-the-art network make approvals and insurances can even be done on the same day. This brings customer service satisfaction and ease to a whole new level. In other words, they are actually saying “Choose a car and we will do the work for you!”
Auto Arcade Petaling Jaya actually consisted of nine different traders or companies under one umbrella. Traders listed below.
Had my heart on this red babe.
But a bigger car like this would be much more practical considering my family and I will be traveling around Malaysia alot this year in conjunction of Visit Malaysia 2014. Hmm, we’re a bit tight on the budget, but I think for our sanity’s sake, we ought to get a new car a.s.a.p. I suppose I’ll just browse around a bit more and survey my option before making any purchase commitment.
Wanna check out this place and get yourself a new car? Well, the address is as below:
Have you ever thought of going for a cruise? Well, I would never dream of going for a cruise as I’m claustrophobic and have terrible motion sickness. A few years back, I was on board of Logos Hope, the sailing book fair at Port Klang. It was a nasty experience. I puked within 15 minutes being on board and the ship wasn’t even sailing. It was indeed, and experience that I wouldn’t want to repeat and I was near to tears when I came down from the ship, but 2014 marks 12th years of my relationship with my husband, and I thought a cruise would be quite a romantic thing to do together, and in comparison to the previous years where I had serious motion sickness and claustrophobic to boot.
I’ve been doing plenty of things to get myself better. Been throwing myself to the crowd, forcing myself to go on long distance bus trips and etc, and so far, I can proudly say that I’m surviving well. Yes. Going on a cruise together would be something I would love to attempt, despite of my fear of being in confined place and nowhere to go for a few days. Some romantic, uninterrupted time from the outside world would do us good, I think, and I have been surveying some cruises package these days for our anniversary trip, but I wasn’t quite tempted until I stumbled upon cruising with Pak Nil on Star Cruise Libra.
It’s a 4D3N Penang-Langkawi-Phuket-Penang all inclusive cruise priced as low as Rm1199 per pax. Pretty reasonable, considering that the renown celebrity, Aznil Nawawi or better known as Pak Nil these days will be entertaining and mingling with all cruise participants personally. Passengers will also be entertained by performers ranging from Pak Nil’s own crew , as well as singers and dancers who were specially invited from abroad as singer Shelly Dartez and Westley Stevens will be held at the Stardust Lounge. Whereas to prefer casual entertainment from the show ” Liveband ” , can be enjoyed in a Galaxy of the Star in the ship. On board the ship, there are also some restaurants, fitness center , spa and lounge . In addition there is also a salon , a mini library , health center , photo galleries , as well as a child-care center for children age one to 12 years with a payment of not more than RM15 per session. Pretty cool huh? I could ditch my boy here if I were to have some flirty and romantic fun with hubby on board.
As one of the line Star Cruises luxury ship that is owned by a leading cruise ship in the Asia Pacific , the ship is equipped with a variety of entertainment and recreational facilities have been upgraded to provide exclusive facilities to meet the needs of cruise passengers who want a quiet atmosphere and fun in the middle of the ocean . The ship also offers six types of cabin to meet the suitability and preferences of passengers Cabin Executive Suite , Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom , Junior Suite, Oceanview Stateroom With Window , Oceanview Stateroom with Porthole and Inside Stateroom Cabin .
The price offered by cabin option is as low as RM1,999 to RM1, 399, not including the price of bus tickets to and from Berjaya Times Square of RM130.
Note: This is a Muslim friendly cruise, and food served on board are all HALAL.
Uhuh…tempted, tempted. Should I call and make a book? Ugh, I ought to discuss this with my husband first as we both have work commitment and can’t take off anytime we want like we used to, but don’t let me stop you if you wanna make a booking for yourself. Below is the info should you wanna make a booking or reservation:
Malaysian Harmony Tour & Travel Sdn Bhd ( KKKP : 0197 )
Website : www.malaysianharmony.com.my
Facebook : http://facebook.com/malaysianharmony
Tel : 03 2142 9266 / Fax : 03 2148 9767
Address: No. . 21 , Jln Tong Shin , 50200 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Cleffairy: My star sign is Virgo.
I’ll be honest with you. I’m not very into public display of affection. To me, declaration of love and whatnot is something intimate and all those mushy stuff should be limited to the confines of the bedroom or behind closed doors. I find PDA are rather distasteful… Sure…holding hands with my husband in public or a quick goodbye peck is fine, but anything beyond that will make me feel like a horny exhibitionist teenager who lacks self respect.
Anyway…I’m not quite sure what came over me last week. It was Tuesday night and my friends DJ Lia Omey and DJ Azz along with my celebrity friend Iqwal Hafiz are on air for a very special radio program, Carta Blogger 30 and I was feeling rather romantic and sent in a sweet and romantic message for my husband to eWana FM for the deejays to read out.
I don’t know what came over me. I never do something like this before…you know…send lovey dovey message to the radio station, requesting song dedication and etc.
Perhaps it got something to do with my husband coming home early before going off for standby and treating me to these yummylicious doughnuts which is my all time favourite. I must be really sugar high. :p
DJ Lia and Azz read out my mushy and lovey dovey message, of course, but I seriously did not think that my husband was listening to the program as he was supposed to be at work, but surprise, surprise…he was listening! And I had no idea about it until at the end of the program where he called in to eWana FM to thank Iqwal for personally singing our favourite song, ‘Kau Ilhamku’ by Man Bai and told the deejays that he wants his wife to know that he was listening to the program. 12 years of relationships and I didn’t know he is still capable of making me blush. :p It was a pretty sweet and wonderful experience if you ask me, and I’ll cherish the memory forever.
Thank you DJ Lia, Azz and especially Iqwal for making our night memorable. I appreciate all the sugar-coated sweetness.
eWana FM is indeed more than just a radio and for those who wants their romance to be on air can tune in to Ewana for Carta Blogger 30 every Tuesday night from 10pm-12am. The deejays are very nice, I assure you. Listen to the program and keep yourself updated about the blogging world and call in to make lovey dovey dedications if you want.
Not sure how you can listen to eWana FM? Well it’s easy. If you are using an Android smartphone, just download TuneIn from Google play and search for Ewana once you have it installed on your phone and you’re good to go.
Cleffairy: I see the spark, I see the fire…is this the one worth waiting for?
The last time I patronized M2Cafe&Catering was somewhere in Oct 2013. My second time was last week, during Jalan Jalan Cari Makan shooting with my fellow blogger friends from Blooggersdotcom.
The steamboat&grill spread offered by this steamboat joint is RM30 for adult and RM15 for a child, inclusive of drinks.
The usual selections of veggies and noodles for the steamboat is still there.
So is the seafood selection
And so is the fresh fruits and cakes. But I won’t be talking much about them.
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t really impressed with the steamboat soup during the first time around. The soup was rather diluted to my liking and lacks flavours.
So this time around my husband and I decided to go easy and just have these…
But a revisit to the M2Cafe during Jalan Jalan Cari Makan Shooting last week proves that there are improvements. The soup base was much better in comparison to our first visit to M2Cafe&Catering. It was much more distinctive in flavour and much thicker.
Was looking forward to having roasted lamb again, only to discover that the whole roasted lamb was removed from the menu and was replaced by whole roasted chickens instead.
Offerings spotted at the grill section; chicken wings, grilled lamb, and chicken cutlets.
Chicken rice is also available in M2Cafe&Catering. Yes. It’s part of the buffet and I’ll be elaboring about that later.
My son had these from the grilled section. According to him the chicken wings was superb but the satay was mediocre and he wished that there was the usual peanut sauce to accompany it. I have no idea if they provide peanut sauce to go with the satay as I was too busy checking out other new items being offered to diners that day.
Skewered seafood consists of prawns, calamari rings and capsicums slices. The prawns are juice and succulent. No complains here.
New item on their menu: Spaghetti Bungkus. This dish is actually fried spaghetti all rolled up in an omelet and served with a flood of beef stew as the sauce. Not too bad in my opinion, but I would definitely prefer a much more sourish sauce to go with the spaghetti in comparison to the beef sauce. But this dish is all right and should you spot it when you patronize this steamboat buffet joint, this dish is a must try.
Prawn Noodle is another new item on their menu. It wasn’t there during the first visit.My comment? The soup was too spicy to my liking. Had a small bowl but wasn’t keen on finishing it for the fear that I would get tummy upset after that.
Lamb chop from the grill section. The lamb was medium rare and it was fantastic! The meat was tender, juicy and flavourful while the accompanying black pepper sauce was not overwhelming. Definitely wouldn’t mind a second or third helping of this, but I still have long way to go before I conclude my gastronomic adventure that night.
My tummy was pretty much overload. but the aroma of Nasi Ayam Manjoi from the chicken rice stall beckons me.
The roasted chicken were cut into pieces and served with a special sweet and spicy sauce and topped with a shaving of cucumber and carrots. The chicken was fabulous and perfectly done.
While the rice is wonderfully fragrant and flavourful. The texture of the rice was fluffy too and the chicken rice was not overly greasy. Highly recommended to all chicken rice lovers.
Cakes from dessert section was all right. A tad dry and lack moist to my liking but my son loves it.
Ice cream. Nothing to shout about.
And I concluded the satisfying meal with a bowl of ice kacang that I assembled myself from the dessert counter.
Overall, the dining experience here in M2Cafe and Catering is an okay experience. Don’t expect premium seafood items, but if you’re looking for Halal steamboat and grill with varieties, this is the place that you should go.
The restaurant is located just opposite of KL Festival City Mall, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, reservations and current promotions, please check out their HERE
It was 14 th February 2014. Valentine’s Day, and coincidentally, the 15th Day of Lunar New Year, the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Being a working day, I have no romantic plans whatsoever, and even when my husband messaged me saying that he’ll be coming back early, I did not take it seriously. I mean, it was a working day, he has been busy throughout the week and so am I.
Initially, my friend Wendy and I wanted to celebrate our Chap Goh Mei by going to the river in Taman Jaya and throw oranges for love and luck (yea, yea, I know, it’s supposed to be for singles, but we just wanna have fun!), but due to unforeseen circumstances, we ended up going separate ways instead. LOL.( Some friends apparently got stuck in the terrible V-day jam and couldn’t join us, so we called it off instead.)
But lucky for me and Wendy, our respective husbands really did make time for us and came back early from work. While Wendy went on a hot date with her husband, I ended up in a mall waiting for my husband to join me instead.
I was in luck. While waiting for my husband, who took the trouble to get off from work early and fetch me for Chap Goh Mei cum Valentine’s Day dinner, I chance upon the Dance of The Thousand Hands performance at the mall.This ancient dance tells the tale of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy.
Guanyin is a translation from the Sanskrit Avalokitasvara, referring to the Mahayana bodhisattva of the same name. Guanyin is revered by Chinese Taoists as a deity.
According to the Dance of Thousand Hands, Guanyin vowed to never rest until she had freed all sentient beings from sufferings and reincarnations. Unfortunately for Guanyin, despite of her efforts,there were still many unhappy beings yet to be saved.
After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, her head split into eleven pieces.
The Buddha, upon seeing her plight, gave her eleven heads to help her hear the cries of those who are suffering.
Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokitesvara attempted to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that her two arms shattered into pieces.
Seeing her plight, once again the Buddha came to her aid and appointed her a thousand arms to let her reach out to those in need.
Lovely tale isn’t it? The dance is lovely too.
Here’s sharing the video of the Thousand Hands Dance/Dance of The Goddess of Mercy that I managed to record the other day. I hope you’ll enjoy it the way I did.
Cleffairy: Thanks for coming home early for V-day. I did not expect it.
I’ve been rather busy and I think it’s been awhile since I sat down and write. I mean write, not update or do write ups for my travels and whatnot. Yes. It’s been awhile, isn’t it?
Truth be told, it’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I don’t feel like sharing stuff that’s really in my head…some things are just too personal.
Anyway…I suppose those who are in my circle or have been following my blog would know by now that I have a special need child, and there are times where I will rant and vent about it, but this time around, I won’t be doing that. Instead, I would like to share something with all of you parents out there.
It has come to my attention that there are plenty of children out there who is like my own- has autism and most of the parents are either not aware about it or are in the state of denial.
For those who are not aware about autism, here’s some sign you might want to take note in your children’s behaviour:
Signs of autism
*Inappropriate playing with toys
*Lacks of social skill
*Non-verbal/lacks communication skills
*Inability to relate to others
*Have no sense of danger
*Oversensitive or not sensitive to sound/taste (often refered as sensory processing disorder)
*Inability to control emotions
*Inappropriate crying or laughing
*Difficulty in changing of routine
* Lack danger awareness
My child ticks almost all of the checklist up there, and to be honest, for the first few years of his life was pretty much dark and depressing for me. I did not know how to deal with my son and people labeled me as a bad mother with damaged goods. I couldn’t deal with the society’s questions and critism like:
*Why isn’t your son talking? Why he doesn’t make any eye contact?
*Why is he still in diapers? Why didn’t you toilet train him?
*Stop spoiling him and stop him from rolling and kicking the floor
*Why isn’t he eating rice? Why is he so picky?
*Why does he scream and cry all the time
*Why he hates to bathe?
*Why can’t he sit still?
All these questions distress me. But little did I know that these are typical characteristic that a child with autism portrays and there’s medical explanation and terms to describe all of these.
If you found yourself in the same predicament as I was, please…do yourself a favour. Do not ever blame yourself, or your spouse for your child’s condition. Negligence is not the cause of autism. Nobody knows what causes it and it is not a disease, but a disorder.
Being in denial will not help. The first step to help your child improve is to embrace autism and accept them as they are and stop trying to teach your child like a normal child.
People with autism are unique, and therefore the way you deal with them is equally different and unique. You should never be ashamed of them, and there are plenty of support group out there that can help you deal with your autistic children and listen to your distress and grouse.
When I say support group, I mean a real one…one where you get advises and tips from parents who are dealing with children with autism on day to day basis as primary caregivers not ‘people’ or ‘professional’ who talked based on books or theories. This is one of the support group that has been my sanctuary for about one year: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AutismParentsSupport/
They have helped me tremendously. My child has gone from:
*Inability to relate to public and having meltdowns to able to enjoy people’s companionship
*Wearing diapers to fully toilet-trained
*Picky eater to wanting to try food offered to him
*Completely non verbal to developing eccolalia
There are plenty more milestone I would like to list here, but to cut long story short, I would like to stress that early intervention helps, and should you feel that something is amiss and think your child has autism, you will find this particular support group helpful, so stop being in denial or ashamed of autism. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Autism is not a disease. It’s just a disorder, and with right attitude, you CAN help your child. But before helping your child, do yourself a favour and stop blaming yourself or your spouse for your children’s ‘inappropriate behaviour’ or lack of milestones during various stage of growing up.
Cleffairy: Dealing with autism is like putting together an incomplete picture puzzle. You’re always picking up the pieces and guessing the picture.