Today, we celebrate Malaysia’s 53rd year of independence. Though I am not that patriotic myself but I do have the duty to instill patriotism into my little boy’s mind. During the week leading to today, he has learned a little the meaning of independence from his school and they even did some exercises and craft work to celebrate the occasion.
The theme for this year is 1-Malaysia which simply means, we as a nation should live as ONE. As most of you know, Malaysia is a multinational country and we live harmoniously as one nation and respect each other cultures and beliefs. Malaysia is made up of three main races; the Malay, Chinese and Indian. We have other minorities races too but they are small in numbers.
Today is indeed a historical day and how could I miss this opportunity to make my boy a Malaysia Independence Day Bento? 😀
I made Darrius 2 boys and one girl onigiri (that is the max amount of rice he can take!!!) and packed with some goodies. The 3 onigiri symbolises the 3 main races in Malaysia. There was a small section of pearl corn on the cob, 2 skewers of endamame and 2 skewers of meat balls, some broccoli and strawberries. Added soy sauce to the rice for the onigiri. For the boys and girl’s hair, I used some black sesame to do the job since cutting nori can be a tough job! 😛 I only cut out nori for the facial details. They have dabs of ketchup on their cheeks.
Was really lucky that I found some Malaysian flags at my regular baking supplies shop which is so app for today’s theme! And those hat picks added colors and brighten up the bento!
And here is the boy with his 1-Malaysia bento and his Merdeka cap…
Wishing all my Malaysian readers a Happy Merdeka Day!
I have added this to WFLW at Shannon’s. Rememeber to add yours!
You know, when you shopped too much, it made you lazy! 😆
I’ve been so busy checking out all the stuff at 100 Yen that my head started to spin! Not that I am buying that much but I have been doing a lot of planning for Darrius’s up coming birthday end of this year (gotta plan ear coz my kids’ birthdays are only a week apart!). So happened 100 Yen has some of the stuff I intend to get for his birthday’s goodies bags so I have to go from shop to shop to get them! *phew* This is hard work! Want to thanks HK for helping get some of them and passed to me at my door step! 🙂
Anyhow, there was not much inspiration last weekend (spent all my time shopping and eating out!) so I did not do any bento until this morning after I managed to put Baby G to nap. Since I still have some of the burger patties left, I decided to do a triple deck sammy with double layers of cheese. Darrius has not been taking much of his milk so I upped his cheese intake recently.
Between the 2 cheese sammies I add a burger pattie with a slice of Romaine lettuce and topped it off with a pan fried half a chicken cocktail flower. Added endamame as the leafs. The other goodies in the box – a small section of pearl corn on the cob, 2 skewers of endamame, some red seedless grapes, strawberries, broiled broccoli and a cocktail heart. A very simple meal.
I’m using my new lion table mat which I got a few weeks back but forgot all about it which I used a lion pick to go with… so cute right? 😀
That’s all for today… hope you are having fun bento-ing!
Ok, so sorry peeps for not able to post this up earlier as yesterday was a public holiday here so Darrius was off from school. However, most of the MNCs do not observe this particular day as a holiday so my hubby still has to work. Therefore, I am stuck with 2 kids from morning till hubby came back around lunch time. And you can guess how havoc that can be coz Baby G woke up at 6.30am and Darrius at 7am!
Darrius bugged me for the PC the moment he sees me. 😦 This boy… to him holiday means is computer day! To ward him off I have to send him to watch the idiot box and asked him to clean up the mess he created the night before. Baby G on the other hand was crying non stop and refused to play any toys… *sigh* her voice is so husky now and when I called my dad, he asked if she has been crying… Then I have a few writing jobs to be completed hence I was totally knackered last night!
Anyway, I was supposed to post some of the photos I took at 100Yen Sunshine Far Lim where I got my loots the other day. The lady boss was kind to let me snap some of the bento stuff that they have just brought in upon our conversation a few weeks back. Now she has more sections in the small shop dedicated for bento gadgets. YEAH!! 😀
Though I have most of the items but I still can’t resist buying… especially picks!!! My tool boxes are full again and now I have to get another to put the new picks!!!! ~$~
Also, good news for 100Yen Loyalty Card holder. They are having Merdeka Sale from today (28th August) till Malaysia Independence Day (31st August). Members who bought RM50 and above in a single receipt is entitle for 5% off their purchases and also get a free shopping bag, a chance to enter their Merdeka lucky draw to win a 4 feet high Penguin stuff toy!
And here is my loot…
Looked more like I was being robbed instead! 😆
Well, about a month back, when I was in one of the store I met up with the store’s owner and asked her why the bento section of the store has only limited stock? She told me she tried to order and bring more items but unsure what to stock up so I told her about my find on another fanchise in KL and told her to take a peek.
And I was more than happy to discover what she managed to stock up when I popped by this afternoon after lunch. 😀
This week was a little crazy for me as Baby G has been more demanding than usual. She refused to be alone and wanted to be carried all the time. Since I have quite a few stuff to complete, bento has been a speedy affair (just serve without deco). Darrius don’t mind a bit since he is not so into actual food. He is more keen on snacks like cereals or ice-creams!
I have been wanting to do the ‘Back to School Bento’ so I could participate in this month’s B.O.M.B challenge over at Hapa Bento’s site. Though Darrius has started his 2nd term since late June, so it is not really a back to school bento for him but nevertheless he enjoyed ‘playing’ with these crazy looking crayons onigiri while eating! 😀 Why crayons? Well, this term Darrius was taught to use crayons in school. He is no strangers to crayons though. In fact he already have boxes of crayons at home and has been using them since he was 3 years old.
Spent quite a bit of time doing these ‘crayons’! First, I spent time searching for all the alphabets in my packet of alphapasta! They came in a few different colors so I have to find a few sets of the same color so they are ‘uniform’. Then the coloring part. I did not have time to make natural coloring out of food so I just use the Wilton coloring paste to do the job. Moulded the ‘crayons’ free hand using a clingy wrap and once they are shaped I wrapped them with a piece of nori. Eyes and mouth are cheese and nori. Only made 3 sets as the other 2 was kinda squashed out! 😆
The goodies in the box are broiled broccoli, meat balls, cauliflower (under the cherry tomato), pan-fried prawns and half a strawberry.
5 sticks of ‘crayon’ were a little too much for Darrius so he only managed to finished 4 of them. He finished a bottle of yogurt drink too on top of the bento which was quite amazing… and he finished in record time of 45mins. 😀
So, have you done your ‘Back to School’ bento yet? The closing date for the challenge is 28th August @ 6pm PST. Hurry if you want to join the fun!