Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On 9:53 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , , ,
Like many others I believe, we woke up with a heavy heart. It's the second day in mourning for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

As I walk my way to the bus stop to go to work, I noticed an air of peace and quietness. Although I passed through the market, the coffee shop and even lots of other people, there was an atmosphere of silence amidst the noise.

I have no idea why I never noticed it before as I walked my normal speed but this time around I looked at every individual faces as I passed by and I could see the age, time, space and can only imagine what they have gone through in their younger years. Then the hard truth hit me again. As I was ageing, the older generations are saying their goodbyes. 

At the bus stop I saw a guy in a shirt and pants with formal shoes and I remembered him as my junior from secondary school. He was my junior in my ECA (as it was previously called) NPCC, National Police Cadet Corps and I was his NCO. This all this happened way in 2000 when I was 16 and he was 13. Yet today, I am here 30 and seeing that same young boy now as a working adult. 

time waits for no one.

No matter how strong, how rich and how influential you can be, at the end of the day, God is our creator and we will still have to go back to him.

Peace be upon you,
Siti aka zsiti
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Monday, March 23, 2015

On 2:03 PM by siti shyuhaila in , , ,
Today we lost a great leader who have lived his life building Singapore. Our flag will be hoist halfway in the state of mourning for him. 
With most deepest appreciation, I also want to  give my thanks to Mr Lee for all his contribution to bring us to where we are today. My condolences to Mr Lee's family.

Warmest regards,

Sunday, March 22, 2015

On 4:28 PM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,

It is a Funday Sunday again!

This weekend is more of a resting week for me so I have planned a menu for the fam. Of course, my favourite experiment will be with Korean food, needless to say. I recently went shopping at NTUC Finest and oh my what a fine place it is. The Korean food corner although is nothing big to boast about but it has a lot to talk about. I was literally picking up the items off the shelves and throwing them into my trolley. 

Dear friends, please do not judge me....I admit I am 100% Auntie when inside supermarkets.... Hahahahhaha

In view of that stored ingredients that I have bought, I decided to make do with a simple Japchae for lunch. Although technically in Korea, this is normally found as a side dish but I personally love it a lot and so I just made a normal proportion as a meal for my family. I served this for lunch and I must say I really enjoyed making it. 

The ingredients are simple to find and make:

Sweet Potato Starch Noodle
Sesame seed
Soy Sauce
Sesame oil

Step One:

Prepare the sauce: Add 4 tbs soy sauce, 2 tbp sugar, 2 tbs sesame oil, a pinch of pepper, 1 tsp garlic, 1 tbs sesame seeds. Stir them well and set it aside.

Step Two:

Julienne mushroom and slice the beef into strips. Then mix the uncooked beef and mushrooms together and add one tbs of the prepared sauce and let it sit aside. After about ten minutes, you can stir fry this mixture and set it aside again.

Step Three:

Julienne the carrots, stir fry them for a while and then set them aside. You can sprinkle a little bit of salt and toss them.

Step Four:

Blanch the spinach and when it has boiled, drained them and soaked with cold water before tossing with a pinch of salt and a tsp of garlic. Before I set them aside, I gave them a bit of rough chop to cut them to small bite size strips.

Step Five: 

Boil the noodle in salt water, you will know when it is done when you bite one strand and the noodle is chewy but there is no hard texture inside the centre.

Step Six:

The excitement comes in assembling them all together. Get a big bowl, like my favourite IKEA metal Mixer bowl. Add in the Beef and mushroom, carrots, spinach and lastly the noodles. Pour the sauce which we made in the beginning and then start to toss. The important aspect of making JapChae is the way the food is being mixed together, using hands. So do not be shy, just go in with no fear. :D

Do note that if you are serving this to other people, please be reminded to put on gloves for hygiene and basic manners and respect.

Before serving, I gave the mixture a little bit of stir-frying in the pan over low heat to warm up the noodles a little bit. It makes the dish more pleasing, comforting and delicious.

So here you can see the final product of mine. Do try the recipe and if you have any wonderful pictures to share with me, my twitter is: @zsiti and my instagram is: @zsiti_

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

On 4:14 PM by siti shyuhaila in , , ,

In the new year of 2015, I am sure we have friends who are turning one year older. I mean I myself am going to be hitting the bigger 31 this year. After an exciting entrance into the Gate of 30 last year, it really seem like just yesterday when I was still in my 20s.

As of today, I have had a few friends whose birthdays just passed and many more are coming. As I grow older, I meet more people and made new friends. This also means that my list of people's birthdays is also growing.

When ladies get together and shop, that will be one of our most serious time ever. But we do have fun trying samples and reviewing at the same the products.

Don't you just get a headache sometimes from buying presents that as we grow older, we no longer need people to buy us gifts which may be unnecessary. Honestly, I would say "it's the thought that counts". So, there will be times where a small gift would be surprising and lovely.

So the deal here is, my other favourite online shopping portal is having some exciting discount with items suitable for birthday sale. Like how cool can that be. Birthday months have always been awesome as it celebrates the day which you came to this wonderful Earth. 

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

On 8th March every year, it is the International Women's Day. It is not just another story about the struggle of a woman for equality but it is one collective effort to all who care about human rights 
- para phrased from Gloria Steinem

True to nature, women was once a home bred figure to be protected under the wings of the husband or the male of the family. But as time progresses and advancement of technology, era and evolution of the mind, women need to be seen as equals as well.

Personally I believe that of course it is still a privilege to be protected, provided for and be respected as a female in the society. But when one is able to pursue the knowledge, put in the same or more effort at work and stand up for the community then these need to be recognised.

We need to make it happen, the equal wage, equal recognition in arts, more females in leadership roles and growth for women who own businesses. There are many other fields to be mentioned of course but my main priority here is to get people to be aware of such arising concern and get knowledge and information of such happening.

To show our support for International Women's Day, the theme is #PaintItPurple. you can visit : here : to find out events in your country to join in and show your support.

Why Purple? (Extracted from the International Womens Day website)
From 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green to symbolise the plight of the Suffragettes. Purple symbolised justice and dignity - two values strongly associated with women's equality. The three colours were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.

Remember it is all in the name of goodwill and awareness.

Do share with me what are your plans this 8th March, International Women's Day and how do you celebrate the women in your life: Mom, Sisters and Female Friends.

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.
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