Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gwen's Drawing

This is a backdated post. Gwen is having a great interest in colouring and drawing lately. I was quite surprised to see what she has drawn many weeks ago. Usually, she would request me to draw for her. She really likes to see me draw...haha..although I'm not a person who can draw well but I try my best..hehe.

This was what she has drawn. Can you tell what she drew?



Actually, she was trying to copy what she always requested me to draw. A family of balloons! Gwen would come to me and say "Mummy, draw a balloon.", "Draw a Baby balloon", "Draw Daddy balloon." When I draw something I have to draw the Mummy, Daddy and the Baby too..haha.

This is what she usually wants me to draw:



I think she copied it quite well..haha. :P

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sauteed Fish With Ginger And Spring Onions

I like collecting recipes. I've been cutting out recipes from the newspaper way before I was married. The funny part is, I don't have many cookbooks but only this ONE cookbook that I've never tried out a single recipe before untill recently. I bought this cookbook about 8 years ago!!


My only cookbook.

I would say this is a good cookbook. I chose a recipe that is easy to prepare. So, I tried cooking the Sauteed Fish With Ginger And Spring Onions. It was really good.




I added the carrots coz I'll have a tough time feeding Gwen if she don't see any of her fav veges on the plate..haha.

Here's the recipe to share:

Ingredients
300g fish fillet (garoupa)
¼ tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2-3 Tbsp corn flour, for dusting the fish

5 stalks spring onions, cut into 3.5 cm lengths
50g young ginger, sliced thinly
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil

Sauce (combine)
½ Tbsp Life Oyster sauce
½ Tbsp light soy sauce
¾ tsp sugar
1 Tbsp Shao Hsing Hua Tiau cooking wine
Dash of pepper
2-3 Tbsp water
¼ tsp corn flour

Method
1. Slice fish fillet into thin slices. Sprinkle lightly with salt and dip into beaten egg then toss in corn flour. Remove any excess corn flour before deep-frying in hot oil for a minute. Use a pair of chopsticks to separate the meat. Drain from oil and set aside.

2. Heat oil and sesame oil in a wok. Stir-fry ginger and garlic for a few seconds until fragrant. Add spring onions and stir-fry for 30-40 seconds.

3. Add sauce ingredients and return the fish to the wok. Cook for a minute again to coat the fish with the sauce ingedients. Dish out and serve immediately.

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I cooked Sambal Prawns for dinner just now. First, I deep-fried the prawns. Then fry some chili paste till oil rises, add half tbsp of soy sauce, a bit of ikan bilis granules, salt and sugar to taste.


Sambal Prawns

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Dr Gwen Is In The House

Hubby and I bought some new toys for Gwen as a surprise for her birthday. Gwen is a funny girl, when I ask her whether she wants a particular toy the other day, she said NO. I was offerring to buy her new toys but she turned me down..haha. She is quite contented playing with the toys at ToysRus or Jusco and she never asks me to buy her any of them. But it can be quite a daunting task to remove her from the scene..haha.

Here are the toys we bought for her:









She likes the Mickey remote control car although she don't really know how to control it yet..haha..she actually enjoys being chased by Mickey(with Hubby controlling the car). And recently, she loves to play doctor with me after watching Elmo the other day..haha. She would lie down and let me be the Doctor by checking her heartbeat, ears, eyes and even giving her a jab..haha. It surprises me that she enjoyed it so much coz she used to be very terrified of her paed. Her visitation to the paed always end up with screams and cries..haha. I wonder how she'll behave when we really bring her to the paed one day. It will be one of these days coz her last Hep A jab was due many months ago.

She has been playing with the medical set and now our roles had changed. She is the Doctor now. And her name is "Dr Gwen"..hehehe. I took some photos of her examining Hello Kitty..hahaha.


Checking Kitty's heartbeat.


Feeding Kitty medicine.


Check the eyes also.


Also the ears.


Lastly, must give Kitty a jab.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How To Fold A Fitted Sheet Like A Pro

I'm constantly struggling to fold my fitted bed sheets. I fold it the 'normal' way whereby I fold it half first then half again till I'm satisfied with the size. I hate the corners coz they are just awful. That's because I'm folding it the wrong way..haha. So, I googled and found this cool video.

This is good stuff. I think every housewife should fold bed sheets this way..hahaha. Here's the video to share. If you don't understand how it's done, I can't help you...haha. You gotta watch it again and again....and practice of course! ;)



Did I learn from the video? You bet.


My old way. Hate the corners.


Fold it like a pro..yeah.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Gwen Is 3!!


Gwen has finally turned THREE today. As we had an early birthday celebration for her last weekend, we didn't get her any cake....instead I baked a dozen of cupcakes for her birthday. This was my first time baking cupcakes. It took me 2 hours to bake, clean and decorate the cupcakes...*phew* Later in the evening we brought along the cupcakes to my parents' house for a simple celebration and dinner.

I'm really blessed to have Gwen. Overall she is a good girl and she seldom fusses...and when she does, that's because she wanted snacks and Mummy don't allow..haha..Sometimes she is quite cheeky too. Nonetheless, Mummy and Daddy Love YOU Very Much, GWEN!!

Family life is many things
And one of the nicest joys it brings
Is having a daughter as dear as you
Who's thought of in a special way
Not only on a special day
But warmly and with love
The whole year through!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



My cupcakes. Tried my best to decorate them..hehe.


Gwen's very silent when we are singing the Birthday song..haha


Trying to blow out the candles with mouth shut like that..hahaha.


Gwen can't wait to eat those cupcakes.


She absolutely loved it!


Not to forget...a pic with Mummy. :D

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

What I Bought From Daiso?

The first time I went to Daiso was in Vivo City, Singapore. Initially, we were at IOI mall to do some banking stuff...so we ended up spending the whole day at IOI Mall. This time around I had to check out Daiso coz I've never been to any Daiso branches in KL. Although RM5 per item sounds cheap but being a "woman", we sometimes got carried away..hahaha. I ended up with 14 items..oops..but actually I still wanted to get more stuff..hehe. I think some items you can get them cheaper outside if you really compare the prices.

I wasn't into Bento stuff that much actually. I went straight to the cosmetic section first..haha.


Fake eyelashes(2 pairs!), Eyelash glue, Eyeshadow brushes(finally I got the correct sizes) and a pouch for my cosmetics stuff.

I'm more into baking than Bento-ing..but still I bought the vege cutters coz they are just too cute.


Icing nozzles and vegetable cutters.


Cake boxes and Candles.

Got some household products too.


Cute dust catcher. Nice colour too. :P


This is a good buy. These wiper sheets are way much cheaper than Kao Magiclean sheets. It works better than Kao's. Also, more sheets in a pack compared to Kao's 20 sheets.


Fabric scissors and zippers (for my sewing).


Pasta container (I needed one).

After I've paid for all the stuff, we were prepared to leave Daiso but Gwen didn't want to leave coz she insisted that we pay for this....


A rainbow spring.

And she played it like a Yo-yo..hahaha.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Potty Trained In One Day!

I'm rather embarassed when I come across other mummies' blogs if their topic is about "Toilet Training" and obviously the mummies were saying how happy they were when their kids successfully ditched the diapers and were fully toilet trained. That's because Gwen is almost 3 years old and not toilet trained yet!! She is wearing diapers 24/7! It's not that I'm a lazy mummy(maybe an impatient one), it's just that she is not READY at all. Why do I say that? She wasn't able to hold her bladder and her diapers were always soiled. She never tells me when she had peed or pooped. When I put her on the potty, she screams bl**dy murder..haha. All these are obviously signs of not ready to be toilet trained. I had tried a few times potty training her, when she constantly wets her pants and there's nothing in the potty although she does sits on it, I take it she is just not ready. I don't spend the whole day doing it but only a few hours coz I really don't have the patient..hehe.

Today, I gave her a lecture. I told her she is not going to wear any diapers today and she is not supposed to wet her pants. When she wanted to pee, she has to tell Mummy. I'm very happy today because out of the blue, Gwen suddenly told me this "Mummy, I need a POTTY!!". You can imagine how excited I was when I hear these magic words..hehe. I quickly make a mad dash to the bathroom and grabbed the potty and put her on it. A few seconds later, I hear the sound..haha...she actually peed in the potty!! I was cheering like a mad woman and Gwen was very excited too. She said "I'm a good girl."..hahaha...indeed she is Mummy's good girl. She had just one minor pee accident right after dinner. Other than that it was smooth sailing. She peed 7 times and pooped once in the potty..haha..YES..I even counted how many times she did it..haha.

I'm very proud of her coz she was diaper free the whole day and it only took a day to do that! I never used any training pants also. I'm an optimistic person and if she is ready, she will be...just wait for the right time to come and no need to stress too much about it. Now..how to tackle this issue when we bring her out..haha..coz she only wants her green potty!! Can I have some advice on this, dear mummies???


Gwen even brought her books along when she's on the potty..haha.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Sewing Again: Itty Bitty Dress

Note: Thank you sooo much for all your get well wishes. I'm feeling much better now. :) I thought I'm gonna have a fever last night...luckily I'm able to fight it off..*phew*

OK..I know I should be resting and not blogging hehe. My Hubby has been telling me to sleep earlier but I'm just a hopeless night owl. I'm very excited to blog about a dress that I've just made today..hehe. This dress is called the Itty Bitty Dress. It's usually made for newborns and babies. But somehow I managed to get the toddler size pattern. I went fabric shopping again last weekend. I thought of sewing a skirt for Gwen but ended up with this dress..haha.


The Itty Bitty Dress


I think the bow is a little too big. Next time I'll tie it a bit smaller.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hubby Cooked Dinner, I'm Under The Weather

Note: I'm coming down with a cough and possibly a cold as well. Sorry for not visiting your blog. I'll be back a couple of days time. Cheers.

I had a throbbing headache 2 days ago. I asked Hubby to simply cook something for dinner. Hubby kept saying "Don't know what to cook"..haha..that's for not cooking since he came back from abroad.

So..what did my Hubby cook? Two simple dishes for our little family and I must give credit to my Hubby for doing everything from cooking to cleaning up the kitchen. :)


Stir fried mixed vege. Gwen loves this dish.


Braised chicken with potatoes. With lots of tomatoes for Gwen..hehe.(added after the fire was turned off)


Some chopped chilis. Got to have it with rice and dishes..haha.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

The Baby Bliss, A Boutique For Stylish Moms, Adorable Babies And Kids

Who doesn't like shopping right? I don't consider myself as a shopaholic though but I really have a soft spot for pretty things especially accessories and apparels for Gwen. I'm spoilt for choices looking at the assortment of colourful and fashionable socks and tights below..haha. They are just too cute.



I'm definitely going to get a pair of this pretty socks from The Baby Bliss boutique. The Baby Bliss Boutique is located at The Atria Shopping Centre, PJ. Their official store opening is on 14th June 2009 (Sunday)!! Check out their high quality Naforye baby products made in Taiwan which includes the stylish baby carrier, keeper bag, and other unique and trendy design accessories for the moms and babies, including the brilliant air-flow series. You can also find trendy apparels, footwear and accessories for babies and kids with good quality, comfortable material and nice designs at an affordable price too.

In conjuction with their website launching today, a total of 30 x RM10 vouchers are up for grabs. Hurry and subscribe to their mailing list and every lucky 8th person will walk away with a RM10 voucher.

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Tender Moments

We went to Sunway Pyramid on Saturday and only headed back home around 8 pm. As usual Gwen didn't take her nap so she ended up sleeping in the car again..haha. When we reached home, she was still sound asleep. Sometimes we leave her in the car and let her continue with her beauty sleep. As it was already close to 8.30pm so we decided to bring her out of the car. When Hubby carry her out of the car, she was still very tired but managed to take a peek before continuing with her sleep..haha. Nowadays, it's very difficult to transfer her from daddy's arms(while she's still asleep) to the crib coz she will definitely wakes up and fusses coz she is just too comfortable sleeping on Daddy's shoulder..hahaha.

So, we just left her sleeping like this and Hubby took this opportunity to have some shut eye too..hehe. It's so sweet to see daddy and daughter sleeping like this. :)

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sunny Day Dress

Woohoo...I did it! This was my first time sewing a dress for Gwen and it was a success. Actually it's just a simple dress..hehe..anybody can do it. My first ever sewing project was the curtains for my home..haha. I'm so happy with the result and I'm glad that Gwen loved the dress too. I had her put on the dress for me so many times..hehe..for fittings and also took lots of photos of her in the new dress. :P I don't quite like the fabric actually coz I couldn't find any nice designs that suits little girls at Kamdar. But it was value for money though coz 2 metres of fabric only cost me RM12.50(after 50% discount).

I made the sunny day dress a little bit longer and I think Gwen could wear it till she's 4..haha. It can be made to a top too just by shortening the length. Maybe I'll make Gwen a new top soon..hahaha. It's not hard to make this dress but the shirring(sewing of the elastic thread) part is a tedious process.

Putting the finishing touches here.


The straps were sewn. It's a wrap. :)

Tadaa....


How's the dress?

This is how it looks like from the back. There are other ways to sew the straps. I like halter neck coz it looks cute on little girls. ;)


Gwen's hair is getting longer now...hehe


Close up of the dress.

Now, let my little model struts her stuff..hehe. Enjoy. :)







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Telescope

The other day I caught Gwen rolling some papers. I think she was impressed by her new found skill..hahaha. Actually, she discovered it by herself coz I never taught her that.


Rolling rolling rolling..

After that she took a peep through the hole..haha. So, mummy taught her a new word..Telescope. So, everytime she makes the 'telescope' she would say Telescope and very clearly too.


Gwen with her telescope.

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