Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY Petai Fried Rice

Reanaclaire cooks again! One vendor parked his car in my office compound and started to sell raw petai (stinky beans).... No, he is not any ordinary vendor, somebody from the office must have told him to come and sell his petai to us with super cheap price. Each of us got 8 strands of petai for only RM3! So cheap!

Being "auntie-ness" and not wanting to be left out for not buying, I ended up with 8 strands of petai too... then cracking my head what to do with them after that...
picture courtesy from here



 I got eight strands of the above.....
and it took me more than half an hour to get them peeled and cleaned....

Upon reaching home, I quickly cook rice... 
Actually I steamed them.... took me half hour or so...
Fragrance restored in steaming....
2 eggs, lots of garlic and RM3 of petai.....
Add in some dried sambal prawns given by my colleague....
And within minutes, my dinner is ready!
My Petai Fried Rice....
Eating petai is for "washing" our kidneys...
But for the next few days, I have to wash my toilet!
hahahahaaa....


Monday, October 20, 2014

Homemade Roselle Jam

As I was taking my furry member for an evening walk last week, I stopped to talk to a lady who was doing some gardening just right outside her corner house. I don't know her well but we always smile and nod when we see each other. She was holding a cangkul and digging into the soil and I asked her what she was going to plant.  She told me that she is planting Roselle...

Oh, I only heard of Roselle cakes recently.... and I didn't know how the plant looks like until I saw one plant just outside her house.  She told me she was going to plant a few more trees because her rosellejam business is doing quite well.  At the moment, she only have one roselle plant and that is why she wanted to plant more so that she can do more jam and sell them......

Feeling curious, I also made an order, I wanted to try how the jam tastes like.... the very next day, I saw her waiting for me at her gate... she waved me over and passed the small tub of jam to me... it cost only RM5....
I took it to the office the very next day...
She told me to finish it fast because it is free from preservatives....
I "sapu-ed" the roselle jam on five pieces of Jacobs.... 
*Another two pieces were already in my stomach!*
The next day I tried the jam on four pieces of bread....
See.... my jam was almost finished!

So how was the taste?
The Rosella jam was not as sweet as those sold on the shelves..
Maybe that was the reason why I managed to eat more than I usually do!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kepox Pay-As-You-Wish Lunch In SOHO, Ipoh

Our friendship traveled way back to 10 years when I was transferred to this new office in 2003.  There are a few whom I know way back to the 1980s and some new found friends only a few years ago.  Funny though, we were in the same building but never got to know each other well until recently.... and from then on, our friendship "blossomed" and soon, one by one, we will not be working in the same office again...

So when the youngest one suggested that we "get together" on our Friday long lunch hour, we agreed most heartedly.  The Youngest One even grouped us together under the name of Kepox in watsapp.. don't ask me what it meant... the administrator herself also didn't know why she came up with this name! hahahahaa... That shows how "un-serious" we are!  Anything also Can!

I suggested coming by to Stan and Brew In SOHO... a nice place where we can eat, talk and laugh with comfort and ease..... 


 Before the "Real Food" came,, we quickly take a picture......
The Kepox Group!
(whatever it stands for....)
We ordered a few sets to be shared among us...
First comes the salad and drinks...
Fish and Chips... RM17 for the set that comes with salad and iced lemon tea....
 Pasta something ... 
Chicken chop.. RM15.90 also comes with a a set...
We ordered a XXL King Size Burger to share too...
Take my round face to compare with the round burger... 
We have to cut it into a few portions  ... RM29
And the Fun begins with Food...
Here comes the bill for RM90!
Everyone chipped in to the bill..
Thank you, Kepox admintrator...
We must go for another Pay-As-You-Wish lunch again!
Hahaahhaa...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Treatment Tips On My Lumbar Spondylosis

When I was diagnosed with Lumbar Spondylosis in the hospital recently, I was given some "tips" on how to relieve my back.  Before I left the clinic, the nurse led me to another treatment room and gave me this diagram...
One by one she taught me how to do... and then told me to lie down on the bed and showed her till I got them right..... For the next few days, I did all the exercises I was told to do... I did them before I go to sleep and when I get up in the morning....
And when I felt my back was not as painful as before, I ended up doing these two only.... 
Lie down with bended knees and lift my body up as gently as I can.... 
Do it 20 times....
And this is the one I don't mind doing.... easier... and less headache... 
Lie on the back with bended knees and lift up the buttocks...
It will straighten my back...
Besides wearing the back support, these exercises is part of the treatment...
Now I feel much better already....
Hope it continues to stay that way... 
No heavy lifting... No long hours of blogging...
hahhahaaa....


Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Bones Density And Cholesterol Test

One pharmacy in old town called me up stating that there would be a free Bone Density Test and Cholesterol Test held in their shop on Tuesday, just a couple of days ago.  Since it is free of charge, I went to get the tests done.  No long queues surprisingly cos I went in the afternoon after taking lunch and all.  Not so accurate no doubt but with lunch and all, I was expecting my cholesterol level to be on the "high" side.
Firstly, I was instructed to put my right leg on a machine... 
The result came out like this....  at the -0.9 level but still on the green side.... 
Borderline no doubt... but at my age, it is not surprising at all....
Two of my colleagues were at the yellow and red respectively...
One of them bought calcium magnesium after that...
Then came my cholesterol level...
During the past two years, I was at the 6.1 and 6.2 level respectively.
But this year my level showed 5.68 (at another clinic few months back)
and now 5.52 at this pharmacy.....
Good eh??? 
It has reduced....
Maybe my daily drinking of BG22 Oats help to reduce my cholesterol level...
Or perhaps my light lunch also helps... ??
Whatever it is, I also must need to maintain...



4 of the Best Hotels in Richmond


Traveling is always an adventure—a way for you to try new things, make memories, and just have a great experience with your traveling companions. Visiting Richmond is no exception. Before you go, take a look at the beautiful hotels this area has to offer, and know what's near each. With a variety of hotel styles and proximity to entertainment and dining, you can find the hotel that's right for your adventure—and your budget.

The Jefferson Hotel 

Image via Flickr by Ron Cogswell
This historic gem, opened in 1895, is an important part of Richmond culture. At around $275 per night, this hotel is more for the experience, rather than a last-minute place to stay. But when you do book a stay here, know that it's minutes away from various fine dining restaurants, including Lemaire Restaurant and Tarrant's CafĂ©. The Jefferson is a beautiful place to see Richmond. And even though this hotel features beautiful historic details and materials like stained glass and marble, its pet friendly, so your furry friends can join in on the travel experience too. The Jefferson Hotel is located on the other side of the river from the beautiful Swansboro neighborhood. Check out this list of things to do to while you’re there from Hipmunk.com.

The Westin Richmond

This four-star beauty, with its sleek modern design and breathtaking views from the suites, is sure to inspire a dramatic flair in its guests. At around $145 per night, this hotel experience is a great value for the price. With close proximity to the historical Broad Street and the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, you and your traveling companions will never be bored when staying at the Westin!

Omni Richmond

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 Famous for its southern hospitality, this four-star hotel in historic Richmond features everything that makes you feel at home. An indoor pool, gift shops, and complimentary breakfasts, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and Wi-Fi will keep you comfortable as you venture out into the city and see what it has to offer. The rooms and suites at the Omni also feature beautiful views of the city, and the hotel also serves as a wedding venue. At around $175 per night, take in the experience for a reasonable rate and be sure to visit the Museum of the Confederacy and the Virginia Capitol Building, both conveniently located nearby.

 

 

Linden Row Inn

This quirky, historic inn is in downtown Richmond, walking distance from many of Richmond's historic sites. This inn offers its guests a daily continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour front desk service. Many of the rooms at the Linden feature historical 19th-century furnishings and baths. The hotel is a short distance from Capitol Square, but for those daring guests, Godfrey's brunch is a must-do. With great food, mimosas, Bloody Marys, and unique entertainment, Godfrey's is a bucket-list item for a visit to Richmond. And at around $160 per night, you can't go wrong with staying close by at the Linden Row Inn.
Traveling should be about more than the destination; it should be about the experience. With a great hotel near historic Richmond locations, you'll be sure to see the sights you want while staying in comfort and style—without breaking the bank.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Love Connection

We had a small celebration during the weekend... something very simple, so simple that we forgot to buy a cake for my girl.. but... she was not disappointed....cos she has these around her.....
Her presents!
Given by her brothers, SIL and yours truly...
Her real day was not during the weekend ...
...but her brothers sprang a surprise visit back to Ipoh....
they traveled the whole night on Friday... reaching on Saturday morning...
spent one night in Ipoh and back to their respective places on Sunday night.... 
All because she is their baby sister... 
hahahaha... always a baby...
 
  

It is not all about presents.... 
But
Precious moments and Blessings....
And 
Thankfulness.....