October 29, 2010

Learn to let go

I find most parents now a days, finds it hard to let go of their children. This reminds me of a true story of someone I met during my nine to five job. We have fresh graduates joining us every year. One of them was this particular girl, in her late twenties. She has a very unique way of interacting with others (meant to say weird actually, ha ha ha).

Then I found out that every morning her aged parents, both mum and dad, by the look of their wrinkles and lines on their faces, they look like they were in their late 60s, send her to work everyday. They would drive to the doorstep, stopped the car and watch her disappeared into the lift. If so happen the lift didn't reach that floor in time, the parents would sit in the car and wait until she gets into one. Sometime I saw her waving her hands with an agitated face signaling to her parents to leave as their car is blocking the narrow driveway. Could you imagine those cars lining up behind, waiting to drop their love ones off to work.

Every evening, without fail, both her parents would park their car nearby and sit in the car waiting patiently for their daughter. Regardless of what time she will be off. She only has a brother, so that makes her the only daughter at home.

She told us that when ever she needs new clothes, shoes or bags, she would go shopping with her parents. Hardly hear her hanging out with friends or office colleagues. Guess the only time when her parents were not around her was during her lunch break at the office. She would have lunch with us all. The time when I resigned, she was already in her early 30s and I could still see her parents sending and fetching her to and fro from the office.

I wonder how is she going to get a boy friend when her parents hang around her at all times. I am astonished as these type of parenting still exist. They think that kids are like pets, keep them around for as long as possible. They forgot that kids will grow to be adults. Children need to learn those survival skills from young. Skills on how to take care of themselves when mummy and daddy is not around. These skills will help them a lot when they become adults.

Thanks for reading and happy parenting. Teach your kids those survival skills early as it is a jungle out there, if you know what I mean.

October 26, 2010

Fried Chicken (own version)

This is my style of fry chicken. You can use chicken wings, chicken thigh or the whole chicken. I normally would use chicken thigh, more meaty and better texture. The above are actually chicken thigh cut into 3 parts.

Ingredients:

Chicken cut into bite size
shallot (pounded - just need the juice) - about 1 table spoon
dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, sesame oil
a bit of sugar or honey - about 1 table spoon

Marinate the chicken with all the above for about 1 hour. I normally don't use salt when I marinate but you can replace the light soy sauce with salt or add both salt and light soy sauce. For this recipe, it is best you used non-stick pan as there are sugar and it caramelized very fast if you used normal wok.

Medium heat, don't have to add oil on the pan as there are sesame oil in the marinate sauce and the natural oil from the chicken. Pour all the chicken and the sauce that you used to marinate, into the pan. Keep stirring once the pan become hot. Cook until all the sauce dried up and stick to the chicken. Those dark burn parts on the skin are actually caramelized sugar. Those part does not taste bitter but sweet, so no worry, it is not burned or overcooked. The aroma released by the dish while you were cooking will make your mouth watery, guaranteed.

Thanks for reading and hope you like it as much as my family do.

October 24, 2010

Fall in love again

The latest song that keeps ringing in my ears lately is Jason Castro's "Fall In Love Again". This song never fails to bring a smile to me. It brings back those sweet memories, those days when I was falling in love. Just like the lyrics, I don't mind falling in love with hubby again.

Those lovely feelings and sweet moments. Those days when we just met and think that he is staring at times, those curious moments, those days when I can't wait to find out if he is really interested or is it just me. Those waiting moments really kills me. Wanted so much to know but don't have the guts to ask or find out. When others start noticing too and start asking me if it is true, I sense that it could be 20 percent true.

Then he asked me out on a date, just the two of us, it is like I was given the 50 percent assurance that it is going to come true. I was in dreamland that day and didn't really pay attention to what movie we were watching. My heart wasn't beating normally and my head feels like I am floating in mid air. Hubby could still remember that movie till today and when the rerun of that movie was on t.v he would ask me if I could remember that show and I always said no.

The magic moment happened after the show when he hold my hand while we were crossing the road. My heart felt like it stopped beating for a moment. I just follow where ever he goes and didn't really know if I was walking or floating. No more guessing. Felt the relief. Now it is 100 percent sure that he is mine.

When he hold my hand or put his arms around me when we were with friends, I knew then that he was proud to have me and can't wait to show me off to others that I, now, belongs to him. Fun to watch the faces of our friends at that moment. They look so surprise and at the same time happy for us. There were faces that weren't please but they can't do anything any more. The competition ends here.

Even after so many years, sometimes when we were at the mall, walking with my two teenage sons, he would hold my hand and called out to his sons and said, "Look! I am holding mummy's hand!" and his sons will turn and give him that "So?!?!?" kinda look. He is always so funny and loving. My big cute huggable teddy bear.

Thanks for reading and hope you have sweet moments like mine too. Fall in love again with your other half from time to time. Renew that magic moments.

October 20, 2010

Chicken sandwich (funny tale)

A little boy and a little girl attended the same school and became friends. Every day they would sit together to eat their lunch.. They discovered that they both brought chicken sandwiches every day! This went on all through the fourth and fifth grades, until one day he noticed that her sandwich wasn't a chicken sandwich.

He said, 'Hey, how come you're not eating chicken, don't you like it anymore?' She said 'I love it but I have to stop eating it. 'Why?' he asked. She pointed to her lap and said 'Cause I'm starting to grow little feathers down there!' 'Let me see' he said. 'Okay' and she showed him..

He looked and said, 'That's right. You are! Better not eat any more chicken.'
He kept eating his chicken sandwiches until one day he brought peanut butter. He said to the little girl, 'I have to stop eating chicken sandwiches, I'm starting to get feathers down there too!' She asked if she could look, so he showed her!She said 'Oh, my Gosh, it's too late for you! You've already got the NECK and GIZZARDS!!!


Just for laughs. Thanks for reading and hope you like it.


October 15, 2010

Words

When I was a toddler, I try to shape and form words with my mouth but it all comes out like babbler and all those around me pay full attention trying to figure out what I was trying to say.

When I just started school, I try to talk like an adult, those around me finds it amazing and how brilliant it is seeing the little me talk like that.

When I became a teenager, I talk exactly how an adult should, but was labeled as disrespectful, harsh, no manners, rude and all sorts as I was yet, to be accepted as an adult and normally those around me rarely pay attention to what I have to say.

When I enter the work force, all those around me realize I am an adult now and what ever I have to say was taken into consideration and was taken more seriously now.

When I got married and have kids, words that I say sounds like nagging and repetition as all those around me, looks like they are not listening very well to what I have to say, therefore I have to say it a few more times to be heard.

Hope when I grow old, words that I am going to say becomes good advice and words of wisdom, inspiring others because I was born a chatter box and can't seems to stop talking, so might as well make full use of what I have to say.

October 11, 2010

Baby Bird Camouflage

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Look at that. Sorry, hand a bit shaky. Not really a good camerawomen. This is not the first time that these birds came and visited. This was shot in my tiny garden. Both the parent birds would leave the baby at a suitable corner and they will take turn to look for food. One of the parent normally will hang around nearby to keep an eye. With that loud chirping, I would say this is not really a good camouflage.

Could you see the baby bird hiding in the middle of the t-shape pole. This is my dragon fruit plant. Hubby went and make a t-shape pole for the plant to hang. No space to make a ring / circular shape like how a dragon plant suppose to hang on.

This is the wonder of being a housewife. When I was on a nine to five job, I would have to leave the house before the sunrises and be back home way after the sun sets. Not to mentioned bird watching, I don't even have time to notice the ants or bug or what ever. These are those stuffs that I missed and enjoy now a days. I get to lay back and watch as nature goes by slowly and getting to admire it up close.

Thanks for reading and hope you find this fascinating. By the way, this video was taken some months ago and I had almost forgotten about it.


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October 7, 2010

Ghosts?!?!?!

Do you believe in ghosts? Sometime ago, during the Chinese ghost festival, something weird happened to my office colleague. She was single then, and from another town. She rents a room, if not mistaken, from an elderly couple. She takes the bus to work every day.

During that period, one day, she received a call from the bank, informing her that her ATM card is with them, asking her to collect from them as soon as possible. She was puzzled, and asked if that was a renewal card. They said no, they found her card in the ATM machine, due to after three try with the wrong pin number, the card will remain in the machine.

She checked her wallet and true enough, her ATM card was not there but everything else was. She went to the bank and collected her card during lunch time. She told us about it and we suggested that maybe she could have dropped it and some one tried to used it. Logic enough.

It happen again the next day. She got worried and told us about it. Now we begin to think that it could have been a prank by someone close to her. Again, she went to the bank and collected her card.

Few days later it happened again. This time she got really worried and told her parents about it. Her mum went and checked with a medium and found out that she, my friend here, had unintentionally offended a guy ghost. They did some sort of ritual and stuffs and got rid of it and her ATM never went missing again.

I always believed that there is always a logical explanation behind everything. If I were to hear this story from someone else, I would find it so lame, but when it happened to my friend and by the look of her frantic face, I don't know what to believe any more.

Since Halloween is just around the corner I thought I might as well share a spooky, not scary enough, tale with you. Thanks for reading. By the way, have you ever come across any spooky stuffs lately?

October 3, 2010

What Time Is It (funny tale)

Exhausted after driving all night, a man decided to pull over to get some sleep. He had just settled back to snooze when there was a knock on the window. He opened his eyes to a jogger, who asked, "Excuse me, but do you have the time?." " It's 8:10.""Thanks," he replied, running off. The man had just dozed off again when there was another knock. "What time is it?" asked a hiker. "8:25."

Fed up, the man put a sign in his window that read "I DON'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS!" Knock, knock! He was suddenly awakened again. Scowling, the man rolled down the window. "What?" he yelled at the boy standing there. "It's 8:45."

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Pull The Plug

A man and his wife are sitting in the living room. He says to her, "Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."

So she gets up and unplug the TV.

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Just for laughs. Hope you love it.
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