Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas & Boxing Day

How did you spend your Christmas 2015 Holidays?
I was sober and around in Kuala Lumpur to celebrate
my father's birthday on the eve. He is a Christmas baby
and I always got to eat yummy food on Christmas Eve
all my life.


 My mum had gone to heavens, so my sister took over 
the cooking this year. We had all the English Christmas menu trimmings
that consisted of the Honey Hams, Cheese Macaroni, Steaks,
Meat Balls, Roast Chicken, Grilled Potatoes and
sweet Apple Curmble & Birthday Cake as desserts.
My brother lamely asked where was the Traditional Roast Turkey?
The lady chef snapped to correct him that Turkeys are only
for Americans during their Thanksgiving Dinners.
English folks would eat Ham and Chicken while the
Swedish would roast the Moose!!! Moooo!

This year, my dad's maid returned home for Chrsitmas
and we got him a Pinoy male-nurse as caregiver.
Guess how much it costs for just a month?




After too much of overeating the Christmas dinner, the next day
was Boxing Day. I really headed to gym for 2 days of non stop 
boxing. It was a great relief to kick and punch the boxing bag for
an hour. Have you ever wondered why they call it Boxing Day
the day after Christmas??

From the GOOGLE - 
Some historians say the holiday developed because servants 
were required to work on Christmas Day, but took the following 
day off. As servants prepared to leave to visit their families, 
their employers would present them with gift boxes.





It was back to eating sweets and pampering myself after
buring over 1000 calories. I headed to the pop corn stall
and spent RM61.00 to savour the chocolate and almond
caramel flavours. Yums!


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86 comments:

  1. oh, your dad is a Christmas Baby!! how nice.. my dad is born few days before CNY, and used to get "scolded" by my mom who always complained she was busy preparing for CNY and yet gotta celebrate his birthday, hehehe..

    anyway, back to your daddy's birthday, so it's more a Christmas than celebrating his birthday or vice versa?? hahahaha.. your "bimbo" sister whacked up such a scrumptious and sumptuous meal for the family!! very very delicious and Thambee loves the all.. honey ham, steak, meatballs, roast chicken, roast potatoes, apple crumble pie~~ sedapnya!!! and who is that young man taking food for your dad in the photo in the top left corner??

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    1. The guy who fed my dad is our temp male-nurse who is a care giver too. My dad needs both!

      My sister cooks well with strong taste that suits my taste buds. Festive babies are always more costly and often enjoyed lesser attention. Just like me, my birthday often fell on Chinese New Year days itself.

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  2. wah, so happy dei, went boxing in the gym on the Boxing Day!! i guess that was more than 1000 calories dei.. the gym looked empty and i supposed many people were still out of town, partying or snoozing on bed.. and looking at the photo, it seemed like Anay was just hugging the sandbag like bolster instead of boxing into it dei..

    i didn't know the history of Boxing Day but i always thought it's unBOXing the christmas presents, hence the name, muahahahaha!! so it's actually because the workers who worked on Christmas Day were each given a BOX of presents the next day.. hehe!! :)

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    1. This franchise gym that has the most outlets in Klang Valley, so the crowd is always minimal on public holidays and late nights. I should invite you there sometimes to try out. I was really punching the boxing bag real hard as it triggers instant blood circulations.

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  3. feasting on Christmas, went to gym to shed off 1000 calories, but then later spent RM61 to chuck in 2000 calories of popcorns!! aiyoyo, pat my head.. Thambee has not tried this Garrett Popcorn before, too expensive and Thambee isn't a fan of popcorn also lah.. when Thambee was in Tokyo the other time, people were lining up for this popcorn at the Harajuku outlet, the queue was so long it spans a km along the road!! crazy dei..

    RM61.. how many kg of dried corn kernels can we buy from market?? and from that many kg, how many bags of popcorns can we make?? can eat till Anay's CB mouth become numbed already~~ :D

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    1. Phiak your mouth! I love good caramel pop corns only and this one is really heavenly. You should eat some and talk later dei. So yummilicious. Next time Anay buys for Thambee wokay!

      I know I made calories, burnt it and made them again. Life goes in cycles lah........

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  4. Such a nice kid with your siblings too, preparing a sumptuous meal for your dad. There are so many nice food there and I guess you guys have a great time!

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    1. Wow! An old man just called me a nice kid. Yeah we kids had a great time feasting the sumptuous meal.

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  5. Yeah, good idea man! Must workout to reduce all the calories taken in. I too, will start running again after all the rest and eating! Luckily, I walked a lot during my trip daily, almost 20K steps.hahaha

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    1. Did you weigh yourself at the hotel every night?? Walking is best exercise!

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  6. Wow, I can see there were lots of good food for your dad's birthday! It was a very western menu. I wish I knew how to make honey ham. You went for a workout after that and then you feasted on popcorn pulak. Aiyo, that means another session with the boxing bags? I wonder if that's the same popcorn place that I always pass by in 1-U. But I dare not go near in case I buy many bags to eat hah..hah...

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    1. Yes you can buy these pop corns inside 1-U's Candilicious which is beside Starbucks.
      Spot on, after Xmas feast, Boxing, Pop Corn and Boxing again.

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  7. Boxing day is the day to open the boxes of Christmas gifts..but now children can't wait to open their gifts on Boxing day..

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    1. Long ago my dad told me it was the start of boxing matches in England after Christmas! I think he pulled my legs.

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  8. Anay sure is luxurious. Treating himself to that expensive popcorn. ;)

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    1. I know. I know. I am guilty now. Oh well, sometimes we need to be pampered too.

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  9. What a nice Xmas celebration you had.

    Surrounded by family.

    Merry Xmas and Happy holidays to Anay and family.

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    1. I am just like you, being blessed and surrounded by a happy family.

      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  10. Christmas was just like an ordinary day to me, nothing special ;)

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    1. I would say everyday is a Christmas Day to you. Lucky mummy!

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  11. Merry Christmas na d Happy New Year, ANay.

    Seems like a quiet Christmas ya. Nice family get together

    wei...bixing day...so funny la you...ya lor have to get ride off all the calories from all the makan-ing during Christmas time


    wah...garrent...yummy ..i have too but not garret. The planet popcorn punya,.

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    1. Planet Pop Corns are just as good if not better! Where to buy?

      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  12. Pinoy male helper? Now that's rare.

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    1. Yes indeed rare. They are graduates from Manila.

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  13. Wow! Anay's sister is a good chef. She could cook up a storm. So lucky of you guys get to feast on Christmas eve every year. Anay had just burned off the food on Christmas eve, why input the calories back again by eating popcorns? Tsk....Tsk...

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    1. Life goes in cycles. Eat some, loose some and eat more! Happiness and heavens!

      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  14. Good afternoon TM... Weather is hot here... But sobs sobs day for me as i receive a very bad news...

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    1. I know why you have been sad. Death is a continuation of life. Celebrate the good memories and journey of the departed to the land of eternity!

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  15. Hahaha... roast turkey for the americans? I like that!
    This year I had Turducken though I prefer to call it Kenduckey, as in "kentucky" - do you know what is that?

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    1. Yes. My sis was loud and clear to tell us that Turkeys were founded by the Red Injuns for their dining table.

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    2. Turducken and Kenducken are new hilarious words for me!!
      Muahahahaha

      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  16. Funny I have been noticing similarities between the two of us. My mum is gone and so is my dad this year. I celebrated Christmas morning by offering my mum, Chinese style, with fuirts and flowers plus a prayer for Christmas is also her birthday. I ordered some food form the restaurant for myself: glass noodles with shrimp, chicken in cashew nuts, fried fish and seafood curry. That was my Christmas dinner and then lunch and dinner the next day. Your pinoy male nurse is probably around 2k ringgit. I also like popcorns but not the ones from the cinema, love caramel too! Happy New Year my friend! Your comments in my blog are hilarious, thanks for the prayer!

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    1. Yes we have too much similarities including the birthdays! Just a day apart in the calendar.

      You are such a good son and mummy loves ya! She will always hear our prayers and love that sends out the frequencies to the universe.

      The care giver costs a whopping RM8,000 for just a month!

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  17. What a nice birthday all of you celebrated with your father. He must be very happy. Good that you go burn calories with boxing but you put it all back with the popcorns. Hahahahaha.

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    1. My dad has dementia and is always happy in his lost world. We are the sad ones seeing him fade off like that.

      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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    2. Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2016 bring you and your family happiness and good health. Sorry to hear about your father having dementia, hopefully he is always happy in his world and it is you all who has to carry the burden of sadness for him.

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  18. I'm not familiar with Boxing day too. But I'd love to have a boxing match with my boss if he asked me to work on Christmas. I'm glad you celebrated your birthday with your father. I hope you gave him two gifts though. Hahahaha! The disadvantage of having your birthday on Christmas is getting only one gift.

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    1. Thanks for coming by with your kind comments.
      My dad was happy and forgot it was his birthday. We had to tell him several times as he has dementia. My birthday falls on the Chinese New Year seasons too, no fun! Sometimes my family forgot about it.

      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  19. Happy 2016 to you TM, may you continue to be as cheerful and happy as you are in 2016 and many years to come

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    1. Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  20. Happy belated birthday to Uncle too

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  21. What a feast on Christmas days.

    Happy belated birthday to your dad.

    Wish you have a fruitful 2016 ahead.

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    1. Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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    2. My old man says thank you and have a blessed New Year.
      Happy Blogging too!

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  22. Aiya... plus minus same calo goes back to your body... Never mind, as long as you are happy.

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    1. Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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    2. I am a funny guy who worry not on my weight and just eat and exercise alternately. I should actually watch my weight as I age, yeah. I must start counting calories in 2016.

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    1. It costs RM8,000 for just one month!


      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  24. Luckily you self explained the real meaning of Boxing Day. I was going to laugh at you so loud when you said you went boxing on Boxing Day!

    Anyway I am surprised you had a somewhat traditional looking Christmas feast. Not expecting that from a devout Buddhist family.

    Pinoy... and just for a month... I'm going to guess around RM 8k? I think that's being conservative too. Could be more I reckon...

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    1. We are indeed real Buddhists but with Western minds and lifestyle.

      You are so smart and spot on with the guess! It is really RM8,000!


      Wishing you a Happy & Healthier New Year 2016!

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  25. What a traditional fabulous English christmas dinner! Happy Belated birthday to your father. LOL- boxing in the gym on Boxing Day but thanks for the history. Enjoy your holidays and have a Wonderful Happy New Year

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    1. You have also been feasting on many yummy dinners and cakes the whole year through. My old man says thank you. We wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year 2016!

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  26. Your sister alone cooked all the amazing dishes??? She is indeed a great lady iron chef.

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    1. Spot on. She is indeed an Iron Lady who helms as the HR Queen of a listed company. So she woks in the kitchen too.

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  27. Last time I used to think that Boxing Day is about boxing, just like your photos above and I keep wondering any boxing matches on that particular date. Only to find out the real meaning of Boxing Day last 2 years ago (that also my bf told me one)

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    1. My old man also told me that people watched boxing in England next day after Christmas. Silly me to believe. Muahahahaha

      Happy New Year Diana.

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  28. Aw, I love Garrett popcorns too! Send some over, won't you?? Muahaha! Merry X'mas, dear!

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    1. Hey this pop corn will give you pimples and fatty face! So better let me eat and get ugly. Wakakakakaka

      Happy New Year to you and family.n

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    2. No, No, No! If you get fat and round, all your sponsors would flee.

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  29. Pinoy male nurse? wow.. i dare not think.. at least 2K? Yes, I also didnt know why it was called Boxing day... till now... no wonder my sister told me a lot of sales after Christmas.. people can get a day off to go shopping.. hahaha..

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    1. The care givers are graduates from Manila who are experts as male nurses therefore they charge RM8k for just one month as temporary relief for dad's maid who went home for Christmas.

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  30. I do not understand some people in the Philippines who celebrates Thanksgiving on the same date as the Americans. :D

    Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy new year too.

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    1. I think the Filipinas have adopted much of the American culture from their army troops stationed in Philippines for a long time. It is a meaningful occasion as I have joined one Thanksgiving in U.S. once.

      Happy New Year to you and family too. Be strong yeah and eat supplements!

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  31. wei ... happy new year to you...
    no send some good food to my house? lol..
    have a great year ahead....

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  32. Hello Kuku Bird!!! Happy Kuku New Year to you.

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  33. wow. that's a huge meal.
    merry xmas to you.

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    1. You know lah, Chinese must have banquet spread on auspicious occasions so that the left overs could boil into Chop Suey Soups. Wakakakaka

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  34. A very engaging and beautiful blog you have. Keep it up. Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment on mine. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you my friend. I will always hop over, so please update your blog often!



      Happy New Year Nawang....

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  35. Hello,
    It's my first time to comment your blog.
    Thank you for visiting mine at all times!

    How nice of you to have such a wonderful Christmas.
    And also what good to me is to know you are boxer! :-)

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    1. Hi Hiroshi-San. I am no boxer in reality but I love to watch boxing matches very much! I am always reading your interesting blogs so please update them always.
      Happy New Year again to you, your family and your pet dog!

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  36. Hi! Happy New Year! I wish you will have nice days this year too. I enjoyed your former posts in Tokyo too. I came from a trip yesterday.

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    1. Hello Minoru-San. I always admire at all your photography skills. I need to buy a huge camera like yours to get better shots.

      Happy New Year again to you and family.

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  37. Just wanted to drop by and wish you a happy holiday season (although I think at this point most people are gearing up to go back to work...so better make those last days count!).

    I'm fortunate to be back in Tokyo to spend time with my family. Glad to hear you've been spending some quality time with your family, too.

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    1. That's nice to hear that you got home to Tokyo for a happy reunion with your family. I thought you are an American born dude. Tokyo is a lovely place, almost as crowded like New York City.

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  38. Lovely Christmas spread. Happy 2016 to you and your family. :D

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    1. Hope you had a lovely Christmas dinner too.
      Wishing you and family a very Happy New Year 2016!

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  39. This is how we celebrated our Christmas too.. mom will always cook yummy dishes on the table including ham and yummy desserts like fruit salad and tiramisu and then she matches it with overwhelming amount of fruits.... same thing we did in New Year...

    allow me to greet you a Happy New Year TM and may we both have a fulfilling year ahead! Cheers!

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    1. I would love to be able to someday enjoy Christmas meals at your home. I am sure your mum is a great chef like most Filipino mothers.

      Happy New Year 2016 to you and family. Mabuhay!

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