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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Banana Bakes

Last Tuesday (21 March 2006) saw us baking a banana cake. Reason for baking was because we tasted a 'commercial' banana cake a day or two earlier and it was rather disappointing, i.e. everything was in it except real bananas. Justice had to be done!

[Arise, Sir Banana!]

[Moist, and oh... the aroma... mmmmmm!]

Baby Baptism

Our nephew Gabriel was baptised last Sunday (19 March 2006) at the Church of the Risen Christ in Ayer Itam by Fr. Augustine Wong. Angie and I are his godparents... another 'portfolio' in our cap :o).

[Gabriel, I baptise you...]

[One for the album: (from L to R) The beaming godparents, parents, Gabriel, Fr. Augustine, and paternal grandparents]

Sampling Saphan and Ogling Orange

Sometime ago (2 March 2006), we decided to have lunch at a reasonably new restaurant called Saphan Village Restaurant and Cafe located at the Aquatic Centre of the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA). Although they serve Thai and Western food, we decided to sample the western sets. We were not disappointed and the prices were reasonable.

[Fish & Chips]

[Fried Rice]

[Entrance to Saphan Village]

That same day, excitement was in the oven as an orange butter cake rises in anticipation of some frosting! A new feature never before attempted by yours truly. Check it out...!

[The cake finally gets its icing...]

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Back to Balik Pulau

We were in Balik Pulau on Sunday (12 March 2006) and couldn't resist having a bowl of laksa. We settled for the stall at the coffee shop just at the T-junction to Paya Terubong. Besides the delicious bowl of laksa, we quaffed 3 glasses of fresh juice: orange, umbra with sour plum, and nutmeg with sour plum. We enjoyed the nutmeg juice as it was made from fresh nutmeg, unlike the cordial version in most coffee shops.

[Laksa at the T-junction]

[Colourful Concoction: Orange, Umbra with sour plum, and Nutmeg with sour plum]

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Longer Equipment

After 10 anxious days of waiting, the package finally reached our hands on 11 March 2006 after travelling halfway around the globe. We now have a new, longer :o), lens: a Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC lens, Four Thirds (Olympus) mount (equivalent to 110-400mm on a 35mm camera). The package also contained a UV filter and a Tamrac camera backpack (bag).

We made the purchase online at B&H from the US. Despite the exchange rate and delievery charges, it was a good buy, if not cheaper.

[It's finally here!... safe and sound]

[Our latest addition to our camera gear]

Thursday, March 09, 2006

59th CEE Weekend

Another Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) weekend was held from the 3-5 March 2006. We were on the presenting team with Fr. Ben Nieukey, Chris & Lina Baptist, Peter & Ellie Chow and Norman & Siew Eng Tan. 15 couples attended the weekend which was held at the College General in Tanjung Bungah.

[Participants of the 59th CEE Weekend and the community of CEE Penang. Photo courtesy of Peter Liew]

Happy 2nd Retirement!

Earlier this year, my dad ended his 2 years of contract teaching after his official retirement. So, on 25 February 2006, we celebrated his '2nd retirement' with a chinese dinner at the Tanjung Country Club in Tanjung Bungah.

Dad, here's wishing you a Happy 2nd Retirement!