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Monday, November 17, 2008

Bento #101

Today is the first day of Kimberly's school holiday. It was grand being able to sleep in till 8am instead of waking up at 6am to get Kimberly to brush her teeth,tie her hair, dress her etc.

Ashley, on the other hand, is still going to school. Kindergartens usually have different holiday schedules.

Anyhow, I fix this bento meal for Ashley today.

Bento #101


It's turkey slices and bread roll-up, and edamame on skewers.

With chinese New Year around the corner, teeny weeny mandarin oranges have started making an appearance.

To give the kids a break from their usual apples, pears and grapes, I got some mandarin oranges and jambu air (water apples) for a change instead. Those seasonal fruits don't come by every day.


The jambu-s are really firm and sweet, not to mention huge. That's just half a fruit up there!

They were quite unlike most that I have tasted before. And a lot better than those you get in Bidor or stopovers at the highways. They don't come cheap either. RM9.90 for 5. But they are totally worth it. I don't mind getting them the next time they came along.

Gone are the days when we were able to just pluck jambu air from the neighbouring blossoming jambu air trees saddling on our bicycles. Sigh..

Anyhow, as luck would have it, Ashley's teachers did not open up her bento box. I think they probably forgot since I have not been regular in packing one for her on a daily basis in recent weeks. Probably would have to let them know from now on whenever I fixed her a bento meal.

Ashley has already ate lunch in school and was not hungry, so Kimberly ate them instead when we picked Ashley up from school. She has been tagging along when I send Ashley to and fro the school.

Can someone give me some ideas on where to park your schoolgoing kids during the holidays? Kimberly refused to go to her grandparents, and I really don't want to bring her along to the office with me every morning. I checked out some places but they cost liks RM100 to RM120 per day for basic things and they only last 5 days. Some other holiday camps are not practical for her age. Any suggestions? I welcome any feedback at all.

Worse come to worse, I will just have to pile lot of revision workbooks in front of her and leave her in the office conference room while I get some work done till it's time to pick up Ashley.

Anyhow, have a great week ahead, all. It's a breeze on the road with less traffic now that the school holidays are on, isn't it?


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  • wow! nice bento!! thought that was a lollipop!!!

    talk abt mandarin oranges, my MIL just came back from China and warned me not to buy those mandarin oranges from China..they had covered up the was said and confirmed that the oranges had tiny worm that we can see using or eyes but when u put it under a scrope, u sees them wriggling.. a tag for you here too:

    By Blogger Rachel, At 9:27 AM  

  • oh my, that is scary news. Isn't it freaky how most food from china turned out to be unconsumable in one way or another? I think it pays to pay for more and get food from countries which offers more assurance instead.

    and thanks for the tag ! will hop over and pick it up !

    By Blogger allthingspurple, At 9:43 AM  

  • Alamak, I just bought a pack of tangerines yesterday and Rachel's comment scared me liao...
    The rose apples are cheaper here, but I haven't bought them for bentos yet. You have just nudged me how pretty its color is for bento!

    By Anonymous shoppingmum, At 10:38 AM  

  • adoi...gotta ban another food from china...eee, the worms, gosh!
    but putting d green stick on d orange looked so pretty!!
    now...i wonder how yr turkey bread roll up turned up so neat...i mean d bread was so thin??
    ya..lollipop haha
    i'll go figure the next time while i admire yours!!

    emm...really headache thinking of how to occupy yr princess heh!
    how abt another enrichmt class that offer d same hours as Ashley school hours so that u can drop & pick them at d sametime....sounds easy yet not really so huh...sorry kenot help!!

    By Anonymous jacss, At 2:26 PM  

  • Think KL/PJ these days have many programs for kids during the school holidays...The Science Center in Kiara has numerous programs during school holidays (which generally are cheaper than the MAD Science ones), then there's those Drama Schools that improves kids' language, self-confidence etc etc, Art programs...

    By Blogger NomadicMom, At 10:50 PM  

  • Amy, I suppose the water apples in Thailand are bigger than those in Malaysia too,yea?

    By Blogger allthingspurple, At 11:16 PM  

  • Jaclyn, I roll the bread with the sushi mat, that's why its so thin. I dont know how the jap moms can make longer lollipop rolls. I am thinking they cut the bread slices lenghtwise instead of our regular size for those thicker lollipops?

    By Blogger allthingspurple, At 11:18 PM  

  • Thanks, Nomadic Mom. Kimberly has those offered in school as after school classes and holiday classes but they are also short term ie. for 5 days or 2 weeks only (not the whole of school holidays) and some are only at certain hours. I am looking more for ideas on where to put her from 9 to 5 or at least 9 to 1pm on a daily basis from now till year end. But thanks anyhow.

    By Blogger allthingspurple, At 11:20 PM  

  • luv your turkey "lolipop" rolls!!!

    btw i have a tag for you. hope over to my blog to check it out!

    By Blogger 2ma, At 7:19 AM  

  • Thanks for the tag, 2ma!!

    turkey lollipop !! LOL !

    By Blogger allthingspurple, At 4:04 PM  

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