Wednesday, June 30
Tuesday, June 29
I pre-cooked the pasta the night before and that saved me a lot of time in the morning. In fact, I always try to prepare as much as I could at night, such as mincing the garlic, cutting the broccoli, putting the fruits I want to use in a small basket etc.
As usual, I fried the garlic first and then I threw in the chicken slices. Stir fry for a while and I dumped in the macaroni. On another stove, I blanched the broccoli. The seasoning I put was chicken stock concentrate, a little oyster sauce and black pepper. I diluted the chicken stock and oyster sauce in a bowl of water and poured over the frying pan. Then I added in the broccoli and tomato cubes, let it simmer for a while and then I turn up the fire to dry up the gravy.
I like to "fry" my udon in this way too because I can use less oil to get the food cooked while the food soaks up the seasoning. I used half a packet of macaroni and I can make 4 bentos!!! So 2 of my colleagues do not need to eat the yucky canteen food today. :D Clement and my friends said this bento was very delicious!! Happy!!!!! Success!!!!
Monday, June 28
Our family motto for this half of the year is "Eat Healthily (we try our best...)". :D
To start off the campaign, I made a very healthy bento today. It is similar to bento #114 but it is not exactly the same. I used wholemeal wraps this time and not pita bread. Instead of baking my own chicken steaks, I bought a roast pepper chicken from NTUC Extra and sliced the meat. Added in the wraps were loads of green vegetables and tomato cubes.
After trying out 2 options, I prefer the wrap to the pita bread. I like the texture of the wrap better. I thought this bento tasted good but Clement commented that it was a little dry. I did think of adding mayonnaise but I dropped the idea as mayo does not fit into our motto. :D However, Clement said that the healthy bento breakfast made him more health conscious and he opted noodle soup for lunch! Yeah!!
Since it is the first day of school, I put an Ultraman sticker on the disposable bento box to cheer myself up. Ah, that's the thing about wraps and pita bread. They do not fit into most of my cute little bento boxes. These disposable ones are quite handy. From Daiso, of course.
Sunday, June 27
Singapore River had a special place in my heart no because it was one of the places Clement and I used to go when we were dating (we used to just sit there to listen to the clock chime at Victoria Concert Hall! WALAU!) , it was also a place my parents used to bring me when I was very young. My father would tell me stories of the 红灯码头 and his childhood when we were strolling along the then very smelly river. I couldn't remember the odour before the river was being cleaned up but I remembered the time we spent there with my parents.
Now, we are bringing Jaimie for a cruise along the Singapore River, the place where our island's history began.
Alright, I admit I didn't know we have to plan before drawing. No wonder I failed my art all the way in school.
Some artists are particularly mad with themselves if they could not translate their thoughts and feelings onto their art work. Outbursts of emotion is quite normal for artistic people. In Chinese, we call that 艺术家脾气。
Of course we'll go for another craft session together soon!
Thursday, June 24
Yesterday was a very fruitful day for me not because I was being interviewed by Young Parents but because the journalist who interviewed me, Stella Thng, shared with me the book she published a few years ago.
We were chatting and she was asking me questions about my book. Then, when we were talking about book publishing, Stella shared with me that she had published a book too. Because she lost her sister to cancer, she went on to do a project to interview cancer patients, tell their inspiring and courageous stories to the world. By doing so, she not only helped to raise awareness on this silent killer, she raised funds for charity too.
I totally admired her for what she did. And she got a commendation letter from the Prime Minister for this project.
After the 1hr 30mins phone interview, I went to the library to look for her book. I was very lucky to find a copy on the shelves!
I couldn't wait to read the book and when I started reading, I finished the book in one go.
Stella asked me to give her my comments after reading the book so when I was done, I closed the book and tried to remember which particular cancer warrior left the deepest impression on me. To my surprise, out of the 20+ people who were featured in the book, I could easily remember at least 15 of them! Each of their stories is so unique, so touching and so heart-warming that you will not forget them.
I sms-ed Stella to tell her what I felt about this wonderful book.
I told her her book made me treasure everything more.
Yes, after reading the stories, you will realise that health is truly your biggest assets and blessing. All setback or unhappiness in life becomes very trivial and we should treasure each day as if it is the last!
I am not sure if this book is still on sale. If I happen to see it, I will buy a copy ($12.90, I think!) to support this project.
If not, it is available in the National Libraries.
Wednesday, June 23
Here's her rendition of the song.
Friday, June 18
To start this expensive and energy consuming exercise, you need carbohydrates.
I went to Orchard as I wanted to buy some books from Kinokuniya (20% off storewide for members!) and to one of my favourite boutiques in ION. An afternoon of vigorous exercise (signing card) earned me 4 pairs of shoes, 1 skirt, 3 tops, 4 books and some grocery.
By late afternoon I was too tired to lug around my shopping bags for more shopping. So I chose to rest at a fast food restaurant and read about Chiang Kai Shek. I became quite interested in the history of Taiwan after I came back from the country.
I finished half a book while waiting for Clement to join me for dinner. We had a good chat and a good dinner at Sizzler.
This is what I call a happy day-- shopping, books, food, me time, couple time.
Tuesday, June 15
Errr.. yes, that sounds a bit remote but after playing so much with the dressing theme, we decided to be "ourselves".