Chinese New Year Celebration 2013

With the new job, I did not have much time and also day off to prepare for CNY. I managed to make a few can of cookies … chocolate chips pecan cookies and almond cookies.

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These were for my sister and brother as I knew they love these cookies.

Jaden brought a few of the cookies to kinder to eat. His teacher saw it and asked him to get the recipe from me. He came home and told me about it. The next day, he told the teacher “You can get the recipe from my mother’s blog” and passed to the teacher a paper slip with “www.treasure-memories.com” written on it. Not bad ya, my boy knows how to promote my blog ūüôā

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On the last day of work before the CNY break, my boss took us out for department lunch. With this new job, I had the least “lou sang” for CNY as compared to my previous job as we used to entertain dealers to¬†CNY Yee Sang after the annual account reviews.

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¬†We had our reunion dinner in Segamat with Hubby’s family. After reunion, we exchanged ang pow. In order to receive ang pow from my mother in-law, all of the kids (inclusive of her second son) have to give her a kiss on the cheek. Thank God she doesn’t have an oily face.

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For the very first time, I was so happy that we went to temple for prayer and blessing, first thing on the 1st day of Lunar New Year.

After prayer, we went to Kluang to meet Hubby’s uncles, aunties and cousins that came back from Singapore, Penang, KL and Johor.

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It was also¬†Auntie Jenny’s birthday. We had a good birthday celebration in restaurant.

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On the 2nd day of CNY, we had three cooking classes from our aunties:

  1. Roast Pork
  2. Ju Hu Char
  3. Crispy Seaweed Strips

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Technology got us closer for those near and far. Hubby arranged Skype with her sister who is in US. WP_20130211_029

Most of us left Kluang on the 3rd day of CNY, after our breakfast.

WP_20130212_003A varieties of pau for breakfast. WP_20130212_007

I truly enjoyed the CNY celebration at Kluang with great company and lots of laughter.

When we reached home, we had Mc Donalds for lunch. After lunch, we went to my parents house to have gathering with my siblings and family. At night, we had Kajang Satay for dinner. I guess we had too much of Chinese food and we ate too much too that we just wanted to eat non-Chinese food.

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On the 4th day of CNY, I received these from postman.  My lovely friend who was my classmate in secondary school and now live in Singapore knows I like OCBC angpow packets and sent them all the way from Singapore.

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At night, we had dinner with our parents at The Uma. I had been wanting to take my parents to try out the Balinese food here. Since we had too much of CNY feast, this Balinese good was a good choice for the dinner there.

I ordered pork rib set, mutton, fish and the famous Bali duck meat. My dad love the mutton set.

Looking back, it was really a good choice of not having Chinese food. We can avoid the crowd, expensive food with not so attentive service.

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¬†On the 5th day of CNY, my auntie and her families from Klang visited my parents. All of us met up with them at my parents house. I volunteered to cook pilaf rice with rendang Chicken for lunch¬†and Acar that I’ve bought from TTDI market.WP_20130214_012

altAi7hh-LAAiNWHdo41g8s0WTgVOQ1WMrSQVIxKBerSORS_jpg I think I only see them once a year.

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My auntie and her children.

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Ben’s at Bangsar Shopping Centre

At night, our 4th Auntie invited us for dinner at Ben’s at Bangsar Shopping Center. It’s¬†Valentine’s Day and there were lots of people and it was quite difficult for us to find car park at the shopping center.

There’s no candle light dinner with Hubby. Married couple is not romantic anymore ūüôĀ

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Rocket Salad

The food at Ben’s is nice.

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Beef for Hubby

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Fish for 4th Auntie

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Duck pasta for me

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We finished our dinner with coffee and cake. This is Heaven!

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On the¬†6th day of CNY, I worked half day from home as I’ve to take two online meetings. After the meetings, we rushed to Tesco to buy ingredients to make pizzas.

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I had my ex-school mates at home for tea time. I made 4 types of pizza ie ham, salami and sausage & bacon pizzas and paired them with white wine. Wai Peng made Apple crumble pie and I served it with scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

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I also made Panna Cotta and it is so easy to make. WP_20130215_020

Technology got them closer but apart.

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Good chat among old friends. We truly enjoyed our chat at our cozy home.

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On the 7th day of CNY, we had BBQ pot luck¬†at William’s new condo. The condo has a very nice pool that looks like resort pool.

18587_10151514479492269_1099595659_nAnother good gathering among old school friends.  This is what I like the most of CNY Рfriends get together. Some of these friends I only see them once a year.

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I brought a packet of dried meat to be grilled at the BBQ dinner. It was delicious and my friends enjoyed eating it.

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I also made banana walnut brownies as dessert for the gathering. It was so difficult to get the host of the gathering, William to prepare Vanilla ice-cream to go with the brownies. He was just trying to be difficult.

From the 8th to 11th day of CNY, I went to Singapore for office three days training. Hubby accompanied me and we drove to Singapore and stayed at Marina Mandarin Hotel which is within walking distance to Marina Bay Sand.

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Overall, it was a good CNY celebration and break from work.

May the year of Snake brings Joy, good health & happiness to all of us.

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