Saturday, January 16, 2010

No Wonder Papa is Rich!

We didn't do anything significant today. Alan and I zoned out at home because Ethan didn't sleep well last night (again). *sigh*

Anyway, we caught Phobia 2 on dvd today and ended up laughing because the last story was so entertaining. ahhaa.

Dinner was out because lunch was in. We spotted a best friend's shop along the way and picked up 6 more movies. I'm still waiting for Feng Yun, Avatar, Sherlock Homes etc to be out. :)
We decided to give PapaRich a shot and it was very worth while. I had a chicken drumstick Ipoh Kway Teow and a red bean milkshake (I seem to be addicted to this drink nowadays) and Alan had curry noodles and a ABC durian ice-something lah. All for only RM42. Cheap and good.

The red bean milkshake was creamy and luxurious and filled with alnatural taste. :) My Kway Teow was tasty too and the chicken succulent. Alan's curry noodles was spicy to taste and had quite alot of ingredients. The ABC special was very interesting. Apart from shaved ice and gula melaka, it had ingredients such as a scoop of durian icecream, sweet corn, peanuts, raisins, red bean paste, the green "worms" you find in chendol and also cincau. Very exciting.
By the time dinner was over, I was stuffed beyond words and felt like Ethan after he had been put to the breast for half an hour.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Great Company on a Friday!

Today, Ethan and I had many visitors. First, at around 6pm, Dania and her mother very kindly came to visit. Dania is my student who will be leaving for Australia to study on 23/1/10. She came to bid me farewell and also to visit Ethan. :) Dania's mother had generously bought Ethan a Learning Toolbench from FisherPrice and a Lamaze cloth book to add to his collection. YaY!

The three of us chatted all the way till around 645pm with Ethan entertaining them with his cuteness. ahahha. He refused to 'speak' though - I had told them that Ethan responds to me by saying "oooooo" "ooooOOoo" when I tell him stories. But at least he didn't entertain them with screams / wails. hahaha. Ethan spent the 45mins staring at me hahah. I also entertained the mother and daughter with stories of him and etc. hahaha. It was fun.

At approx 730pm, Ethan's godparents came. Poor YeSeong has undertaken a stint to work in Shanghai and Sheena will be alone in KL (with Bizzy and Myra their two dogs). Alan had retrieved a couple of boxes of them (they are moving house) and they also came to borrow our suitcases.

We treated them to a farewell dinner at O'lish. The RM33/ set dinner promo was on and what great value for money it was! Alan had the fried calamari for starters and I had the crab cakes. Then, for the main course, Alan had beef wellington and I had a very good salmon steak. There was even dessert - a huge piece of cake each. I chose the carrot whilst he had the more decadent cheese.

The company was great too and we giggled over how silly Ethan would look in a huge remote control car drifting by and exchanged ghost stories as the night passed. Then, at 10pm, we returned home to have some fruits before I had to bid them an "early" goodnite and retired to the bedroom to feed Ethan.

Ethan is GrOwInG uP!

I realise that I have not been updating you with pictures of my little 'angel', so here goes:

Ethan has been more and more responsive recently. He enjoys listening to the stories I tell him - seldom from the storybooks though (as he delights in watching my facial expressions). He also contributes to the stories with audible "oooooooo"s. hahaha It's super entertaining, I tell you.

He has a current favourite toy too. I just introduced him to Dog Dog (given generously by Aunty May Yin) yesterday. Dog Dog has different textures and has a rattle and a bell sewn inside it. It also bounces up and down and , when you press down hard on his nose, he will 'bark'. haha.

Ethan smiled and laughed out loud today when he played with Dog Dog. hahha

Sitting on the sofa with my Favourite Toy, Dog Dog!

Oh yah, tonight we will be going out with Ethan's GodPa and GodMa. Ethan's Godpa, Ye Seong will be leaving for Shanghai (for a year of work) in a month's time. So we will throw him a fare ye well dinner this evening, when they come over to collect boxes from us to pack their stuff.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Disappointing Meal at CODO

I was looking forward to a nice non-home-cooked meal. So, I took the opportunity to suggest dining out as we had to go to MVMM to change currency. The Husband obliged. ;D

My choice of cuisine? Vietnamese. There were two restaurants both at the top storey of MVMM near the cinema. We chose Codo as we wanted to try something new. BAD MOVE!

Although the decor of the place was very elegant and we had an aerial view of what was going on in MVMM, everything else left MUCH MUCH MORE to be desired.

We were greeted by an enthusiastic Chinese waiter (whose actions povided the saving grace for the restaurant). He took our orders - stir-fried clams on rice (a so-called 'Must Try') for me, Phoa with mixed beef for Alan and a platter of side dishes (lamb, crab stick & mango parcels and vietnamese spring rolls). Feeling decadent, I also ordered a red bean smoothie to wash down the oil. (And trust me..there was alot of oil).

We waited and waited and waited for our orders to appear in front of our faces. But the lone chef (pronounced 'chehft' by 9/10 Malaysians) could not impress. Alan guessed that the rest of the workers had probably gone to (a) fag in the loo , (b) gamble in the stairwell or (c) a Fag in the loo and THEN gamble in the stairwell. :P

20minutes after he had taken our order, our dutiful and polite waiter brought the iced water for Alan (ahem.. he had asked for warm water). I told my husband not to change his order though, if not his warm water would take another eternity to be placed on our table. We then proceed to wait and wait somemore. Not-so-soon, my stir-fried clams (extremely countable in number) clams were served on a bed of chunky non-fragant, probably overnight white rice and endowned generously with wind-causing fried and oily shallots. Two stems of lifeless greens lay beneath the blackened shallots, as if placed there to surprise the unassuming eater.

I ploughed through my meal, unimpressed. It was definitely NOT worth the RM12.80 and NOT A MUST-TRY in my humble opinion! :P Alan's beef phoa came next (after another 10minutes of waiting). The soup was lukewarm and unappetising. It tasted of the swollen kuayteow that was swimming in it, rather than the beef. The stomach of the cow was likened to plastic and the raw beansprouts were given a miss because the cold soup would not have softened and cooked them.

All of a sudden, there was an influx of workers who returned from doing (c) - please see above, to pretend to help the hapless cook (who lacked drive and speed to say the least). There was a Ma-chik who emerged out of nowhere to wash the dishes. And a chinese-looking man who looked to be the ASSistant chehft, and a slow-moving, disinterested Malay waiter (dressed in traditional Vietnamese get-up, no less) who dragged his feet wherever he went. The first thing he did after appearing was to pour himself a glass of water from the side table which was used to serve the guests of the restaurant. TERRIBLE!

THEN, my red bean smoothie came. For Rm9.80, it was painfully small but thankfully tasty. I will learn how to do it so that I can savour the likes of it at home. :P

FINALLY, (after apologies from the hardworking waiter), our side dish platter came. Normally, appetisiers are to be served first, you'd think?! The lamb was overdone and rubbery, the mango & crabstick parcels were oily and tasteless and the Vietnamese spring rolls were blackened and oozed oil. It was absolutely not worth the Rm24!

Alan and I left the restaurant shaking our heads. We will NEVER EVER go back again.

We headed to CarrerFour next to pick up a few items. We bought our dear Ening a trolley - she is always borrowing the neighbour's maid's one to do our shopping hahaha. Poor thing. Then, we picked up 1 packet of Fitti diapers, 1 packet of Pet Pet diapers and 1 packet of Pampers diapers. Our Mamypoko diapers always leaks nowadays and I am trying to find a better alternative. If those don't work, I will just have to resort to tying up Ethan's legs so that he can't kick them and therefore losen his diapers. :P

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Today started at 1030am. When we woke up and I glanced at the alarm clock, I was shocked. ahahha. Ethan had woken me up at around 4+am and then proceeded to play and be very animated. ahahah I couldn't help but join in the fun, even though it was at an unearthly hour. He's super cute nowadays and 'talks' to you when you look at him in the eye and speak to him. ahhaha.

After rubbing the sleep from our eyes, Alan and I proceeded to give our baby his coveted bath of the day. hahaha. Then, En helped us take care of him whilst Alan and I went to devour (again) Alan's favourite fishhead beehoon soup and top up our stash of DVDs.

When at home, we watched Mulan. Great performance by Zhao Wei! It was drizzling and there was Super Sunday on Astro so in the end we did not go for our planned swim. :(