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November 2013

Photo #10 – MacRitchie Reservoir Park (麥裡芝蓄水池公園)

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Stir Fried Bean Sprout (清炒豆芽)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you don’t forget to eat your veggies too during this festive season.  I have a very simple stir fried bean sprout without anything added in it.  I am not sure if it is to your liking or if you know what bean sprouts are.  It made from sprouting mung beans.  Commonly seen in Asian cuisine.  It can be stir fried or with some tofu/meat in it or stuff it in spring rolls.

Stir fried bean sprout only takes 5 minutes preparation and 5 minutes cooking time.  Just stir fry it briefly in a very hot oil wok, add a tea-spoon or two of soy sauce and few drops of sesame oil if you like it.  Enjoy.

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Fried Tofu and Salsa dip

I love tofu anyway it is cooked.  Steam, fried and tofu in soup are all good.  It is easy to cook and not heavy on the stomach.  I particularly love the fried tofu.  Eat it anyway we like with salsa; with chilly sauce or any dip/without.  The way we usually have it at home is with sweet soya sauce salsa dip.    Now you have one more way to cook your tofu.  Enjoy and have nice weekend everyone.

fried tofu n salsa

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Sweet Potato Soup Dessert (蕃薯糖水)

Have you tried Chinese sweet potato soup dessert? It is easy to prepare and cook dessert. All you need are sweet potato, rock sugar/palm sugar or any regular sugar will do, and a few slices of ginger or if you do not like ginger, you may use vanilla/pandan leaf. Wash and cut the sweet potato and boil it along with few slices of ginger in the pot of water until soft. Add sugar to taste and let it simmer for 15 minutes and all is done. Serve it hot or cold as you prefer. With this cold weather there is no better way to warm up than a bowl of sweet and hot dessert, isn’t it? Happy Saturday!

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Karaoke (卡拉OK)

Does anyone like to sing?  When we are alone or in the shower, we might have that urge to sing. Happy and carefree moment when we think there is no one around listening to our horrible voice. I am sure everyone has experienced that. Nowadays there is this karaoke where we sing along the recorded music using the microphone.  Two weeks ago we didn’t have painting class because my teacher went overseas. The class decided to go to the karaoke lounge together that evening.  We spent four hours singing various songs and having fun.  It gave us a chance to be carefree and an excuse to scream out loud at the top of our lungs.  It was so fun that we all promised to get together again sometime soon.

I have this two-microphones karaoke set at home which my family and I usually take out to sing when we have time and when in good mood.  So I let my classmates know that why not come to my house to sing instead of going to the karaoke lounge.  We don’t have to pay and there is no time limit either.

I thought my last karaoke gathering was so embarrassing because I sang like a quacking duck and worst that some had to help sing along to cover up what I missed out.  Tell you the truth, I may know a little about painting but when it comes to singing, I am totally clueless even when I sing out of tune. Haha…  These past few days, I have been practicing singing some songs diligently.  I promise that the next time we meet for karaoke again, I will be prepared.  ~smiling confidently~ And for the time being, I guess my neighbors will have to endure my quacking noise and just hope they won’t call the police to complain. 🙂 Have a nice karaoke weekend everyone!

songs can be selected from the microphone.
songs can be selected from the microphone.
list of songs
list of songs
lyrics of the song
lyrics of the song
Your singing score is there  for everybody to see   :)
Your singing score is there for everybody to see 🙂

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