Happy New Year, my dear friends! I hope all of you had a great time ushering in 2010.
I did the same thing I have been doing for a few years now, ie, step outside the balcony and look at the sea. At the stroke of midnight, the ships will sound their horns and let off their flares, giving that lovely crimson glow to everything around. That will go on continuously for 10-15 minutes, amid the audible cheers of "Happy New Year!" from neighbours who have similarly waited up to welcome in the new year.
You know what's really cool? I witnessed some planes flying over the flares towards the airport (obviously for landing). How nice it is to arrive just in time for the new year!
The radiant moon was shining so brightly last night.
*Wistful sigh* And the new year begins. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you do know that the diet starts today, don't you? ;)
After all the year-end feasting (plus my non-stop eating in Kuala Lumpur - read on for evidence), just give me light and healthy food.
Until February, that is.
Chinese New Year falls on 14 February this year ... which means I have one month to detox all that I have been mindlessly indulging in. After that, I will have the license to stuff myself silly with sinful culinary pleasures all over again. Oh yeah. Nothing comes between me and my melt-in-the-mouth pineapple tarts, darn it!
So, you'll be seeing more simple fare (read: bland) for the next few weeks ... like veggies and tofu. And maybe eggs. That kind of stuff. You still here with me? Hello?
If you are still reading, I'd like to share a few vacation photos which some of you have asked to see. Hope you like them!
The 4.5 hour drive up to Kuala Lumpur. I was dreading it but miraculously, the kids behaved and my sanity remained intact.
I will always associate Seremban Siew Pow with Ellie and Jo. No, I'm serious.
Finally! The unmistakable Petronas Twin Towers ahead, shrouded in cloudy skies.
We stayed at Mid Valley.
In our 2-bedroom apartment. My children made themselves at home very quickly. This was the kids' room.
View from the master bedroom.
View from the master bathroom. Remember to draw the shades, though!
Living and dining area. As you can see, my kids really made themselves comfy.
The spanking new kitchen! Everything was a joy to use. I could have baked a cake in the brand new oven, but I was on vacation, for crying out loud. ;)
The beautifully decorated mall at The Gardens. Wonderful 'live' performance by this trio.
We took the kids to KLCC on one of the days too. I loved the Christmas decor here.
See? So pretty, isn't it?
The Petronas Twin Towers from inside the mall ...
... and from outside.
We had lunch here.
The food at little penang kafe was good but the star of the meal was this. The BEST Chendol I have ever eaten in my entire life. Ever. Penang is on my "must-visit" list.
Lowly Worm in the flesh! My baby puts a friendly arm around his new friend and goes for a drive.
Our last meal before leaving KL - lunch at Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant, right after meeting Zurin. This was the Tea Smoked Duck.
Fresh Tomato Fried Egg With Fish Meal Set. What a mouthful, huh? But super yummy!
梅菜扣肉 Mei Cai Kou Rou (minced pork with preserved vegetables). Don't even get me started on this. It was so good I could have eaten just this everyday for the entire trip.
Side dishes which were delish delish! Loved the spicy long beans.
And I ended my holiday in KL with this sweet finish - Taiwan Snow Mountain. Nutty (almond), milky and sweet - in every mouthful. That scoop of sesame ice-cream was to die for.
So, those were just some of the fantastic food I sampled on my holiday. See why I need to go on a bland food diet? There were so much more which I didn't get to photograph (I could never do food reviews) because I was either too hungry or too busy (managing my little crowd).
And that ends my super long post. Thanks for reading, if you haven't gone off to another blog yet! ;) Cheers, everyone!