Archive for January, 2008

Making Cookies

Last weekend was spent helping Ah Loot make cookies for Chinese New Year. Mel and Ang Gu agreed to come at 4.30 p.m. but arrived more than an hour late. This is our yearly togetherness ritual, usually the two kiddos will help Ah Loot. This is the first time I’m helping with the cookies as Ah Loot threatened to go on strike if there was no help.

While waiting for Mel and Ang Gu, we started on the sugee cookies. Below is the dough consisting of icing sugar, flour and ghee. The dough was then chilled in the refrigerator for one hour.



When the dough had been sufficiently chilled, we made round balls from the dough before baking. The red dots are cut cherries. Below is the product before baking. Did you notice that one of the balls has two red dots? I simply “taruh”-lah (put) and Ah Loot said, “Hoi, how come that ball got two nipples?” If Mel saw it, she would say, “So cacat!” (literal translation, retarded).


This is what you get after baking….. yummy, yummy!


The next thing we did was the “popiah” with dried prawns filling. This is the unwrapped popiah skin.


The dried prawns filling:-


The starch to seal the dried prawns filling in the popiah skin.


Mel and Ang Gu’s attempt at making the dried prawns popiah. Ah Loot came to the rescue when she realised they had forgotten how to do it the correct way. After a couple of hours of rolling and sealing, it was time to deep fry the popiah.


These cookies were baked by Ah Loot earlier.


While waiting for the cookies to be ready, we ate deep fried arrowhead, which is popular during this season.


The above is a picture of arrowheads before they were skinned, sliced thinly and deep-fried. The end product, ready to be eaten is shown below. Ah Loot said, “A lot of work, oh. You think so senang (easy), ah”.



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Do Not Disturb


Can’t you see I’m busy?

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Full Moon

Over the weekend, our friends had a “full moon” celebration when their baby daughter turned one month old. 

In Malaysia, it is customary for the Chinese  to celebrate the full moon of their child by serving curry chicken, nasi kunyit (tumeric glutinous rice), pickled ginger,  ang koo kuih (see below):


And hard-boiled eggs dyed in red:-


The egg symbolises a new journey in life.  Red symbolises celebration and good luck and the oval shape symbolises harmony and unity.

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Sam Fong Pressed Powder Part 2

In my previous posting I mentioned about buying the Sam Fong pressed powder at the bazaar in the Curve.  Don’t buy from the stall there because Ah Loot said she found the same powder at Mydin and it cost her only RM1 per box (but have to buy in sets of two or three).  That unscrupulous stall owner at the bazaar in the Curve cheated me because he charged me RM3 per box.  This is daylight robbery.  I mean, if he charged slightly higher, I wouldn’t have minded…. but then again, you would expect things to be cheaper in the bazaar.  

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Royale Spa


Health spas are quite popular here. I checked out the Royale Spa a few weekends ago. My appointment was at 12.00 noon but I arrived early and found the doors still shut, with the therapists waiting outside.


The Royale Spa is next to the swimming pool on the second floor of the Royale Bintang Hotel at Damansara. The interior reminded me of the spa I went to in Bali. This is one of the treatment rooms which is overlooking the swimming pool.



I had the body scrub, aromatherapy massage and ear candle treatment. The ear candle treatment is supposed to clear the ear canal and remove toxins from the body.  I’m not sure how that works but the therapist will insert a funnel shaped paper into one ear and burn something inside (I think, I’m not sure).  I didn’t see what she did, I could only smell paper burning  and hear crackling sounds.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

The treatment given at this spa is good but the price is quite steep. I like the body scrub because my skin feels soft and looks shiny after that.  I would say that other than the price, I have no complaints about their services.

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I have better things to do-lah .

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Sam Fong Pressed Powder


This pressed powder from Hong Kong used to be popular with the women of my mother’s generation. They use this powder on their faces for a smoother complexion or as a cleanser to remove dirt on their faces, especially around the ears. I bought this powder recently, not for my face but as a cleaner for my silver and metal based costume jewelleries. A lady who runs a costume jewellery shop told me that she uses this powder and a piece of cloth to clean her costume jewelleries. I’ve used it and it really works! It really makes the silver jewelleries very shiny. You can find this powder at one of the stalls at the bazaar in the Curve. It cost me RM6 for two boxes (if you buy one box, it will cost you RM3.50).

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