Friday, November 19, 2010

Jay Jay writes his Chinese Name

Didn't know the school teach him so well...

YouTube Video

I am very proud of him.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The making of FuChow Red Wine

I blog this specially for James & Jasmine who are going to have their first baby in the wonderful rabbit year...

Also, for those who loves to eat FuChow Red Wine Chicken MeeSua...

And yes, we brew our own Red Rice Wine...

{ Ingredients }

5KG of glutinous rice, any brand will do

4x Jiu Bin (white wine biscuit 酒饼), it is best to get it from Setiawan, somehow it taste sweeter and nicer from Setiawan.

150-200g of Red Yeast (红鞠),also recommend to get it from Setiawan.

And prepare 2x bottles to brew your rice wine. One big one small will do.

You also need the cloth that looks like diaper. This is to cover the bottle and yet allow air to flow through.

{ Instructions }

Step 1. Cook the glutinous rice. If your rice cooker is small, you may need to cook multiple times.

When you cook the glutinous rice, put twice of the water you usually cook the normal rice. Means the water you use to cook the glutinous rice is more than cooking normal white rice but lesser than cooking porridge.

The water in the glutinous rice is the main ingredient too to brew your red wine.

Step 2. Put in those big salad plate and let it cool down for more than 6 hours. Note that it has to be completely cold.

Step 3. Put the wine biscuit in plastic bag, and bounce it smaller. Then do the same to the red yeast too.

You can use hammer or those usual nonya cookery tools.

Make it into powder form.

Here comes Jay Jay who also wanted to bounce the wine biscuit and red yeast.

The red yeast is harder to bounce.

Must bounce harder OK! Just like the little nonya.

Must bounce it into powder form too.

And then you place them in separate plates.

Step 4. Use the rice cooker spoon to place a layer of glutinous rice into the bottle.

Once you have the first layer done, then you spread the first layer top with wine biscuit powder.

You can see the powder in the first layer.

Step 5. Then put another layer of glutinous rice to covet the wine biscuit powder.

And then spread a layer of red yeast powder. Don't hesitate, put more... That will give the red wine nice red color.

Spread evenly.

Step 6. Repeat step 4 & 5.

Step 7. The last layer must be red yeast layer and covered with rice.

So, after done it will look like this.

Step 8. Cover it with the cloth and use a rubber band to tie it.

So you repeat doing this again for a smaller bottle.

Take note that the bottle cover has no use in the making of red rice wine. Do not cover the bottle with it.

Then you store it in a cool place.

Leave it there for 1 month.

{ Next }

After a few days you will smell the fragmentation of the rice wine.

Every few days you will need to open the cloth and use very long chopsticks to stir it. So that it can mix well together.

After one month later, then you can use the cloth to squeeze the red wine out and keep it in wine bottle. As for the remaining you keep it in fridge. You cook your pork belly with that. Very nice and sinful. Haha

That's it. Will blog again when the wine is ready.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jay the Cookies Baker

Let your son wonder how to bake a cookie.  Expose them to fun and easy baking session.  Let them learn and have the joy.

Yesterday, my wife asked Jay's help to bake the cookie.  The ingredients are the cookies, the icing, and melted chocholate and a bowl and a spoon...


Jay really learn how to make... look at his face... see how he is so focus in baking the cookie...


First, bake a whole plate of blank cookies...


Then, prepare the sweet sweet icing... spread it over the cookie with a thin layer of melted chocolate...


Then, continue doing it...


Try to have lots of fun with your kid... he/she learned, you happy.



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Discover A Great Place For Kay

My last visit to any Library is probably 10 years ago. Today we decided to go to the new National Library @ Middle Road.

The Children section is huge.

But the most amazing place is this third floor Makarios Cafe. It's a very big space with carpet.

Means that your kid will love to play here. Let them run, walk, lay down, etc.

There are a lot of power outlet for you to plug in your laptops.

And a very nice view of the outside.

When your kids are tired... They can be like this, taking a one hour nap, and the daddies can take a rest drink coffee, coke and eat cheese cake.

Surprisingly on a Sunday afternoon, not crowded at all. I strongly recommend this place for 1-2 year old.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

My bicycle is not white elephant

My wife always complaint a lot of things that I bought are white elephants of the future... Such as the media player, the sling player, the logitec Internet radio and so on...

But this, one of the latest toy makes me proud... I clocked in 430Km of mileage already... Hahahaha my hybrid bicycle... Keep up the good work ya! Hahahaha

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Jay latest toy - Grasshopper

Lately seldom go to The Best Toystore. Yesterday we went and got this for Jay and Kay. The Germans really know how to make good toys.

The aim of game is to be grass hopper and hop hop over the numbers...

My two grasshoppers...

Will try hard too see where to get this from Taobao...

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Buying Things from Taobao

My goods finally arrived again...

I bought lots of Tomy train sets for Jay Jay... We going to use these to build 4-5 storey of train tracks. As you can see, except for the top left one, all others are in original Japanese Tomy packaging, which I cannot tell the difference.

After open it, it looks exactly the same as you would normally buy from ToyR Us. Except that one pack cost an average of $10-$16 in Singapore.

I bought about 18 packs plus a extendable tunnel. That tunnel usually cost $40+ So I estimate if I buy this from ToyR Us, will cost roughly about $220 for these.

I also bought this new shoe for Jay.

And yesterday I finally see it in Crocs store in Singapore, selling for $56. Again, I compare, and cannot tell the difference.

And I also bought some too.

The croc band has a price tag go for $64 in Singapore. The only thing went wrong is the white crocs, looks pretty fake and the size are wrong even they have correct marking. I will band that store I bought from.

Some math now...

So, the goods are definitely worth S$370+

I pay only US$125 for the goods and another US$26 for EMS delivery. So is about $180 in Singapore dollars.

I guess is worth it, 50% savings.

By the way, those Tomy train tracks I bought is sampling only. Same as the shoe. Once I verify the tracks is good, my bulk purchase will start... Hehehe

For those who message me how and where to buy.. I use an agent to help me do the buying. Their service is 8% of the goods. And they even unpack and repack for you. So far I have made about 6 purchases, and it is good service. Two more package coming next week too... It's Christmas presents... Hahahaha

Go visit for tutorials how to do. When I got time then I write a few tips for you.

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Run with a smile

I always see a lot of people jogging or walking along the canal where I do my exercising...

But these people often forget to bring Thier smile. There are many facial expression, mostly look like they are in pain, or sad face. Only very old folks bother to say hi and smile at you...

People, when you jog or cycle, please bring along a smile on your face. Smile is also an exercise that can help you build self confident and stay healthy.

People, happy thoughts.. Happy thoughts...

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