Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mid-Autumn Festival

A friend of ours, came back for a short holiday from UK. So, we decided to have a grand dinner with her. Some friends from Taiping and KL came to Ipoh for the celebration. 

After the dinner, we went over to a friend's place for lantern lighting. I had brought some lanterns and candles from my shop.

Those were the days we used to play lanterns..

It was a happy occasion for all of us.

Since the lanterns were still in good condition, I kept them for my next gathering with my Chang Jiang customers.

Here, kids played..

Some of the kids were my friend's neighbours. 
They too joined in the fun.

Of course, Mid-Autumn is not auspicious without a moon cake.

With my friends, a friend baked some special mooncakes for all of us.

With my customers, I brought some moon cakes from the shop.

These two occasion were the best since we left childhood.

Happy mid-Autumn to all...

May your life be filled with love and happiness!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My mum

My mum is going to be 80 come November and my eldest brother initiated a birthday dinner for her. He had found a nice restaurant and managed to get my relatives and siblings to join in the celebration.

My brother wanted me to accompany my mum to buy a piece or two cloth so that her blouses could be tailored. So on the 16 August, I drove up to Taiping and took my mum out shopping for cloth. It was not easy. She didn't like any of the cloth displayed. 

I called my friend asking her if she she knew of any other cloth shop. She said that the good shop was closed on Sunday. 

In that case, I might as well look for ready made blouses for her. Climbing up the stairs of the emporium was not so convenient for my mum, so, I made her sit somewhere and wait for me while I went up to the third floor.

Managed to persuade the sales promoter to allow me to take the blouse downstairs for my mum to try it. Mum tried and it was a little tight. So I got a size larger for her. Seeing that the blouse looked good on her, I bought another same blouse but with different color.

Gave the blouses to my mum and she seemed happy about it. Waited for my friend as as I needed her favor to take those blouses for an alteration in length. My mum saw my friend and I had given her the phone number. My friend would call my mum when she's free.

Time flew and I just wanted to check it out with my mum. On 2 September, I finally got my mum on the phone. A few days ago, she didn't seem to be home. Talked to her and asked if my friend had taken her to do the alteration. 

She said no and she continued with her refusal to wear the blouses. Firstly, she didn't like the idea of wearing it from top. Secondly, she didn't like the designs of birds on the fabric. She was so persistent that I gave up. I told her that I would get my friend to take her shopping for material and then send them for tailoring. She agreed.

I called my friend immediately and she was amused. She quickly phoned my  mum and made a date with her. Finally she chose two pieces of cloth and sent them for tailoring too.

Really thankful that my friend did a very great favor for me.

Last Sunday, I went to Taiping and picked my mum back. I took back the two blouses too. Tried on them and they were definitely too large for me. What a waste..provided someone wants to buy over.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Birthday gathering

Last September, we gathered for the first time to celebrate our birthdays together. There were 5 of us. I bought a birthday day to celebrate with my friends. And I actually treated all of them. At that time there were 9 of us attending the gathering. 

This September, we gathered again yesterday for lunch at the same restaurant. But only 3 of us celebrated together. 2 couldn't make it. There were only 7 of us. This time, I brought a moon cake instead to replace the birthday cake.

We had lots of fun chatting, eating and joking away. I wanted to treat them again this time. But someone outsmarted me. She paid without me knowing it. 

Thank you my friend for your generosity.

We shall have our birthdays celebration at the same place annually.

Friday, September 4, 2015

7 cakes in a row

Sometime in the month of August, I suddenly got the urge to bake cakes of different style.

First, I tried steamed cupcakes whereby I added a packet of ENO enabling it to 'Smile'.
I ate three and put the other three at the altar.

Second, I tried steaming chocolate cake. This time I added soda bicarbonate and baking powder.
It turned out good and I shared with my people.

Third, I wanted to bake a cake using sweet corns.

Love it as I love sweet corns.

Fourth, I wanted to bake butter chocolate cake and added those extra corns.
Turned out tasty even though I steamed it.

Fifth, I make cheese cake. Non-baked ones.

Just added Digestive biscuits and walnuts.

Sixth, I intended to steam a zebra cake but it turned out a marble cake.
Maybe it would become a zebra cake if I had baked it.

Seventh, last but not least, a non baked chocolatey chewy cake .
I had added raisins, walnuts and digestive biscuits.

Guess the last one is the best as I can keep it for days. 
Wanted to give my girls as they love chocolate.

Which one you love best?

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