Fried Hokkien Noodles

my husband and i agreed that i will do the cooking during weekends. this is to give me other things to do apart from cleaning baby’s bum. kidding. i need some variety because i kept on doing the same things everyday and i kinda miss cooking. i used to cook for my family when i was in 6th grade after going home from school. but i’m not an expert cook, ok? my limited cooking skills only knows stir fry, tinola, adobo and nilagang baboy/baka/patatas/itlog/etc. 

truth be told, “a happy wife is a happy life”or also can be “a happy mommy makes a happy baby.” so here, i’m back in the kitchen and sharing one of the recipes i randomly found from the cook book. it’s an easy stir fried hokkien noodles recipe which surprisingly tastes good.

despite being sleepy and it’s almost 11pm, i still have some energy to cook our baon for tomorrow. well, nakakapilit talaga magka energy pag nalalapit na ang payday ni sir at hingalo na ang bank account. haha!

ingredients:

  • cooking oil
  • sesame oil
  • chopped garlic
  • chopped spring onions
  • 1 red capsicum chopped
  • 1 bag raw prawns
  • chopped chili – i only added 1 piece this time just to tease my dish
  • button mushrooms sliced thinly
  • 1 pack (2 bags inside) of hokkien noodles
  • sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • sesame seeds (optional)

steps:

  • add the cooking oil and sesame oil together in a high heat pan.
  • add the garlic, prawns, spring onions and chili. stir fry for 5 minutes and put in a separate bowl once the prawn starts to look cooked.

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  • add another serving of oil and sesame oil then sauté the capsicum and mushroom together.

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  • once the mushroom turns brown, add the noodles.

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  • add the water, sugar and soy sauce and let the noodles cook for at least 5 minutes. note: the hokkien noodles is already pre-cooked in the packaging so don’t need to cook it for too long. 
  • add the bowl of prawn mixture to the noodles and continue cooking for the next 3-5 minutes.
  • season with salt and pepper to taste. you can also garnish the noodles with some sesame seeds on top.

and the finished product, voilà! lez eat!

fried hokkien noodles

fried hokkien noodles

 

Book: Me Before You

finally, finally, finally. i finished reading the book, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. it took me almost a month to finish it because i’m busy at work and being a mother of course. i only get to read when i’m on commute going to work or when baby is already asleep at night. but on those instances, i find myself dozing off after starting with a couple of pages thus making a slow progress on my reading.

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this is an adult romantic book and 480 pages long which was adapted into a movie that i haven’t seen yet.

it’s been 1 year and 9 months long since i entered a movie house. my gawd.

i first found out about this book through a celebrity i’m following on instagram. i got some good book recommendations from some of them like saab magalona, nikki gil, heart evangelista and anne curtis. i like following celebrities who share what books they read.🙂

anyway, the book is ok. typical cheesy and romantic but not gushing too much about it. i cried though when i’m on the last few chapters and my husband saw me and laughed at me. after that, i easily recovered and moved on. haha! oh by the way, the movie is now available to rent in my suki video store so i’m planning to drop by sometime to borrow it. i hope it’s a nice movie because often times, i get disappointed with the film when i’ve already finished the book.

hmm, 3.5/5 popcorns here.

 

Project Rolleston v1.0

it’s done! the house is finished and we’re almost there. not too long and we’ll be moving in to our new place. i guess, owning a house by 32 is more achievable than me going back to my pre-pregnancy weight. haha! that is to say, i feel i am more disciplined in saving money than my eating habits. ang sarap naman kasi kumain!

at this point, we are eyeing for a settlement date of next friday then move in by saturday. a week to go! our project manager told us that everything has been sorted but hubby still saw the holes in the kitchen cabinets because they fixed the position of the double plugs. i hope PM will get back to us by monday.

some updates:

  • we got the code of compliance certificate from the district council which means house is approved and built within standards. passed!
  • we will go to the local bank tomorrow to apply for the home and contents insurance which is a mandatory requirement for our home loan application. as you know, christchurch and new zealand are prone to earthquakes so insurance is a must.
  • we already paid for the final valuation of our house which is also a requirement for our home loan application.

once we have submitted all these documents, home loan will be formalised and we can discuss the loan structure. shet mangungutang na kami, haha! katakot yet exciting. haha!

sneak peek of the finished product…

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the lawn doesn’t have a grass yet since it’s winter season but the landscapers will come back on spring to check it. we also plan to diy the garden like most locals do here to save us some bucks. so inspired to werk werk werk knowing you’ve got lots of bills to pay. lol!

Xx,

 

Project Rolleston v0.5

juicy updates!

driveway and service court – in progress.

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front view

kitchen – done. it only took a day for the contractor to finish installing the kitchen. they just put the pieces together and boom…kitchen finished! but look at those misplaced double plugs! we’ll have it fix definitely.

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electricians will come over to fit in the lights this week. also expecting for the delivery of kitchen appliances.

checklist:

  • coffee table – later, no budget!
  • bar stools – later, no budget!!
  • dining set – keen on buying a new one but but later, no budget!!! will use our old one instead. lol.
  • rug – search in progress
  • floor lamp – waiting for delivery. yay!
  • wall clock – waiting for delivery. hoorah!
  • couch and fridge – payment in progress and to be delivered once we move in. yay!!!

we need money so planning to sell my kidneys to the black market. joke! haha.

 

Project Rolleston v0.4

we can almost see the finish line ahead of us! every time we visit the site, we’re getting more and more excited especially now that the house is 80% complete. the interior paint is done and only needs to be touch up once the flooring is completed. we requested for a viewing from our project manager and he is gracious to meet us this morning to show us around the house and informed us on  any updates.

new accomplishments:
– interior painting
– shelving
– vanities installed
– bath tub installed
– doors and handles installed
– garage door installed

working in progress:
– kitchen installation (which is really our favorite, hubby is getting territorial when speaking about the kitchen. hahaha!)
– driveway and service court concrete

coming soon:
– internal fence on both sides
– front landscaping
– electrical fittings
– plumbing fittings

they gave us a tentative completion date which is end of july and after that, there will be an inspection from the builder as well as the council. NZ is particular on safety so they ensure that the house is built within the standard and safe for dwelling. amazing isn’t it? once the city council grants us the certificate of compliance, the builder will give us the list of variations and our final bill and tad-ah – settlement time! i feel excited about moving in but please not too fast because i still need my august pay! ha ha.

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walk in closet

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kitchen installation

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hallway

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garage

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inside the garage

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bath

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laundry room

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bedroom

makes me sooooooo excited to do my online shopping. but then…

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…my life in a nutshell😉