Monthly Archives: June 2015

Rendang Tok (Perak)

Diary of a SAHM – Day 478


Rendang Tok (Perak) – Have you tried this before? I first tasted this dish at Faisal’s kenduri some time in Dec last year. Both Kiate and I fell in love with it! It had made such a great impression upon Kiate that he requested for this dish.

Faisal kindly shared the recipe with me and I also did some research online – browsing recipe blogs and watching YouTube videos etc. After 6 months, I finally mustered the courage to attempt cooking this Malay delicacy. For the record, this was the first time I cooked beef – a milestone in my cooking journey.

It took me over 3 hours in the kitchen but it was well worth the effort. The hubby gave two thumbs up!


I referred to the recipe by “Baby Sumo” but halved the amount of each ingredient. I list the ingredients here for my future reference. If you need the full recipe (measurement and step-by-step guide), you can refer to Baby Sumo’s blog here or watch this YouTube video.

Rendang Tok Perak


beef, cut into 3cm chunks

Beef marinade
coriander seeds (ketumbar)
cumin seeds (jintan putih)
fennel seeds (jintan manis)
black peppercorns (lada hitam)
salt (garam)

Spice paste (blended)
shallots (bawang kecil)
garlic (bawang putih)
lemongrass (batang serai)
galangal or “blue ginger” (lengkuas)
ginger (halia)
turmeric ( kunyit hidup)

Other ingredients

red chili powder or paste
kaffir lime leaves (daun limau purut)
turmeric leaves
palm sugar (gula Melaka)
cardamom (buah pelaga)
cloves ( bunga cengkih)
cinnamon stick (kulit kayu manis)


coconut milk
toasted coconut (kerisik)

Blessed Father’s Day

Diary of a SAHM – Day 476

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For the past 2 years, I was the one who nursed Joshayne to sleep every night; but on 16th June 2015, when JD was 2 years, 1 month and 24 days old, Kiate rose to the challenge and single-handedly tucked him in to sleep. He brushed his teeth, played and read books with him, carried him around the room, sang and patted him to sleep. The whole process took 1-2 hours and it was with great LOVE, patience and perseverance that he accomplished the task. And he has been at it since, night after night, without fail. Bravos!

So what have I been up to with the bonus 2-3 hours of “me-time”? I spent some time to blog, and I also completed two online courses that I had enrolled in earlier. And to reward Kiate for being such an awesome husband and father, I planned a special Father’s Day celebration for him. I baked him a red velvet cake, wrote him a poem and crafted him a special gift, albeit with recycled materials.  *wink*

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P/S …minus the rose, which was actually made by Kiate.


Blessed Father’s Day, dear.
Love you oh~

Especially for Daddy…

Diary of a SAHM – Day 475


When I was little,
you carried me in your arms.
You held my hands and cheered me on
when I began to toddle around.
Now I can walk on my own,
and even run and jump;
but sometimes, I still stumble
and fall to the ground.
You tell me to pick myself up;
there’s no need to cry.
Then you hug me tight,
and I know I will be all right.

Happy Father’s Day. Amen. Love Daddy.

Red Velvet Cake

Diary of a SAHM – Day 475


Quite some time ago, a friend of mine posted a picture of her red velvet cake on FB. I was fascinated as I’d never seen or tried one before. So the other day, when hubby requested for a cake for his breakfast/tea break/supper, I decided to try my hand at baking this gorgeous-looking cake. I searched online and came across this wonderful recipe with 5-star reviews on As usual, I’d only list the ingredients here for future reference. If you need the full recipe and step-by-step guide, please click here.


For the cake:
  • 2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sifted cake flour or 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for coating the pans
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons (1 [1-ounce] bottle) red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for coating the pans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (from 1 to 2 oranges; optional)
  • 1 cup whole or low-fat buttermilk
For the icing:
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 pound (4 cups) sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk, if needed

Note to self:
– I only used 1 tsp of fine salt.
– I used 2 tablespoons of red food colouring (powder). Too much! Remember to reduce.
– The cake was rather sweet. Reduce the amount of sugar.
– I only had 250g of cream cheese. So I adjusted the amount of each ingredient for the icing accordingly. It was sufficient to cover the whole cake.
– Invest in proper cake pans. 
– Baked at around 175-180C for around 35 minutes.

DIY Foot Prints (II)

Diary of a SAHM – Day 475

In my previous post (in May ‘14), I shared about my experience making DIY hand and foot prints with Joshayne when he was around 1 year old. It was a memorable project; unfortunately, though, I had to throw them away after a few months because I noticed mold growing on them. Yucks! It was a pity indeed.

I tried again recently. This time I used the recommended ratio of 2:1:1, i.e. 2 parts flour to 1 part salt and 1 part water. I also added a few drops of yellow food colouring, a pinch of cinnamon powder and some mixed herb to add artistic texture to the final product. I was really happy with the outcome. Ta-daa….


This time around, I made sure that I dried the ‘dough’ properly in order to prevent mold infestation. I ‘baked’ it in the oven for over 3 hours at 100 degree Celsius and then dry them under the sun for a few afternoons. And instead of leaving it lying around, exposed, I kept the foot print in a gift box with silica gel nicely ‘hidden’ underneath it.

And finally,… *drumroll*


… this was our special Father’s Day gift for Kiate. A memorable baby keepsake!

All in all, I spent less than RM3 on this project (just two pieces of wrapping paper, some flour and salt). The box and cotton were from newborn gift sets I received two years back. The socks, shoes and sandals, which were worn and outgrown by Joshayne, were also gifts from friends. *wink*

P/S Hubby, I hope you like this “priceless” gift. Hehe.

All Things on Wheels

Diary of a SAHM – Day 474

I cannot remember exactly when and how it started, but some time towards the end of last year Joshayne became interested in all things on wheels and to date he has not stopped. Since he is fascinated by vehicles, I seized the opportunity to teach him new vocabs – various types of vehicles and their parts.

Here are some of our activities:-

1) Sing the song “The Wheels on the Bus” and do the actions together.

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town!

*wipers – swish, swish, swish
*lights – blink, blink, blink
*horn – beep beep beep
*engine – vroom vroom vroom, etc.

2) When we go for walks around the neighbourhood,  I’d sometimes stop near a car parked by the roadside and point out parts of the car to Joshayne. For example, I’d say “bumper” while pointing at the car bumper and Joshayne would repeat after me. Using this method, he has picked up words such as side mirror, lights, bumper, door, window, etc.

3) Point out or draw his attention to various types of vehicles while on the road; for example, truck, motorbike, taxi, cement mixer lorry, van, bus, steam roller, excavator, etc.

4) For his 2nd birthday, we bought mini toy vehicles to decorate his birthday cakes. Read about it here. He is still playing with these toy vehicles every day and he has learnt all their “names” – motorbike, car, truck, steam roller, ambulance, bus, taxi, bulldozer, crane, jet.

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5) We bought a set of jigsaw puzzles for him. There are 8 puzzles – helicopter, car, train, tricycle, ship, motorbike, hot-air balloon and aeroplane. After only two days, he was able to complete the puzzles on his own. I used the puzzles to teach him the ‘parts’. For example, I’d pick up one piece of the puzzle and he’d tell me what it was and to which vehicle it belonged. From these puzzles, he learnt words such as handlebar, seat, float, rotor, cockpit, wing, wheel etc.

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6) We also ‘read’ books about things on wheels.

7) When we were in KL for a friend’s wedding in May, we took him on his FIRST train ride (actually, it was an LRT – from Kelana Jaya station to University station and back). We also boarded a stationary public bus just to take photos.

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P/S If you have any other ideas, feel free to share by leaving a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Blessed 5th Wedding Anniversary

Diary of a SAHM – Day 468

On this day, 5 years ago, I walked down the aisle and said “I do” to the most wonderful man ever. It has been great doing life with you, hubby, and I look forward to many more years to come. Let’s grow old together, hand in hand, you and me~

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Kiate and I celebrated our FIFTH wedding anniversary at Kopitan Classic, Alma. It’s not a fancy restaurant but I’ve always loved coming here. Imagine this:- As we were walking towards the restaurant, one of the waiters came over with an umbrella to shelter from the drizzle. Another waiter showed us to a vacant table and proceeded to get a baby chair for Joshayne (we didn’t even have to request for it). While waiting for our orders, another waiter came over with a lion figurine for Joshayne. It kept him entertained and we had a peaceful dinner. Based on our dining experiences here over the past 2 years, I’d personally give them 5 stars for the service.  The food is delicious and reasonably priced too. My favourite so far is their tomyam seafood spaghetti; Joshayne likes too.

P/S This is my personal opinion. Kopitan Classic is not paying me for this ‘review’. =p

And finally, the HIGHLIGHT of the day….. *drumroll*

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… a handcrafted paper rose, made with love by Kiate. He stayed up late and spent hours to make this. I was so touched. Thank you, hubby. Love you oh~

P/S If you are interested in making this, you can download the templates and instructions here.

Words and Phrases…

Diary of a SAHM – Day 467

In my previous post, I wrote about JD’s language development up till his second birthday. Since then, he has picked up new words and begun to  string words together to form phrases and simple sentences. What I found most amusing is how his pronunciation of certain words has ‘evolved’ over time. For example, he used to call me “mammi-ah,” and then for quite some time he addressed me as  “nee”. I tried to teach him to say “mummy” but he ended up calling me “money” (ma-nee). So please don’t be horrified if you hear my little tot saying “Love money.” *gasp*

Now, Joshayne is finally able to say “motorbike” – all three syllables. In the beginning, he only said “bike” when referring to a motorcycle. And then in early or mid-May, he kept saying “terh-bike” (the last two syllables). I couldn’t help laughing each time he said that. Then, one day out of the blue (May 23rd, if I’m not mistaken), he said “mo-tor-bike”! Woohoo…. *applause*

In addition, “butterfly” is now a “butterfly” and not just a “fly.” He is now able to say “elephant”, whereas previously he could only say “phant”. Other three-syllable words that he has mastered are crocodile, aeroplane, umbrella and bicycle. I guess we can conclude that Joshayne can handle multiple syllable words but three is the limit for now. He is currently saying “helpter” to refer to a helicopter and “mixer” to refer to a cement mixer lorry.

Here is a list of “new” words (+ improved “old” words)  to add to Joshayne’s Vocab List:~

utan (orang utan)

mixer (cement mixer)
handle bar
helpter (helicopter)
steam roller
dump truck

唱歌 (to sing)
take photo



high heels
多多 (a lot)
shy shy
Uncle Bob

He has begun to string words together. Phrases/simple sentences that he uses are….

kick + ball
(who?) + eat, for example Daddy, eat. Uncle, eat.
see you later
love + (who?), for example Love Daddy.
miss you
(who?) + 唱歌,for example 姨姨唱歌 (Aunty is singing)
put here
please put there
turn on/off
switch on/off
railway track
sharp teeth
bite you
read book
take photo
crack egg
fry egg
(whose?) + turn, for example Joshayne’s turn. Mummy’s turn.
birthday cake
(colour) + (vehicle), for example Blue car. White truck.
Where’s (what? who?), for example Where’s Daddy? Where’s Monkey?
Let’s go
Burst your bubble.
Wash your bum bum.

*updated 16th June 2015, Day 473