15th Day of CNY

Today is the last day of the Chinese New Year.

Fistly, I wish to thank everyone who gave a red packet for my little girl for their good luck and well wishes to her. Grow up well and healthy, my beloved darling.



There are 15 days of celebration. 15 days of guiltless eating and snacking, thinking, dieting starts after CNY. That's me. Well, back to dieting tomorrow... because, McDonalds launched some new things yesterday and we tried some of them today!

Thai Milk Tea Hot Fudge Sundae - The outlook is abit not very pretty as the hot fudge kinda melted the ice cream a little. It's flavorful, but a little too strong for me. And it's heaty as I feel the effect in my throat after a few mouthful. Do share one with your love one as finishing it all by yourself is alittle... too much. #onceisenough.


Chocolate Pie - Everyone is craving for it when it was launched overseas. And it's finally here. The anticipation is there, the expectation is there. The chocolate lava inside do flows and a great chocolate treat for chocolate lovers. This too, is heaty. Do drink lots of water after finishing the pie. #onceisenough.


There are some other new products like the Thai Milk Tea ice cream cones (there are 3 variations), the Fish & Fries and the Sweet Chilli Fish Burger. These are for another day's happy eating.

Have you tried any of them?

CNY Puppy Cookies

This year is a Dog year in the Chinese zodiac. Everyone was posting their home baked CNY goodies on social media. The hot favourite was this koko krunch puppy cookies. Since it's still the Chinese New Year and we have some family bonding time, it was our turn to try it out. These cookies are pretty simple to make.

Presenting one by me, one by hubby, and one by Josie. Latte wants to join in too.


Recipe from: http://www.submerryn.com/2012/08/cute-doggies-koko-krunch-cookies-recipe.html

Ingredients:
  • 200g plain flour
  • 45g icing sugar 
  • 125g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon cold water
  • Chocolate chips, chocolate rice, Koko Krunch

Method:
  1. Sift flour and sugar. 
  2. Add chopped soft butter.
  3. Rub with fingers.
  4. Once the dough turns into ‘breadcrumbs’ add in cold water and vanilla essence. 
  5. Knead lightly.
  6. Rest dough for 10 minutes.
  7. Measure about 10g of dough and put 2-3 chocolate chips into it.
  8. Decorate the dog. Chocolate chip as the nose, chocolate rice as the eyes and Koko Krunch as the ears.
  9. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. 
  10. Bake for 20 minutes.

The ingredients


My little helper


Baking in progress


Little model


Choice of words


One day, I was waiting around at the entrance after Josie went into her class. Looking on as she did her routine things from removing her shoes to storing her bag to sitting at her spot. The parents/grandparents in her school will stay on, looking till the teacher closes the door.

Then one of her classmate, whom I know the mummy before this school starts, came. The mummy was telling her child that after going into class, can look for Josie to play, reassuring her child (first time to a school, still clingy at the door).

Then..... some mummies got curious, which child is Josie. We still are in the stage where we are unable to identify all the children. One described her with the two ponytails. Another described her with the "big face".

There goes my heart. Sensitive I know. But if the parents uses this description, what would happen when she is older, going to school with older kids who are taught up this way? Will bullying starts? I do remember I have a classmate who was always called a "big head" in a jeering manner.

I'm worried...

But she's the best as she is. Mammy loves Josie.

Singapore's winter


Rain. It has been raining the whole week. The clouds only took short breaks in between.

It's cooling like natural air conditioning. It feels nice. I like it.

It's like a Singapore style winter. Wet and cold. I miss the winter from our last holiday.

And...
My clothes haven't been out in the sun for a few days.
My plants haven't been watered for a few days.
Just saying...

Honesty

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Being honest is a virtue. It's one of the values my little girl learns in school. It shows how important it is to be honest.

However, being honest may not work 100% in the adult world. It may cause friction at work, between friends, and forbade new friendship.

Positively, the word is honesty. Negatively, it's just being blunt.

It is indeed a complicated world out there.

Mayday 2017 Life Tour


The whole of this weekend was the Mayday's 2017 LIFE Tour concert.

GFs and I tried our best to get their tickets a few months back when they released their Friday and Saturday concerts, and they were all snatched up while we were still queuing to get into the booking system.

They added another session on Sunday and we managed to get ours. Yippee!! Quite a number of my friends were at the Sunday's concert too.

At the end of the concert, they announced onscreen that they are coming back to Singapore on 2 June 2018, at the Singapore Stadium. Woah... Bigger space bigger crowd. So exciting.

South Korea Surprise Trip


It's the surprise of the year. A shocking surprise. Hubby planned this trip monthsss ago, but only told me about it 4 days before we fly. It's winter there and we have no winter clothes. So we spent the weekend hurriedly buying and borrowing winter stuff.

Finally the day came and off we go. Snow! Cold weather! It's a long journey there. 

We went Seoul-Busan-Seoul. We did alot of touristy things, going to scenic places, eating the expensive reviewed food recommended online, eating like the locals too, standing on the wrong side of the escalator, climbing lots of stairs to take the trains, wearing hanboks, stocking up on facial products (for my sister though), buying lots of snacks home, eating lots of street food, trying souju (don't like).... I had fun. Lots of fun.

I hope we can go again. Maybe during the time when there will be more snow? We only experienced like 5 minutes of raining snow. Ski too, but when our little girl is another few years older.

Having fun in Seoul

Having her favourite street food

Our little girl in hanbok. So cute

Our expensive dinner at the fish market

At the very pretty Nami Island

Love the place. If only there were more snow then. It would be perfect.

Playing the playground. Cold cold butt.

Little sales girl promoting their food.

Back in Myeong Dong. Shopping!

Yay to street food. Fried seafood. 

Ginseng chicken + Abalone porridge for lunch

More street food. Yum pastry

Pretty land of LED roses. Romantic place

Checking out the biggest palace. We didn't go in. There were ALOT of people.

The strawberries were sweet and juicy.

My favourite shopping place was the Lotte Mart. We shopped for snacks like they are free. Happily loading one trolley full of snacks, food and drinks. I didn't really shop on clothings, considering that they are all winter wear and our luggage is already very bulky. I prefer buying more food instead.


Shopping shopping

Our loot!


Having fun in Busan

Taking the train from Seoul to Busan

Pretty installation

Home style diner. It's cheap and good food

Lighthouse. We going down down down to check out the place.

Tired from all the stairs climbing

Tourists

AWESOME view

Delicious seafood pot for KRW 30,000 only.

We really enjoyed this meal. It's delicious and tummy filling and not super expensive.