Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ayam Wailuyuk

It's stir fry chicken, cauliflower, and pineapple in tomato sauce. Special thanks to Mbak Ida from Indonesia who made this delicious recipe. You can see her original recipe here.


For the chicken:
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 packet of sliced chicken for stir fry
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flower
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp pepper

For the sauce:
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 3 habanero peppers (if you like very hot) or you can use jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced diagonal
- 3 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 cup of water or you can use reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2/3 15 oz tomato sauce
- 3/4 tsp ground pepper
- a pinch of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cauliflower head, cored, cut into florets
- 1/2 pineapple, diced into small bites
- 1 tbsp corn starch, mix with room temperature water

Put sliced chicken into the egg batter and dredge it into the flower mixture. Fry the chicken in the oil until golden brown. Put aside.

Heat the oil in medium, heavy skillet, over medium heat. Add the onions and the garlic and saute it until fragrant. Add the hot peppers, the oyster sauce, and the soy sauce. Saute it for a little bit. Add the water or chicken broth and let it boil. Add the tomato sauce, the ground pepper, and the sugar. Add the cauliflower and cook it but not overdone. Add the chicken and the pineapples. Add the corn starch. Stir it until it well mix. Ayam Wailuyuk is ready to be served with warm white rice ... hmm delish!!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Vermont

When we got to cousin Benny's house in Vermont on last Friday afternoon, cousin Benny was so excited showing his house and his back yard. His house is a neat old green house. There are flowers and vegetables garden in the back yard. And something caught my eyes ... there was a river and a dam right beyond the garden! Wow ... incredible! The backyard was really beautiful with the Winooski River, dam and gardens all making a great view.

Early in the morning we all except Katy (cousin Benny's wife), took a walk around the neighborhood. Lindsey, my husband's sister, came to have breakfast with us ... yay! In the afternoon Lindsey, Gussy (cousin Benny's daughter), Benny (my son), and I went to town called Montpelier for sightseeing. After we got some toys for the kids and had lunch we went to Katy's bookstore in Northfield. Gus (my husband), Thia (my daughter), cousin Benny, and his other daughter, Jeannie, met us there. Benny and Gus got books and guess what ... I got one too! I've never been a big fan of reading books, everyone knows that. But I have changed, and I always like to try new things. I got "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. I will talk about it next time for sure.

Then we went swimming in a swimming hole near Northfield. Everybody swam except Gus and I, because we forgot to bring our bathing suits. They all had fun swimming, Thia didn't even want to stop. My son, Benny, was disappointed when we had to leave the swimming hole.

After swimming, Lindsey went home and the rest of us went to had dinner at a roadside restaurant, yum! After dinner, Gus, our kids and I had to leave. We drove back home in rain and thunderstorms, but we were all happy after the great weekend :)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Terimakasih Eyang dan Tante Iin!

Terimakasih Eyang dan Tante Iin atas kiriman baju2 nya! Kita senang sekali, bajunya bagus2. O ya Ibu juga senang sama kiriman baju2, abon, kue letter 'S', kerupuk dan keripik nya. Terimakasih juga katanya! Kapan Eyang ke sini lagi? Kapan Tante Iin, Vania dan Om Eko ke sini? Ikut aja sama rombongan Tante Lisa kalo mereka mau ke sini nanti, ya!

Insya Allah kita semua pulang taun depan tapi belum tau kapan pastinya.

Daaaa....salam buat Vania, Om Eko, Tante Lisa, Om Joni, Jullian dan Ferdian!

We love you all, mmuaaahh!!!
Benny dan Thia

Ssst ... sudah saatnya ganti ke tampon!

Terlihat jelas dari judul topiknya, obrolan ini memang khusus untuk para wanita Indonesia. Mohon dimaafkan kalo ada kata2 saya yg tidak berkenan. Sudah jadi rahasia umum kalo kebanyakan wanita, gadis, cewek Indonesia memakai pembalut di saat menstruasi. Saya juga dulu pakai kok waktu tinggal di Indonesia.

Menurut pengalaman saya, memakai pembalut wanita itu sungguh repot. Di hari2 pertama, biasanya lagi deras2nya kan, saya bisa pakai dobel lho. Duduk jadi nggak nyaman banget. Pantat bisa ke sana sini kayak punya ambein. Belum lagi selalu was-was dan sering nanya ke teman2: "Eh, tolong liatin dong, tembus nggak sih?" Terus kalo mau bepergian ke luar kota dan harus menginap, tuh pembalut makan tempat amat di tas koper kita dan berat2in juga lagi. Iiih...sebel banget!

Hingga suatu ketika adik suami kenalin saya dengan tampon. Eee ... saya langsung jatuh cinta pada pandangan pertama, padahal baru pertama kali nyoba! Saya merasa lebih bersih dan lebih bebas. Perlu digaris bawahi: kalo lagi pakai tampon, saya juga pakai pembalut wanita yg khusus utk sehari2 (itu lho yg super kecil dan super tipis), utk menjaga kalo2 mensnya terlalu banyak biar nggak sampai menetes di celdam. Jadi nggak ada masalah tembus atau ngecap di celana panjang atau rok lagi, hooray!

Kemasannya yg kecil jadi nggak masalah kalo pun mau dibawa seabrek. Berenang pas mens? Ya nggak masyalah! Pakai tampon beres Mbak, selamat menikmati berenangnya! Lagian tekanan air bisa menekan darah utk tidak keluar pas lagi berenang. Setelah habis dipakai, buang aja seperti cara anda buang pembalut.

Tampon ada banyak merk dan jenisnya dipasaran. Saya nggak tau di Indonesia, tapi di sini saya mudah banget carinya di pasar swalayan. Saya senang merk Tampak Compaq. Eh saya nggak dibayar utk promosiin tampon lho! Saya hanya mau berbagi pengalaman baik kepada sesama wanita Indonesia, siapa tau ada yg tertarik utk coba dan jadi cocok. Saya pribadi berpendapat kalo tampon nggak akan merusak selaput dara, karena tampon itu kecil jadi nggak mungkin deh. Tapi kalo masih takut karena alasan ini, saya tetap menghormati dan menyarankan kalo pakainya nanti setelah merit aja ;)

Selamat mencoba!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

GPS (Global Positioning System)

"Honey, could you take me to my friend's house, please! I don't know how to get there!" Or "Hello Honey, sorry for calling you, but I'm lost!"

Yes, I've always had a terrible sense of direction. It was frustrating, and I didn't know what to do. Even maps couldn't help me figure out how to get somewhere ... sniff ...

Gus got tired of being "Anna Traffic Control". He tried to find something that could help me get where I wanted to go.

Finally, Gus got me a GPS for my birthday three years ago! Whoohoo ... I was so excited! I thought that was one of the best presents ever! I don't have trouble finding addresses anymore. I looove my GPS! I even call it "my second husband".

Thanks Honey, you're the best! Wait a minute ... which "Honey" am I talking about? ;)

But, seriously, for you who have trouble with directions like me, I suggest you to get a GPS too. I know it is expensive, but it's worth it! I heard they are a lot cheaper now than when my husband got one for me three years ago.

For you who have an awesome sense of direction, be proud of it! Like Gus, he calls him self: DPS (Daddy Positioning System). Haaa .... awesome, Hon!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Some Strange and Funny Indonesian Customs Part II

* In my old post: Tooth Fairy, I was talking about a strange Indonesian custom: if your top teeth come out you have to throw them on the roof, but if your bottom teeth come out, you have to bury them in the ground. It's a bad luck if you don't.

Here are some other Indonesian customs:

* When a baby has just been born, the parents have to bury the placenta in their yard, put a lantern on top of it, and put a chicken cage on top of the lantern. They do this so when the baby grows up, he or she will always miss the country they were born. But I heard that some women in another country made a smoothie out of the placenta ... (What?! ... gross!!!)

* When I grew up, I loved whistling. But my mom always said that it wasn't polite to whistle. I asked her, "why not?" She said, "It just impolite, that's all."

* I was not allowed to sit or stand at the front door. I could be inside or outside but not at the door. My mom said, "A man will change his mind about marrying you because you are blocking his way!"

* When I was sweeping the floor, my mom always reminded me to swept it very clean. "Otherwise you will get a husband who has thick beard!" Haaa ... it came true! I guess I never swept the floor very clean eh ...

* When people haven't seen each other for a long time, they like to say: "Wow, you look fat now!" I know it sounds mean, but it's actually a compliment that the other person has a very good life.

* It's not good if people die on Saturday, because the dead people will make other people die too. We can stop the curse by frying green soy beans until they are burnt, and when the body is ready to be carried to the cemetery, we have to head-but the roof, rake the yard and say, "Please don't make other people die too!"


To be continued ...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Cousins

Colleen, my sister in-law, and her daughter, Vivi, who just turned ten months old, came over to visit us today. Vivi was so cute and always happy. She crawled everywhere and when she found something interesting, she put it in her mouth. So, Colleen had to chase her around and watch if she's eating yucky stuff.

We had chicken soup for lunch and ice cream with strawberries drizzled with chocolate syrup and sprinkles ... hmm yum! Colleen brought some blueberry muffins. They were delicious. Thank you Colleen!

The kids were so cute together. Benny and Thia loved playing with Vivi. When Benny was wearing Darth Vader mask and looked at Vivi, Vivi looked a little bit confused and just stared at Benny. I saw Vivi dancing today and I knew right away that it must come from her mother's side. Sorry Clem ... haaa

Thanks Colleen and Vivi for coming over and have fun in NYC!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Gardening

I like looking at beautiful gardens, and I would love to have one. The problem is that gardening is not my thing. I get a headache from being under the sun for a long time. Also, I am scared of caterpillars and worms. I know, it's ridiculous, but I am who I am. So, when my mom came to visit me, I asked her to help me with our garden.

I have four garden plots around my house (our house's old owner build them ... yay !) Two of them still need more plants. Anyway, my mom and I went to nurseries and bought a lot of perennials. We spent $200!!! I know, that's a lot of money. But, actually, that's not much - a lot of people spend thousands of dollars to make their garden beautiful. I didn't know that gardening was a very expensive hobby in US. So, we planted the plants and took care of them. But after my mom went back to Indonesia, most of my plants died. I gave up after that. I didn't want to get more plants ... they are expensive and not guaranteed to grow :(

Mbak Riri, my friend, knew that I wasn't interested in gardening, so she tried to convinced me that there's another way to make gardening more fun. First: get plants in the fall, when they are on sale. Second: when you do watering, pruning, weeding, adding soil or feeding: do it early in the morning or late afternoon, when the sun isn't too strong. Angus, my husband, adds: get plants that don't need a lot of water, are easy to take care of and of course are perennials. I add too: how about a husband help?!

"Hello my garden ... here comes mama!"

Camo Belt for Benny

Congrats Benny, for the new ATA Camo Belt, very cool my man!!!
Work hard and always remember this: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!"

Good job Dude! We're so proud of you!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Plat nomer paling keren dan lucu!

Aku sampe ketawa ngeliat plat nomer ini ... nggak pernah nyangka ada yg pake nama " BULE " utk plat nomer Harley...he..he..he.. Lucu banget bo'! Si empunya Harley, Michael, (suami Mbak Riri) bilang kalo ada bule yg tanya apa artinya, dia bilang: you!

Siang itu kita (khusus ibu2: aku, Anneke dan Mbak Riri) makan di Manchester, di ... eh apa namanya Anneke? Garden Buffet? Kita makan sampe kekenyangan (perutku serasa mau meletus). Boleh dong diadain lagi makan2 nya! Asyik berat! Pulangnya di rumah mbak Riri, aku dibawain sekeranjang tomat, lombok dan bakso. Aku udah coba tomat dan lomboknya mbak ... enak banget. Besok baru coba baksonya. Pasti dijamin enak juga. Thanks berat ya! Thanks juga buat Anneke! Hari Rabu jadi kan berenangnya?! Mbak Riri, mau ikut nggak? Ntar aku telepon ya!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Khusus utk Mas Jack Daniels

Nostalgia Cocema! Ketawa2, godain Jujipo, godain Dani, guyon gak karu2an, makan Indomie rebus dan es kacang ijo ... wah jan asyik tenan! Jack Daniel ini lagu khusus utk mu: Konser 1986 Bon Jovi " You give Love A Bad Name "
Klik "di sini!"

Friday, August 17, 2007

Beyonce newest video music

Sit back! Relax! And enjoy the music!
( I would dance if I were you! )

Click "here!"

" MERDEKA ! "

Untuk warga Indonesia: " Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia yang ke 61, semoga Indonesia lebih aman, lebih tentram, lebih damai, lebih maju dan senantiasa dilindungi oleh Allah SWT, amin! "

Eh, hari ini (kemarin waktu Indo) pada ngapain? Pada ikutan lomba tujuhbelasan ya?! Pasti rame dong ye! Jadi inget jaman dulu nih. Sering ikutan lomba waktu ntu dan sering jadi juara lagi.

Yo wis, sekali lagi " Merdeka! " buat Indonesia. Jangan pada berantem mulu'!

Court TV and Our Will

I love watching court tv. I even Tivo some of the shows like: Forensic Files and Body of Evidence. I know, you must be thinking that I am crazy. It's okay, my husband thinks the same thing too. The reason I watch these shows is that I want to be always reminded that I have to be very careful every time I go out or even when I am inside of my house. I've seen so many dead people on court tv, it makes me think that we can die at anytime, we'll never know when it happens. So, I need to remind Angus, my husband, to make our will for our children. I asked him a lot of questions about our insurance policy and how much savings we have and so on. Do you want to know his reaction? He said: "Sweetie, you like watching court tv so much and now you are asking me to make our will, are you trying to kill me?" ..... I was stunned .... I never realized he was going to say that. But then he laughed so hard... and he said: "got ya, Sweetie!!!!"
"Ha ... ha ... ha ... very funny Gus!" I said sarcastically.

Hmm ... delicious ...

Thia, Thia, Thia ... why haven't you learned your lesson my Cutie Pie? I don't know how to teach you to stop eating crayons, chalk, and sand. It's yucky, Sweetie and it doesn't taste good either! But you do it again and again and again. Like the other day, you stuck out your tongue to show me that you just had a little bit of crayon and you said: " hmm ... delicious! ". Thia, you are so silly!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Unsafe Baby Bottles

Have you heard this news? According the California Environment Research & Policy Center: many toys and child care products including baby bottles contain a toxic chemical called Bisphenol A. Bisphenol A has been linked by Scientists to cancer, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes and hyperactivity.

Thanks to Lissa for sending this important. Please check this out: http://www.newbornfree.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tooth fairy

One day, Benny, my son, told me that someday when his teeth come out, he will put them under his pillow. I had never heard of that before (I was born and grew up in Indonesia), so I asked him why he would do that. He said he hoped that the tooth fairy will come while he is sleeping and trade the tooth for some money. I started to smile ... wow ... I guess the tooth fairy must be rich and I wondered how many teeth that she has collected. Ha ... I laughed ... I thought it was so funny. But then I realized that in Indonesia we have a strange custom too. If your top teeth come out, you have to throw them on the roof. But if your bottom ones come out, you have to bury them in the ground. Why? It's bad luck if you don't do it! Why it's a bad luck? Dunno! I thought that was hilarious and I never realized it before. Haaa ... I laughed even harder. So ... what do you think, which custom is funnier?

Hidup di Amerika Serikat

Banyak sukanya tapi banyak juga dukanya euy! Sukanya: serba modern, lalu lintas teratur, dan semua ada hukumnya.

Dukanya: masalah utama yaitu bahasa! Musti konsentrasi berat kalo lagi ndengerin bule2 ngomong. Kadang2 aku nggak ngerti mereka ngomong apa. Kadang2 mereka juga nggak ngerti aku ngomong apa karena inggrisku yg pas2 an...ihik...
Atau juga karena aksenku yg medok sampai mereka puyeng: nih org ngomong apaan seh?

Sedih rasanya kalo lagi kangen sama keluarga di Indo. Mau sering pulang...ee nggak punya duit.

Kalo pas winter, duh tuh kulit sampe kering kerontang, bibir pecah2, dan yg paling nyebelin aku jadi sering kesetrom (karena kulit yg kering banget ditambah udara sekitar yg kering juga, bikin tubuhku punya aliran listrik dan kalo nyentuh wool atau sesuatu yg dari logam pasti dijamin deh kesetrom...ouch!).

Trus kalo lagi laper, nggak ada tukang bakso atau tukang sate yg lewat. Payahnya aku nggak bisa masak Indo. Dulu waktu di Indo, bibi' lah yg masak tiap hari, atau kalo nggak tinggal beli aja di warung, beres! Alhasil, aku jadi nggak bisa masak Indo di sini dan ngiler aja bayangin masakan2 Indo yg enak2 kalo pas kangen.

Semuanya harus kita kerjain sendiri. Masak, beres2 rumah, ngurus anak dan suami, nganter les anak yg punya nggak cuma satu les tapi ada empat les sehari! Jadi ibu di sini berat, kita jadi tumpuan keluarga. Kita nggak boleh sakit. Karena kalo sakit, siapa yg urus keluarga? Suami? Bisa sih, tapi nggak sebagus seorang ibu dalam mengurus keluarga...he..he..he..sori para suami jangan pada ngambek ya!

Kalo ada sesuatu yg rusak dan perlu diperbaiki, musti mikir seribu kali dulu utk panggil teknisinya. Soalnya ongkos mereka mahal bo'! Sekali datang $100 paling tidak. Kita sampe ganti printer 3x hanya gara2 kita nggak mau bayar teknisi. Mendingan beli baru sekalian ya nggak seh?!

Aku tinggal di sebuah kota kecil di daerah New England, jadi transportasinya ya pake mobil kalo mau kemana2. Nggak ada taxi, bus rute pendek, apalagi angkot. Wah jadi kangen berbecak ria nih!

Yah itulah sekelumit suka dan dukaku tinggal di negeri orang. Memang seenak enaknya hujan emas di negeri orang, masih enak hujan batu di negeri sendiri ;)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Important information for parents

It's important to be aware of sex offenders who live in your town or city. You can find out where they live at http://www.nsopr.gov/.

Another recall news

I just got this news from Lisa, one of my Mom's Club friends about another toy recall. The list including: Barbie And Tanner, Batman, Pixar Car Toll Truck, Jumper, Telephone Elmo, and many more. Here is the list:
http://www.service.mattel.com/us/recall.asp

For you who never got these recall news, here they are:
Thomas the Tank Engine recall:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07212.html
Veggies Booty recall:
http://www.robscape.com/files/veggie-booty-recall.php

Monday, August 13, 2007

Shopping in the grocery store with a stroller?

I have a question for you moms and dads or anyone else: Have you ever gone into the grocery store with a stroller because your toddler is sleeping? Did you put the groceries in the basket of your stroller? I've done this many times and I felt fine about it. But Angus (my husband) said it's not a good idea, because I shouldn't put stuff in my stroller that I haven't paid for. I was shocked to hear that. What should I do? Go home and wait until my daughter wakes up and then go back to the store? Aaahh ... it's so annoying. I don't have time to do that!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

My new rbt (ring back tone)

Every time I call my sister, Ratna, who lives in Indonesia, through her cell phone, I like to hear her rbt: "Where'd you go" from Fort Minor. I really enjoy it, so I always hope that my sister doesn't pick up the phone quickly. Inspired by that, I wanted to get a new rbt for my cell phone too. "Whine Up" by Kat DeLuna was the winner. This rbt will make people who call want to dance. Prove it for yourself! Let's dance!

It's not a man thing?

Every day I have piles of dirty laundry. Because I am so busy, I do the laundry at night and fold them after we put our kids in bed. That means I fold them while my husband, Angus, and I watch tv shows, so, fun huh?! One night, I asked Angus to help me to fold the laundry and he didn't mind doing that. But when I checked his folding, omigosh ... what a mess ... especially the nice clothes. I laughed, but I didn't want the nice clothes to be wrinkled, so I did his folding all over again. Angus laughed too but was confused when he saw me doing his folding all over again. He thought he did a great job. Since then, I only let him fold the easy stuff like shorts and socks.

Women's Self Defense

It's time for us, ladies, to think how to defend ourselves from attackers. There are a lot of good websites about self-defense, here is one of them: http://www.safetyforwomen.com/. I learned a little bit about women's self defense, so I want to add a little bit more: when you are being attacked, and you have your both hands free, you can smack really hard both the attacker's ears with your hands at the same time. Hopefully the attacker will be stunned. Another thing is: you can pinch as little as possible and as hard as possible to the skin at bottom area of the attacker's arm (next to the armpit). My instructor said that his friend did this to him to prove it and it was really hurt. If you are wearing high heels, you can stomp as hard as you can on the attacker's foot.

The best thing you can do is take a course from a good instructor. I took one and I'm planning to take another one! Good luck ladies!

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Honestly, I am addicted with this recipe. It's super easy, super yummy and super fast too. And also healthier than regular pork bacon (I don't eat pork anyway). This recipe is great to entertain your family and friends, I guarantee they will love it!

I cut the turkey bacon in half, cross wise, so that when you wrap the scallop, the bacon is not too thick. I use turkey bacon from Oscar Meyer 50% less fat. If the scallop is too big I cut it in half.

1 1/2 pounds sea scallops
1 packet turkey bacon, halve slices crosswise
salt
pepper
extra virgin olive oil
toothpicks
4 green onions, chopped thinly

Heat the broiler. Wrap each sea scallop in a half slice of turkey bacon and secure it with toothpick. Place the turkey bacon wrapped scallops onto a baking sheet. Season them with salt and pepper, and drizzle them with olive oil. Put them under the broiler. After 8-9 minutes, turn it over and let them cook for another 8-9 minutes, or until they are crisp.

Move some of the cooked turkey bacon wrapped scallops with tongs onto platter covered with two layers of paper towel and pat them with another paper towel to discard the excess oil. Put the dry ones on another platter. Do the same thing with the rest of them. Arrange them and sprinkle with chopped green onions. Enjoy!