Sunday, 24 May 2009

It's Monday already?

Of course it is Monday already! I got out of bed reluctantly, went through the same old routine of steaming Japanese sweet potato (my breakfast) and chicken breast (Rusty's), load the laundry in the washer, shower, make an omelette (SK's), wake SK and take Rusty out for a walk.

When we got back, I found SK still lying in bed and we were supposed to leave the house in 5 minutes! He sprung out of bed and dashed to the bathroom. As SK and Rusty were gobbling down breakfast, I hung the clothes out to dry and watered my plants. It's amazing we still got to school on time.

That's why it pays to be 'kiasu' like me. Kiasu literally means 'fear of losing'. Well, in this case, it means leaving the house earlier in case of traffic jams. The kids cannot tolerate my kiasu behaviour but I always defend myself. It can often work in our favour as long as I don't go overboard or be a nuisance to anyone. I'm not that kiasu anyway.

They should thank me for always getting them to school early. SK had never been late in the last 6 years except for once when we were stuck in a jam on the highway for more than an hour.

Well, Monday is typically a slow day at work. I plan to leave the office earlier so I can get some stuff done at home. There is always something to do at home if you ask me.

I'm attending another wake tonight. This time it is the demise of a friend's father. It's really sad to see this happening but it's an inevitable part of our life cycle, so we have to come to terms with that.


Anonymous said...

Hi, just a random qn.i saw your seafood marinara in your earlier posts. was wondering what u had used to make the base..?

Blur Ting said...

Hi, thanks for your interest. I usually fry minced garlic in olive oil, then throw in some chopped ripe tomatoes and fresh chilli. After that, add in seafood and pour in some bottled pasta sauce. Season with black pepper and salt.

Instead of fresh tomatoes, you can use canned stewed tomatoes or tomato paste.

Amel said...

Sorry to hear about your friend's father. May he rest in peace.

And my parents also taught us both to be in time all the time. But I think here I've slackened off a little 'coz people here tend to be on time, not too much in time he he he...but still I don't like being late to go anywhere.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the reply!

The World According To Me said...

It's Monday here too, but lucky for us it's a bank holiday. Back to work tomorrow though.

I am sorry to hear about your fathers friend. As Amel said, rest in peace. I hope the wake was not too sad.

J@n!ce said...

Wow, you had Jap sweet potatoes every morning? Where can I get really good ones? :)

Blur Ting said...

Amel - Yup, you look like the sort who's always punctual. To think that I made you wait for so long at your hotel cos I went to the wrong one!

Blur Ting said...

World - Hope you have a restful day.
The wake wasn't that sad. My friend's father had cancer and his condition deteriorated until he was in palliative care. The family members were mentally prepared and wanted his suffering to end as well.

Blur Ting said...

Janice - I usually get mine from the wet market's vegetable stall. Sometimes I get really good ones, other times, only so so. I guess they all taste more or less the same everywhere but now they don't all come from Japan, they have imports from Vietnam too.

Buy those that look plump and fresh with no blemishes on the skin. Avoid the wrinkly ones or some with black patches at both ends.