Teochew Orh Nee

#happyweekend #happycooking

After asatisfying lunch at a friend’s place, I’m so inspired to cook up something too!

To start with, I’m no expert in cooking but I can prepare simple dishes with youtube’s help!

Today, I will be sharing (like the title suggested) ORH NEEEE! It’s my favourite dessert and it’s a Teochew dessert!

I don’t have much picture of the preparation as it’s my first time trying to make one (& didn’t expect it would turn out so well!) >_<

But I will still share the youtube link with you so that you can make reference!

So many video? Which one to follow? Actually I followed a bit of everything! With a bit of everything, below is my version of Orh Nee:

INGREDIENT (**based on estimation)

1 Whole Yam (about 1.2kg – 1.5kg)

1 Slice Pumpkin (about 150g)

1 Pack Gingko Nuts (or 100g)

200ml Coconut Cream or Coconut Milk

100g Rock Sugar**

150g Caster Sugar**

A (few) Pinch of Salt**

2 Cups Vegetable Oil** (you can use 200g of lard if you can get them)

2-3 Knots of Pandan Leave** (good to have but can do without too)

All above ingredient can be adjusted to your own taste preference. I underlined those ingredient which I feel is a must have! The rest I didn’t really use them because I forgot to buy them!! LOL!

**based on estimation as I totally didn’t use any measuring kit! You know like how our parents also cook..? “agar-agar” can already.. If you think it’s sweet enough for u already then you do not need to add more sugar. if 150g is too blend, just add more sugar.

HOW TO

  • Cut/chop yam & pumpkin into cubes and steam them (I steamed them for about 40 mins. Throw in some pandan leaves if desire).
  • While waiting, let’s work on the gingko nuts (ie: Shiokman’s video):
    • Sliced gingko nuts into half and pick out the stem.
    • When done, cook gingko nuts in boiling water & add rock sugar to sweeten it (you can use caster sugar if you dun have rock sugar).
    • Throw in pandan leaves if you have (I skipped this as i forgot to buy pandan leaves).
  • Once yam and pumpkin are cooked/soften, mashed them. (NOTE: mashed the yam while its hot. Once cold, it will be hard to mash)
  • PUMPKIN: After mashed, add sugar for sweetness and set aside (pumpkin’s done!)
  • YAM: After mashed, you can then transfer into a food processor to blend them further so you get a finer texture.
    • Add in the gingko syrup, caster sugar and a pinch of salt and blend together to add taste (you can adjust this according to suit your taste bud).
    • Add 1 cup vegetable oil to smooth it (optional).
  • Heat up your wok with 1 cup vegetable oil (or melted lard) to stir-fry your yam paste! (ie: Meatmen’s video)
  • Add sugar to enhance the taste!
  • Keep stirring until yam paste and oil combined into a smooth texture.

Ready to serve?! HANG ON!! Remember I have my coconut cream??

  • Heat up coconut cream (I added half cup of water as cream is too think)
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Stir well and done!

Now you’re ready to serve!!

 

For this orh nee, I only purchased yam, pumpkin and gingko, assuming that’s all i need until i re-watch the video then realized I missed out so much! Lucky for me, I have vegetable oil & rock sugar at home so everything is still manageable!

My food processor didn’t work (yes, like a bad day to cook!)! So if you don’t have a food processor, get a sieve and do it the hard way!

In short, all you need to do is Steam, Mash, Blend and you’re done! You can skip the frying you’re lazy (ie: Hed Chef and Shiokman’s version are non fried)!

Give it a try and tell me how you like it (or not like?)?

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Tsururi Point Clay Pack

It was just a casual “walk” in Watson’s to check out sale and who knows I ended up with something I have no plans buying (& didn’t buy what I planned to!)!

TSURURI POINT CLAY PACK – GHASSOUL.RED CLAY.ARGAN OIL

What is Ghassoul Mineral Clay? It is derived from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Ghassoul Clay is a rare and high quality soothing clay well-known for its gentle and natural healing properties.

BENEFITS:

• Ionic detoxification

• Treats acne

• Controls excess oil

• Brightens skin

• Exfoliates, tightens & smoothens

• Improves skin elasticity

• Evens skin tone

• Protects against free radical damage

• Environmentally friendly

So here’s my clay pack!!

Tsururi Clay Pack is formulated with two types of clay to penetrate deep into pores and whisk away impurities!

Impurity absorbing ingredient: Morocco Ghassoul (which we had shared earlier) and Red Clay (a powerful purifying agent which is high in iron. It absorbs excess skin oil and also has superior moisturizing effect!)

Skin treatment ingredient: Red Rock Salt

Moisturiser: Arnab Oil & Honey

Brought home and got my hands working on it immediately!!

So after I washed my face, I applied a thin layer of clay on my chubby nose! You can apply the clay on T-zone or area prone to oiliness!

Impurities and excess oil are absorbed to skin’s surface, appearing as darkened spots!

The clay dries pretty fast… before you know it… it’s already drying up and hardened! You do not need to wait very long to see the oil mark!

At 5 mins, it’s almost good to wash away! Before we wash it….. here’s a CLOSER look!!!!

***WARNING: image below looks really gross! Scroll down at your own risk!

Now that it’s dried/hardened, time to rinse off!

Verdict: Tsururi Clay Pack does remove my clogged pores! Not 100% but I can see result after one use! Skin does feels clean and smooth too!

Just to ensure it’s not the clay drying with spots, I tested it on my hand! NO OIL SPOTS on my hand..!

Will I buy again? I don’t know! It seems like 1 tube can last pretty long as only need to apply a thin layer! By then, maybe there’s even better product out on market.. However, if there’s nothing better, I will definitely buy this again when I finished using the one I have now!

MKUP Cloudy Deep Pore Cleansing Awakening Mask

Yesh! Finally made time to share this cloudy mask review with you!

WHAT IS CLOUDY DEEP PORE CLEANSING AWAKENING MASK? 

Luxurious Skin Essence Treatment that reawakens tired dull skin back to life, purging out impurities deep in the pores while injecting precious Arbutin, Vitamin C & Whitening Essence that stops formation of pigmentation and brightens skin to a new tone. Vitamin B5, E, Carbonated Water and Pore minimizing Essence to create ultimate skin recovery regime leaving a bright pore less and water charged skin with each treatment.

So here’s me with my mask!

 

Pardon the poor quality photo! I was using my iPhone front camera and quality got compromised due to insufficient lighting..

The super dense foam starts to oxidize as soon as i applied on my face.. I look so ugly max with the mask! It’s difficult to apply them smoothly because it’s so dense it doesn’t move swiftly when you push it..

 

Oxidization process is kinda slow (or maybe i applied too much).. It has been more than 20 mins but some part of my face are still “cloudy”.. But nevermind! I went ahead to wash my face and tried to remove my blackheads!

I must say, this works so much better than the Deep Pore Cleanser! Blackheads were easily removed with Cloudy Mask and skin does looks brighter (not whiter!)

So if you’re contemplating to get Deep Pore Cleanser or Cloudy Awakening Mask, I would recommend you to get this instead!

LINK: http://www.qoo10.sg/su/414604008/Q101716446

If you ask me, i would prefer buying from qoo10! At least i can apply my coupon for further discount! LOL!

Check out Deep Pore Cleanser review HERE!

MKUP Deep Pore Cleanser

FB advertisement are scary! Just a short 2 min video made me spend $64.80!

Not bad right??? Like so easy can!!

*finger clicking* ADDED TO CART!! LOL!!

Then another FB advertisement

Seriously.. they’re not like made expensive hence thought just give both a try…..

Today, i’ll just be sharing the review on Calendula Extract Deep Pore Cleansing Mousse!

Easy to use is definitely the first thing that comes into my mind! brush and cleanser all in one bottle. No need to lather any foam and just a push u’re ready to scrub scrub scrub!

After trying, I wouldn’t say this is the best pore cleanser I had tried. It didn’t remove as much pores as what the video shows.. Video’s a lil too extreme i think.. sigh, 广告都是骗人的..

Well at least i tried! If you would like to give it a try too, check out from Qoo10 (click image to be redirected)!

LINK: http://www.qoo10.sg/su/414604037/Q101716446

However, the Cloudy Deep Pore Cleansing Awakening Mask is another story!!! I will share that with you again in another post with more pictures!! That one is much better..!

 

The Vamp Stamp – Vavavoom Wing Stamp

The perfect wing EVERY TIME! Bygone those bad eyeliner day!

If you’re like me, shaky hands/unbalance wing or just don’t know how to draw a wing eyeline, YOU NEED TO READ THIS POST!

As I was doing my online retail therapy, I chanced upon this wing stamp! This is not new to me, saw it online some time back but it was only available in US then. However, it seems like the perfect wing has flew to our sunny island!

Bought my wing stamp on Qoo10 (will share the link at the end of this post) and rec’d it within 3 days!! From the package, you know it’s not the authentic wing stamp BUT I don’t care as long as it serve its purpose! (Yes, in her page, it’s mentioned that the product is an inspired  product)

Tried it immediately that evening (NO, I have no evening dates nor am I going anywhere, I just want to try it before I go shower – didn’t even have my lip color on)!!

New beauty tools like this, I thought I will need a lil more time to master the skill.. who knows, it turns out pretty user-friendly!

  

Aim, stamp and done! So easy! The only tricky part is that you’ll need to angle your wing proportionately! Not too high, not too flat! Other than that, it’s really an easy tool!!

Chances of me using this again is pretty high! For wedding dinner, for party, for dates…

No more shaky hand as excuse!

  

In case you wanna know, this stamp I bought is “KITTEN” wing (start small so i won’t get a shock of my life).. Yes, the stamp comes in 3 sizes!

 

LINK: http://www.qoo10.sg/su/414603524/Q101716446

(Image grabbed from seller’s Qoo10 page)

Go have a look and you’ll fall in love with it! Did i mention, IT’S NOT EVEN EXPENSIVE TO START WITH! 

A Better Florist

Flowers are never a bad ideas for ladies (unless you’re sensitive to pollen!).. Better still when it’s free same-day delivery!

A Better Florist in Singapore believes that sending and receiving flowers should be easy, affordable and beautiful. Forget those last minute dashes to the flower store or disappointing delivery services! Their philosophy and bouquet craftsmanship makes them one of the best place to buy flowers in Singapore. If this doesnt convince you, how about FREE same-day delivery service!!

A Better Florist offer free  same-day delivery service between 9 am to 6 pm. Whether you’re in Bedok, Holland Village, Tampines, Thomson Road, Ang Mo Kio, CBD, Toa Payoh, Jurong, Tiong Bahru, Novena, Orchard or Sentosa, They’ve got your back. No matter where you are in Singapore, they can get to you!

Got this chance to send my aunt a birthday bouquet and was totally elated when ABF could let me customized my bouquet. I look back into my photos for flowers that I had ordered before (from other florist) and I found 1 bouquet which I would really love to see again!

Of course I’m not a greedy person, I do not need it to be exactly the same nor be a gigantic bouquet.. Something similar and decent size will do..

ABF responded that they could provide a similar bouquet with roses, carnations & eustomas! This got me even more excited!!!!

Until the day comes….. I was in great disappointment.

I requested for a picture prior sending the bouquet to recipient, none came in. That’s still fine..

When I rec’d the bouquet image from recipient, I was totally dumbed! I changed my clothes took my bag and went to her place immediately to see the actually bouquet!

*below photo from recipient*

How is this similar to what I requested? It’s not colorful, it doesn’t look vibrant, the whole bouquet just feels so dull. Frankly speaking, I’m wouldn’t be happy receiving this bouquet.

 

Tried to take a nicer picture from a different angle but i think I’m already too disappointed.

None of the bouquet picture makes me feel worth the money (yes, although it’s a sponsored bouquet, but I should still have my expectation).. All in all, if you want a customized bouquet, do it at your own risk. Ask me? Never will I do customized bouquet with them again.

To be fair, it’s not like all their flowers/bouquet is such a disappointment.. they have decent one online too! So if you would love to order from them, get whatever that’s online. At least there’s visual for you to see and you won’t get a shock from your customization.

Another thing worth mentioning, the bouquet comes with a lil note to tell you how to care for the flowers and there’s a pack of flower food too (which I didn’t take any pic of those, but u can google it), well that’s something I don’t see from other florist yet..

Will I buy again? Maybe not… until I see another bouquet that really wow me.

**The above blog review is sponsored by:

A Better Florist

The Surprise Party

Per the title suggested, this is gonna be a happy and exciting post!! Because it's about a PARTY!!!! A SURPRISE PARTY!!!

We planned this party about 3 months prior the actual day!! Secretly planning this with the help of our family members too!! So the plan is to have someone bring our birthday girl to Canopi (it was one of the place where she has been wanting to go then) without our smart girl being suspicious about it ! But HOW??? Thankfully luck was on our side! She happened to asked her family to go on a short trip and we played along her story instead. Smooth!

In her impression, this trip was just between her family as my mom & me doesn't have enough leave and suppose to be going for a charity walk (Yes, we rejected her invite a lot of time!). I'll skip the details and fast forward the to week of the surprise staycation!

So on this particular day before the trip, we accompanied her to TPY for dinner and went to money changer..Well, it's not about money changer here we're gonna talk about but it's the rainbow coloured drink!!

 

We bought this from a Thai eatery. We didn't try their food but this drink was so cool! Tasty and colorful, seeing it definitely stirred up all the excitement about the secret vacation!

Yes, up till this day, she still has no idea what grand surprise we had planned for her!! LOL!

On this beautiful Friday morning, my mom & me took the morning 9am ferry to Bintan! The perks of traveling early, less crowd less noise more peace more space!

Just a mere 50 minutes, we arrived THE CANOPI! Yeap, complimentary airport pick up thus no worry of having difficulty finding Canopi! less than 5 mins drive, and ta-daaaa!

Upon arrival, other than the friendly staff, LOOK WHAT'S WELCOMING US??

Beautiful crystal clear lagoon and safari tent!! MIND BLOWN!

We requested for early check in but the room wasn't ready when we arrive. However, it wasn't a long wait before the front desk came up to us (we were sitting at the restaurant prepping the room deco) to inform us about OUR BIRTHDAY GIRL's room is ready for us to "check in" for the deco mission!!

Here's part of the stuff we bought for the decoration! Apart from these, we arranged Canopi to arrange room deco too!!

Let me show u the original room state..

And now for The Canopi's decoration..

Not too bad, but wait till you see our add on!!!

Side track a bit.. While working on our deco.. we rec'd an sms!

It was our birthday girl sharing her wefie, perhaps trying to "show off" that they're heading off to their staycation! Lol!

Yeap, it's a photo of them on the ferry! With that photo, it means that it's almost 2pm already (they're on the 2pm ferry)! AND WE'RE NOT EVEN NEAR DONE!!! OMGGGGGG…

We need to hurry before they arrive in an hour's time!!

So both my mom & me hurried and speed up and here… check out our add on!!

     

Pls tell me we did a great job!!! My mama almost had a heart attack and swear she doesn't wana do surprises anymore!! LOL… Made her so gan jiong and even rushed through the decoration with her hand injury.. Awwww… (are u touched, birthday girl?)

About 3pm, we handed over the room back to the front desk for them to lock it up and get ready for their normal check in ! Now all we had to do is ask for our own room check in so that we can have a place to freshen up and "hide" ourselves (rather than sit in lobby)..

While we were in our own tent, we.. we probably been the most troublesome guest.. we texted the front desk for help as our TV couldn't receive any channel…. less than 5 mins, we text the front desk again!!! This time we actually asked for access to the decorated room – we wanted to grab a cup of confetti for ourselves so that we don't surprise empty handed! Probably another 5 mins, we texted front desk again! This time, requesting them to give me a heads up when the birthday girl and family are at lobby for check in because it's already passed 3pm but no sign of them arriving! (No phone service in the tent hence it's important to connect to resort's wifi so that guest can contact front desk via whatsapp.)

About 4.05pm, we rec'd a text from front desk…

"Your friends are at lobby"

WAHHHHHH the critical time now!! My mom and me quickly ran outta our own room, lock up & ran to hide at the back of their tent!

we heard "wow" *laugher* (birthday girl impressed!) and once we heard them in the room, we ran in and threw the confetti – I think we scare the kids, made both of them cried (oops!)!! We made our birthday girl cried too!!!! She gave a tearing speech and we spent at least an hour in the room admiring the decos!

So glad the surprise had surprised her (them)!! LOL.. the crying kids??? Yea.. after a lil warm up, they started the enjoy confetti too!!

See how happy they are.. I bet they secretly love confetti!!!!

Note: we cleared our own party mess. Canopi probably will faint if they see this mess when we check out.

About 6pm, we took a transport out to a nearby jetty for our kelong dinner.

This jetty looks eerie ya.. LOL! But probably the only way we can reach our kelong venue. Both land and sea transfer to the kelong is complimentary.

We had the boat to ourselves.. We too had the chance to enjoy this…..

Beautiful sunset!

[Photo credit to my sister-in-law]

Shortly after a boat ride, less than 10 mins, we arrived Kampung Kelong for dinner..

I must say, this is definitely not the most romantic place to celebrate birthday! They do not have the most appealing dishes too.. BUT!

We judged too soon!

Surprisingly, their dishes taste better than it look! We ordered the veg twice!! We ordered more than these actually, we had a fish too but i probably misplace the image as u know this post is kinda overdue!! >_<

By the time we finished dinner, it was already dark! Goodness, the ride back to land was pitch dark!! Not only the kids are afraid, me too!! >_< what if the boat sink?? what if there's crocodile?? what if we collide with something?

Thank goodness we made it back alive!! LOL!

We didn't go to bed immediately of course.. we still have a surprise part 2 for her!!

WAHAHAHAHA i bet u can't tell what is this!!

We arranged for an ice cream cake (strawberry flavour- this cake actually taste quite nice) with my firecracker candle and my aunt super bright torch. thus the result of this image.

By night time, i think most of the resort guest probably already knew there's a person name JESS in this tent!

After enjoying the cake and drink, the kids went to bed and us?

Lotsa wefie and catch up time!!! We haven't really talked so much for the longest time!!! Until we ran outta mosquito coil, we decided to end the day!

One more wefie of 个女人一个梦 before we turn in!

Next morning, we didn't plan much to do either… just enjoy a lazy Saturday with family. Kids running around after breakfast. Kids swimming in the afternoon.

And adults?

SCOOTER time!!! If you haven't tried riding a bike before nor have a license, fret not!!

At Canopi, there's expert here to give u a test/trial ride! After the test ride, you can then decide whether or not to rent it! After the test ride, we rented 6 hrs and everyone got a chance to play!

A quick tips, if u plan to do massage at the resort, try the one further to the resort (the one that's open to public). Heard that it's cheaper there and longer massage duration available too.

Well, Good time flies! At a blink of an eye, it's already our 3rd day, time to check out!

All in all, I'll definitely recommend The Canopi! Especially if you want stay away from the buzzing city!

Food and recreation is not a problem within the resort hence there is no need to leave Canopi unless you want to do shopping! Good place for family, romantic tent for couple! Best of all, staffs are pretty friendly and helpful! They serve with a heart and not by-rule.

Once again, Happiest Birthday our dearest Ah Girl!

This conclude our lil surprise party for her big 3!!

Indonesia Bali (Day 3 and Day 4)

After so much fun on day 2, we planned to stay in for day 3! It me & my flamingo day!

Seriously, it’s just a chillax and do nothing day for Day 3. we basically just chilled, swim & eat..

Who knows time can pass so fast just by nua-ing in the villa! Very soon it’s our massage day (Day 4!)

Checking out was a fuss free and thanks to Putu, we got a “free” airport pick up!

Yeap.. we booked a couple massage session via Putu and this Spa provide free pick up and sending to airport!

Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly smile and seriously, this spa seems quite popular!

We were then led to another quieter place to rest and enjoy (I didn’t) a cup of cold ginger tea!

I didn’t enjoyed the tea because i don’t like ginger tea but my hubby enjoy it a lot thus i gave mine to him.. Very soon, our masseur came and head over to our couple room!

Overall, the place is quite clean and staff are generally quite friendly.

A few times I actually fell asleep during the massage, i guess its because they’re good! LOL.. TBH, it’s not the best massage skill I’ve try but i will still give it a 7/10..

Good thing is that we already paid half the bill during day 2 hence by day 4, we were tooo broke to pay anything extra!!

Another good thing…

Sunset view is FREE on PLANE!!!