Category Archive: All Things Wise and Wonderful

Rice Cooker Bee-tanghoon! 

I like cooking beehoon and tanghoon in my rice cooker.  It’s less greasy and less messy. And the best part is, the bee-tanghoon doesn’t get stuck to the sides and break into tiny… Continue reading

Bubble wrap

One of the simple pleasures in life… My girls usually love it much more than it’s contents…! Don’t you just feel like reaching out to squeeze…. I can’t resist popping them… Especially when… Continue reading

Our Marimos…

…have not had a bath for a month…:P  Took them out for a quick rinse today… Hi there! Love these fellows… They make their own food, beautify your home, are quiet and unfussy,… Continue reading

Indoor Hopscotch!

Hey… Check this out… Hopscotch… Now if I can only figure out which foot goes into which box… Never mind… Better to leave it to the girls… Hop hop hoppity hop…!

Rainy Days…

We love them! Especially when the haze is back… It is the perfect reason to take out the girls prettily decorated $2 umbrellas from Daiso. Here is Little B decorating hers ‘in case… Continue reading

Sunshine and milestones…

238 days… It has been 238 days since the new year. Since I last posted.  Oh my… What has happened in between? Life has been packed to the brim with so many events;… Continue reading

Hello 2015!

The first week of 2015 has actually gone by!  My my… This year, I MUST try to post more here.. Hehe.. This poor neglected blog. I peeped out into my garden this morning… Continue reading

Trust and Obey on Garageband

Purple cauliflowers, anyone?

Apparently, purple cauliflowers are a common sight in Australia. But this is the first time I’ve ever seen one! I had to get one to try. Pardon me for my ignorance, but it… Continue reading

Little Brown Hedgehogs and Bunnies

After the Steamed Little White Bunnies were so well-received by Little B, I was spurred on to try out little brown bunnies and hedgehogs. They need a few more steps and ingredients, but are… Continue reading

Steamed Bunny Buns with Pork Floss-Mayo Filling

Little B adores little white bunnies. So I made little white bunnies and stuffed them with her favourite pork floss! Hehe… Turned out pretty cute and tasty! I modified a recipe that came… Continue reading

Meat Fish ball Noodle Soup

Actually this post should be called ‘how NOT to make fishballs’. Cos this was meant to be a Fishball Noodle recipe! In fact, the soup base and all the other ingredients that you… Continue reading

Seiji Yamamoto and the art/science of his cooking…

‘Cooking is both an art and a science’. I’ve come across this cliche so often but never thought much of it until I came across this chef, Seiji Yamamoto, preparing his beautiful food… Continue reading

Best Ipoh Hor Fun Soup Recipe

Ever had one of those comfort foods that bring back many fond memories? 🙂 This recipe takes me way back in time to a nostalgic Ipoh Hor Fun shop (Lee Tong Kee) that… Continue reading

Dreams

Dreams are such fleeting things. Like dew drops. I imagine millions of us nodding off to sleep every night; millions of grass blades collecting water baubles that grow on us at twilight and… Continue reading

Aerosmith…

…was in Singapore. Correction. …IS in Singapore. Did you miss a thing?

The art of eating chicken wings + yummy wing recipe

B, who finds meat attached to bones gross, has been eating chicken wing after chicken wing ever since he discovered this video: How to eat chicken wings So, for the sake of all… Continue reading

DIY Family Books

I had great fun doing our own family versions of fairy tales for Little B. The last one was The Little Red Riding Hood, starring Little B as Little Red Riding Hood and… Continue reading

Flu and the Liebster Award

I was down with the flu four weeks ago and visited the doctor twice. (And the inertia to blog again set in…) I haven’t really fallen sick for a few years and I… Continue reading

Making Chilli Padi Last and Last

This is another one of those things that they pack much more than you can consume in one sitting. I experimented with freezing them and it works! These little fire bombs can last… Continue reading

Keeping Spring Onions Fresh for Longer

It can be frustrating to have your spring onions wilt on you when you thought you’ve bought them only three days ago. Here’s a simple solution to make them last longer: Wipe them… Continue reading

Reuse a Container for Another Purpose

I tried another Book of Doing recommendation today. Little B finished one of her baby puffs, so we had a pretty plastic bottle (especially after stripping away the plastic covering). It became a… Continue reading

The Book of Doing – Allison Arden

B bought me this book some time back. I love it! It’s a book of many fun, random and easy-to-do things that can make any day more colorful! I flipped through it today… Continue reading

How to Stick to New Year Resolutions (A serious, non-frivolous post)

Over the years, I’ve come to look forward to setting new year resolutions. I used to be a firm believer of ‘let tomorrow worry about itself’. Then one sunny day 12 years ago,… Continue reading

Bubble gum flavored grape

If I showed you this …you’d probably be able to imagine what grape bubble gum tastes like, right? I’ve always wondered where grape flavored bubble gum got it’s flavor when the grapes that… Continue reading

Little B Loves Eating in the Supermarket

Was busy the past week, whipping up mini buffets for Little B. Baby meal times have never been longer… Since learning how to say, ‘No!’, she seems to have taken great delight in… Continue reading

Birthday Celebration with Sea Urchin and Lanterns

Celebrated my birthday with B and Little B over the mid-autumn weekend. B helped me put a tick off one of the items on my bucket list: eat sea urchin roe… We were… Continue reading

Thank you family!

Had a lovely meal with my family to celebrate my early birthday. Every one of our birthdays is a great opportunity for get-togethers and a cool excuse to feast like gluttons. Heehee… That’s… Continue reading

Amazing Everything – The Art of Scott C

Here’s another gem I picked up from the library – a collection of whimsical, funny and delightful art by Scott Campbell. I love his quirky style and his adorable illustrations which are full… Continue reading

Artist’s Complete Problem Solver by Trudy Friend

I liked this book so much that I ended up buying it after borrowing it from the library.:) (Mine is a 2nd hand copy off Ebay at less than half it’s original price… Continue reading

Little B and her Frog Buddies

Little B loves frogs. She starts squealing in delight every time she spots them- at art museums, in advertisements, in Daiso (this place is full of frogs, btw. The Japanese seem to love… Continue reading

Deep Fried Crispy Tofu Puffs Stuffed with Otah

This is so crispy and yummy! Credits for this dish goes to my mother-in-law who does something really ingenious with the tofu puffs… check it out! Ingredients12 Tofu puffsOtah paste, Frozen and cubed… Continue reading

The Rainbow Connection

I dislike anything to do with numbers. Apart from my salary, the more the digits, does not make me the merrier. Since we got married, I’ve always left all household finances to B.… Continue reading

National Library Board Book Sale

Every year, NLB clears it’s old books. I’m happy for them and for all who don’t mind owning a good secondhand! My neighbor and I went to Expo for the NLB preview this… Continue reading

Man Yue Cakes and the Chinese Confinement Month

Recently, a dear friend of mine delivered her adorable baby girl and after the customary 1 month confinement, celebrated her baby’s 1st month birthday (and her freedom from confinement)! She kindly delivered these… Continue reading

First Homemade Bolster Case

Little B’s bolster case was getting stinkier every day, due to all her teething and drooling. We had only one set of covers. It was time to get another set. But they were… Continue reading

World’s First Angry Birds Cable Car Ride!

Little B had her very first cable car ride! They were having an Angry Birds theme when we went there. This looks like one of the lift button panels from a nightmare I… Continue reading

Trip to Pasir Ris Park

We came across many pretty things at Pasir Ris Park yesterday.:) Two friendly ponies named Charlie… …and Jasmine. We couldn’t feed them, though! Lovely raintrees… A glimpse of a river-canal leading out to… Continue reading

Jumping Clay

B is on leave this week. Which is why I’m taking a break from cooking and taking this chance to try out and finish using up my Jumping Clay before it all dries… Continue reading

Remembering Mother Teresa

Today marks her death exactly 15 years ago. She is one person whose writing has influenced a large part of my outlook in life, though she is more well-known for her work than… Continue reading

Tikki and the Tick

Tikki made friends with a Tick and brought him home last night, much to our horror. It was the size of a fat raisin, only it was ugly; grey and plump with tiny,… Continue reading

Rainy Days Make Me High!

Yay! It’s another rainy day! 🙂 If this keeps up, every post is going to be about another rainy day… Which I don’t mind, actually! Hehee! Today I am trying out the new… Continue reading

The Secret Life of Bees

Haven’t posted in the last few days as it has been raining and rainy days put me in a reading mood. So I was engrossed with this: I borrowed the e-Book not knowing… Continue reading

My Childhood Games from the 1980s (part 2)

Continued from My Childhood Games from the 1980s (part 1) 13) Chapteh 14) paper ballThese used to be sold at 10 cents each in my school bookshop. I was glad to chance upon… Continue reading

My Childhood Games from the 1980s (Part 1)

This lengthy post and the upcoming one(s) are specially for little B (when she can read at least half a decade later), who may in case be curious about the games her deprived… Continue reading

642 Things to Draw

This is a review of this book; actually more of a droning narration of my experience using it for the first time. I like this book cos it gives you so many random… Continue reading

101 Things I Like About Singapore!

Today is National Day. Seldom do I sit down to think about what I like about my country. Hmm, come to think of it, I’ve never done this before! Haha, so I might… Continue reading

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

I’ve barely started on this book and I’m already sold on most of the arguments presented… …around us did” I’m sold cos I experienced most of them all in a week, all in… Continue reading

How to Compose your own song and upload it onto YouTube (all on the iPad)!

Call me slow, ‘sua-ku’, frog-in-well, whatever, I don’t care! I finally managed to upload my first-ever song on Youtube! (in fact, that is my first ever Youtube video. Yes, yes, I am so… Continue reading

Donate a book…

Today, I received an Etsy request to donate a book or two of mine to a children’s hospital in memory of a 6-day old baby and my first thought was, ‘How true is… Continue reading

Heaty and Cooling Food List

Are you, by chance, experiencing some of the following:• Feelings of irritability• Short temper• Fever• Constipation• Flushed face or cheeks• Dark yellow urine• Sore throat• Nose bleed• Outbreak of pimples and acne• Rashes•… Continue reading

No more heaty food this week!

Been a bit under the weather the past couple of days. Runny nose, body aches, running a slight temperature, thanks to last weeks’ binge on glorious, heaty food. In addition to all the… Continue reading

How to Cook the Perfect Steamed Egg

I’ve always wondered how Japanese Restaurants always manage to consistently produce the smoothest Chawanmushi (steamed Japanese Egg Custard) without bubbles… I’ve discovered that the secret lies in the egg to water ratio and… Continue reading

Delayed gratification…

…is a hallmark of maturity. Am I a good boy?

What to do with too much perfume…

Have you ever received perfume from nice, well-meaning friends and relatives which you know you’ll never use? They’re not the expensive sort; neither are they cheap. Maybe they’re too floral or sweet-smelling or… Continue reading

Don’t Throw Away Your Rusty Knife Holder Yet!

You can turn it from this: To this: Just use WD40…   …to soak rust for awhile… Then use this hard sponge (some call it Magic Eraser) to rub away the rust… After scrubbing… Continue reading

It’s a gift to be simple…

From Dictionary.com sim·plic·i·ty   [sim-plis-i-tee]noun, plural sim·plic·i·ties.1. the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.2. freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts: an organism of great simplicity.3. absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament,… Continue reading

How to Make Body Scrub at No Cost (almost)!

Who doesn’t love a good backrub after a long, tiring day? Imagine rubbing away at all those tense, achey muscles with an exfoliating, relaxing scrub that smells of exotic flowers and tropical fruit… Continue reading