Wednesday, November 15, 2017



Do you listen with total attention?
I truly find Chinese characters amazing...the different/components strokes in just one word can define/explain the word so well.  As explain in the word itself (Listen):  not only to hear but with (eyes) to see, (one) undivided attention, (heart) to feel (Ear) to hear and (king) - to regard the person speaking as important.  

A talk given by Dr. Khoo Boon Hock  @ Kasih Hospis Centre, PJ. 
A entertaining, enlightening  and empowering talk. As my nephew started his first year of medical studies at University of Malaya, I encourage him to join us for this talk.  Dr Khoo  also share some anecdotes from his medical days and also tips to be a successful medical student... dress smartly and be neat and tidy... no hair falling over when you examine the patient! D: 

The four magical phrases to change your life and relationship with family and friends.

The benefits of saying these four sentences ... 

At the end of the talk, we were encouraged to say this prayer of forgiveness.

Before the talk, we took our lunch at Strangers@47 in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. 

Nasi Lemak Crepe by Strangers@47
bits of fried chicken inside with rice and condiments of regular nasi lemak.

Hojicha Latte - this is roasted tea which has higher levels of antioxidants and lower caffeine levels. Love the earthy aroma and only wished its a bigger cup of tea!

Lethal Shrooms.. crepe with mushroom fillings and tomato relish and balsamic vinegar ...yummy. 

my little darling Alexa getting her first haircut 

Father and Daughter outfits over the weekend  

Ingredients for the quiche for the weekend..leeks, grated parmesan cheese, milk/eggs mixture and crispy bacon. 

Voila.... golden cheesy goodness. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Back in Guangzhou

Delicious Wanton mee ... shop with years of history.
We stayed at the Hotel Lido around the popular Beijing Road. Today was a free and easy day for us and its shopping day as around this area are plenty of shops and eateries.  
my brother KK was the "tour guide" here. 

street across the hotel.

The Chinese saying "eat in Guangzhou" definitely rings true... the Cantonese style cuisine is very suitable to us and can  soon felt our waistline growing as well..

At night we met up again with our cousins and KK's friend who invited us to his favourite restaurant for dinner, too much food and  here are just a few of them...

Roasted Goose.... 

crispy Roasted Pork 

some sort of buns ...very yummy... 

Braised pig's intestines.... 

salt and pepper prawns..

steamed luffa with minced garlic and clams..
His friend just resides behind this restaurant and they practically eat here almost everyday! 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Day 3

The phoenix is a mystical firebird in Chinese mythology representing good omen and longevity.  The legend is that there were 2 phoenix birds that landed in this town and decided to stay here.  This city has been constructed during the Ming and Qing Dynasties since 1704 and is more than 300 years.  

It was another long bus ride from Zhangjiajia to reach Phoenix Ancient City.   By the time we reached, it was already dark and after lunch, the guide took us to see the night scene of Phoenix Ancient City.  

handmade yogurt sold in these tiny glass jar RMB12 and these are hand-painted jars by the customers. Of course I bought one home and the yogurt is very refreshing.  I normally like to collect the milk jar back from my trips...

another interesting cafe with wishes. 

The night scene is really loud and noisy with many pubs, cafes, street vendors selling ethnic tribe handicrafts and restaurants. 

One last look back before we went back to our hotel 

After a good night sleep, we went back to see Phoenix City  and now we can clearly see the charm and lovely views of this ancient city...
Thought this type of "open pants" are out-dated, but obviously still in use....only in China? hahaha.

Hunan cuisine....chillies and more chillies..

these are kiwi fruits with pink centers ...very tasty and sweet.  

smoked/cured meat plentiful around this area...
Phoenix Ancient town  is divided into the old town with its ancient houses nestling near the Nanhua mountainside and the newer part of the town.

one of the ancient houses turned into a hotel..

Walking along the riverside.

not sure these are genuine  raw honey or something else?

reminder of the night life along the river.... 

The Toujiang River, where you can see the residents doing their laundry and men fishing at the same time...

The art installation(on left) shows a man tearing off his shirt and running to jump into the river ....the story behind is that fisherman saw a child drowning and he jumped into the river and ended up losing his life.

in the background is the Wanming Pagoda... the perfect balance of harmony ... water, mountain and people.

clinging to the mountainside  are these ancient houses supported by pillars and stilts  

Some these houses have turned into budget hotels 

always anywhere anytime for a groupie...

helping the economy of the rural people... old ladies selling these flowers rings 

The ancient wall around the East Gate... with my pretty cousin.

old flagstones path smoothed over the centuries 

Ancient East Gate

"Ancient East Gate is a scenic area located in the east side of Fenghuang Ancient Town. And it was originally called Shengheng Gate as one of the four town gate in Fenghuang Ancient Town. The East Gate Tower is close to Tuo River, built in the 54 year (1715) during the reign of Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1616 AD-1911 AD)."
One of the doors of the Gate....

wandering around the more than 20 ancient lanes and alleys 

another hotel inside and notice the silverware hanging at the entrance. The main population here is the Miao tribe and others ethnic minority tribes and these silverwares are one of their handicrafts. 

Also this lady was singing and weaving the same time...

This shop sells top grade "jui sha" (cinnabar powder) jewellery (for feng shui benefits) and decorations. 

statues of ancient guardians..

more ethnic handicrafts ...

One of the cheap  souvenir is Ginger candy  and it is indeed tasty.. 

stinky taufoo... popular here too. 

Inside the Rainbow Bridge...plenty of art, calligraphy and souveniers. 

After lunch at our own expenses (very tasty beef noodles soup) it was time to say goodbye  Zhangjiejia. The guide took us back HighSpeed Train station and we finally arrived back in Guangzhou at night.

Our supper in Guanghzhou..... after all those spicy meals, it was time for clear fishball noodles with crispy fried fish skins..yum