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A special gift from Anncoo

A special gift from Anncoo

I must say that my weekend was bad and good at the same time. It was bad because my recent blog post, Salmon Burger And Kids Meal, was stolen minutes after it was published! This is the second content theft happened to my blog within such a short time. It was really upsetting. What a way to my weekend! Recently I had shared about Stealing And Scrapping Blog Content - Are You Aware? I will share more soon

Well, it was not an all-bad weekend. The next day I received a parcel….all the way from Singapore! It was quite heavy. I was utterly speechless when I saw Ann’s name on the parcel! My eyes must have popped out and my heart must have missed many beats. I couldn’t believe what I saw. I was just so touched by her love. Inside the box were a few packets of herbs for chicken soup, green and red curry pastes and also konyakku jelly powder and a card. My children were totally astonished. They exclaimed, ‘WOW’. The next moment, they were excitedly screaming, ‘Mom, cook this! Cook this one first!’

It looks like she could read my mine. The things she sent are just what my family loves very much! A very BIG THANK YOU to you, Ann for such a lovely gift! I have already used one packet. It was very delicious. Will post soon.

Packets of goodies for cooking

Packets of goodies for cooking

Like many, Ann has become a very special friend to me through blogging. In the blogosphere she is popularly known as Anncoo. She is a wonderful food blogger and her blog, http://anncoo.blogspot.com, has always inspired me to be a better cook. All her dishes are of a high standard. From her blog and all the comments and her reply to the comments in the comment box, it’s undeniable that she is a very friendly person. She has a big heart of love. She even celebrated her doggie’s birthday by making him a beautiful dessert. Check it out at Cookie’s 11th Birthday. All dog lovers must check that out….beautiful pictures.

Ann was my guest blogger recently. She wrote an awesome blog post about tofu. It was Tofu With Prawns - Steamed And Deep Fried (Guest Post). It’s a lovely recipe that can be served in two ways, steamed or deep fried.

Stamps that remind me of my dad

Stamps that remind me of my dad

Then, what surprised me too were the beautiful stamps, 3 of them shown here. They remind me of my wonderful dad. These bring back lots of sweet childhood memories. We call this animal ‘anteater’. My dad was excellent in catching these anteaters. I was very young then but I do remember every so often my dad would carry home an anteater he caught from the forest. It wasn’t a protected animal at that time I’m sure. Once he got home, he would drive a nail through the end of its tail to make a hole. Then he would put a wire through the hole and tie it to a pillar. We loved to play with it.

The anteater is a very shy animal. It would curl up when disturbed. Then we would wait very patiently, most quietly, for it to uncurl itself again. I remember being so thrilled to see it uncurl itself. But my utter excitement only made it curl up into a ball again! Well, I’m not a stamp collector but I will keep these.

I’m sure many of you have made a lot of wonderful friends on the blogosphere. Blogging has made a lot of difference to many people, both to the bloggers and to the readers. It has made such a big difference in my life. It is fun and I have learned so much from other bloggers, both food and non food. On top of that, I have tried out lots of recipes and have all my recipes in one place!

To all my readers and blogger friends, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to you for visiting my blog and for being my friend. Appreciate your visit, your comments and your friendship very, very much. These 2 beautiful awards are specially for you. Please accept them.

Quote of the day……

“Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.”

Kahlil Gibran

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radha  on June 2nd, 2010

so true, i love kahlil gibran works. he is a realized soul. receiving parcels is such a joyous thing,sometime i havreceived them too but mostly sent out because to shop for the beloved ones where i live its such a grateful experience! love your post Mary! (but how do u reaize that they steal the content?)

sushma mallya  on June 2nd, 2010

oh am so sorry that you post has been stolen, really sad and makes me angry too….and so sweet of ann to send you a lovely gift, really a sweetheart and thanks for sharing those lovely cards with all of us mary..

Ananda  on June 2nd, 2010

Sorry about your post being stolen, i was shocked :O how do you keep a track, it would educate me. Yes receiving gift are best in the world, especially when it comes unexpectedly. wish for more friendship to grown in this blog-sphere :)

somewhere in singapore  on June 2nd, 2010

So nice of her to send the parcel to u… hehe…

kristy  on June 2nd, 2010

Wow, now you have all the supply! haha… I went through the site that you given me but there were too many to check through. I almost fainted just by looking at the stuffs. Cannot tahan! So gave up! I’m so sorry about your post. Hope you’re feeling better now. Anyway, hope you’re having a nice day!
Cheers, Kristy

the lacquer spoon  on June 2nd, 2010

Mary, you know life is wonderful, and what a beautiful and delicious gift you’ve received!!! Glad to see blogging builds and keeps friendships wherever we’re in the world :)

Little Inbox  on June 2nd, 2010

Oh so sweet of Anncoo.
Mary, please tell us which site stole your post!

3hungrytummies  on June 2nd, 2010

Wow goodies from friend..priceless!

Nithu Bala  on June 2nd, 2010

Wow..they are lovely gifts..thatz so sweet of Ann

Nasi Lemak Lover  on June 2nd, 2010

you deserve all these gifts, and Thanks for the award.

Bonnie  on June 2nd, 2010

Good morning Mary: I’ve been enjoying your blog for a long time but am not sure I’ve ever left a comment. Since I love comments, I think that’s not very nice of me and I will do better! We, empty nesters, love those wild salmon burgers. We purchase ours at Costco.

I’ve been blogging, seriously, for ten months. I must be naive but I’ve never heard of a blog being stolen. How is that possible? And, how does one know their blog has been stolen?
I’m so sorry this happened to you.


Belinda @zomppa  on June 2nd, 2010

Cutest stamps and Ann rocks! I agree. What do you mean your post was stolen again?? Did they just copy and paste? Did they source you?? I guess on a positive note…it means YOU ROCK!

penny aka jeroxie  on June 2nd, 2010

Nice!! Now we expect more yummy dishes :)

Roti n Rice  on June 2nd, 2010

That is a wonderful surprise….so nice and thoughtful of Ann! Yes, blogging has opened up a whole new world to me as well :)

Sorry to hear that another one of your post was stolen. Can you please share how you found that out? It is kinda scary as it is a big, big world out there.

Drick  on June 2nd, 2010

another tragedy for your blog yet a great joy in friendship and it’s reward - all because of who you are and what you do, think about it. they steal your blog because it is priceless and you recieve a gift out of the blue because you are priceless too…

5 Star Foodie  on June 2nd, 2010

Such a nice package from Ann! I’m so sorry to hear about your post again :(

Shirley  on June 2nd, 2010

Stolen in minutes!! Please share the details with us. Love those stamps.

divya  on June 2nd, 2010

you deserve all these gifts….

Mary  on June 2nd, 2010

@radha - Thanks very much for sharing, Radha! :D I’ll share about the blog content theft in my coming post.

@sushma mallya - You are most welcome, Sushma! Through blogging, you have become my friend…how wonderful! :D

@Ananda - Yes, the gift came at the right time to cheer me up :D I’ll share about content theft in my next post.

@somewhere in singapore - Indeed it’s so sweet of Ann! She really made my bad day good! :D

@kristy - Haha…you are so right to say so, Kristy! :D See how I suffer here…LOL Looks like it’s impossible to check all the stolen post, right?

@the lacquer spoon - I’m indeed so thankful to make so many wonderful friends through blogging. You are one of them :D I’m just so glad that I started blogging! I’m so glad that you did, too, otherwise we would never have met.

@Little Inbox - Yes, Ann is just so sweet to send me the stuff! :D Will share in my next post about content theft.

@3hungrytummies - Exactly…priceless!! :D

@Nithu Bala - Yes, indeed! My family likes it very much! :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia! :D Glad you like the awards.

@Bonnie - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Bonnie! :D Glad to know you like the salmon burgers from Cosco, too. Will share in more detail in my next post about content theft.

@Belinda @zomppa - Love your description…Ann rocks! :D I rock too? How sweet of you, Belinda! You make me smile :D Yes, my post was stolen again…how annoying! Will share more in my next post.

@penny aka jeroxie - Yes, I have post the yummy dishes as I cook them :D

@Roti n Rice - You are very right. We would never have met if not for blogging! Really appreciate your friendship, Biren :D Will share more on the blog content theft in my next post.

@Drick - Awww…… Drick, you are always so sweet and encouraging! :D I’m smiling!

@5 Star Foodie - Indeed I was so happy to receive the packet from Ann! :D It came at the right time to cheer me up…haha

@Shirley - Yes, will share in more details in my next post. We can all help each other to look out for blog content thieves :D

@divya Thanks very much, Divya! :D

DG  on June 2nd, 2010

That good to hear that Anncoo sent you all the good stuffs. FYI, I usually only good in cooking using those packets at home hehehehe…..

Cheah  on June 2nd, 2010

It was so kind of Ann to send you the parcel. At least it helped to cheer you up a bit. Gosh, how did you manage to find out that your post was stolen. Now, everyone of us is keen to find out!

elra  on June 2nd, 2010

What a wonderful package mary!!!

rosebelle  on June 2nd, 2010

It must of dampered your weekend finding out another of your content was plagiarized. My brother forwarded me some very good info when he was researching about patent and trademark protection. I will post about content protection in a few days and will definitely read yours. The more we learn from each other, the better.

Btw, very sweet of Ann to send you some seasoning packages. I think I’ve seen them at my local supermarkets.

pigpigscorner  on June 2nd, 2010

Nice goodies you’ve got there! so sorry to hear about your post, it’s always a pain =(

Julie Lynn  on June 2nd, 2010

I’m so sorry that someone stole your content. That is awful.

Glad you got such wonderful things in the mail though.

Lyndsey  on June 2nd, 2010

Wow, Ann is the best! Don’t you just love being able to have friends from all around the world? Blogging has brought so many new friends together, who might have many differences, but common threads in food and blogging. I love it!

Wishing you the best, and I’m happy to be your friend too. Thanks for sharing!

Mary  on June 2nd, 2010

@DG - They are so convenient! :D Really take the fuss out of cooking, especially on busy days.

@Cheah - Yes, it was so timely! :D I will share about the content theft in more details in my next post.

@elra - Indeed it was! :D

@rosebelle - Thanks very much for sharing with us, Roselle! :D All of us need to learn more how to protect our blog from plagiarism. will be reading your post on that. Those seasoning packages that Ann sent were very delicious….mmm. Very kind of her!

@pigpigscorner - Yes, it was a pain :( but glad I found the thief :D

@Julie Lynn - Yes, I’m so glad my pain became a joy :D

@Lyndsey - Totally agree with about Ann. She’s just amazing! Thanks so much for our friendship too, Lyndsey! :D

lequan@luvtoeat  on June 2nd, 2010

I’m sorry about the stolen blog content Mary. I just don’t understand why people cannot just give credit where credit is due? This is so upsetting.

On the bright side, Ann’s gift could not have cone at a better time. How sweet of her to send those goodies to you. Blogging can be a wonderful experience. I’m happy and privileged to have made many blog friends like you in the blogosphere.

Magic of Spice  on June 2nd, 2010

Mary, you are such a delight:)

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on June 2nd, 2010

Mary, I’m with you. Blogsphere is such a nice place to connect with people who have the same interest, like cooking and family life. Well, some people abuse it and steal the hard work of others.
Ann is such a nice person and sent you these great foods. Happy for both of you.

jo  on June 2nd, 2010

Oh dear, how can someone steal your post - they should be cyber “shot”. But I’m glad you received such a nice parcel from Ann (such a sweetie). And also thanks for sharing some love around .. you are really, really nice.

Reeni  on June 2nd, 2010

The same thing has happened to me Mary, I had to change my RSS feed to short because they were stealing my posts through my feed. It’s very frustrating. What a sweet package of goodies! Enjoy them.

Blackswan  on June 2nd, 2010

I’m so sorry to hear that, Mary. But I’m puzzled. How do you know if your post has been stolen? I’m glad u’ve something to cheer you up :)

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on June 2nd, 2010

Ann is so sweet!!!

About your content getting stolen, that is infuriating! Is there anything that you can do about it?

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Shawnee  on June 2nd, 2010

What a fun package!

Jeannie  on June 2nd, 2010

Sorry to hear about your stolen post Mary… well, now you know your post is so good someone wants it so bad that he or she has resorted to stealing it. Glad Ann’s gifts arrived at the right time to cheer you up. Cheers!

sweetlife  on June 2nd, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about your post, but aren’t bloggers always sure to brighten your day..what a nice pkg and even your kiddos were excited, how fun!! I also found that the stamps reminded you of your day , another true sign that you are loved..


Sophie  on June 3rd, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about your post!!!

What a cool & fun package this is!!!

Sidney  on June 3rd, 2010

Sorry to hear that, i am eager to see how u track down the culprit…great to hear that you receive the parcel from Anncoo… i hope to have that friendship too…

Priya  on June 3rd, 2010

Oh no am so sorry to hear about ur post, wat a beautiful gifts..

sathyasridhar  on June 3rd, 2010

Wooow,,nice gifts from nice friend dear..

Faith  on June 3rd, 2010

I’m so sorry to hear that your post was stolen! That is so upsetting. I wonder if that’s happened to me and I just don’t know about it?

What a lovely package from a wonderful friend, Mary!

tasteofbeirut  on June 3rd, 2010

Sorry to hear that you had yet one more bad experience with content theft! But so heartwarming to get the gift from Singapore!

Joanne  on June 3rd, 2010

What an awesome package to receive! I can’t wait to see what you do with all the goods.

And congrats on your awards…you so deserve them!

Angie  on June 3rd, 2010

So sorry to hear about your content stealing. Thankfully I haven’t had that problem, yet. What a great box of goodies!

lesley  on June 3rd, 2010

Hi Mary,
Sorry to hear someone stole your blog, I didn’t know people did that! (How niave am I)
I’m glad you got some nice goodies to brighten your day, I loved wandering around the shops in Singapore & seeing all the different foods, I need to go back now! :o)

peteformation  on June 3rd, 2010

Nice of Anncoo. Lots of cooking for your to look forward too. LOL!

joylicious  on June 3rd, 2010

Oh how beautiful mary!!! Anncoo is definitely a woman with a beautiful heart and soul — you are so fortunate to receive such a wonderful package!!! But you are very sweet and kind yourself, so it is no surprise that you have made such wonderful friends through the blogosphere :)

Mary  on June 3rd, 2010

Mary, I’m so glad you received such a lovely package. I hope it somewhat offset the pain of having your work stolen. Here’s to better days ahead. Blessings…Mary

Erica  on June 3rd, 2010

What a wonderful gift!!!

Stella  on June 3rd, 2010

Hey Mary, who keeps stealing your stuff? I want to know the URL. I’ll go over there and scare the Jenkins of out of him/her with my witchy fierceness!
Hope your week gets better…

Ellie  on June 4th, 2010

What a nice package! Lucky you, Mary.

citronetvanille  on June 4th, 2010

Oh Mary I never heard of what you are describing “stealing a post” what does it mean? I am sorry you have to go through this kind of stuff! Maybe there is some virus on your blog? could that be?
Well I am glad that package brightened your day, they always do, now you will have to use those great products in some new recipes!

Mary  on June 4th, 2010

@lequan@luvtoeat - I suppose a lot of these content thieves hope that we can’t find out cos they don’t want us to ask them to remove the posts. Besides duplicate contents are not acceptable. Ann truly cheered me up at the right time! :D Thanks very much for your friendship, LeQuan! :D

@Magic of Spice - Thanks very much…so sweet of you! :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Christine! You are also such a lovely friend that I meet here on the blogosphere :D Thanks very much for your friendship.

@jo - What a lovely description….cyber shot! ….haha :D Yes, Ann is a sure sweetie and so are you! Really lovely to meet you through blogging!

@Reeni - I’m glad to know you have changed your rss feed to short. At least it helps. Ann’s lovely package of goodies sure helped to cheer me up :D

@Blackswan - I’ve written more about bog contents being stolen published on my post today. You can read more. Hope it helps. Indeed, Ann’s packet of surprise cheered me up :D

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - I think we can all do some basic stuff to start off to protect our blog posts being stolen. I’m learning more to make mine more thief proof. Yes, Ann is a sure sweetie! She saved my bad day :D

@Shawnee - Yes, it’s definitely one that I like. Have enjoyed cooking them :D

@Jeannie - I think those thieves and scrappers out there will just scrap anything as long as it helps them make money. I’m sure none of us is exempted. We are all their targets so it’s important that we do something to protect our blogs. Ann’s parcel sure put big smiles on my faces! :D

@sweetlife - Well, I so glad to have caught the thief! Also, very glad that Ann turned my bad day to a smiley one! :D

@Sophie - Thanks very much, Sophie! You are such a sweetie! :D

@Sidney - I’ve just published another post today to explain in more detail how to protect your blog. Hope it helps. Sidney, always appreciate your friendship :D Hope you are still enjoying all your work, travel and blogging.

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! You are just so sweet! :D

@sathyasridhar - You are totally right, Sathya! I’m so glad to meet you through blogging, too :D

@Faith - I think a lot of us don’t know about our posts being stolen. I just think that other posts of mine are also stolen, just that I have not found out. I have to keep learning yet keep smiling! :D

@tasteofbeirut - So thankful my bad day turned out smiley! :D

@Joanne -Thanks very much, Joanne! I’ll be posting those awesome food soon :D

@Angie - Thanks very much, Angie! :D Hope I can thief proof my blog!

@lesley - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Lesley! :D Me, too…just love looking at all the food and kitchen ware sections in the supermarket…hehe

@peteformation - Haha….I have been having fun cooking and enjoying the food :D

@joylicious - Totally agree with you about Ann! I’m sure one lucky gal :D I’m so glad to meet her through blogging and you, too. You are just amazing, always make me smile! :D

@Mary - Yes, my bad day turned to a happy one! :D

@Erica - Indeed it is! I just love it :D

@Stella - Haha….you are so funny! :D Your description already frightens me…haha. Thanks very much, Stella!

@Ellie - I’m sure one lucky one…hehe :D

@citronetvanille - It means someone just scrap your post and publish it word for word, including even your photos….no mention and no credit given to you! It’s nothing to do with virus. Most of them are done by autoblogs that scraps your post the moment its published. Isn’t that annoying?? Indeed the parcel brightened my day. Will post the recipes soon :D

Sidney  on June 4th, 2010

Mary, thanks for the informative page….i really run thru and learnt something from you…our friendship ties till the end…i might be travelling to Hong Kong next month for work and will try to get as many pics as possible…i will try to share with you all when i comes…

Mary  on June 6th, 2010

@Sidney - You are most welcome, Sidney! Wow..travelling again…must be so fun! Would love to see all the lovely photos. Bet you are going to enjoy all the food there. Hong Kong is such a haven for food…..mmmm. Thanks very much for your friendship! Enjoy your work, travel and blogging! :D

Elin  on June 6th, 2010

Mary..sorry to hear that your post was stolen again. At least Anncoo cheered you up with all those goodies :)) Take care and be happy always. We love you and your blogging is always inspiring. I am sure your kids will love the konnyaku :)

Blackswan  on June 9th, 2010

Accepted the awards with thanks! It’s been a pleasure visiting & commenting on your posts :)

Mary  on June 10th, 2010

@Elin - Yes, indeed…never has it been so timely! :D Awwww….you are so sweet….that’s so encouraging! You make my day a real happy one! :D

@Blackswan - You are most welcome, Shirley! Thanks very much for your frequent visit and lovely comments. Have always enjoyed reading them :D

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