Sunday, November 28, 2010

Budgie chicks. Bird's nest soup.

Our budgie hen's eggs has already hatched.  The first chick came out last 16th Nov while it's little bro, or it might be a sis, came out the next day.  It's good that there's only two of them, at least not too taxing for the first time parents to take care of.

Its been 2 weeks and their nest really needs some cleaning, so I took them out and put them back quickly because their mommy dearest was freaking out. Their down has already started growing, look at them, aren't they adorable?:)



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Buddy bought a box of bird's nest (which I always think its ridiculously too expensive.)  With that kind of money, you can already get three nice shirts. Why don't you just harvest those nests at the parking basement?They're far more fresh, you know (was kidding him).  Because there are plenty of 'em down there and they got nothing to do, they spent their time target shooting cars with their birdshits in between building nests and making babies.   


Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Her Simmering  Ladyship, the pot.

Bird's nest soup for two (nah I just sipped a bit, didn't want to compete with buddy:)


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

cookies and banana bread

Last weekend, we bought a small oven.  It's really buddy's idea, he said we wanted to bake cookies.  I said I'm not interested in baking (I can just imagine the mess, the utensils you need to wash later on, nope not for me).  But then once we have it, I change my mind:)  I was eager to make banana and carrot cake (my favorites:)  

































We went to the supermarket but unfortunately the Giant nearby our place doesn't have all the things buddy needed.  I was able to get everything for my banana bread though.

Sunday morning, while he was still in bed, I started doing my low-fat banana bread which I got the recipe from http://www.joyofbaking.com/healthydesserts/





















Mix 1:  flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon and salt;  Mix 2:  mashed bananas, baking soda and yogurt ; Mix 3: oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla.




















I mix all of them and pour into a tray.  I didn't follow exactly the amount of sugar and oil, I put only half of what was written to make it even more healthy:)



Yay, look at that, it started to grow!

















And then I saw it started to drip from the sides, I realized I shouldn't have put all in one tray (i'm such a dumbass:)  Too late.  Lesson no. 1:  give enough room for it to swell.



Who's going to eat that!


















After 50 minutes..   Ta-dah!  oh my, it doesn't look pretty.  Lesson no. 2: try to control the heat distribution - top and bottom heating.  

The taste, it's not bad really *big grin*


















Lunchtime, we went to a baking shop in Shah Alam called Bagus Baking Solutions Center to get all the stuff buddy needs for his cookies (Man, this is serious:).  There's going to be many aunties there, buddy informed me.

Then quickly went back home, he can't wait to bake his cookies.  He made oatmeal-pecan cookies.  Not bad actually.


































I saw one weird shape among the hearts, crescents and rounds.  What's that? I pointed out to him.  It's a dick, he replied.  Erm, but it doesn't look anatomically correct (i think it looks like a turd hah:) 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cupping Therapy

We went for our regular massage today in the usual center in Cheras.  The Chinese masseuse recommended that I should do cupping.  I'm not really too keen to try it when I saw buddy's back after he had one before. But then I said yes, I thought there's no harm in trying.  It's supposed to be good for backaches and such.  

And so I had my first cupping therapy and this is how my back looks like now.  There's no pain actually.  ermm but I'm not sure if I would want to walk around topless in the gym's locker room, not a pretty sight:)       


I'm thinking if I should rub some ointment on the circles.  When I look at the dark reddish coloration, I'm kind of worried if there could be some side effect on this or something. Haizz. I'm such a baby hah.  
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A broken egg. In Singapore.

We noticed Angelina (our female budgie) has been spending a lot of time inside the nest box.  One night, when she came out, I quickly grab a torchlight to take a peek inside.  Lo behold, I saw a little white egg!  I was so excited, I hopped with glee (no i didn't burst out singing).  'She laid an egg! She laid an egg!'.  Buddy's face lit up 'really, let me see... yeah so lucky.  hey you have to feed her nutritious food.'  hhmm yes sir.

The next day back home from work, can't wait to check how's the expecting mom doing. But a gruesome sight greeted me, there's a broken egg down the cage!  Fuck! you stupid birds you are killing your own kind.  Somehow I knew there's bad thing waiting to happen, one of the female birds was behaving as if she had some bad intentions, she kept looking inside the nest with sinister look in her eyes:)  I was so upset, felt like wanna plucked the culprit's feathers and turn her into a tiny dressed chicken.  But nah:) So quickly I transferred the others to another cage, and let the couple start a  family away from the jealous females scorned:) (She must have gotten the idea from Glenn Close:)


Anywayz, she laid two more eggs.  Now, she's getting more alert.  Every time we get near the cage, she would scamper off back inside.  Hey, we are not egg-snatchers okay, its your evil sister! (but we do love to play balls:)

Hello birdie birdie, you are going to be a mommy soon.

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So I had a short trip to Singapore last week.  I forgot to bring one of my novels so I went to the bookstore at the airport to get something to read.  And look what I found! 

An excerpt: 
'M-theory may offer answers to the question of creation.  According to M-theory, ours is not the only universe. Instead, M-theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing.  Their creation does not require the intervention of some supernatural being or god.'  Interesting!


Since I had time, I decided to walk around.



Joseph Conrad, author of  Lord Jim the most boring novel I've ever read.  I didn't finish it, I tried.



looks like a fly's magnified pair of eyes..

it's a bird...  it's a plane...  it's  Superboat
At Changi airport, I saw this group of monks from Myanmar.  
They were taking photos of this giant funky christmas tree. 


flying back to KL in stormy weather...