Thursday, June 13, 2024

Three Crosses Church At Castro Valley, California

THREE TIMES NOW...

My son took us to Three Crosses Church for three times consecutively on Sunday, it was a half hour drive and out of the three times, we were punctual only once.  *embarrass to say but still mention it*  The other two times we were a bit late, worship had started half way.  I like the worship in this place, the lead singer has a beautiful voice.  

A very beautiful worship serenaded to our Lord...
It was Mother's day celebration during my first time there..
Each of us were given a rose...
And a piece of cookie for all Mothers...
Second time taken with baby E... 
Both of us coincidentally wore blue stripes on that Sunday....
And this was just last Sunday....
At the grounds before leaving the church....
With my cheeky grandson....
He likes to divert himself whenever photos are taken...

Monday, June 10, 2024

Stimulating My Brain With Online Games

Recently, I have been trying new things to fill my time with online games.  As you all know, I am a retired civil servant and a relaxing grandma as well.  I have lots of time in my hands if my grandkids are not with me and I need some stimulation to fill up my brain so as not to be redundant and thinking of nonsense.  Retirement does not mean just sitting down and watch the world go by.  This is the time to fill up our time doing what we love to do but did not have the time to do them when we were busy with our family and kids.  And having said that, I have lots of stuff to fill my time with each day.  Going out shopping, catching up with my old buddies, spending my time exercising our mouths and limbs is a chore to do daily.  LOL... 

Apart from that, when I am in the house, I filled up my time with house chores.  They are never ending, redecorating the house, cleaning up, making the house spick and span... that is pretty boring, right?  But the satisfaction having a clean house is simply worth the time and effort spent.  After that, it is Me Time, sitting either in front of the sofa or having my eyes glued on the computer for some brain stimulation moments.

Armed with a ton of time, I decided to scour the realms of the internet for some interesting things to read or watch. During this adventure, I found a game that I wanted to try for quite a while. I’m not sure if everyone has this same experience, but there is an advertisement on YouTube that shows a game where a player pulls some pins to guide a hero’s escape from a tower. This advertisement shows the player making a ton of bad decisions that cause him to fail. It is just so frustrating to watch. Well, I think the advertisement worked because I clicked on it to download the game and try to beat it. The puzzles in the advertisement didn’t seem too hard.

As I continue to play online games, I came across this website which offers culinary food games.  Hey, this is what I love to play!  No more adventures, chasing the bad guys down the tunnels, dungeons and so forth.  I want to make a change in my daily games and I resort to one of the many games here instead.  The first one I downloaded is the Ice Cream Bar, yes, ice cream is my favorite dessert and I am going to start on that!  

In this game, I am the one serving to others instead being served as in real life.  LOL... I love that!  This game is quite simple, I have ample time to prepare the ice cream according to what the customers need.  Just follow the thought bubble from the customers to see what they want and I just have to do it accordingly.  Most of them want the same flavor in the beginning, I managed to pass a few levels before going to the more complicated ice cream and toppings.  That is really fun!  In this game, I could make a good server anytime! 

After some time playing this game, I decided to explore more links for more challenging ones. There are a ton more games available here. A variety of casual games of different genre; puzzle, simulations, action, adventure, etc. It genuinely felt like the miniclip of old, a website with a ton of casual games that I enjoy spending time playing.

So next, I tried this game called Burger Shop. In this game, you are the waiter, starting by grabbing a tray for each customer and then building their burger from bottom up. Basically it is almost the same as the Ice Cream game but this needs a quicker skill.  LOL... 

The guide line is to do it by the customer's thought bubble to see what they want for their burger.  The next step is to grab a bun and prepare the burger accordingly.  One needs to be swift and fast otherwise the customers will leave the shop with grim faces on them.  LOL... That is really funny cos I really did not make a good serving waitress in the very beginning.  I lost a pretty share of customers and I guess I would get the sack if in real life.  I couldn't grasp the game initially and as I kept on trying, I managed to make each customer happy and satisfied and I was led to the second level.  Yay!!  As the days go by in the game, the transaction goal and the number of customers increase, making the game feel like a mouse clicking simulator as it progresses.


Well, this adventure has been quite fun. Finding this website was not really what I expected, but I am glad that I get to vent my frustrations by playing the pin pulling game.


Thursday, May 30, 2024

Seafood Platter At Home

DESSERTS OVER... THE MAIN MEAL CAME...

It should be the other way round but knowing us, desserts would go to waste after this main meal.  So we had desserts and tea before indulging into this scrumptious meal prepared by my daughter-in-law.  Because I was still under "jetlag syndrome"... I was excused from helping out.  LOL.. 

Not much utensils were used anyway, we had the meal with baking paper laid on the table.  An excellent idea, I would like to say so.  LOL.. 

Forget about Mr. Cholesterol too, at that moment, I just want to dig in to a bit of everything!

Bought 4 giant lobsters for $72 in Costco... 
We only used up two... 
My DIL baked them instead of steaming... 
Yes, fresh and succulent...
Most of the stuff were from Costco... 
Not a scone but a mixture of scallops and potatoes besides others... 
For four of us, indeed we did not manage to finish them all...
We had Clams Miso soup as well... 
Our simplified dinner and definitely a fulfilling one!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Special Tea Time On Mother's Day

Mother's day at home...

My son wanted to take us mothers out for dinner, he called up his usual "edible food" restaurants ... unfortunately they were fully booked on that Sunday weekend.  

Then my daughter-in-law decided to self DIY at home instead, she quickly ran out for groceries and came back with some special tea time finger food and a scrumptious dinner in the evening... 

Just a few simple steps... 
And these were made... 
I didn't really see her doing it...
Not DIY... LOL..
These were too difficult to make them at home...
DIL bought in Costco... 
Springrolls from Costco too...
We just have to air-fried it.... 
Three pieces of cake for the three momssss... 
It is really a special 
TEA TIME!
This piece is extra special...
Cos my grandson made it specially for me...
He said, "This one is for Nai Nai... "
LOL...

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Short And Long Flight To San Francisco

 ALL MY BAGS ARE PACKED... it's time to fly.... 

I like flying via SIA, this time my flight from Penang to Singapore was at noon.  The plane was on schedule and it landed at Changi airport terminal 3 around 1.30pm.  From Terminal 3, I took a skytrain to Terminal 1 to have my free lunch and to linger around there for at least four hours before my next flight.

As usual, I ordered the Hainamese chicken rice at the Plaza Premium lounge, their menu seems to be standardized.  Rice, vegetable noodles and curry laksa noodles and I always opt for the chicken rice, followed by the vegetables with noodles.  I wouldn't want to risk having stomach upset eating curry while in flight.  

Since I have four hours to while away, I registered with the counter to request for the shower room as well.  Might as well freshened myself up since it was a long flight of around 13-14 hours.  LOL... 

The flight to San Francisco was at 8pm, we were served dinner onboard before the lights turned out for us to sleep through the long flight.  As for me, I watched a few movies, dozing in and out a few times... sigh... I never like the long flight... the only thing encouraging is my grandkids' faces... otherwise.... 

Time to go in.... 
Bye Penang for now...
My favourite chicken rice at the lounge...
Second round.. noodles in vege soup....
Watching my movie while eating... 
Desserts to complete my meal...
Soon it was time to board the plane for the long flight... 

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Din Dai Fung Restaurant At Taipei 101

YES, DIN TAI FUNG.... No doubt they are here in Malaysia too, but since we were in Taiwan, we should try the original DTF....

We were at Taipei 101 on the last day of our 7 days trip.  We visited a few places on this very day, taking taxi from our hotel Midtown Richardson.  This is the second time we stayed in this hotel, it is very convenient, walking distance to shopping and eatery places anytime of the day.  Breakfast buffet is inclusive and it has a wide spread of Taiwanese food.  The rooms are spacious, we opted for a family room, according to my son, the rates is the same as with twin rooms.  There are two queen size beds in each room with a small round table and sofa chair which could accommodate two persons.  Each night cost around RM400-500 which is quite reasonable.

Back to our lunch at Din Tai Fung, this restaurant is in 101, the tallest skyscraper in Taiwan.  When we reached there, we had to take a number and our waiting time is at least half hour.  To while away the time, we walked around the vicinity, buying some cookies and snacks in the mall.  By the time our number was called, all of us were hungry for anything!

Outside the restaurant where we waited....
Started with these.... one for each of us...
Kiamsiap a bit... hahahaa...
Main courses.... 
Fried rice with pork chop....
Whole slab....
One without the meat but with lots of shrimps....
Third bowl with noodles....
For the little girl....
Taiwanese vegetables....
Tasted like Yau Mak...

After "healing" our tummies, we adjourned to another place...
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall...


 

Monday, April 29, 2024

Tremor Lunch At Full Go Roast Chicken

IT LASTED LESS THAN TWO SECONDS.... 

We were taking our lunch at Full Go Restaurant, famous for their Roast Chicken roasted in stone kiln.  The tour guide told us this is a Must Try dish while we were there.  Situated in Yilan nearer to the eastern part which is near to the affected earthquake in Hualien.  It was the fifth day after the major earthquake and tremors were felt numerous times each day.  But we did not really experience the tremors until that moment when we were having our scrumptious lunch.

The moment after the two seconds tremor, we asked ... "Did you feel it?"  Then my daughter-in-law received a warning alert message on her phone.  Should we make a run outside, I asked them... 
We looked around the restaurant, nobody made a dash towards the door or anything.  It was like nothing happened, everyone carried on eating as if nothing happened.  Then the tour guide came over and asked us whether we felt the tremor... Of course!  LOL... He said no worries, these tremors are common after the major earthquake... aftermath... no need to panic.... 

And so we carried on eating with an unease heart... LOL... 
This is the name of the place... 
I know I will definitely forget the name when I come home... 
This is their famous roast chicken...
I like it cos the skin was thin and crispy...
Spring onions omelette...
Some greens... 
Fried rice cake which we did not finish... 
The total cost.. 1300 NT around RM160.... 

 

Three Crosses Church At Castro Valley, California

THREE TIMES NOW... My son took us to Three Crosses Church for three times consecutively on Sunday, it was a half hour drive and out of the t...