Monday, November 28, 2011

Barney Space Adventure Live Musical 2011

The last time Barney in Malaysia was 5-6 years ago; we were absolutely thrilled that he is back! Never mind Sarah’ interest towards Barney is on the wane we quickly grab the tickets nonetheless. We so want her to see the dinosaur “live” in front her very eyes before she completely outgrow them.



We were lucky; we have a very clear view from our seat. I could even hear the stomping sound from BJ’s feet, and Sarah was taken aback by our close proximity with the stage…



We can tell that she was enjoying the performance, and concentrated throughout the show. But there is only one problem – she forgotten to bring along her smile. Mommy was the one who sang out loud all the familiar songs instead.

Daddy double up as photographer, and here are ton of photos taken during the 90 minutes show.



















On the whole, the show was just awesome. The stage, the lighting, the cast, all the songs and dance…what a stu-u-u-u-pendous extravaganza! Come to think of it, these people are just amazing, they go all around the world and bring joy to children’s face.

And I leave you all with a classic of them all…”I love you”.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Year in School

Parents-Teachers Day
Twice-a-year Parents-Teachers Day went well just before the holiday started; Sarah was less tense this time around.

In fact, teachers are quite pleased with her behavior at class; teacher said that she is an obedient girl. She has showed improvement in colouring but needs to brush up her writing skill.



Sarah’s Mandarin teacher commented that she still lack confident in writing and communicating in Mandarin. Hopefully she will learnt better in Year-Five Class.

Looking back, we can really feel the changes in Sarah since she attended school. At times I wonder how she grows up so much right under my nose.
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Holiday Class

We were concerned about the school holiday, frankly; we do not wish Sarah spent the entire holiday with boredom at home.

We thought about those a la carte Holiday Programs but in the end we opt for the holiday class provided by her school. Familiarity is important for her at this stage.

Sarah went to school as usual but came home with a little moody face the first day. I guess she just disappointed that the baking activities (which told by the management when we sign up) was not conducted that day.

But at least I knew that she has better time with her friends at school than with me at home.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Must-Try Recipes

For me, these recipes are definitely a keeper! I adjusted the recipes a little bit and it still turned out rightly; I would truly recommend you all to try them out.

Steamed Chocolate Cake

Source: Baking Wonderland (from Facebook)

Ingredients A:
Butter - 180g
Sugar - 120g
Fresh Milk - 200ml
Vanilla Essence - Few drops

Ingredient B:
Egg 2 (whisk)

Ingredient C:
Self-Raising flour - 160g
Cocoa Powder - 30g
Baking Chocolate - 20g
Soda Bicarbonate - ½ teaspoon

Note: Substitution of self-raising flour: for 1 cup, use 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon of salt.

Instructions:
1) Double-boiled the ingredients A till it melted.
2) Remove from heat (and let it cool for few minutes) and mix it with ingredient B.
3) Add ingredient C. You may complete this step without using the electric mixer, but be sure the batter is well mixed until the smooth texture is formed.
4) Steamed at high heat for 30-45 minutes (for 6 x 6 inches square pan) or until the skewer came out cleanly.

Outcome:

The cake is so spongy to eat; I tried it on several occasions and it never failed me. It is such a moist chocolate cake, everyone agreed!



Dried Shrimps Eggplant
Source: CookingCrave.blogspot

Ingredients:
1 egg plant - medium size (cut into thin slices)
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 1/2 tbsp dried shrimps - rinse with water
3 cloves garlic - chopped
3-4 chili padi (sliced)
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce (or to taste)
2-3 tbsp water
pinch of sugar (optional)

Instructions:
1) Heat up the non-stick pan without oil.
2) Place the sliced egg plant in the heated pan, cover with lid and cook for 2-3 minutes in low heat until its bottom part turn brown. Be careful not to burn the egg plant.
3) Flip the egg plant slices, it should be slightly soften now and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
When both side of the egg plant turn brown, remove from the pan and set aside.

Note: Make sure the egg plants are soft before proceed to the next steps of the recipe.

4) Now the egg plants are ready to stir fried with other ingredients
5) Heat the pan with a tablespoon of cooking oil and brown the garlic in medium heat.
6) Add in dried shrimp and chili padi, stir and cook for 1 minute.
7) Add in fish sauce, oyster sauce and soy sauce. Immediately stir in the eggplant slices, cook for about 30-45 second.
8) Add in water and stir until water dries up.
9) Serve warm with rice.

Outcome:

The eggplant is cooked with less oil and is healthier. The aroma and its flavors will make you crave for more rice than you usually do.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Arcade

Arcade games and kid rides has become a favorite pass-time for Sarah to do. During weekends, after groceries shopping at the neighborhood hypermarket she will never missed the chance to visit her “haunt”.

Basically, Sarah loves her drum game the most! That’s the game she learnt when first visited arcade. Of course, she also attracted with other stuffs but we only allowed her to spend a buck or two each time; therefore, she had to make do with only taken some photos with them.