Jan 5, 2018

18 A December To Remember

Out of all the months in the year, December is most magical for me. Peace, joy, love, all these words sum up the general atmosphere. People seem happier - school is out, holidays are in. This means lots of family gatherings and meeting up with friends.

I hung greeting cards we received on our Christmas tree this year. It's a nice feeling, this warmth that creeps up on me every time I look at it. The holiday season was not as hectic for me this round. I was most efficient having spring-cleaned my home in November and getting all the decorations up. I'd also gotten the presents wrapped and sent out!

Christmas Tree

My aunt and cousin flew in for a visit a couple of weeks before Christmas. We had a fabulous time shopping, catching up and teasing one another mercilessly. 1Utama and The Curve were the first places we hit. My aunt's luggage was filled to the brim on the first day itself. We felt very proud of her ..haha!

In a bid to avoid crowd and queue, we woke up at 5am the next day just to take my aunt to the legendary Big Bad Wolf book sales at Mines Convention Centre. I got ten books for myself. The rest were for my nephews. With the ones I purchased earlier from Popular Book's RM5 sale corner, I figure it could last me a year. I read pretty fast and have a habit of not putting a book down until I'm done. That's why I make sure I don't start on a new book until I've done my chores and run my errands. Also, my eyes need a break!

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

Books I Bought

Pavilion Mall is always stunning at this time of year so aunt and I headed there for a look-see. Lucky us came across a LINE pop-up store at Tokyo Street corner - they were giving out free gifts to anyone whose Birthday fell in January. My aunt and I qualified! We showed them our MyKad, the LINE app on our phone and voila, we were given a cute tee, a bag and stickers. My aunt found it unbelievable - "So easy to get free things one meh..."

Christmas At Pavilion, KL

Free LINE Merchandise

My aunt went home, there ended her adventures in KL. Then came the Winter Solstice Festival. This year, I made a different version of 'tangyuan' (glutinous rice ball). I rolled some up with organic moringa powder - it turned a lovely shade of green. We enjoyed it with honey chrysanthemum tea.

Moringa Tangyuan

When my cousin informed that she would be popping by my house one Saturday, I decided to bake her a cake. I woke up early, whipped up a batter for butter cake and kept my fingers crossed as it went into the oven.

It was wrapped prettily and passed to my cousin. She buzzed me later asking for the recipe, saying that they loved it so much. Sigh ..best day ever.

Butter Cake For My Cousin

Christmas day itself was a quiet affair. We skipped doing the 'open house' thing this year. Hubs and I were feeling the after-effects of too much celebrating. It was nice to just chill at home. The feasting and festiveness hasn't ended and we both needed the break.

Rest Is The Sweet Sauce Of Labour~ Plutarch


18 comments:

  1. Did you bump into Mama Kucing at the book sale?

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    1. No ..but I bumped into her at a school sometime ago ..haha ;D

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  2. Nos it is time to put CNY decor. Lol.

    Going to take down my tree today.

    Ooo. Homemade butter cake. Lovely.

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    1. Aargh, I am so not looking forward to CNY springcleaning but it must be done..haha! Thanks, Rose x

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  3. I like the way you made the tong yuan and the cake looks yummy!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. I made it as simple as I could ..haha xx

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  4. I like the blue lights on your tree.

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    1. Thank you. In all my years, blue for me where Christmas lights are concerned - 3 sets in my collection at the moment. :)

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  5. wow your X'mas tree was so beautiful and festive! I am drooling at that butter cake.

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    1. Angie, there was a party going on in my tree ..lol ;)

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  6. X'mas is my favourite festive season of all time! Love the mood & the joy of giving! xoxo

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    1. Mine too, Shirley. 'Tis the season to be jolly .. xoxo

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  7. I love this magical time! :) And I think it's too short ;)

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    1. Hah! I agree ..it IS too short ^.^

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  8. I feel the happiness with you. It is great to celebrate the happy occasion with your love one.

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    1. Yes.. my loved ones are a crazy lot. Lol. Wouldn't miss their company for the world.

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  9. Your tang yuan seem healthy and delicious!
    Big thumbs up to u using moringa powder to make it, I nv thought of it either!

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    1. Thanks, Emily! The natural colour of the moringa powder called out to me. Otherwise, I would have stuck to making plain tang yuans :D

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