After we came back to Melbourne, the weather and some cough and cold have limit us to bring Yong Shuan to swim in the public pool. Last Sunday we managed to find time for this long waited family activity. Luckily he still can fit into his swim suit. Otherwise we got to change the plan to another weekend. Unfortunately, I was still having my cough and did not enjoy the water time with Yong Shuan. But I was happy in charged of snapping photos and changed him after he finished the swim.
After the 30min exercise, he fall sleep in the car seat on our way home and sleep soundly at night too.
We wanted to bring Yong Shuan to ride the mini train near our house. We parked the car only then we realized it was not for the public last weekend. Someone has booked the ride for some private function. Yong Shuan was happy to see others enjoyed their ride. We have marked the date for the coming public ride day and will definitely bring Yong Shuan to experience the mini train.
Finally, after 11 months, we opened a saving account in Australia for Yong Shuan. We went to this bank where they have this very cute looking piggy bank. We deposited all the Ang Pao uncles and aunties gave during his full moon and Chinese New Year celebration.
Can anyone guess the way to open this piggy bank? (hint: pink color)
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I went to chemist to get some medicines for hubby and found this toothbrush eye catching when I went down the baby aisle. It is specially designed to train baby to feel and get ready for the real toothbrush with toothpaste. Yong Shuan enjoyed very much on his first experience on toothbrush.
As okra is selling so expensive in Melbourne market, I hardly cook any okra dishes. (A$ 11.99/KG) I personally loved okra so much, but when it comes to $$, I would hold on to it and wait until I go back to Malaysia for okra dishes. I still remember the "Four Heavenly King" dish - 四大天王, a.k.a Stir Fried Sambal with Okra, Pedai, winged bean and long bean, which is so popular among the restaurants in Malaysia.
Finally, I bought some okra last week, around 20pcs costed me A$1.30 just for my Assam Fish Curry.
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Cousin YS handed me this recipe quite sometimes ago, finally I found time to try it out myself in Melbourne. It is one of the traditional dishes we used to cook during festive season especially the Reunion Chinese New Year Dinner. This dish used to be in charged by Grandma, has lately transfered to Uncle CM. Chinese call it "Lou" means cook with the herbs. I cook chicken feet, pork belly and egg this time. The traditional one that uncle cooks usually is using chicken and duck.
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YS's birthday is just near the corner. I have been practicing to make some cupcakes when I stay at home during the weekdays. Hopefully more practice will lead to a better taste of cupcake when the time comes. We still have not decided if we are going to hold a party for our boy however we definitely will prepare him a birthday cake and snap photos.
We got this 2 in 1 toy for Yong Shuan sometime last month. I knew about this toy from Toy's R Us catalog, it was on special for A$29.90. After a few catalog surfing in the internet, eventually we got ours from KMart at a cheaper price.
Yong Shuan is still not able to ride on this toy by himself, but he enjoy the ride when we give a little help pushing him around the hall. We observe when he is alone with the toy, he will try to explore all the gadgets in this toy especially those that can make sound.
Last Sunday was the DuanWu Festival in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. We used to celebrate this day with rice dumpling. Since we are away from home, we missed Malaysia rice dumpling so much especially the Nyonya taste one. I've cooked the symbolic glutinous rice for our dinner on that day to celebrate this festival.
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Hooray ! Last Monday was the Queen's Birthday, Public Holiday for all Melbourne resident. The supermarket had a few items on special just for this long weekend. And one of them is the lamb cutlet, I bought a pack and cook lamb at home for the first time since I came to Melbourne.
I made them into herb with garlic and the other with black pepper. Side dishes was the butter mushrooms and the mashed potatoes.
Every Wednesday and Friday I will stay home and spend wonderful time with Yong Shuan. Most of these times, I will play with my camera and learn to snap as many nice photos as I can. These are few of my top pick ones.
Lately, I realized I can use Picasa Web Albums which is also another Google's site for my photo. I am tired to update a few different places every time I have new photos. Thinking to just centralize them. I tried Flickr which only allocates to non-paying user 200 photos, Multiply which also restricts the upload by month. I am still finding time to move all of them to one place. Perhaps Picasa is a good one. I welcome all suggestions, anyone, please share their experience, I wish to know more.