Saturday, May 23, 2015

Farming And Gardening Lessons

FEELING VERY REFRESHED AND ENERGIZED!!

We finally started work on this Friday morning, okay....real work this time.. under the hot sun.. it was not so cold now, maybe I have got used to the spring cum summer weather now?  Anyway, it is time to get my butt moving... for the past few days, it had been Eat and Sleep...

HOO...HAH....!!!  Get moving Lady!

We started at the front first thing this morning....
I'm no gardener all these years.... and now I am learning to do some... bit of work here...
OK, just for show!
Recess time! 
Taking a breather...
Next.... to the farm.....
Planting some tomatoes to start off first...
Got caught in action.....!
Alright, I "berlagak" only..... 
Still got lots to do...
See the weeds everywhere?
We will have to start on them soon...
More green projects coming on the way!
hahahahaa...

Friday, May 22, 2015

My New Job In Sacramento

STILL IN A RELAXING MODE...

Woke up around 8.30am each morning to the sounds of chirping from the birds... after our breakie in the house, we walked around the ranch... without a cowboy suit and hat though...
At the ranch....
No animals though...

Need to do a lot of gardening here ....  
When do we ever start, I really don't know..
Meanwhile, started off with the easiest task ... Watering!
I know nuts when it comes to planting....
My supervisor has not given me any tasks as yet....
Look what I've found!!
Giant Lemons!!
So juicy too!!
Some kind of flowers.....
Oh dear, I better learn up some gardening skills and names...
I am actually "freezing" but got to act Strong.. hahahaa...
At the gardens...
Flowers waiting for us to be replanted...
Somehow we haven't start on them yet....
Still in jetlag mode.....
Pretending to be...
Got to get familarized to the weather and surrounding first...
That is where I am now... 
In the middle of nowhere..
Very quiet and serene....
My New Job as a Gardener cum Farmer!



Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Other Side Of Midnight World

STILL FEELING GROGGY.....


Left Ipoh on a bus around midnight, reached KLIA around 3.30am and spent the rest of the night at McDonald.... It was a sleepless night for me, I missed my bed and my blanket... and at 9am, I took four hours flight to Hongkong and thank goodness, it was only a two hours transit before embarking on another 13 hours flight again to San Francisco!   That was what I had gone through since Tuesday midnight..... what day is it today, by the way??  hahahaaa...


And here I am now....

After sleeping for some many hours....

Will be here at the ranch....



For many many days....
Till I go home again....



Monday, May 18, 2015

Hung Ting Restaurant In Desa Rishah, Ipoh

HUNG TING RESTAURANT WAS FORMERLY IN FIRST GARDEN, that was where I ate there for the first time... but now it has shifted to Farlim near the KFC leading to the Lumut highway.  My friend, Nancy and her husband took me there one day, so nice of them to buy me dinner!  They are very familiar to the lady boss and she recommended the below dishes for the three of us for a very reasonable price...

This is a special claypot dish...
Sliced Fish and black fungus cooked cooked with chinese wine...
*salivating while writing this!*
I like their special beancurd too... 
This dish itself is very appetizing....
Sambal Kangkung with dried prawns....
And a special claypot knuckle dish!
Four dishes for the Three of us....
And the total cost is RM50....
I would love to go there once again, for sure!
Oh yes!  Do go earlier to beat the crowd...
I think we reached there before 5.40pm and our food came out in no time...
This is the shop and the address is...
121, Lengkok Desa Rishah 1, 
Desa Rishah, 30100 Ipoh
Tel : 012-4178997

 Thank you to Nancy for the scrumptious dinner!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Famous Mural In IPOH - What Is Reanaclaire Doing?

BESIDES GOOD FOOD, IPOH HAS LOTS TO OFFER...  when my friend came visiting to Ipoh, I took him to places he had not been before.... anyway, we didn't cover much since time was so limited.. If one is not picky, there are so much to do in IPOH... besides the endless trail of food, coffee, desserts, one must not leave Ipoh without taking pictures of the murals...

One mural was made famous unintentionally and because of that, I told my friend that he must see the mural in real and take a picture of it before he leaves...
 It was in the news a couple of months ago.... 
Famous white coffee in old town...
 One must not leave Ipoh without taking this Big Cup...
 So one must come by here either to take a picture or taste the real thing!
 Don't ask me what I am doing....
Readers, let's have some fun here!
Can anyone give a good caption on what Reanaclaire wanted to do?
Those with interesting captions will be much appreciated in exchange for a token....
This fun post will be valid for the next two months!
hahahahaa...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dressing Up Beautifully

Wedding bells are in the air!  The bridal shops and restaurants are in full blast again, bookings have to be made in advance and that goes the same for hotels' ballrooms too.  And there are many couples who opt for garden weddings these days, I think it is a very romantic, having a wedding solemnized in a cooling garden surrounded by lovely flowers and landscaping.

There are much to prepare for a wedding but for the bride, the most important item she needs to have is the wedding and evening gowns that she is going to wear.  Some bridal shops may offer the correct design but the sizes might not be suitable or they might have correct sizes but the designs are not exquisite at all.  But worry not, there are now many online formal dresses for ladies who are looking for classy and exquisite evening dresses.

As I browse through, I began clicking a number of dresses that caught my attention.  These fashionable evening gowns are indeed flattering and they come in many exquisite designs and shapes.  I have a petite size and I thought they do not have anything for my size but I am wrong.  They do have so many styles embracing figures from modified A-lines to full circle skirt silhouettes.  

Ladies are ladies, we love to dress up nice and feeling good with ourselves.  No matter how old we are, we should Live beautifully and maybe get a pick here at Pickedlooks.  After all, dessing up beautifully is one of the things ladies love to do!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Steamed Rice And Chicken In Mini Cooker

I DON'T EAT OUT MOST OF THE TIME, only in the mornings or lunch... so most evenings, Reanaclaire does cook if nobody buys her dinner... hahahaa...  Since I have much free time now, I do like to venture into homecooking dishes and it is so unfortunate that my kids are not with me nowto enjoy MY homecooked food.... Not sure it is their loss, now come to think of it... It might be the other way round... hahahaha...  *Thank goodness we don't have to eat Mom's cooking!*  I wonder if they think like that... OK, I don't think they do cos they always say... Yummy, Mom... hehehee... Always trying to make their mom happy, I suppose! 

I love this retirement gift very much, given by my colleague... she understands me very well... this mini cooker is very useful... suits me real fine!
I could steam a chicken drumstick using this mini cooker...
I marinated the chicken drumstick for a couple of hours 
before steaming it together with the rice....
Save electricity and cleaning up wok!
I put a lot of red dates and wolfberries... so sweet and savoury at the same time...
Then some greens to balance up.....
Yes, corn soup too to sum them up together to make our dinner complete....
That was our dinner... for me and my girl!