Friday, September 24, 2010

Last day at work

Many thing is happening. In my life as well as in my head. Well today is actually the last day of my work and I don't feel like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulder. Not sure why and on top of that I'm feeling so crappy. I feel like I can't do things in balance. There are a lot of things I feel I'm lacking in my life especially with regards to my family. Anyhoo, I really feel that I need to sort out my life and things in my head.

On a different note, here's our dinner yesterday.

Well, I didn't cook these as I was having such a bad headache, it was takeaway from Vivo City. Our usual vege spot
This! I made. Sweet potatoes chips! Amazing stuff.

Tinki playing with her pole. Thought it's about time add some of her pictures.

Yup, we got some F1 tickets for hubby's brother who is a F1 fanatic and cousin.

My quick and easy Bee Hon (Kyar Zan Kyaw)

 So, today I got home around 4:30 and my I was sitting at home not sure what's happening in my head. Then, my hubby's sis in law and nephew were going out and I was at home sitting and thinking to myself. Hubby came home around 7 and I broke down telling him how I feel about myself that I could never do things right for my family. After a little while the sis in law and nephew came back and we planned for her to go and watch the F1 qualifying rounds. Around 8 30 hubby's cousin came by and we sat around and chilled for a bit and I whipped up some bee hon for all of us.

Anyways, I really got to sort out my head. How can I have peace with myself. I don't know. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Smoothie week truly

Blue berries smoothie ooohhhh ya! when we realised that strawberries smoothie should have been perfect for a Thursday breakfast, I remembered my frozen blue berries and raspberries. Yes, that's something new I figured out on saving fruits which don't get used within a week. I'd freeze them and just throw them in my smoothies or lemonade. 

Doesn't it look so sexy? Yeah, it does and tasted darn good too. Ok, let me rewind to yesterday evening. So, I was so pumped to go for a run BUT, the nature didn't let me. It was pouring down when I got home and decided to just started baking something. Something meaning BREAD! yes, I'm so not giving up on it just yet. Remember my crazy shopping for the baking stuff on Sunday. Among a lot of flour, I also picked up this 5 grain Bread mix. I thought I'd try that but truth is I wasn't so happy that it is a pre mixed. Sorry I am a "from the scratch" girl. That allows me to know what is inside of something that I'm eating.

Also, I found a recipe for buns and I thought why not. Whenever I hear wholemeal, whatever it is, it makes my heart skipped. So here they are. The buns turned out OK not great as the it needs to be a little bit more fluffy both hubby and I feel. Well, definitely a second try is on the way.

The bread of cuz came out 90% perfect. I was so in love! The dough actually raised!!!! I was such a happy girl to see it! So here they are.

With that, I made us dinner. It's my all time favourite Peprika and lemon grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and grilled asparagus.

Today, hubby's sister in law and nephew are coming and let's see what sort of food they'd like to try. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Smoothie and a mug of cleansing tea for a start

Yesterday there was no exercising for me. I was just telling my hubby yesterday that I might have to go for my eyes check up because I have been keep having headache nearly every evening. Yesterday was not so bad though. I took that as an opportunity and told hubby that I was not in the mood to cook. So we just made noodles with onion and sheesh kabobs. Been awhile we had that so it was quite yummy for us.

Then we watched "I hate Valentines day" and it was a sweet funny movie and called it a day. Yes sorry, nothing exciting happening last night.

This morning though was good. I had my breakfast order placed since last night :) Yes, I had to place an order for my breakfast to hubby if I want something special if not Masala Chai is by default.

So here's what our breakfast for today was.

Yup, Strawberry smoothie (Strawberry, frozen bananas with milk) Hubby made it

After such great healthy smootie, I came to work and chowed down this beehon with salami luncheon and fish cake. I know, so not good at all. I'm still going through the transition period. 

This is my cleansing tea I brought from home which I got from Jones the grocer. It looks like uhmmmm you know what pack ya? ha ha

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

So I did it!

Yes, yesterday evening I was feeling so pumped at work and getting all ready and geared up for a run in the evening. Of cuz I was so worried that I might just back down on it. While I was at work, I was preparing my playlist and even tried to find the Nike + iPod on my phone. I used it on my iPod Touch before but I wasn't sure on the iPhone so I thought I'd prepare them in advance so I won't have any excuses. So yes, you can say that I was pretty much well prepared.

The moment I got home, I kept telling myself that no matter what you are going to feed Tinki and change and walk straight out of the door and that's what I did. Well let's just say that I managed to step out to do what my mind was set to but was my body ready? I did run a while and then I had to stop. I have been really under estimating the outdoor running and oh boy have I got a lot to catch up on.

As soon as I get home, I was looking forward to make something really refreshing and I thought of my Dragon fruit! So I made dragon fruit and fig juice!

It was just what I needed after the run/walk of 40 mins :)

My Stats 

Run/Walk : 35 mins
Distance : 4km
Calories : 239
Sweat level : Pretty good for a second day

I need to calibrate my distance. So I can get an accurate distance next time.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mad shopping for baking stuff

I can't even think of where to start about our yet another busy weekend. 2/3 of the weekend I was actually in pain yes, not good at all but I was happy the amount of stuff we still managed. We got a few deliveries on Saturday. The air conditions got servicing and who ever has air conditions, I truly recommend servicing them every 6 month! I never knew it would make any difference and IT DOES! Especially the unit in our bedroom was having some sort of sound and it's Mitsubishi brand and after those guys did what they did, it was like the first day of installation again, no more sound and didn't even notice that it was being turned on! After that, my MIL's TV was delivered and hubby and I are testing it out in our bedroom :). So we've got a 42" Tv in our room and now we're having a second thought about having a TV in the room. hhhhmmmm We also re-arranged our living room and I think it's much better now.

We also did a lot of cleaning chores and another of my fried yellow noodle for the Saturday lunch which of cuz we polished! After so much of house chores before we knew it, we had to go out to meet hubby's Aunt's family. I also tried to make Baya Kyaw ( Dahl Vadai) for tea time snack and we had some left over that we took to the Aunt's house and they also polished it! I was quite pleased with my first ever attempt of making it. Sorry guys, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of it and I am pretty sure I will be making it again and I will make sure to take pictures then. I will surely put on the recipe on the Food page though. Dinner was at Jumbo at Dempsey. This was the second week in a roll of Jumbo dinner and chili crab. Since we were at Dempsey, I went to Jone's the grocer and bought a "Calming Tea" for myself to try out to see how it is. I tried it first thing when we got home and it was really mild and lemony gingery smell and I quite enjoyed it.

As for Sunday, we made up for our grocery shoppings that we missed on Saturday. We left home around 10 in the morning and since I have been pestering hubby to take me to the Phoon Huat shop we went there first. They have everything baking materials but sad to say that I didn't find the two main thing which I have been looking for. Wholewheat flour and Active Yeast. Instead I bought whole meal flour, molasses (I have yet to think of where I'm going to use it to make what) and five grain bread flour. Then we went to do our grocery shopping at NTUC and guess what hubby found!!!! 

Yes! Active Yeast and I also found what I was looking for wholewheat flour and unbleached all purpose flour!!!! How amazing! So I told myself not to underestimate the local super markets! And guess what I made as soon as I got home! Whole grain apple pie by Michale Smith of cuz!!!! It came out unbelievably good. Hubby of cuz didn't quite like the crispy crust of the whole grain BUT I loved it and so was the Aunt's family. Yes, they dropped by in the late afternoon to our place and I gave all of them a slice each and they loved it.

After they left about 8 I was already feeling quite famish and  decided to make some chicken curry with rice but hubby protested and asked for noodles AGAIN! yes, so I told him why not I make Moh Hin Kha with the flat rice noodle and he eyes just lit up so here it is. Moh Hin Kha for dinner.

Also, I have been wanting to try out the pomegranates and I finally bought some. They're pretty expensive though, $3.5 for 2 :(

Leaving you with some sun set shots on Sunday and a champagne snow skinned moon cake.

Catch you soon.

Friday, September 17, 2010

My first attempt on Indonesian

I left office around 5:10 yesterday evening as I really couldn't be bothered sitting and doing nothing plus there was some renovation happening right on top of the office and it was as though my head was constantly being pound with a hammer!

So I went home with this huge headache and it lasted the whole evening. That didn't stop me from making dinner. Something which I was thinking of the whole day and wanting to try out. It's actually an Indonesian vegetable dish which hubby's aunt's maid makes most of the time when we visit their place. The only thing is that I'm not such a big fan of coconut milk and I do know that this curry needs coconut milk. It's called Sayur Lodeh in Indonesian I believe. As my best friend has been requesting me to write up the recipes I will be doing so and will start with this one.  All the recipes will be under Food page. I actually did google the recipe for this BUT I didn't quite like most of what went in SO, I did some changes to it and I made it my own version.

Here's our dinner last night.

Sayur Lodeh (Indonesian Vegetable Curry)

Crispy tofu (Shallow fried tofu)
Fried tofu salad (Burmese style and my Dad's favorite)
I promise to write down all the recipes. After dinner, we watched "The Hammer". It was a really sweet and nice movie. We both just fell in love with it. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

  It's official that my last day will be on the 24th. Looking forward to it and same time feeling kind of worry. Well I just pray and do my thing and no need to worry. So, I have been thinking lately about doing a challenge again as remembering Ben's BFL challenge request. BFL normally is a 12 weeks challenge. I should be doing this BUT I think I'm going to challenge myself one week at a time. I've come up with this weekly challenge idea.

40 mins - Run
45 mins – Strength
30 mins - Yoga
40 mins - Run
45 mins - Strength
30 mins - Yoga
40 mins - Run
45 mins - Strength
30 mins - Yoga
40 mins - Run
45 mins – Strength
 30 mins - Yoga
40 mins - Run
45 mins - Strength
30 mins - Yoga
40 mins - Run
45 mins - Strength
30 mins - Yoga
40 mins - Run

Let's see how it'll go. I'll also be recording of how much I run and what weights I use. 

What have I done???

Ok, so I got home quite late last night as I had to go and sign my contract letters and also had to meet up with my predecessor and boy have I got a lot of work cut out for me. It is going to be a huge politic jungle and war going to be it seem but hey, I'm not going to back out and leave just because I got scared. I will do whatever I can. I know I am stronger that I think. Ok, I just hope that I'm saying all these to psych myself and the next day I  would be writing about wanting to quit. I must be very well prepared.

Here I come library, how to survive and thrive in office politics! I think I will need a lot of exercising and mental preparation. Like....

So, today I'm going to ask my current job for early release. Meaning, I would like my last day to be on the 24th rather than the 27th. If this go through then it means that I will have 6 more days to count down. Sorry, there is not food stuff in this post as I only had cup noddle last night as didn't want to bother hubby. Feels like after a long time I came back home after hubby. 

Ok, one thing I need to ask probably my best friend is if it is ok for me to have a photo from a website and also put the source of the photo? I don't like getting trouble for something which I don't know of. 

Will catch up again soon. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ah chooooooooo

I was in bad shape yesterday as my allergy acted up and sneezing and my nose was way worse than a running tap. It only started the moment I left the house for a meeting and it became bad to worse. Not good at all. So I ran straight to the doc and got sick leave and loads of med. Hubby joined me for lunch by ditching his gym yesterday as the clinic was just downstairs of his office. Really sweet of him 

After lunch, I went straight home and went to sleep till 5:15. It was a really good sleep but I was feeling weird and drowsy when I woke up. Anyways, I was feeling better after watching Drumline on tele and hubby came back home. So I made some quick dinner. Also, I have totally decided that we shall not buy anymore frozen fish EVER! Fresh is way better!! If you recall, I bought tons of meat the other week and I bought 2 pieces of red snappers. I made 2 pieces into curry and the last piece I made fish tikka with the masala that hubby's cousin in Bombay gave me. It was delicious. My first attempt at trying to fry fish this way and I am pretty sure there are going to be many more of these little guys. Hubby said it'll be great as snacks for the guests next time. 

Then as usual, I made some greens too. I cannot make do without any vegetables with my meals. 

Steamed green beans
Grilled asparagus
My best fish curry (sorry, not that good looking)

With that we ended the day and this morning I made a tropical smoothie to load ourselves with Vitamin C.
In the smoothie :- 
2 frozen large bananas
3 pieces of pineapple
2 oranges
splash of orange juice
a hand full of frozen blueberries

I'm leaving you today with these gorgeous sun sets shots I took yesterday. I was trying to take the rays and not too sure if you can see. Enjoy.

Lunch Lovely day
Lime SodaLovely day

Monday, September 13, 2010

A productive Sunday

So the weekend was over with a great accomplishment for us. Our another project of sorting out hubby's tools drawers/cabinets was a great success I must say. Hubby's task was to make pull out drawers in the cabinet and mine was the organisation. The project actually stretched over Saturday and Sunday basically because we were still too sore and tired from the Friday workout/run.

Now, I'm a happy girl when I'm in our two other rooms. The closet room and our guest bedroom. The closet room is where I gave hubby space to keep all his tools. Some snaps of all the cables and his tools after I did my magic :)

I feel like I'm one of those shop keepers from an electronic shop with lots of spare parts packed in plastic in a drawer :) Well that is how it is supposed to be! If you want a neat and tidy place and easy to find everything. It's see through. I think I have become a bit of a neat freak in the past few years. I just hate to see things lying around and it gives me headache and get irritated. Believe me, I used to be such a messy person well a little messy but I'm not so bad that I live without any clean clothes or rats coming out from under my bed. :)

Someone (sorry, I really can't remember who) told me once, "everything should have a place". I think I am so living by that line now. Whenever I get something I make room for it. If I have no place to put why get it? Also may be another reason is due to my excessive watching of "Clean house" ha ha. 

After the tools department, I moved on to our guest/office room. The room has been screaming for help for many months and I finally did it! Here are some of the before and after shots. 
The after office desk

Office shelve before

Office Shelve After

Closet room before

Closet after 1

Closet after 2 (The little pile on the floor is hubby's gym clothes. yes, he prepare them every morning before work).
So, what do you think? I know there are still a bit of work required but I think we did a good job for now. Definitely there's room for improvement. 

Next projects :
1. Fix Tinker bell's scratch pole. (hubby wants to make it taller :))
2. Sort out documents 
3. Fridge organisation/cleaning

BTW, in case if I haven't told you. My in laws AND my Mom is coming to stay with us on the 30th. Soooo, it's going to be a fun house :)