Monday, October 07, 2013

Steps to Draw an Elephant by Nuha

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Learning from Famous Painters

Here is an interesting art activity done by Mimi at school:

Find a famous artist/painter.
Study the artist's paintings and then draw the remaining half of your face using the style of your chosen artist.

So guess who is Mimi's chosen artist?

So try it out with your own kids :)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

A jet designer!

That is Naqib's answer to "what do you wanna be when you grow up" question :) Is there such designation? His answer is most probably inspired by his love for paper plane origami ... ha ha ha plus his high taste in cars ... he wants to buy Ferraris and Porsche and now Ironman's Audi ... and he now realizes that we can only buy him TOY MODELS :D

"Can I make lots of money if I build and sell a jet?" Such simplicity and innocence :) "Sure boy, you can but you really MUST study and work hard to be smart, listen to your teachers and do all your homework" Ha ha ha!

I played some youtube clips for him to watch and just put an end to one of his vision of him flying the jet. He watched it and commented on how dangerous the jet looked when in flight. Me think I am showing him the wrong clips :p I googled further and found this:

Kids: How do airplanes fly

Ok, Naqib boy. This is for you :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

All about iphones and elephants

"iPhone, I like iPhone" got the daddy impressed with Nuha. Wow, at the age of 2 plus, she is into iPhones already??? So high-tech eh this child of mine?!!

Well, daddy dear, this is Nuha's iPhone ..

Ha ha ha ha.. not that advance after all ... iPhone = el-phant :D

I found THE song just for Nuha :)

And this is her on her el-phant:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Educational Online Games

More online educational games to keep our kids occupied during the school holidays. Check out especially the online traffic game, it's good for sharpening your kids' logical thinking skills.

Beating Your Kids by Russell Peters

Definitely something to ponder about: beating or no beating? I guess we shouldn't go for the two extreme ends, there must be a balance somewhere. I believe that beating with the intention of educating our kids to become a better person is OK. Beating because we are stressed out with work is NOT! Beating them when we are not in control of our anger is dangerous. But not beating them at all will teach them that they can get away with murder. So, as Russell Peters says, beat your kids.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Homemade Pancake Recipe

Instead of Hungry Jacks, you can try this simple pancake recipe, which I got from my auntie.

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder (double action)
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
4 tbsp melted butter (cooled to room temperature)
1 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp castor sugar

1. Sift all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) into a bowl.
2. Separate egg yolk from white. Add egg yolk to the dry ingredients. Add melted butter, milk, sugar and vanilla essence. Whisk until smooth.
3. In a dry clean bowl, whisk egg white till light and fluffy.
4. Fold both ingredients together. (Do not overfold or overbeat)
5. Rest 5 minutes before cooking. Cook on a non-stick pan. No oil needed.

This is Mimi's fav breakfast food. I was ranked third in terms of cooking skills by Mimi. After making the pancakes for her, I am now number one, beating my MIL and mom hahaha ... How easy it is to please Mimi :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tiramisu Recipe Revisited

I finally tried out my friend's tiramisu recipe and it is incredibly easy and yummy :)

I'll put the recipe here together with where you can get the ingredient if you are staying in Bangi or Kuantan.

1 packet of sponge finger (No tesco brand available in Bangi/Kajang but you'll be able to get the sponge fingers from a shop that sells baking stuff in Section 9, BBB, it's called Vanilla Pastries. It'll cost you around RM15. It's a large packet and you'll only be using half of it. In Kuantan, you can get the same sponge fingers from Pantai Selamat at a cheaper price , around RM10++)

300g soft cheese (I used mascapone cheese, also bought from Vanilla Pastries, which cost around RM18++ for 500g, this is really cheap, in Tesco Kajang, the Mascapone cheese is RM19++ for 250g. In Kuantan, we weren't able to find the mascapone cheese, so we used the philadelphian cream cheese instead. It turned out ok too.)

300ml whipped cream (Make sure you get double cream or you can also used non-dairy sweetened whipped cream for baking, otherwise you can't beat it still it's stiff)

250g sugar (optional or to taste - depending on the sweetness of the whipped cream and soft cheese. The first time we made it, it was too sweet. The second time, we tasted the cream mixture first before adding sugar, since it was already sweet from the sweetened whipped cream, we left out the sugar entirely)

2 tbsp nescafe/coffee

Cocoa powder
Grated chocolate

0. Prepare nescafe/coffee. Let it cool to room temperature.
1. In a chilled bowl, beat (from low speed to high speed) cold whipped cream until stiff.
2. Add cheese and sugar.
3. Prepare a 8x8 tin.
4. Dip sponge fingers quickly into room temperature nescafe/coffee.
5. Line them in the tin.
6. Pour in half of the cream cheese mixture. Even it out.
7. Add another layer of nescafe-dipped sponge fingers.
8. Pour remaining cream cheese. Even it out.
9. Sprinkle cocoa powder and grated chocolate all over.
10. Chill it in the fridge.