Thursday, 29 January 2015


A few weeks ago, I found this Ebi-fry in the frozen section of NTUC hypermarket. 

Big prawns are usually quite expensive but the price for this Ebi-fry (already marinated and coated with bread crumbs) was reasonable, so we bought one packet to try out.

Yesterday, I finally took it out from our freezer. There were no instructions on how to cook this. What I did was put some oil in a deep baking tray and coat both sides of the prawns with oil. Then I placed the tray into our convection oven, set the temperature at 220 degree Celsius and heated it for about 20 minutes. I am using our oven as a multi-cooker :p. 

After about 20 minutes, the prawns were cooked but I found them a bit too soft probably due to the oil. So I placed them onto another dry shallow pan and heated it in the oven toaster for another 3 minutes. On taking out the prawns, they were still a bit soft. However, when we ate the prawns, they were okay - crispy on the outside and soft inside. Tasted good too - not too salty and not too bland.


Perhaps next time, I should put less oil. They should turn out better after 20 minutes of heating.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Episodes 29 and 30 of 《信约:动荡的年代》"The Journey : Tumultuous Times" (Last Two Episodes)

Hong Dangyong married Zhang Min despite the fact that she was carrying Zhang Yan's baby. Zhang Min then gave birth to a boy and Dangyong treated the boy as his own. 

Zhang Jia was attacked and stabbed. He finally decided to leave the criminal underworld after much persuasion from Zhang Min, Dangyong and Minghui. He started a laundry business.

Three years later, Zhang Min was pregnant with Dangyong's child. 

One night, some policemen entered the village where Dangyong and his family stayed (not sure whether they were going after Dangyong or some other criminals). The dogs in the village started to bark and, thus alerted, Dangyong left his house and hid from the police. On that same night, Zhang Min's water bag burst and she went into labour. She got her son Hong Kuan, who was only 3 years old, to get the  midwife to come over to help with the delivery. Incredible!

Hong Minghui divorced Zhang Yan after her mum, Yazi, passed away.

Zhang Yan heard from Bai Gou about Hong Dangyong and Zhang Min's whereabouts. He went to the village and set fire to their house. The fire spread fast. Zhang Yan was injured and his leg got stuck under a chicken cage. Dangyong rescued Zhang Yan because Zhang Yan promised that he would own up to setting the fire and surrender to the police. However, as soon as he walked over to the police, he told the police that Dangyong was from the underground and was a wanted man. At that moment, Dangyong decided not to run away anymore. He studied law while serving his jail sentence.

Zhang Jia finally went back to the Zhang family. In addition to the laundry business, he also started a restaurant business and was doing  quite well.

Zhang Tianpeng went back to his company and was shocked to learn from a new staff that his company had been sold away two years ago by Zhang Yan. He suffered a heart attack and passed away.

In Britain, Zhang Yan was upset over the demise of his dad and got drunk. He then quarrelled with his girlfriend, Lulu and killed her. There was no mention of what happened to him after that. 

Zhang Jia was attacked by Bai Gou again and, this time round, he killed Bai Gou. Hong Minghui and Zhang Jia eventually got married. Minghui was pregnant at the end of the show.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Episode 53 of "118"

"118" is currently airing on Channel 8, every day from Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm. 

In episode 53, Shanshan (姗姗)told Zhigao (志高) about some parents saying that the Primary 1 textbooks were too easy and that their children were already reading Primary 5 and 6 textbooks even though they were going to be in Primary 1 next year. She was worried that Viveka would lose out. Viveka was the daughter of Alex Lee (Shanshan's boyfriend).

Below were parts of their conversation.


就好像灌香肠, 你不能拼命的灌。

姗姗: 可是大家都那么怕输, 我们这些不怕输的就惨了, 就一定被抛到后头了。


他就好像五千米,一万米, 甚至是全程马拉松 

These were translated as:

Zhigao: Don't worry. Don't you know haste makes waste?
Plan for a child's education in a systematic way. 
Don't be afraid to lose out. 
Take making sausages for instance. 
If you overstuff the casing, it'll burst eventually.

Shanshan: But everyone is afraid of losing out. If we don't follow suit, we'll drop behind the rest.

Zhigao: Don't be certain about that. 
Every child learns at a different pace. 
Learning is not a 100 m sprint.
It's more like a marathon.
Although it's a long process, and some kids may be faster in the beginning, what matters is making it to the finishing point.

Agree totally.