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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Mutiara Muffin

Easter Sunday (27 March 2005) was also Mutiara Muffin Day. This time it was pisang raja banana muffins. The tried-and-tested recipe was from Angie's mummy's hand-written recipe book.

[Mutiara Muffin Madness: We had 12 muffins and a mini cake]

We had a winged visitor early last week. It was a moth with interesting red and black spots.

[Polka Dot Moth]

Today is the last day of March. Tomorrow is...

Friday, March 25, 2005

Kong-Kong's Resting Place

On Palm Sunday (20 March 2005), we collected Kong-Kong's ashes from the crematorium. Mummy, Yee Yee and Sam Yee had, a few days earlier, bought a beautiful ceramic urn. It was bluish-green in colour with chinese floral motif.

After the crematorium staff secured the urn with a bright red ribbon, we then took a short drive to the Western Road cemetary. Six new niches were prepared at Poh-Poh's grave. We had a brief ceremony at the grave and Kong-Kong was laid to rest.

[Kong-Kong's resting place: Kong-Kong's niche is the one with the freshly laid cement]

Kong-Kong... rest in peace. Amen.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Goodbye Kong-Kong


A loving and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Born: 12 October 1923
Called Home to be with the Lord: 14 March 2005

May his soul rest in peace. Amen.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Mutiara Western Delight

This evening we had Ivan and Sim Yee (Ivan please correct us if we've got it wrong *pai seh*) over for dinner. As usual, we had a western fusion meal. This time, the main dish was baked tumeric and lemon-grass chicken in mixed-fruit sauce, stir-fried lotus root and Angie's Secret Recipe mashed potatoes. Dessert was La Cremeria Almond Pecan Praline ice-cream courtesy of our guests. Beverage was a choice of strong Nescafe coffee au lait and Siaw Yet Kam chinese tea.

[Main dish: Baked Tumeric and Lemon-grass Chicken in Mixed-Fruit Sauce]

We'll leave you with a photo of our Rex Milano buns.

[King of Milan: The pizza-smelling bread]

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

8 more buns

Last night Bart had another attempt at bread-making. This time he added some bread improver to the Rex Milano breadmix. The crust is a little firm, unlike those buns you buy from our bakeries, where the whole bun is soft. It has a strong English Herb/Oregano flavour and makes you think you're having pizza! We had it plain, of course, because you don't normally add butter and jam (or any other bread spread) to your pizza!

let's see...the texture is soft on the inside, with a firm crust on the outside like most buns you get in Europe...and the taste is very Italian... and since the name suggests that this would be the King of Milan,... I declare this bread project a SUCCESS for the baker!!! *applause, applause*

Where's the picture? Still in the making...stay tuned.

P/S Bart's at choir practice now, so this is a surprise entry for him to read.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Wait Ends

It's been more than a week since our last blog. The previous weekend, we were helping out at the 55th Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend.

Nothing too exciting over the week, but...things began to 'look up' yesterday when a tiny little squirrel entered the office at my workplace. I don't know who was more terrified - the poor little thing or the staff! Me? I got a cameraman (hubby dearest, of course!) in to catch the little fellow in action...

[Bottle brush-tailed visitor]

We spent Saturday in Ipoh enjoying a homecooked lunch and doing nothing - very nice :-) *nod of approval* However, we did attend an AGM (one of the shortest we've ever attended) cum dinner of the Hash House Harriers Batu Gajah.

[Mum's speciality: Rice wine chicken soup]

We travelled back early this morning in time for 10am mass and choir practice. Then it was off to lunch with my relatives at Starview Restaurant in Burmah Road. A quick visit to the famed aquarium a few doors away from the restaurant followed, then another visiting activity - to my grandparents'. That brought our total hours being out to ten - enough to send us scurrying home where the excitement really begins...

The LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG wait ends (see previous entries: Part 1 and Part 2) ...Mutiara's Brew is now ready!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

[Mutiara's Brew: Three weeks later... pretty, eh? Fleming would have been proud of us...]

[All filtered and waiting to be bottled...]