Thursday, November 3, 2016

big big love, part 2

hello, I'm back with 'part 2' - the pretty mail i received last couple of months!

 Azusa chan, a lovely friend who recently has been transferred working abroad, now living in Germany! How cool~ from the info, Germany has a very good work culture~ so i think she will be happy living over there! All the best Azusa chan, see you in my next letter!

 Take a closer look on the whole parcel, check on the details lovely people, each of every patch got decorated with
beautiful stamps, stickers, hand writing!

 Hehe, guess what's inside that 'for you' package! It was my belated birthday gift from Azusa.
Hehe... forgot to take picture of it, will repost later, but I can let you know that i love it to the moon and back.
I didn't exaggerated it, the item was amazingly beautiful~

I think no one can resist Japanese kawaii packaged snacks right?
I think i should make a post about 'Japanese snacks taste test' >_< Guess it will be fun right!

 This is temari fu 手まり麩, a type of Japanese croutons but a non-friend version, or i should said its a dried wheat gluten in ball shaped that is usually used in miso soup or any kind of soups! I think there are fresh & dried fu selling in Japan, but of course dried one has a longer shelf life. I can't wait to try it! Hopefully i get to share some picture here!

Look at the colorful fu, so beautiful! Still can't believe its edible! It look a little like our childhood toy marbles / glass ball guli

 Dreamy mail from Paris~

 Cassandre always make the mail look magical with a touch of glitter glue, sparkling sequins, translucent envelope, neon stickers, colorful doilies, seed packs...etc! How's your cotton tree growing there? Very inspiring, feel uplifted after reading her letter.

She sent me hollyhock seeds this time! Yays! I've never seen a hollyhock flower here yet, will sow the seeds real soon!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

big big love, part 1

Hello, hello!

Back with my favorites post, don't worry guys I'm still writing! Sometimes, I will slowdown but never stop, simply because i love it! I love the connection that went into each hand-written word,  love sending tiny packages, surprise packages, little things that would make someone happy! ^_^ Come, let's peek into my mailbox.

Wonderful package from Aki chan, she always has this 'never-ending' creativity on how to decorate a cute parcel! ^_^
Isn't it kawaii? It just gets cuter and cuter, the postage stamps, the handwriting, the decorations!

 Look at all these beautiful treasures! Aki chan was so kind to send me that beautiful Hamamonyo tenugui japanese fabric, really love it! Tenugui can be used in various ways - as a handkerchief, as a headwrap, onsen towel, to wrap bento, gifts, or it can be a table runner, luncheon mat, as a cotton sieve in the kitchen and many other ways, almost everything you can think of, specially love the smooth texture of the cotton!
Arigatou Gozaimasu Aki chan!
 
Naoko chan, she is one of the most creative person I have ever met, a super sweet mama!
I am really inspired by her, from her daily life stories with 2 kids. She make the best decorated snail mail / mail art!

 Now, who doesn't like Muji?
Naoko chan sent me a simple yet useful pocket notebook & an ink pen in that Muji package, i think i am going to use it to record down the yummy recipes that i come across on my daily life, so i won't forget to try and make all the delicious food! Plus some beautiful postcards, stickers & little dried acorns Naoko picked it for me while she was walking down the streets!

 😍 Look, look!!
Naoko chan also sent me this - Nakagawa Masashichi Sabo 中川政七商店 cotton kitchen towel ***screaming!!!***
I have been spoiled! I'm so lucky and blessed to have such amazing people in my life,
they know me so well even know we have never met before in real life!
✿Arigatou Gozaimasu Naoko chan!

Simple yet beautiful letter from Yen Fong, i've been fascinated with wax seals and letters that sealed with wax!
She'd recently opened a stationery store in her hometown Seremban, feel free to stop by anytime!

Here are the beautiful things she sent me, pretty paper stash, vintage ephemera & airmail labels (
which I'm currently collecting )

 A belated birthday gift + souvenirs from my best friend! 
It was like all things i love falls on a kitchen towel >_< haha! I love hydrangea, and everything related to cooking~ so it's perfect she gave me this hydrangea embroidered linen kitchen towel, wohoo~ how cool!
谢谢你呀~大肥!

 A simple greeting from Nao chan, she's a cat lover, therefore she love everything with cat! Look at the 'cat' postage stamps, 'cat' washi stickers!

 A very beautiful hand-illustrated letter pressed postcard + so in love with the Lisa Larson red striped cat 'Mikey' filing folder!

LIFE IS GOOD!

Part 2 will be coming soon~

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

#onthetable lately

HELLO!

Hehe, it has been a while since my last blog post! Not that i am busy, but I'm just a little laid back over the weekends, being myself and doing things i love like home cooking & baking, very into jam-making lately and also some gardening... and I am starting to really enjoy raggae songs recently, never knew that i would love raggae music, somehow it makes me feel like i'm in vacation!


My favorite fried fish (fourfinger threadfin), this fish is also known as 'Ma Yau'.
Finally, I know how to get perfectly crisp skin now.

We grew up with chinese soups at our dinner table, therefore we always have a crave for chinese soups and this herbal soup is so light & healthy!

Shredded chicken congee as a light weeknight dinner, it's delicious and easy to prepare,
simply throw everything together and letting it all cook! ^_^

 Stir fried broccoli with garlic & oyster sauce, love that the little broccoli florets can hold the
yummy sauce!

Braised trotters with black sweet vinegar & ginger (pork knuckles), this is actually a traditional confinement food. The meat was very succulent and so tender after several hours of slow cooking, really love the combination of ginger aroma, the sweet taste and sourness from vinegar.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

outgoing mail feb & jan 16

Hello!

This year's Chinese New Year has passed by so quickly, I still miss my mom's home cooked food and the play time with baby Edward! Good thing is that i brought back up so many ingredients and cookies from home, glad that i am able to cook our own meal almost everyday!

I decided to gather a few months of my outgoing mail and post at once, because i am a little slow on snail mail, will be even slower if something comes up!

Here would be some of my outgoing mail lately, i think most of them have be received already.



 









Monday, February 1, 2016

december happy mail!

Hey,

Opps, it has been a while since last post and hello, hello!! happy new year 2016!
I'm way too late for the happy mail update, hoho~ was busy with the daily routine and i replied plenty of my penpal's letters last long weekend! Yays, just sent out this morning.

Once again, here's my happy mail post!

Aki Chan's christmas parcel came with cutest decorated envelope and postage stamps!

Limited 北海道限定 Hello Kitty blendy stick, succulent decorative magnets, full sheet of japanese postage stamp (i am gonna frame it, and hang it up on my wall), happy balloon sticker & kawaii paper goods!

Have a closer look at the Japanese ramen and sukiyaki postage stamps, also the adorable succulents magnets. Oh! can't stop smiling :)

Aki also sent me a beautiful olive wreath ceramic plate made in Japan, so pretty! Have been using it to serve the dessert since the day i received.

 Annelies took sometime to sent me a letter while she's busy with her home renovation and couple of on-going gardens transformation projects! Thank you dear.

 Vintage letter set from her mom's collection, plant labels, beautiful illustration card & of course seeds (sweet pea).

Simply beautiful!

A happy mail has reached me before Christmas from Beverly!

Bev sent me her self-designed wedding invitation card, thank you!! It was really well-designed, so pretty! I wish i can attend your wedding. Oh and gold foil notebook! *_*
 I will definitely find time for the sausage casserole recipe mix - i found the recipe too:
-1 sachet Schwartz Sausage Casserole Recipe Mix
-450g (1lb) sausages
-1 onion, sliced
-2 tbs tomato puree
-175g (6oz) mushrooms, sliced
-300ml (½ pint) cold water

Look like its simple to make and i bet it will be really yummy!

All these best things come in the parcel, could you see that *glitter tape*?

Misato chan, a new penfriend of mine and she likes cooking too! (guess you can already see from the parcel huh? >_<)

Hohoho, i'm the luckiest girl! She sent me this well-made cotton tablecloth with hokkaido specialty print, isn't it beautiful? Don't think i will use it for now >_< Then kawaii snacks from Japan - Milky matcha candy, matcha kitkat, panda packaging sesame soft candy, tea bags & my favorite vegetable broth powder!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

#onthetable

Ola!

I like taking pictures of my home cooked dishes, simply because i wanted to record down what have already cooked, what i have been cooking everyday for my family and also my cooking experiments on certain dish. Picture will help me recall those precious cooking process or moments even it's just a simple dish like onion omelette :D

Here's what we had for dinner the last few days. Chinese stir fried vegetables is a must on our menu almost everyday!

Garlic & oyster sauce stir-fried brussels sprout, our favorite vegetable lately. It taste so sweet & so crunchy!

 Light stir fried french beans with shrimps, you might already know that i'm a shrimp lover! >_<

Stir-fried iceberg lettuce with fried fish maw.

Spicy napa cabbage kimchi stir-fried with pork slices.

Stir-fried bitter melon with pork slices in black bean sauce, fermented black beans has a pungent flavor and taste very salty ~ so we usually will soak the beans prior to cooking.

  Chinese poached chicken (white cut chicken), a very easy and healthy steamed chicken recipe paired with a savory dipping sauce or ginger scallion oil.

 
Gong bao style squid (stir-fried squid with dried hot red pepper)

Since i have a new bottle of fermented black beans, so i will have to make full use of it in the cooking! Hehe, and this is stir-fried stingray with fermented Black bean sauce!