Monday, January 23, 2012


Looking out for Bak Kut Teh on a the first day of Chinese New Year is truly a mission impossible. It all started out when my hungry half and I stole 2 hours from our lives (with the kids carefully tucked away with my parents) for a short date as a couple.

With most of the shops closed on CNY, we went for the yogurt parlour nearby, and ate frozen yogurt at unimaginable cost (this is where my mom, and even me, would say 'I can make yogurt at home for nothing'). We were like kids at the candy store, spoilt for choice and a bit blur blur with their self service method... I was like 'kids these days have such fancy ice cream shops'.

As we were done and driving back, it started raining heavily, and my hungry-for-non-vegetarian -food half spoke about this BKT shop my uncle recommended, which is just on the other street. In my mind I was praying for the 'almost impossible' BKT on the rainy CNY. We just decided to drive over and see if the shop is open, just in case.

We both nearly fainted when we saw the shop open, and fully operating! No questions asked, we walked inside and ordered the regular and dry BKT.

The regular BKT had a slight flavour missing from the soup, but the meat was just too good. Although we don't like meat with bones, this one was extra special because the meat was so tender and slipped of easily from the rib bones. As for the dry BKT, this is the best it can get! Lots of garlic and okra together with the meat. Our important condiment of chopped garlic was also there, and they even had fried garlic. Needless to say, we had extremely terrible breath the rest of the day, its good that we are in a very much advanced stage of our relationship. Extra points for the happy looking owner Auntie wearing her red CNY dress. The cost of the meal had a huge surcharge due to the festive season, no wonder such happiness oozing out of her.

We were totally pleased with our CNY BKT rendezvous, especially since we are this BKT snobs from Klang. I am very sure hubby will look forward to more trips to JB just for this. If you are interested, this is Restoran Phang Yew BKT at Jln Permas 9/2, Permas Jaya JB. The best in town for sure! It was indeed our lucky moment, now I feel that I should have wished for more than just BKT!

And He Turns Two

My baby Sanju, whose pregnancy news came to us in July, and born in 3rd week of January 2010, 3 weeks before his due date, turned 2 years old just few days back. It was the perfect time to celebrate his 2nd birthday with Jeev's overdue 30 day prayers during the Chinese New Year holidays.

It was a nice small gathering with close relatives to pray and celebrate for the 2 little ones, a rare chance as Sanju's birthday fell right on a festive weekend.

Here is Sanju down in his diapers enjoying his after-party with loads of balloons. It is amazing how something as simple as a little balloon can keep him occupied for hours. His other toys do not capture his attention for long.

The 2 year old also sips well on the wine glass, even calls for a toast with his aunties and grandparents.

NOTE: The drink in the wine glass is homemade yogurt lassi, the boy believes in good nutrition.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Broken Disc

It all started when me, the (desperate) housewife aka SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) wanted to watch Ra.One on Astro First. Sanju got hooked after the first viewing. He watched Ra.One and nothing else for the 48 hours, and after that started using the dance gesture of 'chammak challo' to ask for more.

My generous half bought the DVD of the Hindi version, and he watched again and again till a point I got so angry and hid it. But the mother in me packed it with our luggage when we were going to in law and my parents house for the holidays. With Sanju persistently asking for it, I decided to bring it out for just a limited time. To my horror I found the CD broken into half in my travelling bag!

I was so upset for the next few hours. True enough I was to hide it from him for once and all, but yet I felt bad he could not watch it as he wanted. So we decided to buy another CD, this time only Tamil version was available. It worked for Sanju, he watched again.

Once back at my parents place I got my brother to download a clearer version for him to see on the big screen again. And he does. Again and again.

So much that my dad got inspired to write this on the fridge.

So much that my dad got inspired to write this on the fridge.

Sanju is also an ardent babywearer, he wears his bear, Podolski this way, using my Jumpsac Ringsling.


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