The “cooking” journey

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It all started because, my then fiancé said he would prefer to eat home-cooked food. Upon hearing that, I panicked a little, because I can’t even fried an egg. 

Growing up in a family filled good cook, I am spoiled and didn’t have any interest in cooking. After realizing that I needed to cook for my future family I knew I have to start somewhere. I then seek advice from my philipina friend, Daisy. I learn some basic from her and learning some knife skill from YouTube. Since then cooking channel and YouTube has been my teacher. 

Moving to America, having the kitchen space allows me to practice cooking more and more. As a result I spend half the time in the kitchen practicing and beginning to appreciate the art of cooking. Still have lots to learn… At least I don’t hate cooking ^.^ 

We are on track in changing our lifestyle. Eat more real whole foods, less process food. 

   

Chicken, with mashed potatoes and sauté kale

  

Black beans with herbs chicken 

  

鮮奶燉蛋

  

Chicken curry, sauté kale with quinoa 

Pan Mee soup     

Chinese fried quinoa 

 

Soy sauce chicken with eggs 

Crochet for beginners

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I am a beginner in crochet and I am loving it. I always like doing things with my hand instead of sitting in front of the computer.

How get started in crochet.
1. Thanks to my mother-in-law, she help me get started by taking me to Hobby Lobby to get a yarn and a crochet hooks
a. How to pick a your yarn:
There are many many different kind of yarn and crochet needle in the market. So simple choose a yarn that is not too dark in colour that’s easy to see and it has to be a colour that you like because you are going to see them a lot.
b. Crochet hooks
As a beginner, I just get a simple aluminum or plastic hooks and how comfortable you hold it.

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I got this. It works well for me.

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Usually on the yarn packaging will have a recommended hook size to use.

2. Watch videos.
One of my favorite YouTube crochet video for beginner is “Made with love by Glama” she breakdown the steps and easy to follow in my opinion.
Usually I will watch through the video once and the second time I will crochet with the video on and pause or rewind whenever I need.

3. Get a crochet book

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This is a crochet book I have got for myself. I wanted to learn more about crochet, so I decided to get myself a crochet book.

I love Hobby Lobby. You could get Hobby Lobby app go get their weekly offer and weekly coupon for easy access.

Pinterest is a good resource for ideas and how to.

P/s: a 24 crochet course for beginner. Click here

Flying. Experience

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On my 30th birthday, my husband and my parents in law arrange for a 30 minutes discovery flight.

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The pilot.

I am amazed by the amount of focus that’s needed in flying the plane. From listening to the air traffic controller, watching out traffic to keeping the plane stable so that the passenger won’t get sick. I was blessed and enjoyed every minute during that experience.

We also explored the flight museum, and you could fly in those antique plane.

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I love the flight museum… All the planes are well maintain and I think they are still functioning. If you are around Addison, do visit the flight museum.

moving across the world

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Who would have thought that I would move across the globe… All by myself.

Greg couldn’t stay back in Malaysia, he has to start work before I get my visa.

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November 22, 2014, for the very first time I enter the airport immigration all by myself. I have never travel alone and I was extremely nervous and on top of that, I was feeling sad to leave all my family and friends and also the land that I know so well to be united with my husband… And I was also excited to be with my husband again.

The whole green card process was a miracle itself. If it’s not because of our Father in Heaven, Greg and I will still be apart. Thank you all who have stood with us and pray with us.

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Goodbye Malaysia, till we meet again.

November 23, 2014

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Here the whole family with cute signs waiting for me at the arrival at Dallas airport.

Setting up a new house

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Setting up a new house is VERY expensive! I am now entering my 2nd month being in America, and I was introduce to GOODWILL and HOPE CLOSET. Goodwill accept donation, sort it out and sells those goods at a very affordable price. In GOODWILL and HOPE CLOSET, I am able to get the things I need for as low as 0.99cents. Although they are second hand sometimes you can get some really nice stuff, you could also get some brand new stuff too.

I have to learn to be frugal and really think about the things I need for the house. Shopping at shop like GOODWILL and HOPE CLOSET really helps me gets the most with little money.

Oh! the morning KL drive

KL Traffic

Good Morning! errr it is not really a good morning for KL. People are somewhat “soul-less”. It is a CRAZY drive every morning in KL city.

Jam. Dealing with impatient and reckless drivers. Ignorant pedestrian. Lawbreaker motorcyclist… and the list goes on and on…

How to stay sane in the midst of chaos?

  1. Prepare yourself. Knowing that it’s going to be another crazy drive, prepare our mind to brave the chaos in KL city.
  2. Listen to your favorite music that rejuvenate you while you are focusing on the road.
  3. Good time to learn something. Tune in to podcast, TED talk or etc… (Use your ear to learn… not eyes… your eyes need to focus on the road, not on the screen)
  4. Finally…. chillax la, other people being an idiot does not mean you have to retaliate. Being angry and annoyed by other driver does not help. It will make your whole day unproductive. (this is a reminder to myself too. I am bad at being patient with traffic. Traffic drives me crazy)

Oh! the crazy morning… since we can’t change what is out of our control, we can change how we respond to it. Turn the crazy morning drive to a learning time.

What you decide to do today, determine your tomorrow. Have a fruitful time on the road. =)

patient is a virtue

Patient is a Virtue

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“I am losing my patient.” That’s the phrase I find myself mumble every now and then.

In this generation, we the “instant” generation. We want it fast and we want it now. I myself, is losing a little bit of patient everyday. I started to evaluate myself, what has changed. Why am I losing my patient? I don’t know, but I know I can’t stay on this way.

What impatient does to me:

  1. Easily angered.
  2. miss out a lot of little detail in life – the simple joy.
  3. everything become unenjoyable.

I have to change the impatient way. Being patient is tough, but it is necessary.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

First Love

I have not sign up for any church retreat for a long time.

But, for some reason… when I heard about the MORE camp 2014, I felt a nudge in my heart – to sign up for the camp. I am glad I did.

I never understand what FIRST love mean. Finally, I now know what first love mean. It doesn’t mean my first love towards God… but FIRST love means, The LORD; He FIRST love us. The FIRST love means God loves us FIRST. That is first love. It is not our love toward God, but His love towards us.

Abide in God, enjoying His love – should be our (Christian) lifestyle.

Often we try to act love, but out of our act of love produce nothing. Action does not mean love, but love produces action.

1 John 4: 19 – We love because He FIRST love us. 

It is never about what we do, how much we serve but is about how much God loves us.

God loves is unconditional; Because of His love, we received:

  1. Healing
  2. Freedom
  3. Prosperity
  4. Success
  5. Deliverance, etc…

Because He loves us, He display His power. 

A paradigm shift.

Man rely a lot of human wisdom. We asked for wisdom.

BUT

It is better to have FAITH in Jesus Christ.

When I heard about this, I was blown away. In the past (before I was married), people always tell me that the love of God is like our earthly father. I couldn’t relate to that because I have never tasted the love of a father, but when I marry Greg, I tasted the unconditional of a husband. I felt the Lord is saying to me that his love is just like how Greg has love me – unconditional.

I allow Jesus in my life, I accept His love. His love filled me and with the realization that Jesus loves me, my hurt seems small and I am able to move on.

The fact that I do not need to earn Jesus’ love… just simply amazing. God created us in His image just because He loves us.

How Starbucks saved my life

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I was looking for some easy to read but good kind of book, and I stumble upon “How Starbucks saved my life” by Michael Gill Gates.
(This is a page turner)

Few key things that stand up to me:
1. Mike gave his whole life serving J.W.T, but in the end the company just fired him, when he was old and deem as u useful. The lesson I learned is that:
A. Do not chase after riches, but instead seek to have a balanced life.
B. It is not worth it to replace your family with work, family deserved my time too.
C. Invest in the life of others instead.
D. Do what you love.

2. Some quotes that I like:
“Imagine we are all the same. Imagine we agree about politics, religion, and morality. Imagine we like the same types of music, art food and coffee. Imagine we all look alike. Sound boring? Differences need not divide us. Embrace diversity. Dignity is everyone’s human right.” A quote from bill Brummell, documentary filmmaker.

“Everyday is a leap of faith” a quote from Lizz Wright, musician.

“They told you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What they failed to Teh you is that what you look like isn’t important. What is important is who you are inside and the choices you are making in your life.” A quote from Tianna Tozer, 1992 silver and 1996 bronze Paralympic medalist, women wheelchair basketball.

3. The afterword of the book – how to save your own life.
A. Leap with faith
B. Look with respect
C. Listen to your heart and find true happiness.

It is unbelievable that how Mike finds fulfilment in serving others.
Indeed it is a book worth reading.

Life will be better if you think about how you can serve rather then just being served.

Letterpress Machines – Anybody have any informations on the machines?

 

 

 

 

All the machines have been polished, but I am having some difficulty getting informations for these guys. I think they are sooooo old that the informations weren’t available on the internet.
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 Glockner – I heard they were used to print super thin paper, e.g: onion papers.

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 This were used for newspaper printing I think. Don’t have a name for it. We just called it “MISS U” machine because before it was refurbish, there was an imprint of the word “MISS U”

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