Family trips

Our little princess Abigail has been traveling with us since 4 months old. Stay tune for more of our family trips!

Honeymoon in Maldives

A place where romance begins... And there is never a blue as beautiful as the waters of Maldives!

Sinchow Vietnam!

Go to Vietnam. Indulge yourself in the peaceful Hmong villages in Sapa, or experience cruising at The New 7 Wonders of Nature - Halong Bay.

Go West to U.S.

Napa Valley! San Francisco! And Monterey!.

Bali oh Bali~

We've done it 3 times!! Couple trip 2009, friends trip 2010, and family trip 2014.

Hello Macau, the oriental Portugal

Walking the oriental Europe. Remember to taste the most authentic Portuguese tarts!.

London

I was just a touch-and-go tourist in a short 3 days...

Babymoon in Boracay

Sea, sand, sun. And a new family member in my tummy!

Marrakech, a hidden jewel

Of palm groves, fire dancing, and dromedaries.

Siem Reap - day and night

Back to the ancient kingdom and find the tomb raider in you.

Home Cooking

Just some recipes and home cuisine for my family and baby.

Welcome to my blog!! 欢迎到访!!

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August 31, 2009

52nd Hari Merdeka

Just wanna wish Malaysia a Happy Birthday!~

August 28, 2009

'Halal' -- a silly slapstick comedy for Merdeka

So... How does one slaughter livestock in a halal way?



Hapeeee MERDEKA!~

August 27, 2009

Bali accommodation - the worst hotel I've ever stayed

Talking about accommodation, this hotel should be the worst that I've ever stayed! From the brochures or even postings on the internet, you would never expect how big is the difference of the photos from the truth.. The miracles created by photoshop.



They may look clean. But in reality... I didn't even dare to sit for even 1 minute.



Some traditional Balinese design wall. Very dusty and very 'antique'...meaning not maintained at all... Never seen a 3* hotel so old and broken. Photos look ok but in reality is the other way round.



Basically this reception is only for display. Everything that we requested...
"Sorry we don't have.."
"I have to ask my manager, but manager not around...maybe you come back again tomorrow morning?"



The keys to the room of surprises... Surprises neverending...
Broken floor tiles (broken tiles in the bathroom.. first time that I have to wear slippers in the bathtub...), crazy shower (30seconds hot, 30seconds cold, one moment the water pressure was so damn high and the next moment the shower was like totally no water!!), smelly toilet, broken closet (couldn't even hang my clothes!), and the dustbin is even more broken than the public wastebin... arrgghhh!!



The breakfast... 2 toasts with butter and jam, a glass of juice, and coffee or tea...
If that's what you serve your guests for breakfast, it shouldn't be ranked as a 3* hotel. This is even worse than staying in homestay.



Look at my disappointed face.. Duh..first morning in Bali. ><" Starving... Didn't even filled half of my stomach.



The only beautiful thing is the garden in front of the spa room.



In order to make mye happier, he started to do some photoshooting for me..



At first we thought of going for a swim. But the water was icy cold! And there was not even a person or life guard there. The pool is not that shallow though, and I'm easy have muscle cram in swimming pool, that why I didn't go into the pool.



The Balinese style garden. Only good to see in the photos. But at least the photo looks good right?



Black and white. I love this one.



This post sounds very boring and demotivating right? Yea I feel that too, in fact that's my feeling when I am writing. Until today I have only one perception about this hotel -- bl**dy hell.

August 26, 2009

Korean recipe - Bulgogi

Princess Cheryl's thought of the day:- Finally...I graduated today! I'm now officially a Green Belter~

I happened to clean up one of my cabinets in the weekends, found this coaster set which I bought from Seoul back in 2003.



Besides the souvenirs, I also found some brochures and recipes that I have 'abandoned' for years. Among those this is one of my favorites - The Wonderful World of Korean Food~



I think many people will like it, all about Korean recipes. =)



So I decided to type out the recipes and share with all Korea fans.



There are lots of interesting facts about Korean cuisine.



Let's start from here... How to Cook Korean Food at Home.



First lesson - Bulgogi (Barbeque meat)
Bulgogi, along with Kimchi, is one of the most popular Korean dishes.
Bulgogi is seasoned with soy sauce and sugar, which make it mild and sweet - a taste that anyone can enjoy.



Ingredients:
Beef sirloin 600g
Onions
Scallions
Mushrooms
6 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of crushed sesame salt
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 tablespoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon molasses
1.5 tablespoons rice wine


Directions:

1. Slice the meat thinly against te grain then marinate in the rice wine and sugar for about 30 minutes.



2. Combine the soy sauce with minced garlic, scallions, crushed sesame salt, ground pepper and sesame oil.

3. Pour the soy sauce mixture from step 2 over the marinated meat, making sure that it has covered the meat evenly.



4. Pour the meat mixture onto a frying pan and cook over high heat.

5. When the meat seems to be almost fully cooked, add the sliced onions and mushrooms and cook until well done.



6. Rinse the vegetables, ready for decoration on the plate.



7. Mix soy sauce and garlic, this is for garnishing the meat.



8. Finally serve your barbeque meat with vegetable.



Korean food is fully natural, like nature itself. Sometimes it is simple, at other times, almost too decorative to eat. What do you think?

August 24, 2009

Tonle Sap Lake - the river of life

This was one of the most touching scene that I've seen during my trip in Siem Reap.






What were you doing when we're 8 years old? Complaining about outdated Gameboy, no KFC for tonight dinner, too much homework to do...

What about him... every single penny earned is for his family's next meal.

Bayon

Princess Cheryl's thought of the day:- A weight-gaining weekend!!

Our second destination of the day after leaving Ta Prohm was Bayon.



I only realized that the color of all our Bayon photoshoot was quite different from those photos taken by my friends. Majority of the photos that I saw were having more brownish color but surprisingly ours are very much like shooting stone statues.



Now I know why... because we're freaking crazy to visit Bayon at 12pm! Photoshooting always gives the best effect during noon time (natural light) when the sun is high up in the sky.



I was left behind by our team after taking this shot... Well at least not only me alone, Noel was the photographer for this shot.



They were already up the steps.



I'm lazy to do a long intro about Bayon, so let the photos tour you around this ancient temple in the Angkor Kingdom. It was built in late 12th to late 13th centuries, and was the State Temple of Jayavarman VII. An extremely complex structure.




Dancing apsaras.





Trying to pose like the apsaras.



We entered through the E.




Climbing the narrow stairways to the second level.




A glimpse of the enigmatic faces.



There are 200 over faces in this maze-like temple.



It is said that the smiling faces were the combination of Jayavarman VII and Buddha.







I thought I captured a lot of professional shots for Noel on that day itself.



What about myself?!



Not up to what I expected... *sigh*



Some other tourists asked him to snap photos for them.



After a while I really felt like walking in a maze.. Everywhere is full of the smiling faces. Faces on all 4 sides of each cardinal points.






WHERE AM I at the middle of Bayon??




Faces everywhere. Including mine.



Simon said this is the angle where you can see 3 smiling faces on 3 different towers.



I say this is how you can see 4 faces... (><")



And finally after half an hour we met our team!!



The others were still walking around the 'maze'.



I insisted to snap this photo, climbing and sitting on one of the nagas before going down to the first level. Luckily I didn't broke the 800-year-old structure...else UNESCO will be sueing me for destroying world heritage property.



The only way up second level is through the narrow stairways. Guess whose leg was that.



There I was, walking in the 'maze' of Bayon for 1 whole hour baking myself under the hot sun.



Saying bye bye to the Guarding lion of Bayon. There'll be chances for us to meet again in future. =) We're gonna head for lunch on Tonle Sap lake.



Then we headed out from Angkor Thom through the South Gate. South Gate is the only entrance/exit which is still well-maintained.



Can you see there are 2 rows of sculptures each on the left and on the right of the entrace? On the left are the statues of gods, while the right are demons.



Of course I'm on the left, by looking at me you know I'm not devilish. =D



Simon our professional photographer of the event. He gave me a surprise on the final day, not only me but also another few of us.



This!!



At Ta Prohm. Without me knowing it.

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