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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Phobia

Everyone has all sort of phobias and one of mine is driving. Sigh...

My mom retired last year. Not long before she retired, her boss asked to meet up with her personally and my mom suspected maybe he wanted to ask her to leave the company. She had been with the company since it first started, rising from a mere clerk position to Sales Manager. She worked there for about 19 years, going through good and tough times trying to sell houses in an oversupply market. So, sensing that her boss wanted to talk to her on her future, she called her children (us) up and requested prayers. Well, I did pray and one of the things I prayed was for the boss to give her the company car she was using. It suddenly pop into my mind and I just ask God for that. Some of you may know that I worked in a recording company some years back and I remembered that when my boss left to work in New York (same company, higher position), the Managing Director gave her the company car that she had been using.

So my asking God for the company car for my mother was not a bizarre request.

Later when my mom told us that among other things, her boss was giving her the company car too. I told my mom ... "oh yeah, I asked that of God.. only waiting for you to confirm." (not in exact words).

Then later, my mom told me that it's too expensive maintaining 2 cars, and she wanted me to have this car. I was excited and at the same time scared. The car was mine to take since November last year.

I stalled... and stalled... and..my mom ask again in July... when are you going to take the car? I didn't answer. I wasn't ready to "face my giant."

Last week, Mctc's car had some problem, first it was the power steering.. then later (same timing) the gear box had to be fixed. Well, not fix lah... we had to change the whole gear box. So yesterday, Mctc asked if I could drive my mom's car to the workshop while he drive his own car with the intention of leaving the car there for fixing. I was like.."err, errr.. ah... okay lah" I was so reluctant. It wasn't a long drive.. not sure how many kilometers, but it's probably 5 minutes or less. So I drove.... it was easy because.. picture this.. I was coming out from a T-junction, turning left to get to the main road. I kept left all the way because I had to turn left again to get to the workshop. Easy right? But my heart was pumping hard..and I prayed very hard too.. haha.

So today Mctc told me that the car was ready, and could I please drive the 2nd car (my mom's car), while he collect his car from the workshop.. GULP! So... well, I had to say ok. So yeah, I drove from the workshop to the house. Thank God there weren't many cars on the road.. hehe..

I always have this picture in my mind that when I want to turn, a car or bike will come out of nowhere and I will hit it. This could be because I was involved a car accident before. I was on a main road but later became a "lane" at the cross junction. I was pretty sure there weren't any moving vehicles in sight before I drove straight but suddenly I heard a loud bang. A bike hit the passenger side of my car. He was going very fast and couldn't stop in time. I was too stunt after that and I guess this could be the reason for my phobia.

I need confidence.. lots of it, so please help me Lord!

Monday, September 29, 2008

What? It's Christmas already?!

I went to my mom's house yesterday for dinner. Lo and behold. the Christmas tree is up!!!

It's only September!! We have to pass 2 major festivals, Hari Raya(celebrated by Muslims) and Deepavali (Celebrated by Hindus) before Christmas. My mom claims that she is quite busy from October right up till Christmas!! She's taking part in the Christmas Musical this year too and that takes up a lot of her time.

These are only part of the decoration. She has many more boxes of Christmas trimmings and decos accumulated from the days of Abraham.(1970s and 1980s).

While we were all chatting and/or karaoke-ing Christmas carols, my father started putting up the lights. He did it all by himself in less that 3 hours.. and yes, he did it with the lights on.

Most of the light bulbs were re-cycled from previous years.. some spoiled and my father painstakingly tested all those bulbs with his whatchamacallit machine.

I think the tree has more than 2000 light bulbs.

I can foresee a higher bill of electricity. :)

After the lights are up, it's time for my mom and Sze-En to decorate the tree. Sze-En is really all out to help my parents in decorating the house for Christmas. Thank God for her.. otherwise I would have to be around to help out... hehe.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I made something sweet yesterday

Sweet, sticky, yummy and fattening. I brought it to church and the youths loved it. Thank God for youths! The aunties complained it was too sweet, but I had already reduced the sugar from 1 1/2 cups to quarter cup. Hmm... must be the golden syrup or the chocolate chips which make it sweet. :)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cookie treats

Whenever I go to a bookstore, I like to check out the cookbook section.. especially books on baking. I'm just so fascinated with them... sometimes I know I won't make full use of it, but the thought of buying it now and someday I will try it thinking made me purchase them.

Here are some of the cookie recipe books that I owned.

I especially like baking cookies that taste nice.. something chocolaty and buttery.

This a the big little book of cookies (16cm tall X 12cm wide X 6cm thick, containing 1001 cookie recipes) which I bought from America 2 years back. It cost me USD7.99. I haven't tried ANY of the recipe yet. I will.... someday soon.

And this is the latest cookie book which I bought from Borders recently. It's a Better Homes & Gardens recipe book, and I think the cookies would taste good... yummy.. I will try some of the recipes soon and will distribute out on a Sunday... if it's nice lah.. :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Banana Leaf Rice

It's been a while since I last ate Banana Leaf Rice. We were at the Curry Leaf Restaurant, and since it was lunch (and not dinner), I thought hmm.... Banana Leaf Rice sounded good. Usually the variety of dishes were a lot more during lunch time than dinner time. So I opted for less rice and more vegetables... yummy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dead

Mctc's sister and family from Australia is here for 2 weeks. As usual, they will stay in the younger sister's house and as for transportwise, this year Mctc's gonna lend them his 14 year old Proton Wira and he will use my mom's car.

After 3 days of casual driving, Mctc's car power steering had some problem. Thank God they weren't planning to go outstation that day. I understand that this was a rare problem.. I mean... whoever has experienced a power steering wheel that refuse to turn??!

So anyway, the car had to be towed to the mechanic. Later he found out that the gearbox had to be changed too... This is another rare car problem. It's not even an auto car!!!

According to BW, Mctc's brother-in-law(sister's husband), he said that the car is dead and Mctc should think of getting a new one. Apparently, his version of dead is "when the maintenance becomes too costly". Mctc's version of dead is...... when the car finally breathes it's final breath". As long as the car can start, it is not dead.

Mctc told me the 2 versions of dead... and I concluded...

BW version of dead means.. the car have to be sold quickly in order to avoid heavy maintenance. Mctc's version of dead means... the car is in critical condition stage, like in the ICU, I said, in between dead and burial. Much maintenance is needed to revive the car's engine.

Sigh...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Nothing better to do

What do you do when you are at home, in front of the computer, feeling lazy.. too lazy to chat, too lazy to reply emails.. too lazy to search...

Usually what I do is... play games, especially when I'm too lazy to do housework.. :)

These are some of my favourite games : Mahjong Titans, Free Cell and Solitaire.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I'm still at home!

Yeah, shopping in KL today is off. :(

There was something wrong with MCTC's car power steering yesterday and the car had to be towed to the mechanic. We hoped it would be fixed by this AM but a call to the mechanic this morning confirmed that he needed more time and he said it would probably be ready by 3PM.

It's 4.30pm right now. Too late to go to KL. Had to postpone the trip to some other day.

Vacation In Malaysia.

Q - What do Malaysians with Australian PR do when they are back in Malaysia?
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Why.. shopping of course!.
I'm gonna bring Delores (Mctc's sister) to SOGO and Mid Valley today. The schedule is a bit tight, but I think we'll manage. You know lah... shopping takes up a lot of time.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Obedience

A mother was about to take up leadership position for a bible study group when she found out that her 6 year old son had problems adapting to the school system. Torn between wanting to serve and her duty as a mother to spend more time with her son, she stumbled upon this verse taken from Matthew 6 :33 - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. "

" All these things" here meant the cause of our worries, our needs. The Word of God became "Rhema" (The Word of God for her) to her and she made the decision to obey God and said yes to head the bible study group. The week after her decision, the teacher of her son spoke to her and told her that her boy was so different now, so easy to get along with his peer group. The teacher asked what did she(the mother) do that changed her son, and she replied.. "nothing"

But you know what? She did something. She obeyed God, she put God first and God took care of her situation. :)

Note : Picture taken from here.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

4 big & 2 small candles on a cake

We celebrated MCTC's 42nd birthday today. :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A New Job


I was at a meeting yesterday when someone asked if I wanted to be the treasurer for the Red Crescent Society. I was stumped for a moment and that person interpreted my silence as a negative answer. After a while I began asking some questions about it and thought, hey it could be interesting to manage the accounts for a charity organisation. The job's not so tough- I would be doing only the district's accounts, only 1 major collection during flag day, a few cheques to issue a month and closing of the financial year in December. Easy right?

(Whenever people ask if I could help them in their accounts, my first question is... when is the financial year-end. Most companies have their financial year end in December and it's really stressful to do so many companies at the same time. )

So I told the person, okay, sure, if they couldn't find anyone else to do it, I would be willing to help out. I was told that there would be a meeting coming up soon and I was expected to attend.. sigh.. I hate attending meetings.

My thoughts - I've never been a member of the Red Crescent society and suddenly, even before I join, I'm being promoted to become the treasurer. :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Mock-Up Stage

This week was a hectic week for my sister. She had to do the mock-up stage for the Christmas Musical 2008. She's a very last minute person and for her to create a mock-up stage in September is really amazing. The other committee must have push her hard to come out with one this week.

She started on Monday cutting out the cardboard and styrofoam, measuring and designing the stage to fit 12 different scenes. Yesterday, she painted it with simple strokes.

So here's a glimpse of the stage. It's(the stage set up) gonna be something like the 2006 Easter Musical (Entitled "Believe").

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I baked a cake for the class


Yesterday just before leaving the classroom, Simon asked, "Are you going to bake cookies again?". I said "See how, I need to check if I've all the ingredients first". Then I continued "Do you like cakes? Maybe I'll bake one". He said "Yep, Cakes are fine" (Not his exact words).

So during the lunch break, I baked the easy chocolate chip cake. With the help of Esther, my mom (my mom just wanted to see how I made the cake, but she did help too) and Tusi, I managed to put and mix all the ingredients together in 20 minutes. The baking took a long time. I was running late. Class was scheduled to start at 2.30pm and the cake was still not ready at 2.20pm. By 2.27pm, I just took the cake from the oven and cut 20 pieces out. Esther was already in the car waiting for me.

We were like 3 minutes late for class. I immediately put the cake containers on Simon's table. Everyone went "Wah.. Simon...". Simon was so embarrassed that he told them it was for everyone. So after the lesson, everyone had a piece, some 2 pieces. The lecturer took the first bite and exclaimed.. "Wow, It taste good. Are you selling? Do you have a shop or something? Can I order?" And another classmate asked the cost of 1 cake. He wants to order too.

Now.. if only I can make good muffins!! :(

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ICQ anyone?

It's been a LONG while since I last used ICQ. A long long while. I thought it's no longer available, but a quick search in goggle shows that ICQ is still surviving. Some of my old friends are from the days of ICQ and mIRC chat. And if some of you can remember the Excite chat was quite popular too.. with virtual chat rooms and avatars and you can see people (avatars) moving from one place to another... and if you don't like that chat room, you can go to another one..

A few days ago, I decided to download the ICQ program to see if there are any major changes. It's basically the same, but the layout is different. More colourful.

Explore..


Explore..


Explore..


Suddenly..... what's this?

Change my devil? What does it mean?

Explore................

It's actually changing the profile picture. Gosh... what a way to phase it...

Doesn't sound so nice.. I wonder who came up with it. I stop exploring after that.

A closer look. Hmm...

I have to add people before chatting to them.. like msn. I've entered 2 names to "chat", but there's no response.

It's definitely not like skype with the "skype me" mode.

So let's see if it's anything as interesting as skype. I sure miss the "knock knock knock" and "slam" when friends come online and offline. But I do have the "knock knock knock" as my message tone for my mobile. :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Time flies...

It's already mid September. How time flies. Hmmm..... reminds me of a riddle.

Q - Why does John throw his clock out of the window?
A - Because he wants to see time flies.

Today Ruth called. Yup.. it's been a long time since I last spoken to her. My fault.. because most of the time I was on Celcom. (When I'm on Celcom, I'm off DIGI). It's been a long time since I last spoken to her... probably more than 2 months.

I told her I baked muffins 2 days ago, and it didn't turn out good. She replied... "Oh.. if you want to make muffins, here's the recipe - 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of butter, enough milk to....". "Ruth, hold on", I interrupted. "I've made so many and it didn't turn out well. I need a proper recipe".

So I think she is going to send me one. Sigh... I really want to master the art of baking (good) muffins. I remember when I stayed a night at Keith and Kristine's house in Winona,.. Kristine made blueberry muffins for breakfast... It was sooooo good. I can't believe she made them.

Oh well.. I will keep on trying. Who wants to be the guinea pigs? :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

A & W

I joined the guys today for dinner... and later to A&W's.

I had a glass of rootbeer double scooped.. (suppose to share.. but everyone had too much ice-cream).
Eddie and Steven had Tidal Wave. Cost RM10 each. Steven shared with Philip, and Eddie shared his with Michael and I.
We were slowly feeling full... too much ice-cream.
It's all gone in 1/2 hour (I think). A&W has this rule, you can park your car for free for the 1st hour and if you have accumulated receipts of more than RM5.00.

So everytime the guys have their supper at A&W, they would keep check the time. It's really not worth it to pay parking at A&W. There are ample car parks at A&W and at 10 or 11PM, it's so strange to see a car park attendant checking if we have satisfy the requirements for a free 1st hour parking.(Duh!)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thanksgiving Party

I was at a thanksgiving party today. Pastor Sally HAD cancer. She went for chemo the last 6 months and wanted to thank those who helped and encouraged her during her "down" time.

It was also the actual day for the Lantern Festival (also know as the Mid Autumn Festival or Mooncake festival). The FAMILY (uncles aunties, cousins, nephews, nieces) was also invited.

Most of the main dishes were catered.

The desserts were made by different people.

The day before, I was on MSN with Aunty Chris. She told Pastor Sally, she wanted to make/bake something. Then on MSN, Aunty Chris asked if I'm making anything for the party. I told her that I planned to make chocolate brownies. Then she said... okay lah... then she will make jelly. Then I skyped Rachel and told her what Aunty Chris and I wanted to make. Rachel also thought of making something, so I suggested her to make jelly, then Aunty Chris can relax. So Rachel agreed and I MSNed Aunty Chris to tell her that we would do the desserts for her. Rachel also thought of making cutlets. She was longing to eat one that day.

So today at 2pm, I went to my mother's house with my baking stuff. I started on the chocolate brownies while Rachel asked Tusi (my mother's domestic helper) to prepare the cutlets. Then she went home to make caramel.

After the putting the chocolate brownies into the oven, I started on a new recipe - Chunky Apple Molasses Muffins. I always wanted to master making good muffins. So far, I haven't succeeded YET. :(

So while I was making the dough for the muffins, Rachel came and started making jelly.. well, Tusi did most of the work, because Rachel also wanted to make Lemon Tart. My mother came into the kitchen later to help with the cleaning up and washing.


My muffins were all ready, waiting for the chocolate brownies to come out of the oven, when suddenly I spotted a cup of sugar... gosh... I forgot to put sugar into the muffins!! No wonder it didn't taste sweet when I tested the uncooked dough. I was too lazy to take them out from the mould, so for the first round, I poured some sugar over each mould and slowly stir them into the dough. The second round, I just left the sugar on top of the muffins and baked them.

The muffins didn't turn out as good. If you like Apple Pie, well, that's how it taste like, but the texture is like a sticky cake.

So all in all, we did 6 desserts in 3 hours. And no, of course I didn't bring out my not so good muffins.

Rachel's lemon tart and cutlets turned out very well. My chocolate brownies were also very good (I think).

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies

I always like to try out brownies recipes. I guess it's because 1 Christmas, I attended a friend's party (year 2003 or 2004) and she had to buy the brownies from KL, and it cost her RM90 for 1 tray. I thought it was pretty expensive at that time.

So when Ruth gave me her small oven in 2005, one of my first cakes were brownies. It didn't turn out well. It fact, it was hard as a rock. My sisters, especially the elder sister was quite supportive. She ate some and thought it taste good. My other sister was more frank. I think ever since my first few cakes, she didn't really want to try my cakes anymore.. haha.

So I made a few before I realised that the oven is small and tend to be cook faster than average ovens. So I had to play about with the oven temperature before I got the right degree. By this time, I think I made about 8-10 cakes. The elder sister took them to her office and force all her colleagues to eat.

So when I finally found the right recipe for a good chocolate brownies, they all (my elder sister and her colleagues) benefited. They loved it so much.

I've been buying a lot of recipe books, especially on desserts, cakes and cookies. Here's the latest one from Publications International Ltd entitled, "Favorite Brand Name Recipes - Gifts from the kitchen".

It looks good doesn't it? And the word "easy" made me want to try.

Here's the recipe for those who wants to try. I didn't actually follow all the ingredients. In fact, I think I added more chocolate (8 ounce extra) than required, by accident of course. And for those who prefer less sugar, just reduce it to 1/3 cup instead of 1 cup. I reduced mine to 1/2 cup but many still say it's sweet.I think the chocolate contributed to the sweetness. I added some cocoa powder too, to make it more yummy.

So here it is, the cake, just about to go into the oven.

And the cake when it's out of the oven. Look so moist and it's really yummy. I brought it to cell yesterday. Couldn't finish, but the cell members "ta pao"(packed) home to eat.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Teeth problems again

Yeah, I had a hole in my tooth for a few months already, even before the Mt Kinabalu trip. A few days ago, one of my other tooth was giving me pain, even when I touched it with my tongue. I went to the dentist on Tuesday to get them fixed. When it came to my turn, the nurse (or assistant) called me by my sister's name. I corrected her saying I'm Eunice. She replied.."the card here says Rachel." Fine, I thought, I didn't want to argue.

This is my 3rd visit to the dentist. The first one was in April, the second time was in May. I was suppose to go back to him after 3 weeks, but I procrastinated.. until now. Both sides were giving me pain and I couldn't chew properly. So back to my story...

The dentist did a permanent filling on my tooth and checked on the other tooth - a molar. He confirmed it was cracked and the tooth had to be extracted. He gave me 3 jabs and proceeded to remove the cracked tooth. He didn't remove all, just the bit that was loose and filled the rest of my tooth with temporary filling. Then he asked whether a root canal was done on this tooth. I couldn't remember. (did too many root canals on my teeth). He checked my card.... and I told him.. that card did not belonged to me. I'm Eunice not Rachel. He then asked the nurse to bring the correct card.

You know, sometimes people call me by my sister's name and I wouldn't bother to correct them. This time I did and it's a good thing that I did, otherwise I wouldn't know the nurse had the wrong card and the dentist would be checking or operating on the wrong tooth.


One day later, I could feel the part temporary fillings coming off. I foresee a 4th visit to the dentist in the "near future". "Near" as in I need to visit the dentist ASAP, and "future" as in I'm going to procrastinate again.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What do people do when they are on MC?

Last week, one of my friends SMSed me at about 10 +AM saying that she was in the hospital. She wanted to know whether I was keen on having lunch with her later. I was working on my computer and declined her invitation.

On Tuesday,my sister called up and asked if I wanted to go to Tesco with her. She went to work in the morning but wasn't feeling well so she went home to rest. In fact she had food poisoning over the weekend and was still weak on Tuesday. She said that she would feel more sick if she stayed in the house. So yeah, we went out to town first, before going to Tesco. While we were in town, she went to do some banking and errants, while I went to the dentist. My 3rd visit to the dentist this year.The last time I went to the dentist was in May 08. I had problems on at least 2 teeth. I filled one up and extract the bit of my tooth that was broken. I have to go back again after a few weeks to cap it.

Yesterday, another friend called up and asked if I could follow her to Seri Kembangan to get some medication for her grandma. She (my friend) was on medical leave. So yeah, I went with her and got to sit in her new Toyota Altis. :)

So when you are on MC, what do you do?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir)

The climbing team is planning to hike up Mt Ophir. It's situated between Malacca and Johor so one can start their ascend from either State.

It's gonna be a long 1 day trip as it takes about 5 hours to summit and probably 4 hours to descend. The date is set on a Saturday, 4th of October, 4th day of Hari Raya (Muslim celebration after the fasting month).

This is what the schedule look like on the the planned date.

4:00 AM - Meet in Seremban
4:30 AM - Leave Seremban
6:00 AM - Breakfast at Tangkak/Sagil
7:00 AM - Start Hike
1:00 - 2:00 PM - Summit
6:00 - 7:00 PM - Foothill
7:30 PM - Dinner
8:30 PM - Head Back o Seremban

I goggled articles on Mt Ophir to have a feel of what it's like to climb this mountain and also to check whether there are leeches or not. (Of course there are!!! Hello!! This is Malaysia). There are many interesting commentaries and I found this to be the best. Click here.

The estimated cost for this trip per person is RM100. This would include the guide fees, toll, petrol and insurance taking up the bulk of the cost.

Now the question is, should I or should I not go?

Con - LOTS of LEECHES
Rope section
9-10 hours hike. My poor knees
Rainy season - muddy and yucky

Pro - Haven't been before.
Test my endurance.
Exercise.

What else? Looks like the "cons" are more than the "pros".

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The fan that moved on it's own

I love cold weathers. In Malaysia, it's always HOT and humid. But sometimes after a good downpour, the air will be cool and clean and that's what I call a perfect weather. :)

Last Saturday, the weather was perfect... :) The sun called in sick and did not appear for the whole day. It rained and the wind was blowing fresh air into my working(craft) room.

I open the top window panes to let the clean air in. Okay, for those of you who haven't seen this room before, I used to have a semi transparent blue curtains for these set of windows. The sun had bleached it to a different tone and the rain added some brown stains making the once trendy curtains look old and faded. I threw them away some 3 weeks back intending to replace them with new curtains which I bought a few years back. As you can see... the windows are still not dressed. The new curtains are with someone now who is using it as sample to make another set of curtains. :)

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So, as I was saying, the wind was blowing so hard into the room that the fan was turning on it's own. It's not often I see this happening. Usually, the fan in this room would blow at level 4, but today, I was so cold until I off the fan and got to witness the fan moving on it's own.

But while I was enjoying this day, some other parts of the country were badly affected by the heavy downpour. I didn't feel so good after reading this article.... but then it was Sunday when I read it, and I'm glad to have enjoyed Saturday without feeling guilty. :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Home Grown Guava

This is a how a guava tree looked like. Spotted it in front of Jian's house. So now you know where to get guavas. Which reminds me... I do have a mango tree but it's not bearing any fruit.

It did bear some last year, but it dropped before it ripened. MY good neighbours helped me to trim the tree every now and then.

My neighbour planted a papaya tree in her house and recently she gave me one of it's fruit. Not so sweet, but who's complaining. It's free. :)

And if you want to eat rambutans, just be extra nice to RW. :). This a picture of the rambutan tree after the season. They chopped down some of the branches because it was getting too big.

One of these days I must go round and take pictures of all the Malaysian fruits and how it's fruit tree look like. A project I most likely would procrastinate. :).. Ah.. well...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

2008-Lantern Festival

This year's Lantern Festival (also known as the Mid Autumn Festival) falls on the 14th of September 2008. We celebrated it today.. well, we don't really celebrate the festival (what does one do during this festival??!!) but the children were very excited because they get to play with fire. Well, lanterns actually. :) The adults get to eat sumptuous meal prepared mainly by my mom. Aunty Chris cooked her famous prawn sambal and Aunt Annie cooked chicken curry.

The food was delicious, as usual. The kids however weren't too keen on eating. Sze-En only had her rice soaked in black sauce and Mae-Z had hers with curry and a couple of potatoes. Kids nowadays are so particular about food.

Sze-En's and Mae-Z's plates. So unappetizing. They don't know what they are missing. :)

The adults were having fun talking and exchanging stories over the dining table. The kids had their eyes glued to the television.

After dinner, we had watermelons for dessert, cakes, ice-cream and Tusi fried some cempedak (what's cempedak in english?) and bananas. For drinks,we were given a choice of sugar cane juice (air tebu in Malay), chinese tea or coffee. The children had cold fizzy drinks.

After dinner, the children played outside, having fun with the lanterns. Sze-En being the hostess, served her cousins with ice-cream and drinks.

Last year, we had Ruth and family & Christine Kok and family over to "celebrate" this festival with us.