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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Audio check...

Last Thursday, Adham went through a minor surgery on his both ears.  He has been experiencing partial hearing loss for the past one months.  We went to see ENT Specialist, Dr. Razak of DEMC and Adham has been diagnosed with glued ear problem.  According to Dr. Razak, Adham's eardrum has stuck to the hardened fluid in his inner ear.  During the surgery, Dr put 2 small tubes through his eardrum to let the fluid drain out.  This will help the eardrums to return to its original condition, insyaallah... However the procedure has little effect on him :)

Tak boleh korek telinga, korek lubang hidung Hippo plak!!!

Art Project

I have been trying to spend time doing art and craft work with Hannah and also Aisyah (hope it's not too late for Aisyah), so today we start with HAND PAINTING....

"Colours of The Soul "

Friday, January 27, 2012

Chocolate Banana Square

Recipe shared by Adila, my colleague.  Thank you Dila...

Chocolate Banana Square
1/2 cup butter - 113g
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
11/2 cups mashed banana (3 medium bananas)
11/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 cup choclate chip
1. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla and banana, beating thoroughly.
2. In separate bowl combine flour, soda, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.
3. Divide batter in half. Add the cocoa to one portion of the batter. Spread that portion in the bottom of a greased 9x9 baking dish. Spoon remaining batter on top, swirling gently with butter knife if desired and sprinkle with choclate chips.
4. Bake at 170 for 30 minutes or until batter tests done with a toothpick or fork.

Happy Baking

Pekan - Destinasi Pelancongan Anda

Since we are going to Pekan almost every month for the next 4 years (insyaallah), I thought it is fun if we explore Pekan in detail and share it with everyone.  Where to stay (for us, of course at Cik Yong's home sweet home!), what is their special food, places to visit and etc..
For this entry, I will start with their famous murtabak.  For outsiders, they will always look for murtabak Mekasar near to Sekolah Menengah Sains Ahmad Shah.  But if you ask local, they will refer you to murtabak Seri Kasthuri, near to DRB complex.  If you are going to Pekan town, it is on your left after DRB, after the traffic light.  The shop is facing the housing area, you won't miss it but you may need to drive slowly to spot the place.
The murtabak comes in many sizes with different price.  If I am not mistaken there are 4 sizes, Murtabak Biasa,Murtabak Special, Murtabak Daging and Murtabak Daging Special (betul ke ni?), price I lupa!.  We ordered 3 Murtabak Special and 3 Murtabak Daging Special to bring back home.
I have not tried murtabak Mekasar hence not able to compare but what I can say is murtabak Sri Kasthuri is Awesome!!! and price is reasonable...
How many star?? ****
Next visit, I will try to look for murtabak out for my next update...

Not many photos taken because we were busy eating and talking (hmm..gossiping?? ha ha ha).  With me  were Kak Zaidah, Kak Zu, Anarti and of course my beloved hubby...


p/s, Dato' Seri Najib - can I get sort off " special travel allowance" on my effort to promote your hometown!!  Anyone knows Dato' Seri, please let him know :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

I cooked lunch today :)

Hari ni Hannah tolong mama masak sup sayur... Mula-mula kena potong carrot, pastu tomato pastu bosanla sebab pisau Hannah tak tajamla....

Tahun Baru Cina

Mythology about Chinese New Year
According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian (Chinesepinyin: nián). Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people. One time, people saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the colour red. Hence, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nian became Hongjun Laozu's mount - from wikipedia
Year of TheDragon
This year, public holiday started last weekend until Wednesday and for some students, the school are closed for one week.  Isn't it great.. Alya is back home, Adham and Aisyah will be off until end of next week.  Life is great..Alhamdulillah!!  
The not so good news were, Adham need to go for minor surgery for his ears next Thursday.  We pray to Allah for Adham's quick recovery.  
We had a fun family outing to Sunway Pyramid today, first having ice cream at New Zealand Neutral, hmm but what happened to Aisyah? Kenapa dia sedih?  Oh, merajuk....dah dapat kasut Miss Whatever Polkadot pun merajuk jugak!!
Sedapnya ice cream
Ayah...nak jugak sun glasses!!!!
Tak kecah, syah tak nak aish keyem pun tak apa!! Hannah nakkk.... logo ke?
Lepas makan ais cream, ayah cari slack kerja.  Ini sudah pelik, sebab ayah bukannya senang nak shopping!  Apa-apa pun as usual, he he he saya tumpang sekaki!!!
Lepas ni gi mana lagi ye? Oh, Popular...beli buku latihan untuk Aisyah dan Adham.  Dah penat shopping mestlah kita laparkan!  Nandos pun okla for lunch.


Nasi Hannah..
Saya dah enyang!!
Dah lepas shopping, lepas merajuk, lepas makan, apa lagi balikla lagipun solat zohor belum buat lagi.  Che comel Hannah pun dah tertidur...  
 Friendly "Joker"
Dah nak naik escalator ke parking, tiba-tiba Alya panggil "Mama, I guess I saw something you are looking for...!" Apa ye...?
Hmm...yummy yummy cupcakes @ Cupcakes Chic

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stoybeyi Pink....

Hari-hari, inilah pesan Hannah kepada mama atau ayah
"Mama, nanti mama beyi stoybeyi pink anyak-anyak!"

Sebenarnya saya sedang cuba mengaitkan mengapa saya mengambil gambar buah strawberry dan grape bulan ini!  Sepatutnya tajuk bulan ini ialah "My Sunshine"  Tak kisahla ye, at least saya masih berjaya post gambar setiap minggu :)

Good nite....

Friday, January 13, 2012

and my monthly challenges start....

January Challenge - My Sunshine.
Some tips to improve our skills...
The shots shown were from my collections.  For this challenge i will update my new work...
 1. Photograph what you love.
Don’t think you have to have special skills to photograph your children well. There’s a special spirit that emanates from a photograph of children taken by someone who loves them. It really can’t be replicated by a professional photographer. Think of yourself as the documentarian of your children’s lives. Be ready for surprises. Your attention to every detail of each child will shine through in your photographs. 
Sample from author
My sample....
2. Skip the “cheese.”
We all have a tendency to try and pose our children for photographs. But generally we end up with stiff poses and awkward smiles that don’t really capture the moment. Try to back up a little and just watch; let them do their thing and be ready to click when the time is right.

3. Photograph what makes your child special to you.
Sample from author
4. Shift the focus.
 Sometimes you can capture a moment by not focusing on your children. I have loads of photos of the treasures my children have found and brought to me. In those cases, I always try to focus on the object, with my child’s sweet face or hands in the background or just slightly visible.
Sample from author
photo was taken when Hannah was warded @ DEMC
5. Capture relationships.
Too often our photos are of the child alone, which doesn’t tell the full story. Look for those moments among siblings, cousins, friends, parents and their children that really illustrate their relationships.  Also, being behind the lens gives you a different perspective—and maybe even some insight into your child's relationships.
Photo from author
6. Establish a sense of place.
The landscape of coastal Georgia, where we live, is so important in the story of my kids’ childhood, so I try to include as much of the landscape as possible in my photos.Yes, it’s important to remember that you are not only creating photographic memories of your children, but of their home, as well. Think of the children when they’ve grown up: They will have a dim, but happy, memory of the backyard or neighborhood park they played in. You can help reawaken memories with photos of their childhood haunts.
 7. Get a speedy camera.
The biggest complaint I hear from moms is that by the time the shutter clicks, the moment has passed. We all know kids move quickly, so you need a camera that can keep up!
If you have a point-and-shoot camera:
 Put your camera on “sports” mode, which usually has a faster shutter speed.
 Increase the odds of getting the best photo by taking LOTS of photos!
Consider buying a basic DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera. This is what professionals use and it’s more expensive, but it has a faster shutter speed than any point-and-shoot, and it will give you room to grow as you learn about photography.
Point-and-shoot cameras are portable, inexpensive, and easy to use. If you are in the market for one, ask the salesperson to show you cameras that take pictures quickly. Some cameras have a time delay between when you press the button and when the picture is taken, and that can be frustrating.
8. Change your perspective.
Don’t be afraid to get down on the ground to capture your child’s perspective on the world! Or do just the opposite and climb higher to capture the action from above.
Many photos are taken looking down on children. Bend your knees and get on their level—it will offer a fresh and revealing view. A “worm's-eye” view can be fun too!
Birthday syira @ McDonalds
9. Be creative with light.
I love it when I am able to capture light in my photographs in a way that really gives a sense of the moment. The general rule of thumb is to always have the sun behind the photographer’s back, but sometimes it’s good to break the rules! Morning and evening light are softer and cast beautiful, long shadows.
The saying is “Put the sun behind your shoulder,” but it should be “Put the sun behind a cloud.” An overcast or rainy day can be perfect picture-taking weather, because it provides a soft, even light.