Category Archives: Celebrations

November Happenings

We celebrated Older Daughter’s birthday last Friday, about a week early, as she was going to be away on her actual birthday.

That’s the Mango Cheesecake I made for her birthday.

The following day, we saw her off at the airport.

She is off to spend three weeks in Shanghai, China for an intensive program of Intermediate Chinese. This program is equivalent to one semester’s worth of study. Very exciting, indeed. After one year of Introductory Chinese at Monash, her Chinese is already better than mine!

Since Older Daughter is in China, she wasn’t able to be here for the Girls’ Brigade Presentation Night.

Younger Daughter received an award for Best Junior.

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Birthday Time Again

There are six people in our family and three of them have birthdays within 38 days (inclusive) of each other.

Today is our youngest’s birthday, which also happens to be my younger sister’s birthday. My daughter’s due date was October 31 and I fully expected her to be born a few days before that because all her siblings were born before their due dates. October would have been a good month, too, because then we would all each have our own birth month.

Older daughter was due 3rd December but made her appearance, with some urgency, on the 30th of November. Had she been born on her due date, she would have shared a birth month with her father. When younger daughter missed her due date, and continued to ‘bake’ for another six days, I was beginning to wonder if we had somehow miscalculated her Estimated Time of Arrival. Nope, not only did she want to share a birth month with her older sister, she had to share a birthday with my sister.

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21

The oldest Yewnique child has turned 21. In Australia, a person is legally an adult at age 18; yet, 21 is still seen as a major milestone.

We had a small party with extended family for his 18th, but had a bigger party for his 21st.

 

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15

The younger son turned 15 today. Fifteen!

Yesterday, I wondered what I should make for breakfast for him and was tossing up between French Toast and pancakes. I had also bought some crumpets that were on special from the supermarket.

“Do you prefer French Toast or pancakes?”

“Umm….pancakes…?”

Then I remembered his love for Nasi Lemak.

“Would you like Nasi Lemak for breakfast?” I asked.

“Is that even a question?”

Nasi Lemak

 

Lamb Vindaloo for dinner. Forgot to take a picture! It was very good!

Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert.

Strawberry Cheesecake

 

 

Chinese New Year 2017

Today is the last day of the year of the Monkey.

It’s been a year of many ups and downs.

In case you missed any of it:

Warning: Contains the ‘F’ word. It’s British.

If they had waited a couple of more weeks, they could have added George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds onto the list. 😦

To mark the end of the Monkey and to usher in the Rooster, this is what we had:

Fish in Cheong Cheng Sauce

Fish in Cheong Cheng Sauce

Fried Noodles

Fried Noodles

Roast Duck (store bought)

Roast Duck (store bought)

Chinese Roast Pork (store bought)

Chinese Roast Pork (store bought)

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew) -- I bought the mat and a packet of marinade powder (just add water and meat).

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew) — I bought the meat and a packet of marinade powder (just add water and meat).

Top: Buk Choy with garlic and soy sauce Bottom: Chinese Broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce

Top: Buk Choy with garlic and soy sauce
Bottom: Chinese Broccoli with garlic and oyster sauce

Orange Cake

Orange Cake

Mark’s sister and husband, who just happen to be here for a couple of weeks joined us for dinner.

As per tradition, there was plenty of leftovers! And it all fit in the fridge — phew!

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!

10

So, this happened today:

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The youngest turned ten. She is now in double digits!

I asked her what sort of cake she wanted. “Well,” she said. “I like cheesecake, but I also like Pandan Cake. Why not both? A Pandan Cheesecake?”

So, that’s what I did!

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This wall hanging perfectly captures her philosophy!

Twenty-One Years

Mark and I celebrate 21 years of married life today.

The friend who acted as MC at our wedding reception was cleaning out his stuff and found the speech he made on that day about how Mark and I met. (He admits he is a hoarder.)

He very kindly typed out the whole thing and shared it on my Facebook wall!

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Happy 14th Birthday!

The younger son is now 14! He has grown about 7 cm (almost 3 in.) in one year and is taller than his two older siblings.

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year is here again!

 

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Clockwise from far left:
* Fish in Assam Sauce (used packaged sauce)
* Chinese Roast Pork aka Siew Yoke (made from scratch!)
* Chinese Roast Duck (Chinese takeaway)
* Chinese BBQ Pork aka Char Siew (used packaged seasoning)
* Cabbage, carrot, wood ear, lily flower, glass vermicelli stir-fry
* Fried noodles
* Szechuan Eggplant

Oh, and the rice (MUST have rice!!) is just off on the right.

Yes, that is a lot of food for just the six of us. But, I think I cooked enough extra so that we would have the obligatory leftovers to take into the new year without it being too overwhelming. I know this because the leftovers all fit comfortably in the fridge! There have been times in the past when I went overboard and it was a struggle to find room in the fridge to fit the leftovers. Maybe I’ve gotten better at cooking the ‘right’ amount. And maybe also my kids are getting older and eating more.

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Red-and-Gold Fruit Salad: Watermelon, Raspberries, Strawberries, Red Grapes, Mango

 

Orange Chiffon Cake and Red-and-Gold Fruit Salad for dessert. The cake tastes a LOT better than it looks.

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Wishing you all a VERY Happy Chinese New Year!

November 2015

November is always a busy month for the Yewnique household.

The youngest turned nine. This is the one who was supposed to be born in October, but decided to wait and wait for almost a week, so that not only would she share a birthday month with her older sister, but also share a birthday with my sister, her aunt.

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Miss Nine performed in her dance school’s annual performance and also had the honour and privilege of being a student helper for the Mini Stars’ dance items. All in all she was in seven items: four with her class (ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre) and three as a helper (ballet, jazz, tap).

We attended the wedding of Mark’s cousin. The bride is a South African of Indian descent and there was an elaborate week-long string of celebrations. Here we are at the Mandap ceremony which kicked off the week.

At the Mandap Ceremony

 

The younger two finished up their home school for the year. Did they finish ALL their assigned work? No…. As the song says, Let it go, let it go….

The Boys’ Brigade and the Girls’ Brigade had their Annual Presentation.

Pioneer Pin

Susannah received her Pioneer Pin, which is the highest national award for Girls’ Brigade.

Queens Badge

Jeremy received the Queen’s Badge, which is the highest award for Boys’ Brigade.

Queen's Badge

 

And finally, last but certainly not least, Susannah had her birthday. This is the one who was supposed to be born in December, and therefore share a birth month with her father, but decided to be born early and have her own birth month thankyouverymuch . . . that is, until her younger sister was born eight years later.

Susannah's 17th

 

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