Beauty Of Winter (Guest Post By Daughter)

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My lovely daughter and my close friend

My lovely daughter - my close friend

What a great delight to introduce to all of you a very special guest blogger! She is none other than my lovely eldest daughter, Sharon. She is not only my daughter but a very close friend. We seem to have so much to talk and share. I must say my girl is very fun-loving, cheeky, mischievous, witty, unpredictable, smart, creative……. It’s a whole long list. She actually keeps me on my toes and my life interesting…haha. Oh, I just remember. You can see how cheeky she is in the photo in my post, Keep Smiling Sesame Balls.

I still remember the day when she was born. I didn’t sleep the whole night but gazing at her in total wonder….she was such a little pretty miracle…and still is!

Sharon has started a blog recently, called Fun and Life and Everything in Between. I really love that title. It’s about random stuff but I actually enjoy reading it. Her posts are short and sweet and quite funny. I find them rather entertaining. She had a few posts about the food she cooked. I was totally impressed by her Wagamama Chilli Chicken Ramen Recipe. She had totally outshone me in this noodle dish. She cooked it when I was not around…sigh. Well, she promised to cook it again for me. That’s Sharon…can give me a real surprise every now and then.

Right, let’s hear what my girl, Sharon, has to say…enjoy!


I felt so honoured to write my first guest post and it’s for my mom, someone I am very close to and hugely admire. Not to mention all the good food I have been fed with for my entire life. I am sure many of you have been thoroughly enjoying all her fantastic recipes on this website because she cooks the world’s best food (I’m the daughter, I’m allowed to be biased). Besides, if I didn’t say that, I may never get to eat her food ever again! And my stomach will lose its purpose.

Now normally, you would expect a guest post for a food blog to consist of a fabulously interesting new recipe. But I will hold my hands up and tell you in honest truth that the fire station knows me very well from all the smoke alarms I have set off - due to numerous kitchen calamities. And I have a feeling they don’t like me very much. My recipes were typically as simple as ‘how to fry an egg’. And if they were any more adventurous, as I do enjoy experimenting, it may pose a peril to your health (which I certainly don’t want!). Needless to say, my mom’s genes did flips and cartwheels and skipped right over me. Despite my many reckless mistakes, I’ve learned to cook rather well and can now hold a spatula with pride.

Branches ladened with snow

Branches ladened with snow

Because this is my first guest post, I decided to write something different instead and I shall delight all of you with some scenes of winter’s beauty in Aberdeen, Scotland. It has been a terrible winter for us with the blizzard, icy roads and below freezing conditions. But despite it all, it is truly beautiful. And if you’re really lucky, I’ll keep my stories short.

And now I’ll show you some other photos from a friend of ours, William Yong, which you will probably find more interesting!

Winter sun

Winter sun

Isn’t that simply gorgeous? Winter sun can be very glaring.

Winter river

Winter river

Here’s more.

Sheep in the snow

Sheep in the snow

Now for some sheep. Wouldn’t you just love a coat like that to keep you warm?

Artistic winter scene

Artistic winter scene

This is one of my favourite photos because it looks so artistic!

I hope you enjoyed all those photos!

My trip to Seoul

My trip to Seoul

The very first time I experienced winter was when I was 6 years old and we were in Korea. I wrote and illustrated a book (one of many) about our trip to Seoul. Now you should know that my mom keeps everythingEvery. Single. Thing. All her storage rooms (yes, there are more than one!) are literally bursting at the seams. After hours of treasure hunting and endless digging (because it is all an unorganized mountain of stuff), I found the book I wrote when I was 6, so I’ll just share a page from it.

The very first page was about my mom. And I still don’t like cold weather. My favourite part is “I like to hug her when I am cold. But sometimes I don’t.” I was neither a literary genius nor a promising artist, but what can you expect from  a self-published 6 year-old?

Math homework

Math homework

Yup. My mom also kept my math homework from when I was six. Now do you believe me when I tell you that she’s a notorious hoarder and keeper of everything? Of all things to inherit from her, it was the math gene.

Somehow, I have managed to digress from cooking to winter to math all in one post. You should be very proud if you’ve managed to read all this way without any confusion. Though I hope I’ve written well enough to acquire a second invitation of writing a guest post! And maybe astonish you with a fabulous recipe.

Any takers? Or have I scared you off already?

Thank you for being such superb readers. Do continue enjoying my mom’s recipes that have fed me so well. I may share some of my recipes in the future. So armed with my wooden spoon, I hope to be back again soon.


Mary’s Remark
I hope you have enjoyed reading Sharon’s first guest post as much as I do. Looks like my daughter has let out some of my bad habits…disorganised!! I confess I am. But at least I know where my things are when I want them….smile. Do visit Sharon’s blog for some easy, reading pleasure. I’m sure she would greatly appreciate all comments.

I also wrote a winter post last year, Beautiful Winter Scenes In Aberdeen, Scotland. As much as I hate the bitterly cold condition, I do really love all the snowy scenes.

Quote of the day……

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when out hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thornton Wilder

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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theUngourmet  on December 10th, 2010

I enjoyed reading your daughter’s post very much. Such lovely wintry photos!

lequan  on December 10th, 2010

Hi Sharon,

I really enjoyed your first guest post. You have a great writing style which keeps your reader wanting to read on. Your witty sense of humor is adorable, and the most important thing (which I sensed and loved about your writing) is that you wrote from the heart. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos and your very first guest post with us. Great guest post, Sharon!


Your daughter is beautiful and adorable as can be. Her writing is too funny and a pleasure to read. Hope you (all) are doing well! Please take care of yourself and the ones around you. Thank you for sharing this lovely guest post with us.

redkathy  on December 10th, 2010

Your photos are beautiful. The branch shot is my favorite! I am like your mother, yesterday I gave my son his high school ID. He was amazed.

Katerina  on December 10th, 2010

You have a beautiful daughter. The snowy scenes are gorgeous.

Priya  on December 10th, 2010

Ur daughter looks sooo gorgeous..enjoyed her guest post, those clicks are really feast to eyes..

j3ss kitch3n  on December 10th, 2010

your daughter is very lovely! a fun loving young girl, i enjoyed her guest post a lot =)

leslie  on December 10th, 2010

hi Sharon’s mom! I dropped by from her blog and just wanted to say your recipes look sooo good! Will definitely be trying them out :D

Sharon Moh  on December 10th, 2010

Hi everyone,
Just wanted to say thanks for your comments and I’m glad you enjoyed reading :D.

@lequan: Thank you for your lovely compliment. I was so happy to know someone thinks I have a good sense of humour haha.

@redkathy: I think it must be a Mom thing ;)

anncoo  on December 10th, 2010

Mary, Sharon is such a beautiful young lady and I enjoyed reading this guest post from her, fun and touching :)

Sushma Mallya  on December 10th, 2010

lovely guest post and your daughter is really gorgeous,..

Belinda @zomppa  on December 10th, 2010

Welcome!! Sharon, your stories and photos are lovely! I wish I could visit Scotland. Those old workbooks and books are fantastic. The difference between yours and mine is that yours are ridiculously illustrated and neat! Raw talent there! Thanks for sharing - you and your mom clearly have an amazing relationship.

5 Star Foodie  on December 10th, 2010

I enjoyed reading this post! Gorgeous winter photos for sure!

lena  on December 10th, 2010

sharon, thanks for sharing the photos and nice reading that post of yours.

mary..sharon said it all..she inherited all the cooking skills from you..are you really a hoarder?ooh, i hope it’s not a serious one though..and i love that quote of the day

The Little Teochew  on December 10th, 2010

A lovely guest post! I can feel the closeness between you both. :)

Jeannie  on December 10th, 2010

You have a very beautiful daughter who writes beautifully too! Just like her mother:D

swathi  on December 10th, 2010

Beautiful daughter, she writes very vell. Talented like mother.

Sharon Moh  on December 10th, 2010

Hi there,
Thanks for all your lovely comments! And I’m really glad you all enjoyed reading :D

@Belinda: Thank you, you should definitely visit Scotland some time. Btw, I love your website, I’m just checking it out now!

@lena: Thanks! Glad you liked it :)

Ananda Rajashekar  on December 10th, 2010

oh what a lovely post ..very pretty girl and very soon will sneak in her blog ..lovely winter pictures too :)

Faith  on December 10th, 2010

What a beautiful guest post! It is really wonderful to see how close you and your daughter are, Mary. I also loved the pretty winter pictures!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron  on December 10th, 2010

Sharon, first off you are pretty! love that photo of you. I like all your winter photos especially the sheep in the snow. I like snow and winter if only I have a warm place to hide. This guest post is lovely!

Mary, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad I check you out. This guest post is adorable and I can see the bonding between you and your daughter!

DG  on December 10th, 2010

I enjoy reading this special guest post. Sharon is gorgeous. Just like you, she has a beautiful smile too :)

teresa  on December 10th, 2010

what a fun guest post! i LOVED the pictures!

somewhere in singapore  on December 10th, 2010

No picture of u and your daughter?

Drick  on December 10th, 2010

beautiful daughter, inside and out,, you must be bursting with pride Mary, she is adorable, smart and in many ways, so much like you, with a heart that just comes naturally… that is good upbringing and I applaud you for an outstanding job. Beautiful pictures but they look so cold, how in the heck can you stand it? I think I would go into hibernation….

TasteHongKong  on December 11th, 2010

I like Sharon’s so-called ‘biased’ opinion; so obvious is that she is such an adorable daughter. I strongly feel that you are proud of each other, and so sweet : )!

Mary  on December 11th, 2010

@theUngourmet - Thanks very much! :D

@lequan - Thanks very much for your lovely comment here and also on Sharon’s blog! Really glad to know you enjoyed reading this guest post :D

@redkathy - Thanks very much, Kathy! Lovely to know we have some thing similar to share :D

@Katerina - Thanks very much, Katerina! :D

@Priya -Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@j3ss kitch3n - Thanks very much! :D

@Sharon Moh - My Dear, thanks very much for writing this wonderful guest post. You are just such a sweetheart and a joy as usual. I enjoy reading it, too :D

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Ann! She is a cartoon sometimes…haha :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, come…come to Scotland…a land of much beauty! Would be fun to have you around :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@lena - Haha….a hoarder! :D Sharon loves to describe me in a cheeky way…haha. I do love to keep things…can’t deny that.

@The Little Teochew - Thanks very much, Ju! Yes, my daughter and I are very close. We always bring fun into the family :P

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! I think I cook better while she writes better…haha :D

@swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! I think she is more talented in writing but I cook better :P

@Ananda Rajashekar - Thanks very much, Ananda! :D Hope you enjoy Sharon’s blog as much as I do.

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! Yes, there’s a special closeness between us :D

@Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron - Thanks very much for visitng and lovely comment, Tanantha! :D Exactly, I wish I have a warm place to hide when playing outside the snow. You have a nice blog….love it!

@DG - Thanks very much, DG! I’ll smile more :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@somewhere in singapore - Ooops…didn’t think of it. Maybe it’s good just to show her photo. Will show mine next time :D

@Drick - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Drick! Glad to know she is very much like me! I think she is smarter than me ….haha. But at least I cook better :D See, I’m trying real hard to survive in such a cold land. I want to hibernate but my body refuses…haha. That’s why I cook…to de-stress and to keep warm :D

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much, Maureen! Yes, we can’t help but to be proud of each other. I think we make the world a better place to live in…with our silliness….haha :D

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on December 11th, 2010

Mary, your daughter is beautiful! She sounds like a witty and fun-loving person. I am sure some day she will cook as well as you do. How nice to have someone share that passion with you.

Sharon, thanks for the guest post. Your post is a joy to read and your pictures are lovely. Hope your mom will have you back soon :)

peteformation  on December 11th, 2010

Lovely post……your daughter too! I just posted a movie outing with my daughter. LOL!

skip to malou  on December 11th, 2010

what a lovely guest post from your daughter. you are blessed Mary having a beautiful daughter inside out! do we see a keep smiling and keep learning daughter’s blog up soon?

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on December 11th, 2010

Lovely pictures and guest post, Sharon. Like mother, like daughter.
Both of you, Mary and Sharon have a pleasant spirit. I know why your blog has these two words, “keep smiling”. :)

rebecca  on December 11th, 2010

great to meet you Sharon love your mum great job on the guest post will also read your blog, I studied in Aberdeen makes me smile


Cheah  on December 12th, 2010

That’s a great guest post, Mary. And Sharon is such a beautiful lady, fun loving too!

3hungrytummies  on December 12th, 2010

Great post with beautiful stories and photos!

Little Inbox  on December 12th, 2010

Nice to know about your elder daughter. :)

Angie's Recipes  on December 12th, 2010

Sharon, nice to meet you! Stunning pictures of Scotland!

Angie Tee  on December 12th, 2010

Great post!

mycookinghut  on December 12th, 2010

Hello Sharon! Well done for the guest post and thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of snow scenes!

Nasifriet  on December 12th, 2010

Mary, you have a lovely looking daughter.

Hi Sharon, it’s a pleasure reading you. Hope to see you back soon!

Aipi  on December 12th, 2010

Beautiful post!

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penny aka jeroxie  on December 13th, 2010

Great job!! Another blogger in the making…

Elin  on December 13th, 2010

Hi Sharon…what a wonderful guest post. I enjoyed every part of it…especially the part my mom keeps every single thing LOL! sounds like me and she fed you well :) I am sure Mary Moh is proud of her lovely daughter. Your mom is a good cook so you must have inherited her cooking gene too not only maths I guess :p

Thanks for dropping by my blog and now I shall visit yours and looking forward to more recipes sharing from you :)))

P/s Mary, you have a lovely daughter…like mother like daughther :)


Ivy  on December 13th, 2010

@ Mary: What a wonderful way to introduce your daughter. You must be very pround of her and she is gorgeous.
@ Sharon: Good luck with your new blog and hope to be seeing some of your recipes soon.

Joanne  on December 13th, 2010

Aww what a very sweet and cute post! The photos are gorgeous!

Joy  on December 13th, 2010

That images are just beautiful. It is great that you did a guest post on your mom’s. I have to look your blog now.

Juliana  on December 13th, 2010

Mary, so nice of your daughter being your guest post :-) Great pictures!

Jess @ Bakericious  on December 14th, 2010

Mary, you are too young to have such big daughter! And Sharon is such a beautiful and sweet young lady, take over you :). I enjoying reading her post and thanks her for her sharing of the beautiful photos.

Elin  on December 14th, 2010

Mary, I would like to share my Stylish Award with you..pls drop by to collect it at Elinluv’s Sweet Delights when you are free :)


Sharon Moh  on December 14th, 2010

Hi everyone,
It’s sooo nice to meet all of you! And all your wonderful recipes which I’ve had the pleasure of hunting through. I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my post :D. I certainly enjoy reading yours!


Heavenly Housewife  on December 14th, 2010

Its so lovely to see a mother and daughter with such a great relationship. It makes me miss my mother.
Great post!
*kisses* HH

lequan  on December 14th, 2010

Hi Mary,

Hope you’re all doing well. I just wanted to drop by again and tell you what an adorable daughter you have, but I’m sure you already knew that ;-). I’m loving her blog and her cute sense of humor. she’s definitely your daughter. I can see she puts her whole heart into everything she does - just precious! Sorry about your countertop though…teehee.

noobcook  on December 15th, 2010

your daughter is very pretty and it’s so sweet how close the both of you are ^^

Thas  on December 15th, 2010

Mary, what a pretty daughter you have, just like mom! It was fun reading her post and nice pictures. She does have a knack for photography. Say my regards to her.

sweetlife  on December 16th, 2010

beautiful daughter, how wonderful for her to guest post..a perfect spot to share her love for you…


Pachecopatty  on December 17th, 2010

Sharon, this is a beautiful post and I love all your photos. It looks freezing cold over there but I think it would be fun to visit.

You’ve inspired me to ask my daughters to do a guest post on my blog, thanks for sharing your lovely daughter Mary:-)

tasteofbeirut  on December 17th, 2010

Your daughter is so beautiful! Breathtaking! I enjoyed reading her post and her humor is endearing; loved the pics too, especially the one with the sheep on the snow!

Barbara  on December 18th, 2010

A lovely guest post and your comment under the first photo says it all!

Tasty Trix  on December 19th, 2010

Sharon - That was a great post!
Mary - So nice to see a sweet mom and daughter duo. : )
I also wanted to thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet words of understanding. xoxo

Catherine  on December 20th, 2010

Aww what a lovely blog post! I feel like I’ve been away from the food blog scene forever, so what a lovely post to return to! The pride and love you have for eachother really warms my heart :) I look forward to more of Sharon’s posts :)

Jess @ Bakericious  on December 25th, 2010

Mary, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Magic of Spice  on December 30th, 2010

Hi Sharon, what a beautiful guest post…These photos are gorgeous!
Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas :)

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