……  I love my phone, my mis-aproppriated Ipad (didn’t steal, hubby never opened the box, before it…… vanished)!

But, what’s going on….. and how does it affect the common man?

From what I can gather….  US lawmakers want an explanation from Apple!

It seems….. they are supposedly logging our location and info. and putting in hidden files! Is this true?

For what purpose?

Two British researchers discovered something?

What is the impact for/to us regular (Joes)…….?

Is this a marketing stint, or more invasive?




The pleasures of eating in Malaysia….

…… are endless!

I am the luckiest woman, anywhere in the world!

On my doorstep, literally…. My choices are endless!

First of all,  I am in a society that embraces Indian, Chinese and Muslim fare as a given!

Then we have every other Asian cuisine, a melange of all that is wonderful!

Here the food is so reasonably priced……

I will tell you my favourites….. soon!


TV Channels!

I subscribe every month!  For what exactly?  Repeat after repeat? Someone tell me?

I go to Europe….. Interesting…..

Why is there no competition…… No ….. Nothing! Why aren’t networks competing?


Staggered Birthday Celebrations!!

Over the weekend ‘Special K’ my youngest daughter celebrated a birthday in Sydney (Uni student)….. She was a little upset as she only got one birthday card from her extensively spread family!

I explained that everyone had sent a card, or in some cases a gift!  I immediately sent texts to close family…… Did you remember birthday? All were adament that they had.  In the meantime; am blessing  text messages, they sent heartfelt wishes…….!

Today I was talking to my daughter and the great thing she said was….. “Well, my birthday is over, I had so much to do on Saturday…. But it’s over!  Now, I can really enjoy every card or gift that arrives.”   How wonderful is that…. OK, I did direct the conversation, but she so agreed.   So rather than being disappointed, she is excited…… which brings me to my point!!!

Most women don’t get flowers very often…. But on my birthday I sometimes receive 3 bouquets.  I love each and every flower, but don’t truly appreciate them!  I would LOVE to have  a staggered delivery….. THEN, every flower would mean so much more?

In the meantime I hope cards will arrive every day for ‘Special K’  and give her joy!


Simplest, fluffy pancakes…… ever!?

No scales required, perfect……. everytime!!!! 

This is what you Need:

A tea cup!

Self- raising flour

A large egg



Butter or vegetable oil (my favourite, a little of both)

Frying pan


This gives the flavour…..  Choose from below, any of them!

Grated lemon zest (the yelllow part, not the bitter white stuff)

Grated chocolate

Any chopped berry….. strawberries, blueberries, raspberries  sultanas ….. absolutely anything that you love….

The idea is to….. Love what you are eating, but keep it healthy!

Now, just to make it ‘yummily’ perfect!  CHOOSE!

Vanilla yoghurt

Greek yoghurt – honey… maybe?

Natural yoghurt  (my favourite, but that’s boring, I love it with honey,  Hehe)

Students, buy a honey  yoghurt…. Perfect!


Take your cup…. Fill it with flour and a large pinch of salt…. now, if you have a sieve, do it…. if not, never mind, into a bowl…. still works, but mix the salt through!

Make a well (hole) in the middle of the flour! Break the egg into the centre (make sure, egg is fresh).

Very slowly, mix the flour into the egg (think of the flour as a wall, you are gradually breaking it down).

Now, One cup of milk, gradually add…. you  can then add your flavourings…..

Frying pan on heat, add butter, oil or both…..  When you think it’s hot enough, take a little bit of the batter, drop in…. if there is no sizzle, too cold!

Take a tablespoon and drop the batter, close to the oil(so it doesn’t splash).  Do not spread it.  Just watch!  Fill the pan with tablespoons of batter!

Won’t take long to cook on one side…. 1-2 minutes…. the first one is experimental!  Turn over (not you, the pancake …. lol)

Careful you don’t keep the flame or electricity too high….

Serve with any of the above and maybe fruit on the side?

I have explained this simply because, we all have to start somewhere…

This is specially for G, I and “Special K”……. Am I wrong, or is ‘Mother’s Day’ coming soon?’


Plaintive call of……….

When it rains, non-stop in Kuala Lumpur at the moment, funny/strange things happen?  Well, of course we get flash floods, cars putting their hazard lights on for no reason (well drivers put them on, hehe), snail paced traffic and floating bikes and sometimes tiny cars!

But we also hear strange sounds at night!  I am normally a light sleeper and have been  kept awake recently ….by a sad sound…. went through my lists…. cats, water-logged monkeys, birds, trees and sighing trees!

But have just discovered, after much detective work, FROGS!

A sorrowful sound!

I am wondering…… Are they all, Princes-in-waiting?  If so, where are the Princesses?


Fish in Foil!

This is a simple, tasty and low fat dish….. Quick and very little washing up!  You love it already!


Tin foil

Vegetable oil

A fish steak….. white or salmon

Now the good part, use any combination of the ingredients below, as many or as few as you like!  Your choice…..

Asian Style:

Spring onion….. very thinly sliced

Fresh ginger, grated or very thinly sliced…. Can use from tube or jar

Soya Sauce

Chopped garlic

Lemon juice (but not if you are using soya sauce)

A red chilli, discard seeds and slice very thinly

Black pepper

A dash of Sesame Oil

Western Style:

Spring onion, very thinly sliced

Lemon juice

Salt and pepper

Tomato, very thinly sliced

Mushroom, very thinly sliced

Olives, very thinly sliced

Garlic, chopped

A sprinkle of dried herbs


Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.

Take a piece of foil, large enough to make a loose parcel for the fish and extras! 

Wipe the foil on one side with the oil!

After rinsing and patting dry, place fish in middle of foil!

Add any additional ingredients from lists above, fold foil to seal!

Place on oven tray or pyrex lid, in case of leakage!

Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes!

Prepare rice and Chinese greens, or pasta and salad etc!

Serve and throw away foil!



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