Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The best time of my life

Were when each of my kids were born.

I remember when we were pregnant with Ayden, oh the excitement. We waited 8 years for him. You can imagine how happy we were. I was excited planning, shopping, watching all the babies reality programs on TV…. just taking every bit of excitement in.

When he was born, it was surreal. Finally holding him in our arms. He changed our lives. We were excited to show him off to everybody, take him places.

Then came the twins just two years later. We were over the moon again, twice the excitement! All the attention with the twin pregnancy. It was a smooth pregnancy with no complications. HEAVY but I was happy and healthy. Could go about my daily routine with no problems. Infact, I was still doing photoshoots until I was 5 months pregnant.

Now that the twins are toddlers and Ayden is a pre-schooler, I can say hands down, these are the best moments of my life. When the kids came into the world.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Putting away the electronics

Unbelievable. Managed to keep them occupied for more than an hour.

It's the twin's first time playing with play doh. They seem to know how to use the moulds and press shapes out. Its because of all the play doh youtubes they've been watching.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Baking our own bread daily

I don't know how long my bread baking frenzy is going to last but it's been a week and we have not bought a loaf since. So far I've only been making wholemeal bread.

My first try I used the Waitrose bread flour. Last week I was at the market and bought bread flour and wholemeal flour each cost RM3 for 1kg. Dead cheap!  The Waitrose flour cost RM15 for 1.5kg. Which makes only 3 loafs of bread.

I've also been trying a recipe given by my colleague at work and boy is the recipe yummy!! Looks like I will be sticking to this one for some time.

So here's the recipe :

2 cups wholemeal flour
2.5 cups bread flour
1 and a quarter cup of milk
2 tbsp dry milk powder
Quarter cup of brown sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter

Mix everything in a mixer with the dough hook until the dough is elastic. Leave to proof for 30min. Knead again and place in a bread tin and proof for another 45min.

Heat the oven at 180deg C and bake for 25 min.


Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

What a challenging year 2014 has been. I really pray that 2015 will be a better year for me and my family.

One thing I learned is that no matter how hard things can be, family, and I am talking about my immediate family, is the most important thing. They are my source of strength the reason to keep moving forward.

Never let your hopes die. We need to take a step back and reflect. Or just step back and take a breather and space.

Pray. Don't under estimate how much peace it provides.

Share. Consult a trusted friend. Let it out. It helps clears the mind to find more solutions or see things from a different point of view.

Remove toxic people from your life. They are not worth it. If they hurt you with no remorse or guilt, then they should not be in your life at all.

Don't put too much expectations on things. Go with an open mind and heart. Being ikhlas has a very deep meaning.

Never hurt others to get ahead. What goes around comes around.

What will be important for me in 2015 will be the well being of my children. And the quality of our lives. I'm not talking about materialistic needs. I'm talking about more laughter, hugs, kisses, attention and bed time stories. Moulding them into caring and loving human beings. Its ok to have less, but more love and kindness never hurt.

Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Home made whole meal bread

I did it! I baked my own bread. And its dead easy! 

As it was my first time, i bought the Waitrose whole meal bread flour and just followed the recipe on the bag.

It was basically
- 500gm whole meal meal bread flour
- 11gm of instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 175 ml milk
- 175ml water

Just throw everything into a mixer with the bread kneading hook and knead for 10 minutes. Leave to proof for 45 min and bake in a 220C preheated oven for 12-15 min.

So this is my beginners recipe. I hope to try more interesting ones.

The kids seem to like it!

Short getaway at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort

The last three weeks has been filled with very exciting holiday activities. There was a trip to the Zoo, a short weekend get away to Avani Sepang Goldcoast, a trip to Kidzania and we went to see Hi 5!

Since its too much to fill up one post, I will blog each separately.

Hubby had a company away day at Avani Sepang Goldcoast. It was our first time and I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently they have changed to a new management and there’s been improvements. What were the improvements I’m not sure though.

The resort is very spread out. You need to take a buggy everywhere. It’s not too much of a problem because the buggy rides were the kids highlight of the trip! You need to take the buggy to your room, to the clubhouse (where the pool and restaurants are), to the beach (actually you need to take the buggy back to the reception and then walk to the beach).

The beach is big, nice and clean. The water is not too bad. They have water sports activities such as canoe and some surfboard paddling thing, which is free for hotel guests. They also have a kids area on the beach where they have a bouncy castle, sandart, batik painting and some other quick and simple arts and craft, where you pay for each. Nice hammocks and lots of deck chairs. I’d say for this side of the peninsular, its not bad and definitely a better alternative to Avillion. Its just a short one hour plus drive from the city centre.

There is also an extreme park where they have a go-kart track, some target shooting thing, archery and ATV. As guests we get a deck of coupons where we get one free go at each activity. The extreme park is also next to the beach, about 5 mins walk from the hotel reception. Not too bad isn’t.

Food is passable. Breakfast was not too bad, not too terrible either. Ala carte price is very steep, expected for this type of establishment. There is a Chinese restaurant at the clubhouse. The food is good there. Pricewise is reasonable for the establishment and food quality.

The swimming pool is too small considering the number of rooms they have. We were there on a week day, but on Friday evening it was crazy packed with people. I like how they have cabanas beside the pool.

So needless to say the kids had fun there. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

The beach was very clean 

The pool was very nice but a bit small considering the number of rooms the resort has. So it gets unbearably crowded in the evenings

The chalets were double storey

The view from the balcony

The toilet overlooks the sea. Quite nice I must day. Just remember the pull those shutters down when you shower!

The extreme park had lots of activities

The highlight of the trip was apparently the buggies

Monday, December 08, 2014

Overnight oats in a jar

I've always liked over night oats. Inspired by a post on fb overnight oats in a jar adds to the fun.

So here's how I usually do my oats. I go for rolled oats. The regular ones, not the instant ones. They taste VERY different.

I usually soak about 6 or 7 tablespoons of oats with milk. The milk just about covers the oats. I would soak it the night before.
In the morning I'll add a drizzle of honey, one or two tablespoons of greek yoghurt, some raisins and whatever fruits I have that day.

This particular day I only had bananas. So here's my breakfast. So so yummy and healthy! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

School Holidays!

The school holidays are here! But no we are not planning to go anywhere. We never go anywhere for a holiday at year end, when the whole of Malaysia is on a holiday frenzy and pack full with people.

Thankfully we have a few activities lined up though for Ayden. First of all we have a trip to the Zoo this weekend organized by my company’s sports club. So that will be fun. Then there will be a holiday camp for 4 days. There will also be a trip to Kidzania, also organized by our sports club where the whole venue will be closed just for us! Isn’t that cool! After that there’s the High-5 show.

That should do it right?

Unfortunately Ayden did ask to go to the beach and the twins has been asking for swimming pool. It’s the rainy season so that is not a good idea. We’ll think of something manageable somehow.

Happy Holidays!