Tuesday, December 25, 2012


This is the second year we spent our Christmas Eve with my god-son, Daniel and his family.  We brought a few dishes with us and combined we had 8 dishes that evening.  We had a great time together.

Menu for this Christmas Eve:
Pork Belly with hard boiled eggs (this is prepared by Joanna)
Fried chicken drumsticks
Green Vegie
Sambal Lady Fingers n Square Beans
Filipino Pork Knuckle
Chicken Soup
Mixed Vegie
Midin (wild ferns)

Dessert : Jelly and Agar-Agar
Drink : Passion Fruit with 100Plus

The joke of the night was Joanna. Yes, you can see how she laughed at herself.  She was so excited about her presents that she opened her sister's present along with hers.  She tried to put the things back but the wrapper was torn apart so she will just have to confess to her dear sister.  We appreciate her effort coming back to spend Christmas with us.  It was a comfort.

the ANSWER to all our questions.
the YES  to all God's promises.
the AMEN to all our prayers.
He is the GIVER of all our blessings.
the FORGIVER of all our sins.
the SAVIOR of all who trust in Him.

He came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owed a debt we couldn't pay.
May your days be filled with God's amazing love for you!
The Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is His Name.  Luke 1:49

There goes another great Chrsitmas and we are thankful for the gifts that our children sent us and we look forward to Chinese New Year when all will be back :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012


These are the items I crocheted for this year's Christmas gifts.

This is the first Elmo Hat which Sheerah requested for her kai-zai (god-son)...her good friend's son.

The second one is for her another kai-zai...her another good friend's son.  If she keeps up with having god-children, I think I will have a busy time of more crocheting in the future :)

The first one has a bigger nose and the color is more to orange. I made the nose smaller for the second one and the yarn is orangy-yellow.

I didnt have time to make a friend's birthday gift so I crocheted this ginger bread guy as a pre-Christmas gift for a friend.  I like the outcome and really love this guy :)  I like the way he stands out against the green background. Hope this little guy brings her joy and smiles :)

I saw this pattern online.  I add on the beads and bells to brighten it up.  You can find the free pattern here or copy this to your browser:


This went to a special pastor-friend :)

This Christmas tree is a first time try for me and I love it.  It is a spiral of crocodile stitches.  I gave this to a family who does not have a Christmas tree at home.  I include some colored beads and transparent fish line for the two sisters to decorate their little tree with.

The set of 7 pine corns is for my son n d-i-law.  I hope they can start to collect my crochet christmas ornaments for years to come (as long as my eyes n hands are still working)...imagine a tree covered with all my crochet christmas ornaments :)  The pine corn pattern is easy and it is free.
Joanna requested for an Elmo doll, so I crocheted one for her Christmas gift.  It took me 4 days to get it done.  This is my first try to crochet a stuffed doll this size.  Elmo stands 37 cm (14 1/2 in) tall.  So here he is.  Isn't he handsome?
I had a few good orders for my crochet items this Christmas and a blessing indeed.  I made a few towel tops to give away.   I got these hand towels in pack of 6 and I washed them to make sure the color doesn't run.  I am glad they are ok.  The top pattern is my original and the bottom leaf pattern is available here.

I received a Christmas gift from my fan-friend, from Penang and my very first Christmas card for this year.  With few more days to go, this could also be my one and only cd for 2012 :) What a joy to receive a Christmas gift!  I love the gingerbread boy;  the gift tag and the Christmas tree soap, which came in time to replace my bathing soap!  Thks to Vi.

This year I crochet covers for some Christmas balls to decorate our tree.

So I crocheted 12 covers for 12 silver balls and added another 12 red balls which Joanna brought back from Spore.  I used 3 rolls of red ribbons with gold edge.  So our tree is all dressed up and ready for Christmas.

Our thoughtful Sheerah sent some Christmas gifts home and they were hand delivered to us by a friend who came back from KL.   Joanna came back from Spore to spend Christmas with us and she came home with 2 luggage bags weighing 25kg.  Haha....more gifts of course!


And to all my visitors .....

Sunday, September 9, 2012


For those of you who can't access to the link for the puppet pattern, here it is for your convenience.  This may not be a perfect pattern but you can always make adjustment after a try out.  For the steps to making this puppet please click here.

_Foam Template for Simple Hand Puppet

Below are templates for cutting out the fabric.
   Mouth Puppet Templates

Hope this work out well for you :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Here is Lilo, created for Stitch which I did some time ago.  Now Stitch has Lilo, he wont be lonely and they are going to be our company each time we drive :) cos they are going to be placed on our car's front board.

So what do you think of Lilo?  

Here they are on a ride with us :)  I pinned them to a rubber mat and placed them on the front board of our car.  

Monday, June 25, 2012


This is the second dolphin I have done.  The pattern is from a book bought by Joanna.  The instruction isn't clear so I have to work it out myself joining the top piece and the belly piece together as the top piece is double the size of the belly piece thus the outcome of the top body form.

This is a light blue and I think it is a very pleasant color giving you the calmness and peaceful feeling.  I made this to cheer up a friend and it did :)

Hope you like it too :)


I made this baby headband for Lianna's baby.  She is Lily's eldest girl.  Time flies and now we are seeing each other's children getting married and seeing a new generation coming up.

I also made her a big red heart which measures 12.5 cm across.  I got this yarn from Spotlight-Singapore last month.  It was a thick yarn compare to what I have been using and I ended up with this bigger version.  It is a big big cutie.  Anyway, a mother always has a big heart for her children.

My parcel took quite awhile to be claimed.  I am glad it wasn't lost and the track no. help to claim the parcel.  So here is a pic which I was tagged on fb.

Isn't she beautiful?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


At last Stitch is born. I have wanted to crochet Stitch for myself for a long time. He may be a little monster but I like him :) See his moves :)

Monday, April 30, 2012


I fell into a pot of honey,
And I got on me all the honey,
Well, with all the honey on me,
It make me a happy Winnie!

This is made specially for Jeannie(my gan-daughter-in-law) cos she loves Winnie the Pooh :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This is inspired by a 4 year old(turning 5), a very young friend of mine :) He loves cars and he is trying to earn money to buy things that he wants. His mother taught him well, telling him that he need to save up to achieve his wishes. You must be thinking what can a 4 year old do. Well, he helps his mother to hang the clothes to dry and how does he do that? He helps to get the hangers for his mother. After his mother slipped the hanger into the clothings he will hook the hanger onto the wooden rod by standing on their car's bonnet! I should get a pic of him doing it on my next visit.

I have wanted to crochet him a car but seeing him saving two 50 cents coins each time he helps his mother inspires me to crochet the car into a coin bank. I am happy with the outcome. This is for his birthday which is one day before mine but I spent more time than expected to get it done so it is a belated gift. I actually redo the wheels because I wasnt happy with the wheels which I did initially. I cut round card-wheels at first but they didnt turn out well because I dont think they will hold the weight of the coins. I used caps from my supplement bottles instead and I like the way they turned out.

Here are the pics. (these are the initial wheels inserted with round cards)

Here are the pics after I altered the wheels. I added two caps as spare tyres to bottom of the bus to support the weight when it gets filled up with coins.

The bottom right pic shows the original plastic container and the bus before the container is put inside.


Here are the pics sent in by his mum.  See the joy on his face :) He requested to celebrate his birthday with his friends at his playschool. What a big cake!

Monday, April 9, 2012


This teapot warmer took me some time but the result is worth it. I just love it and look forward to a good pot of tea tomorrow.

10 April 2012

Now I am enjoying my tea as often as I can :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I did some egg covers last year.  This time I crocheted a few easter eggs-covers and few easter chick egg-covers.  I saw this picture online and find it very cute, so I tried it out.  I am happy with the outcome.

Anyway, here is to share with you.  For those of you who may be interested to make some for your coming easter, I hope this is not too late. Ainyway they are very easy to make.

You will need plastic eggs for this project. The top half is more pointed while the bottom half has a wider end.  Here is the pattern.

MR-magic ring
ss-slip stitch
X-single crochet
V-2sc in one stitch
fo-fasten off

R1:      MR-6X
R2:      6V
R3:      X all round
R4:      (XV) repeat all round
R5:      X all round
R6:      (XXV) repeat all round
R7:      X all round
R8:      (XXXV) repeat all round
R9-11:  X all round (3rows)
R12:    (XXXXV) repeat all round
R13:    X all round; ss; fo

R1:     MR-6X
R2:     6V
R3:     (XV) repeat all round
R4:     X all round
R5:     (XXV) repeat all round
R6:     (XXXV) repeat all round
R7:     X all round
R8:      (XXXXV) repeat all round
R9-12:  X all round; ss; fo

Now you can apply some glue to the plastic egg and place it into the crochet cover.  You may have to do this quickly and adjust the cover to the edge of the plastic egg before the glue hardens or dries.  Do one open-half of the plastic egg each time so you can adjust it to the edge.  Take note that you do not cover the gap that goes inside of the other half when you close the two halves together.

Note:  You may have to make adjustment as plastic eggs may vary in size and the thickness of the yarn you are using may also vary so you may have to adjust the number of stitches and rows as you crochet along.  You can change the color of yarn as you crochet along the rows or you can use only one color and add eyes and beak to create a chick face.

Easter Chick egg-covers:

MR-magic ring
X-single crochet
dc-double crochet
ss-slip stitch
p3-puff stitch with 3 double loops on the hook

MR-3ch; 16dc; ss to third chain (make 2 pieces)
ss the 2 pieces together by using only the back stitch so you will see an outline of the face.
Do not fasten off.

R1:  3ch+p3; 2ch;  (p4; 2ch) repeat 5 times; turn; 6 more (p4; 2ch); ss to the first puff stitch.
R2:  3ch+p4; 2ch; (p5; 2ch) repeat all round; ss to the first puff stitch.
R3:  3ch+p5; 2ch; (p6; 2ch) repeat all round; ss to the first puff stitch.
R4:  Repeat R3
R5:  3ch+p4; 2ch; (p5; 2ch) repeat all round; ss to the first puff stitch.
R6:  1ch; X all round; ss; fo

Top of the head:
Using RED yarn, work from the back of the head, crochet the following:
ss; X; 2ch; X; 3ch; X; 2ch; X; ss; fo
Using RED yarn, work a stitch away from the red head top; 3ch; dc; 3ch; ss; fo

Slip in a plastic egg.

May you bless someone with a message + a nice piece of chocolate in your Crochet Easter Egg.  I did :)


NOTE:  You may use these patterns to make for personal use only, do not sell the pattern please.  Thank you.

I hope crocheters find my pattern easy to understand and follow. I would really appreciate feedbacks from those who tried it out to let me know if it works ok or any suggestion for improvement. Thanks.

Monday, February 27, 2012


This my first handmade sliding card.  I saw a tutorial online and love it.   I love making it and so happy with it :)  I made it for Sheerah's birthday which is coming up in March but then she will be in KL so we had a simple dinner together when she came back this month.  I also crocheted a tissue holder and bought her a Starbucks birthday card from HK.


You can refer to the links below for the tutorials.

and the Dahlia Fold Flower ...


I saw this free pattern online and find this cat very cute. 

I bought some yarn during my recent visit to Hong Kong and I am happy with the outcome though I think it would turn out nicer with the mouth, hands and feet in a darker color.  It happened that a niece from Kuching was in Miri at this time so I gave it to her and she loves it.

So expressive and cool, isnt he?

Saturday, February 4, 2012


My sis-in-law saw the glove I made for my trigger thumb and asked if I could make her a pair of gloves to keep her hands warm while working in her office.  She only wants to cover the top of her hands so this is what I came up with.

It is started with a length of ch st that measures the circumference of the wrist and attached the button at one end and make a ch loop on the other end for the button hole.  Then a row of single crochet before starting to crochet along to and turn shell pattern and do a ring of ch at each end for the thumb and the little finger on the nineth shell-row with 2 rounds of single crochet.  Then finish off with 4 more shells at the centre on 11th shell-row and 2 shells on the 12th row.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I enter 2012 with a trigger thumb. It got worse that I need to bandage the joint section to stop it from bending. Then Sheerah got me a little gadget to support the thumb to prevent the joint from locking. However, it slipped out of my thumb when I moved in my sleep so I crocheted this glove to hold the gadget onto my thumb.

 I am happy with my glove :)

 Here is the pattern for those who may be interested.

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch

ROW 1: Crochet the 1st row of chains that measures the circumference of your wrist. Mine is 45ch.

ROW 2: ch1 and sc in each ch till 42nd st; ch2; skip 2st and sc into the last ch (this is the button hole. You can adjust the button hole size to fit your button)

ROW 3: ch1; turn; sc; skip 2st; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch15; skip 17st; dc1; ch3; dc1; ch15; skip 17st; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch1; sc into the last ch

ROW 4: Turn; ch5; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch13; sc into each of the 3ch space; ch13; dc2; ch1; dc2

ROW 5: Turn; sl st into the 2dc; sl st into the 1ch space; ch3; dc1; ch1; dc2; ch11; (Increase) sc2; sc1; sc2; ch11; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch5; sl st to center ch of the 5ch space

ROW 6: Turn; ch5; sl st to center of 5ch space; ch5; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch9; sc2; sc into each st and sc2 to the last st; ch9; dc2; ch1; dc2

ROW 7: Turn; sl st into the 2dc; sl st into the 1ch space; ch3; dc1; ch1; dc2; ch7; sc into each st; ch7; dc2; ch1; dc2; *ch5; sl st to center ch of the 5ch space* repeat

ROW 8: Turn; do three 5ch space; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch7; (Decrease) skip 1st; sc into each st and skip the last st; ch7; dc2; ch1; dc2

ROW 9: Turn; sl st into the 2dc; sl st into the 1ch space; ch3; dc1; ch1; dc2; ch9; skip 1st; sc into each st and skip the last st; ch9; dc2; ch1; dc2; do three 5ch space

ROW 10: Turn; do four 5ch space; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch11; skip 1st; sc into each st and skip the last st; ch11; dc2; ch1; dc2

ROW 11: Turn; sl st into the 2dc; sl st into the 1ch space; ch3; dc1; ch1; dc2; ch13; skip 1st; sc into each st and skip the last st; ch13; dc2; ch1; dc2; do four 5ch space

ROW 12: Turn; do five 5ch space; dc2; ch1; dc2; ch15; skip 1st; sc into each st and skip the last st; ch15; dc2; ch1; dc2

ROW 13: Turn; sl st into the 2dc; sl st into the 1ch space; ch3; dc1; ch15(ring for the little finger); dc2; skip 2st; sc1; (*skip 2st; dc3 into same st); sc1; repeat(*); dc2; skip 2st; sc1; (*skip 2st; dc3 into the same st); sc1; repeat(*); sc1dc2 into 1ch space; ch20(ring for the index finger); do five 5ch space

ROW 14: urn; sl st into 2st of the 5ch space; ch10; sl st into center of the 5ch space of the other side to form a circle for the thumb. You can adjust the size by the number of stitches. I have to make it fit my thumb splint so it is bigger than normal.

ROW 15 (this is starting on the thumb): do 5ch space all round (total 7 spaces)

ROW 16: sl st into 2dc; ch4; (*skip 1st; dc1; ch1); repeat (*) all round; sl st to 3rd ch

ROW 17: ch4; decrease by dc 2 tog; ch1; do another decrease; ch1; (*skip 1st; dc1; ch1); repeat (*) all round; sl st to 3rd ch (I made 2 decreases on this row)

(From here make adjustment by decreasing or increasing stitches to fit your thumb size.)

ROW 18: ch4; (*dc1; ch1; dc1); repeat(*) all round; sl st to 3rd ch

ROW 19: repeat row 18

ROW 20: make 1 decrease

ROW 21: make 1 decrease

ROW 22: make 2 decrease

Close by stitching the center of the ends together.

NOTE:  Please do not sell the pattern, you may sell the finished product, giving credit and linking it to the pattern creator.  Thank you.

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 CNY EVE


12 January

PICKLED GINGERYou can refer to previous Pickle Ginger recipe

I managed to buy very nice young ginger this year. I did 1kg of ginger. It was well received and all containers cleared after serving and sharing around.

14 n 15 January

You can refer to previous Ngo Hiang recipe.

I was at the city main market buying fried kwai tiao when I saw a lady buying so many packs of pork in paste form (like those for making meat balls) from the same stall. It is made from the top-side of the pig..lion/saddle meat. Then I was told it is very good for making meat rolls but have to go along with minced pork. I bought a pack which is 1/2 kg each at RM20. So here I give it a try and the result is good. I used this to replace the usual shrimp or fish that is in the recipe.

You can purchase this pork paste at Miri City main market - first stall by the back doorway closer to the shoplots. This stall sells roasted chicken, pork and meat rolls. It also sells fried noodles and kwai tiao, infact, quite a popular stall.

Here is the recipe for my Ngo Hiang this year.
500 gm minced pork
250 gm pork paste
2 pairs of chicken liver - boil-cooked and diced
200 gm water chestnuts - diced
1 red carrot - diced (I prefer it diced than shredded so you can feel the bite)
12 dried mushrooms- diced
2 Tbsp Shiaoxin wine
2 Tbsp sesame oil
2 Tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp 5-spice-powder
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 egg

2 Tbsp of cornflour for sealing
2 packs of beancurd sheets (I need only 11/4 packs)

Mixed all the ingredients in (A)...mixed them well together.

Cut the beancurd sheets to sizes preferred. I cut each sheet into 8 pieces and this recipe makes around 9 to 10 rolls depending on the size you prefer.

Soften the beancurd sheets by dipping into a basin of water. I dip one by one as I make the rolls.

Brush some cornflour onto the sheet before rolling the mixture.

Heat up your steamer with the water. Oil the steamer plate and put a few rolls on it with some gaps in between the rolls for expansion during the process. Steam for 8-10 min. Let it cool.

You can deep fry them and serve. I just fry mine in a grilling pan. I made 2 recipes this year and freeze them for consumption over the CNY.

My mum's comment: "Very Good" :)

Please refer to Hot n Spicy Chicken Feet recipe.

A must when all my children are back. This is one of their favorites. So I cooked 1.6 kg of chicken feet this year. I cooked ahead of time and freeze them so I wont have to do some much cooking on CNY eve.

One thing I realised is to buy chicken feet from the same source. I bought 1kg from a hypermarket and 1/2 kg from the chicken market. The ones from the chicken market are tougher while the ones from the hypermarket tend to lose their skin as I fried them in the wok.

16 January

Please refer to Chilled Pork Leg recipe.

I ordered 4 pcs of the pork leg but I was only able to get 3. I am not happy with the supply this year as I find them very smelly and the deboning wasnt as nicely done as the previous year. I boiled a big pot of water with cloves and dried orange skin; then blanched the pork legs in the hot water. It did help to rid the smell but made it more difficult to wrap it up later as the hot water hardened the meat a bit. With my left thumb handicap I had a hard time trying to push the meat inside the skin and bandaging it, working with just my right hand. If my trigger thumb problem doesnt go away, this may be the last time I can make this :(

Last year, I soaked the whole leg in the wine with the bandage on. This round after cooking, I removed the bandage and cut off the hooves part before soaking it in Shaoxin wine. Will see the result after 3 days.

Result: I am not sure if the wine is stronger this year or because I took off the bandage that caused the pork leg to have a stronger wine taste than last year's. Well, some prefer the stronger taste while some dont.

18 January

This is a new recipe that I want to try out this year. It is an easy to follow recipe and I think it is going to taste good. After cooking it in a clay pot for 2 hrs and cooled it, I wrapped the pieces in foil and freeze them for the final step for CNY eve dinner. I intend to pan fry it instead of steaming it.

Result: I steamed it and it didnt turn out to be a popular dish during the dinner, so it went into the fridge for a few days. The pork belly were already cut into about 3/4 inch thickness when I steamed it for the eve dinner, so I just pan-fried the pieces without the gravy, then heat up the gravy and pour over them. It turned out to be much better. However, it is still nothing compared to the CARAMEL PORK BELLY which I did last year. The turning table in my microwave oven is not working so I didnt cook this recipe this year.

22 January - Chinese New Year Eve
I fried 1kg of Black Hokkien Noodles and cooked 1 dish of mixed vegie to add to menu. Bro Michael bought roasted pork and char-sau(said to be best in Bintulu) and Bro Bernard cooked chicken rice (which is very nice) and fried chicken wings (Sheerah's request).  So we had too much food this year which of course were brought forward :)

After the dinner and clearing off the table, we celebrated birthdays for Dec-Jan and waiting for the time to come for the fire crackers. Joanna got a nice puzzle of the disney cartoons as one of her birthday presents and it was started right away after that while waiting for the countdown.  

Here are pics of the two piggy banks I made for Joanna and Chris. They are crocheted on plastic containers on which I cut a small opening and I made them open-able at the lids. The heads are the lids.

It was a great time of togetherness...the fun, the laughters, the doing things together...the FAMILY.  All the effort, tireness and exhaustion is worth it all. But it was over so soon. Time is never enough cos the demand for attention comes from friends, classmates, schoolmates besides family. So I am grateful for my children setting some time to be at home though I would always wish for more. I was touched when my son called off a bbq with his friends to have a simple dinner at home and spend some time with us.  Now home is back to a quiet mode and life goes on.

Thank God for this Chinese tradition of family reunion time at CNY Eve which should be kept and passed on.

And I am looking forward to a better year and more opportunities for the togetherness.

May God watch over everyone, may the fear of God be in everyone's choices and most of all may His love and grace be the bond in every family.

Sunday, January 8, 2012


My last amigurumi of 2011 is a little clown which I made specially for a special clown friend of mine. May this little clown remind him of all the good things that God has blessed him....how it all started and how God paved the way for him to this day that now he can be a clown as his career. May his life continue to excel for God's purpose.

I started making this on 30 Dec and finished on 1Jan.  This is a pattern from one of my books.

Then I made a little smurf for myself :)  I follow a pattern online for most parts of it but I did my own pattern for the hat and nose.  I also made the limbs shorter.

And I am pleased with my clown and smurf :)

BLESSED 2012  and may more of God's grace, love, joy and peace happen to my blog-readers and followers in 2012!


Better things are happening and God's grace has always been sufficient and definitely His words are still running true. I am still experiencing Matthew 6:33(NKJV) "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." I have been blessed through people I worked with and people that I served and of course my family. Last year was Teo and my 30th Anniversary and also our first Christmas without our children with us. But we spent it with our kai-zai and kai-sun. My eldest bro and his family joined us at last minute notice. I was busy preparing for a camp at KK but I managed to do last minute shopping and get just the suitable gifts for my bro's family.
And it was a great joy to receive a big box of Christmas gifts from our children even though they couldnt be with us in person. I always feel so blessed when my children remember us and their thoughts of us through their deeds makes all those years so worth it and makes me wish to go back and do more. God said it well in Galatians 6:7 "A man reaps what he sows."

Here are some pics and some are still in our kai-zai's camera but will post them later.

Sheerah even got us a small Christmas tree....hohoho...just nice for two "oldies".

And it didnt take up much space :)

....and with a few nice cards to accompany it.

 Here you see some of the Christmas ornaments I crocheted. This is at my kai-zai's house.

Christmas gifts that I made are.....
Angry birds for my kai-sun, which was posted earlier before Christmas.
Coasters for Marcus, Chris n Sheerah.

I didnt get to make any for Joanna (cos there wasnt enough time to reach her in Singapore as she was posted to China where she spent her Christmas) but will definitely make one for her birthday(which is already done at this time of belated blogging). Her birthday falls on the 1st day of Chinese New Year. It happens every 12th year and this is her 2nd time to have her birthday on 1st day of CNY.