Sunday, November 23, 2008

Happy 83rd Birthday Swami - Sathya Sai Baba 23.11.08

For my friends who doesn't know or not familiar with my beloved teacher Sathya Sai Baba, this message from him is self explanatory :

"I have come to light the lamp of Love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have not come on behalf of any exclusive religion. I have not come on a mission of publicity for a sect or creed or cause, nor have I come to collect followers for a doctrine. I have no plan to attract disciples or devotees into my fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of this unitary faith, this spiritual principle, this path of Love, this virtue of Love, this duty of Love, this obligation of Love. (4 July 1968, Baba)"

Today it's Baba's birthday. However, to ascribe the term 'Birthday' to the Birthless one seems inappropriate. Advent would be better to describe the magnitude of the event of the Supreme coming into our midst in a human form. As a devotees, we refer to it as Birthday. Swami has no desire to have his Birthday celebrated. Such trivial thoughts never goes to him. The celebration is to share his Love with us and to encourage us to lead lives full of bliss, aware of the unity of mankind, promote love and service the joy to every one on earth.

My god sis Ting reminded me a few days ago about the celebrations of the birthday held in Singapore Tao Payoh In Door Stadium. My God mum and dad who are one of the organisers for Chinese team will be singing Mandarin songs from 2pm for half an hour. They are very devoted and practicing Baba's teachings.

The even started from 6am till 9pm. The Stadium is packed with devotees and visitors. As usual, we went in the evening after taking vegetarian dinner in Bancoolen Foodcourt. It's raining cats and dogs. I'm not worried at all as I know Swami will make it easy for me and my family. I speak to him in my heart "Baba, I'm sure the rain will stop after our dinner." The rain stop after our dinner. The sky is clear the moment we finish our grain of rice. Baba heard me and love me as usual.

The night is wonderful and the songs are nice. We offer our respect to him and left for the night with bliss. Baba doesn't travel so he is not physically present in Singapore. However, we know our beloved Swami is present and always loving and teaching us. I bought some key chains and we are are also given wonderful gift.....the holy and healing gifts.

Happy Birthday Swami. I know you are always happy, everywhere. You said so. I know you want us to be happy all through, not just waiting for the birthday to recur every year. I will and I'll continue practicing your teachings even though I'm still very amateur.

Thanks for guiding me when I'm weak. I'll keep trying to be a better person when many times I'm still very weak.
Thanks for sending me hints and messages when I'm in need.
Thanks for your Love and teachings.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Queenstown Secondary School 08 Open House

It is a beautiful Saturday and I'm looking forward for Quest Open House. Supercute will be in Sec 2 next year and he is Volley Ball School Team. Today, he will be representing his team to display his superb skill to new comers. Well, we will be there to support him.

To my surprise, the Open House is fantastic. We are greeted by students and we have a tour guide (a student of Quest) to introduce the school, the various departments, projects that the proud Quest has done and the new indoor stadium.

It is PERFECT. Perfect events, perfect kids, perfect presentation, perfect environment, perfect door gift (Beautiful orange bag with Quest cartoons). Our tour guide is Supercute's friend and formally from River Valley Primary School just like Supercute. They are friends then and still good friends now. How wonderful to have such friendship. I tried to take a portrait pics of his handsome face but he is very shy. Haha....nice and polite boy...oops...I should say, young man. Nice and Perfect young man.
Our Tour Guide

Black Ninja has made up his mind to join the school upon his graduation from RVPS. Princess and Calla Lily are busy exploring the students' projects. I can't believe my eyes that such complicated projects were done by students. Just look at how they create their robots, grow their crystals, wood crafting, science experiments, maths quiz etc etc. For a moment, I thought I'm in University's Open House.

Supercute is very proud of his school so are we. We headed home and had Tiong Bahru Market's famous Wan Ton noodles and desserts. Just look at the roasted port, the crispy vinegar chili have to taste to believe. The desserts too are beautiful and wonderful.

Celebrations continue with our perfect friends Riffle and Pebbles. We are prepared to stay up late for our soccer team MU MU MU. We don't mind being a herd of Panda :P cos the match will ends after 3am. Haha.... Life is great with great friends and family.

Pebbles has written in details about the evening and I'm too lazy to repeat.'s the link to her post for the night : Crazy Night

Yayaya....I'm Lazy....Okokok....I'll post some pics here :

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oyster Vegetables (耗油菜)

(Serving for 5 persons)

Ingredients :

About 700g of Vegetables
(Any green leaves vegetables of your choice. Kai Lan and Yao Choi are a better choice.)
(Other vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, mixed vegetables with mushroom are great too.)

(A) Boiling Vegetables -
1 ltr Water for boiling vegetables
1 tsp Salt
1-1/2 tbsp Cooking Oil

(B) Frying Vegetables -
5 cloves of Shallot (cut into rings)
2 tbsp of Chop Garlic
2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
White Pepper
2-1/2 tbsp Cooking Oil

Directions :

(A) Boiling Vegetables -
1) Washing - Soak Vegetables in water (add 1 tsp of salt) for 2 minutes. Wash to remove unwanted particles and cut away the roots or lower stamps. Rinse with fresh water and put aside.
2) Bring water to boil in a pot. Add salt, Cooking oil and place vegetables into the pot. Continue boiling for 3 – 4 minutes (or till vegetables are cooked) on medium heat. Drain and put aside for frying.

(B) Frying Vegetables -
1) Place cooking oil in frying pan and turn on medium heat. Fried garlics and shallot rings till it turns brown.
2) Lower the heat, add oyster sauce into the pan and stir for a while.
3) Add vegetables and mix well with the sauce.

(C) Serving Vegetables -
Place the vegetables on a plate and sprinkle pepper.

Fried Garlics and Shallot rings

Tips :

1) Use Canola, Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil as cooking oil is healthier.
2) Add salt and cooking oil to boiling water is to keep the vegetables look green and greasy.
3) You may choose not to mix the sauce with the vegetables in the frying pot. You can arrange vegetables nicely on a serving plate. When the sauce is ready, just pour them over the vegetables and sprinkle with white pepper. Let your guest enjoy the fun of mixing over the dinning table.
Baby Kai Lan



More Green Vegetables

Thursday, November 13, 2008

River Valley Primary School 5G Year End Party

Congratulation to all 5G pupils. Finally all the hard works were paid off and you can enjoy the school holidays.

Little Bear in RV uniform

My handsome young boy Black Ninja told me that their class held a class party and some pupils and their form teacher Ms Woo will contribute some food, snacks and drinks for the party. This is the best part of school life. It leads me walking down my memory lane. I'm also from RVPS and I used to have my year end party too. Having fun just like you kids.

Black Ninja told me that you guys played card games with peanuts, compete eating sour candy, eating, drinking, laughing, taking great pics etc etc. Hey kids, can I join in future ???

Pleaseee.......I miss my good old days. Girls....can any of you lend me RV uniform so I can sneak into the class for the party ? girls are tall, I believe I can squeeze myself in your uniform :P

There are some pics the class took for the party. Check it out in their class bog 5G Class Blog. These brilliant kids come out with a class blog all by themselves. Good and fun classmates are not easy to come along with. You guys have a great class. KEEP THE BLOG going 5G. Black Ninja told me last night that you all will keep it going even after Primary School, JC, University, Polytechnics, Working, Married, be Parents, Be Grand-Parents, and till your last breath.

Keep writing !!!!! Make this class blog be the first in Singapore's History (age 11 till age 110) witnessing your long lasting friendships !!!!


(Class 5G. Please find out for me who send me the pics allowing me to post ok. I'm furious too.)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Free Glitter Text to share with my Mom Bloggers Club friends

To all my friends in Mom Bloggers Club, I want to say a Big Thank You for all the tips and knowledge you share with me. It's wonderful to have friends to share your thoughts even though we never meet.

Custom Glitter Text

(This custom Glitter Text is cool. Just go to the link above, type your text, copy the embed code and paste. Easy.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oriental Sausage Fried Rice (香肠蛋炒饭)

(Serving for 5 persons)

Ingredients –

4 - 5 bowls of Cooked Rice
3 tbsp of dried shrimps
4 strips of Chinese Sausage
4 Large Eggs (Beat lightly with folks)
200g of Vegetables (Preferably Kai Lan)
5 tbsp of Cooking Oil
2 tbsp of Chop Garlic
1 tsp of Chicken Stock Powder (non msg)
(you may use msg if you can't get the powder)
1/2 tsp of Pepper
2 tsp of Salt
Slice Spring Onion and Red Chili for garnishing (Optional)

Directions –

1) Separate Vegetables stamps and leaves as we need to fried the stamps before leaves. Slice the sausages into think slices about 3mm thick.
2) Fried chop garlic and dried shrimps in cooking oil till fragrant and lightly brown.
3) Add sausage and stir fried till sausage slight curl and lightly brown.
4) Add Eggs and vegetable stamps. Stir fried for a short while till half cooked.
5) Add cooked rice, chicken stock powder (or msg), pepper, salt and stir-fry on medium heat.for about 3 minutes and add the vegetable leaves. Continue frying for another 2 minutes till all are well mixed.
6) Transfer the fried rice to rice-cooker for keeping warm or serve immediately.
7) Garnish with spring onion or slice chili (optional)

Tips –

1) You have to stir-fry faster to avoid the rice sticking to the bottom of frying pan.
2) If you wish to add seafood, the seafood must be added together with the vegetable leaves to avoid overcooked.
3) If you prefer the rice to have a light brownish look, replace salt with light sauce.
4) If you prefer the rice to have a brown rich look, relace salt with dark sauce.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Queenstown Secondary School

Supercute has been promoted to Secondary 2 and I'm glad that he has shown improvements and sign of maturity.

The little boy 13 years back is a Big Boy today.

He was a bit nervous the day collecting his result but he was keeping cool. Hurray !!!! He is able to promote to Sec 2 and stay on in his same class.

He has a beautiful compass with a newly built indoor stadium which will be officially open next year. He will enjoy his volley ball game more by then. One thing for sure, he is very proud of his school and he really enjoy studying there.

Well done Supercute. Keep it up and make yourself proud.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Welcome Calla Lily

CallaLily is from Philippines and will be with us for two years. It is of my concern whether Princess is able to accept her as she is extremely close to Roselle. It will be a nightmare to me if she doesn't get along with CallaLily.

It's the first time CallaLily visited Singapore and we hope she can make our home and family as hers like what Roselle did.

I pray to Baba many times for granting someone who loves my family with right attitude. With love, all problems will be solved easily. Princess is a very particular girl that she will not allow anybody who is not familiar to her to carry her. However, to my surprise, she is allowing CallaLily to play and care for her. God is great and he loves me so much. I can't thank enough for Baba's love and teachings.
To ease the tension and welcome CallaLily, We had dinner in Great World Food Junction. CallaLily is able to take spicy food and ET ordered for her a very spicy Malay food. It's really spicy. haha..

ET was in the mood of eating and he too ordered Malay rice Plus Grill Chicken in Hot Plate. Yes, that is the reason why he is having the size that he is having now. The kids enjoy Japanese Bento and I had Steaming hot seafood soup serving on mini steam boat.

After the sumptuous dinner, we headed back home for early rest. Yes, I said Early Rest cos we slept at 2.30am. The boys club slept early but the girls had party with Princess till 2.30am. As usual, Princess refused to sleep early and play till 2.30am. What a task for CallaLily on her first night. Hey CallaLily, very soon you will have two beautiful little panda eyes. No make up needed ;)

I took leave to guide CallaLily and ET will teach her and pass her all his culinary skills. I believe in no time, she will be a great chef. I took pics for her first dinner she prepared for us. Not bad for a person who doesn't know how to cook Chinese dishes.

First dish, Pork Vegetables Soup

Complement with, Pouch Egg

The following day, we had appointment with Gong Gong to have lunch in Zion Road Hawker Center. As usual, we had Bak Kut Teh, chicken rice and seafood soup.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to my two lovely sons Supercute and Black Ninja. The day we sent Roselle to airport, it's early in the morning and we returned home around 6am. For some reason, Princess was awake and Supercute was taking care of her. He had prepared nutritious breakfast (half bowl eggs with coffee and toasts) for all of us too. Black Ninja got ready himself independently and headed for school with his bro's nice breakfast in his cute belly.

ET is very tired as he need to rush to pick his students too. We were all exhausted but this love that my family is showing and sharing keeps us moving.

Black Ninja was having his last final year exam paper the day Roselle left. But he was very understanding and coping well. He was so happy that his exams were finally over and he could play comp the whole day. After playing for a while, he came to me and proposed that he will take a day off from school the next day to help Supercute and CallaLily in taking care of Princess. I'm delighted and speechless.

The boys really meant what they said. It has been almost a week now and Supercute is sleeping in Princess's room accompanying her till she sleeps. I know he is very tired too and many times I ask him to go ahead and sleep but he refuse to reason being I'm sick and he is not tired. There are couple of nights he dosed off before Princess. Zzzzzzz.......

Both boys will guide CallaLily too when she is in doubt. They are my left and right hand men.

Thank you boys. You boys are god sent and I never thank enough for that. Muacks.....

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