Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to give your sayang that surprise 5 minutes show ...

[Note: This is a reminisce post on OttersBigDay. Or #Throwback moment, if you will...]

And to quote Mr Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) in the movie We Bought A Zoo: "You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."

How to give your sayang that surprise 5 minutes show:
1. Prepare mentally in advance the song you plan to sing.
2. Learn the chords and forget flourish, focus on the majors.
3. Practice. And memorize the lyrics.
4. Make sure the manicurist clip your nails short but pretty on the left hand. Long nails prevent grip.
5. Inform the Band discreetly to prepare an acoustic guitar in advance but keep it out of sight.
6. Don't let your partner know about it.
7. On D-Day, you can still back out if you feel like it. But try not to think too much about stage fright.
8. Find an opportunity for your show. And let the MC in on it.
9. Throw caution to the wind, go on stage and just do your thing the way you practiced it.
10. Remember, all you need is that 20 seconds of insane courage... and a lifetime of NOT Regretting You Didnt Do It.

And so I did! I really didn't care if I didn't know how to sing, didn't have a good voice, blew the chords all over the place, stepped on my gown, made a fool of myself... because the whole time Matt Damon was in my mind giving me that silent encouragement.

And now I shall tell my unborn baby (at press time) how the daddy was invited on stage to hold my phone with the Googled lyrics because mommy was a little overwhelmed to be alone on stage. Love!

Ok Happy Wednesday Everybody!! 

P/s: By the way, the song was 'It's Your Love' originally sang by She Moves. I'd like to believe I did the Tim McGraw version though.  Here:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homemade Cucur Cempedak ... Checked!

So I had been craving for this delicious coffee-time delicacies for a few days and finally managed to assuage the yearning last night, by fixing it on my own at home since it's really difficult to find stalls selling this stuff anywhere in Kuching.

The locals call it Cempedak. I don't know the English word for it, but it is in the same family with jackfruit and breadfruit. But of course, cempedak is softer, lusher, and best eaten as cucur cempedak (or cempedak fritters), for me lah. This fruit is in season now and easily found in your local farmers market for a price of RM3-RM5 per fruit, depending on the size and level of ripeness.

Ok now pictures, do your stuff. Let me take a back seat while I imagine eating them again.

Step 1: Get a ripe or medium ripe fruit. You can ask advice from your seller the best one to make fritters with. The too ripe one will be too mushy and might caramelize the whole mixture later.

Step 2: Cut the fruit open. Notice the perfect yellowish medium ripe colour...

Some people prefer to fry the flesh with the seeds together, but I prefer mine all fleshy. Your preference really, I just don't like to chew the seeds while enjoying my fritters, and besides, the seeds tend to be undercooked anyway (and might end up thrown away).

Step 3: My preference? Using clean hand, separate the flesh ...

Step 4: ... from the seeds. Put the seeds aside, we'll deal with that later...

Step 5: For the flour mixture, combine regular wheat flour with a pinch of salt and enough water in a bowl. Then immerse the cempedak flesh inside the batter, ready for deep-frying ...

Step 6: Heat enough regular oil inside a deep-frying pan, then carefully scoop and put the immersed cempedak in, one by one...

Step 7: Wait for 5 - 8 minutes or until it has turned a slight gold, then turn them over and fry for another 5 - 8 minutes until completely turned gold. Watch your frying temperature...

Step 8: Scoop them out, and tadaaaaa!! First batch is done! Get ready for the next batch until you finished frying the whole lot...

Step 9: Fork one and take a bite while it's still hot! Or bring them over for some good cuddling time in front of the TV while watching Lifetime Channel with your loved one...

That was easy right? I'm no chef, but when the time calls for desperate measure, then we will answer the call!

Oh by the way, as for the seeds, those are edible too. For the final step...

Step 10: If you had decided to split them from the flesh, you can boil this inside a pot for like maybe 20 -30 minutes on medium fire or until the seed is soft. Sprinkle a pinch of salt for some flavor. When the seeds has softened, hey it's cooked! Drained, serve and best taken on its own, like you would eat boiled peanuts... or sprinkle with melted brown sugar and have some with sugar-free tea. :-)

So that's it then. What baby wants, baby gets. Have a fun cucur cempedak day everyone! 
Note: Pictures of Xiaomi Mi3 quality only.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dairy Journey... Anmum Materna: What's your flavor?

[This is not a paid post. This is merely for sharing purposes.]

I know my blood type is coffee. And you know I am a regular self-confessed coffee lover (to be substituted with the word 'addict' at will). But for the past 6 months, I have determinedly slowed down on the caffeine intact (thanks to my lovely doctor's advice who allowed for a cup a day if I can help it). In fact, thanks to earlier months of training before the announcement, I can go on without coffee for a few days on end. 

And also for the past six months since this announcement, I am also now a dedicated milk drinker. I thank God for good genes and generations of easy pregnancy. Milk which never really featured in my daily diet (and thoughts of drinking it used to make me gag) is now a constant addition as one of my source of meal. We don't even gag at the first cup. How awesome is that?

Anyway, this was supposed to be a review on Anmum product. There are many brands of milk in the market for the expectant mothers, but I chose to consume the most common one. And why not? Anmum is reasonably priced around RM36.90 per box of 200g, available in most supermarkets/malls, and tastes just fine.

When looking for the right formula for yourself, read through the box carefully (yes they mostly come in boxes, or cans, whichever you prefer). There's Materna (for moms-to-be), Lacta (for the nursing mothers), and Essentials (for the babies/children you nurse). The first time we went shopping for one, I was confused as well, but that's probably expected. Everything is learned on the go... trial, error and lots of gut instinct.


There are actually just 3 flavors for Anmum Materna: Plain (the original creamy milk taste), Chocolate, and Mango. Of course being a practical and no-hassle kinda person, I picked the usual one lah... the plain milk, because of course I would know what to expect. Anmum Materna Plain is without a doubt, a no-brainer: creamy and milky as milk should taste like.

But a week ago, this Anmum lady promoter at one of the supermarket I frequented, gave me 2 free sample packets each for Chocolate and Mango -- one of the many perks of being pregnant and let loose in a supermarket. She actually spotted me from afar, and literally ran after me. Of course I had avoided any section with a promoter on the ready (hahaha), but this time it's sort of different.

So hey, now I can review the Chocolate and Mango flavors! Although I have to say I don't really like the chocolate. It tasted very much like something that came out of a lab. The chocolate mixed with milk sort of gave it a thick creamy cocoa-ish taste, which I find a bit strong and yucky (for lack of a better word). But I finished the whole two packets nonetheless, free mah...

The Mango however... is a delightful surprise. I thought that one would taste weird, but in fact it tasted much much better than the chocolate. If I had to compare it with something, I'd say it's almost as good as mango yoghurt drink. It went down the throat surprisingly well. Or maybe I just like mango yoghurt. =)

Free sample of Mango flavor

Oh on a recent visit to my gynae, the pharmacist on the payment counter also gave me a can of Frisomum Gold milk free sample. It would cost around RM40++ in the market, if I'm not mistaken. Ah, another perks.

Another free sample: Frisomum Gold

I asked the pharmacist the difference, and she said 'tastes like ice-cream'. In which case, she was right. Very vanilla-icecream-ish. But also, a slight sweeter than I prefer. But I finished the whole can anyway (free mah...) and switched right back to my plain Anmum.

The recommended dosage of dairy intake for pregnant ladies is 3 glasses a day, but the minimum allowable is 2... and a cup of coffee in between every now and then when the craving hits.

I don't know about you but I think I am growing rounder and heavier everyday... don't believe me? Please refer to an exaggerated point of view below. We like the view really, it reminds me of a giant panda on a roll, tummy out in full force and everything...

A very very exaggerated view point... perhaps not mine la...

... But hey... it's a pretty much an adventurous journey on its own! Till then, have a good week people.