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Monday, November 9, 2009

Homemade Pizza

Rach and I were about to order our dinner, when an sms from a friend came in saying that she was making pizza. Immediately Rach called her friend asking is she was going to make extra for us. She replied, yeah, and asked us to come over after a certain time.

When we arrived at her house, the pizzas were ready. She made chicken, vegetarian and beef pizza. I never touched the chicken pizza but ate 1 piece of the vegetarian pizza, and 2 pieces of the beef pizza. It was oh-so-delicious. She even made the dough herself.

After a few minutes, the pizzas were almost gone. Ok, I've to admit.. we didn't just have pizzas, she made bread too we had some cut oranges which I thought was a good ending to a very nice meal.
Thanks Jo, for the special home-made pizzas. I truly enjoyed the meal and the fellowship. :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What Happened to My Turtle??!!

Anybody who has a farm at Farmville will recognise the pictures below. I do not have a virtual farm.. but I maintain some of my friends/relatives until a certain level. Don't ask me why.. haha.

Recently while at someone's farm, I noticed that one of the turtles was missing.
When I moved my cursor to the spot where the turtle was supposed to be, it showed a green square.

The other animals... like this rabbit, are okay.

I'm not sure if the turtle appeared later, I didn't check. Maybe one of my neighbours stole it and made turtle soup out of it...hmmmm..

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas in Autumn

Yes, my mom started decorating her house for Christmas in October!!! This is just the beginning. The main tree is the first to go up. The last I counted, she has 4 trees. I wonder if there will be a 5th tree this year.

The main tree, an 8 feet one.

My mom loves these small miniatures that depicts a winter wonderland scene during the Christmas month.

Oh, her 2nd tree is up :) This one is placed at the dining area.

Snowmen made of cloth and porcelain.

Other little decorations. I think in 2 weeks time my parents' house would be fully decorated with Christmas stuff. Can't wait.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Broga Hill for the 2nd Time

Yup, I'm here again for the 2nd time. The last time we went was on the 26th of September 2009. 3 weeks later, I found myself agreeing to go again. Now, you must understand., this is an easy climb, so it's okay to go there every week.... but it takes like 45minutes to get from my place to the foothill. Another set back is, to see the sunrise, I have to get up at 4.30AM. That's too EARLY for a HILL climb.

We agreed to meet at OK Tuck (food court) before heading towards Broga Hill. It was here that we heard the thunder. We hoped it wouldn't rain because Broga's terrain without the rain was also very slippery. The older sister was so late, that we told her we'd meet at the foothill of Broga. For someone who just woke up (and I was reaching the meeting place) she sure was fast. She had to pick 3 other climbers too. She arrived at Broga some 10 minutes after we arrived.

See.. pitch dark when we arrived at 6.04AM.

At 6.19AM, we started walking when Esther and her gang showed up. Can't hear any thunder but that doesn't mean that it wouldn't rain while we were half-way climbing.

Aunt Chris, Madeline and Brian were first timers to Broga. I told Aunt Chris that the climb was slightly tougher than Kepayang Hill, which she thought was no sweat at all. As she climbed, she started to grumble saying that this was 3 times harder than Kepayang Hill. Actually I think she found it tough because this was her first time to Broga Hill and we made her get up so early for this climb.

Beautiful lalangs. (Tall, wild grass).

Picture of the 1st peak. I think we made it in about 35 minutes or so.

The view is simply gorgeous. It looked as if it would rain, but it didn't. Thank you God for holding back the rain. :)

This was taken after the 3rd peak. I decided not go go up to the 4th peak because THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE!!!!!!.

Look at the crowd. It was a public holiday and I think there were like at least 500 people or more on this hill. Good thing there were 4 peaks. Imagine of there was only 1 peak, all of us would fight to get a good view of the sunrise.

I must say, this could be the youngest hiker. He is less than 18 months old!!!!

The sun shone beautifully.

Lalangs again.

So many people started descending when the sun was getting too hot.

People jam!!!! Some were so impatient that they decided to choose another route. That path was steep and slippery and the only way go reach the bottom was to slide down!!!!

Lots of people.

Finally, we saw the oil palm trees.. yes we have arrived at the foothill.

Look at all the cars!!

There were no proper parking lots and what most of us did was to either park in between the oil palm trees or along the roadside.

It was really a walk in the park.. but we didn't but as you can see, there were simply too many people today. We left Broga at about almost 9AM and had our breakfast in Seremban.

When is the next climb? Hmmm.. I don't know yet.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

All the way from Switzerland

Last week I received an unexpected parcel from a Finnish friend. Okay, it was expected, but I forgot all about it. Let me tell you why I said that. You see, this friend sent a message through FB saying that

he is leaving Switzerland behind (if I can find the airport...)

Now I couldn't let him go back to his country without getting me a souvenir from Switzerland could I? So I made a comment asking if he did buy me a fridge magnet. He replied some 5 minutes later :

What, did I promise such!!! Lets see if I can find one.

2 1/2 weeks later I received this -

The packaging looks interesting. :)

I like the postcard too. :)

And the cuckoo clock.. haha.. from the picture it looks like a cuckoo clock. I went as near as possible to take this picture. Now, look closely again and you'll notice that it's not a clock after all but a fridge magnet :). Press the red button on the top left side and you'll hear the cuckoo calling.

I love these kind of surprises. Thank you my Finnish friend. :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What happened on My Baking Day

I finally got my portable oven back from my friend. My sister and her husband will be going to Hong Kong tomorrow and they planned to stay with Paul & Hazel. I suddenly thought of baking something for them but I realized that my oven was with Minch. So on Sunday I went over to her house to get it.

But you know, a small portable oven can only do so much (no complains though, the oven was given by Ruth and it's very good). I have to bake one small tray at a time. Feeling generous I decided to make extra for my other friends. This means more time spent on waiting. So what I did was to set up my laptop near the baking area to MSN and FB. :) And hey, I managed to help someone with his openoffice problem (with the help of another person lah) via MSN/Skype.

Half way through baking I had to go and see the dentist. My tooth was aching the night before. It was so bad that I cried. Somehow I managed to have a proper's night rest and thank God the pain was no longer there in the morning. But that doesn't mean that my tooth problem was gone.

So at almost 4pm I went to see my regular dentist. He shook his head and gave me two choices with what I wanted to do with my tooth. Either to extract it (which he strongly recommended) or to do a root canal. Being vain, I told him to try and save it. And so he did.

By 4.40pm, I was out of the clinic and I did some window shopping and then had a drink with Mctc and a close friend. By the time I reached home, it was about 7.30pm. I continued the last of my baking and started cleaning up.

So these are the shortbread cookies I made for my friends. I have some leftovers and hope it will last till my climb to Broga next week. :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Broga Hill

It's not a very high hill Almost everyone can make it to the peak. I see young children, teenagers, young adults and older adults made it without problems.

It was an impromptu trip. We were supposed to go hike up this hill on the 17th of October. The day before, Rach called up in the evening and asked if we could do it today. I was flexible, so I called up a few of my friends and one more person from KL. One of my friends then called her colleague to join us. So there were 4 of us girls from Seremban and 2 guys from KL.

My day started at 4.45am. I woke up and quickly got ready. RW came to pick me up while Rach fetched Minch. We met somewhere in town and used only car to get to Broga in Semenyih. We left Seremban at about 5.20am and reached Nottingham University by 6am. LKK from KL told us that he would meet us there since we did not know the way. We were early and said that we would find our way to the foothill. According to the security guard at the entrance of the University, we had to drive about 3km from the Uni and turn left towards the oil palm plantation once you see the Rabbit farm on your right.

It was easy to find the place because there were lots of cars already parked in between the oil palm trees. We waited a quite a bit for LKK and Karim.

At 6.28am ,we started our hike. After more than 2 months of not stretching my leg muscles I found it difficult to walk fast. In a few minutes I was panting away trying to keep up with LKK's long legs. He goes to gym regularly and the hike up to this hill was like a walk in the park.

At 6.54am, LKK pointed out the first peak. It was so near yet so far.

The lalangs (wild plants?) were so beautiful against the skyline.

7.04am - At long last, we reached the 1st peak. It took us about 36 minutes to hike from the foothill to the 1st peak. Yeah, we were slow because we kept stopping to take pictures and haha... also to rest our tired legs. :)

The view is simply spectacular...

Moving up to the 2nd peak. We weren't that tired anymore and didn't mind the walk to the 2nd peak.

From the 2nd peak, we could see the 1st peak.

Sunrise.. How I wished I had a DSLR. Rach brought hers because I told her that LKK would help her carry her bulky camera. In the end she carried it herself and grumbled all the way.. haha.

Moving up to the 3rd peak..

We took a group pic here..

Moving up to the 4th peak...

We had a little challenge here.. it's like a mini Datuk :)

Awesome view.

We met some Malay youngsters who hiked up and changed into their Malay costumes. It was the 7th day of the Muslim celebration and they must have wanted to make this climb memorable.

One last look at the beautiful view before we head back..

Going down the mini Datuk... it wasn't as bad as it looked.. :)

Walking back reminds me of Bukit Panorama in Sg Lembing. The view.. wow.. so breathtaking.. :)

I should have brought a walking stick. It makes it easier to walk. I must say, it would have been very slippery if the ground was wet.

Saw some ferns.. reminds me of Sg Chiling in Kuala Kubu Bahru.. :)

One must be careful walking down the hill..

8.50am.. as usual, I'm the last one to reach the foothill...

See, so many cars parked in between the oil palm trees.. :)

After a stress-free climb we had nasi lemak... it was VERY nice. All of us had nasi lemak. It was one of the best nasi lemak I've ever tasted..

Since it was an easy climb, I told the older sister that she should come here one day. She checked her calendar and said that she would be free on the 17th Oct and yes, we'll be there again that day, but I think the hills would be very packed because it is a also a public holiday.