Tuesday, January 2, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018

30/12/2017
Saturday..

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Fluffy and marshmallowy Pavlova with fresh berries and greek yogurt. 


Individual serving of mini Pavlova, Roasted Chicken, Sweet corn soup and Blue pea flower Gin Tonic for 2.

After having the tete-a tete for Christmas....its time to bring together the Clan to celebrate the year end and welcome the New Year 2018

The Appetiser: 
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a cheese board with my favourite creamy Camemert and creamy Brie with accompaniments of seedless sweet grapes, dried apricots, Meiji crackers and almonds.
Drink:  Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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My homemade mini Chicken Pie..

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Strawberries, cucumber and mint cooler

The Mains:
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"How dare you do that........stop showing off your breast"... Hahaha
Roasted Chicken with roasted corn, beetroot and carrot


and of course Roasted potatoes with Rosemary..


Scotch Eggs cooked by Santarina...

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Credits to: Serena for the Spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, Sister Yoke for Fried Meehoon, my eldest sister for the  "all party must have dish" -Curry Chicken. There were also 2 fresh salads  and a mixed veggie stir-fry.

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I also baked a Leek and Bacon Quiche and a Caramelised Onions Quiche.

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We forgotten to take this out of the oven during the feast and it ended up being part of  the dessert course!  

The Dessert: 
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Old School Agar-Agar with Egg in Pandan juice made by my sister-in-law, Serena.

My Panettone and a moist soft Christmas Fruit Cake given by my sister Vicky from Australia..(sorry Vicky we forgot to take a photo). Not forgetting some Herbal Jelly (Kwai Lin Go) made by my sister-in-law Evon. 

The Clan:

The smartest dressed guy for the party....

the youngest party-goer who brought along  unexpected gifts.... more pizzas.. 

busy, busy busy...

The grand dames.... the oldest persons at the party....

Santarina without her costume this year ... presents for the New Year instead. 

Lights and Shadow-play 

His favourite game.... chasing my BiBi.....

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What a wonderful way to welcome the New Year....always with loved ones and family.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

SWEET HAPPY END TO THE YEAR 2017

22/12/2017
FRIDAY
Wishing everyone a Happy sweet Dongzhi Festival...

Everybody's favourite once a year....a BIG pot of of "tong yuen" (glutinous rice balls) 

The Chan Clan gathering for Dongzhi Festival.. 

When we celebrate this Winter Solstice, we know that the Lunar New Year is coming very soon and...its time for Pineapple Tarts..... 

Before that, it is time to wish everyone a Blessed Christmas 

My sister Vicky and hubby were back for a very short holiday and we have a wonderful time enjoying the Christmas decorations in the shopping malls and bonding together.... 

He (Brother KK) is being naughty, Santa.... just had his cataract operations but still wanted to spend the time with us together for dinner...  

The Three Sisters Bake for Christmas seasons...Golden Orange Fruit Cake.

Thank you for all the support those who have ordered from us.
May you all have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

HEAD IN THE CLOUDS.

7/11/2017
TUESDAY
2D/1N @ Gentings


It had been ages since I went up Gentings.  When the kids were small, my sisters and our families would go for holiday at the Kayangan Apartments as my late sister had a time share package then.  While we adults took the opportunity to gamble, not at the casino but at the square table in the apartment the kids would go for the Theme park. 

So when I came across a cheap deal, it's time to take the ride up....

The rock still stands.....

The crowd pulling logo...

This lobby walk has not changed!  

Musical treat every hour.... lights and music show in the concourse of the Sky Casino.

This is the deal - Mini concert at the Arena of Stars with a night's stay at First World Hotel inclusive of transport as well and you also get a free meal throw in when we signed up for the Gentings Rewards card which give you RM30.00 digital money to start you up!  I also heard there are pick up and free rides up during the weekdays.  
We missed our lunch due the delay of the bus pickup because it was raining that morning and traffic jam every where.  

It was quite a entertaining concert.... mainly "oldies" and evergreen favorites of  Teresa Teng.  
After the concert, it was time to check into First World Hotel and the rest of the evening was free and easy.
After leaving our bags in the room, we decided to have an early dinner since we missed our lunch.  Since some of  my sister's friends decided not to walk any further we then took our dinner at the Lobby cafe using the free meal voucher.  This was not a wise choice, firstly the food is only so-so, secondly we were given only a limited menu to choose from and lastly the service was bad- just because we were using the meal voucher doesn't mean we are not "valued" customers!  Anyway, someone told me that the restaurants inside the casino are much better in terms of food and service.  
  
No waiting lines... ...
After dinner, we decided to go down to the Premium Outlets  

Taking the night skyway cable to the Premium Outlet.. a late night shopping where all is quiet and the crowds have gone indoors...to the casinos!... relaxing and breathing the fresh air... 

I have heard it numerous times, that the rooms at First Hotel is "so small" that you can hardly move around.


Well, our room that night is manageable- we still have space to move around and for our bags and the toilet is infact "bigger" than the one that I had stayed in a hotel overseas. Yes, we did get a good night sleep... nothing "special" happened that night.....hehehe

Our big breakfast the next morning at Rich Dad's cafe in the Malaysian Street.... 

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Enjoying themselves first and  lady luck was with us after our breakfast till we were ready to check out. 
Time to leave 




Money money money..... Thank you Gentings for a "sponsored" trip.
We enjoyed ourselves very much....


7/12/2017 & 8/12/2017
Another "sponsored" shopping trip up in the clouds!

Trip down memory lane for my sister Vicky and husband Bill who came back for a short break from Australia. 
This trip was planned by ourselves.  We decided to take the MRT from our house  and interchanged at Pasar Seni to the Gombak LRT Station in order to get the Gentings Bus up.  However we encountered a slight overlook... there were not enough tickets available for 9 of us for the 10.30am bus.  We have checked and noted that we cannot purchase the tickets online otherwise we could have done it. We decided not to wait till 1pm and took up the taxi drivers' offer to drive us up including stops at the chocolate shop and strawberry farm on the way.

At the Strawberry farm... we did not go in as the entrance ticket was RM10.00 per pax and its just look see around only.  So did the next best thing... selfie around LOL


The taxi dropped us off at the Awana Skyway terminal and it was lunchtime before we went shopping at the Premium Outlet.. sale sale sale everywhere! 

After happy shopping, up and away with the Skyway.... definitely very nice views during the day...


 Snoopy Christmas theme...

At the old Casino @ Genting Grand Hotel. 
Although the old casino space was much smaller than the Sky Casino, I loved the design and colourful and  whimsical decor.   

Showtime @ Gentings International Show room.

 Morning view from our room overlooking the Outdoor Theme park which is still in progress and a panoramic view of the city beyond.

Enough of casino, we decided to venture outside via the Gentings Grand hotel....

One for the memories... misty morning after the heavy rain last night.