Sewing: Level Up!

Been 3 weeks since my last re-take paper and I’m BORED! Thinking to pick up a hobby but have yet to decide on one. Any suggestion? 😀

Started to sew about 2 weeks ago! FINALLY!!! Well, the sewing machine is like about 5 years old? I bought before J was born. So I started off with some pillow and bolster covers for J since I’m BORED! Hahha.. Well, it seems cheaper to buy the covers off-shelves instead of sewing.. and finally I purchase KID Shorts Pattern by @madeeveryday and started to sew J’s shorts..

It took me 5 days to sew a shorts which required about just 1-2 hours.. Hhahaa, I’m just lazy to do it at one go!

How does it look? 😀 I’m going to make one for myself too!
(Please forgive me that the elephant is upside down at one side as I cut the pattern wrongly)

 

Creepy crawlies Adventure..

I’ve managed to get the ticket to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom at half price and heard from (don’t remember who) that they have recently just revamp that attraction and the price will jerk up after the renovation and being a KAISU parents, I just bought 3 tickets!

Yup, my 1st weekend after my re-takes which means, I DON’T HAVE TO STUDY! So I’ve decided to go to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom after confirming and re-confirming with my kid that he’s not scare of butterflies and insects (I even showed him the video which of the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom)

Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 7pm daily; (last entry at 6.30pm)

Admission: $16/Adult; $10/Child (3 – 12 years old)

http://www.sentosa.com.sg/explore/attractions/butterfly-park-insect-kingdom

So, here we are at the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom! We totally forgot to post for a picture with the signage and head straight in (thinking that there’ll be some aircon inside to get away from the scorching hot weather)

So, basically, the first time you’ll see, is like a trail (no aircon – stuffy) telling you the different type of butterfly and you’ll then pass by this small butterfly observatory. It was kind of disappointed as we didn’t see much butterfly flying around..

Then, there’s this small little animal encounter area where there’re just a few parrots and komodo dragon?? (don’t know what’s that, it’s like so big and scary and we kind of don’t dare to go near it)

After the outdoor, we proceed to the indoor exhibition (Insect Kingdom)! Okay, those creepy crawlies made my hair stands and I feel like getting out of there ASAP! It’s kind of stuffy there as the aircon isn’t working, so it made the whole experience worst. 

We saw different breeds of beetles, different breeds of stick and leaf insects and a few spiders.. Sometimes, you wonder if those insects are still alive or not as they don’t move at all! Hahhahaha…

After all the ALIVE creepy crawlies, it’s the exhibition of the real insects and butterfly specimens.. In there, you’ll get to know the different type of butterflies in various countries/breeds and the same goes of insects.. (Guess what, the big beetle picture is actually made up of small beetles)

Overall, it’s like a good experience for my kid to get to know the different breeds/types of butterflies and insects in this world but the though of the insects still makes my hair stands. It’s more of like a once off thing for me as I don’t think I am willing to pay the full price to go back again…

Track Records for my READING!

I thought that this is a better way for me to keep track of the books I read till now and also save a copy in my google drive & dropbox so I won’t be buying the same book TWICE (yup, it happened to me once)! Well, it isn’t my full list as I didn’t keep track of those which I’ve already donate, but nevertheless, my list:

  1. The Other Side of Nowhere by Danniella Westbrook
  2. Icebound by Dean Koontz
  3. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  4. Tuesdays with Morries by Mitch Albom
  5. Ugly by Constane Briscoe
  6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  7. Velocity by Dean Koontz
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  9. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
  10. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  11. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
  12. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  13. The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez
  14. Sleeping Around by Catherine Townsend
  15. Shoot to Thrill by P.J Tracy
  16. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  17. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
  18. The Last Empress by Anchee Min
  19. Blast From the Past by Ben Elton
  20. Snow Blind by P.J Tracy
  21. Two Evils by P.J Tracy

to be continued..

Sea of Balloon Wonders

We’re here at Marina Square atrium for Singapore’s Greatest Annual Balloon Extravaganza! According to the Balloons@Marina Square website, this Annual Balloon Extravaganza is held during the first-term school holidays each year, since 2012!

I only got to know about this from K who was working nearby and also another colleague whose friends were part of the team behind this Balloon exhibition. Initially, I thought the a-MAZE-ing Balloon Museum was the 2016 exhibition, but it wasn’t. 2016’s theme was fairytale.. Hahahha

Date: 10 – 19 MAR 2017; 11am – 10pm
Venue: Marina Square Central Artium
Theme: Explore the Great Marine 

You’ll be attracted to this huge octopus handing from Level 2 and some floating sea turtles who will sway due to the aircon flow..

There’s this underwater tunnel where there are lots of small creatures hanging from above and some extra LARGE size creatures.. We couldn’t get in to the mermaid exhibit as it’s closed up, but I’ve managed to snap shot a picture of the mermaids.. COME ON DOWN to Marina Square if you have time this school holiday!

(Okay, enough of words, below are all the photos I’ve taken..)

Oh, it seems like they have some partnership with Pororo Park as Pororo was spotted in the exhibition! >.<

 

Happy 2017!

Wow, how time flies. It’s 2nd January 2017 now.. Every time I look at my kid, I’ll miss his tiny little hand and feet. Aww, they are now big and ugly. It’s been almost a month since I last blog. I’ve been taking lots of photos and reminding myself to blog but… Okay, there’s always a reason when I am procrastinating..

I’ll blog about my trip to Pororo Park soon… Mmm, or maybe the baking of Cinnamon Rolls? Or maybe the Sentosa trip? Okay, that’s how many post-dated events I’ll need to blog..

I promise to be back real soon! Just bare with my procrastination for another few more days.. :PpppPPpp

Jaryl’s Birthday Cupcake!

Hence it’s been a month since my last post as I’m busy (and lazy) and totally forgot I have a blog!!! I haven’t been studying too instead, I went out with my kid and just rot at home. I’ll blog about the activities soon..! I’m starting to feel old as I’m worn out after work EVERY SINGLE DAY!

And so, I decided to bake at least once or twice a month to fully utilise my oven and cake mixer! Since it’s Jaryl’s Birhday on 3rd December and we’re meeting him for play date, I was thinking “Why not let’s bake some cupcake for him?“. My mom “complained” that I haven’t baked the cupcake for years and she missed it (PS: She keep requesting for cheesecake although I just baked 1 recently..)

We only start baking around 8.30pm! And with all the stuffs ready, we are ready to start baking! You can see how excited he is! (Uhm, I know my house is VERY messy.. Pardon me for the time being..)

He helped from the sifting of the flour and coco powder to the mixing of the batter.. My worst fear happened when my cake mixer over heat and stopped when I’m mixing my icing for the cupcake. In the end, I’ve to mix it using a spatula and my hand almost break! Yeah, I just received my bonus email and I guessed it will goes to the cake mixer.!

So he helped to lined the muffin cups and I piped it in.. Then off it goes to the oven. I filled it up to about 3/4 cup (as per the instruction from the book) but it’s overflowing and it looks mutated!

After letting the cupcake rest for about 10 minutes, I cut off the top and pipe the mint icing on it. Little J helped with decoration of the cupcake with chocolate balls!

Here’s the final product in the box! (Oh, don’t worry, that’s Little J hand)

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Recipe (Adapted from “Muffin & Cupcake by Kak Ita)

Ingredients:
250 gm self raising flour

40 gm cocoa powder
100 gm castor sugar (I decreased to 80 gm but I still feel a little too sweet for my liking)
120 gm brown sugar
4 eggs
50 ml fresh milk
1/2 tsp peppermint essence
250 gm butter

Methods:
1. Preheat oven to 170 degree c, prepare muffin tin lined with paper cups.
2. Sieve flour and coca powder. Then add in castor sugar, brown sugar, eggs, fresh milk and essence. Beat for 3 minutes until batter become thick. Set a side.
3. In another mixing bowl, beat butter till light and fluffy. Add into flour mixture and mix well.
4. Pour mixtures into paper cup till 3/4 full (if you’re using the small muffin cup, suggest to fill around 1/2 full). Bake for 20 minutes or till cooked.
5. Cool cake on wire rack for 10 minutes, decorate with icing and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Icing Mint:
120 gm butter
1/8 tsp salt
120 gm icing sugar (decrease till 100 gm, 120 gm is TOO sweet for me)
1 tsp peppermint essence
1 drop green colouring
Chocolate chips

Method (Icing Mint):
1. Beat butter, salt and sugar till soft. Add in colouring and essence.

Cooking Time – Chives Dumpling

Chinese Chives Dumpling (韭菜餃子), one of my favourite.

I always keep stock of handmade Chinese Chives Dumpling (韭菜餃子) in the freezer as it’s easy to make and it’s easy to cook too, especially when I couldn’t wake up to cook a proper meal in the morning, I’ll just go to the freezer, pop some dumpling in the pan and then tada, I’ve my lunch ready!

Kiddo always love to wrap the dumpling, so whenever I say “We’ll make dumpling today”, he will be like saying this: “Can we make dumpling now” every 10 minutes!

I loved to make the chives dumpling at home as I could add in lots of chives (as I always think that the chives dumpling sold outside doesn’t have enough chives) and I could just wrap it damn fat with lots of ingredients. Ever since I learnt how to make it, I never had it outside….


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Recipe was adapted from Vanessa Tay:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporehomecooks/permalink/763669653702113/

Video on how to pleat the dumpling:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporehomecooks/permalink/780804998655245/

I did some amendment to the recipe:
Ingredients

300g Minced Pork / 五花肉 – minced once (remember to ask for the fatty portion)
1 pack of Chinese Chives (韭菜)
pinch of  Salt / 盐
2 tsp Light Soy Sauce / 酱青
2 tsp Shaoxing Hua Tiao Chew / 花雕酒
3 tsp Sesame Oil / 麻油Q
1 pack of ready made shanghai dumpling skin (I bought from Giant)

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It’s simple and easy and it’s great for family bonding too.. Hahha, my pleating skill is (T-T).. I think I tried to squeeze in too much chives and pork into the dumpling..

Normally, once I’m done, I’ll lay them on a baking tray with some gaps in between and freeze them till they are frozen before I transfer all the dumpling into zip-lock bag (to save freezer space).

Yup. He insist of having his dumpling wrap like that and keep telling me how the filling is coming out of the dumping skin.. 😀