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Books I have completed reading since January 2021:

1. The Enchanted - Rene Denfield
Which floor would you like to go?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I find it hard to swallow this truth: Everyone is my friend but I am not everyone's friend. What I mean is I treat everyone as my friend like how you treat your best friend but at certain times I am not treated the same... and sometimes I even feel that I am not even treated as a friend. You could say I'm unhappy because I'm left out in circles and such but that is not the insecurity I feel. I feel disappointed of my own judgment that I thought I could find a friend in you.

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Save the Future
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A colleague of mine was telling me that he doesn't like showering in the office because the toilet will 'flood'. Yes, the shower cubicle 'floods' when you turn on the shower high volume and the outlet is just too small for the water to rush down the hole. So what do you do? Just reduce the shower volume right? No? I'm stupid for giving that answer?

I was telling that to my colleague and he's complaining that it won't be fun taking shower then. I got no idea if showering is fun or not but all I was thinking is how to reduce my water usage. I even told my colleague to turn the shower off when you are applying the soap; if not, just reduce the volume. I could tell you he won't be happy with my answer if I told him face to face. But have you ever thought of the future of water in this country?

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Cucumber dip
Monday, October 13, 2008

Lemon juice

1. Peel and chop the garlic. Cut the cucumber; it's ok to leave some skin on. Squeeze some lemon juice enough for tasting.

2. Mix the garlic, cucumber, lemon juice together with the yoghurt and blend them together. Add the mint as garnishing or just blend them together. If yes, don't add lemon juice because I'm afraid mint and lemon don't go together.

3. Serve this chill with bread.


Try using the bread produced by Middle Eastern shop. It will taste good since this is a Middle Eastern dip.

I always think of this dip whenever I crave for Tarama Salata dip; a dip that is made of roe.

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Musical Dream
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I have had an unbelievable dream because I did not expect to have such a nostalgic dream after watching two horror films consecutively. I was expecting myself running in a haunted mansion like the main characters did in the game. But somehow I dreamed of my musical intrument, the horn. I was playing the horn quite good in the dream which is the contrary in reality. And I dreamed of playing the horn with my seniors with their trumpets. I particularly dreamed of this senior: she is the most quiet person I have ever came across and she plays trumpet very well. I really wonder what is she up to now. I wonder if she still plays the trumpet. It will be a waste to quit after playing for so many years!

Speaking of my dear dear horn, I wonder if it's still in Penang... in the dark room. I hope I can play brass instrument again. But not trumpet. It took me one hour to play the low C note! Stupid!

And today I played my recorder some old old songs. It was enjoyable. And I feel like playing my violin too. But first I need someone to tune my strings...

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Chocolate Caramel Slices
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins Makes about 24


1 cup plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup grated coconut
125g butter, melted, plus extra 60g
395g can sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsps maple syrup
200g dark chocolate, chopped
2 tsps vegetable oil (canola or corn)

1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Lightly grease an 18x28cm pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.

2. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and coconut. Make a well in the centre of the ingredients. Add melted butter, blending well until combined.

3. Press mixture firmly into prepared pan. Bake for 15 to 20 mins until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

4. Combine extra butter, condensed milk and syrup in a saucepan. Stir over a low fire until smooth. Pour over baked mixture and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until golden.

5. Place chocolate and oil in a heatproof bowl. Stir over a saucepan of simmering water for 4 to 5 minutes until melted and smooth. Spread evenly over the baked mixture.

6. Chill in the fridge until set or overnight. Cut into squares to serve.


= use a hot, sharp knife to cut into squares. The heat of the sharp knife will give you a smooth clean cut.

= this dessert is feeling, fattening and TASTY, so eat this at your own risk.

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Water-Chestnut, Red Dates and White Fungus Dessert (Togetherness in Melody)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins Serves: 5-6


2.2 litres water
15g hairs of ginseng roots (yong sum soe; available in Chinese medical halls)
20 seeded red dates
3 pandan leaves, knotted
20g white fungus, soaked until soft and trimmed
5g bitter almonds
5g sweet almonds
8 water chestnuts, peeled and cubed
20 shelled gingko nuts
200g rock sugar
1/2 tbsp wolfberries (kei chi)

1. Bring water to the boil in a pot over medium fire. Add ginseng, red dates and pandan leaves. Lower fire and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Discard the ginseng and pandan leaves.

2. Add white fungus, both types of almonds, water chestnuts, gingko nuts and rock sugar. Cook for 20 mins or until gingko nuts are tender.

3. Add wolfberries and boil for an extra 5 mins. Serve hot or cold.


1) If you want an affordable 'botox', try out this dessert then since white fungus is good for preserving beauty.

2) You can use unseeded red dates but it won't be as sweet as seeded dates.

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