Saturday, 31 October 2009

Moving On

It’s finally over ……

We handed the keys to the apartment at noon.
This to us, by far, has been a moving nightmare. For days we’ve been carrying boxes upon boxes upon boxes down four flights of stairs.

The mind boggles at the amount of things we had to ferry from the apartment to the house. For the last three months, I have been good..... Extremely good!! In fact, I have not done any shopping at all
(ayat yang sangat susah dipercayai). But, where do these things come from? (need no answer ~just another one of my mindless rhetorical frippery )

Goodbye Hellerup, Hello Holte

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Progress Report

I've managed to clear most of the mess and boxes. The house feels more like a home now although we have not spent the night here. In fact, Elsa has not seen the house yet!!
Every morning, since Monday, Mr Dudwey and I would come over to the house before he leaves for work but, I was never alone. I've had several visitors, one from the not-so-friendly neighbourhood fat cat and several visits from a bunch of red squirrel.... bliss!!

Best of all, the view I'll be looking at every time I'm at the computer......

Note to MamaFami and Mami Rotterdam - Nope, I won't be able to see the garbage man from sad!!!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Moving Madness

~ fits of frustrations that flocculate your follicles.......

The day started early....too early.

True to his words, Landlord Lars had the house clean and empty and ready for us to move in our brand of junks.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Mad About the House

It's the house inspection day today!!

Mr Dudwey and I, along with our settling service agent, Helle, had made an appointment with the house owner weeks ago. I was all excited to see the house all cleaned up and empty, but, alas, this was not so. The house owner has not done any major clean-up as far as I can see. In fact, all his belonging are strewn haphazardly all over the house. I was a tad disappointed.

He promised that everything will be out of the house this Sunday just in time for our stuff to come into the house on Monday......I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed!!!

with this amount of leaves to sweep, I'll be thin and fit in no time at all......not!!

the basement....

the kitchen....

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


Confidence is a preference for the habitual voyeur of what is known as parklife.

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need everyday, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Feeling tired
in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber.
Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower?

Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds?
Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the
phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?
Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.
Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes?
Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge?
Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?
Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints?
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?
Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

Using a pen and made a mistake?
Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

~ taken from NY Times "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

Monday, 19 October 2009

A Walk in the Park

Still recovering from a stomach bug.....

Nothing beats a walk in the park; inhaling lungfuls of crisp, fresh air clears the head and drives away whatever nasties found in one's system!!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Beef with Black Pepper and Raisins

It’s the October school break, also known as the potato week.
In the old days, children were given a week off school at this time of the year so that they can help harvest their potato crop.
The only potatoes Elsa will be harvesting will be at my FarmVille as I have sub-contracted her to do the deed.

Come noon, we were quite bored being at the apartment all day that we decided to head for the city centre for a bout of retail therapy. At the end of the day, Elsa got a pair of sneakers and I got to tell off a waitress for being rude. Thus ends a rather eventful day for the both of us.

Beef with Black Pepper and Raisins

300 g sirloin steak, cut into cubes

1/2 cup fried shallots
3 tbsp thick sweet soy sauce
1/2 cup raisins, chopped
1 tbsp crushed black peppercorn
1 tsp ground coriander
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp finely minced ginger

2 tbsp tamarind paste, or vinegar
sugar and salt, to taste
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Marinade the beef in above the ingredients; except tamarind paste, salt and sugar, for 2 hours or more.

In a pan, heat oil and fry the marinated beef over medium heat.
Add tamarind paste and season well. Serve hot.

The countdown has begun....... 12 days 'til the move to the country

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Boys Night Out

Mr Dudwey and his colleagues were out and about in a company sponsored outing leaving me at home with Elsa watching this year's Strictly Come Dancing.... methinks it has run out of steam although I do applaud the BBC for reverting back to it's original premise of having the result on the same night, rather than having to wait an extra day for the result.....

Now, back to Mr Dudwey and his motley crew.....
They had an early dinner to start off with at a Vietnamese restaurant. Me gut feeling is that he didn't enjoy the food as he came home hungry......

Then, they headed off to Parken Stadium to watch the World Cup qualifying match between Denmark and Sweden.

The match ended with Denmark qualifying to the World Cup in South Africa next year with the much deserved 1-0 victory....

Photos courtesy of Mr Dudwey and his handphone camera

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Kulturnatten 09

Night of Culture - Kulturnatten.

Organised for the 17th consecutive year by the Copenhagen Night of Culture Association, a confederation of cultural institutions in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.

More than 200 venues all over Copenhagen city opened their doors to the public with various cultural agendas planned. From six in the evening till midnight, you could dance the salsa, watch a play, go to a concert, visit a governmental building, go to a museum or visit the Zoo.

Dancers twirling batons of fire while dancing to the beat of samba drums at University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden and Museum

Release your inner- anarchist at this wall of graffiti at YabbaYabba Botanical Garden while listening to live reggae music.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Soto Ayam Madura

Still nursing my cough and ear-ache......

Nothing beats a good hairdo to lift-up any moods. Not knowing where to go for a good haircut, I decided to head to the nearest hair salon and get myself a hair makeover.
I managed to get an immediate appointment with a Korean-born hairdresser, Gitte. I was quite happy with the result. It's back to good ol' bob for me.

Soto Ayam Madura
Indonesian-styled Clear Chicken Soup
2 skinless chicken breast
1 liter water
2 stalks fresh lemongrass, crushed
6 to 8 fresh kaffir lime leaves
1 tsp salt

Spice Paste
1 1/2 tsp white peppercorns
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
6 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
5 candlenuts, optional
1 small knob turmeric, peeled and chopped ( I used 1 1/2 tsps ground turmeric)
1 small piece of galangal
1 small knob of ginger, peeled and chopped

1 tbsp oil
Cellophane noodles, soaked in boiling water for ten minutes or so until softened; drained and cut in half.
1 tbsp lime juice

finely sliced round cabbage
bean sprouts
boiled eggs
fresh coriander, removed stalks and chopped
sambal oelek
thick sweet soy sauce
fried shallots
belinjau crisps

Prepare the broth by covering the chicken with the water. Add the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil, then lower to a moderate simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, skimming foam from the surface every ten minutes or so as needed to get a clear broth.
Remove chicken from broth and allow to cool. Tear into shreds and set aside.

Processed all the ingredients for the spice paste in a blender.

Heat the oil in a two quart saucepan and fry the spice paste over medium-low heat for about five minutes, until the paste begins to separate from the oil. Ladle a little of the broth into the pan with the spice paste. Stir and add this back to the pot of broth, along with the shredded chicken and lime juice.

To serve, put cellophane noodles into individual bowls along with the garnishes. Ladle in hot soup in the bowls.
You may serve the soup with rice cake or lontong, but I chose to serve it with some boiled potatoes, instead.

In celebratory mood......
Mr Dudwey's brother with his sons Aidid, Imran and Mikhail

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Eid Celebration

Lunch at my ex-cyber-turned-fully-fleshed buddy and fellow fotopages enthusiast, Dewi and her husband, Nasaruddin.

Table filled with food such the likes of lamb korma, ayam masak merah, cakes and whatnots......delish!!

And for tea, we headed towards Virum to Kama and Zana's residence for a spot of Laksam and other homemade delicacies......

The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
~ Edward Everett Hale

Friday, 2 October 2009

Ten weeks

I had my first meeting with the international staff spouses at Mr Dudwey's company.

Their tag line reads.....
"Når hele familien føler sig hjemme og trives i Danmark, bliver deres ophold en succes.
When the whole family feels at home, their stay in Denmark becomes successful"

I would like to think that our ten-weeks in Copenhagen has been good, although not quite "hygge" yet as I need to be among my, yes, you've guessed it, TREES.
Be patient Muna, 'tis not long to go...... 26 days to go.....

And, a bit of news from my Netherlander family.....

Yup, it's that time of the year again when the ladies (and Chef Mail ??) will don their very best party frock and throw all cares out the window, let their hair down and boogie the night away...... I don't know if that actually happens, but it sure makes good writing!!

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