my week in pictures

(18.10.2015 – 25.10.2015)

Sunday
It was pouring the whole day but the blues on this very wet and miserable day was chased away by that warm and fuzzy feeling called friendship, one that goes back a long way and with those whom I had not had the chance to catch up with for a long time…

girl power... May (second right) invited us over for a home-cooked dinner for all to catch up with Sally (third right) who was back from NZ for a break as well as with one another

girl power…
May (second right) invited us over for a home-cooked dinner for all to catch up with Sally (third right) who was back from NZ for a break as well as with one another

the men graciously left us alone and sat at another table :)

the men graciously left us alone and sat at another table πŸ™‚

May's tall and handsome 15-year-old son Brandon made a quick appearance before going back to his exam revisions

May’s tall and handsome 15-year-old son Brandon made a quick appearance before going back to his exam revisions

just to show how time flies --- Brandon with auntie Evon! May forwarded me this picture a few weeks ago and both of us couldn't even recall when and where it was taken...

just to show how time flies — Brandon with auntie Evon!
May forwarded me this picture a few weeks ago and both of us couldn’t even recall when and where it was taken…

Monday
Went to mum and dad’s for dinner after work and had a little wander in dad’s shrunk orchid and container garden. Though we love orchids very much they have simply become too care and labour intensive for dad in recent years so he has decided to give them up gradually. Sigh….. Still, there were some glorious blooms!

one of the very few pots of orchids in blooms - ascocenda

one of the very few pots of orchids in blooms – ascocenda

marigold

marigold

zinnia

zinnia

Tuesday
Miserable day…

it's back! :( (it was bad if I had to put the splint back on during the day...)

it’s back! 😦
(it was bad if I had to put the splint back on during the day…)

But I was cheered up when I saw creativity flowing…

our kitchen steward Ahzimin practising on fruit carving and getting himself ready to represent our hotel at the Hospitality Fiesta Talent Competition on Saturday

our kitchen steward Ahzimin practising on fruit carving and getting himself ready to represent our hotel at the Hospitality Fiesta Talent Competition on Saturday

Was so tempted to take up this new skill but when I looked at my hands…. head-shaking!

Wednesday and Thursday
Spiritual food from one of my favourite expository preachers
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Friday
Story-telling time…

taken from Every Day with Jesus (Sep/Oct issue) written by Rev. Dr. Selwyn Hughes ,  reading on Sat 24 Oct...I know, I am one day ahead...

taken from Every Day with Jesus (Sep/Oct issue) written by Rev. Dr. Selwyn Hughes , reading on Sat 24 Oct…I know, I am one day ahead…

Have we thanked anyone today?

Saturday
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First day of the Sabah Hospitality Fiesta 2015. We only sent two representatives and Ahzimin’s fruit carving was on first…
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Ahzimin's creations in 2 hours although they were not as intricate or of very skilled workmanship as the others, the judges were pleased that he managed to come up with 4 designs

Ahzimin’s creations in 2 hours
although they were not as intricate or of very skilled workmanship as the others, the judges were pleased that he managed to come up with 4 designs

the chief judge liked this one very much

the chief judge liked this one very much

getting comments from the judges

getting comments from the judges

Sunday
Our Chef de partie Fernandez took part in the Black Box cooking challenge (similar to the Mystery Box of Masterchef!) on the second day and had to create something using all FIVE of the ingredients from the box within an hour. They had eel, sea urchin (which were not fresh we were told), sago worm, belacan (stinky shrimp paste) and sago. What a combination!

getting the ingredients

getting the ingredients

we asked him afterwards why he was smiling he said the eel was "reversing"  !!! (guess he was trying to say it was very slippery and trying to escape!) :)

we asked him afterwards why he was smiling he said the eel was “reversing” !!! (guess he was trying to say it was very slippery and trying to escape!) πŸ™‚

now, it won't try to escape anymore!

now, it won’t try to escape anymore!

he managed to use all of the ingredients for a starter and main course (not Masterchef quality but it was a very good effort nonetheless to have produced something within an hour)

he managed to use all of the ingredients for a starter and main course (not Masterchef quality but it was a very good effort nonetheless to have produced something within an hour)

we attended the prize presentation in the evening

we attended the prize presentation in the evening

Ahzimin won the silver medal for his fruit carving!  All the hard work paid off!

Ahzimin won the silver medal for his fruit carving! All the hard work paid off!

Eventhough Fernandez did not win anything in his Black Box challenge, he enjoyed the great experience and we all agreed that it had been a good exposure for both of them in their very first competition. In the end, medals or not, we were simply proud of them both for their effort and commitment!

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