Crazy Rich Asians

The movie based on this book is expected to be released in August.


Browsing at an array of books in a bookstore at Changi airport’s departure hall, Crazy Rich Asians caught my eyes. When I glanced at the author’s name, immediately I thought about my blogger friend Mabel Kwong who blogs about culture and aspires to write and publish a book.  Indeed even the last name of the author sounded so Mabel like.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan accompanied me on my eleven hour flight home.

Mabel just posted today about ‘How to make your dreams come true’. One of her dreams is to write and publish a book about what it means to be Asian Australia. This Asian Australian blog was featured in a national print and online magazine and reached 200,000 views.  An international ‘best seller’ already in the bloggers’ world and an author in the making.

The debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan became one of…

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All-time favourites

From the corner decorations in my lounge…..



Owls are my all-time favourites.

They are all over my house.

From the corner decorations in the lounge…..

to the blackboard in my kitchen ………..

to my doorstopper leading to the bedrooms ………….

to my fanatical obsession of the big hoots on my bedroom door ………..

as well as my backpack wherever I go.

Do you know that a group of owls is called a parliament?

Indeed everyone knows that owls have huge round eyes and a flat face.

Who doesn’t love owls?

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Place in the world

Love the water and this pool so much.



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.



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.

1 kg Sirloin steak
3 tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey

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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.



I prefer cooking to baking.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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