Place in the world

Love the water and this pool so much.

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I’m back to where I belong.

Love the water and this pool so much.  A pool that I had been swimming in since I was a kid in school.

img_3226The Sarawak Club was first established in 1876 and is reputedly one of the oldest private membership clubs in the whole of Malaysia. It was set up to cater for the entertainment and recreational needs of the officers of the white Rajahs that ruled the state from 1841 to 1941.

The Club has also had its share of tragedy, a fire in the early morning of 27 July 2006 where almost all of The Sarawak Club building was razed to the ground.  I read the news sadly in my home far, far away. The Club was fully rebuilt within a year.

Other than my home and family in Kuching, the pool at the Sarawak Club, the restaurant with its signature homemade tofu and…

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Cha Siu Beef (Chinese BBQ Beef)

Finally got round to roll up my sleeves and created Cha Siu Beef. All you can get from the local Chinese BBQ Restaurants are Chai Siu Pork, never beef. I could not even find a single Cha Siu Beef recipe in Goggle so I invented my own and was very happy with it. Yummilicously sweet & juicy.

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I finally rolled up my sleeves to marinate those sirloins!

Here’s my recipe for Chinese BBQ Beef.  Not a pork person, I experimented my own version of the popular Cha Siu Pork (using beef/sirloin instead), a Cantonese cuisine of ‘roast pork’ that you see hanging from hooks in the window of Chinese BBQ Restaurants.

You can use ready-made Chinese BBQ sauce available in the supermarkets but the taste of the dish would be rather bland.  I made the marinade from scratch.

Instead of baking, my method of cooking is pan-frying which caramelized the sauce giving the meat the added sweet and salty flavour.   After trying this method, I can vouch that the taste of the ‘cha siu’ (Chinese BBQ)  beef is much better than oven baked or slow cooked.

The other bonus is the shorter cooking time compared to baking.

Ingredients
1 kg Sirloin steak
3 tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey
3…

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One-pot lamb with Israeli couscous

My Chef cooked me dinner last night.

He read the recipe line by line and the couscous lined the one-pot lamb dish so beautifully.

 

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I prefer cooking to baking.

Why?

In cooking, you can often ‘agak-agak’ (Malay word meaning estimate or not exactly, roughly, approximately).  I call myself an ‘agak-agak’ cook.  I am also not someone who cooks using a recipe book.  No doubts, I have a whole library full of recipe books because I am so attracted to the pictures rather than the words.

I guess I may not be a very good baker as proper measuring is critical to baking.  Definitely an ‘agak-agak’ method or taking shortcuts can’t guarantee the cake to rise.

Today, another Chef at home offered to cook and whenever he cooks, I will have the honour to choose which recipe from the cookbook for dinner tonight.

This Chef is slow and steady.  He sips his wine as he cooks and his cooking always takes hours when mine usually takes nothing more than 30 minutes.

The dishes he prepared are always good. …

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Lest we forget

The greatest honour we can bestow to our fallen heroes is remembering their sacrifices on this day specially dedicated to them.

Anzac Day, 25 April year after year.

Shops remained closed till 1pm  …………………… Lest we forget.

 Anzac Day

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Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The word Anzac is part of the culture of New Zealanders and Australians. People talk about the ‘spirit of Anzac’; there are Anzac biscuits, and rugby or rugby league teams from the two countries play an Anzac Day test. The word conjures up a shared heritage of two nations, but it also has a specific meaning.

Anzac biscuits and tea will be handed out to large crowd expected to attend Anzac commemorations in Wellington.

Anzac is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.  Today, the word was used to describe all Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula and eventually, it came to mean any Australian or New Zealand soldier.

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The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve. In many countries, the poppy is worn around Armistice Day (11 November), but in New Zealand it is most commonly seen around Anzac Day, 25 April.

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Remembrance or Lest we forget is engraved on monuments to fallen soldiers in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them. Lest We Forget.

What is DNA?

There is so much drama about DNA Tests.

I am curious and found this.

Please comment directly on the contributor’s blog.

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I thought I will blog a summary of what DNA is about in layman’s term.

Being an avid follower of Korean drama series, most storylines are about children growing up in orphanage and parents wanting to find their lost child through DNA tests.

Most plots would have episodes of someone trying to steal a toothbrush or a strand of hair or a mug or cup that the child drank from and sent to the lab and then waited impatiently for the DNA test result.

The suspense and the thrill is to scroll down to the bottom of the test report to see if there is a probability of 99.8999% that Ms XXX and Mr XXXX are biologically father and child.

Below is a sample of a DNA Test Report.

PaternityDuoInclusionWhat exactly is DNA?

Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce. These instructions are…

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A healthier pie

Dear ‘Little Girl Story’ followers, new or old.

Please follow me on this new blog (Little Borneo Girl) and give us some Likesplease for creating and sharing this recipe.

This is an invitation to all our valued fellow bloggers, not a crank call.

Little Girl Story blog is now totally full and I no longer have storage left to write new blogs from this site.

Thank you.

Happy blogging

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This recipe is a ‘pie’ with a difference.

I consider this a ‘healthier pie’ because it has lots of vegetables.  The ingredients can be substituted with any vegetables you fancy.  I have used microwave to soften the pumpkins and potatoes for a more even cooking.

Ingredients
2 square pastry sheets (or a roll of pastry)
Half a butternut pumpkin (or any pumpkin) – cut into small pieces
3 medium-sized potatoes – sliced thinly
200gm chunky bacon pieces (or 8 slices of bacon)
3 carrots – shredded
2 big yellow onions – chopped into pieces
150gm shredded tasty cheese
1/2 cup milk (about 150 ml)
7 eggs (4 whole and 3 to be beaten with a half portion of the milk)
A few dashes of Lemon pepper salt and/or garlic salt
Hickory Sauce (about a tablespoonful)
1-2 tablespoon of cornflour for thickening and holding the cooked ingredients together
Butter for cooking the…

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My favourite Song

This song is my favourite because it gives me a sense of calmness and a feeling of salvation everytime I listen to it.

I especially love it when the sound of my favourite group and their music engulfed me.

Westlife, you are the channel from the above that reminds me that there is still a God when I often thought I was all alone.

You Raise Me Up
When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary,
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
Then I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.

You raise me up to more than I can be.

Another Color Run

This event was my Christmas present to three people and only one and myself made it.

Not sure that I would want to have to fork out $50+ per person to run or walk the ‘happiest 5km on the planet’ anymore in future.

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Fancy having to pay to walk or run.

Well, it was a self motivation, an awakening really that I, a night owl could wake up so early to make sure my money did not go to waste.  In fact, most of it was wasted as I bought four tickets and only two of us went.

It was my second time participating in the 5 km run (walk).

There were heaps of people and excited faces.  It was indeed amazing to see that people were in fact happy to part with $50 (or more) per person to take part in this run and get colors all over them.

All for the thrill of wanting to set foot into the happiest five kilometres on the planet.

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Bali, a real holiday destination

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If given the choice, what would you rather be doing, right now?

What could be better than being pampered in this luxurious hotel.  So relaxed that we returned again and again.

Once upon a time, in Bali …………………………

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To me, a real holiday is about relaxation, sea, sun, sand, fruit juice or ice cream on the beach or sitting on the water bench sipping a glass of smoothies.

Going for a real holiday is taking time to unwind, put your feet up, not pressured for time, wake up late, missed breakfast and start the day with brunch or lunch.  Do lots of walk, swim, enjoy the facilities of a luxurious hotel with its fine food and drinks, soak in a hot spa, pamper yourself with a massage and pedicure.

When I think about Bali, I actually mean Nusa Dua which is located 40km south of Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali.  The international airport is about 20 to 30 minutes by car.

Nusa Dua is a host of luxury hotels, home to the most popular golf course in Bali and the main convention centre on the island…

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