Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mini Escapade

i am taking a much needed break ..

am off to KL tomorrow .. (yes, i know it IS just kl, but heck)

let my hair down ... paint the town red ..

eat my heart out .. check out a club or two..

hang loose .. indulge .. chill .. enjoy ..

the travel buddies gotta be good ..

all i want is to have some fun ..

jus me,
yours truly

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Makan Kakis - BBQ Cookout

We had our Makan Kakis BBQ Cookout last Saturday over at Shaz's place @ Elias Green Condo. She had booked the bbq pit which was just by the pool! Nice!

With the man and kids in tow, we reached Shaz's place only after 7pm. The bbq had already started by the time we arrived. I said hi to all, made myself comfortable, looked what was in store for my tummy and made small chats with the group.

So what was really in store for us all you may ask? A couple of days before the bbq, Shaz sent us an email and these are excerpts from it:-

"2 dozen live oysters which we will serve with lemon on a bed of ice."

"a selection of seafood like salmon, prawns and squid, lamb and beef burgers, lamb and beef kebabs, chicken wings and breast,hotdogs, potato/green apple salad, some cooked dishes"

"a 3-tier chocolate fountain with marshmallows, strawberries, banana and pineapple!"

"the key is in the little details like the BBQ hot sauces e.g. smokey brown sauce, honey mustard and Nando's EXTRA HOT peri-peri chili, marinades e.g. sambal belado, garnishes and fresh vegetables e.g. white onions, parsley, lemon, portobello mushrooms, asparagus and, yes, fruits for grilling over the BBQ pit."

"a refreshing lemonade made from Bickford's lemon cordial, fresh lemon juice, sugar water and iced water!"

Oh yes, I was already salivating when I read the email she sent us. As promised, I also brought along a tray of fried mee hoon and assorted flavoured milk jellies.

Ok let's just look at some pix now taken at the bbq ..

the array of food layed on two tables ..

Hakim slicing the salmon .. which I then took over ..
that's Nassy with Tihani .. caught in the act ..
the lamb burger which I had .. yes .. it WAS YUMMY .. best homemade patty Ive tasted ..
the kids lounging around, enjoying a good chat and food ..

the different sauces to go with the different food ..

that's yours truly and my new friend, Sraelynn . I read her blog alot and at long last I got to meet her in person .. beautiful in person and YES she writes beautifully too ..

that's Hakim and Tihani ..

Liza, Sraelynn and her mystery friend, Shad ..
Hana and her brother, Farhan .. look at their gorgeous smiles ..

Auni with the choc jelly I made ..
Aidil hard at work .. trying to feed the people ..
some of the bbq-ed stuff ..
stingray anyone?!
some of the nice bunch of people who went ..
oh yes, Eja also bought a nice, rich chocolate cake for Aidil's belated bday .. how thoughtful ..
wondering what were these kids looking at?? YES .. Aidil got dunked in the pool .. woots!
With the great company and food and laughter aplenty .. we thoroughly enjoyed ouselves! My thanks to Shaz, Aidil, Hana and Zak for making this happen!

The next Makan Kaki event will be a trip to KL next month. We talked about it at the bbq and just confirmed there and then. We are spontaneous like that, can?
*pardon the pix as most were taken by my 3-year old Auni*

Monday, November 19, 2007

Late Lunch @ Tong Seng Coffeeshop

My mum's eye op went smoothly. Alhamdulillah

The afternoon off today was spent with my sis and cousin, Inah.

We went to Tong Seng Coffeeshop to have our late lunch. I have been meaning to go there for the longest time. The last I went there was eons ago.

It was drizzling when we reached there. What's ideal for me would be a bowl of Sliced Fish Soup Noodle. Their soup was the milky version which I liked very much.

Sis had Fishball Noodle Dry .. flat noodle topped with minced meat, fishballs and slices of fiscakes, cilantro and lettuce. It also came with a bowl of clear soup. I had a taste of it and it was good.

Inah had Prawn Noodle - yellow mee topped with fishcakes, blanched prawns, cilantro and lettuce with a bowl of prawn broth. Yum yum .. I will definitely want to eat this one the next time I go there.

We also ordered some sides - Fried Wanton and Siewmai.

That's sis and cousin, tucking in.

And that's the ever so smiley me.

I then made them walk with me to Raffles Shopping Centre to shop, then made them walk again to Shaw Tower to have ice cream at Tom's Palette, another ice cream place which was on my list of ice cream parlours to try.

The counter lady was so nice. She let me try almost all the flavours.

My cousin and I settled for the same flavours - Salted Caramel Cheescake and Chocolate. Salted caramel cheescake was for me so darn good .. it was something different at least for me coz it was my first time eating salted ice cream. I think I am game enough to try more exotic flavours, which perhaps has flowers or even chillis in them. Can I find any of those here?

Sis had Horlicks and Chocolate.

Actually I wanted to try their Granny's Favourite - Granny's Cookie Dough but they ran out of it. What a shame!

After ice cream, we walked back to Bugis Junction to shop for some Ts and then we sat at MacDonald's, used the lappy, discussed and chatted over a Nugget Meal which we shared.

We left Bugis and went straight home feeling all stuffed with the noodles, ice cream, nuggets, fries and drinks.

Eye Op Today!

Nope .. not me .. mum's going for her eye op today .. like, real soon actually.

I pray that her pre op checks are going to be A-OK.
I pray that her heartbeat beats at a normal rate and not go bonkers to the extent that a cardiologist needs to be called in.
I pray that her bp rate is neither low nor high so she could just go through the op .. like get it over and done with.
I pray that the op is going to go on smoothly .. no complications whatsoever .. considering that she's diabetic.
I pray that she's given the strength to go through this (i know she's uber scared).

Mum .. I know you want me to be there for you and to be there with you .. I will.

OK .. got to run now .. her appointment is at 6.45 am. Shites that IS early.


PS. Dear readers, please pray for mum too aite. Thanks heaps.
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