Wednesday, December 30, 2015



Its the end of the 2015.  Just to re-cap what this year meant to me with my family and my favourite baking/cooking photos.

9 December 2014 - Trip to Borobudur Yogja... the last trip that my sister, Jennifer made with us.

After the year -end festivities and wedding, it was time for new school term and also time to get ready for the Chinese New Year 2015. It was a tight schedule to bake all the pineapples and cookies for our customers.

Finally after all the hustle and bustle, I had the opportunity to learn how to cook Hainanese food for the Chinese New Year at Thean Hou Temple.

January 2015
Chinese New Year 2015... so many "meh-meh" (goats)  this year!

Our last reunion dinner with my husband...

February 2015

Teaching Sarah to make Red Eggs

My 60th birthday and my motto:  "age is not a  problem"  still young at heart! A scrapbook made by my girls

March 2015

Another family trip to GK Organic Farm and the heart-breaking news of my sister cancer.
We rallied around her and supported her throughout her chemo sessions.  It was a wake-up call for the family to take care of our health and love and treasure those around us.

Sweet Potato Chicken Pie 

April 2015 Memorable Family Trip to Seoul, Korea

My trip to Seoul/Jeju Island, Korea with my family.   Such a wonderful  and marvellous trip..I heart Seoul!

I love the Sakura,  the culture and history, the "red hot" foods, heritage visits to Jeju we are warm and enjoying hot fried Korean chicken and soju while wind was howling outside and rain was lashing at the windows!

First time making burgers.....using Pork Katsu with Brioche 

May 2015-
Colouring therapy is very popular nowadays  and this much treasured picture was done by my daughter Sarah for Mother's Day.

Cheese and Bak Hwa Bread 

Attended a Yoga Workshop and came to know Chris Su, not only handsome young man, but very warm and sincere teacher.

June 2015- mid year and time to refresh and relax..

21st June 2015 was International Yoga Day.  Went for a Yoga Retreat at Janda Baik on 20/6/2015. Meet many wonderful yogis!

July 2015-
 Celebration of my grand-nephew Lucas 1 year Safari theme Birthday party.

Steamed Black Sesame buns

August 2015- it was still 7th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar.... 

Went for a Butoh dance show, The Coffin is too Big for the Hole.. 

Had this delectable Creme Brulee @ Aku Cafe & Gallery 

September 2015- celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival....

.....making Yam Mooncakes, Shanghai Mooncakes and latest Dragon Fruit Jelly Mooncakes with Sarah.. I am very glad that she show an interest in baking and cooking.

Started my sewing project-!

October 2015 
This was the most stressful month... going in and out of the hospital daily until ....

the demise of my husband on 26/10/2015

the demise of my sister on 8/11/2015

but still have our signature food to comfort and nourished and sustained us through this time.

November 2015.. time to pick up the pieces and life goes on....

getting to know the plight of the villagers to get back their land and culture  

Matcha Egg Tarts..

Finally, it end year and with the celebration of the Dongzhi - another year wiser  

Glutinous Rice Balls with Sweet Potatoes

I don't know what the new year will bring, but I pray  that there will be love and hope with my family and God's strength to carry all of us  through another year.

and life goes on...... our precious Christmas gift from God! 


  1. You just shared a wonderful post for your journey of 2015. I read them all with a heavy heart as it was a tough year for you with 2 losses, so close to each other and both equally close to you.

    I have been a volunteer with Hospice care and for years I ferried patients in & out of hospitals before sending them off at funerals. It was quite heartbreaking but toughened me up to move on and understand life better.

    You have such a wonderful family around you.
    Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

    1. Thanks for the kind words. You are with which Hospice, Cheras or PJ?

  2. Hi Elaine, wonderful posting of your 2015 journey. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Wonderful family photos.

    Happy New Year to you and wishing you all the best in 2016.