National Day 2014

 8 – 9  August 2014

To celebrate National Day this year, our cell group had a potluck dinner followed by prayer for Singapore. For the potluck, we had to bring a dish which was red/white and also wear red/white in the spirit of national day!

Decided to bring Mee Goreng. I have never cooked Mee Goreng before so I did some research beforehand. Consulted my mother-in-law who can cook mee goreng that is quite delicious and also googled and read other recipes. Finally, this was the recipe I went with after combining all my research. And the result? Yummy! This is an easy to do one dish meal too 🙂

Mee Goreng (Serves 6 adults)

Ingredients:

1) 2 packets of yellow noodles

2) Cai Xin

3) Tomatoes (2-3, sliced)

4) Bean Sprouts

5) Fish cake (3 pcs, sliced)

6) 4 eggs (beaten)

7) 1 large red onion (chopped finely)

8) Garlic (4-5 cloves, chopped finely)

9) Tomato Ketchup

10) Bottled chilli (I used Singlong Sambal Belacan)

11) Dark Soy Sauce

Method:

1) Add oil

2) Fry the garlic and onion

3) Add the vegetables, fish cake, tomatoes and stir fry quickly

4) Add the noodles – Mix and stir-fry together with the rest of ingredients.

5) Add the egg and stir fry evenly

6) Add ketchup, dark soy sauce and chilli (Unsure about exact amount as I added based on the colour and taste)

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After dinner, we spent some time praying for Singapore followed by a time of charades on local topics.

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Here’s another birthday cum national day gathering I had with friends on National day itself.

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Fishing at Bedok Jetty

18 Apr 14

It was a fun morning, going fishing with the cell family. For all of us, it was the first time fishing at Bedok jetty and only one of us had some fishing experience.

I borrowed fishing rods from my father which I had no idea how to assemble. Thankfully, there was at least one of us in the group who knew something about fishing and assembling rods! Not being early risers, we reached the jetty around 10am and the sun was already blazing hot! We found a spot and started assembling the fishing rods, which took quite a bit of time since only one of us knew how to do it. To avoid baking in the sun, I found an excuse to help everyone go get some drinks, together with Shane.

By the time we came back, all the rods were set up but no catch yet. One of us remarked that our target will be to catch a fish and then we can all pack up and go home.  It was no fun waiting and baking under the blazing sun! Then suddenly, Ivan caught a fish, and quite a good sized one. Everyone got excited and more motivated and hopeful.

We decided to change to another spot and there was a Malay lady beside us who was catching A LOT of fish. She kindly shared some tips with Ivan who quickly shared them with us.  As a result, within about an hour, all of us caught at least one fish, even Daniel, with Shane’s help! The weather was also much cooler. Our total catch was about 17 fishes, which we gave to the kind Malay lady beside us. We left for quickly to grab lunch as the weather looked threatening. Thankfully, we made it to the East Coast food village before it started pouring!

What an enjoyable morning! Think we will be back to fish more often as Daniel enjoyed it so much that he wants to fish again 🙂

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Christmas cookoff

This is a much belated post but one that I must definitely do!

Christmas 2013 was spent with cell group. This year, we had a food/cooking competition. It was a potluck format where everyone had to bring a dish, with the option of either cooking it or buying it from somewhere. Each person got to pick an invitation card with a specific food category (eg. Meat, dessert, veg) that they had to prepare. The dish also had to be in line with the theme Christmas/Western. There would be prizes for Best Chef and Most popular dish so as to recognize efforts to cook as well as effort to source out and bring a really tasty dish.

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What was amazing was that 90% of the dishes were cooked with love by our cell members. A lot of effort went into each and every one of the dishes. Most of the time these days for potluck, we just da bao something out of convenience. Guess the competitive element helped to motivate us all to cook something. I like what one of them said – that he would rather attempt something and have it fail rather than just simply buy something. And it turned out that his dish was quite a hit! So the event was a successful one because everyone participated. The dish that was bought were really good too!

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The food category that I picked was vegetable!! Not my favourite food and not easy to make it shine ….. how to win with a vegetable dish?? Nonetheless, I tried my best and was quite pleased that I managed to do a yummy coleslaw – almost like the one at KFC. My dish did not win but it was quite palatable and enjoyable and I was happy with it 🙂 I used this recipe. There was a lot of love that went into it for sure! Was quite sick during that week and had contemplated abandoning the dish. But decided to do it anyway donning a mask and all. Glad I managed to pull off quite a pleasant dish in the end.

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My husband won the best chef. He picked meat and chose to do ribs. Good choice! It was a winner! Not bad considering that this is the first time he is cooking ribs.

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After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon exchanging gifts and chillaxing over card games.

What a lovely Christmas day spent with my spiritual family!

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Daniel turns 3

Daniel turned 3 this week. How time flies! Looking through snapshots of him over the last 3 years really brought back fond memories. How quickly kids grow up! Really need to cherish every moment of their growing years and create many wonderful memories.

We decided not to have a party since he does not have many friends and a party would just be for the adults. Maybe next time when he has more friends to invite. Nonetheless, we had a great time celebrating with family and friends which made it a very memorable occasion. We are thankful to be able to celebrate with our family and close friends and we were much blessed by their prayers and gifts. Daniel sure enjoyed himself …..being able to sing the birthday song and blow candles a few times with different groups and he enjoyed his many new toys.

Highlights of his birthday this year:

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Playing with the game Shane and Anne gave him …..love his expressions!

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An interesting and meaningful National Day

KDF Outreach

On Fri, we were up early as we had to be at KDF Bishan by 830 for our outreach. We were all decked in red in the National Day Spirit. Spent a heartwarming morning reaching out to the patients and encouraging them. What a meaningful way to spend National Day. Was really blessed to be able to be a blessing to the community. Great too that we were able to participate in this as a cell group.

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After that, we proceeded for lunch at Bishan Park. Found this restaurant called ‘The Cornerstone’! We had tried making reservations at ‘Grub’ and ‘Garden Canopy’ but was not successful. Food was not too bad 🙂

After lunch, we went exploring around Bishan Park. It was my first time at Bishan Park and it was quite a lovely find in this part of the island which I hardly explore. It is quite a big park … we were only in Bishan Park 2. It was a pretty sight to behold … with the ponds, shrubs and river plains. Too bad Daniel wasn’t with us…. but he had his own exciting programme with grandparents  today – zoo and NDP!

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Movie date

Since Daniel had his own programme with grandparents, it was a great opportunity for Ivan and I to go on our own date. We wanted to catch the last few showings of Indespicable Me 2. Unfortunately, tickets were sold out. In the end, we watched Smurfs 2. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Thought that it was a nice movie with themes that I enjoyed – identity, family and the father figure. Ivan found it boring and said he almost fell asleep!

What a day! Nice to be toddler-free for a day 🙂

Church Camp 2013

This year’s church camp was rather different for us. Different because we had to care for a sick toddler! I think one of the saddest things to happen is when a child is sick during a family holiday. Anyway, despite Daniel being sick, church camp 2013 turned out well for us 🙂 Praise God!!

It started at 3 am the morning we were going for camp. He was sleeping with us that night. I felt he was hot and woke up to take his temperature. My heart sank. He was running a fever of about 38 degrees. Gave him medicine, but fever still on the next day. Rushed to the PD before going to meet our cell to drive in to JB. As Daniel only had fever and no other symptoms, the doctor just told us to monitor and gave us some medicine to standby.

Met our cell and had a smooth drive to JB. Traffic was quite ok and we were at our lunch stop by 1pm. Had lunch at Ah Khoong Yong Tau Hu at Jln Sutera. My first time there. Food was yummy! Love the fishcakes especially.

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Proceeded to the hotel after lunch but had to wait a while for our rooms. Daniel was running a fever and were so thankful to the camp committee who managed to give us our room earlier. Managed to put Daniel for his nap after which the rest of the cell came to our room to play card games while waiting for their rooms. Had a fun time 🙂

Daniel’s fever persisted throughout the camp and in fact only came down at the end of the camp! On the second and third day it hit a high of 39.4 degrees. And to make matters worse, he refused medicine. We whipped out every trick we could think of to cajole him into taking his medicine. It was exhausting. Eventually, Ivan mastered the art of holding him down and forcing the medicine down. He would be wailing so much after that that I was worried our neighbours would think there was child abuse going on in our room!!

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In room dining

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Am thankful we managed to stay through the whole camp. There were times I really felt like going back, especially the second night when the fever stayed stubbornly at 39 degrees for sometime. That night, I hardly slept as I lay in bed worrying and praying for him. Was it dengue? What was causing this persistent high fever with no other symptoms? That night I also had a mild taste of the heartaches that parents go through when a child is sick.

Between the both of us, we managed to attend most of the sessions. Enjoyed the ministry of Pst Nicky Raiborde and Dr Dale Fife, whose messages really flowed with each other’s. Felt challenged to see myself and others the way God sees and to continually press in for renewal of mind. I personally still have strongholds of the mind that I know need to be torn down. Pastor Dale Fife’s sharing on incubation and how the warmth of the body of Christ helps provide a suitable climate for us to develop our potential also resounded with me. Really thankful for my cell member Anne who would send us summaries at the end of every session so that we would still be able to get the essence of what was shared for the sessions we missed. Would have to get the recording for Pst Yang’s session. Was sitting outside while the session was ending after a tiring night with Daniel and was touched by the presence of the Lord.

Really felt the warmth of the spiritual family during this camp. Cell group was really fantastic. Appreciate so much the fellowship and fun we had together – bonding over meals, helping to chope seats, attending sessions together, girls’ manicure session, guys’ guitar session, late night fellowship at the lovely gym (which I missed cos I did not bring my shoes). Also, appreciate them for supporting us while we had to care for Daniel. They arranged meeting times, organised meals, da paoed dinner for us when we were stuck in our hotel room, sent session summaries and popped by our room to visit us and Daniel. Considering that Daniel had fever throughout the camp, we were still able to not miss out too much largely because of them. Thankful for my sister who helped us too.

Camp this year was certainly an interesting and great experience. Went back with a deeper appreciation of my spiritual family.

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A laughing good time

Last week’s cell meeting was slightly different from the norm. We had potluck and a time of fellowship. Had 2 guests with us too.

After dinner, we had a cosy time of just chatting with one another and singing our favourite old songs with some fellas on the guitar and one on the piano. Atmosphere was really warm 🙂

After that, we decided to play a game. It was a game I had bought for Ivan a few years ago for his birthday but we never got the opportunity to play it. It’s a large group game called “Left brain, Right brain”.

The concept of the game is broken telephone cum win/lose/draw. The idea was to pass a message down through drawing- the next person would guess the phrase – the next person draw – and this goes on and the final person will say out the final message.

It was totally hilarious as the message, needless to say, gets absolutely distorted when it got to the last person!

Took some photos to remember these funny moments!

‘A white jacket is a magnet for spaghetti sauce’ ended with ‘Favourite food of bridegroom stain on his shoulder.’

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‘If you are rich you still need toilet paper.’ became ‘Paying for a packet of donuts.’

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