August 31, 2012

Sicko

I don’t know what bug the kids are harbouring, but it seems to be back-to-back viruses. First it was Nat who had fever for a day on 18 Aug, then Sasha’s turn the next day before they both developed cold symptoms lasting a week, though Sasha had a worse cough.

Just when I thought they were recovering, I picked up the bug, Nick went away to Vienna and they had new fevers the following weekend. I brought Sasha to a doc on 25th, and consulted for myself too. Though her chest sounded really congested, her lungs were clear and her fever disappeared within the day.

Then the next day on the 26th, Nat suddenly developed a fever and puked her dinner several times. Nick was still in Vienna and knowing how he gets, I brought Nat to KK immediately and dragged Sasha along.

The doctor concluded stomach flu for Nat and prescribed lots of medications for the two of them, including antibiotics to help stop the coughs but I wasn’t convinced on the diagnosis. Count the bottles!


I didn’t give them the antibiotics in the end and am just waiting for Sasha’s cough to go away on its own. But today she broke out in a rash in the afternoon and it spread all over her body, probably an allergic reaction to something because it disappeared after a while. But I don’t know what she was allergic to, possibly the frozen halibut she had for lunch because that was the only new thing she tried.



Today was also the first time Nat went to school in 2 weeks, but it was the last day before term break. They’d better get well soon, am so tired from all the interrupted sleep and holding the fort while the boy was away.

August 24, 2012

Happy birthday Swana!

It’s the big sis’ birthday and last night, Kavi, Manju, John and I surprised her at Membina, hiding in her kitchen when she came home from dinner with Kevin…classic shocked expression!



We took the day off today to utilize the birthday presents we ‘bought’ each other…massages on Groupon! She borrowed our car since Nick’s away and we headed to Goodwood to redeem the vouchers we bought at Spa Rael.



We each had a 90 min session comprising a scrub and massage. I don’t have an appreciation for spas and massages, they do not relax me, and the last massage I did was probably 2 years ago.

The experience today didn’t change my mind, I found it painful more than anything. The scrub was alright but the painful pressure made me tense up which the masseuse mistook as knots in my shoulder which led her to press harder and me to tense up further!

At last the ‘ordeal’ was over and they tried to hard sell us some packages which we politely declined and scooted out of there!


We had a late lunch at Arteastique at Mandarin Gallery, love the blue floral wallpaper. Ordered their tea for 2 set and had ourselves a relaxing afternoon sitting by the window and eavesdropping on the brainless conversation next door between a pretty girl and her groupie best friend. Basically she was torn between 2 men!



H&M was next, Sham was off and came to meet us. I bought a few things including terry cloth robes for the girls. Then we headed to Wilkie to pick up cousin Jean from Malacca and her 2 munchkins Matthew and Megan. Her husband was in town for NATAS and she decided to tag along and surprise Ma and Aunty Sarda.

And boy were they pleasantly surprised when we showed up with Jean!





Sasha was anti-social towards her Malaccan cousins but Nat and Gigi played and ate with Megan and Matthew. The kids whacked the macaroons that topped Swana’s Centre Ps cake.



I’m well on the way to being sick, been trying to fend off a sorethroat and cold since Thursday afternoon but with the kids sneezing and coughing into my face, it was only a matter of time…

August 23, 2012

Aloha

Met Jane for lunch yesterday to pass her the tarts she ordered and we decided to try a new Japanese/Hawaiian restaurant I read about recently called Aloha Ma Maison since it was near her office.


The interior was all surfboardish and there were lots of Japanese housewives and kids patronising the restaurant. She ordered a salmon with rice locomoco and I had a prawn coconut curry with rice. Truth be told, I didn't detect any coconut in the curry, tasted like regular Japanese curry.



Still it was a nice change from local or western food, though it felt more Japanese than Hawaiian, although I really cannot compare having not been to Hawaii!

The set lunch cost about $20 bucks but came with soup, juice and pancakes for dessert. I would go back to try the other dishes, maybe one day when Nick or Joanne are free for lunch since it's near them.

Baked a cake at night, experimenting with a lemon pound cake. Very pleased, it was moist and the icing was lemony...I can eat a whole loaf myself! Followed this recipe, except I used smaller moulds and baking time was about 45-55 mins and I added a dash of light corn syrup to my icing.



August 21, 2012

Chicken pie failure

I attempted to make a chicken pie from scratch but the result was not as desired. The filling tasted alright but was not the stewy, savoury, creamy type I was trying to achieve and my crust was too crumbly.

You see, I love chicken pie and I have an idea in my head of what my perfect chicken pie would taste like and I am trying to replicate that. For this first attempt, it was just to get a feel of what goes into preparing a pie. I need to experiment with more fillings and crusts!



August 20, 2012

Hari Raya holiday

It was a public holiday today because of Hari Raya yesterday and the bubbas had a fulfilling day playing with their cousin and visiting the in-laws.

Aunty Sarda’s doing really well, she called me at home this morning and could chit chat a bit. She found my number in her address book and dialled all on her own, such progress!

We went to Membina in the morning where an impromptu playdate was organised and I brought tiramisu I made last night. Ben and Wendy came to visit Aunty Sarda and so did Uncle Baba and Aunty Betty who were in town for the weekend. It was Uncle Baba’s birthday coincidentally.



We all had lunch at Membina and the kids entertained themselves by playing musical chairs and duck walk.



In the evening, we went to Ben’s place for dinner and checked out a little of Punggol Waterfront, looks nice, must explore more. While everyone hung out at Ben’s, I popped by Punggol to visit an ex-colleague for Hari Raya with some of the other SSC ex-colleagues.




Nick picked me up once done and methinks the kids are falling sick. Sasha was queasy in the car…

August 19, 2012

Airport playground

It’s Hari Raya and Wendy was off today. Instead of going for morning mass, we brought the kids to the airport in search of the indoor playground Swana and Kevin mentioned before but they didn’t pick up my calls in time for me to verify its whereabouts so we ended up at T1 where they had a small playground at the viewing gallery.





Rates were reasonable, $6 per kid for 30 mins which was just enough time for them to let off some steam. They could see planes taking off and landing at the same time which was a bonus. We had lunch at Paradise Inn after that.

There was a moment just after we arrived and were walking within T2 when Sasha mistook a stranger for Nick. I don’t know how she didn’t notice the guy was so much taller and not in jeans, unlike her dad but she ran up to him anyway and accosted from behind, grabbing his legs and rubbing her face into his bum!

To his credit, he didn’t even flinch but turned around slowly and Sasha was most embarrassed when she realised what she had done!

August 18, 2012

Prison break!

Headed to Membina early, Swana and I took Aunty Sarda out to run a banking errand at Great World, it’s the first non-hospital outing she’s had in over 2 months! Prison break!

After sending her home, the kids followed us to Chinatown where Swana had to collect some vouchers and we tried the car lifts at the OG carpark, the kids were most chuffed.

Had lunch at Membina but out of nowhere Nat developed a fever and so she skipped Chinese class as a precaution. It was a mild on though so we ventured to Vivo for dinner and I ended up eating the kids’ leftovers. They played at the 2nd floor playground for a bit, Sasha wanted to sleep in a tunnel!



Because I didn’t have much of a dinner, the boy and I headed out for supper at Food Street after the kids slept. Most of the stalls were closing already, I had a fairly decent Hokkien mee.



August 17, 2012

Merayaping in Marina

My boss remembered he owed me a birthday lunch so I picked The Exchange across the road, and we roped in 2 other colleagues whom we hadn’t caught up with in a while.



I ordered a spring chicken main, not quite what I was expecting because I had assumed it to turn out differently based on the description but it came fried, salty and the veggies were a little sparse.

After lunch, I went to check out a gift fair at MBS and since my boss said I didn’t have to go back to work after that, I jalaned towards Suntect to collect something from Groupon. Along the way, I finally got to try out the Helix Bridge and when I reached Millennia, I bumped into Yvonne on her smoke break!



Made my way to Membina after Groupon and met another Yvonne! Aunty Yvonne was there to visit Aunty Sarda again and this time I took a picture of them together for old time’s sake.


I took her number down too in case I make it to London end-Sep, there’s talk of a marketing team gathering. But whether I make it depends on Aunty Sarda’s condition, at the moment she is doing well and is so much better with the steroid meds, she can joke and make fun, and addresses us when she speaks to us, her voice is not so weak. Very happy.

August 13, 2012

Q is for ...

...Queensway Shopping Centre.


The boy had to fix his glasses before his trip next week so he picked me up and we headed to Queensway so he could run his errand and have lunch at the same time.

Queensway means only 1 dish for me - Janggut Laksa and it did not disappoint, still as good as ever. I think I prefer it over 328 Laksa based on this last meal.



My boy thought the gravy had curdled because there were lumpy bits but it was fine. We had some otah on the side, they were yums too. I don't normally finish my laksa gravy but this time, I slurped it up like soup...shiok!


August 12, 2012

Recipe: Sugar Cookies with Icing

I used a recipe from Baked Bree for this, but halved the portions. Even then, it was enough to split into two batches. Each batch yields about 2-3 dozen cookies, depending on size.


Ingredients

1 cup or 225gm softened unsalted butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
½ tbsp vanilla extract
3 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Method:


1. Cream together the butter and sugar until it is really light and fluffy. Add the eggs and the vanilla and butter extracts. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well.

2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

3. Roll the dough out and cut using your favorite cookie cutter.


4. Bake the cookies at 175°C oven for 8-10 minutes. Do not brown the edges. Cool before frosting.




For the glaze:

Mix 1 cup of icing sugar with 2 tbsp of mik or water and 1 tbsp of light corn syrup. Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence is optional. Add the water/milk slowly, as a few drops make a big difference to the right consistency.

Add any gel colouring of your choice and spread thinly on the cookies. Leave to dry for a couple of hours.