Friday, September 30, 2011

World Vision Malaysia Child Sponsorship

After reading what Katie Davis is doing in Uganda, I was moved from my comfort seat to contribute, however little it may be.

I would go into the mission field when God says, "It is your time." Till then, I'll be praying and waiting patiently, while doing the littlest bit that I am capable of.

I love children. I love being part of their growth and development. I love seeing their lives change for the better.

I wish for a newborn to have 'parents' who specially choose his name.
The Lord says, "... I have called you by your name; You are Mine." -Isaiah 43:1

I wish for the child to receive from his parents gifts of love rather than HIV.
Jesus says, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven..." -Matthew 7:11

I wish for an orphan to have a mother who picks up her favourite dress.
The Heavenly Father says, "I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” -Zechariah 3:4

I have yet to have human kids, but I'd love to give hope to a child. So when I was considering child sponsorship, World Vision Malaysia immediately came to mind.

Personally, World Vision Malaysia is not a stranger to me. Working with Hannah Tan (behind the hannah t brand) in 2008, I was privileged to collaborate with World Vision Malaysia for her Christmas chari-t CD album, where 50% of the proceeds was channelled to World Vision Malaysia.


World Vision has been operating in Malaysia since 1997 with the main objective of raising funds for, and awareness of impoverished children and communities globally. Today, World Vision Malaysia funds 33 Area Development Programmes in 12 countries, thanks to the generous Malaysians who believe a better world starts with 'me'.


Do you have RM1.70 a day to spare?
Child sponsorship starts from as low as RM50 per month, of which the contribution will be used to develop the community of your child.

Do you have RM2.70 a day to spare?
On top of the RM50, give additional RM30 per month to help World Vision prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and care for the affected/infected around the world.

Do you have a little a day to spare?
Make a donation, your gift will provide assistance and relief in areas where the need is greatest.

Find out how they are changing lives and how you can make a difference too.

Even if you are not contributing through these channels, offering help to your friends and the people in your community count as well. For instance, at Good News Christian Fellowship, we are undertaking an ongoing mission to give to the poor as a church, and individually, we are saving at least 30 sen a day from 1 January - 31 December 2011. There are many little ways you can contribute, just be creative and most importantly, be initiative.

Alternatively, you may contribute through UNICEF Malaysia and they will put any amount of donation to good use. No matter how small or large the donation is.

You may enjoy a Premier Class movie at RM12, but that amount can also buy a thick blanket to protect children during emergencies.

You may be enjoying broadband at RM60 a month, but the same amount is equivalent to 35 doses of measles vaccines to protect children.

You may buy a decent mobile phone at RM800, but that amount will get a 'School-in-the-Box' for 80 children to continue schooling.

Spend your money wisely. The money you spend may satisfy your want, or it may meet a child's need. Change a life, and you change your life too...

 Source: World Vision Malaysia

Be encouraged by Matthew 25:34-36 ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

Happy making a difference!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How To Make Wonton Soup

Wontons or wantans are dumplings, which are among the popular appetisers in Chinese cuisine. Mostly served in soup, wontons are also deep fried as crunchy snacks.

As I mentioned early, Chinese loves pork. Hence, wonton are stuffed with mainly ground pork and shrimp, together with the combination of onions, carrots, water chestnut, soy cause, ginger or oysters.

Although it may seem like a lot of ingredients and work, it turned out to be quite easy to make at home. I learnt this simple recipe from my mum-in-law, who is really, I mean truly... a great cook at home!

It is so easy, it only takes about 20 minutes to prep and another 10 minutes to cook. It's perfect for my commitment to cook dinner so that hubster and I can spend quality (and healthy) time together in the evening.

Ingredients to serve 8
200g chicken breast, coarsely chopped
(we don't consume pork, so I replaced it with chicken breast)
40g peeled shrimp, coarsely chopped
5 water chestnusts, finely chopped
10 stems of choy sum, chopped
20 wonton wraps
2 cubes Maggie chicken stock
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Pepper
Spring onion, chopped (for garnishing)

Directions
  1. Use a large bowl to combine chicken breast, shrimp, water chestnuts, soy sauce and pepper. Mix well. Let it sit for about 15 minutes to be well seasoned.
  2. Place a quarter of a teaspoon of the filling at the centre of the wonton wrap.
  3. Fold the 4 corner edges upward and press firmly to seal. Continue with the rest of the wonton wraps.
  4. To cook the wontons, bring water to boil and add a pinch of rock salt. Drop wontons into the boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove and rinse with water. Place the wonton in a serving bowl and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil (to prevent the wonton from sticking together).
  6. Meanwhile, drop the chicken stock into 3 bowls of water and bring to boil. Add the choy sum and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the soup onto the serving bowl with wontons.
  8. Garnish with chopped spring onions and tomatoes.
I complete the meal with the healthy Monster Rice. Learn how to cook Monster Rice here.













    Happy cooking at home!

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Nyonya Breeze Desire - A Peranakan Cuisine At Straits Quay

    When Nyonya Breeze Desire restaurant opened in Straits Quay, Penang, it brings along the tradition of Peranakan cuisine close to the hearts and stomachs of Penangites. The food served are similar to its pioneer outlet in Abu Siti Lane, Penang, which I am a fan of.

    Worry not about the price... I know how people may come to a conclusion that dining in Straits Quay will cook up a bomb.

    Nyonya Breeze Desire offers set lunch starting from RM13.90, Monday to Friday (except on public holidays). I think it's quite reasonable for a restaurant located in Straits Quay, Penang.

    But when I saw this deal one everyday, it was a must-grab! Only RM6.90 per person, it seemed like a wholesome lunch for hubster and me.



    Last Saturday's set lunch menu where the following choices:
    • Tau Eu Bak or Kari Kapitan 
    • Jiu Hu Char or Kiam Hu Kut Gulai 
    • Bianchee T'ng (soup) 
    • Iced Lemon Tea or Iced Peach Tea 


    We should have known, like most Chinese dishes, Nyonya cuisine is non-halal. And our mistake was, we didn't ask what were on the menu. We decided to take 2 different sets for both of us. So the pork dish went to waste...


    One tip though, do call for reservation to avoid any disappointment. The restaurant gets a bit crowded especially during weekends.

    Nyonya Breeze Desire opens daily from 11.00am - 10.00pm. The deco concept is contemporary with a twist of Peranakan details, and the restaurant overlooks a breathtaking sea view.

    Nyonya Breeze Desire
    3A-1-7 Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang.
    Tel: 04-8999 058

    Nyonya Breeze
    50 Lorong Abu Siti, 10400 Penang.
    Tel: 04-2279 646
    (Closed on Tuesday)


    Here's my verdict:
    Deco
    Atmosphere
    Food
    Services
    Location
    4/5
    3/5
    4/5
    4/5
    4/5

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Looking For A Roommate?

    It is now as easy and convenient as a few simple clicks with iBilik!

    iBilik is Malaysia's leading and largest room for rent, homestay, short term rental online travel portal with more than 70,000 listings posted online all across Malaysia. Yes, from north to south, east to west, and even over-the-sea to Sabah and Sarawak.

    Whether you are looking for one that is a girl/guy-next-room or a short term one-night or a few-nights stay, you can easily select your options on the main page - Rooms For Rent and Short Term Rentals.

    Source: iBilik
    The listings on 'Rooms For Rent' are well-categorised into locations for easy search. And the search is made so much more convenient with the preference features, where you can choose the gender, race, marital status and nationality.

    Meanwhile, the listings on 'Short Term Rentals' are categorised into types of room - dorm room bed, budget hotel, shared apartment, shared house, studio apartment, whole apartment and whole house. This is perfect for backpackers or small group travellers.

    Hailing from Penang, I naturally clicked on 'Penang' to check out the listings in 'Rooms For Rent'. Browsing is user-friendly and information provided are sufficient, although this section is combined with apartment/condo units for rent.

    Skimming through, you will be able to note the location, preferences, amenities, available public transportation, monthly rental and contact person.

    Look out for this icon, a photo is included for a glimpse of what you get when you rent.

    The funny thing is that under 'Extras', there's 'near KTM/LRT station' which I can't wrap my mind around... because there is no KTM/LRT station in Penang! Anyway, by logic, I believe that means readily available public transportation nearby.

    Source: iBilik
    If you're not looking but instead you have a room or place to offer, posting is so easy... also with a few simple clicks! To start posting, register for an account with iBilik. Do be courteous and share a photo because a photo speaks million words.

    Source: iBilik - Rooms To Rent
    Source: iBilik - Short Term Rentals
     With an iBilik account, you can also start making reservations/bookings for 'Short Term Rentals'. Haven't I already mentioned how user-friendly iBilik is? And these are offered to all room-seekers and roommate-seekers in Malaysia for FREE!

    In a nutshell, I'd personally love the price range search optimisation feature, which immediately shows  the rooms or units within my budget. Other than that, iBilik is definitely worth a browse if you are looking for rooms for rent anywhere in Malaysia.

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    No Bake Chocolate Walnut Cake

    We don't have an oven, hence I have to resort to no-bake baking to satisfy my craving for baking. Am I making any sense?

    Anyway, I wanted to bake something simple last Friday, which was a Malaysia Day holiday!

    I opted for a no bake chocolate walnut cake because it looked really simple and my knees go weak for all things chocolate :D

    It was so simple, you only needed 4 ingredients - graham crackers, dark chocolate chips (about 115g), walnuts (about 150g) and unsalted butter (about 100g).


    I know, you didn't see graham crackers... I couldn't find it in the stores (Cold Storage and Giant) so I chose meiji plain crackers with oat.


    Bake walnuts for about 8 minutes or until lightly brown. Let it cool and chop coarsely.

    Combine the chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir the mixture until melted and smooth, then remove from heat.

    Spread each of the whole crackers with the chocolate melts. Sandwich together coated crackers to form 4 stacks (or as preferred). I did it in 4 stacks because meiji crackers come in 4 packs of 7 pieces of crackers in the package. Arrange stacks, side by side on a serving plate.

    Stir the chopped walnuts into the chocolate mixture. Frost it evenly over the stacks of crackers, placing more walnuts on the top.


    Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight for the crackers to soften into 'cake'. 

    Hubby couldn't wait, he wanted a bite after an hour.


    He took the 3-piece 'tester' and of course the crackers hadn't soften into 'cake'.


    The next day, it didn't soften into 'cake'. Must be the crackers. Will try with Digestive biscuits next time, if I still can't find graham crackers.

    Any ideas where to get graham crackers in Penang?

    Happy baking!

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    EziVoucher Deal - Kuchi Japanese Restaurant

    Our first girls' night out dinner was supposed to be one of the Japanese restaurant in Tanjung Bungah. Reservation was made, but when we arrived, the restaurant was closed. So we adjourned to Ingolf's Kneipe, a German bar and restaurant.

    Anyway, we thought of doing Japanese again since we didn't get to do it the first time. So we bought the deal from Ezivoucher for Kuchi Japanese Restaurant.

    Kuchi Japanese Restaurant is strategically located in New World Park, Penang. Walk into welcoming ambience and be mesmerised by its warm interior.


    Check out the interior! Photos are from EziVoucher.

    For only RM22 person, there were 4 different sets to choose from.:
    A.  Seafood Kimuchi with Korokke Set
    B.  Beef Teriyaki with Quail Egg Fried Prawn Set
    C.  Nabeyaki (Chicken) Miso Udon with Tempura Set
    D.  Sashimi & Zaru Soba Set  

    The serving looks reasonable. In fact, looks like quite a deal. Check out the photos from EziVoucher!

    Set A: Seafood Kimuchi with Korokke

    Set B: Beef Teriyaki with Quail Egg Fried Prawn

    Set C: Nabeyaki (Chicken) Miso Udon with Tempura

    Set D: Sashimi & Zaru Soba

    Are you ready to check out what we were served? None of us ordered Set D, so we won't be able to compare the dish with the actual serving. First up...

    Free flow of green tea for The FUNtastic Four :D

    Set A: Seafood Kimuchi with Korokke

    Set B: Beef Teriyaki with Quail Egg Fried Prawn

    Set C: Nabeyaki (Chicken) Miso Udon with Tempura

    I must say, Kuchi Japanese Restaurant did serve up to our expectation. Truly a FULLfilling deal from EziVoucher, the 43% off was not on the serving portion since we all were filled to the brim!

    Here's my verdict:
    Deco
    Atmosphere
    Food
    Services
    Location
    4/5
    3/5
    4/5
    3/5
    4/5

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Last Evening...

    I was drinking some hot tea.
    I was choking breathlessly.
    Pepper continued to sleep peacefully.
    Up from his slumber and concerned, Tango was looking at me.

    Oh my kids! They are special in their own ways.

    Happy loving the simplicity of your kids!

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Westlife Gravity Tour 2011

    You know how certain songs transport you back to a certain phases of your life? That's why we have the OSTs for every movie or drama.

    In fact, music makes up the soundtrack of our lives. Like how Breathe Easy by Blue brings me back to sweet memories of 2005 and a certain colleague from my first employment.

    When Westlife first emerged in 1999, I was in high school. And the album does (still) bring me back to when I was sweet 16 and flying without wings. I scored straight A's in PMR the year before and was placed in the first Science class. I was in a relationship my parents approved of. I had a few close friends, of whom one of them was my same-aged cousin. I was the school's volleyball Captain. I was the English Society's President.

    I was having the time of my life and boy, did I have a dream!

    However, the hype didn't last for long when the second album was released in 2000.

    Nonetheless, I was recollected with Westlife in 2001 when I was in college. Our group was supposed to perform More Than Words, and I was supposed to sing. I'm a little tone-deaf and I just can't sing. But that little preparation to perform (before everyone found out I couldn't sing), opened my eyes, ears and heart to this guitarist. The song harmonised with the situation back then as I was more of a 'word' person and I was a little reserved with my feelings.

    Anyway, it has been 10 years now and whenever we (the then guitarist, now husband) hear this song on air, we'll reminisce of old times and laugh at my singing 'talent'.

    Westlife's songs do bring back memories of sweet 16 and tender years of dating. If you've found love with Westlife, you'll be as thrilled as me!


    They will be performing in Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Malaysia on Friday, 7 October 2011 as part of the group's Gravity Tour 2011. Organised by JS Concerts with Midas Promotions with official hotel, Hilton KL; official label, Sony Music; and official radio stations Lite fm, Mix fm and Sinar fm.

    If this group's strength in staying together for more than 12 years does not amaze you to want to check them out live in concert, at least the 15% discount offered by I Love Discounts, the official discount site for the concert would...?

    That's right!
    So a Premier Ticket is only RM476.00 (instead of RM558). Check out the details and buy now!
    A Silver Ticket is only RM135.00 (instead of RM158). Check out the details and buy now!
    A Bronze Ticket is only RM83.70 (instead of RM98). Check out the details and buy now!

    This limited deal is exclusively brought to you by Citibank Malaysia and I Love Discounts.


    Okay, if you are not keen on buying the tickets, how about trying your chances on winning them?

    If you're in Penang, you'll know that Grandeur of Beauty & Bridex 2011 is happening this weekend from 16-18 September 2011 at Straits Quay.

    Source: Intrenasionale FB Page

    Now, all you have to do is get beauty-FULL buy purchasing any Grandeur of Beauty & Bridex 2011 deal from I Love Discounts, which entitles you to be in the running for a lucky draw.

    The prizes include two (2) Silver and two (2) Gold tickets to Westlife concert, ten (10) I Love Discounts teddies to be given out to the first ten (10) customers who come for redemption daily. Make sure you are a fan on the Grandeur of Beauty 2011 and I Love Discounts Facebook page to find out more news about the event as well as the deals.

    Now, that's seriously more reasons to catch them live and rekindle the love of my life. Who's joining me?

    Happy reminiscing loving moments!

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    PupzClub Mooncake Festival And Furkids Birthday

    Have no idea what PupzClub is all about? It really is a club for kids... furkids.

    They were organising a mooncake festival and birthday for August-October furkids celebration at Pingu Cafe at Ivory Plaza Penang on Saturday, 16 September 2011 from 7.00pm-9.30pm.

    I thought it would be great since Pepper and Tango will be able to socialise with other furkids.

    In my previous post some months ago, I wrote that I was looking forward to the day Tango could join us for a day out...  So this is it! The day has arrived and the entire family went to the gathering last Saturday. It was our first gathering of such, and all of us were excited!

    Loaned a tie from my colleague for Tango.

    Macho Tango dashing up for the evening.

    Pretty Pepper looking dainty...

    Pepper, the October furkids.

    Tango was shaking, he sat with me the whole evening.

    Until I put him on the floor and tell him to "go play" while Pepper is ever so excited, ready to play and challenge furkids double or triple of her size.

    He was shy... beautiful Poco was right in front of him.

    The great pretender - look to her left and look to her right...

    Then attack :D

    P for Pepper ;-)

    Thanks for the gifts, PupzClub!

    And I also get to enjoy my first and only mooncake this year.
    Thanks, PupzClub!

    We had so much fun that evening. After an evening of barking, petting, licking, sniffing, eating and drinking, we all had a good sleep that night.

    Although the food at Pingu Cafe can be better, I do look forward to the next gathering, and I'm sure Pepper and Tango are just as eager.

    Happy family day!

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