Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year Resolutions

Hello everyone! How was your Xmas? I had a wonderful one! I invited family over to my place on Xmas day and boxing day. It is so great to catch up with family. Everyone is usually too busy during the year to catch up properly. I suppose quality time spent with loved ones over the holiday season is always magical. 

Now that Xmas is over, we have 2012 to look forward to. Have you made any resolutions? I have stopped making them for a long long time. But this year is different. I shall make some resolutions that I intend to keep: 

(1) I shall successfully make a career transition now that I have decided to leave my previous job. 

(2) I shall be motivated and focused in whatever I do.

(3) I shall never let myself down in whatever I do and always reach for the stars. 

Me At New Year's Eve Countdown 2010 In Tokyo. Can You Spot Me?
These resolutions give me a reason to look forward to a brand new year. They also help me shape my vision for myself for the coming year. If you have a vision of the person you want to become, it is much easier for you to work towards becoming that person. 

If there is something that you have always wanted to do, why not make a resolution now to do that something? Visualise yourself doing it in the coming 2012. And take baby steps to reach that goal in the coming year. I find that baby steps are more useful in reaching my goals than trying to do too much at the same time. Why not share your resolutions with everyone here in the comments section? We can motivate one another that way. 

I wish you all the best in your endeavors in the coming year. Have a great one. 

I-Ping

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pot Of Gold At The End Of Every Rainbow

Hello everyone :)

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? I haven't. Oops. 

Global christmas tree
(This photo is taken by Hiking Artist and registered under a Creative Commons License)
Anyway, I have been MIA for a bit because I am cramming my head with a lot of learning. For those of you who don't know me, I really like to learn new things. Hah! It's like a hobby gone wrong (?) as I have this burning desire to learn all I can about things which interest me. 

Things which interest me these days - personal development, website creation and writing. After so many years, I have finally found things which truly inspire me. It's yaye all the way! 

However, there's always the truth to face at the end of the day - interests vs reality. If I can't find a way to make money from my interests, I will have to face reality and go back to work! Well, I am giving myself another 6 months to swim in my interests. 

What about you? Do you face the same problem of having to balance your interests against reality? Don't you wish that you could just do what you love to do for a living? I am still searching for the answer. Every time I think I am so near to finding that elusive big answer, I stumble upon another conundrum which confuses me. I now truly believe that not everyone can actually do what they love for a living. But in cases like that, there is still a way to find pleasure in what you do even though what you do is not exactly what you love doing. There's always a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow:

Rainbow
You can find pleasure in your work in the following ways: 

(1) make good friends at work and make them your true friends (not just colleague-friend type); 

(2) think of all the good things you could do for the people you love with the money you make (for example make holiday plans and book your holidays in advance so that you can have something exciting to look forward to with your loved ones)

(3) spot all the good qualities there are in your bosses which make them so good at what they do at work (if you can't find, try a bit harder) and aspire to be like them; 

(4)  plan your office activities and make them as fun as possible (for example organise a fun office run so that you can exercise and bond with your colleagues); and

(5)  start work a bit earlier than everyone else in your office (drink all the free coffee in your office to keep awake and think of all the money you have saved from having to buy Starbucks coffee) so that you can finish up your work earlier and do a bit of your personal admin online before you head home (then you can have your night to yourself and not have to worry about work and personal admin).

Ok, that's 5 ideas for now! Savour them please and let me know what you think and whether you have any other ideas to add to the list. 

Have a wonderful time doing your Christmas shopping...

I-Ping (was once writing under pen name "The Modern Homemakers" but now prefers to be known by her real name to avoid identity crisis; not to be associated with IMac/IPad/IPhone/IPod/ITunes and all other products loving the "I") 




Thursday, November 24, 2011

Benefits Of Taking A Break From Work

In my earlier post, I recommended taking a break from work. 

Here are its benefits: 

1. clears your mind and allows you to find your purpose in life; 
2. you become more aware of why you do certain things in life and you find meaning in doing them; 
3. you learn to eliminate certain things you have been doing in life, which do not serve much useful purpose for you and your family;
4. you have the time to do all the things you have always wanted to do but never had the time to do; and 
5. you get to spend more time with your family! 

Yaye, 

The Modern Homemaker 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Taking A Break From Work

I recommend taking a break from work. "Sabbatical" as some call it. 

But I don't recommend taking a break from work if you don't have a fallback plan and you are usually an organised and systematic person. 

If you are usually orgnanised and systematic and you are suddenly left with no routine to keep you occupied, you may feel very unsettled and unhappy. 

Thus before you make that decision to take a break from work, perhaps look around for a fallback plan first. It need not be in the form of work. It can just be a routine. Perhaps volunteer work a few times a week. Or indulge in a hobby on a regular basis. 

Sometimes keeping yourself occupied can be harder than it seems. 

Yours truly, 

The Modern Homemaker 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Are We Greedy And Guilty Malaysians?

      


       A study has found that Malaysians are throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily.

       Ironically, we Malaysians love food so why waste the one thing that we are known to love most?  The regular flurry of news reports on food shortages and the global food crisis have failed to alert us on the importance of being thrifty and humble to contribute towards sustaining global food supplies.

      The multi-racial of Malaysian food is simply glorious. We are blessed with such diverse food options that spice up our daily food consumption. Perhaps such diversity has led to our insatiable appetite for food at one sitting which eventually leads to a huge costly waste. At any time of the day, any type of food is easily available.

      We now have more restaurants that serve fusion food, making us more impulsively greedy in making our selections. Go to any of these restaurants and you might have a hard time making up your mind on whether to have a plate of Chinese fried rice or Sizzling Lamb Chop because the striking pictures in the menu send you drooling over them right away. Eventually, you ordered both items. The reality is you can't clean your plate even before the dessert arrives. Such a waste.

      Simplicity and balance are what missing in our meals. A balanced diet for a normal Malay family may consist of a plate of rice, a vegetable dish and a main dish (chicken curry, chili beef etc).

      Sometimes, when the main dish is dry, soup is served. Dessert is optional. Perhaps a bowl of porridge for lunch with some condiments? A plain sandwich would also suffice for any meal of the day. Why not? Such items are healthy, simple and economical, reducing the amount of leftover which might end up in the garbage bin. 

      We definitely do not want to pay the price for our own greed and selfishness. It's time we find ways to reduce food waste in our landfills and become a more conscious food consumers. Malaysia boleh or tak boleh?
    




MYNN

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bored Singaporean Homemaker Starts Talking To Herself

Hello, this is The Modern Homemaker again.

Ordinary Woman In An Extraordinary Situation

I hope you now know a bit more about me after having read my first blog entry here. I am a rather ordinary woman who now find myself in a rather extraordinary situation. Haha, what do I mean by that?

I drew this on my chalkboard at home. It is from a Yoshitomo Nara painting. 
Previously, when I was working, life was all about work, work and work. However, since I stopped work to follow my husband to Beijing, life is now all about household chores and projects I love. Why do I then say I am in an extraordinary situation? Well, this is because I suddenly find myself in the privileged situation of having lots of free time to do all the things I have always wanted to do. I should be happy right? Yes I am now. But I wasn't doing so well initially...

The Nightmares

I started having nightmares every single night (almost) for nearly 3 months since I stopped work. I would often dream of ghost(s)/monster(s)/murderer(s) chasing me and would often wake up in a cold sweat. According to my husband, I would also talk gibberish and scream in my sleep and would swing my limbs all over the place. He claimed I had hit him many times in my sleep. But he couldn't procure any form of evidence so I didn't believe him. He had then threatened to film me whilst I was sleeping. A bit like what the pesky boyfriend did in the movie "Paranormal Activity" when the evil spirits harassed his girlfriend. My husband postulated that the service apartment that we had stayed in in Beijing was haunted and was the cause of my nightmares. What rubbish. I had never encountered anything spooky in the service apartment apart from my obsessions with household chores.


My Famous Grandmother And Mother From Muar

Yes, I was very obsessed with household chores. I wanted to become super homemakers like my grandmother and mother. When my grandmother was alive, she was famous in Muar (her hometown) for her "otak-otak" and other local yummy kuehs like "ang ku kueh". My mother is also often praised for her famous curry chicken and "ngor hiang". Oooo, I am starting to salivate just thinking about yummy food. So you see, I wanted to become super homemakers like them because I wanted to be praised as well for my yummy food. I was also hoping that I could become a famous chef like Chef Wan! Haha, that was me during the period of March 2011 to June 2011.

 My sundried tomatoes, basil, cheese and olive scones
My yoghurt blueberry muffins 
My sugar cranberry muffins 
Please don't start thinking that I really enjoyed doing household chores and wanted to stay a homemaker for the rest of my life. Although I had secret ambitions to become a super homemaker and a famous chef during the period of March 2011 to June 2011, I had actually hated doing household chores and found it boring. However, I convinced myself that if I was going to be a homemaker, I was going to become the best homemaker ever!

However, the boredom started to wear me down and suffocated me so much that I slowly started to lose grip on my ambitions to become a super homemaker and a famous chef. Sometimes, I would talk to myself at home when I got bored and missed human interaction. I would say out loud things like "oh, I should do the laundry now" or "shouldn't I be prepping the food now for cooking later". Seriously, I felt like this was it. My life. Nothing more. Nothing less. Not unhappy. Not happy. This was it. I felt that I was slowly drowning in my sea of misery.

Putting An End To The Suffocating Boredom Between June 2011 To Mid-August 2011

At the beginning of June 2011, I finally had enough of the suffocating boredom and my life as a bored homemaker. I decided to engage in other projects other than just household chores:

(1) June 2011 to mid August 2011 - I helped out as a librarian at a non-governmental organisation in Beijing twice a week; and

(2) June 2011 to mid August 2011 - attempting (/pretending) to study my online self-guided art course with The Museum of Modern Art. I was so unmotivated about it that my husband had to lock me up in the study so that I could concentrate on my course!

No use - I was still wrapped up in boredom and I couldn't breathe. I started to consider going back to work.

Self-diagnosis Of The “Intelligent Housewife Syndrome” in Mid-August 2011

In the middle of August 2011, I came across this amazing article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal called "The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome" written by M. Lattey, M.D. M. Lattey, M.D.'s learned opinion was that “The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome” could affect a housewife who has the following qualities:

(1) she is of above average intelligence and ability;

(2) she had performed well at school; and

(3) she did interesting work prior to getting married and she did it not just to pass time but actually enjoyed it and derived satisfaction from it.

Hmmmm. I am of above average intellect on most days. I did reasonably well in school and was taught to be the best that I could be and to think out of the box. I derived a lot of satisfaction from my previous job as a lawyer and strangely I did enjoy it (but I could only say it now with hindsight).

"Unfortunately for her, this woman has a good brain, and an education; and the demands of caring for a home, and small children, may satisfy her reproductive instincts but fail to satisfy the requirements of her intellectual abilities. She becomes frustrated and bored, and eventually presents the symptoms which I wish to describe.”

"It is no use trying to make these women accept the role of being “only a housewife”; they have already attempted this and found it wanting. They find housework, and the sole company of small children, lonely and boring."

"It also does not help them to palliate their problem with “busy” work or hobbies, unless the hobby is so absorbing that it becomes an occupation in itself. These women need work to challenge their abilities. They need to know that they are doing something worth while, and that they are using the brain which they developed when they were younger.”

“In addition to this, the patient has been out of touch with her work for some time. She may need encouragement to overcome her lack of confidence in her rusty abilities, so that some retraining may be needed.”

“I believe that such frustrations can be potent sources of emotional illness. Unless we recognize this development in our patients, some of the best women in our society will fail to develop to the full, and will become casualties to outmoded ideas.”


Symptoms Of "The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome"

It is specified in the article that an "intelligent housewife" may display various symptoms such as the following (although symptoms may vary from "intelligent housewife" to "intelligent housewife"):

(i) headaches;

(ii) anxiety attacks;

(iii) nervousness;

(iv) digestive upsets;

(v) depression with weeping spells;

(vi) complain they are bored and that life is passing them by while they are doing nothing worthwhile with it; and

(vii) feelings of guilt because they think should be satisfied with their happy families instead of feeling unhappy.

Well, I was displaying symptoms (i) to (iv) above but it could very well be due to the fact that my body was trying to adapt to a new country. No, I was not showing symptom (v) but I seldom cry. No, I was not feeling guilty as per (vii) above. But I was definitely complaining and complaining non-stop as per (vi) above. I managed to somehow convince myself that I was suffering from “The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome” based on such observations. I was also convinced that having daily nightmares was also one of the atypical symptoms of “The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome”. I was thus self-diagnosed in mid-August 2011 as suffering from “The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome”.

Cure for “The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome”

I felt that I had to find a cure quickly. I needed more intellectual stimulations quickly. So this was what I did:

(1) August 2011 and continuing - researching ideas for blogs/sites/businesses;

(2) September 2011 and continuing - learning all the techie stuff about setting up a blog and setting up my first blog "The Modern Homemakers" and then my second blog "The Modern Homemakers @ NaNoWriMo 2011" (you can see both blogs by clicking on their names under my name in my sign-off below); 

(3) September 2011 and continuing - I intend to devote my time to studying methods of advertising through social media and bringing traffic to my blogs and I also intend to read all the self-help, motivational and business e-books that I have downloaded;

(4) September 2011 to October 2011 - researching and coming up with a business plan (this is going to be tough) for Project Secret (ssssshhhh, don't tell anyone, this is a secret); and

(5) October 2011 and continuing - executing my business plan for Project Secret (if approved) or if not approved to continue to fine tweak it and brainstorm for other ideas.

Symptoms of “The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome” have subsided

I don't really feel the effects of "The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome" these days although I still have self-doubts about my life sometimes. But I am not worried. I know I will recover eventually. I know that if I continue to engage myself intellectually by reading and learning, I will get better. I hope that if you ever find yourself to be in the same situation as me, you will not despair. You just need to constantly apply yourself intellectually by reading and learning new things. After you have read and learnt these new things, please don't forget to apply your knowledge in what you are doing in your life. Knowledge is king and when you have so much knowledge you can apply, you will soon feel like a King (ok ok Queen if you are a lady) too.

Let's keep learning, thinking and creating and be happy Modern Homemakers! 
Thank You Very Much

I have now come to the end of my case study on myself with regards to "The Intelligent Housewife Syndrome".

Thank you very much for listening to me. I appreciate it very much. The next time we speak, hopefully I will have recovered.

Yours truly,


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Hello Everyone!

Hello everyone, I am so excited to be given the chance to talk to you and be your friend on eHomemakers. 

Who am I? 

My name is I-Ping and I am a 31 years old Singaporean lady. These days, I divide my time between Beijing and Singapore due to my husband’s work. Each is home to me. I love Beijing for its history, culture, optimism, space and vibrancy. I love Singapore because I grew up here and my family and friends are here. 

   Chef preparing the famous Peiking duck at Dadong 
   restaurant in Beijing, famous for its Peiking duck. 

   The famous Peiking duck with thin crispy skin. 

   The condiments for the Peiking duck served in a nice 
   minimalist plate. 
Sculpture at the famous 798 Art District, Beijing 

Scribblings left on The Great Wall of China by visitors. 

Bride and groom posing on The Great Wall of China. 

They have Durian cheesecake in Beijing! 
Muar, My Mother's Hometown 
    
I suppose you could call Malaysia my home too as my mother's family is from Malaysia. My mother's hometown is Muar, famous for (amongst other things) its yummy good food such as “otak-otak”, “or-luak”/”or-chien”, Hainanese chicken rice balls, char kway teow, Hokkien char hae mee, Bak Kut Teh and so much more! I could talk about it all day long. I found my calling to chatter at 31 and I do that a lot these days on The Modern Homemakers blog. The Modern Homemakers is about empowerment of Modern Homemakers through continuing education and online education. I also chatter on The Modern Homemakers NaNoWriMo 2011 blog - I am taking part in a novel writing challenge where I have to churn out a 50,000 word novel in 1 month's time starting on 1 November 2011. I write my novel on this blog and also share here writing tools and tips I find useful. 

My Simple Truth

I love to tell people my age. I am not shy about it although I detest looking older. Being older means being more experienced. Being older means having more stories to tell. Being older means having less hang-ups. Not like those youthful days of angst when I was rocking out to Beyond Cantonese pop songs or trying to dress and act like the aloof Faye Wong.

These days, I like to call myself a Modern Homemaker/wife/aspiring blogger/aspiring e-entrepreneur/part-time online art student. Aspiring blogger because I have only just started and barely scratched the surface of blogging. I hope to be good at it one day. Aspiring e-entrepreneur because I am sold on the idea of making money from the cyber world but I have not made any money. Part-time online art student because I only study art on a part-time basis through online courses with the University of Oxford.

I used to be a corporate lawyer but I have left the corporate world for about six months now. I don't work for a living now. But I hope to eventually. That's because I think it is important to be financially independent as a Modern Homemaker. I think it would help improve my self-esteem.

Most people call me a "full-time housewife" or "lady of leisure". That's because they don't understand what it's like to be a Modern Homemaker. The reality is that a good majority of Modern Homemakers does not just do homemaking. They do other things as well. A lot of Modern Homemakers work. Others study. Some freelance. Others volunteer. Some are husbands and wives. Others are sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. Some are sons-in-law and daughters-in-law. Others are…the list goes on. The roles are all different and call for different skills and qualities, which is why I get sad about generic names and classifications. I used to be a name-caller too but now I think I see the big picture.

My Human Traits

I am serious when it comes to work and my projects including my blogging. I put in the hours and hard work because I take pride in what I do and I don't like to let people down. I am proud and ambitious that way. When I am not working, I am more relaxed and fun.

My Interests

I love many things: art and artists, art & craft, art galleries, which don’t make me feel unwelcome or silly, baking because I like the aroma, blogging, writing and talking to you, books for their information and paper smell, bread, breakfast, brunch, cafes with good coffee and sincere people, coffee for its aroma and caffeine, design and innovation, education and learning because it makes me feel empowered, flea markets, ideas and brainstorming, London for its vibes, looking at other people’s bookshelves, magazines, old secondhand bookstores, paper, people watching, restaurants with good food but where I can dress like a slob, soundtracks even those of movies I haven't watched, swimming although I can only do breaststroke, technology and gadgets, vintage stuff and more.  

I love coffee. Another empty cup! Another cup please! 

My favourite cafe, F.O.B. cafe at Laforet, Harajuku in 
Tokyo 

Yummy pancakes at F.O.B. cafe. Yummmmmsss. 
What I Hope To Achieve With The Modern Homemakers 

I feel that it is very important for people to continuously learn and develop themselves. I am convinced that knowledge is king and that we human beings can feel empowered through knowledge and change our lives for the better as we become more knowledgeable. Thus, we must not forget education even after we leave schools. We must subscribe to the notion that education is continuing and we must develop ourselves in such a way that we love learning and become good at it. I try to live by this philosophy now and hope to do so forever!

Ok, I have rambled long enough about me and The Modern Homemakers blogs. Now that you know my simple truth, it's your turn to share yours. :)

Yours truly,

The Modern Homemaker




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Friday, October 7, 2011




       This was totally accidental. I had a few friends over and had to make a dessert (never been happier seeing guests plunge their fork into it till the very last bit). My initial plan was to make a cream cheese-based dessert but sadly, there was no cheese left in the chiller. So with cream, leftover cakes and fruits, I had to whip up something. I grabbed my trifle bowl and began making what I had in mind...layers and layers of creamy fruitty cool dessert.


What you need:
1. Any leftover cakes or sponge cakes. I used chocolate swiss rolls. Slice them.

2. Fresh strawberries

3. Chocolate cream :

1 egg yolk, 40g caster sugar, 100g cooking chocolate/bittersweet finely chopped, 50ml water, 1 1/2 tsp gelatin powder, 250g whip cream (I normally used Rich brand)

- Sprinkle gelatin over water.
- Whisk 1 egg yolk + 40g caster sugar until pale and creamy. Double boil and keep whisking.
- Add chocolate and gelatin mixture to the bowl and stir until all is melted. Let cool a bit.
- Whip cream until slightly firm. Fold chocolate mixture into it. Set aside.

4. Strawberry cream
250g strawberry, 60 g caster sugar, 2tbsp orange juice, 2tsp powdered gelatin, 300g whip cream
- Mash strawberries with sugar. Add orange juice to it. Put in a pot.
- Sprinkle gelatin over it. Heat pot. Stir until mixture thickens a bit. Let cool for a while.
- Whip cream to medium peak. Fold strawberry mixture into it. Set aside.


Assembling the dessert,
Layer 1 - cake + fresh strawberries
Layer 2 - Chocolate cream
Layer 3 - Cake
Layer 4 - Strawberry cream
Layer 5 - Cake
Layer 6 - Strawberry cream
Topping - fresh strawberries and grated chocolate


All done!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Colours Of Merdeka Raya


     Salam Merdeka Raya to all readers!


May this joyous season bring us the best of everything a festival could offer, especially the food.


It is my family's tradition to have a special thematic cake on the table each year.

That cake would sit in the middle of the table, untouched and uncut until the third or fourth Raya. I could sometimes see kids drooling over the cake and left our house pretty disappointed for not being served any of it.

We had cakes like a log, a house, a book and other shapes and sizes, all made using pound cake recipe. Trying my very best to preserve such tradition, I too would make one special cake that sits on the dining table each Raya.

I used the simplest yet the best butter cake recipe for my mosque cake this year. Thanks to Peggy Porschen. You will love it too.


Ingredients:
400g butter
400g caster sugar
8 eggs (lightly beaten)
400g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence or butter vanilla


Method:

Preheat oven to 170C.

Beat butter and sugar using s flat beater until fluffy. Add vanilla then slowly pour beaten egg in portion and continue beating at medium speed.

Scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure the mixture is beaten evenly. Using a spatula, fold in flour until well mixed.  

Pour mixture into a 9" square or round tin. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool before frosting. If you're covering the cake with fondant, chill it first till firm.

Happy baking and Salam Merdeka Raya!


MYNN

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Salam Ramadhan

 

       Salam Ramadhan and Happy Fasting to all my Muslim readers. May this month full of barakah and blessings brings joy to everyone regardless of race and faith.

      In this holy month, Muslims all over the world fulfil the third pillar of Islam by fasting, which is a challenging means to learning self-restraint and self-control particularly the desire to drink or eat during daytime. The healing power of fasting is tremendous. It purifies, cleanse and detox the body system.

      Personally, I would take this chance to rejuvenate my mind and body. However, I find the temptation is far greater than my own diet self-control when it comes to visiting Ramadhan bazars in the evening where the food stalls would normally take up almost all area.

      Looking at the variety and array of food makes me wonder how possible can our body sustain the process of cleansing from that one particular day if any of those food gets to the system. 

      Worse still, many end up buying more than what is needed. Walking our way through the lines of stalls with wafts of sweet-and-spicy-smelling grilled chicken and 'ayam percik' in the air, how can one possibly restrain him/herself from not succumbing to temptation, especially when  you're walking in an empty stomach?

      What about the Ramadhan buffets promotion at hotels and restaurants, of which pictures of mouth-watering food served there appear in magazines and newspapers weeks before Ramadhan that would certainly leave us drooling? Simply irresistable to many, I guess (me included sometimes). 

      However, that momentary satisfaction of gorging and gobbling up on food you desire during iftar (breaking fast) might put your whole day's effort to a waste.

      My advise: Have a healthy iftar by drinking plenty of plain water and eat moderate amount of food. Happy fasting!


Mazmin

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sweet And Sour Fish






An all time favourite dish prepared in a breeze....sweet and sour fish, and for today, it's grouper from the market - fresh, shiny and metallic. I would have preferred Asian sea bass because of its chunkier and firmer flesh but it was out of season. 

Sweet and sour fish is served at almost any Thai or Chinese restaurant in the East Coast region. It is a dish not too hot and not too fancy for anyone's palate. Whether it's Thai, Chinese or Western sweet and sour dish, the ingredients are almost the same. The good thing about this dish is that you can prepare the sauce way ahead, and reheat it when it's time to pour it over the fish, just in time for lunch or dinner. Simple, yet delicious.

For 1 big fish:

For the sauce, preheat 3 tbsp of oil in a pan.

Then add 3 crushed garlic and  2 shallots finely chopped. In a processor, blend a cup of water, 1/3 cup vinegar, 2 medium sized tomatoes, 1 tbsp cornflour and a slice of pineapple ( about 200g). Add this into into the pan.

Then add half cup tomato ketchup, 1/3 cup oyster sauce, 1/2 cup plum sauce and 1 tbsp chicken stock. Stir and let simmer. 

Add to the simmering sauce, a cup of finely chopped pineapples, 1/2 cup mix vegetables, 1/2 cup canned button mushroom (sliced or cut into 2), 2 red chillies chopped and a finely sliced capsicum.

Then sprinkle into the mixture, a teaspoon of white pepper, a teaspoon of salt (or slightly more) and 1/3 cup sugar.
 
In the meantime, deep fry 2 large Holland onions cut into rings, and add into sauce. Coat fish with a mixture of turmeric powder, salt and corn flour. Get 1 tbsp of chopped Chinese celery and 1 tbsp of chopped spring onion ready. 

Coat the fish in flour (1/2 cup plain flour and 1/2 cup corn flour). Then dip it in 2 beaten eggs. Then again, coat with flour. Heat oil in pan enough to deep fry the fish. Toss it and put onto plate. Pour sauce, sprinkle with chopped leaves.

Serve hot with white rice. Simply awesome.