Monday, September 29, 2008

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

See what I received on Saturday. Zue sent me some Hari Raya cookies with some sweet peppers. Thank You Zue. Carlos and I love the cookies.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim friends and blog readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri and have a safe journey home to be with your family.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

To My Special Man

I know I've told you many times how much I love you, Dear
And how it seems to me you grow still sweeter every year,
I love you for your thoughtfulness and your understanding way
For the countless little things you do for me each day
I love you for the hopes and dreams you've helped to make come true
But most of all I love you, Just for being you
Happy Anniversary Sweetie!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pantry Cleaning

I am such an unorganized person when it comes to my pantry. I just throw everything in there when I come home from grocery shopping. I just pile it all in there. I know its time to clean up when I have to rummish through it to look for something. Oh, the many times I thought I had something in there when I really didn’t or when I might buy something I thought we needed but didn’t. I've also bought certain grocery items which I totally forgotten and only to find out later they were hiding somewhere at the corner of the pantry.

"Before"It look like a war zone in there!

So I decided that Sunday was the day I would organize it. First, I took everything out of the pantry and grouped the items together into a few categories like Asian, Western, Baking, Snack, and Misc. I also got rid a whole load of expired stuff that no longer good and throw away a lot of plastic containers.

"After" Look so much better now.

This is where I kept all the packet sauces, Asian ingredients, flour, sugar and all different kind of rice

Not to toot my own horn, but I think it looks pretty good now, plus the pantry is much more functional. I will have to make it a point to clean it up every six month. There is more space in there and I actually know what is in the pantry. My next project will be my refrigerator and my spice cupboard.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tomato Plant 4

Finally my other tomato plant is giving me plenty huge tomatoes. It’s about time!! I don't know why this year of all the 4 plants, 3 of them cherry and grapes and only one produce the big ones. I thought I bought 2 big tomato plants. Anyway, may be it got mix up. Hopefully the weather doesn’t get too cold too soon so I can continue to enjoy the fruits of my labor. By the way Nancy's plants are all dried up but mine still looking really good.

This is what I picked yesterday. What do you think I should do with it? Maybe some salsa or some pasta with fresh tomatoes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I Am Going Home!!!

I finally bought the ticket for my flight home early next year. I know it's kind of early but I've heard that the prices will be much higher after October. I've been looking around for the best deal but every airlines seem to be charging a lot of money for it. I wanted to fly Singapore but too bad they don't fly economy from Newark anymore. They only fly Business and 1st class. MAS is charging arms and legs their ticket and cost almost 2K. I am glad I found a pretty good deal through Zue's agent but I have to transit in so many places and by the time I reach Kuala Lumpur I will be like a zombie. I am praying hard that this airline don't give me any problem when the time comes as they don't have a very good track record with the consumers.

I can't wait to be home with my family to celebrate 2009 Chinese New Year. The last time I celebrate CNY back home was 9 years ago. I am so looking forward to the reunion dinner and meeting up with relatives and friends. Hopefully I am able to meet up with some of my blogging friends too. Those who are interested please let me know o.k. Kuala Lumpur here I came!!

10 Factors That Drain Out Money

A lot of people are facing financial and have difficulties in budgeting their money to last for the next paycheck. It's easy to fritter away money on daily expenses. If you fall into these money traps, learn to avoid them and pocket the savings. Below is the 10 money drain.

1. Coffee -- According to the National Coffee Association, the average price for brewed coffee is $1.38. There are roughly 260 weekdays per year, so buying one coffee every weekday morning costs almost $360 per year.

2. Cigarettes -- The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids reports that the average price for a pack of cigarettes in the United States is $4.54. Pack-a-day smokers fork out $1,660 a year. Weekend smoker? Buying a pack once a week adds up, too: $236.

3. Alcohol -- Drink prices vary based on the location. But assuming an average of $5 per beer including tip, buying two beers per day adds up to $3,650 per year. Figure twice that for two mixed drinks a day at the local bar. That's not chump change.

4. Bottled water from convenience stores -- A 20-ounce bottle of Aquafina bottled water costs about $1. One bottle of water per day costs $365 per year. It costs the environment plenty, too.

5. Manicures -- The Day Spa Magazine Price Survey of 2004 found that the average cost of a manicure is $20.53. A weekly manicure sets you back about $1,068 per year.

6. Car washes -- The average cost for a basic auto detailing package is $58, according to The tab for getting your car detailed every two months: $348 per year.

7. Weekday lunches out -- $9 will generally cover a decent lunch most work days. If you buy rather than pack a lunch five days a week for one year, you shell out about $2,350 a year.

8. Vending machines snacks -- The average vending machine snack costs $1. Buy a pack of cookies every afternoon at work and pay $260 per year.

9. Interest charges on credit card bills -- According to a survey released at the end of May 2007, the median amount of credit card debt carried by Americans is $6,600. Rate tables on indicate that fixed interest rates on a standard card average 13.44 percent. Making the minimum payment each month, it will take 250 months (almost 21 years) to pay off the debt and cost $4,868 in interest. Ouch!

10. Unused memberships -- reports that the monthly service fee at gyms averages between $35 and $40. At $40 per month, an unused gym membership runs $480 per year.

Friday, September 5, 2008


Sorry for not updating my blog. I am a bit under the weather since coming back from New York. Will post some pictures of our trip to Long Island next week. Take care and have a good weekend.