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Merging of Chan-Ranee

Posted in Musings by dR with tags , , , , on September 7, 2009 by dorinranee

We did it on the 9th May 09. I am now Mrs. Jeffery Chan.

The ceremony was short and sweet. I was aware of everything that was going on around me. There were just so many things I am so grateful for and thanking God on how things just worked out for us and for all the friends and family that helped made it happen. I just want to mention the following as a way to remember the effort that made our day special.

  • Family who traveled the distance from Malaysia to be with us on our special day. Mom and Dad in law, Don & Perli, Gloria and Nicholas and Unc William
  • Mom and Dad in law for helping with the invitation cards and deco. Also for cooking yummy food and taking care of us on the days leading up to the wedding.
  • Mom who did my wedding dress alteration and taking care of bits and pieces
  • My sisters Cindy and Merlin who took charge of hospitality for the reception after church ceremony
  • Annabel for helping me through out my wedding preps and for organizing the BEST EVER Hens do. I was seriously touched…
  • Graeme and Pam Smith – a missionary couple who miraculously could attend the wedding amidst their busy schedule in and out of the country. Graeme gave a wonderful memorable wedding message on the 7 keys to a Happy Marriage.
  • David and Anne Spratt – our marriage counselors who gave their time and warm hospitality sowing into our lives
  • Mark the vicar – our outstanding and very interesting celebrant
  • The wonderful girls Jo, Eunice, Ellys, Sharon, Ching, Siaw Hui, Charlotte, Lily & Rebecca for helping out so much with the food preps, at the ceremony and dinner
  • Jazzy for being the most angelic flowergirl
  • Nicholas for bringing in the rings for us – you did very well that day!
  • Ching and Marcus, Sam and Jo, Tony and Charlotte for ushering and welcoming the guests
  • Min – the wonderful floor manager
  • Sharon and Siaw Hui for taking care of setting up and deco
  • Sam and Aaron for being groomsmen and drivers. Totally appreciate it!
  • Matt and Paul for taking amazing photos for us
  • Tim and Steven for recording our special moments on video
  • Ken and Marcus; the fantastic duos who made the dinner reception flow smoothly. I still remember your jokes Ken. Awesome job.
  • Mr Lo and team at Sunshine restaurant for preparing the wonderful food
  • Edmond Koh – our pastry chef who made us our wedding cake – Croquembouche, a french traditional wedding cake.
  • Charmaine and the awesome quartet that made the ceremony livelier and memorable with the lovely lovely music. Thank you so much!
  • Cindy for taking care of the music
  • Cindy’s in laws and family – who helped prepare and clean up at the ceremony. Thank you!
  • Sophie for the lovely lovely caricature and the photo montage video. Miss you heaps!
  • Alyssa & Natasha for doing my makeup and hair. I look gorgeous thanks to you both.
  • All our guests for witnessing our wedding

Our day closed with a dinner celebration with about 50 of our closest friends and family with lots of toasting (with loud yam-sengs), laughter and reminiscing. Our tables were named ‘LIFE’, ‘Cezanne’, ‘Carpark’, ‘Garage’ and ‘St. Mark’s’ signifying important locations for us in our journey together. It is at LIFE church that we first met, at Cezanne cafe where Jeff asked what I thought about us, at his office carpark when we decided to date each other exclusively, in the garage on our chaise lounge where he got down on his knees to ask me to marry him and finally at St. Mark’s where we became husband and wife. 🙂

So how is married life? I got asked this question a lot. So here’s my answer: It’s super awesome!! It is really wonderful when you know that you married the right man at the right time. Jeff and I had our own confirmation and had God’s peace about marrying each other. There was an issue of fear that I had to deal with on my part – fear of relationship, fear of failing, etc but this was dealt with when I decided to let God be in charge. I stepped aside, took that step of faith into the relationship and never looked back since. Everything and I meant everything (wedding and life plans) just fell into place and intertwined beautifully. I could not have asked or imagined better. So how is married life? It is great. I have been enjoying living together; it really is like living with your best friend. Jeff has brought the best out of me. Married life has also taught me submission. I am still on the road of learning but I have already noticed how easily it is (compared to past relationships) to submit to him as my husband, respecting him and making decisions together.

Jeff and I are looking forward to our KL wedding reception next year – to celebrate with friends and family that could not make it here for the ceremony in New Zealand. We have not set a date yet but it would most probably be in May. We are in the midst of planning it.

That’s all for now for my musings… 🙂


Roti Canai!!

Posted in Merry Meals by dR with tags , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by dorinranee

I can’t believe my eyes when I saw the hot griddle plate for cooking roti canai before me. Yes, there are other stalls selling roti canai around Auckland but it’s not like the ones you see at mamak stalls back in KL. They usually have it pre-made or frozen. You also don’t get to see them flip it in the air to stretch it apart. So I was really hyped up with this Malaysian stall within a food court in Manukau City. When I told the man that I am going to take pics and write about the roti in my blog, he got all ready and even striked a pose!

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His name is Sugumaran and he’s been in Auckland with his wife Kala for about 6 months now. They’ve been working at this stall for about 2 months for his big boss whom we met later on; Aaron. This stall is brand new (2 months-ish) and with modern vibrant signage. Exciting. Sugu’s been a chef for the past 20 years and is from Teluk Intan, Perak. Wow, you flip it so well Sugu! Auckland definitely needs to experience the roti in a Malaysian way. After 3 years in NZ, I am really glad for this day.


The chicken curry that accompanied it is 100% authentic. Sedap giler! Jeff had a smile plastered on his face as well. We also ordered mamak mee goreng (fried noodles) and that was superb as well. But I have to admit that I was left feeling parched all night after that and suspected MSG in the food. I found out that my body reacts to MSG that way in the recent years being in NZ and I think it’s because I’ve not had MSG in my food so long and when I added MSG in a chicken dish (from a Malaysian recipe book) sometime ago, I had the same reaction – feeling parched and the lips feels like it’s breaking up. Just for fun, I experimented it again a few days later and I got the same reaction. Funny enough, I remember feeling that way back in KL – almost on a regular basis, it’s just that I thought I probably was dehydrated and didn’t relate it to MSG at all. – enlightenment has come –

Anyway, there’s lots more malaysian goodies on the menu but worth mentioning are the roti pisang (banana), roti telur/bawang (egg/onion) and murtabak. Yes, I will come back and I do recommend you give it a go if you’re craving for some roti action. Oh, sadly, no teh tarik on the menu. Perhaps I shall put in a suggestion. At this stage, Sugu had thought I am a journalist for the newspaper and I had to explain that I do this for my own blog. We knew this because he brought out a curry puff for us to sample (on the house) and asked if I’m writing for a newspaper. He he. Wow.. if only this happens at all the eateries. That happens to be one of my listed dream job! Here’s the curry puff. I cut it in half and thought of snapping another pic of it showing the fillings… but as soon as I cut it, my hand went straight for it and immediately into my mouth; gave the other half to Jeff and before we know it, it’s gone and I realised I hadn’t snapped a pic of the fillings. It’s really a ‘duh’ moment. Ha ha. But hey, the curry puff was great, just fresh from the oven. And I really like the flaky pastry.


Malaysia Boleh! *burp* So here’s the address if you feel like venturing out to Manukau. Oh, they’re 100% halal too… if that applies to you.

Tastes of Malaysia.  Food Junction Foodcourt, 615 Great South Road, Manukau. Ph:

J Chan Superstar

Posted in Musings by dR with tags on October 8, 2008 by dorinranee

JC looks mischievious – as always. We’re trying out his new Nikon 17-55mm F/2.8 lens that we just picked up earlier in the morning. This is taken on Lorne Street, just outside Nillo Hair Saloon. Yeap, JC just got his hair cut and looking very much like a Taiwanese Superstar. LOL!



Satya on Sandringham

Posted in Merry Meals by dR with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2008 by dorinranee

Hailstorm and gusty. That was the weather all day for Auckland last Saturday but despite that, the day was fruitful with Eden’s photoshoot. Hungry and cold, JC suggested Satya for dinner. Something spicy to spice up the weather. Hooray! Just the mention of it brings wonderful salivacious memories of Dahi Puri; that’s Satya’s specialty and a must try!

Dahi Puri - An absolute-must-try mouth watering appetizer!

It’s a serving of 6 bite-size crackers with mashed potato and drizzled with yoghurt and some chutney sauce. It’s reaaaaally good and literally melts in your mouth with all that potato and yoghurt… plus all the other different taste from the spices (if you let it sit in your mouth for a while!).
For mains, we had the Gongurra Lamb Curry – medium hot to share. We thought we’d try something different from the norm. It also had a note on the Gongurra Lamb saying it’s only available on certain days. Oooo, must be something about it then!
Gongurra Lamb Curry

Gongurra Lamb Curry

But when Gongurra meets the palate, the sparks weren’t flying. It tasted sour and quite salty for my liking actually. And it’s not even close to spicy. Quite a let down but the lamb was tender though. We also had garlic pratha to dip into the gravy and the pratha is p-u-n-y! Sigh… but it was good! 🙂

Satya South Indian Restaurant – 515 Sandringham Road, Auckland.
Photos by Jeff Chan.