The other day, an office mate told me about the coming event.. about how years ago, her husband waited to finish watching a game before sending her to the hospital ~ she was about to give birth to their first son!..haha..
...Guess she's thankful that her son is not into playing football..hehe..
Thou I will not watch or follow most of the games, I might discuss this event with some family members and friends, so I'd better find out a little bit of d coming W.C:-)
The 19th tournament is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa..with 32 strong teams competing in d 8 groups.
But I don't mind if some friends laugh at me for "supporting" England, currently FIFA ranking 8..hehehe...
Bit "upset" thou that in March 2010 David Beckham's chances of playing at his fourth World Cup were dashed after he tore his Achilles tendon playing for AC Milan.
Note : one of the referees that FIFA selected to officiate at the World Cup was Malaysia's Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh - who has been a full international referee for FIFA since year 2000.
Been busy doing this and that over the weekend, indoor and outdoor....chores that needed immediate attention,
(p/s ~ I'm not industrious like that thou ..hehe)
..including additional electrical wiring ~ too much of electrical items in the house, esp. in the kitchen..hehe.
anyway, on Saturday we went to a supermarket nearby...and whilst at the veggie section, saw this fresh "daun kesum" and thought of 3 recipes/dishes that could be made from it: Assam Pedas, Laksa Penang or Bubur Lambuk [of Terengganu/my family's version.. :-)]
The Bubur Lambuk (rice porridge) won!
[Bubur Lambuk with daun kesum, and few other daun/pucuk and keledek(yam)]
And just because I couldn't control my taste bud upon seeing that daun kesum,
It was Batrisyia's birthday last month and I'd promised to make her a cake.
She was looking forward to it, esp. after my last effort in the kitchen with the chocolate cake (Link here) for her brother.
And so it was another round of cake making, this time whilst I was in KT...when mum was feeling better and I was in d mood of cooking :-) ,
..but minus my little "helpers" ~ b'cos the kids were in school..hehehe..
Took out the mixer and ingredients that I could find in the kitchen :-)))
~ 250 gms of butter ~ 1 cup of sugar ~ 4 medium eggs ~ 1 tin of condensed milk ~ 3 cups of self raising flour ~ chocolate flavouring ~ Red "colouring" (but i "improvised" and used rose syrup instead..hehe..)
Started to beat the butter and sugar..but when its almost "light" I realised that the condensed milk that my sister bought had expired!(don't know when ~ it was in her cabinet..hehe)
oh oh...had to slow down...
luckily a grocery shop was just in front of the house, so mum called the shop owner's daughter, Dah and she kindly sent over the milk..hehe..
after that.. added the milk, eggs, and lastly the flour.
Split into 4 parts..
1/4 ~ add the chocolate flavouring
1/4 ~ add the "rose syrup" :-)
2/4 ~ original flavour.
layered the baking tin alternatively with all the 3 "flavours" until done.
Baked in the oven 170C for 45 mins to 1 hour...
and ta daa!!!
Batrisyia with her cake.. :-)
(She loved it...especially b'cos its pink!..hehe)
Tonite, I made a another batch for Nazeem [n his school gang :-) ]
~ going to visit him tomorrow at "Kuale"..hope he'll like it..
But for this batch, I added about 100gms of cream cheese..
ps - in case anyone's wondering.. ~ I did "kindly" share some of the cake with my neighbour, Dah...hehe..
pps ~ and just in case anyone's interested...please check your cook book/internet for actual recipe..b'cos as usual..in making this cake, it's doing it my way..
Labour Day ~ got a scare when Nor called to say that mum was really not well..and her condition didn't change over the hours..later that evening we were told that her blood pressure was so high when she was checked by Ana, Nik's sister/doctor.
Worried and felt helpless in KL, kept on praying for her...
"Ya Allah..please let her get well soon..."
Nor texted after "maghrib" to say that she'd taken mum to the KTS hospital (thou she informed us later that mum didn't want to stay overnight when she couldn't be treated by her usual specialist)..by then I'd already bought the tickets for K.Pah n me for the early morning flight.
Hard to fall asleep that night but finally did at around 2am with the phone held in hand....and when I woke up around 4.15am, I was relieved not to see any messages or missed calls... "no news is a good news"...
Sunday, 2nd May ~ we reached home in KT about 10am, supposed to take mum to the hospital again but she refused and we couldn't make her changed her mind..
Nothing much we could do then but to ensure that in the next few days she'd have good rests, proper diets and medications.
Alhamdulillah.. even thou she had a fever and swollen feet the next day, after a couple of days she recovered and back to her normal self ~ so relieved to have her up and about.
Back in KL now but still checking on mum..she sounded cheerful on every calls between us..Alhamdulillah..
May Allah SWT bless her always, grant her good health and happy life...
I'm thankful to have my sister Nor n family looking after mum (n ayah before he passed away) all these while...my "once in while" trips back home could not make up a smallest portion of the times she spent with our parents ~ may you be "rewarded" for your good deeds sis...
and I'm also blessed to have good friends who care...my prayers are with u all always..
MOTHER OF MINE (Sung by : Jimmy Osmond)
Mother of mine you gave to me, all of my life to do as I please, I owe everything I have to you, Mother sweet Mother of mine.
Mother of mine when I was young you showed me the right way things should be done, without your love where would I be, Mother sweet Mother of mine.
Mother you gave me happiness, much more than words can say, I pray the Lord that He may bless you, every night and every day.
Mother of mine now I am grown and I can walk straight all on my own, I'd like to give you what you gave to me, Mother sweet Mother of mine.
Mother of mine now I am grown and I can walk straight all on my own, I'd like to give you what you gave to me, Mother sweet Mother of mine. Mother sweet Mother of mine.