Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Feb : Month of MeiLee's Being Sick

Duh... Feb is the month where everyone's sick at home ( I was sick for almost 3 weeks!!! ).MeiLee's sick earlier,recovered and then sick again ( she had high fever last week ) and now she started having cold and light fever again. Duhhhhhhhhhhh........

These pics were taken weeks before ( found out that MeiLee's started being sick when I took her out for walk ), pic no.1.

She lost appetite,only had chocolate pudding,slept on my chest all day long,didn't wanna eat,only drank fluids. I felt sorry for her.

Last week she was fine,but then again,this morning Mom said she has runny nose again.Alamak!!!!!!! And Dr.Bird told me this morning she has light fever and cold.

Get well soon,MeiLee... Love ya....Muachhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Lain Dulu Lain Sekarang

Gee..... my life changes!!! After having MeiLee,and have double job,plus taking care of family,I feel like my hands are full!!!.Not to mention that I have a few classes here and there every month. Nah lhooooooooooooooo

Lately,I have more hours from works. For awhile,I'll be working 4 days/week at P&G,and sitll 4 days/week at Fridays. Wed-Fri will be working from morning till nite,even afte midnite ( mostly Fridays, sometimes go home abt 1.30am).

It's hard to do,but I guess I'm stucked with it. I feel bad not to see MeiLee more often. I only have off nites on Mon,Tues and Sat.The rest, working and working and working at nights.

I don't mean to be ignorant for not visiting your ( my friends' MP ).Sorry so sorry.... I wish I could have more time and just stay at home. Lately,I am way behind updating the MP itself. Got lots of pics need to upload,but yet,hasn't got good timing to do them.

I miss to visit friends' MP,wanna know what's going on,what's hot nowadays,but alas......

I don't mean to cut off the friendship,so what I do, I call friends once in awhile, chit chat with them ( it's easier I guess ). lol... Sambil ngobrol,sambil masak


Talking about cooking and eating.. I gain weights.. Ughhhhhhhh... I'm 146 lbs now ( geeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ). . Blame on me ... lol... I always bring food home,even it's bedtime, me and Ronnie keep eating and eating. Duhhhhhhhhh.. gmn gak gemukan ??????????

Whenever I have off day, I just stay at home,or take MeiLee out,go  shopping and take more sleeping.

I just recovered from cold and sore throat for 3 weeks. MeiLee had cold last couple weeks ago,yet last week,she had high fever,and today she has a light fever and cold....AGAINNNNNNN

So,Ibu2...harap maklum ya...Jgn marah kalo gak mampir ke MPnya,kalo ada wkt senggang,disamperin ( main intip juga gpp lah ya )

Other thing we need to take care is the bar business.Hopefully it'll be done this month or,at least next month.It's almost a year now. Ughhhhhh.........

Anyway... let's keep in touch.To those who has my phn call, feels free to call me.


Have a wonderful one...


God bless,

The Ries



Feb 17th : Sloppy MeiLee :D

MeiLee didn't feel good.It's the 1st day she started feeling bad ( later on,she had high fever and cold!!! ). Up to 101 F.MeiLee only had chocolate pudding all day long.

She enjoyed it anyway,but so sloppy.ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Beef Tendon Bihun Soup ( aka Bakso Bihun )

I was hungry yesterday nite,after coming home from work at 10.30pm.Didn't feel wanna eat leftover,so I cooked in the middle of the nite :P ( thank God,Mom's still doing puzzle ) :P

Goshh.. I didn't realize it's a bigggggggggggggggggggg portion,but I ate it all. The result?? I couldn't move and had hard time to sleep :D

Perut mo pecah rasanya,kekenyangan :D



Feb 8th : Sun - O'Charleys

Dang.... seems O'Charleys had captured our attentions.We love the bread!!!

Almost every Sunday we go out for lunch ( we make turn,Ronnie's this week,mine will be next week to choose where to go ). :D

MeiLee made a friend there.She met 3 girls at the resto and " talked " to them.She visited them to their table and walked around the resto.

As we're done,we walked out to the car.MeiLee walked back to the resto and refused to go to the car. Lol............

She greeted everyone there by saying, " Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ". Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

Feb 8th : MeiLee's @Parking Lot ( Get in the car,MeiLee!! ) :P

MeiLee's walking to the parking lot after church.She roamed around the car and followed me :D

Guess MeiLee wants to sit down at the front seat :D

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Creamy Potato Cheese Soup

My very 1st time cooking the potato soup for MeiLee's lunch. Hey,she loved it!!!!! She had a bowl :P

I used half and half instead of heavy cream :P

1 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
1/4 shredded smoked Gouda cheese
1 red potatoes ( I used reg potato ), diced and reserved in cold water to prevent browning
1 small carrots
2 diced celery stalks ( I didn't use it )
1 white onion, diced ( I skipped it )
1 teaspoon garlic-shallot puree (or 2 cloves garlic, crushed)
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 block chicken boullion ( or 1/3 cup chicken broth )

Turn stock pot on medium high. Melt butter. Add celery, onion, carrots. Cook down until onions are transluscent. Add basil and garlic-shallot puree. After 3 minutes, add potatoes and stir another 3 minutes.

Carefully pour in the chicken broth. Boil for 20 minutes, then stir in a roux made from 4 tablespoons flour and 4 tablespoons butter.

Wait a few minutes for the soup to thicken slightly. Add cream. Whisk and simmer for 20 minutes.

Slowly stir in cheese and melt it down. After cheese is melted, pour into bowls and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Hawaiian Shrimp Truck Scampi

New recipe I saw from youtube. Dang.. it tastes sooo good!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my 2nd time cooking this kinda Hawaiian style.


10 shell-on U-15 (extra large) shrimp, deveined
1 head (10 cloves) garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (1 tablespoon for spicier tastes)
1/2 stick clarified butter (see our video recipe)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup white wine
2 tablespoons regular butter

1.Mix the flour,paprika and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Mix lightly and coat each piece of shrimp on both sides.
2.Heat saute pan over high heat.
3.Add clarified butter ( or reg.butter ) and garlic.Stir for 1 minute then add the shrimps. Fry abt 1-2 minutes.
4.Add the white wine and butter. Stir around until it turns brown.
5.Drain the shrimp and serve with rice or any other side.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dec 29th '08 :Vacation to Grand Victoria,IN

After dropping MeiLee to home from KY,we drove to Grand Victoria,IN. We stopped at Frisch's for lunch.

We arrived at Grand Victoria abt 3 pm. We had a short nap and went to look around the casino. It's a hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee boat. We've never been to casino before ^___^.

Ronnie suggested to have buffet in the hotel. Food wasn't good ( psst.. I am not an american food,anyway ) ^____^. Then we roamed around the casino and played some games :P

We decided to take a break ( counting how much money we brought,how much we spent and earnt ). Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

I told Ronnie not to go out again at nite. When we came back, we found a basket of fruit on the table. Wah!!!!!! Surprise!!!!!!!!!

I called the receptionist and asked why there's gift for us.He said," Yes,Maam. It's for your anniversary gift." Ahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! I forgot!!!!!!!! When I booked the room, I told them we'd like to celebrate our anniversary. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

What a nice treat :P . So,we enjoyed the nite by having some fruits and looked at the boat from the window.

Ronnie invited me to go back to the casino and play some game. We played till 2 am and decided to stop. Ronnie made some money!!! ^____^

The next day,before we checked out,we went to the casino.We didn't have bfast. Ronnie asked me to play for the last time. Hey!!! I made 100 bucks on Black Jack Game. Ronnie made almost the same amount. But,I kept playing and lost. AGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Ronnie laughed.I let him play and he stopped at 75 bucks :P . We're lucky cos there's a Pinoy who taught us how to play the game.

Ronnie changed the voucher into cash. He said,' Oh well... at least it covered our room hotel." Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. We went home with some money :P

We stopped by at Dearbone to have lunch. We saw Chinese Buffet ^___^. I really enjoyed the food.

After having a long drive,we arrived at home abt 5 pm. MeiLee was really happy to see us. She kept holding Ronnie. ha ha ha ha ha ha.She ignored her Mommy.. hiks...hiks..hiks...

Over all...we really enjoyed the trip. I went directly to the bedroom cos I had horrible headache ^____^.

It's a great trip and surely we wanna do it again next time :P . But, I really missed MeiLee soooooooooo much. We intended to extend another nite ( again,we thought about not doing it and went home for MeiLee ) :P

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jan 4th'09 : MeiLee's Climbing Church Stairs

Astaga!!!!!!!!! This girl loves climbing the stairs on Sundays. It's been her ritual exercise now. lol... No wonder yesterday Mom told me that all a sudden MeiLee's been upstairs when Mom's cleaning the bathroom. She CRAWLED UP by herself!!!!!!!!

My heart beat so fast when Mom told me last nite.She said," I felt strange and turned back.All a sudden,I saw MeiLee's been STANDING IN FRONT OF ME!!! SHE CRAWLED UPSTAIRS!!! " OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank God MeiLee didn't fall. Amazing how she did that. Last week I let MeiLee crawl ( I was behind her,she felt ). Geee.... I believe God protected this child when she did that yesterday. :P

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dec 28th : Family Vacation to Wild Wood Inn,KY

Just had time to upload our family vacation back in Dec to WWI,KY.We took MeiLee to KY. We chose the Victorian Floral Suite.It's beautiful,neven been to this kind of hotel before. :P

We forgot to bring MeiLee's portable playpen.Thank God,the hotel employee lent us one.

Overall,it's a nice bedroom. I had a nightmare,indeed. Kinda scary ^___^.
My body floated like a dead fish on the ground. Ronnie kept asking if I was ok or not. He said," Are you ok ??? Baby... please answer me.. Or, we'll out from here rite now." It's abt 3am.But, I told Ronnie I would be fine.

I prayed and kept telling Ronnie to pray for me,too. Thank God,it's over.

We didn't roam around the hotel alot. We took MeiLee to the doom and saw the swimming pool and the playground.

The next day,we dropped MeiLee home and drove to IN,for another day.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Jan 31st : Columbus Trip ( Applying MeiLee's Indonesian Pasport & Meet Friends )

Yay !!! It's a good opportunity for us to apply MeiLee's passport to Columbus instead of going to Chicago this weekend.

We got an email from permias newsletter,informing that the Indonesian Consulate from Chicago would come to Columbus for a couple hours. Whoever wanted to apply for passport,self report ect,could come to Columbus and meet them.

I told Ronnie abt the planning to apply for MeiLee's Indonesian Passport. He welcomed the plan.

We got up at 6.30 am. Left from home abt 8.30am and picked up Ramini at Mason. I asked permission from Mohit and his wife to take Ramini to Columbus,so she could meet more Indonesians.

Ramini so excited.She kept thanking us. Lol.... Ronnie stopped Mc.D and bought us some bfasts.

We arrived at OSU abt 11am. Mr.Tony Wibawa was giving a speech. I asked a question like I asked in my previous blog. He said," The kid will bring her 2 passports, Indonesian and American. The passports will be stamped by the immigration officers." OK... I got the answer clearly now ^___^.

We put our application form abt 11.30am. We were called abt 3.30pm.It just took abt 5-10 minutes. MeiLee had her thumb printed on the passport. Ha ha ha ha ha.. She's been so good till the last minute. Bet she's hungry and tired. But, she had lots of fun with the kids in the building.

Wonder... this girl is very easy to make friends.She just roamed around and "greeted " people. Ha ha ha ha ha. Ronnie told me that she ran to a lady who sat at the hall and hugged her. HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!

I had no problem with MeiLee. The kids kept following her,hugging her,holding her and taking her around the hall. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Ronnie felt asleep. Hi hi hi hi hi. He's so tried.He only had a few hours sleeping the other nite. We applied for MeiLee's Indonesian Birth Certificate,too. It cost us extra 10 bucks.

I met Chiko and family, and I met Eka ( old friend I met back to 06 at Asian Festival in Columbus ). Ha ha ha ha ha... She came to me and reminded me abt Nia's friend. I said," yes.. I am her friend. Are you, Ika..or Eka ??' She said," Yes, I am.. You are Mei.. ? " Ha ha ha ha ha ha..

Aduh,Mak... Lama bener gak bersua.. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. She said," You haven't got this lil one the very 1st time we met." ha ha ha ha ha ha. Her kids grow up so fast now. Almost teenagers. :D

Well.... we're done almost 4pm. I called Sera White who were waiting for us at Taste of Bali Resto. I had her order Ronnie's food.

We arrived in 20 mnts. There, Sera's friend, Wiwieq was waiting for us too. We ordered some food. Ramini chose the " Nasi Sayur " . Gudeg was too sweet, I didn't like it. I chose the other menu ( Rendang, Telur Balado,Sate,Opor Ayam,Sambel Kentang & Nasi ) . Borongannnnnnnnnn :P

We took some pics before we left. MeiLee went behind the cashier desk and played with Vivi, the student from Medan. Hey!!!!!! I talked to her in Chinese!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ( Gatal nih lidah mo ngomong Hokkien ). Ha ha ha ha ha ha..

So, MeiLee finally met Tante Sera. :D MeiLee's been using her Royal Potty from Tante Sera,but it's her first time to meet face by face. Ha ha ha ha ha ha..

Thanks a lot The Whites,Wiwieq & John.. Till we meet again!!!!!!!!!

We dropped Ramini at Mason abt 6.30pm and arrived at home abt 7pm. I am still not feeling good. But, hey.. it's worth it to go to Columbus and take care of MeiLee's needs.

Plus,Ramini met lots of new friends,too, a few of them are from Java!!!! I am so glad that Ramini had good time. :D

Our big appreciation to the Permias Committee who had held this program, to Indonesian Consulate of Chicago Officers who made it easier and nearer for us.

To The Whites ( yg udah bela2in ke Columbus n mo lunch bareng dgn kita,walau keburu telat ) :D

Wiwieq,new friend n John.. See you all next time!!!!!!

God bless

The Ries