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i wanna ride my bicycle~

Took the day off yesterday since it was Youth Day - thus a holiday for all school go-ers. Had no inkling that it was a school holiday initially (I can't remember ever celebrating Youth Day when I was a youth :P) till mengchooMong smsed me last week asking me whether she can bring my boy cycling at ECP on that day.

We hardly bring Aidan to cycle at ECP. Most of the time, we'll let him cycle along our apartment corridor and also at the long stretch of canel near our place. I didn't wanna let him cycle at ECP because we usually go there during the weekends and the place is forever jam packed with hoards of cyclists,bladers and casual walkers. My experience with li' kids biking there hasn't exactly been great. I remember cussing at the parents for letting their kids zig-zag across the lane and looking on proudly at them without realising that their kids may have caused an accident or two. Children also have a tendency to execute sudden jam brakes/U-turns and not keeping to the right lanes. The last time I fell while blading was to avoid a kid that rode into my path @#$%&!

Thankfully, the cycling stretch at ECP was rather empty yesterday morning. The weather was exceptionally warm and it was so darn humid! Had to cycle at a snail's pace so as to ensure my boy was okay..And I know now how those parents must have felt because it was really nice to see the boy enjoy himself so much while he navigated over the humps and squealing in delight as he peddled away. Fortunately, he does listen to my instructions and kept to his lane and was cycling in a straight line. He was more determined to catch up with Macy who had zoomed far ahead of him and was taunting him "Why you sooooo slow Aidan! Faster! Fasssteeer!!". Alamak, that girl ah!

Loads of pics as usual :)

Can't tahan mengchoothat woman. Not only can she bake, she can cook so bleddy well too! Her hub's such a lucky bloke. She made beef pho for dinner and boy, was it tasty. The broth was especially heavenly..! I ♥ pho bo. When I was stationed in Vietnam for a month in one of the my previous job, I ate pho every single day! Gonna get the recipe so that *coff* my helper would be able to cook it for us once in a while :P My boy lurved the noodles too! Ate up every single strand of the noodles and slurped up the soup completely.

Here's the recipe (provided by the chef! All comments belong to her)
4 quarts beef broth( about 4 litres)
1 kg beef bone/meat
6 slices fresh ginger root
1 lemon grass( I found it a little too pungent, so I put half)
2 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 pound sirloin tips, cut into thin slices( I use the Cold Storage's sukiyaki beef)
Beef balls (optional)
1/2 pound bean
sprouts (30cents at the wet market is suff. to feed 5)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon
fennel seed
1 teaspoon cloves
2 bay leaves
2-3 star anise
Fresh cut red chillies
limau cut ( about 8-9)
2 large onions cut into rings
2 package dried rice noodles or can get from wet market fresh hor fun
1/2 tbp hoi sin sauce
3 tablespoons fish sauce

1. In a large soup pot, combine broth, onion, ginger, lemon grass, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, star anise, bay leave together and bring to boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer as long as you can.... 4-5 hours (btw, blanch the beef bones first before putting into the soup)
2. Arrange bean sprouts, mint, basil and cilantro on a platter with chillies n lime
3. Soak noodles in water. Boil a small pot of water to soften noodles when ready to eat. Drain the noodles, put into the bowl, place raw beef on top. Ladle hot broth over noodles and beef. top with garnishes and sauces.


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Jul. 3rd, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
the photo of aidan kissing macy is SO cute. but shes like so bo chup about it aye?
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
trust me..she chup aidan more than he chup her *grin*
but they had a good time together yesterday!
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Jul. 3rd, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
The kissing photo is so adorable! And Mong is such a talent in the kitchen!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
yeah, she is really creative and adventurous with food..makes me feel damn inept at times i tell ya!
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Jul. 3rd, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
ok. i'm taken by the food. heh. and that picture of that kiss. so cute!!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
the pic don't do the pho justice. it was really delicious!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
my colleague told me yesterday that she was blading at ECP over the weekend. There was this boy cycling but kept turning back to tell his Daddy how fast he could cycle. My colleague gave way by standing one side so that he could go straight but suay suay at the point he had to turn and knock into my colleague. She fell and had bruises on her knees. hmm... it has been a looonggg time since we been to ECP.
oh.... I love pho bo too! the yummy soup!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
alamak..kids are definitely a hazard when the place is extremely crowded. most pple will always move out of the way of the kids and they end up getting hurt in the process!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
wah can I have the recipe as well? it looks SO good.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
Ok... will post the recipe to share...
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Jul. 3rd, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
i like pho ga (chicken) too! And yes, having pho during winter is ze best! When i was studying in canada and during the cold season, we'll always head straight to the vietnamese restaurant for our big bowl of piping hot pho!!

i've updated the receipe in my blog entry already!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
Aiyoh! They are soo cute! Was that a spontaneous kiss? Cos she look so nonchalant abt it.... :)
Jul. 3rd, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
heh..i have to come clean. it wasnt spontaneous. they were playing together so happily and i was taking pics of them so i just said to aidan, "give macy a kiss on the cheek!". and so he did :P
Jul. 3rd, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
not bad eh, kids not scared of sweat/dirt eh.
He kissed the little girl though both were so sweaty! heh...
Jul. 3rd, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
at their ages, sweat and dirt ain't much of a deterrent :P hehe
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Jul. 3rd, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
I only blade at ECP after 930pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends. That's when the kids and most cyclists disappear and it's really shiok coz can go faster with less fear of crashes! Also...it's less humid and much easier to find parking.

What a pity West Coast Park is not so blade-friendly.

Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
huh..so late at night?! but not a bad idea actually. much cooler and less people ard.

yeah boy..wcp isnt blade friendly at all..and lesser trees in the west too!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)

This is my favourite shot of all.

And yes, I love Pho. Did you eat the one at Pho Hoa in Vietnam? Da best.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
heh i like that pic a lot too!

the Pho Hoa at Pasteur Street right? yes, that was the place they brought me for lunch my first time in hcm and i went back there many times on my own after that.

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Jul. 3rd, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
looks like all had fun
:D looks yummy!

hmmm wonder how it would be for Aidan & Macy...10yrs from now... *ponder*

OOOo thanks Mong for the recipe!!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: looks like all had fun
heh, honestly..i'm sure they will be avoiding each other like crazy ard that time hehe..
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Jul. 3rd, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
aiyoh they look so cute together.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
yeah..really enjoy seeing all our kids play together! im just glad aidan has friends to play with :)
Jul. 3rd, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
aidan and macy look so cute together, esp the one where aidan gives her a peck. ahh... :) childhood innocence.

will keep the pho bo recipe and try it myself. i love pho bo too!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
yeah..must enjoy this period when they are so young and innocent :D..

Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
too sweet, the little children.

so many ingredients to prepare to make pho bo!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
that's why it taste so good mah! :D...
Jul. 4th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
aiyoh the kiss is soooooooo sweet leh :)
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