Saturday, December 27, 2008

Car wash day

After almost 3 months of not washing my car finally decided to have it least an inch of dust has settled on it haha
--Via PacBerry Mobile

Monday, December 22, 2008

Making Muruku

We used a package mix to make the muruku. The recipe to make muruku from scratch involves a pressure cooker and that was a bit more work than we had time for. The mix is quite good, especially after we added cumin seeds and sesame seeds. Yum!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cavalcade of Lights

Every year, to celebrate Christmas, the City of Toronto holds a festival called the Cavalcade of Lights. There are concerts and a firworks show after the concert all for FREE! City Hall was decorated in many many lights!

Tonight, we braved the cold to watch Serena Ryder perform. I really love her music.

Anand was all wrapped up ready for the cold.
And look at these kids playing in the snow!

The best part of the night was the Fireworks Show. Fireworks came shooting out of City Hall.

And then there were two people scaling down the sides with fireworks shooting out of their backs! All of this choreographed to music. AWESOME!!!

This photo is just to show you the twirly swirly snow that blew tonight. I think Anand must love me very much to be out in this weather with me :)
Winter Snow Storm

It snowed the whole day yesterday. I think we got about 20cm of snow. I like walking in the snow though... it gives the "crunch crunch" sound from your footsteps. Today is going to be a very cold day, -17C, that means all the snow is going to freeze. Those who didn't shovel yesterday will have a back breaking task today.

Normally, you can see the CN Tower and pretty much the whole of downtown from our apartment. Look at the photo below for comparison. It was taken today.

And even in this weather, there are die hard cyclists.

My Own Henna Design
I've always liked getting henna tattoos. I think they are very pretty. I rarely get them because they are expensive. So when Anand went to Indian town to look for a muruku press (yes, we are going to do our own murukkus), I spotted henna tubes and they were only for $1.50 for a small tube and $2 for a big tube.

So now I can have fun doing this. Only thing is I have to wait 1-2 weeks before I can practice again.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Note to Self: Check that you have the house keys before locking the door.

Being a Saturday, decided to take the family for a spot of window shopping at Ikano and the curve. We had nothing in particular to buy, but wanted to take the kids out to see the Christmas decorations. Upon reaching home around 8pm, I discovered that I locked us out of the house. It was too late to call a locksmith so I called a contractor friend to borrow an electric saw. After getting the electric saw, I realised that I was totally hopeless! I could not even find the switch to turn it on. Luckily my cousin in law was on hand to assist and we manage to cut through the grill and open the for the welding...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Enjoying Banana Leaf Rice

Anthony enjoying his dinner. See the fish on the right? He finished it by the pic he is dipping papadam int warm water..his favourite.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Free Re-fills at McD

McD offers free re-fills of carbonated drinks at most of their outlets. A little bird from Eygpt told me that in order to enjoy continuos free re-fills by just having to pay once all you have to do is bring the original cup home, wash it, then bring it out the next time you are at a mall...present the cup and wah get your free drink kiam siap (stingy)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Here's our Christmas Tree. It is a Balsam Fir. It smells very nice :) It drinks a lot of water! I hope it survives till at least Christmas :) You can also see our new couch from IKEA. In this pic, I'm all dressed up and ready to go to Anand's company Christmas party.
Remember This?

I finally got the Lakatoi framed. My brother got it for my from Papua New Guinea. It wasn't cheap mounting it, but it's so worth it! We hang it in our dining room and can sit back on our couch and look at it. Wonderful!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Baby Sling

Now I know how a kangaroo feels...

Saturday, December 06, 2008


Chrismast Tree is for the presents.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Super Star

Daorae Korean Restaurant: Taipan USJ

As Cleo's mom is leaving for Australia on Wednesday the 4th of December (she is going there for a month as a confinement women), we decided to take her to a Korean Restaurant in Taipan as a treat. The restaurant has been in operation for close to 2 years but we have not given it a try as normally Korean food are expensive and we were saving it for a special occasion.

The tables come with a "circular bbq pit" in the middle. Above each "pit" there is an extraction fan, which frankly does not work too well. When the restaurant started to fill up the place become quite smokey and stuffy.

We got a window seat and Anthony started playing with the camera, the first pic is taken by him and the second by me...mine of course is the more high quality one haha...saving up for a Digital the way things are going probably I can buy one in 2 years time haha.

Each of us are given 3 types of sauce. The first one is some kind of sweet sauce, the second is the Korean version of sambal and the third is chilly sauce. I am so used to eating chilly and frankly the Korean sambal and chilly does not even tickle my tastebuds.

We ordered a plate of BBQ Pork and a plate of BBQ Chicken.

The first pic is the chicken which is coated in some lightly spiced sauce and the pork is the second pic which goes extremely well with the raw garlic.

Anthony as usual was restless. Did not manage to take the pic of him running all over the restaurant. The staff were extremely friendly, they played with him and generally kept him out of harm's way.

Victor was also feeling restless, but he finally fell asleep after Cleo carried him. He can really cry when he does not get his way.

The best thing about Korean food is the unlimited servings of side dishes. Each of us were served a steaming bowl of seaweed soup which tasted extremely good. It is not as salty as miso soup. We were also served a bowl of steamed egg with seaweed. Personally, I did not enjoy the egg as it was quite bland. The smaller plates in the third pic are the various side dishes ranging from kimchi, salads, cockles, spicy eggs (extremely spicy, this dish definately tickled my taste buds to the extreme), tofu and loads of other stuff.

We also order a serving of seafood noodles and a serving of kimchi fried rice with egg. The fried rice tasted "normal" it's like nasi goreng tomato. But the noodles are out of this world!! extremely good and worth every penny.

Towards the end of the meal we were pleasantly surprised that they served us Korean pancake on the house for dessert. It is extremely nice and slightly crunchy, albeit slightly more oily than what I am used to. Fruits were also served, but we did not consume the fruits as Anthony wanted to "rush" home.

Three more pics before i end the post. First one taken by me, showing Mr Anthony Eng enjoying his noodles. He was initially eating rice, but when the noodles arrived he insisted on having some. The other two pics, surprisingly was taken by Anthony. Not too bad for a 2 year old!!.

Anyway, in conclusion I give the restaurant a rating of 9 out of 10. It is value for money. Price wise it is definitely way below normal Korean Restaurant prices. Further, the staff are extremely friendly and it is definitely family friendly. The staff were very attentive and always kept an eye on Anthony when he was running around the restaurant.

I highly recommend this Restaurant. The address is:

No 8C, Top Speed business Center, Jalan USJ 10/1J 47620 UEP Subang Jaya. Tel: 03-80242616. Do make reservations for during weekends, as it is quite popular.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Charlie Wilson's War

Watched Charlie Wilson's War last night. I must admit that I initially had reservations in purchasing this DVD as I am not really into political drama. But since Tom Hanks is the main lead I thought I give it a try.

The movie is based on a book of the same title and it chronicles how Congressman Charlie Wilson supported the Mujaheedin in their fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan by convincing members of Congress in allocating money, funneled through the CIA, to purchase weapons.

All in all Congressman Wilson convinced the US Government is spending USD1 Billion in the fight against the Soviets.

I don't want to give too much details as it will spoil the movie for you, but what I found ironic is that the US Government did not hesitate in spending the USD1B in the war, but they refused to allocate even US1million in building schools and the necessary infrastructure to rebuild the country after the Soviets retreated.

The failure of the US Government in spending the money to rebuild Afghanistan indirectly resulted in the resurgence of militant Islamic groups and the rest as they say is history.

Anyway, I highly recommend the movie. Do watch it, buy the original DVD., you won't regret it.....else go to any torrent sites and download it hahaha.

P/S: To my dear wife, a Christmas present in the form of this book and "Inside the Delta Force" would be highly appreciated hahaha

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

President Sarkozy

So I have the uncanny ability to get a glimpse of states-persons when on vacation. I saw Queen Elizabeht II in England, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, PM of France (yes, France has a PM), and now Anand and I saw President Sarkozy last weekend.

President Sarkozy was in Quebec City for the Francophone Summit. He was here before he flew off to see President Bush. In these photos, he is unveiling a plaque, and the Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest is with him along with other VIPs.

There was tight security when Sarkozy arrived, snipers appeared on the roof top and also on the helicopters.
Here are the outriders that lead the security convoy.