August 14, 2017

A Mid-Month Mash-Up

Category: Travels

What do you know! Tomorrow will be mid-month already. So far, I have only conquered the last 2 weeks with:

  • 14 hours workday week(s)
  • trying to stay stoically neutral in the face of challenges at work without losing my mind
  • refraining myself to choke someone by slapping him so hard that all his teeth and his eyeballs would be vacuumed into his windpipe
  • a beautiful no-kids weekend away in France for lovely wedding
  • a haphazardly made birthday cake for my daughter baked on the night we came back from France
  • another haphazard family celebration for her birthday on her birthday and,
  • a pathetic number of blog post, with only 5 so far since the beginning of August. My worst in months!

This month has been too quick! Yet, at the same time a little too slow for this week to end AND waiting for that paycheck to arrive at the end of the month.

2.more.weeks. Then it’s September. And then what?

I’ll tell you the whats: Kids will be back in school, our paychecks will be wiped out again and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with my blogging. Apart from that, I haven’t got a clue of what will happen. I just ope that the month will be kinder and that I’ll be able to find a new job. 

Until then, let me share a few  fascinating pictures from France. They come with a little story of enlightenment!

1.We almost could not find our hotel room!

Where the name of the room and the name on the key did not have a match

This was hilarious! Luckily the key that was attached to “Pachwork” could open to the door that said “Pacthwork”! Yayyy! Our guess work turned out to be top notch.

(We discovered several spelling and grammatical errors at this lovely French hotel we stayed in for the first night before we moved to another hotel at the wedding venue where we had to be)


2. Fancy some fishy friends while you sleep? 

Of course…!
Naturally, you can expect to have a pond IN your bedroom!

No kidding! There, IN one of the bedrooms of the property where we were put up for the 2nd night at the wedding venue, was a built-in pond filled with fishes. Unique, though somewhat bizarre! We did not get this particular room (we had a very nice one  down the hallway) and according to another couple who slept in here, the fishes were busy all night long – talking and doing acrobatics. 😉


3. The Gate for Famous People

It’s all about the gate!

Somewhere in  Chatenay-sur-Seinea located in the East of Paris,  there stood a large, large gate from once a famous castle which I don’t know the name of. According to the story, the owner of the property bought the gate (and only the gate!) because they wanted to preserve it. Largely because at one point in history, a lot of famous people walked through and past it.

As weird as the story is, I think it’s a pretty cool sight. The view was just stunning!


It’s going to be one hell of a crazy period again this week as I try to race against time to get all things that need to be done, DONE. That includes catching up on the blogs that I follow which I have unintentionally ignored in the recent weeks as well as writing a few blog posts.

Time permitting, more on our little weekend trip to picturesque France in the post(s) to come. Stay tuned!

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August 13, 2017

Sunday Humour: Those Suckers

Category: Entertainment

Those darn suckers! Never liked them and I’ve been wondering the same too!

Source: Google Image

They must be one of the most annoying creatures there is. It would be awesome if they could just suck the fat out of us, isn’t it? AND without giving any disease!

Here’s to a no sucky week and hopefully a week where nothing would suck the life out of you. 

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August 11, 2017

Friday Flavour: MIL Roasted Beef Roll

This is really one of the simplest recipes I’ve ever made with only 3 main ingredients:

  • roast beef
  • boiled eggs
  • cream cheese
Egg in roast beef
Fold it over
Tuck the left
Tuck the right

Nothing like being inspired by my mom-in-law’s simple treats when she hosts us 

Using only store-bought thinly-sliced roast beef from the supermarket, there really is not much cooking involved. All you have to do is boil some eggs, season the cream cheese with salt and pepper, then fold ém away!

Yes, really. That’s IT. Easy enough.

MIL Roasted Beef Roll
Serves 4
A simple, classy beef wrapped egg salad-like appetizer suitable to be served just before dinner!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
13 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
13 min
  1. 2 boiled eggs
  2. 10-12 pieces of thinly sliced roast beef
  3. 3-4 tbsp cream cheese seasoned with salt and pepper
  1. Peel boiled eggs and use an egg cutter to wedge it
  2. Assemble a piece of roast beef on a flat surface
  3. Put a piece of wedged eggs in the beef
  4. Scoop about 1 tspn of cream cheese over it
  5. Fold over
  6. Set aside
  7. Repeat till all of the ingredients are used up
  1. Get creative with the cream cheese by substituting it with mayo or mustard sauce
Grubbs n Critters
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August 7, 2017

Spud Turns 7

Dear Spud,

This was you 7 years ago sometime today after almost 42 weeks in my womb and an arduous journey out of it:

Spud:1 day old

Your Papa made sure he took some nice shots of you while you were sleeping next to my hospital bed, hours just after you were born. You looked like the most peaceful baby ever made. I swear that I could still smell that baby smell you once had. Even at that age of several hours old, we already sense that spunk in you. 

Our life has never been boring since. To date, there has not been a single dull day. You have that streak of rebellion in you; one that I recognise so well. One that, if you are not careful, could land you into lots of trouble one day. That spunk in you has now grown stronger, louder and bolder. 

In the last year, I have observed the subtle changes in your behaviour. You are less erratic and more even tempered. While you are much easier to reason with, you can also be pretty harsh on yourself when you don’t need to be. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in that mind of yours.

These days, you have been more vocal with what you like and what you don’t like. Recently you surprised me with “please no more pinks and no more princesses, Frozen and girly dolls”, because as you said it yourself, you just don’t like that them anymore.

Whhhaaaaa…t? Really!

I have to say, after 7 years of all things pink and girly, THAT is music to my ears. I support your decision whole-heartedly! Perhaps the early indoctrination to all things pink and girly (courtesy of others to feed your love for pink and princesses) has finally off!


Moving on.

I know these past few months has been a little hard on you. You complained that you hardly ever see Papa or me because you feel that we work too much. You lamented that we work too far away and that you hardly ever see us.

You felt sad that we had to leave you at the daycare. You felt abandoned and told everyone at the daycare about it. So much so that the teachers felt they should let us know about it when you had your crying bouts for several days on end. The teachers seemed genuinely concerned that we may have neglected you altogether.

We thought it was pretty endearing. Though, at the same time, quite amusing considering that during the weekends you would whine whenever we want to take you and your brother out. And when we stayed home, you would decide to play outside for hours and adamantly refused to stay indoor with us.

Hmmmm…What gives?

I guess I’ll never know what goes on in the mind of a 7 year old.

Still, I know the weeks have been a little rough. Just a few days ago, we had to leave you and your brother for a weekend away in France. Considering it would the weekend leading to your birthday, we truly wished that we could have taken you along. But that was not possible. We had to adhere to the no-kids protocols. Plus it was an event which we would never want to miss.

Despite that, we made sure that we took the day off to be able to spend time with you on your birthday today. I know you said you did not want a cake, and even though I was knackered from the travelling, there was just no way I could bring myself to not bake you a cake for your birthday.

You asked for orange cake and this was probably one of the worst looking cake I have ever made. Only because I forgot to mix in the crucial ingredient earlier into the process.

Blame it on the time constraints.

Oh well! I’ll probably just have to try again later. I’m sure you’d want to help. Next time, you’ll be the one baking. For the entire family! You are already reading like a pro and in no time, you’ll be able to follow recipes to a T and modify them accordingly.

Which brings me to your love for food. Did I ever tell you how proud I am of you and your relentless sense of adventure for grubs? You have no idea how happy I am to see you eat vegetables ever so heartily as well as being open to try new food when we nudged you to. It truly is amazing! I hope you stay that way. Because. Food.

There’ll be more exciting things to come in the next few weeks, I promise. We’ll wind down a little, chill a little and hang out a lot. Until then, let’s continue to talk a lot, eat a lot and laugh a lot with plenty more years of  love, bonding and laughter all around.

To the kindness, adorable 1st-born I know, happy, happy birthday my (sometimes grumpy) little Miss Sunshine!

May all the spunk in you stays on for the greater good of all human kind. One step at a time. Stronger. Louder. Bolder. Amassed with all the compassion the world can get!

Spud: 7 years old

With much love,




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August 6, 2017

Sunday Humour: To-Do List

Category: Entertainment

Now, now. You would think this is lame, but I assure you it absolutely IS lame and I love it. In fact, I would challenge anyone to go try this sometime:

Credit:Google Image


How about it? Up for it?  I know I am, though my biggest problem would be trying to keep a straight face at #3. ;p

Tell me if you actually do this. Better yet, record it,  share your adventures and tag me! Now, go have an awesome to-do week. See you back here next week!


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