With the dipping temperature, the virus has gotten the better of me

Or perhaps it was from Malcolm’s persistence loving kiss

I am down

Blocked sinus

Chesty cough

Watery eyes

Itchy throat

I’ve got them all

What an untimely arrival

With the co-hosted dinner just the next day

and the dinner party just round the corner

As I lay down trying to catch a wink

braised chicken, salted vegetable duck soup, lotus leaf rice, chili crab, garlic prawns, beef rendang …

racing through my mind

atchoooo !

arrrgghhh !

I think I need my antihistamine !


Gingerbread Man

Malcolm woke up with a cough, runny nose and slight fever and was given the day off.

He ate, played and napped. It was hard to tell that he was sick. I guess not having to go school automatically makes him feel better.

We read loads of stories.

His recent favourite from the library is The Gingerbread Man. We found an excellent edition of this old tale. He loves it and so do I.

This is the 2nd time we borrowed this book, after hogging it for 2 months the last time.

The book came with a Recipe for the Gingerbread Man at the back cover.

He wants to make his own gingerbread man, hoping that his gingerbread man will jump out as well.

And of course, anything for my sick boy today.

Nov 622

Checked the fridge and found out that I ran out of butter.

I don’t have molasses, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground clovers, ground allspice.

Not worth to splurge when I only need to use 1 teaspoon each.

I miss home where I have EVERYTHING for baking.


Maybe we could make Gingerbread Man PANCAKE instead ??

I have been trying to find the perfect pancake recipe, maybe something close to MacDonald’s, as Mal loves them so much.

But how to shape the pancake ?


Nov 591

An Aluminium Foil Gingerbread Man Mould!

We even came up with a shark one.

And after a long time fiddling and meddling in the kitchen.

We FINALLY have our very own Gingerbread Man

Nov 603

We managed to make 1 decent looking gingerbread man, 1 mess up gingerbread man and 1 weird looking shark.

It was hell lot of work, it was messy.

The aluminium foil mould wasn’t a good idea.

The Only Consolation

We had fun together and my sick boy was happy

Lesson Learned

Necessity is the Mother of All Inventions (at least for this time)

Here’s the recipe for the pancake


I cup self raising flour

2 tablespoons castor sugar (optional)

1 egg, beaten lightly

180ml of milk

butter for cooking (I used olive oil instead since I run out of butter)


– Mix flour and sugar

– Mix in egg and milk, to make a smooth batter.

– Add a bit of butter to lightly coat a hot pan. Pour dessert-spoons of pancake mixture onto the pan.

– Wait for bubbles to appear on the surface of the pancake, flip.

– Serve hot with jam and honey.


Busy Week

It has been a very busy and tiring week. The flu bug had struck and for the last 2 weeks, my family members took turns to fall sick. I have been suffering from bout of sore throat, coughing and runny nose since last Saturday. Luckily Mal was spared from the vicious virus. I had to make a conscious effort to keep a distance from him so that I won’t pass it on to him. Not to share cutlery, not to sleep too near him, turn on the fan instead of air con when we sleep so that the room is well ventilated, no kissing esp on the lips etc. But ultimately, I think it was the vitamin supplements that he has been chewing on every morning that helps.

It was one of those times when you feel too sick to get out the house but yet not so sick as to be bed ridden. With a little push and A LOT of effort, I managed to drag my tired self out of the house and do the things that ought to be done.

I surprised myself at how much my sick body can achieved!

Tuesday we attended ??(ren ri) celebration at Mal’s school, with all his teachers and friends. It is the birthday for everyone and it is the time for Lou Hei for prosperity and Mee Sua for longevity.Wednesday – we celebrated valentine’s day with lunch and flowers, yeah just me and mal. oh and Mal ‘conquered’ the Bugis fountain! He finally mustered enough courage to walk through the fountain but was totally drenched when the water suddenly shoot up. After that, he was running around the fountain wildly, something he will not do normally.
Mal is a rather careful or I should say timid boy. For new things that he has never tried before, he will choose to stand at the side to watch and observe when the other kids are in action. So I was overjoyed when he finally have the courage to run into the fountain and get himself wet. It was an achievement for my boy 🙂 Too bad I did not bring out my camera with me.

Thursday – we prayed to the sky deity during midnightFriday – we went to the preview for Singapore Airshow 2008
Saturday – we attended our first ever Chingay 2008 at Padang!

It sure was a tiring week for me and a very eventful one for Mal.