aidilfitri 2013: IBD Open House

EID celebration is always merrier in malaysia.  it is such a colorful celebration (traditional costumes, house and street decorations, etc) and a HUGE blessing for food lovers!

malay traditional foods; as well as the people, looks ‘exotic’  😉  i leave the taste for you to ‘treasure’ from these pics below:

lemang or glutinous rice in bamboo.  It is cooked or 'roast' together with a coconut milk in the bamboo stick. before the glutinous rice + coconut milk is stuffed into the bamboo stick, banana leaves will be placed inside the bamboo stick so dat it'll be a 'wrapper' after the lemang is cooked.

lemang or glutinous rice in bamboo. It is cooked or ‘roast’ together with a coconut milk in the bamboo stick. before the glutinous rice + coconut milk is stuffed into the bamboo stick, banana leaves will be placed inside the bamboo stick so dat it’ll be a ‘wrapper’ after the lemang is cooked.

Chicken rendang uses coconut milk, and a paste of mixed ground spices, which includes ginger, galangal, turmeric leaves, lemon grass, garlic, shallot, chillies and other spices, normally be eaten with lemang or ketupat.

Chicken rendang uses coconut milk, and a paste of mixed ground spices, which includes ginger, galangal, turmeric leaves, lemon grass, garlic, shallot, chillies and other spices, normally be eaten with lemang or ketupat.

Ketupat is white rice wrapped in a square shape with coconut palm leaves.

Ketupat is white rice wrapped in a square shape with coconut palm leaves.

Spicy peanut sauce.  It usually contains ground roasted peanuts, coconut milk, soy sauce, galangal, garlic, and spices (such as coriander seed, cumin, etc.) Normally be eaten with Ketupat, besides the chicken rendang.

Spicy peanut sauce. It usually contains ground roasted peanuts, coconut milk, soy sauce, galangal, garlic, and spices (such as coriander seed, cumin, etc.) Normally be eaten with Ketupat, besides the chicken rendang.

Ketupat with spicy peanut sauce. Yummy!! ;)

Ketupat with spicy peanut sauce. Yummy!! 😉

credit to wiki and google

full already??  haha 😀

now, back to our Department Open House!  my department is called International Business Division.  we do ‘international business’ scope for oil vessel constructions.  we have vessel-in-progress in several countries around the world such as China, The Netherlands, Brazil as well as Singapore.  sounds BIG, eh?  yeah, BIG companies with crazy fellas inside! LOL 😀 these are the faces of IBDians!

malay traditional clothes! helping each other to adjust their 'samping'.  samping is a skirt-type adornment, commonly worn with the Malay traditional outfit.

malay traditional clothes! helping each other to adjust their ‘samping’. samping is a skirt-type adornment, commonly worn with the Malay traditional outfit.

this is how the Malay traditional outfits look with 'samping'.  A jet-black or dark coloured headgear called the 'Songkok' can also worn to complete the attire.

this is how the Malay traditional outfits look with ‘samping’. A jet-black or dark coloured headgear called the ‘Songkok’ can also worn to complete the attire.

our IBD faces :)  that's NOT me! (the lady) hehe

our IBD faces 🙂 that’s NOT me! (the lady) hehe

in the process of fulfilling for the stomach..! haha :D

in the process of fulfilling for the stomach..! haha 😀

speech by our mr. vice president! bonus please for next year? LOL! :D

speech by our mr. vice president! bonus please for next year? LOL! 😀

enjoying their foods

enjoying their foods

meeting vs. eating! tsk tsk tsk.. ;)

meeting vs. eating! tsk tsk tsk.. 😉

now comes the ladies! 😉

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if you realized, most of us wear outfits in blue and pink.  and dat’s because of the theme color for dis years’ open house 🙂

 now… back to the ‘foodie floody’ story!  apart from the traditional foods up there, i wanna show you one of the most exotic food in malay traditional dishes!

TADAA!!

yes, it's a leaf.  but it is NOT about the leaf.  we're not gonna grind that leaf! haha

yes, it’s a leaf. but it is NOT about the leaf. we’re not gonna grind that leaf! haha

this one called TAPAI.  it is cooked glutinous rice, and sometimes sweet potatoes. the general process is to wash and cook the target food, cool to about 30°C, mix in some powdered 'eleusine coracana', and rest in covered jars for one to two days. the finished tapai will taste sweet with a little alcohol, and can be consumed, or left for several days more to become sour.

this one called TAPAI. it is cooked glutinous rice, and sometimes sweet potatoes. the general process is to wash and cook the target food, cool to about 30°C, mix in some powdered ‘eleusine coracana’, and rest in covered jars for one to two days. the finished tapai will taste sweet with a little alcohol, and can be consumed, or left for several days more to become sour.

do you manage to ‘digest’ above explanation and turn it into the ‘taste’?  no?  welcome to malaysia!  i am glad to show you around if you need my help… haha 😀

 that’s not enuff!  some more foods pleasseee…. 😉

cute little cuppy pavlovas.  i would say this is the best pavlova!  it is less sweet, and the sugar based was not as hard as those pavlova i tasted before.. thumbs up!

cute little cuppy pavlovas. i would say this is the best pavlova ever! it is less sweet, and the sugar based was not as hard as those pavlovas i tasted before.. thumbs up!

mix fruit cheese tarts.  it written 'selamat hari raya aidilfitri' which means 'eid mubarak'.

mix fruit cheese tarts. it written ‘selamat hari raya aidilfitri’ which means ‘eid mubarak’.

red velvet cake! <3 brought by jules :)

red velvet cake!

carrot cake and cheese cream cuppies <3 yummy!!

carrot cake and cheese cream cuppies

the food stations:

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owh yes.  there got spaghetti meatballs for expats!

owh yes. there got spaghetti meatballs for expats!

i think i had enuff explaining things about food already. haha :D

i think i had enuff explaining things about food already. haha 😀

and here is my picks:

clockwise:  cheese tart, pavlova, curry puff, sardine roll, and carrot cake and cream cheese cuppy.  this is the 'entry'.

clockwise: cheese tart, pavlova, curry puff, sardine roll, and carrot cake and cream cheese cuppy. this is only the ‘entrée’.

i decided to eat rice.  i had enuff lemang, rendang and ketupat since the first day eid i.e. 8th August 2013

i decided to eat rice. i had enuff lemang, rendang and ketupat since the first day eid i.e. 8th August 2013

and this is my favourite lake scene beside my office

serendipity... :)

serendipity… 🙂

ahhh, i’m lovin’ it! 🙂

xoxo

YAYYY!! RECEIVED RAYA ANGPAU..!!

normally, this was Charmings’ routine every year for Eid.  He will give me ‘angpao’ (money in a small envelope – adopt from Chinese custom) since we were friend – means since i was still a college student.  for malay people like me, angpao only be given to students and younger.  someone who’s working like me, and almost hit the THREE O this year, almost dreaming!

the best angpao from him was three years ago.  he gave me angpao in USD bcoz at that time he just back from LAX, and i tell you, it’s a three figures!  so i ended up the money for shopping~ haha!  (sorry, i’m not a good money saver)

this year, sad.  i celebrated eid without Charming.  my first time eid without him.  and more to come…  that reminds me about not getting any duit raya or angpao from him anymore.  it’s not about the money actually.  it’s the value of having the chances to celebrating eid with him.

i thought i’d never ever get any duit raya anymore.  but just now, our procurement manager came to my desk and put a small envelope in front of me.

“it’s your ‘duit raya’…”  he said.
“huhh??  ‘duit raya’??  for me??”
“yeah, for you.”
“are you serious?”
“of course i am…”
“alhamdulillah…  thanks!!”

my lips smiled.  i thought i’d never ever get duit raya anymore~  seems like ‘last year’ isn’t the last year i received angpao!

thanks to mr. khanafiyah!  may prosperity showers you in return 🙂

MYR 20. maybe just a small amount, but it is the thought that count! :)

my duit raya. MYR 20. maybe just a small amount, but it is the thought that count! 🙂

when i’m no good~

okay. whatever you would think of this.

i “decided” to go on medical leave today.  sick?  no.  i’m sure i’m not sick.  i’m just no good.

to start with, it was almost midnite when i reached home last nite.  300KM journey just ended.  i felt so tired so i didn’t bother to decide what should i wear for work tomorrow (which is today), and i crashed myself on the bed right away.

dis morning, after i dressed up, still my heart refused to go to work.  i’m still tired.   (plus ‘monday-blues’ virus).  i wish i can have more rest!!  but my heart said:  no, no, no, i should go work!!  so, what my heart said.  i went out of the house, walking toward my car.

when my feet touched the ground, i felt something.  an uneasy feeling.  it was my shoe, though.  a flat metalic gold peeping toe pump, which, to tell you the truth is already worn out.  i think last nite was raining.  water spots were everywhere, and that made my feet cold and somehow; wet.  i took a look at the bottom part of my shoe, and there the shoe out sole has already cracked.

i’m a woman, you know.
i have one full rack of shoes (but always end up wearing the same “favourite shoe” to work).  dis morning, i was at my mom’s place.  i just have whatever shoe i wear.  i didn’t have spare.  thoughts coming up…

how should i go to work with this shoe?  do you mean to force me to go to office and somehow look like a lost witch failed in finding her way home last nite in front of my handsome boss?  (well, i didn’t mention about my so-so dress that i left at my mom’s house a couple of years ago~)  plus…  yes, i’m tired still actually.

around 9AM today, i was in the clinic.  i have told my boss and my assistant that i’m on a medical leave today.  but the truth; i haven’t got the medical slip yet!  well, i’m sure they’ll give one to me.  i believe i’m gonna get one.

it’s been like four months since my last MC a.k.a medical leave.  the last one i got – the doc gave me a couple of days just to rest.  at that time, i was still struggling to get on my feet after Charming died on the earlier month.  but today, i’m going to use the same lame excuse.  menstrual pain.  i think that’s the simplest excuse i can tell – or lie, to be exact.

inside the doc’s room, i was a little bit puzzled when the doc said i’ve got a little bit of ‘feverish’.  and that my throat reddened a bit.  so the conclusion is; a part from the menstrual pain, i also got fever and some outbreak at my throat.  owh thank God!  at least i wasn’t really cheating!  well, i told ya i’m no good~  haha ;P

at the reception counter, the nurse gave me this, based on the doc prescription:

yeah, i'm no sick.  so these meds are sarcasm or what??  haha

yeah, i’m no sick. so these meds are sarcasm or what?? haha

oh my gawd.  is the doc being exaggerating or what??  ahh~  as long as i’ve got the medical slip!  hehe 😀

xoxo