Sunday, June 18, 2017

YOGA UNDER THE STAR @ SAILOR'S REST #2

21/5/2017
SUNDAY

Sunrise Yoga @ 21/5/2017

Sunset Yoga  @ 20/5/2017 

We are ready to rock and roll.....


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Teacher, so many standing poses lah.... 

alright can sit down now, before 

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our favourite pose.... 

As the session finally ended as the sun set and it was time for some "playing" and  selfie ......




ops...didn;t realised I was standing with my slipper, no wonder so steady lah..hahaha






Our yoga instructor- soft-spoken and charming  Dolores from D'Yoga Hub...

Demonstration by teacher....



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Yoga under the stars ...it was so relaxing and windy ..surprisingly I did not feel any mosquitoes, but can hear the crickets making a ruckus!   My conclusion after staying in the open nature: crickets make noises at night while in the morning it is the birds welcoming the day!    

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Namaste

Thursday, June 15, 2017

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

16/6/2017
FRIDAY

My late father Chan Yee
Migrated from Guangzhou, China during the Communist era, leaving behind a teaching job, mother and sisters behind and he finally reached KL with his father and brother after a long trek through the Thai peninsular.  He and his brother and a friend (the one standing behind him, must be a fellow China man)  built up this humble  roasted pork stall in Petaling Street and through the diligent hard work, he was able to  bring up his own Chan Clan.  An important lesson he taught us through this: A pair of chopstick can be easily broken but when there are 11 pairs (yes that's the number of his children) of chopsticks bind together, it cannot be easily broken.  
Though all of us have become rich and famous, I am proud to say that everyone of us had a good education (another important lesson that he stressed the importance of a good education always) and have similarly work diligently and hold  respectable jobs be it in KL or overseas and are good honest citizens. 
Thank you Chan Yee for your teaching and we just wished we have more time to repay our filial duties because you left us just when we were starting to earn our own living.   
       
A Happy Father's Day bouquet from my children,  how thoughtful of them. 
Yes, I have been mother and father for over a year now and thank God for these kids that have been giving care and joy and company to me. There are ups and downs but I know that there are always ways to improve myself and be more patient with you all.  


So, to everyone, Happy Father's Day! 


Monday, June 12, 2017

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STARS @ SAILOR'S REST #1

20/5/2017
SATURDAY


Twinkle, twinkle little stars, how I wonder what you are... here we are supine on the already dew-moistened ground  and gazing up into the inky sky at the zillions of twinkling stars. It's amazing that they seemed extra bright and illuminous here, miles away from the city where they are not outshine by the city  lights.
It's a short 2D/1N yoga retreat at the Sailor's Rest in Janda Baik and its a unique experience and life is too short not to enjoy ourselves.  It was our first experience of glamping (glamorous camping) and yoga under the stars organised by LocalUsher, founded by two bubbly young women, Sabrina and Hui Lin. Both are  engineers by profession and are avid globetrotters and they offer some unique experiences, be it water-rafting, caving,  travelling etc. You can check out their facebook for upcoming events.

We departed from KL and within an hour had arrived at the Purple Cane Cafe in Janda Baik. It's time for a toilet break and to stretch our legs and to get in sync with nature.  
  

tea jelly and glutinous rice balls in rose soya milk ..

sipping the hot fragrant Jasmine tea while enjoying the surroundings. 

collection of clay tea pots for sale.

Banquet hall  @ Tanarimba..

Checking in at Sailor's Rest Resort
The owner Tuan Hashim was former a navy personnel and built this  personal getaway and tropical orchard from the bustle of Kuala Lumpur... yes the mangosteen and durian trees are still around but it was not the season yet. He brought back the concept of Glamping from UK- which is to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle  with camping comforts.  The resort sit 600 metres above sea level  and has a houseboat, kampung style chalets and of course the camping tents. 
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After registering ourselves with the organisers, we took a walkabout the place..


Honeymooners would love to be idyllically marooned in this houseboat.....

Our rooms for the tonight... 


It is spacious inside and there are comfortable beds and beddings are provided . Each tent can easily accommodate a family of 5... they will bring in extra beds if needed.  

Getting ready for the first sunset yoga sessions...

Both of our tents were just beside the river and she is already exploring across the river.  Behind is the tropical jungle.  The resort can organise river walks ie you walk along the river collecting litters/rubbish,  this is especially for the corporate companies team building programme.  They also have Buddhist groups coming here for meditation as they have a multi purpose hall as well.  

Exotic flower

Beautiful  garden, pathways and ponds surrounded the resort and you can really feel the love and care taken by the owner and his wife to maintain/upkeep this quiet oasis for relaxation and nature.

the huge dining hall
 Breakfast is included in the rates but they will only cater for lunch/dinner if the group has 10 pax and above because Tuan Hashim informed us that he brought his chef from KL and the food served for the group of us was truly simple  but delicious fare. We had BBQ dinner and the Fried Nasi Kerabu was very good.  The breakfast include local delights and the Nasi Lemak and sambal and the Goreng Pisang were indeed very yummylicious.  

Birds of Paradise.. 


I have asked the owner why are the leaves black, she told me these are lotus plants.

Bathing was a pleasure with the hot (mildly hot only during our stay) and cold water rainshower under the open skylight, even though the common toilet was a bit of distance from our tents.  Being the navy person he was, the toilets were indeed very ship-shape and clean!    

rows and rows of this dill plants were planted to line the pathways around the place as it is a natural mosquito repellant plant, truly an eco-natural surroundings. 
Next- our yoga sessions.....


Monday, June 5, 2017

WEEKEND BAKES#4

19/5/2017
FRIDAY

I know its not a weekend, but since I was on leave on Friday, baked/made these yummy treats ready for our getaway weekend

Mango Sticky Rice with coconut sauce
Mango season ending and we still have not eaten enough of them..... 


Again baked Korean bread, this time added a sprinkling of cashew nut parmesan cheese pesto which May brought back from Australia. Definitely more savory and yummy too. 
a very dense fudgy chocolate cream cheese brownie, using the bit of remaining cream cheese ... 

As we were away for a 2d/1n retreat, the dogs also went for their short staycation ...

Juju go gai-gai.... look at his deep concentration. 

Blackie -big happy smile enjoying the drive ....seemed to enjoy car drive and nowadays whenever we came back, she quickly jump into the car and run all over for the fun of it before jumping down again... aiya one of these days, she will break her only leg ..naughty girl.  

so with all the dogs are away, the cat (BiBi) can come out to play... 


sweet fresh figs from Sarah...

My first present from darling little Alexa... 
So glad that the parents are taking her to church and doing this beautiful handicraft...when her father and aunties were small, they also attended the carpenter's workshop (it was called then) while we were in the service and till today, I still have those lovely cards and handicrafts around.