About Little Borneo Girl

I am not a writer neither am I an avid reader so blogging my autobiography may be a challenge but this is something I want to do. I am closer to 70 than 20 and when I leave this world or even before when thoughts of my life and my childhood becomes fainter and fainter, I hope my blog will be my footprints on earth should someone out there stumble upon it and know that I have existed in this world, a life bestowed on me in the early morning of January half a century ago.

A rejuvenating trip – Wanaka & Queenstown

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We are so blessed living in New Zealand with the most breathtaking sceneries and fresh air.

THIS BLOG IS FULL OF PICTURES.  A picture speaks a thousand words.

THIS BLOG IS FULL OF LINKS, leading you to the places of interests.

My favourite places to unwind are the ever popular Queenstown which is a top tourist destination and the quieter Wanaka which shares many of the characteristics that draw millions of tourists to Queenstown each year – the mountains, the lakes and the outdoors, only that it is more relaxed and has a carefree feel.

We (or is it just me) kept wanting to go back to Wanaka for relaxation and its unspoilt beauty and Queenstown for the buffet meal at Stratosfare Restaurant.  Trust me, you will never get tired of these two cities, the most beautiful places in the world.

Our last trip was from 20 to 24…

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Two cooks, five dishes

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I am a first-time nana.  To build my connection with my little one-year-old granddaughter and her mum (my daughter) and dad, I visit them once a week and took the opportunity to cook some dishes and have dinner at their place.  Just a normal thing to do.  Food, food and more food is usually a form of networking and connection be it in business or amongst family and friends.

My daughter cooked too so we had a feast yesterday.  My dishes tasted great but I had to cook them in a rush to be in time for work hence the fish was a bit too charred.

IMG_4541.JPG Clockwise: Fried fish with laksa paste, goat curry, fried salmon pieces, brussel sprouts with mushroom and hokkien mee with prawns (dish in the middle).

That was another ‘nana night’ as I called it.

Love you heaps, baby Kirsty. 

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Crazy Rich Asians

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

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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…..

 

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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.

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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
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