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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

My Garden Basil Grown From Seeds

The first batch of Basil plants in my garden were all grown from cuttings. I used to grow a few types of Basil including the Sweet Basil. My son only uses the Sweet Basil for his cooking but not the Thai Basil or other Basil that has very strong smell. I don't use Basil leaves for cooking because hubby doesn't like any kind of Basil. I also gave up growing Basil but somehow, I kept one pot growing in my garden to bless my friends.
The above is the only remaining pot of Basil from the earlier batch. Usually I will cut off the flowers to encourage more leaves and this round I discarded the flowers onto 2 pots, hoping to get rid of the tiny snails that were eating my leafy green vegetables.
And these are the Basil plants that sprouted from the discarded flower seeds that I scattered onto these 2 flower pots.
Last week, before meeting my friend for breakfast, I cut some Basil leaves for her.
All cut and nicely wrapped and packed to give my friend but then I forgot all about it. I left it on my dining table. I finally get to pass a fresh bunch of basil to her when she dropped by one day.
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The following photos are for joining Floral Bliss.
 I took these photos on our previous visit to Fraser's Hill.
Linking to Floral Bliss

And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies!

They don't worry about theirs.

Yet King Solomon in all his glory are not clothed as

beautifully as they.

(Matthew 6:28-29, The Living Bible-TLB)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Home Cooked Roasted Pig's Trotter With Salted Vegetable Soup

I have decided to cook on this particular day. I had to use up the okra or ladies fingers that were harvested from my garden and were sitting in the refrigerator. Hubby conveniently suggested that I cook soup. This is one of our family's favourite soups - the salted vegetable (hum choy or kiam chye) with roasted pig's trotter.

After our morning walk and breakfast, hubby stopped at the wet market for me to buy the roasted pig's trotter, salted vegetable, carrots and tomatoes.
This is my own version of the roasted pig's trotter with salted vegetable soup. The ingredients I used for the soup were roasted pig's trotter, salted vegetables (soaked to remove the saltiness), carrot, big onions, tomatoes, dried chilies, peppercorns and preserved sour plum. It is an appetizing soup.
And this was how I cooked my okra or ladies fingers. I steamed and then sprinkled some garlic oil.
Next, I dolloped some oyster sauce onto the ladies finger before serving. We each had a bowl of soup and the ladies fingers for dinner without eating any rice.
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I took snapshots of these water feature after we finished our dinner at the Classic Dining Restaurant one evening.
 This water feature is placed right in front of the restaurant.
 Teapot water feature at Classic Dining Restaurant.
 You can see the antique wooden door with the brass door knockers behind the water feature.
 Fishes swimming in the water trough.
I forgot to count the number of teapots used for this water feature.
Took some snapshots of this Tamil Methodist Church.
This church building was built in 1896.

And now you have become living building-stones

for God's use in building his house.

What's more, you are his holy priests; so come to him -

you who are acceptable to him because of Jesus Christ -

and offer to God those things that please him.

(1 Peter 2:5, The Living Bible-TLB)

Choose Hair Extension To Blend With Your Own Hair

For those who are regular users of hair extensions, they would have by now familiarized themselves with the different types of hair extensions available in the marketplace. They would have learned from friends or through their own trial and error as they work with the different types of hair hair extensions or weaves.

You will have to find out which works best for you especially if you are a beginner. You can start by checking with friends who are experienced users of hair extensions or weaves. If you have none, you can always go online to do some research and read about what the experts have to say. It is better to arm yourself with some knowledge so that you will know what questions to ask, what to look for or in deciding what to buy.

First, there are synthetic hair and natural human hair extensions obtained from various nations. These hair are of different textures, colours and length. These hair are sold as hair bundles, lace frontal closure, lace wigs, bundles and closure, hair extensions, etc.

Hair Bundles are virgin hair which are unprocessed human hair. They do not tangle and shed easily. They can be used more than once and can be coloured and shampooed. They are more costly but they can be used for more than a year with proper care and maintenance. Hair bundles are graded and the higher the grading, the higher the quality and cost. Hair bundles are measured by weight, the longer the hair the more bundles are needed to make it fuller.
Lace frontal closures are popular among women who are keen on hair styling and hair fashion. Always choose something that will result in a natural appearance. Lace frontal closure can be installed by bonding or with clips. Usually a lace frontal closure is sewed down the back of the frontal and a bonding agent is used to glue the front hairline down. The rest of the weave is then installed around the frontal. Or the lace frontal closure can be fully clipped in or full sewn in with the weave installed around the lace frontal. In this case, some of the wearer’s hairline could be left out, and the lace frontal closure installed just behind the wearer’s hairline. For the step by step installation of lace frontal closure, you can watch some of the videos on youtube.
When choosing hair extensions, there are loose wave weave, straight hair, body wave, deep wave, and many others. The loose wave weave has a tighter and smaller wavy pattern and is popular among today’s fashionable women. Always choose the hair texture and feature to blend well with your own natural hair for a more natural look.

Monday, 11 December 2017

A Day Filled With Foodie Adventure

We started the first day of December with a foodie adventure with friends. This adventure was not planned, it just happened. We started off with breakfast at Pusat Makanan Ye Sing, Taman Bandaraya, Ipoh (the shop furthest from Paragon City Hotel).
Curry noodles for breakfast at 8.30 am.
We love the delicious curry noodles.
Lunch at Restoran Sin Hong Kee at 1.10 pm
(opposite Restoran Chef Fatt Hong Kong Dim Sum)
Our friends wanted to try the "tong sui" (sweet drink) and sweet desserts.
Fried noodles, yam cake and Nyonya kueh.
Savoury or sweet - ham chim peng or agar agar.
Glutinous rice and ondeh-ondeh.
Curry puffs, egg tarts and steamed kueh.
These were our orders for 4 people.
Ondeh-ondeh - Glutinous balls with palm sugar filling, coated with coconut grating.
Savoury glutinous with Chinese sausage, dried shrimps, etc.
Sweet Nyonya kueh
Deep fried savoury prawn fritters.
Savoury yam cake
Fa Sang Woo - Creamy Peanut Sweet Soup
Not overly sweet, just nice for our taste buds.
Black glutinous rice sweet soup with coconut milk.
Not overly sweet, just nice for our taste buds.
Menu on the wall.
We had a dinner date with the same friends.
Drove to Bercham and reach the restaurant at 6.30 pm.
We ordered sweet potato leaves stir fry with sambal belacan @ MYR 12.
Steamed lala @ MYR 19.
Deep fried pig's trotter @ MYR 53.
A great disappointment because the sauce was too salty.
Old cucumber soup @ MYR 6.
This is the only dish that deserved a "like".
Total dinner including rice and drink - MYR 94.80
I won't be mentioning the restaurant.
We needed something delicious to neutralize the salty aftertaste from our taste buds. So we ended up at this tau foo fah stall in Bercham.
Ordered 4 bowls.
Ahh! This silky smooth tau foo fa tastes so good on our taste buds
Feeling satisfied, we drove home.

What happiness there is for you who are now hungry,

for you are going to be satisfied!

What happiness there is for you who weep,

for the time will come when you shall laugh with joy!

(Luke 6:21, The Living Bible-TLB)

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Enjoying Steamed Dishes For Dinner In Pasir Pinji

One evening we passed by Tai Kung Coffee Shop (behind the Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple) which is known for its steamed dishes for dinner. I saw that the steamers beside the coffee shop were all gone and I commented to hubby that they must have shifted elsewhere.

Hubby has the boss' contact number. He call to inquire and was told that they have shifted to a corner shop at the junction where Jalan Pasir Pinji and Jalan Prince meet. Currently, there is no name for the shop and there is also no banner. It is on a slightly higher ground, just opposite the Kafe Happy City and opens in the evening for dinner. One evening, together with a friend, we decided to visit this new place to have our dinner.
We ordered 2 piece of steamed fish drizzled with garlic oil.
Steamed spicy & savoury pork rib with fermented black beans.
Steamed yam with pork belly or kau yoke.
Double steamed watercress with pork rib soup. The above dishes were too much for 3 people so someone has to pack the balance home.
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The following pictures were taken in Cameron Highlands.
Cute smiley face sculpture.
Flowers from my own garden.


He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the human heart;

yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

(Ecclesiastes 3:11, New International Version-NIV)
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