Saturday, July 30, 2011

Most Beautiful Song

I have kept the video of Sarah singing “A-Z Song” for some time now; she knew the song but just can't recite the alphabet accurately. I was giggling when recording her singing.

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After half a year of practice at kindergarten, here is the result…

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Improving?


And recently, she's learnt a heart-melting Mandarin song from her teacher. This is Sarah very first Mandarin solo in the blog.

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To be honest, I can't really phrase out the lyrics but it is the sweetest song I've ever heard.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Introducing…boat

There was one thing we promised Sarah on holiday but couldn’t make it – boat cruising; and I’ve seen from Kathy’s blog about such activity at Putrajaya, therefore, we brought her there to enjoy the boating experience for the first time.



The weather was rather sunny (still late-evening), so we thought it is better to go for the air-conditioned cruise boat. Too bad, the next ride will be 90 minutes away…don’t wanting to wait, we settle for the Dondang Sayang Perahu.



It is not a bad option either. The Perahu has lesser passenger capacity, and it is just nice for a small family like us. We got a friendly boatman to explain the surrounding landmark while we cruise.

Actually we saw not much enjoyment from Sarah’s face. She was a bit blur yet maybe it’s the heat; at times, we were hit direct by the sunset’s light.





The happiest thing for her was the moment we all reached the shore; she just can’t wait to get her hand on a Dora toy which she spots earlier from the nearby stall.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

She is my friend, her name is Syahidah Ishak

Dear all, allow me to tell you a story about my friend, her name is Syahidah Ishak.

She is my ex-colleague, we fondly called her Syida. To me, I will always be thankful to her for the guidance in teaching me when I’m still a rookie in the company. She is such a kind soul.

Syida was diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma last year, a rare brain tumor. Although the tumor is non-cancerous but with the delaying of the surgery it has started causing all sorts of major obstacles and consequences in her daily life.

She lost the hearing in her right ear and was in semi facial paralysis. The tumor effects her balancing and she’s experiencing swallowing difficulty; food and water will get stuck in her throat, hence causing breathing problem.

She was in constant tinnitus and now she has difficulty in closing her right eye and has to cover it with a patch. Knowing her conditions just pains me.

Syida underwent a not-so-successful surgery at HUKM once, and it drains her. Then Syida met a fellow patient Yvonne Foong (an author of “I’m not sick, just a bit unwell”, Yvonne’s story was well-published in the media in the past); and Yvonne has recommends her Dr. Rick Friedman, an American surgeon.

Syida is at her wit end, her aging parent are both pensioners and couldn’t do much. She tried to hide from them initially but they found out nevertheless.

So she’s now tried to raise fund by selling some items online like magnet, T-shirt and umbrella. Judging from the amount she need to raise, she has a mountain to climb; but she’s a fighter, just like Yvonne, she hope to give her life a second chance by having a successful operation by Dr. Friedman in the U.S. by September/October.

This is heartbreaking. I can’t explain why bad things do happen to good people, and I’ve never made a public appeal before. Then again, I’ve never had a friend in such dire need like her.

Her story was published on Malay Mail recently. I really feel sorry for her. I do contribute little monetary wise and feel that I should do more. I will try my level best to get help and support for her, in any form.

So if you have time, do drop Syida a well wishes at her Facebook or Blog. If you want to support her with buying some items, you are most welcomed. If you want to make some contribution, that will be wonderful (no amount is too small). And if you know any other way to help to raise greater fund, please let Syida know.


She is my friend. Her name is Syahidah Ishak.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My New Trying

Roti Canai
I stumble upon this frozen “Roti Canai” while groceries shopping recently; it tastes almost the same like what we have from the “mamak” stall. I like it as it’s convenient, inexpensive yet only require tiny bit of oil to pan-fried the dough.

I just had two pieces of it for my breakfast and it match right with sugar.




Seafood Pumpkin Soup and Chicken with Pumpkin in Ketchup

This is first time I incorporate pumpkin into my cooking…and the foods turned out satisfactorily. I think it is also a great way to encourage Sarah to eat more pumpkin by adding them into daily dishes.





Picture courtesy of The Lifestyle Cuisine Magazine and Cookbooks


Barley with Pumpkin and Sago dessert

I must give credit to myself on this one (ahem). I have no cook book but just try to imitate what I’ve ordered from a nearby restaurant; the outcome is fabulous! Everyone gave thumbs up for it.

This is a very simple and yummy dessert; you may as well give a try.




Red Bean Soup
I had my first attempt in cooking this simple folk’s dessert; it turned out just nice for my liking. And I should have do it more often as it said to has the benefit of lower the water-retention in our body.