Sunday, October 12, 2014

分享


上週日做了简单的double chocolate muffin,备受好评。马来族同事Zan向我讨食谱,她看不懂中文,我帮她把中的食谱译成英文,让她也可以做出适合自己口味的点心。能与朋友分享好事物,往往胜过独自拥有。

 

小时候家中不富裕,生日时母亲不曾为我煮面线鸡蛋,更别想买蛋糕了。有一年母亲竟然带了个蛋糕回来,那是一个圆形的牛油蛋糕,直径6、7寸左右吧,上面有几颗 红色的glaced cherries 点缀。没插上蜡烛,也没有特别喜庆的感觉。

今天从上翻出marble pound cake 食谱,回忆当年那段朴实的庆生。40年后的今天,所用的材料比从前讲究多了。日本面粉、法国奶油、Valrhona 巧克力、来自Madagascar的香草精、有机鸡蛋一一随手可取。蛋糕不论在味道还是外观都比当年更具魅力。


吃大理石蛋糕能同时享受两种口味,你会与谁分享?

Friday, October 10, 2014

THE WEEK'S RUNDOWN

Oct 6 Monday 
The office is closed in lieu of Hari Raya Haji holiday. Mom dragged me to the Chinatown wet market. Somehow we forgot that the stalls in the wet market do not operate on Mondays! We also ran out of luck with Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre - they stuck a notice out to say they are closed until October 15th.  What luck!

Mom then decided to da bao from Zhen Zhen Porridge. What’s so great about the porridge I do not know. I’d avoid the queue at all costs but Dad loves the fish porridge so I had no choice but to stand in queue for a full 35 minutes. 

Oct 7 Tuesday 
The chocolate muffins I made on Sunday turned out to be a hit with my co-workers. I made 11 muffins in all. (Think the recipe would yield 12 but I do like to top my muffin tins to the brim.) We ate 3 at home, leaving 8 for the office. Everyone marvelled at how moist the muffins were.  Two people asked for the recipe. I guess this means it is a keeper! 

Had lunch with Winifred today. Her last day with the company is on Thursday. Funny how we’re seated so close yet we manage to eat with each other only when she decides to leave. Sorry, Winnie! 

Oct 8 Wednesday 


Zan is excited for the Blood Moon at 6:52pm. This is a photo that I snapped from our office rooftop just before I made my way home. The sun is a beautiful orange globe. Were we supposed to be watching out for Blood Sun? Or Blood Moon? Arrived home just a little before 6:50pm and gazed expectantly into the sky but all I could see was the haze. Chey

Oct 9 Thursday
Mom and I went out for our morning walk early this morning.  What do you know?  The moon is really crimson!  Too bad I didn't have my camera with me ...

Oct 10 Friday 
Took a day off to accompany Dad to the TTSH. This is a follow-up appointment made with the neurologist due to his fall last month. All is well! Dad has been officially discharged. I can hear your sighs of relief all round. A big “THANK YOU” to the beautiful friends who showered me with compassion and well wishes. Your friendship means so much. I love you all to bits! 

Everything is beautiful.









Sunday, October 5, 2014

简单就是幸福


昨天应朋友MS 邀请到她家里小聚。因工作的关系MS的先生将在今年低携着一家四口到印尼生活一段时期。

天气持续闷热好多天,前晚拜托老天爷赐点雨水。昨天早上当真下起豪雨, 只好撑伞出门。走在湿答答的路上心里直埋冤:雨就不能聚餐后才下吗?忽然不知怎的 脚下一滑,回过神来已是四脚朝天地躺在行人道上!是老天爷在骂我:没雨水的时候你 complain 喇;雨下了你又嫌下的早,到底是想怎样叻? 


今天是 bank holiday,所以明天(週一)不用去上班 ,真的好开心喔!  将上个週日晚秤好的材料从冰箱里取出,做简单的 double chocolate muffin。能和年迈的父母围着餐桌,看着他们品尝着我亲手做的小点心,也算是一种幸福吧?


HARI RAYA HAJI


Today is Hari Raya Haji, otherwise known as the “Festival of Sacrifice”. 

Celebrated by Muslims worldwide, it honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Ismail) as an act of submission to God's command.  God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. 

The same story is told in the Old Testament, God had called Abraham to embark on a three day journey (Genesis 22) to Mount Moriah to sacrifice his son Issac. 

There are several similarities between the bible and the koran. Perhaps if we're willing to believe that there is only one God and that we each honour Him in different ways, we can live side by side in harmony.




Friday, October 3, 2014

OFFICE PARTY - OCT 2014

A rooftop party is a great way to start off the long weekend.

I've been in this company for ten years now and this is the first time we're having a joint party with our sister company, who also happens to be our neighbour.  Our offices are divided by a glass wall.  Think I just heard Reagan's ghost:“If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity … tear down this wall!”  

I'm a little confused as to the theme of our party.  So, is the grass greener on the other side?  Or is the glass cleaner on the other side?


 It doesn't matter what the theme is really.  I'm here for the food.  Look at all these deep fried stuff!







Hullo, I think the people over here need more booze.  And one more glass of milk for me please! (hiccup)


  
People are actually enjoying themselves - the crazy bunch!


I haven't come up to our roof top to admire the sunset in ages.


Should do this often.  Come up to admire the view, I mean.  



Thursday, October 2, 2014

3XL

Last evening I went to a shop near my home to buy some leggings. You know, those slim fitting, stretchable tights so popular in Korean fashion? Almost everyone wears them these days but I had never owned a pair. 

Many a time I was tempted to check them out but was never brave enough to speak to the sales person.  I'd imagine the shop people screaming, “What do you think you’re doing here? We serve only slim people here!” That would be awfully awkward, wouldn’t it?  Then I’ve always believed that tights are created for women with nice, long legs. Like my mother for instance. She has lovely legs. I once commented that she would look great in tights since she is blessed with “sausage legs”.  I, on the other hand, have not so attractive “legs of ham”.

So anyway there I was in the shop and finally picked up my courage to approach the sales lady for help. “I do believe we have something would fit you.  You’re not that fat!” she delcared. That was comforting! Then she blurted, “I think Size 3XL will fit nicely.” I came home and wept. 

OK, I'm being a drama queen. In truth, I trotted home cursing Old Chang Kee silently every step of the way.

I informed my co-workers this morning that I shall embark on a strict diet after tomorrow night’s office party. They all said politely, “You’re not that fat.” I know, I wailed, but I don’t want to be Size 3XL. I only want to be XL. :(

Sunday, September 28, 2014

守候

又忙碌了一週,好不容易迎来週末。今天和好友慧玲共午餐。慧玲的生日是在九月十二日但为了生活各自忙碌,拖到今天才请她吃饭。我和慧玲认识四十多年,仿佛在彼此身边已守候一辈子。虽不常见面,一旦碰面就无所不谈。两个女人聊天,分享发生在家里头和工作上的事情。话题有严肃的,也有说三道八的。东拉西扯,就这样过了一个愉快的下午。 有慧玲在身边的日子,我不会孤单。

父亲从昨天为了母亲买了两粒龙珠果的事情便一直脸黑黑。每每碰到这种场面不禁觉得沮丧,我和母亲到底要忍受这种心理煎熬到什么时候?最近开始有所领会:上天只会给予我们能够克服的考验,不是吗? 

本想晚饭后钻进厨房做道简单的点心,可父亲差我到药房买东西。今天的天气真的好热!回到家的时好感觉好累,但还是强迫自己把需要的材料一一秤完,放在冰箱里头。这样的话下个星期天就可以快快动手啦!:)


Friday, September 26, 2014

庆幸

某天惊觉竟然忘了跟Mian 庆生!让她悄悄地度过了50岁,真不好意思哪。上週五我 找Mian吃午饭,顺便给她补上生日礼物。相聚的时间只有短短的一个多小时,已足够让我心情up一整天!

认识我的人都知道我宅的很,工作以外很少跟人交流,朋友不多。近年来因为父亲的关系我下班后几乎都谢绝所有的应酬,赶在9点以前回到家。好多人不知道我家里的情况(也不曾试着去了解),认为我冷漠,孤独,或怪异 。先是对我嘲笑、讽刺,然后逐渐地疏远我。只有Mian体恤我。 每次一起吃晚饭她都尽早赴约,饭后总赶紧让她老公开车送我回家,免得我父亲忧郁。 

与Mian碰面,多半是我情绪激昂地倾诉着,Mian 静静地宁听,偶然给点意见和分享些人生哲学。朋友对我述说家里的情况感时往往感到到不满,我不能怪她们因为在许多人的心目中父母是神圣的。佩服她们能把不愉快或不满都藏在心底。不得不承认我还没修到这副美德。其实我需要的只是一个能发泄的空间 , a listening ear。Mian对我申诉的从不曾谴责或质疑,也不会用自己的价值观硬套在我身上。

我非常珍惜我和Mian之间的友谊。很庆幸Mian新的工作地点与我的只隔两个地铁站,希望我们能够多见面。