Summer is coming to an end quite soon. It is getting cold fast and the days are getting shorter. But nothing is going to stop us from having fun…..whether rain, sun, wind or snow. We had a few wonderful outings together with friends and the most recent one was our Malaysian Fun BBQ Potluck Outing with some of our Malaysian family friends to celebrate Malaysia’s 53rd Independence Day.
The Independence day of Malaysia is a national holiday which is celebrated on 31 August every year. It is the day to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule on 31 August 1957. This also means we celebrate the formation of Malaysia. This year marks the 53rd year of independence. In the capital, Kuala Lumpur, there is always a very grand and colourful parade. There are 14 states in Malaysia (14 stripes on the flag) and each state celebrates in its own way with pomp and style.
But for us staying overseas, we celebrated it in a different way. It was quite an international affair as there are several mixed marriages. It is a very good time to share our food and cultures and feel proud to be part of Malaysia.
Aberdeen, situated in North east Scotland, is a city with amazing sceneries and clean air. We went to a lovely park with a big patches of green grass which reminds me of The Sound of Music and the song, ‘Green Green Grass of Home’. There was also a lovely forest walk into the woods which is so tranquil and relaxing to walk. There was duck feeding too where the children enjoyed but sadly didn’t get to take any pictures. Friends brought bicycles along so some had fun riding the bicycles around. It was a cold drizzly day but there were lots of food, fun and laughter. Wonderful friends are enough to bring warmth and smiles.
The famous Malaysian slogan is ‘Malaysia Boleh’ meaning, ‘Malaysia Can’. But living overseas being so far away from home (about 14 hour’s flight), I would happily use ‘Malaysian Can’! I think it’s more personal. When comes to cooking and eating, I love to find ways and means to cook the food that I dearly miss. Not there yet, but I will Keep Learning Keep Smiling! Here are some of the foods (there were lots) and fun that we had.
These mackerels are one of the best for barbecue. They are cheap, fresh and taste awesome. You don’t really need much seasoning. Just salt and pepper would do. I can eat 2 or 3 just on my own….mmmm….but sadly I had to share as there were only 4. I wish my friend had brought more!…hehe
More barbecue. This is the Korean way of bbq. I love the idea of adding onions to the bbq. It adds flavour to the beef burger and chicken. Next time I will do that. I will add more types of vegetables. I’m sure adding lemon grass and ginger will give an awesome aroma and taste. Can’t wait for the next bbq.
These are some of the best chicken wings I have tasted. The colour looks awesome. They were pre baked and then barbecued…..smart cooking!
This is real health food…my favourite. It goes very well with the barbecued meat. This is made by my Korean friend. It is well fermented…a little sourish and spicy. If you like kimchi and would like to know how to make, click How To Make Korean Kimchi.
This is one of the top Malaysian hawker food that is always served with curry. This one was made by me. I got up very early in the morning to make these. It’s a lot of work to make about 20 pieces. I cooked a big pot of curry potatoes to go with it. Even though they looked and tasted different from the ones that we got back home, they tasted special and everyone liked it very much. Mine was a little crispy which can be great as a snack, too. Still a long way to go to get it right. Well….Keep Learning Keep Smiling! If you like to see the authentic ones, click Malaysia Street Food (Hawker Food).
Malaysia is very famous for its satays. They are so good with spicy peanut sauce. But these satays here don’t do much justice to Malaysia…haha….because Malaysian satays are made from chicken thigh meat or thinly sliced beef and skewered differently and taste very juicy and delicious. But well, like my roti canai, they were all gone even though they were not authentic because everyone miss satays back home. We are just thankful to get something quite similar. I suppose you can eat and imagine otherwise…haha
This is really healthy eating….well trained from young. This little boy, one year old next month, was so happy enjoying his barbecued sweet corn and showing off to us every now and then, when suddenly he went out of balance and fell over onto the ground. Thank goodness the ground was soft. We felt so sorry for him but yet it looked so hilarious. He cried a little and back again to his sweet corn…how adorable! He is such a brave boy! He looks so cute in his red waterproof suit that keeps him dry as he crawled around on the wet ground.
Wow…this is real fun, joy and laughter in the rain! I think we don’t need to know what they were laughing about but just looking at them makes us want to laugh, too. I don’t think that man in the background knew what was going on but he was laughing, too…haha…amazing!! Laughter is infectious!
Laughter is very good for health. We need to laugh everyday. I hope you do. I think sometimes when we grow up, we become too serious and forgot the beauty of laughter. It was reported that children laughed easily, and for no reasons, about 300 times a day while adults laughed only about 15 times a day, and that only with a cause to laugh! Laughter is a great way to de-stress. Stress causes sickness but laughter promotes healing. A merry heart does good like medicine. So….keep laughing! When you laugh, people will laugh along with you. Life is short, don’t be too serious.
Have you been having fun lately out into the park and other outdoor activities, especially with family and friends? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Hope You Have A Wonderful Weekend Of Food, Fun And Friends!
Quote of the day……
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
Charles R. Swindoll