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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Manja Is A Dad!



Remember Manja, the ornery old goat? I was really surprised and delighted to discover that he's now a father of 2 adorable kids when we visited Uncle Beng during the Chinese New Year!

According to Uncle Beng, Manja's owner got the old billy a mate and now they have 2 beautiful daughters!

Manja's mate and their 2 kids
Manja, the proud father

Isn't she a darling!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Say NO To Toothpaste In A Box

Alan's Theory needs your help with “Colgate-Palmolive: Why Toothpaste Comes In A Box?”. Join Alan's and 36,675 supporters today.

I've just signed the petition. Hope you will join me too.



SIGN the petition on change. org HERE and let's make toothpaste come without boxes!!


Excerpt from Alan Theory's petition page.


Official campaign hashtag: #NOBOXTOOTHPASTE

Why does toothpaste come in a box?

Toothpaste is used by two-thirds of the world’s population on a daily basis. The box makes it more expensive for the makers and consumers, and the only thing we do with it is to throw it away.

Then why? what's the point?!

I did my research, and this is what I found: ¨Toothpaste comes in a box because it looks better¨.

That’s right, and If we consider each person using an average of 3 tubes per year, that´s more than 900,000,000 useless boxes a year only in the United States.

But, there are places where this is done differently, for example, Iceland. The same brands that sell millions of boxed toothpaste tubes in the USA, sell their product's without the box in Iceland. This means that it is 100% doable

Step1: Buy only Toothpaste that comes without a box, I know it´s hard, but if we all do it, it will be hard only for a short time. So stick to it.

Step 2: Tag on this campaign anyone you know that works in the government or in the toothpaste industry

Step 3: Spread the word, share this information so that in one year from today, we can buy toothpastes everywhere without generation billions of tons of unnecessary garbage


Sometimes it feels like we live in a society that is out of our control, but the truth is that big changes, start with ideas and motivation. Here is an idea, let's get rid of the toothpaste boxes. Are you in?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

2019 heralds The Year Of The Pig. So if you're born in the  years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007, you are a pig and this is your year!

Famous piggies include Elton John, Stephen King and Hillary Clinton.

According to a FengShui master, 2019 is generally a great year to make money, and a good year to invest!

The porcine year promises to be a year full of joy and blessings, especially for piggies.



Our local malls are a sight to behold.
image source -  1 Utama Shopping Centre Facebook
image source - Pavilion KL Facebook
image source - Queensbay Mall (Facebook)



Happy Chinese New Year, pallies!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Buffalo Whisperer

Now these photos are a sight for sore eyes. Instead of teens staring down at their digital devices, here's a shirtless boy having good old-fashioned fun with his BFFs (buffalo best friends).
image credit - Ghazali Kori
image credit - Mohd Nazri Sulaiman
14-year old Mohd Syukur from Terengganu, Malaysia, has become an internet sensation for his extraordinary bond with the cattle in his family's buffalo enclosure.
image credit - Dollah Dean
His unique interaction with the animals has attracted photographers from all over the world and even bagged an award for a local photographer in an international photography competition.
The winning entry by Mohd Nazri Sulaiman titled "Sharing Emotion"
"I am not proud that I became viral. I am just happy because people used to put my father down for working as a buffalo breeder. But today, I am happy to make my father proud and to be able to change people's perception towards what my father does for a living," he said when interviewed at his home in Kampung Banggol Katong.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seflie

I bumped into my former neighbours this morning and noticed that the daughter was wearing a shoulder sling. I was told  she slipped and fell off a rock while taking a selfie.

A couple of months back, I watched a YouTube video of a baby plunging to her death when she slipped out of her mom's arms while they were on a mall escalator in India.  The mom lost her balance and grip on the baby when she was taking a wefie with her husband. I couldn't get the image out of my mind. It was horrifying.

It saddens and maddens me when I read about stuff like this.

Really, what is it about a self-portrait that's worth risking your life or someone else's?

Interestingly, I read somewhere that India has the most deaths by selfies.




I blame social media. I think people are taking risks because they are subconsciously pressured into creating such content for their followers.

Is our life worth just one photo?

On a lighter note, this image  appeared on my FB feed and it made me smile!  I just had to share it!
image source -
Parthesh Modathy
The perfect duck face!!   LOL!!!

Would you risk your life for the perfect selfie?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Of Limestone Hills and Mung Bean Sprouts

Can you believe the rock on the left of the photo is 280 million years old!?

Yep, this 14-storey-high limestone outcrop in my hometown, Ipoh,  is a geological wonder and one of only four such formations in the world! The others are located in Guilin (China), Halong Bay (Vietnam) and Phuket (Thailand).

Interestingly, did you know that Ipoh boasts of producing the best mung bean sprouts in the world?

The secret?  Thanks to the hard water from the limestone hills that surround the town, the bean sprouts grown here are very crunchy and juicy.

People from all over Malaysia and overseas flock to Ipoh just to have a taste of our very unique bean sprouts!


It is said that the best tofu and the prettiest girls (because of their smooth-as-tofu skin) come from Ipoh, again thanks to the limestone water from the hills!

The name Ipoh is derived from a local tree, Pohon Epu or now more commonly known as Pokok Ipoh. The poisonous sap of the tree was once used by the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia to coat the tips of the darts of their blowpipes for hunting.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winged Bean

Question: What is long and green and has 4 frilly edges?
Answer: A winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus).

Also known as four-angled bean in Chinese and kacang botol in Malay (literally translated as bottle bean), the winged bean has 4 frilly winged edges and tastes like something between an asparagus and a snow pea.

I was never a big fan of this bean until I found out recently that it has many beauty and health benefits.

5 reasons why you should include winged beans in your diet.

PREVENTS PREMATURE AGEING
Winged beans help prevent premature ageing as these are packed with Vitamins A and C that work as antioxidants.

PROMOTES SKIN ELASTICITY
The high content of antioxidants present in winged beans ensures that the skin maintains its elasticity and keeps it looking young.

HELPS PREVENT NEUTRAL-TUBE DEFECTS IN NEWBORN BABIES
Winged beans are a rich source of folate, an essential component for DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate in the diet around conception and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects in the newborn baby.

HIGH IN PROTEIN
Winged bean seeds are also found to rival the protein quality and quantity of soybeans

RICH IN CALCIUM
Winged beans are rich in calcium and phosphorus which are important for keeping the teeth and bones strong.

Sambal Kacang Botol

A Malaysian recipe to share

WINGED BEANS FRIED IN SAMBAL AND DRIED SHRIMPS

INGREDIENTS
10 winged beans, sliced at a slant

Sambal Paste
6  red chilies
2 cloves garlic
2 shallots
1 tbsp belacan (shrimp paste)
3 tbsp dried shrimps

DIRECTIONS
1. Place Sambal Paste ingredients into a food processor and blend to a paste.
2. Heat up 2 tbsp oil in wok and fry sambal paste until oil separates.
3. Turn up heat, add winged beans and stir fry for about a minute.
4. Plate and serve

Enjoy!


Have you tried winged beans?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Durian Christmas Tree, Anyone?

The most popular Christmas image spammed in messaging services this year -- the Malaysian Durian Tree!

This two-metre tall durian tree was constructed by parishioners of  The Good News Fellowship Church in Kuching, Malaysia.

200 durians were used to create the masterpiece!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Cookiefying my favourite bit from my most favourite Christmas poem.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse....

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Krabby Patty

This rather unusual  burger was on the menu of a seafood joint that newly opened in my neck of the woods.
The Softy Crabby Burger consists of a couple of deep-fried soft-shell crabs that are topped with a pomegranate and mango salsa and sandwiched between a charcoal sesame seed bun. It comes with an interesting pink side salad! I was told the dressing is made of Dragon Fruit, hence the color!

The taste was rather unique and I must say, I really enjoyed my meal.

I couldn't help thinking that this could be the secret ingredient in Sponge Bob's Krabby Patty - crabs! It does make sense. Crabs are cannibalistic and there are no other crabs in Bikini Bottom other than Mr. Krabs himself and his mom! And he is, after all, cheap and would do anything for money!

Food for thought?



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Knitting

I was clearing out a closet when I found a box containing several skeins of yarn and a work-in-progress sweater - a project I had abandoned when my eldest son was born. Back in those days before my boys came along, I knitted quite a bit.

 I took out the sweater from the box and thought I could just pick up where I left off.

I gave up after knitting just  a few rows. God knows how many stitches I had dropped!  All that concentration and counting was making my head spin! And I itched each time the mohair sweater came into contact with my skin. Seriously, knitting in the tropics where the temps are in the 90's is crazy! How the hell did I do it in those days!??!!

I am so done with knitting!

Ha! Then I found Sonja's video on YouTube.


Who needs yarn when you have royal icing!

Showing off my 'knit' projects!



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I HATE reCaptcha!

Grrrrrr!  I can't believe I've wasted 15 minutes of my life clicking on the i-am-not-a-robot captcha, just to leave a comment on one of my favourite blogs.


Examples of images with annoying street signs, traffic lights, vehicles, etc that are endless and impossible to solve.
I didn't get it right.
Failed again!
Nope, unsuccessful. Seriously?
Oh, come on!
Failed again ??? 


What???? How/Why is this wrong?  Now I am seriously pissed!

I hope my blog isn't giving you the same problem!  If it is, I have no control over it. Blame Google!