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Neighbor’s Cooking – Week 28 August To 31 August 21

28 August 21 – Breakfast was a giant pork bun and a red bean bun Neighbor bought from the market. I saved the pork bun for tomorrow.

28 August 21 – Lunch

Home made 饺子 filled with mince pork and Ku Chye (*a type of chinese green used for stuffings in dunplings like this and soon kueh) with korean glass noodles in hot spicy mala soup with chives, parsely, shitake mushrooms and doufu. She added 2 tablespoons of steamed rice too.

28 August 21 Dinner was roast beef sandwich in perfect doneness and rockets with fresh figs, onions and avocado salad done beautifully.

Rockets with tomatoes, fresh figs and avocados in light olive oil vinagrette.
Home made vegetarian mushroom soup was super tasty and delicious
I bought Chef Neighbor a loaf of baguette from Delifrance and she made a delicious roast beef sandwich with lightly sauteed onions and buttered baguette. A fresh shitake mushroom stuffed with chopped bacon and ham topped with cheese and baked till crispy.

29 August 21 – Lunch comprised simply an egg omelette, kimchi and home made Ngoh Hiang. Ngoh Hiang is a bean curd roll like spring roll but filled with minced pork and chopped water chestnuts with spiced.

I was served up another portion of fish soup boiled with fish bones, black beans, red beans, red dates, lingzhi mushrooms and dried longan meat and wolf or goji berries.

29 August 21 – Mee Hoon Soup Dinner was superb! Below are 2 views of this well paired mee hoon soup that was chokeful of pork slices, fish slices, yam cubes that melt in the mouth and chye sim.

A view with pork, fish slices and yam that was buried under the rice vermicelli.
Side of fried Japanese achovies with peanuts and Ngoh Hiang
Soya sauce and chilli padi to add into soup to my taste as she cooks without salt

30 August 21 – Lunch was steamed rice with Bak Kut Teh with fresh mushrooms, watercress and pork ribs in peppery soup. Delicious as these were choice meats of cartilage that I like. Neighbor shared that she bought 1 kilo ribs for 4 of us. So it is 250gm per pax. Eating Bak Kut Teh is literally paying for bone weight.

31 August 21 Lunch

ABC Soup – named as such because it has vitamins A, B & C. It has corn on cob, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots and a chicken drumstick

31 August 21 – Dinner.

More ABC soup as I love it.
Rice served with a side of sliced beef stir fried with chye sim
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Fund Raising Gone Awry

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Some Fun Signs & Labels To Laugh At

No thanks!! Seriously?!!
This Middle School Does Not Seem To Have A Good Grasp Of English?!
Best tattoos and advertising it too!
Now I know ( If you are reading from cell phone tap on meme to read it in bigger font. I tried to enlarge it, but it came out as a blurred image. I apologise for the meme but I found it as is, on the internet)

What it says is:

“What is the purpose of numbers on stickers on Sunkist oranges?

If there are 4 digits and the first or second numbers are 3 or 4 – it means the fruit has been sprayed with insecticides.

If there are 5 digits and the first is a 9, then it is organically grown.

If there are 5 digits and the first digit is an 8, then it is genetically modified.” [I wonder if this is true?]

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Can You Spot Just Only One (1) Difference Between 2 Pictures?

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Not What The Expected Outcome Intended

Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered.


Years later, they get back together to discuss the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother for her 70th Birthday.

The first said, “I will build a big house for our mother.”

The second said, “I will send her a Mercedes Benz with a driver.”

The third smiled and said, “I will beat you both, you know how our mother enjoys the Bible, and you know she can not see very well now. I will send her a parrot that can recite the entire Bible.

It took 20 missionaries in a convent 10 years to teach him. I had to contribute $200,000.00 a year for 10 years, but it was worth it.

Our mother will just name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it.”

Soon thereafter, their mother sent out her letters of thanks:

“Mario,” she wrote the first son, “The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house.”

“Marno,” she wrote to another, “I am too old to travel. I stay home all the time, so I never use the Mercedes. And the driver is so rude!”

“Dearest Marlon,” she wrote to her third son, “You were the only son to have the good sense to know what your mother likes. That chicken was delicious!”

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This & That And What Ails….

I hate it when part time help is not time sensitive and tells me within an hour of supposed arrival that she is delayed, hour every after hour. I gave up after having the appointment dragged from 11am to 3pm and cancelled. The reason I received was even more alarming as part time help then said her son in law passed away in Philippines. She did not even tell me her daughter was married!

I find people using death flippantly as an excuse. I do not mean any disrespect to any nationality but I tend to get this from people of 2 particular countries. It would seem that monthly, they would lose a relative through death. People around them in their home countries would be suddenly dropping dead, pre-covid 19 times when something is required of them to be done. If it was Covid-19 it would make sense but it is not and it is just wrong to do so!

If it was a genuine death, I would be deeply saddened but to have a family member dying monthly and on days of special requests for work to be done, seems to stretch my compassion or empathy a bit.

I also find it so weird that when Mr Nice told me he visited a mutual friend’s late father’s wake (age 93 years old) and I texted a note of condolence out of respect and care, this mutual friend immediately sent me a photo of the obituary and expected me to pay my respects and offer condolence monies. How presumptuous!

I had to apologise and explained that I had just been discharged from hospital and that my hands are heavily bandaged – basically I could not attend wakes, more so during Covid-19 it was not quite suitable for me to do so. I did not get a reply for me to say thanks and or for me to take care too. It felt to me, that since I was not going to the wake, he was not too bothered to reply.

Strange! I am unsure in your country if marriages or funeral attendances require you to gift monies but here in Singapore, it is customary to do so and recover their expenses for either the wedding or funeral.

Personally, I cannot attend anything “red” or “black” events as these are taboo for me – I get very ill when I attend such events and have refrained since as a child. So, I avoid it like the plague or in today’s new normal, avoid it like Covid-19!

My cousins too are not nice folks as one particular cousin is town crier for deaths in the clan and honestly we do not know these clan members and hardly have dealings with them. But once anyone of them drops dead or produces a grandson or child or great grand niece or heck who cares if it is the grand poobah of the clan, this Town Crier, will immediately look for my mum to milk her of a couple of hundred dollars. I did not mind this when my parents are younger and nimble on their feet to go about but with Covid-19 and mum having spinal issues and walking becomes hard, I worry for her safety.

I baulked when Town Crier hijacked my mum and made my mum pay for taxi fare back and forth so that my mum can “generously” donate to the death proceedings of an unknown clan member.

It infuriated me so much that one day I looked up the Town Crier and strictly told her to stop doing it. The whole village can die for all I care – this same village did not bother to visit my mum when she had major heart surgery. Nor did any one in the clan visit my dad when he was also very ill. I sat alone in the critical care area as my dad was in ICU, waiting in the dead of night till I could heave a sigh of relief.

I am not being mean. But I feel that the issue with death, births and marriages have become a lucrative means for people to show off lavish funerals or celebrations for keeping up with “face” and hoping to milk well wishers for monies through “gifts” of cash.

This is why I have adopted a from the freezer to the BBQ pit when it is time for me and my parents to leave this earthly realm. Actually for me, I will be in the freezer for 3 years as I opted to be a silent mentor to a medical school.

It simply riles me when a deeply meaningful event is trifled with for economic gain, useful excuse to get out of work or used for wrong reasons.

It is simply not right! Not respectful! This is how I feel.

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Cake Decorations Gone Rogue

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