Oz Lady M's
Chinese Year: Sun
MY EARLY YEARS:
I was born in Malaya to Chinese parents, adopted out at the age of two and
raised (rather strictly, I might add,) in Singapore. I attended Haig Girls'
Primary School and played with paper dolls, hula hoops, five stones, hopscotch
and skipping ropes made with rubber bands.
I completed my English high school education at Raffles Girls Secondary School
with slightly above average results, gaining Distinctions (A's) in English and
English Literature. Pity about the other subjects that I didn't bother to
mention... I sang and did the Twist and Hippy Hippy Shake to songs by Chubby
Checker, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cliff
Richard, Elvis Presley, etc. (Ah, those were the days...)
On completion of high school, I did a secretarial course but quit when I landed
a position as a librarian in the Civil Service.
After a whirlwind romance and
courtship, I married an Australian in 1969 but three beautiful children later,
I obtained a divorce in 1984.
"A fool never learns..." so they say, as I remarried another Australian the
I am still happily married and am now a "with-it" grandma of 6 - five of my own
and a step-grandson from my son-in-law.
Skyla was born on 2nd Jan. 2011, thanks to my son, Deej and his wife,
On 17th Dec. 2012, I welcomed Stella Mai to
my world. Thank you Deej and Gen, for another beautiful grand-daughter.
Favourite past-time: Fishing, gardening, cooking
(mostly Asian cuisine), photography, photo-editing, the Internet and travelling
- (not necessarily in that order).
Favourite colour: Various
shades of rich red.
Favourite flower: I
love most flowers and used to grow my very own exotic orchids...
...and fragrant roses.
Favourite food: Japanese, Thai, Indonesian,
Indian, Chinese cuisine... Heck, I love all food - everything except Pork!
Favourite fruit: Hard decision here as I love
almost all fruit, including durian! Mmmm...
Favourite drink: On a hot day, icy cold Coca-Cola
or young coconut juice with heaps of the delicious soft flesh, or I'll settle
for fresh pineapple juice, but not the commercially packaged stuff. I am a
really cheap date too, as a 'Scotch and Dry' and a 'West Coast Cooler'
will see me through a night out on the town. Hot beverage? I am rather partial
Favourite music: C-O-U-N-T-R-Y, Rock-n-Roll and
Favourite country artists: George Strait, Jimmy
Buffett, Charley Pride, Marty Robbins.
Favourite clothes: Jeans and t-shirts.
Favourite phrase when exasperated: "Shit in your
Not so favourite activity: HOUSEWORK!
Family Pet: Had a lovely-natured pooch, a Maltese x
Shih Tzu we named 'Mitzu', until her death in Oct 2002, aged almost 16 years.
My Personal Belief: I believe in Fate
and Destiny. Everything happens for a reason!
My Purpose in Life: No specific
purpose per se, just would like to be a laughter generator.
My humour site (for the broad-minded):
Yahoo Group Ozs-Humor-Haven
Ayers Rock, Australia
Singapore - 2001
USA & British Columbia -
Australia - 2002
State & Oregon - 2003
Singapore Revisited -
Flinders Ranges (S.Aust) & Great Ocean Road (Vic) - 2005
Gippsland (Vic) & Sapphire
Coast (N.S.W.) - Sep 2006
Stockinbingal - Wear The Fox Hat? -
Tasmania, The Apple Isle
- Nov 2007
Tantanoola Caves (S. Aust) & Princess Margaret Rose Cave (Vic) - Oct 2008
Tasmania Revisited - 2009
Johor Bahru & Cambodia - 2010
A Touch Of Vegas Wedding -
Deej & Gen
Boxing Day 2005
Cricket At MCG
Home Away From Home
Historic Ascot House
Wedding - Sharon & Greg
Blonde Asian Moments
Fishing With Worms
How NOT To Roast
Christmas 2005 Newsletter
Christmas 2006 Newsletter
Christmas 2007 Newsletter
Christmas 2008 Newsletter
Christmas 2009 Newsletter
Christmas 2010 Newsletter
Christmas 2011 Newsletter
Christmas 2012 Newsletter
Christmas 2013 Newsletter
Christmas 2014 Newsletter
Christmas 2015 Newsletter
Come into my kitchen: I have been cooking
since the age of 11 and when I moved from Singapore to Australia, I missed the
hawker food so much that I began cooking my own. As I like my recipes to be
original and accompanied by photographs, this page will be continuously
updated. Recipe requests? No problem - just drop me a line in my guestbook!
Welcome to: Oz's Kitchen
My Photo Albums: Here you will
find directories of photos from my various holidays and roadtrips, the orchids
and roses that I grow, family photos and various others.
My Last Achievement: I have re-designed and
expanded on the simple original homepage created by my daughter, Nina, and will enthusiastically add more stuff,
knowledge and time permitting...
My Current Web Project: In between cooking
different dishes as often as I can just so I can take photos for Oz's Kitchen,
much to the delight of my M.O.T.H. (Man Of The House), I am also transferring
data from my personal memory bank onto this website, [courtesy of my son,
Derrick (Deej)], before dementia sets in... Do pop in for an
interesting read of the
Memories From My Past as I recall the various stages of my
growing pains, from a little girl growing up in Singapore to the grandma that I
am today, living happily in Melbourne, Australia. I have added a few old
photographs to this section.
Well, that's about it in a nutshell. I do hope you will enjoy your visit.
Latest update: Received our first Christmas
card in the mail a few days ago and realized that again, I am wa-ay behind with
Christmas preparations so I lit the candle at both ends and did this year's
My earlier project involved a lot of scratching around in
various drawers and old shoe boxes for old photographs of me to scan and upload
into the picture gallery in case dementia sets in and I forget who I am. Seeing
how sparce my collection was, I then went on to my next mission - going through
a gazillion digital photos scattered randomly among many, many folders stored
not only on my two internal drives but also in a couple of external h/drives I
have lying around the place. The result of my mission can be viewed in my
picture gallery, one I have simply named
Oz Lady M - Through The Years.
15th March 2004
(Last updated: 16th December 2015)
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