April 25, 2016

presto pesto

i cooked again! because i had to. well, because i felt like it.
or most probably because my brother dropped by on a Saturday night and he was too lazy to get takeout pizza LOL.

well anyway, i made this. as usual recipe came from one of those Tasty videos on Facebook.

Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta

1 tablespoon oil
2 chicken breasts, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper (i used white pepper)
¾ cup thickened cream (the recipe called for heavy cream but i dunno where the heck do i find that)
½ cup parmesan cheese
¼ cup pesto
3 cups penne pasta, cooked and drained
¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved (the more the merrier)

1. Heat the oil in a pan. Combine the chicken, garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook until chicken is browned.
2. Mix in the heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and pesto, stirring until evenly combined.
3. Bring to a boil and cook for about five to seven minutes.
4. Toss in the pasta and cherry tomatoes, stirring until evenly coated.
5. To serve, sprinkle parmesan cheese and basil on top.

i substituted penne pasta with shell pasta because i wasn't really a fan of penne, but i didn't expect the shell pasta to be so huge when cooked. and i totally skipped step #5 because i served it directly from the pot bahahahhaha.

Dinara eats anything i make. my brother said it lacked some greens, but i didn't know what sort of greens i could add into the recipe. my brother-in-law enjoyed it but he sorta balked when i said i dumped in parmesan into the mix. he eats clean these days, lol. the husband as expected didn't like it, he's more of a bolognaise fan when it comes to pasta.

but nothing beats rice! on Sunday the husband lost his mind and ordered fish! he never eats fish. if he does, he'll only eat 1/18th of the fish, and guess who's the lucky person that gets to finish the remaining portion? =D~~~

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April 21, 2016

out darn spot

out damn spot, out i say.

the Before photo

the way it goes with rented units, whenever your tenant vacates the unit, you're bound to encounter every situation imaginable - child-decorated walls, hobs that literally haven't seen the light of day, junk left behind enough to fill a lorry (bak kata bibik), roach-infestation (this is the worst), and of course, spill stains. my carpet (as you see in photo) spotted a very obvious stain, its origins i am unsure of. so instead of paying a bomb to get it cleaned professionally, i decided to take it upon myself to get the stain out.

i purchased one of those commercial carpet cleaners from Ace Hardware. there were quite a number to choose from, so i randomly grabbed one of the shelf. i chose the Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover. you should clean stains immediately before they set, but they mentioned on the label that it could work on older stains, so this was a win compared to the other products (apart from the price of course. cleaning agents are pricey!).

i also googled 'how to remove old carpet stain'. i got an interesting number of results, but most of them recommended more or less the same household ingredients to attack ancient stains:

- baking soda,
- dish washing liquid,
- vinegar.

baking soda and vinegar

i had nothing to lose. the stain was visible at the bottom part of the carpet anyway. don't ask me what's the difference between the normal vinegar and distilled vinegar, i simply grabbed the cheapest option.

i tried cleaning the stain with the commercial carpet cleaner first. i was supposed to spray the solution onto the stain, let it set first then only start dabbing the carpet with a white cloth to absorb the stain. i guess a got a little carried away, i kinda saturated the carpet with the solution, bahahahahah.

i didn't see any immediate difference to the stain, so i proceeded with the vinegar mixture. like cooking, i ended up agak2-ing (if there ever is a word lol) the amount of ingredients to mix together - a tablespoon each (or probably more) of baking soda, dish washing liquid, vinegar and four times water.

i sprinkled (a LOT OF) baking soda onto the stain first, supposedly to let it absorb into the stain. then i dipped my trusty Rubbermaid scrubbing brush into the solution and started attacking the stain. some people claims the mixture began to create suds, but mine didn't really become soapy because of the baking soda, and i ended up dumping the whole vinegar-mixture onto the carpet until it seeped through the other side, hahahaha. better is more, don't you think? =D

when you're finally done scrubbing, you take a clean washcloth to blot the carpet until all the liquid on the carpet is absorbed. i practically drenched the carpet, remember, so guess how much blotting was needed?

once you think you're done (or if you give up flexing your hand muscles), you can choose to repeat the whole process or simply let it dry and see whether your ingenious methods work or not. i got impatient and used my Rainbow vacuum cleaner (since 2011, our most useful purchase to-date, if you ignore the price tag that came with it) to help with the air-drying process, and then left the carpet near my unit windows to let it continue drying (my windows get abundant morning sun daily).

here's the After:

the After photo. pretty impressive

i would say that i did a pretty impressive job, if i may say so myself. bahahahhahahaha. close up i wouldn't say that the stain disappeared completely but it's far less noticeable now, and you won't really notice it unless you purposely take a closer look. anyway, that's fine with me. like i said, right side up you don't even notice the stain anyway.

#lilocleans #lilocleansnever #purposelythrewthathashtagin

April 1, 2016

applying for Indian visa

if you plan to travel to India, please don't be ignorant like i was and not know that this country requires a visa for you to enter. unlike some countries, India does not offer visa upon arrival. i was really lucky that someone thought to ask the husband about it, because it takes 3 working days for your visa to be processed. any day later and i wouldn't have been able to go for this trip. also, i was lucky that i had a friend who had recently traveled to India so knew what i needed to do beforehand.

if you would like to save time and money, you can download your Indian Visa application online here. if you choose to let them fill it up for you, they charge you a hefty amount of RM20. one downside about this online application is that if you made a boo-boo after you've submitted your application, you're gonna have to retype everything again T_T. supporting documents include your flight ticket, as well as a copy of your passport. you can choose to photocopy your documents at the visa centre, but the charges are steep.

my friend advised me to have my photograph taken at the centre itself, because they seem to have quite strict photo requirements. they even had signs posted on the walls saying that 'all passport photos taken at the store next door will not be accepted'. frankly i assume they want to make an extra buck (it costs RM20 for four passport photos) but i'd just like to think of it as convenience to have a photo booth in the centre itself, so i wouldn't have to think about where to get my photo taken in case you forgot to bring one.

i got a bit lost looking for the parking entrance. luckily nadia had already told me where to park (i always get so riled up looking for parking). parking fee at the Dataran is pricey, so if you have a better idea please do let me know. anyway, when i arrived it was just a little after 9am, and there was a line forming in front of the visa centre. you'd think that you might be stuck here for some hours applying for the visa, but surprisingly everything was pretty smooth. when i entered the centre, i was ushered to the reception counter, where they checked your documents, and then they told me to go line up at counter 6. that's where you make payment for any services rendered ie. to fill up your application form, to take your photo, etc.

i didn't bring any photos with me, so after making payment i headed over to the far end of the room towards the photo booth to wait my turn. i didn't have to wait for long. into the photo booth you go -> sit -> smile -> ta-da! lol. i think you get three tries in case you didn't like how your photo turned out. i was happy with mine on the first try (i'd rather not jinx it haha).

counter 14 onwards was where you have your application typed out for you if you didn't fill it up online. the officers will fill up the form while you dictate the information that needs to be filled. in my opinion these officers might make mistakes filling up your form if they don't hear you clearly so i greatly recommend for you to fill up your form online to save time. BUT! you must ensure that the name entered in the application tallies with the name in your passport, binti and all. or else they'll make you fill up a new form again. bahahahahah.

after all that is done, they will check that you have all the necessary documents attached. you will need to sign in two places and stick your photos onto the application (they need only two copies). then you line up at another counter to submit everything. at this counter, they will take your biometrics, and ask you to stand away from the counter and look into a camera (to record what you look like i think haha). the lady asked me to use hand sanitizer because she couldn't get a good biometrics read T____T.

and then you have to pay the visa free of RM189.60 (inclusive of gst). finish! they hand you a receipt, and you come back in three working days to collect your visa.

simple, no? the whole process took me barely an hour to get done. the only lining up i had to do were at the counters, but i didn't need to wait long. simple pimple!

so. you thinking of visiting India now? =D

well anyway i had to cancel my trip because the husband's prior flight from Phuket got delayed two hours (due to kerosakan kapal and bad weather), they only touched down in KL twenty minutes before the next takeoff. so they called in standby crew, and i was all packed with nowhere to go. haha.

oh well. if anyone is going to India within the next 6 months, don't forget to invite me!

March 30, 2016

pinky pie

i was minding my own business at the dinner table earlier when she entered the dining room and headed towards me.
due to the bad lighting, it took me awhile for my brain to register that my daughter had been tinted PINK.

in color.


my daughters get a little jakun when given a tube of lippie; i can guarantee you that the lippie will wear down to the very base within minutes. my kids have too much lip area to cover i guess that they have to keep reapplying every couple of minutes or so.

*rolls eyes*

somehow Sophia thought she might look even prettier if she smeared the lipstick on other parts of her body.
because it's pink, you know.
honestly, what girl doesn't like pink?
(most girls do, anyway)

face pink, neck pink, arms pink, hands pink, feet pink. ears also pink.

i almost burst out laughing just at the sight of her. you could say she got sun-burnt, and she probably looks like the long-lost cousin of Hellboy. the Uncle says she looks like a character from Guardians of the Galaxy. 
whatever the case is, she'll be pink for the next couple of days, because the pink ain't coming off T____T.

i tried makeup remover, nope that didn't work either.

apparently, that is one heck of a stay-on lipstick. lolz.

aaaaaand being the bad Mommy that i am, i just had to get a couple of mugshots of her first. you know, just so that she can read this blogpost later when she's all grown up and will understand why her Mommy's hair turned grey so fast. 

i even got her confession on video. trying to pin the blame on her elder sister, eh?
very sneaky!

mugshot taken
budak muka tak bersalah
even pinker in real life
perasan chomel lah tu.

oh i just had to upload this photo on the side, it's too cute =P
she's turning One soon, how time flies.

talk to the hand... and the double chin!

March 28, 2016

what's with the PMs

if you as a buyer ask the seller to "PM", please don't reply them like you don't even remember why they're PM-ing you for *roll eyes*. awak yang suruh PM kan? be a good buyer and directly message the seller lah. i mean, if you wanna buy an outfit from Jovian (for example), you don't go asking him to "PM" you, correct? and even before you type those two annoying letters, please read the whole post beforehand. it's likely most of everything you need to know is included in the sales post.

yeah i wrote this recently. i was pissed. buyers get it so easy these days, with sellers selling their wares not only through physical stores, but also via websites and Facebook pages and Instagram. and those are only just a few that i can recall from the top of my head. belum lagi putting order through whatsapp! emails and private messaging are there to convey your purchase intention.

and yet buyers still have the tendency to leave a "PM" at your sales post. when you (as a seller) check your Inbox and find that there's no incoming messages (even in the Others folder), you go and message the buyer instead. but imagine the annoyance when you finally do get a reply from the buyer but the buyer doesn't even remember what item you're selling in the first place.

seriously, awak yang suruh PM kan??? *steam comes out from both ears*

it's fine if the seller requests to leave a PM if it's a matter of first come first serve though, mainly to keep track of who saw the sales post first.

which leads to another problem: buyers tend to not read the whole sales post before PM-ing the seller. most of the time sellers includes everything you need to know in the post: what item they're selling, the color, size, material, etc., asking price, and whatever extra need-to-know information. yet some buyers choose not to read and simply PM the seller, which will then lead to asking questions that can already be answered had they read the whole original post in the first place.

i experienced that earlier today. specifically wrote what COLOR item i was selling. when the buyer asked to PM i sent her the same photo i posted to jog her memory, and she said 'owh, ok sis pass ye'. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

unless of course, the seller purposely does not put an asking price for their item because they want to sell at an exuberant price, or to find a buyer that can offer them the highest price. really, no kidding. it's really none of my business if you want to sell a RM200 item at RM350 for all i care. go ahead and knock yourself out, it's your item to begin with.

in my dictionary, a personal shopper differs from resellers. my definition of a personal shopper is as follows: someone who purchases an item on your behalf because you as a buyer has requested them to do so. you utilize their services at a price agreed by both parties before the personal shopper purchases something for you. yes?

which also leads to another trend these days: people purchasing in bulk items that are highly-sought after and pose as personal shoppers who then resells these items back at a ridiculously higher price. these item were originally offered to the public to purchase at retail provided they have an internet connection (which in this era, is almost a necessity). unfortunately, everyone likes to make a quick buck, don't they?

and most of the time normal buyers miss out on these sort of releases because of this. these people are the ones that miraculously out of nowhere says, 'i have a few extra available, please PM me!'. lol. and there you are with your cart empty (despite clicking 1000x Add to Cart) and you start to wonder how the heck did she manage to cart so many???! haha.

all that being said, it is not my place to judge how much you sell your item. i am simply musing about the people who purchases items, especially items that people are coveting for and reselling them because they managed to secure extra (and also just because they can). like what i said once, i cannot brain that the store sold out in seconds but the items were 'readily' available 'to buy, please DM me' barely 5 minutes later.

i remember being one of those disappointed people, unable to purchase because i was slow. it totally ruins the purchasing experience, eh? and i wasn't one to purchase the same item at a higher price (trust me, when i say higher, i mean waaaaay higher, sobs). i mean if you had an option to purchase at retail, you'd go for that, correct?

ok i'm done ranting today. i don't know what my point is. just needed to let off some steam.

another thing that i've come to realize recently (just because Mr.Pilot's days have been starting earlier that mine lately) (that has nothing to do with this whole rant of mine, LOL) is that i'm done leaving the house early in the morning just to get stuck in rush hour traffic for one AN HOUR before reaching the office. i'm better off leaving an hour later and taking only thirty minutes to reach the office, therefore preserving my current mood and sanity. no?

March 25, 2016

and more talking from Sophia

Sophia's current ramblings!

where u goin'?
- asked every single time i a) look overdressed, or b) if i happen to be carrying my bag, or c) if i'm heading out the front door. this is practically the most soklan kepochi asked by the three elder kids.

where get that?
- asked by her every time i'm holding an object, doesn't matter what it is.

what u doin'?
- if she doesn't ask the 'where' question first, then this will be asked when she's looking for people to bug.

can you susu?
- asked whenever she wants me to get milk for her. replace the word 'susu' with anything that she is requesting for.

- proudly tells me the room is in a messy state when all the kids' toys are strewn all over the floor T___T

- selagi u tak reply her with an 'owait', she will repeat this over and over again. sometimes i don't even know what i'm agreeing to.

- prior to saying 'owait', she will ask you this first.

-  another word she will proudly tell me whenever she spills something on the floor.

baby banana
- that's what she calls Emma.


damage from the baby fair today. i was supposed to get only teats and diapers. but those outfits for Emms were too cute to resist! whoops. #splurgeforEmma

March 24, 2016

batman v superman

i'm not a die-hard fan, so of course i never did get it when people were disappointed with the movie.

i find the movie ok.
as always, i'm on team Superman. bahahhahaha.

Ben Affleck made a decent Batman, actually.
my reaction when i first heard he was cast was the same as from an online message board Affleck came across:
(i read about this from imdb)

"Affleck as Batman? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!"

Lex Luthor reminded me or a deranged Joker actually. i always thought John Shea had made a great portrayal of the character (again, note that i don't follow the comics).

and is it a coincidence that both their mothers had the same name? i seriously didn't realize it until i watched the movie. hmmmmm.

so... who's your pick? Batman or Superman? =D

img source: Google

img source: Google