Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Why change?

When we are so used to something, it is really difficult to change, even for the better. So why change?

Let me tell you why I change to Mineral Coffee. I am a coffee lover. I enjoy the taste of coffee and every sip gives me an indescribable feeling. 

To go to a cafe before work is somewhat impossible. It is an ideal luxury. So the fastest way for a cup of coffee is to use instant mix coffee. The problem is, most of the instant coffees I've tried are quite sweet. It's like the taste of sugar is extremely apparent that it drowns the taste of the coffee. Well, what can I expect from a 3-in-1 coffee.

And then I found Mineral Coffee. At first, i was quite hesitant because as I said, I'm so used to drinking a brand, hence changing to another is a challenge. But I tried. And I fell in love with it!

Who would have thought that a 2-in-1 coffee, with no sugar can taste really good? I thought it would be bitter, but it turned out to be so rich. It is not sweet, not bitter. It tastes just nice. Even though it contains bamboo salt, it is not salty at all. The taste of the salt is subtle (you can barely taste it) and it adds to the richness and uniqueness of the coffee. Definitely a must have in every household. Plus, it is healthy too, especially to those with high cholesterol level and high blood pressure. Why? Because the bamboo salt helps to detox.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Weekend makeover

It was a saturday and I did not have any plans after the Form 5 extra class at school. So I decided to realise the plan that I have planned two years back. It's not something that just came up; I had the idea before but due to time constraint and many other factors (such as hoping that I will get my transfer soon..LOL), It remained an idea. 

Then it just came to me that if I wait any longer, it's not gonna happen. With that, I dragged myself to the paint shop and painted my room wall (one of them..the feature wall) and did some deco makeover! Finally, I can feel like I'm home (especially when I can't go back to my hometown..sob3). Here's the outcome:

Tadaa! Not bad ey? Feels cosier now.

I would like to thanks these awesome kids for helping me out. I owe you.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

My Sambal Udang Petai

Cooking is something I enjoy, but the thing is, with work and with many other things, and the fact that various kinds of food can be easily obtained in Malaysia, I become more and more lazy to cook. However, a few days back, a student gave me petai. Yes, PETAI, fresh ones, the ones you can rarely get at pasar malam. Even if there is, I believe it is a bit expensive. Mind you, not one, but he gave me one big plastic bag of it.

The first thing that came to my mind was Sambal Udang Petai which I really love, but I've never cooked it. I was a bait worried that it would not turn out as I want it to be but I tried anyway. It's always fun to do something for the first time. So I went out to buy the necessary ingredients and once back, the challenge began. And the result is...

Voila! Seriously, I felt so happy and proud of myself because it turned out good. 

I remembered my mom told me that the key to cooking any samba dish is to make sure that the chilli paste is thoroughly cooked. 

"Api kena slow and tunggu sampan pecah minyak"

And I did exactly that. Another tip to cooking sambal is to balance the amount of salt and sugar. Honestly, when I cook, I don't really measure - I just follow my instinct. In fact, at times, I don't really taste what I cook. LOL. I just cook to what my heart says. One more thing that I like is to fry the prawns first with turmeric powder. I will only mix them with the sambal after the sambal is cooked. That way, the prawns will be crunchy.

What else did I cook? For the side dishes, I cooked 'Ikan bills kicap' and 'kacang buncis tumis'. Simple and easy-to-cook dishes that will definitely cater to your appetite.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Riang Raya Penang

This year, on the third day of eid, we decided to go to Penang, just for a time-off - a holiday! Well Penang, to me, is one of the best places to go for a holiday. The place itself, the malls, and of course the food! I don't know how to say it but I can say that Penang has everything that I look for whenever I go for a holiday. Also, this year's eid, we went to visit our family friend (we're almost like family already) at Balik Pulau. It was fun and it was good to meet them again.

Mamak Khaleel kat Gurney Drive. Love it!

There's a new shopping mall at Gurney Drive called Gurney Paragon.Do go there. Lots of restaurants and cafes. 
One of them is Ben's.

Happy to pluck fresh rambutans

The Balik Pulau Clan

At Straits Quay..

Macademia Cheese Sundae..at Ben's

Eid 2014

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! I hope it's not too late to wish! How's your raya? Mine was good, though not as 'meriah' as last year. As usual, on the day of eid, we went back to our grandparent's house in Banting. It was so good to see the cousins again. However, this year, many were not there because those who are married went back to their spouse's hometown (I guess this is a normal thing..hehe). Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself. After all, having your family around is indeed the best thing in life.

This year, we opt for black as our theme. Not that we actually planned to wear black; it just happened that we bought black-coloured baju raya. My sister's family opted for shades-of-pink kinda colour and it actually blends well with all of us (as you can see in the photo below). Enough said, overall, this year's raya is without a doubt another memorable family occasion. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

My 5 favourite Raya songs

Everytime the time of the year comes, I will definitely play these 5 songs over and over again, especially when helping my mom in the kitchen, preparing rendang, samba kacang, and ketupat. All these 5 songs aren't new songs; they're all songs that I personally feel portray and capture the true spirit of Hari Raya. I tried to listen to new rays songs, but they just don't have that feel. So, here you go! My 5 favourite Raya songs:

1. Saloma - Selamat Hari Raya

2. Allahyarham Sharifah Aini - Suasana Hari Raya

3. Uji Rashid and Hail Amir - Seloka Hari Raya

4. Anuar zain dan Elina - Suasana Hari Raya

5. Siti Nurhaliza -  Nazam Lebaran

Friday, 25 July 2014

Iftar with the ANGGUNs

Last Monday, I had another iftar with my students. This time, it was with my Form 3 class. The main menu was nasi lemak ayam goreng, where we ordered it from one of the students (his mother cooked it). The kids were so excited for the iftar, up to the point macam nak raya. LOL. They were so cute, siap datang pakai baju lawa-lawa lagi. In all, I had a great time!