Friday, December 28, 2012

End of 2012!

When the thoughts of the year is coming to an end, it will always bring back lots of memories. Can't believe how time has passed. In a few more days it will be 2013! Can't believe that we have stayed here for almost a year already!!!!

There are so many activities to celebrate the new year and we can't decide what we should do. Hubby suggested that we go to the city again for the fire works but I am doubtful if we are fit to go and crash with the crowd!

Heard that there will be lots of music and shows for the the year end party with DJs spinning top numarks on the site. It is going to be a massive event to celebrate the failed Dooms Day. :P

Well... will see how before deciding if we should crash the party... x

Craving for some curry laksa

All because of the kids, we hardly get to eat much spicy food. I will try not to cook spicy food since the kids can't take them. If I cook the mild version it is as good as not having anything spicy at all.

However, when the craving comes, I will just cook to satisfy the cravings. A friend from Sydney sent this pre-mix to me a while ago and finally I cooked it and think it tasted really good!


I am going to buy some more when I go to the Asian grocers later tomorrow. Gonna spice up my life a bit with a bowl of curry!

Year end school disco

A few days before school was out, my son's school hosted a year end disco for all the kids. All grades from Prep to 6th grade attended the disco which was held at the school's gym.

The Prep to Grade 3 kids had the earlier session from 6pm to 7.30pm and those in Grade 4 to Grade 6 attended the later session from 8pm to 10pm. It was such a wild night with loud music blasting from the gym! The DJ had a bass amp which made the entire gym shake in vibration! lol

Anyway, the kids had great fun and it was FOC except they sold food and some gadgets for the party.

Giant R2E2 Mangoes

Love love love summer when seeing all these....


These R2E2 mangoes are gigantic! They are fragant and very juicy too! Managed to grabbed some from the local vege market for $1.50 each after 50% off. Normally they are sold at $2.99 each. The smaller ones are sold at $2.99/kg.

Sometimes they will sell a tray for just $10 (has about 15 mangoes) which is good for making juices or smoothies. Or making these yummy Mango Sago Puddings....


Waiting for the hospital to call

Our baby is having one of the worst case of enzema. Had gone to the doctor at least 3 times diagnosed by 3 different doctors. However, nothing has improved even after applying all the creamed prescribed by them. On our last consultation , we requested to get a referral to the speciallist at the hospital.

It has been 2 weeks and we have yet to receive any calls from the hospital so was wondering if they are closed for Christmas-New Year? It pained my heart to see my baby cry each time her skin itch and flares up.

Had not been to the hospital since I was discharged after my delivery some 8 months ago. The thought of returning reminded me about Howard-Medical.com for medical carts which someone mentioned to me before. Weird thoughts!!

Yum Cha @ Gold Leaf Springvale

Each time we have guests from Malaysia, we will bring them yum-cha at Gold Leaf in Springvale as it is the nearest to our place and after eating we can go check the shops out around the area. So far we find that their food is quite okie.

Recently, hubby's aunt and family came to visit us and we brought them there for lunch. This is the first time we ordered their suckling pig which cost $16.50/plate. Well, kinda pricey for a few slices of meat but they were really crispy so it worth it I guessed... :P


Their wu-kok (deep fried yam dumpling) were nice as well. Very crispy skin with very moist filling. I like their cheong-fun (steamed rice rolls) with prawns filling. I can eat the entire plate on one go each time. Unfortunately they don't have the chili oil to go with them like those we have in Malaysia.


Not going back to M'sia for CNY 2013

Hubby has a long summer break so he won't be able to take any leave for CNY next year so we have decided not to go back to M'sia to celebrate Chinese New Year. After all, we are here for only a year and our baby is still small so not advisable to fly such long hours as she can get really cranky!

For that, hubby won;t be able to get the best cheap cigars for his dad this round. Hopefully we can go back for Chinese New Year 2014 if everything is ok.

I am not so looking forward as I still think our baby is still too young to travel...

Ikea Christmas Feast 2012

This year is our first year celebrating Christmas in Melbourne. Even though I used to study in Perth, I;ve never spend Christmas there as it is always summer holiday where I'll go back to Malaysia. So, it was a very different experience.

A friend prompted me about Ikea's Christmas feast so we decided to go together. We purchased the ticket online which is $10 for Ikea Family card holder. Kids eat free. We went on the 2nd day which was 19 Dec. The place was crowded just like we have expected!

I took this photo at about 7pm which can still see a queue at the counter. The feast started at 5.30pm.


They served mostly the regular Ikea food on top of a few items which catered specially for the occasion...


Well... after this feast I am going to avoid all their food for a while... simply had too much!!! :P

Night snacking

I thought I can stop night snacking since it is summer now but heck NO! My favorite chips seemed to be on sale all the time and I just can't keep those tempattions away! I am beginning to spot a bigger mid-drift now... not only the jelly belly from child births but the sinful insulgence of chips, ice-creams and all the junks which are so easily available here!

Hubby has been complaining (well, he is just the same!) so I thought it is about time I should seriously considering taking up some yoga or other type of exercise to keep those fat away!

Since the post Christmas sale is happening now, I might as well go get some of the material like the mexican blanket and the body suit before signing up for the yoga session. Probably will go this weekend!

And also, STOP all night snacking.... if I can! :P

Pipi picking at Venus Bay

A fried suggested to us to go pipi (a type of clam) picking at Venus Bay as it is the season now. However, we have to check the tide so chances of getting more pipi is higher as we can walk further out to the sea. Before you can go pick them, you must first apply for a recreation 'fishing licence' from the Department of Primary Industries. Each licence cost $6 for adults which you pay online. Kids are free.

It took us about 1.5 hours to reach Venus Bay from our place which is slightly further than Philip Island. It was a long drive especially we have a cranky baby on board! However, we love the scenic drive as our GPS actually brought us to the country side.

What we never expect was that it got so windy that day!!! Everything was flying away and it was sooooooo COLD! Ended up we have to picnic next to our cars instead of on the beach! >o<

I have to spend 3/4 of the time in the car with my baby as we did not prepared for the cold weather!

Nevertheless, the older kids had heaps of fun....


According to my hubby it was pretty easy to dig the pipi as they are usually on the surface of the beach. What you need to do is simply scrape away the sand and you'll be able to see one or two on the spot.

As the kids were not good at digging, we only managed to pick 43 pipi in total and they ended up being cooked this way...


They are so fresh so the best way to cook is steam so you could savour their original taste. I just used some ginger slivers, goji berries and some Chinese cooking wine and steam for 7 minutes. YUM!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Ballet birthday party

I have a very strong feeling that my girl will request for a Ballet Birthday party next year as she really likes wearing the tutu I got her for her recent birthday. In fact I just bought another tutu for her when I saw one on sale last week... just can't resist as it was just too cute!

Well, if she is going to ask for it then I must really start looking for ballet birthday party favors! I know I can make some on my own but if I am out of time, I hope I can get some nice ready made ones!

Cherry picking in Cherry Hill Orchard, Melbourne

The only good thing about summer here in Melbourne is the fruit picking season! This year we went to pick cherries at Cherry Hill Orchard situated at Yarra Valley, or to be specific at Wandin East. It was a short drive (about 40 mins) from our home.

There are so many cherry trees and all of them are filled with cherries! The kids were so happy! It cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids 3-11. You can eat all you while in the farm but everything you've picked and wanted to bring home will be charged $10 a kilo. Fair enough as many just pick and pick for the fun of it but did not purchase the picked cherries.


We had a blast at the farm and it was a great experience for the kids. The cherry picking season is pretty short... only from December through to the 1st week of January so if you wanted to go pick some cherries, then you gotta be fast! :)

For more details check out their website.



Looking for some camping stuff

Now is the best time to buy camping stuff here as we are half way through summer and many of the outdoor goods are on sale. I am looking for a water proof picnic mat and thought I found one at a resonable price but it was not water proof.

Hubby was hoping for patagonia fleece sale here but there was non. Thought can get some when we have guests over during the colder seasons.

Well... maybe we need to look around more...

Extremely SWEET Chocolate cake!

Had one of the sweetest chocolate slice yesterday at Ikea and thought that they might have doubled the amount of sugar in their cakes! Felt pain in my tooth after just one bite!


I will never want to eat this again...

Post Christmas sale at Ikea

Since we can't get into Chadstone yesterday, we decided to go to Ikea since it was nearby. Intend to let the kids have some fun at Smiland but the queue was super long as well! Everywhere is crowded!

However, we are glad we can find parking and hubby managed to get his stuff from some of the stores. He was a happy camper.

We decided to check some of the racks and stands if they were on discounts but sadly, the one we wanted was out of stock :(

Only managed to pick up a tea table and some cloths hangers :)

Boxing Day Sale madness!

Yesterday was our very first Boxing Day in Melbourne and hubby thought we should all go to Chadstone to grab a few bargains but we can't get in all! We used the M1 freeway but saw the jam at the Huntingdale exit so we quickly detour and used Princes Highway but still we can't get in!


Yes, the entire places was jammed up with cars!!! We made it to the parking lot but after a few rounds of searching we decided to call it quit!

Apparently the shops opened at 5am yesterday! We only arrived around 11am so there is no way we can get through the crowd!

Well, next year we will be more prepared! :P


Saturday, December 15, 2012

She asked for a drum!

It was my eldest girl birthday last weekend. I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and brought her to the mall to choose her pressie. Initially she saw some dolls and asked if she could buy a doll but I knew she is not a doll person so asked her to choose another.

So happened she saw a drum set and she practially jumped on it and told me she wanted that! I was like 'OMG' not in a million years I am going to get that for her! Knowing she she will bang the drum non stop and wake baby up or the entire neighbourhood up!

Told her she can get any other thing except the drum set for now and I'll let her have any Roland Drums when she grows up. :P

Phew~

Fruity pops to combat the HOT weather!

Officially, it is summer here and the weather has proved to be SUMMER too! The rising temperature for the past few days were anything less than SUMMER! It was HOT HOT HOT! I think the highest temperature recorded so far is about 41C.

We are lucky we have a double storey house next to us so it actually blocked the sun since the sun set on that direction. However, it is still HOT! 

To combat the heat, I've made some of these icy pops for the kids to enjoy...


More catalogues & flyers during Christmas period

When we were staying at our old place, we hardly get much catalogues or flyers sent to our mailbox. However, at this new place we tend to get so much more from companies we have not even heard of before.

Maybe it is due to the coming Christmas season so more companies are printing flyers to get more sales? Or maybe they get cheap flyer printing at zooprinting.com so they can print more and distribute to more places???

Well, whatever it is... we don't lose anything and it is good we get to know more businesses so we can have more selections and choices!

Crowded malls

I normally go shopping at the mall nearby my place after I drop my son in school. Usually when I arrived around 9am, there will be ample parking spaces available near the entrance but to my surprise, almost all spaces were already taken when I arrived at 9.05am!

It seems that everyone were rushing for their Christmas shopping since Christmas is just a week away!

Horse and Pony for hire

We attended a friend's little girl birthday party a while ago where they hired a pony for the occasion. Our son was having so much fun riding the pony and we actually thought of hiring one too for our girl's birthday but decided we'll do that when our baby is older. So that everyone can enjoy!

These horse or pony hire services will include the rental of all the gadgets like helmets, apparels and etc so we do not have to have our own. Unlike the professional equestrians who may need to get their equestrian riding apparel at TheEquestrianCorner.com, we do not required such when hiring these ponies.

Can't wait to have these ponies for my kids' birthday one of these years!

Wacky Melbourne's weather

You just have to believe that we get 4 seasons within a day in Melbourne! It is crazy but it is so so true! You can wake up freezing but by noon time you can feel you're in a tropical country! Then it can rain and the temperature could drop a drastic 10 degree Celsius!

The weather for the past few days were really HOT and today it rained the entire day! It is going to be a thunderous day tomorrow too.

Well, I like the rain more than the HOT sun!