Monday, 16 January 2012

Badminton Live - 14 Jan 2012

We watched the Malaysian Open badminton semi-final in Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil. It's the first time we watched live sport. We arrived at about 5.30pm and saw a steady stream of vehicles at the stadium, as there were two events that night, the badminton as well as a football match. Along the way, we could see stalls outside and inside the stadium selling food, jerseys, horns and noisemakers to help create fun and excitement in the stadiums. We got our tickets very fast, perhaps it was past the opening time of the semi-finals. Only the upper tier tickets were available, which were RM25 and RM20 each for adults and children respectively.

The atmosphere at the stadium was carnival-like - it was a colourful and deafening scene. The support of the Malaysian fans was overwhelming. There was almost a synchronised rhythm from the home fans, cheering and anticipating for their local hero, Lee Chong Wei with inflatable noisemakers, horns, drums, banners etc.

We watched a part of the men's and also the women's doubles. By this time, the kids were quite restless and nobody has any clue of the match lineup. When Chen Jin appeared in the men's singles, the crowd was excited again. But it did not last long as there was a drama in the match when Chen Jin had to retire due to an ankle injury. This was followed by another women's singles match, both from China. The fans were very impatient by now.

Thanks to Chen Jin's decision to concede, we managed to hold the kids till Lee Chong Wei's game at 8.30pm. It was the most anticipated game of the night. He's the only Malaysian who made it to the semi-finals. The atmosphere in the stadium was alive again.

Both Lee and Chen Long were top players and it was an electrifying match right from the start, filled with awesome rallies as both tried to outwit each other for one hour and 15 minutes. Lee led in the 1st game but Chen Long stormed back in the 2nd game. In the decider, it looked hopeless for Lee when trailing 4-8. Perhaps driven by the overwhelming support from the home fans, Lee changed the tempo of his game to go all the way in attack and fought back for a deserving win

It was such a different experience for us to watch it live in a stadium. If you like the sound of a packed stadium, with thousands of rowdy folks cheering and bantering their hearts out, full of emotions displaying support for their local hero and distracting the opponent in every permissible way - then this is the place for you! 

We were exhausted from absorbing the games and atmosphere and could not stay a second longer to see the home fans' reaction of the victory. We had managed to leave the stadium before the crowd dispersed.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Spanish Delight - 2 Jan 2012

This holiday my brother and I did a country project on Spain at home. We wanted to try cooking a Spanish dish. We chose to cook a Spanish omelette or tortilla espaƱola, a typically Spanish dish consisting of a thick egg omelette made with potatoes and fried in olive oil.

According to legend, during the siege of Bilbao (Northern Spain), a Carlist general  created the tortilla as an easy and fast dish to satisfy the Carlist army. Although it remains unknown whether this is true, it appears the tortilla started to spread during the early Carlist wars.

Another tale is that during the war, the Carlist general was in the field and happened upon a farmhouse and demanded a meal from the farmwife. All she had were a few eggs, a potato and an onion, so she combined all three, making an omelette. Surprisingly, the general was pleased and took the idea with him.

This dish could be served hot or cold, and as an appetizer or main course. We think this is the easiest Spanish dish we could cook.

The ingredients were 4 potatoes (peeled and cut into slices), 2 medium onions (peeled and thinly sliced), 4 eggs, olive oil and salt.
Learning how to peel and slice the onions without crying .......

Peeling the potatoes was not so hard......  

First, we heated up the non-stick skillet with some olive oil and cooked the onions and potatoes until tender but not brown.

Next, we beat the eggs lightly. Then, we added the potato-onion mixture with the eggs. Don't forget to add the salt!!!
Finally, we could start cooking the omelette!!!

We poured the potato-egg mixture into the skillet, spreading it evenly with a spatula. We cooked the omelette until its bottom is light brown. We should have followed the recipe and placed a large dinner plate on top of the skillet, and turned it upside down, then cooked it until the two sides of the omelette were brown. But we would show you what happened if we didn't!!!

 Taking out the omelette was no easy job!!

Yum, yum, yum delicious!!!!!!!! Looks could be deceiving.

It was a new experience cooking a Spanish dish. It was fun too!!!!!

Did you know.......
  •  in Spain, lunch is eaten at about 2pm and dinner is eaten at about 9pm.
  • people in Inner Spain enjoy eating hot, thick soup and bread. Coastal Spanish cities use a lot of seafood in their cooking and have cold soup.

Ming's drawings

"My daddy, mummy, two koko (brothers) and me"

Hidden Pictures by 5-year old Ming
Can you find the list of things on the side-bar?

I) 3x sunglasses, 4x Humpty-Dumpty, 2x people playing frisbees, 1x bat, 2x Jack o'lantern, 2x skull, 4x Question marks, 2x doors, 1x robber

II) 3x nets, 4x ice-cream, 5x pears, 2x people, 3x butterflies, 2x American footballs, 4x bats, 5x tennis balls, 2x tiny fish, 1x door, 1x skull

III) 3x Humpty Dumpty, 1x plate, 2x ice-cream, 1x flying reindeer, 2x trampolin, 1x binocular, 1x fishing rod, 2x suitcases, 4x dollar notes, 3x sunglasses

Fighter jets MiG and Sukhoi in a rescue mission.....

Ming's lesson in astronomy.......

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