Thursday, September 26, 2019



Actually not a bento for their lunch but rather cooking Japanese style for dinner.

Unagi with steamed Japanese rice. 
Recently my friend went to a wholesale shop and she bought lots of frozen Japanese foodstuffs.   It was so kind of her to share a few packets with me.  So I got a packet of  unagi and some packets of edamame from her.  And I took my time to create a Japanese dinner for the girls..

Easy job- just defrost and heat up. Top up with some yuzu seasoning and diced spring onions and serve onto hot Japanese rice.. 

A quick blanch of edamame and they are ready.
Sarah was given a packet of  "ice" veggies - I don't know what they are called but their distinct feature is that they look with tiny ice drops on them. I also just blanch them and dressed them with a sesame sauce.       

Pork fillet in homemade teriyaki sauce.
I had some pork fillet marinating in the fridge which is  not a good idea because they tends to absorb the soy sauce as the meat became a  bit salty and also darkens in colour. 

Miso soup, edamame and the "ice" veggie with sesame dressing complete the meal. 
Itadakimasu, oishi.

Have a wonderful weekend

Sunday, September 22, 2019




After the heritage trail, we left the group and took a grab car to the National Art Gallery...for the purpose of seeing the Mona Lisa even though this is a a digital reproduction.   

From any angle, her eyes seems to follow you

that smile... does it reflect happiness or tinge with sadness?

Frankly I have not been inside the National Art Gallery before and thanks to this exhibition, we made the trip for an eye-opening visit.  

superlightweight FI-inspired cool is that?

these are very intricate and colourful embroidery... 

one last photo with the lady.

Finally we went to the LINC shopping mall for our coffee-time.  

Thanks for accompanying me and your time, girls. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019



this Kwai Chai Hong in Chinatown has been drawing many locals and tourists alike. 

Materials provided for the workshop 

overlooking the inner courtyard  of the Bubble Bee cafe
There was a lantern making workshop earlier and we can see them adorning the courtyard. 

Miniature sewing machine

Ms Zeen Chang, one of the partners of the company that is behind the restoration of the Kwai Chai Hong in Petaling Street welcoming us to the workshop at the event space above the Bubble Bee cafe 

Story telling time with Dr. Loy Chee Luen of Puppetku's Theatre Malaysia 

getting busy .... 

the parents' participation towards the end of the workshop  


Gongzhi mooncake cookies ready for delivery. 

including a few which my niece took over to Sydney for little Alexa.. 

Flaky swirl pastry using bluepea flower 

homemade yam paste with salted egg yolk mooncake 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019



The Moon-gate at Loke Mansion

When I read that there is a Loke Yew Heritage Trail to the Loke Mansion,  I quickly signed up with my daughters.   It is a rare chance indeed to go into a legal firm, not for any business than to do a tour of their office building only.  Yes the Loke Mansion is the office of  M/s Cheang & Ariff merged with M/s Chooi & Co.   

The meeting place for the trail...  

Mr. Kenneth, the guide giving us an introduction of the area.. 

the time capsule of the Rotary Club, Klang.. 

the soup kitchen along Jalan Medan Tuanku.. 

The history of Loke Yew, taken from the internet..

" Loke Yew, a name synonymous with wealth and greatness, was a familiar sound on the lips of the people around this area, back when Kuala Lumpur was developing its roots and tycoons reigned supreme. The Loke family used to own the land around Jalan Kamunting and The Row. A self-made tin tycoon, Loke Yew built the Loke Mansion in the late 19th century. Constructed from opulent chengal timber and ceramic tiles shipped from China, the mansion still exudes a timeless beauty. Embracing new technology, his mansion is said to have been the first house to have electricity in the city. He contributed not only to the growth of the neighbourhood, but to the city as a whole, jointly-establishing the Victoria Institution, a secondary school, and generating jobs in the area though his New Tin Mining Company, the first in the country to use electric pumps for mining" 

a group photo before entering... 

 a pair of  stone lion guarding the entrance.

the door is always open...the ancient sliding door 

Impressive reception area 

The alcove behind the porcelain house is an original part of the building...  
The building could became flooded during the early days and the flood mark came up to the base level of the alcove..   

The staff main offices are upstairs. 

We were welcome warmly by Dato Loh himself.  

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briefing by Dato Loh, the man behind the transformation of the property from a run-down space to this inviting office space. He showed the various slides of the stages of renovations.

After briefing we were told that breakfast has been prepared for us, what a pleasant surprise.!

 remnants of the original  buttress built during the war to support wall around the property

There's greenery around every corner... 

The Library 
The only original piece of artifact left by the owner, the plaque above... the guide was telling us maybe this plaque could be the name of the Loke Yew's grocery stall in Singapore.  

The Moon Gate 

the private office of Dato.

Ponds  for reflection ....

the door to the outer courtyard..

 Behind the outer courtyards are their storage.

the 2 meeting rooms - Peranakan styles. 

besides this collection of badges from the different  universities around the world, 

there are these beautiful Silk embroidery paintings.

just look at this awesome realistic details..

We reluctantly left the building after 11am to continue with the heritage trail..

Badan Warisan Building... original 19th century facade

Our next destination... the Red Hotel... 

to the lobby to see some of the art by local artists. 

the rooftop deck @ 25th Floor to see the city skyline... 

The Stripes hotel by YTL 

The Heritage Row along Jalan Kamunting consists of shophouses that were build in 1940s which have been turned into restaurants and cafes  

Our gift - a coffeetable book on Loke Mansion

Thank you Dato Loh and his staff for their warm welcome and patience with our curiosity, the yummy breakfast and the gift book.

By the way Mooncake Festival falls on 13/9/2019 and here I wishes everyone a happy and memorable day with your family and friends.