Monday, March 30, 2009

Her New Toys

Last week, while browsing around for a new stroller for chubby kid, we managed to find some toys for her.  She particularly loves playing with anything that can be pushed around, like a toy trolley, wheelbarrow or stroller.  So, we bought her this cute little toy stroller.

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And she loves pushing it around everywhere.

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We also bought her a beach ball since she likes throwing and kicking her football around.

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We had been looking around for some bath tub toys for her to play with during bath time but we could not find any yellow ducklings anywhere.  So, we ended up buying these little floating boats for her.

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Hope she will enjoy her toys :-)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Roti Canai

My husband made some roti canai for breakfast.

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I think he can operate a roti canai stall when we go back to Kuching.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Step-By-Step

Chubby kid has finally learnt how to properly walk up a flight of stairs.  Last week, she walked up a flight of stairs all on her own by holding on to the railing.  However, she seems quite afraid of walking down the stairs.  It seems that she is not able to see properly to differentiate between the upper and lower steps and she knows that she would fall if she misses the step.  At times, when I am holding her hands and guiding her down the stairs, she would feel the steps with her foot before stepping down instead of looking.

*Sigh*

I do hope that her vision can improve.

Monday, March 23, 2009

First Jogging Attempt in Months

I have not been exercising for quite awhile.  I finally managed to find time to do a 3.3-kilometre jog yesterday when chubby kid was having her afternoon nap.  It was an extremely windy day and the wind blew my cap away and almost blew me away :-).

It was quite a good jog.  Despite the strong and chilly wind, I actually managed to sweat.  It felt like ages when I last sweated.  I really got to find more time to do more jogs.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Albert Dock

Last weekend, we went on an outing to Albert Dock.  Albert Dock is one of the tourist attractions in Liverpool.  Having been in Liverpool for six months, last week was the first time I had ever set foot onto Albert Dock.

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Albert Dock is about two kilometres from our flat and it took us about 30 minutes to walk there.  Among the interesting places to visit there are the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Beatles Story, the International Slavery Museum and the Tate Liverpool.  We only managed to visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum, as it was quite late on a Sunday evening when we went there.

Situated at the waterfront, Albert Dock boasts of fantastic views of the river and ships.

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We visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.

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The Merseyside Maritime Museum has a lot of ship models on display, including the famous Titanic, which sunk on its maiden journey.

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Ship model lovers would love the exhibits here.

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There is even one heck of a torpedo on display, a 22-foot long British Mark VIII Torpedo.

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Having enough of ships and its history, we moved on to the International Slavery Museum.

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There are lots of stories and histories on slavery here.  Here is the famous quote by Nelson Mandela.

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Some African items on display here look a lot like our Sarawak tribal items.

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There are a lot of photos and pictures of slavery on display.

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Wait a minute.  What is Barack Obama’s photo doing here?  He ain’t no slave.  He’s the President of the United States.

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Here is another quote, this time from Abraham Lincoln.

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It was a good outing.  Looking forward to visit more Liverpool attractions.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Not Fit and Not Healthy

I am failing miserably at being fit and healthy. I have been trying to get myself to exercise or jog but lately, I am just feeling too tired to do so. To make things worse, I have been eating lots of junk food, i.e. chocolates and chips and that is not helping my aim to be healthier.

I really have to start eating healthy and exercising before I get burnt out from exhaustion. I miss being fit and healthy again. I miss the 20 laps that I usually do when I go swimming last time. I miss the seven back–to-back badminton matches that I usually play last time. At this point, I am missing all the sports that I used to do last time.

Oh heck! More Java coding to do now. Will I ever find time to exercise? I MUST go for a short two-kilometre jog tomorrow. Darling, if I don’t go for a jog tomorrow, pull me out of the house and force me to jog, OK?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In The Midst of a Filming Set

I had a very interesting experience the other day.  Early that morning, the street along the back of our flat was cleared.  I had no idea why but my husband guessed that maybe some crane would be coming in to install some cables in the flats opposite us.

However, that afternoon, there were lots of people outside as I peered out our flat window.  To my excitement, I found that they were filming outside our flat.  OMGosh!  People are actually filming just outside our flat!

I was so excited that I quickly took my camera and snapped some photos.  Coincidently, the video camera was just outside our flat window and I meant DIRECTLY outside, like two metres away.

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When they saw me staring curiously out my window and taking photos, they smiled and waved at me.  Hehe… Of course, I gleefully waved back.

I reckoned they were filming some 1950s movie.  First of all, the location being behind our flats meant that they were filming the Georgian quarters/flats.  Our rented flat was also a Georgian-styled flat.  Then, they have with them old-fashioned vehicles, like this green car here.

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And also the old-fashioned taxi.

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I was getting more and more excited as I watched them prepared for the actual shooting.  Just look at their equipments.  You can also see the old-fashioned taxi and another old-fashioned car in the background.

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The whole street was cleared for the shooting.

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I spotted some actors and actresses dressed up in the 1950s style.

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They took quite a while to get everything ready and by the time they started shooting, I was watching the whole take and I forgot to take photos, despite my husband asking me to take a video of the shooting of the take.  I also did not manage to take a photo of the main actor, who walked right past my window when they were doing the take.

It was such a surreal experience, hearing them shouting “Take 1 and Action!” just right outside my window.  Two days after that, we found out that they were actually shooting a film called Nowhere Boy, a bio-pic of John Lennon in his earlier years.

Hmm…very interesting!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Spicy Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce

I have no idea what tikka masala means.

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From the jar, it looks like some kind of curry cooking sauce.  Tired from eating almost the same menu every week, we decided to give this tikka masala a try. 

The result is that it’s just another kind of curry.  The disappointing thing about this curry is that it is not spicy enough, even though the label says that it’s medium/hot.  What the heck???  You can hardly find any labels that are hot or very hot or extremely hot, which is what we are searching high and low for.

Lesson learnt: If looking for spicy sauce/food, buy either Malaysian, Indian or Thai products.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cute Taxi

I spotted this taxi parked opposite our flat.

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Cute eh?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Ardent Football Fans

England is the land of football. And beer, of course. Being enthusiastic football fans, especially of the English Premier League, we naturally came to the right country. Now, when we watch football, we don’t have to stay up late at night like we did back in Kuching. There is no more 8 hours difference here when we watch a football match.

And the best thing is, football jerseys do not cost as much as back in Kuching or KL. Women’s jerseys are also in abundance here. We bought the England 2008/2010 away jersey; one for him and one for me.

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I don’t know what is it about England/EPL jerseys and Malaysians but most Malaysians whom we met have all these jerseys. Now we do too. Haha…

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ipanema Sandals

During our trip to Langkawi last year, my husband bought chubby kid an Ipanema sandals designed by Gisele B√ľndchen.

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Chubby kid wore it a few times in Kuching and a few times in Liverpool during autumn when we arrived five months ago. However, up till now, she has no chance to wear this pretty sandals as the weather is still too cold. I hope her feet can still fit in the sandals in a few weeks’ time when it is warmer.

I’m so tempted to buy the adult version online.

:-)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Winnie the Pooh Crocs

About a year ago, during our trip to Hong Kong, we bought a pair of Winnie the Pooh crocs for chubby kid.  Although chubby kid could not even walk yet at that time, my husband insisted that we buy it for her, despite the fact that it costs about RM140.  I think it is because he secretly adores Winnie the Pooh.  And also because he spoils her a lot.

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Anyway, chubby kid’s feet are finally big enough to fit in the crocs.  It looks really cute on her.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Kolomee Special

This was what we had for dinner last night.  Home-cooked kolomee with grilled chicken drumsticks.

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Chubby kid’s version.

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Delicious :-)