Christmas Eve Gathering Dinner

Friday, December 26, 2008

It was a last minute call from my mum that I have to prepare a Christmas Eve dinner for the family on Christmas Eve. I'm not a good cook, but when given the opportunity, I'm glad to be involved.

Since I have to be in office for the morning before I head home after lunch, there aren't too much time for me to prepare and I decided to make something simple, bake to perfection in one go.

So I draw up this manual in my mind, marinated chicken, steak and some bacon, garnish with potatoes, cherry tomatoes and baby carrots with lots of onion.

With this in mind I headed to Cold Storage and Tesco to get what I need for the dinner.

So here's what I did;

Marinated chicken thigh

Lightly marinated Australian beef

Mix vegi, consist of potatoes, baby carrot, cherry tomato covered with bacon and lots of onion.

Once all have been prepared, here it goes, into the oven !

While waiting for the meat to cook, I prepared a fresh green salad, served with olive oil and some seasoning. Healthy eating !

Alright, here's how it looks like when is taken out from the oven.

Baked potatoes, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes with beef and bacon.

Cooked chicken thigh

Here's what served on the table, not forgetting soup, mushroom soup from Campbell.

Well this foods are just enough for 10 adults. I don't think it was the best meal we ever had but sure is good enough for the stomach.

Merry Christmas !

Merry Christmas 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

This is the time of the season for sharing and giving again.

I just like to take this opportunity to with everyone, my friends, colleagues and family a very Marry and Blessed Christmas.

To my Family, my Wife Ruth and the 2 kids, Ryan and Cheryl, May GOD's blessing and grace be with you always.

To my parents, Thank you and GOD bless as you grow wiser each day.

To everyone who come and visited this blog, Merry and blessed Christmas. Feel free to drop me any comment and let me know what you feel about this blog.

For all new visitors, welcome and Merry Christmas. Enjoy your stay here.

Is Christmas Time !

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This is the time of the year where everyone is looking forward to, Christmas! I love Christmas, simply because is the time of sharing and also time of relaxing, after one whole year or working. I usually will take off from work from Christmas to New Year, depends how the holiday falls, just to be at home or go for a short vacation or simply try to finish off any works that need attention at home.

It is also the time where there are sales all over the places. Many people will take this opportunity to buy themselves some new cloths for the New Year. Is also the time for us parents to think what to buy as present for everyone, not only the kids but for parents, brothers, sisters and friends.

Kids love Christmas the most, why? Simply because they will get presents from daddy, mummy, grandpa and grandma

My daughter Cheryl has drawn up her wish list and informed me that she wants daddy to buy this toy and grandpa to buy the other toy.

My son Ryan, only 15 months old does not understand what Christmas is but knows how to follow the sister and enjoy the fun.

Well, Christmas time must have Christmas tree and some Christmas deco at home, else it will not feel like Christmas. So we setup the Christmas trees 2 days ago.

For the pass years, decorating the tree belongs to the responsibility of daddy and mummy. However this year we have a new member to decorate the tree, and mum was kick out of the team, simply because she needs to keep Ryan away as he is the master of destroyer.

So let me welcome our new deco member, CHERYL. She decorated the whole tree alone. Daddy only responsible to put up the lighting and help tweak the deco. Cheryl now is the official owner of this Christmas tree.

Decorating the Christmas tree has been much more cheaper and easier now, thanks to IKEA for offering cheap and affordable deco kit.

When coming near to Christmas day, Ikea will usually put on some discount on their deco kit and this is the time where we grab as much as possible. Therefore we ended up with various colors theme for Christmas.

This year our color theme is GOLD, this kits were bought sometime ago but was not used.

Now Christmas tree is just look sparking gold. Sitting at the corner of the hall waiting for Santa to place to big presents underneath it. Only thing that really need some attention is the Bronze star. It needed to be replaced with a GOLD star. I’ll have to look for a nice GOLD star while I’m away on business trip this weekend.

Family day – What is mean to me

Saturday, November 29, 2008

For the past 7 years, I’ve been working hard in my courier, simply for one ultimate reason. I love my job, I love the things I’m doing, but this is not the main reason why I work hard, the main reason why I work so hard is that I wanted to provide enough for my family.

I want my wife to have enough for her future, my children to have good education and the family to have enough provision at all time. There are all I work for, although I myself do have my own needs but this is secondary. GOD has always said, trust me and I’ll provide, I trust him for his provision everyday, that’s why I work hard so that He can provides.

My view on life took some changes after this 2 incident, one was the arrival of my 1st child, Cheryl follow by my son Ryan 15 months ago. I watch them come into this world, I watch them grow each day. I know how much they need a secure family to grow up in. 2nd incident was the departure of my late cousin.

His departure gives a huge shock to me and it also helps me to look life in a very difference manner. Lift is short and fragile, as GOD say, our life here are temporary. Therefore if you want the best for your family’s future, you got to work now and not wait.

As I work through this two thought, my family becomes more and more important to me. It makes me feel that to be able to spent time with all of them is the greatest moment of all. Therefore no matter how much traveling I got to do for my boss, I’ll still take a little moment to be with them, if the job allows I’ll bring them along. I basically defined my family day as an outing that all of us can be together and have fun. A simple meal at McDonald is a family day to me as we get to share joy and laughter, a short holiday trip, picnic at the park or even shopping at the mall. Come to the end of the day, is my children that enjoys the most, and this makes me much more happier in life. See them laugh is what makes me going.

Do you have your own family day? Treasure those who are close to you and don’t taker them for granted. Spent as much time with those you love. Career is important but is not THE MOST important things in life.

Scrapbook Results are out

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I have posted a post on 5 October 08, title "A Scrap from Ruth, my wife." asking for votes for the scrap designed by Ruth.

Well the results are finally out, unfortunately, her design did not make it to top 10. Anyway I just like to thanks everyone for voting. Appreciated allot.

If you like to know who made it to the top 10, click here to find out.

Wordpress Installation

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yesterday, I have successfully setup my Apache web server and everything is working fine.

Today I'll setup WordPress, a blogging software.

Setting up can be tricky if you do not read the instruction carefully. Here's how it goes.

System Requirement. Must be installed and running before WordPress is installed

  • PHP version 4.3 or higher.
  • MySQL version 4.0 or higher.

Installation procedure
1. Download WordPress
2. Setup a MySQL database at the web server. Here's the instruction
3. Extract WordPress.ZIP into a folder and copy the folder to htdocs folder where xampp is installed.
4. Install WordPress. Here's the instruction
5. Open your IE / Firefox and try accessing the file. Normally using the following address, assuming wordpress is installed in a folder name Wordpress in htdocs folder


A setup page will display, follow the instruction and you are done with the installation.

Next is to download your favorite template from Wordpress and load it into Wordpress.

Well here's the simple instruction that helps me to successfully installed WordPress in my local PC.

Next stop, design my own blog layout.

Setting up A web server

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Yesterday, as I was surfing some information regarding blogging, I came to John Chow dot Com's blog. Here, there are various writing on how he monetize his blog to earn a great sum of income. As I go through his pages, he has an ebook that talks about this and is free for download. The ebook is titled "Make Money Online With John Chow dot Com". Since is free so why now, just download and see what is in there, nothing to lose.

As I was going through the first 2 chapters of this ebook, the author suggested to have a registered domain name for your blog as it will make your blog look much more professional. After giving it some thought, he does have a point here, however to get a registered domain you need to pay for it. If the blog is left dormant, then it will be a wasted.

So before you head hard into a personal domain blog, better think carefully whether how deep is your passion in blogging.

Anyway this is not my point for this post. As I was thinking about having my own domain name for my blog, I started to think on how much I can contribute to the blog and what is my long term plan for it.

Further to it, I also need time to build traffic and it may be a few months before I can see traffics and a little income from Adsense and other affiliate. Further more I need to setup the whole blogging software on your own, and this will require certain amount of time before the blog can be up and running. This is what I thought so. My greatest concern here is worrying that blogging becomes a burden instate of fun thing to do.

So I draw up a plan, to setup a web server in my home network,and study the usability of wordpress. I'll use this as my experiment setup before I go into the real thing. Once I know all the tricks and procedure and is ready to move to personal blog domain, I can then do it easily, with one eye close, withour wasting time to figure out what went wrong and why it does not work.

So I do some googling on how to setup a web server and I came upon a tutorial that teach you to setup a local web server that is not connected into the WWW but on your local network. It uses Apache web server with MySQL and PHP5. So with the tutorial, I follow step by step and when coming to the last page, I found that there's some bug between Apache and PHP5 that the php pages just don't load. This problem was only mention on the commen area and it sure get me frastrated after struggle for hours just to figure out where I have done wrong. When I check again on the tutorial, it was dated in 2005 and the software version mention in the artical was an older version which has proven to works. Sigh...

Back to Google again and this time I come upon this software called XAMPP. Again this uses Aparche, as basic web server with SQL, PHP, FTP and some other apps. Good thing about this software was it is an all in once, one click installation kit. During installation, everything will be setup accordingly, no need to worry about configuration at all.

It tooks about 10 mins to complite the installation, few mins to run though the software and it setting and walah server is running. It was as simple as that.

I'll now further test the server and how to actually setup for multiple hosting. Next stop is wordpress. This I'll leave it for another day, as it is getting late and I have to go to sleep soon. In the mean time, I'll have to continue ready "Make Money Online With John Chow dot Com" and see how far can i go and how true is his story.

Sunset from Ipoh

Monday, November 3, 2008

Last week, I was at my sister house in Ipoh. As evening approached, I took my Kids to the nearby lake where the resident used to feed fishes.

My kids love to feed fishes so we where there feeding fishes. As the skyline grow darker and night comes, the whole skyline changes and this was what I got.. Awesome sunset.

Enjoy the beautiful evening sky from Ipoh and feel free to give your comments.

All this was done using my old faithful Nikon Coolpix 3200 - "Nikon understand digital photography"

Day 5 Japan

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Today was another busy day. However upon reaching back to Hotel, I wanted to go to the nearest supermarket and pickup some nice food, as I'm just very hungry then.

Unfortunately the rain came and I was all stuck in the room. Good thing was I have some noodle and hams. So without any choice I cooked a simple ham noodle. Thinking that's it for my dinner for today so I continue with what I'm doing then, net surfing.

About an hour later, someone came to knock on my door, it was our Japanese Support Engineer, he invited me and another friend of mine form Singapore to join a group of trainee for dinner in one of the restaurant.

This invitation did came to me on Tuesday for this dinner from the instructor but I rejected as it will cost me allot of yen. However, when our support engineer turns out in my door step, I just can't reject him. So this time I went along with him.

The dinner was good. Contemporary style dinning. It is defiatnaly not cheap for Asian like us due to low currency value. Anyway we enjoyed ourselves very much, lots of beer, good food and good laugh. The joy kind of get a sitback when the bill comes, it was 4000 yen per person. My heart sank for a while as it like the amount of nice food I can get back in Malaysia with that kind of money.

Anyhow like they say, friendship is priceless. So after paying we just went back to our hotel.

Another day ends. Today I will not post any photos as there's nothing for me to post.

Tomorrow I'll be making my way back to Malaysia. I'll leave to Tokyo tomorrow after classes, and then fly back to Malaysia on Saturday morning. There will not be anymore post from now on.

I will now conclude my journey here. However if there are some more update while I'm in Tokyo, Ill post them later.


Day 4 in Japan

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

22 Oct 08

Another day ends. Tiring...

While on my way back to hotel, I drop by a DIY store just to look for thing, and I stumble upon this items, which was asked from my wife to look out for. It is something call a Bento kit. It is used to prepare bento style lunch box, that makes the food much more attracting and appealing. It is widely used to encourage children or kids to eat their lunch while in school.

Seems like it is very popular among young mothers.

Anywhere there are more to Bento but that's all that I know.

So will I be getting nicely pack lunch for from my wife everyday for work ? well that I got to wait and see.

Here's what I have bought.
Some cute little pickle for finger foods.
From the drawing instruction, this seems like an egg molder. It reshape the egg from an egg shape to the desire shape... I think

This is a sausage maker. It shapes a sausage / hot dog to a fish, a crab and a girl... Interesting... no more dog shape

This are bread cutter, it basically cut the bread into various shape. Here I have an elephant, a whale, a dog and a car.
Another bread cutter with various figure
Well hope my wife likes it and my kids too.

Oh tonight dinner... well got to be simple cause can't find anything interesting in the supermarket. So i make noodle dry style with ham.. too bad I have no oil.. else can fry an egg.


Day 2 and Day 3 in Japan

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day 2, 20 Oct 08
Well Day 2 went by so quickly that I'm so tired at the end of the day so was not able to post. Anyhow, the whole day was occupied in the training. After training, I had a small discussion with another engineer, so came back to hotel quite late. Was so tired that I did not want to post anything. In fact dinner was as simple as instant noodle.

Day3, 21 Oct 08
Well again a fulfilling day. The weather here was good for the past few days. It was warm in the afternoon and cooling in the night. May get a bit cold during late night but is OK, something like in Genting.

During my break, I took a short walk around the factory and found that the landscape is quite pleasing. Japanese are famous with their unique landscaping and you can see it everywhere. Houses, parks, road side and so on. So today's display will be green all the way.

Here are what I have shot. A big and bushy tree.
Close up , there's a ball shaped little bush.. how cute

Tall and straight line up bushes, just like the fence... straight and neat

Another piece of well maintain and clean fieldAll this are taken from my faithful Nikon Coolpix 3200 - "Nikon Understand Digital Photography"

Ok since today I manage to come back early, I went to the nearest supermarket and bought some ham and a tempura pumpkin for my noodle. After 5 mins of cooking, here's what I have

Instant Ham noodle with tempura pampkin.

Another day ends.

Day one in Japan

Sunday, October 19, 2008

19 Oct 08, I arrived at Narita airport at about 7.40am. Before the plane landed I manage to catch some shot from above.

My plane fly with a Rolls Royce Engine. (actually is two) Woo Hoo...

LAND !! I can see land !
If you can see closely, this is Mount Fuji.

Some landscape before landing on Narita Airport

All this are taken from my faithful Nikon Coolpix 3200 - "Nikon Understand Digital Photography"

While on board , I was lucky to have the front row sits for the economy class. Therefore I manage to get off the plane quite fast. However there was a long queue at the immigration. Some system they have, scan finger prints and take photo of your face.

After going through the long immigration queue, I finally clear custom and all ready to go to Tokyo.

However I skip Tokyo but head to Ueno via Narita Express. Train leave at 9.19am and will reach Ueno station at about 10.15am. Here's the train ticket.

Upon reaching Ueno, I took another train to Akihabara (Electric City). As the name mention, is like Singapore Sim Lim Tower, KL's Jalan Pasar+Lau Yat Plaza.

Basically you get to see various shops selling electrical and electronics gadget, including camera, MP3 player, TVs Computer, Electronic components and even GPS system. Beside it, there are also various animation shop, manga characters, and some other characters that I do not know.

After hours of walking and site seeing, I stop by at the McDonald and have a quite bite before leaving to Nishi-Nasuno.

Nishi-Nasuno is about 150km from Tokyo. This is where my training going to be and I'll be staying here till end of the week.

To get to Nishi-Nasuno, there are 2 ways. The fast and the conventional slow way. Both ways are by rail. Fast rail will be riding on the Shinkansen line, travel by bullet train at the speed of >150km/hr. It will take about 45min to reach Nasushiobara and then another 5 mins through local train to Nishi-Nasuno. All in all, about 1hr to get there.

I opted for the other way, since I have 1/2 a day left. Unfortunately I got all the info wrong and ended up having to take 3 train rides and a total travel time of 4 hours

What happen ? I dunno, misinform by the rail stuffs. I basically have to change train on 2 major transit point in order to reach Nishi-Nasuno as I did not manage to bored a direct train, as the information counter did not understand what I want.. How sad.

Anyhow I still manage to reach my hotel and complete this blog on time. Is a slow journey but enjoyable and I get to see many places much clearly now.

So here's the end of day 1. I have to stop now cause i'm just too tired now. Tomorrow my training will start and basically nothing much to post.

Before I go.. here's what I have for dinner. Got it from a nearby shop and 1/2 price due to stock clearance. I have eaten one therefore left 2 for the shot.

Enjoy yourself here. Cheers..