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Sunday Scones

After buying the ingredients and browsing through many YouTube videos, Anita finally decided to take the plunge! She decided to make some scones!

For my Sunday morning breakfast.

It turned out superb and filled me up before heading out for my morning rounds .... It won’t be complete without the whipped cream and preserves. To top things out, she brought out the old China we had for England just to complete the ambiance ... Happy Sunday morning all then ...

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The Preparations

When Anita got her mind set for something, she would obsessively pursue it. And the family open house the other was no exception. She was planning it for some time and got all the logistics organised well ahead.

For her part, she cooked her famous soto. She ordered a few items from her Instagram contacts as well as getting one of her friends to bake the cake for us.

Her Mum helped with the decorating and she got one of our maid's friend to stay over as well.

Certainly all her effort came into fruition as things started to fall into place. Luckily since our apartment was recently renovated and one of the leaked bathroom had been fixed. A few days before, she went to Sungai Buloh with her friend to get some fresh flower pots for the balcony. Therefore decorations was rather straight-forward.

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Open Apartment

Last Sunday, the day before my and my father-in-law's birthday, we hosted an open house at our apartment - hence the dubbed open apartment - inviting mainly Anita's cousins and my father-in-law's siblings. The turn out was better than expected. Mixed with that, we also had an impromptu cake-cutting and all the usual birthday stuff.

It was just beginningMy parents-in-lawOne of Anita's auntIt was an excellent day all around and some of our friends stayed until the evening. Food was curtesy of Anita's excellent soto as well as a few orders of biryani and "laksa Johor". Everyone was entertained, even our new driver - who was a pastry chef - chipped in with some desserts for good measures.

Most of our cousins only visited us for the first time, and many had not been here since the renovations last Christmas.

The four of us ....A close-upEven the baby was behaving ...Good time all around ...Everybody had a good time and Anita was the most pleased. She put plenty of effort for the afternoon, and her mother actually spent the evening with us. We also got the help from a friend of our maid as there were plenty to do during the event. But everything went well.

Idlan and Irfan though only made sporadic appearance, although one of their cousin joined them in Irfan's room playing with the PS4. That left us adults to chill out while enjoying the food. The main problem our visitors had was the security and parking arrangements. To make things easier, we stationed our driver at the visitor's car park to fetch them through the main lifts rather than them having to go through the visitor's route and the main entrances.

Peace!The day's entertainment ...Group photos with friends ...We were stuffed by the late afternoon, and the party was only halfway then. My father-in-law did not stay until late as he was getting tired from all that. He did however gave a speech after cutting the cake. Off came the story when I called Anita's home when we were both still in college. Hilarity ensued! But great day all around ...

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Gorgeous Lights

I have always wanted a place where the sunrise would hit into my bedroom. The advantage of that would be the sunset would be on the opposite side - not directly into my apartment - and the afternoon and early evening would be cooler.

And that was what I had. As an added bonus, I was also blessed by some gorgeous golden hour lights from my balcony looking towards the city. I could see the Mid Valley and the recently built Setia Eco Park as well. The shimmering late afternoon light really brought a shine to the place and I just couldn't help admiring the cityscape.

Sipping on some drinks after my afternoon clinic. Perfect!

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Changes Abound

Following the passing of my Dad, we felt that we could do with an extra bedroom just in case our parents came for a visit and staying overnight. We already had our main bedroom, and one room each for Idlan and Irfan. The other bedroom was used as our study.

Time for a change. Out went the big table, and in came a king-sized bed!

The new bed is in ...It had to be done in stages. The wallpapers were sorted, the curtains would come later in the week and the bathroom attached to this room needed some fixing due to a recent leak. But on the whole, the room is now useable, and Anita had given a hint that I had to take her for some furniture shopping. Guess I’d see how long I could ignore her ....

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