Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.


Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.


Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Growing Oyster Mushrooms at home

This year we've attempted to grow some mushrooms! We had almost given up hope on these blue oyster mushrooms but they showed up a couple of weeks later. Feel quite happy and satisfied with this attempt and now can't wait to try them

Thursday, January 04, 2018

SG guitar kit build

I picked up an SG style DIY guitar kit from diyguitarkits. The kit was very basic and being my first build I put it together using the parts that came in the kit.

The overall quality of the components felt very cheap and basic so I decided to upgrade some of the parts. Most importantly the pickups, tuners, the neck nut, volume and tone knobs, pots and also install some coil splitting and series parallel wiring.

I went with Wilkinson Humbucker Guitar Pickups (pair of zebra pickups).  https://goo.gl/dE8aa7

For tuners i decided on some vintage tuners. https://goo.gl/99cWNe

I also installed some trapezoid fret markers to give it a better appearance.

Majority of my components were sourced through amazon.com

For the finish I went with four layers of gun stock oil and accidentally landed with a cool rustic look. This was because the earlier coats of Tru-oil that i'd applied had penetrated pretty deep into the wood grain.

The best parts of this build was adjusting the Truss rod and fixing the bow in the neck. Also the filing down of the new bone nut to get the exact height was quite a test of my patience.

 I've played some demo clips in different pickup positions so you can hear what it sounds like. This was recorded directly into Pod Farm 2 using a Lamda audio ASIO interface.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The vegetable garden with a toddler's touch!

The last few years our vegetable garden projects have been very rewarding. It's been a lot of effort coming up with vegetable garden ideas and the right way to maximize our crop with proper vegetable garden layout.

Given how busy our toddler keeps us, could we actually grow vegetables this year again? Yes we did and had a good crop however there was no time to blog on a weekly basis like I used to.

We used online vegetable garden planners and this time we focused on just a few plants.

Here are some pictures taken across the season. This year we had a lot of zucchinis and tomatoes, enough to feed us and our extended family

Last year

This year

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Home made bread - back to basics

Monday, December 26, 2016

Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup butter, 125 ml;
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, 175 ml;
  • 1/3 cup molasses, 70 ml;
  • 1 large egg;
  • 2 tablespoons water;
  • 2 2/3 cup flour, 600 ml;
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda;
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt;
  • 2 teaspoon ground dried ginger;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves;

  • Icing sugar;
  • lemon juice;

  • Mix the butter in a bowl with the sugar. Stir in molasses, egg and water. 
  • Beat up the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. 
  • Add in the butter mixture.
  • Preheat oven to 180 ° C (350 ° F). 
  • Roll the dough into thin slices, use a cookie cutter to mold into various shapes and place on a baking sheet and in a tray.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool. 
  • Decorate with a thick mixture of icing sugar and lemon juice,
  • Let it dry.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas week in New York City

The Christmas decor in New York is fantastic and definitely worth checking out! Here are a few pictures taken during the Christmas week in New York City which hardly do it justice


Friday, November 18, 2016

Penang Char Kway Teow

Malaysian food is becoming one of my favorites of late. I decided to try making Penang Char Kway Teow

Ingredients (1 serving):-
  • 3 tablespoons oil, 30 ml;
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, 5 ml;
  • 1 small onion or spring onion, 10 g;
  • 1 tablespoon sambal chili paste;
  • 1 egg;
  • shrimp, 60 g;
  • rice noodles,150g;
  • a handful of soy sprouts, 30 g;
  • 1 tablespoon chives, 10 g;
  • 1/3 red chili peppers;
For the sauce:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 15 ml;
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 10ml;

  1. Cook the pasta in salted water. Then we put them in cold water to  prevent sticking.
  2. Fry in hot oil, the garlic, onion and chili paste (sambal). Add egg and keep stirring. 
  3. Add the shrimp and cook gently. 
  4. Add in the pasta, pour in the sauce and sprinkle with sprouts and chives. Garnish with finely chopped red chilli peppers.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Autumn colors

Spent some time outdoors over the thanksgiving weekend enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Cameron Lake, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Spent a lovely weekend with family and friends at a Cottage up at Cameron Lake in Kawartha Lakes.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore and Lake Louise, Alberta

Spent a weekend discovering Calgary. This beautiful country has so many pristine places. The Canadian Rockies are breathtaking and bring you inner peace as you spend time in this beautiful landscape. Here are few pictures from my weekend.

Sunset at Bow falls

Passed a black bear on the hike

The picturesque Bow river

Caribou at Banff


Lake Louise

Sunrise at Sulphur Mountain

The Bow at downtown Calgary

Calgary skyline

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Growing fruit at home

This is year two of our experiment growing fruit at home. Click here to read the previous post on our fruit garden. Despite the harsh winter most of our plants survived and have actually grown bigger. Doesn't look like we're going to get any pears this year. Had a bumper crop of red currents and blackberries. Our blueberries are recovering from too much acidity in the soil which we added.
Harvested our grapes

 Awaiting our blackberries

Red currents, Blackberries, Blueberries

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Flower Garden

This year we lost our Don Juan climbing rose despite trying to cover it over winter. So time for some new climbers. We got some Clematis which seem to be climbing well so far

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Unionville Exotic Car Show

Here are some pictures taken at the Unionville Exotic Car Show, a great way to spend a bright Sunday afternoon