Monday, January 26, 2015

Putting @ Home

Jan 26, 2015

This is the latest putting mat I bought for Jay Jay.

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It is a fine carpet.  Gives you a green speed of 9-10.5.

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It comes with 5 holes.  Each hole comes with a flag stick, a cup and a “star ball”.  The star ball suppose to stop the ball if the stroke is a bit hard.

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The length is just nice.  

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It’s big enough to have a 2-3 meter putt.

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Putting practice is important to the kids to build up their confident in hitting the putt.  

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It is all about accuracy how you putt the ball into the hole.

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This is another putting mat I have bought a year ago.  This one is great too.  As there are lines on the mat to align your putter.

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Kay Kay was playing here for a couple of days and he now asked if he can join golf lesson?  Not yet, Kay Kay.  Wait until you are P1.

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Jay Jay is starting his next level golf lesson.  Every week, he is spending 2 hours on the golf course.  So, he needs to practice this to lower his score.

Usually we placed 5 balls and try to hit the balls into the yellow flag cup.  

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The two brothers will compete with each other.

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After practicing for a few days, let’s put the practice into good work!

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So, he did very well on the course yesterday.

Played only 5 holes yesterday.  But boogie the last two hole. 

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Goli @ Home

Date:  Jan 25, 2015

I have this putting mat at home.  

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It comes with some very shallow holes.  (about 1-2mm heights)

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I also got a few boxes of “Goli-es” (Marbles).  

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Let’s play Goli!  (Marbles)

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You can set up all kinds of rules.

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We bought this from the Best Toy Shop.  It is a marble counting system.  You shoot the marbles from far, and landed on the hole with points marked on it.

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He shoot so many onto it.

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I have this golf putting cup.  So, all you do is to roll the goli up the slope, and it will automatically roll down to the hole.

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The shallow golf holes are not easy, ok!  If you roll it too hard, it will come out. 

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Like that, the kids play goli for the whole night.  HaHaHaHa

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Cook With Ken - Japanese Onion Soya Pork Tofu 日本酱油豆腐猪肉

Date:  Jan 25, 2015

I always wanted to cook very simple and nice food.

The food got to be tasty, but most importantly, it has to be easy to cook.

We always love to eat Japanese food, especially, my younger son Kay Kay.

So far, Kay Kay loves this dish.  Whenever I cook this dish, he would have a big bowl of rice to go with it.

Let’s find out how I cook this.

I don’t know or can’t recall what they call it in Japan, but I called it Japanese Onion Soya Pork Tofu 日本酱油豆腐猪肉.

What Do You Need

1.  2x Big Onions.  White, Yellow or Red, it does not matter, but I like the taste of White Onions.  So, you first cut it into half, and then slice it.

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2.  Pork.  You can use Minced Pork (Kay Kay likes this).  

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OR you can use this shabu shabu type of pork.  Looks like bacon kind of pork strips.  Usually you get it from Japanese super market such as Isetan, or Mediya.  Today, let’s use this to cook.

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3.  Special Sauce.  I use this special delicious soya sauce from Hokkaido.  You can get it from Isetan Super Market @ West Gate.    

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It is called Hokkaido Tokachi Butadon Tare.  This soya sauce is the best that I have ever bought.  After you cooked the meal, it taste exactly like those made in the restaurant.  hahaha

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4.  Any tofu will do.  For steaming use.

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Let’s Cook

a.  Always heat the frying pan.  The pan should be heated enough so that you drop a drop of water, the water is running on the hot pan.

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b.  Put some cooking oil into the hot pan.

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c.  Put in the onions.  Stir fry a bit.

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d.  Cover the pan, lower the stove fire to MINUMUM.  Let the slow fire slowly cook the onions slowly.  It takes about 5min to 10min.

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e.  Next, place the pork nicely into the pot.  As you can see the onions already soften.  Then, put in secret sauce.  I put half bottle of it.

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f.  I add in very little water into it.  I don’t want it to be too salty.  So I add just a little, may be 2-3 soup spoon.  You do not want to add too much to dilute the soya sauce.  The soya sauce secret sauce is the key to this dish.  It is sweet and a little salty.  So, adding water is to keep the sweetness but dilute the saltiness.

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g.  Again, cover the pan.

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h.  Use smallest fire to simmer it.

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i.  2-3 minutes later, open the pan.  You can see most of the pork bottom park cook, but top part still pink color.  So, it’s time to turn the pork.  Did you see the sauce?  That is the amount of sauce you need to keep seamer the pork.

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j.  Turn the pork over.  Stir fry a bit.

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k.  My "tofu son” favourite, Tofu.  So, I cut the tofu into half, and then simply just put on top of the pork.  and cover the pan again.  Cook with slow fire, small fire.  Let it SLOW COOK. Another 10-15min.

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l.  And it is done.  The sauce become a bit sticky.  Tofu is fully steam after 10-15min.  And the smell is nice.

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m.  OK.  Cut the tofu, place nicely in the serving plates.  And there you go, the Japanese Onion Soya Pork.  My version.

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n.  So, today, I also bought some Ikura (Fish eggs) to go with it.  And He loves it, and finish it all.

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o. There are some other dish, but I think this is the only dish that the kids love it so much.

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p.  You got to cook Japanese Rice to go with it.  You will see oily oily part, because those are the natural pork oil.  (Remember, we only use very thin layer of oil to slow cook the onion, that’s it).  And the meat will curl up.  You do not want to over cook this, as it will become harder to bite.  

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Of course, you can use the same way to cook using mince pork.  Here is how the mince pork version looks like and mix it on top of the rice.  (those two are fish ball from the vegetable).

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I cook this 3 times this week.  And he always take a very big plate of it.  My strong supporter at home.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Finally He Swam Across The Pool

Date:  Jan 18, 2015

From a baby who likes water.

Dunno what happened.

He suddenly very extremely scared of water.

For more than 2 years he has been learning how to swim.

And finally...

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Kay Kay can swim across the pool from 2 meter to the other side.  Hooray!

He has come so far so long to defeat this fear.

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And I am very proud of him.  Kay Kay well done!

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1.  Up till today, we still have no idea what cause the aqua-phobia at the first place.

2.  Once he developed the phobia, it is hard to get rid of.

3.  It needs very long time to conquer the fear.  

4.  One must be patient.  Very patient.

5.  Let the swimming coach do the job.

6.  We are not coach, so, we will not know the correct way to teach the kid.

7.  Eventually, in our son case, 2 plus years, he is recovered from this fear.

8.  Confident can be build.  It takes time only.  It takes a lot of time and patient.

9.  This is parts and puzzle of raising kids.