Friday, January 29, 2016

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

dog stories

This is one lucky dog, when it's owner goes traveling, she has a friend come to stay in her house and take care of her. The friend takes her everywhere and best of all to the beach, the friend's dad plays with her in the water, both getting very wet.
Back in the days where there was no internet, 1973 to be precise. Perhaps someone now could recognise this story. A dog followed my sister home in Queensway in Sibu. We lived off Queensway near Dr Wong Soon Kai's house. We fed the dog for more than 3 months. It ate our food with our dogs, but it always followed my mum's car to Queensway and then it came back again. One day, my sis and I cycled to town, somewhere near Methodist School, a blue car stopped and the dog dashed to the car. The occupants looked at us as though we stole the dog. If any one in the car, remembered this incident, we never stole the dog. We fed it well.

TCC, The Corner Cafe

Been here before many times. Today we came here on a quiet Monday. The Plus comment was they serve gluten free cake. This is so important nowadays with allergy conscious clients.
I had the blackberry cheese cake served with yogurt or cream. Big generous slice and delicious.
In the middle of summer, in January, it was very warm. Nice decor with lots of plants.
Just a little minor note, it has a child friendly with toys nook. You have to be very tolerance with the noise. We had to move because a child was playing too loudly.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Batik Cake;No bake chocolate slice

Batik Cake/ Kek Batik, is a very popular cake among Malaysians, especially in East Malaysia. It is believed that this cake originated in Sarawak

I came across this recipe in New Zealand as a no bake chocolate slice and am surprised that they are so similar, and is associated with the two countries I live in.

One egg,lightly beaten 1/2 tube of butter, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of sugar.
In a pot, melt butter, add eggs, and the rest of the ingredients. Turn off heat. Add one wine biscuit, crushed,
Pour to a lined container, and press down.
Optional: chocolate icing. cashew nuts, dried fruit

Raja Bala, Kelabit chief of Bario Higlands

Here's Elley relative Raja Bala. I had to take a photo with this chieftain. The girls were Elley's flower girls.

 This is Elley's relative dancing at Elley's wedding. He had a traditional head gear and long pierced ears.

Our first encounter with the Kelabits from Bario Highlands was in the early 1970s. My Sister E  met and married Kallang Akup. If Kallang was a big man, wait till you meet Raja Bala.

My Brother Henry and Elley was getting married. The whole Chan went to Miri for the wedding. I met Raja Bala when I went to meet Elley Lina's people from the Bario Highlands in the 1990s. I was awed by his towering physique, and yet his gentleness. I asked him if I could have a photo with him. You can tell his affection by the way he held my girls' hand.

I had left for New Zealand and Elley told me he was very sick and later died. This towering belian tree left a mark on my life. He was not just Elley's uncle, but the man who obliged my request for this photo.

Kallang's Father fought against the Japanese during the second world war. The late Akup received the Pacific medal and King George Medal.

Later the Kelabits used the parachutes to make into mosquito net. I could not breathe sleeping inside; I had to put my head outside when I first went to Bario for holidays.

***Sister Elizabeth, wife of Kallang Akup.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mail Order Mail Kindle Edition

This book is about bought brides from the internet.The bride wasn't bashful and was all out to cheat their husbands. Concealing the birth of her daughter, she pretends to adopt the girl and bring her up.  Her daughter got into trouble with boy gangs and she got involved with a toy boy. The story ends with a blood donation revealing that she is the mother of her daughter.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Butlers Chocolates

Butlers Chocolates began life in Dublin’s Lad Lane in 1932.  The company was founded by a pioneering lady called Marion Butler who named her luxury chocolate creations Chez Nous Chocolates. Marion established the company in the heart of fashionable Georgian Dublin, making her delicious confections by hand.
Marion, who was born in India and moved to Ireland as a young woman continued to make her delicious chocolates until 1959, when the company was bought by Seamus Sorensen from Cork. The company is still owned and run by the Sorensen family.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

WINDROSS of Cockle Bay

Had a wonderful lunch at WINDROSS. Food presentation was very good, so was the taste. Ambience was good. My friend said he came often. You can see the beach.

Run by Billy and Juliana, 0274 555 677

I was in the garden taking photographs of the plants when Billy came and we talked. As I was leaving, I told him I was a writer.

Monday, January 11, 2016


Habanero peppers are among the hottest chili peppers in the world. Measuring in between 80,000 - 600,000 Scoville Units,I learn smearing the lips with milk or yogurt would take down the burn!

When I was in NTU in Singapore, a neighbor Mr Wong went to America and gave me a pod. I grew and had 100s of fruits. We had chilli parties, and even an Indian friend who boasted to eat very hot food admitted defeat.

Sadly, the pod had no future generation.

Was the hottest chilli when I grew it 15 years ago. But lost its crown.

dominoes pizza

just wondering, Dominoes mentioned on TV that they modified the cooking time of their Pizzas but assured their pizzas are not changed. I just bought one and hmm, nice and crispy. However, come the second piece, something is very different. I was like eating a cream soda biscuit. the whole base was so thin and so was the edges.

Feedback:Domino's Pizza - New Zealand Hi Ann, We can confirm that there should be no changes to the quality and taste of our pizzas and would like to look into this further for you. Please forward your feedback and contact details to and we will address this further. Thanks, Carmel

The above is my feedback. I bought my pizza at Pt Chevalier road, today (12 Jan 2016 )

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Loropetalum chinense/ the Chinese fringe flower

Loropetalum chinense is commonly known as the Chinese fringe flower. Two forms of L. chinense exist; a white- (to pale-yellow-) flowering green-leafed variety and a pink-flowering variety with leaves varying from bronze-red when new to olive-green or burgundy when mature, depending on selection and growing conditions.
They are evergreen with branches forming horizontal layers. The leaves are alternately arranged, ovate up to 5 cm long by 3.5 cm wide, and have a slightly abrasive feel.

Loropetalum-chinensis-rubrum.jpg  wiki photo

Thursday, January 7, 2016

bunny tail aka Lagurus ovatus

This plants or beach grass have a fuzzy touch which looks like the tail of a bunny rabbit. It is called bunny tail aka Lagurus ovatus

They grow on New Zealand beaches, and I once picked them in Grey Mouth. These ones are in Whatipu.

Florists like to use this as a dry flower.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Road side flowers.

When my family and I came back to New Zealand in 1999. We were driving along the motorway, I thought I had died and  gone to wild flower garden. The road side and the middle divider were full of flowers.
When they were first planted in 1998 it was envisaged that they would improve the appearance of the motorways and reduce maintenance costs and the time that crews would spend tending to the wildflower gardens.
The flowers did not seed well because of poor ground conditions and because it was not their natural environment. Over time the beds became infested with brassicas and other unwanted weeds, the areas looked untidy for most of the year and proved expensive to look after, which meant that the gardening crews spent more time exposed to motorway traffic. 
The wildflowers were not as long for this world as initially hoped.  
Now I see a sea of yellow wild flowers. Not as attractive as before, but good enough for me. Can't see the yellow flowers, as they were tiny ones.

would you eat something made of chicken feathers????

E920, a pastry conditioner made from ground-up poultry feathers, would you eat something made of chicken feathers????

Controversy over new vegan pie

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  • Gemma McLeod with her vegan pie (Gemma's Gourmet Mexican Vegan Pie) which is selling out in Z petrol stations around the country. Photo / Brett Phibbs
    Gemma McLeod with her vegan pie (Gemma's Gourmet Mexican Vegan Pie) which is selling out in Z petrol stations around the country. Photo / Brett Phibbs
    Z Energy's new vegan pie offering has feathers ruffled over one decidedly non-vegan ingredient.
    A customer revealed today that the gourmet Mexican pie - with a spicy tomato, sweetcorn and onion filling - contained E920, a pastry conditioner made from ground-up poultry feathers - meaning the prize-winning baked good is definitely not suitable for vegans.
    The claim was made on the petrol station's Facebook page, with Z Energy confirming the ingredient in a follow-up comment.
    "We've just checked with our pie makers and the E920 that has been used to date has been chemically derived from poultry feathers," the post read.
    "This was an honest mistake which our bakers have fixed.
    "While only the tiniest trace of this product was used in our pies - 0.0023 per cent - we understand the principle here and no future vegan pies, including the ones being baked today, will contain this product.
    "To demonstrate how seriously we take this, a production run of these pies using this ingredient are now being donated to charity rather than sold at Z sites. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention."
    The pie, which won a customer competition to be sold in Z petrol stations over the summer holiday period, had sold in the thousands in its first five days on the racks - with some stores selling out.
    Gemma McLeod, a health food blogger from Auckland, beat out stiff competition to be the vegan winner, with four of the top five entries being vegan.
    Who ate all my pies? Teen's winning entry a big hit

    Monday, January 4, 2016

    crinum lilies in Summer

    The poor crinum plant is slowly going to  hibernate  in winter.The flowers are not as fresh.
    The leaves are big blades and the pink flowers are big blooms of lily. This clump is grown next to my garage.

    Crinums are a large family, belonging to the amaryllidaceae group.

    Saturday, January 2, 2016


    I saw this beautiful crimson Mandevilla at my friend Connie's house. Her friend from Canada gave it to her. Connie's friend was delighted that the Mandevilla here bloom for a long period.

    Mandevilla (play /ˌmændɨˈvɪlə/)[2] is a genus of plants belonging to the family Apocynaceae, the Periwinkle family. It consists of about 100 species, mostly tropical and subtropical flowering vines.

    Mandevilla is native to Central and South America and many Mandevillas come originally from the Serra dos Órgãos forests in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The genus was named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener.[3]

    Mandevillas develop spectacular flowers in warm climates. The flowers come in a variety of colours, including white, pink, yellow, and red. As climbers, Mandevillas can be trained against a wall or trellis to provide a leafy green and often flowering picture of beauty. They have a tendency to attract insects like mealybugs and scales.