Friday, April 16, 2010

I have migrated!

Dear family and friends, 

I physically am still here, where I am at the moment. 
Just wanted to let you know that I will no longer be updating this blog. Please proceed to my new simple yet divine blog for my continued blogging escapades!!!

Been great blogging here, thank you for the OMG shrieks and links.
Be sure to update your bookmarks and links in your blogs!!!
See you at my other blog, ciao!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

We're sorry, but you have exceeded your photo upload quota!

OMG!!!! No wonder I have not been able to upload any pictures this week.
I have like tons of pictures back dated because I couldn't get any pictures to upload.
I have actually exhausted 1GB of picture storage capacity. Imagine that...

Need to take some action. Do check in again soon, will try to rectify this issue, I'm starting to have withdrawal symptoms already (for not updating stuff for more than 3 days)!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tag... about me.

Hi all, this update is actually a tag from Zarin from her lovely blog... Sweet... Sour and Juicy...

The tag is originally in Malay... I somehow will be updating in English, for the benefits of my International Readers... he!he! Assuming, no!no! make that Pretending that I have international readers.

SIAPAKAH ANDA DIRUMAH? literally translated as Who am I at home? Is this correct grammar, I dunno, all this translation business is so confusing.

At home (currently my parents'), I am Eti/Girl (to my parents, yes... still girl to them!!!), Mama (to my kids), Kakak (to the help), Kak Eti (to my bro) and XXX (to my hubby).

SIAPAKAH DIRI ANDA DISAMPING RAKAN? - what do friends think of me (my perception at least... or I hope)

Gosh, this is a tough one! Honestly, I have to say I don't know!
Friends out there... if you are reading this, please comment... it would be interesting to know... :-) hope it's all good tho.

- 5 things that are in my wishlist - let me just make it clear here excluding shoes and handbags of course!!! ha!ha!

1. Fabulous flat abs
2. To be a SAHHM (new term I just learnt from my friend Nadd, Stay at Home Hot Mama!) ha!ha! of course no. 1 has to be achieved first right? :-)
3. A huge huge huge kitchen - SMEG cooker and oven & Kitchen Aid Mixer and Food Processor (is this considered more than one, but it's under my dream kitchen, no? )
4. Go to the UK and "return" to my University.
5. To be a blogger with an Income!!! Pathetic, I know but hey this is my wishlist after all.

 SIAPAKAH NAMA PASANGAN ANDA? What is your spouse's name?

Wan Jack.

5 PERKARA YANG PALING ANDA SUKA TENTANG PASANGAN ANDA? 5 things you like about your spouse?

Honey if there's only 5 things I like about him, we will not make it this far... Ha!ha!
He's everything I am not -
1) patient
2) even-tempered
3) very realistic
4) don't crack under pressure
5) don't swear much

makes you wonder, how in the world he puts up with me huh? :-D , see point number 1!

BILA TARIKH COUPLE - date we started dating

3rd quarter 1999, I think.

KENANGAN PAHIT ANDA BERSAMA RAKAN ANDA - a bad experience with a friend

hmmm I'm not sure whether this is supposed to be a bad experience shared with a friend or my spouse while dating... I'd stick with friend, easier.

Don't think I have any major traumatic experience, thanks goodness for that. Does that mean my life has been boring??? Mmmm I don't think so, but I don't have any experience that could be severely labeled as "kenangan pahit"! As far as gruesome experience is concerned I would have to say SPM!!! Sitting for the final secondary school exams when I was 17, now that was one "kenangan pahit". I shudder each time I think about it. 

LAGU TEMA CINTA ANDA - My love theme song

It isn't ours, but two songs have some significance while we were dating. Come on Eileen by the Dixie Midnight Runners (hardly a love song, but special to me nevertheless), before we were dating I think I mentioned it casually to him that I love this song because it always reminds me of my days in Kent. One day he called me while I was driving and asked me to turn on a particular radio station, the song was playing! Sweet!

Second song... Can't fight this feeling anymore by REO Speedwagon. I only knew about this after we were officially dating. The significance well, if you must know... the lyrics kind of meant something to him at that time... Gosh I think I have revealed a bit much!!! I thought sweet!!! (flutter, flutter of eyelashes! he!he! )

APA PERUBAHAN YANG ANDA INGIN LIHAT PADA PASANGAN ANDA - 1 thing you'd like to change about him

Give up smoking.

Tag 10 other people.

Gosh, I don't know that many bloggers... sorry ladies.. I'm attacking the same people again... but really your choice... to do or not to do!!!

you never know... there may come a time when you got the urge to blog but you got no ideas or like me this very instance, the blogger just isn't uploading any of my pictures right now even though I have days of stories to share... this is the time to pick up those tags!!!

ok, here goes... I hereby tag (read: would love to read your answers to the above):

NZZ - from Just my 3 cents thots

Ermayum - Life, Dessert and Matters

Lady Verde - our life

Marlini - Cinta Ridlis

Simple Scribblings

That's 5 individuals... ok, half is not bad eh?....

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Zaim oh Zaim!

Zaim on Wednesday morning at breakfast by the roadside. After he had enough of his nasi lemak, he wanted to get off the chair to chase birds.

Zaim, cannot stand still long enough for his picture to be taken while running around the room while his father was busy packing for this trip.

Zaim, wanting to jump right out of the bag... though I was hoping to pack him together with his father's clothes! He!he!he!

Zaim, literally fell asleep after 3 times of diaper change within 30 - 40 minutes, due to constipation!!! My poor baby! In the end, he couldn't say a proper good bye to his father...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Quesadilla Explosion Salad

This was my lunch on Thursday.... Lovely! It's basically grilled chicken with cheese, corn relish, cilantro, tortillas strips and citrus-balsamic dressing. Served with cheese quesadillas. Oh, where? Chillis, KLCC.

Didn't finish the quesadillas though, coz I was heavily chomping on the Bottomless Tostadas Chips that we order on the side!!! Heaven, thanks H for the lunch!!! You Rock!!! Ha!ha!ha! Let's do lunch again when Z comes back to work next week!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Quick fix dinner.

A few days ago, when I came home from work and looked under the "tudung saji", I saw this spread...

Let's see, there's Sardine fried with chili (sardin masak chili lah tu), Cockels/sea snails gravy (Siput sedut masak lemak) leftover from the day before (still supper yumm though), Vegetables in coconut milk (Sayur Masak Lemak), Fried Cabbage, Carrots and Celery and Salted Fish, Cucumber with crushed anchovies and chillies (timun cicah sambal kering ikan bilis).   Pretty much simple dishes, a normal spread for dinner at my mother's. Simple as it may be, if you have 'em with white rice, one plate of rice will not be sufficient. Especially with the two killer dishes that are my favourite - the Sardines and the Siput Sedut! Sigh! In order to stick to my no rice diet I had to act fast and cook something else.

I remembered that I had this made during the weekend but never got around to preparing anything with it. It's red capsicums (red peppers) baked in the oven, and with the skin already peeled ready and waiting in the fridge. I know there's some button mushrooms in the fridge, so I thought I'd make some quick easy spaghetti. 

After boiling the spaghetti, I sauteed some white onions in Olive Oil, throw in the mushrooms, add some fresh cut chillies, the baked red peppers, pinch of salt and loads of coarsely grounded black peppers (my fav!), and finally mix together with the al-dante spaghetti... wa lah...

 Eti's Quick Fix Spaghetti Dinner!

My plate... of course eventually I had to add some sardines and I also had some siput sedut on the side... slurp! slurp! At least no wretched white rice was consumed that night! Phew! Close call! 

Monday, April 05, 2010

A weekend that involved a dragon and a baby.

Parents if you are wondering if you should take you kids to see the movie " How to train your dragon?", my personal suggestion would be... wonder no further. Go! go! go! If you like Avatar, your kids would like this one. Ha!ha! My personal opinion on the movie is that it's the kid's version of Avatar, not as strikingly beautiful, but beautiful nonetheless. Interesting storyline, an unlikely hero beautiful 3D animation, happy ending, what more can you ask for from an animated movie. Plus point if it matters at all, upon checking the website, I just found out the Gerard Butler played the dad! Wow! That's all I have to say! Ha!ha! Oh ok, America Fererra played the Astrid girl, I think that's what the girl character was. what girl character... well you just have to catch the movie now don't cha? It was just the three of us at the movies last Saturday afternoon, since the father was only due back on Sunday with the likely plan of an extended trip, I went on ahead to purchase the tickets later in the week. Thought, Zarif might not be able to survive another week of not watching the movie. Also I thought it doesn't hurt to spend sometime alone with Nayli and Zarif. My time at home is normally monopolised by little Zaim. So I thought, sometime alone with the elder kids would be good. Of course Zaim was not happy at all. Poor thing cried a little when we left for the movie.

I chosed the 12 o'clock show. Zarif decided to start trying on Nayli's passed down Heely's. Since we arrived about an hour earlier before the show, he had some time to practice. We spent quite a long time at Pavvy, which means that he had plenty of time Heelying around the mall, that by the end of the day he complained of leg cramps. He!he! Poor thing! No pain no gain honey!

Here's Zarif trying out the Heely's.

Ready for some 3D experience plus major popcorn and soda fest!

After the movies, we went to the bookstore to pick up a book for each of them, Nayli picked up another of her Wimpy Kid series and Zarif, his 7th Captain Underpants (yes, you read it right) book. He spotted another Book Series, Beast Quest, so he is in super hurry to complete the Captain Underpants Series to start on the Beast Quest. In case you are wondering what am I on about and why am I encouraging my 6 year old to read such a horrendous titled book... do check it out for yourself the next time you are at a bookshop. It is a really hilarious book by Dav Pilkey, great sense of humour and imagination, makes a 6 year old boy actually forgets his playstation and glued to reading! How can I say no to it.

After getting their books, we dropped by Toys R Us to get Zaim something, yes, his mom is super guilty for leaving him behind. Ha!ha! Then it was time for lunch, a rather belated one. Their favourite is the hot plate at the food court. Then, the three of us headed home back to our little Zaim.